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Star-Games Draft Report Card

Some folks, certainly not yours truly, question the validity of the annual All-Star Games played by the top senior prospects every January. There have been what seems like a hoard of new, wanna-be Star games in recent years. More power to them all, but for the present and immediate future, the Big 3 are still the East/West Shrine… Read More »

SAINTS 2019 Draft Review

After trading up to get DE MARCUS DAVENPORT last year, as well as a couple of other moves, the team was left with a paltry 5 Picks, with only one of them in the Top 100 selections. So let’s get right to their roster additions. Round 2, Pick 48 ERIK McCOY OC/G TEXAS A&M 6’4/303 4.89/40 PP#31 Sometimes… Read More »

STEELERS 2019 Draft Review

Talk about an important Draft for a successful team that lost two of it’s brightest stars this past off-season in ANTONIO BROWN and LE’VEON BELL. The team had 9 Picks when all the smoke had cleared in Nashville. They have also been quite busy in the URFA market. For a team that often “redshirts” most of their Rookies,… Read More »

TITANS 2019 Draft Review

The 2018 Draft was not exactly a smashing success for the Titans. They traded up to nab LB RASHAAN EVANS and ended up with only 4 Picks overall. They then used their 6th Round Pick on QB LUKE FALK, who is gone from Nashville already. They absolutely needed to do better in 2019. They had 6 Picks this… Read More »

CARDINALS 2019 Draft Review

Let me get it out of my system right away. I still believe it was a serious gaff by this organization to bring in a college coach with a losing record at that level, and then have to get rid of last year’s Top 10 draftee QB, (ROSEN), to give that new HC his favorite toy, (from HS… Read More »

Draft Thoughts 2019 Post Nashville

Howdy buckaroos! Pigskin here, with Post-Draft 2019 pondering. Yes, I have been quiet for a few days. Quite honestly, I have been licking my Draft wounds, and trying to figure out the errors of my ways. I annually participate in The Huddle Report’s Top 100 projection competition. Some big time, and some small time, Draftniks are invited to… Read More »

Who’s Left for Day 3 2019 Draft

Just wanted to throw out names of my highest ranked prospects who did not go on Days 1 & 2. Volume is the name of the game for Day 3, with 4 Rounds and the vast majority of Compensatory Picks still be used. The good news is that the League strips down the Pick time limit to speed… Read More »

Draft Prospect Position Group Grades. The D

And now for something completely different, during the VFA Agent money madness… some Draft talk. Last week, I took a look at the Offensive position groups and gave out grades relative to their pro potential impact. SO, now it’s time to poke at the Defensive side of the ball, and the pickings are pretty impressive up front. Probably… Read More »

Grading Position Groups 2019 Draft

We are nearing the end of the annual Draft Prospect player evaluations. We have watched players in game action from late August until early January. Then, over 300 prospects participated in the 3 major All-Star games in late January, and of course, we have just concluded the annual Combine in Indy. Pro Days are currently taking place all… Read More »

2019 COMBINE Surprises

To my knowledge, just about every Draftnik throws out a list of the most obvious exclusions from the annual Combine, and certainly, it’s pretty easy to identify a handful of prospects, who are personal favorites, that don’t get invited to Indy. It is also true, just about every year, that a few of the invitees that we question,… Read More »

PIGSKIN PAUL’s 2019 MOCK DRAFT 1.0

PIGSKIN PAUL’s 2019 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 ‘Tis the season to give Draft fans some food for thought, so to speak. So, before the Combine throws another round of pertinent information at us to analyze, let’s see how things look to yours truly right now. Please remember, I do not throw potential trades in. But I will say… Read More »

Star Games 2019 Disappointments

There are almost always two sides to every story. After giving you a couple of articles detailing some Star-Game winners, I felt obliged to make note of some guys who just did not measure up to the competition around them, both in St. Pete and Mobile. It doesn’t mean that they won’t be on Training Camp rosters next… Read More »

Senior Bowl 2019 Attention Getters

Now let’s turn our attention back to the Senior Bowl and take a look at a half dozen players who certainly surprised me with their praise worthy efforts in Mobile. Game film from last season will still be the main influence in determining their value to perspective NFL teams, but getting extra attention at this time of year… Read More »

