Final 2015 NFL Draft Rankings

Posted by Brad On April - 15 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

"2015 nfl draft"Every year, I grade out a boatload of players. With each passing year that list shrinks as time limits itself on me more and more each year. Normally, I would rank a top 150 after combing through 200+ prospects throughout the year. My approach is neither scientific nor rational in some cases but based highly on a gut feel on players. In some cases this has led to successes (i.e. Russell Wilson) and others catastrophic misses (i.e. Johnny Manziel).

With so many time constraints this year, I felt comfortable grading and ranking around 70 players – with nearly 120 players evaluated. So this top 70 isn’t an exact science of a true evaluation of the top 70 players because I didn’t make it around to some guys I would have liked to (Tre McBride, Marcus Hardison and a host of others).

Of importance to note is that I don’t play doctor or character police as I don’t have access to that type of information. So when you see guys like Todd Gurley or Dorial Green-Beckham rated so highly – know that I’ve not factored in medical or off-the-field issues. These rankings are solely based on what I can see with my own two eyes.

2015 NFL Mock Draft – April 3

Posted by Brad On April - 3 - 20157 COMMENTS

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The 2015 NFL Draft is on the clock as we are less than 4 weeks away. In 30 days we will have the answers to what we’ve been speculating on for months now.

With Tampa Bay essentially locking their sights on Jameis Winston at No. 1 our attention turns to Tennessee. Will it be Leonard Williams or Marcus Mariota? Mariota may not be a typical fit for Ken Wisenhunt’s offense but can the Titans afford to pass on a guy with the upside of Mariota at the premium position in the league. By the nature of my selection I think that answer is no but I leaned several times towards Williams. I’d say at this point it’s 51-49 in my mind.

Beyond the top two this draft only gets more intriguing. As a bonus for reading this long-winded mock, I offer up a preview of a way too early look at the 2016 NFL Draft.


1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State


The Bucs appear to be sold on Winston as their franchise QB. While I don’t agree that it is the right pick, no one can blame them given the need. I can’t see a scenario playing out where Winston makes this team an instant contender. I see him making some splash plays – at the same time taking them out of games with turnovers. Given time, Winston may develop into a solid NFL passer – I just don’t see the attributes to suggest he’s a franchise changing QB.


2. Tennessee Titans – Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon


Count me in the group that doesn’t buy that Tennessee is selecting any not named Marcus Mariota (or Jameis Winston if by chance Lovie passes). I just can’t see this organization tying it’s wagon to Zach Mettenberger by passing on Mariota. Worst case scenario, you let Mettenberger play this season (Mariota has some developing to do) and turn the reins over to Mariota next season if Mett can’t push this team to respectability.


3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson


I’ll be shocked if the Jags pass on Leonard Williams – my top rated player in the draft. However, it makes sense given the need for a true pass rusher for Gus Bradley’s defense. Beasley has the speed to be an immediate impact rusher and this is a perfect fit for him. Read the rest of this entry » «2015 NFL Mock Draft – April 3»

2015 NFL Free Agency Predictions

Posted by Brad On March - 6 - 20155 COMMENTS

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The annual free agent prediction article draws more vitriol than any non-QB draft-related article on the site. With a loaded class of free agents this year’s predictions may be more polarizing than any other. Combine that with the fact that teams have more expendable cash than ever before and it’s a free agency perfect storm.

Rarely do splash free agent signings pan out over the long haul. However, with the likes of Ndamukong Suh, Randall Cobb and potentially Darrelle Revis hitting the open market that historical perspective may be changing course.

Come next Tuesday the doors open, so we will be finding out where some of the big fish land by this time next week. With this in mind, here’s my predictions on how free agency will pan out.

Ndamukong Suh – Record breaking deal with Miami

Suh’s franchise tag number kept Detroit at bay. Now, Suh will test the open market. Unfortunately for Detroit fans I don’t Suh making it past his first visit. All signs point to Miami as a player for Suh. While they don’t (currently) have enough cap space to get this monstrous deal done we are likely to see the exodus of Mike Wallace and others to make it work.

