Posted on: January 16, 2010 4:18 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2010 6:06 pm
By Chad Reuter , NFLDraftScout.com
An average class of elite senior talent, and fears about future rookie contract limits, have pushed a huge number of juniors and redshirt sophomores into the 2010 NFL Draft mix.
Fifteen underclassmen went in the first round in 2009, tying the record shared with the 2004 draft. The 23 juniors and third-year sophomores picked in the top two rounds last April, however, set the league record.
Every underclassman deciding whether or not to come out early has a lot of variables to consider: from coaching situations to family considerations to where the NFL Advisory Committee says they might be selected.
Here's a list of top underclassmen who have announced their decision to forgo their remaining eligibility or return to school. Players who have declared they are headed to the NFL can still change their mind, as they have 72 hours after the January 15 deadline to withdraw their names.
Check out the list!
Posted on: January 14, 2010 6:11 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2010 6:08 pm
It's never too early to start looking forward to the NFL Draft...
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The 2010 NFL Draft is perceived as a class full of defensive talent, led by the Nebraska monster, Ndamukong Suh. There’s also a nice group of offensive tackles that will be vying for top picks and top money.
Understandably, the first round of the draft will most likely be full of those players, with some offensive skill players chosen here or there.
The running back-pool, in particular, looks to be a weak one compared to the last few years, which were stocked with talented ball-carriers all along the board.
The All-Star games and NFL Draft Combine will give some unrecognized backs the chance to show their stuff and move up the draft boards, but, for now, check out...
Posted on: April 27, 2009 4:03 pm
Edited on: April 27, 2009 4:16 pm
Giants, Niners lead way with Seahawks, Bengals right behind
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Grading a draft immediately after it concludes is akin to giving your compliments to the chef before the meal has been served. Sure, the food might sound good (or bad) based on the ingredients listed on the menu, but the true test won't come until after the product has been tested.
It will take at least three years before we can truly assess how the 32 NFL teams fared over the weekend. But what is readily apparent is the different approaches that were taken, from going for the best available talent to focusing on team needs to gambling on character concerns and long-term potential.
Cincinnati Bengals: A
While the Bengals might ultimately question their decision to ignore receiver and running back early, in terms of value and specific needs filled, no team is a bigger winner in this draft. To compete in the ultra-physical AFC North, the Bengals had to get tougher and certainly did so in this draft, adding the most physical offensive lineman in Andre Smith in the first round, the most physical inside linebacker in Rey Maualuga in the second and starting caliber talents at tight end (Chase Coffman), center (Jon Luigs) and punter (Kevin Huber) on the second day. Considering they waited until the third round to gamble on Michael Johnson -- who could end up being the best pass rusher from this draft -- the Bengals deserve lofty praise for this draft class. Only the character concerns of their top two picks lowers their grade from an A+ to an A.
Baltimore Ravens: B
The Ravens' 2009 draft class was far from flashy, but in selecting offensive tackle Michael Oher, a potential top 10 talent, with the 23rd pick, general manager Ozzie Newsome once again demonstrated his ability to capitalize on talented prospects slipping on draft day. Utah pass rusher Paul Kruger is a Jarrett Johnson clone. The Ravens got another falling talent in the fifth with the selection of Jason Phillips, who dropped to this point due only to a torn meniscus. While the Ravens might have become even more stout via the draft, they failed to address the need for speed and playmaking ability at receiver -- a decision that could hinder quarterback Joe Flacco's development.
New York Giants: A+
The Giants' 2009 class ranks right there with the Cincinnati Bengals' for the year's top draft. Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden give the club size and physicality at wide receiver to replace Plaxico Buress, and the Giants also successfully addressed concerns at offensive tackle with William Beatty and linebacker with Clint Sintim. With raw talent to work with in skill position players Rhett Bomar, Travis Beckum and Andre Brown in the middle rounds, it is hard to find a fault in the Giants' work this past weekend.
Washington Redskins: C
With only two picks within the first 157 overall, the Redskins didn't have much ammunition, so they were diligent in not squandering their opportunities. Brian Orakpo was more decorated than a wedding cake while with the Texas Longhorns and will provide an outside rush to go along with big free-agent addition Albert Haynesworth. Cornerback Kevin Barnes has the physical tools to be a starter early in his career. Seventh-round pick Marko Mitchell could surprise.
Chicago Bears: B
With the trade for franchise quarterback Jay Cutler, the Bears could have taken a pass on this entire draft and still earned a passing grade. As it stands, the Bears did a fine job, adding versatile defenders Jarron Gilbert, D.J. Moore and Marcus Freeman, among others. The Bears also added plenty of receivers to take advantage of Cutler's great arm. The decision not to fortify their offensive line and instead rely on Orlando Pace remaining healthy could be a gamble Chicago ultimately loses.
(Rob Rang is a senior analyst for NFLDraftScout.com)
Posted on: April 25, 2009 3:40 pm
Edited on: April 26, 2009 12:21 am
The picks are in... See what Community members and experts are saying about your team's new players!
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Pick #1: Lions select Matthew Stafford (QB, Georgia)
RichieStamos (user) : Using the first overall pick for Matthew Stafford could turn out to be a great move for the Detroit Lions, because as far as physical tools go, Stafford has them.
He has a rifle for an arm, but the thing that concerns me is that Matthew Stafford can be fundamentally lazy at times. The Lions also have another 1st round pick acquired in the Roy E. Williams trade that needs to go to getting an offensive lineman... preferably a left tackle. I think the Lions should try to grab Andre Smith or Michael Oher, because let's face it, Jeff Backus isn't getting any younger although he has been a quality player for some time now.
So the Lions could seriously address some needs in this draft. They have three really prime picks. A pick did go to drafting a quarterback, but two should go to offensive linemen.
Thread: Lions get Stafford
Pick #2: Rams select Jason Smith (OT, Baylor)