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last updated: 05/31/09

Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh is one of several defensive players good enough for Heisman consideration.


Mockingthe's early draft preview: Inside linebackers

*** Ed Thompson's 7 Points/N.F.L. Predictions for 2009

DD.comment: In point #3, Ed looks at the odds an undrafted rookie faces in his quest to make a opening game roster.


Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says there are only 10 N.F.L. quarterbacks who throw the football as well as Tigers freshman Kyle Parker.


Mike Detillier: SEC is producing better prospects at linebacker.


The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed undrafted rookie wide receivers Jeremy Gilchrist and Eric Morris.


Promising University of Colorado wide receiver Josh Smith will transfer, could be heading for U.S.C.


Will the Oregon Ducks have enough weapons to run the spread offense?


Look back at University of Oklahoma legend, ex-Heisman Trophy winner Steve Owens.

last updated: 05/30/09

Dan Pompei's N.F.L. scout talk: Defensive players poised for breakout seasons


Speedy Kentucky tailback Derrick Locke expects to bounce back after a devastating knee injury.


Versatile rookie Percy Harvin helping loosen up Minnesota Vikings' offense.


The Palm Beach Post Commentary: Athleticism alone won't fly in the N.F.L.


L.S.U. wide receiver Jared Mitchell and son of ex-Tampa Bay Buccaneer among Top 10 M.L.B. Draft Outfield Prospect.


Although just a sophomore, some draft experts believe Ethan Johnson is Notre Dame's best prospect.


Blueand takes a closer look at Notre Dame defensive tackle Ian Williams.


Atlanta G.M. Thomas Dimitroff analyzes each of the Falcons 2009 draft picks.


Returning to the field is a goal for All-American linebacker Mark Herzlich, but he knows it is unlikely.


The Philadelphia Daily News: Eagles seventh-round pick Moise Fokou easy to root for.

*** Q&A with Eric DeCosta, is loaded with plenty of great info regarding Baltimore's 2009 rookie class.


The Denver Broncos have waived undrafted free agent linebacker Jeff Schweiger, who was once a 5-star recruit at U.S.C.

last updated: 05/29/09

Detroit Lions set to sign former Washington Redskins offensive tackle Jon Jansen.


The New York Times: As costs of college sports rise, students balk at increased fees.


Several Penn State Nittany Lions earn All-America honors from Athlon Sports.


Baseball America's recently updated Top 100 M.L.B. Draft Prospects.


The Toronto Argonauts have signed undrafted rookie free agents Kinsmon Lancaster & William Judson Jr.


Undrafted free agent Dahna Deleston hoping to win over the Chicago Bears on special teams.


Punter leaves police force to pursue N.F.L. dream with the Philadelphia Eagles.


Closer look at a pair of F.B.S. wide receivers that also excel as outfielders on the baseball field.

DD.comment: Sporting News has Jared Mitchell going to the Minnesota Twins in this M.L.B. Mock Draft.


Fate of the Wisconsin Badgers' offense depends on Dustin Sherer's arm.

*** looks at how schools and conferences produced 1,000-yard rushers, 3,000-yard passers and 1,000-yard receivers in the B.C.S. era.

*** Loaded positions around the Big East Loaded positions around the A.C.C. Loaded positions around the Big 12 Loaded positions around the SEC Loaded positions around the Pac-10 Loaded positions around the Big Ten Loaded positions around the B.C.S. Mid-Majors


Former Cornell lacrosse superstar Max Seibald, who we noted in the blog (5/18) ran a 4.38 40 (electronic time) at 6' 1", 200 pounds, was drafted by the Denver Outlaws (M.L.L.) this week.

last updated: 05/28/09

100 facts about Old Dominion's fledgling football program.


Lackluster sports teams prompt calls for change, so can the Ivy League get it's game back?


Former U.T.E.P. standout Robbie Felix signs rookie free agent deal with the Baltimore Ravens.


Defensive end Justin Harrell, the Packers 2007 first round pick, feels better than ever.


Baseball: At 22, Little League ringer Danny Almonte is 'old' for M.L.B. draft.


Rookie wide receiver Brian Hartline makes his Dolphins O.T.A. debut, impresses coaches.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers see bigger role for young safety Sabby Piscitelli.


Jake Delhomme still thinks Dwayne Jarrett can become a big-time contributor for the Carolina Panthers.


Chicago Bears defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek thrilled to be back after recovering from injury.


Former slam-dunk champ Byron Parker working to make it with the Philadelphia Eagles.


F.C.S. power University of Massachusetts to play at Michigan in 2010.

DD.comment: Seems like it's just a matter of time before Massachusetts moves up to the F.B.S. They could begin in the M.A.C. (maybe Conference USA?) or go F.B.S. Independent for a while, but, Obviously, they would love a invite into the Big East. The power brokers in the Big East could exact revenge on Boston College (for fleeing to the A.C.C.) by pumping up a rising-football program right in their own backyard. Also, it would give the Big East a presence, once again, in the Boston TV market, if Massachusetts joined the conference.


Rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez has another off day at New York Jets O.T.A.s.


Unlike Florida State and Florida, Miami stays off the police blotter, yet is still labeled 'Thug U' by some?


Despite collecting 14 Int's the last three years, free safety Sean Jones is currently a backup with the Philadelphia Eagles.


Expect Stanford two-sport star Toby Gerhart to play football this year.

*** takes a closer look at gifted Notre Dame sophomore Trevor Robinson , who can play guard or tackle.


Former Virginia tight end Andrew Devlin has landed at Pitt, has two years of eligibility left.


Tulsa World: Revamped offensive line remains a sore spot for the Oklahoma Sooners.


Around The Horns: Major construction under way on St. Louis Rams offensive line


Linebacker Bruce Davis went from what he called a "rock star" at U.C.L.A. to almost rock bottom with the Pittsburgh Steelers.


New Orleans has waived undrafted rookie quarterback Patrick Cowan.

DD.comment: Even though he never "wowed" us with his raw skills, we always thought Cowan was a talented quarterback. Real problem for him, was he could never stay healthy enough at U.C.L.A. in order to improve his game and impress scouts. He has ties to Canada, so don't be surprised if he goes on to be a very good C.F.L. quarterback in the future.

*** Breaking down the Big Ten backup quarterbacks Breaking down the Pac-10 backup quarterbacks Ranking the A.C.C.'s backup quarterbacks Ranking the Big 12's backup quarterbacks Breaking down the SEC backup quarterbacks Ranking the Big East backup quarterbacks

last updated: 05/27/09

The Denver Broncos released recently signed veteran running back J.J. Arrington after he failed his physical.


The Dallas Cowboys are counting on a healthy Anthony Spencer at outside linebacker.


Florida State wide receiver Richard Goodman arrested and suspended indefinitely.

DD.comment: Goodman missed his senior season due to an injury, but N.F.L. scouts did have him rated as a draftable prospect last summer. His measurables, according to our league source, were: Height -- 6002; Weight -- 185 and 40 Time -- 4.50. He was, also, given a very early 6th to 7th round projection by N.F.L. scouts. Obviously, considering his injury issues and serious legal problems, he would probably be lucky to get a free agent look, at this point, if he entered the Supplemental draft.


Former University of Houston quarterback Blake Joseph is transferring to Sam Houston State.


Kentucky coaches lament suspension of 'ideal' player Jeremy Jarmon.


Closer look at ex-Florida State safety/Rhodes Scholar Myron Rolle, who is already thinking about the 2010 N.F.L. draft.

***'s 2010 NFL Draft Diamond Hunter series: Oklahoma State center Andrew Lewis

*** Five examples of players who don't have to be stars to make a big difference for their college teams this season.

DD.comment: Zac Lee is the son of ex-N.F.L. quarterback Bob Lee, who tossed a TD in Super Bowl XI for the Minnesota Vikings.


University of Georgia defensive tackle Geno Atkins hopes to leave lasting impression.


Former Ohio State tailback Maurice Clarett wants another shot at professional football.


Pete Prisco: Bad rap keeps tough Rex Grossman on the unemployment line.


A.C.C. rookie of the year Russell Wilson looks forward to playing second base for the Gastonia Grizzlies (Legion Ball) this summer.

DD.comment: Wilson did an amazing job for the Wolfpack last season -- 17 TD's and only 1 Int. He clearly seems to be a much better football player than baseball player, at this point, but his lack of ideal height for a pro quarterback prospect (he's listed at 5' 11") has some believing his best chance to play for pay in the future might be on the baseball diamond.


ESPN Feature, with Video: Why aren't there more extremely tall dudes all over pro football?

DD.comment: Change of direction and hip swerve issues are major reasons why so few defensive backs over 6' 2" make an impact in the N.F.L. Basically, scouts think tall guys are not as quick and smooth going backwards in coverage as their smaller counterparts...By the way, for our younger readers, the 6' 8" quarterback Trey Wingo briefly mentioned in the video clip, Dan McGwire, is the younger brother of ex-baseball superstar Mark McGwire. He was the first quarterback selected in the 1991 N.F.L. (16th overall), well ahead of Brett Favre, but many felt he was too tall and gawky in the pocket to succeed once he got to the N.F.L. Since then, real tall quarterbacks have seemingly been off the N.F.L.'s draft radar.

last updated: 05/26/09

Backup quarterback/receiver Chris Harper becomes third Oregon football contributor to leave this month.


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution takes a closer look at Atlanta Falcons rookie defensive tackle Peria Jerry.


Bruce Feldman: 10 most likely to be most improved teams of 2009 in college football.


Rookie free agent offensive tackle Doug Dedrick eager to make a positive impression with the Houston Texans.


Free agent wide receiver Matt Jones won't face suspension, agent slams critics that call him a bust.


Crain's Detroit Business Report: Rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford faces endorsement challenges.


Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor upheld N.F.L. Draft age minimum in Maurice Clarett case.

*** Positions where each Big Ten team got better this spring? Positions where 10 Mid-Major F.B.S. teams got better this spring? Positions where 5 Big East teams got better this spring? Positions where each Big XII team got better this spring?


Undrafted free agent Josh Gaines hopes to fit in with the Philadephia Eagles.


Ed Thompson of does a Q&A with Cleveland Browns' rookie Don Carey.


