- March 17, 2018 at 1:54 pm #35778
Hey guys, thought we’d reach out to provide you guys with an opportunity to write this year’s NFL Draft Player Profiles. We are going to be reaching out to some of the top analysts in the country to help with these, but sometimes the best experts are in your own back yard.
If you have an interest in writing and/or a hometown hero that you’ve been watching for year’s that is a 1st or 2nd round prospect in the upcoming NFL Draft, we want to give you the chance to participate. All we really care about are the offensive stars, but if you want to write about Defensive or Offensive lines, have at it!
All the guys below will need writeups. We’ll start marking them off the list as we receive them.
1. Josh Allen, Wyoming – Done by Matt Brandon
2. Sam Darnold, USC – Done by Matt De Lima
3. Josh Rosen, UCLA – Done by Matt De Lima
4. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma – Done by Matt De Lima
5. Lamar Jackson, Louisville – Done by Mark Morales-Smith
6. Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State – Done by Mark Morales-Smith
7. Kyle Lauletta, Richmond – Done by Mark Morales-Smith
8. Luke Falk, Washington State – Done by Mark Morales-Smith
9. Mike White, Western Kentucky – Done by Mark Morales-Smith
10. Chase Litton, Marshall – Done by Matt Brandon
1. Saquon Barkley, Penn State
2. Derrius Guice, LSU
3. Sony Michel, Georgia
4. Ronald Jones II, USC
5. Rashaad Penny, San Diego State
6. Nick Chubb, Georgia
7. Nyheim Hines, NC State
8. Mark Walton, Miami (Fla.)
9. Kerryon Johnson, Auburn
10. Royce Freeman, Oregon
11. Bo Scarbrough, Alabama
1. * Calvin Ridley, Alabama
2. * Jordan Lasley, UCLA
3. James Washington, Oklahoma State
4. * Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
5. * D.J. Moore, Maryland
6. * Courtland Sutton, SMU
7. Dante Pettis, Washington
8. D.J. Chark, LSU
9. DaeSean Hamilton, Penn State
10. Michael Gallup, Colorado State
11. Equanimeous St. Brown, Notre Dame
1. Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State – Done by Matt Brandon
2. * Mark Andrews, Oklahoma
3. * Hayden Hurst, South Carolina
4. Mike Gesicki, Penn State
5. * Jordan Akins, Central Florida
6. Ian Thomas, Indiana
7. Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin
8. * Ryan Izzo, Florida State
9. Durham Smythe, Notre Dame
10. Tyler Conklin, Central Michigan
- March 19, 2018 at 1:09 pm #36042
QB Josh Allen:
Standing at six-feet, five inches tall, Allen’s rise to stardom was quick and prominent. After a mediocre high school career, he didn’t receive any offers from FBS programs and decided to test his luck at Reedley Community College. Allen showed tremendous promise in 2014, tossing 26 touchdowns while averaging 285 passing yards and 66 rushing yards per game in his only season at Reedley. At this point in time, Allen was approached by Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl, who transformed Carson Wentz (a small school quarterback prospect) into the No. 2 pick of the 2016 NFL Draft and eventual Super Bowl champion. Allen transferred to Wyoming but broke his collarbone in 2015 and didn’t play much even while healthy. In 2016, Allen stepped up and started 14 games for the Wyoming Cowboys, leading them to the Mountain West Conference Championship game. He finished the year with a 28-to-15 touchdown-to-intercepetion ratio while completing 56 percent of his pass attempts for 3,203 yards. It was a solid season but there were question marks surrounding his accuracy and effectiveness as a true passer. In 2017, the injury bug caused Allen to miss a few games, though he still managed to throw 16 touchdowns and limited his interceptions to just six.
Allen has the perfect body to be a quarterback in the National Football League and one of his greatest strengths is his incredibly strong arm. His size allows him to escape the pocket and he’s more mobile than most quarterbacks in the NFL. Allen excels on double moves and pump fakes due to his strong arm and can thread the needle as well as any other quarterback in this draft class. The biggest knock against Allen is his low completion percentage and the occasional erratic throws he makes when on the run or under pressure. He’s got a cannon but could use a bit more finesse when throwing certain routes and has a lot of room to increase his football IQ. He certainly has room for improvement when it comes to reading the opposing defense. Allen would ideally be better situated in a position where he can learn from a veteran for a few years before becoming the team’s starter (Tyrod Taylor). He still has a lot to learn about the pro game and although he has experience in a pro-style offense, he’s a long way from being NFL-ready. Ultimately however, Allen still should be drafted with the first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. However, if the Browns select Barkley, the Giants (Pick 2) and Jets (Pick 3) would both benefit from a strong cannon like Allen’s in the winds of Jersey.
- March 19, 2018 at 5:38 pm #36086
Nice rundown on Allen! I keep hearing how he has all the goods as the next Wentz, but I can’t get past that accuracy when he doesn’t bring the skills of a Lamar Jackson to the table.
- March 19, 2018 at 7:59 pm #36091
As one of the top tight ends in the 2018 draft class, Goedert has strong hands and a huge vertical leap that will have fans falling in love with him. This kid has made some absolutely terrific acrobatic catches over the past few years and it’s easy to see his basketball roots by the way he leaps for receptions. The South Dakota native is a better receiver than blocker but he has the size, strength, and speed to have a successful professional career. As a Junior, he produced 92 receptions for 1,293 yards and 11 touchdowns and gained national attention, proving that he can work all three levels of the field and is terrific at using his body, athleticism, and balance to position himself in front of defenders (not to mention his in-air adjustments). He is quick enough to gain separation even on the short and intermediate patterns and is above average at gaining yards after the catch. As a Senior, the South Dakota native caught 72 passes for 1,111 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Though there is no denying his immense skill set, there are three things scouts may be concerned about regarding Goedert. One question will surely be about the kid’s ability to outperform bigger and faster players after playing in such a weak division? Goedert also doesn’t seem to have more than one gear when running routes. It would behoove him to learn to switch gears and to run with a crisp edge when moving laterally. Lastly, there are some questions about his in-line blocking ability. That being said, this kid has the natural born strength, speed, and size to excel in the NFL. It won’t happen immediately but it will happen so long as he keeps his head in the game and remains motivated. I’d expect him to be one of the first three tight ends selected off the board.
- March 20, 2018 at 1:47 pm #36159
You know who Josh Allen reminds me of? Jay Cutler. When Cutler came out, he was a really highly-praised guy from a non-traditional football school but we see how that turned out. Just my observation
- March 20, 2018 at 1:50 pm #36160
Everybody is looking for the next Carson Wentz. Allen might be it, but I also keep hearing reports that he’ll be the first QB off the board.
- March 21, 2018 at 5:59 pm #36334
QB Chase Litton, Marshall
- Height / Weight: 6’5 – 232 pounds
- Projected Round: 4-7
- Potential Landing Spots: ARI, BUF, DEN SF, KC, NO
- Compares To: Byron Leftwich
Analysis: Marshall’s Chase Litton is a very talented pocket quarterback. You won’t see him evading a ton of sacks or rushing around the edge for first downs like Lamar Jackson, but this kid knows how to move the chains with his arm and is talented at throwing on the run. He’s got a very quick release, is accurate and possesses an incredibly strong arm yet also understands how the game is played just about as well as any quarterback in this draft class. Litton could improve in pre-snap situations, and will need to learn how to better read the opposing defense and to create space for his receivers by not locking onto his target and instead looking off defenders and using pump fakes. He needs to work on his decisiveness when under pressure and stay away from making unnecessary throws. In 34 games at Marshall, Litton completed 60.8 percent of his pass attempts to the tune of 8,335 yards, 72 touchdowns and 31 interceptions. The biggest knocks on Litton are his lack of speed, his need to improve his footwork and his off-the-field issues (there have been quite a few). He also threw 11 interceptions over his last six games in college. I foresee Litton as a boom or bust type of player. If he can improve his balance and avoid throwing off his back foot, he could very well have a future in the NFL. He just needs a veteran teacher to show him how the game is played in the National Football League.
