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last updated: 02/29/08
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N.F.L. Prospect Q&A: Virginia Tech defensive tackle Carlton Powell.

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution looks at the Winners & Losers from the Combine.

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Former University of Miami stars Calais Campbell and Kenny Phillips work out at Hurricanes' Pro Day.

DD.comment: We'll try to find more info on Hurricanes' Pro Day, so check back soon.

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The Greenwich Citizen takes an in-depth look at former Notre Dame center John Sullivan.

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No 40 time? No problem for former Illinios linebacker J Leman.

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Quick look at ex-University of Montana defensive end/N.F.L. prospect Kroy Biermann.

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Seven N.F.L. teams showed up at the Toledo Rockets' Pro Day.

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Scott Wright of Draft Countdown talks Notre Dame football with Star Tribune writer.

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N.F.L. Draft Q&A: With offensive line prospect James Blair.

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The Carolina Panthers have traded defensive tackle Kris Jenkins to the Jets for third-round and fifth-round draft picks.

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Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Corey Williams traded to the Cleveland for a 2nd round pick.

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The Carolina Panthers are interested in signing Oakland Raiders defensive end Tyler Brayton.

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Longtime Jaguars defensive tackle Marcus Stroud receives OK to look for a new team.

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Injury plagued linebacker Jonathan Vilma appears head to New Orleans for a conditional pick.

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last updated: 02/28/08
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A group of former Missouri Tigers, including defensive tackle Lorenzo Williams, hope to prove themselves at their Pro Day.

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Our friend Scott Wright over at Draft Countdown just updated his 2 Round Mock.

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Our own Jason Fitzgerald recently posted his One Round N.B.A. Mock Draft.

DD.comment: NBA Draft Daddy is currently under construction -- just some basics are up....We've been short handed this year, so we are little behind where we were in 2007. And when we do get it back up, in full, we'll let Jason handle the main mock -- He's Much Better than us "football guys"....and many paid hoops writers, too.

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Florida State wide receiver De'Cody Fagg having surgery on serious knee injury.

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ESPN: Five N.F.L. teams that might Overpay Free Agents to fill needs.

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Len Pasquarelli: Under-the-radar free agents Set for Big Payoffs.

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Troubled Penn State tailback Austin Scott hopes a strong Pro Day will yield a free agent contract.

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Ex-Army defensive back Caleb Campbell is satisfied with his showing in Indianapolis.

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Former Wisconsin defensive tackle Nick Hayden enjoyed his experience at the Combine.

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According to one of our sources, who spoke with several insiders after the Combine, former Ohio State linebacker Larry Grant surprised many scouts with his overall athletic ability and might have, ultimately, secured a spot in the middle rounds of the draft....N.F.L. teams already liked his special teams production at Ohio State, but his performance in the agility drills (3-cone and 20-yd shuttle) and 4.71 40 at 235 pounds in Indianapolis last weekend has really forced many teams to take a closer look at him.

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Northwestern State tackle Demetrius Bell is happy with his combine performance.

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Appalachian State wide receiver Dexter Jackson turned heads with his sub 4.4 40-yard dash.

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N.F.L. combine - which player stock is rising, falling or confirmed?

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Russ Lande looks at N.F.L. combine winners and losers.

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Could New Jersey native quarterback Joe Flacco be a fit for New Jersey native Bill Parcells' Dolphins?

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Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson's speed camp had a great start.

last updated: 02/27/08
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Former Georgia defensive end Marcus Howard is one of 4 fast-risers, according to this link.

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Speedy small school tailback Danny Woodhead looks forward to his Pro Day.

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Is ex-Montclair State defensive tackle Derrell Sapp the best prospect no one knows about?

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NFL Network analyst Charles Davis reports L.S.U. linebacker Ali Highsmith may've been 'dinged' at Combine.

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ESPN Draft Central: High Risks and High Costs associated with high picks.

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Bucky Brooks: 2 Small-College Prospects climbing the draft charts.

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Linebacker Jonathan Vilma visits Detroit, as the Lions and Jets explore a trade.

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One of our sources has informed us that the New England Patriots really like L.S.U. cornerback Chevis Jackson. According to the source, they liked the way he looked in his workouts in Indianapolis and have even had their scouts at Baton Rouge twice since November. We are told they are flying him up to Boston before his Pro Day to meet with Bob Kraft, so they think highly of the talented Tiger.

DD.comment: We'd guess Jackson, who is a better true football player than a workout warrior, is a 3rd to 5th round prospect. Although he could move up a bit with an impressive pro day showing.

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We'd like to thank our main N.F.L. source for all the help he's given us since the Combine began. Veteran wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad signed with the Panthers today, so last Sunday, alone, we announced three correct free agent signings before anyone else in the media did (Derek Smith, Allen Rossum and Muhammad), thanks to our source. If Alge Crumpler signs with Tennessee soon, he'll be 4 for 4 on that day alone!

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Is former Florida State quarterback Xavier Lee heading to Canada?

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SI.com: Assessing the Winners and Losers at the N.F.L. scouting combine.

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Russ Lande of The Sporting News looks at how the Defensive Backs fared at the Combine.

DD.comment: Former Notre Dame safety Tom Zbikowski is one of the best characters in the draft. We've met him a few times (MSG fight & Senior Bowl) and found he's an extremely serious person, but funny, smart and curt - gives one line responses like a 1930's boxing champ....While he could've handled the thing with the lifting coach a little better, we know he takes a lot of pride in his athletic abilty, so we aren't surprised that he was upset after being compared to a glorified waterboy (Rudy) from the 1970's.

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Former Michigan tailback Mike Hart was not bothered by his performance at last weekend’s N.F.L. combine in Indianapolis.

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Three Purdue Boilermakers, including linebacker Stanford Keglar, impressed at the Combine.

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Ex-Toledo tailback Jalen Parmele has mixed reaction to his N.F.L. Combine showing.

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U.S.C. quarterback Mitch Mustain heads CFN's list of 25 Players that could go from scout team to starter in college football.

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Pass rushers are expected to dominate the N.F.L. draft.

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With that in mind, please check out our latest updated one round mock draft.

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Draft Daddy is pleased to announce two radio appearances today, first at 1:35pm EST on Houston's 790 AM the Sports Animal, talking draft with the Monsters of Mid-Day. Live Stream Here.

Also, Draft Daddy will be appearing on NFL Draft Countdown's podcast with Scott Wright, 5pm EST.

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Boise State cornerback Orlando Scandrick was pleased with his combine performance.

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Draft day tumble would not be the end of Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm.

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Cornerback remains a desperate need for the Houston Texans.

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Kansas cornerback Aqib Talib had a good workout but his value is still debated.

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At 6'4" and 290, Miami freshman Allan Bailey has moved from linebacker to defensive end.

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Wisconsin kicker Taylor Mehlhaff writes a combine diary.

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Stock risers and fallers from The NFL House.

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last updated: 02/26/08
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USA Today Sports: Deep Pool of Running Backs may be draft's strongest point.

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Wisconsin-Whitewater running back Justin Beaver hopes to impress scouts at his upcoming Pro Day.

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Future N.F.L. Hall of Famer Rod Woodson tells ex-B.C. safety Jamie Silva to hold his chin-up high after a poor 40 yard dash.

DD.comment: That 40 time will not help Silva one bit. But it doesn't mean him, or the other defensive backs that ran poorly today (i.e. Simeon Castille & Marcus Griffin), are finished....Daymeion Hughes ran a 4.74 at the 2007 Combine, as a cornerback, and he was still a 3rd round pick. Smallish corner Charles Gordon (ex-Kansas) ran a 4.7 at the 2006 Combine and he's been with the Minnesota Vikings the last 2 seasons. Sammy Knight ran a 4.8 at the 1997 Combine and he's been starting in the N.F.L. for 11 seasons. I guess you can say these players are exceptions, but they aren't alone, by any means, and prove a bad 40 time can be overcome.

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John Clayton's Combine wrap-up: Five Key Observations from Indy.

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SI.com: Combine Risers and Sliders: Defensive Backs.

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Former Connecticut Huskies Tyvon Branch and Donald Thomas stood out at the Combine.

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Former L.S.U. defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey says he's not concerned about right tibia injury.

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Fox Sports: Who's Hot & Who's Not, N.F.L. Combine version.

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Floyd Reese: The best N.F.L. talent evaluators take risks, Make Hard Decisions.

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Forty-Niners scout Todd Brunner covers the Combine - Saturday - Sunday - Monday.

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N.F.L. Combine News/Rumor Mill, Directly From Indy [Bonus Coverage]:

Former Vanderbilt middle linebacker Jonathan Goff told one of our sources that his interviews were "off the charts" with New Orleans, Cincinnati, Oakland, Tampa Bay, and St. Louis. He said he came away feeling that he may go a bit higher than he first thought....The Ryan brothers (Rex & Rob) also talked to him informally and he says he really thinks there is a great chance he could be in Oakland or Baltimore because both brothers told him they thought he had the best college film of any middle linebacker in this draft. Our source agrees and tells us Goff is quite excited by it.

Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie told our source that he had great interviews with the New Orleans and New England. News Orleans, in particular, really came impressed with the potential small school gem, who ran a sub 4.3 today in Indy....Cromartie also told our source that a lot of teams focused on his small school pedigree in interviews and repeatedly asked why his numbers were not better at Tennesse State? Obviously, N.F.L. teams like him a lot, but they also love "testing" players by making them explain even the smallest question marks about their careers.

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Watch the N.F.L. Combine live @ NFL.com.

DD.comment: Cornerbacks & Safeties run today. Check our FFlivewire links below for updated results?

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Virginia defensive end Chris Long has the name, and the game.

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Former U.S.F. linebacker Ben Moffitt posted impressive numbers during his Monday workout at the N.F.L .Combine.

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The Cincinnati Bengals will need to move up, if they want Vernon Gholston.

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Ex-South Carolina tailback Cory Boyd shows his speed in Indy.

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Former Coastal Carolina receiver Jerome Simpson fares well in Indy.

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Missouri wide receiver William Franklin runs for more than himself.

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Of the two San Diego-based quarterbacks, Kevin O'Connell did better throwing the ball while Josh Johnson did better running the 40-yard dash.

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Missouri tight end Martin Rucker was sidelined at combine.

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last updated: 02/25/08
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Are the Oakland Raiders ready to give up on young safety Michael Huff?

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The Sporting News' Combine Dish: Monday's Winners and Losers.

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The Sporting News' Combine Dish: Sunday's Winners and Losers.

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The Sporting News' Combine Dish: Saturday's Winners and Losers.

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The Houston Texans like ex-Iowa cornerback Charles Godfrey, who is from Texas.

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A long list of Iowa Hawkeye football players who have had legal trouble since 2007.

DD.comment: When a longsnapper is on a list like this, you know things are getting bad in Iowa City.

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Once again, small school quarterback Josh Johnson is being projected to be heading to Baltimore.

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Bengals.com looks at some N.F.L. Combine Risers & Fallers.

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Report: The Minnesota Vikings have traded wide receiver Troy Williamson to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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The draft stock of powerful ex-Illinois tailback Rashard Mendenhall is rising.

