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last updated: 03/27/09
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Several small school prospects wow scouts at Coastal Carolina's Pro Day.

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Tony Pauline of SI.com looks at several Pro Day Risers and Sliders

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Ed Thompson of Scout.com is reporting former University of Cincinnati star Connor Barwin will have a official visit with New England on March 29-30.

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Ravens Insiders' in-depth Q&A with with former Penn State guard Rich Ohrnberger.

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German born & raised left tackle Sebastian Vollmer really impressed N.F.L. scouts at Houston's Pro Day.

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Jenn Menendez has posted some workout times and information from Maine's Pro Day.

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Potential first round pick Larry English and Matt Simon were the main attractions at Northern Illinois' Pro Day.

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Anonymous N.F.L. scout talks about former Rice wide receiver Jarett Dillard.

DD.comment: Here's a great quote, which shows why N.F.L. scouts and executives feel pressure to chase potential over production in the early rounds: "But say what you want, in this business we can't get away with too many mistakes. So if we're going to make mistakes, we'll make them on big, fast and strong over somebody that did a lot against college competition."

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Versatile ex-Rice star James Casey displayed his passing/"Wildcat" skills at Pro Day, hopes to land in the 2nd round.

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Florida outfielder/wide receiver Riley Cooper is expected to have a much greater role in the Gators offense in 2009.

DD.comment: Some have suggested Cooper, who was a 4 or 5 star recruit in football and a top Major League prospect coming out of high school, may jump to pro baseball and leave school this summer. We don't see that happening for several reasons. One, he's Tim Tebow's best friend and won't leave when both could have career years. Also, he's a much better football prospect than most give him credit for due to his size, speed and overall receiving skills. Obviously, in Florida's offense (with so many stars) it was hard for an outside receiver, who ran deep a lot, to rack up big numbers. Finally, Urban Meyer failed in his attempt to make it as a Major League Baseball player in the 1980's (Atlanta Braves organization), so we are sure he'll advise Riley to proceed with extreme caution before giving up football for good.

While we are on this topic, Stanford football fans are getting some unexpected great news this spring. A few months ago 1,100 yard rusher Toby Gerhart told the media he would give up football if he was selected high enough in Major League Baseball's 2009 draft. But at this point, the Cardinal's top football player, who coach Harbaugh has compared to John Riggins, is only only hitting .184 and striking out at alarming rate for the school's baseball team. While many in the Bay Area media have suggested he's equally talented in both sports and would be better off pursuing a pro baseball career, we've seen no rational evidence to suggest that's true. Matter of fact, we see the opposite -- he's certainly a high impact Pac-10 tailback, yet appears to be a low impact, perhaps sub-par, Pac-10 outfielder.... Checkout DD.com's Class of 2010 Tailback & Fullback Watch-list (last updated 2/05/09).

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last updated: 03/26/09
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Josh Buchanan's 2009 Small School Mock Draft - Round 1

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan reports Hampton wide receiver Justin Brown put up solid numbers on his school's pro day on the 20th, where he measured at 6013, 202 pounds and looked good physically. He ran in the 4.49-4.50 range and posted a 10'5" broad jump, 37.5" vertical and put up 19 bench press reps of 225 pounds. The conditions were muddy, yet he looked solid in position drills. Brown has an outside shot to go late in the draft.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan reports Furman cornerback Will Middleton measured at 5093, 193 pounds and put up solid numbers at his pro day on the 24th. He did 21 reps on the bench, displayed a 36.5" vertical and 10'9" broad jump. He ran in the mid 4.4 range on some clocks and did well in the position drills. Middleton is a sleeper and a potential latter round pick.

DD.comment: In additon to Josh's info, we were told William has already taken his MCAT and plans to go to medical school after his playing career. So virtually every team has been impressed with his intelligence and maturity.

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University of Miami defensive back Carlos Armour draft stock continues to rise after work outs with several teams.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan reports former Cal-Poly wide receiver Ramses Barden will have dinner with Cleveland Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini on March 27th.

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Herald-Dispatch.com: Wide receiver Darius Passmore may have improved his draft status at Marshall's Pro Day.

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Nola.com: Former U.S.C. linebacker Brian Cushing is one of a trio of Trojans who could end up in New Orleans next season.

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Here are unofficial results from T.J. Lang's Pro Day at Eastern Michigan: 40 Yard: 5.11 - against the wind both runs; Vertical: 27"; 20 Yard shuttle: 4.33; L-drill: 6.8; Bench: 30 Reps

DD.comment: Some insiders think Lang could be the first non-combine invite picked in the 2009 draft, possibly being selected as early as round 3.

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Here are some unofficial numbers Jason Cook's workout at Ole Miss' Pro Day (today):

Height: 5'11 3/4"

Weight 241

Vertical: 33.5

Broad: 9' 6"

40 Yd: 4.63 & 4.71

Bench: 22 reps

20 Yard: 4.23-4.25

DD.comment: Teams that talked to him and showed significant interest are New Orleans, Jacksonville, Chicago, Kansas City, Cleveland, Tampa Bay, Indianapolis and Houston. Scouts said he looked fluid in drills and caught the ball very well. Several of those teams we listed said they are going to "fight like hell" to draft him... DD.com is currently projecting Jason as a 5th to 6th round pick, which isn't bad for a fullback.

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Former Connecticut defensive end Julius Williams (6' 1", 260) opened some eyes with his 41" vertical leap, 36 bench press repetitions (of 225 pounds) and a time of 4.59 seconds in the 40-yard dash at Pro Day (3/25). Williams, who is projected to be an outside linebacker in the N.F.L, had a private workout with the Denver Broncos last Friday, will visit the New York Giants on Monday and then will head south for workouts with the Jacksonville Jaguars (April 14-15) and Atlanta Falcons (April 16). We've been told the Chargers would also like to set up a private visit with Julius.

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University of Florida middle linebacker Brandon Spikes is happy he did not enter the 2009 draft.

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Highly regarded Florida sophomore defensive tackle Torrey Davis has left the football program for personal reasons.

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Former Oregon State safety Al Afalava and Iowa tight end Brandon Myers have lined up official visits with the Chicago Bears.

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Cedric Golden reports ex-Texas defensive end Henry Melton on the N.F.L.'s draft radar after impressive Pro Day.

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Former Delta State wide receiver Greg Betterson hopes to run in the "4.3's" at Ole Miss' Pro Day.

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Isaiah Stanback would welcome role in Wildcat.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could limit Detroit's quarterback options in next month's N.F.L. Draft.

PollDaddy.com Update: Detroit has a real high pick in round two. So, for example, if Martin Mayhew and James Harris fear the Bucs will go after Josh Freeman, who we believe the Lions will target, they could use the 33rd overall selection to move up from #20 overall.

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Ex-Texas Longhorns defensive tackle Roy Miller said he has received significant attention from the Dallas Cowboys.

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Ravens Insiders' in-depth Q&A with with former Michigan State quarterback Brian Hoyer.

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Ex-University at Albany standout Trevor Dupont hopes a stint in A.F.L. 2 will land him a N.F.L. contract, maybe with the Dolphins, Colts or Seahawks?

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The Hattiesburg American has some information from Southern Mississippi's Pro Day.

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Linebacker/fullback Jerome Johnson impressed N.F.L. scouts at Nevada-Reno's Pro Timing Day.

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Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn's Big 10 future is unclear after he pleaded not guilty to assaulting an Iowa City cab driver.

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PennLive.com: Aaron Maybin's Pro Day workout has triggered a lot of early first-round draft interest, according to his father.

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Former All-SEC safety Emanuel Cook explains to N.F.L. scouts why he was ineligible for South Carolina's Bowl game.

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The Baltimore Ravens send promising quarterback Joe Flacco to help work out Maryland wide receiver Darius Heyward-Bey.

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PollDaddy.com Update: Looks like former Wyoming running back Devin Moore will easily make our 2009 All-Combine Snubbed Team. After that, several worthy prospects are closely bunched up, battling for the second spot. We hope to move on to the wide receivers by Thursday night.... By the way, speedy Canadian tailback Jamall Lee has received multiple write-in votes (3).

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Back in the summer of 1996 a undrafted linebacker/strong safety "tweener" from Rice named Larry Izzo beat the odds and made the Miami Dolphins as a rookie due to his special teams prowess. While most of the players from the '96 draft are long gone from N.F.L., Izzo recently inked a free agent deal to play a 14th season with the New York Jets.

Every year there are players like Izzo, who have to make it as special teamers, and this year should not be different. We are told there might be a player that fits that mold (LB/SS tweener), who was way under the radar a few weeks ago, but has drawn some interest from N.F.L. scouts after his strong pro day performances. His name is Jim Lewis (5' 11.5", 225 pounds) and he began his career as a superstar linebacker at West Chester University (D-2), before he decided he wanted a greater challenge and transferred to West Virgina, where he became a special teams ace for the Mountaineers. Lewis, who missed a significant amount of time as a senior due to a broken foot, is fully healed and realizes his best chance to make it in the N.F.L. is as a special teamer. And, if his pro day numbers are any indication, he has a fighting chance to beat the odds.

Last week he impressed scouts at W.V.U.'s pro day with the following numbers: 4.59/4.62 40, 4.34 short-shuttle, 6.96 3-cone, 27 bench, 39" vertical and 10'4" broad jump. After his showing in Morgantown, Jim made his way up to Philly and participated in Temple's pro day and posted the following numbers in rainy, 40 degree weather: 4.57/4.59 40, 4.28 short-shuttle, 7.06 3-cone, 26 bench, 40 1/2" vertical, and 9' 10" broad jump.

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last updated: 03/25/09
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As we reported last week, Georgia's backup wide receiver Kenneth Harris hopes a impressive pro day showing will land him a N.F.L. contract.

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The Norwich Bulletin also looks at Connecticut's pro day and notes the San Francisco 49ers worked athletic quarterback Tyler Lorenzen at wide receiver.

DD.comment: The media in Nutmeg State and Northern New Jersey have done a fantastic job covering Connecticut's and Rutgers' pro days this week. All this attention paid to their pro days will do nothing but help recruiting, as most high school stars only care about finding a college that can get them to the N.F.L.

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Desmond Conner of The Hartford Courant has more details and info from Connecticut's Pro Timing Day.

DD.comment: Look at the crowd in the photo in the link above? It appears NFL.com draft analyst Mike Mayock is in the front row, holding a stop-watch?

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C.A.A. hopes former Maryland wide receiver Darius Heyward-Bey can be a star on the field and a celebrity off the field.

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Desmond Conner of The Hartford Courant has more details and info from Connecticut's Pro Timing Day.

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Suzanne Halliburton (Bevo Beat) has posted some workout numbers and detail from Texas Longhorns' pro day.

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Thestate.com: Ex-South Carolina Gamecocks work out for N.F.L. scouts and coaches at Pro Day.

DD.comment: It's worth noting that Jasper Brinkley did a great job at the combine. According to our numbers, directly from a N.F.L. team, he ran a 4.68 & 4.64 40 yard dash, displayed a 35.5" vertical and ran the short shuttle in 4.32 seconds. That's a nice display of athletic ability for a 252 pound linebacker.

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick attends Connecticut's Pro Day, worked out quarterback Tyler Lorenzen at safety.

DD.comment: We've been noting for over a year that Lorenzen was considered a very good all-around athlete by scouts and his only chance to play in the N.F.L. would be at a position other than quarterback.

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The Sporting News lists the recently announced Compensatory picks for 2009 N.F.L. draft.

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The Detroit News: The Lions like quarterback Mark Sanchez's confidence.

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Philly.com: Who will the Philadelphia Eagles select in round one of the 2009 draft?

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Rick Gosselin of the Dallas News takes a quick look at promising Houston offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer.

DD.comment: After almost 20 years of investing in football in Europe, it looks like the N.F.L. may've finally stumbled upon a legit prospect from the continent. While he may not be football's version of Dirk Nowitzki (a likely superstar), you have to start somewhere. For example, in the mid-1990's, the Toronto Raptors (N.B.A.) briefly had a very pedestrian Italian-born player on their roster. He made no impact at the time, other than to entertain fans at garbage time and draw a few extra folks to watch the struggling expansion team. But a decade later the Italian national team grew to the point that they were able to win a Silver medal at the 2004 Olympics and blow out the U.S. Dream Team. Keep in mind, Italy is a relatively small nation which has very little interest in the basketball anyway, but has amazingly produced first round picks in three straight N.B.A. drafts -- Andrea Bargnani (#1 overall), Marco Belinelli and Danilo Gallinari. Only time will tell if Vollmer is the first of many Germans/Europeans (non-kickers) to play in the N.F.L. or merely a fluke? ESPN's Mark Schlabach did a great job looking at this topic -- European Football Players at U.S. Colleges -- last summer.

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Potential first round draft pick William Beatty will be among 11 Huskies participating in Connecticut's Pro Day.

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Ex-N.F.L. player Ross Tucker writes N.F.L. teams should put more stock in player visits than pro days.

DD.comment: Tucker is correct when he suggests differing 40 times at the combine and pro days beg for an explanation. It does seem like most of the pro day times we get are wildly better than the combine times, which makes one wonder if most of these events are even worth the time and effort for scouts. We suggested (Sunday) the N.F.L. should consider scraping pro days and having a bunch of regional combines, after the main combine. One major benefit of keeping pro days as they are, however, is Blesto and National get a sneak peak at the juniors each spring at pro day. This does help them the "next year" when it comes to suggesting which seniors should get invited to the Indianapolis combine or which seniors deserve a Senior Bowl invite. So that would be an argument for keeping pro days as they are.

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Cedric Golden: Besides defensive end Brian Orakpo, what Longhorn will impress at Texas' Pro Day?

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We usually don't mention long-snappers, but we've been told Cal-Berekley's Nick Sundberg has really caught the attention of N.F.L. scouts and could sneak into the latter rounds. Here's some info from a reliable source in the football world:

Everyone I know at Cal told me he's the best they've ever seen. He snapped every short and long snap for the Bears since his true freshman year, four straight seasons, and his consistency was off the charts. Mike Tice (Jaguars) and the Panthers special teams coach were there to work him out. Nick has been under-hyped relative to the Hawaii and Michigan snappers, who both played in the Senior Bowl and were the only two to attend the Combine, but my N.F.L. sources tell me Nick is the best pure snapper in this draft. His comparison would be Ryan Pontbriand, the Browns snapper, who is the highest pure snapper ever drafted (5th round in 2003). Pontbriand has since signed an extension with the Browns and is the highest paid snapper in the league. Sundberg snapped in the Shrine Game, and has used a personal snapping coach (Ben Bernard in Phoenix) since early in high school. His workout regimen for snapping is unbelievable. Here is a video link to a snapping session Nick did with longtime N.F.L. special teams coach Gary Zauner.

