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.


Alfonzo Dennard arrested for assaulting police officer

April 21, 2012

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With less than a week to go before the beginning of the 2012 NFL Draft, it’s essential for players to be on their best behavior.

Unfortunately for Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, he was unaware of that little tidbit before Saturday, when he was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.

The problems started for Dennard when he got caught up in a fight outside a bar near Lincoln, Nebraska, at around 2:15 a.m. After police arrived and attempted to break up the fight, Dennard allegedly pushed and punched one of the responding officers in the face.

According to police, it took four cops to subdue and take Dennard into custody.

Dennard, 22, is expected to stay in jail over the weekend until a judge can set his bail during a Monday hearing at Lancaster County Court.

Although Dennard hasn’t had many personal issues throughout (read more…)

Colts inform Luck that he’s the No. 1 pick

April 19, 2012

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“With the first pick in 2012 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select Andrew Luck, quarterback out of Stanford.”

According to ESPN, the Colts have informed the former Cardinal quarterback that they will use the first overall pick in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft on him.

Since Luck announced his eligibility for the draft, he has unanimously been considered the No. 1 overall prospect available. Combining a staggering football IQ with tons of athleticism and a precision throwing arm, Luck has been seen as the greatest quarterback prospect to come out of the college ranks since Peyton Manning. Now, he’ll be taking Manning’s place as the Colts’ starter behind center.

Although it’s been expected for quite some time, the Colts have been unwilling to make their decision public up to this point as they continued to let the pre-draft process play out.

With Luck now a (read more…)

Burfict’s draft stock continues to plummet

April 17, 2012

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Heading into his 2011 senior season, Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict looked like a top-tier talent with the potential to be a Top 10 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

And then, NFL teams began to see the troubled tackler for what he really was: a disaster waiting to happen.

Questions already lingered after his time with the Sun Devils. Throughout his college career, he became known for being unable to control his temper. Time and time again, he failed to keep his cool in clutch situations and racked up inexcusable amounts of personal foul penalties. The man was a walking magnet for yellow flags.

At times, the ASU coaches were even forced to pull him from the lineup because he couldn’t control himself in do-or-die situations. In short, he was a liability.

Combining an immeasurable immaturity with a lack of discipline both on and off of (read more…)

Georgia TE Charles arrested Friday for DUI

March 9, 2012

Orson Charles

Considered one of the top prospects at his position in the 2012 NFL Draft, junior Georgia tight end Orson Charles was working his way towards potentially becoming the first tight end off the board.

Despite a sloppy Pro Day workout and unimpressive times in the 40-yard dash, Charles’ talent and potential as an NFL tight end were still undeniable.

That was until Charles was arrested on Friday morning on charges of DUI and driving minimum speed.

He was arrested by the Athens-Clarke County Police and booked into the ACC jail at 4:31 a.m. He was released an hour later on $1,750 bond.

With this arrest on his record, Charles’ draft stock could see a significant drop in the next month leading up to the late-April draft. He was already slipping due to his lackluster Combine and Pro Day performances. This DUI will really make NFL (read more…)

Blackmon runs sub-4.5 40 at Oklahoma St Pro Day

March 9, 2012

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Today at the Oklahoma State Pro Day, wide receiver prospect Justin Blackmon was hoping to reinforce his position as a Top 10 talent. Apparently, he did just that.

According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Blackmon ran two 40s today. His first was clocked in the 4.45-4.5 range. His second was clocked in the 4.41-4.46 range. For a big, thick wide receiver like Blackmon who had lingering concerns about his speed, he couldn’t have asked for better results.

Blackmon added a 35-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot, 4-inch broad jump to his Pro Day résumé. He also matched his Combine mark of 14 bench press reps.

Although his times were impressive, some will choose to take them with a grain of salt as Oklahoma State has a notoriously fast track that may have trimmed up to a tenth of a second off of his time. Still, the (read more…)

Richardson won’t do Combine drills following knee surgery

February 23, 2012

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Year after year, you can always count on some sort of surprise injury to pop up with one of the top prospects for the NFL Draft.

 

This year, that surprise injury comes in the form of Alabama running back Trent Richardson, unanimously considered the top prospect at his position in this year’s draft class.

 

According to Jason LaCanfora of NFL Network, the Heisman runner-up running back will miss workouts at this week’s NFL Scouting Combine due to “minor” arthroscopic knee surgery that he underwent three weeks ago.