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Several smaller-school corners, including Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, could hit the big time in the N.F.L.

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N.F.L. Draft Prospects and college stars Video Clips via You Tube.

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Former T.C.U. defensive end Tommy Blake set on beating troubles on way to N.F.L.

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Division III wide receiver Pierre Garcon proved he belonged at the Combine.

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Florida State wide receiver De'Cody Fagg suffered a serious left knee injury during his N.F.L. Combine workout Sunday.

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A trio of ex-Razorback running backs impress in Indy: Darren McFadden and Peyton Hillis and Felix Jones.

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Former U.S.C. Trojans Sedric Ellis and Keith Rivers have the talent to be top picks.

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Ex-Kansas State wide receiver Jordy Nelson dispels "lack of speed" myth in Indy.

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SI.com's N.F.L. Combine Risers & Sliders

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Rick Gosselin lists his Top 10 Players Not Invited to the N.F.L. scouting combine.

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TFY's Notes From the Combine

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Could Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm sink into round 2?

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N.F.L. Combine News/Rumor Mill, Directly From Indy [Part Seven]:

Former Louisiana State University star Jacob Hester can play a hybrid role as a halfback/fullback in the N.F.L......He may wind up as an H-back type, but our N.F.L. source thinks he is the kind of guy the Patriots will draft to eventually replace Kevin Faulk, who is also from Louisiana.

Meanwhile, versatile Arkansas Razorback Peyton Hillis is one of the most athletic fullbacks around. A team like the Washington Redskins, under Joe Gibbs or Marty Schottenheimer, would utilize this type back extensively. But there are not many teams these days who feature the fullback that much, so if Peyton's gonna get drafted as high as he should be, a team will need to feel he can play some tailback -- as he did for Mike Martz at the Senior Bowl.

Many N.F.L. scouts feel Owen Schmitt is fairly unidimensional. If you want a head cracker this is your guy - think recent A.F.C. All-Pro Lorenzo Neal. He is the new Lorenzo Neal, according to our source. But look what is happening to Neal now in San Diego?....He is going to be cut, in large part, because Norv Turner never uses a fullback.....Pittsburgh might be the best fit for Schmitt. Cincinnati and Green Bay would also be good fits.

Tennessee used a fullback a lot under Norm Chow, but Mike Heimerdinger does not. He uses a lot of three wide receiver sets and he will do the same next season with Vince Young.....The Titans absolutely have to sign tight end Alge Crumpler and our source expects that will happen by this Thursday. He is meeting with Tennessee's top execs today.

Former East Carolina tailback Chris Johnson projects as a faster Brian Westbrook and is the most game ready to play this coming season, because he could make a huge impact on special teams.

Former Auburn star Quentin Groves' ten yard split was among the best ever at any Indy Combine. He is at Dwight Freeney and Bruce Smith's level in that sense. But many scouts think he's ill fit to a 3-4 defense and better as a 4-3 defensive end, who would be let loose to wreck havoc. Scouts tell you to look at his Tennessee Tech game, in which he did not fare well in the 3-4 base. When he went back to a 4-3 end he was a monster -- check the South Florida tape.

Also, the 3 cone score will elevate some wide receivers and hurt others. For example, the year Anquan Boldin came out people will remember he ran a slow 4.77 in the 40 yard dash, but he did have the third best cone score....Arizona took him in round 2 and many thought they were making another draft day mistake. But his first day in the N.F.L. he had over 200 yards in catches because he is fast out of breaks...This years wide receiver to watch is Earl Bennett of Vanderbilt. He ran a 4.51, but he had this years third best cone score and this should help people understand why this wide receiver lit up the best SEC defenses....Our source thinks Bennett will likely make a faster impact than James Hardy, Limas Sweed or Malcolm Kelley.

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One of our sources in Indy, who watched the running backs workout at the RCA Dome, gives us some quick thoughts:

Darren McFadden ~ Arkansas -- He is a faster version of Eric Dickerson, but can't block anyone.

Jonathan Stewart ~ Oregon -- This Duck is the total package and he is a lot like Jamaal Lewis.

Ray Rice ~ Rutgers -- His production within the offensive tackles is unparrelled and that is the N.F.L.

Chris Johnson ~ East Carolina -- This speedster will make an quick impact because he is also a special teams ace.

Rashard Mendenhall ~ Illinios -- Powerful back, fits well in a throwing offensive. Would be a great fit in Arizona.

Steve Slaton ~ West Virginia -- He's is going to be a great slot RB/WR, ala Reggie Bush. Will fit nicely with the Chargers or Patriots.

Kevin Smith ~ Central Florida -- Former C-USA star possesses the best lateral jump step since Barry Sanders.

Mike Hart ~ Michigan -- His three cone performance shows you why he is good, even at 4.7 (bty, Emmit Smith ran a 4.7).

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Rivals.com's coverage from the N.F.L. Scouting Combine

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last updated: 02/24/08
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N.F.L. Combine News/Rumor Mill, Directly From Indy [Part Six C]:

The name of Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Bryant Johnson, an unrestricted free agent, keeps popping up in two places here -- Chicago and Tampa Bay....Linebacker Ian Gold is being shopped by the Denver Broncos and New Orleans and Cincinnati seem to be very interested....Chicago is pursuing the tampering against San Francisco, as they are suspecting the 49ers already have a deal with free agent linebacker/Bay Area native Lance Briggs.

We hear the Buffalo Bills are looking for a 4th pick in exchange for struggling, but still young quarterback J.P. Losman....Kansas City, Atlanta, San Francisco and Miami are all talking with them. However, we doubt he will bring any more than a 5th or 6th rounder....The Bills are close to $40 million under the cap, but many in Buffalo expect them to be quiet when free agency starts. Our source thinks that they will be looking at guys like Ben Troupe and Earnest Wilford and other lower tier free agents who wont eat up too much signing bonus money. They really need a Pro Bowl caliber linebacker like Lance Briggs, but they wont go to battle with San Francisco for him.

Word out of Indy is Baltimore quarback Steve McNair is recovering nicely from shoulder surgery. He is way ahead of schedule and his agent Bus Cook, who is in Indianapolis, thinks he will be the opening day starter for the Ravens.

We've been told Cleveland could meet the parameters of a long term deal to sign Patriots free agent cornerback Asante Samuel....They have no first rounder, so they can look at him as their first rounder and will pay up handsomely to reunite him with Romeo Crennel.

Finally, we heard San Francisco may've already come to terms with former Steelers cornerback/return specialist Allen Rossum today.

DD.comment: Some readers have asked us about our source. Without getting into too much detail, we think he's a great source -- true Combine insider. But most of what we are reporting is rumors, so don't expect every rumor to come to fruition. But many of the rumors will come true. For example, our man in Indy correctly informed us that linebacker Derek Smith signed with the Chargers today, well before anyone else in the media posted the story.

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TFY's Notes From the Combine

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Updated N.F.L. Combine info @ NFL.com.

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Last night we posted that our main source in Indy was reporting the Detroit Lions are shopping star wide receiver Roy Williams in hopes of getting a 2nd round pick in return -- either in the upcoming draft or next years draft.

This has created a buzz on many fan sites and has caused many to ask us why Detroit would even consider trading such a young and talented wide receiver for "only" a second round pick?

Here's the response from our source, when we asked the same question: Williams demands for a contract extenstion are pretty steep, which will knock down the Lions asking price in trades. He is reportedly looking for 8 to 10 million dollars a year, with a 28 million dollar signing bonus.

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N.F.L. Combine News/Rumor Mill, Directly From Indy [Part Six B]:

Rumor around Indy is that veteran linebacker Derek Smith (ex-San Francisco) has signed with the Chargers. Word is Cleveland and the Patriots were interested him...Also, we heard the Carolina Panthers will likely announce the signing of wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad to a deal Monday (one year, $1.5 million).......Additionally, there were some rumors in Indy about Jacksonville and the New York Jets talking about a Dwayne Robertson for Mike Peterson swap.

Look for defensive end Jevon Kearse too get a lot of action when he's released by Philadelphia, but he is not going to get much money from anyone. Jacksonville and Tennessee keep getting mentioned because most think his agent Drew Rosenhaus knows that is where all the cap money lies this year. Both teams need defensive ends, but we have heard Justin Smith is the guy they both really want.

Linebacker Dan Morgan is getting lukewarm interest around the N.F.L. due to his injury history, but we are starting to hear that since the Patriots have lost out on Zach Thomas (Friday night at St. Elmo's Steakhouse the word was he was a Pat), they are toying with the idea of signing Morgan, if he is willing to play on a one year, incentive laden deal. While this has heated up, rumors from Bob Kraft are that Tedy Bruschi is close to making a retirement decision as well.

With Asante Samuel ready to steal a Brinks truck next Friday, the Patriots are now in discussions with the Philadelphia Eagles about acquiring Lito Shepard in a trade.

Titans defensive end Antwan Odom is getting interest already from Oakland and Philadelphia....Also, look for fellow Tennessee defensive end Travis Laboy to wind up back on the West Coast. Most likely in Oakland or Seattle, according to his agent. We hear the Indianapolis Colts are interested in LaBoy, as a hedge on Dwight Freeney's Lis Franc recovery which is progressing slowly. Problem is the Colts have little money to get it done unless they restructure some of the big deals they recently got done in the last year.

Denver has not even contacted kicker Jason Elam's agents. They are apparently ready to draft a kicker to replace him and the name they are looking at is Taylor Mehlhaff from Wisconsin. They feel since he has kicked in horrible weather and he will get a big effect from the new altitude on his kickoffs, so he seems to be their primary target. He is a left footer so getting him signed early and working with the new holder, who is used to Elam's right footed style, is a must.

Former L.S.U. guard Will Arnold has made an impression here too. Several teams have mentioned him -- Baltimore, Pittsburgh, New York Jets, Carolina and Chicago.

DD.comment: A lot more prospect and free agent news, coming soon. So check back from time to time.

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N.F.L. Combine News/Rumor Mill, Directly From Indy [Part Six A]:

West Virginia wide receiver Darius Reynaud has really impressed in interviews and many think he maybe this years "Devin Hester type". He is a very rare athlete and has extreme agility and quickness. Many scouts and personnel people have commented that they thought DeSean Jackson of Cal-Berkeley had this area locked up, but at weigh-ins people saw both in shorts and Reynaud is chiseled and Jackson looks more like a tailback than a wide receiver. He is sure to get more people to look at his West Virginia canned film.

University of Texas wide receiver Limas Sweed has also done quite well in interviews, but every person who sees him wants to know what he will run? That is the one question he has not answered. Sweed, however,says confidently that speed concerns will go away here in Indy....With David Givens set to be released shortly in Tennesse, via and injury settlement after a devastating ACL injury with a tibial plateau fracture, and Eric Moulds running on empty and Justin Gage set to leave in free agency, Sweed is most commonly linked to Tennessee's 24 pick due to their need at wide receiver and his relationship with Vince Young. Titans scouts are very tight lipped about this prospect up here, but he was their first interview.

