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Brian Price to enter NFL Draft

Written by Will Spencer on December 30, 2009

Brian Price

DT – UCLA Junior 6’2″ 300 lbs

According to College Football Talk, UCLA defensive tackle Brian Price will be declaring for the NFL Draft. After the Bruins bowl victory over Temple, Price told reporters his intentions to declare for the draft. Price became a hot name in the draft community this season as his combination of size and speed make him a disruptive force in the trenches. Price led the nation with 22 tackles for a loss and was named the Pac-10 defensive player of the year. We have Price listed as a sure-fire first round draft pick and would normally go much higher in the draft if it wasn’t for the incredible talent at the defensive tackle position in this year’s NFL Draft. Price has the tools to go anywhere from the late teens to mid-twenties in the first round.

Official Senior Bowl acceptance list

Written by Will Spencer on December 20, 2009

Though many are invited, only a few officially announce that they’ll be participating in the 2010 Under Armour Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. Here’s a list of those players have have been officially announced by the Senior Bowl committee. This is just the start of Draft Breakdown’s Senior Bowl coverage. We’ll be live in Mobile starting on January 24th and will be there through the game on January 30th. Check back for frequent updates! Quarterbacks Jarrett Brown – West Virginia Sean Canfield – Oregon State Dan LeFevour – Central Michigan Tony Pike – Cincinnati Zac Robinson – Oklahoma State Tim Tebow – Florida Running Backs Joique Bell – Wayne State Chris Brown – Oklahoma Anthony Dixon – Mississippi State Montario Hardesty – Tennessee Rashawn Jackson – Virginia Stafon Johnson – USC Ben Tate – Auburn Charles Scott – LSU Wide Receivers

Jake Locker to return for Senior season

Written by Will Spencer on December 14, 2009

Jake Locker

QB – Washington Junior 6’3″ 226 lbs

Washington quarterback Jake Locker announced today that he will return for his senior season for the Huskies. Locker, who many regarded as possibly the first quarterback to be taken in the 2010 NFL Draft decided that he needs another season under his belt before going to the NFL, stating “After a great deal of careful thought and deliberation, I have decided to return to Washington and play my senior year.” According to the most recent mock draft by Todd McShay at ESPN.com, Locker was the number one overall pick, going to the St. Louis Rams. We at Draft Breakdown.com agreed that if Locker were to enter the 2010 NFL Draft, he would be the first quarterback taken in the draft. Perhaps Jimmy Clausen, Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy should all cover Locker’s final year of living expenses at Washington….he just (read more…)

Mark Ingram wins Heisman Trophy

Written by Will Spencer on December 12, 2009

Mark Ingram

RB – Alabama Sophomore 5’10″ 215 lbs

Alabama running back Mark Ingram was named the 75th winner of the Heisman Trophy tonight. This is the 2nd straight season a sophomore has been the recipient of the award. Ingram won the award on the heels of a dominate performance against Florida in the SEC Championship game. Florida came into the game with the #1 ranked defense in the nation, and Ingram exploited their weaknesses. Ingram finished the game with 28 carries for 113 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns. Ingram was also a threat receiving the ball, catching 2 passes for 76 yards, one of which went for 69 yards. Ingram finished the season with 1542 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns in what is arguably the toughest overall and defensive conference in all of college football. The 75th annual Heisman Trophy was the closest race in history as Ingram (read more…)

Declared Underclassmen

Written by Will Spencer on December 6, 2009

It’s the end of the college football season and what news is bigger for draftniks than what eligible underclassmen will declare for the draft. Draft Breakdown will bring keep a running list of the underclassmen that declare for the draft and once they declare, they’ll be added into the seniors in our rankings. The deadline for NCAA underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft is January 15, 2010 and players have 72 hours to change their minds. Quarterbacks Sam Bradford – Oklahoma Jimmy Clausen – Notre Dame Jevan Snead – Ole Miss

Running Backs Toney Baker – North Carolina State Jahvid Best – California Jonathan Dwyer – Georgia Tech Darius Marshall – Marshall Ryan Mathews – Fresno State Joe McKnight – USC Shawnbrey McNeil – SMU

Wide Receivers Chris Bell – Norfolk State Arrelious Benn – Illinois Dezmon Briscoe – Kansas Antonio Brown – Central Michigan Dez Bryant (read more…)

