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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Alfonzo Dennard Highlights

By Greg

Alfonzo Dennard Highlights







Jeremy Ebert Highlights

By Greg
Jeremy Ebert Highlights





Patriots select Jeremy Ebert WR Northwestern

By: Greg

With their last pick in the draft the Patriots get Jeremy Ebert WR Northwestern for their only offensive pick during the draft.  Ebert is another guy tht rated very high at the WR position by draft experts. He had 173 career receptions for Northwestern and ran a 4.3 during his draft day.  Ebert has speed but will have to beat out some good competition to get a shot on this team, look for him to be on the practice squad.

He is a high character guy who played alot of slot receiver in college. He can get open and work the middle of the field as he is an excellent route runner. He stole the show at his pro day, running great 40, shuttle and cone drills.

Last season Ebert has 75 catches and 1060 yards with 11 tuddies for a team that likes to throw the ball around. Against Rice he had 208 yards and vs. Iowa he pulled in 13 catches.




NFL Draft Scout:
03/20/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: Jeremy Ebert, WR, Northwestern: For a player with 173 career receptions in college, Ebert is far from a household name and hasn't received much attention in the pre-draft process. But after an impressive on-campus workout during Northwestern's pro day, perhaps that will change. Ebert, who didn't receive an invitation to the NFL Combine, ran his 40-yard dashes in the high 4.3's and low 4.4's, showing better-than-expected speed for the 20 teams in attendance. He also impressed with his numbers in the other drills, including the vertical jump (33 inches), broad jump (9'4) and short shuttle (4.15). Also, Ebert's time of 6.70 in the 3-cone drill would have ranked him third among all receivers at the Combine. He is a reliable possession receiver with soft hands and very good focus to make challenging catches. Ebert tracks the ball well and shows savvy and toughness on the field that shows up on tape. He is still widely viewed as a late round player or priority free agent, but he is moving up draft boards for most teams. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

Patriots select Alfonzo Dennard CB Nebraska

By: Greg
The Patriots select Alfonzo Dennard, CB Nebraska in the seventh round.  Dennard was projected as a 2nd or 3rd round pick but slipped to the seventh round because of character issues. Some had Dennard even projected in mocks as a late first round pick, so the Patriots are getting a real talent here in the seventh. What I am going to do is pretend the Pats took him in the second and Tavon Wilson in the seventh.

Dennard was named Big 10 corner back of the year last season and all conference two years in a row. For his career he had 21 pass break ups and 4 interceptions. A very physical corner who also can play safety.  He was ranked as a top 15 corner back in the draft by most draft experts, real nice value by Billy here.



NFL Draftcountdown:
Strengths:
• Good bulk with thick, sturdy build and big hands
• Excellent instincts, awareness and football IQ
• Physical and aggressive with very good strength
• Gets a good jam at the line with a violent punch
• Confident w/ short memory and plays with edge
• Tough, throws body around, plays through pain
• Offers versatility (Boundary / Slot; Man / Zone)
• Is competitive, hard working and a team leader
• A lot of experience against quality competition

Weaknesses:
• Lacks ideal height and arm length you look for
• Average speed / burst; more quick than fast
• Stiff hips and does not transition smoothly
• Struggles mightily to turn and run vertically
• Gets too caught up trying to bully opponents
• Surprisingly not a particularly reliable tackler
• Poor hands / ball skills and not a playmaker
• Battled injuries and durability is a concern

Injury History:
• Missed one game with a minor toe injury in 2009
• Hampered by nagging shoulder ailment in 2009
• Missed some game action with concussion in 2010
• Missed three games w/ pulled leg muscle in 2011
• Left the Senior Bowl mid-week with a hip flexor
• Limited at Scouting Combine due to a pec strain

Notes:
Was a three-year starter for the Cornhuskers --- 2nd Team All-Big 12 in 2010 and 1st Team All-Big Ten in 2011 --- Named Tatum-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year in 2011 --- Overshadowed by former teammate Prince Amukamara for most of college career but isn't as physically talented --- At best when getting hands on receivers and facing the action --- Also being looked at as a potential safety --- Best fit at next level may come as a nickel in a zone scheme --- Enjoyed a great career for the Blackshirts but has some physical limitations and will probably need to land in just the right situation to be successful at the next level --- Overrated and isn't going to offer very much upside.


