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last updated: 02/28/09
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Dan Pompei's scout talk: Big Name prospects that still have something to prove to N.F.L. scouts.

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Adam Nettina from In The Bleachers looks at some of the real offensive winners at the N.F.L. Combine.

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Consensus is three Kentucky Wildcats, including safety Marcus McClinton helped themselves at the N.F.L. Combine last week.

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Draft Prospect Q&A: Maryland defensive end Jeremy Navarre.

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The Denver Post: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers attempted to trade for Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler.

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Pro Day Info: University of Miami's string of 14 years of having a player selected in the first round will end.

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Bleacher Report: U.S.C. linebacker Brian Cushing still battling steroid speculation.

DD.comment: These rumors have been floating around N.F.L. circles for a long time, yet scouts still flocked to him at the Senior Bowl and Combine, which shows it's probably not going to be a huge issue going forward.

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Michigan State tailback Javon Ringer disappointed with his 40 time after working out for scouts with a '80%' knee.

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Western Kentucky defensive end Dan Cline adds 25 pounds, hopes to impress at W.K.U.'s Pro Day next month.

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The Detroit Lions traded former starting quarterback Jon Kitna to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for veteran cornerback Anthony Henry.

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Former Atlanta Falcons' star linebacker Keith Brooking has signed a three-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys.

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Veteran cornerback Lito Sheppard goes from the Philadelphia Eagles to New York Jets, in exchange for a pair of undisclosed draft picks.

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Quarterback Matt Cassel traded from the New England Patriots to Kansas City Chiefs for a 2nd round pick.

Related Article/Jim Donaldson: The Patriots didn't get enough for Cassel and Vrabel.

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last updated: 02/27/09
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Penn State wide receiver Deon Butler talks about his outstanding showing at the N.F.L. Combine.

DD.comment: Butler was one several projected Day 2 type prospects that wowed scouts last week after training at the Parisi Speed School.

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24 N.F.L. teams have expressed interest in Western Ontario defensive lineman Vaughn Martin.

Related Item: List of N.F.L. draft picks from Canadian Universities since 1965.

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Our friends over at Draftguys.com have put together high quality video profiles for some talented N.F.L. prospects:

OT Sebastian Vollmer ~ Houston

RB Devin Moore ~ Wyoming

DL Clinton McDonald ~ Memphis

DD.comment: To see more high quality prospect video profiles from draftguys.com, check out their Videos Archive Page.

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University of Miami pro day: scouts impressed with cornerback Carlos Armour & linebacker Spencer Adkins.

DD.comment: Armour recorded a 4.59 40-yard dash, 38 inch vertical and is being projected a coverage safety.

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Fast-rising linebacker Aaron Curry attempts to convince Detroit Lions decision-makers that he is worthy of top selection.

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Scouts from, at least, five N.F.L. teams showed up at Ball State's Pro Day.

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An anonymous A.F.C. scout praises Ball State quarterback Nate Davis.

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Free agent defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has agreed to a $100 million deal with the Washington Redskins.

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The Minnesota Vikings have acquired quarterback Sage Rosenfels from the Houston Texans.

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The Cleveland Browns have traded tight end Kellen Winslow to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for undisclosed draft choices.

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Josh Buchanan's Small School Big Board Rankings, with 40 times and round projections.

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NFL.com: Pat Kirwan's top 50 players in free agency

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NFL.com: Breaking down N.F.C. free-agency needs

NFL.com: Breaking down A.F.C. free-agency needs

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CBS Sports: St. Louis Rams cornerback Ronald Bartell tops Clark Judge's list of free-agent bargains.

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Baltimore Ravens safety Jim Leonhard tops NFL.com's list of free agents that could come at a bargain price.

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CBS Sports: Proceed with caution on these free agents

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last updated: 02/26/09
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The Palm Beach Post: Florida Atlantic linebacker Frantz Joseph pulls in N.F.L. scouts for his pro timing day.

DD.comment: Joseph's 40 time is not terrible for a middle linebacker. It's a little above what the average middle linebacker ran last winter at the Combine. Only potential issue is how fast F.A.U.'s track is in comparison to the track in Indy? Regardless, we like his instincts and his non-stop motor and really believe he has a good chance to be valuable reserve/special teamer early in his N.F.L. career.

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Our friends over at Draftguys.com have put together another high quality video profile: CB Mark Parson, Ohio University

DD.comment: Check Tuesday's blog for more quality videos from draftguys.

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Bleacher Report Draft Prospect Q&A: Maryland linebacker Chase Bullock.

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The South Florida Sun-Sentinel has workout numbers from Florida Atlantic's Pro Day.

Related Item: The South Florida Sun-Sentinel has posted a few more Photos from F.A.U.'s Pro Day.

DD.comment: The performance by Carldayle Brantley certainly jumps out at us. He only collected 35 tackles his first three years at F.I.U., but recorded 44 tackles, with 3 interceptions, last season. He's a likely free agent type, we'd guess. Also, from reading the second article, we should probably add Owls' offensive tackle Carl Spitale to our junior watch list database. He may not be a big time prospect, yet, but should be someone we track going forward?

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Former U.S.C. linebacker Kaluka Maiava sees room for improvement after the N.F.L. Combine.

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Sam Farmer of the L.A. Times has posted a One Round Mock Draft, with a Jets/Jags trade projected and comments.

DD.comment: Three Connecticut Huskies in round one? So much for the idea that the Big East would collapse after Virginia Tech, Miami and Boston College left.

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The Football Expert: 4 Round Mock Draft, with comments.

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Q&A with 25 year old Arizona State junior linebacker Mike Nixon, who looks forward to the 2010 draft.

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Draft Countdown Q&A with University of Missouri safety William Moore.

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Draft Countdown: 2009 NFL Combine Results, sorted by position

DD.comment: Scott's times for the cornerbacks are scary -- only 2 ran below a 4.5? If this trend continues, expect more star types to come up with "phantom injuries" during Combine week, so they can only be hand-timed at their Pro Day's.

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Syracuse defensive tackle Arthur Jones, who's considered a strong 2010 draft prospect, tore a chest muscle and needs surgery.

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Bleacher Report writer comes up with 11 potential N.F.L. expansion cities.

DD.comment: First, there is no way the N.F.L. is expanding to 40 teams any time soon. Current owners simply will not share their revenues with that many new owners -- particularly so many from smaller markets, that bring very little additional TV revenue to the table. And, although few in the mainstream care to mention it, the state of California is absolutely broke and could be on the verge of financial collapse sometime in the near future? So, getting one viable team in Los Angeles could be considered a minor miracle, suggesting two teams can be placed in L.A. is very....we'll be nice and say "silly".

Also, the responding fans in the link above mentioned Mexico City as a viable expansion option. It's not, even though many clueless sportswriters and broadcasters keep saying it will happen very soon in the N.B.A., M.L.B. or N.F.L. The major problem is exchange rates. Any Mexican owner would have to pay his players in U.S. dollars. It currently takes about 15 Mexican pesos to equal one U.S. dollar, so do the math -- a $1 million backup quarterback like, for example, Charlie Fry would cost a Mexican owner 15 million pesos per season...A Gus Frerrotte type would have to be paid the equivalent of 30 million pesos to match his current salary ($2 million). A superstar like Peyton Manning, who makes $18.7 million, would cost a owner in Mexico City about 280 million pesos per year! Here's an article showing how important exchange rates are to N.H.L. teams in Canada.

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Former Nevada-Reno offensive line stalwart Dominic Green hopes to impress scouts at Pro Day.

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ESPN Insider: Cornerbacks disappoint during combine

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The Miami Dolphins have signed recently released safety Gibril Wilson.

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Green Bay Press-Gazette's free agency preview: Offense and Defense/Special Teams

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Agent Ralph Cindrich says free agent center Jeff Saturday wants to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Baltimore Ravens center Jason Brown is the Miami Dolphins' top target during free agency.

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last updated: 02/25/09
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CBSSports.com Senior Writer Pete Prisco's Top 50 NFL Free Agents

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Draft Daddy post-Combine updated one round mock draft with commentary.

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U.S.C. place kicker David Buehler turns heads at the N.F.L. combine with his legs strength and athletic ability.

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Ohio State cornerback Donald Washington might have leaped up the draft boards yesterday at the N.F.L. scouting combine in Indianapolis.

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CBSSports.com Senior Writer Clark Judge's Combine roundup.

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SI.com Combine review: Which prospects helped & hurt themselves the most.

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Pat Kirwan of NFL.com has posted a One Round Mock draft.

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Charles Davis of NFL.com has, also, posted a One Round Mock draft.

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NFL.com: San Jose State cornerback Coye Francies may drop a few rounds after running the 40 in 4.56 and 4.62 seconds.

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SI.com: Don Banks' updated One Round Mock draft.

