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last updated: 04/30/08
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Former Nebraska quarterback Sam Keller lands a try-out with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

DD.comment: We'd added a few dozen new names to our free agents lists today, including several in the last 5 minutes. Check the front page of DD.com for links, sorted by division.

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University of Kentucky head coach Rich Brooks is upset that quarterback Andre Woodson fell to round six.

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South Carolina's current starting tackle Justin Sorensen was the 5th pick in today's C.F.L draft.

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Weekend snub fuels linebacker J Leman's desire to make the N.F.L. as a free agent.

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Two Questions for our Combine Insider?

Question #1: Why did Tennessee shun all the top wide receiver prospects until the fourth round?

Answer #1: Three reasons: Mike Williams, former U.S.C. star/Detroit Lions bust has seemingly gotten his act together and weighs about 238 pounds. He is working his tail off with O.C. Mike Heimerdinger every day in Tennessee and Dinger is hopeful that he can finally turn things around. Also, Tennesse really likes 2007 third rounder Paul Williams, who basically redshirted last season. Dinger thinks he is ready for prime time -- he's big, fast and physical, but was not ready last year. Finally, 2007 undrafted free agent Biren Ealy, who beat out Eric Moulds for a backup spot at the end of 2007, is Vince Young's best friend from Houston and some on the staff think he has some Brandon Mashall in him -- he's 6' 3" and 215 pounds and runs a 4.47.

Question #2: Why did Tampa Bay jump on Florida State linebacker Geno Hayes so eagerly?

Answer #1: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had to grab former Florida State linebacker Geno Hayes in round six, according to my sources, because veteran linebacker Cato June had a back surgery done by his own doctor instead of the Bucs team doctor and it went badly. He could be out for all of training camp because it may need to be redone. They found out about this right before day two of the draft, so look for the Bucs to add a vet to secure June's spot in Tampa's cover two.

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The son of ex-N.B.A. superstar Karl Malone hopes to make the Buffalo Bills.

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Eleven players from Senior Bowl Week were selected in the first round of the draft.

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Deal or no deal? Undrafted Free Agents must make quick decisions right after the N.F.L.

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Former Nebraska wide receiver Maurice Purify doesn't understand why he remains unsigned?

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U.S.C. linebacker Rey Maualuga hopes a strong senior season will make him a future first round pick.

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AJC Blogs: Will talented youngsters Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno of Georgia make the early leap to the N.F.L. draft?

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Joe Platania from the Press Box writes Baltimore is very excited to have rookie quarterback Joe Flacco.

DD.comment: It should help that Flacco's agent, Joe Linta, has noted his client will be signed before the pre-season begins "He's not going to be a holdout or anything like that." By the way, Linta, who's based in Connecticut, and his staff over at JL Sports did a fantastic job of preparing Flacco for the draft process and showcasing his talents to all 32 teams. He went from a likely third rounder at the end of 2007 season to a solid first rounder on draft day.

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The New York Times looks at suddenly famous Detroit Lions rookie Caleb Campbell, who's caused a minor political stir the last few days.

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The Hamilton Ti-Cats have selected safety Dylan Barker first overall in the C.F.L. draft.

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Chicago Bears first-round draft pick Chris Williams hardly fits the stereotype for an N.F.L. offensive lineman.

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Early look at the 2009 Draft Class.

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Who is Wheaton College's Andy Studebaker? (6th Round, Eagles)

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What went wrong for Alabama draft hopefuls?

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Draft reviews from the NFL House.

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How The Declared Juniors Fared:

First Round
RB Darren McFadden, Arkansas (Oakland)
DE Vernon Gholston, Ohio State (N.Y. Jets)
DE Derrick Harvey, Florida (Jacksonville)
LB Jerod Mayo, Tennessee (N.E. Patriots)
OT Ryan Clady, Boise State (Denver)
RB Jonathan Stewart, Oregon (Carolina)
OG Branden Albert, OG, Virginia (Kansas City)
CB Aqib Talib, Kansas (Tampa Bay)
RB Felix Jones, Arkansas (Dallas)
RB Rashard Mendenhall, Illinois (Pittsburgh)
FS Kenny Phillips, Miami (N.Y. Giants)

Second Round

DE Phillip Merling, Clemson (Miami)
WR Devin Thomas, Michigan State (Washington)
CB Brandon Flowers, Virginia Tech (Kansas City)
LB Curtis Lofton, Oklahoma (Atlanta)
OG Chilo Rachal, U.S.C. (San Francisco)
WR James Hardy, Indiana (Buffalo)
WR DeSean Jackson, California (Philadelphia)
DE Calais Campbell, Miami (Arizona)
WR Malcolm Kelly, Oklahoma (Washington)
RB Ray Rice, Rutgers (Baltimore)
TE Martellus Bennett, Texas A&M (Dallas)

Third Round

RB Kevin Smith, Central Florida (Detroit)
WR Earl Bennett, Vanderbilt (Chicago)
RB Jamaal Charles, Texas (Kansas City)
DB Reggie Smith, Oklahoma (San Francisco)
DT Pat Sims, Auburn (Cincinnati)
RB Steve Slaton, West Virginia (Houston)
FS DaJuan Morgan, N. Carolina State (Kansas City)
TE Jermichael Finley, Texas (Green Bay)
WR Mario Manningham, Michigan (N.Y. Giants)

Fourth Round

CB Justin King, Penn State (St. Louis)
CB Jack Ikegwuonu, Wisconsin (Philadelphia)

Fifth Round

CB Orlando Scandrick, Boise State (Dallas)
DT Letroy Guion, Florida State (Minnesota)
Sixth Round

LB Geno Hayes, Florida State (Tampa Bay)

Seventh Round

WR Adrian Arrington, Michigan (New Orleans)
WR Mario Urrutia, Louisville (Cincinnati)

Free Agents

QB Xavier Lee, Florida State
WR Darius Reynaud, West Virginia (Minnesota)
WR Selwyn Lymon, Purdue (Miami)
WR Davone Bess, Hawaii (Miami)
WR Ryan Grice-Mullen, Hawaii (Houston)
WR Taj Smith (Green Bay)
WR Sean Penix, Arkansas
OT Franklin Dunbar, Middle Tenn. State (Philadelphia)
OG L.J. Anderson, Central Florida
DE Jeremy Geathers, U.N.L.V. (New Orleans)
DE Johnny Dingle, West Virginia (Kansas City)
LB Erin Henderson, Maryland (Minnesota)
LB Lamar Myles, Louisville (Jacksonville)
LB Josh Johnson, Marshall
DB Demario Bobo, Mississippi State

DD.comment: Every year juniors are convinced to declare early by those around them, sometimes in poor judgment.

Bottom line: only sure fire first and second rounders stand a good chance of being drafted, many fall undrafted. To have any shot, timed speed is key; if you can't run well, don't declare!

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Quick look at the upcoming NBA Draft.

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last updated: 04/29/08
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Our regular blog should be up and running by tommorow. We'd like to thank all our loyal readers that have sent us information regarding free agent signings since Sunday evening. It was a big help at a hectic time -- we gathered names until 3:30am after the draft (and started again at 6:30am!).

Also, we'd like to thank everyone that linked our free agent lists at various message boards in cyberspace. This is something we very much appreciated.

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last updated: 04/28/08
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Please check Draft Daddy's front page for constantly updated free agent signings.

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last updated: 04/27/08
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For constantly updated N.F.L. Draft pick news and comments check Rotoworld.com.

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Dozens of updated N.F.L. draft new stories and links can be at SportingNews.com .

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60 Quality Prospects Still Available Going Into Day 2 [Not Ranked]:


QB Eric Ainge, Tennessee

QB John David Booty, Southern California

QB Andre Woodson, Kentucky

RB Jamaal Charles, Texas

RB Steve Slaton, West Virginia

RB Kevin Smith, Central Florida

RB Chauncey Washington, Southern California

RB Jacob Hester, Louisiana State

FB Peyton Hillis, Arkansas

FB Owen Schmitt, West Virginia

WR Earl Bennett, Vanderbilt

WR Keenan Burton, Kentucky

WR Lavelle Hawkins, California

WR Early Doucet, Louisiana State

WR Andre Caldwell, Florida

WR Will Franklin, Missouri

WR Todd Blythe, Iowa State

WR Mario Manningham, Michigan

TE Brad Cottam, Tennessee

TE Craig Stevens, California

TE Jacob Tamme, Kentucky

OT Carl Nicks, Nebraska

OT John Greco, Toledo

OT Oneil Cousins, Texas El-Paso

OT Chad Rinehart, Northern Iowa

OC Jeremy Zuttah, Rutgers

OG Roy Schuening, Oregon State

OG Eric Young, Tennessee


DE Cliff Avril, Purdue

DE Brian Johnston, Gardner-Webb

DE Kendall Langford, Hampton

DE Chris Ellis, Virginia Tech

DT Ahtyba Rubin, Iowa State

DT Pat Sims, Auburn

DT Dre Moore, Maryland

DT Marcus Harrison, Arkansas

DT Nick Hayden, Wisconsin

DT Red Bryant, Texas A&M

LB Dan Connor, Penn State

LB Gary Guyton, Georgia Tech

LB Erin Henderson, Maryland

LB Phillip Wheeler, Georgia Tech

LB Tavares Gooden, Miami-Florida

LB Xavier Adibi, Virginia Tech

LB Shawn Crable, Michigan

LB Marcus Howard, Georgia

CB Justin King, Penn State

CB Antwaun Molden, Eastern Kentucky

CB Charles Godfrey, Iowa

CB Orlando Scandrick, Boise State

CB Zack Bowman, Nebraska

CB Chevis Jackson , Louisiana State

DB Reggie Smith, Oklahoma

DB Tyvon Branch, Connecticut

S Thomas DeCoud, California

S Tom Zbikowski, Notre Dame

S Josh Barrett, Arizona State

S DeJuan Morgan, North Carolina State

S Quintin Demps, Texas El Paso

S Craig Steltz, Louisiana State

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Rivals.com looks at team needs: A.F.C. East

Rivals.com looks at team needs: N.F.C. East

Rivals.com looks at team needs: A.F.C. North

Rivals.com looks at team needs: N.F.C. North

Rivals.com looks at team needs: A.F.C. South

Rivals.com looks at team needs: N.F.C. South

Rivals.com looks at team needs: A.F.C. West

Rivals.com looks at team needs: N.F.C. West

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last updated: 04/26/08
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Draft Daddy Radio Appearances: During rounds one and two, Draft Daddy will appear with Monsters of the Mid-Day, checking in every eight picks. Live Stream Here.

After Day 1 ends, Draft Daddy will break it down with PhinFever Radio: 8pm EST.

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Based on the numbers we've crunched from the last four N.F.L. drafts (2004 to 2007), we've found that, on average, 35 players that Did Not Receive Combine Invites have been drafted each spring during that time span. With that in mind, we've decided to do the impossible -- try to guess which 35 non-Combine invites have the best chance of being drafted this weekend!

Top 35 [Not Ranked]:

QB Brad Roach ~ Catawba

RB Huge Charles ~ Colorado

RB Tim Hightower ~ Richmond

RB Danny Woodhead ~ Chadron State

RB Andre Callender ~ Boston College

WR Marcel Reese ~ Washington (H-Back)

WR Luke Swan ~ Wisconsin

WR Brett Swain ~ S.D.S.U.