List of big school transfers that should star for F.C.S. or D-II schools this fall:

QB Cam Sexton, Catawba, ex-North Carolina

QB Tommy Beecher, Liberty, ex-South Carolina

QB Ryan Perrilloux, Jacksonville State, ex-L.S.U.

QB Billy Cundiff, Ashland, ex-Connecticut

QB Curtis Pulley, Florida A&M, ex-Kentucky

RB LaMarcus Coker, Hampton, ex-Tennessee

WR Jeremy Horne, Massachusetts, ex-Syracuse

WR Preston Parker, North Alabama, ex-Florida State

WR Terrell Hudgins, Elon College, ex-East Carolina

WR Fredie Brown, Liberty, ex-South Carolina

OT J'Marcus Webb, West Texas A&M, ex-Texas

OT Andre Barbour, Eastern Kentucky, ex-North Carolina

DE Chris Brown, Sam Houston State, ex-Texas

DE Brady Smith, Towson State, ex-Boston College

DL Brandon Gilbeaux, Delaware, ex-Syracuse

CB Chris Richards, Stony Brook, ex-Michigan

DB Jeromy Miles, Massacusetts, ex-Navy

DB Quinton Andrews, North Alabama, ex-West Virginia

DD.comment: All of the players listed above are seniors -- 2010 NFL draft prospects. We'll add more worthy seniors to the list as we come up with them.


Has Oakland Raiders offensive lineman Robert Gallery, the 2nd overall pick in the 2004 draft, shed the bust label?

DD.comment: Writer makes some good points. Gallery's play at guard may help him shake the unfair "bust label" when it's all said and done. But nothing he can do at guard, short of turning into a Steve Hutchinson type Hall of Fame candidate, will ever justify him going 2nd overall. Simply put: You can't use the second overall pick in the draft on a steady guard or center.

last updated: 05/25/09

Patriots: Top 5 rookie free agent signings of the Belichick Era.


Raiders still searching for answers at left tackle, will they regret not drafting Eugene Monroe?


On Memorial Day 2009, Adam Nettina takes an in-depth look at new Army football coach Rich Ellerson.


Mockingthe's early draft preview: Outside linebackers


New England Patriots' backup quarterback Kevin O'Connell ready to lead this season, if Brady goes down again.


Bruce Feldman: College football's top 10 workout warriors

DD.comment: We posted this last week, but it has so much good info we decided to bump it up on a very slow news day.


2010 N.F.L. draft prospects featured in's Diamond Hunter series:

South Florida defensive back Nate Allen (Recently Posted)

Louisiana Tech defensive tackle D'Anthony Smith

Norfolk State defensive back Terrell Whitehead

Tennessee defensive tackle Dan Williams

Murray State defensive end Austen Lane

Central Michigan wide receiver Bryan Anderson

Ole Miss offensive tackle John Jerry


Very Early 2010 N.F.L. Mock Drafts:

Chris Steuber

Pete Prisco

Fox Sports

last updated: 05/24/09

Coastal Carolina expects big things from ex-Michigan State tight end David Duran, who runs a reported 4.72 at 6' 5" and 240 pounds.

*** takes a closer look at Notre Dame guard Eric Olsen, who hopes to improve his draft stock as a senior.


Former Pro Bowl linebacker Dan Morgan has come out of retirement to play for New Orleans, provided he stays injury-free.


Mocking The Draft: Will Jeremy Jarmon be the first entrant in the 2009 N.F.L. supplemental draft?


College Fantasy Football: The search for the Feature Back


Wide receiver Brennan Marion overcame near-homelessness to star in college and earn a free-agent contract with the Miami Dolphins.


Gil Brandt and the Dallas Cowboys didn't just draft football stars in the 1960's. P>

DD.comment: Think I recall reading just a few years ago that Hockey Hall of Famer Rod Langway worked out for Gil Brandt and the Dallas Cowboys as a linebacker in the late 1970's, while he was at New Hampshire. He was recruited by every major football power in the nation and played college football, according to this link, so it's possible that Brandt and the Cowboys were eying him closely?

last updated: 05/23/09

Gil Brandt says 'Baby sitters' were a fact of life during the N.F.L.-A.F.L. bidding wars of the 1960's.


Dan Pompei's N.F.L. scout talk: Offensive players poised for breakout seasons


Redshirt junior quarterback Justin Roper has decided to transfer from Oregon.

DD.comment: Mr. Roper isn't real refined, but he's got a lot of raw talent -- strong arm, 6' 5" and pretty athletic. If he decides to transfer down (which is his only viable option if he doesn't want to sit out and forfeit a year of eligibility or waste time in the JUCO ranks), expect the F.C.S. schools in need of a quarterback to chase after him real hard. Could be a better N.F.L. prospect, with good coaching, than former Penn State quarterback Pat Devlin, who went to Delaware hoping to be the "next Joe Flacco" -- Big Joe was a Pitt transfer.


J.D. Skolnitsky left early for the N.F.L., but James Madison picks up Syracuse transfer Lamar Middleton to replace him.

DD.comments: Skolnitsky was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Washington Redskins...Middleton is another example of a talented kid pretty much forced to transfer to a F.C.S. school because he redshirted coming out of high school...Last year, Syracuse lost starting defensive tackle Brandon Gilbeaux due to some off-field problems. He wound up at Delaware, where the potential N.F.L. prospect is expected to have a big season for the Hens this fall....Link above also notes dynamic J.M.U. return specialist Scotty McGee, who we mentioned in yesterday's blog, had foot surgery and will miss six weeks of training.


New Orleans rookie Malcolm Jenkins has heart set on playing corner, but safety a possibility.


Defensive end Jeremy Jarmon has tested positive for a banned substance in a random NCAA drug test, ending his career at Kentucky.

DD.comment: Will be interesting to see where Jarmon goes from here? The N.F.L.'s Supplemental draft could be a option?


Rookie free agent offensive tackle Bobby Lepori eager to make a positive impression with the Minnesota Vikings.


Can fast-rising Houston Texans running back Steve Slaton take the next step after a great rookie year?


Tennessee cornerback/potential N.F.L. prospect Brent Vinson not a suspect in a recent Knoxville shooting.


Former University of Tennessee wide receiver Tyler Maples plans to transfer to Furman.

DD.comment: We wonder how many posters in the link above, mocking Maples because he's transferring to a small school instead a "big time school", realize that Tyler redshirted in 2007, meaning if he went to another F.B.S. school he would have to sit out another season and lose a year of eligibility? Very few players, regardless of their ability, would do that.

last updated: 05/22/09

Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun advocates for pro options for academy athletes.


Former undrafted free agent Pierre Thomas hopes to replace powerful Deuce McAllister in New Orleans' backfield.


James Madison cornerback Scotty McGee, a 2010 draft prospect, wowed N.F.L. scouts last month by running a blazing 4.31 40 in the rain.

DD.comment: Draft Daddy small school expert Josh Buchanan recently wrote this about Scotty: "McGee has been banged up throughout this career but finally got healthy last season and showed his big play ability. McGee is an average F.C.S. cornerback, but excels in the return game earning Special Teams Player of the Year honors by the C.A.A. with 23 punt returns for 296 yards and three touchdowns and 22 kickoff returns for 640 yards and one touchdown".


Police arrested Dallas Cowboys rookie fullback Asaph Schwapp at Love Field Friday.


CBS draft writer lists 10 Rookies that impressed at O.T.A.'s


U.F.L. wants public input on whether to recruit Michael Vick


Dallas Cowboys veteran outside linebacker Greg Ellis finally may get his wish to be traded or released by the club.


Ex-Bears quarterback Rex Grossman will not be working out for a U.F.L. team, according Drew Rosenhaus.


Louisiana Tech cornerback Terry Carter won the W.A.C.'s 100-meter-dash title with a time of 10.66.


Lindy's Sports: Sophomore Aaron Corp appears to be next great U.S.C. quarterback.


New York Times: Jets rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez took some ribbing in minicamp over a photo spread in GQ.


Josh Buchanan's Top 40 Small School Prospects for 2010 N.F.L. Draft


CBS draft writer looks at the potential impact of 2009 draft picks: Starters and contributors from Rounds 2-7

****** Players who need to come through in the ACC? 12 Big XII players who need to come through this fall After silent spring, these 11 must come through in the Big Ten 10 injured Mid-Major players looking to come through in the fall Missing in the spring, these 12 need to come through in the SEC After being M.I.A. this spring, these 12 need to step up in the Pac-10 Spring absentees who need to come through in the Big East

last updated: 05/21/09

Clark Judge: Quarterback Michael Vick might need the lower U.F.L. profile for a while.


Prized recruit that train-wreck Rich-Rod chased out of Michigan, tailback Sam McGuffie, excels at Conference USA Track & Field Championship.


Detroit Lions' rookie Zack Follett found out he had a lot to learn about an N.F.L. defense.


Thanks to a tough senior season, promising Brandon Gibson was available for the Eagles at pick No. 194.


O.T.A. Notes: Ex-Louisville cornerback Woodny Turenne impressing Chicago Bears as a undrafted free agent.


St.Louis Post-Dispatch has plenty of fascinating Notes & quotes from Rams' O.T.A.'s.


Fort Valley State wide receiver Ricardo Lockette hopes his blazing speed will put him on the N.F.L.'s 2010 draft radar.


Mockingthe's early draft preview: Cornerbacks

DD.comment: Good effort by the writer, we agree with most of the rankings, even though it's way too early for anyone to project. But we see Trevard Lindley ranked very high in many early mocks. Maybe he does go first round, but keep in mind he didn't impress at all running the 40 yard dash at his Junior Day, on a blazing fast track that even a few fringe Wildcat prospects smoked (ran blazing fast on). Maybe it was due to a poor start or lack of training, but that's an issue to keep an eye on that going forward, as 40 speed can really make-or-break a cornerback prospect.


List of 44 players named to the 2009 Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List


The Pittsburgh Steelers lead the way in USA Today's N.F.L. Power Rankings


Bleacher Report: The Draft, Rookie Salaries, and Inequality in the N.F.L.

****** Prospects out of nowhere and into the A.C.C. mix The Big 12's out of nowhere players this spring Out of nowhere and into the Big Ten mix Mid-Major players who came out of nowhere this spring Prospects out of nowhere and into the SEC mix Pac-10 no-names who made a name this spring Prospects out of nowhere and into the Big East mix this spring

last updated: 05/20/09

N.F.L. legend Ken Stabler says Oakland Raiders must simplify matters for young quarterback JaMarcus Russell.


