Two words to sum up the scouting report on 2014 draft prospect Aaron Donald: “Yea, but …”
As in, “Yea, he dominated in college, but is he big enough for the NFL?” Or “Yea, the guy is incredibly athletic for a defensive lineman, but where are we going to play him?”
The need for such hesitation stems entirely from Donald’s size. At 285 pounds and just shy of 6-foot-1, he’s something of a physical misfit when it comes to playing up front in the NFL. There will be scouts who argue the Donald is nothing more than an undersized three-technique tackle, others who want to scrap him from the plans if their teams runs a 3-4 because of how off the map his measurements would be in that system.
Donald’s former positional coach at Pittsburgh, Inoke Breckterfield, has a message for those naysayers: Stop worrying.
NFL teams can begin discussing contracts with pending free agents Saturday during the legal tampering period ahead of the official start of free agency on Tuesday. However, Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett doesn’t want to wait.
Dockett took to Twitter to welcome and congratulate his “new teammate” Branden Albert to the Cardinals. Dockett quickly deleted the tweet, but thanks to the wonderful powers of technology the tweet did not completely disappear.
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Former Missouri Tigers standout Michael Sam has been thrust into the media spotlight after coming out as gay last month. That revelation has opened the door to several opportunities, many of which allow him to share his story to people across the nation.
While Sam has embraced that role, his full attention right now is on NFL workouts as he prepares for the 2014 NFL draft.
One of the invitations that Sam received was for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, but he politely passed on the offer.
“We respectfully declined,” Sam’s advisor, Howard Bragman, told USA Today. “As much fun as I would have had and he would have had going, it sends the wrong message. If he gets on a team and plays well, he’ll probably be invited next year. I don’t want people to think that he’s interested in anything other than getting ready for the draft.”
The 2014 NFL draft class features three quarterbacks that are projected as top-10 picks. Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, and UCF’s Blake Bortles are the top signal-callers available, but one of the most well-respected men in the business doesn’t seem thrilled with the options.
Executive producer of NFL Matchup and senior producer of NFL Films Greg Cosell appeared on 740 The Game in Orlando to discuss the upcoming draft class, which he labeled as “average.”
The NFL free agency period does not begin until next Tuesday, but that hasn’t stopped the rampant rumors and speculation from beginning to swirl. One of the most coveted players on the market will be pass-rushing specialist Michael Johnson, who could be poised to bolt the Cincinnati Bengals for a new home.
According to the NFL Network, the Minnesota Vikings will be a team to watch.