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Andy Reid ties his future to Alex Smith

According to Fox’s Jay Glazer, the 49ers and Chiefs have agreed on a trade that would send Alex Smith to the Chiefs. Glazer doesn’t disclose details of the trade just that the Chiefs have made a clear commitment to Smith. One could assume that means a contract extension or a high draft being sent San Francisco’s way or both.

Glazer didn’t offer up any terms of compensation but Ian Rappaport of NFL.com revealed that the trade compensation included the Chiefs 2nd round pick in 2013 and more in 2014. It seems pricey for Alex Smith but with a dry free agent market and the lack of a top QB prospect in the draft, we aren’t surprised by the compensation. Read the rest of this entry » «Jay Glazer reports done deal that sends Alex Smith to the Chiefs»

Putting a bow on the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine

Posted by Brad On February - 27 - 20134 COMMENTS
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The NFL Scouting Combine is in the books and we begin the long trek to draft day. The next two months feel like two years as anticipation builds and we attempt to see our way through the smoke.

Before we jump into our winners and losers, we take a look at some general observations from Indianapolis.

The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine didn’t disappoint. For a ‘weak’ draft, it sure didn’t look like it from an athletic standpoint in Indianapolis. It seems that every year we get a mystery condition that pops up for one of the top prospects. The medicals in Indianapolis are one of the most valuable tools and this year was no exception. Utah DT Star Lotulelei was found to have a heart condition that would appear on the surface to be a fairly serious issues as his left ventricle is pumping at 44%. Not good news for a guy that was valued as a top 5-10 prospect. Without speculating on the condition, the common belief is that it will affect his draft positioning.

On the field there was plenty of intrigue. First, it would be negligent to not talk about speed right off the top. Twelve prospects went sub-4.4 in the 40. For some perspective 2009 saw 4 guys run sub-4.4, 2010 there was 4, 2011 gave us 7, and 2012 racked up 7 sub-4.4 times. The more impressive fact in the speed department was the size of some of the guys running really fast times. Guys like Margus Hunt, Lane Johnson, Ziggy Ansah, and Terron Armstead ran freaky fast for their size. The overall speed of this year’s event was impressive and is proof that the game is only getting faster and teams have to draft speed if they want to keep up.

Everyone was hoping to come out the Combine with a little more clarity on the first overall pick. The water only got murkier. Luke Joeckel appears to be the odds on favorite at this point but things are getting tighter behind. Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher continues to close the gap and there are quite a few people who believe Fisher is the superior prospect of the two. I don’t fall into that camp but Fisher is very close in my book. It seems that everyone around the league is under the impression that a quarterback won’t be the first player off the board. With news breaking that the San Francisco 49ers having a deal in place for Alex Smith, speculation led to the Chiefs. We won’t know until March 12 of who the mystery team is but chances are that Smith will be taking snaps for Andy Reid’s West Coast offense in 2013. Read the rest of this entry » «Putting a bow on the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine»

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Many analysts pegged Dee Milliner as a 4.5 guy with outstanding film. He was a lock to be a top 10 pick before today. Any talk of this time firming up a top ten spot is foolish as he was that before he walked to the 40 line in Indianapolis. After today, we have a different story as we begin the talk of how high is too high for a cornerback to be taken.

The only possible hole in his game was long speed. Check that off your list of concerns. Good luck finding another hole in his game. He’s big, physical, and now we can chalk up fast. Milliner blazed the 40 yard dash in unofficial times of 4.31 and 4.37 with a 1.40 split. Those numbers wow when you the only question mark you have with a kid is speed.  Read the rest of this entry » «What’s the ceiling for Dee Milliner after running 4.31»

Barkevious Mingo Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 26 - 20131 COMMENT
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Barkevious Mingo I LSU I DE/OLB I 6042 I 241 I Junior

40 Time: 4.58

Overview: There’s a lot to love about Mingo but there are major concerns with his game. He played LE exclusively in 2012, lining up over the RT. He’s best suited to transition to a standup linebacker in the NFL or play LEO role in 4-3. Lacks the bulk to set the edge in the run at DE. Freakish athlete with natural movement skills and explosive burst off the edge. Questionable football instincts as he’s constantly around the pile but lacked tackle production. That speaks to his instincts because with his movement skills he should be making tackles instead of observing piles. That said, its rare to find someone with his length/athleticism combination. He could come off the board as high as No. 2 and could fall to the mid-20’s. Either way he won’t make it out of the first round, just too much upside with this guy.   Read the rest of this entry » «Barkevious Mingo Scouting Report»

The good, bad, and ugly from DL/LB workouts

Posted by Brad On February - 25 - 20137 COMMENTS
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Monday brought us workouts from the defensive lineman and linebackers. The defensive lineman didn’t disappoint in keeping up with the freakish 40 times at the 2013 Scouting Combine.

