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Indianapolis Colts : Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

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2012 NFL Draft Strategy:  After a 2-14 season, the Colts have needs all over the field.  The first pick is a virtual lock, so I won’t bother addressing the QB position.  Their top needs look to be in the defensive backfield at CB and the SS position.  With Jerraud Powers and Antoine Bethea the only core players amongst the DB’s it will be imperative that the Colts find some help in this area.  With Jeff Saturday exploring retirement the center position could become a major need area especially if they have a rookie QB under center (even if it is Andrew Luck).  The Colts will have to "2012 NFL Draft prospect, Andrew Luck"monitor free agency very carefully as they have a ton of expiring contracts.  With both Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon as potential free agents, they could be looking for WR help somewhere along the way.  Look for the Colts to address the guard spot at some point and it may be early if someone falls to them.

2012 NFL Mock Draft Selection:  Whatever Jim Irsay decides to do with Peyton Manning will matter zilch for this selection.  Andrew Luck will be the pick and they won’t hear any trade offers.  Rob Lowe may have the inside info but it won’t matter come April because Andrew Luck will be the new face of this franchise as hard as that is to deal with.


Washington Redskins (trade w/STL) :  Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

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"2012 NFL Draft"2012 NFL Draft Strategy:  John Beck and Rex Grossman didn’t exactly pan out.  The Shanahan’s have to find a franchise QB.  Either through free agency, trade, or the draft or it’s their jobs.  Dan Snyder is going to lose his patience with his ultra-expensive coach if he keeps running bums out at QB position because of his ego.  Shanny will have to set ego aside and go get a QB.  They are prime to trade up for RGIII.  Aside from QB they need a WR, LG, and RT on offense.

"2012 NFL Draft prospect Robert Griffin III"

On defense they were much improved.  That said, they have holes at ILB, CB, and need depth on the defensive line.  Folks in Washington have to feel pretty good about the core of this defense.

2012 NFL Mock Draft Selection:  Robert Griffin III is a special talent and I don’t see him making it to Cleveland.  For that purpose I decided to include trades in this mock.  While he may not appear to be a fit in Shanny’s offense there is no way they could look past his talent.  In the end, RGIII does enough to impress that Washington will have a hard time not moving up.  He’s good enough that he will remain at No. 2 in all future versions of our 2012 NFL Mock Draft. Read the rest of this entry » «2012 NFL Mock Draft : The best damn mock in the land»

2012 NFL Mock Draft: Round 2

Posted by Brad On January - 24 - 201215 COMMENTS

33.  St. Louis Rams:  Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan St.

Worthy can be dominant at the point of attack but needs to work on his conditioning.  The Rams were 31st against the rush in 2011 and can’t repeat that stat next season.  Fred Robbins and Gary Gibson aren’t the answer up front.

34.  Indianapolis Colts:  Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia

Brandon Boykin had a spectacular senior season and will ride that wave into the early stages of day two.

35.  Minnesota Vikings:  Vontaze Burfict, ILB, Arizona St.

The Vikings need a stalwart in the middle of their defense and Burfict has the tools to be elite.

36.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina

Tampacan’t pass on the talent of Zach Brown.  They will have to find a CB in free agency.  Getting TR and Zach Brown is a good deal.

37.  Cleveland Browns:  Zebrie Sanders, T, Florida St.

The Browns offensive line was a mess this season.  Tony Pashos can’t stay healthy and even when he does he’s not that effective.

38.  Jacksonville Jaguars:  Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina

The Jags get a weapon for Blaine Gabbert in round two after passing in round one. Read the rest of this entry » «2012 NFL Mock Draft: Round 2»

Stephen Hill Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On January - 23 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect Stephen Hill"Stephen Hill

Georgia Tech

Ht. 6-5 Wt. 206

Strengths:  Stephen Hill may be the ultimate upside/high ceiling guy at the position.  He’s got the size and athletic ability to be special.  He’s a playmaker that can make circus catches (see viral youtube video on sideline route).  His ability to go up and grab the ball at the highest point is bordering on unreal.  He has good speed for his size but not great straight line speed.  Athletic ability is through the roof and can run after the catch.  Most impressive is what he can with the ball in space for his size.  He’s a guy that you throw it out to and watch him work.  Averaged over 30 yards/catch this season in limited targets and has good hands.

