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last updated: 12/31/08
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Vanderbilt's speedy junior cornerback D.J. Moore told ESPN he will enter the 2009 draft.

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Delta State wide receiver Chad Schroeder, who was clocked running a 4.37/40, hopes to grab the attention of scouts at the Cactus Bowl.

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Florida State quarterback Drew Weatherford hopes he'll get shot to play in the N.F.L., even though he rarely played as a senior.

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Missouri tight end Chase Coffman broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot on the Tigers' final offensive play of the Alamo Bowl. ***

New Year's Day bowl games will feature 18 Prospects that will play in the 2009 Senior Bowl.

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Three Clemson stars and one from South Carolina will play in the Under Armour Senior Bowl.

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An N.F.L. advisory committee told South Carolina cornerback Captain Munnerlyn he likely would be picked in the first three rounds of Aprilís draft if he leaves school early.

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Feature guest writer Paul G's players "Who Caught My Eye" for early Bowl games, content exclusive to Draft Daddy.

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Alabama junior cornerback Javier Arenas said Tuesday he did not apply for a grade from the N.F.L. Draft advisory committee.

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Tony Pauline of SI.com looks at 114 Draftable Prospects that will play in bowl games after December 31st.

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Injured Penn State linebacker Sean Lee says he would've considered tearing off his redshirt if the Nittany Lions had beat Iowa and played in the B.C.S. title game.

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Gene Sapakoff of The Post and Courier looks at Iowa star Mitch King and compares him to ex-Georgia Bulldogs' legend David Pollack.

DD.comment: We mentioned King a little more in-depth in the blog last night. And, by the way, we really like the comparisons between King and Pollack, although we doubt Mitch will be a first-rounder like David was back in 2005.

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USA Today: U.S.C. defensive end Clay Matthews Jr. climbs from ex-walk-on to fast-rising N.F.L. prospect.

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Good article about Pittsburgh Steelers' scout Mark Gorscak, mentions 9 Prospects from the Pittsburgh area that will be playing in all-star games.

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I spy big reason why former New York Jets head coach Eric Mangini might be frozen out of the N.F.L.

DD.comment: Mangini is married to the sister of Cleveland Indians GM Mark Shapiro. While that may not help him get Romeo Crennel's old job, we wouldn't be surprised if Shapiro put in a call to Browns owner Randy Lerner in hopes of getting his brother-in-law a interview and keeping his name in the news. And, for the record, we agree with Mike Freeman. While the Spygate incident may have felt good at the time for Eric (getting revenge on Belichick), he will have a very hard time shaking the perception that he's a "snitch" that can't be trusted.

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The Chicago Bears 7th round pick in last April's draft, Marcus Monk, scored 12 points for the Arkansas Razorbacks' basketball team last night.

DD.comment: While we know several ex-N.F.L. draft picks (or ex-college football stars) have gone on to play in Major League Baseball (Kirk Gibson) and the N.B.A. (Charlie Ward), we can't remember a draft pick going back to college to play a different sport. A couple years ago a friend, who is a Boston sports nut, told us Doug Flutie, who was a tremendous all-around athlete, seriously considered joining B.C.'s basketball team in the mid 1980's (right after the U.S.F.L. folded), but did not because he couldn't risk getting injured -- he signed with the 1986 World Champion Chicago Bears soon after.

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Sophomore wide receiver Damian Williams asked for an evaluation of his draft status from the N.F.L., but says he'll be back at U.S.C. next season.

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Ex-N.F.L. tackle Jacob Rogers tells The New York Times Ole Miss star Michael Oher could be better off playing guard at the next level.

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Closer look at Clemson senior defensive tackle Dorell Scott, who has been invited to the Texas vs. The Nation all-star game.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan reports Cal-Poly wide receiver Ramses Barden has been invited to the Senior Bowl.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan reports Hartwick College quarterback Jason Boltus has been invited to the Texas vs. Nation game. Boltus will compete on the nation team and enters as a borderline draft pick. A good week there and throughout the postseason could see him go in the 6th or 7th round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

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DD.com's updated (and final) list of 71 Undrafted Rookie Free Agents that were on a 53-man roster for at least one game this season.

DD.comment: In case some our readers don't want click on all 71 links to find out who the top rookies were, we have decided to list the 3 most productive (in our opinion) undrafted rookies this season on offense, defense and special teams:

Offense: WR Davone Bess, Miami Dolphins; RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, New England Patriots; FB Mike Tolbert, San Diego Chargers

Defense: LB Wesley Woodyard, Denver Broncos; CB Maurice Leggett, Kansas City Chiefs; LB Gary Guyton, New England Patriots

Special Teams: PK Dan Carpenter, Miami Dolphins; RB Clifton Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Return Specialist); LB Patrick Bailey, Pittsburgh Steelers (Kick Coverage)

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last updated: 12/30/08
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Four Cincinnati Bearcats, including cornerback Mike Mickens, have been invited to the Senior Bowl.

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University of Iowa defensive lineman Mitch King has been invited to the Senior Bowl.

DD.comment: King is a fascinating prospect. Scouts have measured him at barely over 6' 1" and 280 pounds, so he's short for a defensive end and a tad light for a defensive tackle. However, league sources had his 40 time listed at between 4.74 and 4.76 going into the season, which is smoking fast for a 280 pounder. Our guess is scouts like his overall athletic ability enough, that they'll ignore his size limitations and bring him to Mobile just to see where he might fit on the field -- maybe at linebacker?

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Penn State junior defensive end Maurice Evans has submitted his name to the N.F.L. draft advisory committee, but Gil Brandt thinks he would be wise to stay in school.

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Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has stunned people across the N.F.L. by firing head coach Mike Shanahan.

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One of our sources, who's done a great job of providing us with insider draft info since 2005, has just told us to watch out for Monmouth senior tight end John Nalbone, who's 6' 4", 256 pounds and recently ran a 4.62/40 without any training. According to the source: This kid will be drafted and will climb steadily as we head toward the draft. Very athletic, runs routes very well. Explosive off the ball and has good hands. Needs coaching and is probably a year away. Great character and good student. Will project between 4th and 6th rounds.

DD.comments: First, we'd like to thank the source for this info and all the info we've gotten from him over the years. Last year he made us look great by hyping little known (at the time) Delaware quarterback Joe Flacco as a Day 1 talent, based on his size and strength, well before most in the mainstream media were. Nalbone came into the season ranked as a 7th round/priority free agent type prospect according to our league scouting sources, so N.F.L. teams are well aware of his talents. The league scouts had him running in the 4.8 area, but weather conditions and surface quality can have a negative (or positive) effect on a 40 time, particularly at frigid or wet junior days held in the winter or early spring. We (DD.com) are still projecting Nalbone as a 7th round type prospect, but it will be interesting to see how fast he can run for scouts. Also, Monmouth is the same school that produced Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Austin Miles a few years ago and they play in the Northeast Conference, which is considered mid-major F.C.S.

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Four Pitt Panthers, including middle linebacker Scott McKillop, have been invited to post-season all-star games.

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The Detroit News takes an in-depth look at the pro potential of Michigan State quarterback Brian Hoyer.

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Athletic Ohio State freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor has already caught the attention of N.F.L. scouts.

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NFL Draft Bible reports Alabama junior offensive tackle Andre Smith will enter the upcoming draft.

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Auburn junior defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks will likely declare for the draft, but there are concerns about his recorded size.

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Southern California senior linebacker Brian Cushing brings a high intensity wherever he goes.

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Iowa junior tailback Shonn Greene has promised a timetable of two weeks for his decision to either go pro or return to school.

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Will junior tackle Andre Smith's suspension be good for Alabama?

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Missouri redshirt sophomore wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is attracting attention from St Louis Rams' scouts.

Related Link: Maclin would only leave school if he is projected as a first round selection.

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Buffalo junior tailback James Starks was surprised to hear of his future draft projection by Mel Kiper Jr.

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Vanderbilt junior defensive back D.J. Moore is called the "most underrated player in college football by Mike Detillier.

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Oregon State senior offensive linemen Andy Levitre has a little fun at final bowl practice.

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Rutgers senior safety Courtney Greene recorded a game-sealing interception in his final performance.

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Rutgers junior wide receiver Kenny Britt's attitude concerns some on-lookers.

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Boston College defensive tackle B.J. Raji looks forward to performing in the Music City Bowl and Senior Bowl to follow.

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last updated: 12/29/08
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Oklahoma State tight end Brandon Pettigrew has accepted an invitation to the Under Armour Senior Bowl.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Three Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will play in senior all-star games.

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6' 7", 335 pound Arkansas Tech offensive tackle Jeremy Ashcraft hopes to impress scouts at the upcoming Valero Cactus Bowl.

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Virginia Tech junior free safety Kam Chancellor says he'll likely enter the 2009 draft if he gets a first or second round projection.

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Closer look at Oregon State's underrated senior defensive ends Victor Butler and Slade Norris.

DD.comment: We have absolutely no idea why the writer in the link above is suggesting Butler has a N.F.L. future, while Norris' football career will end after the Sun Bowl. Reality is, this duo came into the season with very similar grades from scouts -- 7th round to priority free agent. Both have enough speed and athletic ability to move to outside linebacker (particularly for teams that run the 3-4 defense) and possibly rise into the middle frames of the draft, if they can show well in workouts. As the article above notes, Norris is a little bigger than Butler, but both are listed (by scouts) running the 40 yard in around the 4.65 range, so they have the speed and agility teams look for at linebacker.

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Read why one writer thinks North Carolina's record-breaking junior wide receiver Hakeem Nicks should call Aaron Curry for draft advice?

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ESPN draft expert projects Rutgers' junior wide receiver Kenny Britt is a second or third round pick.

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Alabama junior offensive tackle Andre Smith has been suspended and will not play in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

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Head coach Mike Leach thinks another year at Texas Tech will be beneficial for star wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

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The Philadelphia Daily News takes an in-depth look at Penn State cornerback Lydell Sargeant.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution looks at productive Louisiana State University junior running back Charles Scott.

