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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Draft Week Mock

Posted by Brad On April - 22 - 201311 COMMENTS

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It’s draft week and we are jumping all over the mock drafts and content this week. This is not our final mock draft as we will be releasing our Huddle Report mock draft on Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. This will be our final multi-round mock as we give you three-rounds of fun to put a cap on this draft season.

Here’s our predicted trades, as we’ll keep this one a little conservative on the trade front.

Miami trades pick No. 42 to the Chiefs for Branden Albert

Oakland trades pick No. 3 to San Diego for No. 11 and No. 45

Green Bay trades pick No. 26 to Philadelphia for No. 35 and No. 101

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1. Kansas City ChiefsLuke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

In the next day or two we should know the direction the Chiefs are going with this pick. As of now, it’s down to four or three, depending on which report you believe. But this pick has been about Luke Joeckel since the Chiefs traded for Alex Smith.

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"Ryan Nassib"

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Buffalo Bills beat writer Joe Buscaglia believes the Bills have narrowed down their selection at No. 8 to USC quarterback Matt Barkley and Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib.

 

Draft week is a time to shut your ears down a little and take everything being bantered about with a grain of salt. Normally, I’d bypass posting a rumor but Buscaglia is a plugged in beat writer and the Bills have historically not been afraid of tipping their hand. Read the rest of this entry » «Report: Barkley and Nassib in 2-horse race for 8th pick»

The Sack 7: Coming for your QB…Bruce Irvin

Posted by Uptown Murf On April - 21 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

One of the most talent rich positions, if not THE most talent rich position in football is the pass rusher. Rather it be an outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment, a defensive end in a 4-3 or a defensive tackle in any scheme, we have some of the best young talent in the history of football playing right now. I will break down the the guys who I feel will be at the top of the game five years from now. I call it, the “Sack 7″….

#7: Bruce Irvin

The first guy that comes to mind is Bruce Irvin of the Seattle Seahawks. Irvin has a lot of things working in his favor, like playing on possibly the most talented defense in the league for one. Not to mention he’s in a defensive rotation with about 3 double digit sack pass rushers. But it’s hard to ignore the athleticism of this guy. At 6’3, 245 lbs – Irvin is the lightest hand in the dirt pass rusher in the league (He once played Safety at the JUCO level). He’s also the fastest (Having run a 4.4 at the combine). Despite only spending two seasons at West Virginia, Irvin produced 14 sacks his first season on campus, and 8.5 in his last season. At 26 years old, Irvin is raw as all get out, but he’s also blessed with a first step reminiscent of a basketball player. Branded as a pass rush specialist – I expect Irvin to develop his full game as time progresses. As a rusher, Irvin translates his speed into power on numerous occasions. He has a great dip and rip move and can bull rush as an alternative. But for now his game is based on pure speed. Let’s go to the film.

Bruce Irvin can rush the QB with the best of them.

Bruce Irvin can rush the QB with the best of them.

Here Irvin is playing the “Leo” position in coach Pete Carroll’s defense. Meaning he plays to the open side away from the tight end. He’s working in conjunction with the defensive tackle in what’s called a “Stunt” or “Twist”. Read the rest of this entry » «The Sack 7: Coming for your QB…Bruce Irvin»

Draft Spotlight: Star Lotulelei

Posted by Brad On April - 21 - 20134 COMMENTS
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Five days until the draft kicks off we begin our spotlight series that will take an in-depth look at some of the top prospects and where they could fit in team’s draft plans.

BACKGROUND

It’s been a rough and at times rocky road for Star Lotulelei to make it to this point in his career. The native Tongan excelled on the football field at Bingham High School in South Jordan, Utah as a 240 pound defensive lineman. He was a three-star recruit by most major recruiting services that failed to qualify academically for his school of choice, BYU.

Lotulelei would take a year off from football to deliver furniture in Salt Lake City before enrolling at Snow College. After a year at Snow College, Lotulelei took a year off from football to preserve a year of eligibility and re-assess his passion for the game. Lotulelei transformed to an over 300-pound defensive tackle while at Snow and had BYU, Oregon State, Utah State, and Utah hot on his trail.

