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The Quarterback Prospect Shuffle

Written by Jon Dove on January 10, 2013

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The fact the 2013 NFL Draft doesn’t have a clear-cut No. 1 quarterback prospect makes this draft very interesting. Look for the last half of the first round to include a mad scramble of trades. This is what happens when a quarterback class features prospects so closely graded.

Let’s first look at the different quarterback prospects. West Virginia’s Geno Smith is the only quarterback I have with a solid first-round grade. He represents the most balance between NFL readiness and upside.

Smith is generating the most buzz as the potential No. 1 overall pick. The workouts and interviews will be key to where he lands. This is a good sign for Smith, as he boasts a high football IQ and displays leadership.

After Smith, the rest of the group is jumbled together as early second-round prospects. This group includes Matt Barkley, Tyler Wilson, (read more…)

Don’t Forget Buchanan

Written by Andrew Parsons on January 8, 2013

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The first round isn’t the only place to find a stud in the NFL Draft. Sometimes, players just fall right into a team’s lap. This is where a team can hit a homerun and get a difference maker much lower in the draft than they should have. In this year’s class, one player in particular stands out to me as a potential match for that description. That player is Illinois DE/OLB Michael Buchanan. My #2 overall prospect in this year’s class is Oregon DE Dion Jordan. When I was watching film over the summer, I felt as if based on his Junior season tape, Michael Buchanan was just a tick behind Jordan, and was potential more developed as a pure pass rusher. In the 2012 Draft, the other Illinois DE, Whitney Mercilus, went #26 overall to the Houston Texans, and I felt as if Buchanan was a vastly superior player. (read more…)

New Two-Round Mock by Jon Dove

Written by Jon Dove on January 5, 2013

New Mock Drafts

The 2013 NFL Draft is just around the corner, and that means you can expect to see a large number of mock drafts. Don’t overlook the mocks that come out this early, because they’re typically based more on the writers’ takes on the prospects.

As we get closer to the draft, rumors about which players teams are targeting really start to influence the world of mocks.

1. Kansas City – Luke Joeckel – OT – Texas A&M More Videos of Luke Joeckel

Andy Reid knows how much a shaky offensive line can impact an offense.

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

The Jags need someone who can generate pressure on the quarterback.

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

Oakland just needs a young stud to (read more…)

Dion Sims Evaluation

Written by Andrew Parsons on January 3, 2013

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Yesterday, according to Joe Schad, Michigan State TE Dion Sims declared for the NFL Draft as many have long expected. Sims didn’t put up monster stats his Junior season, but he most likely realized that he was unlikely to see a massive increase in his production his Senior year with the Michigan State offense being far from a juggernaut. In fact, more often than one would expect of a TE in today’s game, Sims stayed in as a blocker on passing plays, which certainly hindered his potential production. Much of the intrigue that will come with Sims is due to the fact that he’s 6’6 and 285 pounds. While with that size, you definitely would expect him to be a mauling in-line blocker, Sims has also showcased soft hands and ability in the open field during this past season.

Despite his massive size, I was (read more…)

Damontre Moore Evaluation

Written by Andrew Parsons on January 1, 2013

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Just the other day, it was announced that Texas A&M DE Damontre Moore was going to declare for the 2013 NFL Draft. He adds even more depth to what looks like an extremely talented pass rushing class. Scouts are surely going to love the fact that Moore has tape at both OLB (which he played prior to the 2012 season) as well as at DE, which he predominately played this season. Moore impressed last year, but really shined this year, as he tallied 12.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss. He also led the Aggies in total tackles with 80. This tackle number doesn’t come as a major surprise to me after watching him, because one of the things that stands out most about Moore is the fact that his motor is constantly running. He consistently shows open field range, and max effort in pursuit. As a result, Moore has (read more…)

Falling in Love with Rutgers’ Khaseem Greene

Written by Jon Dove on December 28, 2012

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It’s easy to fall in love with Rutgers’ Khaseem Greene, as this is a player with the potential to do great things in the NFL. Greene is the complete package who’s capable of fitting in any system. Look for his draft stock to continue to rise through the draft process.

