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.

DWI Costs Arkansas OT Oden His Roster Spot

July 18, 2011

As a result of his second drunk-driving incident in the past year, Arkansas Razorback’s offensive tackle Anthony Oden has been dismissed from the team.


On the morning of July 9, he was arrested on numerous (yes, numerous) charges. Take this all in and really digest it before continuing: driving while intoxicated, possession of a controlled substance, driving left of the center line, failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, no proof of ownership, driving on a suspended/revoked driver’s license and no driver’s license. Quite a rap sheet, and that’s only one incident. Last July, he was arrested for driving while intoxicated, which led to a one-game suspension.


Razorbacks’ head coach Bobby Petrino clearly wasn’t willing to give Oden another chance, as he bid farewell to what appeared to be a promising young talent.


Oden, the younger brother of Greg Oden of the NBA’s (read more…)

Georgia RB Caleb King Goes to Plan B

July 11, 2011

Apparently, Terrelle Pryor won’t be the only player hoping to hear his name called whenever the NFL’s Supplemental Draft rolls around.


After being ruled academically ineligible for the 2011 season, Georgia senior running back Caleb King has opted to test the NFL waters by entering the Supplemental Draft instead of attempting to transfer to another school and finish out his college career the proper way.


Although he is a talented player who was highly-recruited out of high school, he has spent his entire career at Georgia as a backup. After spending time behind Knowshon Moreno and Washaun Ealey, King was expected to still be riding the bench in 2011 with five-star running back Isaiah Crowell taking the helm. Throughout his days as a Bulldog, he started 10 times while compiling 1,271 yards and 10 touchdowns on 255 carries.


I find it hard to believe (read more…)

Alabama RB Hart Falls Victim to ACL Tear

July 7, 2011

Despite the fact that their running back corps already bolsters the talented Trent Richardson, the Alabama Crimson Tide will be without one of their budding stars in 2011.


Freshman running back Demetrius Hart has torn his anterior cruciate ligament (aka ACL) in his knee, effectively ending any hopes he had of seeing the field in 2011. The injury was sustained during a 7-on-7 passing drill as part of Alabama’s voluntary workouts.


Hart, who was one of the top high school running backs in the nation last year, had enrolled early at Alabama and proved throughout spring training that he could be an effective asset for the Tide this season. Unfortunately, this injury will keep him from making any sort of contribution anywhere from seven to 10 months.


Coaches and fans were extremely impressed with Hart throughout spring, due in large part to (read more…)

Body of Purdue RB Sean Matti Found

July 5, 2011

Sean Matti

On June 3, Purdue Boilermakers’ running back Sean Matti was reported missing six hours after last being seen swimming around 5pm in Indiana’s Lake Freeman.


After he was reported missing, search teams scoured the shores of the lake but were unable to find the player. The search team was eventually called off due to darkness. Even the use of a sonar-scanner was unable to yield any results in the search. Door-to-door searches were also being conducted up until Monday night.


Despite the hopes and prayers of the entire Purdue football family, Matti’s body was recovered from the lake early this morning. The cause of death has yet to be released.


Matti, a fifth-year senior who walked onto the Purdue football program back in 2007, was only 22 years old.


Only a day after the anniversary of our nation’s freedom, the (read more…)

Russell Wilson Will be a Badger

June 28, 2011

According to, former North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson has decided to play football next season for Bret Bielema and the Wisconsin Badgers.


Wilson spent the first three years of college football career as part of the NC State Wolfpack before he was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of 2010 MLB Draft and decided to become a two-sport star. During his time at NC State, he was an all-ACC quarterback, throwing for 8,545 yards, 76 touchdowns and 26 interceptions. He also ran for 1089 yards and 17 touchdowns.


After spending some time with the Asheville Tourists, a minor-league affiliate of the Rockies, he has decided to call it quits on baseball and will continue his pursuit of a career in football. The Tourists made his departure from the team official on Monday morning. The Rockies, however, will maintain rights (read more…)

Janoris Jenkins Heading to North Alabama

June 27, 2011

Janoris Jenkins

It appears that troubled former Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins has found himself a new home: North Alabama.