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Morgan State University nose tackle Lonnie Harvey had his pro-day last week, the only scout to show up was a representative of the Philadelphia Eagles. With the lack of publicity surrounding the M.S.U.'s Football program, Lonnie decided to have a camera crew follow him around during the workout and created a youtube highlight of the event. He displayed athleticism (at 6'3" and 346 lbs) and showed why teams are becoming more and more intrigued with a defensive linemen who can either play the nose in a 3-4 scheme or be that one or three technique in a 4-3 scheme. Currently projected as a latter round pick or priority free agent, Harvey has already secured workouts/visits with the Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panther and Indianapolis Colts. The New England Patriots are the latest team to inquire about Lonnie, fitting since they might be looking to add depth behind Vince Wilfork on draft weekend.

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Ed Thompson of Scout.com is reporting Norfolk State cornerback Don Carey is drawing serious interest from Seattle.

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last updated: 03/24/09
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Fast Times at North Dakota State? As we predicted yesterday, several Bisons' blazed the track for N.F.L. scouts -- tailback Tyler Roehl, who scorched the University of Minnesota for 263 yards rushing in 2007, ran a 4.44 40 and did 30 reps at 225 pounds. Meanwhile, speedy wide receiver Kole Heckendorf ran a reported 4.34.

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The Chicago Bears will conduct a private workout Thursday with Rutgers wide receiver Kenny Britt, according to an N.F.L. source.

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After a injury-marred senior season Clemson defensive tackle Rashaad Jackson finally gets to audition for N.F.L. scouts.

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Herald-Dispatch.com: Youtube video captures Ian Hoskins' feat of doing 50 bench reps at Marshall's Pro Day.

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Clemson's N.F.L. hopefuls strut their stuff at Tigers' Pro Day.

DD.comment: Our league source had tailback James Davis running 4.52 & 4.58 (officially) at the Combine, so those Pro Day times, if accurate, could help improve his draft stock. Insiders we spoke to had him pegged as a 4th to 5th round pick after his workouts in Indy.

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With young linebacker Bobby Carpenter, reportedly, on the trading block, the Dallas Cowboys may need to draft a linebacker in round one.

DD.comment: Some reports indicate Dallas' front office and coaching staff like Carpenter, who played real well starting a 2006 playoff game against Seattle, but they have a funny way of showing it, considering he's usually glued to the bench. Miami (Jeff Ireland and the Tuna) came after him last winter, but Jones refused to include the former Ohio State star in the Anthony Fasano trade. It makes sense for both him and the Cowboys that he move on to another team, as it just seems like a bad fit in Dallas -- Carpenter's supporters left for Miami two years ago.

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Carlos "Big C" Holmes looks at a pair of running back propsects: Fui Vakapuna and Javon Ringer.

DD.comment: Fui Vakapuna was one of the final cuts we made for our most recent poll (we pared it down to 20). While he prefers running with the ball and can play tailback, he's more of a hybrid tailback/fullback.

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The instant impact made by Miami Dolphins rookie left tackle Jake Long could be good news for Jason Smith and Eugene Monroe?

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Chris Warner of Patriots Daily chats with several N.F.L. prospects, including speedy Wyoming tailback Devin Moore, who leads in our most recent poll by a wide margin.

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The re-building St. Louis Rams are interested in former U.S.C. quarterback Mark Sanchez.

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The Asbury Park Press takes an in-depth look at underrated Rutgers defensive end Jamaal Westerman.

Related Item: Video From Rutgers' Pro Day

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Thestate.com: Former Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper perseveres as N.F.L. draft stock falls.

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Russ Lande of The Sporting News lists his Top 10 Defensive End Propsects.

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

DT Peria Jerry ~ Ole Miss

LB Lee Robinson ~ Alcorn State

RB Frank Summers ~ Nevada Las Vegas

DB Chris Owens ~ San Jose State

TE Ryan Purvis ~ Boston College

WR Sammie Stroughter ~ Oregon State

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

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F.C.S. power Texas State will hold it's Pro Day today and Cameron Luke and Stan Zwinggi will be the main attractions.

DD.comment: Zwinggi is the man to watch. He's a 2004 Army All-American, who N.F.L. scouts had listed running a 4.35 coming into this season. Scouts, by the way, had Stan rated as a free agent coming into the season, but he's a fascinating prospect as a returner/tailback/slot receiver. If he doesn't make it right off the bat in the N.F.L., he could be a star on the wider fields up in the C.F.L., much like former North Dakota star Weston Dressler.

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For excellent video hi-lights of the speedy Stan Zwinggi and dozens of other N.F.L. prospects check out DD.com's YouTube Page.

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Monmouth College tight end John Nalbone hopes excellent workout times will catch the attention of N.F.L. scouts.

DD.comment: If Nalbone does get drafted, our gut feeling is it will be either New England, Kansas City or Miami, based on a trend we've noticed. Based on the same trend, also expect the New York Giants to be in the mix.

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Scout.com writer looks at how Lydon Murtha and several of his teammates fared at Nebraska's Pro Day.

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PollDaddy.com Update: Looks like former Wyoming running back Devin Moore will easily make our 2009 All-Combine Snubbed Team. After that, it's any one's guess as several worthy prospects are closely bunched up, battling for the second spot. We changed the poll format a bit: Please select Two Running Backs.

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Ex-Rice linebacker Brian Raines is in for an uphill battle to gain attention from N.F.L. scouts due to size and injury concerns.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan reports former Cal-Poly wide receiver Ramses Barden will not only attend the U.S.C.'s Pro Day to receive passes from his friend Mark Sanchez, he will also be one of his personal receivers for Sanchez's private workouts with the Jets and Redskins.

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A reliable source has told us nimble San Diego State guard Lance Louis wowed scouts at his March 21st Pro Day. He displayed a 32.5" vertical leap, did 30 bench press reps, posted a 8' 9" broad jump and ran the forty in 4.69 and 4.73 seconds at 6' 2" and 300 pounds.

DD.comment: Right now we are unsure how Louis projects as a prospect, although we know his stock is on the rise. We'd guess he's a player that could find his way into the 5th to 7th round area, if he does well in private workouts. Below is a quick scouting report from the source that sent us his Pro Day info:

"Lance was likely the biggest signing for San Diego State in 2004, as he was one of the top ten tight end prospects in the country. He had offers from L.S.U., West Virginia, Florida State, Alabama and more but choose S.D.S.U. because of the weather and opportunity to play right away. As a true freshman Lance played in all 11 games and started the last 5 games of the season at tight end. He missed four games due to injury as a sophomore (2005), but played and started at tight end in the teams remaining 7 games. After missing the 2006 season due to a knee injury, he moved to right guard where he played in every game 2007. Louis' senior year he moved to right tackle where he started every game for the Aztecs.

Lance is a very intriguing prospect to N.F.L. teams, because he's a guy who can play guard and center and can be a goal-line tight end. He comes out of his stance very athletically and keeps a wide base. He sets up anchor very well in pass protection, keeps his hands active and isn't easily pushed around. He is a good drive blocker and gets good movement and push in short-yardage situations because of his strength. Sustains blocks inside through the whistle and does a phenomenal job of getting to the second level and latching onto defenders. He possesses a nasty streak that N.F.L. teams love in offensive lineman, and his athletic ability is second to none, at his position.

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last updated: 03/23/09
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Gazetteonline.com: Former Iowa running back Shonn Greene wowed N.F.L. scouts at Iowa's Pro Day on Monday.

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Gil Brandt reports wide receiver Hakeem Nicks showed up at North Carolina's Pro Day 14 pounds heavier than he weighed in at the Combine.

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Record-setting Rutgers quarterback Mike Teel is uncertain about his football future.

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Ed Thompson of Scout.com is reporting West Virginia quarterback Pat White will be working out for the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday and will have an official visit with the Baltimore Ravens on Friday and Saturday.

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PollDaddy.com Update: With T.J. Lang of Eastern Michigan and Sebastian Vollmer from Houston winning easily at offensive tackle, we've moved forward with the running backs for our 2009 All-Combine Snubbed Team. We changed the poll format a bit: Please select Two Running Backs.

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Former Rutgers linebacker Kevin Malast impresses NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock.

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Scarletknights.com has more info and Complete Results from Pro Day.

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Kenny Britt, Jason McCourty and Kevin Brock shine at Rutgers Pro Timing Day.

DD.comment: Just for comparison, Britt's 40 time at the Combine were 4.51 & 4.51, with a 37" vertical leap and a 10' 4" broad jump. Our league sources had ex-Rutgers Tiquan Underwood running a 4.33 & 4.37 in Indy.

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Russ Lande of The Sporting News lists his Top 10 Defensive Tackle Propsects.

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NFL.com draft buzz: Two offensive tackles separating themselves from the pack.

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PollDaddy.com Update: As we noted, we intended to keep the tackles up until Tuesday night, but with T.J. Lang of Eastern Michigan and Sebastian Vollmer from Houston (via Germany) so far ahead of the pack, we'll try to move onto the running backs for our 2009 All-Combine Snubbed Team by tonight.... Two quick notes: One, all the valid write-in votes (3) belong to former Missouri tackle Colin Brown, who we must admit barely missed the cut for this poll. Also, of all the players listed in the poll, the highest rated coming into the season, according to our scouting sources, was Brandon Pearce of Memphis, who had a 5th to 6th round projection prior to his senior year. So far he has not received a single vote in our poll.

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We've been told that the University of Northern Iowa will hold it's Pro Timing Day in Cedaer Falls on Wednesday, March 25th at 10:00 am.

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Gobison.com reports North Dakota State football will host Senior Pro Day on Tuesday, March 24.

DD.comment: This is a small school Pro Day that scouts should be very interested in, even though no prospects received a draftable grade coming into their senior seasons. According to our numbers, N.F.L. scouts had Bisons' wide receiver Kole Heckendorf listed at a shade below 6' 2", 190 and had his 40 time at 4.44. Those are nice size/speed numbers for the former high school hockey star. Also, linebacker Ramon Humber was listed at a bit over 5' 11" and 225, with a fancy 4.56 40 time and free safety Nick Schommer came in at 6', 200 pounds running a 4.50. Running back Tyler Roehl, who was regarded as N.D.S.U.'s top prospect coming into the season, was listed at, about, 5' 10", 225 pounds and his 40 was listed at 4.57 -- we've been told he feels he can run much better than that. Finally, tight end Jerimiah Wurzbacher was also listed as a N.F.L. prospect. We would not be shocked if one or two of these players were selected in the latter rounds. Five or six should secure solid free agent deals after the draft.

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N.F.L. prospect (a kicker!) hopes to become a pro wrestler after his football career is over; video of his I.W.A. debut.

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The Miami Dolphins have traded center Samson Satele to the Oakland Raiders for an undisclosed draft pick.

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Rich McKay: Moving N.F.L. draft to February hasn't been discussed.

Related Article by Tom Kowalski Why the N.F.L. will keep the draft in April.

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Arrowhead Pride look at how Eastern Michigan inside linebacker Daniel Holtzclaw fared at his Pro Day, with the Jets, Giants and Texans watching closely.

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Ed Thompson of scout.com has plenty of private workout related info for Alex Mack, Don Carey, Cody Brown & Joe Burnett.

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We were recently fowarded some pretty solid Pro Day numbers posted by ex-Penn State guard Rich Ohrnberger, who projects as a latter round pick/free agent type prospect:

Height: 6023

Weight: 301

Bench Press: 32 reps

Vertical Leap: 31.5"

Broad Jump: 9' 3"

3 cone: 7.17

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PollDaddy.com Update: We intended to keep the tackles up until Tuesday night, but T.J. Lang of Eastern Michigan and German born (and raised) Sebastian Vollmer from Houston are so far ahead of the pack, we may just move onto the running backs for our 2009 All-Combine Snubbed Team by Monday night. We changed the poll format a bit: Please select Two Tackles.

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last updated: 03/22/09
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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan reports former Missouri Western guard Roger Allen did 38 reps and completed position drills with the Carolina Panthers offensive line coach at the University of Missouri's Pro Day. He looked very fluid in the drills and did well. If he does well in his full workout coming up he could go as high as the 4th round.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan reports former Cal-Poly wide receiver Ramses Barden and Mark Sanchez are combining their workouts because Sanchez needs another wide receiver to throw to and Barden needs a quarterback. Because of this, Ramses is staying with him down in Southern California and he will do the U.S.C. pro day as well.

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One of our long time sources tells us Webber International (N.A.I.A) cornerback Vince Anderson has caught the attention of several N.F.L. teams, including the Patriots, Chiefs and Giants. Matter of fact, he has a pre-draft visit set up with New York who already held a private workout with him last week. At this point, it doesn't appear that Anderson will be drafted, but he could sign as a free agent after the draft. Here is Anderson's YouTube Video.

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Josh Buchanan has just updated his list of Top 80 Small Schoolers, with 40 times and round projections.

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Brigham Young quarterback/2010 draft prospect Max Hall has already added 10 to 15 pounds since the end of last season.

DD.comment: Looking at the photo in the link, Hall really does bear a striking resemblance to his uncle Danny White, who once starred for the Dallas Cowboys.

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With A.Q. Shipley leaving for the N.F.L., Penn State plans to start talented Stefen Wisniewski at center next season.

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SanLuisObispo.com takes a quick look at ex-Cal-Poly wide receiver/retrun specialist Tre'dale Tolver.

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Rick Gosselin: No player has come farther on the 2009 draft board -- or has greater upside -- than Nebraska-Omaha tight end Zach Miller.

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The Detroit Lions have begun preliminary negotiations on a contract with the player that they plan on selecting with the No. 1 pick in next month's Draft, but they aren't saying who it might be.

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After running a reported 4.38 at Ohio State's Pro Day, backup safety Jamario O'Neal hopes to earn an N.F.L. contract.

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PollDaddy.com Update: After our readers selected Rich Ohrnberger and Cedric Dockrey for our 2009 All-Combine Snubbed Team, we've moved onto to the tackles. We changed the format a bit: Please select Two Tackles.

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Pro Football Weekly: Owners might consider moving N.F.L. draft to late February.

DD.comment: One thing about moving the draft up two months. Check NFL.com or ESPN's N.F.L. section, they remain very vibrant and relevant in March, April and early May, mostly due to the tremendous amount of fan interest in the N.F.L. draft. If the N.F.L. wraps the draft up by early March, they'll have 4 or 5 months (instead of 2 or 3) when the league gets very little media coverage and fans will just ignore the product in large numbers. We see this first hand, as our own traffic takes a huge nose-dive in mid May. Sure there is free agency, but most of the top free agents that fans care about are signed in the first 7 to 9 days of the process.

