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Exclusive Interview with Clemson TE Jordan Leggett

Written by Justin Melo on March 15, 2017

Just before the Clemson pro day occurs tomorrow, I had the opportunity to speak with their starting TE Jordan Leggett. Having won the National Championship this season, the Clemson pro day is sure to attract a large crowd as they possess a number of impressive prospects. Plenty eyes will be on Leggett, who will be running the 40 yard dash for the first time after not doing so at the combine. In this exclusive interview, we discuss a strange encounter that Leggett was faced with at the combine, his fit at the next level, and much more. Some video analysis is also included. Enjoy.

Thanks for taking the time to speak with us Jordan.

Leggett: Oh yeah, no doubt sir.

With the combine now behind us, I imagine that’s an event you looked forward to for months, maybe even years. How would you summarize your experience, and (read more…)

More Than Just Power: Why Samaje Perine Can Be a Three-Down NFL RB

Written by Nicholas McGee on March 13, 2017

There is an argument traditional power backs do not fit in today’s NFL.

With concerns over the durability due to their physical style and the league’s shift towards offenses reliant on the passing game and stretching the field, power backs are looking increasingly out of place.

That poses something of a conundrum for a couple such runners in the draft, Leonard Fournette and Samaje Perine. There are legitimate concerns over whether Fournette can hold up as a three-down back at the next level, while Perine has received little attention, his presence in the class overshadowed by that of his Oklahoma teammate Joe Mixon.

But Perine does not come with the off-the-field issues of Mixon and has what it takes to be just as effective in the NFL, albeit in a different way.

With Carlos Hyde having largely impressed with the 49ers and – more notably – LeGarrette Blount racking up (read more…)

Budda Baker: When talent trumps size

Written by Justin Melo on March 13, 2017

It’s no secret that NFL teams and scouts alike covet big, physical players. Turn on just about any general manager introductory press conference of the last several years, and you’ll hear similar claims from them all: they’re looking for big, tough, smart, physical, coachable, team-first players. But the numbers show that teams have been willing to ignore size when it comes to drafting defensive backs, and with good reason.

Just under a year ago, SB Nation published this article on how NFL teams are shying away from small wide receivers, but not necessarily small defensive backs. It stated for every sub-6’0 WR picked in the first five rounds, six sub-6’0 defensive backs are being selected. That sentiment rang especially true during the 2016 NFL Draft, when 17 sub-6’0 defensive backs were selected in the first five rounds, versus just three sub-6’0 wide receivers in the same rounds.

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Exclusive Interview with Washington EDGE rusher Joe Mathis

Written by Justin Melo on March 2, 2017

With the combine now officially underway, Washington EDGE rusher Joe Mathis took time out of his vigorous training schedule to sit down with me for an exclusive interview. Mathis is one of the more slept on edge rushers in this class, and we discussed the combine of course, his preferred position at the next level, what he’ll tell teams that may question his ability to stay healthy, and more. Some video analysis is also included. Enjoy.

We’re here with Washington EDGE rusher Joe Mathis. Thanks for joining us today Joe.

Mathis: I appreciate your time sir.

My pleasure. With the on-field combine drills about to get underway, how have you been preparing both physically and mentally?

Mathis: I’ve been working hard preparing for the combine since November. I start my day off at 6 am with my workouts and I don’t come home until (read more…)

Exclusive Interview with Charlotte DL Larry Ogunjobi

Written by Justin Melo on February 27, 2017

With the combine just days away, defensive line prospect Larry Ogunjobi took time out of his busy training schedule to speak with us. The former Charlotte 49er leaves the program for the NFL with an impressive 29.0 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks to his name. Among other topics discussed, Ogunjobi spoke about his mindset entering the combine, disputing the notion that football players are “dumb,” and more. Enjoy.

We’re here with Charlotte DT Larry Ogunjobi. Thanks for taking the time to speak with us Larry. With the combine just days away, how have you been preparing?

Ogunjobi: I’m trying to excel at everything, I’m just out here working hard, trying to perfect my craft.

Is there a drill in particular that you’re expecting to perform especially well in?

