Posted on: April 28, 2011 12:21 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2011 12:39 pm

Draft questions? Twitter Q/A at 1 pm ET/10 am PT

One of the more enjoyable elements of draft day for me is getting the opportunity to talk with fans and other members of the media as we speculate all of the big stories about to unfold on primetime television.

If you missed our draft chat last week , here is your opportunity to get caught up in all of the latest breaking rumors.

All you have to do is follow me on Twitter and send me questions @RobRang. I've got nearly a dozen radio interviews lined up today before, during and after the draft and will be jumping on with CBS' televised coverage of the draft througout the evening, as well. But before I do that, I wanted to carve out a bit of time where we can talk. I'm just a fan, myself, who was fortunate enough to build this passion into a career. I know first-hand that sometimes the fans know their teams and the players every bit as much (or more) than the so-called experts.

My only request... let's leave the courtroom drama for the lawyers. For these next three days, at least, we get a break in the dreariness that has been this year's NFL offseason.

Let's talk some football.

Again, just follow me on Twitter and send me any and all draft questions at @RobRang. I'll do the rest...

I'll be taking your questions for a full hour from 1-2 pm Eastern/10-11 am Pacific.

See 'ya in 40 minutes or so...

-- Rob Rang

Posted on: April 21, 2011 7:42 pm

Video - Breaking down the QBs with Lauren Shehadi

Each week CBSSports.com's Lauren Shehadi and I have discussed the top prospects and a few sleepers at a different position leading up to the NFL Draft.

This week, appropriately enough given all of the hype about them right now, we talked about the quarterbacks. We discussed everyone you'd expect - including presumptive No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker and Ryan Mallett and also touched upon three lower-rated quarterbacks who I believe could also find success in the NFL with some fine-tuning.

Here is how NFLDraftScout.com currently rates the quarterbacks.

Here is the link to the video.

Posted on: April 21, 2011 6:56 pm

Transcript of CBS chat now available

Earlier today CBSSports.com national columnist Mike Freeman and I chatted with fans eager to talk about the NFL Draft. The topics discussed ranged from Ryan Mallett's off-field concerns to the likelihood of the New England Patriots trading up to what impact Andy Dalton's red hair might have in his draft grade.

For those of you who were unable to join us, here is the link to the transcript.

Posted on: April 20, 2011 4:09 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2011 4:18 pm

Have questions? Live chat tomorrow at 1:30 pm ET

With literally dozens of radio, video and print interviews scheduled over the next week, I've called upon my fellow members of NFLDraftScout.com to aid in keeping the blog updated daily -- as loyal readers have come to expect.

In doing so many interviews, I have been unable to spend as much time answering questions on my Twitter account and on chats, as I've done in the past. Though I've been fortunate to rise in this business of NFL Draft analysis, I'm a fan, myself, and identify more with other fans oftentimes than I do other members of the media. I very much enjoy the opportunity to interact with fans and hope that you'll join CBSSports' writer Mike Freeman and myself tomorrow (Thursday) at 1:30 pm Eastern Time in a chat.

Should we pack the house tomorrow, I will do my best to schedule another chat before next week's draft.

Here is the link to tomorrow's chat.

Thanks. Hope to "see" you there.

Rob Rang

p.s. For those curious about how accurate I've been in the past -- here is a link to a an old chat or two from previous years...

Posted on: March 24, 2011 6:23 pm

Video -- Risers/Fallers and a look at the DL

My fellow Senior Analyst Chad Reuter and I each get the pleasure of speaking with Lauren Shehadi each week as we prepare loyal CBS readers and viewers of the upcoming NFL Draft.

Chad discussed this week's Risers and Fallers, highlighting a receiver from the WAC who I'm quite high on. Among other things, Chad also explains why West Virginia safety Robert Sands left scouts a bit disappointed during his recent Pro Day workout.

Lauren and I spoke about several of the top defensive linemen in the draft. We began the conversation breaking down the differences between Marcell Dareus and Nick Fairley and also why I (and more importantly scouts) were nervous about Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers before concerns about his knee.

Lauren is always kind enough to ask a question about some lower level prospects that I don't think are getting enough national attention. I mention three players (all defensive tackles) this week -- one of whom I fully expect to make the first round. The other two, however, are players that few college fans have had an opportunity to watch, but I wouldn't be surprised at all to see wind up as Top 100 selections.
Posted on: February 3, 2011 8:04 am

Wise to exercise caution on "Signing Day" grades

I can't help but chuckle at how big signing day has become in the college football world.

There is no denying that recruiting and signing the best players are the lifeblood of college athletics. Those fortunate to have boast the best talent often win -- in college football, sports and in most situations in life.

Last year offered as great of proof of this as any. Auburn received as a dominant a performance as we've ever seen from a first-year signee with JUCO addition Cam Newton. South Carolina, which met Auburn in the SEC Championship game, did so largely due to the play of their true freshman running back Marcus Lattimore.

According to MaxPreps.com, the recruiting website featured by CBSSports.com, Notre Dame, Florida State and Alabama currently rank 1-3 as the top rated recruiting classes this year. Other recruiting organizations - such as ESPN's Scouts Inc. (FSU, Alabama, Auburn) and Rivals.com (Alabama, FSU, Texas) had slightly different rankings. It is easy to see why these teams are expected to either maintain their perch among the elite programs in the country or, as in the case of Notre Dame and Texas, re-emerge as such.

The numbers of high school All-Americans signed to a class, however, certainly doesn't translate into immediate success. Many of these players will, of course, never pan out.

As a point of comparison, I took a peek in the rearview mirror at the 2007 recruiting winners.

Most had USC as a big winner, based largely on the signings of RB Joe McKnight, DE Everson Griffen, LB Chris Galippo and QB Aaron Corp. McKnight and Griffen wound up in the NFL and Galippo and Corp may do the same, but none of them became the dominant players expected considering their hype.

This is hardly just an issue at USC.

Others tabbed Florida as the big winner. They certainly found a star in Joe Haden, but what became of WR Deonta Thompson and RB Bo Williams -- the two higher rated prospects the Gators signed?

Now, perhaps this is simply an example of the pot calling the kettle black - after all, I'm a guy who is asked to assign grades to NFL teams on draft day before any of their new players get a chance to prove themselves - but let's remember than these are teenagers. Their bodies, minds and levels of commitment are going to be tested in a way they can't imagine. Let's do them all a service by tempering our expectations.

Perhaps there is never a better day than this one to remind us all of the message the NCAA has used in the past: "There are 380,000 NCAA student-athletes, and just about all of them will be going pro in something other than sports."

My advice to the thousands of recruits signing yesterday? Focus on your academics. Virtually all of you dominated in high school. A tiny percentage of you will do the same at the collegiate level, winning an opportunity to play professional football. You may win that NFL lottery someday, but yesterday you won a free education. Don't lose out on that guarantee simply because someone tabbed you an elite recruit destined for the NFL.
Posted on: September 22, 2010 1:57 pm

NFL Draft Prospects Update -- CBS video

Though the season is only a few weeks in, we know that there are plenty of ravenous NFL draft fans out there.

Earlier today I discussed with Lauren Shehadi the quarterbacks headlining NFL teams' draft boards. Our conversation began with Jake Locker and his struggles against Nebraska, but we also talked about Florida State's Christian Ponder, two talented underclassmen passers that are certainly piquing the interest of scouts, as well as two rising senior prospects to keep an eye on.

The video was recorded and is already available to watch. Just make sure after clicking the link that you go to Video Channels--NFL--NFL Draft Prospect Update 9/22. 

To watch the video click here.  

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com