WR Micah Rucker ~ Eastern Illinois

TE Tyson DeVree ~ Colorado

OT Thaddeus Coleman ~ Miss. Valley State

OG Brandon Barnes ~ Grand Valley

OG Mackenzy Bernadeau ~ Bentley

OG Kerry Brown ~ Appalachian State

OC Doug Legursky ~ Marshall



DE Brian Johnston ~ Gardner-Webb

DE Hilee Taylor ~ North Carolina

DE Trevor Scott ~ Buffalo

DE Andy Studebaker ~ Wheaton College

DT Derek Lokey ~ Texas

DT Lorenzo Williams ~ Missouri

DT Richard Clebert ~ South Florida

LB Lamar Myles ~ Louisville

LB Chris Graham ~ Michigan

LB Vincent Redd ~ Liberty

LB Shane Simmons ~ Western Washington

FS Corey Lynch ~ Appalachian State

SS Matt Hewitt ~ Arkansas

SS Nate Lyles ~ Virginia

CB Brandon Carr ~ Grand Valley State

CB Isaiah Gardner ~ Maryland

CB Brandon Foster ~ Texas

CB Reggie Corner ~ Akron

CB Leslie Majors ~ Indiana

CB Cary Williams ~ Washburn



Players on the Cusp:

RB Lavarus Giles, Jackson State; RB Kenny Cattouse, Troy; FB Julius Crosslin, Oklahoma State; FB Michael Cox, Georgia Tech; Robert Jordan, California; TE Matt Sherry Villanova; TE Matt Milligan, Maine; TE Michael Peterson, Northwest Missouri State; ; OC Fernando Velasco, Georgia; OC Drew Miller, Florida; OT Shawn McMackin, Hofstra; OT James Lee, South Carolina State; DT Keilen Dykes, West Virginia; DE Greyson Gunheim, Washington; DE Robert Henderson, So.Miss; DL George Chukwu, Rice; LB Joe Mays, South Dakota; LB Joey LaRocque, Oregon State; LB Derrick Doggett, Oregon State; LB Lewis Baker, Oklahoma; LB Luke Sanders, L.S.U.; LB Tramiane Billie, Clemson; FS Haruki Nakamura, Cincinnati; FS Ron Girault, Rutgers; SS Rocky Schwartz, Houston; CB Travis Williams, East Carolina; CB Davanzo Tate, Akron; CB Stanley Franks, Idaho; FS Joe Fields, Syracuse; FS/KR Matt Slater, U.C.L.A.

DD.Comment: The vast majority of the non-combine invites drafted will be picked in the 5th to 7th round area, so it's a very tough task trying to figure out this list.

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DD.comment: We wish all prospects best of luck on Draft Day. To find out what happened to those that didn't make it, please check out our undrafted lists, the links will be revealed as the draft. Players signing with teams, available on Sunday, after day 2 ends, updated through the week.

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last updated: 04/25/08
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The Dallas Cowboys have traded linebacker Akin Ayodele and tight end Anthony Fasano to the Miami Dolphins for a 4th round pick.

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Dan Pompei's one round N.F.L. Mock Draft.

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Pat Kirwan's one round N.F.L. Mock Draft.

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Former U.C.L.A offensive lineman Chris Joseph passes on the N.F.L. draft as he sets his sights on a Rhodes scholarship.

DD.comment: According to various media reports Joseph becomes the 5th pro prospect that has decided not to pursue an N.F.L. career. the other are [with DD.com projections]:

OG Martin O'Donnell ~ Illinois (Free Agent)

FB Adam Ballard ~ Navy (Free Agent)

WR Mikey Henderson ~ Georgia (7th round/Free Agent)

OG Chris Joseph ~ U.C.L.A. (Free Agent)

DE James Amos ~ Cal-Davis (Free Agent)

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Chip Cosby looks at where the top draft eligible Kentucky Wildcats will end up in the draft.

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A friend of Draft Daddy, who is very close to former Vanderbilt offensive tackle Chris Williams, recently told us he's confident that the former SEC star will be drafted anywhere between picks #10 and #23 overall. The six teams that have shown the most interest in Williams are New Orleans, Kansas City, Houston, Philadelphia, Dallas and Pittsburgh....Houston is a team that likes him a lot and is the most likely destination for the cerebral 320 pound left tackle, as he brings a great attitude and work ethic with him and fits Gary Kubiak's zone blocking scheme extremely well due to his nimble feet.

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Perception could affect former L.S.U. tailback Jacob Hester's draft stock.

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Ex-Grambling wide receiver Clyde Edwards hopes a strong Pro Day showing will translate into a N.F.L. contract.

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Former Washington tailback Louis Rankin is confident he'll have a N.F.L. future.

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Ex-Ohio University running back Kalvin McRae looks forward to the N.F.L. draft.

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Closer look at former L.S.U. safety Craig Steltz, who projects as a 4th or 5th round pick.

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Pro Football Weekly: Top 100 prospects .

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Ex-Northern Iowa left tackle Chad Rinehart could be the first prospect picked from the state of Iowa.

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Former Fairmont State defensive end Jacob Owens looks forward to draft weekend.

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Former Idaho linebacker David Vobora, who admits to being a big draftnik, hopes to be drafted Sunday.

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Canadian running back Jerome Messam believes he's going to get picked in the N.F.L. draft.

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Will the struggling Oakland Raiders look to trade down in round one?

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Los Angeles Times: Sam Farmer's N.F.L. Mock Draft.

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In-depth look at ex-Oregon/Western Oregon defensive tackle Victor Filipe, who has a chance to be drafted Sunday.

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Draft Daddy Radio Appearance: today at 6:05 eastern time on East Carolina pirateradio1250.com. Click on the LISTEN LIVE link.

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Darren McFadden's speed training with Michael Johnson was paid for by Nike.

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Picking at the top of the NFL draft is a precarious task.

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Minnesota Vikings will have to wait, after trading their first round pick.

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Southern California linebacker Thomas Williams hopes for a call during the draft.

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Oregon running back Jonathan Stewart has seen his draft stock rise and fall.

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Tennessee linebacker Jerod Mayo is a perfect fit for the Detroit Lions' defense.

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Teams that run a 3-4 are interested in Wisconsin defensive tackle Nick Hayden.

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Short blurbs on the top defensive players in the NFL Draft.

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Iowa cornerback Charles Godfrey lays low before the NFL Draft.

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Auburn defensive tackle Josh Thompson expects the worst but hopes for the best.

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last updated: 04/24/08
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DD.com Note: Former Northwestern State offensive tackle Demetrius Bell, who could be drafted on Sunday, is the son of former N.B.A. superstar Karl "The Mailman" Malone.

DD.comment: More current N.F.L draft prospects Related to Pro Athletes.

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Respected Chicago Tribune writer Dan Pompei ranks his Top 24 Safety Prospects.

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Mark Saxon projects where the top draft eligible U.S.C. Trojans will end up in the draft.

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Peter Prisco: New Orleans is shopping left tackle Jammal Brown in an attempt to trade up for Glenn Dorsey.

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Columbiamissourian.com projects where the top draft eligible Missouri Tigers will end up in the draft.

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Rick Gosselin of the Dallas News ranks his Top 100 Prospects.

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Scott Wright of NFL Draft Countdown's Three Round Mock Draft.

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Jason Wilde of Madison.com projects where several former Wisconsin Badgers will be drafted.

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Despite often struggling on the field at the University of Miami, quarterback Kyle Wright thinks he'll "definitely" be drafted this weekend.

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The Denver Broncos have acquired tackle Dewayne Robertson from the New York Jets in exchange for draft considerations.

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The Miami Dolphins have released Cameron Worrell and seven other low-profile players.

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The Chicago Bears may have special interest in safety Tommy Zbikowski.

DD.comment: Tommy is another player that is often panned as a sub-par athlete and wildly overrated by amateur Internet scouts and misinformed writers, but we know actual N.F.L. scouts and coaches like his athletic ability and love his all around skills. A very knowledgeable source, close to the former Notre Dame safety, informed us today that he's currently projected as a 3rd round pick, but might move into the 2nd round due to his "versatility" -- read special teams prowess. Also, anyone who doubts his athletic ability, check his overall Combine results: He was comfortably better than average at his position in every category, except height (he's the exact average 5' 11") and even ran a 4.44 (electronic time).

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The Calgary Stampeders have signed former Boston College wide receiver Kevin Challenger.

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A meeting with Tennessee head coach Jeff Fisher leaves former University of Houston safety Rocky Schwartz confident he can play in the N.F.L.

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The Washington Redskins sent a contingent of nearly ten team officials to watch Phillip Merling's Pro Day.

DD.comment: Check the comments section of the link below for the list of 11 N.F.L. teams that watched Merling's workout.

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Sporting News Draft Notebook: Houston speedster Donnie Avery rockets up wide receiver ranks.

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Former Oklahoma linebcker Curtis Lofton hopes N.F.L. teams will ignore his test numbers.

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Ex-University of Florida safety Tony Joiner hopes he'll be selected by the 4th round.

DD.comment: Tony Joiner is a good football player, who could, perhaps, find a niche on special teams at the next level. However, considering he wasn't invited to the Combine and ran a reported 4.8 at his Pro Day, the 4th round seems a little bit too optimistic.

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Is former Arkansas State safety Tyrell Johnson first-round material?

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University of Hawaii' linebacker Adam Leonard is glad that he did not enter the N.F.L. draft.

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The Chargers, Jets and Chiefs are among the teams that really like fullback Owen Schmitt.

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Former Virginia Tech cornerback Brandon Flowers should be drafted by the second round.

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Pro Football Weekly Q&A with All-American left tackle Sam Baker.

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A Louisiana writer, who obviously has a lot of insider access, tries to project where the Top L.S.U. Tigers will be drafted this weekend.

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With his stock holding 'steady,' tight end Joey Haynos gets ready for draft day.

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Former Tennessee defensive end Antonio Reynolds hopes better eating habits will help him in his quest to play in the N.F.L.

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Southern California linebacker Keith Rivers and Arkansas running back Darren McFadden will be posting videos and blog entries day of the draft.

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The NFL Draft has become big business, especially as a source of television ad revenues.

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Versatile Virginia offensive lineman Branden Albert continues to watch his stock soar.

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Troy cornerback Leodis McKelvin looks forward to draft day.

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Delaware "accidental" quarterback prospect Joe Flacco wanted to play baseball last spring.

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North Carolina defensive tackle Kentwan Ballmer credits the arrival of head coach Butch Davis and defensive line coach John Blake with his development between junior and senior seasons.

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Dallas Cowboys have had luck with undrafted free agents, including offering $10,000 to Tony Romo.

DD.comment: Please check back Sunday Night and Monday for our updated undrafted free agent signings.

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University of Montana defensive end/linebacker Kroy Biermann is confident he will selected at some point in this weekend's NFL draft.

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Auburn defensive tackle Pat Sims and cornerback Patrick Lee hope to be drafted within the first 100 selections.

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Last minute look at possible trades on draft weekend.

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Kansas State wide receiver Jordy Nelson's job will soon go from cow wrangling to catching passes in the league.

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Final update to Draft Daddy's mock draft.

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last updated: 04/23/08
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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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Ex-Chadron State tailback Danny Woodhead has two Harlon Hill Trophies, but his height makes him a wild card on draft day.

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Tennessee and Dallas agree in principle on Pacman Jones Trade.

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Former Rutgers safety Ron Girault is on the bubble for the N.F.L. draft.

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Ed Thompson of scout.com does a Q&A with former D-3 superstar Justin Beaver.

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Closer look at former Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon, who expects to be drafted in the middle rounds.

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Ex-Fresno State defensive end/linebacker Tyler Clutts will likely project as a fullback or long snapper in the N.F.L.

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Pro Football Weekly looks at where the Top Offensive Tackles might land in the draft.

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In-depth look at fast rising tight end prospect Brad Cottam.

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Can former James Madison safety Tony LeZotte make the jump to the N.F.L?

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Ex-Southern Miss. defensive back Brandon Sumrall deals with detractors as the draft nears.

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Ex-Bentley College star lineman Mackenzy Bernadeau is considered a possible draft pick.

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Former Penn State linebacker Dan Connor gets praised by N.F.L. scouts.

DD.comment: Since 2007 we've quoted at least a half dozen N.F.L. scouts (in this blog) saying Connor's a terrific all-around athlete and a very likely first rounder. However, many Net and cable TV guru's constantly remind us he's a 2nd tier prospect and a second or third rounder, at best. I guess we'll find out soon enough where he'll land?

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Ex-Northeastern running back Maurice Murray has his sights set on a N.F.L. career.

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Towering defensive end prospect Calais Campbell remains upbeat, despite poor workouts.

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Former Nebraska safety Tierre Green, who reportedy ran a 4.32 at Pro Day, just wants a chance to play in the N.F.L.

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Speedy tailback Jamaal Charles says he'll probably be drafted in the 2nd round.

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Former North Carolina State star DaJuan Morgan thinks he can be a first round pick.

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Ex-University of Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson ignores his detractors.

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In-depth look at former Western Kentucky wide receiver Curtis Hamilton, who is garnering some Day 2 attention from several N.F.L. teams.

