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Scouting Report: Robert Griffin III

Written by Eric Stoner on January 13, 2012

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Robert Griffin III

 

Position: QB School: Baylor Height: 6’2″ Weight: 220 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: N/A All-Star Game: No Team Captain: Yes Draft Projection: Top Five Pick

 

Summary

 

Griffin is a redshirt junior quarterback. He has started for Baylor since his true freshman season (winning the Big-12 Conference Freshman of the Year Award), and accrued his redshirt after tearing an ACL early in his sophomore campaign. The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner is accredited with bringing the Baylor program into the national spotlight, culminating in a 10-3 record this season. Griffin is a dangerous quarterback – capable of blowing the top of the defense with uncanny deep ball accuracy. He’s a fantastic athlete with a slight frame that has not been completely filled out. Has taken huge steps forward each year in his development, even when recovering from injury. He projects to be a top (read more…)

Robert Griffin III will enter 2012 NFL Draft

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on January 10, 2012

NCAA FOOTBALL: OCT 30 Baylor at Texas

After much deliberation, one of college football’s most intriguing prospects has decided to go pro.

 

According to multiple reports, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III has opted to forgo his senior season with the Bears and will petition to enter the 2012 NFL Draft.

 

The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner, Griffin is considered a top-10 pick who could potential go within the first two or three picks.

 

Now that the dual-threat quarterback has declared himself eligible for the 2012 NFL Draft, the No. 2 pick (currently held by the St. Louis Rams) becomes much more valuable as teams will seek to land the play-making gunslinger. With a number of quarterback-needy teams near the top of the draft, the Rams will be expecting a king’s ransom in return for their spot in line.

 

Although Griffin’s draft stock will certainly fluctuate as predraft workouts begin, it’s (read more…)

2012 NFL Draft Underclassmen Declarations

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on January 10, 2012

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With the end of the college football season comes the anticipation of finding out which underclassmen declare for the draft and which ones decide to return to school for another year.

 

The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the 2012 NFL Draft is Jan. 15. So until then, check back here for continuous updates on who has declared.

 

Quarterbacks

 

Robert Griffin III, Baylor (1st) Andrew Luck, Stanford (1st) Brock Osweiler, Arizona State (2nd-3rd) Darron Thomas, Oregon (5th-6th) Barrett Trotter, Auburn (6th-UDFA)

 

Running Backs

 

Alvester Alexander, Wyoming (6th-UDFA) Edwin Baker, Michigan State (6th-7th) Mike Ball, Nevada (7th-UDFA) Jamison Berryhill (6th-UDFA) Bryce Brown (5th-7th) Jewel Hampton, Southern Illinois (6th-UDFA) Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State (3rd-5th) LaMichael James, Oregon (2nd-3rd) Lamar Miller, Miami (1st-2nd) Bernard Pierce, Temple (3rd-4th) Trent Richardson, Alabama (1st) Darrell Scott, USF (4th-6th) Robert Turbin, Utah State (4th-6th) David Wilson, Virginia Tech (read more…)

Picks 1-20 set for first round of 2012 NFL Draft

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on January 1, 2012

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The 2011 NFL regular season has come to an end and the 2012 NFL Draft first-round order is beginning to take shape.

 

As of right now, the first 20 selections have already been matched with their corresponding team based on final regular season records.

 

Let the early-to-mid-round mocking begin!

 

1. Indianapolis Colts (2-14) 2. St. Louis Rams (2-14) 3. Minnesota Vikings (3-13) 4. Cleveland Browns (4-12) 5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12) 6. Washington Redskins (5-11) 7. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11) 8. Carolina Panthers (6-10)* 9. Miami Dolphins (6-10)* 10. Buffalo Bills (6-10) 11. Seattle Seahawks (7-9)* 12. Kansas City Chiefs (7-9)* 13. Philadelphia Eagles (8-8) 14. New York Jets (8-8) 15. Arizona Cardinals (8-8) 16. San Diego Chargers (8-8) 17. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland Raiders, 8-8) 18. Chicago Bears (8-8) 19. Dallas Cowboys (8-8) 20. Tennessee Titans (9-7) 21. Denver Broncos (8-8)** 22. Cincinnati Bengals (9-7)** 23. New (read more…)

Barkley announces plan to return to USC in 2012

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on December 23, 2011

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The USC Trojans football program received an early, extra-special Christmas present this year when their offensive leader, junior quarterback Matt Barkley, announced that he was returning to school in 2012.

 

During an on-campus press conference, Barkley made his decision to forego the 2012 NFL Draft and return for his senior season clear to a crowd of raucous Trojan faithful.

