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last updated: 10/31/08
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Surprising sophomore Dennis Rogan is quickly evolving into Tennessee's top cover cornerback.

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Ex-NFL scout Chris Landry believes Matt Stafford is a better pro prospect than Tim Tebow.

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An anonymous AFC scout talks candidly about quarterback Tim Tebow's pro potential.

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Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel believes Chase Coffman's athletic ability is so much underhyped.

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27 year old left tackle Rylan Reed has been a steady influence for the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch takes an in-depth look at talented University of Missouri safety William Moore.

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The Providence Journal takes a closer look at University of Massachusetts quarterback Liam Coen.

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Memphis Commercial Appeal: Ole Miss star Greg Hardy has the talent that scouts crave -- and the motivation, or lack thereof, that mystifies coaches and teammates.

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Texas Tech center continues to prove Stephen Hamby skeptics wrong.

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Fast-rising Texas A&M sophomore Jerrod Johnson hidden in quarterback-rich Big 12.

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Sun Sentinel: Practice-squad players accept behind-the-scenes roles, awaiting their NFL chance with the Miami Dolphins.

DD.comment: We know these players would rather be making big time NFL money, but $5,200 a week to practice with a team, in mostly non-contact drills, isn't bad in any economy.

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Georgia Tech redshirt sophomore Anthony Barnes is rounding into form as he recovers from shoulder injury.

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Notre Dame senior left tackle Mike Turkovich receives high praise from his coaches.

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When California faces Oregon, the nations two top offensive centers in Max Unger and Alex Mack will lead their respective squads.

DD.comment: Currently, Alex Mack is ranked higher by our site and by most sources. However as the above article points out, Max Unger started 27 games at left tackle, and could be the more versatile and talented athlete. Offseason workouts will provide the final verdict but don't be surprised if these rankings reversed by draft day 2009.

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UConn redshirt junior tailback Donald Brown reportedly ran two sub 4.3 second 40 yard dashes for recruiters in high school.

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University of Georgia sophomore safety Reshad Jones is confident he can run with Florida's speedsters.

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Florida redshirt senior left tackle Phil Trautwein has had an unlikely but inspirational journey from bench-warmer to 2-time captain.

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Syracuse junior defensive tackle Arthur Jones struggles with the decision to return to school next year.

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An interesting look inside Florida quarterback Tim Tebow's offensive preparation.

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Colorado State senior tight end Cory Sperry is only 5 touchdown receptions away from setting schoool record.

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Oregon freshman Chris Harper has run, passed and caught a touchdown this year, the first time an Oregon player has done that since Joey Harrington in 2000.

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Kansas running back Jake Sharp reportedly ran a 4.38 40-yard dash for coaches last spring.

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last updated: 10/30/08
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Speedy Ivy League wide receiver Bobby Sewall is only a junior, but already has his sights set on making it in the NFL.

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University of Virginia head coach Al Groh throws a lot of praise at his fast-rising senior linebacker Clint Sintim.

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The Dallas News looks at University Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo, who boasts 4.7 speed at 6' 4" and 260 pounds.

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Western Kentucky defensive end Dan Cline has caught the eye of pro scouts with his size (6' 6", 265) and reported 4.7 speed.

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Pro Football Weekly writer looks at the current buzz regarding 13 Draftable Prospects.

DD.comment: According to one of our sources, Dannell Ellerbe was ranked among the top 10 prospects in the senior class by both Blesto and Natioanl Scouting coming into the season -- this explains why so many mainstream writers that claim to be 'insiders' have ranked him so high. Because both scouting services assume underclassmen will make a significant impact on every draft, Ellerbe only got a 2nd round projection from National, despite the fact they ranked him 10th overall in the class of 2009. Ellerbe's measurables according to scouts are: Height: 6007; Weight: 235; 40 speed 4.65.

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Pro Football Weekly writer ranks the Top 5 Quarterbacks in the classes of 2009 & 2010.

DD.comment: The Pro Football Weekly writer isn't the only person that thinks Stephen McGee is underrated, here's a great scouting report we got over the summer from a friend that's very close to the A&M program:

"I really feel bad for McGee (great young man), this is a guy who threw for over 8,000 yards in high school and you change him to an option quarterback? Let's see Troy Aikman went to Oklahoma and Barry Switzer tried to make him an option quarterback, so Aikman says 'see ya' and goes to U.C.L.A. and the rest is history. I am, by no means, saying that McGee is in Aikman's class but you will never know with only one year left. I don't get caught up in all the 'tough as nails' and 'gritty leader' about him because when you have been one of the worst scoring teams in conference play like we have that means nothing to me. Besides my ***** I have more respect for McGee than anyone of the team and his passing skills have been beaten out of him for the last 3 years. I hope he has the year he truly deserves because he has handled his years at A&M with class".

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OC Register: Three years after his lowest moments, U.S.C. linebacker Rey Maualuga is nearing completion of his development from boy to man.

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The Coloradoan looks at talented Mountain West Conference tight ends Kory Sperry and Dennis Pitta.

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Tusculum College linebacker Jarvis Littlejohn says he's hoping to catch the eye of pro scouts.

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Draft Daddy's Top 500 Sophomores:

Quarterbacks

Tailbacks & Fullbacks

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Line

Defensive Line

Linebackers

Cornerbacks & Safeties

DD.comment: The prospects are very loosely ranked and sorted by position, with stat links. There are only about 470 players listed, but we expect to add, at least, 30 more soon. Also, we intend to tweak the rankings constantly as we watch more games and take in more information.

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last updated: 10/29/08
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The Chicago Tribune takes a quick look at Northern Illinois' top NFL prospect, senior defensive end Larry English.

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Fast-rising cornerback prospect Coye Francies, a senior at San Jose State, hopes to show NFL teams his troubled past is behind him.

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The Chicago Bears most recent 7th round pick, wide receiver Marcus Monk, may soon return to the the University of Arkansas to play basketball if he's not picked up by an NFL team.

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Texas Tech safety Darcel McBath has had leadership -- and interceptions -- more or less thrust upon him this season.

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Boise State sophomore wide receiver Titus Young's suspension has been changed to indefinite.

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Is Oklahoma State tight end Brandon Pettigrew good enough to become a first round pick?

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DD.com's Top 21 Sophomore Wide Receivers (class of 2011), loosely ranked, with stat links:

Michael Crabtree ~ Texas Tech -- Andre Johnson (Texans) clone, will be eligible for the 2009 NFL Draft.

Jeremy Maclin ~ Missouri -- As explosive as any player in the nation. Think a bigger, tougher version of Ted Ginn Jr.

Desmond Bryant ~ Oklahoma State -- Dez is having an amazing season for T. Boone Pickens' beloved Cowboys.

Arrelious Benn ~ Illinois -- Great all-around athlete, who has a ton of potential going forward.

Demaryius Thomas ~ Georgia Tech -- When you consider how bland Tech's passing game is, his stats are nothing short of incredible.

Mark Dell ~ Michigan State -- Provides NFL prospect Brian Hoyer a reliable target on the outside.

Dezmon Briscoe ~ Kansas -- Another outstanding weapon for the Jayhawks' high-powered offense.

Damian Williams ~ Southern California -- Arkansas transfer has quickly become the Trojans' top receiver.

Golden Tate ~ Notre Dame -- Having a breakout season for Notre Dame. Has already been drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Ronald Johnson ~ Southern California -- Has a ton of talent, but sometimes becomes obscured in U.S.C.'s galaxy of stars.

Duval Kamara ~ Notre Dame -- Has the size and speed needed to become a big time college wide receiver.

Terrance Toliver ~ Louisiana State -- Was widely regarded as the top receiver in the nation coming out of the high school ranks in '07.

Jeshua Anderson ~ Washington State -- World-class sprinter, with decent size and hands playing on an absolutely terrible team.

