Archive for May, 2012

Scout Nation: SEC | NFL Draft 6-Year Analysis

There have been 19 players total selected from the SEC in the first round of the NFL Draft over the past two years. The SEC dominated the first round of the 2012 draft with eight of the first 20 selections (40%). Here’s a look at first round draft picks from the SEC for the past six seasons.

2012 1st Round Picks
No.3-Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama (Browns)
No.6-Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU (Cowboys)
No.7-Mark Barron, SS, Alabama (Buccaneers)
No.10-Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina (Bills)
No.12-Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State, (Eagles)
No.14-Michael Brockers, DT, LSU (Rams)
No.17-Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama (Bengals)
No.18-Melvin Ingram, OLB, South Carolina (Chargers)
No.25-Don’t’a Hightower, LB, Alabama (Patriots)
Number of Picks: 9 Average Draft Position: 12.4

2011 1st Round Picks
No.1-Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (Panthers)
No.3-Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama (Bills)
No.4-AJ Green, WR, Georgia (Bengals)
No.5-Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU

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New All-Star Game Resurfaces In Montgomery

City administrators and civic leaders gathered on Thursday afternoon at the city’s new multipurpose facility to announce plans for a new college all-star football game to be played at Cramton Bowl next January.

Game officials predicted the game would be a financial success, although a title sponsor is still in the works. The game has a one-year deal with a television network and will invite some of the nation’s top collegiate athletes to the Capital City in January.

Sound familiar?

Nine years removed from the last Blue-Gray All-Star Classic that ran on the same model, organizers unveiled an unnamed “College Football All-Star Game” that will be played in Cramton Bowl on Jan. 19, 2013, at 2 p.m., and will be aired nationally on CBS.

“We’re going to take it a year at a time,” said Johnny Williams, the game’s executive director and a former

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2013 NFL Mock Draft

1.    Arizona Cardinals: QB Matt Barkley, USC – Little sunshine in the desert this season as Arizona finds out there isn’t a starting quality signal-caller on the roster, problem solved with Barkley.

2.    Cleveland Browns: WR Robert Woods, USC – With teams keying on Trent Richardson and no weapons at wide out, Cleveland is forced to select best receiver on the board.

3.    Jacksonville Jaguars: QB Tyler Bray, Tennessee – The Blaine Gabbert experiment ends after just two seasons, new rookie salary structure makes this move possible.

4.    St Louis Rams: CB David Amerson, North Carolina State – Rare one-on-one coverage abilities makes this Wolfpack ball-hawk too enticing to pass up.

5.    Indianapolis Colts: OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia – After overloading on the offensive side of the ball, Colts begin to re-build the defense with young pass-rusher.


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NFL Draft Watch: Michael Dyer Not Eligible

New Arkansas State Head Coach Gus Malzahn stated that running back prospect Michael Dyer is unlikely to play in 2012 after transferring from Auburn.

The 5’9, 210-pound back broke Bo Jackson’s freshman rushing record and tallied 2,335 yards during his first two seasons for the Tigers.

While he is considered a first round talent, Dyer projects as a mid-round draft pick due to his off the field concerns. He is eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft but is expected to remain at ASU, according to Malzahn.

Auburn Head Coach Gene Chizik suspended Dyer at the end of 2011. He transferred to ASU after Malzahn was hired. There is no timetable for a decision to be made.

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NFL Draft Watch: Sammy Watkins Arrested

Clemson All-American wide receiver Sammy Watkins was arrested on May 4th for possession of marijuana and a controlled substance. The sophomore was driving with fellow soccer player Amadou-Tidiane Daniel Dia when they were pulled over. A copy of the police report was obtained and stated:

The men were arrested when police stopped the car Watkins was driving after an officer saw it scrape against a curb on campus and because the temporary license was not illuminated.  When the officer pulled the car over in a parking lot off Common Court, he smelled marijuana.  During a search he found marijuana and two pills for which Watkins did not have a prescription.

After a phenomenal freshman season in which he burst onto the national radar, Watkins led Clemson with 82 catches for 1,219 yards and 12 touchdowns. “I made a mistake last night and I’m

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Senior Bowl: Phil Savage Named Exec Director

Mobile, AL. (May 2)—The Phil Savage era is underway at the Senior Bowl.  Savage was formally introduced as the fifth executive director in the game’s 62-year history at a press conference Wednesday afternoon at the Battle House Hotel in downtown Mobile.  He’ll officially assume his duties on June 1.  The Mobile native and former NFL front office executive expressed his excitement for his new role in his hometown while meeting with the media Wednesday.

“It’s a rare opportunity where you have a choice to leave one great situation for another great situation,” Savage said.  “It doesn’t happen very much in the NFL, usually they tell you when you have to leave.  This time I got a chance to call (Eagles GM) Howie (Roseman) and say: ‘This is what I plan on doing and these are the reasons why’, and I think he absolutely understands

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2012 NFL Draft: Rookie Tracker: UDFA | Tryouts

1.    Andrew Luck, Stanford, JR, 6040, 234, 4.67, 1st rd.  (No.1 Colts)
2.    Robert Griffin III, Baylor, JR, 6023, 223, 4.41, 1st rd.  (No.2 Redskins)
3.    Ryan Tannenhill, Texas A&M, SR, 6037, 221, 4.65, 1st rd.  (No.8 Dolphins)
4.    Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State, SR, 6034, 221, 4.87, 2nd rd.  (No.22 Browns)
5.    Kirk Cousins, Michigan State, SR, 6035, 215, 4.72, 2nd rd. (Rd.4No.102 Redskins)
6.    Nick Foles, Arizona, SR, 6050, 243, 5.14, 3rd rd. (Rd.3No.88 Eagles)
7.    Brock Osweiler, Arizonca State, JR, 6067, 242, 4.82, 3rd rd. (Rd.2No.57 Broncos)
8.    Aaron Corp, Richmond, SR, 6035, 215, 4.72, 5th rd. (FA Bills)
9.    Russell Wilson, Wisconsin, SR, 5105, 204, 4.55, 5th rd.  (Rd.3No.75 Seahawks)
10.    Ryan Lindley, San Diego State, SR, 6036, 229, 4.90, 6th rd. (Rd.6No.185 Cardinals)
11.    BJ Coleman, Tennessee Chattanooga, SR, 6031, 233, 4.91, 6th rd. (Rd.7No.243 Packers)
12.    Dan Di Lella, Albany,

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2012 NFL Draft: Diamond Hunters | UDFA

Here are three players from the 2012 NFL Draft class who went undrafted but should not be forgotten.

Bills – QB Aaron Corp, Richmond

Overlooked and under-valued, Corp has a strong understanding of a pro-style offense and is highly intelligent, which head coach Chan Gailey will love. Current backup Tyler Thigpen is just that, nothing more. With the addition of Corp, Buffalo has a developmental quarterback who can serve as an insurance policy down the road should Ryan Fitzpatrick falter or fall victim to injury, something he battled through last season and affected him badly. Corp was one of the most highly recruited quarterbacks coming out of high school and landed at USC with Pete Carroll before his transfer to Richmond. He won’t wow you with arm strength but he can make all the throws. Chan Gailey knows how to develop quarterbacks, so expect him

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