Seattle has added several running backs and wide receivers to their interview lists. They are looking for game ready skill guys who can make an early impact for Holmgren's final season. They have said they were very impressed with East Carolina tailback Chris Johnson and Oregon's Jonathan Stewart, but likely will have to move up to get both if they run what we hear they will run their forties in -- both are rumored to run sub 4.4's from their camps....One wide receiver Seattle really likes is Vanderbilt's Earl Bennett, because he is a great route runner already and he is quick out of breaks much like Deion Branch. Bennett has reportedly also hit the ball out of the park in interviews.

Ex-Michigan star Chad Henne is the quarterback making a move. Much like Jay Cutler did at the blackboard here in Indy. Henne is challenging all opinions now because he has a great football IQ already and he is moving up. Miami, Atlanta and Kansas City will likely make their moves up to get this guy in the top of round two.

Some wide receivers also having good interviews are Andre Caldwell of Florida, Lavelle Hawkins of Cal-Berkely, Adrian Arrington and Mario Manningham of Michigan, Lorne Sam of U.T.E.P. Eddie Royal of Virginia Tech, Jordy Nelson of Kansas State and Devon Bess of Hawaii....Guys who may have stumbled a little bit in interviews include Adarius Bowman of Oklahoma State, Mario Urrutia of Louisville, Marcus Monk of Arkansas and Early Doucet of L.S.U.

The N.F.L. looks for X, Y and Z WR's....The best slot guys this year look to be Danny Amendola of Texas Tech, Earl Bennett of Vanderbilt, Early Doucet of L.S.U., Lorne Sam of U.T.E.P., Lavelle Hawkins of Cal-Berkely and Eddie Royal of Virginia Tech....The best possession targets will be Jordy Nelson of Kansas State, Mario Urrutia of Louisville, D.J. Hall of Alabama and Andre Caldwell of Florida, who many think reminds them of Darrell Jackson

The Deep targets are few and far between in this draft.....Malcolm Kelley of Oklahoma (prototype west coast offense Z WR), Adrian Arrington and Mario Manningham of Michigan and Harry Douglas of Louisville.....Nebraska's Maruice Purify also looks to be an ideal west coast offense wide receiver, but his off field issues may knock him down and make him a value. San Francisco seems very interested in him. Most expect these guys to also run well....The speed burners are DeSean Jackson (small frame), Donnie Avery of Houston (who wont run) and Darius Reynaud. These guys project more as special teams ace's in their rookie year.

A defensive back to keep a look out for is Marcus Griffin of Texas. He is the twin brother of Mike Griffin the former first rounder taken last year. The Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans had great interviews with him and many here have added him to must interview list. It will be interesting to see his work out. If he is athletic as his brother, he will force many scouts back to his game tape. This could be much like Dawan Landy (5th rounder two years ago) and LaRon Landry (6th overall last year) as the next dynamic brother duo at safety. The safety spot is deemed weak this year, so any surprise numbers may force a move up draft boards.

DD.comment: We'll post Part 6-B this evening, that swings more towards free agent and N.F.L. trade rumors.

last updated: 02/23/08
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N.F.L. Combine News/Rumor Mill, Directly From Indy [Part Five]:

Athletic Penn State linebacker Dan Connor has so far been the hit of interviews. Several teams have said it was the best interview they have seen a linebacker have in the last few years. His film diagnosis and knowledge of the game are precisely why he is a tackling machine. Many have added him to their lists' of must interviews after hearing stellar reports from his first three interviews. The N.E. Patriots and Tampa Bay added him to their lists after the rumors ran in the convention center.

Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long's interviews have been as impressive as his workouts so far. Look for him to get folks in slots 1 to 4 thinking a bit more....Most think the New York Giants victory will lead to a mad rush on defensive lineman early in the draft, but we hear the St. Louis Rams are very pleasantly surprised with what they have seen and what they've heard from Jake Long. The Kansas City Chiefs wont like that news.

Michigan State's 2-way star (TE/DE) Kellen Davis' interview with a 3-4 team was interesting. He was asked defensive questions, even though he is grouped into the tight end group. Apparently this A.F.C. East franchise, which runs the 3-4 base defense, thinks his versatility is a key and they wanted to know if he would do some outside linebacker position workouts at his pro day since he wont be doing them here.

Rutgers' offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah's interviews have also been going very well. One A.F.C. North G.M. who interviewed him Friday night said he specifically asked him a question right at the beginning to throw this kid off. He questioned his ability to play tackle or guard at the next level and told him several reasons why he felt that way and asked him how he could overcome it to make himself a player? Zuttah, without hesitation, said that no offensive lineman in this draft plays with more effort and "want to" than him and that if this G.M. drafted him he'd work extremely hard to become a pro bowl center. His remarks shocked the G.M. and he went on to say it was one of the better interviews he has seen. He also mentioned that he felt Jeremy's best spot may actually be center.

The best combine so far is between Jake Long and Purdue tight end Dustin Keller. And they've both really impressed with their interviews. But the real talk in the first level of the stands from every G.M. and coach is the offensive line. No team has told us that the offensive line class is weak. The same is true for the running backs....Many scouts and execs, however, think wide receiver is the most overrated position here in Indy.

The running backs that have started to impress before workouts are Jonathan Stewart, Justin Forsett and Mike Hart. Hart, in particular, is described as ready to go right away. His interviews have shown he already knows pass protections and he may be ready to make an impact for his team very quickly....Stewart seems very fluid catching the ball and Arkansas' Darren McFadden seems very defensive about his ability to catch the ball in interviews. Some of this is clearly gamesmanship by the teams hoping to make him work out, but it has rubbed others the wrong way.

Notre Dame safety Tom Zbikowski was apparently challenged on the board by a teams defensive coordinator and ridden real hard. After the questions and answers the DC told him he was not satisfied and was left with questions about his ability to cover the receiver he showed the safey on a film. Tommy Z's response was if he could not cover that particular wide receiver, he would knock the crap out of him to break the ball free. And, Z. said if the coach really did not think he could do it, he would be more than happy to show the other three teams in his division he could and would. Good Stuff by the kid from Chicago.

Texas running back Jamaal Charles had a rough go of it with the interviews. Some teams threw up film of him and asked about protections and he had a lot of trouble. This could be clear evidence that tells you if you draft him, don't expect him to do much until his second season, at least.

Veteran defensive tackle Shaun Rogers is trade bait and many 4-3 teams are lining up. Jacksonville, Tennessee, Atlanta, Buffalo, and the New York Jets are all interested. Best offer so far is a 4th rounder.

Tennesse has tried to shop troubled cornerback Adam Jones here and there is apparently no interested parties, which could mean his N.F.L. career is over. Many have said that they expect him to remain suspended for the entire upcoming season....The other elite cornerback being shopped here is DeAngelo Hall and it appears there are now about 10 suitors for him. Talks between Atlanta and Detroit have heated up in a Rogers for Hall swap.

The New York Jets' front office has denied any possible trades with Jacksonville for Laveranues Coles, but they clearly are shopping young linebacker Jonathan Vilma in Indianapolis. Interest in Vilma has been low, however, due to his troubled knee....Same thing is true with Denver Broncos' wide receiver Javon Walker. Plus, Walker's attitude has also set him back....Arizona is still out looking for trading partners for wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. They've had six teams very interested, with only two having serious cap room to make it possible. It seems the stumbling block is getting Fitz' to pay back some bonus money to make the trade a bit more cap friendly for Arizona, which is in dire need of cap space.

The availability of wide receiver Roy Williams is also in hot debate with Jacksonville, Tennessee, Tampa Bay and New Orleans all interested. The Lions are looking for a second round pick and have told several clubs they would even consider a pick in next years' draft to get a deal done.

DD.comment: Some have asked us about our sources for these Combine stories. While we can't go into too much detail, we will say this info is coming directly from the Combine and "only" N.F.L. team personnel and the 333 invited prospects are allowed to be present at inside the Combine -- no major media reporters (except NFL Network), fans sites or agents are allowed inside. So this isn't recycled news from other media outlet or web sites. Nor is it info agents are feeding us, hoping we'll hype their players. These are legit news stories and rumors coming directly from the Indianapolis Combine.

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TFY's Notes From the Combine

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The Atlanta Falcons could use the draft or free agency to seek Michael Vick's Replacement.

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Fast-rising cornerback Leodis McKelvin could be next Troy State Trojan to star in N.F.L?

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The NFL Network has decided not to show Shirtless Players.

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Former Boise State offensive tackle Ryan Clady clearly needs to gain more upper body strength if he's going to succeed at the next level. He did only 24 bench press reps today at the Combine, before opting out with a "injury". We've been told, despite weeks of extensive weight training, Clady's only increased his reps from 20 to 24 in 5 weeks.

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Kevin from Big Blue Interactive's in-depth Combine Preview.

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Watch the N.F.L. Combine live @ NFL.com.

DD.comment: O-Linemen & tight ends run today. Check our FFlivewire links below for updated results?

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Closer looks at 3 wide receiver prospects: Early Doucet, Limas Sweed and Mario Manningham.

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The Miami Dolphins like ex-Army safety Caleb Campbell.

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The first overall pick in the 1990 N.F.L. Draft, Jeff George, is trying to impress scouts in pre-drat workouts?

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Brash wide receiver Andre Caldwell ready to impress at the combine.

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Scouts really like ex-Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston.

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Former Texas tailback Jamaal Charles' draft stock will be linked to a stopwatch?

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The Chicago Bears like ex-Michigan quarterback Chad Henne.

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Q&A with top quarterback prospect Brian Brohm, plus Mike Mayock's rankings in this link.

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Former Cal-Berkeley wide receiver DeSean Jackson checks in at only 5' 9" and 167 pounds in Indy, which could drop his stock.

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An anonymous N.F.L. scout tells Bay Area paper ex-San Diego quarterback Josh Johnson could be picked in round 3.

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ESPN takes a closer look at Oklahoma State cornerback Martel Van Zant, who is vying to become the 3rd deaf player in N.F.L. history.

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Fascinating Q&A with ex-Michigan wide receiver Adrian Arrington.

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Constantly updated N.F.L. Combine info @ DenverBroncos.com.

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SI.com: Big-armed Delaware quarterback Joe Flacco is creating a buzz in Indy.

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USA Today lists the Top Combine Performers since 1999.

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TFY's Notes From the Combine

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N.F.L. Combine News/Rumor Mill, Directly From Indy [Part Four]:

Look for veteran Billy Volek's name to surface in Atlanta. Even though they'll likely draft a quarterback 3rd overall, they need a veteran to start fresh and keep the seat warm. Volek is favorite of owner Arthur Blank, who offered him a deal once before to back up Michael Vick, but instead he went back to Tenneessee.

Look for Byron Leftwich's name to possibly surface in San Francisco. Martz thinks he can re-energize him and Alex Smith's support in the Bay Area is on life support. Carolina wide receiver Keary Colbert is also very interested in playing the slot for Martz. His agent confirmed that to us.

