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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 redshirt junior defensive end/outside linebacker Charles Harris, Missouri Tigers.

DE/OLB-Charles Harris, Missouri 6’3” 253 lbs.

He was a lone bright side on the defensive side of the ball on a 4-8 Missouri football team; his impact was felt in spurts with nine sacks in 2016 (7.5 sacks were accrued in three games). What position does he transition to best 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 five games I reviewed of the red-shirt junior defender: 2016 contests versus West Virginia, LSU, and Vanderbilt along with 2015 games against Florida and Arkansas. Most of these game videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. These 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 outside linebacker Devonte’ Fields, Louisville Cardinals.

OLB-Devonte’ Fields, Louisville 6’2” 236 lbs.

Fields was a four star recruit out of high school and started off his college career at TCU with great promise as the Associated Press Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2012. Then things started spiraling down in 2013 missing all but three games due to off-field issues and injuries. This led to him transferring to Trinity Community College in 2014 and then finishing off his last two collegiate seasons at Louisville. 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 play maker: 2016 contests versus Charlotte, Florida State, and Clemson along with 2015 games against Texas A&M and Kentucky. Most of these game videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. These are my thoughts: Read More »

Each year there are hundreds of stories being told during the planning and anticipation of the NFL Draft; the 2017 Draft is no different. Today we will be looking at a scouting report for senior safety Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut Huskies.

S-Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut 6’4” 224 lbs.

Small school prospect Melifonwu has been rising up the rankings with a great week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, starting with the weigh-in and an impressive NFL Combine. He had over ten tackles or more in the seven of the games he played this season, including an amazing 24 of them against Tulane. 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 play maker: 2016 contests versus Houston,Cincinnati, and Virginia along with a 2015 game against South Florida and the 2017 Senior Bowl. Most of these game videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. Here are my thoughts: Read More »

Each year there are hundreds of stories being told during the planning and anticipation of the NFL Draft; the 2017 Draft is no different.  Today we will be looking at a scouting report for senior defensive end Vidauntae “Taco” Charlton, Michigan Wolverines.

DE-Vidauntae “Taco” Charlton  Michigan, 6’6” 277 lbs.

This former Columbus, Ohio high school basketball player made his dreams of playing in the Big Ten a reality, despite being rejected by his hometown Buckeyes. His nickname of Taco began at age six with his love of the meaty treat according to legend. His collegiate impact was not felt until he became a starter this past season. 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 defender: 2016 contests against Ohio State, Florida State, Iowa, Rutgers,Wisconsin, and Penn State. 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 defensive end/outside linebacker Derek Rivers, Youngstown State Penguins.

DE/OLB-Derek Rivers, Youngstown State 6’4” 250 lbs.

This young defender has risen up the charts since his performance in Mobile, Alabama around the Senior Bowl practices. Rivers amassed 120 solo tackles, 53 assists, 41 sacks, 56.5 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries in his four-year career as a Youngstown State Penguin. Because he played for a smaller college with limited film opportunities, I decided to get to know this young man better by listening to a few of his interviews and found him to be a well-spoken, faith-based athlete who takes nothing for granted. Since 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 defender: the Senior Bowl games and practices, 2016 contests versus Northern Iowa and Illinois State along with a 2015 game against North Dakota State. 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 linebacker Kendell Beckwith, LSU Tigers.

LB-Kendell Beckwith, LSU 6’2” 252 lbs.

The senior defender was having a good season averaging just over nine tackles a game until he tore his ACL against Florida on November 19, 2016. This past spring, he suffered a sprained LCL during practice, so he will have some things to overcome with his preparation to begin his journey at the next level. Since 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 defender: 2016 contests versus Wisconsin, and Mississippi State along with 2015 games against Florida, Alabama, Auburn, and Mississippi State. Most of these game videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. Here are my thoughts: Read More »

With the 2016 NFL Draft right around the corner, dynasty fantasy IDP owners need to separate the wheat from the chaff.  A big topic of discussion is former Eastern Kentucky/Ohio State nspencedefender, Noah Spence.  He has a lot of athleticism, but has a serious substance abuse problem.  I reviewed his 2015 Eastern Kentucky games against Valparaiso, Kentucky, and NC State, along with his 2013 Ohio State games versus Penn State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, and California to get a better feel what skills and attributes this young man brings to the next level.  These are my thoughts:

DE/OLB-Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky 6′ 2″ 251 lbs. Read More »

The 2016 NFL Draft has defenders of all shapes and sizes.  Every so often comes along a player could have played a few decades ago; that guy is former Bama backer Reggie Ragland.  His physical, rraglandno-nonsense style will translate to the modern-day game as well.  I reviewed his 2015 performances against Wisconsin, Georgia, Texas A&M, Clemson, and his Senior Bowl game and practices to get a better understanding of the skill set this young backer will bring to the next level.  This is what I saw:

LB-Reggie Ragland, Alabama 6′ 1″ 247 lbs. Read More »

NFL defensive schemes and roles are changing to accommodate more versatile, explosive players like Arizona’s hybrid Deone Bucannon and LA’s Mark Barron.  Likewise in the 2016 NFL scravensDraft, there is an exciting play maker with NFL blood lines (related to Jordan Cameron, Manti Te’o, and former Bengals great David Fulcher) that has some similarities to those hybrid players, former Trojan defender Su’a Cravens.  I reviewed his 2015 games against Washington, Stanford, California, Notre Dame, and his 2014 game against Nebraska to get a better idea of the skills and attributes this young man will bring to the next level.  Here are my thoughts:

S/LB-Su’a Cravens, USC 6′ 1″ 226 lbs. 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 2016 NFL Draft is closing in and there are so many tremendous defensive players yet to discuss.  One of the best defenders is former Clemson Shaq Lawson who certainly turned heads duringslawson this year’s national championship game against Alabama with two sacks and four total tackles.  I reviewed that game along with his 2015 games against Notre Dame, North Carolina, Florida State, NC State, and Miami to get a better feel of the skills and attributes that this disruptive, potential superstar bring to the next level.  Here are my thoughts:

DE/OLB-Shaq Lawson, Clemson 6′ 3″ 269 lbs. Read More »