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Ole Miss junior defensive end Greg Hardy is still considering his draft options.

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Scout.com Q&A with Stanford senior center/N.F.L. prospect Alex Fletcher.

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Once leaning toward returning for his senior season, South Carolina linebacker Eric Norwood now says decision is 50-50.

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Texas Longhorns' star quarterback Colt McCoy has a lot of respect for Ohio State cornerback Malcolm Jenkins, who's considered a likely top 10 pick.

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Who will be Oklahoma's next quarterback if Sam Bradford if star sophomore enters the draft?

Anonymous N.F.L. scouts recent comments regarding Sam Bradford: "Bradford would be in the top 15 this year but next year he is maybe No. 1"...."That kid is so accurate but his body isn't ready. Snead is a Jay Cutler type. Gunslinger. Very similar to Stafford. He could be a top-10 pick next year if he goes back."

DD.comment: Back in the summer of 2005, based on our inside sources, we were hyping Jay Cutler as a potential 2006 first round pick at a time when all the well known draft guru's didn't even have him among the top 10 quarterbacks in his class. They had him behind the likes of Brodie Croyle, Reggie McNeal, Bruce Gradkowski, Omar Jacobs and many others that never really projected. The only other notable draft person that had Cutler ranked as high as us (that we know of) is our friend Mike Detillier, who does a great job covering the SEC for several Louisiana media outlets. Anyway, getting to the point, Jevan Snead is the current young quarterback we've been hearing a lot about from league insiders for quite a while. So if any draft or football writers surf around here looking for info (and we know a few do), they can take the quote above and run with it -- move Snead way up in your rankings!

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Draft Daddy's Updated Top 575 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 for all players (except the offensive linemen), so our readers can see how these players fared this season. We intend to tweak the rankings constantly, as we watch more games and take in more information.

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last updated: 12/28/08
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Carlos "Big C" Holmes confirms four Senior Bowl invites, then writes Purdue wide receiver Greg Orton is vastly underrated.

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Source says the Cleveland Browns have fired once highly regarded GM Phil Savage.

DD.comment: We met Phil Savage at the Senior Bowl a few years. He seemed like a very good person, so we don't really like reporting this. However, if Romeo Crennel is going to go down for coaching this current mess, it's only fair that the GM is also held accountable, as he selected the players. As today's listless effort against the Steelers (31-0 loss) and the recent incident with Brady Quinn (getting sucker punched by a teammate) have shown, this team not only lacks talent, it lacks character players. Good luck to the next GM and coach turning around this disaster, but if Miami and Atlanta could bounce back from awful 2007 seasons with new coaches and GM's, why can't Cleveland in 2009?

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Florida State's fans and coaches are hoping gifted junior defensive end Everette Brown will return for his senior year.

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University of Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster thinks the Gophers' star junior wide receiver Eric Decker is a terrific N.F.L. prospect.

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Our friend, and DD.com small school expert, Josh Buchanan has just posted his F.C.S. All-American Teams.

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The Mobile Press-Register reports Five L.S.U. Tigers have accepted invitations to play in the Senior Bowl.

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The N.F.L.'s advisory committee has told Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt that linebacker Scott McKillop could go as high as the second round.

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The Washington Times reports University of Maryland junior wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is still considering his draft options.

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A reliable souce has informed us that North Carolina wide receiver Hakeem Nicks will declare for next April's draft.

DD.comment: That's not unexpected, as we've been reporting he's been leaning that way for a while. Our source says Hakeem only runs in the 4.50's and is not real tall, but he's strong and physically gifted. He would put a 2nd round projection on him, right now, but that could change at the 2009 Combine.

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What are the chances that Eastern Michigan's star linebacker Daniel Holtzclaw will be drafted?

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Sam Houston State quarterback Rhett Bomar has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.

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Hard-hitting senior rover Patrick Chung remains the heart of the Oregon Ducks' secondary.

DD.comment: The same insider source that allowed us to outscoop the Oregon media and report Chung had temporarily declared for the draft last January has sent us the measurables N.F.L. scouts currently have for the Oregon safety: Height: 5107; Weight: 215; 40 Yard Dash: 4.52 to 4.57. Chung, also, was given a 4th round projection by scouts coming into the season.

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Former New Jersey Nets draft pick Sean Tuohy says his adopted son, Ole Miss offensive tackle Michael Oher, would love to play for the Dallas Cowboys, but thinks he'll end in the Northern Califonia.

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Phillyburbs.com: The Philadelphia Eagles may need to bring in two new starting offensive tackles in 2009.

DD.comment: We're going to bump up our free agent list here (just below). Looks like the free agent class for quality offensive tackles is razor thin after Jordan Gross, especially with all the injuries, so the Eagles may need to make offensive tackle a priority in next April's draft?

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Free Agents Updated (12:30 PM, EST):

DD.com's Top 2009 NFL Free Agents: Offense

DD.com's Top 2009 NFL Free Agents: Defense

DD.comment: We considered a players potential going forward, injury history and 2009 age when doing these lists, which explains why we ranked several bigger name players in their mid 30's (or older) lower than their current talent level should warrant -- examples include Jeff Garcia, Lawyer Milloy and Brian Dawkins.

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Former Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Mark Knudson writes the Denver Broncos should draft a "stud" running back.

DD.comment: The Broncos running backs were decent for most of this season. Problem was a terrible streak of bad luck with injuries (7 tailbacks on injured reserve), much more than a lack of talent at the position. If the Broncos lose today, we agree that they can look back and say Peyton Hillis' hamstring injury started this colossal collapse in the second half of the Kansas City game (which they almost lost) and probably cost them a playoff spot. We doubt the Broncos use a first round pick on a tailback, because Shanahan usually doesn't swing that way. His tendancy is to build up the passing game and accumulate as much talent as he can on the offensive line, then find running backs in the middle to latter rounds to carry the load. This goes all the way back to the Terrell Davis era. Also, using a high pick on tailback doesn't ensure that the player will not get injured -- ask the Steelers, Cowboys and Raiders. Finally, while we agree the Broncos need to look at their tailback depth and draft a full time fullback, the writer seems to forget how putrid the Broncos defense has been this year. That should be the primary focus for a team that could easily ring up 24 to 30 points a game most weeks and still lose.

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last updated: 12/27/08
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Scout talk: Dan Pompei of The Chicago Tribune lists his Top 10 Senior Prospects.

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Tony Pauline of SI.com looks at 90 Draftable Prospects that will play in Bowl games from December 28th to December 31st.

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Breaking News: Chris Mortensen reports 2009 draftees Will not face a Rookie Wage-Scale change, according Roger Goodell.

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University of Utah junior cornerback Sean Smith, who some consider a fast-rising N.F.L. prospect, gets ready to face Julio Jones.

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South Carolina junior cornerback Captain Munnerlyn is leaning toward leaving school early for the N.F.L.

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Closer look at North Carolina senior wide receiver Brooks Foster, who we commented on last night in the blog.

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The San Francisco Chronicle reports 5 Cal-Berekey Bears have been invited to postseason all-star games.

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Speedy Penn State wide receiver Derrick Williams will play in the Senior Bowl.

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The Sporting News recently rated junior wide receiver Kerry Meier as the top N.F.L. prospect on Kansas' roster, a distinction his head coach does not dispute.

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The consensus among N.F.L. scouts coming into the season was West Virginia star Pat White would project as a wide receiver at the next level, but he believes he can be a fine pro quarterback and Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin agrees with him.

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Bleacher Report writer thinks the current Denver Broncos' Rookies are making a strong case for being the greatest N.F.L. draft class ever.

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last updated: 12/26/08
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The folks in Mobile have announced Five more Pro Prospects have accepted invitations to Senior Bowl.

DD.comment: As we've noted in the blog several times since early June, N.F.L. teams really like North Carolina wide receiver Brooks Foster, even though he hasn't had a super productive career. They have measured him at 6' 3", 195 pounds and timed him in the 40 yard dash at about 4.43 to 4.47, so they like his computer numbers (size/speed ratio in particular) more than anything else. They also like the fact that he's athletic enough to have played for the Tar Heels' basketball team. Coming into the season scouts graded him as a potential 3rd to 5th rounder, even though he's still a bit of a project.

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University of Hawaii defensive back Ryan Mouton said he and defensive end David Veikune will play in the East-West Shrine Game.

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University of Missouri stars Jeremy Maclin and Sean Weatherspoon are weighing their N.F.L. options.

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Meineke Car Care Bowl is expected to be the last college game for North Carolina's junior wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.

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Texas Tech defensive end Brandon Williams has become a major force for the much-improved Red Raiders defense.

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Video game helps Kansas Jayhawks' record breaking wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe improve on the football field.

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DD.com's updated list of 67 Undrafted Rookie Free Agents that have been on a 53-man roster for at least one game this season.

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San Jose State University cornerback Coye Francies has been invited to the East-West Shrine Game.

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The Philadelphia Daily News takes an in-depth look at speedy Penn State redshirt sophomore defensive end Aaron Maybin.

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Talented North Carolina State sophomore linebacker Nate Irving is already considering his N.F.L. options due to family reasons.

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Little known, but rising, West Virginia defensive back prospect Ellis Lankster hopes to impress at the Senior Bowl.

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Northern Illinois senior wide receiver Matt Simon is devoted to taking the next step and playing in the N.F.L.

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Atlanta Journal Constitution: Who's the better tailback, Georgia's Knowshon Moreno or Michigan State's Javon Ringer?

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Once hotly recruited, but seldom used since 2005, Clemson linebacker Josh Miller hopes to have a pro career as a special teams athlete.

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last updated: 12/25/08
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In-depth look at offensive tackle Nick Hennessey, who's had pro scouts flocking to Colgate University this year.

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Talented junior quarterbacks Dan LeFevour and Rusty Smith are healthy and ready to put up big numbers in the Motor City Bowl.

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University of Miami defensive tackle Antonio Dixon has gone from living in shelters to being on pace to earn his college degree.

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The Minneapolis Star Tribune takes a quick look at the Minnesota Gophers' rugged junior wide receiver Eric Decker.

