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The Season began with a fury, well over 175  free agents were signed by 5pm Tuesday.  58 Wide Receivers, 32 Offensive Lineman and the list goes on.    Our friend and former guest on the podcast David Mimms is now a Kansas City Chief, the road grader who simply said. ” Thats what I do”.

RB – Damien Berry is now on the raven roster, perhaps the RB with the most dynasty long term value.  The Miami college prospect is a good blocker, puts forth excellent effort, is a tough durable runner who fights for yards.  He never fumbled at Miami, Ozzie had to like that.   Mr. Berry is a very physical back, that needs to work on his quickness, but we like the fit on the Ravens offense.

RB – Derrick Locke is now with the St. Louis Rams. Well he was at first but ends up with the Vikings.  Chris was fast to point out, that with his slight frame there is no way he can end up being a fantasy producer for you, now or in the future.  I agree with Chris, but still feel the player is worthy of note.  His presence as a pass catching flat option can take some of those plays away from All Day – A. Peterson, helping him stay on the field all year and prevent unnecessary wear and tear. I will point out that he is a blazer, originally signed to a track scholarship.  He is not Chris Johnson, but he brings that type of speed and quickness to the field.  I, like Chris am just not sure how many hits he can take.  He is a very polished receiver.  5’8″, 186

OL – Garret Chisom, OT S Carolina,  He was a walk on his Junior year, very smart , won both performance awards and academic awards.  Miami signed him, given the patchwork OL the fish threw out on the field a few times last year this guy should be a contributor.

QB – Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin, goes to San Diego. He posted a very impressive near 73% completion percentage, albeit in a run oriented offense.  He threw for 16 TD and only 6 picks.  He is mobile, familiar with lining up under center or in the shotgun,  very smart and knows the game.  Questions surround his ability to hit on the deep ball.  Chris threw me in when I brought this kid up, but keep in mind, he is the only QB under contract in San Diego besides P Rivers right now.   He won the Johnny Unitus award last year.

LB – Scott Lutrus, Conn., goes to Jacksonville.  This one worthy of note in dynasty IDP leagues.  Two time team captain, a four year starter, size is good enough to play in the NFL and has very good field awareness.  He needs to develop quickness and add some bulk.  The red flag on Scott was that he missed 8 games in 2 years due to neck stingers.    The Jags need playmakers and he is one, he has a shot.  Watcht he Jags LB position, they need a name ot play starting week 1, any free agent they grab and pay big bucks to is IDP tackle gold.

DE – Ryan Winterswyk, DE signs with the Falcons.  The Boise graduate brings attitude and work ethic.   He is a high effort guy who just keeps on working.  Given the disappointment along the Atlanta’s Defensive Line the last few years he also has a good shot to stick.  This guy was a walk on DB in college!  He needs to work on his ability to shed blockers at first contact.  He hurt his knee in July last year and really was never the same player all year.

TE – Mike McNeil, from Nebraska.  The jersey #44 TE signed with, you guessed it, the Colts.  As a Junior he started in all 12 games,  posting 32 catches for 442 yards, a Nebraska record at TE.  He is a fluid receiver, capable of catching in stride with tight coverage.  He is a receiving TE pure and simple, his blocking is way below average.   His routes are very sharp and crisp.  Last year he spent more time lined up as a WR in the slot than at TE.  His jumping and sticky hands will get him a roster spot or on the practice squad.  This is a name worth placing on your deep dynasty keeper list.  He needs to work on gaining some separation from defenders.  One of my favorite UDFA’s.

Adam Froman, friend of the show and former guest is now an Atlanta Falcon.  Download our interview with him or check this site for more info on Adam, we are not alone in thinking he is an excellent developmental QB.  His decision to go to Atlanta in my opinion is awesome, a class organization that knows what it is doing.  He will be working with a great QB coach and watching Matt Ryan.  He has a good cadre of WR deep on the depth charts  to work with in practice.  He has been chomping at the bit to get to work and his attitude, work ethic and athletic skills put him in positon to stick and learn.

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July 27th, 2011

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Click here to listen to Bob & Chris discuss how the teams of the NFC East made out on draft day. Which rookies do we need to keep an eye on & how do they impact players already on the roster?

 

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July 10th, 2011

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Click Here to listen to The weekly Hot Stove, where Bob & Chris break down the latest NFL news & notes.

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June 29th, 2011

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The good people at http://www.bodog.eu/ have unveiled their odds for Offensive Rookie of the Year. Here’s a quick breakdown (quick note: allpurposeroto.com does not endorse gambling of any kind [that you know of] if you choose to bet on any of these players you do so of your own volition)

 

Cam Newton – odds 11/2
Who’s he throwing to if Steve Smith really is available for a 3rd round pick?

Julio Jones – odds 11/2
If Matty Ice likes him as much as it sounds like he does could be an interesting one.

A.J. Green – odds 13/2
Probably the most talented player, but has a rookie throwing to him.

Mark Ingram – odds 15/2
If the Falcons mortgaging their draft (and their team depth in the process) comes back to haunt them and the team struggles, Ingram is a steal at these odds. Offensive Rookies of the year typically come from teams with winning records and the Saints are a perennial contender.

Mikel LeShoure – odds 12/1
If the recent NFL has taught us anything it’s that you can find a big time Running Back late in drafts (or on the free agent pile), so I’m still struggling to figure out why the Lions have now paid a premium price to trade up for a Running Back two years running.

Christian Ponder – odds 14/1
Has top flight weapons if he has time to get the ball to them.

Shane Vereen – odds 14/1
It currently appears that the Patriots will carry 34 running backs on their roster. Vereen’s versatility makes him interesting, but he may not get his opportunity until too late in the year to be the ROY.

Stevan Ridley – odds 14/1
Blown away that he has the same odds as Vereen. Feel like his odds should be longer for this to be worthwhile.

Titus Young – odds 14/1
Really like Titus, but the Lions offense would have to be 99 Rams-esque for him to get consideration.

Andy Dalton – odds 15/1
Can’t give him consideration since he’ll be haunting my dreams for the foreseeable future.

Daniel Thomas – odds 15/1
There are no other RBs on the Dolphin’s roster, how exactly is he a bigger longshot then Stevan Ridley?

Jake Locker – odds 16/1
hmmmmm…..

Torrey Smith – odds 16/1
Hard to imagine him putting up the numbers to justify being ROY.

Ryan Williams – odds 18/1
God no (read the Arizona GM/Franchise Draft Analysis for further clarification).

Jonathan Baldwin – odds 20/1
The team runs way too much for this to happen.

Randall Cobb – odds 20/1
A Greg Jennings injury could make this happen. Has a much better chance than Torrey Smith.

Blaine Gabbert – odds 22/1
Don’t know if he has a talented enough receiving core to help him win.

Kyle Rudolph – odds 25/1
A Tight End has never won Offensive Rookie of the Year. Like him long term, but not a ROY

Leonard Hankerson – odds 25/1
As I said previously, ROYs typically come from winning teams, are the Skins beating the Giants, Eagles or Cowboys?

 

MY PICK: Jake Locker, with a side of Julio Jones & Daniel Thomas.

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June 28th, 2011

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Click Here to listen to Bob & Chris talk to Ryan Burns, Editor in Chief of footballsickness.com about the Cleveland Browns and the 2011 NFL Draft. Also Bob & Chris discuss the AFC West draft & more.

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June 23rd, 2011

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June 22nd, 2011

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BAN THE NFL DRAFT Dreaded PHONE CALL MOMENTS

 

The 2011 NFL Draft coverage has come and gone but it did not disappoint.  The NFL network and ESPN  delivered  full coverage and access to the draft process, to include the thrilling phone call moments the league loves to broadcast. The articles football fans crave this time of year are usually data driven and loaded up with rankings, statistics and predictions.  This article is not one of those, but is vastly more important for us all.  Listen to me on the weekly radio show and I am usually even keeled, calm, the wise mature voice of reason.  I will however come clean, and confess my sins to you all; I am beyond irritated with one element of the draft coverage.