Scotty McKnight ~ Colorado -- Highly regarded coming out of the prep ranks. Is super quick coming out of the slot.

Aldrick Robinson ~ Southern Methodist -- Speedy receiver is having a monster season in June Jones' fun & gun system.

Jerrel Jernigan ~ Troy -- We know the folks in Troy think he should higher on this list, but....

Josh Smith ~ Colorado -- Another outstanding, young receiver for U.C. to build their offense around. Good punt returner.

Jeffrey Maehl ~ Oregon -- Converted safety, has the potential to become another Jordan Shipley once he learns how how play on offense.

Kyle Jefferson ~ Wisconsin -- Is a very good athlete, who we would've ranked higher if he was more productive.

Dane Sanzenbacher ~ Ohio State -- Excellent slot man, who would have better numbers if the Buckeyes' passing attack wasn't so flaccid.

Frantrell Forrest ~ Alabama-Birmingham -- Dynamic, all-around performer for the same school that produceded Roddy White.


DD.comment: We actually loosely ranked over 50 sophomore receivers and will post that, as well as our entire 'Sophomore Watchlist', in the next few days. We place a heavy emphasis on production, but also take into account potential, what conference a player competes in and the quality of competition a player faces on his own team to start. That's why, for example, a Terrance Toliver makes our top 15, despite paltry stats this season.

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last updated: 10/28/08
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Tulane has lost fast-rising sophomore tailback Andre Anderson to a season-ending shoulder injury.

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Senior defensive end Stryker Sulak continues to excel for the Missouri Tigers.

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University of Virginia linebacker Clint Sintim, who came into the season ranked among National Scouting's top 30 senior prospects, with a 3rd round projection, has really impressed us this fall. He currently tops all linebackers in the nation with 9.5 sacks and leads a talented, young Cavaliers defense by example with his strong work ethic and intensity. Sintim, who is versatile enough to play in either a 3-4 or 4-3 base defense at the next level, needs five sacks to surpass the 2007 total accumulated by his Best Friend Chris Long.

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University at Buffalo head coach Turner Gill thinks sophomore safety Davonte Shannon is better than he was in 2007, despite a dip in his stats.

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Interesting commentary in this Real GM interview with an Anonymous NFL Scout.

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Feature guest writer Paul G's players "Who Caught My Eye" in week 9, content exclusive to Draft Daddy.

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Iowa State true freshman Stephen Ruempolhamer impressed his coaches in first career start against Texas A&M.

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Penn State senior safety Mark Rubin recorded 11 tackles and a key forced fumble of Terrelle Pyror in the win over Ohio State.

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The Georgia Tech defensive line, featuring senior Michael Johnson, is likely the best in the nation.

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Florida State junior defensive end Everette Brown recorded 3 sacks against Virginia Tech, and was honored as ACC defender of the week.

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University of Idaho senior defensive end Josh Shaw recorded 10 tackles, 2 sacks and a forced fumble in last weekend's win over New Mexico State.

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Scouts Buzz: Josh Buchanan looks at 25 small school stars that have Impressed NFL Scouts this season.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan has updated his list of Top 45 Small School Prospects.

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SI.com: Tony Pauline's Top 45 NFL Draft Prospects.

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Closer look at University of Connecticut defensive end Cody Brown, who's considered a strong NFL prospect.

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Sam Houston State quarterback Rhett Bomar has accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine All-Star Game.

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Dan Pompei writes Tyrell Sutton's season ending wrist injury will likely harm his draft stock.

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DD.com's Top 10 Sophomore quarterbacks (class of 2011), loosely ranked, with stat links:

Sam Bradford ~ Oklahoma -- Tall, dominating redshirt sophomore who will be draft eligible in 2009. Very accuarate arm.

Jake Locker ~ Washington -- Elite athlete, who's taking a terrible pounding on a very poor team. Needs to refine his passing skills.

Adam Weber ~ Minnesota -- Along with receiver Eric Decker, this super soph has Gopher fans dreaming about a Bowl game in Pasedena?

Jimmy Clausen ~ Notre Dame -- Has improved by leaps and bounds since he was thrown into the fire early as a true freshman in 2007.

Jerrod Johnson ~ Texas A&M -- Tall and athletic, with a strong arm. Widely compared to ex-University of Texas star Vince Young.

Jevan Snead ~ Mississippi -- All you need to know is Snead came real close to beating out Colt McCoy for Texas' starting job in 2006.

Mitch Mustain ~ U.S.C. -- Looked like a rising star at Arkansas in 2006. Has been stuck behind Mark Sanchez since arriving in L.A.

Colin Kaepernick ~ Nevada -- Tall, skinny thrower, who's putting up huge numbers in the Wolfpacks' wild pistol offense.

Justin Roper ~ Oregon -- Mr. Roper's size, arm and athletic ability will please scouts, but needs to refine his game and stay healthy.

Kevin Riley ~ California -- Not real big, but is gutty. Shares time with senior Nate Longshore.

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last updated: 10/27/08
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Rivals.com's Recently Updated College Football 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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Oklahoma sophomore tailback Demarco Murray had 167 yards and 4 touchdowns in the win against Kansas State.

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Miami redshirt freshman defensive end Adewale Ojomo had 2.5 tackles for loss, including a 4th down strip-sack in the weekend win.

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Ohio State sophomore defensive tackle Cameron Heyward recorded a bone crushing hit against Penn State's Evan Royster.

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Central Florida defensive back Joe Burnett recorded his 15th career interception last night against Tulsa.

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There's nothing comical about Missouri senior defensive tackle Evander "Ziggy" Hood.

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Northwestern junior defensive end Corey Wotton had 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack in the loss against Indiana.

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California senior center Alex Mack has had an interesting journey from 2 star recruit to perhaps the best player in the nation at his position.

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Did Wisconsin tight end Travis Beckum make the wrong decision to return to school?

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According to Head Coach Houston Nutt, Ole Miss senior defensive tackle Peria Jerry is playing like a real captain.

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Oklahoma junior tight end Jermaine Gresham is an interesting prospect for teams looking to improve the position.

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last updated: 10/26/08
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DD.com's Top 10 Sophomore Tight Ends (Class of 2011), loosely ranked, with stat links.

Rob Gronkowski ~ Arizona

James Casey ~ Rice (RB/24 years old)

Aaron Hernandez ~ Florida

Wesley Saunders ~ South Carolina

Charlie Gantt ~ Michigan State

Brett Brackett ~ Penn State (WR)

Mike McNeill ~ Nebraska

D.J. Williams ~ Arkansas (H-Back)

Jeffrey Anderson ~ Alabama-Birmingham

Luke Stocker ~ Tennessee

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last updated: 10/25/08
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Dan Pompei's Scout Talk: Best 19 Pro Prospects from the state of Illinois.

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New York Times' in-depth Q&A with Boston College's talented junior linebacker Mark Herzlich.

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Minnesota native Nate Swift has had a great career as a wide receiver for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

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Former Oklahoma State quarterback Bobby Reid has found peace at Texas Southern.

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Closer look at Norfolk State cornerback Don Carey, who's size, speed and skill has grabbed the attention of pro scouts.

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Penn State's Tony Davis is back at his natural position -- cornerback -- after playing safety last season.

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DD.com's Top 15 Sophomore Cornerbacks (Class of 2011), loosely ranked, with stat links.

Joe Haden ~ Florida

Donovan Warren ~ Michigan

Kareem Jackson ~ Alabama

Chris Harris ~ Kansas

Chykie Brown ~ Texas

Ras-I Dowling ~ Virginia

Omar Bolden ~ Arizona State

Darian Hagan ~ California

Marcus Gilchrist ~ Clemson

Kendric Burney ~ North Carolina (Baseball)

Carl Gettis ~ Missouri

Brandyn Thompson ~ Boise State

Chris L. Rucker ~ Michigan State

Justin Rogers ~ Richmond

Brent Vinson ~ Tennessee

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last updated: 10/23/08
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Pro scouts have been been checking out Georgetown senior defensive end Ataefiok Etukeren.

