Coffee and Cigarettes: Links for Saturday

Mar 22, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers goes through drills during the pro day at the LSU Tigers indoor practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Crystal Logiudice-US PRESSWIRE

Alvin Grier runs a blog called Get2TheLeague.com, a site targeted toward players trying to make the jump from the college game to the NFL. It's an interesting and fairly unique angle, and provides for some interesting articles even if you're just a fan of the game. Below, I've linked to a sampling of articles but make sure to navigate around the site for more.

Bet You Didn’t Know NFL Scouts Look for Some of this Stuff… |
Look, I know you wanna play in "The League," but it’s no secret that the odds are against you, so you need every edge you can get. Let me ask you a question: Who are the most influencial people in grading your football talent? That’s right, scouts. So knowing that, doesn’t it make sense to get inside the mind of a scout to understand what they’re looking for when they’re evaluation you?

The Truth on How NFL Teams Will Look at Your Injuries |
I was reading through How the Medicals Affect a Players Draft Stock from The National Football Post by Greg Gabriel, and I got some information out of it that I thought would be good to know for aspiring NFL players. The article is about how the medical evaluations that go on at the Combine can affect a player’s draft stock. Today, I’ll be sharing the lessons I personally got from the article.

Why Linebackers and D Linemen Should Know Their "Production Ratio" |
Ever heard of the production ratio? If you play defensive tackle, d-end, or linebacker, and wanna play pro, you might want to get acquainted with it. There’s a good chance that NFL teams will use that number as part of their evaluation of you.

NFL Contracts: What the Heck is a "Voidable Year?" |
Ever watch ESPN or NFL Network and hear the analysts talk about "voidable years" in somebody’s contract, and wonder what the hell they’re talkin’ about? It can be a little intimidating, but in reality, it’s really not that much to it.

NFL Contracts: What in the World is an Escalator Clause? |
Ahhh, good ole escalator clauses. Odds are, you’ve heard the word thrown around on NFL Network or something when they’re talking about player’s contracts. To the average person, it can sound kinda intimidating, but it’s actually fairly simple.

What Aspiring Pro Football Players Should Know About the Arena League and IFL – Part 1 |
Look, I know you want to play in the NFL, but truth be told, there’s very few new roster spots available each year in the league. If you’re hungry enough to hang in there and fight for your dream, you may find yourself having to play some indoor football in a league like the Arena Football League (AFL) or Indoor Football League (IFL).

What Aspiring Pro Football Players Should Know About the Arena League and IFL – Part 2 |
Welcome back for part two as I finish up on going over some of the things you may need to get adjusted to, in the event you end up playing some indoor football. Again, what I’m sharing are things I’ve heard guys say they had to adjust to when they played indoor football for the first time.

NFL Contracts: Explaining the New NFL Rookie Salary Scale |
If you’re like most guys reading this post, you couldn’t care less about the rookie wage scale, you just wanna get the NFL. I get that. Besides, it’s not like it’s something you absolutely "need" to know. But let’s talk about it anyways.

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