SHRINE GAME 2019 Attention Getters

Just as some players disappoint in the public eye at All-Star games in January, there are also some who aren’t household names, yet they step up and stand out. After rewatching the Shrine Game telecast and reviewing practice notes, I have a group of such players I wanted to highlight for you. TYLER JONES OG NC STATE 6’3/298… Read More »

Senior Bowl Week All-Stars

SENIOR BOWL ALL-STAR Team 2019 It seems a bit strange to be posting an All-Star team from a bigger All-Star team but here goes. This year I am combining the practice week with the game performances, and making just a couple of positional transfers from the norm. QB #8 JARRETT STIDHAM AUBURN RB #2 DEXTER WILLIAMS NOTRE DAME… Read More »

Senior Bowl 2019 SOUTH Thursday Practice

Weather continues to be bright and crisp, near perfect for playing football. And that they did as the South squad came out for their final practice session. `After talking about lack of separation in the QB group in the North practice I feel like I finally have seen some based on this practice. And to be quite honest… Read More »

SENIOR BOWL 2019 Thursday North Practice

No rain, sunshine, cool but not frigid…. Yeah, let’s play some football. More than likely the media and NFL scouts were very happy to see decent conditions to watch the final two practices of the week. I am still struggling to find new grounds to establish QB separation down here. It feels like every time I see something… Read More »

Senior Bowl 2019 Day One Practices

The football gods were teasing us as we began the first practice of the 2019 Senior Bowl, Tuesday afternoon with the SOUTH squad. The sky was overcast and the air was damp and cool and the omni-present Ladd-Peebles wind was picking up a bit. But the promised/threatened rain deluge had still not begun. I always like to look… Read More »

SENIOR BOWL WEEK Part 1

Tuesday now starts the week here in Mobile, and it begins bright and early with the player weigh-in process. You’ve been provided with all the numbers, via link to our friend Scott Wright’s website and weigh-in chart. Here are some numbers that caught my attention. There are still plenty of guys who tip the scales at 300 lbs+,… Read More »

SHRINE GAME Week 2019 Wrap-Up

Today, being Sunday, is my day of rest before steering my car the 500 miles from Clermont, FL to Mobile, AL on Monday, MLK Day, to cover Senior Bowl week. Like many of you I will be watching NFL Play-Off games today, but before doing that and packing, I wanted to wrap up Shrine Week for you. The… Read More »

SHRINE WEEK 2019 DEFENSE

More often than not the Defenses dominate actual game action at this Star Game. That is due in great part to the predominance of fly-around, athletic defensive players at the event. In many instances, for example, the overall DL group may be slightly undersized by NFL standards but is very athletic and quick. Most of all, it is… Read More »

SHRINE WEEK 2019

The Shrine got underway on Monday the 14th, with two afternoon practices. The morning was dedicated to National Scouting’s player weigh-in, which is a deep dark covert operation here in St. Pete, so Monday afternoon was filled with two consecutive practices at The Trop. By the end of the day, our fears were pretty much confirmed that only… Read More »

Who Caught My Eye Bowl Edition 3.0

JOE LOWERY #65 OT OHIO 6’7/305 Way back before Christmas, Frank Solich and his Ohio Bobcats won another game with a 24-0 whitewashing of San Diego State in the Frisco Bowl. Now that Bill Snyder has retired, SOLICH is the senior coach in D-1 football. He plays old-fashioned offense where run first/pass second is the style. One of… Read More »

EAST WEST SHRINE Game Preview

It’s Christmas in January for Pigskin Paul, with the annual All-Star football Games about to get underway. By this time next Monday, I should be entombed in The Trop in St. Pete, for the first practices of the 2019 Shrine Game. My count says this is the 10th year that this game has been in Florida. The first… Read More »

Who Caught My Eye Bowl Edition 2.0

GARRETT BRADBURY #65 OC N.C. STATE 6’3/300 At the beginning of the 2018 college football season, I was of the opinion that OC was not going to be a particularly strong 2019 Draft position group. Two things have changed my mind since then. The first is the opinion of many personnel people, that a good number of other… Read More »