NFL Draft
NCAA Football
Your Ad Here Firefox 3

last updated: 04/29/07
****

We just posted a list of "about" 200 Notable Undrafted Free Agents.

****

Former University of South Florida wide receiver S.J. Green has signed a contract with Montreal of the Canadian Football League.

****

Former Rutgers defensive lineman Ramel Meekins has signed with the Indianapolis Colts.

Former Rutgers center Darnell Stapleton has signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

****

Former Florida Gators quarterback Chris Leak has signed with the Chicago Bears.

Former Kansas University running back Jon Cornish is turning down multiple N.F.L. undrafted free-agent offers to join the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.

****

The Fourth round has started, follow all this weekend's draft picks: NFL.com's Draft Tracker

****

NFL.com reports that the Raiders have agreed to trade Randy Moss to the Patriots for a fourth-round draft pick.

****

If you are looking for news links for all 32 N.F.L. franchises, checkout The Red Zone.

****

For more updated draft news check out Rotoworld.com.

***

Top 20 prospects still on the board, according to DD.com's Top 100 ranking prior to the draft:

55 DE Brian Robison ~ Texas

62 DB Tanard Jackson ~ Syracuse

71 OT Doug Free ~ Northern Illinois

72 DT Antonio Johnson ~ Mississippi State

74 WR Aundrae Allison ~ East Carolina

75 LB H.B. Blades ~ Pittsburgh

76 LB Brandon Siler ~ Florida

78 DT Paul Soliai ~ Utah

79 LB Antwan Barnes ~ Florida International

80 RB Antonio Pittman ~ Ohio State

84 TE Ben Patrick ~ Delaware

86 OT Allen Barbre ~ Missouri Southern

88 LB Tim Shaw ~ Penn State

89 PK Mason Crosby ~ Colorado

92 CB Courtney Brown ~ Cal-Poly

94 DB Josh Gattis ~ W.F.U.

98 DT Marcus Thomas ~ Florida

99 LB Zak Deossie ~ Brown

UN S John Wendling ~ Wyoming

UN OT Jermon Bushrod ~ Towson

****

We thought the Detroit Lions did a decent job on the first day of the draft, but we could not help but laugh at this Lions fan's take of Matt Millen's Draft Board!

****
last updated: 04/28/07
****

Draft Day 1 Recap

DD.Comment: Congratulations to all the players, the fans and the league for an eventful and memorable day one. Here are some snap judgments, things we believed were positive aspects of draft day one.

Remember to tune in Sunday and Monday for more reaction and our constant undrafted free agent updates. We have built a nice network of contacts since 2004 and could post some free agents signings before the media gets them.

Fine showings:

> Arizona offensive tackle Levi Brown might seem like a reach at 5, but he will be an excellent protector of lefty quarterback Matt Leinart's blind side from his more natural right tackle position.

> Miami selecting quarterback John Beck: To fan of this player, the day belongs to you. Enjoy it and please check back down the road. Let's just hope, if Beck is a "Drew Brees clone", he develops faster than Brees. The Chargers traded for Phillip Rivers' rights in the spring of 2004 because they felt Drew did not "have it" going into his 4th season. Rivers held out and Brees got another shot. But at Beck's age, he'll already be 29 heading into his 4th season....Center Samson Satele will contribute to the interior quickly.

> Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones got a pure pass rusher in Anthony Spencer and took out the stick to Cleveland G.M, Phil Savage in trade negotiations.

> Minnesota taking Adrian Peterson, Sidney Rice, Marcus McCauley: A franchise that needs playmakers rolls the dice on some flashy ones; risky but big upside for all three day one picks.

> The Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons & Buffalo Bills were teams that leveraged their position and got players that fell through the cracks at every junction. They filled needs while drafting for value.

> Quarterback Kevin Kolb going to Philly: An underrated performer, Kolb fits the offense Andy Reid wants to run -- quick drops, fast reads, rollouts and the short passing game. The Birds needed a plan if Donovan McNabb gets hurt, this was a pick many didn't give them the guts to make.

> Quality over quantity: The New England Patriots and Washington Redskins each end the day with only one player, but both are excellent safety prospects. The Patriots trade was a typical Bellichek heist....Cornerback Josh Wilson and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane to Seattle Seahawks won't make national headlines but both show promise....Cornerback Darrelle Revis & linebacker David Harris went to the New York Jets, who moved up twice to get instant defensive contributors.

We try to keep it positive here but one negative comment has to be made, not about any team or prospect but to the event in general:

Poor Form:

< Time between picks. There has to be some feasible way to speed this thing up. Maybe everyone gets 10 minutes and if a team wants 15 minutesthey pay a certain amount of money to charity, if a team wants to use the max at least it's for a good cause.

Day 1 blog from nfldraftguys.com who attended the event.

***

Pete Prisco's first-round draft analysis pick by pick.

**

Tech tip to search the archives: go to the Draftlink search bar on DD home page (or any google tool bar) and type site:draftdaddy.com (or your favorite draft site) before a player name and see what draft fans have been saying for months about a prospect without navigating through the site.

****

Follow all this weekend's draft picks: NFL.com's Draft Tracker

****

Former Florida State linebacker Lawrence Timmoms could drop into the second round.

****

Buffalo could choose California running back Marshawn Lynch with the No. 12 pick if a trade for Michael Turner fails.

****

Prospect News Features:

Former New Mexico linebacker Quincy Black

Former Rutgers/Central Connecticut running back Justise Hairston

Former Texas A&M stars Melvin Bullitt & Justin Warren

Former Eastern Michigan wide receiver Eric DesLauriers

Former U.S.C. linebacker Oscar Lua

Former Younstown State fullback Deke Ison

Former Northern Iowa Panthers

Former Fresno State safety Josh Sherley

Former Northeastern tight end Kendrick Ballantyne

Former U.S.C. wide receiver Steve Smith

Former East Stroudsburg wide receiver Evan Prall

Former University of Florida wide receiver Jemalle Cornelius

Former University of Alabama linebacker Juwan Simpson

Former South Florida linebacker Stephen Nicholas

Former University of Houston linebacker Wade Koehl

Former Purdue defensive end Anthony Spencer

****

According to the NFL Network, the Tennessee Titans are expected to acquire wide receiver Mike Williams from the Detroit Lions for an undisclosed draft choice.

****

ESPN.com: The Oakland Raiders are set to take Jamarcus Russell first, according to sources.

DD.comment: So, if the Raiders, in fact, select Russell first overall and Miami selects Brady Quinn at number nine (as Michael Smith suggests), what other teams should be in the market for a potential starting quarterback in the top 2 rounds?

We think the Lions will certainly select a quarterback in round 2, or trade into round 1 to get their future signal caller. Our selection would be Trent Edwards of Stanford for the Lions. After that, it's been said Cleveland and Minnesota will be looking for quarterbacks, but should they go in that direction?

If Russell, Quinn or, perhaps, Edwards are available we think the Browns and Vikings would be wise to jump after them. But ask yourself this: Are Drew Stanton and new media darling John Beck that much better than Charlie Frye and Travaris Jackson and worthy of being early 2 round picks? Stanton might be. He has tremendous potential, but he's a bit of project and Beck is already older than both Frye and Jackson and it's not likely he'll step in right away and turn those two struggling franchises around quickly.

Both teams may be better off using their 2nd round picks to fill other needs, then they can look for "value" at the quarterback position in rounds 3 to 5. And, if Frye and Jackson falter next season, they can attempt to address the quarterback situation in the first round of the next draft.

****

DD.comment: Isn't it weird how a lot of pundits in the mainstream media make the case that the Oakland Raiders don't really need wide receiver Calvin Johnson, then turn around the very next second and say the Lions should grab Calvin Johnson quickly!

The iorny here is Raiders top wide outs are veterans Randy Moss and Jerry Porter, who had terrible 2006 seasons, by their own standards. Both seemed disintrested last season and made it obvious they wanted to get of Oakland as soon as possible. Meanwhile, Roy Williams made the Pro Bowl for Detroit and the Lions other starting wide receiver, Mike Furrey, led the N.F.C. in receptions (98), only one season after leading the Rams with 4 interceptions as their starting free safety in 2005.

You tell us which team needs a top-notch wide reciver like Calvin Johnson more? And you can't say the Raiders need a quarterback more than the Lions, because Jon Kitna is only Detroit's answer at quarterback in his own mind. I tell you, we can't figure out this wacky media and their logic sometimes.

****

Despite leading D-1 football with 17 sacks last season, former Western Michigan University linebacker Ameer Ismail could go undrafted.

****

Closer look at former Northern Illinois tight end Jake Nordin.

****

It looks like the Washington Redskins are eying former L.S.U. safety LaRon Landry.

****

At least six former Grand Valley State Lakers are hoping to sign with N.F.L. teams.

****

The long-rumored trade that would bring Oakland wide receiver Randy Moss to the Green Bay Packers moved considerably closer to reality Friday night as the teams were discussing the parameters of a deal.

****

According to multiple league sources, the St. Louis Rams and Denver Broncos are expected to make final trade offers for veteran defensive tackle Kris Jenkins today.

****

San Francisco and division rival Seattle are close to finalizing a trade that would send 'Hawks wide receiver Darrell Jackson to the 49ers, according to a source.

****
last updated: 04/26/07
****

Check out this One Round Mock Draft from Realfootball365.com.

****

Jarrett Bell of USA Today takes an in-depth look at quarterback Jamarcus Russell.

****

Respected NFL.com Senior Analyst Gil Brandt takes a comprehensive look at the top Quarterback Prospects.

DD.comment: We think Mr. Brandt's quarterback rankings are the best we've seen in print or on the Net. Maybe we think this way because his rankings are very similar to Our Own Quarterback Rankings.

****

Former U.S.C. center Ryan Kalil has dramatically improved his stock in the N.F.L. draft and could be a first-round pick.

DD.comment: The link above mentions Kalil is engaged to Natalie Nelson. Here is a video of Kalil dancing with Nelson and the other U.S.C. song girls.

****

Closer look at some potential N.F.L. prospects from Harvard University.

****

Are the Minnesota Vikings an ideal fit for quarterback Brady Quinn?

****

Yahoo! Sports final Two Round Mock Draft.

*****

Yahoo! Sports does a good job looking at 10 prospects Not invited to the Combine that could surface as either mid-to-late round draft picks or potential summer gems.

*****

USAToday: NFL draft needs -- A.F.C. West

USAToday: NFL draft needs -- N.F.C. West

USAToday: NFL draft needs -- A.F.C. South

USAToday: NFL draft needs -- N.F.C. South

USAToday: NFL draft needs -- A.F.C. East

USAToday: NFL draft needs -- N.F.C. East

USAToday: NFL draft needs -- A.F.C. North

USAToday: NFL draft needs -- N.F.C. North

****

Buffalobills.com takes an in-depth look at former Oregon State safety Sabby Piscitelli.

****

FOXSports.com: Best and Worst drafts of the last decade.

****

New Orleans signs defensive end Charles Grant to a long term extension that could be worth up to $63 million.

****

The Kansas City Chiefs quickly dispelled rumors they are shopping Pro Bowl running back Larry Johnson before the N.F.L. draft.

