A quick review of NFL injury reports will show that hamstring injuries are one of the most frequent. This year’s who’s who list of hamstring injuries includes: Larry Fitzgerald, Roddy White, Steven Jackson, Arian Foster, Michael Vick, Manny Lawson and Michael Boley. Hamstring strains do not seem as serious as an ACL tear or other injuries that require immediate surgery, but I would argue they can continue to impact a player’s performance once they return to play. For every plays who suffers this injury and returns to play safely there is another player that returns to play too soon, re-injures himself and spends more time on the injury report (See: Roddy White and Michael Vick).
#66 Chris Watt, OG, Notre Dame
HGT: 6-3 WGT: 321
2013: Chris Watt entered the 2013 season on many post-season award watch list. Watt has started every game to date in 2013. Watt has already graduated with a Bachelors degree in marketing and is currently enrolled at Notre Dame as a graduate student. 2012: Started all 13 games for the Irish at left guard … part of an offensive line that started the same five players for every game including the BCS national title game ver Alabama … helped Irish run for at least 200 yards seven times in 2012, including six of the last nine contests. 2011: Started all 13 games at left guard … part of a unit that allowed only 17 sacks in 13 games during the regular season (fewest since 1998) … helped pave the way for a running game that averaged 4.8 yards a carry (best by an Irish team since 1996). 2010: Saw action in all 13 games in 2010 … provided depth behind Chris Stewart at the right guard position totaled 117 snaps on offense, the seventh most of any Irish offensive lineman.
For most people who watch the NFL on Sundays in October it is a reminder that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month as players wear pink every weekend. Some of you may even know it is Mental Health Awareness Month after Brandon Marshall was fined by the NFL for wearing florescent green shoes during a recent Broncos game (the fine was donated to his foundation that helps those dealing with mental illness). Do any of you know that it is also National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month? The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) has put together a variety of resources to help us all learn more about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). This is something we all should know more about as it effects more people than are killed by breast cancer, lung cancer and AIDS combined.
#70 Weston Richburg, C, Colorado St.
HGT: 6-4 WGT: 305
Weston Richburg has started every game since 2010, 40 starts to date ( 4/4 in 2013; 12/12 in 2012; 12/12 in 2011 and 12/12 in 2010) and looks to continue to add to that total with the remaining games in 2013. 2012: For the second consecutive year was named a candidate for the Rimington Trophy, an award given annually to the nation’s most outstanding center, and was also named to the Outland Trophy (best interior lineman) and Rotary Lombardi Award (top lineman or linebacker) preseason watch lists…started at center in all 12 games for the Rams. Consistently graded out above 90%, leading the offensive line. Led the offensive line unit in knockdown blocks. Was penalty-free all season. 2011: A Rimington Trophy candidate, one of four sophomores on the preseason watchlist for the nation’s best center, was the anchor of the Rams’ offensive line and started all 12 games, 10 at center and two at offensive tackle… A second-team all-conference selection (MW coaches/media, Phil Steele). 2010: A first-team Freshman All-America center (Phil Steele, CollegeFootballNews.com) and honorable-mention all-Mountain West Conference, started all 12 games for the Rams, the first three at guard and the final nine at center…Did not have a bad snap all season and allowed only one sack all year, and no other pressures…Posted a team-high 54 knockdown blocks and also led the team with 22 outstanding efforts and 12 “Meyer mauls,” the coveted game-film award distributed by former offensive coordinator/line coach Pat Meyer…Graded out at 85 percent or better in every contest, and was the line’s most valuable player on eight occasions. 2009: Redshirted as a true freshman.
With three of the top four overall picks going on offensive tackles (Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher to the Chiefs No. 1; Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel to the Jaguars No. 2; and Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson to the Eagles No. 4), the 2013 draft will be remembered for its depth on the offensive line, not to mention a distinct lack of it at some notable positions.