Did Dallas ignore wide receivers in the recent draft, because they are planning to sign Matt Jones, who was on pace for his first 1,000 yard season before his suspension?


Oakland Raiders' defensive end Trevor Scott, who led N.F.L. rookies with 5 sacks last season, has bulked up and is ready to start.


Bleacher Report: Top Five Winners in Undrafted Free Agency


The Atlanta Falcons have signed wide receiver Khalil Jones as an undrafted free agent.

*** Roundtable: Who will sign Michael Vick?


No break time for record-breaking U.N.L.V. wide receiver Ryan Wolfe, who is considered a 2010 draft prospect.


L.S.U. running back Trindon Holliday won the 100-meter dash at the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships.


The N.C.A.A. has denied Florida State University receiver Corey Surrency's appeal for another year of eligibility.

DD.comment: The N.F.L.'s Supplemental draft and the C.F.L. could be options for Surrency.


University of Arizona wide receiver Terrell Turner has lofty goals for 2009, hopes to impress N.F.L. scouts.


A lighter and more experienced Sedric Griffin wants to play a bigger role in the 2009 Georgia Tech defense.


Dave Krieger: Denver Broncos respect taking a big hit since Josh McDaniels was hired.


Broadway Joe Namath sees big things for new Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez - on and off field.


Why Mike Leach is wrong, Graham Harrell won't make the N.F.L. and reasons no Texas Tech quarterbacks are in the league.

DD.comment: Plenty of fascinating numbers regarding the chances to stick for undrafted quarterbacks in the link above.


Secondary should be intriguing as Chicago Bears begin O.T.A.'s.


Pegged to start at linebacker, all eyes focused on rookie Brian Cushing at Houston's O.T.A.'s.

*** 15 A.C.C. names to remember after spring practice 10 Big XII names to remember after spring practice 10 Big Ten names to remember after spring practice 10 Mid-Major names to remember after spring practice 10 SEC names to remember after spring practice 10 Pac-Ten names to remember after spring practice

last updated: 05/19/09

Polar opposites Darryl Gamble and Nick Williams are now the heart of Georgia's linebacking corps.


L.A. Times Q&A with New York Jets rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez.

*** takes a closer look at Notre Dame left tackle/N.F.L. prospect Sam Young.


Arizona Cardinals tight end Dominique Byrd insists problems that cost him N.F.L. job are behind him.


Quick look at Pat White's first practice with the Miami Dolphins.

*** writer takes a in-depth look at Michael Vick's past and wonders if he will ever be back in uniform?


Top college football quarterbacks, running backs and receivers this spring:

College Fantasy Football Spring Wrap: SEC

College Fantasy Football Spring Wrap: W.A.C.

College Fantasy Football Spring Wrap: Big East

College Fantasy Football Spring Wrap: Sun Belt

College Fantasy Football Spring Wrap: Pac-10

College Fantasy Football Spring Wrap: Big 12

College Fantasy Football Spring Wrap: M.A.C.

College Fantasy Football Spring Wrap: Big Ten

College Fantasy Football Spring Wrap: Mountain West

College Fantasy Football Spring Wrap: A.C.C.

College Fantasy Football Spring Wrap: F.C.S. Independents

College Fantasy Football Spring Wrap: Conference USA


Florida's quarterback coach Scott Loeffler has been working with Tim Tebow to prepare him for the N.F.L.


Seattle Seahawks expect big things from speedy rookie wide receiver Deon Butler.


Q&A with San Francisco Forty-Niners rookie quarterback Nate Davis.


Unknown rookie cornerback Derek Cox of William & Mary has impressed Jaguars coaches.


Minnesota Vikings' rookie wide receiver Percy Harvin is healthy and excited about his O.T.A. debut.


Former undrafted free agent Pierre Woods likely to replace Mike Vrabel on Patriots defense.


The Philadelphia Eagles have signed undrafted rookie quarterback Adam DiMichele.

DD.comment: Welcome to Bizzaro world, pro football style. Cullen Harper and Graham Harrell remain unsigned, but Adam DiMichele lands a free agent deal? Our guess is his best chance might be at receiver or special teams coverage...By the way, Adam's brother, Alex DiMichele, is one of the better linebackers in the F.C.S.

last updated: 05/18/09

Poll Daddy Update: Which "two" recently undrafted wide receivers have the best chance to make a N.F.L. team in 2009?


Spike TV Poll: Did the coaches make the right final cut in the last episode of 4th and Long?

DD.comment: Poll link is on the very top of the page and right hand corner. Here's the roster for 4th and Long -- Gamble is looking to make the jump from the Patti LaBelle Football League to National Football League?


Bruce Feldman: College football's top 10 workout warriors

DD.comment: Good job by Bruce Feldman, shows why he's one of the best writers over at Only player we admit to not knowing a lot about was Marcus Cannon. Now that he's been brought to our attention, we'll keep a close eye on him going forward....Also, Feldman has more info on Army's Ali Villanueva, who is a 6' 10" European that can play offensive tackle and wide receiver?


Former Hartwick College quarterback Jason Boltus has signed with the Hamiliton Tiger-Cats.


USA Today: Jon Gruden to replace Tony Kornheiser on 'Monday Night Football'.


Rookie tight end Richard Quinn, who had only 12 college receptions, still surprised the Broncos drafted him so high.


Former Cincinnati Bearcats DeAngelo Smith and Mike Mickens battling for roster spots with the Dallas Cowboys.


Washington Redskins rookie Antonio Dixon will be honored for earning his degree after overcoming great obstacles.


New York Giants expect big things from rookie tight end Travis Beckum, who began his college career as a linebacker.

*** Top 100 N.F.L. Rookies


College lacrosse superstar Max Seibald can run the 40 yard dash in 4.2 seconds at 6' 1" and 200 pounds?

DD.comment: While searching for football stories, we stumbled upon this feature about Seibald. No offense to lacrosse fans or LAX players, but we find it fascinating that someone as fast and athletically gifted as Max would concentrate on a sport which pays, at the most, $15,000 to $18,000 per year at the Major League level over baseball or football?

Another story on Seibald we found claims he's been "electronically timed" in the 4.3's. Anyone who follows football close knows electronic times tend to be slower than hand timed 40's -- which is probably how his 4.2 came about? Nonetheless, just an indication of how good his "reported" 4.39 electronic time is, only receivers Darrius Heyward-Bey (4.30/4.36), Mike Wallace (4.33/4.38), Johny Knox (4.34/4.38) and Deon Butler (4.38) officially ran better than that (electronically) at the most recent N.F.L. Combine and over 300 players worked out. It will be interesting to see if some N.F.L. regional scouts will ask to take a look at Seibald as a defensive back/wide receiver project if they swing by Cornell, on there way to Syracuse or wherever? May not be a bad idea for Max to workout, if asked, as the average practice squad player in the N.F.L. will make $5,200 per week this year.

last updated: 05/17/09

Sam Farmer: Rookie salaries a key item on N.F.L. owners' agenda


Three former undrafted free agents have arrived from Baltimore in hopes of helping the New York Jets defense.


Kirk Bohls takes a closer look at potential 2010 first round prospect Adam Ulatoski.


An uncertain future awaits those who were not among the fortunate 256 to be selected by N.F.L. teams on draft weekend.


Undrafted rookie wide receiver Larry Beavers has a chance to stick in Carolina due to his exceptional speed.

DD.comment: We were told Beavers got a $20,000 signing bonus from the Panthers, so he was one of the more coveted undrafted free agents this spring. As it turns out, Beavers and former Wheaton College cornerback Peter Ittersagen (Jacksonville) appear to be the only ex-Division III stars in the 2009 rookie class that have a decent chance to make a N.F.L. roster this fall.


New York Times television review: Spike TV's 4th & Long.


2005 Arena Football League Rookie of the Year Todd Bergeron gets a second chance with the Atlanta Falcons.


Bleacher Report Video: 2010 N.F.L. Mock Draft.


Irving Fryar, the 1st pick in the 1984 N.F.L. draft, hopes his son, Londen Fryar, can make the K.C. Chiefs as a free agent.


PFW N.F.C. Notes/Whispers: undrafted Rams rookies Roger Allen III and Phillip Trautwein have a decent shot at making the team.


Dan Pompei's N.F.L. scout talk: 10 Most improved N.F.L. teams in off-season.


Stephen F. Holder: Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookies will have opportunities to impress.

last updated: 05/16/09

2010 Draft: Closer look at the growing importance of N.F.L. Juniors Days


College Fantasy Football looks at the top QB, RB, WR and TE prospects for the 2010 N.F.L. draft.


Green Bay Press-Gazette takes an in-depth look at Packers rookie linebacker Clay Matthews III.


Boston College All-American linebacker Mark Herzlich talks about his condition and immediate future.


West Virginia transfer Gino Gradkowski lands at Delaware and has three years of eligibility left.


Sporting News still has L.S.U. wide receiver Jared Mitchell going to the Minnesota Twins in updated M.L.B. Mock Draft.


With two backs sitting out, Danny Woodhead starting at tailback for the Jets and impressing.

*** Brightest college football stars this spring


Oregon wide receiver Aaron Pflugrad, who was in line to be a starter in the fall, has decided to transfer.


ESPN's Chris Low: Emerging stars from the SEC.


N.F.L. draft analyst Mike Detillier has Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead as his No. 1 overall prospect for the 2010 draft.


Alabama linebacker Prince Hall has decided to transfer to Central Washington for his senior season.


Tampa Bay coaches think this is a pivotal season for defensive end Gaines Adams, who was the 4th overall pick in 2007.


Can versatile rookie tight end Zach Miller make an immediate impact for the Jacksonville Jaguars?


Cleveland Browns hope rookie David Veikune can make a smooth transition to from defensive end to linebacker.

last updated: 05/15/09

Football or baseball for Stanford University two-sport athlete Toby Gerhart?

