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.

Post Senior Bowl Mock Draft Feb. 4th

February 4, 2011

Carolina Panthers

The Senior Bowl has come to a conclusion and there have been some interesting moves for certain players’ draft stocks. Things continue to fluctuate as we get deeper and deeper into draft season. Players rise and fall as the All-Star games are played and the Combine closes in. So here’s another look at what may just happen in late-April when the draft rolls around.


1. Carolina Panthers Da’Quan Bowers – DE – Clemson

With so many talented options and several holes that need to be filled, it’s a good thing the Panthers have so much time to decide. The effects of the Julius Peppers hangover are still lingering, and Carolina should end up taking Bowers, the guy that’s most often considered the best player in the draft. 2. Denver Broncos Patrick Peterson – CB – LSU

There doesn’t appear to be a more well-rounded player going into the (read more…)

Official 2011 NFL Combine Invite List

February 3, 2011


With the NFL Combine just around the corner (February 23-March 1), the invites have just been sent out to players across the country in hopes that they show up and show off their skills for NFL scouts. These players will be looking to strut their stuff and prove that they deserve a shot at the NFL. Whether they’re trying to raise their stock or find any stock to begin with, it’ll be interesting to see who can come out and raise some eyebrows. So here’s a list of the 329 invitees, by school.


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Abilene Christian: Edmond Gates (WR) Alabama: James Carpenter (OT), Marcell Dareus* (DE), Mark Ingram* (RB), Julio Jones* (WR), Greg McElroy (QB) Appalachian State: Daniel Kilgore (OT), Mark LeGree (FS), D.J. Smith (OLB) Arizona: Ricky Elmore (DE), Adam Grant (OT), Brooks Reed (DE), (read more…)

Scouting Report: Colin Kaepernick

February 2, 2011

Colin Kaepernick


Position: QB School: Nevada Height: 6’4 5/8" Weight: 233 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.53 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: 2rd Round



Kaepernick could easily be one of the most unheralded, NFL-caliber quarterbacks to come out of college football in a long time. He was one of the most statistically successful quarterbacks in NCAA history and helped bring the Nevada football program to prominence. With an outstanding mixture of athleticism and passing abilities, he has proven himself to be a rare, dynamic specimen whose stock has sky-rocketed after his impressive performance at the Senior Bowl. He has plenty to offer to NFL teams and is extremely coachable, so turning him into a pro-style quarterback shouldn’t be too tedious of a task. If he can stay healthy and build on all of the tools that he developed at Nevada, he could (read more…)

Scouting Report: Jake Locker

January 31, 2011

Jake Locker


Position: QB School: Washington Height: 6’2 1/2" Weight: 231 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.59 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2009 & 2010 Draft Projection: Mid-Late 1st Round



Locker is an über-talented player who has all of the physical tools to be an elite NFL quarterback. There are a few areas of his game that need some major adjustment, but you can’t overlook all of the potential that he possesses and his prototypical NFL arm. With some work on his accuracy, decision making, and disregard for his body, Locker could make some NFL team much better next year. He’s got a bright future ahead of him. I project that he will be a mid-to-late first round draft pick.


Decision Making

This is scouts’ second-biggest concern when it comes to Locker. He has plenty of tools to work with in his arsenal, (read more…)

Championship Sunday Mock Draft – Jan. 23rd

January 23, 2011

Carolina Panthers

It’s Championship Sunday in the NFL and we won’t make you wait any longer for another mock draft. Look for them to be coming more frequently now, so check back often.


1. Carolina Panthers Da’Quan Bowers – DE – Clemson

Andrew Luck decided to stick around at Stanford for one more year and that threw one huge wrench in the works in Carolina. With the loss of Julius Peppers still lingering in the back of their minds, the Panthers will look to find the next great defensive end of the NFL in Bowers. 2. Denver Broncos Patrick Peterson – CB – LSU

Peterson is a supreme athlete who brings plenty to the table for any NFL team. The Broncos struggled to contain the pass all season long and Champ Bailey isn’t getting any younger. Peterson will help lift a wilting defensive secondary as well as provide a spark (read more…)

Meet and Greet: Jeron Johnson

January 9, 2011

Meet Jeron Johnson, strong safety from Boise State (BSU).


Currently ranked the 21st overall safety by Scout Inc.’s draft board on, Johnson is looking to prove that there is plenty of value in this supposedly weak safety draft class in 2011.


