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"Robert Herron"

Robert Herron – Wyoming

Height: 5010

Weight: 187

Age when drafted: 22

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Position: WR

Collegiate Number: 6

Combine notables: N/A

Games Viewed: 2012 – Texas, Colorado State, Boise State, San Diego State, UNLV  Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft: Preseason Scouting Report – Wyoming WR Robert Herron»

2014 NFL Draft: Eric Ebron Preseason Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On August - 12 - 2013
"Eric Ebron"

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Eric Ebron – North Carolina

Height: 6040

Weight: 245

Age when drafted: 21

Hometown: Greensboro, NC

Position: TE

Collegiate Number: 85

Combine notables: N/A

Games Viewed: 2012 – Louisville, Miami, NC State, Maryland

BACKGROUND:

Eric Ebron attended Ben L. Smith High School, where he was the 8th ranked TE in the country by ESPNU. Ebron was a standout on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball in high school. As a senior he caught 28 balls for 682 yards and 10 touchdowns, while accounting for 13.5 sacks at defensive end.

Ebron selected North Carolina over the likes of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisville, and a host of other major programs.

Ebron’s impact was felt immediately at UNC. As a freshman in 2011 he caught 10 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown. However his season didn’t end on a high note as he was unable to play in the Independence Bowl due to academic issues. It was clear from day one that Ebron had NFL skills as he combines speed and athleticism with surprising in-line blocking skills.

Ebron’s breakout year would come in 2012 as a sophomore as he emerged into Bryn Renner’s favorite target. Ebron started 11 games (missed Virginia game due to illness) notching 625 yards on 40 receptions and 4 touchdowns.  Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft: Eric Ebron Preseason Scouting Report»

Taylor Lewan preseason scouting report

Posted by Brad On June - 27 - 2013
"Taylor Lewan"

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Taylor Lewan – Michigan

Height: 6074

Weight: 309

Age when drafted: 22

Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ

Position: LT

Collegiate Number: 77

Combine notables: N/A

Games Viewed: 2012 – Alabama, Notre Dame, Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State, South Carolina

BACKGROUND:

Taylor Lewan played three high school seasons at Cactus Shadows before transferring to AZ powerhouse Chaparral High School for his senior season. Lewan was a four-star prospect by all recruiting services and earned a bid to play in the Under Armour All-American game.

After redshirting in 2009, Lewan would make nine starts in 2010 as a redshirt freshman. Despite some issues with mental errors (false starts and personal foul penalties) Lewan’s ceiling was on display early in this career. 2011 was Lewan’s breakout season as he consistently rated as Michigan’s top offensive lineman and went on to earn 2nd team All-Big Ten honors. As a junior, Lewan took steps forward into being an elite tackle prospect and many thought he would enter the 2013 NFL Draft to challenge Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel to be one of the first OL off the board. Lewan opted to stay at UM for his senior season.

This spring, I got an up close and personal look at Lewan and walked away impressed. During my three days at Michigan, Lewan was routinely found getting extra work after practice. Two of the days, the offense ‘lost’ and were required extra conditioning time – Lewan finished first or near first in the lineman group during the conditioning and continued to work after practice was finished. Also noted was Lewan’s leadership with the OL and the team in general.

Lewan’s dad, Dave, was an offensive lineman for the University of Minnesota. Read the rest of this entry » «Taylor Lewan preseason scouting report»

"Bradley Roby"

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Bradley Roby – Ohio State

Height: 5011

Weight: 192

Age when drafted: 21

Hometown: Suwanee, GA

Position: CB

Collegiate Number: 1

Combine notables: N/A

Games Viewed: 2012 – Miami (OH), Cal, Michigan State, Penn State, Nebraska, Michigan

BACKGROUND:

Bradley Roby played his high school ball at Peachtree Ridge high school. After being a lightly recruited prospect with three-star evaluations from most major recruiting publications, Roby signed with the Buckeyes as a receiver/defensive back.

After redshirting in 2010, Roby emerged as a starter during his redshirt freshman season. Roby would pick off three passes in 2011 and emerge as the next in a long line of great OSU DB’s. Roby wouldn’t disappoint in 2012 as he finished with two interceptions and broke seventeen passes.