DD.comment: Nice article, good to see the writer actually went out and found baseball scouts to ask about his potential on the diamond, instead of just assuming he's a better outfield prospect than a running back prospect. Personally, we get the feeling that Gerhart and Eric Decker should absolutely exhaust every last chance in the N.F.L. before they even "consider" playing pro baseball, as neither seems like a big time M.L.B. prospect. Gehart's lofty Baseball America ranking coming out of high school still baffles us: He was supposedly a top 50 high schooler, but wasn't selected in a 50 round draft? Decker has topped out as a 39th round pick, so far, despite being one of the Gophers best baseball players the last few years. Just to put this in perspective, Michael Vick was drafted in the 30th round by the Colorado Rockies and he never played baseball in high school or college.....A pair of future N.F.L. prospects that play both sports in the SEC -- Riley Cooper of Florida and Chad Jones of L.S.U. -- seem to have much better M.L.B. potential, but neither has played a lot of college baseball, so it's unlikely either will leave football for baseball this summer.

*** faceoff: Can Chicago support two NFL teams?


Ex-Wisconsin star Luke Swan among 12 athletes vying for a try out with the Dallas Cowboys on Spike TV's 4th & Long.

DD.comment: We look forward to watching this. Swan, Andrew Hawkins and Jesse Holley are the only names we really covered here at since 2004, but some other guys seem like fascinating long-shot prospects...Spike TV has been running video ads this week at (mostly on our homepage), which we love. Not only do they feature Michael Irvin previewing 4th & Long, glamour model Lauren Brooke does a 2 minute video preview of the 2010 N.F.L. draft.


Mike Detillier's early look at the Top 40 Prospects for the 2010 N.F.L. draft

DD.comment: Mike has been a friend of 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, so we always value his input.


Alex Marvez: Medical red flags become N.F.L. draft fliers

*** Mailbag: Are Kansas stars Dezmon Briscoe and Kerry Meier the best set of receivers in college football?


Football still has place in Rhodes Scholar Myron Rolle's agenda.


Undrafted rookie safety Sha'reff Rashad already impressing the New York Giants.


Former University of Arizona quarterback Willie Tuitama going to the Saskatchewan Roughriders?


Dallas Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones loves rookie Stephen McGee's toughness and character.


U.W. power forward Jon Brockman, who some consider a potential N.F.L. tight end prospect/Antonio Gates project, invited to N.B.A. Combine.


Seattle Times: Pac-10 spring football report card


Promising Penn State center Stefen Wisniewski has plenty of family advice to draw on to aid his position transition.


Texas Tech walk-on Alex Torres has some big shoes to fill in taking over Michael Crabtree's flanker position.


New Era Scouting: 2010 N.F.L. Mock Draft

***'s All-N.F.L. Undrafted Free Agents Team:

QB: Kurt Warner, Arizona

RB: Willie Parker, Pittburgh & Ryan Grant, Green Bay

WR: Wes Welker, New England & Nate Washington, Tennessee

TE: Antonio Gates, San Diego

OC: Jeff Saturday, Indianapolis

OG: Kris Dielman, San Diego & Brian Waters, Kansas City

OT: Jason Peters, Philadelphia & Donald Penn, Tampa Bay

DT Cullen Jenkins, Green Bay & Tony Brown, Tennessee

DE Adewale Ogunleye, Chicago & Tommy Kelly, Oakland

LB: Bart Scott, New York Jets; James Harrison, Pittsburgh & London Fletcher, Washington

SA: Quinten Mickell, Philadelphia & Jim Leonhard, New York Jets

CB: Jabari Greer, New Orleans & Nick Harper, Tennessee

High Honorable Mention: QB Tony Romo, Dallas; QB Jake Delhomme, Carolina; FB Leonard Weaver, Philadelphia; WR Mike Furrey, Cleveland; WR Malcom Floyd, San Diego; WR Josh Cribbs, Cleveland (KR); TE Ben Utecth, Cincinnati; OT Tyson Clabo, Atlanta: OC Casey Wiegmann, Denver; OC Shaun O'Hara, N.Y. Giants; OC Jamaal Jackson, Philadelphia; OG Brandon Moore, N.Y. Jets; OG Rich Seubert, N.Y. Giants; OG Harvey Dahl, Atlanta; DE Jacques Cesaire, San Diego; DT Ma'ake Kemoeatu, Carolina; DT Pat Williams, Minnesota; DT Shaun Smith, Cleveland; LB Antonio Pierce, N.Y. Giants; LB Stephen Cooper, San Diego: LB Gary Brackett, Indianapolis; S Ryan Clark, Pittsburgh, S Brian Russell, Seattle, CB Chris Carr, Baltimore (KR), CB Leigh Bodden, New England; CB Randall Gay, New Orleans

Youngsters on the Rise: QB Brett Ratliff, Cleveland; QB Matt Moore, Carolina; RB Pierre Thomas, New Orleans; RB Clifton Smith, Tampa Bay (KR); RB Earnest Graham, Tampa Bay; WR Lance Moore, New Orleans; WR Greg Camarillo; Miami; WR Miles Austin, Dallas; WR Davone Bess, Miami; OT Stephon Heyer, Washington; OC Lyle Sendlein, Arizona; OG Darnell Stapleton, Pittsburgh; OG Anthony Herrera, Minnesota; DT DelJuan Robinson, Houston; DE Jeff Charleston, New Orleans; DL Mike Wright, New England; LB Ricky Brown, Oakland; LB Gary Guyton, New England; LB Rashad Jeanty, Cincinnati; LB Quinton Culberson, St. Louis; LB Jyles Tucker, San Diego; LB Wesley Woodyard, Denver; LB Patrick Bailey, Pittsburgh (ST); S Atari Bigby, Green Bay; S Abram Elam, Cleveland; S Melivn Bullitt, Indianapolis; DB Stephen Gregory, San Diego; CB Maurice Leggett, Kansas City; CB Tramon Williams, Green Bay; CB Kevin Dockery, N.Y. Giants; CB Jarrett Bush, Green Bay

Respected Veterans: QB Jeff Garcia, Oakland; QB Jon Kitna, Dallas; RB Dominic Rhodes, Buffalo; FB Tony Richardson, N.Y. Jets; FB Brad Hoover, Carolina; WR Drew Bennett; WR Jerheme Urban, Arizona; WR Antonio Chatman, Cincinnati (KR); WR Brian Finneran, Atlanta; WR David Patten, Cleveland; OT Erik Pears, Oakland; OC Hank Fraley, Cleveland; OG Ryan Lilja, Indianapolis; OG Stephen Neal, New England; OG Keydrick Vincent, Carolina; DE Marques Douglas, N.Y. Jets; DE Travis Kirschke, Pittsburgh; DE Colin Cole, Seattle; DE Demetric Evans, San Francisco; DE Paul Spicer, New Orleans; DT Chartric Darby, Detroit; DT Chris Hoke, Pittsburgh; LB Marques Harris, San Francisco; LB Chase Blackburn, N.Y. Giants; LB Larry Izzo, N.Y. Jets (ST); LB Ryan Fowler, Tennessee; CB Corey Ivy, Cleveland; S Clinton Hart, San Diego; S James Butler, St. Louis

DD.comment: We think we got all the big name undrafted free agents in our All-N.F.L. Undrafted Free Agents Team and high honorable mention lists. For the youngsters on the rise and respected veterans lists we could've added many more names. But you to stop somewhere, so we trimmed the lists down a bit.

last updated: 05/14/09

Central Michigan running back Bryan Schroeder says he's being compared to Colts tailback Donald Brown.


New York Jets linebacker Vernon Gholston impressing new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.


Boston College All-American linebacker Mark Herzlich diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, football future is unclear.

DD.comment: All we can do is sincerly wish Mark the best. We look forward to seeing him fully recover and, hopefully, play in the N.F.L. for many years.


Mockingthe's early draft preview: Free Safeties


Mockingthe's early draft preview: Strong Safeties


Former Duke point guard Greg Paulus will play football at Syracuse this fall.


National Football Post writer lists his Top 2010 Draft prospects: Part One.

National Football Post writer lists his Top 2010 Draft prospects: Part Two.

National Football Post writer lists his Top 2010 Draft prospects: Part Three.

National Football Post writer lists his Top 2010 Draft prospects: Part Four.

National Football Post writer lists his Top 2010 Draft prospects: Part Five.


The Sporting News rankings: Top 20 N.F.L. Quarterbacks.


Is veteran Jeff Garcia poised to take Raiders starting quarterback job away from JaMarcus Russell?


Due to a great junior day 40 time, Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson projected as a first round pick by some.


It could be a make-or-break year for Titans wide receivers Paul Williams and Chris Davis.


Catching on will be a challenge for several young Green Bay receivers, including promising Brett Swain.


USA Today's Fantasy Football Spring Wrap: Big 12 Conference.


Tony Dungy: Quarterback Michael Vick wants second chance when he's out of prison.

*** writer lists his Top 30 2010 Draft prospects, includes underclassmen.


Former Florida quarterback Cameron Newton could transfer to Tennessee or Mississippi State.


Tampa Bay Bucs' Raheem Morris remains upbeat amid negativity heading into his first season as an N.F.L. head coach.


Utah high school star Jordan Afo recovering from dancing accident.

last updated: 05/13/09

One of the biggest draft busts in Cardinals history, Wendell Bryant, is sober and seeks N.F.L. return.


The Seattle Seahawks to sign undrafted rookie center David Washington from Oklahoma State?


Purdue coach Danny Hope is confident Joey Elliott can handle being a Big Ten starting quarterback.


Cincinnati Bengals rookie Andre Smith plans to rehire fired agent.


Clark Judge: Rating smartest, boldest, scariest offseason moves.


The Atlanta Falcons have signed undrafted free agent linebacker Rashad Bobino.

***'s recently updated Top 750 Senior Prospects, with 40 times.


First-team All-A.C.C. quarterback Russell Wilson is considered an outstanding pro baseball prospect.


Cincinnati Bengals rookie offensive tackle Andre Smith has, once again, fired his agent.


Ted Miller, 20 Pac-Ten players who will emerge in 2009.


Closer look at U.C.L.A. junior Brian Price, who is one of the best defensive tackles in the nation.


Closer look at Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Mike Teel.


Texas vs. The Nation organizers announced a record number of players from the 2009 game have signed N.F.L. contracts this year.


"Football Scientist" does the impossible: Determined stats for offensive linemen and found Patriots guard Logan Mankins paved the way for 1,119 yards last season.


