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AFC West gets some love with NFL Networks Top 100 Players of 2013

NFL Networks Top 100 Players of 2013 has been released and the AFC West is getting some love with 10 players. 5 Kansas City Chiefs, 4 Denver Broncos and 1 San Diego Charger have been selected by fellow NFL players to the list. Comment below and tell us what you think of the list.

#2 Peyton Manning

manning#18 QB – 6′ 5″ – 230 lbs – Denver Broncos
Born: Mar 24, 1976 in New Orleans, LA (Age: 37)
Drafted 1998: 1st Rnd, 1st by IND
Experience: 16 years
College: Tennessee

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#9 Von Miller

Von+Miller+Kansas+City+Chiefs+v+Denver+Broncos+IJCg_SyaZrIx#58 LB – 6′ 3″ – 250 lbs – Denver Broncos
Born: Mar 26, 1989 in Dallas, TX (Age: 24)
Drafted 2011: 1st Rnd, 2nd by DEN
Experience: 3 years
College: Texas A&M

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#20 Jamaal Charles

Jamaal-Charles-stiff-arming-USP#25 RB – 5′ 11″ – 199 lbs – Kansas City Chiefs
Born: Dec 27, 1986 in Port Arthur, TX (Age: 26)
Drafted 2008: 3rd Rnd, 73rd by KC
Experience: 6 years
College: Texas

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#49 Justin Houston

Baltimore Ravens v Kansas City Chiefs#50 LB –  6′ 3″ – 258 lbs –  Kansas City Chiefs

Born: Jan 12, 1989 in Chico, CA (Age: 24)
Drafted 2011: 3rd Rnd, 70th by KC
Experience: 3 years
College: Georgia

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#53 Champ Bailey

champ bailey#24 CB – 6′ 0″ – 192 lbs – Denver Broncos
Born: Jun 22, 1978 in Folkston, GA (Age: 34)
Drafted 1999: 1st Rnd, 7th by WSH
Experience: 15 years
College: Georgia

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#59 Derrick Johnson

derrick johnson#56 LB – 6′ 3″ – 242 lbs – Kansas City Chiefs
Born: Nov 22, 1982 in Waco, TX (Age: 30)
Drafted 2005: 1st Rnd, 15th by KC
Experience: 9 years
College: Texas

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#65 Dwayne Bowe

kansas-city-chiefs-dwayne-bowe1#82 WR – 6′ 2″ – 221 lbs – Kansas City Chiefs
Born: Sep 21, 1984 in Miami, FL (Age: 28)
Drafted 2007: 1st Rnd, 23rd by KC
Experience: 7 years
College: LSU

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#68 Demaryius Thomas

BroncosChiefsJA3_8396#88 WR – 6′ 3″ – 229 lbs – Denver Broncos
Born: Dec 25, 1987 in Montrose, GA (Age: 25)
Drafted 2010: 1st Rnd, 22nd by DEN
Experience: 4 years
College: Georgia Tech

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#73 Antonio Gates

tumblr_kwb7b9TCvj1qzms5to1_400#85 TE – 6′ 4″ – 255 lbs – San Diego Chargers
Born: Jun 18, 1980 in Detroit, MI (Age: 32)
Experience: 11 years
College: Kent State

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#75 Brandon Flowers

Brandon Flowers#24 CB – 5′ 9″ – 187 lbs – Kansas City Chiefs
Born: Feb 18, 1986 in Delray Beach, FL (Age: 27)
Drafted 2008: 2nd Rnd, 35th by KC
Experience: 6 years
College: Virginia Tech

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Grade the San Diego Chargers 2013 NFL Draft

  1. Chargers(11th overall) D.J. Fluker (Draft Profile)
  2. (38th overall) Manti Te’o (Draft Profile)
  3. (76th overall) Keenan Allen (Draft Profile)
  4. (145th overall) Steve Williams (Draft Profile)
  5. (179th overall) Tourek Williams (Draft Profile)
  6. (221st overall) Brad Sorensen (Draft Profile)

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Meet the Chargers 7th Round Pick Brad Sorensen

The Chargers select Brad Sorensen in the 7th round

The Chargers select Brad Sorensen in the 7th round

Overview

Sorensen has had his fair share of experiences since completing his high school career in California, having already watched three of his brothers go off to play college football. He served a two-year Mormon mission in Spain, and then earned first-team all-Foothill Conference honors at San Bernardino Valley College (2,280 yards, 17 touchdowns, four interceptions) in 2008. He attempted to get playing time as a walk-on at BYU, but he redshirted the 2009 season and realized he would have a different time seeing the field with the signal-caller talent already there.

