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2012 QB Rankings

Written by Ryan Lownes on November 18, 2011

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The college season is winding down and the 2012 quarterback class is starting to take shape behind Andrew Luck.

 

After countless hours of film study, I’ve concluded the passing-driven NFL can expect one of the strongest crops seen in years when April’s draft rolls around. It appears as if up to six QBs could potentially come off the board in the first 50 picks or so. The class is deep as well with some middle- to late-round gems that could outplay their draft position.

 

Here are my top 10 quarterbacks likely to be part of April’s draft:

 

 

1. Andrew Luck — Stanford

 

Andrew Luck is a remarkably cerebral player, a rare leader, competitor, and winner. He is an excellent decision-maker who shows a great understanding of anticipation, timing, and ball placement. Few college quarterbacks control their team’s offensive responsibilities and play-calling to the extent that (read more…)


Crystal Ball: Seeing into the Future of Andrew Luck

Written by Ryan Lownes on November 18, 2011

Andrew Luck

 

“Suck for Luck.”

 

We have heard the phrase from the beginning of the NFL season. The widely accepted assumption is that no matter which team finishes with the league’s worst record, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck will be the first player off the board in April’s draft.

 

The dust has officially settled and it is the Peyton Manning-less Indianapolis Colts with a firm hold over the top spot with a putrid 0-10 record. Losing by an average of seventeen points a game, the struggling Colts figure to be stuck at the bottom of the standings all season. Without Manning, the once proud franchise has lost their edge. They have struggled to move the football, both through the air and on the ground. The defense cannot seem to stop a nosebleed.

 

Right now, Andrew Luck figures to be Indianapolis’ savior. As an (read more…)


Week 10 Fantasy Blitzkrieg

Written by Andrew Miley on November 15, 2011

Antonio Brown

Every week during the season, I will throw out some quick 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 every game and give you a lightning “blitz” war “krieg” to bring to your fantasy league for domination. Bring on the games!

 

In the battle of the AFC North, the Steelers took on the Bengals.  The Steelers jumped to a quick 14 point advantage and held on to win 24 to 17.  Super rookie AJ Green had a single catch, a 36 yard TD, before leaving due to a lower leg injury.  It was another amazing catch as he caught it in between the Steelers starting safeties.  Andy Dalton looked efficient throwing the short passes, but only completed 50% of his passes for 170 yards with 2 TDs and 2 interceptions.  Andrew Hawkins (read more…)


Week 9 Fantasy Blitzkrieg

Written by Andrew Miley on November 8, 2011

Julio Jones

Every week during the season, I will throw out some quick 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 every game and give you a lightning “blitz” war “krieg” to bring to your fantasy league for domination. Bring on the games!

 

The Falcons game against the Colts was hardly a game.  Atlanta jumped to a 14-0 advantage early on and never looked back.  The Colts only score was a short interception return by CB Jerraud Powers.  Delone Carter had the first 2 carries of the game, the second which he fumbled and then he didn’t come back until the 4th quarter.  Donald Brown took advantage of the rookie as he had 16 carries for 70 yards of which most were on draws and designed to get the ball carrier (read more…)


NFL Power Rankings – Week Nine

Written by Ryan Lownes on November 3, 2011

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Resident power rankings guru Ryan Lownes shares with us his weekly writeup.

 

Love or hate where he has your favorite team stacked up? Make sure to share your thoughts in the comments below or over at the Draft Breakdown message board.

 

 

Rank

Team

Explanation

Last

1

Green Bay Packers

(7-0)

The lone remaining unbeaten team has shown few weaknesses to this point and appears poised for another deep playoff run. If they can find consistency on the ground, they may be unstoppable.

1

2

Pittsburgh Steelers

(6-2)

Despite being banged up at linebacker and along the offensive line, Mike Tomlin has his team playing Pittsburgh Steelers football. The win over New England cemented their status as a contender in the AFC.

4

3

Detroit Lions

(6-2)

The Lions faced little in (read more…)


Week 8 Fantasy Blitzkrieg

Written by Andrew Miley on November 2, 2011

Matthew Stafford

Every week during the season, I will throw out some quick 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 every game and give you a lightning “blitz” war “krieg” to bring to your fantasy league for domination. Bring on the games!

 

The Jags (14) vs. the Texans (24) score is closer than how the game actually played out.  Both teams did a great job defending the run early.  Blaine Gabbert was knocked around and briefly left the game.  His numbers don’t show (33% completion rate, 97 yards, 1 TD, and 2 interceptions) that Gabbert was better at not sensing imaginary pressure.  He did, however, try to force the ball where the defense didn’t allow it. MJD was ineffective early, but kept on grinding for 74 yards with a 4 yard TD on (read more…)


Ok. State WR Blackmon not expected to return in 2012

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on October 31, 2011

Justin Blackmon

Apart from the player himself, the next best source of knowing whether a player is expected to return to school or head for the NFL is their head coach. For Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon, that man is Mike Gundy, who believes that his star receiver won’t be back in 2012.

 

“If he wants to come back, he’s certainly welcome,” Gundy said. “We will have a party. But I can’t imagine that he would be back again.”

 

Many considered Blackmon to be a top-five pick prior to the 2011 NFL Draft, but he opted to return for his junior season.

 

Although the amount of competition that he’ll have for that top WR spot in the draft is rather high, a top-five pick is in no way out of the question. So far this season, Blackmon has hauled in 74 passes for 834 yards (read more…)


Pac-12 Mid-season Awards

Written by Chad Davis on October 25, 2011

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Player of the Year: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

This is as easy a choice as there is in the country. Through seven games, Luck has thrown for 1888 yards and 20 touchdowns to just 3 interceptions. His team is 7-0, and to top it all off, Luck may be the most hyped draft prospect in history, as displayed by the national “Suck 4 Luck” campaigning going on in NFL cities around the country. Rarely do I consider any prospect as a “sure-fire” star, but Luck is as close as anyone can come to earning that praise. A certain shoo-in to be invited to the Heisman Trophy ceremony, Luck will run away with this Pac-12 award, barring injury. Honorable mentions: Matt Barkley, QB, USC; LaMichael James, RB, Oregon; Keith Price, QB, Washington; Robert Woods, WR, USC.

 

Coach of the Year: David Shaw, Stanford

Really, this honor comes to Shaw (read more…)


Week 7: Fantasy Blitzkrieg

Written by Andrew Miley on October 25, 2011

St. Louis Rams v Dallas Cowboys

Every week during the season, I will throw out some quick 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 every game and give you a lightning “blitz” war “krieg” to bring to your fantasy league for domination. Bring on the games!

 

The Carolina/Washington matchup ended with a predictable conclusion, but the way it went was a bit surprising. The Redskins came out running the ball as Tim Hightower ran well (17 carries for 88 yards) to start the game.  Hightower hurt his lower leg and did not return. John Beck looked lost in the 1st half, but ended up salvaging his day with 279 passing yards, a passing TD, a rushing TD, and an interception.  Beck looked better than Grossman has, but what does that really tell us?  Fred Davis had the (read more…)


Trumaine Johnson (2011)

Written by Aaron Aloysius on October 23, 2011

Trumaine Johnson (2011)

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