| last updated: 7/30/06
Rivals.com archive of articles, features and photos from 6 major conference Media Days.
The St. Louis Rams have signed first-round pick Tye Hill.
NFL.com first-round pick signings checklist.
Roger Goodell leads four others finalists for job of NFL commissioner.
DD.com comment: The wife of 51 year old NFL commissioner finalist Mayo Shattuck III is currently an NFL cheerleader.
Rookie season redo: Vikings cornerback Dustin Fox is a rookie again, after missing all of last season.
DD.com comment: Dustin sat out all of the 2005 season, after sustaining an injury very early last summer that was expected to be healed by opening day or soon after. Instead of the coaching staff taking until the final cutdown to check his progress, they placed him on injured reserve immediately. In our opinion, that was a huge waste of a 3rd round pick. It was almost like the front office used a high pick on the kid, but the coaching staff didn't want him around -- after only a handful of practices?
Personally, if we were Fox's agent, we would've told the Vikings he's not taking a "redshirt season"....No way! NFL players are allowed, by rule, to ask for their release if they have been placed on injured reserve, but can prove they are close to healthy enough to play. Had he done that in 2005, there is no doubt a number of NFL teams near the bottom of the standings in 2005 (49ers, Packers, Jets, ect.) would've snapped him up in a split-second on waivers early last season and fit him onto their team in some way -- special teams, nickleback, ect. Basically, by allowing the Vikings to IR him last season with a non season ending injury, he allowed Mike Tice and his coaches to throw away an entire season of his career. The average NFL player only plays 4 seasons, so that not insignificant.
The Seattle Seahawks and first-round draft choice Kelly Jennings agreed on a contract.
Closer look at NFL prospect Scott Stephenson, who will anchor Iowa State's O-Line.
Having an incumbent quarterback key for Big 12 success.
Miami tailback Tyrone Moss positive of return and welcomes critics -- they make him work harder.
Effects of a recent toe injury could linger for Hog tailback Darren McFadden.
The Detroit Lions have signed first-round draft pick Ernie Sims.
The Southeastern Conference (SEC) struggling to find marquee quarterbacks.
Closer look at All-American safety LaRon Landry and the LSU Tigers.
New Orleans has agreed to terms with first-round draft choice Reggie Bush.
Tough blow for Tennessee -- starting defensive tackle Rien Long likely to miss the season due to injury.
The Indianapolis Colts sign first-round draft pick -- running back Joseph Addai.
Surprise, Surprise: wide receiver Braylon Edwards practices with Cleveland.
| last updated: 7/29/06
The Cincinnati Bengals top draft pick -- Cornerback Johnathan Joseph -- agrees to deal.
Philadelphia writer happy that Cleveland native LaCharles Bentley sustained a season end knee injury?
Texas College announced today Kanas State quarterback Allen Webb has transferred to Tyler....Steelers hope to also add former Texas running back Ramonce Taylor.
The new All American Football League plans to field eight teams based in college towns.
Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback Matt Leinart ready to play, but contract isn't done yet.
LSU safety has some unfinished business -- LeRon Landry wants another shot at championship.
Notre Dame receiver Jeff Samardzija baseball season finishes on high note against low A-Ball competition.
The St. Louis Rams cornerback Ronald Bartell ready to test his at free safety.
Free agent rookie wide receiver Hank Baskett continues to impress the Philadelphia Eagles.
Former Edmonton Eskimo Rashad Jeanty in for tough fight to make Bengals.
DD.com mailbag from Australia:
A story breaking tonight in the Australian media is that star Rugby League prop Willie Mason has been meeting with NFL clubs with a possibility of playing in the United States as early as next season. He is 26 Years old and weighs in at 115 kg (253lbs) and 195cm (6'5). Rugby is a sport that requires more physical fitness (non-stop action) than football, so he would be able to add more muscular bulk to play possibly LB/DE/TE in the NFL. I'm not sure of his speed in measurable terms, but he is quite quick for his size. I would estimate aprox 4.7-4.8.
Personally, as someone who has played moderate level Rugby Union (which is the more popular variant of the two rugby codes - Rugby League is CFL to Rugby Union NFL) and college level (DII) American football, I think that it is unlikely that a player would be able to convert that late in his career, particularly with no experience in American Football whatsoever.
That being said, however, there are an absolute multitude of rugby players who would excel in American football if they picked up the sport at a younger age. Here is a link to the profile of a young player named Brett Stapleton who could make an enormous impact if he was recruited by a college now - unfortunately that's unlikely to work as he's already playing professionally.
DD.com comment: First, we'd like to thank the sender of this E-Mail (N.B.). Checking our site logs, we know quite a few Australians and New Zelanders surf DD.com regularly.
N.B brings up a great point about the age factor. We know NFL scouts mostly ignore any football player in the Arena League, NFL Europe and CFL once they reach the age of 26. Feeling is, if you haven't made the NFL to stay by the age of 26, it won't happen -- kickers and punters are clearly exceptions to this rule.
To think an athlete can come in from a different sport, or a different country, and make it in the NFL as a position player at the age of 25, 26 or older is almost laughable.
Back in the latter part of the 1990's Brock Lensar and Stephen Neal where college wrestling superstars at the same time. Both were offered NFL tryouts right out college. Neal, who accepted the NFL's offer in his early 20's, eventually became a starting NFL guard for the Patriots after toiling in obscurity for a few seasons on practice squads.
Lesnar, who is probably a better athlete than Neal, was offered a shot by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coming out of college, but went to the WWE were he accumulated quite a bit of fame and fortune. When the football bug bit Lesnar at the age of 27, he had no chance to make it the NFL. Basically, he was a glorified jersey seller by Mike Tice and the Minnesota Vikings in the summer 2004, when he spent a few weeks with the team as a defensive end wannabe.
I guess the point is, except for kickers and punters, the key going forward is NFL teams should focus on only the youngest players (teens and early 20's) with potential if they want to find a hidden gem from another sport to make the jump to the NFL -- i.e Antonio Gates or Stephen Neal.
| last updated: 7/28/06
Art Shell's old school approach delights Oakland fullbacks, who will actually do more than just block.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed their first-round draft pick Santonio Holmes.
The Green Bay Packers have agreed in principle to a contract with linebacker A.J. Hawk, the fifth overall pick in the most recent NFL Draft.
Kansas City offensive lineman Willie Roaf has apparently retired. The only problem is that the Chiefs don't want to believe him.
The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to terms with first-round pick Bobby Carpenter.
The Buffalo Bills agreed on a contract with defensive tackle John McCargo, the second of the team's two first-round draft picks.
Hogs.net looks at a pair of Canadian running back's trying to make the Redskins roster, including Jesse Lumsden, who ran a blistering 4.45 40 in 2005 at 6' 2" and 225 pounds, yet is being pushed to bulk up to be a blocking fullback in the NFL.
Daily News Jetsblog: Wide receiver Justin McCareins in the doghouse; Quarterback Chad Pennington's arm looks weak.
Central Michigan tells soon to be jailed ex-star Jerry Seymour to go elsewhere.
Four Washington Huskies football players have been declared inelligible for the upcoming season -- Including two sons of former NFL Pro Bowlers.
The San Francisco 49er make No. 6 overall pick Vernon Davis highest-paid tight end in the NFL.
The Patriots have signed first-round draft pick Laurence Maroney.
LA Times: Southern Cal's wealth of football talent last season led to a feeding frenzy of agents that had Pete Carroll seeking a change in the rules.
In depth look at Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny, who's back from an Orange Bowl knee injury.
Closer look at top Division 1-AA running back prospect Arkee Whitlock.
SEC Notebook: Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge must win over teammates, plus more stories.
The Jacksonville Jaguars agree to contract with first-round pick Marcedes Lewis.
The Carolina Panthers agree to contract with first-round pick DeAngelo Williams.
Present And Accounted For -- Buccaneers have all picks signed, including first-rounder pick Davin Joseph.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently released 2 bigger name undrafted rookies:
RB Andre Hall ~ South Florida
S Jahmile Addae ~ West Virginia
DD.com comment: Both played in the Senior Bowl and attended the Combine, yet there is a chance neither will even suit up for an exhibition game in the NFL. Addae was a quality college player, but lacks the ideal size and speed needed to play in the NFL. Hall actually excelled at the Combine, showing surprising speed and quickness. We certainly would've never guessed Hall would be cut in July.
A pair of former Texas stars, who entered the NFL as undrafted were cut this week:
Former Texas Tech running back Taurean Henderson was cut by Minnesota.
Former Texas A & M safety Jaxson Appel, who ran real well at the Aggies Pro Day (4.45), was cut by Tennessee.
First-round draft pick Manny Lawson signs with the San Francisco 49ers.
The Denver Broncos and first-round pick Jay Cutler came to term on a contract Thursday.
The Kansas City Chiefs reach a deal with their top draft pick Tamba Hali.
Rams notebook: Rookie tight ends have a ton of talent as receivers, but they are encountering blocking issues.
Pro Bowl center LeCharles Bentley, one of Cleveland's biggest free-agent signings this winter, sustained an injury to his left knee during his first 11-on-11 drill of the summer and will miss the upcoming season.
Miami of Florida senior safety Brandon Merriweather doesn't have a role in the current Middle-East struggles and he isn't a player in America's growing illegal immigration quandry, but his role in defending a fellow Hurricane in a bizzare shooting incident last week got him some face time on the Cable News Network's (CNN) top rated news show Lou Dobbs Tonight.
Lou Dobbs comments:
The coach of the University of Miami Hurricanes football team is planning on talking to his team next month about the dangers of owning and using handguns. Coach Larry Coker says he will discourage his players against owning guns after a shooting incident involving two of his players last week. Turns out Hurricane reserve safety Willie Cooper was shot and slightly wounded outside his off-campus apartment by a gunman, hiding in the bushes.
He was very fortunate because one of his teammates, another scholar athlete, Hurricane player Brandon Merriweather happened to be packing and he returned fire with his semi-automatic. Merriweather had a permit for the gun. The Miami police said it was a lawful shooting. Coach Coker will be talking about the incident when his players begin practice for the fall football season. He questions whether he can enforce a no-gun rule for his team, however, if guns are being used legally off campus. It's tough to coach in modern-day college football.
| last updated: 7/27/06
The San Francisco 49ers traded backup quarterback Cody Pickett to the Houston Texans for a conditional draft pick.
