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DraftInsiders.com All-Rookie Team - 49er's Aldon Smith Scouting Report Yearbook 2011

DraftInsiders.com 2011 All-Rookie Team

Photo - LB Aldon Smith - 49ers (Missouri)

Offensive Rookie of the Year - QB Cam Newton - Panthers
Defensive Rookie of the Year - LB Aldon Smith - 49ers

Aldon Smith - Scouting report from Draft Insiders' 2011 Yearbook below

2011 All-Rookie Team
Offense
Quarterback
Cam Newton - Panthers

Running Backs
DeMarco Murray - Cowboys
Mark Ingram - Saints

Wide Receivers
A.J. Green - Bengals
Julio Jones - Falcons

Tight End
Kyle Rudolph - Vikings

Center
Mike Pouncey - Dolphins

Guards
Stefen Wisniewski - Raiders
Danny Watkins – Eagles

Offensive Tackles
Tyron Smith - Cowboys
Nate Solder - Patriots

Defense
Defensive Ends
J.J. Watt - Texans
Adrian Clayborn - Bucs

Defensive Tackles
Marcell Dareus - Bills
Phil Taylor - Browns

Linebackers
Aldon Smith - 49ers
Von Miller - Broncos
Ryan Kerrigan - Redskins

Cornerbacks
Patrick Peterson - Cardinals
Jimmy Smith - Ravens

Safeties
Joe Lefeged - Colts
Chris Harris - Broncos

Specialists
Placekicker
Dan Bailey - Cowboys

Punter
Matt Bosher - Falcons

Punt Returner
Patrick Peterson - Cardinals

Kickoff Returner
Randall Cobb - Packers

Aldon Smith - scouting report from Draft Insiders' 2011 Yearbook
* Aldon Smith #85 - 6’5” 265 lbs. - Missouri - Sp. 4.75 Rating 92
Hindu Theory - Demarcus Ware

Imposing athletic junior defensive end declared for the NFL Draft after a career that featured numerous big plays on the outside the past two seasons. Aldon has freakish athletic ability and actually has the movement skills of a 240 lb. athlete rather than a 265 lb defender. He is coming off a strong short two-year career in the Big 12 where he earned first team honors each season. He is a blue chip athlete who runs very well and has developed into a terrific edge rusher that allowed him to make impact plays from his first season with the Tigers. He is a tall angular defender with very strong hands and the athleticism to play both up and down off the edge to fit either pro scheme. He is the rare defender in that he can be an impact defender both up as an attack linebacker or down as a weakside end in a 4-3 alignment. Most tweener types do not rank high in both schemes and most actually fail as pros in either or both defensive sets. He is a quick twitch defender with the initial burst of speed on the snap to be a major disruptive force off the edge. He plays with a high motor and combined with his excellent athleticism ranks him among the premier defenders in this blue chip crop of defensive linemen. He has a long wiry frame with surprising strength and good technique to be a consistent factor as a pass rusher, though he needs some hand development and overall strength work to realize his full potential. He has developed a sudden first step off the edge that wins early on the down where his explosive speed is difficult to contain. He has been a major force the past two seasons, showing big play ability along with very good football intelligence and instincts to be a consistent playmaker. Despite his incredible size, he is an athlete that fits the classic tweener role with equal ability to fit both schemes and perform at a high level. He has the talent to be an impact defender in both pro schemes that gives his club a very unique defender to change alignments often and on the clock to create many favorable mismatches. He is an excellent fit as an edge pass rusher in the 4-3 set where his quick feet and hands help him get up the field quickly and run the arc. Over his final season, he made 48 tackles, 10 TFL, 1 forced fumble, 2 PBU and 5.5 sacks, earning 1st team Big 12 honors while playing through a leg injury that cost him three games. In ’09, he started 11 of 13 games while recording 64 tackles with 19 TFL, 11.5 sacks, 1 FF, 1 FR and 5 PBU that earned him first team Big 12 honors. He displays the big play ability off the edge to attack the passer and be an early difference maker once he settles into the right position and scheme. He is best suited for the four-man front and weakside end spot where his combination of speed and power are ideal fits. He is a very good athlete that has natural pass rush ability that will warrant a probable top 12-15 selection. He shows further growth potential without losing his speed or his explosiveness to be an end in a 4-3 scheme. He has an athletic frame with the ability to carry 280 lbs. well that will help him to stack at the POA vs big tackles. He holds the edge well enough to stretch the play out with the top speed to make plays at the sidelines. He can have a hard time getting off blocks at the POA at times when over big tackles and needs additional hand technique development to improve his ability to separate. He has very quick and strong hands that get a powerful initial strike to gain a fast advantage with the long arms and reach to keep blockers off his body. He has the footwork to move laterally with the ability to change directions fast and counter inside. He has very good speed, showing the pursuit skills to make plays on the perimeter and the ability to drop in coverage despite limited experience in that role. He has the primary asset to be a difference maker in his ability is to get to the QB with the upside to be a major impact defender. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at over 6’4” and 263 lbs with 353/8” arms. He did 20 reps and ran a fine 4.82 time with a 34” VJ and a 9’10” BJ in a strong performance. He is similar to DeMarcus Ware and Willie McGinest in size, AA and upside potential. This is a blue chip prospect with Pro Bowl type skills, especially from a speed standpoint and functional strength numbers. With his hand on the ground, he may best resemble Ware and equally fast off the edge. Athlete with well-developed pass rushing skills and capable of being a pro impact performer. He will be a hot prospect for many teams, but especially clubs like the 49ers, Texans, Rams and Lions. He has excellent upside potential to become an early starter in a 4-3 set. Fast rising premier prospect with impact ability and early Pro Bowl talent.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