I have used up all my tolerance, and can no longer accept the insistence by the NFL and the networks to televise the “dreaded phone call moments” (DPCM’s).    If we show the Saints on the clock, and Mark Ingram on the phone, what is the point to have the Commissioner come out to the podium and tell us: “with the 22nd pick of the 1st round the New Orleans Saints select Mark Ingram.”

Why can’t we build a little drama and have 6 potential draftees up on the screen in a grid, then watch their reaction as one, or none of them have their name called by the commissioner?  I personally would love to see a split screen with Mel Kiper, Todd McShay and the Commissioner when he  announced the  Bills selected RB  CJ Spillar.  I mean, that would be entertaining.

This year, D’Qwan Bowers fell to #39, when Tampa Bay selected him.  A golden opportunity was missed , if only a  web cam had caught his reaction when  he was selected, without a phone call tipping it of first?  We would have seen relief, joy, and then anger, all in 30 seconds.   I am a believer this is one  wickedly motivated dude, ready to make some teams REALLY regret passing on him.

The other view, why televise the dreaded “phone call moment”?  OK, so lets accept this tactic and cover why it enhances our viewing pleasure.   I can’t!  I can’t imagine one reason to ruin the surprise, to spoil my fun, to drastically diminish the draw of the Commissioner announcing the pick.  Are the DPCM’s there just so each network can say they had the scoop first, by like 11 seconds, I mean that does not change which channel all of us are watching.

With 3 laps to go in the Indy 500 we cut to Jeff Gordon’s pit crew getting ready in victory lane and cover them getting the champagne ready, meanwhile the last three laps tick off, along with 2 lead changes.    I want the drama, I want the Commissioner to deliver the news, ban the phone calls.  Last, heed my words because in two years it won’t be phone calls, it will be tweets and text messages rampantly being televised, cameras will pan the top prospects reading text messages . . . . . pathetic, like watching paint dry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 16th, 2011

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The 2011 NFL draft is in the books, and the explosion of opinions in regard to the future roles of the rookie running backs selected is alarming.   Tune in to any radio show, podcast, or any fantasy football website and you will find experts predicting great things for drafted  rookies.  In association with those lofty predictions, you will find the corresponding negative spin on the player that the rookie will be stealing carries away from.  T Jones to pull carries away from Run DMC?  Not so fast.  Donald Brown to be shown the door in Indy?  Count me as one who hopes so, but I might want to slow down my reaction.

Now, don’t get me wrong, there are some rookies who will have fantasy relevance this year, and even more who will have impacts in 2012.  I am here to tell you that we all need to drink a little reality before we jump and take Alex Green in the 3rd round, and expect him to help this year , let alone in 2012.  The Packers are loaded for bear again,  will the rookie Green be out on the field protecting the franchise QB in the first8 weeks?  Don’t count on it.

It’s time for a walk back in time,  a time, when like today, we were reading about the crop of rookie running backs in years gone by and getting just as excited.  Doubt you did?  Let me help you with a few names to jog your memory.  Having trouble confronting the ugly truth?  Time to pony up, you loved Hardesty, Ben Tate,  James Davis a steal in round 6.   All of these guys had impacts to us, we overdrafted them, or worse, we lowered the value of the entrenched starter.

Player

NFL Team

Round

Year

Ben Tate would hit Foster and be the man

Houston

2

2010

M. Hardesty a gem in Clev, feature back for sure

Clev

2

2010

Joe McNight would affect Greene PPR

NYJ

4

2010

J Dwyer to hurt Mendenhall, 20% pooch of carries

Pitt

6

2010

Donald Brown to ruin Adai, or t least split carries

Colts

1

2009

C Wells heir apparent-future star, in the bank

Arz

1

2009

Glen Coffee to really hurt Gore and then win job

SF

3

2009

Cedric Peerman, great sleeper, important handcuff

Balt

6

2009

James Davis – a steal a for sure starter

Clev

6

2009

Bernard Scott – tons of opportunity, talent

Cinn

6

2009

Steve Slaton – fantasy gold, in perfect position

Houston

3

2008

Ryan Torian, this is the year, how many times?

Denv

5

2008

Chris Henry – stunning workouts / workhorse

Tenn

2

2007

Brian Leonard, will get 20% of S. Jackson’s carries

STL

2

2007

Brandon Jackson,  finally an every down back in GB

Gbay

2

2007

Tony Hunt, experts said he was the deal

Phild

3

2007

Antonio Pittman, desperate for a bell cow to emerge

New Orl.

4

2007

LenDale White – future every down back

Tenn

2

2006

Leon Washington – electric and ready

NYJ

4

2006

JJ Arrington – perfect situation – a walk in starter

Arz

2

2005

R Moats, some bought him very early

Phild

3

2005

Cris Perry – the job is his, fantasy lock

Cinn

1

2004

Tatum Bell – Shanny loves him, franchise back

Denv

2

2004

Musa Smith – very talented her apparent

Balt

3

2003

TJ Duckett – has it all and Atlanta needs him

Atl

1

2002

William Green – he is the best lock for carries

Clev

1

2002

Maurice Morris, can do it all, great fit to offense

Seattle

2

2002

Lendale Betts, took 3 years for everyone to cool

Wash

2

2002

The take away here is to do your scouting at least equally on talent not opportunity. Taiwan Jones in Oakland has talent, and his speed and ability to wiggle forces you to watch yet another clip, but . . . .  injury concerns, a less than impressive Oakland offense and a very talented McFadden and Bush in front of him, rank him accordingly.  Da’rel Scott is a guy you heard my partner Chris Mangan start to feel the juice, heads up, face facts, 31 teams let him fall to round 7, a very talented Bradshaw and Jacobs are in front of him, don’t buy the hype.  Jamie Harper, drafted in Tenn. is getting love, from me included to become the important handccuff to Chris Johnson, and I am dumping J Ringer, hmmm.

Now, if you are looking for the talent, add in opportunity and demonstrated ability to play in an offense requiring playbook knowledge here are your guys.  Daniel Thomas, RB, Miami, has all three, perhaps most importantly he “currently” looks to be a lock to start.   Next up, ahhh, yeah that’s it.

However, we need to go after and pluck the guys that will eventually help us win our league.  This might be a little easier if the GM Draft Performance series was complete, but I will use what Chris has given us and sprinkle in what experience has taught me with the other GM’s yet to be reviewed.   Ryan Williams, RB, Arizona,  on paper the opportunity does not look to be there, but it’s at least 50-50 he is a dynasty RB, I will take that risk, he has three things going against him, injury history, Beanie Wells, and a poor draft performance, poor free agent RB pickups.   He has three things going for him, Beanie Wells, the Cardinals  are due for a hit and his talent.   My strategy is to get Williams, and ensure I am confident I can trade for Beanie on the cheap in case he finally blows up.

Mark Ingram, RB, NO, talent is in the bank, the players in front of him will make things cloudy and sporadic in 2011.  In dynasty leagues he is your guy for the future. A proficient offense, lower wear and tear, defenses that have to watch for Brees, great coaching and less that equal RB talent in front of him.  He is a lock for your investment, but keep in mind he is not A. Foster or A. Peterson.  he will be a workhorse and an important cog on the Saint offense, but will never be the only cog.

Shane Vereen, RB, NE, a lot of hype here, listen to the podcast to hear why Stevan Ridley might be a back you must get if you draft Vereen.   Note our theme, these two guys have, great coaching, great play calling, ability to play in a pro-style offense.  Additionally, the talent in front of them  is suspect.  Add in a nice OL, and they are back that should be nice later round value picks,  Here however is where our dis-information school kicks in,  if you are in a league where you have some of those fanatic Patriot fans,  all you have to do is off handily mention your respect of the Pats OL and how Vereen looks to have a great opportunity.  Let the spin begin, mention to one or two other GM’s you are moving Vereen up your board and whalla, an over drafted Vereen will go to the Pats fan, leaving players with more upside for you,  I like Vereen, but the Pats have so many offensive weapons, even if he or Ridley become the every down starter, I don’t think we will see close to RB 2 value.

