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Alabama OT DJ Fluker Staying in School

Written by Mike Daneshgar on December 13, 2011

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Though many believed it was a long-shot that a redshirt sophomore offensive tackle would declare for the 2012 NFL Draft, others held out hope that Alabama right Tackle D.J. Fluker would be the exception. After all, not many redshirt sophomore offensive tackles have started for two full years on championship-worthy offensive lines in a conference like the SEC. That was the sliver of hope for NFL fans hoping that their team could attain a 6-6 335 pound manchild to anchor the right side of their offensive line.

 

On Monday, Fluker put to bed any rumors of taking his talents to the next level:

 

“I know there have been a few stories and different things out on the message boards lately about me possibly leaving school early. I want to go ahead and put all of that to rest and make it clear that my intentions are to stay (read more…)

Assessing Nick Foles

Written by Aaron Aloysius on December 13, 2011

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Nick Foles came into the season with low grades and perhaps even lower expectations. The signal caller received a 6th round grade from National Scouting and was set to lead a squad that’d lost its last five games, including a brutal bowl game against Oklahoma State.

 

As a result, not many were surprised when Arizona was beat down in September by the same Cowboy squad. In addition to losing by more than three touchdowns, Foles appeared to solidify his draft rep. He simply was a mid/late round system QB: accurate but a very average arm; good in the short game but chronically bad vertically; and, perhaps most damning, not mobile enough to navigate the pocket and handle an NFL pass rush.

 

However, after some dismissed him, Foles quietly proved his worth. Instead of being a product of the system, Foles succeeded in spite of it. Though the (read more…)

Scouting Report: Andrew Luck

Written by Eric Stoner on December 11, 2011

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Andrew Luck

 

Position: QB School: Stanford Height: 6’4″ Weight: 235 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: N/A All-Star Game: No Team Captain: Yes Draft Projection: First Overall

 

Summary

 

Luck is a redshirt junior and has been the starting quarterback for Stanford since his redshirt freshman season. One of the highest touted quarterback prospects in recent years, he would likely have gone #1 overall had he declared after last season and is a virtual lock to be the first off the board this year. A true field general, he has full command of his offense and has been praised by his head coach as essentially being an offensive coordinator on the field. A big, rugged, powerful player with nimble feet and elite instincts for the position. Has the potential to be the foundation of a team’s offense in the NFL.

 

Mechanics/Release

 

Luck has a compact, (read more…)

Week 13 Fantasy Blitzkrieg

Written by Andrew Miley on December 6, 2011

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Every week during the season, I will throw out some observations of the previous NFL week. With the invention of the DVR and Directv’s ”Quick Bits”, I am able to watch almost every snap of selected games and give you a lightning “blitz” war “krieg” to bring to your fantasy league for domination. Bring on the games!

 

I am starting with my beloved Steelers against the Bengals.  The Bengals defense started off playing well as they held the Steelers to a three and out on the first and second series.  The Bengals offense was aggressive to start.  In the first big play of the day, Ike Taylor had blown coverage against AJ Green.  Green glided across the field and Taylor couldn’t keep up which resulted in a 43 yard gain. The AJ Green (6 catches for 87 yards and a TD) vs. Taylor (6 tackles, 3 passes defended and (read more…)

Luck confirms intent to enter 2012 NFL Draft

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on December 6, 2011

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Congratulations to the Indianapolis Colts!

 

Unless they go on a four-game winning streak, which is rather unlikely, the Colts have won the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.

 

According to a report from USA Today, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck has confirmed his plans to forgo his senior year and enter the 2012 NFL Draft. In an interview with ESPN, Luck made his plans for next year rather clear.

 

“I think I’m going to hopefully play professional football if a team will have me,” Luck said.

 

Well unless he undergoes some catastrophic injury during the Fiesta Bowl or any pre-draft games/workouts (knock on wood), I’m sure just about every NFL team would love to have Luck on their roster. Don’t worry, Andrew; you’re safe.

 

It’s expected that Luck will be taken with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, which appears to be the possession of (read more…)

Luck leads list of five Heisman finalists

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on December 6, 2011

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It’s that time of year folks. The Heisman Trophy race is almost over as the five finalists come barreling down the home stretch. In the 77th installment of college football’s top award, the list has been whittled down from the thousands of FBS players to five.

 

The list consists of two quarterbacks, two running backs and a cornerback. Four candidates are juniors and one is a sophomore. All but one player will be participating in a BCS Bowl Game.

 

The first, and most obvious, candidate is Stanford junior quarterback Andrew Luck.

 

The only returning finalist, Luck has led his Cardinal to an impressive 11-1 record this season, with their only loss coming against the Oregon Ducks. Coming into the season, Luck was considered the top candidate to win the award and has done a terrific job of keeping himself in the hunt. With 3,170 passing (read more…)

Andre Branch

Written by Aaron Aloysius on December 4, 2011

An Everyone’s Eligible Mock Draft

Written by Mike Daneshgar on December 3, 2011

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Looking around at mock scenarios for the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft, I began to wonder what the draft would look like if there were no eligibility restriction on who could enter. Would the top overall prospect in 2012 still be the top pick? Where would that freshman phenom fit into the mix of things when you consider upside and limited early production? Simply put, it is an all out free-for-all with the best college football players at each team’s disposal.

 

Let’s dig in.

 

* denotes 2nd year players, eligible for the 2013 draft

** denotes true freshmen, eligible for the 2014 draft

 

 

1. Indianapolis Colts 

 

Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford

 

This is probably the least surprising selection of this draft. By now, I’m sure you have basked in the greatness that is Andrew Luck. He is the safest QB prospect to come (read more…)

Scouting Report: David DeCastro

Written by Chad Davis on December 2, 2011

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David DeCastro

 

Position: OG School: Stanford Height: 6’5″ Weight: 310 lbs Class: Redshirt Junior 40 time: – All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 15 Pick

 

Summary

 

DeCastro is a smart, technically sound guard who has been an integral part of Stanford’s dominant power rushing attack for three years. While not overly impressive physically, DeCastro beats his opponents consistently by being fundamentally sound, consistent with effort, and taking advantage of his natural flexibility to gain leverage advantages. He is a master at pulling and trapping, and opens holes in the running game with a seek-and-destroy attitude. One of the top guards I have watched on tape, DeCastro is worthy of top-15 consideration in the 2012 draft.  

Pass Blocking

 

DeCastro is solid in pass protection, helping keep all-world QB Andrew Luck safe for the (read more…)

The Fat Guy No One’s Talking About

Written by Aaron Aloysius on December 1, 2011

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Recently, a lot of talk has centered around Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe. And rightfully so: the 6’5″, 350-pounder is a tremendous athlete for a man his size, and he plays with a great motor.

 

However, there’s another potential early round big man who should be getting a whole lot of attention, Utah DT Star Lotulelei.

 

 

 

While still a relative unknown to draftniks, scouts have been keeping a close eye on the underclassman. One regional scout told Bucky Brooks that the big man looks like “a rare find” with “all of the tools that scouts covet in a dominant interior defender”.

 

Those physical tools show up on tape. Lotulelei possesses impressive explosion off the ball and very good upper body strength. He could do a better job of keeping his pads low, but that will come with NFL coaching. And word (read more…)

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