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last updated: 12/31/06
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Three Boise State Broncos invited to the N.F.L. Combine; 5 Broncos invited to All-Star games.

DD.com Comment: Who would've thought three Broncos would've gotten Combine invites, but their star quarterback Jared Zabransky would be snubbed?

We realize he's not an elite quarterback prospect, due to his size and lack of a cannon arm, but he's a great team leader, has rushed for 30 touchdowns since 2004 and reportedly ran a sizzling 4.49 40 for Boise State coaches and a respectable 4.56 in front of N.F.L. scouts last spring.

At the very least, N.F.L. teams could have him show up at the Combine and see if he can catch the football, like most quarterbacks with that speed get the chance to do. Last season, for example, six quarterbacks were invited to the Combine as "athletes/quarterbacks".

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The Detroit Lions beat the Dallas Cowboys today, so the Oakland Raiders (who lost to the New York Jets today) own the number one overall pick in the upcoming draft.

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University of Louisville wide receiver Mario Urrutia will not enter draft.

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A race for the deep threat: Speed is cited as one reason the NFL has few white wide receivers.

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Iowa Hawkeyes true sophomore Wide receiver Andy Brodell saved his best for the end, catches the attention of N.F.L. scouts.

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University of Miami tight end Greg Olsen could be playing his last college football game tonight when the Hurricanes meets Nevada in the MPC Computers Bowl.

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Closer look at Ohio State running back Antonio Pittman.

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Closer look at Louisiana State safety LaRon Landry.

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Closer look at Notre Dame defensive end Victor Abiamiri.

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In-depth look at Tennesse wide receiver Robert Meachem, who is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

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University of Michigan defensive tackle Alan Branch is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

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This is our first "watchlist" for the top small school juniors -- Offense:

QB Joe Flacco ~ Delaware

QB Jason Johnson ~ San Diego

QB Sedale Threatt ~ Lehigh

QB Ricky Santos ~ New Hampshire

RB Jamar Brittingham ~ Bloomsburg

RB Danny Woodhead ~ Chadron State

RB Jerome Fulton ~ Furman

RB Kevin Richardson ~ Appalachian State

RB Omar Cuff ~ Delaware

RB Donald Chapman ~ Tennessee-Martin

WR Bruce Hocker ~ Duquesne

WR Micah Rucker ~ Eastern Illinois

WR Shaheer McBride ~ Delaware State

WR Alex Watson ~ Northern Arizona

WR Maurice Price ~ Charleston Southern

WR Craig Chambers ~ Montana

WR Wes Doyle ~ San Diego

WR Curtis Hamilton ~ Western Kentucky

WR Jerome Simpson ~ Coastal Carolina

WR Clyde Edwards ~ Grambling

WR Ashton Gronewold ~ Missouri-Rolla

WR Pierre Garcon ~ Mount Union

WR Jason Jones ~ Arkansas-Pine Bluff

TE Marcel Frost ~ Jackson State

TE Mike Peterson ~ Northwest Missouri State

TE Louis Irizarry ~ Youngstown State

TE Blake Martin ~ Sam Houston

OT Heath Benedict ~ Newberry

OT Chad Rinehart ~ Northern Iowa

OT Anthony Rubican ~ Eastern Illinois

OT Isaiah Wiggins ~ Illinois State

OT Brandon Hale ~ Weber State

OT Sean Dumford ~ Eastern Kentucky

OT Cody Balogh ~ Montana

OT Joe Wohlscheid ~ Grand Valley State

OT Tim McCutcheon ~ California (Pa.)

OT Ben Hochstein ~ Nebraska-Omaha

OT Matt Austin ~ Massachusetts

OT Nate Safe ~ North Dakota State

OC Jake Gable ~ Northern Colorado

OC Ryne Nutt ~ Central Connecticut

OC Tony Burson ~ Midwestern State

OC Chris Lundin ~ Adams State

OG Brennan Carvalho ~ Portland State

OG Rocky Hanni ~ Eastern Washington

OG Kerry Brown ~ Appalachian State

OG Jeremy Breath ~ Delaware State

OG Mitch Erickson ~ South Dakota State

DD.com Comment: This is a list we've had stored away for a couple weeks and we finally decided to fit it in. We'll post our already completed list of top junior small school defensive players soon. The prospects above are very loosely ranked.

last updated: 12/30/06
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In-depth look at Wisconsin quarterback John Stocco, who will play in the Hula Bowl.

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List of players currently committed to playing in the Inta Juice North-South All Star Classic.

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Recently posted one round mock draft from the folks over at scout.com.

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Feature on, perhaps, the best defensive end tandem in college football -- Jay Moore and Adam Carikker of Nebraska.

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In-depth look at Auburn guard Ben Grubbs, who will play in the upcoming Senior Bowl.

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Closer look at Louisville's 19-year-old defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, who is set to play in the Senior Bowl.

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Respected N.F.L. Draft expert Mike Detillier believes Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan will receive a first round projection from the N.F.L.'s draft advisory panel and leave school.

DD.com Comment: Last season we got a lot E-Mails from a very friendly and insightful woman in Houston named Felicia Eaton, who's son Brandon was an N.F.L. prospect and Hawaii offensive lineman. She once told us we were vastly underrating Colt Brennan, because we didn't have him among our top few sophomore quarterbacks (in 2005). Looks like Mrs. Eaton was correct, Colt's not just a typical University of Hawaii "system quarterback" in the Nick Rolovich, Tim Chang mold. That said, the jump from being a run-and-shoot quarterback in college, to a conventional, behind center quarterback in the N.F.L. won't be easy. But if he does jump, at least he has the skills to make it work.

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Quick glance at U.S.C.'s talented wide receiver duo of Dwayne Jarrett and Steve Smith.

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Oklahoma State wide receiver Adarius Bowman has told the media he will return for his senior season and not enter the upcoming N.F.L. draft. He also said he might try out for the depleted Cowboys basketball team.

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According to media reports, the following underclassmen have stated they will declare for the N.F.L. Draft:

RB Dwayne Wright ~ Fresno State

RB Chris Henry ~ Arizona

TE Luke Smith-Anderson ~ Idaho

DT Stanley Doughty ~ South Carolina

LB Rory Johnson ~ Ole Miss

CB Eric Wright ~ Nevada Las-Vegas

RB Gary Russell ~ ex-Minnesota

LB Lawrence Timmons ~ Florida State

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last updated: 12/29/06
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There will be no shortage of Canadian content in the East-West Shrine game.

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The Press-Register reports Purdue defensive end Anthony Spencer has accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

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The Press-Register reports South Carolina cornerback Fred Bennett has accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

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The Press-Register reports Auburn wide receiver Courtney Taylor has accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

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Kevin Hench: Are N.F.L. officials protecting the quarterbacks too much?

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Nebraska tight end Matt Herian will play in the East-West Shrine Game.

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Florida State outside linebacker Lawrence Timmons will declare for the N.F.L Draft. Timmons, a junior, had stated emphatically in November he would return to F.S.U. for his senior season. He has signed with an agent, so he has apparently he changed his mind .

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Mike Silver: It's too much to ask Marshawn Lynch to return to Cal-Berkley for his senior season.

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Closer look at Tennessee wide receiver Robert Meachem, who is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

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In-depth look at Nevada-Reno's senior defensive end/linebacker J.J. Milan.

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Can Maryland Terps leader Sam Hollenbach become an N.F.L. caliber quarterback?

DD.com Comment: We know N.F.L. teams like Sam's size, arm strength and leadership skills. What they don't like is his propensity to throw interceptions. A rash of interceptions in November probably cost Hollenbach a spot in one the better all-star games.

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N.F.L. scouts look forward to Sugar Bowl matchup, as top quarterback prospects JaMarcus Russell and Brady Quinn faceoff.

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Closer look at Ohio State's speedy junior wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr.

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Add linebacker Shawn Crable's name to the list of prominent University of Michigan juniors who will return for their final season.

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In-depth look at U.S.C. wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett, who is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

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N.F.L. exec says Penn State linebacker Dan Connor should return to school for his senior season. Also says Connor has the potential to be a top 10 pick (overall) if he does stay in school.

Related article: Penn State linebacker's Dan Connor and Paul Posluszny are two of a kind on the field.

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Will the Gator Bowl be Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson's last college game?

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Florida State linebacker Lawrence Timmons is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Texas All-America offensive lineman Justin Blalock is a soon-to-be NFL millionaire who, at 6-4 and 335 pounds, is proud to say he's a card-carrying geek.

DD.com Comment: If you don't see the article above right away, scroll down about 12 inches and it should appear.

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DD.com Mailbag (SK52): I was wondering what you think of the big centers in this draft (over 305 lbs) such as Kyle Young of Fresno State, Dustin Fry of Clemson, and even Jamar Foulks of Mansfield College?

Second, what is your opinion of Utah's pair of defensive tackles Kelly Talavou and Paul Soliai and who do you think is better suited to play nose tackle in the N.F.L. in a 3-4 defense?

DD.com Reply: Thanks for the note. We are not huge fans of Kyle Young. He has a very wierd stance while snapping, is not a knee bender and is probably too tall. Gets beat alot - will probably be a right tackle or guard on the next level, like current Vikings rookie Ryan Cook. Dustin Fry is a good hard working team leader type, with decent athletic ability, who should find a spot at the next level if he can impress at the Senior Bowl - second day or UDFA type. Jamar Foulks is an interesting small school prospect but, again, might be too tall and wide for the center position. He's playing tackle now but will probably be a guard at the next level.

