First Round Breakdown - The Quarterbacks

As the 2011 NFL draft approaches, even with all the concerns over a potential work stoppage and all the things that go along with it, the draft is happening and with the added dynamics we could see some real changes in how teams approach the draft philosophically.

As I see it, at worst there are 3 quarterbacks that will be taken in the first round.  I personally have 4 quarterbacks with first round grades.  But in a year where there could be a hard rookie salary cap the financial risk of drafting a player who may not pan out is diminished and that could mean teams will go ahead and draft a quarterback in the first round thatin past years they would wait until the 2nd or 3rd round.  So in a best case scenario, I can see 8 or 9 quarterbacks go, if not in the first 32 picks, in the first two rounds for sure.

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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


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Snap Judgment - Week 3 Edition

Another week of the college season is in the books, and even though it happens every year, I always forget just how much better the matchups are in college as opposed to the NFL.  We had so many great games this weekend that the media were touting as not being premier. Make no mistake, they were great.  I am operating on about 10 hours of games, and 3 hours of sleep, so like Prince said, “I was dreamin’ when I wrote, forgive me if I go astray.”

Tide keeps on rollin’

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Heisman Frontrunners: Week 2 Edition

Two weeks into the college football season, and I suppose it's time to offer up the 5 guys I think are the frontrunners for the Heisman Trophy.  Probably no real suprises here, except maybe one.

1. Kellen Moore QB Boise State - My preseason pick and I am sticking with him.  Showed all the skill and poise expected of him in the preseason.  Only one game in the books, but I expect his stats to go through the roof.

2. Terrell Pryor QB Ohio State - Won a big game against Miami and put up huge numbers doing it.  I don't consider him the most outstanding player in the country, but if they win out, he'll almost certainly be the reason and that gets him the gold.

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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: Quarterbacks

Last year, I lumped my quarterbacks and running backs together for my best of the bunch articles, but this year, the groups are so different I felt like it was only fair to both groups to give each their own breakdown.  Obviously, when I look at the best quarterback unit in the nation, I have to give some consideration to depth, but let’s be honest.  The best quarterbacks in the nation are the reason their team wins or loses and as much as we’d like to say that the backups can come in and the teams won’t miss a beat, we know it isn’t true. 

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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

Mark Ingram

Dion Lewis

Michael Floyd
Notre Dame


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My entirely too early 2011 NFL mock draft

The draft order for this mock is based on a highly scientific formula.  I simulated an entire season of Madden 2010 on the Xbox 360 and this was the order it gave me. 

Pick Team Player Pos College
1 Jacksonville Jaguars Jake Locker
QB Washington
2 Buffalo Bills Ryan Mallett
QB Arkansas
3 Cleveland Browns Michael Floyd

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2012 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Alameda Ta'amuDT 109Steelers
Senio KelemeteOG 151Cardinals
Chris PolkRB
Jermaine KearseWR

2011 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Jake LockerQB 8Titans
Mason FosterOLB 84Buccaneers
Nate WilliamsS

2010 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Donald ButlerILB 79Chargers
Daniel Te'o-NesheimDE 86Eagles
Paul HomerFB
Ben OssaiOT

2009 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Juan GarciaC

2008 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team

2007 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Isaiah Stanback WR 103Cowboys
Dashon Goldson S 12649ers

2006 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Joseph Toledo OT 114Dolphins

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