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Brian Quick – A Quick Study

Written by Jimmy O'Brien on March 11, 2012

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Everyone remembers exactly where they were on that fateful day. It made the front page of the NY Times. I know that Jake Long, Chad Henne, and Mario Manningham remember. They were there. And if your name is Brian Quick, an unheralded Appalachian State freshman WR, playing in your very first college game, you remember being on the field, leaping high in the air, and blocking the field goal that led to the fourth quarter go-ahead touchdown, as Appalachian State knocked off the fifth ranked Michigan Wolverines 34-32, in what the NY Times called the “most important game in small school college football history.” Not a bad first game for a kid only three months out of twelfth grade, where he was a South Carolina prep basketball star, who only played one year of high school football. And on that fateful afternoon in the Big House in Ann Arbor, he (read more…)

Scouting Report: Brandon Weeden

Written by Eric Stoner on March 11, 2012

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Brandon Weeden

 

Position: QB School: Oklahoma State Height: 6’3 3/4" Weight: 221 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.95 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: Yes Draft Projection: Mid 1st/Early 2nd Round

 

Summary

 

A big pocket passer who owns virtually every Oklahoma State passing record (both career and single season). Drafted out of high school as a pitcher, and returned to college football in 2007 after shoulder injuries ended his baseball career. Teamed up with wide receiver Justin Blackmon to form the most prolific quaterback/wide receiver duo in the country over the last two seasons. Has more work to do mechanically than you’d like for a quarterback his age (28 year-old Redshirt Senior), but the mechanical inconsistencies also indicate the potential for untapped upside in terms of arm talent and accuracy. He projects to go from the middle of round one to early round two.

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Georgia TE Charles arrested Friday for DUI

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on March 9, 2012

Orson Charles

Considered one of the top prospects at his position in the 2012 NFL Draft, junior Georgia tight end Orson Charles was working his way towards potentially becoming the first tight end off the board.

Despite a sloppy Pro Day workout and unimpressive times in the 40-yard dash, Charles’ talent and potential as an NFL tight end were still undeniable.

That was until Charles was arrested on Friday morning on charges of DUI and driving minimum speed.

He was arrested by the Athens-Clarke County Police and booked into the ACC jail at 4:31 a.m. He was released an hour later on $1,750 bond.

With this arrest on his record, Charles’ draft stock could see a significant drop in the next month leading up to the late-April draft. He was already slipping due to his lackluster Combine and Pro Day performances. This DUI will really make NFL (read more…)

Blackmon runs sub-4.5 40 at Oklahoma St Pro Day

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on March 9, 2012

Justin Blackmon

Today at the Oklahoma State Pro Day, wide receiver prospect Justin Blackmon was hoping to reinforce his position as a Top 10 talent. Apparently, he did just that.

According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Blackmon ran two 40s today. His first was clocked in the 4.45-4.5 range. His second was clocked in the 4.41-4.46 range. For a big, thick wide receiver like Blackmon who had lingering concerns about his speed, he couldn’t have asked for better results.

Blackmon added a 35-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot, 4-inch broad jump to his Pro Day résumé. He also matched his Combine mark of 14 bench press reps.

Although his times were impressive, some will choose to take them with a grain of salt as Oklahoma State has a notoriously fast track that may have trimmed up to a tenth of a second off of his time. Still, the (read more…)

Big Picture: 2012 and 2013 NFL Draft

Written by Mike Daneshgar on March 8, 2012

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When looking at any draft, it is important to grasp the big picture. Not only should the positional depth of the current draft be looked at, but that of the next year’s draft as well. If there are 5 players of equal talent available at a position, why choose one when you can trade down, pick up additional draft choices, and end up with a player whom you would have taken at the earlier draft slot? Or, worst case scenario – pull a Minnesota and don’t turn in your card.

 

Every fan wants to fix their team in one offseason. As nice as that would be, it’s just not realistic. Two teams that have consistently won over the past decade are the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles – and it’s no coincidence that they both are known to maneuver quite a bit on draft day to acquire (read more…)

Richardson won’t do Combine drills following knee surgery

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on February 23, 2012

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Year after year, you can always count on some sort of surprise injury to pop up with one of the top prospects for the NFL Draft.

 

This year, that surprise injury comes in the form of Alabama running back Trent Richardson, unanimously considered the top prospect at his position in this year’s draft class.

 

According to Jason LaCanfora of NFL Network, the Heisman runner-up running back will miss workouts at this week’s NFL Scouting Combine due to “minor” arthroscopic knee surgery that he underwent three weeks ago.

 

Richardson had the surgery to alleviate some of the pain resulting from an injury that he sustained during practice leading up the BCS Championship Game last month. Although he has reportedly been making good progress, he will skip the Combine drills in an effort to avoid re-aggravating the injury.

 

Unless this injury proves to (read more…)

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

Ronnie Hillman

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…)

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