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Advance Traits in Wide Receivers and Using Those for Scouting

By: Matt Harmon Wide receiver is one of the tougher positions to project to the pros when scouting the college ranks. NFL coverage schemes are harder to figure out. Defensive coordinators ask their corners to play with more physicality than in the off-man heavy college football world. Combine those with timing adjustments and an advanced route tree, and its tough for most pass catchers...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 MAC Conference Preview: Top Senior Prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft

By Mike and Matt Vahey Despite not being a “power conference” the MAC has recently churned out top level talent in recent drafts.  With Eric Fisher in 2013 and Khalil MACk in 2014, can the MAC conference continue its streak of 1st round talent for the 2015 Draft?  We take a look at this year’s top seniors in the MAC conference to see who may take the leap. 1. Titus Davis...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 C-USA Conference Preview: Top Senior Prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft

By Chris Tripodi and Matt Caraccio On July 1st, Conference USA once again fell victim to realignment.  With mainstays such as East Carolina, Tulsa and Tulane all joining The American Athletic Conference (AAC), Conference USA begins this season amidst change.  Unfortunate as this may sound, there is plenty to be excited about for 2015 and the future. This fall Conference USA will...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: Former TCU Defensive End Devonte Fields Transfers to Stephen F. Austin

By Justis Mosqueda After starting his college football career with a productive freshman season, Devonte Fields, now a former TCU Horned Frog, will be transferring to Stephen F. Austin in 2014, according to a tweet sent out by his private Twitter account, which was screen capped and later confirmed by Travis Brown of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The Star-Telegram also reported...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 AAC Conference Preview: Top Seniors for the 2015 NFL Draft

A conference that’s seemingly in constant motion when it comes to the teams in it, the AAC still boasts NFL talent despite Rutgers and Louisville heading out. The new addition of East Carolina and the rise of the Central Florida program certainly help things, but it’s a Connecticut Huskie that leads the way when it comes to the top prospects in the AAC conference for the 2015...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Mountain West Conference Preview: Top 10 Senior NFL Draft Prospects

By: Matt Harmon The Mountain West Conference continues to improve and gain respect in national circles. The league’s strong showing in the 2014 NFL Draft gave some evidence to this. Professional teams drafted 16 players from Mountain West squads. Many more will have the opportunity to impress in training camps as undrafted free agents. The conference could have an even better showing...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: Get to Know These Three Underrated Senior Prospects

By Justis Mosqueda With the draft cycle just about ready to kick into overdrive with college football beginning next month, preliminary grades for incoming seniors have started to surface. Even non-draft writers, such as Fox Sports’ Stewart Mandel are getting in on the action this year. With almost a summer’s worth of film study finished, one begins to develop opinions that...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 College Football Preview: SEC’s Top Senior Prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft

The SEC has consistently been the first-stop for NFL teams looking for top-tier talent in the college ranks, and that isn’t expected to slow down this year. However, with another record year of underclassmen declaring, many of which hailed from the SEC, the senior class is more depleted than in recent years. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t elite talent in the SEC’s...
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July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Heisman Odds: Evaluating the Senior Candidates and their 2015 NFL Draft Futures

Arguably the most prestigious single-season award in sports, the Heisman trophy is always a focus for college football fans and media members. We’ve seen underclassmen win the award with remarkable frequency in recent years, including having two straight Heisman winners return for another season. While finding a senior to win the award isn’t an easy task, evaluating these expectedly...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 College Football Preview: Top Senior Prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft

By Mark Dulgerian This week we highlight the Pac 12’s top senior NFL prospects going into the season.  It’s no surprise that three of the nation’s top ranked teams are well-represented here in Oregon, Stanford, and UCLA.  It’s also worth noting that 7 of the 10 top prospects are players that specialize in making an impact in the pass game, a phase that’s dominant within...
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July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 College Football Preview: Big 12′s Top 10 Seniors for the 2015 NFL Draft

  The Big 12 has long been a “power conference” thanks to Texas and Oklahoma’s elite dominance, Oklahoma State and Kansas State having big years consistently, and Texas Tech and Baylor having surprisingly impressive talents on offense. But in terms of NFL talent, at least on the senior level, it’s a very lackluster crop for the Big 12, with Baylor carrying the top senior...
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July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Supplemental Draft: No Prospects Drafted, All Four Now Become Free Agents

By: Justis Mosqueda Yesterday the four names eligible for the 2014 Supplemental Draft were announced. The supplemental draft is usually used for the selection of players who became academically ineligible or were kick off their team since the original draft declaration deadline. The prospects who declared were Chase Clayton (WR, New Mexico), LaKendrick Ross (DT, Virginia-Lynchburg...
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July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Supplemental Draft: North Carolina’s Darius Lipford Leads Four Eligible Prospects

Every year, in the heat of the summer, the NFL holds their annual Supplemental Draft. Some years, it’s a lackluster crop that holds a few college misfits and really limited hope of finding an every day NFL contributor. Some years, baggage-filled yet talented prospects like Josh Gordon, Josh Brent or Ahmad Brooks enter the draft and provide some intriguing talent for teams to quickly...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Bruce Feldman’s “Freak List”: Evaluating the Seniors For the 2015 NFL Draft

