Tag:Twitter
Posted on: May 1, 2011 9:49 pm
 

2011 NFL Draft -Twitter chat Monday 1pmET/10amPT

It seems that there are plenty of people who disagree with my team grades of the 2011 NFL Draft. I'm sure there are plenty of other questions out there, as well.

Why did Ryan Mallett fall as far as he did? How much of a "reach" was James Carpenter to the Seahawks at No. 25 overall? Is Julio Jones worth the gamble the Falcons took in their big trade up?

Rather than answer question by question on the blog, I thought I'd take as many questions as readers would like to ask in a Monday question-answer session on Twitter.

All you have to do is follow me on Twitter and send me questions @RobRang. I've done dozens of radio interviews throughout the draft weekend and today, but rather than just talk to radio DJs, I want to reach out to the ones that matter -- the passionate, intelligent fans out there. 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. There are plenty of NFL reporters out there more qualified to answer your questions about the labor unrest.

I'd rather talk draft and how your favorite teams, players, etc. did. 

Again, just follow me on Twitter and send me any and all draft questions at @RobRang. I'll do the rest...  If you'd like, send in your questions now. I'll get to them tomorrow during the scheduled "chat" hour of 1-2 pm Eastern/10-11 am Pacific.

"See" 'ya then

-- Rob Rang

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: January 22, 2011 1:51 pm
 

Scout "alongside me" at East-West Shrine Game

The action is going to happening too fast and furious during today's East-West Shrine Game for me to post updates regularly on the blog.

However, I will be scouting it closely and offer you the opportunity to scout "alongside" me by following me on Twitter.

I'll be focusing most of my attention early on the quarterback play, especially that of Pat Devlin, Nathan Enderle and Scott Tolzien. But, as I've mentioned previously there is some intriguing talent in this year's game (see entire Shrine game roster here ) and plenty of prospects who need to perform well in the game , itself, after a disappointing week of practice.

Following the game, I'll be writing a post-game review for NFLDraftScout.com.

If you want a preview of that article, come along. Let's scout some football together.


Posted on: January 7, 2011 7:32 pm
 

Peterson vs. Fuller worth price of admission

LSU junior Patrick Peterson, who I currently project to be the first cornerback to ever be the No. 1 overall pick in an NFL Draft , is one half of a spectacular individual matchup that makes for must-watch scouting in tonight's Cotton Bowl.

Unless you are a fan of Big 12 football, you may not know Jeff Fuller, but he's quietly ascended among the top ten wide receiver prospects potentially available for the 2011 draft.

The 6-3, 215 pound Fuller is the Aggies' Von Miller on offense -- a superstar that must be accounted for on every single snap. Having caught nine, seven and 12 touchdowns over his three seasons in former Green Bay Packers' head coach Mike Sherman's pro-style offense, Fuller is a proven commodity capable of taking over games.

Peterson is such a rare combination of size, agility and straight-line speed that there isn't a receiver in the college football who I believe can consistently get open against him. If Peterson doesn't bring his "A" game against Texas A&M, however, Fuller can make some big plays on him  -- especially if junior quarterback Ryan Tannehill gets time in the pocket.

As T.O. might say, get your popcorn ready. Tonight's showdown between Peterson (who I believe to be the best player in college football) and Fuller (among my favorite sleeper candidates to sneak into the first round) should be among the elite individual matchups of the entire bowl season.

Should you want to scout these two (and the rest of the Cotton Bowl) "alongside" me, feel free to check out my posts on Twitter tonight.
Posted on: December 29, 2010 8:12 pm
 

Torrey Smith Declares

In the first of many Twitter-based announcements, Maryland junior wide receiver Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) wrote that he is "forgoing my last year of eligibility to enter the nfl draft #terpnation and all supporters I appreciate your support."

Most expected this declaration, as Smith's head coach, Ralph Friedgen, was not retained for 2011 and Smith's production this season (67 receptions for 1,056 yards and 12 touchdowns) earned him first-team All-ACC honors and solid top 50 grades from scouts.

