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last updated: 4/30/06
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The Tampa Bay Bucs have agreed to terms South Florida tailback Andre Hall, who led the Big East in rushing in 2005.

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The New Orleans Saints signed QB Bruce Eugene from Grambling to free agent contract.

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The Minnesota Vikings signed 16 rookies to free agent contracts tonight.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars agreed to terms with a dozen undrafted free agents Sunday, including Colorado linebacker Brian Iwuh and Fresno State quarterback Paul Pinegar.

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Former Middle Tennessee stars sign free agent deals with Cowboys and Jaguars.

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Linebacker Freddie Roach, Alabama, has signed a free agent deal with the Patriots.

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Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Nick Reid (linebacker) of Kansas will sign with the Kansas City Chiefs.....Kansas wide receiver Mark Simmons has signed with the Chargers.

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South Dakota All-American defensive end A.J. Schable has signed a free agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

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The New York Jets claimed they wanted "character players" in the draft, who will do anything to help the team, and we think they did a fine job.

However, word is spreading that their 4th round pick, quarterback Brad Smith from Missouri, will refuse (or very grudgingly accept) a move to wide receiver. Smith has been militantly indifferent towards moving away from quarterback, according to many sources.

Smith has been advised by former Mizzu star Corby Jones to not resist a move away from quarterback. Jones fought a move from quarterback in the 1990's and was out of pro football real quickly. He has warned Smith the same may happen to him

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We just got a report that Miami (Ohio) quarterback Josh Betts has signed a free agent deal with the Indianapolis Colts.

DD.com Comment: Talking to insiders, who went through the undrafted free agent process, we can tell you a significant amount of undrafted college stars have already signed free agent deals. NFL teams begin contacting borderline 7th rounders/free agents well before the draft is over. Once the draft ends, many teams want top free agents to commit to them as quickly as possible. However, most teams don't formally announce their free agent class until a few days after the draft.

We will attempt to keep our readers updated on where players sign and will post all the names as soon as we get them.

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Here is a list of 85 players, all were Combine invites, who went undrafted this weekend.

Quarterbacks


Brett Basanez, Northwestern

Darrell Hackney, Alabama-Birmingham

Erik Meyer, Eastern Washington

Barrick Nealy, Texas State

Bruce Eugene, Grambling

Travis Lulay, Montana State

Drew Olson, U.C.L.A.

Paul Pinegar, Fresno State

Quinton Porter, Boston College

Kent Smith, Central Michigan

Marcus Vick, Virginia Tech

Running Backs


Mike Bell, Arizona

Ryan Gilbert, Houston

Andre Hall, South Florida

Taurean Henderson, Texas Tech

Wendell Mathis, Fresno State

DonTrell Moore, New Mexico

Gerald Riggs Jr., Tennessee

Cory Ross, Nebraska

Derrick Ross, Tarleton State

Terrence Whitehead, Oregon

Wide Receivers


Miles Austin, Monmouth

Hank Baskett, New Mexico

Damarius Bilbo, Georgia Tech

Jovon Bouknight, Wyoming

Jason Carter, Texas A&M

Chris Denney, Nebraska-Omaha

Chris Hannon, Tennessee

Ed Hinkel, Iowa

Greg Lee, Pittsburgh

Martin Nance, Miami (OH)

Clinton Solomon, Iowa

Tight Ends


Troy Bienemann, Washington State

Tim Day, Oregon

Daniel Fells, Cal-Davis

Anthony Mix, Auburn

Cooper Wallace, Auburn

Offensive Lineman


Dennis Roland, Georgia

Tony Tella, Miami (FL)

Robin Meadow, Washington

Adam Stenavich, Michigan

Mike Degory, Florida

Donovan Raiola, Wisconsin

Pat Ross, Boston College



Defensive Ends


Copeland Bryan, Arizona

Eric Henderson, Georgia Tech

Charlton Keith, Kansas

Mike Kudla, Ohio State

Javon Nanton, Miami (FL)

Matthew Rice, Penn State

Defensive Tackles


Sir Henry Anderson, Oregon State

McKinley Boykin, Ole Miss

Manaia Brown, B.Y.U.

Kader Drame, Syracuse

Marcus Green, Ohio State

Tommy Jackson, Auburn

Linebackers


Trent Bray, Oregon State

Will Derting, Washington State

Kai Parham, Virginia

Freddie Roach, Alabama

Spencer Havner, U.C.L.A.

Mike Kudla, Ohio State

Dale Robinson, Arizona State

Anthony Trucks, Oregon

Cameron Vaughn, L.S.U.

Travis Williams, Auburn

Brian Iwuh, Colorado

William Kershaw, Maryland

Safeties


Jahmile Addae, West Virginia

Darrell Brooks, Arizona

Chris Harrell, Penn State

Jarvis Herring, Florida

Vincent Meeks, Texas Tech

Scott Ware, USC

Cornerbacks


Gabriel Fulbright, New Mexico

Charles Gordon, Kansas

Chris Hawkins, Marshall

Reuben Houston, Georgia Tech

Darrell Hunter, Miami (OH)

Khalid Naziruddin, Texas Tech

Chikioke Onyengecha, Oklahoma

Anwar Phillips, Penn State

John Walker, USC

Justin Wyatt, USC

Note: If you notice any errors or typos, please contact us. We did the best could to get this out as quickly as we could.

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Granted there was plenty that Draft Daddy (and every other site) got wrong pre-draft. However why dwell on the negatives?

Here's Draft Daddy uncanny prediction from the 790theTicket (Miami, Fla) radio appearance 20 days prior to draft day that did come to pass.

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The New York Jets couldn’t ask for more with great draft -- Draft Report Cards for 32 teams, via Ron Borges.

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Yahoo.com Draft Tracker has video hi-lights for the majority of players drafted today.

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Due to the sheer volume of stories from Day 1 in the draft, we felt it might be better to provide our readers with media links to all 32 teams, instead of posting dozens and dozens of random stories:

AFC Team Links

NFC Team Links

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We found this draft tidbit regarding Ohio State linebacker Anthony Schlegel from a Jet fan we know that attended the draft yesterday:

"At the draft a few Jets fans joined together to yell "Mort" to get ESPN's Chris Mortensen's attention after the Schlegel pick. My brother yells 'What you think about Schlegel?'

Mortensen responds with a thumbs up and "He's a football player" and shakes his head yes with approval....Meanwhile, Mel Kiper didn't approve, all he did was shake his head and give a thumbs down.

DD.com Comment: Where has the outspoken Mel gone?

In years gone by, Mel would tear into teams for picks he didn't like. After the Schlegel pick, Kiper said he was a bit of a reach, but seemed pretty positive regarding the linebackers talent level.

Schlegel went higher than we expected, we projected him in round 5 or 6...like that matters, right?

But after giving that pick some thought, we recalled how much we liked USC's Lofa Tatupu in 2005, yet listened to the "insiders" who claimed Tatupu was a total Day 1 waste because he ran consecutive 4.85 40's at the Combine at 5' 11". Tatupu wound up as a Pro Bowler in his rookie year and we looked like fools, tearing into Tatupu over his 40 times.

Not saying Schlegel will make the Pro Bowl or start next season, but maybe there is more to a player/linebacker than 40 times alone, right?

Schlegel may have something like 4. 7 or 4.8 speed, but as Chris Mortensen pointed out he's a "player" and has always exceeded expectations and brought his A-Game every week. We've never seen Schlegel embarrass himself on the field and he plays faster than he's timed.

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last updated: 4/29/06
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Follow all the draft picks: ESPN Draft Tracker.

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Sources: LenDale White failed drug test -- Revelation likely to hurt running back's status for NFL draft.

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More prospect features:

WR Domenik Hixon

OL Kevin Boothe

S Bernard Pollard

DT Gabe Watson

QB Matt Bohnet

WR Martin Nance

WR Reggie Lindsey

OC Nick Mihlhauser

WR Chad Jackson

WR Willie Reid

DT Orien Harris

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Major Breaking News: The Houston Texans got the NFL draft off to a stunning start a day early, bypassing Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush and instead signing defensive end Mario Williams with the No. 1 pick Friday night. 6 years, $56 million dollars, $26.5 million dollars guarunteed.

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Draft Daddy was asked about the possibility of Mario to Texans rumor exactly 20 days prior to draft day - this was what Matt Bitonti said with Marc Eisenberg on Miami's 790 AM theTicket.

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Houston selection of Mario Williams number one overall draws public's ire.

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New Orleans sitting even prettier with No. 2 pick -- Reggie Bush or a trade?

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Prospect Features:

RB Derrick Ross

OT Randy Hand

Texas State Bobcats

DT Antwon Burton

OT Jeff Jenerou

OL's Pat and Paul McQuistan

OG Davin Joseph

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Former first round draft picks Heath Shuler (class of 1995) and Lynn Swann (class of 1974) run for higher office -- Shuler U.S congress; Swann PA. Governor.

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last updated: 4/28/06
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Reader input on prospects:

WR Jonah Russell, Cal Poly -- An avid DD.com reader and good friend, who's son is a Division 1-AA All-American candidate, wrote us recently to tell us Russell looked like a "Brandon Stokley clone" during the 2004 season.

Russell, who ran a sub 4.5 40 and displayed a 41" vertical leap at Cal-Poly's Pro Day, lost some draft momentum during the 2005 season when the Mustangs coaching staff started using him at running back, but his numbers were still solid, all things considered. He's unlikely to be drafted, but if your favorite team signs him as a free agent, welcome him and keep an eye on him as a player.

RB Rashon Myles, Abilene Christian -- Myles is a transfer from the University of Indiana, who seems to have a lot of fans in Texas (judging from our E-Mails). Myles is 6', 215 pounds and has displayed the ability to run with excellent vision, power and balance. He may not be drafted this weekend, but he's a very worthy free agent type prospect.

DE Matt Rice, Penn State -- A reader close to Rice E-Mailed us and told us he has gotten very positive feedback from several NFL teams recently and expects to be drafted this weekend. Rice, who was overshadowed quite a bit by Tamba Hali at PSU, is 6' 4", 271 pounds and ran a 4.88 at the Combine.

RB Odie Armstrong, NW Oklahoma State -- A E-mailer told us to watch out for Armstrong, a NAIA superstar, who ran a 4.54 40 for Pro Scouts recently. Armstrong could be drafted, but will likely sign as a free agent.

QB Jeff Mroz, Yale -- Several people close to Ivy League quarterback have E-Mailed us recently to thank us for exposing this legit Day 2/priority free agent prospect, who flew below the radar of too many NFL teams this season. Mroz, we were told, worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles very recently.

LB Stephen Holte, Asuza Pacific -- Since DD.com is mostly 2 people, we need help with from "insiders" at the smaller school level. We've shed light on some of the top NAIA prospects since the 2005 season began and must send out a big thank you to Holte for his input.

Holte, a three time NAIA All-American linebacker who hopes to get a chance with an NFL team this weekend (free agent?), was our "unofficial NAIA scout" the last 7 months, giving us input on some of these small school gems from time to time.

Talk about a quality NAIA "inside source" for scouting reports, how can you beat the opinions from a NAIA superstar? We usually try to keep our distance from prospects, to remain objective, but there was something different about Stephen Holte, who exuded class and intelligence in his E-Mail's to us.

Good luck Stephen, whether it be in the NFL, CFL or AFL. And don't rule out being a coach or scout after your done playing for pay.

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The Houston Texans appear to be focusing on defensive end Mario Williams, not Reggie Bush.

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Nigerian-born defensive end Victor Adeyanju has skills that impress scouts.

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In depth look at Florida State rising linebacker/defensive end Kamerion Wimbley.

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Baltimore may choose quantity over quality -- trade their first round pick for extra picks.

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More prospect features:

CB Cletis Gordon

QB Drew Olson

DT Jesse Mahelona

OG Chris Kuper

FB Fahu Tahi

QB Bruce Gradkowski

TE Jon Williams

LB Bobby Carpenter

DE Ryan LaCasse

TE Joe Klopfenstein

LS Jeff Mullins

DE Sean Conover

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2005 4th round pick Chase Lyman, a wide receiver from Cal, hopes to put his injury history behind him after missing the 2005 season with a knee injury.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars signed unrestricted free agent linebacker Nick Greisen to a contract today.

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Drew Davison looks at the top Kansas prospects in the upcoming draft.

DD.com Comment: We really like Charles Gordon as a player. He was simply amazing at cornerback in 2004, before switching to wide receiver last season. Word is Gordon will play cornerback in the NFL, but running in the 40 in the mid 4.6's at only 5' 9" won't help his draft stock. We think he's a likely Day 2 pick, maybe even free agent. Football ability is there, but size and cornerback speed is lacking.

Linebacker Nick Reid "only" ran a 4.74 40 at Pro Day, but displayed a vertical leap of over 40". Reid is up to around 240 pounds, which will help him a bit. We think he has a chance to be drafted, but if he isn't, he'll be a highly sought after as a free agent. 2005 Big 12 Defensive POY. He's talented and athletic, despite the "average" straight line speed.

Defensive end Charlton Keith, a transfer from Minnesota, had a great 2005 season, and is definitely draft worthy. But playing defensive end in the NFL at around 235 pounds isn't likely. He may be better suited as a 3-4 linebacker. Possible 5th to 7th round pick. Maybe even a free agent type?

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Providence Journal takes an in depth look at BC cornerback/wide receiver Will Blackman, a Rhode Island native.

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More prospect features:

QB Kellen Clemens

S/CB Jason Allen -- Patriots looking?

