Gil Alcaraz IV

Gil is the owner of the Minnesota Vikings blog, The Viking Den, and an editorial writer for Lakers Nation. Having followed the NFL Draft for years, Gil has had a knack for naming some of the big surprise players to make it in the NFL. Gil is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America.


Michigan RB Toussaint suspended indefinitely after DUI

July 23, 2012

Ohio State v Michigan

On the same day that the Penn State football program got pummeled into the ground, another Big Ten school took a significant blow.

Confirmed by Michigan head coach Brady Hoke himself, starting running back Fitzgerald Toussaint has been suspended after being arrested and charged with driving under the influence this weekend.

“Fitz made a poor decision and has been suspended indefinitely because of that action,” Hoke said in a statement. “There are expectations that come with being a student-athlete at the University of Michigan and those responsibilities were not met in this instance.”

According to SalinePatch.com, Toussaint was arrested around 11:45 p.m. on Saturday night in Ann Arbor. After being pulled over due to a traffic violation, a breathalyzer revealed that the Michigan runner was over the .08 legal BAC limit. He was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while impaired.

As made evident (read more…)

Josh Gordon getting early-round grades for 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft

July 8, 2012

Josh Gordon

Of the few prospects available during the 2012 Supplemental Draft, former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon has received the majority of the pre-draft buzz. And for good reason…

Not only is he a tremendously talented player, but he possesses the potential to develop into a legitimate No. 1 wide receiver at the next level. He’s a gifted athlete with the soft hands and elusiveness after the catch that NFL teams covet. The 6’3’’, 220-pound receiver reportedly runs a 4.3 40-yard dash and has star-caliber upside.

Some scouts have even said that he’s better than his former Baylor teammate Kendall Wright, who was drafted No. 20 overall by the Tennessee Titans in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Many scouts predict that Gordon won’t get past the third round of the draft, but any interested teams will certainly be wary of the risk involved. More often than not, supplemental draft (read more…)

Small-school studs worth watching: Tusculum QB Bo Cordell

May 20, 2012

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You may not know this name, but you certainly should.

Hailing from the little-known Tusculum College, quarterback Bo Cordell has spent the past few seasons rewriting the school record book and racking up ridiculous amounts of yardage.

Since his freshman year at Tusculum, Cordell has been the starting quarterback for the Pioneers. Before breaking his foot three games into the 2011 season, every sub-division award watch list that included quarterbacks had his name on it. He was named the 2011 Preseason National Division II Football Most Valuable Player by Lindy’s Sports Magazine and was on the shortlist of players to watch for the 2011 Harlon Hill Trophy (Division II’s version of the Heisman).

What really got Cordell on NFL radars, though, was his 2010 season. During his sophomore campaign, Cordell led all NCAA divisions in total offensive yards per game (425.45), passing yards per game (423.36) (read more…)

Air Force RB Clark disenrolled after drug investigation

May 19, 2012

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Only one week before graduation, Air Force’s No. 2 career rusher, running back Asher Clark, has been removed from the academy as part of an investigation into illegal drug use.

Although Air Force spokesman David Cannon couldn’t divulge as to why Clark was disenrolled, he did confirm that the Falcons’ four-year starting running back has been kicked out of school. Several other unnamed sources, however, said that his departure was due to the drug investigation.

The academy’s investigation into drug use involved 31 cadets, including several scholar-athletes. Air Force has a zero tolerance policy regarding drug use, which is why Clark was sent packing only a week before graduation. It’s unclear as to whether or not Clark will have to repay the money for his education.

With 3,594 rushing yards to his credit, Clark was only 18 yards shy of former Air Force quarterback Dee (read more…)

Small-school studs worth watching: Georgia Southern DT Brent Russell

May 19, 2012

Brent Russell

Considered one of the most dominant FCS prospects heading into the 2012 college season, Georgia Southern defensive tackle Brent Russell has spent the majority of his football career in opposing backfields.

Georgia Southern’s own one-man wrecking crew, Russell comes into his senior season with few lingering questions about his abilities as a play-maker and plenty of high expectations.

Throughout the 2011 season, Russell proved to be a constant thorn in the sides of opposing offenses. His dominance was rewarded when he was named as a second-team FCS All-American. Although his 67 total tackles, 6.5 sacks and one blocked kick were impressive, there was one stat that stood out above the rest: his 16.5 tackles for loss.

