Crabtree is finally ready to play for the Niners

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WR Michael Crabtree is finally ready to sign with the SF 49ers and now we will see if the future NFL Diva Receiver can shake off the rust to help a team that only has one touchdown catch by their receiving corps

There will not be a rookie season holdout for soon-to-be San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree.  The aspiring NFL receiver and perceived diva will end his over two-month contract holdout when he signs with the Niners today.  Reportedly the Niners will give the unsigned first-rounder (10th overall) a six-year deal with the terms undisclosed. All indications are that deal is somewhere around the 5-year, $20M contract the 49ers had been offering since training camp and that the sixth year is voidable.  Crabtree will probably make somewhere around $1.8 million in 2009, which was the amount that the Niners had left in their rookie salary pool.  But don’t forget that Crabtree has all ready forfeited four game checks in the 2009 season.

Crabtree’s signing ends the NFL’s closest situation to former running back Bo Jackson’s season-long holdout in 1986.  It was known that Crabtree had flown to the Bay Area on Monday to help in negotiations with Niners general manager Scot McCloughan.  However you never really knew if Crabtree and his gaggle of advisers including his agent (Eugene Parker), former NFL great Deion Sanders, and his bail bondsman relative David Wells, would allow the deal to go through (deadline was November 17th – the last day to sign rookies before they were put back in the 2010 NFL Draft).  Crabtree and his crew had talked tough, asking for more than the amount that the Raiders overpaid for their first rounder Darrius Heyward-Bey — 7th overall pick got 5-years, $38.25M real/$54M max; $23.5M guaranteed.  But in the end, Crabtree needed the Niners (3-1) more than they needed him.  Niners no-nonsense head coach Mike Singletary made it abundantly clear that the team would go on with or without the former Texas Tech star. 

So with Crabtree back in the Niners fold, they clearly may have added another impact player to the NFC West’s leading team.  The Niners current leading pass catcher is emerging TE Vernon Davis (17 catches for 211 yards, 12.4 ypc, and 3 TDs).  Crabtree probably would have been a Top 5 pick, if not for a late-season foot injury that lingered into the draft process.  Before the 2009 NFL Draft, some considered Crabtree to be the next Larry Fitzgerald after only two years at Texas Tech, where he was a man amongst boys producing 231 receptions for 3,127 yards, and 41 touchdowns. One scout I talked to prior to the draft, raved about Crabtree’s ability to start-and-stop in routes, superior hand-eye coordination, good body control and an aggressive run-after-catch skills.

Now the next player vying for the NFL’s “Diva Receiver Crown” will need to win over the Niners’ lockerroom and Singletary, who is known for his “Can’t use him” mentality.  Already in post draft mini-camps, Singletary got on Crabtree in practices so it will be fun to see how long it takes for him to adjust to the NFL game.  Crabtree after signing is expected to be placed on the roster exemption list for 1 to 2 weeks as he rounds himself into football shape. 

 

Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and an award winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)

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Top Five NFL Preseason Stories besides Favre and Vick

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Hard to believe there are other NFL stories this preseason than Michael Vick and Brett Favre — Read abou my Top 5 Stories other than the over reported twosome

During the past couple of weeks, NFL headlines have been dominated by the return of former Pro Bowl quarterbacks Brett Favre (Vikings) and Michael Vick (Eagles).  Sure their stories are compelling and have caused much debate on sports radio.  But as we move closer to the 2009 NFL Regular Season starting in September there are other storylines worth covering.

1) T.O’s arrival in Buffalo – In trying to ignite a passing offense that only generate  14 touchdowns last season, the Bills turned to VH1’s favorite reality TV star.  The Bills are Terrell Owens’ fourth team in the past seven seasons and T.O., who turns 36 in December, saw his reception, yardage and touchdown totals decrease last season.  But that didn’t bother Bills fans as they flocked to St. John Fisher College (over 4,000 a day) for a glimpse of the their new star.  With thoughts of bringing back the “No-Huddle” offense expectations are rising in Western New York despite T.O battling a toe injury that will keep him out of the Bills’ third preseason game against the Packers.  Also let’s not forget the new breakfast sensation “T.O’s” which are a wholesome cereal.

