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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 »

The 2016 NFL Draft has a few talented football players, who do not have natural positions.  The one this article discusses is former UCLA Bruin Thomas Duarte.  He is a tweener because of his tduartesize, not due to his play.  By just glancing at his 2015 statistics: 53 receptions for 872 yards (16.5 average per catch) and ten touchdowns, it’s clear that he is a play maker.  There isn’t a lot of game film available on for him, but I did find two 2015 games against California and Colorado, along with highlights from his freshman and sophomore college years to get a better idea of what this young man brings to the next level.  Here are my thoughts:

WR/TE-Thomas Duarte, UCLA, 6′ 2″ 231 lbs. Read More »

The name Mike Thomas might cause confusion in this year’s NFL Draft along with rookie fantasy football drafts. Ohio State produced a top five wide out that might get selected within the first twomthomassm rounds (Michael Thomas) and Southern Mississippi has a smaller version who wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine.  Although their names are very much alike, their play is not, so I reviewed Southern Mississippi’s games against Louisiana Tech, Washington, Western Kentucky, and Nebraska to get a better feel for what skills and talents he will bring to the next level.  This is what I saw:

WR-Mike Thomas, Southern Mississippi, 6′ 1″ 200 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.


  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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Each year the NFL Draft features athletes of different sizes and shapes.  The 2016 NFL Draft has a unique wide receiver, who you guessed it, looks a bit like a praying mantis aka Keyarris Garrett.kgarrett To get ready for the NFL Draft and your rookie drafts, I decided to dig a bit deeper into this Tulsa product.  After reviewing games against Memphis, New Mexico, Virginia Tech, and Oklahoma, I saw a less than perfect prospect that has much to offer the next level.  These are my thoughts:

WR-Keyarris Garrett, Tulsa 6′ 3″ 220 lbs. Read More »

When preparing for the NFL Draft each year, sometimes it is easy to discount small school players.  If an athlete had talent surely someone would have found them in high school or plucked thempmcroberts by their junior season, but that wasn’t the case with former Southeast Missouri State’s own wide out Paul McRoberts.  He got a very important Senior Bowl invite which allowed him to show off his skills and abilities to all 32 teams.  I took into consideration his Senior Bowl week (game and practices) along with his game against Murray State and several highlight reels when evaluating the receivers chances to excel at the next level.  Here are my thoughts:

WR- Paul McRoberts, Southeast Missouri State 6’1″ 202 lbs. Read More »

The 2016 NFL Draft is filled with play makers of all kinds of receivers: tall, fast, and limber, short, quick, and powerful, or different combinations of those traits.  Former Buckeye wide out Jalin jmarshallMarshall is one of the most versatile offensive weapons in his class and to most is an afterthought.  There are plenty of question marks about this young man with his limited playing time, so I reviewed his games against Michigan, Michigan State, and Western Michigan to get a better feel for what skills and attributes he will bring to the next level.  These are my thoughts:

WR-Jalin Marshall, Ohio State, 5’10” 200 lbs. Read More »

The 2016 NFL Draft has its share of potential fantasy superstars along with solid pros and role players.  One of the lesser known receivers is former Colorado State Ram, Rashard Higgins.  He isn’t rhigginsthe fastest or strongest and the wide out won’t wow you with his athleticism, but he can play football.  I reviewed several of his 2015 games against Utah State, Nevada, UNLV, New Mexico, Colorado, and Air Force (2014) to get a better grip on what this young man brings to the next level.  These are my observations:

WR-Rashard Higgins, Colorado State, 6’1″ 196 lbs.  Read More »

In the 2016 NFL Draft class, there are superior athletes and then there are bullies.  Former Mississippi State wide out De’Runnya Wilson out-bullies almost every defensive back he meets.  Sure, hedwilson gets help by playing with a top five quarterback talent in Dak Prescott, but right now lets focus on the big man.  I reviewed a few of his games against NC State, LSU, Louisiana Tech, Ole Miss (2014 and 2015), and Auburn (2014) to get a better idea of what skills and talents this young man will bring to the next level.  This is what I saw:

WR- De’Runnya Wilson, Mississippi State 6′ 5″ 224 lbs.  Read More »

In today’s fast paced world, the “need for speed” is everywhere and seems to be desired by all.  The 2016 NFL Draft has a few speed demons;  the one that is garnishing the most attention is former wfullerNotre Dame wide out Will Fuller.   His impressive 4.32 40-yard dash time is encouraging NFL teams, dynasty fantasy owners, and draftniks alike to review his film to see what all the fuss is about.  I watched his 2015 games against Ohio State, Texas, USC, and UMass as well as his 2014 Stanford and Florida State games to get a better idea of the skills and attributes he brings to the next level. This is what I saw:

WR-Will Fuller, Notre Dame 6′ 186 lbs. Read More »

The 2016 NFL Draft is full of twists and turns.  Every so often when covering draft prospects, there is a player that has a bigger connection to you personally.  While I do not know former  Falcon rlewiswide out Roger Lewis, we both share a college alma mater, Bowling Green State University.  Since #MACation is a part of my weekly Tuesday in-season tradition, I have watched many of his 2015 games including ones against Georgia Southern, Toledo, Western Michigan, Northern Illinois, and Memphis.  Those gave me insight into what skills and abilities he can bring to the next level. Here are my thoughts:

WR-Roger Lewis, Bowling Green 6′ 201 lbs. Read More »