Game: Pinstripe Bowl

Date: December 29, 2012

Teams: Syracuse vs West Virgina

Weather: Cold with snow

The weather for this game made it very difficult for scouting purposes.  It was snowing the entire game and the field was partially covered in snow. With that said, I still like to watch and see how players perform when conditions aren’t the best. In the NFL your going to be playing into late December and early January, and it’s important to be able to perform in cold weather.


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Obviously the Chiefs need a QB, and both Geno Smith and Ryan Nassib are potential 1st round players. Smith has been the higher ranked player most of the season, but Nassib has really risen up the draft boards over the last couple months. In fact, Russ Lande with the National Football Post has Nassib ranked as the No. 1 player on his big board.

Geno Smith finished the game 16-24 with 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. A stat that stood out to me was, 15 out of Smith’s 16 completions occurred within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. Smith was 1 for 5 in passes 10 yards or more down the field, but that 1 reception was a 29 yard touchdown pass to Stedman Bailey. Smith relied heavily on Bailey breaking tackles at the line of scrimmage and turning short passes into big plays. Smith rarely tried to stretch the field against the Syracuse defense. Smith struggled at times with Syracuse’s pass rush. Smith was sacked 3 times, two of which resulted in safeties. Smith also fumbled the ball 3 times.

Nassib didn’t have a great game but he also didn’t get any help from his receivers. Nassib finished 12-24 with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception, but he had 6 passes dropped. Nassib showed his toughness early in the game. He was sacked on a blindside blitz in the first half and took a massive hit from Terence Garvin. Nassib appeared to have the wind knocked out of him and missed one play before returning to the field. On Nassib’s interception, he threw it slightly behind the receiver and right into the hands of the corner. Syracuse didn’t have to throw the ball much because their running game was pretty much unstoppable and they had a big lead most of the game.

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Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

The Pinstripe Bowl definitely wasn’t a showcase for either Quarterback and with the weather being less then ideal, I need to sit down and study a few more games from each player. In future games I review, I would like to see Smith throwing the ball down field more. He clearly has a good arm but I still have questions regarding his accuracy on middle to deep range passes. In this game and other games I watched quickly, it appears he relied heavily on Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin making big plays on short receptions. In the NFL he’s going to have to stretch the field more.

I’m also very intrigued by Nassib. I plan on watching his game against Missouri next. Nassib performed very well against the Tigers and, I’m hoping to get a better idea of his potential and to start finalizing my quarterback rankings. If Nassib is selected in the Top 10, I would assume he goes to Buffalo where his college coach, Doug Marrone, is now the head coach. If the Bills pass on Nassib, it’s possible that he falls to the 2nd round.

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Latest Mock Draft Is Here

Posted: February 6, 2013 in NFL Draft
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It has been a couple months since I released a mock draft, so I figured it would be a good idea to update it now that the college all-star games are finished. We are still over 2 months away from the 2013 NFL Draft so a lot will change between now and then. The NFL Combine is later this month and free agency begins in March. Once free agency begins and teams start filling holes or letting players go, it will be easier to see what everyone’s needs are.

I currently have Geno Smith has the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, but if the Chiefs decide to let Brandon Albert walk, then you could see a big change at the top spot of the draft. That’s why completing mock drafts this early is very difficult to do and they really shouldn’t be taken too seriously until late March or early April.

For more read: Mock Draft.

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Now that the 2012-2013 college football season has ended, NFL scouts will now turn their attention to the upcoming all-star games. For many players, this will be the last time they can showcase their skills outside of their school’s pro day.

The all-star games are also one of the first opportunities for NFL scouts to start collecting the important measurables on prospects and allows them to see how they perform when practicing against other top prospects.

Game Date Location
Casino Del Sol All-Star Game January 11, 2013 Tuscon, AZ
East-West Shrine Game January 19, 2013 Orlando, FL
Raycom College Football All-Star Classic January 19, 2013 Montgomery, AL
NFLPA Collegiate Bowl January 19, 2013 Los Angeles, CA
Senior Bowl January 26, 2013 Mobile, AL
Texas vs Nation February 2, 2013 Allen, TX
Beyond Sports Network Collegiate Showcase March 8, 2013 Akron, OH
South Carolina College All-Star Bowl March 23, 2013 Greenville, SC

It’s that time of year when underclassman start declaring whether they will return to school or enter the NFL Draft. Players have until January 15th to declare so this list should start growing as bowl season starts up. Stay up to date on all of the declarations here.

