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Colts inform Luck that he’s the No. 1 pick

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on April 19, 2012

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“With the first pick in 2012 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select Andrew Luck, quarterback out of Stanford.”

According to ESPN, the Colts have informed the former Cardinal quarterback that they will use the first overall pick in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft on him.

Since Luck announced his eligibility for the draft, he has unanimously been considered the No. 1 overall prospect available. Combining a staggering football IQ with tons of athleticism and a precision throwing arm, Luck has been seen as the greatest quarterback prospect to come out of the college ranks since Peyton Manning. Now, he’ll be taking Manning’s place as the Colts’ starter behind center.

Although it’s been expected for quite some time, the Colts have been unwilling to make their decision public up to this point as they continued to let the pre-draft process play out.

With Luck now a (read more…)


Burfict’s draft stock continues to plummet

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on April 17, 2012

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Heading into his 2011 senior season, Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict looked like a top-tier talent with the potential to be a Top 10 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

And then, NFL teams began to see the troubled tackler for what he really was: a disaster waiting to happen.

Questions already lingered after his time with the Sun Devils. Throughout his college career, he became known for being unable to control his temper. Time and time again, he failed to keep his cool in clutch situations and racked up inexcusable amounts of personal foul penalties. The man was a walking magnet for yellow flags.

At times, the ASU coaches were even forced to pull him from the lineup because he couldn’t control himself in do-or-die situations. In short, he was a liability.

Combining an immeasurable immaturity with a lack of discipline both on and off of (read more…)


The Myth of “BPA”

Written by Mike Daneshgar on April 16, 2012

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There’s something that I need to get off my chest, and it is the notion of BPA – best player available. It’s becoming a bit of a catch phrase in the discussion of the NFL Draft and seen as rationale for justifying selections which should really go beyond just 3 simple letters. After-all it’s the best player available, how can there be an argument against it? Any other player you’re selecting would be the not-best player available, and clearly you don’t want to build an organization aiming for 2nd or 3rd best. But if taking BPA is the “best” way to build a team, why are there even people in the war room? Just put a checkmark by the box that lets you autopick based on who the highest person available on your board and go hit some golf balls, right?

I’m going to do something crazy, so brace yourself: (read more…)


Trent Richardson at 4: Under the Microscope

Written by Mike Daneshgar on April 3, 2012

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Common sense tells us that the NFL Draft begins with the Cleveland Browns and the 4th overall pick. Quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III will go one/two and unless the Minnesota Vikings want Christian Ponder to die, left tackle Matt Kalil will go 3rd. Ironically, Cleveland was sitting in a similar scenario last Spring’s draft – with the top 5 expected to be Cam Newton, Von Miller, Marcell Dareus, A.J. Green, and Patrick Peterson and the Browns being the wildcard at 6. Once again, all eyes are on Holmgren and company.

The most popular choice for Cleveland right now is Alabama running back Trent Richardson.

Why wouldn’t he be?

Peyton Hillis left in free agency for Kansas City, Montario Hardesty can’t stay healthy, and former Packer Brandon Jackson hasn’t played in over a year with a turf toe injury. The Browns have a history of great running backs with (read more…)


BJ Coleman – Difference Maker

Written by Jimmy O'Brien on March 29, 2012

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“I want to be a starting quarterback in the NFL, and I want to play in and win a Super Bowl.”

Although this quote might be something that you’d expect to hear from a top quarterback prospect or likely first round draft pick, like Robert Griffin III or Andrew Luck, these words, from his scouting combine press session, are straight from the mouth of an FCS player from Tennessee Chattanooga. And, if you’d expect a small school signal caller with only nine touchdowns in his senior season to simply be hoping to get drafted and given the opportunity to play in the NFL, then you’ve never met B J Coleman. As one of the most positive, upbeat players in college football, there wasn’t a trace of cockiness in him, as he put everyone on notice that he isn’t just looking for the opportunity to make plays, he’s dead set (read more…)


