2015 NFL Draft Week Nine Roundup

October 31st, 2014
Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato should soon crack the top 10 in FBS career passing yards (Photo: huntingtonquarterly.com)

Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato should soon crack the top 10 in FBS career passing yards (Photo: huntingtonquarterly.com)

DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

On Tuesday, word surfaced that an anonymous scout had wondered whether Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was the “alpha male” an NFL team would want in a quarterback. “Like, if you punched him in the stomach, he might apologize to you.” It wasn’t hard to predict the reaction of twitter’s expansive NFL Draft following. Scoffing and scorn ensued, with many people shouting down the notion that Mariota’s personality should have any bearing on his NFL outlook. It was akin to the response Mr. Anonymous Scout received last spring when he questioned Teddy Bridgewater’s pro day, need to wear gloves, and yes, even Teddy’s disposition. Why, on God’s green Earth, is it so astonishing that a potential employer might factor in personality when making a hiring decision? The NFL is unlike other jobs in many ways, but in selecting personnel, an interviewer for any business will decide whether they like the interviewee or not. In the NFL, some teams will prefer a mobile QB, while others may favor a more traditional pocket passer. Some may want fiery leadership, while others opt for a quiet, “lead by example” type. Personal preference will always be part of the equation, so why a person might react to Anonymous Scout’s take as though his daughter’s honor has been questioned is beyond me. But I sure do find it entertaining. At any rate, here’s this week’s roundup.

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2015 NFL Draft Week Eight Roundup

October 24th, 2014
Indiana running back Tevin Coleman is second in the nation in rushing yards per game (Photo: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports)

Indiana running back Tevin Coleman is second in the nation in rushing yards per game (Photo: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports)

DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

I had the privilege last Saturday of sitting down to watch football (and enjoy a few beers) with two respected members of the football and scouting community: Jeff Risdon of Real GM, Bleacher Report, and Detroit Lions Draft, and Consensus Draft Services Director of HBCU Scouting Bill Carroll. Talking with these gentlemen always proves educational, and it was exciting to see that we were on the same page about a number of well-known 2015 NFL Draft prospects. While we chatted, the three of us were also treated to a number of big game performances, and a thrilling finish to the Florida State/Notre Dame game. This week’s roundup features some nuggets from the roundtable, a couple of hot takes, and of course, a few of my own observations. Read the rest of this entry »


2015 NFL Draft Week Seven Roundup

October 16th, 2014
Colorado State tackle Ty Sambrailo could ultimately emerge as a surprise first round pick (Photo: coloradoan.com)

Colorado State tackle Ty Sambrailo could ultimately emerge as a surprise first round pick (Photo: coloradoan.com)

DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

I’ve taken some ribbing in the past for choosing to watch watch Ohio State face-off live against mild competition instead of opting for more attractive match-ups in the same time slot. But my weekend viewing rule of thumb is “choose the game you’re most interested in,” so naturally I’m most invested in the team of my Alma Mater. With the Buckeyes on a bye last weekend, I was free to watch what I though would be two intriguing games in the noon and 3:30 PM Eastern time slots. Instead of gritty intra-conference slugfests, I was treated to two clunkers, as Georgia, minus Todd Gurley, routed Missouri, and Oregon went on the road and smoked a flailing UCLA team. All was not lost though. Both Mississippi teams continued to excite, and a late game between Mountain West foes opened my eyes to an offensive line prospect with top-40 overall potential. We’re about halfway through this 2014 college football season, and that much closer to the 2015 draft. Here’s this week’s roundup. Read the rest of this entry »


2015 NFL Draft Week Six Roundup

October 9th, 2014
Ohio State's Michael Bennett had his best showing of the year against Maryland last Saturday (Photo:Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports)

Ohio State’s Michael Bennett had his best showing of the year against Maryland last Saturday (Photo:Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports)

DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

Week Six of the season was college football at it’s best, as the second, third, fourth, sixth and eight ranked teams suffered gut-wrenching defeats. Of the losers, only Alabama, which fell from third to seventh, clung to a spot in the top ten. This weekend’s action is nothing to sneeze at either. Number two Auburn visits third-ranked Mississippi State and number nine TCU heads Baylor to face the fifth-ranked Bears. The schedule also features a matchup of two of the top quarterbacks eligible for the 2015 draft. College football is hitting it’s stride. But before we move forward, we must revisit the past, and rundown the draft-related happenings of the mayhem that began last Thursday night. Read the rest of this entry »


2015 NFL Draft Week Five Roundup

October 2nd, 2014
UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley put on a clinic in last Thursday's win over Arizona State (Photo:Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports)

UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley put on a clinic in last Thursday’s win over Arizona State (Photo:Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports)

DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

Now five weeks deep into the college football season, we’re starting to see more 2015 NFL Draft rankings surface. Now, I understand there is some demand for this sort of thing. A lot of people love to click on links and read items that they almost certainly know will lead to an argument. “How can you rank so-and-so over this-player-from-the-college-I-attended-who-I’m-going-to-pretend-I-can-be-objective-about?” We see things like that all the time, and that’s fine. Those rankings help pay the bills for some of the better-known rankings producers, and I like to take a glance too. But other than fun factor, the rankings don’t mean much because they’re certain to change and they’re fluid and evaluators haven’t seen this school or that school play. I don’t have rankings yet. I probably won’t for a long while. But I do have some favorites emerging. If you’ve followed along, you already know I’m very high on West Virginia receiver Kevin White, and in this week’s roundup, I’ll kick things off with a few more players who’ve really impressed me early in the season. Followed of course by the usual assortment of draft notes. Read the rest of this entry »


2015 NFL Draft Week Four Roundup

September 25th, 2014
Mississippi State junior quarterback Dak Prescott will remind some people of former Heisman winner Troy Smith (Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

Mississippi State junior quarterback Dak Prescott will remind some people of former Heisman winner Troy Smith (Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

My live viewing was limited last week as I traveled back to Columbus, Ohio to celebrate my grandma’s 90th birthday. There are few reasons I’d miss almost an entire college football Saturday without complaint, but that one makes the short list. Upon returning to my digs, I was able to scramble through a few games early in the week, and I came away pleasantly surprised by one raw quarterback, and disappointed in a well-regarded (for his on-the-field performances, anyway) defensive back. I also couldn’t resist mentioning my favorite wide receiver for the third time in four weeks. And no, it’s not Amari Cooper, but the numbers are similar. On with the roundup. Read the rest of this entry »






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