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Rookies Missing in Action

Written by Will Spencer on September 28, 2009

Rookies Missing in Action

Three weeks into the NFL season and some rookies are becoming standouts on their team. However, some first round draft picks have yet to make any kind of reasonable impact on their teams at all. Perhaps it’s too early to say that they won’t make an impact, but some certainly need to step it up…or at least get on the field. Jason Smith – OT – Rams: #2 Overall Smith missed the 3rd game of the season with an injury, but the Rams have been terrible on offense. After this week, they rank 28th overall in offense, have scored no rushing touchdowns and have allowed 5 total sacks. Tyson Jackson – DE – Chiefs: #3 Overall Jackson has registered just 2 total tackles in three games and the Chiefs have allowed 5 rushing touchdowns already this season. Andre Smith – OT – Bengals: #6 Overall After a bit of a (read more…)

Rookie Reviews: Week 3

Written by Will Spencer on September 28, 2009

Rookie Reviews: Week 3

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 3 of the NFL season. Matthew Stafford – QB – Lions The stats weren’t phenomenal, but Stafford helped the Lions get a much more important stat; a win. The Lions broke a 19 game losing streak at home vs. the Washington Redskins, and Stafford led the way. The former Georgia signal-caller finished the game 21 of 36 for 241 yards and a touchdown, and added 2 rushes for 23 yards in their first win of the season. Mark Sanchez – QB – Jets For the 3rd week in a row, Sanchez makes our list. While he had some struggles in this game (1 int and 2 fumbles), he maintained his cool. Sanchez finished 17 of 30 for 171 yards, 2 TDs (read more…)

DJ Williams nominated for Courage Award

Written by Will Spencer on September 24, 2009

DJ Williams nominated for Courage Award

DJ Williams

TE – Arkansas Junior

After the incredible story of Ole Miss (and now Baltimore Ravens) offensive tackle Michael Oher, the 2010 NFL Draft may have another similar background story…that is if Arkansas TE DJ Williams (JR) decides to declare for the draft. Fearing that I won’t be able to due Williams’ story justice by providing my own summary, here is the official release from the FWAA. From the Football Writers Association of America DALLAS (FWAA) – Arkansas’ D.J. Williams is the first weekly nominee for the 2009 FedEx Orange Bowl/FWAA Courage Award, to be announced at the end of the season. Williams, a junior tight end from Little Rock, Ark., has overcome a childhood dominated by an abusive, drug-addicted father to excel in the classroom, the community and on the field. Williams’ father, David Williams, is currently serving time in a Texas prison. But D.J. Williams’ (read more…)

Draft Breakdown T-shirt contest

Written by Will Spencer on September 23, 2009

Draft Breakdown T-shirt contest

Draft Breakdown is celebrating the new and improved design of the site. So what a better way to celebrate than to give something away! We’re giving away a Reebok Prime Short Sleeve Sideline Shirt to TWO Draft Breakdown readers. Winners will get their choice of NFL team and size. So how can you win one of these shirts? It’s simple. We want as many people as possible to get updates from Draft Breakdown on the news, notes and analysis of the NFL Draft. Two of the ways we do that are through our Facebook fan site and our Twitter site. The readers who refer the most Facebook Fans and the most Twitter followers will win! Here’s how to enter. Whenever you tell your friends (via e-mail, in person, Facebook message, Twitter message, etc) to come follow us on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook, use the form below (read more…)

Defensive Player of the Week: Donald Butler

Written by Will Spencer on September 22, 2009

Defensive Player of the Week: Donald Butler

Donald Butler

LB – Washington Senior

Donald Butler has received the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the week award. Butler and the entire Huskies defense came up big in a huge win over #3 USC on Saturday. The 6’1″ 235 lbs linebacker led the way, recording 12 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception in the 16-13 upset victory. Ten of Butler’s 12 tackles were solo and he also broke up a pass to help the Huskies control the high powered Trojan offense. 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.

