More.. Coffee and Cigarettes: College Football Links for Saturday

Because College Football is still a thing.

Breaking down Brandon Weeden (QB, Oklahoma State) " Seahawks Draft Blog
Yesterday we looked at Ryan Lindley (QB, San Diego State) as a possible quarterback option beyond round one for the Seahawks. Today I’m going to look at Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden.

Draft Dish: LSU's Morris Claiborne could be first corner drafted - NFL - Sporting News
Claiborne has not yet declared for the draft, but we expect him to given he's among the few elite cornerbacks available. After a strong 2010 season, Claiborne played even better this season. He has good size and uses it well to cut-off and squeeze receivers against the sideline. With loose hip movement, Claiborne can turn and run with receivers without losing a step. Further, he has the speed to stay on a receiver’s hip deep down the field.

Boise State's Kellen Moore has NFL talent; college mailbag - Stewart Mandel - SI.com
Ten bowl games have been played since the last Mailbag, but there's only one I regret not commenting on until now: The Boise State-Arizona State Las Vegas Bowl.

New Era Scouting – Scouting the Top 5 Running Backs in the 2012 NFL Draft
Previously, we looked at the top five quarterbacks in the 2012 NFL draft class. Today, we’ll tackle the top running backs. The 2012 senior class of draft prospects at running back is thin, so much so that four of the top five backs are juniors I expect to enter the draft early to take advantage of the weak class ahead of them. Who are the top five backs and what makes their game so exciting?

New Era Scouting – Draft Inteview: Cordarro Law, DL, Southern Mississippi
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest strengths? Cordarro Law: I feel that my biggest strengths are my speed and my awareness to get to the ball. I think the combination of those two things allows me to make the plays I have made.

Diamond in the Rough: Jared Green, WR, Southern | Articles
When you spend four years on a team in the ACC , making catches against the likes of Florida State and Miami, would you have the confidence of an NFL prospect? If your father is a Hall of Famer, the fastest player in the NFL during his playing years and a shutdown corner, would you assume you're getting noticed? If you took a major jump in life, transferred to a school like Southern because you want a chance to show NFL Teams your true talent and few notice, you have to be upset, right?

NFL Draft Scouting Report: Vontaze Burfict, ILB, Arizona State | Scouting Reports
"Burfict is one of the most intimidating middle linebacker prospects to come out in recent memory. His fiery attitude and nose for the big hit have made him one of the most feared defenders the past couple of years but NFL teams should be weary of his mental makeup and attitude on the field. "

Northwest Herald | During the holiday season, Kyle Fiedorowic
During the holiday season, Kyle Fiedorowicz worked amid thousands of packages at a UPS facility in Palatine. After the holidays, the Johnsburg graduate will get down to work on packaging his skills for NFL teams.

NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford | Scouting Reports
Perhaps no other offensive tackle prospect in this year's draft (or even the past several drafts) has had the spotlight on them more so than Jonathan Martin. As the protector of Andrew Luck's blindside, he was prone to scrutiny had he allowed any defenders to hurt the quarterback prodigy. Martin handled this pressure incredibly well both on and off the field and scouts love his football intelligence and willingness to work hard. Martin's physical attributes have been and will be the things that grab people's attention heading into the draft.

2011-2012 Bowl Game Scores, Schedules, Picks And More - SBNation.com
The rematch is happening, Virginia Tech swindled a BCS bid, and there might be a few good games on the way. Complete bowl game schedule. Picking each bowl game. Ranking all 35 bowls.

NFL mock draft: The bidding for Robert Griffin III could get crazy - NFL - Sporting News
There’s no doubt who’s going to be the No. 1 pick of April’s NFL draft: Stanford QB Andrew Luck. After that first pick, however, things could get a little crazy. Many teams will try to trade up to get their hands on Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III (if he decides to turn pro). The Vikings or Rams, for instance, could acquire plenty in return from a team desperate for an elite quarterback. Here’s a look at our latest mock draft, the order of which is based on records through Week 16.

Draft eval: Alabama's big, strong Hightower needs to bring it every down - NFL - Sporting News
Skill set: Hightower’s size (6-4, 260), strength and explosive hitting ability have been the face of Alabama’s defense since he became a starter as a freshman. When he is playing aggressively, he does a good job of taking on run blocks, shedding them and making tackles. His smarts and instincts help him to consistently read and react to plays quickly, which is why he makes so many tackles.

Despite lack of ideal bulk, Clemson NT Thompson should be force against run - NFL - Sporting News
Skill set: Thompson is a stout, thickly built lineman with the strength to be a force at the point of attack. Despite not being the traditional 330-pound plus nose tackle, he consistently displays the ability to anchor against double-team run blocks. He is exceptionally quick off the ball and gets a good fit with his hands on offensive linemen, which enables him to hold his ground initially and then work free from run blocks to make tackles on inside runs.

Trojans have look of a title contender with Barkley coming back - NCAA Football - CBSSports.com
For Matt Barkley, the lure of NFL riches was simply outweighed by the chance to come back to USC for a run at the BCS title after enduring two seasons muted by an NCAA postseason bowl ban. And despite what the NFL economics may suggest, Barkley deemed it as having "unfinished business."

Draft notebook: Tar Heels' final impression will last, and hurt too - NFL - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
In the weeks leading to the draft, NFL general managers are often asked to give team owners a video snapshot of the players they are targeting with early-round selections. Some owners, of course, have more say than others in the evaluation process but many like to see for themselves the young men who could soon be their employees.

QB Moore among 4 from Boise St invited to Sr Bowl - CBSSports.com
Quarterback Kellen Moore finished his career at Boise State with a 50-3 record. He'll get an opportunity to play in one more game with the familiar blue and orange Broncos helmet, as he and three other Boise State standouts have been invited to play in the 2012 Senior Bowl. Running back Doug Martin, defensive lineman Billy Winn and safety George Iloka will join Moore in Mobile, Alabama for the nation's premier college football all-star game, according to a report from Chad Cripe of the Idaho Statesman.

Stoops' "gut feeling" changing on Landry Jones? - CBSSports.com
Oklahoma Sooners head coach verbalized to the media earlier in the week what many in the scouting community have been whispering behind closed doors -- that junior quarterback Landry Jones was likely to bypass the NFL and return for his senior season. According to Dave Sittler of the Tulsa World, Stoops told him via a telephone interview that his "gut feeling" was that Jones would return in 2012.

Utah State RB Robert Turbin declares: Where does he stand? | National Football Post
Turbin instantly upgrades a weaker 2012 running back class…

Robert Griffin III vs. Andrew Luck | National Football Post
Which QB prospect reigns supreme in this match-up?

Physical speciman Chandler Jones enters 2012 NFL Draft - Mocking The Draft
In lieu of another year of development at Syracuse, junior defensive end Chandler Jones will enter the 2012 NFL Draft, according to the school.

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