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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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“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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4 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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7 days ago  |  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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8 days ago  |  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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9 days ago  |  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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10 days ago  |  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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11 days ago  |  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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12 days ago  |  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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12 days ago  |  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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17 days ago  |  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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21 days ago  |  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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22 days ago  |  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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22 days ago  |  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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25 days ago  |  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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26 days ago  |  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

2015 College Gridirion Showcase: Tuesday Practice Notes

As the final event in the all-star game circuit, the Collegiate Gridiron Showcase has more than a few intriguing prospects and a handful of potential draft picks. Here are my notes on standout prospects after sitting down and evaluating the practices on Tuesday. The big winner of the day was Monmouth’s Neal Sterling, but there were plenty of other players that flashed NFL ability...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 College Gridiron Showcase: Weigh-In Results

Here’s the weigh-ins for the 2015 College Gridiron Showcase. Check out our preview here to see who the top prospects in the game are here: Top 10 Preview. By: Alex Brown Wranglers Roster # First Name Last Name Pos School Height Weight Hand Arm Wing 7 Chris Allen WR Friends University 6005 199 918 3178 75 44 Chi Chi Ariguzo LB Northwestern 6010 234 1028 3268 75 89 Marcus Beaurem...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 College Gridiron Showcase: Scouting the Top 10 Prospects At the Game

Following the Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL, the attention of NFL evaluators shifts to Arlington, TX for the Collegiate Gridiron Showcase. With plenty of NFL talent and potential late draft picks in the game, here’s a snapshot look at each of the top prospects set to play in the game. By: Alex Brown Pete Thomas, QB, Louisiana-MonroeOnce a highly touted quarterback, Pete Thomas made...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Senior Bowl Scouting: Inside the XOS Film Room, With Josh Norris

After the dust settled from the final day of padded practices, I joined NBC draft analyst Josh Norris for a 2015 Senior Bowl scouting film session of the one-on-one drills from the past week. We looked at every one of the offensive line and defensive line battles, and also broke down a handful of the wide receiver and defensive back one-on-one’s. Here’s a breakdown of prospects...
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January 23, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Senior Bowl Scouting: Thursday South Practice Notes

Thursday marked the final day of padded practices here at the Senior Bowl and here were the winners from the 2015 Senior Bowl Scouting for the South squad: Sammie Coates, Arie Kouandjio, Owamagbe Odighizuwa, Stephone Anthony, D’Joun Smith and Kevin White. Our scouts split up the position groups, with Alex Brown writing on the skill players and Ian Wharton focusing on the trench...
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January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Senior Bowl Scouting: Thursday North Practice Notes

The winners from the final day of padded practices for 2015 Senior Bowl Scouting for the North squad were Ali Marpet, Nate Orchard, Hayes Pullard, Jeff Luc, Ibraheim Campbell and Eric Rowe. For the practice, Alex Brown broke down quarterbacks and skill players while Ian Wharton took notes on running backs, linebackers and the line play.Quarterbacks-For the North, none of the quarterbacks...
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January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Senior Bowl Scouting: Wednesday South Practice Notes

Philip Dorsett, Sammie Coates, Clive Walford, Shaq Mason, Trey Flowers and Markus Golden all emerged as winners after the second day of practice for the South Roster. As was the case with the North practice, Alex Brown wrote up the offensive and defensive line, while Ian Wharton wrote up the skill position players. Quarterbacks-A newcomer joined the quarterback rotation on Wednesday...
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January 21, 2015  |  Discuss
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