NFL Player Comparison:Tarell Brown





Career Statistics
YearGPTKLPBUINTYDS
2008125000
20091331800
201013307482
20111031600
Totals489721482

Friday, April 27, 2012

Jake Bequette Highlight Video

By: Greg

Jake Bequette Highlight Video





The Patriots select Jake Bequette DE Arkansas

By: Greg

In the third round the Patriots address thier pass rush need once again and select Jake Bequette DE out of Arkansas.

Bequette is the all time sack leader at Arkansas. He was a four year starter for the Razorbacks.  He had 10 sacks last season which lead the SEC and many more pass hurries. Jake had 23.5 sacks and 31 tackles for a loss for his career at Arkansas.
Jake is a verstile player who can play OLB or Defensive end. He is extremely athletic and has a great motor. For the Razorbacks he was the team leader and best player up front.


CBS Sports
A four-year starter, Bequette (beck-ETT) was a three-star defensive end/tight end recruit out of high school, choosing hometown Arkansas over Kansas State. After redshirting in 2007, he saw immediate action in 2008 as a redshirt freshman (11 starts), recording 27 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and one pass breakup. Bequette played in all 13 games in 2009 as a sophomore (8 starts), finishing with 39 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, two pass break-ups and two forced fumble. He started all 13 games in 2010 as a junior, recording 32 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks, 3 pass break-ups and 1 forced fumble, earning Second Team All-SEC honors. Bequette battled a hamstring injury in 2011 as
a senior, but still had his most productive season (10 starts), finishing with 28 tackles, a team-high 10.5 tackles for loss, an SEC-best 10.0 sacks, 5 forced fumbles and 1 pass break-up, earning First Team All-SEC honors. Bequette, who is the fourth member of his family to play football at Arkansas, had a productive collegiate career and looked most comfortable lining up at the 9-technique defensive end position where he could isolate blockers in space with a running start. He looks like a fish out of water at times when dropping in space at linebacker, but loves the game of football and has the overachieving mentality that he can do anything. Bequette is a stiff, upright runner with one-speed and limited explosive qualities, but is tough to stop when he is playing at full-go with intensity -- mid-round pick with borderline pro starting traits who won't wow athletically, but fights through the whistle and gets the most out of his ability.

NFL Draftcountdown
Strengths:
• Gets very good leverage
• Top notch motor
• Can play 4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB
• Great upper-body strength
• Has improved each season of play

Weaknesses:
• Not overly athletic
• Doesn't have experience in space
• Lacks lateral movement ability
• Can be caught off balance
• Technique needs improved

Patriots select Tavon Wilson S Illinois

By: Greg
Ahhh thats more like it...the Patriots select Tavon Wilson S Illinois and Billy does what he usually does reach for someone that no one really knows. When the pick was annouced I was asking myself WHO? I study drafts inside and out and have not heard of this guy going anywhere near the top 3 rounds, he was projected as a 7 round pick and 212th ranked prospect. Scratching my head with this one with many solid players still on the board. But as always in Bill we trust. He had to give us at least one pick to scratch the dandruff out of our locks.

Wilson is a Safety who also played CB in college. Giving the versatility that the Pats love. He played in 49 out of 50 games for Illinois.


Scouting Report from NFL Draft Scout  (NFL Draftcountdown didnt even have him ranked)
Draft Scout Snapshot: 2010: All-Big Ten honorable mention (coaches and media) ... Named team's Outstanding Defensive Back ... Played and started all 13 games at safety ... Had 48 tackles on the season along with 2.0 TFL, a team-high eight PBUs, one interception and two fumble recoveries … Secured seven tackles and one PBU in Texas Bowl win over Baylor. 2009: Started all 12 games at cornerback, finishing third on the team with 74 tackles, 3.5 for loss … intercepted one pass … led the team with seven passes broken up. 2008: Played in 11 games as a true freshman on both special teams and at cornerback, recording 11 tackles and one PBU on the season.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dont'a Hightower Highlight video

By: Greg
Dont'a Hightower's highlight videos







Patriots Trade up AGAIN! Select Dont'a Hightower ILB Alabama

By: Greg
BEST DRAFT EVER?  The Patriots trade up again! This time they take Dont'a Hightower, LB from Alabama.

