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Player Profile: Trindon Holliday

Written by Josh Squires on October 29, 2009

Trindon Holliday

WR/KR/RB – LSU Senior 5’5″ 160 lbs

Pros – The word fast doesn’t do Holliday justice. Once he gets in the NFL, he will automatically be the fastest guy. Very quick on top of that. One on one in the open field, very few people stand a chance at tackling him. His low frame also plays in his advantage when he has the ball. As a KR, there may be few that are better. If he hits a hole, he’s gone. Cons – Likely will be shifted to WR in the NFL due to beating RBs take. If so, he will be very small for a WR. On top of that, he is extremely raw on route running. Streak, post and screen is about all he runs as of now. Doubt he will have much success catching the ball over the middle. One big hit and he’s (read more…)

Player Profile: Brian Babin

Written by Josh Squires on October 29, 2009

Brian Babin

QB – Southeastern Louisiana Senior 6’5″ 225 lbs

Pros – Very efficient passer. Doesn’t make very many bad decisions. Has the frame to play in the NFL at 6’5 225. His footwork is one of his assets. Allows him to buy time in the pocket. Uses the pump fake to his advantage. At least half of the time, Babin will pump fake defenders. Solid mobility, will take off running if nothing else is there. Cons – Lack of competition. Awkward throwing motion. Throws low in a pushing motion. While it’s working for him in college, it’s unlikely it will work for him in the NFL. Takes a majority of his snaps in the shotgun. Maybe 15-20% of his snaps come from under the center and most of those are play action. Final Thoughts – Brian Babin is one of the best decision makers in college. It’s uncommon (read more…)

Player Profile: Anthony Sherman

Written by Josh Squires on October 29, 2009

Anthony Sherman

FB – Connecticut Junior 5’10″ 230 lbs

Pros – Good lead blocker. Quick burst at snap and lunges into most blocks. Solid hands and decent after the run. Puts himself in harms way for the benefit of the team. Has experience playing LB which adds to his physical nature. Cons – Not very fast or quick for that matter. Gets over anxious at times and misses on blocks completely. At times he will dive at people to block them when all he needs to do is put a hand on them. Has his LB tendencies show up when he does that. Final Thoughts – Sherman is a physical player who likes to get down and dirty. He loves to hit guys and it’s clear in the way he plays every Saturday. There will be a couple times during games where he will try to hit guys like (read more…)

Player Profile: Javarris James

Written by Josh Squires on October 29, 2009

Javarris James

RB – Miami Senior 6’0″ 208 lbs

Pros – Very low mileage. Has great bloodlines in Edgerrin James. James is very shifty. He can cut on a dime. His agility, combined with his vision makes him a threat. Won’t hit very many home runs but is much like Curtis Martin in the way he nickel and dimes D’s. Cons – As previously stated, not a big home run hitter. Lacks elite break away speed. Solid at breaking tackles but usually tries to evade them instead of going toe to toe. Injuries have been an issue with James. Final Thoughts – “Baby J” looks to be a solid change of pace back. Should see some work on 3rd downs in the NFL. Lack of speed and injuries will likely hold him back from having a career like his counterpart, Edgerrin James. NFL Comparison – Jerome Harrison – Cleveland (read more…)

Defensive Player of the Week: DeAndre McDaniel

Written by Will Spencer on October 29, 2009

DeAndre McDaniel

S – Clemson Junior

Junior safety DeAndre McDaniel has received the Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Week award. McDaniel led the Clemson defense to an overtime victory over #8 Miami. DeAndre finished the game with seven tackles and two interceptions, one of which was returned 23 yards for a touchdown. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be presented to the best defensive player in college football on Dec. 7. Last season, Texas DE Brian Orakpo was the recipient of the end of season award.