So he transferred to Southern Utah in January 2010, and won the starting job in spring practice. He completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,163 yards and 21 touchdowns, earning first-team All-Great West Conference honors. Sorensen bested that accolade as a junior, winning the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year award with similar statistical results (67.8 percent completion rate, 3,143 yards, 17 touchdowns). The team went 6-5 in both seasons with Sorensen at the helm. As a senior, Sorensen completed 273 passes out of 439 attempts (62.2 percent) and threw for 23 touchdowns to 10 interceptions.

Analysis

Strengths

Looks like an NFL pocket passer, usually leading the wide-open passing offense from a shotgun look. Uses his above-average arm strength to throw darts to the typical hitch and out routes to move the team along, though he flashes an ability to change his arm angles and unload a bullet if pressure is coming. Patient waiting for the deep dig to open up, and can fit the ball into tight windows on the sideline as well as over the middle. Throttles down that cannon arm, showing some touch on fades or when trying to throw over the top of a defender to lead his man downfield. Bullish runner, even acting as a lead blocker near the goal line on occasion, and can move out of the pocket and deliver the ball when needed.

Weaknesses

Not an exceptional athlete, won’t elude or run over NFL defenders. His decisions under pressure aren’t always what coaches like to see; trusts his arm too much, which leads to turnovers (his interceptions increased from six in 2010 to 11 in 2011). Hasn’t faced a lot of top-level competition in his career.

NFL Comparison

John Skelton

Bottom Line

An older prospects who served a Mormon mission after high school, Sorensen played one year of junior college before walking on at BYU, then transferring to SUU when it looked like his playing time in Provo would be limited. The 2011 Great West Offensive Player of the Year has the NFL size and arm to earn himself a late-round grade as a he fights for a spot on a team.

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Meet the Chargers 6th Round Pick Tourek Williams

The Chargers select Tourek Williams in the 6th round

The Chargers select Tourek Williams in the 6th round

Overview

Williams has proven himself to be a quick learner on the football field. He didn’t start playing until his freshman year of high school, and then switched from offensive tackle and tight end to defensive end halfway through his senior campaign, even as a lean 228-pounder—playing well enough to earn looks from up-and-coming programs like FIU. His natural athleticism has remained as he’s gained 40 pounds in college.

He actually transferred from Miami’s Carol City High School to Norland for his junior and senior seasons before staying in town to matriculate to FIU. Williams played all 12 games as a true freshman, starting one and accounting for 28 tackles, five for loss, and a sack, as well as two blocked kicks. Williams then earned second-team All-Sun Belt honors in 2010 (46 tackles, 13.5 for loss, six sacks) and again realized that accolade in his second year as a full-time starter as a junior (32 stops, 13 for loss, 4.5 sacks, four pass break-ups). As a senior this year, Williams racked up 46 tackles (14.5 for loss), 6.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. His play had him selected to the 2012 All-Sun Belt Conference first-team.

Analysis

Strengths

Takes upfield angle with a strong burst. Eats up ground in a hurry, and closes quickly on the ball carrier. Loves to take the inside lane while pass rushing, evades blocker with a lateral move and closes on the quarterback in just two steps. Showcases a variety of pass rushing moves. Sets up his blockers well. Is occasionally asked to drop into coverage. Moves very well laterally, beats the running back to the edge on an option run. Big plays come from speed around the edge or splitting B gap with quick move. Shows the potential to hold the edge well against the run, outside arm free while strafing the line of scrimmage to force back inside. Has a solid motor and comes to hit.