My strategy in key dynasty leagues?  I am going to let the grapevine know I covet Vereen, D Thomas and Ingram.  I will try for R. Williams in Arizona.  The players I really want to add are K. Hunter in San Fran, R Helu in Washington, D. Carter in Indy because I feel the value will be there for where I can get them, the talent I like, the teams future for RB usage I like, the players in front of them are not long for being the feature back.

Just remember, don’t throw Adai and D Brown out with the dirty dishwater yet, same for P Thomas, R Grant, J Starks, A Bradshaw, B Jacobs and M Bush.

 

 

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May 14th, 2011

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QUARTERBACK

CHRIS
BOB
1 Blaine Gabbert Jacksonville
1 Jake Locker Tennessee
2 Jake Locker Tennessee
2 Blaine Gabbert Jacksonville
3 Colin Kaepernick San Francisco
3 Ryan Mallett New England
4 Christian Ponder Minnesota
4 Andy Dalton Cincinnati
5 Cam Newton Carolina
5 Christian Ponder Minnesota
6 Andy Dalton Cincinnati
6 Cam Newton Carolina
7 Ryan Mallett New England
7 Colin Kaepernick San Francisco
8 Ricky Stanzi Kansas City
8 Tyrod Taylor Baltimore
9 Tyrod Taylor Baltimore
9 Ricky Stanzi Kansas City
10 Greg McElroy NY Jets
10 Greg McElroy NY Jets
11 T.J. Yates Houston
11 Nathan Enderle Chicago
12 Nathan Enderle Chicago
12 T.J. Yates Houston

RUNNING BACK

CHRIS
BOB
1 Daniel Thomas Miami
1 Mark Ingram New Orleans
2 Mark Ingram New Orleans
2 Ryan Williams Arizona
3 Delone Carter Indianapolis
3 Daniel Thomas Miami
4 Roy Helu Washington
4 Kendall Hunter San Francisco
5 Shane Vereen New England
5 Delone Carter Indianapolis
6 Ryan Williams Arizona
6 Shane Vereen New England
7 Demarco Murray Dallas
7 Roy Helu Washington
8 Mikel Leshoure Detroit
8 Mikel Leshoure Detroit
9 Da’Rel Scott NY Giants
9 Taiwan Jones Oakland
10 Alexander Green Green Bay
10 Alexander Green Green Bay
11 Stevan Ridley New England
11 Da’Rel Scott NY Giants
12 Jacquizz Rodgers Atlanta
12 Jordan Todman San Diego
13 Kendall Hunter San Francisco
13 Demarco Murray Dallas
14 Anthony Allen Baltimore
14 Allen Bradford Tampa Bay
15 Taiwan Jones Oakland
15 Charles Clay Miami
16 Bilal Powell NY Jets
16 Bilal Powell NY Jets
17 Jordan Todman San Diego
17 Evan Royster Washington
18 Charles Clay Miami
18 Baron Batch Pittsburgh
19 Baron Batch Pittsburgh
19 Stevan Ridley New England
20 Allen Bradford Tampa Bay
20 Jacquizz Rodgers Atlanta
21 Owen Marecic Cleveland
21 Johnny White Buffalo
22 Evan Royster Washington
22 Anthony Sherman Arizona
23 Jamie Harper Tennessee
23 Owen Marecic Cleveland
24 Jay Finley Cincinnati
24 Stanley Havili Philadelphia
25 Stanley Havili Philadelphia
25 Shaun Chapas Dallas
26 Dion Lewis Philadelphia
26 Dion Lewis Philadelphia
27 Johnny White Buffalo
27 Jamie Harper Tennessee
28 Shaun Chapas Dallas
28 Anthony Allen Baltimore
29 Anthony Sherman Arizona
29 Shane Bannon Kansas City

WIDE RECEIVER

CHRIS
BOB
1 A.J. Green Cincinnati
1 A.J. Green Cincinnati
2 Greg Little Cleveland
2 Greg Little Cleveland
3 Julio Jones Atlanta
3 Leonard Hankerson Washington
4 Titus Young Detroit
4 Gregory Salas St. Louis
5 Leonard Hankerson Washington
5 Julio Jones Atlanta
6 Gregory Salas St. Louis
6 Titus Young Detroit
7 Jonathan Baldwin Kansas City
7 Austin Pettis St. Louis
8 Vincent Brown San Diego
8 Randall Cobb Green Bay
9 Randall Cobb Green Bay
9 Jonathan Baldwin Kansas City
10 Austin Pettis St. Louis
10 Torrey Smith Baltimore
11 Cecil Shorts Jacksonville
11 Vincent Brown San Diego
12 Torrey Smith Baltimore
12 Cecil Shorts Jacksonville
13 Edmond Gates Miami
13 Edmond Gates Miami
14 Aldrick Robinson Washington
14 Jerrel Jernigan NY Giants
15 Jerrel Jernigan NY Giants
15 Ronald Johnson San Francisco
16 Jeremy Kerley NY Jets
16 Niles Paul Washington
17 Tandon Doss Baltimore
17 Tandon Doss Baltimore
18 Ryan Whalen Cincinnati
18 Kealoha Pilares Carolina
19 Kris Durham Seattle
19 Jeremy Kerley NY Jets
20 Ronald Johnson San Francisco
20 Denarius Moore Oakland
21 Denarius Moore Oakland
21 Ryan Whalen Cincinnati
22 Niles Paul Washington
22 Dwayne Harris Dallas
23 Demarco Sampson Arizona
23 Kris Durham Seattle
24 David Ausberry Oakland
24 Aldrick Robinson Washington
25 Dwayne Harris Dallas
25 Stephen Burton Minnesota
26 Scotty McKnight NY Jets
26 David Ausberry Oakland
27 Stephen Burton Minnesota
27 Demarco Sampson Arizona
28 Kealoha Pilares Carolina
28 Scotty McKnight NY Jets

TIGHT END

CHRIS
BOB
1 Jordan Cameron Cleveland
1 Lance Kendricks St. Louis
2 Lance Kendricks St. Louis
2 Robert Housler Arizona
3 Robert Housler Arizona
3 Jordan Cameron Cleveland
4 Julius Thomas Denver
4 Julius Thomas Denver
5 Luke Stocker Tampa Bay
5 Luke Stocker Tampa Bay
6 Kyle Rudolph Minnesota
6 D.J. Williams Green Bay
7 D.J. Williams Green Bay
7 Kyle Rudolph Minnesota
8 Virgil Green Denver
8 Charles Clay Miami
9 Richard Gordon Oakland
9 Virgil Green Denver
10 Daniel Hardy Tampa Bay
10 Richard Gordon Oakland
11 Lee Smith New England
11 Daniel Hardy Tampa Bay


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May 3rd, 2011

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Here are our fan interviews from day 1 & 2 of the NFL Draft (please note, Jet & Giant fans are apparently not pleased with Eagle fans, so we cannot be held accountable for some background chants).

Matt – Bills

Joe – Bengals

Trent – Broncos

Adam – Browns

Christian & Robert (Cardinals)

Frank – Colts

Casey & Joe – Cowboys

Candice – Eagles

Billy 49ers

Steven – Jags

Mom – Troy (Jets) & (Jack) Bills

Mom – Troy (Jets) & Jack (Bills) continued

Family of Lions Fans

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Angel (Pitt) – Peter (Oak)

Bob-Raiders

Claudette & Brandon – Saints

Ray – Redskins

Ken – Seahawks

Titan Fan

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May 1st, 2011

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WRITTEN IN COOPERATION WITH JORDAN STANLEY

The Tennessee Titans came into the 2011 Draft with glaring needs at QB and DT. In pre-draft meetings it was clear that there were several scenarios in which we would be forcing a pick at #8 overall. We wanted to ensure that we did not reach for a player and obtained as much value as possible from the 8th overall pick. We had several offers from teams that either dissolved or were greatly reduced once the clock started. There were however offers involving future draft picks and when it became clear that the Miami Dolphins were serious about the pick and offered their 2012 1st and 2nd round picks along with their 2011 4th and 6th round picks we knew there was an opportunity to set ourselves up in a power position in the 2012 draft.