Lotulelei would select Utah over his original college choice of BYU and arrived onto campus in 2010 as a 320-pound, country strong DT. Lotulelei made a fairly immediate impact on the Utes as he appeared in all 13 games, starting the final three games of the season.

2011 served as Lotulelei’s breakout season. He won the Morris Trophy as the league’s best defensive lineman. Lotulelei would notch 44 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and 9.5 tackles for loss. Lotulelei could have entered the 2012 NFL Draft after a spectacular junior season and would have been a high pick. Instead he chose to return to Utah for his senior season, which turned out to be a good decision.

As good as his 2011 season was, Lotulelei took major steps of growth in 2012 as a senior. Lotulelei really worked at his craft and it showed on the field and in the numbers (42 tackles, 5 sacks, 11 tackles for loss). Lotulelei’s hand usage and seasoning were greatly improved as a senior. Read the rest of this entry » «Draft Spotlight: Star Lotulelei»

"Quanterus Smith"

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Every year, there’s a couple of picks that make everyone scratch their heads and wonder why a team left a big name prospect on the board for some off the radar. It’s these picks that have the all-important post-draft grades sliding down the scale.

Today we take on five prospects that could surprise us come next week.

Quanterus Smith, DE/OLB, Western Kentucky

Injuries, especially ones late in the season, are recipes for a draft slide. Smith was leading the country in sacks through ten weeks until a torn ACL against Louisiana-Lafayette. Smith could start the season on the sidelines and the NFL is all about instant impact. Smith was unable to workout at the Combine and pro day, leaving teams to ‘just’ the tape on the Sun Belt standout.

Smith is a guy that is drastically underrated on many media draft boards (including our own). The widespread thought on Smith’s draft projection is somewhere between the 4th and 6th round. He’s prime for the proverbial rise on draft day and I think he winds up off the board before the end of Friday. Read the rest of this entry » «The Prime Suspects: Five prospects that will hear their name called earlier than expected»

Leon McFadden Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On April - 19 - 2013ADD COMMENTS
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Leon McFadden – San Diego State

Height: 5095

Weight: 193

Age when drafted: 23

Hometown: Inglewood, CA

Position: CB

Collegiate Number: 2

Combine notables: 4.54 40 with 1.53 split, 34.5” vertical, 9’11” broad, 6.81 3-cone, 4.27 short shuttle

Games Viewed: 2012 – San Jose State, BYU, Boise State 2011 – TCU

BACKGROUND:

Leon McFadden played his high school ball at St. John Bosco Prep in Inglewood, California.

Leon committed to San Diego State over schools like BYU, Washington, and Utah State due to a promise to play wide receiver. McFadden was moved to the defensive backfield after a rash of injuries. McFadden never looked back as he played in 12 games that season. McFadden would go on to earn All-Mountain West honors the next three seasons, including First-Team All-Mountain West as a senior.

Athletics comes natural to Leon as his father played professional baseball for the Houston Astros organization. Read the rest of this entry » «Leon McFadden Scouting Report»

"Luke Joeckel"

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Just as many began to jump aboard the Eric Fisher to Kansas City train, Jason La Canfora offers up a league source that pins Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel to the Chiefs at No. 1.

For the past several days there has been speculation of the Dolphins interest in KC’s Branden Albert. It now appears a bit of a forgone conclusion that Albert will be dealt before next Thursday’s start to the draft. The Dolphins were reportedly granted permission to negotiate an extension for Albert, who was franchised by the Chiefs in March.

The flipping of Albert to the Dolphins would pave the way for a tackle to slide right in at No. 1 overall to the Chiefs. The real question has been which one would it be? Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher?

La Canfora may have spoiled a bit of that intrigue with his story today that Joeckel is being tabbed the No. 1 pick. We fully expect the Chiefs to announce their intentions before Thursday’s kickoff to the draft.

Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel will be the first name called next week. According to numerous league sources, the Chiefs are locked in on him, barring anything unforeseen, after also strongly considering Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher. But Joeckel has played in a tougher conference and is a safer pick, and in a league where first-time general managers is becoming the rule (especially guys with college backgrounds), you are going to see a lot of clubs deferring to the safest guy (more on that later, when we delve into the guards).

