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NFC East Draft Grades

Written by Aaron Aloysius on May 25, 2010

NFC East Draft Grades

Our newest writer, Aaron Aloysius, gives you the official Draft Breakdown grades for the NFC East.

Dallas Cowboys: C

Master showman Jerry Jones must have been very disappointed when his ’09 draft ended up being a rather dull exercise. After forking over multiple draft picks for Roy Williams, the Cowboys didn’t end up picking until the 3rd round and only managed to add a mixed multitude of linebackers, safeties, and special teamers.

In many ways, the Cowboys’ draft this year’s draft was a corrective to last year’s boredom, with the ‘boys adding a couple high upside prospects, albeit ones with considerable risk. This year’s draft addressed the same positions as last year’s effort, leaving the Cowboys’ needs on both sides of the line virtually unaddressed.

In the 1st round, the Cowboys traded up to select the free-falling Dez Bryant. Bryant slid because of concerns (read more…)


The Post-Tebow era at Florida

Written by Will Spencer on May 19, 2010

The Post-Tebow era at Florida

Our friends at College Football Geek continue to keep us updated on what’s going on in the college football world. Recently, they answered the question, “what is in store for Florida now that Tim Tebow is gone?” By Joe Arpasi – College Football Geek For the last three seasons, quarterback Tim Tebow has been the heart and soul of the Florida Gator offense. With Tebow off to the NFL, head coach Urban Meyer must find a new direction for the offense in 2010. What’s the Scoop? Florida spent the last three seasons with quarterback Tim Tebow at the helm of the offense. The focus during that time period was a power running game based out of the shotgun, along with an efficient passing attack. Tim Tebow is now playing for the Denver Broncos, and the Gators’ offense is going through a transition. Heading into the spring, it was understood (read more…)


2010 Mock Draft Champions

Written by Will Spencer on May 10, 2010

2010 Mock Draft Champions

For the second year in a row, Rob Engle and I put our heads together to come up with a 1 round mock draft and a top 100 overall players list for a scoring competition organized by our friends at The Huddle Report. This year, our efforts paid off in a big way. We hit 11 total picks in the first round, including the first 7 in a row! We were also one of the few mock drafts out there that had Tyson Alualu as a first round pick, which sealed the victory. See the complete mock draft by clicking here. Our mock scored better than other big name analysts like Mel Kiper and Rick Gosselin. Listed below are the results of the scoring. Be sure to check out The Huddle Report for the full listing! Spencer and Engle – Draft Breakdown – 50 points Dan Kadar (read more…)


AFC East Draft Grades

Written by Will Spencer on May 9, 2010

AFC East Draft Grades

After taking some time to gather our bearings, we’re starting our official draft grades series. We’ll start with the AFC East, and work our way through every division in the NFL.

Buffalo Bills: C-

The Bills came into the draft with some serious holes. They were in dire need of a left tackle, a right tackle, and most likely, a quarterback. The Bills are also making the transition to a 3-4 defense, which will require new personnel. While Buffalo picked up some quality players, they overlooked their biggest need at left tackle. They drafted 2 offensive tackles (Ed Wang of Virginia Tech and Kyle Calloway of Iowa), but neither looks to have a career at left tackle. Buffalo hit their defensive line hard in the draft, adding Alex Carrington, who will play the 5 technique in their 3-4 defense and Torrell Troup, who is destined to be their (read more…)


Indy favorites to win the Super Bowl

Written by Will Spencer on May 1, 2010

Indy favorites to win the Super Bowl

With little to do but predict what will happen during the 2010 NFL season, it’s fun to take a look at who Vegas thinks is the favorite to make it to the Super Bowl, and who’s the favorite to win it all. Las Vegas NFL Football Odds show that the current favorite to win the Super Bowl is the Indianapolis Colts by a margin of 13/2. The Dallas Cowboys are 4/1 favorites to win the NFC at this point. Take a look at the top 10 teams to win the Super Bowl. Indianapolis: 13/2 Dallas: 8/1 New Orleans: 8/1 San Diego: 17/2 New England: 9/1 Green Bay: 19/2 Minnesota: 11/1 N.Y. Jets: 12/1 Baltimore: 14/1 N.Y. Giants: 15/1 Those odds are bound to change as the season gets closer and it will be interesting to see exactly how the 2010 draft class affects those odds.


