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last updated: 04/30/09
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Repsected Dallas News writer Rick Gosselin writes non-combine players made their mark in draft.

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SI.com's very early 2010 N.F.L. mock draft

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Miami Hurricanes' power forward Jimmy Graham, who runs a reported 4.6 at 255 pounds, will try football.

DD.comment: Greg Paulus might have started a positive trend. Instead of these guys foolishly trying to jump directly to the N.F.L., they are getting their feet wet in college football for a year.

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Senior linebacker Ryan D'Imperio tops the list of Rutgers' Top 30 players heading into the 2009 season.

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Green Bay Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji confirmed widespread reports that he tested positive for marijuana while he was a player at Boston College, slams SI.com for wrongly accusing him of a recently failed test.

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New Oakland Raiders safety Mike Mitchell has a chip on his shoulder.

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Chick Ludwig of the Dayton News lists the Cincinnati Bengals' 12 try-out prospects.

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The folks over at Chicagobears.com have listed the 25 tryout players that will compete for a contract.

DD.comment: The list includes ex-Mississippi State cornerback Derek Pegues, who lot of readers have asked us about.

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The Patriots have acquired veteran tight end Alex Smith from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today in exchange for an undisclosed selection in the 2010 N.F.L. Draft.

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ESPN's coverage of the N.F.L. draft was a ratings winner last week, beating W.W.E. Raw and Sponge Bob Square Pants.

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ESPN's Todd McShay predicts an incredible nine Big 12 selections among the first 10 picks in the draft.

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Kansas State moving promising sophomore-to-be Logan Dold from running back to safety.

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Indiana quarterback/wide receiver Kellen Lewis dismissed from team, could enter the N.F.L.'s Supplement Draft?

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Washigton Times: Leave it to New England's wily Bill Belichick to select the first European-trained N.F.L. draft choice.

DD.comment: We are sure the writer meant first European-trained "non-kicker", because foreign born kickers and punters have been around the N.F.L. for decades. Danish born and raised Morten Anderson was selected in the 4th round of the 1982 draft. There may've been others before him?

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Does Northern Florida folk-hero/Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow have a future with the Jacksonville Jaguars?

DD.comment: If Tebow does emerge as a top N.F.L. prospect and Jacksonville drafts him, it's safe to say the Jaguars can get rid of all the fancy tarps they had to purchase the last few years. While it's way too early to tell, we'd say Ole Miss' Jevon Snead would be right behind fellow junior Sam Bradford for the 2010 draft. Scouting types we respect feel the former Texas Longhorn is sort of a "Cutler clone" and could be a better N.F.L. prospect than Colt McCoy due to his size and, more imprortantly, his tremendous arm. Among the seniors, watch out for Cincinnati's Tony Pike. He's far from refined, but he's tall, athletic and has a strong arm. Could be a Flacco type fast-riser with a great senior year and solid post-season workouts?

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Despite awesome Pro Day showing, Cal-Poly linebacker Mark Restelli doesn't get a N.F.L. contract, so he signs with Edmonton of the C.F.L.

DD.comment: We've been contacted by some worthy prospects (and their friends) that are having a hard time getting a pro contract. We'd just say keep trying, and if the N.F.L. doesn't offer, try the C.F.L. or the A.F.L. If those doors seem closed, also, strongly consider contacting the folks over at the ELITE Pro Football Combines.

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B.Y.U. coaches believe sophomor-to-be wide receiver McKay Jacobson could be better than All-American Austin Collie due to his exceptional speed.

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Chick Ludwig looks at where several prosects from the Cincinnati area, including defensive end Dan Cline, have landed (via the draft or free agency).

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Hall of Fame tight end Charlie Sanders counsels Detroit Lions' rookie Brandon Pettigrew.

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Green Bay wide receiver Greg Jennings believes rookie free agent Brandon Ledbetter is capable of making Packers' roster.

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Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings says rookie free agent Jamarko Simmons will 'be under my wing' in Green Bay.

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The Oregon Ducks secondary will be in good hands with cornerback Walter Thurmond leading the way.

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Tom Balog: The Tampa Bay Bucs have taken a lot of heat for selecting Josh Freeman in the first round.

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Several draft picks, including Sammie Lee Hill, look to impress at Lions' minicamp.

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Ed Thompson of Scout.com & Fox Sports: Seven 2009 N.F.L. Draft Points.

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The Broncos are nearing a deal to hire 1996 Butkus Award winner Matt Russell as the team's new director of college scouting.

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USA Today: With Pat White in tow, Miami Dolphins ready for 'next level of Wildcat'.

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Wanting to duplicate the N.F.L.'s success and further promote super prospect Stephen Strasburg, Major League Baseball moves their draft to prime time.

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Pete Prisco's very early 2010 N.F.L. mock draft

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Fox Sports' very early 2010 N.F.L. mock draft

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last updated: 04/29/09
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For more draft info check out ESPN.com's and NFL.com's post-draft coverage.

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DD.com friend Ed Thompson reports rookie free agent Ty Steinkuhler has signed with the New York Jets.

DD.comment: Even though several media outlets had him going to the Bengals, this is not a surprise as ex-Nebraska head coach Bill Callahan is currently the Jets' assistant head coach/offensive line. As with any Jets UFA, we know Ty got a $2,000 signing bonus.

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Behind-the-scenes look at how ex-Maryland tackle Dane Randolph has spent the last few days waiting for a free agent contract.

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Former Massachusetts quarterback Liam Coen's not ready to give up N.F.L. dream.

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N.F.L. teams backing away from ex-Nevada-Reno star Joshua Mauga, who will try out with the Eagles, due to injury issues.

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Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com: Detroit Lions lead in rookie allocation money

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Detroit basketball writer predicts UFA Otis Wiley will be a impact player for the Detroit Lions.

DD.comment: Wiley did not workout at the Combine due to a knee injury. He finally ran at his Pro Day and respected NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt reports he ran a mediocre 4.64 and 4.67 on a fairly swift track. In defense of Wiley, his left knee was probably not 100 percent healed.

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Ex-high school basketball star Jermiko Thomas counting on a long shot to make N.F.L.

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Where does South Florida star George Selvie project for the 2010 NFL Draft?

DD.comment: Selvie, according to our sources, got a 4th to 7th round projection (for the 2009 draft) from N.F.L. scouts. Our guess is he'll be ranked a little higher going into his senior year, but it's way too early. Former Clemson star Gaines Adams, surpisingly, got a 4th to 7th round projection as a junior, but he returned to school and became a top 5 pick in 2007. Others have received similar projections to Selvie (or higher) and eventually gone undrafted. Again, it's way too early to do anything more than take a educated guess. We haven't updated our watchlist's in a while, but we had George (loosely) ranked as the 6th best defensive end in his class.

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Former Wisconsin wide receiver Luke Swan hopes a impressive showing on Spike TV's 4th and Long will lead to contract with the Dallas Cowboys.

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What prompted Brett Favre's agent to seek (and receive) the quarterback's unconditional release from the Jets on Tuesday?

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The Philadelphia Eagles lead the way according to ESPN's Consensus N.F.L. Draft Grades.

DD.comment: All this really means is Philly drafted more players these people liked going into the draft. Past performance is no guarantee of future results? Raiders must be hoping that's the case.

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last updated: 04/28/09
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Former Buffalo Bulls quarterback Drew Willy hopes to win a job with the Baltimore Ravens.

DD.comment: Willy's quest to secure the Ravens' third string quarterback job could get much harder if Cam Cameron lobbies to bring in recently released Dolphins quarterback John Beck, who he really liked during the 2007 draft process.

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Ex-Southern Utah stars DeWayne Lewis and Nick Miller sign N.F.L. contracts after running 4.3's at B.Y.U.'s Pro Day.

DD.comment: Good luck to both of these men. Lewis contacted us last fall, hoping we could get him on the radar of N.F.L. scouts. We directed him to one of our contacts and that got him a invite at the East Coast Bowl, were he impressed scouts enough to get free agent consideration. We don't know a lot about Miller, but he seems in-line with the many of the Raiders picks/UFA signings -- not really hyped, but very fast.

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Forty-Niners' area scout Ethan Waugh talks about San Francisco's 2009 Draft Picks.

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A South Florida media outlet is reporting former University of Miami cornerback Bruce Johnson, who was highly ranked by some N.F.L. scouts (Blesto and National) due to his speed potential last summer, is now leaning towards signing a free agent contract with the New York Giants after a sub-par senior season. According to the source, former Canes' offensive tackle Reggie Youngblood is also leaning towards signing with Big Blue.

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Canadian defensive tackle Vaughn Martin hopes to make a big splash with the Chargers.

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A record 39 million viewers spent part of their weekend watching ESPN, ESPN2 and NFL Network's coverage of the N.F.L. draft.

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Former Colorado State tailback Kyle Bell is healthy and ready to challenge for a job in Jacksonville.

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New York Giants cornerback Vince Anderson is the first Webber International player to sign with a N.F.L. Team.

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Several ex-American college players among the Top 2009 C.F.L. Draft Prospects.

DD.comment: Ex-Western Ontario tailback Jamall Lee recently signed a free agent deal with Carolina.

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The Denver Broncos selected former Tenneseee defensive end Robert Ayers in the first round of the 2009 draft, but he might play linebacker in their 3-4 scheme, so they still felt they needed more depth on the defensive line. With that in mind, they gave former small school stars Chris Baker and Everette Pedescleaux, who were highly coveted after the draft, $15,000 signing bonuses in order to secure their names on free agent contracts.

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While #1 overall pick Matt Stafford received a reported $41.7 million in signing bonus money from the Detroit Lions, ever wonder how much a undrafted free agent can expect to get?

