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San Jose State QB Blake Jurich Train Falls off the Rails and more Mountain West Scouting Notes

Was it just fun while it lasted for San Jose State’s senior quarterback, Blake Jurich? When he threw for three touchdowns and completed 88% of his passes in the opening game, it looked like Jurich would matter. Another positive showing came in a beat down against the far superior Auburn. The bucket deep ball accuracy he showed against SEC completion looked like a good sign. Jurich...
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Cameron Erving’s Stock Sliding Thanks to Beasley’s Big Night, and More ACC Scouting Notes

The big battle of Week 3 happened last night in the ACC, as Florida State met Clemson without sophomore quarterback Jameis Winston, and two of this game’s top prospects were lined up against each other for the second straight season. Last year, Florida State left tackle Cameron Erving held his own against Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley, holding the potential first-round pick...
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Gabe Martin, Bowling Green Defense Continues to Struggle, and Other MAC Scouting Notes

Bowling Green’s featured linebacker and leader Gabe Martin had come back from a torn ACL injury in 2013, and was looking to get back to his All-MAC level for this season.  However, if anything this season has been a disaster for the Bowling Green defense (and for Martin).  The struggles for this defense continued on Saturday, with a thorough beaten by the hands of Wisconsin,...
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2015 NFL Draft Stock Report: Kevin White Continues to Rise, Cameron Erving Struggles and More Prospect Updates

In the first of weekly scouting updates, we’ll be bringing the players moving up and sliding down each week, in terms of the NFL Draft projections. While “grades” don’t change week to week, it sometimes takes just one impressive (or lackluster) performance to make a profound impression on an NFL evaluator. With that, this past weekend, it’s clear you need to get to know...
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2015 NFL Draft: College Football’s Week Four Scouting Preview

Auburn avoided a letdown loss on the road versus Kansas State on Thursday. Still, they won’t be the only top-10 ranked team facing potential upsets this week. Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma and Florida State all have tough opponents, but lucked out with home field advantage. The team needing to be on the highest upset alert is LSU. Mississippi State has the horses on their defensive line...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: Kansas State vs. Auburn Scouting Preview

Well, there won’t be any competitive advantages in this game as both Kansas State and Auburn had off-weeks to prepare for one another. Kansas State is 0-3 all-time versus Auburn, with their most recent loss coming in 2007. To win, Kansas State needs senior WR Tyler Lockett to do his best Jordy Nelson impression. For Auburn, their top player isn’t even draft eligible. True sophomore...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

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

This week’s slate of games features a handful of secondary-receiver matchups, including multiple senior safeties that could land in the early part of the upcoming draft class. In the Big 12, Oklahoma looks to cement their lead in the conference while Texas needs to right the ship after an embarrassing loss to BYU. For matchups to watch and prospects to key on, continue reading...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: Baylor vs. Buffalo Scouting Preview

Thankfully for the reigning Big 12 Champion Baylor Bears, the injuries sustained week one against SMU won’t hamper their college football playoff hopes. Bryce Petty returns this week, while their receiving corps should return to full health for conference play. That being said, Buffalo should come into this game embarrassed about how things went down a year ago. After scoring the...
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2015 NFL Draft: Everett Golson is Well On His Way to Heisman Discussion and NFL Interest

Back in 2012, his redshirt freshman season and first year as a college starter, Everett Golson was mostly a game manager and occasional running threat in the Brian Kelly offense. He had just three multi-touchdown games through the air (all coming in the last month of his season), and finished the regular season with 11 passing touchdowns, a marginally productive season on a team...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: BYU vs. Houston Scouting Preview

You can hear the whispers with the start of this season, to BYU’s historic 1984 season.  BYU has come out of the gate red out, thoroughly beating both UCONN and Texas on the road in weeks 1 and 2, 35-10 and 41-7 respectively.  The Cougars have now entered the top 25 in the AP top 25 poll, and 15 in the ESPN poll, raising the question, can they run the table? The spearhead to...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: Mountain West Scouting Notes, Week 1