Player Profile: Ed Dickson

Written by Josh Squires on October 27, 2009

Ed Dickson

TE – Oregon Senior 6’4″ 240 lbs

Pros – Physical pass catching TE. Has great hands. Dickson runs smooth routes for a TE. Gets a solid burst off of the line making him difficult to jam. Quick for a TE which makes him a mismatch for most LBs. Cons – While he’s a decent blocker, it’s not his strong point either. There will be times where he blows his blocking assignments and allows a defender to run right past him to get the tackle. Final Thoughts – Dickson is going to make a team very happy as a pass catching TE. He is one of the best in the country at it. He runs the cleanest routes of the TEs not named Gresham. Dickson also adds a physical nature to the game where he grinds out yards. If he can put his blocking game together, he can (read more…)

Small School Spotlight: Week 8

Written by Will Spencer on October 27, 2009

Every week, Draft Breakdown will bring you three standout players from “small” schools. We’ll cover a player from Division 1-AA, Division II and Division III. Here are this weeks spotlight players.

Division I-AA

Armanti Edwards QB – Appalachian State Senior 6’1″ 184 lbs

Appalachian State QB Armanti Edwards was all over the field this week against Georgia Southern. Edwards accounted for almost 400 yards of total offense as he was a passing and rushing threat. The senior finished the game going 26 of 34 for 320 yards, 3 TDs and zero interceptions, and ran the ball 6 times for 61 yards in the victory.

Division II

Quintez Smith DB – Shaw Senior 6’1″ 187 lbs

Senior defensive back Quintez Smith continues to have an impressive season as he dominates opposing offenses. Smith grabbed an interception against Livingstone, but it just happens to be his (read more…)

Rookie Reviews: Week 7

Written by Will Spencer on October 27, 2009

The final scores are in the books and Draft Breakdown is here to update you on how some of the top rookies in the 2009 draft performed in week 7 of the NFL season. Michael Crabtree – WR – 49ers In his first career game, Crabtree actually made an impact for the 49ers. The 2nd WR taken in the 2009 draft ended the game with 5 catches for 56 yards in the loss to Houston. Part of the reason Crabtree held out was because he felt he was better than Darrius Heyward-Bey, who was drafted a few spots before him. Interestingly enough, Crabtree had more receptions in this game than Heyward-Bey has for the entire season (4). Patrick Chung – S – Patriots The former Oregon Duck continued his strong play this week in London vs. Tampa Bay. Chung recorded 4 tackles in the win, and also made his first (read more…)

O’Brien award semi-finalists announced

Written by Will Spencer on October 26, 2009

From the FWAA 10-26-09 FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 26, 2009) – The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award® (The O’Brien) announced today its 2009 O’Brien Semifinalist List. Narrowed down from all 120 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) quarterbacks, the list highlights 15 individuals who will vie for the oldest and most prestigious award honoring the nation’s best college quarterback. The 2009 O’Brien Semifinalists represent schools from the following conferences: ACC (1), Big East (2), Big Ten (2), Big 12 (3), Conference USA (1), Independent (1), Mid-American (1), Pac-10 (2), SEC (1) and the WAC (1).

2009 O’Brien Semifinalists

Matt Barkley FR USC Pac-10 Daryll Clark SR Penn State Big Ten Jimmy Clausen JR Notre Dame Independent Jacory Harris SO Miami ACC Case Keenum JR Houston Conference USA Dan LeFevour SR Central Michigan Mid-American Jake Locker JR Washington Pac-10 Colt McCoy SR Texas Big 12 Kellen Moore SO Boise State WAC (read more…)

Week 9 matchups to watch

Written by Will Spencer on October 26, 2009

#5 USC at #10 Oregon

Everyone knows who the stars are for the Trojans, but I’m more interested in seeing the battle of the Tight Ends.

For the Ducks, Ed Dickson (6’5″ 243lb Senior) has been having a solid season thus far. He’s pulled in 27 catches and 4 touchdowns for Oregon. Dickson had a huge game against Cal a few weeks back, racking up 3 touchdowns and 148 receiving yards. Dickson isn’t as big as you’d like, but he’s more of a receiving tight end, who also plays special teams. Word is, Dickson is ridiculously strong in the weight room, but doesn’t show it as a blocker on the field. Right now, Dickson is rated right around the other tight end that will be playing in this game.

Anthony McCoy (6’5″ 250lb Senior) has yet to break out this year as a receiver, (read more…)

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