November 27, 2014

  • RollTide.com

    Eddie Lacy’s unexpected slide to Green Bay could have landed him in the perfect position

    Heading into the 2013 NFL draft, most analysts seemed to agree that Alabama product Eddie Lacy was the top running back available, and the only one truly worthy of a first-round selection. At the very least, he appeared in line to be one of the top two backs off the board, along with North Carolina’s Giovani Barnard. Well, most analysts were wrong. For the first time ever, no running backs were selected in the first round of the draft, and while Bernard did become the first back selected (by the Cincinnati Bengals), two others were drafted before Lacy finally found a new home….

  • TeoCombine

    Manti Te’o gets a chance to re-shape the narrative in San Diego

    The punchline of most “hoax” jokes, Manti Te’o, has found a home in the NFL. On day two of the 2013 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers selected the former Notre Dame star with the 38th overall pick. To snag Te’o, the Chargers swung a trade with the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for its second and fourth round selections. San Diego is a great landing spot for Te’o. New general manager Tom Telesco let quite a few veteran defensive players go during the offseason, leaving the team in need of an inside linebacker in defensive coordinator John Pagano‘s 3-4 scheme….

  • WVUSports.com

    2013 NFL Draft: Geno Smith’s decision to remain in NYC is smartest move he’s made to date

    Running away in the face of adversity is, hands down, the easiest thing for any human being to do. So when former West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith left Radio City Music Hall, the scene of the 2013 NFL Draft, before the first round even ended, and then announced that he would be “heading home,” few could really blame him. But the behavior seemed consistent with what some scouts had been saying about Smith, leading up to the draft, especially the criticism of Pro Football Weekly’s Nolan Nawrocki. After sleeping on it, or thinking about it all night, Smith has decided…

  • Manuel_Seminoles

    E.J. Manuel, not Geno Smith, becomes first quarterback off the board

    Well, the 2013 draft won’t go down as the one without a quarterback taken in the first round. However, that doesn’t mean everything went quite as expected. According to most experts, former West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith was the top rated signal-caller available in this year’s draft class, but in a bit of a surprise, he wasn’t the first one selected. The Buffalo Bills, who were reportedly never high on Smith, selected a different quarterback in the first round after trading down from the No. 8 spot ( Buffalo gained the Rams’ first, second and seventh round picks) earlier on Thursday…

  • GoDucks.com

    2013 NFL Draft: Bears select G Kyle Long; bolstering of offensive line continues

    The Chicago Bears have clearly decided that protecting quarterback Jay Cutler will remain priority No. 1 for the remainder of the offseason. With the No. 20 overall selection in the first round of Thursday’s draft, the Bears selected offensive guard Kyle Long out of Oregon. Long, now joins former New Orleans Saints left tackle Jermon Bushrod as newbies on the offensive line. There is a good chance Long can step in to either guard position right away, and there is hope that he can eventually move to the tackle position. While Long only started 10 games on the offensive line at…

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RollTide.com

Eddie Lacy’s unexpected slide to Green Bay could have landed him in the perfect position

Apr 27, 2013

Heading into the 2013 NFL draft, most analysts seemed to agree that Alabama product Eddie Lacy was the top running back available, and the only one truly worthy of a first-round selection. At the very least, he appeared in line to be one of the top two backs off the board, along with North Carolina’s Giovani Barnard. Well, most analysts were wrong. For the first time ever, no running backs were selected in the first round of the draft, and while Bernard did become the first back selected (by the Cincinnati Bengals), two others were drafted before Lacy finally found a new home….

TeoCombine

Manti Te’o gets a chance to re-shape the narrative in San Diego

Apr 27, 2013

The punchline of most “hoax” jokes, Manti Te’o, has found a home in the NFL. On day two of the 2013 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers selected the former Notre Dame star with the 38th overall pick. To snag Te’o, the Chargers swung a trade with the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for its second and fourth round selections. San Diego is a great landing spot for Te’o. New general manager Tom Telesco let quite a few veteran defensive players go during the offseason, leaving the team in need of an inside linebacker in defensive coordinator John Pagano‘s 3-4 scheme….

WVUSports.com

2013 NFL Draft: Geno Smith’s decision to remain in NYC is smartest move he’s made to date

Apr 26, 2013

Running away in the face of adversity is, hands down, the easiest thing for any human being to do. So when former West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith left Radio City Music Hall, the scene of the 2013 NFL Draft, before the first round even ended, and then announced that he would be “heading home,” few could really blame him. But the behavior seemed consistent with what some scouts had been saying about Smith, leading up to the draft, especially the criticism of Pro Football Weekly’s Nolan Nawrocki. After sleeping on it, or thinking about it all night, Smith has decided…

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MiamiDolphins.com

Dolphins are either building a dream team or a financial nightmare

Every NFL off-season, and especially during free agency, there appear to be some winners and some losers. This year, it’s hard not to place the Miami Dolphins high atop the winners category. Not only have the Dolphins managed to retain some of their own key free agents–like wide receiver Brian Hartline, defensive back Chris Clemons and backup quarterback Matt Moore – but they also managed to add to their existing talent pool with some of the hottest names available in this year’s free agent pool. Coming soon to South Beach in an impressive group of new additions — including former Steelers receiver Mike Wallace, former Jets…

ChicagoBears.com

Bears GM Phil Emery needs to outsmart salary cap to fill holes; should extend Jay Cutler

When Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery told the media on Thursday that his team is “tight against the cap,” he wasn’t kidding; not even a little bit. The Bears entered the free agency period “tight against the cap,” with a shade more than $7 million to spend against the cap. And that was before Emery went out and signed tight end Martellus Bennett and left tackle Jermon Bushrod to long term deals. Emery was able to create some space by releasing tight ends Kellen Davis and Matt Speath and defensive tackle Matt Tuinea. But the Bears are once again ”tight against…

UND.com

Manti Te’o's sexual preference should be fair game for NFL teams

Manti Te’o: Gay or not gay? Important or not important? A fair question to ask, or no? Well, according to ProFootballTalk.com’s Mike Florio, many NFL teams have been quietly wondering if Te’o is indeed gay; a question that came about after Deadspin.com broke the story of Te’o’s non-existant girlfriend. Now sexual orientation has always been something that you DON’T talk about if you’re a professional athlete. If anyone in or around your team asks, you’re straight, plain and simple. If you respond otherwise, well, we don’t yet know how an openly gay athlete would be treated in a professional locker…

ClevelandBrowns.com

Cleveland Browns need to think defense in free agency and draft

The Cleveland Browns are once in the process of yet another massive overhaul, and once again, Browns fans are left hoping that the transition will result in a quick turnaround. It hasn’t worked out so well in the past, which is one of the main reasons (aside from Jimmy Haslam’s purchase of the franchise) the Browns are entering 2013 with a new coaching staff for the third time in five years. The difference this time is that new head coach Rob Chudzinski inherits a young roster brimming with talent and potential, especially on the offensive side of the football. While the jury…