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QB Aaron Rodgers & LB Terrell Suggs Head Draft Insiders' 2011 All-Pro Team


DraftInsiders.com 2011 All-Pro Team

Photo - Aaron Rodgers - Packers


Aaron Rodgers - Packers

Running Backs
Maurice Jones-Drew - Jaguars
Arian Foster - Texans

Wide Receivers
Calvin Johnson - Lions
Victor Cruz - Giants

Tight end
Rob Gronkowski - Patriots

Maurkice Pouncey - Steelers

Jahri Evans - Saints
Carl Nicks - Saints

Offensive Tackles
Jake Long - Dolphins
Joe Thomas - Browns

Defensive Ends

NFL Draft 2012 Selection Order - Colts are ‘On the Clock’!


NFL Draft 2012 Selection Order - The Colts are ‘On the Clock’!

Photo - DL Jared Crick - Nebraska

The Colts hold the first overall choice of the NFL Draft 2012 this April after a terrible season that saw them win only two games all year. Their poor performance cost longtime GM Bill Polian his job after a successful tenure that earned the Colts a Super Bowl title in 2007. Head coach Jim Caldwell currently holds his job as several NFL teams sign new HC and GMs with most clubs in postseason schedules. The Colts hired former Eagles Director Ryan Grigson as their new General Manager in early January. He has 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.

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.

* Playoff team / y - coin flip to determine order / Conference title & Super Bowl games will determine the final positions

# 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
y 8/9 Carolina - 6-10 .504
y 8/9 Miami - 6-10 .504
10 Buffalo - 6-10 .520
y 11/12 Kansas City - 7-9 .512
y 11/12 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
29 * NY Giants - 9-7 .520
30 * Baltimore -12-4 .477
31 * San Francisco - 13-3 .449
32 * New England - 13-3 .449

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 2012 Season and Postseason Dates Thru NFL Draft and Combines


NFL 2012 Season and Postseason Dates Thru NFL Draft 2012

The NFL office has announced it will hold eight regional player combines for pro prospects who are not invited to the regular Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this February. The new regional combines will begin January 28 and go through March 17. The first regional event will be held in Los Angeles with combines also scheduled for Tampa, Houston, Baltimore, Atlanta, New York, Chicago and Cleveland. Selected players can be invited to a final combine in Detroit on March 30-31. This new development should reduce the number of school pro days attended by NFL personnel staffs.

Photo – QB Aaron Rodgers - Packers

NFL Dates

Jan. 1 - Regular season ends
Jan. 7-8 - Wild Card Weekend
Jan. 14-15 - Divisional Playoffs
Jan. 22 - Conference Championships
Jan. 29 - Pro Bowl, Honolulu, Hawaii

Feb. 5 - Super Bowl XLVI, Indianapolis, In.

Feb. 22-28 - NFL Scouting Combine, Indianapolis, In.
Eight regional Player Combines in different nationwide locations from late January through late March.

April 26-28 - NFL Draft 2012, New York City, N.Y.

Frank Coyle writes ‘College Football Monday’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for weekly Team and Player Awards

*** BCS National Championship 2012 Series *** College 2011-2012 Bowl Conference Matchups


BCS National Championship Series
College 2011-2012 Bowl Conference Matchups

The BCS is a five-game showcase of college football. It is designed to ensure that the two top-rated teams in the country meet in the national championship game, and to create exciting and competitive matchups among eight other highly regarded teams in four other bowl games.

It has been undeniably successful in achieving those goals. Thanks to the BCS, the top two teams have played each other 12 times in 12 years by BCS measurements and nine times in the last 12 according to the AP poll -- including the last six years in a row. Additionally, it has provided more access to the major bowls for all eleven conferences, more television exposure, and more postseason revenue than ever before.

BCS National Championship Game
BCS#1 vs BCS #2 - Jan. 9, 2012 - 8:30 p.m. - New Orleans, La.- ESPN

Rose Bowl

Jan. 2, 2012 - Pasadena, Calif.

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
Jan. 2, 2012 - Glendale, Ariz.

