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…)

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…)

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