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The 2016 NFL Draft has its share of talented, yet niche players.  One of the smallest wildcards is former Western Michigan wide out Daniel Braverman.  When I say, smallest I’m talking about his dbravermansize and not his talent.  Being a former Mid-American Conference alumni (Bowling Green graduate), I have a special interest in MAC players and their transition to the next level.  After reviewing his 2015 games against Bowling Green (imagine that), Ohio State, Michigan State, Northern Illinois, and Middle Tennessee, I got convinced that if Braverman can overcome his size issues that he could contribute on an NFL team.  These are my thoughts on the former Bronco:

WR-Daniel Braverman, Western Michigan 5′ 10″ 177 lbs. Read More »

NFL defensive schemes and roles are changing to accommodate more versatile, explosive players like Arizona’s hybrid Deone Bucannon and LA’s Mark Barron.  Likewise in the 2016 NFL scravensDraft, there is an exciting play maker with NFL blood lines (related to Jordan Cameron, Manti Te’o, and former Bengals great David Fulcher) that has some similarities to those hybrid players, former Trojan defender Su’a Cravens.  I reviewed his 2015 games against Washington, Stanford, California, Notre Dame, and his 2014 game against Nebraska to get a better idea of the skills and attributes this young man will bring to the next level.  Here are my thoughts:

S/LB-Su’a Cravens, USC 6′ 1″ 226 lbs. Read More »

The 2016 NFL Draft is rapidly approaching and one of the trickiest positions to fill is that of a tight end.  For every Rob Gronkowski in the league, there are ten Vance McDonalds.  Former ahooperStanford Cardinal Austin Hooper is somewhere between my Gronk-McDonald comparison.  He wasn’t a featured target with only 74 career receptions in two years of work, so film work is a bit limited.  I reviewed his 2015 game against USC, a 2014 Notre Dame game, and his career highlights to get a better idea of what skills and attributes he will deliver to the next level.  These are my thoughts:

TE-Austin Hooper, Stanford 6′ 4″ 254 lbs. Read More »

The 2016 NFL Draft is closing in and there are so many tremendous defensive players yet to discuss.  One of the best defenders is former Clemson Shaq Lawson who certainly turned heads duringslawson this year’s national championship game against Alabama with two sacks and four total tackles.  I reviewed that game along with his 2015 games against Notre Dame, North Carolina, Florida State, NC State, and Miami to get a better feel of the skills and attributes that this disruptive, potential superstar bring to the next level.  Here are my thoughts:

DE/OLB-Shaq Lawson, Clemson 6′ 3″ 269 lbs. Read More »

There are hundreds of stories that lead into the 2016 NFL Draft.  One of the lesser known is about former New Mexico running back Jhurell Pressley.  He is creating a bit of buzz with his fantastic jpressleypro day performance.  This inspired me to review all the available tape I could find of him: a 2025 game against New Mexico State, his junior year highlights, and an entire college career highlights.  Composing a scouting report with only one game and two highlight reels isn’t ideal, but I believe there was enough there to make a decent evaluation of the skills and attributes he could bring to the next level.  These are my thoughts:

RB-Jhurell Pressley, New Mexico 5′ 10″ 206 lbs. Read More »

For the past few seasons, Ohio State got rewarded with dominate play makers.  With the 2016 NFL Draft approaching, most of the Buckeye defense decided to migrate to the NFL and one of theirdlee biggest pieces is linebacker Darron Lee.  He reminds many people of the Steelers weak side backer Ryan Shazier with whom they share a school and amazing athleticism.  I reviewed several of Lee’s 2015 games against Michigan State, Notre Dame, Hawaii, and the last two Michigan contests to get a better feel for what this young man brings skills and attribute-wise to the next level.  These are my thoughts:

LB-Darron Lee, Ohio State, 6′ 1″ 232 lbs. Read More »

The NFL is a copycat league, which is why several teams are taking an interest in rookie quarterback Vernon Adams, Jr. because he reminds some scouts of Super Bowl winning signal caller vadamsRussell Wilson. While this year’s NFL Draft has two to four decent early round starting quarterback options depending on who you ask, the young former Oregon Duck/Eastern Washington Eagle should be available with a much later, smaller investment.  I reviewed several of his games against Washington, Oregon State, California, Montana (2014), Sam Houston (2014), and his all-star East-West Shrine game to get a better idea of what skills and attributes he brings to the next level.  These are my thoughts:

QB-Vernon Adams, Jr., Oregon, 5′ 11″ 200 lbs.  Read More »

One of the biggest 2016 NFL Draft stories is the recovery of superstar UCLA linebacker Myles Jack.  He was a natural force as a running back early on and as a linebacker his entire healthy career mjackfor the Bruins.  In early reports from UCLA pro days, it seems Jack is getting back to form in time to make an impact in the 2016 NFL season.  I reviewed three of his 2015 games against Virginia, BYU, and UNLV along with two of his 2014 games against  USC, and Kansas State to get a good idea of what skills and attributes he brings to the next level.  Here is what I saw:

LB-Myles Jack, UCLA, 6′ 1″ 245 lbs. Read More »

The most important position in the NFL that comes with enormous scrutiny and the even more prestige is the quarterback.  Finding a NFL starter can be difficult, one of this year’s wild cards dprescott(meaning someone who could be drafted after the first two rounds) is former Mississippi State signal caller Dak Prescott.  I watched his 2015 games against NC State, LSU, Texas A&M, Louisiana Tech, a 2014 game against Arkansas, and his Senior Bowl game and practices to get a good feel of what skills and attributes he brings to the next level.  This is what I found:

QB-Dak Prescott, Mississippi State, 6′ 2″ 226 lbs.  Read More »

There are hundreds of stories being told about the 2016 NFL Draft class.  One the most interesting transformations is about an athletic quarterback into a receiver.  Hines Ward was the mostbmiller successful transition so far (yes he played some quarterback and running back for Georgia), while former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson failed moving to a hybrid running back/receiver role.  Like Ward, Miller changed positions with at least collegian season to work on his craft.  To get a better idea of what skills and attributes the play maker is bringing to the NFL, I reviewed his games against Michigan, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Rutgers, and his Senior Bowl game and practices.  Here is what I saw:

WR-Braxton Miller, Ohio State 6′ 1″ 201 lbs.  Read More »

The NFL Draft has many amazing athletes, but one of the more unique wide receivers is former Bulldog Malcolm Mitchell.  How in the world is he so special, you may ask.  Well during his freshman mmitchelland sophomore years in college, Mitchell played corner back, wide out, as well as returning kickoffs and punts.  On top of that, he wrote a children’s book (not your average football player).  I reviewed his game against South Carolina and watched his highlight reels from his first two years along with his final college season to see what skills/attributes he brings to the next level.  Here are my thoughts:

WR-Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia 6′ 198 lbs. Read More »