Small School Spotlight: Week 3

Written by Mark Rutkowski on September 22, 2009

Small School Spotlight: Week 3

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

Cade Cooper QB – Southern Utah Senior 6’0″ 200 lbs

Senior Cade Cooper completed 33 of 48 passes for a Great West Conference season-high 425 yards and four touchdowns without throwing an interception. The 6’0 200 pound quarterback rallied the Thunderbirds of Southern Utah from a 35-17 deficit at the end of three quarters. Cooper tossed a pair of fourth quarter touchdown passes to Austin Minefee to pull to within 3 points before time ran out. The Thunderbirds couldn’t hold on though, falling to the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 42-39. For the effort Cooper was named the GWC Offensive Player Of The Week. Cade originally played at Snow College where he became the NJCAA player (read more…)

Rookie Reviews: Week 2

Written by Will Spencer on September 22, 2009

Rookie Reviews: Week 2

The final scores are in the book and Draft Breakdown is here to update you on how some of the top rookies in the 2009 draft performed in week 2 of the NFL season. Eric Wood and Andy Levitre – OGs – Bills Gotta give some love to the offensive linemen. The Bills have been heavily criticized this year for starting so many new players on the o-line. This week, the Bills young guards dominated the line of scrimmage against Tampa Bay. Buffalo racked up 438 total yards of offense which included 218 rushing yards and 220 passing yards in their 33-20 win. Johnny Knox – WR – Bears After a poor performance the week before against the Packers, not many expected the Bears to beat the defending Super Bowl Champions this week. In the pouring rain, the speedy WR from Abilene-Christian grabbed 6 passes for 70 yards and a (read more…)

Player on the Rise: Lindsey Witten

Written by Rob Engle on September 21, 2009

Player on the Rise: Lindsey Witten

Lindsey Witten

DE – Connecticut Senior

A player that has been rising up many draft boards recently is UConn’s DE Lindsey Witten. Witten had 6 sacks over the first two weeks of the season and was consistently in the backfield of his opponents, Ohio and North Carolina. Witten went up against Baylor this past weekend despite showing flu-like symptoms earlier in the week. He wasn’t able to get a sack on the elusive Robert Griffin, but he still had a couple of pressures and three tackles. Witten was overshadowed by players like second-round pick Cody Brown last year, but he has come on really strong so far and his stock is on the rise. He has decent size at 6-4 and 250 pounds, good speed around the edge, and superb pass-rushing moves, so scouts could look at him as a possible 3-4 rush linebacker. We will be keeping (read more…)

QB of the Week: Jake Locker

Written by Will Spencer on September 21, 2009

QB of the Week: Jake Locker

Jake Locker

QB – Washington Junior

The Davey O’Brien award has named Washington QB Jake Locker as the Quarterback of the Week. Locker led the Huskies to a 16-13 victory over #3 USC. Locker finished the game 21 of 35 for 237 yards and scored on a 4 yard touchdown run. Washington had previously lost seven straight games to USC and the win helped the Huskies climb to a #24 ranking in the AP Poll. Other quarterbacks receiving votes this week included: Jimmy Clausen – Notre Dame (JR), Joe Cox – Georgia (SR), Jacory Harris – Miami (SO), Landry Jones – Oklahoma (RS-FR), Ryan Mallett – Arkansas (RS-SO), Todd Reesing – Kansas (SR), Tyrod Taylor – Virginia Tech (JR), Tim Tebow – Florida (SR). The O’Brien honors the nation’s best college quarterback of the year. Each week a subset of The O’Brien Selection Committee will name the quarterback (read more…)

The “U” providing motivation to alumni?

Written by Will Spencer on September 21, 2009

The “U” providing motivation to alumni?

With big wins against Florida State and Georgia Tech, the Miami Hurricanes are on quite a roll. Could their new-found confidence be providing alumni of “The U” with motivation to perform on Sunday? If today was any indication, Reggie Wayne is bound to have a huge Monday night. Here’s a look at some top NFL performers who went to the school known as “The U.” Andre Johnson – WR – Houston Texans Johnson had a huge day against the Tennessee Titans, finishing with 10 catches for 149 yards and two touchdowns…including a 72 yarder. Frank Gore – RB – San Fransisco 49ers Another gigantic performance by a former Hurricane. Gore, or “The Inconvenient Truth,” as Rich Eisen prefers, ran the ball 16 times for 207 yards and 2 touchdowns (79 and 80). Gore also provided 39 receiving yards in the 49ers victory. Willis McGahee – RB – Baltimore Ravens (read more…)

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