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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 Isaiah “Zay” Jones, the former East Carolina Pirate. The ECU Pirates are not an ordinary college team as they threw the ball an amazing 554 times in 2016 and today’s subject Zay Jones caught 158 of those passes for 1746 yards! 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 talented senior wideout. The games reviewed were four 2016 contests against Virginia Tech, Navy, NC State, and South Carolina as well as two 2015 games versus Temple and Florida. Here are my thoughts:

WR-Zay Jones, East Carolina 6’ 1” 197 lbs.

Year Receptions Yards YPC Touchdowns
2013 62 604 9.7 5
2014 81 830 10.2 5
2015 98 1099 11.2 5
2016 158 1746 11.1 8

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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 wideout Josh Malone, Tennessee Volunteers.

WR-Josh Malone, Tennessee 6’3” 208 lbs.

During the 2016 season Malone bonded with senior quarterback Josh Dobbs, this helped the junior receiver to surpass all his earlier collegiate production with a season that saw him grab 50 passes for 972 yards and eleven touchdowns. Unsure of the next signal caller and how the coaching staff would use him, Malone decided to take the plunge into the NFL. Because I’m a high school football coach and educator by trade, let’s break down what I saw in the four games I reviewed of the junior playmaker: 2016 contests versus Alabama, Kentucky, Nebraska, and South Carolina. Most of these game videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. Here 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 junior wideout John Ross III, Washington Huskies.

WR-John Ross III, Washington 5’11” 190 lbs.

This Huskie weapon really broke out in 2016 with 81 receptions for 1150 yards and 17 touchdowns after missing his entire 2015 season due to multiple knee injuries. How will he transition to the next level and will he be a first round NFL and/or fantasy rookie draft selection?

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 redshirt junior playmaker: 2016 contests versus Alabama, USC, California, Oregon, and Arizona 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 wideout Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma Sooner.

WR-Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma 6’ 178 lbs.

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Westbrook is an exciting playmaker, who comes with some serious baggage to be discussed a little later. He turned down an opportunity to play with Texas State to play for the small football school of Blinn College; where the receiver caught 76 passes for 1487 yards and 13 touchdowns. After a year of transition to Oklahoma, the senior playmaker had a monster season: 80 receptions for 1524 yards along with 17 touchdowns (scored at least one the last ten games) and rushed ten times for 101 yards. 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 playmaker: 2016 contests versus Texas, Ohio State, Kansas State, and Baylor along with another game against Texas (2015). Most of these game videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. These are my thoughts: 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 »

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 draftbreakdown.com 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.

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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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 »