WR Mike Hass

DT Brodrick Bunkley

LB Dale Robinson

LB's Chad Greenway & Abdul Hodge

DT Claude Wroten

LB Spencer Havner

DB Charles Gordon

CB David Pittman

WR Clinton Solomon

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Look at some top small schoolers from the Boston area, including tackle Ryan Gibbons.

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Scouts talk about LSU's top draft prospects.

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The B.C. Lions of the CFL announced the signing of NAIA star quarterback Tyler Emmert, who was considered a fringe NFL prospect/free agent in this weekends draft.

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Former Purdue defensive end Ray Edwards, who declared for the draft early, expects to be drafted sometime in the first three rounds.

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Questions Surround former Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick.

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Very good article: No glory, low pay: NFL fullback a tough spot.

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Talks Between Reggie Bush and the Houston Texans lose momentum?

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Honolulu Advertiser talks to DD.com fan Felica Eaton of Houston. Felicia's son is talented Hawaii center Brandon Eaton.

DD.com Comment: Felicia Eaton, a very nice woman, has been writing us cordial E-Mails since early in the 2005 season. Like so many family members of prospects, she cares deeply about the draft and enjoys keeping us up to date with her sons progress. We enjoy her input, as we enjoy the input of all family members of prospects. Felicia is a very big football fan and draft fan -- knows all the top offensive line prospects.

Brandon Eaton, who started in the Hula Bowl, is an outstanding football player between the lines -- top senior prospect from a quality Hawaii program. He has a chance to be drafted this weekend. But even if he isn't, he will be signed immediately as a priority free agent. Brandon is not real tall, or real fast, but he had a great collegiate career and plays hard all the time. You simply can't take that away from him. Brandon Eaton sort of reminds us of Ian Beckles, who was said to be "too small" and not a "great athlete", but had a long and very solid NFL career.

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last updated: 4/27/06
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Mark Sanchez, USC's 19-year-old rising quarterback prospect, was arrested and booked for sexual assault at 4 p.m.

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Do you believe in miracles?....We finally updated our Draft Prospect Rankings.

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We recently posted our 7 round mock draft.

DD.com Comment: Get the search engines ready (google, yahoo, ect.), because we are adding a lot of names you wont see elsewhere. We don't subscribe to any other publications to steal or look at projections from others -- particularly TV gurus, so this mock might be a bit different than what you see elsewhere.

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New Mexico linebacker Mike Mohoric is one of more than half a dozen Lobos hoping to be picked during this weekend's NFL Draft.

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Two Washington Huskies, three Washington State Cougars and EWU quarterback may get drafted.

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CBS SportsLine Notebook: Disinformation aside, we bring you draft risers and fallers.

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More prospect features:

CB Danieal Manning

QB Brad Smith

DE Tamba Hali

LB Jon Alston

DT Alex Guerrero

OC Todd Landot

OT Daryn Colledge

QB Tarvaris Jackson

CB Jay McCareins

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Fringe NFL Draft prospect Kevin Edwards (cornerback/safety) from the University of Montana has signed a contract with the Canadian Football League Calgary Stampeders.

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Graham Brown hasn't played football since his junior year of high school....But after Brown's basketball career at the University of Michigan wrapped up last month, his phone has been ringing - with calls from NFL teams.

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Some prospect features:

Travis Lulay and Jeff Charleston

LB Anthony Schlegel

OG Rob Sims

OC Nick Mangold

Maurice Drew and Demetrius Williams

DE Willie Evans

FS Antwan Marsh

WR Anthony Mix

OT Marcus McNeill

SS Anthony Smith

LB Chad Greenway

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Linebacker Terna Nande wants to show NFL what he's made of.

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On paper, Vandy linebacker Moses Osemwegie has the credentials to be an NFL player.

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Frostburg State defensive end Kevin Culbert could be selected in this weekend's NFL draft.

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Football's Future, a quality NFL Draft site, has a 3 round mock draft.

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Linebacker isn't high on the Carolina Panthers' priority list?

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Pittsburgh Steelers contemplate moving up in the draft.

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UConn basketball player Ed Nelson works out for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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If guard Will Montgomery follows pattern at Virginia Tech, he'll be an NFL standout.

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Former Penn State Star Michael Robinson's future, position a mystery.

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last updated: 4/26/06
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The Green Bay Packers reach an agreement with cornerback Charles Woodson.

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Add running back to Miami Dolphins' wish list.

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Rising tight end prospect Tony Scheffler prepares for the NFL draft this weekend.

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Tight end Anthony Fasano and wide reciever Maurice Stovall.

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Some prospect features:

DT Vicheal Foxx

LB Wyatt Green

SS Reed Doughty

QB Vince Young

DE Kamerion Wimbley

QB Brodie Croyle

OT Garin Justice

Wide receiver Skyler Green, who is hoping to be a first round draft pick, among LSU players awaiting draft day.

DD.com comment: We are sure Green is a fine person and we wish him luck. But he was basically just a punt returner and limited possession receiver for the Tigers. Also, at barely 5'9" and running a 4.54 40 at the Combine, we think it's stretch to believe he's a possible first round pick. Rounds 5 to 7 make more sense.

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PSU student writer Jenny Vrentas takes a look at current Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny.

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Some prospect features:

WR/CB Devin Hester

OT Ryan O'Callahan

OT Jahri Evans

LB Bobby Carpenter

LB A.J Hawk

LB/FB Derrick Ming

CB Tye Hill

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Baltimore may wait to tackle offensive line.

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Philadelphia Eagles last 3 drafts hardly building blocks.

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George Mason's Jai Lewis may turn out like Tony Gonzalez or Antonio Gates: basketball players who make it in the NFL.

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L.S.U defensive tackle Claude Wroten hopes coming clean results in being drafted highly.

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The Jets' interest in Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler remains high, so much so that they're in discussions with the Baltimore Ravens to try to obtain him with the 13th pick overall.

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Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said the club is considering a move to the 3-4 defense.

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Cornell right tackle Kevin Boothe hopes to make the jump from the Ivy League to the NFL.

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Six months ago, ESPN's Mel Kiper rated Derek Hagan as the No. 1 receiver in the NFL draft and projected him as a mid-first-round pick.

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Pat Kirwan, NFL.com Senior Analyst: Mock draft II.

Kirwan quote: Two players, who I will not mention, have apparently failed a drug test and will not be top choices next week. Unfortunately, one of those players is a clear-cut first-round talent.

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Miami (Ohio) quarterback Josh Betts fighting for spot in the NFL draft.

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For Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, building begins on the lines.

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Injury turns Trojans' LenDale White into a question mark.

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The Carolina Panthers look to trade up in draft.

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last updated: 4/25/06
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Our good friend Glenn Bernardi, an avid draft follower since the 1970's, has just updated his 4 Round Mock.

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We recently posted our 7 round mock draft.

DD.com Comment: Get the search engines ready (google, yahoo, ect.), because we are adding a lot of names you wont see elsewhere. We don't subscribe to any other publications to steal or look at projections from others, so this mock might be a bit different than what you see elsewhere.

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Jacksonville Jaguars plan to address linebacker need on draft day.

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Grambling quarterback Bruce Eugene ready for his shot at the NFL.

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Will the New York Jets take Maryland TE Vernon Davis with their first pick? ****

Washington State defensive end Adam Braidwood leads Canadians into the NFL draft.

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Breaking News: The Seattle Seahawks acquired veteran safety Mike Green from the Chicago Bears for a sixth-round draft pick.

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Wofford (S.C.) College nose tackle Katon Bethay, who ran 5.0 40 flat at 300 pounds, hoping for a chance in NFL draft.

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The Miami Hurricanes hoping for first-round flurry.

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Florida State cornerback Antonio Cromartie's draft stock rising.

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NFL Network acquires rights to the Senior Bowl.

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San Francisco 49ers say they're staying at number 6.

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Richmond quarterback Stacey Tutt.

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Scout looks at 3 Kansas prospects, including Charles Gordon.

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Florida State draft projections.

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Northwestern State cornerback David Pittman creates draft buzz.

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Mining small schools for draft gems.

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Look at Iowa wide receiver Ed Hinkel.

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N.Y Giants looking at tackle Eric Winston in round one?

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Virginia Tech Linebacker James Anderson isn't buying into pre-draft reports that say his stock is rising.

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USC's Winston Justice looks to leave prank behind him.

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OSU's Donte Whitner a rising star on draft boards.

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Jets consider quarterback Brodie Croyle, in early round two?

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Will the Green Bay Packers take a quarterback in round one?

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Detroit Lions might take player on defense in round one.

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Memphis running back DeAngelo Williams ready to prove himself in NFL.

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12 Penn State players, including special teams superstar Ethan Kilmer, riding emotional roller coaster going into NFL draft.

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National college football writer Ray Fittipaldo's list of former WPIAL (Pittsburgh) players and their chances of getting drafted.

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For Nick Hartigan, career path is a no-brainer; Brown fullback hopes to delay law school for the NFL.

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Wide receiver Santonio Holmes could be in Dolphins' plans.

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The way Mike Degory sees it, the math of the NFL Draft doesn't add up....The former Florida Gator started a school record-tying 50 games at center, but a 40-yard dash run in 5.4 seconds one day in February carries as much weight with NFL teams.

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No one knows where Georgia tight end Leonard Pope will go in the draft -- round one or round two?

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Is Florida defensive end/outside linebacker Jeremy Mincey a fit for the Patriots?

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Will the Tampa Bay Buccaneers draft a linebacker like Florida State's Ernie Sims?

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Forget about Maryland's Vernon Davis being the top tight-end prospect in this year's NFL Draft. He might just be the best receiver, period.

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The Minnesota Vikings find draft is flush with linebackers.

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NFL draft: Virginia's D'Brickashaw Ferguson's stock is soaring.

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Look at UCLA linebacker Justin London.

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Pittsburgh Steelers' recent drafts successes sets the bar high for this weekend.

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Former Tennessee guard Rob Smith expects to be selected near the fifth round in this weekend's NFL draft.

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Philadelphia Eagles vice president of player personnel Tom Heckert offers pre-draft thoughts.

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Texas two-step -- Houston maintains it still hasn't decided on the No. 1 pick.

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Is Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk's stock soaring entering draft?

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Chris Graham of the Augusta Free Press does a nice story on NFL Draft sites, with our own Matt Bitonti featured prominently in the article.

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The Philadelphia Eagles will take a lineman, like Florida State defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley, with their first pick in the NFL draft.

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Santa Claus is ingrained in Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler's upbringing.

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Defensive back Cletis Gordon looks to end Jackson State's draft drought.

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Lions won't have problem landing a solid LB....How about our friend Spencer Havner of UCLA, who should be drafted by the 4th round?

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In depth look at Ohio State linebacker Bobby Carpenter's draft chances.

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The Jets and Bills went to Wisconsin-LaCrosse to workout D-3 All-American safety Kenneth Halvorson, who still has a season of college eligibility after sitting out 2005 with a sports hernia.

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Undrafted prospects, like Antonio Gates of the Chargers, can become NFL stars.

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NFL teams often put up red flags for prospects -- injury and behavioral issues, ect.

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Look at the San Francisco 49ers' top needs going into the draft.

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NFL defensive back Ricky Manning Jr. was arrested on suspicion of assault Sunday after a fight at a restaurant....Manning is a 25-year-old restricted free agent who signed an offer sheet with the Chicago Bears on Friday.

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last updated: 4/23/06
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Reggie Bush rated the best of the running backs, as LenDale White's stock drops.

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Baltimore could draft a defensive tackle in round one.

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Here's the catch: The Chargers set at wide receiver and tight end?

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Respected Dallas News NFL Draft expert Rick Gosselin second mock draft.

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What direction will the Indianapolis Colts run in NFL Draft?...Polian quiet on taking replacement running back.

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Kansas linebacker Nick Reid has hope for draft day.

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South Carolina safety Ko Simpson awaits the NFL Draft.

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Feature on Georgia Bulldog's impact tight end Leonard Pope.

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In depth look at versatile Texas Tech RB Taurean Henderson.

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Athletic and tall Boston College quarterback Quinton Porter expects to sign a free agent deal after the draft.

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Look at prospects Greg Jennings, Jerome Harrison and Tony Scheffler.

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No end to San Francisco 49ers' needs, particularly on defense.

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Georgia Tech's Damarius Bilbo intends to prove he's an NFL-worthy receiver.

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Look at Cal-Davis tight end Daniel Fells.

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Wisconsin fullback Matt Bernstein carries hopes of a community.

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The New York Jets set sights on defensive end or offensive tackle with the 4th pick?

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Despite the selection of Pacman Jones in 2005's first round, Tennessee GM says character always an issue in the draft.

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The Patriots need wideouts, but not in the first round?

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For those trying to guess who the Miami Dolphins will choose Saturday with the No. 16 pick in the NFL Draft, coach Nick Saban has some advice: Don't bother.

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Are the Pittsurgh Steelers set to draft a college quarterback to play wide receiver?....Plus news on Missouri quarterback Brad Smith, who might see his draft stock drop significantly after telling NFL teams he doesn't want to play wide receiver.

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Toledo quarterback Bruce Gradkowski is among the top Pittsburgh area natives looking forward to the upcoming NFL Draft.

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last updated: 4/22/06
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The Minnesota Vikings have five picks among first 95 selections in NFL draft.

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A look at some of the draft options for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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New York Times feature story: A leading man, USC quarterback Matt Leinart remains down to earth despite stardom.

