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There are hundreds of stories being told during the planning and anticipation of the 2017 NFL Draft. Today we will be looking at a scouting report for senior running back Matthew Dayes, NC State Wolfpack.

RB-Matthew Dayes  NC State, 5’9” 203 lbs.

The senior runner has plenty of tread on his tires with only a starter’s share of the carries this past season (249). He played well against powerhouse teams like Clemson and Florida State, but can he be successful at the next level?  Because I’m a high school football coach and educator by trade, let’s break down what I saw in the six games I reviewed of the senior play maker: 2016 contests versus Vanderbilt, Clemson, Wake Forest, Notre Dame, and North Carolina as well as the 2017 Senior Bowl. Most of these game videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. These are my thoughts: Read More »

There are hundreds of stories being told during the planning and anticipation of the 2017 NFL Draft. Today we will be looking at a scouting report for red shirt sophomore Solomon Thomas, Stanford Cardinals.

DT/DE-Solomon Thomas, Stanford 6’3” 273 lbs.

This hybrid defender has climbed up many draft pundits mock drafts. He is a too tall and skinny to play inside on the defensive line for more than a few snaps a game, yet Thomas isn’t fluid enough to play outside backer. Let’s take a look at his talents to see where the former Cardinal will be the most effective. Since I’m a high school football coach and educator by trade, let’s break down what I saw in the seven games I reviewed of the red shirt sophomore play maker: 2016 contests versus Arizona, Kansas State, Colorado, UCLA, North Carolina, Rice, and Washington. Most of these game videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. These are my thoughts: Read More »

There are hundreds of stories being told during the planning and anticipation of the 2017 NFL Draft. Today we will be looking at a scouting report for senior wide out Taywan Taylor, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.

WR-Taywan Taylor, Western Kentucky 5’11” 203 lbs.

The high-flying Hilltopper receiver really took off his junior year and did not slow down with back to back 1400+ receiving yards and 17 touchdowns seasons his last two years. In his senior year, the wide out was very consistent by either reaching pay dirt or having over 100 yards in every game. That was quite impressive and he continued that work in Mobile, Alabama this past week during the practices and game. Because I’m a high school football coach and educator by trade, let’s break down what I saw in the seven games I reviewed of the senior play maker: 2016 contests versus Memphis, Rice, Alabama, Vanderbilt, LA Tech, and Middle Tennessee along with the 2017 Senior Bowl. Most of these videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. Here are my thoughts: Read More »

There are hundreds of stories being told during the planning and anticipation of the 2017 NFL Draft. Today we will be looking at a scouting report for red-shirt senior running back Jamaal Williams, Brigham Young Cougars .

RB-Jamaal Williams BYU 6’ 212 lbs.

This young man has competed nationally in track and field events since the age of ten when he first broke his ankle. Williams also has great genetics as his mother Nicolle Thompson was a former NCAA Track & Field championship level sprinter while at UCLA. He began his college career early at age 17, so the impact of him taking the 2015 season off due to “personal reasons” and knee issues may not be as disastrous as originally thought.

Because I’m a high school football coach and educator by trade, let’s break down what I saw in the eight games I reviewed of the senior runner: 2016 contests versus Wyoming, Arizona, Utah, Cincinnati, Mississippi State, Michigan State, and Toledo along with the 2017 Senior Bowl. Most of these videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. Here are my thoughts: Read More »

There are hundreds of stories being told during the planning and anticipation of the 2017 NFL Draft. Today we will be looking at a scouting report for red-shirt senior wide out Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington Eagles.

WR-Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington 6’2” 204 lbs.

Kupp is a unique prospect for a few reasons. His grandfather played guard in the NFL for eleven years and his father was drafted by the league too. Then there is the level of competition he faced in the Big Sky Conference which is not considered difficult, but the wide out did perform well against bigger programs, Washington and Oregon. The rookie receiver will also be one of his classes oldest players, 24 before the start of the season, and married for two years.

Because I’m a high school football coach and educator by trade, I decided to break down what I saw in the six games I reviewed of the senior play maker: 2016 contests versus Washington State, Richmond, Central Arkansas, and Northern Arizona along with a 2015 game against Oregon and a 2014 game against Sam Houston State. All of these videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. These are my thoughts: Read More »

There are hundreds of stories being told during the planning and anticipation of the 2017 NFL Draft. Today we will be looking at a scouting report for senior edge rusher Dawuane Smoot, Illinois Fighting Illini.

DE-Dawuane Smoot, Illinois 6’3” 265 lbs.