**The majority of undrafted rookies get signing bonuses of between $1,000 and $25,000. While prospects getting a bonus of $1,000 (or less) is very common, $25,000 prospects are extremely rare. Using all our sources, we could only confirm that former L.S.U. defensive lineman Marlon Favorite (Carolina Panthers) has received a $25,000 bonus this spring.

**We'd figure $6,000 to $7,500 is the "average signing bonus" for an undrafted prospect, in the current market, but it can vary per team. The New York Jets, for example, almost never dole out more than $2,000 per undrafted prospect, while teams like the Vikings, Panthers, Colts and Broncos tend to be more generous with signing bonuses, hoping they can snare a future contributor by giving a draftable kid what amounts to "chump change" in the modern day N.F.L. For instance, Colts' star Peyton Manning made $18,704,320 last season (over $1 million per game) for being the leader and face of the Indianapolis based franchise. Meanwhile, on the other end of the spectrum, a undrafted rookie (Danny Woodhead) that impressed the Jets enough to be placed on injured reserve last season made $200,666 without suiting up for a game or practice.

**Signing bonuses of $10,000 to $15,000 are fairly common (about 20% of U.F.A.'s get this), but anything over $16,000 is also rare. The 20,000 and above range is even more rare. As we mentioned, Favorite secured $25,000 from Carolina. And, according to the people we've talked to, only a handful have got $20,000 or more. The short list includes safety Colt Anderson of the Minnesota Vikings and quarterback Hunter Cantwell of the Carolina Panthers.

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last updated: 04/27/09
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Closer look at the Kent State wrestler the Patriots signed as a free agent.

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CBS Sports draft writer gives out his 2009 Draft Grades.

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Criticism continues to flow in over the Oakland Raiders top two picks.

DD.comment: The writer in the story implies Mike Mayock 'never played the game'. Mayock was a college star at B.C. and played safety for the New York Giants in the early 1980's.

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Reports that Navy's Eric Kettani and Tyree Barnes have signed with the Patriots are 'premature'.

DD.comment: We've been told Eric will be stationed in Northern Florida (military service), so Jacksonville would seem like a much more likely option than Boston?

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Texas Tech coach Mike Leach said that Cleveland coach Eric Mangini is to blame for Michael Crabtree's draft slip.

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Jaguars select defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, while his more hearalded best friend Chris Baker slips completely out of the draft due to 'red flags'.

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Lance McAlister of 1530Homer.com reports ex-Indiana wide receiver Andrew Means, who officially ran 4.46 to 4.49 (HT) at the Combine, will return to the Cincinnati Reds organization after going undrafted.

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Former Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell signs with Cleveland.

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Peter King: Promising safety Abram Elam was the key to the Mark Sanchez trade for Cleveland.

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Stories about some picks who where not widely expected to be drafted by us "experts":

WR Julian Edelman, Kent State

LB Brad Jones, Colorado

LB J.D. Folsom, Weber State

TE Lance Louis , San Diego State

LB Spencer Adkins, Miami

TE John Nalbone, Monmouth College

OLB Slade Norris, Oregon State.

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last updated: 04/22/09
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Like DD.com's blog? Ever wonder what our main blogger, since 2004, sounds like? Here's a great Podcast he did with Adam and Brian from In The Bleachers.

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The Orlando Sentinel: Florida Gators' head Coach Urban Meyer defends Percy Harvin after Fox Sports report of positive marijuana test.

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Old powers getting schooled at the N.F.L. Draft by the likes of Cincinnati, Connecticut and South Carolina.

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The Orlando Sentinel: Florida Gators tight end Cornelius Ingram's N.F.L. draft stock is on the rise.

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A secretive player in the public eye, Clemson safety Chris Clemons may shine as the school's top draft pick.

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Sam Farmer: 7 N.F.L. draft's do's and don'ts

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The Cleveland Browns are really interested in Kent State's athletic quarterback Julian Edelman.

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The Daily News-Record: Quick look at James Madison's N.F.L. hopefuls.

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Mike Detillier reports ex-Nicholls State cornerback Lardarius Webb is drawing significant interest.

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The Boston Globe: Mark Sanchez would carry a huge price tag for the Washington Redskins.

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Former South Carolinia offensive tackle Justin Sorensen is one several N.F.L. Draft Eligible Canadians.

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There is a chance that L.S.U. receiver Demetrius Byrd, who is in intensive care following a car accident, could be drafted by an N.F.L. team Sunday.

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Utah's Sean Smith is a young cornerback the Detroit Lions might consider at No. 33 overall.

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Pro Football Weekly has a full page of N.F.L. draft notes and rumors.

DD.comment: We'd be shocked if Green Bay drafts Crabtree, as they have much greater needs at -- NT, DE, OT, RB, ect.

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CBS Sports: How super is this sleeper? Small school star Greg Toler says watch on Sundays.

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Ex-Western Michigan tight end Branden Ledbetter hopes to sneak into the latter rounds of the upcoming N.F.L. draft.

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B.Y.U. All-American Austin Collie doesn't care what team selects him in this weekend's N.F.L. draft, he's just ready to play.

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NOLA.com: Teams target ex-Southern Miss tight end Shawn Nelson for his size and speed.

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The Detroit Lions deny reports they are close to signing quarterback Matt Stafford.

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Baseball America looks at University of Minnesota two-sport star Eric Decker.

DD.comment: Decker is a All-American caliber receiver and a potential first day pick in football. In baseball he's a 39th round pick and he'll be lucky if he garners All-Big Ten honors. But the media beat keeps going on, as with Jeff Samardzija, pushing him towards baseball because they believe he can play until he's 40 and guys with great "tools" can more easily dominate on the diamond than they can on the gridiron. Problem is, making it out of the minors in baseball is very hard and staying in the majors is even harder. Makes us wonder why Drew Henson, Chad Hutchinson, Joe Borchard, Quincy Carter, Akili Smith, Josh Booty, Roscoe Crosby and other ex-football stars aren't still dominating in baseball if it was that easy?

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Fox Sports: Wide receivers Percy Harvin and Brandon Tate tested positive for marijuana at the N.F.L. Scouting Combine.

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The Miami Herald: Drafting quarterbacks is an inexact science.

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Versatility makes Texas' Brian Orakpo a possible first round target for the Washington Redskins.

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Former U.S.C. linebacker Kaluka Maiava should become the first player from Maui to be selected in the N.F.L. draft.

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Rising defensive tackle prospect Everette Pedescleaux had N.B.A draft aspirations growing up.

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Brad Briggs: The Chicago Bears could consider ex-Troy standout Sherrod Martin at cornerback first.

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N.F.L. draft dream nears reality for former T.C.U. safety Stephen Hodge, who has family ties to Lovie Smith.

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Southern California coach Pete Carroll says sophomore Aaron Corp will be the Trojans' starting quarterback.

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Rob Tribbett from The War Room Report has sent us a very good 3 Round Mock Draft.

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SECMatchups.com: Which SEC players will be drafted and why? Offense ... Defense.

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

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NFLDraftScout.com's recently updated rankings: Top 64 2009 Draft Prospects

NFLDraftScout.com's recently updated rankings: Top 64 2010 Draft Prospects

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last updated: 04/21/09
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Pat Kirwan of NFL.com has just updated his One Round Mock draft.

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Former N.F.L. wide receiver Bucky Brooks lists 10 Risers & Fallers.

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The New York Daily News: 10 First round draft tips from respected NFL.com draft analyst Gil Brandt.

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N.F.L. draft analyst Mike Detillier says tough senior season may hamper ex-L.S.U. safety Curtis Taylor in the draft.

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Dan Pompei of The Chicago Tribune ranks his top 22 outside linebacker prospects.

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Trading scenarios: CBS Sports draft writer predicts 25 potential draft pick swaps.

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Video: Atlanta Falcons' G.M. Thomas Dimitroff discussed draft preparation with AtlantaFalcons.com

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The Detroit News: Chances 'very good' Lions will sign No. 1 before draft.

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Former Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel hopes to sneak into the latter rounds of the upcoming N.F.L. draft.

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Rarely used Arizona basketball forward Fendi Onobun (6' 6", 250) says he ran a 4.5 40 at Wildcats' football Pro Day.

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Ohio State senior-to-be center Jim Cordle hopes to be a top 2010 N.F.L. draft prospect.

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Ex-Navy wide receiver Tyree Barnes raised some eyebrows and his stock by running the 40-yard dash in under 4.4 seconds.

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The Oakland Raiders seem to really like former Ohio University safety Mike Mitchell.

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Former Western Michigan defensive back Londen Fryar battles skeptics as he awaits his N.F.L. shot.

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Fascinating ESPN chat with Tony Mandarich, who was the 2nd overall pick in the 1989 N.F.L. draft.

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MLive.com: Why is quarterback Mark Sanchez rocketing up draft boards and will the Lions be interested?

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Versatility could be the key to getting drafting for former Iowa offensive lineman Seth Olsen.

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Former Penn State defensive lineman Josh Gaines hopes to sneak into the latter rounds of the upcoming N.F.L. draft.

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Ex-Oregon offensive lineman Max Unger coming to grips with his high N.F.L. Draft projection.

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Former Florida wide receiver Percy Harvin has been red-flagged by the Tennessee Titans.

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The Atlanta Falcons are prepared to take calls about trading the rights to quarterback Michael Vick.

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SI.com: N.F.L. teams see many possibilities for former West Virginia quarterback Pat White.

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The Bleacher Report: The N.F.L.'s Top 10 Most Underrated First Round Picks dating back to 1961.

DD.comment: Last night during a Inthebleachers.net podcast we mentioned only three linebackers have gone #1 overall in the N.F.L. draft since 1950. Only one that lived up to his potential was Tommy Nobis, who we never saw play. The link above has some fascinating info about Nobis, leaving us to wonder why he is not in the N.F.L. Hall of Fame? Obviously it's because he was drafted by an expansion team that was never any good during his long career, making him the defensive version of Archie Manning during his era? ... By the way, until 5 minutes ago (when I found this link) I never realized Archie's name at birth was Eli Manning.