****

The Indianapolis Colts have lost both starting cornerbacks from their Super Bowl victory, having declined to match an offer sheet Jason David signed with New Orleans.

DD.comment: The Colts will receive a fourth-round pick in this weekend's draft from New Orleans as compensation.

****

SI.com: Teams wary of running back Adrian Peterson's health after here-injured his collarbone in Fiesta Bowl.

****

SI.com looks at some last minute Risers and Sliders.

****

USAToday: Secrecy and gamesmanship dominate N.F.L. Draft Ploys.

****

The Jacksonville Jaguars could draft a quarterback, but there's much to consider.

DD.comment: We think the real story here is Jags head coach Jack Del Rio is starting to feel some pressure due to his teams underacheiving a bit and he would like to have some different options at quarterback. The problem for Del Rio is the man making the calls on draft day is former N.F.L. quarterback James Harris (Jags G.M. & V.P. of Player Personnel) and he has a lot invested in Byron Leftwich and David Garrad.

Harris took some heat from the fans and the media when he first got to Jacksonville (from Baltimore) and almost immediately moved out a still fairly young and effective local icon like Mark Brunell to start all over with Leftwich. Deep down, we feel it won't be easy for Harris to just let Leftwich slip away before his rookie contract expires. Also, the fact that Garrad was given a sizeable contract extention in the spring of 2005 indicates that the front office really did like his chances to succeed at one point. So, unless the Jags can get some value in a trade for him, he's not going anywhere.

Our guess is the Jags stay with Leftwich and Garrard at the top of their depth chart for at least one more season. If they fail to perform at a higher level, expect major changes to occur at quarterback after next season. Question is, will Harris and Del Rio even be around to select another quarterback if the Jags fail to make the playoffs again?

Check out our Jacksonville Jaguars draft projections in this 7 Round Mock Draft.

*****

Former Miami Hurricane Brandon Meriweather is among the top safeties in draft, but off-field issues may impact his draft status.

*****

More Prospect News Features:

Former L.S.U. wide receiver/return specialist Craig Davis

Former Stanford quarterback Trent Edwards

Former University of Florida linebacker Brandon Siler

Former Cal-Berkely running back Marshawn Lynch

Former University of Maine nose tackle Mike DeVito

Former Louisiana Tech wide receiver Johnathan Holland

Former University of Michigan cornerback Leon Hall

Former University of Miami linebacker Jon Beason

Former University of Wisconsin linebacker Mark Zalewski

Former University of Wisconsin free safety Roderick Rogers

Former University of Washington quarterback Isaiah Stanback

Former University of Tennessee defensive tackle Turk McBride

Former Michigan State Spartans

Former University of Colorado place kicker Mason Crosby

Former Cal-Poly stars Kyle Shotwell & Courtney Brown

Former Cal-Davis Aggies

Former San Jose State wide receiver James Jones

Former Central Arkansas wide receiver Aaron Fairooz

Former Marshall running back Ahmad Bradshaw

**********

Tim Layden, SI.com: The N.F.L. Draft has become the nation's biggest sports event.

****

Prospect News Features:

Former Arkansas defensive end Jamaal Anderson

Former Hofstra wide receiver Shaine Smith

Former Howard University cornerback Geoff Pope

Former Boston College safety Ryan Glasper

Former James Madison Dukes

Former B.Y.U. quarterback John Beck

Former Nebraska defensive end Jay Moore

Former West Virginia linebacker Kevin McLee

Former Florida defensive tackle Marcus Thomas

Former West Virginia center Dan Mozes

Former South Carolina wide receiver Sidney Rice

Former Toledo defensive tackle J.P. Bekasiak

Former Fresno State center Kyle Young

****
last updated: 04/25/07
****

DD.com's Updated Postional Rankings: Just click the arrow above the top quarterback's photo to check other postions!

Top 10 Prospects: These players should be among the first chosen at their respective positions. Top 10 prospects & prospects on the cusp of the Top 10.

Big School Surprise: Prospects that attended Division 1-A schools and project as Day 2 draft picks/priority free agents.

Top Small Schoolers: Mostly Division 1-AA stars, with a smattering of D-2, D-3 and N.A.I.A. prospects sprinkled into the mix.

DD.comment: If you notice the likes of Craig Davis and Steve Breaston are missing from the wide receiver list, please check our list of top kick returners.

************

The New York Times: Former Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson has no baggage and a seat in first class.

****

Former University of Cincinnati cornerback/Big East 100 meter champion John Bowie hopes to be drafted.

****

Former Virginia Tech safety Aaron Rouse stays positive leading up to the N.F.L. draft.

****

SI.com: Head-to-head comparison between Mel Kiper and Mike Mayock.

****

NFL.com Senior Analyst Gil Brandt ranks the Top Running Backs.

****

SI.com Photos: Top 20 Draft Classes since the NFL-AFL Merger in 1970.

****

USA Today's Matt Pitzer explains his five surest bets, fastest risers, long-term investments and non-Division I picks in this weekends N.F.L. draft.

****

Former Nebraska running back Brandon Jackson not second-guessing decision to go pro.

****

Thanks to some encouraging words by an ESPN.com writer yesterday, Brigham Young fans feel very positive about soon-to-be 26 year old quarterback John Beck's draft chances.

DD.comment: For more of our thoughts on Beck, check the bottom of today's blog....Also, nice retro photo of Brian Billick as a contestant on a 1970's game show in the 2nd link!

****

Former Coastal Carolina quarterback Tyler Thigpen has signed a potentially lucrative deal with Reebok.

****

Steelersfever.com's Q&A with former Oklahoma State defensive tackle Ryan McBean.

****

Closer look at former Grand Valley State quarterback Cullen Finnerty, who may sign with Calgary (C.F.L.) if he is not drafted this weekend.

****

USAToday looks at the 3rd best quarterback prospects: Making a case for Trent Edwards.

****

USAToday looks at the 3rd best quarterback prospects: Making a case for Drew Stanton.

****

The St. Louis Rams have acquired wide receiver/kick returner Dante Hall for a fifth-round selection in this weekend's draft.

****

Site News: Check out our recently updated 7 Round Mock Draft.

****

Prospect News Features:

Former Ohio State fullback Stan White Jr. and Notre Dame defensive end Victor Abiamiri

Former North Dakota State Coyotes.

Former Louisiana State running back Justin Vincent

Former Louisiana State defensive end Chase Pittman

Former Mississippi State defensive tackle Antonio Johnson

Former Duke cornerback John Talley

Former Ohio State wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr.

Former Rutgers/Central Connecticut running back Justise Hairston

Former Tennessee defensive tackle Justin Harrell

Former Nebraska fullback Dane Todd

Former Central Arkansas defensive end Jacob Ford

****

Lee Jenkins of The New York Times takes an in-depth look at, perhaps, the biggest N.F.L. Draft Sleeper -- defensive tackle Walter Thomas.

DD.comment: We thank the New York Times for the pre-draft link. The Times has a great sports section and we are honored that they have advertised with us since 2005 (via banner ads) and have now linked our site on their pages....Also, we'd like to thank our friend Sigmund Bloom from the NFLdraftguys.com, who actually covered Walter Thomas and the other prospects at the Texas vs. Nation All-Star Classic for our web site.

****

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have quantity at the quarterback position, but do they have the quality of a Brady Quinn or Jamarcus Russell?

****

Former Utah defensive back Eric Weddle has been told he projects as a 2nd round pick.

****

The Jacksonville Jaguars claim they will start looking more carefully at a prospects "character".

****

Is former Michigan linebacker David Harris flying up the draft charts?
DD.comment
: The above link has quick draft projections for 37 prospects from four different Michigan Colleges.

****

A good showing before scouts has injured Clemson standout Anthony Waters’ draft stock on the upswing.

****

Quick look at former Northern Illinois offensive tackle/N.F.L. prospect Doug Free.

****

The New York Times looks at the Top Wide Receivers in the upcoming N.F.L. draft.

****

Rick Gosselin: Four years as a starter makes former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn a safe draft pick.

DD.comment: The above link should work. You might have to, however, scroll down about 12 inches, as the page may not be set properly.

****

Former Michigan wide receiver Steve Breaston hopes to show he's more than just a kick returner.

****

Closer look at former Pitt Panthers middle linebacker H.B. Blades.

****

N.F.L. teams rarely fumble draft secrets.

****

Laser eye surgery has helped former L.S.U. wide receiver Dwayne Bowe gain focus.

****

DD.com E-Mail [Cougar Fan]: I'm not trying to slam you or criticize you. I'm just curious where you have Brigham Young quarterback John Beck now. I know you haven't thought highly of him and now he's getting some love from Sports Center. Chris Mortenson said that Beck might be the steal of the draft, could be a Drew Brees type QB, and could see him being the 3rd QB drafted. Has your opinion changed at all?

DD.com Reply:

Cougar Fan, our opinions haven't changed that much, although we have bumped him to 7 (from 10) in our quarterback rankings. We still think he's a forth or fifth round talent, who could be drafted a round (or so) higher, if a team falls in love with him.

What we like about Beck: He has a quick release and possesses a stronger arm than we expected. He hangs tough in the pocket and can spread the ball around fairly well. He is a very intelligent quarterback, who didn't get intercepted a lot in 2005 and 2006. Also, he's a better athlete than most give him credit for, running a 4.7 flat at the Combine. That's pretty good for a quarterback, who probably did very little speed training during his career.

What we don't love about Beck: He's not real big at 6' 2" and not that bulky, so you have to worry about durability issues -- can he take the pounding quarterbacks must endure at the next level? His age (he'll be 26 soon) would be a concern to us, as you have to wonder how much upside potential he has at this point. Also, as NFL Network guru Mike Mayock has pointed out, the fairly low release point on his throws, coupled with his average height, could lead to a lot of his passes being batted down in the N.F.L. And, finally, despite all the great numbers B.Y.U. quarterbacks have posted over the last few decades, when is the last time a former Cougars quarterback came into the N.F.L. and made a significant difference? Might have to go all the way back to the early 1980's and Steve Young.

While some may see Beck as a Drew Brees clone, we see him as a stronger-armed version of Joe Germaine -- former Ohio State quarterback, who was selected 101st overall in 1999. Maybe Beck will have a very good N.F.L. career, we all just have to wait and see how he does at the next level. We certainly have nothing against him personally, we just have a different opinion than the folks over at CougarBoard.com, who seem to believe he's a significantly better prospect than Brandon Doman was.

**** ****
last updated: 04/24/07
****

The Washington Redskins' draft strategy centers on late round picks and rookie free agents.

****

Link to Tom Marino's comprehensive N.F.L. Draft Rankings.

****

Check out Mel Kiper's very recently updated Top 25 Big Board.

****

USAToday's List of Top 400 Draft Prospects.

****

Former Michigan defensive tackle Alan Branch has N.F.L. potential and question marks.

****

Amazing video of 4 year old child injured at a recent Colorado State football scrimmage.

****

Outside linebacker Lawrence Timmons is the lone Florida State prospect projected for N.F.L. draft's first round.

****

Number One Overall Pick Update:
***

Sportsline reports the Oakland Raiders are seriously pursuing a trade for Miami Dolphins quarterback Daunte Culpepper, which would clear a path for the Raiders to select wide receiver Calvin Johnson number one overall.

