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last updated: 8/31/06
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The Minnesota Vikings acquired quarterback Brooks Bollinger from the New York Jets for defensive tackle C.J. Mosley and an undisclosed draft choice Thursday night.

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ESPN talked to Indianapolis Colts prsident Bill Polian during tonight's Boston College at Central Michigan game. When asked who "impressed him on the field", Polian, not wanting give away his secrets, responded the "obvious players. B.C's talented offensive lineman, Daniel Bazuin (DE) and Joe Staley (OT) from Central Michigan.

When asked specifically about B.C. wide receiver Tony Gonzalez, who had a big night, Polian said "He has great hands, we know that. The big question is his speed".

DD.com comment: By the way, B.C's offensive line is led by top junior offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus and highly regarded senior guard Josh Beekman.

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Free agent rookie running back Patrick Cobbs hoping to stick with the Patriots.

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Breaking News: Ohio State linebacker Mike D'Andrea will have another surgery on his right knee that will officially end his Ohio State career.

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After three months of fame and almost four years of anonymity, John Kerr cannot wait for Ohio State's season-opener against Northern Illinois on Saturday.

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So happy together: Talented wide receivers Nate Hughes and Charlie Spiller are ready to lead Alcorn State's offense.

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The New York Jets have acquired tight end Sean Ryan, from the Dallas Cowboys for an undisclosed draft pick, and traded tight end DougJolley to Tampa Bay for an undisclosed draft pick.

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Breaking News: Standout Colorado State running back Kyle Bell to have surgery for a torn ACL and will miss the upcoming season.

DD.com comment: Devasting loss for the Rams. This is the type of injury that could, potentially, change CSU's entire upcoming season -- for the worst. We ranked Bell as the 4th best running back in the junior class, so we thought extremely highly of him as a pure combination speed/power tailback....Expect him to make a full recovery by next season, but this injury could be serious enough to have some lingering effects down the line -- perhaps this knee injury (and the perceived loss of speed from it) will skew NFL teams towards bulking up this very talented runner and using him merely as a blocking back at the next level?

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Joe Rexrod: 10 of the most intriguing players in the Big Ten this season.

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Talented Virginia Tech tight end John Kinzer's career may be over because of a neck injury....The 6' 2", 245 pound junior was considered a likely NFL prospect as a fullback or H-Back.

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The LA Times takes an in depth look at speedy Utah cornerback Eric Weedle.

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LA Daily News feature on USC's "blue collar" wide receiver Steve Smith, who hopes to impress NFL scouts with his quickness and hands.

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Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman, tries to project the Texas Longhorns season -- even tries to predict individual player stats.

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Draft Daddy looks at recently released Disney Movie Invincible, which is based on the true life story of former Philadelphia Eagle wide receiver Vince Papale.

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Watch out for the Boise State Broncos, led by athletic senior quarterback Jared Zabransky, who says he clocked a 4.49 40-yard dash time this spring, and ran an official 4.56 for NFL scouts.

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Star senior linebacker Paul Posluszny carries 'Linebacker U' flag for Penn State.

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Pitt players and coaches spent the summer scouting Virginia game tapes, and immediately recognized the playmaking abilities of Cavs cornerback Marcus Hamilton.

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Bloomsburg's (D-2) star tailback Jamar Brittingham, a legit NFL prospect, strained his left knee during an intrasquad scrimmage last weekend and won't play against JMU in both teams' season-opener Saturday at Bridgeforth Stadium.

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Southern California basketball player Brynn Cameron will miss the upcoming season because she is expecting a baby with Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback Matt Leinart.

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Former Oklahoma offensive lineman J.D. Quinn enrolled at the University of Montana on Wednesday with plans to walk on to the football team, school officials announced.

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Sixth-round pick Antoine Bethea could start season opener for the Colts.

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Wide receiver Charles Rogers is confident he'll make the cut in Detroit.

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CBS Sportsline scouting the pro prospects: Quarterbacks

CBS Sportsline scouting the pro prospects: Wide Receivers & Tight Ends

CBS Sportsline scouting the pro prospects: Running Backs

CBS Sportsline scouting the pro prospects: Offensive Linemen

CBS Sportsline scouting the pro prospects: Defensive Linemen

CBS Sportsline scouting the pro prospects: Linebackers

CBS Sportsline scouting the pro prospects: Defensive Backs

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last updated: 8/30/06
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ESPN's Todd McShay looks at 10 emerging talents in college football.

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Gregg Doyel, CBS SportsLine.com: Vince Young was a great college quarterback, but is a lousy pro prospect.

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Defensive end Daniel Bazuin headlines a plethora of NFL prospects from Central Michigan.

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Despite his smallish frame at 5' 11" and 245 pounds, Grand Valley State senior defensive end Mike McFadden believes he will play in the NFL next season.

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The El Paso Times looks at UTEP quarterback/NFL prospect Jordan Palmer.

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In depth look at Miami Hurricanes star tight end Greg Olsen.

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North Carolina wide receiver Jesse Holley, an NFL prospect and New Jersey native, is angered by the way Rutgers recruited him.

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New Orleans rookie head coach Sean Payton has some tough cuts to make at wide receiver.

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CBS SportsLine.com -- Heisman Trophy Hopefuls

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CBS SportsLine.com staff -- Preseason All-America Team

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Oakland native Marshawn Lynch a pillar of Cal's Berkeley football program.

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Redshirt sophomore Nate Longshore will start at quarterback for ninth-ranked California in Saturday's season opener at No. 23 Tennessee after beating out Joe Ayoob for the job.

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Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Ryan Moore, who has not been arrested, grabbed a woman by the throat and threatened another woman, according to a police report.

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last updated: 8/29/06
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As we predicted last month, the Philadelphia Eagles have placed fifth-round draft pick Jeremy Bloom on the Injured Reserve list, meaning he is sidelined for the entire season.

DD.com Note: The Eagles also placed very promising rookie free agent fullback Jason Davis on injured reserve due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

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Some Talented Canadians get ready for the upcoming college football season in the United States.

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Complete list of Canadians playing Division I football.

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Draftdaddy.com's look at some Top Canadian football players competing for U.S. colleges.

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In depth features on 5 very legitimate NFL prospects from 5 different Michigan based colleges:

Linebacker Ameer Ismail, Western Michigan

Offensive tackle Joe Staley, Central Michigan

Defensive end Mike McFadden, Grand Valley State

Defensive end Kevin Howe, Eastern Michigan

Defensive end LaMarr Woodley, Michigan

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Western Oregon seniors Kevin Boss, a tight end, and running back Eliot Vinzant are being targeted by NFL scouts as potential free agent types.

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Breaking a nearly eight-month silence, Gators defensive tackle Steven Harris described his battle back to Florida's football team.

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Former Virginia quarterback Marques Hagans, now a wide receiver with the St. Louis Rams, and speedy veteran wide receiver Brad Pyatt in a dog fight for a roster spot.

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Former first round picks Charles Rogers and Mike Williams are going to make the Detroit Lions 53-man roster, but that doesn't mean they deserve it. And it doesn't mean the wide receivers are ever going to play in a game.

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In depth look at Georgia Tech junior wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

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DD.com presents our All-Undrafted Free Agent Team -- 2nd team defense....These are not only worthy NFL prospects, in our opinion, but are also players that walk into situations where they have legit shots at grabbing an NFL roster spot on their new teams.

DE Jason Hunter ~ Green Bay Packers -- Former DI-AA superstar has come on strong for the Packers in the preseason. Finished the 2005 college season at 230 pounds, but has added over 20 pounds and has a chance to stick as a backup defensive end. He'll make the Packers practice squad, at the very least.

DT Stephen Williams ~ Kansas City Chiefs -- Former NW Missouri State (Division II) standout, who really caught the eye of new Chiefs head coach Herman Edwards during the spring -- even got some 1st team reps in spring OTA's. Persistent knee problems, however, will hinder Williams' chances to make the 53 man roster. But if he can get healthy during the season, he may be back in some form.

DE Ryan Neill ~ Buffalo Bills -- Feisty, yet undersized defensive end from Rutgers, who has impressed Bills coaches with his attitude, skill and hustle, has a shot to grab the Bills 4th defensive end spot. Neill also long snaps, which will really help his cause going forward.

LB Timi Wusu ~ Oakland Raiders -- This former Stanford Cardinal stayed in the Bay area to play his pro ball. Sort of a linebacker/safety "tweener", whose special teams prowess has really caught Art Shell's attention. Seemed like a virtual lock to make the team, until a groin injury forced him to miss some time. May make the Raiders squad, anyway.

LB Rashad Jeanty ~ Cincinnati Bengals -- Despite only being 23 years old, he's going into his 4th pro season. Was kicked out of Central Florida early in his college career and spent the last 3 seasons in the CFL with the Edmonton Eskimos as a defensive end. Has taking advantage of increased playing time due to a minor injury to starter David Pollack and impressed the Bengals coaches with his speed and hustle. Very likely to make the Bengals 53 man roster, at this point.

LB Spencer Havner ~ Washington Redskins -- Skins need depth at linebacker and this former Pac-10 star has a chance to stick in some form (53 man roster or practice squad) due to his solid all-around skills and special teams hustle. The recent release of 7th round pick Kevin Simon will help his chances to make the team.

LB Brandon Hoyte ~ Indianapolis Colts -- The Colts defensive staff likes small, speedy linebackers and Hoyte fits that description. Colts brought in several undrafted rookie linebacker's and Hoyte has been the best so far.

S Jamaal Fudge ~ Jacksonville Jaguars -- Has played well in preseason games for the Jags. Not real big at 5' 9", but he's a very good player. Faces some intense competition to make the 53 man roster, but he'll make the practice squad, at the very least.

S Mike Lorello ~ Pittsburgh Steelers -- Not a lot of room to make the 53 man roster, but Lorello has a chance to stick on the practice squad, then get promoted at some point during the season. Could be a valuable NFL player due to his special teams skills and uncanny ability to harass opposing QB's on blitzes. Type of hard-nosed "football player" Bill Cowher should love to have around.

CB Cletis Gordon ~ San Diego Chargers -- Former SWAC all-purpose threat has impressed the Chargers staff with his ability to return kicks and punts. With return ace Darren Sproles down for the season with an injury, Gordon has a clear path to a coveted special teams job. Fumbled twice in the Chargers third preseason game. If this trend continues, he's in trouble.

CB E.J. Underwood ~ New York Giants -- This former Ohio State Buckeye, who transferred to Pikeville College, has impressed the Giants with his size and athletic ability. Could make the 53 man roster and contribute as a nickle and dime defensive back.

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last updated: 8/28/06
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Florida quarterback Chris Leak named to Davey O'Brien Award Watch List (Awarded to the top college quarterback) -- Full Watch List.

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Florida Gators running back DeShawn Wynn trying to reach his potential.

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Chicago Bears rookie defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek's season is over before it starts -- placed on IR.

DD.com comment: Dvoracek was really impressing the Bears coaching staff prior to the injury, by all accounts. Any time a rookie misses his first season, it's not good for his career. But Dvoracek is already 25 years old, so missing an entire season is not insignificant for him.

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The Philadelpia Eagles have acquired receiver Donte' Stallworth from New Orleans in exchange for linebacker Mark Simoneau and a future draft pick.

DD.com comment: Solid trade for both teams. Philadelphia needs all the help they can get at wide receiver; New Orleans has serious depth issues at linebacker. Also, by trading Stallworth, who the new New Orleans coaching staff doesn't seem to be in love with, the team could be clearing room for some promising young wide outs like Marques Colston, Mike Hass and a healthy Chase Lyman to get more playing time.

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Rutgers senior running back Brian Leonard is dodging the Heisman Trophy hype coming his way.

Related Link: Brian Leonard's Heisman campaign site: brianleonard23.com

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Ousted Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Rhett Bomar is transferring to Sam Houston State.

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If defensive linemen Marcus Thomas and Ray McDonald stay healthy, they could anchor a fierce defensive line for the Florida Gators this season.

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After watching Drew Olson from the sideline in 2005, 23 year old redshirt sophomore Ben Olson is eager to take the reins for the U.C.L.A. Bruins.

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Closer look at Toledo Rockets nose tackle J.P. Bekasiak, a 6' 6", 296 pound native of Windsor, Ontario with 4.85 speed in the 40-yard dash.

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Feature on University of Tulsa safety/NFL prospect Kedrick Alexander .

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Miami quarterback Kyle Wright, a strong armed junior, wants his name to be mentioned with all the greats that played at "Quarterback U" in Coral Gables.

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In depth look at Washington State's impact senior defensive end/NFL prospect Mkristo Bruce.

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After two years on the sideline, senior Chauncey Washington hopes to be the No. 1 option for the USC backfield.

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Top quarterbacks Chad Henne of Michigan, Drew Stanton of Michigan State and Brady Quinn from Notre Dame are college football royalty.

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Akron quarterback Luke Getsy, a transfer from Pitt, hopes to have a big senior season for the Zips and garner the attention of NFL scouts.

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Oakland Raiders lineman Robert Gallery, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2004 draft, transitions back to left tackle.

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last updated: 8/27/06
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The Mighty Quinn: Reluctant celebrity quarterback Brady Quinn could bring Notre Dame its first Heisman Trophy in almost two decades.

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Missouri's senior defensive ends Brian Smith and Xzavie Jackson have a simple plan this season to improve the Tigers' rushing defense, which ranked ninth in the Big 12 last year.