Also, we agree that all the Pro Day's can be taxing for scouts, having to go from one school to another. And, with the running backs and cornerbacks (as a group) running so poorly at the last Combine, we can foresee a scenario where fewer skill position players even bother to run at the Combine (meaning the N.F.L. wastes money bringing them in). They might just claim they "tweaked their hamstring" and wait for Pro Day, so they can be hand-timed on a blazing fast track at, or near, their own college. What we think could be a viable option to replace all these Pro Days, is a group (7 to 10) of quick "Regional Combines" held for all the prospects that didn't get invited to Indianapolis. So, for example, instead of N.F.L. scouts trekking from one Northeastern school to another in March, all the prospects from schools like Syracuse, Pitt, Connecticut, Hofstra, Delaware, Penn State, Boston College, ect. can workout in one place and be electronically timed. These Regional Combine's could be held at a college (i.e. Syracuse's Carrier Dome) or they can be held at the indoor practice facility/bubble owned by the New York Giants or the Philadelphia Eagles. Same thing could be repeated in all parts of the U.S., with Southern and Western teams being able to host these regional Combine's outside. Also, since these Combines would be wrapped up in one day, all it would cost is the price of a train ticket, which could be covered by agents or the league. We know we have some daily readers from NFL.com, hopefully they can bring up this Regional Combine idea to commissioner Roger Goodell, assuming he hasn't considered it already?

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Matt Borrows' 49ers Blog has some important results from San Jose State's Pro Day.

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The Detroit News: Is 'the sky the limit' for former Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford?

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Ed Thompson of scout.com has some private workout related info for Jason Watkins, Mike Mickens & Jared Cook.

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Gatorsports.com has quick Q&A's with 6 University of Florida 2009 draft prospects.

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Former North Carolina State players Anthony Hill and Andre Brown feel their draft stock is rising after a strong combine showing.

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The Charleston Gazette looks at Ex-Marshall safety C.J. Spillman, who ran fairly well at the N.F.L. Combine.

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Insidenova.com takes a closer look at former University of Virginia linebacker Clint Sintim, who could be a first round pick?

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Weight issues could hurt the draft stock of Texas A&M's 290 pound running back Jorvorskie Lane.

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The News & Observer confims what we reported recently, wide receiver Eron Riley posted great numbers at Duke's Pro Day.

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Draft Daddy friend/European TV-journalist Soren Hygum Hansen of draftday.dk just sent us a link to a Q&A he recently did with ex-U.S.C quarterback Mark Sanchez. Problem is, unless our visitors are literate in Danish, they wont be able to read it. Luckily, Soren translated the text and sent us some of the hi-lights:

* He is surprised how in-depth the scouts are. They know everything already.

* He has a dozen workouts coming up.

* He will throw to Patrick Turner at his Pro Day (they are working out together). Sanchez feels that his arm is strong, and he is in good shape.

* Out of the former starting U.S.C. quarterbacks, he feels that he is most similar to Carson Palmer. They are both athletic and have a strong arm.

* He is surprised that many Danish N.F.L. fans have followed him for years.

When I asked him about his lack of experience as a starter, he answered: "What about a guy like Matt Cassel? He hadn't even started for us - and he has just had one of the biggest contracts in the N.F.L."

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Soren also tells us center Robby Felix of U.T.E.P. has fully recovered from a minor stroke that he had in November and has been cleared to play. Additionally, he told us Felix has talked to (and received some advice from) Tedy Bruschi who suffered from the same type of stroke, and Bruschi has been able to continue his career. So that is great news for the Corona, California native, who met with the Vikings, Ravens, Jaguars, Redskins, Rams, Bills, Panthers, Falcons, Colts, Raiders, Broncos, Bengals and the Seahawks at The Scouting Combine.

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last updated: 03/21/09
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N.F.L. "insider" compares athletic Kent State quarterback Julian Edelman to Wes Welker and Antwaan Randle El?

DD.comment: Story is at the bottom of the link. We've been hyping Edelman as a legit N.F.L. prospect since he was a junior, after one of our league sources tipped us off that scouts really liked the kid's quickness. Last year he seemed destined to be an undrafted free agent, but thanks to his pro day showing and his ability to operate in the suddenly in vogue "Wildcat" formation, we think he can slip into the second day of the draft.

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Virginia based paper takes an in-depth look at fast-rising U.V.A. left tackle Eugene Monroe.

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Ed Thompson of scout.com reports U.S.C quarterback Mark Sanchez will meet with the Jets, Redskins and Jaguars this week.

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Ed Thompson of scout.com has some private workout related info for Tom Brandstater and Clint Sintim.

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University of Georgia wide receiver Kenneth Harris (6' 3", 206), who only had 41 career receptions for 689 yards, is hoping he'll get an N.F.L. contract this spring after strong Pro Day workouts (3/19).

40 Time 4.47 - 4.50

Short Shuttle - 4.22

Bench Press - 11

Three Cones - 6.90

Vertical - 39"

Broad Jump - 10' 9"

DD.comment: Harris was the only wide receiver to catch a ball that Matt Stafford threw at Pro Day and he will, again, be catching for Matt on March 31st for the Detroit Lions private workout (and all his other workouts), according to one of our sources. Obviously, he's looking to follow in the footsteps of Matt Cassel, Willie Parker and Drew Bennett, who went from being talented college backups and eventually became notable N.F.L. starters.

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The Star Press reports only one N.F.L. team showed up to see Ball State quarterback Nate Davis throw well at Pro Day.

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Dan Pompei's Scout Talk: Notable N.F.L. combine Wonderlic Results.

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Former Vanderbilt quarterback Chris Nickson hopes to make it in the N.F.L as a wide receiver.

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Yesterday, Gil Brandt of NFL.com briefly mentioned the outstanding Pro Day numbers posted by ex-Indiana wide receiver Andrew Means, who is also a major league baseball prospect. A few days ago we got some of his Pro Day numbers from a scout (N.F.C. team):

Height- 6.10

Weight - 215

Bench - 18 reps

40 YD - 4.33 was fastest / 4.37 was slowest. No one in attendance had him higher than a 4.37.

LCone - 6.73

DD.comment: Means' next door neighbor growing up was Indianapolis wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez. The two are still very good friends, so we'd assume Andrew would love to play for the Colts. We have sources close to Means and have been told many times that he wants to play pro football first, so any team that picks him next month won't have to compete with the Cincinnati Reds to sign him.

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NFL Draft Bible Q & A with rising Northwestern State wide receiver Dudley Guice.

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PollDaddy.com Update: With 90 votes in our readers have Rich Ohrnberger and Cedric Dockrey a shade ahead of Lance Louis for the best pro guard prospect without a N.F.L. combine invite. The top two vote-getters will eventually join 2009 All-Combine Snubbed Team, picked by our readers, via Polldaddy.com... The thirteen write-in votes, so far, are for T.J. Lang of Eastern Michigan (seven votes); Tavita Thompson of Oregon State; Cameron Goldberg of Duke; Marlon Davis of Alabama; George Bussey of Louisville; Nick Hennessey of Colgate and Brandon Meyers (TE) of Iowa. We should mention that we fully intend to list Lang as a offensive tackle in our next poll. We might do the same with Hennessey, Thompson and Golberg.

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Two days ago Rick Gosselin of the Dallas News did a short feature on ex-Pitt wide receiver Derek Kinder, who was once considered a rising star prior to a devastating 2007 knee injury. Fascinated by Kinder's draft potential, we asked a source close to the former Pitt Panther if he thought Derek might get drafted:

Reply to DD.com: "Derek Kinder is a very talented kid. He has some of the best hands I have seen in a few years and runs very good routes. But one of the things that sets him apart is his toughness and willingness to block down field. If I had to compare him to somebody it would be Hines Ward. Five to ten teams called about Derek prior to his pro day inquiring on his knee and how he would run. Teams felt he was a high 4.5 guy and could sneak into the 7th round at that time. Now after putting up a solid 4.46, I expect him to start getting more interest".

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A few days ago we got some pro day info from a very reliable source, who informed us that Duke wide receiver Eron Riley was spectacular at his pro day. However, because our league sources had him running a 4.60 (with a free agent grade) coming into his senior season, we were a bit reluctant to post such wild numbers without confirmation. Yesterday Tony Pauline of SI.com posted similar 40 times (same source?) so we've decided to put forth the times we received. Warning, if accuarate (run on a normal track & correctly hand timed), they are startling for a player who did not get a combine or all-star invite:

Eron Riley (Duke WR)

Height - 6.30

Weight - 206

Vertical- 40"

Broad - 11' 2"

Bench - 13 reps

40 YD - 4.27 was fastest / 4.36 was slowest. No one in attendance had him higher than a 4.36.

Pro Agility - 4.06

LCone - 6.70

*Obviously, we can't give up our sources, but the numbers came from a scout that works for an A.F.C. franchise that has the color blue in their uniform (So it's not the Jets, Bengals, Raiders, ect.).

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last updated: 03/20/09
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Cal-Poly Pro Day: While most scouts showed up to see ex-Mustangs star Ramses Barden, linebacker Mark Restelli, tailback Ryan Mole and wide receiver Tredale Tolver showed they possess N.F.L. caliber athletic ability.

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Middle Tennessee Defensive tackle Trevor Jenkins did 30 bench press reps and posted a 8' 6" Broad Jump at Blue Raiders' Pro Day.

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Look who's back? 2007 pre-draft folk hero/workout warrior Walter Thomas, who hopes a stint in AFL 2 will lead to a N.F.L. contract.

DD.comment: Thanks to Walter, Draftdaddy.com was linked in a front page story in the New York Times two years ago. We were quoted by the Times writer, but he was actually using info that our buddies at Draftguys.com (Cecil & Sigmund) wrote and sent to us from the Texas V. Nation All-Star Game.

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Russ Lande of The Sporting News lists his Top 10 Quarterback Propsects.

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New York Jets and Carolina Panthers find their way to San Jose to check out defensive tackle Jarron Gilbert.

DD.comment: We assume they meant Rex is the new head coach of the Jets, not the Ravens.

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NFL.com: Keyshawn look-alike Ramses Barden expects to make a name for himself in the N.F.L.

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Ed Thompson reports 6' 4", 256 pound defensive end Connor Barwin clocked as fast as 4.43 at Cinncinati's Pro Day.

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Adam Nettina from In The Bleachers looks at several potential Pro Day Risers.

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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has compiled a page full of Missouri Pro Day Notes.

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The Reading Eagle: Oh, for what might have been, Maurice Evans derailed from fast track to N.F.L. stardom.

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Diminutive Vanderbilt cornerback D.J. Moore hopes to impress scouts at pro day, show his mediocre combine times were a fluke.

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Florida Atlantic linebacker Frantz Joseph to get a workout with the Miami Dolphins.

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Ex-Stony Brook running back Brandon Mason thinks he can climb into the 5th or 6th round with a strong pro day effort.

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PollDaddy.com Update: We have now moved on to the guards. We should've allowed readers to vote for two guard prospects, but our pollster didn't make that change in time. Instead, we'll just add the top two vote-getters to DD.com's 2009 All-Combine Snubbed Team, picked by our readers, via Polldaddy.com... The five write-in votes, so far, are for T.J. Lang of Eastern Michigan (two votes); Tavita Thompson of Oregon State; Cameron Goldberg of Duke and Nick Hennessey of Colgate. We should mention that we fully intend to list Lang and as a offensive tackle in our next poll. We might do the same with Hennessey, Thompson and Golberg.

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Former Missouri wide receiver Jeremy Maclin was the star attraction at the schools' Pro Day.

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Tony Pauline of SI.com looks at the Pro Day Risers and Sliders.

DD.comment: It's scary how similar his times from Javon Ringer's pro day workouts are to the ones we recently posted. Could we have some of the same sources?

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Injured Missouri tight end Chase Coffman hopes his college production is enough for N.F.L. scouts.

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Virginia Tech center/guard Ryan Shuman ran the yard dash in 5.04 & 5.08 seconds, according to one of our sources that was at V.T.U.'s pro day. Shuman, who played in the Senior Bowl, displayed excellent agility and posted strong times in the 3 cone (7.05) and short shuttle (4.31). Teams that have shown the most interest in him, so far, include Minnesota, New Orleans and Green Bay.

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One of our insider sources describes how a more healthy Javon Ringer significantly improved his workout times from last month's N.F.L. combine at Michigan State's recent Pro Day:

24 N.F.L. teams showed up to watch Michigan State's Pro Day and measured Ringer in at 5094 and 203 pounds. He choose to stand on his Bench Press (23 reps), Vertical and Broad Jump from the N.F.L. Combine. Ringer did, however, re-run the Forty, Three Cone, 20 Yard Shuttle and the 60 Yard Shuttle. Javon informed scouts prior to working out that his knee is still probably only 90% healthy, but he felt much better than what he did at the Combine. The scouts had him running 4.42 to 4.47 in the Forty, much improved from the Combine (4.50 & 4.53). Ringer then put up some of the best times of the year in the change of direction drills. Scouts clocked him at 6.68 to 6.75 in the Three Cone, 3.72 to 3.83 in the short shuttle, and 10.92 in the 60 yard shuttle.

Ringer's numbers in the Three Cone (6.75 the high number of the scouts times) would of ranked 1st by the running back's at the Combine, his 20 yard shuttle time (3.83 the high number of the scouts times) would of been the best time out of every player invited to the combine and his 60 yard shuttle (10.92) also would of been the fastest time of all the players at the combine.

Ringer then looked very good in the position drills. He displayed the ability to catch the ball with his hands and not let the ball get into his body and turn up field after the catch. All in all a good day for Ringer. Ringer has a handful of workouts scheduled over the next two weeks and four team visits come April.

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last updated: 03/19/09
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Minnesota Vikings' All-Pro Adrian Peterson, and a few friends, pledge $150,000 to keep JUCO football program in Iowa going for, at least, one more year.

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After finishing up a successful college career at Colgate, offensive lineman Nick Hennessey waits for the N.F.L. draft.

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Former Notre Dame cornerback Terrail Lambert posted a pair of 4.3 40-yard dashes while N.F.L. scouts watched on Thursday.

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VirginiaSports.com has some information and photos from Virginia's Pro Timing Day.

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DD.comment: Cavs' wide receiver Maurice Covington, who we noted the other day was generating some draft interest from several teams, including the New York Giants, ran a 4.68 40 at 6' 4" and 223 pounds at U.V.A.'s pro day, today. While his 40 time wasn't off the charts, he did extremely well in the broad jump (11' 2") and displayed a 40.5" vertical leap for scouts.

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Owlssports has Some information and photos from Temple's Pro Timing Day.

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Kent State quarterback Julian Edelman, who we see as a mid-major version of ex-Nebraska star Eric Crouch, happy with his pro day showing.

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Georgiadogs.com has video of the Bulldogs' Pro Day.