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The rainy conditions at Beaver Stadium Saturday did not hamper new Penn State starting quarterback Anthony Morelli. The junior was extremely effective in leading the Blue to a 17-0 win over the White in a game Lion coach Joe Paterno did not want to play.

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Texas' Michael Huff would be perfect fit at safety for the Detroit Lions.

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Linebacker LaVar Arrington agreed to a $49-million deal with the New York Giants, according to one of his agents.

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Closer glance at the draft prospects of former Syracuse running back Damien Rhodes.

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Former UConn power forward Ed Nelson had a solid workout for NFL scouts yesterday and even displayed a 34" vertical leap......."So for all them guys on CBS and ESPN saying I can’t jump over a piece of paper, that one’s for you", said the 6' 6", 264 pound Nelson.

DD.com comment: Despite being East Coast based, with ties to UConn, we can't say we know much about Nelson, as we don't really follow college b-ball. NFL scouts and his agent Joe Linta will have to sort that out. Linta is known for having quality prospects that exceed expectations in the NFL, so Nelson will get a look in some way.

The article also mentions Yale quarterback Jeff Mroz, who we've been really high on, as a latter round developmental pick, since the early part of the 2005 season. He ran a sparkling 4.75 40 at the workout, which is very good for a quarterback with his size and skills. We think Mroz is a worthy draft pick. Don't be surprised if the Giants, Cowboys or Patriots use a latter round pick on him.

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In depth and detailed look at Syracuse's speedy defensive end/linebacker Ryan LaCasse.

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The Buffalo Bills recognize the need to go for big men in the NFL Draft, and the evidence is pointing toward Florida State defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley as their likeliest first-round pick.

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Depth still needed at D-line for the Cincinnati Bengals; team will likely use a high draft pick to get one.

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Closer glance at the draft prospects of former Alabama quarterback Brodie Croyle.

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TCU wide receiver Cory Rodgers isn't worried that most NFL Draft gurus believe his stock is falling and that he might end up signing a free-agent contract instead of being selected.

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East Stroudsburg University fullback Anthony Carfagno on the NFL draft 'bubble'.

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USC running back Reggie Bush and the Houston Texans work on contract details.

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Draft is a guessing game at best; college performance may not translate to the NFL.

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Defensive Tackle Jay Alford assumes leadership role for Penn State

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last updated: 4/21/06
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Respected Dallas News NFL Draft expert Rick Gosselin looks at the cornerbacks in the draft.

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Now that they've added another first-rounder to their bundle of picks, the San Francisco 49ers plan on standing pat in the NFL draft.

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The Chicago Bears are expected to sign Carolina Panthers cornerback Ricky Manning Jr. to a multiyear deal, which the Panthers would have one week to match....The Bears might take a cornerback with their first-round pick regardless of whether they sign Manning, but the move would give them a lot more flexibility.

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Although it's unlikely they will select a quarterback with the fourth pick in next weekend's NFL draft, the New York Jets conducted a private workout with Texas' Vince Young in Houston.

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Louisville tailback Michael Bush has no regrets after not leaving school early.

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Eastern Michigan record-breaking receiver Eric Deslauriers happy to be drafted (CFL), but the Montreal Alouettes must wait.

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Did the Green Bay Packers turn down offer of two first-round picks from the Denver Broncos?

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South Carolina cornerback Johnathan Joseph entered the NFL draft in relative obscurity, but he turned some heads when he ran 4.31 in the 40-yard dash.

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New Mexico State linebacker Jimmy Cottrell, a likely 7th round\free agent prospect set to tackle shot at NFL.

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Don't believe the hype -- Ten draft prospects who won't meet lofty expectations.

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Look at 3 Penn State stars players looking to make an impact for the Nittany Lions next season: OT Levi Brown, future first round pick?.....OLB Dan Connor, future first round pick?.....And qurterback Anthony Morelli.

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About 15 percent of the players chosen in the 2005 NFL draft weren’t invited to the Combine. Dion Byrum, cornerback for Ohio University, will likely be one of those players in this year’s draft.

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George Mason power forward Jai Lewis took a big step toward what he hopes will be a career in pro football as an offensive lineman, auditioning for 11 NFL teams at an Alexandria training center yesterday.

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Are the Pittsburgh Steelers really serious about drafting former Colorado wide receiver Jeremy Bloom?

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Footballs Future, a quality draft site, has just updated it's 3 round mock draft.

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USA Today feature: Virginia's D'Brickashaw Ferguson not light on talent.

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Chargers.com: Mike Mayock of NFL Network breaks down the draft position by position.

DD.com quote, Mike Mayock: "[Cornerback Antonio Cromartie] started one game in three years, missed all of last season with an ACL, but he's almost 6-3, 208 pounds ran a 4.40 second 40-yard dash....They are making him sound like he's the best DB to come out of there since Deion Sanders. He's a guy that's going to go somewhere between 20 and 25 and only has one start in his career.” **

last updated: 4/20/06
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ESPN's Len Pasquarelli: First-round wide receiver's are generally slow starters.

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The Miami Dolphins' first pick in the draft will likely be someone who can tackle.

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Calgary defensive end Dan Federkeil gets NFL tryout with Colts as an offensive lineman.

DD.com comment: Federkeil diplayed solid skills at the East-West game. He certainly looked like he belonged with the top US prospects. We realize he's a long shot to be drafted, coming from a Canadian college, but we think he has a chance as a free agent.

Moving him to offensive tackle seems weird, considering his ability at defensive end. If foot speed is an issue, we'd try to bulk him up and play him at defensive tackle. But we guess Federkeil is smart in doing whatever he can to make an NFL team.

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As Vince Young nears his NFL Draft destiny, the University of Texas quarterback has signed his first endorsement deal with NetSpend Corp., a leading marketer of prepaid debit cards.

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Fringe NFL prospect Adam Braidwood, Washington State defensive end, was the first pick (Edmonton) in the CFL Draft today; Canadian college star Andy Fantuz was picked 3rd overall....Follow all the picks at CFL.ca.

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Could Southern Cal running back Reggie Bush be heading to New Orleans?

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Florida International pro prospects, led by safety/cornerback Nick Turnbull want to put future Golden Panthers on an even keel with those from traditional powers.

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Ex-Baltimore quarterback Anthony Wright has agreed to a one-year contract with the Bengals.

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Like another ex-Washington State Cougar, Adam Braidwood is set to become the top pick in the CFL's Canadian college draft today. And like Rob Meier of West Vancouver, Braidwood has hopes of becoming a wasted pick.

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Is Ohio State wide receiver Santonio Holmes' stock falling a bit?

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Former Purdue cornerback Ray Williams, a likely 7th rounder/free agent, awaits the NFL Draft.

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What will the Denver Broncos do in round 1 and round 2, following yesterday's trade with the 49ers.

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Closer look at Penn State quarterback Michael Robinson, who will likely play wide receiver or safety in the NFL.

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Did you know that both starting catchers in this weeks Los Angeles-Anaheim/ Minnesota series (baseball) were heavily recruited to play quarterback for Florida State at the same time?

Twins catcher Joe Mauer, a 23 year old rising star in baseball, actually signed with FSU to play football, but the Minnesota native decided to play baseball exclusively when the Twins drafted him number one overall coming out of high school.

LA-Anaheim catcher Jeff Mathis, a 23 year old loaded with potential, was also a very gifted high school quarterback, heavily recruited by Bobby Bowden.

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West Texas A&M University offensive lineman Pat McCoy and Dejuan Skinner await their destiny in NFL the Draft.

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In depth look at University of Texas defensive tackle Rodrique Wright.

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Quick glance at Penn State's secondary, which will lose all four starters from the 2005 season, but returns some gifted youngsters to take their place, including cornerback Justin King.

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last updated: 4/19/06
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FHMUS.com does a Candid and informative Q & A with former USC running back Reggie Bush.

Trade with the Denver Broncos nets the San Francisco 49ers No. 22 overall pick.

The Niners apparently are angling to pick up one of the top outside linebackers in a linebacker-rich draft at the No. 22 slot with the assumption that Ohio State product A.J. Hawk - generally considered the top linebacker prospect available - will not last past the first five picks.

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Several US College juniors and seniors will be selected in the upcoming Canadian Football League Draft.

Washington State defensive end Adam Braidwood is expected to be the number one overall pick. He's also a fringe NFL prospect....Our 2005 look at the top Canadians playing in the U.S.

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Listen to Draft Daddy streaming on the internet at 790 theticket.com or on the radio in the Miami area, 2:05pm on Wednesday afternoon.

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Patriots Football Weekly -- NFL draft prospects on the rise: linebacker Bobby Carpenter.

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Extended USA Today feature on Vandy quarterback Jay Cutler.

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NFC Central champs Chicago Bears check out some of the top cornerbacks in the draft.

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Former USC stars Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart to workout for the New York Jets.....Rising quarterback Kellen Clemens of Oregon gets a closer look from Gang Green.

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Concerns for the Miami Hurricanes: Wide receivers and Offensive line....Junior-to-be quarterback Kyle Wright another Troy Aikman?

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Ashley Lelie's absence from the Broncos' offseason program may be the beginning of the end in Denver for the wide receiver....Denver needs help at receiver and likely will add one in the draft's early rounds.

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Baltimore is wrapping up one of the last phases of draft preparation, entertaining the final crop of college players at their training complex this week.

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Chad Jackson and Sinorice Moss on the rise...Former UF, Miami receivers moving up draft boards.

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Closer look at Penn State cornerback Anwar Phillips.

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Quarterbacks Matt Leinart and Vince Young to meet with the Oakland Raiders.

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Texas A & M's Reggie McNeal shrugs off less-than-ideal senior year --- quarterback thinks he improved status with performance in East/West Game.

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Dolphins Middle linebacker Matt Sinclair, a 2005 undrafted free agent, playing real well in NFL Europe.

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last updated: 4/18/06
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Pittsburgh Steelers meet USC's LenDale White, possible number one draft choice.

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Washington tackle Joe Toledo is about to find out if changing positions will improve his chances of making it in the NFL.

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Like his brother, Ryan Hawk trying for pro football career.

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Are the Dallas Cowboys considering trading up for Texas safety Mike Huff?

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Closer look at USC Darnell Bing, who is getting attention from the Patriots.

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NFL scouting legend Gil Brandt keeps knowing and going.

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Gil Brandt, NFL.com Senior Analyst -- Analysis by position: top 23 cornerbacks in the draft.

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Plenty of options for the Miami Dolphins if Ricky Williams can't play.

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Sophomore wide Receiver Nyan Boateng strives to replace Chad Jackson at receiver for the Florida Gators....Rarely used fullback Billy Latsko named the Gators starting tailback?

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While I was out last night, our webmaster Matt Bitonti updated our mock draft by himself and added John McCargo to the first round mix?

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Florida State cornerback Antonio Cromartie draws Deion Sanders comparisons.

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Respected Dallas News NFL Draft expert Rick Gosselin looks at the top tight ends in the draft.

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last updated: 4/17/06
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Mending from a knee injury, Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny is eager to dish out hits for the Nittany Lions.

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Since the end of the college football season, the NFL draft stock of Oregon quarterback Kellen Clemens has risen sharply.

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Closer look at Purdue's top draft prospects, including safety Bernard Pollard.

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Virginia's D'Brickashaw Ferguson has more than just a unique name Tackle could go as high as No. 2 in draft.

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The Kansas Jayhawks will lose several quality starters to the NFL soon, but a pair of redshirt sophomore defenders -- linebacker Mike Rivera and cornerback Aqib Talib -- hope emerge as team leaders. Both have NFL potential for the future, particularly Talib, who possesses great size and speed.

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After GQ, is NFL next for Florida International defensive back/model Nick Turnbull?

DD.com comment: We first featured Turnbull on this site in May of 2005. He recently made our "All-Party Crashers Team".

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Nice overview of the top safeties in the draft by a Chicago area writer.

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Respected ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski: “I have studied all the quarterbacks, and I like Jay Cutler the best of them.”

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Wonderlic reaches well beyond the NFL.

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Is Howard defensive back Antoine Bethea moving quickly up the draft charts?

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Buccaneers.com Spotlight on the Draft: Florida State running back Leon Washington.

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NFL teams are keeping quiet about UCLA running back Maurice Drew, but could he be a first round surprise?

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Jamar Landrom and Earnest Jones, two former defensive standouts for the Tennessee State Tigers, opened many scouts’ eyes during Pro-Timing Day.

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last updated: 4/16/06
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Respected Dallas News NFL Draft expert Rick Gosselin looks at the top wide receivers in the draft.

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Respected Dallas News NFL Draft expert Rick Gosselin looks at the top safeties in the draft.

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On the weekend that will decide his professional career, former LSU cornerback Ronnie Prude doesn't want to be anywhere near a television.

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ESPN and NFL Network upping the coverage ante for the upcoming NFL Draft.

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Pat Kirwan, NFL.com Senior Analyst: 2 round mock draft.

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Florida State cornerback Antonio Cromartie isn't just looking to improve his draft stock, he's making visits, going through workouts and doing what it takes to shoot up the draft boards of teams at the top of the NFL Draft.

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Look at Ohio State defensive end/linebacker Mike Kudla, who has overcome serious illness to project as a possible 2nd round NFL prospect.

DD.com comment: If Kudla does play linebacker in the NFL, which we think he will, that will likely mean OSU will have 4 linebackers picked in the upcoming draft -- Bobby Carpenter, A.J Hawk, Anthony Schlegel and Kudla.