On the defensive side Kelly Talavou could be a poor man's Jason Ferguson, as a slightly undersized run stopping N.F.L. nose tackle. We will be interested in his workout numbers, as a lot of people have been hyping this player recently. Likely a second day type, right now, with upside to go higher pending good workouts. Paul Soliai is another workout warrior who we will be interested in seeing times on. Both players are probably underrated in our prospect rankings sections. Soliai is on the taller side which makes him a better fit at 4-3 defensive tackle or 3-4 defensive end not 3-4 nose tackle. We hate to reiterate ourselves, but the workout times will determine where these players go -- neither is that much worse of a prospect than former Ute Sione Pouha, but he ran a 5.1 and went in round 3 of the 2005 draft to the New York Jets.

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last updated: 12/28/06
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Injured Louisville running back Michael Bush is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Peter Prisco of CBS SportsLine.com lists the top 32 prospects. He ranks Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm number one overall.

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Louisiana-Monroe cornerback Chaz Williams has been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in February.

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The struggling Oakland Raiders are not worried about their top draft pick -- yet.

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University of Maryland offensive guard Donnie Woods will forego his final season of eligibility to enlist in the U.S. military.

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Excellent all-around play helps land Louisiana-Monroe safety Kevin Payne a coveted Combine invite.

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Louisiana Tech receiver Johnathan Holland received the perfect Christmas gift — an invitation to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine.

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Purdue defensive end Anthony Spencer hopes to impress N.F.L. scouts at the Champs Sports Bowl Saturday.

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Quick look at Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams, who hopes to be a high first round pick.

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In-depth feature on Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm, who is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Feature on a pair of Oregon State Beavers: Junior running back Yvenson Bernard and senior quarterback Matt Moore.

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Closer look at L.S.U. quarterback JaMarcus Russell, who is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Quick glance at U.C.L.A. offensive guard Shannon Tevaga, who is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Closer look at Penn State running back Tony Hunt, who has already been invited to the Senior Bowl.

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Virginia Tech sophomore tailback Branden Ore, a first-team all-ACC performer, said he's not ready for the N.F.L.

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In depth look at South Carolina quarterback/wide receiver Syvelle Newton, who could project as a solid Day 2 pick.

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The Dallas News takes a closer look at Oklahoma junior running back Adrian Peterson, who is expected to enter the draft after the Fiesta Bowl.

DD.com Comment: If you don't see the article above right away, scroll down about 12 inches and it should appear.

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last updated: 12/27/06
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Most recent update on University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan.

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Breaking News: DraftDaddy.com ranked the #1 N.F.L. Draft site on the Net!

DD.com Comment: J.P., thanks for the E-Mail and thanks for the nice words. Nice job on the blog. We really enjoyed your breakdown of the top prospects at the Gridiron Classic.

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Ohio State junior offensive tackle Kirk Barton says he will return to the team for his senior season.

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Several University of Georgia juniors -- including tailback Danny Ware -- are weighing their options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Tony Taylor makes the most of his senior season.

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Texas Longhorns defensive tackle Frank Okam hasn't ruled out leaving school early for the N.F.L.

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One of our loyal readers from Georgia -- who is a avid University of Hawaii fan -- just sent us a link from Ourlads.com stating that Warriors' safety Leonard Peters has accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.

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Soonersports.com reports the following Oklahoma Sooners seniors will play in post-season all-star games:

LB Rufus Alexander ~ Senior Bowl

LB Zach Latimer ~ East/West Shrine Game

DE C.J. Ah You ~ Hula Bowl

QB Paul Thompson ~ Inta Juice North-South Classic

DE Calvin Thibodeaux ~ Inta Juice North-South Classic

OL Chris Messner ~ Inta Juice North-South Classic

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Closer look at T.C.U. quarterback Jeff Ballard, who will play in the Hula Bowl.

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Arizona State safety/N.F.L. prospect Zach Catanese suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee early in the Hawaii Bowl last weekend. Surgery is being scheduled. He had been selected for both the Hula Bowl and Las Vegas All-American Classic.

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In-depth look at Virginia Tech linebacker/N.F.L. prospect Brendan Hill, who hopes to put his past off-field problems behind him.

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Boise State coaches say wide receiver Legedu Naanee, a converted quarterback, is an N.F.L. talent.

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Georgia Bulldogs offensive line coach Neil Callaway believes all three of his senior starters have good chances to become professional players.

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Closer look at University of Michigan junior quarterback Chad Henne.

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Missouri tight end Martin Rucker is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Q&A with currently injured Clemson linebacker Anthony Waters.

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The Detroit Lions lead the race for the number one overall pick.

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University of South Carolina redshirt sophomore wide receiver Sidney Rice says he will leave early only if projections put him among the draft’s top 10 picks.

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Texas Tech tight end-turned-right tackle Gabe Hall is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft. Respected N.F.L.com analyst Gil Brandt feels Hall should return to Tech for a 6th season, but may project as a draftable prospect, if he does come out early.

DD.com Comment: If you don't see the article above right away, scroll down about 12 inches and it should appear.

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Louisiana State University defensive end Chase Pittman has been invited to the very prestigious Senior Bowl.

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As we mentioned last week, University of Nevada-Las Vegas cornerback Eric Wright will enter the upcoming N.F.L. Draft.

DD.com Comment: Wright, who was a starter at U.S.C. before being kicked out of school due some very serious off-field issues, is one the better cornerbacks in the junior class. He doesn't have a lot of game experience in college football, having sat out two full seasons, so it's unclear if jumping to the N.F.L. at this point is a wise move. However, as is the case with all cornerbacks looking to make it in the N.F.L., his draft stock will mostly be determined by how fast he runs at the Combine or at a Pro Day.

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last updated: 12/26/06
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JCGridiron.com recently announced it's JUCO Transfer All-America Team.

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Western Washington University defensive lineman Ryan Lucas has signed a free agent contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

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Miami Hurricanes senior center Anthony Wollschlager recently said he will play in the Inta Juice North-South All-Star Classic.

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Defensive line duo of David Patterson and Quinn Pitcock a force for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

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Texas Longhorns' wide receiver Limas Sweed said Tuesday he plans on returning for his senior season.

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The Washington Post takes a three page look at the 2004 draft day trade that sent Eli Manning to the Giants and current Pro Bowler Phillip Rivers to the Chargers.

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Who will be Notre Dame's next starting quarterback?

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In-depth feature on Oklahoma State wide receiver/N.F.L. prospect D'Juan Woods.

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Florida State tailback Lorenzo Booker still seems to have a bright future, despite an up and down career at F.S.U.

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Also, the Free Press takes a quick glance at the top N.F.L. prospects playing in the Motor City Bowl.

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Mel Kiper's recently updated (12/21) Top 25 Big Board.

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With only the Sun Bowl left to play for Oregon State, tight end Joe Newton is preparing himself for the next stage of his football career.

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Big Michigan defensive tackle Alan Branch, who calms down with coloring books, is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Georgia Bulldogs offensive tackle Daniel Inman said he won't make the trip to the Hula Bowl because he still has a six-week independent studies course to complete to fulfill graduation requirements.

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Closer look at full-sized Texas Tech wide receiver Joel Filani, who respected N.F.L.com analyst Gil Brandt feels should be drafted.

DD.com Comment: If you don't see the article above right away, scroll down about 12 inches and it should appear.

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DD.com Site News: We recently completed updating our list of potential unrestricted and restricted free agents for all 32 teams.

DD.com Comment: Just click on any team, then press "free agents" to read that teams' free agent list.

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last updated: 12/25/06
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Mississippi Valley State quarterback Aries Nelson and Jackson State running back Jamal Pittman impress at the Gridiron Classic and get invites to the Las Vegas All-American Classic.

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Which holes will the Green Bay Packers plug in the draft?

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University of Miami star Tyrone Moss' career didn't end how he envisioned it, but the senior hopes to live up to his potential -- and UM tailback pedigree -- in the N.F.L.

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Christmas came early for Ohio State backup quarterback Justin Zwick when he was invited to play in the Hula Bowl.

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In-depth feature on Oregon State's athletic safety Sabby Piscitelli, who N.F.L. scouts like a lot.

DD.com Comment: We were, perhaps, the first Net site to throw a lot of praise at Piscitelli for being a very good athlete and a solid future prospect. To the chagrin of some our detractors, we didn't come to this conclusion by "stealing Mel Kiper's info", we did it by watching him play and collecting info from real "inside sources" during his career. For example, back in 2004 we posted a news link in which a couple of Beavers' coaches were quoted saying Piscitelli was their best athlete in the secondary, by far. At the time it was not small praise, because in the fall of 2004 and early 2005 many draft sites were going absolutely crazy over then O.S.U. sophomore cornerback Brandon Browner, who "reportedly" ran a sub 4.4 at 6' 4", 200 pounds. Brandon (and his agent), apparently bought into the baseless hype and came out two years early, but never got drafted after running a 4.7 40.

Point? We don't pretend to be N.F.L. scouts or pretend to know more than real insiders like Gil Brandt, Chris Landry and Rick Gosselin, but we think we provide excellent and objective draft news in this blog, based on legitimate info and opinions from respected football men. Then, based on all this accumulated info over several years, we try to do the impossible -- rank players fairly. We have to do that, because none of us at Draftdaddy have the time to watch 100 hrs. of game film each week, then delude ourselves into believing we know what will happen with almost 100 percent accuracy.