QB Aaron Rodgers & LB Terrell Suggs Head Draft Insiders' 2011 All-Pro Team

DraftInsiders.com 2011 All-Pro Team

Photo - Aaron Rodgers - Packers

Offense
Quarterback

Aaron Rodgers - Packers

Running Backs
Maurice Jones-Drew - Jaguars
Arian Foster - Texans

Wide Receivers
Calvin Johnson - Lions
Victor Cruz - Giants

Tight end
Rob Gronkowski - Patriots

Center
Maurkice Pouncey - Steelers

Guards
Jahri Evans - Saints
Carl Nicks - Saints

Offensive Tackles
Jake Long - Dolphins
Joe Thomas - Browns

Defense
Defensive Ends

NFL Draft 2012 Selection Order - Colts are ‘On the Clock’!

NFL Draft 2012 Selection Order - The Colts are ‘On the Clock’!

Photo - DL Jared Crick - Nebraska

The Colts hold the first overall choice of the NFL Draft 2012 this April after a terrible season that saw them win only two games all year. Their poor performance cost longtime GM Bill Polian his job after a successful tenure that earned the Colts a Super Bowl title in 2007. Head coach Jim Caldwell currently holds his job as several NFL teams sign new HC and GMs with most clubs in postseason schedules. The Colts hired former Eagles Director Ryan Grigson as their new General Manager in early January. He has had an excellent track record as a personnel evaluator. He takes over an aging roster that has been an annual playoff club until the poor 2011 season.

The top overall selection should be QB Andrew Luck regardless if the Colts retain the pick or trades the selection, most likely within the top ten overall choices.

* Playoff team / y - coin flip to determine order / Conference title & Super Bowl games will determine the final positions

# Team - W-L - Opp W-L %
1 Indianapolis - 2-14 .539
2 St. Louis - 2-14 .590
3 Minnesota - 3-13 .559
4 Cleveland - 4-12 .531
5 Tampa Bay - 4-12 .551
6 Washington - 5-11 .477
7 Jacksonville - 5-11 .500
y 8/9 Carolina - 6-10 .504
y 8/9 Miami - 6-10 .504
10 Buffalo - 6-10 .520
y 11/12 Kansas City - 7-9 .512
y 11/12 Seattle - 7-9 .512
13 Arizona - 8-8 .469
14 Dallas - 8-8 .473
15 Philadelphia - 8-8 .488
16 NY Jets - 8-8 .500
17 Cincinnati (Oakland) - 8-8 .504
18 San Diego - 8-8 .516
19 Chicago - 8-8 .527
20 Tennessee - 9-7 .461
21 Cincinnati - 9-7 .492
22 Cleveland (Atlanta) - 10-6 .480
23 Detroit -10-6 .535
24 Pittsburgh - 12-4 .492
25 Denver - 8-8 .520
26 Houston - 10-6 .453
27 New England (New Orleans) - 13-3 .441
28 Green Bay - 15-1 .457
29 * NY Giants - 9-7 .520
30 * Baltimore -12-4 .477
31 * San Francisco - 13-3 .449
32 * New England - 13-3 .449

