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2014 NFL Pro Bowl Draft

73b32195434112d0ea102ed76e5a1a66The NFL Pro Bowl Teams have been chosen. Check out which team your favorite player was drafted by:
 

 

Team Rice

QB
Drew Brees – Saints (Team Captain)
Philip Rivers – Chargers
Alex Smith – Chiefs

RB
LeSean McCoy – Eagles
DeMarco Murray – Cowboys
Matt Forte – Bears

FB
Mike Tolbert – Panthers

WR
Josh Gordon – Browns
Alshon Jeffery – Bears
Brandon Marshall – Bears
Larry Fitzgerald – Cardinals

TE
Jimmy Graham – Saints
Tony Gonzalez – Falcons

OT
Joe Thomas – Browns
Tyron Smith – Cowboys
Jordan Gross – Panthers

C
Ryan Kalil – Panthers
Nick Mangold – Jets

OG
Jahri Evans – Saints
Ben Grubbs – Saints
Evan Mathis – Eagles

DE
Robert Quinn – Rams (Team Captain)
Cameron Jordan – Saints
Cameron Wake – Dolphins

DT
Kyle Williams – Bills
Jason Hatcher – Cowboys
Marcell Dareus – Bills

OLB
Robert Mathis – Colts
Justin Houston – Chiefs
John Abraham – Cardinals

ILB
Vontaze Burfict – Bengals
Derrick Johnson – Chiefs

CB
Joe Haden – Browns
Brandon Flowers – Chiefs
Antonio Cromartie – Jets
Alterraun Verner – Titans

S
Eric Reid – 49ers
Jairus Byrd – Bills
Antrel Rolle – Giants

K
Stephen Gostkowski – Patriots

P
Johnny Hekker – Rams

PR
Dexter McCluster – Chiefs

ST
Justin Bethel – Cardinals

LS
Matt Overton – Colts

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Team Sanders

QB
Andrew Luck – Colts
Cam Newton – Panthers
Nick Foles – Eagles

RB
Jamaal Charles – Chiefs (Team Captain)
Eddie Lacy – Packers
Alfred Morris – Redskins

FB
Marcel Reece – Raiders

WR
Dez Bryant – Cowboys
A.J. Green – Bengals
Antonio Brown – Steelers
DeSean Jackson – Eagles

TE
Jordan Cameron – Browns
Jason Witten – Cowboys

OT
Duane Brown – Texans
Trent Williams – Redskins
Branden Albert – Chiefs

C
Mike Pouncey – Dolphins
Alex Mack – Browns

OG
Logan Mankins – Patriots
Marshal Yanda – Ravens
Kyle Long – Bears

DE
J.J. Watt – Texans (Team Captain)
Greg Hardy – Panthers
Mario Williams – Bills

DT
Dontari Poe – Chiefs
Ndamukong Suh – Lions
Gerald McCoy – Buccaneers

OLB
Tamba Hali – Chiefs
Terrell Suggs – Ravens
Brian Orakpo – Redskins

ILB
Luke Kuechly – Panthers
Paul Posluszny – Jaguars

CB
Patrick Peterson – Cardinals
Darrelle Revis – Buccaneers
Brent Grimes – Dolphins
Tim Jennings – Bears

S
Eric Berry – Chiefs
Eric Weddle – Chargers
T.J. Ward – Browns

K
Justin Tucker – Ravens

P
Brandon Fields – Dolphins

PR
Cordarrelle Patterson – Vikings

ST
Matthew Slater – Patriots

LS
J.J. Janson – Panthers

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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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Sources: Manning set to retire at the end of the season

Darren Conolly reported on twitter at roughly 10:45 pacific time and reported one of the first rumours of the Broncos quaterback potentially retiring. A chain of tweets are saying that he may retire but no other sources have reported.

Heres the tweets:

 

“@DConnollyNFL: BREAKING: Source close to situation: #Broncos QB Peyton Manning is “leaning strongly towards retirement” after 2013-14 season #NFL

“@DConnollyNFL: Source also says “Manning is willing to put it all on the line for one more ring but the risks outweigh the benefits for him to continue”

“@DConnollyNFL: Expect if asked for any reports/Q’s concerning retirement talk to be shot down for now, Manning will announce on his own terms (continued)”

“@DConnollyNFL:  However, Manning has privately told people in his inner circle that he is almost certain that this is his last season #Broncos #NFL

 

 

 

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Kansas City Sign A Few Undrafted Free Agents

kansas_city_chiefs_rough_wallpaper-normalThe Kansas City Chiefs went to work after the 2013 NFL Draft was over signing some undrafted free agents, 17 of them coming within just 3 hours. Here is a list of them below!

