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2012 National College Football Award Schedule

2012 National College Football
Awards Association Master Calendar

Award..............Watch List/ Semifinalists/ Finalists/ Winner/ Banquet/Presentation
Bednarik Award...........July 9 Oct. 29 Nov. 19 Dec. 6 March 1, 2013 (Atlantic City, N.J.)
Biletnikoff Award.........July 17 Nov. 12 Nov. 19 Dec. 6 Feb. 19, 2013 (Tallahassee, Fl.)
Broyles Award............ Nov. 27 Dec. 4 Dec. 4 (Little Rock, Ark.)
Butkus Award.............July 16 Oct. 22 Nov. 20 Dec. 1-4 Dec. 1-4 (Campus of winner)
Walter Camp Award......July 20 Nov. 13 Nov. 28 Dec. 6 Jan. 12, 2013 (New Haven, Conn.)
William V. Campbell Trophy...... Sept. 27 Oct. 25 Dec. 4 Dec. 4 (New York, N.Y.)
Lou Groza Award..................July 11 Nov. 5 Nov. 19 Dec. 6 Dec. 4 (Palm Beach, Fla.)
Ray Guy Award....................July 11 Nov. 9 Nov. 19 Dec. 6 Jan. 2013 (Augusta, Ga.)
Heisman Trophy.............. ... Dec. 3 Dec. 8 Dec. 10 (New York, N.Y.)
Rotary Lombardi Trophy.. ....July 16 Oct. 6 Nov. 17 Dec. 5 Dec. 5 (Houston, Texas)
Mackey Award.....................July 10 Nov. 12 Nov. 19 Dec. 6 May 2013 (Long Island, N.Y.)
Maxwell Award..................July 9 Oct. 29 Nov. 19 Dec. 6 March 1, 2013 (Atlantic City, N.J.)
MFC Coach of the Year....... Oct. 17 Dec. 5 Dec. 19 March 1, 2013 (Atlantic City, N.J.)
Bronko Nagurski Trophy.....July 12 Nov. 15 Dec. 3 Dec. 3 (Charlotte, N.C.)
Davey O’Brien Award.........July 18 Oct. 22 Nov. 19 Dec. 6 Feb. 18, 2013 (Fort Worth, Tx)
Outland Trophy.................July 12 Nov. 19 Dec. 6 Jan. 10, 2013 (Omaha, Neb.)
Rimington Trophy.............July 10 Dec. 3 Dec. 6 Jan. 12, 2013 (Lincoln, Neb.)
Eddie Robinson Award.......Dec. 3 Dec. 13 Jan. 5/6, 2013 (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Disney Sports Spirit Award .... Oct. 15 Dec. 6 (Lake Buena Vista, Fla.)
Jim Thorpe Award...........July 13 Oct. 29 Nov. 19 Dec. 6 Feb. 5, 2013 (Oklahoma City, Ok.)
Doak Walker Award...... July 19 Nov. 9 Nov. 19 Dec. 6 Feb. 15, 2013 (Dallas, Texas)i

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 18 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, CBS, 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.

Browns Select Josh Gordon in NFL Supplemental Draft 2012

Browns Select Josh Gordon in NFL Supplemental Draft 2012

The Cleveland Browns drafted Baylor/Utah wide receiver Josh Gordon in the 2nd round of the NFL 2012 Supplemental Draft this week. It was a shocking early selection for the Browns who forfeit next year’s #2 selection as a result of the addition of Gordon. He is a major reach this early and a prospect who I rated a 3rd day selection in a seven round April draft class. His grade was a marginal Top 100-125 ranking with some serious developmental and off the field issues.

Gordon was the only one of the eight players eligible for the Supplemental Draft that was selected. Carson Newman linebacker Larry Lumpkin signed with the Colts shortly afterwards while TCU running back Ed Wesley will likely signed with an NFL team as an undrafted free agent if his shoulder passes a club’s medical exam. The others players that were eligible were Boise State defensive back Quaylon Ewing, Syracuse fullback Adam Harris, Iowa State offensive lineman Adrian Haughton, Georgia defensive end Montez Robinson and McMurray wide receiver Houston Tuminello. They are free to sign with any NFL team, though rosters are basically filled after mini-camps and most clubs would have to release a player to add a new rookie.