Also, all these players took a back seat, talent-wise, to current Buckeye linebacker Mike D'Andrea coming out of high school. Had D'Andrea's career not been so riddled by injuries, he would've very likely made it 5 Buckeye linebackers in the same draft and may've projected as a first or second round pick. That's amazing talent in one place, at the same time. D'Andrea, by the way, will return to OSU next season.

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Rivals.com: 10 underrated prospects; 10 overrated prospects.

DD.com comment: Nice job with the piece. We don't who's photo is being used for overrated #7, but it's definitely not Will Allen.

DD.com E-mail: That pic in the Rivals overrated prospects they are using for Will Allen of Texas is the Will Allen that used to play for Ohio State.....We thank the E-Mailer (SB) for the input.

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Rivals.com: 10 rising prospects; 10 falling Prospects.

DD.com comment: Great article. We respectfully disagree on Auburn offensive tackle Marcus McNeil. But who knows, maybe the back issues drop him into round 2? We will find out soon enough, but we think he's definitely a first round caliber prospect.

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Quarterback Justin Rummell has one more season left at Earlham College (D-3), but NFL scouts are already checking out the athletic, 6' 3" quarterback.

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Dallas News draft guru Rick Gosselin, a true insider, most recent mock draft has Oklahoma guard/center Chris Chester being slected in round one.

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Michael Robinson, who quarterbacked Penn State to an 11-1 season in 2005, is willing to make switch to wide receiver.

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Is Minnesota running back Laurence Maroney on the Patriots radar?

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DD.com looks at 16 wide receivers that we feel could surprise people in the NFL. Most of these players are solid Day 2 selections or quality free agent types. All have some negatives -- speed, size, experience, durability, ect. But all have enough upside potential to find a niche and become quality pros.

Travis Wilson ~ Oklahoma -- Wilson was among our top three receivers in the pre-season and early into the 2005 season, but a fairly serious foot injury, coupled with shaky quarterback play for the Sooners last season, led to him having a poor senior year (25 receptions, 310 yards and 1 TD in 7 games). There was a lingering question regarding Wilson's speed, but his 4.47 40 time at the Combine has helped him regain some momentum. Also played well at the Senior Bowl. Looks like a possible 3rd round pick.

Brandon Marshall ~ Central Florida -- Marshall is a player that literally came out of nowhere to have a great senior season for the surging Golden Knights. In 2004, as a junior, Marshall had a total of 8 receptions for 84 yards, starting three games at wide receiver and seven at safety.......The 6' 4", 230 pounder was moved back to wide receiver during the spring of 2005 and that move paid off, as he put up huge numbers last season for the Knights -- 74 receptions, for 1,195 yards and 11 touchdowns. Played well at the Hula Bowl, which earned him a Combine invite, where he was able to display reasonable 4.52 40 speed. Projects as a likely 4th or 5th round pick.

Sam Hurd ~ Northern Illinois -- Tall (6' 2", 188), sure handed receiver, who loves to block and does it well. Had 65 receptions for 1,074 yards and 13 TD's in 2005 for the Huskies. Had a huge game against NFL prospect Darrell Hunter of Miami (Ohio)......Speed "might" be an issue in the NFL's eyes, as he ran in the 4.6’s at NIU’s Pro Day, but his omission from the NFL Scouting Combine is still a surprise to us. We project Hurd as 7th round pick or quality free agent.

Greg Jennings ~ Western Michigan--Jennings can really get open on the outside, due to his deceptive 4.42 speed. Listed at 5'11" and 190 pounds, he lacks top size, but is very strong going after the ball and displays exceptional toughness. Had 56 catches for 1,050 yards and 11 TD's as a sophomore. In 2004, as a junior, had 74 receptions for 1,092 yards and 14 TD's. In 2005, Jennings had 98 receptions for 1,259 yards and 14 touchdowns. Needless to say, he had a great career. Could sneak into the 3rd round.

Matt Miller ~ Arizona State -- Saved his best career effort for his final game, snagging 5 receptions for a total 135 yards and 2 touchdowns versus Rutgers at the Insight Bowl. He finished the 2005 season with only 24 receptions, but gained 563 yards on those receptions (23 yard average) and scored 7 touchdowns. Not bad for a number three slot receiver, right?......If this Drew Bennett look alike can add some bulk to his frame, that would be beneficial. We think he’s a player worthy of draft consideration in the latter rounds, but will probably have to go the free agent route. Simply put: Players that have decent height (6˜ 2"), excellent hands and can regularly stretch the field (almost 20 yard career receiving average), are not easy to find.

Ben Obomanu ~ Auburn -- Intelligent wide receiver, with excellent athletic ability, who has been a factor in the Tigers vertical game from the time he arrived at the school. Has never broke out statistically as a star performer, but that probably had a lot to do with the wealth of receiving talent Auburn has had. Clutch performer, who can make some big catches in critical spots. Played in the Senior Bowl and fared fairly well. Had a solid Combine showing, running a 4.45 40 and displaying a 38” vertical leap. Has the look of a 4th or 5th round pick.

Jason Carter ~ Texas A&M -- Due to a medical redshirt that granted him a fifth season, Carter earned a chance to play a lot in 2005 and the senior took advantage of it by impressing NFL scouts with his quick feet and solid hands. Not a true burner, running in the 4.6’s, but possesses deceptive quickness and will be tough to cut if he gets a fair shot. Cinderella season was capped off with a Combine date, where he flashed decent overall athletic ability. He’s a probable Day 7th rounder/free agent. Played well in the East-West game.

Jovan Bouknight ~ Wyoming -- At 6’ 1" and 190 pounds, Bouknight is a decent sized receiver with a hard-nosed attitude. Caught some flak at the Combine for running a 4.7 plus 40 time. Some insiders felt he tumbled out of the draft with those poor 40’s, but he showed better speed at Wyoming's Pro Day. One of the better mid-major wide receivers, who had 77 receptions for 1,116 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Cowboys in 2005. We aren’t as high on Bouknight as others are. We say he’s a likely 7th round pick -- maybe even undrafted free agent.

Travis LaTendresse ~ Utah -- Turned in a nice season for the Utes in 2005, snaring 55 receptions for 810 yards and 8 touchdowns, despite missing three games due to an ankle injury. As he got healthier, he got better -- had 9 receptions for 192 yards against New Mexico in November and absolutely smoked Georgia Tech’s top notch secondary with 16 receptions for 214 yards and 4 touchdowns in the Emerald Bowl.......He’s listed at 6’ 1", 200 pounds and isn’t scared to go over the middle. Ran solid 4.5 40’s at Pro Day, which should him get at least a free agent look. Remember, LaTendresse wasn’t even considered a long shot prospect prior to 2005, so he’s a come a long way in a short period of time just to get any attention from scouts.

Damarius Bilbo ~ Georgia Tech -- Is a player with very little experience at receiver, being a converted quarterback, but he's definitely a player worth following closely due to his size and athletic ability. He was Tech's second leading receiver in 2005 with 40 receptions for 591 yards and 2 touchdowns. We know NFL scouts are fascinated by him and he had a good week of practice at the Hula Bowl. Bilbo sort of hurt himself at the Combine, running in the 4.7’s, but should still get attention as a free agent. Could he be a lesser version of Anquan Boldin?

Ed Hinkel ~ Iowa --Skinny slot receiver, who can return punts, cover on special teams and is pound per pound, as tough as any football player in the nation. Suffered a broken arm on a 43 yard reception against Purdue in early October and was told he would miss the balance of the season. Undaunted, Hinkel came back after just 3 weeks and hauled in 20 receptions for 288 yards and 6 touchdowns in his final 3 games.....Ran a very solid 4.5 40 at the Combine and displayed nice hands. Most draft sites rank him as a free agent, but we would consider drafting him in round 5 or 6 due to his versatility, toughness and receiving skills. Could add a few pounds to frame, but overall we think he’s a very underrated prospect.

Ethan Kilmer ~ Penn State -- Former Penn State walk-on, who only played two seasons of college football and never played high school ball. Was the Lions fastest athlete at Pro Day, clocking in around 4.35 on several scouts watches. Also displayed a 42” vertical. Fared well in 2005 as a receiver, averaging 15.7 yards per catch (15 receptions). Kilmer, a special teams coverage star, improved markedly as a receiver in 2005 as the season wound down -- had 6 catches for 79 yards in the Orange Bowl. Only played one season as a college wide receiver, and didn’t get many chances until the second half of the 2005 season. Lack of football experience will be the biggest knock on Kilmer.

Jermaine Jamison ~ Fresno State -- His performance at Pro Day left some scouts wondering why he wasn’t invited to the Combine. At over 6’ 2” and 200 pounds, Jamison ran a 4.44 40 yard dash, did a very solid 4.09 short shuttle and looked like a solid overall athlete. He’s a player that was very highly regarded coming into Fresno State. After a spectacular freshman season his game leveled off a quite a bit, never even recording 40 receptions or 500 yards in a season, but scouts are known to be intrigued by his size, speed and athletic ability.

Willie Reid ~ Florida State -- Smallish wide receiver (5’ 10”, 185) displayed outstanding speed and quickness at the Combine, running the 40 yard dash in 4.35 seconds. Reid’s post season may’ve put him in a position to be drafted between the 3rd and early 5th round. Teams seeking help on special teams will like his punt returning skills -- returned 3 punts for touchdowns in 2005.

Domenik Hixon ~ Akron -- 6’ 2“, 200 pound wide receiver stole the show at Akron’s Pro Day, running a 4.36 40 yard dash, displaying a 38.5” vertical jump and finishing the all important short shuttle in 4.17 seconds. Hixon, who was a defensive back at Akron as a freshman and sophomore, had a breakout season in 2005 -- 75 receptions, 1,210 yards and 8 touchdowns. Can also return kicks and punts. Hixson hopes to be a 3rd round pick, but round 5 seems more likely.

David Anderson ~ Colorado State -- Smallish wide receiver (5' 11" 197), who had a great career for the Rams -- 215 receptions for 3,454 yards and 19 touchdowns from his sophomore to senior season. Ran in the mid 4.5's at the Combine, but proved over and over again during his collegiate career that he could make big plays and stretch the field. Willing blocker, with exceptional hands, that can help on special teams as a punt returner. We think Anderson projects as a 6th round pick, or so. Sort of reminds us of former Jets star Wayne Chrebet.

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last updated: 4/15/06
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Purdue defensive end Rob Ninkovich made the leap from Joliet Junior College to Purdue University with only two years to make NFL scouts take notice of him.

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T.J. Rushing has been turning heads as a returns specialist for quite some time at Stanford, but he's also seen plenty of action at the cornerback position -- a lot more than most people realize.

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Former Virginia Running back Wali Lundy is scheduled to visit the Eagles early next week at the NovaCare Complex.

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The Vikings wrapped up their first week of pre-draft visits Friday as Alabama linebacker DeMeco Ryans and another small group of prospects toured Winter Park.

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After USC running back Reggie Bush, the NFL Draft appears wide open.

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Chargers GM reveals portion of draft plans -- a left tackle in round one?

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Louisiana prospects (not counting LSU players) could have a long wait on draft day -- Analysts predict most of the 21 players mentioned in the article will go on second day or not be drafted at all.

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Cornerbacks are a favorite in NFL draft -- as many as 22 corners could be chosen on the first day this year, though not all of them have Day one ability.

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NFL.com reports Troy Bergeron, who played wide receiver for the Georgia Force of the Arena League last season, ran outdoors March 23 at a high school on a rubber track. Bergeron (6-1 1/8, 197) was clocked at 4.48 and 4.49 in the 40. He had a 33-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot-9 long jump, a 4.35 short shuttle and a 7.25 three-cone drill.

DD.com comment: We were the first NFL Draft site to feature Troy Bergeron in 2005. We know both Troy and his agent have worked tirelessly to get a legit chance at making it in the NFL and he's now on the cusp of making that happen. We wish them luck.

But will Troy be drafted?

That will be tough, considering Troy hasn't played outdoor football since 2001 and really hasn't seen any significant game action since the Arena Bowl in May of 2005. We watched Bergeron play in the Arena League and know he has talent and toughness. That’s not to be questioned, in our opinion. But, again, will teams use a draft pick on a player that really hasn't had a chance to showcase his skills on a 100 yard football field since high school?

We will find out soon enough. When we watched the Georgia Force play the New York Dragons in 2005, current New York Jets Pro Bowl linebacker Jonathan Vilma served as the game analyst that night and spoke glowingly of Bergeron's athletic ability and quickness. Bergeron is definitely a worthy project in the NFL, whether he's picked on the latter part of Day 2, or signs as a priority free agent.

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Miami wide receiver Lance Leggett endured the type of sophomore season most players would rather delete from their memory banks.

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The Miami Hurricanes are still waiting for Willie Williams, once the nation's premier linebacker prospect, to 'arrive'.

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The New York Giants puzzle over draft shopping list.

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Matt Dougherty takes an extensive look at the top Division I-AA prospects.

DD.com comment: We would've added Yale quarterback Jeff Mroz among the top four or five 1-AA prospect at his position, but overall an excellent and very informative article. Dougherty does a nice job of breaking down these players draft chances and not overrating their draft stock.

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Texas' Michael Huff, the top safety prospect in the upcoming NFL draft, writes a weekly draft diary.

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JD Booty was listed Friday as Southern California's No. 1 quarterback, despite missing nearly all of spring practice because of a bulging disc in his back that required surgery.

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Don Banks: Is Southern California running back LenDale White this year's Maurice Clarett?

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Southern California quarterback Matt Leinart will visit New Orleans next week.

