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Five GIFs to Get to Know Chuckie Keeton

Written by Derrik Klassen on August 17, 2014

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In what’s shaping up to be a weak senior quarterback class, Chuckie Keeton stands out from the rest. Aside from prototypical size, the Utah State signal caller possesses all the tools that make a top-notch NFL quarterback.

It’s curious, then, that the Mountain West Preseason OPOY has never received the national recognition he deserves.

Then again, that very well may be a product of the ACL injury that Keeton suffered halfway through last season. The injury was a shame not only because it will be a concern moving forward, but also because he was on pace for a jaw-dropping statistical year before he went down.

2014 is both a new beginning and a final chance for Keeton. He will come back as a fresh player, but at the same time, it is his senior season and he has to prove his worth.

Without further ado, let’s get (read more…)

Five GIFs to Get to Know Ray Drew

Written by Jon Dove on August 17, 2014

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Georgia’s Ray Drew is a physical and naturally talented defensive line prospect. After watching him play, I quickly fell in love with the former five-star recruit’s ability & upside.

In my view, Drew possesses first round potential. If he continues on the upward trend started with a solid ’13 campaign, the Bulldog will begin to appear in more & more mocks.

While he features tremendous upside, there are several areas of his game that need work. Drew needs to become a more consistent and disciplined player to fulfill his potential. Fortunately, his issues can be corrected through coaching and practice.

With a strong senior showcase, Drew could find himself surging up draft boards.

Five GIFs to Get to Know C.J. Johnson

Written by Aimal Arsalla on August 17, 2014

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Under the guidance of head coach Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss has transformed into a formidable program in the SEC. To his credit, Freeze was largely responsible for locking up defensive end stud Robert Nkemdiche on signing day in 2013. However, he also had the major benefit of inheriting another standout defensive end in C.J. Johnson.

Johnson stood out when I studied Ole Miss prospects last summer. He garnered some attention from the draft community at the time, but a season-ending ankle injury in October quieted the buzz.

Like Nkemdiche, C.J. Johnson was a five-star recruit. Freeze realizes his impact on the defensive line and made it clear that their defense took a step back when Johnson was lost for the season.

If Johnson can stay healthy and perform at a consistently high level, he has an opportunity to become a surprise first rounder in (read more…)

Five GIFs to Get to Know Hau’oli Kikaha

Written by Justis Mosqueda on August 8, 2014

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With the 2014 season fast approaching, one potential riser to keep an eye out for throughout the fall is U-Dub edge defender Hau’oli Kikaha. With a background in judo, this pass­ rusher uses technique and upper body strength to beat his opponents.

After back-­to-­back years with season-ending knee injuries, he produced at a very high level in 2013, notching 13 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss.

In 2014, he’s playing to prove his durability and to rewrite the Husky record book. If Kikaha is able to stay healthy, it shouldn’t surprise anyone if he jumps up into the first round of the 2015 draft.

Five GIFs to Get to Know Ameer Abdullah

Written by Andrew Worstell on August 6, 2014

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Ameer Abdullah stunned many when he announced he would return to Nebraksa for his senior season. Abdullah cited completing his degree as motivation, but he also appeared to be coming off the ultimate resume-building campaign: the 5’9″, 195-pound back tallied almost 1,700 yards as a junior — picking up yardage at a 6.0 YPC clip — and hauled in 26 receptions.

Instead of playing on Sundays this fall, Ameer will look to add to his legacy as the first Husker RB to have three 1,000 yard seasons. Abdullah also leads all active FBS backs in career 100-yard games with seventeen.

Additionally, Abdullah will work to secure his status as the top senior RB in the 2015 NFL Draft, something he’s likely to achieve if he avoids injury. He’s clearly the Huskers’ most important player on the field and also exemplary off of it, leading in the locker room and (read more…)

Penn State Prospect Breakdown

Written by Nick Page on August 6, 2014

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Penn State’s 2014 roster does not feature a draft-eligible prospect who carries extremely high billing as an NFL prospect. There is no Allen Robinson…no DaQuan Jones…no LB coming from “Linebacker U” like recent draftees Mike Mauti, and Gerald Hodges, or Pro Bowlers like Sean Lee, Navorro Bowman, and Tamba Hali.

That being said, there will be numerous future NFLers the field for the 2014 Nittany Lions. As opposed to our standard “Get to Know the Prospect” piece, this GIF feature is about getting to know a team.

And with that, here are your potential draft picks coming out of Happy Valley.

Five GIFs to Get to Know Dante Fowler

Written by Derrik Klassen on August 4, 2014

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As soon as the 2014 NFL Draft wrapped up, the draft community got started on the next crop of prospects. Since then, Dante Fowler has been touted as arguably the best draft-eligible edge defender, ahead of talents like Vic Beasley, Trey Flowers, and Eric Striker. Additionally, he was named to the Bronko Nagurski Award watch list and the Bednarik Award watch list.

Given all that buzz, it’s worth asking: why is Fowler so well-regarded?

Statistically, Fowler hasn’t been a major standout. The then-true sophomore only recorded 3.5 sacks last year, two coming on free rushes against Kentucky. He was named second team All-SEC, with Michael Sam, Dee Ford, Jadeveon Clowney, and Kony Ealy instead earning first team accolades. Aside from Clowney, none of those players received the preseason hype that Fowler did, yet all out-produced him.

That said, it is not Fowler’s box scores that draw attention to him (read more…)

Five GIFs to Get to Know Arie Kouandjio

Written by Spencer on August 4, 2014

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Arie Kouandjio will enter this season as one of the top guard prospects in the country. The big, mauling lineman certainly has the traits & skills to become a very good NFL player down the road.

Both experienced and a well-sized physical specimen, the redshirt senior makes some aspects of the game look very easy.

The Bama left guard does have a few things to work on. However, his numerous strengths rightfully have him held in high esteem.

Five GIFs to Get to Know Braxton Miller

Written by Andrew Worstell on July 27, 2014

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  You know Braxton Miller is dynamic running the football, but what about throwing it?

At 6’2″, 215 lbs., Miller is one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation. However, his inconsistencies as a passer have him falling just short of being the top senior QB. To his credit, though, Miller has improved each and every year he’s spent in Columbus, and that trend very well may continue.

Ever since taking over the starting job in the fourth game of the 2011 season, Miller’s wowed fans and B1G foes — one could make the argument he’s been the best Big Ten player during that time and a Heisman favorite this fall.

All-Pac-12 Prospect Team

Written by Aimal Arsalla on July 20, 2014

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Andrew Worstell & Aimal Arsalla are back at it with their preseason All-Pac-12 Team.

A reminder: only players eligible for next year’s draft were considered for this squad. And be sure to check out their SEC and B1G teams as well.   All-Pac-12 Team     QB      RB      WR      OL      DL      LB      DB

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