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Hours after playing in a preseason game at the Metrodome, Vikings safety Dwight Smith was cited for indecent conduct in downtown Minneapolis early Saturday, police said.

DD.com comment: Brad Childress has talked about emphasizing character and accountability since he took over in Minnesota. But since the team has already lost safety Tank Williams to a season ending injury, we doubt Smith will get anything more than a slap on the wrist from Childress for his most recent transgression.

The Vikings have some great fans and decent talent on their roster, but they can't seem to steer clear from players that are nothing but trouble off the field. These players clearly seem to poison the atmosphere in the locker room and humiliate those in the organization that brought them into the fold.

By the way, which "Einstein" on the Vikings coaching staff decided to use ultra valuable rookie linebacker Chad Greenway as a "wedge buster" in a meaningless preseason game?....We aren't even sure Mike Tice would be foolish enough to do that?

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Destiny Doubled: Quarterback Brian Brohm and running back Michael Bush are determined to give U of L fans something to 'remember for a long, long time.'

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Closer look at a pair of Michigan starters, who hope to gain the attention of NFL scouts as seniors: offensive lineman Rueben Riley and linebacker David Harris.

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If undrafted rookie receiver Jason Carter keeps making highlight-reel catches, it will be difficult to keep him off the Minnesota Vikings roster.

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Predicting the cuts: Roster bubble set to burst for some Green Bay Packers.

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Can undrafted rookie Carlton Brewster from tiny Ferris State make the Packers roster over a recent 4th round pick?

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Longhorns Notebook: The Texas Longhorns have some flexibility on the right side of their offensive line -- Could move tackle Justin Blalock to guard, which is where NFL scouts project him.

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last updated: 8/26/06
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The Minnesota Vikings cut eight players on Saturday, with the most notable player being wide receiver Koren Robinson.

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ESPN.com's Preseason All-American Team.

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Miami Hurricanes wide receiver/NFL prospect Ryan Moore has been suspended indefinitely for violating team policy, coach Larry Coker said Saturday.

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Chargers linebacker Stephen Cooper, once an undrafted free agent from the University of Maine, signs a $15 million extention...Team wants to sign Matt Wilhelm, another rising young linebacker, to a similar deal.

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Respected Dallas News writer Rick Gosselin has some interesting notes in his blog this week, including his list of the top players from the 1970's not in the NFL Hall of Fame.

DD.com comment: Reality is, we should defer to our good friend/DD.com writer Glenn Bernardi, an absolute 1970's NFL historian, on this topic. But we'd say the two names that jump out at us as the most worthy of being elected to the Hall of Fame are former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson and former St. Louis Cardinals cornerback Roger Wehrli.

Pearson, who made 3 Pro Bowls during his career, didn't put up gaudy numbers for Dallas teams that loved spreading the ball around, but he was always among the best receivers in the NFC during the mid to latter part of the 1970's. He was also at his best in big games, it seemed. Former NBA sized Philadelphia Eagles wide out Harold Carmichael, a 4 time Pro Bowler and absolute red-zone terror in the 1970's, also deserves significant Hall of Fame attention.

Wehrli was a great athlete and true shutdown cornerback in his era. Wehrli, who was elected to 7 Pro Bowls during the 1970's, would have been in the Hall of Fame years ago, we think, if he played for a 70's glamour team like Dallas, Oakland, Miami or Pittsburgh.

NFL 1970's All-Decade Team

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DD.com presents our All-Undrafted Free Agent Team -- 2nd team offense....These are not only worthy NFL prospects, in our opinion, but are also players that walk into situations where they have legit shots at grabbing an NFL roster spot on their new teams.

QB Corey Bramlet ~ N.E Patriots -- Threw more interceptions than touchdowns at Wyoming in 2004 and 2005, but is currently the Pats 3rd QB. Don't be surprised if they look for another quarterback soon.

RB DeDe Dorsey ~ Cincinnati Bengals -- Small college wonder (Lindenwood College) has shown excellent speed and quickness with the Bengals. Legit shot to gain a spot as the teams' 3rd running back/special teams ace, due to a fantastic all around showing in preseason games.

RB Chris Taylor ~ Houston Texans -- Former Indiana Hoosier has definitely impressed the Texans with his speed, power and balance as a runner, but is there room for him on the 53 man roster?

WR Micheal Spurlock Arizona Cardinals -- Former Ole Miss quarterback, is making a quick transition to wide receiver in the NFL due to his solid speed, quickness and athletic ability. Some feel he's in line to become the Cards primary return specialist this season.

WR Travis LaTendresse ~ Baltimore Ravens -- Brian Billick really likes this former Utah Ute. Has compared him to former Vikings special teams ace Chris Walsh, who spent 11 seasons in the NFL. LaTendresse has decent size (6' 1", 190), solid hands and better speed than most give him credit for.

TE Buck Ortega ~ Washington Redskins -- Son of former NFL linebacker Ralph Ortega (Atlanta), is more of a big wide receiver than a tight end at 6' 4" and about 225 pounds. Has really played well in the preseason and fits the mold of a traditional Joe Gibbs H-Back -- excellent speed, terrific hands.

OT Na'Shan Goddard ~ N.Y. Giants -- Former South Carolina star has impressed the Giants staff and is currently listed as the Jints 2nd string right tackle. We even spotted him playing some defensive tackle in the 3rd preseason game (Jets).

OG Jasper Hervey ~ Washington Redskins -- This 6' 2", 315 pound nimble athlete has impressed longtime Redskins O-Line guru Joe Bugel due to the fact that he can backup at guard and center. Very good chance he makes the Skins' 53 man roster as a rookie.

OC Pat Ross ~ Seattle Seahawks -- Make no mistake about it, this former Boston College standout has impressed the Seahawks staff. But the athletic center faces a lot of competition to gain a spot on the 53 man roster. Solid long term project.

OT Adam O'Connor ~ Carolina Panthers -- This former William & Mary standout has really caught the eye of the Panthers staff. He's a former college defensive end, so a stint on the practice squad and a trip to NFL Europe are likely until he learns the position.

OT Pat McCoy ~ Philadelphia Eagles -- Pretty solid prospect from a small school (West Texas A & M), with excellent size (6' 5", 330) and agility, who has impressed the Eagles coaching staff. Will turn 26 during the upcoming season, so he's a bit old for a "project".

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Gigantic Florida A & M left tackle Daniel Parrish, aka "Million Dollar Baby", hopes to impress NFL scouts this season.

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Idaho State hopes a transfer from Michigan -- quarterback Matt Gutierrez -- can lead the Bengals back to the top of the Big Sky Conference.

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The Chicago Tribne looks at Northern Illinois at star senior left tackle Doug Free.

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last updated: 8/25/06
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Ohio State linebacker Marcus Freeman missed the 2005 season because of a staph infection but will move into the Buckeyes starting lineup this season.

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Feature on talented University of Virginia sophomore tight end John Phillips.

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Closer look at talented Virginia Tech junior defensive end Chris Ellis who is "bigger, faster and even better than before"....Now runs a 4.5 flat at 260 pounds?

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NFL scouts have been regulars at James Madison's preseason workouts, checking out a handful of prospects including athletic senior quarterback Justin Rascati, a University of Louisville transfer that has caught the eye of several teams, including the Miami Dolphins.

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Portland State defensive tackle C.J. Niusulu, a transfer from U.C.L.A., hopes to put the injury bug behind him and impress NFL scouts.

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In depth look at rising University of Miami junior quarterback Kyle Wright.

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Quarterback/top NFL prospect Brady Quinn may be poised to end Notre Dame's Heisman drought.

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Former "sandwich-maker"/ street free agent wide receiver David Kircus is excelling in Denver....Will he make the Lions regret they cut him to keep a couple first round busts?

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Free of questions, quarterback Isaiah Stanback ready to lead the Washington Huskies.

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Joseph Lee Smith, a tight end recently dismissed from the University of Tennessee football team, has joined the Marshall Thundering Herd.

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Newest college all-star football game to be played in El Paso .

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last updated: 8/24/06
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Closer look at talented Clemson junior offensive tackle Barry Richardson.

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Is senior NFL prospect Martez Milner the next great tight end at the University of Georgia?

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In depth look at rising University of Virginia junior defensive end Chris Long, who's the son of NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long.

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Projecting the Carolina Panthers 53 man roster.

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Pittsburgh Steelers rookie quarterback Omar Jacobs, who many Net draft sites projected as a top 15 pick going into the 2005 college season, is struggling and fighting hard just to earn a roster spot.

DD.com comment: Our policy since we debuted prior to the 2004 draft, is to "not" rank juniors and seniors together or add juniors into "mock drafts" until they officially declare for the draft. Basically, we don't want to be any part of (even a very small part) of leading college athletes into making bad choices.

Jacobs is a text book example why we don't mix juniors and seniors. In the fall of 2005, just about every draft site in the world (including big name pay sites) had him as a sure fire number one pick going into his junior season. The local media in the Ohio area picked up on this, and next thing you know everbody seemed to believe he would be wise to leave school early.

It's hard to say if all those sky high media projections affected his decision to leave school early, but, in retrospect, it looks like he made a terrible choice and one has to believe the hype definately got back to him.

By the way, in fairness, the NFL's Draft Advisory Panel told Jacobs last winter he projected as a 4th or 5th round pick, so it's not like he wasn't warned that all the first round Net hype was quite a bit askew.

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Cleveland has acquired veteran offensive lineman Lennie Friedman from the Chicago Bears in exchange for an undisclosed draft choice.

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DD.com presents our All-Undrafted Free Agent Team -- 1st team defense....These are not only worthy NFL prospects, in our opinion, but are also players that walk into situations where they have legit at grabbing an NFL roster spots on their new teams.

DE Matt Rice ~ St. Louis Rams -- Was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Buffalo, but was cut at the beginning of the summer. This 6' 4", 260 pound former Penn State star hooked on with the Rams and recorded 3 sacks in his first preseason game with the team. St. Louis has decent talent and depth at defensive end, so it won't be real easy for Rice to make the 53 man roster. But he'll likely stick in some form -- 53 man roster or practice squad.

DT Tui Alailefaleula ~ N.Y. Jets -- DT Tui Alailefaleula ~ New York Jets -- What he brings to the table is a run stopping plugger mentality - doesn't lose his feet easily, doesn't get bowled over, can absorb the double team - exactly what a 3-4 defense needs at the nose. Also, with the season ending knee injury to 2005 draft pick Sione Pouha, and very little depth at nose tackle, the 6' 4", 350 pounder has an easier path to a roster spot as a backup to young veteran Dwayne Robertson.

DT Tony McDaniel ~ Jacksonville Jaguars -- McDaniel is a towering 295 pound defensive lineman, with a ton of potential, who was mostly a career backup for the Tennessee Vols. Had only 33 career tackles (6 TFL's) and 1 sack in his three college seasons in Knoxville, but still decided to leave school early. Jags look pretty strong at defensive tackle, currently, so McDaniel may have to spend some time on the practice squad. But, again, he's a very raw and worthy prospect.

DE Paul Carrington ~ Atlanta Falcons -- Excellent height at 6' 6", but is a bit light at 265 pounds. Has the frame to add more weight, which is a must if he's to play on the defensive line in the NFL. Ran the 40-yard dash in a sparkling 4.65 and 4.70 seconds at Central Florida's Pro Day. Also added a 35" vertical. May need time on the practice squad to bulk up, but he's an athlete that can even be tried at tight end or offensive tackle.

LB Brian Iwuh ~ Jacksonville Jaguars -- Iwuh was a player that really impressed us when we watched him at the Senior Bowl in January. He was dubbed a linebacker/safety "tweener" by scouts coming out of Colorado, which probably didn't help him on draft day. Word out of Jacksonville is that Iwuh has been very impressive in practices and early preseason games. It's possible he could battle for a starting spot as the season goes forward, but at the very least he should be able to provide valuable depth and special teams help to the Jags.

LB Pierre Woods ~ N.E Patriots -- The Patriots have some depth issues at linebacker, so it would not be a surprise to see a free agent make the roster. So far, Woods, a former Michigan standout, has done nothing but impress the Pats coaching staff. Woods is quick off the snap and has a knack for getting to the quarterback, which helps him as a 3-4 outside linebacker. Making the Pats 53 man roster as a rookie won't be easy, but we won't bet against the feisty Woods, who will shine on special teams.

LB Cameron Vaughn ~ Denver Broncos -- Former Louisiana State star made a strong early impression on the Broncos coaching staff, but there isn't a lot room at linebacker for an undrafted rookie, so he'll need to really excel throughout the pre-season games to make the 53 man roster. Could be a very solid practice squad candidate, if he falls short of make the final cut.

CB Ronnie Prude ~ Baltimore Ravens -- We were impressed with 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 know 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.

CB Keon Raymond ~ Tennessee Titans -- The coaching staff in Nashville has really been praising the former Middle Tennessee Blue Raider, as he's brought his "A-game" to most of the teams' early practices. Road to a roster spot won't be easy, but he's already caught his coaches attention due to his excellent speed and solid coverage skills. Not real big, but he could compete for playing time in Tennessee's nickle and dime packages.

