By Christian Pundt
Hometown: Makawao, Hawaii
Weight: 230 lbs
40 Yard Dash: 4.86
Bench Press: 18
Vertical Leap: 31”
Broad Jump: 8’5”
20 Yard Shuttle: 4.29
3 Cone Drill: 7.01
Overview: Kinloha is one of the top quarterbacking prospects of the Season 11 class. Out of USC as a freshman, he displays poise and precision, which seemingly suggests he would make an excellent pocket passer in a west coast scheme. Despite his age, he shows excellent maturity in the clutch.
NFL Comparison: Drew Brees
Hiapo Kinloha seems to be a thiccer Brees. He’s an accurate QB accustomed to the west coast offense and has a real base of which to throw with. His mechanics are nearly flawless and he has real potential to be a one of the high-end game managing quarterbacks in the league.
SFL Comparison: Julian Tyree
While Tyree might be more physically gifted than Kinloha and certainly has a better track record in terms of leadership, given what he’s meant so far to the Sioux Falls organization. However, Tyree stands out as the comparison due to the size factor, the grit they show on the field, and their tendency to lean towards a speedy underneath offense.
- High football IQ
- Slow; next to no pocket mobility
- An arm that gets the job done but is by no means an A+ arm
Bottom Line: Hiapo Kinloha is young in age, but as mature as they come as a player. He should immediately slide in as a west coast field general with the age range to potentially grow into much more than that as his career goes along.
CC: Howdy Hiapo, welcome aboard. What got you here?
HK: My family always pushed me to go for my dreams and playing football is my dream
CC: Who do you model your play after?
HK: Drew Brees was always my favorite QB
CC: How do you think being from Hawaii sets you apart as a draft prospect?
HK: Hawaii is like no other place its so magical and their ain’t many players from Hawaii
CC: Standing 6-1 and 230 pounds, how do you think your size will adjust to the SFL?
HK: I believe that my height gives me a advantage as so as my weight because it will take more than one player to take me down
CC: Once your career is all wrapped up someday, what do you hope your impact on the league will be?
HK: I hope that whatever team selects me in the draft I can become a team legend for that team
CC: Do you have a specific preference on the scheme you wind up in?
HK: Um…not really might I like a team who ain’t afraid to throw caution to the wind
CC: How would you feel if you wound up a running oriented team after being drafted high in the draft?
HK: Whatever team selects me I just will work around the players and scheme I am good at adapting in situations
CC: Has any one coach stood out in the predraft process that you hope to play for?
HK: No coach but one player in particular really was their when I had questions and never turned me dowm when I needed help and I just wanna say “Thank you so much Marcus Dunhill for being their for a rookie lile myself I got mad respect for you”
CC: Should St. Louis take you first overall? If so, why should they? Make your case to them Chieftain.
HK: If they decided to take me 1st overall not only will they get a player who will work his butt off in practice and off the field I am a very loyal person and I can make magic happen
CC: What sets you apart from all the other draft prospects?
HK: Like I said all draft prospects got heart and stuff but me I have a will that never quits I am a very loyal and hungry player ready to make a impact with whatever team selects me
CC: Given that it appears some QB prospects will need to change positions, how open are you to this possibility? What other positions are you open to playing?
HK: Yes I am a very flexible player I would love to play QB its always been my dream but if needed I can also player TE, K, FB
CC: Where do you see yourself at the end of the season? What type of immediate impact will you have?
HK: I will have an overall good impact with players and coachs I have the hungry mentally that a player needs to succeed
College: Colorado Mesa (DII)
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
40 Yard Dash: 4.92
Bench Press: 29
Vertical Leap: 33”
Broad Jump: 119”
3 Cone: 7.12
Overview: Denzel Maverick enters the draft as one of the most excitingly high upside prospects in the entire class. He brings maturity and humbleness on and off the field that should help him acclimate to a pro locker room right away. The question will be of whether or not he can adjust to the competition level.
NFL Comparison: Calais Campbell
Just like the mauling 4-3 DT/3-4 DE in Campbell, Maverick is a towering human being with a nasty set of pass rush movements to shed past smaller interior offensive linemen. They both bring leadership that will tie a locker room together.
