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last updated: 07/31/08
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Ex-University of Massachusetts wide receiver Brandon London vows to make the New York Giants 53 man roster.

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Young Houston Texans wide receiver David Anderson hopes to make a bigger impact this season.

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Former Dartmouth football player John Owens has become a player agent with a keen eye for undrafted free agents.

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Howard Schnellenberger believes Florida Atlantic will one day contend for a National Championship.

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U.C.L.A. running back Kahlil Bell hopes to bounce back from a 2007 season-ending knee injury.

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ESPN Q&A with Cal Berkeley linebacker/NFL prospect Worrell Williams.

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Closer look at the 14 Canadians, currently on N.F.L. pre-season rosters.

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All SWAC conference senior left tackle Darius Turner (Alabama A&M) has been ruled academically ineligable.

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Oklahoma State center Andrew Lewis was a pleasant surprised for the Cowboys last season.

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Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane has been a rock in the middle.

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Stanford defensive tackle Siona Fua is back from LDS mission and ready to contribute.

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Former Penn State defensive tackle Chris Baker faces citation after his pit bull attacked 2 people.

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LSU's deep defensive line and running back corp should allow the team to reload rather than rebuild in 2008.

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According to teammates, Ohio State sophomore lineman Bryant Browning seems prepared to claim the starting right tackle job.

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Top Small School Tight End Prospects:

Brian Mandeville ~ Northeastern

Jared Bronson ~ Central Washington

Robbie Agnone ~ Delaware

Marquez Branson ~ Central Arkansas

Jerimiah Wurzbacher ~ North Dakota State

Derrick Bush ~ Youngstown State

Marcel Frost ~ Jackson State

Colin Cloherty ~ Brown

John Nalbone ~ Monmouth (NJ)

Joseph Stewart ~ Richmond

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Top Small School Offensive Tackle Prospects:

Nicholas Hennessey ~ Colgate

Cornelius Lewis ~ Tennessee State

Joel Bell ~ Furman

Samuel Allen ~ Grand Valley State

Brent Russum ~ Montana

Adrian Brown ~ Delaware State

Ben Coblyn ~ Massachusetts

Reid Kirby ~ Northwest Missouri State

Ryan Pilconis ~ Harvard

Raphael Nguti ~ Albany

Stephen Jonas ~ Colgate

Justin Tougas ~ Albany

Ryan Delrosal ~ Dixie State

Kyle Link ~ McNeese State

Ryan Kozey ~ Valparaiso

Tim Silver ~ Richmond

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last updated: 07/30/08
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Pitt running back LeSean McCoy "definitely" thinking about leaving early for the NFL.

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Penn State kicks two defensive tackles off the team, including impact performer Chris Baker.

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In-depth look at Oregon State's offensive line, led by NFL prospects Jeremy Perry and Andy Levitre.

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Rutgers safety Courtney Greene flirted with the NFL, but is back for his senior season.

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Quick look at Georgia Tech offensive lineman/NFL prospect Andrew Gardner.

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Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Quinn Pitcock decides to retire after one season in the NFL.

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Alabama senior center Antoine Caldwell looks forward to playing on an offensive line that has "no weakness."

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Ole Miss sophomore defensive tackle Ted Laurent has undergone surgery to repair a torn MCL.

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Tennessee running back Arian Foster is under the radar, as he could break Travis Henry's all time school rushing record this season.

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Senior left guard Andy Kemp is the face of the Wisconsin football program.

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Top Small School Running Back Prospects:

Rashad Jennings ~ Liberty

Branden Ore ~ West Liberty State

Javarris Williams ~ Tennessee State

Bernard Scott ~ Abilene Christian

Tyler Roehl ~ North Dakota State

Eugene Holloman ~ James Madison

Stanley Zwinggi ~ Texas State

Corey Lewis ~ Northern Iowa

Kareem Jones ~ Delaware State

Herb Donaldson ~ Western Illinois

Jordan Scott ~ Colgate

Jerry Seymour ~ Glenville State

Walter Mendenhall ~ Illinois State

Josh Vaughan ~ Richmond

Ben Birmingham ~ Central Oklahoma

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last updated: 07/29/08
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West Virginia's Pat White hopes to convince scouts he has the skills to play quarterback in the NFL.

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Former Minnesota Gopher Logan Payne hopes to make the Seattle Seahawks 53 man roster.

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New York Jets linebacker Calvin Pace wants to put 'dark days' behind him.

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Ex-undrafted free agent Ricky Brown making a strong push to become a starting linebacker in Oakland.

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Jacksonville Jaguars left tackle Khalif Barnes is trying to polish him image and his game.

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Ex-Iowa star Kevin Kasper has a good chance to be Cleveland's number three wide receiver.

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ESPN: Ranking the Big Ten's Top 10 Defensive Tackles.

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East Carolina defensive end Zach Slate's quest to add weight thwarted by a bout with Hyperthyroidism.

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Ted Miller of ESPN ranks the Top 10 Cornerbacks in the Pac-10.

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Q&A with University of Illinois middle linebacker Brit Miller.

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Tulane offensive lineman Michael Parenton has been drawing some interest from NFL teams.

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Former University of Idaho tailback Jayson Bird looks forward to playing for Idaho State.

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Ohio State's Todd Boeckman canít hide as the Buckeyes starting quarterback.

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Oklahoma's high impact defensive end Auston English undergoes appendectomy.

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Q&A with U.S.C. quarterback Mark Sanchez.

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San Diego Chargers' safety Eric Weddle may not be the picture of a defensive back, but don't doubt his game.

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Fascinating look at former Cal-Berekely wide receiver Burl Toler III, who hopes to make the Washington Redskins 53 man roster.

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Auburn soph tackles Lee Ziemba and Ryan Pugh return after starting as freshmen.

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Indianapolis Colts are high on undrafted rookie defensive tackle Eric Foster.

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Clemson star running backs James Davis and C.J. Spiller have not fumbled in college.

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Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry and cornerback Alphonso Smith hope to improve on their combined 6 defensive touchdowns in 2007.

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A road to the NFL: the story of Minnesota Vikings scout.

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Virginia junior right tackle Will Barker arrested for stealing beer.

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Ravens rookies Ray Rice and Haruki Nakamura make their cases in training camp.

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Top Small School Wide Receiver Prospects:

Ramses Barden ~ Cal-Poly

Quinten Lawrence ~ McNeese State

Jeremy Gilchrist ~ Hampton

Justin Brown ~ Hampton

Julius Pruitt ~ Ouachita Baptist

Dominique Edison ~ Stephen F. Austin

Johnny Knox ~ Abilene Christian

Kole Heckendorf ~ North Dakota State

Edward Thompson ~ Idaho State

Jarrett Byers ~ Northeastern Oklahoma State

John Matthews ~ San Diego

T.J. Courman ~ Appalachian State

Darryl Barnett ~ Fayetteville State

Thomas Breaux ~ Towson State

Matthew Lambros ~ Liberty

Willie Edwards ~ Bethany KS

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last updated: 07/28/08
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Potential high impact defensive tackle Jerrell Powe has been cleared to play at Ole Miss.

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Drug charge dismissed against promising South Carolina wide receiver Dion Lecorn .

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Russian safety Sergey Ivanov joins the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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New Hampshire's junior tight end Scott Sicko, who was named a 2007 2nd team All-American by The Sports Network, makes C.A.A. Football Preseason All-Conference Team.

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SI.com: It's very difficult to Judge a N.F.L. Quarterback based on practice and preseason games.

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Could Ohio State junior running back Chris Wells be the #1 overall pick in 2009 draft?

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Ranking Southern California junior safety Taylor Mays and the other top safeties in the Pac-10.

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Some believe Fresno State senior quarterback Tom Brandstater will be among the top 5 quarterbacks selected in next year's draft.

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Ohio State defensive tackle Doug Worthington was arrested Saturday on suspicion of drunk driving.

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Ranking of Top 25 pro prospects in the SEC.

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Preview of the Virginia Tech 2008 offensive line.

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Philadelphia Eagles third year guard Max Jean-Gilles has been impressive with Shawn Andrews missing from camp.

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last updated: 07/27/08
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Top Small School Linebacker Prospects:

Lee Robinson ~ Alcorn State

Andrew Schantz ~ Portland State

Remond Willis ~ Tennessee State

Jason Williams ~ Western Illinois

Willie Williams ~ Glenville State

Ataefiok Etukeren ~ Georgetown

Jason Colabella ~ Penn

Terrence Jackson ~ Indiana (PA.)

Daniel Skuta ~ Grand Valley State (DE)

Cyrus Mulitalo ~ Sacramento State

Sherman Logan ~ Richmond (DE)

Darren Burns ~ California (PA.)

Darrell Young ~ Villanova

Thomas Korte ~ Hillsdale

Ramon Humber ~ North Dakota State

Jovan Belcher ~ Maine (DE)

Jared Brock ~ West Texas A&M

Drew Quinn ~ Columbia

Mario E. Brown ~ Gardner-Webb

Endor Cooper ~ Howard

Bobby Daly ~ Montana State

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New Orleans has placed rookie defensive tackle DeMario Pressley on the injured reserve list.

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Overweight defensive tackle Casey Hampton sidelined after he failed to run a test at Steelers camp.

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Kansas safety Darrell Stuckey acts as the Jayhawks' unofficial spokesman on defense.

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Marshall free safety C.J. Spillman getting positive attention from scouts?

DD.comment: National scouting ranks Spillman the third best safety in the senior class (behind William Moore and Derek Pegues), but as the writer noted, these are very early projections. If our memory is correct, one of the two major NFL scouting services (National or Blesto) had ex-Mississippi State safety Pig Prather rated #1 overall in his class, heading into his senior season, and he was never drafted.

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Former Nebraska star Jason Peter shares his experiences as a first rounder who fell from grace due to drug addiction.

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The Carolina Panthers have moved 2005 first round pick Thomas Davis to weakside linebacker.

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Ex-Western Kentucky star Curtis Hamilton hopes to stick in Chicago as an undrafted free agent.

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last updated: 07/26/08
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Pro Bowl offensive tackle Orlando Pace on the comeback trail for the St. Louis Rams.

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While the media is obsessed with the Favre saga, Packers' coaches fret over the Defensive Tackle Situation.

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Dan Pompei: Have Second-Round Picks become more valuable than first rounders in trade talks?

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Louisiana Tech linebacker Zach Schreiber, a transfer from Alabama, has been suspended from the team indefinitely for violating team rules.

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Ted Miller of ESPN ranks the Top 10 Linebackers in the Pac-10.

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ESPN: Q&A with Texas Longhorns' wide receiver Quan Crosby.

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The New York Jets have placed rookie tailback Danny Woodhead on the waived-injured list due to a knee injury.

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The saga of talented, but never eligible, defensive tackle Jerrell Powe continues at Ole Miss.

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Michigan State quarterback Brian Hoyer experienced many ups and downs during the Spartans' 7-6 season in 2007.

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Penn State wide receiver Derrick Williams expresses confidence that he can, finally, be an impact player for the Nittany Lions.