Scouting Report: Dorin Dickerson

Written by Will Spencer on April 24, 2010

Scouting Report: Dorin Dickerson

Dorin Dickerson

Position: TE School: Pittsburgh Height: 6’1 3/8" Weight: 226 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.48 Overall Grade: 5.68 Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round Fringe

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 2.5 Speed 8 7.5 Quickness/Agility 10 8.5 Strength/Explosion 10 8 Athletic Ability 8 7 Durability 8 7 Character 6 5 Production/Experience 6 2 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 6.5

Tight Ends Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Blocking 8 3.5 Hands 8 5.5 Route Running/Separation 8 5 Red Zone Threat 8 4.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Versatile player. Has the speed to stretch the seams. Big and physical. Will fight for position. Good after the catch as he fights for yards. Does a nice job of high-pointing the ball. Good burst and can create separation against linebackers. Athletic that should be able to (read more…)


Scouting Report: Jimmy Graham

Written by Will Spencer on April 24, 2010

Scouting Report: Jimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham

Position: TE School: Miami Height: 6’6 1/8" Weight: 260 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.53 Overall Grade: 5.71 Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round Fringe

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5.5 Speed 8 7.5 Quickness/Agility 10 8.5 Strength/Explosion 10 6 Athletic Ability 8 8 Durability 8 6 Character 6 5 Production/Experience 6 0.5 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 8.5

Tight Ends Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Blocking 8 2.5 Hands 8 4 Route Running/Separation 8 4.5 Red Zone Threat 8 6.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Very fast and athletic pass catcher that can stretch the defense. Should be able to find the seams and get behind linebackers in coverage at the next level. Overall athletic player with a lot of upside. Not afraid of working the middle of the field and won’t (read more…)


Scouting Report: Dennis Pitta

Written by Will Spencer on April 24, 2010

Scouting Report: Dennis Pitta

Dennis Pitta

Position: TE School: BYU Height: 6’4 1/2" Weight: 245 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.71 Overall Grade: 6.04 Draft Projection: Early 3rd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5 Speed 8 3 Quickness/Agility 10 6 Strength/Explosion 10 7 Athletic Ability 8 5 Durability 8 8 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 5 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 7

Tight Ends Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Blocking 8 5 Hands 8 8 Route Running/Separation 8 6.5 Red Zone Threat 8 6

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Quite possibly the best pass catching tight end in the draft. Snags the ball out of the air and is a very natural receiver. Solid route runner that has smooth acceleration and doesn’t lose speed in cuts. Not afraid of contact. Can work the middle of the (read more…)


Scouting Report: Eric Decker

Written by Rob Engle on April 24, 2010

Scouting Report: Eric Decker

Eric Decker

Position: WR School: Minnesota Height: 6’3 1/8“ Weight: 217 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: -.– Overall Grade: 6.25 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5.5 Speed 8 5.5 Quickness/Agility 10 8.5 Strength/Explosion 10 7 Athletic Ability 8 6 Durability 8 5 Character 6 5 Production/Experience 6 5 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 5

Wide Receiver Specific Categories Category Max. Value Grade Route Running 10 9 Hands 10 9.5 Blocking 4 3.5 Short Routes 8 7.5 Deep Routes 8 6 Elusiveness/YAC 8 5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Great size, bulk, and muscle definition. Precise route runner. Very strong and can drag people after the catch. Extremely smart and had the highest Wonderlic score at the combine with a 43. Really fights for the ball in the air. Great possession player. (read more…)


Scouting Report: Linval Joseph

Written by Rob Engle on April 23, 2010

Scouting Report: Linval Joseph

Linval Joseph

Position: DT School: East Carolina Height: 6’4 1/2“ Weight: 328 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 5.10 Overall Grade: 6.35 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 6 Speed 8 4 Quickness/Agility 10 5 Strength/Explosion 10 9.5 Athletic Ability 8 4 Durability 8 7 Character 6 5 Production/Experience 6 4.5 Toughness 8 6 Potential 10 9.5

Defensive Line Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 6 Pass Rushing 8 5.5 Awareness 8 4 Hand Placement 8 6.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Great size and length – especially for a 3-4 end. A lot of functional strength. Shoots out of his stance and has the power to knock people back. Can beat double teams. Good hand placement and plays with good leverage. Equally good pass rusher and run stuffer. (read more…)


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