We knew that with a rookie Quarterback at the helm that our chances at making the playoffs were greatly reduced. When we did our homework and found that rookie Quarterbacks who start 8 games or more are 6 for 27 at making the playoffs, it became clear that along with a new Coach and Quarterback we may be in for a 2 year rebuilding project. We also suspected that the Dolphins were moving up to select a rookie Quarterback meaning that the chances of their 1st and 2nd round picks being in a good position were greatly increased.

So we pulled the trigger, some may have questioned the move based off the all powerful draft pick value chart, but we had a good feeling we’d be able to move into the back end of round 1 and get our Quarterback. Also with the depth of this defensive line class, we knew that this was a great year to address our needs at defensive tackle later in the draft. Here is a breakdown of the players we selected, pick by pick,

Pick 22 (Round 1) QB Christian Ponder FSU

If not for injuries, Ponder would be the no brainer top QB in this class with Andrew Luck not declaring. Ponder is a smart QB who makes great reads, his footwork and throwing motion are both excellent and he comes from a pro style offense and we don’t have to worry about him having center exchange issues like many rookie QBs. We believe his arm strength was limited this year due to his elbow injury and that he will see a return to form going forward. In addition, he is a quarterback who works hard and is willing to put in the time to be the leader of our team.

Pick 53 (Round 2) DT Christian Ballard Iowa

We thought we had lost out on Ballard when we moved back in round 2 as a result of the Ponder trade, but were delighted when he fell to us. An excellent athlete for his position, he will contribute right away for us and even has the versatility to play DE in certain packages for us. His strong work ethic will be a welcome addition to our franchise.

Pick 130 (Round 4) WR Dane Sanzenbacher Ohio State

Dane has always been a underdog even at Ohio State, many times DBs would play him tight or loss thinking he was not fast enough or think they have the closing speed to get back on a breaking route and yet he still consistently hurt teams. Dane runs a consistent 4.5 40 yard dash, has very sure hands, and ran many different routes throughout his college career.  He rarely drops a ball even after a crushing blow dane makes sure he holds on to the ball. He is very underrated in this years draft due to some very talented and athletic receivers. He has the ability to stretch the field and also he isn’t the biggest/tallest receiver making him very prototypical to run the slot or play wide out for any NFL franchise. Dane continues our string of high character players taken thus far. We came into this draft hoping to acquire a slot WR to help our rookie QB in check down situations and we believe we have found a potential gem in the 5th round.

Pick 142 (Round 5) LB Ross Homan Ohio State

In our scheme, we believe Ross is an excellent fit, he is a sure tackler who can also help us in coverage. He has a quick first step and in pass coverage QBs will have to game plan for him as he never gives up on the play and has great zone skills. Tackling wise he isn’t the most explosive hitter, but will lay a big hit when he has to. Ross was voted team captain his senior but he suffered a sprained right foot against Wisconsin during his senior campaign. Homan can come in and play day one as he is used to playing in coverage and making tackles on a regular basis, also in the run game he is strong enough to shed blocks from bigger tight ends and offensive linemen. He only missed two games and still wound up first-team All-Big Ten (72 tackles, two for loss, two forced fumbles, one interception, and 4 passes defended). Even if he only plays sparingly on defense, we believe he will be a difference maker on special teams immediately after playing on special teams all four years at Ohio State.

Pick 175 (Round 6) G Zach Hurd UConn

A mammoth prospect at 6’7 315, Zach is already an excellent run blocker who could be a bit time contributor for us down the line. He plays mean and as we work with him on his technique, we believe he has the potential to be a very good guard for us in the future. He is always looking to make a hit and never takes a play off.

Pick 179 (Round 6) DT Martin Parker Richmond

We were extremely lucky to get a DT who can play right away in the 6th round. He has good hands and regularly can knock offensive lineman on their heels. His burst off the line is excellent. A highly productive player who will shine in our system that is constantly rotating defensive lineman.

Pick 212 (Round 7) RB/WR Mario Fannin Auburn

Alright, we’ll bite. We understand Fannin’s durability concerns, but in the 7th round he is too talented to pass up. A secondary objective for us was to find a potential short yardage back to limit the big hits that Chris Johnson takes and we believe Fannin has a good chance at contributing for us. His versatility to play WR and be a stud on special teams makes him that much more enticing. As a 7th round pick, we couldn’t possibly ask for more.

Pick 251 (Round 7) DE Marc Schiechl Colorado School of Mines

Holds the Division II record with 45 career sacks. He ran a 4.64 40 for us, had a 35 inch vertical, a broad jump of 10’5 and polished it off with 38 reps of 225. He has a fantastic motor and is constantly working on his game. He could be a very interesting prospect for us in the coming years.

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April 26th, 2011

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General Manager – Buddy Nix 2009-present (10-22)

CEO – Russ Brandon 2009-present (GM 2008 7-9)

OVERALL – 17-31

A once proud organization, the Buffalo Bills have fallen into mediocrity as of late. Their highlight in the last 10 years was the Drew Bledsoe era in which the team went 8-8, 6-10 & 9-7. The team has struggled to find consistency mainly because after they reached (and traded up) to draft JP Losman in 2004 they have been very gun-shy to draft a quarterback.

The thing that has really killed the Bills is inconsistency on draft day. Nix & Brandon have built an average offensive line that should get better in the last 3 drafts (Demetrius Bell LT 2008 7th round, Eric Wood RG 2009 1st round & Andy Levitre LG 2009 2nd round). Outside of that, it’s hard to find much to get excited about, but I’ll try. The team drafted Steve Johnson in the 7th round in 2008 and he greatly exceeded the wide receiver they selected in the 2nd round of 2008 James Hardy. To be fair, the Bills weren’t the only team to be intoxicated by a 6’6 WR who ran a 4.47 40. Just the same, the questions surrounding Hardy’s work ethic were present even before he was drafted. The team also acquired Jairus Byrd who has turned into an excellent safety, nickle cornerback Leodis McKelvin and dime corner Reggie Corner. The problem with McKelvin is that I’m sure the team expected much more when they spent a 1st round pick on him in 2008.

Onto the grim part of our assessment, the 2010 draft at this point can only be seen as an unmitigated disaster. Starting off with CJ Spiller when the team already had Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch. Even if the team hadn’t been switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4 this was a questionable pick. We keep on mentioning it, but we need to really drive it home. When a team switches from a 4-3 to a 3-4 or vice versa a radical overhaul of defensive personnel is oftentimes needed.  You could use your entire draft board and still not plus all of the holes. So when the Bills seemingly switched back to a 4-3 halfway through the season, we were not surprised.

Spiller was a large disappointment and yet, he was still the teams best player from the 2010 class BY FAR. Torell Troup, Alex Carrington, Marcus Easley, Ed Wang, Arthur Moats, Danny Batten, Levi Brown and Kyle Calloway all gave the team next to nothing last year (though we can thank Arthur Moats for ridding us of Brett Favre). We are going to have to revisit this draft in the coming years, but this may be one of the weakest drafts we’ve measured over the last 10 years. The 2009 & 2008 drafts only fared slightly better.

The Bills need a spark, some had projected them to take Tim Tebow last year, but experts decried this as a massive reach. The sad thing is that Tebow would have been a much better alternative to CJ Spiller.

It would appear the Bills are locked into Von Miller at #3 overall and would appear to be going QB in round 2. If the Quarterback they draft in round 2 does not have a strong arm, stay far far away. The wind in Buffalo can wreak havoc on a weak armed QB. For now, it’s hard not to like Miller regardless of where he goes, but the current Bills administration does not have a fantastic track record with their 1st round picks. CJ Spiller, Aaron Maybin & Leodis McKelvin have all been disappointments compared to the value that could have been had with the Bills drafting in a high position in round one, so it might not to be wise to rank Miller as the #1 rookie IDP if he’s in a Bills uniform next year.

