"David Fales"

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David Fales – San Jose State

Height: 6030

Weight: 221

Age when drafted: 23

Hometown: Salinas, CA

Position: QB

Collegiate Number: 10

Combine notables: N/A

Games Viewed: 2012 – Stanford, Utah State, BYU, Bowling Green

BACKGROUND:

David Fales played his high school football at Palma High School in Salinas, California. Fales was a two-time all-league selection but drew very little attention from colleges. The University of Nevada came calling for Fales and he accepted a scholarship to play there after the 2008 season.

Fales would see no game action in 2009 at Nevada sitting behind Colin Kaepernick. Fales would transfer from Nevada after he realized he was going to be asked to be much more of a running quarterback. Fales would leave Nevada following the 2009 season for Monterey Peninsula College. In two seasons at Monterey Fales threw for over 4,500 yards and 37 TD’s. After a summer at the University of Wyoming, Fales went back to Monterey for the fall of 2011.

San Jose State found themselves in a predicament following Tate Forcier leaving the program in 2011. In December 2011, Fales signed a letter of intent to play at San Jose State for the 2012 season.

Fales won the starting job in 2012 and went on to have a phenomenal junior season which included a Military Bowl game win over Bowling Green. Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft: David Fales preseason scouting report»

Cleveland Browns 2013 NFL Draft Recap

Posted by Brad On May - 4 - 20131 COMMENT
"Barkevious Mingo"

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Cleveland Browns

TEAM NEEDS: CB, FS, LB, QB, G, K/P

Mike Lombardi isn’t a popular guy in Cleveland after an unsuccessful first stint with the Browns, despite the fact that he wasn’t pulling any strings during his first Browns tenure. Either way, the importance of the inaugural draft of the Jimmy Haslam era can’t be understated.

The Browns front office wasn’t as active as many thought they would be in free agency. After big splash signings of Paul Kruger and Desmond Bryant, the Browns signed a handful of depth players (Kellen Davis, Quentin Groves, Jason Campbell, Chris Owens, Gary Barnidge, and trading for Dion Lewis). The Browns headed into free agency with a boatload of cap space and come out of it with the same. That said, the Browns filled some holes and made it clear all offseason that they weren’t going to fill all the holes on this team in one offseason.

I give the Browns organization an A for this offseason. I wasn’t wild about some of the draft picks but trading for Davone Bess made up for some of the errors in the draft.

After the break, check out a pick by pick analysis of the Browns 2013 NFL Draft selections. Read the rest of this entry » «Cleveland Browns 2013 NFL Draft Recap»

Detroit Lions 2013 NFL Draft Recap

Posted by Brad On May - 3 - 20131 COMMENT
"Ezekiel Ansah"

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Detroit Lions

TEAM NEEDS: OT, DE, CB, WR, OG

The Detroit Lions were behind the eight ball heading into the offseason. Strapped with hefty contracts, the Lions had little wiggle room to fill holes on the roster.

Martin Mayhew and company restructured some deals and unexpected retirement of Jeff Backus freed up enough money for the Lions to add four starters in free agency and retain Chris Houston. The Lions added starters Reggie Bush, Jason Jones, Glover Quin, and David Akers while adding depth to the DL in C.J. Mosley. The biggest signing was re-signing starting CB Chris Houston.

Going into the draft, the Lions had glaring needs at the defensive end and left tackle positions. With the top three left tackles being so highly coveted, it became more apparent that they would be long gone before the Lions selected with the fifth overall pick. .

After the break, check out a pick by pick analysis of the Eagles 2013 NFL Draft selections. Read the rest of this entry » «Detroit Lions 2013 NFL Draft Recap»

"Devin Gardner"

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We’ve barely closed the books on the 2013 NFL Draft and everyone’s attention has already turned to 2014. By now, we are all familiar with the names of Jadeveon Clowney and Teddy Bridgewater. They are the two headliners of the 2014 NFL Draft class, despite both being underclassmen.