Roby contemplated entering the 2013 NFL Draft as a third-year sophomore but opted to return for his junior season. Roby has went on the record, saying 2013 would be his final in Columbus. Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft: Bradley Roby preseason scouting report»

Next in Line: Austin Seferian-Jenkins Film Study

Posted by Brad On June - 6 - 2013

"Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Rob Gronkowski"

Are we embarking on a ‘golden age’ of NFL quarterbacks? With guys like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady passing the torch to a whole slew of promising young quarterbacks, it’s becoming clear that the already pass-happy NFL will become much more of the same well into the future.

With the increasingly up-tempo, spread out offenses comes the onset of a ‘golden age’ of the tight end position. Five tight ends led their respective teams in receptions in 2013. It’s becoming a race to find new ways to incorporate the position into the game to create mismatches with the defenses. Tight ends have been flexed out, played inline, and consumed the traditional fullback role for the offensive innovators in today’s game.

Want some proof of the importance of having not only good but more than one good tight end?

Look no further than the 2013 NFL Draft. We saw fifteen tight ends taken in the draft. 108 tight ends manned the NFL’s 53 man rosters in 2012 or almost double that of twenty years prior. The position consumed over twice as many total receptions and doubled the amount of touchdown receptions than that of twenty years ago.

The point is driven home, now it’s time to find the next in line to join in the fun. Read the rest of this entry » «Next in Line: Austin Seferian-Jenkins Film Study»

"Tajh Boyd"

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Tajh Boyd – Clemson

Height: 6010

Weight: 225

Age when drafted: 23

Hometown: Hampton, VA

Position: QB

Collegiate Number: 10

Combine notables: N/A

Games Viewed: 2012 – Duke, NC State, Virginia Tech, Florida State, LSU 2011 – South Carolina, West Virginia

BACKGROUND:

Tajh Boyd attended Phoebus High School in Hampton, Virginia. Boyd was a consensus top-100 player in high school that chose Clemson over Ohio State and Oregon.

Boyd redshirted in 2009 as a freshman and was relegated to the backup role due to the presence of Kyle Parker. Boyd took quite a few snaps (139) in 2010 despite backing up Parker.

Boyd would take over the full-time starter duties in 2011 when Parker was taken 26th overall in the MLB Draft. Boyd proved to be anything but a de-facto starter. Boyd finished the season with 3,828 yards and 33 passing touchdowns and took Clemson to the Orange Bowl.  Despite terrific numbers and a historic season for Clemson, Boyd struggled down the stretch as he gained weight and looked out of shape in Clemson’s up-tempo offense.

Boyd heard the criticism from his struggles down the stretch and set out to prove critics wrong during his junior season. Boyd’s improvement in 2012 was more than noticeable and had some believing he would be the top quarterback taken in the 2013 NFL Draft. Boyd, instead, opted to stay at Clemson for his senior season with the hopes of improving on some of the downsides to his game. Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft: Tajh Boyd preseason scouting report»

"Will Sutton"

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Will Sutton – Arizona State University

Height: 6010

Weight: 288

Age when drafted: 23

Hometown: Corona, CA

Position: DT

Collegiate Number: 90

Combine notables: N/A

Games Viewed: 2012 – Missouri, Navy, Colorado, USC, Oregon State, Arizona 2011 – Oregon

BACKGROUND:

Will Sutton played his high school football at Centennial High School in Corona, California. He chose ASU over Arizona, Washington, Boise State, Nebraska, and a host of other schools.

Sutton made an immediate impact as a freshman in 2009, appearing in all 12 games and making 2 starts. He finished his freshman season with 17 tackles, 3 TFL, a sack, and a forced fumble.

Sutton’s sophomore campaign would be over before it started due to academic issues. Sutton came back in 2011 in great shape and it showed on the field. The sophomore would tally 33 tackles, 5.5 TFL, and 2.5 sacks in 12 starts. Sutton’s burst and explosion were off the charts in 2011 and set the tone for a phenomenal junior season in 2012.

Sutton burst onto the national scene and NFL Draft radar after finishing his junior season with 63 tackles, 23.5 TFL, and 13 sacks. He would earn Consensus All American honors to go with Pac-12 Defensive Player of Year honors.

Many expected Sutton to bolt for the NFL but he opted to remain at ASU for his senior season.