Sugar Bowl
Jan. 3, 2012 - New Orleans

Discover Orange Bowl
Jan. 4, 2012 - Miami

BCS National Championship
Jan. 9, 2012 - New Orleans

– Complete 2011-2012 Bowl Games –
December 2011

New Mexico Bowl
MWC vs Pac 12 - Albuquerque, N.M.- Dec. 17, 2011 - 2 p.m. ESPN

Humanitarian Bowl
WAC vs MAC - Boise, Idaho - Dec. 17, 5:30 p.m. ESPN

New Orleans Bowl
Sun Belt vs CUSA - New Orleans, La - Dec. 17, 9 p.m. ESPN

St. Petersburg Bowl
Big East vs CUSA - St. Petersburg, Fl - Dec. 20, 8 p.m. ESPN

Poinsettia Bowl
MWC vs WAC - Dec. 21, 8 p.m. ESPN

Las Vegas Bowl
MWC vs Pac 10 - Las Vegas, Nv - Dec. 22, 8 p.m. ESPN

Hawaii Bowl
WAC vs CUSA - Honolulu, Hi - Dec. 24, 8 p.m. ESPN

Independence Bowl
MWC vs ACC - Shreveport, La. - Dec. 26, 5 p.m. ESPN2

Little Caesars Bowl
MAC vs. Big Ten - Detroit, Mi - Dec. 27, 4:30 p.m. ESPN

Belk Bowl
Big East vs ACC – Charlotte, North Carolina - Dec. 27, 8 p.m. ESPN2

Military Bowl
ACC vs Navy - Washington, D.C. - Dec. 28, 4:30 pm ESPN

Pacific Life Holiday Bowl
Big 12 vs Pac 12 - San Diego, Ca - Dec. 28, 8 p.m. ESPN

Champs Sports Bowl
Big East vs ACC - Orlando, Fl. - Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m. ESPN

Alamo Bowl
Big 12 vs Pac 12 - San Antonio, Tx - Dec. 29, 9 p.m. ESPN

Armed Forces Bowl
CUSA vs BYU - Dallas, Tx - Dec. 30, 12 p.m ESPN

Pinstripe Bowl
Big East vs Big 12 - Bronx, NYC - Dec. 30, 3:30 p.m. ESPN

Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl
ACC vs SEC - Nashville, Tn. - Dec. 30, 6:30 p.m. ESPN

Insight Bowl
Big Ten vs Big 12 - Tempe, Ariz. - Dec. 30, 10 p.m. ESPN

Meineke Car Care Bowl
Big East vs ACC - Charlotte, N.C. - Dec. 31, Noon. ESPN

Brut Sun Bowl
ACC vs Pac 12 - El Paso, Texas - Dec. 31, 2 p.m. CBS

Liberty Bowl
SEC vs CUSA - Memphis, Tn. - Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m. ABC

Fight Hunger Bowl
Army vs Pac 12 - San Francisco, Ca - Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m. ESPN

Chick-fil-A Bowl
ACC vs SEC - Atlanta, Ga - Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. ESPN

January 2012
Ticket City Bowl
Big Ten vs CUSA - Dallas, Tx. - Jan. 2, 1 p.m. ESPN

Capital One Bowl
Big Ten vs SEC - Orlando, Fl. - Jan. 2, 1 p.m. ABC

Gator Bowl
Big Ten vs SEC - Jacksonville, Fla. - Jan. 2, 1:00 p.m. ESPN 2

Outback Bowl
Big Ten vs SEC - Tampa, Fl. - Jan. 2, 1 p.m. ESPN

Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi
BCS - Big Ten vs Pac 10 - Pasadena, Ca - Jan. 2, 5:00 p.m. ABC

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
Big Champion vs BCS - Glendale, Ariz. - Jan. 2, 8:30 p.m. ESPN

Sugar Bowl
SEC Champion vs BCS - New Orleans, La - Jan. 3, 8 p.m. ESPN

FedEx Orange Bowl
ACC Champion vs BCS - Miami, Fl - Jan. 4, 8 p.m. ESPN

AT&T Cotton Bowl
Big 12 vs SEC - Arlington, Texas - Jan. 6, 8 p.m. FOX

Compass Bowl
Big East vs SEC - Birmingham, Al - Jan. 7, 1:00 p.m. ESPN

Go Daddy.com Bowl
Sun Belt vs MAC - Mobile, Ala. - Jan. 8, 9 p.m. ESPN

BCS National Championship Game
BCS#1 vs BCS #2 - Jan. 9, 8:30 p.m. - New Orleans, La.- ESPN

