2014 NFL Draft: The Year of the Small-School Quarterback

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In the modern era of football scouting, diamonds in the rough have become progressively hard to find. Increases to scouting departments -- and scouting budgets -- have created an environment where even tryout-only players receive attention from front offices. The increased emphasis on scouting has created better opportunities for, among others, small-school quarterbacks. Historical Trends In 1987, future NFL MVP Rich Gannon emerged from then … [Read more...]

Rams seeking a suitor for the 2nd pick in the 2014 NFL Draft?

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The NFL draft is just under 50 days away. One of the more intriguing teams this year is the St. Louis Rams. The Rams are primed with the 2nd overall pick as a result of the 2012 RGIII trade with the Washington Redskins. The Rams are also armed with the 13th pick in the draft following a 7-9 season. Meeting of the minds With NFL executives making their way to Orlando on Wednesday for the pro day of highly-touted, University of Central Florida … [Read more...]

Another piece to the NFL Prospect puzzle – Pro Days

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Pro Days are a big part of the overall NFL Draft evaluation process and continue to evolve as this particular piece of professional football becomes even more of a closely scrutinized "event".  Focus on the annual NFL Combine has been magnified as a result of NFL Network's coverage, but a College Pro Day is just as important to a particular school's overall ratings as is live coverage of wide receivers running their 40-yard dash. College coaches … [Read more...]

2014 NFL Draft – “With the 1st selection the Houston Texans take…”

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The Houston Texans enter into the 2014 NFL Draft picking first for the third time in their brief thirteen season existence.  In 2002 Fresno State QB David Carr was their inaugural selection to build the base of the expansion franchise upon.  A 2-14 record in 2005 not only brought the Texans another 1st round - 1st pick, but also jettisoned their original head coach Dom Capers for then Denver offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. General Manager … [Read more...]

The 1st of a 2014 mock draft roundup for the Dallas Cowboys – Part 2

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Here's Part 2 of Michael Burke's first "mock draft roundup" for the Dallas Cowboys in the 2014.  Click here to see Part 1. The Football Educator 4th Round In the 4th round I want to grab a pet cat of mine, Max Bullough, ILB from Michigan State. Let's be blunt here. Sean Lee is a stud. In no way is Bullough going to replace him, unless Lee gets hurt again. If he does I want a better option to call the defense than we have had. I don't even … [Read more...]

The 1st of a 2014 mock draft roundup for the Dallas Cowboys

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The NFL Combines continues to be the primary way for teams to weigh and gauge the rookie talent that will be available at the NFL Draft. Given the cap restrictions the Dallas Cowboys face and the injuries that derailed 2013, this year the Draft for the Cowboys could be the most important one they have had in over a decade. Between now and the actual Draft I will probably do 4 to 5 dozen mock drafts to look at who they can possibly add to improve … [Read more...]

NFL Draft Prospects – Declared Underclassmen Preview

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I sat on the NFL's Underclass Advisory Committee for a number of years.  Our job was to give an unbiased assessment of where a particular college football player (underclassman) might be selected in the coming draft.  There were multiple inputs from a number of clubs, each with their own evaluation techniques and philosophies.  The goal was to provide a broad but informative recommendation to a young player who might be contemplating forgoing his … [Read more...]

2014 NFL Draft: East-West Shrine Game Prospects Preview

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Taber Small of NationalUnderclassmen.com continues his extensive evaluation of the 2014 NFL Draft class by examining some of the top prospects invited to the East-West Shrine Game.  TFE brings you Taber's reports and combines them with video game highlights created by DraftBreakdown.com to give you a platform to make your own evaluation of some of the best participating talent at this year's Shrine Game. The Football Educator  East … [Read more...]

2014 NFL Draft – “Gentlemen, start stacking your boards!”

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It's that time of year again and it started when the last seconds of a thrilling BCS National Championship Game (goodbye and good riddance) ticked off the clock.  Florida State's victory over "Uber-Conference" SEC representative Auburn University marked the end of another college football season and the beginning of a mad dash for gaining the attention of NFL scouts over the next several months.  No doubt professional football evaluators know who … [Read more...]

The Four Seasons of Professional Football

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The Football Educator is always touting that "There is NO off season in professional football" and yet through the following article it's easy to see that there are actually FOUR SEASONS to follow your favorite team. By Michael Burke I live in Arizona. One of my best friends now lives up in the Northeast. One thing he loves to tell me is that where he lives he has four seasons. Hey, I have four seasons too. They are the Pre Season, the Regular … [Read more...]