**

ESPN's John Clayton reports the Oakland-Miami deal is contingent upon Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green being traded to the Dolphins.

**

The news that AFC West rival Denver made two offers to the Lions for 2 overall for Johnson probably irked Al Davis.

**

NFL insider Rick Gosselin's latest mock seems to reflect this thinking.

DD.comment: Deal or no, the writing is on the wall, Al Davis doesn't want to draft a quarterback at number one and he doesn't want a superstar Calvin Johnson in the division. After everyone changes their mocks, remember we have been projecting C.J. to Oakland for months.

****

Extensive work was put into in Warroomreport 7 round mock and Draft Guys 762 prospects.

*****

Chick Ludwig from The Dayton Daily News looks at 10 Potential Draft Sleepers.

****

Dave Goldberg: Troubled players may slip on draft day, but probably wont slip too far.

DD.Comment: This is consistent with what our "inside source" (an A.F.C. team employee) at the Combine told us a few weeks ago. While most N.F.L. teams will publicly state that character is very important, they will tend to overlook some obvious flaws if the player is talented enough -- i.e. Brandon Merriweather and Eric Wright.

Our source did say, however, that fringe prospects (5th to 7th round types) with troubled histories could completely fall off most teams' draft boards, as coaches and G.M.'s simply don't want to deal with potential problems from players with limited potential.

****

New York Times: Former U.T.E.P. quarterback Jordan Palmer is no Hand-Me-Down.

DD.Comment: In our most recently updated 7 Round Mock Draft we are projecting Jordan Palmer going to the Cincinnati Bengals in round 6. While he may want a chance to start early in his career, it won't likely happen. No better person to learn from than older brother/friend Carson Palmer.

*****

Rivals.com: Top 10 Rising Prospects & Top 10 Falling prospects.

****

Prospect News Features:

Former Purdue defensive end Anthony Spencer

Former Arkansas offensive tackle Tony Ugoh

Former Cal-Berkeley cornerback Daymeion Hughes

Former Colorado place kicker Mason Crosby

Former University of Texas cornerback Aaron Ross

Former Rutgers running back Brian Leonard

Former Ole Miss linebacker Patrick Willis

Former Kent State cornerback Usama Young

Former Michigan cornerback Leon Hall

Former Boston College guard Josh Beekman

Former Miami tight end Greg Olsen

****

Is Rutgers running back Brian Leonard the next Mike Alstott?

****

USA Today: More teams place premium on selecting Talented Safeties .

****

The Washington Redskins like L.S.U. safety LaRon Landry, but drafting isn't that easy.

****

Former Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny would love to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

****

Former Pitt cornerback Darrelle Revis could be selected by the the Pittsburgh Steelers.

****

Closer look at some N.F.L. Draft prospects from the San Francisco Bay Area.

****

Another lean year for prospects from the University of Washington?

****

Quick look at Notre Dame safety Tom Zbikowski, who decided to stay in school in order to improve his draft stock.

****

Miami-Florida junior safety Anthony Reddick tore his ACL and will likely miss the upcoming season.

****

Top prospects from Historically Black Colleges & Universities vie for respect on draft day.

*****

Five N.F.L. teams are interested in acquiring Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs.

****
last updated: 04/20/07
**

The Green Bay Packers seem to be very interested in former Cal-Berkeley running back Marshawn Lynch.

****

Dallas News writer Rick Gosselin takes an in-depth look at the top Wide Receiver Prospects.

DD.comment: The above link should work. You might have to, however, scroll down about 12 inches, as the page may not be set properly.

****

By next Friday, unrestricted free agent cornerback Jason David will know whether he'll spend the next four seasons in Indianapolis or New Orleans.

DD.comment: If the Colts let Jason David leave, they will receive New Orleans' current fourth-round draft pick as compensation.

****

What will the first overall pick produce for the Oakland Raiders.

****

Respected NFL.com Senior Analyst Gil Brandt looks at the top Tight End Prospects.

****

N.B.A. Draft News:

***

Freshman phenom Greg Oden of the Ohio State Buckeyes declares for the N.B.A. Draft.

**

The Portland Trail Blazers win tiebreaker for draft position over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

**

Nevada-Reno juniors Marcelus Kemp and Ramon Sessions have declared for the N.B.A. Draft.

****

Site News: Check out our recently completed 7 Round Mock Draft.


DD.comment: We made a change to account for the fact that the Dolphins recently picked up another 7th round pick. Also, we corrected some errors we originally made and shuffled the board a bit. We made fairly significant changes to the Bills, Vikings, 49ers, Bears and Texans draft boards.

We'd like to thank Bill, who contributes at NFLfans.com, for helping us polish up the 7th round mock.

****

NFL's Players Association upset about marijuana leak.

****

NFL.com Senior Analyst Pat Kirwan: Draft questions and answers.

****

Former Oregon wide receiver Jordan Kent impresses during a recent workout.

****

Could Tennessee draft a Defensive End in the first round?

****

PFT Rumors: Calvin Johnson and Jamarcus Russell are engaged in contract negotiations with the Raiders. Also, is Alan Branch's stock falling due to multiple stress fractures?

***

Historically, the second round is sometimes better than the first.

****

Patriots.com profiles the wide receiver crop.

***

NFL draft analyst Gil Brandt calls this "one of the most interesting drafts of all time....Everybody knows who the top 10 players are, but nobody knows what team is going to take them and in what order they're going."

Brandt also believes Kent State cornerback Usama Young will be the earliest drafted non-combine invitee.

****

New York Jets are being quiet about their draft plans.

DD.comment: Many mock drafts have the Jets selecting cornerback at 25. While this is a need and definitely possible, remember that HC Eric Mangini has a history of turning mid to late round selections, even undrafted players into servicable cornerbacks with the Patriots. Not many other franchises have that skill in their coaching staff, and for that reason we believe the team will go in a different direction unless a top prospect falls through the cracks.

**

Tom Curran looks at the interior offensive linemen.

***
last updated: 04/19/07
**

Miami does not match Rams' offer for punter Donnie Jones; Dolphins pick up an extra 7th round pick as compensation.

****

Respected Dallas News writer Rick Gosselin takes an in-depth look at the top Linebacker Prospects.

DD.comment: The above link should work. You might have to, however, scroll down about 12 inches, as the page may not be set properly.

****

Contacting DD.com: We'd like to ask DD.com readers Mike and Todd -- who had questions about Tre Smith and Kyle Ingraham -- to please send us a return E-Mail address. We'd like to respond to their questions, but we have no way of reaching them because they left no return address. Actually, we try to respond to all constructive messages, so we ask anyone who wants a reply to a question to leave us a return address when using the contact page to reach us.

****

USAToday: NFL draft needs -- N.F.C. West

USAToday: NFL draft needs -- A.F.C. South

USAToday: NFL draft needs -- N.F.C. South

USAToday: NFL draft needs -- A.F.C. East

USAToday: NFL draft needs -- N.F.C. East

USAToday: NFL draft needs -- A.F.C. North

USAToday: NFL draft needs -- N.F.C. North

****

Here is a great blog for Washington D.C. Sports Fans, which was brought to our attention by our friends at HailRedskins.com.

****

USAToday: Crop of running backs in draft shows lots of strength.

****

Virginia Tech linebackers Vince Hall and Xavier Adibi are among 42 of the top defensive players in the nation to be named to the Lott Trophy Watch List.

****

Closer look at former New Hampshire defensive back/N.F.L. prospect Corey Graham.

****

U.C.L.A. place kicker Justin Medlock is out to prove that being black and being a lefty don’t matter.

****

Stewart Mandel/SI.com: Overrated and Underrated prospects.

****

New York Sun: Value of High Draft Picks can be misleading.

****

Dallas News writer Rick Gosselin: Draft comes with medical risks.

DD.comment: The above link should work. You might have to, however, scroll down about 12 inches, as the page may not be set properly.

****

Top ranked Wisconsin offensive tackle Joe Thomas respectfully declines invite to NFL draft in New York, even though the league asked repeatedly.

****

Tom Curran believes top prospects' admission of drug use won't hurt them.

DD.comment: We tend to agree. Fans of the draft need to keep in mind that an admission of experimentation is different than failing a drug test. The admission is more about honesty and disclosure than about any sort of harmful habits that could affect these players' careers. If these players had failed blood and/or urine tests that would be a different story.

*****

A look at the rise and fall of Arkansas' draftable prospects.

*****

Where are they now? 1992 number 1 overall pick Steve Emtman.

***

Sigmund Bloom ranks the top Defensive Ends.

***

Whitworth (Div III) tight end Michael Allan catches the eyes of scouts.

****

Laugh at NFL Draft satire from theOnion.com.

***
last updated: 04/18/07
****

Don Pierson: Trading down in N.F.L. Draft not so easy due to financial reasons.

****

ProFootballWeekly.com has learned that Georgia Tech's Calvin Johnson, Clemson's Gaines Adams and Louisville's Amobi Okoye have admitted to using marijuana.

****

Clark Judge: The N.F.L. likes linebackers with size, speed and tackling ability, which means some teams in the N.F.L. won't like Miami's Jon Beason.

****

Is former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn the next Peyton Manning?

****

Former U.S.C. wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett distances self from comparisons to former Trojans star Mike Williams.

****

Doctor says former Louisville running back Michael Bush is '99 percent healed'.

****

NFL.com looks at former Hampton University linebacker Justin Durant.

****

Former Colgate safety Geoffrey Bean hopes he will be drafted.

****

The Football Expert.com: Does former Rutgers running back Brian Leonard suffer because he is white?

****

The Minnesota Vikings search for wide receivers continued today as they signed Todd Lowber, a former college basketball player and high-jump champion.

****

Draft swings and misses on offense leads the Oakland Raiders to selecting first overall.

*****

If the Raiders pick a quarterback at 1 overall, will it be Brady Quinn?

DD.comment: Russell may have the better arm and definately looked better in the bowl game, but Quinn is probably a better fit for the west coast offense Raiders coach Lane Kiffin is installing.

****

AZCardinals.com takes a look at Texas offensive lineman Justin Blalock.

**

Patriots.com profiles the defensive tackle crop.

***

With few glaring holes on the depth chart, the Dallas Cowboys are looking for insurance policies in the draft.

***

Arizona running back Chris Henry is a player rising up draft boards due mainly to a very rare size/speed ratio.

****

Cleveland Browns GM Phil Savage turns the tables on the beat writers.

****

Warroomreport looks at the top sleepers in the draft.

**
last updated: 04/17/07
*****

Check out NFL.com's Pat Kirwan most recently updated Mock Draft.

****

NFL.com Senior Analyst Gil Brandt looks at the top Linebacker prospects.

****

NFL.com Senior Analyst Gil Brandt looks at the top Defensive Line prospects.

****

Len Pasquarelli: Former Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson has been ready for the N.F.L. for years.

****

Colts.com breaking down the Top Guard Prospects in the upcoming draft.

****

Don Banks of SI.com: Five Draft Prospects who will contribute immediately.

****

Dallas News writer Rick Gosselin takes a look at some Former JUCO Stars that expect to be drafted.

DD.comment: The above link should work. You might have to, however, scroll down about 12 inches, as the page may not be set properly.