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Former Colorado lineacker Jordon Dizon out to prove he can measure up.

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The Star-Telegram projects the Big 12's Pro Prospects from the potential 1st rounders to the likely free agents.

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Dallas News writer Rick Gosselin looks at the Top Safeties in the N.F.L. draft.

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St. Louis Post looks at several defensive backs, including ex-Arizona cornerback Antoine Cason.

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Citing Michigan's "declining family values", highly regarded offensive lineman Justin Boren announces he'll transfer to Ohio State.

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Draft Daddy Radio Appearance: We are pleased to take part in the second expert's one round mock draft which will be Podcast at 5pm EST today. The draft will be unscripted round robin style and will also feature Scott Wright of NFL Draft Countdown and Colin Lindsay of Great Blue North Draft Report.

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The Kansas City Chiefs have officially traded Jared Allen to the Vikings, for their first round pick 17 overall and two third round selections, 73 and 82 overall.

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Will the Green Room again make for compelling entertainment?

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Michigan linebacker Shawn Crable draft profile.

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Cincinnati Bengals' biggest draft need is someone who can contribute early.

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Cover 2 defenders in the 2008 NFL Draft.

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Final updates from site friend Paul G.

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Jackson State wide receiver Jaymarr Johnson interview.

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last updated: 04/22/08
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The Washington Post is reporting the Redskins are willing to trade their first round pick for veteran wide receiver Chad Johnson.

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Teams not sure what position best suits talented former Washington star Marcel Reece.

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Will the Atlanta Falcons figure out a way to draft cornerback Leodis McKelvin?

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The Washington Post looks at fast rising wide receiver prospect Eddie Royal.

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Pro Football Weekly is reporting the St.Louis Rams want to trade the second overall pick.

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49ers.com takes an in-depth look at former Clemson defensive end Phillip Merling.

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Our friends over at Big Blue Interactive look at the Receivers & Backs in the draft.

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The Miami Dolphins have signed offensive tackle Jake Long to a $57 million deal.

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Scout.com's "scouts" look at former Liberty linebacker Vincent Redd.

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Gil Brandt: Top 100 Prospects.

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Tony Pauline: 12 Hidden Gems in the N.F.L. draft.

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Clark Judge: 12 Under-Radar Draft Favorites.

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Breaking News: The Miami Dolphins and former Michigan left tackle Jake Long have reached a contract agreement that will make him the number one overall pick in the N.F.L. Draft.

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Nearly three years to the day the Cincinnati Bengals took David Pollack with their first pick in the 2005 N.F.L. Draft, head coach Marvin Lewis said Pollack is headed to retirement.

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Russ Lande looks at cornerback Brandon Flowers' draft stock, as well as 4 other fascinating prospects.

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Former Virginia star Branden Albert has seen his stock boosted due to his experience at tackle.

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Closer look at the Top Canadian Prospects.

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Don Banks: 10 Sensible Moves that should happen on draft weekend.

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Some still believe Louisville's Brian Brohm is a better quarterback prospect than Boston College's Matt Ryan.

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If the Chiefs trade Jared Allen, is it in part because they believe they can get a top notch pass rusher at the 5th overall pick?

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San Diego State quarterback Kevin O'Connell may have worked his way into the top 100 selections of the draft.

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Jake Long is set to continue the legacy of Big 10 players, especially Michigan offensive linemen, in the NFL.

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Interview with Notre Dame defensive tackle Trevor Laws.

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Rick Gosselin looks at Detroit Lions wide receiver Roy Williams possible draft trade.

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USA Today: NFL get ready: Here comes another Cromartie.

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Washington Redskins are focused on defensive ends, including Clemson's Phillip Merling and Miami's Calais Campbell.

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Top eight linebackers plus sleepers such as North Carolina's Hilee Taylor.

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Seven wide receivers, not invited to the N.F.L. Combine, that have a chance to be drafted:

Luke Swan ~ Wisconsin -- According to one A.F.C. head scout, his severe hamstring injury may've cost him a draft selection, because it knocked him out the All-Star games and Combine. Still, he recovered enough this spring to show off an impressive vertical (38") and some great shuttle times. Very draft worthy player, with soft hands and impressive body control, who averaged close 18 YPC in 2006 & 2007. Could be major factor in the slot, if he's healthy.

Marcel Reece ~ Washington -- Had a breakout season in 2007 for the Huskies, averaging 19.5 yards per catch and scoring 8 TD's. He followed it with a awesome Pro Day, timing in at 4.42 in the 40 yard dash and displaying a 36.5" vertical. But at shade below 6' 1" and 235 pounds, most teams think he's too big to play wide receiver and are projecting him as an H-Back or fullback. Should be drafted based on his athletic ability and potential alone, even if his future role isn't clear.

Brett Swain ~ S.D.S.U. -- We've been told by an informed insider (national media) that Swain may be drawing heavier draft interest than all the other non-combine invites at wide receiver. Matter of fact, per the source, at least one N.F.C. North squad has him projected as a solid 5th rounder. Swain showed great hands dealing with a often erratic quarterback (Kevin O'Connell) and is faster than he's given credit for. Averaged 16.8 YPC in 2007.

Jabari Arthur ~ Akron -- Native of Canada, who possess a nice mix of size (6' 3", 225) and speed (4.56). Arthur, who began his Zips career as a quarterback, is a native of Canada and was selected 6th overall in 2007 C.F.L. draft by Calgary. Not likely to be drafted in the N.F.L. as a pure wide receiver, but could garner latter round consideration as an H-Back. This redzone threat (10 TD's in 2007) will turn 26 this summer, so his age may be a negative in scouts' eyes.

Cameron Colvin ~ Oregon -- Was pegged as a can't miss superstar coming out high school, but he never performed at the very high level he was expected to due to a rash of injuries and battles with inconsistency. It's not real likely he'll be drafted, but he's got a chance (despite 4.6 speed) if a team believes he can stay healthy, because of his size, ability to gain a lot of yards after the catch and above average athletic ability.

Tony Burks ~ Miss. State -- Former JUCO superstar, who stepped right into the Bulldogs lineup and averaged an eye-popping 24.3 YPC in 2006. Never really performed at the level expected of him in 2007, but everyone knows the Bulldogs quarterback play was far from consistent. Despite a lack of top end speed, Burks possesses the size (6' 4", 225) and receiving skills to be a solid possession receiver/red zone threat in the N.F.L. Seems to be on the cusp of round 7 and free agency.

Robert Jordan ~ Cal-Berkeley -- One of our Bay Area sources loves this kid's short area quickness and toughness, but thinks his narrow frame (5' 10", 168) will hurt his cause on draft weekend. Still, a productive Pac-10 career on a offensive laden Cal squad and a stellar 4.44 dash at his Pro Day could slide him into the 6th or 7th rounds, if teams believe they can bulk him a bit.

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last updated: 04/19/08
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Western Michigan basketball star Joe Reitz wants to pursue a future in the N.F.L.

DD.comment: A great compliment to Reitz's athletic ability is that Baltimore G.M. Ozzie Newsome, a Hall of Fame tight end, really likes his potential and thinks he's a worthy project. We think he'll go undrafted and we'd be shocked if he did not sign as a priority free agent with Baltimore.

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USA Today: Top 500 Prospects Database.

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Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune ranks his Top 40 Offensive Line Prospects.

DD.comment: We have to note that we absolutely agree with Dan Pompei's assessment of Ryan Clady. He's very much a "boom or bust" type prospect, according to our inside sources that know him personally.

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Long time New York Giants beat writer Vinny DiTrani takes a very in-depth look at the Offensive Line Prospects.

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Q&A with former Auburn defensive end Quentin Groves, who would love to play in San Francisco.

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The Sporting News: Four potential Day 2 Jewels.

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All-Big 10 defensive end Matt Shaughnessy suffers a severe leg injury during a spring practice session.

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The New York Times looks at wide receiver Paul Raymond's quest to go from an Ivy League student-athlete to an N.F.L player.

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Ex-Southern Cal linebacker Keith Rivers hopes to follow a long line of Trojan greats in the N.F.L.

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Will the New York Giants trade tight end Jeremy Shockey?

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Three stars from F.C.S. powerhouse Appalachian State are legit N.F.L. draft prospects.

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Former Clemson defensive end Phillip Merling hopes upcoming workout will stabilize his draft stock.

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Prosecutors drop rape charges against former Penn State tailback Austin Scott.

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Dan Pompei: Second round Wide Receivers.

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Former University of Delaware star Joe Flacco is drawing mixed reviews from N.F.L. scouts.

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Recently released Preseason Outland Trophy Watch List

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The Dallas Cowboys could catch former Kansas corner Aqib Talib, if he falls in the draft.

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Quick TV news video for ex-Oregon and Western Oregon defensive lineman Victor Felipe, who has caught the eye of several N.F.L. teams.

DD.comment: Victor's agent has been contact by the following teams as of last week and they have shown a great deal of interest in him: Cleveland, Oakland, Chicago, San Francisco, New York Jets, Buffalo, Minnesota and Jacksonville.

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Charlotte Observer: Top 100 N.F.L. Prospects.

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last updated: 04/18/08
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Rick Gosselin's N.F.L. draft preview: Special Teams Prospects.

DD.comment: You can always count on Rick Gosselin to do a great job breaking down the prospects, but give him extra credit for looking at which players may help on special teams coverage and have a knack for blocking kicks. That's not as easy as scouting the top kickers, punters and return specialists.

Former U.C.L.A. special teams standout Matt Slater is a player few people know about, but we like him a lot and see him sort of like we saw current Cincinnati Bengal Ethan Kilmer back in 2006 -- an above average athlete, who's special teams prowess alone gives him a shot to be drafted. Kilmer was better on kick coverage in college and probably a little bit faster, but Slater is very good on kick coverage in his own right and has a lot of experience returning kicks and punts. Also, being the son of ex-N.F.L. All-Pro Jackie Slater will help his cause.

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Respected N.F.L. writer/insider Tony Grossi looks at the Top 3-4 Linebacker Prospects.

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Scout.com's "scouts" look at hard working Nebraska cornerback Zack Bowman, who ran a blazing 4.38 at the Combine, despite a recent rash of serious leg injuries.

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A few dozen athletes with ties to the Bay Area show their skills at the San Francisco 49ers local Pro Day.

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Great video high-lights of ex-Notre Dame safety Tom Zbikowski, who ran an official 4.44 (electronic) at the Combine and is a favorite of future N.F.L. Hall of Fame defensive back Deion Sanders.

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Closer look at former Washington Huskies receiver Marcel Reece, who projects as an N.F.L. H-Back.

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The Dallas News: Rick Gosselin's N.F.L mock draft.

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The Sporting News: All-Time N.F.L. Draft Bust Team.

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ESPN.com: Top 50 N.F.L. Draft Busts.

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Pass rushing defensive linemen gain value in the wake of most recent Super Bowl.

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St Louis Rams have alot of interesting options at 2 overall.

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Chadron State running back Danny Woodhead confident he will get his shot.

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San Diego State quarterback Kevin O'Connell draft profile.

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The "Devin Hester" factor: special teams impact creates draft buzz for returners.

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Fresno State return specialist Clifton Smith interests the Atlanta Falcons.

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Prospect comparisons from Scott Wright of NFL Draft Countdown.

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last updated: 04/17/08
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Pro Football Weekly: Ranking the declared junior linebackers and Pre-draft Insider Notes.

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Pro Football Weekly's Q&A with former West Virginia fullback Owen Schmitt.

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Check out Josh Buchanan's updated Seven Round Small Schoolers Only Mock .

DD.comment: If recent history is a guide, only 20 to 25 small schoolers will be drafted. But this is an excellent mock by Josh, as many of the prospects on this list will be key priority free agents and some will really surprise people once they put on the N.F.L. gear.

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If opportunity arises, the New York Jets might draft Darren McFadden.

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New N.F.L. draft day time limits will test Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

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The St. Louis Rams would love to draft wide receiver DeSean Jackson, if he makes it into round 2?

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One of our inside sources recently suggested Tennessee really liked East Carolina tailback Chris Johnson, but Tony Pauline warns the speedster is not worthy of being a first round pick.

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Former California-Berkeley wide receiver DeSean Jackson not short on confidence -- or speed.