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Former Fresno State quarterback Tom Brandstater may've elavated his stock with a nice showing at the N.F.L. Combine.

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A promising start for Ryan Mouton at the N.F.L. Combine ended in disappointment yesterday, due to a hamstring pull.

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Pro Football Weekly: Michael Crabtree should get foot fixed, forgo the 40, disappear from the spotlight for a bit.

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West Virginia star Pat White feels his future in the N.F.L. is at quarterback, but will he get a chance behind center?

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USA Today: No U.S.C. 'glamour boy', Mark Sanchez makes case as best quarterback in the draft.

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Former Cincinnati star Connor Barwin wows scouts at the Combine, hopes to crack to the first round of the 2009 draft.

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Vanderbilt cornerback D.J. Moore, who measured at only 5' 8" and ran the 40 in 4.54 and 4.58 seconds, is open to playing wide receiver in the N.F.L.

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Yesterday we posted this CBS Sportsline article: Michael Crabtree still must jump through hoops for "dummy scouts".

DD.comment: One of our long time sources, who is in constant contact with scouts and has worked for an N.F.C. team, sent us this reply after seeing the link: It is not the "dummy scouts". It is the media that wants Crabtree to run and puts pressure on it. The N.F.L. teams have him as a top 5-10 pick no matter if he runs or not -- his tape is enough. GM's just don't publicly comment to ESPN and writers on the record that he doesn't need to run because they don't trust the media with real information.

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last updated: 02/24/09
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Our friends over at Draftguys.com have put together high quality video profiles for some talented N.F.L. prospects:

OT TJ Lang, Eastern Michigan

LB Frantz Joseph, Florida Atlantic

WR Johnny Knox, Abilene Christian

DD.comment: Sigmund tells us they have five more videos planned to roll out this week, and they should be profiling at least 50 players by the time the draft arrives.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan's post-Combine Small School Risers & Fallers

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Closer look at Norfolk State cornerback Don Carey, who impressed scouts at the N.F.L. Combine.

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Dan Pompei: As a whole defensive backs don't show much at the N.F.L. Combine.

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49ers scout Todd Brunner recaps the last few days of the N.F.L. Combine in his updated Brunner's Blog Feature.

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49ers.com Q&A with former Rice tight end James Casey.

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

DD.comment: As we've been reporting for a while here, N.F.L. scouts had pegged U.S.C. safety Kevin Ellison as a 4.75 to 4.80 guy since his junior year. Because he's a shade over 6' 1" and almost 230 pounds, we would not be surprised to see him play linebacker in the N.F.L., like his older brother, Keith Ellison, who is a member of the Buffalo Bills... By the way, Nic Harris of Oklahoma is another college safety who projects as an N.F.L. linebacker in the eyes of scouts.

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The Football Expert: 40 N.F.L. Combine 40 Observations

DD.comment: A lot of people are mentioning the excellent Combine showing by U.S.C. kicker David Buehler -- comparing him to the position players. As we've reported before, he also ran a 4.49 on U.S.C.'s track at Pro Day last spring, so he's a very good all-around athlete. Keep in mind, he came to U.S.C. as a safety/fullback/kick-off specialist, but was pressed into action full time as a kicker when tragedy struck a few years ago and the Trojan's lost their primary kicker. David is the nephew of George Buehler, who was a stalwart guard for the Oakland Raiders throughout the 1970's.

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Despite running a 4.52 and 4.59 at today's Combine, Ohio State star Malcolm Jenkins insists he wants to play cornerback in the N.F.L.

DD.comment: Jenkins should feel this way, because the fact is he was a fantastic college cornerback and his best 40 time (4.52) is not that far below that of the average cornerback prospect. In the last few years we probably surprised a lot of people (who wrongly assumed a CB prospect has to run a 4.40 or better to play in N.F.L.) by posting that the average cornerback prospect has run a shade below a 4.50 (officially) at the N.F.L. Combine in the last few years. If footballballfuture's numbers are accurate, it looks like the average cornerback prospect ran slightly over 4.50 today, even if former B.C. safety/linebacker tweener Kevin Akins (who should've never been placed in that group) numbers are excluded.

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Central Florida cornerback Joe Burnett puts on a strong display at the N.F.L. Combine, running a 4.49.

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N.F.L. scouts like what they see from Texas A&M quarterback Stephen McGee.

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A pair of N.F.L. scouts project Wisconsin defensive end Matt Shaughnessy as a third- or fourth-round draft choice.

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Dan Pompei: History shows that the best N.F.L. wide receivers are found later in draft.

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Missouri Western guard Roger Allen fares well at the Combine; been told he projects as a 4th to 6th rounder.

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Despite "only" running a 4.58, Alabama running back Glenn Coffee creates a buzz at the N.F.L. with other workouts numbers.

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Some N.F.L. teams see Florida State defensive end Everette Brown as a linebacker.

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Penn State defensive linemen -- Aaron Maybin and Maurice Evans -- fail to impress at the N.F.L. Combine.

DD.comment: Not to nitpick, but many outlets have Maybin's 40 time at 4.88, not 4.75 (as noted above). Like we noted yesterday, we still like him as a prospect, but Aaron is a prime example why we do not rank underclassmen with the seniors, or even post mock drafts before the underclassmen declare. You can't convince us that all the hype Maybin was getting in mock drafts during the season from various draft websites and some well known mainstream media outlets (which touted him as a top 5 or 10 pick) didn't distort his opinion of his worth. Many of these players want to make millions and don't want to be school, so the players (and, more importantly sometimes, their families) latch onto any reason they find to leave early -- even if that means believing a draft writer over their own coaches or scouts.

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Bad news for Ohio State cornerback Malcolm Jenkins at N.F.L. Scouting Combine, good news for New Orleans Saints?

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Pat Kirwan's Combine notebook: Fast wide receivers, short quarterbacks and prospects on the rise.

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NFL.com article about receivers includes Gil Brandt's "target numbers", or workout times N.F.L. teams expect from wide receivers and tight ends.

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For breaking Combine news, check out NFL.com's Combine section and their constantly updated N.F.L. Combine Blog.

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Here is the link for NFL.com's Combine coverage. Press on the "NFL Network" window to see the live action.

DD.comment: NFL.com's Combine coverage will begin at 11:00 AM, EST -- NFL.com's Combine coverage schedule

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NFL.com Combine coverage: Top Performers

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Footballfutures.com has listed some Combine workout Results, sorted by position.

DD.comment: We only linked the quarterbacks page. But if you want to look at other positions, links are on the top of the page.

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last updated: 02/23/09
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Dan Pompei looks at how some of the top Linebackers & Defensive Linemen fared at the N.F.L. Combine.

DD.comment: By the way, our long time West Coast source was 100% correct when he told us that Aaron Maybin's advisers were taking a huge risk by pumping him up to 250 pounds real quickly (February 12th blog notes). Our opinion of Aaron hasn't changed after the Combine. We think he's a very good prospect, but coming out as a sophomore was a gamble. He could have used, at least, one more season to bulk up gradually. He'll still be drafted fairly high, but his goal of being a top 10 pick may not happen.

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Tony Grossi: N.F.L. teams are bullish on U.S.C. linebacker Clay Matthews III.

DD.comment: Clay's younger brother, Casey Matthews, currently starts for the Oregon Ducks. His cousin Kevin Matthews, uncle Bruce's son, is Texas A&M's starting center.

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Clemson Tigers' defensive tackle Dorrell Scott tries to impress scouts with talent and work ethic.

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Clemson running back James Davis satisfied with his performance at the N.F.L. Combine.

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Draft Prospect Q&A: Richmond running back Josh Vaughan.

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SI.com's Combine Risers and Sliders: Defensive Line and Linebackers.

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Ohio State wide receiver Brian Robiskie dazzled coaches and scouts with his workout at the N.F.L. Scouting Combine on Sunday.

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Our friend Adam Nettina from In The Bleachers has posted some interesting Monday Combine Thoughts.

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Former Buffalo Bulls' quarterback Drew Willy hopes a strong showing at the combine leads to him being a draft pick.

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Ohio State wide receiver Brian Hartline is a little disappointed he didn't run in the 4.4's, but was excellent in all the agility drills.

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The Vikings and Houston Texans are close to completing a trade that would send quarterback Sage Rosenfels to Minnesota.

DD.comment: The Vikings have a lot of talent and could be on cusp of making the Super Bowl for the first time since 1976. That said, if we were Vikings' fans, this is not the quarterback we'd want Brad Childress to target as a potential starter. We'd much rather see the team roll the dice and bring in a Matt Cassel or Derek Anderson, even if it means giving up some more valuable draft picks.

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Former University of Kentucky wide receiver Dicky Lyons Jr. says his rehab from a devastating knee injury is 'ahead of schedule".