NFL Preseason 2011 Schedule Starts Tonight

NFL Preseason 2011 Schedule -
All Times Eastern Standard

Photo – QB Drew Brees - Saints

Thursday, August 11
Jacksonville at New England (7:30)
Baltimore at Philadelphia (7:30)
Seattle at San Diego (8:00)
Denver at Dallas (8:30)
Arizona at Oakland (10:00)

Friday, August 12
Miami at Atlanta (7:30)
Cincinnati at Detroit (7:30)
Pittsburgh at Washington (7:30)
Tampa Bay at Kansas City (8:00)
San Francisco at New Orleans (8:00)

Saturday, August 13
Green Bay at Cleveland (7:30)
Buffalo at Chicago (8:00)
N.Y. Giants at Carolina (8:00)
Indianapolis at St. Louis (8:00)
Minnesota at Tennessee (8:00)

Monday, August 15
N.Y. Jets at Houston (8:00)

For Complete Schedule Click on Next Page

Cam Newton Selected #1 in NFL Draft 2011

Best First Round Value Selections
Jaguars – QB Blaine Gabbert
Lions - DT Nick Fairley
Giants - CB Prince Amukamara
Ravens – CB Jimmy Smith
Saints - DE Cam Jordan
Steelers – DE Cam Heyward

Photo – QB Cam Newton

First Round Selection Order
Pick / Team / Player / Position/ College

1(1) Panthers - Cam Newton - QB - Auburn
2(2) Broncos - Von Miller - LB - Texas A&M
3(3) Bills – Marcell Dareus - DL - Alabama
4(4) Bengals - A.J. Green - WR - Georgia
5(5) Cardinals - Patrick Peterson - CB - LSU
6(6) Falcons (Browns) - Julio Jones - WR - Alabama
7(7) 49ers - Aldon Smith - LB - Missouri
8(8) Titans - Locker, Jake - QB - Washington
9(9) Cowboys - Tyron Smith - OT - USC
10(10) Jaguars (Redskins) - Blaine Gabbert - QB - Missouri
11(11) Texans - J.J. Watt - DE - Wisconsin
12(12) Vikings - Christian Ponder - QB - Florida St.
13(13) Lions - Nick Fairley - DT - Auburn
14(14) Rams - Robert Quinn - DE - North Carolina
15(15) Dolphins - Mike Pouncey - OL - Florida
16(16) Redskins (Jaguars) - Ryan Kerrigan - DE - Purdue
17(17) Patriots (Raiders) - Nate Solder - OT - Colorado
18(18) Chargers - Corey Liuget - DT - Illinois
19(19) Giants - Prince Amukamara - CB - Nebraska
20(20) Buccaneers - Adrian Clayborn - DE - Iowa
21(21) Browns (Chiefs) - Phil Taylor - DT - Baylor
22(22) Colts - Anthony Castonzo - OT - Boston College
23(23) Eagles - Danny Watkins - OL - Baylor
24(24) Saints - Cam Jordan - DE - California
25(25) Seahawks - James Carpenter - OL - Alabama
26(26) Chiefs (Falcons-Browns) - Jonathan Baldwin - WR - Pittsburgh
27(27) Ravens - Jimmy Smith - CB - Colorado
28(28) Saints (Patriots) - Mark Ingram - RB - Alabama
29(29) Bears - Gabe Carimi - OT - Wisconsin
30(30) Jets - Muhammad Wilkerson - DE - Temple
31(31) Steelers - Cam Heyward - DE - Ohio St.
32(32) Packers - Derek Sherrod - OT - Mississippi St.

Packers' RB James Starks Wins Rookie Award

Packers' Running Back Starks Wins Weekly Rookie Award

Photo - James Starks - Packers

QB Aaron Rodgers threw three TD passes and unheralded rookie running back James Starks ran for 123 yards as the Packers beat Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles, 21-16 in an NFC Wild Card game. Starks was a rookie 6th-round draft pick who injured his hamstring prior to training camp and proceeded to miss the first 11 games of the season while on the PUP list. He pounded the Eagles for 123 rushing yards on 23 carries to give the Packers their first 100 yard rusher on the season and instrumental in their 21-16 Wild Card playoff win.

