Iowa’s Riley Reiff is widely regarded as the second best offensive tackle in this year’s draft behind USC’s Matt Kalil. Reiff started eleven of thirteen games as a redshirt freshman and finished his college career starting every game in his sophomore and junior seasons. He started a few games at guard as a freshman but started every game in his final two years at left tackle.
Morris Claiborne is considered one of the safest picks in the 2012 NFL Draft because it’s nearly unanimous that he has the elite athleticism, size and speed to be a shut-down corner on the professional level. Throw in excellent ball-awareness and plus return ability and you have a prospect who every NFL squad would love to have.
Perhaps the biggest benefactor in Tannehill’s rise up the mock-draft database is the NFL’s new rookie wage-scale. As we saw last year with the surprising selections of Jake Locker and Christian Ponder, clubs will not be a afraid to take a first round chance on a potential quarterback of the future. With the wage-scale, the penalty isn’t nearly as severe or expensive if a team swings and misses on a prospective signal-caller.
It’s rare to see a running hit top speed so quickly. Lamar Miller seems almost like he has a rocket on his back when his hands touch the ball. With excellent cuts and blazing speed, all this former Miami Hurricane needs is a window. It’s no contest in a foot race, as Lamar Miller’s 40 time was clocked in at a impressive 4.40 and the NFL combine.
In just a matter of months, book stores and web sites will get flooded with fantasy football guides. In every one of those publications they are going to base most of their rankings on last year’s stats. While last year is a good place to start, buyer beware. Every year guys have one or two good games that inflate their stats and make them look more productive than they really were. Here are five guys that you need be careful with. Make sure you look beyond the stats so you don’t pick them too early.
Time to update your mock draft, the Philadelphia Eagles have some bad news. On a day where Gridiron Experts so innocently posted a gallery of hot Eagles Cheerleaders, it was reported that left tackle Jason Peters had ruptured his Achilles’ tendon and will be done for the 2012 NFL season. This is …
At 6-foot-1, Justin Blackmon isn’t the tallest target coming out of this year’s receiver crop, yet his burst off the line and ability to physically out-play defenders ranks him far beyond the competition. With strong hands and excellent push off, defenders struggle to keep Blackmon in check for a full game.
The Chicago Bears have formally begun to reinvent their team for the upcoming season. Bears fans have long waited for the organization to make much anticipated acquisitions to add to the struggling offense. So, when new Bears GM Phil Emery made a play to establish his new found authority by going out and getting pro-bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall from the Miami Dolphins, it looked as if the Bears would be getting a number one wide receiver as well as uniting Marshall with former Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler. It was a match made in heaven, but now the deal appears to be one-sided for Chicago as bad-boy Brandon is up to his usual antics again and is on the verge of a possible suspension. The biggest question now is how concerned should the Chicago Bears be about their newest team member?