Scouting Report: Andrew Luck

Written by Eric Stoner on December 11, 2011


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




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.




Luck has a compact, (read more…)

Luck confirms intent to enter 2012 NFL Draft

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on December 6, 2011

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Congratulations to the Indianapolis Colts!


Unless they go on a four-game winning streak, which is rather unlikely, the Colts have won the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.


According to a report from USA Today, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck has confirmed his plans to forgo his senior year and enter the 2012 NFL Draft. In an interview with ESPN, Luck made his plans for next year rather clear.


“I think I’m going to hopefully play professional football if a team will have me,” Luck said.


Well unless he undergoes some catastrophic injury during the Fiesta Bowl or any pre-draft games/workouts (knock on wood), I’m sure just about every NFL team would love to have Luck on their roster. Don’t worry, Andrew; you’re safe.


It’s expected that Luck will be taken with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, which appears to be the possession of (read more…)

Luck leads list of five Heisman finalists

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on December 6, 2011

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It’s that time of year folks. The Heisman Trophy race is almost over as the five finalists come barreling down the home stretch. In the 77th installment of college football’s top award, the list has been whittled down from the thousands of FBS players to five.


The list consists of two quarterbacks, two running backs and a cornerback. Four candidates are juniors and one is a sophomore. All but one player will be participating in a BCS Bowl Game.


The first, and most obvious, candidate is Stanford junior quarterback Andrew Luck.


The only returning finalist, Luck has led his Cardinal to an impressive 11-1 record this season, with their only loss coming against the Oregon Ducks. Coming into the season, Luck was considered the top candidate to win the award and has done a terrific job of keeping himself in the hunt. With 3,170 passing (read more…)

Scouting Report: David DeCastro

Written by Chad Davis on December 2, 2011

David DeCastro

David DeCastro


Position: OG School: Stanford Height: 6’5″ Weight: 310 lbs Class: Redshirt Junior 40 time: – All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 15 Pick




DeCastro is a smart, technically sound guard who has been an integral part of Stanford’s dominant power rushing attack for three years. While not overly impressive physically, DeCastro beats his opponents consistently by being fundamentally sound, consistent with effort, and taking advantage of his natural flexibility to gain leverage advantages. He is a master at pulling and trapping, and opens holes in the running game with a seek-and-destroy attitude. One of the top guards I have watched on tape, DeCastro is worthy of top-15 consideration in the 2012 draft.  

Pass Blocking


DeCastro is solid in pass protection, helping keep all-world QB Andrew Luck safe for the (read more…)

The Fat Guy No One’s Talking About

Written by Aaron Aloysius on December 1, 2011


Recently, a lot of talk has centered around Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe. And rightfully so: the 6’5″, 350-pounder is a tremendous athlete for a man his size, and he plays with a great motor.


However, there’s another potential early round big man who should be getting a whole lot of attention, Utah DT Star Lotulelei.




While still a relative unknown to draftniks, scouts have been keeping a close eye on the underclassman. One regional scout told Bucky Brooks that the big man looks like “a rare find” with “all of the tools that scouts covet in a dominant interior defender”.


Those physical tools show up on tape. Lotulelei possesses impressive explosion off the ball and very good upper body strength. He could do a better job of keeping his pads low, but that will come with NFL coaching. And word (read more…)

2012 QB Rankings

Written by Ryan Lownes on November 18, 2011


The college season is winding down and the 2012 quarterback class is starting to take shape behind Andrew Luck.


After countless hours of film study, I’ve concluded the passing-driven NFL can expect one of the strongest crops seen in years when April’s draft rolls around. It appears as if up to six QBs could potentially come off the board in the first 50 picks or so. The class is deep as well with some middle- to late-round gems that could outplay their draft position.


Here are my top 10 quarterbacks likely to be part of April’s draft:



1. Andrew Luck — Stanford


Andrew Luck is a remarkably cerebral player, a rare leader, competitor, and winner. He is an excellent decision-maker who shows a great understanding of anticipation, timing, and ball placement. Few college quarterbacks control their team’s offensive responsibilities and play-calling to the extent that (read more…)

Crystal Ball: Seeing into the Future of Andrew Luck

Written by Ryan Lownes on November 18, 2011

Andrew Luck


“Suck for Luck.”


We have heard the phrase from the beginning of the NFL season. The widely accepted assumption is that no matter which team finishes with the league’s worst record, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck will be the first player off the board in April’s draft.


The dust has officially settled and it is the Peyton Manning-less Indianapolis Colts with a firm hold over the top spot with a putrid 0-10 record. Losing by an average of seventeen points a game, the struggling Colts figure to be stuck at the bottom of the standings all season. Without Manning, the once proud franchise has lost their edge. They have struggled to move the football, both through the air and on the ground. The defense cannot seem to stop a nosebleed.


Right now, Andrew Luck figures to be Indianapolis’ savior. As an (read more…)

Ok. State WR Blackmon not expected to return in 2012

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on October 31, 2011

Justin Blackmon

Apart from the player himself, the next best source of knowing whether a player is expected to return to school or head for the NFL is their head coach. For Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon, that man is Mike Gundy, who believes that his star receiver won’t be back in 2012.


“If he wants to come back, he’s certainly welcome,” Gundy said. “We will have a party. But I can’t imagine that he would be back again.”


Many considered Blackmon to be a top-five pick prior to the 2011 NFL Draft, but he opted to return for his junior season.


Although the amount of competition that he’ll have for that top WR spot in the draft is rather high, a top-five pick is in no way out of the question. So far this season, Blackmon has hauled in 74 passes for 834 yards (read more…)

Stanford loses SS Howell for at least one game

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on October 20, 2011

Delano Howell

The Stanford defense took a big shot today when a school spokesman announced that starting strong safety Delano Howell would not be playing during the Cardinal’s Saturday game against the Washington Huskies.


Through the first six games of the 2011 season, Howell has been a big playmaker in the defensive backfield for Stanford. Arguably the strongest link in the Cardinal secondary, the senior safety has racked up 25 tackles and four defended passes this season.


Howell, who’s dealing with a hand injury, will be replaced by sophomore Devon Carrington. So far this season, Carrington has tallied 19 total tackles and one defended pass while seeing action in a backup role. He has played in all six games this season and will get his first start against Washington.


As of right now, Howell is week-to-week and could miss more than just the Washington game (read more…)

UDFA Jake Ballard Exceeding Expectations in NY

Written by JMPasq on October 17, 2011

Jake Ballard

The New York Giants’ offseason was filled with negative headline after negative headline: from numerous injuries, to Osi Umenyorias contract, to key FA losses. None seemed to leave a bigger hole at a position than the departure of Kevin Boss to Oakland.


Most Giants fans, including myself, looked to free agency, then the waiver wire for Boss’s replacement to arrive, but no one ever came. Instead, the Giants front office and coaches kept their faith in 2010 undrafted free agent Jake Ballard. I myself had given Ballard a 7th round grade: I thought he could stick as a blocking third TE because of his 6’6″ 280-pound frame. While I had a higher grade than most, I never expected him to be starting in the NFL, let alone contributing in this manner.


Through six game games, Ballard has 15 catches for 273 yards and 2 Touchdowns. On the (read more…)

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