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Ex-Boston College defensive lineman B.J. Raji didn't test positive for drugs at the Combine, but Brian Billick thinks the SI.com story will hurt him.

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Pro Football Weekly draft writer Nolan Nawrocki has just posted a page full of draft notes.

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Ed Thompson of scout.com has private workout related info for 5 notable N.F.L. Prospects.

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Pete Prisco of CBS Sports looks at 21 Prospects that could be better than expected in the N.F.L.

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Peter King: Some teams are questioning whether a knee condition will limit left tackle prospect Eugene Monroe.

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Pete Dougherty: Worried about Alabama left tackle Andre Smith? Check the tape.

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How one player Division II prospect -- Ryan Del Rosal -- is turning heads, and pulling SUVs, for the N.F.L. draft.

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The Washington Post: The N.F.L. draft stock of Ex-Richmond defensive end Lawrence Sidbury is rising.

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NOLA.com: Red flag goes up on Ohio State running back Chris Wells.

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Pete Dougherty's Top 10 offensive tackle prospects, information gathered from conversations with scouts and other N.F.L. personnel executives.

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Startribune.com: N.F.L. teams will select plenty of first-round offensive tackles for the second year in a row.

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Pete Dougherty's Top guard and center prospects, information gathered from conversations with scouts and other N.F.L. personnel executives.

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Louisiana based draft analyst Mike Detillier has posted a excellent Two-Round Mock Draft.

DD.comment: Mike has been a friend of DD.com for while. He's a football writer in Louisiana and has been a private scout since 1986. Also, he has a lot of great N.F.L. and SEC contacts -- coaches, scouts and execs in the football world.

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The Bleacher Report: How draft round affects a running back's career performance.

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We recently updated DD.com's Link Page, cleaned out a whole bunch of irrelavant sites and added some fresh ones.

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A survey conducted by Peter Gammons of ESPN listed former U.S.C football recruit Mike Stanton as the top minor-league prospect in all of baseball.

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last updated: 04/20/09
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Former Iowa cornerback Bradley Fletcher has been seeing his N.F.L. draft stock rise fast.

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Young quarterback Brady Quinn is on Alex Marvez' list of 16 N.F.L. players that could be traded this week.

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Dan Pompei of The Chicago Tribune ranks his top 19 inside linebacker prospects.

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Did Tom Lewand tip Lions' hand in drafting Matthew Stafford?

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NationalChamps.net's 2009 College Football Preseason All-Americans

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Cincinnati.com takes a closer look at potential 2009 first round pick Connor Barwin.

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Ex-L.S.U. wide out Demetrius Byrd is in intensive care after a car acccident, but is expected to make a full recovery.

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Tom Luicci: N.F.L. scouts have fumbled the ball on Kenny Britt's 'personality issues'.

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Smith or Monroe? Baylor left tackle Jason Smith says St. Louis Rams don't tip hand.

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N.F.L. scouts have suggested Minnesota State star Randy Earl move to defensive tackle if he wants to be drafted in 2010.

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Former St. Cloud State All-American defensive end Ryan Kees is hoping to sign a free-agent deal after the upcoming draft.

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Russ Lande compares top linebacker prospect Aaron Curry to Minnesota Vikings' rising-star Chad Greenway.

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Tony Pauline of SI.com looks at 12 Small Schoolers that hope to hear their called on draft weekend.

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NECN Video: Patriots, Chiefs and Broncos are all targeting fast-rising Texas A&M quarterback Stephen McGee.

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Versatile San Diego State and linebacker Russell Allen is expected to be taken in the late rounds of the upcoming draft.

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Former University of Minnesota defensive end Willie VanDeSteeg believes he's done enough to be drafted.

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Ex-Western Michigan cornerback E.J. Biggers hopes his stellar Pro Day will land him a spot in the 2009 draft.

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Former Utah defensive end Paul Kruger tackles long odds to get his N.F.L. chance.

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Fox Sports: Draft inflation has turned top pick into a curse.

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Ed Thompson's 7 Points: Don't overlook steady Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis.

DD.comment: Other prospects Ed looks at include Ramses Barden, Ricky Jean-Francois and Dick Lyons Jr.

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Tom Silverstein: 17 unheralded prospects that could interest the Green Bay Packers.

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Scouts applaud ex-Oklahoma State tight end Brandon Pettigrew for his work ethic and blocking ability.

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Ron Grillo: The A.C.C. has some potential steals with regard to the upcoming draft.

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Former Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo could be a linebacker for the Cleveland Browns.

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USA Today: Speed assures nothing, but wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey hopes to catch on.

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Former University of Buffalo quarterback Drew Willy is eager for his N.F.L. opportunity.

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USA Today: It's 'Hard to find a flaw' in Aaron Curry's game, so is he the draft's safest pick?

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Charean Williams: Former Abilene Christian star Bernard Scott is ready for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Ex-Iowa tight end Brandon Myers hopes to sneak into the latter rounds of the draft after strong Pro Day showing.

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Injury concerns shadow former L.S.U. linebacker Darry Beckwith as draft weekend nears.

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The New York Times: Connecticut's Donald Brown is an N.F.L. prospect with more on his mind than the draft.

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last updated: 04/19/09
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Dan Pompei of The Chicago Tribune ranks his top 26 defensive end prospects.

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Former Stephen F. Austin wide receiver Dominique Edison hopeful of being drafted next weekend.

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N.F.L. dreams are the end of a long road for ex-Clemson defensive tackle Dorrell Scott.

DD.comment: The link above has round projections for Clemson's top six 2009 draft prospects.

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Fullback Conredge Collins could get drafted on the same weekend he graduates from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Ex-Louisiana-Lafayette tailback Tyrell Fenroy hopes to sneak into the latter frames of the 2009 draft.

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Scott Petrak of The Chronicle-Telegram Compares Clay Matthews II to Clay Matthews III.

DD.comment: Clay Matthews I, who is now 80 years old, played with the San Francisco 49ers in the 1950's.

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The Louisville Courier-Journal takes a in-depth look at fast-rising center prospect Eric Wood.

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Thanks to an impressive workout at Texas A&M's pro day, cornerback Danny Gorrer is back on the radar of N.F.L. scouts.

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2010 N.F.L. draft fullback prospect Jack Corcoran ready to be more than just a blocker for Rutgers.

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Pete Dougherty's Top 10 cornerback prospects, information gathered from conversations with scouts and other N.F.L. personnel executives.

DD.comment: Looking at the bottom half of Pete's article, it's easy to see why the official 40 yard dash averages for the cornerbacks were so mediocre at the Combine: 4.54 Hand Time/4.60 Electronic Time.

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USA Today: Are Stephen McGee and Mike Reilly quarterback sleepers of Tom Brady's ilk?

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan ranks the Top 67 Division II Draft Prospects.

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Pete Dougherty's Top five safety prospects, information gathered from conversations with scouts and other N.F.L. personnel executives.

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Rick Gosselin of The Dallas News looks at the top safeties in the upcoming draft.

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Bob McGinn of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports scouts are mixed on Matt Stafford.

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Mark Maske: Good coverage getting hard to find, scouts not sold on available Defensive Backs.

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Charean Williams looks at several Texas born prospects, including Henry Melton and Evander Hood.

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Charean Williams: Quarterbacks Kyle Freeman and Bobby Reid have gone from high school superstars to fringe N.F.L. prospects.

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Former Western Michigan star Louis Delmas plays it cool as his N.F.L. draft stock rises.

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Despite running a 4.68 40 at the N.F.L. Combine, ex-Virginia Tech cornerback Macho Harris expects to be first day pick.

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Hybrid hunt: The Cleveland Browns aren't the only team chasing an impact 3-4 outside linebacker.

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Respected Dallas News writer Rick Gosselin has posted his Second N.F.L. mock draft.

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L.A. Times writer Sam Farmer has posted his Second N.F.L. mock draft.

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last updated: 04/18/09
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The Miami Herald: Cornerback Bruce Johnson could be the Miami Hurricanes' lone 2009 draft pick.

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Brian Habib: So-called N.F.L. draft experts leave fans with many options, but not much else.

DD.comment: we can't speak for the other sites, but we know a lot of N.F.L. scouts read our blog daily (several teams have told us this), mostly looking for updated prospect info and links, so we must offer something here? Also, we've been contacted by NFL.com and ESPN The Magazine this week and are the only draft site linked in Rick Gosselin's blog, so at least we offer enough to garner the attention of "mainstream outlets" and the most respected pro football writer in America.

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Joe Posnanski: Analyzing mock drafts is a piece of work.

DD.comment: We hope Mr. Posnanski was nice enough to click on a few banner ads while surfing DD.com, looking for our Two Round Mock Draft.

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The Los Angeles Times: Using a first round N.F.L. draft pick on a franchise quarterback is risky.

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Pete Dougherty's Top Ten 3-4 Outside Linebackers, information gathered from conversations with scouts and other N.F.L. personnel executives.

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Pete Dougherty's Top five 3-4 Inside Linebackers, information gathered from conversations with scouts and other N.F.L. personnel executives.

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New York Jets tailback Danny Woodhead impresses coaches after sitting out rookie season with a knee injury.

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Once highly regarded North Carolina State tailback Toney Baker hopes a injury-free senior season will put him on the N.F.L.'s 2010 draft radar.

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Reliable right tackle Will Barker ready to lead the Virginia Cavs' front line this upcoming season.

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Former Missouri safety William Moore blames injuries for his sub-par senior season.

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Quick look at ex-Alcorn State linebacker Lee Robinson, who projects as a latter round/free agent type prospect.

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Former University of Indiana two-sport star Andrew Means plays the waiting game, hopes to be taken in first five rounds.

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More speculation that the Cleveland Browns will draft Mark Sanchez or Michael Crabtree.

