Nick is an NFL featured columnist for Bleacher Report. He's a native New Yorker and graduated from Fordham University where he was an award-winning broadcaster for WFUV, 90.7 FM. Nick started working at SiriusXM NFL Radio in September, 2005, and served as an executive producer for the channel until March, 2013. From there, he started as an executive producer on Mad Dog Sports Radio, SiriusXM's all-sports channel. Nick has developed relationships with every NFL team and has covered every major event in the sport, and is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He resides in Queens, New York, and loves nothing more than a cold beer.
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you don't know shit.
Hi Nick, I read your post on biographies you'd like to read. Do you have suggestions of players who have made it with the support of a low-income mother? I need these for an effort focused on building and celebrating the wisdom of poor mothers (www.poormomwisdom.com).
The idea is this: A lot of poor mothers raise strong children even in poverty. Highlighting that and investing in programs that help build that wisdom is one of the best investments we can make in the U.S economy and society. I want to include brief profiles of wise mothers and include some celebrity profiles. I remember hearing a lot of players attribute their success to struggling mothers but now can't recall them. Thanks!
Of course, if any Bleacher Report readers have suggestions, I would love to hear them!
So much for that Saints defense "falling back to earth" against the Bears. Saints have allowed only 73 points all year and 7 of those were from a pick-six.
You're Clock Watchers guide was the best thing I have ever read. I love you so much. You watch both the Office and Breaking Bad <3
You're "last minute predictions for NFL week 2" were laughably inaccurate. You weren't even close on most, and the ones you did get right did not go as you thought they would.
2013jerseys/high quality/good reputation:
Hey Nick, thanks for using my video Cincinnati Bengals "Andy Dalton & A.j. Green!!" in today's article titled "Why the Bengals Deserve Your Respect in '13" I think if Cincinnati avoids major injuries to key players and Jay Gruden also steps up we have a legit shot in taking the North.
ATTN PERSONNEL STAFF DAN THOMAS-SENIOR SCOUT EDITOR FROM RIVALSNFLSCOUTING@MAIL.COM
RE: FINAL SCOUTING SUMMARY APRIL 15TH WORKOUT/CONFIRMATION OF DETAILS FOR PROSPECT
JAMES WILSON GUARD, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA 6’5 321 LBS-
NEW 225 LBS LIFT RESULTS INCLUDED AS REQUESTED
• AGENDA: JAMES WILSON TESTED ON FOUR DRILLS AS ORIGINAL WORKOUT ON MARCH 12TH PRODAY WAS INCOMPLETE AS HE WAS REHABBING A PECK INJURY ACCORDING TO STAFF
• DRILLS TESTED 40 YD DASH/BROAD JUMP/225 LBS LIFT/VERTICAL JUMP
• HAD FILM SESSION WITH ONE NFL TEAM WHO ASKED TO NOT BE IDENTIFIED
• 40 YARD DASH : 4.9 SECS COMPARED TO 5.45 BEST ON MARCH 12TH
• BROAD JUMP: 113 INCHES COMPARED TO 109 INCHES ON MARCH 12TH
• 225 LBS LIFT: 38 REPS THAT DREW LOUD RESPONSE BY STAFF IN ATTENDANCE AT UF/ DID NOT TEST ON MARCH 12TH PRODAY
• VERTICAL JUMP: 32 INCHES COMPARED TO 27 INCHES ON MARCH 12TH
OBSERVATIONS: BODY COMPOSITION WAS EXCELLENT AND IT WAS VERY APPARENT THAT WILSON HAS TRAINING HEAVILY SINCE MARCH 2013 AND AS FAR AS CONDITIONING IS IN THE BEST OF BHIS LIFE ACCORDING TO UF STAFF