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Former Connecticut quarterback Billy Cundiff, now playing for Ashland University, has caught the attention of NFL teams.

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Georgia's high impact senior defensive tackle Jeff Owens will likely take a medical redshirt and return for one more year with the Bulldogs.

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B.C. head coach Jeff Jagodzinski says injured linebacker Brian Toal will "test unbelievable", if he's healthy at the NFL Combine.

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Ohio State tailback Beanie Wells tends to perform better in big games.

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Cal center Alex Mack against UCLA defensive tackle Brian Price is one of several high profile matchups in this weekend's contest.

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Uconn senior cornerback Darius Butler and Cincinnati senior cornerback Mike Mickens are two of a kind in the Big East.

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Oklahoma State junior left tackle Russell Okung will face a stiff test this weekend against Texas senior defensive end Brian Orakpo.

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Louisiana-Lafayette senior wide receiver Jason Chery is reportedly on the watch list for the East West Shrine Game.

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According to his head coach, T.C.U. defensive end Jerry Hughes (11 sacks YTD) is having a dream season.

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Alabama freshman linebacker Dont'a Hightower is thriving at inside linebacker.

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Gil Brandt speaks of the "knack" Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno has for running the football.

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Alabama senior center Antoine Caldwell's season has been everything he'd hoped.

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Colorado left tackle Nate Solder's performance against Kansas State was referred to as "really dominating" by his position coach.

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North Dakota kick returner Israel Bamba claims he runs a 4.31 second 40-yard dash.

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SI.com: Boston College's B.J. Raji is back on the field and leading the Eagles' defense.

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Hard-working senior Nick Reed leads the Oregon Ducks' defensive line by example, despite his size.

DD.comment: Nice article. The writer is correct about Reed's size being a concern, but his foot speed could be a bigger concern. Coming into the season we know NFL scouts had Nick's 40 time at a bit over 5.00 seconds. If this proves true, that's a shade slow for a smallish college defensive end, who might have to project as a linebacker in the NFL. Actually, Reed reminds us a lot of former Cal-Berekeley defensive end Ryan Riddle, who was selected in the 6th round of 2005 draft by the Oakland Raiders.

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DD.com's Top 16 Sophomore Tailbacks (Class of 2011), loosely ranked, with stat links.

Knowshon Moreno ~ Georgia

Evan Royster ~ Penn State

LeSean McCoy ~ Pittsburgh

Kendall Hunter ~ Oklahoma State

DeMarco Murray ~ Oklahoma

Joe McKnight ~ Southern California

Jahvid Best ~ California

Noel Devine ~ West Virginia

Derrick Washington ~ Missouri

Graig Cooper ~ Miami-Florida

Mike Ford ~ South Florida

C.J. Gable ~ Southern California

Da'Rel Scott ~ Maryland

Jonathan Dwyer ~ Georgia Tech

Harvey Unga ~ Brigham Young

Karrington Bush ~ Texas State

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last updated: 10/23/08
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Top cornerback prospect Kevin Barnes will miss the remainder of the season and the Senior Bowl due to a serious shoulder injury.

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Clemson's outspoken senior tailback James Davis is keeping a positive face on a disappointing final collegiate season.

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The Columbia Tribune takes an in-depth look at Missouri Tigers' star Chase Coffman, who is the son of an ex-NFL Pro Bowl tight end.

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ESPN: Speedy senior cornerback Mike Mickens helps lead the Cincinnati Bearcats' defensive revival.

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NFL scouts looking forward to watching Virginia offensive tackle Eugene Monroe take on Georgia Tech defensive end Michael Johnson this weekend.

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The New York Giants have released former Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson from their practice squad.

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Feature guest writer Paul G's players "Who Caught My Eye" in week 8, content exclusive to Draft Daddy.

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Pro football Weekly writer looks at the current buzz regarding 10 Draftable Prospects.

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University of Texas defensive tackle Roy Miller says scouts told him he "wasn't even draftable" following a subpar 2007 season.

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The Reading Eagle takes a quick look at Ohio State's talented senior cornerback Malcolm Jenkins.

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An anonymous NFL scout talks about Texas Longhorns' quarterback Colt McCoy, who compares himself to Dallas Cowboys star Tony Romo.

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True freshman linebacker Michael Mauti adds extra spark to Penn State's defense.

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Charlie Waters of The Pioner Press writes University of Minnesota quarterback Adam Weber has the all the skills needed to be a future NFL quarterback.

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DD.com's Top 15 Sophomore Defensive Ends (Class of 2011), loosely ranked, with stat links.

Aaron Maybin ~ Penn State

Derrick Morgan ~ Georgia Tech

Carlos Dunlap ~ Florida

Greg Romeus ~ Pittsburgh

Paul Kruger ~ Utah

Everson Griffen ~ Southern California

Ryan Kerrigan ~ Purdue

Jason Worilds ~ Virginia Tech (OLB)

Jake Laptad ~ Kansas

Jeremy Beal ~ Oklahoma

Clifton Geathers ~ South Carolina

Christian Ballard ~ Iowa

Cliff Matthews ~ South Carolina

Bruce Miller ~ Central Florida (OLB)

Almondo Sewell ~ Akron (OLB)

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last updated: 10/22/08
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Scouts Buzz: Josh Buchanan looks at 26 small school stars that have Impressed NFL Scouts this season.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan has updated his list of Top 40 Small School Prospects.

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Rugged Tennessee center Josh McNeil ready to start his 31st consecutive game.

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Hampton wide receiver Jeremy Gilchrist is being compared to ex-New York Jets star Bruce Harper, thanks to his punt returning skills.

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College Football News' Mid-Season All-American Teams.

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ESPN takes a closer look at the Iowa Hawkeyes' fast-rising junior tailback Shonn Greene, who may leave early for the NFL.

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Rick Gosselin: Ready or not, Backup Quarterbacks have to step in and step up in the NFL.

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Oklahoma defensive back Lendy Holmes is happy he returned to Oklahoma after thinking about declaring early.

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LSU head coach Les Miles has high praise for senior defensive end Tyson Jackson, this week's SEC defensive lineman of the week.

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Temple junior defensive end Junior Galette recorded 2 sacks in last night's win over Ohio.

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Oklahoma State junior linebacker Orie Lemon has been a surprise stalwart in the middle of the Cowboy defense.

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Miami freshman wide receivers, including Aldarius Johnson and others are contributing big plays for the Canes' offense.

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Tennessee junior safety Eric Berry continues to come up big for the Vols.

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Marshall junior linebacker Mario Harvey recorded 11 tackles, 1 sack and a defensive touchdown last week against UAB.

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Teammates call Troy junior wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan "as good as anybody in the nation."

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last updated: 10/21/08
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Kirk Bohls of The Austin Statesman reports only 6 Texas Longhorns are currently considered sure-fire, high NFL draft picks.

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Tulsa World: A pair of ESPN analysts think Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford could be a top 5 draft pick in 2009.

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Clemson running back C.J. Spiller said he intends to return for his final season of eligibility rather than enter the NFL draft.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan looks at the players in the running to win the F.C.S.' Offensive & Defensive Players of the Year awards.

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Josh Buchanan selects his F.C.S. Players of the Week.

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Senior left guard C.J. Davis is doing a great job for the Pitt Panthers.

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Florida's offensive line finds chemistry with rising sophomore Carl Johnson at left guard.

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Tony Pauline of SI.com looks at 15 Players who've Surprised NFL scouts by playing beyond expectations.

