The Texas Long Horns had a tough 2015 season, they were taken out behind the wood shed on opening day and given a old fashioned butt whipping by the Fighting Irish. As a fan, I was beginning to believe Charlie Strong had lost the team. Former Minnesota Vikings owner and current billionaire Texas Long Horn booster Red McCombs had voiced his displeasure about Coach Strong on a national level. However, through the whispers of a mid season coaching change and last second special teams debacles, Charlie stayed strong and kept the long horns believing and working. On the first college football weekend of 2016 the Texas Long Horns trimmed the Irish's autumn leaves.
Jim Schwartz has brought an exciting brand of Defense back to Philadelphia with 7 interceptions through two preseason games. The Eagles flew around with energy on Thursday night, like the old Brian Dawkins led defenses, in the 17-0 shutout against the Pittsburgh Steelers. This is a fresh breath of air with Chip "Santa Claus" Kelly now on the West Coast.
Tim Martin of Chinstrapsports sits down with former NFL player and current draft analyst Corey Chavous to discuss his evaluation process of the quarterback position and who he would pick to lead a NFL franchise out of the 2016 crop of quarterbacks.
Q: When you evaluate a player at Draftnasy, do you look at a player’s entire college career or just four games?
A: That’s a great question. We look at the player’s entire career. Here is an example of why we look at the entire career: you take Cam Newton for example. You look at what he did at Blinn Junior College and you combine what he did at Auburn, the style of offense he played in at Blinn was a passing offense, it was a little bit of a spread. You got an opportunity to see him in the shotgun and go through the reads and do some of the things he’s doing, even to this day.
Q: What did you see in Cam Newton that made you rank him as your number one quarterback in the 2011 NFL draft?
A: I had a chance to watch him at the SEC championship game. It’s important to see these guys in person. You look for presence when you walk into a stadium. That day his presence was so strong when he warmed up for the game, that it filled up the stadium. When the game started, it came to him easy, and he made some of the better passes from a collegiate standpoint that I had ever seen in person.
Q: When I look back at the history of Draftnasty, in 2011, you had Cam Newton ahead of Blaine Gabbert. In 2012, you had Andrew Luck ranked ahead of RG3. In 2013, EJ Manuel was your number one rated QB with a second round grade. In 2014, you had Teddy Bridgewater ahead of Manziel, and in 2015, Marcus Mariota over Jameis Winston. Explain your thought process on choosing a franchise quarterback.
A: Wow, the second round grade on EJ Manuel was big! I didn’t think there was a franchise quarterback in the 2013 NFL draft. I look at a quarterback from a different perspective than most evaluators. I’m grading them through the eyes of a cornerback. This is how I made a living breaking down guys like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Philip Rivers.
Q: Why did you choose Cam Newton over Blaine Gabbert in the 2011 NFL draft.
A: Again, I go back to - you have to watch these guys in person. At the the SEC championship game, Cam threw the ball very accurate down the field and made the important checks at the line of scrimmage to control the game. I watched Blaine Gabbert upset Oklahoma when they were the number one team in the country. Blaine Gabbert just didn’t take control over the offense at the line of scrimmage, didn’t have the presence you like to see from a quarterback, and he wasn’t as accurate down the field.
Q: What did you see in Andrew Luck that ranked him ahead of RG3?
A: Robert Griffin was hurt in college and not available to play. When the body starts to breakdown, you only have problems in the future. Andrew Luck played in a pro-style offense at Stanford and was NFL ready on day one. And his father was an NFL quarterback.
Q: Why no first round grade in the 2013 NFL draft class?
A: I felt EJ Manuel was the best quarterback in that draft class, but he had a lot of questions that needed to be answered as a raw, unpolished quarterback that struggled with accuracy.
Q: Bridgewater over Manziel.
A: That was simple. Teddy Bridgewater was a much more accurate passer than Johnny Manziel.
Q: How did Marcus Mariota edge out Jameis Winston for the top QB in 2015 NFL draft class?