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L.A. Times: The consensus seems to be that U.S.C. junior safety Taylor Mays is ready for the N.F.L. and willing to enter the draft.

Comment from a anonymous N.F.L. scout: "Mays is a better (safety) than what they've had come out of there in a long time... A lot of their guys get over-hyped, but he has the ability to be the real deal."

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Fast-rising University of Wisconsin tight end Garrett Graham says he will return for his senior season.

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The Press-Enterprise looks at U.S.C. fifth-year senior defensive tackle Fili Moala.

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Ohio State wide receivers Brian Hartline and Brian Robiskie have seen their draft stock dip with a freshman quarterback at the helm.

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Scout.com article claims L.S.U. junior wide receiver Brandon LaFell has received 1st to 2nd round "initial feedback" from scouts.

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Closer look at U.S.C. senior linebacker Rey Maualuga, who's been compared to former top 5 picks A.J. Hawk and Junior Seau.

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With his knee finally healed, former Chicago Bears second-rounder Dan Bazuin finds a spot in Houston.

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Low draft position drives young Dallas Cowboys' running back Tashard Choice.

DD.comment: Once again, a member of the mainstream media seems to be spinning a fairy tale that a 4.52 40 yard dash at the Combine is something that should alarm teams and send a solid running back prospect's draft stock plummeting downward. While 4.52 is not a "eye-popping" time that will immediately elevate a prospect in a big way (i.e Chris Johnson's 4.24 last winter), it's better than the average 40 time for a tailback at last February's Combine, so N.F.L. teams would've been foolish to shy away from Tashard for that reason alone. By the way, Baltimore's Le'Ron McClain, who trampled all over Dallas' defense last weekend and still has a chance to reach 1,000 yards this season, ran something like a 4.82 to 4.88 at the 2007 Combine.

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last updated: 12/24/08
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Prospect or project? Opinions differ about Florida quarterback Tim Tebow's N.F.L. potential.

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The New York Times looks at the "incredibly unique" journey 25 year old junior linebacker Mike Balogun took to get to Oklahoma.

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The Columbia Tribune reports three Missouri seniors have accepted invitations to play in the Texas vs. The Nation all-star game: Quarterback Chase Patton, offensive tackle Colin Brown and defensive end Stryker Sulak.

DD.comment: Joseph "Stryker" Sulak, who led the Tigers defense with 8.5 sacks and added 13 TFL's this season, will also play in the East-West Shrine game. The quarterback listed above is, in fact, senior Chase Patton (not Chase Daniel), who was a high school legend in Missouri during the early part of this decade. That is not a misprint or typo on our part. Patton, obviously, hopes to become another Brad Johnson or Matt Cassel, who went from being little used college backups to starting N.F.L. quarterbacks.

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After a record setting career at Mississippi State, Derek Pegues will bring his talents to the 2009 Under Armour Senior Bowl.

DD.comment: According to one of our league sources, the N.F.L. two major scouting services had very different projections for Pegues coming into the season. One had him as a solid 3rd rounder, while the other had him graded as a latter round type. His measuarables are: Height: 5096; Weight 190 pounds and 40 yard dash: 4.50 to 4.54.

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Hoping to be the next Joe Flacco, ex-Penn State quarterback Pat Devlin plans to enroll at F.C.S powerhouse Delaware.

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The South Bend Tribune takes an in-depth look at "tough" Notre Dame linebacker Maurice Crum Jr.

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Vanderbilt senior strong safety Reshard Langford is a likely 2nd day pick, according to N.F.L. draft analyst Mike Detillier.

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Yes, Oklahoma, there is a hope quarterback Sam Bradford will return for his junior season.

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Sporting News Draft Rewind: Analyzing the rookie Wide Receiver's.

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Salt Lake City Tribune: Alabama recruiters have it easy compared to their counterparts at the University of Utah.

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L.A. Times: U.S.C. defensive end Kyle Moore hopes to impress pro coaches, scouts and executives at the Senior Bowl.

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Cal-Berkeley senior defensive end Rulon Davis , a 25 year old ex-Marine, hopes N.F.L. teams will look past his age and injury history on draft weekend.

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Dothan Eagle: The Troy Trojans have a very good nucleus coming back for the 2009 season.

DD.comment: We've spent a lot of time in this blog praising Troy's defenders the last few years, but now it's time for us to throw some accolades at one of their offense stars, for a change: Keep a very close eye on Trojans' junior quarterback Levi Brown, a transfer up from Richmond University, going forward because he looks like a potential N.F.L. quarterback. No one's suggesting he's the next coming of Jay Cutler, who went from a virtual unknown in 2005 to a big time N.F.L. prospect in the fall of 2006. But this kid flashed surprising talent this year, much like Cincinnati's fast-rising junior signal caller Tony Pike did. Brown possesses a strong and very accurate arm, throws great spirals and displays excellent foot-work in the pocket. Former N.F.L. quarterback, turned ESPN analyst, Shaun King heavily praised Levi for his pinpoint accuracy during last Sunday's New Orleans Bowl, so we aren't the ones that like him.

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last updated: 12/23/08
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Talented Furman University tight end Larry Hedden takes personal hardships in stride.

DD.comment: The link above is from a few weeks ago, but we recently found out that this talented student-athlete, who we've been ranking as the top small school tight end in the class of 2010 since he was sophomore, had suffered a likely career ending injury. With the Christmas season upon us, we wish Larry Hedden and his family the best of luck going forward and hope a miracle happens and his knee, somehow, heals well enough so he can play at a high level again. If anyone in the college football world deserves a streak of unexpected good luck, it's this kid.

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Knee surgery knocks University of Wisconsin linebacker Jonathan Casillas out of the Senior Bowl.

DD.comment: Casillas is a fascinating prospect. Scouts have listed him running a blistering (for a linebacker) 4.45/40, but he came into the season with only a 4th to 5th round projection? Some of that has to do with size concerns, as he's listed a shade below 6' 1" and 223 pounds, which is a little small for a linebacker. Also, it will be interesting to see how much the injury affects his draft stock. With a player who's game is based so much on speed, it could be a problem as the draft process moves forward, assuming he wanted to move into the top three rounds with a strong senior season and Combine showing.

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Syracuse junior defensive tackle Arthur Jones tells the media he received 2nd round projections from scouts and agents.

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North Carolina senior wide receiver Brandon Tate tries to rehab his injuries and regain his speed.

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Syracuse junior defensive tackle Arthur Jones has decided to return to school for his senior year.

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ESPN.com's Todd McShay lists the 5 most anticipated matchups of the bowl season.

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Pittsburgh senior return man LaRod Stephens-Howling receives high praise from his head coach.

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Apparently not encouraged by the draft committee's response, Duke junior defensive tackle Vince Oghobaase has decided to return to school for his final year.

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Alabama senior center Antoine Caldwell feels very good about his decision to return for his final year.

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Dallas Observer: Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree plans to participate in Deion Sanders' "Prime U" workout camps aimed at getting prospects ready for the NFL draft.

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Detroit Lions might need more than their first round draft pick to fix what ails them.

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Jacksonville Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver announced today that James Harris, the team's vice president/player personnel, has resigned.

DD.comment: This is significant for draft followers and Jags fans, because Harris pretty much had 100% control of the Jacksonville's draft day (and all veteran player personnel) decisions. This became very evident in the spring of 2007 when head coach Jack Del Rio pushed real hard to draft Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn, but was re-buffed by Harris.

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Pro Football Weekly's recently updated Top 150 Seniors

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Pro Football Weekly's recently updated Top-10 Seniors Rankings by Position

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University of Texas wide receiver Jordan Shipley has been granted a sixth season of eligibility by the N.C.A.A.

DD.comment: Obviously, this means the talented slot receiver/return specialist will not be available in the 2009 N.F.L. draft. Also, happy birthday to Shipley, who turned 23 today, and fellow Longhorns' wide receiver Quan Cosby, a former minor league baseball prospect, who is now 26.

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Free Agents Updated (3:00 AM, EST): An already suspect crop of offensive tackles is even thinner due to a major week 16 knee injury.

DD.com's Top 2009 NFL Free Agents: Offense

DD.com's Top 2009 NFL Free Agents: Defense

DD.comment: We considered a players potential going forward, injury history and 2009 age when doing these lists, which explains why we ranked several bigger name players in their mid 30's (or older) lower than their current talent level should warrant -- examples include Jeff Garcia, Lawyer Milloy and Brian Dawkins.

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last updated: 12/22/08
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KBTX.com has just listed 31 N.F.L. Prospects that were officially added to the 84th East-West Shrine Game roster today.

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Why did Matt Leinart start at U.S.C. instead of Matt Cassel?

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All-A.C.C. junior defensive tackle Vince Oghobaase announced on Monday that he will return to Duke for the 2009 season.

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If University of Utah redshirt sophomore defensive end Paul Kruger plays well in the Sugar Bowl, his draft stock could sky-rocket.

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Todd McShay of ESPN.com: Scouts Inc.'s Top 32 N.F.L. Prospects.

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We have recently updated and added a few more college football stars to our YouTube Links Page.

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Scout.com Q&A with Baylor left tackle Jason Smith, who is expected to be selected in the top two rounds of the 2009 draft.

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L.A. Daily News: Five U.S.C. Trojans invited to the Senior Bowl; four more invited to the East-West Shrine Game.

DD.comment: Coming into the season N.F.L. scouts had Ellison running the 40 yard dash in the high 4.6's or low 4.7's, according to our league sources, which is pretty slow for a safety. That probably explains the "Senior Bowl snub" more than anything else.

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ESPN.com: Illinois junior cornerback Vontae Davis will forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the 2009 N.F.L. draft.

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Northwestern junior defensive end Corey Wootton could be N.F.L.-bound; anonymous scout says he could crack the first round if he declares.

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last updated: 12/21/08
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Josh Buchanan looks at Six Small School Prospects that really impressed N.F.L. scouts this season.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan has informed us that powerful Liberty tailback Rashad Jennings has been invited to the Senior Bowl.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan has informed us that talented small school tight end Brian Mandeville has been invited to the East-West Shrine game.