Wonder how the top rookies look in their new N.F.L. colors? Check out's Minicamps Photo Galleries.


Vic Ketchman of praises Tim Tebow's arm strength, but doubts his technical skills.

DD.comment: If Tebow, who is an absolute folk-hero in Northern Florida, does emerge as a top N.F.L. quarterback prospect and Jacksonville feels the need to draft him next spring, is it safe to say the Jaguars can get rid of all the fancy tarps they had to purchase the last few years?

last updated: 05/12/09
*** personnel guru Gil Brandt answered many fascinating questions during a live chat today.


Rookie wide receiver Austin Collie is happy to be with the Indianapolis Colts.


Junior free safety Chad Jones, a 2011 N.F.L. prospect, is now pitching for L.S.U.'s baseball team.


Detroit Lions turnaround under quarterback Matt Stafford will take more than just a quick fix.


N.Y. Giants News: As we've noted before, the Giants are very high on undrafted safety Sha'reff Rashad.


Green Bay's outside linebackers will have the benefit of learning their craft from N.F.L. legend Kevin Greene.


Speedy University of Florida running back Jeffrey Demps is up to 185 pounds.


Former Kentucky star Andre Woodson in a heated battle to win a roster spot with the New York Giants.


In-depth look at Baltimore Ravens rookie linebacker/defensive end Paul Kruger.


Conference USA M.V.P. Chase Clement looks northward (C.F.L.) for opportunity to show talent.


Is Oklahoma State cornerback/return man Perrish Cox a future first round draft pick?


OC Register: The next superstar linebacker at U.S.C. just might be Malcolm Smith.


Read about some talented mid-major quarterbacks in ESPN's Sun Belt wrap-up.


Arizona Wildcats hope All-American caliber tight end Rob Gronkowski will be a bigger part of their offense this fall.

*** takes an in-depth look at West Virginia's new starting quarterback Jarrett Brown .

*** takes a closer look at Texas' high impact linebacker/defensive end Sergio Kindle.


Bleacher Report: Top 5 Ivy League Wide Receivers.

*** Ten quarterback situations to watch in college football.


Spring game two-deep depth chart for the Oregon Ducks.

DD.comment: We'd say five Oregon seniors will be squarely on the N.F.L.'s radar this fall: Walter Thurmond III, LeGarrette Blount, Will Tukuafu, Ed Dickson and T.J. Ward. Also, expect big things from junior linebackers Spencer Paysinger and Casey Matthews, who is the brother of Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews III.

last updated: 05/11/09

Bleacher Report: Which 10 N.F.L. rookies will have the Most immediate impact?


Steve Spurrier thinks too many South Carolina players are taking bad advice and jumping early to the N.F.L.


Cornerback Gary Gray officially readmitted into Notre Dame.


Former Mississippi State tackle and 3 other undrafted rookies signed by New Orleans.


Arrowhead Pride: Wrapping Up the Kansas City Chiefs Rookie Mini-Camp.


Former South Carolina offensive tackle Justin Sorensen agrees to terms with the B.C. Lions (C.F.L.).


Peter King of Ranking all 32 N.F.L. teams with free agency and draft behind us.


Undrafted defensive end Maurice Evans hopes detour drove him to destiny with New York Giants.

*** Roundtable: Biggest college football story lines of spring.


Bleacher Report: The Atlanta Falcons may have found a gem in undrafted receiver Aaron Kelly.

DD.comment: Kelly not being picked surprised us. Who would have figured the A.C.C.'s all-time leading receiver, that stands 6' 4", ran between a 4.49 and 4.53 (officially) and displayed a 38" vertical at the Combine, would be available after the draft? Just another reminder of how hard it is to predict what will happen on draft weekend.

last updated: 05/10/09

Undrafted rookie quarterback John Parker Wilson hoping to become the Atlanta Falcons backup quarterback this fall.


Notes from Oakland's O.T.A.'s: Top three draft picks sit out Sunday's practice due to cramping & fatigue, plus more.


New Orleans has signed undrafted rookie guard Shawn Flanagan.


Ohio State coaches think junior-to-be Chimdi Chekwa can be Buckeyes' next great cornerback prospect.


University of Nebraska senior defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh hopes to be a top 10 pick next spring.


Rookie safety Louis Delmas creates buzz at Lions minicamp, compared to ex-Pro Bowler Dale Carter.

DD.comment: After watching Delmas up close at the Senior Bowl, we thought he had a chance to sneak into the first round. The team we thought would target him (Philadelphia), however, opted to go for another small, fast wide receiver instead.


University of Arkansas coaching staff has released it's 2009 post-spring depth chart.

DD.comment: Watch out for senior free safety Matt Harris. He's the son of former Dallas Cowboys All-Pro Cliff Harris, who made the N.F.L.'s All-Decade Team (1970's) and is a worthy Hall of Fame candidate, according to writers that followed his career. As we've seen with Chris Long, Matt Slater and Clay Matthews III, sons of N.F.L. legends can rise more quickly than expected if they can put together a good senior season and look smooth in workouts. Harris, who has a trackground and can return punts, played real well the second half of his junior season. We have no reason to believe he'll be a high pick, at this point, but he could project as a Craig Steltz type prospect (middle rounds) if his game continues to improve.


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


Detroit Lions' draftee Zack Follett is a hard-hitting linebacker and artist.

DD.comment: Zach was projected as a 3rd to 5th rounder by scouts based on ability, but slid a bit due to injury concerns (neck). By the way, his life-size wood carvings are outstanding.


Veteran wide receiver Drew Bennett may rejoin the Tennessee Titans.


In-depth look at Carolina Panthers rookie defensive end Everette Brown.


Green Bay Packers' rookie tackle Jamon Meredith poised to prove scouts wrong.


New York Giants rookie wide receiver Ramses Barden stands tall on and off the field.


Multifaceted second-round draft pick William Beatty gets New York Giants' attention.


Big Cat Country: Breakdown of 7 undrafted rookies who can make an impact on Jaguars.

DD.comment: Per our info, Russell Allen and Julius Williams got $15,000 signing bonuses from the Jags. The average signing bonus last season was about $7,400 for an undrafted rookie, so those two were clearly coveted after the draft.


Poll Daddy Update: Several undrafted running backs are making an impact in the N.F.L. these days -- Willie Parker, Ryan Grant, Pierre Thomas, Earnest Graham and Dominic Rhodes. Which recently undrafted running back has the best chance to make a team in 2009?

DD.comment: Looks like Kory Sheets, who ran extremely well at the Combine (4.38-4.44 hand timed; 4.47 & 4.50 electronic time) at 5' 11" and 209 pounds, is way ahead of the pack. We have 3 write-in votes so far: Eric Kettani, New England; Jason Cook, Baltimore and James Davis of Cleveland. Kettani would've been drafted, very likely, but he's not eligible to play in the N.F.L. for at least two years due to military obligations. So he was not a option for this particular poll. Cook is a player we have listed as a true fullback and, finally, Davis was drafted by Cleveland in the sixth-round, so he was not eligible.


Notes from N.Y. Giants O.T.A.'s: Several undrafted rookies doing at a nice job at New York's rookie camp.

DD.comment: Alex Field, at 6' 7" and 270 pounds, is a certified scuba diver and former Lacrosse standout. Shades of former UVA star Patrick Kerney with the Lacrosse background?....We commented on Sha'reff Rashad the other day. We think he has a decent chance to stick due to the fact the Giants need depth at safety....Bruce Johnson, formerly of Miami, is fascinating. He was ranked fairly high by N.F.L. scouting services coming into his senior season (2nd to 3rd round), but fell off the radar a bit after a mediocre senior season. Not many free agent cornerbacks have made it big in the N.F.L. in the last decade, but Johnson has a chance to hang around for a while as a nickleback due to his speed and agility....Maurice Evans is a player Joe Paterno once compared to Mike Strahan, believe it or not! He's did a great job against his fellow rookies this weekend, by all accounts, but there isn't too much room for a undrafted rookie on the Giants defensive front, so he's got a tough road ahead if wants to make the team and get significant playing time.


Plain Dealer Mailbag: Will Braylon Edwards be traded to the Jets? Who wants Browns quarterback Derek Anderson? Is there any chance Cleveland Cavs star LeBron James will jump to the N.F.L.?


Chicago Cubs send former Notre Dame wide receiver Jeff Samardzija and his bloated E.R.A. to Class AAA Iowa.

DD.comment: The Shark can still turn it around in baseball, but we still believe, as avid baseball followers, he has limited potential as a pitcher. Think Steve Trachsel, with a better fastball, but no major league breaking stuff? We may have been the only outlet (mainstream media or Net) that said he was making a huge mistake picking baseball over football. Here's what we didn't understand back in January of 2007: Jeff was a All-American caliber wide receiver and first round N.F.L. prospect playing at the highest level of college football (Notre Dame). Meanwhile, he was not drafted in baseball coming out of high school (50 rounds), was only a 5th round pick as a junior (over-hyped because of football, or he would've gone much lower) and merely a honorable mention All-Big East performer. The Big East is a great basketball conference and very good a football conference, but is not very much of a baseball conference, mostly due to the poor weather in the Northeast most springs.

So if he couldn't dominate in such a lowly regarded college baseball conference, what evidence led anyone to believe he was a better at baseball than football? This would be the equivalent of Kenny Britt being a low-impact honorable mention All-Big East outfielder for Rutgers and choosing to play for the New York Yankees due to "potential" instead of going through the N.F.L draft process. How crazy would it sound if Britt did that? For some inexplicable reason, too many in the media thought it made a lot of sense in Samardzija's case?

It will be interesting to see if Jeff tries to set the wheels in motion to go back to his best sport (football) if he continues to struggle in baseball. He would be a free agent if he decided to leave baseball, because he was not selected in the 2007 N.F.L. draft, due to the long term deal he signed with the Cubs.

last updated: 05/09/09

Notes from Oakland's O.T.A.'s: Tight end Chris O'Neill is the only undrafted rookie standing out at Raiders minicamp.


Release of Pisa Tinoisamoa means rookie James Laurinaitis could be the Rams starting middle linebacker.


USA Today: Looking ahead to the best of the 2010 N.F.L. draft class.


Ralph Vacchiano reports the New York Giants have signed 6 try-out players, including two true rookies.