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Senior-to-be wide receiver Ray Small stayed at Ohio State to show he's not 'the bad guy'.

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The Boston Globe: Running back tandems are gathering steam in the N.F.L.

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Dan Pompei of The Chicago Tribune ranks his top defensive tackle prospects.

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Several N.F.L. execs and scouts talk about the Top Wide Receiver Prospects.

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CBS Sports: Looking for safe draft picks? Check out these future stars.

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Excellent speed makes former Utah cornerback Brice McCain a viable N.F.L. draft prospect.

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ESPN SportsNation Poll: The 1974 Pittsurgh Steelers picks voted the best draft class ever.

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last updated: 04/17/09
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Green Bay Press Gazette: B.J. Raji's talent may outweigh drug test reports.

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Former Boise State offensive lineman Andrew Woodruff's decision to forgo any N.F.L. opportunities to sign with Montreal of the C.F.L. was rooted in his desire to play right away.

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Former Kent State wide receiver Shawn Bayes worked out today for Hamilton Ti-cats (as a fallback if he doesn't make a N.F.L. team) and he ran the 40 yard dash in 4.29/4.30/4.36 on the infield turf at their stadium. Bayes, who has consistently run in the 4.3's for U.S. scouts at his Pro Days, is a potential latter round pick/priority free agent type N.F.L. prospect due to his kick and punt return skills.

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The Bleacher Report: All-MAC team of current NFL players.

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USA Today: How high can can quarterback prospect Josh Freeman climb?

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Fox Sports: 10 potential draft-day shockers

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Missouri Western guard Roger Allen grows into a draft prospect.

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ESPN.com video: Former Duke point guard Greg Paulus talks about his football future.

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Tribune.com: Former Ohio State receiver Brian Robiskie would be a good fit for the Chicago Bears.

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Sophomore-to-be free safety Drew Astorino hopes to make an impact in Penn State's secondary this fall.

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U.H. duo finds N.F.L. scouts to be fickle: Sebastian Vollmer's stock rises; Phillip Hunt fights for recognition.

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The Philadelphia Eagles have worked out an agreement in principle to acquire Buffalo Bills left tackle Jason Peters.

DD.comment: This probably makes it much more likely that the Bills will target a left tackle with the 10th overall selection.

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Draft Daddy has updated our NFL Mock Draft Projections, with commentary: | Round 1 | Round 2 |

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SEC football notes: Florida quarterback Tim Tebow learns to play under center.

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Rick Gosselin of The Dallas News looks at the top linebacker prospects in the upcoming draft.

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USA Today looks at some of the top tailback prospects, including Knowshon Moreno.

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Very highly regarded freshman linebacker Darius Willis expects to help the University of Buffalo's linebacking crop.

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Scout.com: Former University of Iowa center Rob Bruggeman out to dismiss doubters, once again.

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Former Duke point guard Greg Paulus will consider playing D-II football, if he can't get a offer from a F.B.S. school.

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List of 2009 draft prospects who were expected to visit the Dallas Cowboys.

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We've been told that the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns have shown an interest in former University of Northern Iowa strong safety Darrell Lloyd, who reportedly ran a 4.50/40, finished the short shuttle in 4.40 and displayed an impressive 38.5" vertical leap at his Pro Day.

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The Post-Dispatch reports the St. Louis Rams have scouted several 2nd and 3rd round running back prospects.

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Scout.com: Former Iowa cornerback Bradley Fletcher moving up N.F.L. draft boards.

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Rarely used Arizona basketball forward Fendi Onobun (6' 6", 250) says he ran a 4.5 40 at Wildcats' football Pro Day.

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Ex-North Dakota State defensive linemen Joe Lardinois realizes a dream, works out for the Green Bay Packers.

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With Michael Oher heading to the N.F.L., Ole Miss must re-build their line to protect top N.F.L. prospect Jevan Snead; sophomore Bradley Sowell has Rebels' coaches very excited.

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Jamie Dukes: Who needs Matthew Stafford when you can have Michael Vick?

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Former Maryland standouts Jaimie Thomas and Moise Fokou have taken two entirely different paths to the cusp of the N.F.L.

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ESPN SportsNation Q&A with former Georgia quarterback Matt Stafford.

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Scout.com's Chris Steuber: One Round Mock Draft

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Jerry Rice's cousin -- South Dakota State receiver JaRon Harris -- interests the Green Bay Packers.

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Ed Thompson's N.F.L. draft Q&A with former University of Arizona left tackle Eben Britton.

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Former University of Virginia star Kevin Ogletree could be a fit for the Chicago Bears, if they pass on a receiver in the second round.

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Rivals.com takes a in-depth look at the best defensive back in college football, Tennessee junior-to-be Eric Berry.

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ESPN reports Rich Rodriguez is offering former Duke point guard Greg Paulus a scholarship to play football at Michigan.

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Bleacher Report Diamonds in the Rough: The Top 10 N.F.L. Draft Steals of the Modern Era.

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Fast-rising Texas Tech safety Darcel McBath has proven he's ready for the N.F.L.

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USA Today looks at some of the Top Offensive Line Prospects in the 2009 draft.

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Ex-Maryland right tackle Dane Randolph might not be selected in the N.F.L. draft despite impressive size and speed.

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Houston Chronicle: James Casey and Jarett Dillard look to make name for Rice University in the N.F.L. draft.

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USA Today: Who's most likely to be traded before the N.F.L. draft?

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Scout.com: Who's been talking to Oregon State offensive lineman Andy Levitre and Virginia running back Cedric Peerman?

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Air Force cornerback/kick returner Reggie Rembert, a potential 2011 draft prospect, has been suspended indefinitely because of an unspecified violation of academy standards.

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Despite character concerns, Oklahoma State's Brandon Pettigrew has look of N.F.L. tight end.

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PollDaddy.com Update: Last season "fullbacks" Le'Ron McClain and Peyton Hillis were their team's leading rushers. With that in mind, which 2009 fullback prospect has the best chance of being a prolific N.F.L. runner?

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Dan Pompei of The Chicago Tribune ranks his top 16 tight end prospects.

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Scott Wright of Draft Countdown has just updated his 3 Round Mock Draft.

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University at Albany offensive tackle Raphael Nguti hopes to sneak into the 7th round of the N.F.L. draft.

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Patriots.com has a short scouting video for ex-Connecticut defensive end Cody Brown.

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St. Louis Rams mull options at offensive tackle with No. 2 pick.

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Rhett Bomar of Sam Houston State and Demetrius Byrd of Louisiana State visit the St. Louis Rams.

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Missouri senior-to-be linebacker linebacker Sean Weatherspoon says he got a third-round projection from N.F.L. scouts.

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Sports attorney David Cornwell adamant about penalties for drug-test leaks.

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Pro Football Weekly has a full page of N.F.L. draft notes and rumors.

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Former Texas A&M quarterback Stephen McGee battling to show he belongs in the N.F.L.

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Dan Pompei of The Chicago Tribune ranks his top 18 guard prospects.

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Michigan could be next stop for former Duke point guard Greg Paulus.

DD.comment: When the story of Paulus' work out with the Packers broke, we may have been the only site/outlet that suggested he would be wiser to use up his college football eligibility rather than trying to jump to the N.F.L. right after his basketball career. So, obviously, we think he's on the right track, although trying to be Michigan's starting quarterback, after being away from the sport since 2004, does seems like a lofty goal.

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Duke's coaches will consider taking Greg Paulus on as a potential athlete/slot receiver.

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Pro Football Weekly writer looks at 10 prospects who are rising and falling on draft boards.

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Quarterback may still be a draft possibility the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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ESPN Insider: Former Texas defensive tackle Roy Miller could be a steal on Day 2.

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The Palm Beach Post: A second media outlet confirms Percy Harvin's failed drug test.

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Dan Pompei of The Chicago Tribune ranks his top 11 center prospects.

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Mlivecom. takes an in-depth look at ex-Ball State quarterback Nate Davis, who's draft stock seems to be falling.

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USA Today: To U.S.C.'s Rey Maualuga, similarities to Troy Polamalu don't bear out.

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Former Louisville center Eric Wood was among 29 prospects that attended the Cincinnati Bengals' regional Pro Day.

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In yesterday's blog we mentioned some prospects that could see their draft stock rise a bit because they have the potential to line up behind center in the Wildcat formation. Soon after we posted it, one of our long time, inside sources told us we should have had East Carolina tight end Davon Drew on the list, due to the fact he began his college as a quarterback and is fairly nimble for a big man. The source, who is very familiar with Drew, tells us he's currently projected as a 5th to 7th round prospect by N.F.L. scouts.

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Ohio State coaches believe junior Chimdi Chekwa is ready to become the Buckeyes next elite cornerback.

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CBS Sports writer Chad Reuter notes Value of 40 times often relative.

DD.comment: For over a year now, we've had the 40 time averages from last years Combine posted on this site. The results at most positions were similar this year, so we will not post all the updated numbers. But here are some 40 time averages from the 2009 Combine:

Running Back: 4.57 Hand Time/4.62 Electronic Time

Wide Receiver: 4.50 Hand Time/4.55 Electronic Time

Cornerback: 4.54 Hand Time/4.60 Electronic Time

The disappointing cornerback averages could have been even a little worse, if Oregon's Jarius Byrd wasn't injured in Indy. He ran in the high 4.6's on Oregon's seemingly faster Pro Day track. Meanwhile, the 2009 crop of wide receivers ran much better in Indy than they did last spring. It's fairly rare that the receivers are faster than the corners, but it happened this year. Also, it's worth noting that a larger group of strong safeties ran this year and they recorded a significantly slower average than last year -- mid-to-high 4.6's hand-timed/low 4.7's electronic time.

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last updated: 04/14/09
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Miami Dolphins' draft challenge: Finding a nose tackle.