As of 01/20/2013 @ 11:30AM CST

POS Name College Height Weight Declaration
QB Tyler Bray 6-5 210 NFL Draft
QB Kyle Padron 6-3 232 NFL Draft
RB Marcus Lattimore 6-0 220 NFL Draft
RB Trabis Ward 5-10 200 NFL Draft
RB Knile Davis 6-0 226 NFL Draft
RB Eddiie Lacy 5-10 220 NFL Draft
RB Gio Bernard 5-10 205 NFL Draft
RB Stefphon Jefferson 5-11 210 NFL Draft
RB Le’Veon Bell 6-2 244 NFL Draft
RB Spencer Ware 5-11 225 NFL Draft
RB Jawan Jamison 5-8 200 NFL Draft
RB Michael Ford 5-10 216 NFL Draft
RB Joseph Randle 6-0 200 NFL Draft
RB Cierre Wood 6-0 215 NFL Draft
RB Bradley Randle 5-7 190 NFL Draft
WR Da’Rick Rogers 6-3 206 NFL Draft
WR Keenan Allen 6-3 210 NFL Draft
WR Justin Hunter 6-4 200 NFL Draft
WR Stedman Bailey 5-10 195 NFL Draft
WR Cordarrelle Patterson 6-3 205 NFL Draft
WR Robert Woods 6-1 190 NFL Draft
WR Kenny Stills 6-0 190 NFL Draft
WR Josh Boyce 5-11 203 NFL Draft
WR Brandon Kaufman 6-4 214 NFL Draft
WR DeAndre Hopkins 6-1 200 NFL Draft
WR Marquess Wilson 6-3 188 NFL Draft
WR Duran Carter 6-3 212 NFL Draft
WR Ace Sanders 5-8 176 NFL Draft
TE Dion Sims 6-5 285 NFL Draft
TE Jordan Reed 6-3 243 NFL Draft
TE Zach Ertz 6-6 252 NFL Draft
TE Gavin Escobar 6-5 255 NFL Draft
TE Tyler Eifert 6-5 252 NFL Draft
TE Levine Toilolo 6-7 265 NFL Draft
OT DJ Fluker 6-6 335 NFL Draft
OT Justin Pugh 6-5 298 NFL Draft
OT Luke Joeckel 6-6 310 NFL Draft
OT Menelik Watson 6-5 320 NFL Draft
OT David Bakhtiari 6-4 295 NFL Draft
OT Chris Faulk 6-5 323 NFL Draft
OG Alvin Bailey 6-5 315 NFL Draft
OC Travis Fredrick 6-4 338 NFL Draft
DE Damontre Moore 6-4 250 NFL Draft
DE Corey Lemonier 6-3 243 NFL Draft
DE Joe Kruger 6-6 280 NFL Draft
DE William Gholston 6-6 278 NFL Draft
DE Bjoern Werner 6-4 256 NFL Draft
DE Sam Montgomery 6-5 260 NFL Draft
DE Barkevious Mingo 6-4 240 NFL Draft
DE Stansly Maponga 6-2 265 NFL Draft
DT Sheldon Richardson 6-3 295 NFL Draft
DT Johnathan Hankins 6-3 320 NFL Draft
DT Akeem Spence 6-1 305 NFL Draft
DT Shariff Floyd 6-3 303 NFL Draft
DT Ben Logan 6-3 296 NFL Draft
DT/DE Darrington Sentimore 6-2 288 NFL Draft
DT Kwame Geathers 6-5 355 NFL Draft
DT Brandon Moore 6-5 322 NFL Draft
DT Jose Jose 6-2 345 NFL Draft
LB Alec Ogletree 6-3 234 NFL Draft
LB Jarvis Jones 6-2 242 NFL Draft
LB Kevin Minter 6-1 245 NFL Draft
LB Jelani Jenkins 6-0 237 NFL Draft
LB Tom Wort 6-0 238 NFL Draft
LB Dwayne Beckford 6-1 235 NFL Draft
DB Tyrann Mathieu 5-9 178 NFL Draft
DB Logan Ryan 6-0 190 NFL Draft
DB Xavier Rhodes 6-1 217 NFL Draft
DB Mike Edwards 5-10 180 NFL Draft
DB David Amerson 6-2 194 NFL Draft
DB Tharold Simon 6-2 193 NFL Draft
DB Steve Williams 5-10 185 NFL Draft
DB Terrence Brown 6-1 178 NFL Draft
DB Dee Milliner 6-1 198 NFL Draft
DB Nickell Robey 5-8 168 NFL Draft
DB Greg Reid 5-7 186 NFL Draft
SS Matt Elam 5-10 202 NFL Draft
SS JaJuan Harley 6-1 214 NFL Draft
FS Eric Reid 6-2 212 NFL Draft
FS Tony Jefferson 5-11 212 NFL Draft
P Brad Wing 6-2 197 NFL Draft