The Browns were overly aggressive adding Gordon. They "won" the second pick of each round in the 2012 Supplemental Draft and the only team drafting ahead of them in each round was the Buffalo Bills. The NFL uses a "lottery system" for determining the Supplemental draft order each July.

Gordon certainly shows good size (6’3” 224 lb.) and athleticism to warrant a mid round selection, though many NFL teams are generally conservative in giving up such high picks in the Supplemental draft especially with camp only weeks away. The last time a player was selected as high as the 2nd round in the Supplemental draft came in July 2003 when the Houston Texans selected former Georgia Tech running back Tony Hollings. No one player has been selected in the first round since former Duke quarterback Dave Brown in 1992. Last year, the Raiders used a #3 pick for QB Terrelle Pryor in the mid summer player draft.

Cleveland was very interested in Gordon in this draft class and they would have taken former Baylor receiver Kendall Wright with the #22 overall pick this past April if he was available. They chose former Oklahoma St QB Brandon Weeden at No. 22 and did not address the receiver position until the 4th round with the selection of wideout Travis Benjamin with the #100 overall pick. The Browns have committed to improving their passing game and needed playmakers and look to Gordon to press veterans, second-year pro Greg Little and veterans Josh Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi for playing time.

It will be very interesting to see what impact Gordon after only one full season of college football under his belt, will have in the Browns passing game in 2012. Additionally, the talent of recent receiving classes has improved significantly with the emergence of potent NFL passing games and the prospects available with the Browns 2nd round for the NFL Draft 2013 could be far superior to Gordon as a NFL receiver. The Browns pick could be a top 40-50 overall selection next April.

The selection of Gordon could be a huge impact on the current regime with Browns President Mike Holmgren entering his third season with a 9-23 record and two last place finished in the AFC North in the books. Their NFL 2012 Draft class in April was their best group of rookies selected in years, though the overall strength of this group will depend on the impact development of rookies, runner Trent Richardson and QB Brandon Weeden in addition to several risky early picks included the selection of Josh Gordon this week.

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 18 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 Team 2012 Mini-camp Dates

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2012 NFL Team Minicamp Dates

Team Mini-camp Dates
(camps include rookies and veterans groups)

Photo – DE Justin Tuck - N.Y. Giants

Arizona Cardinals
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Atlanta Falcons
May 11-13 (rookies), June 19-21

Baltimore Ravens
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Buffalo Bills
May 11-13 (rookies), June 19-21

Carolina Panthers
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Chicago Bears
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Cincinnati Bengals
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Cleveland Browns
May 11-13 (rookies), June 5-7

Dallas Cowboys
May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14

Denver Broncos
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Detroit Lions
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Green Bay Packers
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Houston Texans
June 12-14

Indianapolis Colts
May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14

Jacksonville Jaguars
May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14

Kansas City Chiefs
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Miami Dolphins
May 4-6 (rookies), June 19-21

Minnesota Vikings
May 4-6 (rookies), June 19-21

New England Patriots
May 10-12 (rookies), June 12-14

New Orleans Saints
May 11-13 (rookies), June 5-7

New York Giants
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

New York Jets
May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14

Oakland Raiders
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Philadelphia Eagles
May 12-14 (rookies), June 12-14

Pittsburgh Steelers
May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14

St. Louis Rams
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

San Diego Chargers
May 11-13 (rookies), June 19-21

San Francisco 49ers
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Seattle Seahawks
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14