Kansas City is interested in quarterback Brian Brohm and have talked to his agents....Oakland is clearly looking for D-Line help and it appears their relationship with Tommie Kelley is close to over.....The Raiders staff has been told that this year they will be rebuilding both the offensive and defensive lines in the draft....They also don't see running back Lamont Jordan coming back in Oakland.

Tatum Bell and Julius Jones have been linked to Tennessee, Tampa Bay and Carolina....Baltimore appears ready to admit defeat and they will rebuild the offensive line. They feel that last year was an aberration because of injuries and they realize that they still have enough on offense to win, with even Kyle Boller, but their offensive line has gotten awfully porous lately.

Marcus Stroud's longevity is clearly in doubt. His microfracture ankle surgery is really not responding and there is serious concern that he may never make it back to earn the money he signed for last year. The signing of Grady Jackson for two years was obviously done for this reason. They are also interested in bringing in Rod Coleman for a look see.

In Jacksonville they are excited with the emergence of young linebackers Clint Ingram and Justin Durant, so there is also talk that Mike Peterson days may be numbered....They also would love to pry Laveranues Coles from New York to bring him back home, so don't be surprised if thes two teams dance on draft day....Jax is also in the Justin Smith sweepstakes and has shown interest in veteran free agent wide receivers Bryant Johnson and Dante Stallworth.

Flozell Adams is now getting love from Kansas City, Baltimore and Atlanta....Carolina is still toying with trading Julius Peppers....Arizona is also still considering trading Larry Fitzgerald and there is still smoke around Ocho Cinco's stay in Cincy....I keep hearing that Mike Brown is willing to do something with Chad Johnson if Chad is willing to give back some bonus money pre trade and the new team will give him a new deal.

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According to our main source in Indianapolis, Atlanta Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall is being shopped league wide. Per the source, there are 7 teams interested in Hall, but the New York Giants have the best offer on the table, right now. Dallas is in it and Jerry Jones has asked for permission to talk numbers. The Cowboys may offer their second first rounder.

The word at the convention center that comes from DeAngelo Hall directly is that Rod Coleman and Alge Crumpler and himself are being cleared out because of their support of Michael Vick and the fact that the teams' new G.M. is from the Patriots and wants to scrub the lockeroom clean. Teams interested in Hall that our source has confirmed are: Dallas, New York Giants, Tennessee, Miami, Buffalo, New Orleans and Kansas City.

Our source also told us to be patient with this deal, as the Falcons are in no hurry to make this deal. A few years ago, at the 2006 Combine, he correctly told us Javon Walker would be traded from Green Bay to Denver. The trade did happen, but happend on April 29th, 2006.

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Former University of Louisville tight end Gary Barnidge being eyed as a long snapper.

DD.comment: Being able to longsnap is always a valuable skill to have. But like young New York Giants' linebacker Zak DeOssie, we think Barnidge is way too talented as a position player to be typecast as a longsnapper so early in his career. And, once a player starts snapping well, teams generally remove them from their positional duties for good (due to injury fears)....But there is so much money to be made playing pro football for a long time, so how can we blame some of these better prospects for agreeing to waste their athletic talents just snapping the ball a few times a game?

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Repsected Dallas News writer Rick Gosslin writes Texas Tech wide receiver Danny Amendola could be another Wes Welker.

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The Atlanta Falcons Win Coin Toss, get 3rd overall pick. Oakland will pick next, followed by Kansas City.

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N.F.L. Combine News/Rumor Mill, Directly From Indy [Part III]:

Tennessee is hot for free agent wide reciever Bernard Berrian and recent cap cut tight Alge Crumpler....Tennessee is not really that hot for running back Tatum Bell, contrary to media reports. They are, however, talking to Julius Jones' folks....Jones and Bill Parcells were spotted eating together Thursday night, which has fueled some rumor mongering that the Miami Dolphins are after him....Also, the Bears are shopping running back Cedric Benson. Good luck finding takers!

Tennessee also seems interested in Texas A&M defensive tackle Red Bryant. He and Albert Haynesworth would be a tremendous tandem.....Most scouts think all the good values at wide receiver will be in round two, and few will go in round one now that Malcolm Kelly has pulled out of the combine with a severe quad hematoma. Insider word is he may not be able to work out for 4-6 weeks.

The number of red flagged draftees (injuries) is surprising low this year. That's a good sign....The offensive line talent in this draft is deeper than I thought. Steelers staff said its the best in 25 years, in their opinion.

Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston is moving up, as is Virginia's Chris Long....But Auburn's Quentin Groves is really causing a stir here. He met with 49ers' head coach Mike Nolan and told him your going to be sorry you traded the 7th pick for Staley after I run a 4.4 forty! Big Talk, but if he does he will be a top 10 pick for sure.

The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins want to sign Dallas Cowboys free agent tackle Flozell Adams.... Wide receiver Javon Walker is rumored to be heading to Tampa Bay.

Vanderbilt wide receiver Earl Bennett has been at Chip Smith's joint in Atlanta working out with Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and Tony Scheffler since Jan 10. Word is, Cutler is telling Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shannahan to draft Bennett, which isn't surprising.

Our main source has four running backs he loves in rounds two or three -- Justin Forsett, Ray Rice, Steve Slaton and Matt Forte. Only Forte has a medical issue, but it is not likely to be a big deal on draft day.

Mike Turner's (Chargers tailback) people are not happy here in Indy. Apparently his agent has been told precisely what I expected -- the draft is loaded with tailbacks and teams in dire need at running back will draft one. The one team that might be his buyer is New Orleans, because Deuce's recovery has hit some snags, according to their trainers. The Steelers like Turner alot, but they don't like the numbers he is looking for. Arizona, reportedly, loves him but can't afford to even buy groceries on their cap. They just had to cut three players to get a little wiggle room.

The New York Giants are rumored to have completed a deal Thursday Night at St. Elmo's Steak House to send pick number 31 to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for disgruntled, but talented, cornerback DeAngelo Hall. Again, that's a hot rumor, but our main source has not confirmed it yet.

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Official list of offensive and defensive prospects Invited to the N.F.L. Scouting Combine


DD.comment: To see which underclassmen have received invites check our Declared Juniors List.

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N.F.L. Combine News/Rumor Mill, Directly From Indy [Part II -- Plus]:

Tulane running back Matt Forte has a knee that worries some, but the looseness is from an old PCL tear and is not felt to be an issue at all. He has gained a ton of interest here in Indy and seems quite popular with scouts. He is a classic edge and cut runner.

Defensive end Wallace Gilberry also has a loose knee, but he is fully recovered from a scope he had early in his career at Alabama....Kentucky wide receiver Keenan Burton might have set the record for plain X-rays at the combine due to all the broken bones he got in the SEC.

Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm got a good work over Thursday, which is no surprise considering his injury history. His right ACL repair checked out and his left Labrum looked fully healed and should not bother him at the next level.

Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon and Wisconsin cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu both suffered devastating knee injuries, with the later injuring his MCL and ACL while training in Florida. Ikegwuonu's long speed was a big concern pre-injury, so if he makes it in this league it will be as a strong safety, even though he has no experience there....all signs point to Dixon making a clean and full recovery.

Ole Miss tailback BenJarvus Green has caught the eye of New Orleans, Chicago and Philadelphia. The young man has one of the best bodies in Indy.

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N.F.L. Combine News/Rumor Mill, Directly From our Sources in Indy [Part II]:

The Pittsburgh Steelers, who need help on the offensive line, really like several prospects. The Steelers were impressed with U.S.C. guard Chilo Rachal, who never wanted to leave U.S.C. but had to because his parents suffer from Diabetes and need medical coverage. Pitt loves his character and work ethic.

Also, Western Michigan guard/tackle James Blair is getting a lot of attention from Pittsburgh. He's a bowling ball right tackle that projects as a guard. The reason they like him is his brute strength, especially against the best monster defensive tackles.

In addition, potential small school gem Heath Benedict looks fit -- he's completely recovered from a 2005 knee injury. This is another player getting a ton of attention from the Steelers. Heath thinks Pittsburgh wants him to play Alan Faneca's spot and not tackle because he is the draft's best trap blocker and they believe he will make the ideal replacement for Faneca.

Meanwhile, U.S.C. lineman Drew Radovich has a hip injury that has healed but likely will cause him issues in his thirties....B.G.S.U. center Corey Lictensteiger's Labrum problem is no longer an issue, as most feel he is over it. Same thing with Pitt Panthers' guard/offensive tackle Mike McGlynn.

Boston College cornerback DeJuan Tribble's left knee meniscus is worrisome to some teams. He has a degenerative Meniscus and it could cause issues down the line. Most think he is best suited to a zone predominant scheme.

Indiana cornerback Tracey Porter had many thinking of Adrian Petersen last year with all the attention that was given to his left clavicle. He broke it in 2004 and after he broke it he got the knack of shying away from tackling. But the clavical looks solid and this should not be a huge problem in the immediate future.

N.F.L. teams really spent a lot time with U.S.C. cornerback Terrell Thomas, due to past knee and shoulder problems. The findings are sure to effect his board slot, but he remains a physical specimen with a chiseled body.

No one has worked harder to come back from injuries than Nebraska cornerback Zack Bowman and he's got a great attitude and work ethic, but many in Indy feel his injuries will rob him of short area quickness and lateral movement, meaning he is likely going to have to stick as a special teams player or make a shift to safety.

Linebacker Curtis Lofton of Oklahoma reminds many of Demeco Ryans because he is explosive, but his move to middle linebacker might worry some boards due to some neck issues...Virginia Tech linebacker Xavier Adibi is being looked at closely by nerve specialists for a history of left shoulder stingers, but most feel it is a non issue. Still, his M.R.I.s will be looked at closely.

U.S.C. running back Chauncey Washington's history of multiple leg injuries and a brief bout with a temporary paralysis at the age nine will make him a popular player for poking, prodding and examining as the draft process moves forward.

The Seattle Seahawks seem to be paying a lot attention to lightning-fast East Carolina tailback Chris Johnson. This has led some to believe that Shaun Alexander's days in the Pacific Northwest could be numbered.

Look for New Mexico Lobos' guard Devin Clark to lift many reps of 225 pounds. He has short arms and the pedigree of brute strength behind him as a former national weightlifting champ....Ultra-productive Boston College safety Jamie Silva was talking at lengths with the Patriots, Steelers and Seahawks.

Mamouth Texas A&M defensive tackle Red Bryant has been popular. Many teams have sought him out. The New York Jets, Jacksonville, Dallas, Washington, Tennessee and Cleveland were all quite interested in him. One venerable A.F.C. scout, who knows Texas college football better than anyone in football, says Red is the best run stuffing defensive tackle since Casey Hampton. He actually might be bigger, stronger and faster than Hampton, according to the respected scout. Pretty intense words for this draftee.

Finally, the New York Jets were ecstatic when they heard the Dallas Cowboys tagged safety Ken Hamlin and not Flozell Adams, as they are clearly interested in the veteran free agent lineman.

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Dan Pompei: 5 Who Helped Themselves at the N.F.L. Combine since 1995.

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Dan Pompei: 5 Who Hurt Themselves at the N.F.L. Combine since 2000.

