The NFL announced today that next year’s Draft will be held on Thursday, May 8th through Saturday, May 10th, 2014. This is a change from the norm, as the NFL Draft has traditionally been held in April. The annual Scouting Combine will still be held in February.
FRG Scouting is excited about the change, as it will allow for two more weeks of film study and evaluations to be posted on the site!
Speaking of the site, we’re still in the process of posting our player pages and expect to resume our First Look series by mid-June.
FRG Scouting appreciates your patience as we continue working on building our player database for the 2014 NFL Draft. As you’ll see on the 2014 prospects page, we are adding individual player pages for most of the draft-eligible players likely to have a draftable grade come next April. We will be posting new content (First Look series) as soon as we complete our preliminary player database. Until then, feel free to browse through the players we’ve already uploaded.
We hope to be a one-stop source for all your NFL Draft needs. Our player pages will have FRG Scouting’s evaluation as well as individual testing numbers, links to prospects’ official school biographies, video footage (game cut-ups, highlights and interviews) and stats (for relevant stat-producing players).
We will continue modifying the overall appearance of the player pages as we work our way toward the Draft. Thank you for your support and we appreciate all feedback!
The fifth installment of FRG Scouting’s First Look series will focus on Logan Thomas, the polarizing quarterback prospect from Virginia Tech.
Entering the 2012 college football season, many analysts viewed Thomas as the next Cam Newton-type prospect. And why wouldn’t they? He was coming off an impressive 2011 campaign –his first as a starting quarterback– that saw him throw for more than 3,000 yards and a nearly 2:1 TD to Int ratio. He completed almost 60% of his passes and was on an upward projection.
Then the 2012 season started.
Thomas regressed as a player while underperforming in every statistical category (compared to 2011). The Hokies ended the year with an underwhelming 7-6 record, and the once-hyped potential No. 1 overall pick had little to no choice but to return to school for another year of experience.
In this installment of the First Look series, I took a peek at Tajh Boyd, the senior quarterback of the Clemson Tigers. Much like the other signal callers that FRG Scouting has looked at so far, Boyd is coming off of an impressive 2012 season in which he was considered (at certain points in the season) as a dark horse Heisman Trophy candidate.
After a successful high school career at Phoebus High School in Hampton, Virginia (that even saw him play his senior season with a torn ACL), Boyd was a highly recruited, top-100 player who ultimately chose Clemson over Ohio State and Oregon. He became the Tigers’ starting quarterback in 2011 and is entering the 2013 season after two successful years at the helm.
The 2013 NFL Draft is in the books. Before you know it, the 2013 college football season will be kicking off, and with the start of the college football season comes the start of the 2014 NFL Draft analysis.
FRG Scouting has already built our 2014 database of 400 draft-eligible prospects, with more to be added along the way.
We look forward to providing you with elite NFL Draft coverage, including (but not limited to) scouting reports, a Big Board featuring our top-100 players, and the always entertaining mock drafts and prospect news and notes.
In addition, FRG Scouting anticipates attending the Senior Bowl as well as the annual NFL Scouting Combine this year.
In order to become the best possible talent evaluator, you have to look back at your work and be your own worst critic. Now that the 2013 NFL Draft is in the books, I decided to revisit the FRG Scouting Big Board (top 100) and see how it ultimately played out on draft weekend.
Below is the Big Board that was published a few days before the draft kicked off. The players appear in four different colors: Gold, Green, Black, and Red. The players in gold represent picks that were selected within five spots of their big board placement. Players in green are picks that were made within ten spots of their big board placement. Players in black were selected anywhere between 11 and 49 spots of their big board placement. Players in red were selected 50 or more spots from their big board placement.
It should be noted that this does not mean an evaluation was right or wrong. It simply compares FRG Scouting’s Big Board with the various big boards throughout the NFL. Andre Ellington, for example, was drafted 164 spots lower than his No. 23 ranking on FRG scouting’s Big Board. We are confident in our evaluation, but there’s a big disconnect between our grade and what the NFL obviously thought of him. Time will determine who is “right.”