On the first day of Jacksonville Jaguars rookie minicamp, third overall pick Dante Fowler Jr., the player who carried the promise of helping turn around the team's defense, left the field on a cart with a knee injury. NFLDraftScout.com publisher Frank Cooney offers a reset of the 2015 Jaguars.
Will an NFL invest a draft pick in the former LSU star offensive tackle? Will the Cleveland Browns ever again draft a wide receiver? Where might quarterbacks Brett Hundley and Bryce Petty land? We take on these questions and more in our Day Three Bold Predictions for the 2015 NFL Draft.
The Dolphins, thanks to the loosely applied definition of local prospects, have been busy in the buildup to the 2015 NFL Draft with 37 visits, including eight wide receivers and potential offensive line help. NFLDraftScout.com investigates the team's unofficial list of draft visits.
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.
Scouts crave opportunities like this to compare players on an apples-to-apples level; it is among the reasons why the Senior Bowl practices (and those in other all-star games) and the workouts at the Combine are so valued. "Vince Young against Matt Leinart in the 2006 Rose Bowl was close," one 20+ year talent evaluator said, "but this game is even bigger."
Sometimes too much is made by the performances of prospects during bowl season, as if that one game means more than any in the regular season. But bowl games present a unique opportunity to evaluate prospects in an unfamiliar setting against a formidable opponent.
While most of the conference championships turned into blowouts, Georgia Tech gave Winston and the Seminoles quite a scare. Proving yet again that he has rare on-field poise, Winston guided Florida State to the win. He did, however, get some noteworthy help, including from fellow projected first round pick, cornerback P.J. Williams.
As expected, Jameis Winston and Duke Johnson provided many of the highlights but with NFL talent all over the field Saturday night, scouts couldn't focus solely on the skill positions. In fact, from a scouting perspective, the most important performance may have been turned in by versatile FSU lineman Cameron Erving, a potential top 50 pick this spring.