Darrelle Revis – Stay in New England

Revis shouldn’t technically be on this list but we’ll leave him there as he won’t be back on his current deal. Revis got a taste of winning in New England and will have to consider leaving a winning culture for less green pastures elsewhere. New England is likely to lose Devin McCourty so losing Revis would be detrimental to a much improved secondary last season. Revis will get paid on another short deal (2-3 years, probably frontloaded) to stay in Foxborough.

Randall Cobb – Monster deal in Oakland

The Packers drafted Davante Adams with the possibility of losing Randall Cobb in mind. Cobb will be paid like a true No. 1 receiver because of his versatility to impact the game in so many facets. Oakland is likely to out price the competition at a $10-11M/year deal – leaving all other bidders in the dust. While it’s a ton of money, Oakland needs to surround its young, promising QB with weapons at all costs. Read the rest of this entry » «2015 NFL Free Agency Predictions»

2015 NFL Draft Top 100

Posted by Brad On February - 19 - 2015ADD COMMENTS
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With the NFL Combine is underway in Indianapolis, we’ll see boards moving all over the place in next week or so. As usual we’ll see a whole lot of overreaction in the national media – however teams that draft well realize the function of the event and move minimally. It can’t be said enough – the NFL Combine is a piece (a small one at that) of a player’s overall evaluation. Teams will be paying close attention to the medicals and confirming what they’ve seen on tape. Pay close attention to positional drills as they are telling of physical tools that transfer to the field. While the 40-yard dash is sexy, it has little correlation to a player’s on-field ability.

The most hyped story leading up the event is which QB’s will throw. It matters the least. If we learned one thing from last year, it was the overvaluing of how a player throws in shorts and t-shirt.

Don’t get me wrong, when I have a free minute I’ll be eyes glued to NFL Network this weekend. That said, you won’t see any drastic movement up or down my board. Read the rest of this entry » «2015 NFL Draft Top 100»

2015 NFL Mock Draft: Pre-Combine Mock Draft

Posted by Brad On February - 12 - 20151 COMMENT
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With the Shrine and Senior Bowl’s in the books and the 2015 Champs identified it’s officially draft season. The NFL Scouting Combine is less than a week away from opening the gate leaving me with no other choice than to release a mock draft. After several pushes from some of you, I’ve completed two rounds for your perusal.  

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

This pick is likely to come down to Mariota and Winston…glad I don’t have to make this pick. I don’t see either being cornerstone, franchise QB’s but I like Mariota considerably more than Winston.                                                              

2. Tennessee Titans – Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska

The Titans could take whichever QB Tampa doesn’t select. However, I think they ride Mettenberger next season and take a pass rusher with this selection. The Titans beefed up their defensive coaching staff, now they need to add talent to the roster.                                                            

3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Dante Fowler, OLB, Florida

This one was tough. I like Leonard Williams (my top rated player in this draft) but Gus Bradley needs a guy that can bring it off the edge. Fowler is a perfect scheme fit for Bradley and is my early odds-on favorite to win DROY honors.                                                              

4. Oakland Raiders – Leonard Williams, DT/DE, USC

Oakland has to be ecstatic to team Khalil Mack and Leonard Williams up for the next 15 years. Obviously the Raiders hit a homerun in last years draft with Mack and Carr. This year’s effort would be off to a great start if they could land Williams.                                                           Read the rest of this entry » «2015 NFL Mock Draft: Pre-Combine Mock Draft»

2015 NFL Draft Underclassmen Tracker

Posted by Brad On January - 10 - 20151 COMMENT
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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. 

Quarterbacks

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

Jameis Winston, QB, Florida St.

Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

Running Backs

B.J. Catalon, RB, TCU

Braylon Heard, RB, Kentucky

Buck Allen, RB, USC

T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama

Dee Hart, RB, Colorado St.

Trey Williams, RB, Texas A&M

Josh Robinson, RB, Mississippi St.

Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana

Duke Johnson, RB, Miami

Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina

Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise St.

Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

Matt Jones, RB, Florida

Wide Receivers 

Tacoi Sumler, WR, Appalchian St.

Zach D’Orazio, WR, Akron

Jaquel Pitts, WR, Trinity International

DaVaris Daniels, WR, Notre Dame

George Farmer, WR, USC

Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida

Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona St.

Chris Harper, WR, Cal

Deontay Greenberry, WR, Houston

Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma

Nelson Agholor, WR, USC

Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland

Nigel King, WR, Kansas

Shaq Roland, WR, South Carolina

Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn

Devin Funchess, WR/TE, Michigan

Lemar Durant, WR, Simon Fraser

Tight Ends

Jesse James, TE, Penn St.

Jean Sifrin, TE, Massachusetts

Tyler Kroft, TE, Rutgers

Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota

Offensive Line

Patrick Miller, OT, Auburn

Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford

D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida

Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami

Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State

Jeremiah Poutasi, OT, Utah

Tyler Moore, OG, Florida

Defensive Line

David Irving, DT, Iowa St.

Ellis McCarthy, DT, UCLA

Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon

Eddie Goldman, DT, FSU

Darius Philon, DT, Arkansas

Danielle Hunter, DE, LSU

Mario Edwards, DE, Florida St.

Shane Ray, DE, Missouri

Christian Covington, DT, Rice

Xavier Cooper, DT, Washington St.

Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma

Rakeem Nunez-Roches, DT, Southern Miss

Deion Barnes, DE, Penn St.

Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska

Leonard Williams, DT, USC

Eli Harold, DE, Virginia

Linebackers

Darien Rankin, LB, North Carolina

Max Flores, LB, Northern Colorado

Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi St.

Max Valles, LB, Virginia

Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington

Kwon Alexander, LB, LSU

Dante Fowler, OLB, Florida

Cornerbacks

Charles Gaines, CB, Louisville

Jacoby Glenn, CB, UCF

Ronald Darby, CB, Florida St.

P.J. Williams, CB, Florida St.

Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan St.

Alex Carter, CB, Stanford

Jalen Collins, CB, LSU

Marcus Peters, CB, Washington

Lorenzo Doss, CB, Tulane

Safeties

Chris Hackett, S, TCU

Landon Collins, S, Alabama

James Sample, S, Louisville

Gerald Holliman, S, Louisville

Durell Eskridge, S, Syracuse

Specialists

Easton Wahlstrom, LS, Arizona St.

Brad Pinion, P, LSU

Rumors
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2015 NFL Draft: Top 100 Prospects

Posted by Brad On January - 7 - 2015ADD COMMENTS
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After last year’s draft crop, the 2015 class looks like a relative bystander. While no class can be judged on paper and before stepping foot on an NFL field, I see this class as a relatively strong group. The headliner, for me, is USC DL Leonard Williams. He’s as impressive a player that I’ve evaluated since 2009.

As we know every class will be judged by the QB’s. Hence why many are speculating a down class for 2015. Let me get this out of the way before FSU fans begin the attacks. Jameis Winston didn’t fall to No. 84 just because of his off the field escapades. When I evaluated his work from this and last season, I saw too much erratic play to warrant a grade any better than a 3rd. I know many will disagree and I’ll face the vitriol of Noles Nation but it’s where the chips fell when I graded him.

Ok, now that we have QB’s out of the way this class will have it’s share of pass rushers. This could be the year of the pass rusher with as many as eight pass rushers carrying first round grades. The WR class won’t top the 2014 class but it’s a pretty good one. The surprise may be Kevin White, who I slotted as my tenth best prospect. White has everything I would want in a WR at the next level, including being a lunch pale guy which I love from a wide receiver.

It’s important to keep in mind, this is a first run through of the top 100 knowing that it will change as players declare or opt to stay in school and as I continue to grind on some tape of these prospects and more.