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Will the fast rising Green Bay Packers draft a quarterback at No. 30?

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Minnesota and Tampa Bay are seriously considering trading their first round picks for young All-Pro defensive end Jared Allen.

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Chris Gittings, the agent for Danny Woodhead, says it's frustrating that other small running backs are considered N.F.L. draft prospects but that his client is on the fringe.

DD.comment: The agent really does sound silly hinting that Darren McFadden couldn't put up similar numbers playing D-2 ball. But he's got a great point about Woodhead being unfairly knocked for his lack of height, when tailbacks his size have thirived in the N.F.L. for decades.

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Charley Casserly: Slice and dice but Miami's answer at No. 1 is Jake Long .

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USA Today looks at rising guard prospect Shawn Murphy , who is the son of ex-Major League Baseball superstar Dale Murphy.

DD.comment: Shawn's younger brother, Jake Murphy, is considered an even better athlete/prospect coming out of the prep ranks. He has signed with B.Y.U.

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After a record-setting senior season, Waynesburg University defensive end Mike Czerwien worked out in front of a scout from the N.F.L.ís Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday.

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Speedy wide receiver prospect Will Franklin wouldn't mind playing for the St.Louis Rams.

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Baltimore quarterback Steve McNair has announced his retirement.

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Miami Dolphins are faced with a choice between defensive end or offensive tackle, also a choice between being safe or bold at one overall.

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Philadelphia Eagles are unlikely to draft a wide receiver in round one.

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones claims he is happy holding onto his two first round picks.

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West Virginia nose guard Chris Neild looks forward to this season in Morgantown.

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East Carolina running back Chris Johnson could sneak into the tail end of round one.

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Oklahoma wide receiver Malcolm Kelly runs again, apologizes for last week's rant.

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Southern California defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis' best friend is his Rottweiler, "Oso."

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Oregon running back Jonathan Stewart could be the second running back selected.

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Draft Daddy has updated our two round mock draft.

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New Mexico offensive tackle Devin Clark interview.

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Furman fullback Jerome Felton's video profile.

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The future of Missouri All-American Jeremy Maclin could be pointed toward a selection as a first-round N.F.L. draft pick.

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Jeff Legwold looks at several potential small-school gems, including ex-Mount Union star Pierre Garcon.

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Rick Gosselin's N.F.L. draft preview: Top Linebackers.

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USA Today: Top Defensive Line Prospects.

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Tennessee's freshman All-American Eric Berry, who may be the best safety prospect in college football, takes snaps at quarterback for the Vols.

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Scout.com's "scouts" look at ex-U.C.L.A. defensive end Bruce Davis.

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Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune ranks his Top 15 Quarterbacks Prospects.

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Former Miami defensive end Calais Campbell keeps his head up as his draft stock falls.

DD.comment: Just for the record, the best trio of defensive ends in the N.F.L. -- Michael Strahan, Usi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck of the New York Giants were all second or third round picks, so Campbell's world shouldn't fall apart if he does drop out of round one.

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How will Penn State fill the void created by Sean Lee's injury?

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Josh Buchanan looks at 5 small schoolers juniors, including former Virginia Tech tailback George Bell, who hope to impress as seniors.

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Veteran quarterback J.P. Losman likely staying in Buffalo despite trade request.

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Palm Beach Post: Is the number one overall pick a Reward or Financial Burden?

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Former Michigan wide receiver Mario Manningham visits the Oakland Raiders; could a draft-day trade be next?

DD.comment: Manningham's official electronically timed 40 yard dashes at the Combine were 4.60 & 4.68. He was hand timed between 4.59 and 4.64. So if the writer thinks his 4.59 was "sorry", he did even worse. However, we must point out again, the media always knocks players for running too slow, but, in reality, if you Look at the Combine averages most players aren't the speed demons the media portrays them to be. There are a lot of very good starting receivers in that N.F.L. that run around a 4.6, or slower.

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The Dallas News takes an depth look at Malcolm Kelly's Pro Day.

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Fast rising sophomore Thaddeus Gibson was the first pick today in the Draft for Ohio State's spring game.

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Pro Football Weekly: Pre-N.F.L. draft Q&A.

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Verified Pro Day results for University of Miami safety Willie Cooper:

Height/Weight: 6'1"; 211 lbs

40 yd: 4.68

20 Shuttle: 4.47

Vertical: 29.5"

3 cone: 6.84

Cooper has been on an official visit with the Miami Dolphins and completed a private workout for the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this month.

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Six more prospects visit the New York Giants.

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The Bleacher Report: Former Tulsa quarterback Paul Smith could be a hidden-gem.

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Rick Gosselin: N.F.L. draft can be big break for Small-College Stars

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Our friends over at Big Blue Interactive break down the Top Defensive Back Prospects.

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Detroit Lions could be targeting two players who are shaping up to be top 10 picks.

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Rick Gosselin profiles the offensive line position in the 2008 NFL draft.

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Could the Carolina Panthers be targeting Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan?

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Could five defensive linemen be selected in the top ten picks?

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Unlikely that Darren McFadden makes it past the Oakland Raiders.

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UW-Whitewater running back Justin Beaver prepares for the NFL draft.

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Northwest Missouri Stateís Xavier Omonís first name is actually Archibong.

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Rashard Mendenhall stands out, even in a strong running back class.

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Delaware quarterback Joe Flacco may be the best quarterback in the draft class.

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In-depth profile of Tennessee linebacker Jerod Mayo.

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Houston Texans' haven't had the best luck with left tackles over the years.

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Devin Thomas' path to the pros took him through Coffeyville Community college.

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Seven running backs not invited to the N.F.L. Combine that have a chance to be drafted:

Huge Charles ~ Colorado -- Not real big at a shade over 5' 7" and he needs to do more straight line running than dancing (ala Reggie Bush), but he's got track speed that can't be taught. Could be an immediate factor as a return specialist.

Tim Hightower ~ Richmond -- Draftable small schooler ran 4.62 and 4.59 at his Pro Day at over 5' 11" and 224 pounds. Can project as a power running tailback or bulk up a bit and play fullback at the next level. Very draft worthy prospect, probably after round 4.

Andre Callender ~ Boston College -- Not real big at only 5' 10" and about 193 pounds, but he put himself squarely on scouts' radar when he ran in the mid 4.4's at B.C.'s Pro Day. Callender is a nifty runner and a great pass receiver (76 catches in '07; 138 career receptions), which make him a decent 3rd down back prospect.

Kenny Cattouse ~ Troy -- The former New Jersey prep star won't wow teams with his size (5' 9") or speed (4.56), but he's a hard worker, who can pick up the tough yards running and has soft hands. Borderline 6th/7th round and free agency prospect.

Danny Woodhead ~ Chadron State -- Another very draftable prospect, who was shunned by Frank Solich of Nebraska, but had a dominate D-2 career. Topped if off with an amazing Pro Day display @ Nebraska 4.38 40, 38" vertical and 20 BP reps at a shade over 5' 7".

Lavarus Giles ~ Jackson State -- Several N.F.L. teams have brought this 6' 1", 220 pound athlete with 4.4-something speed in for workouts, but can he sneak into the latter rounds of the draft? We think he's got a 50/50 chance to be selected on Day 2 of the draft.

Rodney Kinlaw ~ Penn State - Isn't real big (5' 9", 200 pounds) and didn't get much playing time until his senior season, but he came up big for P.S.U. in 2007, rushing for over 1,300 (10 TD's) and showing nice hands. Ran the 40 in 4.50 and 4.49 seconds and displayed a 38" vertical jump @ Pro Day.

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Chargers' starting inside linebacker Stephen Cooper was suspended for four games by the N.F.L. on Tuesday for testing positive for a banned stimulant.

DD.comment: Considering the Chargers want to win right away, does this episode skew them closer to drafting a inside linebacker in the first round? It might, but the Bolts still have a glaring hole at right tackle and running back and defensive back depth are also needs.

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USA Today: Top Linebacker Prospects.

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SI.com Photos: Fans' Overlooked Draft Prospects.

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USA Today: Character questions and giant talent fill Darren McFadden's resume.

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Talented Clemson tailback C.J. Spiller hopes to become a more complete player as a junior.

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Pro Football Weekly: Draft Value Chart.

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Ray Didinger looks at 5 Prospects that could be draft steals.

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Pro Football Weekly: Jonathan Stewart's draft stock climbs despite toe surgery.

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What will happen to wide receiver Fred Rouse, one the nation's top recruits in 2005, who has been kicked out of another school?

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Pro Football Weekly: Is Jerry Jones going Hog wild over Felix Jones?

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Houston Texans look for a rare find with the 18th overall pick.

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Chicago Bears would be interested in Virginia tackle Branden Albert, if available.

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Baltimore Ravens host Kansas cornerback Aqib Talib.

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Tennessee Titans have a need at wide receiver but might not have to use a first round pick on that need.

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Oklahoma defensive back Reggie Smith interview.

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Southern California guard Chilo Rachal was forced into the NFL draft to take care of his family.

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Oklahoma State wide receiver Adarius Bowman pleads guilty to simple possession of marijuana.

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Southern California tight end Fred Davis' draft stock is falling.

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Scouts and general managers love Louisiana State defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, but do health concerns linger?

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Another installment of He Reminds Me of Someone from Paul G.

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Overrated and Underrated draft prospects.

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War Room Report projects possible draft day trades.

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last updated: 04/14/08
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Five questions the Cincinnati Bengals must prioritize before the N.F.L. draft.

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Free Agents & Cap Cuts Updated 11:32 PM, EST:

Draft Daddy's updated Top Free Agents Tracker: Offense -- Defense

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Notable N.F.L. veterans that have been released: DD.com's Cap Cuts Tracker

DD.comment: Unlike our free agent lists, we are not loosely ranking the players on the cap cuts page. We are just adding key cap cuts to the list as they are announced.

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NFL.com: Pat Kirwan's 2 Round Mock.

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Closer look at the Washington Redskins team needs.

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Pro Football Weekly: 25 Overrated or Underrated Prospects.

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USA Today: Top Cornerback Prospects.

DD.comment: The most noteworthy info from link above is that USA Today is projecting former University of Connecticut cornerback Tyvon Branch as a first round pick.

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Adam Schein suggests the Minnesota Vikings should draft quarterback Brian Brohm, plus Schein's 9 Nuggets of Wisdom.

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N.F.L. draft Projections for 13 Prospects from the state of Wisconsin.

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Tony Pauline of SI.com looks at 12 Small Schoolers that may surprise.

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Pittsburgh Tribune takes an in-depth look at former Boston College tackle Gosder Cherilus.

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Former University of Minnesota safety Dominique Barber hopes to get drafted, despite a poor Combine 40 time.

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Russ Lande's new list of Riser & Sliders includes the son of a 2 time National League M.V.P.

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Scouting report for former Michigan State wide receiver Devin Thomas.

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Scouting report for ex-Michigan State tight end Kellen Davis.

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Scouting report for former Michigan State safety Nehemiah Warrick.

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Scouting report for ex-Michigan State defensive end Ervin Baldwin.

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Several prospects from the New Orleans area, including safety Chris Horton, hope to be drafted.

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Quarterback position among biggest gambles in the NFL draft. Some scouts say it is the worst crop in years.

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Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie and other top cornerbacks in the 2008 NFL Draft.

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Tenneessee quarterback Erik Ainge draft profile.

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Michigan State short yardage back/fullback Jehuu Caulcrick draft profile.

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Tampa Bay Buccanneers true first round need might cornerback, not wide receiver as many project.

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San Diego Chargers made three key draft picks a year early.

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last updated: 04/13/08
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Rick Gosselin of the Dallas News ranks to the Top Running Back Prospects.

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The Bleacher Report does a Q&A with Rick Gosselin.

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USA Today: Top Safety Prospects.

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Sporting News Draft Dish: Film reviews hurt former Ohio State defensive end Veron Gholston.

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Ex-Oklahoma wide receiver Malcolm Kelly will run again at O.U. This time he'll run on AstroTurf.

DD.comment: According to Wikipedia's database, Buffalo is the only team in the N.F.L. that still uses a form of AstroTurf. So it seems to us that Kelly and his agent may have really believed all the Online and newstand mocks that had him going to Buffalo #11 overall and now they want to prove to the Bills that he's fast enough to excel at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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Several N.F.L. scouts and executives talk about speedy tight end prospect Dustin Keller.