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The Oklahoma Sooners are moving starting strong safety Nic Harris to middle linebacker.

DD.comment: A shift to linebacker may be the best thing for Nic Harris' pro future. While he's widely regarded as an elite safety prospect by many draft followers, pro scouts differ on him. One NFL scouting service had him projected as a 4th to 5th rounder coming into the season, while the other had the 6' 3", 230 pound defender as an undrafted free agent. Question mark appears to be his speed -- scouts have him down as a 4.7 player, which is a bit slow for a strong safety prospect. That type speed, however, is more workable for a middle linebacker prospect.

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Despite missing his senior season due to a serious knee injury, Florida tight end Cornelius Ingram has plenty of reasons to smile.

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Former West Virginia super-recruit Jason Gwaltney hopes his recent success at tiny C.W. Post will attract the attention of pro scouts.

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Is U.S.C.'s fast-rising junior quarterback Mark Sanchez ready to leave early for the NFL?

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University of Kentucky wide receiver Dicky Lyons Jr. hopes a devastating knee injury will not derail his NFL career.

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U.S.C. head coach Pete Carroll said Monday he did not want to answer questions about the San Francisco 49ers coaching situation.

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University of Missouri star William Moore, who is ranked as the top senior safety by both of the NFL's scouting services, is not happy with his big play production this season.

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Small, but fast edge rushing defensive end Slade Norris is the epitome of Oregon State's football program.

DD.comment: Norris, a former walk-on, could've easily made our list of Day Two Prospects with Surprising Speed. Numbers we have on him from league sources are he's a bit over 6' 2", 238 pounds and is listed running the 40 yard dash in 4.64 seconds. Obviously, at his size, he'll need to show that kind of speed, because he'll have to play linebacker in the NFL.

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last updated: 10/20/08
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Josh Buchanan: Q&A with talented Cal-Poly wide receiver Ramses Barden.

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Scout.com writer looks at 4 Draft Prospects and ponders if their draft stock is rising or falling?

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Boston College has lost senior linebacker Brian Toal to a season ending leg injury.

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Boston Herald: Quarterback John White has had the scouts making trips to Bentley College.

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Draft Daddy's Top 500 Juniors:

Quarterbacks

Tailbacks & Fullbacks

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Line

Defensive Line

Linebackers

Cornerbacks & Safeties

DD.comment: The players are very loosely ranked and sorted by position, with stats links. We intend to tweak the rankings constantly, as we watch more games and take in more information.

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last updated: 10/18/08
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Find out which college stars were injured or compiled great stats this weekend @ College Football Fantasy Insider.

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The San Francisco Chronicle: Senior center Alex Mack is paving the way for Cal-Berkeley's strong running attack.

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Josh Buchanan: Q&A with Eastern Washington's star defensive end Greg Peach.

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The New York Times: Missouri's Chase Daniel said he and Texas quarterback Colt McCoy had discussed working out together in preparation for April's N.F.L. draft if McCoy decided to skip his senior season.

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Nimble Dixie State offensive tackle Ryan DelRosal has his sights set on playing in the NFL.

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Late starter JaRon Harris has developed into an NFL prospect.

DD.comment: Fascinating article. As the writer notes, Harris is related to NFL legend Jerry Rice and one of his teachers in high school was current NFL safety Kevin Kaesviharn. Here's a small write-up Josh Buchanan did on JaRon last spring.

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Columbus Dispatch: Ohio State left tackle Alex Boone has never been shy about voicing his opinion.

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Dan Pompei's Scout Talk: Top Guard & Center Prospects.

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U.S.C. running back Allen Bradford to have season-ending surgery.

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Penn State safety Anthony Scirrotto hopes 2007 street fight doesn't taint him in the eyes of NFL scouts.

DD.comment: The fight may've, in fact, hurt Anthony's stock. We know he was projected as a borderline 7th rounder/free agent coming into this season, which is surprisingly low considering his career production, size (5' 11", 190) and timed speed (4.54) . While that 40 time may not seem fast to some, it's among the best few forty times of the top 25 senior strong safeties listed by scouts.

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Phil Steele's Mid-Season All-American Teams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. OT Austin Howard ~ Northern Iowa (6064, 301), 5.10/5.20, 6th Round

2. WR Marc Mariani ~ Montana (5110, 174), 4.45/4.47, 5th

3. OT James Williams ~ Harvard (6054, 285), 5.25, 6th

4. WR Andre Roberts ~ Citadel (5104, 176) 4.53/4.58, 6th

5. DT Chris Baker ~ Hampton (6016, 308), 5.08/5.10, 6th (Ex-Penn State)

6. CB Eddie Calvin ~ Southeast Missouri State (6004, 176), 4.50/4.53, 6th-7th

7. OT Jared Veldheer ~ Hillsdale (6070, 311), 5.00/5.05, 6th-7th

8. WR Aaron Boyce ~ Eastern Washington (6014, 205), 4.55/4.58, 6th-7th

9. OT Keith Buckman ~ North Dakota State (6044, 305), 5.25/5.28, 6th-7th

10. WR Terrell Hudgins ~ Elon (6024, 227), 4.70/4.75, 6th-7th

11. OT Lane Friewald ~ Central Arkansas (6064, 317), 7th

12. RB Joique Bell ~ Wayne State (MI) (5116, 220), 4.51/4.54, 7th

13. TE Clay Harbor ~ Missouri State (6034, 230), 4.76/4.79, 7th

14. RB Tony Nelson ~ Massachusetts (5094, 210), 7th-PFA

15. SS Jeromy Miles ~ Massachusetts (6014, 207), 7th-PFA

16. WR Bobby Sewall ~ Brown (6004, 185), 4.45/4.50, 7th-PFA

17. OT J'Marcus Webb ~ West Texas A&M (6074, 320), 7th-PFA

18. TE Scott Sicko ~ New Hampshire (6024, 242), 4.65/4.73, 7th-PFA

19. DE Eugene Sims ~ West Texas A&M (6054, 240), 7th-PFA

20. OG Robert Norris ~ Morgan State (6034, 315), 5.20/5.30, 7th-PFA

21. DE James Ruffin ~ Northern Iowa (6034, 265), 4.85, 7th-PFA

22. DE Timothy Knicky ~ Stephen F. Austin (6034, 235), 7th-PFA

23. DE Adrian Tracy ~ William & Mary (6034, 238), 7th-PFA

24. CB Scotty McGee ~ James Madison (5082, 180), 4.45, 7th-PFA

25. CB Cortez Gilbert ~ Appalachian State (5104, 175), 4.50 PFA

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last updated: 10/17/08
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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's quick Q&A with highly regarded Georgia Tech defensive end Michael Johnson.

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The Cleveland Plain Dealer: Time for Ohio State to unwrap Terrelle Pryor's special gifts.

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The Los Angeles Times takes an in-depth look at Stanford's talented two-sport star Toby Gerhart.

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U.C.L.A. continues to shift junior Chane Moline back-and-forth between tailback and fullback.

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Eastern Michigan running back Dwayne Priest, a fast-rising sophomore, has hit his stride on and off the field and hopes to grab the attention of pro scouts.

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Texas Longhorns' coaches can't stop talking about hard-hitting freshman safety Blake Gideon.

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Finally healthy as a senior, defensive tackle Reggie Scott is doing a great job at Tulane.

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Penn State defensive end Aaron Maybin, the current surprise leader in sacks, reportedly runs a 4.6 second 40-yard dash.

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Onlookers are impressed with the increased aggressiveness and physical play of Ole Miss tackle Michael Oher.

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TCU defensive end Jerry Hughes recorded 4 sacks in last night's upset of BYU.

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Colgate running back Jordan Scott continues to draw attention from NFL scouts.

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Virginia left tackle Eugene Monroe is still a top tackle prospect, despite rough senior campaign.