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St. Louis Rams G.M. impressed with left tackle Eugene Monroe's performance at Virginia's pro day.

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Highly regarded Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno doesn't run well at pro day.

DD.comment: Very strange 40 times for Moreno, considering Georgia is noted for having a fast track. Our source (N.F.C. team) had the tailback running in the 4.59 to 4.61 area at the N.F.L. combine, which is considered a slower track? For example, our data has Asher Allen in 4.54 to 4.56 range in Indy, but he blazed the track in Athens today? Our guess is Moreno is so highly regarded by scouts, that he will slip no farther than the early part of round two, even with workout results (on a noted fast track) that would get some prospects shifted to fullback... Also, just for the record, Mohamed Massaquoi ran 4.56 & 4.62 in Indy, so it will be interesting to see how much faster he ran on the Bulldogs' swift track?

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Gil Brandt: Georgia quarterback Matt Stafford wows with strong and accurate arm at Pro Day.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan reports Northwestern State wide receiver Dudley Guice has a private workout on April 13th or 14th with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Most clocks had him in the 4.3s at his pro day today. Josh tell's us he currently projects Guice as a 7th rounder (based on tape), but thinks he could go as high as the late 5th or early 6th round if his private workouts go as well as his pro day.

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Dan Pompei: No one stands out as a must-have player for the lowly Detroit franchise.

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PennLive: Aaron Maybin's physical transformation and fast 40 times spark skeptics and rumors.

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

QB Stephen McGee ~ Texas A&M

RB Gartrell Johnson ~ Colorado State

DB Colt Anderson ~ Montana

RB Andre Brown ~ North Carolina State

WR Aaron Kelly ~ Clemson

WR Dudley Guice ~ Northwestern State

DT's Ron Brace & Busari Raji Jr. ~ Boston College

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

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Lesser known, but talented Michigan State defenders Ryan Allison and Brandon Long had outstanding showings at Pro Day.

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Michigan State quarterback Axel Hoyer 'aka Brian' thrilled with his showing at Spartans' Pro Day.

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We've been told rugged West Virginia center Mike Dent will give up football due to a neck injury. He was told he could be permanently paralyzed if he kept playing, so he wisely retired. Mike was a honor roll student in high school and college, so he should do just fine with or without football.

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Former Cal-Berkeley quarterback Nate Longshore happy with his Pro Day showing, hopes to, at least, sign a free agent deal.

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Former Penn State safety Mark Rubin (6'2" 223) did a solid job at his Pro Day on Wednesday: 4.59 & 4.61/40 yard dash; 4.29/short shuttle; 11.3/60 yard shuttle; 9' 7" broad jump; 6.78/3-cone; 17 bench press reps (225lbs) and displayed a 32" vertical leap. Rubin, who scouts feel is an underrated all-around athlete, has started at wide receiver and defensive back for the Nittany Lions and was once a swimming rival of Olympic hero Michael Phelps. A projected 6th-7th round/priority free agent type prospect, Rubin has received heavy interest form Cleveland, Cincinnati, Minnesota, New Orleans and Jacksonville.

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USA Today: Ohio State's Malcolm Jenkins played cornerback primarily in college, but he may have to shift to safety in the N.F.L.

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USA Today: Defensive backs offer deep class of solid performers.

DD.comment: In a year that so few cornerbacks ran "official" sub 4.5's at the combine, it's strange the group is getting such high praise. A deep class includes a corner that ran a 4.68 at the combine in the top 10?

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Highly regarded Missouri tight end Chase Coffman still not healthy ebough to workout for N.F.L. scouts.

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Morgan State University nose tackle Lonnie Harvey has been invited to workout for the Baltimore Ravens (at their facilities) on March 30th. He is one of six players invited to this private workout. One of the other players who will be in in attendance is Aaron Maybin. Lonnie is starting to pick up steam and hopes to sneak into the latter frames of the 2009 draft with solid workouts. That is three private workouts (also Carolina & Indianapolis) set up for a kid who wasn't even mentioned in scouting circles during the season. His size and athleticism has teams intrigued.

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Ex-Penn State defensive end Josh Gaines ran a 4.88/40 and looked good in position drills at the Nittany Lions' Pro Day. Several teams told him that they liked the fact that he played faster (on the field) than he ran (on the track). The teams that pulled Gaines aside and told him they really liked his game included, Cincinnati, New England, Buffalo and Indianapolis. DD.com projects Gaines as a latter round/ priority free agent type prospect.

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last updated: 03/18/09
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Fightingillini.com has some limited info from today's Pro Timing Day in Champaign.

DD.comment: Link says check fightingillini.com later for complete results. U.I. Pro Day Video.

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The Miami Dolphins hold personal workout for Cincinnati defensive end Connor Barwin.

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Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable showed up at Cal's Pro Day to check out center Alex Mack for himself.

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ESPN Q&A with Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin (2012 draft), who is often compared to Vince Young.

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Penn State receiver Derrick Williams redeems himself at Pro Day, after running sub-par times at the combine.

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Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post has plenty of news & info from Florida's Pro Day.

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Defensive end Aaron Maybin significantly lowers 40 time at Penn State's Pro Day.

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Ex-North Carolina basketball/football player Brooks Foster ran a reported 4.37 at Tar Heels' Pro Day.

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Gatorsports.com writer Ray Fitzgerald updates the action from Florida's Pro Day in this message board thread.

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Pat Kirwan of NFL.com, who once worked in the New York Jets front office, looks at Jay Cutler's potential trade value.

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NFL Draft Bible Q&A with Tennessee State center Cecil Newton.

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ESPN.com: tackle Andre Smith believes three good years at Alabama can't be erased with an early departure from the combine.

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South Carolina State tight end Octavius Darby, a North Carolina State transfer, hopes to impress scouts at his March 25 Pro Day.

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Russ Lande of The Sporting News lists his Top 10 Running Back Propsects.

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Sporting News with former Michigan State running back Javon Ringer

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USA Today: West Virginia's Pat White out to show he'll stick at quarterback.

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Quick look at USA Today's Top 64 Draft Prospects.

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Ex-Penn State defensive end Aaron Maybin sheds pounds he put on for the combine in hopes of impressing scouts at Pro Day.

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Wide receiver Derek Kinder runs fast, hopes to sneak into the latter rounds; Tailback LeSean McCoy 'OK' at Pitt's Pro Day.

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Diminutive Pitt tailback LaRod Stephens-Howling flashes serious speed and bench press strength at Panthers' Pro Day.

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last updated: 03/17/09
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Fourteen prospects worked out for scouts representing 20 different N.F.L. teams at the Louisiana-Lafayette's 2009 Pro Day.

DD.comment: Click "Brief Highlight of 2009 Pro Day" link near top of the page for 40 time, vertical leap and bench press results.

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Pro Days reveal interesting tidbits about Oregon and Oregon State players, according to a anonymous N.F.L. scout.

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A reliable source tells us Ohio University safety Mike Mitchell recently fared well in workouts. Ran in the 4.4's at a shade over 6' and 222 pounds and displayed a 37" vertical and 10' 3" broad jump. Per the source, Cincinnati, Chicago and Miami all have private workouts in the plans for Mike, who appears to be a latter round/priority free agent type prospect.

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University of Pittsburgh tailback LeSean McCoy ran forty times of 4.50 and 4.52 at his pro day Tuesday, according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

DD.comment: While many were under the impression that McCoy was an outright track blazer, his 40 times were not a surprise to scouts. Our source projected a few weeks ago that he'd run between 4.48 & 4.50. McCoy, actually, may've been better off staying in school for another season to mature, but he's a quality runner, with soft hands coming out of the backfield, and should still be picked by the 3rd round... Also, while McCoy was unable to workout at the combine due to the flu, he did get measured at 5' 10" and 199 pounds in Indianapolis.

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IdahoStatesman.com: Former Boise State tailback Ian Johnson looks 'fast and powerful' at pro day.

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IdahoStatesman.com: Former Boise State wide receiver Jeremy Childs explains decision to go pro.

DD.comment: No one can argue with Jeremy's reasons for turning pro. We wish him and his family well. His 40 time at pro day was quite a bit better than at the combine. Our source (a N.F.C. team) has his Indy times at 4.59 & 4.64. Another source, that we trust, projected Childs as a 6th-7th round pick, but that was before his strong pro day.

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Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach continues to say Graham Harrell is "the best quarterback in the draft".

DD.comment: Leach may seem like a lunatic at times, but he always makes a great point about not being able to teach "accuracy' and the "intangibles". We see it almost every year, N.F.L. teams chase "cannon-armed", workout warriors, expecting they can teach accuracy and mold them into quality quarterbacks, but usually they wind up with very expensive busts on their hands.

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Former North Carolina quarterback Cam Sexton has decided to transfer to Division II Catawba College.

DD.comment: None of us here at DD.com were even born when he played, but NFL Films once did a great feature on Bucky Pope, who had one of the greatest sports nicknames of all time "The Catawba Claw". Every time I see anything about Catawba football I think about that Bucky Pope story -- snubbed small school star, who turned into a potential N.F.L. mega-star as a rookie in 1964, but saw his career quicky destroyed by a knee injury. Closest thing we can think of in recent memory is Patrick Jeffers. But he wasn't a rookie when he had his one and only monster (half) season back in 1999, before his career pretty much ended in a meaningless 2000 pre-season game, due to an obvious cheap shot to the knee.

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Scott Wright of Draft Countdown's recently updated Two Round Mock Draft.

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Injured North Carolina wide receiver Brandon Tate moves closer to N.F.L. Draft, believes he'll be a middle round pick.

DD.comment: Here are the numbers we had on Tate coming into his senior season, from our league scouting sources: Height 6' 1"; Weight 195 pounds; 40 yard dash 4.50. Those numbers were likely taken from his junior day last spring. One of our insider sources currently ranks the wide receiver/kick-returner as a 5th-6th round pick, but told us he could go a little higher if he's able to run and impress scouts before the draft.

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NFL.com: Micheal Crabtree tops Charles Davis' list of Top 20 N.F.L. Prospects.

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Junkyard Jake has just updated his Two Round Mock Draft.

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Tampa Bay Online: The East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl might be moved to Tampa's Raymond James Stadium.

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ESPN.com takes a fascinating look at future N.F.L. prospect/Cal-Berkeley defensive end Tyson Alualu.

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Nebraska has been added to the teams that former Miami quarterback Robert Marve is considering as he prepares to transfer.

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President Barack Obama tapped Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney as U.S. ambassador to Ireland.

DD.comment: Right after Super Bowl XLIII, MSNBC political talk show host Chris Matthews told every media outlet in the world that President Obama publicly rooted for the Steelers over the Cardinals because Pennsylvania is a "blue state" (voted for him) and Arizona is a solid "red state" (voted McCain). Well if hacks like us over at DD.com knew of Obama's very close relationship with the Rooney family, we are surprised a D.C. insider like Mr. Hardball didn't. Maybe after reading this story, he'll retire his erroneous "red state"/"blue state" Super Bowl story/theory?

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Former Ohio State wide receiver Brian Robiskie may be on the Cleveland Browns radar.

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Former L.S.U. linemen Tyson Jackson and Herman Johnson believe their draft stock is on rise and hope to be first round picks.

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Roughly 30 NFL scouts showed up for Florida State's pro day Monday and recorded some fast 40 times.

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While University of Virginia wide receiver Kevin Ogletree created quite a buzz after he ran 4.35 & 4.41/40's at the 2009 N.F.L. Combine, we are told fellow U.V.A. wide out Maurice Covington is starting to get some interest from N.F.L. teams. The 6' 4", 225 pounder from Durham, North Carolina bounced back from a injury plagued 2007 season to collect 33 receptions for 414 (12.5 avg.) and 1 TD last season. While those numbers don't look great, keep in mind how poor the Cavs' quarterbacks played last year -- threw 20 interceptions, while only tossing 9 TD's. We've been told Covington will workout for the New York Giants in the near future and more teams are reportedly interested in taking a look at him before the draft. At this point, we'd project Maurice as a latter round/priority free agent type prospect, who has some upside potential due to his size and athletic ability.

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The same source that sent us accurate pro day numbers for Wyoming tailback Devin Moore last weekend, informed us that former Southern Utah cornerback DeWayne Lewis, a Michigan State transfer (track), impressed scouts at B.Y.U.'s pro day on March 11 with the following times: 4.28 & 4.33/40 yard dash; 37" Vertical; 4.12 Short-shuttle; 7.09 3 cone... After the strong performance in Provo, the following N.F.L. teams showed a keen interest in learning more about the raw, but athletically gifted Lewis, who is regarded as a latter round/priority free agent type prospect: Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos, St. Louis Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns.

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PollDaddy.com Update: With 45 votes cast, so far, T.C.U. center Blake Schlueter is ahead of the pack. This is not a surprise after his outstanding pro day performance a few weeks ago. Three readers have voted "other" and all wrote-in prospects from the W.A.C. -- two for Dominic Green of Nevada-Reno and one for Robert Conley of Utah. We just flat out forgot about Green, as he definitely belongs on the list. Conley is also a good player, but we have him listed at guard.

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last updated: 03/16/09
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Russ Lande of The Sporting News lists his Top 10 Tight End Propsects.

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Todd Archer: Dallas Cowboys build draft board with much in mind.

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Ed Thompson of scout.com reports the New England Patriots are considering drafting Pat White as a quarterback.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan reports Cincinnati defensive end/linebacker/tight end Connor Barwin has already had private workouts/visits with the Patriots, Bills, Seahawks and Dolphins. Upcoming workouts/visits include Broncos, Falcons, Jaguars, Bengals and Rams.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan reports rising Missouri Western guard Roger Allen has an upcoming workout with the Kansas City Chiefs. He'll participate at the University of Missouri's Pro Day on the 19th, and then have his own Pro Day at Missouri Western scheduled for April 2nd.

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Tampa's Raymond James Stadium will host The East-West Shrine Game in 2010.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan reports Sam Houston State quarterback Rhett Bomar has recently worked out for the New England Patriots and the New York Jets.

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Updated Link: University of Wisconsin running back P.J. Hill was arrested this weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence and other charges.

DD.comment: Let's hope this is just a one time mistake made by a young person, as Hill has worked very hard in preparation for the draft and seemed to be rising in the eyes of N.F.L. scouts.

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Ed Thompson of scout.com reports Cincinnati defensive end Connor Barwin was in Miami today for a private workout. Denver will be Connor's next stop.

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Michael Abromowitz from The Football Expert has posted a 7 Round Mock Draft.

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Peter King writes what we've been preaching for a while: Ohio State wide receiver Brian Hartline is a very underrated prospect.

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The Kansas City Star: Josh Freeman's agent and N.F.L. analysts talk up his pro prospects.

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Carlos "Big C" Holmes takes an in-depth look at rising Boston College defensive tackle Ron Brace.

