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2014 NFL Draft: CFB Week One Draft Impact Report

Posted by Brad On September - 2 - 20134 COMMENTS
"Tajh Boyd"

Joshua S. Kelly – USA TODAY Sports

As I said on Twitter Saturday night, ‘it’s week one – all the talk of players rising or falling is a bit premature.’ The sample size for these prospects just isn’t great enough at this point to begin the discussion of stock up or stock down.

With all that in mind, gauging a player’s performance begins somewhere and it began this weekend for a boatload of NFL Draft prospects. Last year’s tape officially goes into the vault for us and we begin to start a new chapter for the 2014 NFL Draft class.

Week one of the college football season certainly didn’t disappoint as we were able to see some of the top teams challenged by healthy competition. Today we take a look at performances that were positive coming out of week one. Tomorrow we’ll take a look at the performances that left a bit to be desired. Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft: CFB Week One Draft Impact Report»

"Aaron Murray"

US – Presswire

Expectations run high for the two teams pitted in this monster opening weekend contest. Clemson is riding high after an 11-win season culminating with a bowl win over LSU. The Georgia Bulldogs have equally high expectations returning a high-powered offense featuring Aaron Murray and Todd Gurley.

As is usually the case both squads return plenty of NFL talent. Georgia will be looking to fill significant holes on defense left by the departures of seven 2013 NFL Draft picks on that side of the ball. The shelves aren’t bare for Mark Richt’s squad as there’s plenty of underclassmen talent to fill the significant holes.

For Clemson, they return a veteran squad led by Tajh Boyd. Gone is stellar WR DeAndre Hopkins but there’s plenty of depth to fill that position. The Tigers boast one of the top playmakers in the country in Sammy Watkins. A return to form – after a sophomore season filled with off-the-field distractions and nagging injuries – should vault him to the top of draft boards. As good as Clemson was in 2012, they boast some unheralded talent that is prime to breakout this season.

After the break we’ll check out the 2014 NFL Draft prospects on both sides of this tilt and a matchup to watch on Saturday night. Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Georgia at Clemson»

"Ryan Shazier"

Greg Bartram – USA Today Sports

On the surface of this game it appears to be fairly lopsided. That may be true as Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes could be destined for back-to-back undefeated seasons. The Buckeyes come into this contest as 36 point favorites but that doesn’t equate to lopsided draft talent.

The Bulls feature a handful of draft prospects including one that could challenge to be taken in the first round of May’s draft. While this contest serves mostly as the first roadblock in Ohio State’s run for perfection – it may be the catalyst for Khalil Mack to start his steady rise in the national media’s draft eye’s.

Ohio State has it’s normal host of NFL Draft prospects, highlighted by one that won’t suit up in this contest – Brad Roby. Roby is suspended from this contest following an off-the-field incident over the summer. The Buckeyes will also be without starting RB Carlos Hyde but it’s likely that neither will be needed as Braxton Miller and Company kickoff the 2013 season.

After the break, we’ll key in on several 2014 NFL Draft prospects on both sides of this tilt and one matchup for NFL Draft fans to keep an eye on.  Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Buffalo at Ohio State»

Victor Cruz - From UMass to UDFA to Pro Bowl and $45 million contract

Victor Cruz – From UMass to UDFA to Pro Bowl and $45 million contract

It probably goes without saying at this point – but the margin between FBS and non-FBS prospects is growing thinner as the seasons wear on. Eric Fisher, the 2013 No. 1 overall pick, came via Central Michigan. While the Chippewa’s are an FBS program, they are anything but a major college powerhouse – more like MAC-middling. 

The 2013 class of small school prospects were highlighted by four players taken in the top 100 and a total of 30 non-FBS players taken in the three-days of the draft. The 2014 class could challenge that number, if not exceed it. Nine non-FBS players littered the 2013 Pro Bowl game – furthering the notion that it’s becoming a necessity of NFL talent evaluators to scour these ranks.

It’s important to note that this list serves as a guide. In many cases we haven’t seen much of anything and are going on word of mouth. That said, there’s been many clamoring for more information on ‘small school’ prospects – so we deliver the goods on this one. After the break, check out our thirty small school prospects to keep an eye on as the season progresses.  Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft: Thirty small school prospects to watch»

Why do players bust?