This guy is an absolute BEAST! He fell far in this draft.  Hightower was a 1st team all American last season and totaled 85 tackles. He would team up with Mayo to make one of the best young line backing cores in the league. He was the captain and leader on Alabama's championship team.
Four year starter.
Smart player
Hard hitter


I again love this pick. He was one of my favorite players in the draft. Two young players on defense will help this team out tremendously. Very excited about these two guys. Hightower will instantly make the Patriots linebacking core A LOT better.

Here is NFL Draftcountdown scouting report

Strengths:
• Outstanding frame and bulk with long arms
• Strong, powerful and will deliver the big hit
• Extremely stout run defender inside the box
• Shows the ability to take on / shed blockers
• Plays with heavy, violent and active hands
• Still has potential as pass rusher and blitzer
• Excellent instincts with a very high football IQ
• Will offer positional and schematic versatility
• Respected team leader and served as captain
• Mature and motivated with a great work ethic

Weaknesses:
• Struggles in space and is a liability in coverage
• Stiff with limited range, explosiveness and burst
• Not real agile and doesn't change directions well
• Limited repertoire of pass rush moves / counters
• Questionable motor and is too protective of legs
• May have some durability and conditioning issues

Injury History:
• Missed most of 2009 season with a torn ACL in left knee
• Broke left hand in 2011, which required surgery to repair

Notes:
A three-year starter for the Crimson Tide --- Named 2nd Team All-SEC in 2010 and 1st Team in 2011 --- Consensus 1st Team All-American in 2011 --- Was responsible for all the play calls and checks on one of the nation's premier defenses --- Graduated with a bachelor's degree in four years --- Lost a step after major knee injury early in career but is still quite a football player --- Much better against the run than the pass and may need to be protected within a scheme --- Could project to either inside or outside linebacker in a 3-4 or middle linebacker in a 4-3 but best fit will likely come in an odd front similar to the role he played in college --- Classic thumper with rare size and top intangibles.

NFL Player Comparison:Rolando McClain




Career Statistics
YearGPTKLTFLSACKPBUINT
200814642.50.000
20094164.01.010
201013693.50.030
2011138511.04.031
Totals4423521.05.071

Chandler Jones Highlight video

By: Greg

Here is Chandler Jones highlight videos....A PASSS RUSHER!







Patriots Trade UP to get thier guy: Chandler Jones DE Syracuse

By: Greg
Shocking News!
1. The Patriots trade UP!
2. The Patriots select a PASS RUSHER!

Many people have Chandler Jones as the best pass rusher in the draft. A pure athlete who can get after the passer. He had 10 sacks in his career at Syracuse and 27 tackles for a loss. He is a 6'5 monster with big upside....he missed his first five games this season and people say if he played all year he would be a top 10 pick.

I am pretty pumped about this pick....BB wanted this guy and he was one of the best pure pass rushers in the draft...

Here is his scouting report from Draft Countdown:

Strengths:
• Excellent size with a large frame and long arms
• Very powerful with impressive natural strength
• Active, violent hands to stay clean and disengage
• Stout at the point of attack against the run game
• Good instincts, awareness and a high football IQ
• Shows solid range and does a nice job in pursuit
• Plays with a terrific motor and is a hard worker
• Should offer positional and schematic versatility
• Pro bloodlines and still has a ton of potential

Weaknesses:
• Not overly explosive w/ average speed and quickness
• A tad stiff with marginal agility and change of direction
• Has a tendency to play too high and will lose leverage
• Must develop additional pass rush moves / counters
• Coming off an injury so durability is a minor concern

Injury History:
• Missed five games with a knee injury in 2011

Notes:
A three-year starter for the Orange --- Brother Arthur also played at Syracuse and is now with the Baltimore Ravens --- Brother Jon "Bones" Jones is a UFC Fighter --- Named 2nd Team All-Big East in 2010 and 1st Team in 2011 --- Could project as a defensive or outside linebacker in a 3-4 or a defensive end in a 4-3 --- Not a dynamic pass rusher but ability to play multiple positions in either an even or odd front will be a major selling point on Draft Day --- An extremely intriguing physical specimen who is essentially a raw ball of clay waiting to be molded.    