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Record-setting Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Injured Rutgers wide wide receiver Shawn Tucker weighing his options: comeback for a 6th season or jump to the N.F.L. as a likely undrafted free agent?

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Feature on Kentucky tailback Rafael Little, who is considering jumping to the N.F.L. early.

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Quick glance at Wyoming safety John Wendling, who we think belongs in the Senior Bowl (has been invited to the East-West Shrine game).

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Arizona State's All-American tight end Zach Miller is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Redshirt senior wide receiver Junior Taylor reflects back on a "up and down" season and career at U.C.L.A and looks forward to getting a chance in the N.F.L.

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Closer look at West Virginia All-American offensive lineman Dan Mozes, who will play in the Senior Bowl.

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In-depth look at a pair of Florida State stars: Junior outside linebacker Lawrence Timmons and senior offensive tackle Mario Henderson.

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last updated: 12/24/06
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A lot of salient N.F.L. Draft info from the folks at Yahoo! Sports, including notes from the Gridiron Classic and news that Nevada-Las Vegas junior cornerback Eric Wright -- who once started at U.S.C. -- has signed with an agent.

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U.C.L.A. All-America defensive end Justin Hickman said he would likely accept an invitation to the East-West Shrine game in Houston, although he was hoping for a last-minute invitation to the Senior Bowl.

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Quick look at Penn State's top senior prospects, including tailback Tony Hunt.

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Another season at Hawaii would only help Warriors' quarterback Colt Brennan.

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Currently injured Cal-Berkley cornerback Tim Mixon getting prepared for N.F.L. scouts' showcase.

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Closer look at Cal-Berkley All-American cornerback Daymeion Hughes, who some think is a bit too slow to be a first round pick.

DD.com Comment: Laugh out loud -- Pay draft sites are saying Hughes runs a 4.5 - something, yet he claims he's never been officially timed. Are they just making up info? Would not surprise us if they were just "estimating". I wonder what meaningless factors they use to estimate these times?

By the way, the comment on Troy Smith's height is a bit askew, in our opinion: 6' 2" in height seems to be the actual line of demarcation for top quarterbacks on draft day. We've broke down the numbers and found in the last five drafts only 1 (Rex Grossman, 6' 1") of 27 quarterbacks selected in the top three rounds was listed shorter than 6' 2". We've even seen Mike Tirico of ESPN refer to 6' 2" as being the "magic number" for N.F.L. quarterbacks.

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Oregon State quarterback Matt Moore has been making better and better decisions as a hopes to be drafted.

DD.com Comment: Moore has really impressed us this season, after a real poor 2005 season (11 TD's; 19 Int's). N.F.L. teams like tall quarterbacks with strong arms and Moore, a solid athlete at 6' 4", has a nice arm. Also, he is only 22 years old (despite his brief flirtation with pro baseball), so don't be surprised if he climbs into the latter rounds of the draft with strong workouts.

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Coastal Carolina stars, including quarterback Tyler Thigpen, shine at the Gridiron Classic.

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last updated: 12/23/06
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In-depth look at hardworking Florida State linebacker Buster Davis.

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Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Jerry Babb tossed a touchdown and led the Green team to a strong offensive showing in a 32-14 win over the Red team in the Gridiron Classic.

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The hot (and wide spread) rumor coming out of South Florida is Hurricanes' redshirt junior tight end Greg Olsen is very likely to forego his final season of eligibility and will enter the N.F.L. Draft.

DD.com Comment: Greg's older brother Christian Olsen -- a backup quarterback at Notre Dame and the University of Virginia -- is considered a longshot N.F.L. prospect. Depsite only completing 35 of 64 attempts for 280 yards as a senior, he was been invited to play in Inta Juice North-South Classic. Christian Olsen, who may go into acting if pro football doesn't workout, never quite fit in at Notre Dame and Virginia, which skewed towards mobile quarterbacks when he was at those schools. Nonetheless, he is tall and possesses a strong arm, so expect scouts to give him a fair look.

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Ohio State Buckeyes tailback Antonio Pittman satisfied to fly under the radar.

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Speedy South Florida cornerback Mike Jenkins is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Georgia defensive end Quentin Moses advises fellow Bulldog Charles Johnson, who is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

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last updated: 12/22/06
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Rosters for the Gridiron Classic All-Star game, which pits assorted DI-A players vs. a group of DI-AA stars.

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The Arizona Republic reports Arizona State defensive end Kyle Caldwell and safety Zach Catanese were selected to play in the Hula Bowl....Sun Devils picked for the Las Vegas All-American Classic are defensive lineman Jordan Hill, linebacker Derron Ware and kicker Jesse Ainsworth.

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The United States defeated Mexico 28-7 earlier this week in the annual Aztec Bowl.

DD.com Comment: The Aztec Bowl features a group of American Division III stars facing a team of Mexican football players. For more info, including Team U.S.A.'s roster, just scan the above link.

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Several Cal-Berkley stars -- including junior tailback Marshawn Lynch -- hope to impress N.F.L. scouts at the Holiday Bowl.

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Coastal Carolina free safety Quinton Teal looking good at the Gridiron Classic?

DD.com Comment: Here is the Gridiron Classic Blog the writer in the link above mentioned. It has a lot of good info on dozens of prospects.

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Closer look at South Carolina center Chris White, who has been invited to the Hula Bowl.

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Athletic Coastal Carolina quarterback Tyler Thigpen and Mississippi Valley State quarterback Aries Nelson, who began his career as a highly regarded Mississippi State recruit, both hope to impress N.F.L. scouts at the Gridiron Classic.

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Boston College right guard Josh Beekman will play in the Senior Bowl; Eagles junior right tackle Gosder Cherilus says he will likely return for his senior season.

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Florida State junior defensive tackle Andre Fluellen said he asked the N.F.L. Draft advisory committee for feedback on his possible draft position.

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San Jose State All-America cornerback Dwight Lowery is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Closer look at former Utah cornerback Ryan Smith, now excelling for the Florida Gators.

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Second chance leaves Hawaii quarterback/N.F.L. prospect Colt Brennan on the verge of history.

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Georgia defensive end Quentin Moses does not regret coming back for his senior season.

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Complete East-West Shrine Game Player Rosters in PDF Format.

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last updated: 12/21/06
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Southern Cal wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett gets some strong advice from Keyshawn Johnson: You aren't ready for the N.F.L., yet, so stay in school!

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Clemson cornerback Duane Coleman's availability for next week's bowl game has been jeopardized after his arrest Wednesday on a marijuana charge.

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TheState.com reports the following Clemson Tigers will play in the Hula Bowl: Quarterback Will Proctor; tailback Reggie Merriweather and cornerback Sergio Gilliam.

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Recently, we were looking up info for the small schoolers section and, by accident, found a great article on a high impact freshman dubbed "The Freak": Murray State defensive back Taylor Lanigan, who has great overall football skills and consistently clocks in the 4.3's at 6' 1" and 215 pounds.

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Texas Longhorns cornerback/top N.F.L. prospect Aaron Ross was taken to the Hospital on Thursday morning after being discovered in a "disoriented" state by police in the north Austin suburb of Pflugerville, according to a law enforcement official.

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Ohio State wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. tells the media he'd love to play "cornerback" in the N.F.L.

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Iowa State Cyclones running back Stevie Hicks has been invited to the East-West Shrine Game.

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Closer look at the University of Utah's All-American cornerback Eric Weddle.

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Closer look at University of Michigan All-American cornerback Leon Hall.

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Six weeks after parting ways with the Florida football program, former Gators defensive tackle Marcus Thomas said Coach Urban Meyer created an atmosphere at Florida that he couldn't handle.

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Quick glance at speedy Georgia Tech cornerback Kenny Scott, who will play in the East-West game.

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Auburn Tigers sack leader Quentin Groves, after a conversation with former teammate Stanley McClover, says he's "95 percent sure" he'll stay at Auburn for his senior season.

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East Carolina quarterback James Pinkney and wideout Aundrae Allison both look forward to impressing N.F.L. scouts.

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In-depth look at rising Troy State defensive back Brandon Condren, who will play in the Hula Bowl.

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The draft world has been pleasantly surprised by the news that top quarterback prospect Brady Quinn will be playing in the Senior Bowl. His potential agents aren't quite as pleased.

DD.com Comment:

We have been asked by several supporters of the site the following question: Why would Brady Quinn play in a game where he has nothing to gain and everything to lose? Well, the same could have been said about Matt Leinart last year, and scouts questioned his love of the game. It was these concerns, perhaps, that dropped him to 10 overall and led to an uncomfortable wait in the ESPN Green Room on Draft Day.

But besides all of this, let's look at some of Brady Quinn's teammates (and close friends) that are also going to be in Mobile: wide receiver Jeff Samardzijda takes a huge risk of financial loss every time he steps on the football field, as he could make a comfortable and safe living as a pitcher in the Major Leagues. Safety Tom Zbikowski risked not only his career, but possibly his life by stepping into the boxing ring and practicing the sweet science of pugilism. These are the teammates closest to Brady Quinn. These are his friends. This is not a crowd that respects the safe play. In addition, when will Quinn have another chance to practice and play football on the same team as his close friends? Maybe never again.

Peer pressure aside, the Senior Bowl has, in recent years, overtaken the Combine as the premier event of the pre-draft season. These players never face better competition prior to reaching the league. If one plays, yes there is the risk of injury, yes there is the risk of making mistakes that hurt the draft stock. However, if one doesn't play there is the risk missing out on a significant experience that could bear real fruit over the course of an NFL career.

