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My glance around the 2015 NFL Draft continues with a glimpse into the heart and soul of defenses everywhere aka the linebackers.  Unlike the offensive skill players, some defenders rise and fall benardrickmdepending on the scheme that they play in.  Their athletic skill is important, but so is the role they will get featured in. Here are my thoughts:

1) Eric Kendricks, Minnesota

Although he is a little short for an inside backer, Kendricks is ultra-athletic and will get to play along his college linebacker.  It looks like he will play MLB and should be able to flow freely to the ball carrier. Read More »

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With the first day of the NFL Draft completed, there are a few complicated positional situations, the Jets defensive front three, the Rams backfield, and the Colts receiving corps.  Here are some of Draftmy quick observations after five hours of sleep, done in order of selection:

QB Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay

The local signal caller gets a great target situation with Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and Doug Martin/Charles Sims.  The problem is their offensive line situation is not in the best shape.  With the Bucs defense a bit on the weak side, there should be plenty of opportunities for offensive production for Winston.  He is in a great situation to produce from year one on.

QB Marcus Mariota, Tennessee

The Titans went with the only other feasible starting quarterback from day one.  Ken Whisenhunt has gotten the most from his quarterbacks, so this should be no different.  Delanie Walker and Kendall Wright should see an immediate uptick to their fantasy value.  The mobile Mariota might help create space for second year back Bishop Sankey.  I’m not as enthusiastic about his situation for his first two seasons. Read More »

With the NFL Draft less than a month and a half away, there are plenty of players that many draftniks get excited about, but we aren’t quite sure how they will fit at the next level.  One of those shaqattackplayers is Washington’s Shaq Thompson.  He got recruited as a safety and running back, but played much of his college career as a linebacker.  I watched five of his games against BYU, UCLA, Stanford, Oregon State, and Illinois to get a feel for what skills he will bring to an NFL team.  Much like NFLN’s Mike Mayock, I believe he could be a better strong safety than a linebacker.  Scheme and coaching will make their mark too, but here is what I saw:

S/LB Shaq Thompson, Washington 6’ 228 lbs.

Cons: His size is that of a traditional NFL safety, not of a linebacker as he is more long and lean than stout and muscular.  His timed forty at the Combine of 4.64 is not outstanding either, but well within a slower defensive back or slightly above average linebacker.  My first concern is that he prefers to run around blocks instead of stepping up and shedding blockers.  This extra time getting to the ball carrier might not be so costly in college, but it could be the difference between a two yard rush and a twenty yard play.  Thompson makes about half of his tackles right around the ankles; it will be harder to bring down the best runners in the NFL that way.  He is not strong at the point of attack and appears to absorb more force than he delivers.  In pass coverage, the linebacker does well playing zone, but seems to struggle in man to man situations chasing someone all-round the field.  Thompson has a little Troy Polomanu to his game with his gambling tendencies when he instinctively jumps gaps and/or launches himself towards targets when the outcome has not been decided. Read More »

Welcome to Day Three in Indianapolis.  This is usually my favorite day of the combine with huge men looking more athletic than they should.   The defensive linemen as a whole impressed, while thescoutingcombine linebackers were not as crisp as they had been in years past.  Here are some thoughts on players that stood out today:

DT/DE Arik Armstead, Oregon

He was a big, muscular monster.  The defender showed good balance and some quickness, but definitely belongs on the defensive line.

DE/LB Vic Beasley, Clemson

If the combine needed to have a winner for the day, it would be Beasley.  This muscular, quick twitched athlete ran an impressive 4.53 forty yard dash.  He was explosive with no wasted motion changing directions effortlessly (an impressive three cone drill time of 6.91), while showing off quick, powerful striking hands.  Beasley also looked nature dropping back into coverage. Read More »

Now is the time  in dynasty leagues when the good owners are trying to find ways to fortify their teams by looking towards the 2015 NFL Draft with prospects like Shaq Thompson and Maxx Williams.  One of the best ways to do that is by looking to the college players that maxxwmight make the move to the NFL this spring.  Here are more of the players that stood out with their bowl game play.  This is by no means an exhaustive list, rather a starting point for the 2015 NFL Draft and your own rookie fantasy draft!  I listed these players alphabetically:

RB-David Cobb, Minnesota

The young back has good vision, quick feet, and seemed very comfortable running pass patterns for a Big ten back.  He catches the ball well in stride with soft hands, looking very impressive on a wheel route when he caught the ball with a defender draped all over him. Cobb unfortunately did not get his feet down on that play, but his athleticism shined thru. The runner is not a strapping 30+ carries half back, instead he has a skill set similar to the Patriots Shane Vereen.  He needs space to run, has a little wiggle, but takes what the defense gives him.  There were a few times Cobb got strung out running east and west showing more hesitation than explosion.  The back is decent in pass protection, stepping up to attack defenders, but doesn’t hold up for terribly long.  If you want a back that can perform on trick plays, Cobb could be your man as he caught a backwards lateral and then threw it back to his quarterback for a completion.  Read More »