Tag:Rob Rang
Posted on: April 13, 2011 2:04 pm

The story of my rise as an NFL Draft analyst

For NFL Draft analysts, the month of April is pretty hectic. All of the work we've done over the course of the year comes to describing players' individual strengths and weaknesses fairly, correctly projecting picks for the mock draft, and articulating the entire process through the myriad of print, internet, radio, and television interviews along the way.

As part of that process, occasionally there are requests to do an article on me and my rise as an NFL Draft analyst.

As flattering as that might sound, I've always had some apprehension about these interviews and resulting articles.

That's because besides being an NFL Draft analyst for The Sports Xchange, I am also a full-time high school teacher.

I am quite proud of my role in the educating of America's youth and am fortunate to work with a fantastic staff and spectacular kids.

Some, however, have questioned my (or anyone's) ability to dedicate the necessary time and energy to fulfill my responsibilities as a sportswriter and teacher. It is the primary reason why I've only publicly hinted at my educator profession . I would only suggest that until you saw the hours I put in or understood my passion to be the best I can be in both roles, it might be difficult to understand how (or why) I try.

As I mentioned, sometimes I have reporters request to write an article about me. Columnist Dave Boling of my hometown Tacoma News Tribune (WA state) wrote such an article. For those interested in reading "my story," you can follow this link.  

Meanwhile, I'll finish my lunch and prepare for my 4th period class lecture on Japan's rise to power leading up to World War II.


Rob Rang
NFL Draft Analyst -- The Sports Xchange
World History/Yearbook Teacher -- Mount Tahoma High School
Category: NFL Draft
Posted on: March 3, 2011 12:59 pm

Video, radio analysis -- NDS brings it all

NFLDraftScout.com is working to bring you the very best in NFL Draft coverage, expanding into podcasts and videos through our partnership with CBSSports.com.

My fellow Senior Analyst Chad Reuter spoke with Lauren Shehadi Tuesday in wrapping up some of the Combine's biggest Risers and Fallers. You can find his video by clicking here.

I'll be recording a video today, discussing the top quarterback prospects.

The ever-busy Mr. Reuter was also working the airwaves for our weekly podcast. Cecil Lammey, who has done a great job with footballguys.com , was brought in to host the discussion. I'll be contributing to these podcasts most weeks, but was unavailable yesterday.

And, of course, for those who simply want to read our content rather than listen or watch us, you can always check out the information at NFLDraftScout.com or by purchasing a copy of Lindy's NFL Draft Preview online or from store shelves across the country.
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: October 11, 2010 7:55 pm

Hawaii WR Greg Salas earns Diamond in the Rough

Anyone fortunate enough to have enjoyed the sandy beaches of Hawaii knows that characterizing any part of these beautiful islands as the "rough" is just silly.

It is also just silly to ignore a talented prospect simply because their time zone doesn't jive with most of American's football viewing public.

Therefore, while I always look to true "small" schools for my weekly Diamond in the Rough piece, I wasn't going to ignore the dominant performance put forth by Hawaii wideout Greg Salas against WAC rival Fresno State Saturday night. Salas, who is the current active NCAA leader with 216 receptions , was expected to be challenged by a Bulldog defense that entered the game ranked second in the country in pass defense.

Not anymore. Salas caught nine passes for 148 yards and three scores against Fresno State, earning this week's Diamond in the Rough award.

The following profile is similar to the ones our premium readers get of six more prospects each week as part of Draft Slant.  

WR Greg Salas  -  Hawaii  6-2 / 210 / 4.57

NFL scouts had been telling me to keep an eye on Hawaii receiver Greg Salas and against Fresno State - which entered the WAC showdown ranked No. 2 in the country in pass defense - it was easy to see why. Salas' combination of ideal size and underrated maneuverability destroyed the Bulldog secondary to the tune of nine catches for 148 yards and three scores. Lined up inside and out to present matchup problems, Salas was consistently able to get free over the middle, catching two touchdowns in the first half. His third TD was actually a fumble recovery in the EZ. On his first, a easy drag route over the middle, Salas showed good flexibility to catch a low pass from quarterback Bryant Moniz, then slithered through the Fresno defense for the final few yards. The play began similarly for Salas' second touchdown - another quick pass over the middle - but this time he was blanketed by Bulldog defenders. A quick, strong throw by Montiz was high, but a Salas adjusted well, leaping into the air to snatch the pass, while turning his body to shield against the oncoming hit. This type of reception is exactly what NFL scouts are looking for, as today's pro safeties are simply getting bigger, stronger and more aggressive in hitting "defenseless" receivers over the middle. Salas' body control and good size make him a quietly intriguing third day prospect for teams in need of a possession WR.

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Posted on: October 11, 2010 5:16 pm

Julio Jones broke his hand against South Carolina

As if the loss to South Carolina Saturday wasn't painful enough for the Alabama Crimson Tide, Nick Saban told the press today that his star junior wideout Julio Jones fractured his hand in the first half of the game and that his status for this week's game against Ole Miss isn't known.

According to Kyle Veazey of The Clarion-Ledger , Saban said that Jones "had screws inserted over the weekend."

Playing in an offense that caters to the Tides' great running backs, the 6-4, 220 pound Jones doesn't have the flashy statistics of some of the other top wideouts in the country. Still, NFL scouts love his size and physicality. Many project him to be a potential top ten selection, though his recent inability to stay on the field has to be a concern. Jones only started eight games last year after struggling early in the season with a bruised knee. Though there is bound to some growing concern over his durability, Jones certainly proved his toughness Saturday. Despite the injury, Jones played the rest of the game, catching eight passes for 118 yards and a touchdown.
Jones leads the Tide with 32 catches for 440 yards and three touchdowns this season and has 133 for 1,960 yards and 11 touchdowns for his career.

I have him currently pegged as the No. 3 overall pick in my mock draft . Should Georgia's A.J. Green dominant play since returning from his suspension continue, however, there could be switch in the order of these talented SEC wideouts coming off the board in my next projection.

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: 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