*****

In depth look at former Colorado State offensive tackle Clint Oldenburg.

****

Are the Lions "stuck" at number 2? If so, should they still consider Gaines Adams?

DD.comment: The Lions pick at 2 appears to be the pick considered as a target for teams looking to trade up, so they probably aren't "stuck" with the pick. That aside, if teams are lining up to trade up to take a certain player, wouldn't it make more sense just to take the player that everyone wants and reap the benefits? Taking that logic further shouldn't the Raiders do the same? The idea that Calvin Johnson dropping to 2 would create a frantic market for the pick for the Lions tells us that the Raiders should prevent that from happening and simply take the clear cut best player in the draft with the top pick in the draft. As we have learned over the years, what actually happens and what should happen are often different. It's going to be an interesting ten days, that much is certain.

****

Would Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny fit with the Philadelphia Eagles?

*****

Interview with Miami defensive back Brandon Meriweather, who has met with the New York Giants this week.

***

Former Notre Dame wide receiver Jeff Samardzija loves baseball.

DD.comment: Despite this news, some team is likely to tab the Shark before the 7th round concludes, taking a cheap long shot bet that this player might rethink his career decision at some point in the future.

****

An in-depth look at who the Steelers might select at 15 overall.

*****

Sources report that Washington defensive back C.J. Wallace worked out with the Seattle Seahawks last week, improving by running 4.5 in the 40. This was an improvement from his pro day, at which he worked out only 8 weeks post surgery. Wallace led the Huskies with 105 tackles.

****
last updated: 04/16/07
****

Detailed look at former Miami-Ohio safety/N.F.L. prospect Joey Card.

****

NFL Draft Prospect Q&A: James Madison offensive lineman Corey Davis.

****

Closer look at U.C.L.A./Cal-Davis offensive tackle Elliot Vallejo.

****

USA Today looks Texas' Aaron Ross and several other top cornerback prospects.

****

The Honolulu Advertiser looks at the top prospects at the center position.

****

Yahoo!Sports compares a pair of very talented defensive end prospects: Gaines Adams and Jamaal Anderson.

****

CBS.Sportsline Draft preview: White men can't run? Don't tell Rutgers' Brian Leonard.


DD.comment: The saddest part of this whole issue is Brian Leonard -- who we talked to and liked a lot at the Senior Bowl -- is just a very gifted college student looking to land the best job he can get once he gets out of school. Talented running backs make a lot more money in the N.F.L. than blocking backs, so why shouldn't Leonard aspire to being a running back?

Also, running backs get to enjoy their career's much more, as they actually get to touch the ball more than twice a game. People tend to forget these things when they debate whether Leonard should get the chance to play running back or whether he should be automatically shipped off to blocking back (as Dick Vermeil has suggested) due to something he can't control.

****

Shaun DePasquale looks at some prospects -- including a trio of Boise State wide receivers -- that might surprise.

****

Former Ohio State wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. makes CBS.Sportsline's of Risers and Fallers.

****

Former Virginia Tech linebacker/N.F.L. prospect Brenden Hill talks about the unthinkable tragedy that occured at Virginia Tech earlier today.

****

ESPN's John Clayton: Evaluating Quarterbacks just got tougher.

****

49ers.com scouts the Tennessee Volunteers in the draft.

****

Who will be the 3rd Quarterback Selected in the NFL Draft?

*****

SI.com's Peter King believes teams are scared to pick in this year's first round.

DD.comment: Every year it is unnerving for teams to make high selections as these picks literally can make or break careers in front offices around the league. However, we have to question if teams really feel better about giving free agents big money than they do about getting young, fresh talent via the draft. It's questionable to us that the NFL draft is characterized as some sort of free-wheeling money dump but no one flinches when a 30-year old Adalius Thomas receives the equivalent of top 5 overall money or when Nate Clements becomes the highest paid defender in league history.

******

Interesting look at sleeper North Carolina Central linebacker Naim Abdul-Malik.

*****

Maryland cornerback Josh Wilson: too fast to ignore?

****

The Jacksonville Times Union turns to fans of the draft for insight.

****
last updated: 04/15/07
****

Kansas City Chiefs guard Will Shields, an ironman at his position, announced his retirement from the N.F.L. on Sunday.

****

Check out Rick Gosselin's One Round Mock Draft.

DD.comment: The above link should work. You might have to, however, scroll down about 12 inches, as the page may not be set properly.

*****

USAToday: NFL draft needs -- N.F.C. North

Steelers Draft Prospect Interview: Florida International linebacker Antwan Barnes.

****

Closer look at former New Hampshire wide receiver David Ball.

****

Chaos at the top: Some write that Josh McCown to Raiders a smokescreen and Al Davis spends very little time with Calvin Johnson. Meanwhile, others still aren't sold on the idea of Russell at one.

DD.comment: We have been projecting Calvin Johnson as top pick from way back, and will continue with that projection, despite recent signs to the contrary. Could we be wrong? Absolutely, we have been wrong before - but if we weren't swayed by the smokescreens of January we aren't going to be swayed by the smokescreens of April.

*****

Very interesting rumor mill from NewYorkJets.com, once user scrolls past the schedule evaluation.

DD.comment: Most noteworthy blurbs: Jamarcus Russell to Raiders is now a lock? Al Davis looking for a GM to replace himself day after the draft? Tampa Bay trade up to 4 for Calvin Johnson? DT Justin Harrell rising up to top 20?

Houston Texans have options at the 10 slot.

****

St. Louis Rams are in the market for a run-stopping defensive tackle, could Carolina's Kris Jenkins be the answer?

****

The adversity faced by quarterback Trent Edwards while at Stanford can be seen as a positive by scouts.

****
last updated: 04/14/07
*****

The New York Giants have signed veteran quarterback Anthony Wright.

****

Is Calvin Johnson the most talented wide receiver prospect since Kirk Gibson?

Yes, the Kirk Gibson we are talking about is the former Major League Baseball MVP, who helped lead the 1984 Detroit Tigers and 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers to World Championships, as a gritty and often volatile outfielder.

Before breaking in with the Tigers in 1980, at the age of 22, he was best known for his exploits as a wide receiver for the Michigan State Spartans football team. While we don't remember him as a football player, we have found he was a very interesting N.F.L. prospect back in the latter part of the 1970's.

Here is some info we've gathered regarding Gibson's football field accomplishments at Michigan State from the mid 1970's until he left in the school in 1979:

**Gibson, who averaged an amazing 21.0 yards per catch during his career at Michigan State, set several Spartan receiving records, including most career touchdown catches (24), most career receptions (112) and most career receiving yards (2,347). Those numbers stood for about 25 years, until former Detroit Lions first round pick Charles Rogers broke the records earlier this decade. Gibson's numbers were even more impressive when you consider most big time college programs skewed heavily towards running the football in the 1970's.

**Back around 1999 (or so), when Randy Moss was terrorizing N.F.L. defensive backs as a young wide receiver with the Minnesota Vikings, a writer from Pro Football Weekly asked a veteran N.F.L. head scout the following question: "In your 30 years as an N.F.L. scout, have you ever seen an athlete as good or better than Randy Moss at wide receiver?" The scout said something like this: "Only one, Kirk Gibson, who went on to play baseball".

**It's been widely reported that Gibson, who stood 6' 3" and weighed over 200 pounds at Michigan State, ran a sizzling 4.28 40 in front of N.F.L. scouts. Lets not forget, Gibson signed with the Detroit Tigers before the 1979 N.F.L. Draft, so it's almost certain he didn't even bother training to impress football scouts like the athletes do today.

**Gibson, who was a first team All-American as a senior, was billed as one of the top prospects at the 1979 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

**Despite signing a block-buster deal to play with the Detroit Tigers, the former St. Louis Cardinals used the 173rd pick in the 1979 N.F.L. Draft to secure Gibson's football rights. Back in 1979 the 173rd pick was a 7th rounder. Today, with expansion and compensation picks, the 173rd pick is a 5th rounder.

*******

Bengals.com looks at how the N.F.L.'s new character policy will affect the draft.

***

PFW believes the Vikings are unlucky by having 7th pick in a 6 pick draft.

***

An in-depth look at a player most consider to be among the safest selections in the draft, Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

*****

Are Dolphins fans really clamoring for an offensive line selection at 9 overall?

Related: Broncos.com profiles Penn State offensive tackle Levi Brown.

***

The most projected team/player pair in all of mock draft land gets a little closer: the Green Bay Packers meet with Cal running back Marshawn Lynch.

****
last updated: 04/13/07
*****

Respected columnist Glenn Dickey writes the Oakland Raiders can’t afford to draft a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick.

****

Pat Kirwin of NFL.com takes a look at the top "ball hawks" in the draft, with former Utah defensive back Eric Weddle leading the way.

****

Complete rosters for all six N.F.L. Europa Clubs.

****

Clark Judge does an excellent job looking at former Utah defensive back Eric Weddle.

****

Six burning draft questions up for debate: Todd McShay vs. Jeremy Green.

****

Len Pasquarelli: Draft flooded with Talented College Tandems.

****

The Green Bay Packers are very interested in drafting former California halfback Marshawn Lynch.

****

Another installment of Tony Pauline's risers and sliders.

****

Profile of possible first round cornerback Aaron Ross of Texas.

****

Patriots.com profiles the top safeties in the draft.

****

NBCSports looks at the outside linebacker crop.

*****

Pat Kirwan answers 10 questions about the draft.

DD.comment: Kirwan points out Louisville DT Amobi Okoye rising to top 10 status. Not to disparage this player or his fans but we have to ask if this player was actually 22 instead of 19, would there be as much buzz? The DT position is one where very few, if any draft picks make instant impact. It's a man's position and Okoye is still growing. By the time he is in the prime physically he will have several years of NFL wear and tear under his belt. It's possible that injury could strike before his body is fully mature, that's a side of the equation no one seems to be considering. The thinking is that if he's dominating at 19 what will he be at 22? The best DT in the league?

Only problem is that Okoye never really dominated at Louisville. He played well and impressed at Senior Bowl but he didn't dominate in the way that Warren Sapp dominated while at Miami, and that's a player Kirwan compares Okoye to in this article, and likely other teams are making that comparison as well. The whole idea seems more risky than people are considering, as there's never really been a dominating 19 year old at any position in the NFL, let alone at defensive tackle. Undoubtedly he is a rare athlete, and yes Okoye has a ton of upside. However we have to question whether the expectations are rising higher than this player can deliver. Being extraordinarily young isn't necessarily a positive in this case, it could be considered negatively given the demands of the position.

****

Ten years ago today DD.com's favorite hockey team played it's final game -- look back at those wacky Hartford Whalers.

DD.comment: To listen to the best "fight song" (outside of Notre Dame's) in sports history, check out BrassBonanza.com

*******

NBA Draft News:

A pair of juniors that led Georgetown to the school's first Final Four appearance in 22 years -- Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert -- will submit their names for the N.B.A. Draft.

**

Scott Fowler: North Carolina freshman forward Brendan Wright should buck trend and go pro.

**

N.B.A. commissioner David Stern says N.B.A. Draft Could Be Best Ever!

