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2016 NFL Draft: Way Too Early Top-32 Big Board

The 2015 NFL Draft is in the books, but it’s never too early to peak ahead to the following year and begin getting a feel for where it’s strengths and weaknesses are. NFL teams have learned to consider the talent in future years, as it should have an impact on current year draft strategy. Many NFL teams have their preliminary 2016 board on file, as do we. In a 2016 class that...
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2015 NFL Draft Results: Team-by-Team Organized Draft Picks

In a hopefully cleaner way to look at the 2015 Draft class, here’s all of the 2015 NFL Draft’s picks, organized by team (alphabetically). Look for draft recaps and more from us at OptimumScouting.com. Rnd. Pick# NFL team Player Pos. College 1 24 Arizona Cardinals D. J. Humphries OT Florida 2 58 Arizona Cardinals Markus Golden DE Missouri 3 86 Arizona Cardinals David Johnson RB...
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2015 NFL Draft: Top 150 Players Available for Day 3

After months of build up, just one day remains to discuss the 2015 NFL Draft before the 2016 draft preparation begins. With four rounds left on Day Three of the draft, here are the top 150 players available in the NFL Draft. Ironically, we have just 150 draftable grades left. Also, please note that we do not include quarterbacks in our Big Board rankings, but you can find our quarterback...
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2015 NFL Draft: Round Two and Three Mock Draft

While the first-round was hard enough, I’ve decided to take a swing at the second and third rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft. Treat this as more of team-fits than actual slot projections, as I did not project trades (though I am expecting them) in this second round. Day 2 Notes:-The Saints interest in Bryce Petty somewhat fits, but I think they’ll opt for Brett Hundley. I’ve heard...
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2015 NFL Draft: Top 100 Players Available for Day 2

After a first round that featured only a few first-round player surprises but plenty of team selection shockers, there remains quality talent on our board available for the second round, especially for teams picking at the top on Day 2. With five first-round grades remaining and Randy Gregory, Jalen Collins and Landon Collins all garnering high second-round grades after those, the...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

State of the Draft: Raiders-49ers trade, Trade Talk, Player-Team Fits, and Much More

It’s Christmas for fans of the NFL and the NFL Draft, but it’s a dense fog of smoke for those trying to project what may happen during draft weekend. Dissecting what is “possible” from what will happen is the hardest part of the projection of a first round, because NFL decision makers are generally far from set in stone on any of their ideas until their team is on the clock...
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2015 NFL Mock Draft: Optimum Scouting’s Staff Picks (Final)

Along with our official mock draft (here), a couple members of our staff have their projected first-round picks for the 2015 NFL Draft. TEAM Alex Brown Mark Dulgerian Chris Tripodi Ian Wharton Greg L. 1 BUCS Jameis Winston Jameis Winston Jameis Winston Jameis Winston Jameis Winston 2 TITANS Marcus Mariota Kevin White Marcus Mariota Kevin White Marcus Mariota 3 JAGUARS Dante Fowler...
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2015 NFL Draft: “Projected” Top 100 Picks

There’s a firm difference between evaluating and projecting. Evaluating is the process of forming judgements on players based on their film. Projecting is the process of anticipating judgements of others based on sources, draft trends, and other factors. Our actual Big Board, done through our evaluations, can be found HERE. However, in an attempt to distinguish “what I would...
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2015 NFL Draft Running Back Rankings

Big Board (2015)    –    Mock Draft  (2015) Rankings: QB – RB – WR – TE – OT – OG – C – DT – DE – OLB – ILB – CB – S Updated: April 28th These rankings are based on our evaluations, not where they are projected to be drafted. . Name Team Round 1 Todd Gurley Georgia 1st 2 Melvin Gordon Wisconsin 1st 3 Jay Ajayi Boise State 2nd 4 Duke Johnson Miami...
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2015 NFL Draft Quarterback Rankings

     Rankings: QB – RB – WR – TE – OT – OG – C – DT – DE – OLB – ILB – CB – S Big Board   –    Mock Draft Updated: April 28th These rankings are based on our evaluations, not where they are projected to be drafted . Name Team Round 1 Marcus Mariota Oregon 1st 2 Jameis Winston Florida State 1st 3 Brett Hundley UCLA 3rd 4 Garrett Grayson Colorado...
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2015 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Rankings

Big Board (2015)    –    Mock Draft (2015) Rankings: QB – RB – WR – TE – OT – OG – C – DT – DE – OLB – ILB – CB – S These rankings are based on our evaluations, not where they are projected to be drafted. Updated: April 28th . Name Team Round 1 Jaelen Strong Arizona State 1st 2 Amari Cooper Alabama 1st 3 DeVante Parker Louisville 1st 4 Kevin White...
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2015 NFL Draft Tight End Rankings