The Cincinnati Bengals are paying the price for questionable draft picks.
Baltimore: Can undrafted rookie Ronnie Prude make the team?....Is 2005 draft "steal" Dan Cody healthy and ready to make an impact on defense?
DD.com comment: We were impressed with Ronnie Prude last season at LSU. Not much was expected from him, but we felt he played extremely well when we watched the Tigers....His lack of elite speed (4.59) probably kept him from being drafted, but we've known for a while that Baltimore thinks they may've found a player in Prude. He even got some 1st team reps in the spring when veteran Chris McAlister wasn't at practice.
The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms with rookie linebacker Chad Greenway (Iowa, first Round).
Tennessee has agreed to terms with former Texas quarterback Vince Young.
Grambling's running game is set, as Ab Kuuan returns to Tigers after rigorous work.
Illinois linebacker Jeremy Leman has graduated, but looks forward to 2 more seasons of college football eligibility.
Closer look at NFL prospect/Alabama running back Kenneth Darby.
First round pick Mathias Kiwanuka signs as all New York Giants rookies report.
The New York Jets have signed their 2nd first round pick - center Nick Mangold.
Detroit News looks at Ten Heisman Trophy hopefuls to consider.
| last updated: 7/26/06
The Bucs announce several moves, including the release of another 2005 pre-draft cyberspace folk hero Larry Brackins.
DD.com comment: In the spring of 2005 we were told by a national draft writer not to buy into the "Brackins hype", because most of the specualtion was baseless and NFL scouts knew it. That winter, somehow, someway, his agent compiled some grainy videos of the rangy wideout dominating on the JUCO level and got a couple prominent draft sites (not this one) to show them and buy into false 40 times.
Brackins had skipped out on going to a major college for a couple seasons and entered the draft. Soon after officially declaring, baseless speculation grew on the Net that Brackins could wind up going in round 1. Needless to say, the reported numbers and legend were proven false at the Combine and he was nothing more than a Day 2 longshot with some size and athletic ability, but somewhat average straight line speed.
Brackins might be another case of agents and Net hype lulling a player into a false sense of reality, which leads them to leave school way too prematurely. Brackins should still be in college, getting ready for his senior season. But now he is no-mans land. At this point, were does he go from here in football with almost no college experience?
DD.com note: Here is a pretty good/accurate pre-draft scouting report on Brackins from NFL.com.
Chargers defensive end Igor Olshansky is five pounds lighter than he was last year but perhaps even stronger.
Despite being picked in the Supplemental Draft two weeks ago, wide receiver Richard Washington hopes to get a shot in the NFL.
The Denver Broncos release 5 players, including 2005 pre-draft cyberspace folk hero Brandon Browner.
DD.com comment: Despite coming off a poor sophomore season at Oregon State in 2004, and showing he clearly wasn't ready for the NFL, rumors had started spreading quickly in cyberspace that Browner was a unique 6' 4" cornerback with sub 4.4 speed, tremendous agility and a great nose for the football. It was said, by many that didn't have much inside knowledge, he would be a likely first round pick if he left school early.
Hounded by adoring agents and fans, Browner took the bait and left school early, renouncing his final 2 seasons of eligibility. The lofty projections were a major stretch, as he wasn't even drafted after timing very poorly for a defensive back in workouts. Browner went undrafted in the spring of 2005 and spent last season on the Broncos injured reserve list after breaking an arm.
Browner's story is an example of why we absolutely do not include underclassmen in mock drafts or rank them with the top seniors until after they officially declare for the draft.
Oklahoma Sooners running back has lofty goals -- Adrian Peterson aims high.
The New York Daily News is reporting the New York Jets are on the verge of signing 1st round pick D'Brickashaw Ferguson.
The Cincinnati Bengals stung by linebacker Odell Thurman's suspension.
SEC Notebook: Several stories, including a look at the Georgia Bulldogs, confident despite heavy player losses.
Baltimore: Top 5 questions going in to the pre-season -- can undrafted rookie free agent Tres Moses make the team?
Former New Mexico superstar DonTrell Moore hasn't given up on making it in the NFL yet, but no one seems interested in signing him.
The University of Florida is one of the sites being seriously considered for a new spring professional football league.
The following is a list of top junior cornerback prospects, very loosely ranked. It's still very early and things can change significantly -- new names will emerge and rankings will change in time.
Antoine Cason ~ Arizona
Darrelle Revis, Pittsburgh
Roshaun Fellows ~ Tennessee
D.J. Wolfe ~ Oklahoma
Ambrose Wooden ~ Notre Dame
Chevis Jackson ~ Louisiana State
Eric Wright ~ Nevada - Las Vegas
J.R Bryant ~ Florida State
Adam Shada ~ Iowa
C.J. Gaddis ~ Clemson
Mike Jenkins ~ South Florida
Marquis Carpenter ~ Texas A&M
Wilrey Fontenot ~ Arizona
Cortney Grixby ~ Nebraska
Simeon Castille ~ Alabama
Trey Brown ~ UCLA
Tracey Porter ~ Indiana
Isaiah Gardner ~ Maryland
Jamal Harris ~ Minnesota
Jack Williams ~ Kent State
DeJuan Tribble ~ Boston College
Darius Butler ~ Connecticut
Michael Grant ~ Arkansas
Ryan Smith ~ Florida
Chaz Williams, ~ UL Monroe
Ricky Wilson ~ Houston
Leslie Majors ~ Indiana
| last updated: 7/25/06
Led by super junior cornerback Antoine Cason, the University of Arizona Wildcats might be able to claim the best secondary in the Pac-10, if not the country.
The Chargers number one draft pick Antonio Cromartie agrees to a deal in principle.
Former Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick is trying to stick as a Miami Dolphins free agent at wide receiver.
New spring pro football league to start up -- the eight teams will use colleges as their bases and pay about $100K per season.
DD.com comment: This league could, eventually, take the place of NFL Europe, if it takes off as planned. Players salaries in this league could far exceed those in NFLE. Also, word is NFL scouts and coaches are simply tired of having to trek over to Europe to watch games and owners are sick of the monetary losses inflicting on their balance sheets by the mostly German based league.
Betus.com: Odds of Notre Dame winning the national title?
Veteran free agent safety Dwight Smith signs with the Vikings.
Big 12 Notebook: Baylor thinks they have "super impact" wide receiver with freshman standout David Gettis.
Preseason look at the Oregon Ducks, who will be led by senior safety J.D. Nelson on defense.
Troubled Texas running back Ramonce Taylor will transfer to another school.
All Chargers rookies report, except number one draft pick Antonio Cromartie.
The following is a list of top junior safety prospects, very loosely ranked. It's still very early and things can change significantly -- new names will emerge and rankings will change in time.
Tom Zbikowski ~ Notre Dame
Reggie Nelson ~ Florida
Josh Pinkard ~ Southern Califonia
Anthony Reddick ~ Miami (Florida)
Jonathan Hefney ~ Tennessee (CB)
Jamar Adams ~ Michigan
Marcus Watts ~ Kansas State
Christian Varner ~ Maryland
Mike Phillips ~ Pittsburgh
James Silva ~ Boston College
Tierre Green ~ Nebraska
Roger Williams ~ Florida State
Jason Venson ~ Central Florida
Dowayne Davis ~ Syracuse
Marty Tadman ~ Boise State
Chris Davis ~ Duke
Donovan Woods ~ Oklahoma State
Sir Darean Adams ~ Michigan State
Quentin Demps ~ Texas El-Paso
Miguel Scott ~ North Carolina State
Bobby Williams ~ Bethune-Cookman
Rocky Schwartz ~ Houston
Tyrell Johnson ~ Arkansas State
Tony LeZotte ~ James Madison
Brandon Sumrall ~ Southern Miss
Kyle Jackson ~ Florida
Chris Horton ~ UCLA
Darien Williams ~ Oklahoma
Corey Lynch ~ Appalachian State
Japhus Brown ~ Texas A & M
Aaron Weathers ~ North Texas
Caleb Campbell ~ Army
Brett Shelton ~ Sacramento State
Kareem Byrom ~ Buffalo
D.J Dykes ~ Idaho
| last updated: 7/24/06
Baylor's football program hopes to follow Texas Tech's spread offense success.
Could Pitt junior cornerback Darrelle Revis skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft early?
Any time one the best football writers in America links your web site, you have to be flattered. Today we found out about Rick Gosselin's NFL Blog.
DD.com comment: We intend to add Rick's blog to our links page, because we very much suggest our readers check it out regularly for the best inside info related to the NFL and the NFL Draft. Personally, we think Gosselin, Gil Brandt and Chris Landry are hands down the top draft writers/analyst around.
The Houston Texans have officially signed their entire draft class.
Just thought we'd mention the son's of a pair of AFC South head coaches are getting ready for their sophomore season's as college safeties:
Klint Kubiak: Son of former NFL quarterback and current Houston head coach Gary Kubiak. Fairly big things are expected from the talented Kubiak, who might start next to veteran Ben Stratton for the Rams this upcoming season.
Don't let the "baby face" fool you, Kubiak is a rugged hitter, with a nose for the football in coverage. Klint's presence on the CSU roster drew Houston's attention to former Rams star David Anderson, a wide receiver the Texans drafted in round 7 last April.
Brandon Fisher: Son of former NFL safety and current Tennessee head coach Jeff Fisher. We don't know a lot about Brandon, but he seems like an excellent student athlete and solid team player for the Grizzlies. Injured early in 2005, so Brandon's actually a redshirt freshman.
Closer look at North Carolina State senior cornerback/NFL prospect A.J. Davis.
NFL.com is reporting the Oakland Raiders have reached an agreement with their first round pick Micheal Huff.
Top 10 Pac-10 defensive players.
Top 10 Big East defensive players.
Promoting running back Marshawn Lynch as a Heisman candidate is the right idea for Cal.
