The Fat Guy No One’s Talking About

Written by Aaron Aloysius on December 1, 2011


Recently, a lot of talk has centered around Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe. And rightfully so: the 6’5″, 350-pounder is a tremendous athlete for a man his size, and he plays with a great motor.


However, there’s another potential early round big man who should be getting a whole lot of attention, Utah DT Star Lotulelei.




While still a relative unknown to draftniks, scouts have been keeping a close eye on the underclassman. One regional scout told Bucky Brooks that the big man looks like “a rare find” with “all of the tools that scouts covet in a dominant interior defender”.


Those physical tools show up on tape. Lotulelei possesses impressive explosion off the ball and very good upper body strength. He could do a better job of keeping his pads low, but that will come with NFL coaching. And word (read more…)

2012 QB Rankings

Written by Ryan Lownes on November 18, 2011


The college season is winding down and the 2012 quarterback class is starting to take shape behind Andrew Luck.


After countless hours of film study, I’ve concluded the passing-driven NFL can expect one of the strongest crops seen in years when April’s draft rolls around. It appears as if up to six QBs could potentially come off the board in the first 50 picks or so. The class is deep as well with some middle- to late-round gems that could outplay their draft position.


Here are my top 10 quarterbacks likely to be part of April’s draft:



1. Andrew Luck — Stanford


Andrew Luck is a remarkably cerebral player, a rare leader, competitor, and winner. He is an excellent decision-maker who shows a great understanding of anticipation, timing, and ball placement. Few college quarterbacks control their team’s offensive responsibilities and play-calling to the extent that (read more…)

Crystal Ball: Seeing into the Future of Andrew Luck

Written by Ryan Lownes on November 18, 2011

Andrew Luck


“Suck for Luck.”


We have heard the phrase from the beginning of the NFL season. The widely accepted assumption is that no matter which team finishes with the league’s worst record, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck will be the first player off the board in April’s draft.


The dust has officially settled and it is the Peyton Manning-less Indianapolis Colts with a firm hold over the top spot with a putrid 0-10 record. Losing by an average of seventeen points a game, the struggling Colts figure to be stuck at the bottom of the standings all season. Without Manning, the once proud franchise has lost their edge. They have struggled to move the football, both through the air and on the ground. The defense cannot seem to stop a nosebleed.


Right now, Andrew Luck figures to be Indianapolis’ savior. As an (read more…)

Ok. State WR Blackmon not expected to return in 2012

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on October 31, 2011

Justin Blackmon

Apart from the player himself, the next best source of knowing whether a player is expected to return to school or head for the NFL is their head coach. For Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon, that man is Mike Gundy, who believes that his star receiver won’t be back in 2012.


“If he wants to come back, he’s certainly welcome,” Gundy said. “We will have a party. But I can’t imagine that he would be back again.”


Many considered Blackmon to be a top-five pick prior to the 2011 NFL Draft, but he opted to return for his junior season.


Although the amount of competition that he’ll have for that top WR spot in the draft is rather high, a top-five pick is in no way out of the question. So far this season, Blackmon has hauled in 74 passes for 834 yards (read more…)

Stanford loses SS Howell for at least one game

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on October 20, 2011

Delano Howell

The Stanford defense took a big shot today when a school spokesman announced that starting strong safety Delano Howell would not be playing during the Cardinal’s Saturday game against the Washington Huskies.


Through the first six games of the 2011 season, Howell has been a big playmaker in the defensive backfield for Stanford. Arguably the strongest link in the Cardinal secondary, the senior safety has racked up 25 tackles and four defended passes this season.


Howell, who’s dealing with a hand injury, will be replaced by sophomore Devon Carrington. So far this season, Carrington has tallied 19 total tackles and one defended pass while seeing action in a backup role. He has played in all six games this season and will get his first start against Washington.


As of right now, Howell is week-to-week and could miss more than just the Washington game (read more…)

UDFA Jake Ballard Exceeding Expectations in NY

Written by JMPasq on October 17, 2011

Jake Ballard

The New York Giants’ offseason was filled with negative headline after negative headline: from numerous injuries, to Osi Umenyorias contract, to key FA losses. None seemed to leave a bigger hole at a position than the departure of Kevin Boss to Oakland.


Most Giants fans, including myself, looked to free agency, then the waiver wire for Boss’s replacement to arrive, but no one ever came. Instead, the Giants front office and coaches kept their faith in 2010 undrafted free agent Jake Ballard. I myself had given Ballard a 7th round grade: I thought he could stick as a blocking third TE because of his 6’6″ 280-pound frame. While I had a higher grade than most, I never expected him to be starting in the NFL, let alone contributing in this manner.


Through six game games, Ballard has 15 catches for 273 yards and 2 Touchdowns. On the (read more…)

NFL Rookie Watch

Written by Aaron Aloysius on September 30, 2011

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Guest post by Kyle Howe of


It is always interesting to see how a Draft Expert’s projections turn out, and we here are very intrigued by this years class of rookies. Every week we give you the top 5 players in the hunt for Rookie of the Year on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Click here for the Defensive Rankings.


1. Cam Newton- QB Carolina Panthers


Newton had his first game in which he threw for under 400 yards this past week against the Jags. Much of that can be attributed to the fact that the Panthers and Jaguars played their game on a field that resembled the Florida Everglades for much of the game. Completing passes would have been difficult for anyone.


However, Expect Newton to have more “humanly” statistical performances like he did against the Jags, and (read more…)

Trojan Draft Stock Watch

Written by Eric Stoner on September 29, 2011


Which USC Trojans have seen their stocks surge or precipitously slide during the last couple weeks? Eric Stoner takes a look in his Trojan Draft Stock Watch.


Have thoughts or questions about Eric’s breakdown? Make sure to share them in the comments section below or over at the Draft Breakdown message board.

Top 100 Big Board

Written by Ryan Lownes on September 27, 2011

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After breaking down a couple weeks’ worth of tape, Ryan Lownes provides us a look at his updated & expanded Big Board.


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.










Andrew Luck





Matt Kalil





Vontaze Burfict


Arizona State



Landry Jones





Alshon Jeffery


South Carolina



Trent Richardson





Quinton Coples


North Carolina


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Week 2 Fantasy Blitzkrieg

Written by Andrew Miley on September 20, 2011


Every week during the season, I will throw out some quick observations on the previous NFL week. With the invention of the DVR and Directv’s ”Quick Bits”, I am able to watch almost every snap of every game and give you a lightning “blitz” war “krieg” to bring to your fantasy league for domination. Bring on the games!


I won’t lie, this game made me feel better than the Steelers game last week. The Steelers took care of the Seattle Seahawks at home. Mike Wallace had a great game, catching 8 passes for 126 yards and a TD on 9 targets. Ben Roethlisberger did a good job spreading the ball around and almost threw for 300 yards with 1 touchdown. Antonio Brown was the second leading receiver, and he mad the most of his opportunities going 4-67 yards. The running game wasn’t spectacular with 19-66 yards and 1 TD for Rashard Mendenhall, along (read more…)

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