His two catch, 11-yard effort in the team's 51-20 win over East Carolina today should have little effect on Smith's draft status - especially after he shows he has the track speed (expected to run sub-4.4 forties at the Combine) to go along with a six-foot, 200-plus pound frame. Not only can he separate from defenders downfield using that speed, but his quick feet on various routes made it seem like pitch-and-catch with redshirt freshman QB Danny O'Brien this year.

Many will point to the lackluster early career of former Terp/fellow speedster WR Darrius Heyward-Bey when evaluating Smith's pro potential. But Smith's game could be closer to that of Indianapolis Colts star Reggie Wayne, a lean, slashing receiver whose routes and speed eat up zones and make it tough to handle him one-on-one. Wayne's hands can also be suspect, however, and Smith tends to body-catch or lose concentration as well.

If all of the junior receivers expected to enter this year's draft actually declare, Smith may slip through the cracks a bit and end up a second-round bargain.

--Contributed by NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Chad Reuter
Posted on: October 2, 2010 1:16 pm
 

Examples of my Twitter posts so far

Besides answering questions from people during commercial breaks of today's Florida State-Virginia game (the one I'm watching now), I've also 'tweeted a few comments on FSU quarterback Christian Ponder.

Ponder has not challenged Virginia CB Ras-I Dowling, who I highlighted as a player I hoped to scout closely. He's flashed the unique skill set that has led me to rate him as a potential first round quarterback, showing mobility, short to medium range accuracy, and, most importantly the high football IQ to handle the transition to the pros. He's used audibles and correctly read the defense on most plays to check down to open receivers.

That said, he's also been fortunate that two of his early passes weren't intercepted. In both case, the defender simply dropped the ball. The first pass was Ponder's fault, as he underthrew a touch pass down the seam. The second, however, was an accurate pass that the FSU receiver simply slowed down while running the route and the defender did not.

Here are the tweets I've written so far. If you'd like to follow me on Twitter and see most of my comments or ask me questions, simply click here.

These posts are in chronological order.

  • FSU QB Christian Ponder fumbles off apparent option play on 1st play of scrimmage vs. UVA. FSU recovered. Ugly play to start game.
  • Completes first 2 passes though (including 3rd down), showing why I'm high on him. Steps up in pocket, drifts right, fires drag, out routes.
  • Ponder has thrown 2 balls that should have been intercepted. 1st was underthrown down the seam. 2nd, WR quit on route. Both dropped by DBs.
  • Best throw of the day so far for Ponder. Looks off S and shows good touch on post for a 15-yard TD. Led WR beautifully. FSU up 17-0 over UVA
Examples of reader/follower questions I've answered:

  • @mloyko54 Most overrated player so far = Ponder... My reply: I can name a few others more so, but I haven't been impressed so far today or against Okla
  • @MtySeahawk Wouldn't Mark Ingram be a great fit for Seahawks?... My reply: Absolutely. Ingram would be a great fit for any team needing a RB.
Posted on: August 25, 2010 12:35 pm
 

Locker feature, Pac-10 Preview links

My fellow analysts Chad Reuter and Chris Steuber have already posted articles previewing the top ten players for some of the BCS conferences, as well as feature stories on individual players among those conferences he felt deserved more attention.

For example, Chad's story on Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi is currently the headlining story on NFLDraftScout.com. Chris' story on Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson was previously the top story.

Chad ranks the top ten senior prospects of the Big East right here.

I wrote the SEC preview and a feature on Mississippi defensive tackle Jerrell Powe a few weeks ago. With our scheduling our Top 10 and feature stories to coincide with CBS' College Football schedule, I've been off for a few days and have the chance to amp up my work here on the blog, do some radio work and start up a Twitter account .

Today, however, my preview of the Top 10 Senior Prospects of the Pac-10 went up. So, too, did my feature article on Washington quarterback Jake Locker.

I only mention each of them here as the articles are not currently being featured on NFLDraftScout.com (where you'd normally find my/our work), but as part of CBS' College Football pages.
 
 
 
 
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