****
last updated: 04/12/07
****

N.F.L. Draft Prospect Q&A: Brown University linebacker Zak DeOssie.

****

African American N.F.L. head coaches applaud NBC's firing of Don Imus

. ****

Yahoo!Sports: Is former Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson damaged goods?

****

Agents and athletes create mini-industry with N.F.L. Draft preparation.

****

NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock's top 64.

****

N.F.L. Draft Prospect Q&A: Hampton wide receiver Onrea Jones.

****

Check out Mel Kiper's recently updated Top 25 Big Board.

****

Former Ohio State star Ted Ginn Jr. and several other wide receivers are on the St. Louis Rams' radar.

****

Top pick quarterbacks not a sure bet for success.

****

ESPN looks at former Louisville defensive tackle Amobi Okoye.

****

Ed Thompson of Coltpower.com takes a look at former Washington State/Montana quarterback Josh Swogger.

****

Ohio State wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. impresses scouts at workout, despite not being 100% healthy.

DD.comment: Ginn's impact as a speedy kick returner was never in doubt, the question here is would he make a better cornerback than wide receiver? At one point Ginn was the top high school cornerback in the nation and it's rumored he might personally like that position more. Does the question itself hurt his draft stock due to a lack of a set position?

Casual football fans remember Devin Hester's impact on the Bears but tend to forget he was not a first round pick. Ginn likely will go in the first frame. But outside of special teams, his immediate impact is yet to be determined.

****

Are offensive guards finally getting increased attention in the draft?

****

Rising cornerback prospect Michigan's Leon Hall has a draft diary.

*****

NBCSports looks at the top end of the inside linebacker crop.

****

Colts.com profiles fullbacks in the draft, Brian Leonard heavily featured.

DD.comment: Despite Leonard's noble efforts to bill himself as a running back this article proves there are going to be teams who just don't buy that line of thinking and group him with the fullbacks.

*****

NBA Draft News:

Report: Top Ohio State freshmen Mike Conley Jr. and Greg Oden will enter the N.B.A. Draft.

DePaul sophomore Wilson Chandler intends to declare himself eligible for the N.B.A. Draft and will not return to the program.

Oregon State's junior forward Marcel Jones intends to declare himself eligible for the N.B.A. Draft, but won't sign with an agent.

****
last updated: 04/11/07
****

Former Syracuse quarterback Perry Patterson is drawing attention from several teams, including the Atlanta Falcons. Patterson's Pro Day results (via NFL.com) were quite impressive: (6-3 5/8, 245 pounds) ran his 40s in 4.74 and 4.75. He also had a 38½-inch vertical jump, 9-foot-4 long jump and 4.43 short shuttle.

****

Former Delta State University quarterback Scott Eyster is hoping for a chance to play in the N.F.L.

****

Former Charleston Southern wide receiver Maurice Price impresses at Pro Day.

****

Here are some draft tidbits from an insider who knows football inside and out:

Offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod from Towson State is moving up on a lot teams draft boards....Former Kent State cornerback Usama Young is moving up to "near" first day status. He doesn't flip hips or change direction that well, but [scouts] are really getting enamored with his workout numbers -- 5' 11", 196 pounds; 4.40/40 and 43" vertical jump.....Nicholls State offensive tackle Jacob Bender is getting a lot of attention as a Day 2 prospect. He's had a lot of private workouts and scouts like him. Because he's a small school prospect he may slide down a little more than he should on draft day, but I think he'll be a Day 2 steal for some team.

****

Former Ohio State wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. shows off for N.F.L. scouts, runs in the 4.3's.

****

Former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn already has taken a down-and-out football team and turned it around. He figures he can do it again.

****

The struggling Chicago Blackhawks won the N.H.L.'s Draft Lottery and will pick first.

****

Patriots.com looks at the top Cornerback Prospects in the draft.

****

Yahoo! Sports: Five prominent prospects who's Draft Stock is "Falling".

****

USA Today: Quarterbacks in the draft -- NFL-ready vs. huge potential.

****

Check out this Rivals.com feature that looks at the top high school juniors from 2006....Top 100 Prospects link can be found at the bottom of the page.

****

Promising wide receiver sleeper Phoenix Thompson of Belhaven (NAIA) has been gaining attention from teams after his pro day workout at Jackson State. The lanky Thompson had a good senior year producing 1259 yards and 13 touchdowns.

***

One name not mentioned in Mike Mici's look at 3-4 edge rushers in the draft was UAB defender Larry McSwain. McSwain measured at 6'1" 245 and ran 4.59/4.62 at his pro day. McSwain had 13 sacks as a sophomore at UAB and then consistently faced double teams his remaining 2 years, limiting his production. He still had high behind the line disruption and had 1.5 sacks in the Texas v. Nation game.

***

Rutgers tight end Clark Harris scored an impressive 40 on the wonderlic test.

******

About.com offers training in the ability to scout prospects in six easy lessons.

DD.comment: We are not affiliated with this site, we do not know if it is a pay offer, and we certainly do not know know whether the teachings hold value. However this is an interesting concept, one that we will watch going forward. Every year it seems there are more so-called draft experts than the year before, and it makes us wonder can the art of scouting really be taught? If anyone out there takes the course, please let us know about your experiences.

****

Interview with second day sleeper former New Hampshire cornerback Corey Graham.

****

Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler offers unsolicited advice to 2007 top quarterback's.

*****

Interesting look at top pass rusher Jamaal Anderson.

***

Miami LB Jon Beason has visited with the Bengals this week.

***
last updated: 04/10/07
***

DD. E-Mail [Ian]:

Just thought I would let you guys know that your info about Brandon Meriweather's character is wrong. He wasn't swinging his helmet in the brawl, he was stomping on people. Still bad, but a difference. Also, he wasn't "running around packing heat." The group of people he shot at were in his yard early in the morning. Meriweather and his roommate went out to check it out, his roommate got shot and Meriweather shot back with a licensed weapon that he had in his house.

DD. Reply: Thanks for the correction on the brawl incident, Ian. Although, as you pointed out, stomping and kicking an opponent when he was down isn't exactly a good thing. As we noted yesterday, Meriweather broke no state laws in the shooting incident and he may've even helped save Willie Cooper from sustaining more severe injuries. But we still believe N.F.L. teams will look closely at that incident and some, perhaps, may be a significantly turned off by the mere fact he was in an explosive situation like that to begin with.

Ian, here is a recent article regarding Brandon Meriweather's off-field problems.

****

Check out this excellent mock draft database put forward at Hailredskins.com.

****

With Brandon Siler heading to the N.F.L., highly regarded sophomore Brandon Spikes hopes to make an impact at middle linebacker for the Florida Gators.

****

Former Arizona State quarterback Sam Keller hopes to gain starting nod at Nebraska.

****

N.F.L. Draft Prospect Interview: Boise State wide receiver Legedu Naanee.

****

Draft Daddy updated big board and top 100 list.

****

As rumored, Titans cornerback Pac Man Jones has been suspended for the entire upcoming season (without pay) by the N.F.L.

Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry also received an eight game suspension.

*****

NBCsports examines the safeties in the draft.

***

PFW explores how the scouts and GM's can make mistakes.

***

Profiles of Texas pass rushers Tim Crowder and Brian Robison.

****

In depth look at Hampton University's latest crop of NFL talent.

*********

NBA Draft News:

**

U.C.L.A. All-American guard Arron Afflalo is foregoing his senior season to enter the N.B.A. draft.

**

North Carolina hoops stars Ty Lawson and Tyler Hansbrough indicated that they would forgo the NBA draft and return to school next season.

**

It looks like University of Texas super freshman Kevin Durant will declare for the N.B.A. Draft.

**

University of Kansas sophomore forward Julian Wright is expected to enter the N.B.A. Draft, but is he ready to make the jump?

**

In a long-expected move, Cal-Berkely junior DeVon Hardin made himself eligible for the N.B.A Draft.

**

NBADraft.net takes a look at how the mostly 2nd round/undrafted free agent N.B.A. prospects fared in Portsmouth.


DD.comment
: One player was drafted after playing at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in 2005. Four players were drafted from the 2006 P.I.T. None of them were taken in the first round. Three different N.B.A. scouts told ESPN Insider's Chad Ford that "none" of the 64 prospects in Portsmouth this month would "likely" be drafted this year.

*********

Siena power forward Michael Haddix works out for NFL scouts, trying to transition to football as a tight end.

In similar news, the Packers worked out University of Wisconsin - La Crosse hoopster Joe Werner.

DD.comment
: Teams know it is very difficult to find the next Antonio Gates or Marcus Pollard, and despite poor results from transition attempts since then, they continue to try.

****

The NY Jets could be considering use of second round picks for Bengals offensive lineman Stacey Andrews and/or Patriots cornerback Randall Gay. This could just be research as both are unrestricted free agents after the season.

***
last updated: 04/09/07
****

NFL.com analyst Pat Kirwan: Mock Draft # 7.

DD.comment: Very good mock draft by Pat Kirwan, but we have to disagree with the projection of Brandon Meriweather going to the Colts for two reasons:

One, we think the Colts have much more glaring needs than safety. Not only do they have Pro Bowl caliber safety Bob Sanders, they also have 2006 Draft Daddy favorite Antoine Bethea. We got roundly laughed at on some message boards for projecting Bethea (from tiny Howard University) as a third rounder last spring, but the 6th round pick had a fine rookie season for Indianapolis as a starter. Young, speedy Matt Giordano and combo safety/cornerback Marlin Jackson provide quality options in case the starters are injured or ineffective. While the Colts may add another safety for depth purposes in the middle rounds, we don't see them picking a safety that high.

Also, we think Meriweather is a bit of a character risk. Not as much due to the helmet swinging incident during the F.I.U./Miami brawl (which the mainstream media only brings up), but more due to his involvement in a very strange shooting incident last summer. While he did not break any state laws firing back at a group that shot his teammate/roommate Willie Cooper in the buttocks, one has to wonder why Meriweather was running around "packing heat" and why he was involved in a 1960's Hollywood Western style shoot-out to begin with? Was that incident just a "fluke", or is he a player that finds trouble easily?

Something tells us Colts head coach Tony Dungy and President Bill Polian will investigate that issue very closely. Neither man is known for drafting and dealing with players that are character risks.

****

Former Louisville running back Michael Bush explains why he's a draft gamble worth taking.

****

Scout.com's new head draft analyst Tom Marino puts forward a 7 Round Mock Draft.

DD.comment: Good effort by Mr. Marino. We must say, however, that we'd be utterly shocked if Tony Hunt of Penn State is selected in the first round after running over a 4.7 in the 40 yard dash at his Pro Day.

****

CBS SportsLine.com: Draft Risers and Fallers.

****

Yahoo! Sports: Six High-Rising Prospects

****

The 'other' Steve Smith makes a name for himself in crowded wide receiver class.

****

49ers.com takes a look at Miami defensive back Brandon Meriweather

****

Does Adrian Peterson's upright running style affect his durability?

***

Rick Gosselin takes a look at offensive linemen who started all four years.

***

Comparing Calvin Johnson to the flux capacitor in Back to the Future? Big C pulls it off.

***

Will the Miami Dolphins land one of the draft's top quarterbacks?

****

Buccaneers.com profiles Florida defensive back Reggie Nelson.

