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Rookie Reviews: Week 8

Written by Will Spencer on November 3, 2009

Rookie Reviews: Week 8

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 8 of the NFL season. Michael Oher – OT – Ravens The subject of the book and new movie “The Blind Side” is quietly having a great season. In fact, Peter King recently commented via Twitter that his two top choices for OROY are Minnesota’s Percy Harvin and Michael Oher. This week, Oher went face to face with current NFL sack leader, Elvis Dumervil, and allowed no sacks. This isn’t the first game of the season Oher has faced tremendous pass rushers. Two weeks ago he faced the Vikings Jared Allen while filling it at left tackle for the injured Jared Gaither. Oher has also faced off against Bengals DE Antwan Odom and Cleveland OLB Kamerion Wimbley. Later in the season, (read more…)

Nebraska’s Suh cited for traffic violations

Written by Will Spencer on November 1, 2009

Nebraska’s Suh cited for traffic violations

Nebraska’s star DT Ndamukong Suh was cited for negligent driving after he hit 3 parked cars in Lincoln. Suh was reportedly given a breathalizer test, showing a .035 blood-alcohol level, which is below the legal limit of .08. No injuries were reported in the incident. More on the story can be found via the Associated Press website.

Interview: Perrish Cox

Written by Will Spencer on October 30, 2009

Interview: Perrish Cox

Perrish Cox

CB – Oklahoma State Senior 6’0″ 195 lbs

 

One player who is quietly moving up draft boards right now is Oklahoma State cornerback Perrish Cox. With a great combination of size and speed, and the versatility to play defense and return kicks, Cox certainly has first round potential. Perrish took a few moments of his time to talk about his game, Dez Bryant, his plans for the Senior Bowl and his strong connection to his family.

 

Spencer: What’s your current height and weight and most recent 40 time?

 

Cox: My height is 6’0″ even. My weight is 195. My last 40 was 4.38.

 

Spencer: You’re not only a solid defender but also a talented return man. Which do you look forward to most on game day?

 

Cox: Both actually. I just like to get out there on the field.

 

Spencer: Describe your (read more…)

Player Profile: Mike Iupati

Written by Josh Squires on October 29, 2009

Player Profile: Mike Iupati

Mike Iupati

OG – Idaho Senior 6’5″ 330 lbs

Pros – Mammoth of a man. Possibly the strongest guy in the draft and he’s barely been playing football. There are very few guys that will over power him. Is truly a monster in the run game. Uses his hands very well in both the pass game and the run game. Solid pass blocker. Moves fairly decent for a 330 pounder. Gets good leverage on blocks. Cons – Has only been playing since he was 14 years old. Footwork still needs work but that will come in time. Makes mistakes every once and a while due to lack of experience. Had shoulder surgery during the offseason. Final Thoughts –Despite his inexperience, Iupati should be the first G taken in the draft. He has as much of an upside as any other prospect in this draft. Few guys in this draft (read more…)

Player Profile: Kyle Calloway

Written by Josh Squires on October 29, 2009

Player Profile: Kyle Calloway

Kyle Calloway

OT – Iowa Senior 6’7″ 315 lbs

Pros – Moves well for a guy his size. Zone blocking schemes will love him. He is one of the better run blockers in the draft. Uses his leg drive to open up holes for the ball carriers. Shows solid strength when getting into the blocks. Cons – Pass blocking is less than desired. His footwork in the passing game hurts him. Kicked to RT after his struggles in that department. Arrested and suspended 1 game for OWI. Final Thoughts – Calloway should be the next in the line of Iowa offensive linemen to be drafted. He moves surprisingly well for a man of his stature. Teams that run a lot or teams that have the zone blocking scheme installed will be looking hard at him. His pass blocking skills are not the best by any means though. That will (read more…)

Player Profile: Trindon Holliday

Written by Josh Squires on October 29, 2009

Player Profile: Trindon Holliday

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

Player Profile: Brian Babin

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

Player Profile: Anthony Sherman

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

Player Profile: Javarris James

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

Defensive Player of the Week: DeAndre McDaniel

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.

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