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Ahkello Witherspoon | Colorado, Cornerback

DraftSeason: You have the best of both worlds, size and speed, but what part of your game do you feel still needs some polishing?
Ahkello Witherspoon: The part of my game that I feel still needs some polishing is my tackling. I feel improvement here will help me be a more a complete player.

DraftSeason: What do you feel sets you apart from some of the other top defensive backs in this years draft class?
Ahkello Witherspoon: What sets me apart is my combination of speed and size. I believe it is extremely unique. Not only am I long, but I believe I possess the foot skills and body control to match receiver’s routes. My foot skills along with my length allow me to make plays on the ball.

DraftSeason: What are you most looking forward to showcasing at the upcoming NFL Combine?
Ahkello Witherspoon: I’m looking forward to showcasing my overall athleticism. This includes speed, jumping ability, my footwork, and ball skills.

DraftSeason: Best offensive player you have had the chance to face?
Ahkello Witherspoon: Luke Faulk, Washington State. He throws the ball with great touch and accuracy.

DraftSeason: Greatest achievment on the field during your career?
Ahkello Witherspoon: Winning the PAC-12 South Championship last year.

DraftSeason: Colorado will be represented will in this years NFL Draft, who do you see as the next up and comer we should keep our eyes on at Colorado in the coming years?
Ahkello Witherspoon: Isaiah Oliver, Cornerback. He’s a great guy as well.

DraftSeason: What can we find you doing on your off day?
Ahkello Witherspoon: You can find me watching Netflix, playing the PS4, or at the beach. I love being at the ocean.

DraftSeason: Using 1 word, how would you sum up your style of play?
Ahkello Witherspoon: Technical

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2016 NFL Draft Grade A Day | Pittsburgh Steelers

With the NFL season over it’s time to look at each team’s draft class and grade them on a PRODUCTION ONLY  basis.  Let’s see what teams had first year success and which ones are hoping for better in year two.

POINTS SCALE

Round 1: 0-5
Round 2: 0-4
Round 3: 0-3
Round 4: 0-2
Round 5: 0-1
Round 6 – Undrafted:  Points only awarded if player was productive, no scale.

Bonus points are awarded to any player who out-performed their draft slot.

Round 1 – Artie Burns CB, Miami

Analysis – Burns was solid with 65 tackles and 3 picks.  He’s exactly what this secondary needed.
Score – 5/5

Round 2 -Sean Davis CB/S, Maryland

Analysis – Davis really came on the second half of the season and ended with 70 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and 1 pick.  Another much needed part for this secondary.
Score – 4/4

Round 3 – Javon Hargrave DT, South Carolina St.

Analysis – Hargrave was forced into a starting job and more than held his own.  He finished the season with 27 tackles and 2 sacks.
Score – 3/3

Round 4 – Jerald Hawkins OT, LSU

Analysis – Hawkins missed the year with injuries.
Score – 0/2

Round 6 – Travis Feeney OLB, Washington

Analysis – Feeney was cut and is now property of the Saints.
Score – 0/1

Round 7 – Demarcus Ayers WR, Houston

Analysis – Ayers had 6 catches for 53 yds and a TD.  That’s more than most 6th rounders do.
Score – .25/0

Round 7 – Tyler Matakevich OLB, Temple

Analysis – Matakevich was active every game and had 20 tackles.
Score – 0.25/0

PITTSBURGH STEELERS 2016 NFL DRAFT GRADE

FINAL SCORE & GRADE   12.5/15 | 83% | B

Analysis: The Steelers had a nice class that was overall very productive in it’s first year in the league.  This class was lead by future stars in the secondary.  Both Artie Burns and Sean Davis played better than expected.  The two combined for over 130 tackles and gave this defense some game changing plays.  They should continue to improve and may finally be the pieces that fix this long ailing pass defense.  The team also landed a pretty studly nose tackle.  Javon Hargrave stepped in when called upon and proved to be stout against the run, and no slouch in the pass rush department.  He should see much more playing time in year two.  The Steelers won’t get to see what 4th round offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins can bring, until he comes back healthy, but should be excited about late round linebacker Tyler Matakevich.  He suited up every game and was able to rack up 20 tackles in spot duty.  All in all, this looks to be a very solid class for the Steelers and the grade should remain consistent in the coming years.

