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2015 NFL Draft: Miami Beach Bowl – BYU vs. Memphis

The BYU season started off hot, gathering top 25 honors and hopes for a season reminiscent of the Ty Detmer days. But all of that came to a crashing to earth when starting quarterback Taysum Hill was injured in the 5th game of the year and out for the remainder of the year. But the Cougars picked themselves up and were able to finish the year strong with a 8-4 record. Some players...
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2015 NFL Draft: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – Western Michigan vs. Air Force

The 2014 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl features a surprising Western Michigan team who finished with an 8-4 record and went 6-2 in the MAC.   While the best player on the field may be Freshman Running back Jarvion Franklin, there are a few players to keep your eye on in the secondary for Western Michigan who have impressed this season. Air Force also had a bounce-back season looking...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: Las Vegas Bowl Preview – Utah vs. Colorado State

The Colorado State football program has risen to tremendous heights in the last few years. They’ve become one of the best teams in the Mountain West Conference. The Rams built such a strong program they saw their architect poached by an SEC team. Jim McElwain, the former CSU head coach, was tabbed to run the Florida Gators next season. The Rams begin the days following the McElwain...
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2015 NFL Draft: Camellia Bowl Scouting Preview – South Alabama vs. Bowling Green

While the new Camellia Bowl doesn’t offer two powerhouse teams, it does feature one of the 2015 draft’s more intriguing quarterback prospects, a new-age NFL tight end and a MAC linebacker hoping to turn production into a draft selection. South AlabamaBrandon Bridge, QB – #7, 6’5, 235Clearly still a raw passer, Bridge’s release quickness, upper-to-lower body meshing mechanics...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft Underclassmen Tracker

We’ve had a record number of underclassmen declare for the NFL Draft in each of the last five years. While we’re hoping the trend stops this year and we DON’T hit 100 declarees, it wouldn’t surprise at all. In what is a lackluster senior class as a whole, expect quite a few juniors declare. Track here for which players declare, by position, our grades on them as they declare...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Ohio State Standouts Made a Statement in the Big Ten Championship Game

Heading into the Big Ten Conference Championship game, the Ohio State Buckeyes knew they needed to win with style points over the Wisconsin Badgers to have a legitimate shot at reaching the College Football Playoff. With a third-string quarterback, the Buckeyes were actually the underdog, but it didn’t take long for sophomore Cardale Jones to flaunt his talents. By: Ian Wharton...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 ACC Championship Game Preview

Despite entering Saturday’s ACC Championship Game with an undefeated record, the defending-champion Florida State Seminoles are barely hanging onto the final spot in the inaugural college football playoff. A loss to Georgia Tech would most likely bump them out of the playoff picture, fairly or unfairly, but it will be a tough task for the Yellow Jackets to knock off the Seminoles...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Big Ten Championship Game Preview

The conference championships have arrived, and the Big Ten has a great matchup between powerhouses Ohio State and Wisconsin. The storyline surrounding the game will focus on two stars; one of which is not playing due to injury (J.T. Barrett) and one that figures to be a huge factor (Melvin Gordon). While Ohio State is looking to stay in the College Playoff mix, Wisconsin is out to...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Scouting The 2014 Big 12 “Championship” Game

While there may not be a “championship” game per se in the Big 12, tomorrow’s game between Kansas State has large-scale, playoff implications. If Baylor wins this Saturday versus Kansas State, they will technically be Co-Big 12 champions with TCU. With that said, the Big 12 Conference has already made it clear that Baylor would be submitted as the champion to the College Football...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Scouting the 2014 SEC Championship Game

Missouri is the one final roadblock standing between Alabama and a trip to the first ever College Football Playoff. Claiming the SEC East in a year that saw Florida head coach Will Muschamp fired and The Ole Ball Coach’s South Carolina Gamecocks flounder, Missouri poses a handful of tough matchups for the Crimson Tide. Offensively, their quarterback Maty Mauk goes out of his way...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Mock Draft: December 2nd Update

The college football regular season finished, with conference championships, bowl games and the inaugural college football playoff left to play before it’s officially draft season. While the goal here is to try to locate team needs along with keeping consistent with our board, this Mock Draft is far from what I would consider an accurate projection, and is more-so a scenario that...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Michigan State Spartans Roll With Senior Day Surprises, and Other Big Ten Scouting Notes

With an ailing secondary needing help, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio turned to his offensive stars to give a special senior day performance. Both wide receiver Tony Lippett and running back Jeremy Langford logged snaps at cornerback as well as being major contributors on offense. The Spartans picked apart Rutgers 45-3, and the game was over by halftime, giving the Scarlet...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Week 13 College Football Scouting Preview

Each week it seems like another top ranked team drops a game, and this is exactly the reason why we love college football. Every week matters. The top game for Week 13 will be the Battle for Los Angeles. UCLA versus USC should be a fun game to watch from a scouting perspective, while also having an impact on in-state recruiting. So while we don’t have a matchup with major College...
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November 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Florida’s Dante Fowler Jr. Unofficially Declares for the 2015 NFL Draft

