Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:12 am

Alabama CB Kirkpatrick arrested for marijuana

Before the NFL has even officially announced that he (or any other underclassmen) has been granted early eligibility into the 2012 draft, Alabama cornerback 'Dre Kirkpatrick has given scouts reason to question his maturity. 

Kirkpatrick,'s No. 2 rated cornerback and 10th rated player overall for the 2012 draft, and former Alabama player Chris Rodgers were arrested early in the morning hours yesterday in Palmetto, Florida after driving down the wrong side of a road. Rodgers was driving but police believed that both players were under the influence of marijuana and when they searched the car they found 7.9 grams of the drug. Rodgers told police that the marijuana was his. Kirkpatrick was charged with a misdemeanor for possession and had to pay a $120 fine before being released.
It is rare that a cornerback with zero interceptions gains All-American accolades but that is precisely what Kirkpatrick accomplished in 2011 for the Crimson Tide. Though he didn't register a pass theft, Kirkpatrick's physical coverage and run support made him one of the most feared cornerbacks in the country and a virtual lock for the first round.

The arrest -- to date Kirkpatrick's only known legal entanglement -- isn't likely to push his draft stock down much. It does, however, pose a signficant red flag for teams.      

Kirkpatrick was projected to be the seventh overall pick (Jacksonville Jaguars) of my current 1st round mock draft. If you'll pardon the pun, my fellow analyst Dane Brugler has the Alabama cornerback going even higher.

Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:41 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 12:44 pm

Luck-y catch: Wasserman Media Group lands Luck

   Presumptive No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck has selected Wasserman Media Group to represent him, according to Sports Business Journal.

   The group will handle Luck's contract and off-field marketing interests, per the report. Luck is NFLDraftScout's top-ranked player, and his status has been a near consensus since the early stages of his redshirt sophomore season in 2010.

   Luck will net a contract similar to 2011 No. 1 pick Cam Newton -- four years, $22 million. While the deal is fully guaranteed, it is about $56 million shy of what Luck might have earned under the former Collective Bargaining Agreement. 

   In 2010, top overall pick Sam Bradford signed a deal worth up to $78 million. The record deal helped drive owners to push for the rookie salary cap that sets draft pick compensation for incoming players and, if the design works as planned, puts more money in the hands of players who "earn" a second NFL contract.

   As part of the agency agreement with Luck, his uncle, Will Wilson, will take a position with the company.

   Casey Wasserman is heavily involved in efforts to lure an NFL team to Los Angeles. The former Arena Football League team owner also represents many top professional soccer players.

Category: NFL Draft
Tags: Luck, Wasserman
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:25 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 12:44 pm

Report: WR Floyd won't play in Senior Bowl

Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd, the second-rated receiver on behind Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon, will not participate in the Senior Bowl next week.

   Floyd's absence, first reported by Sports Illustrated, was anticipated by the Senior Bowl, which added Gerell Robinson to the 10-man receiving corps for the event

   Floyd could still travel to Mobile and participate in face-to-face interviews with teams and their scouts, an important aspect of the event that takes place in the evening hours until most scouts leave town on Thursday. Given the significant red flags he raised with three off-field incidents involving alcohol while at Notre Dame, Floyd would be wise to show accountability and maturity by making himself available to face questions he must know are coming from pro evaluators ready to sink millions into his future.

   Floyd combination of size and agility will keep him in the top three receivers available, but Baylor's Kendall Wright could be preferred over Floyd by some teams because of his blazing speed and advanced route-running. The big difference -- size. Floyd is likely to run in the 4.5 range at 6-3, 224. Wright, Baylor's all-time leading receiver, is just 5-10, 195, but might clock closer to 4.4 in the 40.

  Floyd was projected to be a late first-round pick in 2011 but chose to return for his senior season.

   He closed the season with an exclamation point -- 35 catches in his final three regular-season games -- and had 100 receptions for 1,147 yards and nine touchdowns in 2011, including this circus catch in the Champs Sports Bowl against Notre Dame

Category: NFL Draft
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:02 pm

Report: Auburn QB Trotter leaving early

The deadline for underclassmen leaving college early for the NFL may have passed Saturday but with some players (and programs) electing to not announce the news publicly, the number of prospects heading into the 2012 draft is sure to grow.

Auburn junior quarterback Barrett Trotter appears to be the first such example.