Best quarterback in the ACC plays for Mike Krzyzewski?....Quality QB's scarce around the Atlantic Coast Conference.
CBS SportsLine.com: AFC East position battles.
ACC Notebook: Virginia Tech safety Aaron Rouse talks about not entering the NFL Draft after the 2005 season.
DD.com comment: Due to economic hardship, Rouse was definitely leaning towards entering the draft after his junior season. We believe he stayed at Tech because the NFL Draft Advisory Panel projected him in the 4th to 5th round area after his junior season.
At this point, there are some that feel he's a bit of safety/linebacker "tweener". Obviously, if he can elevate his game as a senior and fare well in workouts, he could go higher in the draft -- perhaps be a first day pick?
Florida State linebacker Buster Davis dubs FSU's defense a 'factory' and hopes to cash in on its ability to churn out first-rounders.
ACC Kickoff: Q&A With North Carolina State center Leroy Harris.
Speedy cornerback C.J Wilson and wide receiver Dominique Zeigler among the top Baylor players earning preseason accolades.
With Duante Culpepper gone, the unproven and untested will back up starter Brad Johnson in Minnesota.
| last updated: 7/23/06
Rookie quarterback Jay Cutler says he likes the Broncos system.
Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams, widely regarded as a potential top 5 overall pick by several prominent cyber-space draft guru's, admits the NFL's Draft Advisory Committee handed him a 4th round projection after the 2005 season.
DD.com comment: We think a 4th round projection for Adams was way off. However, we believe NFL scouts probably projected Adams as a solid 2nd rounder, but just wanted to scare him into going back to school with a Day 2 projection.
We watched Adams against Maryland and Colorado last season -- probably his best games of the season -- and he did impress us considerably with his edge rushing skills. You just can't teach that kind of speed and athletic ability.
However, it would've been purely foolish for him to leave Clemson early, as he definitely needed to add more bulk to his frame in order to better stop the run and withstand the day to day rigors of practicing and playing in the NFL.
With more time in the weight room and another ACC season to polish his run stopping skills, Adams should project as a first round pick. Currently, we have Adams as the 2nd ranked defensive end in the senior class, behind full-sized and extremely powerful Nebraska defensive end Adam Carriker.
In depth look at the Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback situation.
NFLDraftScout's top 100 senior draft prospects.
DD.com comment: The link above we posted in the blog back in May. Thought it was worth re-posting due to the 40 times, ect.
In depth look at Georgia Tech's Calvin Johnson, widely regarded as one the best receivers in college football.
ACC looking to replace defensive stars with some rising offensive stars like Calvin Johnson.
Believe it or not, another young Cincinnati Bengal was arrested.
ACC Preveiw & Prediction: Miami Hurricanes.
A prospect we were very impressed with in 2004 and 2005, who is beginning to create quite a "buzz" this off-season, is Wyoming senior safety John Wendling, who has always been noted as a big hitter and a sure tackler.
While most who have watched the rugged Cowboy from Rock Springs, Wyoming know he has a nose for the football, few probably realized how athletically gifted the 6' 1", 225 pound safety is. During the spring, Wendling clocked in at a sparkling 4.38 seconds in the 40 yard dash and displayed a 41" vertical jump. In addition to the speed and athletic display, Wendling broke several school records for a safety in the weight room.
In a sure sign that he's on the NFL's radar in a significant way, he was recently listed as one the top 150 prospects in America by respected NFL.com Draft analyst Gil Brandt. Some feel, if he can get a Senior Bowl invite and time well at the Combine, he has a chance to be drafted in the top 3 rounds.
Q & A with University of Texas defensive end/track star Brian Robison.
Florida Gators quarterback Chris Leak's legacy is still to be determined.
DD.com comment: Leak was a very highly regarded recruit out of the prep ranks, who's had a solid career for the Gators. Heady, in the pocket style quarterback, who studies a lot of film and can read defenses well. Has a fairly strong and accurate arm and is very good at spreading the ball around the field and doesn't throw a lot of interceptions.
Chris Leak's down side is his lack of ideal size (6', 210 pounds) and his glaring lack of mobility. Struggled in a new system early in 2005, but improved as the season went along. Flirted with the idea of jumping to the NFL after his junior season, but wasn't projected as a Day 1 selection, so he decided to return. Kind of reminds us of NFL veteran Jeff Blake.
Big Shoes to Fill: Toledo ready to hand over quarterback job to sophomore Clint Cochran.
Closer look at Hawaii senior defensive end Ikaika Alama-Francis, who might turn out to be a solid Day 1 NFL prospects.
The New York Jets are faced with 4-man quarterback controversy, which includes rookie Kellen Clemens.
The Patriots are hoping to get a boost from rookie receiver Chad Jackson and a group of 4 young tight ends.
Philadelphia Eagles safety Sean Considine hopes to bounce back from a injured plagued 2005 rookie season.
Toronto Argonauts running back Ricky Williams suffered a broken left arm Saturday in his team's 26-23 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
| last updated: 7/22/06
Kansas State's top running back suspended from season opener against Illinois State.
Former LSU wide receiver Xavier Carter could join Jeremy Wariner as the next big stars in track.
Cleveland has signed first-round draft pick Kamerlon Wimbley.
Already a probable contract hold out, Reggie Bush's agent says he could refuse to sign at all and re-enter the draft in 2007.
DD.com comment: The agent is clearly going for the home run, first saying Bush will get what #1 overall pick Mario Williams gets and now threatening a full year hold-out. The crazy thing is that with his game-breaking talent and youth, Bush has the leverage to pull this off. On the other side, New Orleans owner Tom Benson is not exactly known as a big spender or someone who compromises easily. Good thing we kept the Bush banner as this could drag on for a while.
Eagles 5th round pick WR Jeremy Bloom has a torn hamstring and could miss the entire 2006 season.
DD.com comment: This news follows an unremarkable minicamp plagued with drops. Lost in all the pre-draft hype on this player was the negative affect ski-boots were having on his ankle and overall leg strength.
As far as 5th rounders go, Bloom is still a good long term project. The year off to rebuild and refocus allows the Eagles to save a roster spot stashing him on the PUP and Bloom a year to get back into NFL shape and spend quality time with the Jugs machine.
The following is a list of top junior outside linebacker prospects, very loosely ranked. It's still very early and things can change significantly -- new names will emerge and rankings will change in time.
Brandon Siler ~ Florida
Corey McKeon ~ Nebraska
Vince Hall ~ Virginia Tech
Keith Rivers ~ Southern California
Nelson Coleman ~ Tulsa
Rodrick Johnson ~ Oklahoma State
Ben Moffitt ~ South Florida
Adam Kadela ~ Northwestern
Jon Beason ~ Miami-Florida (OLB)
Dan Bick ~ Purdue
Josh Williams ~ Arkansas State
Jordan Dizon ~ Colorado
DD.com comment: We listed the top junior outside linebackers yesterday. For the record, we are projecting a bit and know full well some players we list at outside linebacker may move to middle linebacker during the upcoming season and we also know that some we list inside will move outside. These are just very loose projections.
| last updated: 7/21/06
A pair of Miami Hurricane safeties
shot at by unknown person.
A healthy Brian Brohm is just one of
many weapons for the Louisville Cardinals.
Look at 16 college teams, including Arizona State, that have more than one quality
West Virginia freshman free safety Quinton Andrews has already
developed a reputation for being a big hitter.
Can you imagine Matt Leinart, D'Brickashaw Ferguson and A.J. Hawk leading
a team of college all-stars against the defending Super Bowl champion
Pittsburgh Steelers in an exhibition game this weekend?....But believe it or
not, until 1976, it happened.
Closer look at Syracuse quarterback Perry Patterson, who says
the Orange have nowhere to go but up.
Former South Carolina Star Moe Thompson files lawsuit
claiming school ruined his future.
Does everybody hate Florida quarterback Chris Leak? No -- but some folks seem to.
DD.com note: The writer, Mike Freeman, takes
a very strong racial angle in this article, basically saying the Gators have
a lot of racist fans.
That's fine to write it, because it may be absolutely true in some cases,
which is unfortunate -- we think players at all positions should be judged
by talent, not race. Chris Leak, in our opinion, should be the unquestioned
starter for the Gators this season and will likely be on the NFL's radar
after the season.
But when you read the article above, don't forget that writers rarely
bring up stories that aren't as politically correct -- like the overt racism
a white/Jewish quarterback named Marcus Jacoby faced in the
SWAC less than a decade ago from his fellow players and fans. Eventually,
Jacoby needed a full police escort to games.
Senior cornerback Montavis Pitts leaving
Auburn after DUI arrest.
DD.com comment: Pitts is a pretty big corner
at 6' 1", 195 pounds, who should excel in Division 1-aa. He started for the
Tigers in 2004, but was relegated to backup duty last season. We'd say he's
fringe NFL prospect, looking forward. Lack of elite speed in coverage was
always the knock against Pitts at Auburn.
St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk will have
major reconstructive knee surgery and will miss the entire upcoming
Closer look at Utah's top NFL prospect: cornerback Eric Weddle.
Notre Dame wide receiver Jeff Samardzija believes he
can play two sports professionally.
SEC Coaches Pre-Season All-SEC Team Announced.
The following is a list of top junior outside linebacker prospects, very
loosely ranked. It's still very early and things can change significantly --
new names will emerge and rankings will change in time.
Dan Connor ~ Penn State
Xavier Adibi ~ Virginia Tech
Brain Toal ~ Boston College
Ali Highsmith ~ Louisiana State
Earl Everett ~ Florida
Bo Ruud ~ Nebraska
Garry Pack ~ Mississippi
Lawrence Timmons ~ Florida State
Drew Kelson ~ Texas (SS)
Beau Bell ~ Nevada-Las Vegas
Robert Killibrew ~ Texas
Dane Krogstad ~ Arizona
Tyler Clutts ~ Fresno State(DE)
Ezra Butler ~ Nevada
John Shelvin ~ Minnesota
Danny Lansanah ~ Connecticut
Jamal Cooper ~ Wisconsin (DE)
Cody Kase ~ New Mexico
Gian Villante ~ Hofstra
Spencer Larsen ~ Arizona
Reggie Germany ~ Tulsa
DD.com comment: We hope to list the top
junior inside linebackers soon. For the record, we are projecting a bit and
know full well some players we list at outside linebacker may move to middle
linebacker during the upcoming season and we also know that some we list
inside will move outside. These are just very loose projections.
