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The 2014 NFL Draft is just weeks away but our evaluation sites have been turned to the 2015 class. “The hay has been in the barn” for a couple of weeks on 2014, so now is the perfect time to begin to preview the 2015 NFL Draft.

The 2014 NFL Draft is talent-ridden from top to bottom and the 2015 class appears to be fairly similar in regards to the overall talent. First up we’ll preview the offensive skill guys with the brutes on the offensive and defensive line next week.

Quarterbacks

1. Connor Cook, QB, Michigan St.

I was burned by another preseason ranking of a state of Michigan QB last offseason. I don’t think I made the same mistake on Cook. Cook emerged last season as one of, if not the best QB in the conference. He put himself on the national stage with his stellar performance against the vaunted Stanford Cardinal defense. Another season like the last and he’ll be moving on up quickly. Read the rest of this entry » «2015 NFL Draft Preseason Offensive Skill Guy Rankings»

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Let me kick this one off by saying mock drafts are hard enough without factoring trades into them. With them it’s a crapshoot. I’m not going to pretend to have some insider intel that led me to these deals but they made sense to me, so I pulled the trigger.

1. Atlanta Falcons – Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

Thomas Dimitroff hasn’t been shy about going up and getting the guy they covet. This year is no different as the Falcons send pick No. 6, No. 37, and a 2015 No. 1 to Houston to take the passing rushing freak from down the road. Houston moves down but most importantly picks up another high second and snags Atlanta’s 2015 1st. I’m just not sold on Houston taking anyone in this slot, so it makes sense for them to move out. Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Mock Draft – 2 Rounds Chock Full of Trades»

Five Things I Think, I Think

Posted by Brad On April - 8 - 2014

 

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We are less than a month out to the 2014 NFL Draft and the smoky NFL offices are billowing. In the last Five Things I Think, I Think I tackled the quarterbacks heavily – I promise today will be less QB centric. I created a bit of a storm with my take on Bill O’Brien checking in on the contract of Brian Hoyer. That noise hasn’t stopped but the Browns aren’t dealing Hoyer unless they get an offer they can’t refuse, so the Texans moved on by signing Ryan Fitzpatrick. Today’s I Think, I Think won’t end with Houston or the quarterbacks as we make a few more bold predictions on non-QB’s.

The top pick will be dealt Read the rest of this entry » «Five Things I Think, I Think»

2014 NFL Mock Draft: A new No. 1

Posted by Brad On April - 4 - 2014

Blake Bortles or Jadeveon Clowney. Jadeveon Clowney or Blake Bortles. This will be one of the most hotly debated items leading up the May 8th draft. I’ve stood pat on a quarterback atop the draft but this week some clarity came to me with Houston. Needless to say we have a new No. 1. 

The intrigue in this draft is remarkable – maybe more than in any draft that I’ve covered. From Clowney to Manziel to where all these QB’s go we may no very little heading into Thursday. Combine that with the fact that this is as talented and deep as any draft in recent memory and the sparks begin to fly. Buckle up because the next month is going to be filled with unknowns and a whole lot of smoke.

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1. Houston Texans – Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

I broke my rule and no it’s not because of his Pro Day. I’m just not sure how the B.O.B. and the Texans brass could be sold on taking Blake Bortles with guys of the ilk of Clowney out there. Houston could be aggressive trading back into the first round for Carr or Bridgewater.
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2. St. Louis Rams – Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

With Jadeveon Clowney off the board, the Rams could find themselves with little market for the second pick. If they stay put they would be wise to snatch Robinson off the board. The sleeper here is Khalil Mack – I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he is the card they turn in at 2.

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3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

I was 50-50 on this one between Mack and Johnny Manziel. It could go any direction and I wouldn’t be surprised. Mack is as disruptive as any defender in this draft, including Clowney so Gus Bradley may push David Caldwell for an impact defender. Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Mock Draft: A new No. 1»

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Johnny Manziel to the Bucs?

Posted by Brad On March - 27 - 2014
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This week gives us no changes in the top four but after that it’s change galore. The pick sure to draw the most buzz, otherwise known as hate, will be John Football to the Buccaneers. Johnny will be in the spotlight today as everyone outside of the Browns embark on College Station to watch J.F. spin it. I know this won’t be a popular pick but I’d love to see what Jeff Tedford would do with Manziel at the helm.