Team tie-breaking procedure for the NFL Draft
If two or more clubs are tied in the selection order, the strength-of-schedule tie breaker is applied, subject to the following exceptions for playoff clubs:

1. The Super Bowl winner is last and the Super Bowl loser next-to-last.
2. Any non-Super Bowl playoff club involved in a tie shall be assigned priority within its segment below that of non-playoff clubs and in the order that the playoff clubs exited from the playoffs. Within a tied segment a playoff club that loses in the Wild-Card game will have priority over a playoff club that loses in the Divisional playoff game that in turn will have priority over a club that loses in the Conference Championship game. If two tied clubs exited the playoffs in the same round, the tie is broken by strength of schedule.

If any ties cannot be broken by strength of schedule, the divisional or conference tie breakers, when applicable, are applied. Any ties that still exist are broken by a coin flip.

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.

Richardson, Randle, Kirkpatrick & Claiborne Join NFL Draft

Richardson, Randle, Kirkpatrick & Claiborne Join Underclassmen Group - Pro Prospects 2012 - Updated Jan. 15th
Ranked by value

Photo - RB Trent Richardson - Alabama

Today is the final declaration date for the NFL Draft 2012. The ranks of the underclassmen added many blue chip prospects with players from the national champion title game with Alabama’s Trent Richardson, Dre Kirkpatrick and Donta Hightower and LSU’s Morris Claiborne, Reuben Randle and Michael Brockers all opted to declare for the NFL Draft 2012. Richardson is coming off an outstanding performance where he was the workhorse for the Tide ground game.

Kirkpatrick, Hightower, Claiborne and Bookers all strengthen a talented defensive group that should dominate the early rounds of the draft. Kirkpatrick and Claiborne are the top two cornerbacks and figure in the top of the first round. There postseason performances will determine who emerges as the top overall corner prospect. LB Hightower was a key defender in the dominant Tide defense and is expected to be among the top linebackers and possible 1st round selection with a strong postseason. DT Brockers was a surprising addition to this class. He has excellent physical skills that will warrant an early selection despite raw talent at this point of his career. He has enormous upside potential as an interior defender.

The BCS national title game will produce several blue chip underclassmen that will have a huge impact on the early rounds of the NFL Draft 2012. The national title game has produced 5 top prospects for the NFL Draft 2012 with most players already having made their decisions about turning pro.

We will have daily updates to the list this week with an extensive underclassmen report in our January 2012 Newsletter out next week. Players have three days after the January 15th deadline to rescind their decision and return to the college ranks. LSU wideout Russell Shepard has already changed his mind and returned to the college ranks for his final season in college.

w - Declared for NFL Draft / r - Returning to School / y - suspended

Offensive Players
Quarterbacks

w - Andrew Luck - 6'4" 235 - Stanford
w - Robert Griffin - 6’2” 225 - Baylor
r - Matt Barkley - 6’2” 225 - Southern Cal
r - Landry Jones - 6’4” 230 - Oklahoma
w - Brock Osweiler - 6'8" 235 - Arizona St.
w - Darron Thomas - 6'3" 215 - Oregon

Running Backs
w - Trent Richardson - 5’10 225 - Alabama
w - Lamar Miller - 5’11” 215 - Miami (Fl)
w - LaMichael James - 5’9” 185 - Oregon
w - Chris Polk - 5’10” 215 - Washington
w - David Wilson - 5’10” 205 - Virginia Tech
w - Bernard Pierce - 6’ 220 - Temple
r - Montee Ball - 5’11” 215 - Wisconsin
Christine Michael - 5’11” 215 - Texas A&M
r - Andre Ellington - 5’9” 190 - Clemson
w - Edwin Baker - 5’9” 210 - Michigan St.
w - Ronnie Hillman - 5’9” 210 - San Diego St.
w - Robert Turbin - 5’10” 220 - Utah St.
w - Darrell Scott - 6’1” 230 - South Florida
w - Mike Ball - 5’10” 215 - Nevada
w - Jewel Hampton - 5'10" 210 - Southern Illinois
w - Alvester Alexander - 5’10“ 210 - Wyoming
w - Bryce Brown - 5'11" 220 - Kansas St
r - Knile Davis - 5’10 - 220 - Arkansas

