Stanford's O-line trying to live up to reputation

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Stanford's offensive line was in the middle of a meeting during spring practices earlier this year when a few large visitors walked into the room. Current NFL linemen Jonathan Martin and David Yankey and former team captain Sam Schwartzstein popped in with a couple of other past players for a surprise history lesson. They educated the new crop of Cardinal linemen...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Stanford prepares for an imposing road in 2014

Burning the Nerds: Bennie Fowler of Michigan State got deep on the Stanford defense in the Rose, connecting here with quarterback Connor Cook on a 60-yard pass play (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports photo.) The Stanford Cardinal deserve full credit for winning the last two PAC-12 titles and beating the Oregon Ducks three years out of the last five, but the arrogance and elitism that emanates...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft-or-bust off: Vikings Select OL David Yankey

Once again we’re back to that post-draft sex sheen we all get when we start talking about young men in shorts who are now OURS. And since it coincides with the beginning of the long NFL offseason, we’ll take our damn time in reviewing each Vikings draft pick from 2014. In Purple Jesus Diaries’ NFL Draft-or-Bust Off 2014, we continue our amateur insight into the draft picks...
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May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota plays the game, drafts 6 for defense on final day

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Mike Zimmer talked to reporters on Thursday and said his first NFL Draft as a head coach went smoothly as he sat back and watched as Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman maneuvered around and got Minnesota's new coach a pass-rushing linebacker and possible franchise quarterback. Saturday's third day of the draft created some anxious moments for Zimmer...
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May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Meet the Vikings fifth-round pick offensive guard David Yankey

The Minnesota Vikings made their fifth-round selection Saturday, taking David Yankey out of Stanford. In the coming month, there will be plenty of coverage of the newest member of the Vikings. But in the meantime, here are five things to know about the offensive guard: 1) Living Down Under: Yankey was born in Australia. Playing his high school ball at Centennial High School in Roswell...
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May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders NFL Draft First Round Grade and Day Two Predictions

I know, I know. I was just a little off with my first round prediction for the Raiders. However, let’s be honest, how many of you actually had Kahlil Mack actually falling to the Raiders? I did a Twitter poll before the draft and NOBODY saw it coming.  For instance, reader Nick Rechtschaffer @WakeOfOrion said “Raiders 100% going WR” Who could blame him? Who would have thought...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Cover32′s Washington Redskins NFL Draft predictions

Draft day 2014 will begin with the Redskins on standby as they currently sit without a first round pick. The action starts with the Houston Texans in possession of the first overall selection, and the Redskins writers for Cover32 have something to say before it all unfolds. See who the Redskins plan to go after when the action begins, and who falls to them as the draft goes on. There’s...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Miami Dolphins: The 2014 7-Round Mock Draft

The Dolphins followed a theory many teams have used over the decades to make themselves better in the offseason. By using free agency to find starters and re-sign key players, this is a franchise that can use the Draft to find depth and maybe a starter or two.Either way, the Dolphins want to take another step forward towards being a playoff team in 2014.Here is a look at the seven...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

On the Cowboys radar: David Yankey, G, Stanford

We’re just a few days away from the Cowboys pulling the trigger on 16th pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.But as many know, teams are usually built on picks from later rounds, not players chosen in the first.The Cowboys have a need on the offensive line, not as strongly as they do on the other side of the ball, but the guard position is of weakness.As they trudge through the latter rounds...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

11 Players the Dallas Cowboys Should Target in NFL Draft

Let's put Johnny Manziel aside for a minute.We've spent plenty of time talking about the potential of Manziel going to the Dallas Cowboys, but here I'm going to look at 11 players who the Cowboys should target aside from Mr. Manziel.These aren't all instant impact players, but they are players who can be a big part of the Cowboys' future, and are spread among a few different positions...
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May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Should the Chargers consider drafting a guard if one of the top talents slip?

If you saw the running game of the Chargers last year, you knew that the Bolts ran much better to the outside than straight up the gut. This was mostly due to the fact that the guards that we ran with, Clary and Ohrnberger (I love his twitter more than his play)/Rinehart were improved, but still fairly marginal. The Chargers must address this need in the draft and though there are...
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April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft Prospect: David Yankey

TOJ Offensive Line Guru, Mike Nolan continues his scouting reports on linemen that the New York Jets could target in the NFL Draft.  Today he takes a closer look at Stanford Guard David Yankey. Tale of the Tape Name: David Yankey From: Roswell, GA School: Stanford Height: 6’6″ Weight: 315 pounds Arm Length: 34″ Hand Size: 9 1/2″ Bench Press: 22 Reps 40 Time: 5.48...
Via Turn On The Jets
April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Broncos Working Out Miami QB Stephen Morris & Ole Miss WR Donte Moncrief

  Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that the Broncos will bring in Miami QB Stephen Morris and Ole Miss WR Donte Moncrief for workouts in the near future.  It’s interesting to see that the Broncos are considering their options at these positions as they have plenty of depth at receiver and have already drafted a few young quarterbacks in Brock Osweiler and Zac Dysert. ...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

5 Options for the Seahawks in Round 1

Decisions, Decisions With the 2014 NFL Draft coming up, the Seattle Seahawks are working behind closed doors to put together their draft board. Pete Carroll and John Schneider have been tinkering for some time now and we all know it. But what exactly are they working on? Whose tape are they watching? Whose Combine or Pro Day impressed them the most? Those are the questions that...
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April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Denver Broncos mock draft round 1-4: Post free agency

The last time we sat down in the proverbial cover32 War Room, we talked about the Broncos going full defense due to some serious deficiencies on that side of the ball. John Elway laughed, reached into his magical free agency hat, and pulled out three defensive Pro-Bowlers. Hard hitting strong safety, TJ Ward, lock down cornerback Aqib Talib, and sure fire hall of fame defensive end...
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March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

On The Clock: Seattle Seahawks

Champions of Super Bowl XLVIII, the Seattle Seahawks will have the thirty-second pick in the NFL Draft.  The Seahawks are not desperate to fill any particular position but they can certainly add some fresh, young talent to their team.  They can address some of their needs on the offensive side of the ball with their first round decision. Top candidates for the Seattle Seahawks...
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March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind: 5 reasons Seahawks will win Super bowl 49 & more

It’s been one month since the Seahawks won the Super bowl and the offseason delirious boredom has begun. To keep your football fiending satisfied we stay on top of all of the developments. Here’s our top stories from this week. Seahawks Columns - Michael Bennett defects to Russia (READ) - Marshawn Lynch goes Beast Mode on fashion police (READ) - 5 reasons the Seahawks will win...
Via cover32 - Seahawks
March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Round 2

NFL Mock Draft - We’ve given you a couple of different versions of what we think the first round of the NFL draft will look like so this time around we wanted to go a little deeper. After the first round of the draft that is where scouts, gm’s and team presidents really earn their money. NFL Mock Draft Round 2 33. Houston Texans: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State 34. Washington...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Giants draft wish list: Interior linemen

The New York Giants have some work to do in the offseason to bolster an offensive line that was among the NFL’s worst in 2013. Fortunately for them, the draft is stocked with talented interior linemen that could provide instant improvements. cover32’s list of the top 10 interior linemen in the 2014 NFL Draft class is awfully impressive. The offensive line should be a top priority...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Hog wild: 10 O-Linemen for the Redskins to draft

While other positions may be at the top of the Redskins’ “wish list,” there’s also a clear consensus about the fact that Washington needs to add depth along the offensive line. This week, I’ll be looking at the top ten center and offensive guard prospects in the NFL Draft. These are actually particularly difficult positions to assess because of the fluid nature of offensive...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Can the Seahawks yank an elite guard in the draft?

As you might expect from a Super bowl champion, the Seattle Seahawks don’t have many weaknesses. They have the best defense in the NFL, possibly the best special teams, and one of the deepest rosters. If there is a major blemish it’s the offensive line. A while back I wrote that the team needs help on the O line as soon as possible. The best thing the group can do is to stay...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The Combine’s biggest winners and losers – Offense

The combine is always an extremely over rated evaluation tool, in my opinion. 95% of what I need to see is on the tape. There are certain guys who I look for in certain drills more than others, but generally it’s of little consequence. Some guys time better in a track setting than others, but it doesn’t mean they’re faster on the football field. Others lift more on the bench...
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February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Best fits for the Miami Dolphins to look out for at the NFL combine

The first set of combine workouts on Saturday showcases the Offensive lineman and Tight Ends. We’ve taken a look at my rankings at each position previously, but here are the players that fit Miami specifically (scheme wise) the best.   In order to not bore you with a 10 page article on every draft prospect, let’s stay with players I have as either 1st or 2nd round picks. Be...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 5: Players to watch at the Combine

The NFL Combine is under way and even though the Indianapolis Colts do not own a first round pick, does not mean that they will not be paying close attention to players in the next few days. The Colts have major needs at corner, offensive line and secondary. The depth in the year’s draft might help them out. Below is a list of five players every Colts fan should be watching in...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Draft Rumors: Cardinals, Vikings, Buccaneers, Bears, C.J. Mosely

Here’s a collection of some the news and rumors regarding the NFL Draft.   2014 Draft Class Steelers GM Kevin Colbert reiterated on Thursday that he believes this is the deepest draft class he’s ever seen. “I’ve been doing this for 30 years,” Colbert said. “This is the deepest draft I’ve ever seen. We felt that way … even before the underclassmen came in. Even during...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss
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