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NOLA.com: If the New Orleans Saints decide to take a running back with the 14th pick, there will be options.

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The Miami Dolphins have many draft options at linebacker, including ex-Cincinnati basketball player/tight end/defensive end Connor Barwin.

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CBS Sports draft writer notes "safest prospect", linebacker Aaron Curry, could fall on draft day.

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The 2009 N.F.L. schedule releases tonight at 7PM ET. NFL.com will have full coverage of the schedule details with chats, stories and a new unique interactive application.

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The Orange County Register: Ex-Arkansas Razorback Mitch Mustain is the odd man out in U.S.C.'s 3-man quarterback race.

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Russ Lande does a quick scouting report for wide receiver prospect Brandon Tate and projects him as a 2nd round pick.

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Pro Football Weekly writer notes a potential Julius Peppers trade could shake up the first round.

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KVUE News blogger writes University of Texas fans should Stop hatin' Stephen McGee.

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As we noted earlier, former Duke point guard Greg Paulus is thinking about a pro football career.

DD.comment: Fascinating comment made by "pseudoxan" below the ESPN article test. He believes Ted Thompson and the Packers scouts should be more interested in Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt -- who's probably never played (or watched) American football -- than the 2004 Gatorade high school football player of the year? Man, that's logic we just don't get. Perhaps it's more unfair (albeit subtle) and rampant Thompson bashing for wisely wanting to get rid of a fan favorite (Brett Favre) who was clearly well past his prime, but wouldn't leave gracefully? After Brett pretty much handed the New York Giants a win in the 2007 N.F.C. Championship Game with his horrid second half and overtime play, what sane G.M. would've brought him back at age 38 over a rising-youngster like Aaron Rodgers?

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Report: The Giants may be zeroing in on Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards as the replacement for Plaxico Burress

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The Kansas City Star: N.F.L. teams look at Pat White and James Casey with the Wildcat in mind.

Other players that should garner extra attention due to their potential running the Wildcat could include the following: Quarterback Stephen McGee (Texas A&M); quarterback Julian Edelman (Kent State); wide receiver Derrick Williams (Penn State); tailback LeSean McCoy (Pitt) and a true "sleeper pick", wide receiver Darren Mougey of San Diego State, who is a slimmer version of James Casey and was a prized quarterback recruit coming out of high school. We are absolutely shocked that there is virtually no pre-draft talk about this versatile athlete, who can play wide receiver, H-Back and lineup behind center in the Wildcat formation.

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Former Alabama left tackle Andre Smith fires his agent, expected to hire Ian Greengross.

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Wildcat lookout? Bears bring in athletic Kent State quarterback Julian Edelman for a look.

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dailycomet.com takes a closer look at Nicholls State defensive back Lardarius Webb, who could be a 3rd round pick.

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Don Banks of SI.com writes picking a quarterback of the future is no guarantee for N.F.L. teams.

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Rick Gosselin of The Dallas News looks at the top tight ends in the upcoming draft.

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USA Today: Bloodlines help lift Clay Matthews III from walk-on to N.F.L. draft stud.

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The Houston Texans' top offensive desires include a complement to Steve Slaton.

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Texas Tech coach Mike Leach has suspended defensive end McKinner Dixon indefinitely and doesn't expect to reinstate him.

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Former Duke point guard Greg Paulus getting a look in the N.F.L.?

DD.comment: It's been obvious to us for a while that Paulus was not going to project as a big time N.B.A. prospect, so we figured he might want to go back to football at some point. But since athletes have 5 years to play 4 years of any sport in college, we wonder why Greg wouldn't consider playing for Duke's football team next season? He's used up his basketball eligibility, but he should still have one season of college football eligibility left. Might be better to do that, than trying to jump to the N.F.L. having not played football since high school.

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One of our long time, inside sources tells us Texas A&M quarterback Stephen McGee could be rising fast as draft weekend nears:

"Texas A&M quarterback Stephen McGee is very likely to be the 1st senior quarterback selected in the upcoming N.F.L. draft. He had arguably the strongest showing of all the quarterbacks who participated at the N.F.L. Combine, throwing the ball very well while recording the second fastest forty time (4.61) at his position behind only Pat White of West Virginia. McGee, who has drawn comparisions to Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers, is an intriguing prospect due to the fact that he is considered a drop back passer with tremendous speed. He is also a dynamic athlete that can give a team a great look in the Wildcat formation.

McGee was one of the most highly touted quarterbacks in the nation coming out of high school. During his junior and senior seasons, he combined for 81 TD's and 3 Int's while leading his team to back to back state championship appearances. The 6-3, 225-pounder flew under the radar during his time at Texas A&M. While his statistics under former head coach Dennis Franchione were solid enough to earn N.F.L. attention (60 percent completion rate for 4,606 yards and a 24-10 touchdown-to-interception ratio), he was a bit overlooked thanks to Franchione's read-option offense.

Prior to McGee's senior year, former Green Bay head coach Mike Sherman was named coach at A&M. Many N.F.L. scouts expected a big season from Stephen, but a shoulder injury limited him to three starts. Following a great week of practice at the East-West game, scouts came away impressed with his development. The fast rising quarterback had every team but one in attendance at his Pro Day and has had over 20 teams visit with him at College Station this season.

For the last two decades, college quarterbacks who played through their senior season have had more success than their early-entrant counterparts. Since 1998, for example, there have been 11 early-entry quarterbacks drafted by N.F.L. teams, but only three are currently starting: Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers and JaMarcus Russell".

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Draft Daddy friend/European TV-journalist Soren Hygum Hansen from draftday.dk just sent us a great link, full of fascinating pre-draft news and notes, collected from U.S. sources. 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:

* The Patriots, Broncos and Falcons have all worked out wide receiver Kenny McKinley of South Carolina....Also, ex-U.S.F. Wide receiver Taurus Johnson has worked out for the Chiefs and visited the Buccaneers.

* Former Utah cornerback Sean Smith has already worked out for or will work out for the Seahawks, Rams, Browns, Eagles and the Dolphins. He, also, visited or will visit the Eagles, Ravens and the Seahawks.

* The Eagles and the Bengals have both shown a strong interest in former Iowa guard Seth Olsen. Meanwhile ex-Iowa center Rob Bruggeman will visit the Saints.

* Offensive tackle Gerald Cadogan of Penn State has had private work outs for the Eagles and the Chiefs. He has also met with the Giants.

* Ex-Hawaii defensive end David Veikune, who impressed at The Senior Bowl, has visits scheduled with the Eagles, Dolphins, Titans and Cowboys.

* Graceland University (Iowa) kicker/YouTube star Merf Trout has worked out for the Packers and the Saints.

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last updated: 04/12/09
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Former Florida International defensive back Marshall McDuffie recently worked out with the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He spent time working as a safety and corner in both places and the Dolphins, also, tried him out as a wide receiver. Marshall got very good feedback from both teams. In addition, he's been getting a ton of interest from the Jacksonville Jaguars who like him as a Safety.

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The Kansas City Chiefs have showed tremendous interest in ex-Ball State star Darius Hill. Their offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach have worked out the pass-catching tight end.

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The Philadelphia Eagles are not afraid to draft (or sign) talented F.C.S players, like ex-Delaware tight end Robbie Agnone.

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Charean Williams looks at the top 2009 linebacker prospects, including Aaron Curry.

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The Sports Network: David Coulson's Top 25 F.C.S. Draft Prospects.

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Carlos "Big C" Holmes notes former Ohio Bobcats' safety Michael Mitchell could be a fast-rising draft prospect.

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Long time DD.com friend Ed Thompson of scout.com has private workout related info for for 7 notable prospects..

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Audio Q&A link: Quarterback Matt Stafford tells radio station that he impressed the Detroit Lions with his workout skills.

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Russ Lande does a quick scouting report for speedy wide receiver Kevin Ogletree and projects him as a 5th round pick.

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ESPN's Todd McShay says that N.F.L. teams have likened ex-Florida wide receiver Percy Harvin to Chad Johnson.

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USA Today: Get to know Knowshon Moreno, not the average running back prospect.

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NFL.com News: Nine prospects invited to attend draft in New York.

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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 185 small school prospects, sorted by position, that have the talent to catch the eye of N.F.L. scouts.

Big School Surprise: These are prospects from F.B.S. schools (1-A) that project as second day picks or priority free agents, but could surprise as draft weekend nears.

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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last updated: 04/12/09
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Draft Daddy is pleased to debut our Top 100 overall draft prospects, assembled by Matt Bitonti and DD.com contributor Paul Emery.

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Crains Detroit Business: Strategy for the Lions' first draft choice: Win sponsors and games.

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The New York Times reports Florida State Speedster Michael Ray Garvin has caught the eye of N.F.L. scouts.

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42 college football standouts named to 2009 Lott Trophy Watch List.

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Rick Gosselin of The Dallas News looks at the top Wide receivers in the upcoming draft.

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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, with help from N.F.L. scouts, looks at over 20 Prospects from the state of Wisconsin.

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Dan Pompei of The Chicago Tribune ranks his top 29 offensive tackle prospects.

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Charean Williams looks at several Dallas-area prospects including Brandon Williams, Jason Phillips and Dexter Manley II.

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As we've been reporting for a long time, N.F.L. scouts really like athletic Texas A&M quarterback Stephen McGee.

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Analysts split on whether ex-Ohio State running back Chris Wells has N.F.L. toughness and durability.

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Respected Louisiana based writer/draft analyst Mike Detillier looks at how to find football talent.

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Fast-rising senior-to-be defensive end Rahim Alem looks to lead L.S.U.'s defensive line in 2009.

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Ben Volin: Rumors about drugs, poor tests or attitudes, even if false, can cause a player's N.F.L. Draft stock to take a big hit.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to terms with veteran quarterback Byron Leftwich.

