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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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2015 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Clemson Tigers

Sunday, August 17th, 2014
Clemson pass rusher Vic Beasley (#3) surprised many analysts by returning for his senior season (Photo: the sportsaga.com)

Clemson pass rusher Vic Beasley (#3) surprised many analysts by returning for his senior season (Photo: the sportsaga.com)

DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

In 2013, Clemson started the season with a rousing primetime win over Georgia on opening weekend. The Tigers rattled off five more wins in a row and moved up to number three in the nation before being routed by eventual National Champion Florida State. Clemson finished the regular season schedule with ten wins, and defeated Ohio State in the Orange Bowl to cap off a second consecutive 11-2 finish. Head Coach Dabo Swinney has now led the school to three consecutive double-digit win totals, and two straight bowl victories. But now mainstays Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins and Brandon Thomas – among others – have moved on to the NFL. Swinney and company will be breaking in new starters at quarterback and other key skill positions, but on the plus side the Tigers return a number of talented defensive players. Here’s a look at some of the top, draft-eligible talent on the roster this fall. (more…)


2015 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: USC Trojans

Sunday, August 17th, 2014
USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams could be one of the first players drafted in 2015 (Photo: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams could be one of the first players drafted in 2015 (Photo: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

USC stood 3-2 through five games when the school fired Head Coach Lane Kiffin and replaced him on an interim basis with Ed Orgeron. The Orgeron-led squad went 6-2 down the stretch, and earned an invite to face Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl. It wasn’t enough to earn Orgeron the permanent gig however, as he was passed up in favor of former Washington coach and USC offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. Sarkisian had returned the Huskies program to respectability during his stint, but he never topped eight victories as a head coach. The bar will be raised significantly in Los Angeles, but he’ll have a number of key veterans returning to help him meet those expectations. Here’s a look at the top, draft-eligible Trojans on campus this year. (more…)






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