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Inside look at Alabama senior center Antoine Caldwell and the rest of the Tide offensive line.

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Inspiring story of 13-year-old Ryan Frye, who was appointed a volunteer scout to the Atlanta Falcons.

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last updated: 10/16/08
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College Football News' Mid-Season All-America Teams.

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ESPN.com takes a closer look at fast-rising South Florida wide receiver Jesse Hester Jr.

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ESPN.com Q&A with Louisville defensive back Bobby Buchanan, who's the younger brother of ESPN 2 analyst Ray "Big Play" Buchanan.

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The Oakland Raiders have benched free safety Michael Huff, who was the 7th overall pick in 2006 NFL draft.

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Toledo Rockets' free safety Tyrrell Herbert, rebounding from a 2007 injury, hopes to impress pro scouts.

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Four time Major League Baseball All-Star John Stearns was inducted into the University of Colorado Hall Fame due to his exploits in Football and baseball

DD.comment: We aren't old enough to remember Stearns' football career, but found this article fascinating. We guess it's safe to assume his baseball prowess really sent his NFL draft stock plummeting into the 17th round, because it sounds like he was a great college safety back in the "Life on Mars" era?

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Several media outlets in South Carolina have been reporting struggling Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper received an early invite to the Senior Bowl.

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Pro Football Weekly looks at how 10 NFL Prospects have fared this season.

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Peter Prisco's draft sneak peek: A first look at the Class of 2009.

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Despite suffering a serious spinal cord injury, Washington State quarterback Gary Rogers still hopes to play pro football.

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NFL scouts have taken a quick liking to Alabama's 365 pound nose tackle Terrence Cody.

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Clark Judge: Is a Superman arm key to NFL quarterbacking? Don't believe it.

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Should University of Iowa tailback Shonn Greene leave eary for the 2009 NFL draft?

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The Press-Register: Ole Miss' Michael Oher and Alabama's Andre Smith are the leading NFL prospects in the SEC.

DD.comment: According to both Blesto and National Scouting, the top rated senior prospect from the SEC, coming into this season, was speedy University of Florida wide receiver Louis Murphy.

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Rick Gosselin: Lack of height could derail quarterback Chase Daniel's shot at an NFL career.

DD.comment: We've asked some of our inside sources (with access to scouts) about Daniel's height and were told both Blesto and National Scouting have measured him at 6' even and weighed him at 232 pounds. Both services had him projected as an undrafted free agent coming into the season.

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The Indianapolis Colts have canceled a deal that would have sent a fourth-round pick in next April's draft to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for disappointing defensive tackle John McCargo.

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last updated: 10/15/08
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When Ole Miss faces Alabama this weekend, the game will feature two of the nation's premier left tackles in Michael Oher and Andre Smith.

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ESPN's Mel Kiper breaks down last weekend's matchup between Central Arkansas quarterback Nathan Brown and Sam Houston State quarterback Rhett Bomar.

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Alabama senior tight end Travis McCall has been a battering ram in run blocking.

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University of Maine senior defensive end Jovan Belcher has been collecting praise for his play against Delaware, which included 2 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.

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Feature guest writer Paul G's players "Who Caught My Eye" in week 7, content exclusive to Draft Daddy.

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Unnamed NFL scouts are calling Kansas State junior quarterback Josh Freeman the best quarterback in the Big 12 conference.

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Alabama sophomore middle linebacker Rolando McClain might be the best defender in the SEC.

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South Florida defensive end George Selvie has an insurance policy against season ending injury.

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Umass senior cornerback Sean Smalls is being avoided by opposing quarterbacks, having only 6 passes thrown his way in 6 games.

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Infamous NFL draft pick Tony Mandarich answers some questions about his journey to and through the NFL.

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last updated: 10/14/08
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The Buffalo Bills have traded underperforming defensive tackle John McCargo to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick.

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Western Missouri State junior wide receiver Cedric Houston has caught the Attention of Pro Scouts.

DD.comment: As we've noted a million times before in the blog, the average wide receiver at the last Indianapolis Scouting Combine ran the 40 yard dash in 4.58 seconds (hand timed) & 4.57 seconds (electronic time) on a fairly fast RCA Dome track. These are the official numbers we crunched, straight from league sources. That said, it would be in Houston's best interest to run in the 4.5's, at least, if wants to be selected in the 2010 NFL draft coming out of a small school.

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Ohio State Buckeyes' junior defensive end Lawrence Wilson has suffered a second straight season-ending injury.

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Kentucky Wildcats' senior wide receiver Dicky Lyons Jr. has torn knee ligaments, ending his collegiate career.

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Scouts Buzz: Josh Buchanan looks at 23 F.C.S. stars that have Impressed NFL Scouts in the first 7 weeks.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan has updated his list of Top 40 Small School Prospects.

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The Detroit Lions have traded veteran wide receiver Roy Williams to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for three future draft picks, including a 2009 first rounder.

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Check out Josh Buchanan's FCS Mid-Season All-America Teams

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DD.com friend Josh Buchanan's quick, but very informative, Q&A with suddenly hot small school quarterback prospect Nathan Brown.

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Tony Pauline of SI.com looks at 14 Disappointing Prospects for the 2009 NFL draft.

DD.comment: Nice to see that Tony unwittingly backed up our recent claim (10/8 blog notes) that Miami Hurricanes' cornerback Bruce Johnson came into the season with a lofty draft grade from scouts. But as he noted, Johnson needs a big post-season and Combine to make up for his struggles this season.

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ESPN writer looks at the Lost Art of the NFL Trade and gives seven reasons why teams are reluctant to make deals.

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last updated: 10/13/08
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Scout.com's updated big board -- Top 19 Senior Prospects.

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Scout.com's draft rankings Top 150 Senior Prospects.

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WBNG-TV News Video: Dozens of pro scouts have flocked to tiny Hartwick College this fall to check out quarterback Jason Boltus.

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Despite the fact that he's only averaged 9.0 yards per reception (40 catches) and has not caught a touchdown this season, Toledo wide receiver Nick Moore has caught the eye of scouts.

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The College career of multi-talented North Carolina wide receiver Brandon Tate is over after MRI reveals torn ACL and MCL.

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Intense offseason training paying off for Florida State tailback Antone Smith.

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Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden confirmed last week that senior fullback Joe Surratt is no longer with the team.

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South Carolina junior wide receiver Captain Munnerlyn returned a kickoff 84 yards and took a blocked field goal back 81 yards for a touchdown.

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Florida junior linebacker Brandon Spikes recorded his first 2 career interceptions as well as his first punt, an excessive celebration penalty.

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West Virginia running back Noel Devine was named the Big East Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for a career-high 188 yards on 18 carries.

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Southern Cal senior defensive tackle Fili Moala tied an NCAA record by blocking two field goals in the same quarter.

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Florida red-shirt sophomore offensive guard Carl Johnson came up big on a key 3rd down in the Gators' win over LSU.

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Oregon junior tailback LeGarrette Blount had 111 yards and 2 scores on only 7 carries against UCLA.

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Miami senior defensive end Spencer Adkins is generating pass rush and getting noticed by coaches.

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last updated: 10/12/08
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Georgia Bulldogs' head coach Mark Richt believes backup fullback Shaun Chapas, who is a redshirt sophomore, is a future NFL prospect.

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St.Louis Today: Struggling NFL teams constantly make Bad Draft Selections on Quarterbacks for two specific reasons, according to some execs.

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The NFL draft is more than six months away, but for Patriots vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli, it is at the forefront of his thought process.

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last updated: 10/11/08
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The Oklahoma Sooners have, once again, lost high-impact middle linebacker Ryan Reynolds to a season ending knee injury.

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The University of Miami's top linebacker and defensive end will Not be Granted Medical Redshirts unless the Canes play in the ACC Title game and a Bowl game.

