Jimmy O'Brien

Jimmy O’Brien is a football and NFL Draft junkie, who went to Penn State to major in pigskin, only to learn that you were required to choose an actual academic course of study. Perplexed, he settled on a career as a writer, eventually (7 years later) earning a B.A. and Masters in English, and a Ph.D. in watching college football. He has written articles for the Pro Football 24x7 network of websites for the Steelers, Redskins, Ravens, and Eagles. His film work, featuring small school college players, can be seen on youtube at phillyjimmyphilms, and he can be found on twitter @phillyjimmy or online at phillyjimmy.com


Shakir Bell vs North Dakota State (2012)

August 19, 2013

Shakir Bell vs North Dakota State (2012)

Tim Flanders vs Eastern Washington (2012)

August 11, 2013

Tim Flanders vs Eastern Washington (2012)

Jose Jose vs Tulsa (2012)

March 11, 2013

Jose Jose vs Tulsa (2012)

Jasper Collins vs St. Thomas (2012)

March 8, 2013

Jasper Collins vs St. Thomas (2012)

Jimmy O’Brien’s 2013 Mock Draft

March 5, 2013

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With Philadelphia-born Shariff Floyd atop the draft board, and both the Eagles and Andy Reid picking in the top four, the 2013 draft will have a distinct Philly flavor right from the outset.  And, like a South Philly steak lathered with cheese and onions, this draft is loaded with juice in the middle, with the first round peppered with solid talent, though the top ten features few sexy, cant’ miss quarterback or running back prospects.  In fact, you won’t find any first round RBs, and only one QB, along with no Tavon Austin, Jarvis Jones, Manti Te’o, Alec Ogletree, or Desmond Trufant.  But, you will find meaty prospects like Jamar Taylor, Larry Warford, Travis Kelce, and Da’Rick Rogers.  Like the waters down the Jersey shore, this draft runs deep, with more than a few surprises up top, if you just know where to look.

 

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Manase Foketi vs W. Georgia & Winston-Salem State (2012)

February 28, 2013

Manase Foketi vs W. Georgia & Winston-Salem State (2012)

Keith Pough vs Norfolk State (2012)

February 25, 2013

Keith Pough vs Norfolk State (2012)

Vance McDonald vs LA Tech (2012)

February 18, 2013

Vance McDonald vs LA Tech (2012)

Rontez Miles: Hammer Of The Gods

February 14, 2013

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While other schools selected animals, colors, or historical figures as nicknames and mascots for their sporting teams, California University of PA aligned itself with Vulcan, the Roman blacksmith of the gods, who created armor for various deities and heroes, and constructed the thunderbolts of Jupiter.  And, perhaps no Cal player better exemplifies the strength, toughness, and steely resolve of Vulcan more than safety Rontez Miles.  Although Miles will enter the NFL draft as one of the most decorated players in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference history, as a four-time All PSAC-West selection, back to back Defensive Player Of The Year, and two-time Division II All American, his journey has been laced with struggle, disappointment, and challenge.  However, while he refuses to be defined by his past, he also recognizes how it has shaped his character, stating “where I’m from made me who I am today.”  Refusing to be the nail, Miles, (read more…)

Robert Alford vs Missouri & Lamar (2012)

February 11, 2013

Robert Alford vs Missouri & Lamar (2012)
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