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Maybe it’s just me, but with the proliferation of Draft Twitter and the multitudes of fantasy football sites, I believe it is important to know someone’s background before reading their work aka “don’t follow false prophets”. Speaking of myself and only myself, I have watched football for over 43 years of my 47 years on this earth. That alone, however, does not make me a good judge of football talent. I played football for four years between junior high and high school where I was a starting guard, sometimes center and began defense as a defensive end, but eventually played both inside and outside backer spots. Once again, that does not qualify me to be an expert at football, just some experience playing the game. Read More »


The 90th annual East-West Shrine Game has a lot of tradition behind it, for the community and the NFL.  For those that don’t think this game is important, please look back to the 2010 game that featured two prominent za'da2014 Seattle Seahawk defenders: safety Kam Chancellor and defensive end Michael Bennett.  Sure these most players probably won’t get selected in the first three rounds of the draft, but many will make NFL teams and perhaps become starters.  I wrote about some of these athletes that stood out to while watching the game on NFL Network.  Here are those players listed alphabetically:

ILB Taiwan Jones, Michigan State

The Big Ten linebacker dropped back into coverage quickly.  He does a good job shedding blockers and plugging up the middle of the field in short yardage situations.  Jones has decent vision anticipating where the ball is heading and is a solid tackler who delivers hard hits. Read More »

One of the first signs of the NFL Draft approaching is the college all-star games.  The grand-daddy of them all is the East West Shrine Game, which has been a part of football tradition since 1925.  More information about the game and what great things the Shriners do for the community can be found here:  If you are looking for practice notes, please check out the and follow Wes Bunting on twitter (@WesBunting).   I will be discussing many of the key offensive players that hopefully will transition to the NFL and make an impact on your fantasy teams.

RB Tauren Poole (Tennessee) – Poole showed good outside speed on his first sweep.  He was a better runner on the outside than between the tackles.  When Poole kept on bouncing his runs outside, the defense caught on and met him by closing down his lanes.  The flashes he showed in the passing game were then met with disappointments as he did not realize where the sideline was and failed to stay in bounds to make a catch that could have changed the game.  For the rest of the article click here: