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Season 23 Draft News

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Season 23 Draft News

Post by Mattanite on Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:23 pm

Week 1:
"QB Riley Brockel is the son of a legendary high school football coach"
SMLE Draft Expert: A potential superstar in the making, will coaches fall in love with his intangibles over QB Zach Mili's raw talent? A good combine will shatter the impression he's just a statue in the pocket with an above average arm.
Combine Review: 5.7 - Brockel turned in the reasonable combine for a pocket passer, whilst he didn't flash, there were also no red flags and it was good to see at least some mobility and the highlight was seeing his great vertical, if only that would help a QB in the nfl...
Current Draft Prediction: Top5 Pick

Week 6:
"Down and out - ruptured pectoral ends collegiate career of Penn DT Sanchez Middleton, will require surgery"
SMLE Draft Expert: Missing key time in the college season will surely impact Middleton's draft stock and slow his development.
Combine Review: 5.7 - Sanchez managed to make it back from injury in time for the combine where he put up decent numbers enough to be drafted but not good enough to recover his stock. Some good speed, burst and agility shown but was it enough?
Current Draft Prediction: Falls to between rounds 3 to 5

Week 8
"Critical safety - RE DeMarcus Phinisee forced and incredible safety late in Wisconsin's game that helped seal the victory"
SMLE Draft Expert: Phinisee looks like the next Julius Peppers. Good college tape and possessing veteran style pass rush moves will only look better if he turns in a decent combine. Queston is, has he nearly peaked already?
Combine Review: 7.0 - Phinisee turned up and put on a monster show, showing super human strength, crazy agility and great burst in the drills. Everyone lined up ready to be wowed by his 40 but the Achilles heel to Phinisee's potential was discovered as he put up a 5.04s 40, visibly slowing over the second half. Likely pushed him into the middle of the first round as scouts are asking him to move inside the DL. 
Current Draft Prediction: Picks 10 to 20

Week 10
"Record Shattered - WR Kawai Lynch snags 15 passes en route to a big victory and the teams single game reception record"
SMLE Draft Expert: Lynch looks like a big play highlight receiver. Whilst the game film doesn't show a burner he has decent hands, a big body and his quick mind eats film.
Combine Review: 7.3 - Lynch did everything everyone expected. He showed up, looked good in the gauntlet and showed above average leaping ability and agility. He's not a burner and it showed with some likening his boom or bust potential to Laquon Treadwell. 
Current Draft Prediction: Top16 Pick

Week 11:
"Dedicated to finish - Louisville standout CB Tuni McMahon will forgo his senior season choosing instead to pursue his MBA in hopes of one day representing himself in the NFL".
SMLE Draft Expert: Whilst McMahon was considered a Top15 pick there is enough tape on him to cement his 1st round standing. Combine is key to prove if he's a lockdown corner or not.
Combine Review: 7.0 - The time away from football did little to slow McMahon down showing good speed and great agility. The time off did reflect in his bench press and broad jump where some muscle conditioning might have been lost. Good show moves him up the draft board. 
Current Draft Prediction: Picks 10 to 20

Week 12:
"Block and release - Tulane LG Josh Klein rebounds with 4 pancake blocks in victory after dismal performance last week"
SMLE Draft Expert: Buyer beware on Klein, whilst the highlights look good and the physical ratings are off the charts, some have questioned his love of the game, effort and mental ability.
Combine Review: 6.2 - Klein almost managed to prove his doubters wrong with a good Combine. The burst, agility and strength were all there but not enough to alleviate fears about his motor and mind.
Current Draft Prediction: Rounds 2 to 4

Week 15:
"The Year of Defense - Auburn FS Javian Meriweather joins the exclusive club of Heisman winning defensive players after taking the trophy home this week."
SMLE Draft Expert: I'm sure some draft other draft experts will exclaim how rare this is, "let me say it again, he's a defender, and he won the Heisman" for instance. There's no doubt Meriweather is a superstar playmaker on D and ready to take it to the house but his lack of size and in the box skills make some question his value in the first round. 
Combine Review: 7.1 - Meriweather officially looks like the next Ed Reed. Turning in the fastest 40 of his group and showing decent agility and strength some of the concerns about his run support were quelled. Look for him to make a push into the top 10 with new rival Ali. 
Current Draft Prediction: Top10


Superbowl/College All-Star Game
"King of the Skies - With 2 INTs and smothering pass coverage, SS Bradley Ali is named MVP of the College All-Star Game"
SMLE Draft Expert: The play-making ability of Ali was never under scrutiny, but his consistency was, the All-Star game has proven his high potential and coverage consistency as the next likely great deep field enforcer. 
Combine Review: 6.8 - While Meriweather showed off his all around skillset, Ali looked like he'd been studying Rambo. Straight line speed and a crunching hit, he's the antithesis of Meriweather and scouts are drooling over his ability to make a WR hear footsteps. 
Current Draft Prediction: Top10

"Uncoachable? - After a public dispute with the coaching staff, Texas WR Ray Sears slips in the latest mocks"
SMLE Draft Expert: Sears likely has the physical tools and natural hands you crave in a WR but the locker room disruption he could bring would likely slow his route tree development in the NFL. 
Combine Review: 6.7 - Sears is further hurt by a very good overall WR class but did enough to stop slipping any further. Decent agility and burst with a great 4.34s 40 means he could work his way onto an NFL roster in the special teams unit and rotating with the WRs. All is not lost yet. 
Current Draft Prediction: Rounds 2 to 4

"Beastly looking at the All-Star Game - ROLB Frank Jones had one of the best All-Star games among linebackers, finishing with over a dozen tackles with several in the backfield"
SMLE Draft Expert: Jones demonstrated his wicked lightning quick hands that will likely translate quickly into the NFL, look for comparisons to Von Miller if he turns in a solid combine. 
Combine Review: 7.4 - Confirmed, Von Miller has cloned himself. He could be even faster, stronger, more agile than the original. 245lb, 4.53s 40, 28reps bench and insane 3 cone/20yrd shuttle. Lookout QBs!!!
Current Draft Prediction: Top10

Combine
"The Workout Warrior - MLB Sherard Carter looked like one of the stronger linebackers at the Combine, excelling in the bench press and broad jump"
SMLE Draft Expert: Carter embodies the Pitt attitude as he flies around the field, a true general on D. Expect him to hit hard and hit often, nothing his escaping this tackle machine.
Combine Review: 7.2 - The great film and superb Combine have everyone talking like this guy is the next Patrick Willis. Great 40, superhero agility, strong and quick. While Burrough might have almost matched Carter drill for drill, Carters pedigree and hit stick tackles separate his value. 
Current Draft Prediction: Top10 Pick

"Skillfully Slow - RT Rafael Hinton has to be embarrassed after running the slowest 50 of any skill position at the Combine this week"
SMLE Draft Expert: Hinton has a nasty streak and can hit D linemen in the mouth but he's also painfully slow and stiff on film which leads to him being abused by speedy rushers.
Combine Review: 5.1 - Hinton did not do enough to quell the fears he's a statue on the line which limits his draft options to run first teams looking for a bully. 
Current Draft Prediction: Rounds 3 to 5

"Combine Report: DB Class - Aming DBs, Florida State CB Curry Dyer had one of the worst Combine performances, showing lack of hip control among other issues"
SMLE Draft Expert: Dyer looked like a top CB prospect, especially with McMahon out but some poor film and a stiff combine has some questioning whether he's a football player or just an athlete.
Combine Review: 6.3 - Dyer rocked the Combine with a 4.26s 50 and decent vertical but his poor bench press and average agility could slow his development as big receivers go through him, tall receivers go above him and quick receivers go around him. He'll have the 1 trick speed receivers locked though. 
Current Draft Prediction: Rounds 1 to 2

"Lacks Reach - TE Lewis Ball had issues reaching for passes thrown high during receiver drills at the Combine"
SMLE Draft Expert: Ball put together some stunning college tape with great body catches and acrobatic saves but the combine has questioned whether he's a natural hands catcher. 
Combine Review: 5.7 - Ball did well at the Combine putting together solid well rounded numbers and showed some fantastic agility and burst. But in the gauntlet he proved he was a body catcher which so QBs will be slow to trust him on leading throws. 
Current Draft Prediction: Rounds 2 to 4


Last edited by Mattanite on Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:02 pm; edited 9 times in total (Reason for editing : Update Combine)
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Re: Season 23 Draft News

Post by warrior9674 on Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:33 pm

Nice one Matt, you can make my picks for me

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Re: Season 23 Draft News

Post by Bishbosh1985 on Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:09 pm

Good stuff Matt

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Re: Season 23 Draft News

Post by Mattanite on Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:14 pm

I was so tempted to write draft profiles for Hugh Niswanger and Curry Willy...
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Re: Season 23 Draft News

Post by zill_kills on Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:14 pm

well done Matt appreciatted
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Re: Season 23 Draft News

Post by Mattanite on Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:29 pm

Bump Week 15
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Re: Season 23 Draft News

Post by FraserOliver17 on Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:29 pm

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Re: Season 23 Draft News

Post by Bartell on Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:00 pm

Class Matt
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Re: Season 23 Draft News

Post by Mattanite on Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:02 pm

Bump for combine review
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Re: Season 23 Draft News

Post by Mattanite on Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:17 am

Hey guys. There's a DT with no combine score, have I missed an injury storyline or something? Help needed.
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Re: Season 23 Draft News

Post by FraserOliver17 on Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:52 pm

No mate. Think he just elected not to participate
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Re: Season 23 Draft News

Post by dwevans on Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:29 pm

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Re: Season 23 Draft News

Post by Mattanite on Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:43 pm

A great unknown for a 2nd round pick...
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