DD.comment: We've liked Tommie Hill for a while and it's a mild surprise he didn't get more attention as a latter round draft pick or, at least, a priority free agent, because he's got good size and athletic ability. One potential knock on him was he didn't really post great stats at C.S.U. With a team as loaded up front as the Giants, Hill's best hope for 2009 may be the practice squad, however.


Baseball's "super Prospect" Stephen Strasburg records 17 strikes outs, no-hits Air Force.

DD.comment: Only real question is if the struggling Nationals will place him immediately in their starting rotation when he (or if) signs, or will he go to the minors for a while? Jim Abbott, by the way, was the last pitcher to go straight to the majors after being drafted (1988).


Josh Buchanan: The N.F.L. Draft is a 9 Inning Ball Game

DD.comment: Josh does a good job looking at a prospects journey to the N.F.L. -- from juniors days to draft day.


Undrafted offensive lineman J.D. Quinn has agreed to terms with the Miami Dolphins.


Dan Pompei: Best bets for 2010 N.F.L. draft.


Facing All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, Raiders' rookie Darrius Heyward-Bey gets rough N.F.L. introduction.

*** Why do so many University of Florida Receivers bust in the N.F.L.?


With Terrell Suggs out due to contract issues, undrafted rookie William VanDeSteeg listed as a starting linebacker.


Chicago Bears find comfort with drafting and signing players from Vanderbilt.


USA Today's Fantasy Football Spring Wrap: Big Ten Conference.

last updated: 05/08/09

New Orleans' rookie linebacker Stanley Arnoux tears achilles, out for season.


New York Giants rookie quarterback Rhett Bomar says he's learned from his college transgressions.

*** Ex-Army star Collin Mooney has a shot to be all he can be with New Orleans.


Baltimore Sun: Official Ravens undrafted rookie signings


New York Giants head coach praises rookie wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden.

*** has posted New Orleans' minicamp roster.

DD.comment: A significant number of the players listed are try-out players. Check Wednesday's blog for N.O.'s rookie free agent signings.


Ex-N.F.L. player Bucky Brooks takes an early look at the Top 16 Seniors for 2010 Draft.

*** Q and A with rookie running back Kory Sheets.


Loudmouths co-host Adam Schein: Nine rookies who can't play like rookies.


Oklahoma State receiver Bo Bowling pleads not guilty to charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.


Scroll down to Wednesdays blog for Updated Undrafted Free Agent Signings:


Despite speed concerns, New Orleans' first round pick Malcolm Jenkins will be tried at cornerback first.


Florida head coach Urban Meyer talks O-line changes, competition and Percy Harvin replacements.


New York Jets quarterback Kellen Clemens confident he'll get chance to start next season.


Former Southern Connecticut defensive lineman Jaliem Cuttino to try out for the New York Giants.


Josh Buchanan's Top 25 Small School Prospects for the 2010 N.F.L. draft:

Rank. Pos Name, School, (Ht & Wt), 40 Time, Rd. Proj.

1. WR Andre' Roberts, Citadel, (5107, 190), 4.43/4.48, 4th-5th

2. DE Austen Lane, Murray State, (6061, 259), 4.62/4.81, 6th

3. OG Matthew McCracken, Richmond, (6024, 294), 5.30/5.35, 6th

4. OT Tony Washington, Abilene Christian, (6062, 302), 5.23/5.24, 6th

5. OT Vladimir Ducasse, Massachusetts, (6050, 328), 5.25/5.27, 6th-7th

6. WR Kelton Tindal, Newberry, (6021, 189), 4.27/4.33, 6th-7th

7. CB Josh Morris, Weber State, (5114, 183), 4.50/4.55, 7th

8. TE Clay Harbor, Missouri State, (6030, 241), 4.66/4.70), 7th

9. OT Derek Hardman, Eastern Kentucky, (6054, 296), 5.23/5.25, 7th

10. OT Edwin "Jared" Veldheer, Hillsdale (6075, 321), 4.87/4.94, 7th

11. WR Pat Simonds, Colgate, (6053, 227), 4.57/4.60, 7th

12. WR Marc Mariani, Montana, (6004, 181), 4.51/4.52, 7th-PFA

13. OT James Williams, Harvard, (6046, 295), 5.25/5.30, 7th-PFA

14. WR Armanti Edwards, Appalachian State, (5110, 181), 4.50/4.55, 7th-PFA

15. SS Jeromy Miles, Massachusetts, (6014, 218), 4.57/4.58, 7th-PFA

16. CB Jarvis Richards, Youngstown State, (5097 193), 4.45/4.49, PFA

17. WR Terrell Hudgins, Elon, (6017, 229), 4.70/4.75, PFA

18. WR Harry Von Kann, Kenyon College, (6021, 222), 4.65/4.71, PFA

19. OT J'Marcus Webb, West Texas A&M, (6070, 320), 5.20/5.25, PFA

20. QB Ryan Perrilloux, Jacksonville State, (6022, 223), 4.65/4.70, PFA

21. OLB Larry Hart, Central Arkansas, (6002, 239), 4.56/4.66, PFA

22. OT Austin Howard, Northern Iowa, (6071, 318), 5.40/5.45 PFA

23. WR Ricardo Lockette, Fort Valley State, (6024, 205), 4.36/4.42, PFA

24. RB William Ford, South Carolina State, (5086, 188), 4.40/4.41, PFA

25. QB John Skelton, Fordham, (6051, 245), 4.94/5.00, PFA


Bleacher Report: Preseason N.F.L. Power Groupings.

last updated: 05/07/09

Most Recent UFA Signings: (check back for updates):

Most recent names added last update: 5/06 @ 5:23pm EST


Undrafted Free Agent Signings, sorted by team:

LB Reggie Walker, Kansas State, Arizona

OT Brandon Pearce, Memphis, Arizona

OT Khalil El-Amin, Cincinnati, Arizona

CB Tony Davis, Penn State, Arizona

WR Shane Morales, Oregon State, Arizona

DB Michael Ray Garvin, Florida State, Arizona

WR Justin Brown, Hampton, Arizona

LB Chase Bullock, Maryland, Arizona

WR Shane Morales, Oregon State, Arizona

CB Jameel Dowling, Hawaii, Arizona

LB Derek Nicholson, Florida State, Atlanta

OT Jose Valdez, Arkansas, Atlanta

DE Marcus Lucas, Colorado, Atlanta

QB John Parker Wilson, Alabama, Atlanta

LB Brock Christopher, Missouri, Atlanta

WR Darren Mogey, S.D.S.U., Atlanta

OL Ryan Stanchek, W. Virginia, Atlanta

WR Aaron Kelly, Clemson, Atlanta

CB David Jones, Kentucky, Baltimore

FB Jason Cook, Ole Miss, Baltimore

WR Isaiah Williams, Maryland, Baltimore

PK Graham Gano, Florida State, Baltimore

LB Dannell Ellerbe, Georgia, Baltimore

OL Greg Ryan, Western Kentucky, Baltimore

QB Drew Willy, Buffalo, Baltimore

DT Will Johnson, Michigan, Baltimore

DE Willie VanDeSteeg, Minnesota, Baltimore

WR Eron Riley, Duke, Baltimore

OT Cameron Goldberg, Duke, Baltimore

LS Garrison Sanborn, Florida State, Buffalo

LB Ashlee Palmer Mississippi, Buffalo

DE Gerald Washington, U.S.C., Buffalo

CB Lydell Sargeant, Penn State, Buffalo

DE Ventrell Jenkins, Kentucky, Buffalo

OL Nick Hennessey, Colgate, Buffalo

P Danny Urrego, Portland State, Buffalo

TE Travis McCall, Alabama, Buffalo

DL David Lindquist, Illinois, Buffalo

OT Joel Bell, Furman, Buffalo

DB Tyrrell Herbert, Toledo, Buffalo (Try out)

QB Cullen Harper, Clemson, Buffalo (Try out)

LB Joe Mortensen, Kansas, Buffalo (Try out)

RB Marcus Mason, Valdosta State, Carolina

CB D.J. Clark, Idaho State, Carolina

LB Mike Juergens, Wyoming, Carolina

LS Nick Sundberg, Cal-Berkeley, Carolina

OT Garry Williams, Kentucky, Carolina

DT Lonnie Harvey, Morgan State, Carolina

DT Marlon Favorite, Louisiana State, Carolina

DB Anthony Scirrotto, Penn State, Carolina

DE Justin Kershaw, Michigan State, Carolina

QB Hunter Cantwell, Louisville, Carolina

RB Jamall Lee, Bishops/C.I.S., Carolina

LB Anthony Heygood, Purdue, Carolina

LB Brit Miller, Illinois, Carolina

OL Keith Grey, Connecticut, Carolina

OT Gerald Cadogan, Penn State, Carolina

LB Mortty Ivy, W. Virginia, Carolina

OL C.J. Davis, Pitt, Carolina

TE Kevin Brock, Rutgers, Carolina

OT Patrick Brown, Central Florida, Carolina

WR Jason Chery, Louisiana-Lafayette, Carolina

WR Larry Beavers, Wesley, Carolina

DB Woodny Turenne, Louisville, Chicago

QB Chase Patton, Missouri, Chicago (Try out)

OG Johan Asiata, U.N.L.V., Chicago

LB Mike Rivera, Kansas, Chicago

LB Kevin Malast, Rutgers, Chicago

FB Will Ta'ufo'ou, Cal-Berkeley, Chicago

LB Dahna Deleston, Connecticut, Chicago

WR Eric Peterman, Northwestern, Chicago

RB Tyrell Fenroy, UL-Lafayette, Chicago

LB Pat Maynor, Stanford, Chicago (Try out)

DB Daniel Charbonnet, Texas Tech, Chicago (Try out)

WR Eric Morris, Texas Tech, Chicago (Try out)

WR Maurice Covington, Virginia, Chicago & N.Y. Giants (Try outs)

NT Pernell Phillips, Central State (OH), Cincinnati

LS James Smith, Florida, Cincinnati

WR David Richmond, San Jose State, Cincinnati

QB Todd Boeckman, Ohio State, Cincinnati (Try out/Not signed)

