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2 Round “Way Too Early” Mock Draft 5.0

Written by Aaron Aloysius on October 8, 2010

2 Round “Way Too Early” Mock Draft 5.0

Aaron Aloysius takes you through the first two-round mock of our "Way Too Early" series.

1. Buffalo Bills Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford*

The end of the Captain Checkdown experiment has only further highlighted the Bills’ need for a franchise QB. The team may flirt with drafting an elite receiver (AJ Green) or pass rusher (Robert Quinn), but — like in the last two drafts — the first pick ultimately will be used on a franchise QB. The two most likely candidates are Jake Locker and Andrew Luck. While Locker more closely resembles the type of athletic QB Chan Gailey prefers, questions about his accuracy and pocket presence could damage his draft stock. And while Luck isn’t an athlete on Locker’s level, the Stanford QB is far from a statue, and his combination of physical tools, smarts, and leadership qualities make him an ideal #1 overall (read more…)


Risers and Sliders: Week Five

Written by Aaron Aloysius on October 7, 2010

Risers and Sliders: Week Five

Risers

Leonard Hankerson WR Miami Coming into the season, very few draft analysts had Hankerson rated highly; the folks at National Scouting gave the Miami wideout a 5th to 7th round grade. However, Hankerson’s quieted many of his critics with a strong start to the 2010 season, including a 147 yard, 3 touchdown performance against Clemson. Though he lacks elite speed, Hankerson has enough quicks to separate from defensive backs and out-muscle them to the ball. Both qualities showed up in the Clemson game, but it was his ability to make the tough grab in traffic that was the most important part of his day. On his last TD reception, Hankerson plucked the ball away from his body, then took a hit without coughing up the pigskin. Hankerson’s been drop-prone in the past, so it’s important that he prove to scouts that he’ll be a reliable receiver at the (read more…)


Player Profile: Case Keenum

Written by Rob Engle on October 6, 2010

Player Profile: Case Keenum

Case Keenum

 

Position: QB School: Houston Height: 6’2" Weight: 210 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.95 All-Star Game: — Team Captain: 2009 Overall Grade: -.– Draft Projection: —

 

Non-position specific categories

 

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 – Speed 8 – Quickness/Agility 10 – Strength/Explosion 10 – Athletic Ability 8 – Durability 8 – Character 6 – Production/Experience 6 – Toughness 8 – Potential 10 –

 

Quarterback Specific Categories

 

Category Max. Value Grade Decision Making 10 – Arm Strength 7 – Accuracy 10 – Mechanics/Footwork 7 – Mobility 6 – Release Quickness 8 –

 

Explanation of Player Grading System

 

The Breakdown

Keenum was on pace to set several NCAA all-time passing records before he tore his ACL only 3 games into the 2010 football season. Keenum was a redshirt senior in 2010, so it’s doubtful that he will apply (read more…)


Player Profile: DeMarcus Love

Written by Chris Lomas on October 5, 2010

Player Profile: DeMarcus Love

DeMarcus Love

Position: OT School: Arkansas Height: 6’5" Weight: 315 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 5.18 All-Star Game: — Team Captain: — Overall Grade: -.– Draft Projection: —

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 – Speed 8 – Quickness/Agility 10 – Strength/Explosion 10 – Athletic Ability 8 – Durability 8 – Character 6 – Production/Experience 6 – Toughness 8 – Potential 10 –

Offensive Lineman Specific Categories Category Max. Value Grade Pass Blocking 10 – Run Blocking 10 – Awareness 8 – Hand Placement 6 – Pulling/Trapping/Second Level 6 – Footwork 8 – Leverage 8 –

Explanation of Player Grading System

The Breakdown

Love possesses excellent size, strength and athleticism. He exhibits decent quickness off the line however at times is slow to react to the snap. Makes use of his long arms effectively, as he does (read more…)


Rookie Reviews: Week 4

Written by Chad Davis on October 5, 2010

Rookie Reviews: Week 4

Sam Bradford—QB—St. Louis Rams And the Offensive Rookie of the Year is…..Sam Bradford. While I’m sure that Bradford will inevitably have a bad game or two, the rookie first round pick from Oklahoma is as unflappable as any rookie quarterback I’ve seen in a long time. The Seattle Seahawks came at Bradford from all angles on Sunday, and all Bradford did was torch them to the tune of 23-41 passing for 289 yards and 2 td’s. The one mistake being an interception thrown in the endzone to fellow rookie Earl Thomas of Seattle, but otherwise a rock solid performance for Bradford. I’ll go ahead and set aside a spot in next week’s column, as Bradford looks like the real deal so far this year. Taylor Mays—S—San Francisco 49ers Mays made the most of his first career start versus the Atlanta Falcons. While the 11 tackles was impressive enough and worthy (read more…)


