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Big week for Wright could push him in the 2nd-3rd round range

The East-West Shrine Game has a tendency to get lost in the shuffle.  With the highly anticipated Senior Bowl the following week, many forget there is another showcase game for the draft talent.  Last years Shrine Game produced a second rounder, (3) third rounders, and a whole host of talented late round picks.  This year’s contest shouldn’t disappoint as both squads feature talented 2012 NFL Draft prospects.

Let’s take a look at five players to watch from the West squad.

WEST

Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas

The Arkansas WR corps was jam packed with talent and not many expected Jarius Wright to rise to the top out of the bunch.  Wright was the standout of the bunch and carved a niche as a dynamic slot receiver.  He will primarily work out of the slot this week in Tampa as teams will get a good look at his talents.  Wright has the speed and acceleration to be special working from the inside in the NFL.  Wright needs to catch everything this week and show the ability to work the middle to jump up draft boards.  He could come off the board as early as round three and possibly round two.

Chandler Harnish, QB, Northern Illinois Read the rest of this entry » «East-West Shrine Bowl Preview: Five players on the West team to watch»

Baptiste is one to watch this week

The East-West Shrine Game has a tendency to get lost in the shuffle.  With the highly anticipated Senior Bowl the following week, many forget there is another showcase game for the draft talent.  Last years Shrine Game produced a second rounder, (3) third rounders, and a whole host of talented late round picks.  This year’s contest shouldn’t disappoint as both squads feature talented 2012 NFL Draft prospects.

Let’s take a look at five players to watch from the East squad.

EAST

Nicolas Jean-Baptiste, DT, Baylor

Baptiste is often overlooked and could really excel this week in Tampa.  He’s a big body DT/NT that has surprising quickness.  His former teammate, Phil Taylor was a fast riser in 2011 and ended up a first round pick of the Browns.  I don’t expect Baptiste to rise to the first round as he’s not the top level athlete that Taylor is.  Baptiste could certainly go in the 3rd-4th round range and will be helped by a strong week of practices and Saturday’s game.

Brandon Lindsey, OLB, Pittsburgh Read the rest of this entry » «East-West Shrine Game Preview: Five to watch on the East team»

Dan Kadar

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
This has been the obvious choice since at least December. The only unknown now is how the Colts will surround Luck with talent. The offense needs pieces on the line, the receiver group has been depleted and the run game is only ordinary. It's a full-blown rebuild in Indianapolis, so they're fortunate to have a franchise quarterback to build around.

Brad Clark

2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
"Robert Griffin III" Griffin was destined to be a Brown or Redskin. The 'Skins pulled off the
blockbuster and secured their quarterback of the future with RGIII.

Jeff Risdon

3. Minnesota Vikings: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
"2012 NFL Draft prosect, Morris Claiborne" With Antoine Winfield
nearing the end and Chris Cook's status uncertain, the Vikings opt to
fill the huge need at corner. Their division has three excellent QBs and
legit #1 WRs and they must shore up the back end if they ever want to
compete in the NFC North.

Rob Staton

4. Cleveland Browns: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
"2012 NFL Draft prosect, Morris Claiborne" The Browns appear to be on the outside looking in with the Redskins trading ahead of them, Peyton looking to go to Denver or Arizona. That will leave a big pay day for Matt Flynn in Miami and Colt McCoy…Jason Campbell…or Kevin Kolb starting for the Browns in September. Not exactly what this team needed or wanted, I’m sure.
The Browns need weapons but I don’t see them pulling the trigger on Justin Blackmon at No. 4. This pick will be for sale to the highest bidder. If they can’t trade out of it, look for Morris Claiborne to be the pick. Trent Richardson will be a tempting selection as well.
Read the rest of this entry » «2012 NFL Mock Draft: The finalized underclassmen edition»

LaMichael James Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On January - 16 - 20123 COMMENTS
LaMichael James

Oregon

Ht. 5-9 Wt. 185

Inside Running:  James is not going to make his living in the NFL running between the tackles.  He has surprising strength and good vision but he excels in open space.  His size (or lack thereof) will hamper the amount of carries and/or pounding James can withstand in the inside running game of the NFL.

Outside Running:   His speed is his biggest asset.  Oregon’s spread offense allows for James to find the corner quickly.  In the NFL he will have to rely on speed and vision to get outside.  Teams will focus on funneling James to the inside.

Hands:  James wasn’t used in the passing game very much in Oregon.  He does flash the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.  In open space, there isn’t a better RB in this draft.  Teams will most likely look to exploit his dynamic ability in open space by getting him the ball out of the backfield. Read the rest of this entry » «LaMichael James Scouting Report»

San Fran and New York will face off to represent the NFC in Super Bowl XLVI

The final four in the NFL has been set with San Francisco and New York facing off the NFC Championship and New England and Baltimore facing off for the rights to the AFC crown.

The losers over the weekend have solidified picks 25-28.  The surprise of the weekend was the upset of the last season’s Champs, the Green Bay Packers who will be picking 28th.  The Giants exposed the Green Bay defense for it’s lack of pass rush which could be where their going in round one of the 2012 NFL Draft.

The New Orleans Saints played to the final whistle in a hard fought loss to the “Comeback team of the year” San Francisco 49ers.  The Denver Tebows were handled by Tom Brady and Co. and will be picking 25th.  They won’t be taking a quarterback at 25 but could look a reliable weapon for Touchdown Timmy.  Finally, the Houston Texans fought to the end but came up short to the Ravens and will be picking 26th.  They could look to add a wide receiver in that spot as they were unable to find another target outside of Andre Johnson that could be relied on in crunch time.

