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Top 10 WR’s Rankings of the 2014 NFL Draft.

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By: James Johnson

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It’s been a while since I wrote my last true article, but I’ve been fairly busy. Have no fear though because with the draft coming next week I’m going to really put in some work to get as much draft content out as possible on my end by May, 8. You all have already seen my QB rankings, now as I pick up where I left off, we’ll continue on the offensive end with my WR rankings. Hope you all enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

EXCLUSIVE: IES Gridiron Season Podcast with Draft Guru Tony Pauline.

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By: James Johnson and Nick Trist

It was an IES and Draftinsider.net collaboration of epic proportions yesterday as draft guru Tony Pauline dropped in with Nick and I to talk some 2014 Draft prospects. Topics included the Houston Texans and who they could pick first overall, the Jacksonville Jaguars and who they could pick third overall, as well as discussions on a few specific prospects like  Jadeveon Clowney, Blake Bortles, Sammy Watkins, and Tajh Boyd to name a few.

In part two of the show Nick and I elaborated on some of the latest risers and fallers of this class, then finished the show off with an interesting discussion on a couple payer-to-team pairings we’d like to see come May 8th. To hear it simply click on the Soundcloud link below (if it doesn’t start on it’s own that is).

Also, feel free to check out Tony on Twitter under his handle of @TonyPauline and most importantly on Draftinsider.net for the latest in draft buzz! And of course Nick and I can both be followed under the handles of @IES_Don and @NickTristIES

Gridiron Season Podcast: Free Agency Edition.

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By: James Johnson

As you all know in the off season we’ve been taking it easy in terms of podcasting. After a little bit over a month, we decided to get back at it as I joined by Phil and Zach to talk some Jags free agency and some 2014 QB prospects. The crew gave their respective grades on each of the Jags free agency signings from Red Bryant to Toby Gerhart and more, then furthermore went on to discuss the release of Uche N’waneri and trade of Blaine Gabbert in the process.

Lastly in an idea Phil ran by me, the 3 of us gave out our respective rankings of this years QB prospect class and gave our opinions on each signal caller a top the draft.

That said, if you missed it live we got you covered via the link below.

http://mixlr.com/inside-edge-sports/showreel/inside-edge-sportss-mixlr-14/

James Top 10 QB Prospect Rankings.

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By: James Johnson  If you all recall, back when Zach made his spreadsheet and grades on the QB prospects of  2014, I told you all I would post my very own QB rankings in due time. Well…. I final got to it. Here is my top 10 rankings for this years QB class! Read the rest of this entry »

Tajh Boyd Scouting Report From a Clemson Fans Perspective.

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By: Nick Trist

Tajh Boyd

Position: Quarterback
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 225
Year: Redshirt Senior

Strengths: Tajh Boyd is unquestionably the best quarterback in Clemson history in terms of production and NFL potential. He owns or shares 33 ACC/Clemson records including most 300 yard passing games, and the most passing touchdowns in Clemson history, two records in which I believe are his most noteworthy. He is Clemson’s all-time leader in wins and leas the Tigers to their 1st ACC Title in 20 years, to the first back-to-back ten win seasons in 30 years, and he was also the first QB in Clemon history to win 10 games, 3 years in a row. All of those accomplishments translate to plenty of experience for Boyd’s future employer.

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IES 2014 RB Prospect Grades by Zach Hochrein.

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Post by James Johnson (@IES_Don), and spreadsheet by Zach Hochrein (@zeusthegreates3).

As promised I’m here with more NFL Draft prospect rankings from our latest contributor Zach Hochrein. This time around Zach covers the RB prospects of the upcoming draft Madden style (as you will see with the overall score panel). Now, personally I can’t speak and compare my RB rankings with Zach’s yet because I haven’t really studied all of them in depth yet as I’m currently on the QB’s myself. However, when I do get to the RB’s I’ll be sure to come back and update this post with my thoughts. As of right now upon my initial thoughts, it appears I may be a bit higher on Sankey than Zach is which will make some interesting talk when I take a look at these guys in depth. That being said, feel free to check out Zach’s latest via the Google Docs link below (open for viewing for everyone).

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Johnny Manziel Scouting Report.

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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.

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Derek Carr Scouting Report.

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By: James Johnson

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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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Taking Stock of the Jameis Winston Breakout.

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By: Vaughan Sheffey (@Vizzle311)

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“Famous Jameis”…

That nickname is almost too easy to come up with so I guess we all should have seen it coming.  The hype was palpable going into the game vs. Pitt on September 2, both in Tallahassee and nationally.  However, Jameis still was an unknown to the casual college football observer. Obviously, he exceeded even the most optimistic projections in his debut and EXPLODED onto the national scene. However, not only can you define the performance as explosive, but also extremely efficient: 25 of 27 passing (which easily could have been 26 of 27) for 356 yds, and 4 TDs. Oh and for good measure he added a rushing TD as well.  His debut game was already being compared to Johnny Manziel’s first start by the time midnight struck on Sept. 3.  

As an FSU diehard, it’s not hard at all to get completely wrapped up in this hype train and declare Jameis as the next great dual threat quarterback. Anyone who endured the Chris Rix years can remember longing for some kind of excitement.  Rix was emblematic of the Seminole QB’s that started for Bowden in his later years: excellent overall athlete, high expectations, a few great games but overall could not quite deliver the Noles back to the elite tier in college football. What made this time even more frustrating was the up and down nature of the ACC as a football conference. Many fans will also remember Xavier Lee, who came in with expectations of being the next great one but never achieved that level. Don’t get me wrong either, I was a huge E.J. Manuel fan and loved what he did last year. However, he still did not become what we all hoped when he took over for Christian Ponder.

I am getting to my point and that is this: Don’t get caught up and crown him, at least not yet. Trust me, I want to just as much as the next FSU fan.  I’m almost ready to build a shrine to him in my living room (much to the chagrin of my roommates). The real test is of course when the team travels to Clemson on October 19. If Famous Jameis can deliver in that game, then it’s really time to get excited, this I promise. If he can go into Death Valley and deliver another performance with star QB numbers but most importantly star QB EFFICIENCY, then he is the real deal and no one can dispute that.

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