This is a talented class with some nice top end talent. Everything that the 2013 class lacked at the top, this one has in spades. As we know by now draft classes are made or broken by the under the radar talent that slowly but surely rises to the top during the college football season. In 2011, Robert Griffin III electrified college football and secured his status as the second elite prospect in a loaded draft class.

At this point, the search for those capable of a meteoric rise up the draft board is officially on. During the summer of 2011, when many were talking about Robert Griffin as a WR prospect, we went out on a limb and called him a first half of the first day quarterback. Our prediction turned out to be on the light end of his final draft spot but it is the never ending pursuit of those types of players that makes NFL’s Future go.

Today we take a look at seven prospects that are flying under the radar but could emerge as prospects to challenge the top of the 2014 NFL Draft. Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft: Seven names you need to remember heading into the summer»

"Lane Johnson"

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Philadelphia Eagles

TEAM NEEDS: OL, DL, CB, QB, S

Maybe the most intriguing team of the offseason has been the Philadelphia Eagles. There seems to be a general buzz about what new head coach Chip Kelly is going to do when it comes to personnel and scheme in the NFL. The buzz is there for very good reason, as a new era of offensive football is being ushered into the NFL and Kelly’s hire could spark massive change around the league.

The Eagles did a grade A job of filling their holes prior to the draft with solid signings which include; Isaac Sopoaga, Connor Barwin, Bradley Fletcher, Cary Williams, Patrick Chung, Kenny Phillips, Donnie Jones and James Casey. That’s eight new starters to go with the depth signings of Clifton Geathers and Jason Phillips. The Eagles then pulled off trades for Tampa Bay receiver Arrelious Benn and Cleveland reserve linebacker Emmanuel Acho. It was a busy offseason that was just beginning.

With almost every starting spot addressed the Eagles positioned themselves to make a run at the best player available and could move around the draft to find talented players to push the competition to new levels in Philly.

After the break, check out a pick by pick analysis of the Eagles 2013 NFL Draft selections. Read the rest of this entry » «Philadelphia Eagles 2013 NFL Draft Recap»

The Minnesota Vikings are officially scary!!

Posted by Uptown Murf On May - 1 - 201320 COMMENTS

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Here in Atlanta, I’ve had a front row seat for the transformation of a franchise (Well figuratively speaking, I sit kinda high up in my seat at the Dome). The Falcons have gone from an inconsistent, wayward direction of a franchise, to one of the best ran franchises in all of football. It’s an amazing turnaround for such a short time period. The methods used for the transformation are seemingly being duplicated by another team in NFC. That team being, the Minnesota Vikings!

The Falcons first came to prominence  in 2008. Reliant upon a heavy run game, with the ultra physical Michael Turner, the Falcons methodically moved the ball while limiting offensive mistakes and creating turnovers on defense. Offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey and Quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave forged an offensive system that allowed a young quarterback Matt Ryan to develop slowly, while not being the focal point of the team.

Originally armed with the aforementioned Turner and budding all-world receiver Roddy White, the Falcons rode their brand of smash mouth football all the way to a playoff berth. Slowly, but surely, the Falcons began surrounding Matt Ryan with even more offensive talent. With the addition of future Hall-of-Famer Tony Gonzalez, and one of the best young wide receiver prospects in college football in Julio Jones, the Falcons officially solidified themselves as perennially one of the five best franchises in the NFL.  Read the rest of this entry » «The Minnesota Vikings are officially scary!!»

Oakland Raiders 2013 NFL Draft Recap

Posted by Brad On April - 30 - 20132 COMMENTS
"D.J. Hayden"

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Oakland Raiders

TEAM NEEDS: QB, DL, LB, CB, OL, S, TE

Reggie McKenzie was dealt an absolutely horrible hand in Oakland. He came into a team that was cap strapped and quite possibly the worst roster in the league. He’s in year two of this massive rebuild and hope springs eternal with a quality draft and a major cap relief coming in 2014.

