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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 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 »

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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 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 »

Each year are hundreds of stories being told during the planning and anticipation of the NFL Draft; the 2017 NFL Draft is no different. Today we will be looking at a scouting report for redshirt junior defensive end/outside linebacker Charles Harris, Missouri Tigers.

DE/OLB-Charles Harris, Missouri 6’3” 253 lbs.

He was a lone bright side on the defensive side of the ball on a 4-8 Missouri football team; his impact was felt in spurts with nine sacks in 2016 (7.5 sacks were accrued in three games). What position does he transition to best 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 five games I reviewed of the red-shirt junior defender: 2016 contests versus West Virginia, LSU, and Vanderbilt along with 2015 games against Florida and Arkansas. Most of these game videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. These are my thoughts: Read More »

Each year are hundreds of stories being told during the planning and anticipation of the NFL Draft; the 2017 NFL Draft is no different.  Today we will be looking at a scouting report for senior safety Xavier Woods, La Tech Bulldogs.

S-Xavier Woods, Louisiana Tech 5’11” 197 lbs.

This year’s safety class is one of the deepest in quite some time. Sure, there are household names from big school like LSU’s Jamal Adams, Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers, and Ohio State’s Malik Hooker. Value is in the eyes of the beholder and it should be there for Xavier Woods in the NFL Draft and in your rookie IDP drafts too. 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 junior play maker: this year’s East/West Shrine Game, 2016 contests versus Navy, Arkansas, and Western Kentucky along with 2015 games against Arkansas State and Mississippi State. Most of these game videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. These are my thoughts: Read More »

Each year are hundreds of stories being told during the planning and anticipation of the NFL Draft; the 2017 NFL Draft is no different.  Today we will be looking at a scouting report for senior safety Justin Evans, Texas A&M.

S-Justin Evans, Texas A&M  6’ 199 lbs.

This year’s safety class is quite talented. Evans has less big college experience than most as he spent his first two seasons playing for a small community college. Like many NFL hopefuls, playing in the NFL was a lifelong dream. 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 UCLA, Tennessee, Alabama, and LSU. These game videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. Here are my thoughts: Read More »

Each year are hundreds of stories being told during the planning and anticipation of the NFL Draft; the 2017 NFL Draft is no different.  Today we will be looking at a scouting report for senior outside linebacker Devonte’ Fields, Louisville Cardinals.

OLB-Devonte’ Fields, Louisville 6’2” 236 lbs.

Fields was a four star recruit out of high school and started off his college career at TCU with great promise as the Associated Press Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2012. Then things started spiraling down in 2013 missing all but three games due to off-field issues and injuries. This led to him transferring to Trinity Community College in 2014 and then finishing off his last two collegiate seasons at Louisville. 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 junior play maker: 2016 contests versus Charlotte, Florida State, and Clemson along with 2015 games against Texas A&M and Kentucky. Most of these game videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. These are my thoughts: Read More »

Each year there are hundreds of stories being told during the planning and anticipation of the NFL Draft; the 2017 Draft is no different. Today we will be looking at a scouting report for senior safety Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut Huskies.

S-Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut 6’4” 224 lbs.

Small school prospect Melifonwu has been rising up the rankings with a great week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, starting with the weigh-in and an impressive NFL Combine. He had over ten tackles or more in the seven of the games he played this season, including an amazing 24 of them against Tulane. 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 senior play maker: 2016 contests versus Houston,Cincinnati, and Virginia along with a 2015 game against South Florida and the 2017 Senior Bowl. Most of these game videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. Here are my thoughts: Read More »

Each year there are hundreds of stories being told during the planning and anticipation of the NFL Draft; the 2017 Draft is no different.  Today we will be looking at a scouting report for senior defensive end Vidauntae “Taco” Charlton, Michigan Wolverines.

DE-Vidauntae “Taco” Charlton  Michigan, 6’6” 277 lbs.

This former Columbus, Ohio high school basketball player made his dreams of playing in the Big Ten a reality, despite being rejected by his hometown Buckeyes. His nickname of Taco began at age six with his love of the meaty treat according to legend. His collegiate impact was not felt until he became a starter this past season. As 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 defender: 2016 contests against Ohio State, Florida State, Iowa, Rutgers,Wisconsin, and Penn State. Most of these game videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. These are my thoughts: Read More »

Each year there are hundreds of stories being told during the planning and anticipation of the NFL Draft; the 2017 Draft is no different. Today we will be looking at a scouting report for senior outside linebacker Ryan Anderson, Alabama Crimson Tide.

LB-Ryan Anderson, Alabama  6’2” 253 lbs.

Alabama football has a deep tradition and always seems to be sending defenders to the NFL that make an impact. Although, his teammate Tim Williams gets listed higher by most draft talent evaluators, Anderson seemed to be more consistent with game changing plays: eight and a half sacks along with three forced fumbles in 2016. Since 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 Arkansas, Clemson, Washington, and USC along with 2015 games against Michigan State, and Tennessee. Most of these game 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 junior defensive end/outside linebacker Derek Rivers, Youngstown State Penguins.

DE/OLB-Derek Rivers, Youngstown State 6’4” 250 lbs.

This young defender has risen up the charts since his performance in Mobile, Alabama around the Senior Bowl practices. Rivers amassed 120 solo tackles, 53 assists, 41 sacks, 56.5 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries in his four-year career as a Youngstown State Penguin. Because he played for a smaller college with limited film opportunities, I decided to get to know this young man better by listening to a few of his interviews and found him to be a well-spoken, faith-based athlete who takes nothing for granted. Since 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 defender: the Senior Bowl games and practices, 2016 contests versus Northern Iowa and Illinois State along with a 2015 game against North Dakota State. 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 outside linebacker Tim Williams, Alabama Crimson Tide.

OLB-Tim Williams, Alabama 6’4” 252 lbs.

The Alabama defense over the past few years has produced some good NFL defenders: Baltimore’s C.J. Mosley, Green Bay’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, LA Ram’s Mark Barron, and the Giant’s Landon Collins. Can Tim Williams overcome some off field issues to include himself in that list of defensive stalwarts? 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 senior backer: 2016 contests versus Auburn, Washington, Clemson, USC, LSU, Arkansas, and Ole Miss. Most of these game videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. Here are my thoughts: Read More »