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Old 01-15-2014   #1
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Daniel Jeremiah Big Board/Top 50
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1	Clowney, Jadeveon	DE	South Carolina
2	Watkins, Sammy	WR	Clemson	
3	Robinson, Greg	OT	Auburn	
4	Barr, Anthony	OLB	UCLA	
5	Matthews, Jake	OT	Texas A&M	
6	Jernigan, Timmy	DT	Florida St.	
7	Manziel, Johnny	QB	Texas A&M
8	Mack, Khalil	OLB	Buffalo		
9	Mosley, C.J.	OLB	Alabama	
10	Bridgewater, Teddy	QB	Louisville	
11	Ebron, Eric	TE	North Carolina	
12	Lewan, Taylor	OT	Michigan
13	Evans, Mike	WR	Texas A&M
14	Pryor, Calvin	FS	Louisville
15	Clinton-Dix, Ha Ha	FS	Alabama	
16	Benjamin, Kelvin	WR	Florida St.	
17	Nix III, Louis	DT	Notre Dame	
18	Gilbert, Justin	CB	Oklahoma St.	
19	Dennard, Darqueze	CB	Michigan St.	
20	Lee, Marqise	WR	USC
21	Hyde, Carlos	RB	Ohio St.	
22	Bortles, Blake	QB	Central Florida
23	Hageman, Ra'Shede	DT	Minnesota	
24	Seferian-Jenkins, Austin	TE	Washington	
25	Martin, Zack	OT	Notre Dame
26	Amaro, Jace	TE	Texas Tech	
27	Kouandjio, Cyrus	OT	Alabama	
28	Tuitt, Stephon	DE	Notre Dame	
29	Ealy, Kony	DE	Missouri	
30	Donald, Aaron	DT	Pittsburgh	
31	Shazier, Ryan	OLB	Ohio St.	
32	Easley, Dominique	DT	Florida	Senior	
33	Landry, Jarvis	WR	LSU	
34	Moses, Morgan	OT	Virginia
35	Lawrence, Demarcus	DE	Boise St.	
36	Richardson, Paul	WR	Colorado	
37	Joyner, Lamarcus	CB	Florida St.	
38	Verrett, Jason	CB	TCU	
39	Ford, Dee	DE	Auburn
40	Adams, Davante	WR	Fresno St.	
41	Beckham, Odell	WR	LSU	
42	McCarron, AJ	QB	Alabama
43	Cooks, Brandin	WR	Oregon St.	
44	Carr, Derek	QB	Fresno St.	
45	Matthews, Jordan	WR	Vanderbilt
46	Colvin, Aaron	CB	Oklahoma	
47	Mason, Tre	RB	Auburn	
48	Murphy, Trent	OLB	Stanford	
49	Jones, Daquan	DT	Penn St.	
50	Roby, Bradley	CB	Ohio St.
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Very interesting stuff. I really like Pryor, but I think they've got him about 15-20 positions too high. Unless he shows me things that I don't believe he can do at the combine, I don't see him as a top 20 guy, despite team needs.

Bucky has a very interesting WR top 5.

What do you think, Playoffs and anyone else, about Sammy Watkins as #2 despite posting that thing from Peshek in another thread you posted breaking down the "top 4" WRs.
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Gil Brandt's top 50 NFL prospects list
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1. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Manziel (6-0, 205 pounds) is a unique athlete who produced 10,000 yards of offense in two seasons with the Aggies. He has great vision at quarterback.

2. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

3. Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA

4. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

5. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
In two seasons, Bridgewater (6-foot-2 1/2, 207 pounds) had 58 TD passes and only 12 interceptions and a completion percentage of nearly 70 percent. His thin upper body is a concern.

6. Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
Bortles (6-foot-3 1/2, 225 pounds) is the flavor of the month right now. He has emerged after receiving only two offers out of high school, including one from Purdue, which recruited him as a tight end. In two years he had 50 TD passes to 16 interceptions.

7. Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

8. Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo

9. Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

10. Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

11. Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
Hageman (6-foot-5, 315 pounds) is a hard player to grade. He didn't play many plays because the Gophers ran him in and out, and he lined up at both defensive tackle and defensive end. He might be too tall to be a DT in the NFL, but is good enough to convert to end. He's very athletic and was the top-rated tight end out of high school.

12. C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

13. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

14. Marqise Lee, WR, USC

15. Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

16. Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

17. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

18. Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

19. Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

20. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

21. Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

22. Stephon Tuitt, DT, Notre Dame
Tuitt (6-foot-5, 320 pounds) had 19.5 sacks in the past two years and one interception vs. Michigan this season. He plays the run well and is athletic, but is he tough?

23. Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
Nix (6-foot-2 1/2, 325 pounds) missed most of the season with an injury after playing well in 2012. He looks the part of a defensive tackle, with good size, quickness and lateral movement.

24. Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
Ealy (6-foot-4, 277 pounds) played very well in the Cotton Bowl vs. Oklahoma State, recording two sacks, giving him 9.5 for the season. He has good quickness. He is a two-year starter but had one good year.

25. Zach Martin, OT, Notre Dame

26. Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU

27. Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
Jernigan (6-foot-1 1/2 300 pounds) played as a true freshman in 2011 and started only two games in 2012. His quickness allows him to be a very disruptive player.

28. Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida

29. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
Seferian-Jenkins (6-foot-5, 265 pounds) is a big target but is a better receiver than a blocker. He won the Mackey Award this season as the nation's top tight end and had 105 catches and 15 touchdowns over the past two years.

30. Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

31. Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida

32. Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

33. Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State

34. Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

35. Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

36. Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona

37. Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma

38. Xavier Su'a-Filo, OT, UCLA

39. Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor

40. Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State

41. Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Donald (6-0, 285 pounds) is a lot like Bills DT Kyle Williams. He has very long arms and has had great production in college, with 16 1/2 sacks over two years.

42. Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
Roby (5-foot-10 1/2, 192 pounds) was beaten a lot in coverage this year and didn't play up to his potential. He could help himself by working out at the Combine.

43. Tre Mason, RB, Auburn

44. Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State

45. Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

46. Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

47. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
Beckham (5-foot-11, 187 pound) won the Paul Hornung Award as the nation's most versatile player. He's a good pass catcher who also is skilled as a return man.

48. Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee

49. AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama
I think McCarron (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) will be better than people think. He has talent and is a very smart quarterback. He won 36 games as a starter at Alabama, including two national titles (three overall).

50. Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas
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Four players debut, many others move in updated ratings
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Now that I've had an opportunity to study more players -- both on tape and at the all-star games) -- I've made a few adjustments to my Top 50 prospects list. There are four new additions and several players have been moved up or down on the list.

One new addition is Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland. After seeing him up close at the Senior Bowl, I came away very impressed by his quickness and instincts. He makes his debut at number 43.

My top three quarterbacks remained in the same order: Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles. The other two signal-callers that remained on my list were Derek Carr (44) and AJ McCarron (49). One wide receiver dropped out of my Top 50 (Jordan Matthews) but nine others remain.
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1	Clowney, JdeveonDE	South Carolina
2	Watkins, Sammy	WR	Clemson
3	Robinson, Greg	OT	Auburn
4	Barr, Anthony	OLB	UCLA
5	Mack, Khalil	OLB	Buffalo
6	Jernigan, Timmy	DT	Florida St.
7	Manziel, Johnny	QB	Texas A&M
8	Matthews, Jake	OT	Texas A&M
9	Mosley, C.J.	OLB	Alabama
10	Bridgewater,TeddyQB	Louisville
11	Ebron, Eric	TE	North Carolina
12	Lewan, Taylor	OT	Michigan
13	Gilbert, Justin	CB	Oklahoma St.
14	Evans, Mike	WR	Texas A&M
15	Pryor, Calvin	FS	Louisville
16	Clinton-Dix, Ha Ha	FS	Alabama
17	Benjamin, KelvinWR	Florida St.
18	Bortles, Blake	QB	Central Florida
19	Dennard, DarquezeCB	Michigan St.
20	Nix III, Louis	DT	Notre Dame
21	Lee, Marqise	WR	USC
22	Hyde, Carlos	RB	Ohio St.
23	Hageman, Ra'ShedeDT	Minnesota
24	Martin, Zack	OT	Notre Dame
25	Amaro, Jace	TE	Texas Tech
26	Ealy, Kony	DE	Missouri
27	Moses, Morgan	OT	Virginia
28	Kouandjio, CyrusOT	Alabama
29	Tuitt, Stephon	DE	Notre Dame
30	Donald, Aaron	DT	Pittsburgh
31	Landry, Jarvis	WR	LSU	Junior
32	Cooks, Brandin	WR	Oregon St.
33	Easley, DominiqueDT	Florida
34	Seferian-JenkinsTE	Washington
35	Shazier, Ryan	OLB	Ohio St.
36	Lawrence,DemarcusDE	Boise St.
37	Roby, Bradley	CB	Ohio St.
38	Adams, Davante	WR	Fresno St.
39	Ford, Dee	DE	Auburn
40	Beckham, Odell	WR	LSU
41	Richardson, PaulWR	Colorado
42	Breeland, BashaudCB	Clemson	
43	Borland, Chris	ILB	Wisconsin
44	Carr, Derek	QB	Fresno St.
45	Joyner, LamarcusCB	Florida St.
46	Niklas, Troy	TE	Notre Dame	
47	Verrett, Jason	CB	TCU
48	Mason, Tre	RB	Auburn
49	McCarron, AJ	QB	Alabama
50	James, Ja'Wuan	OT	Tennessee

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lol, now he's starting to do a better job of looking like every other big board out there.

