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2014 NFL Draft Prospect Debate: Who’s the Better Value?

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

 

Kelvin Benjamin is just as or more physically dominant than Mike Evans, but is his value really 20 picks lower because he struggles with drops? (Photo: US Presswire)

By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer

We are about to head into a turbulent time in the NFL Draft landscape where we judge prospects on rumors, film and measureables (if that’s even a word). It can be tough to gauge whether a prospect is actually worth the selection they are projected to be picked at. Sometimes the perceived value of two similarly talented prospects diverges to the point where they are slotted to go a full three rounds apart.

Whether its a blazing 40 time or a bad week in interviews we can overreact easily. That’s not to say its all for not and it certainly makes for interesting debates. Kind of like now. The following is a list of pairs where two prospects with similar skill sets, but differences in reputation and therefore value, are compared. I actually prefer all the prospects with a lower grade in this exercise, but the subject is fully open to debate.

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Greg Robinson Scouting Report

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Prospect: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 320
Grade: 7.95 (Grading Scale)

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Legion of Boom: 2014 Prospects Who Fit the Super Bowl Champs Prototype

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Calvin Pryor isn’t as big as Kam Chancellor but brings the same intensity and hard hitting ability as the Seahawks safety (Photo: US Presswire)

By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer

While Super Sunday was anything but in terms of being an entertaining and competitive game, it might have answered an age old question. Which is better, a dominant defense or potent offense? If you take the Seahwaks victory as a barometer it seems the prior. That’s certainly what most of the media would have you believe in the immediate aftermath of the game, a time where overreaction trumps reality. That being said it’s clear that the Pete Carroll led defense in the Pacific Northwest utilized a particular blueprint to counteract the rise of the passing game. Like any successful scheme it relies on the personnel available, but what gets Carroll and GM John Schneider league wide respect is the process they followed to build a team around a philosophy.

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Sammy Watkins Scouting Report

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Prospect: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 205
Grade:  7.8 (Grading Scale)

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2014 NFL Draft: FCS (and below) Prospects To Watch

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Jimmy Garoppolo hails from Eastern Illinois, which also produced Tony Romo. Can he also become a franchise level QB? (Photo: US Presswire)

By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer

Most fans, and even some scouts, think that NFL talent can only come from big, traditional schools like Alabama, Texas or Ohio St. What about those that aren’t even FBS schools? No way right? Tony Romo, Marques Colston, Vincent Jackson, Jared Allen, Jahri Evans, Victor Cruz and Joe Flacco are all current players who will tell you something different. Want to include former NFL stars? The list expands to names like Walter Payton, Terrell Owens, Larry Allen, Michael Strahan and someone named Jery Rice.

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2014 NFL Draft Stock Update: Who’s Rising?

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Tre Mason, who helped lead the Auburn Tigers to the BCS Title Game, has run his way into the first round discussion (Photo: US Presswire)

By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer

Even though most prospects don’t go through fundamental changes in their talent level or skill set during the year, their stock certainly fluctuates like it does. The same phenomenon occurs in finance as stock prices surge and dip daily despite very little actually changing at the company level. It’s a little different scenario when you’re dealing with evaluating people like us draftniks do, but that is part of the fun. The bowl season is over and the All-Star or Senior circuit is just underway, so let’s take a look at whose stock has risen the most recently. (more…)


2014 NFL Mock Draft: Postseason Edition

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Blake Bortles capped a great season with a big bowl victory, and potentially a big pro pay day (Photo: USPresswire)

By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer

It’s that time of year again. Draft season is heating up. The nation’s focus may still primarily be on the playoffs, but for scouts and draftniks things are about to The draft landscape is fluid and some of the landmark events like the combine and Senior Bowl will play a role but let’s do our best job guessing what could happen. (Draft order used is prior to the first round of the playoffs)

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