2017 NFL Draft: Week Nine Scouting Match-Up Preview

The cornerback position has been a fun group to watch this season and there are plenty on display versus talented receivers this weekend. Sidney Jones (Washington) and Jourdan Lewis (Michigan) are two lockdown specialists and Cordrea Tankersley has quietly been the best player on a NFL-rich Clemson roster. By: Christian Page The cornerback class is loaded up top, but the same cannot...
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October 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Quantifying Quarterbacks: JT Barrett’s Safe Play Style Got the Best of Him

Saturday may have marked the end of Ohio State’s playoff hopes. They will have a shot at retribution when they play Michigan near the end of the season, but this week’s upset loss to Penn State was detrimental. After a tight game versus Wisconsin last week, Ohio State already looked to be in hot water. Now the pot is boiling over. By: Derrik Klassen Ohio State misses Cardale...
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October 25, 2016  |  Discuss

2017 NFL Draft: Week Eight Scouting Match-Up Preview

All three ranked versus ranked showdowns take part in the SEC this weekend. The game of the unbeaten consists of some of the best one-on-one match-ups we have seen all season with most notably being the nation’s top rated offensive tackle versus the best player in college football. By: Christian Page With a few games worth noting that took place on Thursday night, scroll to the...
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October 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Phazahn Odom, His Path to Fordham, and How the FCS-Grown Tight End has NFL Scouts Excited

Carson Wentz may have led the small school prospect renaissance last season,but the FCS level has made a habit of producing high end NFL players over the last ten years. The 2017 draft class has a chance to be one of the deepest small school (FCS and below) classes in recent memory, and it’s in large part thanks to to FCS-grown players. While the Noah Spence’s of the world used...
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October 20, 2016  |  Discuss

2017 NFL Draft: Week Seven Scouting Match-Up Preview

It’s crazy to think it’s already Week Seven as Alabama’s 52-6 victory over USC seems like it happened last night along with Les Miles’ hot seat rising in temperature beginning with LSU losing to, then, an average Wisconsin team in Green Bay. With almost half the season over with this is when the list of NFL prospects starts to take form and stay somewhat concrete from here...
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October 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Quantifying Quarterbacks: Brad Kaaya Wasn’t Enough Versus Florida State

The Miami Hurricanes have not beaten the rival Florida State Seminoles since 2009. On Saturday night, Miami had as good a chance as ever to defeat the garnet and gold. The Hurricanes had the home field advantage, the momentum of an undefeated season and the tenth spot in college football’s official rankings. The stars appeared to be aligning for the Hurricanes and a win against...
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October 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Week 6 Scouting Match-Up Preview: Dalvin Cook vs. Miami (FL) Linebackers

In one of the biggest and most heated annual interstate division rivalries in College Football, the #10 ranked Miami Hurricanes (4-0, 1-0 Conf.) square off this Saturday at home against the #23 ranked Florida State Seminoles (3-2, 0-2 Conf.). Losers of six straight to Florida State, Miami has plenty of motivation. This game will be a good litmus test for the Canes, while for the...
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October 08, 2016  |  Discuss

2017 NFL Draft: Week Six Scouting Match-Up Preview

The SEC steals the show this weekend with two ranked battles taking place in the west division as underdog Arkansas looks to finally get over the hump versus Alabama and Tennessee facing another ranked opponent with us wondering when will its luck run out? I don’t breakdown as many games in this week’s preview but go further into each match-up with some visual snippets to show...
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October 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Quantifying Quarterbacks: Mason Rudolph Dices Up Texas in Big-12 Showdown

The BIG12 continued to cannibalize itself this week as Mason Rudolph and the Oklahoma State Cowboys knocked off the No.22 ranked Texas Longhorns. It was a high scoring event from both sides, but the Rudolph-lead passing attack of Oklahoma State was too much for the Longhorns. Oklahoma State handed Texas their second loss of the season, presumably knocking them out of the Top 25....
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October 04, 2016  |  Discuss

2017 NFL Draft: Phazahn Odom, Brady Gustafson lead Small School Roundtable Discussion

At Optimum Scouting, both on and off the internet, we evaluate and work with small school prospects for our pro team clients as well as for our All-Star game work. Our primary All-Star game client, the Dream Bowl, features many of the best non-FBS prospects in the country, and players like current Colts receiver Chester Rogers have turned into quality pro players.  This year, Optimum...
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October 03, 2016  |  Discuss

2017 NFL Draft: Week Five Scouting Match-Up Preview

This week will separate the contenders from the pretenders. Washington gets a true test playing host to Stanford and the No. 3 ranked Louisville Cardinals travel to Clemson for its biggest game in program history. North Carolina will have the chance to flex its muscle against a descending Florida State defense that has averaged giving up 44 points to Power Five opponents. By: Christian...
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September 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Quantifying Quarterbacks: Josh Dobbs Capitalizes On Florida’s Defensive Collapse

Prior to Saturday, the Tennessee Volunteers had not defeated the Florida Gators in over a decade. Josh Dobbs had lost to the Gators twice himself heading into the game, but he would walk away with a different result than he had in the previous two seasons. In the tale of two halves, Tennessee snapped their decade-long losing streak to Florida, beating the Gators 38-28 at Rocky Top...
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September 28, 2016  |  Discuss