Johnson is a 5’10’’, 200lb player who runs the 40 in approximately 4.5 seconds. He has solid speed for a defensive back, and it should continue to improve as he trains for the draft down in Dallas, Texas. The thing that makes him so good out on the football field is his balanced style of play, highlighted by exceptional intelligence and strength. “I’m a smart player with defensive knowledge, situational awareness and physical presence,” said Johnson. “I’m a pretty well-rounded player, but there’s always room for improvement.” Although T.J. Ward reminds him most of his style of play, he tries to model his (read more…)

Meet and Greet: Stephen Franklin

January 5, 2011

Meet Stephen Franklin, inside linebacker from Southern Illinois (SIU).


Currently ranked the 30th overall inside linebacker by Scout Inc.’s draft board on, Franklin is hoping to shed the Division 1AA label and prove that he can be an NFL-caliber player.


Franklin is a 6’0’’, 237lb player who runs the 40 in approximately 4.5 seconds, impressive speed for a linebacker. This speed, along with agility and quickness, makes his athleticism the most impressive facet of his game. “Athleticism is my biggest thing,” Franklin said. “It allows me to be able to put myself in position to make plays by breaking blocks and closing space down in a hurry.” Despite being a big fan of NFL linebackers like Jon Beason and Patrick Willis, Franklin says that the tenacity and athleticism of Bart Scott most reminds him of the way he plays.


Even with his outstanding (read more…)

2011 NFL Draft Declared Underclassmen

January 5, 2011

Cam Newton 2

This is an ongoing list of underclass college football players who have decided to forego their remaining eligibility and officially declare for the 2011 NFL Draft. They have until January 15th to make their decision. Updates will come as more news is received.


Player, School (Projected Round)


Quarterback Blaine Gabbert, Missouri (1st) Ryan Mallett, Arkansas (1st) Cam Newton, Auburn (1st)


Running Back John Clay, Wisconsin (7th/UDFA) Darren Evens, Virginia Tech (3rd) Jamie Harper, Clemson (4th/5th) Mark Ingram, Alabama (1st) Taiwan Jones, Eastern Washington (5th/6th) Mikel LeShoure, Illinois (1st/2nd) Dion Lewis, Pittsburgh (2nd) Stevan Ridley, LSU (4th/5th) Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State (3rd/4th) Jordan Todman, Connecticut (3rd) Shane Vereen, Cal (2nd) Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech (2nd)


Fullback Henry Hynoski, Pittsburgh (4th/5th)


Wide Receiver Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh (1st/2nd) DeAndre Brown, Southern Mississippi (5th) Randall Cobb, Kentucky (2nd/3rd) Tandon Doss, Indiana (3rd) A.J. Green, Georgia (read more…)

Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert Officially NFL-Bound

January 3, 2011

According to multiple sources, quarterback Blaine Gabbert of the Missouri Tigers has decided to skip his last year of eligibility and head for the NFL. He is the first of three big-name underclass quarterbacks, the others being Andrew Luck of Stanford and Ryan Mallett of Arkansas, to decide to enter the 2011 NFL Draft.


After a phenomenal sophomore year during which he led the Tigers to an 8-4 regular season record and an appearance in Texas Bowl against Navy, a lot was expected of Gabbert heading into the 2010 season.


Even with a disappointing statistical season compared to 2009, he managed to lead his Tigers back to national spotlight in 2010 much like Chase Daniel did back in 2008. He passed for 3,186 yards and 16 touchdowns while completing 301 of his 475 passes. His yards-per-attempt average as well as touchdowns took a significant hit, (read more…)

First Twenty 2011 NFL Draft Spots Locked Up

January 3, 2011

Let the mocking begin!


The NFL regular season has come to end and the playoffs are upon us. The front offices of teams that will be watching the post-season from the comfort of their own homes can now start preparing for the late-April draft that looms just around the corner. With final regular season records set in stone after tonight’s showdown between the St. Louis Rams and the Seattle Seahawks, the draft order is now locked up for the first 20 spots. The position of teams with identical records is decided by their strength of schedule. The rest of the 32 draft positions will be decided during the next few weeks of the playoffs.


1. Carolina Panthers (2-14) 2. Denver Broncos (4-12) 3. Buffalo Bills (4-12) 4. Cincinnati Bengals (4-12) 5. Arizona Cardinals (5-11) 6. Cleveland Browns (5-11) 7. San Francisco 49ers (6-10) 8. Tennessee (read more…)

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