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User Mock Drafts: 11/21

November 21, 2014 in OTC: User Mock Drafts

Mock 1- Ash, Indianapolis Colts

 

26: R1P26
OLB VIC BEASLEY
CLEMSON

58: R2P26
CB JALEN COLLINS
LSU

90: R3P26
RB MIKE DAVIS
SOUTH CAROLINA

122: R4P26
QB KEVIN HOGAN
STANFORD

154: R5P26
DT DARREN LAKE
ALABAMA

176: R6P16
WR CHRISTION JONES
ALABAMA

186: R6P26
ILB BRYCE HAGER
BAYLOR

219: R7P27
OT TORRIAN WILSON
UCF

 

Mock 2: Reese, Cleveland Browns:

 

14: R1P14
WR AMARI COOPER
ALABAMA

15: R1P15
OT SPENCER DRANGO
BAYLOR

47: R2P15
RB MELVIN GORDON
WISCONSIN

79: R3P15
OT JAKE FISHER
OREGON

110: R4P14
DE ELI HAROLD
VIRGINIA

111: R4P15
CB JOSH SHAW
USC

143: R5P15
ILB A.J. JOHNSON
TENNESSEE

175: R6P15
RB TODD GURLEY
GEORGIA

179: R6P19
ILB STEPHONE ANTHONY
CLEMSON

207: R7P15
DE NOAH SPENCE
OHIO STATE

Mock 3: Richard, Carolina Panthers

 

8: R1P8
OT ANDRUS PEAT
STANFORD

40: R2P8
WR DEVANTE PARKER
LOUISVILLE

72: R3P8
DE NATE ORCHARD
UTAH

104: R4P8
CB SENQUEZ GOLSON
OLE MISS

136: R5P8
WR DEONTAY GREENBERRY
HOUSTON

168: R6P8
OLB NORKEITHUS OTIS
NORTH CAROLINA

200: R7P8
S DANIEL FITZPATRICK
TENNESSEE STATE

User Mock Drafts: 11/14

November 14, 2014 in OTC: User Mock Drafts

Here is a look at 3 of my favorite User Submitted Mock Drafts of the week:

 

Mock 1. Matt, Minnesota Vikings:

 

22 – R1P22
RB TODD GURLEY
GEORGIA

53 – R2P21
DE LORENZO MAULDIN
LOUISVILLE

54 – R2P22
OT TY SAMBRAILO
COLORADO STATE

77 – R3P13
ILB A.J. JOHNSON
TENNESSEE

104 – R4P8
WR DEVANTE PARKER
LOUISVILLE

109 – R4P13
CB KEVIN JOHNSON
WAKE FOREST

117 – R4P21
OLB ISHAQ WILLIAMS
NOTRE DAME

141 – R5P13
S SAM CARTER
TCU

149 – R5P21
DT CHUCKY HUNTER
TCU

168 – R6P8
C DALLAS LEWALLEN
WISCONSIN

173 – R6P13
S JERMAINE WHITEHEAD
AUBURN

181 – R6P21
G MILES DIEFFENBACH
PENN STATE

200 – R7P8
WR JAMEON LEWIS
MISSISSIPPI STATE

205 – R7P13
CB JUSTIN COX
MISSISSIPPI STATE

Mock 2. Cameron, New England Patriots:

 

31: R1P31
DT DANNY SHELTON
WASHINGTON

63: R2P31
WR SAMMIE COATES
AUBURN

95: R3P31
S GEROD HOLLIMAN
LOUISVILLE

99: R4P3
RB TEVIN COLEMAN
INDIANA

127: R4P31
CB JOSH SHAW
USC

163: R6P3
OT TYRUS THOMPSON
OKLAHOMA

196: R7P4
DE NOAH SPENCE
OHIO STATE

 

Mock 3. Jeremy, New York Giants

 