Weaknesses

Short arms. Unable to lock his arms out and create space between himself and the blocker. Not a very strong punch, not overly violent with his hands. Does not deal with cut blocks well, no use of hands on low blocks, loses footing and goes to the ground with forward momentum. Plays with an open target due to high pad level. Doesn’t have great snap awareness, or a great first step. Movements are not fluid on ambiguous downs, appears indecisive. Plays too tight and small when left unblocked on the edge. Not strong or technical enough to be a reliable run defender. Pursues well down the line, but noticably loses speed when asked to chase longer. Gets lost in zone coverage, struggles to turn and find receivers.

NFL Comparison

Willie Young

Bottom Line

This Miami native didn’t play football until high school, and started lining up at defensive end during his senior season (after transferring from Carol City to Norland for the last two years of secondary education). Staying in his hometown to play for the up-and-coming FIU program proved to be a very good move, as Sun Belt coaches named him an all-conference selection the past three years. He has good speed around the edge, and great short area burst, but he has short arms, and doesn’t use his hands all that well. As of right now, he best projects as a situational pass rushing 4-3 defensive end.

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Meet the Chargers 5th Round Pick Steve Williams

The Chargers select Steve Williams in the 5th round

The Chargers select Steve Williams in the 5th round

Overview

A consensus four star recruit, Williams was a SuperPrep and Prepstar All-American as a 2008 senior. In both his junior and senior years, Williams was first-team all-district and second-team all-state. Williams redshirted in his first year at California, after being named the nation’s No. 37 freshman defensive back prior to the season by Phil Steele.

In 2010, he played in all 12 games, and made three starts. Williams recorded 26 tackles (one for loss), one interception, four passes defended, and one forced fumble. The following season, Williams started all 13 games at corner and posted 44 tackles (one for loss), two interceptions, and 11 passes defended. In 2012, Williams started all 12 games for Cal. Williams was named Cal’s Bear Backers MVP on the defense side of the ball and also the team’s Most Valuable Back defensively. He also earned All-Pac 12 honorable mention recognition from the league’s coaches. He amassed 80 tackles (seven for loss), three interceptions, 10 pass deflections, and one forced fumble.

 

Above information from NFL Network

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Meet the Chargers 3rd Round Pick Keenan Allen

The Chargers select Keenan Allen in the 3rd round

The Chargers select Keenan Allen in the 3rd round

Overview

Allen intercepted 17 passes over the last two years of an All-American high school career, but the 79 touchdowns (53 as a senior) he scored on offense during those years convinced Cal coaches to utilize him on that side of the ball when he arrived in Berkeley. He repaid those coaches for their confidence in his ability as a playmaker, starting nine games and becoming the team’s second-leading receiver in his first season on campus. Allen racked up 120 of his season-total 490 yards in the opener against UC-Davis and eventually set a school record for freshmen with 46 receptions (beating Philadelphia Eagles star receiver DeSean Jackson’s 38). He also returned 18 kickoffs for a 22.6-yard average.

 

Other teams’ coaches also showed they were impressed with Allen’s game by naming him first-team all-conference in 2011. He ranked in the top ten nationally in receptions (98) and receiving yards (1,343) including a strong 13-catch, 160-yard effort against USC. Allen scored six times on the year to increase his career touchdown total to 11. Injuries and poor quarterback play marred Allen’s 2012 season. He missed 2012 spring practices after having surgery on his ankle from an off-season basketball injury, and missed the final three games with a knee issue. Even though Cal struggled to get the ball into his hands (61 catches, 737 yards, 6 TDs), when Allen was on the field in 2012, he was as big, fast, and imposing a target as ever, and he was awarded as an Honorable Mention Pac-12 selection.

Analysis

Strengths

Long-legged, reliable No. 1 receiver prospect. Runs solid slants, crossers, speed outs and vertical routes. Good height to win jump balls downfield, will attack the ball in the air with his hands and has good ball skills overall. Lines up in the slot regularly, can get off press with a quick shake at the line and uses his frame to block out smaller corners. Eats up ground quickly on his vertical stems. Agile and physical ball carrier after the catch, can make the first man miss with a quick cut or spin away from tackle attempts, maintaining his balance to continue downfield. Also runs through smaller corners to pick up a few extra yards. Gets down quickly for low throws despite his height. Aware receiver who uses his hands to create space from defenders downfield and gives his quarterback a target when in scramble mode. Good hip flexibility, as he sinks low into his routes and bursts out of the break.

