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2016 NFL Draft: ACC’s Top Five Prospects at Each Position

2015 is full of high hopes for many ACC teams. With the departure of the former Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, many programs feel it’s their time to emerge as a conference leader. Unfortunately for those programs a new quarterback star has emerged in the ACC and looks to be leading the Tigers to new heights in 2015. Deshaun Watson had a great freshman year in spite of the...
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2016 NFL Draft: Transfer Vernon Adams Earns Starting Nod for Oregon

Oregon will hand the keys to its quick-hitting spread offense to another athletic quarterback this season. The seventh-ranked Ducks named transfer Vernon Adams Jr. starting quarterback heading into the start of the season according to the depth chart released by the school yesterday. By Cory Burrell Adams attended Eastern Washington University, a FCS school, where he was the Eagles’...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 NFL Draft: C-USA’s Top Five Prospects by Position

Not a glamour conference by any stretch of the imagination; but the talent, while devout of any household names is definitely there in the C-USA. By: Uri Piterberg See All Of Our Conference PreviewsBig Ten – SEC – Pac-12 – Mountain West – MAC Leading the senior class this year for C-USA is by far and away the running back class, which at this moment boasts three prospects...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 NFL Draft: Meet the Dream Bowl, a Small-School Focused All-Star Event

Every year, there are plenty of college football all-star games for prospects to choose from. From California to Florida and many places in between, seniors from across the country get invited or choose which event they want to attend in an effort to be noticed by pro teams. I’ve had the privilege of attending most of the major all-star games across the country over the last seven years...
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2016 NFL Draft: Arkansas Jonathan Williams, a Top-Three Round Prospect, To Miss “Extended Period of Time”

Arkansas’ leading running back from last year is expected to miss a significant portion of the 2015 season because of a foot injury. Senior running back Jonathan Williams injured his left foot Saturday in the team’s scrimmage and will miss an “extended period of time” according to a statement from the university. By Cory Burrell According to the statement, Williams will require...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 NFL Draft: MAC’s Top Five Prospects by Position

The MAC should be a highly competitive conference in 2015, particularly with Bowling Green QB Matt Johnson returning from injury. The games are known for high scoring affairs (and a lack of defense really), and while Northern Illinois has been the dominant force over the years they should have stiff competition from Bowling Green, Toledo, and Western Michigan. By Matt and Mike Vahey...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 NFL Draft: Michigan State Senior Linebacker Ed Davis Out for the Season

Michigan State’s defense has suffered a major loss before the season even started. Fifth-year senior linebacker Ed Davis will miss the 2015 season for the sixth-ranked Spartans after injuring his knee in practice Wednesday. By Cory Burrell According to a statement from Michigan State Head Coch Mark Dantonio, Davis suffered the injury in the middle of practice, but it was not until...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 NFL Draft: Mountain West’s Top Five Prospects At Each Position

With a hefty amount of talent in the NFL today from the Mountain West, using pro potential as a recruiting tool for any prospect making the high school to college jump is logical and is not far fetched. With names like Bobby Wagner (Utah State), Doug Martin (Boise State), Colin Kaepernick (Nevada), Tashaun Gipson (Wyoming) and Logan Mankins (Fresno State), the Mountain West has no...
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2016 NFL Draft: Talented Yet Linebacker Davon Durant Moves from Arizona State to Marshall

Davon Durant went from highly-touted JUCO recruit for Arizona State University to being dismissed from the Sun Devils before participating in a single practice, all in the span of less than a year. Now the talented-yet-troubled linebacker has found a new team to play for – starting in 2016. Durant transferred to Marshall University, where he is expected to play for the Thundering...
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2015 NFL Season: Top Five Free Agents Still Available for Needy Teams

At the start of training camp, fan bases around the country begin to get excited and talk about their teams prospects (and likely talk trash about the New England Patriots deflate gate saga), but it’s also a time teams are evaluating their rosters and making decisions on where they’re deficient. Super Bowl contenders and rebuilding teams alike both will use the next few weeks...
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2016 NFL Draft: Pac-12’s Top Five Seniors at Each Position

The Pac-12 has a ton of draft-eligible talent this year; however, most of them are underclassmen. The senior class in the Pac 12 is devoid of the type of talent that gets your juices flowing. The senior class is headlined by Oregon’s DeForest Buckner, Stanford’s Kyle Murphy and Utah’s Devontae Booker as each of them have the ability to become game-changing talents for their...
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2016 NFL Draft: Top Draft Prospect Tyler Boyd Suspended for Pittsburgh’s Opening Game

Two of the University of Pittsburgh’s top players will be starting their 2015 season a week later than expected. Head Coach Pat Narduzzi announced Monday that junior wide receive Tyler Boyd  and sophomore defensive end Rori Blair. had been suspended for the Panthers’ opening game against Youngstown State University. By Cory Burrell Boyd and Blair were charged in separate DUI...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 NFL Draft: SEC’s Top Five Prospects at Each Position