Monday, April 23, 2012

Patriots Blauhg's NFL Mock Draft

By: Greg
Two weeks ago I got the courage to watch sports center again, hoping not to see any Super Bowl Highlights and I passed that test. Now I have gotten the courage to start writing for the Bluahg again, forgeting about the lockout season that never happened (right?) and getting really excited about this team again.

Below is the Patriots Blauhg's annual Mock Draft. The Pats have two first round picks again. I have shown each teams needs and a brief description why I went with each pick.

For a complete list of mock drafts go to Mock Draft Database

NFL 2012 Mock Draft

1.     Colts (Needs: QB)- Andrew Luck QB Stanford

Indy Locks up its future with a little Luck.

2.    Redskins (Needs: QB)- Robert Griffin

The Skins trade a whole lot to get Griffin, they desperately need a QB since Mark Rypkien. People are excited in Washington but could this be a Ricky Williams (trade the whole draft) situation.

3.    Vikings (Tackle, CB, WR): Matt Kahil OT  USC

Vikings need a franchise OT and Kahil is the guy to go with here, he will protect Christian Ponder for years to come.

4.    Browns (QB, WR, RT, RB)- Trent Richardson RB Alabama

The decision here in my mind is Blackmon or Richardson I think Blackmon can really help out Colt McCoy and but Richardson provides too much value here with the Browns losing Peyton Hillis.

5.    Buccaneers (CB, LB, RT): Morris Claiborne LSU CB

The best defensive player on the board goes here to a team that needs a CB badly. Perfect pick if this guy can fall to them.

6.    Rams (WR, OL, DT): Justin Blackmon WR Ok State

The Rams lost Brandon Lloyd to the Pats so they need a game breaker who can help out Sam Bradford.


7.    Jags (WR, CB, DE, FS) Melvin Ingram  DE SC

The Jags need a lot of help in many places. I can see them going anywhere from WR, DE, OT or reaching for  a Safety. They will settle for Ingram who is a pure athlete and can get after the passer.

8.    Dolphins (QB, WR, RT, DE): Ryan Tannenhill  QB  Texas AM

The biggest mistake of the draft comes here when the Dolphins who need a QB so badly reach for Tannenhill. With no WRs to throw to and not being ready to play in big time games Tannenhill will fail and the Phins will be looking for another QB in 3-4 years.

9.    Panthers (DT, CB, G)  Fletcher Cox DT Missippi State

Panthers need some beef up front on the defensive side of the ball. They would love to see Cox fall to them here.  Luke Kuechly is a possibility here too.



10. Bills  (LT, CB, LB,)  OT Riley Reiff Iowa

The Bills made a splash in free agency with Mario Williams and Mark Anderson, which allows them to look for something else in the draft. Reiff falling to them gives them a much need anchor to the offensive line and protect Mr. Harvard.

11.  Chiefs (QB, NT, G/C): Luke Keuchly  LB BC

Luke is a tackling machine, too good to pass up here. The Chiefs have a guy the will patrol their middle for years to come.



12. Seahawks (DE, LB,) DE Quinton Coples  NC

The Seahawks need some one to get after the passer and even though Coples has been dropping in Drafts, the Hawks see too much talent in him to let him slip past 12.

13. Cardinals (OT, LB, WR) Cordy Glenn  OT  GA

Wisenhunt loves big guys up front and Cordy is that guy for Arizona. Cordy played mostly G but switched to Tackle his senior year and excelled.  A sneak pick here might be Malcom Floyd.



14. Cowboys (C, S, DB) Mark Barron  S Alabama

Barron has been rising up the draft boards and many teams are in need of a Safety. Barron is a smart player who is the only first round talent at Safety.