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Closer look at promising University of Oregon sophomore wide receiver Jeffrey Maehl.

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University of Oregon tailback Jeremiah Johnson has recovered from a knee injury and recently ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash.

DD.comment: Johnson is a senior, not a sophomore, as is noted in his bio at Goducks.com. He currently ranks among the top 110 prospects in the senior class, according to National Scouting.

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Former Notre Dame football star Jeff Samardzija's Chicago Cubs debut mixes good and bad.

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All-America candidate Dre'Mail Hardin is one of five Stillman College football players named to the preseason All-SIAC team.

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Patriots head coach Bill Belichick satisfied with the progress young safety Brandon Meriweather is displaying.

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Undrafted rookie Mike Cox likely to start at fullback for the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Washington Redskins safety Reed Doughty reveals he's been playing football with a fairly serious handicap.

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Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon is so into acting, that he's unsure about his NFL future.

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Josh Buchanan's Top 25 Small School Prospects, with 40 times & round projections:

1. WR Ramses Barden ~ Cal Poly (6060, 220), 4.58/4.60, 4th

2. TE Brian Mandeville ~ Northeastern (6060, 258), 4.75/4.78, 4th

3. QB Nathan Brown ~ Central Arkansas (6012, 210), 4.79/4.80, 4th

4. WR Quinten Lawrence ~ McNeese State (5115, 182), 4.33/4.35, 5th

5. RB Rashad Jennings ~ Liberty (6010, 230), 4.45/4.49, 5th

6. OT Nicholas Hennessey ~ Colgate (6053, 296), 5.31/5.36, 5th-6th

7. DT John Faletoese ~ U.C. Davis (6014, 295), 4.99/5.05, 6th

8. TE Marquez Branson ~ Central Arkansas (6022, 247), 4.60/4.69, 6th

9. OG Louis West ~ Henderson State (6072, 375) 5.30/5.40, 6th

10. RB Javarris Williams ~ Tennessee State (5093, 218), 4.55/4.58, 6th-7th

11. WR Jeremy Gilchrist ~ Hampton (5086, 171), 4.44/4.57, 6th-7th

12. RB Anthony "Bernard" Scott ~ Abilene Christian (5104, 197), 4.48/4.55, 6th-7th

13. CB Sean Smalls ~ Massachusetts (6002, 201), 4.60/4.63, 6th-7th

14. LB Lee Robinson ~ Alcorn State (6021, 246), 4.59/4.70, 6th-7th

15 OT Cornelius Lewis ~ Tennessee State (6033, 316), 5.10/5.20, 6th-7th

16. DT Sammie Lee Hill ~ Stillman (6037, 321), 5.09/5.20, 6th-7th

17. OT Joel Bell ~ Furman (6072, 308), 5.14/5.25, 6th-7th

18. CB Domonique Johnson ~ Jackson State (6015, 184), 4.37/4.39, 6th-7th

19. TE Jared Bronson ~ Central Washington (6041, 253), 4.62/4.67, 6th-7th

20. QB Rhett Bomar ~ Sam Houston State (6022, 212), 4.72/4.75, 6th-7th

21. LB Andrew Schantz ~ Portland State (6011, 225), 4.65/4.70, 6th-7th

22. QB Chris Pizzotti ~ Harvard (6053, 224), 4.93/4.95, 7th

23. OT Samuel Allen ~ Grand Valley State (6054, 300), 5.00/5.06, 7th

24. RB Branden Ore ~ West Liberty State (5110, 205), 4.48/4.50, 7th

25. OG Tim Henderson ~ Northwestern State (6024, 330), 5.20/5.25, 7th

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last updated: 07/25/08
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Pro Football Weekly: Tampa Bay willing to give up a 2nd round pick and more for Brett Favre.

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In-depth look at Eastern Illinois defensive end/NFL prospect Pierre Walters.

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Speedy Hawai Warriors' cornerback Ryan Mouton is compared to NFL veteran Shawn Springs.

DD.comment: Per our sources, NFL scouts have Mouton listed at a shade over 5' 9" and 180 pounds and the 40 time they have on him is 4.4 flat. Now, that's not as good as the sub 4.3 he mentioned in the article above, but still more than fast enough to get him drafted, if it's close to accurate.

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Closer look at the daily grind Pittsuburgh Steelers/Blesto scout Mark Gorscak faces, as he's always on the road.

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Russ Lande profiles the Top 10 Quarterbacks in college football.

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Florida Gators' redshirt freshman tailback Chris Rainey defeated true freshman (and high school all-time 100-yard dash sprint record holder) Jeff Demps in a 40-yard dash this summer.

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Boise State senior tailback Ian Johnson is ready to shoulder the load for the Broncos.

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Ole Miss offensive tackle Michael Oher has been weightlifting with team bench press leader (450 max) Peria Jerry this offseason.

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Boston College defensive tackle Ron Brace's personality is just as big as his frame.

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Washington State senior wide receiver Brandon Gibson speaks about his decision to return to school.

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Top Small School Cornerback Prospects:

Domonique Johnson ~ Jackson State

Don Carey ~ Norfolk State

Jarvis Richards ~ Youngstown State

Sean Smalls ~ Massachusetts

Jackie Bates ~ Hampton

Courtney Robinson ~ Massachusetts

Pete Ittersagen ~ Wheaton

Derrick Clark ~ Idaho State

William Middleton ~ Furman

David Hyland ~ Morehead State

Darren Banks ~ West Liberty State

Ihsan Shaheed ~ North Carolina A&T

Adam Roberts ~ Northern Iowa

Dominic Spinks ~ Delta State

Courtney Smith ~ Central Washington



Top Small School Safety Prospects:

Evan McCollough ~ James Madison

Thomas Nelson ~ Illinois State

Brandon Gathof ~ Eastern Kentucky

Dre-Mail Hardin ~ Stillman

Nick Schommer ~ North Dakota State

Drew Mack ~ Towson

Colt Anderson ~ Montana

Ryan Greiser ~ Liberty

Andy Romans ~ Lafayette

Eric Johnson ~ William Jewell

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last updated: 07/24/08
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Northwestern wide receiver Eric Peterman hopes his 4.4 speed will put him on the NFL's radar.

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Ted Miller of ESPN ranks the Top 10 Defensive Ends in the Pac-10.

DD.comment: Our early reports, from NFL sources, have Oregon's ultra-productive defensive end Nick Reed listed at about 6' 1" and 250 pounds and running over a 5.0 in the 40 yard dash. If that proves true, he'll have a tough hill to climb, if his goal is to play in NFL because he'd be considered a defensive end/outside linebacker "tweener". Interestingly, Oregon State's vastly underrated defensive end/outside linebacker Slade Norris is listed a shade over 6' 2" and only 238 pounds, but NFL teams have his 40 yard dash at about 4.64 seconds, which is very good, if that proves to be accurate.

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Tailback Arian Foster back at Tennessee, despite getting a 2nd round projection from NFL scouts.

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Georgia coach Mark Richt expects quarterback Matthew Stafford, a top rated NFL prospect, to return for his senior season.

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Rookie safeties Haruki Nakamura and Tom Zbikowski battle for playing time in Baltimore.

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Despite his military obligation, rookie safety Caleb Campbell still wants a career with the Detroit Lions.

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Fixed Link: California senior center Alex Mack writes a blog entry.

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Fixed Link: Russ Lande profiles USC linebacker Rey Maualuga.

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Philadelphia Eagles rookie linebacker Joe Mays is eager to start hitting.

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Florida junior quarterback Tim Tebow looks forward to the upcoming season.

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LSU defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois' weight is reportedly up to 315 pounds.

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Top Senior Prospects from the Pac-10:

QB Rudy Carpenter ~ Arizona State

RB Keegan Herring ~ Arizona State

RB Jeremiah Johnson ~ Oregon

WR Michael Thomas ~ Arizona

WR Brandon Gibson ~ Washington State

TE Logan Paulsen ~ U.C.L.A.

OC Alexander Mack ~ California

OL Max Unger ~ Oregon

OL Andrew Levitre ~ Oregon State

OL Fenuki Tupou ~ Oregon

OL Michael Tepper ~ California


DE Pannel Egboh ~ Stanford

DT Fili Moala ~ Southern California

DE Slade Norris ~ Oregon State (OLB)

LB Worrell Williams ~ California

LB Rey Maualuga ~ Southern California

LB Zachary Follett ~ California

LB Brian Cushing ~ Southern California

SS Patrick Chung ~ Oregon

CB Brandon Hughes ~ Oregon State

CB Cary Harris ~ Southern California

CB Keenan Lewis ~ Oregon State



Top Pac-10 Juniors and Sophomores [Loosely Ranked]:

FS Taylor Mays ~ Southern California

QB Jake Locker ~ Washington (So.)

DT Brian Price ~ U.C.L.A. (So.)

FS Taylor Mays ~ Southern California

CB Omar Bolden ~ Arizona State (So.)

RB Stafon Johnson ~ Southern California

CB Jairus Byrd ~ Oregon

TE Rob Gronkowski ~ Arizona (So.)

DE Everson Griffen ~ Southern California (So.)

CB Walter Thurmond ~ Oregon

SS Bo McNally ~ Stanford

OC Kristofer O'Dowd ~ Southern California (So.)

RB LeGarrett Blount ~ Oregon

OL Ryan Tolar ~ Washington

TE Ed Dickson ~ Oregon

RT Eben Britton ~ Arizona

WR Chris McGaha ~ Arizona State

WR Nyan Boateng ~ California

FB Stanley Havili ~ Southern California

DB Chris Conte ~ California (So.)



Top Senior NFL Prospects from the Pac-10, according to our league sources [Loosely Ranked]:

LB Rey Maualuga ~ Southern California

OC Alexander Mack ~ California

OL Max Unger ~ Oregon

CB Brandon Hughes ~ Oregon State

SS Patrick Chung ~ Oregon

WR Brandon Gibson ~ Washington State

CB Keenan Lewis ~ Oregon State

OT Fenuki Tupou ~ Oregon

LB Brian Cushing ~ Southern California

LB Zachary Follett ~ California

DD.comment: We picked the top Pacific Ten senior prospects and even selected the top juniors and sophomores. However, we were very objective regarding the conference's Top N.F.L. prospects -- we loosely ranked them according to the input we've got from league sources connected to the draft process.

last updated: 07/23/08
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ESPN: Is fast-rising junior Al Woods L.S.U.'s next great defensive tackle?

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Article above mention former L.S.U. Tiger Claude Wroten, who was just suspended by the NFL for the upcoming season.

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We've been inspecting all the info we've gotten from our many inside sources in recent days, as we are just about set to update our small schoolers section. Anyway, while looking at the tailbacks we wondered where are the fast F.C.S. and D-II running backs?

Outside of Liberty's Rashad Jennings (who reportedly runs in the mid to high 4.4's), there doesn't seem to be any super fast players near the top of the list of small school tailbacks on the NFL's radar. But then we looked towards the bottom of the list and found a fascinating prospect: Stan Zwinggi of Texas State.

