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2014 NFL Draft Big Board: April 23rd Update

The draft is just two weeks away, and our teams’ draft grades are being finalized. This Big Board includes underclassmen that have declared for the 2014 draft officially. Also, we never include quarterbacks in our rankings, as the position is too different from the others to be “ranked” with every position. Rankings QB – RB – WR – TE – OT – OG – C – DT – DE...
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2014 NFL Draft: Quick Hits on 30 Players Invited to Radio City for Draft

On Tuesday, a list of prospects attending Radio City for the draft was published. In all, thirty players will be attending, with notable non-attendees such as Anthony Barr, Derek Carr, Aaron Donald, and Darqueze Dennard. When looking into the other players, though, there’s a very real chance that the vast majority of them go in the first round. Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida...
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6 hours ago  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft: Where Will Johnny Manziel Go? Ranking His Destinations, From Ten to One

It’s the question major draft fans and casual football followers alike are wondering. Where’s Johnny Football going to go on draft day? As of right now, it’s still very much up in the air. And I get the sense that, while most teams wouldn’t mind getting their hands on the unique talents of Manziel, I think that more than a few also wouldn’t mind letting some other team...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

State of the Draft: Browns Quarterback Dilemma, Garoppolo/McCarron Value, Mike Evans Projection and More

We’re a little less than a month away from the draft, but there’s still quite a bit teams need to gather about the prospects they’re considering drafting in early May. Private workouts are finishing up, final scouting reports are being reviewed and team-by-team draft projections are being finalized for every NFL franchise. Where the quarterbacks land on draft day is still to...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Mock Draft: April 9th Update ☆

We’re just a month out of the 2014 NFL Draft, and things are beginning to become clearer as to where players might fall, which teams are targeting which positions and just how far these quarterbacks may fall. The Texans move away from a quarterback first overall, two quarterbacks still land in the top-10 and Mike Evans continues to move in the first round. 1. Houston Texans ...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Running Backs, Draft Supply and Demand and Why No First Rounders Doesn’t Imply Poor Talent

Supply and demand. That’s really all draft “value” is in terms of how teams finalize their boards and determine which prospects and positions they’ll take throughout the draft. Quarterbacks are always a strong example: Every year, there are few in supply that teams value as potential long-term starters, and therefore, their demand is high on draft day, even if that means...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Character Check: Running Back Isaiah Crowell

It could very well be that the best pure runner may go completely undrafted, with the talented Isaiah Crowell of Alabama State entering the NFL draft after cutting short an otherwise promising beginning to his NFL career. When it comes to the plurality of running back skills—patience, vision, power, etc.—Crowell checks off nearly every box on the list, but may still be looking...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

State of the Draft: Not Everyone Loves Manziel, Bridgewater Struggles in Interviews, and Post-Combine Notes

Johnny Manziel got the most buzz after the combine based on his workouts and reported success in interviews, but I know a few teams that still aren’t interested. And despite our Teddy Bridgewater ranking, concerns have opened up about his interviews in Indianapolis. That, plus Clowney scenarios, a trade in the works, defensive back combine performance talk and the next step...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft: Hageman, Moncrief and Savage Lead Pro Day Circuit’s Day One

The first day of Pro Days across the country saw three schools put on shows. Though not much is expected to change, important red flags will need to be avoided by a number of prospects and the ability to somewhat personalize the workouts will be of some use to NFL teams. -24 teams attended Ole Miss’ Pro Day, where receivers Donte Moncrief and Ja-Mes Logan worked out. Logan...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft: Mack Wows, Ford Gets his Chance and Garoppolo Throws on March 4th Pro Days

The Pro Day circuit continues on, with the second day of scheduled Pro Days featuring a handful of big names. Khalil Mack made Buffalo a must-stop on the Pro Day schedule, and put on a 40-time show for scouts there. After not being able to test at the combine, Dee Ford did every drill at Auburn’s Pro Day and certainly didn’t disappoint. And while working out at Northwestern’s...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

What is the APTUS Test, and Why NFL and College Programs Are Falling in Love with It?

This past season, an SEC assistant football coach (anonymity requested) was perplexed as to why his young physically gifted player was still struggling to make an impact on the field as they’d just wrapped up a third of their schedule.  The young player was a physical specimen who was expected to be a significant part of the team’s plan, but he just couldn’t consistently...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft: Anthony Barr, Darqueze Dennard and Max Bullough Performances Led March 11 Pro Days

Despite free agency being at the forefront of NFL executives’ minds, the NFL draft process didn’t go away, and the Pro Day circuit continued on. While none of the big quarterbacks worked out for scouts, the UCLA and Michigan State Pro Days still attracted heavy interest from NFL teams. Anthony Barr impressed scouts and showed while he’s firmly in the top-10 discussion,...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft: USC, Alabama Lead Packed March 12th Pro Days