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Josh Buchanan has just updated his list of Top 50 Small Schoolers, with 40 times and round projections.

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Former Kent State star Shawn Bayes recently impressed scouts in a workout. The Tennesse native checked in at 5' 10" and 176 pounds. He ran the 40 yard dash in 4.40 & 4.42 seconds and displayed a sparkling 40" vertical leap. His broad jump was 10' 6" and he ran the short shuttle in 4.12 seconds.

DD.comment: Bayes' athletic ability and workout prowess was not a secret to us or N.F.L. scouts. But the reason Shawn should be taken seriously as a potential latter prospect, in addition to his speed and athletic ability, is he improved on the field by leaps and bounds as a senior. In addition to being a feared kick returner, he hauled in 39 receptions for 642 yards (16.5 average) and 5 TD's last season. Now, while those numbers may not seem "eye-popping", at first glance, keep in mind that Kent quarterback Julian Edleman is an absolute Eric Crouch clone -- great athlete, who may make the N.F.L. as a receiver/kick returner, but he's never been considered a big time thrower, not even in the pass-happy M.A.C.

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GMEN H.G: The New York Giants would be wise to use a late round pick on Boston College linebacker Brian Toal.

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Alex Marvez'N.F.L Notebook: Six teams the Denver Broncos should start calling, if they intend to trade quarterback Jay Cutler.

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LSUsports.net is providing updates from the Tigers' Pro Timing Day, today. wide receiver Demetrius Byrd has already run a 4.42.

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Long time friend Ed Thompson (E.T.) has some great prospect info in his updated N.F.L. Draft Notebook.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan looks at several small school stars that are poised to be drafted, despite not receiving a N.F.L. combine invite.

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Carlos "Big C" Holmes takes an in-depth look at talented Liberty running back Rashad Jennings.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have released wide receiver Matt Jones, a few days after he admitted to drinking a beer while on probation.

DD.comment: We are all for N.F.L. teams clamping down on bad behavior, but this appears to be a joke. Had Jones been caught snorting coke or rolling a joint, the Jags would've had no choice but to cut him as soon as possible. But kicking him to the curb for drinking a beer, just to please some blood-thirsty pundits in the mainsteream media, seems pretty harsh. Sure, Jones should've known better and not touched any alcohol while on probation, but he already payed for this small transgression by spending a week locked up in jail. Hopefully the N.F.L. doesn't pile on and suspend him again, as he's already suffered enough for consuming a legal beverage during a golf outing. Jones, who was on pace for 1,000 yard season before being suspended last year, should find a new team by the start of the summer, assuming teams aren't scared off by media members that over-exaggerate Jones' "troubled past". We know Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who played at Arkansas in the 1950's (or 1960's?), was quite fond of Jones prior to the 2005 draft and they do have a spot open with Terrell Owens leaving.

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Rick Gosselin of the Dallas News reports Oregon defensive end Nick Reed might be rising after a strong pro day display.

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Some random DD.com comments from some of Gil Brandt's recent reports:

One of our sources had Purdue defensive tackle Alex Magee projected as a 2nd round pick after he turned in a pretty solid showing at the N.F.L. combine -- 5.01/5.03 40 at almost 300 pounds, plus he did 30 bench reps with 35" arms. Looking at Gil Brandt's pro day times (4.82 & 4.85), we have to believe Magee, at the very least, solidified his status as a second rounder and has a chance to, perhaps, sneak into the first round? One more thing to note: Magee weighed in at 298 pounds at the combine, but Gil Brandt has his pro day weight at 286 rounds. Shedding the 12 pounds, may have helped improve his speed a bit, showing he might even project as a defensive end for some teams?

Arizona safety Nate Ness is a player that we've always liked as a possible latter round pick, even though we knew he was not that highly ranked by scouts coming into his senior year. Maybe his fine pro day showing last week (4.46 & 4.49/40, 36" vertical, ect.) will force scouts to take a closer look at the former JUCO All-American as draft weekend approaches? Like his cross-town rival, Troy Nolan of Arizona State, he's a pretty good ball-hawk, evidenced by his 5 interceptions in 2007 and 2 picks and 9 passes defended last season (including a huge 75 yard int of a touchdown in a 1 point @ Stanford). Ness also improved his tackling significantly as a senior....Oregon State defensive end/linebacker Slade Norris' 4.65/40 at Beavers' pro day was no surprise, as that's the exact same 40 time scouts had him projected running. Considering his excellent size (for a linebacker), speed and college production it's a minor surprise that he hasn't got more day two draft hype. Obviously, he hurt his chances of being drafted when he was injured at pro day and it's now even more likely he'll have to go the free agent route to make it in the N.F.L.

Michigan defensive tackle Will Johnson was projected as a 3rd to 5th round pick by scouts coming into the season, in part due to the fact that scouts figured he ran a freakish 4.80/40 (for a 285 pounder). While he "only" ran in the low 5.00's, reality is those are not poor numbers for a defensive tackle and his 47 bench reps, coupled with a 6' 4" frame, show he's got the size and strength teams are looking for in a 3-4 defensive end. Johnson could be a younger, perhaps stronger, version of New England's Mike Wright, who recently got a huge deal to stay with Patriots...Speaking of Big 10 defensive tackles, it looks like Northwestern's John Gill also helped himself at pro day, which is good news for some of the college football bloggers over at ESPN.com that have been hyping him for while.

It seems as if we've liked (ranked higher) Purdue linebacker Anthony Heygood more than most the last couple years. His pro day times (4.67 & 4.71/4.30 shuttle) show he's a fairly agile athlete, which is expected from a former Big Ten running back. While he may lack ideal size and strength for some systems, we think Heygood is a decent latter round prospect (or high priority free agent) that best fits in a Cover 2 scheme. Perhaps he will not need to travel far from Purdue's campus for a paycheck, as the Indianapolis Colts could be a good fit for him?....Former high school All-American Brian Toal surprised no one with his athletic performance at Boston College's pro day. But considering his injury history, he may slip out of the draft. He could be a great free agent pick up, however, as there is a chance he can start at linebacker or fullback in the N.F.L., if he can stay healthy?

Our sources tell us Texas Tech safety Darcel McBath was rising up the draft charts after the combine and it looks like his pro day times only helped his cause. One league insider currently has him projected as a 5th rounder, but admits he could go a tad higher..... Kansas linebacker Mike Rivera most definitely put himself squarely on the N.F.L.'s draft radar after running a 4.63 & 4.66 and showing off a fancy 38.5" vertical leap at Kansas' pro day. While the 6' 2", 245 pounder from Shawnee, Kansas has been dubbed the "Italian Stallion" by some of his teammates, his Spanish sounding surname may be an added bonus for Miami or western based teams like the Dallas, Houston and San Diego, who are looking to expand their fan base in surrounding communities.

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last updated: 03/15/09
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PollDaddy.com Update: With 145 votes cast, Ball State's Darius Hill barely beat out ex-Boston College Eagle Ryan Purvis and fast-rising Zach Miller, a converted quarterback from Nebraska-Omaha, to be our 2009 All-Combine Snubbed Team tight end, picked by our readers, via Polldaddy.com. Miller made a furious upward climb after Gil Brandt's positive nfl.com comments a few days ago, but it wasn't enough. No doubt if we kept the tight end poll up for Monday (our busiest day of the week) he could've won. Nontheless, we needed to move forward and posted the centers a few minutes before mid-night (3/15/09). We'll keep them up for at least one day, maybe two? Click here for previous Poll Results.

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Simon Clancy of universaldraft.com takes an in-depth look at ex-Alabama offensive tackle Andre Smith , who's draft stock is clearly falling.

DD.comment: Simon Clancy is a long time DD.com reader/supporter who works for the B.B.C. in England. He is one of several English readers that E-Mail's us frequently. It's good to know there are so many big N.F.L. draft fans in the United Kingdom.

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Smiling quarterback Willie Tuitama lets arm do all his talking at Arizona's pro day.

DD.comment: It's notable that 25 year old decathlete Jake Arnold and rarely used Wildcats' hoopster Fendi Onobun are on the radar of scouts.

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Jeff Duncan, NOLA.com: 40-yard dash is just a waste of time for N.F.L. prospects.

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New York Jets to hold private workout with Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman.

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In-depth look at linebacker Daniel Holtzclaw, who hopes to shine at Eastern Michigan's pro day.

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Pro Day was a last chance to impress for 11 former Alabama Crimson Tide players.

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Charean Williams looks at Aaron Schobel, Andre Smith and West Virginia quarterback Pat White in her Sunday N.F.L. notes.

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Ed Thompson's Seven Points: (Point 2) U.S.C. linebacker Clay Matthews is showing N.F.L. teams that he's truly special and worthy of first-round consideration.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan reports Abilene Christian wide receiver Johnny Knox had a private workout with the Philadelphia Eagles March 10th and will visit the New England Patriots on March 19th. Knox will also visit with the Miami Dolphins April 14th and 15th. Right now, Josh projects the Division II speedster as a 4th round selection, but would not be surprised to see someone pull the trigger on him in the 3rd round.

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last updated: 03/14/09
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Josh Buchanan has just updated his list of Top 50 Small Schoolers, with 40 times and round projections.

DD.comment: Several prospects that Josh mentioned to us as "potential fast risers" a few weeks ago -- i.e. Jason Williams, Dudley Guice, Zach Miller and Dan Skuta -- have, in fact, followed through with solid pro days thus far.

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Here are some Pro Day times for Wyoming star Devin Moore, that we got from a source close to tailback: 40 yard dash: 4.33 & 4.35; Vertical Leap: 38.5"; 20 yard shuttle: 4.06; Bench Press 28.

DD.comment: Devin ran a 4.40 for scouts at his junior day and he also ran well at a personal workout last month, so these times are not far-fetched. He's very fast and has a chance to help an N.F.L. team as a scatback/receiver/return specialist.

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nflhouse.com has an updated Two Round Mock Draft

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Ohio State wide receiver Brian Hartline believes his strong combine showing assured him of a spot in the draft. Jacksonville, Denver, Miami and Chicago are interested.

DD.comment: For info on Hartline, scroll down to the middle of the page.

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The Detroit Lions have traded Cory Redding and a 5th round pick to the Seattle Seahawks for Julian Peterson.

DD.comment: This trade pretty much assures that linebacker Aaron Curry will not be the first overall pick in the draft, assuming the Lions keep the pick. Also, it means Seattle could consider using their first round pick on a linebacker like Curry or Brian Orakpo?

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The Chicago-Sun Times reports Northwestern Wide receiver Eric Peterman might have run himself into the draft with 40 times of 4.45 and 4.47 and a three-cone drill of 6.58 seconds, at the school's recent pro day.

DD.comment: Three consecutive links coded purple, what's next a Mount Union pro day story? In addition to his speed and skill as a receiver and return specialist, Peterman was a great special teams coverage player for the Wildcats, so that can only help his cause at the next level. Also, we'd love to know what fellow Wildcat Ross Lane ran at pro day, as he was regarded as an even better athlete than Peterman coming out of high school (one of the elite prep players in Florida in the early 2000's). When you consider how mediocre Northwestern's quarterbacks have been, Peterman and Lane were very underrated Big-Ten standouts for a while.

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In-depth look at Abilene Christian's Pro Day, which featured three draftable senior prospects.

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The New York Daily News reports the New York Jets are interested in Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman.

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SI.com: Pro Days Risers and Sliders

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Draft Bible has just posted a Q & A with versatile Grand Valley State star Dan Skuta.

DD.comment: Josh Buchanan tells us he really likes the versatility, speed, and motor of Dan Skuta and projects him as a 6th-7th round selection to a 3-4 team as an inside linebacker. There is some interest in him as a fullback and even defensive tackle, but most teams who have shown interest are 3-4 teams looking at him at the inside linebacker spot.

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DD.com contributor tells us fast-rising Western Illinois linebacker Jason Williams will visit the Indianapolis Colts on March 23rd and the Dallas Cowboys in mid-April.

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last updated: 03/13/09
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Pat Kirwan: Despite troubles, Alabama's Andre Smith remains an intriguing prospect.

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Oregon State defensive end Victor Butler loses some weight, significantly improves his 40 time at Beavers' Pro Day.

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Fullback might have a different look for the L.S.U. Tigers next season.

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Powerful Ohio State running back Chris Wells blazes the track at the Buckeyes' Pro Day.

DD.comment: Ohio State is known for having a very fast track. For the sake of comparing, here are the combine 40 times we got from an N.F.C. team for several key Buckeyes: CB Malcolm Jenkins (4.52 & 4.50), Beanie Wells (4.52 & 4.50), Brian Robiskie (4.51 & 4.56), Brian Hartline (4.52 & 4.54), James Laurinaitis (4.76 & 4.76) and Marcus Freeman (4.65 &4.71).

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Railbird Central: The team that chooses Florida's Percy Harvin could be taking on some risk due to his injury history.

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NFL.com draft analyst Gil Brandt throws some heavy praise at ex-Nebraska-Ohama quarterback/tight end Zach Miller.

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Western Illinois linebacker Jason Williams shines at Northwestern pro day.

DD.comment: Williams also impressed at W.I.U. Pro Day a few weeks ago. If he keeps impressing in workouts, he could be the first non-combine invite selected in the 2009 draft.

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Ex-University of Montana defensive end Mike Stadnyk skips N.F.L. Pro Day, signs with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

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Canadian tailback Jamall Lee catches the eye of N.F.L. scouts.

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Boston College senior-to-be captain Mike McLaughlin has suffered an injury to his Achilles tendon.

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PollDaddy.com Update: When we first posted the poll it looked like Ball State's Darius Hill would run away with the lead, but Boston College's Ryan Purvis has closed the gap and taken the lead with 50 votes in. It's clear our readers think those two are the best of the bunch we listed... We'd like to thank Ethan for his nice words and interesting poll comments. Connecticut's Steve Brouse was one of the players we strongly considered and, reality is, he may have received a combine invite if he had not suffered a serious injury during his senior season and had better arms throwing to him. All the Huskies receivers suffered (production wise) due to the lackluster quarterback play. Brouse is the type of prospect (like a Stephen Spach or Will Heller) who can hang around the N.F.L. for a while if he can find the right spot. We definitely considered Brouse for this poll, but you can't list everyone?... Other tight ends we seriously considered including: Kevin Brock (Rutgers), Travis McCall (Alabama), David Carter & Andrew Mooney (Ohio), Brandon Meyers (Iowa), Rory Nichol (Ohio State), Jamar Hunt (U.T.E.P.) and John Nablone (Monmouth).

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Fresno State tight end Bear Pascoe happy with his Pro Day 40 yard time.

