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Top 10 “Best Fits” for the 2012 Draft

Written by Mike Bainbridge on May 18, 2012

Courtney Upshaw

1. David DeCastro, Steelers- This is exactly why the Steelers are one of the NFL’s top teams year in, year out. Pittsburgh just sat back, let the chips fall into place, and ended up with easily the top player at his respective position. DeCastro will come in day one and immediately improve one of the more depleted offensive lines in all of football. If there was ever a perfect fit in the NFL Draft, this is it.

2. Brian Quick, Rams- Last year, the Rams were in a similar dilemma after the first round. After bypassing a wide receiver with their first selection in 2011, St. Louis tried to address their offensive needs as best they could with what fell to them in the middle rounds. As a result, they still needed a big-time target in the 2012 draft because neither Austin Pettis, nor Greg Salas established themselves as a (read more…)

Small-school studs worth watching: Southern Utah QB Brad Sorensen

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on May 17, 2012

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A BYU transfer, Southern Utah quarterback Brad Sorensen has quickly made a name for himself as one of the top small-school gunslingers worth watching in 2012.

Measuring in at 6’5’’, 225 pounds, Sorensen has spent the past two seasons shredding opposing Great Western Conference secondaries. In 2012, however, he’ll have the opportunity to prove himself against the best that the Big Sky Conference has to offer.

With matchups against top sub-FBS programs like Montana and Montana State, Sorensen is going to have several chances to wow NFL scouts with his phenomenal field vision and big arm. He also possesses noteworthy accuracy and prototypical size for an NFL quarterback.

Speaking of field vision… Sorensen’s is as outstanding as you can expect from a Division IAA talent. Whether he’s on the move or staring pressure straight in the face, Sorensen does a great job of reading defenses and finding (read more…)

Gil’s Top 25 seniors eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on May 16, 2012

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Now that the 2012 NFL Draft is in the rear view mirror, what better time to take a look at some of top senior prospects will be available for next year’s 2013 NFL Draft.

Join me as I give you a quick rundown of my Top 25 seniors heading into the 2012 college season.

1. Matt Barkley, Quarterback, USC

Had Barkley declared for the 2013 draft, he would have been a Top 5 pick. Instead, he stayed in school and will be looking to put the Trojans back on top in 2012. Let’s just hope he stays healthy.

2. Tyler Wilson, Quarterback, Arkansas

Wilson has all of the tools to succeed in 2012, but will have some hurdles to clear after losing his head coach and most of his top 2011 targets. A big part of his 2013 draft status will depend on how he adjusts.

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Top 10 steals of the 2012 NFL Draft

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on May 9, 2012

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With the 2012 NFL Draft in the rear view mirror, I’ve decided to take a look at some of what I consider to be the biggest steals from draft weekend.

From top talents who slid due to injury to players who simply got passed up on for lower-ranked players at their position, several teams managed to find terrific value later than it was expected to be available.

So here we go; my Top 10 steals of the 2012 NFL Draft and what makes them steals.

10. Arkansas WR Greg Childs: Minnesota Vikings, No. 134

Before the beginning of the 2011 season, Childs was considered a first-round receiver talent. Unfortunately for the former Razorback, a lingering knee injury hindered his ability to be effective throughout his senior season. Still, if Childs can stay healthy and prove that he’s at 100%, he could finally provide the Vikings with the (read more…)

Top Prospects Available at Start of Day 2

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on April 27, 2012

Devon Still

Thirty-two picks later and the second day of the 2012 NFL Draft is upon us. It was an exciting first day of the draft filled with trades and queues of picks that quickly piled up in the commissioner’s pocket.

Although there were several interesting selections, most of the picks made were the right ones as each team continued building towards a better 2012 season.

Now, the second day is finally ready to begin and there’s still plenty of talent still available. So let’s take a look at some of the top prospects still available on my big board and what they will bring to the lucky team that gets to call their name on draft day.

Cordy Glenn, Offensive Tackle, Georgia

After spending his first three seasons as a guard, Glenn moved over to the left tackle spot his senior year and proved that he’s (read more…)

Everyone Gets An F!