We’ll keep you appraised of any potential Steve Johnson’s that the Bills get in the 2011 draft, but for now things do not look good for the future fantasy prospects of the Bills.

The one sleeper that we can try to get excited about is WR Marcus Easley from UConn, we liked him coming into this year, but coming off a serious knee injury, Easley may not get to show off his skills until late in this season or the 2012 season.

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April 24th, 2011

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Player Position Height Weight School Bob Chris Remark
Blaine Gabbert QB 6’43/8″ 234 Missouri 1 4 Has the arm strength, accuracy and accuracy to deserve a top rating.  Appreciate the throws he makes on the move. Dynasty Value QB – super attitude and work ethic, a leader
Ryan Mallett QB 6’6¾” 253 Arkansas 2 5 Right next to Mr. Gabbert, arm is there, touch and accuracy above average, will need better coaching to reach potential, needs development. Requires patience and a organization that knows how to compete.
Cam Newton QB 6’5″ 248 Auburn 3 1 His athleticism and arm performance is what is looked for in a franchise QB, needs careful development to become  a teams go to guy.  Will he work hard enough?
Christian Ponder QB 6’2″ 229 Florida State 4 6 The QB with Pro Style experience, reads defenses in a snap, makes the right decisions, played hurt, good arm , proved a point he is ready to play. Several teams will rate him higher because he is a true battler.
Jake Locker QB 6’2½” 231 Washington 5 7 A top athlete, has all the physical traits desired, moves great, seems to do best when a play breaks down and stops thinking, needs work on the mental game during plays.  Watch the team that drafts him to ensure the QB and Training staff Is an effective , proven group.
Colin Kaepernick QB 6’45/8″ 233 Nevada 6 2 A big boom – bust pick, with right staff could be a star, arm strength is there, has showed mental toughness, now has to show same vs. NFL defenses, more raw than talked about but extremely coachable.
Andy Dalton QB 6’2″ 215 TCU 7 3 He pressed a lot in college trying to make a plays when they were not there,  a deep threat QB,  has to get comfy running an NFL offense  vs. the wild and crazy spread he ran effectively in college, he will go higher than most talk about because of his mental approach to the game, will fight for wins.
Greg McElroy QB 6’17/8″ 220 Alabama 9 9 His field awareness, smarts in the huddle and film room are strengths have him as a solid prospect, needs to prove he can improve arm strength, very mature, proven winner.
Nathan Enderle QB 6’41/8″ 240 Idaho 10a Very accurate on intermediate routes,  very sart , nice arc on touch passes, fade routes,  great size, attacks the defense in the right spot, will need a good coaching staff
Ricky Stanzi QB 6’43/8″ 223 Iowa 10 10 Fast Delivery,  improving his pocket awareness,  once he does not recognize the defense his accuracy suffers, Size is what you want,  smooth delivery
Adam Froman QB 6’5″ 219 Louisville 8 60% completion passer, arm strength and accuracy places him high,  ability to read defenses is strong, on the move up boards,  some durability concerns,  in play decision making way above average, his touch drop passes over receivers shoulders into their hands are very accurate.
Mike Hartline QB 6’5″ 207 Kentucky 11 HAS THE SIZE AND PHYSICL TOOLS THAT WILL PUT HIM ON A TEAM, HAS OFF FIELD ISSUES AND NEEDS TO WORK HARDER AT GAME – WILL LIKLEY MAKE IT
Jerrod Johnson QB 6’51/8″ 251 Texas A&M 12 2009 YEAR WAS NICE, 2010 WAS A DISASTER,  ATHLETIC, GOOD PASSER, ACCURACY AND FOOTWORK LACKING
Scott Tolzien QB 6’2″ 209 Wisconsin 13 GAME MANGER, ACCURATE, GOOD PLAY AWARENESS, NEEDS TO GET STRONGER
Tyrod Taylor QB 6’0¾” 216 Virginia Tech 14 GREAT ATHLETE, AWESOME ATTITUDE,  BIG PLAY MAKER IN RIGHT SYSTEM – MAYBE NOT A QB
Pat Devlin QB 6’33/8″ 225 Delaware 15 8 ABOVE AVERAGE ABILITY TO DROP BALL IN THE RIGHT PLACE, NEEDS WORKS ON CONSISTENCY FOR PASS ACCURACY ON INTERMEDIATE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD THROWS,  CAN READ DEFENSES AND ADJSUT
T.J. Yates QB 6’35/8″ 221 North Carolina 16
Josh Portis QB 6’27/8″ 211 17
Taylor Potts QB 6’4″ 220 Texas Tech 18
Ryan Colburn QB 6’3″ 218 Fresno State 19
Ben Chappell QB 6’1″ 238 Indiana 20
Mark Ingram RB 5’91/8″ 215 Alabama 1 1 VISION , BALNCE, STRENGTH, PROTECTS HIS QB, 3 DOWN BACK , EASILY TOP PROSPECT
Demarco Murray RB 5’115/8″ 213 Oklahoma 6 2 GAME BREAKER, RECEIVER HANDS, UNDERSTANDS PASS PROTECTIOM, SOME DURABILITY CONCERNS
Shane Vereen RB 5’87/8″ 203 California 11 3 VERY GOOD RECEIVER OUT OF THE BACKFIELD, GREAT FIT FOR ZONE BLOCKING TEAM, GETS THRU TRAFFIC QUICKLY
T Jones RB 8 4 SPEED AND WIGGLE OFF THE CHARTS. HAS SUPERB FELL FOR OPEN LANES, ELECTRIC, WILL BE OVERDRAFTED IN FANTASY LEAGUES
Kendall Hunter RB 5’7¼” 199 Oklahoma State 9 5 RUNS THRU TACKLES, FINDS A HOLE AND GETS TO IT,  GOOD PLASS BLOCKING , LITTLE RECEIVING EXPERIENCE
