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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…)

Luck and RG3 share March 22 Pro Day

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on February 11, 2012

Luck Griffin

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…)

Senior Bowl Interviews 1/23

Written by Mike Daneshgar on January 23, 2012

Cordy Glenn

At Senior Bowl media night, I caught up with a few athletes. Here are the conversations:

 

Georgia Offensive Lineman Cordy Glenn

 

 

How was your first day of practice?

Good. Pretty good, I thought I did pretty good for not knowing what to expect. I was just trying to pick up on some of the things the coaches wanted out of us. I think this next practice I’ll be more prepared and more ready to know exactly what’s going on and what we’ll be doing.

You were at left tackle in practice today, is that where you see yourself in the NFL?

Honestly man, I just wanna play for a team and get drafted. I can play left tackle or guard, I’m pretty good at both.

You don’t have a preference?

Nope.

Is there a specific defender who has stood out to you yet as a really (read more…)

Senior Bowl Diary: Day 1

Written by Mike Daneshgar on January 23, 2012

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Senior Bowl Diary: Day 1

Monday practices started off with Weigh-Ins. Official measurements will be posted soon. Looking at shirtless dudes can give a pretty solid grasp of their physique and possibly hint at their work ethic (in the gym at least). Not all players were comment worthy but here are some of the notes that I jotted down about random players as they came up.

 

(Alphabetical order)

OT Mike Adams OSU

Extremely long, really cool tattoos (sorry, I had to)

CB Brandon Boykin UGA

Jacked, probably has the lowest body fat percentage of all the prospects in Mobile

LB Zach Brown UNC

Hearing that he runs a 4.4 I was expecting him to be more of a gym rat but he just appeared to be normal, not overly jacked and obviously not out of shape.

DE/DT Quinton Coples UNC

Like his teammate Brown, not super toned. In fact, (read more…)

Senior Bowl: 23 prospects, 23 questions

Written by Mike Daneshgar on January 22, 2012

Nick Foles

With an exciting week of Senior Bowl practices rapidly approaching, there is plenty for top prospects to prove. In honor of practices beginning on the 23rd of January, here are 23 questions that I have about 23 prospects heading in to Mobile:

 

WR Joe Adams, Arkansas – Can he play receiver?

It may seem like an odd question but if Joe Adams wasn’t a special teams stud this invite to Mobile may have never happened. Consistent hands catching would go a long ways because you know Adams will make people miss if he can get the ball with room to run.

 

OLB Zach Brown, North Carolina – Will he show that he is more than just a physical specimen?

Zach Brown will easily be the most athletic linebacker in Mobile, but at times he appears to just be running somewhere fast without a purpose. How Brown performs in (read more…)

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