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AFC/NFC North First Thoughts: FF Mastermind

Written by Will Spencer on May 28, 2012

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Fantasy Football Mastermind, one of our partner sites, provides year-round fantasy football coverage. This week, Michael Nazarek is taking a look at the AFC and NFC North teams. For more great fantasy football information, check out Fantasy Football Mastermind.

It’s time to take a closer look at the North Division teams to see how they are shaping up in May. Let’s get right to it…

AFC NORTH

Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens had another successful season in 2010, but failed to make it to the big game. QB Joe Flacco returns as the starter, but has yet to reach that elite level as a fantasy starter or a Super Bowl champion. In fantasy terms, he’s still a solid fantasy backup in most leagues. I don’t see that changing much in 2012. The sportsbook review indicates that the backup position at QB is shaky with QB Curtis (read more…)

Overrated/Underrated 2013 NFL Draft Prospects

Written by Mike Daneshgar on May 25, 2012

Tyrann Mathieu

 

It’s very early in the process, but there are certain prospects being mentioned in 2013 NFL Draft discussions that make me wonder if we’re watching the same games. At the same time, there are other players who have rarely been mentioned at all. Time to set the record straight. Here are the most overrated and underrated prospects heading into the 2012 college football season.

 

OVERRATED

 

QB Landry Jones, Oklahoma

There isn’t a quarterback more overrated for the 2013 NFL Draft than Lance Jones. Many people thought that his returning to school was a good call and an opportunity to improve upon glaring weaknesses in his game. He has been working with quarterback guru George Whitfield, so maybe there is some hope but Jones was so bad to finish the season that I thought he should leave for the NFL Draft while he still has the chance (read more…)

Blaine Gabbert: What Can Be Done? (Part 1)

Written by Eric Stoner on May 22, 2012

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Before I dig too far into my thoughts on Blaine Gabbert, I’d like to expound on what I look for when evaluating quarterbacks.  This is not a unique criteria applied solely to Gabbert – these are the same traits I look at in every quarterback I study.

First, we all know that television broadcast angles make it incredibly difficult to see all route combinations and coverages in their entirety – in effect, we cannot see things as the quarterback is seeing them.  As such, I try to make my focus on things that I can see on every play.  The following list is in a general but not steadfast order.  Understand that all quarterbacks have overlapping strengths and weaknesses and that no two quarterbacks are the same.  Instead of looking at these traits in a zero-sum “has it or doesn’t have it” mentality, think of it like a scale or spectrum, (read more…)

Small-school studs worth watching: Tusculum QB Bo Cordell

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on May 20, 2012

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You may not know this name, but you certainly should.

Hailing from the little-known Tusculum College, quarterback Bo Cordell has spent the past few seasons rewriting the school record book and racking up ridiculous amounts of yardage.

Since his freshman year at Tusculum, Cordell has been the starting quarterback for the Pioneers. Before breaking his foot three games into the 2011 season, every sub-division award watch list that included quarterbacks had his name on it. He was named the 2011 Preseason National Division II Football Most Valuable Player by Lindy’s Sports Magazine and was on the shortlist of players to watch for the 2011 Harlon Hill Trophy (Division II’s version of the Heisman).

What really got Cordell on NFL radars, though, was his 2010 season. During his sophomore campaign, Cordell led all NCAA divisions in total offensive yards per game (425.45), passing yards per game (423.36) (read more…)

Blaine Gabbert Video Sampler Platter

Written by Eric Stoner on May 20, 2012

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I’m in the midst of doing a fairly large write-up on what I thought of Blaine as a prospect, why his rookie year went the way that it did, and what he needs to work on to be a starting caliber NFL quarterback.

These are the exact same videos I’ll be basing my writeups on (I just cut them this past week). The first two are from his final year in college, the last four are from his rookie season in the NFL.

Please feel free to leave your opinions and insights in the comments section.

 

Air Force RB Clark disenrolled after drug investigation

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on May 19, 2012

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Only one week before graduation, Air Force’s No. 2 career rusher, running back Asher Clark, has been removed from the academy as part of an investigation into illegal drug use.