Written by Mike Daneshgar on April 27, 2012

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Enough with the high-fives! Enough with the butting of heads! Every single pick is not going to be a slam dunk. On the other end of the spectrum, even the slam dunks aren’t slam dunks. In fact, sometimes a slam dunk is a layup. Other times the layup is a 3 point shot, or a half court prayer with 1 second left was traveling. At some point in that metaphor it got out of control, but you get the point.

 

This was a really strange year though, in that every pick was terrible. Look away if you’re hoping for unicorns and lollipops in regards to how your team did in the 1st round. You all suck. Everyone fails. Here’s exactly why every pick so far in the NFL Draft will 100% without a doubt be a giant JaMarcus Russell belly-flop.

 

 

1. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: QB Andrew Luck, (read more…)

Eric Stoner’s Final Rankings and Tiered Top 50

Written by Eric Stoner on April 26, 2012

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Here are my final position rankings and a tiered top 50 overall.

I only did the top 5 for position rankings.  Quarterbacks are ranked to 10, and I’ve linked to the scouting reports I’ve completed on them.  I wish I could go beyond a Top 50/Top 5, but one man can only do so much.

Enjoy the 2012 draft, everyone.

A note: I did not evaluate the interior offensive line position in-depth this year.  As such, I have not included them in my rankings (besides David DeCastro).

POSITION RANKINGS

QUARTERBACK 1. Andrew Luck 2. Ryan Tannehill 3. Robert Griffin 4. Russell Wilson 5. Brandon Weeden 6. Ryan Lindley 7. BJ Coleman (Scouting Report by Jimmy O’Brien) 8. (read more…)

Mike Daneshgar’s Big Board Plus

Written by Mike Daneshgar on April 25, 2012

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Mike D’s Big Board Plus Rank Player Confidence Upside 1 QB Andrew Luck, Stanford 9 9 2 RB Trent Richardson, Alabama 9 9 3 OG David DeCastro, Stanford 9 8 4 OT Matt Kalil, USC 8 8 5 DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama 9 7 6 QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor 7 9 7 CB Morris Claiborne, LSU 8 9 8 WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma St. 7 8 9 CB Janoris Jenkins, Florida 5 8 10 MLB Luke Kuechly, Boston College 9 7 11 DE Quinton Coples, UNC 6 9 12 DT Fletcher Cox, Mississippi St. 8 8 13 OT Riley Reiff, Iowa 8 7 14 CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama 7 8 15 WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame 7 8 16 WR Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina 6 9 17 CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina 8 7 18 DT Michael Brockers, LSU 6 9 19 OT Cordy Glenn, Georgia 7 7 20 (read more…)

Burfict, Hosley failed drug tests at Combine

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on April 25, 2012

Jayron Hosley

As if Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict needed more negative notes to add to his résumé as a potential undrafted NFL prospect.

According to Jay Glazer, NFL teams were informed this week that both Burfict and Virginia Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley tested positive for banned substances at February’s NFL Scouting Combine.

Considering that Burfict’s first-round value has plummeted all the way down to undrafted territory, this report only continues to worsen his chances of ever making it in the NFL. With numerous concerns, including his drive to get better and inability to control his temper on the field, a positive drug test could be what seals his fate as the biggest waste of potential in this year’s draft.

As for Hosley, the drug test isn’t as much of a deal breaker. It could however, take him down from a Day 2 prospect to a Day (read more…)

Bobby Rainey – Top Of The Hill

Written by Jimmy O'Brien on April 22, 2012

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“How’s the air up there?” isn’t a question typically asked of a 5’ 7” college running back.  Then again, Bobby Rainey isn’t your typical 5’ 7” college running back.  And, if you check the NCAA record book, you’ll find that this Western Kentucky Hilltopper does in fact live in rarefied air.  As one of only a handful of rushers in FBS history with back to back 1500 yard seasons, Rainey was named both first team All Sun Belt Conference and two time offensive player of the year, while leading the Hilltoppers to a 7-1 conference record in 2011, only two years after WKU made the full-time move up to the FBS level.  As a self described  “blue collar guy, who loves to work hard,” Rainey emphasizes that he’s ready to do whatever NFL coaches ask of him.  At Western Kentucky, his coaches routinely asked him to, metaphorically, push a rock (read more…)

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