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U.S.C.'s fast-rising freshman tailback Marc Tyler, who is the son of ex-N.F.L. star Wendell Tyler, works his way up the Trojans' depth chart.

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The Salt Lake City Tribune reports Three University of Utah underclassmen have asked N.F.L. scouts for an evaluation of their potential draft status.

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University of Miami senior safety Anthony Reddick, who has overcome two major knee injuries, is looking forward to training for the 2009 N.F.L. draft.

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Rarely used, until Jeff Owens was injured this season, Georgia defensive tackle Corvey Irvin looks forward to impressing N.F.L. teams at the Senior Bowl.

DD.comment: We reported Irvin was selected for Senior Bowl a few weeks ago. Link above also mentions Bulldogs' wide out Mohamed Massaquoi has been invited to the Senior Bowl. That is the first time we've seen that reported.

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Dan Pompei's Scout Talk: Top 10 Senior Safety Prospects.

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An Anonymous N.F.L. scout says Ohio State has "three first round locks" and notes junior wide receiver Brian Hartline should not enter the 2009 draft.

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Disgruntled U.S.C. sophomore tailback C.J. Gable says he will not transfer, but is seriously considering leaving early for the N.F.L.

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Central Arkansas quarterback Nathan Brown will play in the upcoming East-West Shine Game and the Senior Bowl.

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Several Troy Trojans, including fast-rising junior defensive end Brandon Lang, are on the radar of pro scouts.

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University of Georgia linebacker Dannell Ellerbe said he will participate in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 17 in Houston

DD.comment: Ellerbe came into the season with a borderline first/second round grade from N.F.L. scouts and seemed like a slam-dunk to play in the Senior Bowl. However, due to injury problems and inconsistent play this season, his stock has seemingly dropped a bit in the eye scouts -- into the 4th round area? Thing is, Ellerbe has the physical tools (6' 1", 235 and 4.63/40 yard dash) to work his way back up the draft charts with a nice showing at the Shrine game and strong workouts at the N.F.L. Combine.

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Colorado State senior running back Gartrell Johnson accumulates 375 yards rushing and receiving in the New Mexico Bowl.

DD.comment: Johnson is a fascinating prospect. He came into the season with a fairly low free agent grade, mostly because scouts felt he lacked the breakaway speed needed to play tailback at the next level -- scouts have him running the 40 in the low 4.7's. Nonetheless, he's a lunch-pail type player that can help a team out in many ways (runner, blocker, receiver and special teams) and his production as a senior simply can't be ignored. According to our friend Josh Buchanan, Johnson's strong senior season has elevated him to latter round status on some draft boards. And, we at DD.com, believe at 5' 10 and 225 he does have the body type and hard-working attitude to possibly start at, and thrive as, a blocking fullback in the N.F.L., if he's deemed too slow for tailback. Johnson has been invited to the East-West Shrine Game, so it will be interesting to see how scouts will utilize him there... While we are on the topic of Colorado State backs, we just wanted mention Kyle Bell, who came into the season rated a little higher by scouts (7th round to PFA) than Johnson due to his nice combination of size and speed -- 6' 1", 235 pounds and scouts timed 4.52 to 4.56 speed. Bell, who is a former Colorado school boy legend, was the face of the C.S.U. program and looked like the second coming of John Riggins early in his college career, before he sustained a devastating knee injury a few days prior to the 2006 season. He eventually worked his back in 2007, but he's clearly never been the same since. It's hard to imagine that Bell will be drafted after mediocre junior and senior seasons, but if he can duplicate the impressive workout times he's run for scouts before, he may get a shot as a priority free agent or receive serious looks from C.F.L teams.

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last updated: 12/20/08
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University of Missouri standouts Chase Daniel and Stryker Sulak have accepted invitations to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

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U.C.L.A. junior cornerback Alterraun Verner submitted paperwork to the N.F.L. this week to have his draft status evaluated.

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Vanderbilt's speedy junior cornerback D.J. Moore is still awaiting word from the N.F.L.'s Draft Advisory Panel.

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All-Big East Conference junior safety Nate Allen says it's unlikely that he'll leave South Florida early for the 2009 N.F.L.

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Athletic Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Michael Desormeaux is being projected as a potential safety, slot receiver or running back at the next level.

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Will South Florida's talented junior defensive end George Selvie declare for the 2009 N.F.L. draft?

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The Texas vs. Nation all-star game doesn't get it's due respect, but it featured current top N.F.L. rookies Trevor Scott and Tim Hightower last year.

DD.comment: Now that the Hula Bowl is out of business, expect the talent level to rise even further at the Texas vs. Nation Game next month.

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The Chicago Tribune takes an in-depth look at the Chicago Bears' Rookie Class.

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Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune looks at the Top Rookie Offensive Tackles in the N.F.L.

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New England Patriots' quarterback Matt Cassel could be a free agent option for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009.

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Just Updated (2:00 AM, EST): We are tracking all 32 Practice Squad Rosters (over 240 prospects) in our teams section.

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last updated: 12/20/08
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University of Missouri standouts Chase Daniel and Stryker Sulak have accepted invitations to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

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U.C.L.A. junior cornerback Alterraun Verner submitted paperwork to the N.F.L. this week to have his draft status evaluated.

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Vanderbilt's speedy junior cornerback D.J. Moore is still awaiting word from the N.F.L.'s Draft Advisory Panel.

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All-Big East Conference junior safety Nate Allen says it's unlikely that he'll leave South Florida early for the 2009 N.F.L.

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Athletic Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Michael Desormeaux is being projected as a potential safety, slot receiver or running back at the next level.

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Will South Florida's talented junior defensive end George Selvie declare for the 2009 N.F.L. draft?

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The Texas vs. Nation all-star game doesn't get it's due respect, but it featured current top N.F.L. rookies Trevor Scott and Tim Hightower last year.

DD.comment: Now that the Hula Bowl is out of business, expect the talent level to rise even further at the Texas vs. Nation Game next month.

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The Chicago Tribune takes an in-depth look at the Chicago Bears' Rookie Class.

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Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune looks at the Top Rookie Offensive Tackles in the N.F.L.

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New England Patriots' quarterback Matt Cassel could be a free agent option for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009.

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

NFLDraftScout.com's recently updated rankings: Top 64 Junior Prospects

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Just Updated (2:00 AM, EST): We are tracking all 32 Practice Squad Rosters (over 240 prospects) in our teams section.

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last updated: 12/19/08
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University of Oregon senior defensive tackle Ra'Shon Harris has accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

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University of Southern California guard Jeff Byers had his request for a sixth year of eligibility approved Friday by the N.C.A.A.

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University of juniors John Jerry and Greg Hardy have filed paperwork asking the N.F.L. to evaluate their likely draft position.

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The University of Miami's leading rusher the past two years, Graig Cooper, said Friday he is returning for his junior season.

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The physical style of play in the SEC could factor into tailback Knowshon Moreno 's N.F.L. draft decision.

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Green Bay Packers' G.M. Ted Thompson is pleased with his rookie class, which is led by former Kansas State wide receiver Jordy Nelson.

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The Washington Redskins' rookie receivers, including Devin Thomas, have had a disappointing season in Jim Zorn's West Coast scheme.

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Southern Miss. tight end Shawn Nelson has accepted an invitation to play in the Under Armour Senior Bowl.

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Virginia Tech junior free safety Kam Chancellor has submitted paperwork to have his N.F.L. draft status evaluated.

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In-depth look at Virginia Tech senior defensive end Orion Martin who runs a 4.52/40 and possesses a 39" vertical leap at 255 pounds.

DD.comment: By the way, the 4.52 forty-yard dash time is what the News Advance is reporting. According to our sources, N.F.L. scouts have Martin's time listed in the low-to-mid 4.7's, which is still very impressive for a 255 pound athlete, but not as eye-popping as the number reported in the link above.

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Quick look at Delta State University senior receiver/return specialist Chad Schroeder, who will play in the upcoming Catctus Bowl.

Related Item: Josh Buchanan has posted the rosters for the 2009 Valero Cactus Bowl, which is a Division II all-star game.

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Nevada-Reno linebacker Jerome Johnson and his younger brother, Oregon tailback Jeremiah Johnson, both hope to be drafted next spring.

DD.comment: Jeremiah Johnson, barring something unforeseen, will definitely be drafted. He came into the season with a 4th to 6th round projection from N.F.L. scouts, who have his 40 time listed between 4.53 and 4.56, at 5' 9" and 205 pounds. Don't be surprised, however, if Johnson runs faster than that next spring, because he should get quicker the farther he's removed from his major knee injury in 2007. That potentially improved 40 time, coupled with a stellar senior season at Oregon, could help elevate his draft stock quite a bit.

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Marshall free safety C.J. Spillman will play in the East-West Shrine Game.

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Grand Valley State star Jimmy Berezik , perhaps the top sophomore tailback in D-II football, feels 'awful' about his recent police run-in.

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The Washington Times takes an in-depth look at the A.C.C.'s leading receiver D.J. Boldin, who hopes to join his older brother in the N.F.L.

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University of Texas' fast-rising senior wide receiver Jordan Shipley is seeking a sixth year of eligibility from the N.C.A.A.

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Trio of Demon Deacon defenders, including All-A.C.C. linebacker Aaron Curry, headed to Under Armour Senior Bowl.

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Texas A&M fullback Jorvorskie Lane has been invited to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

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Kent State offensive lineman Augustus Parrish has been selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

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Oregon State cornerback Brandon Hughes has been selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

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Our friend Stephen Tsai is reporting Hawaii defensive end David Veikune has been invited to the East-West Shrine Game.

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Army's all-time single-season rushing leader, Collin Mooney, was invited to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

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Valley City State (N.A.I.A.) senior wide receiver Chauncey Calhoun has caught the attention of several N.F.L. teams.