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Former Washburn cornerback Cary Williams is getting significant attention from N.F.L. scouts.

DD.comment: According to some insiders we've talked to, Williams is a very good athlete and he really does have an excellent chance of being drafted between the 5th and 7th rounds. One possible negative, believe it or not, aside from his small school pedigree, is his height. He's listed at about 6' 2" and most N.F.L. teams tend to be "careful" with taller defensive backs, as many scouts seem to feel taller athletes tend to lose fluidity when they backpedal. That's the reason why you see so many wide receivers over 6' 3", but very few defensive backs over 6' 2" in the N.F.L.

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Can former Michigan quarterback Chad Henne sneak into round one?

DD.comment: Our Combine insider, who speaks to N.F.L. scouts and G.M.'s from time to time, recently said Henne is the top ranked quarterback on "some teams boards". If he does go in round one or two, it won't shock us at all, as we quoted a couple of actual N.F.L scouts back in the fall of 2006 (stories were linked in the blog) that claimed Henne had borderline first or second round talent. From that point, we ignored all the middle round projections from Cable TV analysts and others, and always ranked Henne fairly high.

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Tennessee's scouting coordinator talks about Owen Schmitt's potential role in the N.F.L.

DD.comment: It's ironic that the scout from Tennessee praises his speed and athletic ability a bit, but then he questions his blocking skills. The standard scouting report from the average Internet scouting analyst has been that he's fairly unathletic, but a "great blocker".

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Rick Gosselin: Great N.F.L. draft debate: Go Pro or Stay?

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With Darren McFadden, Felix Jones and Peyton Hills leaving for the N.F.L., who will Play Running Back for Arkansas?

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Scout.com's "scouts" take an in-depth look at former South Carolina tailback Cory Boyd.

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Quick look at Baylor's Top 5 Players to watch coming out of spring ball, including potential All-Big 12 and All-American offensive tackle Jason Smith, who could be the Bears best N.F.L. prospect in several years.

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Word is the Buffalo Bills don't consider any receivers in this draft worthy of the No. 11 overall pick.

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Virginia defensive end Chris Long comes away impressed with Kansas State's DT corp.

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Are there any wide receivers in the 2008 NFL Draft with a true first round grade?

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Vanderbilt's Curtis Gatewood and a breakdown of other 3-4 outside linebacker sleepers.

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As Draft Day approaches: "There's as much value in misinformation as information."

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Cleveland Browns will be looking for cornerback help with their second day picks.

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Can quarterback Nate Longshore keep his starting job at Cal-Berkeley?

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Sophomore cornerback Dominique Franks was the big star at Oklahoma's spring game.

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Dan Pompei's Scout Talk: Top 10 Sudden Risers, according to N.F.L. executives.

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Updated Link: Penn State linebacker Sean Lee will miss the upcoming season with a torn ACL.

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Former N.F.L. star Will Shields will be training some of the best line prospects at his new place in Overland Park, Kansas. This will be big for N.F.L. Combine and Pro Day preparation. Top offensive tackle prospect Ryan Clady worked out with Shields this winter and is expected to be drafted in the first round. For more info, check out www.68insidesports.com.

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NFL.com: Top 10 Draft Steals in N.F.L. history.

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NFL.com: Top 10 Draft Classes in N.F.L. history.

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Buffalobills.com profiles former Maryland linebacker Erin Henderson.

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Mixed draft reviews lead to uncertain times for defensive end Calais Campbell.

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Detroit Lions' first round choice is between linebackers Jerod Mayo or Keith Rivers.

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Miami safety Kenny Phillips would give the Dallas Cowboys contractual leverage.

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San Francisco 49ers' visits are heavy on defensive ends, including Quentin Groves.

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Baltimore Ravens' visits include Eastern Kentucky cornerback Antwuan Molden.

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Who will replace Kevin Smith at Central Florida or Tracy Porter at Indiana?

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Few have helped themselves this offseason as Georgia Tech linebacker Gary Guyton.

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Current prospects who remind of pros are explored in "He Reminds Me of Someone."

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last updated: 04/11/08
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Breaking News: Standout Penn State linebacker Sean Lee suffered a potentially serious right knee injury Friday that could force him to miss the upcoming season.

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Former Oklahoma State quarterback Bobby Reid say Mike Gundy's rant "basically ended my life".

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The Cowboys held their annual Dallas Day Workout on Friday at Valley Ranch, evaluating 31 players who either attended college or played high school in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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Our "inside source" from the Combine, who everbody loved, is back and he's got some more pre-draft opinions and insider tidbits:

Some First Round Targets:

Miami-- The word inside N.F.L. circles is Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland don't like the quarterbacks at number one overall. So I believe they will try to trade this pick to anyone, but I doubt they will be able to dump it for equal value....Jake Long is a real possibility, but I'd go with Vernon Gholston, if they keep the pick, because he is that rare athlete than can flat out bust it and has the skill set of the elite defensive ends, even though he is not always consistent. He could be Jason Taylor's eventual replacement and I think they know Brian Brohm may fall to round two and they really like Joe Flacco and Chad Henne a lot.

St. Louis -- Virginia's Chris Long should be their pick. The Rams need edge players with their starters getting older and they haven't adequately replaced Grant Wistrom since he left. Long is excellent against the run and that is precisely what this team needs. They could also go the defensive tackle route, but neither of the top defensive tackles play the scheme that suits the Rams needs so they should go with Howie's kid. I think Long has to fit a scheme, otherwise he will be a bust.

Atlanta -- The Falcons are in a total rebuilding mode, so I think they go for defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey. They need a quarterback badly, but none of the top quarterbacks rate high enough this year, so I think they will forsake quarterback until round two, where they'll have several choices, and they will look to add Dorsey to Abraham, Anderson and Boley.

N.E. Patriots -- Everybody has them going cornerback in round one, but the cornerback talent is so deep that they can wait. Scott Pioli lost a Super Bowl a few months ago because his team could not block any of the New York Giants defensive linemen. So I believe Branden Albert would be a great fit because he can play guard or tackle and we all know the Pats love versatile offensive linemen.

New Orleans -- Cornerbacks Leodis McKelvin or Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie should be their first round targets. They need defensive help everywhere, but the need at cornerback is glaring. McKelvin can be also be a special teams standout as a return specialist.

Buffalo -- I think the player they really want is Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie, but if he's off the board they could go with Keith Rivers or Jerrod Mayo. Defensive tackle is a need spot, but Kentwan Balmer does not rate high enough (at #11) and he's better suited as a 3-4 defensive end. Bills love to shock the world on draft day and Mayo or Rivers could make their linebackers real tough with Paul Poz coming back from an arm injury.

Chicago -- Former Vanderbilt offensive tackle Chris Williams should be their man. He has great feet and is the smartest offensive tackle in the draft. Plus, Lovie can pencil him in as a starter at tackle right off the bat.

Houston Texans -- Former Boise offensive tackle Ryan Clady could be there for the Texans to take and, if he is, I'd take him. They could also toy with drafting a tailback in round one, but their scheme devalues running backs and they are in dire need of offensive tackle or cornerback help. Aqib Talib is not fast enough to be picked at #18 and they don't like Michael Jenkins enough at this spot. I'd love to see them pick Clady. He is rising because many think he will eventually grow into to the left tackle spot much like Mike Roos did in Tennessee.

Tampa Bay -- Former Texas wide receiver Limas Sweed would be a great pick, as they need to replace Michael Clayton and Joey Galloway is 36 years old. But they could go quarterback here, with Brian Brohm as a real possibility, because word is Jon Gruden really loves him. Also, don't be too surprised if they "surprise" and go for Kentwan Balmer or Antaun Molden.

Washington -- Former Auburn star Quentin Groves would be a perfect fit, if he checks out medically. They need defensive line help and they lost linebacker Rocky MacIntosh late last year to a bad knee, so Groves would be ideal because he can play the 5 technique in a 4-3 and he can also play outside linebacker in their new hybrid defense they are installing. Wide receiver is also a possibility, but I think they go to the D-line route because they want a big wide receiver and there are no big wide receivers worth the slot.

Seattle -- Mike Holmgren is in his final season and the team wants/covets speed, so DeSean Jackson makes sense, as the Hawks are now a pass first team and they need to replace D.J. Hackett and Deion Branch, who will be PUP'd due to his ACL injury. Jackson is also a special teams ace, with experience in the West Coast offense. East Carolina's speedy and versatile tailback Chris Johnson is also a strong possibility.

Jacksonville -- This team is redoing its defense and Greg Williams needs a cornerback and a defensive end to run his pressure scheme, so I believe Miami's Calais Campbell makes sense at #26. Dark horse pick here could be wide receiver or middle linebacker. If they don't go for secondary help in round one, Greg Williams will push for a cornerback in round two, so he can install his blitz packages.

San Diego -- Eastern Kentucky cornerback Antaun Molden would be a great pick, if he's available. The Chargers could go the running back or offensive tackle route in round one, but they are losing Drayton Florence and need cornerback depth since they have little behind their starters. Molden is raw, but they don't need to start him right away. They need to teach him the inside game at the slot and with Oakland and Denver throwing the ball a lot he will see a lot of snaps as a rookie.

New York Giants -- The Giants will be tempted to jump on Dan Connor and they have a gaping hole still at free safety. But don't be too surprised if they decide to help Eli out more with a big wide receiver like James Hardy, because Moss is a bust and Plaxico Burress has told G.M. Jerry Reese he needs the money love now that he won a Super Bowl. I see this as Plaxico's last year with Big Blue, so Hardy could be groomed to replace him.

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Dallas News: Rick Gosselin's mock N.F.L. draft.

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The L.A. Times: Sam Farmer's mock N.F.L. draft.

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Where the 10 pre-draft-visit guys might fit with the San Francisco Forty-Niners.

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Rick Gosselin: Team captains draw attention at the N.F.L. draft.

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Could the Chicago Bears snatch Rashard Mendenhall before the Detroit Lions in the draft?

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Draft Daddy is pleased to announce a radio appearance today, at 12:35pm EST on Houston's 790 AM the Sports Animal, talking draft with the Monsters of Mid-Day. Live Stream Here.

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If Jake Long is not picked by the Miami Dolphins at 1, chances are he goes to the St. Louis Rams at 2.

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Breaking down the defensive end options for the Detroit Lions at 15 overall.

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Oklahoma wide receiver Malcolm Kelly will work out again in Atlanta, but without N.F.L. scouts watching.

DD.comment: If a tree falls in the forest and no one times it, does it matter?

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More on Auburn defensive end Quentin Groves' heart procedure, it is less scary than it sounds.

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If a student can beat Urban Meyer's fastest Gators in a footrace during spring game festivities, he or she will win a full scholarship.

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Southern California defensive tackle Fili Moala has been moved to nose guard.

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Video profile of Wisconsin wide receiver Paul Hubbard.

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Pro Football Weekly's insiders take an in-depth look at the Malcolm Kelly Situation.

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USA Today: Former Delaware quarterback Joe Flacco heads list of small-school draft surprises.

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Dan Pompei: Offensive linemen are safe picks in N.F.L. draft.

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NFL Network's Adam Schefter reports former Auburn star Quentin Groves underwent surgery to treat Wolf-Parkinson-White syndrome.

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Our "inside source" from the Combine, who everybody loved, is back and he's got some more pre-draft opinions and insider tidbits:

Strength's of the upcoming draft:

1. Offensive line, specifically offensive tackle, is the best in the last 30 years. Every scout I talk to says this is the case. G.M.'s also love this group.

2. This draft reminds the old timers of the 1970's for running backs. The group isn't as talented as the offensive lineman, but this draft for running backs is the best we have seen in several decades. There will be very good backs found all the way to round 5.

3. There are some elite cornerback talent in this draft, but there is also depth in this draft for cornerback.

After these three spots the draft is weak, particularly at quarterback and wide receiver.

Random Notes & Opinions from our insider:

East Carolina running back Chris Johnson has been given a first round grade by over half the franchises in the N.F.L.....Eastern Kentucky cornerback Antwaun Molden is now in round one on a few teams' boards....Arkansas' Felix Jones is going to make a name on special teams before he does anything as a running back, according to my sources....Few are saying this publicly, but many N.F.L. teams love Chad Henne and think he's the best quarterback in this draft.