While Zwinggi's only listed at 5' 9" and 190 pounds by scouts, NFL sources have him running 4.35 or better and he's currently ranked as a priority free agent going into his senior season. Now, it's not like Zwinggi is a nobody, because he played in the very prestigious 2004 Army All-American Game, with so many elite prep stars around the nation. Unfortunately, much like Ex-Chadron Star Danny Woodhead, he was inexplicably ignored by every Division 1-A school in America, despite a great high school career and blazing speed? Zwinggi hasn't racked up the numbers Woodhead did in college, but he's bounced around from wide receiver to tailback and battled injuries in 2007.

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Senior defensive end Brian Orakpo hopes to help improve Texas' defense.

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Rookie safety/linebacker Caleb Campbell will not get a chance to play for the Detroit Lions because of a change in military policy.

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Russ Lande profiles his Top 25 Draft Prospects in college football.

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According to teammates, Tenneseee State senior running back Javarris Williams could be the best player in the Ohio Valley Conference.

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Former Oklahoma State quarterback Bobby Reid seeks redemption at Texas Southern.

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BYU defensive end Jan Jorgensen reportedly ran a 4.71 40 yard dash at 270 pounds this spring.

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Talented, but too often injured, Hawaii linebacker Blaze Soares hopes to have a breakout season.

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The hype and expectations surrounding University of Colorado freshman tailback Dorrell Scott continues to grow.

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Former Louisiana Tech tailback Ryan Moats hopes to stay healthy and make an impact in Philadelphia.

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The St. Louis Rams have signed veteran fullback Dan Krieder.

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Veteran safety Sean Considine, who's become a popular scapegoat for "rowdy" Eagles fans, is ready to compete for a starting Job.

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Rivals.com Power Rankings:

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 Running Backs

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 Wide Outs

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 O Linemen

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 D Linemen

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 Linebackers

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 D Backs

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 20 Specialists

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last updated: 07/22/08
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Nakia Hogan of the Times-Picayune wonders why several veteran African American Quarterbacks remain unemployed?

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Ted Miller of ESPN ranks the Top 10 Punters in the Pac-10.

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ESPN's Mark Schlabach ranks the Big East quarterbacks .

DD.comment: A Big East quarterback to watch out for as a potential "athlete" at the next level (aside from Pat White, of course) is Connecticut quarterback Tyler Lorenzen, who NFL scouts have reportedly timed running the 40 yard dash in a shade over 4.50 seconds at 6' 4" and 219 pounds. This should not surprise hardcore Big East fans, who realize Lorenzen left Iowa State a few years ago because the Cyclones coaching staff tried to convert him into a wide receiver.

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The Chargers are really pleased with the skills rookie running back Jacob Hester has displayed.

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Ex-Ohio State quarterback Kirk Herbstreit suggests Georgia's Matt Stafford could be the #1 pick in the NFL draft.

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ESPN looks at Washington State wide receiver Brandon Gibson, who flirted with entering the NFL draft a year early.

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Quick Q&A with the Washington Huskies' fast-rising sophomore quarterback Jake Locker.

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Ted Miller of ESPN does a good job ranking the Top 10 Defensive Tackles in the Pac-10.

DD.comment: If we had to pick one player from the list above, at this point, it would be U.C.L.A.'s super-sophomore Brian Price, who looks like an absolute Sedrick Ellis clone ... Also, while some in cyberspace may have rated U.S.C. defensive tackle Fili Moala as a sure fire first rounder, he doesn't even crack National Scouting's early list of top 400 prospects! We recently asked a source, who has talked to NFL scouts, why Moala isn't ranked much higher and he said much of this stems from injury concerns scouts have about him. He also believes, that while Moala definitely has next level potential, he's been wildly overrated by some outside of the league (as Ted Miller suggests), largely based on his strong showing as a sophomore (in 2006).

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Colorado State tight end/NFL prospect Kory Sperry ready to bounce back from a 2007 knee injury.

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Small, but quick Texas Tech wide receiver Eric Morris comes up big as complement to Michael Crabtree.

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Missouri wide receiver Jeremy Maclin thinks he'll be stronger and faster as a sophomore.

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Wyoming coach re-affirms what we've noted in the blog -- Cowboys' tailback Devin Moore has run very fast for NFL scouts.

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Quick look at underrated North Texas wide receiver Casey Fitzgerald, who had 111 receptions in 2007.

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Redshirt freshman Brandon Paul hopes to showcase his speed at Florida State.

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Arkansas State quarterback Corey Leonard wants to put an injury plagued 2007 season behind him.

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Rapidly improving linebacker A.J. Hawk helps make the Green Bay Packers' linebacking unit very special.

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Can former Delaware star Joe Flacco be a great NFL quarterback?

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11-time Pro Bowl guard Larry Allen wants to return to the San Fransico 49ers.

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Top Senior Prospects from the Big Ten:

QB Todd Boeckman ~ Ohio State

RB Tyrell Sutton ~ Northwestern

RB Javon Ringer ~ Michigan State

WR Brian Robiskie ~ Ohio State

WR Derrick Williams ~ Penn State

TE Travis Beckum ~ Wisconsin

OG Kraig Urbik Wisconsin ~ Wisconsin

OG Andrew Kemp Wisconsin ~ Wisconsin

OC A.Q. Shipley ~ Penn State

OT Alex Boone ~ Ohio State

OT Eric VandenHeuvel ~ Wisconsin


DL William Johnson ~ Michigan

DL Alex Magee ~ Purdue

DL Terrance Taylor ~ Michigan

DL Mitchell King ~ Iowa

LB James Laurinaitis ~ Ohio State

LB Timothy Jamison ~ Michigan (DE)

LB Marcus Freeman ~ Ohio State

CB Morgan Trent ~ Michigan

CB Malcolm Jenkins ~ Ohio State

FS Otis Wiley ~ Michigan State

SS Anthony Scirrotto ~ Penn State



Top Big Ten Juniors and Sophomores [Loosely Ranked]:

RB Chris Wells ~ Ohio State (So.)

CB Vontae Davis ~ Illinois

CB Donovan Warren ~ Michigan (So.)

DE Lawrence Wilson ~ Ohio State

LB Martez Wilson ~ Illinois (So.)

WR Eric Decker ~ Minnesota

OT Stephen Schilling ~ Michigan (So.)

WR Arrelious Benn ~ Illinois (So.)

DE Maurice Evans ~ Penn State

WR Brian Hartline ~ Ohio State

RB Evan Royster ~ Penn State (So.)

DE Greg Middleton ~ Indiana

DL Cameron Heyward ~ Ohio State (So.)

RB P.J. Hill ~ Wisconsin

OT Rocco Cironi ~ Michigan State

FS Shane Carter ~ Wisconsin

LB Obi Ezeh ~ Michigan (So.)

OT Gabe Carimi ~ Wisconsin



Top NFL Prospects from the Big Ten, according to our league sources [Loosely Ranked]:

CB Malcolm Jenkins ~ Ohio State

LB James Laurinaitis ~ Ohio State

DT Terrance Taylor ~ Michigan

LB Marcus Freeman ~ Ohio State

DT Alex Magee ~ Purdue

RB Javon Ringer ~ Michigan State

WR Derrick Williams ~ Penn State

OG Kraig Urbik ~ Wisconsin

DT William Johnson ~ Michigan

WR Brian Robiskie ~ Ohio State

DD.comment: We picked the top Big Ten senior prospects and even selected the top juniors and sophomores. However, we were very objective regarding the conference's Top NFL. prospects -- we loosely ranked them according to the input we've got from league sources connected to the draft process.

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last updated: 07/21/08
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Quick look at small, but very explosive, Ole Miss receiver/return specialist Dexter McCluster .

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ESPN's Chris Low has posted his All-SEC First and Second teams.

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ESPN's Chris Low looks at several SEC stars, including Knowshon Moreno, that have not been invited to media day.

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ESPN's Heather Dinich takes a closer look at Boston College quarterback Chris Crane.

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The Denver Broncos have cut former starting tailback Mike Bell.

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Ole Miss brothers Peria and John Jerry make 2nd and 3rd team preseason All-SEC.

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The New York Giants have traded tight end Jeremy Shockey to New Orleans for draft picks?

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Closer look at a pair of Boston College stars -- tight end Ryan Purvis and defensive tackle Ron Brace.

DD.comment: According to our sources, both of the Eagles noted above are fast rising NFL prospects. Purvis already ranks among the top 50 senior prospects by National Scouting. While he's not well known by casual fans, he fits the prototype of what NFL scouts are looking for at the tight end position due to his size (6' 4", 260) and overall athletic ability. Brace isn't, currently, ranked as high by scouts as fellow B.C. defensive tackle Busari Raji, but he's very agile and does a nice job clogging the middle at 6' 3" and 335 pounds.

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North Carolina wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, a junior, is already thinking about the NFL draft.

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Scout.com Q&A with the University of Missouri's All-American safety William Moore.

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Marshall cornerback J.J. Johnson, who was considered a fringe NFL prospect by scouts, kicked off the team after another arrest.

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Talented senior James Laurinaitis in select group of linebackers to play at Ohio State.

DD.comment: Laurinaitis was considered a potential 2nd or 3rd round N.H.L. prospect coming out of high school, but he was never drafted due to the fact he decided to play football at Ohio State.

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Arkansas' coaching staff is excited to see their young and athletic defensive backs, including safety Matt Harris, perform.

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Three Conference-U.S.A. schools have Big Shoes to Fill at Tailback.

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Young Chargers linebacker Anthony Waters is finally healthy and eager to play.

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last updated: 07/20/08
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Is freshman tailback Darrell Scott the savior of Colorado football?

DD.comment: See Dorrell Scott in action at DD.com's recently updated You Tube Links Page.

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The Washington Post takes a closer look at North Carolina wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.

DD.comment: Tar Heels wide receiver Brooks Foster is currently one of the top ranked senior wide receivers, according to National Scouting. Teams like his combination of size (6' 3"), speed (reportedly 4.46) and overall athletic ability. He's definitely one to watch going foward.

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After losing two defensive end's to major knee injuries today, the Washington Redskins acquire Jason Taylor from Miami.

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Ex-Miami & Louisville linebacker Willie Williams goes to Glenville State to forge a future and forget the past.

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Florida State quarterback Drew Weatherford wants to put past failures behind him.

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Rivals.com: Quarterback Chase Daniel hopes to lead Missouri to the top.

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In-depth look at University of Michigan quarterback Steven Threet.

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Ohio State legend Archie Griffin says Florida Gator Tim Tebow might match his Heisman record.

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Ohio State running back Chris Wells aims to prevent Tebow's Heisman repeat.

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Ten names you need to know heading into the A.C.C. Football Season.

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Nebraska transfer Leon Wright-Jackson ready to showoff his moves in Hawaii's backfield.

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Former Olympic skier Jeremy Bloom is confident he'll make the Pittsburgh Steelers' 53 man roster.

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Building for future is the Kansas City Chiefs ' main concern this season.

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The St. Louis Rams and rookie defensive end Chris Long agree to terms on a long term contract.

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Top Senior Prospects from the Southeastern Conference.