Sutton is the son of Mickey Sutton, who played five NFL seasons at defensive back and punt returner. Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft: Preseason Scouting Report – Will Sutton»

"Teddy Bridgewater"

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Teddy Bridgewater – Louisville

Height: 6030

Weight: 218

Age when drafted: 21

Hometown: Miami, FL

Position: QB

Collegiate Number: 5

Combine notables: N/A

Games Viewed: 2012 – North Carolina, South Florida, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Florida 2011 – West Virginia

BACKGROUND:

Teddy Bridgewater played his high school football at famed Miami Northwestern High School, which has churned out NFL players for over a decade. Bridgewater took the QB reigns as a sophomore from Jacory Harris. He was the 6th rated dual-threat QB in the 2011 recruiting class and had offers from most major schools.

After initially committing to the Miami Hurricanes, Bridgewater switched to Charlie Strong and Louisville shortly after Randy Shannon was let go from Miami.

Bridgewater would take over as starter for Louisville in the fourth game of his true freshman season. He would not look back in a season in which he was named Big East Freshman of the Year after throwing for over 2,000 yards and 14 TD’s. As expected, Bridgewater struggled some with decision-making in his freshman season which led to 12 picks.

Bridgewater was officially on the national map following a freshman season that had many buzzing about his future potential. As an encore, Bridgewater would improve on his numbers and overall game as a sophomore.

Bridgewater was a spread quarterback at Miami Northwestern that primarily played out of the shotgun. He would transition to a more pro-style offense at Louisville where he played under center most of the time. It was clear in Bridgewater’s sophomore campaign that he was much more comfortable in the offense and under center running play action and throwing on the move and from traditional drops.

Bridgewater would lead the Cardinals to a Sugar Bowl win over Florida in this sophomore campaign. A season that would see him throw for 3,718 yards, 27 touchdowns, and throw just 8 interceptions. Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft: Teddy Bridgewater preseason scouting report»

"David Fales"

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David Fales – San Jose State

Height: 6030

Weight: 221

Age when drafted: 23

Hometown: Salinas, CA

Position: QB

Collegiate Number: 10

Combine notables: N/A

Games Viewed: 2012 – Stanford, Utah State, BYU, Bowling Green

BACKGROUND:

David Fales played his high school football at Palma High School in Salinas, California. Fales was a two-time all-league selection but drew very little attention from colleges. The University of Nevada came calling for Fales and he accepted a scholarship to play there after the 2008 season.

Fales would see no game action in 2009 at Nevada sitting behind Colin Kaepernick. Fales would transfer from Nevada after he realized he was going to be asked to be much more of a running quarterback. Fales would leave Nevada following the 2009 season for Monterey Peninsula College. In two seasons at Monterey Fales threw for over 4,500 yards and 37 TD’s. After a summer at the University of Wyoming, Fales went back to Monterey for the fall of 2011.

San Jose State found themselves in a predicament following Tate Forcier leaving the program in 2011. In December 2011, Fales signed a letter of intent to play at San Jose State for the 2012 season.

Fales won the starting job in 2012 and went on to have a phenomenal junior season which included a Military Bowl game win over Bowling Green. Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft: David Fales preseason scouting report»

Leon McFadden Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On April - 19 - 2013
"Leon McFadden"

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Leon McFadden – San Diego State

Height: 5095

Weight: 193

Age when drafted: 23

Hometown: Inglewood, CA

Position: CB

Collegiate Number: 2

Combine notables: 4.54 40 with 1.53 split, 34.5” vertical, 9’11” broad, 6.81 3-cone, 4.27 short shuttle

Games Viewed: 2012 – San Jose State, BYU, Boise State 2011 – TCU

BACKGROUND:

Leon McFadden played his high school ball at St. John Bosco Prep in Inglewood, California.

Leon committed to San Diego State over schools like BYU, Washington, and Utah State due to a promise to play wide receiver. McFadden was moved to the defensive backfield after a rash of injuries. McFadden never looked back as he played in 12 games that season. McFadden would go on to earn All-Mountain West honors the next three seasons, including First-Team All-Mountain West as a senior.

Athletics comes natural to Leon as his father played professional baseball for the Houston Astros organization. Read the rest of this entry » «Leon McFadden Scouting Report»