While many think taking Branden Albert in the top 10 is crazy, I know 50 percent of scouts think he can play left tackle and make an impact there in the N.F.L. Also, a key N.F.C. executive recently told me if Steve Hutchinson and Leonard Davis can be paid $50 million to play offensive guard, then taking a prospect like Albert in the top ten makes sense for teams that need an immediate line boost....Some think the New York Jets way overpaid for Alan Faneca and they still need to shore up the middle and offensive tackle, so drafting Albert at #6 overall could solve all their offensive line needs.

I'd draft Tennessee's Jerod Mayo before any linebacker. I think he is the next Al Wilson or Ray Lewis and he can play either scheme. But he'd probably be best suited to a 4-3 team. I, personally, see him in Cincinnati or Buffalo, if there guys don't fall to them.

Solid inside linebackers for the 3-4 can be gotten in the latter rounds. Curtis Lofton and Beau Bell can fit that bill. Keith Rivers is not a new Keith Bulluck. Bulluck is the best 4-3 outside linebacker in the league and he went at 30 back in 2000. I think Rivers is media hyped. His game film is pretty ordinary. I love Cliff Avril and Stanford Keglar of Purdue more than Rivers as far as 3-4 outside linebackers.

Word in N.F.L. circles is the Oakland Raiders will take Darren McFadden at #4 overall. New Orleans and Cincinnati both covet Sedrick Ellis, but neither will pay the price to move up in the draft to get him because they know the New York Jets will never really take him due to their scheme and the Dwyane Robertson failure.

These are but a few of the things scouts with teams stacking their boards have said. Also, many scouts believe this draft is at its best from 31-65. That is what has many teams excited.

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Very quick look at Western Oregon star Victor Filipe, who, as we noted 6 weeks ago, is getting serious attention from N.F.L. scouts as a Day 2 prospect.

DD.comment: Former Oregon defensive tackle Victor Filipe recorded a 4.9 second 40-yard dash and 33 reps of 225 pound bench press at his most recent Pro Day.

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University of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops fires back at Malcolm Kelly, who claims Sooners' coaches set him up to fail at Pro Day, because scouts wanted him to run on a track similar to the one used at the N.F.L. Combine.

DD.comment: We mentioned yesterday that we had quoted several actual N.F.L. scouts questioning Kelly's speed, dating back to 2007. We went back into the archives and found a story we posted last May, which had an anonymous A.F.C. scout question his speed. After this, we found a few other stories in which scouts mentioned they were concerned about his speed.

So, honestly, we are not sure where all this surprise and anger from Kelly and his fans comes from, as he ran just as actual N.F.L. scouts expected. Maybe they bought into all the wild Internet and cable TV hype (which didn't come from us) that had Kelly a tiny notch below Calvin Johnson (in terms of athletic ability and skill), who was a true blue chip prospect?

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Colts, Giants and Eagles were all impressed with former Columbia quarterback Craig Hormann's Pro Day display.

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Fast-rising Arkansas State safety Tyrell Johnson, who is expected to be a 2nd or 3rd round pick, visits Baltimore.

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In-depth look at former University of Texas tight end Jermichael Finley.

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Former Pittsburgh offensive tackle Jeff Otah shaves his Combine 40 time from a snail-like 5.67 to 5.3 at Pro Day.

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NBC Sports: The Miami should draft defensive end Chris Long number 1 overall.

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Chick Ludwig's Q&A with ex-Ohio State linebacker Larry Grant.

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Miami Dolphins have started contract negotiations with both Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long and Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston. Both players are represented by CAA Sports.

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Underrated Michigan quarterback Chad Henne shows shades of Tom Brady.

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Six players have been selected to be in the Green Room at this year's NFL draft:

Louisiana State defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey
Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston
Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long
Virginia defensive end Chris Long
Arkansas running back Darren McFadden
Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan

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Oregon tailback LeGarrette Blount is a big back hoping to replace Jonathan Stewart.

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Raiders owner Al Davis is reportedly "intoxicated" with Arkansas running back Darren McFadden. Also, the selection of Ohio State tight end Rickey Dudley in 1996 has left a bad taste in Davis' mouth and would prevent him from taking current Buckeye Vernon Gholston. This contradicts Mike Florio who says the Raiders love Gholston.

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How did Michigan wide receiver Mario Manningham fail drug tests yet continue to play in games?

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NFL Draft Countdown interviews fast rising prospect Branden Albert of Virginia.

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War Room Report debates who is the number one tight end in the draft?

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Interview with legendary N.F.L. scout C.O. Brocato.

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last updated: 04/09/08
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Scout.com's "scouts" look at former Boise State cornerback Orlando Scandrick.

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Rob Rang reports on Malcolm Kelly's Pro Day showing in Oklahoma and suggests he may not slip much, despite running a forty yard dash that would normally push a prospect into round 5 (or lower).

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Some video Hi-lights of Sedrick Ellis' Pro Day.

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The Sporting News: Russ Lande's Draft Dish takes an in-depth look at Oklahoma's Pro Day.

DD.comment: If Lande is correct that former Georgia return specialist Mikey Henderson has decided to hang up his cleats, he would become the fourth legitimate draft prospect to announce he would not pursue an N.F.L. career. The others are: Former Navy fullback Adam Ballard; Former Illinois guard Martin O'Donnell and former Cal-Davis defensive end James Amos. Henderson, in our opinion, was the most likely to be drafted out of the group.

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Former Louisville linebacker Lamar Myles worked out for the Indianapolis Colts yesterday, at the school, in order to finish his workouts from Pro Day. He posted a 6.90 L-cone and 4.15 20-yard shuttle, in addition to performing position drills with the Colts scout. He had a visit with the Minnesota Vikings today.

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The Buffalo Bills were unimpressed by Malcolm Kelly's workouts. Meanwhile, the wide receiver blasts the school for making him run on an unfavorable track.

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The Miami Dolphins have formally begun contract negotiations with agent Tom Condon about the prospect of selecting former Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long as the first overall selection in this year's draft.

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San Jose State defensive back Dwight Lowery is scheduled to make a pre-draft visit to the 49ers this week.

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Former Arkansas-Pine Bluff wide receiver Jason Jones is drawing a lot interest from N.F.L. teams.

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Former Oklahoma wide receiver Malcolm Kelly, who has been hyped as a Top 10 pick by many in the mainstream media, has run in the 4.7's at his Pro Day. Things got so bad, his agent reportedly lost control and had to be ejected from Sooners' Pro Day!

DD.comment: This is another reason to frequent Draft Daddy's blog over the "pay sites" littered with "false scouts". Since 2007 we've quoted 4 or 5 actual N.F.L. scouts in this blog regarding Malcolm Kelly and not one ever mentioned him as a very likely first round pick. Not one! In 2007, one A.F.C. scout even compared him to former Texas Tech star Jarret Hicks (size/speedwise), who went undrafted. Also, we once reported his coaches at Oklahoma, who know his speed better than anyone else, begged Kelly to stay in school, feeling he was a 4th round caliber player and he needed to improve.

Now, with this said, Kelly is a solid citizen and a good football player. So there is no reason he can't be drafted in the middle rounds (3rd to 5th) and carve out a solid N.F.L. career. But a Top 10 pick, who ever came up with that?

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After a disastrous performance in the Senior Bowl, Delaware's Joe Flacco has driven up his draft stock

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With a twist of the knee, Dennis Dixon's Heisman Trophy and national title hopes vanished, but what about his N.F.L future?

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Quarterback Josh Johnson put up mind-boggling numbers against small-time opponents. How much does that mean to the N.F.L?

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Rick Gosselin: Injuries can put hurt on N.F.L. draft plans.

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Quick look at McNeese State's Pro Day.

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Peter King: Louisville's Brian Brohm to be No.2 quarterback taken in the draft.

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Ohio State linebacker Marcus Freeman doesn't mind being in the shadow of James Laurinaitis.

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Ex-Oklahoma wide receiver Malcolm Kelly must answer questions about his health and speed today at his personal workout.

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List of over 20 prospects that have visited the Miami Dolphins.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning plans to marry longtime girlfriend Abby McGrew this month.

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Virginia offensive lineman Branden Albert has watched his draft stock soar to possible top 10 status. Also see Albert's interview with SteelersFever.

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Mock drafts can't decide on where to project Pittsburgh's Jeff Otah. Otah plans a campus workout today for pro scouts.

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Interview with Matt Miller of NewEraScouting.

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Philadelphia Eagles host California wide receiver Desean Jackson.

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Texas wide receiver Limas Sweed draft profile.

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Sporting News' Russ Lande talks about scouting running backs.

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Interview with U.C.L.A. fullback sleeper Michael Pitre.

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Was trading up for offensive tackle Joe Staley last spring worth the price for the San Francisco Forty-Niners?

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Former Michigan wide receiver Mario Manningham admits pot use.

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Cleveland.com: Malcolm Jenkins desires to go down as the best cornerback in Ohio State history.

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Pro Day recaps from Gil Brandt of NFL.com.

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NFL Draft Scouts' Pro Day Leaderboard.

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As the draft approaches, the Chargers weigh draft needs vs. available talent.

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Josh Buchanan looks at 3 prospects, including Montana offensive lineman J.D. Quinn, that could dominate on the small school level next season.

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Closer look at Tennesse's sensational freshman defensive back Eric Berry.

DD.comment: We have not touched our Top Freshman Watchlist since mid-December, but we still think it's the best top freshman prospect list on the Net and it's free!

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Suspended Penn State receiver Chris Bell was kicked off the team after university police charged him with threatening another player with a knife.

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Two potential first-rounders - cornerback Aqib Talib and wide receiver Mario Manningham - have been removed from the draft boards of multiple N.F.L. teams because of character concerns.

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The New York Giants workout some local prospects including Columbia quarterback Craig Hormann and Hofstra linebacker Gian Villante.

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ESPN.com: Some N.F.L. bigwigs need to nail this draft to Keep Their Jobs.

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Saskatchewan Roughriders' quarterback Drew Tate hopes C.F.L. success will lead to an N.F.L. career.

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NFL.com takes an inside look at N.F.L. Pro Days.

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Athletic defensive end Will Davis hopes a big senior season at Illinois will lead to an N.F.L. career.

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ESPN draft analyst throws at a lot of praise at some Michigan State stars.

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Anonymous AFC scout gives Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston a second or third round projection.

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Pete Prisco ranks the best guards and centers in the draft.

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Arkansas running back Darren McFadden visits the Oakland Raiders.

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USA Today: Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge and Iowa defensive end Kenny Iwebema could be second-day draft gems.

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Denver Broncos want to trade down from 12 overall, but will there be a market for the pick?

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Arizona cornerback Antoine Cason and Georgia Tech defensive end Darrell Robertson visit the New England Patriots. Troy cornerback Leodis McKelvin and Auburn defensive end Quentin Groves are scheduled to visit next week.

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At pro-day, Hofstra offensive lineman Shawn McMackin ran an average 40-time of 4.79 at 295 pounds.

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New Orleans Saints host linebackers Jerod Mayo from Tennessee and Tavares Gooden from Miami.

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Philadelphia Eagles host Texas tight end Jermichael Finley.

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Six quarterbacks, not invited to the N.F.L. Combine, that have a chance to be drafted:

Brad Roach ~ Catawba College -- Some insiders are saying this 6' 6", 245 pounder has similar skills to Joe Flacco. We expect Roach will be drafted between the 5th and 7th rounds. Most likely non-Combine invite at quarterback to be selected, according to our sources.

Nick Hill ~ Southern Illinois -- This very athletic lefty began his college career as a backup guard for Western Kentucky's fine basketball team. Has a chance to sneak into round 7 based on potential (like Tyler Thigpen did in 2007), but most likely projects as a priority free agent.

Mark Nicolet ~ Hillsdale College -- Fairly similar prospect to Hill, except he may not be as athletic and played at a lower level (D-2). May, however, possess more polished quarterbacking skills than Hill. Has a "chance" to be drafted in the latter rounds after impressing scouts at the Cactus Bowl.

Blake Mitchell ~ South Carolina -- Had a very uneven career at U.S.C. -- had some big games, but he also made some poor choices on and off the field. Will likely not be drafted, but has a strong arm, which should get him a free agent contract with some team. Perfect practice squad type quarterback, if he stays focused.