2) Injuries taking their toll – This time of year every team only wants to get their starters and key people through the preseason with good health for the regular season.  I know every team in the NFL has to deal with injuries on a daily basis, but lately some units and teams have been decimated by them.  The Philadelphia Eagles are missing 4 out of 5 starting offensive linemen due to injuries (OT Jason Peters – quad, OG Stacy Andrews – knee, OT Shawn Andrews – back, and Todd Herramins – foot).  The Birds also lost starting MLB Stewart Bradley – ACL and TE Cornelius Ingram – ACL for the season.  The Eagles are not the only team with injury woes as the Steelers are worried about QB Ben Roethlisberger after the starter hurt his foot/ankle when offensive lineman Max Starks rolled on him.  Other high profile players dealing with injuries are Washington Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth (knee – Day to Day), Seattle Seahawks OT Walter Jones (knee surgery), Atlanta Falcons WR Harry Douglass (ACL — season), Houston Texans Backup QB Rex Grossman (hamstring – 4 to 5 weeks), Indianapolis Colts SS Bob Sanders (knee surgery), Oakland Raiders WR Chaz Schilens (broken foot — 4 to 6 Weeks) and others.

3) Denver Broncos and WR Brandon Marshall’s relationship going South — Marshall after two Pro Bowl seasons in a row wanted a new contract and threatened a holdout.  In the 2008 season, Marshall despite missing games including a couple for a suspension put up numbers of 104 rec, 1265 yards, 6 TDs.  The Broncos under the leadership new head coach Josh McDaniels turned a deaf ear to Marshall’s demands as he was under contract for another season and he had another tumultuous offseason.  To make matters worse the Falcons extended disgruntled former holdout receiver Roddy White (six-years, $50 million).  Then after Marshall was found “Not Guilty” of misdemeanor battery charges by a jury in Atlanta, there was more drama to come.  Reportedly upper management instructed a PR staffer to coach players not to express excitement over Marshall’s not-guilty verdict.  Marshall has demanded a trade and the New York Jets are apparently interested, but don’t expect the Broncos to do anything extreme to help him.

4) Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable allegedly punches the “lights-out” of an assistant coach – After you think Al Davis’ dysfunctional franchise cannot sink any lower, they surprise you again.  Allegedly Cable had a confrontation with defensive assistant Randy Hanson that ended with the poor assistant in the emergency room with a fractured jaw.   Usually this sort of thing would be swept under the rug, but there was the little matter of a police report.  The entire Raiders organization has been issuing quick “No Comments” about the situation.  But NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has his eye on this situation and there is talk of an NFL investigation.  Could Cable be suspended and/or fined under the league’s personal conduct policy?

5) Holdout Talk – Every year holdouts are a part of training camp and this year is no different.  The Houston Texans are trying to get disgruntled franchised player CB Dunta Robinson to report after a training camp long holdout where he has refused to sign his franchise deal. Robinson wants the Texans to promise not to slap the tag on him again after the ’09 season.  I figure he will report right before the regular season starts.  Also the following players Jets RB Leon Washington (reported and negotiating), Browns WR/KR Josh Cribbs (reported, but is threatening to sit once the regular season starts), and Marshall are in the middle of squabbles.  Also rookies seemed to be taking longer than usual getting into camp and with the start of the regular season approaching Bengals OT Andre Smith, SF 49ers WR Michael Crabtree, and Bills DE Aaron Maybin remain unsigned.  Crabtree’s management team led by his bail bondsman cousin / advisor David Wells are looking to get more than #7 overall pick Oakland Raiders Darrius Heyward-Bey (5-years, $38.25M real/$54M max; $23.5M guaranteed) and have threaten a ridiculous season-long holdout.

Honorable Mention:  Giants QB Eli Manning gets a new contract and everyone questions is he worth it; ‘Wildcat’ Craze continues as every team seems to be trying to find a player to run it; NFL player jurisprudence as several more players have gotten into trouble during camp and you can include former Giants WR Plaxico Burress pleading guilty; Position Battles (Detroit Lions QBs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers QBs, Giants WRs, Dolphins Secondary, etc); The investigation and possible distractions caused by allegations against Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger; Rookies and no-name players emerging (Bills DB Ellis Lankster, Eagles DE Jason Babin, Titans WR Kenny Britt, Raiders QB Bruce Gradkowski, Chiefs ILB Corey Mays and others);Coaches on the hot seat trying to stay alive (Wade Phillips, Jim Zorn, Marvin Lewis

As always please use the comments section, my email (Lloyd@takingit2thehouse.com) or Twitter (lloydvance_nfl) to let me know what you think.

