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Zachary Cintron

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Zachary Cintron is a sports blogger who has spent the past two years covering the National Football League (NFL), NCAA football, NCAA lacrosse, and Major League Lacrosse (MLL) for Sports Unbiased and The Sports Complex (Drexel University’s Sport Management Blog). Zach is expected to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in sport management from Drexel in June of 2016. He can be contacted at ztc24@drexel.edu.

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Every preseason there are a few high profile undrafted free agents who gain some national buzz that may make their respective teams 53 man roster. There are a lot more unknown undrafted free agents that make 53 man rosters, but you never hear about it unless they crack the starting lineup. One of the best undrafted free agent stories in recent years has been Arian Foster in Houston. Foster had an up and down career at Tennessee with only one thousand yard season. It wasn’t a big surprise that he went undrafted in a class that featured Knowshon Moreno, Beanie Wells, and LeSean McCoy. Foster worked into the lineup and never looked back...

The picks are in and it’s finally over. The long awaited 2014 Miami Dolphins draft class has been decided. I posted my AFC East team grades earlier this week, but now we will dive into the Miami Dolphins individual pick grades. Like the divisional grading, the criteria is based mostly off value and need. This was new general manager Dennis Hikey’s first draft as a full time general manager and he took a unique route. He drafted players that were all strong leaders on their respective college teams, and he selected a lot of small school talent. Will Hickey’s first draft boom or bust? Round 1, Pick 19: Ja'Wuan James, OT, Tennessee...

Let me start this article off by saying that draft grades right after a draft has finished mean essentially nothing. They do however relay  personal or public perception to the specified team or fan base that can be used in a fun manner. Draft grades also help keep fan bases energized and talking until camp rolls around in July when fans can then see the product come to life. The grades in this article will be determined based mostly on value and need. Keep in mind this will be based off of my player rankings and not how high a player was ranked on some one like Mel Kiper’s board.   Buffalo Bills Round 1, Pick 4: Sammy...

At first I was going to make this mock as serious as possible seeing as it is my final for this year, but then I realized that trying to predict a serious mock for the NFL draft is like trying to pick the winner of the Day At The Races mini-game in Mario Party. If you have never played Mario Party it is a game where you pick a race contestant and the computer selects the winner at random, but the whole time you’re rooting and cheering for your selected player to win. In other words it is random. That’s how the NFL draft works too. I could avoid trades and pray this is the first time the draft has never seen a first round trade, or...

Every year there are a handful of guys that aren’t taken in the first round who nevertheless go on to become NFL studs. Teams expect their first-round picks to be starters that contribute from day one, but it’s nice when a guy that is taken between round two and round seven steps up and contributes early in his career. A team that can snatch up a prospect that becomes a star in the later rounds gives a heartwarming feeling to an NFL general manager.   Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt - As of right now Matthews is my sixth-rated receiver in the 2014 Draft. He falls in behind Watkins, Evans, Lee, Benjamin, and Cooks. The...

I will begin this by stating that I personally loathe team mock drafts. With that being said I also believe they can be used as viable tools to visualize the possibilities past the first or second round. The problem with these is that everyone starts mocking unrealistic players in the later rounds. When I see people mocking Brandon Thomas (Clemson) in the sixth round or later because of the injury he sustained during a private workout I cringe. Could these things happen? Yes. Will they? Probably not. This is going to be as realistic as possible. Round 1, Pick 19: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama I firmly believe that at this point the top...

Measurables School: LSU Class: Sophomore Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA Height: 6’1” Weight: 233 lbs Hand Size: 10 3/8” 40 Time: 4.66 Bench: 20 reps Vertical Jump: 29” Long Jump: 113” Career Stats Rushing Receiving *Statistical credit to http://www.sports-reference.com/ Analysis and Grades Size: A-, Big build at 6’1”, 233 pounds, but would it be beneficial for him to shed five or ten pounds? There will be a few teams that will fall in love with his punishing running style and the fact that he can carry the load when asked. Speed/Burst: B+, Because of his size, Jeremy Hill does not have...

There are always a handful of interesting prospects that catch scouts eyes in rounds later than the first. This article will take a look at some prospects in rounds two, three and four. The players in these rounds tend to have a good overall quality to their game, but one or two intriguing features. These players are not as skilled all around as the players typically taken in the first round. This is not to say that there aren’t players taken in the first round who have just one or two skills that are “freakish." This is not an article highlighting players that will be later round starters, but those who could contribute in their...

Measurables School: Auburn Class: Junior Hometown: West Palm Beach Height: 5’8’ Weight: 207 LBS Hand Size: 9” 40 Time: 4.50 Bench: N/A Vertical Jump: 38.5” Long Jump: 126” Career Stats Rushing Receiving Kick and Punt Returns *Statistical credit to http://www.sports-reference.com/ Analysis and Grades Size: B, Height isn’t as much of an issue for running backs as it is for quarterbacks. Tre Mason doesn’t have your typical 5’8” running back build. Usually smaller running backs don’t break the 195 pound mark, but Mason is a little stockier. His build reminds me of Maurice Jones...

Now that the smoke has cleared from the initial blaze of Free Agency, the 2014 NFL Draft picture has become a little clearer. When it comes to the draft no one really knows what any given team will do, but we get an idea of the possible selection a team may make due in a logical situation. Pro Days and prospect visits also begin to shape the draft. I’m not a trades kind of guy when it comes to my mocks, but someone will trade up for Clowney. With the top quarterbacks in this class sliding, it seems likely that the Texans (in this case) could trade down and still get one of the top three guys. Another scenario could be the Rams trading...
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