Posted by John Middlekauff On August - 27 - 20134 COMMENTS

"Vernon Gholston"

The word “bust” is thrown around liberally this time of year, and while the player usually takes the blame it’s not always his fault. During the 53 man cut down is when previously highly regarded prospects are either cut or traded. Teams and organizations chose to move on from high round draft picks from past years frequently before the start of the season in several weeks. I feel there is a misconception when it comes to these organizations deciding to move in a different direction – TALENT is not always the case. The big misconception in the NFL or just professional sports in general is highly touted players who are “Busts” can’t play – I’d argue that is far from the case. There are so many factors that go into players succeeding or failing, it’s not just a black and white situation. Below are several reasons why players fail – some out of their control, while others are more self-inflicted.  Read the rest of this entry » «Why do players bust?»

It’s Here…

Posted by Brad On August - 26 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

That’s right, it’s game week. The long awaited start to the college football season kicks off in 3.5 days and our anticipation couldn’t be greater. It’s been a long summer of more than enough baseball and were overdue on our football fix. For your patience we give a must-watch video from the guys at Eleven Warriors and some essential links to keep up with week one’s essentials.

Week 1 schedule

Week 1 Betting Lines

"Je'Ron Hamm"

Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

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.

It’s not really easy to overlook 6-foot-3, 233 pound wide receivers but its happened with the University of Louisiana-Monroe’s Je’Ron Hamm. ULM hasn’t been a hotbed of prospects or good football since joining major college football ranks. ULM has spent much of their short history in the Sun Belt Conference at or near the bottom.

It makes sense that SEC powerhouse Arkansas would run roughshod over ULM in week one of the 2012 college football season. Unfortunately for the Razorbacks the fate of their tumultuous 2012 season would come to fruition in week one against a game ULM squad featuring a passing combo of QB Kolton Browning and a monster WR, Je’Ron Hamm. The Arkansas contest would serve as a welcome to the draft community for the junior wide receiver.  Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft Primed: Louisiana-Monroe WR Je’Ron Hamm»

"Eric Ebron"

Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

The battle of the ‘Carolinas’ is a momentum game for both opponents for multiple reasons. First, both teams have aspirations of conference titles and major bowl games. Secondly, the Carolina’s have become fertile recruiting grounds and neither team wants to give way to any of their own in-state. A win gives the victor bragging rights when walking into homes on the recruiting trail – keeping the future of these programs on stable ground on their own turf.

On the field, this game features a boatload of 2014 NFL Draft talent on both sidelines. While South Carolina boasts the best CFB player in the land in Jadeveon Clowney but North Carolina may edge out the Gamecocks in terms of overall draft depth. Despite being decimated by the 2013 NFL Draft (Jon Cooper, Giovani Bernard, Sylvester Williams, Brennan Williams, and Travis Bond) – the Heels bring back a talented roster that will be the apple of many NFL talent evaluators eye.

On the opposing sideline, Steve Spurrier’s crew faces a similar problem as their opponents in this contest. The 2013 NFL Draft had its way with the Gamecocks roster (D.J. Swearinger, Ace Sanders, Marcus Lattimore, Devin Taylor, DeVonte Holloman). That said, the cupboards aren’t bare for a team boasting the nation’s top player.

After the break, check out how both teams fare with draft prospects.  Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: North Carolina at South Carolina»

"Robert Herron"

Robert Herron – Wyoming

Height: 5010

Weight: 187

Age when drafted: 22

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Position: WR

Collegiate Number: 6

Combine notables: N/A

Games Viewed: 2012 – Texas, Colorado State, Boise State, San Diego State, UNLV  Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft: Preseason Scouting Report – Wyoming WR Robert Herron»

Life as an NFL Road Scout in August

Posted by John Middlekauff On August - 18 - 20133 COMMENTS

"NFL Scout"

During the fall the air is often filled with hope and optimism. Everyone feels their team has a chance, and has a renewed sense of energy from a summer vacation. This is also a great time for area scouts to get some legitimate work done. Scouts usually visit their own teams training camp before embarking the road journey known as their day job. This is the best information gathering time – building the foundation that will turn into a report over the next 8 months.  Read the rest of this entry » «Life as an NFL Road Scout in August»

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