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2015 NFL Draft Underclassmen Tracker

Posted by Brad On December - 12 - 2014ADD COMMENTS
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The 2014 NFL Draft set a record with 98 underclassmen declaring. With the college football season coming to a wrap in the next month, we will begin to slowly hear the names of this year’s early entrants. Underclassmen have until January 15 to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft. It’s unlikely we’ll see last year’s number topped but not out of the question. With names already rolling, we begin our yearly exercise of tracking early entrants. We’ll keep this list running as new names emerge leading up to January 15. New this year will be a rumor section to keep readers abreast of anything heard. 

Who’s Going

Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn

Marcus Peters, CB, Washington

Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

Matt Jones, RB, Florida

Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan

Lemar Durant, WR, Simon Fraser

Tyler Moore, OG, Florida

Eli Harold, DE, Virgnia

Dante Fowler, DE, Florida

Noah Spence, DE, Ohio St.

Lorenzo Doss, CB, Tulane

Durell Eskridge, S, Syracuse

Rumors
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2015 NFL Mock Draft 3.0

Posted by Brad On December - 3 - 20143 COMMENTS
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The college football regular season is in the books and now things get real interesting in year one of the CFB Playoff system. If I’m taking an honest look at my evaluations at this point, it’s easy to say I’m very far behind. With a new gig and finishing up my Master’s degree, my attention hasn’t been focused on the draft as much as usual. That said, I feel I have a pretty good bead on quite a few of these prospects. You’ll notice some major differences between this mock and most others in positioning of players and maybe a couple of names that you didn’t anticipate landing where they did. Two years ago, I did some so much review that paralysis by analysis set in. This year, I’ve watched about 30 prospects in depth and maybe 30 others with a glancing view. With that I feel confident that the honing in process is setting in. Enjoy!

1. Oakland Raiders – Leonard Williams, DE, USC

The Raiders may look to move out of this spot with the QB-needy teams lining up for Marcus Mariota. If the draft order falls in this direction, my money would be on Oakland moving out – wise considering their needs. If they stay it will be hard to pass on Leonard Williams. Teaming Williams up with the young defensive talent (Mack and Moore) would be wise.

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

If no one trades up to No. 1, it would be tough to see Mariota sliding beyond TB. Mike Glennon and Josh McCown are clearly not the answer moving forward for this team. The Bucs and Lovie Smith need an offensive building block to pair with stud WR Mike Evans. This could be a great fit for Mariota as well as there is offensive talent to build around him with.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska

I’d have to think Gus Bradley personally delivers this card to the Rodger Goodell if Gregory is on the board when the Jags pick. The Jags defense isn’t far off from being a very good unit and Gregory could give them the much needed pass rusher to push them over the edge. Read the rest of this entry » «2015 NFL Mock Draft 3.0»

2015 NFL Draft: A look at the Top 32

Posted by Brad On November - 5 - 201413 COMMENTS

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For all intents and purposes, these rankings serve as our first ‘real’ insight into how the 2015 NFL Draft class will eventually pan out. While these are certain to change – as we are just getting into the real evaluations – I feel fairly comfortable saying there won’t be too drastic of changes forthcoming. Particularly at the top of these rankings with Marcus Mariota, Leonard Williams, and Amari Cooper I’m comfortable saying we aren’t likely to alter the top three much – if at all. 

One quick note, I haven’t rated any third-year sophomores although guys like Gerod Holliman, Germain Ifedi, Ronnie Stanley, and Jordan Phillips could make serious cases to be included on this list. I’ll hold off on any sophomores until official announcements have been made.

1. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

This No. 1 ranking reflects how worried I am about Mariota’s level of ‘Alpha Male’. What a joke. I can’t give any credence to this statement. Mariota’s skill set is through the roof, and not just his off-the-charts athleticism. Mariota is the clear cut No. 1 for me and I think teams will be looking to jump up to get a player with his upside at the most important position in sports.

