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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 junior running back Marlon Mack, USF Bulls.

RB-Marlon Mack, USF 6’ 210 lbs.

The former Bulls runner is an intriguing prospect with breakaway speed, but with an unusually tall build. Mack flashed nationally this past season with 15 touchdowns compared to the eight he scored the year before. He was quite consistent, scoring a touchdown in every game he played, save for his bowl game. Because I’m a high school football coach and educator by trade, let’s break down what I saw in the six games I reviewed of the junior play maker: 2016 contests versus South Carolina, Florida State, SMU, Eastern Carolina, Syracuse, and Cincinnati. Most of these game videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. 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 junior running back Elijah Hood, North Carolina Tar Heels.

RB-Elijah Hood, North Carolina 6’ 220 lbs.

There are some truly impressive character players entering this year’s draft and Hood is near or at the top of that category. He is a former Eagle Scout that helped renovate his church in his youth and was a member of the US Army High School All-American team. 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 back: 2016 contests versus Georgia Tech, FSU, Virginia, and Georgia along with a 2015 game against Duke. Most of these game videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. These are my thoughts: Read More »

As dynasty fantasy owners prepare for their rookie drafts, there are a few players that flash and burn; while others climb in the collective rankings.  Today we will discuss former Horned Frog agreenrusher Aaron Green.  Although he was not invited to the NFL Combine, the back put together quite a senior season with almost 1400 combined yards and twelve touchdowns.  I reviewed his games against Minnesota, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Ole Miss (2014), and his Senior Bowl game along with the televised practices to get a good handle on what this young man brings to the next level.  Here are my thoughts:

RB-Aaron Green, Texas Christian 5′ 10″ 203 lbs. Read More »

The 2016 NFL Draft has running backs of all shapes and sizes. The real question to ask is, can they play well at the next level?  A wise, old Jedi named Yoda once questioned “judge me not by my size, dojferg you?”  I ask the same of my readers when considering former Illinois back Josh Ferguson.  After reviewing his senior highlight reel, his 2014 games against Western Kentucky and Ohio State, along with his East/West Shrine game, there are many skills and attributes he brings to the next level.

RB-Josh Ferguson, Illinois 5′ 9″ 198 lbs.  Read More »

In the coming months, potential NFL rookies will get put under a microscope for what they do on and off the field.  Alabama’s Kenyan Drake had a spectacular kickoff return for a touchdown in kdrakethe National Championship Game that will always be remembered.  Unfortunately, that play doesn’t tell the entire story about the back.  He has some major injury and character concerns to overcome.  I reviewed his games against Wisconsin, Florida (2014 and 2015), Michigan State, Clemson, Ole Miss (2013), and the Senior Bowl (televised practices and game) to get a better handle on what he brings to the next level.

RB-Kenyan Drake, Alabama 6′ 210 lbs.  Read More »

In the next installment of my 2016 NFL rookie class, we will explore the one year running back wonder Notre Dame’s CJ Prosise.   This converted wide receiver certainly turned heads this year with a thousand yard rushing season.  I viewed his games against Clemson, Massachusetts, Georgia Tech, USC, and Temple to get a well-informed idea of what this athlete will bring to the next level.cjprosise

RB- CJ Prosise, Notre Dame 6′ 220 lbs. Read More »

The 2016 NFL Draft is full of talented players, but maybe one of the least discussed is junior runner Jordan Howard.  Perhaps it’s due to my University of Michigan homer-ism, but I came away impressed with the three games I watched:  Michigan, Florida International, and a 2014 game against Southern Mississippi.  The back transferred to Indiana for his junior season after playing his first two seasons for Alabama-Birmingham (UAB discontinued their football program after 2014 season). 

RB Jordan Howard, Indiana 6’1″ 230 lbs. Read More »