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NFL Draft 2012 First Round Selection Order - Dolphins & Chiefs Win Coin Flips!

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NFL Draft 2012 First Round Selection Order
Dolphins & Chiefs Win Coin Flips!

NFL Draft 2012 – ‘The Colts are ‘On the Clock’!

Photo – QB Andrew Luck - Stanford

The NFL office held the coin flips for the first round ties at the NFL Combine on Friday. The Dolphins and Chiefs won the coin tosses. Miami will select 8th overall with the Panthers now at the 9th choice of the first round. The Chiefs will now pick 11th overall with the Seahawks holding the 12th choice in the first round. This completes the first round order entering the NFL Trading period in mid March. Two teams, the Patriots and Browns hold two #1 selections after trades during the first round of the NFL Draft 2011 last April.

The Colts hold the first overall selection and are the only team that can negotiate with any prospect in the country. The Colts made major changes with the signing of new GM Ryan Grigson and first year head coach Chuck Pagano this postseason. Grigson was a former Eagles executive who had an excellent track record as a personnel evaluator. He takes over an aging roster that has been an annual playoff club until the poor 2011 season. Pagano was the Defensive Coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens. They have ranked in the top 5 to 10 annually in most key defensive categories.

The top overall selection should be QB Andrew Luck regardless if the Colts retain the pick or trades the selection, most likely within the top ten overall choices. Luck will not throw at the NFL Combine and will wait until later this spring with the Stanford Pro Day set for March 22nd.

First Round Selection Order
# Team - W-L - Opp W-L %
1 Indianapolis - 2-14 - .539
2 St. Louis - 2-14 - .590
3 Minnesota - 3-13 - .559
4 Cleveland - 4-12 - .531
5 Tampa Bay - 4-12 - .551
6 Washington - 5-11 - .477
7 Jacksonville - 5-11 - .500
8 Miami - 6-10 - .504
9 Carolina - 6-10 - .504
10 Buffalo - 6-10 - - .520
11 Kansas City - 7-9 -.512
12 Seattle - 7-9 - .512
13 Arizona - 8-8 - .469
14 Dallas - 8-8 - .473
15 Philadelphia - 8-8 - .488
16 NY Jets - 8-8 - .500
17 Cincinnati (Oakland) - 8-8 - .504
18 San Diego - 8-8 - .516
19 Chicago - 8-8 - .527
20 Tennessee - 9-7 - .461
21 Cincinnati - 9-7 - .492
22 Cleveland (Atlanta) - 10-6 - .480
23 Detroit -10-6 - .535
24 Pittsburgh - 12-4 - .492
25 Denver - 8-8 - .520
26 Houston - 10-6 - .453
27 New England (New Orleans) - 13-3 - .441
28 Green Bay - 15-1 - .457
30 Baltimore -12-4 - .477
31 San Francisco - 13-3 - .449
31 New England - 13-3 - .449
32 NY Giants - 9-7 - .520

Team tie-breaking procedure for the NFL Draft
If two or more clubs are tied in the selection order, the strength-of-schedule tie breaker is applied, subject to the following exceptions for playoff clubs:

1. The Super Bowl winner is last and the Super Bowl loser next-to-last.
2. Any non-Super Bowl playoff club involved in a tie shall be assigned priority within its segment below that of non-playoff clubs and in the order that the playoff clubs exited from the playoffs. Within a tied segment a playoff club that loses in the Wild-Card game will have priority over a playoff club that loses in the Divisional playoff game that in turn will have priority over a club that loses in the Conference Championship game. If two tied clubs exited the playoffs in the same round, the tie is broken by strength of schedule.

If any ties cannot be broken by strength of schedule, the divisional or conference tie breakers, when applicable, are applied. Any ties that still exist are broken by a coin flip.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes ‘College Football Mondays’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time.

NFL Free Agency 2012 - Franchise-Tag Values by Position

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NFL Free Agency 2012
Franchise-Tag values by Position

Figures for next season by position and top players who could be impacted. NFL Free Agency begins March 13 - Teams must be under the salary cap by this date.

