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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 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 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 Here are my thoughts: Read More »

Here is my final installment of rookie positional breakdowns, the defensive backs.  Like much of the other defenders, scheme plays a huge impact.  Strong safeties, in general, get more tackle landoncopportunities because they play closer to the line.  Rookie corner backs that play opposite top-tier teammates tend to receiver more targets which leads to more impactful chances to make tackles, breakup passes, and catch interceptions aka “the rookie corner rule”.  Here is a quick rundown of my top six defensive backs:

1. S Landon Collins, Giants

All the Giants starting safeties have left the organization.  This hard-hitting safety plays the run well and can do enough damage in pass coverage.  The New York linebacker corps is not that impressive, so he might lead his team in tackles. Read More »

After the second day of the NFL Draft, fantasy dynasty owners now have more questions than answers concerning the Titans receiving corps, and the Lions and Browns running back roles.  I will maxxtake a quick review of what occurred and how it looks like it will affect your dynasty teams.  Players got listed in the order of selection in the NFL Draft:

2nd round

S Landon Collins, NYG

This physical player will be an instant impact player as the starter day one of mini-camps.  Collins should see plenty of tackle opportunities in the running and passing games with a not so impressive linebacker corps.

RB TJ Yeldon, Jacksonville

He is a quick footed runner, who can be a three down back for the Jaguars.  The back has good balance, sees the field well, moves great laterally, and has a nose for the end zone. Read More »


While this year’s draft class isn’t exactly brimming with safety talent, there is a little more out there than just Landon Collins.  I decided to watch four of Fresno State’s Derron Smith’s games derronsmithagainst Wyoming, Rutgers, USC, and Boise State to get a better idea of the skill set he brings to the NFL.  The young safety is currently recovering from a sports hernia which kept him out of the NFL Combine.  Here are my observations regarding his game play:

S Derron Smith, Fresno State, 5’ 10” 200 lbs.

Cons: His measurements, 5’ 10” and 200 pounds, make him at a disadvantage against NFL sized tight ends that will be bigger, stronger, and faster than him.  Smith is not the most physical safety and lets blockers into his body.  This makes it easier to account for him when the offense decides to run the ball.  I thought he relied too much on his athletic ability to gamble.  This caused him to over pursue or just be in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Smith needs to become a better student of the game, understanding what the offense wants to do every play, instead of being instinctive.  Read More »

One of the shallowest positions in this year’s draft is at safety.  My top player is Alabama’s Landon Collins who might be the only one taken within the first two rounds of the NFL Draft, and might be landoncthe only safety worth drafting for your dynasty teams.  I reviewed three of his games against Florida, Mississippi State, and Auburn to get a handle of the skills and attributes he brings to the next level.  Here are my thoughts:

S Landon Collins, Alabama, 6’ 228 lbs.

Cons: At his current weight of 228 pounds, he might be a little too bulky and muscle-bound to play either safety position in the NFL.  Collins will most likely play the strong safety position due to his physical style of play.  The defender gets very hands in pass coverage and can over-react to fakes on occasion.  He does make quite a few tackles on his back.  While it is great that he continues to play even when on the ground, Collins needs to keep better balance and shed blockers a bit quicker to get to the ball carrier. Read More »

It’s the final day in Indianapolis.  NFL Network coverage starts to lag a little, because more people tune in for Rich Eisen’s forty time than they do to watch the defensive backs.  This is definitely the scoutingcombineday for hardcore dynasty owners and fans of Deon Sanders.  Here are some quick observations of mine:

CB Jalen Collins, LSU

The corner ran a respectable 4.48 forty.  He has big legs, long arms, and quick feet.  Collins used good back pedal, loose hips while showing off his soft hands in the gauntlet drill.  Read More »

This is the time of the fantasy season  in dynasty leagues when the good owners are trying to find ways to fortify their teams.  One of the best ways to do that is by looking to the college players that acoopmight make the move to the NFL this spring.  Here are more of the players that stood out with their bowl game play.  This is by no means an exhaustive list, rather a starting point for the 2015 NFL Draft and your own rookie fantasy draft!  I listed these players alphabetically:

S-Landon Collins, Alabama

The defensive back made some early mistakes: lost track of the ball on a deep pass and missed a tackle that lead to a long Buckeye run.  He responded well to that adversity and settled down after the first quarter.  Collins breaks quickly on the ball in the air from the back half of the field or when he lines up against the slot receiver.  The safety is solid in run support, tackles low.  He crashed into the ball carrier stripped the ball and recovered it.  Collins does a good job containing outside runs, forcing them back inside, especially near the end zone.  When coming off the edge, the safety is an effective pass rusher.  He got banged up a few times, entering and leaving the game in the 2nd and 4th quarter due to a shoulder injury. Read More »