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The Miami Dolphins continue to eye Texas quarterback Vince Young , who seems to be a Nick Saban favorite.

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As we reported last week, the Patriots are checking out Michigan possession receiver Jason Avant.

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Fresno State defensive end Garrett McIntyre, Western Athletic Conference defensive MVP in 2005, may get slighted all over again.

DD.com comment: Garrett McIntyre was a 6’ 3", 250 pound defensive end/defensive tackle hybrid sort in college, who may have to move to linebacker in the NFL. He went from being a former walk-on to the WAC Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2005. Despite battling nagging injuries early last season, McIntyre was a force for the Bulldogs, collecting 7 sacks and 11 tackles for losses in just 9 games.

Although McIntyre doesn't have the "measurables" NFL teams look for, his play on the field is very strong. He possesses a tremendous first step and quick burst off the line, and is putting constant pressure on quarterbacks due to his intensity and array of edge rushing moves. His play on the field for Fresno State got so strong, he can no longer be ignored and some NFL team may have to find a spot for him, whether he‘s drafted or not.

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ColtPower Hot Prospect: Virginia Military Institute linebacker Justin Huggard.

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This is a very perliminary "watch list" for small stars that were juniors in 2005. These players should be among the top senior prospects on the small school level next college football season.

QB Justin Rascati ~ James Madison

QB Jeff Smith ~ Georgetown College (Ky.)

RB Arkee Whitlock ~ Southern Illinois

RB Germaine Race ~ Pittsburg State

RB Pierre Rembert ~ Illinois State

RB Alonzo Coleman ~ Hampton University

RB Steve Baylark ~ Massachusetts

RB Jeremy McCoy ~ Alcorn State

RB Clifton Dawson ~ Harvard

FB Reuben Mayes ~ Grambling

TE Daniel Bettis ~ Appalachian State

TE Patrick Bugg ~ Eastern Kentucky

TE Ryan Fuselier ~ Dartmouth

TE Zach Herold ~ Nebraska-Omaha

WR David Ball ~ New Hampshire

WR Henry Tolbert ~ Grambling

WR Ashley Wright ~ Yale

WR James Banks ~ Carson-Newman

WR Laurent Robinson ~ Illinois State

WR Andy Birkel ~ Northern Colorado

WR Charlie Spiller ~ Alcorn State

WR Tyrone Timmons ~ Mississippi Valley State

WR Ryan Voss ~ Eastern Illinois

OT Brent Pousson ~ McNeese State

OT Andre Bennett ~ Grambling State

OT Elliot Vallejo ~ Cal-Davis

OT Clyde Reed ~ South Carolina State

OG Matt Isenhour ~ Appalachian State

OC Ryan Jewell ~ Youngstown State

DE Martin Jackson ~ Alcorn State

DE Marques Murrell ~ Appalachian State

DE Michael McFadden ~ Grand Valley State

DT Felipe Foster ~ Western Carolina

DT Justin Frick ~ North Dakota State

DT Damion DeRosia ~ Saginaw Valley State

MLB Justin Durant ~ Hampton University

MLB Johnny Baldwin ~ Alabama A&M

MLB Kyle Shotwell ~ Cal Poly

MLB Cameron Siskowic ~ Illinois State

OLB Zak DeOssie ~ Brown

OLB Chad Nkang ~ Elon University

CB Dre Dokes ~ Northern Iowa

CB Travarous Bain ~ Hampton University

CB Codera Jackson ~ Youngstown State

S Kenny Chicoine ~ Cal Poly

S Tristan Burge ~ Eastern Illinois

S Jeremy Wiggins ~ Appalachian State

S Daren Stone ~ Maine

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Florida State OLB Ernie Sims has been tearing up many draft boards in the last couple weeks. Recent well-informed mocks have him cracking the top 15, most commonly linked with Detroit at nine.

DD.com comment: As fans of the program already know, Sims is an impact player who can take over any game with his speed. "I love the guy," said an AFC player personnel director. "He has unbelievable explosion. He'll pass a lot of people to get to the ball." Sims isn't as heralded as some of the senior players but has the pedigree scouts look for: His mother was an All-American sprinter in college, and his father played running back for Bobby Bowden at FSU.

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DD.com message for Marc H. who contacted the site: Please write again but include your email address this time!

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George Mason power forward Jai Lewis will be holding a workout in the next two weeks to showcase his wares for pro teams. Lewis has been contacted by over half the teams in the league and is garnering more than token consideration after his team's improbable run in March Madness. Walking around at 6'7" 290, he is being projected to defensive line as well as tight end. "Once I get the pads on, I've just got to take that first hit to get me back in football mode" said Lewis.

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last updated: 4/13/06
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The good folks over at www.profootballtalk.com write that former Colorado wide receiver/return specialist Jeremy Bloom could get second round consideration.

DD.com note: Scroll down a little from the first JetsInsider.com post to read PFT's comments on Bloom. Fascinating statisitical comparison between Bloom and Sinorice Moss of Miami.

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The Minnesota Vikings could be searching for a tight end to develop in their West Coast offense, and UConn basketball player Ed Nelson is making the switch to football.

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Former USC Running Back LenDale White says he tore his hamstring....Still hoping to be a high pick in NFL Draft.

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Scouting the top running and fullback prospects, including Wisconsin's Brian Calhoun.

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Patriots Draft: Florida defensive end/outside linebacker Jeremy Mincey visits.

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The Times-Picayune does a nice feature, asking a pair of former NFL scouts to break down Louisiana State's prospects.

DD.com comment: NFL scouts compare LSU offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth to Jon Runyan, who was a high impact NFL lineman in his prime, yet they project him as a third rounder?

Does that make any sense?

We agree there is better depth at tackle in this draft (compared to 2005's draft), which could affect Whitworth's draft stock. But we still like Whitworth. Our man Matt B., a former small college offensive lineman, thinks Whitworth is worthy of being selected in round 1 -- we project him going to Seattle (31st overall).

If he is selected in round one, we will have gotten that projection right, for whatever that's worth? If he isn't some team will get a steal in round 2. If he makes it into round 3, that will be a joke.

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CBS SportsLine.com Draft Preview: Large Deuce Lutui, USC guard, could make big first-round splash.

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Notre Dame wide receiver Maurice Stovall joins the parade of prospects being checked out by the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Don Banks looks at a group of NFL Draft prospects ready to produce right away.

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A bunch of and defensive end and cornerback prospects visit the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Is Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre angling for a trade?

DD.com comment -- Having watched Green Bay many times in 2005, we simply can't blame the team for wanting to move forward without a quarterback heading into his 16th NFL season. The Packers are really in the midst of a serious rebuilding effort and moving forward with Rogers, who will have the enormous task of following a legend, seems to be the best way to go.

Despite still having tremendous arm strength and a burning desire to excel, Favre's 2005 season was one of sheer frustration, particularly with all the interceptions he threw. But the Packers offense was so depleted by injuries and free agents defections on the interior offensive line, that it was almost an impossible task to lead that team. With that said, Favre would be foolish not to look around the league to see if there is a better fit for him elsewhere, much like Joe Montana did in 1993 when he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs and led them to the AFC title game. Perhaps there is a contending team that can use him in the shortrun?

After Dan Marino was forced out in a similar fashion in 1999 by Miami, he seriously considered offers from the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings, but couldn't accept either, because he never wanted to wear the uniform of a team other than the Miami Dolphins. That is not a problem for Favre, who began his career with the Atlanta Falcons.

Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis has always had an affinity for veteran quarterbacks that could throw the deep ball. So, we think, the Raiders might be a team that would consider trading for Favre, if the price is right.

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Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis names captains....Kiper projects ND's top draft worthy seniors.

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The New York Jets are on the clock, will they select a quarterback?

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Former Florida receiver Chad Jackson will work out for the Dolphins on Saturday. Agent David Canter, however, feels his client will be long gone before the Dolphins pick at No. 16....."I'm not rating guys. I'll leave that up to Mel Kiper Jr.," Canter said. "But we think he'll end up between 10 and 15."

Miami fullback/tailback Quadtrine Hill has visited the Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers. Is scheduled to meet with the Dallas Cowboys next Tuesday.

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Brent Hawkins - OLB/Rush End (Illinois State) has already visited Chicago, Jacksonville and Pittsburgh. He is scheduled to visit Green Bay (tomorrow), Indianapolis (Mon-Tues next week), Dallas (Wednesday) and Kansas City. Also, Cleveland and Minnesota sent their defensive coordinators to meet with him at Illinois State.

DD.com comment: Illinois State defensive end Brent Hawkins was named the Gateway Football Conference's Defensive Player of the Year, after leading all of Division I-AA in tackles for loss (26.5) and forced fumbles (7), while ranking second in sacks (17)....... Due to his size, 6' 4" and 245 pounds, we are projecting Hawkins as an outside linebacker at the next level. Hawkins was once a very highly regarded young prospect for Purdue University, until a series of events (injuries, stop at JC to play B-ball) kept him off the football field for a while.

Hawkins downside is he has very little football experience and has really had only one stellar season at the Division I-AA level.......His upside is his tremendous physical ability. At Purdue, he used to love showing his vertical leap by dunking football's over the goal post in practice. He's clearly the type of prospect that may wow scouts in workouts. We project him as a possible Day 2 selection.

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last updated: 4/12/06
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Texas A & M quarterback Reggie McNeal's speed gives him promise.... and quick glance at other Aggie prospects.

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Chargers checking out offensive tackles this week: Winston Justice of USC and Eric Winston of Miami (Florida).

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The San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday traded wide receiver Rashaun Woods to the San Diego Chargers in exchange for cornerback Sammy Davis....Both players were former first-round picks.

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The 10 best draft classes in San Francisco 49ers history.

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Draft buzz: What will the Rams do in round one?....Mel Kiper thinks Iowa linebacker Chad Greenway is a nice fit.

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USA Today takes a closer look at Miami (Florida) speedster Sinorice Moss.

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Virginia lineman Brian Barthelmes, who had a very strong career for the Cavs and fared well at the Hula Bowl, is getting increased attention from the NFL. Scouts have taken notice of his versatility -- starting at center, left guard, right guard and also playing both left and right tackle at Virginia.

Barthelmes has been in dialogue with the Patriots, Cleveland and Pittsburgh during the past week. His 40 yrd. time of 5.15 at 6'6" 297lbs. on UVA'S Pro Day on a slippy surface impressed numerous scouts. Offensive line coaches from the Detroit Lions and the St. Louis Rams had positive feedback in relation to the individual drills he participated in.

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USA Today: With Chad Jackson of Florida leading the way, receiver pool starts shallow, gets deeper.

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Patriots Football Weekly -- NFL draft prospects on the rise: r unning backs.

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Former Texas quarterback Vince Young will meet with the Minnesota Vikings next week.

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Florida State tailbacks Lorenzo Booker and Antone Smith believe in the team's commitment to run the football next season.

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Redandblack.com: As it stands now, USC running back LenDale White’s attitude is writing a check his talent can’t cash.

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According to sources, New Orleans narrows first round choice possibilities, with D'Brickashaw Ferguson of Virginia at the forefront?

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Is D'Brickashaw Ferguson the best offensive tackle in the draft?....Winston Justice of USC thinks not: "All my tests are better. I think I'm a better player". *****

Ed Thompson of ColtPower reports Tulsa's Garrett Mills had a positional identity crisis that cost him some well-deserved recognition in college. But it's going to work to his advantage on draft day.

DD.com comment: We've seen a ton of Mills on tape and think "fattening him up" to play blocking fullback in the NFL would be purely stupid. Although we seriously doubt this will happen in the NFL, we'd suggest using Mills as a slot receiver.

Change his number to something like "82", slim him down 15 pounds and you might have a terrific wide receiver. Mills is by no means slow, running a 4.57 40 at the Combine, and his gaudy career stats show he can do damage catching the ball.....Reality is he's a little short to play tight end and too gifted to be only a "blocking back". Our guess is NFL teams will compromise and make him a H-Back -- tight end/fullback hybrid. Smart teams will line him up in the slot and let him carve up the field against safeties and linebackers.

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Rivals.com looks at team needs by division as the draft approaches -- the NFC South.

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Who needs the NFL, USC football now a year-round obsession in Los Angeles.

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Defensive end Gaines Adams, a top notch future NFL prospect, and linebacker Anthony Waters, the ACC's top returning tackler, hope to lead Clemson to an ACC title next season.

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Top priority for the Houston Texans? Court USC running back Reggie Bush.

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The Washington Redskins hope to do well in the draft with 7 picks, but have only 1 pick in the top 4 rounds.

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Valdosta State offensive tackle Richard Collier, who played well at the Hula Bowl, was invited to Jacksonville for a physical and personnel meeting with the Jaguars. Possible future meetings with Cincinnati, Oakland and New Orleans being discussed.

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William & Mary defensive back Stephen Cason impressed scouts at his Pro Day last month: 24 bench press reps; 41.5" vertical leap, 10'6" broad jump, 4.50-4.57 40 speed. That performance has sent NFL scouts scurrying for more info. Cason is getting consideration at both cornerback (which he played in college) or a safety due to his size (215 lb).

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Is Virginia wide receiver Deyon Williams poised for a huge senior season?

DD.com comment: Williams is an impressive talent, with size and speed. If Virginia can find a quarterback that get the ball down field, their aerial attack could be very impressive with Williams and a pair of fantastic junior-to-be tight ends.

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The Minnesota Vikings met Tuesday with three draft-eligible college players, including Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler. Memphis running back DeAngelo Williams and Tennessee safety Jason Allen also were at Winter Park.