2. Leonard Williams, DT/DE, USC

I’m not sure that I love the top of this draft but these first two guys are guys that are worthy top draft picks. Williams could easily surface as a top overall pick given his versatility and skill level. I’ve seen nothing thus far that gives me an ounce of doubt that he can dominate the line of scrimmage at the next level, making him a top five lock in my book.

3. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

Any doubts I had about Cooper with his injuries are long forgotten. His play this season is making me go back to my feelings about after a dominate freshman season. He’s the real deal and I wouldn’t argue against him being taken one overall in this draft.

4. Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska

Watching the development of Randy Gregory has been scary. I don’t think he’s maxed out in the least in terms of his potential which should have him in the conversation as the first overall pick.

5. Marcus Peters, CB, Washington

I think Marcus Peters is the best corner in the 2015 draft class…and it’s not close. Off the field issues aside, he’s worth a look very early in the draft with his combination of size, athleticism, and ball skills.

6. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

The autograph signing fiasco should positively impact Gurley as it alleviates some of the season’s wear and tear. I’m sure there’s some NFL decision makers that are crossing their fingers that he is held out the entire year. It doesn’t look like that will happen but a shortened season may be a good thing for Gurley. Read the rest of this entry » «2015 NFL Draft: A look at the Top 32»

2015 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

Posted by Brad On October - 29 - 20148 COMMENTS

It’s almost officially draft season for more than a few fanbases – Oakland, Jacksonville, Jets, and Tampa Bay. We are inching ever so close to a few more adding their names to that illustrious list. We’ve reached the midway plus some point of the college football season, so the guessing becomes a little more educated at this (still too early) point. 

1. Oakland Raiders – Leonard Williams, DT/DE, USCNCAA Football: Southern California at Colorado

Leonard Williams is the best player in the 2015 NFL Draft…and I don’t think its really close. The Raiders need to infuse a boatload of talent into this team and you could argue needs at most positions. Williams gives them a versatile DL that can play on the inside or outside. With Derek Carr and Khalil Mack in the fold, Williams adds a third – much needed – building block.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska

Randy Gregory is exceeding my expectations weekly at this point. I saw him as a bit of a one-trick pony heading into the season. I could be eating crow on that as he’s maturing into a force before our eyes. Gregory is a perfect fit for Gus Bradley’s defense, which could be on the cusp of becoming a really good defense.

3. NY Jets – Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

Wow. That’s about all I can say about the Jets right now. If the wheels weren’t falling off before John Idzik’s press conference, they have now. Mike Vick is the QB of the now, not that it matters. In today’s NFL guys like Geno Smith don’t get second chances after the season he’s had. He’s as good as done in New York and Mariota gives them a difference maker at the position.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jameis Winston, QB, FSU

I’m a fan of Mike Glennon’s. I think a year or two of sitting, learning, and developing will help him tremendously. I remain firm in my stance that he’ll be a serviceable starter in the league in the very near future. It doesn’t look like that will be in Tampa. Jameis Winston is a knucklehead and needs to mature very quickly. That said, his talent is undeniable. Read the rest of this entry » «2015 NFL Mock Draft 2.0»

2015 NFL Draft Top 32 Prospects

Posted by Brad On September - 3 - 20144 COMMENTS
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The 2014 college football season is officially underway and so is NFL’s Future prospect evaluation process. With week one in the books, I’ve logged nearly 60 hours of CFB under my belt already. With this in mind there’s no better time to release our post-preseason 2015 NFL Draft prospect rankings. It’s way too early to say how the 2015 class will stack up to last year’s or any previous year’s but it’s safe to assume this class will be headlined by a crop of underclassmen…isn’t it always. That said, I’ve rated underclassmen that I think have the best chance to declare for the draft (top-50 prospects). 

1. Leonard Williams, DT/DE, USC

There isn’t much not to like with Williams. I liken him to a less powerful, more athletic Ndamukong Suh without the baggage. Williams has played inside and outside at SC and I think his best work came on the outside where he could use lateral speed and long arms to keep tackles off balance in run and pass protection. Williams could be the closest prospect to emerge from the collegiate ranks that resembles J.J. Watt’s game, which is why he’s my No. 1 rated player at these early stages of the process.

2. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

The similarities with Colin Kaepernick don’t end with their running ability. Mariota is probably the more polished of the two coming out of college as a passer. Not to say there isn’t work to be done with Mariota but teams will struggle to poke too many holes in the package that is Marcus Mariota. Read the rest of this entry » «2015 NFL Draft Top 32 Prospects»

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The 2014 NFL Draft was chock full of prospects who burst onto the national scene as the 2013 season wore on. Greg Robinson, Brandin Cooks, Kyle Fuller, Marcus Smith, Deone Bucannon…the list goes on and on. Every year the NFL Draft is shaped by a host of guys that few were aware of prior to a breakout season that vaulted them into the first round.

Today we are going to explore a few names that are flying under the radar that could sneak into day one of the draft and take you deeper into the depths of college football for some way under the radar names that you are sure to impress your friends with.


ON THE CUSP OF BEING A MAINSTREAM NAME


Ty Sambrailo, T, Colorado State

Sambrailo will face his toughest test this season as he works at gelling with four new OL to protect QB Garrett Grayson. At 6-foot-5, 315 pounds Sambrailo could challenge to be the next high draft pick among Ram offensive lineman. The buzz has picked up lately with CBS Sports Draft analyst Dane Brugler including Sambrailo in his latest first round 2015 NFL Mock Draft. Stay tuned on this one as the buzz is real and Sambrailo could begin to challenge the top tackles in what could be a talented tackle class.

Jeremy Cash, S, Duke

The one that got away – Urban Meyer has to question how Jeremy Cash slipped through his hands in 2012. The 6-foot-2, 205 pound safety emerged as one of the best at his position in the country last season, recording 121 tackles and picking off 4 passes. The junior begins the 2014 season as one to watch for a fairly loaded Blue Devils squad. Between his size, speed, athletic ability, and power Cash could challenge the top of the 2015 safety class when it’s all said and done. Read the rest of this entry » «10 (Way) Under the Radar 2015 NFL Draft Prospects»

10 True Freshman that will Impact in ’14

Posted by Brad On August - 5 - 20143 COMMENTS
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In what has become a primer to the college football season, NFL’s Future looks at ten true freshman that will not only see the field but make an impact in 2014.

With the college football recruiting landscape boiling over more each year, it’s imperative that schools get these youngsters on the playing field early in their careers. We’ll look at some names you know but a handful of names that you should be monitoring this year and well into the future.


Curtis Samuel, RB/WR, Ohio State


The Skinny: At almost every opportunity, Urban Meyer has gushed about Samuel – a versatile athlete that will see time at RB and the vaunted “H” position in Meyer’s offensive attack. At 5-foot-11, 190 pounds Samuel possesses game breaking speed but has surprised many with his physicality.

What we should expect: Samuel isn’t likely to open week one as the starting RB but don’t expect him to stay on the sidelines for long. I would anticipate Tom Herman planning 10-15 touches a game for Samuel – at RB and H. Read the rest of this entry » «10 True Freshman that will Impact in ’14»

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The annual spring trip report is due out – two weeks after the anticipated date. This year the number of trips decreased slightly with stops at Tennessee, Penn State, Virginia, and Michigan State. As always gleaning practice habits of players is an always helpful tool when evaluating prospects. This year, I was left with several ‘aha’ moments after the four visits.

I’ll run down each school and the who/what stood out from my time there.


TENNESSEE


Many of you will remember my infatuation with another Tennessee one and done receiver – Cordarrelle Patterson. I may have another one starting with Von Pearson. Pearson is a JUCO transfer that was the standout of both practices that I took in. Pearson is rail thin but wasn’t afraid to mix it up as a blocker or going across the middle of the defense.