QB John Parker Wilson ~ Alabama

RB Brad Lester ~ Auburn

RB Arian Foster ~ Tennessee

WR Louis Murphy ~ Florida

WR Demetrius Byrd ~ Louisiana State

TE Cornelius Ingram ~ Florida

OC Jonathan Luigs ~ Arkansas

OT Michael Oher ~ Mississippi

OT Jamon Meredith ~ South Carolina

OG Mitch Petrus ~ Arkansas

OG Anthony Parker ~ Tennessee


DE Tyson Jackson ~ Louisiana State

DT Peria Jerry ~ Mississippi

DT Jeff Owens ~ Georgia

DL Myron Pryor ~ Kentucky

LB Darry Beckwith ~ Louisiana State

LB Jamar Chaney ~ Mississippi State

LB Dannell Ellerbe ~ Georgia

FS Derek Pegues ~ Mississippi State

SS Reshard Langford ~ Vanderbilt

FS Rashad Johnson ~ Alabama

CB DeAngelo Willingham ~ Tennessee



Top SEC Conference Juniors and Sophomores [Loosely Ranked]:

QB Matt Stafford ~ Georgia

SS Eric Berry ~ Tennessee (So.)

QB Tim Tebow ~ Florida

LT Andre Smith ~ Alabama

DL Ricky-Jean Francois ~ Louisiana State

RB Knowshon Moreno ~ Georgia (So.)

WR Percy Harvin ~ Florida

DE Greg Hardy ~ Mississippi

LB Brandon Spikes ~ Florida

SS Chad Jones ~ Louisiana State (So.)

DE Cliff Matthews ~ South Carolina (So.)

OT Lee Ziemba ~ Auburn (So.)

CB Captain Munnerlyn ~ South Carolina

CB D.J. Moore ~ Vanderbilt

LB Rolando McClain ~ Alabama (So.)

OT Ciron Black ~ Louisiana State

DE Carlos Dunlap ~ Florida (So.)

DT Sen'Derrick Marks ~ Auburn



Top 10 N.F.L. Prospects from the SEC, according to our league sources [Loosely Ranked]:

OT Michael Oher ~ Mississippi

WR Louis Murphy ~ Florida

LB Dannell Ellerbe ~ Georgia

FS Derek Pegues ~ Mississippi State

RB Arian Foster ~ Tennessee

OC Jonathan Luigs ~ Arkansas

OT Jamon Meredith ~ South Carolina

LB Darry Beckwith ~ Louisiana State

TE Cornelius Ingram ~ Florida

FB Brannan Southerland ~ Georgia

DD.comment: We picked the top Southeastern Conference senior prospects and even selected the top juniors and sophomores. However, we were very objective regarding the confrence's Top N.F.L. prospects -- we loosely ranked them according to the input we've got from league sources connected to the draft process.

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last updated: 07/19/08
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Quick look at Cal-Berkeley linebacker Zach Follett, who currently ranks among National Scouting's top 100 senior prospects.

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Fresno State wideout Marlon Moore aims to play smarter, but teammates hope he keeps his edge

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Kansas running back Jocques Crawford, newly transferred from junior college, has run a 4.6 second 40-yard dash at 220 pounds.

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Southern California linebacker Ray Maualuga talks about the decision to return for his senior season.

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In-depth look at promising University of North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates.

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Pittsburgh junior guard John Malecki has converted from defensive tackle and is projected to start.

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Once again, Florida Atlantic's venerable head coach, Howard Schnellenberger, states Owls' quarterback Rusty Smith is a future first round pick.

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Interview with Stewart Bradley and the rest of Philadelphia Eagles young linebacking corp.

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Denver Broncos rookie wide receiver Eddie Royal could make an instant impact.

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last updated: 07/18/08
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USA Today takes an in-depth look at speedy Pitt Panthers' tailback LeSean McCoy.

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Anonymous NFL scout throws some praise at fast-rising South Florida tailback Mike Ford.

Related Item: NFL scout picks out the top college football Break Out Players for The Sporting News.

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TFYDraft writer lists his Top 10 Tight End Prospects.

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Bucky Brooks' Scouts Buzz: Jacksonville may not have used Matt Jones correctly at wide receiver.

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Florida State safety Myron Rolle aiming for an NFL career and a Rhodes Scholarship.

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Q&A with Georgia Tech defensive end Michael Johnson, who is currently the top ranked senior prospect by National Scouting.

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Led by junior cornerback D.J. Moore, Vanderbilt's secondary is loaded with talent.

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Josh Buchanan's Q&A with Central Washington quarterback Mike Reilly

Josh Buchanan's Q&A with North Dakota State running back Tyler Roehl

Josh Buchanan's Q&A with Stillman free safety Dre'Mail Hardin

Josh Buchanan's Q&A with Northwestern State guard Tim Henderson

Josh Buchanan's Q&A with Massachusetts offensive tackle Ben Coblyn

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Josh Buchanan names his Preseason Division II All-Americans.

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Closer look at University of Colorado defensive tackle George Hypolite.

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Another look at Christian Oaks High's quarterback battle between Nick Montana & Trevor Gretzky.

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Quick look at Boise State's freshman running back Carlo Audagnotti, who hails from South Africa.

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last updated: 07/17/08
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University of Florida wide receiver Percy Harvin reportedly 'ahead of schedule' in his return from heel surgery.

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With Kirby Freeman in Waco, redshirt freshman Robert Marve hopes to become the Miami Hurricanes starting quarterback.

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West Virginia is counting on sophomore Chris Neild to make an impact at nose guard.

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The Washington Nationals have signed four-star University of Alabama recruit Destin Hood to a baseball contract.

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U.S.C. recruit Matt Barkley wins Gatorade National Player of the Year award.

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Closer look at University of Florida graduate/popular ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews.

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Ex-UConn wide receiver Terence Jeffers, a starter in 2007, has transfered to Vanderbilt.

DD.comment: Huskies' head coach Randy Edsall has told the local media that he plans to play star cornerback Darius Butler at wide receiver a little bit this season. Butler is considered a top pro prospect, largely due to his speed -- NFL scouts have him listed running a 4.40 in the 40 yard dash, at a shade over 5' 10" and 190 pounds.

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Alabama's Nick Saban defends the school's choice not to medically clear highly regarded NFL prospect Ezekial Knight.

DD.comment: The final pick in the most recent N.H.L. draft, David Carle, faced a similar situation as Knight. He seemed like a slam dunk first or second round pick one moment, then suddenly was forced to retire way too early after a routine medical exam.

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Junior defensive end C.J. Wilson is becoming an high impact player for the East Carolina Pirates.

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In-depth look at Illinois' junior wide receiver Marques Wilkins.

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Q&A with Troy defensive end Brandon Lang, who hopes to bounce back from an A.C.L. injury.

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Tennessee junior offensive lineman Jacques McClendon set an all time team record by benching 645 pounds this summer.

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Defensive tackle Geno Atkins is just one of many reasons why the Bulldogs are loaded this year.

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Alabama junior offensive tackle Andre Smith seems likely to leave the program early.

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Clemson senior wide receiver Aaron Kelly talks about his junior year and the decision to stay in school.

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Top Senior Prospects from the S.W.A.C. & M.E.A.C:

QB Robert Reid ~ Texas Southern (Ex-Oklahoma State)

RB Kareem Jones ~ Delaware State

RB Michael Ferguson ~ North Carolina A&T

WR Justin Brown ~ Hampton

WR Jeremy Gilchrist ~ Hampton (Ex-Virginia Tech)

TE Marcel Frost ~ Jackson State (EX-Ohio State)

OL Dakarai Grimsley ~ Morgan State

OL Dennis Conley ~ Hampton

OT Adrian Brown ~ Delaware State

OL Darius Turner ~ Alabama A&M

OL Dwayne Delaney ~ Morgan State



DE Marcus Benard ~ Jackson State

DT Dennis Marsh ~ Norfolk State (Ex-Maryland)

DT Ronn Spinner ~ Delaware State

DE Ledarius Anthony ~ Arkansas-Pine Bluff

LB Lee Robinson ~ Alcorn State

LB Endor Cooper ~ Howard

LB Zach East ~ Prairie View A&M

CB Domonique Johnson ~ Jackson State (Ex-Missouri)

CB Don Carey ~ Norfolk State

CB Jackie Bates ~ Hampton (Ex-Oregon)

DB Sam Pope ~ Hampton (Ex-South Carolina)



Top 7 N.F.L. Prospects from the S.W.A.C. & M.E.A.C., according to our league sources [Loosely Ranked]:

WR Jeremy Gilchrist ~ Hampton

LB Lee Robinson ~ Alcorn State

WR Justin Brown ~ Hampton

OG Dakarai Grimsley ~ Morgan State

CB Domonique Johnson ~ Jackson State

CB Don Carey ~ Norfolk State

OG Dennis Conley ~ Hampton

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last updated: 07/16/08
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Promising sophomore quarterback Clark Harrell intends to leave Tulsa for a F.C.S. program.

DD.comment: The article doesn't mention it, but Clark Harrell is the younger brother of Texas Tech's record-breaking quarterback Graham Harrell.

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The Packers have reportedly filed tampering charges against the Minnesota Vikings regarding inappropriate contact with Brett Favre.

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Quick look at underrated Texas A&M safety Devin Gregg.

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Auburn junior Tray Blackmon is one of the best linebackers in the nation, as long as he stays healthy.

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Injured Alabama linebacker Ezekial Knight officially requests transfer; intends to play at a smaller school.

DD.comment: National Scouting has ranked Ezekial Knight fairly high going into his senior season (among the Top 40 seniors), but we've gotta believe his health issues are pretty serious if the Crimson Tide's coaching and medical staff is that hesitant to let him practice. Either way, we wish Ezekial the best of luck going forward.

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Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden admits star tailback C.J. Spiller will likely leave early for the N.F.L.

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Q&A with Miami (Ohio) junior defensive back Robbie Wilson

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U.C.L.A. redshirt freshman Nate Chandler makes the switch from tight end to right tackle.

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Preview of senior Mike Wallace and rest of the Ole Miss wide receiver corp.

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Ryan Stanchek and West Virginia's other offensive linemen relish high expectations.

Related Item: West Virginia's senior tackle Stephen Maw is poised for a breakout season.

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Troubled, ex-Louisville wide receiver JaJuan Spillman is interested in transferring to Tennessee State.

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Led by senior linebacker Ramone Willis, a transfer from Illinois, Tennessee State coaches like their defensive talent.

DD.comment: The following Tennessee State Tigers are considered draftable, according to very early reports from NFL scouts -- left tackle Cornelius Lewis; running back Javarris Williams and center Cecil Newton.

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Hamilton Tiger-Cats running back Jesse Lumsden is dominating the C.F.L.

DD.comment: After a great showing at the East-West Shrine Game, Lumsden ran a 4.45 40 at 6' 2" and 225 pounds in front of NFL scouts prior to the 2005 draft. That's the same size and speed showing that got Ronnie Brown drafted 2nd overall that spring, but Lumsden, to our surprise, went undrafted. From there he only got limited chances to display his considerable skills as an undrafted free agent in Seattle, partly due to injuries, which is unfortunate ... It's also worth noting former Auburn tailback Tre Smith is doing great things up in Hamilton as a speedy tailback/return specialist, so that's a player that also deserves to be on the N.F.L.'s radar.