There was much to learn about the Mountain West Conference’s draft prospects this week. San Jose State and San Diego State played against teams from superior conference. Including an SEC team in Auburn for SJSU. There was also an inter-conference face-off between Boise State and Colorado State. By Matt Harmon  San Jose State Blake Jurich, QB, #14 After a surprising and exciting...
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2015 NFL Draft: Big Ten Scouting Notes, Week 1

The second season of the college football season brought some great matchups for fans and evaluators alike. Some potential prospects have continued their development, and have showed a higher ceiling than anticipated entering the season, while others haven’t been able to make that jump yet. Below are the players that I was able to see on Saturday, with notes and how their stock...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: MAC Scouting Notes, From Week 1 and 2

It’s been an interesting few weeks in the MAC conference, with unexpected outcomes and some good football played.  The first week was filled with tune up games, while the second week proved a much stiffer test against Big Ten and SEC competition. One of the more alarming things of note in the first few weeks is the Bowling Green defense, which has looked like it can’t stop anyone...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

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

After an opening weekend that saw only one major upset with a young Texas A&M squad snapping South Carolina’s 18-game home winning streak, week two of the college football season poses big-time matchups that could make or break playoff runs for a handful of Pac-12 and Big Ten teams. Also, can South Carolina right the ship after being embarrassed week one? Here are some players...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: Pittsburgh vs. Boston College Scouting Preview

By: Chris Tripodi Neither Boston College nor Pittsburgh faced serious challenges in Week 1, as the Eagles scored 24 second-points to beat UMass, 30-7, and the Panthers shut out FCS-level Delaware, 62-0. While Pittsburgh sophomore receiver Tyler Boyd is this matchup’s most exciting prospect, each team has a few key senior prospects that will get late-round looks at the NFL level...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Justis’s Week 1 Notes: Greene vs. Lampkin, Kevin White Breaks Out and Meet Bobby Richardson

By Justis Mosqueda Rashad Greene vs Ashton Lampkin: The match up of the night in Dallas  The premier game of the opening weekend of college football was the reigning champion Florida State facing off with Oklahoma State in AT&T Stadium. As the overwhelming favorites coming into the game, the Seminoles merely advancing with a six point win seemed like an impossibility. One...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

“Quarterback Stashing”: Debating Ryan Mallett as a Worthy Investment for New England and What it Means for Future

After first being reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL.com and confirmed multiple places since, now-former New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett has been traded to the Houston Texans. This shouldn’t come as a major shock to any, as Mallett seemed to be on the trading block for the entire off-season. As he was entering the final year of his rookie contract and after the team...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

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

By: Alex Brown In the opening week of Saturday games, the scouting focus should be on how these teams adjust with new starters at quarterback. With the SEC’s all time leading passer Aaron Murray graduated, how will Georgia’s offense look in 2014? The same can be said with Alabama losing A.J. McCarron and Clemson moving past Tajh Boyd. With all that being said, the talent at...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Get Ready for the College Season: Grab a Copy of Our 2015 NFL Draft Season Preview for $1.99

We’ve waited over seven months for college football season to start, and it’s finally here. And with plenty of high-upside quarterbacks, the Heisman Trophy winner returning, the first year of the college football playoffs and other reasons, I’m sure you’re like me in that you couldn’t be more excited to get the year started. But with games starting up this weekend, get...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Meet the Dream Bowl: The Annual Highlight of the Top NFL Draft Prospects from the FCS, Division 2 and Division 3 Levels

Every year, there are plenty of college football all-star games for prospects to choose from. From California to Florida and many places in between, seniors from across the country get invited or choose which event they want to attend in an effort to be noticed by pro teams. I’ve had the privilege of attending most of the major all-star games across the country over the last six...
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August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

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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August 15, 2014  |  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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August 14, 2014  |  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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August 13, 2014  |  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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August 07, 2014  |  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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August 05, 2014  |  Discuss
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