DD.comment: McKenna "Bear" Pascoe's 40 times at the combine were poor (4.91/5.01), so the Pro Day times do help. But at 6' 5" and 251 pounds he's mostly viewed as a blocker anyway. As Mike Mayock noted, he may never be a star in the pros, but, at the very least, he might stay in the N.F.L. for a decade as a #2 tight end/red zone target.

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Rick Gosselin of the Dallas News reports Troy defensive back Sherrod Martin is sprinting up the 2009 draft board.

DD.comment: Thanks to some of our excellent N.F.L. scouting sources, we were able to alert our readers to Martin's blazing speed several months ago, as he made our 16 Day Two Prospects with Surprising Speed list. While many of those gaudy numbers have been confirmed at the N.F.L. Combine and Pro Days this winter, it seems like Connor Barwin is the only one in the group that has 'definitely' worked his way into the first day -- although Martin also has a good chance of being selected in the first three rounds.

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Former Ohio State quarterback Todd Boeckman out to win over scouts at pro day.

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Pro day leaves Nebraska defensive end Zach Potter feeling upbeat.

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After an injury-filled college career, linebacker Brian Toal impressed scouts at B.C.'s Pro Day.

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Rivals.com's Olin Buchanan looks at Texas Tech's new starting quarterback Taylor Potts.

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Respected NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt has posted some great info from Nebraska's Pro Day.

DD.comment: One of our better sources had the Huskers' top prospects rated this way after the N.F.L.combine: Zach Potter 4th round; Lydon Murtha 5th-6th; Cody Glenn 7th-PFA; Nate Swift 7th-PFA. We will ask him about Pro Day star Ty Steinkuhler, who he did not list because he wasn't at the Combine.

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Videos and workout times for 16 prospects that participated at Troy's Pro Timing Day.

Related Item: Troy Trojans' backup running back Xavier Moreland stands out the school's Pro Day.

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The Register-Guard has more info from Oregon's Pro Timing Day.

DD.comment: Looking at the combine times of some, it does look like the Ducks' ran on a fairly fast track. For example, tailback Jeremiah Johnson ran a 4.63 & 4.67 in Indy, but recorded a reported 4.57 at Pro Day. Also, if the 40 times of the tailbacks weren't bad enough (as a group) in Indianapolis, how about the Ducks' place-kicker -- Matt Evensen -- running just as fast as their star running back yesterday? Nonetheless, one of our sources still projects Johnson, who is only a shade under 5' 9" and 209 pounds, as a 4th round pick.

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Former Eastern Illinois linebacker Pierre Walters injured his hamstring Thursday during Pro Day activities at Northwestern University.

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Long time DD.com reader/supporter Simon Clancy, who works for the B.B.C. in England, and two friends have launched a new draft site -- universaldraft.com -- and it looks great.

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last updated: 03/12/09
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PollDaddy.com Update: Former Utah quarterback Brian Johnson is the first member of our 2009 All-Combine Snubbed Team, picked by our readers, via Polldaddy.com -- quarterback voting results. We recently moved on to the tight ends and will have this group up until, at least, Saturday night.

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Details and workout times for 12 prospects that participated at Oregon's Pro Timing Day.

DD.comment: No prospect in America needed a strong Pro Day showing more than Nick Reed of Oregon. While he had a great college career, scouts had him pegged running in the 4.9's or low 5.0's at 6' 1" and 245 pounds, which probably explains why he didn't receive a combine invite? Had he run similar to those times, he would have had no shot at being drafted. But his low 4.7's and 31.5" vertical show he's a better athlete than expected, so he does have a pretty good chance of being selected. Some believe he's another Tedy Bruschi, who was also a defensive end (at the same size) in college. Only time will tell? This is a player we should be able to get some info on as the draft process moves forward, so check back for info

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Boston College star defensive tackles Ron Brace and Busari Raji Jr. impress scouts at Eagles' Pro Day.

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Paul G's. "He Reminds Me Of" post-combine comparison feature.

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed cornerback Chris McKenzie, who's 4.32 (2005) was the sixth-fastest 40 time in N.F.L. combine history.

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CBSSports.com: Clark Judge's One Round Mock Draft

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CBSSports.com: Pete Prisco's One Round Mock Draft

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PollDaddy.com Update: Former Utah quarterback Brian Johnson seized the lead early in the polling, right after we posted it Tuesday night (6:00 PM EST), and has not looked back in two full days. A couple things seem obvious: One, the voter turn out for this poll is much lighter than our last poll (top small schooler). And, secondly, we may take this poll down soon and post another position (tight end), as it looks like Johnson will not yield the lead and he will be the first member of our 2009 All-Combine Snubbed Team.

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With P.J. Hill leaving for the N.F.L., Wisconsin intends to start 240 pound John Clay at tailback and 210 pound Bradie Ewing at fullback, to pick up the slack?

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Fomer Morgan State star Lonnie Harvey is a potential sleeper prospect, who has private workouts setup with the Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts. He is about 6'4", 345 pounds and teams in need of defensive tackle depth could you utilize his services as a 3-4 nose or 4-3 defensive tackle (1 or 3 technique). Right now we have Harvey slotted as a solid free agent type prospect, but great workouts, coupled with a high demand (and lack of supply) for 3-4 nose tackle prospects, could slide him into the latter part of the 2009 draft.

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Tons of great info and insight in this RealGM Q&A with an anonymous N.F.L. scout.

DD.comments: The scouts comments regarding T.J. Lang are notable. If he's correct, Lang will have gone from a player way off the scouts radar heading into his senior season to being a first day selection. By the way, former E.M.U. defensive tackle Jason Jones did the same thing last spring... Also, as we've been reporting for a while, watch out for quarterback Stephen McGee of Texas A&M. He's a very good athlete and the folks that represent him -- Rep1Sports -- do a fantastic job preparing quarterbacks for workouts during the draft process -- most notably teaching them how to throw from pro formations, taking snaps directly behind the center (many college QB's come from shot-gun offenses)... Finally, our freind Josh Buchanan has been telling us for a while that Grand Valley linebacker Dan Skuta has impressed N.F.L. teams since his stellar showing at the Cactus Bowl and he could sneak into the latter frames of the draft.

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Pro Day workout offers several Ohio State prospects a chance to make, amend impressions with N.F.L. scouts.

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The Birmingham News: Questions about Andre Smith also reflect on his agent.

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Central Arkansas fullback/tight end Marquez Branson, who is a draftable prospect, fared well at the Bears' Pro Day.

DD.comment: One of our better league sources told us U.C.A. junior linebacker/defensive end Larry Hart really impressed scouts at Pro Day, running between a 4.56 and 4.66, at 6002 and 240 pounds, for one N.F.C. team. Hart could turn out to be one of the better F.C.S. prospects for the 2010 draft. Hart's teammates -- defensive tackle Taylor Scott and and 6' 7", 315 pound offensive tackle Lane Freiwald -- are also considered pro prospects for the '10 draft, but were unable to workout due to nagging injuries.

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The New York Jets are taking a long look at Maryland wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey.

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CBS draft writer notes Ex-Alabama tackle Andre Smith looked less than impressive at his Pro Day.

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We recently finished making significant changes to our positional rankings (Post-N.F.L. Combine) for the Top 2009 Draft Prospects and, once again, we divided them into 3 categories:

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

Top Small Schoolers: We listed about 175 small school prospects, sorted by position, that have the talent to catch the eye of N.F.L. scouts.

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

DD.comment: We have stats links for all the prospects (except offensive linemen) from the F.B.S. schools (formerly I-A) and bio links for the vast majority of smaller school prospects, who are not as well known by draft followers. To navigate the rankings pages, please click the links above and use the drop down box. Hint: follow the moving arrows!

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One of our midwest sources, who is very close to former Connecticut star Cody Brown, tells us the All-Big East defensive end is drawing considerable interest from N.F.L. teams that run 3-4 and 4-3 defenses. Per the source, 3-4 teams that have shown the strongest interest in Brown so far, as a linebacker, are Denver, Green Bay and New England. 4-3 teams that appear to be most smitten with Brown include the New York Giants, Tennessee and Carolina. DD.com currently projects Brown, who had 12 formal interviews at the N.F.L. Combine, as a 2nd to 3rd round pick.

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All-American wide receiver Austin Collie impressed scouts with his receiving skills at B.Y.U.'s Pro Day.

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Senior wide receivers Lucas Taylor (Tennessee) and Isaiah Williams show surprising speed at their Pro Day's.

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Free Agents Updated (2:00 PM, EST):

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

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

DD.comment: We've noted the signings of a couple starting safeties and added former Rams tackle Orlando Pace to the offense list today...We considered a players potential going forward, injury history and 2009 age when doing these lists, which explains why we ranked several bigger name players in their mid 30's (or older) lower than their current talent level should warrant -- examples include Jeff Garcia, Marvin Harrison, Derrick Brooks and Brian Dawkins.

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For constantly updated rumors and free agent signings, check Rotoworld's Player News Page.

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Dallas News: For the best insider draft info, constantly updated, check out Rick Gosselin's Blog.

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Long time DD.com reader/supporter Simon Clancy, who works for the B.B.C. in England, and two friends have launched a new draft site -- universaldraft.com -- and it looks great.

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last updated: 03/11/09
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One of our long time sources tells us Webber International (N.A.I.A) cornerback Vince Anderson has caught the attention of several N.F.L. teams, including the Patriots and Chiefs. At this point, it doesn't appear that Anderson will be drafted, but he could sign as a free agent after the draft. Here is Anderson's YouTube Video.

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USA Today looks at the Top 10 Inside & Outside Linebacker prospects in the 2009 draft.

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Knoxville News has posted some notables workout numbers from Wednesday's Pro Day at the University of Tennessee.

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Diminutive wide receiver Chris Williams impresses scouts at New Mexico State's Pro Day.

DD.comment: Aggies defensive end Rhyan Anderson, who looked awesome in workouts is no stranger to us, or scouts. He's a former prized recruit at the University of Miami, who we assumed would dominate once he landed at N.M.S.U., but it never happened. He recorded a career best 25 tackles (3 TFL's) and 1 sack as a senior, leading some to wonder if he's more of a workout warrior than a top prospect?

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

DT Nader Abdallah ~ Ohio State

RB Bernard Scott ~ Abilene Christian

DL Jarron Gilbert ~ San Jose State

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

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Russ Lande: Top 10 offensive Guard Prospects

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Outland Trophy winner Andre Smith works out for N.F.L. teams at Alabama's Pro Day.

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Pat Kirwan of NFL.com has just updated his One Round Mock draft.

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Pat Kirwan of NFL.com writes many teams looking at offensive tackles and 3-4 defenders in draft.

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Several lesser known players blazed the track, but top 2010 cornerback prospect Trevard Lindley struggled a bit at Kentucky's Pro Day.

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Prolific Clemson University free safety Chris Clemons might be one of the fastest-rising prospects leading up to the 2009 draft. One league source indicated that the 6', 208 pound native of Arcadia, Florida has really open eyes with his 40 times. Multiple scouts have clocked him between 4.37 and 4.38 in private workouts and, according to our numbers, he ran a 4.39 and 4.40 at the most recent N.F.L. combine. Clemons has had multiple private workouts with the Atlanta Falcons (DB coach) and most recently displayed his skills for the New England Patriots (DB coach and def coor). In addition, Philadelphia and New Orleans, who have a strong need for depth at safety, have set up private workouts with Chris. An anonymous scout reportedly told one of our sources: "His film work doesn't lie, he has positioned himself as a day one safety". The scout went on to mention that Clemons might be drafted much higher than most are currently expecting.

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Western Michigan cornerback E.J. Biggers turned in a time of 4.35 in the 40-yard dash at the Broncos Pro Day.

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Ex-Colorado State running backs Kyle Bell and Gartrell Johnson impress scouts at their Pro Timing Day.

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Former University of Kansas linebacker Mike Rivera stunned scouts when he displayed a 38.5" vertical leap at Pro Day.

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Ex-Maryland linebacker Moise Fokou is poised to complete an improbable journey from NCAA Division III football to the N.F.L.

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The Houston Texans might target a 'defensive playmaker' like Peria Jerry or Clay Matthews III.

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Defensive tackle Greg Brown impressed scouts at Indiana's Pro Day.

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Former Auburn tailback Brad Lester hopes his 4.48/40 at Tigers' Pro Day will get him drafted next month.

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Former All-Big 12 linebacker Joe Mortensen worked out at fullback for N.F.L. scouts at Kansas' Pro Day.

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PollDaddy.com Update: This year we decided to have our readers pick DD.com's All-Combine Snubbed Team, via our brand new Polldaddy feature. We intend to post one position at a time, until the team is complete, and plan to keep each poll up for two or three days. Please select one quarterback to begin with. You can write in a player that you feel belongs on the list, but please let's limit this to legitimate quarterback prospects eligible for the 2009 draft.

Former Utah quarterback Brian Johnson seized the lead early in the polling, right after we posted it last night (6:00 PM EST) and has not looked back. We intend to keep this poll up until Thursday, at least, so the other quarterbacks still have time to win this thing.

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The Denver Broncos' relationship with quarterback Jay Cutler continues to sour, meaning a trade is more likely?

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WRBL-TV has video from Auburn's Pro Day.

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PollDaddy.com Comment: In our most recent poll, one of the quarterbacks that has already received a few write in votes from readers is Patrick Cowan of U.C.L.A., who's an extremely gutty and surprisingly athletic kid. Unfortunately for him, his Pac-10 career was derailed by serious injuries. Brian Dohn of the L.A. Daily News recently wrote that the Cincinnati Bengals have an interest in Cowan. Many readers on Dohn's link made salient comments about the quarterback, but something no one noted is that Cowan is the son of an ex-C.F.L. quarterback and was actually born in Canada, so it's very possible he'll begin his pro football career north of the border as a 'non-import'.

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Former minor league baseball player Andrew Davie and Jamar Love impressed scouts at Arkansas' Pro Day.

DD.comment: Thanks to some of our excellent N.F.L. scouting sources, we were able to alert our readers to Love's blazing speed several months ago, as he made our 16 Day Two Prospects with Surprising Speed list. While many of those gaudy numbers have been confirmed at the N.F.L. Combine and Pro Days this winter, it seems like Connor Barwin is the only one in the group that has 'definitely' worked his way into the first day.

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40 yard dash and short shuttle times from the University of Washington's Pro Day.

DD.comment: Not a very impressive group for N.F.L. scouts. Center Juan Garcia has a chance to be drafted, although his injury history could scare teams. After him, the only Husky in the class of 2009 that we have listed anywhere at DD.com is safety Mesphin Forrester, and we'd guess he's probably a priority free agent type prospect.

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Free Agents Updated (6:40 PM, EST):

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

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

DD.comment: We've noted the signings of a couple starting safeties and added former Rams tackle Orlando Pace to the offense list today...We considered a players potential going forward, injury history and 2009 age when doing these lists, which explains why we ranked several bigger name players in their mid 30's (or older) lower than their current talent level should warrant -- examples include Jeff Garcia, Marvin Harrison, Derrick Brooks and Brian Dawkins.