9: R1P9
S LANDON COLLINS
ALABAMA

41: R2P9
DE ALVIN DUPREE
KENTUCKY

73: R3P9
RB TEVIN COLEMAN
INDIANA

105: R4P9
OT COREY ROBINSON
SOUTH CAROLINA

137: R5P9
CB JOSH SHAW
USC

169: R6P9
OLB DYSHAWN DAVIS
SYRACUSE

201: R7P9
WR DEVIN SMITH
OHIO STATE

221: R7P29
QB SHANE CARDEN
EAST CAROLINA

Under The Radar Prospects: MAC Edition

November 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

As we continue to look at some under the radar players this week, the MAC has some real gems that aren’t being talked about but could turn into Top 100 picks by the time April rolls around. Though the MAC is ignored as one of the stepchildren of the FBS, it has produced some solid pro prospects in the past and others who achieved more than their draft position would indicate. The most notable example is Ben Roethlisberger of Miami (OH) going 11th overall in the 2004 draft but players like Greg Jennings and Antonio Gates have had a ton of success coming from the conference.

Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (OH)
6’0, 203 pounds

Antonio Gates is one of the most famous basketball to football transition players, ending his career at Kent State and making it to the NFL without being drafted, and Quinten Rollins might be next in line. Rollins played both basketball and football at Wilmington High School in Ohio. He was recruited to play football by some solid programs (West Virginia, UConn, and Cincinnati,) but ultimately went to Miami of Ohio to play basketball. After his basketball career was over, Rollins got a scholarship to use his last year of eligibility on the football team and immediately has become the Redhawks best cornerback. As he learns and progresses this season, Rollins is proving to have real NFL upside and has a shot at going in the Top 100 picks this April.
At 203 pounds, Rollins has the body to box out #1 wideouts while still having the athletic ability to create turnovers and fight with smaller athletic types. As more teams recognize his talent, they have been focusing on throwing away from Rollins and not challenging him anymore. He notched 4 interceptions in his first four games this season, including one against the Michigan Wolverines in the Big House. He continues to improve his hip motion and fluidity from game to game, showing the potential to be a rangy starter down the line. As the NFL is looking more and more for athletes with upside, Rollins stock continues to increase. Rollins will continue transitioning to football and has a bright future at the next level with massive upside with his size and fluiditity.

Thomas Rawls, RB, Central Michigan
5’10, 217 pounds

Thomas Rawls was a former 3-star recruit who attended the University of Michigan with a bright future ahead of him. Unfortunately, he ran into trouble both on and off the field. Rawls was surpassed by young 5-star stud recruit Derrick Green before getting the chance to be a primary runner himself. As a junior, Rawls only had 3 carries for 12 yards and that occurred in the opening game against Central Michigan. Off the field, Rawls was arrested this past April for stealing a woman’s purse at a casino and using her credit cards. He plead guilty and was sentenced to probation and community service. This incident ended his chances to finish his career at Michigan and he was granted his release by the Wolverines to start his career anew somewhere he could start. Rawls transferred to the same team he had rushed 3 times against in 2013, the Central Michigan Chippewas. Since he had graduated from Michigan in 3 years, Rawls transfer to CMU for Graduate School has allowed him to play immediately and have an instant impact for Central Michigan. He has taken the opportunity and showcased NFL ability.
Rawls is currently 6th in the FBS in yards per game with over 144, above top NFL prospects like Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah and Miami’s Duke Johnson. This includes a game against Buffalo where Rawls injured his league and only had 4 yards on 3 carries. He would miss the next week against Eastern Michigan due to injury, and was also suspended for two games due to the legal issues that were ongoing. In his 6 full games, Rawls is averaging 166 yards a game and almost 2 TDs in each game, which would actually put him 2nd in the country in rushing yard a game behind only Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon. He is putting up stats, but he also has NFL talent in his physical skills.
Rawls has an incredible combination of size and speed. At almost 220 pounds, he accelerates through the line like he is shot from a cannon. At this velocity, he becomes dangerous to take on head on as he can run you over or just run right past you. Rawls always seems to pick up extra yards on runs and is exceptional after and even during contact at continuing to churn his legs and stay balanced. He has flashed receiving ability, especially early this year in the flat. He caught 3 passes for 50 yards against Purdue early in the season including a long catch and run as a check down. He is a well-rounded RB with 3 down potential and could be a player whose development is worth monitoring.

