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THE WORST NFL DRAFT PICKS EVER

Ki Jana CarterThe NFL draft is just a few months away and the internet is in overdrive with speculation on how the draft could play out. Rather than bore readers with another of the countless mock drafts out there here is a more light-hearted item – a look at some of the worst draft picks ever made.

Here is our Top Five:

NUMBER 5 – CHARLES ROGERS

Rogers, who passed away in November, ended 2002 as a unanimous All-American and the winner of the Fred Biletnikoff Award. That potential made the Michigan State Wide Receiver the second overall pick in the 2003 draft as the Detroit Lions scooped him up. Continue reading

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NAIA & OTHER DIVISION FOOTBALL PLAYERS ON TO THE NFL IN 2016

Here’s a look at 2016’s crop of NFL players taken as draftees and free agents from the NAIA and other divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog.

Missouri WesternSchool – UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI WESTERN GRIFFONS

Name – MIKE JORDAN

Position – Safety  

NFL Team – Rams  Continue reading

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NAIA, D2 AND D3 PLAYERS TO THE NFL FOR 2015

Ottawa University Braves logoAs always several dozen REAL student- athletes from the divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog moved on to the NFL. The most-taken position was Wide Receiver for the second year in a row.

As just one example, the NAIA’s OTTAWA (KS) UNIVERSITY BRAVES Wide Receiver Joshua Stangby moved on to the Atlanta Falcons.

Continuing with the Falcons here’s a look at all the NFL teams and the players taken from the divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog.

Atlanta FalconsAtlanta Falcons

Joshua Stangby (see above)

Chris Brown (OT from the TARLETON STATE TEXANS)

Cody Clay (OL from the AZUSA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY COUGARS) Continue reading

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NAIA FOOTBALL PLAYERS TO THE NFL: 2014

This year I moved my look at NAIA football players in the NFL and other pro leagues from right after the NFL draft to the heart of college football season.

Montana Tech OrediggersThe MONTANA TECH OREDIGGERS had Linebacker Ryan Jones move on to the Baltimore Ravens.     ###      The BETHEL (TN) WILDCATS had Corner Back Joquel Skinner move on to the Dallas Cowboys.     ###    

Cumberlands_KYThe UNIVERSITY OF THE CUMBERLANDS PATRIOTS had two players move on – Running Back Terrance Cobb to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Wide Receiver /Kick Returner Willie Gibson to the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes.   Continue reading

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ASA COLLEGE AVENGER MOVES ON TO THE NFL

Avengers

Avengers

The ASA College Avengers football team has only been around for a handful of years but last year made their first Bowl appearance and now they’ve already gotten their first player into the NFL!

Gilbert Pena, standout defensive lineman for the Avengers, was signed as an undrafted free agent by the storied Green Bay Packers franchise. Pena is a Yonkers, NY native and delayed the start of his college career by 4 years to care for his mother as she battled cancer.

Gilbert was an impact player for Head Coach Dennis Orlando’s ASA College team and earned all-conference honors after a Continue reading

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41 NAIA, D2 AND D3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYERS TO THE NFL FOR 2012

 The NAIA’s William Penn University Statesmen (logo at right) were among the teams covered by Balladeer’s Blog who had players move on to the NFL this year in the draft and through free agent signings. Here’s a look at the players who advanced to the next level following their successful college careers at institutions that actually care about academics.

DRAFTEES – ST LOUIS RAMS- Greg Zuerlein from the Missouri Western Griffons *** Janoris Jenkins from the University of North Alabama Lions *** Daryl Richardson from the Abilene Christian University Wildcats

CAROLINA PANTHERS – Amini Silatolu from the Midwestern State Mustangs

DETROIT LIONS – Chris Greenwood from the Albion Britons

SAN FRANCISCO 49’ers – Jason Slowery from the Continue reading

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FOUR OF THE COOLEST COLLEGE FOOTBALL HELMETS

 With the NFL Draft coming up later this week it seemed like a perfect time for a college football piece! In the past Balladeer’s Blog has treated readers to lists of cool-named college sports teams or cool logos for such teams. I even ran a list of the Top 6 D2 College Football Stadiums last year. This new list will examine football helmets for Continue reading

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