Tag:Brandon Deaderick
Posted on: April 24, 2010 11:51 am

Significant talent still at QB, WR, DT

Every position still has a few players to keep an eye on, but a quick look at the best players available shows that the talent at quarterback, wide receiver and defensive tackle is especially intriguing.

The quarterback group lacks a clear-cut front runner. Some teams have Dan LeFevour as the best available. Others have Tony Pike, Levi Brown or Jonathan Crompton. Expect a mini-run on the position in the late 4th and 5th round.

I'm a big Carlton Mitchell fan amomg the receiver group. He's very raw, but has considerable tools worthy of development. Former UAB quarterback Joe Webb is a similarly gifted, long-limbed athlete. Michigan State's Blair White surprised scouts with his straight-line speed and agility in workouts, though this athleticism didn't always show itself on film. What does impress about White on tape, however, is his reliable route-running and sticky hands. He could prove quite the steal as the draft goes on.

The talent at defensive tackle is thinned out with the selection of Al Woods by New Orleans, but North Carolina's Cam Thomas, Virginia's Cam Thomas, Alabama's Brandon Deaderick and especially Syracuse's Arthur Jones are players who could come off the board soon.
Posted on: September 5, 2009 1:55 pm

Alabama's Deaderick, shot Monday, Playing Today?

As crazy as it sounds, Alabama defensive end Brandon Deaderick has been cleared to play in the opener tonight against Virginia Tech, despite being shot in a robbery attempt Monday night. According to head coach Nick Saban during his weekly radio address Thursday night,

“Brandon is doing extremely well. He actually practiced today. It’s a little unbelievable to me. The first thing I do is talk to our medical staff, they actually say he’ll do no damage to himself. These things are actually being treated like a puncture wound because he had no damage to any nerves, no damage to any bone in either wound. It’s like stepping on a nail, when it heals up he can play. “We’re going to take it day-to-day. He really wants to play. I’ll talk to him and defer to him because he’s been cleared by the medical staff. I’ve met with his parents and talked with them. We want to do what’s best for him and we never want to do something that would be detrimental to his future career or even our season if he played before he’s ready.”
The bullet, which went through the flesh in his forearm and re-entered his body near his hip and left by his groin, did not come in contact with any bones, major arteries or nerves.

Deaderick started all 14 games last season for the Tide, coming through with more tackles(36), tackles for loss (5.5) and sacks (4) last season than All-American nose guard Terrence Cody (24, 4.5, 0.5).

Sources close to the team tell me that Deaderick isn't likely to actually play tonight, but just the fact that he has been cleared, is traveling with the team and will be on the sideline is sure to provide the Tide with an emotional boost.

Category: NFL
Posted on: September 1, 2009 9:11 pm

Deaderick a significant loss to Tide

Shot in the arm during an attempted robbery in Tuscaloosa last night, Brandon Deaderick will miss an as-yet-undetermined number of games this season for the Tide.
Though he doesn't get the publicity, the 14-game starter at defensive end recorded more tackles (36), tackles for loss (5.5) and sacks (4) last season than All-American nose guard Terrence Cody (24, 4.5, 0.5).

The 6-4, 305 pound Deaderick plays with good strength at the point of attack and is a respected prospect with the skills to translate inside as a 4-3 defensive tackle or remain outside as an end in the 3-4 alignment.

Though Deaderick has since been released from the hospital, head coach Nick Saban refused to provide a timeline as to when Deaderick might return to the field. His loss could be significant in this week's opener against 7th ranked Virginia Tech. 
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