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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 troubling red-shirt sophomore wide out Ishmael Zamora, Baylor Bears.

WR-Ishmael Zamora, Baylor 6’4” 215 lbs.

This former Baylor Bear made the news in June of last year when a Snapchat video of him kicking and striking his dog with a belt multiple times turned up. He got charged with a Class C misdemeanor and  got suspended three games by Baylor for his abhorrent conduct. Those actions also led him not to be invited to the NFL Combine. I do not condone what I saw in that appalling video and am a proud owner along with my wife of two rescue dogs. Much like my Joe Mixon scouting report , I will base this report on the things I saw as a high school football coach and educator in the four games I reviewed of the red shirt sophomore play maker: 2016 contests versus Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Boise State, and Texas. Most of these game videos are available via 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 Isaiah “Zay” Jones, the former East Carolina Pirate. The ECU Pirates are not an ordinary college team as they threw the ball an amazing 554 times in 2016 and today’s subject Zay Jones caught 158 of those passes for 1746 yards! I’m a high school football coach and educator by trade, so I am going to break down what I saw in the six games I reviewed of the talented senior wideout. The games reviewed were four 2016 contests against Virginia Tech, Navy, NC State, and South Carolina as well as two 2015 games versus Temple and Florida. Here are my thoughts:

WR-Zay Jones, East Carolina 6’ 1” 197 lbs.

Year Receptions Yards YPC Touchdowns
2013 62 604 9.7 5
2014 81 830 10.2 5
2015 98 1099 11.2 5
2016 158 1746 11.1 8

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The name Mike Thomas might cause confusion in this year’s NFL Draft along with rookie fantasy football drafts. Ohio State produced a top five wide out that might get selected within the first twomthomassm rounds (Michael Thomas) and Southern Mississippi has a smaller version who wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine.  Although their names are very much alike, their play is not, so I reviewed Southern Mississippi’s games against Louisiana Tech, Washington, Western Kentucky, and Nebraska to get a better feel for what skills and talents he will bring to the next level.  This is what I saw:

WR-Mike Thomas, Southern Mississippi, 6′ 1″ 200 lbs. Read More »

Every year there is criticism to what positions at the NFL Draft are its weakest.  Most all draft pundits are in agreement that this year’s tight end class does not have a single first rounder and mighthhenry only have one second rounder, Hunter Henry from Arkansas.  What makes him so special that he could get drafted in the second round?  I reviewed his 2015 games against Kansas State, Toledo, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State (2014 and 2015) to get a better feel with what this young man will bring to the next level.  Here are my thoughts:

TE-Hunter Henry, Arkansas, 6′ 5″ 250 lbs.  Read More »

Each year the NFL Draft features athletes of different sizes and shapes.  The 2016 NFL Draft has a unique wide receiver, who you guessed it, looks a bit like a praying mantis aka Keyarris Garrett.kgarrett To get ready for the NFL Draft and your rookie drafts, I decided to dig a bit deeper into this Tulsa product.  After reviewing games against Memphis, New Mexico, Virginia Tech, and Oklahoma, I saw a less than perfect prospect that has much to offer the next level.  These are my thoughts:

WR-Keyarris Garrett, Tulsa 6′ 3″ 220 lbs. Read More »

One of the biggest 2016 NFL Draft stories is the recovery of superstar UCLA linebacker Myles Jack.  He was a natural force as a running back early on and as a linebacker his entire healthy career mjackfor the Bruins.  In early reports from UCLA pro days, it seems Jack is getting back to form in time to make an impact in the 2016 NFL season.  I reviewed three of his 2015 games against Virginia, BYU, and UNLV along with two of his 2014 games against  USC, and Kansas State to get a good idea of what skills and attributes he brings to the next level.  Here is what I saw:

LB-Myles Jack, UCLA, 6′ 1″ 245 lbs. Read More »

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 »

The 2016 NFL Draft has surprises around every corner for NFL owners and fantasy players alike.  One of those could be former South Carolina’s tight end Jerell Adams.  If you just look at his jadamscollege statistics, there isn’t much to see: less than 70 receptions, seven total touchdowns, and under a thousand yards in four years of college production.  I decided to take a closer look watching his game against Missouri, and Senior Bowl (game and practices)  along with several highlights of his biggest plays to get a better idea of the skills and attributes Adams can bring to the next level.  This is what intrigued me:

TE-Jerell Adams, South Carolina 6′ 5″ 247 lbs. Read More »

When preparing for the NFL Draft each year, sometimes it is easy to discount small school players.  If an athlete had talent surely someone would have found them in high school or plucked thempmcroberts by their junior season, but that wasn’t the case with former Southeast Missouri State’s own wide out Paul McRoberts.  He got a very important Senior Bowl invite which allowed him to show off his skills and abilities to all 32 teams.  I took into consideration his Senior Bowl week (game and practices) along with his game against Murray State and several highlight reels when evaluating the receivers chances to excel at the next level.  Here are my thoughts:

WR- Paul McRoberts, Southeast Missouri State 6’1″ 202 lbs. Read More »

The 2016 NFL Draft has its share of potential fantasy superstars along with solid pros and role players.  One of the lesser known receivers is former Colorado State Ram, Rashard Higgins.  He isn’t rhigginsthe fastest or strongest and the wide out won’t wow you with his athleticism, but he can play football.  I reviewed several of his 2015 games against Utah State, Nevada, UNLV, New Mexico, Colorado, and Air Force (2014) to get a better grip on what this young man brings to the next level.  These are my observations:

WR-Rashard Higgins, Colorado State, 6’1″ 196 lbs.  Read More »


There is something great about the NFL Draft.  Optimism is in the air for everyone as it represents a new beginning.  This is even more true with your dynasty squad especially if you are coming off a rough season.  After the rookie draft, you AndrewMiley_Twitterhave new exciting players, but now the draft and perhaps excitement are over.  Many owners stop visiting their league site for a while, go on that vacation, perhaps read a few articles here and there, and then log in right before Labor Day.  I’m not saying don’t go on vacation for a week or two, just don’t take a summer hiatus from your league(s).

Keep up with the news.

Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes play outside linebacker and not defensive ends in the new Rex Ryan scheme, that could be major news in leagues where owners have to scramble for defensive linemen.  Devonta Freeman might be a better fit for the Falcons running game than rookie Tevin Coleman.  This is the time to keep track of the little things, because you never know when a little crumb from the local media will pay off big.

Know your waivers.

I’m in seven leagues right now and every week I go thru the available players for every league.  On leagues that use the site, there is a feature called the “my draft list” that you get to from the “For Owners” tab.  I sort the available players first by position and then by team to be thorough and add all interesting free agents.  This list keeps all of the free agents organized at a moments notice.  I still go low tech as well with my index cards.  When I tell my friends this, they say “why bother”, because I want to know who is available at any time.  If you want to make a trade, the knowledge that a replacement level player is available can reduce the risks you take. Read More »