I'm glad those are "his" adjustments.

I like Calvin Pryor, but he's starting to remind me a little of DJ Hayden. Good player starting to be projected too high. I do like that he can play both safety positions though, but still too high IMO.
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Four players debut, many others move in updated ratings
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1	Clowney, JdeveonDE	South Carolina
2	Watkins, Sammy	WR	Clemson
3	Robinson, Greg	OT	Auburn
4	Barr, Anthony	OLB	UCLA
5	Mack, Khalil	OLB	Buffalo
6	Jernigan, Timmy	DT	Florida St.
7	Manziel, Johnny	QB	Texas A&M
8	Matthews, Jake	OT	Texas A&M
9	Mosley, C.J.	OLB	Alabama
10	Bridgewater,TeddyQB	Louisville
11	Ebron, Eric	TE	North Carolina
12	Lewan, Taylor	OT	Michigan
13	Gilbert, Justin	CB	Oklahoma St.
14	Evans, Mike	WR	Texas A&M
15	Pryor, Calvin	FS	Louisville
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Bucky's Big Board 2.0
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With that in mind, I believe it's still a good time to release my Big Board 2.0 based on the information gathered from talking to scouts and watching workouts over the weekend. As always, feel free to hit me up on Twitter (@BuckyBrooks) with questions and comments.

Without further ado, here are my post-combine rankings:

1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Rise/fall: --

The freakishly talented pass rusher is an athletic marvel with the potential to wreak havoc on the NFL, as evidenced by his remarkable combine performance. Of course, concerns about Clowney's inconsistent motor and questionable judgment will prompt coaches and scouts to dig into his character, but the talent and potential far outweighs his immaturity at this point.

2. Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Rise/fall: --

3. Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Rise/fall: (+3)

4. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Rise/fall: (+2)

5. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Rise/fall: (-2)

Bridgewater bypassed an opportunity to put his wares on display at the combine, but the absence will have little impact on his draft stock. The Cardinals' standout is the most pro-ready quarterback in the 2014 class; he will have a chance to prove that on March 17 at Louisville's pro day.

6. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Rise/fall: (+1)

Manziel measured in slightly below the six-foot mark, but scouts in his corner won't blink at his diminutive physical dimension due to his remarkable talent. The Texas A&M star is a creative playmaker with an alpha-dog personality that allows him to perform well when the lights are the brightest. With teams growing more comfortable with his character, it's quite possible that he could make a run at the top spot on the draft board in Houston.

7. Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
Rise/fall: (-3)

8. Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Rise/fall: (+3)

9. Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
Rise/fall: --

10. Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
Rise/fall: (+5)

There is a growing faction of NFL scouts who feel Mack could be a top-5 pick when the process is completed. The Bulls' star is an explosive "plug and play" defender with a knack for creating disruption off the edge.

11. Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
Rise/fall: (+1)

12. Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Rise/fall: (-2)

13. Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Rise/fall: (+12)

14. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Rise/fall: (NR)

15. Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
Rise/fall: (-1)

16. Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
Rise/fall: --

17. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
Rise/fall: --

18. Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
Rise/fall: (+4)

19. Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville
Rise/fall: (+1)

20. Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Rise/fall: (+3)

21. Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
Rise/fall: (-2)

22. Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
Rise/fall: (NR)

23. Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
Rise/fall: (-2)

24. Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
Rise/fall: (NR)

25. Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
Rise/fall: (NR)

On the bubble:

C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
Justin Verrett, CB, TCU
Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, UCLA
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn
Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama
Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