RANKPLAYERPOSITIONSCHOOL
1Leonard WilliamsDT/DEUSC
2Randy GregoryDE/OLBNebraska
3Ronnie StanleyOTNotre Dame
4Amari CooperWRAlabama
5Dante Fowler Jr.OLBFlorida
6Shaq ThompsonOLBWashington
7Shane RayDE/OLBMissouri
8Todd GurleyRBGeorgia
9Marcus MariotaQBOregon
10Kevin WhiteWRWest Virginia
11Denzel PerrymanLBMiami
12Eddie GoldmanDTFlorida St.
13Eli HaroldDE/OLBVirginia
14DeVante ParkerWRLouisville
15Alvin DupreeDE/OLBKentucky
16Jordan PhillipsDTOklahoma
17DeForest BucknerDEOregon
18Danny SheltonDTWashington
19Maxx Williams IIITEMinnesota
20Marcus PetersCBWashington
21Andrus PeatOTStanford
22Landon CollinsSAlabama
23T.J. ClemmingsOTPitt
24Paul DawsonOLBTCU
25La’el CollinsOTLSU
26Brandon ScherffOTIowa
27Malcom BrownDTTexas
28Mario EdwardsDEFlorida St.
29Duke JohnsonRBMiami
30Vic BeasleyOLBClemson
31Cedric OgbuehiOTTexas A&M
32Melvin GordonRBWisconsin
33Arik ArmsteadDT/DEOregon
34Ereck FlowersOTMiami
35Devin FunchessWR/TEMichigan
36Kevin JohnsonCBWake Forest
37Jake FisherOTOregon
38Trae WaynesCBMichigan St.
39Jaelen StrongWRArizona St.
40Nate OrchardDE/OLBUtah
41Michael BennettDTOhio St.
42Cameron ErvingCFlorida St.
43P.J. WilliamsCBFlorida St.
44Lorenzo MauldinOLBLouisville
45Danielle HunterDE/OLBLSU
46Tevin ColemanRBIndiana
47Dres AndersonWRUtah
48Ty SambrailoOTColorado St.
49Benardrick McKinneyLBMississippi St.
50Cody PrewittSOle Miss
51Jay AjayiRBBoise St.
52Justin HardyWREast Carolina
53Owamagbe OdighizuwaDEUCLA
54Grady JarrettDTClemson
55Eric KendricksLBUCLA
56Ameer AbdullahRBNebraska
57AJ CannOGSouth Carolina
58Bryce PettyQBBaylor
59Dorial Green-BeckhamWROklahoma
60Shilique CalhounDEMichigan St.
61Zach HodgesDE/OLBHarvard
62Ifo Ekpre-OlomuCBOregon
63Nelson AgholorWRUSC
64Alex CarterCBStanford
65Rashad GreeneWRFlorida St.
66Quentin RollinsCBMiami (OH)
67Ronald DarbyCBFlorida St.
68Lorenzo DossCBTulane
69Clive WalfordTEMiami
70Hauoli KikahaDE/OLBWashington
71Brett HundleyQBUCLA
72David JohnsonRBNorthern Iowa
73Josh HarperWRFresno St.
74Henry AndersonDEStanford
75D’John SmithCBFlorida Atlantic
76Dezmin LewisWRCentral Arkansas
77Jeremiah PoutasiOTUtah
78Jesse JamesTEPenn St.
79Max VallesOLBVirginia
80Derron SmithSFresno St.
81Ryan DelaireDE/OLBTowson
82Jalen CollinsCBLSU
83T.J. YeldonRBAlabama
84Jameis WinstonQBFlorida St.
85Ty MontgomeryWR/KRStanford
86Matt JonesRBFlorida
87Hroniss GrasuCOregon
88Jaquiski TarttSSamford
89Sammie CoatesWRAuburn
90Mike DavisRBSouth Carolina
91Christian CovingtonDTRice
92Sean MannionQBOregon St.
93Markus GoldenDEMissouri
94Senquez GolsonCBOle Miss
95Jeremy LangfordRBMichigan St.
96DeAndre SmelterWRGeorgia Tech
97Tyler LockettWRKansas St.
98Trey FlowersDEArkansas
99Doran GrantCBOhio St.
100Laken TomlinsonOGDuke

