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It’s that time of year when I turn my focus to the college bowl games to gain insight. I will do my best to find some draft eligible players that could improve your dynasty teams. This article intends tojayajayi start conversations and encourage continued thought throughout the entire draft process. These are my observations based on the bowl games, unless otherwise indicated. There will be much more in-depth, thought-provoking discussions later in the offseason. I am listing these players alphabetically.

RB-Jay Ajayi, Boise State- The young runner had an impressive first half rushing for over 100 yards and scoring three rushing touchdowns.  On his first carry of the game, the back exploded past the line of scrimmage for a 56 yard touchdown run with no one within 15 yards of him at the end of the run. He has great quickness, gets small in the hole, and uses excellent vision.  While watching the game, I heard an interesting stat that Ajayi had the most touches in the FBS this college season. The runner was comfortable running both inside and outside, but is built more like an outside slasher back. He reads his blocks well, uses stiff-arms and an occasional spin move, and keep his legs churning until the whistle sounds while falling forward.  Read More »

It’s that time of year when I turn my focus to the college bowl games to gain insight. I will do my best to find some draft eligible players that could improve your dynasty teams. This article intends tobeasely start conversations and encourage continued thought throughout the entire draft process. These are my observations based on the bowl games, unless otherwise indicated. There will be much more in-depth, thought-provoking discussions later in the offseason. I am listing these players alphabetically.

DE/LB-Vic Beasley, Clemson- The defender is light on his feet, explodes on the snap, getting great initial pressure, uses spin moves, and can blow right past offensive tackles on the way to the quarterback.  He uses his hands well to keep blockers off his body, using a strong punch to knock them back.  The hybrid defender has the balance to dip his shoulder underneath blocks on the way to make the tackle. Read More »

In my weekly column, we take a long look at impact fantasy football rookies.  I compare their performance to date against my original expectations of them.  Let’s continue this 2014 version of odbthe series by looking at one of my highest rated wide receivers, Odell Beckham Jr.  I will look at some of his college production against his performance versus Philadelphia to discern his dynasty value.

Here are my thoughts after watching the receiver in college: Once he has the ball in his hands, Beckham uses a strong stiff-arm to keep defenders away from him and seems to love to hand fight while running patterns.  This helps him exploit the defenses with the extra separation.  Beckham Jr. fools his coverage to cover one path, but quickly shifts his hips to explode down the field in a different direction.  His cut back ability in the open field, makes him quite dangerous because the young receiver starts and stops making the defense go right past him.

As a receiver, Beckham Jr. explodes off the line quickly and shields the pigskin from the defender covering him.  He has a great habit of making the first man miss.  The young wide occasionally lets the ball into his body, but it seems this is more about the quarterback’s ball placement which gave Beckham no other way to make the catch.  The wide out has quick feet, which makes him effective on reverses with his loose hips while he reading the offensive line’s blocks well. Read More »

In my weekly column, we take a long look at impact fantasy football rookies.  I compare their performance to date against my original expectations of them.  Let’s continue this 2014 version of dfreethe series by looking at one of my highest rated running backs, Devonta Freeman.  I will look at some of his college production against his performance versus Carolina to discern his dynasty value.

Here are my thoughts after watching him in college: Despite his limited touches (under 200 each season of college), Freeman is a decisive back who appears to be able to carry an NFL workload as a feature back.  He played at fullback, half back, and receiver.  As a lead blocker, Freeman squared his shoulders, got good leverage, knocked his defender back, and opened up a seam to run thru.  The back ran routes well enough to need corners to cover him. When acting as a pass blocker, he attacks the blitzers, squaring his shoulders, keeping contact throughout the block usually forcing them backwards.  Freeman sees the pressure pre-snap and adjusts his stance to account for it.  The back is good at selling fakes that freeze the defenders, giving his teammates an opportunity to get an extra step.  When acting as a receiver, the runner adjusts to poorly thrown passes, runs crisp routes, fully extends to make the catch, and does his best to make the reception in stride for the biggest gain.  Freeman is dangerous in the open field with his quickness and wiggle that makes defenders miss.  He also comes back to assist the quarterback whether he needs an outlet receiver, or a block down the field to free up a running lane. Read More »

It’s that time of year when I turn my focus to the college bowl games to gain insight. I will do my best to find some draft eligible players that could improve your dynasty teams. This article intends tokbell start conversations and encourage continued thought throughout the entire draft process. These are my observations based on the bowl games, unless otherwise indicated. There will be much more in-depth, thought-provoking discussions later in the offseason. I am listing these players alphabetically.

WR-Kenny Bell, Nebraska- Despite having a big head of hair, Bell is a smooth, fluid athlete that gets in and out of his breaks quickly.  He does a great job catching the ball in stride with his soft hands and runs crisp routes.  The receiver tracks the ball well in the air, gets separation and shields the pigskin from his defensive coverage.  Bell lines up all over the formation, and gets a clean release of the line using his hands and quick feet.  He knows where he is on the field at all times, toe-tapping near the sidelines showing good balance.  The wide out adjusted to the ball in the end zone getting his knee down to catch a touchdown.  Once Bell has the ball in his hands, he fights for extra yardage, not going down easily and uses a stiff-arm to get away from would-be tacklers.  As a run blocker, he could use some work, but he does get in front of his defender and sprung his running back for a touchdown in the red zone. Read More »

It’s that time of year when I turn my focus to the college bowl games to gain insight. I will do my best to find some draft eligible players that could improve your dynasty teams. This article intends tojstrong start conversations and encourage continued thought throughout the entire draft process. These are my observations based on the bowl games, unless otherwise indicated. There will be much more in-depth, thought-provoking discussions later in the offseason. I am listing these players alphabetically.