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N.F.L. sources have told someone we really trust that they "currently believe" the following underclassmen are leaning heavily towards declaring for 2009 N.F.L. draft: Clemson tailback C.J. Spiller; University of Alabama left tackle Andre Smith; Kansas State University quarterback Josh Freeman; University of Iowa tailback Shonn Greene; University of Florida wide receiver Percy Harvin; University of Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes; University of Florida defensive end Jermaine Cunningham; Florida State University defensive end Everette Brown; University of Tennessee linebacker Rico McCoy; University of Illinois cornerback Vontae Davis; University of Tennessee defensive tackle Dan Williams; University of Southern California safety Taylor Mays; Auburn University defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks... as well as safety Emanuel Cook, cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and tight end Jared Cook from the University of South Carolina.

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last updated: 12/18/08
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Three University of Miami underclassmen, including tailback Graig Cooper, will ask N.F.L. scouts for an evaluation of their potential draft status.

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University of Alabama nose tackle Terrence Cody says Facebook comment was a "joke" and is planning to return for his senior year.

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Eastern Washington defensive end Greg Peach honored as the most outstanding defensive player in F.C.S. football.

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Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards honored as the most outstanding offensive player in F.C.S. football.

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Tony Pauline of SI.com takes a quick look at 104 N.F.L. Prospects to watch out for during the college bowl season.

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Rivals.com's college football Freshman All-American Teams.

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Injured Georgia Defensive tackle Jeff Owens has informed coach Mark Richt that he will return for an encore senior season.

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Alabama junior left tackle Andre Smith files paperwork with the N.F.L.'s draft advisory committee.

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Rivals.com's heavily connected N.F.L. insiders look at the Top 30 Underclassmen that might declare for the 2009 draft.

Related Item? Here's a E-Mail we just got from a long time reader and trusted source of info: I know it's not exactly for sure, or really a credible source, but Terrence Cody, on his Facebook status says "Terrence Cody is Going Pro!!!" Just a heads up, you'll probably hear something official in a couple of days.

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The Washington Times reports Navy fullback Eric Kettani has received an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

DD.comment: This isn't a huge surprise, based on the fact that Kettani wowed N.F.L. scouts last spring at Navy's junior day. He did so well that he got a draftable grade (5th to 6th round) going into the season, which is very rare for a player from the Army, Navy or Air Force because they have to fulfil their military commitments for a couple years before they can even think about playing in the N.F.L.

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Scout.com: Former N.F.L. scout Tom Marino looks at the Top Offensive Prospects for the 2009 N.F.L. draft.

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Closer look at potentially fast-rising senior cornerback prospect Ellis Lankster of West Virginia.

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Florida State's heavily hyped, but not very productive, junior wide receiver Corey Surrency will not enter the 2009 N.F.L. draft.

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Florida State wide receiver Preston Parker will return for senior season unless ...he is projected as a first or second round pick in the N.F.L. Draft.

DD.comment: How have we gotten to the point where receivers that make 11 catches in a season (Surrency) or average 9.3 yards per catch (Parker) are openly talking about making the early leap to the N.F.L. draft and taken seriously by the media?

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Richmond's bruising senior running back Josh Vaughan has been a force since an early-season benching and is now on the N.F.L.'s radar.

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Speedy South Carolina junior safety Emanuel Cook, who is N.F.L. bound, hurt his team when he decided to stop going to classes a few months ago.

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last updated: 12/17/08
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The Tennesean reports Tennessee State center Cecil Newton has been invited to the East-West Shrine Game.

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Scout.com: Former N.F.L. scout Tom Marino looks at the Top Defensive Prospects for the 2009 N.F.L. draft.

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Texas Christian tailback Aaron Brown will play in the East-West Shrine Game.

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At least two University of Houston Cougars will play in the East-West Shrine Game.

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South Carolina's all-time leading receiver, Kenny McKinley, has been invited to play in the Senior Bowl; two other U.S.C. stars tabbed for the East-West Game.

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Kansas State junior quarterback Josh Freeman is petitioning the N.F.L. to find out about his draft status.

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Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards adds All-American to his impressive list of accomplishments.

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OC Register: U.S.C. quarterback Mark Sanchez could have a difficult decision in regards to declaring himself eligible for the N.F.L. Draft.

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North Carolina's best wide receiver, junior Hakeem Nicks, is thinking about entering the 2009 N.F.L. draft.

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The Boston Globe looks at B.C.'s dominant defensive duo -- senior defensive tackle Busari Raji Jr. and junior linebacker Mark Herzlich.

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Clemson's fast-rising junior cornerback Crezdon Butler will ask N.F.L. scouts for an evaluation of his potential draft status.

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Closer look at Southern Miss' All-American junior linebacker Gerald McRath, who is thinking about making the early jump to the N.F.L.

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Florida State's speedy junior cornerback Patrick Robinson will ask the N.F.L. for an evaluation of his potential draft status.

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Florida State junior linebacker Dekoda Watson is curious about where he is projected to go in the 2009 N.F.L. draft, but says he's definitely returning to school.

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last updated: 12/16/08
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The Akron Beacon Journal: 7 Ohio State Juniors are considering making the early jump into the N.F.L. draft.

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Auburn Tigers' offensive guard Tyronne Green has accepted an invitation to play in the 2009 Under Armour Senior Bowl.

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It looks like talented South Carolina safety Emanuel Cook, who has been declared academically ineligible for the Outback Bowl, will enter the 2009 N.F.L. draft.

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Eric Weddle's agent says Brigham Young wide receiver Austin Collie should be cautious about jumping to the N.F.L. too early.

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Three Clemson Tigers, including safety Michael Hamlin, have accepted invitations to the Senior Bowl; five C.U. juniors have filed paperwork with the N.F.L.'s Advisory Committee to get a sense of their draft position.

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Hard-hitting U.S.C safety Taylor Mays may be in N.F.L. sooner rather than later, due to his rare combination of size and speed.

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Bosie State running back Ian Johnson has been invited to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

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Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Sam Bradford might make big bucks as a pro, but respected draft analyst Gil Brandt has told him to stay in school.

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ESPN draft analyst talks about the draft potential of three talented juniors that play for the Florida Gators.

DD.comment: We don't think anyone would dispute the fact that Tebow has been one of the most feared running quarterbacks in college football over the last 15 years. He makes defensive backs shake in their cleats when he's running downhill, right at them. Be that as it may, if Tebow was forced to move away from quarterback in the N.F.L., what is the logic behind bulking him up and moving him to tight end to catch passes, instead of using him as a tall, bruising tailback, ala Stephen Jackson, Brandon Jacobs or Peyton Hillis? We guess, maybe, that's just the way it is, as most running quarterbacks that shift positions in the N.F.L. go directly to wide receiver -- Brad Smith, Antwaan Randle El, Hines Ward, Matt Jones, Isaiah Stanback, Eric Crouch, Joshua Cribbs, ect. But we think Tebow is different. Those guys mostly scrambled through wide seems to make big play after big play as runners in college. Tim has no problem being a battering ram and running the ball directly at defensive ends, linebackers and safeties for the tough yards, so we think he could project better as a running back, if he fails to make it as a pro quarterback.

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Could Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant be a Heisman contender next season?

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The Houston Chronicle takes an in-depth look at Abilene Christian tailback Bernard Scott, who is considered a solid N.F.L. prospect.

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The Detroit News: The 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers can relate to the Detroit Lions' current struggles.

DD.comment: We remember posting the same exact article last year, from a South Florida based newspaper, when the Dolphins began the 2007 season 0-13. So there is hope looking forward for Lions fans... Also, while neither of DD.com's two writers recall the 1976 N.F.L. season, we do know some league history. It's rarely mentioned, but the expansion Bucs were placed in the A.F.C. in '76, while their expansion twin, the Seattle Seahawks, began in the N.F.C. For reasons we don't know, the two teams switched conferences in 1977 and Seattle stayed in the A.F.C. until the 2001 season. We guess this is notable, because based on Super Bowl outcomes in the decade of the 1970's (Steelers, Dolphins and Raiders were dominant), one can say the winless Bucs had the much tougher road as a 1976 expansion team?

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last updated: 12/15/08
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Should Brigham Young wide receiver Austin Collie make the early jump to the N.F.L?

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Scout.com writer compares Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford to Denver Broncos gunslinger Jay Cutler.

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University of Alabama junior running back Glen Coffee plans to submit his name to the N.F.L. Draft Advisory Board for feedback on his draft status.

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Brigham Young's productive junior defensive end Jan Jorgensen will ask the N.F.L. for an evaluation of potential draft status.

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Wisconsin Badgers' junior running back P.J. Hill is petitioning the N.F.L. to find out about his draft status.

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Florida State's talented junior defensive end Everette Brown focused on present -- and not the N.F.L. Draft.

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University of Connecticut tailback Donald Brown, the nation's leading rusher, will return for his senior season.

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University of Georgia wide receiver Kenneth Harris, who only has 40 career receptions, is hoping he'll get an N.F.L. contract next spring.

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Jacksonville.com: Anonymous A.F.C. scouts talks about how well Florida quarterback Tim Tebow will project at the next level.

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Several veteran offensive linemen, with N.F.L. potential, relishing one last bowl game at Brigham Young.

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ESPN's Bruce Feldman lists his Top 10 Players to watch in early the bowl games.

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last updated: 12/14/08
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Athens Online: Will University of Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford be first overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft, if he declares?

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Walter Camp names their F.C.S. All-America Team.

DD.comments: We'd like to thank long time DD.com reader Randy Sicko for sending us the link above. His son, Scott Sicko, is a pro prospect and first-team F.C.S. All-American.

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Despite losing his starting job as a senior, Ohio State quarterback Todd Boeckman is preparing for the 2009 NFL draft.

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Four University of Alabama stars, including quarterback John Parker Wilson, have been invited to the Senior Bowl.

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Los Angeles Times: College Tailbacks and Wide Receivers are a tough read for NFL scouts.

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Mount Union tailback Nate Kmic set the N.C.A.A.'s career rushing record against Wheaton College Saturday.

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Josh Buchanan ranks the Top 25 F.C.S. Teams.

