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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 »

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 »

The 2016 NFL Draft is almost here and one of the most tragic stories is that of former Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith.  The backer appeared to all but secured himself  a sure top ten selectionjsmith with his tremendous athleticism; however in the last game of his college career in a bowl game against rival Ohio State, he tore his ACL and MCL.  I’m no doctor, so let’s concentrate what shows up on his college tape.  After reviewing his 2015 games against Ohio State, Texas, U Mass, USC, and Clemson, it was clear that the talented young rookie has the required skills to play at the next level. These are my thoughts:

LB-Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame 6′ 2″ 223 lbs. Read More »

Due to the season ending knee injury to Kiko Alonso, the dynasty IDP world got sent into a tailspin.  One of the names that quickly emerged to replace him was third round pick, Preston Brown.  The rookie backer ran a 4.8 40 at the Combinepreston so the speed of the defense will suffer, but Brown brings other attributes to the gridiron.  I reviewed four of his games to get a better understanding of his skill set.  There wasn’t a lot of film available to me so I watched of his two 2013 games against Florida International and University of South Florida as well as two 2012 games against Cincinnati and Florida.  Read More »

The IDP scouting report gauntlet continues with new Lions linebacker Kyle Van Noy.  Linebackers in the NFC North need to be very versatile because they deal with great quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler, but on the other van noyhand contend with fantastic runners in Eddie Lacy, Matt Forte, and Adrian Peterson.  I re-watched four of Van Noy’s 2013 games with Georgia Tech, Washington, Utah State, and Texas along with a review of my notes from the Senior Bowl week to get a good breakdown of the skills this young backer brings to the Motor City.  He certainly isn’t my top dynasty linebacker, but Van Noy could grow into a valuable LB3 quite quickly. Read More »