The Johnny Manziel Saga Continues

Posted by Brad On August - 4 - 2013ADD COMMENTS
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Manziel latest misstep could affect his ability to play

The answer to when the Johnny Manziel saga will end is…not today. The latest blow could be the biggest to Johnny Football’s on the field performance. ESPN reported the NCAA is investigating whether the Texas A&M signal caller was paid for signing autographs in January.

Up to this point, Manziel engaged in ‘reputation’ assassination with his off the field exploits which included leaving the Manning Passing Academy early, underage drinking, and other missteps. 

The Outside the Lines report states that Manziel accept a “five figure flat fee” from an autograph broker named Drew Tieman during the 2013 BCS Championship game. The report cited two witnesses that saw Manziel signing autographs but couldn’t confirm money exchanging hands.

If the report proves to be true there is recent precedence with collegiate athletes violating NCAA Bylaw 12.5.2.1. This prohibits student-athletes from accepting money for promotion or sale of a product or service, and the act of doing so can affect an athlete’s amateur status and eligibility to compete in NCAA athletics. 

A.J. Green was suspended four games in 2010 for selling a jersey for $1,000. The most notorious case involved six Ohio State players that exchanged memorabilia for benefits. Those six players received suspensions for up to five games and had to repay the benefits from $1,000 to $2,500 in value. 

Manziel just can’t seem to get out of his own way and has done any and everything possible to stain his reputation this offseason. The Heisman winner has traveled down the downward spiral since accepting the award. 

“Yeah, it could all come unraveled,” Manziel’s father told ESPN Magazine. “And when it does, it’s gonna be bad. Real bad.”

It’s safe to say that things are unraveling before our eyes and it’s happening at a breakneck pace.

"DaQuan Jones"

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Our 2014 NFL Draft Primed series will run through the start of the college football season. We will spotlight players that are flying under the national radar but could become household names in the near future.

The run of Penn State defensive tackles in the NFL Draft has seen Jared Odrick, Devon Still, and Jordan Hill in the last four drafts. Not many expected that run to continue this season – but the secret is out on DaQuan Jones.

Jones hails from Johnson City, NY – where he was a four-star offensive line recruit. Jones was a two-way star that immediately found a home on the defensive side of the ball at PSU. At 6-foot-4, 300 pounds Jones had the size and strength to play immediately at defensive tackle and injuries would force him to kick outside to end as a freshman.  Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft Primed: Penn State Defensive Tackle DaQuan Jones»

A scouts view from Raiders and 49ers practice

Posted by John Middlekauff On August - 3 - 20131 COMMENT
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I love training camp, and as a former NFL scout there is just so much you can take away from every practice. I was a little tough on the Raiders my first visit but I came away much more impressed with my second trip to Napa. While the 49ers continue to look the part despite some injuries, they are built and equipped to handle some setbacks because of roster depth. Here were some of my takeaways:  Read the rest of this entry » «A scouts view from Raiders and 49ers practice»

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As fall camps kick off we begin to dig deep into the evaluation process. We’ve visited multiple programs, watched a ton of video (thanks to the guys at Draft Breakdown), and already began to form man crushes on certain prospects (Anthony Barr).

Many argue that it’s too early to comprise a rankings – and I’m half in agreement. Ultimately, this winds up being a tool to begin our tape evaluation for the upcoming season. While it’s clear that we haven’t watched all the tape on every player, we have seen enough to begin to form strong opinions towards the direction we are going for the top players (eligible) for the 2014 NFL Draft. Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft Top 32 Preseason Prospect Rankings»

Janoris Jenkins: Mr. Everything

Posted by Uptown Murf On August - 1 - 20133 COMMENTS
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For cornerbacks coming into the league today, the gold standard of measurement happens to be Tampa Bay Buccaneers corner Darrelle Revis. And rightfully so. His versatility coupled with his vastly-superior technique makes him him pretty much peerless in today’s NFL. Second year St. Louis Rams corner Janoris Jenkins happens to possess a lot of the same attributes as “Revis Island”. With a little more seasoning I can certainly see him being the heir to the throne. He’s that good!

Darrelle Revis has made a name for himself by making opposing receivers disappear from the stat sheet. His brand of man to man coverage is physical, relentless, and efficient. His versatility lends a monumental part in that. It’s hard to say what part of the game Revis excels at most. His off-man coverage is on par with his press-man coverage. He could be a star in a ‘cover 2′ zone based system. I’m convinced he could be moved to safety when his athleticism starts to erode later in his career – due to his exorbitant tackling prowess. He truly has no weakness.  Read the rest of this entry » «Janoris Jenkins: Mr. Everything»

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It wouldn’t be Oregon football unless the weight room was floored with Brazilian hardwoods. GoDucks.com revealed the latest photos of their new football facilities and it’s all it was cracked up to be.