Here’s a look at the 2012 NFL Draft order following Divisional Playoff weekend. Read the rest of this entry » «2012 NFL Draft Order: Divisional Playoff Edition»

Isaiah Pead Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On January - 15 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
Isaiah Pead

Cincinnati

Ht. 5-11 Wt. 200

Inside Running:  Pead runs too upright to be an effective runner between the tackles.  He much prefers to use his acceleration and burst to get the edge.  He looks impatient to the hole on inside runs but has the quickness to hit it before it truly develops.  Pead will not earn his living running between the tackles in the NFL.

Outside Running:  Pead is a much more accomplished runner on the edge.  His speed, burst, and vision allow him to find the edge in a blur and break off big runs.  Pead should run in the low 4.4’s and has the quickness to pull away from defenders.  Read the rest of this entry » «Isaiah Pead Scouting Report»

Bernard Pierce Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On January - 14 - 20123 COMMENTS
Bernard Pierce

Temple

Ht. 6-0 Wt. 210

Inside Running:  Pierce runs behind his pads really well.  While he’s not overly powerful he has a great feel for running lanes between the tackles.  His vision and instincts allow him to see holes open before they are fully developed and he has the burst to hit the opening.  He does an excellent job of getting skinny through the hole and is always falling forward for the extra yard.

Outside Running:  Pierce doesn’t have game breaking speed but he can get to the edge.  At times he’s too patient and gets tracked down from behind on outside runs.  He runs with a low center of gravity and has enough wiggle to make defenders miss.  He doesn’t have the extra gear that some of the top runners in this class have.

Hands:  Pierce rarely got the ball in pass catching situations but definitely can catch the football.  Several occasions jumped out on film where Pierce snagged catches that weren’t routine catches. Read the rest of this entry » «Bernard Pierce Scouting Report»

Doug Martin Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On January - 14 - 20121 COMMENT
Doug Martin

Boise St.

Ht. 5-9 Wt. 210

Inside Running:  Doug Martin is a short back with a thick lower body.  He runs with a low center of gravity and is tough to wrap up.  Between his center of gravity and balance, Martin is a tough runner between the tackles.  Martin often gains extra yards because his legs are always churning and moving the pile.

Outside Running:  Martin won’t be breaking many 80-yard runs.  He doesn’t possess the second gear to hit the homerun.  What’s impressive about him is his ability to move laterally without losing much speed.    He won’t time well in the 40 yard dash but he should be impressive in the cones.  He has a great burst. Read the rest of this entry » «Doug Martin Scouting Report»

Catching up on Friday’s 2012 NFL Draft news

Posted by Brad On January - 13 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

Thanks a lot Tyler for destroying my latest mock draft release

Thursday was an all-time busy day in the world of NFL Draft declarations.  Today we took a little breather and got back above water after yesterday’s flurry of action.  So, if you missed it here’s today’s 2012 NFL Draft news.

Tyler Wilson destroyed my updated mock draft (posted exactly 6.5 hours prior to his announcement) by staying at Arkansas for his senior season.  Wilson would have been our third rated quarterback had he declared but now he’ll battle it out with the likes of Matt Barkley, Landry Jones and a whole host of others for his spot in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

It was reported that Wilson was wavering on his decision after receiving a favorable grade from the NFL Advisory Committee but in the end decided to stay at Arkansas.  Arkansas figures to be one of the top teams in the country in 2012 which could be good for Wilson’s draft stock.  I had him ninth to the Dolphins in my latest mock update but that may have been a stretch as he would have needed a flawless pre-draft process to rise to that level.  In the end, a good decision for Wilson.

Russell Shepard took to Twitter to air his grievances against the LSU coaching staff and declare for the 2012 NFL Draft.  Or at least we thought.  Today he had a change of heart after talking it over with Les Miles and his family.  He will return to LSU for his senior season which will only help his draft stock.  Shepard was rarely used, suspended, and basically was looking like a late round prospect with some upside.  A Rueben Randle-esque senior season could put him in the middle of the 2013 NFL Draft. Read the rest of this entry » «Catching up on Friday’s 2012 NFL Draft news»

2012 NFL Mock Draft: January 13th Edition

Posted by Brad On January - 13 - 201225 COMMENTS

Dan Kadar

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
This has been the obvious choice since at least December. The only unknown now is how the Colts will surround Luck with talent. The offense needs pieces on the line, the receiver group has been depleted and the run game is only ordinary. It's a full-blown rebuild in Indianapolis, so they're fortunate to have a franchise quarterback to build around.

Brad Clark

6. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma St.
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Justin Blackmon" St. Louis is set for picks, so I expect them to be aggressive in the draft. They could move back down or up from here and I wouldn’t be shocked. Taking Blackmon here makes a ton of sense and too much for me to ignore. While, I’m not sold on Blackmon this high, the Rams need to find a legitimate weapon for Sam Bradford with Brandon Lloyd looking to leave town.

Jeff Risdon

3. Minnesota Vikings: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
"2012 NFL Draft prosect, Morris Claiborne" With Antoine Winfield
nearing the end and Chris Cook's status uncertain, the Vikings opt to
fill the huge need at corner. Their division has three excellent QBs and
legit #1 WRs and they must shore up the back end if they ever want to
compete in the NFC North.
Read the rest of this entry » «2012 NFL Mock Draft: January 13th Edition»

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