Game of the Week Review: Stanford vs. Oregon

Written by Chris Lomas on October 5, 2010

Game of the Week Review: Stanford vs. Oregon

The game pretty much played out like I thought it would with Stanford and Oregon being close throughout, and then Oregon taking over at the end of the game. I was surprised at how the Ducks came out early giving up 21 points to Stanford (not sure why, they seem to get behind every week) but as I mentioned, the Ducks just had too many athletes for Stanford to complete against.

Analysis of Prospects

Andrew Luck Best quarterback in the nation for the first 3 quarters but fell apart near the end of the game when he was trying to bring his team back. The most glaring weakness in his game is his arm. I counted 4 times he tried to throw a deep ball and each time it hung up, resulting in a ball that was knocked down, a completion, an interception, and an overthrow. In the (read more…)


“Way too early” Mock Draft 4.0

Written by Wes Stueve on October 2, 2010

“Way too early” Mock Draft 4.0

New writer Wes Stueve gets his feet wet with his first mock draft for Draft Breakdown. Wes breaks down how he thinks things would shake out if the season ended today in our "Way Too Early" mock draft series.

1. Buffalo Bills Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford*

For years, the Bills have been helpless at quarterback. It isn’t necessarily due to lack of effort; they have used several high picks on the position. Buffalo has a few playmakers on offense in C.J. Spiller, Marshawn Lynch and Lee Evans, but lack a quarterback to get them the ball. Luck is being talked about by some as the best quarterback prospect in the past decade. With a combination of excellent accuracy, arm strength and smarts, he is nearly a perfect prospect. 2. Cleveland Browns Jake Locker – QB – Washington

One could argue that there has been (read more…)


Game of the Week: Stanford vs. Oregon

Written by Chris Lomas on September 30, 2010

Game of the Week: Stanford vs. Oregon

Stanford vs. Oregon

A game that will go a long way in determining the PAC-10 champion, this game features the likely first QB taken in next April’s draft, one of the best backs in the nation, and two teams that are expected to put up a whole lot of points. This game will not lack in entertainment.

Prospects

Andrew Luck: The majority of scouts see Andrew Luck (if he declares) as the top QB in the 2011 draft. He possesses very good mechanics, high football IQ and good decision making, especially when compared to Locker and Mallett. This game represents to Luck a chance to prove that he deserves being the #1 rated QB, facing what will be Stanford’s stiffest competition of the year. Locker and Mallett struggled in each of their team’s biggest game of the year; let’s see if Luck can prevent it from happening (read more…)


Separating the Quarterbacks

Written by Wes Stueve on September 29, 2010

Separating the Quarterbacks

Even in the early stages of preparation for the 2011 NFL Draft, a quarterback battle is waging. In contrast to last year’s draft, where there was only two quarterbacks selected in the first round, there appear to be three players vying for the number one spot. After showing tremendous progress in his first year under Steve Sarkisian at Washington, Jake Locker was already slated as the number one quarterback, and likely the first pick of the 2011 draft before play even started this season. However, a combination of disappointing play by Locker and the continuing emergence of Andrew Luck and Ryan Mallett have sprung a debate. Locker brings incredible athleticism, as well as prototypical size and ability to the table. At 6’3” 226, Locker is rumored to run a 40-yard-dash time in a staggering 4.5 seconds. Adding to his athletic prowess, Locker was drafted in the 10th round of the (read more…)


Risers and Sliders: Week Four

Written by Aaron Aloysius on September 29, 2010

Risers and Sliders: Week Four

Risers

Nate Irving LB NC State On Saturday, Irving proved to any remaining doubters that he’s fully recovered from the car accident that took away his ‘09 season. The explosive linebacker delivered an epic performance, notching 16 tackles, 4.5 TFL, and two sacks. Irving made an impact even when he wasn’t polishing his stat line, quickly moving downhill to disrupt Georgia Tech’s option attack. On a few plays, Irving did overpursue and take poor angles, but those plays could soon disappear. At his point, Irving looks like a guy getting used to driving a faster car; once he gets used to going full speed, he should he able to play under control and be the consistent impact player he was back in ‘08. Cameron Jordan DE Cal Last year, Jordan had a very productive season (8 sacks, 9.5 TFL), but teammate Tyson Alualu received most of the glory, as (read more…)


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