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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 senior running back Matthew Dayes, NC State Wolfpack.

RB-Matthew Dayes  NC State, 5’9” 203 lbs.

The senior runner has plenty of tread on his tires with only a starter’s share of the carries this past season (249). He played well against powerhouse teams like Clemson and Florida State, but can he be successful at the next level?  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 senior play maker: 2016 contests versus Vanderbilt, Clemson, Wake Forest, Notre Dame, and North Carolina as well as the 2017 Senior Bowl. Most of these game videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. These are my thoughts: Read More »

Each year are hundreds of stories being told during the planning and anticipation of the NFL Draft; the 2017 NFL Draft is no different. Today we will be looking at a scouting report for junior running back Jeremy McNichols, Boise State Broncos.

RB-Jeremy McNichols, Boise State  5’9” 214 lbs.

This junior back had a very successful college career scoring 44 touchdowns, rushing for over 3200 yards along with over a hundred catches for close to 1100 receiving yards. The Broncos have produced two successful NFL backs in the last five years with Doug Martin and Jay Ajayi, can McNichols make it three? 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 Baylor, UNLV, BYU, Wyoming, Utah State, and Washington State. Most of these videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. Here are my thoughts: Read More »

Each year are hundreds of stories being told during the planning and anticipation of the NFL Draft; the 2017 NFL Draft is no different. Today we will be looking at a scouting report for running back Aaron Jones, Texas El-Paso (UTEP) Miners.

RB-Aaron Jones, Texas-El Paso 5’ 10” 215 lbs.

Jones is a three-year starter whose 2015 season was shortened to only two games due to an ankle injury. I’m a high school football coach and educator by trade, so I am going to break down what I saw in the four games I reviewed of the junior runner. For some reason, I could only find highlights of his 2016 season which are not always indicative of his flaws as they concentrate on his accomplishments. So instead I reviewed two 2015 contests against Arkansas and Texas Tech, and then two 2014 games against the same Texas Tech and Utah State. Here are my thoughts: Read More »

Each year are hundreds of stories being told during the planning and anticipation of the NFL Draft; the 2017 NFL Draft is no different. Today we will be looking at a scouting report for junior running back Brian Hill, Wyoming Cowboys.

RB-Brian Hill, Wyoming 6’1” 219 lbs.

This year’s running back class has a lot of intriguing players and one of those is former Cowboy Brian Hill. Despite being held out of the first quarter in his bowl game against BYU, he managed to have a productive day (112 total yards and a touchdown). I wanted to see more. 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 playmaker: 2016 contests versus BYU, New Mexico, UNLV, Nebraska, and San Diego 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 senior running back Elijah McGuire, UL-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns.

RB-Elijah McGuire, UL-Lafayette 5’10” 214 lbs.

This small school player is a former college basketball player who went to UL-L because of some high school academic issues that only the Ragin’ Cajuns were willing to accommodate. 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 play maker: East/West Shrine game, 2016 contests versus Georgia Southern, Boise State, South Alabama, and Southern Mississippi. 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 red shirt junior running back Alvin Kamara Tennessee Volunteers.

RB-Alvin Kamara, Tennessee 5’10” 215 lbs.

Kamara was a two-year contributor for the Volunteers. He was originally recruited by Alabama for the 2013 season, and due to a very competitive running back stable transferred to a junior college to play in 2014. This runner, unlike many of his draft classmates, has not taken a beating with less than 300 combined touches in his two years at Tennessee. I’m a high school football coach and educator by trade, so I am going to break down what I saw in the five games I reviewed of the red shirt junior runner: 2016 contests versus Vanderbilt, Nebraska, Virginia Tech, and Georgia along with his 2015 game against my alma mater, Bowling Green. 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 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, 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 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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