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Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:52 am
 

Sherman likens Tannehill to Favre, Rodgers

New Fins OC Mike Sherman thinks Tannehill is a Favre-like leader. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

When it comes to quarterbacks in the 2012 NFL Draft, the general consensus out there is that Ryan Tannehill is the No. 3 signal caller behind Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. But that doesn't mean he's doomed to falling in the draft, as there are plenty of potential suitors picking in the top half of the draft.

One such suitor, the Miami Dolphins, recently hired Tannehill's coach at Texas A&M, Mike Sherman, as its offensive coordinator. And Sherman, speaking to Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, said that Tannehill reminds him of Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers.

"Like all good quarterbacks he had great poise. Very confident in any system, west coast or not," Sherman said of Tannehill. "Any quarterback has to be confident in his own skin and believe in himself. They always say a great quarterback makes those around him better. I thought [Brett] Favre did that. I think Aaron Rodgers does that. I think Tannehill does that as well."

We'll forgo debating the comparisons between Favre and Rodgers, made only on the premise that Tannehill is a leader. Instead, we'll point out that it was actually Sherman who moved Tannehill to wide receiver before the 2008 season. Tannehill lost out in the competition for quarterback to Stephen McGee and Jerrod Johnson and remained a wide receiver in 2009.

Tannehill caught over 100 passes for more than 1,400 yards in two years before being moved back to quarterback, and completed more than 60 percent of his passes for 5,388 yards, 42 touchdowns and 21 interceptions over the next two years.

But again: Sherman's the guy who moved him to wideout. It's impressive as hell that Tannehill was a dominant college wide receiver, and even more impressive that he transitioned back to quarterback, but if he was "like Brett Favre," the move to wide receiver is an indictment of someone here.

Oh yes, and Sherman was fired from his job as Texas A&M head coach after this past season.

Having said all that, we tend to agree that Tannehill's stock is on the rise and that he's highly unlikely to even fall towards the end of the first round. NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler slotted him as high as sixth to the Redskins in the latest 2012 NFL Mock Draft. (Rob Rang has Tannehill going 22nd overall to the Browns.)

But if new Dolphins coach Joe Philbin feels the same way about Matt Flynn as Sherman apparently feels about Tannehill, it won't matter much that the Dolphins OC is that interested in his former wideout/quarterback protégé.

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Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:00 am
 

Could the Vikings be interested in Luck, RG3?

Ponder will start for the Vikings again in 2012. (Getty Images)
By Josh Katzowitz

Assuming Andrew Luck goes with the No. 1 pick to the Colts in April’s draft and then somebody trades up to take the Rams spot at No. 2 to select Robert Griffin III -- still somewhat of an assumption, of course -- the Vikings won’t have a shot at either of them.

That’s because Minnesota will pick at No. 3 and because the Vikings took a quarterback in the first round last year. And while it seems somewhat silly that Minnesota would entertain the idea of replacing Christian Ponder so quickly -- Ponder began the year behind Donovan McNabb and played decently for one of the worst teams in football before injuring himself and giving way to some spectacular performances by Joe Webb -- it’s not out of the realm of possibility I suppose.

Especially when general manager Rick Spielman goes back and forth when discussing Ponder’s future with the club.

"I know we're very confident in Christian, but if one of those quarterbacks is too good to pass up, you also have to weigh that in too," Spielman told local reporters, including the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "But we're very, very confident in what Christian Ponder brings. As we go through this process and our coaches come into this process and we put this thing together in April, I don't know where we'll be."

Although Luck and Griffin could be categorized as “too good to pass up” by Spielman, that might say more about the team’s confidence in Ponder -- who was 2-8 as a starter while completing 54.3 percent of his passes for 1,853 yards, 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions last year -- than anything else. The Rams, for instance, most likely won’t stick around the No. 2 spot because they’ve already got full confidence in Sam Bradford.

The Vikings, though, will vet Luck and Griffin, interviewing them at the NFL combine and perhaps having them make visits to Minnesota.

“We'll be at their workouts, yeah," said Spielman, who said last month that Ponder would be his starter heading into offseason workouts. "We'll be doing full monty on [Luck] and RG3."