2017 NFL Draft: Week Four Scouting Match-Up Preview

With a full swing of conference games, match-ups consist of top ranked battles between players including Texas A&M top-billed pass rushers lining up opposite of Arkansas’s Dan Skipper and Tennessee’s expected rushing attack versus the instinctive and speedy Jarrad Davis of Florida. Those are just two match-ups of many that you should keep an eye on this weekend. Here are...
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September 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Quantifying Quarterbacks: Chad Kelly Falls Flat Against Alabama

No.19 ranked Ole Miss hosting No.1 ranked Alabama was the biggest game of the weekend. Major implications for the SEC West title were on the line for this game, as were Ole Miss’s hopes for a national championship. The Rebels needed to dethrone Alabama to keep their playoff dreams alive. By: Derrik Klassen After a hot start, Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly imploded. The Crimson...
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September 19, 2016  |  Discuss

2017 NFL Draft: Week Three Scouting Match-Up Preview

An attractive set of contests is back in play this weekend with four games consisting of ranked versus ranked teams. With conference play in full swing now, we are spoiled with scouting matchups galore across the country. Here are some players to watch and matchups to highlight this weekend with a focus on draft-eligible players. By: Christian Page  No. 1 Alabama at No. 19 Ole...
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September 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Quantifying Quarterbacks: Cooper Rush Gains Signature Win over Oklahoma State

In one of the most controversial, mismanaged turn of events in recent memory, Cooper Rush threw a hail mary that turned into a hook-and-ladder play to put away a ranked Oklahoma State team. Rush will have an asterisk next to this critical victory, but that is somewhat unfair to him. As undeserving as the opportunity for a final play was, it was Rush’s performance over the course...
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September 13, 2016  |  Discuss

2017 NFL Draft: Week Two Scouting Match-Up Preview

We were spoiled with Week One matchups as the weekend was described as the “best opening weekend ever” and it did not disappoint. The matchups do not scream high rating this week but that doesn’t mean competitive battles are not in the works. The schedule presents itself with a SEC-Big 12 showdown and another ACC-SEC matchup in an interesting new environment. Here are some...
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September 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Quantifying Quarterbacks: Tempering Expectations on Houston’s Greg Ward

2015 was a monumental season for the Houston Cougars. First-year head coach Tom Herman lead them to a near undefeated season, but he wanted more in 2015. With an offense lead by athlete turned quarterback Greg Ward Jr., Herman wanted to come out swinging in week one, scheduling an Oklahoma team ranked in the top five. Herman, Ward and the rest of Houston’s talented squad did not...
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September 06, 2016  |  Discuss

2017 NFL Draft: Week One Scouting Match-Up Preview

I started off with this sentence in last year’s Week One Preview and I will repeat it for the start of the 2016 college football season: “The opening weekend of college football is finally here and we are welcomed with a plethora of attention-grabbing games with big-named teams with plenty of next-level talent.” It’s becoming a theme that Week One either makes or breaks a...
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September 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Quantifying Quarterbacks, Pre-Season: Miami’s Brad Kaaya, the Divisive Prospect

Brad Kaaya is one of many victims of Miami’s Al Golden era. While at Miami, Golden mishandled a number of players, ran bland systems on both sides of the ball and severely underperformed at one of the nation’s most prestigious football programs. It was a miserable five year stretch for all parties involved, especially Kaaya, who was thrown into the (dumpster) fire as a true freshman...
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August 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Quantifying Quarterbacks, Pre-Season: Mason Rudolph is Ready for the Spotlight

Mason Rudolph is a soon-to-be star of the 2017 draft class. It was tough for Rudolph to grab the attention of national media circles because Oklahoma State stole many of his touchdowns and gift wrapped them as quarterback runs, screen passes or touch passes for JW Walsh. Despite Rudolph being the starting quarterback in 2015, Walsh scored 26 total touchdowns to Rudolph’s 22. Walsh...
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August 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Quantifying Quarterbacks, Pre-Season: DeShone Kizer Deserves Notre Dame’s Starting Job

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly is squandering a chance to groom a superstar. After Malik Zaire, Notre Dame’s original starter, went down with an injury early on in the season, DeShone Kizer stepped in and lit up the remainder of Notre Dame’s schedule. Kizer displayed rare arm talent, played with poise beyond his years and developed his understanding of the offense as the season...
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August 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Contract-Year Motivation, Quantified: Linebackers

I’m getting pretty confident in my hypothesis by now: players tend to try a lot harder when money is on the line, and they slack off when it’s not. This aspect of the game is frequently talked about, but almost never annualized using real data. That’s my goal. Last time, we looked at pass rushers. This time, it’s ‘off the ball’ linebackers: guys like Luke Kuechly, Lavonte...
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August 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Quantifying Quarterbacks, Pre-Season Edition: Deshaun Watson Solidifies His Top Tier Status

  Deshaun Watson will be entering his junior season as the crown jewel of the 2016 quarterback class. He has everything that scouts search to the ends of the earth for every year. Size, arm strength, athleticism, poise- the list goes on for miles and miles. To handle the responsibility, pressure and nuances of the quarterback position the way Watson has (and will again) at his...
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August 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Contract-Year Motivation, Quantified: Defensive Linemen and Pass Rushers

Teams shelled out record amounts of cash to defensive linemen and pass rushers this offseason, including Von Miller, Muhammad Wilkerson, Fletcher Cox, Malik Jackson, and Olivier Vernon. Are they going to maintain their levels of production? Will their defenses be better as team? By: Jack Raleigh If you’ve read my previous posts on the contract year motivation of running backs and...
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July 26, 2016  |  Discuss
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