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2016 NFL Draft Grade A Day | Cincinnati Bengals

With the NFL season over it’s time to look at each team’s draft class and grade them on a PRODUCTION ONLY  basis.  Let’s see what teams had first year success and which ones are hoping for better in year two.

POINTS SCALE

Round 1: 0-5
Round 2: 0-4
Round 3: 0-3
Round 4: 0-2
Round 5: 0-1
Round 6 – Undrafted:  Points only awarded if player was productive, no scale.

Bonus points are awarded to any player who out-performed their draft slot.

Round 1 – William Jackson III CB, Houston

Analysis – Jackson was hurt and missed his entire rookie season.
Score – 0/5

Round 2 -Tyler Boyd WR, Pitt

Analysis – Boyd was solid for the Bengals his rookie season.  He caught 54 passes and scored a touchdown.  He is a breakout candidate in year two.
Score – 3.25/4

Round 3 – Nick Vigil LB, Utah St.

Analysis – Vigil wasn’t great his virgin year.  He made just 21 tackles while being active for all 16 games.
Score – 2/3

Round 4 – Andrew Billings DT, Baylor

Analysis – Billings missed his rookie year due to injuries.
Score – 0/2

Round 5 – Christian Westerman G, Arizona St.

Analysis – Westerman never saw any action on or off the field.
Score – 0/1

Round 6 – Cody Core WR, Ole Miss

Analysis – The Bengals got 4 starts out of this sixth rounder.  He managed 17 catches for 200 yds during that stretch.
Score – .5/0

Round 7 – Clayton Fejedelem S, Illinois

Analysis – Clayton was active for all 16 games and had ten tackles.  More than most would expect from a 7th rounder.
Score – 0.25/0

CINCINNATI BENGALS 2016 NFL DRAFT GRADE

FINAL SCORE & GRADE   6/15 | 40% | F

Analysis: The Bengals get an F based on production from their 2016 Draft class’ first season.  This is another grade which was negatively impacted by injuries.  First round pick William Jackson 3 was lost for the season with an injury.  The same can be said for 4th round DT Andrew Billings.  Those losses are the reason the grade is so low.  There was some bright spots in this class. Second round WR Tyler Boyd showed plenty of promise and should go on to be even more productive in the coming seasons.  6th round WR Cody Core also proved to be a valuable part of the wide receiver rotation and it has to be reassuring for the team to know he can play at the NFL level.  Third round linebacker Nick Vigil was a little disappointing, only making 21 tackles, and the fact that 5th round guard Christian Westerman didn’t see the field is a hair troubling.  This grade will go up in time after the team is able to see what William Jackson and Andrew Billings can bring to the table when they are healthy.  At this point, Bengals’ fans shouldn’t be worrying about this class one bit.

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Jermaine Eluemunor | Texas A&M Guard

DraftSeason: Being invited to the combine was a big moment for you, what are you most excited about for your time in Indianapolis?
Jermaine Eluemunor: It was an honor getting a combine invite, it took a lot for me to get to where I’m at right now and I couldn’t of done that with my faith and my family believing in me every step of the way. When I go to Indy it will be a dream come true I’ve watched the combine on tv since I started playing football, my first combine was with Jake long, Chris long, and Matt Ryan that was nearly 8 years ago so when I got there myself it will be crazy I can’t wait to be in Lucas Oil Stadium and just see all the event posters and the atmosphere I teared up when I got the combine invite because it was a dream come true. When I go there I will give it everything I have and I want to show the 32 teams that I am one of the top lineman in this class because in my mind I’m the best but saying it is one thing backing it up is another and that’s what I hope to prove to the scouts that’s what I’m most excited about, showing the NFL teams that what I have believed about myself is true.