Craig Hormann ~ Columbia -- We've liked this kid for a while. He's smart, has N.F.L. size (6' 4", 225) and a nice arm as a pro style pocket quarterback. Negatives are he's not real mobile and never did put up huge numbers in the Ivy League. Likely priority agent, who could be a nice developmental prospect for some team.

Omar Haugabrook ~ Troy -- Was a great Sunbelt Conference quarterback. While he wants a chance to play quarterback at the level, it's not likely to happen, according to our sources, and he'll probably have to make it in the N.F.L. as a slot receiver. He's only 5' 11", but ran a 4.44 40 at Troy's Pro Day, so he's athletic enough to be drafted as a wide receiver.

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Quick look at the Washington Redskins draft needs.

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The Chargers sign rugged, high energy strong safety Clinton Hart to a long term extension.

DD.comment: Many are projecting the Chargers will use their first round pick to draft a safety to start next impressive 2007 rookie Eric Weddle, but does A.J. Smith's long term commitment to Hart, a former Arena League star, mean the team will skew towards offensive tackle or linebacker in round one? It probably does, but don't forget, Hart is a former college baseball player, who bounced around for a while before making the N.F.L., so he's older than most would expect (will be 31 by the pre-season). Also, the Bolts definitely need depth at safety, so don't be surprised if they still draft a safety fairly high -- soon after round 2?

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The Auburn defensive tackle Tez Doolittle happy he was granted a 6th season of eligibility.

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The odds are against Rashard Mendenhall becoming a Chicago Bear, but the team wants to get to know the Illinois running back better anyway.

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Free Agents & Cap Cuts Updated 10:00 PM, EST:

Draft Daddy's updated Top Free Agents Tracker: Offense -- Defense

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Notable N.F.L. veterans that have been released: DD.com's Cap Cuts Tracker

DD.comment: Unlike our free agent lists, we are not loosely ranking the players on the cap cuts page. We are just adding key cap cuts to the list as they are announced.

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Bleacher Report: Playing hard, playing smart: making the case for Jamie Silva.

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Small school wide receiver Ashton Gronewold hopes scouts see him as a Wes Welker type.

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Former Oregon wide receiver Cameron Colvin hopes to prove to the 49ers he's worth a chance.

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Ex-Cal-Berkeley wide receiver DeSean Jackson visits the Tampa Bay Bucs.

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Does this video prove safety Jamie Silva ran a blazing sub 4.0 short shuttle time this spring?

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Quick feet may get ex-Hawaii cornerback Ryan Keomaka an N.F.L. contract.

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Former Toledo left tackle John Greco looks forward to the N.F.L. draft.

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The quarterback battle between Mark Sanchez and Mitch Mustain heats up at U.S.C.

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Baltimore Sun draft profile: Penn State linebacker Dan Connor.

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The Giants and Bengals like ex-Ohio State linebacker Larry Grant.

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Stanford quarterback T.C. Ostrander may sneak into later rounds of the draft.

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Virginia sophomore defensive end Sean Gottschalk recovers from shoulder surgery.

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USA Today: Seven teams, seven top prospects. How do they fit?

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Sean Lee is in line to be the next great linebacker at Penn State.

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Louisville quarterback Hunter Cantwell has some big shoes to fill.

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Syracuse linebacker Jameel McClain works out for the Philadelphia Eagles.

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War Room Report speculates on possible trades in the 2008 NFL Draft.

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Based on the numbers we've crunched from the last four N.F.L. drafts (2004 to 2007), we've found that, on average, 35 players that Did Not Receive Combine Invites have been drafted each spring during that time span. With that in mind, we've decided to do the impossible -- try to guess which 35 non-Combine invites have the best chance of being drafted this month!

Top 35 [Not Ranked]:

QB Brad Roach ~ Catawba

RB Huge Charles ~ Colorado

RB Tim Hightower ~ Richmond

RB Danny Woodhead ~ Chadron State

FB Marcel Reese ~ Washington

WR Luke Swan ~ Wisconsin

WR Robert Jordan ~ California

TE Drew Atchison ~ William & Mary

TE Tyson DeVree ~ Colorado

TE Michael Peterson ~ Northwest Missouri State

OT Thaddeus Coleman ~ Miss. Valley State

OC Drew Miller ~ Florida

OG Mackenzy Bernadeau ~ Bentley

OG Kerry Brown ~ Appalachian State

OC Doug Legursky ~ Marshall



DE Brian Johnston ~ Gardner-Webb

DE Hilee Taylor ~ North Carolina

DE Trevor Scott ~ Buffalo

DE Greyson Gunheim ~ Washington

DT Derek Lokey ~ Texas

DT Lorenzo Williams ~ Missouri

DT Richard Clebert ~ South Florida

LB Lamar Myles ~ Louisville

LB Chris Graham ~ Michigan

LB Derrick Doggett ~ Oregon State

LB Shane Simmons ~ Western Washington

FS Corey Lynch ~ Appalachian State

SS Matt Hewitt ~ Arkansas

SS Nate Lyles ~ Virginia

CB Brandon Carr ~ Grand Valley State

CB Isaiah Gardner ~ Maryland

CB Brandon Foster ~ Texas

CB Stanley Franks ~ Idaho

CB Leslie Majors ~ Indiana

CB Cary Williams ~ Washburn



Players on the Cusp:

RB Lavarus Giles, Jackson State; RB Kenny Cattouse, Troy; FB Julius Crosslin, Oklahoma State; FB Michael Cox, Georgia Tech; WR Micah Rucker, Eastern Illinois; TE Matt Sherry Villanova; TE Matt Milligan, Maine; OT Shawn McMackin, Hofstra; OT James Lee, South Carolina State; OG Brandon Barnes, Grand Valley; DT Jordan Reffett, Washington; DT Keilen Dykes, West Virginia; DE Robert Henderson, So.Miss; DL Colin Ferrell, Kent State; LB Joey LaRocque, Oregon State; LB Jon Banks Iowa State; LB Luke Sanders, L.S.U.; LB Vincent Redd, Liberty; LB Danny Lansanah, Connecticut; LB Chris Chamberlin, Tulsa; LB Bo Ruud, Nebraska; FS Steve Tate, Utah; FS Ron Girault, Rutgers; SS Rocky Schwartz, Houston; SS Drew Kelson, Texas; CB Travis Williams, East Carolina; CB Davanzo Tate, Akron; CB Reggie Corner, Akron; FS Nate Biggs, Winston Salem; FS/KR Matt Slater, U.C.L.A.

DD.Comment: The vast majority of the non-combine invites drafted will be picked in the 5th to 7th round area, so it's a very tough task trying to figure out this list. With that in mind, we'll try compile some more Pro Day information and bring this topic back before the draft in an attempt to take another stab at figuring out the top 35 non-combine invites.

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Scout.com's "scouts" look at former Arizona linebacker Spencer Larsen.

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Breaking N.B.A News: The N.B.A. has, reportedly, worked out a deal to create a 20-year-old age limit, which would keep the best players in college for a minimum of two seasons.

DD.comment: Check out our updated mock draft and excellent new links @ NBA Draft Daddy.

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Miami safety Kenny Phillips aims to make a quick impact on the league.

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Denver Broncos likely targeting a left tackle prospect at 12 overall.

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Draft Daddy updated two round mock draft and top 100.

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Baltimore's new coaches like some young lineman that are expected to replace star Jonathan Ogden.

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A few N.F.L. teams have contacted ex-B.C. cornerback/ Slippery Rock track star Brad Mueller.

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Several N.F.L. teams, including the 49ers, Jaguars, Bengals and Colts, are interested in former Miami (Ohio) cornerback Jerrid Gaines.

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Former Notre Dame wide receiver Jeff Samardzija enjoys playing baseball.

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Rick Gosselin: Teams taking shots on Longs (Chris and Jake) can't miss.

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Three common mistakes teams make in the N.F.L. draft.

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Carolina Panthers are targeting an offensive lineman, but likely not Chris Williams.

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California running back Justin Forsett writes a pre-draft diary.

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Smarts, toughness and work ethic are important unmeasurables to N.F.L. teams.

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New York Jets show interest in Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan.

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Is North Carolina State safety DaJuan Morgan the best safety in the draft?

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Boston College linebacker JoLonn Dunbar interview.

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The basics of the Green Bay Packers' draft philosophy?

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University of Arkansas center Jonathan Luigs, an All-American candidate, decided to stay in school after receiving a reported 5th to 6th round projection from N.F.L. scouts.

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Rivals.com: Player-Agent List.

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Tony Pauline's Pro Day Risers and Sliders.

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League insiders have told TFY Draft that a number of teams have removed Nevada linebacker Ezra Butler from their draft boards after the senior admitted that that marijuana was part of his diet. Cal receiver DeSean Jackson is another prospect getting checked out for marijuana use, according to TFY.

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Dan Pompei: Lack of pro-style offenses makes Evaluating Top Tailbacks harder.

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NFL Draft Prospect Q&A: Eastern Michigan tight end Ken Bohnet.

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Scout.com's "scouts" look at former Cincinnati Bearcats' defensive end Angelo Craig.

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Josh Buchanan looks at 4 prospects, including Alabama A&M cornerback Al Donaldson, that could dominate on the small school level next season.

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Freshman wide receiver Marquan Jones' talent level draws raves from Clemson coaches.

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University of Nebraska redshirt freshman wide receiver Curenski Gilleylen has been among the pleasant surprises in the first half of spring practice.

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Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston's goal is to go number one overall.

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Southern California offensive lineman Matt Spanos had a strong showing at pro day.

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Chicago Bears meet running backs: Tulane's Matt Forte and Texas' Jamaal Charles.

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Former NFL player Ross Tucker rates the offensive line positions by difficulty.

DD.comment: The great prospects in any draft class will project to multiple positions.

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What qualities do N.F.L. scouts look for in linebacker and defensive end prospects?

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Boston College's JoLonn Dunbar & Jamie Silva each provide scouting on the other.

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New York Giants Super Bowl XLII ring pictures.

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Following the 2007 season University of Hawaii slot receiver Davone Bess decided to leave school early after receiving a 2nd projection from the N.F.L.'s Draft Advisory Panel. But after registering some mediocre times at the Combine (4.72 to 4.80 hand timed; 4.64 and 4.77 electronic time), at a shade over 5' 9" and 194 pounds, his stock has undoubtedly fell a bit. Bess was probably hoping he could patch things up at Hawaii's recent Pro Day, but according to one of our sources, he drew mixed reviews from scouts:

One of the things that scouts said was that they were disappointed that Davone Bess "got hurt". He pulled up after running his first 40. One scout, in particular, was extremely disgusted in him not running a second 40 and told one of his family members, "you tell him he needs to run again. It is in his best interest". Rumor was he ran a 4.49, but based on that comment, I think that scout had him closer to what he ran at the combine.

He caught balls, but did not run any routes. He stood in a stationary position where his route would have ended and caught passes thrown to him. I do not recall him dropping any of the passes that were thrown to him, so his hands looked good. Most of the scouts were saying, however, that they thought former Warriors' wide out Ryan Grice-Mullen was going to get drafted before Davone and Jason Rivers, because he caught most of the passes thrown to him, ran 4.33 and looked good running his routes at Pro Day.

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Prospect Q&A: Maryland linebacker Erin Henderson.

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Guess who's the #1 tailback in the draft, according to Kevin Smith's Rankings?

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Lindy's N.F.L. Draft Preview - Top 29 Safety Prospects

DD.comment: Lindy's, as always, does a nice job. But many of the 40 times in the link above seem to be inaccurate, based on Combine and Pro Day results. This could skew the rankings quite a bit.

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Closer look at University of Nebraska quarterback Zach Lee, who is the son former N.F.L. quarterback Bob Lee.

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Adam Rose of the L.A. Times questions the Validity of the 40 Times at U.S.C.'s Pro Day.

DD.comment: If we ever bring back a message board to DD.com (we had one for a few weeks in early 2004), we'd love to invite some of the L.A. Times posters over here. Web surfer "dcsween" does a great job of breaking down ex-N.F.L. Pro Bowler/current K.C. Chiefs' D-line coach Tim Krummie's role at Pro Days. Basically, the still powerful 48 year old challenges most of the defensive line prospects to hand to hand combat or wrestling matches, to make sure they are tough enough to play for him. According to agents and players we've talked to, it's blast to watch and no one gets hurts -- except some players feelings?