DD.comment: According to our league sources, Lyons' measurable coming into the season were: 5' 10", 172 pounds and 4.55 forty time. We assume those were from last spring's Junior Day. He came into the season with a 5th to 7th round projection, but our guess is the severity of the knee injury will mean he has to go the priority free agent route. But even if that happens, expect a lot of teams to contact him after the draft -- he's a good slot receiver and can return kicks.

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Ex-N.F.L. tackle dubs rising Ball State left tackle Robert Brewster "The Dancing Bear', thanks to his surprising agility at 310 pounds.

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Cal-Poly wide receiver Ramses Barden believes his 40 time at the Combine helped his draft status.

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Draft analyst Mike Mayock projects ex-Virginia Tech/West Liberty tailback Branden Ore as a priority free agent.

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Should the Tampa Bay Buccaneers consider Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman in round one?

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Record-breaking Virginia-Wise (N.A.I.A.) quarterback Randy Hippeard can't believe he's not getting more attention from N.F.L. scouts.

DD.comment: Every year at the Senior Bowl, at least one N.F.L. scout tell us their team scans our blog frequently for prospect news. We also know C.F.L. scouts read our site from time to time, looking for under the radar talent. In addition, we've got E-Mail's from the U.F.L., so we know they are checking us out. Hopefully, for Randy's sake, they'll give the link above and his YouTube video a look.

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

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Temple defensive tackle Terrance Knighton shows his skill at the combine.

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All-A.C.C. linebacker Aaron Curry came home from college during summer break after his sophomore year only to find he had no home.

Related Link: Complete package Aaron Curry campaigns to be Number one player selected.

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Cincinnati cornerback Mike Mickens works his way back from knee injury.

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Speedy cornerback D.J. Moore could be Vanderbilt's next first-round NFL draft pick.

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Florida State defensive end Everette Brown, listed by the Seminoles at 6-4, 252 pounds, measured in at 6-1 7/8, 256 pounds

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Eric DeCosta, director of player personnel for the Ravens gives his quick evaluations on the draft's top 5 cornerbacks.

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Alabama left tackle Andre Smith is introduced to the real world.

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Louisville quarterback Hunter Cantwell shows off his new throwing motion at the combine.

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last updated: 02/22/09
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Mary Kay Cabot: Ohio State's Chris Wells doesn't need a fancy 40 time to win pro scouts' admiration.

DD.comment: It was Bizarro Sunday in Indy. For a while, at least, it seemed everything was in reverse for the running backs, as some of the top superstars (Wells, Greene, Moreno) posted average, or worse than expected, 40 times, while several second-tier type prospects blazed the track. Here's a notable fact: Quite a few of the tailbacks and wide receivers that really surprised scouts today trained at the same east coast speed school, which may indicate part of their success had to do with better preperation and coaching for the Combine.

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ESPN.com: History tells N.F.L. teams to be wary of early-entry quarterback draft candidates.

DD.comment: Draftdaddy's unofficial list of quarterbacks that have declared early the last 20 years.

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If former Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter plays in the N.F.L., it will be because of all the attributes that can't be measured at the Scouting Combine.

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Ohio.com Combine Notes: Ohio State tailback Chris Wells doesn't run as well as expected; wide receivers Brian Hartline and Brian Robiskie impress in workouts.

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49ers.com Q&A with former U.S.C. linebacker Brian Cushing.

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49ers.com Q&A with former Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo.

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Missouri All-America wide receiver Jeremy Maclin injured his knee at the Combine, but expects to be okay by Pro Day.

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Mike Freeman: The Indianapolis Colts can't afford to lose veteran free agent center Jeff Saturday.

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ESPN.com: A ball of nervous energy, U.S.C. quarterback Mark Sanchez had a good throwing performance Sunday at the combine.

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SI.com Combine Notes: Don Banks writes Pat White looked better throwing at the N.F.L. Combine than Mark Sanchez, Josh Freeman and others.

DD.comment: A few months ago a big city newspaper writer quoted an anonymous N.F.L. scout saying Nate Davis of Ball State was probably about 5' 11", instead of his listed 6' 2". Turns out Davis officially measured in at a shade below 6' 2" in Indianapolis. While being 6' 2" isn't "ideal", as scouts really love 6' 4" or 6' 5" quarterbacks, it won't hurt him much either -- Matt Stafford, Mark Sanchez and several N.F.L. stars are about 6' 2". Davis' bigger problem is the way he played down the stretch -- he really struggled in the M.A.C. championship game and B.S.U.'s Bowl game versus Tulsa. We currently project Davis as a 3rd to 5th rounder.

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Bigrednetwork.com looks at offensive tackle Lydon Murtha who worked out real well at the Combine, but had an uneven career at Nebraska.

DD.comment: A very good inside source told us he really likes Murtha and currently projects him as a 4th or 5th rounder, if he checks out medically. That is something we won't know until draftweekend, but if he doesn't go by pick 175-180 we were assured it will be due to injury concerns. Our source, who's watched him practice and play in games, thinks he has great field presence, excellent athletic ability, bends fairly well and really liked the fact that he improved as the week went on at the Texas v. The Nation game in El Paso.

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NFLhouse: Florida's Tim Tebow should be rooting for Pat White to do well in the N.F.L.

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Pro Football Weekly: Ohio State's Malcolm Jenkins prefers corner to safety; Illinois' Vontae Davis responds to questions about his character.

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Pro Football Weekly: How the top performers at last year's Combine workouts fared as N.F.L. rookies.

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Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman continues to like a viable option for the Detroit Lions at pick numbers 20 & 33.

DD.comment: If the Lions don't go quarterback number one overall, this is a no-brainer to us. We expect ex-N.F.L. quarterback/Jaguars G.M. James Harris to have a lot of input with the Lions and we can surely see him targeting Freeman, to backup likely starter Duante Culpepper.

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Top small-school tight end prospect Brian Mandeville has a heart ailment and has been advised to retire.

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L.S.U. defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois hoping to open eyes at the N.F.L. Scouting Combine.

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Dan Pompei: U.S.C.'s Mark Sanchez could become draft's top rated quarterback.

DD.comment: Link above also has some very interesting notes regarding young Baltimore Ravens' safety Tom Zbikowski.

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Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree has decided to hold off on any surgery for the slight stress fracture in his left foot until after his March 26 Pro Day.

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Draft Prospect Q&A: University of Indiana wide receiver Andrew Means.

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The Washington Redskins told Texas standout Brian Orakpo they envision him as the strongside linebacker in their 4-3 defense.

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Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis explains why he skipped the 2009 Senior Bowl.

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Marla Ridenour takes an in-depth look at the draft potential of Northwestern running back Tyrell Sutton.

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USA Today: Forget quarterback, linebacker is the new glamor position at the University of Southern California.

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last updated: 02/21/09
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Is Boston College nose tackle Ron Brace a perfect fit for the fast-rising Miami Dolphins?

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Speedy Florida Gators' wide receiver Percy Harvin expects to be a first round pick, despite durability concerns.

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All-A.C.C. linebacker linebacker Aaron Curry tempts the Detroit Lions as the 'safe' No. 1 pick.

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The Green Bay Press-Gazette: N.F.L. Combine notebook

DD.comment: We agree with Pete Dougherty that Brandon Pettigrew won't go in the top 10, but should still be a first round pick, even though he didn't blaze the track in Indy today. Here are a couple things to keep in mind: One, the N.F.L.'s major scouting services had his 40 time listed at 4.85 (junior day time?) coming into the season, yet he was still ranked as the number one tight end in senior class by a fairly wide margin. In other words, his 4.85 & 4.87 times were expected by scouts, who are clearly judging him as a football player/complete tight end -- good hands, exceptional quickness for his size and he's a above average blocker. No sane person should compare Pettigrew's 40 time (at almost 6' 6" and 260 pounds) to "tight-ends" that are 6' 2" or 6" 3" and weigh about (or less than) 240 pounds. Those guys are more H-Back/fullback types. Also, in the last few years Heath Miller, Zach Miller and John Carlson supposedly "caused concern" when they ran similar times at the Combine. Heath Miller has quickly developed into a Pro Bowl caliber N.F.L. tight end. Zach Miller and Carlson are already the best receivers on their teams.

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Dan Pompei's Scout Talk: Health concerns follow some Top N.F.L. draft prospects.

DD.comment: Former University of Florida tight end Cornelius Ingram did show up at the Combine in excellent shape, coming off a serious knee injury, running the 40 yard dash in 4.68 seconds and displaying a 33" vertical leap. After seeing him bounce back so strong, we'll definitely bump him up in our rankings.

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Bengals.com: Cincinnati Bearcat Connor Barwin says he'd much rather play on the defensive side of the football in the N.F.L.

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Poor senior season hurt the draft stock of Michigan defensive tackle Terrance Taylor.