Wide Receivers
w - Justin Blackmon - 6’1” 210 - Oklahoma St
w - Alshon Jeffery - 6’4” 235 - South Carolina
w - Rueben Randle - 6’3” 210 - LSU
w - Mohamed Sanu - 6’2” 210 - Rutgers
w - Eric Page - 5’10” 185 - Toledo
w - Tommy Streeter - 6’5” 210 - Miami
w - Stephen Hill - 6'5" 200 - Georgia Tech
w - Chris Givens - 6’ 200 - Wake Forest
w - Dorian Graham - 5’10” 185 - Syracuse
w y - Damaris Johnson - 5’8” 170 - Tulsa
r - Russell Shepard - 6' 185 - LSU

Tight Ends
w - Dwayne Allen - 6’4” 255 - Clemson
w - Orson Charles - 6’3” 245 - Georgia
r - Tyler Eifert - 6’4” 240 - Notre Dame

Offensive Linemen
w - Matt Kalil - 6’6” 300 - Southern Cal
w - Jonathan Martin - 6’6” 305 - Stanford
w - Riley Reiff - 6’5” 310 - Iowa
w - Bobbie Massie - 6’6” 315 - Mississippi
D.J. Fluker - 6’6” 330 - Alabama
r - Ricky Wagner - 6’5” 325 - Wisconsin

Guards & Centers
w - David DeCastro - 6’4” 310 - Stanford
r - Barrett Jones - 6’5” 315 - Alabama
w - Peter Konz - 6’4” 315 - Wisconsin
w - Brandon Washington - 6’4” 320 - Miami
Larry Warford - 6’3” 330 - Kentucky

Defensive Players
Ends

w - Whitney Merilus - 6’4” 265 - Illinois
w - Nick Perry - 6’5” 255 - Southern Cal
w - Chandler Jones 6’4” 260 – Syracuse
w - Olivier Vernon - 6’4” 265 - Miami
w - Max Holloway - 6'2" 250 - B.C.
Alex Okafor - 6’4” 260 - Texas
r - Devin Taylor - 6’6” 250 - South Carolina
r - Sam Montgomery - 6’4” 250 – LSU

Tackles
w - Jerel Worthy - 6’3” 310 - Michigan St
w - Dontari Poe - 6’5” 350 - Memphis
w - Fletcher Cox - 6'4" 300 - Mississippi St
w - Michael Brockers - 6’6” 300 - LSU
Kawann Short - 6'3" 300 - Purdue
w - Marcus Forston - 6’3” 300 - Miami
r - Sylvester Williams - 6'3" 320 - North Carolina
r - Josh Boyd - 6'4" 300 - Mississippi St

Linebackers
w - Luke Kuechly - 6’2’ 235 - Boston College
w - Ronnell Lewis - 6'2" 245 - Oklahoma
w - Vontaze Burfict - 6’3” 250 - Arizona St
w - Donta Hightower - 6’2” 250 - Alabama
w - Donta Paige-Moss - 6’4” 250 - North Carolina
w - Terrell Manning - 6’2” 235 - North Carolina St.
w - Jonathan Massaquoi - 6’2” 250 - Troy
r - Manti Te'O - 6’2” 255 - Notre Dame
r - Brandon Jenkins - 6’3” 255 - Florida St.
r - Jarvis Jones - 6'2" 240 - Georgia
r - Khaseem Green - 6'1" 225 - Rutgers
r - Kevin Riddick - 6’1” 240 - North Carolina
Shane Skov - 6’2” 245 - Stanford

Cornerbacks
w - Dre Kirkpatrick - 6’2” 195 - Alabama
w - Morris Claiborne - 5’11” 180 - LSU
w - Stephon Gilmore - 6’1” 195 - South Carolina
w - Cliff Harris - 5’11” 180 - Oregon
w - Jayron Hosley - 5’11” 175 - Virginia Tech
w - Josh Robinson - 5’9” 185 - Central Florida
r - Greg Reid - 5’9” 185 - Florida St.
r - Johnthan Banks - 6’1” 185 - Mississippi St.
r - Rod Sweeting - 6’1” 185 - Georgia Tech

Safeties
w - Phillip Thomas - 5'11" 200 - Syracuse
r - T.J. McDonald - 6’2” 205 - Southern Cal
r - Ray-Ray Armstrong - 6’4” 215 - Miami
r - Robert Lester - 6’1” 210 - Alabama

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc forthe 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.