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For constantly updated rumors and free agent signings, check Rotoworld's Player News Page.

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Dallas News: For the best insider draft info, constantly updated, check out Rick Gosselin's Blog.

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Should there ever be an N.F.L. franchise in London, England?

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Clifton Brown: Quarterbacks Matthew Stafford and Mark Sanchez could each take a draft-day tumble.

DD.comment: As we've been noting for a while, we think the Lions will not select Stafford number one overall and will target Josh Freeman instead. So we agree with Clifton Brown 100 percent. Our guess, however, is Martin Mayhew and James Harris will draft Freeman with the 33rd pick overall.

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Soonersports.com has just posted complete and official results from Oklahoma's Pro Day Testing Day.

DD.comments: Looking at our official combine numbers, which we got from a N.F.C. team, safety Nic Harris, who probably projects as an N.F.L. outside linebacker, and defensive back Lendy Holmes actually improved their 40 times by, about, a half of a second from the combine, so they probably helped themselves a little bit. A source we respect, projected Harris as a 5th-6th round pick and Holmes as a 7th round/priority free agent type, right after the N.F.L. combine. Wide receiver Manuel Johnson did not work out at the combine (right hamstring) and he did not work out at Pro Day. Since he's not considered in the same class as a Michael Crabtree, it would be in his best interest to run prior to the draft... Also, former Sooners backup safety Brett Bowers, who fared well at Pro Day, is a fascinating player. He was a high school teammate of Tim Tebow and very highly regarded coming out of Trinity Christian (4 or 5 star recruit), but never did much more than play on special teams at Oklahoma. He's probably a free agent signee (at best), but we are mildly surprised that he never transferred to a smaller school. He's the type of athlete that could've really put himself on the N.F.L.'s radar at a strong F.C.S school.

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The Detroit Lions will hold a private workout with Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford.

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Arrest warrant issued for 2009 N.F.L. draft prospect Will Dunbar for failure to register as sex offender.

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Russ Lande: Top 10 offensive tackle Prospects

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The Washington Post takes an in-depth look at confident Connecticut cornerback Darius Butler.

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NFL.com draft analyst Gil Brandt reports Montana free safety Colt Anderson looked good running on a 'bad surface'.

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Baylor left tackle Jason Smith dispels stodgy offensive lineman stereotype; wants to be selecting first overall.

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Patriots.com: Full round-by-round order for the 2009 draft, minus unannounced compensatory selections.

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Quick look at fast-rising Arizona Wildcat's defensive end Brooks Reed, who is a 2011 draft prospect.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

has posted more info and workout numbers from Georgia Tech's Pro Day.

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Video: Scouts from the Seahawks, Chargers, and British Columbia Lions check out Central Washington's Pro Day.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan reports Liberty tailback Rashad Jennings has really been on the move this week. Yesterday (3/9) he worked out for the Denver Broncos. Today (3/10) he'll workout for the Philadelphia Eagles. Tommorow (3/11) he'll be looked at by the New England Patriots and Friday (3/13) he will check in for a session with the New York Jets.

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Details and workout times for all 10 prospects that participated at Colorado's Pro Timing Day.

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Polldaddy Comment: With over 230 votes in Liberty tailback Rashad Jennings has taken a slight lead over Cal-Poly wide receiver Ramses Barden and Richmond defensive end Lawrence Sidbury in our current poll. Since we haven't gotten around to making a new question, we'll keep this poll up until Tuesday Night, so there is still a lot of time for Rhett Bomar, Johnny Knox and Lardarius Webb supporters to close the gap.

Two other quick notes: About 20 readers had write in candidates (picked 'other'). Only two prospects got more than one vote, however: Northwestern State wide receiver Dudley Guice (2) and Furman cornerback William Middleton (2). As far as Jarron Gilbert not being in the poll, we do not categorize San Jose State as a small school. Only F.C.S. (formerly 1-AA), D-2, D-3 and N.A.I.A prospects are considered small schoolers, according to scouts. San Jose State is a F.B.S (formerly 1-A) football school and considered a division one, mid-major program.

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Ex-Syracuse middle linebacker Jake Flaherty, a four-time Big East All-Academic selection and team captain, may have helped his chances of landing a pro contract this spring by performing well at the school's March 5th Pro Day. The Rhode Island native, who collected a total of 176 tackles (10.5 TFL's) as a junior and senior, measured in at 6' 1", 233 pounds and did 25 reps on the bench press. In workouts, his times where: 4.69/40 yard dash; 4.56/20 yard shuttle and 7.37/3-cone. As expected, the former three-time Rhode Island state high jump champion did a nice job with his leaps, registering a 35" vertical and 10' 1" broad jump.

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Georgia Tech defensive end Michael Johnson dazzled the crowd of more than 40 N.F.L. executives at the Jackets' Pro Day.

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NFL.com draft analyst Gil Brandt has updated Pro Day numbers from Utah's Pro Day.

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Versus to televise first year of United Football League.

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Russ Lande of The Sporting News breaks down U.S.C. linebacker Brian Cushing's draft potential.

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Russ Lande of The Sporting News breaks down North Carolina wide reciever Hakeem Nicks' draft potential.

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Tucson police arrested former University of Arizona quarterback Willie Tuitama, 21, early Sunday morning on three D.U.I. charges.

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Mike Mayock: The Detroit Lions should avoid drafting Georgia quarterback Matt Stafford.

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Draftscout.com: Despite no sure things in this draft, Matt Stafford is still the Detroit Lions' best bet.

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ESPN.com: Excess cap room makes blockbuster trades more likely.

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The Detroit Lions hosted Baylor left tackle Jason Smith at their headquarters today.

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Draft Daddy: 6 questions with UConn linebacker Julius Williams.

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Scouts wonder what sort of quarterback Kansas State's Josh Freeman would have been if he had the supporting cast of U.S.C. quarterback Mark Sanchez.

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The Tennessee Titans look look for bargains in 'second wave' of free agency.

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After a strong combine showing, Texas Christian safety Stephen Hodge looks forward to the draft process.

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Carlos "Big C" Holmes of The Dayton Daily News takes a closer look at Michigan State tailback Javon Ringer.

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Draft Prospect Q&A with athletic Utah defensive end Paul Kruger.

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Carlos "Big C" Holmes of The Dayton Daily News looks at fast-rising South Carolina tight Jared Cook.

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A source in South Florida told us to keep an eye on Florida Atlantic tailback DiIvory Edgecomb, who has a chance to sneak into the latter frames of the draft after running a 4.48 in the 40 yard dash, 1.52 10 yard dash and displaying a 35" vertical leap at the Owls' February 26th Pro Day. At only 5' 8" and 195 pounds, Edgecomb is being looked at as an all-purpose back/slot receiver/return specialist, in the mold of Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie Clifton Smith. Our sorce told us that Cleveland and New Orleans, in particular, spent a lot of time talking with him after F.A.U.'s Pro Day.

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Scott Wright of Draft Countdown has updated his Top 10 Hot Prospects list for the 2009 draft.

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New Draft Daddy Feature: We are pleased to announce that we have added a poll to our blog -- right hand side, above the archive links. We are starting out with some very basic questions to begin with, but as time goes on we'd like to do some differnt things. For example, have our readers pick the top N.F.L. combine snubs or select which players are the fastest-risers, by position, leading up to the draft. If we do that, we'd sure appreciate as much reader participation as possible.

Polldaddy Comment: With close to 190 votes in Richmond defensive end Lawrence Sidbury holds a slight lead over Liberty tailback Rashad Jennings and Cal-Poly wide receiver Ramses Barden in our current poll. Since our "pollster" was out of town this weekend, we'll keep this question up until Monday Night, so there is still a lot of time for Rhett Bomar, Johnny Knox and Lardarius Webb supporters to close the gap.

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Gil Brandt of NFL.com has updated Pro Day numbers from several smaller schools; reports wide receiver Ed Gant Stunned Scouts.

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USA Today: Ex-Connecticut running back Donald Brown out to prove he's 'legit'.

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Running back Jamall Lee from Bishop's University established a new E-Camp mark with a 4.39 time in the 40-yard dash

DD.comment: E-Camp is the C.F.L.'s version of the N.F.L. scouting combine. For more info, check out CFL.ca's Evaluation Camp section.

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Can Missouri Tigers backup quarterback Chase Patton be another Matt Cassel or Brad Johnson?

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Central Arkansas stars Nathan Brown and Marquez Branson are hoping to hear their names called on draft weekend.

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Several former Missouri Tigers, including Tommy Saunders, are hoping to beat the odds and sneak into the latter rounds of the N.F.L. draft.

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The Pittsburgh-Post Tribune: Spread offense adds a new wrinkle to the 2009 N.F.L. draft

DD.comment: A lot of focus is put on the quarterbacks that can run the "Wildcat", like Pat and Stephen McGee, but several recievers like Derrick Williams of Penn State and James Casey of Rice can also be utilized in that role. If N.F.L. teams are looking for a potential latter round/free agent type that can help out in the spread offense as a receiver and Wildcat quarterback, they should check out San Diego State star Darren Mougey, who began his career as a highly regarded quarterback prospect, but switched to wide receiver early in his career. He's very similar to Casey in terms of strength and athletic ability. He wasn't as prolific as James in college, but we are little surprised he has not created more of a draft stir up to this point.

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Ex-Connecticut cornerback Darius Butler might interest Miami Dolphins on draft day.

DD.comment: As we hinted at the other day, Tony Sporano and Scott Pioli have very strong ties to Connecticut, so any prospect from the Nutmeg State will definitely draw interest the Dolphins and Chiefs. Also, Packers scouting head John Dorsey was a superstar linebacker for the 1-AA Huskies in the early 1980's, so expect him to be in Storrs when Butler and the others run at Pro Day.

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The Texas Longhorns are counting on Sergio Kindle to be their next great pass rusher in 2009.

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Tony Grossi of The Cleveland Plain Dealer notes the latest N.F.L. draft trend is to stockpile picks in the second round.

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Young powerback Peyton Hillis was Denver's leading rusher as a rookie, but what will he get a chance to build on that success in 2009?

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan reports Abilene Christian running back Bernard Scott has a private workout with the Cincinnati Bengals on March 9th.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan reports Abilene Christian running back Bernard Scott has a private workout with the New England Patriots on March 19th.

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J.P. from Maximum draft's recent Q&A with Richmond running back Josh Vaughan

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J.P. from Maximum draft's recent Q&A with Virginia linebacker Antonio Appleby

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J.P. from Maximum draft's recent Q&A with Iona College guard Mike Butler

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Respected Tennessee Titans' scout C.O. Brocato projects Baylor right tackle Dan Gay as a fifth or sixth round pick.

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Two days after being released by Dallas, Terrell Owens lands in Buffalo.

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Young Arizona Cardinals' backup quarterback Matt Leinart not looking to be traded.

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Brigham Young University strongman Travis Bright impressed N.F.L. scouts at the N.F.L. combine.

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Gil Brandt of NFL.com has updated Pro Day numbers for 13 Small School and Mid-Major Prospects.

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Bob Glauber asks what's up with Josh McDaniel, who signed a group of average free agents and infuriated rising quartback Jay Cutler?

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The Cleveland Browns are heading to Austin to put former Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo through a workout on March 18.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan reports Central Washington quarterback Mike Reilly will have a private workout with the San Francisco 49ers.

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New York Giants G.M. Jerry Reese hinted that his team might not keep all of the 10 draft picks it currently possesses.

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ESPN.com Sports Nation chat transcript with agile Baylor left tackle Jason Smith.

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ESPN.com Sports Nation chat transcript with fast-rising Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo .

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Rick Gosselin of the Dallas News reports T.C.U. linebacker Jason Phillips will be sidelined for a few months due to a minor knee injury.

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For updated Pro Day info from Texas Christian's Pro Day, check out Gil Brandt's Blog at NFL.com.

DD.comment: We've been hyping Blake Schlueter for a while, as scouting sources told us last spring he put on a freakish performance at his Junior Day. But, as Gil Brandt points out, the issue with Schlueter is his size (mostly his weight). Teams deemed him a bit too light last spring (282 lbs.), hence he came into the season with an undrafted projection. He actually did better at his Pro Day as a senior (ran a 4.88/40 last spring), so teams will have to look at him on Day 2 of the draft and find a place for him -- center, guard, defensive end or special teams. Where do teams find 290 pounders that work as hard as Blake and can run a 4.70 and display a 35" vertical?

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NFL.com: Several N.F.L. teams still feel uneasy about their quarterbacks.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan reports the New York Giants are flying Cal-Poly wide receiver Ramses Barden out in mid April for a visit.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan reports Western Illinois linebacker Jason Williams has private workouts with several teams following his pro day where he posted a 4.49 40-yard dash time, 39-inch vertical, and 10'9" broad jump. Among those visits are the expected to be the Eagles and Patriots this month. The Buccaneers also plan on scheduling a private workout as well.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan reports Missouri Western guard Roger Allen has a private workout scheduled with the Kansas City Chiefs on April 10th.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan reports South Dakota State wide receiver JaRon Harris has a private workout with the Carolina Panthers on March 23rd.

DD.comment: Harris is related to (cousin) Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice. Rice has another cousin in this draft -- Yale offensive tackle Darius Dale. We've seen quite a bit of Dale the last few years and believe he has chance to sign a decent rookie free agent deal ($5,000 to $7,500 bonus?), if performs well at the Bulldog's upcoming Pro Day. Considering Scott Pioli's and Tony Sporano's close ties to the New Haven area, Kansas City and Miami will always be in the mix for any prospect from the F.C.S. schools based in Connecticut.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan reports that due to a recent snow storm, Liberty has scheduled a second pro day on March 20th to include on field workouts for position drills. All draft eligible players are expected to attend, including possible sleeper quarterback Brock Smith. Smith had a solid workout at their first pro day and could be a surprise selection late in the draft.

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Former U.S.C. quarterback Mark Sanchez is expected to perform private workouts for the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts.

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Pitt linebacker Adam Gunn, who broke his neck last summer, has been granted a sixth season of eligibility.

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Former N.F.L. defensive back Matt Bowen writes Terrell Owens will play in the N.F.L. next fall.

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Bowling ball-like running back Frank Summers steals the show at U.N.L.V.'s Pro Day.

Related Item: The Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers seem very interested in drafting Summers.

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For updated Pro Day info from Missouri, Troy, U.N.L.V and Liberty, check out Gil Brandt's Blog at NFL.com.

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USA Today ranks the Top 10 Defensive end and Defensive tackle prospects for the 2009 draft.