Photo - QB Drew Brees – Saints

Quarterback: $14.4 million (down from $16.1 million in 2011, $16.4 million in 2010)
Players - Drew Brees, Matt Flynn

Draft Insiders' March Newsletter will have extensive NFL Free Agency Report

Running back: $7.7 million (down from $9.6 million in 2011, $8.2 million in 2010)
Players - Matt Forte, Ray Rice

Wide receiver: $9.4 million (down from 11.4 million in 2011, $9.5 million in 2010)
Players - Dwayne Bowe, DeSean Jackson, Vincent Jackson*, Steve Johnson, Mario Manningham, Wes Welker

Tight end: $5.4 million (down from $7.3 million in 2011, $5.9 million in 2010)
Players - Fred Davis, Jermichael Finley

Offensive line: $9.4 million (down from $10.1 million in 2011, $10.7 million in 2010)
Players - Ben Grubbs, Carl Nicks

Defensive end: $10.6 million (down from $13 million in 2011, $12.4 million in 2010)
Players - Cliff Avril, Calais Campbell, Jason Jones, Mario Williams*, Robert Mathis

Defensive tackle: $7.9 million (down from $12.5 million in 2011. $7 million in 2010)
Players - Red Bryant, Paul Soliai*

Linebacker: $8.8 million (down from $10.1 million in 2011, $9.7 million in 2010)
Players - Stephen Tulloch

Cornerback: $10.6 million (down from $13.5 million in 2011; tag was $9.6 million in 2010)
Players - Cortland Finnegan, Brent Grimes, Brandon Carr, Aaron Ross, Tracy Porter

Safety: $6.2 million (down from $8.8 million in 2011, $6.5 million in 2010)
Players - LaRon Landry, Tyonn Branch, Deshon Goldson

* Player who'd receive more money because it'd be his second year in a row on the franchise tag, meaning he'd make 120 percent of his 2011 salary

NFL Scouting Combine 2012 Event Schedule

NFL Scouting Combine 2012
NFL Combine - Feb. 22-28 - Lucas Stadium, Indianapolis, In.

Photo - DT Jerel Worthy - Michigan St

This week over three hundred of the very best college football players will be invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine (National Invitational Camp) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Top Executives, Coaching Staffs, Player Personnel Departments and Medical Personnel from all 32 NFL teams will be on hand to evaluate the nation’s top college football players eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft. This intense, four-day job interview is an exciting time for the athletes and a vital step in achieving their dreams of playing in the NFL. The NFL Network will televise the complete NFL Combine week long event.

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Special Emails for Subscribers on NFL Combine 2012 Events

General Player Schedule

February 22nd-28th, 2012
22nd-25th Day 1 Arrivals*: Grp 1(PK, ST, OL), Grp 2(OL), Grp 3(TE)
Wednesday Travel, Registration, Pre-exam & X-ray, Orientation, Interviews
Thursday Measurements, Exams, Media, Psych Tests, Interviews
Friday NFLPA Meeting, Psych Tests, *PK/ST Workout*, Interviews
Saturday Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure

23rd-26th Day 2 Arrivals*: Grp 4(QB, WO), Grp 5(QB, WO), Grp 6(RB)
Thursday Travel, Registration, Pre-exam & X-ray, Orientation, Interviews
Friday Measurements, Exams, Media, Psych Tests, Interviews
Saturday NFLPA Meeting, Psych Tests, Interviews
Sunday Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure

24th-27th Day 3 Arrivals: Grp 7(DL), Grp 8(DL), Grp 9(LB)
Friday Travel, Registration, Pre-exam & X-ray, Orientation, Interviews
Saturday Measurements, Exams, Media, Psych Tests, Interviews
Sunday NFLPA Meeting, Psych Tests, Interviews
Monday Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure

25th-28th Day 4 Arrivals: Grp 10(DB), Grp 11(DB)
Saturday Travel, Registration, Pre-exam & X-ray, Orientation, Interviews
Sunday Measurements, Exams, Media, Psych Tests, Interviews
Monday NFLPA Meeting, Psych Tests, Interviews
Tuesday Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure

How are players selected for the NFL Combine?
NFL Combine participants are determined each year by a Selection Committee. The Directors of both National and BLESTO scouting services, which combined represent 25 NFL teams, are joined by members of various NFL player personnel departments to form the committee. The participating NFL executives can rotate on a yearly basis, and remain anonymous. All eligible players are reviewed and voted on by the committee members. Each athlete receiving the necessary number of votes, by position, is then extended an invitation. While it is not a perfect science, the goal of the committee is to invite every player that will be drafted in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Top 64 Pro Prospects For The NFL Draft 2012