Under The Radar: Small School Prospects

November 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

At this point in the process, many are talking about the first round quarterbacks and potential high picks in the NFL Draft, but there are prospects outside the top 2 rounds that have a ton of potential and could help NFL teams as rookies. From hulking offensive linemen to touchdown scoring tight ends, teams that score well in the mid to late rounds can drastically improve their teams at little cost. This week, I’ll be talking about a few under the radar prospects expected to go outside the top 100 in the NFL Draft. Today we preview two small school prospects who have big games and big NFL potential.

RB David Johnson, Northern Iowa
6’1 229

David Johnson came from small Clinton High School in Iowa and received only two scholarship offers (Northern Iowa and Illinois State) though he felt he deserved to go to an FBS school. This chip on the shoulder attitude has propelled Johnson to have his best games against the best competition. This season against Iowa, Northern Iowa almost pulled off the upset behind Johnson’s 204 receiving yards. Against undefeated Illinois State, Johnson averaged over 4 yards a carry gaining 129 yards and 2 touchdowns. He has shown production, leadership, as well as a great work ethic off the field. Johnson worked over the summer as a maintenance man in the Northern Iowa dorms while taking classes and practicing with the football team, repairing furniture students had broken. Taking this type of job is unusual for a student athlete, but shows Johnson’s willingness to put in the work to earn the benefits.
He is a huge runner who has a finesse style to running. Even when running up the middle, Johnson remains highly elusive and rarely takes hard shots to his body. Though isn’t much of a bruiser, this style does help keep him healthy and on the field. The best parts to Johnson’s game is the little things now required in the NFL. He is a very good pass blocker and a great receiver. When Johnson is in the backfield, defenses can’t key in on whether UNI is running or passing and have to respect his talent.
Johnson has a similar game to Towson RB Terrance West who was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Though Johnson has not been as dominant a runner as West, he should put up similar combine numbers if he gets an invite (4.54 40 time, 33.5 inch vert, and 120 inch broad jump). While the RB position itself has been devalued, finding prospects who have size, athletic ability, and can be used in the passing game grows increasingly important. Johnson fits the bill and could go much earlier than expected.

Jaquiski Tartt, Safety, Samford
6’1 218

Samford Safety Jaquiski Tartt has the ideal build and game for a strong safety at the professional level with potential to be a playmaker in the secondary. He is still an extremely raw player, but has talent and production to be drafted.
Tartt focused on basketball while at Davidson High School in Mobile, Alabama. With ambition to play basketball at a big time program, Tartt wasn’t developing into the basketball prospect he wanted to be. Instead, his friends convinced him to play football his senior year where he learned the game and immediately made an impact for Davidson. He committed to Samford due to it being where his Mom wanted to attend college, even when Mississippi State tried recruiting him late in the process. His early career was a lot of sitting on the bench and learning while playing special teams, but now Tartt is one of the most decorated safeties at the FCS level. He has racked up 6 INTs in his career and nearly 100 tackles. One of Tartt’s most active games was against powerhouse TCU to start the season. Though Samford didn’t really contend in the game, Tartt was flying around the field and seemed to always be in position to make a tackle. He showed he can play at a high level and potentially be drafted into the NFL.
Tartt has excellent size and plays downhill. He gets up to full speed quickly and punishes opposing running backs or receivers going over the middle. He has special teams experience, which should be endearing for a team to draft him and bring him along slowly as he plays special teams gets up to speed. Over the last year, Tartt has developed in coverage, though it certainly is not his forte. He has a nose for the ball and good hands to make interceptions when the situation presents itself. He can get caught up in transition and isn’t as rangy as needed to play center field in the NFL, but it has been a consistent improvement in many of these areas for him. Ultimately, Tartt is a late round prospect with major upside. He can rotate as an in the box safety and he develops coverage skills and has the athletic upside to become a starter down the line.