 

Richardson had the surgery to alleviate some of the pain resulting from an injury that he sustained during practice leading up the BCS Championship Game last month. Although he has reportedly been making good progress, he will skip the Combine drills in an effort to avoid re-aggravating the injury.

 

Unless this injury proves to (read more…)

Luck and RG3 share March 22 Pro Day

February 11, 2012

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On March 22, NFL scouts will have a tough decision to make.

 

As it turns out, the two top quarterbacks in the 2012 draft class will be holding their pro day workouts on the same day: March 22.

 

Whether it’s coincidence or not, Stanford’s Andrew Luck and Baylor’s Robert Griffin III will both work out for scouts on the same day in hopes of displaying their value as NFL prospects.

 

The biggest thing that people will watching for is how many Indianapolis Colts representatives show up to each workout. The Colts currently hold the No. 1 pick in the draft and are expected to pick Luck. Griffin, however, hasn’t been shy in expressing his belief that he should be the top pick.

 

“As long as that door’s open, I’m going to keep trying to run through it,” Griffin said of being draft first overall. “And when (read more…)

Official 2012 NFL Combine Invite List

February 8, 2012

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Here is the official 2012 NFL Combine invite list, including both seniors and underclassmen who will be attending.

 

The combine will take place in Indianapolis from Feb. 22-28.

 

Player School Camp # Pos. Acho, Emmanuel Texas LB01 OLB Adams, Joe Arkansas WO01 WR Adams, Mike Ohio State OL01 OT Alecxih, Chas Pitt DL01 DT Alexander, Frank Oklahoma DL02 DE Allen, Antonio South Carolina DB01 SS Allen, Dwayne* Clemson TE01 TE Allen, Jeff Illinois OL02 OT Anderson, Justin Georgia OL03 OT Anger, Bryan Cal PK01 P Asper, Mark Oregon OL04 G Baker, Edwin* Michigan State RB01 RB Baker, Ryan LSU LB02 OLB Ball, Mike* Nevada RB02 RB Ballard, Vick Mississippi State RB03 RB Barron, Mark Alabama DB02 SS Beachum, Kelvin SMU OL05 OT Benford, Tim Tennessee Tech WO02 WR Benjamin, Travis Miami (Fl) WO03 WR Bentley, Dwight LA-Lafayette DB03 CB Bequette, Jake Arkansas DL03 DE Bergstrom, Tony Utah OL06 (read more…)

Robert Griffin III will enter 2012 NFL Draft

January 10, 2012

NCAA FOOTBALL: OCT 30 Baylor at Texas

After much deliberation, one of college football’s most intriguing prospects has decided to go pro.

 

According to multiple reports, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III has opted to forgo his senior season with the Bears and will petition to enter the 2012 NFL Draft.

 

The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner, Griffin is considered a top-10 pick who could potential go within the first two or three picks.

 

Now that the dual-threat quarterback has declared himself eligible for the 2012 NFL Draft, the No. 2 pick (currently held by the St. Louis Rams) becomes much more valuable as teams will seek to land the play-making gunslinger. With a number of quarterback-needy teams near the top of the draft, the Rams will be expecting a king’s ransom in return for their spot in line.

 

Although Griffin’s draft stock will certainly fluctuate as predraft workouts begin, it’s (read more…)

2012 NFL Draft Underclassmen Declarations

January 10, 2012

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With the end of the college football season comes the anticipation of finding out which underclassmen declare for the draft and which ones decide to return to school for another year.

 

The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the 2012 NFL Draft is Jan. 15. So until then, check back here for continuous updates on who has declared.

 

Quarterbacks

 

Robert Griffin III, Baylor (1st) Andrew Luck, Stanford (1st) Brock Osweiler, Arizona State (2nd-3rd) Darron Thomas, Oregon (5th-6th) Barrett Trotter, Auburn (6th-UDFA)

 

Running Backs

 

Alvester Alexander, Wyoming (6th-UDFA) Edwin Baker, Michigan State (6th-7th) Mike Ball, Nevada (7th-UDFA) Jamison Berryhill (6th-UDFA) Bryce Brown (5th-7th) Jewel Hampton, Southern Illinois (6th-UDFA) Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State (3rd-5th) LaMichael James, Oregon (2nd-3rd) Lamar Miller, Miami (1st-2nd) Bernard Pierce, Temple (3rd-4th) Trent Richardson, Alabama (1st) Darrell Scott, USF (4th-6th) Robert Turbin, Utah State (4th-6th) David Wilson, Virginia Tech (read more…)

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