OC Colin Dow, Montana, Cincinnati

DB Rico Murray, Kent State, Cincinnati

LB Dan Skuta, Grand Valley, Cincinnati

RB Marlon Lucky, Nebraska, Cincinnati

FB Chris Pressley, Wisconsin, Cincinnati

FS Tom Nelson, Illinois State, Cincinnati

WR Quan Cosby, Texas, Cincinnati

WR Greg Orton, Purdue, Cincinnati

QB Billy Farris, Colorado State, Cincinnati

TE Darius Hill, Ball State, Cincinnati

TE Mike Massey, Michigan, Cleveland (Waived)

DL Adam Hoppel, Cincinnati, Cleveland

OL Branndon Braxton, Oklahoma, Cleveland

LB Marcus Benard, Jackson State, Cleveland

LB Phillip Hunt, Houston, Cleveland

DB Antonio Smith, Bowling Green, Cleveland (Waived)

DB Nate Ness, Arizona, Cleveland

DB Bret Lockett, U.C.L.A., Cleveland

DB Bryan Williams, Akron, Cleveland

OL Marlon Davis, Alabama, Cleveland

LB Jason Venson, Central Florida, Cleveland

WR Jordan Norwood, Penn State, Cleveland

WR Brent Casteel, Utah, Cleveland (Waived)

QB Graham Harrel, Texas Tech, Cleveland (Try out)

WR Tre'dale Tolver, Cal-Poly, Cleveland (Try out)

TE Steve Brouse, Connecticut, Cleveland (Try out)

QB Rudy Carpenter, Arizona State, Dallas

OG Greg Isdaner, West Virginia, Dallas

WR Julian Hawkins, Boise State, Dallas

WR Kevin Ogletree, Virginia, Dallas

FB Asaph Schwapp, Notre Dame, Dallas

OL Mike Turkovich, Notre Dame, Dallas

OL Travis Bright, Brigham Young, Dallas

LB Braxton Kelley, Kentucky, Denver

LB Jeff Schweiger, San Jose State, Denver

OT Marcus Gordon, Kentucky State, Denver

CB D.J. Johnson, Jackson State, Denver

RB Kestahn Moore, Florida, Denver

WR Travis Shelton, Temple, Denver

DE Rulon Davis, Cal-Berkeley, Denver

WR Nate Swift, Nebraska, Denver

DT Chris Baker, Hampton, Denver

WR David Grimes, Notre Dame, Denver

OT Stanley Bryant, E. Carolina, Denver

LB Lee Robinson, Alcorn State, Denver

DT Everette Pedescleaux, N. Iowa, Denver

TE Marquez Branson, Central Arkansas, Denver

CB Dominique Johnson, Jackson State, Denver

WR Lucas Taylor, Tennessee, Denver

CB Tony Carter, Florida State, Denver

LB Spenser Smith, Eastern Michigan, Detroit

WR Tommy Saunders, Missouri, Detroit

DL Ryan Kees, St. Cloud State, Detroit

OL Chris Kemme, Akron, Detroit

LB Daniel Holtzclaw, Eastern Michigan, Detroit (Try out)

FS Otis Wiley, Michigan State, Detroit (Failed Physical)

OT Steve Jonas, Colgate, Detroit (Try out)

OC Dan Gerberry, Ball State, Detroit

WR D.J. Boldin, W. Forest, Detroit

DT John Gill, Northwestern, Detroit

CB Trevor Ford, Troy, Green Bay

DL Dean Muhtadi, Maryland, Green Bay

OT Dane Randolph, Maryland, Green Bay

OL Evan Dietrich-Smith, Idaho State, Green Bay

TE Travis Dekker, Air Force, Green Bay

LB Maurice Davis, Tennessee State, Green Bay

LB Cyril Obiozor, Texas A&M, Green Bay

LB Michael Bibbs, Iowa State, Green Bay

OT Andrew Hartline, C. Michigan, Green Bay

DE Ron Talley, Delaware, Green Bay

TE Carson Butler, Michigan, Green Bay

WR Jamarko Simmons, W. Michigan, Green Bay

RB Tyrell Sutton, Northwestern, Green Bay

WR Kole Heckendorf, North Dakota State, Green Bay

WR Jaron Harris, South Dakota State, Green Bay

WR Andy Brodell, Iowa, Green Bay (Failed physical/waived)

QB Brian Johnson, Utah, Green Bay (Try out)

LB Jon copper, Virginia, Green Bay (Try out)

OC Ryan shuman, Virginia Tech, Green Bay & N.Y. Giants (Try outs)

OC Brett Helms, Louisiana State, Houston

WR Michael Jones, Arizona State, Houston (N.Y. Yankees prospect)

DT Jake Visser, Ferris State, Houston

LB Toddrick Verdell, Florida State, Houston

OL Brandon Walker, Oklahoma, Houston

DT Josh Leonard, Hawaii, Houston

OT Jason Watkins, Florida, Houston

RB Arian Foster, Tennessee, Houston

DE Tim Jamison, Michigan, Houston

RB Jeremiah Johnson, Oregon, Houston

QB Chris Crane, Boston College, Indianapolis

LB Mike Tauiliili, Duke, Indianapolis

CB Jacob Lacey, Oklahoma State, Indianapolis

WR Brett McDermott, Holy Cross, Indianapolis

DL Adrian Grady, Louisville, Indianapolis

LB Ramon Humber, North Dakota State, Indianapolis

DB Brandon Harrison, Michigan, Indianapolis

TE Colin Cloherty, Brown, Indianapolis

DB Brandon Anderson, Akron, Indianapolis

OL Tom Pestock, Northwest Missouri, Indianapolis

WR John Matthews, San Diego, Indianapolis

DL Pat Kuntz, Notre Dame, Indianapolis

LB Tyrell Sales, Penn State, Indianapolis

OT Cornelius Lewis, Indianapolis

DL Nader Abdallah, Ohio State, Jacksonville

DB Mesphin Forrester, Washington, Jacksonville

CB DeWayne Lewis, Southern Utah, Jacksonville

LB Johnny Williams, Kentucky, Jacksonville

RB Brock Bolen, Louisville, Jacksonville

LB Russell Allen, S.D.S.U. Jacksonville

CB Peter Ittersagen, Wheaton, Jacksonville

QB Michael Desormeaux, Louisiana-Lafayette, Jacksonville

RB Kyle Bell, Colorado State, Jacksonville

QB Nathan Brown, Central Arkansas, Jacksonville

QB Tyler Lorenzen, Connecticut, Jacksonville

DE Julius Williams, Connecticut, Jacksonville

DT George Hypolite, Colorado, Jacksonville

WR Todd Petersen, Nebraska, Jacksonville

SS Kevin Patterson, W. Forest, Jacksonville

DE Jeremy Navarre, Maryland, Jacksonville

OC Cecil Newton, Tennessee State, Jacksonville

CB Jackie Bates, Hampton, Kansas City

DB Ricky Price, Oklahoma State, Kansas City

WR Taurus Johnson, South Florida, Kansas City

DE Bobby Greenwood, Alabama, Kansas City

DB Londen Fryar, W. Michigan, Kansas City

DE Pierre Walters, Eastern Illinois, Kansas City

WR Taurus Johnson, South Florida, Kansas City

LB Jovan Belcher, Maine, Kansas City

LB Bobby Abare, Yale, Kansas City

OL J.D. Quinn, Montana, Miami

DL Louis Ellis, Shaw University, Miami

OC Alex Derenthal, Temple, Miami

WR Brennan Marion, Tulsa, Miami

RB Anthony Kimble, Stanford, Miami

OT SirVincent Rogers, Houston, Miami

TE Jared Bronson, Central Washington, Miami

OG Mark Lewis, Oregon, Miami

DE Ryan Baker, Purdue, Miami

LB Orion Martin, Virginia Tech, Miami

WR Chris Williams, New Mexico State, Miami

QB Nate Longshore, Cal-Berkeley, Miami (Try out)

OG Nick Urban, Winona State, Minnesota

OC Juan Garcia, Washington, Minnesota

DT Antoine Holmes, North Carolina State, Minnesota

QB Sean Glennon, Virginia Tech, Minnesota

OL Bobby Lepori, Fresno State, Minnesota

DT Tremaine Johnson, Louisiana State, Minnesota

RB Kahlil Bell, U.C.L.A., Minnesota

WR Nick Moore, Toledo, Minnesota

RB Ian Johnson, Boise State, Minnesota

WR Vinny Peretta, Boise State, Minnesota

OL Andy Kemp, Wisconsin, Minnesota

SS Colt Anderson, Montana, Minnesota

TE Nick Walker, Alabama, Minnesota

SS DeVon Hall, Utah State, Minnesota

LB Robert Francois, Boston College, Minnesota

OC Jon Cooper, Oklahoma, Minnesota

DB Darrell Lloyd, Northern Iowa, Minnesota & Chicago (Try-Out)

DL Eric Schroeder, South Dakota State, Minnesota (Try out)

RB Eric Kettani, Navy, New England

RB Tyree Barnes, Navy, New England

RB Shun White, Navy, New England

OL Jermail Porter, Kent State, New England (K.S.U. Wrestler/Try-out)

QB Brian Hoyer, Michigan State, New England

LB Antonio Appleby, Virginia, New England

SS Marcus McClinton, Kentucky, New England

CB Jamar Love, Arkansas, New England

OT Michael Brown, Mississippi State, New Orleans

DL Earl Heyman, Louisville, New Orleans

OL Shawn Flanagan, Sioux Falls, New Orleans

OT Sam McNaulty, Clark, New Orleans

DL Jermey Parnell, Ole Miss, New Orleans

RB P.J. Hill, Wisconsin, New Orleans

RB Herb Donaldson, Western Illinois, New Orleans

WR Kenneth Harris, Georgia, New Orleans

CB Reggie Jones, Portland State, New Orleans

OC Alex Fletcher, Stanford, New Orleans

CB Danny Gorrer, Texas A&M, New Orleans

WR Chris Vaughn, Louisville, New Orleans

QB Pat Cowan, U.C.L.A., New Orleans

OT Augustus Parrish, Kent State, New Orleans

LB Jonathan Casillas, WIsconsin, New Orleans

OL Cedric Dockery, Texas, New Orleans

WR Matt Simon, Northern Illinois, New Orleans

DE Tommy Hill, Colorado State, N.Y. Giants

OC Alex Derenthal, Temple, N.Y. Giants

CB Bruce Johnson, Miami (FL.), N.Y. Giants

DT Dwayne Hendricks, Miami, N.Y. Giants

DB Kenny Ingram, Florida State, N.Y. Giants

DB Vince Anderson, Webber International, N.Y. Giants

DE Alex Field, Virginia, N.Y. Giants

FS Otis Wiley, Michigan State, N.Y. Giants

DE Maurice Evans, Penn State, N.Y. Giants

DB Sha'reff Rashad, Central Florida, N.Y. Giants

TE Darius Hill, Ball State, Cincinnati & N.Y. Giants (Try out offers)

