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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 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 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 »

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 »

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With the 2016 NFL Draft right around the corner, dynasty fantasy IDP owners need to separate the wheat from the chaff.  A big topic of discussion is former Eastern Kentucky/Ohio State nspencedefender, Noah Spence.  He has a lot of athleticism, but has a serious substance abuse problem.  I reviewed his 2015 Eastern Kentucky games against Valparaiso, Kentucky, and NC State, along with his 2013 Ohio State games versus Penn State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, and California to get a better feel what skills and attributes this young man brings to the next level.  These are my thoughts:

DE/OLB-Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky 6′ 2″ 251 lbs. Read More »

The 2016 NFL Draft is quickly approaching.  During this time, the potential draftees are under a lot of pressure and scrutiny.  One of the first to crack was former Western Kentucky tight end Tylerthigbee Higbee, who got arrested on April 10th and charged with second degree assault, second degree evading police, and alcohol intoxication.  His agent has let it be known that Higbee defended his girlfriend from another male bar patron.  That may or may not reason away  a physical altercation, but disregarding the police’s authority and driving while intoxicated are not so easy to dismiss. However, I will focus the majority of this scouting report on his college film as I reviewed his 2015 games against Indiana, Miami (OH), and Marshall to get a better idea of what skills and attributes he brings to the next level.  Here are my thoughts:

TE-Tyler Higbee, Western Kentucky 6′ 6″ 249 lbs.  Read More »

The 2016 NFL Draft has defenders of all shapes and sizes.  Every so often comes along a player could have played a few decades ago; that guy is former Bama backer Reggie Ragland.  His physical, rraglandno-nonsense style will translate to the modern-day game as well.  I reviewed his 2015 performances against Wisconsin, Georgia, Texas A&M, Clemson, and his Senior Bowl game and practices to get a better understanding of the skill set this young backer will bring to the next level.  This is what I saw:

LB-Reggie Ragland, Alabama 6′ 1″ 247 lbs. Read More »

The 2016 NFL Draft has its share of talented, yet niche players.  One of the smallest wildcards is former Western Michigan wide out Daniel Braverman.  When I say, smallest I’m talking about his dbravermansize and not his talent.  Being a former Mid-American Conference alumni (Bowling Green graduate), I have a special interest in MAC players and their transition to the next level.  After reviewing his 2015 games against Bowling Green (imagine that), Ohio State, Michigan State, Northern Illinois, and Middle Tennessee, I got convinced that if Braverman can overcome his size issues that he could contribute on an NFL team.  These are my thoughts on the former Bronco:

WR-Daniel Braverman, Western Michigan 5′ 10″ 177 lbs. Read More »

NFL defensive schemes and roles are changing to accommodate more versatile, explosive players like Arizona’s hybrid Deone Bucannon and LA’s Mark Barron.  Likewise in the 2016 NFL scravensDraft, there is an exciting play maker with NFL blood lines (related to Jordan Cameron, Manti Te’o, and former Bengals great David Fulcher) that has some similarities to those hybrid players, former Trojan defender Su’a Cravens.  I reviewed his 2015 games against Washington, Stanford, California, Notre Dame, and his 2014 game against Nebraska to get a better idea of the skills and attributes this young man will bring to the next level.  Here are my thoughts:

S/LB-Su’a Cravens, USC 6′ 1″ 226 lbs. Read More »

Every year the NFL Draft has stories upon stories, but Cardale Jones’ is one for the ages.  The former third string quarterback became the starter in the 2014 Big Ten Championship Game and cjonescontinued that momentum into a three game winning streak that won Ohio State a national championship.  He got handed the starting nod in 2015 only to lose the job in a blow out against Penn State.  So now Jones enters the 2016 NFL Draft full of questions: I reviewed his 2014 games against Michigan and Wisconsin, then his 2015 contests versus Virginia Tech, Penn State, and Maryland to get a better idea of the skills and abilities the young man will bring to the next level.  These are my thoughts:

QB-Cardale Jones, Ohio State 6′ 5″ 253 lbs. Read More »

In the 2016 NFL Draft rookie class, the defensive line/pass rusher corps is full of possibilities.  One of the most exciting of those said players is former Oklahoma State Cowboy defender Emmanueleogbah Ogbah. The junior averaged just under a sack a game this past season (12.5 sacks in 13 games), forced three fumbles, had 42 tackles and 21 assists.  I reviewed his 2015 games against Central Michigan, Ole Miss, Baylor, and Kansas State to see what skills and attributes this play maker will bring to the next level.  These are my findings after that tape study:

DE/OLB- Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State 6′ 4″ 273 lbs. Read More »