15. Eagles (LB, DT, CB, S) Memphis DT Dontari Poe



All signs point to the Eagles selecting a DT here, the best one on the board is Poe.

16. Jets (WR, T, S) Malcolm Floyd WR Norte Dame

The Jets could go in many different directions here but decide to select Floyd who is a stud athlete and a play maker. The Jets want more playmakers for Sanchez, Floyd fits that role.

17. Bengals (S, G, WR) Stephen Gilmore CB SC

Gilmore slips in this mock and the Bengals are happy to scoop him up here. If Gilmore isn’t available Dre Kirkpatrick will be. Gilmore is a steal this late.



18. Chargers (T, G, LB, CB)  David DeCastro  OG  Stanford

With Kris Deilman retiring the Chargers have a need for OG, DeCastro fits that need and is one of the best players remaining on the board. A win win for the Super Chargers.

19. Bears (OL, TE)  Coby Fleener  TE Stanford

With Mike Martz gone and the increasing need for a stud TE in the NFL, the Bears make a somewhat surprising pick and grab Fleener before anyone else can.  Fleener will make Cutler and Marshall that much better. A smart pick.

20. Titans (C, G, LB, CB) Dre Kirkpatrick  CB Alabama

The Titans lost Cortland Finnegan and look to fill his slot. Dre is a talented CB who just flat out knows how to play football.



21. Bengals (S, G, WR, CB) Kendall Wright  WR Baylor

The Bengals filled a need in the CB slot with their first pick and fill another need at WR with Kendall Wright who is a big play receiver and will fit in perfectly with AJ Green, giving the Bengals a young lethal 1-2 combo at WR for years to come.

22.Browns (QB, WR, RT, RB): Jonathan Martin OT Stanford

The Brownies reach a little bit for Martin who protects Andrew Luck in college. Filling another need and pairing him up with Blackmon earlier in the draft.



23.Lions (CB, S, C)  Janoris Jenkins of North Alabama  CB

The former Gator has talent but has gotten into trouble lately. The Lions take the risk because his talent is too big to let it pass by.

24.Steelers (T, G, CB, NT, RB,) Mike Adams OT Ohio State

The Steelers offensive line has too many holes not to draft a lineman in the first round. Donta Hightower is a possibility but they need to protect Big Ben first.

25.Broncos (OL, C, DT, WR) Michael Brokers DT LSU

The Broncos were the talk of the NFL with signing Peyton Manning. Elway has done a tremendous job in the draft and makes a smart pick with Brokers helping out that defensive line.

26.Texans (WR, G, T, NT): Stephen Hill WR  G Tech

Andre Johnson desperately needs a threat to line up with him at the WR spot. Taking Hill here would give the Texans a threat outside taking the pressure off of Johnson to do it all himself.



27.Pats  (Pass Rusher, Safety, Corner Back, OLB, OL,) Nick Perry DE USC

The Pats have two picks in the first round and will most likely trade one. Again the Pats struggled getting to the QB and they have lost Mark Anderson to the Bills and who knows if Andre Carter will be coming back. Every year I have the Pats taking a pass rusher in the first round, will this be the year that they do it?

Nick Perry is a versatile player who can play DE or OLB something BB loves to see out of his players. Perry led the Pac 12 in sacks last season and had a total of 21.5 sacks in three years with USC.



Here is the scouting report from NFL Draft Countdown

Strengths:
• Good bulk with a muscular, yoked up physique
• Terrific athleticism with very good body control
• Explosive with excellent speed and a burst
• Is able to bend off the edge and run the arc
• Strong with more power than you'd expect
• Active, violent hands to strike and disengage
• Adequate run defender and surprisingly stout
• Fantastic range and does a nice job in pursuit
• Will offer positional and schematic versatility
• Pretty productive against quality competition

Weaknesses:
• Does not have ideal length ( height or arms )
• Stiff with average agility and change of direction
• Motor runs hot and cold and disappears at times
• Must develop additional rush moves / counters
• Questionable instincts and overall awareness

Injury History:
• Missed one game with a sprained ankle in 2011

Notes:
Was a two-year starter for the Trojans --- Named 1st Team All-Pac-12 in 2011 --- Led the Pac-12 in sacks in 2011 --- Could project to either defensive end or outside linebacker at the next level depending on the scheme --- 35 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press --- A workout warrior who really opened some eyes with combination of size, speed and strength at the Scouting Combine --- Inconsistent and too reliant on natural ability so must work on rounding out skill set but potential is undeniable --- One of the most dynamic pass rushers in this class.
 