SS John Busing ~ Cincinnati Bengals -- Busing had a great career for Miami (Ohio) as a linebacker, then followed it up with spectacular workouts for NFL scouts at Pro Day -- Ran a 4.53 40 and displayed a 38" vertical jump at 6' 2" and 235 pounds. He also looked incredibly agile and athletic in position drills, according to insiders. So far, the Bengals really like what they see of Busing, who's currently listed as the teams' backup strong safety. Busing must excel on special teams to stick in the long term. We think he can do that.

S Tra Boger ~ Green Bay Packers -- Former Tulane star, who packs a nice punch at 5' 11" and 215 pounds, is currently listed as the Packers 2nd string strong safety. Boger may not have elite speed, but he's fast enough to make plays. Has garnered public praise from the Packers staff so far, and the team has need for depth at safety. That means he could be in line to make the 53 man roster, perhaps?....Is the son current NFL referee Jerome Boger.

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last updated: 8/23/06
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Our friend Ed Thompson over at Coltpower.com reports Indianapolis placed running back James Mungro on injured reserve today, ending his season....The team also signed former Chiefs wide receiver Marc Boerigter.

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ESPN.com looks at Louisville junior quarterback/NFL prospect Brian Brohm.

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ESPN.com looks at Pittsburgh senior linebacker/NFL prospect H.B. Blades.

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Former University of Miami linebacker Willie Williams has enrolled at West Los Angeles College.

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Rookie free agent Richard Collier from Valdosta State shows promise with the Jaguars.

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Official Payton & Buchanan Watch Lists announced -- Top Division I-AA players.

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New NFL referee Jerome Boger is likely hoping he won't be assigned to work any Packers games this season. If he is, that would be bad news for his son Tra Boger.

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New Orleans has acquired linebacker Scott Shanle from the Dallas Cowboys for an undisclosed future draft pick.

DD.com comment: Sean Payton, New Orleans' rookie head coach, obviously knows Shanle well, having been Dallas' offensive coordinator the last few seasons....Also, we know several teams, including the Patriots, had a keen interest in trading for Shanle, who we think will do a good job in Louisiana.

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Ten college quarterbacks, including Joey Lynch of Ball State, who have slipped under a lot of radars for one reason or another but could lead their respective teams to unexpected heights this season.

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At only 19, Louisville senior defensive tackle Amobi Okoye shows he's wise beyond his years.

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In 6th year, Auburn cornerback David Irons has more to prove.

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Smallish rookie defensive end Elvis Dumervil to play defensive for the Denver Broncos.

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Some within the Minnesota Vikings organization give rookie defensive end Ray Edwards strong reviews for what he has shown so far this preseason.

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Arizona State quarterback Sam Keller is expected to enroll at Nebraska, a source close to Keller told ESPN.com's Joe Schad on Tuesday.

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The Atlanta Falcons traded running back T.J. Duckett to the Washington Redskins and acquired holdout receiver Ashley Lelie from the Denver Broncos in a three way trade Tuesday.

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DD.com presents our All-Undrafted Free Agent Team -- 1st team offense....These are not only worthy NFL prospects, in our opinion, but are also players that walk into situations where they have legit at grabbing an NFL roster spots on their new teams.

QB Quinton Porter ~ Houston Texans -- No undrafted free agent quarterbacks made NFL rosters as rookies in 2004 and 2005, so Porter faces some long odds. Had the Texans #3 spot pretty much locked up, until a recent trade for Cody Pickett. Porter is a real good athlete, who can play QB or H-Back on the practice field. Is probably ticketed for the practice squad, but he's a worthy athlete/prospect.

RB Mike Bell ~ Denver Broncos -- Nothing but praise coming from Broncos coaches regarding this former Arizona Wildcat, who was named the teams' starting tailback for the preseason opener. Doesn't have great speed (probably about 4.64), but is a big, physical type back the Broncos and coach Mike Shanahan like.

FB Jason Davis ~ Philadelphia Eagles -- The Eagles generally just use their fullback as a designated blocker, who will catch a screen from McNabb from time to time. Word is Davis has already impressed the Eagles staff and players with his hard nosed attitude and willingness to block anything that moves. If he can flash skills on special teams, too, he'll have a chance to stick around for a while.

WR Sam Hurd ~ Dallas Cowboys -- This is a player we really liked during the 2005 season, but he went undrafted after not displaying elite speed in workouts. Tall, excellent blocking receiver, who has impressed many in Dallas already, including Terrell Owens, who thinks he's a true keeper.

WR Hank Baskett ~ Philadelphia Eagles -- Philly needs a lot of help at wide receiver, so this former New Mexico Lobo has a very good chance to not only make the team, but get significant playing time. Possesses an excellent combination of size and leaping ability, coupled with a reliable pair of hands. Was originally signed by the Vikings as an undrafted free agent, but was traded to the Vikings a few weeks after for veteran receiver Billy McMullen. Can help his cause by doing well on special teams.

TE John Madsen ~ Oakland Raiders -- Going into the 2005 college season, we had Madsen ranked among our top 15 wide receiver prospects, but injuries just ravaged his senior season, to the point scouts took him off their draft radar. Full sized, athletic receiver at 6' 5", 225 pounds, who the Raiders are going list as a tight end. Had 2 receptions for 52 yards against the 49ers in the Raiders 3rd preseason game. Raiders need help at tight end, so Madsen has a chance to stick.

OG Cody Douglass ~ Tennessee Titans -- Former Tennessee Volunteer hopes to make it as a pro in Nashville. Currently listed as the teams' 2nd string left guard. Virtually no depth means he's got a great chance to stick on the 53 man roster. If he can't make it here, where can he?

OG Matt Lentz ~ N.Y. Giants -- This former University of Michigan stalwart is a hardworking player, who has been through the ringer at a big time school. Has good size (6' 5", 320) and is very strong. Giants GM Ernie Accorsi has a weak spot for Big 10 players and the Giants need offensive line developmental depth.

OC Brian Barthelmes ~ N.E Patriots -- Brian is a pretty good all-around lineman, but will need to really excel in preseason games or catch a break to make the team. Nonetheless, he's the type of practice squad/developmental prospect the Patriots have turned into a solid NFL player in recent seasons. The cerebral Barthelmes can play guard or center for the Patriots.

OT Josh Bourke ~ Green Bay Packers -- Giant tackle from Grand Valley State is already catching the attention of the Packers brand new coaching staff and there is no reason to believe he won't have a future in the NFL. Bourke, a native of Windsor, Ontario, was a dominate player at the Division II level, who may've been drafted had he not sustained a major knee injury in 2004 that hindered him a bit in 2005. With veteran backup tackle Adrian Klemm out for the season, Bourke's chance are even better to stick.

OT Richard Collier ~ Jacksonville Jaguars -- Tall, athletic former Valdosta State standout impressed scouts at the Hula Bowl, now he is showing Jacksonville coaches he deserves a long look for a roster spot. At the very least, expect this former small school standout to gain a spot on the teams practice squad.

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After just 2 preseason games, a pair of former Western Michigan Broncos lead the NFL in receiving yards. Green Bay rookie wide receiver Greg Jennings leads all NFC receivers with 183 yards (7 receptions)....Meanwhile, the leading receiver in the AFC is Denver Broncos rookie tight end Tony Scheffler, who has gained 127 yards on 8 receptions.

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last updated: 8/22/06
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ESPN takes an in depth look at the University of Texas' talented offensive line, led by top NFL prospect Justin Blalock.

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Notre Dame wide receiver Rhema McKnight is eager to see how productive he can be in Charlie Weis' offense.

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The LA Times looks at USC wide receiver Steve Smith. The Times also reports the NFL told Smith that he probably would not be selected before the third round, had entered the draft as a junior -- after the 2005 season.

DD.com comment: Steve Smith doesn't possess the blazing speed some other top prospects have, but he's a big time "playmaker", averaging over 16 yards per reception during his career. Smith even acknowledges the speed question mark, saying: "The way I run is deceiving. When people run next to me, I have speed.".

Smith isn't real big either, at probably a shade over 5' 11" and 195 pounds, but it's his glue like hands and quickness that seperates him from the pack. Sort of takes a back seat to teammate Dwayne Jarrett, who has the prototypical size and athletic ability NFL teams love.

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Great news for Washington Huskies fans -- Exciting junior defensive end Greyson Gunheim's recent knee injury not too severe.

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New Orleans rookie defensive end Rob Ninkovich had a huge night last night against the Cowboys, recording 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, a team-high 8 tackles (mostly against Dallas' starters).

DD.com comment: Ninkovich was always ranked among our top 10 DE's going into last season and throughout the draft process. The excuse for coaches not to start him is always (even at Purdue) he's a little too short and doesn't possesses elite speed. But he always produces amazing stats when he plays -- 16 sacks at Purdue in 2004 and 2005, despite not starting full time.

Weird thing is, former Penn State star Tamba Hali is about the same exact size, had about the same amount of sacks the last 2 seasons and is perhaps a little slower than Ninkovich, but was always regarded as a sure fire very high pick. I guess our point is New Orleans might've stumbled onto a very underrated football player on Day 2 of the draft.

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Oregon State middle linebacker Andy Darkins, who looked pretty impressive as a sophomore in 2005, was forced to retire from football due to an injury....Darkins, known as a hardcore liberal-Democrat at OSU, hopes to get into politics.

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Patriots have traded veteran offensive lineman Brandon Gorin to the Arizona Cardinals for a conditional draft pick.

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SportsLine.com's scouting the pro prospects: Defensive backs.

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Full Mountain West Conference Preveiw page.

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last updated: 8/21/06
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Gifted junior fullback Adam Ballard leads a potentially very strong Navy team.

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TSN Inside Dish: Florida State quarterback Drew Weatherford continues to impress....UNLV stockpiling talented JUCO's and Division I-A transfers.

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Charleston Southern defensive lineman Dennis Justiniani goes from Iraq to Big South.

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A very "unique" thing happened last Saturday night when St. Louis lost 27-20 to the Houston Texans in the their 2nd preseason game -- The Rams played 4 legitimate NFL caliber quarterbacks that night and they all threw the ball at least 10 times.

Veteran Marc Bulger is the unquestioned starter and there is very little doubt that 35 year old Gus Frerotte will be the top backup or, perhaps, even push Bulger for some playing time -- new Rams head coach Scott Linehan really likes Frerotte.

Question is, who will win the third string job?

Currently, young veteran Dave Ragone and talented 2nd year man Ryan Fitzpatrick are vying for that spot. Ragone, who was coached by Linehan in college at Louisville, has looked strong in preseason games -- 16/22 for 156 yards. Fitzpatrick, a Harvard grad with excellent tools, has also done a nice job this summer and has decent upside potential going forward.

Regardless of who wins the battle for the Rams 3rd quarterback spot, look for both Fitzpatrick and Ragone to be on NFL opening day rosters, as several teams around the NFL are desperately searching for any quarterback depth they can find. Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Tennessee, Baltimore, San Fransisco and the N.E. Patriots are all teams that could swing a minor deal for Ragone or Fitzpatrick. At the very least, they should all consider claiming either if they are waived.

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ACC has a bright future when it comes to quarterbacks.

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Mike Tanier's unit-by-unit special teams rankings for all 32 NFL teams.

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Talented wide receivers Jacoby Jones and Edward Williams have NFL scouts flocking to a small school in Tennessee.

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In an abrupt change, Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter has named sophomore Rudy Carpenter the starting quarterback...NFL prospect Sam Keller may transfer due to this.

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Full Mountain West Conference Preveiw page.

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last updated: 8/20/06
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The New York Jets have acquired running back Kevan Barlow from the San Francisco 49ers for an undisclosed draft pick.

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Rookie running back Reggie Bush brings rock-star persona, jolt to needy city.

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Georgia head football coach Mark Richt has named fifth-year senior Joe Tereshinski the Bulldogs starting quarterback.

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USC quarterback John David Booty was elected a team captain. The junior was also named the Trojans starting quarterback.

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Sunday feature on a pair NFL prospects from Auburn -- Running back Kenny Iorns and cornerback David Irons.

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In depth feature on SDSU junior quarterback Kevin O'Connell, who's size, arm and athletic ability make him a potential star in the MWC.

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Linebacker LaMarr Woodley could be part of an NFL team right now, likely as a second-round pick making a lot of money....but he is back at Michigan instead.

DD.com comment: At the top right corner of the Woodley article, there is a link to a story on Michigan State quarterback/NFL prospect Drew Stanton.

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Feature on Georgia wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, one of top sophomore prospects in the nation.

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Top 3 rookie quarterbacks in the NFL hit the field on the same night -- Jay Cutler continues to shine for the Broncos.

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Senior Sam Keller was named Arizona State's starting quarterback....Plus more ASU notes.

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Look at U.C.L.A. defender Eric McNeal, who is moving from safety to linebacker this upcoming season.

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last updated: 8/19/06
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Which school trains the best NFL players? Measuring each pro's impact last year, Sam Walker of the WSJ crunches the numbers to find top contributors and underrated programs. And the winner is...

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Washington Huskies wide receivers, including Sonny Shackelford, hope to impress NFL scouts.

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Louisville senior guard Kurt Quarterman is a big key to the Cardinals' line....328-pounder has quietly become an NFL prospect.

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It seems a million years ago that Michigan's Ryan Mundy was named the best defensive back prospect in America....Now, some of you might even be asking, Ryan who?

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Closer look at talented Colorado State junior tight end Kory Sperry, who hopes his added bulk will help him be a better blocker.

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Suspended Ohio State starting tight end Marcel Frost has transferred to Division I-AA Jackson State, the school said.

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California cornerback/NFL prospect Tim Mixon will miss the regular season after tearing a ligament in his right knee during a scrimmage.

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Talented Oklahoma cornerback Reggie Smith is now also working out at receiver for the Sooners.

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The Kentucky football team suffered its first major loss for the upcoming season when it announced that sophomore offensive lineman Aaron Miller is academically ineligible.

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Closer look at Missouri State cornerback Greg Lovely, a BYU transfer.

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Clemson strong-side linebacker Tremaine Billie has a broken right ankle and could be out up to eight weeks.

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Ranking the best conferences from one to eleven in Division I-A college football.

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Georgia Tech's Joe Anoai likes playing defensive end and defensive tackle.

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Senior running back Michael Bush sets his sights high -- keys Louisville's offense.

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Wide receiver Charlie Adams failed his physical with the Dallas Cowboys on Friday, voiding a trade with the Denver Broncos....The Broncos sent Adams to Dallas for a sixth-round draft pick on Thursday.

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Report: Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett linked to alleged Israeli mobster.

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Former Washington State star Ryan Leaf regroups as quarterbacks coach at Division II West Texas A&M.

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Scout.com database of Top 2005 JUCO recruits.

DD.com comment: 2005 JUCO recruits that already look like NFL prospects :

QB Brett Ratliff ~ Utah -- Started the final 2 games of the 2005 season for injured starter Brian Johnson and responded in a big way -- throwing for 621 yards and 8 TD's against BYU and Georgia Tech. Ratliff has excellent size (6' 4", 224) and a strong and accurate arm. He is flying below the radar a little bit, but he could explode into national prominence for the Utes with a huge senior season. Has NFL talent, he just needs a chance to display it.

QB Joseph Ayoob ~ California -- This mobile quarterback started nine games in 2005, after Nate Longshore went down with an injury early in the season and guided the Bears to a 5-4 record. Threw for 1,707 yards with 15 touchdowns last season, but struggled early and only completed 49% of his attempts. This 6' 3", 220 pounder will again battle Longshore for Cal's starting job this summer.

QB Zac Taylor ~ Nebraska -- 6' 2", 200 pound native of Norman, Oklahoma, who came up with a big season for the Huskers in 2005, throwing for 2,653 yards and 19 TD's. Taylor isn't much of runner and doesn't have the ideal measurables to make him an elite NFL prospect, but he's a winner and will have some very good receivers to throw the football to this season.

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.

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.

DT Rodney Allen ~ Kansas -- This 6' 2", 280 pounder showed us some decent ability in 2005. Garnered honorable mention All-Big 12 honors last season, despite not playing full time. It will be interesting to see how the Miami, Florida native plays with a full season of Big 12 play under his belt.

DT Ryan McBean ~ Oklahoma State -- Was a mainstay on the Cowboys defensive line last season. He started all 11 games at defensive tackle and registered 37 total tackles and 3 sacks. Pretty good size at 6' 5' and 295 pounds, and the feeling is he'll only get better with another season of experience in the Big 12 Conference.

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. Will project as a Day 1 selection with a solid senior season and quality pre-draft workouts.

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. Arizona coaches think he possesses first round talent.

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.

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 teams potential. Nelson has 2 seasons of eligibility remaining.

CB John Guice ~ Nevada Las Vegas -- Fairly highly regarded former JUCO First Team All-America, who started 8 games for the Rebels in 2005. This 5' 9', 180 pound speedster is definitely on the NFL's draft radar, but will need to come up with more big plays as a senior to really elevate his stock.

CB Zack Bowman ~ Nebraska -- Great size/speed ratio (6' 2"/4.35 40) for a cornerback, which had some thinking he could be an elite prospect. Came up with a very solid first season for the Huskers in 2005 and bigger things were expected of him this season. Unfortunately, Bowman injured his knee recently and will miss the entire upcoming the season.

DD.com Note: All players linked above are seniors, except Reggie Nelson of Florida, who is a junior.

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last updated: 8/16/06
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The Dallas Cowboys have acquired receiver Charlie Adams from the Denver Broncos for an undisclosed draft choice.

DD.com comment: Ever since Wayne Chrebet made the New York Jets as a free agent and became a quality starter, Hofstra wide receivers have sort of been in vogue in the NFL. While none have approached Chrebet's success level, a few, including Charlie Adams, have stuck in the NFL, which is quite significant, considering Hofstra is a relatively small private Division 1-AA school in Long Island, New York.

Also, don't be surprised if both starting wide receivers from the Pride's 2005 team make NFL rosters this upcoming season. Marques Colston is hoping to make it as a backup wide out in New Orleans, after the team selected him in round 6 last April. Also, Devale Ellis has done a nice job in Detroit as an undrafted free agent and has a good shot of sticking with the Lions in some form -- 53 man roster or practice squad.

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Junior running back Antonio Pittman often overlooked in explosive Ohio State offense.

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ESPN takes a closer look at Penn State's impact offensive tackle Levi Brown.

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Real fantasy football -- How Dick Vermeil helped script Vince Papale's Hollywood story.

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Gators, others take advantage of new graduate-transfer rule.

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Bob McClellan of Rivals.com does a nice job ranking the Top 25 safeties in college football.

DD.com comment: Scroll down to the bottom of the page of the link above for all Rivals.com's Preseason Player Rankings by position.

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Rutgers tight end/NFL prospect Clark Harris puts a block on preseason hype.

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Another look at Delaware tight end/NFL prospect Ben Patrick, who is a 6' 4", 270 pound Duke transfer.

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Closer look at Tennessee linebacker Jerod Mayo -- The Vols will put three new, inexperienced linebackers on the field this fall.

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Feature on former Canadian college star Dan Federkeil trying to make it in the NFL as an offensive lineman.

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Yahoo! Sports/Rivals.com ranks the top 25 defensive lineman in college football.

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Yahoo! Sports/Rivals.com notebook -- News from the world of college football.

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Yahoo! Sports has a list of NFL teams that have been hit fairly hard by the injury bug.

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Detroit Lions rookie Ernie Sims making adjustments to play within defense's framework.

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Led by strong safety Michael Johnson on defense, whom head coach Bob Stoops has already said could be an NFL first-round draft pick, the Arizona Wildcats are hoping for a big season.

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Closer look at L.S.U. defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, who is expected to fill a huge gap in the middle for the Tigers.

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The Minnesota Gophers lost yet another running back on Wednesday when junior college transfer Brylee Callender was suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.

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last updated: 8/16/06
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Primarily a rush-only linebacker last year, Delaware State’s Kelly Rouse -- who runs a 4.6 at 6' 4" and 240 pounds -- is expected to see time dropping into coverage as well this season.

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Illinois offensive tackle Akim Millington, a potential high impact junior, shelves his hammer for a football helmet.

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Feature on Clemson Tigers center/NFL prospect Dustin Fry.

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Denver Broncos rookie quarterback Jay Cutler thinks about excelling on the field....not worried about other rookie quarterbacks.

DD.com comment: We had Cutler pegged as a first round pick back in July of 2005, well before the he was even on the day one radar of pay draft sites. During the 2005 college football season, we rated him our top quarterback in the nation and never cared when the likes of Mel Kiper dubbed him a hype job in his pre-draft coverage feuds with fellow ESPN'ers Ron Jaworski and Chris Mortenson, who loved Cutler's game. So, obviously, we think Cutler will have a great career in Denver.

We observed Cutler at the Senior Bowl in person last January. He's so self confident, it's unreal. We can't put it simpler than that. Don't think for a second he believes he has to take a back seat to Matt Leinart or Vince Young, just because he went to Vanderbilt. Also, we think, Cutler will eventually find time to check out how Leinart and Young are doing in the NFL. Something tells us being the 3rd quarterback selected last April bugs him a bit. Although, dropping to 11 and being drafted by the Broncos might have been the best thing that could've happened to him on draft day.

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Minnesota Vikings receiver Koren Robinson was in jail Wednesday on suspicion of drunken driving, a newspaper reported.

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The Clemson Tigers next big corner may be Crezdon Butler -- Talented freshman appears headed for action instead of redshirt season.

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Montana senior halfback Lex Hilliard, a decent small school NFL prospect, sustained a serious foot injury in practice Monday afternoon that will require surgery. He will miss the upcoming season.

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Yahoo! Sports takes a look at a bunch of "Not-so Irrelevant" players from all 16 AFC teams -- The players that go unnoticed but perform important tasks.

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Yahoo! Sports takes a look at a bunch of "Not-so Irrelevant" players from all 16 NFC teams -- The players that go unnoticed but perform important tasks.

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Penn State: Paul Posluszny is the main man at linebacker, but sophomore Sean Lee is also a big-time talent.

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Closer look at University of Pittsburgh senior linebacker/NFL prospect H.B. Blades.

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Every draft, it seems, there are a number of very athletically gifted college quarterbacks that get to continue their football careers in the NFL at positions other than quarterback -- running back, wide receiver, ect......At this point, DD.com will take a quick look at 5 "senior" quarterbacks that could be on the NFL's radar as "athletes" this upcoming season.

Reggie Ball ~ Georgia Tech -- Considering Ball is "listed" at 5' 11" and hasn't displayed big time quarterbacking skills, despite having some serious offensive weapons around him, it appears any chance he has at making it in the NFL will come at wide receiver or running back. He seems to have Randal El like skills that NFL teams covet -- outstanding foot speed (4.5 in the 40 yard dash?) and quickness. Has already ran for almost 1,100 yards and 9 touchdowns in his career at Georgia Tech.

Paul Thompson ~ Oklahoma -- Is suddenly slated to take over at quarterback for the Sooners after the team was forced to bounce it's starter due to off field issues. Thompson, a team player, is looking forward to the challenge of playing quarterback and expecting a lot from himself at the position. Nonetheless, the 6' 4", 210 pounder, who collected 11 receptions for 106 yards in 2005 after switching positions during the season, was really looking forward to showing off his receiving skills to NFL scouts: "I had totally shifted my focus," Thompson said recently. "I was totally in receiver mode"....It's not totally out of the realm of possibility that he can be an effective leader at quarterback, but it seems inevitable (even to Thompson) that developing as a wide receiver is his best bet to earn significant money playing football.

Shane Steichen ~ Nevada-Las Vegas -- Going into last season, many experts 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 has been clocked at 4.6, which is excellent for a 6' 4", 200 pound quarterback. Sustained a finger injury in week 4 last season that kept him out 6 games. Is currently battling hot-shot USC transfer Rocky Hinds for the Rebels starting quarterback job, so it's not even a given he'll get to throw the ball much this season.

Isaiah Stanback ~ Washington -- We project the tall, strong-armed Stanback as a quarterback at the next level, assuming he improves his overall quarterbacking skills as a senior (completed only 54% of his attempts and tossed 9 TD's last season). We think that can happen with the added experience and better overall talent around him. But if he struggles at quarterback this upcoming season, he can always move back to his original college position -- wide receiver. Is such an elite athlete, he was recently drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the latter rounds of baseballs draft, despite the fact he has never played collge baseball. Known to Huskies fans as Isaiah "Zeus" Stanback.

Tim Brasic -- Doesn't have great 40 speed, according to some "estimates", but was a very strong runner in 2005 for the Illini. Totaled 420 yards for the season, including a 116 yard effort against Wisconsin. Tough as nails, gutsy competitor, who could get a look at safety or wide receiver in the NFL. As a quarterback, he is developing some skills, but it's not a sure thing those skills will translate to the next level.

DD.com comment: It must be noted that lost sack yards are subtracted from the rushing totals of all college football quarterbacks. For players like Tim Brasic and Isaiah Stanback, who played for young, struggling teams, this had a significant negative impact on their final rushing totals and rushing average. Brasic actually lost a whopping 271 yards last season, mostly on sacks. Stanback lost 162 yards in 2005, also, mostly on sacks.


2005 college quarterbacks recently drafted at other positions:

WR Brad Smith, New York Jets (Rd 4 -- Missouri)

FB Michael Robinson, San Francisco 49ers (Rd 4 -- Penn State)

WR Marques Hagans, St. Louis Rams (Rd 5 -- Virginia)

WR Reggie McNeal, Cincinnati Bengals (Rd 6 -- Texas A & M)


2005 undrafted college quarterbacks recently tried at other positions that have impressed their teams:

WR Marcus Vick, Miami Dolphins (Virginia Tech)

WR Micheal Spurlock, Arizona Cardinals, (Mississippi State)

FB Stacey Tutt, New York Jets (University of Richmond)

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Are the Oakland Raiders heading toward a quarterback controversy?

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Running back Lee Suggs fails physical, deal with the New York Jets is canceled.

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USC fullback/NFL Prospect Brandon Hancock will have surgery for ligament damage in his left knee and won't be able to play this season.

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Fixed Link: In depth look at record shattering Division I-AA wide receiver David Ball from the University of New Hampshire.

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The Vikings' preseason-opening loss to Oakland got considerably more painful today when tests revealed No. 1 draft choice Chad Greenway had suffered a season-ending knee injury as a "wedge buster" on special teams.

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Rookie running back Joseph Addai wants to prove he can carry Colts' workload.

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Former L.S.U. star Kyle Williams, a recent 5th round draft pick, seizes the Bills starting nose tackle job.

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Canadian offensive lineman Jeff Perrett and Cedric Gagne-Marcoux named as Outland Trophy candidates...plus more news on Canadians playing in the U.S.

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Florida State linebacker Lawrence Timmons is ready for his turn as the standout linebacker.

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Yahoo! Sports/Rivals.com ranks the top 25 wide receivers in college football.

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A significant number of NFL scouts continue to check out University of Missouri-Rolla wide receiver Brandon Landry.

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Talented Nebraska tight end Matt Herian hoping to shake the injury bug and have a big season for the Cornhuskers.

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Former Miami Hurricanes linebacker Willie Williams is transferring to Pearl River Community College in Mississippi.

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Once very promising Dallas Cowboys safety prospect Justin Beriault is retiring from the NFL at age 24 due to a damaged right knee.

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Former USC quarterback Matt Leinart reportedly becomes last NFL first-round pick to sign as Cardinals reach pact.

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The San Francisco 49ers traded cornerback Mike Rumph to the Washington Redskins for receiver Taylor Jacobs on Monday in a swap of oft-injured former high-round draft picks.

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After a rough stretch, including a battle with injuries, Patriots rookie Garrett Mills comes up big in his first preseason game.

DD.com comment: As we stated before the draft, Mills is really too short to play tight end effectively in the NFL at about 6' 1" and he's just not a fullback. Although he might fit at H-Back, we were probably the only site on the Net to suggest the NFL slim Mills down a bit and turn him into a wide receiver. He showed pretty good speed at the Combine (4.54) and he displayed an incredible knack for getting open downfield and great hands at Tulsa.

Seems like the Patriots, who have been ravaged by injuries at wide receiver, took our advice (sort of), as Mills played some slot receiver in the first preseason game. If the Patriots want to waste a high draft pick, they can attempt to fatten up a fast, talented athlete and try to make him a plodding blocking fullback. If they want a player that can contribute, let him do what he does best -- catch the ball downfield and move the chains. Seems like the Patriots are leaning towards the latter/wiser option.

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The New York Jets got the running back help they needed Monday, acquiring Lee Suggs from Cleveland in exchange for defensive back Derrick Strait.

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Kansas Jayhawks defensive end Rodney Allen has trimmed down and is "ready to do some damage" this season.

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After Central Michigan, defensive end Daniel Bazuin counting on NFL as his next stop.

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There's no doubting Wisconsin's Joe Thomas -- Standout tackle bounces back from knee injury.

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A week after getting back into televising NFL games, NBC will drive forward into a big and growing-bigger portion of the sports world: fantasy football.

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The Arizona Cardinals and the agent for quarterback Matt Leinart hope to reach a contract agreement early this week.

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First-round draft pick Mathias Kiwanuka impressive in first Giants outing.

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Injury sidelines Canadian running back Jesse Lumsden from the Washington Redskins' exhibition contest.

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DD.com observations from week 1 NFL preseason:

Fans of the draft will remember the 1992 debut of Louisville QB Browning Nagle who led the New York Jets to a 5-0 preseason and an opening day performance of 366 yards passing at Atlanta. In hindsight, this represented the peak of his short NFL career.

It is for cautionary tales like that why it is not wise to read too deeply into rookie preseason performances, or even a great opener.

Disclaimers aside - Denver QB Jay Cutler's play (192 yards and a TD against Detroit) looked like the real deal this weekend.

Considering the scarcity and learning curves of franchise QBs, Cutler's poise and smooth touch was more notable than New Orleans RB Reggie Bush and his jaw dropping 44 yard cutback scamper.

They say the greatest running backs are born not made - was anyone (besides the Texans maybe) really surprised by Reggie Bush making the Titans run defense look silly? That's what Reggie did in high school, that's what he did at USC and barring injury that's what he will do on the next level. It's amazing but for true draftniks, not surprising.

If this weekend is an indication of talent, if it is a starting point for improvement, many will be surprised by Cutler's performance compared to pre-draft hype and there could be a QB controversy in Denver sooner rather than later.

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Other DD.com short preseason observations:

-Atlanta RB Jerious Norwood had an impressive debut, taking two short passes and turning them into over seventy yards after the catch. "Whatever it takes,'' Norwood said. "If I have to run over somebody, I'll do that. If I have to juke somebody, I'll do that.''

-Although his success came after the St Louis first team defense left the field, OG Dan Federkeil showed good feet and strength inside. He is an interesting project at guard who will have an opportunity in Indianapolis, as they traditionally don't like to draft these players.

-Steelers safety Anthony Smith (3rd round, Syracuse) had two athletic interceptions against the Cards. Smith can cover a lot of ground and has a nose for the ball, two rare qualities in burgeoning NFL safeties.

-The Eagles may have really lucked out with the acquisition of UDFA WR Hank Baskett, currently starting on their first team offense. Baskett hauled in two passes in the victory over Cleveland, the second a brilliant over-the-shoulder grab while tightroping the left sideline for a gain of 33 yards.

- Saints left tackle Jammal Brown, can play with the mentality of a bull. On Saturday, he was more like a matador. Some offensive linemen are just not ambidextrous, Brown may be one of those players.

-Fantasy football junkies don't sleep on Jacksonville WR Matt Jones. He has connection with QB Leftwich, presents matchup problems and is only improving with experience. A big play threat at all times, Jones gaining a thousand yards this season is very possible.

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last updated: 8/13/06
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Penn State quarterback Anthony Morelli out to disprove knocks against his intelligence.

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We know New York Jets undrafted rookie Tui Alailefaleula was working against 3rd stringers at Tampa Bay Friday night, but this is a player that we think can make the Jets roster and deserves more time during the upcoming preseason contests.

What he brings to the table is a run stopping plugger mentality - doesn't lose his feet easily, doesn't get bowled over, can absorb the double team - exactly what a 3-4 defense needs at the nose. Also, with the season ending knee injury to 2005 draft pick Sione Pouha, and very little depth at nose tackle, the 6' 4", 350 pounder has an easier path to a roster spot as a backup to young veteran Dwayne Robertson.

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Buffalo Bills first-round pick Donte Whitner, who began practicing with the team Monday after an eight-day holdout, had a team-leading 8 tackles last night against Carolina. Matt Bowen, who started ahead of Whitner at strong safety, injured his right leg early in the second quarter. X-rays were negative.

DD.com comment: Whitner was the 9th overall pick in the most recent draft, so we figured at some point early in the preseason, he'd seize the Bills starting strong safety spot. Bowen is not seriously injured, but if he does miss a week of the preseason, expect Whitner to take the strong safety job and keep it for good.

As far as Bowen, who once played some cornerback for the Rams as a rookie (2000), we think he can emerge as a player for the Bills if he can finally stay healthy for an entire season. Even if Whitner does start all 16 games this season, there is no reason to believe Bowen won't get much playing with the Bills' other starting safety -- Troy Vincent -- being 36 years old and starting to slow down a bit.

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Packersnews.com: Why are white wide receivers -- like Green Bay's Marc Boerigter -- becoming so scarce in the NFL?

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Rookie running back Wali Lundy turns in a dazzling debut for the Houston Texans.

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Feature on Bethune-Cookman linebacker/NFL prospect Taurean Charles, who once played at Florida.

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Small town paper takes a detailed look at once very hotly recruited Oregon State quarterback Matt Moore.

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Closer look at University of Minnesota tight end/top NFL prospect Matt Spaeth.

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In depth look at Northern Illinois offensive tackle/top NFL prospect Doug Free.

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Alabama running back/NFL prospect Ken Darby chasing rushing record and recognition.

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East Carolina offensive lineman Eric Graham, a first team preseason All-CUSA selection, is hoping for a future in the NFL.

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last updated: 8/12/06
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Top overall draft pick Mario Williams has a quiet Houston Texans debut.

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New Orleans rookie running back Reggie Bush looks every bit as good in the NFL as he did at Southern California in preseason debut.

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New Orleans quarterback Adrian McPherson went to the locker room early in the third quarter after a golf cart ridden by Tennessee's mascot hit him at the end of halftime Saturday night.

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Former USC star LenDale White was suspened by Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher for spitting at safety Donnie Nickey a few days ago in practice and didn't play against New Orleans tonight.

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Rick Gosselin blog: Former Texas A&M wide receiver Jason Carter is practicing real well with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent. One problem -- he may be competing for a roster spot that doesn't exist.

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If you've ever seen the Seinfeld episode with the low talker, the one where Jerry wears the puffy shirt, then you have an idea of what it's like speaking with Duke Blue Devils cornerback John Talley.

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Rutgers running back Brian Leonard is primed for a strong senior season.

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The rebuilding of a defense that placed four players in the first round of the NFL draft got down to serious business on Saturday at Florida State.

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Closer look at Brigham Young's talented tight ends, including NFL prospect Jonny Harline.

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Yahoo!Sports/Rivals.com ranks the top 25 college running backs, including Oklahoma's Adrian Peterson.

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For once, Texas Tech's quarterback job comes down to young blue-chippers.

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Highly touted Duke transfer/solid NFL prospect Ben Patrick is very excited to be a Delaware Hen.

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The Missouri Tigers are expecting big things from impressive sophomore defensive tackle Ziggy Hood.

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The play of Tampa Bay's top 2 picks -- Jeremy Trueblood and Davin Joseph -- has the Bucs coaching staff excited.

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Young San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith no longer looks like a bust to respected Bay area writer Art Spander.

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last updated: 8/11/06
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Wide receiver Andre Caldwell's speedy return from a leg injury boosts Florida's chances -- Caldwell recently ran a 4.29 40, making him the fastest Gator.

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Rookie wide reciver Shaun Bodiford once ran the streets of Seattle dealing drugs. Now he's running routes and returning kicks for the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent.

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Running backs Felix Jones and Peyton Hillis are ready to shoulder the running load for the Arkansas Razorbacks after Darren McFadden's toe injury.

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Ohio State coach Jim Tressell on the Buckeyes 6' 4", 225 pound backup quarterback Justin Zwick:

"NFL teams love big, tall, strong quarterbacks with a quick release who are intelligent. Justin has all those qualities."

DD.com comment: Unless something unforeseen happens this upcoming season, we don't see Zwick (a redshirt senior) getting much playing time behind Heisman candidate Troy Smith. We think, at best, Justin would project as a 7th round/free agent type draft prospect down the line.

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Luke Winn writes Florida Gators defensive end Jarvis Moss could become an All-SEC defender and emerge as a first-round NFL prospect after this season.

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Track stars Jamaal Charles and Brian Robison are set to shine for the Texas Longhorns this upcoming season.

DD.com comment: Charles has the look of true Big 12 superstar at tailback. But he's only a sophomore, so the NFL will have to wait a while for him.....Robison is an extremely gifted athlete in both track and football, he is not a classic "overachiever" like many in the media (and other Draft sites) claim. We really believe NFL scouts will love him if he can repeat his 2005 performance as a senior and workout well for scouts. He's sort of a defensive end/linebacker "tweener", but he possesses the strength and skill to play at the next level.

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The Washington County Pilot is reporting Nebraska cornerback Zack Bowman, who suffered a season ending knee injury last weekend, was considered a potential 1st round pick after running a 4.36 40-yard dash in winter conditioning....Bowman, a former JUCO transfer who recorded 14 PD's for the Huskers in 2005, despite only starting 5 games, has a rare blend of speed and size at 6' 2" .

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last updated: 8/10/06
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Fantasy Football Rankings, by Position -- Top 32 quarterbacks.

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Houston Texans rookie free agent John Walker gives up promising acting career (for now) to try to make it in the NFL as a free safety.

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Former USC running back LenDale White gets into a string of fights at practice with Tennessee defensive backs today -- spits at veteran safety Donnie Nickey.

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ESPN.com looks at some of the top quarterback battles in college football -- including Arizona State.

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Inside College Football: Ten freshmen ready to take college football by storm.

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Yahoo!Sports/Rivals.com ranks the top 25 college quarterbacks, including Ohio State's Troy Smith.

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Florida Gators running back DeShawn Wynn, one of the front-runners to start the season opener, left practice after developing a 101-degree fever.

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Florida Gators defensive tackle Marcus Thomas struggled with the choice to stay in Gainesville or enter the NFL Draft, but the star lineman and his coach believe he made the right choice to return to school.

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The Minnesota Vikings are just one bad break away from a major quarterback problem.

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As we mentioned in our blog notes yesterday, the Green Bay Packers will have one unhappy linebacker on their hands if they try to move Nick Barnett out of the middle linebacker position.

DD.com comment: As we noted yesterday, we thought very highly of Abdul Hodge at Iowa, but feel he's strictly a middle linebacker. For now, we think Packers fans should be very happy going to into the season with Barnett starting at middle linebacker and Ben Taylor starting at strong side linebacker. We agree with Barnett, Taylor was a great value pick up for the Packers in free agency. As far as Hodge, if he's he good enough in the long run, his time to start will come.

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Green Bay Packers rookie fourth-round pick Cory Rodgers, who actually ran a 4.71 40 at the Combine, is looking awful so far as receiver/return specialist.

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Is it finally time for USC quarterback J.D. Booty to emerge from the shadows?

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Another look at I-AA.org's Preseason All-American Teams.

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Sporting News College Football Inside Dish: Oklahoma stuck at the quarterback position?....Plus more info.

DD.com comment: Great point on Oklahoma's Paul Thompson, who is now slated to start at quarterback for the Sooners. The 6' 4", 210 pounder, who collected 11 receptions for 106 yards in 2005 after switching positions during the season, was really looking forward to showing off his receiving skills to NFL scouts:

"I had totally shifted my focus," Thompson said recently. "I was totally in receiver mode".

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Washington Redskins rookie offensive lineman Kili Lefotu was found unconscious in his room yesterday evening and was taken to Loudoun County Hospital. But, thankfully, he seems to be okay.

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Yesterday in our blog/draft notes, we took a look at the top senior prospects from the Sun Belt Conference, by position. Today, we are going to take a closer peek at 5 "fascinating" senior prospects from the Sun Belt Conference.

OL Brandon Cox ~ Louisiana-Lafayette -- Towering and powerful 330 pound offensive lineman, who has played tackle and guard for the Ragin' Cajuns. Some believe he's the Sun Belt's best NFL prospect. Very powerful and durable player, who's a terrific run blocker. Could use a little more polish as a pass protector, but the Texas native is a humble person and hard worker, so expect that aspect of his game to improve. Probably projects as a Day 2 of the draft type guard at this point, but it's still very early in the evaluation process. One thing is for sure, NFL teams will be watching him closely and he'll get a chance, in some form.

WR Johny Quinn ~ North Texas -- Talented receiver/track star, who has sprinter's speed and is the Eagles' most polished route runner. This 6', 200 pounder will sort of remind Sun Belt fans of current NFL wide receiver Brandon Stokley.....Quinn was named to the All-Sun Belt Conference team in 2004 and 2005. Heading into his senior season, he ranks among the top 10 players in North Texas history in receiving yards (sixth, 2,085), receiving touchdowns (tied for fourth, 17) and receptions (eighth, 130). On the surface, the numbers aren't that impressive, but North Texas is traditionally a very running back friendly program.

LB Antwan Barnes ~ Florida International -- An outstanding athlete with blazing speed off the edge, Barnes began the 2005 season at outside linebacker before being moved to defensive end after week two. Had a monster 2005 season for the Golden Panthers, collecting 11 sacks and 15.5 TFL's....Will team with talented FIU linebacker Keyonvis Bouie to lead a potentially very stout Panthers defense this upcoming season. At "only" 6' 1" and 230 pounds, Barnes will have to make it at the next level as a linebacker. The 21 year old Barnes was recruited out of high school by the likes of LSU, Michigan State and Miami (Florida).

FB Aaron Sanchez ~ Florida Atlantic -- Emerged as a triple threat starting fullback for the Owls in 2004 -- running, receiving and blocking. Was looking to take his game to higher level in 2005, but suffered a leg injury during the winter and never played last season. Sanchez took a redshirt in 2005 to rehab the leg and came back looking better than ever in this April's Spring Game....While the 5' 10", 225 pound Sanchez may be a bit of long shot to make it the NFL, at this point, he should be a very entertaining player to watch as a senior, if he gets a chance to run with the ball a lot this season.

TE Samuel Smith ~ Florida International -- Second-team All-Sun Belt Conference performer last season. Ranked third on the Panthers team with 35 receptions for 302 yards in 2005, despite missing 4 games due to injuries. Smith, who checks in at 6' 3" and 250 pounds, is also a pretty good blocker. However, it's his soft hands and excellent receiving skills that should gain the most attention from NFL scouts. Coached by long time NFL quarterback Don Strock, who knows what it takes to develop pro players. Feeling is Smith has definite NFL potential.

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last updated: 8/09/06
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Utah Utes wide receiver Brian Hernandez, a redshirt junior, again has a spring in his step.

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The University of Illinois is very excited about freshman tight end Jeff Cumberland.

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Young Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Manny Wright said Wednesday that he is struggling with depression and has asked coach Nick Saban to trade or waive him so he can make a fresh start with another NFL team.

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The NCAA reinstated the eligibility of Southern California's Dwayne Jarrett Wednesday, meaning the star wide receiver will not miss a contest for failing to pay full rent for an apartment he shared with former Trojan quarterback Matt Leinart.

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Rookie free agent wide receiver Sam Hurd becoming known as more than TO's protege in Dallas.

DD.com flashback -- We really thought Hurd was a "draftable prospect", based on his size, athletic ability and excellent blocking. We wrote this about Hurd in February, after he wasn't invited to the Combine:

WR 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. Speed "might" be an issue in the NFL’s eyes, but his Combine omission is still a surprise to us. Had 7 receptions for 233 yards and 2 touchdowns against Miami (Ohio) and NFL prospect Darrell Hunter (CB) in early October. Scary thing is, that wasn't even his best game of 2005.

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College Football Notebook (4 pages): Southern California Trojans like moves of 4 true freshmen at running back...Rising UCLA sophomore linebacker suspended for one game.

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Ohio State tight end Marcel Frost was suspended for the upcoming season for violating team rules.

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Closer look at former North Carolina A&T wide receiver Jamal Jones, who hopes to stick in New Orleans as an undrafted free agent.

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Packers rookie Abdul Hodge's early success may cause a linebacking shift in Green Bay.

DD.com comment: We thought very highly of Hodge during his career at Iowa, so we aren't surprised he's picked things up quickly. Problem here is Hodge is strictly a middle linebacker and the Packers already have a solid middle linebacker -- Nick Barnett. The link above says the team may move Barnett to strong side linebacker, but it doesn't mention Barnett has gone on the record to say he absolutely doesn't want to move away from middle linebacker...I guess, as always, this will sort it itself out in due time.

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The Patriots traded offensive lineman Ross Tucker to Cleveland yesterday for an undisclosed draft pick (7th round conditional?)....The Patriots also signed speedy veteran wide receiver Eddie Berlin, who disappeared in Chicago last season after a very solid 2004 season in Tennessee.

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Former Ohio State star Maurice Clarett was found carrying a concealed weapon after a highway chase early Wednesday that ended with police using Mace on him.

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It's that time again. Time to take a sneak peek at some of the better "senior" college football prospects for the upcoming season. Today, we look at some of the top senior prospects from the Sun Belt Conference. As always, doing a list this short, we could not include all worthy players.

Don't expect a lot of these players to be drafted. But as always, several top Sun Belt prospects will likely emerge as legitimate NFL prospects. Huge Louisiana Lafayette offensive tackle Brandon Cox has been on the NFL's radar since his sophomore season. Speedy North Texas wide receiver Johnny Quinn doubles as track star for the Mean Green. Quinn will sort of remind fans of former ULL star Brandon Stokley, who's gone on to NFL fame and fortune.


QB Josh Padrick ~ Florida International

RB Eugene Gross ~ Middle Tennessee State

FB Aaron Sanchez ~ Florida Atlantic

WR Johnny Quinn ~ North Texas

WR Smokey Hampton ~ Troy State

TE Samuel Smith ~ Florida International

C Tanner Jenkins ~ Arkansas State

OL Nello Faulk ~ Florida Atlantic

OG Dylan Lineberry ~ North Texas

OT Germayle Franklin ~ Middle Tennessee State

OT Brandon Cox ~ UL Lafayette


DE Anthony Hills ~ UL Lafayette

DE Antwan Barnes (OLB) ~ Florida International

DT Marshall Delesdernier ~ UL Lafayette

LB J.K. Sabb ~ Middle Tennessee State

LB Devrett Wade ~ Arkansas State

LB Keyonvis Bouie ~ Florida International

S Brannon Condren ~ Troy State

S Kevin Payne ~ ~ UL Monroe

CB Quincy Skinner ~ Florida Atlantic

CB Michael Adams ~ UL Lafayette

DB Troy Pindell ~ Florida Atlantic


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last updated: 8/08/06
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In the early days of DD.com we actually covered NFL Europe weekly in the spring. A player we spent quite a bit of time on in the spring of 2004 is finally starting to make some noise in the NFL -- wide receiver Chas Gessner.

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Virginia's top wide receiver, senior co-captain Deyon Williams, will undergo surgery Friday for a stress fracture in his foot and will be sidelined indefinitely.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have cut former Ohio State star Mike Kudla, who signed as an undrafted linebacker in April.

DD.com comment: The sudden move was mostly based on the fact that Kudla suffered a fairly serious hamstring injury earlier this summer and never practiced with the team. Per our understanding, Kudla was excepted to miss at least a few more weeks, so the Steelers probably felt they wouldn't even be able to get a look at him during the early pre-season games.

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Yahoo!Sports/Rivals.com Preseason All-SEC Team.

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Virginia Tech cornerback Roland Minor is happy his injuries from an automoble accident were not worse, but he'll still miss a good chunk of the upcoming season.

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The Sporting News takes a quick glance at Virginia Tech senior safety Aaron Rouse.

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Senior center Doug Datish leads the way for a revamped Ohio State offensive line.

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Notre Dame wide receiver Rhema McKnight ready to return to major role after injury ruined 2005 season.

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The Miami Dolphins and rookie free safety Jason Allen have reached an agreement on a long term deal.

DD.com comment: Only one unsigned first-rounder remains: Quarterback Matt Leinart of the Arizona Cardinals.

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Bengals guard Eric Steinbach was arrested and charged with boating under the influence on the Ohio River, becoming the fifth Cincinnati player in three months accused of breaking the law.

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The Dallas Cowboys have released former University of Virginia linebacker Kai Parham, who the team signed as an undrafted free agent right after April's draft.

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In our August 4th blog notes we took a look at the top senior prospects from the Big 12 Conference, by position. Now we are going to take a closer peek at twelve more "fascinating" senior prospects from the talent laden Big 12:

WR Joel Filani ~ Texas Tech -- 6' 3", 215 pound receiver had a breakout season for the Red Raiders in 2005 -- 65 catches, 1,007 yards and 8 TD's. Pretty solid NFL prospect, but he'll have to show two things to really catch the scouts' eyes: Better than expected speed for a big fellow and solid evidence that he's not just a "system receiver" for a Texas Tech team that runs a very wide receiver friendly offense. Might even get a look at H-Back at the next level if he bulks up over 225 pounds.

WR Austin Flynn ~ Iowa State -- Former starting quarterback for the Cyclones, who was moved to wide receiver in 2005 and responded with a solid season -- 56 receptions for 624 yards and 3 TD's. Get's overshadowed by top NFL prospect Todd Blythe at wide receiver, but if he can step up his game with a little more experience, NFL teams will need to give the Dallas, Texas native a closer look. 6' 1', 200 pounder sort of reminds us of former Iowa wide out Ed Hinkle.

WR Chad Shroeder ~ Texas A & M -- The Aggies second-leading receiver in 2005 (20 receptions/5 TD's), despite missing several games due to a broken leg. Schroeder, another converted quarterback, has garnered some NFL attention due to his outstanding speed (reportedly 4.35) and big play ability. A & M doesn't throw the ball a lot, but his career 19.0 yard per reception average and knack for finding the end zone stand out.

OC Lyle Sendlein ~ Texas -- Amazingly, the Big 12 features nine centers on the pre-season Rimington Award Watch List. Sendlien, a vastly underrated player for the Longhorns, is among that group. Pretty big interior lineman at 6' 5" and 305 and pounds. He's also very tough and plays the game with great intensity. Is the son former NFL linebacker Robin Sendlein, who starred at Texas in the 1970's.

DE Larry Birdine ~ Oklahoma -- Athletic 6' 4", 260 pound defensive end, who flashed decent skills in 2004. Missed last season with a bicep tear, but if he's healthy he'll be a force on the outside for the Sooners. Fellow Sooner defensive end C.J. Ah You can also bring the heat from the edge. The very confident and outspoken Birdine is always a favorite with Big 12 reporters.

DT Rodney Allen ~ Kansas -- No Jayhawks senior has the look of a likely NFL draft pick, at this point, but Allen, a 6' 2" and 280 pound JUCO transfer, showed us some nice ability in 2005. Garnered honorable mention All-Big 12 honors last season, despite not playing full time. It will be interesting to see how the Miami, Florida native plays with a full season of Big 12 play under his belt.

DT Ryan McBean ~ Oklahoma State -- Another former JUCO standout. McBean was a mainstay on the Cowboys defensive line last season. He started all 11 games at defensive tackle and registered 37 total tackles and 3 sacks. Pretty good size at 6' 5' and 295 pounds, and the feeling is he'll only get better with another season of experience in the Big 12 Conference.

DE Brian Smith ~ Missouri -- Big time defender for the Tigers, who registered 66 tackles, 9 sacks, 18 TFL's and 5 PD's in 2005. Already has tallied 24 career sacks and should add quite a few more to that total this upcoming season. Looking forward, however, it's likely the 6' 4', 227 pound Smith will need to play outside linebacker in the NFL. Could be an ideal fit for a team that starts 4 linebackers.

LB Brandon Archer ~ Kansas State -- After a great sophomore season in 2004, much was expected of this Minnesota native, who checks in at about 5' 11" and 235 pounds. Archer wasn't a huge breakout star in 2005, but he was very solid for the Wildcats (72 tackles, 9.5TFL's and 3 sacks). Should be a stalwart at outside linebacker for Kansas State, but will need to have a big senior season to really get solidly on the NFL's radar.

LB Thaddaeus Washington ~ Colorado -- "Listed" at only 5' 11" and 245 pounds, this rugged inside linebacker doesn't have the look of a big time pro prospect at first glance. But the more you watch him play, the more you realize how valuable he is to CU. Had 112 tackles, 8.5 TFL's and sacks in 2005. This is a player we think very highly of and one that might really surprise people if he can show excellent speed in predraft workouts.