Tennessee Titans
May 11-12 (rookies), June 19-21

Washington Redskins
May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14

NFL Draft 2012 - Philadelphia Eagle's Draft Class Tops NFC

Eagles Top NFC Draft Class

Photo – DT Fletcher Cox - Mississippi St

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Philadelphia Eagles - Grade A
The Eagles had another large draft class with 9 overall choices after trades and compensatory picks. They used their #15 pick in the first round to move up to the #12 overall spot to select defensive lineman Fletcher Cox, a quick explosive defender. They moved up for 4th and 6th round choices in this draft class. Cox was our highest rated defensive lineman in this class and is a highly developed prospect who is ready to compete for immediate NFL starting time. He can be an impact performer here especially as a pass rusher with the versatility to lineup at a few spots in their flexible front four. With their two #2 picks, they chose LB Mychal Kendricks and DE Vinny Curry. Kendricks is an athletic defender with experience both inside and outside. He can be a three down defender at any position in the Eagles 4-3 set with the mobility to cover and the burst to rush the passer. Curry is a tough athlete with fine pass rusher skills, but only average run support. He can be an every down defender in time with improvement to anchor and was great value here. On the 3rd round, they selected QB Nick Foles, a big raw passer with a strong arm, but limited mobility. He has nice upside potential with further development and is a young talented QB prospect the Eagles hope to refine over his early career to press for starting time or command a high ransom in the trade market. He was a reach here in the top 100 selections.

With their 4th round pick, they chose CB Brandon Boykin, a quick cover man who fell off a broken leg at the Senior Bowl. Boykin is a good defender who will compete for the nickel corner role when healthy. He figures to become a core cover man in all their package defenses and addresses a pressing need after the trade of veteran corner Asante Samuel. On the 5th round, they added OT Dennis Kelly, a tall rangy blocker who started three seasons on the outside in the Big Ten. He figures to push for a roster spot at a thin position on this squad after key injuries. On the 6th round, they added WR Marvin McNutt and OG Brandon Washington. McNutt is a big tough receiver with sure hands and good route running. He must prove he can separate at the NFL level, but has the makeup to become a fine possession receiver. Washington is a wide body lineman with experience both inside and outside. He was an underachiever who struggled with conditioning and technique that hurt his final grade. He is a boom bust prospect who can be a definite steal if he improves his work habits and overall technique. With their final selection, they added RB Bryce Brown, a highly rated prospect entering college who played in a few programs and never found his spot in either program. He can be a find here with the talent to surprise as a backup and possibly a 1 A type runner and kickoff returner.

Philadelphia Draft Selections
1 -12 Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi St.
2 -14 Mychal Kendricks, LB, California
2 - 27 Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall
3 - 25 Nick Foles, QB, Arizona
4 -28 Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia
5 -18 Dennis Kelly, OT, Purdue
6 -24 Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa
6 - 30 Brandon Washington, OG, Miami
7 - 22 Bryce Brown, RB, Kansas St.

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 18 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 CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College and NFL 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 2012 Draft - Cincinnati Bengal's Draft Class Tops AFC

NFL 2012 Draft - Bengals Draft Class Tops AFC

Photo – WR Mohamed Sanu - Rutgers

Cincinnati Bengals - Grade A
The Bengals addressed major need areas especially in the early rounds. They selected players with high grades at key need areas. From top to bottom, they landed the best overall draft class with as many as eight selections carrying eventual NFL starting grades. This class will supplement last year’s rookie class that supplied starting QB Andy Dalton and wideout AJ Green who were instrumental in the Bengals return to the playoffs.

On the 1st round, they chose CB Dre Kirkpatrick of Alabama, a very well developed defender who they hope becomes an immediate starter. He has been a big time defender in national title games and has the athleticism to start day one. With their second #1 pick, they traded back and chose OG Kevin Zeitler. He is a highly developed guard who can compete for an immediate starting spot. He is well rounded with strong drive blocking skills and has proven to be an anchor in pass protection on the inside. On the 2nd round, they were selected DT Devin Still, a tough interior defender who addresses a major need area. He displays nice athleticism and overall development to challenge for early starting time. He should be a fixture on the inside and see immediate time as a pass rusher. On the 3rd round, they chose WR Mohamed Sanu and DT Brandon Thompson. Sanu is a big receiver with fine hands and good run after the catch ability. He will help in three wideout sets early and has starting potential. Thompson is fine value here and is an explosive interior tackle who slipped in the process on some inconsistencies. He has starting potential and could form a fine inside tandem with Still. On the 4th round, they added TE Orson Charles, a mobile versatile athlete who projects to both the tight end and H back roles. He was excellent value here with the development to possibly start as an H back with a big camp.