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Look at smallish Oklahoma State cornerback Daniel McLemore and several other non-Combine invites that hope to make it big in the NFL.

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Miami speedy wide receiver Sinorice Moss to visit the Chicago Bears.

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ESPN is reporting that USC quarterback Matt Leinart has fired his current "football" agent Leigh Steinberg, and implies that he will be switching these duties to CAA's newest super agent Tom Condon.

DD.com comment: Reading between the lines this seems more like a political inter-agent activity than anything really football related. While it's possible Leinart and his camp feel Steinberg hasn't done a good job preparing for the draft offseason, the reality is with his injury history and athletic skill set Leinart just isn't strong enough a prospect to be an overall #1 pick, certainly not in this deep crop at the elite level. CAA is Leinart's "marketing" agents and with Condon likely picking up Leinart's "football" agent responsibilities, CAA now owns the whole hog, so to speak.

The fact that this player is involved in a high profile agent dispute without having played a snap in the league is not surprising. CAA is the IMG of the acting world and Leinart as their first high profile NFL client there was bound to be some waves from this growth initiative. They are aggressive and this is a sign of things to come.

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Texas El-Paso wide receiver Chris Francies hoping to be drafted.

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Another Carpenter in the New York Giants blueprint?

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Draft's best defensive line prospects heading to Cleveland for workouts.

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NFL Prospect Interview: Michigan State defensive tackle Domata Peko.

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Rice linebacker John Syptak's becoming Mr. Popular....Senior draws interest from Bears, 49ers and Jets after shedding 10 pounds and improving his 40 time.

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Green Bay Packers GM Ted Thompson has said he's not done in free agency and true to his word, he stuck his toe in the water with former Washington linebacker LaVar Arrington, a three-time Pro Bowl selection.

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The New York Jets announced today the signing of unrestricted free agent linebacker Brad Kassell.

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last updated: 4/10/06
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Transfer of Power: The 30 top college transfers to watch out for, including Arizona State defensive end Loren Howard.

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Philadelphiaeagles.com Poll: In a tight three-man race, you - the fans - decided that the Eagles should select Florida wide receiver Chad Jackson with the No. 14 overall selection.

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Look at former Cornell guard/tackle Kevin Booth.

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Spring Football Bash: Adrian Peterson leads Top Ten returning college running backs.

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Former Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk confirmed to NBC 4 on Monday that he will marry Brady Quinn's older sister, Laura.

DD.com comment: Brady's younger sister, Kelly Quinn, is an elite ACC soccer player.

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Adotas.com: Fresh look at Subway’s Reggie Bush campaign

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Peter King: T-minus 19 days till draft day, and counting. Here's what we know right now...

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North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams, the top defensive player in the draft, is coming to Houston today to visit with the Texans.

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In for a big surprise -- Florida State cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

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The CFL has mothballed the Ottawa Renegades for a year, announcing Sunday it has suspended operations for the franchise for the 2006 season.

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The longer the Cincinnati Bengals go without adding a veteran free-agent quarterback, the greater the chances are the club will draft a quarterback or sign a college free agent.

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The Daily Press (Virginia) reports former University of Virginia linebacker Ahmad Brooks, who was kicked off the team a few weeks ago for unspecified reasons, will likely renounce his final 2 seasons of eligibility and enter the NFL Supplemental Draft.

DD.com comment: If Brooks stayed at Virginia another season, and remained injury free, it would have been a great move for him. He was plagued by injuries in 2005, including a serious knee problem he battled with from the spring to the fall. Brooks had a monster season in 2004, as a sophomore, which left many insiders feeling he would project as an almost sure fire first round pick in the future.

Brooks is a tall player, with a thick build, that possesses outstanding athletic ability and awareness when healthy. At his best, the big fellow can harass opposing quarterbacks coming on the blitz, as well as drop back into coverage to blanket top tight ends. He can also hold his own against the run.

Injuries, by the way, aren't his only problems. Although Brooks isn't seriously overweight, shedding about 15 to 20 pounds would be beneficial at linebacker (he weighed 265 in 2005), particularly in terms of taking stress off his already battered knees. Brooks' off-field problems, which bedevil Virginia coach Al Groh to the point he was forced to kick his best player off the team, are also going to be an issue going forward. If he could not toe the line for the stringent Groh, a former NFL head coach, what coach will he listen too?

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last updated: 4/09/06
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New Orleans re-shuffles their lineup at linebacker, with the recent signings of veteran free agents Scott Fujita & Anthony Simmons.

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Ed Thompson of ColtPower.com looks at Arizona Wildcats running back Mike Bell.

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Rising South Carolina senior-to-be Syvelle Newton -- who excelled last season as a combo quarterback-receiver-tailback before tearing an Achilles tendon -- is switching to safety.

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Columbia Tribune writes Missouri quarterback Brad Smith could be heading to the Patriots as a wide receiver.

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The Toledo Blade takes a look at Ohio State cornerback Ashton Youboty.

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The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that Ohio State defensive end/linebacker Mike Kudla is quickly moving up the draft charts. Kudla will visit the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts soon.

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The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that Michigan linebacker Pierre Woods recently worked out for Seattle, and has visits planned with Chicago, Cincinnati and St. Louis, among other teams.

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With week one of the Major League Baseball season almost in the books, we'd like to re-link our fall of 2005 look at some of the top baseball players that excelled in college football once upon a time (Note: Several players have changed teams since 10/05/05).

DD.Com fearless baseball predictions:

A.L East Champions: Toronto Blue Jays

A.L Central Champions: Chicago White Sox

A.L West Champions: Oakland Athletics

A.L Wild Card: Boston Red Sox

DD.com comment: The A.L Wild Card will be wide open, with Cleveland, Detroit and maybe the Yankees making significant noise this season. Yankees aren't getting any younger, collectively, despite their huge payroll. Also, the team just seems to lack the type of leaders they featured during their great run in the second half of the 1990's. Texas will hit, but can they pitch?

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N.L East Champions: Atlanta Braves

N.L Central Champions: Houston Astros

N.L West Champions: Colorado Rockies

N.L Wild Card: St. Louis Cardinals

DD.com comment: The selection of the Rockies may be considered a joke, but we are willing to roll the dice in a mediocre division. The Dodgers are the safest pick, but their pitching staff has already been hit by significant injuries, which seems troublesome. The Giants are talented, but will need a influx of young talent as the season goes along. The improved Diamondbacks intrigue us, but it's the young Rockies pitching staff that impresses us the most. Colorado can hit, it's just of matter of their young arms not getting swallowed up mentally by Coors Field....Milwaukee and Cincinnati are off to a fast start and should be improved, but they are probably in the best division in baseball.

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DD.com friend Glen Naughton, a frequent contributor, takes a look at talented Florida State running back Leon Washington:

Leon Washington -- Quite possibly the most underutilized player in the country during the 2005 season. This 5' 8'', 200 pound tailback from Florida State was a projected second round pick by the NFL following his junior season in 2004. He rushed for 951 yards that season, highlighted by a 12 carry, 195 yard effort against West Virginia in the Gator Bowl.

Washington decided to stay in school to improve his draft stock. However, a injury depleted Florida State offensive line, an inexperienced freshman quarterback and being asked to split carries with Lorenzo Booker, led to a significant drop in his playing time and production (430 yards on 97 attempts) in 2005. After running a solid 4.42 40 at the Combine and looking sharp in workouts, Washington showed the skills he flashed in 2004 are still there. It's just a matter of scouts breaking down the situation and check out the game film.

Washington also showed a penchant for making big plays on special teams during his career, breaking the schools' single game record with 159 yards on seven punt returns. Also had a 65 yard punt return for a touchdown to go along with a 97 yard kickoff return for another score. If Washington falls out of the second round, which seems likely right now, somebody will get a steal in drafting this explosive, playmaking athlete.

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Black and white photo of Texas Longhorns quarterback Vince Young doing his best J.R. Richard impression.

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The Miami Dolphins trying to sign linebacker former Washington Redskins LaVar Arrington and trade for Detroit Lions quarterback Joey Harrington.

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Rivals.com looks at team needs by division as the draft approaches -- the NFC North.

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Spring practices offers a sneak peek into possible Penn State lineup.

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The new Minnesota Vikings, post Mike Tice era -- which should be a good thing for Vikings fans -- take the field for practice.

Also, New Orleans, post Jim Hasslett and 7 months removed from Hurricane Katrina, begins practicing.

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Cleveland's front office likes a pair of Michigan Wolverines, with ties to the city -- Defensive lineman Patrick Massey and outside linebacker Pierre Woods.

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Lee Evans officially became the Bills top wideout once the trade of Eric Moulds was made official this past Thursday. But to think that Evans is only now preparing for his new role as the team's number one receiver would be foolish.

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First-day draft pick on the offensive line could provide help for the Cincinnati Bengals.

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After a gaudy display at Akron's Pro Day, wide receiver Domenik Hixon is getting a lot of attention from NFL scouts.....Hixson believes he's a first day pick, but is that realistic?

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Minnesota defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery, who may get a long look on the offensive line in the NFL, among the draft prospects targeted by Cleveland.

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USA Today has a data base of 400 top players in the draft -- 40 times, heights, weights, ect. included.

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Rick Gosselin: Versatility often makes former quarterbacks attractive in NFL draft plans.

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Draft Q & A : Purdue defensive end Ray Edwards.

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The Washington Redskins bring in 58 prospects with ties to the DC metro area for a workout.

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Rivals.com looks at team needs by division as the draft approaches, starting with the NFC East.

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Led by All-American candidates Sam Baker and Ryan Kalil, USC's offensive line doesn't rebuild, it reloads.

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Some confirmed private workouts by NFL prospects.

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Our friend Ed Thompson of ColtPower.com looks at Kansas State offensive tackle Jeromey Clary.

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ColtPower looks at New Mexico State free safety Matt Griebel.

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NFL.com reports Long Beach State basketball player Onye Ibekwe thinks he has a future in the NFL as a tight end.

He worked out for Jacksonville at Southwest L.A. College, then worked out again at El Camino College in Torrance for the Bears, Chargers, Colts, Dolphins, Eagles and Vikings. Ibekwe (6-5 3/8, 256) ran a 40 on tall, wet grass in 4.7 seconds. He also ran the short shuttle in 4.35 and the three-cone drill in 7.07, and he had a 36½-inch vertical jump.

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Draft Profile: Southern California offensive guard Taitusi Lutui.

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Could speedy Florida State outside linebacker Ernie Sims draft stock drop due to medical reasons?.....Michigan wide receiver Jason Avant runs a 4.62 40 without a cast on his hand -- Top 100 and risers/fallers in NFL Draft.

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Texas quarterback Vince Young maintains hope that he'll be picked number one overall by the Houston Texans.

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Word has recently come out of the University of Utah that sophomore (junior-to-be) cornerback Ryan Smith intends to leave the program. It is expected he’ll stay in school, but stop playing football.

DD.com comment: Smith looked like a rising star as a freshman in 2004, displaying excellent speed and athletic ability for a very talented, veteran laden Utah team. Despite not having a very good 2005 season, we still had Smith ranked among our top sophomore cornerbacks, based on his potential looking forward. We felt Smith would come back stronger next season and team with emerging MWC superstar Eric Weddle at cornerback. Looks like that won’t happen and we'll remove him from our list soon.

Weddle, we might note, could be the most underrated college football player in America. He has had a great career for the Utes. In 2005, he sparkled, playing safety and cornerback, while also returning punts and lining up at wide receiver and running back for Utah at times.

Anybody that knows anything about prospects, knew Weddle was an impact safety, with good speed and great athletic ability. But when he lined up at cornerback and held Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who is widely regarded as a future NFL first round pick, to 2 receptions for 19 yards in the Emerald Bowl last December, his legend grew even greater. Weddle is definitely a player to keep an eye on next season.

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TSN writer Dan Pompei writes about Florida wide receiver Chad Jackson, who we project as a first round pick.

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The Kansas City Star reports former defensive end Charlton Keith is expected to be a third- or fourth-round selection in the NFL draft later this month. Kansas head coach Mark Mangino is hoping that cornerback Charles Gordon and linebacker Nick Reid hear their names called.

“If you’re going to line (Reid) up and have him run the 40 and judge him on that, you’re making a mistake,” Mangino said. “He may not run the best 40, but he plays fast on the field. I’ve seen other guys line up and run 4.4 40s, but when they get on the field, they look like they’re running 6-flat.”

DD.com comment:

We don't know if Charlton Keith will go as high as the KC Star expects. He was impressive on the field in 2005, but he weighs about 235 pounds at defensive end. He can move to linebacker, but his workouts were decent, not overwhelming. His 4.78 40 was impressive for a defensive end, but, again, he weighs around 235 pounds.....If we were to guess, we'd say he's more of a 5th or 6th round pick, but with more teams using the 3-4 defense, he could go a little higher.

Nick Reid is a force on the field. He's a very good athlete -- quick, great leaper, although his 4.70 speed at 230 pounds won't wow people. He's a little bit skinny, but we like him a lot. To us, speed isn't a huge issue -- 4.70 flat is good enough for an outside linebacker with tremendous quickness and awareness. It's a matter of him being able to bulk up a bit. Right now, NFL teams think he's too light to play linebacker and not fast enough for strong safety. But, again, he's just a great football player, so it may be bad to over analyze him based on measurables alone.