DraftSeason: After getting a late start in football some might see you as a project type of player, do you see yourself as a guy who could contribute as a rookie?
Jermaine Eluemunor: I think I can contribute as a rookie my mindset is that I still have a lot to learn but i am a quick learner, yeah I’ve been playing football for 5 years now and this will be my 6th but I want this I want to be great I want to be the best at my position. I want to be a dominant force in the NFL and I will work as hard as I have to in order to accomplish that. My senior year I was blessed with an amazing OL coach who taught me everything I know and I made huge strides in 1 year because of his coaching. Once I get in an NFL camp around NFL coaching and learn the play book I feel like I will be able to contribute and help my team because that is what I want to do I don’t want to be a project I want to be a contributor.

DraftSeason: Worst part about being an offensive lineman?
Jermaine Eluemunor: Nothing. I love everything about being an offensive lineman haha, well we are considered fat I consider myself husky haha!

DraftSeason: What part of your game helps set you apart from the other top offensive lineman in the draft class?
Jermaine Eluemunor: I think my strength and power is what sets me apart there are a lot of great lineman in this class but I feel like I’m one of the top lineman in this class and with the combine coming up I have the perfect opportunity to prove that, but also I am very coachable I want to learn I ask a lot of questions because I want to gain as much knowledge as I can. But also my love for the game and my mentality I want to dominate anyone they put in front of me and I will bring that to the team that drafts me.

DraftSeason: Best defensive lineman you have had the chance to face durning your career?
Jermaine Eluemunor: Myles Garret, Daeshon Hall my 2 DE’s from my school they are tall and athletic freaks and will dominate in the NFL for years to come. Tim Williams has a very quick get off and Ryan Anderson is powerful but no one is like Myles and Daeshon.

DraftSeason: You grew up in London before your move to the states, what is the biggest thing you miss from across the pond?
Jermaine Eluemunor: I miss the food, ha! In my opinion England has better food then America but then I also miss my family back there my big sister lives there with her son and boyfriend and I don’t get to see them too much but after I hopefully get drafted I will fly them out to my first game I made a promise to make sure my entire family is at my first game and I will keep it !

DraftSeason: Greatest movie of all-time?
Jermaine Eluemunor: Greatest movie of all time … There is a three way tie between Step Brothers, Star Wars, and Braveheart

DraftSeason: Sum up your style of play using 1 word.
Jermaine Eluemunor: One word to sum up my style of play would be “Relentless”. No matter how tired I get no matter how sore or hurt I may be I’m going to come at you with everything I got every single play until the final whistle blows

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Noel Thomas Interview | UCONN, Wide Receiver

DraftSeason: What are you most looking forward to showing off at the up coming combine?
Noel Thomas: I’m looking forward to running the 40 yard dash. I think I will surprise a lot of people.

DraftSeason: What do you feel sets you apart from the other top receivers in this years draft class?
Noel Thomas: I play with passion. I’m sure handed, caught 100 passes this pass season. I will always sacrifice my body to make the difficult catch.

DraftSeason: You left your mark in the UConn record book, what will go down as your finest moment as a Huskie?
Noel Thomas:  think breaking the single season catch record will be the finest moment. Or the 2 touchdowns scored against Houston in 2015.

DraftSeason: Who has had the biggest influence on your journey to the NFL?
Noel Thomas: Both my Mom and Dad have been the biggest influence. They are my biggest supporters. Also very thankful for all the coaches that I have had along the way.

DraftSeason: Best NFL receiver in the league today NOT named Beckham or Brown?
Noel Thomas: Julio Jones.

DraftSeason: What can we catch you doing on an off day?
Noel Thomas: Probably at Sunset beach. Which is a place you go to in NBA 2k17. (My Park Gamemode)

DraftSeason: For god sakes, do you put ketchup on your scrambled eggs?
Noel Thomas: Salt, Pepper, KETCHUP. Absolutely.

DraftSeason: Using 1 word, how would you sum up your style of play?
Noel Thomas: Passionate.

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