Evaluating Jesse Williams

Written by Andrew Parsons on November 14, 2012


The nose tackle is a crucial component to the success of a 3-4 defense. A nose tackle that can control the point of attack will allow other players on the defense to shine, and allow some more creativity from the defensive coordinator. One of the more skilled and widely recognized 3-4 defenses in the NCAA is that of the Alabama Crimson Tide. While the thing people tend to focus on most with this defense is the defensive backfield, mainly due to Nick Saban’s expertise, Alabama’s recent nose tackles have also been at the forefront of discussion. We can start by looking at Terrence Cody, whose massive size and potential left many draft fans mesmerized. Following Mount Cody, was Josh Chapman, who was of a much different mold. In scouting circles, the most common way to refer to Chapman was as a fire hydrant. He only stood at 6 feet tall, (read more…)

Fun With A Weapon

Written by Andrew Parsons on November 2, 2012

Julio Jones

Julio Jones had a big day in the Atlanta Falcons 30-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. The star receiver caught 5 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was a long bomb in which Jones roasted CB Nnamdi Asomugha. In looking beyond the stat sheet however, Julio Jones was a crucial element to two other touchdowns, both of which occurred in the first quarter. You may be thinking I’m talking about a big block that sprung a long touchdown run given Jones’ reputation as a devastating run blocker, but I’m not. As a matter of fact, Julio didn’t touch anything on either play, nor was he designed to get the ball. However, a combination of Jones’ presence and Dirk Koetter’s creativity resulted in the Falcons opening up a lead that the Eagles never even threatened.

The first play came on 3rd and 7 with 6:42 left in the (read more…)

Dysert for Dinner

Written by Eric Stoner on October 25, 2012

Miami Ohio v Florida

It’s up, over at Rotoworld.

Playing for undermanned Miami of Ohio, Zac Dysert‘s career has gone without much fanfare or notice. A four year year starter and three year captain for the Redhawks, Dysert will end his career by breaking virtually all of the school passing records set by former Miami quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

From what I’ve seen of Dysert so far, I feel comfortable saying that he’s got the best blend in this class of physical talent, throwing talent, and refined quarterback skills (the functional application of those talents). He’s very far along mechanically. His offense isn’t particularly sophisticated, but it does ask him to do a bunch of different things, and he’s getting a lot of work running West Coast Offense principles. He works under center and in the shotgun. There’s a good mix of drop back and rollout passes.

For a (read more…)

Question, Ansah.

Written by Andrew Parsons on October 24, 2012


Physical freaks are exciting. When you read about them, you begin to imagine how good they’d look in your team’s uniform with just a bit of NFL coaching and refinement. On an annual basis, CBS reporter Bruce Feldman puts out his “Freaks List”. Some of these players are actually on the field forces, and some are simply putting up legendary numbers at their school’s weight room. Regardless, it’s something that generates discussion, fuels the imagination, and it at least piques the interest of even the most staunch “all I care about is the tape” evaluators. Most of these guys won’t live up to the dreams we all have for them, but for every prospect that doesn’t quite live up to expectations, another one rises to prominence.

Enter Ezekiel Ansah. The 6’6 270 pound Senior DE from BYU who goes by “Ziggy” seems to be making a tremendous push up draft boards (read more…)

Hey Lavonte

Written by Andrew Parsons on October 18, 2012


There are some guys who just don’t deserve to fall on draft day. It seems like anyone who has ever watched some film on a guy, knows he’s a bona fide stud, yet he still finds a way to take a tumble. Now, I’m going to take the injury factor out of consideration here. There’s just too much information we could never possibly know about this, and it’s often a valid reason for a player falling. Another potential reason for a fall is character issues, but that’s a controversial issue even amongst arm chair GMs, and not one worthy of getting in to in this article.