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Look back at Adam Archuleta's jaw-dropping Combine performance in 2001.

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Texas A&M tight end Martellus Bennett talks the talk in Indy.

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Peter Prisco: Copycat convention salivating over Defensive Ends at Combine.

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Draft Diary: Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston ready for the Combine.

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Ex-Missouri receiver William Franklin hopes to show 4.33 speed in Indy.

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Arkansas running back Darren McFadden to face tough questions in Indy.

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Ex-Texas Tech receiver Danny Amendola looks forward to the N.F.L. Combine.

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Former N.F.L. player Bucky Brooks lists his Top Defensive Line Prospects.

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Utah State receiver/kick returner Kevin Robinson is one of four players from Utah schools taking part in the combine.

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Ed Thompson of Scout.com Live Combine Blog

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Lovie Smith's Combine report

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Experts and general managers agree: the most important part of the combine might be the interview.

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Gil Brandt details the history of the 40-yard dash in relation to the N.F.L. draft.

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Kansas State wide out Jordy Nelson is going from slinging hash in his parents' grill to catching footballs at the N.F.L. Combine.

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New York Giants' team needs for the N.F.L. draft.

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Last year, Lions wide out Calvin Johnson borrowed shoes and ran, what stories will emerge from this N.F.L. combine?

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Marshall quarterback Bernard Morris' draft stock is on the rise.

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Ohio State linebacker Larry Grant hopes to make a special teams impact at the next level.

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Hawaii wide out Davone Bess received a second round projection from the N.F.L. draft advisory board.

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Injury slows ex-Arizona State running back Ryan Torain at the N.F.L. combine.

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Recently we were asked about the "worst" Combine showing we can remember? At first thought, we'd respond by saying troubled, ex-Ohio State Maurice Clarett, who ran a pair of disappointing 40 yard dashes (4.72 and 4.82), then packed it in and left Indy because he was so out of shape....But upon further thought, the dubious prize has to go to a former U.S.C. offensive lineman named Phalen Pounds, who, to the best of our knowledge, didn't even sign as a free agent after his awful showing.

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CBSSportsline: Peter Prisco's Top 32 Prospects.

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Josh Buchanan's Small School Preview: Defensive Ends.

We've noted several times in this blog that while the mainstream media and most draft sites believe Oklahoma wide receiver Malcolm Kelly is a sure fire first round pick, all the inside sources we've talked to (N.F.L. sources) question his speed and feel he needs to run well to be drafted in the top 2 rounds. With that said, we are not surprised Kelly has suddenly come up with a "injury" and will Not Run at the Combine.

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N.F.L. Combine News/Rumor Mill, Directly From our Sources in Indy:

Two big time running backs have some medical issues: Chris Johnson of East Carolina got red-flagged by several teams for a neck surgery he had in 2006. This may take him off about 5 teams boards, but many medical insiders think any concern is overblown -- he should be fine and could be drafted higher than most would expect....Jonathan Stewart's left ankle has caused a bit of a firestorm. Some believe there is a greater risk for early D.J.D. and maybe even a microfracture risk, but those concerns, also, seem to be quite a bit overblown. Either way, the scouts our sources have talked to love Stewart and many compare him to a young L.T.

Our sources also told us the Miami Dolphins, at this point, are ruling out using a the first overall pick on a quarterback. Simply put, they are not yet convinced any quarterbacks are worthy of being picked first overall. Nonetheless, we've been told Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland really like Joe Flacco and Chad Henne, who could be selected later in the draft....all this talk has led our source to believe that Miami is looking at Chris Long vs Vernon Gholston, if they keep the number one pick. Gholston, who reminds many N.F.L. scouts of Shawn Merriman, could actually inch ahead of Long, if he has a great workout in Indy.

Also, the New York Jets, Tampa Bay and Indianapolis really love defensive tackle Sedric Ellis of U.S.C. Our source thinks the Jets have the best shot of getting him at 6, but he may slip past them and a few other teams due to his injury history (right knee is getting a lot attention in Indy)....Glenn Dorsey is the ideal one gapper, but lacks the size that most scouts look for. Before you hear it anywhere, don't be surprised if the two stud defensive tackles slip out of the top 5. Both defensive tackles have issues and neither are slam dunks, but may be overdrafted because of a lack of depth at the position. Both of these guys must go to the right scheme.

The New York Jets really like Eric Young of Tennessee. They think he would make a punishing offensive guard in the N.F.L. and believe his upperbody strength and powerful punch would serve the Jets inside run game well. The Jets also really like U.S.C. Chilo Rachal, but he may not be there for them in round 2? Two other Jets notes: Ganggreen reportedly loves Arizona cornerback Antoine Cason and while they'd love to deal veteran linebacker Jonathan Vilma, his bad knee may make him untradeable.

Finally, expect the following prospects to do well on the Wonderlic Intelligence Tests: Kentucky Tight end Jacob Tamme, who has, amazingly, scored 3 perfect 50's on practice tests....Florida wide receiver Andre Caldwell will score high and he possesses a very high football IQ...Chris Williams of Vanderbilt is another very intelligent prospect, who should do extremely well on the test.

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Former Maryland linebacker Erin Henderson wants to improve his current draft standing (3rd round).

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A pair of noted draft analysts break down Notre Dame's Top Prospects.

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In-depth look at ex-Maryland tight end Joey Haynos.

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If athletic defensive end Chris Long performs as expected in Indy, the Miami Dolphins could draft him number one.

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Did University of Miami safety Kenny Phillips make a mistake leaving school early?

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Closer looks at former Cal-Berkeley receivers Lavell Hawkins and DeSean Jackson

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Former Nebraska star Maurice Purify eager to display his speed at the N.F.L. Combine.

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Quick look at underrated Toldeo tailback Jalen Parmele.

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ESPN analyst projects the teams that may draft left tackle Jeff Otah and quarterback Joe Flacco.

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A pair of former Boise State standouts prepare to be poked and prodded at N.F.L. Scouting Combine.

DD.comment: The buzz we are getting from several inside sources is that ex-B.S.U. tackle Ryan Clady is a very gifted athlete for a big fellow, but he needs to "significantly" pick up his intensity level if he's going to be a factor at the next level. Also, a few people (including a top prospect) told us Clady could have a tough time adjusting in the N.F.L. because he rarely went up against quality defensive ends in college.

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Ex-Northern Iowa offensive tackle Chad Rinehart is looking forward to impressing at the Combine.

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Former Notre Dame defensive tackle Trevor Laws hopes his extreme makeover pays off.

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Former San Jose Spartans' cornerback Dwight Lowery hopes to display 4.4 speed at the Combine.

DD.comment: We spoke (via E-Mail) to someone very close to Adam Tafralis last month and he did confirm the ex-Spartans' quarterback had a Combine invite as a "throwing quarterback" (means he'll be doing a ton of extra work in Indy throwing to receivers and backs in drills), but he never mentioned what Pro Football Weekly was reporting -- Tafralis was invited as a fullback/tight end.

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One of our West Coast sources has told us Northwest Missouri State tailback Xavier Omon was running the 40 yard dash in 4.51 to 4.56 seconds consistently at 5'11 230 in his first two weeks of training. He's now a month into training, so any improvement on those times would be a good sign for the small school powerback who runs with great balance, awareness and toughness.

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The Philadelphia Eagles use the N.F.L. Scouting Combine to Closely Scrutinize the Juniors.

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Scout.com: Eight to Watch at the Combine.

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USAToday.com: Top 100 Prospects for the N.F.L. draft.

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ESPN analyst breaks down the top prospects from the Western Althetic Conference.

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Quarterback Sam Keller expects N.F.L. teams to grill about his turbulent days at Arizona State.

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Who will be a better N.F.L. tailback Thomas Brown or Tashard Choice?

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In-depth look at the Green Bay Packers team needs.

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Former University of Arizona linebacker Spencer Larsen hopes to impress in Indy.

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One of our inside sources in Indianapolis has told us the Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons, Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders are showing serious interest in former Vanderbilt tackle Chris Williams.... Per the source, Williams is a likely 2nd round pick, at this point, but we think the intelligent (31 wonderlic), hard-working and nimble offensive tackle is a first round caliber athlete. Sort of a modern day Mark May, who will play and excel for a long time in the N.F.L.

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Here's a new league, which should be good news for some talented, but lesser known prospects: Developmental Football League.

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An extensive N.F.L. Combine preview -- from our friends over n.f.l.draftguys.com.

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ESPN.com: Draft an inexact science? Not for these five teams.

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Former Kansas Jayhawks cornerback Aqib Talib hopes to show his speed in Indy.

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Las Vegas paper takes a closer look at U.N.L.V. defensive end Jeremy Geathers and middle linebacker Beau Bell.

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Weaknesses of South Florida cornerback Mike Jenkins.

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The NFL Network's television coverage of the combine listed by date and time.

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Former Philadelphia Eagles' defensive end Mike Mamula speaks out about being labeled a bust.

DD.comment: As the article stated, Mamula did not perform up to the hype he got prior to that 1995 draft, but he was in an impossible situation in Philly playing defensive end at 245 pounds and getting a lot of attention from opponents -- he was more suited to be a 3-4 linebacker, ala Mike Vrabel (who's about the same age). Also, his Final N.F.L. Numbers were pretty good when you consider he only played five full seasons due to some major injuries.

Now, again, we aren't trying to say Mamula's career wasn't a bit of disappointment -- he never made a Pro Bowl and he retired from the N.F.L. at 27 due to mental fatigue. But we strongly disagree with the throngs in the media that claim he's one of biggest draft busts in history. If you are looking for the ultimate "draft bust" at defensive end, we'd think former Packers Top 10 pick Jamal Reynolds , who was a healthy inactive most Sundays of his career and was cut by several teams, would rank much higher on the "buster meter" than Mamula. Matter of fact, if you went back and looked at all the defensive lineman picked in the first round during the decade of the 1990's, you'd find most didn't put up the numbers Mamula did in their first 5 seasons.

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The Chicago Bears are looking for help at offensive tackle and talented Vanderbilt star Chris Williams is a player they like a lot.

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Ex-Hawaii wide receiver Jason Rivers needs to run well at the Combine.

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Rivals.com takes an in-depth look at fast-rising Eastern Michigan defensive lineman Jason Jones.

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SI.com: 20 Players to Watch at the all-important N.F.L. Combine.

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SI.com: Pressure of Pro Days and N.F.L. Combine can drive some prospects towards steroids.

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USA Today looks at team needs for franchises with the First 10 Selections.

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ESPN.com: Mario Williams' guide to the N.F.L. Combine.

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ESPN.com looks at 10 Workout Warriors from the last ten N.F.L. Combines.

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The Philadelphia Eagles deny reports that they have given Pro Bowl cornerback Lito Sheppard permission to seek a trade.

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L.S.U. quarterback Ryan Perrilloux has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.

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TFY Draft's Pre-Combine Notes: Part Three

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ESPN analyst really likes powerful Illinois tailback Reshard Mendenhall.