***

Central Michigan tackle Joe Staley could factor into top half of first round after blazing pro day.

DD.comment: Draft Daddy has updated our one round mock to project Staley to the Panthers at 14. As the article notes, Staley could leapfrog Levi Brown on draft day. As a general note we are past the major news cycles of the draft season, so we consider the first round projection to be more or less finalized, pending breaking news.

*****

SI.com's Peter King believes no one wants to trade up in the draft anymore.

***

Miami linebacker Jon Beason works out for NFL scouts at his former high school.

***

Northwestern sleeper offensive line Ryan Keenan writes in his draft journal.

***
last updated: 04/08/07
****

While the N.F.L.'s 2006 rookie class was loaded with stars last fall, many others from the class are still fighting to establish themselves as pros. Here is a look at some "well known" (to draftniks) members of the Class of 2006 that will be playing in N.F.L. Europa this spring:

DE Devan Long, Cologne (Free Agent) -- One of the more highly regarded players in the Pac-10 during his days at Oregon. Collected 24.5 career sacks and 48 career TFL's for the Ducks. Spent some time with the Carolina Panthers last summer, before being placed on injured reserve with a groin injury. Brother of current N.F.L. defensive tackle Rein Long.

DT Steve Fifita, Frankfurt (Miami) -- Two-time All-Mountain West selection, was a defensive line anchor for some pretty good teams at Utah. Pretty good speed (5.16/40) and agility for a 300-plus pound athlete, but at 5' 11" he lacks the ideal height N.F.L. teams look for. Miami needs depth at defensive tackle, so a nice showing in Germany could land him a roster spot.

DT SirHenry Anderson (N.Y. Giants) -- This former Oregon State starter in 2004 and 2005 signed as a rookie free agent with the New York Giants last spring, but failed to make the roster. Pretty good size at 6' 3", 314 pounds and moves fairly well for his size.

DE Dave Tollefson, Frankfurt (Oakland) -- Originally selected in the 7th round (253 overall) of the 2006 N.F.L. Draft by the Green Bay Packers out of Northwest Missouri State. Former 1-AA superstar that had some excellent pre-draft workouts in the Spring of 2006 -- ran a 4.7 flat at 6'4 ", 265 pounds. Tollefson is a high motor, 25 year old who should be an absolute edge rushing terror in N.F.L.E.

LB Nick Reid, Frankfurt (Kansas City) -- Had a great career at Kansas. Four year starter, who was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior (2005). We know N.F.L. teams saw him as a "tweener" coming out of college -- too small to hold up at linebacker; too slow to play safety. The Chiefs have a history of grooming backup linebackers in Europe, so he's got a chance to stick if he can be a factor on special teams.

LB Aaron Harris, Rhein (Free Agent) -- While Harris garnered many accolades during his career with the Longhorns -- was a semifinalist for the Butkus and the Bednarik Award's as a senior in 2005 -- most scouts felt he lacked the ideal size (5' 11") and speed (ran a 5.05 at Pro Day) to make an impact in the N.F.L. Harris hopes he can get a second look by impressing overseas.

LB Jason Berryman, Berlin (Cincinnati) -- Was an absolute terror for Iowa State as a hybrid defensive end/linebacker when he was not suspended or spending time in jail. Berryman, who registered 5 sacks in the Cyclones 2005 Bowl game against T.C.U., is one of the most talented players in N.F.L.E., but the 6' 1", 235 speedster must stay out of trouble or the already beleaguered Bengals will cut the cord with him quickly.

CB Josh Lay, Berlin (St. Louis) -- One of the more recognizable names from the 2006 rookie class. Lay was selected in the 6th round by New Orleans last spring, but failed to make the teams' 53 man roster and practice squad. Did spend a few weeks on the Rams practice squad last December. This former Big East star possesses good size and speed, so he should be outstanding in Europe.

CB Justin Wyatt, Hamburg (Arizona) -- Started every game for some fine U.S.C. teams in 2004 and 2005. Was widely regarded as a potential N.F.L. draft pick, until he failed to crack the 4.6 mark at the Trojans' 2006 Pro Day. Considering he's only 5' 9", that was a problem. Should be one of the Sea Devils better players.

S Jamie Thompson, Amsterdam (N.Y. Jets) -- This former Oklahoma State defensive back is a bit of a rarity in the N.F.L.E., because he actually appeared in three regular season games for the Jets, mostly on special teams. Thompson is a former JUCO star who needs more experience, so he's a good allocation prospect.

S Vickiel Vaughn, Frankfurt (San Francisco) -- Was the 2nd-to-last overall pick in 2006 Draft (#254/49ers), who spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve. Vaughn was a very highly regarded prospect entering Arkansas, who has solid size and average speed (4.62). If he can flash some special teams prowess, he has a chance to stick in the N.F.L. for a while.

DD.comment: Players are color coded by N.F.L. team affiliation....We looked at the some prominent offensive prospects from the class of '06 heading to Europe in our April 3rd blog notes.

****
last updated: 04/07/07
***

Check out Mike Mayock's (NFL Network) Position-by-Position Rankings.

****

Tom Casale projects the Patriots 10 Draft Picks in this mock draft.

****

Yahoo! Sports: Checkered pasts of the prospects questioned.

****

SI.com: A question of character; players' past factors into draft status more than ever.

****

Scrimmage provides first test for young wide receivers at U.S.C.

****

News from Clemson: safety Michael Hamlin says he get a 5th round projection from N.F.L. scouts and outside linebacker Tramaine Billie is returning to form.

****

What will Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis do now to improve his once very proud franchise?

****

University of Alabama wide receiver D.J. Hall puts off having shoulder surgery in order to not miss any of the 15 spring practices.

*****

NBA Draft News:

Former Florida power porward Joakim Noah is the wild card in the N.B.A. Draft deck.

Report: Superstar freshman forward Kevin Durant will declare for the N.B.A. Draft.

MSNBC.com: To stay or to go? Most college players should tread carefully when considering leaving early for the N.B.A.

*****
last updated: 04/06/07
***

We once again updated our list of Top Free Agents. It's updated, in the sense that we have noted several transactions (re-signings, signings, ect).

****

Check our Cap Cuts Page from time to time for updated info on brand new free agents.

****

Yahoo!Sports in-depth look at team needs: N.F.C. West

Yahoo!Sports in-depth look at team needs: N.F.C. East

Yahoo!Sports in-depth look at team needs: N.F.C. North

Yahoo!Sports in-depth look at team needs: N.F.C. South

****

Closer look at Northwest Oklahoma State defensive tackle LaRon Harris, who has intrigued many draft followers.

DD.comment: Here is the much talked about video of 345 pound LaRon Harris doing a back flip that would make Mary Lou Retton jealous.

**

NBC.com does a Q&A with former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn.

****

Former University of Miami linebacker Jon Beason went through a workout for seven teams, including the Miami Dolphins, on Thursday.

****

The battering-ram fullback, once a college football mainstay, is being phased out as teams switch to spread offenses.

****

The Carolina Panthers have signed quarterback David Carr.

****

Chicago Bears return specialist Devin Hester scored a 100 in the speed category for Madden Football.

DD.comment: If any one deserved a score of 100 it was Hester, who displayed great track speed during the draft process and even better "football speed" during the 2006 season, as a rookie. Also, when we saw this story, we quickly thought about Colts safety Matt Giordano, who almost tracked Hester down from from way behind in the Super Bowl and nearly prevented a touchdown. It will be fascinating to see what kind of speed the Madden people give Matt? Is there one standard speed for safeties labeled as "overacheivers" by the mainstream media?

****

How does young Zach Potter proceed with trying to replace Adam Carriker at Nebraska?

****

Donnie Osmond and ABC-TV get a 43 year-old teacher, with no high school or college football experience, a try-out with the San Francisco 49ers.

****

Wonderlic scores have leaked out and Texas offensive lineman Justin Blalock recorded the highest score with a 41.

*****

Local boy made good Brady Quinn stops in to see the Cleveland Browns.

*****

USA Today looks at high risk/high reward prospects.

**

Arizona State tight end Zach Miller watches his draft stock fall.

*****

SI.com wonders if Jamarcus Russell is being overrated due to arm strength?

***

Our friends at War Room Report interview South Carolina wide receiver Sidney Rice.

*******

The other night we were asked how likely it would be for a "non-Combine invite" to be drafted in the first 3 rounds? The answer is, the chances are not very good at all, regardless how well a prospect performs at his Pro Day. While we didn't break down the exact numbers over the long haul, we can say that over the last decade, or so, you can almost count the number of non-Combine invites that were drafted on the first day (top 3 rounds) on one hand!

We recently crunched the numbers from the 2006 N.F.L. Draft and found that only 30 of the 251 non-kickers drafted last year were "Combine Snubs". The first one off the board was wide receiver Domenik Hixon, drafted #130 overall by the Denver Broncos. He was soon followed by guard Willie Colon, drafted #131 overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Total of non-kickers Drafted in 2006 by Position: 251

QB's: 11

RB's: 19

WR's: 31

TE's: 15

OL's: 50

DL's: 45

LB's: 32

DB's: 49



Total of non-kickers Drafted in 2006 that did "not" receive a Combine invite: 30 (players & rounds drafted)

QB's: 0

RB's: 1 (J.D. Runnels-6)

WR's: 4 (D. Hixon-4; B. Brazell-7; E. Kilmer-7; K. McMahan-7)

TE's: 0

OL's: 10 (W. Colon-4; T. Moll-5; T. Reed-6; T. Stallings-6, C. Johnson-6;T.Palmer-7; K. Lefotu-7; Pat McQuistan-7; C. Morris-7; A. Merz-7}

DL's: 6 (B. Hawkins-5; A. Montgomery-6; L. Ramsey-6; D. Tollefson-7;C. Page-7; F. Evans-7)

LB's: 2 (S. Toone-7; A. Cannon-7)

DB's: 7 ( T. Culver-6; T.J. Rushing-7; J. Phinisee-7; C. Finnegan-7; D. Coleman-7; V. Vaughn-7; J. Hamilton-7;)

Pecentage of Non-Combine invites Drafted

2004: 13%

2005: 13%

2006: 15%



Since 30 non-Combine invites were drafted in 2006, we decided to try to do the imposssible: Figure out which 30 prospects not invited to the most recent Combine have the best chance of being drafted. It's tough trying to read the minds of N.F.L. teams (all 32 teams have different agenda's), but here is our best effort:

Anthony Waters, LB, Clemson (missed Combine/injury)

Jermon Bushrod, OT, Towson State

Courtney Brown, DB, Cal-Poly

Jacob Bender, OT, Nicholls State

D.D. Terry, RB/DB, Sam Houston

John Bowie, CB, Cincinnati

Tucker Peterson, OG, New Hampshire

Brannon Condren, DB, Troy State

Usama Young, CB, Kent State

Marquice Cole, CB, Northwestern

Jason Trusnik, LB, Ohio Northern

Logan Payne, WR, Minnesota

Calvin Bannister, CB, Hampton

Geoff Pope, CB, Howard

Mike DeVito, DL, Maine

Mike Elgin, C/G, Iowa

Clint Session, LB, Pittsburgh

Larry Anam, DB, Boston College

Brandon London, WR, Massachussetts

Will Herring, LB, Auburn

T.J. Downing, OL, Ohio State

Justise Hairston, RB, Central Connecticut

Walter Thomas, DT, Northwest Mississippi C.C.