Award finalists announced

Written by Will Spencer on November 29, 2009

Each year, the top college prospects hope to hear their name called at a few award ceremonies before they hear it called on draft day. Check out what awards your favorite prospects are up for. Bednarik Award – Best defensive player Terrence Cody – DT – Alabama Brandon Spikes – LB – Florida Ndamukong Suh – DT – Nebraska ** WINNER ** Biletnikoff Award – Best wide receiver Freddie Barnes – WR – Bowling Green Jordan Shipley – WR – Texas Golden Tate – WR – Notre Dame ** WINNER ** Butkus Award – Best linebacker Sergio Kindle – LB – Texas Rolando McClain – LB – Alabama ** WINNER ** Eric Norwood – LB – South Carolina Brandon Spikes – LB – Florida Sean Weatherspoon – LB – Missouri William V. Campbell Award – Top scholar-athlete John Asamoah – G – Illinois Matt Bauman – LB – BYU Eric (read more…)

Rookie Reviews: Week 8

Written by Will Spencer on November 3, 2009

The final scores are in the books and Draft Breakdown is here to update you on how some of the top rookies in the 2009 draft performed in week 8 of the NFL season. Michael Oher – OT – Ravens The subject of the book and new movie “The Blind Side” is quietly having a great season. In fact, Peter King recently commented via Twitter that his two top choices for OROY are Minnesota’s Percy Harvin and Michael Oher. This week, Oher went face to face with current NFL sack leader, Elvis Dumervil, and allowed no sacks. This isn’t the first game of the season Oher has faced tremendous pass rushers. Two weeks ago he faced the Vikings Jared Allen while filling it at left tackle for the injured Jared Gaither. Oher has also faced off against Bengals DE Antwan Odom and Cleveland OLB Kamerion Wimbley. Later in the season, (read more…)

Interview: Perrish Cox

Written by Will Spencer on October 30, 2009

Perrish Cox

CB – Oklahoma State Senior 6’0″ 195 lbs

 

One player who is quietly moving up draft boards right now is Oklahoma State cornerback Perrish Cox. With a great combination of size and speed, and the versatility to play defense and return kicks, Cox certainly has first round potential. Perrish took a few moments of his time to talk about his game, Dez Bryant, his plans for the Senior Bowl and his strong connection to his family.

 

Spencer: What’s your current height and weight and most recent 40 time?

 

Cox: My height is 6’0″ even. My weight is 195. My last 40 was 4.38.

 

Spencer: You’re not only a solid defender but also a talented return man. Which do you look forward to most on game day?

 

Cox: Both actually. I just like to get out there on the field.

 

Spencer: Describe your (read more…)

Rookie Reviews: Week 7

Written by Will Spencer on October 27, 2009

The final scores are in the books and Draft Breakdown is here to update you on how some of the top rookies in the 2009 draft performed in week 7 of the NFL season. Michael Crabtree – WR – 49ers In his first career game, Crabtree actually made an impact for the 49ers. The 2nd WR taken in the 2009 draft ended the game with 5 catches for 56 yards in the loss to Houston. Part of the reason Crabtree held out was because he felt he was better than Darrius Heyward-Bey, who was drafted a few spots before him. Interestingly enough, Crabtree had more receptions in this game than Heyward-Bey has for the entire season (4). Patrick Chung – S – Patriots The former Oregon Duck continued his strong play this week in London vs. Tampa Bay. Chung recorded 4 tackles in the win, and also made his first (read more…)

Week 9 matchups to watch

Written by Will Spencer on October 26, 2009

#5 USC at #10 Oregon

Everyone knows who the stars are for the Trojans, but I’m more interested in seeing the battle of the Tight Ends.

For the Ducks, Ed Dickson (6’5″ 243lb Senior) has been having a solid season thus far. He’s pulled in 27 catches and 4 touchdowns for Oregon. Dickson had a huge game against Cal a few weeks back, racking up 3 touchdowns and 148 receiving yards. Dickson isn’t as big as you’d like, but he’s more of a receiving tight end, who also plays special teams. Word is, Dickson is ridiculously strong in the weight room, but doesn’t show it as a blocker on the field. Right now, Dickson is rated right around the other tight end that will be playing in this game.

Anthony McCoy (6’5″ 250lb Senior) has yet to break out this year as a receiver, (read more…)

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