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Posted on: February 8, 2010 3:20 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2010 3:25 pm
 

Texas vs. the Nation: Star power


By Chad Reuter , The Sports Xchange/NFLDraftScout.com


College football all-star games are known as much for sloppy play as big plays. The goal for players in Saturday's Texas vs. the Nation Challenge was to take advantage of a golden opportunity to make a positive impression on scouts.

Overall, quarterback play was average at best. Rusty Smith (Florida Atlantic) made some nice throws on the day but had a mental meltdown when he ran out of the back of the end zone for a safety. Tennessee's Jonathan Crompton threw the most consistently but was only 9 for 20 for the game.
      
  Former LSU quarterback Ryan Perrilloux (Jacksonville State) made the best throw of the day, loading up and throwing for 67 yards to Newberry's Kelton Tindal, who can run like no one else -- he's expected to run his 40-yard dash in the 4.2s at his pro day. Although Tindal didn't score, he made a nice adjustment to the ball in the air after using his elite separation speed, overcoming an up-and-down week of practices in terms of catching the ball. If he runs the blazing time most expect, look for Raiders' owner Al Davis to grab Tindal late in the draft.

Crompton's favorite target was Southern's Juamorris Stewart. Stewart failed to get his head around on a route for Crompton's throws early in the game, as he did in last week's practices. He came back strong, making multiple catches, including an outstanding catch on the sideline when coming back to help Crompton. The former Volunteer found Stewart again late in the third quarter -- behind Fresno State corner A.J. Jefferson -- to score from 36 yards out.

On the Texas side, the game was mostly about LSU speedster Trindon Holliday. He showed great balance, quickness and elusiveness with the ball in his hands playing running back, receiver and returner. He connected with Perriloux on another 67-yard play for a touchdown, going up to trap the ball against his chest near the sideline and getting downfield quickly for the score.

He consistently flipped field position on punts and kicks with quick decisions and pure speed. The return success might be viewed as a mirage by scouts, who know most of players covering kicks in this game are inexperienced on special teams, and Virginia Tech's Brent Bowden was very inconsistent putting air under the ball.

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Posted on: February 4, 2010 2:00 am
 

Team Mocks: Rams, 49ers and Chiefs


BleacherReport.com
continues their series of team-by-team mock drafts, projecting the best-case, most realistic and worst-case scenarios for each team.  As we move forward we'll combine these mocks in to three-team packages for easier consumption.

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St. Louis Rams

The St. Louis Rams have a lot of holes to fill.

They need about as much help as a blind quadriplegic calling a suicide hotline.

They can address some of their needs via free agency—a big new wide receiver here, an offensive lineman there, maybe even a veteran quarterback to groom the star of the future.

Aah, the future.

The Rams were the third youngest team in the NFL last season, and look to remain young in 2010 because the majority of their needs will be met during April’s draft.

Full Mock Draft


San Francisco 49ers

Even when you have eight picks - two in the first round no less - each selection must count.

While an emerging team like the 49ers can always stand to improve just about anywhere, some needs are far more important to fill than others.

The offensive and defensive line, the secondary and a dynamic kick/punt returner on special teams - all are areas the team needs to solidify prior to the beginning of the 2010 season.

The offensive line allowed too much pressure and too many hits on the quarterback, while conversely the defensive line generated too little pressure on opposing signal callers.

Full Mock Draft


Kansas City Chiefs

Truth be told, GM Scott Pioli could pick just about anyone with the fifth overall selection, and that pick almost certainly would be an upgrade over the player who played that position in 2009.

What fans need to understand however, is that the draft isn't solely about who a team can grab with their first-round pick. The draft is about leveraging each and every pick against the available talent pool, and acquiring guys in each round that can help your football team.

In this mock draft, I've put together a group of players that should all be available when the Chiefs' pick comes up in each round. Even better, six or seven of these guys could very well start for this team next season.

Full Mock Draft

Posted on: February 1, 2010 1:45 am
 

Sleeper central


By Chad Reuter , NFLDraftScout.com


The Texas vs. the Nation Challenge can become an afterthought on the postseason all-star game circuit, primarily because it is held in El Paso the week after the heralded Senior Bowl.

The success of recent participants has helped raise interest in the game among scouts and administrators.

     
Twenty-five players who participated in the Challenge last season were drafted in April, including immediate NFL contributors such as Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox (Abilene Christian), Packers offensive lineman T.J. Lang (Eastern Michigan), Bengals running back Bernard Scott (Abilene Christian) and Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb (Nicholls State). Alumni from the 2008 game include left tackle Demetrius Bell (Bills/Northwestern State), wide receiver Pierre Garcon (Colts/Mount Union) and running back Tim Hightower (Cardinals/Richmond).

The 2010 rosters -- no longer fully tied to geographical boundaries -- are filled with small-school stars and solid players from major programs not invited to the East-West or Senior Bowl.


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Posted on: January 29, 2010 6:33 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2010 6:35 pm
 

Top of the Mocks


While most of the sports world has been focused on other things... cough, cough... Super Bowl... cough... NFLDraftSite.com has been busy slating all seven rounds of the 2010 NFL Draft. We'll be checking in from time to time to see which players are rising, which are falling, and which players your favorite team is lined up to pick.

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Posted on: January 27, 2010 5:43 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2010 11:28 am
 

Mock Madness! Bills, Steelers and Raiders

BleacherReport.com continues their series of team-by-team mock drafts, projecting the best-case, most realistic and worst-case scenarios for each team.  As we move forward we'll combine these mocks in to three-team packages for easier consumption.

Take a look!




Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills 2010 Draft… So many holes to fill, and so few picks to do it.