S Andrew Shanle ~ Nebraska -- This is an intriguing prospect. Although he's mostly been a backup and special teams ace during his career for the Huskers, he is slated to start this upcoming season and possesses enough physical tools to excel. Has decent size at 6' 1" and 210 pounds and is one of the fastest players on the Nebraska squad -- can run with anyone on the team. This has some thinking he could be a player primed for a breakout senior season if he can put it all together. Is the brother of current NFL linebacker Scott Shanle.

CB C.J. Wilson ~ Baylor -- An exciting cornerback who will team with fellow senior Anthony Arline to give the Bears two top cover men. Both are helped by the fact that they are coached by former NFL All-Pro safety Bill Bradley, who was a longtime defensive backs coach in the NFL. Wilson, who was recently named to Thorpe Award Watch List, has the size/speed combination NFL teams look for.

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Free agent rookie Mike Bell was named the Denver Broncos' first-team tailback today.

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Twenty years after it officially folded, the United States Football League still brings back fond memories.

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Iowa State junior wide receiver Todd Blythe keeps sights on Big 12 title game, not the NFL.

DD.com comment: Blythe, who played last season coming off a major knee injury, has collected 90 receptions for 1,833 yards and 18 TD's in his 2 seasons for the Cyclones. His career per catch average exceeds 20 yards, yet a pay scouting site recently dubbed Blythe a "possession receiver"....Wow, Blythe must be "possessing" a lot of deep throws to exceed 20 yards per catch, right?

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Gil Brandt, Special to NFL.com: Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway was almost a Dallas Cowboy.

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Miami Dolphins wide receiver Wes Welker averaged 15 yards per catch last season on 29 receptions, finished 2nd and 11th in the NFL in punt return average in 2004 & 2005, can kick field goals up to at least 30 yards and is almost a Pro Bowl caliber coverage player on special teams, yet a Miami writer claims Nick Saban wants Welker off his team.

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Yahoo!Sports: Love them or hate them, the resurgence of Notre Dame is good news for college football fans everywhere.

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Minnesota will need free agent Dwight Smith to step in at safety with a likely season ending injury to Tank Williams.

DD.com comment: Smith, who has the speed and coverage ability of a cornerback, should be a good fit playing next veteran Darren Sharper for the Vikings. In reality, we think, it was only a matter of time before Minnesota named Smith a starter at safety anyway.

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On draft day, the folks who run the NFL Draft Show at ESPN said that former Purdue safety Bernard Pollard was a reach in the second round. So far, it looks like they’re completely wrong.

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The Sporting News is reporting that Brandon Owens, a rising star at strong safety for the Minnesota Gophers, will not play after suffering a career-ending shoulder injury in October of 2005 while trying to make a tackle against Penn State quarterback Michael Robinson....Owens, who would've been a junior this season, will still be involved with the program, however, and serve as a student assistant to the coaching staff.

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Breaking News: Nebraska cornerback/NFL prosect Zackary Bowman will miss the season after injuring his left knee during a one-on-one drill.

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For a long time, running back Javarris James has known he wanted to follow in his cousin's footsteps at Miami, now the true freshman will get his chance.

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Closer look at Iowa senior safety Marcus Paschal, who's ready to lead the Hawkeyes defense.

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Former Colorado linebacker Brian Iwuh, an undrafted rookie free agent, is really impressing coaches in Jacksonville.

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Powerful Brigham Young offensive tackle Eddie Keele would love to get a shot at the NFL.

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Doc's Sports projects the win totals of all 32 NFL teams for the upcoming season.

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last updated: 8/05/06
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An in-depth look at the Texas Longhorns' top players, including NFL prospect guard/tackle Justin Blaylock (free registration).

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DailyNewsJetsBlog: At one point, wide receiver Justin McCareins was expected to be Gang Green's top wide receiver and a future Pro Bowler....Now, he's been replaced by Tim Dwight as a starter and the new coaching staff may even attempt to trade him.

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Boston College might lose 2 defensive starters for the season, including senior strong safety Ryan Glasper.

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The Buffalo Bills have signed their first round pick -- safety Donte Whitner.

DD.com comment: Only 2 unsigned 1st-rounders remain: Quarterback Matt Leinart of the Arizona Cardinals and defensive back Jason Allen of the Miami Dolphins.

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Dallas News writer Rick Gosselin does a great job covering this weekend's Hall of Fame inductions. The current class includes former Dallas Cowboy Troy Aikman.

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The Washington Redskins say bonjour to French linebacker Phillippe Gardent.

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Virginia safety Tony Franklin has rejoined the team after being dismissed last spring for unspecified reasons.

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Jerry Rice: "I feel like Alex Smith is not the quarterback of the future" [for the 49ers].

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Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn is an early Heisman Trophy favorite.

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Fresno State cornerback Marcus McCauley, a top NFL prospect that ran a 4.31 forty for NFL scouts last spring, will take one class as a senior -- table tennis?

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Appalachian State star defensive end/linebacker Marques Murrell has put on some additional weight to impress NFL scouts.

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Central Michigan wide receiver Damien Linson has some goals for this season: Help the Chippewas win a MAC title and impress NFL scouts.

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Another promising undrafted rookie -- safety Antwan Marsh -- walks away from the Indianapolis Colts for personal reasons.

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The San Francisco 49ers try to mold defensive ends like Manny Lawson into edge-rushing linebackers.

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Only 3 unsigned 1st-rounders remain: Donte Whitner, Buffalo; Matt Leinart, Arizona and Jason Allen, Miami.

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last updated: 8/04/06
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PFS.com: Top freshman running backs to watch.

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Look at the highest paid tight end in the NFL: 49ers Rookie Vernon Davis.

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Philadelphia Eagles first-rounder Brodrick Bunkley ends holdout.

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It's that time again. Time to take a sneak peek at some of the better "senior" college football prospects for the upcoming season. Today, we look at some of the top senior prospects from the Big 12 Conference. As always, doing a list this short, we could not include all worthy players.

Overall, the talent level is solid in the Big 12, with outstanding prospects on both the offensive and defensive lines and at defensive back.

QB Zac Taylor ~ Nebraska

RB Thomas Clayton ~ Kansas State

FB Ryan Kock ~ Iowa State

WR Jarrett Hicks ~ Texas Tech

WR D'Juan Woods ~ Oklahoma State

WR Dominique Zeigler ~ Baylor

TE Matt Herian ~ Nebraska

OT Justin Blalock ~ Texas

OT Corey Hilliard (OG) ~ Oklahoma State

OC Mark Fenton ~ Colorado

OG Kasey Studdard ~ Texas

OG Manuel Ramirez ~ Texas Tech


DE Adam Carriker ~ Nebraska

DT Brent Curvey ~ Iowa State

DE Tim Crowder ~ Texas

DE Jay Moore ~ Nebraska

LB Brian Robison (DE) ~ Texas

LB Rufus Alexander ~ Oklahoma

LB Justin Warren ~ Texas A & M

LB Zach Latimer ~ Oklahoma

CB Zach Bowman ~ Nebraska

CB DeAndre Jackson ~ Iowa State

S David Overstreet ~ Missouri

S Michael Griffin (CB) ~ Texas


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Found this new site through a Ohio newspaper today: justcollegefootball.com.

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Former L.S.U. linebacker E.J. Kuale, an undrafted free agent, impressing in New Orleans; rookie defensive tackle McKinley Boykin leaves the team.

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The Oregon State Beavers open practice with uncertainties, especially at wide receiver.

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C.J. Wilson, Baylor cornerback, named to Jim Thorpe Watch List: Article and list of 33 players on the Thorpe Watch List.

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DD.com presents our All-Undrafted Free Agent 2nd Team

These are not only worthy NFL prospects, in our opinion, but are also players that walk into situations where they have a legit shot at grabbing an NFL roster spot on their new teams.....None is "very likely" to make a 53 man roster, at this point. But all have a chance to stick in some form.

QB Quinton Porter ~ Houston Texans -- Had the Texans #3 spot pretty much locked up, until a recent trade for Cody Pickett. Porter is a real good athlete, who can play QB or H-Back on the practice field.

RB Mike Bell ~ Denver Broncos -- Nothing but praise coming from Broncos coaches regarding this former Arizona Wildcat. Doesn't have great speed, but is a big, physical type back the Broncos like.

RB DeDe Dorsey ~ Cincinnati Bengals -- Small college wonder (Lindenwood College) has shown excellent speed and quickness with the Bengals. Legit shot to gain a spot as the teams' 3rd running back/special teams ace.

WR Tres Moses ~ Baltimore Ravens -- Baltimore needs to develop some depth at wide receiver and early word is Moses, a former Rutgers star, has impressed enough to make a run at a roster spot....Former Utah Ute Travis LaTendresse has also done good things in practice for Baltimore.

WR Sam Hurd ~ Dallas Cowboys -- This is a player we really liked during the 2005 season, but he went undrafted after not displaying elite speed in workouts. Tall, excellent blocking receiver, who has impressed many in Dallas already, including Terrell Owens, who thinks he's a true keeper.

TE Cooper Wallace, Auburn ~ Chicago Bears -- Chicago needs depth at the tight end spot, so Wallace will be in the mix for a 53 man roster/practice squad slot for sure. Good receiver, with soft hands.

OT Pat McCoy ~ Philadelphia Eagles --Has already impressed some in Philly. Was probably unfairly judged by NFL scout because he went to a small school and is already 26 years old. In fairness, at his age, he better be ready soon, if wants to make it in NFL.

OT Richard Collier ~ Jacksonville Jaguars -- Tall, athletic former Valdosta State standout impressed scouts at the Hula Bowl, now he is showing Jacksonville coaches he deserves a long look for a roster spot.

OC Donovan Raiola ~ St. Louis Rams -- With former Florida Gator star Mike Degory no where to be found on the Rams roster, this former Wisconsin Badger has a chance to impress as an inside offensive lineman -- a place the Rams need help.

OG Brian Barthelmes ~ N.E Patriots -- Brian is a pretty good all-around lineman, but will need to really excel in preseason games or catch a break to make the team. Nonetheless, he's the type of practice squad prospect the Patriots have turned into a NFL player in recent seasons.

OG Cody Douglass ~ Tennessee (AFC) -- Former Tennessee Volunteer hopes to make it as a pro in Nashville. Currently listed as the teams' 2nd string left guard. Virtually no depth means he's got a chance to stick. If he can't stick here, where can he?

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DE Ryan Neill ~ Buffalo Bills -- Feisty, yet undersized defensive end from Rutgers, who has impressed Bills coaches with his attitude, skill and hustle. He also long snaps, which will really help his cause going forward.

DE Ben Ishola ~ With virtually no depth at defensive end in Miami, Ishola, a undersized end/linebacker tweener, has a chance to stick around. If he can't make it in Miami, he may want to try stand-up comedy -- or anything except football -- because no one can ask for a clearer path to a roster spot (only 4 other DE's on the roster and both starters are over 32).

DT Alvin Smith ~ San Diego Chargers -- The Chargers need to find a backup nosetackle, and this former Oregon State star will be in that mix.

LB Freddie Roach ~ N.E Patriots -- Roach has impressed the Patriots so far and has a shot to stick around in some form -- 53 man roster or practice squad. Final LB spot may come down to Roach and fellow UDFA Corey Mays.

LB John Saldi ~ Dallas Cowboys -- Son of former Cowboys tight end Jay Saldi. We thought he had the look of a future Big 12 star early in his career at Texas Tech (good size and speed), but it never happened. Still, he's a good player that could help the Cowboys out -- Fellow UDFA's Oliver Hoyte and Kai Parham, both from the ACC, also have a chance to stick in some form.

LB Cameron Vaughn ~ Denver Broncos -- Former Louisiana State star made a strong early impression on the Broncos coaching staff, but there isn't a lot room at linebacker for an undrafted rookie, so he'll need to really excel in pre-season games.

CB Keon Raymond ~ Tennessee (AFC) -- The coaching staff in Nashville has really been praising the former Middle Tennessee Blue Raider, as he's brought his "A-game" to most of the teams' early practices. Road to a roster spot won't be easy, but he's already caught his coaches attention.

CB Anthony Madison ~ Pittsburgh Steelers --Another former SEC star, who needs to make the NFL as an undrafted free agent. Madison has held his own early in practices for the Steelers and will get a chance to help the team as a return specialist, too.

S Tyler Everett ~ Denver Broncos -- Broncos need to develop some young safety depth and this former Ohio State starter has a chance to make some noise. If one looks at the Broncos depth chart, they'll see he's in an ideal position to stick in some form.

S Mike Lorello ~ Pittsburgh Steelers -- Early reports from Pittsburgh are he's done okay. But we think he'll make his impact when the preseason games begin. Just a player that never wows scouts with his speed and size (said to be a SS/LB "tweener"), but makes big plays when they are needed. Not a lot of room in Pittsburgh at safety, currently, so he may have to go the practice squad route, until something opens up.

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Promising undrafted rookie tight end Corey Roberts leaves the Colts due to personal reasons; 2005 Pac-10 Co-Defensive Player of the year Dale Robinson rejoins Indianapolis very briefly.

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Former USC safety, with slight ties to Barry Bonds, tested positive for steroid use.

Related story: The Ting Twins discuss their recent announcement that they will be leaving the USC football team to focus on their plans for medical school.

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Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeff Lurie: Getting Terrell Owens was a mistake.

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Ready for four nights, at least, of college and pro football every week?

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ESPN Sources: Oklahoma dismisses starting quarterback Bomar.

