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Asa Jackson – Ace of Spades

Written by Jimmy O'Brien on March 20, 2012

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Like Brian Westbrook, Terrell Owens, and the great Walter Payton before him, Asa Jackson strolled into Mobile, Alabama in late January determined to show that small school players could star on the big stage. But big accomplishments are nothing new for Jackson. As a four-time first team All Great West Conference cornerback and two-time defensive player of the year, Jackson ultimately garnered national recognition this year as an AP third team All American. And it’s impossible to overstate what Jackson has meant to his football team over the course of his career. For the last four seasons, the Cal Poly Mustangs have been no one trick ponies. When the cards were on the table, they still had one up their sleeve, the highest card in the deck, Asa Jackson, the Ace of Spades.

 

At 5’10”, 193 lbs., Jackson may not scare opponents with his physical size, but the same (read more…)

Scouting Report: Doug Martin

Written by Ryan Lownes on March 14, 2012

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Doug Martin

 

Position: RB School: Boise State Height: 5’9 1/4" Weight: 223 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.55 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Mid 1st/Early 2nd Round

 

Summary

 

Doug Martin is one of this class’s most complete and promising backs. Among other attributes, his combination of vision, balance, and burst stands out on film. He projects as a three down back at the next level, with the receiving and blocking ability necessary to see playing time early. Expect Martin to be the second running back off the board, potentially as early as the middle of the first round.

 

Inside Runner

 

In the NFL, the 5’9” Doug Martin will be gaining the majority of his yards between the tackles. As a compact runner with a low center of gravity and good acceleration, he showed the ability to pick up the (read more…)

Brian Quick – A Quick Study

Written by Jimmy O'Brien on March 11, 2012

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Everyone remembers exactly where they were on that fateful day. It made the front page of the NY Times. I know that Jake Long, Chad Henne, and Mario Manningham remember. They were there. And if your name is Brian Quick, an unheralded Appalachian State freshman WR, playing in your very first college game, you remember being on the field, leaping high in the air, and blocking the field goal that led to the fourth quarter go-ahead touchdown, as Appalachian State knocked off the fifth ranked Michigan Wolverines 34-32, in what the NY Times called the “most important game in small school college football history.” Not a bad first game for a kid only three months out of twelfth grade, where he was a South Carolina prep basketball star, who only played one year of high school football. And on that fateful afternoon in the Big House in Ann Arbor, he (read more…)

Scouting Report: Brandon Weeden

Written by Eric Stoner on March 11, 2012

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Brandon Weeden

 

Position: QB School: Oklahoma State Height: 6’3 3/4" Weight: 221 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.95 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: Yes Draft Projection: Mid 1st/Early 2nd Round

 

Summary

 

A big pocket passer who owns virtually every Oklahoma State passing record (both career and single season). Drafted out of high school as a pitcher, and returned to college football in 2007 after shoulder injuries ended his baseball career. Teamed up with wide receiver Justin Blackmon to form the most prolific quaterback/wide receiver duo in the country over the last two seasons. Has more work to do mechanically than you’d like for a quarterback his age (28 year-old Redshirt Senior), but the mechanical inconsistencies also indicate the potential for untapped upside in terms of arm talent and accuracy. He projects to go from the middle of round one to early round two.

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Georgia TE Charles arrested Friday for DUI

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on March 9, 2012

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Considered one of the top prospects at his position in the 2012 NFL Draft, junior Georgia tight end Orson Charles was working his way towards potentially becoming the first tight end off the board.

Despite a sloppy Pro Day workout and unimpressive times in the 40-yard dash, Charles’ talent and potential as an NFL tight end were still undeniable.

That was until Charles was arrested on Friday morning on charges of DUI and driving minimum speed.

He was arrested by the Athens-Clarke County Police and booked into the ACC jail at 4:31 a.m. He was released an hour later on $1,750 bond.