Players returning for the 2013 season

POS Name College Height Weight Declaration
QB Derek Carr 6-3 212 Return to school
QB A.J. McCarron 6-3 210 Return to school
QB Bryn Renner 6-3 210 Return to school
QB Aaron Murray 6-1 212 Return to school
QB Tajh Boyd 6-1 225 Return to school
QB Logan Thomas 6-5 254 Return to school
RB James Sims 6-0 202 Return to school
RB Dri Archer 5-7 175 Return to school
RB Charles Sims 6-0 205 Return to school
FB Try Millard 6-1 256 Return to school
WR Cody Hoffman 6-3 215 Return to school
WR Jordan Matthews 6-3 205 Return to school
WR Jared Abbrederis 6-2 188 Return to school
WR Mike Davis Jr 6-2 195 Return to school
WR Eric Ward 6-0 205 Return to school
OT Zack Martin 6-4 305 Return to school
OT Ja’Wuan James 6-6 324 Return to school
OT Morgan Moses 6-6 325 Return to school
OT Taylor Lewan 6-7 310 Return to school
OT Jake Matthews 6-5 305 Return to school
OT Seantrel Henderson 6-8 340 Return to school
OG Zach Fulton 6-5 325 Return to school
OG Brandon Linder 6-5 312 Return to school
DE Garrison Smith 6-3 297 Return to school
DE Dominique Easley 6-2 280 Return to school
DE Will Sutton 6-1 268 Return to school
DE James Gayle 6-4 268 Return to school
DT Ra’Shede Hageman 6-5 302 Return to school
DT Louis Nix 6-3 326 Return to school
DT DeAndre Coleman 6-5 309 Return to school
DT Daniel McCullers 6-6 377 Return to school
DT Curtis Porter 6-1 308 Return to school
LB Jon Brown 6-1 235 Return to school
LB C.J. Mosley 6-2 232 Return to school
LB Kyle Van Noy 6-3 235 Return to school
LB Anthony Barr 6-4 238 Return to school
LB Adrian Hubbard 6-5 248 Return to school
LB Christian Jones 6-3 232 Return to school
CB Justin Gilbert 6-0 195 Return to school
CB Jason Verrett 5-10 182 Return to school
CB Antone Exum 6-0 224 Return to school
CB Aaron Colvin 6-0 182 Return to school
SS Lamarcus Joyner 5-8 195 Return to school

Aaron Murray Comes Up Short Again

Posted: December 1, 2012 in NFL Draft

MurrayEntering the SEC title game, there was one question on a lot of scouts mind:  Could Aaron Murray finally break through against a solid defense?  The junior quarterback from Georgia has had a very solid career, but his performance in marquee games has left many NFL Draft analyst questioning his ability at the next level.  Tonight he was  five yards away from silencing a lot of his critics.  Unfortunately their last minute drive came up short, and Georgia lost to another ranked team with Murray under center.

Murray falls to 1-2 against ranked teams in 2012, and a very disappointing 1-11 in his career.  Against un-ranked teams Murray is an outstanding 26-2 and has thrown 74 touchdown passes and only 16 interceptions.  Against ranked teams his touchdown to interception ratio drops to 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

murray2Murray’s lack of success against top teams and the fact that he’s slightly undersized could hurt his draft stock when NFL scouts evaluate him.  I currently have him ranked as my No. 7 QB for the 2013 draft  and I really like what I see from him most of the time but it’s hard to ignore his performance against the better teams.

He’s clearly not going to get any taller next year and he’s already been a starter for 3 years in the SEC, but I have to wonder if maybe he could benefit from returning for his senior season.  Most NFL Draft analyst view him as a late 2nd round pick or early 3rd round pick, which I agree with, but could he vault himself into the early 2nd round or late 1st round with a dominating senior year? I think he probably could but I’d understand if he doesn’t want to take the risk.

Murray does shows good footwork and can make any throw.  I really like his consistent over the top throwing motion as well. I think he’s a solid player and would be a good pick for a team in the 2nd or 3rd round, but don’t be surprised if some teams grade him out lower due to the reasons I’ve stated.