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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 »

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This is an amazing time for dynasty fantasy football.  We are beginning to get some rookie practice reports; all kinds of fantasy football drafts are underway which gives everyone a chance to put their ebronmoney where their mouth is in respect to player evaluation and strategy.  I joined a start-up league run by my buddy Stan Hyatt.  It is a 12 teamer with 40 regular roster spots and five taxi squad spots (rookies only).  The lineups are as follows: 1 QB, 2-3 RBs, 2-5 WRs, 1-3 TEs (need eight combined players out of RB/WR/TE spots), 1 K and on the defensive side 3-4 LBs, 3-4 DBs, 2-3 DLs with ten total defensive starters.  It is PPR scoring for all positions, tackle heavy IDP scoring, 6 points for every touchdown, .1 points per 1 yard of offense (rushing and receiving), and .05 per yard of passing and/or returns.  I was lucky enough to end up with my favorite roster spot, 10th overall in a straight snake format.  You can find the league here: http://football24.myfantasyleague.com/2015/options?L=78307&O=17

11.04 TE Eric Ebron, Lions

This ultra-athletic tight end had a slow first year in the league.  Ebron was the 13th tight end taken and is worth the pick here with upside alone.  I’m a strong believer in taking chances on players that play on good offenses in dynasty startups as he may never come at a cheaper price. Read More »

Re-print of my Senior Bowl articles, I hope these will help you during your rookie drafts.
Well the long Senior Bowl week is almost over.  Most of the NFL coaches and scouts have gone back to their team headquarters.  The team meetings, practices, press conferences, and hospital visits are over.  Now is the time to
play.  Whoborland really stood out in real game conditions? I will break down my thoughts from the press box in alphabetical order:
Antonio Andrews, RB
The running back runs well behind his pads and can be a very effective power rusher and receiver.  He was a volume back in college so he tends to start slowly and work himself into the game.  This might be an issue as I’m not sure if there is an NFL that would be willing to start him right away.  Andrews might not be worth more than a fantasy flier.
Chris Borland, LB WISC
The athletic linebacker was everywhere in the game.  He covers potential receivers tightly out of the backfield and is a very hard hitter.  For a stretch of two quarters it seemed like he was a part of every single tackle as he is always around the ball. His size means nothing to me as Borland can flow to the ball, disengage blockers and hit.  If you are in tackle heavy leagues, he might be a LB2 this season!

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This is a reprint of the fourth of a six part Senior Bowl series I did in January.  Hopefully this will be helpful as you are going thru your rookie and dynasty drafts.

As I am told, this will be the final day that the media can view practices. The players are back to shells and helmets mostly running plays at half speed.  Because there is not a lot more to gleam here, I will spend the majority of my time in thisgarop article reviewing and ranking these offensive players by their position.

Quarterbacks

1) Derek Carr, Fresno State
Carr is the most polished the quarterbacks.  He has good footwork, throws balanced, and got more comfortable hitting his receivers in stride as the week went along.  The signal caller has the necessary arm strength to make all the throws and plays like a leader out there.  He did nothing here to hurt himself and is probably going to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.  For us dynasty owners, I would not consider him until the late second or early third in fantasy rookie drafts.

2) Jimmy Garoppolo, East Illinois
Wow what a two week whirlwind, first the young quarterback had to learn a new system for the Shrine Game and was a replacement option for Alabama’s own AJ McCarron.  Garoppolo is not a terrific athlete, but he steps up in the pocket and throws accurately.  He gets better every day and should make a good developmental NFL and fantasy quarterback.

3) Tajh Boyd, Clemson
It was clear from the first practice on that Boyd got a lot of help from the talented skill players he got the chance to play with at Clemson.  He has a strong enough arm and good pocket awareness, but prefers to throw shorter passes.  Many people consider him as a Russell Wilson-lite.  I am not as convinced, but he is worth picking up for depth in dynasty leagues.

Running backs

1) Charles Sims, West Virginia
Sims was the most complete running back here in Mobile.  He has quick feet, good vision, and reads blocks well getting small in the hole.  The back looked fine in pass blocking drills and catches the ball cleanly.  Sims has a little wiggle to his game and was the most explosive back by far.  Depending on where he goes, Sims might be a late first round rookie draft back.

2) David Fluellen, Toledo
He is a more north and south runner than Sims, but has even better hands.  Fluellen reminds me a bit of Chicago Bears running back Michael Bush as he is a bigger back who tries to run like a smaller guy.  The back fights for extra yardage and has a burst once he clears the line of scrimmage.   I would be looking to add him to my dynasty squad in the middle to late second round of rookie drafts.

3) Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky
If you like Bobby Rainey, this back is even better than he is. Andrews has good vision, steps up to take on pass rushers and does not give up on the block.  He is quicker than fast, has loose hips, and catches the ball well.  Owners that draft him will need to be patient as he might start as an RB4/returner to start his NFL carrier.  I’m not sure he is draftable in leagues that have rosters of under 25 players.

Wide receivers

1) Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
Matthews is the best skill player at this game, by far, but hasn’t always played up to expectations.  He has exceptional quickness getting in an out of breaks, tracks the ball well in the air, and can contort to make difficult catches.  The receiver can be disrupted by physical corners that spend a little time in his head.  Matthews gets to the ball at its highest point and can make defenders miss him in the open field.  He catches the ball cleanly, usually in stride.  The wide out has good size at 6′ 2″ 209 lbs., but is not a huge receiver so he may slide down both NFL and dynasty rookie drafts into the late first or early second round.

2) Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin
He was the most technically sound receiver here, bar none.  The only time he didn’t catch the ball cleanly was on an onside kickoff drill.  Abbrederis is not the biggest guy here, nor is he the fastest, but he was magic finding open space and getting to the ball.  He makes plays in traffic with guys hung all over him.  I think he will be a better slot receiver, but he can play outside.  With all the talent at wide receiver, Abbrederis should have huge value in the second round of your rookie drafts.  He did suffer a knee injury and should be considered as questionable for the game on Saturday.

3) Robert Herron, Wyoming
The powerfully built wide out got better every single day.  He started off the practices slowly, but adjusted his technique and concentration to be pushing Abbrederis as the second best receiver in Mobile.  Herron has the foot speed and jukes to get a clean release off the line, regardless if he lines up in the slot or outside.  The receiver can start and stop on a dime while needing zero time to blast past defenders at full speed.  He catches everything with his hands in stride and finds a way to come down with contested passes.  His size at 5′ 8″ 193 lbs. isn’t ideal, but he could be a great WR2 in a pass happy offense.  He had a long touchdown catch in the back of the end zone early in today’s practice.  Herron needs to be scooped up in the second round of your rookie drafts.

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Editor’s note: I wanted to replay my first Senior Bowl experience to help differentiate the rookies that you are drafting as we speak.  I hope you enjoy:

I don’t know what it is, but there is something pretty awesome about sitting in a room with hundreds of the best football minds this country has to offer. Looking around and seeing general managers, head coaches, offensive and defensiveabby coordinators, really made me feel lucky to be a part of the Senior Bowl.

My adventure started the day before when I got on my third and final flight of the night from Chicago and as it turned out, I was on the plane with the majority of the Bears coaching staff on their way to Mobile.

Weigh-in/measurements part of the day is a necessary evil, but I was not a fan.  They are made to parade in front of 500 scouts/media members/coaching staffs in their underwear.  If there was something noteworthy I will mention it in my individual player notes.  Now on to my South and North practice notes listed in alphabetical order:

Jared Abbrederis, WR WISC
The powerfully built receiver was physical catching the ball, throwing off a defensive back hanging on him.  He runs crisp routes, sinks his hips, and catches the ball out in front in stride with strong hands.  There is something about him that reminds me of former Cincinnati Bengal TJ Houshmanzadeh.  If anyone could be called the North’s best receiver, it is Abbrederis. Read More »

The excitement of the draft weekend has come and gone.  Now is the time to put in the hard work as your rookie fantasy drafts are upon us. My running back dynasty fantasy rankings get based on a two to three-year window, not their immediate impact.  Talent and situation get considered here.  This position more than any other is the most fluid and volatile on your fantasy teams. There are only a few good situations this season for teams that needed starters and/or had carries available.

8. Terrance West, Browns- This hard-nosed, powerful runner from small Towson could be higher on the list if you think he will be a better back than Isaiah Crowell.  Ben Tate has not proven that he can handle the workload for more thanwest2 a month or two.  One of these two rookies should immerge as the Browns starter before Halloween.  It would not be surprising to see Cleveland use a more running based offense featuring Johnny Manziel and West could be a major beneficiary. Read More »

Let’s continue our exploration of NFL rookies and discuss the athletic Charles Sims.  He isn’t your typical back as he is taller, 6’, and leaner, 205 lbs., than most backs (played closer to 215 in college).  Don’t be fooled by his adequate 40 yard simstime of 4.55 as he plays much quicker with tremendous lateral explosion.  The 23-year-old back spent last season playing for West Virginia after playing his first three college seasons with Houston.

Many draftniks are comparing him to Matt Forte as they both are good receivers as well as runners, but Sims is a bit stiffer in the hips and is a step slower.  That shouldn’t stop any dynasty owner from considering him though.  I reviewed four of Sims’ 2013 games against Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma State, and William and Mary as well as his Senior Bowl practices and game play in Mobile this year.

This runner is a complete three down back.  Sims may not be the best inside runner, or be the quickest guy on the field, but he can play in any down and any situation.  Many times in the NFL, the personnel that you have on the field will dictate how a defense decides how to protect the field.  When Sims is out there, the offense can scheme to do anything. Read More »

hydeThe 2014 rookie running back class is a bit lacking this year. There are no Adrian Peterson talents, heck there aren’t even any Eddie Lacy type backs. That is not to say that there isn’t a few talented ball carriers, but I have my doubts that any of these runners will get 230+ touches in the foreseeable future. Does that make them less important, perhaps as the draft is rich with receiver talent, a few good tight ends, some outstanding defenders, and some encouraging quarterback prospects? Let’s take a look at my top seven 2014 rookie running backs, but keep in mind I will evaluate their talents more completely in individual player reports.

1. Carlos Hyde, Ohio State

This senior runner is the most physical, big back in his class. Not only does he have the size and power to run over and through opposing defenses, but Hyde catches the ball well. This back can play in a west coast type offense, or a power running scheme. He has a good nose for the end zone too. It was discouraging to see him come up lame at the Combine running his 40 yard dash, but I believe he is the only back in his class that could become a workhorse back. Reports have come out stating that he ran 4.5s in private NFL team workouts.

2. Bishop Sankey, Washington

Sankey is not the biggest, strongest, or fastest back in his class. No, this back is not spectacular in any way, but he can do everything. If a team needs a goal line back, he is your man. If you need a solid pass blocker, count on him. Heck if you need, three yards for the first down, give the ball to Sankey. Read More »