NFC West Draft Grades

Written by Will Spencer on August 9, 2010

With the final installment of our “better late than never” draft grade series, we take a look at the NFC West.

Arizona Cardinals: A-

Arizona is a team that could quickly see the number in their win column diminish this year after the retirement of Kurt Warner and trading away Anquan Boldin. Their success will ultimately hinge on the quarterback position, whether it’s Matt Leinart or Derek Anderson. That being said, the Cards have a strong wide receiver corps and a decent rushing attack, but had plenty of needs on the defensive side of the ball. Arizona actually had one of the better drafts this season, even though they aren’t getting a lot of attention for it. By taking Dan Williams in the first round, their defensive line immediately becomes stronger than before. Williams has some versatility and can move along the defensive line, making him an (read more…)

AFC West Draft Grades

Written by Will Spencer on August 9, 2010

Moving right along in our “better late than never” draft grades series, let’s take a look at the AFC West.

Denver Broncos: B-

It’s hard to think about the Broncos draft and not immediately go to the selection of Tim Tebow in the first round, which I’ll get to in a minute. Overall, Denver had a fairly successful draft but made some questionable picks along the way. They started off by grabbing Georgia Tech WR Demaryius Thomas, which almost seemed like a no-brainer. The Broncos decided to pass on Dez Bryant, who many had ranked as the better receiver, but it makes sense to not bring in another diva to replace Brandon Marshall. While Thomas was picked up a bit high for my taste, he still would have surely gone in the first round had Denver not pulled the trigger. Then Denver loses me. McDaniels (read more…)

Tale of the Tape: Miami DL Allen Bailey

Written by Aaron Aloysius on August 8, 2010

At this time last year, the online draft community was agog over Carlos Dunlap. The Florida defensive end appeared to possess the ultimate combination of size, speed, and strength. Todd McShay had Dunlap going 6th overall in his initial 2010 mock draft, and Dunlap debuted at #3 overall on Kiper’s Big Board.


However, the ‘09 season exposed some of Dunlap’s limitations. He failed to get through the season without raising beet red character flags, displaying inconsistent effort and getting charged with a DUI. In addition, he played with too high a pad level, didn’t improve his technique, and failed to prove he could threaten the edge against good offensive tackles. As a result, his draft stock plummeted; the once highly-touted prospect slipped to the 2nd round.


This year, another freakish defensive lineman from the state of Florida is the subject of pre-season hype. But instead of (read more…)

Video Breakdown: Marvin Austin

Written by Will Spencer on August 6, 2010

When Marvin Austin decided to stay for his senior season, I, for one, was glad to see it. I thought that it’s refreshing to see a kid finish school and polish their craft while many are leaving school early to get a large pay check. Many suspected that Austin could have been a first round draft pick had he declared, but instead, he opted to stay.


After an NCAA investigation, it’s now looking like Austin will be suspended for his senior season and will miss out on the opportunity to further develop his game. It’s a bit depressing because at times, Austin flashes supreme talent at the defensive tackle position and some very high potential. While he certainly has flaws in his game, the talent is certainly there.


I had the chance to take a look at three Austin clips from the 2009 season, thanks to our scout (read more…)

AFC South Draft Grades

Written by Will Spencer on July 29, 2010

Moving right along in our “better late than never” draft grades series, let’s take a look at the AFC South.

Houston Texans: B-

The Texans are desperately trying to get out from under the shadow of the Indianapolis Colts and this year’s draft just may have helped their cause. Coming into the draft, they had two very obvious needs at the running back spot and in the secondary and both needs were quickly addressed. In the first round, Houston took Alabama CB Kareem Jackson, who was one of my favorite players in the draft. Jackson was a guy that was under the radar a bit due to his lack of interception numbers at Alabama. However, if you put on the tape, it was clear that Jackson didn’t get the picks because teams just didn’t throw to his side of the field. The bottom line is, Jackson comes (read more…)

College Fantasy Football Rankings

Written by Will Spencer on July 17, 2010

Our friends at College Football Geek do a great job every year at breaking down the top players for college fantasy football. This year is no exception to that rule. Here’s a breakdown of the top players at each position as projected by CFG: QB – Case Keenum, Houston RB – Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State WR – Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma TE – Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin PK – Grant Ressel, Missouri To see the top 50 overall at each position, head over to our friends at College Football Geek!

NFC South Draft Grades

Written by Aaron Aloysius on July 17, 2010

Moving right along in our “better late than never” draft grades series, Aaron Aloysius takes a look at the NFC South.

Atlanta Falcons: B

Since taking over the Falcons in 2008, GM Tom Dimitroff has focused on bringing in high character, self-motivated players. Unsurprisingly, that trend continued in this year’s draft, with the Falcons selecting several prospects who earned high marks for leadership and excellent intangibles.

In the first round, the Falcons selected Sean Weatherspoon, one of our Red Star players. Weatherspoon truly is the “complete package” – he’s an aggressive, rangy linebacker who fires up his teammates with his never-ending energy. Though Weatherspoon wasn’t quite as impressive at a bulked up 250 lbs. in ’09, the Falcons should be able to get him down to his proper weight and bring him back to his ’08 form. If that happens, Weatherspoon could be the leader (read more…)

NFC North Draft Grades

Written by Aaron Aloysius on May 28, 2010

Moving right along in our “better late than never” draft grades series, Aaron Aloysius takes a look at the NFC North.

Chicago Bears: B

The Bears were majorly short-handed this April, having traded away their first two picks for Jay Cutler and the late Gaines Adams. They still managed to bring in some promising prospects, in part because they drafted players who underwent injury, experience, or system-based draft slides. The major question, however, is whether the players they brought in are good fits for Chicago’s system. For a couple of their picks, the answer remains unclear. With their first pick, coming early in the 3rd round, the Bears brought in Florida safety Major Wright. Wright’s a hard hitter and proved to be a better athlete than expected during his Combine workout, but he declared after a junior season in which he didn’t make many plays or generate (read more…)

AFC North Draft Grades

Written by Will Spencer on May 25, 2010

Continuing our Draft Grades series, let’s take a look at the AFC North.

Baltimore Ravens: A

The Ravens have consistently been one of the best teams at navigating the NFL Draft since they came into the league in 1996. This year was no different. Baltimore gets an automatic bump in their grade after trading a 3rd and 4th round pick for Anquan Boldin, but that’s not what earned them the A grade. General Manager Ozzie Newsome and his team skillfully worked the draft, getting back the picks they spent for the big time receiver from Arizona. According to one of our sources, Baltimore was set to take Dez Bryant with the 25th pick until Dallas moved up to draft him. At that point, Baltimore even seriously considered taking Sergio Kindle with the 25th pick, but the trade offer from Denver was too good to pass up. After (read more…)

NFC East Draft Grades

Written by Aaron Aloysius on May 25, 2010

Our newest writer, Aaron Aloysius, gives you the official Draft Breakdown grades for the NFC East.

Dallas Cowboys: C

Master showman Jerry Jones must have been very disappointed when his ’09 draft ended up being a rather dull exercise. After forking over multiple draft picks for Roy Williams, the Cowboys didn’t end up picking until the 3rd round and only managed to add a mixed multitude of linebackers, safeties, and special teamers.

In many ways, the Cowboys’ draft this year’s draft was a corrective to last year’s boredom, with the ‘boys adding a couple high upside prospects, albeit ones with considerable risk. This year’s draft addressed the same positions as last year’s effort, leaving the Cowboys’ needs on both sides of the line virtually unaddressed.

In the 1st round, the Cowboys traded up to select the free-falling Dez Bryant. Bryant slid because of concerns (read more…)

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