WR Kevin White Emerging

October 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

One of the best parts of the NFL Draft Season is seeing prospects who were not on the public radar step up and begin to catch the eye of the public and rise up draft boards for teams doing evaluations. After such an incredible Wide Receiver class in 2014, the 2015 class has a lot to live up to and a new senior face is beginning to emerge as a potential first round pick, Kevin White of West Virginia. A transfer from a Lackawanna Community College in Scranton Pennsylvania, White immediately earned starts last season as a junior and has now become the go to weapon for the Mountaineer offense. Drawing comparisons from Larry Fitzgerald to DeAndre Hopkins, many are expecting Kevin White to follow up his amazing senior campaign with some star NFL performances. But how good is he as an NFL Draft prospect? Here is his scouting report breakdown:

Size:

White’s size will have NFL teams licking their chops. At 6’3 and around 210 pounds, White has the big body to box out opposing corners and work against bigger press corners. On top of the body size, White has huge hands and a big wingspan that creates an amazing range when the ball is thrown his way. As the NFL is looking to bigger corners, the WR position having someone to physically match up is becoming even more crucial and that is exactly what Kevin White brings to the table.

Athleticism/Speed:

Kevin White won’t wow anyone with his deep speed, he is likely a 4.55 type of player, but in combination with his size this makes for a dangerous athlete. There is a lot to like in terms of his athletic ability. He has a great vertical leap and utilizes a strong lower body to go up and snatch the ball from the air, especially during contested passes. His body control is phenomenal and can make some spectacular grabs. It also allows him to stay in bounds while catching the football and lay out for passes if need be. The ball doesn’t have to be perfectly thrown for him to make a play on the ball, which is an incredibly underrated trait at the next level.

Route Running:

This is probably the weakness for Kevin White at this point in his football career. He doesn’t run with the nimbleness and foot speed that is ideal for a WR, and many of his routes are run flatfooted which can slow down momentum when making cuts. There are some routes White runs well, namely streaks and curls, but he struggles to get separation on posts and ins, which could be a struggle in making the NFL adjustment. Despite the lack of precise footwork, White does run a decent route tree for the style of offense run at West Virginia. This should allow him to get up to speed quickly in the NFL and be implemented into a more complicated offense.

Catching:

White’s hands and catch radius has wowed NFL teams and his catching ability in general is a strength. He will drop the occasional pass, but the way he fights for contested passes and can make catches even with defenders hanging on him or trying to force the ball out. His catching technique, especially when open and not contested, is lacking however. He uses his body to secure passes plenty which can lead to drops or loss of acceleration when attempting to catch and run. This can create some difficulties in the pros when getting hit hard and defenders attempting to jar that ball incomplete. White often does better catching the tough passes than the easy passes.

After The Catch:

White is very tough to bring down by the typical corner or safety due to his size and strength. Though he doesn’t have great elusiveness, he has enough to power to punish someone for taking him head on. He does get caught from behind often on catches, and his lower body can get tangled in traffic. He will generally win going head on with corners and safeties, almost always falling forward upon contact and picking up extra yards. He isn’t afraid to stretch out for a first down or touchdown when needed.

Kevin White isn’t an elite WR prospect, but he is a very good one. His size and athletic ability give him a ton of professional upside and he should match up well against starting corners in the NFL. Many of the fundamentals in terms of footwork and catch technique still need work, but with coaching, he could become one of the best WRs in the NFL. He has had some games where he was shut down, namely the Oklahoma State game this year, but the potential is there. White is expected to be the top senior WR off the board in April and that will likely occur in the middle of the first round.

RB in the first round, is it worth it?