  1. Missouri DE Brad Madison

  2. Vanderbilt DE Rob Lohr

  3. Wisconsin-Milwaukee Demetrius Harris

  4. Kansas FS Bradley McDougald

  5. Jackson State WR Rico Richardson

  6. Columbia DE/LB Josh Martin

  7. Sacramento State TE TJ Knowles

  8. University of Charleston RB Jordan Roberts

  9. New Haven DT Raheem Stanley

  10. Ole Miss OL A.J. Hawkins

  11. Kansas DE/LB Toben Opurum

  12. Maryland LB Darin Drakeford

  13. Michigan WR Darryl Stonum

  14. Kansas QB Dayne Crist

  15. Alabama A&M RB Kaderius Lacey

  16. Ole Miss DE E.J. Epperson

  17. Oregon State OL Colin Kelly

  18. Indiana C Will Matte

  19. Tennesse QB Tyler Bray

  20. Texas A&M DB C.J. Jones

  21. Toledo DE TJ Fatinikun

  22. Villanova LS Adam Nelson

  23. Florida WR Frankie Hammond

  24. Stanford WR Drew Terrell

  25. West Alabama FS Otha Foster III

  26. Duke CB Tony Foster

  27. Missouri P Trey Barrow

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Meet the Broncos 7th Round Pick Zac Dysert

The Broncos select Zac Dysert in the 7th round

The Broncos select Zac Dysert in the 7th round

Overview

It’s easy to finger Dysert (pronounced DYE-sert) as another MAC quarterback piquing the interest of NFL general managers, especially when he’s leading the same Miami team for which Ben Roethlisberger played before winning two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Over his four years starting, Dysert ended up breaking Roethlisberger’s school career passing attempts, completions, and yardage records. So it’s natural for teams to watch him closely in the hopes his skill set will translate similarly to Roethlisberger’s (even if he doesn’t quite possess Roethlisberger’s arm strength or bulk) at the next level.

 

Dysert pulled down 2007 Ohio state high school player of the year honors (an award also won by Roethlisberger when he was an Ohio prep) despite relinquishing his quarterback duties for three-plus games due to a broken thumb; maybe the fact he moved to wide receiver and played linebacker during those games swayed the voters to give him the title. Dysert won the team’s scout player of the year award during his redshirt season of 2008 before playing in 11 games, with nine starts, the following season (2,611 yards, 61.6% completion rate, 12 touchdowns, 16 interceptions). He continued his progression as a passer as a sophomore (2,406, 64.7 percent, 13, 12), starting the first 10 games before suffering a lacerated kidney. The injury prevented Dysert from passing over the last four games, though he did return as the team’s placeholder for their GoDaddy.com Bowl win over Middle Tennessee State. He stayed healthy throughout the 2011 season, starting every game, passing for 3,513 yards and greatly improving his completion percentage (65.8) and touchdown-to-interception ratio (23-11). The Redhawks struggled during his senior season, going through a scheme change and posting a 4-8 record, but Dysert’s production remained steady (3,483, 62.9 percent, 25 touchdowns, 12 interceptions), earning him third-team All-MAC honors.

Analysis

Strengths

Looks like an NFL quarterback, and has more room to add muscle to his frame. Keeps a solid base, active feet, and has a reliable over-the-top delivery for his accurate passes to all levels of the field. Good athlete for his size, able to sidestep and run away from blitzers in the backfield while usually keeping his eyes downfield to see if a receiver breaks open. Picks up first downs, or simply gets something out of nothing, with his feet. Shows the strength, in terms of body and arm, to get passes off with defenders hanging off his body in the pocket. Will get out of bounds instead of taking a hit on the run. Has experience both under center and in shotgun, but played in more of a shotgun spread scheme during his senior year. Flashes anticipation on crossing routes to hit his man on the run. Throws accurately on the move to his left or right, and will stop to set his feet if there’s time on moving pockets. His arm is strong enough to fling the ball 40 yards downfield on the run, and also to throw in tight windows over the middle. Flashes great placement on fades and sideline throws, puts ball on his man’s shoulder where only he can catch it. Good strength to pull down the ball at the last minute as well as step through tackle attempts in the pocket. Communicates with receivers pre-snap if he sees something worth exploiting in the defense. Big body and quick feet are helpful on quarterback sneaks. Mechanically sound overall. Has held for placement kicks.