Dropped out of previous top-25 Big Board: C.J. Mosley, OLB, Alabama (8); Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame (13); Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame (18); Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona (24).
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1	Clowney, JdeveonDE	South Carolina
2	Watkins, Sammy	WR	Clemson
3	Robinson, Greg	OT	Auburn
4	Mack, Khalil	OLB	Buffalo
5	Matthews, Jake	OT	Texas A&M
6	Barr, Anthony	OLB	UCLA
7	Evans, Mike	WR	Texas A&M	
8	Gilbert, Justin	CB	Oklahoma St.
9	Bridgewater,TeddyQB	Louisville
10	Manziel, Johnny	QB	Texas A&M	
11	Mosley, C.J.	ILB	Alabama
12	Lewan, Taylor	OT	Michigan
13	Ebron, Eric	TE	North Carolina
14	Donald, Aaron	DT	Pittsburgh
15	Jernigan, Timmy	DT	Florida St.
16	Pryor, Calvin	FS	Louisville
17	Clinton-Dix, Ha Ha	FS	Alabama
18	Bortles, Blake	QB	Central Florida
19	Beckham, Odell	WR	LSU
20	Dennard,DarquezeCB	Michigan St.
21	Lee, Marqise	WR	USC
22	Benjamin, KelvinWR	Florida St.
23	Hageman, RaShedeDT	Minnesota
24	Nix III, Louis	DT	Notre Dame
25	Martin, Zack	OT	Notre Dame
26	Cooks, Brandin	WR	Oregon St.
27	Hyde, Carlos	RB	Ohio St.
28	Moses, Morgan	OT	Virginia
29	Shazier, Ryan	OLB	Ohio St.
30	Roby, Bradley	CB	Ohio St.
31	Tuitt, Stephon	DE	Notre Dame
32	Landry, Jarvis	WR	LSU
33	Ealy, Kony	DE	Missouri
34	Carr, Derek	QB	Fresno St.
35	Amaro, Jace	TE	Texas Tech
36	Verrett, Jason	CB	TCU
37	Lawrence,DemarcusDE	Boise St.
38	Ford, Dee	DE	Auburn
39	Fuller, Kyle	CB	Virginia Tech	
40	SeferianJenkins,AustinTEWashington
41	Easley, DominiqueDT	Florida
42	Adams, Davante	WR	Fresno St
43	Kouandjio, CyrusOT	Alabama
44	Ward, Jimmie	SS	Northern Illinois
45	Su'aFilo, XavierOG	UCLA
46	Mason, Tre	RB	Auburn
47	Richardson, PaulWR	Colorado
48	Joyner, LamarcusCB	Auburn
49	Niklas, Troy	TE	Notre Dame
50	Breeland,BashaudCB	Clemson
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Bucky Brooks Scout's take: Putting NFL draft analytics to the test
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I've often wondered why analytics have been used prominently in the pre-draft evaluations in other major sports leagues, but haven't been fully incorporated into the scouting process in the NFL. The old-school mentality of scouts in pro football prompts decision makers to rely more on gut instincts and feel instead of statistical analysis when making player evaluations and comparisons.

That's why I initially resisted taking on a project that asked me to examine player comparisons based solely on the NFL Insight (a statistical database developed by NFL's IT department) examination of the empirical data gathered at the NFL Scouting Combine since 2003. While I certainly believe statistical analysis should play a role in evaluating players, I don't believe the numbers can accurately portray a prospect's talent or potential without factoring in key variables (scheme, opponent, weather conditions, etc.) that ultimately affect performance. Additionally, I believe the impact of pre-combine training has skewed the measurements in several drills, namely the 40-yard dash, pro-agility shuttle and three-cone drill. Thus, the combine numbers are no longer indicative of a prospect's pure speed or athleticism on the field.

Finally, I believe a prospect's DNA is actually revealed on game film. Astute evaluators are able to assess a player's talent, performance and overall potential by digging into the tape to see how well he has performed against elite competition. Although past performance is certainly not an accurate predictor of future results, it does provide a host of clues that allow scouts to make solid assessments on a player's long-term potential in the right environment.

With that as a backdrop, I would like to play a game of man vs. computer over the next week to test my evaluation skills against NFL Insight and the NFL Media research team. I will analyze their pro comparisons on a handful of prospects, and let you know where they were right or wrong on their assessments. Given the importance of the quarterback position, I believe it is only right that we start with two of the top quarterbacks in the 2014 class, Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles, to see what past prospects they're connected to based on their combine test results...
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lol, this will be good.

The thing about man vs. machine is man will always have a built in excuse and he already named like 4 of them going into this.

But is he going to do any real comparisons between man vs. machine (analytics) or was that it right there? Just a 'nah, he doesn't really match up with those QBs with similar combine numbers'.
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lol, this will be good.

The thing about man vs. machine is man will always have a built in excuse and he already named like 4 of them going into this.

But is he going to do any real comparisons between man vs. machine (analytics) or was that it right there? Just a 'nah, he doesn't really match up with those QBs with similar combine numbers'.
I think analytics work well in baseball & basketball because the seasons are so long & include a shtload of games. By the time such trends are identified in football, the season is over.
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