BGA: Draft 2015 – Interior Defensive Linemen

Welcome to the fifth instalment of the BGA: 2015 NFL Draft series. As we head to the draft, I’ll be sharing thoughts and observations about draft prospects for each position group. In the previous instalment we covered wide receiver, but now we’re moving on to look at the defensive interior.

After the jump, I’m going to be focusing mainly on my favorite prospect in this year’s draft. However, I’ll also recap the top prospects and look at some potential sleepers.

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BGA: Scouting Chris Young

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In between now and the start of free agency, we’re taking a look at some of the players the Jets added to their roster since the end of the regular season. Last week, we took a look at former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Curtis Brown, but today we’ll be looking at former Texans ILB Chris Young.

The 23-year-old Young was signed as an undrafted free agent last year by the Houston Texans with whom he spent training camp and the preseason. He was signed onto the Jets’ practice squad in October and remained there until the end of the regular season. Young attended college at Arizona State where he was a second-team all-PAC 12 selection in 2013.

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BGA: NFL Draft 2015 – Wide Receivers

Welcome to the fourth instalment of the BGA: 2015 NFL Draft series. Over the next couple of months, I’ll be sharing thoughts and observations about draft prospects for each position group. In the previous instalment we covered edge defenders, but now we’re moving on to look at wide receivers, a particularly interesting position to look at now that we have this year’s combine data to chew on.

Last year’s wide receiver class was spectacular, although the Jets got next to no production out of the four drafted players that spent time on their roster. Word is that this year’s receiver class is pretty strong too, albeit not expected to emulate the depth and immediate impact from last season’s group. Let’s see if we can pick any holes in the top prospects.

After the jump, I’ll be trying to find some bargains outside of the top couple of prospects and looking for some potential sleepers.

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BGA: Scouting Curtis Brown

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

In between now and the start of free agency, we’re taking a look at some of the players the Jets added to their roster since the end of the regular season. Last week, we took a look at cornerback Keith Lewis. Today, we’re looking at another cornerback, former Pittsburgh Steeler Curtis Brown.

The 26-year old Brown is a former 3rd round draft pick out of Texas who struggled to earn himself much playing time on defense with the Steelers, but was a solid contributor on special teams in his first three seasons. After suffering an ACL tear late in the 2013 season, he did not play last season. Brown is listed at 6’0″ and 185 pounds and ran a 4.51 forty at the 2011 scouting combine.

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BGA: NFL Draft 2015 – Edge Defenders

Welcome to the third instalment of the BGA: 2015 NFL Draft series. Over the next couple of months, I’ll be sharing thoughts and observations about draft prospects for each position group. In the previous instalment we covered linebackers, so I’m taking the logical step and moving on to edge defenders which will comprise both 4-3 defensive ends and 3-4 outside linebackers.

Whilst canvassing for suggestions as to which position group I should attack next, one person suggested I should do quarterbacks because that’s the one position that is arguably least likely to be affected by combine workout numbers. However, the fact that the pass rush positions are one of the most likely to be affected made me want to take on the challenge of reviewing this position heading into the combine so that we can get my take based on film and production and uninfluenced by workout numbers.

After the jump, I’ll be trying to find some bargains outside of the top couple of prospects and looking for some potential sleepers.

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BGA: 2015 NFL Draft – Linebackers

Welcome to the second instalment of the BGA: 2015 NFL Draft series. Over the next couple of months, I’ll be sharing thoughts and observations about draft prospects for each position group. In the previous instalment we covered guards and centers and I also talked briefly about my methodology and how this series of articles will be structured. Today we move on to look at linebackers.

In the modern NFL, summarizing the linebacker position is a challenge fraught with difficulties. There is so much overlap between the outside linebacker positions and defensive ends and, in some defenses, between some linebacker and defensive back designations that it becomes difficult to set the parameters wide enough to catch anyone that belongs here. However, I’m going to focus primarily on players who played either as an inside linebacker in a 3-4 system or as one of the three linebackers in a 4-3. We’ll leave edge defenders for another time and probably lump all 3-4 outside linebackers and 4-3 defensive ends together in that category.

After the jump, I’ll be looking at some of the players regarded as top prospects and floating a couple of names that could be considered as potential sleepers.

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