Jackie Battle, RB, Houston

Rudy Sylvan, TE, Ohio (projecting him at OT)

Andrew Shanle, FS, Nebraska

Nello Faulk, OT, Florida Atlantic

Darius Sanders, DE, Oregon

Eric Graham, OT, East Carolina

Josh Day, OT, Colorado State

DD.comment: The first 30 players listed above are very loosely ranked.


35 additional non-Combine invites that could be selected:

Matt Moore, QB, Oregon State

Perry Patterson, QB, Syracuse

Justin Zwick, QB, Ohio State

Jeff Smith, QB, Georgetown College

Jeff Terrell, QB, Princeton

Dan Burks, RB, Alabama-Birmingham

Justin Vincent, RB, Louisiana State

Clifton Dawson, RB, Harvard

Brad Lau, FB, Boise State

Cody Boyd, TE, Washington State

Matt Herian, TE, Nebraska

Brent Celek, TE, Cincinnati

Braden Jones, TE, Southern Illinois

Roy Hall, WR, Ohio State

Brandon Myles, WR, West Virginia

Brad Ekwerekwu, WR, Missouri

Joe Anoai, DT, Georgia Tech

J.P. Bekasiak, DT, Toledo (might be moved to guard?)

Conrad Bolston, DT, Maryland

Matt King, DE/LB, Maine

Durrell White, DE/LB, Kentucky

Cameron Siskowic, LB, Illinois State

Johnny Baldwin, LB, Alabama A&M

Matt Muncy, LB, Ohio

Kyle Shotwell, LB, Cal-Poly

Tristan Burge, S, Eastern Illinois

David Lofton, FS, Stanford

Jay Staggs, SS, Nevada-Las Vegas

Melvin Bullitt, S, Texas A&M

Alan Ball, CB, Illinois

David Jones, CB, Wingate College

Dennis Mitchell, CB, Western Kentucky

Tim Mixon, CB, California

Joseph Porter, CB, Rutgers

Ramzee Robinson, CB, Alabama

Derrick Roberson, CB, Rutgers

DD.comment: Two more notes: In case you are wondering, the N.F.L. usually invites 330 prospects to the Indianapolis Combine. So in most years, over 100 "Combine invitees" go undrafted and are forced to take the free agent route to the N.F.L....Also, linebacker Matt McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles was the last "Combine snub" to be drafted on the first day -- Round 2 of the 2005 N.F.L. Draft.

***
last updated: 04/05/07
***

Former University of Minnesota Stars Matt Spaeth and Logan Payne impressed at the schools' 2nd Pro Day.

****

Adam Schefter NFL.com Analyst: Who will the Oakland Raiders select #1 overall....Grant Wistrom to announce his retirement?

****

Former Wisconsin-La Crosse power forward Joe Werner gets a try out from the Green Bay Packers, after impressing in workouts.

****

Pat Kirwan: Looking for this draft's Marques Colston

****

Closer look at former Whitworth tight end Michael Allan.

****

NBA Draft News:

Four Florida players to enter the N.B.A. Draft, head coach Billy Donovan to stay.

Washington center Spencer Hawes announced his intention to enter the N.B.A. Draft, but said he would not hire an agent and remain enrolled in classes to retain his eligibility.

University of Arizona sophomore forward Marcus Williams will declare himself eligible for the N.B.A. Draft and will hire an agent.

****

In-depth look at excellent blocking tight end Jake Nordin from Northern Illinois.

****

Chargers restricted free agent Michael Turner postpones visit to Buffalo in favor of Tennessee?

*****

If you can't beat em, join em? The Associated Press tries its hand at a 1 round mock draft.

****

Patriots.com profiles the defensive end crop.

*****

Sources indicate the Bengals have had visits with defensive back's Reggie Nelson from Florida and Arron Ross from Texas.

****

The Oakland Raiders' long standing fascination with speed continues as cornerback John Bowie will be brought in for a private workout.

***

Interesting look at New Hampshire wide receiver David Ball.

***

If they can't trade down, would the Detroit Lions take offensive tackle Joe Thomas over wide receiver Calvin Johnson?

****
last updated: 04/04/07
*****

Checkout this great links page from Rookiepedia.

DD.comment: For our friends over at Cougarboard.com, here's a site that lists John Beck as the #1 overall quarterback prospect (sort of).

****

Penn State offensive tackle Levi Brown visited the Steelers' South Side facility today. He's the first projected first-round draft pick to meet with team officials .

****

USA Today: Wide receiver draft crop has depth, but just has just one big catch.

****

Myrtlebeachonline.com has information from former Clemson linebacker Anthony Waters' individual workout.

****

The Daily Trojan: Judging former U.S.C. wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett's Pro Day numbers.

****

Closer look at former Georgia Tech offensive lineman Mansfield Wrotto.

****

Former Pitt defensive end/Akron guard Andy Alleman hopes to be a second round pick.

****

Pete Prisco presents his "better than" team; 20 players whom he believes will be better than current consensus opinion.

***

University of Missouri senior-to-be wide receiver Greg Bracey -- who has 3 career receptions -- ran a reported 4.20 40 at the Tigers' Pro Day.


DD.comment: We know Bracey is a track star, but some of these 40 times coming out of Mizzu are insane. Makes you wonder if these players are really super-fast, or are they running on a very rigid or skewed track? In last week's blog notes we mentioned Brigham Young prospects have been running uphill and downhill on a tilted track (blog 3-29). Of course, it seems most in the Utah media are only reporting the "downhill" times!

****

Former walk-on defensive tackle/future N.F.L. prospect Theo Horrocks is collecting accolades at Vanderbilit.

****

An interesting look at several NFL Europa players with deep football roots, and one with another famous connection (Denzel Washington's son).

*****

The Minnesota Vikings have many options at the 7 overall pick.

****

Fairly comprehensive list of Dallas Cowboys' pre-draft workouts.

*****

More workout info on Harvard late round sleeper tight end Matt Farbotko: 40-yard: 4.65 on track/4.83 on turf, Vert: 36.5", Broad: 10'3", Shuttle: 4.38, 3 cone- 7.00, Height: 6'5 5/8", Weight: 244

****

Louisville running back Kolby Smith has visits planned at Tennessee and Kansas City.

*****

NBA Draft News:

Will high impact freshman center Greg Oden return for one more season at Ohio State?

Also, will the next best freshman center -- Spencer Hawes of Washington -- leave for the N.B.A. or return to school?

For more NBA draft info, check NBA Draft Daddy, which we intend to build up more in the weeks to come.

****

One of the more fascinating prospects in the draft is former University of Tennessee defensive tackle Matt McGlothlin. At a bit over 5' 11" and 300 pounds, he's a player that will remind some of current N.F.L. star Kelly Gregg, who came into the league as a 6th round pick (Cincinnati) and bounced around on the waiver wire for a while before he found a place on Baltimore's vaunted defensive.

McGlothlin is clearly a 3-4 nose tackle/nose guard player, but found himself in a bad spot on a Tennessee squad that ran the 4-3 base defense. Despite this, he was always a valuable rotation player and spot starter behind top N.F.L. prospects Justin Harrell and Turk McBride.

During position drills at the Vols' recent Pro Day, McGlothin threw former N.F.L. nose tackle/current Kansas City Chiefs D-Line coach Tim Krumrie to the ground. Krummie, a former Big 10 Wrestling champ, is still a very big and powerful man at the age of 46 and he loves to persoanlly test some prospects' toughness and make-up by wrestling them. Other high profile prospects have seen their draft stock fall by not performing well in this specific situation. Anyone challenging McGlothlin to a wrestling match will have a tough time, as Matt holds a black belt in four different styles of Martial Arts, (Brazilian, Jiu-Jitsu, Karate & Hapkido) earning a Brazilian Black Belt in 2 ½ years (takes a normal person 10 years). Some close to Matt "Bam Bam" McGlothin have suggested the 24 year old strong man could have a bright future as WWE wrestler, once his football career is over. Krumrie's comments on his experience wrestling McGlothin have earned him the further nickname of "Pit Bull"

While McGlothlin may have a chance to be drafted in the 7th round, it'squite possible he'll have to go the free agent route. If does, we'd expectsmart GM's and coaches will be trying hard to add him to their rookieclass. While he might not the biggest or most talented prospect out there,you can't ignore how powerful he is and how hard he works. He brings so muchintensity and fire to practices and games, it has to rub off on othersaround him. Also, as you can tell from his Pro Day results listed below,he's a pretty good athlete to boot. This is an ideal developmental/practicesquad type prospect.

McGlothlin's Pro Day Results: 3/21 at Tennessee: Height: 5' 11 3/4 " Weight: 300 lbs, 40-yard: 4.94, Shuttle: 4.40, 3-Cone: 7.01, Bench: 37, Vert: 25 1/2, Broad: 8' 7"

*****
last updated: 04/03/07
****

While the N.F.L.'s 2006 rookie class was loaded with stars last fall, many others from the class are still fighting to establish themselves as pros. Here is a look at some "well known" (to draftniks) members of the Class of 2006 that will be playing in N.F.L. Europa this spring:

QB Drew Olson, Amsterdam (Baltimore) -- Got a reported $1,000 bonus to sign with Baltimore out of U.C.L.A., so he wasn't exactly a priority free agent. Size (6' 1") and arm strength issues scuttled his draft day hopes.

RB Taurean Henderson, Rhein (Atlanta) -- A lot of people question if this smallish, former all-purpose Texas Tech star has enough speed to stick in the N.F.L.

RB Gerald Riggs, Rhein (Chicago) -- Son of former N.F.L. star Gerald Riggs must shake the injury bug. Didn't do much as an undrafted free agent with Miami, but he will have a shot in Chicago. At least he hopes he will?

WR Kyle Smith, Hamburg (Tampa Bay) -- Son of Chargers G.M. A.J. Smith. Went undrafted, but he had a reason to be excited for a while -- ESPN scroll "mistakenly" had him being picked in round 4 for a few minutes last April!

WR Greg Lee, Cologne (Arizona) -- Left Pitt early thinking he'd be a possible first round pick in 2006, but he went undrafted after he was unable to show the speed N.F.L. teams wanted to see.

WR Jovon Bouknight, Cologne (Tampa Bay) -- This former University of Wyoming superstar ran poorly at the 2006 Combine and the rest is undrafted history.

TE Charles Davis, Berlin (New York Giants) -- Former Purdue tight end/power forward, with reported 4.9 speed at 6' 5", 254 pounds, hopes he can become Germany's version of Antonio Gates!

OL Jimmy Martin, Rhein (Minnesota) -- This guard/center was drafted by the Chargers in round 7 in 2006 out of Virginia Tech. Didn't make Marty's team, but spent a few weeks on the Vikings practice squad.

OC Greg Eslinger, Cologne (Denver) -- Former Rimington Trophy winner was drafted in round 6 by Denver, but spent 2006 on the I.R. Broncos have a long history of developing O-Lineman in Europe, so this is a player worth watching.