A: This was a close decision. I was really concerned about the way Jameis Winston forced the ball down the field and how the turnovers were adding up. I felt like Mariota was more durable and didn’t turn the football over as much as Winston, even though there was fumble concerns. I felt like Mariota played with a chip on his shoulder that drove him, and I feel that it will continue to drive him in the NFL.
Q: This brings us full circle to the 2016 NFL draft. You have the number one pick, would you take Jared Goff or Carson Wentz?
A: I know that Carson Wentz comes from a pro-style offense. He has prototypical NFL-size and can make all the throws. If you look at his history, he had tendinitis problems in his arms as a high school junior and couldn’t play QB. He missed part of the season as a senior at North Dakota State, so he has durability problems. Jared Goff is a better deep ball passer than Carson Wentz. He is a very accurate passer in the mid-range passing game and contributed to the turnaround of a struggling Cal program. This tells me that he can handle adversity in difficult times. So, at this point in the evaluation process, I would put the ball in Jared Goff’s hands.
Tim Martin of Chinstrapsports has a conversation with Boston College Safety Justin Simmons about his position outlook in the NFL as well as his combine numbers.
Q: Who would you pattern your game after?
A: Growing up I would watch a lot of NFL players, but I patterned my game after Eric Weddle.
Q: What can you bring to an NFL team?
A: I can play at a high cover 1 safety and make plays sideline to sideline. They can move me down to strong safety and I can tackle, and I feel that I can play corner so I’m versatile to where I can play all three positions in the secondary.
Q: You seem like the leader on the defense is that something you will bring to the next level?
A: Yes I consider myself a person that led by example.
Q: You seem to have a nose for the football, 5 interceptions, 4 fumble recoveries, 2 forced fumbles in your senior year, talk a little bit about that.
A: I made that a big focus going into my senior year, to make more plays on the ball whether through interceptions or stripping the ball from the running backs. I wanted to create turnovers to help the offense out as we were so young on that side of the ball.
Q: Your explosion and agility is off the charts [at the 2016 NFL combine], 40 inch vertical, 3.86 20 yard shuttle, a 6.58 three cone, but you only ran a 4.68 in the 40 yard dash. Why doesn’t your 40 time add up to your other numbers?
A: I ran a 4.50 and a 4.52 in my personal workout, I feel like I’m a longstrider that covers a lot of ground with build up speed.
Q: Who is the toughest player you played against?
A: Chris Brown, the Wide Receiver from Notre Dame.
Q: Could you be an every down Corner Back at the next level?
A: I definitely have the confidence to play Corner at the next level.
Tim Martin of www.Chinstrapsports.com sits down with Colorado OT Stephane Nembot to discuss his future in the NFL as well as his transition from West Africa to Colorado.
Q: Tell me a little bit about how it was for you playing the left side tackle and then the right side?
A: When I switched I had to adjust from doing everything with my right hand to doing everything with my left hand. It was a little awkward in the beginning, but it’s just an adjustment.
Q: Do you see yourself as a left tackle or as a right tackle at the next level?
A: To me it doesn’t matter, wherever they put me I will play. I’m looking for a job, so at this point me playing tackle or whatever in college was like a reference point so now in the NFL if they want me to play anything, right guard, left guard, or tackle that’s what I will do.
Q: Do you feel like you’ve reached your ceiling? Personally, I see a lot of upside in your play and that you haven’t yet reached your peak.
A: I heard that I have a lot of upside and I would agree with that as I only played one year of high school football and in college I red shirted then started so I’ve only been playing about 5 or 6 years. With that said, I still have a lot to learn and I have not reached my ceiling. I’m still learning the game and at the same time I haven’t played the same position at a consistent basis. So now, when I only have to play one position on a consistent basis and focus on football 24/7 I’ll have no choice but to get better.
Q: How was it for you making the transition from West Africa to Colorado?
A: It was definitely a difficult adjustment to the weather, there’s snow here and at home we do not have that. Also, back home people are all black while here everybody is kind of white so it was a bit of a culture shock. There’s a different way of doing things so it took me time to adjust.
Q: So are you the first person from your family to play football?