On the 5th round, they added CB Shaun Prater, WR Marvin Jones and safety George Iloka. Prater is a savvy zone corner with strong tackling skills to help immediately and compete for starting time. Jones is an athletic receiver who will help their three and four wideout sets. Iloka is a big mobile defender who runs well to the ball and finishes with strong tackling. He can become a staple on coverage units to play in the nickel and dime packages. He has the talent to excel there and eventually start. In the 6th round, they added RB Dan Herron, a tough inside runner with sure hands as an outlet receiver. He is a productive back at a high level with some natural running skills to make this squad. He could surprise here with a big preseason.

Cincinnati 2012 NFL Draft Choices
1 - 17 Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
1 - 27 Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin
2 - 21 Devon Still, DT, Penn St.
3 - 20 Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
3 - 30 Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson
4 - 21 Orson Charles, TE, Georgia
5 - 21 Shaun Prater, CB, Iowa
5 - 31 Marvin Jones, WR, California
5 - 32 George Iloka, FS, Boise St.
6 - 21 Dan Herron, RB, Ohio St.

First Round Selections - NFL Draft 2012

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First Round Selections - NFL Draft 2012l

The NFL Draft 2012 set a new record for the initial round with 14 choices traded along with 19 total trades exchanged by the close of the top round. It was the most since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970 as clubs manenuved quickly with coveteed players on the board. The first round produced 17 defensive propsects afterthe first five choices were all from the offensive side of the ball. Day two begins tonight at 7 pm with Rounds 2 and 3 on the agenda. We will have a special new ranking for subscribers available for Day Three that concludes with Rounds 4 thru 7.

Photo – QB Robert Griffin III - Baylor

First Round Selections - NFL Draft 2012
Pick / Team / Player / Position / School

1 Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck - QB - Stanford

2 Washington Redskins (Rams)
Robert Griffin - QB - Baylor

3 Cleveland Browns (Vikings)
Trent Richardson - RB - Alabama

4 Minnesota Vikings (Browns)
Matt Kalil - T - Southern Cal

5 Jacksonville Jaguars (Buccaneers)
Justin Blackmon - WR - Oklahoma State

6 Dallas Cowboys (Rams)
Morris Claiborne - CB - LSU

7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Jaguars)
Mark Barron - S - Alabama

8 Miami Dolphins
Ryan Tannehill - QB -Texas A&M

9 Carolina Panthers
Luke Kuechly - LB - Boston College

10 Buffalo Bills
Stephon Gilmore - CB - South Carolina

11 Kansas City Chiefs
Dontari Poe - DT - Memphis

12 Philadelphia Eagles (Seahawks)
Fletcher Cox - DT - Mississippi St

13 Arizona Cardinals
Michael Floyd - WR - Notre Dame

14 St. Louis Rams (Cowboys)
Michael Brockers - DT - LSU

15 Seattle Seahawks (Eagles)
Bruce Irvin - LB - West Virginia

16 New York Jets
Quinton Coples - DE - North Carolina

17 Cincinnati Bengals
Dre Kirkpatrick - CB - Alabama

18 San Diego Chargers
Melvin Ingram - LB - South Carolina

19 Chicago Bears
Shea McClellin - LB - Boise St

20 Tennessee Titans
Kendall Wright - WR - Baylor

21 New England Patriots (Bengals)
Chandler Jones - DE - Syracuse

22 Cleveland Browns
Brandon Weeden - QB - Oklahoma St

23 Detroit Lions
Riley Reiff - T - Iowa

24 Pittsburgh Steelers
David DeCastro - G - Stanford

25 New England Patriots (Broncos)
Dont'a Hightower - LB - Alabama

26 Houston Texans
Whitney Mercilus - DE - Illinois

27 Cincinnati Bengals (Patriots)
Kevin Zeitler - G - Wisconsin

28 Green Bay Packers
Nick Perry - DE/LB - Southern Cal

29 Minnesota Vikings (Ravens)
Harrison Smith - S - Notre Dame

30 San Francisco 49ers
A.J. Jenkins - WR - Illinois

31 Tampa Bay Bucs (Broncos)
Doug Martin - RB - Boise St

32 New York Giants
David Wilson - RB - Virginia Tech

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Photo – RB Trent Richardson - Alabama