Jason La Canfora, CBS Sports

We have speculated for months, for the very reason that La Canfora cites that it was Joeckel or bust for the Chiefs. Joeckel is a safe bet for a new General Manager and is thought of by many (including myself) as the top overall prospect in the draft.

At this point all signs are pointing in Luke Joeckel’s direction to be the first player to shake Roger Goodell’s hand on April 25.

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I have to admit, I stole this idea from Jeff Risdon of DetroitLionsDraft.com. Many of you know Jeff from his NFL’s Future days but he’s now banging it out for DLD.com and doing a great job at it.

This mock is assuming that I was pulling the trigger for all 32 teams and gives readers some insight to how I value players and positions in correspondence with team needs. I won’t be including any trades as it creates a whole slew of issues that we don’t want to tackle, so we’ll stick with the current draft order.

Next week, will be our final mock draft. We will have one up on Monday morning and then again on Wednesday night at 11:59 p.m. Our Wednesday night mock will be our Huddle Report submission. The content will be sparse next week as we begin preparations for our top 100 and mock draft for our Huddle Report submission. That said, if news hits, we’ll have you covered. Join us all day Thursday as we live blog leading up to the draft.

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1. Kansas City ChiefsLuke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

Regardless of the Branden Albert situation, I’m not passing on the best player in the draft if I’m not certain that Albert is going to be with me long-term. I think Luke Joeckel is hands down the best player in the draft and I’ve had a solid offseason so I don’t hesitate running this card to the podium.

Read the rest of this entry » «2013 NFL Mock Draft: If I were the GM for all 32 teams»

Final 2013 NFL Draft Top 300 Prospects

Posted by Brad On April - 16 - 201315 COMMENTS

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It’s always a bittersweet time of the year when the 2013 NFL Draft begins to come to a close and we take stock on the 2014 draft. A ton of work goes into what amounts to our top 300 prospects in the draft. After all the mock draft and pointless banter it all really comes down to this. As an evaluator, all you want is for these rankings to take shape over the course of time. For every right ranking (Russell Wilson) there are many more that don’t work out as anticipated (Blaine Gabbert).

This year has been an exercise in patience as the evaluation process only began taking shape in January, a month later than previous years. But the outcome was a better product with more intensive analysis than any previous season. As we go, we perfect the process, and its a process.

After the break we reveal our top 300 prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft. Read the rest of this entry » «Final 2013 NFL Draft Top 300 Prospects»

Talent or Torment: The Miscasting of Denard Robinson

Posted by Uptown Murf On April - 15 - 20134 COMMENTS

In this series I will be focusing on players who’s mere presence denotes the proverbial “Red Flag” to be waived. There’s an age old adage in the scouting community that reads; The best type of ability is availability. Whether it’s off the field issues or medical concerns, the whole high risk/high reward scenario is enough to drive the NFL community up the wall.

I can see it now. Former Michigan QB, Denard Robinson, is a bust. He’s flamed out after years of of dropping passes and running sloppy routes. What once looked to be a promising career, is now an afterthought in the minds of many fans. Draft execs and media members alike, dubbed him the next Antwaan Randle-El coming out of college. Randle-El was the athletic QB from Indiana University who made the switch to receiver in the pros and had a pretty productive career returning punts and receiving the ball. At 5’10 – 185 lbs he made the perfect “Wildcard” player. Line him up all over the field to catch – and even do some gadget throws. Denard “Shoelace” Robinson! Antwaan Randle -El 2.0! Too bad nobody saw the discrepancies between the two before it was too late…No Wait! That writer “Uptown Murf” did! He warned us this might happen. Why didn’t we listen? Why?

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Around draft time, the media has a tendency to compare players that are in the midst of being drafted to their predecessors who have already played in the NFL. A lot of the time these comparisons are dead-on. Some of the time these comparisons are lazy and devoid of creativity. In the case of Denard Robinson, the comparisons to Randle-El are just that. Lazy! Read the rest of this entry » «Talent or Torment: The Miscasting of Denard Robinson»

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