Weaknesses:  The Georgia Tech offense isn’t exactly conducive to producing NFL receivers although two top receivers have come out of that program in the last four years (Calvin Johnson ’07 and Demaryius Thomas ’10).  He will need time to develop into an NFL route runner and may be further behind than Thomas was at this stage of his career.  He doesn’t have elite speed but it’s good enough considering his frame.  Just doesn’t have the reps or production to warrant a top pick.

Bottom Line:  Hill has one the highest ceilings of this deep WR class.  Georgia Tech has produced a couple good ones lately in Calvin Johnson and Demaryius Thomas.  Hill is much closer to Thomas than Johnson and I don’t think he’s as refined as Thomas at similar stages in their career.  He’s an impressive athlete that makes big plays in limited opportunities. 

Draft Projection:  Stephen Hill is probably a third round pick at this point but he could rise to the second round come April.  He could go early two with a solid showing at the Combine.

Brian Quick Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On January - 23 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
Brian Quick

Appalachian St.

Ht. 6-5 Wt. 222

Hands:  For a guy with limited time playing the sport he has soft hands and does a nice job of keeping the ball out of his chest.  He has a huge wingspan which equates to a giant catching radius.  His ability to high point the ball and out leap defenders.

Route Running:  Quick is a competent route runner but runs mostly vertically in Appalachian State’s offense.  His limited route tree in college may equate to a lot of time spent on learning NFL route systems through much of training camp.  New to the game, he doesn’t yet possess the football IQ to be effective against zone coverage and hasn’t developed instincts to find openings as he relies on his physical gifts to win matchups.

After the Catch:  Quick is a big target that doesn’t have top level agility or speed.  At Appalachian he was able to make people miss in the open field and generally was effective after the catch.  In the NFL he may struggle a little early on but has a big enough body that he could create tackling nightmares in the open field.  Despite not having great speed he gets open downfield with consistency and is a big play threat.  Read the rest of this entry » «Brian Quick Scouting Report»

2012 Senior Bowl: Ten to watch on defense

Posted by Brad On January - 23 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Quinton Coples"

Coples has a lot to prove this week at the Senior Bowl

The 2012 Senior Bowl has officially begun.  Today players will meet with their respective coaches, go through physicals, and get equipment.  It’s the beginning of the pre-draft process and can make or break their draft status.  This week of practice is one of the most important weeks for prospects to either solidify themselves or move up or down team’s boards.  The interview process for these future NFL players has began, so we take a look at who we’ll be watching as the week progresses for a multitude of reasons.  Here’s a look at ten defensive players from both squads:

Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

Coples has taken some criticism for his lack of production during the 2011 season relative to his numbers from 2010.  More importantly, there are some concerns with his motor and work ethic.  This week will be huge for a player that was once considered the top defensive prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft.  The grades on Coples varies from top 5 to top 30 player.  He will have a chance this week to move himself back into the forefront of everyone’s mind when they are thinking of 2012 defensive prospects.

Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia

Boykin is getting the rap of being more of an athlete than a pure corner.  Part of that is true, but we think he has the makings of a very good corner because of his athleticism.  Boykin will have to prove he can cover from a technique standpoint in Mobile.  He relies on his recovery speed too often and will have to show that he has what it takes to earn our 2nd round grade.  Read the rest of this entry » «2012 Senior Bowl: Ten to watch on defense»

Jordan White Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On January - 23 - 20121 COMMENT
Jordan White

Western Michigan

Ht. 6-0 Wt. 214

Hands:  Jordan White has a tremendous pair of hands.  A pure hands catcher that plucks balls out of the air.  It’s a rarity for White to allow the football into his body.  He is fearless over the middle and hangs onto the football despite vicious contact.  He has great in-air body control and attacks the football as well as anyone.  He wants it more than the other guy.

Route Running:  White understands all the aspects of playing the WR position.  He excels at finding openings in zone coverage and creates space between him and the defender as well as anyone not named Justin Blackmon in this draft.  He does have a tendency to round off his cuts and will need to shore that up as he doesn’t have the straight-line speed to fall back on.

After the Catch:  White has a solid frame at almost 215 pounds so he doesn’t shy away from contact.  He does struggle because of a lack of elite burst to find a ton of yards after the catch.  His size and thick lower body make him a tough tackle in the open field.  Read the rest of this entry » «Jordan White Scouting Report»

Rueben Randle Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On January - 22 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect Rueben Randle"Rueben Randle


Ht. 6-4 Wt. 208

Hands:  Randle is an above-average catcher of the football and will only get better with more reps.  He is great at catching the deep ball and going up and snatching the ball out of the air.  For the most part, he’s a hands catcher and doesn’t let the ball get inside on him often.  Haven’t seen many drops in two years worth of film.

