2015 NFL Draft Top 32 Prospects

Posted by Brad On September - 3 - 20144 COMMENTS
"Leonard Williams"

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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»

"Jeremy Cash"

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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.


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
"Curtis Samuel"

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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»

"Shilique Calhoun"

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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.


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
"Marcus Mariota"

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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

"2014 NFL Draft"

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»

Final 2014 NFL Mock Draft

Posted by Brad On May - 8 - 20147 COMMENTS

"2014 nfl mock draft"

It’s that bittersweet moment when the rubber meets the road. I know I said last week that I was hoping to hit the fifty mark in the Huddle Report contest but that may be a little lofty give the difficulty of predicting this years draft class. I’ll be lucky to hit on any of these…I say it every year but this year it’s a real fear. Tomorrow morning I’ll be adding two additional rounds to this mock. I’ll say this I went for the gusto on this one, so if the picks look a little strange it’s because I’m going all out in this finale.

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

The Texans flirted (allegedly) with passing on Clowney. At the end of the day Rick Smith can’t pass on a guy that could be a once in a decade pass rusher.

2. St. Louis Rams – Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

The Rams may be looking for the right deal but I just don’t see it coming along. I scratch my head a little bit over this one as I see Robinson as an elite prospect – no slighting Matthews – who’s probably 1B.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

The wheels come off for me at No. 3. I’ve flip flopped between Mack and Watkins here about a hundred times and I really think this one could go either way tonight. Read the rest of this entry » «Final 2014 NFL Mock Draft»

"Eric Ebron"


It’s important to make this distinction – this is not my rankings. This is my submission for the Huddle Report’s top 100 players drafted contest. This in no way reflects my personal rankings but is my best stab at what players will hear their name called in the top 100 selections. Without further ado, here’s my submission to this contest.


1. Johnny Manziel Texas A&M
2. Blake Bortles UCF
3. Teddy Bridgewater Louisville
4. Derek Carr Fresno St.
5. Tom Savage Pittsburgh
6. AJ McCarron Alabama
7. Jimmy Garoppolo Eastern Illinois
8. Aaron Murray Georgia Read the rest of this entry » «NFL’s Future Final Huddle Report Top 100 Players Drafted Board»

Late Round Gems

Posted by Brad On May - 6 - 20142 COMMENTS
"Storm Johnson"


The 2014 NFL Draft is as deep a draft as I can remember and the deepest that I’ve covered. With that in mind, teams are likely to get starting caliber prospects well into the third round and we could have more late round standouts than ever before.

For some perspective on just how this draft class stacks up to last years – one of my top 3 players last year would have cracked the top eight in this class. Only six of the players would have been in this class’s top 25. For the later portions, our 150th player last year carried a late 6th round grade. This year our 150th ranked player carried a high 5th round grade. While I didn’t rate players beyond 150 this year, I believe I very well could have had over 300 draftable grades on players – which would far surpass my previous record.

Needless to say teams are going to be doing some serious evaluation of late round prospects and could unearth some gems well into the latter stages of this draft. We’ll take a look at one player from each position that offers great value late in the draft. Read the rest of this entry » «Late Round Gems»

The All-Brad Team

Posted by Brad On May - 5 - 20145 COMMENTS
"Kyle Fuller"

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Everyone knows that I get stuck on certain prospects throughout the draft process and can’t get off of them, even in light of poor Combine’s, workouts, or off-the-field baggage.

I have to admit this idea came at the behest of a NFLF reader who asked that I did an article on a player at each position that I would want to start my franchise with. In lieu of a ‘what I would do if I were GM’ mock draft, I will supplement it with the 1st annual All-Brad team. In addition to just throwing players out there, I’ll give you some insight into what I look for in prospects which suggest they will become NFL stars. Read the rest of this entry » «The All-Brad Team»