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Top QBs failing to impress

Written by Will Spencer on October 25, 2009

With only a few games left in the college football season, it’s time to start looking towards the NFL draft. Many were excited at the start of the season due to what could be an impressive and very large quarterback class. The senior class already had big names like Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow generating plenty of hype, but when you add underclassmen like Sam Bradford and Jevan Snead, draft analysts had plenty to watch for. As the season has progressed, the performance of the draft eligible quarterbacks has been underwhelming. In fact, the play of freshman and sophomore quarterbacks like USC’s Matt Barkley, Michigan’s Tate Forcier and Miami’s Jacory Harris have been more impressive to date. So what happened to the big name quarterbacks? The first logical place to look is with the defending National Champions, the Florida Gators. Quarterback Tim Tebow is a living legend for college football (read more…)

Rookie Reviews: Week 6

Written by Will Spencer on October 22, 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 6 of the NFL season. Brian Cushing – LB – Texans Cushing is quietly having a very strong rookie season for Houston. This week, the Texans matched up with a Bengals team that had been on a winning streak. Cushing sealed a Houston victory with an interception on the Bengals final drive in the 4th quarter, and added 9 tackles and 2 forced fumbles to his stat totals. Clay Matthews – OLB – Packers Another former Trojan defender, Matthews is starting to get comfortable in his role for the Packers. Green Bay rolled over the Lions this week, and Matthews had a solid game on the defensive side of the ball. Clay finished the game with 5 tackles and 2 sacks, (read more…)

Rookie Reviews: Week 5

Written by Will Spencer on October 14, 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 5 of the NFL season. Everette Brown – DE – Panthers The former Florida State pass rusher reached a milestone this week against the Redskins. Brown recorded his first career sack this week and also added a forced fumble and 2 tackles in the win. Mike Wallace – WR – Steelers Wallace is starting to become a favorite target for Roethlisberger. Wallace scored again this week, ending the game with 2 catches for 52 yards and 1 touchdown, his first of the season. Hakeem Nicks – WR – Giants Nicks had another strong game this week and seems to be close to 100% after his injury. Nicks added 4 catches for 49 yards and a touchdown in the easy win against (read more…)

Rookie Reviews: Week 4

Written by Will Spencer on October 8, 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 4 of the NFL season. Matthew Stafford – QB – Lions Stafford seems to get better each week. This week, he was able to play well against an aggressive Bears defense. Stafford finished the game going 24 of 36 for 296 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. The QB suffered a knee injury towards the end of the game and is questionable for week 5. Johnny Knox – WR – Bears Once again, Knox is showing his talent. While he didn’t have a huge day as a wide receiver, he did return a kickoff 102 for a touchdown. Apparently, Devin Hester isn’t the only solid return man in Chicago. Alex Mack – C – Browns Even in the loss, the Browns (read more…)

Rookie Reviews: Week 3

Written by Will Spencer on September 28, 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 3 of the NFL season. Matthew Stafford – QB – Lions The stats weren’t phenomenal, but Stafford helped the Lions get a much more important stat; a win. The Lions broke a 19 game losing streak at home vs. the Washington Redskins, and Stafford led the way. The former Georgia signal-caller finished the game 21 of 36 for 241 yards and a touchdown, and added 2 rushes for 23 yards in their first win of the season. Mark Sanchez – QB – Jets For the 3rd week in a row, Sanchez makes our list. While he had some struggles in this game (1 int and 2 fumbles), he maintained his cool. Sanchez finished 17 of 30 for 171 yards, 2 TDs (read more…)

Rookie Reviews: Week 2

Written by Will Spencer on September 22, 2009

The final scores are in the book and Draft Breakdown is here to update you on how some of the top rookies in the 2009 draft performed in week 2 of the NFL season. Eric Wood and Andy Levitre – OGs – Bills Gotta give some love to the offensive linemen. The Bills have been heavily criticized this year for starting so many new players on the o-line. This week, the Bills young guards dominated the line of scrimmage against Tampa Bay. Buffalo racked up 438 total yards of offense which included 218 rushing yards and 220 passing yards in their 33-20 win. Johnny Knox – WR – Bears After a poor performance the week before against the Packers, not many expected the Bears to beat the defending Super Bowl Champions this week. In the pouring rain, the speedy WR from Abilene-Christian grabbed 6 passes for 70 yards and a (read more…)

The “U” providing motivation to alumni?