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| last updated: 7/20/06
Scout.com database of Top JUCO recruits.
Scout.com database of Top 2005 JUCO recruits.
DD.com comment: 2005 JUCO recruits that
already look like NFL prospects:
DB Reggie Nelson ~ Florida -- Gator fans
love his potential and superb athletic ability. Has the size and tackling
skills of a safety and the speed and agility of a cornerback. Great special
LB Desmond Bishop ~ California -- Physically
imposing athlete, who is already seen as one the better linebackers in the
Pac-10. We know for a fact NFL scouts are very intrigued by his potential.
QB Steve Wichman ~ Idaho -- Strong-armed
quarterback will benefit from having former NFL head coach Dennis Erickson
around. Wichman needs to stay better focused on and off the field, but he
has a lot of talent and could emerge on the NFL's radar with a big senior
season for the Vandals.
S Michael Johnson ~ Arizona -- Nice
size/speed ratio. Really made headlines when he caught 2005 Heisman Trophy
winner Reggie Bush from behind to prevent a long touchdown. Should contend
for All-Pac 10 honors.
S Zach Catanese ~ Arizona State -- Another
safety from Arizona with good size and speed. Had a fantastic season for the
Sun Devils in 2005 and if he can show NFL scouts anything close to the 4.46
speed reported in the link above, his stock will skyrocket.
WR James Finley ~ Oregon -- Mostly noted as
a possession receiver, with excellent size and solid hands last season.
Thing is, Finley has better than expected speed and could be a bigger factor
for the Ducks this upcoming season.
DE C.J. Ah You ~ Oklahoma -- Displayed
pretty solid edge rushing skills for the Sooners in 2005. Filled in
admirably for the injured Larry Birdine.
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all constructive E-Mail we get, as long as we have a return address. So,
again, please leave a return address if you want a question answered and we
thank all for the input. We do read and consider all opinions.
Look at 19 Division 1-A offensive stars, including Oklahoma's Adrian Peterson, that could
grab the Heisman Trophy.
Appalachian State star Daniel Bettis is likely to
see time at tight end and defensive end for the Mountaineers.
A pair of Minnesota Gophers named to
CFN Preseason All-Big Ten Team.
DD.com note: Link above includes CFN's
rankings of the Top 30 Big Ten players.
Former Penn State defensive end Lavon Chisley, once
considered a potential NFL prospect, is facing some very serious legal
Scout.com Big 10 Position Rankings: Wide Receivers.
Starting ACC quarterback suspended for the upcoming season due to plagiarism.
Closer look at Clemson's impact junior offensive tackle Barry Richardson, a
potential first round pick.
The following is a list of top junior defensive tackle prospects, very
loosely ranked. It's still very early and things can change significantly --
new names will emerge and rankings will change in time.
Frank Okam ~ Texas
Alan Branch ~ Michigan
Demario Pressley ~ North Carolina State
Joseph Bryant ~ Texas A & M
Nick Hayden ~ Wisconsin
Glenn Dorsey ~ Louisiana State
Keilen Dykes ~ West Virginia
Ropati Pitoitua ~ Washington State
Aaron Johnson ~ Washington State
Sedric Ellis ~ Southern California
Chris Norwell ~ Illinois
James McClinton ~ Kansas
Andre Fluellen ~ Florida State
B.J. Raji ~ Boston College
Justin Ostrowski ~ Wisconsin
Jason Shirley ~ Fresno State
Yaniv Barnett ~ Arizona
Tony Jenkins ~ Syracuse
Carlton Powell ~ Virginia Tech
Matt Kroul ~ Iowa
Nate Robinson ~ Akron
| last updated: 7/19/06
Alabama State picks up a big time transfer -- former Arkansas cornerback
In depth Pac-10 Football Preview from
Among NFL quarterbacks, the Patriots Tom Brady is at head of the
Closer look at Washington State quarterback Alex Brink.
Rutgers is pushing running Brian Leonard is a Heisman
One of the better Division 1-aa cornerbacks to watchout for this upcoming
season is Missouri State's Greg Lovely, a transfer
Lovely, a cover cornerback who should vie for All-Gateway Conference
honors this season, ran a 4.52 40 at MSU's Pro Day this spring. He also
displayed a 35" vertical jump and bench pressed 350 pounds.
Quaterbacks drafted in the low-rounds (Day 2) can surprise at times.
Arizona Cardinals rookie quartback Matt Leinart's path to the
NFL similar to that of Eli Manning.
DD.com Mailbag, Mike:
If you guys are going to do a thing on players who will break out this
upcoming season in college football keep an eye on Ohio State junior wide
receiver Anthony Gonzalez. This guy
runs the 40 faster than Ted Ginn Jr. and even
Ted Ginn Sr. admits that as well. Tony is a burner who was an All-American
cornerback in high school. In fact he won the state of Ohio's award for best
defensive player his senior year in high school.
Now that Santonio Holmes is gone you're gonna see Gonzalez's numbers
skyrocket upward. Tony also has great hands and a good rapport with
quarterback Troy Smith. Troy and Tony are
always hooking up on big plays and have just great chemistry. Just wanted to
let you guys know ahead of time of the big season Tony will have.
DD.com comment: Thank you Mike. We'll try
to search our blog archives for the article on OSU's spring Pro Day, which
mentioned Gonzalez ran a sub 4.3 40 in front of NFL scouts. We aren't sure
if he's faster than Ginn, but we know he's a lot faster than most in the
mainstream media would lead you to believe and OSU fans will have a lot to
cheer about with Smith throwing to Gonzalez, Ginn Jr. and tight end Marcel Frost, among others.
ColtScout: DD.com friend Jerry Langton takes a closer look at Nevada
quarterback Jeff Rowe.
Pitt Panthers linebacker H.B. Blades has set lofty
goals for himself.
Our sources tells us that the Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins remain
the most interested in signing former Iowa State defensive end/outside
linebacker Jason Berryman to a possible free
Berryman, who possesses legitimate NFL talent, went undrafted in last
weeks Supplemental Draft in large part due to a long history of off the
field troubles. As we learn more we will update the blog with breaking
The following is a list of top junior defensive end prospects, very
loosely ranked. It's still very early and things can change significantly --
new names will emerge and rankings will change in time.
Lawrence Jackson ~ Southern California
Tommy Blake ~ Texas Christian
Quentin Groves ~ Auburn
Chris Ellis ~ Virginia Tech
Kenny Iwebema ~ Iowa
Chris Long ~ Virginia
Jarvis Moss ~ Florida
Bryan Mattison ~ Iowa
Wallace Gilberry ~ Alabama
Larry Birdine ~ Oklahoma
Chase Ortiz ~ Texas Christian
Chris Harrington ~ Texas A & M
Jesse Nading ~ Colorado State
Marcus Hands ~ East Carolina
Nick Larkin ~ Boston College
Abraham Wright ~ Colorado
Phillip Mbakogu ~ California
Alex Boston ~ Florida State
Ikaika Alama-Francis ~ Hawaii
Adamm Oliver ~ Georgia Tech
Jeff Van Orsow ~ Oregon State
Jeff Schweiger ~ Southern California
Grayson Gunheim ~ Washington
Sherman Logan ~ Richmond
Jason Jack ~ Texas A & M
Nick Schlekeway ~ Boise State
Brian Johnston ~ Gardner-Webb
| last updated: 7/18/06
Betus.com: Is it finally time for Notre Dame to break its
MSN.FS.com: Look for breakout seasons from these five college quarterbacks.
Closer look at new UNLV quarterback Rocky Hinds, a USC
DD.com comment: If Hinds does win the
Rebels' starting quarterback job, maybe UNLV can try 2005 starting
quarterback Shane Steichen at wide
Coming into the 2005 season, many experts also compared Steichen to
former Utah star Alex Smith. He was having a "decent" 2005 season throwing
the football, but showed some serious athletic skills running with the ball
(320 yards and 3 TD's in 5 games). We saw shades of Matt Jones, while
watching the tall, long striding Steichen run for touchdowns of 51 and 70
yards last season. While Steichen doesn't have Jones' blinding speed, he
does run fairly well (about 4.6) for a 6' 4", 200 pound athlete. Steichen
sustained a finger injury in week 4 last season that kept him out 6
The Philadelphia Eagles hope
their revamped defense can soar this upcoming season.
Ex-Ohio State running back Erik Haw transfers to
Division 1-aa Jackson State.
Some more Preseason honors for Ohio University Football
Utah wide receiver Brian Hernandez has been
granted an extra season of eligibility.
| last updated: 7/17/06
The Minnesota Vikings have
agreed to terms with 2 draft picks.
Polynesian pipeline flows freely to the Brigham Young Cougars and Utah Utes.
Division I-AA.org selects six Appalachian State
Mountaineers as Preseason All-Americans.
The Philadelphia Eagles have signed second-round draft pick Winston Justice.
In depth look at the Missouri Tigers young tight
end tandem -- easily the best tight end duo in college football?
College Notes: Can UCLA compete with USC this season?.... Is Notre Dame's defense good
Ten Oakland Raiders who need to
make big impact this season.
Buffalo Bills: What draft picks will make an impact as rookies?
CBS SportsLine: The Cincinnati Bengals have character, all right -- a lot of it bad.
| last updated: 7/16/06
Dallas Cowboys safety Keith Davis shot twice on
Dallas highway, is listed in stable condition.
Their last name isnít the only similarity between South Carolinaís Sidney Rice and former NFL star Jerry Rice.
Closer look at Cleveland's wide receivers, led by talented free agent
addition Joe Jurevicius...Is undrafted Ferris State rookie Carlton Brewster a player
Big Ten's quarterback corps possess quality and quantity.