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The Pitt Panthers' tradition of great linebackers has continued in recent years thanks to "self-made All-American" Scott McKillop.

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In week in which the New York Yankees handed pitchers C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett $160 millon and $82 million, we thought we'd post an updated list of college gridiron stars that also excel on the diamond.

Below are some N.F.L. prospects that have Major League Baseball potential:

Jake Locker, QB, Washington (Drafted by L.A. Angels)

Patrick White, QB, West Virginia (Drafted by L.A. Angels twice and Cincinnati)

Riley Cooper, WR, Florida (Drafted by Philadelphia)

Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame (Drafted by Arizona)

Kyle Williams, WR, Arizona State (Drafted by White Sox; Son of Chi-sox G.M. Kenny Williams)

Mike Jones, WR, Arizona State (Drafted by N.Y. Yankees)

Andrew Means, WR, Indiana (Drafted by Cincinnati)

Eric Decker, WR, Minnesota (Drafted by Milwaukee)

Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford

Chad Jones, DB, Louisiana State (Drafted by Houston)

Kendric Burney, CB, North Carolina

DD.comments: All the players listed above are outfielders, except Jake Locker (a pitcher).... Riley Cooper of the Florida Gators was considered an "elite" Major League Baseball Prospect (high 1st round?), before he injured his hand prior to his senior year in high school and then decided to focus on football... Chad Jones of L.S.U. and Jake Locker of Washington are both considered "outstanding" Major League prospects... Arizona State wide receiver Mike Jones spent last summer playing in the New York Yankees system. He was a lower round pick by the Bronx Bombers, who's seen as a "project" in baseball... Finally, dynamic Stanford tailback Toby Gerhart expects to be selected in 2009 Major League draft and has said, all things being equal, he's leaning towards a career in pro baseball.

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last updated: 12/13/08
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Speedy University of Missouri wide receiver Jeremy Maclin has not decided if he'll leave school early for the N.F.L. draft.

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University of Connecticut left tackle Will Beatty is no longer flying under the radar of pro scouts.

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Quick look at University of Southern California's talented sophomore center Kris O'Dowd.

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Nevada-Reno senior linebacker Joshua Mauga will miss the East-West Shrine Game due to a torn left pectoral muscle.

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San Jose Mercury News: The once feared Oakland Raiders are approaching a historic level of futility.

Related Item: Former Oakland Raiders' star Mark Van Eeghen comments on the current "sad" state of the once proud franchise.

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San Jose State defensive lineman Jarron Gilbert will play in the 2009 East-West Shrine Game.

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Rutgers' senior quarterback Mike Teel takes all-Big East snub in stride, prepares for the N.F.L. draft.

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The Sporting News' N.F.L. draft expert Russ Lande looks at the Strengths and Weaknesses of the 3 Heisman finalists.

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Dan Pompei's Scout Talk: How do N.F.L. scouts project the Top Heisman Candidates?

DD.comments: Great job by Dan. It seems like his inside information is getting better every week, as the season goes along, which is why we always post his articles. Also, as much as we like Michael Crabtree, we still think Calvin Johnson was a better prospect when he came out of Georgia Tech. Calvin had the same skills and better speed, but played in a run oriented offense with some very below average quarterbacks....Also, Dan's note that Ball State quarterback Nate Davis is actually closer to 5' 11" than 6' 2" is a bit of shocker to us. If this is true, the strong-armed junior should definitely ignore pleas from his family to leave school early and return to B.S.U. for his senior season. N.F.L. teams have a definite bias against quarterbacks shorter than 6' 2" and he could use all the seasoning he can get in college before he tries to become a very rare quarterback (i.e. Drew Brees) that can make it at the next level at that height. If Davis is only about 5' 11", he'll likely draw immediate comparisons to former A.F.C. Pro Bowler Jeff Blake, who was, also, probably shorter than he was listed, but had a strong enough arm to make all the required throws in the N.F.L.

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Los Angeles Times: Spread offense makes it difficult to evaluate how college quarterbacks will do in the N.F.L.

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ESPN draft analyst lists Boise State's Richie Brockel as the top fullback in the junior class.

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An anonymous A.F.C. scout believes Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell could be a third round "steal".

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Penn State defensive linemen Aaron Maybin and Jared Odrick are thinking about leaving school early for the N.F.L.

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Oklahoma State junior left tackle Russell Okung is considering entering the 2009 N.F.L. draft.

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Former Eastern Michigan wide receiver Kevin Walter is becoming a significant play-maker for the Houston Texans.

DD.comment: A few weeks ago our own Matt B. was asked on a Houston radio station if the Texans should consider drafting Texas Tech wide receiver Micheal Crabtree in the first round? Unless they want to become the A.F.C.'s version of the sad-sack Detroit Lions, they'll leave well enough alone at that position (they already have two Pro Bowl caliber wide outs) and start focusing on improving their defense a bit. Crabtree should be a fine player at the next level, whenever he declares, but Houston doesn't seem to be an ideal fit right now. The player we think would be absolutely perfect for the Texans is Tennessee strong safety Eric Berry, but he will not be draft eligible until 2010.

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last updated: 12/12/08
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It looks like speedy University of Michigan freshman tailback Sam McGuffie will transfer to Texas A&M.

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The New York Times looks at Mount Union's record-breaking tailback Nate Kmic.

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Ball State's fast-rising junior quarterback Nate Davis changes his tune from last week, says he's considering entering the 2009 NFL draft.

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University of Illinois' highly regarded sophomore linebacker Martez Wilson hospitalized after stabbing incident.

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Northwest Missouri State junior free safety Myles Burnsides named D-II Defensive Player of the Year.

DD.comment: We don't know a lot about Burnsides yet, but he caught our attention when respected ESPN analyst Ray Bentley said (last Saturday) he was as good as any free safety he's seen this season in college football. That's quite a compliment from a former NFL linebacker that has covered the Big 10, A.C.C. and M.A.C this fall.

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West Texas A&M wide receiver Charly Martin, who is on radar of pro scouts, named to the Daktronics Division II All-America Team.

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Quick look at Hartwick College quarterback Jason Boltus who, as we mentioned yesterday, is considered the top D-III pro prospect.

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Southern California junior safety Taylor Mays can't wait for the opportunity to run in front of NFL scouts.

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UConn senior offensive tackle William Beatty looks forward to participating in the Senior Bowl.

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Oregon defensive end Nick Reed has been honored on and off the field.

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Brigham Young junior wide receiver Austin Collie is contemplating going pro after the season.

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Hawaii long snapper Jake Ingram has accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

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Tennessee sophomore safety Eric Berry is everyone's all-American.

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Interview with highly touted All-A.C.C. linebacker Aaron Curry

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After being snubbed in the Iowa game, Penn State quarterback Pat Devlin knew it was time to transfer.

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Central Washington quarterback Mike Reilly suggests that all the junior quarterbacks head back to school.

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Rich Gannon: Lack of work ethic, not just circumstances could be why Jamarcus Russell is struggling.

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last updated: 12/11/08
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Just Updated: We are tracking the Top 200 Street Free Agents and all 32 Practice Squad Rosters in our teams section.

DD.comment: We've made about a dozen changes to the practice squad rosters and updated a few names on the street free agents list. Also, 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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N.F.L. sources have informed DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan that Hampton University defensive tackle Chris Baker will decide within the next two weeks whether or not he will enter the 2009 N.F.L. draft and word is he is leaning towards coming out if he receives, at least, a third round grade.

Related Item: Dismissed by Penn State, Chris Baker has a big year for Hampton.

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Even though linebacker A.J. Hawk leads Green Bay with 90 tackles, Jason Wilde suggests the Packers should consider benching him.

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Alabama left tackle Andre Smith wins the Outland Trophy... and talks about the N.F.L. draft.

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Nine of the Southeastern Conference football squads are represented on the ninth annual SEC Coaches' All-Freshman Team.

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SI.com: University of Georgia tailback Knowshon Moreno could soar into the N.F.L.

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ESPN College Football: Week 15 Film Report.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan has informed us that powerful Liberty tailback Rashad Jennings has been invited to the East-West Shrine game.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan has informed us that wide receiver Dominique Edison of Stephen F. Austin is going to the Texas vs. Nation game.

DD.comment: As we noted in a recent Draft Daddy feature, 16 Day Two Prospects with Surprising Speed, N.F.L scouts listed Edison's 40 yard dash time at 4.42 seconds coming into the season.

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Kay Stephenson: Forget the naysayers, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow will be a good pro.

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GoGamecocks.com takes an in-depth look at fast-rising University of Iowa running back Shonn Greene.

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The Detroit Free Press explains why Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham has decided to stay for his senior year.

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Wheaton College defensive back Pete Ittersagen has attracted plenty of attention from N.F.L. scouts thanks to his reported 4.4. speed.

DD.comment: This kid is a legit pro prospect, which is very rare for a D-III athlete. Both of the N.F.L.'s major scouting services have him projected as a latter round or free agent type prospect. They have him listed at cornerback. Height: 5' 10"; Weight 188; 40 Time 4.49. By the way, in case anyone was wondering, according to our sources, scouts firmly agree that Hartwick College quarterback Jason Boltus is the top D-III senior prospect (7th round projection). Ittersagen is ranked second at his level. Guard Jason Wombough of Montclair State and Larry Beavers of Wesley College are considered the next best D-III prospects, but they came into the season ranked so far behind Boltus and Ittersagen that they will probably need off-the-charts workout numbers just to secure a solid free agent contract.

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last updated: 12/10/08
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We have recently updated and added a couple dozen college football stars to our YouTube Links Page.

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Pro Football Weekly: Top Linebacker Prospects.

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Northwestern's 6' 8", 270 pound junior defensive end Corey Wootton runs the 40 yard in 4.8 seconds.

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Central Washington University senior tight end Jared Bronson has been selected to play in the 84th Annual East-West Shrine Game.

