Pre-Season 2012 NFL Draft Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks

1.Andrew Luck, QB Stanford(jr.)
2.Nick Foles, QB Arizona
3.Ryan Lindley, QB San Diego State
4.Landry Jones, QB Oklahoma(jr.)
5.Matt Barkley, QB USC(jr.)
6.Kellen Moore, QB Boise State
7.Tyler Wilson, QB Arkansas
8.Terrelle Pryor, QB Ohio State
9.John Brantley, QB Florida
10.Ryen Tannehill, QB Texas A&
11.Kirk Cousins, QB Michigan State
12.Brandon Weeden, QB Oklahoma State
13.Robert Griffin, QB Baylor
14.Geno Smith, QB West Virginia(jr.)

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Predicting all the Bowl Games

Let's roll through the Bowls, all 35 of them, in chronological order (maybe). I'm going to lay out who's playing in each one and then make a prediction on who'll win. Yet again I'll point out if I put money on my own predictions my kids would starve. I heartily recommend that you don't base anything financial on my predictions!

 New Mexico Bowl
 Who: BYU vs. UTEP
 Winner: BYU

 uDrove Humanitarian Bowl
 Who: Northern Illinois vs. Fresno State
 Winner: Fresno State

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Updated 2010 NFL draft positional rankings

Quarterbacks

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College Football Week One Preview

*** Firstly a note from the Editor - My apologies for the late arrival of this article. The Pitt/Utah game is already in the books but we've had some technical issues and we hope to give you a major site announcement very soon as well. A lot's been happening in the background in the run up to Week One but I can promise you we didn't re-write this article. Now over to Curt ***

College football is finally here and thank God. It couldn't come soon enough. This has been the longest offseason. I've had to deal with so much crap. From Lebron James and Tiger Woods to World Cup Soccer and all the whining that is Major League Baseball. Normally I can just tune out all the minutia but this year it was just too much to turn off.

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Best of the Bunch-Defensive Line Edition

I decided this year to take a little different approach to ranking defensive lines.  On one hand you could look at stats, which is what I see a lot of pundits do.  Defenses that don't allow a lot of rush yards per game get a nod.  You could think about the potential NFL millionaires along the line, or you can look at the ability to rush he passer.  This year, I really only had 2 lines to consider and what it ultimately came down to for me was star power. 

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Best of the Bunch: Running Backs

Running back is a position that it seems no matter how many guys end up in the NFL, there are always a load of talented ball carriers to light up our Saturdays.  This year is no exception.  Because of this, it makes putting a top ten units together, much less picking a best unit all the more difficult.  One thing I had to consider is depth.  Just like in the NFL, the days of the feature back are rare.  Most teams platoon two backs and in some cases 3.  They use complimentary players, and specialists to help round out their rush offense.  So if you are a team like Oklahoma with a great talent like Demarco Murray and a bunch of untested guys behind him, you aren’t going to be in the hunt for the top. 

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Super Sophomores for 2010

Last season we were able to see a near record number of Freshman have impacts on their teams success.  This is all well and good but being able to repeat that success and better yet, improve on it, is what will be key.  These players have set the bar very high, and here's a player from each conference that I think will push it even further in the 2010 season.

ACC

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Pre-Season Top 10, er uhm 25ish poll and National Championship Prediction and stuff...

Parity in college football has created two things.  First is a strong push toward a playoff system (which I will talk about in another article), and second it means the importance of the first poll of the year is greater than ever.  Where you start the season is tough to take away from you, if you win, but if you get a crappy draw opening week, how far you can climb is going to be limited.  You all know I don’t ever do a real Pre-Season Top 25, mainly because it’s just not that big of an issue.  Odds are, a team in the first top ten will win the title, so beyond ten, it’s a serious climb to a BCS birth beyond a Conference Title.  So without further ado, my Pre-Season Top Ten, all the rest in whatever order, and my National Championship Prediction sure to go wrong.

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My way too early Heisman Predictions...

When I look at the guys I think deserve a shot at the Heisman Trophy I typically put them in 3 groups.  First are the obvious front runners.  Guys who play in bigtime programs, and have the hard throbbing endorsement of the media and their names will rape our ears all season long.

Second is the group of guys who are poised to win it, but get almost no love preseason from the masses so they either can’t get their name out there in time (Ndamukong Suh), or don’t get enough pub at all (Ryan Mathews).

The third group is that “nukka what?” group.  I call them that because every time I mention their name in the Heisman discussion, someone says “nukka what?”

My frontrunners

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2010 Pre-Season All American Teams

1st Team Offense

RB
Mark Ingram
Alabama
 


RB
Dion Lewis
Pittsburgh



WR
Michael Floyd
Notre Dame

QB

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2012 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Lucas NixOG
Max GruderILB
Brandon LindseyOLB
Antwuan ReedCB
Chas AlecxihDT

2011 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Jonathan BaldwinWR 26Chiefs
Jabaal SheardDE 37Browns
Dion LewisRB 149Eagles
Jason PinkstonOT 150Browns
Greg RomeusDE 227Saints
Henry HynoskiFB

2010 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Nate ByhamTE 18249ers
Dorin DickersonTE 227Texans
Bill StullQB
Oderick TurnerWR
Robb HouserC
Mick WilliamsDT
Aaron BerryCB

2009 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
LeSean McCoyRB 53Eagles
Scott McKillopILB 14649ers
LaRod Stephens-HowlingRB 240Cardinals
Derek KinderWR 251Bears
C.J. DavisOG
Conredge CollinsFB
Rashaad DuncanDT

2008 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Jeff Otah OT 19Panthers
Mike McGlynn OG 109Eagles
Kennard Cox CB 251Jaguars

2007 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Darrelle Revis CB 14Jets
Clint Session OLB 136Colts
H.B. Blades OLB 179Redskins

2006 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Charles Spencer OT 65Texans
Josh Lay CB 174Saints

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