- April 5, 2018 at 11:40 am #38567QB Sam Darnold, USCHt-Wt: 6’3″ – 221 lbs.Combine: 4.85 40, 6.96 3 coneProjected Round: Top 3Compares to: Andrew LuckAnalysis: Darnold has good size and has never missed a game due to injury. He moves well in the pocket and can extend plays. Darnold is the least experienced of the top quarterbacks with only 24 starts. He turns 21 soon. As a freshman in 2016, Darnold completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,086 yards, 31 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He was inconsistent in 2017, with a 63 percent completion rate, 4,143 yards, 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. (by Adam Ronis)Video Highlights
- April 5, 2018 at 12:23 pm #38570QB Josh Rosen, UCLAHt-Wt: 6’4″ – 226 lbs.Combine: 4.92 40, 7.09 3 coneProjected Round: Top 5Compares to: Trent GreenAnalysis: Exceptional mechanics, footwork and delivery of the football. Lacking in arm strength but he can still make most every throw. Tall but very lean, needs to add some muscle. Limited escapability. Below average athleticism. Injuries have been a problem. Sometimes waits for a guy to get open rather than anticipating he will be open. Plenty of experience in a pro-style offense and taking snaps under center. Keeps his eyes downfield and can hold and deliver the pass when the pocket collapses. Doesn’t put a lot of mustard on his throws, tries to place it sometimes rather than just letting it rip. Loft on throws will lead to picks. Good pocket feel and awareness. Steps up into pocket well. Holds onto ball for too long and allows overconfidence lead to poor decisions.Video Highlights
- April 5, 2018 at 1:12 pm #38579QB Baker Mayfield, OklahomaHt-Wt: 6’1″ – 215 lbs.Combine: 4.84 40, 7.0 3 coneProjected Round: Top 8Compares to: Jeff GarciaAnalysis: Fiery competitor. Quickly diagnoses plays. Good leadership. Above-average accuracy. Quick feet and moves well to elude pressure. Undersized. Below average mechanics and can be sloppy with footwork. Plays with a type of fast, nervous energy at times. Can extend the play and find the open man on broken plays. Relied on spread offense to get playmakers outside, since offensive line towered over him and limited passing windows. Too often throws off back foot or without setting his feet at all. Over the top with trash talking and playing with a chip on his shoulder. Often only asked to only scan one half of the field. Improved year to year in college.Video Highlights
- April 6, 2018 at 12:57 pm #38715
QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville
Weight: 216 lbs
Projected Round: 1-2
Compares to: Mike Vick
Potential Landing Spots: BUF, AZ, JAX
Analysis: Jackson was Heisman Trophy winner in college with undeniable talent. However, he’s been tied down to the stereotype of the running quarterback. Many question his ability to adjust and stay healthy in the NFL while others are struck by his athleticism and upside.
- Written by Mark Morales-Smith
- April 6, 2018 at 1:01 pm #38716
QB Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma St.
- Height: 6’4
- Weight: 235 lbs
- Projected Round: 2-3
- Compares to: Dak Prescott
- Potential Landing Spots: BUF, AZ, JAX, DEN, MIA
- Analysis: Rudolph is everyone’s sleeper quarterback this year. With guys like Tom Brady and Dak Prescott in the league everyone is always searching for the late-round steal. Nonetheless, he has a lot of work to do. His college career was impressive but he will need to prove he can read a defense, go through his progressions and perform under pressure from defensive fronts.
Written by Mark Morales-Smith
- April 6, 2018 at 1:02 pm #38717
QB Kyle Lauletta, Richmond
- Height: 6’3
- Weight: 222 lbs
- Projected Round: 5
- Compares to: Chad Pennington
- Potential Landing Spots: NE, BUF, MIA, NYG
- Analysis: Lauletta is viewed as an intelligent competitor who lacks the arm talent NFL teams look for. He fits the mold of a solid backup that can step in for a few games if a starter goes down. His arm strength will prevent him from ever being a top guy in the league.
Written by Mark Morales-Smith
- April 6, 2018 at 1:03 pm #38718
QB Luke Falk, Washington State
- Height: 6’4
- Weight: 215 lbs
- Projected Round: 4
- Compares to: Sam Bradford
- Potential Landing Spots: BUF, NO, AZ
- Analysis: The big concern with Falk his durability and mindset after taking a beating at Washington State. His decision making has been brought into question as well. However, he’s got an NFL arm, quick release and intangibles.
Written by Mark Morales-Smith
- April 6, 2018 at 1:04 pm #38719
QB Mike White, Western Kentucky
- Height: 6’5
- Weight: 224 lbs
- Projected Round: Round 4
- Compares to: Zach Mettenberger
- Potential Landing Spots: BUF, AZ, DEN
- Analysis: White was constantly under fire last season at Western Kentucky. The line couldn’t protect him at all. His greatest strength may be his biggest weakness. The arm talent is undeniable on film, but he also tends to rely too heavily on that talent and it hurts him in other areas of the position.
Written by Mark Morales-Smith
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