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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 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 »

Today, we will be looking at a scouting report for Damore’ea Stringfellow, the former Ole Miss Rebels. He hasn’t caught that many passes in college (102), but the receiver has averaged at least 13 yards a catch in every season. I’m a high school football coach and educator by trade, so I am going to break down what I saw in the five games I reviewed of the redshirt junior wideout. The games reviewed were four 2016 contests against Florida State, Auburn, Memphis, and Mississippi State as well a 2013 games versus BYU when he played for the Washington Huskies. Here are my thoughts:

WR-Damore’ea Stringfellow, Ole Miss 6’ 2” 219 lbs. 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 tight end Jordan Leggett, Clemson Tigers.

TE-Jordan Leggett Clemson, 6’5” 255 lbs.

The Clemson senior tight end improved on his receptions every year of school and managed to help his team win a national championship all while trying to transition from a big receiver in high school to becoming a complete tight end at the next level. Does he have the ability to excel in the NFL? 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 play maker: 2016 contests versus Alabama, Ohio State, and Virginia Tech along with 2015 games against South Carolina, North Carolina, and Florida State.. Most of 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 junior running back Jeremy McNichols, Boise State Broncos.

RB-Jeremy McNichols, Boise State  5’9” 214 lbs.

This junior back had a very successful college career scoring 44 touchdowns, rushing for over 3200 yards along with over a hundred catches for close to 1100 receiving yards. The Broncos have produced two successful NFL backs in the last five years with Doug Martin and Jay Ajayi, can McNichols make it three? 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: 2016 contests versus Baylor, UNLV, BYU, Wyoming, Utah State, and Washington State. Most of these 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 wide out Fred Ross, Mississippi State Bulldogs.

WR-Fred Ross,  Mississippi State 6’1” 203 lbs.

Fred “The Boss” Ross was a slightly above average receiver that was relatively unknown outside of the SEC until his senior season. During his first three seasons, the wideout scored a combined ten touchdowns. This past year, the senior Bulldog scored 12 times elevating himself with the scouting community. 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 this senior play maker: 2016 contests versus Arkansas, Texas A&M, LSU, BYU, and Miami (OH) along with a 2015 game against Missouri . Most of 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 red shirt senior wide receiver Travin Dural, LSU Tigers.

WR-Travin Dural, LSU 6’2” 203 lbs.

Dural is an interesting player to scout as not many players peak during their sophomore year only to then see their yards per catch averages and yardage totals decline each subsequent season. After his Sophomore season highs of 37 catches, 758 yards, 20.5 yards per catch Dural finished this past year with only 28 receptions for 280 yards and a single touchdown. Yes, the entire 2016 LSU team only completed 174 passes for 2281 yards with twelve passing touchdowns, so there is a lot to unravel. 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: this year’s Senior Bowl, 2016 contests versus Arkansas, Louisville, and Ole Miss along with 2015 games against Auburn and Alabama. Most of 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 running back Aaron Jones, Texas El-Paso (UTEP) Miners.

RB-Aaron Jones, Texas-El Paso 5’ 10” 215 lbs.

Jones is a three-year starter whose 2015 season was shortened to only two games due to an ankle injury. I’m a high school football coach and educator by trade, so I am going to break down what I saw in the four games I reviewed of the junior runner. For some reason, I could only find highlights of his 2016 season which are not always indicative of his flaws as they concentrate on his accomplishments. So instead I reviewed two 2015 contests against Arkansas and Texas Tech, and then two 2014 games against the same Texas Tech and Utah State. Here are my thoughts: Read More »