SFL Comparison: EZ Tempel
No SFL player stands out more compared to Denzel Maverick than EZ Tempel. The Indy star was a two-way star from a small school coming into the Season 11 Draft as well. Both players are physically intimidating creatures that are primed for big performances in Season 11.
- That’s a big man
- Athletic freak; runs a 4.9 at six and a half feet tall
- Highly productive player
- Leader on and off the field
- Raw player; question of whether or not he will turn athleticism into technique
- Weak college competition; he dominated DII opponents… can he continue to do the same at the SFL?
- Has missed games
CC: Hey Denzel, what’s brought you to the league?
DM: Poking around on Twitch and saw the SFL on the homepage. As a commissioner of another Be a Pro type sim league (Non-Twitch/Discord ran) it intrigued me.
CC: I ask this out of the gate to everyone. Who do you model your game after?
DM: I think I would be crazy not to model my game after some of the top sacking DT’s in the league such as EZ. A sack is an impact play that turns the tide of the game and the ability to get to the QB to cause pressure is a tool that good players are able to use.
CC: One of the many Canadians in the SFL, do you believe your predecessors like Tom Pepper trailblazed a path for you into the league?
DM: Not knowing TP’s story I wouldn’t be able to say however it’s nice to have some international flavor in a primarily American league.
CC: You’re from a DII school. How do you think that will affect your transition into the pro game?
DM: It’s going to be a transition for sure but I feel my coaches have me prepared for the next level mentally. Most of my ability on the field comes down to sheer will power and the ability to read the plays, both of which should help me from Day 1 in the league.
CC: Let’s cut to the chase. You’re a monster at six and a half feet tall and 300 lbs. How has that affected how you play? Do you think that gives you an edge?
DM: I feel like the “Getting of the Bus” factor helped me more in High School and College. Now that I’m getting to the pros It’ll be more of a question of if I can translate that to production on the field. Before I was able to be physical all the time, but this last season at Colorado Mesa I was able to work on my footwork, speed, and play recognition which should give me an edge in other areas.
CC: When you retire someday, what do you hope your impact will be?
DM: Retire? I can’t even think about that now. I just want to be able to play and make a team at this point.
CC: What type of scheme do you seeing yourself being the best fit for?
DM: Whatever the coach and coordinator want to be honest. I’m flexible and can adjust my game to suit the players around me.
CC: Has any one coach or mentor really stood out in the draft process? Is there any one person or team you hope to get drafted by or play for at some point in your career?
DM: I can’t just single one person, player, or staff member out just yet as I’ve met some really good ones. In terms of teams, I’m just happy to go to whoever wants to draft me. Playing for a team that want you more than other players is always a good feeling.
CC: Should St. Louis draft you first overall? What’s your case to Collin and Duane?
DM: Should? I have no idea, but I of course would love that. Once again if they feel like they want me more than any other player and any other team, than it would be a match made in heaven in my mind.
CC: You’ve been one of the outstanding prospects off the field in terms of maturity. How do you see this being an asset post-draft?
DM: Spending the full four seasons at Colorado Mesa has prepared me for life after football with my degree and also gave me a few extra years to really figure out who I am before the spotlight of the pros.
CC: Where do you see yourself at the end of the season? What kind of impact do you see yourself having?
DM: Hopefully lifting a trophy and partying like it’s 1999. If that’s the impact I can bring I don’t think there would be anything better.
College: Virginia Tech
Hometown: Norfolk, Virginia
Arms: 32 3/4
Hands: 9 1/8
40 Yard Dash: 4.57
Bench Press: 19
Vertical Leap: 32.5
Broad Jump: 119
20 Yard Shuttle: 4.07
60 Yard Shuttle: 10’1
Overview: Everett Garrison enters the draft as arguably the most versatile defensive player in the class. While his pro position is still a question mark as a “tweener” linebacker/safety hybrid, he should still find a place in the league right away given his talent and on-field coaching acumen.
NFL Comparison: Lavonte David
While, as it has been noted, Garrison’s position is still up in the air, it does appear as though his best fit would be as the weakside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme. Similarly to David, Garrison is outstanding in coverage and should find himself as an excellent underneath compliment in a Cover 2 scheme.
SFL Comparison: EK Vinson
Perhaps the premier coverage LB in the game, Vinson himself is a former safety that converted to linebacker in Dallas after his time in Atlanta. Garrison’s most obvious player comparison has to be Vinson given their similarities in stature and playstyle.