Other Possibilities: Nick Perry DE USC, Chandler Jones DE Cuse, Alan Branch DE Clem, Courtney Upshaw OLB Ala, Hightower ILB Ala, Janoris Jenkins CB N. Ala,



28.Packers (LB, S, DE, RB CB)  Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama

The Packers need another LB to team up with Clay Matthews. Upshaw is a guy that fits that role and could step in and start right away for one of the Super Bowl favorites.

29.Ravens (LT, WR, C, LB) Peter Konz C Wis

While it would be very tempting for the Ravens to select Hightower, the ILB out of Alabama and have Ray Lewis groom him; Konz fits more of a need for the Ravens.



30.Niners (G, T, LB) Kevin Zeitler OG Stanford

The Niners covered some needs in free agency but not at the G position. Kevin is the exact type of player that they Niners need.



31. Patriots (Pass Rusher, Safety, Corner Back, OLB, OL,) Donta Hightower ILB Alamabama

I believe this is where the Patriots trade. I do not see them using both their picks in the first round. Getting a future first rounder would be ideal but if the Pats do take this pick they will have a few choices.  I could see them going with a Safety with this pick in Harrison Smith out of Norte Dame who was a four year starter, very high football IQ and plays special teams (an ideal Belichick player).

But in this mock I have Hightower slipping all the way to end of the first round. If Hightower is here he would be hard to let slip. Belichick has a great relationship with Nick Saban and loves getting his players. Hightower was a 1st team all American last season and totaled 85 tackles. He would team up with Mayo to make one of the best young line backing cores in the league.



Here is his scouting report from Draft Countdown:

Strengths:
• Outstanding frame and bulk with long arms
• Strong, powerful and will deliver the big hit
• Extremely stout run defender inside the box
• Shows the ability to take on / shed blockers
• Plays with heavy, violent and active hands
• Still has potential as pass rusher and blitzer
• Excellent instincts with a very high football IQ
• Will offer positional and schematic versatility
• Respected team leader and served as captain
• Mature and motivated with a great work ethic

Weaknesses:
• Struggles in space and is a liability in coverage
• Stiff with limited range, explosiveness and burst
• Not real agile and doesn't change directions well
• Limited repertoire of pass rush moves / counters
• Questionable motor and is too protective of legs
• May have some durability and conditioning issues




Notes:
A three-year starter for the Crimson Tide --- Named 2nd Team All-SEC in 2010 and 1st Team in 2011 --- Consensus 1st Team All-American in 2011 --- Was responsible for all the play calls and checks on one of the nation's premier defenses --- Graduated with a bachelor's degree in four years --- Lost a step after major knee injury early in career but is still quite a football player --- Much better against the run than the pass and may need to be protected within a scheme --- Could project to either inside or outside linebacker in a 3-4 or middle linebacker in a 4-3 but best fit will likely come in an odd front similar to the role he played in college --- Classic thumper with rare size and top intangibles.

NFL Player Comparison:Rolando McClain








Career Statistics
Year
GP
TKL
TFL
SACK
PBU
INT
2008
14
64
2.5
0.0
0
0
2009
4
16
4.0
1.0
1
0
2010
13
69
3.5
0.0
3
0
2011
13
85
11.0
4.0
3
1
Totals
44
235
21.0
5.0
7
1







32.Giants (G, S, TE, RB)  Doug Martin RB  Boise State

The Gmen lost Brandon Jacobs to free agency and this league is a two running back league. While they like Scott and Ware, my feeling is they draft their second rated running back after Richardson: Doug Martin, Lamar Miller, or David Wilson. 

Martin will give the Giants a very nice one-two punch once again.