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2014 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Blake Bortles

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Blake Bortles has a chance to be one of the first quarterbacks selected in the 2014 NFL Draft. (Photo: Editor: Brendan Leister

At 22 years old (birthday is December 16th, 1991), University of Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles is one of the most talented quarterbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft class.  During his three-year college career, Bortles played in 37 games.  He completed 585 out of 891 passes (65.7%) for 7,598 yards, 56 touchdowns, and 19 interceptions during that time.  In his final college season, he completed 259 of 382 passes (67.8%) for 3,581 yards, 25 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. (more…)

2014 NFL Draft Scouting Notes: Brock Jensen

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

North Dakota State’s Brock Jensen led his team to a staggering 43-2 record over the past three seasons (Photo: Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

Brock Jensen QB

School: North Dakota State

Height: 6’ 2 3/4”

Weight: 223 pounds

40-yard Dash: 4.70 seconds

10-yard Split: 1.64

Vertical: 34”

Broad Jump: 9’2”

Three Cone: 7.06

Short Shuttle: 4.35

Date of Birth: 9/19/1990


2014 NFL Draft Scouting Notes: Kenny Guiton

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The Ohio State offense didn’t miss a beat when backup quarterback Kenny Guiton stepped in for an injured Braxton Miller (Photo: Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

Kenny Guiton QB

School: Ohio State

Height: 6’ 1 7/8”

Weight: 204 pounds

40-yard Dash: 4.78 seconds

10-yard Split: 1.68

Vertical: 31”

Broad Jump: 9’9”

Three Cone: 7.36

Short Shuttle: 4.28


2014 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Tom Savage

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Pitt QB Tom Savage has been a hot topic as the 2014 NFL Draft approaches (Photo: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports) Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

With less than a month until the 2014 NFL Draft, Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage is one of the hottest names circulating. Savage has seemingly come out of nowhere to gain traction as a potential second round pick, and even appears at number 33 overall (33 overall!!!) to the Houston Texans in ESPN analyst Todd McShay’s newest mock draft. NFL Columnist Peter King got into the act this past Monday by dedicating a healthy portion of Page One of his MMQB to Savage’s late surge. But it was veteran NFL personnel man Gil Brandt who started the party way back in October of 2013, when he wrote that Savage reminded him of Troy Aikman, and touted the Pitt signal-caller as a potential top 50 pick. At the time, Brandt faced some doubt and derision, and now six months later, his assessment looks downright prophetic. (more…)

2014 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Kelvin Benjamin

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin has tremendous size, but has not yet learned to maximize his advantages (Photo: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports) Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

Every quarterback dreams of having a Calvin Johnson-sized receiver who can stretch defenses and post up in the end zone. With most defensive backs still hovering under six feet tall, big-bodies receivers present offenses with advantages and create district matchup problems. Texas A&M’s Mike Evans (covered here) is unquestionably the top draft-eligible player of this ilk, and may be the top receiver available this year. But Johnny Manziel’s favorite target is likely to come off the board in the top ten, limiting Evans’ availability to a select number of teams. That will leave most of the league’s franchises searching for a Plan B, and possibly stretching the imagination to believe that Florida State’s Kelvin Benjamin could offer a similar upside. (more…)

2014 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Martavis Bryant

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Receivers with Martavis Bryant’s combination of size, speed and athleticism do not last long on Draft Weekend (Photo: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports) Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

The Browns’ 2013 receiving corps consisted of Josh Gordon and constant frustration. If not for tight end Jordan Cameron, opponents would have been able to triple-cover Gordon and take their chances with the stone hands of Greg Little and Davone Bess. Little is running out of chances, and Bess has famously burned his bridges and been cut loose. The lack of depth on the roster has led people to slot Sammy Watkins, or even Mike Evans to the Browns at number four overall in mock drafts. While it’s not out of the realm of possibility that the team would select a receiver that high, it seems somewhat unlikely (and uneconomical) to spend such a lofty draft choice on a player who would, at least initially, be no better than the third target in the passing game. While the front office must admit that receiver remains a position of need (yes, even with the signing of Nate Burleson), a more common sensical approach would be to take advantage of a deep receiving class and target one on Day Two. If they decide to go that route, lanky Clemson receiver Martavis Bryant could earn consideration. (more…)

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