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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 redshirt junior wideout John Ross III, Washington Huskies.

WR-John Ross III, Washington 5’11” 190 lbs.

This Huskie weapon really broke out in 2016 with 81 receptions for 1150 yards and 17 touchdowns after missing his entire 2015 season due to multiple knee injuries. How will he transition to the next level and will he be a first round NFL and/or fantasy rookie draft selection?

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 redshirt junior playmaker: 2016 contests versus Alabama, USC, California, Oregon, and Arizona State. 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 controversial redshirt sophomore running back Joe Mixon, Oklahoma Sooners.

RB-Joe Mixon, Oklahoma 6’1” 228 lbs.

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Let’s discuss the elephant in the room. In 2014, Mixon struck a woman in a public place, got suspended by Oklahoma for that season, and only apologized for his actions after the video got released two years later. He had no excuses for his role and did not blame anyone else for his actions while taking questions from the media. The former Sooner also ripped up a parking ticket in front of the person issuing it this season. Because I have never met Mixon, let’s concentrate on what can be surmised with game film. 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 red shirt sophomore runner: 2016 contests versus Auburn, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Baylor, and Texas Tech along with a 2015 game against those same Texas Tech Red Raiders. All of these 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 senior wideout Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma Sooner.

WR-Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma 6’ 178 lbs.

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Westbrook is an exciting playmaker, who comes with some serious baggage to be discussed a little later. He turned down an opportunity to play with Texas State to play for the small football school of Blinn College; where the receiver caught 76 passes for 1487 yards and 13 touchdowns. After a year of transition to Oklahoma, the senior playmaker had a monster season: 80 receptions for 1524 yards along with 17 touchdowns (scored at least one the last ten games) and rushed ten times for 101 yards. 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 senior playmaker: 2016 contests versus Texas, Ohio State, Kansas State, and Baylor along with another game against Texas (2015). Most of these game videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. These are my thoughts: Read More »

In my weekly column, we take a long look at impact fantasy football rookies.  I compare their performance to date against my original expectations of them.  Let’s continue this 2014 version of mleethe series by looking at one of the highest regarded wide receivers, Marqise Lee  I will look at some of his college production against his performance versus Tennessee to discern his dynasty value.

Here are my thoughts after watching him in college: Lee gets a clean release off the line, using his quick feet and upper body strength. The receiver has impressive straight-line speed, is very fluid with the ability to change directions effortlessly.  This makes him very dangerous as a downfield threat who can use a stop and go route to shake his defender.  He sees the entire field well and can find and catch the pigskin behind either shoulder.  USC plays the best athletes week in and week out, and this young playmaker has had success against the highest competition that college has to offer.  Lee also accelerates well once he has the ball in his hands.  The wide out goes up to grab the ball out of the air at its highest point without losing stride.  He can help in the return game with both punt and kickoffs. Read More »

In my weekly column, we take a long look at impact fantasy football rookies.  I compare their performance to date against my original expectations of them.  Let’s continue this 2014 version of the series by looking at one of the top rookie picks inevans1 Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans.  You most likely spent a high rookie pick or a significant startup selection to get him on your roster.

Here is what I saw in college from the receiver: For the first moment you see him, it is clear that Evans is a big bodied, powerful, striding wide receiver at 6′ 5″ 225 lbs.  While he isn’t always a consistent hands catcher,  the young wide out adjusts well to the ball in the air. Evans has the body control to reach behind for a pass thrown at his hip in stride.  His concentration and athleticism make him a dangerous play maker.  Read More »

adamsJust like AC/DC’s 1980’s hit “Who made Who?” most dynasty owners want to know: was it the quarterbacking of Derek Carr or the receiving of Davante Adams (both of Fresno State) that made the other player better or were they equally as good.  I’m here to tell you that at least 75% of the credit should go to the young wide out.  The following article breaks down why I feel that Adams may be one of the most underrated receivers in the NFL and potentially in your rookie drafts.