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Dan Pompei's Scout Talk: Top 10 Offensive Tackle Prospects.

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Cal-Davis defensive tackle John Faletoese, a senior who's frequently double and tripled teamed by opponents, has caught the eye of pro scouts.

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Through a strong work ethic and attention to detail, Ohio State senior Malcolm Jenkins has developed into an NFL-caliber cornerback.

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Fast-rising sophomore linebacker Navorro Bowman is already being compared to Penn State legend LaVar Arrington.

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Grand Island Independent: Texas Tech star Graham Harrell may not get a legitimate shot in the NFL, because he's perceived as a 'system quarterback'.

DD.comment: Prior to the season, both Blesto and National Scouting projected Harrell as a priority free agent for the 2009 draft. Both officially measured the Red Raiders' star at a shade over 6' 2" and 200 pounds.

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Seattle Times looks at Central Washington quarterback Mike Reilly, who's attracted significant interest from NFL teams.

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NFL teams looking for future Offensive Line Prospects will be out in force at tonight's Penn State @ Wisconsin game.

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last updated: 10/10/08
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CBS Sportline writer takes a closer look at Ole Miss' talented junior defensive end Greg Hardy.

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Northern Arizona's secondary, led by NFL prospect K.J. Gerard, is ready to take on Jerry Glanville's pass-happy Portland State Vikings.

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Scout.com: Ex-NFL scout Tom Marino writes there are no game breakers among the Top Receivers for the 2009 Draft.

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Brigham Young wide receiver Austin Collie is average on the track, but unbeatable on the field.

DD.comment: As we've noted many times before in the blog, the average 40 times for wide receiver's at the last Indianapolis Scouting Combine were 4.58 (hand timed) & 4.57 (electronic time) , on a fairly fast RCA Dome track. That said, it would be in Collie's best interest to keep his weight down and run in the low 4.5's, at least, if wants to be selected in the first few rounds of the 2010 NFL draft.

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Check out USA Today's TV Listings if you want to find which college football games will be nationally televised this weekend.

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Clemson freshman Willy Korn will replace senior Cullen Harper in the starting lineup.

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Iowa junior tailback Shonn Greene may be looking to declare early for the NFL.

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New York Times: When current Penn State tailback Evan Royster decided to play football instead of lacrosse he dissapointed several high-profile programs who had been recruiting him.

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Iowa senior defensive lineman Matt Kroul impresses his teammates with hard work and motor.

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Kansas redshirt freshman Jeremiah Hatch is a surprise starter at left tackle for the Jayhawks.

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Arkansas-Pine Bluff seniors Tim Turner and Ledarius Anthony have developed into legitimate NFL prospects.

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Hillsdale College middle linebacker Tom Korte is on the radar of NFL scouts.

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Can Yale Bulldogs' senior running back Mike McLeod make it in the NFL?

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Washington State's coaches hold student tryout to find Help at Quarterback.

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last updated: 10/09/08
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Just Updated: As we did in 2007, we are tracking the Top 150 Street Free Agents and all 32 Practice Squad Rosters in our newly re-vamped teams section.

DD.comment: There are about 250 players on NFL practice squads and every single one of them is basically a "street free agent", as they can be signed at any time to another teams 53 man roster.

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University of Tennessee safety Eric Berry returns to Georgia as a college football superstar.

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SI.com: With Texas-Oklahoma looming, ex-Sooner Rhett Bomar's worlds away at Sam Houston State.

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U.S.C. wide receiver Vidal Hazelton has discussed the possiblity of redshirting this season.

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LSU junior running back Charles Scott gives all the credit for his success to his offensive line.

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Alabama linebacker Eryk Anders was able to parlay special teams success into real defensive opportunity.

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While the rest of the offensive line rotates in and out, Nebraska seniors Matt Slauson and Lydon Murtha play all snaps possible.

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Boston College sophomore left tackle Anthony Castonzo is looking for redemption against Virginia Tech.

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Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez has high praise for freshman wide receiver Martavious Odoms .

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Penn State defensive lineman Josh Gaines lets his play do the boasting.

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Interview with Alabama linebacker Cory Reamer.

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The addition of South Carolina left tackle Jariel King to the lineup wasn't necessarily a critique on the play of Jamon Meredith, but rather a case of trying to get the best players on the field.

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Purdue head coach Joe Tiller calls out performance of starting senior quarterback Curtis Painter.

DD.comment: For some reason many members of the mainstream media keep referring to Painter as a top NFL prospect, but based on rankings from pro sources, we don't get the impression that scouts have been real high on him. For example, in Blesto and National Scoutings' pre-season rankings Painter received a 7th round projection. The Boilermakers' top prospect, by a wide wide margin, is defensive lineman Alex McGee (late 1st to 2nd round projection), followed by possession wide receiver Greg Orton (4th to 5th round).

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ESPN.com: A more mature and confident Texas quarterback Colt McCoy is playing better than ever.

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DD.com friend/contributor Josh Buchanan lists his Top 40 Small School Prospects.

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Pro Football Weekly looks at how 14 NFL Prospects have fared this season.

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U.C.L.A. Bruins' junior Reggie Carter feels he'd make a bigger impact playing middle linebacker.

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NWAnews.com looks at Central Arkansas quarterback Nathan Brown, who is considered a strong NFL prospect.

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Hard work and some brotherly love helps put talented Liberty Flames' running back Rashad Jennings on NFL radar screen.

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Young tailback Ronnie Weaver has quickly gone from a lightly regarded walk-on to an impact starter for Central Florida.

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last updated: 10/08/08
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Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Tim Tebow says he might leave Florida after his junior year for the NFL.

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Alabama head coach Nick Saban talks about talented junior offensive tackle Andre Smith and the NFL Draft.

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NFL scouts continue to flock to the University of Albany to check out offensive tackle Raphael Nguti.

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In-depth look at the Gronkowski family from upsate New York, who might've produced 4 Future NFL Tight Ends and a pro baseball prospect.

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DD.com's list of Undrafted Rookie Free Agents that have been on a 53-man roster for at least one game this season.

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Minnesota Gophers' star Eric Decker has the statistics. Now he's stumping for votes to be named the best wide receiver in college football.

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Josh Buchanan notes a pair of talented small school quarterbacks are hoping to receive a Senior Bowl invite in his weekly Small School insider Report.

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An anonymous NFL scout predicts No Miami Hurricanes will be Drafted next spring.

DD.comment: We'd be shocked if the Canes really got "shut out" in the next draft. For example, we know cornerback Bruce Johnson was ranked 10th overall in the senior class (with a 2nd round projection) coming into the season by National Scouting, in large part due to his 4.45 speed. After Johnson, four other Canes received draftable grades, but all were ranked fairly low -- 5th to 7th round area. Blesto, also, had Johnson ranked high coming into the season, so, barring an injury or complete meltdown as a senior, we'd be shocked if he went completely undrafted. But it would not surprise us if he was the only Miami senior drafted.

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Austin Statesman: Senior Juaquin Iglesias has become Oklahoma's go-to receiver.

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last updated: 10/07/08
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We recently finished up making major changes to our positional rankings for the Top Prospects in college football and, once again, we divided them into 3 categories:

Top 10 Prospects: These are the top 10 prospects at each position.

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

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

DD.comment: Much of the early rankings were made with help of NFL sources, so we felt very good about them. Had to "tweak" them, however, to reflect how things were playing out on the field the first half of the season. These rankings may not tell how things will eventually "play out" (no one can accurately predict that), but should give our readers a decent idea of how pro scouts are thinking. To navigate the rankings pages, please click the links above and use the drop down box. Hint: follow the moving arrows!

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Rivals.com tracks down former University of Miami linebacker Willie Williams, who currently at tiny Union College.