A: Yes I am the first ever.
Q: What would an NFL team be getting from you as a person on a day to day basis?
A: As a person the first thing they would be getting is dedication. I am dedicated to what I do no matter what I decide to do I’m dedicated to it. Also, in terms of playing wise I am a very physical player, a power player, who is very coachable, smart, and willing to learn.
Chinstrapsports' Tim Martin sat down with former Arizona State Sun Devil and Utah State Aggie David Moala to discuss family bloodlines, positional versatility and next level projections.
Martin: You come from a family of football players. Your cousin is Haloti Ngata, your brother Fili Moala plays with the Indianapolis Colts and you had two older brothers Sifa and Tolu that played at the collegiate level. Where do you fit in that long line of football talent?
Moala: I’m just me.... trying to make a living for my family and trying to continue on the tradition. I’m just fortunate enough that I come from a football family. I have cousins that played in the NFL and they were very successful. Just looking up to them and seeing what they did and setting the bar so high for young kids like me. To see an opportunity and take it as the opportunity I’m taking right now. I’m trying to make the most of it.
Martin: What kind of advice have they given you about playing in the NFL?
Moala: They're saying to enjoy the process and don’t make it bigger than what it is. Just the whole process of going through the NFL it’s going to be a rough process, but it’s gonna be worth it. One thing is staying healthy and taking care of your body and knowing your body better than anybody else. The key thing in the league is knowing where you’re supposed to be at all times and doing your job. One thing that will make you successful is film work.
Martin: You made an impact at Utah State on special teams by blocking kicks. Is that something you think you can bring to the next level?
Moala: That’s definitely something I can bring to the next level. Special teams is not a time where you take plays off. It’s a time where you can make an impact on the game and make big plays.
Martin: What do you feel like you can bring to an NFL team?
Moala: I just bring excitement, that’s the whole game of football you know? Nobody sees what happens in the offseason. All they see is those 60 minutes-to-two hours of football. They don’t get to see the hard work you put into it.
What can't Bouka do? He's been a fierce competitor on both sides of the ball and given Calgary major contributions on special teams. Chinstrapsports' Tim Martin found out what makes Bouka tick on the football field.
Martin: I see you play multiple positions, you’re a corner, wide receiver, and play a lot on special teams. What do you see yourself playing at the next level?
Bouka: I see myself playing wherever I can contribute. Last year (2014) I played DB, so a lot of teams are seeing me as a safety or corner. Some teams asked me about receiver as well. I just want to play football, so wherever they need me to play I’ll be happy to contribute.
Martin: Who have you patterned your game after in terms of someone that played in the NFL or CFL?
Bouka: I would say Charles Woodson and Patrick Peterson are two guys that I really admire just because of their abilities to make plays on either side of the ball. They play on offense and defense. Also, they find a way to get around the ball and I really admire that.
Martin: What would you say about people questioning the level of competition that you played against so far? Do you have any doubts in your mind that you could play on Sundays?
Bouka: If you look at my intangibles I can match up with anybody in the NFL. In terms of speed I’m very fast, athletic, very explosive and I’m strong. The thing that I would have to adjust to is the smaller field and the technique is a little different. But with me playing safety and half back in the Canadian game, we have receivers that are allowed a running start so it makes the game more challenging and there’s a wider field, so there’s a lot more ground to cover. So I think that I bring a different type of game to the NFL, but I can compete.
Martin: Have you talked to any teams yet?
Bouka: I’ve talked to a few, I’m visiting a few teams right now and I think there will be more. But right now there’s a few.
Martin: You know Tory Lanez and Drake are a part of this “New Toronto Movement,” in the rap game. Do you feel like you’re bringing that “New Toronto Movement” to the NFL.
Bouka: I’m a quiet guy, I’m a very focused and quiet player. I do like the music, but I think what I bring to the NFL is a focused individual who is not only a good football player, but also a good person. I was born and raised Mormon, so you don’t have to worry about any off the field issues with me.
