April 14th, 2014
Justin Gilbert, photo from Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Prospect: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
Height: 6’ and a hair
Grade: 6.85 (Grading Scale)
Strengths: Good size and outstanding length for the position, with 33” arms…great natural athlete, exhibits smooth balance and movement with lots of fast-twitch muscle…ran a 4.35 40 at the Combine and that speed does translate to the field…has elite closing burst… Read the rest of this entry »
April 13th, 2014
Which of these Aggies will be drafted first?
With less than four weeks to the 2014 NFL Draft, rumors and myths are flying about the airwaves and Twittersphere. Some of these have legit legs, while others are nothing more than hot air blown by those with questionable motivation or simply too much time on their hands. To quote Tommy Shaw:
“Yeah I’m sitting on this bar stool talking like a damn fool…
…So much chatter, so much noise, it’s hard to believe such a calamity. Is it any wonder I’m sane at all?”
That’s what happens in a protracted draft season. Every day is another crossing of the hellish speculative waters of the Styx.
Here are a few popular draft takes and whether you should lend them credence or simply chalk them up to too much time for minds to wander. Read the rest of this entry »
April 10th, 2014
This year, Detroit Lions Draft offers a cumulative ranking for each position.
These are a combination of numerical rankings from founder/editor Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) and Lead Scout Darren Page (@DarrenPage15).
In order to make a ranking, one of the evaluators must have broken down at least three games from the 2013 season, or have enough of a prior background to offer an educated opinion. Read the rest of this entry »
April 10th, 2014
Photo courtesy Rant Sports
Prospect: Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford
Grade: 6.11 (Grading Scale)
Measurements taken from the NFL Scouting Combine
Strengths: Well-built body type, looks the part of an NFL tackle…Above average length with 34” arms…Decently flexible in terms of knee bend…Explosive first step, quick off the ball moving backwards or forwards Read the rest of this entry »
April 9th, 2014
Darren Page @DarrenPage15
Here is a glance into my admittedly blurry (but clearing by day!) crystal ball. Disclaimer: the written explanations are not my sole rationale for why these picks could happen.
1. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina – The Watt/Clowney tandem is a terrifying proposition for the rest of the NFL.
2. St. Louis Rams: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn – Assuming Jake Long gets back into the lineup, the Rams can stick Robinson on the right side and have a formidable offensive line.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville – Are the rumors of Teddy Bridgewater falling for real? I’m not so sure.
4. Cleveland Browns: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M – Cleveland has reinforced their wide receiver corps through free agency, but lining Evans up opposite Josh Gordon will put pressure on coverage schemes.
5. Oakland Raiders: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson – If you go to war with Matt Schaub, you better have a sharp sword for him. Read the rest of this entry »
April 8th, 2014
Prospect: Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson
Height: 5’ 11.375”
Grade: 6.1 (Grading Scale)
Strengths: The first thing that anyone notices when watching Breeland is his long frame, with exceptionally long arms at 31 5/8”. Read the rest of this entry »