Imagine Quinn plays his rookie deal out on one team and six years later he is due for a new contract, maybe a new team. A coach that interacted with Quinn on the Senior Bowl practice field, or a GM who saw him in the flesh, is more likely to pursue Quinn's services than a coach or GM who saw a different batch of players in Mobile a half decade earlier. Everyone focuses on the rookie deals and the draft pick salary slottings, but if you are a real player your career will include more than just one deal. By playing in this game, Quinn will be marketing himself and his brand name to possible buyers who might not have seen him otherwise.

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last updated: 12/20/06
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Despite the fact he's coming off a fairly serious injury, Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson refuses to wear blue no-contact jersey as the Sooners get ready for the Fiesta Bowl.

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Safety Tom Zbikowski is trying to decide whether to return to Notre Dame for his final season of eligibility.

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Kentucky wide receiver Kennan Burton is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

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CNN writer looks at how several top-10 teams will be affected "if" their top juniors jump to the N.F.L. early.

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A handful of University of Miami seniors have either accepted invitations to all-star games or are mulling offers.

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Clemson center Dustin Fry has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.

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Maryland offensive tackle Stephon Heyer has been invited to the Hula Bowl.

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Quick look at dominate Miami Hurricanes sophomore defensive end Calais Campbell.

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Defensive backs C.J. Gaddis and Michael Hamlin are seeking advice on where they'd be selected in the NFL draft, but both players said they plan to return to Clemson next season.

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Texas Christian defensive end Tommy Blake, a very talented junior, blooms as Poinsettia Bowl MVP.

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Closer look at highly regarded Auburn offensive guard Ben Grubbs.

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Oregon State tailback Yvenson Bernard said he would listen if somebody tried to convince him to come out early for the N.F.L. Draft. But he is a long way from seriously considering that possibility.

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last updated: 12/19/06
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Central Connecticut State running back Justise Hairston has accepted an invitation to participate in the Hula Bowl.

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N.F.C. Pro Bowl Roster

A.F.C. Pro Bowl Roster

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Northern Illinois and Texas Christian kick off the bowl season tonight on ESPN 2.

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Clemson cornerback C.J. Gaddis is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft. Tells the media he is doing so based on Mel Kiper's rankings.

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Cal-Berkley junior tailback Marshawn Lynch is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Some of South Carolina's top underclassmen -- including running back Cory Boyd -- are exploring their potential draft status with the N.F.L.

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Three West Virginia players have accepted invitations to play in the Senior Bowl: center Dan Mozes, linebacker Kevin McLee and wide receiver Brandon Myles. Offensive guard Jeremy Sheffey and linebacker Jay Henry will play in the Hula Bowl.

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Some of Florida's top juniors -- including middle linebacker Brandon Siler -- are exploring their potential draft status with the N.F.L.

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U.C.L.A. junior guard Shannon Tevaga is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Delaware tight end Ben Patrick prepares for the N.F.L. combine and East-West Shrine Game.

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Northern Illinois running back Garrett Wolfe will play in Senior Bowl.

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The University of Nebraska Cornhuskers coaching staff must rebuild a heavily feared their D-line after the Cotton Bowl.

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Arizona Wildcats tailback Chris Henry is leaving the program and will declare for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Look at a pair of University of Arizona juniors: Running back Chris Henry, a lightly productive workout warrior who will enter the draft, and All-American caliber cornerback Antoine Cason.

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Quick glance at Louisiana State punter Chris Jackson, who is a pro prospect in football and baseball.

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last updated: 12/18/06
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Former Texas Longhorns quarterback Jevan Snead will continue his career at Ole Miss, ESPN has learned.

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According to media reports, the following underclassmen have stated they will declare for the N.F.L. Draft:

RB Dwayne Wright ~ Fresno State

RB Chris Henry ~ Arizona

TE Luke Smith-Anderson ~ Idaho

DT Stanley Doughty ~ South Carolina

LB Rory Johnson ~ Ole Miss

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East Carolina University senior offensive tackle Eric Graham has been invited to participate in two all-star games.

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Arizona Wildcats tailback Chris Henry is leaving the program and will declare for the N.F.L. Draft, he confirmed Monday afternoon.

DD.com Comment: Check Saturday's blog notes (12/16) for more info on Chris Henry's draft possibilities.

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Arena Football League quarterback Adrian McPherson sues Tennessee for $5 million due to mascot accident in the preseason.

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Check out this recently posted One Round Mock draft from Footballs Future.com.

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Top Ivy League prospect Zak DeOssie has accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

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South Carolina quarterback Syvelle Newton expects to play in the East-West Shrine Game as a wide receiver.

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Closer look at the Hawaii Warrriors senior center Samson Satele.

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last updated: 12/17/06
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Arkansas cornerback Chris Houston is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Miami Hurricanes linebacker Jon Beason and tight end Greg Olsen considering leaving early for the N.F.L.

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New Mexico Lobos junior right tackle Brian Ramsay will renounce his final season of college eligibilty and try-out for the Toronto Argonauts of the C.F.L.

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Penn State linebacker Dan Connor is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn has officially accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.

DD.com Comment: Minor surprise that Quinn will participate in the Senior Bowl, considering he's already proven his worth to scouts at Notre Dame. But considering we will be in Mobile, we are glad we'll see him up close and personal again.

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In-depth feature on Ole Miss All-American linebacker Patrick Willis.

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The Miami Dolphins have money to spend, but the upcoming free agent class looks thin.

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The Minnesota Vikings need help at wide receiver and tight end, according the Pioneer-Press.

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U.S.C. senior offensive tackle Kyle Williams has decided his best chance to stick in the N.F.L. is as a longsnapper.

DD.com Comment: To read the link above, scroll down the page about 9 inches. The article is there, but the page is poorly set.

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Unless the N.F.L. says U.C.L.A. defensive end Bruce Davis is a top-10 pick, he will be returning to Westwood next season.

DD.com Comment: To read the link above, scroll down the page about 9 inches. The article is there, but the page is poorly set.

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Quick look at the N.F.L.'s very strong rookie class.

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Rivals.com's Top 100 prospects list for the upcoming N.F.L. Draft.

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Georgia Tech linebacker Phillip Wheeler is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Chadron State tailback Danny Woodhead, a speedy junior with Division I-A talent, is the winner of the Harlon Hill Trophy.

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The Los Angeles Times reports U.S.C. wide receiver Steve Smith has been invited to the Senior Bowl.

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The Los Angeles Times reports U.S.C. center Ryan Kalil has been invited to the Senior Bowl.

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The Los Angeles Times reports U.S.C. linebacker Dallas Sartz has been invited to the East-West Shrine game.

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The Los Angeles Times reports U.S.C. offensive lineman Kyle Williams has been invited to the Las Vegas All-American Classic.

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11 Ohio State Buckeye heading to the all-star games, including quarterback Troy Smith, who is going to the Senior Bowl.

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The Cleveland Plain Dealer takes a look at several talented Ohio State juniors that are thinking about jumping to the N.F.L. early.

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Extensive look at Northern Illinois running back Garrett Wolfe.

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Closer look at injured Clemson linebacker Anthony Waters.

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Oklahoma Sooners senior offensive tackle Chris Messner is impressing N.F.L. scouts.

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In-depth look at Rutgers junior defensive tackle Eric Foster.

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Two NFL draft sites have University of Arizona tailback Chris Henry declaring early for a possible pro career.

DD.com Comment: DD.com's policy is to "not" project the draft status of underclassmen until they officially declare. There are way too many players like Brandon Browner, Ernest Shazor, Omar Jacobs, Greg Lee, C.J. Mosely, Jovan Haye, T.A. McLendon, Darnell Bing and many others that believe the hype surrounding them and come out prematurely.

Although we think we are wise college and pro footbal fans, we can't possibly know as much as college coaches and N.F.L. scouts do. We watched Arizona quite a bit during the fall and we will say this about Chris Henry: We agree with this article.

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Sioux Falls linebacker Adam Paulson has been selected to participate in the IntaJuice North-South All-Star Classic.

DD.com Comment: Paulson led the Cougars in tackles (56.5) and sacks (9.0) as a senior. Paulson is the first Cougar ever to be selected for this type of all-star experience.

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Four of Ohio State's top underclassmen on offense -- including junior wide receivers Ted Ginn Jr. and Anthony Gonzalez -- are considering leaving school early to make themselves eligible for the N.F.L. draft.

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Check out Mel Kiper's recently updated (12/14) Top 25 Big Board.

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Auburn junior defensive end Quentin Groves plans to return for his senior season rather than jumping to the N.F.L.

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Ten Florida Gators are bound for post season all-star games after the Ohio State game.

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A lot of relevant prospect news and N.FL. Draft info in this Yahoo! Sports link.

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The Star-Telegram reports offensive tackle Herb Taylor and safety Marvin White, both T.C.U. seniors and first-team All-Mountain West performers, have been selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

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The Star Press (Muncie) reports Ball State senior wide receiver Terry Moss has been selected to play in the Hula Bowl. Moss made 27 catches for 685 yards and eight touchdowns this season. He averaged a team-high 25.4 yards per catch.

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Auburn's David and Kenny Irons to become first brothers to play together in the Senior Bowl.

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The Gazette Times reports Oregon State tight end Joe Newton has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.

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The Gazette Times reports Oregon State safety Sabby Piscitelli has been in contact with the organizers of the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine game.

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The Gazette Times reports Oregon State offensive tackle Adam Koets was invited to the Las Vegas All-American Classic, but is trying to get into the more prestigious Shrine game.

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All-American junior left tackle Jake Long shrugs off threat of injury, will return to Michigan for senior season.

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Tennessee receiver Robert Meachem is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Players to watch in tonight's 1-AA Championship game: No. 2 Massachusetts at No. 1 Appalachian State, 8:00 (ESPN 2)

Massachusetts Minutemen:

RB Steve Baylark -- Florida native has been one of the best runners in Division I-AA football the last few seasons. Is considered an N.F.L. prospect due his outstanding mix of speed, power and vision as a runner. Has rushed for over 5,000 yards and scored 47 TD's during his college career.

WR Brandon London -- Hard working receiver, who provides a big target (6' 4") for the quarterback Liam Coen. Had 9 TD's this season.

OT Matt Austin -- Only a junior, Austin is one of the most dominating linemen in the A-10.

OC Alex Miller -- This 6' 2", 290 pounder is considered one of the best centers in I-AA football. One of the Minutemen's team leaders.

LB Jason Hatchell -- Not real big at 6' 1", 225 pounds, but plays with speed and intensity. One of the better junior linebackers in I-AA football.

SS James Ihedigbo -- Very talented run-stopping and blitzing safety. Has had a great senior season. A strong 40 time will get him squarely on the radar of N.F.L. scouts, as a Day 2/free agent type prospect.

P Christian Koegel --One of the better punters in college football, at any level.

DL Jason Leonard -- Fiesty, but smallish defensive lineman at 6' 2" and 265 pounds is drawing interest from N.F.L. scouts due to his fine long-snapping ability.



Appalachian State:

WR William Mayfield -- 6' 2" wide out was a big time deep threat for A.S.U. during the season -- collected 61 receptions for 1,085 yards. If he runs well in workouts, should get a shot in the N.F.L.

DE Marques Murrell -- High impact defensive end, who might be the best defender in Division I-AA football. Has a pretty good chance of being drafted. Brother of former N.F.L. star Adrian Murrell, may project as an outside linebacker (6' 2", 230) at the next level.

TE Daniel Bettis -- Very athletic 6' 3", 245 senior tight end, who battled injuries most of the season. Can also play defensive end. Despite the injury plagued senior season, he should get a chance in the N.F.L. in some form -- Day 2 pick or free agent.

RB Kevin Richardson -- High impact 5' 9", 190 pound junior tailback has run for over 2,900 yards and scored 48 touchdowns the last two seasons. Came to A.S.U as a walk-on, and has worked his way up the depth chart through hard work.

OT Matt Isenhour -- The leader of a great offensive line -- 4 members were recently named First Team All-Southern Conference. Is only 6' 1", so he lacks ideal height to play tackle in the N.F.L.

SS Corey Lynch -- Extremely hard-hitting safety, with a great nose for the football, who has been an impact player since he arrived at A.S.U. Only a junior, the athletic Lynch teams with 5' 9" Jeremy Wiggins to give the Mountainers a great safety tandem.

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last updated: 12/14/06
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The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Georgia Bulldog junior defenders Charles Johnson (DE) and Paul Oliver (CB) are considering leaving early for the N.F.L.

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Gifted small school offensive lineman Heath Benedict is considering leaving college early for the N.F.L.

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Talented Penn State junior linebacker Dan Connor shuns N.F.L. Draft questions.

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Young Cincinnati Bengals linebacker David Pollack needs more neck surgery, leaving his N.F.L. future very much in doubt.

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Check out the recently released Associated Press Division I-AA All-American Teams.

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Michigan All-American left tackle Jake Long has said he will return to the Wolverines for his final year of eligibility next season.

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SI.com writer comes up with a list of Ten N.F.L. prospects to keep an eye on during the bowl season, including 25 year old Brigham Young quarterback John Beck.

DD.com Comment: The media has already reported 6 quarterbacks have been invited to the Senior Bowl, which is enough to stock both the North and the South squads with three players at the position. We assume Brady Quinn of Notre Dame will decline the invite, but we figure Ohio State's Troy Smith will be added to the roster. No way the folks in Mobile can snub Smith, right?

So where would Beck, as a 7th quarterback, fit into the Senior Bowl equation? Our guess is he could replace Stanford quarterback Trent Edwards, if he can't play due to injuries. We do know Beck has been invited to the Hula Bowl.

By the way, Ohio tight end Rudy Sylvan has recorded 23 catches for 208 yards and 2 TD's so far this season for the Bobcats (O.U. will face Southern Miss in the GMAC Bowl next month).

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Rising Nebraska junior wide receiver Maurice Purify recently said there’s a “zero percent” chance he’ll declare for the N.F.L. Draft after this season.

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8 Division I-A tight ends that have a chance to "surprise" as the draft process plays out (they are not ranked in any kind of order).

Tyler Ecker ~ Michigan -- This 6' 6", 260 pound California native has battled injuries this season, but N.F.L. teams will like his overall skills as blocker and receiver. May never be a star in the pros, but he should become a very solid backup, at the very least.

Jamaal Lewis ~ Arizona State -- Pretty good athlete, who's overshadowed by All-American tight end Zach Miller at A.S.U. An excellent receiver, who can stretch the field, Lewis projects as an H-Back in the N.F.L. at 6' 4" and only 230 pounds.

Chad Upshaw ~ Buffalo -- 6' 4", 245 pound Connecticut native is the son of former Major League first baseman Wille Upshaw and the nephew of N.F.L. Hall of Famer Gene Upshaw. Is an excellent receiver, who can stretch the field a bit. Should get a shot in the N.F.L. in some form -- likely free agent?

Jake Nordin ~ Northern Illinois -- Was injured in September, but hopes to play in the Huskies upcoming Bowl game against T.C.U. He had 14 receptions for 159 yards in 4 games this season prior to the injury. The 6' 3", 260 pound Nordin is considered a potential Day 2 prospect due to his reliable hands and excellent blocking skills.

Dan Murray ~ Connecticut -- Back in the fall of 2004, as a sophomore, this Bay State native looked like a rising Big East superstar. But mediocre quarterback play and injuries have negatively affected Murray's on field production the last two seasons. At 6' 5" and 247 pounds, he's an excellent athlete with good hands, who can stretch the field as a receiver. Very solid prospect, when healthy.

Steve Buches ~ Pittsburgh -- This redshirt senior was a pleasant surprise for the Panthers this season, collecting 26 receptions for 302 yards in 10 games. At 6' 4" and almost 260 pounds, Buches moves real well for a full-sized tight end. He also has the strength and potential to become a very good blocker in the N.F.L.

Daniel Coats ~ Brigham Young -- Fairly productive receiver for the Cougars during his career, who is overshadowed a bit by fellow tight end Johnny Harline. Coats has decent size (6' 3", 256), solid hands and is a good athlete. Also, perhaps most importantly, he's only 22 years old and still has room to improve.

Jon Hamlett ~ North Carolina -- Another player who suffered through a injury plagued senior season. At 6' 4" and 256 pounds, he's regarded as a steady blocker with nice hands. "Hambone" doesn't project as a Day 1 pick, but it's possible he could be selected in the latter part of the draft due to his toughness and blocking skills.

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Closer look at Cal-Poly linebacker Kyle Shotwell, who hopes to follow some former Mustangs into the N.F.L.

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Look at Brigham Young tight end Daniel Coats.

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last updated: 12/13/06
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ESPN takes an in-depth look at currently injured Minnesota Vikings rookie linebacker Chad Greenway.

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Wisconsin star left tackle Joe Thomas wins Outland Trophy and gets engaged to Annie Nelson on the same night.

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Louisville wide receiver Mario Urrutia said he is leaning toward returning to school next season rather than entering the N.F.L. Draft.

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Talented Waterloo (C.I.S.) offensive tackle Chris Best has been invited to participate in the East-West Shrine Game.

DD.com Comment: Not a surprise, considering the East-West game selects two Canadian stars each season. Best, a Duke transfer, is probably the best N.F.L. prospect in Canadian college football. That said, he'll need to really do well in the post-season to get drafted by an N.F.L. team. Nonetheless, he'll likely get a look as a free agent, even if he isn't drafted.

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Check out this recently posted one round mock draft from Condraft.

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Seven University of Houston Cougars invited to post season all-star games; highly regarded Texas transfer Jevan Snead visits the school.

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Senior defensive end Matt King, University of Maine, has also been invited to play in the Inta-Juice All-Star Game.

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Auburn Tigers linebacker Will Herring has likely improved his draft stock after an impressive senior season.

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Feature on Appalachian State star Marques Murrell, who, as we noted in Saturday's blog, will be asked to play linebacker at the next level.

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It looks like Hawaii Warriors junior quarterback Colt Breenan is still thinking about jumping to the N.F.L. early.

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Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams, who N.F.L. scouts projected as a 4th rounder after the 2005 season, is very happy he stayed in school. He'll get his degree and likely has worked his way up to the 1st round.

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Wisconsin offensive tackle Joe Thomas is also very happy he stayed in school and improved his draft stock.

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Wide receiver Derek Stanley and tight end Pete Schmitt are drawing plenty of N.F.L. scouts to Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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Quick look at Boston College offensive guard Josh Beekman.

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ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit told the world the Cleveland Browns had to use their first round pick on Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith, or they would make a huge mistake. Nonetheless, one Cleveland area columnist writes that may not be a wise choice.

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Tennessee All-American offensive tackle Arron Sears is happy he stayed in school for his senior season.

