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The most important position in the NFL that comes with enormous scrutiny and the even more prestige is the quarterback.  Finding a NFL starter can be difficult, one of this year’s wild cards dprescott(meaning someone who could be drafted after the first two rounds) is former Mississippi State signal caller Dak Prescott.  I watched his 2015 games against NC State, LSU, Texas A&M, Louisiana Tech, a 2014 game against Arkansas, and his Senior Bowl game and practices to get a good feel of what skills and attributes he brings to the next level.  This is what I found:

QB-Dak Prescott, Mississippi State, 6′ 2″ 226 lbs.  Read More »

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In the 2016 NFL Draft class, there are superior athletes and then there are bullies.  Former Mississippi State wide out De’Runnya Wilson out-bullies almost every defensive back he meets.  Sure, hedwilson gets help by playing with a top five quarterback talent in Dak Prescott, but right now lets focus on the big man.  I reviewed a few of his games against NC State, LSU, Louisiana Tech, Ole Miss (2014 and 2015), and Auburn (2014) to get a better idea of what skills and talents this young man will bring to the next level.  This is what I saw:

WR- De’Runnya Wilson, Mississippi State 6′ 5″ 224 lbs.  Read More »

One of the biggest 2015 NFL Draft risers on the linebacker front in my eyes has been Mississippi State’s Benardrick McKinney.  While this year’s class is full of edge defenders, McKinney is more benardrickmsuited to be a strong side inside backer or simply a “SAM” who will spend a lot of his time taking on blockers in the run game and defending the pass against tight ends.  I watched five of his 2014 games against UAB, Auburn, LSU, Texas A&M, and Kentucky to get a better idea of the skills and talents that he will bring to the next level.  This is what I saw:

LB Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State, 6′ 4″ 246 lbs.

Cons: The first thing I noticed is that he lacks fluidity.  This is evident with his stiff hips and his difficulty moving laterally quickly.  The backer moves quite well north and south though.  McKinney often gets outmaneuvered by quick footed backs and receivers.   His upright stance (which affects his balance) impedes his ability to shed blockers and keep them away from his body.  The linebacker has a bad habit of diving low in space to bring down a ball carrier in desperation.  I found him to be more instinctual than having a strong foundation in film watching as he guesses a lot. Read More »