Melvin Gordon Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On January - 5 - 2015ADD COMMENTS
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Melvin Gordon – Wisconsin

Height: 6000      

Weight: 213

Age when drafted: 22

Hometown: Kenosha, WI

Position 1: RB

Position 2: N/A

Collegiate Number: 25

40: TBD

225: TBD

VJ: TBD

BJ: TBD

3-cone: TBD

Games Scouted: 2013 – Arizona St, Ohio St, Penn St 2014 – LSU, Nebraska, Ohio State, Auburn

Background: Melvin Gordon attended Bradford High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He earned the Wisconsin Gatorade Football Player of the Year after a senior season that saw him rush for over 2,000 yards. Gordon doubled as a track athlete with PR’s of 6.39 at 55 meters and 10.95 at 100 meters. In addition, Gordon excelled as a long jumper with a personal best of 23 ft 7 in. Gordon was regarded as a 4-star recruit and considered Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Originally he committed to Iowa but chose Wisconsin instead.

As a freshman, Gordon rushed for 98 yards before injuring his groin and receiving a medical redshirt. Stuck behind, Montee Ball and James White as a sophomore, Gordon flashed his gamebreaking ability in the Big Ten Championship Game when he went for 216 yards on just nine carries. 2013 would be Gordon’s coming out party as he rushed for 1,609 yards and 12 touchdowns. Gordon returned to Wisconsin for his junior season in 2014 and solidified himself as a top 3 back in the country. Gordon rushed for 2,336 yards (before Outback Bowl) and 26 TD’s on his way to a Heisman finalist campaign. Read the rest of this entry » «Melvin Gordon Scouting Report»

2015 NFL Draft: Top 20 Draft Order Official

Posted by Brad On December - 28 - 20141 COMMENT

"Marcus Mariota"The 2014 NFL regular season is in the books (sigh). For twenty teams that means they are looking at 2015 already, with 12 teams remaining left standing. Earlier today, we highlighted our top 25 free agents and now we focus on the draft. 

With the lack of franchise QB’s available on the market (draft/free agency), the No. 1 pick holds real value this year. Tampa Bay went down to the wire in the Marcus Mariota derby. Barring some major issues leading up to late April’s draft, Mariota is the odds-on-favorite to be taken atop the draft and take the reins for Lovie Smith’s squad. 

I could see things beginning to get interesting at No. 5, 6, and 7 with the Redskins, Jets, and Bears picking. All four teams have major question marks at the QB position. Without a lot of top-end talent at the position, these teams could be left on the outside looking in when it comes to their future signal caller. 

As you can see 2015 won’t be lacking storylines and we are sure to be following them as they hit.

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2. Tennessee Titans

3. Jacksonville Jaguars

4. Oakland Raiders

5. Washington Redskins

6. New York Jets

7. Chicago Bears

8. Atlanta Falcons

9. New York Giants

10. St. Louis Rams 

11. Minnesota Vikings

12. Cleveland Browns

13. New Orleans Saints

14. Miami Dolphins 

15. San Francisco 49ers

16. Houston Texans

17. Kansas City Chiefs

18. San Diego Chargers 

19. Cleveland Browns (f/BUF)

20. Philadelphia Eagles

21. Cincinnati Bengals 

22. Pittsburgh Steelers

23. Detroit Lions

24. Arizona Cardinals

25. Carolina Panthers

26. Baltimore Ravens

27. Dallas Cowboys

28. Denver Broncos

Top 25 2015 NFL Free Agents

Posted by Brad On December - 28 - 2014ADD COMMENTS
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Will Suh hit the open market and if so will he become the NFL’s richest defender?

The 2015 NFL free agent class looks very solid on paper. With more than a few headliners this could be an interesting offseason. That said, don’t expect many of these top names to leave for the ‘greener’ pastures of the NFL free agent market. The free agency start kicks off at 4 P.M. EST on March 10. It figures to be interesting, as always as we could see the richest contract for a defensive player come with Ndamukong Suh looking to break J.J. Watt’s 6-year, $100 million deal. Below is the list of impending free agents.
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