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Eric Crawford: Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm should go pro now!

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PFW: A rundown of the Top 10 N.F.L. Draft prospects in upcoming bowl games.

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Memphis Tigers safety Wesley Smith, a former All-Conference USA performer who was benched at mid-season, was invited to participate in the Las Vegas All-American Classic.

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All-Ivy linebacker Zak DeOssie, from Brown University, has been invited to play in the Hula Bowl.

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Feature Story: Which University of Michigan juniors are considering leaving early for the NFL?

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Some think Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson will not enter the N.F.L. Draft early.

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Scouting report on University of Saskatchewan offensive tackle Jordan Rempel, who is heading to Houston's East West Shrine game.

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Eric Gilmore: The Oakland Raiders should zero in on Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn.

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Due to an easier schedule, it looks like the Detroit Lions lead the Oakland Raiders in the race for the number one pick.

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11 Division I-A wide receivers that have a chance to "surprise" as the draft process plays out.

Jordan Kent ~ Oregon -- Only 42 career receptions, in about one and half seasons of playing football. But word is N.F.L. teams are very intrigued by this 6' 5", 210 pound former Ducks basketball player due to his size, speed and athletic ability. He'll get a chance in the N.F.L. and may even get drafted higher than most think he will.

Biren Ealy ~ Houston -- We've been promoting Ealy since 2004, but the former Pac-10 rookie star has never been able to stay on the field for various reasons (mostly academic problems). Currently a member of the Houston Cougars, Ealy has the size and speed N.F.L. teams look for. He looked awesome in the recent C-USA title game, so can he put his checkered past behind him?

Idris Moss ~ Tulsa -- This former U.C.L.A. Bruin had a nice senior season for the Hurricanes. At 5' 10" and 180 pounds he's not real big, but some scouts think he might be a "hidden gem", due to his quickness and elusiveness. Has a pretty good set of hands, too. If he runs faster than expected, could move up the draft charts a bit to the mid-rounds.

Ryne Robinson ~ Miami (Ohio) -- Smallish M.A.C. star had a monster senior season, collecting 91 receptions for 1,177 yards and 8 TD's. Great kick returner, who may get drafted based on his special teams ability. Robinson is also a legitimate pro baseball prospect.

Scott Mayle ~ Ohio University -- This 6' 1" West Virginia native never put up huge numbers (as expected) for the Bobcats after a strong sophomore season in 2004, but he's a track star that can run like the wind (sub 4.4) and offers potential on special teams as a kick returner. N.F.L. teams want speed and Mayle has plenty of that.

Akieem Jolla ~ New Mexico State -- 6' 3", 200 pound transfer from Miami-Florida has never really done much in college football -- 42 career receptions for 305 yards and 1 TD. On the surface it may seem insane, but we are told N.F.L. scouts seem to be very fascinated with his "potential".

Bobby Chase ~ Southern Methodist -- We think this 6' 4", 210 pound Irving, Texas native is a pretty good 7th round/free agent prospect. Reportedly runs a 4.5 40. If he can run that well for N.F.L. scouts, at his size, he'll be a player that will send teams scurrying for a closer look prior to the draft.

Logan Payne ~ Minnesota-- Super productive wide out for the Gophers the last two years. Possesses decent size (6' 2", 205 pounds), a nice pair of hands and is quick enough to help out as a punt returner. His draft stock will likely be determined by the speed he shows in workouts after the season.

Joel Filani ~ Texas Tech -- Tall target, who may or may not have the type of top notch speed N.F.L. teams look for. Has put up huge numbers the last two seasons, but top receivers always rack up big stats at Texas Tech. Will remind folks of current Philadelphia Eagles rookie Hank Basket.

Sonny Shackelford ~ Washington -- N.F.L. teams like this 6' 2" receiver that collected 50 receptions for 666 yards and 7 TD's this season for the Huskies. The former Beverly Hills High star isn't considering a top prospect, but if he runs well in the post-season, he could move into the middle frames of the draft.

Mike Walker ~ Central Florida -- Had a strong junior season in 2005 and did even better this season -- 90 rec. 1,177 yards and 7 TD's. 6' 2", 200 pound receiver with good hands can help himself with strong workouts after the season.

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Rivals.com SEC All-Conference teams.

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Rivals.com Big-10 All-Conference teams.

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Rivals.com Pac-10 All-Conference teams.

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Rivals.com A.C.C. All-Conference teams.

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Rivals.com Big East All-Conference teams.

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SI.com's college football All-American Team.

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Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny is scheduled to play in the Senior Bowl.

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Georgia Tech Cornerback Kenny Scott will play in the East-West Shrine Game.

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Georgia Tech defensive tackle Joe Anoai will play in the Las Vegas All-American Classic.

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Junior nose tackle Sedrick Ellis said Sunday that he would return for his final season of eligibility at U.S.C.

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Possible draft prospects for the Green Bay Packers.

DD.com Comment: Great article. Might be our best blog link in a while! Tons of inside info on a lot of top prospects from actual N.F.L. scouts....If the link above doesn't bring you to the article right away, try this link.

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Two page feature on Florida Gators quarterback Chris Leak.

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The N.F.L. Draft beckons for quarterback's Troy Smith and Brady Quinn.

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In-depth look at Pitt Panthers senior linebacker H.B. Blades.

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Georgia Junior defensive end Charles Johnson will submit paperwork to the NFL's Draft Advisory Panel, but he hasn't made a decision yet about returning for his senior season.

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Nevada-Reno seniors Anthony Pudewell and Joe Garcia have been selected to play in the annual Hula Bowl all-star game in Honolulu.

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The Detroit Lions must find the courage to draft a quarterback.

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The University of Louisiana at Lafayette announced on Saturday that the list of Cajuns seniors appearing in post-season all-star bowls is now up to three.

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Several University of Maine Black Bears drawing attention of N.F.L. scouts.

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Feature Story: The U.S.C. Trojans won't lose as many to the N.F.L....Running back Chauncey Washington and All-American tackle Sam Baker said Saturday that they would return for their final seasons of eligibility.

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Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Troy Smith, as expected, wins the Heisman Trophy.

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Northern Illinois tight end Jake Nordin has been invited to play in the North-South Inta Juice All-Star Classic.

DD.com Comment: Jake Nordin (ankle), who was injured in September, hopes to play in the Huskies upcoming Bowl game against T.C.U. He had 14 receptions for 159 yards in 4 games this season prior to the injury. The 6' 3", 260 pound Nordin is considered a potential Day 2 prospect due to his reliable hands and excellent blocking skills.

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Look at Georgia Tech's top prospects, with input from N.F.L.com draft analyst Gil Brandt.

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A.J. Hawk vs. Vernon Davis: Did Packers or 49ers come out ahead in the draft?

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Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn won’t win the Heisman Trophy, but so what?

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Southern California defensive end Lawrence Jackson told Trojans coach Pete Carroll on Thursday he would return for his senior season.

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Players to watch in today's 1-AA playoff game: No. 5 Youngstown State (11-2) at No. 1 Appalachian State (12-1), 4:00 (ESPN)

Youngstown State:

RB Marcus Mason -- 5' 9", 215 pound senior tailback was named the Gateway Football Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Has rushed for over 1,700 yards and scored 22 TD's this season.

OC Ryan Jewell -- 6' 4", 285 pound senior center is a dominate force on the Penguins outstanding offensive line.

DT Jim Phelan -- This former JUCO star was recently named First-Team All-Gateway. Y.S.U.'s official site states the 6' 3", 300 pound Phelan runs a 4.8 40.

CB Codera Jackon -- 5' 10", 180 senior is one the top defensive backs in I-AA. Former JUCO star has collected 9 Int's in his two seasons at Youngstown.

TE Louis Irizarry -- This junior was once the top rated high school tight end in America. Went to Ohio State, but was kicked out due to a long a list of off-field issues. Has kept himself on the right track at Youngstown, so far.

Appalachian State:

WR William Mayfield -- 6' 2" wide out was a big time deep threat for A.S.U. during the season -- collected 57 receptions for 1,022 yards. If he runs well in workouts, should get a shot in the N.F.L.

DE Marques Murrell -- High impact defensive end, who might be the best defender in DI-AA football. Has a pretty good chance of being drafted. Brother of former N.F.L. star Adrian Murrell, may project as an outside linebacker (6' 2, 230) at the next level.

TE Daniel Bettis -- Very athletic 6' 3", 245 senior tight end, who battled injuries most of the season. Can also play defensive end. Despite the injury plagued senior season, he should get a chance in the N.F.L. in some form -- Day 2 pick or free agent.

RB Kevin Richardson -- High impact 5' 9", 190 pound junior tailback has run for over 2,700 yards and scored 46 touchdowns the last two seasons.

OT Matt Isenhour -- The leader of a great offensive line -- 4 members were recently named First Team All-Southern Conference. Is only 6' 1", so he lacks ideal height to play tackle in the N.F.L.

SS Corey Lynch -- Extremely hard-hitting safety, has been an impact player since he arrived at A.S.U. Only a junior, the athletic Lynch teams with Jeremy Wiggins to give the Mountainers a great safety tandem.

Check out our most recently updated All-Star Game Rosters.

DD.com Comment: These are, obviously, partial rosters for the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine game -- confirmed invites. When we get more names we will add them to the list immediately, so check back for updates from time to time.

Also, for some inexplicable reason, the folks at the Hula Bowl took down their long list of invites -- which had about 76 names on it -- on Wednesday....If any of our readers happened to copy and paste the Hula Bowl rosters elsewhere, please send them to us via E-Mail or our "contact page" (upper right in the blog), so we can post it for all to read.