In conducting research for this article, it was clear that one individual player can be found being projected as many as six rounds above or below another draft expert.

To show you how crazy the mocks are: one site had four of their six writers predicting that the Bills would use their first pick on an offensive tackle. That’s fine, but then you realize that none of the four writers could agree on who the tackle was, because they each identified someone different. And that was for the No. 9 pick!

So, needless to say, don't fall off your chair if my results and your results vary. Expect it. Since no crystal ball was used in this exercise, nor were any card readers hired, I have no idea what round the Bills will draft their future quarterback, linebacker, running back, offensive line help, defensive line help, etc.

You’ll see these positions addressed in multiple rounds.

Full Mock

 


Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers’ offensive line play in 2009 was abysmal, to say the least. While Ben Roethlisberger can be accused of holding on to the ball too long, he hasn’t exactly had the time he needs to pass from the pocket.

 

In a best-case scenario, the Steelers are looking to address the offensive line with a big-time prospect, and Maryland’s Bruce Campbell would still be on the board when they are picking at No. 18.

Campbell is a physical specimen at the left tackle position. Standing at 6'7", he has the length and reach that NFL teams salivate over.

And, if Campbell has scouts salivating over his height and length, then he has them drooling over the fact that he is abnormally fit for a man of his size and football position. Weighing in at only 310 pounds, the junior has the agility and quickness of a much smaller player. (He has been timed running a sub 4.9 in the 40).

Full Mock



Oakland Raiders

The Raiders have many needs, and could go in several different directions. Free agent signees and availability will go a long way in determining the pick.

 

In round one, the best case scenario for the Raiders is to draft Rolando McClain. He’s simply the best football player available, and no one can convince me otherwise.

Worst case scenario… Al drafts the best athlete available. That athlete is Taylor Mays.

In reality, however, McClain could be gone and the Raiders do need help on the offensive line. Should that be the case, Bruce Campbell may have the most upside of any left tackle available, and does fill the need.

Full Mock


Posted on: January 24, 2010 9:25 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2010 9:30 pm
 

Mike Kafka: Two Minute Man

CBSSports.com wire reports

Mike Kafka was the only East team quarterback who didn't get to practice the 2-minute drill in front of NFL scouts before the East-West Shrine Game this week.

Instead, he showed the pros what he could do in live action.

The former Northwestern quarterback threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Quarless with 6 seconds remaining, lifting the East to a 13-10 win over the West on Saturday in the annual showcase for college all-stars looking to make an impression on NFL scouts.

"At Northwestern, we were notorious for close games," Kafka said. "I felt like a spent my whole career playing games right down to the wire."

Kafka overcame a slow start to lead the 11-play, 55-yard drive on a day when his team's defense was dominant. He finished with 150 yards passing and was selected the Offensive most valuable player.

It was just as sweet for Quarless, who helped Penn State rally over LSU in the Capital One Bowl in the same stadium on Jan. 1, to have consecutive comeback wins. He slipped behind the defense and allowed Kafka to loft a pass over the middle so he could make the leaping catch.

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Posted on: January 20, 2010 4:40 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2010 6:08 pm
 

2010 Browns Mock Draft: Defense needed!

 

If you're the Cleveland Browns, this year promises to be a year of "change for the better".

With a new front office in place, a clear Super Bowl roadmap is being formulated, and the Browns have their best chance of making the postseason since the return to Cleveland in 1999.

The Browns have 11 draft picks to use this season due to trades made in the last year. While most of the picks come in the later rounds, any chance to increase your draft haul is a bonus for a struggling team.

The only predictable thing about the NFL draft is that it is unpredictable. Last-minute trades can still be made, and the teams picking ahead can always make a surprise move. Basically... this is an inexact science.

So, with that said, here's the best-case scenario, worst-case scenario, and a "realistic" look at who the Browns might get in this year's draft class.

With the seventh pick in the draft, the Browns are out of the Ndamukong Suh sweepstakes. But the next best thing might be Gerald McCoy...

Read the full column at Bleacher Report

(Gerald McCoy, Getty Images)




Posted on: January 18, 2010 10:38 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2010 6:06 pm
 

East-West Shrine Game: Opportunity knocks


By Chad Reuter , NFLDraftScout.com


If Arizona State's Dexter Davis and Wisconsin's O'Brien Schofield want to hear their names called in the middle rounds of the NFL Draft in April, they face a critical week at the East-West Shrine Game. As the undersized collegiate defensive ends, they'll be attempting to prove that they can transition to outside linebacker in the NFL.

They'll see plenty of BYU tight end Dennis Pitta, who caught 62 passes for BYU last season. Pitta must prove to scouts representing all 32 NFL teams in Orlando that he has enough speed to stretch the field and can hold his own as an in-line blocker.
Max Hall, BYU.
The Shrine Game (Saturday 3 p.m. EST) has emerged as an important kickoff week to the postseason all-star circuit. With the demise of the Hula Bowl and Blue-Gray All-Star Classic in recent years, the Shrine Game is the place for mid-round prospects to cement their status and for lower-tier players to catch the eyes of scouts.

Successful teams typically have hit the nail on the head in the first round with many of their marquee players, but sustained success and overcoming injuries comes from deep rosters bolstered by solid selections in the third, fourth and fifth rounds.

Recent Shrine Game participants include Giants defensive tackle Barry Cofield (fourth round, 2006), Dolphins defensive end Kendall Langford (third, 2008), Cowboys All-Pro nose tackle Jay Ratliff (seventh, 2005) and Falcons running back Jason Snelling (seventh, 2007).



Check out the Full Column for this year's players to watch.


 
 
 
 
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