Chances are, Ponder will be safe from having to compete with Luck and Griffin for Minnesota’s affections (Webb, though, might be a different story). But the Vikings will do its due diligence either way.

Said Spielman: “You never know what happens on draft day, and I would rather be over-prepared than under-prepared."

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Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:09 am
 

Pick-Six Podcast: Peyton Manning's latest surgery

What will the latest surgical report do to teams' interest in Manning? (Getty Images)

By Will Brinson & Ryan Wilson

Peyton Manning was sick of Randy Moss stealing the spotlight, obviously. Taking the attention back Wednesday was a report of a fourth procedure on Manning's neck, which, actually, probably didn't make Manning happy.

We break down that news, discuss how it affects Manning's value on the open market, what it means for "politician" Jim Irsay and all the Manning news that's fit to print.

Then we break down whether or not Andrew Luck is a "once-in-a-lifetime prospect," if Robert Griffin III can realistically compete with Luck for the No. 1 draft pick, where he would fit in the NFL. We also talk about Terrell Owens being broke, the possibility of Moss going to the IFL, Jerry Jones wanting Super Bowl L to come back to Dallas and what it means with Ron Jaworski getting the boot from the MNF booth.

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Posted on: February 7, 2012 12:35 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2012 1:03 pm
 

NFL announces 2012 draft order

The NFL draft will be held April 26-28. (US Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

Now that the 2011 season is completely over, it’s time to look ahead to the NFL draft. Here is the order in which teams will select from April 26-28.

One brief note:

Since the Panthers and Dolphins had the same winning percentage and strength of schedule marks, there will be a coin flip at the NFL Combine to determine the order in which they pick. Same goes for the Chiefs and Seahawks.

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1.Colts
2. Rams
3. Vikings
4. Browns
5. Buccaneers
6. Redskins
7. Jaguars
8. Panthers
9. Dolphins
10. Bills
11. Chiefs
12. Seahawks
13. Cardinals
14. Cowboys
15. Eagles
16. Jets
17. Bengals (from Raiders)
18. Chargers
19. Bears
20. Titans
21. Bengals
22. Browns (from Falcons)
23. Lions
24. Steelers
25. Broncos
26. Texans
27. Patriots (from Saints)
28. Packers
29. Ravens
30. 49ers
31. Patriots
32. Giants

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Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:06 am
 

Shanahan badly needs an elite quarterback

Griffin

By Josh Katzowitz

With the disastrous season experienced by the Redskins after playing quarterbacks Rex Grossman and John Beck and the fact that coach Mike Shanahan, at one point, believed in one or both of them to be his franchise quarterback, it makes perfect sense that Washington would be scouting quarterbacks at this week’s Senior Bowl.

Shanahan said as much when, while talking to Rapid Reporter Larry Holder, he said, “I think everyone wants a franchise quarterback. If you don’t have a franchise quarterback and you say you’re not looking for one, then you usually won’t be working for very long. Everybody wants that guy. People that usually do have that guy are consistently winning.”

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So, yeah, based on those remarks, Beck and Grossman should be worried about their future employment, especially with the news reported by NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora, who writes that “execs I talk to expect Washington to make a move for St. Louis' No. 2 overall slot in the draft, and select whichever quarterback doesn't go first overall (at this point, it looks like [Robert] Griffin).”

For now, it seems almost guaranteed that the Colts will take Stanford’s Andrew Luck with the No. 1 pick in April’s draft, but Indianapolis would be well served to explore the possibilities of taking the former Baylor quarterback.

The Redskins, who have the No. 6 pick, would have to put together quite a package to wrestle the No. 2 selection away from the Rams, who already have a franchise quarterback in Sam Bradford.

As CBSSports.com’s Ryan Wilson pointed out a week ago the Browns, who have the No. 4 pick, also could be interested in cutting a deal with St. Louis for the right to take whichever quarterback the Colts don’t select.

As NFL.com’s Steve Wyche wrote, "Several teams are going to try and move up to get Griffin but the Browns have the most ammo -- the fourth overall pick and a late first-rounder or high picks in later rounds. Cleveland needs Griffin -- and wants him, according to league sources -- and the Rams will still get their man."