Route Running:  Randle’s route running sums him up as a wide receiver.  It’s under development.  He looked a lot better from 2010 to 2011 in this area which is a promising sign.  Mostly was used in the vertical game but uses his head well to set up double moves and is becoming more savvy in this area.  He has a solid understanding of defenses (probably from his days as a QB) and does a good job of finding holes in zone coverage.  Read the rest of this entry » «Rueben Randle Scouting Report»

2012 Senior Bowl: Ten to watch on offense

Posted by Brad On January - 22 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect Doug Martin"

Martin could vault himself into the second RB slot behind Trent Richardson with a strong week

The 2012 Senior Bowl has officially begun.  Today players will meet with their respective coaches, go through physicals, and get equipment.  It’s the beginning of the pre-draft process and can make or break their draft status.  This week of practice is one of the most important weeks for prospects to either solidify themselves or move up or down team’s boards.  The interview process for these future NFL players has began, so we take a look at who we’ll be watching as the week progresses for a multitude of reasons.  Here’s a look at ten on the offense of both squads:

Doug Martin, RB, Boise St.

It’s no secret that I like Martin…a lot.  After Trent Richardson there is a traffic jam of running backs vying to be the second back taken in the 2012 NFL Draft.  Two of these players will be on display in the Senior Bowl (Chris Polk and Martin).  Martin is short but thick in the lower body.  He lacks elite quickness but could prove this week that he has enough to be a starter in the NFL.  I think he’s the most complete back in the draft outside of Trent Richardson and he will look to prove that this week.  With a solid week Martin could move to the second slot amongst a very good RB class.

Amini Silatolu, G, Midwestern St.

Silatolu is a 6’3 322 pound guard prospect that has dominated competition at Midwestern St.  Due to the lack of tape available on Silatolu we will be paying close attention to him.  I was fortunate to catch a game against Abilene Christian this season in which Silatolu was dominant.  He’s bull strong with surprising athleticism for a guy over 320 pounds.  The Senior Bowl will give Silatolu a chance to prove he can play with top competition.  He’s a late 2nd round prospect for us right now and I think he shows why this week. Read the rest of this entry » «2012 Senior Bowl: Ten to watch on offense»

Nick Toon Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On January - 22 - 20121 COMMENT
"2012 NFL Draft prospect Nick Toon"Nick Toon


Ht. 6-2 Wt. 220

Hands:  Turn on Wisconsin game tape and you won’t see Nick Toon drop many balls in his career.  He catches most anything he can get his hands on.  He has a solid frame with long arm allowing for a large catching radius.  He very rarely allows the ball to get inside his frame and is a pure hands catcher.  Very solid fundamentals catching the football.

Route Running:  Disappointing route runner.  I expected him to be great because his dad was a fantastic route runner.  His lack of short area burst is evident getting in and out of breaks.  He is has a longer stride that doesn’t allow him to be sudden enough to create a lot separation.  He is fundamentally sound in terms of the actual route tree.  He uses his head to set up double moves very well.  Read the rest of this entry » «Nick Toon Scouting Report»

Philbin and Flynn in South Beach?

The Miami Dolphins selected former Packer OC Joe Philbin to be the team’s tenth coach in the franchise’s storied history.  Philbin served in the offensive coordinator role for the Packers since 2007 and has been with the team since 2003.  However it should be noted that Philbin didn’t call the plays in Green Bay as that role was filled by Mike McCarthy but is credited for the development of the system and more importantly, the quarterback(s).

Philbin is expected to run the West Coast offense in Miami and may look to a familiar face to spearhead his system.  Philbin’s hiring has to give the Dolphins an edge in signing highly sought after free agent quarterback Matt Flynn.  Flynn is/was Aaron Rodgers backup in Green Bay but has sparked the interest of every quarterback-needy franchise in the NFL after successes in fill-in roles.  Most notably was his 480 yard, 6 TD performance on New Year’s Day against the division foe Detroit Lions.   The 480 yards and 6 TD’s were franchise records for a franchise that has boasted some pretty good quarterbacks (Aaron Rodgers, Brett Favre, Bart Starr, you get the drift).  His completion percentage in that game:  70.5%. Read the rest of this entry » «The impact of the Joe Philbin hiring on the 2012 NFL Draft»