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“My Guys” List

Written by Andrew Parsons on March 20, 2013

Dion was the 2013 prospect that I started with, by nothing more than chance.

In sports when you show an affinity towards a player, or express a higher opinion on him than most of your peers, you become almost linked to that player. This effect becomes amplified in the NFL Draft realm, as being a “draftnik” is far from an exact science, it’s all about projection. Show two evaluators the same tape of a prospect, and it shouldn’t be a surprise if they come to different conclusions.  Sometimes the link comes from being at the forefront of recognizing a prospect before he garners major recognition; sometimes it’s about acting like the prospect’s hype man. The exact reason is often unimportant, once others start to pick up on that affinity, or that “link”, the prospect becomes a term we’ve all heard, or have used in describing this connection; the prospect becomes “your guy.”

The idea of a “My Guys” list is something that came to (read more…)

Jimmy O’Brien’s 2013 Mock Draft

Written by Jimmy O'Brien on March 5, 2013

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With Philadelphia-born Shariff Floyd atop the draft board, and both the Eagles and Andy Reid picking in the top four, the 2013 draft will have a distinct Philly flavor right from the outset.  And, like a South Philly steak lathered with cheese and onions, this draft is loaded with juice in the middle, with the first round peppered with solid talent, though the top ten features few sexy, cant’ miss quarterback or running back prospects.  In fact, you won’t find any first round RBs, and only one QB, along with no Tavon Austin, Jarvis Jones, Manti Te’o, Alec Ogletree, or Desmond Trufant.  But, you will find meaty prospects like Jamar Taylor, Larry Warford, Travis Kelce, and Da’Rick Rogers.  Like the waters down the Jersey shore, this draft runs deep, with more than a few surprises up top, if you just know where to look.

 

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Andrew Parsons’ Post-Combine Mock Draft

Written by Andrew Parsons on February 28, 2013

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2013 Post Combine Mock

1. Kansas City (2-14): OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M

2. Jacksonville (2-14): QB Geno Smith, West Virginia

3. Oakland (4-12): DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida

4. Philadelphia (4-12): OLB Dion Jordan, Oregon

5. Detroit (4-12): CB Dee Milliner, Alabama

6. Cleveland (5-11): OLB Ziggy Ansah, BYU

7. Arizona (5-11): OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan

8. Buffalo (6-10): WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee

9. New York Jets (6-10): OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU

10. Tennessee (6-10): OG Chance Warmack, Alabama

11. San Diego (7-9): OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma

12. Miami (7-9): CB Xavier Rhodes, FSU (Note: Projecting FA WR signing, Starks tag)

13. Tampa Bay (7-9): DT Star Lotulelei, Utah

14. Carolina (7-9): DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri

15. New Orleans (7-9): DE/OLB Bjoern Werner, FSU

16. St. Louis (7-8-1): OL DJ Fluker, Alabama

17. Pittsburgh (8-8): OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia

18. Dallas (8-8): S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas

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Testing the Embedding

Written by Aaron Aloysius on February 28, 2013

Testing the Embedding

Player Interview: Aaron Dobson

Written by Eric Stoner on February 21, 2013

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Joshua Gleason is going to be sharing his player interviews with us. His fourth one of this draft season is with Marshall wide receiver, Aaron Dobson.

The state of West Virginia currently only has two Division I programs. That also just happens to be the same amount of NFL players that were born in the state; the great Randy Moss of the San Francisco 49ers and Derek Hardman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Born and raised in West Virginia, it’s also where Aaron Dobson has played all of his football. Attending Marshall University – a quick 45 minute drive from his hometown – Dobson plans on increasing that number of players playing in the NFL from his home state.

“It’s a blessing to have a chance to play in the NFL,” said Dobson. “I’m one of the few to make it out of West Virginia.”

