Monthly Archives: December 2010

Evaluating 49ers GM candidates

December 31st, 2010 (No Comments)

I firmly believe that the success of an NFL franchise over a long period of time hinges on the stability of the front office and their ability to build through the draft. For that reason, I have a more interest in how a team handles its search for a new GM than for a new [...]

Evaluating Terrelle Pryor’s draft stock

December 31st, 2010 (1 Comment)

[note: I starting writing this up a few days ago before recent reports that all five suspended Buckeyes would return to school. But I took the time to write it, so here it is. Enjoy now, or stash away until next offseason.] I’ll start by saying that Terrelle Pryor needs to stay in school. If [...]

Maryland WR Torrey Smith turning pro

December 30th, 2010 (No Comments)

Maryland junior wide receiver Torrey Smith announced after the Terps big win over East Carolina that he would be taking his talents to the NFL. Given the extremely weak class of senior receivers, it makes sense for Smith and many other junior receivers to turn pro. Smith is coming off a breakout junior year and [...]

Prospects to watch in the Champs Sports Bowl

December 28th, 2010 (No Comments)

* The most well-known prospect in this game is West Virginia running back Noel Devine. He’s an explosive athlete, but probably isn’t anything more than a kick returner/3rd-string running back at the next level. His stock has also been hurt by a foot injury which has slowed him for much of this season. He probably [...]

2 really good reasons not to give up on Jimmy Clausen

December 27th, 2010 (No Comments)

It’s been a strange year for Jimmy Clausen. After sliding all the way to the second round of the draft he finally winds up in Carolina. And now just a few months later Clausen may be preparing for his final start as a Panther. With their loss on Thursday and wins by the Bengals and [...]

Prospects to watch in the Independence Bowl

December 26th, 2010 (No Comments)

Georgia Tech has turned into a fairly successful NFL factory in recent years, but this was a down year for them on the field and in terms of producing prospects. They still have a few players worth watching, but no one special. As for Air Force, like all of the service academy schools, there likely [...]

Prospects to watch in the Little Caesar’s bowl

December 26th, 2010 (No Comments)

* The top prospect in this game is actually a junior, Florida International’s T.Y. Hilton. He’s an undersized but explosive receiver. He should return to school, but it wouldn’t be a shock if he left early. * FIU cornerback Anthony Gaitor may be the top senior prospect in this game. He’s too small (5’9″) to [...]

Prospects to watch in the Hawaii Bowl

December 24th, 2010 (No Comments)

If you’re looking for future NFL stars you’re going to be disappointed tonight. Hawaii has struggled to develop the same talent as during the June Jones era and Tulsa has never produced many NFL stars. There are few players worth keeping an eye on though. * The top prospect in the game is Hawaii wide [...]

Prospects to watch in the Poinsettia Bowl

December 23rd, 2010 (1 Comment)

There’s slightly less talent in the Poinsettia Bowl this year than in past games which featured the likes of Utah, TCU, Cal and Boise State. But it’s still an interesting matchup with a few future NFLers. * The top talent in this game in San Diego State receiver Vincent Brown. He’s been a consistent performer [...]

Prospects to watch in the MAACO Bowl

December 22nd, 2010 (No Comments)

This is a disappointing matchup in so many ways. Obviously everyone is expecting a Boise State blowout, but it also hurts in our ability to evaluate the Broncos’ top draft prospects. * Kellen Moore may be the most well-known name on the field, but the player who will make the biggest name for himself in [...]