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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

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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

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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…)


Top 50 Big Board

Written by Ryan Lownes on January 15, 2012

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Ryan Lownes provides us a look at his updated Top 50 Big Board.

 

Have any thoughts or questions about Ryan’s rankings? Be sure to drop a note in the comments below or over at the Draft Breakdown message board.

 

 

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Name

Position

School

Stock

1

Andrew Luck

QB

Stanford

2

Matt Kalil

OT

Southern Cal

3

Trent Richardson

RB

Alabama

4

Morris Claiborne

CB

LSU

5

Robert Griffin III

QB

Baylor

6

Justin Blackmon

WR

Oklahoma State

7

Dre Kirkpatrick

CB

Alabama

8

David DeCastro

OG

Stanford

9

Riley Reiff

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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…)


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