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This is the year of the pass rusher and one of the most talked about players in that regard is Kentucky’s OLB/DE Alvin “Bud” Dupree.  Many scouts and draftniks have different thoughts about his alvindskill level and how the defender ranks versus the rest of his draft class.  I reviewed six of his games against Missouri, South Carolina, Louisville, Mississippi State, Florida, and Vanderbilt to get a better grasp of the talents and skills he brings to the next level.  Here are my thoughts:

OLB/DE Alvin Dupree, Kentucky 6’ 4” 269 lbs.

Cons: The first thing I noticed is that the defender lets the blocker, usually the offensive tackle, into his body when running his direction.  This makes it harder for him to anchor his spot and force the play back inside.  Dupree doesn’t often initiate contact on runs and needs to close the gap in order knock his blocker off-balance.  Although the defender is not overly powerful, he relies on his strength over technique.  He needs to get his hands up to strike with force more often and shed to the ball.  Read More »

One of the less talked about, but highly productive wide receivers of this year’s class is Florida State’s Rashad Greene.  If rookie mock drafts are telling us anything, it’s that he will be slipping into therashadg second or third round in most instances.  I decided to watch six of his games (Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, Virginia, Pitt, Boston College, and North Carolina State) at www.draftcountdown.com to get a good idea of the attributes and skills that he brings to the next level.  Here is what I saw:

WR Rashad Greene, Florida State, 5’ 11” 182 lbs.

Cons: The receiver has a little laziness to his routes.  He needs to be more precise considering he only ran a 4.53 forty yard dash and is not the most dynamic player.  Greene has an average catch radius, but seemed to get dominated with contested throws.  This might have to do with his lack of power and muscularity.  The wide out did not face a lot of press coverage and might be forced to play the slot if he can’t get off the line of scrimmage uncontested.  Read More »

One of the shallowest positions in this year’s draft is at safety.  My top player is Alabama’s Landon Collins who might be the only one taken within the first two rounds of the NFL Draft, and might be landoncthe only safety worth drafting for your dynasty teams.  I reviewed three of his games against Florida, Mississippi State, and Auburn to get a handle of the skills and attributes he brings to the next level.  Here are my thoughts:

S Landon Collins, Alabama, 6’ 228 lbs.

Cons: At his current weight of 228 pounds, he might be a little too bulky and muscle-bound to play either safety position in the NFL.  Collins will most likely play the strong safety position due to his physical style of play.  The defender gets very hands in pass coverage and can over-react to fakes on occasion.  He does make quite a few tackles on his back.  While it is great that he continues to play even when on the ground, Collins needs to keep better balance and shed blockers a bit quicker to get to the ball carrier. Read More »

Although everyone knows Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston, there are other quarterbacks in the 2015 NFL Draft that could become valuable dynasty fantasy assets.  Today, we will take a bretthundlook at UCLA’s Brett Hundley.  I watched eight of his 2014 games against Virginia, USC, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Nebraska, Washington, and New Mexico State to get a good baseline of the skills and attributes he will bring into the NFL.  Here are my thoughts:

QB Brett Hundley, UCLA 6’ 3” 226 lbs.

Cons: This first thing that jumps out while watching the young signal caller is that he is not a very fluid athlete with almost robotic movements.  He is a pure shotgun quarterback who does not take snaps under center, if at all.  When Hundley is back in the pocket, he sometimes struggles to get the ball out quickly.  The signal caller needs to improve on his internal clock and long delivery to keep him from getting sacked.  After the pocket starts collapsing, the quarterback can get careless with the football, not tucking it away and getting strip-sacked.  Hundley appears to focus too much on the pressure and starts looking down, instead of looking downfield for a possible target.  He rarely goes through his full progression and seems to focus on his first or second targets before deciding to run.  Read More »

Every dynasty owner is looking for that diamond in the rough.  One such wide receiver in the 2015 rookie draft could be UNLV’s Davante Davis.  I got to see him in Mobile during the beginning of thedavdavis Senior Bowl week, but he left due to injury.  After consulting my practice notes and watching games against Northern Illinois and Nevada, there was enough to evaluate what skills and attributes Davis can bring to the next level.  Here are my thoughts:

WR Devante Davis, UNLV 6’ 3” 220 lbs. 

Cons: The receiver is very raw and did not run precise routes.  UNLV is not known to be a football powerhouse, so the level of coaching and instruction would not come close to what he would have gotten in a major college program.  Davis doesn’t use his size to his advantage and lets the ball get into his body.  He needs to do a better job of shielding defensive backs from the ball with his big frame. Read More »

There are a few lesser known players that many people are not discussing. One of those is inside linebacker, Kwon Alexander, from LSU for all you IDP owners.  After watching his games against kwonMississippi State and the Florida Gators, there were a few things to like and some things that raised my concerns.  Here are my thoughts:

LB Kwon Alexander, LSU 6’1” 227 lbs.

Cons: The defender is a bit on the short side and the light side weight-wise to play inside backer in the NFL.  While this certainly won’t stop him, it might make it more difficult for him to find a starting job.  He strikes me as more of a finesse player who seemed to bounce off ball carriers instead of smashing them.  Alexander also has a bad habit of guessing incorrectly.  The backer runs around blockers instead of trying to run through them on the way to the pigskin.  When he does get tangled up with blockers, it takes him too much time to disengage them to make his way to the pigskin.  Perhaps it is his size, but Alexander does not see the field well, got sealed off a lot, and made most of his tackles by the ankles.  I’m not sure how much of a pass rusher he is either. Read More »

This draft class is flush with talented receivers.  The question is do you want to know the top ten or the top twenty wide outs?  The diminutive and injury prone Maryland offensive weapon Stefon diggsDiggs might not be a dynasty owners first choice, but he might be their best choice a bit later in the draft.   Unfortunately draftbreakdown.com does not have a lot of game tape to view, but I did watch his efforts against Virginia and Florida International to get a better idea of what he brings to the National Football League.  Here are my thoughts:

WR Stefon Diggs, Maryland 6’ 195 lbs.