The first thing that jumps off the screen is that Adams will remind you of 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin.  Adams is 6′ 1″ and 212 lbs while Boldin is also 6′ 1″ at a slightly larger frame of 220 lbs.  While both the former Bulldog and Boldin are very physical football players who are willing to do whatever it takes to win, that is where the comparison ends.  The young receiver tends to lineup outside, spends a little time lined up in the slot, and is occasionally sent in motion to create mismatches in the secondary.  Adams steps up and attacks his defender in the run game as a blocker usually doing a good job of sealing them off from the play.  The receiver is also a willing blocker downfield once the ball gets caught by a teammate.  It’s the completeness of his game that will get him a lot of extra playing time as a rookie which will give his dynasty owners more scoring opportunities as he should never leave the gridiron. Read More »

hydeThe 2014 rookie running back class is a bit lacking this year. There are no Adrian Peterson talents, heck there aren’t even any Eddie Lacy type backs. That is not to say that there isn’t a few talented ball carriers, but I have my doubts that any of these runners will get 230+ touches in the foreseeable future. Does that make them less important, perhaps as the draft is rich with receiver talent, a few good tight ends, some outstanding defenders, and some encouraging quarterback prospects? Let’s take a look at my top seven 2014 rookie running backs, but keep in mind I will evaluate their talents more completely in individual player reports.

1. Carlos Hyde, Ohio State

This senior runner is the most physical, big back in his class. Not only does he have the size and power to run over and through opposing defenses, but Hyde catches the ball well. This back can play in a west coast type offense, or a power running scheme. He has a good nose for the end zone too. It was discouraging to see him come up lame at the Combine running his 40 yard dash, but I believe he is the only back in his class that could become a workhorse back. Reports have come out stating that he ran 4.5s in private NFL team workouts.

2. Bishop Sankey, Washington

Sankey is not the biggest, strongest, or fastest back in his class. No, this back is not spectacular in any way, but he can do everything. If a team needs a goal line back, he is your man. If you need a solid pass blocker, count on him. Heck if you need, three yards for the first down, give the ball to Sankey. Read More »

richardsonThis year’s draft is full of talented wide receivers.  Today I’m going to discuss former Colorado wide out Paul Richardson.  The first thing you notice when you see him is he looks a lot like DeSean Jackson, only taller, as he is 6’ even and weighs 175 lbs. soaking wet.  While he did not have the fastest 40 yard dash time at the Combine, Brandon Cooks did (4.33), the former Colorado Buffalo wide out ran a quick 4.40.   To get a better understanding of the skill set this receiver will bring to the NFL, I viewed five of his 2013 games against: USC, Arizona, California, Oregon, and Colorado State.

This athlete is a play maker and is very exciting to watch.  I am going to discuss the great things I saw him do, but the first game I watched, against USC, was the game I will take the most from.  He had issues gaining separation with physical tight coverage.  Chances are that he will see that type of coverage on almost every down in the NFL so team’s will need to get him open in space through design by formation or send him in motion to dictate coverage.  This makes me question if he will ever become more than a dynasty WR2, but that’s not to say he won’t be a good player, but I doubt that he will ever be elite. Read More »

The 2014 rookie wide receiver class might be one of the juiciest that we have had in years. There are big, physical receivers as well as small, quick twitched ones. I will rank where I have these players about how successful I think they watkinswill be in a two to three-year window. This is a snapshot before their worlds get changed with the team that drafts them. Please read my individual play reports for more involved player descriptions.

1. Sammy Watkins, Clemson

He is simply the best play maker in his class. The receiver mostly ran short routes and bubble screens in college, but has great athleticism and the best catch radius of his class. I have him in my top eight dynasty wide receivers regardless of where he goes. Sure Watkins is not a huge physical receiver, but he has enough quicks to separate from most NFL coverage. Read More »

Steelers vs. Bengals

Please join Jene Bramel @JeneBramel from footballguys.com and I as we discuss the Week 8 fantasy week with a dynasty/keeper point of view.  We will talk rookies, young vets, some IDPs, and a smidge of Steelers/Bengals rivalry. Check us out live to perhaps answer your questions or check us out on the archive here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dynasty-blitz/2011/11/01/dynasty-blitz-podcastwith-jenebramel-from-footballguys

Tim Tebow

Image by Jeffrey Beall via Flickr

Please join Cecil Lammey @cecillammey from footballguys.com and I as we discuss the Week 7 fantasy week with a dynasty/keeper point of view.  We will talk rookies, young vets, a little college, and a smidge of Broncos/Tebow. Check us out live to perhaps answer your questions or check us out on the archive here: http://tobtr.com/s/2451365