Final NFL Mock Draft 2012 - First Round
* underclassmen

1 Indianapolis Colts - * Andrew Luck - QB - Stanford
Alternate Pick: None

2 Washington (St. Louis) - * Robert Griffin III - QB - Baylor
Alternate Pick: None

3 Cleveland (Minn) - * Trent Richardson - RB - Alabama
Alternate Pick: Ryan Tannehill - QB - Texas A&M

4 Minnesota (Cleve) - * Matt Kalil - OT - Southern Cal
Alternate Pick: * Justin Blackmon - WR - Oklahoma St

5 Tampa Bay - * Morris Claiborne - CB - LSU
Alternate Pick: - * Trent Richardson - RB - Alabama

6 St. Louis (Washington) - * Justin Blackmon - WR - Oklahoma St
Alternate Pick: * Riley Reiff - OT - Iowa

7 Jacksonville - Michael Floyd - WR - Notre Dame
Alternate Pick: Quinton Coples - DE - North Carolina

8 Miami - Ryan Tannehill - QB - Texas A&M
Alternate Pick: Michael Floyd - WR - Notre Dame

9 Carolina - * Fletcher Cox - DT - Mississippi St
Alternate Pick: Quinton Coples - DE - North Carolina

10 Buffalo * Riley Reiff - OT - Iowa
Alternate Pick: Mark Barron - S - Alabama

11 Kansas City - * David DeCastro - OG - Stanford
Alternate Pick: * Luke Kuechly - LB - Boston College

12 Seattle - Quinton Coples - DE - North Carolina
Alternate Pick: * Luke Kuechly - LB - Boston College

13 Arizona - * Luke Kuechly - LB - Boston College
Alternate Pick: * Fletcher Cox - DT - Mississippi St

14 Dallas - * Michael Brockers - DT - LSU
Alternate Pick: Mark Barron - S - Alabama

15 Philadelphia - Mark Barron - S - Alabama
Alternate Pick: * Michael Brockers - DT - LSU

16 New York Jets - Andre Branch - LB - Clemson
Alternate Pick: Mark Barron - S - Alabama

17 Cincinnati (Oakland) - * Nick Perry - DE - Southern Cal
Alternate Pick: * Stephon Gilmore - CB - South Carolina

18 San Diego - * Dontari Poe - DT - Memphis
Alternate Pick: Andre Branch - LB - Clemson

19 Chicago - * Dre Kirkpatrick - CB - Alabama
Alternate Pick: * Stephon Gilmore - CB - South Carolina

20 Tennessee - * Jerel Worthy - DT - Michigan St
Alternate Pick: * Dontari Poe - DT - Memphis

21 Cincinnati - * Stephon Gilmore - CB - South Carolina
Alternate Pick: * Stephen Hill - WR - Georgia Tech

22 Cleveland (Atlanta) - * Stephen Hill - WR - Georgia Tech
Alternate Pick: Brandon Weeden - QB - Oklahoma St.

23 Detroit - Janoris Jenkins - CB - North Alabama
Alternate Pick: * Bobby Massie - OT - Mississippi

24 Pittsburgh - * Dont'a Hightower - LB - Alabama
Alternate Pick: Courtney Upshaw - LB - Alabama

25 Denver - Devon Still - DT - Penn St
Alternate Pick: * Jerel Worthy - DT - Michigan St

26 Houston - Kendall Wright - WR - Baylor
Alternate Pick: * Bobby Massie - OT - Mississippi

27 New England (New Orleans) - Melvin Ingram - LB - South Carolina
Alternate Pick: Shea McClellin - LB - Boise St

28 Green Bay - Shea McClellin - LB - Boise St
Alternate Pick: Courtney Upshaw - LB - Alabama

29 Baltimore - Coby Fleener - TE - Stanford
Alternate Pick: * Bobby Massie - OT - Mississippi

30 San Fran - Courtney Upshaw - LB - Alabama
Alternate Pick: Shea McClellin - LB - Boise St

31 New England - Harrison Smith - S - Notre Dame
Alternate Pick: Doug Martin - RB - Boise St

32 N.Y. Giants - * Bobby Massie - OT - Mississippi
Alternate Pick: Coby Fleener - TE - Stanford

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