DD.comment: Bronson is a transfer from the University of Washington. His pre-season measurables look pretty good: 6' 4", 254 pounds and a 40 yard dash time in the 4.66 range. If he can run anywhere close to that (a sub 4.7) at the N.F.L. Combine, don't be surprised if he draws comparisons to fast-rising New York Giants tight end Kevin Boss.

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Former-N.F.L. wide receiver Chas Gessner was selected with second overall pick in Major League Lacrosse's 2009 Supplemental Draft.

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South Florida senior linebacker Tyrone McKenzie will play in the 2009 East-West Shrine Game.

DD.comment: We are mildly surprised that McKenzie didn't get a Senior Bowl invite, but figured he was a borderline Senior Bowl/East-West game type prospect. According to our sources, McKenzie's pre-season numbers were: Height: 6' 2"; Weight 230; 40 Time 4.70. Again, that 40 time may not seem that fancy at first glance, but it's better than the average linebacker ran at the last N.F.L. Combine. Also, don't overlook Tyrone's productivity. He's had a very strong college career -- over 350 tackles for Iowa State and U.S.F. since 2006.

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Ann Killion: If young quarterback Jamarcus Russell fails, only the Oakland Raiders are to blame.

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Pro Football Weekly scout looks at Cleveland Browns' fast-rising weak-side linebacker D'Qwell Jackson.

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According to sources the Arena Football League will suspend operation for the 2009 season.

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University of Arkansas tight end Andrew Davie is bypassing his senior season in order to make himself available for the 2009 N.F.L. Draft.

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Galloway Township, New Jersey honors Florida State safety/Rhodes scholar Myron Rolle.

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Conference USA announces football coaches' All-Conference USA Teams

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Sun Belt Conference names All-Sun Belt Football Teams

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University of Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford could be on the Detroit Lions' radar if he declares for the N.F.L. draft.

Related Item: Stafford not fazed by the lousy Lions.

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University of Oklahoma redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Bradford will consider entering the 2009 N.F.L. draft.

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KSBY.com: Fast-rising Cal-Poly wide receiver Ramses Barden catching N.F.L. draft hype.

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Would sure-handed Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree be a good fit for the offensively-challenged Seattle Seahawks?

DD.comment: Here's what an anonymous N.F.L. scout had to say about Crabtree recently: "If you're looking for an Anquan Boldin type, there you go. Won't run great but is a big, physical guy and very polished."

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Kansas City Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards said he is leaning toward going into the 2009 season with Tyler Thigpen as his starting quarterback.

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last updated: 12/09/08
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USA Today: Oklahoma Sooners' quarterback Sam Bradford brings pride to Cherokees.

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Henderson State guard Louis West, who is considered a latter round/free agent type prospect, was shot in the neck at a private club last week, but should be okay for the Cactus Bowl.

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Former N.F.L. scout Tom Marino compares Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich to Brian Urlacher.

DD.comment: Our sources in the scouting world have, thankfully, had little problem giving us some "measureables" (Junior Day 40 times, ect.) for the key seniors in college football. But they will not divulge much about the juniors and sophomores. Since we don't like guessing, here were Herzlich's measurables coming out of high school in the spring of 2006.

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Closer look at Georgia Tech defensive tackle Vance Walker, who will play in the Senior Bowl.

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Scouts Buzz: Josh Buchanan looks at 7 small school stars that have Impressed NFL Scouts this season.

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Long time DD.com friend Adam Nettina has written a good article about Mount Union Running Back Nate Kmic.

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Closer look at South Carolina linebacker Eric Norwood, who is considering leaving U.S.C. early for the 2009 N.F.L. draft.

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Laval defensive tackle Etienne Legare and Alberta offensive tackle Simeon Rottier are the two C.I.S. prospects selected to play in the prestigious East-West Shrine Game.

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The Denver Post reported Monday that two sources say the Arena Football League will fold if it can't find financial help by Dec. 19.

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Notre Dame free safety David Bruton has been invited to the Senior Bowl. Meanwhile, Fightin' Irish linebacker Maurice Crum Jr. will play in the East-West 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 25 Tight Ends

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

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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: 12/08/08
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Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel thinks talented junior running back Chris Wells should enter the 2009 N.F.L. draft.

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Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon will likely declare for the 2009 N.F.L. draft, if he gets a first round projection from scouts.

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Resisting the urge to leave early for the N.F.L., Arizona wide receiver Mike Thomas repeats on All-Pac-10 team.

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Small school standout defensive end Pierre Walters signs with JL Sports; heads to New Jersey to train for the N.F.L. draft.

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University of Nebraska running back Marlon Lucky is second-guessing his decision to return to school for his senior season.

DD.comment: Link above notes that Lucky will play in the East-West Shrine All-Star Game, so he'll have a chance to impress scouts in San Antonio. Coming into the season he was actually rated somewhere between a 7th rounder and a priority free agent by the N.F.L.'s two major scouting services. His preseason measurables, according to our scouting sources, were: Height: 5' 11"; Weight: 211 pounds; 40 time: 4.60.

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The Associated Press announces All-SEC Teams

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The Pac-10 announces All-Conference Football Awards

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The Austin Statesman reports Texas Longhorns' quarterback Colt McCoy will stay for his senior season.

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Texas senior defensive end Brian Orakpo wins the 2008 Bronco Nagurski Trophy.

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Representatives from 5 N.F.L. teams were present at the M.A.C. Championship Game.

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Florida junior defensive end Jermaine Cunningham had a game-changing play in the SEC championship with his sack of Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson.

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Cal-Poly wide receiver Ramses Barden has a great deal of work ahead of him to cement his place as an elite prospect.

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C.A.A. Sports (Ben Dogra) has signed Baylor left tackle Jason Smith for representation.

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Feature guest writer Paul G's players "Who Caught My Eye" in week 14, content exclusive to Draft Daddy.

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Three Connecticut Huskies, including speedy cornerback Darius Butler, have been invited to participate in postseason all-star games.

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Jose Davis thinks his younger brother, Ball State quarterback Nate Davis, should enter the 2009 N.F.L. draft.

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Florida Gators' quarterback Tim Tebow leads the way in Todd McShay's brief "stock up; stock down" report.

Related Item: Tebow 'leaning' toward staying at Florida for his senior season.

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Sid Hartman: Still upset by benching, Vikings' quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has big second half @ the Detroit Lions.

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Peter King: This Offensive Rookie Class is the best I've ever seen.

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last updated: 12/07/08
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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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U.C.L.A.'s very productive junior linebacker Reggie Carter said he will file paperwork with the N.F.L. to have his draft status evaluated.

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Georgia beat writer Paul Dehner Jr. makes his case why junior quarterback Matthew Stafford should go ahead and declare for the N.F.L. draft.

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University of Albany junior tailback David McCarty ran for 271 yards and scored 4 touchdowns in Saturday's Gridiron Classic.

DD.comment: Yesterday was the first time we really got to watch Albany for a significant amount of time. McCarty was very impressive. He could've ran for well over 300 yards if he hadn't sat out most of the 4th quarter. Talented kid, who sort of reminds us of a bigger Jake Sharpe of Kansas. McCarty, who's only junior, has committed to join the Marines after graduation, which is fine. But we are shocked that TV announcers and writers in Albany don't ask why a back with his size, quickness and dominating stats is not on the N.F.L.'s radar? From what we saw, McCarty, at the very least, will deserve a long look as an undrafted free agent in the spring of 2010. Also, Albany's talented senior left tackle Raphael Nguti definitely looked the part of a potential N.F.L. draft pick. We were impressed with his size, strength, agility and footwork, but must note it was tough to gauge how he'll project because, listed at a shade over 6' 6" and 330 pounds, he was so much bigger than the defenders he faced yesterday.

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Toledo senior free safety Tyrrell Herbert has been selected to participate in the 3rd annual Texas vs the Nation All-Star Challenge.

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Ann Arbor News: Michigan Wolverines' tight end Carson Butler is expected to enter the N.F.L. Draft. Also, head coach Rich Rodriguez talks about tailback Sam McGuffie's health.

DD.comment: Junior tight end Carson Butler came to Michigan fairly highly regarded, thanks to his unique size/speed ratio, but his career has been dogged by off-field problems and he hasn't been real productive on the field. Can't imagine he'll be drafted, but we'll see how things shake out?

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The New York Times: What if quarterback Rhett Bomar had stayed at the University of Oklahoma?

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Three talented University of Kentucky Juniors have requested paperwork to get their N.F.L. draft status evaluated by the N.F.L.'s Draft Advisory Board.

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Dan Pompei's Scout Talk: Top 10 Senior Cornerbacks.

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Insurance policy covers Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree as N.F.L. waits.

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U.C.L.A. defensive tackle Brigham Harwell has mixed emotions as Bruins career comes to end.

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Strong-armed Ball State quarterback Nate Davis says he will not leave school early for the N.F.L. draft.

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Missouri redshirt sophomore wide receiver Jeremy Maclin will declare for the 2009 N.F.L. draft, if he gets a high projection from scouts.

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Former Boise State quarterback Nick Lomax has announced he is transferring to Central Washington.

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last updated: 12/05/08
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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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Cal-Berkeley quarterback Nate Longshore remains confident he will play in the N.F.L., despite the fact that he's mostly been a backup since early 2007.

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As we've been reporting for several weeks, Texas A&M's speedy, but not real prolific, junior tailback Mike Goodson is expected to declare for the 2009 N.F.L. draft.

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Portland State linebacker Andy Schantz has been invited to participate in the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Challenge.

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Very quietly, Navy fullback Collin Mooney has put together a huge senior season.

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Closer look at East Carolina tight end Davon Drew, who Skip Holtz says is a rising N.F.L. prospect.

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Some N.F.L. scouts believe Florida quarterback Tim Tebow has a long range of motion and may not project as a 2009 first-round pick.

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Missouri senior tight end Chase Coffman has learned much from his Pro Bowl father.

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Virginia Tech cornerback Macho Harris doesn't regret his decision to stay in school for his senior season.

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Mercury News looks at Oregon State's fast-rising 2009 N.F.L. draft prospect Andy Levitre.

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Look at a pair of second generation U.S.C. Trojans Clay Matthews Jr. and Marc Tyler.

