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There are a lot of underrated receivers in the 2015 NFL Draft that dynasty owners must get familiar.  Sure, I well aware of the bad rap USC receivers earned for themselves in the past ten years or so.nagoho  While Nelson Agholor is no Robert Woods or Marquise Lee, this receiver is a threat to score every time he touches the ball.  Unlike most wide outs in this class, Agholor can play any receiver spot as well as return the ball on both punts and kickoffs.  After viewing three of his games against Colorado, California, and Arizona State, I thought it was clear that he could make a major impact in the NFL.

WR Nelson Agholor, USC 6’ 0” 198 lbs.

Cons:  The receiver didn’t face much physical coverage during his college career and was left mostly uncovered split out wide.  When he got pressed at the line and running routes, Agholor got disrupted and took a few steps to get back on track.  This lack of physicality might cause him to work mostly in the slot and return game.  He is a decent run blocker, but needs to be more consistent to stay on the field all three downs.   Read More »

One of the most discussed receivers in this year’s class is UCF’s Breshad Perriman.  He comes from great stock as his father, Brett Perriman played in the NFL during the 80’s and 90’s.  Because bperrthe NFL Draft is so receiver top-heavy (White, Cooper, and Parker), it’s a good idea to familiar with more of these potential playmakers.  There wasn’t a lot of Central Florida game film available to me, but I viewed three of his 2014 games against East Carolina, NC State, and Akron to get a better idea of what skills the young man brings to the NFL.

WR Breshad Perriman, UCF 6’ 2” 212 lbs.

Cons:  Like many receivers, Perriman becomes a bit lazy if the ball isn’t thrown his way.  He needs to become a better-rounded teammate by blocking for fellow receivers once they catch the ball and backs on running plays.  The wide our has some issues with contested, jump balls and gets knocked around more than a man his size should.  There were a few times that he had concentration lapses and tended to round out his routes, instead of running them cleanly.  The receiver did not participate in the Combine due to a minor hamstring injury, so some draftniks feel that he isn’t as competitive as he should be.  Read More »

There is a lot of family tradition in the NFL.  Look at the Mannings (Archie, Peyton, and Eli), the Lucks (Oliver and Andrew), and now come the Kendricks (Mychal and Eric)?  While his brother, erickMychal, is a solid linebacker, can Eric hang?  I reviewed four of his games against Virginia, USC, Texas, and Stanford to get a better idea of what he brings to the next level.

LB Eric Kendricks, UCLA 6’ 0” 232 lbs.

Cons: The first thing that jumped out to me on film was that he plays with more finesse than power.  He needs to get better at delivering hits instead of absorbing them.  Sometimes when pursuing a ball carrier down the field, Kendricks takes some bad angles that allow blockers to take him out of the play.  This also carries over to when the linebacker focuses too much on the quarterback’s eyes when he is back in pass coverage and scrapes off other defenders.  He does not match up as well against tight ends and wide outs as he does against running backs.  Kendricks is a bit lite for his position and might only be able to play a weak side backer in a 3-4 or a middle linebacker in a 4-3.  Read More »

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 »

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 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 »

While this year’s draft class is full of talented outside rushers, there was an inside linebacker that stood out most to me in Mobile.  It was former Miami Hurricane Denzel Perryman.  Although he denzelpmissed the Wednesday practice, the backer came back and made quite the impression on me.  Perhaps it’s because I played the same position while being undersized too.  After viewing nine of his college games against South Carolina, Duke, Nebraska, Louisville, Florida State (both 2013 and 2014), Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Florida, his skills and talents that he brings to the NFL were clearly visible.   Here is what I saw:

ILB Denzel Perryman, Miami 5′ 10 5/8″ 242 lbs.

Cons: The Senior Bowl weigh-in gave scouts the first chink in the armor of the backer, Perryman is not six feet tall.  This limits him in being able to see plays develop at the line of scrimmage when he can’t see around the offensive line.  Of course, the linebacker can watch and anticipate where the linemen are going, so he can overcome this limitation.  But this does leave him flat-footed when reverses and trick plays get called.  Perryman is not silky smooth dropping back into pass coverage and gives an occasion false step.  That isn’t to say he cannot make up for his errors, but it isn’t a strength.  The defender wasn’t effective when he rushed on designed run blitzes as he lowered his head and seemed to have tunnel vision taking bad angles.   The former Hurricane is not overly fast to chase down a runner on the backside, as he uses more patience and is quite methodical.  He sometimes launches himself like a missile into the ball carrier, but the backer needs to make sure he is making contact with his shoulder pads first. Read More »

Another receiver I got excited to see down in Mobile was Stanford’s Ty Montgomery.  He did not stand out much during the practices, so I decided to review a few of his games to get a better idea tymontof his skill set.  After reviewing games against UC Davis, Notre Dame, Utah, California, Washington, and Oregon, I saw a talented playmaker who appears to be a better special teamer than a receiver.

WR Ty Montgomery, Stanford 6’ 2” 215 lbs.

Cons: Montgomery does not have the foot speed to change directions quickly with that he doesn’t get much downfield separation; he is more of a one cut and go, long strider.  The wide out suffers to concentrate when he isn’t targeted as often as he would like.   There were too many passes that he let into his body, instead of snaring the pigskin in the air.  Read More »

The Senior Bowl week had its share of smaller receivers.  The one with the highest college production is East Carolina’s Justin Hardy.  I got to review eight of his college games over the past two jhardyseasons against Florida, NC Central, Cincinnati, Connecticut, South Carolina, Southern Mississippi, Virginia Tech, and North Carolina.  This should have given me a more comprehensive view of his talents and skill set that he brings to the next level.

WR Justin Hardy, East Carolina 6’ 188 lbs.

Cons: While he isn’t exactly short, Hardy is not a muscular, physical specimen and can get knocked around while running pass routes.  The wide out did a lot of standing around waiting for the ball to arrive on short screens; this will get him injured in a hurry wearing an NFL uniform.  Read More »

In Mobile, the question every year is who can convert from a defensive end into an outside linebacker.  While Utah’s Nate Orchard is a very athletic defensive weapon, I struggle to believe he will be nateoable to make the transition to linebacker if he gets forced to drop back into coverage.  I reviewed his games against UCLA and Oregon State along with his outstanding Senior Bowl practices and game.  Here is what I saw:

DE/OLB Nate Orchard, Utah 6’ 4” 255 lbs.

Cons: At his size, Orchard has the build and athleticism for an outside linebacker and does not have the backside or power to play defensive end at the next level, especially as an anchor DE in a 3-4. When the defender dropped back into coverage on game tape or in practice, he seemed slow-footed and very mechanical.  Any tight end or running back would separate from him after two steps in coverage. Read More »

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