Strengths: A writing point is me dissecting plays and having good instincts, good sideline to sideline speed, versatile as he played Db then transitioned to LB in college
- perhaps the highest football IQ in the entire class – and that’s including the QBs
- excellent at dissecting plays
- sideline-to-sideline speed
- versatility to play multiple positions in the back seven
- highly productive player
- knack for forcing turnovers
Weaknesses: A talking point could be leading downhill too much or not being able to take on blocks well, anticipating too much
- tends to move upfield too quickly; needs to develop the maturity to hold his gap
- does not have the strength or bodystyle to take blocks from offensive linemen headon
- relies way too much on his instincts; can be caught in a bad spot
- didn’t begin football until late
Bottom Line: Definitely has a lot of work to do from the technique standpoint, but Garrison shows a lot of potential as a raw athlete that should eventually find a spot in the SFL. He fits into virtually every scheme and shows high-end starting possibility as a linebacker or safety.
CC: Hello Everett! What’s brought you to the SFL?
EG: A friend of mine suggested that I check out the league as he saw I was into simulation sports games.
CC: As one of the few hybrid LB/S players in the SFL, who do you model your game after?
EG: I model my game after big bodies who are extremely quick and can cover such as Bobby Wagner, Kam Chancellor types.
CC: How has growing up in Jamaica affected your story to the league?
EG: It really has caused me to not forget where I came from and stay humbled, whether I’m on or off the field. Thinking about those close to me in Jamaica has caused me to work very hard and stay hungry.
CC: Currently living in Virginia, how does that affect where you want to be drafted?
EG: I wouldn’t mind being drafted anywhere, but cold climates would have to be a struggle at first.
CC: Obviously, you’re a very athletic guy. What kind of edge will this give you at the next level?
EG: Honestly, this could be a great help in my play. Football is a sport where a fraction of a second can decide on a win or loss for your team. I can thank my dad for those genes as he was a soccer standout.
CC: In a league where big run-stoppers like Slinn Shady and Aquantis Shyne have a premium put on them, what’s your case for why teams should draft a guy who’s always been more of a coverage backer?
EG: I think teams should draft a guy like me because I can be the extra factor that just clutters passing lanes even more for QBs and disrupt routes for receivers which throws off timing.
CC: As a coverage linebacker, how will you change the game?
EG: I will have to improve my run coverage and reading Offensive Line blocks better. If needed, I could work on my Pass Rush also.
CC: You’re a really smart player. You got a 35 on the Wonderlic test. Do you think that gives you an edge over quarterbacks?
EG: I think it does, as I basically can show up and prove to be one of the most cerebral players QBs have ever faced. I want to make it so that it is a challenge for OCs to gameplan against me.
CC: If you could choose one rookie offensive player to go head-to-head with, who would it be?
EG: Reggie Streeter, he is a shifty but powerful back that can show his versatility. Basically, two versatile players going at it!
CC: What’s your case for being a top ten pick in this seasons draft?
EG: I feel that my ability to adapt will increase the amount of turnovers the defense gets, which can lead to great field position and hopefully, touchdowns.
CC: At the end of the season, what type of impact do you hope to have on your team?
EG: I hope that I can make a good amount of tackles for them, improve their turnover ratio, and hopefully lead to them to be a very good defense.
CC: Sometime down the line when you retire, what do you see your legacy being in the SFL?
EG: I see myself as being one of the best big-hitting, ball-hawking LBs that prove to dissect offenses and completely throw a wrench in their plans.
Garren Malone III
College: Texas Tech
Hometown: Cypress, Texas
[208 receptions, 3264 yards, 29 TDs]
Forwent his senior season to enter the SFL Draft.
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Weight: 218 lbs
Arms: 33 3/8in
Hands: 10 in
40 Yard Dash: 4.55
Bench Press: 18 reps
Vertical Leap: 36 in
Broad Jump: 9’7”
20 Yard Shuttle: 4.50s
60 Yard Shuttle: 11.47s
Overview: Malone is coming out of Lubbock as one of the loudest, meanest, most spectacular WRs in the country. He brings a dynamic presence to the outside receiver position and must be accounted for by a corner and safety at all times.