October 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

One of the topics that will be debated to no end this season is the value of the RB position in the current NFL. From 1964 to 2012, every single NFL Draft had at least one RB selected in the first round. After almost 50 years of consistent value for the position, the narrative on RBs has been changing. In both the 2013 and 2014 NFL Drafts, no RB was selected in the first round. As throwing is in vogue and creating space with the passing game becomes the norm, many teams are moving away from the workhorse RB and more toward a committee of RBs or specialized role for those players.

Even the RBs who have been workhorses this season, like DeMarco Murray and LeVeon Bell, are extremely active in catching the football and pass blocking. Many fans are starting to question how much a team needs to invest in the RB position now. With breakout players in the last few seasons coming from late round and undrafted players like Alfred Morris, Andre Ellington, Zac Stacy, Isaiah Crowell, and others, the general mindset of finding RB gems late seems as lucrative as drafting a first round RB. Also, the last elite RB prospect in the draft was Trent Richardson, who has been a gigantic bust. All signs points to waiting on RB until at least the 2nd round if not later.

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Even with evidence on the contrary, the ingredients of the 2015 are ramping up to have the RB position be very valued. First, RB has become a hole for a number of NFL teams like the Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings with recent off field events. Second, and most importantly, there is an elite talent at RB this year in Georgia’s Todd Gurley and some other intriguing RBs as well like Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, Alabama’s TJ Yeldon, and Indiana’s Tevin Coleman. Todd Gurley, recently suspended due to payment for autographs, has a similar look to Trent Richardson coming out of Alabama. He has a huge body that can take punishment at 6’1 231 pounds but still has the speed and athletic ability to avoid tackles and have breakaway speed. He catches and blocks well, seemingly the full package. Will a team like the Minnesota Vikings or Baltimore Ravens be willing to take Gurley in the first round? Or will all teams wait like the last two years?

There have been plenty of busts, but an elite RB can be a game changer for offenses. The 2007 draft brought Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch who have dictated their team’s offense for years. Lynch was a major factor in helping Seattle win a Super Bowl. As defenses continue to focus on sacrificing size for speed, there could be a push back to getting physical runners who can break tackles. There have been plenty of first round busts at the position from Cedric Benson to Chris Wells to Jahvid Best sometimes for talent but many times injury has been the factor due to the brutal beating of the position. That could lend to the theory of passing on the elite talent to ultimately draft later round runners and keep them fresh.
Ultimately, it appears to be safer and better if a team saves drafting RBs for later rounds and doesn’t make a huge investment with the injury and bust rate, but it won’t stop teams from trying for the upside. Todd Gurley will likely go in the top half of the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft and could prove a mistake if his straight legged running style leads to injury. The RB position certainly isn’t dead, but it’s value will continue to decrease and has already affected team’s approaches to the NFL Draft.

User Submitted Mock Drafts: 10/17

October 17, 2014 in OTC: User Mock Drafts

Here are three of my favorite Mock Drafts of the Week:

Mock 1, Lenny, New York Giants :

 

13: R1P13
DE SHAWN OAKMAN
BAYLOR

45: R2P13
OT CAMERON ERVING
FLORIDA STATE

77: R3P13
DT ARIK ARMSTEAD
OREGON

109: R4P13
WR KASEN WILLIAMS
WASHINGTON

141: R5P13
OLB XZAVIER DICKSON
ALABAMA

173: R6P13
ILB STEPHONE ANTHONY
CLEMSON

205: R7P13
S BRISON WILLIAMS
SOUTH CAROLINA

224: R7P32
WR TITUS DAVIS
CENTRAL MICHIGAN

 

Mock 2: Caleb, Cleveland Browns:

 

9: R1P9
DE RANDY GREGORY
NEBRASKA

15: R1P15
WR AMARI COOPER
ALABAMA

47: R2P15
S ISAIAH JOHNSON
KANSAS

79: R3P15
RB AMEER ABDULLAH
NEBRASKA

105: R4P9
WR STEFON DIGGS
MARYLAND

111: R4P15
G ARIE KOUANDJIO
ALABAMA

143: R5P15
DT CHUCKY HUNTER
TCU

175: R6P15
CB DESHAZOR EVERETT
TEXAS A&M

184: R6P24
C DALLAS LEWALLEN
WISCONSIN

207: R7P15
QB CHUCKIE KEETON
UTAH STATE

 