Daniel Thomas RB 6’0¼” 230 Kansas State 5 6 VERY VERSATILE, WILL NOT GO DOWN ON FIRST CONTACT, RUNS ROUTES LIKE A POLISHED RECEIVER, MOVING UP
Delone Carter RB 5’85/8″ 225 Syracuse 4 7 HARD RUNNER WITH LEGS TO MOVE TACKLERS, GREAT FIELD VISION, NEEDS TO DEVELOP SOME MOVES
Roy Helu RB 5’11½” 219 Nebraska 7 8 EYES ANTIPATE TACKLERS AND HAS ABOVE AVERAGE ABILITY TO MAKE HTEM MISS, RAW, TALENTED, COACHABLE
Ryan Williams RB 5’93/8″ 212 Virginia Tech 2 9 VERY GOOD PASS PROTECTOR, GREAT ROUTE RUNNER, CAN BREAK LONG RUNS, CAN MAKE FOLKS MISS, NEEDS TO STAY HEALTHY
Mikel Leshoure RB 5’115/8″ 227 Illinois 3 10 DRIVES TO A HOLE, DRIVES THRU THE HOLE, NEEDS TO DEVELOP PASS PROTECTING SKILLS AND PASS CATCHING SKILLS, WILL LIMIT HIS USE IN YEAR 1 AND 2
Jordan Todman RB 5’87/8″ 203 Connecticut 10 SIZE LIMITING HIM, GREAT FOR A ROLE IN A 3RD DOWN PASS CATCHING BACK
Dion Lewis RB 5’65/8″ 193 Pittsburgh 12 SHOULDER INJURY COST HIM A LOT OF TOUCHES AND PRODUCTION IN 2010, HARD RUNNER,  NEEDS TO DEVELOP PLAY INTINCTS
Derrick Locke RB 5’8¼” 188 Kentucky 13 FAST , POLISHED RECEIVNG THREAT, LIKLEY WILL LINE UP IN SLOT AND NOT AS A RB
Jacquizz Rodgers RB 5’57/8″ 196 Oregon State 14 SIZE IS A BIG DRAWBACK, EXCELLENT IN THE OPEN FIELD, GREAT HANDS
Da’Rel Scott RB 5’11” 211 Maryland 15 WILL FIND A HOME AS A COMPLIMENTARY BACK, NICE HANDS, GOOD BLOCKING, WORKS HARD,
Bilal Powell RB 5’10½” 207 Louisville 16 BREAKS TACKLES,  GOOD ON FIELD VISION, ONE YEAR WONDER SO FAR,   STRONG, WILL FIND A HOME
Graig Cooper RB 5’10” 205 Miami (FL) 17 CAME BACK FORM KNEE INJURY IN 2010 NEEDS ANOTHER YEAR, VERY NICE SLEEPER DRAFT HIM IN DEEP DYNASTYS
John Clay RB 6’0½” 230 Wisconsin 18 POWER BACK WITH GOOD SIZE, GOOD ATTITUDE, NEEDS TO GET STRONGER
Johnny White RB 5’97/8″ 209 North Carolina 19
Vailala Taua RB 5’9½” 213 Nevada 20 PERFORMED HIS JOB, NICE ALL AROUND PLAYER, GRREAT WORK ETHIC, A COMPACT PLAYER – “RICE LIKE” !!
A.J. Green WR 6’35/8″ 211 Georgia 1 1 AWESOME ATHLETE WITH BALL SKILLS THAT NO ONE CAN TOUCH –  MAKES THE CATCH AS LONG AS THE BALL IS CLOSE –  CAN GET OFF LINE CLEAN,  BECAME A GOOD BLOCKER IN 2010 –  NEEDS SOME WORK  IN RUNNING CRISP ROUTES,  WILL BE AN IMPACT IN YEAR 1
Julio Jones WR 6’2¾” 220 Alabama 2 2 YAC VERY TOUGH AS HE IS SO PHYSICAL,  WILL PROVIDE A BUMP UP IN PERFORMANCE TO ANY RUNNING GAME – EXCELLENT BLOCKER –  RB AND QB WIL BE VERY HAPPY TO HAVE
Leonard Hankerson WR 6’1½” 209 Miami (FL) 4 3 I FELL IN LOVE WITH HIM RIGHT AWAY  – WILL BE A FANTASY STUD IN RIGHT SYSTEM – STRONG – A MAULING FIGHT FOR SPACE AND BALL GUY – PERFORMED WITH ISSUES AT QB  WILL NEED TO LEARN TO BEAT NFL CALIBER JAMS
Titus Young WR 5’113/8″ 174 Boise State 6 4 FOR TEAMS LOOKING FOR THE BIG PLAY GUY – QUICK – NOT JUST FAST –  WILL NEED TO WORK ON JAMS – WATCH AND U WILL THINK SLOT ALL DAY – NEEDS TO WORK HARDER  – HIS SPEED AND SKILS CARRIED HIM TO THIS POINT NOT HIS HARD WORK
Jonathan Baldwin WR 6’43/8″ 228 Pittsburgh 3 5 SUPERB ATHLETE – DOMINATING BLOCKER, OUTMUSCLES COVERAGE AT LINE AND WHEN BALL NEAR IN AIR – COMES DOWN WITH BALL, THE GAP BETWEEN HIM AND THE TOP GUYS WILL NARROW IN 2-3 YEARS
Edmund Gates WR 5’11¾” 192 Abilene Christian 5 6 SPEED GUY – GREAT ALL AROUND ATHLETE –  BASKETBALL PLAYER – MORE OF A DRAFT AND SAY WOW IN 2 YEARS GUY  –
Torrey Smith WR 6’07/8″ 204 Maryland 8 7 HE IS THE DEEP THREAT A LOT OF TEAMS NEED WITH KILLER OVER THE TOP SPEED   GREAT WORK ATTITUDE – FIGHTS FOR BALL – GETS CLEAN AWAY AT LOS
Greg Little WR 6’2½” 231 North Carolina 10 8 WAS A RB, YAC SPECIALIST,FIGHTS FOR AND GETS THE BALL,SUSPENDED IN 2010, ATTITUDE PLAYER  WHO WANTS THE BALL, A PERSONALITY TRAIT THAT GETS YOU YARDS IN NFL
Jerrel Jernigan WR 5’87/8″ 185 Troy 11 9 SLOT RECVR WHO WILL BE COVETED, BEATS JAM AND GTS AWAY CLEAN, ROOM TO IMPROVE ON ROUTE RUNNING, EXPECT TO SEE A LOT OF TIME AS A ROOKIE
Gregory Salas WR 6’11/8″ 210 Hawaii 7 10 PURE PASS CATCHER –  POLISHED ROUTE RUNNER –  TRAFFIC FIGHTER –  #2 VERY GOOD ROLE – SLOT – GOOD BLOCKER
Austin Pettis WR 6’25/8″ 209 Boise State 9 TOUGH PLAYER, KNOWS THE GAME , RED ZONE PERFORMER, GREAT HANDS, ROOM FOR DEVELOPMENT
Tandon Doss WR 6’2″ 201 Indiana 12 GREAT CUT BACK RUNNER AFTER THE CATCH, FRAME YET TO FILL OUT, 6’3″ – CATCH AND RUN GUY
Niles Paul WR 6’07/8″ 224 Nebraska 13 VERY GOOD AT BEATING JAM,  VERY EXPERIENCE ROUTE RUNNER, BETTER SECOND GEAR, HAS HAD SOME OFF FIELD ISSUES DROPPING HIM, SOME SUPRISING DROPS,  HAS SOME NICE OPEN FIELD MOVES
Randall Cobb WR 5’10¼” 191 Kentucky 14 RECVR. RETURNER, PASSER, GREAT CHARACTER GUY. VERY GOOD ROUTES,  GOOD BLOCKER, VERY TOUGH & EDGY PLAYER
Vincent Brown WR 5’11” 184 San Diego State 15 NICE UPSIDE, TOUGH PLAYER WHO KNOWS HOW TO GET OPEN, AVOID BIG HITS AND CATCH IN TRAFFIC
Dwayne Harris WR 5’103/8″ 203 East Carolina 16 COVERTED QB, ALL AROUND ATHLETE, HANDS, AND ABILITY TO FIND OPEN SEAMS , RAW WITH NICE UPSIDE WITH GOOD POSTION COACH
Jeremy Kerley WR 5’9½” 189 TCU 17 IN 3 YEARS DON’T BE SURPRISED IF HE IS RANKED WITH TOP 3 – PROVIDED THE RIGHT TEAM AND COACH GET HIM, SMALL BUT A SLOT MONSTOR IN THE MAKING,  GREAT MOVES ON TIMED PASSES, NEEDS TRAINIGN TO GET FASTER AND STRONGER