The story of the day on The Network was predictably the 40 time of Manti Te’o. Te’o ran an official 4.82. That won’t answer any questions about Te’o as a straight line athlete but the day wasn’t a total loss. Te’o performed well on the field, at times looking like one of the smoother linebackers on a field chock full of athletes.

NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones reported that Te’o was making great impressions with teams during interviews. One coach went as far as calling Te’o a “rock star” during the interview process.

While speculation will continue to persist about Te’o’s athleticism, or lack thereof, the Combine as an overall experience was a positive one for someone needing some momentum in the draft process. The reality is that Te’o has been a late first round talent and will remain just that.

There was plenty of non-Te’o news out of the day. The defensive linemen kicked off the day with some blazing 40 times. The group that I looked forward to watching the most out of this class was the DL and they didn’t disappoint. Read the rest of this entry » «The good, bad, and ugly from DL/LB workouts»

2013 NFL Mock Draft – Combine Edition

Posted by Brad On February - 25 - 201317 COMMENTS
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1. Kansas City Chiefs – Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

Sometimes you have to suck up your pride and open your ears. I did that this week. Someone that I trust more than anyone in the business said “Brad, you’re nuts if you are still holding onto Geno Smith being the first overall pick.” I’m not the guy that pretends to be plugged into the league but the few sources I have said this pick comes down to one of the DL or Joeckel. An interesting nugget was dropped by a ‘source’ that has Eric Fisher going first overall and hearing that several teams have him atop their draft boards. Don’t know that KC is one of them but for now we’ll go with Joeckel.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

The marriage of Gus Bradley and Dion Jordan is a match made in heaven. We are about to see Jordan put on a show at the Combine and vault himself into this territory. Jason Babin would be a fine LEO but Jordan has special qualities about his game. He gives the Jags an explosive playmaker to begin the new era in Jacksonville. Read the rest of this entry » «2013 NFL Mock Draft – Combine Edition»

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Chris Johnson is safe for a couple more days and maybe another season. But it was a close one. The day kicked off with Tavon Austin blazing an unofficial 4.25 40 (4.34 officially) before I had my first cup of coffee. Marquise Goodwin of Texas was expected to run fast and he did. He tied Austin with an unofficial 4.25 which turned into the fastest official time of the day at 4.27.

Group five of the WR’s were highlighted by Ryan Swope’s official 4.34 40 time, which came as a bit of a surprise. Swope was expected to run in the 4.4 range but showed that he has legit speed to go with solid size. Swope really helped himself today and should have solidified himself as a solid second day pick.

The running back group was marked by more fast 40 times. Onterio McCalebb went unofficially at 4.21 but his official time came in at a pedestrian 4.34. McCalebb may have a future as a returner but his size will limit his ability to carry the ball in the NFL. Most impressive of the RB’s was Knile Davis. Davis blazed the 40 at 4.37 for a guy that checked in at 227 pounds and repped 225 31 times. Davis is a workout warrior that if he can stay healthy he could be a steal in the draft. Unfortunately his collegiate career at Arkansas was marked by injuries.

Geno Smith gave himself a “C” but that was his well rehearsed response. Smith had a solid day but did miss on some gimme throws. Smith ran a better than expected 4.59 40 time. He looked much more explosive which will only help his draft stock. He may not be in play for the Chiefs at No. 1 but he shouldn’t fall far down the draft board. Read the rest of this entry » «Day five of the Combine marked by fast 40’s and Star’s heart»

Day Two Scouting Combine Live Blog

Posted by Brad On February - 24 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

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We will be live blogging Sunday’s offensive skill players performing on the field

Quarterbacks Group 4

MarQueis Gray clocked the top time on the first go around at 4.69. Gray is considered a TE by NFL teams and that’s a solid time for TE at 6032 240 pounds

Colby Cameron outdoes Gray’s 40 time on the second trip with a 4.66. Cameron is an underrated athlete that will have to show improved arm strength, he was deadly accurate at La Tech.