After being arrested on three separate occasions during his time as a Florida Gator, he was dismissed from the team by new head coach Will Muschamp. The first arrest, which came in May of 2009, was a result of Jenkins inability to come quietly after cops attempted to question his involvement in a fight. He ended up tasting the sting of a taser in the process. The final two, with the latest occurring back in April, were incidents involving the possession of marijuana.


Since being released from the confines of Gainesville, Jenkins has been on the lookout for a Division 2 team willing to welcome him with open arms. He had initially considered taking the NFL Supplemental Draft route, but opted to stay in school for another year (read more…)

Scouting Report: Andy Dalton

April 21, 2011

Andy Dalton


Position: QB School: TCU Height: 6’2" Weight: 215 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.87 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2009, 2010 Draft Projection: Early-Mid 2nd Round



If you want a proven winner who’s had his fair share of success at the college level, look no further than Andy Dalton. With a great head on his shoulders and an outstanding arm attached to them as well, he’s a more than capable NFL quarterback who could be one of the most NFL-ready to come out of this year’s draft. He spent his college years throwing out of the shotgun, so he will need some work with his reads, but he has the arm to make all of the NFL throws and has proven that he’s able to step into an offense right away due to his maturity and ability to learn on the fly. (read more…)

Gil Alcaraz 7 Round Mock – April 11th

April 11, 2011

Carolina Panthers

1. Carolina Panthers Patrick Peterson – CB – LSU 2. Denver Broncos Marcell Dareus – DT – Alabama 3. Buffalo Bills Blaine Gabbert – QB – Missouri 4. Cincinnati Bengals AJ Green – WR – Georgia 5. Arizona Cardinals Von Miller – OLB – Texas A&M 6. Cleveland Browns Da’Quan Bowers – DE – Clemson 7. San Francisco 49ers Prince Amukamara – CB – Nebraska 8. Tennessee Titans Cam Newton – QB – Auburn 9. Dallas Cowboys Nick Fairley – DT – Auburn 10. Washington Redskins Mark Ingram – RB – Alabama 11. Houston Texans Aldon Smith – DE – Missouri 12. Minnesota Vikings Jake Locker – QB – Washington 13. Detroit Lions Robert Quinn – DE – North Carolina 14. St. Louis Rams Julio Jones – WR – Alabama 15. Miami Dolphins Mikel LeShoure – RB – Illinois 16. Jacksonville Jaguars Cameron Jordan – DE – California


Scouting Report: Christian Ponder

April 10, 2011

Christian Ponder


Position: QB School: Florida State Height: 6’2" Weight: 229 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.65 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2009, 2010 Draft Projection: Early 2nd Round



Ponder may be one of the hardest quarterbacks in the 2011 draft class to figure out. He has tons of potential, a great blend of physical tools, and strong production throughout his career. However, there are a handful of question marks that soil his candidacy as one of the elite quarterbacks of the class. His decision making is questionable at times, his lack of arm strength gets him in trouble from time to time, he’s thrown more interceptions than some GMs would like to see, and he’s got durability concerns to top it all off. Overall, he’s a terrific prospect with a lot of upside. Unfortunately, there’s plenty of room for him to develop into (read more…)

Scouting Report: Luke Stocker

April 10, 2011

Luke Stocker


Position: TE School: Tennessee Height: 6’4 3/4" Weight: 258 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.79 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Late 2nd – Early 3rd Round



With a prototypical tight end frame, great intelligence and work ethic, and an outstanding mix of skills, there’s no reason that Stocker can’t become a difference maker in the NFL. Although he never produced eye-popping numbers at Tennessee, an offense that relies heavily on the tight end in the passing game would be finding a real gem by drafting this guy. He has tremendous hands but hinders himself with poor route running. If he can work on his route running and blocking, he has what it takes to be a productive starter in the NFL. I project him to be a late second/early third round pick.



Stocker’s blocking still needs lots (read more…)

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