Browsing: Rookie Roundup

TFG’s Rookie Roundup series features a multitude of draft prospects, illuminated through Q&As. Learn more about their off-the-field lives, as well as where they may fit in in the NFL.  We’ll be adding players frequently between now and April 25th (start of the NFL Draft), so please check back often! When he’s not busy training for a soon-to-be NFL career, former Sooners safety Tony Jefferson likes to perform goofy skits with his buddies.  None of them are for air, Jefferson told me as he prepares for this week’s Combine.  Yet based on his energy and eloquence during our conversation, it…

TFG’s Rookie Roundup series features a multitude of draft prospects, illuminated through Q&As. Learn more about their off-the-field lives, as well as where they might fit in the NFL.  We’ll be adding players between now and April 25th (start of the NFL Draft), so please check back often! Every season, without exception, wide receivers emerge in the NFL who were not drafted until the later rounds or not drafted at all. Jacksonville’s Cecil Shorts III and New York’s Victor Cruz are recent examples. Kenbrell Thompkins, a wideout who finished his collegiate career at the University of Cincinnati hopes to join…

TFG’s Rookie Roundup series features a multitude of draft prospects, illuminated through Q&As. Learn more about their off-the-field lives, as well as where they might fit in the NFL.  We’ll be adding players frequently between now and April 25th (start of the NFL Draft), so please check back often!    Sanders Commings is one of those kids born to be an athlete. This April won’t be Commings’ first go-around with a professional league’s draft – the Arizona Diamondbacks selected him in the 37th round of the 2008 draft. Commings stuck with football and was a solid performer at Georgia, last…

TFG’s Rookie Roundup series features a multitude of draft prospects, illuminated through Q&As. Learn more about their off-the-field lives, as well as where they may fit in in the NFL.  We’ll be adding players frequently between now and April 25th (start of the NFL Draft), so please check back often! A.J. Klein, the 6’1 inside linebacker out of Iowa State is a diehard Packers fan, which is mandatory for anyone from Kimberly, Wisconsin, a town 36 miles southwest of Green Bay. But Klein will be thrilled when his name is called by any team in April, even if that team…

TFG’s Rookie Roundup series features a multitude of draft prospects, illuminated through Q&As. Learn more about their off-the-field lives, as well as where they may fit in in the NFL.  We’ll be adding players frequently between now and April 25th (start of the NFL Draft), so please check back often! It shouldn’t be a surprise that a quarterback with the last name of Rodgers has NFL quarterbacking aspirations. But this year it’s Jordan Rodgers, younger brother of Aaron, who you might have heard is a pretty decent quarterback with the Green Bay Packers. When Jordan wasn’t listening to Taylor Swift…

Tauren Poole, the 5’10, 215 pound running back from Tennessee, enters next week’s draft with something to prove. Poole left Tennessee after enduring three coaching changes, a stat not particularly helpful for a player’s development. But he does possess NFL talent, has impressed scouts over the past few months and is considered a strong, solid all-around runner. Poole’s breakout year was 2010 when he garnered 1,034 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns for the Vols. (Photo: Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Poole is currently projected to be selected in the 4th-5th round range. ROOKIE ROUNDUP INTERVIEW Melissa Jacobs: Tauren, one of the things…

Heading into the Combine in February, Miami’s Lamar Miller was already considered one of the top running backs in this year’s draft class.  But after Miller’s 4.40 forty time in Indianapolis, the fastest among running backs, even more eyes lit up.  In addition to his elite speed, Miller is an elusive, functional back who can carry the load or be effective in a committee situation. The main negative about Miller is his lack of experience – he is coming out after his sophomore season and only had one year as a starter.  However, this inexperience is significantly less of an…

You would think 303 pounds is not too small for anything. But being underweight is actually a knock on Boise State offensive tackle Nate Pottter. Potter, who stands at 6’6, is still considered a good prospect due to his athleticism and reliability.  He is largely thought to be a player who can grow into a starter role after gaining NFL experience, particularly in the zone scheme. Potter is projected to be drafted between the 3rd and 5th rounds. ROOKIE ROUNDUP INTERVIEW Melissa Jacobs:  Nate, please pretend like I’m a scout and tell me why I should draft you in thirty…

You would think 303 pounds is not too small for anything. But being underweight is actually a knock on Boise State offensive tackle Nate Pottter. Potter, who stands at 6’6, is still considered a good prospect due to his athleticism and reliability.  He is largely thought to be a player who can grow into a starter role after gaining NFL experience, particularly in the zone scheme. Potter is projected to be drafted between the 3rd and 5th rounds. ROOKIE ROUNDUP INTERVIEW Melissa Jacobs:  Nate, please pretend like I’m a scout and tell me why I should draft you in thirty…

Johnnie Troutman’s Twitter bio says it best:  “Former Penn State player chasing his dream in the NFL.“ Troutman, who stands at a punishing 6’4 325, is one of those NFL hopefuls we don’t know very well but may in upcoming years. By all accounts he had a successful Combine and Pro Day and he happens to play a position where teams often need some help.  I got to chance to chat with Johnnie as he anxiously waits his phone to ring in a couple of weeks. Troutman is projected to go anywhere from the 5th round – undrafted. ROOKIE ROUNDUP…

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