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Offensive tackle prospect Andre Smith from Alabama, who has been battling weight problems, skips combine workout.

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Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree has stress fracture in foot; surgery will sideline him for at least 10 weeks.

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For some teams, trading for Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel could be a viable option, even though some wonder about all the YAC yards he accumulated.

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DD.com Featured Link: Official N.F.L. Combine Invite List.

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Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree might be available to Seattle with the No. 4 overall pick, although it turns out his size is less than advertised and his speed remains an issue.

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After cutting veteran linebacker Marcus Washington Friday, the Washington Redskins could draft a linebacker in round one.

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A few days ago, right after we posted a story about Indiana wide receiver Andrew Means, a long time source of ours contacted us and told us Means ran extremely well in pre-combine workouts. Per the source, Means was running in the low 4.4's at 6' and 215 pounds at Ignition A.P.G. in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The source also told us there was no way he was staying in school for his senior year, as it was his intention all along to leave early because of his decision to play baseball after being drafted by the Cincinnati Reds last year. But before committing to baseball full time, Means figured he would go through the preparation and see if he could get a shot with an N.F.L. team. It was a great surprise to him when he got the combine invite. Actually, he was ecstatic, because he's a football guy first. If Andrew is selected by a team this April he is undoubtedly going to play pro football.

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last updated: 02/20/09
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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Will Matt Stafford's choice not to work out at the N.F.L Combine hurt him?

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Vanderbilt cornerback D.J. Moore looks to help his draft stock at the N.F.L. combine.

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South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Cornelius Ingram's comeback from a serious knee injury continues at the N.F.L. Combine.

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The Oakland Raiders have released Gibril Wilson, one year after making him the third-highest paid safety in the N.F.L.

DD.comment: Another seemingly competent N.F.L. caliber safety sees his career ruined (or derailed) in Oakland.

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Quick Q&A with University of Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson.

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Pro Football Weekly: Top 10 Prospects, sorted by position

Pro Football Weekly: Top 150 Prospects

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Pro Football Weekly: Character questions cloud super talent Percy Harvin.

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The offensive line bench press results from the combine are in at NFL.com.

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Gil Brandt: What N.F.L. teams look for in combine drills.

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Pitt Panthers' tailback LeSean McCoy will run the 40 yard dash in Indy, depite being stricken by the flu.

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L.S.U. wide receiver Demetrius Byrd hoping to answer character questions at the N.F.L. combine.

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49ers.com's in-depth Q&A with former Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

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Tony Nowak from draftguys.com six part look at the top running backs in the draft: All 6 Links are here.

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NFLHouse.com: 10 Prospects who should excel in Combine interviews.

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Ohio State football: How will linebacker James Laurinaitis test at the N.F.L. Combine?

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NOLA.com Notebook: Day 2 of the NFL Scouting Combine

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Tennessee Titans officials met with wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey at the N.F.L. Combine.

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NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock is not a big fan of Georgia Tech defensive end Michael Johnson.

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Tom Kowalski: First impressions of the top three quarterbacks prospects in Indy.

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Mizzou speedster Jeremy Maclin has nothing to hide, so he'll glady run the 40 yard dash at the Combine.

DD.comment: By the way, we've been noting for a long time that pundits that assumed Chase Daniel was really about 5' 9" or 5' 10" were wrong. He measured at 6' even at the Tigers' last pro day, according to our N.F.L. source. Now 6' is still a shade a short, as the majority of N.F.L. quarterbacks are 6' 2" or taller.

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NFL.com: Senior analyst Pat Kirwan's position-by-position breakdown of the top 2009 draft prospects.

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The Chicago Tribune: Dan Pompei's Combine Preview

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NFL.com: Mike Mayock's Top 5 Prospects at each position.

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NFL.com Video: Draft Analyst Mike Mayock's Guide to the Combine

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NFL.com's Combine coverage schedule

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One non-combine invite who could make a serious splash at his pro day is San Diego State offensive lineman Lance Louis. While he'll most likely project as only a latter round, developmental type prospect, a reliable source told us "the kid is an athletic freak" that could create a buzz as the draft process moves forward -- he's 6' 3", 300 pounds and don't be shocked if he runs a sub-4.8 and bench presses 35 reps at his pro day. Louis has drawn comparisons to a young Brian Waters and we know a few west coast scouts have told him that they hope he remains a secret.

Louis is a former four-star tight end recruit from Louisiana, who began his college career as a Brandon Manumaleauna type, then converted to the offensive line in 2007, after an injury riddled 2006 season. He's played right tackle and left tackle at S.D.S.U., but is probably best suited to play offensive guard at the next level. Also, while Louis lacks experience and isn't real polished, yet, as an offensive linemen, he definitely has a strong work ethic and on-field nasty streak that N.F.L. offensive line coaches should love.

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last updated: 02/19/09
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New York Jets and Houston Texans looking at Western Ontario defensive lineman Vaughn Martin.

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Wyoming running back Devin Moore held his own private "pro day" on Thursday and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.43 and 4.41 seconds and displayed a 35" vertical jump.

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Josh Buchanan's recent Q&A with ex-Penn State/Hampton University defensive tackle Chris Baker.

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Will the Miami Dolphins draft Maryland star wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey?

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Former Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper wants to show scouts he's same guy who set records as a junior.

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In-depth look at fast-rising Rice Owls' H-Back James Casey, who hopes to crash into the first round of the 2009 draft.

Related Link: ESPN draft expert notes Casey may go much higher than expected, in this article full of N.F.L. Combine notes from the NOLA.com.

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Ohio State lineman Alex Boone trying to convince N.F.L. teams he can play and be trusted.

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U.S. Army officer Nick Hill eyes return to pitching and pro baseball.

DD.comment: This is a somewhat relevant article because it touches on the Caleb Campbell situation and sheds light on why a new crop of athletes from the service academies (i.e Eric Kettani) can't play for five years.

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K.C. Star takes a very quick glance at 9 Kansas City area prospects heading to the N.F.L Combine.

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CBS News: Top Combine Times since 2000

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Ray Rychleski believes South Carolina tight end Jared Cook is going to run a 4.4 or better at the combine; projects him as a 2nd or 3rd round pick.

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The Boston Globe takes a closer look at fast-rising small school tight end prospect Brian Mandeville.

DD.comment: Mandeville came into the season ranked among the top 100 overall senior prospects by National Scouting. Barring an unexpectedly poor combine showing, we doubt he drops down to round 6 or 7.

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Bucky Brooks of SI.com looks at the Top Defensive Back Prospects for the 2009 draft.

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The Los Angeles Times reports U.S.C. quarterback Mark Sanchez will throw for scouts at this week's N.F.L. combine.

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How high will defensive end's Larry English and Alex Magee go in the 2009 N.F.L. draft?

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U.S.C. middle linebacker Rey Maualuga ready physically and mentally for N.F.L. Combine.

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Quick look at 9 'Lesser-known athletes' that hope to impress at the N.F.L. combine.

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Alabama left tackle Andre Smith would 'look forward' to joining the Detroit Lions, as the number one overall pick.

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The Indianapolis Colts are expected to release veteran wide receiver Marvin Harrison.

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last updated: 02/18/09
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X-A-M Sports, agents for N.F.L. players, is a family affair with Scott and Shawn Smith.

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Combine only brings more questions for North Carolina wide receiver Brooks Foster.

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Scoring with science: Prospects at N.F.L. Combine go high-tech for best shot.

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Draft Daddy Player Interviews with Utah defensive end Paul Kruger, Utah corner back Sean Smith, San Diego State guard Lance Louis, Richmond running back Josh Vaughan and many other NFL draft prospects.

DD.comment: For consideration for interview, please contact DD.

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An anonymous director of college scouting for an N.F.L. team breaks down the 2009 draft for Rivals.com.

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Bucky Brooks of SI.com looks at the Top Linebacker Prospects for the 2009 draft.

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Maximum Draft Q&A's: Concordia College wide receiver John Halman and Stillman College safety Dre'Mail Hardin

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Our friend Adam Nettina takes a quick look at Texas State tailback Stanley Zwinggi, who N.F.L. scouts have timed running a 4.36.

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Indiana wide receiver Andrew Means patterns his playing style after his good friend/childhood neighbor Anthony Gonzalez.

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U.S.C. safety Kevin Ellison hopes to follow his older brother, Keith, into the National Football League.

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Steady Clemson safety Michael Hamlin hopes to run a 4.4 forty at the upcoming N.F.L. Combine.

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The Nebraska defensive end Zach Potter believes that his testing results at the N.F.L. Combine will stack up favorably.

DD.comment: Zach didn't need to subscribe to a pay site. We posted the averages for height, weight and 40 times at last winter's N.F.L. Combine. By the way, the average 225 bench press last year was 25 reps for the defensive ends; 26 for the defensive tackles. Average vertical leap was close to 30" for the defensive ends and a shade below 26" for the defensive tackles.