Charles Gordon, a smallish wide receiver/cornerback at Kansas, left school early in hopes of being a first day selection. After running in the 4.6 range at the Combine and Pro Day at 5' 9", he seems to be falling on most boards. That speed won't get it done at cornerback, despite the great season he turned in at cornerback in 2004. Also, his wide receiver skills are very raw -- just spent one season at the spot. Very good player, but may've made a significant mistake leaving school early for the NFL.

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Montana State quarterback Travis Lulay is getting a closer look from several NFL teams, including the Seattle Seahwaks......Can the athletic Lulay play safety in the NFL?

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With a trio of talented linebackers linebackers -- Dan Connor, Tim Shaw and Butkus Award winner Paul Posluszny -- returning and a group of young, fast defensive backs set to emerge, Penn State hopes to have a dominant defense next season.

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USC running back LenDale White losing credibility as the draft approaches. *****

DD.com 2005 All-Freshman Team: The top freshman on this list have been rewarded for having the best 2005 seasons and potential as college players, in our opinion. This list is not designed to reflect their pro potential (although there is some overlap), as the common denominator for the majority of these players is they received a significant amount of playing time. That is something some top athletes at bigger schools didn't get as freshmen.

QB Drew Weatherford ~ Florida State

RB Tyrell Sutton ~ Northwestern

RB Steve Slaton ~ West Virginia

WR James Hardy ~ Indiana

WR Sidney Rice ~ South Carolina

TE Martellus Bennett ~Texas A & M

OT Jared Gaither ~ Maryland

OT Yemi Babalola ~ Texas A & M

OT Max Unger ~ Oregon

OG Jeremy Perry ~ Oregon State

OG Ryan Stanchek ~ West Virginia

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DE Barry Turner ~ Nebraska

DE Steve Davis ~ Minnesota

DT Mitch King ~ Iowa

DT Chase Moline ~ UCLA

LB Clint Sintim ~ Virginia

LB Zach Follett ~ California

LB Brian Cushing ~ Southern California

S Kenny Phillips ~ Miami

S Reshard Langford ~ Vanderbilt

CB Aqib Talib ~ Kansas

CB Tony Carter ~ Florida State

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last updated: 4/06/06
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Ron Borges, NBCSports.com: More questions than ever at top of NFL draft.

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Some NFL scouts believe Jay Cutler is the best quarterback in this year's draft, writes TSN's Dennis Dillon.

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The Buffalo Bills receive a fifth-round draft pick from the Houston Texas for Eric Moulds.

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Patriots Football Weekly -- NFL Draft prospects on the rise: defensive backs. *******

Quarterback Jay Cutler will meet with several teams, including the New York Jets.

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The Minnesota Vikings have plenty of draft options.

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Look at Central Michigan future prospect Daniel Bazuin, a impact defensive end with a ton of talent.

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With Baraka Atkins and Kareem Brown returning to the defensive line, the Miami (Florida) Hurricanes should be a force once again.

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Now we've seen it all: A mock draft with Montana State quarterback Travis Lulay and Auburn tackle Troy Reddick selected among the top 20 picks.

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With speedy Matt Shelton hoping to make the jump to the NFL as a likely 7th rounder/undrafted free agent, Notre Dame searching for a new number 3 receiver for next season.

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DD.com Mailbag: Brandon Marshall ran a 4.45 in his workout at the end of March and besides not playing wide receiver all four years, he is one of the most polished wide receiver's in this draft. He's got great football instincts and a swagger about him. I'd like to know what you guys think about him and we're you'd project him?

DD.com Reply: Central Florida wide receiver Brandon Marshall is a player that literally came out of nowhere to have a great senior season for the Golden Knights. In 2004, as a junior, Marshall had a total of 8 receptions for 84 yards, starting three games at wide receiver and seven at safety. The 6' 4", 230 pounder was moved back to wide receiver during the spring of 2005 and that move paid off, as he put up huge numbers last season for the Knights -- 74 receptions, for 1,195 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Marshall practiced and played well at the Hula Bowl, which earned him a Combine invite, where he displayed impressive 4.50 speed for a full-sized receiver. He also looked fairly sharp in agility drills and seems to possess a solid pair of hands. The solid 40 time showing in Indy was very important, as some speculated prior to the Combine that he lacked the type of speed needed to play wide receiver in the NFL.

We would "guess" Marshall is a fourth round pick, currently. Nonetheless, it must be noted, all Marshall has to do, is really impress one NFL team enough to get selected higher. He has what NFL teams are looking for -- size and speed. But he lacks experience. We’ll see how things shakeout, but he seems like a player on the rise.

DD.com Note: We were able to reply to this question in the blog, but we can't do that with all questions. However, if readers send a return E-Mail address, we attempt to answer as much mail as we can. As always, we thank everybody for their input.

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Pro Football Weekly "Whispers" -- Can linebacker Rocky Calmus start for the Colts?....Will the New York Giants draft a linebacker?....What will the Panthers do at defensive tackle and linebacker?

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Pat Kirwan, NFL.com senior analyst: History and current draft class depth at linebacker could keep Ohio State star A.J Hawk out of the top five.

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www.chicagobears.com: Talented Ohio State linebacker Bobby Carpenter emerges from A.J Hawk's shadow.

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Patriots Football Weekly -- NFL Draft prospects on the decline: defensive backs.

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Missouri quarterback/wide receiver Brad Smith, among the Tigers that worked out at the schools' second Pro Day.

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Rick Gosselin: Grambling State quarterback Bruce Eugene gains attention by losing weight.

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It's no secret the Patriots need help at wide receiver and the Boston area media is starting to throw out some names of prospects that the team may look at after round one:

Maurice Stovall ~ Notre Dame -- Came into the 2005 season as mostly a non NFL prospect, but lost a significant amount of weight and really thrived in former Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weiss' system as a senior -- gained 1,149 yards and scored 11 touchdowns last season....Stovall isn't real fast, running about a 4.6 40, but he's 6' 5" and has good hands and body control. Probably a second or third round pick.

Mike Hass ~ Oregon State -- We've gotten to know Mike a bit this off-season and he seems like a genuinely hard working kid, who dislikes the label of being "slow and unathletic". He ran a 4.58 40 at the Combine, which isn't blazing, but isn't terrible either for a 6' 1", 210 pounder. Beyond that, he excelled in other quickness and agility drills and displayed great hands....The fact that Hass had 3 straight 1,000 yard seasons and averaged about 18 yards per catch during his Pac-10 career shows he's not just a low impact slot receiver, as some in the Boston media believe....Hass trained prior to the draft with Patriots conditioning coach Tom Shaw in Florida, which is helping fuel speculation he's heading to the Patriots....We think Hass is worthy of a 2nd round pick in this draft, with the wide receiver talent being somewhat average, but our guess is he will be a 3rd round pick.

Jason Avant ~ Michigan -- Avant was a steady receiver for the Wolverines during his career. Decent size, at 6' 1", 212 pounds and good hands. Likes going over the middle and will make the tough catch in traffic. Is also a very willing blocker, which is something the Patriots will like. Had 82 receptions in 2005, for 1,007 yards and 8 touchdowns....Avant is player we projected as a likely third round pick, but he ran consecutive 4.8 40's at Pro Day, which could be a problem. Everyone knew he didn't possess blazing speed, but those times are way too slow for an NFL prospect at wide receiver. Did run his 40's with a cast on his hand at Pro Day, which may've affected his times a bit....Overall, we'd guess Avant is sliding on most draft boards, until the speed issue is resolved.

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Good article by the LA Daily News, which looks at 40 times at Pro Days. Basically, the article states hand timed 40's vary from scout to scout, and most Pro Day 40 times leaked to the media are the highest recorded.

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As good as wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. has been in his first two seasons at Ohio State, his teammates believe the best is yet to come.

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Look at some top Purdue players, like safety/special teams star Bernard Pollard, that are leaving (or have left) the program, despite still being eligible to play for the Boilermakers.

DD.com comment: Watch out for 2005 junior Kyle Ingraham, who is a 6' 9" wide receiver with good hands and excellent athletic ability. We think very highly of him as a player.....If he can get back on the field for some collegiate program (maybe Purdue?), he could be a draftable prospect at some point -- probably at tight end, due to his size and widely reported 4.7 speed.

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last updated: 4/04/06
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Add North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams and Oregon receiver Demetrius Williams to the list of players who are expected to visit with the 49ers before the draft.

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Are the Minnesota Vikings considering trading their first round draft pick to Atlanta for young quarterback Matt Schaub?

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The Daily Trojan, USC's student newspaper, writes about LenDale White's Pro Day problems.

DD.com comment: The Daily Trojan brings up a rumor that is spreading across the Net quickly -- White already has a deal in place with a team, which is why he didn't run.

We have to assume, although we don't know if this is true at all, that the mystery team is the Denver Broncos, who reportedly took White out to dinner the night before Pro Day. White is a native of Denver and would love to play his pro ball in Colorado. Also, from the Broncos perspective, running back is a need for the team, which has two first round picks.

However, if there is anything "fishy" going on here, expect the NFL to act quickly. Last thing the league wants to see is players picking their team of choice, then refusing to display their skills at the Combine and Pro Day in an attempt to deceive the other 31 teams into not picking them.

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The safety needy San Fransicisco 49ers keeping an eye on USC's Darnell Bing in round 2?

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There are indications that the Washington Redskins have decided to draft a outside linebacker with their initial pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

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Just like he’s done countless times throughout his NFL career, Steve McNair showed up for work yesterday at Baptist Sports Park....Only this time, something was different: McNair was told he wasn’t welcome.

DD.com comment: If McNair is traded or released, early word is Baltimore and Miami are possible destinations. Baltimore GM Ozzie Newsome has openly stated he'd like to bring in a veteran quarterback to compete with young Kyle Boller, so McNair to Baltimore makes some sense.

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Feature on University of Southern California safety Darnell Bing.

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Feature on Miami (Florida) offensive tackle Eric Winston.

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last updated: 4/03/06
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We just updated our top small school prospects list.

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NBCSports.com: Lazy LenDale White turning into Clarett....USC running back doesn't look like 1st-round pick with extra weight, no work ethic.

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College of Mount St. Joseph wide receiver Andy Wellendorf (6'5"; 4.49 40-time, 37" vert, 10' 6" broad) has drawn strong interest from the Cincinnati Bengals, who will work him out privately. Onlookers at Miami (Ohio) Pro Day say he worked out well, showing clutch hands.

He impressed NFL types when he showed up at the Combine on his own and went around introducing himself to NFL coaches and GM's. Wellendorf, who reminds some of currently injured Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jehreme Urban, could surprise people and be drafted in the latter rounds. At the very least, he'll be a priority free agent.

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We have been asked by several readers to comment a little more on USC cornerback William Buchanon, who fared well at USC's Pro Day, running a sub 4.4 40 at 6' 3", while fellow corners Justin Wyatt and John Walker both ran over 4.6's yesterday.

William Buchanon is the son of Willie Buchanon, who we don't personally remember as a player, but we know was a impact cornerback for some very poor to average Green Bay Packers teams in the 1970's, coached by legendary Packers quarterback Bart Starr. After playing 7 seasons for the Packers, and making 3 Pro Bowls, Buchanon senior went on to play for the more competitive San Diego Chargers for 4 more seasons, before retiring after the 1982 season.

The younger Buchanon is a player we are well aware of. Early in his career we thought he had a chance to be a solid starting defensive back for the Trojans. But for whatever reason, it never happened. In 2004, as a junior, he was moved to wide receiver. He didn't fare that well statistically that season, grabbing only 4 receptions for just 15 yards. In 2005, he didn't have a catch at wide receiver and registered only 1 solo tackle for the season on defense.

Despite the lack of playing time at USC, Buchanon seems genuinely content with the fact that he graduated from USC in four years and got to play on some National Championship teams. Looking forward to the NFL, there is absolutely no reason to believe he will be drafted, despite his impressive size/speed ratio, considering he rarely got playing time at USC. However, he could get a shot as a free agent/NFL Europe player. Being the son of a former NFL star will help his quest to get a contract, we think.

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Four Indiana State football players, including quarterback Blayne Baggett, have NFL aspirations.

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Will the Cincinnati Bengals draft an offensive tackle in round one?

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Iowa linebacker Chad Greenway is headed to San Francisco for an official visit soon. But will the 49ers draft him at number seven overall?

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USC running back Reggie Bush believes he's locked in as the number one overall pick.

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More info on USC's Pro Day, including comments from scouts who where disappointed with LenDale White's "nonchalant attitude".

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Is USC quarterback Matt Leinart, who believes he's a Joe Namath type player on and off-the field, a fit for the New York Jets?

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Quarterback Joey Harrington, currently a Detroit Lion, favors going to Miami in a trade, but can the Dolphins offer enough for him?

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Tennessee looking at three quarterbacks in the draft, including USC's Matt Leinart.

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Sports Blog: Former Tennessee defensive end Jason Hall shares his NFL training experiences.

DD.com comment: Coming into the 2005 season, Jason Hall was a career backup -- 1 start in 27 games. But given the opportunity to start last season, he performed well for the Volunteers, registering 51 tackles (13 for losses) and 7 sacks in 11 games.

Hall is somewhat undersized, by NFL standards at his position, at 6' 3" and 260 pounds and isn't considered an elite athlete/workout warrior. However, teammates and coaches describe him as great technician and an extremely hard worker....We project Hall as a likely latter round pick, or priority free agent. High motor player, who will make it tough for coaches to cut him at the next level.

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ColtPower Hot Prospect: Texas El-Paso offensive tackle/guard Josh House.