Although Air Force spokesman David Cannon couldn’t divulge as to why Clark was disenrolled, he did confirm that the Falcons’ four-year starting running back has been kicked out of school. Several other unnamed sources, however, said that his departure was due to the drug investigation.

The academy’s investigation into drug use involved 31 cadets, including several scholar-athletes. Air Force has a zero tolerance policy regarding drug use, which is why Clark was sent packing only a week before graduation. It’s unclear as to whether or not Clark will have to repay the money for his education.

With 3,594 rushing yards to his credit, Clark was only 18 yards shy of former Air Force quarterback Dee (read more…)

Small-school studs worth watching: Georgia Southern DT Brent Russell

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on May 19, 2012

Brent Russell

Considered one of the most dominant FCS prospects heading into the 2012 college season, Georgia Southern defensive tackle Brent Russell has spent the majority of his football career in opposing backfields.

Georgia Southern’s own one-man wrecking crew, Russell comes into his senior season with few lingering questions about his abilities as a play-maker and plenty of high expectations.

Throughout the 2011 season, Russell proved to be a constant thorn in the sides of opposing offenses. His dominance was rewarded when he was named as a second-team FCS All-American. Although his 67 total tackles, 6.5 sacks and one blocked kick were impressive, there was one stat that stood out above the rest: his 16.5 tackles for loss.

Put simply, Russell lives in opposing offenses’ backfields. He has the penetrating power that not even double teams can contain and can be found roaming the backfield on almost every play. (read more…)

Top 10 “Best Fits” for the 2012 Draft

Written by Mike Bainbridge on May 18, 2012

Courtney Upshaw

1. David DeCastro, Steelers- This is exactly why the Steelers are one of the NFL’s top teams year in, year out. Pittsburgh just sat back, let the chips fall into place, and ended up with easily the top player at his respective position. DeCastro will come in day one and immediately improve one of the more depleted offensive lines in all of football. If there was ever a perfect fit in the NFL Draft, this is it.

2. Brian Quick, Rams- Last year, the Rams were in a similar dilemma after the first round. After bypassing a wide receiver with their first selection in 2011, St. Louis tried to address their offensive needs as best they could with what fell to them in the middle rounds. As a result, they still needed a big-time target in the 2012 draft because neither Austin Pettis, nor Greg Salas established themselves as a (read more…)

Small-school studs worth watching: Southern Utah QB Brad Sorensen

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on May 17, 2012

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A BYU transfer, Southern Utah quarterback Brad Sorensen has quickly made a name for himself as one of the top small-school gunslingers worth watching in 2012.

Measuring in at 6’5’’, 225 pounds, Sorensen has spent the past two seasons shredding opposing Great Western Conference secondaries. In 2012, however, he’ll have the opportunity to prove himself against the best that the Big Sky Conference has to offer.

With matchups against top sub-FBS programs like Montana and Montana State, Sorensen is going to have several chances to wow NFL scouts with his phenomenal field vision and big arm. He also possesses noteworthy accuracy and prototypical size for an NFL quarterback.

Speaking of field vision… Sorensen’s is as outstanding as you can expect from a Division IAA talent. Whether he’s on the move or staring pressure straight in the face, Sorensen does a great job of reading defenses and finding (read more…)

Gil’s Top 25 seniors eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on May 16, 2012

Matt Barkley

Now that the 2012 NFL Draft is in the rear view mirror, what better time to take a look at some of top senior prospects will be available for next year’s 2013 NFL Draft.

Join me as I give you a quick rundown of my Top 25 seniors heading into the 2012 college season.

1. Matt Barkley, Quarterback, USC

Had Barkley declared for the 2013 draft, he would have been a Top 5 pick. Instead, he stayed in school and will be looking to put the Trojans back on top in 2012. Let’s just hope he stays healthy.

2. Tyler Wilson, Quarterback, Arkansas

Wilson has all of the tools to succeed in 2012, but will have some hurdles to clear after losing his head coach and most of his top 2011 targets. A big part of his 2013 draft status will depend on how he adjusts.

3. (read more…)

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