Weaknesses

Has strider’s speed that is good enough to threaten defenses down the sideline but is not elite in this category. Allows some passes into his body when facing the quarterback. Has the occasional drop when extending away from his frame or tracking over his shoulder, but bounces back quickly. Does not utilize his size or length as a run blocker, does not execute cut blocks and at times fails to hit a target. Development as a receiver was held back, as his quarterback could only comfortably attack a few portions of the field.

NFL Comparison

Jordy Nelson

Bottom Line

A smooth outside pass-catcher, Allen has the height, speed and ability to win jump balls required of a No. 1 target in the NFL; the first-team All-Pac 12 pick in 2011 caught most of his 98 passes for 1,343 yards and 11 scores in 2011 from lefty quarterback Zach Maynard, who happens to be his half-brother. Maynard’s play regressed in 2012, however, causing Allen’s production to fall off his junior season. He still displayed all the same skills and talents he showcased during his uber-productive sophomore season, and he figures to go in the top 25 selections if his knee and ankle check out medically.

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Meet the Chargers 2nd Round Pick Manti Te’o

Chargers choose Manti Te'o in the second round

Chargers choose Manti Te’o in the second round

Overview

Te’o (pronounced TAY-oh, first name is MAN-tie) decided to follow the example of his former teammate, receiver Michael Floyd, in returning to South Bend for his senior year despite having the talent to leave early for the NFL. Floyd parlayed a very good final campaign with the Irish into a first-round draft slot, as he was selected 13th overall by the Arizona Cardinals; that’s something Te’o also hopes to emulate this April, and winning multiple national awards and finishing second in Heisman voting doesn’t hurt that goal.

 

It was a recruiting coup for Notre Dame to land Te’o, a consensus top ten national recruit, the Sporting News’ High School Athlete of the Year and USA Today’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2008. And the fact Te’o did not take a two-year service Mormon mission after high school meant he got a chance to use his ability as a true freshman, playing in every game for the Irish and earning the starting nod for 10. His 63 tackles that season included 5.5 for loss, figures he easily bested as a 13-game starter his sophomore year (133 tackles, 9.5 for loss; his 21 stops against Stanford tied for the most in the FBS in 2010). Te’o found his name on many All-American lists (including Walter Camp and AP second teams) and was a finalist for the Butkus Award and Lott Trophy after accumulating 128 tackles, 13.5 for loss and five sacks.

 

In 2012, Te’o took home even more hardware after registering 113 tackles on 13 starts, 5.5 went for a loss including 1.5 sacks. He added

some production in coverage, hauling in seven interceptions and four pass breakups. The long list of achievements Te’o won ranges from the Nagurski Award, the Lombardi Trophy, the Bednarik Award, the Maxwell Trophy and named the Walter Camp National Player of the Year. Most of all, Te’o dealt with a multitude of off-field events, including the death of his grandmother and the girlfriend hoax scandal.

Analysis

Strengths

Aggressive middle linebacker with a thick overall build. Vocal leader on the off the field, communicates the call and moves teammatesinto place when necessary. Downhill player who recognizes plays and closes quickly. Provides pop as a tackler, capable of thumping the ballcarrier and wrapping up to secure the stop. Aware run-stopper between the tackles, finds the ball and can mirror backs to prevent cutbacks. Stops backs’ momentum on first contact and drive them backwards. Takes on linemen and fullbacks, can bounce or use his hands to rip off and make a stop. Hustles to recover from cut blocks, work through double teams at the second level. Shows enough movement skills to follow stretch plays to either sideline and cover running backs in the flat. Drops to the first-down marker, but is able to close on receivers and backs over the middle to prevent yards after the catch. Attacks gaps as a delayed blitzer, will try to work past the shoulder of linemen picking him up. High character player who performs community service and became an Eagle Scout in 2008.

Weaknesses

Only average height for the position. Linemen and bigger tight ends have a size and length advantage, can ride him out of plays. Backpedal is high and stiff on his drops. Must prove he has the short-area quickness and long speed to stay with tight ends and receivers in coverage. Takes false steps on play action and misdirection; has only adequate recovery speed. Blunt instrument as a tackler, slips off some tackles when trying to make a big hit. Comes into ballcarriers with his head down at times, allowing them to elude him.