 

Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and an award winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)

2009 NFL Draft Class May Have a First Rounder Holdout Problem

The other day someone asked me around the start of training, “How many first rounders have signed already?”  Immediately I thought there had to be at least half of the 32 picks, but I was totally taken aback when I realized the number was a whopping 4 players.  As of July 27th, only top quarterbacks Matthew Stafford (1st overall pick by the Lions) and Mark Sanchez (6th overall pick by the NY Jets) plus Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack (No. 21 pick) and Steelers DT Evander “Ziggy” Hood (No. 32 pick) are the only first rounders acclimating themselves to NFL training camps rather than being stuck at the negotiating table.

I don’t know if it is the threat of an uncapped year in 2010, impending CBA talks including a possible rookie wage scale, rookies and their agents showing their greedy ways, the “domino” effect where rookies are waiting for the guy in front of them to sign or first-year guys having jitter about singing their college fight song in the players cafeteria.  But for the first time since rookie holdout heydays in the early ‘90s there are more stuck on the sidelines than ever.  Of course team management and players’ agents will say the current rookie holdout trend that we are experiencing has everything to do with the current adherence to the rookie “slotting” system.  The system that is in place today causes both the teams and agents to rely heavily on the deals of the players selected the previous year in the same slot plus agents also have to wait to see the deal of the player taken before their client in the current draft class.

But something else is going on with the 2009 NFL Draft class’ first-round players and it has a lot more to do with than teams and agents getting stuck on voidable years in a contract.  The odd thing is every team is given a “rookie pool” to operate within their own salary cap, so you would think the process of signing your first rounder would not be so difficult.  Here is how the rookie salary cap works, on a league-wide basis the rookie pool — created within Article XVII of the CBA — is the total amount of money that can be spent on rookies, except for the minimum base salaries given to undrafted rookies. Each team’s rookie pool is its portion of the league-wide total and is determined by the number, round and position of the draft choices it uses.

See the league-wide allocations for the 2009 NFL Draft Class on the ESPN website. The total rookie pool league-wide for the 2009 NFL Draft class was $150.755 million, which represented an increase of about 7 percent over the 2008 rookie pool.  A record 12 teams each earned rookie pools of $5 million or more.  So as each team’s rookies sign from lower rounds, teams should know exactly how much is left for year one of the rest of the team’s drafted rookie class.  For example, the Lions signed Stafford to a six-year, $78 million contract with guarantees of $41.7 million. Stafford’s deal will count $3.1 million against the Lions rookie cap, leaving $4,974,992 million leftover for the team’s other nine draft picks.

Unfortunately the NFL’s rookie system is flawed in that the pool is restrictive often causing rookies’ agents to try inventive ways to dictate their price, terms, and incentives before even negotiating.  There have been rumors that the NFL in the next version of the CBA will adopt a strict NBA-like rookie pay scale, where given a player’s draft spot, the rookie will make a set amount for a set number of years.  The possible addition of a hard rookie cap in the next CBA would be welcome news to NFL veterans where current system allows a rookie like Matthew Stafford can make more than 3-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning before he has even stepped on the field.  Most veteran agents know that they are usually only hurting their rookie clients by allowing them to holdout.  NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt, a long-time personnel director for the Cowboys, said of rookie holdouts, “Any player who misses more than three days of camp is taking a serious risk”. 

Brandt added, “What rookies see at OTAs and minicamps doesn’t compare to what they see at training camp. Everything is accelerated 100 percent”.  Often rookie holdouts have proven Brandt’s words correct as injuries (hamstrings especially) and missed time often spell disaster to a rookie’s chances of making an impact in year one.  A rookie holdout can also sometimes derail their entire NFL career before it even begins.  This unfortunate fact was shown by the classic case of former Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Tony Mandarich, who held out for 43 days entering the 1990 NFL season and never really got the traction or learning needed to be a quality offensive lineman in the NFL. Mandarich was dominated from the start of his rookie year to the finish – only played in 9 offensive series — and was eventually released by the Packers after several disappointing seasons.

Last year Jaguars defensive end Derrick Harvey held out for the majority of training camp and when he did arrive, the Jags got a different player than they thought was select in the draft.  Harvey was out of football shape and never really caught up from missed training camp time, producing only 3.5 sacks for the season.  Of course Harvey’s holdout did not make him beloved with his teammates, who were already sweating in training camp and many of whom were going to make less than the unproven first rounder.  Former Jaguars linebacker Mike Peterson said at the time, “He’s slotted. I have a hard time understanding what is the problem…To me, basically it’s how bad a guy wants to be in camp to take the high end of the slot or the low end or meet in the middle.”