Senior Bowl 2012 Game - Coaching Staffs - Player Roster

Vikings, Redskins to Coach 2012 Senior Bowl
Senior Bowl 2012 Roster

The Senior Bowl is the nation’s most unique football game and football’s premier pre-draft event, annually featuring the country’s best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South which are coached by the entire coaching staffs from two National Football League teams. Senior Bowl practices are also attended by over 800 general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel from the 32 National Football League teams, making Mobile and the Senior Bowl the week-long host to a one-of-a-kind NFL Coaches Convention.

The 2012 Senior Bowl is scheduled for Saturday, January 28, 2012 in Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The 2012 game will be nationally televised by NFL Network. Kickoff is 3pm (CST).

Vikings, Redskins to Coach 2012 Senior Bowl

The 2012 Senior Bowl will feature a pair of NFL head coaches making their Senior Bowl head coaching debuts. Mike Shanahan and the Washington Redskins staff will face Leslie Frazier and the Minnesota Vikings staff in the senior showcase event later this month, it was announced today. Shanahan and his staff will lead the South squad in Mobile, while Frazier’s Vikings staff will coach the North. The 2012 Senior Bowl is scheduled Saturday, January 28th. The game and all practices will be televised by NFL Network.

Both head coaches are no strangers to the event, having served as coordinators under different staffs in Mobile—Frazier with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2004 and Shanahan with the Denver Broncos in 1986.

“We’re really excited about having both of these staffs here in Mobile working with the future stars of the National Football League,” Senior Bowl President and CEO Steve Hale said. “With the amount of experience that both Coach Shanahan and Coach Frazier bring to the table, our players will receive the very best instruction as they prepare for the next level.”

This will mark the first time since 1998 and seventh time overall that the Redskins have been selected to coach the senior showcase event. Washington has gone 3-3 in their six previous trips to Mobile, coaching the North squad four times and leading the South twice. Shanahan’s Redskins went 5 and 11 this season—his second in Washington—and own the sixth overall pick in April’s draft. Prior to Washington, Shanahan led the Denver Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowl titles in 1997 and 1998. He began his NFL head coaching career with the Los Angeles Raiders and in 18 NFL seasons he’s 162 and 113 overall.

“The Senior Bowl provides us a great opportunity to get to know some of the young players who will be selected in the 2012 NFL Draft,” Shanahan said. The Redskins were clearly impressed with last year’s Senior Bowl roster, drafting a league-leading six players from the 2011 game—including Ryan Kerrigan with the 16th overall pick. The Redskins currently have 16 Senior Bowl alums on their roster.

This will be only the second time the Vikings staff has coached the Senior Bowl and first since 1980. That year, with Bud Grant at the helm, the Vikings staff led the North squad to a resounding 57-3 victory. “The Vikings coaching staff and I are very excited to be a part of a great tradition and have the opportunity to coach in the 2012 Senior Bowl. It gives us the chance to work with some of the most talented football players in the country as they prepare to enter the NFL,” Frazier said.

Frazier recently completed his first season as head coach in Minnesota, having worn the interim tag for six games in 2010. The Vikings went 3-13 this season and own the third overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft. “We are looking forward to working with and getting to know all of the players we’ll have the opportunity to coach. We are excited to go into a great environment in Mobile and work with some incredible prospects,” Frazier added.

Like the Redskins, the Vikings also used their first round pick on a Senior Bowl player last year. Minnesota selected 2011 Senior Bowl Most Valuable Player Christian Ponder with the 12th overall pick and went on to choose four more Senior Bowlers in the draft. The Vikings currently have 19 former Senior Bowl players on their roster.

Tickets for the 2012 Senior Bowl are currently available for purchase at the Senior Bowl ticket office (151 Dauphin Street), all area Food For Less locations, select Regions Bank locations, online at www.seniorbowl.com or by calling (251) 432-4109.