Ogunjobi: The plan is to really just do well at all of them. I want (read more…)

Virginia Tech WR Isaiah Ford and the Art of Body Control

Written by Nicholas McGee on February 15, 2017

Complete receivers are very difficult to find and, in this year’s draft class, there is perhaps only one player who could be described as such in the form of Western Michigan’s Corey Davis.

Davis is the most well-rounded wideout in the draft, though many consider Mike Williams of Clemson to be the top pass-catcher available.

Like most of the receivers in the class, Williams excels in one area in particular rather than in every facet of his game. His size allows him to physically dominate defenders and make contested catches on a consistent basis.

Virginia Tech’s Isaiah Ford shares this knack for winning the fight for contested balls but, rather than relying on physicality and catch radius, Ford is a reliable target because of his body control, which also enables him to haul in inaccurate passes, often in spectacular fashion.

Unlike Williams, Ford is not receiving first-round hype but, though (read more…)

Exclusive Interview with Arizona SS/LB Paul Magloire:

Written by Chris Nicolaou on February 14, 2017

Let’s start with your earlier years; you’re a JUCO guy who played at Arizona Western in Yuma. Talk about that journey and what led to your decision to attend there.

Magloire: I switched positions to strong safety and coaching changes. I worked hard at it and learned a lot. At spring ball, scouts saw me. I got interest from Arizona and then got tons after that.

You led the Matadors to a 11-1 record as a second team all American who had 101 tackles, did you ever think you’d get recruited?

Magloire: That was the goal. Make it to a big time school. I had faith in myself and I worked really hard.

When you got recruited by Arizona, what position did they recruit you to play for the Wildcats?

Magloire: At first, strong safety. I played strong safety until week six of this season. Injuries happened to linebackers and (read more…)

2017 NFL Draft: Pre-Combine Top 50 Big Board

Written by Jonah Tuls on February 7, 2017

The 2017 NFL draft is near, and my latest big board of the top 50 prospects before February’s Scouting Combine features both risers and notable cuts. Feel free to yell at me on Twitter if you hate my rankings. Let the games begin!

1. Myles Garrett, EDGE, Texas A&M – The consensus number one player in this draft possesses a rare blend of power, bend, and hand usage. He is the perfect mold for a right defensive end in a 4-3 defense.

2. Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama – An elite inside linebacker prospect who can play all three downs at a high level. His ability to come downhill, sort and finish through traffic, and cover ground sideline to sideline puts him in the upper echelon of linebacker prospects.

3. Jamal Adams, S, LSU – Adams is a missile coming downhill, but he is also able to control his aggression and make (read more…)

Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon not invited to 2017 Scouting Combine

Written by Bryan Perez on February 3, 2017

One of the top running back prospects in the 2017 NFL draft, Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon, is feeling the repercussions of his 2014 arrest when he was caught on camera punching a female student in the face.  The victim suffered four fractured facial bones.

As a result, Mixon will not be invited to attend this year’s scouting combine.

NFL teams received final combine invite list. Among those not invited: Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon and Baylor WR Ishmael Zamora, per sources.

— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 3, 2017

The NFL implemented a rule last year that allowed for players with violent histories to be barred from participating in the event.

Some saying Mixon & Zamora combine non-vites don't fit the new NFL rule, but here's what NFL dot com posted on that last year

— Justin Higdon (@afc2nfc) February 3, 2017

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Jonathan Allen vs Solomon Thomas: Do you want a Ferrari or a Bugatti?

Written by Lorin Cox on February 3, 2017

It’s a good year to be picking at the top of the NFL draft if you’re in need of help along the defensive line. The 2017 class is headlined by a pair of blue-chip prospects that have sparked plenty of debate in the mystical world of Draft Twitter and beyond. Alabama’s Jonathan Allen was long the consensus top lineman coming out, but as more and more analysts got around to watching Stanford tape, Solomon Thomas quickly entered the conversation and took the crown from the SEC standout.

One thing is overwhelmingly clear with these two — you can’t go wrong. Much like DeForest Buckner and Joey Bosa last year, both of them are elite defensive line prospects that deserve to be drafted in the Top 10, and both are more than capable of widely successful NFL careers in a variety of schemes. Preference between the two will likely vary by (read more…)

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