Month: December 2013
By: James Johnson
The SEC has been a conference filled with some exciting plays this year, and one of the household SEC names that have contributed to those plays is none other than 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. Currently the most polarizing figure in college football, Manziel first took the world by storm in his freshman year under Kevin Sumlin and the Texas A&M Aggies as he led them to a 11-2 record in their first year in the SEC. A year later, at the tail end of the 2013 season, Manziel is still the man in the college football world, and now currently considering entering the NFL Draft after yet another spectacular season. But in a game where development and maturity is vital, is the 21 year old sophomore ready to make the leap to the NFL? Well that’s what I’m here for with my next scouting report as we take a look at the college phenomenon we’ve all grown to know as Johnny Football.
Post by James Johnson, and spreadsheet by Zach Hochrein.
With the NFL season officially over for some, those who aren’t in the playoffs will be heading into the draft process as each team’s respective staffs will begin doing their homework on the prospects of the 2014 NFL Draft. With a few bowl games remaining, as well as a few major all-star games coming up in January (such as the East-West Shrine game, and the Senior Bowl), the organizations that didn’t make the postseason will be working extra hard to get their teams where they need to be in the offseason. Here at IES, we will be doing the same as I’ve begun working on a few scouting reports myself (feel free to check them out), and I’ve also reached out to a few others of the draft community to collaborate with. That said, one of my followers on Twitter, Zach Hochrein, was gracious enough to contribute his own grading spreadsheet (linked below via Google Docs) for the upcoming QB’s of the 2014 class in which he’s studied. After following him for a while and sharing our thoughts over the upcoming draft, I can attest to the fact that he knows his stuff. He’ll also be working on more spreadsheets for the remainder of the positions and prospects which I’ll post as soon as possible, so be on the lookout for that!
As for our Twitter followers, feel free to follow Zach on Twitter under @Zeusthegreates3, and give him a warm welcome to the IES board!!!!
By: James Johnson
- With the NFL regular season coming closer to an end this month, the draft season will officially be under way. One of the events that will kick off the draft season is the Senior Bowl on January 25, of next year. As you all know, it’s pretty much an all-star game in which the best seniors in collegiate football face-off to show their talents to coaches, scouts, and other NFL talent evaluators.One of the prospects who has been gaining a substantial amount of draft buzz, and has accepted his invite to the showdown in Mobile, Alabama is Fresno State QB Derek Carr. His name might ring a bell being that he’s the brother of David Carr, a former first overall pick who as we all know didn’t quite pan out in the league. With such a last name, some might cringe at the thought of drafting his younger sibling, but I’m here to say, don’t mark this kid as a bust in the making for that reason alone. He’s has led Fresno State to a 11-1 season and currently has the Bulldogs ranked 20th in the latest BCS rankings. On top of that, he’s led the team to the Mountain West Championship game where Fresno defeated Utah State and has been climbing the Heisman polls as well. With such achievements, it’s easy to see why he’s on the radar of draft enthusiast alike, and I felt that it’s only fair that we give out a scouting report on a player that a lot of our readers may be curious about. So as the great Terrell Owens would say, get your popcorn ready folks!
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By: James Johnson
Alright ladies and gentleman, as you all likely know, me and the crew were joined by a very special guest in NFL insider Ian Rapoport for an exclusive IES interview to talk some Jags and Thursday Night Football. Topics we covered with him included, the Jags new regime in Caldwell, Khan, and Bradley, his thoughts on the Jags staying in Jacksonville, the teams potential moves in the draft along with more! That being said, due to technical reasons and convenience I cut the interview alone out for download via Google Docs, and would really like to here your thoughts on it.
Also, once again special thanks to Ian, and his agent Andrew for working with us. You all can check him out on NFL Network’s Gameday Morning (9:00 AM ET), the NFL Total Access Kickoff Pregame Show (Thursday’s at 6:00 PM ET ), also throughout the week on Around the League Live/ Around the League Primetime and NFL Total Access. Lastly you can follow him on Twitter under his handle, @Rapsheet.