Posts Tagged ‘NFL’

Vince Young, College Graduate

Posted by    |    May 17th, 2013 at 10:25 am


Friday is a big day for Vince Young as he becomes the first member of his family to graduate from college.

The roller coaster ride that Young has been on since leading Texas to the National Championship hits a high spot as family and friends watch him officially awarded his degree in Youth and Community Studies.

For all of the drama (and missteps) his NFL career has encompassed, Young today takes a significant positive step in his life.

The ceremony is more than just a symbol of the classroom work he put in, it is also an example of the maturation of the man. Young told that he wasn’t sure how many family and friends would be on campus, but that number would include his father, who has been out of the picture for almost all of his life.


How Kenny Vaccaro Won Over The New Orleans Saint Scouts & Coaches

Posted by    |    May 14th, 2013 at 12:12 pm


A great article from the Times-Picayune’s Mike Triplett about Kenny Vaccaro earning his spot atop the Saint draft board, and winning over the Saint’s scouts and coaching staff, despite the doubts imposed by last year’s shoddy team defensive performance.

Of course, they might have just read Nickel’s piece back in December on Barking Carnival, sent him an honorarium, and saved themselves the air fare. They did their due diligence and came to a lot of the same conclusions.

By the time the Saints actually drafted Vaccaro with the 15th overall pick in last month’s NFL draft, they had official reports from seven different sources in their file on him – from Reiprish, Baugh and Lucas, from the National Football Scouting service that the Saints and 20 other NFL teams use, from secondary coach Wesley McGriff, from assistant secondary coach Andre Curtis and from defensive coordinator Rob Ryan – plus the opinions of Loomis and Payton, among others.


Texas & The 2013 NFL Draft – How Do We Compare?

Posted by    |    April 29th, 2013 at 2:01 pm


The Texas Longhorns placed three players in the NFL draft, all from the 2009 recruiting class. Marquise Goodwin broke the streak of no Longhorn offensive players drafted since 2010. We’re still waiting for a Longhorn OL draft pick since 2008.

In 2009, while the Horns were playing for the national title against Alabama on the strength of Colt McCoy and an elite Longhorn defense, Longhorn coaches were in the midst of identifying, recruiting, and developing incoming talent below the likes of:

2013 NFL Draftees

Rutgers – 7

Oklahoma – 6

Texas A&M – 5


North Carolina – 5

Clemson – 4


NFL Playoffs Open Thread: Broncos/Ravens & Niners/Packers

Posted by    |    January 12th, 2013 at 3:52 pm


Whether your team is watching at home or still alive in the playoff hunt, may the football be good and the beer be cold.

This is your open thread. Like Mike Davis’ senior season, make it count.


Texas Longhorns receiver Mike Davis and the NFL Draft

Posted by    |    January 11th, 2013 at 10:48 am


Is Magic Mike is taking his talents to the NFL?

Mike Davis: “This is about my family and finances. It’s a good time to take it to the next level. I enjoyed my time playing for Texas.”— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) January 10, 2013

This is a head-scratcher for me. I was tremendously proud of how Mike seemingly got his head right with ball this past offseason and made tremendous strides in functional strength, route-running, concentration and blocking. With that said, he has a significant way to go in every one of those areas, and I’m pretty baffled that he’s electing to make the jump at this stage of his career. It’s very tough for me to imagine him going prior to the fourth round in the 2013 draft, and somewhere in Rounds 5-7 is probably more likely. There are just a lot more guys with better measurables, better production and fewer question marks to be had this year.