By Jaboner Jackson 8 a.m. | As many of our Wonderful Readers have noted, the NFL Draft is an inexact science. Teams attempt to prognosticate future success based on past performance, which as our good friend and Nobel Laureate, William F. Sharpe, stated eloquently, "Past performance is a thin reed for how to predict future performance." Of course, Professor Sharpe was referencing stock prices. But the NFL Draft mirrors the world of finance--success in college is not a linear predictor of success in the NFL. Accordingly (or maybe nonetheless), we simply state the past successes of all the 2012 NFL Draft picks of the AFC West. We leave it up our Wonderful Readers to determine which stock to buy.
By Jaboner Jackson 2 p.m. | When the Miami Dolphins selected Ryan Tannehill with the 8th overall pick in this year's NFL draft, no one was surprised. The Dolphins were targeting Tannehill as their franchise quarterback of the future from all parts of the organization, from management to the coaching staff. But fans were rightly skeptical of Tannehill. After all, the senior quarterback out of Texas A&M had played quarterback at the collegiate level for only the last two years. But the Dolphins had a franchise grade on Tannehill, meaning that the organization saw him as having the skillset to be their definitive starting quarterback for an entire career.
By Jaboner Jackson 8 a.m. | Tomorrow's NFL Draft will see the Indianapolis Colts draft Andrew Luck as the number overall pick for 2012. The quarterback out of Stanford is seen by scouts and our own Rock Mayock as a bona fide potential franchise player. In fact, number one overall picks are always seen by scouts as being such, even though in retrospection they oftentimes are anything but. Today, we Stack Rank a decade of number one overall draft picks to see exactly where they fit in the pantheon of franchise players.
By Rock Mayock 10:30 p.m. | The Combine is over. Game tape has been thoroughly reviewed. All noteworthy pro days have been attended and dissected. Thus I have completed my research and compiled my annual NFL mock draft board. As we remember my 2011 mock draft incited intense reader response so I am fully prepared for more insightful comments from wonderful readers. Before reading through this draft board remember this year’s draft is dictated by the new rookie salary structure established by the 2011 CBA. This new salary structure will entice teams to reach on players that they would have had second thoughts about in previous years. With that in mind here is my first, and only, first round mock draft.
By Jaboner Jackson 8 a.m. | Last year, footballphds.com started Quarterback School, in which we examined the skillset of Cam Newton, who had been projected to go number one overall in the 2011 NFL Draft to the Carolina Panthers. This year, the consensus pick is Andrew Luck out of Stanford, who will go number one overall to the Indianapolis Colts. Meanwhile, the second pick of the 2012 NFL Draft will be Robert Griffin III (RG3). The Washington Redskins recently traded up to the number two overall pick to nab the talented quarterback out of Baylor. Scouts have been more critical of Griffin than Luck. While our draft expert, Rock Mayock, prepares his definitive and always controversial 2012 Mock Draft, I thought it was an opportune time to revisit Quarterback School. Of course, Rock is the undisputed draft expert but over the many years of hanging out with him, I have picked up a few things here and there. As Rock says, the basic difference between NFL and college football is the speed at which the game is played. This difference highlights several of the keys to picking the franchise quarterback.
By Rock Mayock 4:30 p.m. | Mercifully the last three weeks of road warrior binge drinking and eating came to a conclusion on Thursday with the completion of Stanford’s pro day. This week in particular was a busy one for your man Rock Mayock. The first part of the week was spent in the Gas Lamp District buying the beautiful, and of legal drinking age, coeds of San Diego State and USD drinks before drinking in SDSU’s pro day. The second half of the week was spent gorging on La Note pancakes and dim sum in the Bay Area before indulging on a stellar pro day performance from Andrew Luck. Without further ado, here is my final pro day notes entry before posting my mock draft later next week.
By Jaboner Jackson 10 p.m. PST / 12 a.m. CST | Baton Rouge--I was supposed to attend the UNC Pro Day on Tuesday and follow up with LSU's Pro Day today per Rock Mayock's infallible 2012 Pro Day Schedule but I was remiss. North Carolina never materialized for me as obligations in Los Angeles precluded me from getting to the Tar Heel State. But nothing would prevent me from visiting my ex-wife in Jackson, Mississippi under the guise of FOOTBALLPHDS business and then sliding across state lines to Baton Rouge. So here is a capsule collection of LSU's Pro Day from this afternoon. And as always, much thanks to the talented and beautiful ex-wife for putting up with me and housing me through this weekend...I surely lost a good thing with you, darling.
By Rock Mayock from San Diego 10:30 p.m. | The pro day excursion through the Midwest and Southwest culminated with ASU’s Friday workouts and Arizona’s Monday workouts. Aside from a wonderful stay at the beautiful historic Arizona Biltmore there was an overindulgence of visual stimuli and I am not talking about the Tempe coeds. I am talking about the on field talent for ASU and Arizona. Here are my notes from the respective workouts.