DD.comment: The Bucs supposedly like young quarterback Josh Johnson as a potential starter down the road, so could this signing mean the Bucs will not draft a quarterback in this month's draft? Not sure, because we can foresee a scenario were they trade McCown and go with Leftwich, Freeman and Johnson. But this signing probably does mean drafting another signal-caller is less likely.

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last updated: 04/11/09
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PollDaddy.com Update: We just wrapped up the voting for the two cornerback spots on our 2009 All-Combine Snubbed Team and have moved foward to the safeties. If you wish to vote (and we hope many do) Please select Two Safeties.

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NFL.com draft analyst Mike Mayock thinks ex-Sam Houston State star Rhett Bomar can be a starting N.F.L. quarterback.

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Quick look at the top prospects from the state of Utah, including ex-Utes Paul Kruger and Sean Smith, as well as the B.Y.U. prospects.

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The Plain Dealer: All-around skills of linebacker Aaron Curry earns him top spot in Tony Grossi's top 10 list.

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L.S.U. middle linebacker Jacob Cutrera is have 'great spring' and looks forward to becoming a full time starter in 2009.

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The York Daily Record takes a in-depth look at fast-rising Connecticut left tackle William Beatty.

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Ed Thompson of scout.com has private workout related info for Chip Vaughn, Jasper Brinkley and Rashad Johnson..

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Respected Dallas News writer Rick Gosselin has posted his first N.F.L. mock draft.

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University of Colorado coaches say junior-to-be cornerback Jimmy Smith has 'unlimited potential' and suggest he could be a 2011 N.F.L. draft prospect.

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Ed Thompson of scout.com has private workout related info for draft prospects Chase Coffman and Zach Follett.

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England based universaldraft.com has posted a One Round Mock Draft.

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While Ladi Ajiboye is suspended indefinitely, South Carolina has shifted Travian Robertson to defensive tackle.

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Former Cleveland State basketball player J'Nathan Bullock worked out for N.F.L. scouts today.

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Young, undersized linebacker Jordon Dizon looks to fit in with the Detroit Lions.

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Former Michigan State running back Javon Ringer preps for N.F.L. Draft and discusses the '09 Spartans.

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Does Purdue running back Kory Sheets have off-the-field character concerns?

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

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Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini says senior-to-be defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh hasn't come close to reaching his potential.

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Ex-Rutgers' linebacker Kevin Malast believes he can be a 'supreme special teams player' in the N.F.L.

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Former Texas State tailback Stanley Zwinggi has set up his own website, with video links, and notes he recently ran 4.18 40.

DD.comment: As we've noted before, scouts timed Stan at 4.35 at his Junior Day (last spring). A few weeks ago his best 40 time at his senior Pro Day, according to respected NFL.com draft analyst Gil Brandt, was a 4.47. Mr.Brandt did note, however, that T.S.U.'s Pro Day was held outside, in poor conditions -- rain and lots of wind. Zwinggi sort of reminds us of former D-II star Brad Pyatt (Northern Colorado), a free agent blazer, who did a nice job returning kicks and punts for the Colts as a rookie in 2003, until a rash injuries derailed his N.F.L. career.

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With "Beanie" leaving for the N.F.L., Ohio State's coaches may go to a tailback tandem of Dan Herron and Brandon Saine.

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PollDaddy.com Update: With almost 300 votes cast, we have a very close race for the two cornerback spots on our 2009 All-Combine Snubbed Team. Players receiving multiple write-in votes so far are: Mark Parsons of Ohio (4) and D-III star Peter Ittersagen (2), from Wheaton College. If you wish to vote (and we hope many do) Please select Two Cornerbacks.

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last updated: 04/09/09
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Dan Pompei of The Chicago Tribune ranks his top 10 quarterback prospects.

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University of Georgia receiver Kris Durham will miss the upcoming season recovering from shoulder surgery.

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As we mentioned last week, Cleveland State basketball player J'Nathan Bullock will work out for N.F.L. scouts.

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SI.com: Big things predicted for left tackle Michael Oher since the beginning of his career.

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The Oregon Ducks are expecting big things from senior-to-be cornerback Walter Thurmond III.

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Alabama nose guard Terrence Cody has shed 11 pounds since last season; hopes he'll project as a 2010 first rounder.

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Can former Tennessee defensive end Robert Ayers find his way into the first round of the upcoming draft?

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USA Today: Consensus hard to find in search for best the running backs in the 2009 draft.

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Ex-Vanderbilt safety Reshard Langford has his sights set on an N.F.L. career, but some question his coverage ability.

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Former Southern Connecticut cornerback James Williams, a 2009 draft entry, tells us he'll be live on the web tonight at 9:00pm on Footballreportersonline.com.

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Baseball scouting report for ex-Notre Dame All-American wide receiver Jeff Samardzija, who was recently demoted to the minors.

DD.comment: We still think this guy is the best wide receiver playing a pro sport in the city of Chicago. Jay Culter could use him, to go along with Devin Hester, Greg Olson and his real good friend (from Vanderbilt) Earl Bennett. Unfortunately, it looks like the Shark might waste away as a minor leaguer/mop-up reliever for the Cubs the next few seasons. We've always thought, with a lot of hard work and a little luck, he maxes out as a Steve Trachsel type journeyman in baseball.

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Ed Thompson of scout.com has private workout related info for 10 Notable N.F.L. Prospects.

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Dan Pompei of The Chicago Tribune ranks his top 10 wide receiver prospects.

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The Salt Lake Tribune: The battle has begun to fill Austin Collie's shoes at Brigham Young.

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

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

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

DD.comment: Well known, likely backups Patrick Ramsey, Kyle Boller and Cato June have signed since our last update.... 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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last updated: 04/08/09
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Kevin from footballdraftanalysis.com has just sent us his recently updated 4 Round Mock Draft.

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Forbes.com looks at the Best and Worst N.F.L. Draft teams since 2006.

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Pro Football Weekly has a page full of N.F.L. rumors & whispers.

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Former U.S.C quarterback Mark Sanchez is on the radar of the San Francisco Forty-Niners.

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Ex-Hawaii linebacker Adam Leonard has caught the attention of the Seahawks, Bengals and Dolphins.

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ESPN.com Q&A with T.C.U. defensive end Jerry Hughes, a potential top 2010 draft prospect.

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Rutgers middle linebacker Ryan D'Imperio, a 2010 draft prospect, embracing role as teacher.

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Athletically gifted, but sometimes troubled Tennessee safety Demetrice Morley has, once again, been kicked off the team.

DD.comment: We'd have to believe Morley could be a candidate for the N.F.L.'s Supplemental draft, held in July. He has next level talent, but he'll have to overcome serious character concerns to be drafted.

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Fast-rising, junior-to-be defensive end Cameron Heyward will lead a very strong Ohio State defensive line in fall of 2009.

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Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer reports Smith, Orakpo, Maclin, Moreno and Maualuga will make pre-draft visits to Cleveland.

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Albert Breer of The Sporting News searches for 'The Next Tom Brady' and writes Ball State's Nate Davis could be another Donovan McNabb.

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Ed Thompson of scout.com reports quarterback Pat White is scheduled to work out for the Philadelphia Eagles today.

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Ray Ratto: Rumors, lies and too much time can turn N.F.L. Draft into sleaze central.

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Russ Lande of The Sporting News ranks the state of Florida's top N.F.L. draft prospects.

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USA Today: Guiding draft principle amid N.F.L.'s money woes -- Get it right.

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Illinois wide receiver Arrelious Benn, a 2010 draft prospect, says he's gained six pounds and has been clocking in the 4.3's this spring.

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Agent Mark Humenik says B.J. Raji's failed drug test report was 'cowardly' and 'malicious'.

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Josh Buchanan's 2009 Small School Mock Draft - Round 7

Josh Buchanan's 2009 Small School Mock Draft - Round 6

Josh Buchanan's 2009 Small School Mock Draft - Round 5

Josh Buchanan's 2009 Small School Mock Draft - Round 4

Josh Buchanan's 2009 Small School Mock Draft - Round 3

Josh Buchanan's 2009 Small School Mock Draft - Round 2

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Draft Daddy friend/European TV-journalist Soren Hygum Hansen from draftday.dk just sent us a great link, full of fascinating pre-draft news and notes, collected from U.S. sources. 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:

* Several teams have expressed a strong interest in defensive tackle Terrence Knighton of Temple. He has scheduled visits with the Buccaneers, Eagles and Patriots. He recently ran a 4.9 seconds 40-yard dash at his Pro Day and he projects to either nose tackle or defensive end in a 3-4-scheme in the N.F.L.

* Earlier this year cornerback Steven A. Jackson of Fort Valley State University ran an impressive 4.20 40-yard dash in his pre-draft training. He was an All-American in track and field and attended the Cactus Bowl in January after he made seven interceptions in his senior season. The Colts, Dolphins, Ravens and Seahawks have all shown some interest in him.

* Jake Richardson of University of Miami (Ohio) is one of the best punters in this year's draft. On Friday he has a personal workout today with the Colts. Before that he had a workout with the Bengals and the Patriots. Two weeks ago he had one with the Falcons and the Eagles. At his Pro Day in mid-March he punted for scouts from the Bengals, Giants and Packers. His long punt at his Pro Day was 57 yards with all five punts being longer than 48 yards.

* Linebacker Anthony Heygood of Purdue worked out for the Eagles on Monday. He led the Boilermakers in tackles as a senior... Meanwhile, linebacker Kevin Grant of Akron had a workout with the Redskins last Friday.

* Wide receiver Andrew Means of Indiana, who recently ran a 4,36 40-yard dash at his Pro Day, will work out for the Browns on April 14th.

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last updated: 04/07/09
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Ed Thompson of scout.com tells us ex-B.C. defensive tackle B.J. Raji and U.S.C. quarterback Mark Sanchez are scheduled to visit the Washington Redskins prior to the draft.

