Archive for May, 2011

Insider-Big 12 Prospect Watch | Names To Know

NFL Draft Guru Joe Everett previews some of the Big 12 prospects on the NFL radar:

#7 GARRETT GILBERT – QB – TEXAS: The developing Gilbert has prototype size for the position with the ability to survey the field and deliver the football on time.  His accuracy is above average and he puts enough zip on the football to complete the difficult sideline out throws. The Austin native has a tendency to stare down his receivers which has led to a lot of batted passes and interceptions, as he tied a school record with five interceptions against Kansas State last season.  He has the mobility and deceptive speed to make plays outside of the pocket and was required to run more often than not last season.  If Gilbert can improve his decision making and do a better job of making reads during his junior year,

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Lance Kendricks | "Like A Man Possessed"

Lance Kendricks "Like A Man Possessed"
Rookie Lance Kendricks has been turning heads in workouts with the Rams, according to Tony Softli of ESPN 101 St. Louis. The source noted that Kendricks "ran like a man possessed." Kendricks caught everything thrown in his direction and "displayed the size-speed combination that safeties will struggle with covering deep."

Mancini’s Take: To those who have regularly watched the former Badger, the athleticism he’s currently showcasing was never in doubt. The 243-pound Kendricks is essentially a big receiver. He runs precise routes and makes explosive plays down the seam and in the flat, as well as being able to haul in tough catches along the sideline. Plus, when he tracks the ball over his shoulder he looks and moves a lot like a receiver. The one flaw I see with him as a pass catcher is that he

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Adrian Clayborn | Impressive In Workouts

Adrian Clayborn Impressive In Workouts

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy said he has been impressed with how DE Adrian Clayborn has performed during the workouts this week. "He is a hard worker. He definitely is. I can definitely see why he was the [Bucs'] first pick," said McCoy. "He definitely is a hard-worker that has been trying to keep up with me every step of the way."

Mancini’s Take: Clayborn flat out dominated games as a junior with his rich arsenal of pass-rush moves and ability to chase plays laterally. No one could ever question his motor, but some have doubted what type of player he’ll be at the next level after a senior season that fell short of people’s expectations. As someone who watched the 6’3”, 281-pound end on weekly basis last season, his problem wasn’t that he

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Top 32s: Offensive Guards

QB RB WR TE OT OG

The NFL Draft Bible will evaluate every position in the NFL and rank our Top 32 players at each, the list is to get a feel for who are the better players around the league based on talent. Check back periodically as we unveil the names at each position during this seventeen-part series.

1.  Jahri Evans

2.  Logan Mankins

3.  Chris Snee

4.  Carl Nicks

5.  Steve Hutchinson

6.  Brian Waters

7.  Ben Grubbs

8.  Kris Dielman

9.  Leonard Davis

10. Mike Pouncey

11. Eric Steinbach

12. Ryan Lija

13. Bobbie Williams

14. Davin Joseph

15. Justin Blalock

16. Rob Sims

17.

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All Systems Go for QB Dan Persa

Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa remains ahead of schedule in his rehab from a torn Achilles tendon. Persa has been running for the last month and is expected to step up the rehab in the coming weeks.  "The next thing I'm going to start is more like cutting and side-to-side agility work, building strength in my ankles (in the next couple of weeks)," Persa said. "Hopefully by the middle of May, end of May, I'll be pretty much full-go."

Mancini’s Take: I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that Persa is one of the more exciting quarterbacks in the nation. He’s the engine that keeps that Wildcat offense running when you consider that he isn’t surrounded by a plethora of elite teammates at the skill positions. His play faking and burst as a scrambler make him a formidable weapon to defend. His arm won’t remind anyone of Brett Favre, but

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All Systems Go for QB Dan Persa

Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa remains ahead of schedule in his rehab from a torn Achilles tendon. Persa has been running for the last month and is expected to step up the rehab in the coming weeks.  "The next thing I'm going to start is more like cutting and side-to-side agility work, building strength in my ankles (in the next couple of weeks)," Persa said. "Hopefully by the middle of May, end of May, I'll be pretty much full-go."

Mancini’s Take: I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that Persa is one of the more exciting quarterbacks in the nation. He’s the engine that keeps that Wildcat offense running when you consider that he isn’t surrounded by a plethora of elite teammates at the skill positions. His play faking and burst as a scrambler make him a formidable weapon to defend. His arm

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Behind The Scenes At The NFL Hall of Fame

The invitation has been sent. Make it by plane, train or automobile to Canton, Ohio for the 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Enshrinement is truly is one of the most special weeks you can experience and like Fierle said “everything is on,” they are leaving nothing but the red carpet treatment to those who will be in attendance.

Expansion will begin in earnest this August on the grounds of the HOF and the famous dome that now serves as the entrance to the Hall, will now be the exit in 2013 when the ‘Future 50 Project’ is complete. That means the time is now to walk up that spiral walk way, leading you into football’s beginnings and there is not enough time in the day to stand in that room and go back and forth at the archives of the Pro Football Hall of

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MSU RB Chris Douglas On CFPA Watch List

Missouri State senior running back Chris Douglas (Lawrenceville, Ga.) has been named to the College Football Performance Awards Preseason Watch List for Division I FCS running backs. The list of 32 of the nation's top backs was compiled to highlight players whose performances merit preseason recognition and may ultimately be considered for the CFPA Performer of the Year honors at the end of the season.

In 2010, Douglas became the 10th running back in MSU history to reach the 1,000-yard milestone in a single season. He finished with 1,051 yards on just 152 carries en route to earning All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honorable mention honors. Despite starting just one game his junior year, Douglas was sixth in the MVFC and 27th nationally in rushing yards per

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MSU RB Chris Douglas On CFPA Watch List

Missouri State senior running back Chris Douglas (Lawrenceville, Ga.) has been named to the College Football Performance Awards Preseason Watch List for Division I FCS running backs. The list of 32 of the nation's top backs was compiled to highlight players whose performances merit preseason recognition and may ultimately be considered for the CFPA Performer of the Year honors at the end of the season.

In 2010, Douglas became the 10th running back in MSU history to reach the 1,000-yard milestone in a single season. He finished with 1,051 yards on just 152 carries en route to earning All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honorable mention honors. Despite starting just one game his junior year, Douglas was sixth in the MVFC and 27th nationally in rushing yards

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S Kolby Gray Transfers to Baylor University

BAYLOR ADDS TRANSFER DEFENSIVE BACK KOLBY GRAY

Houston native played in 12 games as redshirt freshman at Pitt in 2010.

WACO, Texas – Kolby Gray, a defensive back from Pittsburgh, has signed a financial aid contract and will enroll at Baylor University this fall and join head coach Art Briles’ football program. Gray will sit out the 2011 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules and will retain three seasons of eligibility.

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