By Justis Mosqueda Bruce Feldman used to have his annual “freak list” of athletic collegiate football players on CBSSports.com before his recent move to FOXSports.com. For 2014, he has an entire “freak week” in store for fans. While prospects can’t simply be scouted on measurements alone, it doesn’t hurt for them to test well at the Combine. Recently, players such as...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: Ranking the Top 5 Prospects for Each Big Ten Team

By Ian Wharton The Big Ten conference has struggled to produce professional prospects the way the other “Power 5” conferences have in recent years. The 2014 NFL draft was no different, as the Big Ten had just 30 players selected, which ranked fourth amongst the “Power 5”. That being said, the Big Ten enters the 2014-college football season with refreshing momentum. Every...
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July 04, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Football Rankings: Breaking Down the Top 40 Rookies for 2014

Everyone has their strategies for their fantasy teams; taking running backs early, drafting play-makers only, grabbing the best quarterbacks, and probably many other drafting ideas that may or may not lead to success. But if you were one of the smart drafters that got your hands on AJ Green, Doug Martin or Rob Gronkowski, you understand that scooping up a top rookie could pay huge...
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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 College Football Preview: Big Ten’s Top 10 Seniors for the 2015 NFL Draft

In our second week of conference previews, we take a look at the Big Ten conference. Known for its offensive and defensive linemen, the top-10 seniors this year feature those two positions, with the top four prospects. However, it’s the team’s that intrigue, with Iowa and Nebraska taking up four of the top five spots. Get used to\ Carl Davis as being a first-round option, as...
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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Duke’s Jamison Crowder May Not Have Ideal Size, But He May Be This Year’s Tavon Austin, Brandin Cooks

NFL offenses continue to evolve, and the premium has begun to put on playmakers. In last year’s draft, the Bucs valued size and length, drafting Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins. In the past two drafts, the Rams selected Tavon Austin and the Saints took Brandin Cooks, both sub 5’10 receivers with electric speed and big-play ability. Duke senior Jamison Crowder fits into...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NBA Draft: Scouting this Year’s Class…As Football Prospects

The NBA Draft is tonight. This is a football scouting website. So, I won’t pretend to be an expert. But, I’m secretly a big college basketball fan, and Bleacher Report’s Alec Nathan (@AlecBNathan) is one of my best friends, so I talk plenty of basketball, which this time of year, is NBA Draft season. But, to keep in line with the structure of Optimum Scouting, I’ve decided...
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 College Football Previews: ACC’s Top 10 Seniors for the 2015 NFL Draft

For the start of our conference by conference preview of the 2015 NFL Draft, we’ll start with the ACC, the conference that boasts the incumbent BCS National Championship, the Florida State Seminoles. In our previews, we’ll detail the top 10 seniors in each conference along with a brief scouting report about them, with a more elaborate prospect list in a later-in-the-week article...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: Chuckie Keeton, Cody Fajardo and What the Two Best Seniors Need to Improve On in 2014

The past two NFL drafts saw multiple draft analysts argue about the top quarterback prospects. The Andrew Luck-built Blake Bortles vs. under-appreciated Teddy Bridgewater vs. the superstar Johnny Manziel debate was one of constant discussion. And of course, the argument that team’s should “wait” on a quarterback for the later rounds or the following year draft persisted. For...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft: Predicted Landing Spots for Players on Day 3

Day 3 is near impossible to predict. Instead of a full 4-7 mock draft, here’s my predictions as to where players (and what round) may land on Day 3 of the 2014 NFL Draft. Zach Mettenberger, QB – Tennessee Titans, 5th Round -Ken Whisenhunt likely wants to find his developmental quarterback. Mettenberger has fallen due to off-the-field and injury concerns, but is certainly worthwhile...
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May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft: Best Players Available for Day 3

  Even after 100 players have selected, there’s still plenty of top talent available for teams picking on Day 3. Our eleven top players remaining have second-round grades, while 32 prospects carry top-100 grades from our scouting this year. Pierre Desir is easily the top prospect available in the 2014 NFL Draft, while high-upside prospects like Aaron Lynch and Isaiah Crowell could...
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May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft: The Top 200 Players Still Available on Day 2

The first round of the 2014 NFL Draft has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean all the top talent left with it. Plenty of high-impact prospects are still available as Day 2 kicks off tonight, including top receivers Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson, pass-rushers like Jeremiah Attaochu and Kyle Van Noy, and high-upside defensive linemen like Ra’Shede Hageman and Louis Nix. Here...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft: Round Two and Three Mock Draft

Picking Day 1 of the draft was hard enough (in which I didn’t do too well, but Alex Brown did!), but I’ve given my best shot to match team needs with the best players available. The Texans can find their nose tackle they need so badly, the Bucs and Titans can draft the best quarterbacks early in round two, some team gets a steal in Kony Ealy, Ra’Shede Hageman, Allen Robinson...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss
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