In today’s NFL, a linebacker must be able to play multiple roles. Greene boasts the athleticism to support the run, drop in pass coverage and rush the quarterback. This versatility only increases Greene’s value, as he can potentially fit in either a 4-3 or 3-4 attack.

The image below shows the quickness and balance Greene has coming off the edge. It’s important to note that he’s under control and also keeping contain. Too often, edge-rushers take a straight shot to the quarterback but lose contain. This typically results in a big play.

It’s inaccurate to say that Greene is (read more…)

The State of Sharrif Floyd

Written by Andrew Parsons on December 20, 2012

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Sharrif Floyd signed with Florida as a 5 star recruit, and the top rated defensive tackle in his recruiting class. His Freshman year, he immediately showed great promise. He worked in as a rotational player for most of the season, but he earned the start in the Outback Bowl vs. Penn State, and he was eventually named to the 2010 Coaches’ All Freshman SEC Team. Going into his Sophomore season, he was pegged as an Athlon Sports Pre-Season All 2nd Team defensive lineman. With some experience under his belt from Freshman year, and a starting role all to himself, this appeared to be a promising year for Floyd. However, in his first year as Florida’s Head Coach, Will Muschamp made what I would consider to be a questionable call in regards to Floyd and his development as an NFL prospect. Due to injury and depth issues, the 6’3 300 pound (read more…)

SEC Speed at DT

Written by Andrew Parsons on December 14, 2012

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Sheldon Richardson enrolled at Missouri as a 5 star recruit, but up until this year, he failed to make a major name for himself. After transferring from a Junior College, and being redshirted due to a wrist injury in 2010, Richardson spent much of 2011 in a rotational role as he battled a shoulder injury. In this role he was able to make several flash plays, but failed to be a consistent force. Early this year, Richardson finally gained the attention of the national media, but it was more due to his comments as opposed to his on field performance. However, this would change very quickly as Richardson more than managed to make a name for himself with his spectacular play.

One thing that stood out in my review of Richardson was just how explosive he was. His first step off the line is incredibly quick, (read more…)

Hide and SeeKeKe

Written by Andrew Parsons on December 12, 2012

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Prior to this season, many people had LSU DE Barkevious Mingo pegged as a Top 5 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. There’s no mystery as to how he obtained this billing. The 6’5 240 pound Mingo possess a sleek frame with long limbs. He reportedly runs a sub 4.5 40 yard dash, and even more importantly, he explodes off the football. As a Sophomore in 2011, Mingo racked up 8 sacks, and tallied 15 tackles for loss. As he added weight to his frame, and fine-tuned his game in the offseason, the only place to go was up.  However, despite being named 2nd Team All-SEC this season, most people have been left asking, “Where’s Mingo?” This is due to the fact that this year has fallen far short of expectations, as Mingo saw a dip in both sacks, and tackles for loss, totaling 4 and 5.5 respectively.

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10 Bold NFL Draft Predictions (with Video)

Written by Eric Stoner on December 7, 2012

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Ryan Lownes and I took to Twitter to discuss 10 bold NFL Draft predictions. Here’s are the tweets, along with some video cutups of the prospects we discussed.

1.) The #Eagles, with a new HC, bypass OL/DL talent in the 1st Rd, instead they bring a new franchise QB into the fold. #NFLDraftPredictions

— Ryan Lownes (@ryanlownes) December 7, 2012

2) Fresno State’s Phillip Thomas will be the first safety off the board, and will be a top 20 pick. #NFLDraftPredictions

— Eric Stoner (@ECStoner) December 7, 2012

3.) #Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson will set the NFL Combine ablaze. Sub 4.8 40 and jaw-dropping agility in drills. #NFLDraftPredictions

— Ryan Lownes (@ryanlownes) December 7, 2012

4. UCLA LB Anthony Barr will return to for his (read more…)

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