Ricardo Lockette WR 6’21/8″ 211 Fort Valley State 17
Denarius Moore WR 5’115/8″ 194 Tennessee 18 THE TURNOVER AT COACHING (3 IN 3 YEARS) SLOWED HIM DOWN,  ADD POOR QB PLAY,  GOOD AT HIS ROUTES,  NEEDS WEIGHT TRAINING TO BUILD BODY,  NCE HANDS AND GREAT FIELD AWARENESS
Cecil Shorts WR 5’11¾” 205 Mount Union 19
Terrence Toliver WR 6’3½” 212 LSU 19 GOOD SPEED, GREAT HANDS,  BUT OCCASIONLY A LOSS OF CONCENTRATION AND SOME BAD DROPS,  CAN RUN DEEP OR THE INTERMEDIATE ROUTES,  WATCH OIF A STRONG PROVEN WR COACH GETS HIM – DECENT FRANCHIE UPSIDE
Darvin Adams WR 6’21/8″ 190 Auburn 20 LIKE KERLEY IN 2-3 YEARS YOU COULD FIND HIM IN THE TOP 7 OF THIS GROUP, HAS THE ATTRIBUTE NEEDS THE HARD WORK AND TRAINING TO BRING OUT HIS SKILLS,  NEEDS WEIGHT TRAINING, GREAT MOVES TO GET OPEN, GRET BALL FIGHTING KILLS,
Dane Sanzenbacher WR 5’113/8″ 182 Ohio State 21
Ronald Johnson WR 5’11¼” 199 USC 22
Ryan Whalen WR 6’11/8″ 202 Stanford 23
Mark Dell WR 6’0¼” 193 Michigan State 24
Detron Lewis WR 5’11” 211 Texas Tech 25
Jeffrey Maehl WR 6’07/8″ 190 Oregon 26
Lester Jean WR 6’3″ 215 Florida Atlantic 27
Terrance Turner WR 6’1¾” 220 Indiana 28
Armon Binns WR 6’3″ 209 Cincinnati 29
DeAndre Brown WR 6’55/8″ 233 Southern Miss 30
Tori Gurley WR 6’41/8″ 216 South Carolina 31
Andre Holmes WR 6’43/8″ 210 Hillsdale 32
Keith Smith WR 6’2½” 224 Purdue 33
Stephen Burton WR 6’13/8″ 221 West Texas A&M 34
Jimmy Young WR 6’0″ 204 TCU 35
Orenthal Murdock WR 5’10½” 197 Fort Hays State 36
Joseph Morgan WR 6’0½” 189 Walsh 37
Jamar Newsome WR 6’0½” 200 UCF 38
Jockee Sanders WR 5’61/8″ 181 West Virginia 39
Owen Spencer WR 6’17/8″ 195 North Carolina State 40
Marshall Williams WR 6’0¾” 188 Wake Forest 39
Jarvis Williams WR 6’3½” 218 North Carolina State 40
Kyle Rudolph TE 6’61/8″ 259 Notre Dame 1 1 RECEIVER HANDS AND RUNS SMOOTH ROUTES,  KNOWS HOW TO FIND HOLE IN COVERAGE,  HAMSTRING INJURY AS JR WAS BAD,
Virgil Green TE 6’33/8″ 249 Nevada 2 6 CONVERTED WR,  VERY RAW TALENT WITH ROOM TO IMPROVE, HIS ATHLETICISM IS EYE CATCHING BUT HE NEEDS A GOOD FIT  IN COACHING
D.J Williams TE 6’21/8″ 245 Arkansas 3 4 VERY SOFT HANDS A RECEIVER FIRST –  VERY GOOD BLOCKER, MIGHT BE A FULL TIME H-BACK GETTING A LOT OF LOOKS
Luke Stocker TE 6’4¾” 258 Tennessee 4 5 6-5, BIG TARGET – STRONG, TOUGH BLOCKER, NEEDS TO WORK HARD, ,WILL GOBBLE UP YARDAGE ONCE IN THE FREE
Julius Thomas TE 6’45/8″ 246 Portland State 5 3 4 YEARS AT PORTLAND STATE AS A BASKETBALL PLAYER, THEN A WALK ON TO THE FOOTBALL TEAM, EAST WEST SHRINE  GAME CAST THE LIGHT ON HIM, CAN CATCH ALMOST BLIND, NEEDS  A PATIENT TEAM AND MUST LEARN TO BLOCK
Robert Housler TE 6’53/8″ 248 Florida Atlantic 6 10 VERY QUICK OFF THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE, SIZE IS FOR AN NFL RECEIVING TE, SPEED IS ABOVE AVERAGE, HIS HANDS ARE SO GOOD HE COULD BE THE THIRD TE CALLED
Lance Kendricks TE 6’27/8″ 243 Wisconsin 7 2 GREAT SOFT HANDS, EFFORTLESSLY FINDS OPEN SPOTS IN COVERAGE, DECENT CHIP BLOCKER,  LIKLEY A TE WHO WILL ALWAYS LINE UP WIDE , HENCE IF DRAFTED BY AN OFFENSE UTILIZE THE TE GRAB HIM
Jordan Cameron TE 6’5¼” 254 USC 8 8 ANOTHER CONVERTED BASKETBALL PLAYER, PLAYED WR AND TE IN COLLEGE, CAN CREATE SPACE BETWEEN HIMSELF AND COVERAGE, NICE SPEED,  UN KNOWN HOW GOOD AND STRONG HE CAN BECOME AS ONLY PLAYED ONE YEAR, ONCE HE BULKS UP SHOULD BE A GOOD BLOCKER
Weslye Saunders TE 6’51/8″ 270 South Carolina 8 7 DRAFT INELIGIBLE – A KEY FREE AGENT SIGNING – ALL AROUND TE – BEAST OF A BLOCKER AND CAN CATCH
Lee Smith TE 6’5¾” 266 Marshall 9 9 A GOOD YAC RECEVIER, VERY GOOD HANDS,  SPENT A LOT OF TIME LINED UP WIDE, VERY CAPABLE OF BEATING THE JAM,  NEEDS TO IMPROVE RAW ROUTE RUNNING,
Cameron Graham TE 6’31/8″ 244 Louisville 10 A VERY CAPABLE ROUTE RUNNER ACROSS THE MIDDLE, BLOCKING AND DEFEATING THE JAM  IMPROVED IN 2010, HAS TO LEARN HOW GET HIMSELF CLEAR FROM DEFENDER.
Schuylar Oordt TE 6’5¾” 261 Northern Iowa 11 TERRIBLE BLOCKER, OK – THROW HIM THE BALL, NICE HANDS
Charlie Gantt TE 6’4″ 252 Michigan State 12 RECEIVING AND BLOCKING SKILLS, NEEDS SPEED AND STRENGHT
Kyle Adams TE 6’45/8″ 250 Purdue 13 GOOD HANDS AND POLISHED ROUTE RUNNER
Weslye Saunders TE 6’5″ 272 South Caroline 14 WILL NOT BE DRAFTED – IN ELEGIBELE BUT A KEY POST DRAFT FREE AGENT SIGNING, ALL AROUND TE
Joe Torchia TE 6’53/8″ 258 Virginia 15 GREAT TEAM LEADER, VERY GOOD BLOCKER, STEADY RECEIVER, NEEDS TO DEVELOP ATHLETICISM
Mike McNeill TE 6’3¾” 232 Nebraska 16 A SLOT – SPLIT WIDE TE – COULD CATCH IN WITH RIGHT SCHEME
Zack Pianalto TE 6’3¼” 256 North Carolina 17 BROKEN LEG ENDED HIS YEAR AFTER 6 GAMES – HAD 30 CATCHES
Allen Reisner TE 6’2¼” 248 Iowa 18 SHOULD BE HIGHER, GOOD COACHES WILL GET MORE OUT OF HIM
Preston Dial TE 6’21/8″ 238 Alabama 19 TEAM PLAYER, NEVER ASKED TO DEVELOP PASS CATCHING, GOOD DEVELOP
Andre Smith TE 6’4½” 269 Virginia Tech 20 ALL AROUND TE, GOOD BLOCKER, GOOD EFFORT, STUDENT OF THE GMAE
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April 24th, 2011