Take quarterback for instance, a position has gone first overall in 11 of the previous 14 years, including a year ago, when three of them were taken in the first eight picks, all solid NFL starters in 2012.
|2||Quinton Patton||La Tech|
|8||Da’Rick Rogers||Tenn Tech|
|9||Chris Harper||K State|
|1||Tavon Austin||West V|
|2||Ryan Swope||Tx A&M|
|3||Marcus Wheaton||Ore St|
|4||Stedman Bailey||West V|
HGT: 6-0 WGT: 208
YR: Sr POS: S
- 2010 : 64 tkl, 3.5 tfl, 2 ff, 3 int, 9 pbu
- 2012: 84 tkl, 12 tfl, 4 sac, 4 ff, 8 int (3 for TDs), 5 pbu
- Coming off arguable the most productive year of any safety entering the draft
- The ability to see run and come down quickly
- Plays fairly well in the box
- Exceptional ball skills
- Better than most safeties in man to man coverage
- Adequate ability to cover TEs and slots
- Looks comfortable in all coverages
- Shows good aggression when coming on blitzes
- Knows when to jump a route to make a play
- Knows how to roam effectively when having the free or spy assignment
- Good in space
#73 Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
HGT: 6-3 WGT: 297
In 3 seasons as a Florida Gator, Sharrif Floyd appeared in 36 games with 26 starts. Floyd racked up 115 career tackles, 26 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 1 pass breakup, three blocked field goals and a forced fumble. According to University of Florida’s Sports Information Department, Floyd’s three career kick/punt blocks is tied for fifth in school history. Floyd’s solid showing at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, has left plenty of scouts “buzzing” about the former Gator.
Very Good all around athleticism. Very explosive first step. Gets a great jump on the snap count. Good lateral agility and balance, is able to work through bodies on the ground. Shows the ability to deliver a blow with his hands and consistently displays good all around hand placement. Shows good hand violence when swiping away the hands of blockers. Has a great motor and plays hard. Seems like late in games he is still chasing and pursuing, his effort never drops off, which is a testament to his conditioning. Really good short area closing speed on ball carriers. Excels at line movements and stunts by using his quickness and hands. Floyd is a very good pass rusher with an above average skill-set of pass-rush moves. Lines up as a 3-technique and 5-technique. Does a great job of maintaining half-man leverage. When lined up as the 3-tech, he use quick hands to gain control and a quick swim to beat blockers. Is most effective vs. the run when he uses quickness and is able to shoot gaps and get up field by flipping his hips to get skinny and then get vertical. Is able to work through slide pass-protection by flipping his hips and ricocheting off of blockers. When lined up at the 5-tech, shows he is most effective when uses a quick punch and a fast escape move, often uses the dip and rip to turn the corner on offensive tackles. Shows the ability to string out plays to the sideline. Seems to have natural instincts and great feel for his position, whether at the 5 or the 3. Does a good job of getting his hands up in the vision line of the quarterback.
HGT: 6-3 WGT: 323
Jesse Williams is one of the more recognizable former members of the Alabama Crimson Tide. Originally from Australia, Williams came to Alabama via Arizona Western Junior College in the spring of 2011. As a Junior in 2011, Williams started all 13 games and helped Alabama win a BCS title. In 2012 Williams started 12 games (missed WKU game due to injury) and earned 2nd team All-SEC honors on the way to helping the Crimson Tide win its 2nd consecutive National Championship. Williams finished his career with 60 tackles; 7 tackles for a loss; 1.5 sacks and 7 QB hurries, in two seasons as a member of the Crimson Tide.
Jesse Williams has ideal size for the nose tackle position. Possesses great upper strength. Has a quick and powerful get-off that he uses to penetrate in to the backfield and knock blockers back on their heels. Is able to keep pads low on initial get-off. Jolts blockers with a solid blow delivery from his heavy hands. Is able to swipe and club defenders by when they get to his shoulder. Has shown a quick swim off the line to beat blockers in the run game. Good, not great, initial short area quickness. Plays with great effort and pursues down field when he is fresh. Shows the ability to defeat the cut block with with heavy hands and doesn’t waste time on the ground when he does get cut. Solid at the point of attack against the run. Shows flashes of stalemating and splitting double teams. Is able to explode out and be disruptive in short yardage situations. Because of his strength, Williams is able to push the pocket in passing situations. Very good bull rush. Does a decent job of getting his hands up in throwing lanes when he can not reach the passer.