Top 64 Pro Prospects - NFL Draft 2012

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Top 150 Pro Prospects, Three Round Mock Draft, NFL Combine 2012 info, Senior Bowl and East-West All-star game evaluation

Photo - DT Michael Brockers - LSU

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Top 64 Pro Prospects - NFL Draft 2012
February, 2012 Rankings
Pre-NFL Combine - * Declared Underclassmen

Pro Prospect - Pos - School
1 * Andrew Luck - QB - Stanford
2 * Matt Kalil - OT - Southern Cal
3 * Justin Blackmon - WR - Oklahoma St
4 * Morris Claiborne - CB - LSU
5 * Robert Griffin - QB - Baylor
6 * Riley Reiff - OT - Iowa
7 Michael Floyd - WR - Notre Dame
8 * Trent Richardson - RB - Alabama
9 * Jonathan Martin - OT - Stanford
10 * Luke Kuechly - LB - Boston College
11 Quinton Coples - DE - North Carolina
12 Devon Still - DT - Penn St
13 * Nick Perry - DE - Southern Cal
14 Courtney Upshaw - LB - Alabama
15 Mark Barron - S - Alabama
16 Alfonzo Dennard - CB - Nebraska
17 * Alshon Jeffery - WR - South Carolina
18 * Dre Kirkpatrick - CB - Alabama
19 * Vontaze Burfict - LB - Arizona St
20 * Michael Brockers - DT - LSU
21 Janoris Jenkins - CB - North Alabama
22 * David DeCastro - OG - Stanford
23 Melvin Ingram - DE - South Carolina
24 * Jerel Worthy - DT - Michigan St
25 * Dont'a Hightower - LB - Alabama
26 * Fletcher Cox - DT - Mississippi St
27 Mike Adams - OT - Ohio St
28 * Peter Konz - OL - Wisconsin
29 Zach Brown - LB - North Carolina
30 * Stephon Gilmore - CB - South Carolina
31 Cordy Glenn - OL - Georgia
32 Chase Minnifield - CB – Virginia
33 Kendall Wright - WR - Baylor
34 * Dontari Poe - DT - Memphis
35 * Lamar Miller - RB - Miami (Fl)
36 * Whitney Merilus - DE - Illinois
37 Jared Crick - DT - Nebraska
38 Brandon Boykin - CB - Georgia
39 Brandon Thompson - DT - Clemson
40 Zebrie Sanders - OT - Florida St
41 Billy Winn - DT - Boise St
42 * Rueben Randle - WR - LSU
43 * LaMichael James - RB - Oregon
44 * Mohamed Sanu - WR - Rutgers
45 Coby Fleener - TE - Stanford
46 Ryan Tannehill - QB - Texas A&M
47 Markelle Martin - S - Oklahoma St
48 Andre Branch - DE - Clemson
49 Shaun Prater - CB - Iowa
50 * Dwayne Allen - TE - Clemson
51 * David Wilson - RB - Virginia Tech
52 Leonard Johnson - CB - Iowa St
53 * Chris Polk - RB - Washington
54 Vinny Curry - DE - Marshall
55 * Jayron Hosley - CB - Virginia Tech
56 Dwight Jones - WR - North Carolina
57 * Ronnell Lewis - LB - Oklahoma
58 Joe Adams - WR - Arkansas
59 * Orson Charles - TE - Georgia
60 Nick Toon - WR - Wisconsin
61 Doug Martin - RB - Boise St
62 * Jonathan Massaquoi - LB - Troy
63 * Bobbie Massie - OT - Mississippi
64 Lavonte David - LB - Nebraska

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Pro Day 2012 Schedule Follows NFL Combine For Prospects

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Pro Day Schedule Follows NFL Combine

In a few weeks, every NFL team and scores of media members along with 328 college prospects will attend the NFL 2012 Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, In.

Photo - LB Courtney Upshaw - Alabama

The NFL Combine is scheduled from February 22-28. The Pro Day schedule will start only four days later when Missouri University will hold the first on campus workout for NFL prospects.