 

“I have firmly decided to forego the NFL Draft in 2012 and finish the exceptional and unique journey that I’ve had here at USC,” Barkley announced.

 

For the past two seasons, the USC football program has been at the mercy of a BCS Bowl ban as part of the sanctions stemming from the “Reggie Bush/illegal gifts” fiasco. Now that the ban has been lifted, the Trojans will be in prime position to push for a PAC-12 crown as well as a berth in one of (read more…)

Scouting Report: Jonathan Martin

Written by Chad Davis on December 17, 2011

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Jonathan Martin

 

Position: OT School: Stanford Height: 6’6″ Weight: 304 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: N/A All-Star Game: N/A Team Captain: No Draft Projection: 1st Round

 

Summary

 

Jonathan Martin is an excellent, experienced all-around left tackle who has been tasked with protecting Andrew Luck’s blindside, as well as the hopes of many moribund NFL franchises, for the past three seasons. While perhaps not quite the athlete of top-10 pick Matt Kalil, Martin is above-average physically and looks completely natural and comfortable playing left tackle. While I hate to use the term “finesse” for any offensive lineman, Martin’s game is more about agility, technique, and quickness than power. If he decides to declare, Martin should hear his name called in the top-20 picks of the NFL Draft.

 

Pass Blocking

 

Martin is solid in pass pro, using excellent anticipation and quickness off the snap to (read more…)

Getting To Know Bobby Wagner

Written by Aaron Aloysius on December 15, 2011

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Most folks expected the opening weekend Auburn-Utah State game to be a blowout: the spread favored Auburn by more than three TDs. However, instead of the Tigers crushing their supposedly cupcake competition, their win wasn’t secured until late in the 4th quarter.

Auburn’s close call partly was due to the inspired play of Bobby Wagner. The instinctive Utah State linebacker made plays all over the field, including behind the line of scrimmage. He finished the game with 10 tackles, along with a sack and an additional tackle-for-loss.

And that was only the start of a great season for Wagner. The now three-time All-WAC ‘backer reached an entirely new level of production, notching 140 tackles, 4 sacks, and 10.5 tackles for loss. More importantly, he exhibited skills that will make him a quality starter at the next level.

Rather than a prospect who thrives by beating down lesser teams, Wagner has (read more…)

Oregon’s James reportedly NFL-bound

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on December 15, 2011

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After deciding to return to school despite leading the nation in rushing yards per game last season, Oregon running back LaMichael James is reportedly calling it quits on college.

 

According to The Oregonian, James has decided to forgo his senior season and will declare for the 2012 NFL Draft. Considering the lack of longevity of NFL careers for running backs, another year in college without much else to prove would be a poor decision for one of the nation’s most talented runners.

 

In 2011, James has helped lead the Ducks to another tremendous season that will end with an appearance in the 2012 Rose Bowl against the Wisconsin Badgers. Like in 2010, James led the nation in rushing yards per game this season with 149. With only one game to go, James currently has 1,646 yards and 17 touchdowns on the season.

 

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Alabama OT DJ Fluker Staying in School

Written by Mike Daneshgar on December 13, 2011

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Though many believed it was a long-shot that a redshirt sophomore offensive tackle would declare for the 2012 NFL Draft, others held out hope that Alabama right Tackle D.J. Fluker would be the exception. After all, not many redshirt sophomore offensive tackles have started for two full years on championship-worthy offensive lines in a conference like the SEC. That was the sliver of hope for NFL fans hoping that their team could attain a 6-6 335 pound manchild to anchor the right side of their offensive line.

 

On Monday, Fluker put to bed any rumors of taking his talents to the next level:

 

“I know there have been a few stories and different things out on the message boards lately about me possibly leaving school early. I want to go ahead and put all of that to rest and make it clear that my intentions are to stay (read more…)

Scouting Report: Andrew Luck

Written by Eric Stoner on December 11, 2011

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Andrew Luck

 

Position: QB School: Stanford Height: 6’4″ Weight: 235 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: N/A All-Star Game: No Team Captain: Yes Draft Projection: First Overall

 

Summary

 

Luck is a redshirt junior and has been the starting quarterback for Stanford since his redshirt freshman season. One of the highest touted quarterback prospects in recent years, he would likely have gone #1 overall had he declared after last season and is a virtual lock to be the first off the board this year. A true field general, he has full command of his offense and has been praised by his head coach as essentially being an offensive coordinator on the field. A big, rugged, powerful player with nimble feet and elite instincts for the position. Has the potential to be the foundation of a team’s offense in the NFL.

 

Mechanics/Release

 

Luck has a compact, (read more…)

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