Johnny Manziel appears to be a fan of both Brett Favre in his Atlanta Falcons days and the Chicago Cubs. Or at least that’s what his wardrobe would have you believe. Johnny Manziel declared for the 2014 NFL draft earlier this week and drew comparisons to legendary former Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings quarterback from Brett Favre. It was ESPN Analyst Trent Dilfer who did the comparing.Follow paulmbanks
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, a defensive back from Orlando, Fl with the given name HaSean Clinton-Dix will forgo his senior year with the Alabama Crimson Tide and enter the NFL Draft. Joining Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who has by far the best name in college football, from Bama in declaring early for the draft are Adrian Hubbard, a linebacker from Lawrenceville, Ga.; Cyrus Kouandjio, an offensive lineman from Hyattsville, Md. and Jeoffrey Pagan, a defensive lineman from Asheville, N.C.
All four juniors made the announcement together Thursday at a press conference in Tuscaloosa.Follow paulmbanks
Is Johnny Manziel the next Brett Favre? That’s what Trent Dilfer, the game manager of all game-managers thinks. The ESPN analyst was evaluating Manziel’s draft stock, as actually all ESPN talking heads did, and he sees the ol’ gunslinger in there. Manziel officially officially declared today, even though we all knew he was going to since last summer.Follow paulmbanks
ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay was on conference call with the media yesterday to preview the upcoming draft in May. I linked the audio to that call, where you can listen to an amusing back and forth between Todd McShay and reporter John O’Connor.
Unfortunately, ESPN did not transcribe the conference call. But I typed out his response, the best of which came from the very last question on the call.Follow paulmbanks
Johnny Manziel, about which the Alabama Sports Information Department claims “was contained by the Alabama defense for much of the game” (even though Manziel put up more total offense on ‘Bama that anyone in the history of Crimson Tide football) will now be the topic of discussion for NFL pundits.
According to Inside the League via Darren Heitner of Forbes, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is expected to sign with a Houston-based sports agency.
Once she signs with an agent, he loses all college football eligibility. We knew Johnny Manziel was going pro all season, but now it’s all but official.Follow paulmbanks
Hey, there’s an NFL Draft movie in the works! It’ll probably be the best movie featuring the NFL Draft since “Jerry Maguire.” It’ll probably also be the worst NFL Draft movie since Jerry Maguire. I know that was really a thinly-disguised “chick flick” and buddy picture about an Arizona Cardinals WR and his agent, but I’m really stretching to think of any other NFL Draft movie.
Hollywood has overlooked this topic for some reason. Don’t they understand how much us sports bloggers obsess with this topic during the month of April? So I was excited when I heard about this project on the Tribune news wires.Follow paulmbanks
Not many BYU players shined in a 27-17 loss to Wisconsin, but one that did was senior linebacker Kyle Van Noy.
Kyle Van Noy could have easily left school last year and been a first or second round draft pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Instead, he returned and has played with his signature tenacity, keeping him atop draft boards for the upcoming draft.Follow paulmbanks
He may not be as big as Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde or as fast as Oregon’s De’Anthony Thomas, but you will be hard-pressed to find a running back in all of college football as complete as he is.
Heck, he’s not even the fastest or biggest running back on his team.
The running back we’re talking about is the Wisconsin Badgers senior and jack-of-all-trades, James White.Follow paulmbanks
Illini football is a consistent winner…on NFL Draft Night.
Illinois football is winning big in 2013…for the Kansas City Chiefs. Two of the five starting OL for the NFL’s only remaining unbeaten team, Jeff Allen and Jon Asamoah, hail from the Illini football program.
And Butkus Award candidate Jonathan Brown will be the next Illini to join the orange and blue march every April to league. Jonathan Brown leads the Big Ten with 81 tackles and ranks 17th in the nation at 10.1 tackles per game. He is trying to become the first Illini to lead the conference in tackles since Brit Miller in 2008.
Illinois currently has 25 former players on 2013 NFL active rosters, plus one on a practice squad, tied for third-most amoug Big Ten teams behind only Ohio State (31) and Iowa (26), tied with Penn State (25) and Wisconsin (25), and ahead of Michgan (23), Nebraska (23), Purdue (18), Michigan State (15), Northwestern (7), Indiana (5) and Minnesota (4).Follow paulmbanks
Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a first team All-American tight end for the Washington Huskies. He finished third in the Mackey Award voting last year, and was 3rd team All-American. Extremely tall, big and fast, he’s projected as a top 15 NFL Draft pick in 2014. I’ve seen him in the top 10 in a few mocks.
Seferian-Jenkins was also a member of the Huskies basketball team during his freshman year.
On March 9, 2013, Seferian-Jenkins was cited for DUI in Seattle. In July he plead guilty to DUI and served a day in jail. A blue chip football prospect with some character issues- I know shocking. UW Coach Steve Sarkisian suspended him for the Huskies’ season opener against #19 Boise State.Follow paulmbanks
Looks like I’ll put Illini signal caller Wes Lunt in my 2016 NFL Mock Draft.
Maybe 2015 NFL Mock Draft, I need to check the draft eligibility of the Illinois QB. The sophomore will sit out this season with the Illini per NCAA transfer rules, but he’s been supposedly deemed a first talent already.
Despite having only played one season under Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State; where he threw six touchdowns and seven interceptions.Follow paulmbanks