If the Redskins can’t get Griffin, perhaps they’d be better served to grab Matt Flynn. But they also should take caution when signing a backup quarterback who’s put together only a few impressive performances. The Cardinals tried that last year with Kevin Kolb, and you saw just how poorly that move went.

Whichever way the Redskins decide, some kind of move needs to be made. We saw how untenable the combination of Grossman and Beck was last year. Next season, if the two of them are on top of the depth chart, it’s hard to picture a final outcome for the Redskins that would be any different from 2011. Except that Shanahan might be in danger of losing his own job.

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Posted on: January 19, 2012 11:24 am
Edited on: January 19, 2012 11:41 am
 

Luck, RGIII officially eligible for the '12 draft

By Josh Katzowitz

While it’s no surprise that underclassmen like Stanford's Andrew Luck and Baylor’s Robert Griffin III are eligible for the 2012 NFL draft, it’s now official. The NFL announced today that 65 players have been granted special eligibility into the draft, and that includes Luck and Griffin.

In order to do so, they had to meet the NFL’s three-year eligibility rule and had to submit a written application in “which he renounced his remaining college football eligibility.”

The total of 65 is the highest number of underclassmen that made themselves eligible since the NFL began allowing them to apply in 2003.

For the entire list, click here.

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Posted on: January 3, 2012 7:55 pm
 

Iowa tackle Riley Reiff to enter NFL Draft

Reiff holds off Michigan's Mike Martin. (US Presswire)
By Will Brinson

Iowa tackle Riley Reiff, ranked as the 10th overall prospect on Rob Rang's Big Board, will leave school and enter the NFL Draft.

According to Pete Thamel of the New York Times, Reiff spoke with Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz and informed him that he'd be skipping his senior year of college to turn pro.

Reiff, a 6'6", 300-pound left tackle, is considered a lock for the first round and in Rang's latest mock draft, went 11th overall to the Chiefs. He's the second high-ranking tackle to leave school on Tuesday, as Stanford tackle Jonathan Martin announced his intentions to leave on Tuesday after the Cardinal lost to Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl.

Matt Kalil out of USC is considered the top prospect in a strong offensive line class, but Reiff and Martin aren't that far behind.

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Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:19 am
Edited on: December 11, 2011 12:34 pm
 

Do some NFL GMs prefer RG3 over Andrew Luck?

By Will Brinson

Robert Griffin, III, who won the Heisman on Saturday night, led Baylor to a 9-3 season that was filled with some incredible highlights, five straight wins to close the season and a rare second-straight bowl. And all along, "RG3" has seen his NFL stock rise, to the point that he's now considered the No. 11 overall player on Rob Rang's big board (and wearing Superman socks to the Heisman presentation).

And according to ESPN, Griffin's stock has gotten so cranked up that he's "preferred over Andrew Luck" by at least one NFL general manager. Adam Schefter reported that news Sunday, along with a few other quotes from general managers that include "sure-fire first-round pick" and "top-15 pick."

The latter two quotes aren't particularly news-y so to speak, as Griffin's been considered a lock for the first round for several months if he entered the draft, what with teams like the Colts, Dolphins, Redskins and Seahawks potentially drafting a quarterback in the first round.

Griffin has, as Rang noted recently, some "red flags," including injury, offensive system and his size.

"That said, Griffin is a better athlete than either Luck or [USC QB Matt] Barkley and is a better deep ball passer, too," Rang wrote this past week. "Those physical attributes, along with the poise he's demonstrated this season, could result in a top 10 pick should Griffin, a redshirt junior, choose to leave school early."


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And it's entirely possible that Griffin could be a better NFL quarterback than Luck.

While the Baylor quarterback's stock has risen all season long, Luck's seen his value drop substantially (at least relative to the hype he was getting two months ago).

If Luck goes to the Colts with the No. 1 overall pick and they still keep Peyton Manning, there's a really good chance that people will believe Griffin was a better selection, because he'll get playing time first.

Much of it simply depends on where Griffin ends up. Judging by the opinions of most folks, wherever it is will be a team with a high pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

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