Free Agency continues to dominate the NFL headlines, but savvy fans know that it takes all different kinds to win in the NFL, and a number of key front office personnel have been around the country for one of the busiest Pro Days of the year. Alabama worked out a number of very good prospects that could go high in the draft and USC’s Pro Day had one noteworthy disappointment...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft: Lousville’s Bridgewater Falls Short, Nikita Whitlock Benches and Solomon Patton Surprises at March 17th Pro Days

A small slate of Pro Days saw every team attend two colleges with big names—Florida and Louisville—and a smattering of others. The most well-known player of the day was Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, who some thought had a lot riding on the day but many times it’s the unknowns who see their stock affected most by the college workouts. - The presumptive top quarterback...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Johnny Manziel Pro Day: He Exceeds Expectations, but Excitement Should Be Tempered

Yesterday, ESPN and NFL Network turned a single player’s Pro Day into the single most talked about post-season event in this year’s draft season. Johnny Manziel drew heavy media and NFL attention, aiding to the “Where is Manziel going” narrative that has become the over-arching story over every other prospect. Our friends at RosterWatch have been traveling around the country...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft: Evaluating the Top 25 Small School Prospects

They don’t get much, if any, love throughout the regular season and are generally thought of as after-thoughts at All-Star games, but small school prospects have emerged as a key part of the scouting process. Having a keen eye for small schoolers who can make a big impact has guided teams like the Ravens to consistently successful drafts. To view our full small school board...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft: Lousville’s Bridgewater Falls Short, Nikita Whitlock Benches and Solomon ...

A small slate of Pro Days saw every team attend two colleges with big names—Florida and Louisville—and a smattering of others. The most well-known player of the day was Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, who some thought had a lot riding on the day but many times it’s the unknowns who see their stock affected most by the college workouts. - The presumptive top quarterback...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft: USC, Alabama Lead Packed March 12th Pro Days

Free Agency continues to dominate the NFL headlines, but savvy fans know that it takes all different kinds to win in the NFL, and a number of key front office personnel have been around the country for one of the busiest Pro Days of the year. Alabama worked out a number of very good prospects that could go high in the draft and USC’s Pro Day had one noteworthy disappointment...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft: Anthony Barr, Darqueze Dennard and Max Bullough Performances Led March 11 Pro Days

Despite free agency being at the forefront of NFL executives’ minds, the NFL draft process didn’t go away, and the Pro Day circuit continued on. While none of the big quarterbacks worked out for scouts, the UCLA and Michigan State Pro Days still attracted heavy interest from NFL teams. Anthony Barr impressed scouts and showed while he’s firmly in the top-10 discussion...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

What is the APTUS Test, and Why NFL and College Programs Are Falling in Love with It?

This past season, an SEC assistant football coach (anonymity requested) was perplexed as to why his young physically gifted player was still struggling to make an impact on the field as they’d just wrapped up a third of their schedule.  The young player was a physical specimen who was expected to be a significant part of the team’s plan, but he just couldn’t consistently...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft: Mack Wows, Ford Gets his Chance and Garoppolo Throws on March 4th Pro Days

The Pro Day circuit continues on, with the second day of scheduled Pro Days featuring a handful of big names. Khalil Mack made Buffalo a must-stop on the Pro Day schedule, and put on a 40-time show for scouts there. After not being able to test at the combine, Dee Ford did every drill at Auburn’s Pro Day and certainly didn’t disappoint. And while working out at Northwestern’s...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft: Hageman, Moncrief and Savage Lead Pro Day Circuit's Day One

The first day of Pro Days across the country saw three schools put on shows. Though not much is expected to change, important red flags will need to be avoided by a number of prospects and the ability to somewhat personalize the workouts will be of some use to NFL teams. -24 teams attended Ole Miss’ Pro Day, where receivers Donte Moncrief and Ja-Mes Logan worked out. Logan...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

State of the Draft: Not Everyone Loves Manziel, Bridgewater Struggles in Interviews, and ...

Johnny Manziel got the most buzz after the combine based on his workouts and reported success in interviews, but I know a few teams that still aren’t interested. And despite our Teddy Bridgewater ranking, concerns have opened up about his interviews in Indianapolis. That, plus Clowney scenarios, a trade in the works, defensive back combine performance talk and the next...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Combine: 5 Offensive Winners and Losers From the Skill Positions

Every year, the NFL Combine tests the top athletes in the country in a number of physical (and mental) tests, revealing the quickest and strongest NFL prospects in the country. Over the years, the Combine has earned a poor reputation as an unreliable measure of football talent, despite some high-profile risers like Dontari Poe and Bruce Irvin potentially making up for famous workout...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Combine: 10 Takeaways from Monday

The combine has nearly come and gone, but there has been no shortage of storylines, interviews and player performances throughout. On Monday, the attention turned to a pair of high profile defensive ends in Jadeveon Clowney and Michael Sam, a breakout linebacker performance and Jerry Jones making a surprising announcement. 1. Jadeveon Clowney is a Freak Athlete The...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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