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Florida State's Drew Weatherford shut out of scouting combine, but still wants to play in the N.F.L.

DD.comment: While we wish Weatherford the best of luck going forward, there is a significant difference between him and Brad Johnson, in our opinion. Drew had the starting job for several years and could never hang on to it. Johnson only started a handful of games during his entire college career (5 as a junior), as he was stuck behind Casey Weldon, who was a great college quarterback, but possessed only World League/X.F.L. caliber skills. If the Weldon/Johnson scenerio was to play out again in 2009, we think it's more likely it would happen in Missouri, where Tigers' backup Chase Patton has the size, arm and skills scouts look for, but was stuck behind Big 12 star Chase Daniel, who, like Weldon in the early 1990's, is not considered a strong pro prospect.

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The struggling Cleveland Browns are in desperate need of talented linebackers, especially those with speed.

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U.S.C.'s sixth-year senior Jeff Byers, who shunned a chance at playing in the N.F.L. in 2009, will get some valuable experience at center this spring.

DD.comment: We were told by a very solid source that Byers, who was a 5-star recruit coming out of high school, got a draftable projection from N.F.L. types. Probably only 5th to 7th round, however, so he was wise to stay in school. Byers really does need to show he can stay healthy for an extended period of time, but his agility and versatility will help him at the next level.

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Highly regarded Cal-Berkeley center Alex Mack will not workout at the N.F.L. Combine due to a "sprained ankle".

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Buffalobills.com: ESPN expert breaks down several players that need a big workout this week.

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Ohio State defensive back Malcolm Jenkins and several other big prospects from the state of New Jersey should have a coming out party.

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The Minnesota Vikings use the NFL combine to find out as much about players' mental capabilities as their physical ones.

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Baylor offensive tackle Dan Gay looks forward to showcasing himself at the combine.

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Frank Cooney breaks down his top 64 players in the nation.

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Arkansas State tight end David Johnson will work-out with the fullbacks at the combine, not the tight ends.

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last updated: 02/17/09
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In-depth look at how hard Cincinnati defensive end Connor Barwin and Louisville center Eric Wood are training for the N.F.L. Combine.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Five players on the Atlanta Falcons' radar at the N.F.L. combine.

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Here's a small scouting report we recently received from someone very close to Boston College star Ron Brace: "Maybe the only true nose-tackle in this draft, Ron Brace is the prototypical run-stuffer (i.e. Shaun Rogers) in a 3-4 defensive scheme. Brace was named second-team all-A.C.C. last season, playing alongside all-american teammate, BJ Raji. Had 11 tackles-for-loss and 3 sacks as a senior".

While most project Brace as a 2nd-3rd rounder, the same source also told us: "Several scouts have said Ron is curently a late 1st on some team's draft boards". Teams that we (DD.com) believe could be looking at Brace in round one include: San Diego (Jamal Williams will be 33 soon), Miami (They have a huge void at the spot), New England (Vince Wilfork's contract is up in '10) and Pittsburgh (Casey Hampton is good, but getting older).

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San Jose State defensive tackle Jarron Gilbert hopes to make a big splash at the N.F.L. combine.

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Furman offensive lineman Joel Bell was praised for his speed after the Texas vs. Nation all-star game.

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The Miami Dolphins are looking to upgrade at center position.

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Monte Poole: Buffalo Bills' running back Marshawn Lynch traveling troubled streets.

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In-depth Q&A with University of Cincinnati defensive end Connor Barwin.

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NFL.com: No combine doesn't mean no chance for players to make the N.F.L.

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DD.com Featured Link: Official N.F.L. Combine Invite List.

DD.comment: Five prospects were invited to the Combine but will not participate: Navy running back Eric Kettani was told by the U.S. Government he could not attend the N.F.L. Combine while the nation is at war. Also, University of Miami defensive end Eric Moncur, U.S.C. safety Josh Pinkard, L.S.U. defensive tackle Charles Alexander and Texas wide receiver Jordan Shipley have all declined Combine invites because they've been granted a sixth year of college eligibility.

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CBS Sports writer looks at several Potential Risers and Potential Fallers at the upcoming N.F.L. Combine.

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Bucky Brooks of SI.com looks at the Top Defensive Line Prospects for the 2009 draft.

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Running back Javarris James said his N.F.L. evaluation was much better than expected, but decided to return because he felt hadn't accomplished enough at Miami.

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Nebraska is set to become the latest state to pass legislation aimed at reining in unscrupulous sports agents.

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Michigan State quarterback Brian Hoyer likes his N.F.L. chances.

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The Capital-Journal: The draft stock of Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman seems to be on the rise.

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Syracuse Post-Standard: Experts assess Jason Boltus' chances of going from D-III to the N.F.L.

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Southern Miss' all-time leading rusher, Damion Fletcher, was arrested for allegedly firing at least one gunshot at an apartment complex.

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Another star recruit jumps Rich-Rod's sinking ship: Michigan quarterback Steven Threet released from scholarship; will trasfer, again.

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Ohio State linebacker Marcus Freeman says he currently projects anywhere from late round one to the third round.

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Iowa running back Shonn Greene prepares for the NFL combine.

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Oregon offensive lineman Max Unger continues to receive praise for his versatility.

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UConn defensive end Cody Brown seems very excited in his pre-draft journal.

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Oregon State guard Andy Levitre reflects on combine preparation in his pre-draft journal.

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Scout.com Q&A with University of Oklahoma wide receiver Juaquin Iglesias.

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last updated: 02/16/09
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NFL.com is reporting L.S.U. guard Herman Johnson has lost 30 pounds since the end of the college season.

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The Denver Broncos have released six more prominent players from last season, including three defensive starters.

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South Carolina wide receiver Kenny McKinley isolates himself to prepare for the N.F.L. combine.

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Dallas News: Baylor Bears' offensive tackle Jason Smith rises to the top of the offensive line rankings.

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Wide receiver Kenny Britt hoping to become the first ever first-round pick from Rutgers.

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2009 Draft Prospect Interview: Penn State offensive tackle Gerald Cadogan.

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Footballdraftanalysis.com: Three Round Mock Draft, with comments for the first 64 picks.

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ESPN.Com: five big things to watch at the combine, which starts Wednesday.

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The Detroit Lions expected to hold private workout, interview with quarterback Matt Stafford.

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Bucky Brooks of SI.com looks at the Top Offensive Line Prospects for the 2009 draft.

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SI.com: 16 Small-school prospects high on the list of N.F.L. draft decision makers.

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After averaging 46 yards per punt last season, C.F.L. star Burke Dales hopes to sign with an N.F.L. team this spring.

DD.comment: Dales' younger sister is Stacey Dales, a W.N.B.A. star, and ex-college football sideline reporter for ABC and ESPN.

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Pittsburgh running back Leshon McCoy doesn't want to give away his 40 time but is expecting it to be jaw dropping.

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Oklahoma center Jon Cooper looking to parlay a late NFL combine invite into success.

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Oregon junior running back LaGarrette Blount addresses his recent suspension from the team.

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Monmouth tight end John Nalbone believes he can contribute right away on special teams.

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10 Things to look for at the NFL Scouting Combine.

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last updated: 02/15/09
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Ohio State star Malcolm Jenkins notes his 40 time will determine if he plays cornerback or safety in the N.F.L.

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Quick Q&A with University of Oklahoma linebacker Ryan Reynolds, who says he'll be healthy and ready to go when the Sooners kick off their 2009 season.

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Thefootballexpert.com Prospect Interview: University of Wisconsin fullback Chris Pressley.

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Check out Draft Daddy's recently updated YouTube Videos Page

DD.comment: We've recently added video links for big school prospects Aaron Curry, Eric Peterman, Roy Miller and Stephen McGee, as well as small school stars Dwayne Delaney, Everette Pedescleaux and Stan Zwinggi, a former U.S. Army All-American, who's been timed running the 40 yard dash in 4.35 second range by N.F.L. scouts. Also, we'd like to thank all the people that brought these videos to our attention.

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Speaking of Texas State, a source we have a lot respect for recently told us T.S.U. quarterback Bradley George might be the best small school quarterback prospect in the junior class. At 6' 6" and 225 pounds, with a very strong arm, he's the closest thing to Joe Flacco in the F.C.S. There is a twist to this story, however: Due to the fact that George spent five years with the Cincinnati Reds organization, he's already three years older than Big Joe. According to the source, his age will be problem heading into the 2010 draft (he'll be 28), but he feels George's considerable physical skills could allow him to slide into the latter frames of next years draft.

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The Tampa Tribune looks at five potential 2009 draft targets for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Thefootballexpert.com: 4 Round Mock Draft, with explanations for each pick.

