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Ryan Lownes’ Defensive Rankings

Written by Ryan Lownes on August 30, 2011

After unveiling his Top 50 Big Board and offensive rankings, Ryan stacks up the top draft-eligible defensive prospects.

 

Love, hate, or feel ambivalent about Ryan’s rankings? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below and over at the Draft Breakdown message board.

 

 

Defensive Ends

 

#

Name

School

Class

Notes

1

Donte Paige-Moss

North Carolina

Jr.

OLB

2

Quinton Coples

North Carolina

Sr.

3

Brandon Jenkins

Florida State

Jr.

OLB

4

Devin Taylor

South Carolina

Jr.

5

Brandon Lindsey

Pittsburgh

Sr.

OLB

6

Billy Winn

Boise State

Sr.

7

Andre Branch

Clemson

Sr.

8

Jake Bequette

Arkansas

Sr.

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Ryan Lownes’ Offensive Rankings

Written by Ryan Lownes on August 30, 2011

Ryan Lownes offers a look at his top ten prospects at each position on offense. Also, make sure to check out his Top 50 Big Board and defensive rankings.

 

Love, hate, or feel ambivalent about Ryan’s rankings? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below and over at the Draft Breakdown message board.

 

 

Quarterbacks

 

#

Name

School

Class

1

Andrew Luck

Stanford

Jr.

2

Landry Jones

Oklahoma

Jr.

3

Matt Barkley

Southern Cal

Jr.

4

Ryan Tannehill

Texas A&M

Sr.

5

Robert Griffin

Baylor

Jr.

6

Kirk Cousins

Michigan State

Sr.

7

Brandon Weeden

Oklahoma State

Sr.

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Ryan Lownes’ Top 50 Big Board

Written by Ryan Lownes on August 29, 2011

With the college football season only days away, Ryan Lownes offers a peek at his top fifty prospects for 2012. Based on plenty of tape study, his big board is an tremendous resource: both for die-hard draftniks and fans familiarizing themselves with college football’s top talents.

 

Love, hate, or feel ambivalent about Ryan’s rankings? Make sure to share your thoughts in the comments below and over at the Draft Breakdown message board.    

Top 50 Overall

 

#

Name

Position

School

Notes

1

Andrew Luck

QB

Stanford

Signal caller with prototype physical tools and rare intangibles.

2

Alshon Jeffery

WR

South Carolina

Physically dominant receiver with incredible production.

3

Landry Jones

QB

Oklahoma

Pocket passer has size and the arm to fit balls into tight windows.

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Top PAC-12 Talent: Stanford Cardinal

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on August 28, 2011

As a Southern California native, I’ve followed PAC-10 football closely since I first fell in love with the sport. And now that it’s finally that time of year (college football time that is), what better way to start the season off by taking a look at some of the top talent that the PAC-10 (sorry, PAC-12) has to offer in 2011.

 

Since this is a draft coverage site, I’ll stick with the players that will be draft eligible at season’s end. I don’t think that’ll be too much of an issue, though, considering the fact that most of these PAC-12 teams are saturated with NFL-caliber talent.

 

To kick this series of articles off, I’ll go with the Stanford Cardinal. Why not start off with the best player in college football? And no, it’s not because they’re my favorite college football team…

 

Bias (read more…)

2012 NFL Draft Extravaganza

Written by Mike Daneshgar on August 28, 2011

I’ve been doing some research on the 2011 College Football season and the 2012 NFL Draft because I have nothing better to do. Plus, as a Browns fan, I have pretty much all season to look forward to the draft.

 

This draft class has the potential to be legendary. It’s so awesome that if I had a twin, I would want to kiss him on the lips (watch this video and you’ll know what I’m talkin’ bout). Here are a few names worth keeping an eye on during the College Football season which is just around the corner!

 

QB:

 

Andrew Luck, Stanford - I think nothing really needs to be said that hasn’t already. Best quarterback I’ve seen since Joe Montana. He’s also the smartest football player since Albert Einstein and I’ve heard it said that he has a really loud voice, which makes his snap (read more…)

Blaine Gabbert Preseason Game 2 In-Depth Breakdown

Written by Eric Stoner on August 28, 2011

gabbert overstride

Play by play breakdown and analysis of Blaine Gabbert’s second game in a Jaguars uniform.

 

The personnel numbering refers to how many tight ends and runningbacks are on the field. The first number corresponds with how many runningbacks are in the package, the second number refers to how many tight ends are in the package.