Each and every year the most talent-laden conference in the FBS division one football is the South Eastern Conference. Over the last three years 80 underclassmen from the SEC have declared themselves eligible early for the draft. This year the SEC’s top prospects are loaded with underclassmen talent yet again as they cloud the conference top players by position. The pro-potential...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 NFL Draft: Joey Bosa Among Four Suspended for Ohio State’s Opener

When Ohio State and Virginia Tech square off a little more than a month from now in a highly-anticipated season opener, the reigning-champion Buckeyes will be missing some important contributors. Ohio State announced Thursday it has suspended four players from the September 7th opener against the Hokies, including 2014’s defensive player of the year Joey Bosa. By Cory Burrell The...
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July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Training Camp: Colts WR Duron Carter Could Turn Second Chance into Starting Spot

For many American players in the CFL, the league is a second chance at playing professional football. The odds are stacked against even the best of college football players to last in the NFL, and the CFL provides a new path to continue playing at a high level. For Duron Carter, the CFL was his last stop before potentially rock bottom for his football career. Four colleges, three...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

2016 NFL Draft: Big Ten’s Top Five Prospects at Each Position

The Big Ten conference has regained its spot in the national spotlight, highlighted by Ohio State’s national championship run. They seemed primed and ready to make another strong push for the playoffs again in 2015, but have a big decision to make at the starting QB position. By Matt Vahey and Mike Vahey Michigan State will be a strong contender in the East lead by Quarterback...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Football Rookies: Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon Lead Top-25 Rookie Projections

Evaluating college talent and projecting their eventual destinations is what makes the NFL Draft process such an entertaining and debate-provoking area of the NFL off-season. But once these players are drafted, the focus begins to shift away from their college evaluation and more towards how they fit with their new team. Looking at the top offensive rookies from a fantasy-focused...
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Training Camp: Saints Cornerback Delvin Breaux is a Story, and a Talent, Worth Learning About

Almost every current NFL player has followed a very similar path: standout high school career, some success in college, and get either drafted or signed after their final college season. Delvin “Chip” Breaux’s journey from CFL to NFL isn’t unprecedented, lead by past successes like Doug Flutie, Warren Moon and Cameron Wake. But Breaux’s severe spine injury in high school...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

2016 NFL Draft: Braxton Miller’s NFL Potential As He Moves on from Quarterback

Ohio State’s quarterback controversy may have been the most unique in recent college football history. Braxton Miller is a two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. JT Barrett owns the Big Ten record for touchdowns in a season despite having his year cut short. Cardale Jones is 3-0 in his college career with a National Champion win. It’s a fantastic problem to have for Urban...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: Irony Abound in Green-Beckham’s Opportunity to Replace Justin Hunter

According to a report by The Tennessean, Justin Hunter turned himself in to Virgina Beach police on Monday, where he was booked on a charge of “stabbing, cutting, wounding” with “malicious intent.” By Cory Burrell The incident occurred July 3 at the Sandbar Raw Bar where, according to a statement given by officer James Cason as told to The Virginian-Pilot, police broke up...
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July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

2016 NFL Draft: SEC Media Day Review

The SEC, a perennial powerhouse conference, always seems to have multiple BSC Championship contenders, along with a abundance of talented players, many whom NFL teams are eager to draft once their collegiate careers have ended. From dual threat quarterbacks and star running backs to tremendous offensive linemen and NFL-ready defensive ends, the SEC is arguably the premier conference...
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July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

2017 NFL Draft: Florida State Sophomore RB Dalvin Cook Being Investigated for Battery

Dalvin Cook, sophomore running back for Florida State is under investigation for the battery of a woman outside a bar, according to a report by The Tallahassee Democrat. The State attorney is seeking an arrest. According to the police report obtained by The Tallahassee Democrat, the incident took place June 23rd outside of a bar in Tallahassee. By: Cory Burrell According to The...
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July 10, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Supplemental Draft: Isaiah Battle in Rams Plans “a Year from Now”

The St. Louis Rams selected Isaiah Battle (Offensive Tackle, Clemson University) in the NFL 2015 Supplemental Draft Thursday. It was the first and only selection in this year’s supplemental draft. By: Cory Burrell According to Optimum Scouting’s Eric Galko’s projections for players in the supplemental draft, Battle “immediately looks the part of an outside lineman in the...
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July 10, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Supplemental Draft: Ranking, Evaluating, Projecting the Seven Eligible Prospects

Since 2009, the Supplemental Draft has seen seven players selected, including four players picked using top-four round picks. After a two-year hiatus from a selection, the last being the infamous Josh Gordon selection, it looks as though we should have at least one pick this year. The Supplemental Draft is for players who have a valid reason for leaving college entering their senior...
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July 07, 2015  |  Discuss

2016 NFL Draft: Way Too Early Top-32 Big Board

The 2015 NFL Draft is in the books, but it’s never too early to peak ahead to the following year and begin getting a feel for where it’s strengths and weaknesses are. NFL teams have learned to consider the talent in future years, as it should have an impact on current year draft strategy. Many NFL teams have their preliminary 2016 board on file, as do we. In a 2016 class that...
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May 04, 2015  |  Discuss
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