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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 senior edge rusher Takkarist McKinley, UCLA Bruins.

DE/OLB-Takkarist McKinley, UCLA 6’2” 250 lbs.

 

This former high school track star (his Twitter account stated he was aiming for a 4.40 forty yard dash) turned defender was overshadowed in his first two years at UCLA playing more three tech than his natural five tech position. He is so athletic that he returned a punt 32 yards his junior season; what other edge rusher in this class could do that? 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 senior defender: 2016 contests versus Arizona State, Utah, Colorado, and Stanford along with a 2015 game against their arch rivals USC. All of these videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. Here are my thoughts: Read More »

In the 2016 NFL Draft rookie class, the defensive line/pass rusher corps is full of possibilities.  One of the most exciting of those said players is former Oklahoma State Cowboy defender Emmanueleogbah Ogbah. The junior averaged just under a sack a game this past season (12.5 sacks in 13 games), forced three fumbles, had 42 tackles and 21 assists.  I reviewed his 2015 games against Central Michigan, Ole Miss, Baylor, and Kansas State to see what skills and attributes this play maker will bring to the next level.  These are my findings after that tape study:

DE/OLB- Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State 6′ 4″ 273 lbs. Read More »

The Vikings decided to re-boot their defensive end spots causing the exodus of Jared Allen to Chicago.  One of their choices was third round pick Scott Crichton from Oregon State.  In a defensive end class that was short on play makers, crichtonCrichton is a solid contributor, who might make an impact this season for your dynasty fantasy squad.  I watched four of his 2014 games against California, Stanford, Boise State, and Oregon to get a better feel of the skill level and talent he brings to Minnesota.  In every IDP league, you need good pass rushers at the defensive end spot if you want to compete.  Read More »

After watching Twitter and the internet since returning from Mobile, there is already a consensus of people’s opinions on the so-called best NFL Draft and fantasy prospects. Much of their talents get debated over and over. I want to take a m bryantfew articles to discuss the “lesser known” for the lack of a better term. These are the players that have talent, but maybe play in smaller schools or are just less publicized than a Teddy Bridgewater, Carlos Hyde, Sammy Watkins, etc. Here are a few more of those players that might be valuable come rookie draft time:

Martavis Bryant, WR Clemson
The Clemson wide receiver not named Sammie Watkins had a very productive junior season with 42 catches for 828 yards and seven receiving touchdowns.  After you have adjusted your eyes to his 6′ 5″ 201 lbs. size, it is clear that the wide out enjoys run blocking as he steps up and gets in the defender’s face right away.  You might be asking yourself, why does that matter?  A big physical receiver that likes to block will see a lot of playing time versus a tall specialist who only gets work in three or four wide sets. Read More »