With this arrest on his record, Charles’ draft stock could see a significant drop in the next month leading up to the late-April draft. He was already slipping due to his lackluster Combine and Pro Day performances. This DUI will really make NFL (read more…)

Blackmon runs sub-4.5 40 at Oklahoma St Pro Day

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on March 9, 2012

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Today at the Oklahoma State Pro Day, wide receiver prospect Justin Blackmon was hoping to reinforce his position as a Top 10 talent. Apparently, he did just that.

According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Blackmon ran two 40s today. His first was clocked in the 4.45-4.5 range. His second was clocked in the 4.41-4.46 range. For a big, thick wide receiver like Blackmon who had lingering concerns about his speed, he couldn’t have asked for better results.

Blackmon added a 35-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot, 4-inch broad jump to his Pro Day résumé. He also matched his Combine mark of 14 bench press reps.

Although his times were impressive, some will choose to take them with a grain of salt as Oklahoma State has a notoriously fast track that may have trimmed up to a tenth of a second off of his time. Still, the (read more…)

Big Picture: 2012 and 2013 NFL Draft

Written by Mike Daneshgar on March 8, 2012

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When looking at any draft, it is important to grasp the big picture. Not only should the positional depth of the current draft be looked at, but that of the next year’s draft as well. If there are 5 players of equal talent available at a position, why choose one when you can trade down, pick up additional draft choices, and end up with a player whom you would have taken at the earlier draft slot? Or, worst case scenario – pull a Minnesota and don’t turn in your card.

 

Every fan wants to fix their team in one offseason. As nice as that would be, it’s just not realistic. Two teams that have consistently won over the past decade are the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles – and it’s no coincidence that they both are known to maneuver quite a bit on draft day to acquire (read more…)

Five Scouting Combine Sleepers

Written by Brandon Williams on February 24, 2012

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Every year, the top collegiate athletes gather in Indianapolis, Indiana to take in the festivities known as the NFL Combine.

 

The spectacle features drills, a test and interviews in which the personnel of 32 NFL teams determine future players for their squads. For the players participating, this could be one of their last chances (aside from Pro Day workouts) to show every NFL team exactly what they can do. For some, it could determine their future. For a select few, this event could be the determining factor of whether they are drafted or not during the NFL Draft. Or it could determine which round others may be drafted in. A spectacular performance at the NFL Combine could skyrocket a player’s stock, directly moving them up draft boards across the league. On the flip side, a bad performance could drop a player completely.

 

For some, a late round selection (read more…)

Richardson won’t do Combine drills following knee surgery

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on February 23, 2012

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Year after year, you can always count on some sort of surprise injury to pop up with one of the top prospects for the NFL Draft.

 

This year, that surprise injury comes in the form of Alabama running back Trent Richardson, unanimously considered the top prospect at his position in this year’s draft class.

 

According to Jason LaCanfora of NFL Network, the Heisman runner-up running back will miss workouts at this week’s NFL Scouting Combine due to “minor” arthroscopic knee surgery that he underwent three weeks ago.

 

Richardson had the surgery to alleviate some of the pain resulting from an injury that he sustained during practice leading up the BCS Championship Game last month. Although he has reportedly been making good progress, he will skip the Combine drills in an effort to avoid re-aggravating the injury.

 

Unless this injury proves to (read more…)

Three Round Mock Draft

Written by Ryan Lownes on February 20, 2012

New Mock Drafts

1. Indianapolis Colts

 

Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford

 

A no-brainer pick for the franchise in the midst of a massive overhaul. The Bill Polian-Peyton Manning era is officially over in Indianapolis and whether Manning remains the starter or not, the future of the Colts will depend on the success of the Stanford prodigy. Andrew Luck is a rarely cerebral quarterback prospect with both the physical and the mental ability to be a perennial All-Pro in the NFL. There won’t be any suspense surrounding the first pick in April, this one is already set.

 

2. St. Louis Rams

 

Matt Kalil – OT – USC

 

Many experts feel this pick will be up for sale with teams pushing hard for the next highest ranked signal-caller, Robert Griffin III. Though that is bound to be a tempting option, the Rams may instead opt to use this pick (read more…)

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