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Florida quarterback Tim Tebow may not be a star in NFL at the quarterback position.

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Feature guest writer Paul G's players "Who Caught My Eye" in week 6, content exclusive to Draft Daddy.

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Rick Gosselin of the Dallas News lists his Top 10 Safety Prospects for the 2009 NFL draft.

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Closer look at Texas A&M's top NFL prospect: Punter Justin Brantly?

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan is reporting McNeese State wide receiver Quinten Lawrence (5115, 182), one of the top small school prospects for this year, suffered a clean break in his right ankle this past weekend and is expected to have surgery this week and possibly return in six to eight weeks. Sources say he could be back if the Cowboys make a deep run in the F.C.S. Playoffs.

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Tony Pauline of SI.com looks at 12 Risers/Sliders for 2009 NFL Draft.

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San Francisco 49ers college scout Ethan Waugh's Eye on the Midwest blog.

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NFL scouts like Tennessee tailback Arian Foster, but are concerned with his tendancy to fumble the ball at key junctures in games.

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University of Arizona coach compares sophomore tight end Rob Gronkowski to former college/NFL superstar Keith Jackson.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan has informed us that Cal Poly wide receiver Ramses Barden has accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine game.

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Rivals.com's Recently Updated College Football 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: 10/06/08
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Scouts Buzz: Josh Buchanan looks at 18 F.C.S. stars that have Impressed NFL Scouts in the first 6 weeks.

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Scout.com looks at 5 NFL Prospects that draft followers should know.

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Oklahoma middle linebacker Ryan Reynolds produced a perfect score of 100 in the Sooners' 49-17 victory over Baylor last week

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Talented senior cornerback Macho Harris has become a triple-threat for the Virginia Tech Hokies.

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With his game-saving performance at Iowa State on Saturday, Kansas tailback Jake Sharp silences his critics with his powerhouse play.

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Harvard senior quarterback Chris Pizzotti was impressive in win over Lafayette.

DD.comment: The buzz on this player is ramping up, as some see in 6-5 Pizzotti shades of last year's "out-of-nowhere" man Joe Flacco from Delaware.

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Florida State running backs were impressive this weekend against Miami: senior Antoine Smith scored 4 TDs and freshman Jermaine Thomas loooked speedy on his 2 runs for 51 yards.

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Missouri senior linebacker Brock Christopher had an interception returned for touchdown in the road win over Nebraska.

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Oklahoma junior linebacker Keenan Clayton has been named the Co-Big 12 defensive player of the week for his 14 tackle performance against Baylor.

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Notre Dame senior left tackle Mike Turkovich has been a pleasant surprise for the Fighting Irish.

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North Carolina sophomore defensive tackle Marvin Austin intercepted a pass and ran it in for a touchdown in the win over UConn.

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Miami freshman Travis Benjamin finished with 274 all purpose yards in the loss against Florida State.

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Michigan State junior linebacker Adam Decker had the "hit of his life" on 4th and inches against Iowa.

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Kentucky junior cornerback Trevard Lindey displayed "NFL skills" in a tough matchup against Alabama's Julio Jones.

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Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo had a dominating performance against an overmatched Colorado offensive line.

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Top Junior Quarterbacks Watch List:

Matt Stafford ~ Georgia

Tim Tebow ~ Florida

Josh Freeman ~ Kansas State

Colt McCoy ~ Texas

Mark Sanchez ~ Southern Cal

Nate Davis ~ Ball State

Max Hall ~ Brigham Young

Dan Lefevour ~ Central Michigan

Tim Hiller ~ Western Michigan

Rusty Smith ~ Florida Atlantic

Matt Grothe ~ South Florida (Athlete)

Thaddeus Lewis ~ Duke

Zac Robinson ~ Oklahoma State (Athlete)

Ryan Perrilloux ~ Jacksonville State

Lee Sweeney ~ Tennessee Tech

Isaiah Williams ~ Illinois (Athlete)

Joe Webb ~ Alabama-Birmingham

Tyler Sheehan ~ Bowling Green

Kyle Reed ~ San Jose State

Matt Nichols ~ Eastern Washington

John Skelton ~ Fordham

Jonathan Crompton ~ Tennessee

Riley Skinner ~ W.Forest

Daryll Clark ~ Penn State (Athlete)

Kellen Lewis ~ Indiana (Athlete)

Todd Reesing ~ Kansas

Armanti Edwards ~ Appalachian State (Athlete)

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last updated: 10/05/08
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Miami has lost starting linebacker Colin McCarthy to a season ending shoulder injury; Canes' top defensive end may also miss significant time.

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Dan Pompei's Scout Talk: Top 10 Tight End Prospects.

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Former Michigan State star Tony Mandrich talks about steriod abuse in the Big Ten during the latter part of the 1980's.

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The Clarion Ledger takes an in-depth look at Southern Miss' productive junior tailback Damion Fletcher.

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The Columbus Dispatch takes a quick look at Ohio State receiver Brian Robiskie.

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James Madison quarterback Rodney Landers hopes he'll get a chance to play pro football, but it focused on academics.

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Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis says ex-head coach Lane Kiffin wanted to draft quarterback Brady Quinn over Jamarcus Russell in the spring of 2007.

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Several pro scouts compare young NFL linebackers Jerod Mayo and Patrick Willis, who reportedly runs a sub 4.4 at 240 pounds.

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Top Junior Tailbacks Watch List:

Chris Wells ~ Ohio State

C.J. Spiller ~ Clemson

Stafon Johnson ~ Southern Cal

LeGarrette Blount ~ Oregon

Donald Brown ~ Connecticut

Charles Scott ~ Louisiana State

Toby Gerhart ~ Stanford (Baseball Prospect)

Ben Tate ~ Auburn

Glen Coffee ~ Alabama

Shonn Greene ~ Iowa

C.J. Gable ~ Southern Cal

Keiland Williams ~ Louisiana State

Montario Hardesty ~ Tennessee

P.J. Hill ~ Wisconsin

Damion Fletcher ~ Southern Miss

Mike Goodson ~ Texas A&M

Daniel Dufrene ~ Illinois

Chris Brown ~ Oklahoma

Keith Toston ~ Oklahoma State

Jake Sharp ~ Kansas

Michael Smith ~ Arkansas

Andre Anderson ~ Tulane

Anthony Dixon ~ Mississippi State

Joique Bell ~ Wayne State

MiQuale Lewis ~ Ball State

Jared Hawkins ~ Vanderbilt

Mikell Simpson ~ Virginia

Javarris James ~ Miami-Florida

Eugene Jarvis ~ Kent State

Reggie Arnold ~ Arkansas State

David Sinisi ~ Monmouth

James Starks ~ Buffalo

Brandon West ~ Western Michigan

William Ford ~ South Carolina State

Keithon Flemming ~ West Texas A&M

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last updated: 10/04/08
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University of Maryland cornerback Kevin Barnes has received an early invitation to the Senior Bowl.

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Western Kentucky defensive end Dan Cline, who's 6' 6", 265 pounds and has a seven foot wingspan, has already caught the attention of Cleveland Browns head coach Romeo Crennel.

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Close to two dozen NFL scouts have stopped by Sacramento State to look at linebackers Mike Brannon and Cyrus Mulitalo.

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Talented Liberty Flames' running back Rashad Jennings makes a habit of burning defenses.

DD.comment: Both Blesto and National Scouting have Jennings at 6' 1", 230 pounds and have listed his 40 time at an impressive 4.49. Going into his senior season, both services projected the Pitt transfer as a 7th rounder, but as our friend Josh Buchanan has pointed out many times, Jennings has enough talent to move up into the middle rounds, at the very least, with an impressive senior season.

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Hampton University wide receiver Jeremy Gilchrist, a Virginia Tech transfer, is hoping to maneuver his way into NFL.

