April 20, 2013 |
Few people know the 32 NFL teams better than the writers who cover those teams on a day-to-day basis. Those beat writers made the selections for this mock draft, choosing the players as if Thursday night were to unfold this way: 1. KANSAS CITY (Adam Teicher, Kansas City Star) - Luke Joeckel, T, Texas A&M: "With all the uncertainty over Branden Albert, the Chiefs need to do something to secure that position for the long term. That's a priority. " 2. JACKSONVILLE (Vito Stellino, Florida Times-Union)
April 6, 2013 |
So Manti T'eo goes in the first round, but USC's Matt Barkley doesn't? With less than three weeks to go before the NFL draft, that's a distinct possibility. The Times projects four safeties, two guards and the controversial Notre Dame linebacker to go in the opening round, but only one quarterback. A look at how the first round could unfold: 1. CHIEFS - Luke Joeckel, T, Texas A&M: If they don't sign Branden Albert to a long-term deal, the Chiefs need a capable blind-side bodyguard for newly acquired quarterback Alex Smith.
January 17, 2013 |
Being an NFL linebacker means being able to disguise schemes and fool offenses. But if Notre Dame's Manti Te'o was involved in the bizarre ruse of his fictitious dead girlfriend - as a perpetrator, rather than a pawn - it could have a significant impact on his draft status. Teams are keeping a close eye on the situation, tracking Te'o's level of involvement, and surely will want a detailed retelling from him at the scouting combine in February. Te'o is widely regarded as the top middle linebacker in this draft class, and, before the scandal, was projected by many experts to be chosen in the top half of the first round - and at a position that doesn't typically go that early.
June 27, 2012 |
Pick, Team: Player, Age, Pos., Ht., Wt., School/Country (with comment) 1. New Orleans: Anthony Davis, 19, PF, 6-10, 220, Kentucky Many consider him draft's only impact player. 2. Charlotte: Thomas Robinson, 21, PF, 6-9, 240, Kansas Bobcats need a big man; plays with energy. 3. Washington: Bradley Beal, 18, SG, 6-4, 201, Florida Shooter Wizards need alongside John Wall. 4. Cleveland:Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, 18, SF, 6-7, 228, Kentucky He's a good defender, rebounder, passer.
June 15, 2012 |
BRODERICK TURNER'S MOCK NBA DRAFT 2012 Player; age; position; height; weight; school NEW ORLEANS Anthony Davis , 19, PF, 6-10, 220, Kentucky. Compared to Marcus Camby because of his length, but has a better upside offensively. CHARLOTTE Harrison Barnes , 20, SF, 6-8, 223, North Carolina. Michael Jordan needs players that are ready to play, and Barnes is an in-state guy. WASHINGTON Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, 18, SF, 6-7, 228, Kentucky.
April 21, 2012 |
A year ago, when the NFL was slogging through its labor meltdown, there was plenty of hand-wringing that rookies wouldn't be as prepared to play as in seasons past. It was a reasonable assumption they would be shortchanged by a compressed off-season and frantically rushed training camps. Instead, the 2011 rookie class produced several spectacular players, among them Carolina's Cam Newton, Denver's Von Miller, Cincinnati's A.J. Green and Andy Dalton, Arizona's Patrick Peterson, San Francisco's Aldon Smith and many more.