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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 red-shirt senior running back Jamaal Williams, Brigham Young Cougars .

RB-Jamaal Williams BYU 6’ 212 lbs.

This young man has competed nationally in track and field events since the age of ten when he first broke his ankle. Williams also has great genetics as his mother Nicolle Thompson was a former NCAA Track & Field championship level sprinter while at UCLA. He began his college career early at age 17, so the impact of him taking the 2015 season off due to “personal reasons” and knee issues may not be as disastrous as originally thought.

Because I’m a high school football coach and educator by trade, let’s break down what I saw in the eight games I reviewed of the senior runner: 2016 contests versus Wyoming, Arizona, Utah, Cincinnati, Mississippi State, Michigan State, and Toledo along with the 2017 Senior Bowl. Most of these videos are available via Here 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 These are my thoughts: Read More »

The NFL is filled with family tradition, just look at Archie Manning with his sons Eli and Peyton or former defensive guru Buddy Ryan with his sons Rex and Rob.  Will Kelvin Taylor, the son of ktaylorformer Jacksonville all-pro Fred Taylor have the same sort of success as his dad?  Dynasty fantasy owners are asking these questions and more.  I reviewed his game against Tennessee, a few highlight reels, and his performance at the NFL Combine to get a better idea of his skills and talents.  Here is what I saw:

RB-Kelvin Taylor, Florida 5′ 10″ 207 lbs. Read More »

It’s time to do work on your upcoming fantasy football rookie drafts!  One of those potential diamonds in the rough is San José State’s running back Tyler Ervin. He did not catch my eye during thetervin regular season, but after participating in the Senior Bowl practices and game, there is a lot of potential in this smaller back.  When I watched his games against New Mexico, Oregon State, Auburn, and Senior Bowl (practices too), the back reminded me quite a bit of Patriots Dion Lewis.  Here are my thoughts with what he can bring to the NFL:

RB-Tyler Ervin, San José State 5′ 10″ 192 lbs.  Read More »

This former Louisiana Tech back has the NFL Draft and fantasy worlds scrambling for more info.  Perhaps interest was originally piqued by the NCAA all-time rushing touchdown leader chase kdixonthat Dixon had with Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds?  However, there is more to the story than his 72 trips to the end zone.  I reviewed his games against Western Kentucky, Arkansas State, Illinois (2014), Oklahoma (2014), Marshall (2014), and his Senior Bowl game along with televised practices to get a better idea of his skill set.

RB-Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech 5′ 10″ 215 lbs.  Read More »

My tour around the running back rookies continues with Ka’Deem Carey.  The former Arizona back measured in at 5’ 9” and 207 lbs., but ran a very disappointing 40 time of 4.70 at the Combine.  Now that 40 time alone won’t drop his stock Careytoo much, but it is concerning.  I reviewed five of his 2013 games against USC, Oregon, Colorado, Washington State, and UCLA to get a better idea of what skill level he will bring to the NFL.

At first blush, Carey reminds me a lot of Stepfan Taylor, the former Stanford running back that got drafted in the 5th round by the Arizona Cardinals.  The rookie is a bit smaller, but shares the same running style and overall skill set.  I do think that Taylor is the superior short yardage back though.  Much like Taylor, Carey needs high volumes to be successful.  Also keep in mind Taylor did not make much of an impact his rookie season. Read More »


If you follow the draft community on twitter or anywhere else on the internet, many people are warming up to the red-shirted sophomore running back Jeremy Hill.  I decided to take the afternoon to watch four of his 2013 games against Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, and Mississippi State to see what the #draft-twitter excitement was all about.

Before I get into what I saw on tape, Hill does not have very impressive intangibles.  There were some accusations of sexual misconduct in high school with a 14-year-old that caused him to enter college a year late.  He punched a fellow LSU student out at a local college bar last spring.  Perhaps Hill was an immature guy and has grown out of this kind of behavior.  Only NFL teams will get a good grip on that with the several interviews each team gets with him starting at the Combine this coming weekend.  Dynasty owners will have to make their decision partly based on which NFL team takes him, either a team with issues such as the Dolphins or a strong locker room like the Patriots. Read More »

When I created the Hillis Factor metric this off-season to find breakout running backs, I did not anticipate the player whose namesake it was named after having a sub par season. Peyton Hillis has struggled with injuries on a lowly Browns team this year, but his breakout season from 2010 still created the perfect storm of placing a player who excelled in a limited role before the chance to see the field often. For the record, Hillis can still re-qualify for his own metric with a strong finish.

I will take the chance to review how the 2010 breakout running back candidates have done so far and look ahead to some running backs to target for the 2012 season. Here are the slants this week: Read the rest of this entry at PFF Fantasy »

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Well my friends, things just got downright interesting in Arizona.  The Cardinals spent their second round pick on Ryan Williams in this year’s draft.  Tim Hightower was traded to the Washington Redskins, which leaves Arizona with two starting options at running back ie: the afore-mentioned rookie Williams and the under achieving Chris “Beanie” Wells. Both are quite talented and, yet, both have their issues.  Neither back has demonstrated solid health, so let’s take a look at why fantasy owners should consider drafting Ryan Williams.

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By Guest Writer: Jim Day

Some good friends of mine started a new IDP Dynasty league with a very ingenious name; “The League”. Truly a one of a kind name for a one of a kind league. Okay, I kid, I kid…

But seriously, there are many very knowledgeable Fantasy Football players in this league and with a 35-round initial draft in front of them; you can bet a lot of different strategies were at play. With a first Dynasty draft, finding that exact mix of experience and youth that can bring you to a Championship is a daunting task.

Many have tried to put together a formula that will guarantee a winning team in any Dynasty draft, but there is no formula that will ever be a consistent winner, as every draft takes on a life of its own. You have 11, 13 or even 15 other owners trying to do the same thing as you are, depending on your league size.

In this league there are 12 owners including: Andy Miley of, Susan Shan of, Bryan Fontaine and Eric Yeomans of, Ryan Burns and Sen Sogah of, Brian Quinlan of, and 5 other members culled from Twitter.

It is very hard to try to gauge the success of a Dynasty Draft before the 1st season even starts, especially this season, but I will go over each team and give an opinion of which positions are strengths and which are weaknesses, based solely on my judgment. These will not be listed in any order except how they are listed on the rosters page located here. Read More »