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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 junior running back Marlon Mack, USF Bulls.

RB-Marlon Mack, USF 6’ 210 lbs.

The former Bulls runner is an intriguing prospect with breakaway speed, but with an unusually tall build. Mack flashed nationally this past season with 15 touchdowns compared to the eight he scored the year before. He was quite consistent, scoring a touchdown in every game he played, save for his bowl game. 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 South Carolina, Florida State, SMU, Eastern Carolina, Syracuse, and Cincinnati. 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 »

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 troubling red-shirt sophomore wide out Ishmael Zamora, Baylor Bears.

WR-Ishmael Zamora, Baylor 6’4” 215 lbs.

This former Baylor Bear made the news in June of last year when a Snapchat video of him kicking and striking his dog with a belt multiple times turned up. He got charged with a Class C misdemeanor and  got suspended three games by Baylor for his abhorrent conduct. Those actions also led him not to be invited to the NFL Combine. I do not condone what I saw in that appalling video and am a proud owner along with my wife of two rescue dogs. Much like my Joe Mixon scouting report , I will base this report on the things I saw as a high school football coach and educator in the four games I reviewed of the red shirt sophomore play maker: 2016 contests versus Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Boise State, and Texas. 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 junior wide out Chris Godwin Penn State Nittany Lions.

WR-Chris Godwin, Penn State 6’1” 209 lbs.

The former Nittany Lion receiver certainly made a huge splash with his 2017 Rose Bowl performance totaling nine receptions for 187 yards and two touchdowns to help the Nittany Lions keep pace with the high scoring Trojans. That game put him on the radar of many draft pundits like myself. His entire 2016 season was one of the best any wide out from Penn State had ever experienced with 59 receptions for 982 yards and eleven touchdowns.

Because I’m a high school football coach and educator by trade, I decided to break down what I saw in the four games I reviewed of the junior playmaker: 2016 contests versus Michigan, USC, and Indiana along with his 2015 game against heated rival Michigan State. All 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 senior edge defender DeMarcus Walker, Florida State Seminoles

DE/OLB-DeMarcus Walker, Florida State 6’4” 280 lbs.

The senior defender has experienced a very fruitful college career with 107 solo tackles, 72 assists, 41.5 tackles for loss, 27 sacks, one interception, eight pass deflections, two fumble recoveries, and seven forced fumbles. His size and build make him a very interesting defender in your rookie drafts. 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 playmaker: 2016 contests versus Michigan, Ole Miss, Florida, Clemson, and Louisville. 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 Isaiah “Zay” Jones, the former East Carolina Pirate. The ECU Pirates are not an ordinary college team as they threw the ball an amazing 554 times in 2016 and today’s subject Zay Jones caught 158 of those passes for 1746 yards! I’m a high school football coach and educator by trade, so I am going to break down what I saw in the six games I reviewed of the talented senior wideout. The games reviewed were four 2016 contests against Virginia Tech, Navy, NC State, and South Carolina as well as two 2015 games versus Temple and Florida. Here are my thoughts:

WR-Zay Jones, East Carolina 6’ 1” 197 lbs.

Year Receptions Yards YPC Touchdowns
2013 62 604 9.7 5
2014 81 830 10.2 5
2015 98 1099 11.2 5
2016 158 1746 11.1 8

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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 converted linebacker Haason Reddick Temple Owls.

ILB-Haason Reddick, Temple 6’1” 237 lbs.

This defender might have been more of an afterthought if not for the opportunity to participate in the Senior Bowl event in Mobile, Alabama. During Senior Bowl practice he got coached up and seemed to have found his more natural position as an inside linebacker. After beginning his college career at Temple as a defensive back he then converted to an outside rushing linebacker/defensive to end his college career. As 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 defender: 2016 contests versus Wake Forest, Memphis, and Cincinnati, the 2017 Senior Bowl, along with a 2015 games against Notre Dame. Most 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 junior wideout Josh Malone, Tennessee Volunteers.

WR-Josh Malone, Tennessee 6’3” 208 lbs.

During the 2016 season Malone bonded with senior quarterback Josh Dobbs, this helped the junior receiver to surpass all his earlier collegiate production with a season that saw him grab 50 passes for 972 yards and eleven touchdowns. Unsure of the next signal caller and how the coaching staff would use him, Malone decided to take the plunge into the NFL. 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 playmaker: 2016 contests versus Alabama, Kentucky, Nebraska, and South Carolina. 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 redshirt sophomore tight end David Njoku, Miami Hurricanes..

TE-David Njoku, Miami (FL) 6’4” 245 lbs.

The young Hurricane tight end certainly makes a great impression the first time you watch him in action. He looks like could be a member of the Avengers with his athletic ability and muscular build It wasn’t surprising to find out in his senior high school year he was the national high jump champion for New Jersey. Njoku was initially recruited by Miami to play receiver, then moved to linebacker, and finally tight end. 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 this exceptional playmaker: 2016 contests versus Virginia, Pittsburgh, Duke, and West Virginia. 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 junior running back Elijah Hood, North Carolina Tar Heels.

RB-Elijah Hood, North Carolina 6’ 220 lbs.

There are some truly impressive character players entering this year’s draft and Hood is near or at the top of that category. He is a former Eagle Scout that helped renovate his church in his youth and was a member of the US Army High School All-American team. 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 back: 2016 contests versus Georgia Tech, FSU, Virginia, and Georgia along with a 2015 game against Duke. 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 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 »