Join Date: Dec 2008
NFL Drafting for Dummies
So being in the medical profession, i try to make things simple for my patients. I try to speak in layman's terms so my patients can understand me. Having not too much between the 2 ears, i try to keep things simple for myself too. Biochemistry, way beyond me. I thought to myself how would a good GM draft players without embarrasing himself? I looked through the combines results in the past 4 years to see if any patterns produce NFL stars. Nothing came up. The combines are useless. Vernon Gholston ripped up the combines in 2008 and is no where to be heard of. He came from a solid program at OSU. Drew Stanton did well in 3-cone drill in 2007. I figured out it's not about how fast you run or how strong you are, you got to have decent physical tools but you got to know how to play the game well. It's about skill level, heart, hard work, and character.
How does a GM determine how a person plays the game well? They can watch him. They can have their scouts watch him. They can interview their coaches. They can look at stats.
Me. Based upon what i saw of college football, the SEC and the PAC 10 are the two best conferences. I would draft based on need, BPA, and character. If i wasn't sure, i would just draft SEC and maybe PAC 10 all Americans based upon what need i have. Here are the SEC all Americans and PAC 10 all Americans of 2008. When they are voted on as the best and play against the highest level of competition in college football, then that says something about them. I still like to look at players from teams like San Jose State, Jarron Gilbert. I'm sure their are good talent in the Big 10 like Drew Brees and this year Shonn Greene. But there are players who are not good like Brain Hoyer, Todd Boeckman, and Troy Smith.
So to keep it simple, drafting all first team SEC and PAC 10 players are usually safe bets. Not that anyone of the these players can be bust, but Oher, Stafford, Andre Smith should be pretty solid pros from the level of competition they played in. It seems like the south like Florida and Texas are where all the big time football talents are. I use to live in Florida and remembered kids with their football uniforms on and helmets in their hands in the middle of an intersection watching your windshield for money. Why the west coast also produces good football talent may also be due to the better weather, where the players can practice year round. Also the SEC teams have less academic criteria for their footballs players. They are more willing to accept JUCO transfers than teams like high academic Universities like Michigan and Northwestern.
2008 ALL-SEC FOOTBALL TEAM
(*-Ties / #-Unanimous Selection) (Coaches could not vote for their own players)
Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown
FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC -- OFFENSE
TE Jared Cook South Carolina 6-5 240 Jr. Suwanee, Ga.
OL Andre Smith Alabama (T) 6-5 330 Jr. Birmingham, Ala.
OL Michael Oher Ole Miss (T) 6-5 318 Sr. Memphis, Tenn.
OL Phil Trautwein Florida (T) 6-6 310 Sr. Voorhees, N.J.
OL Herman Johnson LSU (G) 6-7 375 Sr. Olla, La.
C Antoine Caldwell Alabama (C) 6-3 305 Sr. Montgomery, Ala.
WR Percy Harvin Florida 5-11 195 Jr. Virginia Beach, Va.
WR Mohamed Massaquoi Georgia 6-2 204 Sr. Charlotte, N.C.
QB Tim Tebow Florida 6-3 240 Jr. Jacksonville, Fla.
RB #Knowshon Moreno Georgia 5-11 208 So. Belford, N.J.
RB Charles Scott LSU 5-11 233 Jr. Saline, La.
SECOND-TEAM ALL-SEC -- OFFENSE
TE *Richard Dickson LSU 6-3 246 Jr. Ocean Springs, Miss.
TE *D.J. Williams Arkansas 6-2 250 So. Little Rock, Ark.
OL Garry Williams Kentucky (T) 6-3 300 Sr. Louisville, Ky.
OL Anthony Parker Tennessee (G) 6-3 300 Sr. Jonesboro, Ga.
OL *Ciron Black LSU (T) 6-5 325 Jr. Tyler, Texas
OL *Mike Pouncey Florida (G) 6-5 312 So. Lakeland, Fla.
OL *John Jerry Ole Miss (T) 6-5 350 Jr. Batesville, Miss.
OL *Mike Johnson Alabama (G) 6-6 299 Jr. Pensacola, Fla.
C Jonathan Luigs Arkansas (C) 6-4 314 Sr. Little Rock, Ark.
WR Julio Jones Alabama 6-4 210 Fr. Foley, Ala.
WR A.J. Green Georgia 6-4 200 Fr. Summerville, S.C.
QB Matthew Stafford Georgia 6-3 228 Jr. Dallas, Texas
RB Glen Coffee Alabama 6-1 198 Jr. Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.
RB Michael Smith Arkansas 5-7 173 Jr. Tallahassee, Fla.
FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC -- DEFENSE
DL Peria Jerry Ole Miss 6-2 290 Sr. Batesville, Miss.
DL Terrence Cody Alabama 6-5 365 Jr. Ft. Myers, Fla.
DL *Robert Ayers Tennessee 6-3 270 Jr. Clio, S.C.
DL *Antonio Coleman Auburn 6-3 250 Jr. Mobile, Ala.
LB Brandon Spikes Florida 6-3 245 Jr. Shelby, N.C.
LB Rennie Curran Georgia 5-11 228 So. Snellville, Ga.
LB *Eric Norwood South Carolina 6-1 253 Jr. Acworth, Ga.
LB *Rolando McClain Alabama 6-4 249 So. Decatur, Ala.
