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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 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 redshirt senior defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon, Villanova Wildcats.

DE-Tanoh Kpassagnon, Villanova 6’6 3/4” 289 lbs.

This huge young man entered the NFL’s and dynasty football’s radar when he was given a Senior Bowl invitation. He finished his career in Villanova with 65 career solo tackles, 40 assists, 37.5 tackles for loss, 22 sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one pass deflection, and one interception return for 29 yards. Because I’m a high school football coach and educator by trade, let’s break down what I saw in the three games I reviewed of the senior playmaker: this year’s Senior Bowl, 2016 contests versus St. Francis and South Dakota State (sorry more film was not available due to level of opponent). 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 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 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 safety Jamal Adams, LSU Tigers.

S-Jamal Adams, LSU 6’1” 212 lbs.

Adams is considered a top ten talent in this year’s draft and should hear his name early on April 27th. He is the son of former New York Giants running back, George Allen, who won a league championship back in 1986. Can the young defender beef up a team to grab his own championship or perhaps secure one for a fantasy team that selects him early? 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 playmaker: 2016 contests versus Louisville, Auburn, Alabama, and Texas A&M along with a 2015 game against Texas Tech. 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 defender/playmaker Jabrill Peppers, Michigan Wolverines.

DEF/ATH-Jabrill Peppers, Michigan 5’11” 213 lbs.

Versatility was the key to his college career and this versatility led to being acknowledged with three major college awards in 2016: the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year, the Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year and the Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the Year. Peppers played linebacker, safety, corner, running back, option quarterback, wideout, punt and kickoff returner. Those are all wonderful accomplishments, but what does it mean for his ability to compete in the NFL? 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 redshirt sophomore defender/playmaker: 2016 contests versus Ohio State, Wisconsin, Penn State, Michigan State, Iowa, and Indiana. 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 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 »

My glance around the 2015 NFL Draft continues with a glimpse into the heart and soul of defenses everywhere aka the linebackers.  Unlike the offensive skill players, some defenders rise and fall benardrickmdepending on the scheme that they play in.  Their athletic skill is important, but so is the role they will get featured in. Here are my thoughts:

1) Eric Kendricks, Minnesota

Although he is a little short for an inside backer, Kendricks is ultra-athletic and will get to play along his college linebacker.  It looks like he will play MLB and should be able to flow freely to the ball carrier. Read More »

Now that all pro days are in the books and I’ve gotten the chance to watch everyone on the list.  Here is this quick updated list with my thoughts of this dynasty fantasy football draft class.  These rankings are very fluid and will get adjusted after the NFL Draft is overDraft. Any rankings in italics are upgrades.

Quarterbacks

1. Jameis Winston, Florida State

2. Marcus Mariota, Oregon

3. Brett Hundley, UCLA

4. Bryce Petty, Baylor

5. Garrett Grayson, Colorado State

6. Shane Carden, East Carolina

Running backs

1. Todd Gurley, Georgia

2. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin Read More »

In the heart of NFL Draft season, sometimes it’s good to discuss lesser known players such as former Kansas Jayhawk linebacker Ben Heeney. One of my twitter followers asked for my thoughts on heeneyhim.  While draftbreakdown.com only has two of his games against West Virginia and Oklahoma, this shows the young defender competing against formidable offenses with NFL caliber players.  It gives me a good starting point to review his skills and abilities in regards to what Heeney brings to the next level.  Here are my thoughts:

LB Ben Heeney, Kansas 6’ 231 lbs. 

Cons: The linebacker has a bad habit of letting blockers into his body.  He doesn’t have much of a punch or power and usually tries to use his quickness or spin moves to create separation from them.  This reaction takes him further down the field, which allows the ball carrier more room to maneuver.  Heeney runs a bit too high and doesn’t force the offensive player to absorb hits.  Instead he prefers to wrap and roll, which can be effective the majority of the time, but hard to do in the open field.  The linebacker seems to make a lot of tackles on his back which suggests that his center of gravity isn’t what it should be.  Read More »

In the 2014 NFL Draft, there are many kinds of pass rushers.  One of the best defensive ends in this year’s class is Oregon’s Arik Armstead.  He leapt off the screen during the first round of the collegeArikA football championship series, so I decided to review a few of his games against Ohio State, Florida State, and Texas. After watching those three contests, I am excited to see him use those talents at the next level.

DE Arik Armstead, Oregon 6’ 7” 292 lbs.

Cons: The defender is not a fluid athlete and can get knocked off-balance when he leans too far forward.  That is the issue with being 6’ 7”.  Armstead comes out like a cyclone, but seems to fade in the fourth quarter; perhaps he will need to start his NFL career as a situational pass rusher.  The defensive lineman also needs to do a better job keeping his hips underneath him, so he can keep protect his body better from blocks against offensive linemen that are trying to tangle him up.   Read More »