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last updated: 07/15/08
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Anonymous NFL scout breaks down Missouri's Top 11 Prospects.

DD.comment: We posted this link last week, but it's such good info, from a credible NFL source, that we decided to link it again.

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TFYDraft writer lists his Top 10 Wide Receiver Prospects.

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Fixed Link: Josh Buchanan's F.C.S. Preseason All-Conference Selections: Ohio Valley Conference

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Second year Vikings quarterback Tavares Jackson trains with Tom Shaw in Orlando.

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Florida senior wide receiver Louis Murphy reportedly runs the 40-yard dash in 4.25 seconds.

DD.comment: If true, the high National and Blesto rankings Murphy received are starting to make more sense.

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Buffalo Bills rookie Xavier Omon could be a fullback convert.

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Incoming Florida freshman running back Jeffery Demps set a world junior record in the 100-yard dash at 10.01 seconds.

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Colorado defensive tackle George Hypolite has reportedly gained 10 pounds this offseason.

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Alabama running back Terry Grant could be a home run hitter for the Crimson Tide this fall.

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DD.com recently updated our You Tube Links Page with a new group of college football stars.

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Can freshman quarterback Aramis Hillary start this fall at South Carolina?

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Tony Barnhart: Five burning questions about SEC Quarterbacks.

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Alabama team captain, All-SEC center Antoine Caldwell, to write online column.

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Pittsburgh Steelers' rookie Rashard Mendenhall leaves Illinois with bitter feelings.

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Young defensive back Dashon Goldson is impressing in San Francisco.

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last updated: 07/14/08
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More info on Christian Oaks High's quarterback battle between Nick Montana and Trevor Gretzky.

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Can young tight end Mike Ragone make Notre Dame fans forget about John Carlson?

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Notre Dame linebacker Aaron Nagel is transferring to Northwestern.

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Closer look at Ohio State's starting center Jim Cordle, a rising junior prospect.

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Scout.com takes an in-depth look at Central Florida defensive back Joe Burnett.

DD.comment: Burnett has been a player we've liked a lot since he burst onto the scene as a super freshman for the Knights back in 2005. But we have to disagree with the writer of the article that claims Burnett is currently a hot pro prospect. Things could change radically, but one of our main inside N.F.L. scources claims Burnett barely cracks National's top 500 prospects going into his senior season. It sounds crazy, but that's how he's currently listed. Problem is he's officially measured in at a shade over 5' 9" (180 pounds) and N.F.L. teams have his 40 time marked down at about 4.60. That's fairly pedistrian for a cornerback, so he'll need to show he can run much faster in workouts if he wants to be drafted in the top 4 rounds, or so.

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Oklahoma's offensive line shaping up to be the best in the nation.

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Penn State true sophomore offensive lineman Stefan Wisniewski (nephew of Steve) is getting a reputation for his work ethic.

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East Carolina sophomore defensive tackle Linval Joseph has shed over 70 pounds in preparation for this season.

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Middle Tennessee players train in the sand box.

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Quick look at Darry Beckwith and the LSU linebacking corp.

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Penn State redshirt sophomore tailback Evan Royster hopes to be a big weapon in the team's plans.

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Josh Buchanan's F.C.S. Preseason All-Conference Selections:

Big Sky Conference

Colonial Athletic Association

Southern Conference

Missouri Valley Conference

Southland Conference

Ohio Valley Conference

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Big South Conference

Patriot League

Great West Conference

Ivy League

Southwestern Athletic Conference

Northeast Conference

Pioneer Football League

F.C.S. Independents

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last updated: 07/13/08
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Due to injuries and suspensions, several youngsters will start on Florida State's Offensive Line.

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L.S.U. hoping highly touted wide receiver Terrance Toliver will make an impact as a sophomore.

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Sporting News: College football Comeback Players to watch out for.

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Sid Hartman: If the Minnesota Vikings got Brett Favre, they'd get a new stadium.

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Miami Dolphins' veteran Vernon Carey is glad he's moving back to right tackle.

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The Miami Dolphins like the toughness rookie quarterback Chad Henne possesses.

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Top Senior Prospects from the Mountain West Conference:

QB Brian Johnson ~ Utah

RB Kyle Bell ~ Colorado State

RB Aaron Brown ~ Texas Christian

WR Darren Mougey ~ S.D.S.U. (H-Back)

WR Brent Casteel ~ Utah

TE Kory Sperry ~ Colorado State

OL Travis Bright ~ Brigham Young

OL Ray Feinga ~ Brigham Young

OC Blake Schlueter ~ Texas Christian

OL Robert Conley ~ Utah

OL Dallas Reynolds ~ Brigham Young


DE Ryan Kemp ~ Air Force

DT James Vess ~ Texas Christian

DE Tommie Hill ~ Colorado State

LB Jason Phillips ~ Texas Christian

LB Russell Allen ~ S.D.S.U.

LB Robert Henson ~ Texas Christian

LB Jeff Horinek ~ Colorado State

SS Stephen Hodge ~ Texas Christian

CB Brice McCain ~ ~ Utah

CB Glover Guin ~ New Mexico

CB DeAndre Wright ~ New Mexico



Top Mountain West Conference Juniors and Sophomores [Loosely Ranked]:

QB Max Hall ~ Brigham Young (Jr.)

DE John Fletcher ~ Wyoming (Jr.)

RB Harvey Unga ~ Brigham Young (So.)

CB Sean Smith ~ Utah (Jr.)

WR Austin Collie ~ Brigham Young (Jr.)

FS Clint Kubiak ~ Colorado State (Jr.)

TE Dennis Pitta ~ Brigham Young (Jr.)

OT Zane Beadles ~ Utah (Jr.)

DE Jan Jorgensen ~ Brigham Young (Jr.)

LB Luke Laolagi ~ S.D.S.U. (Jr.)

LB Gabe Knapton ~ Wyoming (Rs-Fr.)

WR Ryan Wolfe ~ U.N.L.V. (Jr.)

DE Paul Kruger ~ Utah (So.)

LB Ricky Brewer ~ Colorado State (So.)



Top 10 N.F.L. Prospects from the Mountain West, according to our league sources [Loosely Ranked] :

LB Jason Phillips ~ Texas Christian

OG Travis Bright ~ Brigham Young

CB Glover Guin ~ New Mexico

OG Ray Feinga ~ Brigham Young

RB Aaron Brown ~ Texas Christian

CB DeAndre Wright ~ New Mexico

RB Devin Moore ~ Wyoming

RB Kyle Bell ~ Colorado State

FB Matthew Quillen ~ New Mexico

RB Rodney Ferguson ~ New Mexico

DD.comment: We picked the Mountain West Conference senior prospects and even selected the top juniors and sophomores. However, we were very objective regarding the conference's Top N.F.L. prospects -- we loosely ranked them according to the input we've got from league sources connected to the draft process.

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last updated: 07/12/08
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TFYDraft writer lists his Top 10 Running Back Prospects.

DD.comment: We intend to post our Mountain West Conference preview real soon. While we like Wyoming tailback Devin Moore quite a bit as a third down back and a special teams performer, a 3rd round projection seems kind of high, at this point? One major scouting source projects the 5' 9", 180 pound tailback as a 7th rounder, but NFL teams have reportedly clocked him in the low 4.4's, so we aren't surprised someone would rank him higher than expected due to the speed factor.

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New York Times: Who are the likely suitors in a potential Brett Favre sweepstakes?

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Fast rising University of Florida junior safety Dorian Munroe has suffered a serious knee injury.

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Small, but very quick Cal-Poly tailback James Noble hopes to impress NFL scouts this fall.

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Does wide receiver Matt Jones have a future in Jacksonville after his recent drug arrest?

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Rookie wide receiver Keenan Burton hopes to make an impact with the St. Louis Rams.

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Talented dual-threat quarterback Zac Robinson will be Oklahoma State's unquestioned leader.

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Closer look at U.S.C quarterback Mitch Mustain.

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Top Senior Prospects from Conference-U.S.A.

QB Chase Clement ~ Rice

RB DeMyron Martin ~ Southern Methodist

RB Terrell Jackson ~ U.T.E.P.

WR Brennan Marion ~ Tulsa

WR Jarett Dillard ~ Rice

TE Shawn Nelson ~ Southern Mississipi

OL Troy Kropog ~ Tulane

OL Brandon Pearce ~ Memphis

OL Sebastian Vollmer ~ Houston

OL Rodrick Thomas ~ Tulsa

OC Robby Felix ~ U.T.E.P.


DE Phillip Hunt ~ Houston

DL Clinton McDonald ~ Memphis

DL Ell Ash Houston ~ Houston

DE Zach Slate ~ East Carolina (LB)

LB Adam Vincent ~ U.T.E.P.

LB Quentin Cotton ~ East Carolina

LB Cody Lubojasky ~ Houston

CB Ray Roberts ~ Tulsa

CB Joe Burnett ~ Central Florida

FS William Dunbar ~ Alabama-Birmingham

FS Claude Spillman ~ Marshall



Top Conference-U.S.A. Juniors and Sophomores [Loosely Ranked]:

LB Gerald McRath ~ Southern Mississipi (Jr.)

TE Cody Slate ~ Marshall (Jr.)

RB Damion Fletcher ~ Southern Mississipi (Jr.)

FB Charles Clay ~ Tulsa (So.)

DT Linval Joseph ~ East Carolina (So.)

DE Albert McClellan ~ Marshall (Jr.) (LB)

CB Bryan McCann ~ Southern Methodist (Jr.)

WR Kamar Aiken ~ Central Florida (So.)

LT Patrick Brown ~ Central Florida (Jr.)

SS Van Eskridge ~ East Carolina (Jr.)

FS Bryce Hudman ~ Southern Methodist (Jr.)

DE Bruce Miller ~ Central Florida (So.) (LB)

WR Trae Johnson ~ Tulsa (So.)



Top 10 N.F.L. Prospects from Conference-U.S.A., according to our league sources [Loosely Ranked]:

FS Claude Spillman ~ Marshall

OT Troy Kropog ~ Tulane

OT Brandon Pearce ~ Memphis

TE Shawn Nelson ~ Southern Mississipi

DE Clinton McDonald ~ Memphis

OC Robby Felix ~ U.T.E.P.

WR Darius Passmore ~ Marshall

LB Quentin Cotton ~ East Carolina

WR Brennan Marion ~ Tulsa

WR Jarett Dillard ~ Rice

DD.comment: We picked the top Conference-U.S.A senior prospects and even selected the top juniors and sophomores. However, we were very objective regarding the conference's Top N.F.L. prospects -- we loosely ranked them according to the input we've got from league sources connected to the draft process.

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last updated: 07/11/08
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Jay Glazer: Brett Favre flip-flopped about returning before the draft, putting the Packers in this current quandry.

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Notre Dame's starting cornerback, Darrin Walls, will leave school for personal reasons.