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Three-time All-Ivy League cornerback Andrew Berry is training hard for Harvard's March 13th Pro Day.

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Respected Dallas News writer Rick Gosselin lists 13 juniors that have been projected as first-rounders.

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Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree admits that his ankle is not the only reason he's skipping the N.F.L. Combine.

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Charean Williams' draft notes: T.C.U. running back Aaron Brown hopes to "shock" people at Pro Day; Ole Miss. wide receiver Mike Wallace hopes to run a sub 4.2 at the Combine.

DD.comment's: Texas Christian's Aaron Brown came into the season ranked as a draftable prospect - he cracked the top 180 of both major N.F.L. scouting services and was listed running a 4.50 flat at a bit over 6' and 190 pounds, with a 6th round projection. So we are mildly surprised he did not receive a Combine invite. We think scouts may have tagged him as mostly a special teams player (kick returner), so that hurt him a bit. But he's a good player, who should have a chance to stick in the N.F.L., even if he doesn't get drafted...Also, our man, Matt B., has been in Mobile for the Senior Bowl every year, since 2006. He was very impressed with Mike Wallace's speed and skills as a receiver. Matt said Wallace's play in Mobile reminded him very much of current Denver Broncos' star Eddie Royal. Hence we moved Wallace up significantly in our rankings after the Senior Bowl. Actually, we may not have him ranked high enough right now, because there is so much hype regarding the juniors?

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Oregon junior running back LeGarrette Blount stayed in school, despite getting a first to third round projection from N.F.L. scouts?

DD.comment: We aren't really sure how Blount got a first to third round projection from the N.F.L.'s draft advisory committee? According to our sources, scouts only give out four projections: First round; second to third round; day two selection (fourth to seventh round) and not draftable. Kent Bradford, father of Oklahoma star Sam Bradford, confirmed this in a recent blog story we posted. Perhaps Blount got the first to third round projection from a independent source/scout?

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N.F.L. Analyst Mike Detillier looks at what New Orleans can do to address their depth at safety and takes a quick glance at 6 Prospects that could impress Sean Payton at the Combine.

DD.comment: Mike is definitely on the right track -- high impact safeties are hard to find. But we've been breaking down the undrafted players in the N.F.L. for a while (working on a feature) and we absolutely believe that if a team has to "reach for a defensive back" in the draft, it's better to do it with a cornerback than a safety. While we can count at least dozen starting N.F.L. safeties that came into the league as undrafted free agents, finding a undrafted cornerback that can eventually start in the league is very rare. So, in other words, quality safeties don't have to be drafted that high.

Also, since New Orleans has a lot of holes and only four picks, currently, they might consider upgrading their safety depth via free agency. One player that could be a sleeper is Reed Doughty of the Washington Redskins. Gregg Williams liked him when he had in Washington -- played real well down the stretch in 2007 as a starter, particularly playing close to the line and blitzing off the edge, but he lost his job last season due to injuries. If he's 100% healthy, New Orleans may be tempted to give up a future 6th rounder for the restricted free agent. That's not a heavy price for a player that can potentially be another Jim Leonhard and can definitely, at the very least, be an impact special teams performer.

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last updated: 02/14/09
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Dan Pompei's Scout Talk: Six prospects who N.F.L. scouts say have a lot on the line at the upcoming Combine.

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At least 10 teams, including the Jets, Vikings and Buccaneers, could be looking to trade for Cleveland Browns' quarterback Derek Anderson, who made the Pro Bowl in 2007.

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Draft Daddy Player Interviews with Oregon running back Jeremiah Johnson, New Mexico defensive back Deandre Wright and 17 other NFL prospects.

DD.comment: Special thanks to the professionals at D1 Sports Training for the leg-work with these interviews. For consideration for interview, please contact DD.

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CBSSportsline: With millions of dollars at stake over tenths of a second in a 40-yard dash, pre-draft training has exploded into a highly competitive -- and big-money -- industry the past decade.

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Ex-N.F.L. safety Matt Bowen believes former Pro Bowl linebacker Dan Morgan should stay retired and not risk his long-term health for one more season of N.F.L. glory.

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David Haugh: The Chicago Bears should trade linebacker Brian Urlacher for disgruntled Arizona Cardinals' wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

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Fort-Worth Star-Telegram: Taking a receiver high in draft isn't in the Dallas Cowboys' playbook

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NFL.com draft analyst Mike Mayock discusses the Philadelphia Eagles draft possibilities.

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Former Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson hopes a new throwing motion will lead to a roster spot with the New York Giants.

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last updated: 02/13/09
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Scout.com Q&A with University of Missouri Defensive tackle Ziggy Hood.

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Navy running back Eric Kettani denied permission to take part in N.F.L. scouting combine; must serve minimum five-year service obligation before pursuing pro career.

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Hamilton Tiger-Cats running back Jesse Lumsden ranks among the Top Pending C.F.L. Free Agents.

DD.comment: It's worth mentioning that while the top C.F.L. running backs can expect to make $150,000, New York Jets rookie Danny Woodhead, who is listed as the lowest paid running back in the N.F.L. by USA Today, made close to $300,000 last season and did not appear in a single game due to a knee injury.

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National Football Post predicts the 10 fastest players at the Combine, then looks at 3 small school sleepers to watch.

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DD.comment: Keep an eye on Texas A&M tailback Mike Goodson. We compared him to a young Reggie Bush back in 2006, when he was a freshman, but he never really became a great player at A&M, in terms of production, and wasn't a major factor on a struggling team last season. So we wondered if he was going to be anything better than a latter round pick, when he declared early for the draft? That seems unlikely, as a source told us N.F.L. scouts currently rank Goodson as a 3rd rounder, with a chance to move up higher based on his speed and "potential"?

Also, we mentioned last week we like Northern Iowa defensive tackle as a potential sleeper pick in the latter rounds. Here's a good YouTube video of Everette Pedescleaux.

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Orange County Register Q&A with U.S.C. quarterback Mark Sanchez: Part One; Part Two; Part Three

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Ohio State football: 2009 Defensive line projections

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Bucky Brooks of SI.com looks at the Top Running Back Prospects for the 2009 draft.

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BoltHype.com Q&A with top defensive tackle prospect Ron Brace.

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Denver Broncos' center Casey Weigmann says running back Peyton Hillis' hamstring injury cost the team a division title.

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The Atlanta Falcons are seeking to trade the rights to imprisoned and suspended quarterback Michael Vick.

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Cal linebacker Zack Follett is focusing on improving his time in the 40-yard dash in preparation for next week's N.F.L. Combine.

DD.comment: We like "Pain Train" Follett's comments to LeSean McCoy about Jahvid Best. Not sure we agree because we like McCoy a little better, but they are notable and might prove to be correct?

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Draftguys.com's Three Round Mock Draft: Round One; Round Two; Round Three

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Cincinnati defensive end Connor Barwin offers versatility to potential suitors.

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UConn running back Donald Brown draft diary.

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Oklahoma State tight end Brandon Pettigrew continues to impress NFL staff as an all-around football player.

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Ross Tucker of SI.com writes the physical testing at the Scouting Combine is irrelevant.

DD.comment: We actually remember when Patrick Cobbs ran a 4.8 for scouts. Despite his size and speed limitations, we thought he had a chance to be a solid N.F.L. tailback. Same with the Dolphins' fast-rising, 5' 9" rookie wide receiver Davon Bess, who also clocked in at 4.80 (one run) at the last Combine. Production did win out over potential for the pair; all they needed was a chance.

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last updated: 02/12/09
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Draft Daddy Prospect Interview with Virginia offensive tackle Eugene Monroe.

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The Florida Gators intend to move former 5-star recruit Matt Patchan back to offensive tackle, but his inability to gain weight could be a problem on the offensive line.

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University of Miami defensive end Eric Moncur has been granted a sixth season of eligibility, so he will not attend the upcoming N.F.L. Combine.

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We hear former Penn State star Aaron Maybin has added about 15 pounds in the last few weeks and is all the way up to 250 pounds. Also, he was recently hand-timed running the 40 yard dash in 4.68 seconds, which is pretty good for his size. Obviously, as a defensive end/3-4 outside linebacker prospect, he needed to add some weight before the Combine and he's done that. Question is, if his trainers have him drinking water all day to bulk up, how long will he be able to retain this "water weight" and will this suddenly gained weight slow him down during workouts in Indy? After all, scouts know he's young and somewhat thin, but it's the speed and quickness that he displayed coming off the edge that really made him standout last season.

