Written by Mario Clavel on April 26, 2014
Written by Jon Dove on April 25, 2014
I must have a thing for offensive linemen because three of my five offensive man crushes come from the trenches. Teams especially looking to improve at the guard position will have a chance deep into the draft to find a potential starter.
The quarterback position this year doesn’t really impress me as much as it does others. Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel are the only clear-cut first rounders in my book. Ja’Wuan James — Offensive Tackle — Tennessee
It’s very likely that I’m one of the few that have Ja’Wuan James safely in the first round mix. He is a big-bodied and athletic offensive tackle prospect. Throughout his career, he showed the fluidity to protect the quarterback and the power to generate a push in the run game.
James was overshadowed by teammate and fellow draft prospect Antonio Richardson during his time in a Vols uniform. However, that situation (read more…)
Written by Spencer on April 23, 2014
Marcus Martin has played on the offensive line at USC for three seasons. Despite having the experience that comes with 33 college starts, Martin will only be 20 years old come the start of his rookie season.
Additionally, the young pivot has played multiple positions along the line: in 2011 and 2012, Martin played guard; this past season, the switch was made to center. All the while, Martin continued to mature physically and athletically throughout.
Such a talented, versatile offensive lineman should garner more attention. A closer look at his play will show why he’s deserving of top fifty consideration. Next Up: A look at Martin’s strengths
Written by Jon Dove on March 21, 2014
Every year, a handful of under the radar prospects catch my eye and become my draft man crushes. This draft season, I’m especially intrigued by the remarkable defensive talents who receive little pub. I’d be willing to pound the table for these guys. While they aren’t highly regarded by everyone in the draft community, I believe they will have excellent NFL careers. Robert Nelson — Cornerback — Arizona State
Call me crazy, but I wouldn’t hesitate to use a second-round pick on Nelson. The Sun Devil defensive back is a smooth athlete who can really stick with his target. He reminds me of a less heralded version of TCU’s Jason Verrett, as both players do a great job limiting separation by the wideout.
Nelson also is a versatile defender, excelling in both man and zone coverage. In man, he uses his quickness and long arms to stick with (read more…)
Written by Aimal Arsalla on March 18, 2014
Written by Justis Mosqueda on February 27, 2014
Math Rushers: Waldo
“Box score scouting” is as or more dangerous in the sport of football as any other on Earth. With 22 moving parts on any given play, it’s hard to come up with a metric to compare and/or contrast players that aren’t influenced by the system the player plays in, the strength of his opponent, or the strength of the teammates next to him.
The most important day for football evaluations comes in the spring: the NFL Draft. Teams hedge their futures on players. One single player can elevate the entire franchise to another level, ending up in raises or championships for those around them, as well as for himself.
On the contrast, some set a team back for years as they’re forced into the lineups due to their investment value. Imagine how different Buffalo would have been like had they taken Brian Orakpo or Clay (read more…)
Written by Spencer on February 21, 2014
Once hyped as the next big thing, Logan Thomas is now readily dismissed by a number of analysts.
After two very up & down seasons, it’s understandable why the excitement about the VaTech QB’s declined, but much of what’s said by his most ardent critics simply isn’t accurate.
The physical tools that once intrigued so many didn’t disappear — Thomas still possesses the ability to be an NFL quarterback, and a good one too.
Over the next couple pages, I’ll take a look at some of the more prominent NFL traits Thomas possesses.
Written by Page on February 20, 2014
Written by Mario Clavel on February 18, 2014
Written by Ryan Lownes on February 16, 2014