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‘One Week Away’ Mock Draft

Written by Will Spencer on April 19, 2012

‘One Week Away’ Mock Draft

We’re only a week away from the real deal, so time to get those last minute mock drafts in. While this isn’t the FINAL mock draft I (or any other DB staff writer) will be posting, it’s another conversation piece to discuss some alternate ideas for your favorite team’s selections.

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford The Colts go with Luck to rebuild their franchise.

2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III – QB – Baylor No surprises here.

3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil – LT – Southern Cal The Vikings will do what they can to trade down, but Kalil is their guy.

4. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson – RB – Alabama Offensive weapons are badly needed and you have to be able to run the ball in the AFCN.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne – CB – LSU With so many questions surrounding Aquib Talib, (read more…)


Coby Fleener as a Receiver

Written by Aaron Aloysius on April 18, 2012

Coby Fleener as a Receiver

Burfict’s draft stock continues to plummet

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on April 17, 2012

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Heading into his 2011 senior season, Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict looked like a top-tier talent with the potential to be a Top 10 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

And then, NFL teams began to see the troubled tackler for what he really was: a disaster waiting to happen.

Questions already lingered after his time with the Sun Devils. Throughout his college career, he became known for being unable to control his temper. Time and time again, he failed to keep his cool in clutch situations and racked up inexcusable amounts of personal foul penalties. The man was a walking magnet for yellow flags.

At times, the ASU coaches were even forced to pull him from the lineup because he couldn’t control himself in do-or-die situations. In short, he was a liability.

Combining an immeasurable immaturity with a lack of discipline both on and off of (read more…)


First Mock Draft of 2012 by Eric Stoner

Written by Eric Stoner on April 16, 2012

2007 NFL Draft

Playing around with the re-designed site and figured it’d be a good time to do my first mock of the year:

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford

2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III – QB – Baylor

3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil – LT – Southern Cal

4. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson – RB – Alabama

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne – CB – LSU

6. St. Louis Rams: Fletcher Cox – DT – Miss. State

7. New York Jets (via Jacksonville Jaguars): Melvin Ingram – DE/LB – South Carolina

8. Miami Dolphins: Michael Floyd – WR – Notre Dame

9. Carolina Panthers: Quinton Coples – DE/DT – North Carolina

10. Buffalo Bills: Reilly Reiff – OT – Iowa

11. Kansas City Chiefs: Ryan Tannehill – QB – Texas A&M

12. Seattle Seahawks: Justin Blackmon – WR – Oklahoma State

13. Arizona Cardinals: Dre Kirkpatrick – (read more…)


The Myth of “BPA”

Written by Mike Daneshgar on April 16, 2012

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There’s something that I need to get off my chest, and it is the notion of BPA – best player available. It’s becoming a bit of a catch phrase in the discussion of the NFL Draft and seen as rationale for justifying selections which should really go beyond just 3 simple letters. After-all it’s the best player available, how can there be an argument against it? Any other player you’re selecting would be the not-best player available, and clearly you don’t want to build an organization aiming for 2nd or 3rd best. But if taking BPA is the “best” way to build a team, why are there even people in the war room? Just put a checkmark by the box that lets you autopick based on who the highest person available on your board and go hit some golf balls, right?

I’m going to do something crazy, so brace yourself: (read more…)


Trent Richardson at 4: Under the Microscope

Written by Mike Daneshgar on April 3, 2012

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Common sense tells us that the NFL Draft begins with the Cleveland Browns and the 4th overall pick. Quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III will go one/two and unless the Minnesota Vikings want Christian Ponder to die, left tackle Matt Kalil will go 3rd. Ironically, Cleveland was sitting in a similar scenario last Spring’s draft – with the top 5 expected to be Cam Newton, Von Miller, Marcell Dareus, A.J. Green, and Patrick Peterson and the Browns being the wildcard at 6. Once again, all eyes are on Holmgren and company.

The most popular choice for Cleveland right now is Alabama running back Trent Richardson.

Why wouldn’t he be?

Peyton Hillis left in free agency for Kansas City, Montario Hardesty can’t stay healthy, and former Packer Brandon Jackson hasn’t played in over a year with a turf toe injury. The Browns have a history of great running backs with (read more…)


BJ Coleman – Difference Maker

Written by Jimmy O'Brien on March 29, 2012

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“I want to be a starting quarterback in the NFL, and I want to play in and win a Super Bowl.”

Although this quote might be something that you’d expect to hear from a top quarterback prospect or likely first round draft pick, like Robert Griffin III or Andrew Luck, these words, from his scouting combine press session, are straight from the mouth of an FCS player from Tennessee Chattanooga. And, if you’d expect a small school signal caller with only nine touchdowns in his senior season to simply be hoping to get drafted and given the opportunity to play in the NFL, then you’ve never met B J Coleman. As one of the most positive, upbeat players in college football, there wasn’t a trace of cockiness in him, as he put everyone on notice that he isn’t just looking for the opportunity to make plays, he’s dead set (read more…)


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…)


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