 

First Drive

 

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fJ7RxMJEAQ 

1.

 

- 21 Personnel, Pro Set, FB aligned strong

 

- Falcons in Cover 3 pre-snap. CBs playing way off, aligned facing the QB. SS25 clearly in box on TE’s side.

 

- 5 step drop. Z and TE both run posts.

 

- Drop looks good. Pushes off front foot, gets back quickly, and has proper stride depth.

 

- Overstrides on release (note him kicking his front foot out before getting ready to throw). Doesn’t fully step into throw, trying to use (read more…)

Blaine Gabbert Preseason Game 1 In-Depth Breakdown

Written by Eric Stoner on August 18, 2011

Blaine Gabbert Preseason Game 1 In-Depth Breakdown

 

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGu44HgmH54

 

Play by play breakdown and analysis of Blaine Gabbert’s debut for the Jaguars in week 1 of the NFL preseason.

 

The personnel numbering refers to how many tight ends and runningbacks are on the field. The first number corresponds with how many runningbacks are in the package, the second number refers to how many tight ends are in the package.

 

1. – 21 Personnel, Twins Right – Pats showing basic cover two look pre-snap (far corner is playing X receiver with outside leverage to funnel him inside, his head is turned and facing the QB, safeties are clearly deep and don’t roll up pre-snap) – Extends and shows the defense the ball in play action. O-line does good job at selling run-block. This forces both corners to bite up instead of getting their hands on the receivers to re-route them and funnel (read more…)

Is ASU’s Burfict the Next Elite NFL Linebacker?

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on July 19, 2011

If you haven’t heard of Arizona State junior linebacker Vontaze Burfict yet, do some homework. This guy will be a force to be reckoned with when he finally enters the NFL ranks.

 

Coming out of high school, he was the No. 1 ranked middle linebacker in the nation. He is the highest ranked high school player to ever sign a letter of intent to play football for ASU.

 

The first thing that grabs you by the throat about Burfict is how ferocious of a competitor he is. Whenever he’s on the field, you can tell where he is simply by the smoke billowing out of his ears and nostrils. The monster inside of him wreaks havoc in ways most players can only dream of when he plays under control. When a ball-carrier finds himself face to face with Burfict, the end result is something similar (read more…)

2011 Pac-12 Senior Prospect Watch List

Written by Chad Davis on May 9, 2011

Arizona

QB—Nick Foles—Senior—6’5”, 240 lbs.—Big, strong-armed quarterback who can make all the NFL throws. Has some mobility and decision making issues. WR—Juron Criner—Senior—6’4”, 215 lbs.—Unbelievable size/speed combo, Criner will be one of the best receivers in the country in 2011. CB—Trevin Wade—Senior—5’11”, 192 lbs.—Good size and great ball skills, Wade has already piled up 10 interceptions in his career, and returned 2 for touchdowns. RB—Keola Antolin—Senior—5’8”, 195 lbs.—Antolin should see more carries after the graduation of Nic Grigsby. He’s small but has great speed and elusiveness.

 

Arizona State

CB—Omar Bolden—Senior—5’10”, 195 lbs.—Dual-threat corner and kick returner. Bolden is an experienced, well-rounded player. He missed almost all of 2009 with a knee injury DE—James Brooks—Senior—6’5”, 279 lbs.—Excellent size and athleticism, Brooks needs to have a breakout senior season after producing just average numbers thus far in this career. DE—Jamaar Jarrett—Senior—6’5”, 260 lbs.—Another end with great size, Jarrett was an honorable (read more…)

Scouting Report: Ben Ijalana

Written by Wes Stueve on April 27, 2011

Ben Ijalana

 

Position: OG School: Villanova Height: 6’3 5/8" Weight: 317 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.20 All-Star Game: None Team Captain: No Draft Projection: 2nd – 3rd Round

 

Summary

Despite starting four years at left tackle, Ijalana is viewed as a project along the offensive line. Ijalana will likely be drafted to play either right tackle or guard, and will find his success as a road grading lineman regardless of which position he plays. His strength and run blocking abilities make him one of the draft’s best power linemen. Despite not projecting to left tackle, Ijalana could be drafted as early as the 2nd round. The former Wildcat would was unable to participate, and possibly raise his stock, in both the Senior Bowl and Scouting Combine due to a hernia. If he is able to improve on a few technical flaws, Ijalana could become a (read more…)

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