DT-Ethan Farmer, North Carolina- The defensive tackle gets good initial penetration off the snap, using his strong upper body to keep blockers away from him. He anchors well with his thick trunk and low center of gravity, forcing the ball carrier to run away from the space he is occupying.  This forces the offensive line to double team the defender to remove him from the play.  Farmer has quick feet, changing directions while crashing down the line of scrimmage against the run.  The defender plays much better against the run than attacking the quarterback in the pocket.  His motor is always running, never giving up on plays, and can use a spin move to free himself from blocks. Read More »

It’s that time of year when I turn my focus to the college bowl games to gain insight. I will do my best to find some draft eligible players that could improve your dynasty teams. This article intends to start conversations and encourage continued thought throughout the entire draft process. These are my observations based on the bowl games, unless otherwise indicated. There will be much more in-depth, thought-provoking discussions later in the offseason. I am listing these players alphabetically.

RB-Leon Allen, Western Kentucky- This runner has very quick feet, gets low in the hole, and usually makes the first guy miss in the open field.  He uses an effective stiff-arm to keep defenders off his body, sees the entire field well, and can jump cut away from trouble. Allen sells his fake hand-offs well freezing the defense, gets small in the hole, and possesses a nice burst all while falling forward.  As a receiver, the back has soft hands and almost connected on  a wheel route for a touchdown had the throw been just a bit more accurate.  He did get knocked back when pass blocking, but stayed in front of his blitzer.  Allen did not break many tackles, instead he got caught up in the line of scrimmage trash.  If he didn’t get to the open field or had clear running lanes, the back didn’t have the power or leg drive to make more out of the play.  The young runner looks like more of a change of pace/third down back at the next level. Read More »

It’s that time of year when I turn my focus to the college bowl games to gain insight. I will do my best to find some draft eligible players that could improve your dynasty teams. This article intends to start conversations and encourage continued thought throughout the entire draft process. These are my observations based on the bowl games, unless otherwise indicated. There will be much more in-depth, thought-provoking discussions later in the offseason. I am listing these players alphabetically.

DE-Brock Hekking, Nevada- The young defender is undersized for the position at 6’4” 255lbs.  He did not come into the game until the second series due to violating team rules in the bowl game.  Hekking has fast hands, keeps blockers off his body, and gets off the snap quickly.  The defensive end varies his stances from a three-point to standing up like an outside linebacker. He uses a shoulder dip to get underneath and swim around blockers, while throwing in an occasional spin move to create space.  A few times, Hekking drove back the offensive tackle towards the quarterback when he sunk his hips.  The defender takes good angles rushing the passer and is willing to dive at their legs to make the sack.  He changed his point of attack from the outside lane to stunt inside, but was not very successful. Read More »

 

In fantasy football, there are some new trends that I enjoy writing about: dynasty leagues, and individual defensive player leagues.  This weekly column will combine two of those by discussing two cypyyoung IDPs.  I will give my scouting thoughts on how they played a particular week.  Today I will be discussing Jacksonville safety Jonathan Cyprien and the infamous San Diego linebacker Manti Te’o.

S-Jonathan Cyprien, JAX-This second year safety plays all over the Jacksonville defense as he lined up near the line of scrimmage like an outside backer, but also played some deep middle and off coverage on the opposing tight end.  Cyprien flies around the field quickly using good tackling technique (either wraps the ankles or controls their hips).  He doesn’t give up on plays and is solid in run support.  With the improved play of the Jaguars linebackers, his tackle opportunities decreased.  This shows against the Titans with only three tackles, an assist, and one pass defended. Read More »

In my weekly column, we take a long look at impact fantasy football rookies.  I compare their performance to date against my original expectations of them.  Let’s continue this 2014 version of mleethe series by looking at one of the highest regarded wide receivers, Marqise Lee  I will look at some of his college production against his performance versus Tennessee to discern his dynasty value.

Here are my thoughts after watching him in college: Lee gets a clean release off the line, using his quick feet and upper body strength. The receiver has impressive straight-line speed, is very fluid with the ability to change directions effortlessly.  This makes him very dangerous as a downfield threat who can use a stop and go route to shake his defender.  He sees the entire field well and can find and catch the pigskin behind either shoulder.  USC plays the best athletes week in and week out, and this young playmaker has had success against the highest competition that college has to offer.  Lee also accelerates well once he has the ball in his hands.  The wide out goes up to grab the ball out of the air at its highest point without losing stride.  He can help in the return game with both punt and kickoffs. Read More »

In my weekly column, we take a long look at impact fantasy football rookies.  I compare their performance to date against my original expectations of them.  Let’s continue this 2014 version of bishopthe series by looking at one of this class’ highest regarded running backs prior to the start of the season, Bishop Sankey.   I will look at some of his college production against his performance versus Jacksonville to discern his dynasty value.

Here are my thoughts after watching him in college: The young back received a lot of touches as a collegian and seems to be wearing him down somewhat.  Sankey runs mostly between zero and two gaps ( the two guards and center) with good leverage and seemingly enjoys the contact.  Sankey doesn’t go down with arm tackles and keeps his feet chopping trying to break tackles.  The runner has a  strong stiff-arm that helps him keep defenders away from him.  His fierceness sets him apart from the other backs in his draft class, but his speed and vision do not. Read More »

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