Rankings: QB – RB – WR – TE – OT – OG – C – DT – DE – OLB – ILB – CB – S Big Board    –    Mock Draft Updated: April 28th These rankings are based on our evaluations, not where they are projected to be drafted. . Name Team Round 1 Devin Funchess Michigan 2nd 2 Maxx Williams Minnesota 3rd 3 Jeff Heuerman Ohio State 3rd 4 Tyler Kroft Rutgers 4th 5...
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2015 NFL Draft: Evaluating the 2015 Draft’s Prop Bets

Gambling on football in-season is widespread and a key part of many football fans viewership during the year. And with the growth of the NFL draft over the last decade, so to has growth the prevalence of player prop bets. While none scream of “easy money” this year (so don’t get your hopes up), these Vegas odds for 2015 NFL Draft prop bets also show the state of how fans and...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

State of the Draft: Mariota, Titans options, Gregory’s Fall, Miami (FL) Prospects, Surprise 1st Rounders and More

Just a week away from the 2015 NFL Draft, and there’s still much to dissect about where player values lie, which positions they’re targeting, and what teams could be looking to move up or down in the draft process. Marcus Mariota’s destination, options for the Titans, Randy Gregory’s fall, second tier quarterback landing spots, Miami (FL) prospect value and surprise first...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Get Your Copy of Optimum Scouting’s 2015 NFL Draft Guide!

Our 4th annual NFL Draft Guide is ready for purchase, and it’s packed with our Scouting Reports, including character evaluations, comparisons, Top-250 Big Board, lessons from our partner former Broncos GM Ted Sundquist, and more. We’ve evaluated over 250 NFL Draft Prospects and ranked over 500 Players in total in this year’s guide Our team at Optimum Scouting has attended...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: This Week in Pro Days

By Scott Anderson Pro days are a great chance for a player that either didn’t perform well at the combine or wasn’t even invited to show off their skills to NFL scouts. A pro day can either validate or diminish a players skills in the eyes of the public, just ask former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgwater who went from top 5 to the last pick of the first round. Here are...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: This Week In Pro Days

By Scott Anderson  Pro days are a great chance for a player that either didn’t perform well at the combine or wasn’t even invited to show off their skills to NFL scouts. A pro day can either validate or diminish a players skills in the eyes of the public, just ask former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgwater who went from top 5 to the last pick of the first round. Here are...
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March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

State of the Draft: Mariota confusion, Raiders/Eagles Plans, DGB Update, 2nd Tier QB Matching, Arik Armstead and More

A month removed from the 2015 draft’s first “State of the Draft”, it returns in late March with more clarity on which teams are looking at which quarterbacks, what the Browns, Eagles, Raiders and Ravens are thinking, among others, and projecting where the non-pass rushing defensive linemen may end up on draft day. -Even though we’re still over a month out from the draft,...
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March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: Randy Gregory Admits to Failed Combine Drug Test

By Scott Anderson Expected first round pick Randy Gregory admitted that he failed his combine drug test, and has put his draft stock up in the air. The former Nebraska defensive end was projected to go as high as number 2 to the Tennessee Titans, but now his draft stock is in limbo. One of the main concerns for teams is that before he even touches the field, Gregory is in the NFL’s...
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March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft Journal: John Crockett, RB, North Dakota State (3/25)

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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March 25, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: Top 10 Position Changing Prospects

It’s hard enough to make the NFL when you’ve trained, succeeded and produced at one position from high school through a college career. But for some players, changing positions is a difficult hurdle that some prospects must face in the draft process. For some players, changing positions may be better for their eventual drafting team to better utilize their high-upside as athletes...
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March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: This Week in Pro Days

By Scott Anderson Pro days are a great chance for a player that either didn’t perform well at the combine or wasn’t even invited to show off their skills to NFL scouts. A pro day can either validate or diminish a players skills in the eyes of the public, just ask former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgwater who went from top 5 to the last pick of the first round. Here are...
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March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: This Week in Pro Days

By Scott Anderson  Pro days are a great chance for a player that either didn’t perform well at the combine or wasn’t even invited to show off their skills to NFL scouts. A pro day can either validate or diminish a players skills in the eyes of the public, just ask former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgwater who went from top 5 to the last pick of the first round. Here are...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: Oregon’s Pro Day

By Scott Anderson For one hour, Oregon’s pro day took center stage over the craziness of NFL free agency as Marcus Mariota, Arik Armstead, Jake Fisher, and other took the field in Eugene for their pro day.  Mariota completed 41 of 46 passes, with three of the misses being on vertical routes, and had a solid performance in front of about 100 personnel from all 32 teams. Mariota...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: This Week in Pro Days

By Scott Anderson Pro days are a great chance for a player that either didn’t perform well at the combine or wasn’t even invited to show off their skills to NFL scouts. A pro day can either validate or diminish a players skills in the eyes of the public, just ask former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgwater who went from top 5 to the last pick of the first round. Here are some...
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March 06, 2015  |  Discuss
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