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SunSentinel.com has posted a lengthy Q&A between our friend Simon Clancy and ex-Connecticut linebacker Cody Brown.

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Redshirt freshman quarterback Jack Elway is leaving the Arizona State football program but remaining in school as a student.

DD.comment: No "backup quarterback" in college football the last few years looked like a N.F.L. prospect more than A.S.U.'s Danny Sullivan. He has the size, intelligence and arm league scouts look for. But, for whatever reason, he was never able to seize reps away from Rudy Carpenter and when he did play he really struggled. It will be interesting to see how Danny does as a senior in 2009, as he does have the tools to be an N.F.L. draft pick.

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Mike Vandermause looks at the Green Bay Packers greatest draft needs, listed by position.

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Size and age concerns could affect ex-Texas Longhorn Quan Cosby as the draft process goes forward.

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Miami Dolphins work out former U.S.C. middle linebacker Rey Maualuga.

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Repsected NFL.com draft analyst Gil Brandt lists his Top 100 Prospects for the 2009 draft.

Related Item: Plenty of good draft related info in this recent NFL.com chat wrap with Gil Brandt.

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NFL Network's Brian Billick and Paul Burmeister discuss the strategy -- and risk -- involved in taking a quarterback with the top overall pick.

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Pro Football Weekly draft writer Nolan Nawrocki has just posted his Draft value chart.

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Pro Football Weekly: N.F.L. talent evaluators split on how Northern Illinois' Larry English will perform in the pros.

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Ex-Boston College defensive tackle B.J. Raji denies drug test reports put forth by SI.com draft writer Tony Pauline last week.

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Don Banks of SI.com's 2009 Wes Welker Watch List: Ten unheralded prospects who could become difference-makers.

DD.comment: We may've been the first site to report that Vince Anderson might sneak into the draft. Over a month ago, a long time, reliable source told us he was heavily on the radar of N.F.L. scouts. But as much as we trusted the source, we were still very cautious with the info because we didn't now a lot about Anderson and he seemed like such a long shot. Now that a respected writer like Don Banks has him that high, we are starting to believe he might truly be a player that comes out of total obscurity and gets drafted? Sort of like the ex-baseball player (Rashad Barksdale) from Albany that the Eagles selected a few years ago. Here is Anderson's YouTube Video.

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Pro Football Weekly: Study in quickness finds lateral agility trumps 40-yard speed on the football field.

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Pro Football Weekly: Top 10 Prospects, sorted by position

Pro Football Weekly: Top 150 Prospects

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Check out Draft Daddy's recently updated YouTube Videos Page

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Ed Thompson of scout.com reports ex-Missouri wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is in high demand for official visits and private workouts with N.F.L. teams.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan reports ex-St. Paul's cornerback Greg Toler has a total of 17 pre draft visits with teams. He visits the New York Jets today and then the Green Bay Packers, followed by the Minnesota Vikings and the Houston Texans.

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Former Northwestern State University wide receiver Dudley Guice, Jr. has launched his own website.

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last updated: 04/06/09
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Peter King of Sports Illustrated is organizing a benefit dinner/charity auction to help Paul Zimmerman recover from strokes he had in November.

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The N.C.A.A. has denied Florida State receiver Corey Surrency another year of eligibility.

DD.comment: Surrency could enter the N.F.L.'s supplemental draft this summer if he loses his appeal.

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Pro Football Weekly has a page full of quotes from anonymous scouts & execs bashing others -- Michael Crabtree, James Harris, George Kokinis, Randy Mueller and more.

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The Atlanta Falcons have traded receiver Laurent Robinson to the St. Louis Rams, allowing the Falcons to move up in the fifth and sixth rounds of this month's draft.

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Walk-on "fullback" Mitch Bailey's impressive speed has University of Arkansas coaches very excited.

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University of Florida transfer Jarred Fayson gives Illinois a viable second receiver option behind Arrelious Benn.

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The University of Cincinnati is expecting big things from fast-rising 2010 quarterback prospect Tony Pike.

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Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster says senior-to-be offensive tackle Matt Stommes has N.F.L. type "measurables".

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Highly regarded sophomore-to-be Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is having a very impressive spring.

DD.comment: Luck is the son of former N.F.L. quarterback Oliver Luck, who was Warren Moon's backup in Houston during the 1980's. Oliver was named G.M. of the Frankfurt Galaxy (WLAF) at the age of 30, in 1991, and was made president of NFL Europe in 1996. He's currently the G.M. of the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer.... Also, a week after we mentioned how poorly star tailback Toby Gerhart was doing for Stanford's baseball team, he's gotten red-hot, sparking questions about his future in football.

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Florida International's coaches think sophomore-to-be Aaron Davis will be a high impact linebacker.

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University of Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who could be a great 2012 draft prospect, continues to impress this spring.

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Fresno Bee Q&A with former Cal-Berkeley linebacker Zack Follett.

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Anonymous scouting director tells The Boston Globe that Baylor offensive lineman Jason Smith is not a top-10 talent.

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Philly.com draft profile: Oklahoma State tight end Brandon Pettigrew.

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Tulane senior-to-be wide receiver Jeremy Williams disappointed by his Pro Day showing.

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USA Today draft writer looks at the Top Wide Receiver & Tight End prospects in the class of 2009.

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last updated: 04/05/09
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Elon University wide receiver Terrell Hudgins, a 2010 draft prospect, is looking forward to having a huge senior season.

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Will fast-rising junior-to-be Drake Nevis be the next great defensive tackle prospect from L.S.U.?

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Ex-Louisville running back Anthony Allen is ready to see real action at Georgia Tech.

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Georgia's defensive line should be very strong in 2009, with N.F.L. prospects Jeff Owens and Geno Atkins leading the way.

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N.F.L. doctor tells Clay Matthews and Brian Cushing they did not test positive for steriods.

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Pro Football Weekly has a page full of N.F.L. rumors & whispers.

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U.C.L.A. defensive tackle Brian Price says a stellar junior year won't make him leave school early for the N.F.L.

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L.S.U. has moved Major League Baseball prospect/junior-to-be Chad Jones to free safety.

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Defensive back Phelon Jones has received a release from L.S.U. and hopes to transfer to Auburn.

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Former Tulsa wide receiver Brennan Marion impressed scouts at U.T.A.'s Pro Day 3 1/2 months after having major knee reconstruction surgery.

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Marla Ridenour of The Akron Beacon Journal looks at ex-U.S.C. linebackers Rey Maualuga and Clay Matthews III.

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PollDaddy.com Update: With over 200 votes cast, recent Pro Day risers John Gill of Northwestern and Clinton McDonald of Memphis lead the pack at defensive tackle for our 2009 All-Combine Snubbed Team. We hope to wrap up the defensive tackles by Sunday night and move forward to the linebackers. If you wish to vote (and we hope many do) Please select Two Defensive Tackles.

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last updated: 04/04/09
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Charean Williams looks at several Texas born quarterback prospects, including Stephen McGee, Bobby Reid and Chase Holbrook.

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Will fast-rising sophomore-to-be Landon Bradley be the next great left tackle prospect from the University of Virginia?

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Dan Pompei's scout talk: N.F.L. teams start to ponder draft trade possibilities

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The St. Louis Rams have signed former Baltimore Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller.

Related Item: Former Columbia quarterback Jeff Otis, who is the son of the N.F.C.'s leading rusher in 1975, hopes to make the Rams 53 man roster.

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Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch lists 16 draft prospects that have visited the St.Louis Rams.

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CBS Sports writer looks at several Pro Day Risers and Fallers.

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Ed Thompson of scout.com does an in-depth with former Norfolk State cornerback Don Carey.

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Ed Thompson of scout.com has some workout times from the recent Pro Day held for Wisconsin linebacker DeAndre Levy.

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NFL.com: Mike Mayock's recently updated top 5 prospects by position for the 2009 N.F.L. Draft.

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NFL.com: Full round-by-round order for 2009 N.F.L. Draft

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First-team All-Conference USA defensive tackle Clint McDonald stole the show at Memphis' Pro Day.

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Russ Lande looks at 5 prospects that are the source of intense debates in many N.F.L. draft rooms.

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Ed Thompson of scout.com reports ex-Cal-Berkeley center Alex Mack has a visit scheduled with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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The Washington Post: Blazing speed gives long shot D-II prospect Greg Toler a chance to play the N.F.L.

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Fast-rising ex-Western Illinois linebacker Jason Williams has already lined up 10 pre-draft visits.

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Former U.S.C. linebacker Clay Matthews III would love to play for the Cleveland Browns.

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The Texans have invited 15 Houston-area players to their facility today to participate in drills that prepare them for the draft.

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Big Ten Network: Catching up with University of Minnesota football and baseball star Eric Decker.

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Several N.F.L. teams have shown an interest in C.I.S. defensive tackle Vaughn Martin, who can return to Western Ontario football if no one bites.

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The University of Oklahoma expects big things in 2009 from talented sophomore-to-be wide receiver Ryan Broyles.

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last updated: 04/03/09
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The N.F.L. has released a statement denouncing unconfirmed rumors about draft prospects failing drug tests.

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Doug Farrar of scout.com takes an in-depth look at fast-rising University of Oregon safety Patrick Chung.

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Hawaii Warrior Beat has tons of numbers and info from the University of Hawaii's Pro Day.

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Ex-Oklahoma State wide receiver Adarius Bowman was part of a three-way trade between Saskatchewan, Winnepeg and Hamilton.

DD.comment: For DD.com readers, following the 2009 draft, the the most notable part of this deal might be that the Roughriders secured the list rights to North Dakota State running back Tyler Roehl. This doesn't mean Tyler has no future immediate future in the N.F.L., but it probably does show Saskatchewan believes they can sign him for the 2009 season. Roehl, by the way, did a very nice job at N.D.S.U.'s Pro Day.

