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WR sleepers

Posted April 16, 2010 @ 12:56 p.m.
Very few receivers have impactful rookie seasons. Accordingly, first-round whiffs on receivers have been numerous and memorable for all the wrong reasons. The list is enough to make general managers cringe: Peter Warrick, David Terrell, Charles Rogers, Rashaun Woods, Troy Williamson, Mike Williams. Most recently, the Raiders made Darrius Heyward-Bey the first receiver taken last year and a discouraging season has detractors poised to slap the "bust" label on him. With so many cautionary tales ...

Jets' 2007 draft class looking better and better

Posted April 16, 2010 @ 1:23 p.m.
We have known for some time that the Dolphins' 2007 draft class was a major disappointment. The club's decision to trade WR-RS Ted Ginn Jr. for a mere fifth-round pick to San Francisco on Friday simply further drives home the point. None of the Dolphins first four selections from the '07 draft — Ginn Jr., QB John Beck, C Samson Satele, RB Lorenzo Booker — are no longer with the club. Division rival New England also ...

Monday links

Posted April 19, 2010 @ 11:24 a.m.
  • People want to like Colt McCoy. An athletic, productive Texan and the face of one of the most prominent football programs in the nation, McCoy boasts encouraging intangibles, too, including a likable, down-to-earth personality. It's his stature (6-1) and lack of arm strength that prevent him from being universally considered first-round worthy. However, Jon Gruden (whose affinity for quarterbacks is not a secret) believes in McCoy's prospects, saying, "If you don’t like ...

Offensive line sleepers

Posted April 19, 2010 @ 1:45 p.m.
  With premium value being place on pass protectors and the recent release of the feature film The Blind Side, offensive left tackle is becoming a glamour position. And while some linemen would gladly soak up some publicity, the trenches remain a relatively anonymous battleground where flaws and defeat are spotlighted far more often than sound play. Accordingly, draft prospects not considered amongst the elite tackles are usually the least talked about group throughout the process ...

Defensive line sleepers

Posted April 20, 2010 @ 10:57 a.m.
A Haloti Ngata or Vince Wilfork can anchor a "30" front for years. Penetrators such as Tommie Harris or Kevin Williams can wreak havoc on an offensive front. And every team is looking for a Jevon Kearse-like or Terrell Suggs-esque instant impact from an outside rusher, not unlike the rookie season put together by the Redskins' Brian Orakpo. That is why the small percentage of big men with athletic ability available on a yearly basis ...

Linebacker sleepers

Posted April 21, 2010 @ 12:24 p.m.
More than ever before in the NFL, deficient athletic ability at the linebacker position is exposed. Teams want linebackers with speed, range and the ability to operate and tackle in space. More specifically, middle linebackers are asked to flip their hips and run the deep middle in cover-2; outside linebackers are asked to heat up the edges while possessing the flexibility to drop into zones. With more offenses opening up the field, stiff-hipped linebackers are ...

Flashback: The reaction of Jets fans on Draft Days past

Posted April 22, 2010 @ 10:33 a.m.
I posted this video last year, and I'll post it next year and the year after that, too, simply because it's so fun to watch. It's a Draft Day tradition I hold dear. Here's a look back at the reactions of Jets fans when their team wasn't drafting so well. I love everything about this video — the impassioned reactions of the fans, Pete Rozelle's cool, Paul Tagliabue,  seeming to ...

Sliding scale: 10 seniors who helped themselves

Posted April 22, 2010 @ 3:48 p.m.
Opportunity knocked and these 10 players capitalized by making the most of their senior seasons, showing well in the post-season evaluation process and ultimately elevating their draft stock:
  • QB Mike Kafka, Northwestern: Lightly recruited out of the Chicago Catholic League, Kafka was little more than a tall athlete with good running ability when he arrived at Northwestern. He waited his turn as a backup for four years, flashing a glimpse of potential with a Big ...

Tebow to Denver?

Posted April 22, 2010 @ 5:15 p.m.
The rumblings connecting Tim Tebow to the Broncos continue as we get closer to the start of Round One. The Denver Post reports that the Broncos won't take him with the 11th overall pick they currently own, but Denver could decide to pluck him later in the first round if it's able to trade down. Head coach Josh McDaniels already acquired one project quarterback this offseason in Brady Quinn, but he may be ...

Tebow holds appeal at the bottom of Round One

Posted April 22, 2010 @ 4:13 p.m.
By the end of the evening, we'll know if the Jaguars have taken Florida QB Tim Tebow — an arrangement that makes sense primarily for box-office and marketing reasons, considering his tremendous popularity and the franchise's need to stir up more interest. Of course, he's also an intriguing prospect, given his athleticism and intangibles. In his mock draft Wednesday, ESPN's Bill Simmons, in an intriguing scenario, had the Jaguars trading down and ...

OCNN to give fans inside look at draft

Posted April 22, 2010 @ 6:13 p.m.
Everyone knows that ESPN and NFL Network will provide wall-to-wall coverage of this week's NFL draft. What you might not have known, though, is that there will be a third news entity present for the festivities at Radio City Music Hall: the OCNN. Started by none other than Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco, the "Ochocinco News Network" will have representatives on the floor in New York to provide up-close insight and provide live reaction from ...

How fast will Spiller go off the board?

Posted April 22, 2010 @ 6:35 p.m.
The draft is less than a half-hour away from starting. While sifting through assorted notes most of this afternoon, I've also been shifting back and forth between the predraft coverage on NFL Network and ESPN with the sound down low on my TV set, just in case something earthshaking was said by one of the talking heads. More than anything, I just kept looking up and seeing the commentators on NFL Network holding cardboard ...

Boom-or-Bust candidates

Posted April 22, 2010 @ 6:58 p.m.
One of the prominent catch phrases this time of year, "boom-or-bust" is just that: a label that describes a prospect whose star could shine bright or fall out of the sky. Hit or miss with nothing in between. The following players meet the criteria:  
  • Trent Williams, Oklahoma: Exceptionally athletic with more than enough foot quickness to handle edge speed, but does not love the weight room and commitment to the game has been questioned. Has ...

Could there be maneuvering for WRs later in Round One?

Posted April 22, 2010 @ 9:11 p.m.
When the first wideout comes off the board, could we see a run on the position? It's something to ponder after the Bills took RB C.J. Spiller at No. 9 and the Chargers traded up to No. 12 to take Fresno State's Ryan Mathews, regarded as the other first-round caliber back in this draft. Halfway through Round One, no wide receivers have been taken, but I can't see Dez Bryant and ...

Alualu gives Jaguars one-two punch at tackle

Posted April 22, 2010 @ 11:08 p.m.
Like many it seems, Tyson Alualu was not on my radar for the Jaguars at No. 10. I thought for sure after watching C.J. Spiller and Joe Haden come off the board that Derrick Morgan or Jason Pierre-Paul would be the pick. But I am a believer in GM Gene Smith's drafting approach. I commend Smith for not making the sexy pick, which would have been finding a way to make Tim Tebow ...