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2015 NFL Draft Week Seven Roundup

Thursday, 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. (more…)


2015 NFL Draft Week Six Roundup

Thursday, 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. (more…)


2015 NFL Draft Week Five Roundup

Thursday, 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. (more…)


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…)






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