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Orlando Franklin Offensive Tackle University of Miami Projected Round: 2nd Orlando Franklin is an offensive lineman prospect out of the University of Miami.  He is originally from Jamaica, but grew up in Canada.  In high school he told his mother that living in Florida would give him the best opportunity to play football.  Within a year she had quit her job and moved her family to Florida, where Franklin played a year of football at Atlantic High School in Delray Beach.  At Miami he played his first three years at guard and then moved to tackle his senior year, the…

While a potential lockout looms over the 2011 NFL season, the NFL draft will be business as usual between April 28th-30th at Radio City Music Hall.  Like last year, I’ll be bringing you a special Rookie Roundup series, with intimate profiles featuring several of the names you’ll hear called in late April.  Today’s rookie… DeMarcus Van Dyke  Cornerback Miami Career Statistics: 80 tackles, 3 interceptions Draft Projection: 6th or 7th round DeMarcus Van Dyke Q&A  Melissa Jacobs:  You’re headed to the Combine on Saturday. Who are you most looking forward to meeting there? DeMarcus Van Dyke:  I just really want…

While a potential lockout looms over the 2011 NFL season, the NFL draft will be business as usual between April 28th-30th at Radio City Music Hall.  Like last year, I’ll be bringing you a special Rookie Roundup series, with intimate profiles featuring several of the names you’ll hear called in late April.  Today’s rookie… (For all the 2011 Rookie Roundup profiles, click here.) Jabaal Sheard Defensive End Pittsburgh Career Stats: 144 Tackles, 19 Sacks (9 in 2010) Projection: Last 1st Round/Early 2nd Round Jabaal Sheard Q & A Melissa Jacobs: Several aspects of your football resume are impressive but nothing…

Even with the 2011 NFL season in danger, the NFL draft will go on as always between April 28th-30th at Radio City Music Hall.  Like last year, we’ll be bringing you a special Rookie Roundup series, with intimate profiles featuring several of the names you’ll hear called in late April. Today’s rookie… Jurrell Casey Defensive Tackle USC Career Statistics: 67 tackles, 1 INT Projection: Late 2nd/Early 3rd Round Jurell Casey Q&A Melissa Jacobs:  At the end of this season you were quoted as being 50-50 to declare. What ultimately influenced you to come out early? Jurrell Casey:  I felt I…

The 2010 NFL season has been expired for two weeks (weep weep) and while the 2011 season is majorly in flux, the NFL draft will go on between April 28th-30th at Radio City Music Hall.  Like last year, I’ll be bringing you a special Rookie Roundup series, with intimate profiles featuring several of the names you’ll hear called in late April.  Kicking off this year’s Rookie Roundup is Maryland’s Torrey Smith.  And for this special Rookie Roundup kickoff I was joined by The College Football Girl, who’s identity remains a mystery. Torrey Smith Wide Receiver Junior Maryland Career Stats:  152…

Thomas Jones is the ultimate personification of multi-faceted.  In this in-depth profile interview, we discuss the workout regime that has contributed to his usually long running back career; his pursuit of a Master’s in Education; his wait-until-you-hear-it exotic car collection; and his side career as a music mogul. And don’t worry football fans, we also discuss his platoon situation in Kansas City and get his thoughts on fantasy football.  Plus you can add him to list of guys not in favor of the new devastating hit rules. The interview is long (17:30) but Jones is a remarkably interesting listen. Listen…

In advance of the big Giants/Cowboys match-up on Monday Night, I got a chance to talk to the outspoken Giants safety, Antrel Rolle.  Some of the topics covered include Rolle’s adjustment to Tom Coughlin’s system, his thoughts on playing for the second most popular team in New York, and, of course, the NFL’s new devastating hit rules. Listen to the entire Antrel Rolle interview here (Total running time:12:38).  Excerpts are below. Excerpts: On the new NFL hit rules:  Naturally I’m not for the suspension of the helmet-to-helmet contact.  This is a very fast game; we’ve been taught to play the game extremely…

That’s Favre That’s Favre, that’s what all the people say. He’s retired in April, on the fence in May. But we know he’s gonna come back soon. On a Thursday night, three months past June. I said that’s Brett, and as flaky as he may seem. He’ll throw a couple picks, then squash opponents dreams. But I don’t let it, let it get me down. Cause that old man Favre’s got his ‘Pants on the Ground.’ He’s been a Packer, retired, a Jet, retied, a Viking and now He’s got Childress, and Schefter, and Mort, and King, all on the…

We continue our series of player interviews by talking to one of the NFL’s rising stars, Dallas Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins.  The outspoken Pro Bowler, already known for not mincing words with the media, took some time to address a variety of subjects ranging from his personal goals for this season to his thoughts on Jerry World to which team should sign Terrell Owens (Hint: They’re in the NFC East). The Football Girl:  I saw you quoted somewhere as saying your rookie season was mediocre.  What did you change to transform  from “mediocre” to a Pro Bowler last year? Mike…

The always jovial Vakapuna. (Photo credit: Bengals.com) You may know Fui Vakapuna, Bengals fullback, as one of the stars of last year’s Hard Knocks.  Vakapuna, who was released by Cincinnati and resigned in November is ready to make a splash (aka play) this season.  I got a chance to catch up with Fui and talk about last year’s apprenticeship with the Bengals, his unique relationship with the late Chris Henry and what type of music gets him jammin’. The Football Girl:  In researching this interview I’ve seen in multiple places that’s there’s a song about you from your BYU days,…