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Central Washington senior quarterback Mike Reilly prepares for a pro future.

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UAlbany senior offensive tackle Raphael Nguti has been catching the eye of NFL scouts.

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49ers.com scout Ethan Waugh shares his observations on the recent East Coast bowl.

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Troy senior cornerback Sherrod Martin will accept an invitation to play at the Senior Bowl.

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A pair of talented Oregon Ducks -- Max Unger and Jeremiah Johnson -- have been invited to the Senior Bowl.

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Central Florida senior cornerback Joe Burnett believes he made the right decision returning to school for his senior season.

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Hawaii senior defensive end David Veikune receives high praise from his head coach.

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Breakdown of top match-ups to watch in this weekend's Big 12 Championship.

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Wall Street Journal: What the rise of Southern Football says about America.

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Miami head coach Randy Shannon will encourage redshirt sophomore tailback Graig Cooper to petition the N.F.L. Draft advisory committee to determine his status.

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Green Bay Packers' quarterback Brian Brohm hopes to bounce back after a poor rookie season.

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last updated: 12/04/08
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Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree tells a web site he's staying in school, but Michael Crabtree Sr. says his son is leaning towards leaving early.

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Pro Football Weekly: Top Defensive Line Prospects

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Pro Football Weekly: Top Offensive Line Prospects

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Pro Football Weekly: Top 150 Seniors

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Pro Football Weekly: Top-10 Seniors Rankings by Position

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Scouts Buzz: Josh Buchanan looks at 15 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 60 Small School Prospects.

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Northern Illinois' star defensive end Larry English thinks he might be best suited to play linebacker in the N.F.L.

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Will West Virginia quarterback Pat White's skill set transfer to a N.F.L. career?

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Closer look at Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich, who is the A.C.C. Defensive Player of the Year.

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U.C.L.A.'s high-impact sophomore Brian Price brings passion to the Bruins' defensive line.

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T.C.U. senior linebacker Jason Phillips has been selected to play in the 84th East-West Shrine Game.

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Texas Tech senior safety Darcel McBath has accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine game.

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Michigan running back Sam McGuffie did not attend the team's banquet, adding to speculation that he will transfer.

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last updated: 12/03/08
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Senior free safety Rashad Johnson has gone from a walk-on to a potential All-American at the University of Alabama.

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The Green Bay Packers may be forced to use starting linebacker Brady Poppinga at defensive end.

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KBTX.com is reporting Texas A&M defensine lineman Michael Bennett has accepted a bid to play in Houston's East-West Shrine Game.

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As he nears a 1,000 yard season, Tennessee Titans' rookie tailback Chris Johnson is drawing comparisons to some NFL legends.

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Whom should the struggling Cleveland Browns select with their 2009 first round draft pick?

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Wisconsin Journal: Long-time NFL scouts believe there are Only 25 to 50 true Difference-Makers in the league and the other players are largely interchangeable.

DD.comment: We (DD.com's two editors) were preaching a similar theory recently as guests on another web site yesterday. Here's our long-standing theory: The NFL has about 10% absolute stars that are invaluable and can't easily be replaced. 40 to 50% next level minor-stars (valuable starters and reserves) that can make a good, or mediocre, team much better. Finally, about the last 40% (or more) of players on all NFL rosters are very interchangeable. Matter of fact, we really believe teams could replace the last 10 players on their 47 man game day rosters with all their practice squad players and a couple street free agents, on any given weekend, and there would be little-to-no effect on the outcome of games because of it....This is why we never mock players from the Arena League or Canadian League as "scrubs", like many others do, because we fully realize a lot of these players could be Kurt Warner, Wes Welker or Will Parker types in the NFL, if they were in the right situation, at the right time, and got a fair chance to strut their stuff.

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Pro Football Weekly scout looks at San Diego Chargers' fast-rising free safety Eric Weddle.

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ESPN's Scouts Inc: Week 14 Film Report.

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Cincinnati senior defensive end Connor Barwin has raised his stock after a positional switch from tight end.

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Texas senior defensive end Brian Orakpo was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.

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Bengals.com previews what could be on the menu for a possible top 5 selection.

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With 3 sacks this weekend, Oregon senior defensive end Nick Reed has become the school's all-time sack leader.

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Alabama freshman wide receiver Julio Jones versus Florida freshman cornerback Janoris Jenkins is a marquee matchup to watch.

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South Florida junior defensive end George Selvie has flaws as a prospect that might benefit from another year in school.

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University of Florida junior Tim Tebow wants to know his potential NFL draft status.

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University of Central Arkansas tight end Marquez Branson has received an invitation to the Texas vs. Nation All-Star Game.

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Arizona Wildcats' junior left tackle Eben Britton will consider declaring for the 2009 NFL draft.

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Closer look at the Pitt Panthers' talented, but under-utilized junior tight end Nate Byham.

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Chicago Bears' rookie tailback Matt Forte should become the seventh rookie in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards and catch 50-plus passes.

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Washington Post: Rookie Wide Receivers usually catch on slowly in the National Football League.

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last updated: 12/02/08
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The Big 12 Conference has announced its All-Big 12 Football Teams.

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The Miami Dolphins are very high on several first-year undrafted free agents, including ultra-quick wide receiver Davone Bess.

DD.comment: Following the 2007 season University of Hawaii slot receiver Davone Bess decided to leave school early after receiving a 2nd round projection from the N.F.L.'s Draft Advisory Panel. But after registering some mediocre times at the Combine (Official times were: 4.72 to 4.80 hand timed; 4.64 and 4.77 electronic time), at a shade over 5' 9" and 194 pounds, his draft stock took a pounding. Nonetheless, the link above proves what we've been preaching for a while: 40 times tend to be vastly overrated. First of all, most of the 40 times the media reports for players are wrong (they skew too fast) and, more importantly, you can't measure things like skill, toughness and heart with a stopwatch.

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University of Colorado defensive tackle George Hypolite has been contacted about playing in the Texas vs. The Nation game.

DD.comment: Per our knowledge, the Hula Bowl, which was once a premiere college all-star game, has been canceled due to financial reasons and there is no reason to believe it will played again in the near future.

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Troy Trojans' defensive back Sherrod Martin has been invited to play in the Senior Bowl.

DD.comment: As we noted in a recent Draft Daddy feature, 16 Day Two Prospects with Surprising Speed, N.F.L scouts listed Martin's 40 yard dash time at 4.46 seconds coming into the season.

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DD.com's updated list of 57 Undrafted Rookie Free Agents that have been on a 53-man roster for at least one game this season.

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Associated Press has announced it's All-A.C.C. Football Teams.

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The Western Athletic Conference announced its All-W.A.C. Football Teams.

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From last week: Big Ten All-Conference Teams.

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William Jewell College senior safeties Clayton Hewitt and Eric Johnson have caught the attention of N.F.L. scouts.

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South Florida quarterback Matt Grothe has announced he's no longer thinking about entering the 2009 N.F.L. draft.

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SI.com's Tony Pauline takes his weekly look at the draft's Risers & Sliders.

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Charleston Daily Mail reports West Virginia quarterback Pat White and cornerback Ellis Lankster have been invited to the Senior Bowl.

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University of Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes plans to petition N.F.L. on draft status.

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Talented Syracuse University junior defensive tackle Arthur Jones thinking about entering the 2009 N.F.L. draft.

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Boise State's junior wide receiver Jeremy Childs said he will file papers with the N.F.L.'s draft advisory committee.

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Mississippi State's leading receiver, Brandon McRae, recovering after suffering a very serious leg injury against Ole Miss last weekend.

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Even after a dominating rushing performance @ a very talented New York Jets defensive line a few days ago, Denver Post writer suggests Broncos' running back Peyton Hillis should play tight end in the N.F.L.

DD.comment: We've been blogging 1,000's of articles a year here since 2004. And we've linked many in which the agile Hillis (who averaged over 10 yards per punt return in the SEC at 245 pounds) was outwardly angry about being stereotyped as only a lead blocker or an H-Back at Arkansas. We can imagine he'd be very upset if he saw the link above, just a few days after the Jets game, as it seems like he can do nothing to show some people he deserves a "chance" to play tailback. This kind of article makes us fully agree with Toby Gerhart's Decision to lean more towards a career in baseball than football, even though he's much better at football than baseball and has the ability to be a first or second pick in the 2010 N.F.L. draft....Also, the writer seems to have an agenda here. He (or she?) suggests Broncos coach Mike Shanahan is thinking about moving Hillis to tight end, but within the link Mike clearly states Hillis is better coming out of the backfield. Make sense of that?

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last updated: 12/01/08
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Scott Bordow: Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter overshadowed by lack of wins.

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Rutgers' defensive tackle Pete Tverdov has a lot of respect for Louisville's All-American center Eric Wood.

DD.comment: Tverdov has really come on after not doing much in 2005 and 2006. We haven't heard much about him from N.F.L. sources yet, but he's had a solid senior season and is a Longtime Workout Fanatic, who is very strong and agile for his size. He could be a player to watch as a potential latter round/free agent type 3-4 defensive end prospect as the draft process moves forward.

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Former University of Miami linebacker Willie Williams led the South to 27-0 Victory over the North in Saturday's East Coast Bowl.

Related Item: East Coast Bowl Game Rosters.

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ESPN's Todd McShay: Stock Up and Stock Down in college football.

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Scout.com takes an in-depth look at Duke's All-A.C.C. linebacker Mike Tauiliili.

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An anonymous N.F.L. scout says Ohio State redshirt junior wide receiver Brian Hartline, who was also a key member of the Buckeyes' track team last spring, will enter the 2009 N.F.L. draft.

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Florida State's junior strong safety Myron Rolle leaning towards studying in Oxford, rather than declaring for the 2009 N.F.L. draft.

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Talented Georgia Bulldogs' Knowshon Moreno and Matthew Stafford might leave early for the riches of the N.F.L.

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Diminutive New Mexico State wide receiver Chris Williams ends his career; looks forward to making an N.F.L. roster next fall.

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