Every year the NFL Draft has stories upon stories, but Cardale Jones’ is one for the ages. The former third string quarterback became the starter in the 2014 Big Ten Championship Game and continued that momentum into a three game winning streak that won Ohio State a national championship. He got handed the starting nod in 2015 only to lose the job in a blow out against Penn State. So now Jones enters the 2016 NFL Draft full of questions: I reviewed his 2014 games against Michigan and Wisconsin, then his 2015 contests versus Virginia Tech, Penn State, and Maryland to get a better idea of the skills and abilities the young man will bring to the next level. These are my thoughts:
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Here are a few lists broken down by offensive positions. Tomorrow I will post my defensive pre-draft rankings.
- Jared Goff, California
- Carson Wentz, North Dakota State
- Paxton Lynch, Memphis
- Connor Cook, Michigan State
- Christian Hackenberg, Penn State
- Cardale Jones, Ohio State
- Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
- Jeff Driskell, Louisiana Tech
- Vernon Adams Jr, Oregon
In the 2016 NFL Draft, there will be many exciting receivers to choose from: Laquon Treadwell, Josh Doctson, Corey Coleman, Tyler Boyd, and Ohio State’s Michael Thomas to name a few. The subject of this article is a smaller, less flashy wide out from Oklahoma aka Sterling Shepard. To get a better idea of what this promising young man brings to the next level, I reviewed all the games I could find of him: Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, TCU, Clemson, Tennessee (2014 and 2015), and Louisiana Tech (2014). Here is what I saw:
WR-Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma 5′ 10″ 194 lbs.
Cons: This will be my shortest criticism in my review of over sixty players for this year’s draft class. Shepard is on the smaller side of most NFL receivers so he could get bullied by bigger, more physical corners. He didn’t face much press coverage (most college receivers don’t), so the wide out may need to start out in the slot or sent in motion to give him a free release.
The NFL Combine gives dynasty fantasy football fans their first glimpse on whether a player can translate college production into relevant fantasy points. There weren’t any major spoilers revealed, but some players impressed (stock up) while many stayed the same or failed to make a good impression (stock down). Please remember the NFL Combine has already committed to tweaking their events to better translate to the game of football, instead of being about the highly measured 40 yard runs and 225 lb. bench presses. Here are my initial thoughts: