April 22nd, 2014
Brent Urban, the next Canuck in the NFL? (photo hamptonroads.org)
By: Josh Keatley
Everyone loves a bargain, and when the NFL Draft arrives every team will be looking for the next big steal. One way of finding a draft day steal is by selecting a prospect purely based off of potential. This is a word that is passed around often towards players that do not have much experience. In today’s NFL we are seeing more and more guys like Ezekiel Ansah, Jimmy Graham, and Margus Hunt being selected higher based largely on their athletic ability and the high ceiling that they possess. When evaluating Brent Urban, it is important to focus on what he will become and not what he is. Read the rest of this entry »
April 21st, 2014
Darren Page, DLD Lead Scout
Once all the information and misinformation gets sorted out, there are always prospects who are truly raising their draft stock. Despite the consternation towards the actual existence of draft stock, it probably is a real thing. Gauging it is something else entirely.
But why does it exist? Recency bias towards new information that is gleaned from the combine, pro days, medical examinations, and interviews plays a big part. It’s up to the masses to decipher whether or not too much of an emphasis is being put on new information. Sometimes, new information isn’t new at all but reinfornces things that should have already been known.
Let’s take four names that, if they haven’t raised their stock in recent days, have at least gotten more run in the media. Is the cream rising to the top, or is it something that just happens to float? Read the rest of this entry »
April 18th, 2014
(AP Photo/Herald Journal, John Zsiray)
Prospect: Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah State
Height: 5’9 ½ “
Grade: 6.85 (Grading Scale)
Strengths: Smooth, efficient athlete with excellent balance and body control…strong instincts and route anticipation, very quick to read the receiver and react accordingly…attacks screens and edge runs, reads them quickly…effective hit-and-wrap tackler…excellent at positioning his body along the sideline and forcing receivers off their intended path… Read the rest of this entry »
April 17th, 2014
It’s the peak of speculation season, and that leads to some nonsensical discussions and circular arguments where draft pundits attempt to leave themselves wiggle room on either side of an issue.
I find myself guilty of this at times too, and quite frankly it disgusts me. Have some confidence and authority to your opinions instead of sniveling behind the keyboard and changing your opinion when the prevailing winds alter course!
In that spirit, here are ten definitive statements I am comfortable making about the 2014 NFL Draft. I’d rather be boldly wrong than feebly correct. I strongly encourage y’all (hey, I lived in Texas!) to develop some testicular fortitude and do the same. Read the rest of this entry »
April 16th, 2014
Prospect: Rashaad Reynolds, CB, Oregon State
Grade: 6.22 (Grading Scale)
Strengths: Fluid athlete with loose hips and ankles, can change direction on the fly…stays on his toes and is quick to react…natural feel for off-man and press-bail coverage…alert and aggressive with the ball in the air Read the rest of this entry »
April 16th, 2014
This year, Detroit Lions Draft offers a cumulative ranking for each position.
These are a combination of numerical rankings from founder/editor Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) and Lead Scout Darren Page (@DarrenPage15).
In order to make a ranking, one of the evaluators must have broken down at least three games from the 2013 season, or have enough of a prior background to offer an educated opinion. Read the rest of this entry »