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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

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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…)

Alfonzo Dennard arrested for assaulting police officer

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on April 21, 2012

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With less than a week to go before the beginning of the 2012 NFL Draft, it’s essential for players to be on their best behavior.

Unfortunately for Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, he was unaware of that little tidbit before Saturday, when he was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.

The problems started for Dennard when he got caught up in a fight outside a bar near Lincoln, Nebraska, at around 2:15 a.m. After police arrived and attempted to break up the fight, Dennard allegedly pushed and punched one of the responding officers in the face.

According to police, it took four cops to subdue and take Dennard into custody.

Dennard, 22, is expected to stay in jail over the weekend until a judge can set his bail during a Monday hearing at Lancaster County Court.

Although Dennard hasn’t had many personal issues throughout (read more…)

Play the Draft for FREE with First Round Exchange

Written by Will Spencer on April 20, 2012

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The Play the Draft® game (FRX-Football) is simple to play. (Don’t let the “stock market” lingo make you think the game is more difficult than it actually is.)

Your goal is to find “draft stocks” that you believe are undervalued

Add the most undervalued stocks to your team/fund, using the $12 million “rookie salary cap” with which all teams/funds begin play. Check your team/fund often, as stock prices are adjusted daily as NFL Draft analysts update their mock drafts based on new information. You can change the draft stocks in your team/fund at any time until 2 hours before the start of the NFL Draft at 7pm EST on April 26, 2012. Then, while watching the NFL Draft, see where the athletes in your team/fund are selected and compare your team/fund value to those of your friends.

Draft Stocks

Every athlete competing for selection in the first 3 rounds (read more…)

Colts inform Luck that he’s the No. 1 pick

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on April 19, 2012

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“With the first pick in 2012 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select Andrew Luck, quarterback out of Stanford.”

According to ESPN, the Colts have informed the former Cardinal quarterback that they will use the first overall pick in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft on him.

Since Luck announced his eligibility for the draft, he has unanimously been considered the No. 1 overall prospect available. Combining a staggering football IQ with tons of athleticism and a precision throwing arm, Luck has been seen as the greatest quarterback prospect to come out of the college ranks since Peyton Manning. Now, he’ll be taking Manning’s place as the Colts’ starter behind center.

Although it’s been expected for quite some time, the Colts have been unwilling to make their decision public up to this point as they continued to let the pre-draft process play out.

With Luck now a (read more…)

Burfict’s draft stock continues to plummet

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on April 17, 2012

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Heading into his 2011 senior season, Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict looked like a top-tier talent with the potential to be a Top 10 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

And then, NFL teams began to see the troubled tackler for what he really was: a disaster waiting to happen.

Questions already lingered after his time with the Sun Devils. Throughout his college career, he became known for being unable to control his temper. Time and time again, he failed to keep his cool in clutch situations and racked up inexcusable amounts of personal foul penalties. The man was a walking magnet for yellow flags.

At times, the ASU coaches were even forced to pull him from the lineup because he couldn’t control himself in do-or-die situations. In short, he was a liability.

Combining an immeasurable immaturity with a lack of discipline both on and off of (read more…)

The Myth of “BPA”

Written by Mike Daneshgar on April 16, 2012

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There’s something that I need to get off my chest, and it is the notion of BPA – best player available. It’s becoming a bit of a catch phrase in the discussion of the NFL Draft and seen as rationale for justifying selections which should really go beyond just 3 simple letters. After-all it’s the best player available, how can there be an argument against it? Any other player you’re selecting would be the not-best player available, and clearly you don’t want to build an organization aiming for 2nd or 3rd best. But if taking BPA is the “best” way to build a team, why are there even people in the war room? Just put a checkmark by the box that lets you autopick based on who the highest person available on your board and go hit some golf balls, right?

I’m going to do something crazy, so brace yourself: (read more…)

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