Senior Bowl 2012 Roster
No. Name Position HT/WT School
TBA Adams, Joe WR 5-11 / 190 Arkansas
TBA Adams, Mike OL 6-8 / 320 Ohio State
TBA Allen, Antonio DB 6-2 / 202 South Carolina
TBA Ballard, Vick RB 5-11 / 220 Mississippi St.
TBA Bequette, Jake DL 6-5 / 271 Arkansas
TBA Blake, Philip OL 6-3 / 320 Baylor
TBA Boykin, Brandon DB 5-10 / 183 Georgia
TBA Brewster, Mike OL 6-5 / 315 Ohio State
TBA Bullock, Randy PK 5-9 / 212 Texas A&M
TBA Butler, Drew P 6-2 / 214 Georgia
TBA Crawford, Jack DL 6-5 / 265 Penn State
TBA Daniels, Mike DL 6-1 / 280 Iowa
TBA Ewing, Bradie RB 6-0 / 245 Wisconsin
TBA Fuller, Jeff WR 6-4 / 220 Texas A&M
TBA Ganoway, Terrance RB 6-0 / 240 Baylor
TBA Glenn, Cordy OL 6-5 / 348 Georgia
TBA Gray, Cyrus RB 5-10 / 200 Texas A&M
TBA Harris, Josh DS 6-1 / 224 Auburn
TBA Hayward, Casey DB 5-11 / 188 Vanderbilt
TBA Herron, Dan RB 5-10 / 205 Ohio State
TBA Howard, Jaye DL 6-3 / 303 Florida
TBA Iloka, George DB 6-3 / 216 Boise State
TBA Ingram, Melvin DL 6-2 / 276 South Carolina
TBA Jones, Ben OL 6-3 / 316 Georgia
TBA Lynn, D'Anton DB 6-1 / 210 Penn State
TBA Martin, Doug RB 5-9 / 215 Boise State
TBA McCants, Matt OL 6-7 / 295 UAB
TBA McNutt, Marvin WR 6-4 / 215 Iowa
TBA Moore, Kellen QB 6-0 / 191 Boise State
TBA Mosley, Brandon OL 6-6 / 310 Auburn
TBA Nortman, Brad P 6-3 / 210 Wisconsin
TBA Posey, DeVier WR 6-2 / 210 Ohio State
TBA Rainey, Chris RB 5-9 / 174 Florida
TBA Still, Devon DL 6-5 / 305 Penn State
TBA Tannehill, Ryan QB 6-4 / 222 Texas A&M
TBA Toon, Nick WR 6-3 / 220 Wisconsin
TBA Troutman, Johnnie OL 6-4 / 323 Penn State
TBA Wilson, Russell QB 5-11 / 210 Wisconsin
TBA Winn, Billy DL 6-4 / 295 Boise State
TBA Wojta, Kyle DS 6-2 / 230 Wisconsin
TBA Wright, Kendall WR 5-10 / 190 Baylor
TBA Zeitler, Kevin OL 6-4 / 315 Wisconsin

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.

Baylor's QB Robert Griffin Enters NFL Draft 2012

TE Orson Charles Declares for the NFL Draft
Top Underclassmen - Pro Prospects 2012 - Updated Jan. 11th

Photo - QB Robert Griffin - Baylor

With the declaration date of January 15th fast approaching for the NFL Draft 2012, the ranks of the underclassmen continued to increase as Baylor QB Robert Griffin stated his intentions to enter the pro game. Griffin is coming off a Heisman Trophy winning season where he made a huge difference weekly for the resurgent Baylor program.

With the college season completed after Alabama shutout #1 LSU for the BCS national title, a number of blue chip underclassmen from those teams can have a huge impact on the early rounds of the NFL Draft 2012. I expect at least 6 top prospects from the BCS title game to enter the NFL Draft 2012.

We will have daily updates to the list this week with an extensive underclassmen report in our January 2012 Newsletter out next week.

w - Declared for NFL Draft / r - Returning to School /
y - suspended

Prospects Ranked by value
Offensive Players
Quarterbacks

w - Andrew Luck - Stanford
w - Robert Griffin - 6’2” 225 - Baylor
r - Matt Barkley - 6’2” 225 - Southern Cal
r - Landry Jones - 6’4” 230 - Oklahoma
w - Brock Osweiler - 6'8" 235 - Arizona St.