Enough Johnny talk, this draft is incredibly deep. With each mock draft that I complete it becomes more clear that teams will be aligning themselves to stockpile picks in the first three rounds. I see the quality of this draft in those areas as you can find first rounders into the beginning stages of round two and second rounders deep into the third. The studs  at the top of the draft will get all the attention but down the road the talk may be the steals on day two.

1. Houston Texans – Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

No changes this week to our top 4, so I won’t bore you with the same old explanation. I still think this one is a QB because John McClain said so. Until he moves off that stance, you will be seeing Blake Bortles atop my mocks.

2. St. Louis Rams – Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

One point that I probably should have made with the Rams is that I think they trade out of this pick to accrue more picks – probably future picks. Former NFLF mock draft legend, Michael Profetta believes the Cowboys could be a prime target to move way up the draft and Les Snead could find J.J. a prime candidate to fleece out of picks for this and next year.That said, we aren’t mocking trades, so the pick remains Greg Robinson. Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Mock Draft: Johnny Manziel to the Bucs?»

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Barring the slew of trades that will occur, the 2014 NFL Draft order is set. 32 compensatory picks have been announced today at the NFL Owner’s Meeting in Orlando. 

13 teams were awarded picks with the Ravens the clear cut winners with picks in the 3rd, (2) 4th, and 5th rounds of May’s draft. The rich get richer as San Francisco was awarded the 100th overall pick making 11 total draft picks and six of the top 100. With an already loaded roster, I would expect San Francisco to move many of these picks in moves up the draft, additional trades for players, or for picks in 2015.

The compensatory picks are awarded based on a compensatory formula developed by the NFL Management Council to award picks for free agents lost by teams. The formula factors in salary, playing time, and postseason honors. Not all free agent losses are awarded picks as it caps out the number to 32 and these picks cannot be traded. 

For a full explanation of the compensatory process, a full list of the free agent breakdown, and a history of compensatory picks click here.

After the break check out a full list of the 2014 compensatory picks. Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft order officially set: NFL announces 32 compensatory picks»

2014 NFL Draft: Blake Bortles Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On March - 24 - 2014
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BLAKE BORTLES

No: 5

Age: 22

Height: 6050

Weight: 232

Arm length: 32 7/8″

Hands: 9 3/8″

40 Time: 4.93

3-Cone: 7.08

Vertical: 32.5″

Broad Jump: 9’5″ Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft: Blake Bortles Scouting Report»

2014 NFL Draft: Carlos Hyde Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On March - 22 - 2014
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CARLOS HYDE

No: 34

Age: 23

Height: 6003

Weight: 230

Arm length: 32″

Hands: 9 5/8″

40 Time: 4.66

Bench Press: 19

Vertical: 34.5″

Broad Jump: 9’5″

BIO:

  • Grew up in Cincinnati, OH, moved to Naples, FL as a high school sophomore
  • Committed to OSU over Miami, Florida, Florida State
  • Spent a year at Fork Union Military Academy due to failing to qualify academically
  • Spent first two years at OSU as a backup, rushing for 707 yards and 6 TD’s
  • Second team All-Big Ten as a junior rushing for 970 yards and 16 TD’s – missed two games due to ankle injury
  • First team All-Big Ten, Third team All-American as a senior rushing for 1,521 and 15 TD’s – missed three games due to suspension for an altercation in a Columbus bar, no charges Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft: Carlos Hyde Scouting Report»
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Free agency is all but in the books with a handful of starters still out there. With rosters firmed up it’s a pretty good time to begin getting serious with our mock drafts. I’ll be attempting to release a weekly mock leading up to May 8th’s draft day.

Don’t expect things to get cleared up at the top of this draft as I expect Houston to take this pick right down to the wire. Deciding to pass on a talent like Jadeveon Clowney can’t be an easy one, so don’t expect them to start announcing their pick prior to the final seconds running down on them on May 8th. In the second spot, things only get murkier with the Rams as Les Snead has shown he’s not afraid to wheel and deal his picks. If Clowney makes it past Houston, the second spot could become a major hot spot with the Rams phones ringing off the hook.

