Written by Josh Deceuster on May 5, 2014
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Written by Jon Dove on April 25, 2014
I must have a thing for offensive linemen because three of my five offensive man crushes come from the trenches. Teams especially looking to improve at the guard position will have a chance deep into the draft to find a potential starter.
The quarterback position this year doesn’t really impress me as much as it does others. Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel are the only clear-cut first rounders in my book. Ja’Wuan James — Offensive Tackle — Tennessee
It’s very likely that I’m one of the few that have Ja’Wuan James safely in the first round mix. He is a big-bodied and athletic offensive tackle prospect. Throughout his career, he showed the fluidity to protect the quarterback and the power to generate a push in the run game.
James was overshadowed by teammate and fellow draft prospect Antonio Richardson during his time in a Vols uniform. However, that situation (read more…)
Written by Spencer on April 23, 2014
Marcus Martin has played on the offensive line at USC for three seasons. Despite having the experience that comes with 33 college starts, Martin will only be 20 years old come the start of his rookie season.
Additionally, the young pivot has played multiple positions along the line: in 2011 and 2012, Martin played guard; this past season, the switch was made to center. All the while, Martin continued to mature physically and athletically throughout.
Such a talented, versatile offensive lineman should garner more attention. A closer look at his play will show why he’s deserving of top fifty consideration. Next Up: A look at Martin’s strengths
Written by Aimal Arsalla on April 21, 2014
Aimal Arsalla and Andrew Worstell have been busy this draft season adding to a video database that features close to 450 prospects. Now, they’ve joined forces on another ambitious project: a full seven-round mock draft! Aimal & Andrew are eager to get your feedback, so be sure to tweet them your thoughts and questions at @aimalarsalla & @AndrewQ_.
Written by Will Spencer on April 20, 2014
As a fun holiday gift, here’s a brand new mock draft that includes some major trades. In this mock, the 49ers have clearly made the decision to plan for life without Aldon Smith and make a major move all the way up to #2 to grab Jadeveon Clowney. To do this, they give St. Louis picks 30 (Round 1), 56 (Round 2), 77 (Round 3) and 2015’s 1st round pick. Pick 56 was obtained by the 49ers from Kansas City and pick 77 came from Tennessee, so even after this trade, they still have three picks in rounds 2-3 (61, 94 and 100). Since the Rams already hold the 13th pick in the draft, they’re happy to continue to build their young and talented team through the draft.
Minnesota moves back to #13 and still picks up Teddy Bridgewater. The Rams chose to move up from #13 after just trading (read more…)
Written by Will Spencer on April 18, 2014
Putting together a mock draft of your own? Here’s a handy cheat sheet to help you quickly examine a team’s needs, what picks they have to use and/or trade as well as links to the team’s depth chart on Our Lads! There are only a few weeks left until the 2014 NFL Draft, so time to finish up those last minute mock drafts!
Don’t forget to check out the Draft Value Chart, thanks to our friends at Our Lads!
Written by Aaron Aloysius on March 26, 2014
Written by Jon Dove on March 21, 2014
Every year, a handful of under the radar prospects catch my eye and become my draft man crushes. This draft season, I’m especially intrigued by the remarkable defensive talents who receive little pub. I’d be willing to pound the table for these guys. While they aren’t highly regarded by everyone in the draft community, I believe they will have excellent NFL careers. Robert Nelson — Cornerback — Arizona State
Call me crazy, but I wouldn’t hesitate to use a second-round pick on Nelson. The Sun Devil defensive back is a smooth athlete who can really stick with his target. He reminds me of a less heralded version of TCU’s Jason Verrett, as both players do a great job limiting separation by the wideout.
Nelson also is a versatile defender, excelling in both man and zone coverage. In man, he uses his quickness and long arms to stick with (read more…)