LB *Micah Johnson Kentucky 6-2 250 Jr. Ft. Campbell, Ky.
DB #Eric Berry Tennessee (S) 5-11 195 So. Fairburn, Ga.
DB D.J. Moore Vanderbilt (CB) 5-10 182 Jr. Spartanburg, S.C.
DB Trevard Lindley Kentucky (CB) 6-0 175 Jr. Hiram, Ga.
DB Rashad Johnson Alabama (S) 6-0 186 Sr. Sulligent, Ala.
SECOND-TEAM ALL-SEC -- DEFENSE
DL Greg Hardy Ole Miss 6-4 265 Jr. Millington, Tenn.
DL *Myron Pryor Kentucky 6-1 310 Sr. Louisville, Ky.
DL *Malcolm Sheppard Arkansas 6-3 277 Jr. Bainbridge, Ga.
DL *Sen'Derrick Marks Auburn 6-2 296 Jr. Mobile, Ala.
LB Dominic Douglas Miss. State 6-2 235 Sr. Clinton,
LB Patrick Benoist Vanderbilt 6-0 222 Jr. Southlake, Texas
LB Jasper Brinkley South Carolina 6-2 269 Sr. Thomson, Ga.
LB Rico McCoy Tennessee 6-1 220 Jr. Washington, D.C.
DB Emanuel Cook South Carolina (S) 5-10 203 Jr. Riviera Beach, Fla.
DB *Javier Arenas Alabama (CB) 5-9 198 Jr. Tampa, Fla.
DB *Ahmad Black Florida (SS) 5-9 190 So. Lakeland, Fla.
DB *Joe Haden Florida (CB) 5-11 185 So. Ft. Washington, Md.
DB *Derek Pegues Miss. State (S) 5-10 196 Sr. Batesville, Miss.
FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC -- SPECIAL TEAMS
PK Colt David LSU 5-9 172 Sr. Grapevine, Texas
P Tim Masthay Kentucky 6-2 203 Sr. Murray, Ky.
RS Brandon James Florida 5-7 186 Jr. St. Augustine, Fla.
SECOND-TEAM ALL-SEC -- SPECIAL TEAMS
PK Joshua Shene Ole Miss 5-8 170 Jr. Oklahoma City, Okla.
P *Brian Mimbs Georgia 5-11 209 Sr. Dublin, Ga.
P *Chas Henry Florida 6-4 215 So. Dallas, Ga.
RS Javier Arenas Alabama 5-9 198 Jr. Tampa, Fla.
2008 ALL-PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE FOOTBALL TEAM
First Team Offense Second Team Offense
QB Mark Sanchez, Jr., USC QB Willie Tuitama, Sr., Arizona
RB Jacquizz Rodgers, Fr., Oregon State RB Toby Gerhart, Jr., Stanford
RB Jahvid Best, So., California RB Jeremiah Johnson, Sr., Oregon
WR Mike Thomas, Sr., Arizona WR Patrick Turner, Sr., USC
WR Sammie Stroughter, Sr., Oregon State WR Michael Jones, Sr., Arizona State
TE Rob Gronkowski, So., Arizona TE Ed Dickson, Jr., Oregon
OL Alex Mack, Sr., California TE Ryan Moya, Jr., UCLA
OL Andy Levitre, Sr., Oregon State OL Alex Fletcher, Sr., Stanford
OL Max Unger, Sr., Oregon OL Adam Speer, Sr., Oregon State
OL Eben Britton, Jr., Arizona OL Fenuki Tupou, Sr., Oregon
OL Ben Muth, Sr., Stanford OL Jeff Byers, Sr., USC
OL Kristofer O'Dowd, So., USC OL Noris Malele, Sr., California
First Team Defense Second Team Defense
DL Nick Reed, Sr., Oregon DL Tyson Alualu, Jr., California
DL Fili Moala, Sr., USC DL Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Jr., Washington
DL Brian Price, So., UCLA DL Brigham Harwell, Sr., UCLA
DL Victor Butler, Sr., Oregon State DL Clay Matthews, Sr., USC
LB Brian Cushing, Sr., USC LB Kaluka Maiava, Sr., USC
LB Rey Maualuga, Sr., USC LB Keaton Kristick, Jr., Oregon State
LB Zack Follett, Sr., California LB Reggie Carter, Jr., UCLA
DB Kevin Ellison, Sr., USC DB Alterraun Verner, Jr., UCLA
DB Syd'Quan Thompson, Jr., California DB Brandon Hughes, Sr., Oregon State
DB Taylor Mays, Jr., USC DB Troy Nolan, Sr., Arizona State
DB Jairus Byrd, Jr., Oregon DB Greg Laybourn, Sr., Oregon State
DB Patrick Chung, Sr., Oregon DB Devin Ross, Jr., Arizona
First Team Specialists Second Team Specialists
PK David Buehler, Sr., USC PK Kai Forbath, So., UCLA
P Aaron Perez, Sr., UCLA P Bryan Anger, Fr., California
KOR James Rodgers, So., Oregon State KOR Terrence Austin, Jr., UCLA
PR Mike Thomas, Sr., Arizona PR Sammie Stroughter, Sr., Oregon State
ST Patrick Chung, Sr., Oregon ST Wopamo Osaisai, Sr., Stanford
Last edited by 5 Fingers of Death : 01-16-2009 at 03:15 AM.