Category Archives: Pigskin Paul

Tread on RB Tires

Every year about this time I take a hard look at how much wear and tear has been inflicted upon RB prospects during their college careers. I am convinced that because of the pounding they take on almost every touch from scrimmage it is important to at least consider what they may have left in the tank. The… Read More »

Detroit Lions

All Drafts are important, but this one became huge for the LIONS with the key roster deletions from last year’s team. THe DT tandem of now & the future (SUH/FAIRLEY) are both gone as is Reggie Bush/RB. This is another franchise that is looking like it has a Franchise QB but can’t find enough talent to fill out… Read More »


It’s the dawning another era for the Monsters of the Midway with new GM RYAN PACE and HC JOHN FOX doing the grocery shopping in Chicago. They don’t have a full compliment of picks to work with, but if your missing a pick Round 7 is the place. They need more talent throughout the roster, but expect Defense… Read More »

Minnesota Vikings

Round 1, Pick 11 TRAE WAYNES/CB/MICHIGAN STATE/6’0/186 GBN Rank: 11 The Vikings have bigger need areas than the CB position, but WAYNES is the premier player at that position this year and long term the tandem of RHODES and WAYNES might be among the best on the NFL, freeing up MUNNERLYN to primarily cover the slot receiver. WAYNES… Read More »

Thinking Out Loud

AFter an initial week of heavy action am I the only one who feels like the well has gone dry on the VFA period around the League? There have still been some secondary signings to fill out roster depth situations before the Draft rolls around, but the significant action has taken place and most of the names still… Read More »

Who Got Missed

The NFL Draft has been whittled down over time to only 8 Rounds of Picks; 7 officially & 1 more of randomly scattered Compensatory Picks per the CBA. So in a year where no team has lost a pick, yet, it means the league will draft 256 players. Then a feeding frenzy takes place to sign the leftover… Read More »

Thinking Out Loud

There are smoke screens and there are out-and-out lies that transpire during VFA and Draft time, but I am really wondering what’s going on with the Rams. JEFF FISHER has been adamant about SAM BRADFORD being the main reason he took the HC job in St. Louis, as recently as during Combine pressers. Then one of the big… Read More »

Thinking Out Loud

Veteran Free Agency Begins With a BIG BANG We knew about a lot of VFA signings before they were allowed to be official. The trade of LeSean McCoy to Buffalo was a big news maker, but that trade may have been trumped by trade action on Tuesday. The SAINTS parted ways with JIMMY GRAHAM, who they dispatched to… Read More »

Combine Standouts

Time to talk about some prospects who used the Combine to their advantage. I will remind you that I can only refer to them based on what they did in shorts. Clearly I have no access to medical information or interviews. BUCK ALLEN/RB/USC There seems to be a rather large group of RB who are in the running… Read More »

Combine Impressions

Hey there, surprise! I bet many of you thought I had gone to Mexico for a winter vacation and missed the Combine. Not the case. I have been immersed in watching and re-watching COMBINE action, and reflecting a bit on what I really think I saw. Hopefully some of you caught some of my daily tweeting. Though I… Read More »

On the hot seat in Indy

It’s COMBINE Week, as we tick down the weeks and days until the 2015 NFL DRAFT in Chicago. As I have always maintained there are multiple pieces to the giant jigsaw puzzle that is the NFL Draft, to be found and put in place from this weeks Combine. We will all gain some important workout numbers and see… Read More »

Mock Draft with a Twist

OK, since I don’t like Mocks but lots of site followers like to dissect them I would like to present a MOCK DRAFT with a Combine twist to it. I’m going to hijack the PACKERS franchise for a day, and propose a deal to Mr/ Goodell as well. National Scouting purports one of the main goals of the… Read More »

Medal of Honor standouts

I must apologize for the delay in getting this game report out to you, but with the rapid fire 3 straight weeks of All-Star games in January, I plain and simply got swamped with travel and learning new rosters. I have now watched the replay of the Medal of Honor Game 3 times. And here is my All-Star… Read More »


Much to my surprise the COMBINE powers that be did indeed beat their own deadline for posting invitation info at their website. One might argue they came in just under the wire on this past Friday afternoon, but it’s a better performance than last year when the list leaked out via CBS Sportsline first. So here is a… Read More »

NFL All-Rookie Team 2014


Pigskin Paul Ponders

It’s the post-Bowl season, except for the new Championship game; NFL PLay-Offs are marching forward; most importantly it is now NFL DRAFT season. By this time next week I will be over in St.Petersburg, FL watching SHRINE practices. By Monday the 19th we should have the official NFL list of Declared Underclassmen for the Draft. Then the Senior… Read More »

New Years Top Prospects by Position

The Bowls are just about wrapped up and we’re two weeks from the NFL deadline for Underclassmen to declare for the 2015 Draft. So in that spirit I will reveal the New Year’s Prospect ranking by position, as I see it. The next real change will come shortly after the 15th when we know which underclassmen are really… Read More »

NFL Coaching Carousel… Hot Seats/AFC!

Last week we took a look at the NFC head coaches and where they stand relative to job security. This time around it’s the AFC. BALTIMORE It is hard to imagine that anyone is more secure right now than JOHN HARBAUGH. He possesses his brother’s passion, but is less explosive and combatant. He is also a good soldier… Read More »

Notes from last weekend in college football

We are headed down the home stretch of the 2013 College Football season. I have fallen hopelessly behind on my weekly game watching, so from this point forward the thumbnails we present here may be based on games from a bit earlier in the season, as I catch up. I will mention the specific games that my observations… Read More »

Heisman Contenders and Pretenders

The College Football season has marched past Week 11, with teams having played either 9 or 10 of their 12 game schedules. It seems to me that we are past the point of being unable to root out Heisman pretenders from Heisman contenders. So I am going to give you my final six. Please note that I see… Read More »

Who Caught My Eye In College Football This Week

T.J. CLEMMINGS/OT/PITT #68 6’6/315 .. Recently made the switch from basketball to football and looks like a legit NFL prospect. He’s raw but still should project into a Friday (rounds 2/3) selection. Watched him closely in the almost upset of Duke and overall he is already better than OK. Needs a stronger hand punch, but his arm length… Read More »

Who Caught My Eye in College Football This Week

It always gets a bit disconcerting when I get to that point of he season when the week count hits double digits, and here we are in Week 10 of College Scouting thumbnails. It’s a true sign that for another football season that started, seemingly like yesterday, we are now in the stretch run of the regular season.… Read More »