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Young South Florida football program is rising upward at an "unbelievable pace".

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The Las Vegas All-American Classic will be televised by the NFL Network.

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In depth look at the Wisconsin Badgers linebackers, led by senior Mark Zalewski, who hopes to eventually run a 4.5 40 for NFL scouts.

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Yahoo! Sports takes a closer look at Miami (Florida) running back Tyrone Moss, who might project as Day 1 NFL pick.

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The Chargers cut wide receiver Rashaun Woods on Tuesday, giving GM A.J. Smith nothing to show for his initial first-round pick.

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The Kansas City Chiefs have acquired running back Michael Bennett from New Orleans for an undisclosed future draft choice.

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It's that time again. Time to take a sneak peek at some of the better "senior" college football prospects for the upcoming season.

Today, we look at some of the top "senior" prospects from the Big 10 Conference. As always, doing a list this short, we could not include all worthy players.

At this point, it appears the defensive talent level among the Big 10's defensive prospects is outstanding -- we were forced to omit several worthy prospects at all positions. Also, there will be no shortage of senior offensive line talent, particularly at offensive tackle.

QB Drew Stanton ~ Michigan State

RB Tony Hunt ~ Penn State

TE Scott Chandler ~ Iowa

TE Matt Spaeth ~ Minnesota

WR Matt Trannon ~ Michigan State

WR Steve Breaston ~ Michigan

OT Joe Thomas ~ Wisconsin

OT Mike Otto ~ Purdue

OT Levi Brown ~ Penn State

OL Mike Jones ~ Iowa

OC Matt Maddox ~ Illinois


DE LaMarr Woodley ~ Michigan

DE David Patterson ~ Ohio State

DT Quinn Pitcock ~ Ohio State

DT Jay Alford ~ Penn State

LB Tim Shaw ~ Penn State

LB Prescott Burgess ~ Michigan

LB Paul Posluszny ~ Penn State

CB Marquis Cole ~ Northwestern

CB Leon Hall ~ Michigan

S Will Myers ~ Indiana

S Marcus Paschal ~ Iowa


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Above, we took a look at the top senior prospects from the Big 10 Conference, by position. Now we are going to take a closer peek at 7 "fascinating" senior prospects from the Big Ten.

QB Troy Smith ~ Ohio State -- A smaller version of Vince Young, who seems to make "big plays" in key situations for the Buckeyes. Smith, who has good speed for a quarterback (4.65?), is adept at moving around in the pocket and is good at picking up yardage when the need arises -- ran for 611 yards and scored 11 TD's last season. Smith possesses a solid arm, but his best attribute as a thrower is his accuracy -- completed 63 percent of his attempts for 16 TD's and only 4 Int's in 2005....Some are already projecting Smith as a likely number one draft pick. At this point, we think that projection may be a bit too high. First of all, he needs to have a solid senior season, as he was mostly a backup until 2005. Also, more importantly, his height will be an issue (it's an issue for all quarterbacks shorter than 6' 2" or 6' 3' on draft day). Smith is "listed" as being 6' 1", which is just a shade short by NFL standards. That could be a bit problematic for some teams. But, if he actually measures an inch or 2 shorter in front of NFL scouts (like 5' 11"), which is very possible, that will be a huge problem.

QB Drew Tate ~ Iowa - Very similar prospect to Troy Smith, in terms of size, leadership skills and throwing ability. While Smith is a much better runner, Tate has the advantage of having a lot more game experience in the Big 10....With a much better Hawkeye running game, Tate improved by leaps and bounds in 2005, completing 62 percent of his attempts for 2,828 yards and 22 TD's. Where he improved the most last season, however, was he cut down on his mistakes -- only 7 Int's (352 attempts). Like Smith, Tate's big weakness looking forward to the pros is something he can't control -- his height. Tate is listed at 6', but from the looks of it, seems to be about 5' 10" or 5" 11".

RB Tony Hunt ~ Penn State -- Might not have truly elite speed or athletic ability, but is a determined runner, good receiver out of the backfield and a great blocking halfback. Is very quick making his cuts and runs with excellent balance and power. Good sized back (6' 2", 225), who may project as a tailback/fullback hybrid at the next level -- ala former PSU star Richie Anderson, who had a very long NFL career. Hunt ran for over 1,000 yards last season and 777 yards in 2004. Has grabbed 59 receptions the last 2 seasons, so he's a dual threat out of the backfield.

WR Matt Trannon ~ Michigan State -- Full sized wide receiver at 6' 6" and 225 pounds, who some feel is a bit of a wide receiver/tight end "tweener". His estimated speed (4.65?) isn't great, but he's very physical, has improving hands and can really jump. Had his best season to date in 2005, collecting 40 receptions for 573 and 4 TD's. Those are solid numbers, but scouts will need to see more production from him as a senior, if he's going to solidify his status as a top prospect. Trannon also played power forward for the schools' hoops team, and was a member of Tom Izzo's 2005 Final Four squad.

LB Tim Shaw ~ Penn State -- Came to PSU as a speedy tailback, after rushing for over 7,600 yards and scoring 131 touchdowns in a remarkable high school career -- 2001 Michigan Gatorade Player-of-the-Year. Just didn't get the chance at running back, so he took a redshirt as a sophomore and bulked up to play linebacker, where he has become an unsung star for the Lions....The media loves to portray Shaw, who was born in Exeter, England, as a try-hard effort player, which is true. But we are talking about the Michigan state high school champion in the 100 meters, so he doesn't lack speed.

LB Mike D'Andrea ~ Ohio State -- While A.J Hawk, Bobby Carpenter and Anthony Schlegel all contend for NFL starting jobs this summer, D'Andrea returns as the Buckeyes grizzled veteran, hoping to finally stay healthy and secure a starting spot. Coming into college, D'Andrea was rated higher than all the aforementioned linebackers. Matter of fact, he was considered the best high school defensive prospect in the nation....D'Andrea can even line up at defensive end for the Buckeyes, so he can project as a 4-3 or 3-4 linebacker in the NFL. D'Andrea has plus NFL skills (size and speed), but really just needs to show he can stay healthy.

SS Joe Stellmacher ~ Wisconsin -- Redshirt senior, who had the look of a career backup for the Badgers prior to last season. Things changed in 2005, however, for the ferocious hitting 6' 1", 215 pound strong safety, as he started all 12 games for the Badgers and recorded 90 tackles.....There is almost no doubt Stellmacher will be a top Big 10 talent and leader of the secondary for the Badgers as a senior, but whether or not he makes it in the NFL will largely be determined by how fast he runs for scouts. Will sort of remind you of another former Badger walk-on, Jason Doering, who once played for the Indianapolis Colts.

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Four Miami Hurricane players, including running back Tyrone Moss and receiver Ryan Moore, were suspended for the Sept. 4 season opener against Florida State because they violated team policy.

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Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Matt Jones draws comparisons to Randy Moss.

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The Carolina Panthers wide-eyed rookie running back DeAngelo Williams adjusting to NFL.

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Young tackle Rob Petitti trying to hang on to position with the Dallas Cowboys.

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The 14th pick in the first round of the NFL draft, Brodrick Bunkley,, still hasn't reached a contract agreement with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Pittsburg State star running back/NFL prospect Germaine Race named MIAA's top player.

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In depth break down of Nebraska's defense, led by solid NFL prospects Zachary Bowman and Adam Carriker.

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Florida A & M wide receiver Roosevelt Kiser hopes his special-teams prowess catches the eyes of NFL scouts.

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Tennessee (NFL) plans to take advantage of Ben Troupe's speed by lining him up as a receiver as well as a tight end.

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Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban playing "hardball" with first round pick Jason Allen over contract length.

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Continuing legacy: Vanderbilt looks to carry on success from 2005 season.

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Led by defensive end Daniel Bazuin and offensive tackle Joe Staley, six Central Michigan players have been labeled "possible draft picks" by NFL scouts.

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Western Michigan quarterback Ryan Cubit relishes extra season of college eligibility.

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In depth look at Purdue University wide receiver Dorien Bryant.

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Six practices are in the books for the Buffalo Bills this summer, and rookie strong safety Donte Whitner has yet to report.

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DD.com prestents our All-Undrafted Free Agent Team (1st team defense)....These are not only worthy NFL prospects, in our opinion, but are also players that walk into situations where they have legit at grabbing an NFL roster spots on their new teams.

DE Darrell Adams ~ N.Y. Jets -- Former Villanova (Division 1-AA) star ran a 4.8 40 at 280 pounds at his schools' Pro Day and was invited to the NFL Combine. The Jets have some flexibility at the bottom of their 3-4 defensive end depth chart and this New York area native could be a player to watch closely during the preseason.

DT Steve Williams ~ Kansas City Chiefs -- Played at tiny NW Missouri State (Division II), so it was tough to impress NFL scouts. Williams is a try hard, blue collar player with exellent size (6' 2', 306 pounds), who has already caught the eye of new Chiefs head coach Herman Edwards. The Chiefs needed defensive tackle help, but didn't get it in the draft. That means there is a room for a free agent to make some noise, perhaps?....Knee problems may hinder Williams' chances, as he begins the preseason on the PUP List.

DT Tony McDaniel ~ Jacksonville Jaguars -- McDaniel is a towering 295 pound defensive lineman, with a ton of potential, who was mostly a career backup for the Tennessee Vols. Had only 33 career tackles (6 TFL's) and 1 sack in his three college seasons in Knoxville, but still decided to leave school early. Had 13 tackles (3TFL's) in 2005, playing in only 9 games after being suspended the first two weeks due to a fight with a Tennessee student during a pickup basketball game. Jags look pretty strong at defensive tackle, currently, so McDaniel may have to spend some time on the practice squad. But, again, he's a very raw and worthy prospect.

DE Paul Carrington ~ Atlanta Falcons -- Excellent height at 6' 6", but is a bit light at 265 pounds. Has the frame to add more weight, which is a must if he's to play on the defensive line in the NFL. Ran the 40-yard dash in a sparkling 4.65 and 4.70 seconds at Central Florida's Pro Day in early March. Also added a 35" vertical. Emerged as a team leader and had a terrific senior season for the Golden Knights in 2005. The fact that a player this gifted went undrafted is a surprise, but he only had one real strong college season, which probably hurt his cause. May need time on the practice squad to bulk up, but he's an athlete that can even be tried at tight end or offensive tackle.

LB Corey Mays ~ N.E Patriots -- The Patriots have some depth issues at linebacker, so it would not be a surprise to see a free agent make the roster. So far, Mays, a former Notre Dame standout, has done nothing but impress the Pats coaching staff. Doesn't have great speed (4.77), but has decent size (6' 1", 245), is quick off the snap and has a nose for the football. Making the Pats 53 man roster as rookie won't be easy, but we won't bet against the feisty Mays, who will shine on special teams.

LB Spencer Havner ~ Washington Redskins -- Thanks to the Redskins proclivity for trading draft picks and signing high priced vets, the team has a strong need for lower priced free agents ready to play special teams and provide depth. Havner is an outstanding athlete, with good sideline to sideline quickness and a nose for the ball. Expect him to make a strong run at coveted roster spot for the Skins. Redskins basically got an extra Day 2 draft pick with this player.

LB Mike Kudla ~ Pittsburgh Steelers -- How did this former Buckeye go undrafted? Scouts complained he was a DE/OLB "tweener", with short arms, but his physical attributes (size, weight, ect) and career Big 10 stats were scarily similar to Penn State's Tamba Hali, who went in round 1?......No one was more shocked than Kudla, who figured he could go as high as round 2, after a sparkling display at the Combine. Kudla walks into a positive situation in Pittsburgh: There is a need for depth at outside linebacker for the Steelers and the blue-collar Steelers fans have already lit up fan site message boards with rousing welcomes for the OSU strongman.

CB Ronnie Prude ~ Baltimore Ravens -- We were impressed with 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 known 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.

CB Eric Bassey ~ Buffalo Bills -- Finding a undrafted free agent cornerback that can come in and make a 53 roster and contribute as a rookie is fairly rare, but this former Oklahoma speedster has a chance in Buffalo. Bassey didn't have a very prolific career for the Sooners, stats wise, but his gaudy showing at Pro Day (4.33 and 4.35 40 and sub 4.00 second short shuttle) caught the attention of scouts. Has solid size (5' 11-7/8", 195) and speed, and the Bills secondary needs depth, so he has a chance to stick, in some form.

SS John Busing ~ Cincinnati Bengals -- Busing had a great career for Miami (Ohio) as a linebacker, then followed it up with spectacular workouts for NFL scouts at Pro Day -- Ran a 4.53 40 and displayed a 38" vertical jump at 6' 2" and 235 pounds. He also looked incredibly agile and athletic in position drills, according to insiders. This kid can flat out play the game, and his workouts were stellar. Why he didn't get drafted is a bit of a mystery to us. He'll get a shot with the Bengals, but must excel on special teams to stick. We think he can do that. The fact the Bengals are going to try to "slim him down" to play safety is a testament to his aforementioned athletic ability.

FS Tra Boger ~ Green Bay Packers -- Former Tulane star, who packs a nice punch at 5' 11" and 215 pounds, is currently listed as the Packers 2nd string strong safety. Boger may not have elite speed, but he's fast enough to make plays. Has garnered public praise from the Packers staff so far, and the team has need for depth at safety. That means he could be in line to make the 53 man roster, perhaps?

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