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Players to watch in tonight's 1-AA playoff game: No. 3 Massachusetts (12-1) at No. 2 Montana (12-1), 7:35 (ESPN2):

Massachusetts Minutemen:

RB Steve Baylark -- Florida native has been one of the best runners in Division I-AA football the last few seasons. Is considered an N.F.L. prospect (check today's blog for more info).

WR Brandon London -- Hard working receiver, who provides a big target (6' 4") for the quarterback Liam Coen. Had 9 TD's this season (check wednesday's blog for more info).

OT Matt Austin -- Only a junior, Austin is one of the most dominating linemen in the A-10.

OC Alex Miller -- This 6' 2", 290 pounder is considered one of the best centers in I-AA football. One of the Minutemen's team leaders.

LB Jason Hatchell -- Not real big at 6' 1", 225 pounds, but plays with speed and intensity. One of the better junior linebackers in I-AA football.

SS James Ihedigbo -- Very talented run-stopping and blitzing safety. Has had a great senior season. Good40 time will get him squarely on the radar of N.F.L. scouts, as a Day 2/free agent type prospect.



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QB Josh Swogger -- Full sized quarterback at 6' 5" and 238 pounds. Former starter in the Pac-10 at Washington State. Strong armed quarterback is an N.F.L. prospect.

WR Craig Chambers -- Only a junior, Chambers is an elite I-AA receiver. No surprise, as he's a former starter for the Washington Huskies.

WR Ryan Bagley -- This 6' 4", 210 pound junior provides a reliable target for Swogger. Grizzlies leading receiver during the season with 53 receptions.

OG Colin Dow -- Only a sophomore, but he's the Grizzlies top offensive lineman.

DE Kroy Biermann -- Elite junior defensive end in the Big Sky Conference. Great speed off the edge. Only 6' 3" and 230 pounds, however.

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Yahoo! Sports puts forth a lot of info in their weekly N.F.L. Draft look -- Senior Bowl roster updates, which juniors are considering leaving early for the N.F.L, Notre Dame coverage and more.

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11 Alabama Crimson Tide seniors heading to 4 different All-Stars games.

DD.com Comment: The organizers of the Senior Bowl -- the premiere college football all-star game -- are know to be "partial" towards SEC players. The likely reason is they need a large influx of players from SEC schools in order to generate local interest in the game and sell more tickets....Considering the Senior Bowl has a North vs. South format, we figure that some worthy prospects from the A.C.C. and Big 12 (which have a number of southern based schools) will not get Senior Bowl invites and wind up, instead, at the East-West Shrine game in Houston.

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With just a Heisman ceremony and BCS game to go, Brady Quinn's haze of hype begins to fade away.

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In-depth look at Ole Miss linebacker Patrick Willis, who won the Butkus Award last night.

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Look at some Fresno State Bulldogs from Kern County -- including fullback Roshon Vercher -- that hope to make it in the N.F.L.

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Closer look at standout Massachussetts running back Steve Baylark.

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Smallish Appalachian State linebacker Monte Smith impressing pro football scouts.

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Looks like the University of Massachussetts football program is considering jumping up to Division I-A.

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DD.com looks at 7 lesser known senior quarterbacks that have the potential to "surprise" during the upcoming draft process:

Justin Zwick ~ Ohio State -- We mentioned over the summer that the Buckeyes' coaching staff felt Zwick, a rarely used backup since October of 2005, had N.F.L. potential due to his size (6' 4", 225), arm strength and overall leadership abilities. Zwick is slated to play in the Hula Bowl, so he'll have a chance to follow in the footsteps of Brad Johnson, A.J. Feeley and Matt Cassel, who all went from college backups to N.F.L. rosters.

Jeff Rowe ~ Nevada -- Might be the best quarterback prospect that has not been invited to the Senior Bowl. Rowe is a smooth 6' 5", 225 pounder with a strong arm and great leadership skills. Fairly athletic player, who can run when the need arises. Will sort of remind draft followers of former Utah quarterback Alex Smith -- similar build and cerebral approach to the game. Scheduled to play in the East-West Shrine game.

Perry Patterson ~ Syracuse -- Did not have a great career at Syracuse and was never a fan favorite, by any means. However, despite the fact that his receivers really betrayed him last season, he improved significantly as a senior. Has the size, arm strength and athletic ability N.F.L. teams look for in a developmental quarterback. Also, give Patterson credit for losing a lot weight as a senior -- which helped his stamina and mobility. Jacksonville and Baltimore are a pair of teams that might look at him as a 3rd string option.

Sam Hollenbach ~ Maryland -- Is this kid the second coming of Frank Reich? Reich went from being a "solid" quarterback at Maryland in the mid 1980's to a longtime N.F.L. backup, who had some great games off the bench for the Bills in the 1990's. Like Reich did, Hollenbach has the size (6' 5", 215) and intelligence (he's the son of a former Big 10 QB) that N.F.L. teams look for in a potential backup. He's also a better athlete than most give him credit for and has a decent arm....Must, however, come up big in the Terps Bowl game against Purdue, as word is N.F.L. scouts were very disappointed with all the int's he threw in the last few weeks of the season.

Jared Zabransky ~ Boise State - "Z" is one of our favorite quarterbacks to watch. While he's not real big (6' 2", 200) and doesn't have a classic N.F.L. cannon arm, he is a gutty team-leader, who bounced back to have a great senior season for the undefeated Broncos. Ran the 40 yard dash in about 4.50 seconds for N.F.L. scouts last spring, so he might be viable candidate as a slash player -- quarterback/wide receiver/safety. Even though he's not a elite thrower, he's such a good athlete, he deserves a chance to make it somewhere on a roster, right?

Lester Ricard ~ Tulane -- No quarterback in the nation was in a tougher situation off the field in recent years, as Ricard was in post-Katrina New Orleans. His struggles in 2005 where understandable, but N.F.L. scouts have to love the way he's bounced back as a senior. Possesses N.F.L. size at 6' 4" and 225 pounds and has a strong arm. Still needs a lot of refinement, but he's a worthy developmental prospect. Will play in the Las Vegas All-American Classic.

Phil Horvath ~ Northern Illinois -- Was having a monster season as a junior in 2005, until an injury forced him to miss the last few games of that season. Fairly accurate quarterback, when he's healthy and has time to throw, with a decent arm and solid overall leadership skills. At 6' 3" and 200 pounds, he has enough size, but he'll need to do real well in Bowl games to help erase the memory of a fairly average senior season. Also, he's not real mobile. At this point, projects as a 7th round/free agent type prospect.

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Five Notre Dame stars added to the Senior Bowl roster, three more will play in other all-star games.

DD.com Comment: We'd be absolutely shocked if quarterback Brady Quinn played in the Senior Bowl. He has already done enough on the football field at Notre Dame to impress N.F.L. scouts and has nothing left prove. Matter of fact, Quinn's brother-in-law A.J. Hawk (former Ohio State star) was in the same situation last season and skipped the Senior Bowl, feeling there was nothing he could do to help his draft stock in Mobile....Yahoo! Sports reported last week that Notre Dame safety Tom Zbikowski, who is a senior with one season of college eligibility remaining, will be added to the Senior Bowl "if" he declares for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Our friend Bud in California has E-Mailed us about the lack of respect Ivy League prospects have been getting from All-Star game organizers. As Bud sagely points out, over 100 All-Star game invites have been sent out to small schoolers (mostly the East Coast Bowl and the Grid-Iron Classic), but no Ivy Leaguers have appeared on any rosters yet?

As we told Bud, we assume at least a few talented Ivy Leaguers will get invites to all-star games at some point. But, right now, it's not a given.....If the Ivy League athletes, as a group, are "snubbed", it would be a major farce, as Ivy leaguers seem to be the truest "student athletes" in college football. Also, if history is any guide, at least 5 to 6 Ivy League rookies make it onto preseason N.F.L rosters each year and many go on to have very solid pro careers.

Check out our preseason glance at the top Ivy League Prospects.

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Maryland offensive tackle Stephon Heyer has been invited to the Hula Bowl.

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Did the last name of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning get him drafted No. 1 overall in 2004?

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Check out a one round mock draft from our friends at footballsfuture.com.

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In-depth look at Penn State All-American linebacker Paul Posluszny.

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Closer look at Clemson wide receiver Chansi Stuckey, who will play in the Senior Bowl.

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L.S.U. student paper takes an in-depth look at the top prospects on the Tigers roster -- one scout says quarterback Jamarcus Russell is a potential top 10 pick.

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Nine Georgia Bulldogs -- including defensive end Quentin Moses -- accept invites to postseason all-star games.

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Rivals.com Coaching Carousel: Updates from around the nation on potential head coaching hires.

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Respected columnist Frank Deford writes predicting quarterback success is a difficult task for N.F.L. teams.

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Louisville Cardinals junior quarterback Brian Brohm said after Saturday’s game that he “definitely expected” to return for his senior season.

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Another look at promising James Madison quarterback Justin Ruscati, who will play in the Las Vegas All-American Classic.

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Breaking News: After considering leaving Nebraska early for the N.F.L. Draft, currently injured cornerback Zackary Bowman said Wednesday he has decided to stay in school and play for the Huskers next season.