Cons: This wide out is not the healthiest of athletes.  He missed six games due to a broken leg in 2013 and missed two games with a lacerated kidney in 2014.  On the bright side, these were not joint or connective tissue issues.  Because the receiver is not that big or physical, he gets knocked around a lot all over the field.  Diggs has skinny legs on top of a smaller frame and overly excitable. This inability to contain his emotions spilled over to the gridiron with a one game suspension that got caused by his contact with an official.  He is also more of an athlete than a technically sound player, which really is clear when he runs rounded pass routes.  Read More »

This year’s draft is full of question marks and no one has as many as Washington corner back Marcus Peters.  He got dismissed from the team during the 2014 season, but allowed to practice with hismarcusp former teammates on campus, showing some repentance and acceptance with his former college coaching staff.  I reviewed six of his games against Hawaii, Eastern Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Stanford, and Oregon State to get a better idea of the skills he will bring to the next level.  Here is what I saw:

CB Marcus Peters, Washington 6’ 197 lbs.

Cons:  Combine watchers will be the first to report the corner only ran a 4.53 forty yard dash.  There are plenty of NFL coverage defensive backs that do well with this kind of speed; however his technique will need to be almost Richard Sherman good to be an outstanding starting defensive back. The problem is he relies on his athleticism more than he is a student of the game.  His effort varies from play to play as does his excitement.  When Peters is in the zone he is outstanding, but he can get too fired up and then thrown out of a game or have multiple penalties hurting his team.  There were too many times that he ended up flat on his back in run support, although Peters managed to make a few tackles from there.  The corner can get very aggressive in coverage, either getting too handsy or trying to jump routes.  A seasoned quarterback will exploit those tendencies often, if these are not curtailed.  Read More »

One of the more exciting young backs in the 2015 NFL Draft class is Miami Hurricane, Duke Johnson.  There is a lot of debate whether he is an every down back or a specialist.  I reviewed eight of hisduke games against:  Louisville, Nebraska, Duke, Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Florida State, and Georgia Tech to get a good feel for what skills and attributes he brings to the next level and what the young back needs to work on.  Here is what I saw:

RB Duke Johnson, Miami 5’ 9” 207 lbs.

Cons:  He is more quick than fast, which gets realized once you look at his 4.54 40 yard dash time.  Johnson has very skinny legs, which do not seem to generate a lot of leg drive.  The back runs a bit too high, at times, and should sink his hips more.  I did not see him create creases on his own, instead he was reliant on his offensive line to put a hat on a hat to spring him loose.  There were a few times that the runner did not pick up his feet, which caused him to get easily tripped up around the trash.  Johnson has a tendency to bounce most of his runs outside, which will allow most defenses to catch up with him more quickly.  He has a habit of body catching the ball and doesn’t get low to fire out against would be blitzers in pass protection.  His health issues are a concern too as he didn’t finish a few of his games this past season.  Read More »

 

This year’s draft is full of pass rushers.  Outside of the top six of Vic Beasley, Shane Ray, Dante Fowler, Bud Dupree, Randy Gregory, and Leonard Williams, there is a lot of debate who should be eliharoldnext.  One of the names that get mentioned is Virginia’s Eli Harold.  He is a bit undersized for a typical defensive end role, but has some good tape out there.  I reviewed five of his games against UCLA, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Miami, and Maryland to get a better idea of what he can bring to the NFL.  Here is what I saw:

OLB/DE Eli Harold, Virginia 6’ 3” 248 lbs.

Cons: The defender does not have any specialized skills in trying to get to the quarterback.  Most pass rushers use spins, swim moves, dips, and bull rushers in some sort of concert to create separation between themselves and their blockers, not him.  Harold shoves and pushes with only a glimpse of a spin or swim move, despite having quick hands.  He tends to lunge and get off-balance, which makes it easier to get him on the ground or out of the way.  Too many times the defender let the offensive lineman into his body which makes him easy to pass or run block against.  Harold needs to use his punch more often and anchor himself forcing the ball back inside.  He also fell for a few too many fake handoffs from UCLA’s Brent Hundley; the first time understandable, but to fall for it multiple times… Read More »

In a draft full of pass rushers, Missouri’s Shane Ray did not participate at the NFL Combine setting him back in some draftniks’ eyes.  He was active in the Missouri pro day, but did not stand out shanerayaccording to reports of people in attendance.  I decided to let his college film do the talking as I reviewed his games against UCF, South Carolina, Florida (2014 and 2013), and Kentucky.  This is what I noticed:

OLB/DE Shane Ray, Missouri 6’ 3” 245 lbs.

Cons: The first thing I noticed is that he is a bit awkward moving laterally, not smooth. Ray has a bad habit of letting blockers into body, but has a powerful enough torso to move them around to where he wants.  The defender needs to be more proactive and attack instead of letting the offense come to him.  There are times he gets too aggressive though and works himself out of the play.  His instincts are good, but he needs to understand better what the offense is trying to carry out.  Ray needs to get stronger against the run, stepping up and filling the gap.  I thought he looked a little stiff dropping back into pass coverage and might be more of a pass rushing specialist. Read More »

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