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Louisville wide receiver Trent Guy is back on his feet, less than a week after being shot in the back.

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Another look at University of Minnesota star wide receiver Eric Decker, who is also a pro baseball prospect.

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Joe Montana's youngest son, Nick Montana, becoming one of the elite prep quarterbacks in America.

DD.comment: That's gonna be some quarterback battle at Oaks Christian, Nick Montana versus Trevor Gretzky?

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Anonymous N.F.L. scout breaks down safety William Moore and other 10 other University of Missouri pro prospects.

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Arizona State running back Keegan Herring is moving rapidly up the list of Sun Devils' all-time rushing yardage leaders.

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Bleacher Report: Top 10 Dynamic Duos in the nation.

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Ohio State junior Ray Small and sophomore's Taurain Washington and Dane Sanzenbacker are all candidates for the Buckeye's slot receiver job.

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Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco thinks Baltimore is the right place for his career to begin.

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Colorado junior tight end Patrick Devenny has been tabbed as a mentor for the three true freshman tight ends, one of which might have to play this year.

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Josh Buchanan's Q&A with Harvard quarterback Chris Pizzotti.

Josh Buchanan's Q&A with Cal Poly wide receiver Ramses Barden.

Josh Buchanan's Q&A with Nicholls State strong safety Lardarius Webb.

Josh Buchanan's Q&A with West Liberty State cornerback Darren Banks.

Josh Buchanan's Q&A with Central Arkansas quarterback Nathan Brown.

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Phil Steele's Pre-Season All-Conference Teams: Southeastern Conference

Phil Steele's Pre-Season All-Conference Teams: Big 12 Conference

Phil Steele's Pre-Season All-Conference Teams: Atlantic Coast Conference

Phil Steele's Pre-Season All-Conference Teams: Pacific 10 Conference

Phil Steele's Pre-Season All-Conference Teams: Big Ten Conference

Phil Steele's Pre-Season All-Conference Teams: Big East Conference

Phil Steele's Pre-Season All-Conference Teams: Mountain West Conference

Phil Steele's Pre-Season All-Conference Teams: Mid-American Conference

Phil Steele's Pre-Season All-Conference Teams: Conference-USA

Phil Steele's Pre-Season All-Conference Teams: Sun Belt Conference

Phil Steele's Pre-Season All-Conference Teams: Western Athletic Conference

Phil Steele's Pre-Season All-Conference Teams: Major Independents

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last updated: 07/10/08
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Scouts Buzz: Bucky Brooks of SI.com looks at some issues around the N.F.L.

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Fixed Link: Josh Buchanan lists his Top 215 Small Schoolers in this 7 round small school mock draft.

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Due to military obligations, Detroit Lions' rookie Caleb Campbell may not be eligible to play in the N.F.L. this season.

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Former Missouri wide receiver Will Franklin hopes to earn a starting job with the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Notre Dame's David Bruton has parlayed excellence as a special teams gunner into a starting safety job.

DD.comment: Make no mistake about it, Bruton special teams prowess will do nothing but help his chances to succeed in the N.F.L. According to our sources, Bruton is one of Notre Dame's top three senior prospects. Pro scouts currently project Pat Kuntz as the programs' top senior prospect (4th to 6th round projection), with Bruton and inside linebacker Maurice Crum Jr. ranking right behind the recently reinstated defensive tackle.

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Joe Paterno compares P.S.U. defensive end Maurice Evans to ex-N.F.L. star Mike Strahan.

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Texas Christian has high expectations for center Blake Schlueter.

DD.comment: N.F.L. sources have Schlueter listed as a latter round/ priority free agent possibility, going into his senior season. They also list his 40 yard dash time in the 4.8's, so he's very agile for a 6'3", 280 pound athlete.

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Closer look at versatile Kentucky defensive lineman Jeremy Jarmon , who could have a future in Hollywood, after the N.F.L.

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The San Francisco 49ers have claimed rookie quarterback Kyle Wright off waivers from the Minnesota Vikings.

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Ex-N.F.L. quarterback Chris Chandler thinks Washington quarterback Jake Locker has a lot of pro potential, but fears the Huskies offense will wreak havoc on his body.

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CBSsportsline: 10 College Football Stars who could be in the N.F.L. right now, but are not.

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TMZ.com: Jacksonville Jaguars' wide receiver Matt Jones busted for cocaine?

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South Carolina wide receiver Joe Hills looks for a bounce-back season.

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Preview of L.S.U. defensive ends, including senior Tyson Jackson.

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Bleacher Report: Five Freshman to look for in college football.

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Washington center Juan Garcia is healing nicely from Lisfranc injury.

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Disturbing look inside the ugly incident involving suspended Georgia defensive end Michael Lemon.

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last updated: 07/09/08
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Closer look at Illinois linebacker/N.F.L. prospect Britt Miller.

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Five questions with the Georgia Bulldogs' junior cornerback Prince Miller.

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The L.A. Times: Pete Carroll's other car is an aircraft carrier.

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Southern California linebacker Kaluka Maiava is ready to step up as a starter.

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Tennessee Titans rookie running back Chris Johnson impresses coaches with his football speed.

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Florida State cornerback Michael Ray Garvin shifts back to football after U.S. Olympic sprint trials.

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Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant is one to watch.

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Purdue defensive tackle Ryan Baker's work ethic is impressive, on and off the field.

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LSU defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois will attempt to replace Glenn Dorsey's production.

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Top Senior Prospects from the Western Athletic Conference:

QB Thomas Brandstater ~ Fresno State

RB Luke Lippincott ~ Nevada

RB Ian Johnson ~ Boise State

WR Kevin Jurovich ~ San Jose State

WR Marko Mitchell ~ Nevada

TE Bear Pascoe ~ Fresno State

OL Andrew Woodruff ~ Boise State

OL Bobby Lepori ~ Fresno State

OL Mike Iupati ~ Idaho

OL Dominic Green ~ Nevada

OL Cole Popovich ~ Fresno State


DE Jeffrey Schweiger ~ San Jose State

DE Rhyan Anderson ~ New Mexico State

DL Jarron Gilbert ~ San Jose State

DE Michael Williams ~ Boise State

LB Adam Leonard ~ Hawaii

LB Joshua Mauga ~ Nevada

LB Solomon Elimimian ~ Hawaii

SS Uche Anyanwyu ~ Nevada

CB Christopher Owens ~ San Jose State

CB Ryan Mouton ~ Hawaii

CB Coye Francies ~ San Jose State



Top W.A.C. Juniors and Sophomores [Loosely Ranked]:

FS Antonio Baker ~ Louisiana Tech (Jr.)

OC John Estes ~ Hawaii (Jr.)

RB Ryan Mathews ~ Fresno State (So.)

QB Colin Kaepernick ~ Nevada (So.)

NT Rolando Melancon ~ Louisiana Tech (Rs-Fr.)

DE Ryan Winterswyk ~ Boise State (So.)

CB Davon House ~ New Mexico State (Jr.)

DB Kyle Wilson ~ Boise State (Jr.)

RB Deonte Jackson ~ Idaho (So.)

LB Zach Schreiber ~ Louisiana Tech (Jr.)

WR Jeremy Childs ~ Boise State (Jr.)

WR Marlon Moore ~ Fresno State (Jr.)



Top 10 N.F.L. Prospects from the W.A.C., according to our league sources [Loosely Ranked]:

LB Joshua Mauga ~ Nevada

TE Bear Pascoe ~ Fresno State

RB Ian Johnson ~ Boise State

QB Thomas Brandstater ~ Fresno State

WR Marko Mitchell ~ Nevada

CB Christopher Owens ~ San Jose State

QB Chase Holbrook ~ New Mexico State

CB Coye Francies ~ San Jose State

TE Robert Myers ~ Utah State

CB Ryan Mouton ~ Hawaii

DD.comment: We picked the top Western Athletic Conference senior prospects and even selected the top juniors and sophomores. However, we were very objective regarding the conference's Top N.F.L. prospects -- we loosely ranked them according to the input we've got from league sources connected to the draft process.

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last updated: 07/08/08
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Florida State's starting left guard, Evan Bellamy, will miss the upcoming season because of a blood clot in his leg.

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North Texas defensive end Eddrick Gilmore declared ineligible for the season.

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Tony Pauline of TFYdraft.com has posted the early National and B.L.E.S.T.O. Defensive Back Rankings.

DD.comment: Again, we can confirm that Pauline's National rankings seem accurate, but we are unsure of his Blesto rankings.

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Bleacher Report: Has talented, but troubled, safety Eugene Clifford played his last game at Ohio State?

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Tennessee Vols' super sophomore Eric Berry one of 40 defensive backs named to Thorpe Watch List.

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The Hogs.Net: Breaking down the Washington Redskins' Defensive Backs.

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Former Delaware running back Omar Cuff hopes to make it in Tennessee as an undrafted free agent.

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ESPN.com: Denver Broncos' track record bodes well for rookie running back Ryan Torain.

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Athlon's Fantasy Quarterback Rankings: Southeastern Conference

Athlon's Fantasy Quarterback Rankings: Atlantic Coast Conference

Athlon's Fantasy Quarterback Rankings: Mid-Majors

Athlon's Fantasy Quarterback Rankings: Big 12 Conference

Athlon's Fantasy Quarterback Rankings: Pac 10 Conference

Athlon's Fantasy Quarterback Rankings: Big East Conference

Athlon's Fantasy Quarterback Rankings: Big 10 Conference

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Athlon's Fantasy Running Back Rankings: Southeastern Conference

Athlon's Fantasy Running Back Rankings: Atlantic Coast Conference

Athlon's Fantasy Running Back Rankings: Mid-Majors

Athlon's Fantasy Running Back Rankings: Big 12 Conference

Athlon's Fantasy Running Back Rankings: Pac 10 Conference

Athlon's Fantasy Running Back Rankings: Big East Conference

Athlon's Fantasy Running Back Rankings: Big 10 Conference

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Athlon's Fantasy Wide Receiver Rankings: Southeastern Conference

Athlon's Fantasy Wide Receiver Rankings: Atlantic Coast Conference

Athlon's Fantasy Wide Receiver Rankings: Mid-Majors

Athlon's Fantasy Wide Receiver Rankings: Big 12 Conference

Athlon's Fantasy Wide Receiver Rankings: Pac 10 Conference

Athlon's Fantasy Wide Receiver Rankings: Big East Conference

Athlon's Fantasy Wide Receiver Rankings: Big 10 Conference

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last updated: 07/07/08
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Sporting News College Football: N.F.L. scout picks out the Top Break Out Players.

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Kansas State junior running back Leon Patton was arrested early this morning for outstanding warrants for theft and failure to appear.

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Bobby Bowden predicts quarterback Drew Weatherford will have a strong senior season.

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In-depth look at the Arkansas State Red Wolves from the Sun Belt Conference.

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The economy of motion - speed and the running back position.

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Arkansas center Jonathan Luigs is a local hero on fall Saturdays but blends into the campus the rest of the time.

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What College Conferences are the N.F.L.'s starters coming from?

