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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 converted linebacker Haason Reddick Temple Owls.

ILB-Haason Reddick, Temple 6’1” 237 lbs.

This defender might have been more of an afterthought if not for the opportunity to participate in the Senior Bowl event in Mobile, Alabama. During Senior Bowl practice he got coached up and seemed to have found his more natural position as an inside linebacker. After beginning his college career at Temple as a defensive back he then converted to an outside rushing linebacker/defensive to end his college career. As 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 defender: 2016 contests versus Wake Forest, Memphis, and Cincinnati, the 2017 Senior Bowl, along with a 2015 games against Notre Dame. Most 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 redshirt sophomore defender/playmaker Jabrill Peppers, Michigan Wolverines.

DEF/ATH-Jabrill Peppers, Michigan 5’11” 213 lbs.

Versatility was the key to his college career and this versatility led to being acknowledged with three major college awards in 2016: the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year, the Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year and the Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the Year. Peppers played linebacker, safety, corner, running back, option quarterback, wideout, punt and kickoff returner. Those are all wonderful accomplishments, but what does it mean for his ability to compete in the NFL? 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 redshirt sophomore defender/playmaker: 2016 contests versus Ohio State, Wisconsin, Penn State, Michigan State, Iowa, and Indiana. Most of these game videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. These are my thoughts: Read More »

The 2015 NFL Draft has a lot of unique defenders that can play multiple positions and the next one I want to discuss is Utah’s defensive back Eric Rowe.  He played his first three seasons as a safety eroweand then switched to corner back his senior season.  While watching him, one can see that the defender never left his physical style behind when he moved to corner.  I reviewed four of his games against Michigan, Washington State, UCLA, and Arizona to get a better feel for what the young man brings to the next level.  Here is what I saw:

CB/S Eric Rowe, Utah 6’ 1” 205 lbs.

Cons:  The defender still moves more like a safety than a corner.  What I mean by that is he shows stiff hips changing directions (this is very evident as it leaves him open to get beat deep when Rowe gets forced to open himself up quickly).  The corner gets very handsy in coverage and it will depend on the officiating staff to decide if penalties will get called on him from game to game.  He sometimes tackles too high and can get off-balance trying to shoulder block ball carriers down, instead of wrapping up. Rowe shows a tendency to play the man and not the ball, so if a receiver with great rapport with his quarterback might take him by surprise if he is looking for a sign that the ball is arriving. Read More »

There were several heralded defenders at the Senior Bowl with Ole Miss’ Cody Prewitt being one of the standout defensive backs.  I viewed both games available on draftbreakdown.com, Boise State cprewittand Vanderbilt, along with the week of practices in Mobile as well as the game itself to get a good feel of the safety’s skill set. I know in most dynasty leagues defensive backs seem to be after thoughts, but I would keep an eye on this senior.

S Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss 6’ 2” 217 lbs.

Cons: The defensive back sometimes plays a bit too aggressive by establishing contact before the ball arrives, most of the time he guesses correctly, but he straddles the line a lot.  He also plays more of a head hunter role, trying to make tackles too high.  This type of tackling leads to more attention from the officials; that is the last thing a defender or his potential team wants.  Prewitt occasionally looks immersed in thought when he should be reacting to the play around him.  Read More »

With the injury to the former “honey badger” and what seems like the mess at linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals, many fantasy football  IDP owners are clamoring about safety Deone Bucannon.  He is a little underrated compared to the likesbucky of fellow 2014 rookie safeties Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor, but Bucannon has a good combination of their skills which makes him able to play both the free and string safety spots (I think he will be a better strong safety though).  I re-watched four of his 2013 collegian games against Stanford, California, USC, and Arizona State to get a better understanding of the skill set he brings to the NFL and how well he will find into the Cardinal team. Read More »