Filling former Longhorns quarterback Vince Young's shoes is a Texas-sized task.
www.chicago.cubs.mlb.com reports Jeff
Samardzija will make three Minor League starts before he leaves for
football season at Notre Dame. The right-hander was scheduled to start
Monday for Boise, then make two starts for Class A Peoria.
College Football Preview: Southeastern Conference.
Various news stories regarding the San Francisco 49ers, including the
possibility that the team will sign linebacker David Dixon.
FSU retools defensive line: After losing a lot of talent, the Seminoles
will look to make ends meet up
| last updated: 7/15/06
Two-sport stars not uncommon in the state of Colorado -- several current
Colorado Rockies and Denver Broncos excelled at
both baseball and football.
ESPN's Lee Corso: 10 predictions for the upcoming season.
Former George Mason University power forward Jai Lewis, who had signed a
free agent contract with the New York Giants earlier this spring, has
decided to end his pursuit of an NFL career.
Former Connecticut offensive lineman Craig Berry, who went
undrafted in the Supplemental Draft, gets a shot with the Green Bay
PSU standouts Paul Posluszny and Justin King are recovered from injuries and ready to
Young Auburn quarterback Brandon Cox becoming a
vocal leader on the field.
Yahoo! Sports: West Virginia and Louisville share Big East spotlight.
| last updated: 7/14/06
Cleveland signed the first two members of their 10-player draft class
Friday when sixth-rounder Lawrence Vickers and
seventh-rounder Justin Hamilton.
If rookie LenDale White emerge as a
top notch running back for Tennessee, will Travis Henry be traded?
Bengals owner Mike Brown released the following statement Friday in
response to questions about the team's recent character
Minnesota Vikings rookie linebacker Chad Greenway holds onto his humble
The Green Bay Packers Friday signed cornerback Will Blackmon, the team's
second of two selections in the fourth round.
Could a tougher schedule this season impede the
upward success of the Rutgers program?
More on talented but troubled LB Willie
Williams: he has told Miami he wants to transfer, because he is unhappy with his playing time. It appears UM will grant
the request, meaning Williams likely will end his UM career with more
arrests than games played and more probation hearings than tackles.
Former Auburn tigers Cadillac Williams among
others allegedly receive high grades in certain classes for doing no real
school work. The school is investigating in-house with the hope that the
NCAA will not get involved.
Arizona State quarterback Sam Keller changed
his number to honor his teammate, Angelo Richardson, who was paralyzed
by a gunshot to his lungs and ribs in March.
| last updated: 7/13/06
Yahoo! Sports recaps today's Supplemental Draft -- JC linebeacker David Dixon expected
to sign with the 49ers or Jets soon.
The Carolina Panthers have
agreed to contract terms with five of their eight draft picks.
On the same day the Bengals drafted another linebacker with "character
issues", the news could not be worse for Marvin Lewis: Star linebacker Odell Thurman has been
suspended after violating the NFL's drug policy.
As we predicted before the Supplemental Draft began today, Tenneessee has
signed Texas fullback Ahmard Hall to a free agent
Notre Dame All-American wide receiver Jeff
Samardzija yielded 6 hits in 5 innings last night for
the Boise Hawks.
The Philadelphia Eagles have signed fourth-round draft pick Jason Avant.
The Cincinnati Bengals speak publicly regarding former Virginia
linebacker Ahmad Brooks' history of
off field problems.
None of the other prospects (listed below) who applied for the
Supplemental Draft were chosen today. Players not selected in the
Supplemental Draft are eligible to sign free agent contracts.
Players Eligible For Today's Supplemental
LB Ahmad Brooks ~ Virginia -- Best chance of
being drafted in this group. Freakish athlete, but a history of knee issues,
weight control problems and off-field concerns will likely drop him into the
3rd to 5th round area.
DE Jason Berryman ~ Iowa State -- Had a
great Bowl game for ISU, recording 4 sacks agaist TCU. Sort of a DE/OLB
tweener, who might have more natural talent than Brooks. His long history of
off-field troubles has to be a huge concern to NFL teams. 50/50 chance of
being drafted today (round 7).
OG Craig Berry ~ Connecticut -- We really
liked this player as a junior in 2005. Was slated to play tackle for the
Huskies, but seems more like a guard prospect in the NFL. We doubt he gets
drafted today, but he would have had a much better chance of being selected
in the next regular draft if he had stayed in school. Expect him to, at
least, sign as free agent this week.
FB Ahmard Hall ~ Texas -- Age is an issue
with Hall, a former soldier who was born in 1979. Several teams (including
Tennessee) like him and he's likely to sign as a free agent.
LB David Dixon ~ Hutchinson (JUCO) -- One of
the better JC players in America, with excellent size and speed, will likely
sign as an undrafted free agent.
RB Richard Washington ~ North Carolina State
-- All purpose back didn't have great workouts. Best hope is a free agent
DT Marco Martin ~ Texas -- Not likely to be
Replacing the first round picks: Who is set
to step in for the 2005 college stars?
1 DE Mario Williams, North Carolina State -- Very highly regarded 6'
4", 245 pound Lackawanna JC transfer Littleton
Wright and redshirt freshman Willie
Young are among several inexperienced prospects expected to be in the
mix to start at defensive end for the Wolfpack.
2 RB Reggie Bush, Southern California -- Chauncey
Washington wasn't academically eligible the last two seasons, but he
is now and is expected to fill in at running back. He is a power runner,
loosely compared to former Trojan LenDale White. Fullback Brandon Hancock was quite a runner as a prep star,
but knee problems have affected his game.
3 QB Vince Young, Texas -- Gunslinging redshirt freshman Colt McCoy is expected to take over for Young. But
athletic true freshman Jevan Snead is expected
to get some playing time early on. Both have talent. But either way, the
Horns' will be inexperienced at quarterback.
4 OT D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Virginia -- A pair of 6' 6", 290 pound
juniors -- Zak Stair and Eddie Pinigis -- should be in the mix to replace the
almost irreplaceable Ferguson, who was one UVA's all time great players.
Stair and Pinigis were both involved in a frat party incident in the spring,
which could affect their status.
5 OLB A.J. Green Bay, Ohio State -- Hawk will not be easy to replace
and it's still unclear who will emerge as the starter in his place. Marcus Freeman and once heavily recruited prep
superstar Mike D'Andrea are the leading
candidates. Freeman is a 6' 2", 245 pound linebacker that possesses solid
speed and hits hard. D'Andrea can start at all 3 LB spots and DE, but must
shake the injury bug.
6 TE Vernon Davis, Maryland -- 6' 6", 260 pound sophomore Dan Gronkowski, more noted as a blocker, is expected
to fill the huge shoes off All-World tight end Vernon Davis. Gronkowski had
2 receptions last season.
7 SS Michael Huff, Texas -- Aggressive 210 pound senior Matt Helton, who appeared in all 13 games during the
2005 season as a backup strong safety and special teams performer, is slated
to take over for Huff.
8 SS Donte Whitner, Ohio State -- Most insiders feel 6' 1", 195 pound
sophomore Jamario O'Neal will emerge to start
at safety next to veteran Brandon Mitchell.
However, other players could emerge as the summer goes forward.
9 OLB Ernie Sims, Florida State -- Rugged 6' 3" junior Lawrence Timmons is expected to replace Sims, who
left FSU early. Expectations are sky high for Timmons.
10 QB Arizona Matt Leinart, Southern California -- Either veteran John David Booty, a redshirt junior, or redshirt
freshman Mark Sanchez is expected to start for
the Trojans. Both, however, had poor off seasons -- Booty had back problems;
while the once heavily recruited Sanchez had some off-field issues that kept
him off the practice field.
11 QB Jay Cutler, Vanderbilt -- While it's doubtful Vandy will find
another quarterback with Jay Cutler's special talent anytime soon, Arizona
transfer Richard Kovalcheck will definitely
help the program in the short term. Showed decent skills the last 2 seasons,
but his production was spotty at times (16 TD's/18 Int's in '04 and '05
combined) and he was never able to seize Arizona's starting job fulltime,
despite numerous chances. Will have 2 seasons of eligibility remaining.
12 DT Haloti Ngata, Oregon -- Junior David
Faaeteete and sophomore Cole Linehan
are expected to start at defensive tackle for the Ducks. While Ngata wasn't
a great at chasing down QB's, he was a superior run-stopper. The whole Ducks
line will need to need to step up their games to replace such a shining
13 DE Wimbley, Kamerion, Florida State -- Often injured, but physically
gifted senior Darrell Burston and speedy
junior Alex Boston are expected to start at
defensive end for FSU.
14 DT Brodrick Bunkley, Florida State -- Smallish nose tackle Kendrick Stewart (6' 2", 277) is expected to start
for the physically imposing Bunkley. Stewart is good a player, but Bunkley's
intensity and fire will be hard to replace.
15 CB Tye Hill, Clemson -- Junior C.J.
Gaddis, a converted safety, is getting the first crack at Hill's old
spot. Speed will be the issue for Gaddis, who must show he can run with
elite receivers. Gaddis was an elite baseball prospect coming out of high
school (drafted by Seattle).
16 CB Jason Allen, Tennessee -- When Allen missed the second half of the
2005 season with a hip injury, the Vols had to shuffle their secondary to
replace him. Going into this season, Jonathan
Hefney and Antwan Stewart are listed as
UT's starting safeties.
17 OLB Chad Greenway, Iowa -- 6' 2", 232 pound Iowa native Mike Humpal has the unenviable task of trying to fill
the gigantic shoes of a true Hawkeye legend and fan favorite. Humpal is a
good player, with excellent speed, who displayed solid skills as a backup
last season -- had a career-high 6 tackles against Indiana.
18 OLB Bobby Carpenter, Ohio State -- Athletic and very rugged 6' 3",
247 pound sophomore James Laurinaitis from the
state of Minnesota is expected to start at OLB for the Buckeyes. This former
high school hockey standout is the son of famed pro wrestler Joe "Animal"
Laurinaitis (Road Warriors tag team).
19 CB Antonio Cromartie, Florida State -- 6' 1", junior J.R. Bryant, who possesses 4.49 speed, is expected to
start in place of Cromartie, who renounced two seasons of college
eligibility to enter the draft. Smallish (5' 9") sophomore Tony Carter, who's the son of a former FSU basketball
star, will hold down the other spot.
