Posts Tagged ‘Scouting Reports’

2015 NFL Draft Prospect To Watch: Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
Stephone Anthony is one of the top inside linebacker prospects in this year's draft class. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

Stephone Anthony is one of the top inside linebacker prospects in this year’s draft class. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

One of many talented players on the 2014 Clemson Tigers defense, Stephone Anthony has the chance to be the second player drafted among them—behind projected top-10 pick Vic Beasley—in the 2015 NFL draft.

Anthony played both middle and outside linebacker for the Tigers this past season, and helped Clemson’s defense become one of the most feared in not only the ACC, but the entire country.

At the NFL Scouting Combine, Anthony was one of the top performers at his position. He measured in at 6’3″ and 243 pounds, and had some of the event’s best testing times, including a 4.56-second 40-yard dash, as demonstrated by mockdraftable.com.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect To Watch: Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State

Monday, April 6th, 2015
Jay Ajayi could be the third running back selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Casey Sapio — USA Today Sports)

Jay Ajayi could be the third running back selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Casey Sapio — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

Despite the recent devaluation of running backs in the NFL and on draft day, the 2015 NFL draft’s crop offers many talented runners who can make instant impacts.

Todd Gurley of Georgia and Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin seem to be the consensus top two running backs in this year’s draft, and their talents garner first-round consideration. The third spot, which remains much more inconclusive, should belong to Jay Ajayi of Boise State.

Ajayi, a junior, is the only player in Football Bowl Subdivision history with 1,800 rushing yards and 500 yards receiving in one season. He finished his final season with a stat line of 347 rushing attempts for 1,823 yards and 28 rushing touchdowns, and 73 receptions for 771 yards and four receiving touchdowns.

He performed well at the NFL Scouting Combine, in fact posting comparable measurables to Gordon and Gurley, according to MockDraftable.com.

Ajayi brings a bulky frame to the field, and stands at 6’0″ and 221 pounds.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect To Watch: Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE/OLB, UCLA

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
Owamagbe Odighizuwa is one of the 2015 NFL Draft's best at putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. (Photo: Robert Hanashiro — USA Today Sports)

Owamagbe Odighizuwa is one of the 2015 NFL Draft’s best at putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. (Photo: Robert Hanashiro — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

He might be best known for his name, but Owamabge Odighizuwa should be recognized for his talent on the field and future in the NFL. An athletic freak out of UCLA, “Diggy” wreaked havoc against offenses this year and put himself in the conversation to be one of the top pass-rushers selected in the 2015 NFL draft.

Odighizuwa recorded six sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss in his senior season, and put on an impressive showing at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. He ran a 4.62-second 40-yard dash with a 1.61-second 10-yard split, an impressive time given his 6’3″ height and 267-pound frame.

Odighizuwa played both defensive end and outside linebacker in UCLA’s base 3-4 defense.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect To Watch: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
DeVante Parker is set to be a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft, but is he worthy of comparisons to the draft's other top wide receivers?  (Photo: Jamie Rhodes — USA Today Sports)

DeVante Parker is set to be a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft, but is he worthy of comparisons to the draft’s other top wide receivers? (Photo: Jamie Rhodes — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

DeVante Parker’s senior season didn’t start out the way he wanted it to. Coming off a great 2013 season, he broke a bone in his foot that caused him to miss the first seven weeks of the season.

However, when he returned, Parker made an instant impact and finished with impressive numbers—43 receptions, 855 yards, and five touchdowns—despite appearing in only six games. He was extremely productive and proved to be valuable, providing help to the Louisville offense in multiple facets of the passing game.

Parker has good measurables and a lean frame. He measured in at 6’3″ and 209 pounds, and ran a 4.45-second 40-yard dash, at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect To Watch: Paul Dawson, LB, TCU

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
After a breakout senior season, TCU's Paul Dawson has emerged as one of the 2015 NFL Draft's top linebacker prospects. (Photo: Kevin Jairaj — USA Today Sports)

After a breakout senior season, TCU’s Paul Dawson has emerged as one of the 2015 NFL Draft’s top linebacker prospects. (Photo: Kevin Jairaj — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

The connotation of the word “linebacker” has changed within the past few years. As more and more teams are using linebackers as pass-rushers and putting them on the line of scrimmage with their hand in the dirt, it has created a need for distinction between edge linebackers and off-the-ball linebackers.

TCU’s Paul Dawson fits the latter category as a traditional, stand-up linebacker. He has the potential to be one of the first off-ball linebackers selected in the 2015 NFL draft.

Listed at 6’2″ and 230 pounds by TCU’s official athletics website, Dawson is a former high school wide receiver and junior college transfer who has made a significant impact on TCU’s defense. He was the only player in the Football Bowl Subdivision with 100 tackles, five sacks, and four interceptions in 2014.

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