Browsing: Rookie Roundup

As a 6-5, 216 pound wide receiver who clocked a 4.40 40 at the Combine, Tommy Streeter from the University of Miami is one of the most intriguing rookies in this year’s draft class. Even with that remarkable speed for a player his size, Streeter comes to the NFL with a lot of a lot of questions.  He only started last season for the ‘Canes, netting 811 yards and 8 touchdowns and left with one year of eligibility remaining.  Streeter is by all accounts raw, and teams will need to decide whether his talent can be polished in the short…

Robert “RJ” Blanton is one of those intriguing rookies who enters the draft with a question mark when it comes to potential NFL success.  At 6’1, 208 pounds, Blanton has great size for his position, is tough, and exhibits good footwork. He is simply a complete player. But long play speed has been a bit of an issue for Blanton, and he was not a full-time starter at Notre Dame. He does, however, come with one important intangible – smarts, as evidenced by our Rookie Roundup interview below. (Credit: University of Notre Dame) Draft experts currently project Blanton to be…

Josh Robinson, a cornerback out of University of Central Florida, is most notable for his masterful shutdown of A.J. Green (77 yards allowed) in the 2010 Liberty Bowl. Robinson, who is entering the NFL Draft after his junior season, hopes to cover Green (as well as other NFL receivers) for many years to come.  He is 5’10, 195 pounds, and has been named to the first team All-Conference-USA the past two years.  To  prepare for the combine and draft day, Robinson has been training at Athlete’s Performance in Los Angeles. (Credit: UCF Athletics) Robinson’s current consensus projection is mid-3rd-late-4th round.…

Fozzy Whittaker, the running back out of Texas has more of an uphill battle on the path to NFL success than most.  He is smallish (5’9, 193 lbs) for his position and lacks the lateral movement and elusiveness of backs of similar stature.  Whittaker did not consistently start at Texas, and is coming off a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee.  Still, he provides maturity and is viable as a third-down back and special teams player. (Credit: TexasFootball.com) Whittaker’s current consensus for the draft is the 6th round. Rookie Roundup Interview Melissa Jacobs:  Please pretend like I’m a…

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…

Ryan Mathews, the star running back draft prospect from Fresno State, has been a dominant force for some time.  As a high school senior he led the nation with 3396 rushing yards and 44 touchdowns.  And, in the  Wildcat department he was also the team’s part-time quarterback, passing for 851 yards and 11 touchdowns. This past season, as a junior, Mathews led the nation with a rushing average of 161.6 yards a game for the Bulldogs.  Will he exhibit the same type of dominance in the NFL?  Only time will tell.  For now, Mathews is being projected as a late…