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Jordan White – Slot Machine

Written by Jimmy O'Brien on February 19, 2012

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“Whatever happens is Western Michigan, stays in Western Michigan.”

 

That may not be exactly how you heard it, but that old Vegas adage rings true when it comes to Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo, where Western Michigan University wide receiver Jordan White may be college football’s best kept secret. Word is slowly getting out about White, whose 2011 totals of 140 catches, 1911 yards, and 17 touchdowns earned him recognition as only the sixth player in MAC Conference history to be named a Consensus All American.

 

White’s work from the slot was machine-like, cranking out 100+ yard receiving totals in 10 of 13 games, including 265 yards versus Purdue in the Little Caesars Bowl. And this two time All MAC performer holds the conference record not only for yards per season, but also career yardage, at 4187, despite missing the 2006 and 2008 seasons with injuries to (read more…)

Getting The Edge: 2012 Pass Rushing Prospects

Written by Mike Daneshgar on February 18, 2012

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Quinton Coples, North Carolina

Height: 6056 Weight: 281

Best fit: 3-4 DE

Potential landing spot: Dallas Cowboys (14th overall)

 

Breakdown:

It feels a bit weird mentioning Quinton Coples in an article about edge rushers when that’s not how he’ll be earning his money at the next level. Still, since many consider him into this conversation, it only makes sense to take a closer look at the Tar Heel.

 

If this were a list about the top edge re-establishers, Coples would be much more at home. He was out of position when lining up at the blindside his senior year at Chapel Hill and is just not a real sack terror – and that’s perfectly fine. His hips just aren’t made to get around the corner and at his size, it’s not a simple task getting small to slip under or around left tackles. If he couldn’t do (read more…)

Scouting Report: Ryan Tannehill

Written by Eric Stoner on February 17, 2012

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Ryan Tannehill

 

Position: QB School: Texas A&M Height: 6’4″ Weight: 222 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: N/A All-Star Game: No Team Captain: Yes Draft Projection: First Round

 

Summary

 

Tannehill is a unique prospect in that he’s a redshirt senior with only 20 games of starting experience at quarterback – due to playing wide receiver at the beginning of his collegiate career (and playing receiver at high level, no less). Moved to quarterback midway through his junior season. Overall, a fundamentally sound quarterback who needs to clean just a few things up mechanically. Rhythm passer who displays a power arm when attacking intermediate portions of the field. He projects to go in the first round.

 

Mechanics/Release

 

Quick, compact ¾ delivery. Offensive system has pro-style influences – designed around isolation routes to attack the intermediate areas of the field off 5-step drops from under center (read more…)

Closer Look: San Diego State RB Ronnie Hillman

Written by Fernando Stepensky on February 13, 2012

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Hillman is going to be a player that some teams will look back on and regret not drafting. The NFL Advisory Committee told him that he could be drafted as early as the third round, which seems fitting; however, I look at Hillman as one of the most skilled running backs going into the draft.

 

Strengths

Hillman has been extremely productive with all the carries he’s seen, and that comes as no surprise, because he has many strengths and few weaknesses. That showed when he rushed for 1,711 yards (3rd in the nation) and rushed for 19 touchdowns (tied for 7th in the nation) for SDSU last year.

 

Ultimately one of his most important strengths is his ability to set up his own blockers and not always need a big hole to gain solid yardage. The way he does this, is by adjusting his pad level and shoulders (read more…)

Luck and RG3 share March 22 Pro Day

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on February 11, 2012

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On March 22, NFL scouts will have a tough decision to make.

 

As it turns out, the two top quarterbacks in the 2012 draft class will be holding their pro day workouts on the same day: March 22.

 

Whether it’s coincidence or not, Stanford’s Andrew Luck and Baylor’s Robert Griffin III will both work out for scouts on the same day in hopes of displaying their value as NFL prospects.

 

The biggest thing that people will watching for is how many Indianapolis Colts representatives show up to each workout. The Colts currently hold the No. 1 pick in the draft and are expected to pick Luck. Griffin, however, hasn’t been shy in expressing his belief that he should be the top pick.

 

“As long as that door’s open, I’m going to keep trying to run through it,” Griffin said of being draft first overall. “And when (read more…)

Scouting Report: Riley Reiff

Written by Chad Davis on February 5, 2012

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Riley Reiff

 

 

Position: OT School: Iowa Height: 6’6″ Weight: 300 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: N/A All-Star Game: N/A Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top Fifteen Pick

 

Summary

 

Riley Reiff is another in a long line of top-caliber offensive lineman from the University of Iowa. Like the others before him, Reiff is a blue-collar blocker who is fundamentally sound, hard working, and plays with the aggressiveness that most NFL scouts drool over. While there are some flaws in his game, Reiff strikes me as a day-one starter in the NFL, and should be able to man the left tackle position for a team for many years. Playing at a premium position so many teams crave, Reiff should hear his name called within the first 15 picks in the NFL Draft.

 

Pass Blocking

 

Reiff is technically solid in pass protection, using his natural (read more…)

Eric Page: Rocket Man

Written by Jimmy O'Brien on January 31, 2012

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“There is always a next step.”

 

With these words, University of Toledo’s Eric Page ended his decorated college career and entered the 2012 NFL Draft. It was a career littered with accomplishments and awards. With 306 receptions in 3 seasons (and the NCAA record in sight), Page was not only a finalist for this year’s Paul Hornung Award, given to the game’s most versatile player, but also a 2010 first team All American kickoff returner, who also returned punts, was used in the running game, and threw 4 TDs. Page is the definition of ultra-productive, saving his best season for last, being named 1st team All MAC at 3 positions, recording 125 receptions, and ripping through Ohio State’s defense for 12 catches, 145 yards, and 2 TDs.

 

As for the next step, Page projects as a versatile slot receiver and dynamic return man. At 5’ (read more…)

Senior Bowl Diary: Day 4

Written by Mike Daneshgar on January 26, 2012

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Senior Bowl Diary: Day 1

 

Senior Bowl Diary: Day 2

 

Senior Bowl Diary: Day 3

 

 

Today at the Senior Bowl can be described with 3 blurry pictures:

 

 

 

 

After a tornado warning and torrential downpour, practices went inside and essentially boiled down to walkthroughs. In other words, very little scouting.

 

Fortunately, I got onto the escalator at the same time as a man who as it turns out is the agent for the hot ticket of the week, Joe Adams. We struck up some good conversation and he altered my perspective on the “greed” of the sports agent industry. While he may be an expert at buttering people up as part of the job, he seemed to genuinely care about the well-being of Joe Adams – his one and only client this draft.

 

After hearing (read more…)

Senior Bowl Diary: Day 3

Written by Mike Daneshgar on January 25, 2012

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Senior Bowl Diary: Day 1

Senior Bowl Diary: Day 2

 

Today at the senior bowl was quite an eventful day. Keeping with my trend of having no trend with my Senior Bowl reports, I’m going to break up my overall impressions by squads because today the experience in each was vastly different.

 

NORTH

 

Maybe it was because it is the morning practice, but the North side’s Day 3 was a bit of a snoozer. Instead of spending time showcasing player talents, the Vikings coaching squad spent a majority of the time doing walk-through.

 

The signal callers were consistently sloppy, with the exception of Kirk Cousins. He had a very good day, arguably the best quarterbacking performance that I have seen this week. Cousins was especially adept at finding the spaces in the zone defenses. There was nice pace on his throws and he seemed (read more…)

Senior Bowl Diary: Day 2

Written by Mike Daneshgar on 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…)

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