I have no doubts that we could see a bunch of movement in this draft with a handful of impact skill guys waiting to be had. It’s early to release a mock draft with trades included but it’s safe to say that picks will be moved on draft day.

1. Houston Texans – Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

Let me preface by saying I don’t against John McClain when it comes to the Texans ever. McClain has been adamant the Texans are going QB, so I’m going with him. As much as I think it’s a bad move, Bortles appears to be the odds-on-favorite to land atop the draft.

2. St. Louis Rams – Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

I’ve flip flopped between Robinson and Sammy Watkins for the Rams. I’m still in between on this one and think this pick could wind up being swapped. Robinson is my number one rated player in this class and I can’t see the Rams passing on adding him with Jake Long’s age/health and Rodger Saffold’s health issues.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jadeveon Clowney, LEO, South Carolina

In this scenario, Gus Bradley and Co. have a choice between Manziel/Bridgewater and Clowney/Mack. Not a bad spot to be in if you’re the Jags. Clowney could be the piece that puts Gus’ defense over the hump with his ability to get after the quarterback and force game changing turnovers. Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Mock Draft: Texans gamble on Bortles atop the draft»

2014 NFL Draft Top 100 Rankings

Posted by Brad On March - 19 - 2014

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We kicked our rankings off with a pre-Combine top 75 and have completed our assessments on the 2014 draft class. While there aren’t many changes to this list, we’ve added an additional 25 to take it to the totality of our evaluations for this year.

The one major change is moving Greg Robinson to the top spot. I feel like I’ll have to justify this one a little, so here’s goes my attempt. Robinson is as dominant a run blocker as I’ve evaluated. His upside as a pass protector is off the charts making me believe in the long-term he’s going to wind up the best player to come out of this draft. Yes, even with Jadeveon Clowney.

1. Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

Why I think he’s deserving: This kid is special. I think he’s maybe the highest ceiling prospect in the entire draft. Sure he’s not an experience pass protector but his skill set suggests with time he could dominate in that area. He’s an NFL-ready run blocker on day one. In our last rankings he was sitting third but his upside is so high that I think he ultimately winds up the best player in this draft – at a premium position

Where he fits: Could play on the left or right side but long-term he’s a franchise LT in my book.

Projection: Top 10 – could go as high as 2 to St. Louis

2. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

Why I think he’s deserving: Teddy may not provide the highest upside of the 2014 QB’s but one could certainly make the argument that he’s the most ready to play of the bunch. If I were Houston, this would be my guy.

Where he fits: I’d like to see him with a warm weather team, perhaps in the AFC South. His hand size is a bit concerning when you’re talking about Cleveland.

Projection: Could go as high as one and the floor for me is at 8 with Minnesota.

3. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

Why I think he’s deserving: You can question his motor, how much he loves the game, and some of his decisions on and off the field – but you can’t question is freakish ability. He’s just too rare of a find to fall far and his scheme diversity will have all 32 teams interested.

Where he fits: Five, seven, or nine technique. Pick one. He’s a guy you take and plug him into your defense regardless of scheme – all 32 teams would love to have the problem of finding a fit for him.

Projection: Could go as high as one and the floor for me is at 6 with Atlanta. If he makes it past Houston, the trade market at No. 2 with St. Louis could heat up.

4. Khalil Mack, Edge Rusher, Buffalo

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Why I think he’s deserving: If all you saw was the Ohio State tape, you’ve seen enough. This kid could play anywhere in the country and dominate so forget about the low level of competition. He’s athletic, physical, has plus instincts.

Where he fits: Weakside backer in a three-man front or strongside LB in a four-man front.

Projection: Top 10.

5. Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

Why I think he’s deserving: There’s no more dynamic player in the entire draft – maybe outside of John Football. Watkins is a threat to take it the distance with each touch. Has experience playing inside and outside at the collegiate level – the problem will be finding him enough touches at the next level.

Where he fits: As I said, he’s played inside and outside at Clemson and either suits him equally well. He’s a guy that DC’s will have nightmares about trying to keep the ball out of his hands.

Projection: Top 10 – floor is at 10 with Detroit. Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft Top 100 Rankings»