Trotter, 6-2, 207 pounds, was put in the unenviable position of trying to replace Cam Newton. With Trotter at the helm Auburn was nearly beat in their season opener against Utah State. He threw 10 touchdowns and six interceptions in starting the first seven games of the season for the Tigers. He was benched at halftime against Florida after completing just two of eight passes for 33 yards over the first two quarters. Trotter didn't see action the rest of the year until an injury to starter Clint Moseley during the Chick-fil-A Bowl put him back on the field. To Trotter's credit, he responded with arguably the best game of his career, completing 11 of 18 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown in Auburn's 43-24 victory over Virginia.

Despite his heroics, Trotter is not a highly regarded pro prospect. He was rated the No. 26 quarterback of the 2013 draft class by Prior to his playing time in 2011 Trotter had only attempted nine passes in his collegiate career. He completed six of them for 64 yards and had also run for 68 yards and a touchdown. For his career Trotter completed 98 of 176 for 1,248 yards and 11 touchdowns against six interceptions.

Unlike some prospects with an inflated opinion of their standing with NFL scouts, this appears to be an example of a student-athlete taking the academic side of his life seriously while exploring his dream of playing at the professional level.

A redshirt junior, Trotter already has his undergraduate degree and according to Charles Goldberg of is staying in grad school and planning to participate in Auburn's Pro Day tryouts in March.

Posted on: January 14, 2012 10:22 pm

Darron Thomas stuns Ducks, leaving early for NFL

If the Oregon Ducks are going to successfully defend their Pac-12 crown next season they'll be doing so with a new starting backfield.

It had been expected that head coach Chip Kelly would lose LaMichael James to the NFL after this season. But Saturday night, junior quarterback Darron Thomas stunned the program with the decision to also forgo his final season of eligibility and head off to the pros.

Thomas,'s No. 12 rated quarterback in the 2013 class, may be making a terrible decision.

The 6-3, 215 pound Thomas has put up impressive statistics in Kelly's offense. Last season he completed 62% of his passes for 2,761 yards and a sparkling touchdown to interception ratio of 33-7. Considering that Thomas also ran for 206 yards and three scores, he was among the most effective all-purpose quarterbacks in the country and played a critical role in Oregon's run to the Rose Bowl championship and No. 4 ranking. He also boasts one of the more impressive career accomplishments any college quarterback can hope to have -- having thrown for at least one touchdown in every one of his career starts (27). In 31 games over his career Thomas passed for 5,910 yards, 66 touchdowns and just 17 interceptions.

That said, Thomas on tape doesn't necessarily match his hype.

Thomas' prodution is inflated due to Oregon's aggressive scheme and explosive athletes. He averaged 8.14 yards gained each time he even attempted a pass in 2011. He flashes good touch down the seams and enough zip to complete crossing routes over the middle, he isn't the elite passer his statistics would suggest. Too many of his passes forced receivers to adjust their routes, limiting opportunities for even bigger plays. Furthermore, he did not show much improvement in his second season as a starter despite playing in a relatively simple offense.

Kelly offered a luke warm opinion on Thomas' decision.
“As in all cases, we educate our players with the information we feel will be beneficial to them throughout the process but ultimately, the decision is left up to the players,” Kelly said. “I will always support Darron in his decision and want to thank him for everything he has done for this program. He obviously has played a major role in elevating Oregon football to new heights and I wish him well in the future.”

Thomas has talent but is viewed by scouts as a significant project. That fact could push him into late portions of the draft (or worse), especially considering that he comes with off-field baggage. Remember, Thomas was the passenger with former Duck cornerback Cliff Harris on the night Harris was pulled over for speeding in a car rented by a Oregon employee. Harris was clocked at 118 miles per hour, was driving without a license and admitted to police he had been smoking marijuana. Thomas' reaction to questions from the media regarding his role in the incident falls a bit short of inspirational. 

Thomas is the second Pac-12 quarterback to attempt to fill the vacancy left when Matt Barkley made his decision to return Southern Cal. He joins Andrew Luck and Arizona State's Brock Osweiler as early entries from the conference.
Posted on: January 14, 2012 5:20 pm

Initial invitation list for 2012 Combine

By following the links below you can see the names of the 231 college prospects reported to have been granted an initial invitation to the 2012 Scouting Combine.

This list is one of two prepared prior to the Combine scheduled for February 22-28 in Indianapolis. This list only includes senior prospects. Underclassmen have until Sunday to petition the NFL for early entry into the draft. Once the league has compiled this list of underclassmen a new expanded list will be sent out including them and a handful of senior prospects who surprised scouts during senior all-star games.