Asa Jackson – Ace of Spades

Written by Jimmy O'Brien on March 20, 2012

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Like Brian Westbrook, Terrell Owens, and the great Walter Payton before him, Asa Jackson strolled into Mobile, Alabama in late January determined to show that small school players could star on the big stage. But big accomplishments are nothing new for Jackson. As a four-time first team All Great West Conference cornerback and two-time defensive player of the year, Jackson ultimately garnered national recognition this year as an AP third team All American. And it’s impossible to overstate what Jackson has meant to his football team over the course of his career. For the last four seasons, the Cal Poly Mustangs have been no one trick ponies. When the cards were on the table, they still had one up their sleeve, the highest card in the deck, Asa Jackson, the Ace of Spades.

 

At 5’10”, 193 lbs., Jackson may not scare opponents with his physical size, but the same (read more…)


Scouting Report: Doug Martin

Written by Ryan Lownes on March 14, 2012

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Position: RB School: Boise State Height: 5’9 1/4" Weight: 223 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.55 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Mid 1st/Early 2nd Round

 

Summary

 

Doug Martin is one of this class’s most complete and promising backs. Among other attributes, his combination of vision, balance, and burst stands out on film. He projects as a three down back at the next level, with the receiving and blocking ability necessary to see playing time early. Expect Martin to be the second running back off the board, potentially as early as the middle of the first round.

 

Inside Runner

 

In the NFL, the 5’9” Doug Martin will be gaining the majority of his yards between the tackles. As a compact runner with a low center of gravity and good acceleration, he showed the ability to pick up the (read more…)


Brian Quick – A Quick Study

Written by Jimmy O'Brien on March 11, 2012

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Everyone remembers exactly where they were on that fateful day. It made the front page of the NY Times. I know that Jake Long, Chad Henne, and Mario Manningham remember. They were there. And if your name is Brian Quick, an unheralded Appalachian State freshman WR, playing in your very first college game, you remember being on the field, leaping high in the air, and blocking the field goal that led to the fourth quarter go-ahead touchdown, as Appalachian State knocked off the fifth ranked Michigan Wolverines 34-32, in what the NY Times called the “most important game in small school college football history.” Not a bad first game for a kid only three months out of twelfth grade, where he was a South Carolina prep basketball star, who only played one year of high school football. And on that fateful afternoon in the Big House in Ann Arbor, he (read more…)


Scouting Report: Brandon Weeden

Written by Eric Stoner on March 11, 2012

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Brandon Weeden

 

Position: QB School: Oklahoma State Height: 6’3 3/4" Weight: 221 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.95 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: Yes Draft Projection: Mid 1st/Early 2nd Round

 

Summary

 

A big pocket passer who owns virtually every Oklahoma State passing record (both career and single season). Drafted out of high school as a pitcher, and returned to college football in 2007 after shoulder injuries ended his baseball career. Teamed up with wide receiver Justin Blackmon to form the most prolific quaterback/wide receiver duo in the country over the last two seasons. Has more work to do mechanically than you’d like for a quarterback his age (28 year-old Redshirt Senior), but the mechanical inconsistencies also indicate the potential for untapped upside in terms of arm talent and accuracy. He projects to go from the middle of round one to early round two.

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Georgia TE Charles arrested Friday for DUI

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on March 9, 2012

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Considered one of the top prospects at his position in the 2012 NFL Draft, junior Georgia tight end Orson Charles was working his way towards potentially becoming the first tight end off the board.

Despite a sloppy Pro Day workout and unimpressive times in the 40-yard dash, Charles’ talent and potential as an NFL tight end were still undeniable.

That was until Charles was arrested on Friday morning on charges of DUI and driving minimum speed.

He was arrested by the Athens-Clarke County Police and booked into the ACC jail at 4:31 a.m. He was released an hour later on $1,750 bond.

With this arrest on his record, Charles’ draft stock could see a significant drop in the next month leading up to the late-April draft. He was already slipping due to his lackluster Combine and Pro Day performances. This DUI will really make NFL (read more…)


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