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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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4 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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6 days ago  |  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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9 days ago  |  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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11 days ago  |  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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11 days ago  |  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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14 days ago  |  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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18 days ago  |  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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18 days ago  |  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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19 days ago  |  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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20 days ago  |  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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22 days ago  |  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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25 days ago  |  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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28 days ago  |  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

Pittsburgh OT TJ Clemmings One to Watch, and Other ACC scouting notes

The story of the game, from a fan point of view, will be the video game type start that you’ll see in the box score.  Pittsburgh came out and gave up five (yes FIVE) fumbles on their first five possessions all leading to points for Georgia Tech.  What’s more, Pittsburgh proved that they couldn’t stop the triple option attack in which Georgia Tech brings to the table. The...
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October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Shane Carden and Justin Hardy Shine for ECU, and Other AAC and Big Ten Scouting Notes

The senior quarterback class hasn’t had much luck in 2014, with nearly every name playing poorly when the lights are on. For East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden, he’s continued to improve and post gargantuan numbers as he leads his team to a potential AAC title. By: Ian Wharton Carden passed for a season-high 445 yards against Connecticut, leading his team to a 31-21 victory...
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October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft Rankings: ALL Positions Updated

With more than half of the college football season completed, our staff has worked to put together our first set of position rankings. These lists are comprehensive and the work of our staff’s evaluation in the before and during the season. Please note that we only evaluate seniors, and won’t include juniors in our rankings until they officially declare. Also, keep in mind that...
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October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Week Nine College Football Scouting Preview

The FSU-Notre Dame primetime matchup didn’t disappoint last us last week. Despite a strong performance from Notre Dame junior QB Everett Golson, FSU earned a victory behind junior Jameis Winston’s near-flawless second half. But while those juniors performed well, Baylor’s senior QB Bryce Petty continued to struggle to deliver the ball accurately when pressured. Over the...
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October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Week Nine Scouting Spotlight: South Carolina’s A.J. Cann vs Auburn’s Gabe Wright and Angelo Blackson

It’s safe to say that the 2014 season hasn’t gone to plan for the “Ole Ball Coach” and the South Carolina Gamecocks. After recovering from a horrible opening week loss to Texas A&M with an upset victory over Georgia, Steve Spurrier’s team lost in consecutive weeks to Missouri and Kentucky. Once presumed a contender, the Gamecocks are a long way from returning to the...
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October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: Why Brandon Scherff Isn’t the Next Elite Tackle Prospect

There are few universities that have as much history producing quality offensive tackle prospects in the last decade as Iowa, with recent standout prospects such as Bryan Bulaga, Riley Reiff and Robert Gallery. Each of those players had their fair share of struggles in their respective careers, but Bulaga and Reiff have become above average starters in the NFL. Once again, the Hawkeyes...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Week 8 Stock Watch: Receiver’s White, Hardy Keep Rising, First-Round Linemen Struggle

The senior receiver class has proved to be one of the most intriguing and surprisingly talent-filled for the 2014 NFL Draft, and after Week 8, two of the familiar faces have once again seemed to rise on draft boards. Kevin White and Justin Hardy keep rising, get to know a certain Mountain West offensive tackle and AAC linebacker, and two well-known linemen didn’t have the best...
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October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Ty Sambrailo is Back and Better Than Ever, and Other Mountain West Scouting Notes

It looked like a devastating injury for Ty Sambrailo when he hit the turf in the season opener. Fortunately, he only missed two games, and the team still maintained a winning record—they’ve only lost one game so far. With Sambrailo back in the fold, the offense has looked even better. He held up very well against aggressive pass rusher Brock Hekking, and had a marvelous outing...
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October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Louisville’s Devante Parker Shows No Rust in Return, and Other ACC notes

A broken bone in his left foot cost Louisville star wide receiver DeVante Parker almost two months of action, including seven games of his senior season. Parker proved his health is no longer an issue Saturday and made up for lost time, taking a quick slant on the second play from scrimmage for 37 yards to make his presence felt. A potential first-round prospect in the 2015 class...
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October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Week Eight Scouting Spotlight: Kentucky’s Bud Dupree vs LSU’s La’el Collins


This week’s Scouting Spotlight features a pair of potential first round prospects from the SEC. Both bring versatility to win at multiple positions, which should lead to heavy NFL interest for their respective services. Kentucky’s senior DE Alvin “Bud” Dupree is a plus physical specimen that’s developed into an outstanding football player. He was the bright spot on some...
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October 18, 2014  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: College Football’s Week Eight Scouting Preview

Over the past weekend, I got a chance to visit Baylor’s brand new McLane Stadium and evaluate senior QB Bryce Petty in person. Baylor trailed the entire game to TCU, but found a way to rally back from a 21-point deficit with less than 11 minutes to play and hold onto their playoff hopes.   Around the rest of the country, Ole Miss and Mississippi State continued their winning ways...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss
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