We’re still a ways away from solving training camp battles, understanding rookies’ roles and plans from coaching staffs and navigating through the remainder of free agent signings and training camp cuts. But with rookie drafts already starting up and to provide a starting point for rookie expectations, I’ve ranked the top 50 rookies in terms of […]
Historically, quarterbacks picked after the third round haven’t found much NFL success. Sure, there are outliers like Tom Brady and Marc Bulger who are quickly groomed into plus NFL starters despite being Day 3 picks. But for the most part, fishing for a starting QB after the second or third round is a fruitless exercise.
Over the last ten years of working as an evaluator in some shape or fashion, with the last five years being under the Optimum Scouting name, I wanted to thank some of the fantastic individuals I’ve had the privilege of working with.
With six NFL teams along with other professional league scouts, the Dream Bowl began to build on positive momentum the last two years that Optimum Scouting has been a part of it. Having multiple teams attend and seeing their efforts rewarded by finding small school talent for their rosters is a great step forward for […]
Every year the draft shakes out much differently than we expect. The draft boards of NFL teams differ significantly from the draft analysts in the media and that leaves us thinking some teams are significant winners and others blew their picks. In reality most teams end up falling somewhere in between. Even so, here are […]
15 quarterbacks were selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, a total that more than doubles the 7 quarterbacks that were taken last year. The first two selections, Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, were more than expected, but the rest of the quarterback class shook out in interesting fashion.
After 253 picks, these players are still available. Top prospects include Duke’s Jeremy Cash, Michigan State’s Jack Allen, Baylor’s Jay Lee, Harvard’s Anthony Fabiano and Ohio State’s Jalin Marshall.
During the draft, followers may quickly judge where a player is selected based on a value pick or a reach while not focusing on the big picture of how the player will fit into his new team. After analyzing all the selections from Day 2 of the draft, these eight selections stood out to me […]
While quarterbacks aren’t on included on this list, surprising names like Connor Cook and Cardale Jones slipped to Day 3 of the draft, some of our favorites like Tavon Young, Alex Collins and Kenneth Dixon are still available for Day 3 as well. Here’s our Top-200 Players left for Day 3 of the draft.
While Day 2 of the draft is five times harder to project than the first-round, I’ve done my best to match teams and players, focusing on what I’ve heard, value and need, in that order. There’s an asterisk next to the team-player fits I’m most confident in, 12 in total.
Entering the night, the Giants had a couple of players hoping to select at Pick 10 if the rest of the draft shook up as they planned. Balancing out the off-the-field issues and weaknesses in each player’s game, New York compiled all its notes together just to fall short of what they had hoped would […]
Regarded as one of the top players in the entire draft class, former Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil fell out of the top 10 into the lap of Miami. Not being viewed as a team with offensive tackle as a primary need, the Dolphins embodied the draft strategy of taking the best player available […]
After a first round that saw Myles Jack and A’Shawn Robinson slip out of the first and surprise early picks such as Keanu Neal and Josh Garnett, here are the top-200 prospects remaining for the second and third rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft.
In our final Big Board of the year, just 12 players garner first round grades, while spots 13 to 43 carry a similar second round grade. These top-300 prospects include 249 “draftable” grades and 51 “undrafted” grade prospects. Based on our final grades, this is the weakest first-round and late round class of the last six […]
Everything You’ll Need for Draft Weekend Right Here!
Three or four times a year, I post my “State of the Draft”, which is a collection of what I hear from sources in and around the league to try to work towards what NFL teams may do.
EDGE rusher is an easier position to make comparisons for than most. In addition to having performance on the field to go off of, athleticism is a bigger predictor for the position than any other.
The “pro ready” term has become wildly misplaced through the NFL Draft universe, especially in this class. It has lost its true meaning. There was a time where “pro ready” was saved for players who showed proficiency in complex (for the college level, at least) offenses and handled adversity without stumbling. That is not the […]
Along with Eric Galko’s final mock draft, here are three of Optimum Scouting’s top talent evaluators’ FINAL projections and their Twitter profiles.
Unfortunately, players highlighted by red flags regarding character issues and off-the-field concerns are continuous topics heading into the draft weekend. The question is when evaluating the prospect(s) is are the red flags too high of a mountain to climb or is it just a small bump in the road that can be easily avoided the […]
Final Mock Draft for Eric Galko
The draft evaluation process is a tricky one to say the least. After all the studying one may do throughout the regular season along with constant work in the offseason projecting each player at each position to the next level, doesn’t mean the evaluator necessarily expects the player to succeed right away.
Every year, The Huddle Report collects Top-100 “projected” picks for each years draft, and compares the top NFL Draft websites to see who can predict the Top-100 picks best. Please note that this Top-100 projection is more indicative of what we believe will happen, rather than what our scouting reports reflect should happen. Again, thanks again […]
While every quarterback prospect is unique and it’s difficult to assume one can develop into an already stable pro prospect, comparing quarterbacks to their ceilings (or their floors) can help prevent overeagerness in their value as well as rediscovered optimism in what they can become.