Also, we've been told Miami-based agent Drew Rosenhaus has been working real hard to sign Maybin up as a client. Jeremy Shockey and Drew's whole crew in Miami have been in contact with him and Rosenhaus told him he thinks he can make him a top 10 pick. Aaron is currently being "advised" by former P.S.U. star linebacker LaVar Arrington, but still needs a certified agent, like Rosenhaus, to negotiate his contract. Drew has, reportedly, already signed the following prospects: RB LeSean McCoy, WR D.J. Boldin, CB Alphonso Smith, FS Louis Delmas and CB Darius Butler.

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U.C.L.A. tailback Kahlil Bell, who's currently rated as a latter round type prospect, hopes to impress scouts at the upcoming N.F.L.Combine.

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Charean Williams: No matter how fast Michael Crabtree runs the 40 yard dash at Texas Tech's pro day, he isn't likely to have a long wait on draft day.

DD.comment: A few weeks ago we posted a link in which Arizona Cardinals superstar Larry Fitzgerald admitted he ran a 4.63 at the 2004 Combine. Again, as we've noted a million times, some fans and media have unrealistic expectations and start believing a receiver that runs in the 4.5's is "too slow' to be a quality N.F.L. prospect. When, in reality, the average wide receiver prospect at the last Combine ran close to a 4.6.

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Despite having only 4 picks in the 2009 draft, New Orleans needs to find defensive gems at the upcoming N.F.L. Combine.

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University of Illinios defensive end Derek Walker hopes to run in the 4.7's at the upcoming N.F.L. Combine.

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Draft Prospect Interview: Notre Dame linebacker Maurice Crum.

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National Football Post's Prospect Stock Watch -- three risers and three fallers.

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Interesting trends play out in a first round breakdown by position.

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Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree and others work on their speed with former olympic great Michael Johnson.

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ESPN draft expert discusses defensive end and tight end options for the Buffalo Bills with their 11 overall selection.

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South Carolina wide receiver Kenny McKinley is appreciated by his former school, who will likely retire his jersey.

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The Birmingham News: Andre Smith's agent advises him to be upfront about Sugar Bowl suspension.

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Bucky Brooks of SI.com looks at the Top Quarterback Prospects for the 2009 draft.

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Bucky Brooks of SI.com looks at the Top Wide Receiver & Tight End Prospects for the 2009 draft.

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Draft Daddy's Top 500 Sophomores:

Quarterbacks

Tailbacks & Fullbacks

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Line

Defensive Line

Linebackers

Cornerbacks & Safeties

DD.comment: We had not made major revisions to these lists since October, so significant changes were made in recent days to get this up to date. A lot of players were added and many were bumped up after performing well down the stretch. The prospects are very loosely ranked and sorted by position, with stat links for all players (except the offensive linemen).

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last updated: 02/11/09
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A few years ago Oregon State offensive guard Jeremy Perry was considered a rising star in the college ranks and an almost sure fire N.F.L. prospect. But his career has been derailed a bit by injuries the last two seasons, which led some to wonder what happened to him? We've been informed that Perry recently received a clean bill of health from a very prominent Bay area (California) sports doctor and the agile 6' 2", 315 pound native of Hawaii is currently in excellent shape and training hard in hopes of impressing scouts at the Beavers' upcoming pro day. According to one of our league sources, Perry does have a chance to be drafted in the latter rounds, if he can impress in workouts and teams believe his medical issues are behind him.

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6 Quick Questions with Virginia inside linebacker Antonio Appleby.

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Former Florida State receiver De'Cody Fagg completes 'miraculous' rehab from knee injury.

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Finally happy with their wide receivers, the Atlanta Falcons will look to add a quality tight end via free agency or on draft weekend.

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Q&A with 2011 draft prospect Kiante Tripp, who the Georgia Bulldogs' are moving from left tackle to defensive end.

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Seattle Times: Left tackles have become fundamental building blocks in the N.F.L.

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Recently posted fan chat wrap/Q&A with NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt

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Draft Countdown's recently updated list of 10 Hot Prospects.

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Rivals.com takes an in-depth look at Rice University wide receiver Jarrett Dillard.

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NFLdraftbible's recently posted Q&A with University of Missouri tight end Chase Coffman.

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NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt really believes Penn State star Aaron Maybin should have stayed in school for at least one more season.

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last updated: 02/10/09
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Former South Carolina quarterback Tommy Beecher has signed a scholarship offer from Liberty.

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National Football Post's rankings of the Top 10 players at each position.

DD.comment: Did we (DD.com) start a trend in the last few years by breaking some positions down by category so we could fit more worthy prospects into our top 10 lists -- i.e. Slot receiver, nose tackle, 3-4 defensive end; 4-3 defensive end, ect?

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NFL.com analyst Mike Mayock: Iowa tailback Shonn Greene's history of weight fluxuations concerns some scouts.

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Scout.com Senior N.F.L. Analyst Ed Thompson (E.T.) takes an in-depth look at U.S.C. linebacker Clay Matthews Jr.

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Chicagobears.com: Mike Mayock talks about some the Top Quarterback Prospects in the 2009 draft.

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Mike Mayock's media conference call highlights: Mayock Part I; Mayock Part II

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Sigmund Bloom of draftguys.com has just posted his One Round Mock Draft.

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CBS Sportline's recently updated 2009 Draft Risers and Fallers.

DD.comment: The comments about Brian Cushing's use of nutritional supplements are fascinating. We've heard these whispers for a long time. So have scouts, as many frequently compare him to ex-N.F.L. star Bill Romanowski, who played in the league until he was 38, despite the "durability concerns".

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Bengals.com writer Geoff Hobson doesn't believe Cincinnati will use it's first round pick to select Ohio State tailback Chris Wells; Hobson thinks the struggling Ohio-based franchise will opt for the best available offensive or defensive tackle in round one.

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Pro Football Weekly's post-Senior Bowl One Round Mock Draft.

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Sporting News Q&A with rising University of Iowa defensive tackle Mitch King.

DD.comment: Houston could be a good spot for King, who impressed enough at the Senior Bowl to warrant 3rd to 5th round consideration. The Texans recently hired ex-N.F.L. defensive tackle Bill Kollar, who has been one of the most respected defensive line coaches in the league for over a decade. Kollar seems to really like "high-motor" players that go 100 miles per hour on every snap. In St. Louis and Buffalo he took Brian Young and Kyle Williams from being little used rookie backups and turned them into multi-millionare starters fairly quickly. He did the same in Atlanta with Travis Hall in the latter part of the 1990's. King is very similar to those players, especially Young and Williams, except he's a better athlete. Also, as we've noted before, N.F.L. scouts timed Mitch running a 4.75 last spring (at close to 280 pounds), so if he duplicates that feat at the Combine he could rise even higher than round three, even though some think he might be a next level "tweener" -- too short to play defensive end (shade over 6' 1") and too light to play tackle at about 280 pounds.

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Unofficial List of Potential First Round Picks Represented by Creative Artists Agency:

QB Matt Stafford ~ University of Georgia

QB Josh Freeman ~ Kansas State University

RB Knowshon Moreno ~ University of Georgia

WR Darrius Heyward-Bey ~ University of Maryland

WR Jeremy Maclin ~ University of Missouri

TE Chase Coffman ~ University of Missouri

OT Jason Smith ~ Baylor University

OT Eben Britton ~ University of Arizona

DE Brian Orakpo ~ University of Texas

LB Brian Cushing ~ Southern California

LB James Laurinaitis ~ Ohio State University

CB Malcolm Jenkins ~ Ohio State University

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last updated: 02/09/09
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Scott Wright of Draft Countdown recently updated his Two Round Mock Draft.

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KHAS News 5 Video: University of Nebraska wide receiver Todd Peterson anxious to play pro football, after a strong senior year.

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Injured Georgia Tech star Andrew Gardner might skip the upcoming N.F.L. Combine; Rams exec projects him as an N.F.L. right tackle.

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United Football League Announces "UFL Premiere" Season to Kick-Off October 2009.

DD.comment: U.F.L. investor Paul Pelosi, president of F.L.S., Inc, is the husband of Democratic House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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National Football Post's recently updated Two Round Mock Draft

DD.comment: N.F.P. still has quarterback Josh Freeman going to Detroit (check below), but has dropped him to the top of round 2.

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Three solid mid-level N.F.L. prospects -- Matt Simon, Robert Brewster and Brock Bolen -- have significantly improved their workout times at ProSport Sports Performance.

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Could the Detroit Lions select Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman in the upcoming N.F.L. draft?

DD.comment: A few weeks ago we would've said probably not. But if Matt Stafford fails to come out as the clear cut #1 overall choice in April, we can easily see ex-Jacksonville James Harris president, who could have a prominent role in Detriot's front office, pushing new G.M. Martin Mayhew to draft a quarterback and Freeman would seem like a logical option for them at pick number 20, or early in round two.

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Rivals.com looks at several 'big name prospects' that didn't receive N.F.L. Combine invitations.

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Closer look at former University of Maine standout Jovan Belcher, who is training for U.M's upcoming pro day.

