SEC Speed at DT

Written by Andrew Parsons on December 14, 2012


Sheldon Richardson enrolled at Missouri as a 5 star recruit, but up until this year, he failed to make a major name for himself. After transferring from a Junior College, and being redshirted due to a wrist injury in 2010, Richardson spent much of 2011 in a rotational role as he battled a shoulder injury. In this role he was able to make several flash plays, but failed to be a consistent force. Early this year, Richardson finally gained the attention of the national media, but it was more due to his comments as opposed to his on field performance. However, this would change very quickly as Richardson more than managed to make a name for himself with his spectacular play.

One thing that stood out in my review of Richardson was just how explosive he was. His first step off the line is incredibly quick, (read more…)

Hide and SeeKeKe

Written by Andrew Parsons on December 12, 2012


Prior to this season, many people had LSU DE Barkevious Mingo pegged as a Top 5 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. There’s no mystery as to how he obtained this billing. The 6’5 240 pound Mingo possess a sleek frame with long limbs. He reportedly runs a sub 4.5 40 yard dash, and even more importantly, he explodes off the football. As a Sophomore in 2011, Mingo racked up 8 sacks, and tallied 15 tackles for loss. As he added weight to his frame, and fine-tuned his game in the offseason, the only place to go was up.  However, despite being named 2nd Team All-SEC this season, most people have been left asking, “Where’s Mingo?” This is due to the fact that this year has fallen far short of expectations, as Mingo saw a dip in both sacks, and tackles for loss, totaling 4 and 5.5 respectively.

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10 Bold NFL Draft Predictions (with Video)

Written by Eric Stoner on December 7, 2012

sheldon richardson

Ryan Lownes and I took to Twitter to discuss 10 bold NFL Draft predictions. Here’s are the tweets, along with some video cutups of the prospects we discussed.

1.) The #Eagles, with a new HC, bypass OL/DL talent in the 1st Rd, instead they bring a new franchise QB into the fold. #NFLDraftPredictions

— Ryan Lownes (@ryanlownes) December 7, 2012

2) Fresno State’s Phillip Thomas will be the first safety off the board, and will be a top 20 pick. #NFLDraftPredictions

— Eric Stoner (@ECStoner) December 7, 2012

3.) #Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson will set the NFL Combine ablaze. Sub 4.8 40 and jaw-dropping agility in drills. #NFLDraftPredictions

— Ryan Lownes (@ryanlownes) December 7, 2012

4. UCLA LB Anthony Barr will return to for his (read more…)

Comparing Brown & Ogletree

Written by Eric Stoner on December 5, 2012

arthur brown

It’s up at Rotoworld. Different types of inside linebacker who both figure to be highly coveted come April.

Arthur Brown (younger brother of Eagles running back Bryce Brown) arrived at the University of Miami as one of the most heralded recruits in the country. He played outside linebacker for the Hurricanes’ scout team during his first year, but wasn’t comfortable there. In the last few weeks of the season, former Canes head coach Randy Shannon decided to move Brown from the outside to the middle, where it seemed the light clicked on – with Shannon noting the parallels of development between Brown and Shannon’s former pupil, Ray Lewis. However, a move to the middle wasn’t enough to help Brown crack Miami’s starting lineup at linebacker. After his sophomore season, he transferred to Kansas State (Brown is from Wichita, KS), and has since been one of (read more…)

Gone Fishin’

Written by Andrew Parsons on November 24, 2012

NCAA Football: Central Michigan at Iowa

Much of the early discussion about Offensive Tackles in the 2013 Draft has centered on Texas A&M’s fantastic junior duo of Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews, and all of their acclaim is well deserved. In addition to that pair, Michigan Junior OT Taylor Lewan has also received high praise. Lewan is someone I hyped frequently before the season, but in reviewing play from this year, I no longer believe he is the best OT in Michigan. Now, this isn’t so much a knock on Lewan, as it is praise for Central Michigan Senior OT Eric Fisher.

While I’d still place the 6’8 305 pound Senior behind the Texas A&M tackles, I’ve begun to think that Fisher is worthy of a  Top 15 selection, and I think NFL teams will too as they dive into more film of him. Due to the school he plays at, I expect him to see (read more…)

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…)

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