Pro Day workouts are held on campus at school facilities. The interview and medical testing components are addressed at the NFL Combine. The athletic drills, 40-yard dash, vertical leap, broad jump, bench press, 3-cone drill, etc. can take place at either event. It has become a chance for athletes not invited to the NFL Combine to show their talent in front of NFL personnel decision-makers.

Interestingly, the Pro Day dates for Stanford and Baylor are both scheduled for March 22nd with the top passers Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III both expected to perform. They are the top two QBs with Luck most likely the top overall selection and Griffin probably going in the top four or five overall choices. National champion Alabama's Pro Day was announced yesterday, as well.

Order for the 2012 Pro Day workouts. Additional dates can be added over the postseason.

March 1: Missouri
March 2: Cincinnati
March 5: Alabama-Birmingham, Hawaii, McNeese State
March 6: Alabama A&M, Arkansas, Auburn, California Lutheran, Clark, Georgia Tech, Rhode Island, Sacramento State, UCLA
March 7: Alabama, California, California-Davis, Colgate, Fordham, Fort Valley, Kent State, Louisville, Northern Colorado, Southern California, Texas A&M, UTEP, Wisconsin, Weber State
March 8: Buffalo, Clemson, Colorado, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio, Syracuse, Tulsa, Utah State, Washington, West Texas, Western Kentucky
March 9: Florida International, Montana, Northern Illinois, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Purdue, TCU, Troy
March 12: Air Force, Arkansas-Monticello, Central Michigan, Central Washington, Pittsburgh
March 13: Ball State, Florida, Kansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Marshall, Maryland, North Texas, Western Michigan
March 14: Bowling Green, Central Arkansas, Central Oklahoma, Florida State, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisiana-Monroe, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Tennessee Tech
March 15: Delaware State, Louisiana Tech, Michigan, UNLV, Nicholls State, Southern Illinois, Townson, Virginia, Virginia Tech, William & Mary
March 16: James Madison, Missouri State, Oregon State, Richmond, Temple, Tennessee, West Virginia
March 19: Arizona, Florida Atlantic, LSU, Southern, Wake Forest
March 20: Brown, Fresno State, Idaho, Iowa State, Louisiana-Lafayette, North Carolina, North Carolina A&T, South Florida, Texas, Tulane
March 21: Boston College, Nevada, North Carolina State, North Dakota State, Rutgers, San Diego State, San Jose State
March 22: Baylor, Boise State, East Carolina, Maine, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Stanford, Tennessee-Chattanooga
March 23: Jackson State, Missouri Western, N.C. Central, Southern Mississippi, Vanderbilt
March 24: Arizona State
March 27: Arkansas State, Coastal Carolina, Stephen F. Austin, Washburn
March 28: Central Florida, Connecticut, Northern Iowa, Pennsylvania, South Carolina
March 29: Brigham Young
April 4: SMU
April 6: McNeese St

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

First Round Mock Draft for the NFL Draft 2012

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First Round Mock Draft for the NFL Draft 2012
Prior to the NFL Combine * Underclassmen
y - coin flip to determine order