 The one rookie that I am most interest in following at the negotiations table is former Texas Tech star receiver and San Franciso 49ers draftee Michael Crabtree — quickly looking like a prima donna after missing work in OTAs and being yelled at this offseason by head coach Mike Singletary for his attitude.  The 10th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft is reportedly seeking a contract worth much more than the usual salary slot for a No. 10 pick. 

Hopefully Crabtree and the other 28 remaining unsigned 2009 first rounders will come to terms soon.  It would be a shame if players miss too much time and basically throwaway their first seasons – See the aforementioned case of Tony Mandarich in 1990, former Bengals quarterback Akilli Smith in 1999, and Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell in 2007.

Current signing status of 2009 first-round picks including their agent(s) and signing terms, if applicable

 1.  Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford — Tom Condon — signed April 25th with the terms: 6-year, $78 million contract with guarantees of $41.7 million.

2.  St. Louis Rams OT Jason Smith — Ben Dogra/Michael Lartigue — currently unsigned

 3.  Kansas City Chiefs DE Tyson Jackson — Eugene Parker — currently unsigned

 4.  Seattle Seahawks LB Aaron Curry — Andy Ross/Mike Sullivan — currently unsigned

 5.  New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez — David Dunn/Andrew Kessler — signed June 11 with the terms: 56-year, $60 million contract with guarantees of $28 million.

 6.  Cincinnati Bengals OT Andre Smith — Alvin Keels — currently unsigned

 7.  Oakland Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey — Tom Condon/Ben Dogra — currently unsigned

 8.  Jacksonville Jaguars OT Eugene Monroe — Sanat Shah – currently unsigned

 9.  Green Bay Packers DL B.J. Raji — David Dunn — currently unsigned

 10.  San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree — Eugene Parker — currently unsigned

 11.  Buffalo Bills DE Aaron Maybin — Joel Segal/Chafie Fields — currently unsigned

 12.  Denver Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno — Tom Condon/Ben Dogra — currently unsigned

 13.  Washington Redskins LB Brian Orakpo — Ben Dogra/Michael Lartigue — currently unsigned

 14.  New Orleans Saints CB Malcolm Jenkins — Ben Dogra/Tom Condon — currently unsigned

 15.  Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing — Tom Condon/Ben Dogra — currently unsigned

 16.  San Diego Chargers LB/DE Larry English — Todd France — currently unsigned

 17.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  QB Josh Freeman — Ken Kremer/Ron Freeman — currently unsigned

 18.  Denver Broncos DE Robert Ayers –Tony Agnone/Edward Johnson/Richard Rosa/Noel LaMontagne — currently unsigned

 19.  Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin — Jim Steiner — currently unsigned.

20.  Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew — Sean Howard, currently unsigned.

21.  Cleveland Browns C Alex Mack — Tim Younger/Marvin Demoff — signed July 25 with terms not disclosed other than the contract was a five-year deal with an over 10% jump from 2008’s No. 21 pick (Atlanta offensive lineman Sam Baker).

22.  Minnesota Vikings WR Percy Harvin — Joel Segal –currently unsigned

23.  Baltimore Ravens OT Michael Oher — Jimmy Sexton, currently unsigned.

24.  Atlanta Falcons DT Peria Jerry — Bus Cook  — currently unsigned

25.  Miami Dolphins CB Vontae Davis — Todd France — currently unsigned

26.  Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews — David Dunn/Mark Humenik/Joby Branion/Justin Schulman — currently unsigned.

27.  Indianapolis Colts RB Donald Brown — David Dunn/Mark Humenik/Joby Branion/Justin Schulman — currently unsigned

28.  Buffalo Bills C Eric Wood — David Dunn/Mark Humenik/Joby Branion/Justin Schulman — currently unsigned

29.  New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks — Peter Schaffer — currently unsigned

30.  Tennessee Titans WR Kenny Britt — Todd France — currently unsigned

31.  Arizona Cardinals — RB Chris Wells — Adam Heller/Brian Kopp — currently unsigned

32.  Pittsburgh Steelers DL Evander “Ziggy” Hood — Andy Ross/Mike Sullivan — signed July 25 with terms: five years with $6.1 million guarantee and a base salary of 8.7 million dollars, which could raise to 11.3 million dollars based on incentives, according to sources 

 

 

Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and an award winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)

2009 NFL Draft Prospects v2.0

With the Senior Bowl, NFL Combine, and the first round of Pro Days completed, I thought it was a good time to updated my rankings for the 2009 NFL Draft. The Detroit Lions (0-16) still own the first overall pick and no one is sure where they are going with the pick (Keep It or Trade It??)  If the Lions do keep the selection look for Georgia QB Matthew Stafford, Baylor OT Jason Smith, or Virginia OT Eugene Monroe to be standing next to Roger Goodell at Radio City Music Hall as the first overall pick.

