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2015 NFL Draft: Randy Gregory Admits to Failed Combine Drug Test

By Scott Anderson Expected first round pick Randy Gregory admitted that he failed his combine drug test, and has put his draft stock up in the air. The former Nebraska defensive end was projected to go as high as number 2 to the Tennessee Titans, but now his draft stock is in limbo. One of the main concerns for teams is that before he even touches the field, Gregory is in the NFL’s...
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2015 NFL Draft Journal: John Crockett, RB, North Dakota State (3/25)

For the 2015 NFL Draft, Optimum Scouting will host a series of “Draft Journals”, written by some of the most intriguing prospects in the draft. The hope is that these journals can give some insight not only on these players’ backgrounds, but their interaction with training, events, NFL teams and more. So whether you’re an NFL Draft follower, a current college player or an...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: Top 10 Position Changing Prospects

It’s hard enough to make the NFL when you’ve trained, succeeded and produced at one position from high school through a college career. But for some players, changing positions is a difficult hurdle that some prospects must face in the draft process. For some players, changing positions may be better for their eventual drafting team to better utilize their high-upside as athletes...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: This Week in Pro Days

By Scott Anderson Pro days are a great chance for a player that either didn’t perform well at the combine or wasn’t even invited to show off their skills to NFL scouts. A pro day can either validate or diminish a players skills in the eyes of the public, just ask former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgwater who went from top 5 to the last pick of the first round. Here are...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: This Week in Pro Days

By Scott Anderson  Pro days are a great chance for a player that either didn’t perform well at the combine or wasn’t even invited to show off their skills to NFL scouts. A pro day can either validate or diminish a players skills in the eyes of the public, just ask former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgwater who went from top 5 to the last pick of the first round. Here are...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: Oregon’s Pro Day

By Scott Anderson For one hour, Oregon’s pro day took center stage over the craziness of NFL free agency as Marcus Mariota, Arik Armstead, Jake Fisher, and other took the field in Eugene for their pro day.  Mariota completed 41 of 46 passes, with three of the misses being on vertical routes, and had a solid performance in front of about 100 personnel from all 32 teams. Mariota...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: This Week in Pro Days

By Scott Anderson Pro days are a great chance for a player that either didn’t perform well at the combine or wasn’t even invited to show off their skills to NFL scouts. A pro day can either validate or diminish a players skills in the eyes of the public, just ask former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgwater who went from top 5 to the last pick of the first round. Here are some...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Draft “Why They Failed”: Stephen Hill, Wide Receiver

Here in 2015, the wide receiver position is, once again, one of the best positions in the NFL Draft. There are a number of strong prospects that will go in the first round, and the class presents solid depth to mine in the mid to late portions of the draft. With the position being so deep, its paramount to revisit previous years’ draft misses to examine what went wrong along their...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

“State of the Draft”: Winston’s Motives, Petty’s Landing Spots, More Green-Beckham Notes, Pass-Rushers and More

Throughout the draft season, rumors about character, draft projection, player-team fits and much more begin to filter out into the public. With “smoke screen season” coinciding with NFL Draft season, it’s hard to believe everything that’s released. Below are many of the insights I’ve heard from sources, players and others involved in draft process. Some of my thoughts in...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Combine Review: Eight Most Athletic Players in Combine History

After seeing the NFL combine finish with a bang—UConn cornerback’s record-setting broad jump of 12’7” is nothing short of jaw-dropping—one has to wonder what the most athletic performances in NFL Combine history are and where those players project to be. Using the database compiled by SportsXChange and displayed on NFLDraftScout.com, we can begin the process by looking...
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February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Combine: Day 6 News and Notes

By Scott Anderson  Today marked the final day of the 2015 NFL combine from Indianapolis, and it was the defensive backs turn to impress scouts and coaches. This years class may not feature the next Darrelle Revis or Richard Sherman, but solid starters could be had through the first 4 rounds. Here are some news and notes from today: Connecticut’s Byron Jones was a big winner today...
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February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Combine: Day 5 News and Notes

By Scott Anderson  One day after Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Kevin White, and others stole the show it was the defensive linemen and linebackers turn to show the scouts their skills. There were some tremendous showings by both groups led by Clemson’s Vic Beasley and Kentucky’s Bud Dupree. Here are some news and notes from Day 4 of the NFL Combine: Clemson’s Vic Beasley...
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February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Combine: Day 4 News and Notes

By Scott Anderson Day 4 of the combine is in the books, and the main attraction was the competition between Florida State’s Jameis Winston and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota. However, the real stars of Saturday were the wide receivers. For the second straight year it looks like the top of the class is going to take the NFL by storm and make some quarterbacks very happy. Here are some...
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February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Combine: Day 3 News and Notes