Blair made NFL scouts notice with an eye-opening performance against Clemson early in 2015. In that game, produced two quarterback sacks and was constantly disruptive. Chinstrapsports' Tim Martin discovered that Blair has a feel for his opponents.
Martin: What do you feel like you will bring to an NFL team?
Blair III: Leadership is something I would definitely bring to a team. I was the captain of my team for three years and I pick up things very easily.
Martin: How do you feel like you played against Clemson this year?
Blair III: I feel like the coaches had a good gameplan against Clemson. The score didn’t match up with the effort that I felt like I put up against Clemson.
Martin: How is your postseason training going?
Blair III: My training is going well. I tweaked my hamstring which is the reason why I opted out of the East-West shrine game. I wasn’t quite 100% at the combine, but I look forward to performing for the scouts at my pro day.
Martin: Who are the toughest players that you played against this year?
Blair III: Mitch Hyatt and Mike McQueen looked good on film, but they both played a lot tougher on the field.
Martin: What type of defense do you see yourself playing in at the next level?
Blair III: I can be a traditional 4-3 defensive end and I have enough athletic ability to be a stand-up outside linebacker that can drop and rush the passer as I’ve done it a lot in practice. I look forward to showing that in my upcoming Pro Day.
Chinstrapsports put two of college footballs most powerful forces in the cross hairs. Joey Bosa comes from NFL bloodlines, his father John and uncle Eric Kumerow played in the NFL. Robert Nkemdiche rose from the other side of the tracks, as one of the nations top high school players coming out of Grayson High School in Georgia.
Some draft experts feel like Robert Nkemdiche is the most talented player in the draft, but a hotel drug charge has derailed his stock. Bosa has strong handed himself as a plug and play defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys due to the NFL substance abuse problems the Cowboys suffered this off season. Nkemdiche and Bosa are two versatile talents, with careers heading down different tracks, Nkemdiche is trying to rehabilitate his character and career, while Joey Bosa the Scholar Athlete from Ohio State is destined for greatness.
If you put this train in reverse you would see a article that ESPN's Austin Ward wrote on July 30, 2015 about Ohio State starting the season without Bosa due to marijuana or academic reasons. On April 10, 2014 Joey Bosa was one of 26 football players honored as a scholar athlete with a 3.00 or better grade point average. Urban Meyer once talked about how he held bible study and prayed with former Florida Gator Aaron Hernandez to rehabilitate the troubled youth, maybe Nkemdiche just needs a week at the Urban Meyer Clinic, it helped Joey Bosa's stock.
The 757 area in Hampton, VA has produced quarterback talents like Michael Vick, Ronald Curry, Marcus Vick, and Tyrod Taylor. Chinstrapsports takes you in the crosshairs with the latest gunslinger from the 757, Tajh Boyd. At Chinstrapsports.com we have used a simple formula to find draft day steals at the QB position like Andy Dalton and Russell Wilson. The formula is Composure X Accuracy X Toughness X Growth = a draft day steal.
GROWTH- this is key when breaking down the quarterback position. Has the prospect improved from his freshman season to his senior? Below is a breakdown of Tajh Boyd's career stats at Clemson and in every category you see substantial growth in Boyd as a quarterback.
Career Passing Stats
ACCURACY- can a quarterback deliver the ball accurately to the wide receiver? Tajh Boyd had a 52.4 Comp% during his freshman year at Clemson and a 68.5% as a senior signal caller. A 16.1% improvement shows that Boyd can hit the open target on a consistant basis.
TOUGHNESS- Tajh Boyd shows the type of toughness to stand in the eye of the storm and deliver the ball on time. Take a look at the 2012 Chik-Fil-A bowl vs the LSU Tigers.
COMPOSURE- In the middle of the battle can the leader of the team keep the troops together and lead the unit to victory? Boyd has average double digit victories each year at Clemson, except for his Freshman season.
As the 2014 NFL Draft approches, you will hear names like Johnny Football, Teddy Bridgewater, AJ McCarron, and Derek Carr as future franchise quarterbacks. If you are looking for a potential franchise QB in the later round, the gunslinger from the 757 is your guy.