Posted In: 2011 Draft, 2011 Draft Board, 2011 Rookie Pre-Draft Rankings, Dynasty

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The 2011 NFL Draft highlights a key need in the NFL, Quarterbacks. The 2010 season illustrated that not only are some teams in almost desperate shape for a franchise signal caller, most teams need a top backup as well. As a fan of the Dolphins, I appreciate Chad Henne on my team, and feel the coaching and tutelage might have as much to do with his struggles as his skill set. Why am I thankful? I am thankful that I am not the Cardinals, Vikings, Bengals, Titans, Seahawks, nor Redskins, and you might have to throw the Panthers and Forty-Niners in there as well. These teams all face a significant challenge in who will be under center come August. Hence, Chad Henne is still a player I am grateful for.

In case you have not noticed by now, a lot of buzz has been stirring up over a Quarterback from Louisville, Adam Froman. At 6’4”, 219 and clocking a forty yard dash on his pro day at 4.55, he has garnered the eyes of several NFL scouts.
Adam Froman had a shortened senior season due to injury, missing his last 5 games, this partially contributed to him losing some momentum as the college post season, pre-draft hoopla began. Trust me though, plenty of folks were not talking about him on purpose. Have you noticed how hard it is to stash away a young talented QB on your bench to develop in the NFL?

Adam threw for 11 TD’s and 4 Int’s in his senior effort. In his two years at Louisville, he faced injuries, missing 5 games in each season. This limited his stats to 15 games, but he used his time well, posting 17 TD’s , 9 picks and a completion % over 60%.

Prior to Louisville, Adam played at Santa Rosa Junior College. In his second year in the program he passed for 3,842 yards, 40 TD’s and just 11 picks. Now, can you imagine being a player on an opponent that season, when you saw you had to face Froman for your next game, you just didn’t think it was fair.

That year in Junior college, he lead all California players in. . . get this – Total Offense, Passing Yards, Touchdowns, Completions, and Completion percentage.

On his pro day, the Louisville product completed 33 of 35 passes, ran the 40 in an un-official time of 4.55 and in the 3 cone drill posted a 6.6 second time. His 20 yard shuttle was 4.08. All said, his forty would have made him the 3rd fastest QB at the combine and his 20 yard shuttle he was the fastest. “It was great to come into a big day where I really had to show my stuff and do that well,” Froman said.

As far as the teams he played against, here are a few highlights; playing against Oregon State he threw for 22-38, 288 yards, 1 Passing TD, 1 pick, and rushed for 2 more touchdowns on 46 yards. Playing against Arkansas State he threw, 20-33 for 308 yards and 3 Touchdowns, 1 pick.

What we have here is an athletically qualified prospect, with way above average football smarts and instincts, looking for a match that will develop and groom him. Watch some video highlights and hope your team selects him.

Adam Froman’s Highlight reel

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April 20th, 2011

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General Manager – Brian Xanders (record 12-20) 2009-present

Executive Vice President of Football Operations – John Elway – appointed 2011

Note: at the very least Xanders will be advising Elway, so we will be viewing his work as an executive to establish whether Xanders will be dispensing good or bad advice to Elway.

The Broncos failed to reach the same heights that they had in the late 90’s after John Elway retired, so owner Pat Bowlen did the rational thing and brought Elway back to the team. The irrational part of his decision was to seemingly give Elway control over all personnel. Elway would at least seem to be the man calling the shots considering he decided to take over the largest office at the Bronco’s complex that in the past had belonged to the teams Head Coach.

Forgetting about the little matter of Mr. Elway having zero experience in NFL talent evaluation or development, we were told that he was getting an experienced NFL personnel man to aid in his development, Brian Xanders. There are several things wrong with the Broncos currently, some caused by Xanders and some beyond his control (we can’t be sure how much say Josh McDaniels had, but we can be sure that Xanders was at best unsuccessful in his attempts to sway him which has to count against him), but here they are in no particular order,

1. After only switching to a 3-4 2 years ago and acquiring personnel that fit a 3-4 for 2 years, the team is now switching back to a 4-3. This is strange enough on it’s own, but then you factor in that Elvis Dumerville is in all likelihood the teams best player. Elvis had 26 sacks total in 3 years as a 4-3 DL and then exploded for 17 sacks at a 3-4 OLB. So, the team has decided to make a player who they just committed 61.5 million dollars to not nearly as effective as he is capable of being.

2. Did I mention John Elway has zero experience? Hope he consults Matt Millen’s advice for him.

3. Before we get to his drafting over the last 2 years, let’s talk trades. Xanders has overseen several trades in his 2 years calling the shots with Josh McDaniels

  • 2010 – Broncos receive: Laurence Maroney  –  Patriots receive: 4rth round draft pick
  • 2010 – Broncos receive: Dan Gronkowski  – Lions receive: Alphonso Smith
  • 2010 – Broncos receive: 2010 2nd round pick, 2011 2nd round pick – Dolphins receive: Brandon Marshall
  • 2009 – Broncos receive: Kyle Orton, 2009 1st round pick, 2010 1st round pick, 2009 3rd round pick – Bears receive: Jay Cutler 2009 5th round pick

4. We really need to go into depth on the Cutler, Marshall and Alphonso trades to examine what they did to the Broncos

CUTLER TRADE

  • The 2009 3rd they received in the Cutler trade was traded to Pittsburgh and turned into Mike Wallace (Broncos got TE Richard Quinn & G Seth Olsen)
  • The 5th they gave the Bears in the Cutler deal turned into Johnny Knox
  • The 2010 1st from the Bears in the Cutler deal was traded to the 49ers and turned into OT Anthony Davis, the 49ers gave the Broncos a 1st and a 4rth, which turned into DE Brandon Graham and TE Aaron Hernandez who were coincidentally both also traded by the Broncos (Broncos got WR Demaryius Thomas & WR Eric Decker, the other pick that was acquired in the deal was used in part in the Tim Tebow deal)

MARSHALL TRADE

  • The 2010 2nd from the Dolphins (LB Sergio Kindle) was traded in combination with a 3rd round pick from the Eagles (TE Ed Dickson) and the Broncos own first round pick (TE Dennis Pitta) for Tim Tebow.
  • The 2011 2nd is TBD

SMITH TRADE

  • The Broncos traded their 2010 1st for Seattle’s 2009 2nd. The 2009 2nd turned into CB Alphonso Smith and the 2010 1st turned into S Earl Thomas.
  • In 2010 the Broncos traded Smith for Dan Gronkowski, who was the 2nd to last pick in the 2009 draft, in essence trading a 2010 1 for a 2009 7.

So in summation, the Broncos gave up QB Jay Cutler, WR Brandon Marshall, WR Mike Wallace, WR Johnny Knox, TE Aaron Hernandez, TE Ed Dickson, TE Dennis Pitta, OT Anthony Davis, DE Brandon Graham, LB Sergio Kindle & S Earl Thomas for QB Tim Tebow, QB Kyle Orton, WR Demaryius Thomas, WR Eric Decker, TE Richard Quinn, TE Dan Gronkowski, OG Seth Olsen, DE Robert Ayers & a TBD 2nd round pick. Hey Tim Tebow and Eric Decker, no pressure or anything, but you both better be really freaking good, because Kyle Orton is on his way out the door, Demaryius Thomas just suffered a debilitating achilles injury, Richard Quinn has 1 catch in 2 years, Dan Gronkowski is a blocking TE, the team waved Seth Olsen after a year and Robert Ayers followed up his dynamic rookie season (zero quarterback sacks or hurries) with 1.5 sacks in 2010 (none coming after week 2).

6. Xanders essentially is 1 for 11 on picks in the 3rd round or later so far. DB David Bruton, G Seth Olsen, WR Kenny McKinley, QB Tom Brandstater, C Blake Schlueter, WR Eri Decker, DB Perrish Cox, C Eric Osen, DB SydQuan Thompson and DE Jammie Kirlew have given the team little to no return. At least JD Walton was the teams starting center from the day he was drafted.

In summation, if you are an NFL GM, you should make every possible opportunity to make a trade with the Broncos. If it were possible to have a reverse Midas touch, it would appear they have it. We would STRONGLY recommend against investing in any Broncos rookies in your forthcoming dynasty drafts.

P.S. I was so taken aback by the awfulness of the Cutler trade and sleep deprived that I forgot about the Peyton Hillis trade and the Tony Scheffler trade.

HILLIS TRADE

Broncos receive: QB Brady Quinn

Browns receive: RB Peyton Hillis, 2011 6th round pick, 2012 7th round pick

SCHEFFLER TRADE

Broncos receive: 2010 5th round pick (Eagles)

Lions receive: TE Tony Scheffler

Eagles receive: Ernie Sims

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April 19th, 2011

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