OG Cody Douglas, Cologne (Tennessee) -- This former University of Tennessee star hopes a good season in Europe will lead to a nice paying job with Tennessee's pro franchise in Nashville.

OL Brian Barthelmes, Amsterdam (N.E. Patriots) -- Former University of Virginia O-Line stalwart can provide depth at guard and center for the Patriots, if he can make the team when he gets back from Holland.

OL Ryan Gibbons, Hamburg (Jacksonville) -- At 6' 6" and 318 pounds, he's an offensive tackle by trade. This former small school star (Northeastern) hopes a few months in Hamburg will help hone his skills.


DD.comment: Players are color coded by N.F.L. team affiliation....We hope to look at the some prominent defenders from the class of '06 heading to Europe very soon.

****

NFL.com Senior Analyst Pat Kirwan's Mock Draft No. 6

****

Pro Football Weekly: More High-Profile Trades could spice up Draft Day docket.

*****

NBA Draft News: Colorado State's junior center/power forward Jason Smith declares for the N.B.A. draft....Arizona sophomore forward Marcus Williams is expected to announce his decision whether to enter the N.B.A. draft this week.

For more NBA draft info, check NBA Draft Daddy, which we intend to build up more in the weeks to come.

****

The Miami Dolphins have traded kicker Olindo Mare to New Orleans for a 6th round pick.

****

One N.F.L. team's Value Chart for trading draft picks, obtained by NFL.com.

****

Closer look at former North Carolina State defensive tackle DeMarcus "Tank" Tyler.


DD.comment: The article above is not set correctly on the page, so scroll down about 12 inches to read it. If it doesn't load, registration to read the Dallas News is free.

****

The Chicago Bears are considering moving dynamic return specialist Devin Hester to offense.

****

Some fairly well know quarterbacks fail to make rosters after N.F.L. Europa's Final Cuts.

****

TheState.com reports former Clemson linebacker Anthony Waters, who missed nearly all of last season with a torn knee ligament, will hold a workout for N.F.L. scouts this morning. Representatives from between 12-20 teams are slated to be at Clemson to see him showoff his skills. Waters expects to be cleared to play by the end of May.

****

Lesser-known tight end's could be hidden draft gems for the Miami Dolphins.

****

University of Florida wide receiver Andre Caldwell tells Gainesville.com why he decided to stay in school.

****

Quick look at Ohio State running back Antonio Pittman and Hawaii defensive end Ikaika Alma-Francis, who visited the Pittsburgh Steelers this week.

****

Troubled Tennessee corneback Pacman Jones' future will be in N.F.L. commissioner Roger Goodell's hands today.

***
last updated: 04/02/07
****

USA Today: Is quarterback Brady Quinn a big-game flop or a big-name clone?

****

USA Today: N.F.L. success is no sure thing for former Notre Dame quarterbacks.

****

Yahoo!Sports in-depth look at team needs: A.F.C. West

Yahoo!Sports in-depth look at team needs: A.F.C. East

Yahoo!Sports in-depth look at team needs: A.F.C. North

Yahoo!Sports in-depth look at team needs: A.F.C. South

*****

SI.com looks at some Pro Day Risers and Sliders.

*****

USA Today: The 10 worst first-round picks from the 2004 N.F.L. Draft.

****

USA Today: Is a Heisman jinx hurting Troy Smith's shot at the N.F.L?

****

Jaguars.com looks at the top punting and kicking prospects.

****

The N.F.L. talent keeps flowing out of tiny Cal-Poly, as defensive back Courtney Brown and All-American linebacker Kyle Shotwell impress at Pro Day's.

DD.comment: Brown and Shotwell are not the only former Cal-Poly stars looking to play pro football, free safety Kenny Chicoine and Chris White -- a defensive end that was voted 1-AA All-American -- and few other former Mustangs will be given long looks by N.F.L. and C.F.L. teams.

****

The Colts and Rams are said to be very interested in Miami-Ohio wide receiver/return specialist Ryne Robinson.


DD.comment: The article above is not set correctly on the page, so scroll down about 12 inches to read it. If it doesn't load, registration to read the Dayton Daily News is free.

****

Kansas State head coach Ron Prince is already comparing sophomore quarterback Josh Freeman to former L.S.U. quarterback JaMarcus Russell.

****

NBA Draft News: CNN.com looks at the top foreign born prospects with First Round Potential....Draft Daddy lists the 64 Prospects (2nd round/free agent types) heading to the Portmouth Invitational Tournament.

For more NBA draft info, check NBA Draft Daddy, which we intend to build up more in the weeks to come.

****

University of Wyoming coaches really like redshirt freshman safety Chris Prosinski.

****

The only position the Steelers are willing to rule out selecting with their 15 overall pick is quarterback.

****

Buccaneers.com profiles blue chip wide receiver Calvin Johnson

***

Could Chargers running back Michael Turner be headed to Green Bay?

***
last updated: 04/01/07
****

Nine lesser known lesser known offensive lineman that have impressed at Pro Day's and have seemingly improved their stock going forward. All workout times we're recorded by respected NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt:

Tucker Peterson, OG New Hampshire (6-2 1/8, 297 pounds), ran his 40s in 5.05 and 5.09. He also had a 35-inch vertical jump, 9-foot-7 long jump, 4.37 short shuttle and a 7.29 three-cone drill.

DD.comment: Those are some pretty nice workout numbers for a guard that is almost 300 pounds. And, the numbers were posted outdoors, in less than ideal conditions last month. In addition to being agile and athletic, he's a good football player, too, as we've had him among our top small schoolers since last August. Tucker deserves to be drafted.

Mike Elgin, C/G Iowa (6-3¼, 291), ran his 40s in 5.16 and 5.18 seconds, the short shuttle in 4.38 and the three-cone drill in 7.10. He also had a 27½-inch vertical jump, an 8-foot-11 broad jump and 22 bench presses.

DD.comment: Extremely intelligent, hardworking athlete, with the versatility to play guard or center in the N.F.L. This is the type prospect you do not bet against, because he'll do everything asked of him and will give 100 percent all the time. Oh, and by the way, his Pro Day numbers show he's a pretty good athlete for his size.

Jacob Bender, OT Nichols State (6-6 3/8, 316 pounds), ran the 40-yard dash in 5.18 with the wind and 5.26 against it. He also had a 25-inch vertical jump, 8-foot-7 long jump, 4.60 short shuttle, 7.84 three-cone drill and 27 bench presses.

DD.comment: Talented and athletic small school offensive lineman who is being guided through the upcoming draft process by offensive line guru/agent Joe Linta. Bender, who can play guard or tackle, could be the type of prospect teams really start to look at in the middle rounds. Has been pushing his way into our top 10 OT rankings and his stock is still rising.

Dane Uperesa, OT Hawaii (6-4½, 314 pounds), ran his 40s in 5.25 and 5.28. He also had a 33-inch vertical jump, 9-foot-6 long jump, 4.58 short shuttle, 7.66 three-cone drill and 28 bench presses.

DD.comment: No one doubts that Uperesa is an athletic big man, but does that translate on the field of play? He'll have some solid tools to work with, once he gets to the N.F.L: Great agility, quick feet and exceptional weight room strength. Could be your typical boom or bust prospect. Is a potential Day 2 pick.

Jermon Bushrod, OT Towson State (6-4½, 315), ran his 40s in 4.92 and 4.97 seconds and the short shuttle in 4.72. He also had a 30½-inch vertical jump, an 8-foot-6 broad jump and did 22 lifts. His arms measure 34½ inches.

DD.comment: Bushrod is prospect we know fora fact is getting a lot of attention from N.F.L. teams and could be a mid-round surprise as the draft process plays out. He's very agile and athletic for a 315 pounder, with long arms. Bushrod might project as a tackle or big guard at the next level. Like Bender, Bushrod could be selected in the middle frames of the draft.

Scott Stevenson, C Iowa State (6-3 1/8, 295 pounds), ran his 40s in 5.11 and 5.15. He also had a 30-inch vertical jump, 8-foot-7 long jump, 4.73 short shuttle and 22 bench presses.

DD.comment: Very athletic center, who actually began his college career as a defensive lineman at the University of Minnesota. He's very athletic for his size and has the type of aggressive attitude you'd expect from a former defensive lineman. Could be a solid mid-round selection. At the very least, he'll be the type of priority free agent that a team can attempt to develop into a future starter.

Rudy Sylvan, TE Sylvan (6-3 3/8, 282) ran the 40 in 4.82 and 4.77 seconds. He also notched a 34 ½-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot-8 broad jump, a 4.77 short shuttle and 33 bench presses.

DD.comment: While Sylavan is currently listed as a tight end, some insiders feel this agile, athletic Bobcat would be a better fit at offensive tackle. Of course he'll need to add some weight and he would be a bit of a project, but he's big fellow with excellent physical skills. His Pro Day numbers, at the very least, make him a potential latter round prospect.

T.J. Downing, OG Ohio State (6-4 ¼, 298), ran 5.19 and 5.29 in the 40. He also notched a 28 ½-inch vertical, a 9-foot broad jump, a 4.63 short shuttle, a 7.81 three-cone drill and 31 bench presses.

DD.comment: Had a nice career at Ohio State and we were a bit surprised he did not receive a Combine invite. Very durable guard, who may be able to slide over to tackle in a pinch. Is the son of former San Francisco 49ers lineman Walter Downing, so he has been around the game all his life and been extremely well coached.

Trai Williams, OG Kentucky (6-1½, 284), ran both of his 40s in 5.13 seconds. He also ran the short shuttle in 4.79 second and the three-cone drill in 8.32. He also had a 27½-inch vertical jump, an 8-foot-1 broad jump and 35 bench presses.

DD.comment: Three year starter, who played both guard positions and center for the Wildcats. Bench Presses over 450 pounds. He is strong as an ox and athletic enough to develop into a quality N.F.L. backup, or future starter, down the line.

****

As teams closely scrutinize the draft's top players, Pat Kirwan offers up lesser-known prospects like Texas A&M's Melvin Bullitt that could be late-round steals.

****

Respected N.F.L. writer Rick Gosselin looks at the minimum measurables for each position in the N.F.L. draft.

DD.comment: The article above is not set correctly on the page, so scroll down about 12 inches to read it. It's loaded with a lot of great info, so we very much suggest all our readers check it out.

****

If wide receiver Calvin Johnson is available at #3 overall, should Cleveland select him?

****

USA Today: What's wrong with Troy Smith? Heisman quarterback's stock won't rise.

****

Who will be the Minnesota Vikings next starting quarterback?

***
Draft Daddy - Best NFL Draft blog on the Internet

Contact


Archived Blogs
Aug 2008
Jul 2008
Jun 2008
May 2008
Apr 2008
Mar 2008
Feb 2008
Jan 2008
Dec 2007
Nov 2007
Oct 2007
Sep 2007
Aug 2007
Jul 2007
Jun 2007
May 2007
Apr 2007
Mar 2007
Feb 2007
Jan 2007
Dec 2006
Nov 2006
Oct 2006
Sep 2006
Aug 2006
Jul 2006
Jun 2006
May 2006
Apr 2006
Mar 2006
Feb 2006
Jan 2006

                                                                           

Your Ad Here