NFL Comparison

DeMeco Ryans

Bottom Line

Te’o has become the All-American middle linebacker everyone expected coming out of high school, receiving high marks for his character and leadership ability. After some suggested he could be one of the top picks in April’s draft, Te’o took a step back against a very good Alabama offensive line during the BCS National Championship. As a hammer between the tackles, the Irish star will be a great inside backer for any 4-3 team, but some may question his ability to reach edge plays or get over blocks in time.

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Meet the Chargers 1st Round Pick D.J. Fluker

Meet the San Diego Chargers 1st round pick D.J. Fluker

Meet the San Diego Chargers 1st round pick D.J. Fluker

Overview

Fluker’s been through his share of adversity in recent years. His family was displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, attended three different high schools due to family issues, and then had his apartment ripped apart by the tornado that swept through Tuscaloosa in April 2011. So even though Fluker did not block for star running backs Mark Ingram or Trent Richardson in 2012 (although Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon aren’t half bad), don’t expect him to back down from any challenges coming his way during his NFL career.

He was a consensus high school All-American despite his changes of venue. Fluker redshirted his first season with the team in 2009, watching Alabama win their first BCS title under head coach Nick Saban. Saban and his staff didn’t waste any time getting Fluker on the field the following year, starting him at right tackle in the 2010 season opener. An injured groin cost him four starts and three games that year, but SEC coaches saw enough in his nine starts to put him on the Freshman All-SEC team. He stayed healthy in his sophomore year, starting all 13 games at right tackle while the team won its second BCS title in three years. As a junior, Fluker once again started all 14 games at right tackle, totaling 36 during his collegiate career.

Analysis

Strengths

Tall, long, thick right tackle prospect with huge hands and a solid (not sloppy) build. That pure size gives him the power to collapse the edge to create running lanes. Defensive ends must be very quick off the snap to beat him on their initial pass rush move because of his length and hustle. Has improved his anchor against bull-rushes, wide base and length make him tough to move. Flashes footwork to reach linebackers at the second level, who can’t separate from him once he locks on. Shows some bend for his size in his stance, can get low to cut-block on quick passes and in short-yardage situations.

Weaknesses

Gives up too many secondary rushes, lacks recovery speed to stay in front of his man if the quarterback holds onto the ball. Must get his hands up more quickly to sustain blocks, both in pass protection and in the run game. Quicker players in space can avoid him if they see him coming. Loses his balance regularly when overextending towards his target, often ending up on the ground.

NFL Comparison

Phil Loadholt

Bottom Line

Though not as dominant or purely athletic as the Tide’s last mammoth pro tackle prospect, Andre Smith, Fluker has the girth, length, and respectable movement skills to become a top-notch starting right tackle. His struggles were apparent against Western Kentucky, but when Fluker can get his hands on the pass rusher in a balanced position, his opposition has no chance of winning the individual battle.

Above information from NFL Network

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Poll: Who will win the AFC West?

2013 AFC West Offseason moves

Who will win the coveted AFC West title in 2013? Will it be the Denver Broncos or maybe another team will surprise all the media pundits? What do you think?

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San Diego Chargers 2013 NFL Draft

500x305-draft2013-nfl-thumbIt is almost time to find out who will go where in the NFL. Check out all your San Diego Chargers 2013 Draft choices right here.

Draft Coverage begins April 25th at 8:00pm – 10:00pm ET on NFL Network.

Follow along with the NFL Draft Tracker

Round 1

(April 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm ET)

Round 2

(April 26, 2013 at 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm ET)
  • Pick 6 (38) Manti Te’o (Draft Profile) – From Cardinals
  • Pick 13 (45) – Chargers trade up to 6th pick in 2nd round with Cardinals for 2nd round pick 13 & 4th round pick 13

Round 3

(April 26, 2013 at 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm ET)

Round 4

(April 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm – 7:00 pm ET)
  • Pick 13 (110) – Traded to Cardinals for the 6th pick in 2nd round

Round 5

(April 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm – 7:00 pm ET)

Round 6

(April 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm – 7:00 pm ET)

Round 7

(April 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm – 7:00 pm ET)

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