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DD.com Feature: Average 40 Yard Dash Times @ Combine

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Several N.F.L. teams really like athletic inside linebacker prospect Jerod Mayo.

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USA Today Draft Gems: Linebacker Wesley Woodyard and running back Matt Forte could be surprises.

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Former Colgate defensive lineman Pat Nolan is hoping for the chance to Play Pro Football.

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Rick Gosselin: N.F.L. draft spotlight will finally shine on U.S.C.'s Defense.

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Clark Judge: One number tells the story for top prospect Keith Rivers.

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A fascinating 7th round/free agent prospect is former Utah State punter/starting quarterback Leon Jackson III, who is a left-footed punter and left-handed thrower. At his Pro Day, he consistently placed the ball near the yard line where the scouts wanted him to punt the ball to. The ball got off his foot quickly and he recorded solid hang-times. One punt of 45 yards had a hang-time of 5.4 seconds. Jackson earned second team All-W.A.C. honors as a punter in 2007, averaging 41 yards per punt and had 26% (16 of 62) of his punts downed inside the 20. Also, with at least 11 N.F.L. teams starting the 2007 season with only two quarterbacks on their active roster, he has the opportunity to add value to a team as an emergency quarterback. Scouts have said that left-footed punters are unique because the ball comes off their foot differently and most players have a difficult time fielding punts from left-footed punters.

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Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon works out for scouts. Dixon reportedly threw but did not run the 40-yard dash.

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Philadelphia Eagles need defensive help early in the draft.

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Tennessee running back Arian Foster prepares for his senior year.

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South Florida cornerback Mike Jenkins draft profile.

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Pittsburgh Steelers hosted Purdue defensive end Cliff Avril.

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Florida wide reciever Carl Moore is turning heads in spring practice.

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Scouts at Southern California pro day told linebacker Ray Maualuga he made the right decision to return to school.

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Hawaii cornerback Ryan Keomaka recorded 4.35 second 40-yard dash at pro day.

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War Room Report discusses 2008 N.F.L. draft tight end class.

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Interview with Boston College safety Jamie Silva.

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Secrets of the 40 yard dash with coach Travelle Gaines.

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last updated: 04/03/08
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A Director of College Football and N.F.L. Analysis for a website puts forth a Seven Round Mock.

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Winning a Heisman is high on the to-do list for Ohio State tailback Chris Wells.

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With two tailbacks hurt, Tennesse Vols star Arian Foster is getting lots of work this spring.

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Sporting News Draft Dish: Great Defensive Debates for the upcoming draft.

DD.comment: We really feel bad for Dan Connor. The kid is a former 5-star recruit, largely based on his overall athletic ability as a tailback and linebacker as a prep prospect. He went to Penn State (Linebacker University) and shattered the schools' all-time tackles record. Then he put forth a nice display of athletic ability at Pro Day (4.67 40, 35" Vertical, 4.25 short shuttle, ect.), yet he can't shake the sterotype that he suffers from a "lack of athleticism" and has limited flexibility. We have no other comments -- we are left speechless, so we may as well move on to the next story.

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2008 N.F.L. Draft has a deep class of offensive tackles.

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Scout.com's "scouts" look at former Louisville wide receiver Mario Urrutia.

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Pro Football Weekly: Several N.F.L. scouts comment on U.S.C.'s Pro Day.

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The Indianapolis Colts traveled to Athens, Ohio on Tuesday to workout safety Todd Koenig. He measured in at 6'2" and 217 pounds. His 40 times were 4.45 (with wind) and 4.50 (into wind) on Ohio's game field. Todd has been under the radar all season, despite leading Ohio's defense in tackles and starting 31 of 33 games in the past three seasons. Teams have gotten very interested now that his size was confirmed at Ohio's Pro Day and he showed speed in the 4.4 - 4.50 area.

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Former U.S.C. defensive tackle Sedrick Ellistells NFL.com he'd love to play for the Oakland Raiders.

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Check out this in-depth Q&A with top quarterback prospect Brian Brohm.

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Josh Buchanan looks at 4 prospects, including Jerry Rice's speedy cousin JaRon Harris, that could dominate on the small school level next season.

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The Cincinnati Bengals decided they've had enough of Chris Henry's legal problems, cutting the wide receiver after his fifth arrest since 2005.

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Q&A with talented Division II wide receiver Nate Forse, who began his college career at West Virginia.

DD.comment: Nate recently ran at the California (PA) Pro Day, and here are his results: 6'4" 227 Height/Weight ... 36" vertical leap ... 20 reps bench ... 10' 2 broad jump ... 4.30 shuttle ... 6.68 3 Cone ... 4.6 40 yard dash.

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Southeast Missouri State University is having a Pro Day on Friday, April 4 at 11:00 am.

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Former Wisconsin quarterback Tyler Donovan feels confident as he heads to Edmonton.

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Stung by a 4th round projection from N.F.L. scouts, Clemson defensive tackle Dorell Scott has lost 20 pounds this spring.

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The Tampa Bay Bucs could be targeting South Florida cornerback Mike Jenkins.

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Clemson tailback C.J. Spiller hopes a strong spring will lead to a huge junior season.

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U.S.C. defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis solidified his top 15 status at Pro Day.

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Ex-Michigan State standout Devin Thomas hopes path to N.F.L. goes boom, not bust.

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For several U.S.C. Trojans, including linebacker Keith Rivers, dollars will show sense of returning to school.

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Former Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon hopes to impress N.F.L. scouts today.

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In-depth look a former Maine tight end Matt Milligan, who has spoken with 20 N.F.L. teams since the season ended.

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A look at how four talented small schoolers and a Big Ten safety fared at their recent Pro Days:

Ht/Wt - Vertical Leap - Short Shuttle - 225 Bench Press Reps - 40 Yard Dash

Stephen Sene, OL, Liberty: 6047/321 - 33" - 4.68 - 24 - 5.26

Luke Drone, QB, Illinois State: 6012/216 - 28.5" - 4.18 - 17 - 4.85

Travis Key, SS, Michigan State: 5090/190 - 36" - 4.08 - 18 - 4.48/4.52

Brandon Carr, CB, Grand Valley: 6010/207 - 36.5" - 4.18 - 17 - 4.38/4.42

Brian Schaefering, DT, Lindenwoood: 6047/286 - 34.5" - 4.58 - NA - 4.86/4.96

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New Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt is taking a look at Marshay Green on the defensive side of the ball.

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Quick look at North Carolina's Pro Day.

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L.A. Times: Keith Rivers & Chauncey Washington impress at U.S.C.'s Pro Day.

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

DD.comment: We recently deleted the video link for former Navy fullback Adam Ballard, who, surprisingly, informed the N.F.L. last month that he had no desire to pursue an N.F.L. career. As we've noted in the blog previously, former Illinois guard Martin O'Donnell and ex-Cal Davis defensive end James Amos have also told N.F.L. scouts they have no intention of playing pro football. All three players would've likely got rookie free agent contracts, but none were projected draft picks.

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Ex-Oklahoma State wide receiver Adarius Bowman has been charged with simple possession of marijuana.

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Former U.N.L.V. linebacker Beau Bell tells N.F.L.'s teams to not hold his recent 4.9 40 against him.

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Pro Football Weekly Draft Notes: Kansas City Chiefs seek Offensive Line help.

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Ex-Illinois State wide receiver Jason Horton, who has/had an outside chance of being drafted after a strong Pro Day showing, is being sued for allegedly "violently assaulting" a man.

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TFY Draft: U.S.C. Trojan's Pro Day

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Former Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon hopes to impress N.F.L. scouts this week.

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Buffalobills.com: Clemson defensive end Phillip Merling gives up his senior season for Justice.

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Former Hawaii wide receiver Ryan Grice-Mullins likely improved his draft stock with a terrific Pro Day showing.

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Rick Gosselin: Former Kansas State superstar Jordy Nelson is one several former walk-on's projected to be drafted.

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Ohio State football: The loss of high impact defensive end Vernon Gholston is bigger than most think, tackles must help fill the hole.

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Ex-L.S.U. defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey still hopes to be the number one overall pick.

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Cedric Meyer of Tiger Weekly projects what rounds the Top L.S.U. Tigers will be drafted in.

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Ken Whisenhunt has chat with underproductive quarterback Matt Leinart after racy photos hit the Net.

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Josh Buchanan's Top 25 Small School Prospects, with Round Projections

1. CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Tennessee State, 1st

2. QB Joe Flacco, Delaware, 2nd

3. DE Kendall Langford, Hampton, 3rd

4. QB Josh Johnson, San Diego, 3rd

5. WR Jerome Simpson, Coastal Carolina, 3rd

6. WR Dexter Jackson, Appalachian State, 3rd

7. CB Antwaun Molden, Eastern Kentucky, 4th

8. DE Brian Johnston, Gardner-Webb, 4th

9. WR Arman Shields, Richmond, 5th

10. OG Chad Rinehart, Northern Iowa, 5th

11. LB Curtis Johnson, Clark Atlanta, 5th-6th

12. LB Bryan Smith, McNeese State, 6th

13. OG Kerry Brown, Appalachian State, 6th

14. P Mike Dragosavich, North Dakota State, 6th

15. FB Jerome Felton, Furman, 6th-7th

16. WR Pierre Garcon, Mount Union, 6th-7th

17. OT Thaddeus Coleman, Mississippi Valley State, 6th-7th

18. OT Demetrius Bell, Northwestern State, 6th-7th

19. LB Shane Simmons, Western Washington, 6th-7th

20. QB Brad Roach, Catawba, 6th-7th

21. OT Brandon Keith, Northern Iowa, 6th-7th

22. RB Archibong "Xavier" Omon, Northwest Missouri State, 7th

23. CB Brandon Carr, Grand Valley State, 7th

24. FS Corey Lynch, Appalachian State, 7th

25. OG Mackenzy Bernadeau, Bentley College, 7th

Please note Josh's rankings are projections of where he thinks these prospects "will" be drafted and not where he thinks some of these prospects "should" be drafted.

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Constantly updated Free Agent Rumors @ Rotoworld.com.

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N.F.L. Draft Prospect Q&A: Boston College linebacker JoLonn Dunbar.

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Are the Dallas Cowboys looking to trade for wide receiver Roy Williams?

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The media in Buffalo continues to be totally obsessed with former Oklahoma wide receiver Malcolm Kelly.

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Closer look at ex-Wisconsin wide receiver Luke Swan, who's been impressing N.F.L. scouts this spring.

DD.comment: The article above mentions former Badgers' quarterback Tyler Donovan has just signed a contract with the C.F.L.ís Edmonton Eskimos.

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Q&A with Oklahoma State wide receiver Adarius Bowman, who ran poorly at the Combine and Pro Day (mid to high 4.7's).

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick is leaving open the possibility of signing Panthers restricted free agent linebacker Adam Seward to an offer sheet.

DD.comment: As we recall, Seward was an extremely fierce and productive linebacker at U.N.L.V. and displayed some excellent athletic ability in the spring of 2005 at the Combine -- Ran a 4.56 on the then "slower track" in Indy at 248 pounds and did 33 reps. We think the Patriots would be wise to sign Seward to an offer sheet, if team doctors give it the okay (Seward has had nagging right foot problems, which affected his draft status and playing time in Carolina), because history shows only like 20% of 5th rounders become N.F.L. starters anyway. With that in mind, why not take a chance on an established backup and special teams contributor who is only 25 years old and may thrive in a new system?

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USA Today: No clear consensus at number one overall.

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Former U.T.E.P. quarterback Sam Lorne could have success at wide receiver.

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Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan is undergoing hip surgery, with a two to three month rehab.

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U.N.L.V. linebacker Beau Bell recorded less than stellar 40-yard dash.

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Oregon junior center Max Unger has big plans for his senior season.

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Notre Dame tight end Mike Ragone has added 15 pounds of muscle.

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Kansas cornerback Aqib Talib draft profile.

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Illinois running back Rashard Mendenhall would fit with the Lions.

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Appalachian State lineman Kerry Brown video draft profile.

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Interview with Maryland tight end Joey Haynos.

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