Mock 3: Patrick, Pittsburgh Steelers

 

10: R1P10
CB IFO EKPRE-OLOMU
OREGON

42: R2P10
OT SPENCER DRANGO
BAYLOR

74: R3P10
TE NICK O'LEARY
FLORIDA STATE

106: R4P10
CB QUANDRE DIGGS
TEXAS

138: R5P10
WR MATT MILLER
BOISE STATE

170: R6P10
RB JONATHAN WILLIAMS
ARKANSAS

202: R7P10
OLB MATT ROBINSON
MARYLAND

NFL Draft Recap: Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh

October 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh

The ACC is not shy at having Thursday night primetime national games and Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh was no different. The press box was filled at the start of gametime including 17 NFL Teams (Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans,) with 26 total NFL personnel. Three of those teams sent their General Managers in Pittsburgh’s Kevin Colbert, Minnesota’s Rick Spielman, and Buffalo’s Doug Whaley. The best players in the game may have actually been true sophomores with Virginia Tech CB Kendall Fuller (brother of first round rookie Kyle Fuller,) and Pitt offensive weapons WR Tyler Boyd and RB James Conner. That being said, there were plenty of seniors with potential to be drafted or at least get picked up on an NFL team, especially on the Virginia Tech defense.

Pitt Offensive Tackle TJ Clemmings (68)

Clemmings Gets off the snap well, but plays very high in stance. He doesn’t have the movement skills to handle speed rushers, but his long arms and frame are excellent with tons of potential. Clemmings started his Pitt career at Defensive Line and has shown great progress in his career. In this game, Pitt didn’t run offense toward him early, but as the game progressed they went back to the experience right side. Sealed a nice block for a James Conner TD in the 4th quarter and was wrecking in the run game throughout the game. A potential top 100 pick who could go even higher due to his upside.

Pitt Right Guard Matt Rotheram (74)

Rotheram is aggressive at the point of attack and uses his size to his advantage. Big man with power, but lacks the finesse in pass protection. Led the way on a James Conner TD run by crashing inside and sealing it for a big hole. Not going to pull much, but there is a lot of upside at 335 pounds and it could entice a team to sign him as an undrafted free agent.

Pitt Defensive End David Durham (44)

Good hand usage and good leverage. Keeps working and got a big sack in the first quarter. Undersized, but he has good leg strength and a solid swim move. Not going to scare anyone with his size (6’2 240,) but finds ways to get pressure and disrupt QB timing. Might not have the pro upside to be drafted, but could catch on with a team.

Pitt Free Safety Ray Vinopal (9)

Played back in Cover 2 a lot and played the deep zone if he read pass. Got eaten up by blocks when attacking the run, but solid in coverage. Went downhill after WR screen plays and runs where help defense was needed. Shows good burst and closing speed. He showed some good 1 on 1 coverage ability. This was one of Vinopal’s best games of his career as he forced Virginia Tech to respect him. Made a crushing downhill blow to essentially force a fumble in the flat. An ideal special teams player, Vinopal just doesn’t have the speed, arm length, and body to be drafted.

Virginia Tech Defensive End Dadi Nicolas, Junior (90)

Pitt ran offense away from him early, but he was showcasing closing speed and effort on run plays to the other side. Got pressure on the QB and usually used his speed and athleticism to get around Senior RT TJ Clemmings. Pitt was paying special attention to him, often double teaming but he couldn’t beat it. Read a WR screen and hustled to make the tackle. When Pitt ran to his side, he crushed Qb Chad Voytik. Showed power and speed as a potential professional DE. Top 100 player.