By Scott Anderson Day 3 of the Combine is in the books, and it was the first day for the prospects to show off their on the field athleticism. When looking at prospects, all 40 times are different. You get a better grasp of the players burst from their time in the 10 yard split. That is especially important for offensive lineman who are rarely ever asked to run down the field. Here...
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February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Combine: Day 1 and 2 Notes

By Scott Anderson Day 2 of the NFL Combine in Indianapolis is in the books, and with on the field testing starting tomorrow, the real fun has just begun. Although people question the merits of the weigh ins, they are used as confirmation of the heights and weights that colleges listed them at. Some like Alabama’s WR Amari Cooper are only off by 2 pounds, or like 2009 draft pick...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Combine: Exploring the Combine’s Prop Bets

Fans of the NFL can always find a way to gamble on sports. While we don’t condone gambling in anyway, exploring prop bets, particularly NFL Draft related ones, can be an entertaining way to “handicap” the non-playing season. With the NFL Combine the featured football attraction, a handful of betting companies released prop bets related to the NFL Combine workouts. Here’s...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Combine: Value of Athleticism Metrics And How We Should Use Them

With the NFL combine coming up for potential draftees, the inevitable debates on the relevance of the combine crop up, with arguments about who did well with what scores and why workout warriors like Mike Mamula or Yamon Figurs amounted to nothing in the NFL while slow players like Jerry Rice and Larry Fitzgerald have flourished. That’s all true; no amount of combine production...
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February 14, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft Journal: Bryan Bennett, QB, Southeastern Louisiana (2/10)

For the 2015 NFL Draft, Optimum Scouting will host a series of “Draft Journals”, written by some of the most intriguing prospects in the draft. The hope is that these journals can give some insight not only on these players’ backgrounds, but their interaction with training, events, NFL teams and more. So whether you’re an NFL Draft follower, a current college player or an...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

FCS All-American QB Adams Transfers to Oregon

By Scott Anderson Replacing Marcus Mariota just got a lot easier for the Oregon Ducks in 2015. Eastern Washington quarterback  Vernon Adams announced today that he will be joining the Ducks, by way of the graduate transfer rule, after three fantastic seasons for the Eagles. Adams will not join the team until he receives his degree in the spring, but will be the favorite in a six...
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February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Matthews, CFL, and the Past, Present and Future NFL Players from Canada

Between Warren Moon, Doug Flutie and Cameron Wake, NFL fans are likely well aware that the CFL not only exists, but there’s legitimate talent north of the border. But with ESPN’s recent coverage of the league that’s continuing into 2015, recent CFL-to-NFL players making a substantial impact in the NFL (including in the recent Super Bowl) and the promising prospects coming into...
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February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft Journal: Chris Bonner, QB, Colorado State-Pueblo (2/6)

For the 2015 NFL Draft, Optimum Scouting will host a series of “Draft Journals”, written by some of the most intriguing prospects in the draft. The hope is that these journals can give some insight not only on these players’ backgrounds, but their interaction with training, events, NFL teams and more. So whether you’re an NFL Draft follower, a current college player or an...
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February 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariota to the Eagles? Rationally Evaluating the NFL Draft Possibilities and Scenarios

Living in Philadelphia, there is ample discussion among fans, radio hosts and Dunkin Donuts-based Eagles experts about Marcus Mariota being drafted by the Eagles. For most, it’s past the point of “if” and onto “how many draft picks we need to part with”. While going over every scenario would take more than this 2000+ word layout, I’ve structured the article similar to...
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February 05, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Super Bowl: Draft-Building Comparison Between the Patriots and Seahawks Build

Today, the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks square off in the Super Bowl in what is sure to be a thrilling encounter. Both teams are run incredibly well and have front offices that understand the weaknesses of the team and are willing to admit mistakes and cut losses so replacements can be found. Both of the teams in the 2015 Super Bowl draft phenomenally well in recent...
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February 01, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 College Gridiron Showcase: Thursday Practice Notes

Most NFL and CFL teams packed their bags and hit the road prior to the 2015 College Gridiron Showcase Thursday’s practices, as only a handful of scouts were in attendance by my count. Nevertheless, there were plenty of prospects worth looking at and evaluating during the two practice sessions. Unlike the other practice notes where I went position-by-position, I decided to stick...
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January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 College Gridiron Showcase: Wednesday Practice Notes

For the second day of practices, I shifted my focus during one-on-one drills to the offensive and defensive line. There were notable standouts at receiver in this practice, along with a handful of solid practice performers on the offensive line. Here are the practice notes from 2015 College Gridiron Showcase Wednesday’s set of practices. Be sure to keep checking Optimum Scouting...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss
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