20 DE Tamba Hali, Penn State Tamba Hali, Penn State -- With Hali and
fellow starting defensive end Matt Rice graduating, PSU will need two new
starters at the position. The leading candidate at one spot is steady
veteran Jim Shaw, who has been a valuable
reserve for the Lions. Soph's Josh Gaines,
Jeb Hill and Mike
Lucian should all be in mix for playing time at the other defensive
21 RB Laurence Maroney, Minnesota -- With Gary Russell definitely out
of the picture due to academic problems, speedy junior Amir Pinnix is seen as the leading candidate to start
for the Gophers. Pinnix ran for 604 yards in limited playing time in 2004
22 OLB Manny Lawson, North Carolina State -- Lawson will play linebacker
for the 49ers, but he was defensive end in college. To fill his spot, very
highly regarded 6' 4", 245 pound Lackawanna JC transfer Littleton Wright and redshirt freshman Willie Young are among several inexperienced
prospects expected to be in the mix to start at defensive end for the
23 OG Davin Joseph, Oklahoma -- While Joseph is expected to play guard
in the NFL, he was listed as a left tackle on the Sooners 2005 depth chart.
With former prep star Akim Millington transferring to Illinois, it's
possible 6' 6", 330 pound Georgia native Duke
Robinson will fill in for Joseph.
24 CB Johnathan Joseph, South Carolina -- Athletes with the size, speed
and skill of Joseph don't come along too often, so you can't blame USC fans
for being disappointed he left after only one season at the school. Talented
senior cornerback Fred Barnett returns to
handle one cornerback spot, but the other spot is expected to be up for
grabs. Small, but speedy sophomore Carlos
Thomas is listed as likely replacement for Joseph.
25 WR Santonio Holmes, Ohio State -- Expect speedy Cleveland native
Anthony Gonzalez, who clocked in below 4.3 in
the 40 yard dash at Pro Day, to start along with Ted
Ginn Jr. Gonzalez has already made some very big plays for the
Buckeyes -- had 28 receptions and 3 TD's for OSU in 2005.
26 DT John McCargo, North Carolina State -- 6' 2", 305 senior DeMarcus Tyler is in line to replace McCargo at DT
for the Wolfpack. Fellow Wolfpack defensive tackle DeMario Pressley, a 6' 4", 300 pound junior, could
eventually emerge as a star in the ACC.
27 RB DeAngelo Williams, Memphis -- 5' 9", 193 pound Joseph Doss, a junior, tries to replace, perhaps,
the greatest player in Memphis history. Doss, a native of Memphis, ran for
440 yards in 2005. Doesn't have Williams' combination of power and blinding
speed, but few do!
28 TE Marcedes Lewis, UCLA -- 6' 5", 245 pound senior J.J Hair, and rising sophomores Ryan Moya and Logan
Paulsen are expected to fill in for Lewis, who is heading to
Jacksonville. Moya led this group with 10 receptions for 153 yards and 2
TD's in 2005.
29 OC Nick Mangold, Ohio State -- 6' 4", 305 pound former offensive guard
T.J Downing could battle for playing time at
center for the Buckeyes. We must admit, however, we aren't quite sure how
this will shakout, as Downing may remain at guard and, perhaps, the Buckeyes
will move another veteran OT Doug Datish to
center or go with freshman Jim Cordle.
30 RB Joseph Addai, Louisiana State -- Alley
Broussard, a very highly regarded tailback, is slated to return from
a 2005 ACL tear. When healthy, Broussard is a sure fire NFL prospect. The
suddenly forgotten Justin Vincent is also
available. Fullback Jacob Hester has the speed
and power to be an effective runner.
31 CB Kelly Jennings, Miami (Fla.) -- The Canes will need two new
starters at cornerback and the leading candidates to start are senior Glenn Sharpe, an NFL prospect who tore his ACL in the
summer of 2005, and highly regarded sophomore Randy
32 DE Mathias Kiwanuka, Boston College -- Junior Nick Larkin is expected to hold one defensive end
spot and is expected to perform admirably. The other DE spot is up for
grabs, with former Cleveland prep star Jim
Ramella among the top candidates to start. Ramella, an athletic 6'
4", 250 pound sophomore, displayed solid skills in limited time in 2005 as a
| last updated: 7/12/06
Virginia Tech offensive lineman Brandon Gore, once heavily recruited, hopes to shake the injury this season and make it in the NFL.
Big 10 Position Rankings: top offensive guards.
DD.com comment: We give up on trying to find a spot for talented University of Minnesota lineman Tony Brinkhaus. Based his play at right tackle last season, we were comfortable ranking him as a top junior tackle. The article above ranks him as a guard. Meanwhile, there is talk he'll likely move to center this season. At least he's versatile, right?
Division 1-aa power Northern Iowa lands former USC receiver Whitney Lewis, who some rated higher than Reggie Bush in high school.
It's official: Gophers running back Gary Russell is not coming back to Minnesota.
The following is a list of top junior center prospects, very loosely ranked.
It's still very early and things can change significantly -- new names will
emerge and rankings will change in time.
Adam Spieker ~ Missouri
Trevor Rees ~ Northwestern
Doug Legursky ~ Marshall
Andrew Crummey ~ Maryland
John Sullivan ~ Notre Dame
Cody Wallace ~ Texas A & M
Kyle DeVan ~ Oregon State
Mike Pollak ~ Arizona State
Nick Allotta ~ Colorado State
Robbie Krutilla ~ Western Michigan
Kory Lichtensteiger ~ BGSU
Robbie Powell ~ Purdue
Look at Notre Dame two sport star Jeff Samardzija, who made his pro baseball debut last week.
DD.com update: Boise Hawks pitcher, Jeff Samardzija, will get the start for Wednesday's series opener against the Vancouver Canadians. Samardzija has a 0-1 record with a 3.00 ERA. The right hander has totaled six strikeouts over nine innings and allowed just three earned runs for the Hawks.
The Panthers and 3rd round pick James Anderson have reached an agreement on a contract.
| last updated: 7/11/06
Buffalo Bills fans, don't hold your breath for Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn.
On the spot: Ten NFL players/coaches who must get it done this season.
The Arizona Cardinals signed second-round draft pick Deuce Lutui, an offensive lineman out of Southern California.
Mal Scanlon, high school coach: "Had Joe Mauer chosen football instead of baseball, he would have been the No. 1 pick in the 2005 NFL draft."
DD.com comment: Had Joe Mauer attended FSU and played football, he could've competed for playing time at quarterback with current Los Angeles-Anaheim prospect Jeff Mathis.
With Major League Baseball's All-Star game set to start in a few minutes, checkout our October of 2005 feature on former football stars in Major League Baesball.
Several former high school football stars will be playing in tonight's game:
3B Alex Rodriguez ~ New York Yankees ~ Quarterback, who wears Dan Marino's #13, his idol. Was recruited heavily by Miami (Florida) football; signed with them for baseball, but never attended the school.
OF Grady Sizemore ~ Cleveland Indians ~ Quarterback, committed to University of Washington, but never attended the school.
C Joe Mauer ~ Minnesota Twins ~ Quarterback, Signed with Florida State as a very highly regarded football prospect, but never attended the school.
OF Matt Holliday ~ Colorado Rockies ~ Quarterback, Signed with Oklahoma State as a very highly regarded football prospect, but never attended the school.
Olympic skier/wide receiver Jeremy Bloom agrees to terms with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Packer Insider takes an in depth look at speedy JUCO linebacker David Dixon, who hopes to be selected in the upcoming Supplemental Draft.
Minnesota Vikings First-round pick Chad Greenway has been steadfast in saying that he won't be a holdout, but contract talks have been preliminary at best in attempts to get him signed.
The following is a list of top junior offensive guard prospects, very loosely ranked.
It's still very early and things can change significantly -- new names will
emerge and rankings will change in time.
Will Arnold ~ Louisiana State
Jordan Grimes ~ Purdue
Charlston Gray ~ North Carolina
Shannon Tevaga ~ UCLA
Martin O'Donnell ~ Illinois
Brandon Rodd ~ Arizona State (OT)
Rocky Hanni ~ Eastern Washington
Leon Hart ~ Auburn
Kirk Elder ~ Texas A & M
Ofa Mohetau ~ Texas Tech
Adam Krause ~ Michigan
Jeremy Zuttah ~ Rutgers
Derrick Morse ~ Miami-Florida
Roy Schuening ~ Oregon State
Brennan Carvalho ~ Portland State
Tad Miller ~ Oregon State
Matt Alfred ~ Eastern Washington
Jeff Byers ~ Southern California
| last updated: 7/10/06
Very early One Round Mock: About.com has the Buffalo Bills selecting Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn first overall in the next draft.
Respected NFL.com Senior Analyst Gil Brandt looks at seven players eligible for the upcoming supplemental draft.
Former Oklahoma State quarterback Josh Fields, a third baseman in the Chicago White Sox minor league system, collects a pair of hits in MLB's prospects All-Star game.
DD.com comment: We believe Fields, the ChiSox top pick in the 2004 MLB Draft, was a solid (not great) NFL prospect. Had he played football at OSU his senior season and played well, we think he would've gotten an invite to the 2005 Combine and been drafted by an NFL team in the mid to latter rounds.
No need to look back for Fields, however, as he looks like an almost certain future Major League starter. But where does he fit in Chicago with Joe Crede at third base?
Who knows, Fields' is a good enough athlete that he can probably make the transition to left field for the Sox. That would allow the team to keep the valuable Crede at third and move speedy Scott Podsednik back to center field, if talented prospect Brian Anderson continues to struggle with the bat.
| last updated: 7/09/06
A big DD.com congratulations is in order for the Italian National Soccer team, which won it's first World Cup title since 1982.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sportsline gives his opinions on the most underrated and overrated players on all 32 NFL teams.
Navy, led by junior power running back Adam Ballard, ranked 30th by Phil Steele's College Football Preview.
New coach leads Hofstra (1-aa): Rookie head coach Dave Cohen looks for success around 11 returning starters.