 Quarterbacks

1. Matthew Stafford, Georgia (Jr.)

2. Mark Sanchez, USC (Jr.)

3. Josh Freeman, Kansas State (Jr.)

4. Pat White, West Virginia

5. Nate Davis, Ball State (Jr.)

6a. John Parker Wilson, Alabama

6b. Jacary Atkinson, Tuskegee

 Running Backs

1. Chris “Beanie” Wells, OSU (Jr.)

2. Knowshon Moreno, Georgia (Jr.)

3. Donald Brown, UConn

4. LeSean McCoy, PITT (Jr)

5a. Shonn Greene, Iowa (Jr.)

5b. Ian Johnson, Boise State

Wide Receivers

1. Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech (Soph- RS)

2. Percy Harvin, Florida (Jr.)

3. Jeremy Maclin, Missouri (Soph – RS)

4. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland (Jr)

5. Kenny Britt, Rutgers (Jr.)

6a. Hakeem Nicks, NC State (Jr.)

6b. Brian Robiskie, OSU

Tight Ends

1. Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State

2. Darius Hill, Ball State

3. Cornelius Ingram, Florida

4. James Casey, Rice (Soph – RS)

5a. Travis Beckum, Wisconsin

5b. Andrew Davie, Arkansas (Jr.)

 Offensive Tackles

1. Eugene Monroe, Virginia

2. Jason Smith, Baylor

3. Michael Oher, Ole Miss

4. Andre Smith, Alabama (Jr.)

5a. Eben Britton, Arizona  (Jr.)

5b. William Beatty, UConn

Offensive Guards

1. Duke Robinson, Oklahoma

2. Herman Johnson, LSU

3. Anthony Parker, Tennessee

4. Kraig Urbik, Wisconsin

5a. Cornelius Lewis, Tennessee State

5b. Greg Isdaner, West Virginia (Jr.)

Centers

1. Antoine Caldwell, Alabama

2. Alex Mack, California

3. Max Unger, Oregon

4. A.Q. Shipley, Penn St

5a. Jonathan Luigs, Arkansas

5b. Eric Wood, Louisville

Defensive Ends

1. Michael Johnson, Georgia Tech

2. Brian Orakpo, Texas

3. Everette Brown, Florida State

4. Tyson Jackson, LSU

5a. Chris Baker, Hampton

5b. Connor Barwin, Cinncinati

Defensive Tackles

1. B.J. Raji, Boston College

2. Peria Jerry, Mississippi

3. Vance Walker, Georgia Tech

4. Sammie Lee Hill, Stillman

5. Terrance Taylor, Michigan

6a. Evander Hood, Missouri

6b. Fili Moala, USC

Inside Linebackers

1. Rey Maualuga, USC

2. James Laurinaitis, Ohio State

3. Darry Beckwith, LSU

4. Jason Phillips, TCU

5a. Gerald McRath, Southern Miss

5b. Dannell Ellerbe, Georgia

Outside Linebackers

1. Aaron Curry, Wake Forest

2. Aaron Maybin, Penn St (Soph – RS)

3. Brian Cushing, USC

4. Larry English, Northern Illinois

5a. Clay Matthews, USC

5b. Marcus Freeman, Ohio State

6a. Clint Sintim, Virginia

6b. Tyrone McKenzie, South Florida

Free Safeties

1. William Moore, Missouri

2. Rashad Johnson, Alabama

3. Louis Delmas, Western Michigan

4. Courtney Greene, Rutgers

5a. Derek Pegues, Mississippi State 

5b. David Bruton, Notre Dame

Strong Safeties

1. Patrick Chung, Oregon

2. Michael Hamlin, Clemson

3. Nic Harris, Oklahoma (WLB)

4. Emanuel Cook, South Carolina (Jr)

5a. Kevin Ellison, Southern Cal

5b. Curtis Taylor, LSU

Cornerbacks

1. Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State

2. Vontae Davis, Illinois (Jr.)

3. Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest

4. D.J. Moore, Vanderbilt (Jr)

5. Mike Mickens, Cincinnati

6a. Victor “Macho” Harris, Virginia Tech

6b. Domonique Johnson, Jackson State

Kickers

1. Graham Gano, Florida St.

2. Jose Martinez, UTEP

3. Louie Sakoda, Utah

4. Kevin Kelley, Penn State

5. Ryan Succop, South Carolina

Punters

1. Chris Miller, Ball St.

2. Kevin Huber, Cincinnati

3. Thomas Morstead, SMU

4. Aaron Perez UCLA

5. Britton Colquitt Tennessee

 

