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Falling in Love with Rutgers’ Khaseem Greene

Written by Jon Dove on December 28, 2012

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It’s easy to fall in love with Rutgers’ Khaseem Greene, as this is a player with the potential to do great things in the NFL. Greene is the complete package who’s capable of fitting in any system. Look for his draft stock to continue to rise through the draft process.

In today’s NFL, a linebacker must be able to play multiple roles. Greene boasts the athleticism to support the run, drop in pass coverage and rush the quarterback. This versatility only increases Greene’s value, as he can potentially fit in either a 4-3 or 3-4 attack.

The image below shows the quickness and balance Greene has coming off the edge. It’s important to note that he’s under control and also keeping contain. Too often, edge-rushers take a straight shot to the quarterback but lose contain. This typically results in a big play.

It’s inaccurate to say that Greene is (read more…)

The State of Sharrif Floyd

Written by Andrew Parsons on December 20, 2012

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Sharrif Floyd signed with Florida as a 5 star recruit, and the top rated defensive tackle in his recruiting class. His Freshman year, he immediately showed great promise. He worked in as a rotational player for most of the season, but he earned the start in the Outback Bowl vs. Penn State, and he was eventually named to the 2010 Coaches’ All Freshman SEC Team. Going into his Sophomore season, he was pegged as an Athlon Sports Pre-Season All 2nd Team defensive lineman. With some experience under his belt from Freshman year, and a starting role all to himself, this appeared to be a promising year for Floyd. However, in his first year as Florida’s Head Coach, Will Muschamp made what I would consider to be a questionable call in regards to Floyd and his development as an NFL prospect. Due to injury and depth issues, the 6’3 300 pound (read more…)

SEC Speed at DT

Written by Andrew Parsons on December 14, 2012

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Sheldon Richardson enrolled at Missouri as a 5 star recruit, but up until this year, he failed to make a major name for himself. After transferring from a Junior College, and being redshirted due to a wrist injury in 2010, Richardson spent much of 2011 in a rotational role as he battled a shoulder injury. In this role he was able to make several flash plays, but failed to be a consistent force. Early this year, Richardson finally gained the attention of the national media, but it was more due to his comments as opposed to his on field performance. However, this would change very quickly as Richardson more than managed to make a name for himself with his spectacular play.

One thing that stood out in my review of Richardson was just how explosive he was. His first step off the line is incredibly quick, (read more…)

Hide and SeeKeKe

Written by Andrew Parsons on December 12, 2012

Mingo

Prior to this season, many people had LSU DE Barkevious Mingo pegged as a Top 5 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. There’s no mystery as to how he obtained this billing. The 6’5 240 pound Mingo possess a sleek frame with long limbs. He reportedly runs a sub 4.5 40 yard dash, and even more importantly, he explodes off the football. As a Sophomore in 2011, Mingo racked up 8 sacks, and tallied 15 tackles for loss. As he added weight to his frame, and fine-tuned his game in the offseason, the only place to go was up.  However, despite being named 2nd Team All-SEC this season, most people have been left asking, “Where’s Mingo?” This is due to the fact that this year has fallen far short of expectations, as Mingo saw a dip in both sacks, and tackles for loss, totaling 4 and 5.5 respectively.

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10 Bold NFL Draft Predictions (with Video)

Written by Eric Stoner on December 7, 2012

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Ryan Lownes and I took to Twitter to discuss 10 bold NFL Draft predictions. Here’s are the tweets, along with some video cutups of the prospects we discussed.

1.) The #Eagles, with a new HC, bypass OL/DL talent in the 1st Rd, instead they bring a new franchise QB into the fold. #NFLDraftPredictions

— Ryan Lownes (@ryanlownes) December 7, 2012

2) Fresno State’s Phillip Thomas will be the first safety off the board, and will be a top 20 pick. #NFLDraftPredictions

— Eric Stoner (@ECStoner) December 7, 2012

3.) #Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson will set the NFL Combine ablaze. Sub 4.8 40 and jaw-dropping agility in drills. #NFLDraftPredictions

— Ryan Lownes (@ryanlownes) December 7, 2012

4. UCLA LB Anthony Barr will return to for his (read more…)

Comparing Brown & Ogletree

Written by Eric Stoner on December 5, 2012

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It’s up at Rotoworld. Different types of inside linebacker who both figure to be highly coveted come April.

Arthur Brown (younger brother of Eagles running back Bryce Brown) arrived at the University of Miami as one of the most heralded recruits in the country. He played outside linebacker for the Hurricanes’ scout team during his first year, but wasn’t comfortable there. In the last few weeks of the season, former Canes head coach Randy Shannon decided to move Brown from the outside to the middle, where it seemed the light clicked on – with Shannon noting the parallels of development between Brown and Shannon’s former pupil, Ray Lewis. However, a move to the middle wasn’t enough to help Brown crack Miami’s starting lineup at linebacker. After his sophomore season, he transferred to Kansas State (Brown is from Wichita, KS), and has since been one of (read more…)

End of November Mock Draft

Written by Eric Stoner on November 29, 2012

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Eric Stoner

Twitter: @ECStoner

1

Tyler Wilson – QB – Arkansas

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Star Loutulelei – DT – Utah

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Bjoern Werner – DE – Florida State

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Barkevious Mingo – DE – LSU

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Sheldon Richardson – DT – Missouri

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Luke Joeckel – OT – Texas A&M

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Geno Smith – QB – West Virginia

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Jake Matthews – OT – Texas A&M

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Dion Jordan – OLB – Oregon

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Damontre Moore – DE – Texas A&M

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Eric Fisher – OT – Central Michigan

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Jonathan Banks – CB – Mississippi State

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Manti Te’o – MLB – Notre Dame

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Jarvis Jones – OLB – Georgia

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Phillip Thomas – S – Fresno (read more…)

Gone Fishin’

Written by Andrew Parsons on November 24, 2012

NCAA Football: Central Michigan at Iowa

Much of the early discussion about Offensive Tackles in the 2013 Draft has centered on Texas A&M’s fantastic junior duo of Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews, and all of their acclaim is well deserved. In addition to that pair, Michigan Junior OT Taylor Lewan has also received high praise. Lewan is someone I hyped frequently before the season, but in reviewing play from this year, I no longer believe he is the best OT in Michigan. Now, this isn’t so much a knock on Lewan, as it is praise for Central Michigan Senior OT Eric Fisher.

While I’d still place the 6’8 305 pound Senior behind the Texas A&M tackles, I’ve begun to think that Fisher is worthy of a  Top 15 selection, and I think NFL teams will too as they dive into more film of him. Due to the school he plays at, I expect him to see (read more…)

Evaluating Jesse Williams

Written by Andrew Parsons on November 14, 2012

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The nose tackle is a crucial component to the success of a 3-4 defense. A nose tackle that can control the point of attack will allow other players on the defense to shine, and allow some more creativity from the defensive coordinator. One of the more skilled and widely recognized 3-4 defenses in the NCAA is that of the Alabama Crimson Tide. While the thing people tend to focus on most with this defense is the defensive backfield, mainly due to Nick Saban’s expertise, Alabama’s recent nose tackles have also been at the forefront of discussion. We can start by looking at Terrence Cody, whose massive size and potential left many draft fans mesmerized. Following Mount Cody, was Josh Chapman, who was of a much different mold. In scouting circles, the most common way to refer to Chapman was as a fire hydrant. He only stood at 6 feet tall, (read more…)

Fun With A Weapon

Written by Andrew Parsons on November 2, 2012

Julio Jones

Julio Jones had a big day in the Atlanta Falcons 30-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. The star receiver caught 5 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was a long bomb in which Jones roasted CB Nnamdi Asomugha. In looking beyond the stat sheet however, Julio Jones was a crucial element to two other touchdowns, both of which occurred in the first quarter. You may be thinking I’m talking about a big block that sprung a long touchdown run given Jones’ reputation as a devastating run blocker, but I’m not. As a matter of fact, Julio didn’t touch anything on either play, nor was he designed to get the ball. However, a combination of Jones’ presence and Dirk Koetter’s creativity resulted in the Falcons opening up a lead that the Eagles never even threatened.

The first play came on 3rd and 7 with 6:42 left in the (read more…)

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