Posted on: March 16, 2010 1:26 pm

Second-chance signal callers

By David Nestoff, DraftSite.com

Sometimes, a college career goes exactly as planned. All fanfare and expectations are met, and the results speak for themselves. But as often as that happens there are those recruits who fall short. Sometimes it’s a bad situation, filled with disagreements and laced with trouble. Sometimes the location is the issue, being a big city filled with too many opportunities to go the wrong way.

Sometimes, it’s as good an idea to leave a school as it is to stay, regardless of the opportunities that were once there, or the size of the school.

Change can be the best thing, which is just the way it panned out for three formerly high-profile Division I quarterback prospects turned NFL-hopefuls for the 2010 Draft. There might have been less fanfare and no limelight, but for Jacksonville State’s Ryan Perrilloux, Ole Miss’s Jevan Snead and Arkansas Tech’s Nick Graziano, change was the best thing, especially to boost their stock as NFL prospects.

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Posted on: March 4, 2010 2:10 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2010 2:11 pm

Mock Drafts: Bengals, Jets, Pats

continues their series of team-by-team mock drafts, projecting the best-case, most realistic and worst-case scenarios for each team.  As we move forward we'll combine these mocks in to three-team packages for easier consumption.

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Cincinnati Bengals

The AFC North might not be the best division in the NFL but it’s certainly one of the toughest. Playing Pittsburgh and Baltimore twice a year is enough to make any team battle-hardened.

Marvin Lewis did an amazing job leading his team to a division title following a 10-6 season marred by tragedy with the deaths of receiver Chris Henry and Vikki Zimmer, wife of Defensive Coordinator Mike Zimmer. For his efforts, Lewis was named 2009 NFL AP Coach of the Year.

With a few upgrades at key positions, Cincinnati is primed to make a run at the AFC Championship in 2010.

Full Mock Draft

New York Jets

With a trio of rookies in key positions last year, the Jets exceeded most expectations. Unpredictable and charismatic, Rex Ryan was impressive in his coaching debut.

Mike Tannenbaum will need to make his early picks in the 2010 draft count because they traded their third, fourth, and fifth-round picks. However, they are set to receive one of the Philadelphia Eagles' two fifth-round picks from the “conditional picks” part of the Lito Sheppard deal.

As one of the final playoff teams to make a divisional round appearance, Tannenbaum will be somewhat handcuffed in the free agency market. 

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New England Patriots

I don't envy the Patriots' scouting crew's job — not at all.

If I learned just one thing writing this mock draft, it's that evaluating talent for the NFL draft is as tough a job as I've ever been faced with.

Even though it's been inappropriately labeled by many as a crapshoot, every team looks forward to the NFL draft.

Teams don't look forward to having the most amount of time to evaluate talent for the draft, though—every team wants to be the last to get started. The Patriots have had a bit more time than they'd like, but they have a lot of draft picks to look forward to in 2010, including three in the second round.

Likewise, they have a lot of holes to fill.

Full Mock Draft


Top: Taylor Mays. (US Presswire) -- Middle: Everson Griffen. (Getty Images) -- Bottom: Sergio Kindle. (US Presswire)

Posted on: February 23, 2010 1:35 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2010 1:36 pm

Team Mocks: Seahawks, Falcons, Saints

 BleacherReport.com continues their series of team-by-team mock drafts, projecting the best-case, most realistic and worst-case scenarios for each team.  As we move forward we'll combine these mocks in to three-team packages for easier consumption.

Take a look!

Seattle Seahawks

Coming off a hollow 5-11 season, and with a total of only nine wins in the last two seasons, the rebuilding starts now for the Seattle Seahawks.

The new regime in Seattle, GM John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll, have an infinite list of draft needs that must be filled with the team's seven picks. And the new management will have to start drafting wisely if the franchise wants to turn the corner and regain contender-status in the NFC West. That means starting on the offensive line and extending to almost every position imaginable.

An elite offensive lineman was a priority before last year's draft, but the team decided to take linebacker Aaron Curry with the fourth overall selection.

In 2010, Seattle holds the cards with two first-round picks… the No. 6 overall from its dogged 2009 campaign… and the 14th draft position from the Broncos.

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Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons finished the 2009 season ranked 21st overall in total defense… giving up an average of 20.3 points per game.

Now, that doesn’t seem too far over the league average, which was right around 20 points per game, but the Falcons were only able to muster up 22.7 points per contest. And quick match suggests that they could be 16-0 with that comparison, but as we all know, the average does not always tell the full story.

Though they gave up the same amount of points as they did last year, 325, they only scored 363 points, a drop of 28 from last season.

To the naked eye, 28 points, or less than two points per game, would not be that big of a difference. Yet it seemed to be enough to take the Falcons record from 11-5 to 9-7, a drop of two wins.

Full Mock

New Orleans Saints

The Super Bowl champs usually don’t have many needs, and don’t look to the draft and free agency as crucial pieces to return to the playoffs.

But, with an aging defense and some lackluster performance by a variety of positions, the Saints need to take this draft class very seriously if they hope to continue their success for seasons to come.

We’ll take a look at the best case selections (guys who they’d be lucky to get), the worst case selections (guys who they’d have to deal with because of lack of value), and the most likely pick (guys that they are probably targeting, and should get from their current position.)

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Posted on: February 1, 2010 1:45 am

Sleeper central

By Chad Reuter , NFLDraftScout.com

The Texas vs. the Nation Challenge can become an afterthought on the postseason all-star game circuit, primarily because it is held in El Paso the week after the heralded Senior Bowl.

The success of recent participants has helped raise interest in the game among scouts and administrators.

Twenty-five players who participated in the Challenge last season were drafted in April, including immediate NFL contributors such as Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox (Abilene Christian), Packers offensive lineman T.J. Lang (Eastern Michigan), Bengals running back Bernard Scott (Abilene Christian) and Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb (Nicholls State). Alumni from the 2008 game include left tackle Demetrius Bell (Bills/Northwestern State), wide receiver Pierre Garcon (Colts/Mount Union) and running back Tim Hightower (Cardinals/Richmond).

The 2010 rosters -- no longer fully tied to geographical boundaries -- are filled with small-school stars and solid players from major programs not invited to the East-West or Senior Bowl.


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