Running Backs
Trent Richardson - 5’10 225 - Alabama
w - Lamar Miller - 5’11” 215 - Miami (Fl)
w - LaMichael James - 5’9” 185 - Oregon
w - Chris Polk - 5’10” 215 - Washington
w - David Wilson - 5’10” 205 - Virginia Tech
w - Bernard Pierce - 6’ 220 - Temple
r - Montee Ball - 5’11” 215 - Wisconsin
Christine Michael - 5’11” 215 - Texas A&M
w - Edwin Baker - 5’9” 210 - Michigan St.
w - Ronnie Hillman - 5’9” 210 - San Diego St.
w - Robert Turbin - 5’10” 220 - Utah St.
w - Darrell Scott - 6’1” 230 - South Florida
w - Mike Ball - 5’10” 215 - Nevada
r - Andre Ellington - 5’9” 190 - Clemson
r - Knile Davis - 5’10 - 220 - Arkansas

Wide Receivers
w - Alshon Jeffery - 6’4” 235 - South Carolina
w - Justin Blackmon - 6’1” 210 - Oklahoma St
w - Mohamed Sanu - 6’2” 210 - Rutgers
w - Stephen Hill - 6'5" 200 - Georgia Tech
Rueben Randle - 6’3” 210 - LSU
Eric Page - 5’10” 185 - Toledo
w - Tommy Streeter - 6’5” 210 - Miami
w - Chris Givens - 6’ 200 - Wake Forest
w - Dorian Graham - 5’10” 185 - Syracuse
w y - Damaris Johnson - 5’8” 170 - Tulsa

Tight Ends
w - Dwayne Allen - 6’4” 255 - Clemson
w - Orson Charles - 6’3” 245 - Georgia
r - Tyler Eifert - 6’4” 240 - Notre Dame

Offensive Linemen
w - Matt Kalil - 6’6” 300 - Southern Cal
w - Jonathan Martin - 6’6” 305 - Stanford
w - Riley Reiff - 6’5” 310 - Iowa
w - Bobbie Massie - 6’6” 315 - Mississippi
D.J. Fluker - 6’6” 330 - Alabama
r - Ricky Wagner - 6’5” 325 - Wisconsin

Guards & Centers
w - David DeCastro - 6’4” 310 - Stanford
r - Barrett Jones - 6’5” 315 - Alabama
w - Peter Konz - 6’4” 315 - Wisconsin
w - Brandon Washington - 6’4” 320 - Miami
Larry Warford - 6’3” 330 - Kentucky

Defensive Players
Ends

w - Whitney Merilus - 6’4” 265 – Illinois
w - Nick Perry - 6’5” 255 - Southern Cal
w - Chandler Jones 6’4” 260 – Syracuse
w - Olivier Vernon - 6’4” 265 - Miami
Alex Okafor - 6’4” 260 - Texas
r - Devin Taylor - 6’6” 250 - South Carolina
r - Sam Montgomery - 6’4” 250 – LSU

Tackles
w - Jerel Worthy - 6’3” 310 - Michigan St
w - Dontari Poe - 6’5” 350 - Memphis
w - Fletcher Cox - 6'4" 300 - Mississippi St
Kawann Short - 6'3" 300 - Purdue
w - Marcus Forston - 6’3” 300 - Miami
r - Sylvester Williams - 6'3" 320 - North Carolina
r - Josh Boyd - 6'4" 300 - Mississippi St

Linebackers
w - Luke Kuechly - 6’2’ 235 - Boston College
Donta Hightower - 6'2" 255 - Alabama
w - Ronnell Lewis - 6'2" 245 - Oklahoma
w - Vontaze Burfict - 6’3” 250 - Arizona St
w - Donta Paige-Moss - 6’4” 250 - North Carolina
w - Terrell Manning - 6’2” 235 - North Carolina St.
r - Manti Te'O - 6’2” 255 - Notre Dame
r - Brandon Jenkins - 6’3” 255 - Florida St.
r - Jarvis Jones - 6'2" 240 - Georgia
r - Khaseem Green - 6'1" 225 - Rutgers
r - Kevin Riddick - 6’1” 240 - North Carolina
Shane Skov - 6’2” 245 - Stanford
Jonathan Massaquoi - 6’2” 250 - Troy