Virginia Tech Safety Kyshoen Jarrett (34)

Kyshoen Jarrett had an up and down game, but he is an intriguing prospect with a lot of upside. He got caught flat footed on Tyler Boyd TD and was out of position. Seems indecisive, wasting movement as he reads the QB juking back and forth in coverage, but did well reading and reacting to the screen game. He has pro athletic ability and can transition out of his back pedal very quickly. Jarrett seemed to shadow Tyler Boyd a bit presnap as the game progressed. Late in the first half, he tried to attack James Conner and got run over. There is some downside with Jarrett in the run game, but he is a intriguing playmaker in the Virginia Tech secondary.

Virginia Tech Safety Detrick Bonner (8)

Played in the box a lot in the game. Can whiff going low at times, puts his head down, but reads offensive blocking well and plays downhill. He is a solid athlete that plays with closing speed and good size. Maybe not great at anything, but good at everything and has some high potential.

Virginia Tech Left Guard David Wang (76)

David’s brother Ed was a Virginia Tech graduate and 5th round NFL Draft pick Little more finesse, but handled spin move of Darryl Render well and kept his hips lined up. Not super athletic and a bit dumpy with his movements, and got abused a few times in pass protection, namely on a Darryl Render sack in the 3rd quarter. He has a limited ceiling, but could end up a solid reserve with development.

Virginia Tech Center Caleb Farris (79)

Farris was very solid in the run game and moves his feet well. He may have some starting potential in a zone blocking scheme. Got to the second level pretty well but never dominated a defensive player, even LBs when he got his hands on them. Doesn’t have the anchor, but has the technique down. Reserve at the next level.

Virginia Tech Left Tackle Laurence Gibson

Gibson is a bit undersized having just bulked up to 297 pounds, but he is explosive and a ver good athlete. Often in this game he was used in space or moving to the second level. He doesn't have the best anchor in the run game and can make mental lapses, but his intriguing athletic profile with a huge wingspan and nimble feet make him an upside player at the NFL player.

Tyler Boyd had another impressive game where he burned top sophomore CB Kendall Fuller for a 53 yard TD catch in the first quarter and even threw a pass back to QB Chad Voytik for 29 yards. Fuller had his moments with some nice tackles on screens and Virginia Tech put him on an island against Boyd with success plenty. James Conner continues to run well at a hulking 250 pounds and forcing multiple defenders to take him down. Look for all three for the 2016 Draft!

Prospect Comparison: Dante Fowler Jr vs. Shawn Oakman

October 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

If the right underclassmen declare, 2015 could be an extremely strong draft in the pass rushing category. There will be all shapes, sizes, and fits available to NFL teams from the lightning quick 235 pounds tweeners to the hulking 280 pound maulers who can penetrate. Two of the top underclassmen that fit the latter variety are Florida’s Dante Fowler and Baylor’s Shawn Oakman. Both are physical freaks whose tools & potential will appeal to NFL teams.

Size:

Both players are absolutely humongous and have the size and arm length to be successful base ends. Fowler is listed at 6’3 and 261 pounds with a huge wingspan that he often uses to avoid engaging with blockers. His size is an advantage and also allows for some versatility since he could play OLB in some 3-4 pass rushing schemes. Shawn Oakman’s size is apparent when you first set eyes on the Baylor defense. He is listed at 6’9 280 pounds with hulking muscles and a wingspan that will entice NFL teams. Oakman has versatility of his own with the ability to play Left End, Right End, 3-tech, 5-tech, or even a 1 or 0-tech if needed. Despite Fowler’s versatility, the size of Oakman gets the nod.

Advantage: Shawn Oakman

Athletic Ability:

For their size, both players flash excellent athletic ability. Dante Fowler gets off the snap extremely quick with a good first step and a wide range. He keeps his hips open which allows for flexibility and makes it difficult to get your hands on him. Bigger than any RB, he is on a similar athletic playing field as them and able to chase RBs down and make tackles. Shawn Oakman has great athletic upside for his size and shows how low he can get at his height with great bend. He isn’t overly lumbering trying to stop the outside run and has excellent closing speed when rushing the quarterback. He can be tight hipped and can limit that athletic upside with how he locks himself. Oakman’s size advantage doesn’t make up for the athletic ability Dante Fowler brings to the table.