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Division I-AA Mid-Major Football All-America Team

DD.com Comment: The name to take note of on the list above is Duquesne wide receiver Bruce Hocker. Only a junior, Hocker has garnered significant attention from N.F.L. scouts already. If he can turn in a big senior season for the Dukes next season, he'll squarely be on the N.F.L.'s Draft radar.

Some of the juniors from the University of San Diego are also solid future prospects....More immediately, Central Connecticut State running back Justise Hairston, a Rutgers transfer, has been getting some attention from N.F.L. teams. At worst, the powerful runner will sign as a rookie free agent -- perhaps with the Patriots, who's front office is run by former C.C.S.U. Blue Devil defensive tackle Scott Pioli.

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The Shreveport Times reports Tulane wide receiver Damarcus Davis has been selected to play in two postseason all-star games.

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A large group of Rutgers Scarlett Knights' capture All-Big East honors.

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Colorado State offensive tackle Clint Oldenburg has been invited to the East-West Shrine All-Star Game.

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Colorado State offensive tackle Josh Day has been invited to the Hula Bowl.

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Massachusetts Minutemen wide receiver Brandon London doing everything he can to get a chance to play in the N.F.L.

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Texas Longhorns guard/tackle Justin Blaylock's draft stock gains value by staying in school.

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Defensive end Charles Johnson leads a group of Georgia juniors who may consider the N.F.L. Draft.

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last updated: 12/05/06
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Minnesota Gophers star Matt Spaeth, a top tight end prospect, is uncertain of his Combine status due to a serious shoulder injury.

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Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny named to ESPN's Academic All-America Football Team.

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The coaches Mountain West Conference postseason football honors were recently announced.

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If you watch the Houston Cougars in their upcoming Liberty Bowl game against South Carolina, keep a close eye on sophomore defensive lineman Ell Ash, who came on strong the last month of the season and could have a very bright future in C-USA due to his unique blend of size, strength and overall athletic ability.

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The Coaches All-SEC Football Team was announced today.

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On-line draft expert projects Ole Miss linebacker Rory Johnson, who recently declared for the N.F.L. Draft, as a 5th to 6th round pick.

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The Deseret News in Utah reports Utah Utes cornerback Eric Weddle will play in the Senior Bowl.

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All-Star Update: Rosters for the Grid-Iron Classic All-Star game, which pits assorted DI-A players vs. a group of DI-AA stars.

DD.com Comment: Both sides (I-A and I-AA) have some Division II stars on their rosters.....Lane College (D-2) wide receiver Jacoby Jones, who is reportedly also going to the East-West Shrine game, "might be" the best prospect in the game.

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Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan named WAC's top offensive player....plus, 9 Warriors earn All-WAC first team honors.

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Ohio State sophomore linebacker James Laurinaitis has won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy.

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Quarterback Brady Quinn helps restore the glamour back to Notre Dame's football program.

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Rory Johnson's leaving early for the N.F.L. depletes the Rebels linebacking corps.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars need more big games from wide receiver Matt Jones.

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A link to Mel Kiper's most recently updated Top 25 Big Board.

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Introducing Draft Daddy's Sophomore All-American Team:

QB Nate Longshore ~ California

RB Darren McFadden ~ Arkansas

RB Steve Slaton ~ West Virginia

WR Sidney Rice ~ South Carolina

WR James Hardy ~ Indiana

WR DeSean Jackson ~ California

TE Martellus Bennett ~ Texas A&M

OT Jared Gaither ~ Maryland

OT Alex Boone ~ Ohio State

OT Ryan Clady ~ Boise State

OG Jeremy Perry ~ Oregon State

OC Eric Wood ~ Louisville



DE Calais Campbell ~ Miami (Florida)

DE Tyson Jackson ~ Louisiana State

DT Ryan Baker ~ Purdue

DT Marlon Favorite ~ Louisiana State

LB Brian Cushing ~ Southern California

LB James Laurinaitis ~ Ohio State

LB Rey Maualuga ~ Southern California

CB Malcolm Jenkins ~ Ohio State

CB Aqib Talib ~ Kansas

S Kenny Phillips ~ Miami (Florida)

S Anthony Scirrotto ~ Penn State

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last updated: 12/04/06
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DD.com Warning: Due to a technical error, we lost most of the stories from today's blog and some from Sunday night. We hope to re-visit some of the top features we accidently deleted in the near future.

But, in the meantime, the big story of the day was Ole Miss junior linebacker Rory Johnson officially announcing he would enter the upcoming draft -- check Friday's and Saturday's blog for more info on him.

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In less than two years of playing football, Oregon wide receiver Jordan Kent has added polish to his worlds of natural talent and is attracting N.F.L. scouts.

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Towson State's 6'5", 325 pound left tackle Jermon Bushrod will be playing in the first annual Inta Juice North-South All-Star Classic.

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In-depth feature on Penn State senior linebacker Paul Posluszny, with a short scouting report from N.F.L. Hall Famer Jack Ham.

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Gifted Cal-Berkley tailback Marshawn Lynch takes seat on bench after miscues -- was yesterday the juniors' last Pac-10 game?

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Featured Link: The physics behind kicking a field goal -- with input from Colorado All-American kicker Mason Crosby.

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In-Forum Sports reports Grand Valley defensive tackle Derrick Jones is starting to get some attention from N.F.L. scouts.

DD.com Comment: The link above doesn't have Jones' senior season stats, but he clearly had a breakout season for the Lakers: 57 tackles, 17.5 TFL's and 9.5 sacks....We aren't sure how highly regarded Jones is, but he "looks the part" of an N.F.L. prospect -- good height, weight and athletic ability. He'll get a shot in some form.

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DD.com Mailbag S.K.: After looking around for some possible nose tackle prospects I came across an interesting name: Marquay Love from the University of Houston. He has put up some pretty good numbers over the past couple of years as a true nose tackle in a 3-4. I was wondering why he is harldy mentioned as a prospect and what your thoughts about him are? Thanks.

DD.com Reply: Thanks for the E-Mail S.K. You are right, in terms of production, Love has ranked up there with the best of them - and is comparable to others on our list. He simply fell through the cracks and should be at least mentioned on our nose tackle list.

Going forward, the questions with this player are going to be his height and weight - he is listed at 6' even and 310 pounds. That might be good enough, but if he measures even a shade small on either of those counts he might be marginalized as an undersized player. The optimal body type for an NFL nose tackle is someone like Ted Washington (about 6' 5', 365), but players like that are hard to find. So, realistically, 6' to 6' 3" and over 300 pounds is what N.F.L. teams look for. Love might slip into that category, but only barely - this might be his biggest flaw from a scouting perspective. Nonetheless, definately a player to watch, pending spring workouts.

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In depth feature on rising Hawaii junior quarterback Colt Brennan.

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Quick glance at Georgia Tech offensive tackle/N.F.L. prospect Mansfield Wrotto.

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New Mexico State cornerback Courtney Bryan is drawing attention from N.F.L. scouts.

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Tight end Samuel Smith is one several Florida International Panthers hoping to be drafted.

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More info on Rory Johnson, Ole Miss linebacker, who is considering an early jump into the N.F.L. Draft.

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Michigan State wide receiver Matt Trannon forgoes hoops to heal for N.F.L. draft.

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It's quite possible Rory Johnson’s first season as an Ole Miss Rebel might be his last, the junior linebacker is considering an early jump into the N.F.L. Draft.

DD.com Comment: Rory is overshadowed a bit by All-American linebacker Patrick Willis on the Rebels defense, but he's a good athlete, an extremely intense competitor and a productive football player. The 6' 1', 235 pound JUCO transfer registered 94 tackles (3 TFL's) and a half of a sack for the Rebs' during the season. Be that as it may, we aren't quite sure if jumping to the N.F.L. early, after just one season of S.E.C. ball, is a wise move. Good luck to Rory, either way.

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All-Star Update: An updated list of about 75 players already invited to the Hula Bowl.

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Featured Link: An economist looks at the importance of doing well on draft day, and explains this is why the Patriots -- led by Bill Belichick, who has a degree in economics -- have been so successful recently, while the Washington Redskins have struggled.

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Jaguars place quarterback Byron Leftwich on IR; future with team in doubt.

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Okay, since we miss the steady stream of B.Y.U. fans visiting our site to tell us how horrible we are (and Utah Utah Utes fans coming to praise us), we've decided to responded to a couple of the dozens and dozens of E-Mails we've gotten in the last 2 days on a separate page. We did this, because we don't want to clutter our blog news with this civil little feud between Draft Daddy and B.Y.U. fans.

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Hot Link: Yahoo! Sports puts forth a lot of quality info in their weekly N.F.L. Draft look -- Senior Bowl roster updates, which juniors are considering leaving early for the N.F.L, East Coast Bowl coverage and more.

DD.com Comment: We've known for a while Notre Dame safety Tommy Zbikowski wanted to leave early for the N.F.L. He basically told the media this over the summer -- soon after we went to watch him box at Madison Square Garden....Considering his request to play in the Senior Bowl has been granted, we'd guess it's almost certain he'll leave early. Although we are sure coach Charlie Weiss may try to get him to reconsider before he officially announces.

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Are James Madison (D1-AA) stars Corey Davis and Justin Ruscatti potential N.F.L. draft picks?

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Notre Dame redshirt junior tight end John Carlson one of three finalists for the Mackey Award.

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Syracuse cornerback Tanard Jackson selected for the very prestigious Senior Bowl.

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Timing leaves Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith as the Heisman favorite.

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Former U.S.C. tailback Reggie Bush got the hype, but U.C.L.A.'s Maurice Drew was worthy of some notice too.

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