However, there are two other cases that seem to occur too frequently, and it results in some really good players sliding down boards. One of these reasons is the “small” misnomer. It’s true that some guys just don’t have the size to play like (read more…)

The Human Genome

Written by Eric Stoner on October 11, 2012

Baylor v West Virginia

It’s up over at Rotoworld NFL Draft

The System There’s nothing that I can write about the Air Raid offense that Chris Brown of hasn’t already covered in a more thorough and insightful fashion than I could ever hope to.  I’ll link to his work on the WVU offense at the end of the article, but I found this passage to be particularly illuminating regarding quarterbacks and offensive systems:

“An unfair but unsurprising label for Smith, given Holgorsen’s history, is that he’s a ‘system quarterback.’ … The most common concern about system quarterbacks is that college productivity doesn’t translate to pro success, but for Smith, the plays he’s running, albeit in a spread offense, are essentially NFL ones. The running game is based on the inside and outside zone, the passing plays are found in every NFL team’s playbook in one form or another, (read more…)

The End Of The Innocence: A Penn Stater Takes One Long Last Look

Written by Jimmy O'Brien on October 9, 2012

NCAA Football: Michigan at Penn State

With God as my witness, I have a confession to make.  Regarding the atrocities committed at Penn State, the subsequent cover up, and the aftermath, I am guilty.  Maybe not to the extent that Joe Paterno, the athletic department administrators, and Jerry Sandusky are guilty, but I have blood on my hands.  I didn’t fully grasp my own complicity in the crimes until I returned for a football game this Fall.  There, amid the pomp and the pageantry, my mind kept drifting back in time, and the guilt began gnawing at me like a rat’s tooth on bone.


Remember when the days were long,

And rolled beneath the deep blue sky.

We didn’t have a care in the world,

With mommy and daddy standing by.

                                                                Don Henley

I entered Penn State in the Autumn (read more…)

Under Pressure

Written by Eric Stoner on October 5, 2012

Dion Jordan1

It’s up, over at Rotoworld.

The 2012 draft class had some solid, intriguing pass rush prospects, but overall it was considered a weak year – especially compared to a 2011 class that featured Von Miller, Aldon Smith, and Ryan Kerrigan.  This year is a different story, however.  We’re looking at two of my personal favorites this week, but I can’t stress how much edge rushing talent this draft class will likely end up having.  If your favorite team misses out on one of these two guys it’ll hurt, don’t stress too much….unless they go to a division rival.  Then you should worry.

Link to the rest of the article.

Mebane, No Gain.

Written by Andrew Parsons on October 4, 2012


In this post, I wanted to take a break from analyzing players in their rookie season. I wasn’t really sure exactly where I wanted to go with this article, so I just spent much of my “film time” this week going through all the games, and seeing what stood out to me. On this week, and well, almost every week, it was the Seattle Seahawks defense. Now, we’ve all had it forced down our throats recently just how good this unit is. The praise is well deserved. I’m not going to be talking about the recently made popular “Legion of Boom” defensive backfield of Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas, Brandon Browner, and Richard Sherman like you may be expecting. I’m not even going to feed you more on how big of a Bruce Irvin fan I am.

What I do want to do is give recognition to DT Brandon Mebane. I’m not sure (read more…)

Southern Showdown

Written by Jimmy O'Brien on September 30, 2012

Civil War Cover Shot

A Civil War Between Aaron Mellette & Demetrius McCray

Click Here For Video Of The Match-up

On a crisp late autumn afternoon, in a scene much like the ones played out a century and a half before, on battlefields throughout the North and South, two armies emerged from tunnels at opposite ends of Rhodes Stadium for a Southern Conference showdown.  The November 19, 2011 matchup of Appalachian State versus Elon University was not only a rivalry game between two North Carolina schools, just 130 miles apart, tucked tightly into what had been the cradle of the Civil War, but also an epic battle between two of the FCS’s finest players, Elon wide receiver, Aaron Mellette, and Appalachian State cornerback, Demetrius McCray.

It was a war waged on the Carolina plain all afternoon, in a series of small skirmishes and bigger battles, (read more…)

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