Mike Daneshgar

Mike is a contributor to the DraftBreakdown team whose obsession with talent evaluation and teambuilding sprouted from the many failures of his beloved Cleveland Browns. His goal is to one day say that he gets paid to work in football. In between being a Master's student at the University of Florida and working with DraftBreakdown, Mike also writes pieces for the ProFootballFocus.com Dynasty staff.


Senior Bowl Diary: Day 2

January 24, 2012

McNutt versus Johnson

 

Senior Bowl Diary: Day 1

 

Today at practice we finally got to see both teams play – and in ideal weather. The sun was shining and even though there was a bit of a nip in the air the field conditions were perfect. It was a great sign especially after a slippery Monday. Full pads allowed for many players to state their cases – who stood out and who dropped the ball? Here are some of my rambling observations.

 

 

 

NORTH

 

None of the North quarterbacks really stood out to me. But I did keep an eye on footwork early on and it’s unanimous that Russell Wilson is the most natural in his dropback. His steps are natural, light, and unforced. If this was beach football, he would hardly leave a footprint. His height and arm are still obvious concerns but the fact that (read more…)

Senior Bowl Interviews 1/23

January 23, 2012

Cordy Glenn

At Senior Bowl media night, I caught up with a few athletes. Here are the conversations:

 

Georgia Offensive Lineman Cordy Glenn

 

 

How was your first day of practice?

Good. Pretty good, I thought I did pretty good for not knowing what to expect. I was just trying to pick up on some of the things the coaches wanted out of us. I think this next practice I’ll be more prepared and more ready to know exactly what’s going on and what we’ll be doing.

You were at left tackle in practice today, is that where you see yourself in the NFL?

Honestly man, I just wanna play for a team and get drafted. I can play left tackle or guard, I’m pretty good at both.

You don’t have a preference?

Nope.

Is there a specific defender who has stood out to you yet as a really (read more…)

Senior Bowl Diary: Day 1

January 23, 2012

Senior Bowl

Senior Bowl Diary: Day 1

Monday practices started off with Weigh-Ins. Official measurements will be posted soon. Looking at shirtless dudes can give a pretty solid grasp of their physique and possibly hint at their work ethic (in the gym at least). Not all players were comment worthy but here are some of the notes that I jotted down about random players as they came up.

 

(Alphabetical order)

OT Mike Adams OSU

Extremely long, really cool tattoos (sorry, I had to)

CB Brandon Boykin UGA

Jacked, probably has the lowest body fat percentage of all the prospects in Mobile

LB Zach Brown UNC

Hearing that he runs a 4.4 I was expecting him to be more of a gym rat but he just appeared to be normal, not overly jacked and obviously not out of shape.

DE/DT Quinton Coples UNC

Like his teammate Brown, not super toned. In fact, (read more…)

Senior Bowl: 23 prospects, 23 questions

January 22, 2012

Nick Foles

With an exciting week of Senior Bowl practices rapidly approaching, there is plenty for top prospects to prove. In honor of practices beginning on the 23rd of January, here are 23 questions that I have about 23 prospects heading in to Mobile:

 

WR Joe Adams, Arkansas – Can he play receiver?

It may seem like an odd question but if Joe Adams wasn’t a special teams stud this invite to Mobile may have never happened. Consistent hands catching would go a long ways because you know Adams will make people miss if he can get the ball with room to run.

 

OLB Zach Brown, North Carolina – Will he show that he is more than just a physical specimen?

Zach Brown will easily be the most athletic linebacker in Mobile, but at times he appears to just be running somewhere fast without a purpose. How Brown performs in (read more…)

Alabama OT DJ Fluker Staying in School

December 13, 2011

Fluker_Featured

Though many believed it was a long-shot that a redshirt sophomore offensive tackle would declare for the 2012 NFL Draft, others held out hope that Alabama right Tackle D.J. Fluker would be the exception. After all, not many redshirt sophomore offensive tackles have started for two full years on championship-worthy offensive lines in a conference like the SEC. That was the sliver of hope for NFL fans hoping that their team could attain a 6-6 335 pound manchild to anchor the right side of their offensive line.

 

On Monday, Fluker put to bed any rumors of taking his talents to the next level:

 

“I know there have been a few stories and different things out on the message boards lately about me possibly leaving school early. I want to go ahead and put all of that to rest and make it clear that my intentions are to stay (read more…)

An Everyone’s Eligible Mock Draft

December 3, 2011

mathieu

Looking around at mock scenarios for the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft, I began to wonder what the draft would look like if there were no eligibility restriction on who could enter. Would the top overall prospect in 2012 still be the top pick? Where would that freshman phenom fit into the mix of things when you consider upside and limited early production? Simply put, it is an all out free-for-all with the best college football players at each team’s disposal.

 

Let’s dig in.

 

* denotes 2nd year players, eligible for the 2013 draft

** denotes true freshmen, eligible for the 2014 draft

 

 

1. Indianapolis Colts 

 

Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford

 

This is probably the least surprising selection of this draft. By now, I’m sure you have basked in the greatness that is Andrew Luck. He is the safest QB prospect to come (read more…)

Prospect Stalker: Week 1

September 1, 2011

The wait is almost over. You can come out of your hibernation now. College football is back. Even though your allegiances may lie with your alma mater, that doesn’t mean their game is the only one worth watching. Broaden your horizons!

 

What I have found is that I can make even a non-marquee matchup worthwhile by keying in on the guys who could be playing on Sundays in the near future. Here are the nationally televised games that I’ll be watching this weekend, along with which players to watch out for. Also, I’m a nice guy, so no need to grab those media guides; I have their jersey numbers listed right here for you in parentheses.

 

(Note: Players in bold are also in my 2012 NFL Draft Extravaganza)

 

Thursday, September 1st at 8:00 PM EST (ESPN)

 

UNLV Rebels @ (11) Wisconsin Badgers

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2012 NFL Draft Extravaganza

August 28, 2011

I’ve been doing some research on the 2011 College Football season and the 2012 NFL Draft because I have nothing better to do. Plus, as a Browns fan, I have pretty much all season to look forward to the draft.

 

This draft class has the potential to be legendary. It’s so awesome that if I had a twin, I would want to kiss him on the lips (watch this video and you’ll know what I’m talkin’ bout). Here are a few names worth keeping an eye on during the College Football season which is just around the corner!

 

QB:

 

Andrew Luck, Stanford – I think nothing really needs to be said that hasn’t already. Best quarterback I’ve seen since Joe Montana. He’s also the smartest football player since Albert Einstein and I’ve heard it said that he has a really loud voice, which makes his snap (read more…)

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