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Southern California defensive tackle Fili Moala is ready to step up his game to meet higher expectations.

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Injured Penn State linebacker Sean Lee treats this upcoming year as an internship.

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Top Senior Prospects from the Sun Belt:

QB Michael Desormeaux ~ Louisiana-Lafayette (Athlete/WR)

RB Charles Pierre ~ Florida Atlantic

RB Tyrell Fenroy ~ Louisiana-Lafayette

WR Casey Fitzgerald ~ North Texas

WR LaGregory Sapp ~ Louisiana-Monroe

TE David Johnson ~ Arkansas State

OL Chris Jamison ~ Troy

OL Matt Mandich ~ Arkansas State

OL John Rizzo ~ Florida Atlantic

OL Dion Small ~ Troy

OL Brad Serini ~ Florida Atlantic


DL Kenny Mainor ~ Troy

DL Trevor Jenkins ~ Middle Tennessee

DL Dion Gales ~ Troy

DL Jervonte Jackson ~ Florida Atlantic

LB Ben Owens ~ Arkansas State

LB Frantz Joseph ~ Florida Atlantic

SS Terrence Moore ~ Troy

FS Marshall McDuffie ~ Florida International

CB Gerald Martin ~ Troy

CB Corey Small ~ Florida Atlantic

CB Trevor Ford ~ Troy



Top Sun Belt Juniors and Sophomores [Loosely Ranked]:

QB Rusty Smith ~ Florida Atlantic (Jr.)

LB Boris Lee ~ Troy (Jr.)

DB Tavious Polo ~ Florida Atlantic (So.)

WR Cortez Gent ~ Florida Atlantic (Jr.)

RB Reggie Arnold ~ Arkansas State (Jr.)

DB Greg James ~ Louisiana-Monroe (Jr.)

DE Alex Carrington ~ Arkansas State (Jr.)

LB Blake Boyd ~ Western Kentucky (Jr.)

DB Evan Van Dolah ~ Arkansas State (Jr.)

FB William Rose ~ Florida Atlantic (Jr.)

WR Desmond Gee ~ Middle Tennessee (Jr.)

OC Chris Fisher ~ Louisiana-Lafayette (Jr.)



Top 10 N.F.L. Prospects from the Sun Belt, according to our league sources [Loosely Ranked]:

TE David Johnson ~ Arkansas State

SS Terrence Moore ~ Troy

DE Kenny Mainor ~ Troy

LB Frantz Joseph ~ Florida Atlantic

CB Gerald Martin ~ Troy

FB Kenneth Zacharie ~ Louisiana-Monroe (TE)

CB Corey Small ~ Florida Atlantic

FS Marshall McDuffie ~ Florida International

DT Dion Small ~ Troy

FB Jason Harmon ~ Florida Atlantic

DD.comment: We picked the top Sun Belt senior prospects and even selected the top juniors and sophomores. However, we were very objective regarding the conference's Top N.F.L. prospects -- we loosely ranked them according to the input we've got from league sources connected to the draft process.

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last updated: 07/06/08
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Louisville's off-field problems continue: Potential starting wide receiver Trent Guy shot in the back.

DD.comment: The article above mentions another potential starting wide receiver, JaJuan Spillman, was recently bounced from the team due to a rash of legal problems.

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Columbia Tribune: Top 12 Linemen in the Big 12.

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Steady junior Greg Mathews to lead a revamped group of wide receivers at the University of Michigan.

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Pro Football Weekly takes an in-depth look at Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell.

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Pro Football Weekly has lots of Rookie News & Notes in their N.F.L. Whispers page.

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Former U.S.C. wide receiver Mike Williams hopes an improved work ethic will help him reach his potential in Tennessee.

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Rookie wide receiver Jordy Nelson getting a lot of praise from the Green Bay Packers coach staff.

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Q&A with impressive Chargers' rookie running back Jacob Hester.

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last updated: 07/05/08
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Dallas News: Dallas Cowboys fans have nothing to fear should overrated Brett Favre return.

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Talented Weber State running back Trevyn Smith hopes to raise $60,000 to Help his Young Daughter.

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Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer, who was once a prized quarterback recruit for Florida State, named to start on ESPN.com's M.L.B. All-Star Teams.

DD.comment: Not only did Bobby Bowden lose the very highly sought after Mauer to baseball, he also lost quarterback prospect Jeff Mathis, who is currently a catcher with L.A.-Anaheim, at, about, the same time.

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Former Ohio State Buckeye Rob Schoenhoft is battling to become Delaware's starting quarterback.

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Mississippi College's (D-3) junior quarterback Adam Shaffer has caught the Attention of N.F.L. scouts.

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Closer look at Cris Carter's son, prep star Duron Carter, who will also play wide receiver at Ohio State.

DD.comment: As we mentioned in last Sunday's blog, Cris Carter's brother, Wisconin safety Shane Carter, led the Big Ten Conference with 7 interceptions in 2007.

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Ex-N.F.L. player/ESPN analyst/ S.E.C. head coach Bill Curry will build Georgia State's football program from scratch.

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Former University of Minnesota wide receiver Logan Payne is impressing in Seattle.

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Lack of confidence is not a problem for Dallas Cowboys' rookie cornerback Orlando Scandrick.

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last updated: 07/04/08
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Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis leads the way on Scout.com's Top Seniors Big Board.

DD.comment: Like Chris Steuber, we love Ian Campbell's motor and all around talent level. But according to one of our sources, he barely cracks the top 400 prospects on one N.F.L. pre-season scouting list. Scouts have him at a shade over 6' 3" and 250 pounds, which is fine. But they have timed (or estimated) his 40 yard dash between 5.03 and 5.15 seconds, which is, of course, a problem for a player projected as an outside linebacker. Obviously, his status could change significantly if he has a big senior season and, more importantly, he shows he can run much faster than expected.

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Young Washington State wide receiver Jeshua Anderson strikes a balance between football and track.

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Michigan defensive tackle Terrance Taylor tells the media he got a 2nd round projection from N.F.L. scouts after his junior season.

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Bleacher Report writer looks Notre Dame's Top Freshmen.

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ESPN.com: The N.F.L.'s changing labor landscape has Juniors Anxious to Ca$h in.

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Carolina Panthers' rookie Hilee Taylor wants to be a every-down defensive end in the N.F.L.

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Top Senior Prospects from the M.A.C.

QB Drew Willy ~ Buffalo

RB Ontario Sneed ~ Central Michigan

FB Jameson Konz ~ Kent State (TE)

WR Dante Love ~ Ball State

WR Jamarko Simmons ~ Western Michigan

TE Darius Hill ~ Ball State

OL Augustus Parrish ~ Kent State

OL Robert Brewster ~ Ball State

OL Andrew Hartline ~ Central Michigan

OL Jonathan Brost ~ Northern Illinois

OL Chris Kemme ~ Akron


DE Jameson Hartke ~ Ohio

DE Larry English ~ Northern Illinois

DT Terrance Knighton ~ Temple

DT Josh Hunt ~ Eastern Michigan

LB Joey Hudson ~ Miami-Ohio

LB Daniel Holtzclaw ~ Eastern Michigan

LB Clayton Mullins ~ Miami-Ohio

CB Londen Fryar ~ Western Michigan

FS Louis Delmas ~ Western Michigan

SS Bryan Williams ~ Akron

CB Mark Parson ~ Ohio



Top Juniors and Sophomores [Loosely Ranked]:

SS Barry Church ~ Toledo (Jr.)

QB Nate Davis ~ Ball State (Jr.)

QB Dan Lefevour ~ Central Michigan (Jr.)

DT Ryan Bain ~ Akron (Jr.)

WR Stephen Williams ~ Toledo (Jr.)

RB Eugene Jarvis ~ Kent State (Jr.)

DE Almondo Sewell ~ Akron (So.)

QB Tyler Sheehan ~ Bowling Green (Jr.)

FS Devonte Shannon ~ Buffalo (So.)

QB Andy Schmitt ~ Eastern Michigan (Jr.)

QB Tim Hiller ~ Western Michigan (Jr.)

FS Ryan Downward ~ Eastern Michigan (So.)



Current Top 10 N.F.L. Prospects from the M.A.C., according to our league sources [Loosely Ranked]:

OT Augustus Parrish ~ Kent State

FS Louis Delmas ~ Western Michigan

CB Londen Fryar ~ Western Michigan

DE Larry English ~ Northern Illinois

OT Andrew Hartline ~ Central Michigan

WR Dante Love ~ Ball State

WR Jamarko Simmons ~ Western Michigan

OT Robert Brewster ~ Ball State

CB Mark Parson ~ Ohio

TE Darius Hill ~ Ball State

DD.comment: We picked our All-M.A.C. team and even selected the top juniors and sophomores. However, we were very objective regarding the conference's Top N.F.L. prospects -- we loosely ranked them according to the input we've got from league sources connected to the draft process.

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last updated: 07/03/08
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Sam Farmer of the L.A. Times reports Brett Favre might not mind playing for a team other than the Green Bay Packers.

DD.comment: Some have suggested it would be ashamed if Favre ever wore a uniform other the classic green & gold threads of the Packers. But, don't forget, Favre began his N.F.L. career wearing the black & red of the Atlanta Falcons, so it's not exactly the same as Joe Montana wearing a Chiefs uniform at the end of his career.

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Josh Buchanan looks at 3 Small School Prospects that hope to impress scouts as seniors.

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Breaking News: The N.F.L.'s Supplemental Draft has been cancelled after nobody applies.

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Former L.S.U. defensive tackle Kyle Williams has agreed to a $14.5 million contract extension with the Buffalo Bills.

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Tony Pauline of TFYdraft.com has posted the early National and B.L.E.S.T.O. Linebacker Rankings.

DD.comment: Again, we can confirm that Pauline's National rankings seem accurate. But we are unsure of his Blesto rankings, particularly when you consider they have a very undersized linebacker from Lafayette -- Andy Romans -- ranked that high.

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TFYdraft.com writer lists his Top 10 Quarterbacks in the senior class.

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Athlon's Top 25 Fantasy Rankings: Tight Ends

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Speedy Virginia Tech wide receiver Brandon Dillard will miss this season after rupturing his right Achilles' tendon Tuesday.

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Syracuse defensive end Brandon Gilbeaux has been suspended by the school for academic issues and will not play for the Orange this fall.

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Pro Football Weekly: Will Brett Favre return to the Green Bay Packers?

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It's still early, but, according to our sources, several top juniors are already looking into their N.F.L. options for next year and among that group is a quartet from Clemson: Wide recevier Jacoby Ford, defensive end Ricky Sapp, running back C.J. Spiller and cornerback Chris Chancellor.

Other juniors, reportedly, looking into the possibility of leaving school early for the N.F.L. include:

RB Knowshon Moreno ~ Georgia (a redshirt sophomore)

RB Chris Wells ~ Ohio State

WR Darrius Heyward-Bey ~ Maryland

OT Andre Smith ~ Alabama

DT Vince Oghobaase ~ Duke

DT Al Woods ~ Louisiana State

DL Ricky Jean-Francois ~ Louisiana State

DE Greg Hardy ~ Ole Miss

DE George Selvie ~ South Florida

CB Vontae Davis ~ Illinois

CB Captain Munnerlyn ~ South Carolina

SS Taylor Mays ~ Southern California

FS Emanuel Cook ~ South Carolina.