Advantage: Dante Fowler

Pass Rush:

Dante Fowler’s first step is one of the best in the country and with his body size, it makes it very difficult to engage him in a block. He can keep offensive tackles at bay with his long arms and rush that way. He has 2.5 sacks for the year but has gotten plenty of pressure this season. Fowler struggles at shedding blocks and when engaged he gets engulfed and taken out of the play on a regular basis. Against good competition like Alabama, he struggled to even make an impact due to this. Oakman has stepped into his first consistent starting role this year and flourished. He has 5 sacks this year and utilizes both a bull rush and dip to get to the quarterback, even collapsing the pocket through strength if he can’t shed the block. A lot of his opponents have not been able to physically match up with him. He also has 3 additional tackles for loss, one in ever game except one. His biggest struggles have also been against his best competition, namely TCU. Oakman was caught playing pretty tight and struggling against the athleticism of the Horned Frogs offensive line, but he still found moments of pressure. All in all, Oakman has been the better and more productive pass rusher this season and also looks like he has the most upside.

Advantage: Shawn Oakman

Against the run:

Oakman’s size would seem to make him the ideal run defender as he can stand up to any run defender. He does have trouble getting out in space and unless he gets penetration and can disrupt in the backfield. He does play physical and can usually take RBs down on his own. Fowler has more versatility and closing speed and is a terror at getting to the sideline and containing the run. He will be an excellent run defender in the NFL and seems to read and react well to the run vs. the pass. His size and athleticism helps, and he can usually track and follow RBs if they try to get outside. Fowler doesn’t collapse against inside runs much, but when he does he usually contributes to the tackle.

Advantage: Dante Fowler

Both of these players are potential Top 15 picks with a good combine, but I seem to lean to the physical and pass rush upside to the raw Shawn Oakman in a lot of ways. Both could contribute if they are placed in the right defense and have the athletic prowess to become stud NFL defenders.

User Mock Drafts: October 10th

October 10, 2014 in OTC: User Mock Drafts

Here are 3 of my favorite User Mock Drafts of the week:

Mock 1- Pierre, New York Giants:

 

16: R1P16

DE SHAWN OAKMAN
BAYLOR

48: R2P16

OT ERECK FLOWERS
MIAMI

80: R3P16

CB CHARLES GAINES
LOUISVILLE

112: R4P16

OLB ISHAQ WILLIAMS
NOTRE DAME

144: R5P16

ILB STEPHONE ANTHONY
CLEMSON

176: R6P16

S DANIEL FITZPATRICK
TENNESSEE STATE

208: R7P16

TE BRAXTON DEAVER
DUKE

224: R7P32

ILB KELBY BROWN
DUKE

 

Mock 2: Drew, Dallas Cowboys:

 

1: R1P21

DE MARIO EDWARDS JR.
FLORIDA STATE

53: R2P21
DE SHELDON DAY
NOTRE DAME

85: R3P21

CB DORAN GRANT
OHIO STATE

117: R4P21

QB SEAN MANNION
OREGON STATE

149: R5P21

OLB XZAVIER DICKSON
ALABAMA

216: R7P24

WR DEVIN SMITH
OHIO STATE

222: R7P30

S NICK PERRY
ALABAMA

 

Mock 3, Jessica, Tennessee Titans

 

4: R1P4

DT LEONARD WILLIAMS
USC

36: R2P4

QB BRETT HUNDLEY
UCLA

68: R3P4

CB RONALD DARBY
FLORIDA STATE

100: R4P4

WR DEVANTE PARKER
LOUISVILLE

132: R5P4

DE DEVONTE FIELDS
TCU

164: R6P4

S JERMAINE WHITEHEAD
AUBURN

196: R7P4

RB MALCOLM BROWN
TEXAS