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DD.com's Top 15 Junior Offensive Tackles:

Andre Smith ~ Alabama

Ciron Black ~ Louisiana State

Trent Williams ~ Oklahoma

Adam Ulatoski ~ Texas

Charles Brown ~ Southern California

Jason Fox ~ Miami-Florida

Eben Britton ~ Arizona

Russell Okung ~ Oklahoma State

Dennis Landolt ~ Penn State

Chris Scott ~ Tennessee

Sam Young ~ Notre Dame

Ed Wang ~ Virginia Tech

Joe Thomas ~ Pittsburgh

Chris Marinelli ~ Stanford

Rocco Cironi ~ Michigan State

Jeff Linkenbach ~ Cincinnati

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last updated: 10/03/08
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Draft expert Mike Mayock thinks hard-working Big 10 tailbacks Javon Ringer and Shonn Greene will have bright futures in the NFL.

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Ohio State beat writer Doug Lesmerises ponders the accomplishments of Buckeyes linebacker James Laurinaitis.

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Redshirt freshman offensive guard Joel Foreman has quickly become an impact performer for Michigan State.

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Penn State wide receiver Derrick Williams arrival in State College turned around the Lions' lagging recruiting efforts.

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Baylor left tackle Jason Smith, a potential high draft pick, talks about his conversion from tight end.

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Maryland wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is a huge part of the Terp's offensive game plan.

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Kansas wide receiver Kerry Meier has been a reliable and big play threat for the Jayhawks.

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Fresno State freshman quarterback Ebahn Feathers reportedly has been timed at 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

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New York Times: Nebraska junior wide receiver Matt O'Hanlon is a former walk-on with athletic ability.

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Baylor freshman quarterback Robert Griffin placed 3rd in the 400 meter hurtles at the NCAA championship last spring.

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Stanford's resurgent rushing attack is led by senior center Alex Fletcher.

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Closer look at Iowa's fast-rising sophomore tackle Bryan Bulaga, who has been clocked as low as 4.79 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

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Recently Updated: As we did in 2007, we are tracking the Top 150 Street Free Agents and all 32 Practice Squad Rosters in our newly re-vamped teams section.

DD.comment: There are about 250 players on NFL practice squads and every single one of them is basically a "street free agent", as they can be signed at any time to another teams 53 man roster.

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Former Michigan State tailback Lorenzo White knows exactly what it feels like to be Javon Ringer.

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After bursting onto the scene with three touchdowns in his first two games, wide receiver Corey Surrency has been a non-factor for Florida State's offense.

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Injured Pitt Panthers' senior linebacker Adam Gunn is 'not ready to be done with football'.

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U.S.C. head coach Pete Carroll says NFL scouts have noticed the Trojans 'forgotten linebacker' Kaluk Maiava.

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Quick look at Marshall's fast-rising senior wide receiver Darius Passmore, who we know received a 5th round projection from Blesto prior to the season.

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Cincinnati Bearcats' defensive end/tight end Connor Barwin, who's on the radar of NFL teams due to his size and speed, talks about his days playing basketball for Bob Huggins.

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Arkansas transfer Mitch Mustain will be U.S.C.'s backup quarterback for the Oregon game.

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Q&A with one of the Ivy League's best athletes: Brown University wide receiver Buddy Farnham.

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Gene Frenette: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger should've been a Jacksonville Jaguar.

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last updated: 10/02/08
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Pro Football Weekly's Top 100 Draft Prospects, regardless of position.

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Pro Football Weekly's Top 10 Draft Prospects at each position.

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Stanford's top wide receiver, junior Richard Sherman, might miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury.

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University of Tennessee tailback Arian Foster has averaged a solid 5.6 yards per rush this season, but has committed two crushing turnovers.

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Despite being an undrafted free agent from a Division III school, young running back Fred Jackson has become a key player for the Buffalo Bills.

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Closer look at Maryland's speedy redshirt sophomore running back Da'Rel Scott.

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Southern California linebacker Brian Cushing hopes to show off his versatility as he shifts to the middle.

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The Kansas Jayhawks' former starting quarterback Kerry Meier hopes his switch to wide receiver will enhance his chances of playing in the NFL.

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Rugged junior linebacker Vincent Rey emerging as a defensive star for the Duke Blue Devils.

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Boise State Broncos' running back Ian Johnson registered his first 100-yard receiving game of his career last night against Lousiana Tech.

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Scouts Buzz: Josh Buchanan looks at nine more F.C.S. stars that have Impressed NFL Scouts in the first 5 weeks.

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Pro Football Weekly's NFL Prospect Notes.

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Lenoir-Rhyne cornerback Barry Tate hopes he'll eventually get the chance to cover his younger brother -- North Carolina wide receiver Brandon Tate -- in the NFL.

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Senior fullback Fui Vakapuna has been B.Y.U.'s unsung hero and caught the eye of NFL scouts thanks to his improved blocking skills.

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NFL scouts are checking out Colgate University tailback Jordan Scott.

DD.comment: Looking at the pre-season notes we got from NFL sources over the summer, Scott was considered a priority free agent going into the season. And he'll have to show he's significantly faster than what scouts expect to have any shot at being drafted. Colgate does, however, have one prospect that was rated as draftable heading into the season: Offensive tackle Nick Hennessey, who almost cracked National Scoutings top senior 100 prospects this summer.

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ESPN.com: The Kansas City Chiefs' 17 Rookies learning the hard way.

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DD.com's Top 21 Junior Cornerbacks:

Vontae Davis ~ Illinois

Trevard Lindley ~ Kentucky

Captain Munnerlyn ~ South Carolina

D.J. Moore ~ Vanderbilt

Syd'Quan Thompson ~ California

Jairus Byrd ~ Oregon

Asher Allen ~ Georgia

Walter Thurmond ~ Oregon

Alterraun Verner ~ U.C.L.A.

A.J. Jefferson ~ Fresno State (Return Specialist)

Jerraud Powers ~ Auburn (FS)

Chris Chancellor ~ Clemson

Javier Arenas ~ Alabama

Vic Hall ~ Virginia

Donald Washington ~ Ohio State

Patrick Robinson ~ Florida State

Aaron Berry ~ Pittsburgh

Crezdon Butler ~ Clemson

Prince Miller ~ Georgia

Traye Simmons ~ Minnesota

Jerome Murphy ~ South Florida

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last updated: 10/01/08
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Rivals.com: Ranking the Top 30 Underclassmen.

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Rivals.com: Ranking the Top 100 Senior Prospects.

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Closer look at Navy's Eric Kettani, who might've been the top rated senior fullback prospect if he didn't have a military commitment after graduation.

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The South Bend Tribune looks at Stanford's two-sport star Toby Gerhart, who is drawing comparisons to NFL legend John Riggins.

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Q&A with Alabama's fast-rising junior tailback Glen Coffee, who is second in the SEC in rushing with an average of 98 yards per game.

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Gifted University of Texas wide reciever Jordan Shipley and his longtime friend Colt McCoy are doing big things for the Texas Longhorns.

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Coastal Carolina cornerback Marrio Norman, who's considered an NFL prospect, had season-ending surgery on an ankle fracture suffered against North Carolina A&T.

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Arizona State starting middle linebacker Gerald Munns will miss the rest of the season due to a family issue.

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Some believe nimble Cal-Berkeley center Alex Mack is the best offensive player in the Pac-10.

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Junior tight end Dedrick Epps is becoming a bigger part of the Miami Hurricanes' offense.

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Quick look at Wisconsin Badgers' freshman wide receiver Nick Toon, who is the son of ex-New York Jets star Al Toon.

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Tampa Bay Bucs defensive end Kevin Carter says linebacker Barrett Ruud is "quietly becoming the best middle linebacker in the game".

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