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last updated: 4/02/06
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USC’s Pro Day like ‘mini-combine’ for players -- Bush clocks 4.33 in 40, Leinart impresses NFL scouts, but White overweight.

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A few more notes from USC's Pro Day -- unofficial times, we got.

LB Collin Ashton -- Ashton, who played in Hula Bowl, looked decent: 4.66 40, 25 bench presses and 35" vertical. Earned himself a free agent chance, at least.

CB William Buchanon -- We always knew he was a great athlete, and he showed it today -- 4.36 40 and 41" inch vertical....But can this rarely used reserve play?....He rarely did at USC, despite all the injuries the Trojans suffered in 2005.

DT LaJuan Ramsey -- Steady DT ran a 4.90 and showed decent overall athletic ability and agility. Like Ashton, he earned a free agent look, at least.

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According to sources at USC Pro Day, running back LenDale White did not run due to a "tweaked" hamstring. Considering he didn't work out at the Combine, teams will likely have to reschedule another workout for him. But it's not something that will make teams happy, as most scouts and GM's will be ticked off having to show up for a third time to watch him workout.

Like Minnesota's Laurence Maroney, he'll need to set a private workout date before the draft and hope to impress the scouts that do show up.

Overall, you can't take away what White acomplished on the field at USC, but he's making it real tough for NFL teams who want to checkout his overall athletic ability. Bottom line is, he ran behind 5 All-Americans at USC, facing Pac-10 defenses that were hardly NFL caliber, so putting up big numbers was impressive, but NFL teams still need to judge his skills (speed, quickness, agility) versus the other top backs in the draft.

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Gil Brandt, NFL.com Senior Analyst: Inside Southern Cal's Pro Day.

DD.com comments:

RB Reggie Bush: Bush did fine. Can't ask for a better time than a 4.3....Reggie will be the number one pick.

RB LenDale White: We've taken a beating around the Net, for "ranking White too low" in the first round....Today, we wonder why he even bothered to show up at Pro Day?....We have no numbers on him at the Combine, and he only bench presses at Pro Day?....What's wrong with this picture?

CB Justin Wyatt: Rich Miano, former NFL safety and current DC of the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, said it best in 2005: "There is no such thing as a possession cornerback in the NFL".....Wyatt's 40 times on USC's "fast track" won't help him, but he still may be draft worthy -- latter part of Day 2.

OT Winston Justice: Solid workout by the big tackle, who seems to be a first round lock.

TE Domnique Byrd: A very prominent TV draft guru said Byrd was a first round caliber prospect at the Senior Bowl. Byrd skipped working out at the Combine, but was hardly a star at Pro Day for USC -- ran his 40s in 4.81 and 4.79, then did only 16 bench press reps. The 40 times are decent, but we think he's a 3rd rounder, at best. Also, he's a bit short for a tight end, at 6' 3".

OG Fred Matua: Great workout, I'll wait for our own O-Line guru Matt B. (a former D-3 college guard) to break down his and Justice's Pro Day further....As Brandt stated, Matua showed a lot of athletic ability.

S Darnell Bing: (6-1¾, 225) ran his 40s in 4.63 and 4.53. Had a 10-foot-5 long jump, 38-inch vertical jump, and 21 lifts....As we stated earlier today, likely 2nd or 3rd round pick.

QB Matt Leinart: 37" vertical leap?.....Not bad for a "unathletic quarterback", right?....That's similar to the official vertical's of many defensive backs at the Combine.

P Tom Malone: We don't spend much time on kickers and punters, but Malone has a chance to be drafted....14 BP reps of 225 pounds?....Nothing beats having a punter that can double as a bar/club-bouncer in the off-season.

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Report: Ohio State wide receiver Santonio Holmes works out for the Miami Dolphins.

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Star Telegram: Texas quarterback Vince Young dazzling NFL talent scouts, but what if he is available for the Dallas Cowboys to pick up at #18?....Will Jerry Jones draft him?

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Future prospect: Amid the rebuilding ruckus along the University of Louisville's offensive line this spring, Renardo Foster is hoping to make a not-so-quiet return.

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PackersNews.com Draft preview: Texas’ Michal Huff is the class of DBs.

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Assuming scouts and others can make it through terribly congested LA, today's USC Pro Day is a major event.

DD.com comments:

RB Reggie Bush: Sources told us in January that Texans owner Bob McNair wanted to draft Bush number one overall. While the Houston media pushed hard for local hero Vince Young, we never wavered. With the Texans re-committing to David Carr financially, Bush is close to a lock at number one overall, barring something unforeseen at Pro Day.

RB LenDale White: Should be a first round pick, but it's not a 100 percent lock. Truth is, he admitted to weighing well over 250 pounds for the Texas game. LenDale has to show up in top physical shape and run well at Pro Day. If he does, he may move into the top 20.

QB Matt Leinart: He is what he is -- lacks a cannon arm, but is very smart and accurate. Tennessee will have a heavy presence at Pro Day to check on Leinart, but does OC Norm Chow really need a closer look, after coaching him for so long?

S Darnell Bing: Bing didn't workout much at the Combine, so he must do well at Pro Day. He definitely is a first round possibility, but far from a first round lock, considering NFL teams realize they can get quality safety prospects in round 2 and 3.

S Scott Ware: One of the few USC players to do full workouts at the Combine. Had he run in the 4.5's at the Combine, the 4th round would've been a real possibility for the tough safety. However, a disappointing 4.7 40 in Indy means he'll need to have a big day today to get solidly back into the draft mix.

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Thanks to all the fans that sent us positive feedback regarding our April 1st mock draft. For those that missed it, we changed the draft around quite a bit for April Fools Day and had some fun with the picks.

For all the radical changes we made, however, we must point this out: All the players from 2 to 32 were legit NFL prospects and should get strong day two or priority free agent consideration.

Here is a link to our most recently updated (April 2nd) one round mock. After debating this extensively, we reconfigured our board. We also dropped 3 players from round one, since our last draft, and added 3 new ones to take their place:

DROPPED:

DE Tamba Hali ~ Penn State -- We watched Hali at the Senior Bowl and were very impressed with him. No way around it, he‘s a football player. But any draft fan knows the deal here -- you better look good in workouts, if want to be a sure-fire number one pick. Hali didn‘t participate at the Combine and was very average at Pro Day.......At 6 ‘2" and 263 pounds, which is small for a defensive end, Hali had a decent workout, not spectacular. Ran a 4.31 short shuttle, which measures quickness. That was very good for a player his size. He ran the 40’s in 4.86 and 4.88. Decent, not great numbers. His 18 bench press reps were not real good at all.......Even if Hali does drop into round 2, don’t write him off. As we already stated, he can play and works hard.

OG Max-Jean Gillies ~ Georgia -- Tough, mauling player, who’s had a great SEC career. Kind of reminds us of current San Francisco 49ers guard Larry Allen. Absolutely no reason for him dropping, except the position he plays. After debating this for a while, we figured he may drop out of round one, based on the draft history of guards -- even the top ones usually go in round 2.

DB Jimmy Williams ~ Virginia Tech -- Tall, athletic prospect, who we think could easily go in round one. We were told prior to the 2005 season that he projected as a safety at the next level and, based on our recent info, that’s the way things are playing out.......Williams truly is on the borderline of round 1 and round 2. In this version of our mock draft, he misses the top 32.

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TE Joe Klopfenstein ~ Colorado -- Like our projection of Jay Cutler being a 1st rounder in the summer of 2005, this one will raise some eye-brows. We may be the only folks on the Net that will admit this, but we truly believe Klopfenstein is a first round caliber athlete......He had a great career for Colorado, then went crazy in the off-season. We were at the Senior Bowl and insider after insider told us how impressed they were with him. At the Combine, he ran a official 4.62 40 at 6’ 5" and 254 pounds. He added a 4.24 short-shuttle -- amazing for a man his size and displayed a 36" vertical leap and did 27 reps on the bench press.......Klopfenstein, believe it or not, bettered these gaudy numbers at CU’s Pro Day, running in the 4.5’s. A number of NFL teams need help at tight end, including the Panthers, so he does have a chance to go in round one, despite the steady round 2 tag most have assigned him.

LB Ernie Sims ~ Florida State -- We have him going to Tampa Bay, which should make many Bucs fans happy. In 2005, the team used a high second round pick on Nebraska middle linebacker Barrett Ruud, who should start for Gruden’s gang down the line. But the Bucs still have issues at outside linebacker and Sims can both play inside and outside, we think.....The team can go in any number of ways in the draft, but a player like Sims, who has great speed and athletic ability, could be hard to ignore at number 23 overall -- assuming he drops that far. Sims is only about 5’ 11" and 225 pounds, so he needs to protected by the lineman. But his sideline to sideline speed reminds us of New York Jets linebacker Jon Vilma.

CB Jon Joseph ~ South Carolina -- A recent junior college transfer, Joseph left SC early, meaning he only played one season of Division I football. This is very much like a NBA scenario, were teams will have to make a draft decision on a player who should’ve, ideally, stayed in school to improve his stock.....But after a solid 2005 season in the SEC and a tremendous showing at the Combine (4.3 40 yard dash), he has to be considered a player on the rise. Teams are always searching for size, speed and potential at cornerback, so we think he’ll surprise folks on draft day.

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last updated: 4/01/06
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With JD Booty sidelined by a back injury, USC head coach Pete Carroll has told the Los Angeles media highly regarded redshirt freshman Mark Sanchez is having a great spring and could be USC's starting quarterback next season.

"Right now, there's enough stuff he does well," Carroll said. "We could put together a game plan."

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www.chicagobears.com: Joseph Addai of LSU is a complete running back who boasts power and versatility.

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Lott Trophy Watch List: Named after former USC and San Francisco 49ers defensive back Ronnie Lott, the Lott Trophy is awarded to college football’s defensive IMPACT Player of the year. The Lott Trophy is the first college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and personal character attributes of the player.

Rufus Alexander, Sr., LB, Oklahoma, 6-1, 231

Dwayne Andrews, Sr., LB, Fresno State, 6-0, 240

Patrick Bailey, Sr., LB, Duke, 6-4, 230

Daniel Bazuin, Sr., DE, Central Michigan, 6-3, 257

Tommy Blake, Sr., DE, TCU, 6-3, 250

H.B. Blades, Sr., LB, Pitt, 6-0, 240

Mkistro Bruce, Sr., DL, Washington State, 6-6, 255

Rob Caldwell, Sr., LB, Navy, 6-0, 222

Caleb Campbell, Jr., DB, Army, 6-2, 223

Adam Carriker, Sr., DL, Nebraska, 6-6, 280

Tim Crowder, Sr., DE, Texas, 6-4, 270

Joe Garcia, Sr., DB, Nevada, 6-0, 182

Michael Griffin, Sr., S, Texas, 6-0, 205

Korey Hall, Sr., LB, Boise State, 6-1, 228

Leon Hall, CB, Sr., Michigan, 5-11, 194

Vince Hall, Jr., LB, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 236

Marcus Hamilton, Sr., CB, Virginia, 5-11, 187

Justin Harrell, DT, Tennessee, 6-4, 306

Nate Harris, Sr., LB, Louisville, 6-1, 232

Jay Henry, Sr., LB, West Virginia, 6-2, 225

Will Herring, Sr., LB, Auburn, 6-3, 220

Daymeion Hughes, Sr., CB, Cal, 6-2, 185

Kenny Iwebema, Sr., DE, Iowa, 6-4, 255

Lawrence Jackson, DE, USC, 6-5, 265

Kyle Kinsell, DE, Davidson, 6-0, 235

LaRon Landry, Sr. S, LSU, 6-2, 204

Larry McSwain, Sr., DL, UAB, 6-3, 255

Brandon Meriweather, Sr, S, Miami, 6-0, 188

Will Meyers, Sr. DB, Indiana, 5-11, 201

Quentin Moses, Sr., DE, Georgia, 6-5, 255

Matt Muncy, Sr., LB, Ohio, 6-2, 234

Jesse Nading, Jr., DE, Colorado State, 6-5, 252

Eli Nichols, Sr., DL, Duke, 6-4, 260

Sam Olajubutu, Sr., LB, Arkansas, 5-9, 227

Paul Posluszny, Sr., LB, 6-2, 230, Penn State

Roderick Rogers, Sr., DB, Wisconsin, 6-2, 181

Brandon Siler, Jr., LB, Florida, 6-2, 239

Juwan Simpson, Sr., LB, Alabama, 6-3, 222

Justin Warren, Sr., LB, Texas A&M, 6-3, 237

Eric Weddle, Sr., S, Utah, 6-0, 200

Patrick Willis, Sr., LB, Mississippi, 6-2, 240

Tom Zbikowski, Sr, S, Notre Dame, 6-0, 208

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Defensive line depth shifted from a want to a need for the Bears after top reserve Tank Johnson underwent surgery last week to repair a torn quadriceps -- he may miss the entire upcoming season.

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A unique fight over restricted free agents between Seattle and Minnesota ended Friday when the Vikings chose not to match the Seahawks' contract offer to receiver Nate Burleson -- Vikings acquire the Seahawks 3rd round pick.

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Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports updates (4th version) his one round mock draft.

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Rick Gosselin: A.J Hawk heavy on talent, but linebackers don't carry draft weight.

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Wisconsin football: Top junior prospect Joe Thomas springs into rehab, hoping to regain his form as an elite NFL prospect next season.

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With wide receiver Eric Moulds likely heading to Houston (or Philadelphia), the Patriots must look elsewhere for help at wide receiver.

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