Cornerbacks
Dre Kirkpatrick - 6’2” 195 - Alabama
Morris Claiborne - 5’11” 180 - LSU
w - Stephon Gilmore - 6’1” 195 - South Carolina
y - Cliff Harris - 5’11” 180 - Oregon
w - Jayron Hosley - 5’11” 175 - Virginia Tech
w - Josh Robinson - 5’9” 185 - Central Florida
r - Greg Reid - 5’9” 185 - Florida St.
r - Johnthan Banks - 6’1” 185 - Mississippi St.
r - Rod Sweeting - 6’1” 185 - Georgia Tech

Safeties
r - T.J. McDonald - 6’2” 205 - Southern Cal
r - Ray-Ray Armstrong - 6’4” 215 - Miami
r - Robert Lester - 6’1” 210 - Alabama

'College Football Mondays' - LSU Clashes With Alabama in National Title Game Rematch

LSU-Alabama Rematch Guarantees Another National Title for SEC Team

Photo - CB Tyrann Mathieu - LSU

The much anticipated rematch of #1 LSU and #2 Alabama is finally here after a long bowl season. The BCS national title game has built to a fever pitch over the past month with two teams that guarantees the 6th consecutive SEC national title winner. This classic title game has all the makings of another tough slugfest that features two standout defenses. The regular season’s Game of the Century was a classic old time battle where both clubs displayed a strong physical presence and dominant defenses that attack the line of scrimmage. LSU prevailed 9-6 in overtime as Alabama as the Tide missed four FGs. No team scored a TD in the SEC clash in Tuscaloosa. That’s quite a contrast to the wild weekly shootouts in college football recently.

Each title game club likes to run the ball and play field position while relying on efficient QB play. The defensive play of both teams is worth the price of admission. Each club is battle tested after surviving the tough SEC West Division that features both LSU and Alabama, in addition to Arkansas. They could all finish in the top five nationally after tonight. The winner tonight has the claim to undisputed #1 national ranking. Winning the SEC has translated into 5 consecutive national titles. Tonight’s matchup guarantees another SEC national title winner.

One of the keys to this game will Bama star tailback Trent Richardson who had an impressive performance in the first matchup. Richardson ran for 169 yards in the November loss. He has been the catalyst for many Tide victories over recent years that warranted high Heisman Trophy award consideration. He rushed for 20 TDs with almost 1000 rushing over the second half of the 2011 season. Another big effort tonight could spell the difference in the title contest. The LSU front seven will be fully tested by Richardson and may be the critical deciding factor in the outcome.

Both LSU and Alabama have incredible secondaries that already rank with NFL defenses. This game features potentially five #1 defensive back picks from both clubs over just the next two draft classes. Tiger corners sophomore Tyrann Mathieu and junior Morris Claiborne have been huge impact defenders over the 2011 season. He has been a difference maker in virtually every game especially key matchups. Both teams have had weeks to prepare that has contributed to the hype of this classic late season matchup.

Prediction - LSU 16 - Alabama 13

Game Within the Game Matchup
LSU Receiver Rueben Randle vs Alabama Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick
Great matchup of two future high #1 NFL Draft picks, maybe this April. This game features countless high draft selections especially on the defensive side of the ball. There could be as many as 8 defensive backs in this game that starting eventually in the NFL.

Wideout Rueben Randle is a former five-star recruit entering LSU who struggled over his first two seasons. He had a major breakout season despite QB changes for the Tigers in a rotation of starters. He has benefitted from more consistent play at QB that has allowed him to start to realize his enormous athletic potential.

Randle has put up new career receptions total and ranked among the SEC leaders in receiving TDs despite double coverage. He has a big lean 6’4’’, 205 lb frame with a great skill set for the position. He has the vertical speed to get deep consistently and the agility, hands and run after the catch ability to take the underneath passes and make a big play.

Bama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick has rare physical skills for the position. He has great size at 6’3” and plays a physical brand of fotoball that HC Nick Saban plays and demands. He has an NFL safety body with cornerback athleticism and skills. His combination of size, hands and speed ranks him the top cornerback currently with the development to be one of the blue chip prospects for the NFL Draft 2012. Defenders Mark Barron and Robert Lester may be the best two safetie in the nation. Linebackers Don’t’a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw are NFL ready after being battle tested in the Nick Saban scheme and tough SEC.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, 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.

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