2013 NFL Draft Positional Rankings-Offensive Tackles

1.  Taylor LewanMichigan Grade-1st  Round

2. Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M Grade-1st Round

3. Jake Matthews, Texas A&M Grade-1st Round

4.   D.J. Fluker, Alabama Grade-2nd Round

5.  Eric Fisher, Central Michigan-2nd Round

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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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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
WR

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Clearing up the Undrafted Free Agency Sweepstakes

Of the hundreds of guys who go undrafted each year, some of them give up the dream of playing football and opt for further education like New Hampshire's Scott Sicko (DBI wishes you the best of luck by the way Scott). Some give up on the NFL and go play elsewhere but some of the luckier ones get picked up by NFL teams as Undrafted Free Agents. Some of these guys even end up being paid more than their colleagues drafted in rounds 5 onwards. How does that happen? Well quite simply, some of these guys are in very high demand with several teams chasing their signature. Competition, as any agent will tell you, is going to get you paid more.

Sure lots of guys signed as UDFAs are nothing but camp fodder but for some they have a chance to earn a spot in the league and for some, it's as more than a Special Teams demon and backup. Take a look at this lineup:

Offense

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2011 Positional Rankings

A really early look at 2011 Positional rankings

Quarterbacks

1 Ryan Mallett Arkansas
2 Jake Locker Washington
3 Andrew Luck Stanford
4 Nick Foles
Arizona

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Top 50 draft prospects...

Every draft I am asked to list the 100 players I believe that will be drafted in the first 100 picks. This is always a difficult task, mainly because rather than simply consider who the best 100 prospects are, you have to take into consideration which teams are picking when. Good players, and I mean really good players slip out of those first 3 rounds, because they aren't positions of need or they are just plain missed by the league. I have always felt pretty good that I can usually pull about 80 of the first 100 picks and I will continue to do it and hope to improve. But this year, I am going to add a little something. This is my list of the 50 best prospects from what I've seen regardless of where or by whom they will be drafted. To make it a little easier to follow, I have broken the players into groups, based on where I rate them compared to their peers.


Tier 1-The elite. It's normally not hard to get a group of ten guys you consider trul

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Senior Bowl Report: Wednesday's North Practice

I arrived fashionably late for the North’s Wednesday morning practice, deciding to get right to the meat of it – and upon my arrival North is running 11-on-11 and BANG!

B.J. Raji blows Alex Mack way back, all the way back into Graham Harrell before the play even develops.  I was still a little groggy, but I think there was a RB under that pile, perhaps a stretch play.

Harrell had a pocket on the next play, makes it through his progressions, but not at an NFL pace and not surprisingly Sheets drops the dump off with a little help from the defender bearing down on him – simply too slow to develop.   Sheets redeems his part a bit by taking a hard hit square in the back and hangs on to the ball.

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Senior Bowl Report: Tuesday's North Practice

North practice began with the same format and routine of drills – OL working in pairs with blocking pads, nothing noteworthy in there until they get working to a point when guys want to fight each other.

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Senior Bowl Report: Monday's North Practice

The first afternoon of practices presented the choice of attending the North squad’s at Ladd-Peebles or the South’s at Fairhope Stadium about 8 miles away at the exact same time. Besides being closer, I opted for the North because it’s a larger collection of less familiar names to most people.

But before perhaps the most interesting tidbits of Monday came before leaving the hotel – first, seeing Todd McShay, hopefully I’ll catch him later in the week and second, the entire Patriots scouting staff and before they split up to cover both practices, standing and sitting around me, discussing a number of topics:

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2012 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Cam JohnsonDE 23749ers
Chase MinnifieldCB
Corey MosleyS

2011 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Ras-I DowlingCB 33Patriots
Joe TorchiaTE
Zane ParrDE
Danny AikenLS

2010 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Chris CookCB 34Vikings
Rashawn JacksonFB
Mikell SimpsonRB
Will BarkerOT
Nate CollinsDT

2009 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Eugene MonroeOT 8Jaguars
Clint SintimOLB 45Giants
Cedric PeermanRB 185Ravens
John PhillipsTE 208Cowboys
Kevin OgletreeWR

2008 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Chris Long DE 2Rams
Branden Albert OT 15Chiefs
Tom Santi TE 196Colts

2007 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Jason Snelling RB 244Falcons
Marcus Hamilton CB 245Buccaneers

2006 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
D'Brickashaw Ferguson OT 4Jets
Brad Butler OT 143Bills
Marques Hagans WR 144Rams
Wali Lundy RB 170Texans
Kurt Smith K 188Chargers

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