With needs all over the board, McKenzie was forced to make low cost free agent signings. Nine new starters will come via cost-friendly free agent signings as they were forced to relieve themselves of a slew of starters for cap purposes. The offense went relatively unscathed although they traded for a new starting quarterback in Matt Flynn after Carson Palmer landed in Arizona.

The defense will essentially field a new team with the exception of Tyvon Branch and Lamarr Houston. Many questioned the moves that McKenzie made in the offseason as they weren’t ‘splashy’ signings but with the cap a mess he didn’t have a lot to work with. I think McKenzie has done an admirable job at fielding a team, albeit one of the worst in the league, on paper (and most likely on the field).

McKenzie entered the draft with intentions of trading down from the 3rd pick and he did so as the Dolphins jumped up to No. 3 and the Raiders down to No. 12 allowing them to recoup a second round pick that was lost in the terrible Carson Palmer deal. McKenzie was able to end the draft with ten draft picks which was much needed given the holes in terms of depth and quality on this roster. Read the rest of this entry » «Oakland Raiders 2013 NFL Draft Recap»

Jacksonville Jaguars 2013 NFL Draft Recap

Posted by Brad On April - 29 - 20132 COMMENTS
"Luke Joeckel"

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Jacksonville Jaguars

TEAM NEEDS: QB, OL, DL, CB, S

Dave Caldwell and Gus Bradley are going to pace this rebuild for the Jaguars. They were relatively quiet in free agency as they made several depth signings but no major splashes.

Heading into the draft, the Jags were holding the second pick and made it clear they were going to take the best player at that spot. Many, including myself, had them pegged for an impact pass rusher but as the days drew nearer it became evident they were going to add to the offensive line.

Dave Caldwell comes from the Thomas Dimitroff school of thinking where you find your quarterback or spend your days consumed by finding your quarterback. After the draft it has become clear that the Jaguars will give Blaine Gabbert another season to prove himself a capable NFL starter. With the lack of a top shelf quarterback at No. 2, they didn’t have much of a choice.

They had eight picks (after a trade with Philadelphia) to add talent to a roster that is fairly void it. The draft was heavily influenced by Gus Bradley’s time with Pete Carroll as they addressed the secondary early and often with big defenders. Hats off the Dave Caldwell for a nice draft in year one. After the break check our pick by pick analysis. Read the rest of this entry » «Jacksonville Jaguars 2013 NFL Draft Recap»

Kansas City Chiefs 2013 NFL Draft Recap

Posted by Brad On April - 29 - 20132 COMMENTS
"Eric Fisher"

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Kansas City Chiefs

TEAM NEEDS: OL, DL, S, LB, RB

John Dorsey and Andy Reid retooled the roster in free agency by trading for Alex Smith and signing Sean Smith, Dunta Robinson, Mike Devito, and Anthony Fasano. In addition, they added depth signings in Chase Daniels, Akeem Jordan, Geoff Schwartz, and Donnie Avery.

With a flurry of action coming before the draft, the Chiefs set themselves up well to take the best player available and didn’t need to be forced to reach for need.

It was the widespread thought that the Chiefs would send OT Branden Albert to the Dolphins to recoup the second round pick lost in the Alex Smith trade but that never came to fruition.

The Chiefs were awarded two compensatory selections giving them eight total selections heading into the draft. With four picks in the top 100, the Chiefs and John Dorsey were in a good position to add quality and depth to an already solid roster. Read the rest of this entry » «Kansas City Chiefs 2013 NFL Draft Recap»

"Da'Rick Rogers"

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Day two was a day that featured the skill positions after the first day saw a ton of ‘big men’ taken off the board. It left us with some intriguing names left on the board including three big name quarterbacks in Matt Barkley, Ryan Nassib, and Tyler Wilson.

As always there’s some highly productive collegiate players still on the board as we open the final frame of the annual NFL Draft. I would be prepared for a run on quarterbacks early in round four as teams begin to feast on the value. I could see four and possibly five quarterbacks taken in round four.

After the break you can check out our top 200 remaining prospects. Read the rest of this entry » «2013 NFL Draft: Top 200 Remaining Prospects»