Put simply, Russell lives in opposing offenses’ backfields. He has the penetrating power that not even double teams can contain and can be found roaming the backfield on almost every play. (read more…)

Small-school studs worth watching: Southern Utah QB Brad Sorensen

May 17, 2012

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A BYU transfer, Southern Utah quarterback Brad Sorensen has quickly made a name for himself as one of the top small-school gunslingers worth watching in 2012.

Measuring in at 6’5’’, 225 pounds, Sorensen has spent the past two seasons shredding opposing Great Western Conference secondaries. In 2012, however, he’ll have the opportunity to prove himself against the best that the Big Sky Conference has to offer.

With matchups against top sub-FBS programs like Montana and Montana State, Sorensen is going to have several chances to wow NFL scouts with his phenomenal field vision and big arm. He also possesses noteworthy accuracy and prototypical size for an NFL quarterback.

Speaking of field vision… Sorensen’s is as outstanding as you can expect from a Division IAA talent. Whether he’s on the move or staring pressure straight in the face, Sorensen does a great job of reading defenses and finding (read more…)

Gil’s Top 25 seniors eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft

May 16, 2012

Matt Barkley

Now that the 2012 NFL Draft is in the rear view mirror, what better time to take a look at some of top senior prospects will be available for next year’s 2013 NFL Draft.

Join me as I give you a quick rundown of my Top 25 seniors heading into the 2012 college season.

1. Matt Barkley, Quarterback, USC

Had Barkley declared for the 2013 draft, he would have been a Top 5 pick. Instead, he stayed in school and will be looking to put the Trojans back on top in 2012. Let’s just hope he stays healthy.

2. Tyler Wilson, Quarterback, Arkansas

Wilson has all of the tools to succeed in 2012, but will have some hurdles to clear after losing his head coach and most of his top 2011 targets. A big part of his 2013 draft status will depend on how he adjusts.

3. (read more…)

Top 10 steals of the 2012 NFL Draft

May 9, 2012

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With the 2012 NFL Draft in the rear view mirror, I’ve decided to take a look at some of what I consider to be the biggest steals from draft weekend.

From top talents who slid due to injury to players who simply got passed up on for lower-ranked players at their position, several teams managed to find terrific value later than it was expected to be available.

So here we go; my Top 10 steals of the 2012 NFL Draft and what makes them steals.

10. Arkansas WR Greg Childs: Minnesota Vikings, No. 134

Before the beginning of the 2011 season, Childs was considered a first-round receiver talent. Unfortunately for the former Razorback, a lingering knee injury hindered his ability to be effective throughout his senior season. Still, if Childs can stay healthy and prove that he’s at 100%, he could finally provide the Vikings with the (read more…)

Top Prospects Available at Start of Day 2

April 27, 2012

Devon Still

Thirty-two picks later and the second day of the 2012 NFL Draft is upon us. It was an exciting first day of the draft filled with trades and queues of picks that quickly piled up in the commissioner’s pocket.

Although there were several interesting selections, most of the picks made were the right ones as each team continued building towards a better 2012 season.

Now, the second day is finally ready to begin and there’s still plenty of talent still available. So let’s take a look at some of the top prospects still available on my big board and what they will bring to the lucky team that gets to call their name on draft day.

Cordy Glenn, Offensive Tackle, Georgia

After spending his first three seasons as a guard, Glenn moved over to the left tackle spot his senior year and proved that he’s (read more…)

Burfict, Hosley failed drug tests at Combine

April 25, 2012

Jayron Hosley

As if Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict needed more negative notes to add to his résumé as a potential undrafted NFL prospect.

According to Jay Glazer, NFL teams were informed this week that both Burfict and Virginia Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley tested positive for banned substances at February’s NFL Scouting Combine.

Considering that Burfict’s first-round value has plummeted all the way down to undrafted territory, this report only continues to worsen his chances of ever making it in the NFL. With numerous concerns, including his drive to get better and inability to control his temper on the field, a positive drug test could be what seals his fate as the biggest waste of potential in this year’s draft.

As for Hosley, the drug test isn’t as much of a deal breaker. It could however, take him down from a Day 2 prospect to a Day (read more…)

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