NFL Comparison: DeAndre Hopkins
Both having ties to the Houston-area, Malone looks like a taller version of DeAndre Hopkins. Both are spectacular boundary presences with excellent hands and confidence. It will be interesting to see how this plays out schematically next season.
SFL Comparison: Duke Wilson
While it’s tough to compare anyone to the cultural phenomenon that was Duke Wilson, Malone comes the closest. Both are outstanding presences who will tell you how good he is and how good his team is, while at the same time back it up with spectacular play.
- Climbs the ladder to get the ball
- Leader on and off the field
- Never takes a play off
- Physical at the line of scrimmage
- Needs to learn how to better control his emotion; can direct anger towards refs, opponents, and teammates
- Absorbs lots of hits over the middle of the field
- Yet to be seen if he can make the schematic adjustment out of the Spread Offense
Bottom Line: Malone is an outstanding talent with the ball skills to be the next great SFL Wide Receiver and the mouth to be this season’s version of Aman Takess (or Duke Wilson, if you want to go back further). His athleticism and physical ability sets him apart as second-to-none in this class, which should push him into stardom.
CC: Hey Garren, what brought you to the SFL?
GM: The fans. The lights. The glory. Cam on the call. The SFL brought me into the SFL and I couldn’t be happier about it!
CC: I ask this to all the new guys here as an icebreaker. Who do you model your game after?
GM: NFL – DeAndre Hopkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry. SFL – Garren Malone, Optimus Cline, Ken Gossett, and we can’t forget “The” Duke Wilson.
CC: You’re Texas through and through. How has that prepared you for the league?
GM: Texas is all about competition. I’ve been playing football since middle school, and I’ve always been tested and challenged through 7 on 7 and SAC camps. I’ve gone to back to back State Championship games, however both games ended in heartbreaking losses. Despite the stats I put up in high school, I had to walk on at Texas Tech to get my shot. I ended up blowing the coaches away. I’m used to adversity. I’m used to uphill battles. I’m used to being the underdog. Now it’s time to become the BIG dog.
CC: You can jump pretty high at 36”. How do you think that gives you an advantage over other WR prospects?
GM: Get us all together, toss up a few jump balls, and you’ll see exactly what the advantage is. Money.
CC: How does being a Texas Tech guy affect your scheme fit at the pro level?
GM: Well the Air Raid offense is a WR’s dream. Although not every play will be a long ball to the WR in the SFL, I feel like being in that system has prepared me for the many different passes that will come my way when it’s time to ball out. It’s definitely helped me work on my hands as well as practice my toe-drag swag.
CC: Who do you consider you mentors in the league?
GM: Besides my uncle, I’d have to say that guys like yourself, Sir Chappell, Kevin Bane, Tristan Carr have all been great mentors. They’ve been very helpful in making sure that I stay on the straight and narrow during the rookie pre-draft process. They’ve been so helpful, I almost feel like I should be paying a couple of them to be my agent.
CC: Obviously your uncle was a legend with the Baltimore Vultures organization and got his start in Houston. Do you hope to land with one of these organizations?
GM: I would love to play for Baltimore or Houston. Those places allowed the SFL fans to be embraced by my uncle’s presence and begin something special. However, the SFL is about Loading Legends. Therefore, in order to pave my own path and create my own legend, I must ball out wherever I go. My heart’s not specifically set on one team, it’s set on one mission: Ball so hard that DPP wants to fine me. I promise to do that wherever I end up.
CC: Your uncle is a very influential figure as a former General Manager for Baltimore. How do you think this affects how teams should view you?
GM: I think teams should know that I definitely have his work ethic, his grind, and his passion for this beautiful sport. On the field, I’m a workhorse, and off the field I possess the same leadership he did. He’s even bestowed upon me his “Money” moniker. Hopefully teams give me the opportunity to eventually build something special and show off what I can do. Who knows? Maybe I could pick up where my uncle left off. Now THAT would be money.
CC: Why should the Gladiators take you first overall? What sets you apart from other draft prospects?
GM: I’m one of a kind. I can catch with both hands. I’m a tremendous locker room presence, and I’m a presence that you can’t ignore on the gridiron. If the Gladiators want a true warrior, then I’m their guy. Pass up on me, I’ll make you regret it. That goes for every SFL team. We can’t forget the most important thing: Unlike the rest of the guys in this draft: I’m so Money.