Phil Knight dropped some serious coin – to the tune of $68 million – to ensure his Ducks had the latest and greatest in a 145,000 square foot Taj Mahal of football facilities. Knight’s dead set on ensuring the Ducks remain a highly sought after spot for recruits as the Ducks decked out player’s areas including a locker room complete with maple lockers and iPod docking stations and a team room with leather easy chairs for each player. Suffice it to say the coach’s didn’t get the short end of the stick. 

Knight ensured his post-Chip Kelly era coach Mark Helfrich will be more than comfortable in his office perched over the practice field. Helfrich will be able to drop down TV’s and shades for his viewing comfort with the touch of a button. 

Guests to the facility will be greeted with 65 55″ TV’s that can be synced to display one image or all show something different. After the break, we provide a photo gallery of the facility – that will make you jealous on many levels. Thanks goducks.com for the photos and for making us wish Phil Knight was a diehard of our team.  Read the rest of this entry » «Oregon’s new facility is nicer than yours»

Video: Elite Eleven Counselor Challenge

Posted by Brad On July - 31 - 2013ADD COMMENTS
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The David Fales hype machine continued to grow its legend as he beat out the likes of Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Football and other top signal callers in the Elite Eleven counselor challenge.

Quarterback guru George Whitfield put the quarterbacks through the paces to weed out the elite in this elite group of collegiate passers. Taking part was Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, Michigan’s Devin Gardner, San Jose State’s David Fales, and Georgia Tech’s Vad Lee.

After the break, check out the video from this year’s competition.  Read the rest of this entry » «Video: Elite Eleven Counselor Challenge»

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Carlos Hyde remains suspended from The Ohio State University football team but charges won’t be pursued by the alleged victim. A little after a week of the news breaking that Carlos Hyde was a suspect in an alleged assault at Sugar Bar 2 in Columbus – Columbus police have announced the case has been dropped.

Ohio State and Urban Meyer have yet to comment on Hyde’s reinstatement but its safe to assume we’ll hear something before the Buckeyes open fall camp on Sunday.

The 6-foot-1, 242 senior running back rushed for 970 yards and 17 touchdowns last season and figured to be a critical piece of the Buckeyes potentially dangerous running attack. Meyer faced media criticism in the wake of the Aaron Hernandez murder charges and took a strong stance during last week’s Big Ten media days on player discipline. While Hyde has avoided legal sanctions, it’s quite possible that Meyer won’t offer up a free pass on the football side of things.

Hyde was named to the Doak Walker watchlist this offseason and remains our top senior running back despite this setback. Hyde was expected to be Urban Meyer’s best candidate to date to break the 1,000 yard-mark in Meyer’s 10 seasons at the helm. 

After the break, we have the video of Hyde’s July 20 incident.  Read the rest of this entry » «Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde won’t face charges; police release video»

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The annual “My Guys” watchlist is here. It has become a favorite of readers as it has featured some breakout stars (Robert Griffin, Russell Wilson). This isn’t a ranking of any sort – just a list of players at each position that I like for one reason or another.

Without further ado, here’s our 2014 NFL Draft defensive “My Guys” watchlist.

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First Team: Aaron Lynch, DE, South Florida

It goes without saying that Jadeveon Clowney is first team on every list but I wanted to avoid the obvious. As a true freshman at Notre Dame, I thought Lynch was a sure-fire top five pick whenever he opted to enter the draft. It seems like forever since we’ve seen Lynch on the field and I can’t wait to see him this fall at South Florida. A slimmed down Lynch (listed at 270 at ND, listed at 244 at USF) could be in the mix for a top selection in May with another solid season under his belt.  Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft: Preseason Defensive “My Guys” Watchlist»

"Colin Kaepernick"

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After spending the last last three training camps at Lehigh University as a scout with the Philadelphia Eagles, I was finally welcomed into another camp as a member of the media. I visited the Raiders on Saturday and the 49ers on Sunday, and it was an eye opening experience. The two teams couldn’t have been more opposite heading into the 2013 season.  The 49ers are a legitimate title contender while the Raiders may only have a legitimate shot at Teddy Bridgewaters services. Here are some of my thoughts from the weekend.  Read the rest of this entry » «Impressions from San Francisco and Oakland Training Camps: Is it Kaepernick and Pryor time?»