Wide Receivers Group 4

Group 5 will be on the track next. Tavon Austin is up first. 4.25 for Austin. Blazed it. Just helped himself out while teammate Stedman Bailey ran a pedestrian 4.57.

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Virginia Tech duo Marcus Davis (4.40) and Corey Fuller (4.38) is impressive. Didn’t think either would go that fast.

Goodwin is up. Torches the track at 4.25, ties with Tavon.

DeAndre Hopkins is battling for the number two receiver off the board. A couple of false starts. Runs 4.50…good time for him.

Nice time for Tavarres King (4.43)

Tavon Round 2 – 4.31. What a disappointment.

Stedman Bailey improves to 4.5 flat. I’m with Mayock on this kid. Good, smart receiver.

Josh Boyce of TCU is one to watch. Short but not small and proving he has the wheels. Two hand times of 4.38.

Goodwin back on the track. Focused…looks like a sprinter because he is. 4.29. Two sub-4.3 40’s.

4.41 for Justin Hunter on 2nd attempt. As expected, fast.

Click here to continue reading our live blog. If you have questions, leave them in the comments section. Read the rest of this entry » «Day Two Scouting Combine Live Blog»

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Sunday is meant to be a day of rest. Not in the NFL and this Sunday is no exception as the quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers take to the field for their workouts.

This may be the most anticipated day of any on the NFL Scouting Combine schedule as we get to see  the offensive skill guys compete. This year there are plenty of storylines to follow. Adding to the intrigue of the day is the uncertainty at the quarterback position. With everyone but Matt Barkley participating in full workouts it should make for a very interesting Sunday. Let’s take a look at some of the headlines of Sunday’s on the field workouts.

It’s all about the quarterbacks

Geno Smith is going to be one of the most heavily scrutinized prospects in the draft leading up to April 25th. He’s the only real possibility to intrigue the Kansas City Chiefs at number one overall but major question marks surround his game. Smith skipped the Senior Bowl, drawing criticism about his competitive juices. Smith will have an opportunity to distance himself from the rest of the quarterback class on Sunday as all but Matt Barkley will be throwing.

Outside of Smith, there is a full blown fight among the quarterbacks behind Geno Smith to be taken in the first round of April’s draft. This is widely considered a weak quarterback class at the top and the reality is that we could see one quarterback taken on Thursday. Mike Glennon, Tyler Wilson, Ryan Nassib, and Matt Barkley may be second round talents but as we know quarterbacks get bumped up draft boards due to positional value. Which one of these guys will take a step forward and create some separation in this draft class? Read the rest of this entry » «2013 NFL Scouting Combine: Skill guys take to the field»

2013 NFL Scouting Combine: Day Four Review

Posted by Brad On February - 23 - 2013ADD COMMENTS
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Day four was the first day of on-the-field drills and we saw some freakish performances from big men. In addition to the offensive line and tights ends working on the field, the defensive line and linebackers got measured up and the quarterbacks, running backs, and receivers got under the bench.

The first day of on the field drills always brings a level of excitement that has been building over the previous months. This, for me, signals the reality that draft season is officially underway. We take a look at some items that stuck out today as eye popping in a good or bad way for us.

The Freak Show

I highlighted Arkansas Pine-Bluff OT Terron Armstead in a scouting report yesterday as I glorified his athletic ability. Not in a million years did I think that he run 4.71 (officially). In addition to blazing the 40, Armstead led all lineman in the vertical at 34.5″. That’s right, 34.5″ inches at 306 pounds. Four TE’s topped 34.5″. It’s incredible the type of athlete that Armstead is. The great thing is that you can see Armstead’s freakish athletic talents translate to the field. I said in my scouting report that he could work his way into the second day of the draft and I believe he wrapped that up today. Some team will be licking their chops to get their hands on Armstead. Read the rest of this entry » «2013 NFL Scouting Combine: Day Four Review»