Despite being blessed with prototypical (read more…)

Rontez Miles: Hammer Of The Gods

Written by Jimmy O'Brien on February 14, 2013

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While other schools selected animals, colors, or historical figures as nicknames and mascots for their sporting teams, California University of PA aligned itself with Vulcan, the Roman blacksmith of the gods, who created armor for various deities and heroes, and constructed the thunderbolts of Jupiter.  And, perhaps no Cal player better exemplifies the strength, toughness, and steely resolve of Vulcan more than safety Rontez Miles.  Although Miles will enter the NFL draft as one of the most decorated players in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference history, as a four-time All PSAC-West selection, back to back Defensive Player Of The Year, and two-time Division II All American, his journey has been laced with struggle, disappointment, and challenge.  However, while he refuses to be defined by his past, he also recognizes how it has shaped his character, stating “where I’m from made me who I am today.”  Refusing to be the nail, Miles, (read more…)

Player Interview: Branden Smith

Written by Eric Stoner on February 14, 2013

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Joshua Gleason is going to be sharing his player interviews with us. His third one of this draft season is with Georgia prospect Branden Smith.

Branden Smith is a rare breed of college football player. Not only blessed with uncommon athletic ability, he was able to play on both sides of the ball for the Georgia Bulldogs, something very rare nowadays in college football.

During his recruiting, it had been reported that the Georgia coaching staff showed Smith tape of former All-American cornerback Champ Bailey during his time at Georgia when he played on both sides of the ball. It was still a surprise to Smith when he got the chance to play offense for the Bulldogs.

“My freshman year, I was really amazed to be playing as a freshman on both sides of the ball,” said Smith. “My first game against Oklahoma State, it was shocking. They said I (read more…)

Player Interview: Malliciah Goodman

Written by Eric Stoner on February 8, 2013

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Joshua Gleason is going to be sharing his player interviews with us. His second one of this draft season is with Clemson defensive end, Malliciah Goodman.

If you were to take a look at Malliciah Goodman, you would think he has been playing football his entire life and that it’s fitting he is one of the top defensive end prospects in the upcoming NFL Draft. However, Goodman is still relatively new to the game.

Goodman has only been playing football since the 8th grade. He hasn’t even played football for half of his life, only nine years on the field. Yet if everything goes right, he will probably be on the gridiron for the next nine years as well (at least), and now at the highest level.

“My mom didn’t let me play city league because she didn’t want me to get hurt,” said Goodman on why he didn’t get (read more…)

New Three-Round Mock by Jon Dove

Written by Jon Dove on January 29, 2013

New Mock Drafts

1. Kansas City – Geno Smith – QB – West Virginia More Videos of Geno Smith

Smith is far and away the best quarterback in this draft class. He might be the only one to develop into an above-average starter in the NFL.

2. Jacksonville – Jarvis Jones – OLB – Georgia More Videos of Jarvis Jones

Jones is this draft’s most complete pass rusher. He’ll give the Jaguars someone who can consistently generate pressure on the quarterback. This team desperately needs someone to fill that role.

3. Oakland – Star Lotulelei – DT – Utah More Videos of Star Lotulelei

Lotulelei is a nice replacement for the aging and expensive Richard Seymour or Tommy Kelly.

4. Philadelphia – Luke Joeckel – OT – Texas A&M More Videos of Luke Joeckel

Jason Peters is too injury-prone to (read more…)

Player Interview: Duron Carter

Written by Eric Stoner on January 29, 2013

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Joshua Gleason is going to be sharing his player interviews with us. His first one of this draft season is with wide receiver Duron Carter.

Duron Carter: Son of a Legend, His Fall from Grace, and How He Is Making Amends

Much has been made of the path of Duron Carter.

First, we all knew him as the son of NFL legend, future Hall of Famer, and Minnesota Vikings great Cris Carter. Next, his legend began to grow due to what he was doing on the field – part of a St. Thomas Aquinas team that won back-to-back state championships in large part due to the 14 touchdown catches Duron reeled in as a senior – and he became a top high school recruit. Duron chose to follow his Dad’s footprints and go play for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Next, as a freshman in 2009, he (read more…)

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