Number one overall draft pick is no guarantee for success in NFL -- Tim Couch.
The Houston Texans reach deals with three Day Two draft choices.
Bayou Quartet: Drafting LSU Tigers a new habit for the Dallas Cowboys
| last updated: 7/08/06
Harvardís football captain Matthew Thomas was suspended from the team indefinitely and could be removed from the team after allegedly assaulting his former girlfriend in her dorm last month.
Former NFL star Ricky Williams continues to struggle for the Toronto Argos -- 9 rushes for only 6 yards in a loss to Winnipeg.
DD.com comment: Former USC wide receiver RJ Soward, who was once considered a "can't NFL prospect", caught a 75 yard TD for the Argos today. It was the first reception of the season the for the Jacksonville Jaguars former first round pick (2000).
Preseason composite rankings, using 5 major publications, has Notre Dame ranked #1.
The Tennessean: Rookie quarterback Vince Young won't be able to just tuck the ball and run like he did at the University of Texas.
The Green Bay Packers Friday signed defensive tackle Johnny Jolly, the teamís first of two selections in the sixth round.
| last updated: 7/07/06
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Koren Robinson says "I'm Not In Rehab".
Yahoo! Sports take an in depth look at the NFL's upcoming Supplemental draft.
Supplemental draft eligible players:
LB Ahmad Brooks ~ Virginia
DE Jason Berryman ~ Iowa State
DT Marco Martin ~ Texas
RB Richard Washington ~ North Carolina State
FB Ahmard Hall ~ Texas (Age is an issue with Hall, who was born in 1979)
The Sports Network ranks all 122 Division I-AA teams; Can Appalachian State repeat as champs?
After starting quarterback Mark Borda was injured last season, the Lehigh Mountain Hawks (Division 1-AA) unveiled a potential small-school gem as their new starting quarterback: Sedale Threatt.
Threatt, now a junior, is the son of former NBA guard Sedale Threatt, who was mostly known as a very good backup NBA guard, with great defensive skills, during his 14 year career. In his first career start last season, the younger Threatt completed 17 of 30 attempts for 188 yards and 1 TD, as Lehigh defeated Colgate 50-34. He also added 100 yards rushing on 15 rushing attempts. For the season, Threatt completed threw 12 TD's versus 4 Int's in 156 attempts. He also ran for 451 yards on 76 attempts and 2 TD's.
According to those that have seen him up close, Threatt has the potential to be a "Michael Vick type performer" in the Patriot League, due to the unique blend of size, speed and overall athletic ability he brings to the Division 1-AA level. Going forward, Threatt is definitely a small school player to watch, particularly if he can improve his quarterbacking skills with more experience.
The Houston Texans have signed their second round pick -- linebacker DeMeco Ryans.
The Sports Network releases it's I-AA Pre-Season Football All-America Team.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Georgia Wide receiver Sean Bailey (knee) is rehabbing ahead of schedule and could return to the Bulldogs lineup by the first game.
Bailey, one of Georgia's top receivers, tore his ACL prior to the Sugar Bowl. It was originally believed that Bailey would receive a medical redshirt and sit out the entire upcoming season, but that might not happen: "I saw Sean running a little bit last week and he looks as fast as ever," Bulldogs quarterback Joe Tereshinski said. "Not making too many cuts yet but really working hard and showing that he wants to play."
Unable to continue his football career at the University of Utah, former defensive end Marquess Ledbetter is still hoping to play somewhere.
The Tennessee Volunteers must rebuild their front seven this season.
The New York Giants have waived five players, including undrafted rookie defensive tackle Sir Henry Anderson.
| last updated: 7/06/06
Former Toledo quarterback Bruce Gradkowski making a positive impression in Tampa Bay.
Dallas Cowboys safety Justin Beriault, who was tremendous in 2005 pre-season games as a rookie, is hoping to make it back from very serious knee problems.
For all the heat Vanderbilt's offensive line took last season for allowing star quarterback Jay Cutler to get knocked around most weeks, there was one stalwart -- right tackle Brian Stamper
DD.com comment: The 6' 5", 295 pound Stamper did not allow a sack last season and has already been named to the preseason watch-list for the Outland Trophy -- goes to the top offensive lineman in the nation.
By the way, overall, Cutler was sacked 24 times in 2004 and 23 times in 2005. Imagine how much better Cutler would've looked the last 2 seasons if he had a couple more lineman like Stamper in front him?
Southeastern Conference in state of transition at quarterback.
DD.com comment: We are very surprised that the writer didn't mention LSU quarterback Matt Flynn at all in the article....Unless there is something we aren't aware of, Flynn should be battling for playing time after a stellar performance at the end of the 2005 season. The athletic Flynn had a 119.5 QB rating and threw 7 TD's (1 int) in very limited playing time for the Tigers last season.
Florida Gators to bring in 2004 freshman All-American cornerback Ryan Smith from Utah?
A pair of Central Michigan stars -- DE Dan Bazuin and OT Joe Staley -- have received early invites to the East-West Shrine Game.
DD.com comment: We've seen a little of Staley on tape and he looks very impressive -- definitely looks the part of an NFL prospect. We were told in 2004, when Staley was a sophomore, that he was on the radar of NFL teams due to his unique athletic skills for a man his size. He had another solid season in 2005, then followed it up with a monster all-around Pro Day showing, including running a 4.7 40 at 6' 5" and 300 pounds.
It really is too early to tell how good of a pro prospect he'll be, but Staley, who came out of high school as a speedy tight end, is definitely a player that has a chance to surprise people and is a name to remember going into next season.
While we are on the topic, Central Michigan defensive end Daniel Bazuin, who led the nation in tackles for loss (26.5) and ranked second in sacks (16) in 2005, is also a player that is drawing significant attention from NFL scouts and we'd bet there is a very good chance he could receive an invite to the next Senior Bowl -- the most prestigious All-Star game for college stars.
Troubled running back Maurice Clarett is expected to sign a contract to play for the Mahoning Valley Hitmen, one of four teams in the new Eastern Indoor Football League.
Houston Texans rookie defensive end Mario Williams, the NFL's top draft pick, purchased the controversial house of fired Texas Southern University President Priscilla Slade for about $1.5 million.
The following is a list of top junior offensive tackle prospects, very loosely ranked.
It's still very early and things can change significantly -- new names will
emerge and rankings will change in time.
Sam Baker ~ Southern California
Barry Richardson ~ Clemson
Jake Long ~ Michigan
Gosder Cherilus ~ Boston College
Kirk Barton ~ Ohio State
Akim Millington ~ Illinois
Mike McGlynn ~ Pittsburgh
Tony Brinkhaus ~ Minnesota
SirVincent Rogers ~ Houston
John Greco ~ Toledo
Chad Rinehart ~ Northern Iowa
Peter Graniello ~ Arizona
Dylan Thiry ~ Northwestern
Bobby Byrd ~ Washington State
Pedro Sosa ~ Rutgers
Tyler Luellen ~ Missouri
Sean Dumford ~ Eastern Kentucky
Mike Gyetvai ~ Michigan State
Ryan Wendell ~ Fresno State
Chris Williams ~ Vanderbilt
Allen Smith ~ Stanford
David Overmeyer ~ Florida State
Chris Joseph ~ UCLA
| last updated: 7/05/06
The Chicago Bears have agreed to terms with their two remaining unsigned draft picks -- have now signed all of their draft picks.
ESPN College football writer Ivan Maisel releases his list of Top 25 teams.
During the 2005 season, we had a hard time finding a small school running back with the potential to be to be drafted in the top 4 or 5 rounds of the most recent NFL Draft.
This upcoming season, the running back talent at the small school level should be much better, led by speedy Southern Illinois running back Arkee Whitlock, who received a 5th round projection from the NFL's Draft Advisory Panel after his junior season in 2005.
Whitlock never really intended to leave school early, but wanted the NFL projection as a means to secure an insurance policy against a possible career ending injury -- usually only players projected to be drafted in the top 3 rounds qualify for the disability insurance through the NFL.
Assuming Whitlock can stay injury free, it's very possible he can elevate his game as a senior and display good enough speed in workouts to go even higher than the 5th round next draft. Let's not forget, the New York Giants selected former Saluki Brandon Jacobs in the 4th round of the 2005 draft.
Toronto Argonauts offensive co-ordinator Kent Austin defends the way he uses former NFL star Ricky Williams.
The Mobile Register looks at 5 players that could impact the SEC race, including Auburn wide receiver Courtney Taylor, who looked like a top notch NFL prospect after a stellar sophomore season in 2004.
Seattle writer seems peeved, as preseason publications mostly ignore University of Washington players.
DD.com comment: Given time, Ty Willingham should do a solid job in Seattle and really improve that program, which had almost hit rock bottom when he got there. Reality is, despite negative comments from blowhards like Paul Hourning, Willingham did a fantastic job recruiting at Notre Dame -- evidence is in N.D's current junior and senior class.
As far as Washington is concerned, it's hard to really hand any Huskies preseason first team All-Conference honors following an awful 2005 season (2-9). As we've noted here before, athletic Isaiah Stanback looks like a certain NFL prospect -- either at quarterback or wide receiver. Cornerback Dashon Goldson is a very confident player, who's skills are starting to create a stir among NFL scouts.
Respected draft guru Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News writes Virginia middle linebacker Ahmad Brooks likely has fourth-round value (supplemental draft), but a team in dire need of linebacking help might reach for him in the third.
Senior defensive lineman Conrad Bolston and sophomore tackle Jared Gaither of Maryland have been placed on the preseason watch list for the Outland Trophy.
Florida A & M junior Tyrone McGriff is rated one of the top defensive ends in Division I-AA.
Former Fresno State Bulldog Richard Marshall progressing well at cornerback for the Carolina Panthers.
| last updated: 7/04/06
The following is a list of top junior tight end prospects, very loosely ranked.
It's still very early and things can change significantly -- new names will
emerge and rankings will change in time.
Greg Olsen ~ Miami-Florida
Zach Miller ~ Arizona State
Martin Rucker ~ Missouri
Jonathan Stupar ~ Virginia
Eric Butler ~ Mississippi State
Tom Santi ~ Virginia
Fred Davis ~ Southern Cal.