CC: There’s some obvious lines to draw with Shea Carroll being the new GM in Oklahoma City. Do you think he should pick you?
GM: I can’t tell any GM how to do their job. I think Shea is gonna Shea. He and my uncle knew each other well, even played alongside each other in Baltimore. Now he’s trying to put together his first squad as a GM. If he feels that I would fit OKC’s offense like a glove, then bring on The Money. However, if Shea hopes to prove himself as a front office mastermind, then he needs to be able to make the tough calls and trust his gut. They shouldn’t draft me unless they’re 100% sure that it’s what they want to do. Besides, The Money can do anything for a season.
CC: Where do you see yourself at the end of the season?
GM: In the Pro Bowl, collecting OROY awards, winning a Championship. The Money is nothing but a mere traveler who goes wherever the season takes him. Hopefully, these destinations are in the season’s forecast.
CC: When you retire someday, what do you see your legacy being?
GM: GOAT WR. Best GM in the business. HOF Coach. Successful owner. I want to achieve it all and break free from my comfort zone before calling it a career in the SFL.
College: Cal Tech
Hometown: Yuba City, CA
Hands: 9 4/8″
40 Yard Dash: 4.41
Bench Press: 18
Vertical Leap: 30 inches
Broad Jump: 130
20 Yard Shuttle: 4.00
60 Yard Shuttle: 10.79
Overview: A true high-fly spectacular player, Ramen Jr. has shown excellent ability side-by-side with his fellow draft prospects. He has the looks of being a lockdown defensive back for years to come that should show up in both pass coverage and run defense.
NFL Comparison: Troy Polamalu
No defensive player may be more spectacular and eye popping on the field than Ramen Jr. this season. Flying across the line-of-scrimmage, hanging back in coverage, and slamming into runners, Ramen looks as close to Polamalu as any SFL prospect has.
SFL Comparison: Maurice Spurgeon
With nearly identical height/weights, Ramen Jr. looks like a younger version of Spurgeon. Additionally, both players are outstanding in coverage and have shown real ability to contain in run defense. Here’s to hoping Ramen can carve out a similar career to the one Mo has brought so far.
Excellent in multiple coverage schemes
Excellent locker room presence
Played excellent versus fellow rookie competition
Acceleration is spotty at best
Small for the SFL
Small school standout
Bottom Line: Ramen Jr. is an outstanding small school standout with SFL bloodlines. He’s been on the sidelines before via his dad, Las Vegas QB Tom Ramen, and that should be a valuable presence to have for any team.
CC: Hey Thomas, what/who brought you to the SFL?
TRJ: My father introduced me to the SFL at the beginning of Season 10, and I started playing season 11.
CC: Who do you model your game after?
TRJ: I model my game after Ray lewis and Troy Polamalu, Speed and aggresiveness.
CC: What kind of influence does Thomas Ramen Sr. have on your game?
TRJ: He makes me realize that I have to work out my arm, or else I’ll end up throwing like he does.
CC: Your affinity for Las Vegas has been well-noted around the league. Why should Max Jackson select you?
TRJ: I think my performence in the Rookie Showcase will convince him of my potential.
CC: You were one of the standout players at the rookie showcase. Should we expect more of the same at the next level?
TRJ: Absolutely, This is not a fluke. This is just the beginning
CC: Has any one coach stood out to you in the pre-draft process? Has that affected your hopes of where you get drafted to?
TRJ: I honestly could not say that since I haven’t had the opportunity to talk to every head coach, however Jeremy of the Denver Nightwings is always someone I can go to when I have to talk about anything
CC: If you had to describe yourself in three words what would those words be?
TRJ: Thomas, Ramen, Jr.
CC: What would your reaction be if you started to slide down the board on draftday?
TRJ: The same as Aaron Rodgers, shock, however I know I will be on the same caliber he is.
CC: Where do you see yourself at the end of the season? What kind of impact will you have?
TRJ: I see myself as someone who will make in impact, no matter how big, I will be remembered for something.
CC: Someday, when you retire, what do you hope your legacy is with the team that drafts you?
TRJ: My legacy I hope will be that of someone who revolutionized my position.