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2015 NFL Draft: Senior Bowl Weigh-in Notes

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

I’m not in Mobile, Alabama for this year’s Senior Bowl practices, but I will be following along with my colleagues in attendance, and with the NFL Network’s TV coverage. This morning the festivities kicked off with the weigh-ins, and in many ways this may be the most crucial part of the week. Many teams and evaluators (myself included) have thresholds for height, weight, hand size, and arm length depending on the player’s position. For full weigh-in results you can check in over at draftbreakdown, but here are some of my thoughts on today’s results. (more…)


2015 NFL Draft: Five Potential East-West Shrine Game Picks for the Browns

Monday, January 19th, 2015
Syracuse left tackle Sean Hickey could be a fit at guard for the Browns (Photo: syracuse.com)

Syracuse left tackle Sean Hickey could be a fit at guard for the Browns (Photo: syracuse.com)

DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

I spent the early part of last week in St. Petersburg, Florida, enjoying Ohio State’s National Championship Game victory, and soaking in East-West Shrine Game practice sessions. I stood in for two of each team’s practices, and watched the game this past Saturday afternoon. The contest was a snooze fest, but I was still able to get a solid idea of which players will potentially be available for the Browns in the middle-to-late rounds of the upcoming NFL Draft. Here are five who I think could contribute early. (more…)


Bowl Game Roundup Part V: New Year’s Eve’s Eve’s Eve (12/29)

Monday, December 29th, 2014
Clemson pass rusher Vic Beasley is a top ten talent in this year's draft class (Photo: 247sports.com)

Clemson pass rusher Vic Beasley is a top ten talent in this year’s draft class (Photo: 247sports.com)

DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

As much as I enjoy doing these bowl previews, this will probably be the last one in this particular format. With work and personal commitments amping up this week, and considering that I’ll need to make some time to actually watch some of these games, trying to write up 18 more of these bowls is just not going to be possible. Blame The Man for holding me down. Blame the NCAA for plopping bowl games down in the middle of the afternoon on weekdays (I mean, it’s almost like these games are planned for people who are on extended breaks from an obligation like, I don’t know, school…Oh). Blame anybody, blame nobody. Honestly, I’m surprised I made it this far before I had to tap out. Rest assured, I won’t be neglecting the remaining bowls. I’ll be previewing games on the weekly NFL Draft podcast at tshq.co, and I will have a special look at Sugar Bowl playoff matchup between Alabama and Ohio State later this week at FirstRoundGrade.com. I’ll be sure to post the links, so stay tuned, and follow along on twitter (@afc2nfc). In the meantime, he’s a quick rundown of the three games scheduled for the last Monday of 2014. (more…)


Bowl game Roundup Part IV: Almost Halfway There

Saturday, December 27th, 2014
Nebraska pass rusher Randy Gregory is projected to be a top five draft pick this spring (Photo: bigredfury.com)

Nebraska pass rusher Randy Gregory is projected to be a top five draft pick this spring (Photo: bigredfury.com)

DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

Five more games on the bowl schedule today, and we still aren’t even at the halfway point. But we are gradually starting to see more and more NFL talent on the field with each game. Today’s first one doesn’t offer much in the way of 2015 NFL Draft prospects, but the the other four contests feature a few of the top running backs in college football, a pair of talented junior receivers, and some interesting battles in the trenches. Here’s a look at what’s on tap for Saturday. (more…)


Bowl Game Roundup Part III: Christmas Hangover (12/26)

Friday, December 26th, 2014
Central Florida receiver Breshad Permian is expected to declare for the NFL Draft after Friday's bowl game (Photo: Joshua C. Cruey\Orlando Sentinel)

Central Florida receiver Breshad Permian is expected to declare for the NFL Draft after Friday’s bowl game (Photo: Joshua C. Cruey\Orlando Sentinel)

DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

It’s been a fun bowl season so far. We’ve seen a few intriguing one-on-one matchups, some prolific passing performances, and a pair of furious comebacks that fell just short. The marquee games don’t start heating up until next Wednesday, but there are a few enticing clashes on the slate this weekend. Friday is a little light on NFL talent, but while you nurse your post-Christmas hangover and get ready to ring in the New Year, here are some of the draft prospects you can check out the day after Santa drops by. (more…)


Bowl Game Roundup Part II: The Nights Before Christmas (12/22-12/24)

Sunday, December 21st, 2014
Rice receiver Jordan Taylor has made a number of acrobatic catches this season (Photo: brownsvilleherald.com)

Rice receiver Jordan Taylor has made a number of acrobatic catches this season (Photo: brownsvilleherald.com)

DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

In putting together Saturday’s roundup, I left off Utah running back Devontae Booker. This wasn’t intentional – I suppose he just hadn’t left much of an impression on me in the couple of games I watched during the season – but he made the oversight look silly with a 162-yard rushing performance in a blowout win over Colorado State. Booker’s vision as a runner left me feeling cool earlier this year, but he did pile up 1512 rushing yards, 43 catches, and 12 total touchdowns in his lone season at the FBS level. Considering that he is expected to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft, I’ll be sure to keep a close eye on him when I watch the Utah/CSU game back on the tape (read: DVR). For now, let’s look ahead to the next round of bowl games. Before Santa drops off the toys, we’ll have five more bowls in the books, including the first one ever played in the Bahamas. Not a bad holiday trip for a pair of 7-5 teams. Here’s a look at the days and nights before Christmas. (more…)






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