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The New York Giants have released talented but troubled wide receiver Plaxico Burress.

DD.comment: Obviously, this means the Giants are even more likely to chase after a wide receiver early in the 2009 draft.

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U.S.C. coach Pete Carroll insists rumors of positive steroid tests involving linebackers Clay Matthews and Brian Cushing are "absolutely false."

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www.49ers.com Q&A with former University of Florida tight end Cornelius Ingram.

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Mississippi State defensive back Jasper O'Quinn opened the eyes of N.F.L. scouts at his Pro Day.

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

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Duke student paper takes a closer look at potential N.F.L. prospects Eron Riley and Michael Tauiliili.

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More info regarding failed drug tests at the combine.

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The Orlando Sentinel: What's the deal with Percy Harvin's reported drug use?

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The Chicago Bears hosted former Penn State safety Anthony Scirrotto for visit a Thursday.

DD.comment: Scirrotto's numbers coming into the season, according to one of the N.F.L.'s major scouting services: Height 5' 11"; Weight 190 and 40 time 4.54. He was rated as a borderline 7th round pick/free agent. We would guess the info was collected at P.S.U.'s Pro Day last spring, but we are not sure, as Joe Paterno has had a reputation of being fairly surly towards scouts and doesn't always let them mess with his juniors.

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Cleveland State hoopster J'Nathan Bullock aims to be the next Antonio Gates.

DD.comment: If we had a dollar for every link like the one above we have posted, and every E-Mail we've gotten from a agent pushing a non-N.B.A. prospect as the "next Antonio Gates", since 2004, we'd be updating DD.com from a beach resort in the nicest part of Miami. Well, maybe that's a bit of a stretch, but there have been so many alleged "Antonio Gates clones" in the last six years that we've lost count. There was Jai Lewis of George Mason, Chevon Troutman of Pitt, Matt Jones (son of ex-76er Bobby Jones) from some small school in the south and dozens more. Those guys all came and went with a whimper after running at a Pro Day or were cut (or quit) soon after signing a N.F.L. contract. Probably the best basketball player/N.F.L. prospect we've posted about is Nate Robinson of the New York Knicks, who was actually a starting cornerback at Washington as a freshman and briefly talked about trying to play in the N.B.A. and the N.F.L. at the same time (back in 2005). Despite his height (5' 7') we have no doubt he could have played in the N.F.L., based on the potential he flashed on the gridiron at a Pac-10 school and the above average athletic ability and toughness he displays in the N.B.A. night after night.

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Ex-Liberty quarterback Brock Smith hopes he will sneak into the latter rounds of the N.F.L. draft.

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Ed Thompson of scout.com has private workout related info for Rashad Jennings, Mohamed Massaquoi & Augustus Parrish.

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Scouts from six N.F.L. teams trekked to Missouri Western's Pro Day to see fast-rising offensive lineman Roger Allen.

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Ex-Wisconsin linebacker DeAndre Levy finally worked out for N.F.L. teams Thursday and ran a 4.5 40 and displayed a 35" vertical.

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last updated: 04/02/09
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Josh Buchanan looks at fast-rising 2010 draft prospect Kelton Tindal, then does a Q&A with the speedy receiver.

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South Carolina linebacker Jasper Brinkley has seen his draft stock rise after good showings at the combine and pro day.

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Pro Football Weekly: Jay Cutler trade shakes up the quarterback picture in the first round.

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Ex-Oregon State cornerback Brandon Hughes is getting significant interest from several N.F.L. teams, including the Ravens, Jets, Browns and Dolphins.

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The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting the Chicago Bears have acquired quarterback Jay Cutler from the Denver Broncos.

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Tony Pauline of SI.com reports defensive tackle B.J. Raji tested positive at the N.F.L. Combine.

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Tusculum College wide receiver Ryan Tallent hopes his 4.5 40 at Pro Day will put him on the N.F.L.'s draft radar in 2010.

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Speedy cornerback/return specialist Ryan Mouton reportedly ran a 4.42/40 at Hawaii's Pro Day.

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ESPN.com: Time to fix rookie salary structure.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan reports the Houston Texans, New York Jets, New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers, and Philadelphia Eagles have all indicated interest in ex-Pittsburgh/Delaware tight end Robbie Agnone.

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Josh Buchanan's 2009 Small School Mock Draft - Round 6

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Ex-Northern Arizona cornerback K.J. Gerard has grabbed the attention of several N.F.L. teams, including the Dolphins.

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With a nearly flawless workout at U.S.C.'s pro day, quarterback Mark Sanchez unquestionably raised his N.F.L. stock. The question is just how high it could go?

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Two weeks after a strong Pro Day showing former University of Pittsburgh wide receiver Derek Kinder visits the Chicago Bears.

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Pro Football Weekly notes Mark Sanchez and Clay Matthews III were the stars at U.S.C.'s Pro Day.

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Todd McShay of ESPN.com recaps U.S.C.'s Pro Day; notes cornerback Cary Harris suffered a hamstring injury during the workouts.

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Dan Weber of The Press-Enterprise takes a closer look at U.S.C.'s Pro Timing Day.

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USA Today: Connor Barwin's two-way ability could allow him to carve a unique role in the N.F.L.

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The Globe and Mail is reporting former Western Ontario defensive tackle Vaughn Martin is getting significant attention from N.F.L. teams.

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As we noted yestersday, ex-Nevada-Las Vegas running back/fullback Frank Summers is getting a lot of attention from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Former University of Cincinnati linebacker Ryan Manalac will be working out for the Cincinnati Bengals on April 14th. Originally projected as an undrafted free agent, the Pickerington, Ohio native now has a chance to sneak into the latter frames of the 2009 draft after a very strong Pro Day showing on March 19th. Manalac (5' 11", 237), who led Cincinnati with 82 tackles last season, ran the 40 yard dash in 4.65 & 4.68 seconds, displayed a 36.5" vertical leap, 10' 4" broad jump and completed the short shuttle in just 4.26 seconds. He also did 28 bench press reps, at 225 pounds, for N.F.L. scouts.

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last updated: 04/01/09
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The Oakland Raiders are showing a strong interest in fast-rising Cal-Poly wide receiver Ramses Barden.

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The L.A. Times reports sophomore Aaron Corp has taken the early lead in U.S.C.'s spring quarterback competition.

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Former Central Arkansas quarterback Nathan Brown confident he can meet N.F.L. challenge.

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The San Francisco 49ers will not draft quarterback Matt Stafford because he would not talk about his parents divorce?

DD.comment: Some are slamming Singletary for his comments, but maybe this is intentional dis-information put forth by a team that really needs an upgrade at quarterback and is hoping Stafford will fall to number 10?

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Former Nevada-Las Vegas running back/fullback Frank Summers will be visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers on April 3rd. Pittsburgh's running backs coach already put him through a detailed workout at his March 5th Pro Day . Summers, a potential day two selection, also has a visit scheduled with the San Diego Chargers on April 8th, 2009.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan has sent us Pro Day times for ex-South Carolina defensive end Jordin Lindsey (6'3", 268): 40 yard dash 4.84 & 4.93; 20-yard dash 2.87 & 2.84; 10-yard dash 1.71 & 1.69; vertical leap 27.5", broad jump 8' 6"; 3-cone was 7.66 and 23 reps on the bench press.

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A week after checking out Pat White, the Patriots are scheduled to look at another athletic quarterback: Stephen McGee of Texas A&M.

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Diminutive Colorado tailback Rodney Stewart, a 2012 draft prospect, not happy after running a solid 4.5 at C.U.'s Pro Day.

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Pro Football Weekly: Rey Maualuga's bust factor scares N.F.L. teams.

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MSNsportsNET.com. writer believes rarely used (up to this point) West Virginia quarterback Jarrett Brown has the potential to be selected in 2010 N.F.L. draft.

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Former Hofstra blocking fullback/long snapper Phil Riley put on an impressive display at his Pro Day and is hoping to secure an N.F.L. contract this spring. We have a pair of YouTube videos of Riley: One of his career highlights and another from his recent Pro Day.

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Scout.com reports U.S.C. linebacker Rey Maualuga will be packing his bags for a lengthy road trip that will span seven cities over a two-week period.

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Chick Ludwig of The Springfield News-Sun looks at 7 potential priority free agents that might interest the Cincinnati Bengals after the 2009 draft.

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Stephen Tsai of The Honolulu Advertiser has done an in-depth preview of Hawaii's upcoming Pro Day.

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Sigmund Bloom of Draftguys.com tells us Texas Tech guard Louis Vasquez has a private workout scheduled tomorrow with the Philadelphia Eagles. He will visit Pittsburgh on April 7th.

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Josh Buchanan has just updated his list of Top 100 Small Schoolers, with 40 times and round projections.

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L.A. times has posted some results from U.C.L.A.'s recent Pro Day and looks forward to U.S.C.'s Pro Day.

DD.comment: We just wanted to note that U.C.L.A. quarterback Patrick Cowan, who's an extremely gutty and surprisingly athletic kid that, unfortunately, saw his Pac-10 career derailed by serious injuries, is the son of an ex-C.F.L. quarterback and was actually born in Canada. Therefore, it's possible he could begin his pro football career north of the border as a very rare 'non-import' quarterback.

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Defensive linemen Brigham Harwell hopes he impressed N.F.L. scouts at U.C.L.A.'s Pro Day.

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PollDaddy.com Update: With almost 200 votes cast already, defensive end/linebacker 'tweeners' Nick Reed and Phillip Hunt are leading the way to join our 2009 All-Combine Snubbed Team. If you wish to vote (and we hope many do) Please select Two Defensive Ends... Also, the write in votes so far include: Pierre Walters of Eastern Illinois (3 votes), Desmond Bryant of Harvard (2 votes) and Willie Van DeSteeg of Minnesota.

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