Kory Sperry ~ Colorado State
Gary Barnidge ~ Louisville
Joe John Finley ~ Oklahoma
Marcel Frost ~ Ohio State
Robert Lewis ~ Washington
Craig Stevens ~ California
Tate Casey ~ Florida
Kris Kasparek ~ Akron
John Kinzer ~ Virginia Tech (FB)
| last updated: 7/03/06
C-USA filled with talented quarterbacks, including Senior Jordan Palmer of UTEP.
Junior guard Brennan Carvalho and senior cornerback Dominic Dixon ranked among 1-AA's best players.
Big 12 Countdown looks at the 12 best comeback stories in the conference, including Kansas State's resident "Lynch Clone" Marcus Watts, who some thought would never play again.
DD.com comment: The Kansas State football program received great news last month, when rugged safety Marcus Watts was cleared to play this season.
Watts, a junior from Hays, Kansas, dislocated his hip in the final game of the 2005 season and some feared it could be a career threating injury. When healthy, the speedy and cerebral Watts is one the better safeties in America. He's already noted as an NFL caliber special teams prospect, but if he can add some weight and stay healthy, there is no doubt Watts can play safety in the NFL.
Nebraska senior safety Andrew Shanle would like to follow brother Scott Shanle into the NFL.
Cleveland rookie linebacker Kamerion Wimbley has a mentor in veteran Willie McGinest.
The Chicago Bears continue to sign draft picks, including CB/WR/KR Devin Hester.
The following is a list of top junior wide receiver prospects, very loosely ranked.
It's still very early and things can change significantly -- new names will
emerge and rankings will change in time.
Dwayne Jarrett ~ Southern California
Calvin Johnson ~ Georgia Tech
Ted Ginn Jr. ~ Ohio State
Todd Blythe ~ Iowa State
Limas Sweed ~ Texas
Marcus Monk ~ Arkansas
Robert Meachem ~ Tennessee
Billy Pittman ~ Texas
Dorien Bryant ~ Purdue
Anthony Gonzalez ~ Ohio State
Early Doucet ~ Louisiana State
Jordy Nelson ~ Kansas State
Eddie Royal ~ Virginia Tech
Keith Brown ~ Alabama
Ernie Wheelwright ~ Minnesota
Lance Leggett ~ Miami-Florida
De'Cody Fagg ~ Florida State
D.J Hall ~ Alabama
Adarius Bowman ~ Oklahoma State
Kim Thompson ~ Northwestern
Maurice Price ~ Charleston Southern
Clyde Edwards ~ Grambling
Terry Love ~ Michigan State
Cameron Colvin ~ Oregon
Derrek Richards ~ Utah
Kevin Robinson ~ Utah State
Dusty Sprague ~ Colorado
Craig Chambers ~ Montana
Sammie Stroughter ~ Oregon State
Danny Amendola ~ Texas Tech
Johny Walker ~ Colorado
Duvaughn Flagler ~ Gardner-Webb
| last updated: 7/02/06
Excellent Article: Life after the NFL.....All NFL players -- like former University of Arkansas star safety Tony Bua -- must grapple with this issue at some point.
Boise State return specialist Quinton Jones named to Rivals.com Preseason All-America First Team.
Fox Sports takes a in depth look at 100 top Heisman Trophy Candidates.
Fox Sports takes a look at some possible "early entries" in the next draft, including USC wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett.
The Chicago Bears have agreed to terms with fourth-round draft pick Jamar Williams, a linebacker from Arizona State.
The first pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, Tim Couch, has again undergone surgery on his right shoulder.......Whether the former Kentucky quarterback will ever play again in the NFL is uncertain.
| last updated: 7/01/06
The Washington Post takes a five page look at the excitement created in the New Orleans area by the arrival of gifted rookie running back Reggie Bush.
Look at Elon University senior linebacker Chad Nkang, who has been selected to Street & Smith's All-America Team.
DD.com comment: Chad Nkang is a small school player that is squarely on the NFL's radar. Listed at 6' 1" and 215 pounds, however, it's very likely he'll have to switch to strong safety in the NFL....How fast he runs will determine if he has any chance to get drafted.
Heavy on wide receivers and underclassmen, TFY Draft Preview lists their Top 25 prospects.
Jacksonville State linebacker LeMarcus Rowell hoping to finish troubled career strong.
DD.com comment: No surprise, a player with a "troubled background" is said to be heavily on Miami Dolphins head coach Nick Saban's radar.
DD.com takes a closer peek at 7 "fascinating" senior prospects from the Ivy League.
RB Clifton Dawson ~ Harvard -- This 5' 10", 190 pound Scarborough, Ontario native is already Harvard's all-time leading rusher with 3,618 yards and is on pace to challenge the all-time Ivy League rushing mark of 4,715 yards held by current Hollywood actor Ed Marinaro (Cornell class of 1971). Dawson's best season was as a sophomore in 2004, when he rushed for over 1,300 yards and scored 18 touchdowns for the undefeated Crimson. His stats were a bit down across the board last season, but he was still very productive........Dawson, who will be a senior this upcoming season, began his college career in the Big 10 at Northwestern, but transferred to the Ivy League to get more playing time. He has excellent speed, balance and strength. He also is an excellent special teams player, when he gets chances to return kicks, which will be important when he attempts to jump to the NFL. Also, has pretty decent hands out of the backfield....Drafted in the 6th round of April's CFL draft by Toronto.
WR/TE ~ Ryan Fuselier ~ Dartmouth -- Is currently listed as a senior after being granted another season of college eligibility. Is a wide receiver for Dartmouth, but may want to pack on some pounds if he needs to move to tight end in the NFL, as some have suggested. Came in as a quarterback, but the 6' 5", 220 pound athlete was moved to receiver full time, where he responded with 23 catches for 290 yards in 2004.......Last season, he was Dartmouth's top receiver with 51 receptions for 501 yards and 5 touchdowns, despite having a freshman quarterback at the helm. This could be a player to watch if he does add weight, because he's one of the better athletes you'll see in the Ivy League.
WR Ashley Wright ~ Yale -- One of the most impressive small school players we saw last season. Wright is a wide receiver/punter for the Bulldogs. At 6' 4", 190 pounds, with surprising speed and athletic ability for a big fellow that wears number 30, Wright almost looks out of place in the Ivy League as an athlete. How a kid this talented got away from major conference "academic schools" like Vanderbilt and Stanford, we don't know?.......This former high school track star led the Bulldogs with 61 receptions for 795 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2005 (in just 10 games). Wright was helped by the fact that he had big armed, pro style quarterback Jeff Mroz throwing him the ball last season. Mroz is currently with the Dallas Cowboys, so Wright will need to adapt to another quarterback. The two did make quite a tandem last season -- sort of a Division 1-AA version of Jeff Samardzija and Brady Quinn from Notre Dame.
OL Ed McCarthy ~ Yale -- Dominating 6' 5", 300 pound offensive tackle, who has started 30 consecutive games for the Eli's at three different spots -- guard, center and left tackle. McCarthy, who played tight end and defensive end in high school, is a top caliber athlete for an Ivy League offensive lineman, with terrific strength, balance and excellent footwork. On top of that, his on-field resume is nothing short of spectacular: McCarthy was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year as a freshman -- a very rare feat for a guard. He moved to center the next season and was promptly named 2nd team All-Ivy League as a sophomore in 2004.......Last season, he moved to left tackle and was even better than ever -- chosen the Eli's offensive line MVP in 9 of Yale's 10 games and named 1st team All-Ivy as a junior. He's a great Ivy League player, who we think has a chance to play guard or center in the NFL.
LB Zak DeOssie ~ Brown -- At 6' 4", 250 pounds and very athletic, he might be the best senior prospect in the conference -- definitely the best defensive prospect in the Ivy League. First Team All-Ivy selection as a sophomore and junior and there is little doubt he'll get the rare "1st team All-Ivy hat-trick" if he can stay healthy. Had 80 tackles, 12 TFL's and 4 sacks last season, despite missing a month of action due to a knee injury.......Son of linebacker/snapper Steve DeOssie, who spent 12 seasons in the NFL with the Cowboys, Giants and Patriots. Zak began his career as a safety, but bulked up into a being a linebacker, so he's got pretty good speed. Really is a prospect to keep an eye on, as he's been on the NFL's radar for a while.
LB Kory Gedin ~ Penn --Officially listed as a senior, but Gedin should have two seasons of eligibility remaining for the Quakers. This 6' 2", 235 pound linebacker, who was once ranked among the top 20 prep linebackers in the nation, is probably the most heavily recruited player currently in the Ivy League. Was a star at Washington, D.C power Gonzaga High School and originally attended the University of North Carolina....After an injury plagued redshirt freshman season at UNC, Gedin decided he wanted to transfer to a more urban setting and he has done well in Philly -- had 55 tackles (9.5 TFL's) and 3 sacks in 2005, while anchoring Penn's defense. Solid athlete, with a lot of power and excellent sideline to sideline quickness. Should be a player to watch this upcoming season.
S Tad Crawford ~ Columbia -- Is there a better name for an Ivy League safety than Hillard Thaddeus Crawford? Known to his friends as "Tad", Crawford, a senior from Toronto, led all Ivy League defenders with 112 tackles in 2005 as a junior. That's in addition to his 94 tackles in 2004, as a sophomore, which ranked him 6th in the league.......Full sized safety at 6' 3" and 200 pounds, who can really stop the run and is pretty good in coverage for the Lions, too. He will play pro football if he wants to. At this point, the CFL would be more likely for the Ontario native.
DD.com comment: Being based on the East-Coast has allowed us to follow the Ivy League -- where true "student-athletes" play without scholarships. And, featuring the league has sort of become a tradition at this site.....In any given Ivy League football season, you can expect 5 or 6 senior players to show up on the NFL's radar. By draft day, perhaps, a few will get picked. But more will be signed as free agents, as NFL teams love the intelligence and work ethic these players bring to the table.
Checkout DD.com's Preseason All-Ivy League First Team (scroll to bottom of the page)