Click on each position to see the list of players invited to the 2012 Scouting Combine. Or, if you want to see's rankings of all the prospects currently available for the 2012 draft, simply click here.


Running Backs:
Tight Ends/H-Backs:
Wide Receivers:
Offensive Linemen:


Defensive Linemen:
Defensive Backs:

Special Teams


Posted on: January 14, 2012 4:57 pm

Defensive Backs Invited to the Combine

The following is a list of senior offensive linemen reported to be invited to the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine. This list does not include early entry players which include some of the elite talents at the position such as LSU's Morris Claiborne, Alabama's 'Dre Kirkpatrick and Virginia Tech's Jayron Hosley. Each of these underclassmen (and several more) announced their intentions of leaving school for the NFL with college eligibility remaining. 

Be sure to check's current rankings of the cornerbacks, strong safeties and free safeties of the 2012 draft. 

Players are listed in alphabetical order:


  • Dwight Bentley, Louisiana-Lafayette
  • RJ Blanton, Notre Dame
  • Omar Bolden, Arizona State
  • Brandon Boykin, Georgia
  • Charles Brown, North Carolina
  • Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska
  • Antonio Fenelus, Wisconsin
  • Jamell Fleming, Oklahoma
  • Terrence Frederick, Texas A&M
  • Mike Harris, Florida State
  • Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt
  • Asa Jackson, Cal Poly
  • Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama
  • Leonord Johnson, Iowa State
  • Trumaine Johnson, Montana
  • Jeremy Jones, Wayne State
  • Coryell Judie, Texas A&M
  • Anthony Lynn, Penn State
  • De'Quan Menzie, Alabama
  • Chase Minnifield, Virginia
  • Josh Norman, Coastal Carolina
  • Micah Pellerin, Hampton
  • Shaun Prater, Iowa
  • Antwuan Reed, Pittsburgh
  • Coty Sensabaugh, Clemson
  • Ryan Steed, Furman
  • Trevin Wade, Arizona
  • Corey White, Samford


  • Antonio Allen, South Carolina
  • Mark Barron, Alabama
  • Justin Bethel, Presbyterian
  • Sean Cattouse, California
  • Delano Howell, Stanford
  • Duke Ihenacho, San Jose State
  • George Iloka, Boise State
  • Markelle Martin, Oklahoma State
  • Charles Mitchell, Mississippi State
  • Eddie Pleasant, Oregon
  • Cyhl Quarles, Wake Forest
  • Trent Robinson, Michigan State
  • Harrison Smith, Notre Dame
  • Brandon Taylor, LSU
  • Christian Thompson, South Carolina State

Category: NFL Draft
Posted on: January 14, 2012 4:44 pm

Linebackers Invited to the Combine

The following is a list of senior offensive linemen reported to be invited to the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine. This list does not include early entry players which include some of the elite talents at the position such as Boston College's Luke Kuechly or Alabama's Donta Hightower among inside linebackers or Troy's Jonathan Massoquoi or North Carolina State's Terrell Manning among outside linebackers. Each of these underclassmen (and several more) announced their intentions of leaving school for the NFL with college eligibility remaining. 

Be sure to check's current rankings of the inside and outside linebackers of the 2012 draft. 

Players are listed in alphabetical order:

Inside Linebackers

  • Tank Carder, TCU
  • Audie Cole, North Carolina State
  • Najee Goode, West Virginia
  • James-Michael Johnson, Nevada
  • Mychal Kendricks, California
  • Travis Lewis, Oklahoma
  • Shawn Loiseau, Merrimack
  • Bobby Wagner, Utah State

Outside Linebackers

  • Emmanuel Acho, Texas
  • Ryan Baker, LSU
  • Nigel Bradham, Florida State
  • Zach Brown, North Carolina
  • Miles Burris, San Diego State
  • Lavonte David, Nebraska
  • Demario Davis, Arkansas State
  • Darius Fleming, Notre Dame
  • Josh Kaddu, Oregon
  • Brandon Marshall, Nevada
  • Tyler Nielsen, Iowa
  • Keenan Robinson, Texas
  • Sean Spence, Miami
  • Danny Trevathan, Kentucky
  • Courtney Upshaw, Alabama
  • Tahir Whitehead, Temple
  • Kyle Wilber, Wake Forest

Category: NFL Draft
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