QB Aaron Rodgers called Starks’ playoff effort perhaps the most important factor in the Packers winning the game. His yardage shattered the previous Green Bay rookie record for rushing yards in a playoff game. Travis Williams had 88 yards back on Dec. 23, 1967, against the Los Angeles Rams in Milwaukee.

Starks got off to a great start against the Eagles when he burst through a big hole for a 27-yard gain on his first carry. He carried three more times for 9 yards on that early drive that ended with a 7-yard TD pass to TE Tom Crabtree.

“He established a hot hand early, and I rode it,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “James was a difference-maker.”

Starks also added two receptions for 9 yards along with his 123 yards rushing. This came in his first playoff game and late season play following nearly two years off with a shoulder injury. Starks averaged 5.3 yards per carry and gained at least 4 yards on 12 of his 23 rushes. The production was pretty consistent, and it gave the Packers several manageable third downs as the offense converted 8-of-13 on the critical down.

Running Back Rankings in Draft Insiders’ - Yearbook March 2010
Starks was ranked #12 in March 2010. He was not ranked in the top 25 in any other scouting service. His March 2010 scouting report is below along with LaGarrette Blount and Anthony Dixon, two other unheralded first year backs who had an impact over the 2010 season.

Running Back Rankings
1. C.J. Spiller - Clemson
2. * Ryan Mathews - Fresno St
3. * Jonathan Dwyer - Georgia Tech
4. * Jahvid Best - California
5. * Toby Gerhart - Stanford
6. * Joe McKnight - Southern Cal
7. Ben Tate - Auburn
8. Dexter McCluster - Ole Miss
9. Montario Hardesty - Tennessee
10. Anthony Dixon - Mississippi St
11. LaGarrette Blount - Oregon
12. James Starks - Buffalo

12. James Starks #19 - 6’2” 220 lbs. - Buffalo - Sp. 4.50
Hindu Theory - Matt Forte

Tough strong senior tailback completed an injury riddled career playing only a few ’09 games before a shoulder injury that ended his season. James failed to duplicate his outstanding junior effort last season. As a junior, he made a significant contribution to the Bulls bowl season. He displayed definite pro potential after finishing with over 1300 yards rushing and 16 TDs despite missing three games due to injuries. He displays a powerful slashing style with the ability to run through tacklers and get the most of each attempt. Over his earlier career, he had several big games that improved his draft status entering his critical final season. He is a strong runner between the tackles with the power to move the pile and break tackles. He has a quick burst to the hole and uses his a big frame well that allows him to run through tacklers and consistently finish his runs with fine body lean. He is a tough runner with good vision, power and balance to be one of the hidden gems of this class if healthy. He has burst to the hole, allowing him to get through the line and use his strong frame to run through tacklers with enough speed to get the corner. His game is getting the tough yardage between the tackles. As a receiver, he has sure hands and has developed well as a route runner and displays good defense recognition skills. He is a natural runner with fine power and quickness, getting huge amounts of yardage after contact. He is a back with a low center of gravity who is very effective when he runs with good pad level and not allowing defenders a clean shot at him. He finishes each rushing attempt with excellent body lean. He has fine lower body strength, including thick thighs, allowing him to run through defenders consistently. He has some natural running skills making defenders miss initially, though he is mainly a one cut runner who runs in a north-south style. His running skills include – decision-making, vision, balance and power with good speed to break into the secondary. As a senior, he started every game before an early season shoulder injury. As a junior, he rushed for 1333 yards and 16 TDs despite missing 3 games with injuries. At the NFL Combine, he ran fine 4.50 and 4.57 times with 15 reps. He added 36” VL and 9’11” BJ with 6.89 three cone and 4.23 short shuttle times. He completed an excellent workout in the positional drills. His quickness and power is what will win an NFL roster spot, showing the AA to make the tough critical inside yardage and possibly start in time. He can be a solid change of pace runner with the ability to contribute in a few roles including a key goal line runner, in addition to projecting to FB in a West Coast offense. Over his career, he displayed the toughness to be a weekly power back with consistent production and ball security his strongest traits. He will probably fall to the late rounds off his injury history. Good late round steal, though he must answer the durability issues to realize his NFL starting potential.

Frank Coyle writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season and a regular Blog @ draftinsiders.com. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for weekly Team and Player Awards

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