Florida’s star pass rusher Dante Fowler Jr. let it be known that he will be declaring for the 2015 NFL Draft. Following reports that head coach Will Muschamp will not be returning to coach the Gators next season, Fowler tweeted out yesterday that he plans on leaving for the NFL. I came in with champ. I’m leaving with Him. — Dante fowler (@TheDanteFowler6) November 19, 2014...
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November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Cameron Erving Transitions Smoothly to Center, and Other ACC notes

Heading into the season as a Day 2 offensive tackle prospect, Florida State senior Cameron Erving was exposed against Vic Beasley’s speed off the edge earlier this season against Clemson. His struggles continued in the following weeks, but an experiment made necessary by Florida State’s issues replacing center Bryan Stork – who was drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round...
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November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Melvin Gordon Breaks Records as Badgers Roll, and Other Big Ten Scouting Notes

The stars aligned perfectly for Wisconsin Badgers’ star running back Melvin Gordon as he absolutely shredded the Nebraska Cornhuskers for a NCAA record 408 yards. More astounding than the junior’s rushing total is that he accomplished it in just three quarters. His average of 16.3 yards per carry is more than his counterpart, Ameer Abdullah, was able to gain on his longest run...
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November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Week 12 Scouting Spotlight: Texas A&M’s Senior Offensive Tackles versus Missouri’s Edge Rushers

This week’s scouting spotlight is fixated on two position groups, as both Missouri edge rushers and Texas A&M offensive tackles appear to have bright NFL futures. Shane Ray tends to line up over the LT and Markus Golden tends to operate across from the RT, so I’ll break down each of those match-ups. We’ve featured Texas A&M’s Cedric Ogbuehi in the Scouting Spotlight...
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November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: Senior Bowl, Shrine Game, and Other All-Star Game Invite Tracker

Once the college football season is over, college seniors can continue their football playing career a little longer, with the hope of playing in one of the many “all-star games” across the country. Lead by the Senior Bowl and Shrine Game, these all-star games are both entertaining for fans and crucial for evaluators as they watch these top senior talents. Bookmark this page...
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November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Colorado State’s Garrett Grayson’s Buzz Builds, Looks Like a Draftable Quarterback

There does not seem to be a ton of stars amongst the senior quarterbacks this year. It looks as if teams will have to mine the late rounds for potential finds. One of the senior quarterbacks teams will find appealing in that area is Colorado State’s Garrett Grayson. By: Matt Harmon Related: Grayson Among Senior Bowl Possible Options, Including Juniors When watching Grayson, nothing...
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November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

2015 Senior Bowl: As Announcements Begin, Juniors Lead the Potential Quarterback Options

The Senior Bowl has become one of the most important pieces in the NFL off-season for evaluators, as the event is phenomenally run, has unquestionably the best collection of senior talent in the country and gives scouts (and media members) ideal access to potential draft picks. In each of the last four drafts, at least two Senior Bowl quarterbacks have been taken in the top-three...
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November 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Week Eleven College Football Scouting Preview

The storyline each week seems to center on an SEC or Pac-12 matchup, but both of those conferences will be taking a backseat this weekend. The top two games of the weekend involve Kansas State and TCU from the Big 12, and Ohio State and Michigan State from the Big Ten. With that being said, there are tons of marquee matchups all across the country to hone in on. Keep reading for...
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November 08, 2014  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft Small School Big Board – November 6th Update

On average, around 25-30 non-FBS players are selected in the NFL draft. Generally, the first goes off the board somewhere in the second round, and then more start coming off the board by the 4th and 5th round. While it’s still very early in the scouting process, ESPECIALLY for small school players, here’s our early “Small School Big Board”, lead by two talented defenders...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Evaluating the White-on-White Matchup, And Other Big 12 Notes

While many references were made to the coincidental Kevin White on Kevin White matchup, few anticipated the eventual result. West Virginia WR Kevin White has been a remarkable story in 2014, upping his draft stock from a 4th round preseason grade to a potential top 40 selection. As a 6’3, 210 pound target with excellent body control in-route, at the catch point and after the catch...
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November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Week Ten College Football Scouting Preview

The top two games of the week can be found in the Big 12 and SEC. The Big 12’s top ranked TCU Horned Frogs face a very talented West Virginia squad that upset Baylor and suffered two close losses to Alabama and Oklahoma. Meanwhile in the SEC, two teams ranked in the top four will square off, as #3 ranked Auburn travels to #4 ranked Ole Miss.   Still, after those games there’s...
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October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Mock Draft: October 28th Update

With more than half of the college football season complete, our staff’s scouting notes in tip-top shape and the draft season already here for Raiders, Jets, Jaguars and Bucs fans, it’s time to start Mock Draft season here at Optimum Scouting. While the goal here is to try to locate team needs along with keeping consistent with our board, this Mock Draft is far from what I would...
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October 28, 2014  |  Discuss
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