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NFL Draft Preview: San Diego Chargers (Pick 1.3): Should An OT Be Atop Their Wish List?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

2016 Selection – 3rd Overall

Last Year’s First Round Pick – RB Melvin Gordon (1.15)

Overview
The offseason was filled with drama about a potential move to Los Angeles and whether or not QB Philip Rivers was willing to make the move with them.  For at least one more year the team will not be joining the Rams in LA, though that will be a consistent story line throughout the season (most likely).

On the field the team is coming off a disappointing season.  With a 34-year old quarterback you can argue that the team needs to start looking towards the future which they have, to an extent.  Gordon should be significantly better than he was in his rookie season and the team has added a top young WR (Keenan Allen) as well as additional weapons (Travis Benjamin).  Protecting/opening holes for their skill players is going to be paramount, but does falling to third in the draft eliminate their opportunity to do so in the first round? Read more

NFL Draft Preview: Cleveland Browns (Pick 1.2): Is It A Lock That They Select A QB?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

2016 Selection – 2nd Overall

Last Year’s First Round Pick – NT Danny Shelton (1.12)

Overview
Talk about a mess, it just seems to be one “issue” after another in Cleveland (some of the things they do seem so bizarre, like bringing in Paul DePodesta, formerly of the New York Mets).  That said, it seems like they are ready to clean the slate and get a fresh start (and it will be interesting to see if a new, more analytical, approach works).  While cutting QB Johnny Manziel was likely the biggest story of the offseason, naming Hue Jackson head coach may have been the biggest move the team made.  Obviously his hiring won’t mean much if the team doesn’t have the talent to thrive, though. Read more

NFL Draft Preview: Tennessee Titans (Pick 1.1): Tackle, Corner Back or Trade, That Is The Question

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

2016 Selection – 1st Overall

Last Year’s First Round Pick – QB Marcus Mariota (1.2)

Overview
Most times we’d be talking about who the top quarterback in the draft is, but having used the second overall selection on Mariota in ’15 that obviously isn’t part of the discussion…  That’s assuming that the team holds onto the first pick, though what likely would make the most sense would be to trade the selection to a QB needy team looking to leapfrog the Browns in order to secure the top quarterback on their draft board (likely North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).  They also could get some action from a team looking to get a top offensive tackle, though it’s hard to imagine team’s giving up a bounty for that.

Biggest Needs

  1. Offensive Tackle
  2. Cornerback

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NFL Draft Sleeper: Could RB Marshaun Coprich Emerge As A Draft Day Steal?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Marshaun Coprich of Illinois State is a name rising up draft boards as NFL.com recently described him by saying:

While he lacks height, he does not lack a willingness to make a living among the wide ­bodies as a zone-scheme runner. He has the elusiveness and burst to gain yards on the NFL level, but he is more of a volume­-carry runner than a change-of-pace back. Coprich has pass-catching potential and some kick returning in his background which could help his cause”

He posted an impressive workout at the Combine, with a 4.47 40 yard dash (fifth fastest among RB).  It help to back up his gaudy numbers over the past two seasons.  In 2015 he rushed for 1,967 yards (2,274 in ’14) and has 50 TD over the past two seasons.  He also showed he can catch the football (33 receptions), which adds to his appeal. Read more

NFL Mock Draft (2016) v3.0: Ezekiel Elliot Lands In Philadelphia & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The free agent market has quieted down significantly, but in its wake has been significant changes to our Mock Draft.  There are going to be a lot more changes to come, as there continued to be offseason maneuvering, but let’s take a look at how things currently shake out:

1) Tennessee Titans – OT Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
Ideally the Titans are going to trade this pick to a team desperate for a quarterback, but if they can’t do that they will likely select a rock for the offensive line to help protect Marcus Mariota.

