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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 Christian McCaffrey, Stanford Cardinals.

RB-Christian McCaffrey, Stanford 5’11 ‘ 202 lbs.

The most talented son of former Bronco receiver, Ed McCaffrey, only made one controversial move: he skipped his last bowl game. Christian is an exciting player that is hard not to like, but there is some concern that with his diminutive size he might not be able to carry the load as a full-time NFL running back. I’m a high school football coach and educator by trade, so I am going to break down what I saw in the seven games I reviewed of the junior runner: 2016 contests versus USC, California, Rice, Washington, UCLA, Arizona, and Oregon. 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 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, was suspended by Oklahoma for that season, and only apologized for his actions when the video was 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 redshirt 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 that lead into the 2016 NFL Draft.  One of the lesser known is about former New Mexico running back Jhurell Pressley.  He is creating a bit of buzz with his fantastic jpressleypro day performance.  This inspired me to review all the available tape I could find of him: a 2025 game against New Mexico State, his junior year highlights, and an entire college career highlights.  Composing a scouting report with only one game and two highlight reels isn’t ideal, but I believe there was enough there to make a decent evaluation of the skills and attributes he could bring to the next level.  These are my thoughts:

RB-Jhurell Pressley, New Mexico 5′ 10″ 206 lbs. Read More »

The 2016 NFL Draft is almost here.  We are less than a month away and I believe it is better to have your rankings set before the influences of a player’s landing spots infect judgement.pmcroberts

Here are a few lists broken down by offensive positions.  Tomorrow I will post my defensive pre-draft rankings.

Quarterbacks

  1. Jared Goff, California
  2. Carson Wentz, North Dakota State
  3. Paxton Lynch, Memphis
  4. Connor Cook, Michigan State
  5. Christian Hackenberg, Penn State
  6. Cardale Jones, Ohio State
  7. Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
  8. Jeff Driskell, Louisiana Tech
  9. Vernon Adams Jr, Oregon

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The 2016 NFL Draft is full of anomalies aka players that test one way, yet performed differently on the gridiron.  Today, this scouting report will focus on former Golden Bear running back Daniel dlascoLasco.  The senior had a poor final season finishing with less than 360 total yards, while missing five contests due to a hip and ankle injuries.  However, Lasco sparked many parties with interest after a decent showing at the East-West Shrine Game.  I went back and reviewed his games against San Diego State, Colorado (2014), USC (2014), and the Shrine Game again to get a better idea of what this young man brings to the next level.  These are my thoughts:

RB-Daniel Lasco, California, 6′ 209 lbs.  Read More »

In the 2016 NFL Draft, there are many running backs of all shapes and sizes.  One of the under the radar backs is Brandon Wilds of South Carolina. Wilds participated in the NFLPA Collegiate bwildsBowl and at the NFL Scouting Combine. Wilds was a lightly recruited 3-star prospect out of Blythewood, SC. He started the 2011 season fifth on the Gamecock’s depth chart at running back. The young man was thrust into the starting lineup against Tennessee in his freshman season, and responded with 137 rushing yards and 31 receiving yards on 31 touches. I reviewed several of his games (2015: Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Tennessee; 2014: Georgia, Florida) to get a better idea of the skills and attributes that this young man brings to the next level.  These are my thoughts:

RB – Brandon Wilds, South Carolina,  6’0” 215lbs Read More »

The 2016 NFL Draft has many stories to tell and how risk averse you are will determine whether former NC State runner, Shadrach Thornton, should be on your library wish list.  My friend, Ryan sthortonBerger aka @TheFFGhost suggested that I take a look at this unique runner.  Game film is lacking with only a 2014 Central Florida contest and a nine-minute college highlight reel available to review.  I thought I saw enough to make some preliminary observations about the attributes and skills he brings to the next level.  Here are my thoughts:

RB-Shadrach Thornton, NC State 6′ 217 lbs. 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 »

Yesterday I wrote about the quick footed Alex Collins; today I turn your dynasty fantasy football minds towards his former teammate and fellow backfield mate Jonathan Williams.  Now many ofjwilliams dynasty owners are more familiar with Collins as he played in 2015, while Williams missed the entire 2015 season due to a foot injury.  He still managed to get invited to the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine.  Although the back did not participate fully in either event, he competed.  I reviewed four of his 2014 games against Alabama, Texas A & M, Northern Illinois, and Texas Tech to get a clear picture of the skills and attributes that this young man will bring to the next level.  Here are my thoughts:

Jonathan Williams, Arkansas 5′ 11″ 220 lbs.  Read More »

While the 2016 NFL Combine raised the profiles of some potential dynasty fantasy players, it also caused many to question former Razorback running back Alex Collin’s positioning in this year’s acollinsrookie class.  The back did not look explosive at Indianapolis, but how much is that testing versus his real game play?  I reviewed four of his games against Kansas State, Toledo, Texas Tech (2014), and Texas A & M (2014) to get a better understanding of what this young man brings to the next level.  Here are my thoughts:

RB-Alex Collins, Arkansas 5′ 10″ 217 lbs.  Read More »