After falling completely out of the 2012 draft, Vontaze Burfict has emerged as one of the most feared middle linebackers in the NFL. He's coming off microfracture surgery, however, which could open the door for another talented but troubled linebacker to seize the spotlight.
In the 12th of a 32-team series, NFLDraftScout.com publisher Frank Cooney resets the offseason of the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals found future bookend blockers with their first two picks in the 2015 NFL Draft.
NFLDraftScout.com publisher Frank Cooney resumes his breakdown of the best prospects in the 2015 draft by position, climbing the ladder for a close-up view of a lanky defensive back group with 10 worthy of consideration in the top 64.
Scouts are wary of hailed improvements and once-in-a-lifetime performances at on-campus pro days, and you should be too. NFLDraftScout.com publisher Frank Cooney breaks down how teams dissect pro day numbers.
Orchard culminated an impressive week of practice with big plays against the run and pass, alike, proving in the North's final 'important' day of practice that he is much more than just a pass-rusher. Orchard wasn't the only player to impress, however.
The 90th edition of the East-West Shrine Game did not bring offensive fireworks but it could help raise the stock of several prospects in the eyes of NFL scouts. Among those who stood out were defensive ends Za'Darius Smith from Kentucky and Miami's Anthony Chickillo and Southern Cal defensive back Josh Shaw.
His name may not be as recognizable as some of the other superstars on the field in UCLA's 38-20 thrashing of Southern Cal, but scouts won't soon forget the Bruins' breakout redshirt senior or his two sacks against the Trojans.