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NFL Power Rankings - Seahawks Gaining Momentum Into Postseason

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NFL Power Rankings - Seahawks Gaining Momentum Into Postseason

Photo - OT Branden Albert - Chiefs

Team of Week 15 - Miami Dolphins

Matchup of Week 16 – Saints at Panthers –

Rank / Team / Record

1. Seattle Seahawks (12-2)
The Seahawks are clicking on all units and peaking at the right time.

2. Denver Broncos (11-3)
Broncos have 10 days to lick their wounds from their late loss to Chargers.

3. New Orleans Saints (10-4)
Saints go to Carolina with South title in the balance.

4. Kansas City Chiefs (11-3)
The Chiefs get Colts at home in a contest with major AFC playoff ramifications in play.

5. New England Patriots (10-4)
Patriots go to Baltimore that could decide two AFC divisions.

6. Carolina Panthers (11-3)
The hot Panthers get Saints at home with South title for the winner.

7. Indianapolis Colts (9-5)
Colts face acid test this week with trip to Kansas City.

8. Cincinnati Bengals (9-5)
The Bengals have slipped over last month and need a strong win over Vikings at home to solidify first place in AFC North.

9. San Francisco 49ers (10-4)
The 49ers are dangerous despite being behind the Seahawks in NFC West.

10. Baltimore Ravens (8-6)
The Ravens continue to hang in playoff hunt and get huge home game vs Patriots this week.

11. Arizona Cardinals (9-5)
Cards might be the best team that sits out the playoffs this season.

12. Philadelphia Eagles (8-6)
Eagles are trying to shoot themselves with the NFC East title there for the taking.

13. Chicago Bears (8-6)
The Bears go to Philly with a slim half game lead over the Packers.

14. Green Bay Packers (7-6-1)
Packers are hoping their finale at Chicago is for the NFC North title.

15. Miami Dolphins (8-6)
The Dolphins won huge game vs Patriots, but need to run table vs Bills and Jets for playoff chance.

16. San Diego Chargers (7-7)
Chargers are hot over last month, but need help to claim final playoff spot.

17. Detroit Lions (7-7)
Lions gave away first place in the North and need big win with Giants coming to town.

18. Dallas Cowboys (7-7)
Cowboys are only alive because East is a mess. Their defense is among the worst in the league.

2013 Draft Insiders’ Digest 2013 All-American Team

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2013 Draft Insiders’ Digest 2013 All-American Team
Draft Insiders.com has produced an All-American team for over 20 years. Here is this year’s version of the most outstanding players from the 2013 College season.

Players of the Year
Offense - RB Tre Mason - Auburn
Defense - DT Aaron Donald – Pittsburgh

Photo – WR Sammy Watkins - Clemson

First Team Offense
Pos./ Name / School / Ht / Wt / Class

QB AJ McCarron, Alabama - 6-4, 214 - Sr.
RB Tre Mason, Auburn - 5-10, 200 - Jr
RB Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona - 5-10, 207 - Jr.
RB Andre Williams, Boston College - 6-0, 227 - Sr.
WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M - 6-5, 225 - Soph
WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson - 6-1 205 - Jr.
TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech - 6-5, 260 - Jr.
OL Jake Matthews, Texas A&M - 6-5, 305 - Sr.
OL Cyrus Louandjio, Alabama - 6-6, 310 - Jr.
OL David Yankey, Stanford - 6-5, 313 - Sr.
OL Cyril Richardson, Baylor - 6-5, 340 - Sr.
C Travis Swanson, Arkansas - 6-5, 310 - Sr
PK Anthony Fera, Texas - 6-2, 208 - Sr.
PR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State - 5-10, 186 - Jr.

First Team Defense
DE Michael Sam, Missouri - 6-2, 255 - Sr.
DE Trent Murphy, Stanford - 6-6, 261 - Sr.
DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh - 6-0, 285 - Sr.
DT Ra’Shede Hegeman, Minnesota - 6-5, 310 - Sr.
LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama - 6-2, 238 - Sr.
LB Shayne Skov, Stanford - 6-3, 240 - Sr
LB Anthony Barr, UCLA - 6-4, 248 - Sr.
DB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State - 5-11, 197 - Sr.
DB Jason Verrett, TCU - 5-10, 176 - Sr.
DB Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State - 5-8, 190 - Sr.
DB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State - 6-0, 200 - Sr.
P Tom Hornsey, Memphis - 6-3, 200 - Sr.
KR Ty Montgomery, Stanford - 6-2, 215 - Jr.