One F.C.S. name considering his options could be Elon wide receiver Terrell Hudgins, who agents have already attempted to contact. Many media and Elon people believe he is a 3rd-4th round selection, however, several N.F.L. personnel have said that he is a 4.7 type player and is probably no higher than a 6th or 7th rounder. One thing to remember is that former New Hampshire wide receiver David Ball had similar speed and production to Hudgins and went undrafted as a senior. Hudgins would have to improve his 40 by .10 or .20 to warrant more than a late round look.

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last updated: 07/02/08
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Josh Buchanan looks at 3 Small School Prospects that hope to impress scouts as seniors.

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Despite stiff competition, rookie linebacker Dan Connor thinks Carolina is a good fit him.

DD.comment: Nice article, but once again the media is pushing a big lie: It mentions in the article that Connor's 4.6 speed may "hinder him" in the N.F.L. Again, the Average Linebacker at the last Combine ran in the mid to upper 4.7's, so Connor's 4.6-something at Pro Day is well above the prospect average. And, the numbers/averages we posted are the "official" Combine numbers, straight from league sources, not some wildly inflated, bogus numbers floating around cyberspace. Matter of fact, Carolina recently selected Jon Beason in round one and he Ran a 4.78 at the 2007 Combine and he's worked out fine, so far, for the Panthers. So this idea that N.F.L. linebackers need to run as fast as cornerbacks to have a chance is absolutely absurd.

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Ex-South East Missouri State tight end Joe Tuineau still hopes to sign with an N.F.L. team, but will soon embark on a pro rugby career if no one calls.

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A healthy Marc Tyler hopes to find playing time in U.S.C.'s crowed backfield.

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In-depth look at University of Oregon center/N.F.L. prospect Max Unger.

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Talented JUCO transfer Chris Todd hopes to seize Auburn's starting quarterback spot.

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Michigan cornerback Donovan Warren looks to emerge as one of the nation's shutdown corners.

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Several Georgia sophomores, including defensive end Michael Lemon and left tackle Trinton Sturdivant had had a run-in with the law.

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Cincinnati cornerback Mike Mickens is among the five best players in the Big East.

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Colorado defensive tackle George Hypolite gives back to the community.

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Satire article about Alabama junior tackle Andre Smith, who is rumored to run a 5.28 40-yard dash.

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Arkansas junior linebacker Wendel Davis was inured beating on a vehicle after a traffic incident.

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DD.com's All-Ivy League Pre-Season Team

QB Chris Pizzotti ~ Harvard

RB Mike McLeod ~ Yale

RB Luke Siwula ~ Cornell

WR Matt Luft ~ Harvard (Jr.)

WR Austin Knowlin ~ Columbia (Jr.)

TE Colin Cloherty ~ Brown

OL James Williams ~ Harvard (Jr.)

OL Darius Dale ~ Yale

OL Alex Rapp ~ Dartmouth

OL Stephen Morse ~ Yale

OL Ryan Pilconis ~ Harvard


DL Peter Ajayi ~ Harvard

DL Phillip Mitchell ~ Columbia

DL Jim Develin ~ Brown (Jr.)

DL Desmond Bryant ~ Harvard

LB Bobby Abare ~ Yale

LB Drew Quinn ~ Columbia

LB Jason Colabella ~ Penn

DB Andrew Berry ~ Harvard

DB Tyson Maugle ~ Penn

DB Tim Bax ~ Cornell

DB Steve Santoro ~ Yale


These are the Top 6 Ivy League N.F.L. Prospects, according to our league sources:

QB Chris Pizzotti, (6'5", 225), Harvard

FB Colin Cloherty, (6'2", 235), Brown

LB Jason Colabella, (6'1", 225), Penn

OT Ryan Pilconis, (6'6", 295), Harvard

DT Desmond Bryant, (6'5", 290), Harvard

RB Mike McCleod, (5'10", 200), Yale

DD.comment: At this point, Harvard quarterback Chris Pizzotti is the only player noted above that is widely regarded as a likely draft pick and his is early projection is as a 5th to 7th round prospect.

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last updated: 07/01/08
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The Sports Network takes an in-depth look at the Top F.C.S. Quarterbacks.

DD.comment: Nice job done by David Coulson of The Sports Network, that was a very informative article. Also, our small school expert Josh Buchanan has sent us some comments regarding the N.F.L. chances for some of the quarterbacks mentioned in the link above:

Appalachian State's Armanti Edwards, a junior, would have to be a utility player to stick in the N.F.L. and is a probable 7th round or free agent type .... Central Arkansas' Nathan Brown, Rhett Bomar of Sam Houston State and fast rising Harvard gunslinger Chris Pizzotti are all considered draftable prospects, at this point .... East Coast based small school signal callers Liam Coen and Dominic Randolph may surprise scouts, if they can elevate their games as seniors....Finally, Matt Nichols of Eastern Washington is only a junior, but he's a player that could attain late round or priority free agent grades going into his senior season.

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The Buffalo Bills have signed the son of former N.B.A. superstar Karl Malone and released ex-Army fullback Mike Viti.

DD.comment: If Mike Viti is not picked up another N.F.L. team he will likely be deployed to Iraq in the near future. We wish him, and all our troops in the Middle East, the best of luck in a very tough and dangerous situation.

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Pro Football Weekly has lots of Rookie News & Notes in their N.F.L. Whispers page.

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Ex-Mississippi State wide receiver Lance Long hopes to make the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent.

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Tony Pauline of TFY.com has posted the early National and B.L.E.S.T.O. Defensive Line Rankings.

DD.comment: As Pauline mentioned about the "Two Quentin's", being ranked very high by National or Blesto does not guareentee a prospect will be a high pick in the N.F.L. draft.

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Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is only a junior, but he's already thinking about the N.F.L.

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Virginia Tech is moving once prized quarterback recruit Cory Holt to wide receiver in order to give him a better chance to play in the N.F.L.

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DD.comment: According to Virginia Tech's official website the 6' 4", 230 pound Holt has a run a 4.52 (40) and displayed a 35" vertical in spring workouts, so at least he has the basic skills to play wide receiver or H-Back in the N.F.L.

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U.S.C. defensive tackle Fili Moala must fill the huge left by Sedric Ellis' graduation.

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Is Miami Dolphins' rookie Jake Long better suited to play right tackle?

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Josh Buchanan's Top 40 Small School Prospects (with 40 times & round projections)

1. WR Ramses Barden ~ Cal Poly (6060, 220), 4.58/4.60, 4th

2. TE Brian Mandeville ~ Northeastern (6060, 248), 4.79/4.82, 4th

3. QB Nathan Brown ~ Central Arkansas (6012, 210), 4.79/4.80, 4th

4. OT Cornelius Lewis ~ Tennessee State (6033, 316), 5.10/5.20, 4th-5th (Ex-Florida State)

5. RB Branden Ore ~ West Liberty State (5110, 205), 4.48/4.50, 5th (Ex-Virginia Tech)

6. WR Quinten Lawrence ~ McNeese State (5115, 182), 4.32/4.35, 5th

7. OT Nicholas Hennessey ~ Colgate (6053, 295), 5.31/5.36, 5th-6th

8. DT John Faletoese ~ U.C. Davis (6014, 295), 4.99/5.05, 5th-6th

9. RB Rashad Jennings ~ Liberty (6010, 230), 4.45/4.49, 5th-6th (Ex-Pittburgh)

10. TE Marquez Branson ~ Central Arkansas (6022, 247), 4.60/4.68, 6th

11. RB Javarris Williams ~ Tennessee State (5093, 218), 4.55/4.58, 6th

12. TE Jared Bronson ~ Central Washington (6041, 253), 4.62/4.67, 6th (Ex-Washington)

13. OG Louis West ~ Henderson State (6072, 375), 5.30/5.40, 6th

14. OT Joel Bell ~ Furman (6072, 308), 5.14/5.25, 6th-7th

15. RB Anthony "Bernard" Scott ~ Abilene Christian (5104, 197), 4.48/4.55, 6th-7th

16 LB Lee Robinson ~ Alcorn State (6021, 246), 4.59/4.70, 6th-7th

17. OT Samuel Allen ~ Grand Valley State (6054, 280), 5.00/5.06, 6th-7th

18. WR Jeremy Gilchrist ~ Hampton (5086, 171), 4.44/4.57, 6th-7th (Ex-Virginia Tech)

19. CB Domonique Johnson ~ Jackson State (6015, 184), 4.37/4.39, 6th-7th (Ex-Missouri)

20. OC Cecil Newton ~ Tennessee State (6014, 292), 5.15/5.20, 6th-7th

21. CB Sean Smalls ~ Massachusetts (6002, 201), 4.60/4.63, 6th-7th

22. DT Sammie Lee Hill ~ Stillman (6037, 321), 5.09/5.20, 6th-7th

23. QB Rhett Bomar ~ Sam Houston State (6022, 212), 4.72/4.75, 7th (Ex-Oklahoma)

24. OG Dakarai Grimsley ~ Morgan State (6040, 363), 5.50/5.78, 7th

25. WR Johnny Knox ~ Abilene Christian (5115, 183), 4.44/4.50, 7th

26. DE Lawrence Sidbury Jr. ~ Richmond (6024, 265), 4.75/4.80, 7th

27. OG William Giles ~ Tennessee Chattanooga (6037, 284), 5.20/5.24, 7th

28. WR Julius Pruitt ~ Ouachita Baptist (6020, 216), 4.55/4.57, 7th

29. OT Ben Coblyn ~ Massachusetts (6063, 305), 5.06/5.09, 7th (Ex-Boston Univ. Basketball)

30. TE Robbie Agnone ~ Delaware (6053, 256), 4.80/4.90, 7th (Ex-Pittburgh)

31. OG Tim Henderson ~ Northwestern State (6024, 344), 5.20/5.32, 7th-PFA

32. CB Lardarius Webb ~ Nicholls State (5107, 173), 4.55/4.60, 7th-PFA (Ex-Southern Miss.)

33. WR Justin Brown ~ Hampton (6012, 198), 4.57/4.58, 7th-PFA

34. WR Edward Thompson ~ Idaho State (5084, 186), 4.52/4.54, 7th-PFA

35. QB Chris Pizzotti ~ Harvard (6053, 224), 4.93/4.95, 7th-PFA

36. QB Michael Reilly ~ Central Washington (6026, 211), 4.75/4.80, 7th-PFA (Ex-Washington State)

37. OG Roger Allen ~ Missouri Western (6031, 318), 5.30/5.50, 7th-PFA

38. LB Jason Williams ~ Western Illinois (6011, 235), 4.54/4.59, 7th-PFA

39. OG Dennis Conley ~ Hampton (6015, 299), 5.35/5.37, 7th-PFA

40. WR Dominique Edison ~ Stephen F. Austin (6022, 190), 4.40/4.42, 7th-PFA

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