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2014 NFL Draft: Potential First-Round Picks for the New York Jets

Saturday, September 7th, 2013
Marquise Lee

Could Marquise Lee be Santonio Holmes’ replacement? (Photo: US Presswire)

By Ryan Alfieri, Editor

It’s never too early to start looking forward to the future—especially in times like these for Jets fans.

The season has yet to start and the Jets could certainly surprise a lot of people if their rookies make a big impact early on, but there is a very good chance that the Jets will be picking high in the 2014 draft.

While this does call for another season of losing, it does give the Jets a chance to add a dynamic player on either side of the ball that can help bring them back into contention. Here are some possible first-round picks heading into the second week of college football.

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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Late-Season Edition

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
Manti Te'o

How much is a player like Manti Te’o worth on draft day? (Photo: US Presswire)

1. Kansas City Chiefs: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

Unfortunately for the Chiefs, many of the quarterbacks in this year’s once-promising class have taken significant hits in their draft stock from inconsistent play. Smith, however, remains to have the most impressive skill set despite cooling off over the past month. The Chiefs actually have a rather complete team, but their dismal quarterback situation has held them back.

2.  Jacksonville Jaguars: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas

The only way the Jaguars go after a replacement for Blaine Gabbert after just two seasons is if Gene Smith is fired, which seems rather likely at this point. Wilson’s stock will benefit from a down year by Matt Barkely, and has the potential to be the top pick in April’s draft.

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2013 NFL Draft: Top 8 Tight End Prospects

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Tyler Eifert cruises to the top TE spot (US: Presswire)

By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer

1. Tyler Eifert NOTRE DAME

6’6 251

Strengths: Eifert has the athleticism to run routes and get open like a receiver and has great hands. He has the frame and ball skills to snatch the ball out of the air and challenge defenders with his size.

Weaknesses: He’s mainly a pass catching threat and is not a dominant blocker.

The Take Home: Eifert, despite sub-par play from the quarterback position, has been a reliable receiver and real threat in the passing game. He has the skill-set that seems to be in vogue among NFL teams: he is big with the frame to be a red zone beast; he has the smooth athleticism that allows him to run routes effectively and the soft hands to give his quarterback a wider target to throw to. While not a dominant blocker by any means, he gives the necessary effort needed from the position. He isn’t breathtakingly explosive, but will almost certainly be that versatile threat and matchup nightmare teams love from their tight ends.

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2013 NFL Draft: Offensive Linemen Rankings 8-15

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Johnathan Cooper is one of several NFL caliber linemen for the Tar Heels (Photo: US Presswire)

By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer

 

9. Brennan Williams UNC OT 6’7 315

The Take Home: Williams has the frame of a pro offensive tackle with good feet and a strong base. He’s been rising up draft boards recently with a solid start to the season and has the size and strength of an NFL right tackle while being a decent athlete with enough of a backpedal to be productive as a pass protector on the edge. He does a good job of getting low and staying balanced and has the power needed to generate push in the run game. Williams isn’t the athlete scouts look for an elite left tackle, but could play in a pinch; with his stock rising he now looks to be a top 50 pick and maybe the first right tackle off the board.

 

10. Johnathan Cooper UNC OG/OC 6’3 310

 The Take Home: Cooper has an explosive lower body and moves effortlessly for his size and is good in space. He has power in his game, but given his mobility and size could really benefit from moving to the center position at the next level where he could be a potentially dominate player. Scouts project that he is most suited for zone based schemes given his fluid mobility and should be a solid NFL lineman in such schemes, especially if moved to the center position.

 

11. Larry Warford KENTUCKY OG 6’3 340

 The Take Home: Warford could be a tremendous value pick in the upcoming draft. A massive offensive guard he has the bulk and strength to move the mass of humanity that exists on the line of scrimmage. He is much more athletic and mobile than his frame and reputation would suggest making him a potential pro starter with the ability to play a variety of schemes. Warford plays for a traditional basketball power in the SEC so lacks the press his game deserves.

 

12. Oday Aboushi UVA OT 6’6 310

The Take Home: Aboushi had an inconsistent 2011 season, at times looking like a dominant, athletic left tackle but also showing lapses in focus and technique. He’s played well so far this season and has top class athleticism and quickness. If he can get a little bigger to handle his duties in the running game he could be an early round pick as a franchise left tackle prospect.

 

13. Cyril Richardson BAYLOR OT/OG 6’5 335

 The Take Home: Richardson is a bulky 335 pounds and should be more than strong enough to play inside in the pros, yet he also showed the quickness to protect the blind side of Heisman winning RG3 playing left tackle last year. As an interior lineman he will have plenty of foot speed and mobility to handle the quickness and athleticism of pro defensive tackles. If he can adjust to the increased physicality of playing inside, which he should, he could be a mainstay and enjoy a nice pro career.

 

14. Khaled Holmes USC OC 6’4 305

The Take Home: An injury sustained against Syracuse in week two has kept Holmes on the sidelines and inevitably hurt his stock. Despite being a smooth mover and overall impressive athlete he seemed to have trouble finding someone to block in space. With some added muscle to his frame he could become a great NFL center, but needs to focus on getting back onto the field and becoming fully healthy first.

 

15. Seantrel Henderson MIAMI OT/OG 6’8 345

The Take Home: A big time recruit with big time potential who, if matures and proves dedicated and focused, has the talent to be a starter at the next level. Surprisingly athletic and mobile with the muscle and immense bulk to dominate opponents and control the blend of size and speed he’ll see as a pro.


2013 NFL Draft: Stock Update

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Andre Ellington is rising fast (Photo: US Presswire)


By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer

 Football is in full swing and thank goodness for that. While the warm summer weather is great it’s hard to watch sports when baseball is the only option, although the Olympics did ease the pain.

Although the NFL Draft is still a long way out I figured it would be a good chance to get the list of my players to watch out there. Ideally this would have been done before the season so you’ll have to trust me when I say I’ve been really high on guys who have been rising lately like Andre Ellington, DeAndre Hopkins and Dee Milliner before they made their mark this season. But to be honest I was just as bullish about Logan Thomas and Knile Davis who have been vastly underwhelming thus far.

Just like stocks on the New York Stock Exchange potential NFL prospects have both perceived and intrinsic value. Sometimes even experts overvalue guys that fizzle out and overlook potential superstars. These are the players I feel bare watching and have great value and therefore the ability to outperform their current projections.

Some I’ve been tracking for a while and some have made the list due to their stellar performances this season and believe are more than just a flash in the pan. In other words, it’s not that I don’t like a guy like Matt Barkley, because I do, but as a projected top 5 pick I feel he is getting the attention he deserves or is even overrated at this point. I’m looking here for guys that are vastly undervalued or top flight prospects that deserve top billing.

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