At the start of the 2016 season, many scouts had been quite impressed with his production in 2015: fifteen tackles for loss, eight sacks and three forced fumbles. Smoot was given a second round grade by the draft advisory board his junior year, but decided to come back for his senior season to bump himself into the first round consideration. While his tackle numbers went up (56), the rest of his production decreased (five sacks and two forced fumbles). Because I’m a high school football coach and educator by trade, let’s break down what I saw in the four games I reviewed of the senior defender: 2016 contests versus Nebraska and Michigan along with two 2015 games against Wisconsin and Iowa. All of these videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. These are my thoughts: Read More »

There are hundreds of stories being told during the planning and anticipation of the 2017 NFL Draft. Today we will be looking at a scouting report for red-shirt junior receiver Chad Hansen, Cal Golden Bears.

WR-Chad Hansen, California 6’2” 202 lbs.

This year’s receiver class has been described as wide, meaning that many different types of receivers with many unique skill sets. I don’t see Hansen as a number one option in an NFL passing game, but the Idaho transfer turned Golden Bear could find some success in a complementary role. Because I’m a high school football coach and educator by trade, let’s break down what I saw in the four games I reviewed of the junior play maker: 2016 contests versus Texas, Arizona State, San Diego State, and Stanford. Most of these game videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. Here are my thoughts: Read More »

Maybe it’s just me, but with the proliferation of Draft Twitter and the multitudes of fantasy football sites, I believe it is important to know someone’s background before reading their work aka “don’t follow false prophets”. Speaking of myself and only myself, I have watched football for over 43 years of my 47 years on this earth. That alone, however, does not make me a good judge of football talent. I played football for four years between junior high and high school where I was a starting guard, sometimes center and began defense as a defensive end, but eventually played both inside and outside backer spots. Once again, that does not qualify me to be an expert at football, just some experience playing the game. Read More »

There are hundreds of stories being told during the planning and anticipation of the 2017 NFL Draft. Today we will be looking at a scouting report for junior running back Christian McCaffrey, Stanford Cardinals.

RB-Christian McCaffrey, Stanford 5’11 ‘ 202 lbs.

The most talented son of former Bronco receiver, Ed McCaffrey, only made one controversial move: he skipped his last bowl game. Christian is an exciting player that is hard not to like, but there is some concern that with his diminutive size he might not be able to carry the load as a full-time NFL running back. I’m a high school football coach and educator by trade, so I am going to break down what I saw in the seven games I reviewed of the junior runner: 2016 contests versus USC, California, Rice, Washington, UCLA, Arizona, and Oregon. All of these videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. These are my thoughts: Read More »

There are hundreds of stories being told during the planning and anticipation of the 2017 NFL Draft. Today we will be looking at a scouting report for redshirt junior wideout John Ross III, Washington Huskies.

WR-John Ross III, Washington 5’11” 190 lbs.

This Huskie weapon really broke out in 2016 with 81 receptions for 1150 yards and 17 touchdowns after missing his entire 2015 season due to multiple knee injuries. How will he transition to the next level and will he be a first round NFL and/or fantasy rookie draft selection?

Because I’m a high school football coach and educator by trade, let’s break down what I saw in the five games I reviewed of the redshirt junior playmaker: 2016 contests versus Alabama, USC, California, Oregon, and Arizona State. Most of these game videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. These are my thoughts: Read More »

 

There is something great about the NFL Draft.  Optimism is in the air for everyone as it represents a new beginning.  This is even more true with your dynasty squad especially if you are coming off a rough season.  After the rookie draft, you AndrewMiley_Twitterhave new exciting players, but now the draft and perhaps excitement are over.  Many owners stop visiting their league site for a while, go on that vacation, perhaps read a few articles here and there, and then log in right before Labor Day.  I’m not saying don’t go on vacation for a week or two, just don’t take a summer hiatus from your league(s).

Keep up with the news.

Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes play outside linebacker and not defensive ends in the new Rex Ryan scheme, that could be major news in leagues where owners have to scramble for defensive linemen.  Devonta Freeman might be a better fit for the Falcons running game than rookie Tevin Coleman.  This is the time to keep track of the little things, because you never know when a little crumb from the local media will pay off big.

Know your waivers.

I’m in seven leagues right now and every week I go thru the available players for every league.  On leagues that use the myfantasyleague.com site, there is a feature called the “my draft list” that you get to from the “For Owners” tab.  I sort the available players first by position and then by team to be thorough and add all interesting free agents.  This list keeps all of the free agents organized at a moments notice.  I still go low tech as well with my index cards.  When I tell my friends this, they say “why bother”, because I want to know who is available at any time.  If you want to make a trade, the knowledge that a replacement level player is available can reduce the risks you take. Read More »