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A respected inside source recently told us that Jacksonville Jaguars' offensive line coach Mike Tice is absolutely smitten with potential small school gem Heath Benedict. So don't be surprised if the tough-as-nails offensive tackle winds up playing his pro ball in Northern Florida.

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A Day in the Life of a Professional Sports Agent -- Kristen Kuliga.

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About.com: Top 10 Draft Busts.

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Pro Football Weekly: Quick pre-Combine thoughts

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N.F.L. Draft Prospects and college stars Video Clips via You Tube.

DD.comment: We recently added about 20 more prospects to the You Tube page, including Reshard Mendenhall, Chevis Jackson, Danny Amendola, Eddie Royal, Matt Flynn, Super Freshman Eric Berry and many more.

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ESPN.com: Ten N.F.L. Combine-related Questions and Answers.

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Floyd Reese of ESPN.com: Discerning Intangibles is a Difficult task for scouts.

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Tennessee State cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie could have a bright N.F.L. future.

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Peter King: Virginia defensive lineman Chris Long will try to improve his already-high stock at the scouting combine this week.

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An actual N.F.L. scout comments on Penn State's Top Prospects.

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Arkansas wide receiver Marcus Monk insists he has no regrets about staying in school.

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Rivals.com looks at 22 Injury Plagued Prospects heading for the Combine.

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Former Vanderbilt offensive lineman Josh Eames hopes to get drafted.

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Extensive N.F.L. Scouting Combine coverage at NFL.com.

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Ohio.com takes an in-depth look at young Ohio State running back Chris Wells.

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In-depth scouting report for ex-Louisville linebacker Lamar Myles.

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Former Boise State cornerback Orlando Scandrick could be an option for Cleveland in the draft.

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Former Arizona cornerback Wilrey Fontenot has been in the shadows of Antoine Cason, but that could change at the N.F.L. combine this week.

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Official list of offensive and defensive prospects Invited to the N.F.L. Scouting Combine


DD.comment: To see which underclassmen have received invites check our Declared Juniors List.

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Quick look at talented South Florida cornerback Mike Jenkins.

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The N.C.A.A. turned down Cincinnati quarterback Ben Mauk's request for another season of eligibility.

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N.F.L. Draft Prospect A&A: Boston College safety Jamie Silva.

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Former University of Cincinnati safety Haruki Nakamura is one several notable N.F.L. prospects working out at Ignition Athletics Performance Group.

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Former Rutgers tailback Ray Rice is ready for the N.F.L. challenge.

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With no pick in the first round, Cleveland could be targeting Defensive Line Help in round two.

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The struggling Cincinnati Benglas are looking to beef up their offensive and defensive lines.

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Paul G breaks down top 3-4 OLB prospects in the 2008 N.F.L. Draft.

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Central Oklahoma quarterback Ryan O'Hara pro day is March 12.

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War Room Report debates the Quarterback Class in the 2008 N.F.L. Draft.

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Speed Camps: it takes money to make money in the N.F.L. draft.

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Delaware quarterback Joe Flacco prepares for N.F.L. combine.

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Rivals.com N.F.L. Draft Rankings: Top Quarterbacks

Rivals.com N.F.L. Draft Rankings: Top Running Backs

Rivals.com N.F.L. Draft Rankings: Top Wide Outs

Rivals.com N.F.L. Draft Rankings: Top Tight Ends

Rivals.com N.F.L. Draft Rankings: Top Fullbacks

Rivals.com N.F.L. Draft Rankings: Top Guards

Rivals.com N.F.L. Draft Rankings: Top Centers

Rivals.com N.F.L. Draft Rankings: Top Tackles

Rivals.com N.F.L. Draft Rankings: Top Defensive Ends

Rivals.com N.F.L. Draft Rankings: Top Defensive Tackles

Rivals.com N.F.L. Draft Rankings: Top Outside Linebackers

Rivals.com N.F.L. Draft Rankings: Top Inside Linebackers

Rivals.com N.F.L. Draft Rankings: Top Safeties

Rivals.com N.F.L. Draft Rankings: Top Cornerbacks

Rivals.com N.F.L. Draft Rankings: Top Punters & Kickers

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Rivals.com N.F.L. Draft Rankings: Top Quarterbacks

With 333 former college players at this week's N.F.L. combine, it'll take a lot for the Players with Virginia Ties to stand out.

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Fort Worth paper puts forth a long list of players that the Dallas Cowboys May Target in free agency and the draft.

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The Minnesota Vikings still believe struggling wide receiver Troy Williamson can make an impact.

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Explaining the compensation rules for signing Unrestricted Free Agents.

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Dave Goldberg: The New York Giants show a good draft beats anything else.

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The Denver Broncos need to bolster their Offensive and Defensive Lines this offseason.

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The Buffalo Bills could take Oklahoma wide receiver Malcolm Kelly with their first draft pick.

DD.comment: No one needs to run better at the Combine than Malcolm Kelly. While most net sites have projected him as a sure-fire first round pick, he got a 2nd round projection from N.F.L. scouts a few weeks ago and the coaching staff at Oklahoma advised him to stay in school, because they felt he was a Potential Fourth Round Pick....So there is an obvious difference between what folks inside the football world think of Malcolm Kelly going into the draft process and what mainstream media and fan sites think.

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Rotoworld.com's Scouting Combine Preview

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North Carolina State safety Dajuan Morgan has been impressing his trainers at Athlete's Performance with work ethic, instincts and anticipation. Morgan could be a riser on draft day.

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Arkansas running back Darren McFadden and seven other N.F.L. prospects prepare for the combine at sprinter Michael Johnson's speed camp.

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last updated: 02/15/08
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Penn State safety Anthony Scirrotto pleads guilty for being part of a 2007 brawl, gets probation.

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TheFootballExpert.com has a 7 Round Mock Draft.

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The Dallas Cowboys are interested in talking with ex-Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution looks at 15 prospects with ties to the Peach State, including Georgia tailback Kregg Lumpkin.

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Josh Buchanan continues his series of N.F.L. draft Q&A's with Henderson State offensive tackle Kurt Kutscher.

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The Atlanta Falcons released four-time Pro Bowl tight end Alge Crumpler and six other players Friday.

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25 players that have gone from under the radar recruits to College Stars.

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Could Penn State star Dan Connor be an ideal fit for the Miami Dolphins?

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Rutgers running back Ray Rice is training for the Combine at Parisi Speed School.

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Colorado running back Hugh Charles is preparing for the N.F.L. draft and Olympic trials.

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Former Ohio State tackle Kirk Barton might be moved to guard in the N.F.L.

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The recent signing of free agent tailback Justin Fargas could change the Oakland Raiders draft plans.

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Gil Brandt reflects on some of the "Hidden Gems" he drafted during formative years of the Dallas Cowboys

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last updated: 02/14/08
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The path is clearing for suspended linebacker Odell Thurman to return to the Cincinnati Bengals.

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CBSSports.com: Peter Prisco's One Round Mock Draft.

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Free-agent guard Mike Wahle has signed with the Seattle Seahawks.

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Atlanta may cut as many as a dozen players in the next few days, including five time Pro-Bowl linebacker Keith Brooking.

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Top draft prospects Darren McFadden and Felix Jones are Dallas Cowboys fans.

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Josh Buchanan continues his series of N.F.L. draft Q&A's with South Carolina running back Cory Boyd.

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T.C.U. defensive end Tommy Blake ready to prove he can play in the N.F.L.

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The Baltimore Sun takes an in-depth look at Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm.

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Ex-N.F.L. player Bucky Brooks lists his Top 10 Quarterback Prospects for SI.com.

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Ex-N.F.L. player Bucky Brooks lists his Top 10 Tailback Prospects for SI.com.

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Virginia defensive end Chris Long prepares for the combine.

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Kansas cornerback Aqib Talib looks to be in incredible shape and will impress onlookers at the upcoming N.F.L. combine weigh-in.

DD.comment: Draft Daddy was lucky enough to tour the Athletes' Performance facility in Tempe, Arizona earlier this week. Stay tuned for more insider tidbits on the 2008 participants as well as an in-depth article on the general topic of these speed camps and their increasing impact on the draft.

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Interesting look at the 2008 draft's cornerback class.

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The Cincinnati Bengals have stated that their priorities for the upcoming draft are Offensive and Defensive linemen.

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Humerous but factual breakdown of the Forty-Yard Dash.

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Is Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm the number one signal-caller in the draft?

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last updated: 02/13/08
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TFY Draft's Pre-Combine Notes: Part One

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Running back Justin Fargas agreed to a new contact with the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday instead of testing the market as a free agent.

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Draft analysts' opinions differ on Arkansas tailback Darren McFadden.

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Ode to the franchise quarterback: Every big game needs a hero like Eli Manning.

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Dan Pompei: No sure thing at the top of the N.F.L. draft, So Who’s 1?

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Fast-rising St. Louis Rams safety Oshiomogho Atogwe looks forward to free agency.

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Draft Daddy updated lists of the best available Free Agents: Offense -- Defense


DD.comment: We have added a total of about 30 new names to both lists in recent days. Most are lesser known players, added to the bottom of the position lists. But we think some of these players have the potential to contribute in the right situations.

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The Miami Dolphins may use their number one overall pick on Virginia defensive end Chris Long, according to Adam Schefter of the NFL Network.

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New York Giants' G.M. Jerry Reese says he doesn't intend to trade veteran tight end Jeremy Shockey.

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Closer look at a pair of talented cornerbacks -- Mike Jenkins and Dominque Rodgers -- who are training for the draft.

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Veteran offensive guard Mike Wahle to meet with the Seattle Seahawks.

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ESPN: Five things each A.F.C. South Team Needs.

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The improving Houston Texans are getting ready for another draft.

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Josh Buchanan's Small School Preview: Offensive Line & Updated Top 25.

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last updated: 02/12/08
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Josh Buchanan continues his series of N.F.L. draft Q&A's with fast rising Eastern Michigan defensive end Jason Jones.

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The University of Cincinnati will soon know if Ben Mauk will return as their starting quarterback or if he'll be forced to turn pro.

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Are the Washington Redskins looking to trade for wide receiver Chad Johnson?

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Peter King: The Miami Dolphins are set up for a big offseason.

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N.F.L. Free Agency: Six Keepers for the Oakland Raiders.

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University of Minnesota linebacker Mike Sherels hopes to impress N.F.L. scouts.

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A pair of Ohio Bobcats -- Kalvin McRae and Taj Henley -- hope to impress scouts with their speed as the process moves forward.

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Quick look at Tulsa quarterback Paul Smith, who is training for the N.F.L. draft in California.

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In-depth look at Troy State tailback Kenny Cattouse, who hopes to run a sub-4.5 at his Pro Day after training with former N.F.L./X.F.L. tailback Keith Elias.

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L.S.U.'s leading sacker in 2007, Kirston Pittman, has been granted a sixth-season of eligibility.

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All-Mountain West quarterback Kevin O'Connell feels confident about his draft chances.


DD.comment: O'Connell is an exceptional athlete, who is still developing as a quarterback. If we were G.M.'s or scouts for an N.F.L. franchise we'd certainly work him at quarterback first, but we'd also like to see how he catches the ball and runs the various shuttles at the Combine or in workouts, as he could be an ideal postion change candidate (wide receiver, tight end) if things don't work out at quarterback.