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USA Today: Boston College defensive tackle B.J. Raji says he doesn't pay attention to buzz that his draft stock is climbing.

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

OT Lydon Murtha ~ Nebraska

WR Deon Butler ~ Penn State

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

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Miami Hurricanes' left tackle Jason Fox decided to stay in school after being projected as a third-round pick by N.F.L. scouts.

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Former Missouri defensive tackle Ziggy Hood continues his offseason success with a strong pro day showing.

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East Carolina defensive tackle Khalif Mitchell proved to all at the combine his athletic skillset.

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Wisconsin tight end Travis Beckum reportedly had an excellent workout at pro-day (unofficial 4.61 40, 38.5" vert).

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Florida quarterback Tim Tebow states that NCAA will allow him to perform fund-raising for an orphanage during his senior year.

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Alabama offensive lineman Andre Smith is out to prove he remains an elite prospect after leaving the combine without working out.

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Dave Matter takes an in-depth look at the Missouri Tigers' Pro Day.

DD.comment: William Moore's combine 40 times were in the low 4.5's, so the Tigers probably ran on a fairly fast track today. We currently have Moore ranked as a late second, to early third round draft pick. Missouri defensive end Stryker Sulak didn't get a lot of combine hype, but he was very impressive in Indy -- 4.68 & 4.70 (40) and 33.5" vertical leap at a shade over 6' 4" and 254 pounds.

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ESPN.com Sports Nation chat transcript with fast-rising Utah defensive end Paul Kruger.

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Workout Notes: Northern Iowa defensive end Everette Pedescleaux will be running at the University of Minnesota's Pro Day on March 11th... Oregon defensive tackle RaShon Harris has set up a visit with the Dallas Cowboys and Maryland defensive end Jeremy Navarre will be working out with the Jacksonville Jaguars, April 15th, 2009... Underrated University of Buffalo offensive linemen Ray Norell measured in at 6' 5" and 306 pounds at the Bulls pro day (3/4). Results: 40 yard dash -- 5.03; 20 Time -- 2.85, Short Shuttle -- 4.53; vertical leap -- 26".

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Louisville center Eric Wood pre-draft journal entry.

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Rick Gosselin looks at North Texas wide receiver Casey Fitzgerald, who collected 224 receptions the last two seasons.

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Dallas News: For the best insider draft info, constantly updated, check out Rick Gosselin's Blog.

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Alabama football coach Nick advises Andre Smith to have good people around him.

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The Dallas Cowboys have cut veterans Terrell Owens and Roy Williams.

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Former Missouri Tigers quarterback Chase Daniel targets doubters.

DD.comment: Some N.F.L. scouts believe Chase Patton is the best quarterback prosepct from the University of Missouri. This could be a repeat of the early 1990's, when Florida State backup quarterback Brad Johnson was stuck behind a big time college quarterback (Casey Weldon), but still wound up having a long and very successful N.F.L. career. While Patton will have a tough road ahead of him, due to his limited college experience, he might be a better pro prospect than Todd Boeckman and Drew Weatherford, who also were backups as seniors. Don't be surprised if he slips into the latter rounds of the draft or is heavily sought after as a rookie free agent.

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Bolthype Q&A with Shawn Merriman's potential replacement -- ex-Northern Illionois star Larry English.

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Look back at the N.F.L. Combine by checking out NFL.com's video Links.

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The Patriots announced today that they have acquired wide receiver Greg Lewis fom the Philadelphia Eagles for an undisclosed 2009 draft choice.

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Central Washington Mike Reilly opened a few eyes at the N.F.L. scouting combine.

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With at least ten teams running some version of the 3-4 defense, we have often been asked by readers who are the top 3-4 defensive end prospects in this draft? Here is a sneak preview of the 3-4 defensive end section of our updated defensive tackle rankings:

name, school, grade, (alt position)

1. Tyson Jackson, L.S.U., top 30, (4-3 DE)

2. Jarron Gilbert, San Jose, top 60, (4-3 DT)

3. Fili Moala, U.S.C., top 60, (4-3 DT)

4. Khalif Mitchell, East Carolina, top 100, (4-3 DT)

5. Kyle Moore, U.S.C., top 100, (3-4 OLB)

6. Zach Potter, Nebraska, top 125, (4-3 DT)

7. Pannel Egboh, Stanford, top 125, (4-3 DT)

8. Rulon Davis, Cal-Berkeley, top 150, (4-3 DT)

9. Sammie Lee Hill, Stillman, top 150, (NT)

10. Everette Pedescleaux, Northern Iowa, (4-3 DT)

DD.comment: We've been slowed down, in part, by all the free agency stuff, but intend to update all of our post-combine position rankings fairly soon.

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Free Agents Updated (11:59 PM, EST):

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

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

DD.comment: Several star players were signed today, so we made significant updates to both lists...We considered a players potential going forward, injury history and 2009 age when doing these lists, which explains why we ranked several bigger name players in their mid 30's (or older) lower than their current talent level should warrant -- examples include Jeff Garcia, Marvin Harrison, Derrick Brooks and Brian Dawkins.

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Sporting News compares Florida State defensive end Everette Brown to Dwight Freeney and project him going #1 overall to Detroit.

DD.comment: Brown did a nice job at the Combine, running the 40 yard dash in 4.66 and 4.65 seconds and displaying a 31.5" vertical leap at 256 pounds. Question mark with some is his less than ideal height. He measured in at just above 6' 1", which is why he is often compared to Colts star Dwight Freeney.

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Rick Gosselin of the Dallas News looks at rugged Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis.

DD.comment: The folks over at the NFL Network reported, during their February 23rd telecast, that Laurinaitis' unofficial, hand-timed 40 yard dash results at the Combine were in the mid-to-high 4.8's. Since most hand-times are faster than the electronic times, we figured Laurinaitis ran in the low-to-mid 4.9's, which would have been bad news for him. Turns out, according to the numbers we got from an N.F.C. team, his official 40 times were a pair of 4.76's. That's not blazing the track, but it's good enough to keep a middle linebacker with his overall talent and agility in the first round mix.

More 40 times of some other draftable middle linebackers:

Rey Maualuga: 4.84 -- Hamstring injury, ran only once.

Darry Beckwith: 4.68 & 4.75

Dannell Ellerbe: Injury, did not run -- Georgia has a fast track for pro day. He supposedly ran 4.65 last spring.

Scott McKillop: 4.71 & 4.72

Jason Phillips: 4.68 & 4.66

Stanley Arnoux: 4.59 & 4.57

Gerald McRath 4.47 & 4.48

Anthony Felder: 4.75 & 4.72

Worrell Williams: 4.80 & 4.86

Mortty Ivy: 4.95 and 4.92

Jasper Brinkley: 4.69 & 4.65 @ 252 pounds

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Fixed Link: Several wide receivers in the 2009 draft interest the Miami Dolphins.

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NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt has updated info from Texas A&M's Pro Day.

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NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt has updated info from Wisconsin's Pro Day.

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Northern Iowa defensive linemen Everette Pedescleaux, who's really been running well in workouts at almost 6' 6" and 308 pounds, has set up pre-draft visits with five N.F.L. teams, so far, including the Giants, Titans and Cardinals.

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Florida Gators' multisport star Riley Cooper enjoying his hectic schedule.

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Clemson strong safety Michael Hamlin believes his work at the N.F.L. Combine secured a spot in the middle of the draft, but he wants to nudge his stock higher.

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Miami Hurricanes' wide receiver Sam Shields is being converted to cornerback at coach Randy Shannon's request.

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Pat Kirwan of NFL.com has updated his One Round Mock draft.

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NBC Sports: 10 intriguing free agents younger than 30.

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Baylor offensive tackle Jason Smith could be the 2nd overall pick in the 2009 draft.

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N.F.L. prospect Brian Robiskie has his father, former L.S.U. star Terry Robiskie, to keep him grounded.

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Draft Prospect Q&A with Penn State safety Anthony Scirrotto.

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Eastern Michigan stars -- Daniel Holtzclaw and T.J. Lang -- hope to impress scouts at the school's March 16th Pro Day.

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For constantly updated rumors and free agent signings, check Rotoworld's Player News Page.

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Ex-Ohio State star Maurice Clarett is blogging from jail; says he's turned his life around and suggests he will play football again.

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The New York Daily News looks at fast-rising University of Virginia wide receiver Kevin Ogletree.

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Gary Myers: The New York Jets need to go after disgruntled Denver Broncos' quarterback Jay Cutler.

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U.C.L.A. defensive tackle Brian Price among 48 players that made the Preliminary Lombardi Award Watch List for 2009.

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After posting excellent times in the short-shuttle and 3-cone, Kansas State star Ian Campbell looks forward to the draft.

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Rick Gosselin of the Dallas News reports injuries from a 1999 car accident might affect Paul Kruger's draft stock.

DD.comment: In addition to the serious car accident in 1999, Paul Kruger amazingly survived a vicious attack by 15 to 20 gang members last January. This kid is as tough as they come.

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NFL.com: Offensive tackle Jason Smith is the main attraction at Baylor's pro day.

Related Item: For more Pro Day info, check out Gil Brandt's Blog at NFL.com.

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14 N.F.L. teams show up at Western Illinois' Pro Day and are impressed by linebacker Jason Williams.

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Pete Prisco: Jay Cutler or Matt Cassel? Not even a close call, seriously!

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

QB Curtis Painter ~ Purdue

WR Jarett Dillard ~ Rice

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

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Dick Harmon looks at how B.Y.U. star wide receiver Austin Collie fared at the recent combine?

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Marshall University free safety C.J. Spillman feels he improved his draft stock at the recent N.F.L. Combine.

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Quick look at Wisconsin offensive linemen Andy Kemp, who figures to be a solid day 2 prospect.

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Closer look at how former Michigan stars Terrence Taylor and Tim Jamison fared at the N.F.L. Combine.

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Rumor Mill has Cleveland trading Brady Quinn and Shaun Rogers to Denver for Jay Cutler and a third-round draft choice.

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Check out Draft Daddy's recently updated YouTube Videos Page

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The Minnesota Vikings interested, as the suddenly clueless Denver Broncos shop Jay Cutler?

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Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler tells Dan Patrick he'd love to play for the Chicago Bears.

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Chicagobears.com takes a closer look at Oregon cornerback Jairus Byrd, son of ex-N.F.L. star Gil Byrd.

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

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New website looks at every quarterback selected since 1999 and grades the draft classes.

DD.comment: The 1999 and 2000 quarterback classes are fascinating to look back on. Ten years ago, the media loved the crop of signal callers and compared that group to the great quarterback class of 1983 (Elway, Marino, Kelly, ect.). However, only Donovan McNabb has really stood out and the class is littered with some real busts (Couch, A. Smith and McNown). In contrast, the 2000 quarterback crop was considered extremely weak by most draft experts, yet it's produced Tom Brady, Marc Bulger and Chad Pennington.

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"Change" in Denver means paying through the nose for the oldest secondary in the N.F.L?

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

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The role reversal that started at Penn State continued for defensive ends Aaron Maybin and Maurice Evans at the N.F.L. Scouting Combine.

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I'm a Top Prospect: Follow the progress of 6 Top N.F.L. prospects all the way up to draft weekend.

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Scout.com Draft Analyst has posted a One Round Mock Draft

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All-A.C.C. linebacker Aaron Curry tops Mike Mayock's list of top 20 draft prospects.

DD.comment: Since 1950, only three linebackers have been selected #1 overall in the N.F.L. draft: Tommy Nobis (Atlanta, 1966), Tom Cousineau (Buffalo, 1979) and Aundray Bruce (Atlanta, 1988). Nobis had a very good N.F.L. career -- played from 1966 to 1976 with the Falcons and made 5 Pro Bowls. Think Keith Brooking, except about 30 years older? Cousineau signed with Montreal of the C.F.L. right after the '79 draft and was an immediate star in Canada. He came back to the U.S and started for four seasons in Cleveland, but did not have a long N.F.L. career and was never considered a pro star in the U.S. Bruce was viewed as an outright bust with the Falcons during the early 1990's, before bulking up and playing fairly well as a rotational defensive end/backup tight end for the Oakland Raiders from 1992 to 1997.

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Pro players weigh in on what position Tim Tebow will play in the N.F.L.

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Pat Kirwan: What we've learned from the first weekend of free agency.

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NFL.com: Lots of dollars, not much sense in some early free agent deals.

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A west coast source has told us that former University of Minnesota and Northern Iowa defensive lineman Everette Pedescleaux has been running the 40 yard dash between 4.78 and 4.84 seconds and bench pressing 25 to 27 reps (225 pounds) consistently at a shade below 6' 6" and 308 pounds, while working out with Raymond Ferris (Jerry Rice's ex-trainer) in Hayward California. Those close to Everette hope the former high school basketball star, who is somewhat of a late bloomer in football, can rise quickly by draft weekend (4th or 5th round?) due to the fact that his height, strength and athletic ability make him versatile enough to play defensive tackle in the standard 4-3 base defense or defensive end in a 3-4 alignment.

DD.comment: Everette really reminds us of Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Fred Evans, who also began his career in the Big 10 (Illinois), before transferring to a F.C.S. power (Texas State). Even if Pedescleaux does not run a 4.8 at Pro Day, anything close to a 5.0 flat will attract the attention of scouts, as he is 6' 6" and 308 pounds. DD.com's small school expert Josh Buchanan likes Pedescleaux as a prospect and currently has him rated as a 6th or 7th round pick.

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Eric Galko of NFL House has posted 12 Audio Prospect interviews on You Tube.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan has just posted a very informative Pre-Pro Day Small School Prospect Watch.

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Nicholls State star Lardarius Webb opens eyes at N.F.L. combine, running a 4.46 -- best 40 time of all the cornerback prospects.

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Draftbible Q&A: New Mexico State defensive back Derrick Richardson.

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Two N.F.L. players are presumed missing in the Gulf of Mexico.

DD.comment: Back in the early 1990's the media ran a similar story regarding ex-Miami Heat center Alec Kessler and some of his friends, who were supposedly missing at sea for a few days. Turned out they just took a detour and were all fine. We really hope that scenario repeats itself here and all four men are found alive and well. By the way, we are saddened to learn (while searching for this story) that Kessler, who became a respected Florida-based surgeon at a young age, suffered a heart attack in 2007, while playing basketball, and is no longer with us.

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Would the Detroit Lions really have the luxury of taking Matthew Stafford at #1 overall and sitting him until 2010?

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Southern Miss linebacker Gerald McBath could be considered among the better inside linebackers in the draft.

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Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree will have surgery on a stress fracture in his left foot on March 4.

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With a great combine, Louisville center Eric Wood may have worked his way into the best center conversation.

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U.S.C.'s David Buehler isn't your typical kicker.

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Quick look at the draft stock of various Ohio State prospects.

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