Two clear cut favorites in the draft are Luck & Griffin, but what about the other hundreds of players that have the potential to be a standout on any NFL team? There are many positions that make up a great football team besides the quarterbacks. So who is the next standout on the other side of the ball? For instance, LSU CB, Morris Claiborne.
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Claiborne deciding to forgo his senior year at LSU showed great potential during the combine and is lived in many mock drafts as a first round pick. His strengths consist of his long arms and body that would frighten any receiver. He has the ability to play in man on man coverage and zone which is something any team would be happy to have. Claiborne is an all-around athlete who is explosive and fast, with the only downside being he can sometimes get lazy with his technique that can be a problem for a team in the long stretch. Besides that, Claiborne has a lot of potential and could land on a team with a great need for defensive pass coverage like the Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders and the Minnesota Vikings.
After going back and forth with the idea, I’ve decided for a series of featuring a different NFL prospect each week and what attributes he poses. Especially since today marks the start of the NFL Combine. Each week until the NFL Draft, beginning April 26th and ending April 28th, there will be a different prospect featured and after the draft, I’ll feature a prospect that was either drafted or not drafted, why or why not. Just to keep it interesting. So for this week I’ve decided to start it off with none other than Stanford quarterback, Andrew Luck.
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Luck is projected to go in the first round and possibly be the first quarterback taken, with some stiff competition from Robert Griffith, III. Last season for the Cardinals Luck completed 288 passes with 404 attempts for 3,517 yards and a passer rating of 118.0. Luck has the potential to be a great started in the league for any team in need of a quarterback like Indianapolis (possibly), Cleveland, Washington, Kansas City, and Seattle just to name a few. He has great passing ability and accuracy, but he’s not so accurate outside the pocket. Pocket precision for Luck is definitely a plus as well as the ability read defenses. This being one of the key reasons Luck stands out from the rest.
- You: NFL Combine 2012: Andrew Luck Can Only Damage His Stock at NFL Scouting Combine (bleacherreport.com)
- NFL Scouting Combine: Andrew Luck heads to Indianapolis, where there’s absolutely nothing going on (blogs.mercurynews.com)
Free Agency is a big deal in the NFL. Some of the best players of a team’s roster enter into free agency due to money issues or roster space. Sometimes team’s have to let that player go or offer them a ridiculous amount of money to stay. This offseason there are a few notable players in free agency that may or may not stay with their teams. I’m going to discuss a few free agents that are more likely to stay with their teams, some that are going to leave, and those that are going to get franchise tagged.
#9 QB New Orleans Saints
Brees, despite not making it into this year’s super bowl had one of the most beautiful statistical years of his career. He broke Dan Marino’s record for passing yards in a year of 5,084 with a 9-yard touchdown pass to running back Darren Sproles in a Monday night showdown between the Saints and division rivals, Atlanta Falcons. Brees completed the season with 5,476 yards, 46 touchdowns, an average of 342 yards a game and passer rating of 110.6.
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For the record, I’m not much of a Randy Moss fan, but I will acknowledge the man’s talent. Secondly, most everyone knows Moss’ work ethic and attitude. When you get Randy Moss on your team, you also get the baggage that comes along with him being there. Moss is known for taking time off during games and not make much of an effort if he’s not in the best of moods.
Here comes along former teammate, Cris Carter who basically states the obvious, “the one thing you have to address with Randy Moss is not a conditioning thing. It’s not an age thing. It needs to be addressed. I believe it’s the elephant in the room. It’s that thing called quit.” Now Carter was simply stating his opinion and was saying what most people won’t say out loud including making some real good points.
But of course Moss took it as a personal dig on him as a whole, which was clearly not the case since Carter acknowledged how much Moss is a beast on the field. Keep Reading There’s More…
So it’s been going around that wide receiver, Randy Moss is coming out of retirement to try and play again for a team. Supposedly there are teams like the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers, are interested in the 35 year old receiver. My biggest question to this is who actually believed that Moss was seriously considering retirement because he wasn’t picked up last season? This in my opinion was inevitable. Moss, being a great receiver already is an athlete, an athlete with fire in him to still play the game. He has that competitive spirit to want him to keep going since he feels he still has some game left in him. Not only that, let’s take a look at the receivers stats and accomplishments, over the course of his career, Moss had at least one catch for 50-plus yards every year with catches for over 70 yards in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Keep Reading There’s More…
It’s been almost 24 hours since the New York Giants were named Super Bowl Champs and the media buzz that’s more intriguing is the missed opportunities made by the New England Patriots which caused them a fourth championship. The dropped balls, the interception, the sacks, had all attributed to the Patriots loss. So who was to blame? Was it Wes Welker‘s dropped pass that he makes al the time at every game? Was it the intentional grounding pass Tom Brady threw that caused a safety?There were many mistakes made by the team, but to the media and myself there was one play put the nail in the coffin. Wes Welker.
Wes Welker was pretty much alone with a clear shot at either a first down or a possible game winning touchdown with four minutes left in the game. Welker is one of the elite widereceivers of the league with 122 receptions for over 1500 yards and nine touchdowns. So how could a receiver that good blow such a huge opportunity? At this point it is neither here nor there because after the confetti falls, Welker and his teammates have to take that long trip back to their prospective homes without a championship ring. Keep Reading There’s More…
The NFL now has its Super Bowl Champs, the New York Giants, who despite being the underdogs of the game made a huge impact by beating the New England Patriots. Going into this game it could appear to others and the media that the Patriots would be a shoe in for the victory.
But Eli Manning proved otherwise as he handed the ball off to Ahmad Bradshaw for a touchdown with 57 seconds left in the game for a five point lead. Though the Giants two-point conversion wasn’t a success it left Tom Brady with under a minute to make a comeback. Unfortunately this comeback did not happen a sack and dropped passes by the receivers. Which meant the NFL had its champs, the New York Giants and quarterback, Eli Manning as the Super Bowl XLVI’s MVP.
Being a lover of the game of football, I’d have to say that the game turned out a complete success. It was exciting with no clear cut favorite for the MVP trophy. Though I was rooting for the Patriots for this one, I have to give credit where credit is due and give a big hand clap for the Giants doing what they needed to do to come out with a victory. In the end, Congratulations to them.
- Super Bowl 2012 Kickoff Time and 5 Other Facts for Giants vs. Patriots (bleacherreport.com)