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Will the Miami Dolphins draft Michigan left tackle Jake Long first overall?

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last updated: 02/11/08
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NFLDraftScout.com's updated rankings: Top 64 Junior Prospects.

NFLDraftScout.com's updated rankings: Top 64 Senior Prospects

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Carolina Panthers' quarterback Jake Delhomme believes vigorous rehab from elbow surgery may significantly improve his arm strength and extend his career.

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The Carolina Panthers have released high impact, but often injured, linebacker Dan Morgan.

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Field Gulls writer thinks U.S.C. left tackle Sam Baker is very underrated.

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Former Michigan State basketball player Antonio Smith hopes to go from hoops to football at age 32.

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The Miami Dolphins have released 9 veterans, including Trent Green.

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Quick glance at the Buffalo Bills free agents.

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NFLSmackdown.com: Top 20 Underrated Seniors

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In-depth look at wide receiver Kenneth Moore, who set the A.C.C. record for most receptions in a season.

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Free agency: Asante Samuel to set the bar for cornerbacks.

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last updated: 02/10/08
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Draft Daddy updated lists of the best available Free Agents: Offense -- Defense


DD.comment: We have added a total of about 30 new names to both lists in recent days. Most are lesser known players, added to the bottom of the position lists. But we think some of these players have the potential to contribute in the right situations.

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What will the Cincinnati Bengals do in free agency and the draft?

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Florida Gators co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison accepts N.F.L. job with Baltimore.


DD.comment: This story is somewhat relevant to a draft site, because Greg's son is Iowa defensive end/N.F.L. prospect Bryan Mattison.

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Who’s on the Carolina Panthers’ chopping block with cap cuts looming?

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Ex-Oklahoma wide receiver Malcolm Kelly has announced that he'll endorse the international medical missionary organization Mercy Ships.

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L.S.U. Tigers N.F.L. Draft Bio: Running back Jacob Hester


DD.comment: Did the writer in the link above really insinuate that 5' 11" and 230 pounds is too small for an N.F.L. tailback?

That's absolutely crazy. If what he suggests was true, every tailback at the Senior Bowl would be deemed too small to play in the N.F.L., as all measured Smaller than Hester in terms of height or weight.

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University of Colorado running back Hugh Charles adds track star to his resume.


DD.comment: The article above states Hugh Charles is getting ready for the N.F.L. Combine, but he is not on the official list, at this point.

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James Madison safety Tony LeZotte is confident he'll be playing pro football next season.

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What's the market for rising Cleveland quarterback Derek Anderson?

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What are New Orleans' Team Needs going into free agency and the draft?

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Geoff Mosher: Several teams would love to have quarterback Donovan McNabb.

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Cincinnati Bengals linebacker David Pollack is considering an N.F.L. comeback after fracturing a vertebra in September 2006.

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Highly sought after prep quarterback Terrelle Pryor is already thinking about the N.F.L.

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last updated: 02/09/08
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ESPN.com: Key Free Agents mull their options at the Pro Bowl.

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Former Seattle Seahawks star Jim Zorn named as head coach of the Washington Redskins.


DD.comment: Here's an uplifting story from a few years about Jim's daughter, Sarah, helping Steve Largent's youngest son, who who was born with spina bifida, find a college -- Zorn and Largent team up, again, at Seattle Pacific University.

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What roster changes will the New York Giants make this off season?

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L.S.U. to host Appalachian State in a meeting of Defending Champions.

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Brian Baldinger: Think Darren McFadden is a can't-miss N.F.L. prospect? Think again.

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300 pound Cal-Berkeley center Alex Mack set to show his agility on the dance floor tonight.

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Quick look at U.S.C. tight end/N.F.L. prospect Fred Davis.

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N.F.L. Draft Prospect Interview: Cincinnati linebacker Angelo Craig.

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In-depth look back at the First N.F.L. draft -- 72 years ago.

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The 5 Biggest Offseason Questions in the A.F.C.

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Official list of prospects Invited to the N.F.L. Scouting Combine


DD.comment: To see which underclassmen have received invites check our Declared Juniors List.

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Rotoworld writer ranks the Top 10 Quarterback Prospects.

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Josh Buchanan continues his series of small schooler Q&A's with Southern Utah center/longsnapper Matt Roan.

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Video of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning on The David Letterman Show: Part One -- Part Two

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Recruiting - What Happened To the 5-Star Prospects from the class of 2004?

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Cleveland G.M. Phil Savage would like to sign quarterback Derek Anderson to a long term deal.

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Pro Football Weekly's list of the Top 50 N.F.L. players.

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Are the Dallas Cowboys looking to deal Marcus Spears and Bobby Carpenter?


DD.comment: We think it would make sense if the Miami Dolphins, at least, inquired about the availability of defensive lineman Marcus Spears and linebacker Bobby Carpenter, who were the Cowboys first round picks in 2005 in 2006.

After a slow start as a rookie for Parcells two seasons ago, Carpenter Jr. Came on Fairly Strong and played well in Dallas' stunning playoff loss against Seattle. He's got talent and is clearly a player Parcells likes, but he's seems to be viewed as nothing more than a special teams mascot by Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones. We think the idea that Jones probably never wanted to draft Carpenter so high, is a bigger reason why he's not playing at all on defense, rather than his reported lack of 3-4 skills. Why else would the Cowboys have drafted Anthony Spencer in round one after Bobby's strong 2006 finish?

Spears, meanwhile, is a player that should also garner strong consideration from the Dolphins and others. While he hasn't put up huge numbers for the Cowboys (4.5 career sacks), he is a stout 3-4 defensive end with an above average wingspan and three seasons of starting experience on one of the league's top defenses. He's only 24, so we have to believe his best days are ahead of him.

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Ed Thompson takes an in-depth look at speedy University of Kentucky wide receiver Keenan Burton, who's been battling injuries this off-season.

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Mike Florio believes that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will trade his two first-round picks and running back Marion Barber to the Miami Dolphins for the No. 1-overall selection, where the Cowboys select Arkansas running back Darren McFadden.

DD.comment: This is not exactly breaking news, but it bears further discussion. The Cowboys don't have many true needs on their roster, and "Run-DMC" likely sits at the top of many team boards. What better donation to one's alma mater than a number one overall selection?

From the Dolphins' perspective, the team has many holes and the late first round would be a perfect spot for Bill Parcells to tab fellow Jersey boy Delaware QB Joe Flacco. There is precedent for this move as Parcells traded down from one overall in 1997. Many around the league thought it suspicious that Parcells was able to nab so many Cowboys assistant coaches without Jones stepping in. Could an agreement already be in place?

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Drafting a quarterback doesn't always equal N.F.L. success.

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Florida State defensive tackle Letroy Guion hopes to run a 4.9 second 40-yard dash at the combine.

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Former Detroit Lions draft pick Leland Melvin has been launched into space.

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Central Florida running back Kevin Smith prepares for the N.F.L. combine.

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Penn State linebacker Dan Connor, cornerback Justin King, and quarterback Anthony Morelli prepare for the N.F.L. combine.

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Josh Buchanan ranks the Top Small School Juniors of 2007 season.

Rank Pos First Name Last Name School Rd. Proj.

1 WR Ramses Barden Cal Poly 4th-5th

2 CB Darren Banks West Liberty State 4th-5th

3 RB Corey Lewis Northern Iowa 4th

4 OG Roger Allen Missouri Western 5th

5 OT Joel Bell Furman 5th-6th

6 OLB Jason Williams Western Illinois 6th

7 RB Herb Donaldson Western Illinois 6th

8 CB Ladarius Webb Nicholls State 6th-7th

9 OT Tim Silver Richmond 6th-7th

10 WR Jeremy Gilchrist Hampton 6th-7th

11 TE Marquez Branson Central Arkansas 6th-7th

12 FS Dre-Mail Hardin Stillman 7th

13 QB Mike Reilly Central Washington 7th

14 OLB Bobby Daly Montana State 7th

15 CB Al Donaldson Alabama A&M 7th

16 RB Bernard Scott Abilene Christian 7th

17 DT Jake Visser Ferris State 7th

18 QB Keith Null West Texas A&M 7th

19 QB Nathan Brown Central Arkansas 7th-PFA

20 DE Joe Crawford Tiffin OH 7th-PFA

21 RB Mike McLeod Yale 7th-PFA

22 DE Brandon Swain West Texas A&M 7th-PFA

23 CB Monterio James Delta State 7th-PFA

24 DT John Faletoese Cal Davis 7th-PFA

25 FS Steward Franks Arkansas-Pine Bluff 7th-PFA

26 DE Dexter Manley II West Texas A&M 7th-PFA

27 CB David Hyland Morehead State PFA

28 WR Jamar Johnson Norfolk State PFA

29 QB Dominic Randolph Holy Cross PFA

30 DE Kirby Griffin California PA PFA

31 CB Kevin Gerard Northern Arizona PFA

32 QB Billy Malone Abilene Christian PFA

33 WR Eddie Thompson Idaho State PFA

34 QB Bobby Reid Texas Southern PFA

35 WR Royce Winford Augsburg PFA

36 C Colin Dow Montana PFA

37 CB Jackie Bates Hampton PFA

38 DE Pierre Walters Eastern Illinois PFA

39 TE Jerimiah Wurzbacher North Dakota State PFA

40 DE Mark Huygens Northern Iowa PFA

41 CB Sean Smalls Massachusetts PFA

42 RB Rashad Jennings Liberty PFA

43 DT Mychal Savage Youngstown State PFA

44 RB George Bell Catawba PFA

45 OLB Jared Brock West Texas A&M PFA

46 QB Zach Miller Nebraska-Omaha PFA

47 WR Charly Martin West Texas A&M PFA

48 OG Jonathan Compas Cal Davis PFA

49 QB Rhett Bomar Sam Houston State PFA

50 C Thomas Crowley West Texas A&M PFA

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last updated: 02/07/08
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Mike Mayock's updated Draft Prospect Rankings

DD.comment: Mike Mayock was on the plane to Mobile with us a few weeks ago and seems like a good person. Something folks may not know about Mayock is he played some safety for the New York Giants in the 1980's....As far as his updated rankings, they look good. But we have to say, however, that we are a bit surprised how high he ranks the safety from North Carolina State, who recently told the media he got a 4th round projection from N.F.L. scouts before declaring for the draft.

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Former Wisconsin Badgers Tyler Donovan and Luke Swan hope to impress N.F.L. scouts.

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Will Tennessee franchise defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth?

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Former N.F.L. prospect/current Chicago White Sox third baseman Josh Fields comments on Eli Manning's Super Bowl heroics and states he's not ready to retire from baseball at age 25, as some have reported.

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The Philadelphia Eagles have placed the franchise tag on free agent tight end L.J. Smith.

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Auburn N.F.L. draft bio: Cornerback Patrick Lee

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Boston College N.F.L. draft bio: Andre Callender

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Adam Nettina takes an in-depth look at how racial stereotypes could affect the N.F.L. career of Jacob Hester, who helped lead the L.S.U. Tigers to a National Championship.

