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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…)

The Post-Tebow era at Florida

Written by Will Spencer on May 19, 2010

Our friends at College Football Geek continue to keep us updated on what’s going on in the college football world. Recently, they answered the question, “what is in store for Florida now that Tim Tebow is gone?” By Joe Arpasi – College Football Geek For the last three seasons, quarterback Tim Tebow has been the heart and soul of the Florida Gator offense. With Tebow off to the NFL, head coach Urban Meyer must find a new direction for the offense in 2010. What’s the Scoop? Florida spent the last three seasons with quarterback Tim Tebow at the helm of the offense. The focus during that time period was a power running game based out of the shotgun, along with an efficient passing attack. Tim Tebow is now playing for the Denver Broncos, and the Gators’ offense is going through a transition. Heading into the spring, it was understood (read more…)

AFC East Draft Grades

Written by Will Spencer on May 9, 2010

After taking some time to gather our bearings, we’re starting our official draft grades series. We’ll start with the AFC East, and work our way through every division in the NFL.

Buffalo Bills: C-

The Bills came into the draft with some serious holes. They were in dire need of a left tackle, a right tackle, and most likely, a quarterback. The Bills are also making the transition to a 3-4 defense, which will require new personnel. While Buffalo picked up some quality players, they overlooked their biggest need at left tackle. They drafted 2 offensive tackles (Ed Wang of Virginia Tech and Kyle Calloway of Iowa), but neither looks to have a career at left tackle. Buffalo hit their defensive line hard in the draft, adding Alex Carrington, who will play the 5 technique in their 3-4 defense and Torrell Troup, who is destined to be their (read more…)

Scouting Report: Dorin Dickerson

Written by Will Spencer on April 24, 2010

Dorin Dickerson

Position: TE School: Pittsburgh Height: 6’1 3/8" Weight: 226 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.48 Overall Grade: 5.68 Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round Fringe

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 2.5 Speed 8 7.5 Quickness/Agility 10 8.5 Strength/Explosion 10 8 Athletic Ability 8 7 Durability 8 7 Character 6 5 Production/Experience 6 2 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 6.5

Tight Ends Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Blocking 8 3.5 Hands 8 5.5 Route Running/Separation 8 5 Red Zone Threat 8 4.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Versatile player. Has the speed to stretch the seams. Big and physical. Will fight for position. Good after the catch as he fights for yards. Does a nice job of high-pointing the ball. Good burst and can create separation against linebackers. Athletic that should be able to (read more…)

Scouting Report: Jimmy Graham

Written by Will Spencer on April 24, 2010

Jimmy Graham

Position: TE School: Miami Height: 6’6 1/8" Weight: 260 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.53 Overall Grade: 5.71 Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round Fringe

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5.5 Speed 8 7.5 Quickness/Agility 10 8.5 Strength/Explosion 10 6 Athletic Ability 8 8 Durability 8 6 Character 6 5 Production/Experience 6 0.5 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 8.5

Tight Ends Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Blocking 8 2.5 Hands 8 4 Route Running/Separation 8 4.5 Red Zone Threat 8 6.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Very fast and athletic pass catcher that can stretch the defense. Should be able to find the seams and get behind linebackers in coverage at the next level. Overall athletic player with a lot of upside. Not afraid of working the middle of the field and won’t (read more…)

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