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. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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NFL Draft 2014 - Pro Prospect QB & RB Rankings

Pro Prospect Rankings - NFL Draft 2014
2013 Postseason Rankings * underclassmen

Photo – QB Derek Carr - Fresno St.

Quarterbacks:
1. * Teddy Bridgewater, 6-2, 220 - Louisville
2. Derek Carr, 6-3, 210 - Fresno St
3. AJ McCarron, 6-3, 215 - Alabama
4. Zach Mettenberger, 6-5, 225 - LSU
5. * Blake Bortles, 6-3, 230 - Central Florida
6. * Johnny Manziel, 5-11, 210 - Texas A&M
7. Tajh Boyd, 6-0, 225 - Clemson
8. Tyler Russell, 6-5, 220 - Mississippi St
9. Aaron Murray, 6-1, 210 - Georgia
10. David Fales, 6-3, 220 - San Jose St
11. Jimmy Garoppolo, 6-2, 215 - Eastern Illinois
12. Stephen Morris, 6-2, 210 - Miami
13. Logan Thomas, 6-5, 255 - Virginia Tech
14. Tom Savage, 6-5, 230 - Pittsburgh
15. James Franklin, 6-2, 230 - Missouri

Running Backs:
1. * Ka'Deem Carey, 5-9, 205 - Arizona
2. * Tre Mason, 5-10, 215 - Auburn
3. Marion Grice, 5-11, 205 - Arizona St
4. * Carlos Hyde, 5-11, 240 - Ohio St
5. * Lache Seastrunk, 5-9, 210 - Baylor
6. * Jeremy Hill, 6-0, 235 - LSU
7. * James Wilder, 6-1, 230 - Florida St
8. Antonio Andrews, 5-11, 215 - Western Kentucky
9. James White, 5-9, 200 - Wisconsin
10. * Bishop Sankey, 5-9, 205 - Washington
11. * Terrance West, 5-11, 225 - Towson St.
12. Andre Williams, 6-0, 220 - Boston College
13. * Charles Sims, 5-11, 215 - West Virginia
14. Tyler Gaffney, 5-11, 225 - Stanford
15. Silas Redd, 5-9, 200 - Southern Cal

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Heisman Trophy Award 2013 - Alabama’s A.J. McCarron Gets Vote

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One Man’s Vote – Heisman Trophy Award 2013
Alabama’s A.J. McCarron Gets Heisman Trophy Vote Here

Photo – QB A.J. McCarron - Alabama

This year’s Heisman Trophy race may prove to be one of the diverse voting processes in the prestigious history of the coveted award. The Heisman Trophy Award show will be presented on ESPN tonight and will host six candidates for the trophy, the most in history.

The 2013 college football season saw the leaders for the award change almost weekly with the top two honorees, QBs A.J. McCarron, Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel surfacing to the top of the ballots with strong 2013 season performances.

A.J. McCarron has been nearly flawless over the past three seasons with only a late season loss to Auburn a blemish on this year’s resume. He has elevated the Bama club to a top ranking as an underclassmen and only the last second thriller vs Auburn knocked them from another BCS title game.

He has been amazingly consistent this season with few mistakes and game to game big plays that changed the outcome of key matchups. His performance vs Texas A&M, LSU, Ole Miss and Auburn were all impressive performances on a big stage and national title implications in the balance. Consequently, I voted him the Heisman Trophy award off an outstanding 2013 season and one of the most technically sound and smart leaders in the nation. He has been a difference maker in virtually every game he plays with minimal mistakes vs the highest competition in college football.

Jameis Winston had an outstanding redshirt freshman season, though controversial with an off the field investigation through the 2013 fall. He was cleared of the allegations in December, though it remains to be seen how this could affect the voting. He led the Seminole offense to a #2 national ranking and ACC title with an upcoming BCS title game on the schedule. Despite his strong 2013 showing, he performed against few top 20 clubs with only Duke (10-3), Clemson (9-2) and Miami (9-3) tough opponents. The remaining of their schedule was very weak as they did not play two ACC bowl teams North Carolina and Georgia Tech.

Johnny Manziel will attempt to be the first two time winner since Archie Griffin of Ohio St from the 1970’s. Manziel was the first freshman in history to win the award last season. He struggled in key games vs Alabama and LSU this year that will hurt his chances to repeat.

Frank Coyle’s HeismanTrophy Vote
#1 A.J. McCarron - QB - Alabama
#2 Jameis Winston - QB - Florida St
#3 Johnny Manziel - QB - Texas A&M

The 2013 Winner will be announced live on ESPN tonight Saturday Dec.14th at 8 pm.
Following much anticipation, Heisman Trophy committee announced the record six finalists for this year's award.

The Heisman Trophy Trust revealed the gridiron stars in contention for the prestigious 79th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy are Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel, Alabama QB A.J. McCarron, Florida St. QB Jameis Winston and Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch, along with running backs Tre Mason of Auburn and Andre Williams of Boston College.

The six finalists will be in New York for the live Heisman Trophy announcement tonight, December 14, airing on ESPN at 8:00 pm EST, presented by Nissan North America.

The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. An electorate comprised of 928 sports journalists and every living former Heisman winner determines the finalists and winner. Included in the electorate is one overall fan vote, an opportunity supported by Nissan North America, Heisman's Premier Partner.

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. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald Sweeps Four Major Awards

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Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald Wins Lombardi and Outland Awards

Photo – DT Aaron Donald – Pittsburgh

Aaron Donald picked up two prestigious awards Wednesday night, winning the Rotary Lombardi Award and Outland Trophies.

Donald beat out Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam and UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr for the Lombardi award given annually to the nation’s top college lineman.

It’s already been a big week for Donald, a senior defensive tackle who won the Bronko Nagurski award given to the nation’s top college defensive player Monday and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award.

“It’s a true blessing and a true honor for people to notice me and notice the hard work I put into this game,” Donald said.

The 6-foot, 285-pound Donald leads the nation with 26½ tackles for losses and his 28½ career sacks are tops among active players in the Football Bowl Subdivision and fourth in school history.

Donald has 10 sacks, 54 tackles and has forced four fumbles this season.
Though Pittsburgh is headed to the play Bowling Green in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Dec. 26, Donald was disappointed that his 6-6 team didn’t do better.

“The record doesn’t show what we wanted as a team,” Donald said. “I just went out there and tried to do my job, and that’s play football fast and physical and try to make plays to help my team win.”

Award / Player / College
Walter Camp - Jameis Winston - Florida St
Maxwell - A.J. McCarron - Alabama
Dave O'Brien - Jameis Winston - Florida St
Doak Walker - Andre Williams - Boston College
Lombardi - Aaron Donald - Pittsburgh
Bednarik - Aaron Donald - Pittsburgh
Outland - Aaron Donald - Pittsburgh
Bronko Nagurski - Aaron Donald - Pittsburgh
Biletnikoff - Brandin Cooks - Oregon St.
Dick Butkus - C.J Mosley - Alabama
Jim Thorpe - Darqueze Dennard - Michigan St
Lou Groza - Roberto Aguayo - Florida St
Ray Guy – Tom Hornsey - Memphis

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. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

NFL Draft 2014 - Underclassmen Update

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NFL Draft 2014 Underclassmen Update

2014 NFL Draft: Underclassmen Tracker
As the 2013 season continues into the postseason, several draft-eligible underclassmen have already announced their intentions about entering the 2014 NFL Draft.

Draft Insiders' 2013 December Newsletter will have special Underclassmen Report - available next week - Free for Full Subscribers - Frank Coyle / Publisher

Photo – DE Jadeveon Clowney - South Carolina

Last season a record 74 underclassmen were granted eligibility, surpassing the previous high (65), which was set for the NFL Draft 2012.

For a pro prospect to meet the NFL’s eligibility requirement, he must be three years removed from high school and submit a written application to renounce his remaining college football eligibility. This includes redshirt sophomores, true juniors and fourth year juniors. The deadline for underclassmen to declare is Jan. 15, 2014. Afterwards, there is a three day period to rescind that and regain their college eligibility if they have not signed with an agent.

The following underclassmen have announced they will forego their collegiate eligibility for the NFL Draft 2014

Declared Underclassmen as of Dec. 12, 2013

Running Backs
Isaiah Crowell - 5-10, 190 - Alabama State - Jr

Receivers
Paul Richardson - 6-0, 170 - Colorado - Jr
Chris Boyd - 6-3, 205 - Vanderbilt - Jr

Tight Ends
Eric Ebron - 6-3, 250 - North Carolina - Jr
Colt Lyerla - 6-5, 250 - Oregon - Jr

Linemen
Tiny Richardson - 6-5, 330 - Tennessee - Jr

Defensive Players
Ends

Jadeveon Clowney - 6-5, 275 - South Carolina - Jr

Tackles
Louis Nix - 6-3, 335 - Notre Dame - Jr
Kelcy Quarles - 6-3, 300 - South Carolina - Jr

Linebackers
Yamin Smallwoood - 6-2, 245 - UConn - Jr

Cornerbacks
Bradley Roby - 5-10, 195 - Ohio State - Jr
Louchiez Purifoy - 6-0, 185 - Florida - Jr
Vic Hampton - 5-10, 200 - South Carolina - Jr

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. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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