2) Cleveland Browns – QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota State
With the team ready to move on from Johnny Manziel, there’s little doubt that the Browns are going to look for a new franchise QB. Who they put the highest grade on, between Wentz, Jared Goff and Paxton Lynch, should ultimately be the selection here. For now it looks like Wentz tops the list of available QB. Read more

NFL Mock Draft (2016) v2.0: The Impact Of The Free Agent Frenzy

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The first wave of free agents signings have come and gone, leaving significant changes to how things shape up heading into the draft.  There are going to be a lot more changes to come, as there continued to be offseason maneuvering, but let’s take a look at how things currently shake out:

1. Tennessee Titans – OT Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
Ideally the Titans are going to trade this pick to a team desperate for a quarterback, but if they can’t do that they will likely select a rock for the offensive line to help protect Marcus Mariota.

2. Cleveland Browns – QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota State
With the team ready to move on from Johnny Manziel, there’s little doubt that the Browns are going to look for a new franchise QB.  Who they put the highest grade on, between Wentz, Jared Goff and Paxton Lynch, should ultimately be the selection here.  For now it looks like Wentz tops the list of available QB. Read more

NFL Mock Draft (2016) v1.0: Bosa Lands In Dallas & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

This is our first stab at projecting the 2016 NFL Draft, but there’s a lot of time and likely going to be a lot of things between now and draft day.  That’s why we are going to be updating this every week or two for now, with more frequent updates as the draft gets closer.

With that in mind, let’s take a look:

1. Tennessee Titans – OT Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
Ideally the Titans are going to trade this pick to a team desperate for a quarterback, but if they can’t do that they will likely select a rock for the offensive line to help protect Marcus Mariota.

2. Cleveland Browns – QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota State
With the team ready to move on from Johnny Manziel, there’s little doubt that the Browns are going to look for a new franchise QB.  Who they put the highest grade on, between Wentz, Jared Goff and Paxton Lynch, should ultimately be the selection here.  For now it looks like Wentz tops the list of available QB. Read more

NFL Prospect Report: Will C.J. Prosise Be Able To Make An Impact In The NFL?

by Ray Kuhn

In 2012 C.J. Prosise entered Notre Dame as a three-star recruit who had played safety and wide receiver in high school. After red-shirting his first season in South Bend he was used as a full time receiver in 2013, while also spending time on the special teams unit.

Prosise caught just seven passes for 72 yards, and at that point he was still a work in process. In 2014 we began to see his potential as he played in all 13 games, starting six, and caught 29 passes for 516 yards and two touchdowns while being used predominately out of the slot. Perhaps more importantly for his NFL future was the 11 special teams tackles.

Instead of building on his performance as a receiver Prosise showed his versatility by moving to running back for 2015. Injuries soon thrust the red-shirt junior into a starting role and he flourished. Read more

NFL Prospect Report: Is Alex Collins Primed To Make An Immediate Impact?

by Ray Kuhn

Alex Collins finished his college career with a flourish, rushing for 185 yards and 3 TD in a victory over Kansas State in the Liberty Bowl. Leaving Arkansas after his junior season, he carried the load this season but the question still remains as to whether he can be an every down back at the next level.

What is clear is that the 5’11”, 206 pound running back does have a future in the NFL. His size may cause him to drop in the draft, but it is hard to argue with his track record. Let’s take a look at his body of work with Arkansas:

  • 2013: 190 carries, 1,026 yards, 4 TD
  • 2014: 204 carries, 1,100 yards, 12 TD
  • 2015: 271 carries, 1,577 yards, 20 TD

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NFL Prospect Report: Could Alabama’s Kenyan Drake Carve Out A Niche In The NFL?

by Ray Kuhn

When people think of the Alabama backfield Derrick Henry quickly comes to mind and the attention the Heisman Trophy winner is receiving is warranted. That said Kenyan Drake, who brings a vastly different style, should not be ignored.

While Henry is a between the tackles, control the game dominating running back, Drake is the perfect complement. The latter fell through the cracks, in a sense, during his college career. It is logical as he possesses a different, but very valuable skill set.

The NFL is a different place than it was even five to 10 years ago. No longer do teams simply rely on one bell-cow running back, with most backfields being a collaborative effort. That is how someone like Drake, who projects to only have about 10-15 touches per game (like a Shane Vereen or Charles Sims), could be drafted anywhere between the second and fourth round this April. Read more