Weaknesses

Pocket poise needs to improve; takes off from the pocket if his primary read is covered or he sees pressure, but is also inconsistent feeling backside rushers. Needs to prove he can find check-downs and secondary options from the pocket. Will stare down his target, allowing defenders to follow his eyes to the ball. Accuracy in the intermediate portion of the field can be streaky. Straight-line speed and elusiveness aren’t elite, quicker NFL defenders will track him down in the pocket and will make him pay for running too often. May have picked up bad habits playing for an undermanned team. Can be prone to over-improvisation and trusts his arm too much at times, throwing balls up for grabs or across his body into traffic over the middle.

NFL Comparison

Ben Roethlisberger

Bottom Line

Dysert reminded scouts a bit of Roethlisberger by displaying toughness and more of a playmaker’s game than pure efficiency during his breakout 2011 season (3,513 passing yards, 65.8 percent completion rate, 23 touchdowns). He does not quite possess the two-time Super Bowl champ’s elite arm and bulk, but still has enough of both – along with the athleticism and deft passing touch to make NFL-caliber plays on the run – to become one of the top passers in the class. His career flew somewhat under the radar in the MAC conference, but has the size, arm, accuracy, athleticism, and production that NFL teams covet.

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Meet the Raiders 7th Round Pick David Bass

The Raiders select David Bass in the 7th round

The Raiders select David Bass in the 7th round

Overview

Just like every year, a few small schoolers break onto the scene and perform very well on an equal playing field. Bass is one of these prospects, as he was the most consistent pass rusher at the East-West Shrine game. The senior broke two records during his final year at Missouri Western State breaking the school’s career sack (39.5) and consecutive starts (50). When asked the one word to describe himself, Bass answered “beast”.

Bass immediately started as a freshman in all 12 games, finishing with 47 tackles, 9.5 for loss and 6.5 sacks. In 2010, Bass put up similar numbers in the same 12 starts, with 47 tackles, 10.5 for loss, and eight sacks. His production only went up, with 14.5 sacks in 12 starts as a junior on 20 tackles for loss. Bass’ 14 starts in 2012 were a career high and tallied 11.5 sacks.

 

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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 Raiders 7th Round Pick Brice Butler

The Raiders select Brice Butler in the 7th round

The Raiders select Brice Butler in the 7th round

Check out Brice Butler’s stats

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Meet the Chiefs 7th Round Pick Mike Catapano

The Chiefs select Mike Catapano in the 7th round

The Chiefs select Mike Catapano in the 7th round

Overview

At Princeton’s pro day, Catapano ran the 40-yard dash in 4.75 seconds on each attempt. He had a 37 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-8 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.31 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.09 seconds. Catapano threw the bar up 33 times on the bench press (225 pounds).

 

Above information from NFL Network

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Meet the Raiders 6th Round Compensatory Pick Stacy McGee

The Raiders select Stacy McGee for their 6th round comp. pick

The Raiders select Stacy McGee for their 6th round comp. pick

Overview

McGee hasn’t reminded scouts of former Sooners first-round picks Tommie Harris (taken 14th overall by the Chicago Bears in 2004) and Gerald McCoy (third, Tampa Bay, 2010) by exploding into opponents’ backfield to put up huge statistics throughout the past four years in Norman. But he does possess the physical attributes NFL teams covet in their defensive linemen.

Despite being ranked among the top 15 defensive tackle high school prospects in the country out of Muskogee, Oklahoma, McGee could not beat out veterans in the middle to make an impact as a redshirt freshman (one tackle in two games played). That changed in 2010, as he earned 11 starts and played in every game (26 tackles, 3.5 for loss). He was arrested for marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession after being pulled over in February 2011, however, which led to an opening-week suspension that fall. He started just three games, playing in the team’s final 12 games, earning 26 tackles, 3.5 for loss, and the first 1.5 sacks of his career. In his senior season, McGee spent the first six games of the season suspended for violating university rules in the preseason. He participated in six games on the season, making 14 tackles (2.5 for loss) and contributing one sack. He was arrested for driving under the influence and with a suspended license before the team’s bowl game.

Analysis

Strengths

Athletic build and good foot speed for a penetrating three-technique tackle or five-technique end. Gets upfield with a long and quick first step when attacking a gap. Chases ballcarriers towards the sideline and downfield to help out teammates if needed, as well as keep his feet while engaged to work down the line on run plays. Flashes the ability to keep his eyes in the backfield and shed to grab running backs coming through the hole.

Weaknesses

Lack of production throughout career. Multiple off the field incidents; suspensions. Doesn’t use his hands enough. Won’t finish plays after initial surge. Has been frequently rotated in order to maximize freshness. Needs to show more power.

NFL Comparison

Ryan McBean

Bottom Line

McGee has all the physical attributes to be a contributor as a 4-3 defensive tackle or 3-4 defensive end. However, between a lack of production throughout his career, multiple off the field incidents, and suspensions, he is unlikely to be drafted.

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