Photo – OT Riley Reiff - Iowa

Team Player / Pos / School
1st Round

1 Indianapolis - 2-14 - * Andrew Luck - QB - Stanford
2 St. Louis - 2-14 - * Justin Blackmon - WR - Oklahoma St
3 Minnesota - 3-13 - * Matt Kalil - OT - Southern Cal
4 Cleveland - 4-12 - * Robert Griffin - QB - Baylor
5 Tampa Bay - 4-12 - * Morris Claiborne - CB - LSU
6 Washington - 5-11 - Michael Floyd - WR - Notre Dame
7 Jacksonville - 5-11 - Quinton Coples - DE - North Carolina
y 8/9 Miami - 6-10 - Courtney Upshaw - LB - Alabama
y 8/9 Carolina - 6-10 - Mark Barron - S - Alabama
10 Buffalo - 6-10 - * Riley Reiff - OT - Iowa
y 11/12 Kansas City - 7-9 - * Nick Perry - DE - Southern Cal
y 11/12 Seattle - 7-9 - * Luke Kuechly - LB- Boston College
13 Arizona - 8-8 - * Dre Kirkpatrick - CB - Alabama
14 Dallas - 8-8 - Alfonzo Dennard - CB - Nebraska
15 Philadelphia - 8-8 - Zach Brown - LB - North Carolina
16 NY Jets - 8-8 - * Trent Richardson - RB - Alabama
17 Cincinnati (Oakland) - 8-8 - Devon Still - DT - Penn St
18 San Diego - 8-8 - Melvin Ingram - DE/LB - South Carolina
19 Chicago - 8-8 - * Jonathan Martin - OT - Stanford
20 Tennessee - 9-7 - * Michael Brockers - DT - LSU
21 Cincinnati - 9-7 - * Lamar Miller - RB - Miami (Fl)
22 Cleveland (Atlanta) - 10-6 - * Fletcher Cox - DT - Mississippi St
23 Detroit -10-6 - Mike Adams - OT - Ohio St
24 Pittsburgh - 12-4 - Dont'a Hightower - LB - Alabama
25 Denver - 8-8 - Janoris Jenkins - CB - North Alabama
26 Houston - 10-6 - * Stephon Gilmore - CB - South Carolina
27 New England (New Orleans) - 13-3 - * Alshon Jeffery - WR - South Carolina
28 Green Bay - 15-1 - * David DeCastro - OG - Stanford
29 Baltimore - 12-4 - Cordy Glenn - OL - Georgia
30 San Francisco - 13-3 - Kendall Wright - WR - Baylor
31 New England - 13-3 - Chase Minnifield - CB - Virginia
32 NY Giants - 9-7 - * Peter Konz - OL - Wisconsin

GMen Win Super Bowl Behind Eli Manning's Late Dramatics - Manning's Scouting Report - Draft Insiders.com 2004 Yearbook

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Photo – QB Eli Manning - NY Giants

The GMen beat the Patriots in a thrilling Super Bowl game behind another brilliant performance by QB Eli Manning. Manning lead the Giants to their second Super Bowl title in four years and in the process won his second Super Bowl MVP award.
Manning was hot the entire game especially in the Giant’s final drive that has become his trademark over his 8 year career. He has the uncanny ability to direct a critical late drive with the club behind and the clock and limited time outs pressuring the offense. Manning went 30 of 40 for 296 yards and 1 TD with no turnovers. He is one of only 11 starting QBs to win two Super Bowl titles. Eli is only one of five NFL QBs have won two Super Bowl MVP awards, Eli, Tom Brady, Terry Bradshaw, Bart Starr and Joe Montana (three MVPs).

Eli Manning was selected #1 over in the NFL Draft 2004 by the San Diego Chargers and was traded to the Giants who selected #4 overall. The Chargers proceeded to choose QB Philip Rivers, in addition to receiving a #3 pick and a future #1 pick from the Giants.

QB Eli Manning’s Scouting Report - Draft Insiders’ Digest 2004 Yearbook

Draft Insiders.com ranked Eli Manning as the #1 QB prospect in the NFL Draft 2004 with Ben Roethlisberger #2 and Philip Rivers #3 in the best class of premier QBs since the famous 1983 draft class that featured John Elway, Dan Marino and Jim Kelly.