 

Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)

2009 NFL Draft Prospects

With all the All-Star games completed, this NFL junkie is starting to think about the upcoming draft in April. I know the hapless Detroit Lions (0-16) who own two picks in the first round (#1 and #20), Thanks Roy Williams and Jerry Jones).  Here are my top pro prospects for the 2009 draft at each position as of February 2009.

 Quarterbacks

1. Matthew Stafford, Georgia (Jr.)

2. Mark Sanchez, USC (Jr.)

3. Nate Davis, Ball State (Jr.)

4. Josh Freeman, Kansas State (Jr.)

5. Pat White, West Virginia

6a. Graham Harrell, Texas Tech

6b. Jacary Atkinson, Tuskegee

 Running Backs

1. Chris “Beanie” Wells, OSU (Jr.)

2. Knowshon Moreno, Georgia (Jr.)

3. Shonn Greene, Iowa (Jr.)

4. LeSean McCoy, PITT (Jr)

5. Javon Ringer, Michigan State

 Wide Receivers

1. Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech (Soph- RS)

2. Jeremy Maclin, Missouri (Soph – RS)

3. Percy Harvin, Florida (Jr.)

4. Hakeem Nicks, NC State (Jr.)

5. Kenny Britt, Rutgers (Jr.)

6a. Brian Robiskie, OSU

6b. Derrick Williams, Penn State

 Tight Ends

1. Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State

2. Chase Coffman, Missouri

3. Cornelius Ingram, Florida

4. Travis Beckum, Wisconsin

5. Andrew Davie, Arkansas (Jr.)

 Offensive Tackles

1. Andre Smith, Alabama (Jr.)

2. Michael Oher, Ole Miss

3. Eben Britton, Arizona  (Jr.)

4. Eugene Monroe, Virginia

5. Alex Boone, Ohio State

Offensive Guards

1. Duke Robinson, Oklahoma

2. Anthony Parker, Tennessee.

3. Herman Johnson, LSU

4. Ray Feinga, BYU

5. Greg Isdaner, West Virginia (Jr.)

Centers

1. Antoine Caldwell, Alabama

2. Eric Wood, Louisville

3. Alex Mack, California

4. Max Unger, Oregon

5a. A.Q. Shipley, Penn St

5b. Jonathan Luigs, Arkansas

Defensive Ends

1. Tyson Jackson, LSU

2. Aaron Maybin, Penn St (Soph – RS)

3. Michael Johnson, Georgia Tech

4. Brian Orakpo, Texas

5a. Chris Baker, Hampton

5b. Everette Brown, Florida State

Defensive Tackles

1. Fili Moala, USC

2. Peria Jerry, Mississippi

3. Vance Walker, Georgia Tech

4. B.J. Raji, Boston College

5. Terrance Taylor, Michigan

Linebackers

1. Rey Maualuga, USC

2. Aaron Curry, Wake Forest

3. James Laurinaitis, Ohio State

4. Brian Cushing, USC

5. Marcus Freeman, Ohio State

Safeties

1. William Moore, Missouri

2. Rashad Johnson, Alabama

3. Courtney Greene, Rutgers

4. Patrick Chung, Oregon — SS

5. Derek Pegues, Mississippi State

Cornerbacks

1. Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State

2. Mike Mickens, Cincinnati

3. Vontae Davis, Illinois (Jr.)

4. Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest

5. Victor “Macho” Harris, Virginia Tech

6. Domonique Johnson, Jackson State

Kickers

1. Graham Gano, Florida St.

2. Jose Martinez, UTEP

3. Louie Sakoda, Utah

4. Kevin Kelley, Penn State

5. Ryan Succop, South Carolina

Punters

1. Chris Miller, Ball St.

2. Kevin Huber, Cincinnati

3. Thomas Morstead, SMU

4. Aaron Perez UCLA

5. Britton Colquitt Tennessee

 

 Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)