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Draft Daddy is pleased to announce a radio appearance, today at 12:30pm central time on Houston's 790 AM the Sports Animal, talking draft with the Monsters of Mid-Day. Live Stream Here.

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Article on the European Combines being held for foreign talent.

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Baltimore Ravens defensive end Terrell Suggs is likely to be franchise tagged.

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Josh Buchanan kicks off his series of small schooler interviews with defensive end Bryan Smith of McNeese State.

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NFC and AFC Team Needs from War Room Report.

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last updated: 02/06/08
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We recently made major changes to our positional rankings for the Top Prospects in college football and, once again, we divided them into 3 categories:

Top 10 Prospects: These are the top 10 prospects at each position, plus players we feel are "on the cusp" of cracking the top 10.

Top Small Schoolers: We listed about 150 small school prospects, sorted by position, that have the talent to catch the eye of N.F.L. scouts.

Big School Surprise: These are very draftable prospects from FBS schools (1-A) that could surprise people and climb the draft charts as the draft process moves forward.

DD.comment: To navigate the rankings pages, please click the links above and use the drop down box. Hint: follow the moving arrows!

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The New York Times: Questions abound about the Recruit Who Wasn’t Recruited .

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Auburn N.F.L. draft bio: Defensive tackle Pat Sims.

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The Sporting News: 5 teams that should consider trading for Jeremy Shockey.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan looks at the top small school Wide Receivers and Tight Ends for our friends over at the nfldraftguys.com.

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The Sports Network looks at some top F.C.S. prospects, including Appalachian State safety Corey Lynch who showed he is bigger and faster than most expected at the Texas vs. The Nation Game.

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The sons of University of Nebraska legend Dean Steinkuhler hope to make a huge impact for the Cornhuskers next season.

DD.comment: Both sons of the ex-Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy winner are excellent football players, but young Baker Steinkuhler is considered a freakish athlete for his size and could be very special.

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Three Penn State stars get Combine invites, but Lafayette All-America tackle Jesse Padilla did not.

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Can the improving Tampa Bay Buccaneers host and play in Super Bowl XLIII?

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Complete look at N.F.C. Team Needs.

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Cherry Creek High star Jack Elway is ready for the challenge at Arizona State.

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A solid walk-on program helped Barry Alvarez cover up recruiting 'whiffs' at Wisconsin.

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Draft Prospect Q&A: U.S.C. center Matt Spanos

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Notre Dame suspended football and lacrosse player Will Yeatman indefinitely on Tuesday for an undisclosed violation of team policy.

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Murray State wide receiver Rod Harper will be eligible for the upcoming draft. He was very productive in 3 years at the 1-AA level (128 receptions, for 1653 yards and 20 TDs) and is said to possesses excellent speed and athletic ability. Rod wanted to remain at Murray State, but recently found out he lost his appeal for his 4th year of eligibility, so he has no choice but to turn pro. He was originally offered scholarships by Rutgers and West Virginia coming out of high school, but had N.C.A.A. Clearinghouse issues. It looks like he will be working out at South Florida's Pro Day next month.

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The Baltimore Sun's in-depth draft profile: Vernon Gholston

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Arkansas tailback Darren McFadden has agreed to be represented and marketed by M.M.G. Sports Management Group.

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How much do prep ratings matter? Of The Top 100 picks in the 2007 NFL draft, 57 weren't four- or five-star commitments

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Ohio State linebacker Larry Grant's draft stock is on the rise.

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Southern Illinois quarterback Nick Hill writes a draft diary.

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Top prospects leaving from and returning to school, sorted by conference from NFL House.

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Profile of new Atlanta Falcons G.M. Tom Dimitroff.

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If the New England Patriots stay at 7, all signs point to cornerback.

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Josh Buchanan's N.F.L. Combine "All-Snubbed Team"

OFFENSE

QB Mark Nicolet ~ Hillsdale

RB Keon Lattimore ~ Maryland

FB Brandon McAnderson ~ Kansas

WR Ed Williams ~ Lane College

WR Bruce Hocker ~ Duquesne

TE Tyson DeVree ~ Colorado

OT Thaddeus Coleman ~ Mississippi Valley State

OT Carlton Medder ~ Florida

OG Kerry Brown ~ Appalachian State

OG Shannon Tevaga ~ U.C.L.A.

OC Fernando Velasco ~ Georgia

DEFENSE

DE Brian Johnston ~ Gardner-Webb

DE Rob Jackson ~ Kansas State

DT Keilen Dykes ~ West Virginia

OLB Anthony Hoke ~ Cincinnati

ILB Danny Lansanah ~ Connecticut

ILB Joe Mays ~ North Dakota State

OLB Bo Ruud ~ Nebraska

CB Roy Lewis ~ Washington

CB Al Phillips ~ Wagner College

SS Derrick Doggett ~ Oregon State (LB)

FS Joe Fields ~ Syracuse

SPECIAL TEAMS

K Brandon Coutu ~ Georgia

P Brett Kern ~ Toledo

RS Jayson Foster ~ Georgia Southern

LS Garrison Sanborn ~ Florida State

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last updated: 02/04/08
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An already thin crop of free agent quarterbacks got even thinner tonight as the San Francisco 49ers have locked up Shaun Hill.

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Former New York Giants G.M. not saying 'I told you so' about Eli Manning.

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As Eli has shown, there is time for Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart to blossom.

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The A.F.C. Champion Patriots Could Lose some key players this offseason.

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Check out how the 1972 Miami Dolphins celebrated in "Perfectville" yesterday.

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Former Louisville and Montana running back Reggie Bradshaw has decided to pursue a career in the C.F.L.

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Comcast Sports writer: Boise State offensive tackle Ryan Clady would be a perfect fit for the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Baltimore G.M. Ozzie Newsome disputes reports that have him trading for Philadelphia Eagles Donovan McNabb.

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Dan Pompei looks at the declared draft underclassmen.

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It was an academic issue that prompted conflicting reports about Virginia defensive end Jeffery Fitzgerald possible departure from the program. This issue is not settled and will take another two-to-three weeks to resolve.

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More than 30 draft hopefuls --- including L.S.U. defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey -- are at the Disney sports complex in Florida training with Tom Shaw for the Combine.

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Contributor to DallasCowboys.com believes there is little truth to the rumor of Cowboys trading up with Dolphins to number one overall selection.

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How will Texas wide receiver Limas Sweed's wrist injury affect his draft stock?

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Another linebacker who many believe should have been invited to Indianapolis is Louisville linebacker Lamar Myles.

DD Combine Snub Update: Iowa linebacker Mike Klinkenborg has decided to not pursue a pro career due to injuries.
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Draft Daddy's top 32 players (the Big Board) has been updated.

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last updated: 02/03/08
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Below we have listed some quality F.B.S. (Formerly Division 1-A) prospects that are not on the Initial N.F.L. Combine list: Invited Seniors -- Invited Juniors.

QB Brandon Cox ~ Auburn

RB Hugh Charles ~ Colorado

FB Brandon McAnderson ~ Kansas

WR Lance Leggett ~ Miami-Florida

WR Ernie Wheelwright ~ Minnesota

TE Tyson DeVree ~ Colorado

OL Charles Manu ~ Nevada

OL Shannon Tevaga ~ U.C.L.A.

OL Fernando Velasco ~ Georgia

OL Drew Miller ~ Florida

OL Kyle Devan ~ Illinois


DE Grayson Gunheim ~ Washington

DT Richard Clebert ~ South Florida

DT Derek Lokey ~ Texas

DE Eric Foster ~ Rutgers

LB Scott Derry ~ Texas

LB Bo Ruud ~ Nebraska

LB Lamar Myles ~ Louisville

CB Trey Brown ~ U.C.L.A.

CB Leslie Majors ~ Indiana

SS Derrick Doggett ~ Oregon State (LB)

FS Joe Fields ~ Syracuse

DD.comment: The group above isn't our "All-Snubbed Team". It's just a random group of fairly well known (to avid N.F.L. draft followers) big school prospects who did not receive Combine invites....Also, if your favorite player is not on the Combine list and you where wondering how that could effect his draft status, check out our breakdown of Non-Combine Invites that where drafted in 2006 and 2007.

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Josh Buchanan's Texas vs The Nation All-Star Game Coverage.

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last updated: 02/02/08
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An extension for Cleveland Browns GM Phil Savage is expected.

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Will the Patriots join the Dolphins as the only perfect teams?

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Recent ankle surgery could hurt the draft stock of Illinois linebacker J Leman.

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Stats of today's Texas vs. Nation Game via Gametracker.

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Are the Miami Dolphins taking a strong liking to quarterback Joe Flacco?

DD.comment: If Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson has, in fact, slipped into the 2nd or 3rd round range, as so many insiders reported at the Senior Bowl, it's likely Flacco can become, at least, the third ranked quarterback as the draft process moves forward. So logic would then dictate he becomes a serious first round prospect?

We kind of figured Parcells would like Flacco. He loves tall, pocket passers, who have the ability to make all the throws. The Tuna, also, has always been partial to prospects from New Jersey and it can't hurt that Big Joe is Italian, like Parcells. But the big question has to be how will the Dolphins select him, if he's not going to be picked first overall and may not last until round two?

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One of our sources was recently watching Vanderbilt offensive tackle Chris Williams go through his pre-draft workouts. Per the source, Williams, who is a potential first round pick, looked impressive, which is expected. But the source also noted he really liked what he saw from Chris' workout buddy Gabe Hall, Vandy's starting defensive tackle, who is hoping to get drafted:

"Man he had some hands. He was doing hand techniques on the punching bag, it was unreal. Then I had to go to the [game] tapes and noticed the kid can play. He looks like a potential late bloomer".

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Closer look at New Mexico State's 323 pound defensive end Maurice Murray, who will compete in the Texas vs The Nation all-star game.

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Complete rosters for the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Game.

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With trials and triumphs behind him, L.S.U. tight end Keith Zinger focuses on making it in the N.F.L.

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Bethel College tailback Adrain Smith hopes to impress at Texas all-star game.

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Washington Huskies' tailback Louis Rankin hopes to impress at Texas all-star game.

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Jeff Kidd: Disregard for Character of College Recruits is disturbing.

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Day 3 Texas versus Nation practice notes from Josh Buchanan.

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Patriots long snapper Lonie Paxton didn't have an agent until a week before the draft.

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CBSSports.com: When Tom Brady wasn't the 'best player available' -- and others were.

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Q&A with University of Virginia defensive end Chris Long.

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Quick look at University of Idaho senior fullback Rolly Lumbala.

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Packers Report: Texas vs.The Nation Bowl Preview.

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Five former Nebraska Cornhuskers will attend the N.F.L. Combine.

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What's the draft buzz regarding Notre Dame linebacker Joe Brockington?

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New Mexico offensive lineman Devin Clark hopes to impress N.F.L. execs in Texas.

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Former Ohio State and Jackson State running back Erik Haw is giving up his final year of eligibility to enter the N.F.L. draft.

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