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2015 NFL Draft Week Four Roundup

Thursday, 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. (more…)


2015 NFL Draft Week Three Roundup

Thursday, September 18th, 2014
Things are starting to click for Baylor pass rusher Shawn Oakman (Photo: dallasnews.com)

Things are starting to click for Baylor pass rusher Shawn Oakman (Photo: dallasnews.com)

DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

Football is getting exhausting. Not the actual game itself, but the totality of the subject matter. This week, amid the clustercuss of off field issues plaguing the NFL, reigning Heisman winner and resident rocket scientist Jameis Winston, shouted a vulgar phrase within earshot of enough social media savvy students that the incident became a national headline. The phrase (Google it if you care) is based on some internet meme, which I’m sure is just hilarious; but regardless of intent, it’s decidedly disrespectful to women. This is a player who’s been the subject of a (botched) rape investigation and who is currently under the school’s code of conduct microscope for that same allegation. Look, I was no choir boy in my early 20s. And perhaps many college students bellow similar phrases to Winston’s. That would be ever so much fun, I’m sure. But maybe the guy should be a little more thoughtful from here on out, lest his prospective future employers decide he is not worth the headache. After all, the NFL is facing a bit of a public relations nightmare these days. If you hadn’t heard. On to this week’s roundup.

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2015 NFL Draft Week Two Roundup

Friday, September 12th, 2014
Running back Ameer Abdullah rescued Nebraska from a possible upset last weekend (Photo: journalstar.com)

Running back Ameer Abdullah rescued Nebraska from a possible upset last weekend (Photo: journalstar.com)

DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

Week Two of the college football season began last Thursday with Arizona visiting Texas-San Antonio, and few could have guessed that it would turn out to be the best matchup until well into Saturday afternoon. The weekend’s early slate presented a perfect opportunity for me to grab a late breakfast and take a leisurely stroll with my wife (an easy way to score brownie points during a long football season), and I still settled in with enough time to watch Nebraska avoid a huge upset at the hands of McNeese State. I eventually watched the game in its entirety a few days later, and this week’s notes will kickoff with the player who saved the Cornhusker’s bacon that day… (more…)


2015 NFL Draft Week One Roundup

Thursday, September 4th, 2014
West Virginia receiver Kevin White had a strong performance against Alabama last weekend (Photo: wvusports.com)

West Virginia receiver Kevin White had a strong performance against Alabama last weekend (Photo: wvusports.com)

DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

Week Two of the college football season gets underway tonight, so we’ve had a few days now to digest the early action from the long Labor Day weekend. With an eye toward next spring’s NFL Draft, I watched as many games as I could, jotted down some notes, and formulated a few red hot takes. It’s something I plan to do on a weekly basis (give or take. We’ve all got lives to lead) throughout the regular season. I’ll start by highlighting five players – good or bad – and close with some miscellanea to get as many thoughts out each week without boring anyone to tears. Here’s a look at some of my takeaways after the first slate of games.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Texas A&M Aggies

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Cedric Ogbuehi moves from right to left tackle for Texas A&M this season (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Cedric Ogbuehi moves from right to left tackle for Texas A&M this season (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

College Station, Texas has been the epicenter of FBS football for the past two seasons as Johnny Manziel took the nation by storm. Texas A&M’s Heisman-winning quarterback left two years of eligibility on the table and entered the 2014 NFL Draft, where he was chosen 22nd overall by the Cleveland Browns. Aggies Head Coach Kevin Sumlin is rid of the Manziel circus, but has also lost one of the best offensive players in college football history. Faced with an incredibly tough act to follow, sophomore Kenny Hill takes over at quarterback, where he and a veteran offensive line will need to score enough to compensate for a defense that allowed 30 points or more in eight of the Aggies’ 13 games. Here’s a look at the top, draft-eligible prospects returning for Texas A&M this season.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Wisconsin Badgers

Monday, August 18th, 2014
Melvin Gordon (#25) no longer has to share the load with Montee Ball and James White (Photo: badgerherald.com)

Melvin Gordon (#25) no longer has to share the load with Montee Ball and James White (Photo: badgerherald.com)

DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

Long time coach Brett Bielema left Wisconsin for the SEC after the 2012 season, and was replaced by former Utah State Head Coach Gary Anderson. Under their new leader, the Badgers started 3-2 – both gut-wrenching defeats – before salvaging their season with a six-game winning streak. In the end, Wisconsin missed a chance for its third straight Big Ten Championship, and wound up losing the Capital One Bowl to South Carolina. Thanks to conference realignment, the Badgers no longer have to contend with Ohio State or Penn State in their division, and the schedule sets up nicely for another berth in the Big Ten title game. Here’s a look at the top, draft-eligible prospects who try to make that a reality this coming season.

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