Inside the Pylon: The NFL Draft Hub

Just like the National Football League, there is no offseason for the writers at Inside the Pylon. A few of our film gurus have been poring through game film on some of the well-known, and not-so-well-known, prospects to help you prepare for the upcoming NFL Draft.

Our writers bring you inside each player, using video footage to illustrate what each prospect does well – and what they need to improve – to continue their football careers at the next level. Unlike other sites, with 250-player “Big Boards” or top ten lists for each position, ITP’s writers dive deep on the prospects they cover – at the positions they know and understand.  While we might not cover every prospect – yet – we go into great detail on the guys we examine. If you think you can help, get in touch and join the team!


QuarterbacksMark Schofield breaks down some of this year’s QB prospects, highlighting how footwork, arm strength and pocket presence are just some of the qualities coaches and scouts look for as they try and find the next face of their franchise.

Bryce Petty, Baylor

Chris Bonner, Colorado State-Pueblo

Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion

Garrett Grayson, Colorado State

Brett Hundley, University of California, Los Angeles

Marcus Mariota, Oregon, Part 1

Marcus Mariota, Oregon, Part 2

Marcus Mariota, Oregon, Part 3

Jameis Winston, Florida State, Part 1

Jameis Winston, Florida State, Part 2


Offensive LinemenBrian Filipiak examines how the offensive line prospects handle stunt schemes and impose their will on opposing defenders.

Brandon Scherff, Iowa

Arie Kouandjio, Alabama

Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin

A.J. Cann, South Carolina

La’el Collins, Louisiana State University


Wide Receivers – Schofield knows how to throw the ball – and what it takes to catch it. He breaks down some of the NCAA’s top-flight receivers and their ability to gain separation and high-point the football.

Devin Smith, Ohio State

DeVante Parker, Louisville

Tre McBride, William & Mary

Kevin White, West Virginia

Amari Cooper, Alabama

Jaelen Strong, Arizona State

Breshad Perriman, Central Florida


Defensive Linemen  – Filipiak also knows a thing or two about attacking the offensive backfield. Brian takes a look at some of the highly regarded defenders in the upcoming draft with an eye on how their strengths will translate to the NFL game.

Preston Smith, Mississippi State

Arik Armstead, Oregon

Carl Davis, Iowa

Jordan Phillips, Oklahoma


Defensive BacksDave Archibald looks at some of the highly-touted defensive backs in this year’s draft and how their athleticism and footwork will help or hinder them as they move to the next level.

Byron Jones, Connecticut

Trae Waynes, Michigan State

P.J. Williams, Florida State

Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest

Marcus Peters, Washington

Jalen Collins, Louisiana State University

Additional Pre-Draft Coverage:

With the help of an NFLPA agent, we outlined just what exactly happens at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Mark Schofield highlighted how three quarterbacks, Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota and Bryce Petty handled the basic task of a five-step drop during positional drills in Indianapolis.

Mark Schofield returned to campus to observe the William & Mary Pro Day and got an up-close look at Tre McBride and some other players who might hear their names called come draft time.

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