1. Eli Manning #10 - 6'5" 225 lbs. - Mississippi - Sp. 4.8 - Rating 95
Hindu Theory: Peyton Manning

Talented senior passer completed an outstanding career in the SEC, earning numerous honors over his final season. Eli comes from a long family of pro QBs, including his brother Peyton the current NFL MVP and father Archie a Pro-Bowl performer from the ‘70s. Eli followed his fathers’ footsteps by attending Old Miss and shattered his dad’s passing records over the course of his career. This fifth year senior will challenge for the first overall selection in the NFL Draft ’04 whether the Chargers retain the pick or trade it. He has been one of the premier players in college football this past few seasons consistently putting up big numbers against a high level of competition. Over his first three starting seasons, he has developed nicely in all aspects of play and hopes to follow in his brother’s footsteps as the first overall selection in April. He developed nicely under the tutelage of head coach David Cutcliffe who ironically coached Peyton at Tennessee during the ‘90s as offensive coordinator/QB coach. Over his five-year career at Old Miss, he made excellent progress in the finer aspects of the position, which is so critical in the development of a young passer. He is a good athlete with a strong arm, fine intangibles and good mobility to avoid the rush and run with the ball. He sets up smoothly, displaying excellent footwork and the ability to quickly read coverage. He has a fine delivery that is quick to release the ball and wastes little motion. He throws a tight spiral, combining both velocity and accuracy that allows receivers to catch the ball in stride and make plays after the catch. He is a well-developed passer who combines the athletic ability with the intangibles and maturity necessary to succeed in the NFL. He is a sturdy well-built athlete with quick feet that allow him to setup fast in three, five and seven step drops. He delivers the ball with outstanding timing and precision, displaying the ability to make the consistently sound decision and reads in coverage. His basic mechanics are very sound and he has learned to set his feet firmly before passing the ball with a good follow through. He is a fine ball handler and has learned to work the play action exceptionally well. He runs well for a QB of his size and can make a critical play as a runner, though he is not a great scrambler. He has shown both poise and courage in the pocket with the ability to hang in ‘til the final moment and allow his receiver to break open. He has developed quick decision-making to go with the athletic talent to run or throw in or outside the pocket. As a passer, he has an outstanding arm with the strength to make all the throws and he has progressed in each aspect of that game. He uses the pump fake well and shows a fast trigger that allows him to bait cover men on the first move and then lay it out on a deeper throw. He can fire the quick out, seam or slant pass, in addition to the ability to use exceptional touch to make the fade, screen and deep plays work well. He throws the fade well, giving his receiver a chance to make a play on the ball. On the deep pass, he has progressed and learned to put just the right touch on his passes to allow his receiver to run under the ball. On the slant and crossing patterns, he displays a quick release with the zip, accuracy and timing to hit receivers in stride. Though not a great athlete, he is a self-made athlete who has worked hard in all areas of play to get the most out of his fine talent. He has developed a strong work ethic, nice intangibles and instincts through experience and following the advice of his dad, brother and coaches. He has excellent pocket presence and feels backside pressure quickly with the ability to make sound decisions to minimize negative plays. He uses his quick feet to avoid the pass rush with the toughness to fight off tacklers using his good strength and mobility to move outside the pocket and make plays. He throws fairly well on the move, displaying the ability to retain his accuracy and hit the open receiver. He made great strides over his career of reading defenses and has learned to pick up secondary receivers and find the best match up. As a senior, he was very impressive, displaying a strong, live arm with the touch and accuracy to make all the important throws. He has developed the courage, leadership and poise to lead an NFL offense. With five years to develop his talent, he has matured well in areas of football instincts and overall intangibles. He combines fine athletic talent with those intangibles to make him one of the most developed and refined QB prospects of recent years.
The Numbers: He completed a terrific career with another big season that included throwing for 3341 yards on 253 completions of 410 attempts for 62% completion rate with 27 TDs and 9 interceptions. Along the way, he set several new SEC career passing records. As a junior, he threw for 3401 yards with 279 completions on 481attempts for a 58% completion rate and 21 TDs and 15 interceptions. As a sophomore, he threw for 2948 yards with 31 TDs on a 63% completion rate and 9 interceptions. As a freshman, he did not start one game and saw action in only six games with only a total of 33 thrown with just 16 completions and no TDs. Over his final three seasons, he was a model of consistency against a talented level of defensive competition.
The Skinny: Talented well-developed passer with all the skills to succeed early in his NFL career. His level of development is very high and he is the type of passer who could start as a rookie in the right setting. His ability to make the proper read consistently and get the ball to the hot receiver while under heavy pressure will help his cause to become a first year starter. He goes through his progressions very well and his ability to pick up secondary receivers should allow him to compete for the starting job immediately. He is the most likely first overall selection in April by the Chargers who have struggled mainly because of inconsistency at the QB position. They should retain this pick and add a franchise caliber passer after making poor decisions on both Ryan Leaf and Michael Vick over recent drafts. At the combine, he did not workout. He has the talent to become an NFL star, if he gets into the right situation that allows him to succeed early in his career and does not ask him to carry an offense. This guy reminds me of Peyton Manning when he stands in the pocket and makes decisions. Both were self-made athletes who spent extensive time on the other aspects of the position like film work, weight room development and understanding the system and game plan on a weekly basis.
Draft Projection: 1st Round - First Overall Pick

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