WILSON WAS AT BEST A LATE ROUND PROJECTION PRIOR TO THE COMBINE AND DRAFT DUE TO MULTIPLE INJURIES IN HIS CAREER WHICH DE-RAILED HIS IMPACT AFTER BEING THE #1 GUARD IN THE NATION ACCORDING TO RIVALS.COM AND ESPN.COM; THE WORD OF WILSON’S DRASTIC IMPROVEMENT IS NOW GETTING CIRCULATED
UPDATED SUMMARY: YOUR STAFF HAD ASKED OUR OTHER DEPARTMENT WRITING IN SCOUTING TO SUPPLY UPDATES ON WILSON AND HERE IS A SUMMARY OF WILSON AND OUR NEW PROJECTION EFFECTIVE TODAY AND TOMMORROW
JAMES WILSON BASED ON HIS RECENT RESULTS AND GENERAL EVALUATION HAS TO BE NOW CONSIDERED AT WORST A MID-ROUND SELECTION AND WILL BE CONSIDERED A HUGE SLEEPER IN THIS YEAR’S DRAFT BASED ON THE FACT HE STARTED AND HAD VERY SOLID SUCCESS IN THE SEC LAST YEAR. MAJOR FACTOR OVERLOOKED BY MOST DRAFT EXPERTS- WE RECOMMEND THAT YOUR STAFF REVIEW GAME TAPE FROM THE BIGGEST GAMES FLORIDA PLAYED THIS YEAR: AFTER REVIEW JAMES WILSON NOT ONLY WON HEAD TO HEAD MATCH-UP WITH BJOEN WERNER AT FLORIDA STATE/JADEVEON CLOWNEY AT SOUTH CAROLINA/ AND SAM MONTGOMERY AT LSU; WILSON ALMOST DOMINATED EACH MATCHUP IN 2012
AFTER I REVIEWED THE GAME FILM TO GO WITH WILSON’S RECENT WORKOUT RESULTS AND HIS KNOWLEDGE OF OFFENSES WHEN GRILLED BY THE SCOUTS AT THE APRIL 15TH SESSION-HAVE CONCLUDED THAT WILSON LIKELY THE BIGGEST SLEEPER IN THIS YEAR’S DRAFT AND AS EVEN A LATE ROUND SELECTION, WILL BRING A MUCH HIGHER VALUE THAN HIS DRAFT STATUS.
YOUR STAFF HAD ASKED OUR PUBLICATION TO GIVE A FINAL SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATION ON WILSON AND AT THIS POINT WILL RECOMMEND THAT YOU SELECT WILSON AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND CONSIDER SELECTING HIM BEFORE SATURDAY AS OUR STAFF IS AWARE OF NOW 3 TEAMS THAT HAVE THE SAME DETAILS OF HIS WORKOUTS THAT WE DO AND PLAN ON SELECTING HIM BY THE 6TH ROUND.
ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS: WE SAW WILSON IN GAINESVILLE WORKING OUT WITH FELLOW FORMER TEAMMATES STEELER MARKICE POUNCY AND HIS BROTHER MIKE POUNCEY OF THE MIAMI DOLPHINS AND BOTH BROTHERS HAVE SAID TO OUR STAFF “ WILSON IS AT A NEW LEVEL WHICH RIVALS BACK IN 2007 WHEN WILSON WAS THE #1 GUARD IN THE NATION.”
WE HAVE SUPPLIED THE FINAL DETAILS OF OUR REPORT TO UF STAFF AS THEY CONTINUE TO GET INQUIRIES BUT WE WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW WE DID RECOMMEND WILSON AS A MID ROUND SELECTION-NO LATER THAN THE 5TH ROUND IF YOU INTEND ON HAVING HIM IN YOUR CAMP ; HIS UPSIDE WHEN HEALTHY IS OF A NFL STARTER AT GUARD AND THE TENACITY TO LAST FOR 10 YEARS. OBSERVATION OF WILSON’S PHYSICAL HEALTH : THERE WERE CONCERNS ON WHETHER WILSON WAS HEALTHY ENOUGH PRIOR TO HIS PRO DAY AND A MINOR PECK INJURY WHICH LIMITED HIM; BUT AFTER HIS 38 REP PERFORMANCE LAST WEEK, WILSON HAS PROVEN NOT ONLY HE IS HEALTHY, A NFL TEAM WILL LIKELY GET THE SAME LEVEL OF TALENT IN WILSON AS THEY WOULD WITH JOHNATHAN COOPER AND CHANCE WARMACK. HE HAS ASCENEDID FASTER THAN ANY LINEMAN IN RECENT MEMORY WITH HIS IMPROVEMENT PHYSICALLY IN THE PAST 7 WEEKS.
ANY ROUND AFTER THE 4TH ROUND-JAMES WILSON WILL BE AN ABSOLUTE STEAL OF A DRAFT PICK
Foles wont be traded they were offered a second round pick for him from KC and declined before the Smith trade