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One of the more interesting defensive ends in this year’s class is the hard to pronounce Owamagbe Odighizuwa.  The former UCLA Bruin seems to be rocketing up some people’s draft boards, so I OOdecided to take a closer look.  After reviewing five of his games against Virginia, USC, Utah, Texas, and Arizona State, it was clear the skill set he brings to the NFL could greatly improve the team that drafts him.  Here are my thoughts:

DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa, UCLA 6’ 3” 267 lbs.

Cons: Although the aftermath did not show on the game tape I viewed, the former Bruin had hip surgeries in 2013, which caused him to miss that entire year. This injury could affect his performance a few years down the road and sap his fluidity.  Once Odighizuwa comes out of his stance in pass rushing situations, he can get tunnel vision on the quarterback and tends to over pursue while getting too high in his stance.  Read More »

It’s an exciting time for dynasty football owners.  There is another ultra-athletic Georgia Tech receiver, DeAndre Smelter, to perhaps fawn or fret over.  So far the run-based college is batting 66.6% dsmeltwith hits with superstars Calvin Johnson and Demaryius Thomas, but whiffed on current Carolina taxi squad member Stephen Hill.  I watched two of his 2014 college games against Virginia Tech and Virginia, along with some highlights to get a better idea of what skill set the young receiver brings to the NFL.

WR DeAndre Smelter, Georgia Tech 6’ 2” 226 lbs.

Cons: His biggest red flag is the torn ACL that he suffered against Georgia late 2014.  Will he be able to work out for teams before the draft, this seems highly unlikely.   Smelter doesn’t bring a wealth of experience as he only played two years of football, transitioning from his former passion baseball.  Because Georgia Tech has a limited passing game, the wide out did not run or understand the use of a full route tree.  Read More »

If there is one thing that separates NFL teams and dynasty fantasy teams, it is risk seeking and/or avoidance behavior.  Dorial Green-Beckham (“DGB”) has extra concern to spare.  Teams like theDGB New England Patriots and the Cincinnati Bengals face character flaws head on, while other teams take high-risk players off their draft list.  To get a better idea of the rewards that comes with the increased risk, I reviewed five of his 2013 college games against Kentucky, Auburn, Indiana, Texas A&M, and Ole Miss.  Here is what I observed:

WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri 6′ 5″ 237 lbs. 

Cons: Where do we start?  The wide out got kicked off his college team because of an incident where he threw a woman down a flight of stairs.  This was after multiple drug-related incidents at Missouri.  Because of those actions, DGB did not take a snap on a football field for all of 2014.  The last receiver that came back from that long of an absence under similar circumstances was the Browns Josh Gordon; which didn’t turn out that well considering Gordon will be out all of the 2015 season. Read More »

One of the most intriguing running backs in the 2015 draft class is Indiana’s top rusher Tevin Coleman.  Unfortunately, he suffered a minor injury right before the Combine and did not participate in tcolemanany drills.  To get a better idea of skills this talented runner brings to the next level, I watched four of his games against Indiana State, Ohio State, Iowa, and my alma mater Bowling Green.  Here is what I saw:

RB Tevin Coleman, Indiana 5′ 11″ 206 lbs.

Cons: For a running back, Coleman has very small legs.  This does not seem to affect him while running between the tackles, but does limit him in short yardage and goal line situations.  Another area that hinders Coleman is that he is not much of a pass blocker.  The runner does not get low or square his shoulders before meeting the defender trying to get to the quarterback.  On every play I saw, he would either get knocked back or got avoided by the blitzer.  This would limit him to a two down role in the NFL if he cannot protect the signal caller.  When used as a receiver, Coleman caught the ball with his body on over half of his receptions.  He needed to slow down to catch the ball, instead of making the reception in stride. Read More »

One of the most polarizing offensive weapons in the 2015 NFL Draft is Arizona State’s Jaelen Strong.  Some people envision him as more of a tight end due to his height and lack of foot speed.  jaelenstOthers see him as a receiver who can dominate jump balls in the middle of the field and use his physicality to force his way into the end zone.  I decided to review nine of his available games against USC, Arizona, Oregon State, Duke, Utah, UCLA, Stanford, Notre Dame, and Wisconsin to get a better idea of what skills he brings to the next level.

WR Jaelen Strong, Arizona State 6′ 2″ 217 lbs.

Cons:  The pass catcher is not fleet of foot; it takes several steps for him to get up to full speed due to him being a long strider.  Strong takes a bit of time to break down and change directions.  He allows the ball to get into his body, when making a reception on too many occasions. While Strong can make the occasional one-handed grab, he tries a little too much to make a spectacular play, instead of what the defense gives him.  Read More »

In a draft that is almost completing devoid of tight end talent, the red shirt sophomore Minnesota’s Maxx Williams stands head and shoulders above the rest of his class (Miami’s Clive Walford is maxxgood, not great).  This is especially worrisome for dynasty fantasy football leagues that feature tight end premium scoring.  I re-watched three of his 2014 games against Iowa, Michigan, and his bowl game versus Missouri to get a grasp of what strengths and weaknesses he possesses while making his trek into the NFL.

TE Maxx Williams, Minnesota 6′ 5″ 249 lbs.

Cons: Most tight ends get asked to block at the next level.  While Williams fires out low, keeps his feet, and can seal off running lanes; the tight end is just an average blocker with less than ideal brute strength.  This may limit a team that wants to use him as a traditional tight end.  Like most men his size, the playmaker runs a bit too high and lacks some fluidity.  Williams needs to do a better job picking up his feet, so he can change directions more easily.  There were a few times the tight end let the ball into his body while making the catch; that needs to be corrected, because he can pluck the pigskin out of the air just as easily. Read More »

It’s the final day in Indianapolis.  NFL Network coverage starts to lag a little, because more people tune in for Rich Eisen’s forty time than they do to watch the defensive backs.  This is definitely the scoutingcombineday for hardcore dynasty owners and fans of Deon Sanders.  Here are some quick observations of mine:

CB Jalen Collins, LSU

The corner ran a respectable 4.48 forty.  He has big legs, long arms, and quick feet.  Collins used good back pedal, loose hips while showing off his soft hands in the gauntlet drill.  Read More »

Now that the NFL Combine is over, the fantasy community is all about the rankings.  Here is a quick list with my initial thoughts of this dynasty fantasy football draft class.  My rankings are very fluid and could change Draftdramatically before April 30th.  This is a minimalist list that will get more meat on it in later versions.

Quarterbacks

1. Jameis Winston, Florida State

2. Marcus Mariota, Oregon Read More »

Welcome to Day Three in Indianapolis.  This is usually my favorite day of the combine with huge men looking more athletic than they should.   The defensive linemen as a whole impressed, while thescoutingcombine linebackers were not as crisp as they had been in years past.  Here are some thoughts on players that stood out today:

DT/DE Arik Armstead, Oregon

He was a big, muscular monster.  The defender showed good balance and some quickness, but definitely belongs on the defensive line.

DE/LB Vic Beasley, Clemson

If the combine needed to have a winner for the day, it would be Beasley.  This muscular, quick twitched athlete ran an impressive 4.53 forty yard dash.  He was explosive with no wasted motion changing directions effortlessly (an impressive three cone drill time of 6.91), while showing off quick, powerful striking hands.  Beasley also looked nature dropping back into coverage. Read More »

It’s Day Two in Indianapolis and the day every dynasty owner loves the most..the offensive skill player day!  Remember we are getting a small glimpse into what each player brings to the next level, scoutingcombinenot the holy grail.  Here are some players that stood out to me during this day:

RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

The powerful running back looked smooth in drills showing off his loose hips and good hands.  He ran a slower forty than thought at 4.60.

WR Nelson Agholor, USC

He had a great gauntlet drill, catching passes in stride with his soft, attacking hands.  Agholor ran a solid 4.42 forty time, but his day ended early due to a dislocated finger. Read More »

It’s another year in Indianapolis watching NFL hopefuls running around in bike shorts.  This year’s tight end class is one of the weakest in years.  Please forgive me for not commenting on the scoutingcombineoffensive linemen as their place in fantasy football does not relate individually.  Here are some quick thoughts on a few of the tight ends out there:

TE EJ Bibbs, Iowa State

This tight end was thick and muscular.  He showed off some good hands, but looked a bit tight catching the ball and moving around.

TE Ben Koyack, Notre Dame

Koyack looked a bit thin and a little stiff in the hips.  The tight end fought the ball too much for my taste.  He might be a better blocker than a receiver, which is good for an NFL team, but not for your fantasy team. Read More »

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