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For nearly three decades, the agent that seemed to reel in most of the top quarterback prospects and, therefore, had the highest profile was Leigh Steinberg. But in recent years, the classy Steinberg has gradually moved away from being a superstar player agent and decided to pursue other endeavors -- pressing athletes to learn more about the long term effects of concussions and battling global warming?

With that void, other agents have come forward and scooped up many of the top signal callers coming out of the college ranks:

Creative Artists Agency: According to many respected sources in the sports business world, C.A.A., which is controlled by former Kansas Chiefs offensive linemen Tom Condon and Ben Dogra, has become, by far, the most powerful agency in the world of pro football. C.A.A. represents several top N.F.L. quarterbacks, most notably Peyton and Eli Manning.

Athletes First: Based in Southern California and led by David Dunne, Athletes First represents 7 current N.F.L. starting quarterbacks, as well several rising youngsters that could be starting behind center in 2009 or 2010. We don't know a lot about these guys, but they are obviously doing something right to have such a large stable of talented football players. Note: Mark Sanchez is the biggest name we have listed for Athletes First, but there have been reports that he will be represented by his older brother, Nick Sanchez, who played quarterback at Yale, prior to earning a law degree.

Rep 1 Sports: California based Rep 1 represents several notable N.F.L. quarterbacks, including Pittsburgh Steelers' superstar Ben Roethlisberger. Any quarterback that signs with Rep 1 should be well prepared for the draft process, as partner Ryan Tollner is a former Pac-10 quarterback (Cal-Berkeley), who possesses a keen eye for talent at the position and has displayed a propensity to take mid-level prospects and turn them into N.F.L. ready signal callers fairly quickly -- i.e. Trent Edwards. Also, the Tollner's are the nephews of noted offensive guru Ted Tollner, who's been coaching for over 45 years and was recently hired by the Oakland Raiders to be their Passing Game Coordinator, so they grew up around the game and know the sport inside and out.

Sportstars: New York based agency which consistently has a large number of clients drafted each spring. Represented 16 draft picks last spring, 14 in 2007 and an amazing 22 in 2006! While Sportstars doesn't usually get the elite prospects like C.A.A. or Athletes First, they do a great job finding rising, mid-level prospects and training them to excel at the Combine and Pro Days, with the help of the workout gurus over at Parisi Speed School in New Jersey. So don't be surprised if Chris Pizzotti and Drew Willy see their draft stock climb by the time draft weekend rolls around.

Bus Cook Sports: Based in the South, B.C. Sports does not have a large stable of quarterbacks as clients, but is most notable for representing future N.F.L. Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre and former Tennessee Titans' star Steve McNair. In 2006 Cook scored a big coup when he signed former Vandy star Jay Cutler.

Unofficial, partial list of who's representing the top quarterbacks in the 2009 draft:

Matt Stafford ~ C.A.A.

Josh Freeman ~ C.A.A.

Mark Sanchez ~ Athletes First

Pat White ~ Athletes First

Tom Brandstater ~ Athletes First

Curtis Painter ~ Athletes First

Nathan Brown ~ Athletes First

Hunter Cantwell ~ Rep 1 Sports

Stephen McGee ~ Rep 1 Sports

Rhett Bomar ~ Bus Cook

Drew Willy ~ Sportstars

Chris Pizzotti ~ Sportstars

Willie Tuitama ~ Octagon

C.J. Bacher ~ Ken Sarnoff

Drew Weatherford ~ Maximum Sports

Chase Daniel ~ Vann McElroy

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Rivals.com's College Football Power Rankings

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

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

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

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

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

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

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 Linebackers

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

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 20 Specialists


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last updated: 02/08/09
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Josh Buchanan's recently updated Top 35 Small School Prospects, with 40 times and draft projections.

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Once again, the Buffalo Bills lead the way in Rick Gosselin's N.F.L. special teams rankings.

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Randy Benson: A change of scenery could revitalize Jarrett Lee's career and give the L.S.U. quarterback a chance to get back on the radar of N.F.L. scouts.

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North Carolina quarterback Cam Sexton may transfer to D-II power Northern Alabama to play for ex-Auburn coach Terry Bowden.

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Draftguys.com feature: Separating the Elite Offensive Tackle Prospects of the 2009 N.F.L. Draft.

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Jon Gruden believes Florida quarterback Tim Tebow could be successful under center at the pro level and could "revolutionize the game".

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The Ledger-Enquirer suggests Georgia Bulldogs' sophomore safety Reshad Jones got a day two projection from N.F.L. scouts last month.

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Ex-North Carolina wide receiver Hakeem Nicks leads players working out at Naples' Velocity Sports.

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NFL.com: Mike Mayock's recently updated Top 5 Prospects at each Position

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Updated: NFL Draft Bible's 2009 Small School Draft Journal Entries.

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23 Notable F.B.S. stars that did not receive invites the 2009 N.F.L. Combine:

QB Willie Tuitama ~ Arizona

RB Devin Moore ~ Wyoming

FB Brock Bolen~ Louisville

WR Michael Jones ~ Arizona State

WR Andy Brodell ~ Iowa

TE Mark Hafner ~ Houston

OL Andrew Hartline ~ Central Michigan

OL Fred Roland ~ Duke

OL Rich Ohrnberger ~ Penn State

OL Cedric Dockery ~ Texas

OL T.J. Lang ~ Eastern Michigan

KR Aaron Brown ~ Texas Christian


DL Josh Gaines ~ Penn State

DL Phillip Hunt ~ Houston

DL Clinton McDonald ~ Memphis

DL William Johnson ~ Michigan

LB Anthony Heygood ~ Purdue

LB Brian Toal ~ Boston College (Injured)

LB Frantz Joseph ~ Florida Atlantic

CB Ellis Lankster ~ West Virginia

CB DeAngelo Willingham ~ Western Michigan

SS Tramaine Goddard ~ North Carolina

FS Anthony Scirrotto ~ Penn State

DD.comment: As we noted before, about 40 non-Combine invites can expect to be drafted, if the same trends since 2004 continue. And, if recent history is any guide, the majority of the drafted non-Combine invites will be selected after round four and most will "not" be big conference prospects who's names are well known to college football fans and seem like obvious "snubs" (i.e. Willie Tuitama or Brad Lester). Instead, they will most likely be under the radar small school (F.C.S. & D-II) and mid-major stars that turn in eye-popping workouts at their respective Pro Days.

So, does that mean most of the players listed above will have a rough time on draft weekend? Unless they have unexpectedly great pro day workouts, probably yes. Particularly the players from the B.C.S. schools (SEC, A.C.C., Big 10, Pac-10, Big East & Big 12), because these bigger school prospects were much more thoroughly scrutinized by N.F.L. scouts during their college careers than their mid-major and small school counterparts, who got a lot less attention from N.F.L. talent evaluators. Therefore, the same "concerns" that kept them from getting a Combine invite (speed, size and injury issues) may pop up again on draft weekend. However, all is not lost if these players go undrafted, as many former Division 1-A stars have gone undrafted in recent years and become notable pros -- Willie Parker, Ryan Grant, Earnest Graham, Wes Welker, Drew Bennett, Josh Cribbs, Ben Utecht, Jeff Saturday, Kris Dielman, Shaun O'Hara, Anthony Herrera, Jason Peters, Tony Brown, Tommy Kelly, Ricky Brown, Antonio Pierce, James Harrison, Randall Gay, Ryan Clark, Jim Leonhard, James Butler, Quentin Mikell. These are players that seemed "flawed" coming out, but just got it done once they put on the pads in the N.F.L. The list can go on and on.

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last updated: 02/07/09
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The St.Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Rams may consider drafting Texas Tech reciever Michael Crabtree, if they decide to trade veteran wide Tory Holt.

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USA Today's Updated NFL Salaries Database:

Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Ends

Defensive Tackle

Linebackers

Cornerbacks

Safeties

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The Cleveland Plain Dealer: Many elite college athletes -- like Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford -- protect their potential earnings with disability insurance.

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The Patriots and Dolphins have shown an interest in Louisville running back Brock Bolen.

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Big Cat Country Prospect Q&A: University of Arizona safety Nate Ness.

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New Era Scouting Q&A: University of Akron linebacker Kevin Grant.

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Investigation of illegal drills during offseason may take months to complete, but it's unlikely the Houston Texans will lose a 2009 4th round pick due to the violation.

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Knee surgery to shelve Philadelphia Eagles' offensive tackle Jon Runyan for 4 to 6 months.

DD.comment: It was a fairly weak class of free agent offensive tackles to begin with, but significant injuries to several key players have made the class razor thin after Jordan Gross of the Panthers.

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Veteran Daunte Culpepper could avoid purge, but the Detroit Lions' quarterback situation remains unsettled.

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