Pearson was all of his listed 6-foot-3 height but could stand to add 10-15 pounds to his slight frame. He didn’t look as explosive as Patterson but didn’t put a ball on the ground during either practice. He worked primarily out of the slot but did see action at both outside spots. Pearson is a name for draft watchers to latch onto as he could be the next one and done WR at UT.

To be expected, the defense was far ahead of the offense as the defensive front four was giving the OL fits throughout my stay. That said, I didn’t see a ton of talent on the defense. A.J. Johnson is probably the biggest name in terms of the draft but he didn’t standout at all during either session. He was outshined by sophomore Jalen Reeves-Maybin, who should lock down the SAM LB spot. Maybin is an undersized LB that flew around the practice field – cleaning up most every play. He’s not draft-eligible but is a name to watch in the future. He will have to add some weight but reminded me a lot of Ryan Shazier, who was taken No. 15 this year. Read the rest of this entry » «Annual spring trips reveal some thoughts on the 2015 NFL Draft»

Preseason 2015 NFL Mock Draft

Posted by Brad On May - 21 - 201410 COMMENTS
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Let me start this off by putting out a disclaimer – the order of this mock was determined by the post-draft Super Bowl odds and in no way reflects my personal feelings on how teams will finish the 2014 season. Now that that’s out of the way, we present the first 2015 NFL Mock Draft for our avid draft nuts. Enjoy, not a single pick will be right come next April/May…whenever they decide to have the draft.

1. Oakland Raiders – Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

Derek Carr was taken in the second but new regimes = new quarterbacks. If the Raiders finish with the first pick it will assuredly spell doom for Reggie McKenzie and this coaching staff. Mariota gives the Raiders a cornerstone piece at the quarterback position.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Vic Beasley, Edge Rusher, Clemson

The Jags got their building block quarterback in Blake Bortles, now they look for a face of the defense. Vic Beasley dominated opponents for much of the 2013 season. If he continues his early 2013 pace, he’ll slide into the top five and appears a perfect fit for Gus Bradley’s LEO role.

3. Tennessee Titans – Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

I jinxed Devin Gardner last year after hyping him hard post-Spring practice. Gardner didn’t pan out, so I hope I’m not doing the same with Cook. Watching him during two spring practices, he appears to be the real deal. Jake Locker’s days in Tennessee will be numbered if they finish this low. Read the rest of this entry » «Preseason 2015 NFL Mock Draft»

2014 NFL Draft Live Blog

Posted by Brad On May - 8 - 20141 COMMENT

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The 2014 NFL Draft is shaping up to be one of the most intriguing in recent memory. With virtually, no one really comfortable with the shape of the top of this draft it is sure to be a complete mess and we’ll be there to cover it in it’s entirety. Just stay glued to this page and hit refresh all day long.



With the third pick in the 2014 NFL Draft the Jacksonville Jaguars select Blake Bortles – WOW 


 


With the second pick the St. Louis Rams select OT Greg Robinson 


 


Falcons not trading to No. 1 per Chris Mortensen


Adam Schefter reports the Vikings could be a team to watch for Johnny Manziel


Ian Rapoport is reporting the Texans haven’t stuck a fork in the possibility of a trade. Stay tuned when they go on the clock


 


NFL Network’s Jeff Darlington is reporting the Jaguars have a keen interest in Mike Evans


ESPN’s Bob Holtzman reporting Jimmy Garoppolo is a name to watch for the Vikings. That would likely come via a trade back into the first – which is quickly becoming my greatest regret of today’s mock draft


Ian Rapoport reporting the Falcons could be looking to move up to No. 4 for Khalil Mack


 


Alex Flanagan reporting the Seahawks are looking to deal out of the 1st round


Chris Mortensen reporting Odell Beckham is the name teams are talking the most about


ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reporting USC WR Marqise Lee won’t make it past the Green Bay Packers at No. 21


The Latest Johnny Buzz:


 


Pro Football Talk is reporting the Raiders prefer Mike Evans over Sammy Watkins Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft Live Blog»