Written by Will Spencer on September 21, 2009

With big wins against Florida State and Georgia Tech, the Miami Hurricanes are on quite a roll. Could their new-found confidence be providing alumni of “The U” with motivation to perform on Sunday? If today was any indication, Reggie Wayne is bound to have a huge Monday night. Here’s a look at some top NFL performers who went to the school known as “The U.” Andre Johnson – WR – Houston Texans Johnson had a huge day against the Tennessee Titans, finishing with 10 catches for 149 yards and two touchdowns…including a 72 yarder. Frank Gore – RB – San Fransisco 49ers Another gigantic performance by a former Hurricane. Gore, or “The Inconvenient Truth,” as Rich Eisen prefers, ran the ball 16 times for 207 yards and 2 touchdowns (79 and 80). Gore also provided 39 receiving yards in the 49ers victory. Willis McGahee – RB – Baltimore Ravens (read more…)

Tebow not showing his NFL potential

Written by Will Spencer on September 20, 2009

Tim Tebow

QB – Florida Senior

When Florida QB Tim Tebow decided to stay for his senior season, many were surprised. Those in NFL circles, however, were not. Had Tebow declared for the NFL draft as after his junior season, most experts agreed that Tebow had almost zero chance to be a first round pick. With an awkward throwing motion, a high tendency to tuck and run, as well as coming from a very option-heavy offense, Tebow wasn’t ready to transition into the NFL. After Tebow announced he would stay at Florida for his senior season, word out of Gainesville was that the Gators were bringing in a quarterback “specialist” to help Tebow ready his game for the NFL. In fact, head coach Urban Meyer even indicated that the Gators would be running more of a “pro-style” offense to help with the development of Tebow as a quarterback. Throughout (read more…)

Rookie Reviews: Week 1

Written by Will Spencer on September 15, 2009

The final scores are in the book and Draft Breakdown is here to update you on how some of the top rookies in the 2009 draft performed in their NFL debuts. Mark Sanchez – QB – Jets If I had to decide, this would be the rookie of the week. Sanchez led the Jets into Houston and looked more like a 3 year veteran QB under center. The former USC signal caller finished the game 18 of 31 with 272 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception, giving him a QB rating of 84.3. Even though Sanchez threw a pick that led to a touchdown, he bounced back and helped the Jets drive down the field for another score. Kenny Britt – WR – Titans Britt had the early jump on the competition, playing in a nationally televised game on Thursday night…that just happened to be against the defending Super Bowl (read more…)

2009 Season Preview: Defense

Written by Rob Engle on September 14, 2009

Highlighted by the Defensive Tackle position, the 2010 Defensive Class is very top heavy. There doesn’t appear to be a whole lot of depth past the first couple of rounds. Luckily, there are quite a few talented Underclassmen that are expected to declare, which could make the first two rounds the most talented in the past five years. This preview will look mainly at the DEFENSIVE SENIORS.

Defensive Ends-

Carlos Dunlap (Florida) is a junior but still probably the best DE of this class, possessing tremendous size, speed, and strength. For the seniors, though, the group is led by Greg Hardy (Ole Miss) and Corey Wooten (Northwestern). Both are well-rounded defensive ends that will push for first round spots.

Draft Breakdown Top 10

1. Greg Hardy | Ole Miss 2. Corey Wooten | Northwestern 3. Brandon Graham | Michigan 4. George Selvie | (read more…)

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