DE J.D. Skolnitsky, James Madison, Washington & N.Y. Giants (Try out offers)

TE Jack Simmons, Minnesota, N.Y. Jets

DT TY Steinkuhler, Nebraska, N.Y. Jets

SS Keith Fitzhugh, Mississippi State, N.Y. Jets

OC Michael Parenton, Tulane, N.Y. Jets

WR Britt Davis, Northern Illinois, N.Y. Jets

SS Emanuel Cook, South Carolina, N.Y. Jets

FB Brannan Southerland, Georgia, N.Y. Jets

OL Ryan McKee Southern Mississippi, N.Y. Jets

OT Kyle Link, McNeese State, N.Y. Jets

QB Chris Pizzotti, Harvard, N.Y. Jets

OT Tavita Thompson, Oregon State, N.Y. Jets

TE J'Nathan Bullock, N.Y. Jets (Cleveland State Basketball Player)

TE Andrew Davie, Arkansas, N.Y. Jets

DL Matt Kroul, Iowa, N.Y. Jets

P T.J. Conley, Idaho, N.Y. Jets

TE Robert Myers, Utah State, N.Y. Jets

DE Zach Potter, Nebraska, N.Y. Jets

DE Jamaal Westerman, Rutgers, N.Y. Jets

QB Casey Dick, Arkansas, N.Y. Jets (Try-out)

TE Chris O'Neill, Boise State, Oakland

WR Chris Johnson, Tennessee State, Oakland

LB Jerome Boyd, Oregon, Oakland

WR Keith Miller, Southern Utah, Oakland

DE Desmond Bryant, Harvard, Oakland

LB David Nixon, Brigham Young, Oakland

WR Shawn Bayes, Kent State, Oakland

LB Frantz Joseph, Florida Atlantic, Oakland

DL Jervonte Jackson, Florida Atlantic, Philadelphia

DE Josh Gaines, Penn State, Philadelphia

OL Dallas Reynolds, Brigham Young, Philadelphia

RB Marcus Thigpen, Indiana, Philadelphia

DL Josh Gaines, Penn State, Philadelphia

WR Brandon Robinson, Boston College, Philadelphia

RB Walter Mendenhall, Illinois State, Philadelphia

SS Reshard Langford, Vandebilt, Philadelphia

FB Marcus Mailei, Weber State, Philadelphia

WR Steven Black, Memphis, Pittsburgh

DE Jeff Bradley, Western Carolina, Pittsburgh

DT Steve McLendon, Troy, Pittsburgh

RB Isaac Redman, Bowie State, Pittsburgh

WR Tyler Grisham, Clemson, Pittsburgh

WR Cedric Goodman, Georgia, Pittsburgh

LB Tom Korte, Hillsdale, Pittsburgh

QB Kevin McCabe, California (Pa.), Pittsburgh

LB Andy Schantz, Portland State, Pittsburgh (Some media had him going to Minnesota)

LS Mark Estermyer, Pitt, Pittsburgh Steelers

QB Mike Reilly, Central Washington, Pittsburgh

FS Derrick Richardson, New Mexico State, Pittsburgh

OT Ramon Foster, Tennessee, Pittsburgh

OL Ben Muth, Stanford, San Diego

WR Greg Carr, Florida State, San Diego

LB Anthony Felder, Cal-Berkeley, San Diego

FB Bill Rentmeester, Wisconsin, San Diego

WR Jeremy Childs, Boise State, San Diego

DB C.J. Spillman, Marshall, San Diego

TE Jerimiah Wurzbacher, North Dakota State, San Diego

TE Kory Sperry, Colorado State, San Diego

OT Sam Allen, Grand Valley, San Diego

LB James Holt, Kansas, San Diego

DT Rashaad Jackson, Clemson, San Diego

RB Curtis Brinkley, Syracuse, San Diego

LB Darry Beckwith, L.S.U., San Diego

OL Ryan McDonald, Illinois, San Diego

WR Charly Martin, West Texas A&M, San Diego

OT Dan Gay, Baylor, San Diego

CB Wopamo Asaisai, Stanford, San Diego

WR Rod Smith, Auburn, San Diego

PK Louis Sakoda, Utah, San Diego (Try out)

LB Worrell Williams, Cal-Bekeley, San Francisco (Try out)

DL Khalif Mitchell, E. Carolina, San Francisco

QB Kirby Freeman, Baylor, San Francisco

LB Diyral Briggs, Bowling Green, San Francisco

OT Kyle Howard, Wyoming, San Francisco

WR Dobson Collins, Gardner-Webb, San Francisco

OL Matt Huners, South Florida, San Francisco

DE Pannel Egboh, Stanford, San Francisco

OT Alex Boone, Ohio State, San Francisco

CB Terrail Lambert, Notre Dame, San Francisco

CB Carlos Thomas, S. Carolina, San Francisco

CB Jahi Word-Daniels, Georgia Tech, San Francisco

DE Brandon Long, Michigan State, San Francisco (Injured, signing delayed?)

RB Kory Sheets, Purdue, San Francisco

WR Quentin Chaney, Oklahoma, St. Louis

CB Cordelius Parks, Northeastern, St. Louis

DL Mike Newkirk, Wisconsin, St. Louis

FB Jerome Johnson, Nevada-Reno, St. Louis

LB Ekenemchukwu Asiodu, Central Oklahoma, St. Louis

WR Jarrett Byers, Northeastern State, St. Louis

DL Kirston Pittman, Louisiana State, St. Louis

SS Mark Rubin, Penn State, St. Louis

OC Ray Feinga, Brigham Young, St. Louis

OL Daivd Oswald, Brigham Young, St. Louis

OG Roger Allen, Missouri Western, St. Louis

DE Ian Campbell, Kansas State, St. Louis

OT Phil Trautwein, Florida, St. Louis

OC Daneil Sanders, Colorado, St. Louis

LB Dominic Douglas, Mississippi State, St. Louis

WR Brandon Belvin, Tennessee State, Seattle

RB Devin Moore, Wyoming, Seattle

RB Tyler Roehl, North Dakota State, Seattle

DE Michael Bennett, Texas A&M, Seattle

LB Tony Fein, Mississippi, Seattle

LB Dave Philistin, Maryland, Seattle

OT Andre Ramsey, Ball State, Seattle

TE Ryan Purvis, Boston College, Tampa Bay

DL Neefy Moffett, Florida State, Tampa Bay

DB C.J. Byrd, Georgia, Tampa Bay

DT Rashaad Duncan, Pitt, Tampa Bay

RB Josh Vaughan, Richmond, Tampa Bay

FS Marshall McDuffie, Florida International, Tampa Bay

SS Terrence Moore, Troy, Tampa Bay

OL Rob Bruggeman, Iowa, Tampa Bay

QB Joe Ganz, Nebraska, Tampa Bay

OG Maurice Miller, Mississippi, Tampa Bay

CB DeAngelo Willingham, Tennessee, Tampa Bay

WR Dorrell Jalloh, West Virginia, Tampa Bay (Try out)

WR Phillip Morris, South Carolina State, Tennessee

CB Jeremy Haynes, McNeese State, Tennessee

OG Ryan Schmidt, South Florida, Tennessee

OL Ryan Schmidt, South Florida, Tennessee

RB Rodney Ferguson, New Mexico, Tennessee

WR Dudley Guice, NW State, Tennessee

DE Mitch King, Iowa, Tennessee

QB Alex Mortensen, Samford, Tennessee

FB Dan Lawlor, Penn State, Washington

RB Wynel Seldon, Wyoming, Washington

CB Corey Small, Florida Atlantic, Washington

TE Robert Agnone, Delaware, Washington

TE Devin Frischknecht, Washington State, Washington

DB Lendy Holmes, Oklahoma, Washington

DL Antonio Dixon, Miami, Washington

DB Doug Dutch, Michigan, Washington

DL Brigham Harwell, U.C.L.A., Washington

WR Josh Briscoe, Tennessee, Washington

LB Ronnie Palmer, Arizona, Washington

OC Edwin Williams, Maryland, Washington

QB Chase Daniel, Missouri, Washington

OT Scott Burley, Maryland, Washington

DE Derek Walker, Illinois, Washington

WR Josh Briscoe, Tennessee, Washington

WR Jaison Williams, Oregon, Washington

LB Tray Blackmon, Auburn, Calgary

CB Desman Stephen, Western Michigan, Hamilton (C.F.L.)

LB Mark Restelli, Cal-Poly, Edmonton (C.F.L.) *** ***

Former Albany offensive tackle Raphael Nguti set to try out with the New York Giants.


Poll Daddy Update: Several undrafted running backs are making an impact in the N.F.L. these days -- Willie Parker, Ryan Grant, Pierre Thomas, Earnest Graham and Dominic Rhodes. Which recently undrafted running back has the best chance to make a team in 2009?


Former Tennessee quarterback B.J. Coleman will transfer to Tennessee at Chattanooga.


Brian Bennett: Emerging stars from the spring in the Big East.


Ivan Maisel of takes an in-depth look at Michigan running back Brandon Minor.


The St.Louis Rams have traded running back Brian Leonard to the Cincinnati Bengals.


Ralph Vacchiano has listed 7 players trying-out for the New York Giants this weekend.

DD.comment: Ralph might be correct about Sha'reff Rashad having a good chance to stick. Respected Dallas News draft writer Rick Gosselin had him ranked among his top 15 safeties and the Giants have kept several undrafted defensive backs in recent years -- Kevin Dockrey, James Butler and Craig Dahl.....It's hard to believe Derek Pegues of Mississippi State is having such a hard time landing a free agent contract. We were told one major scouting N.F.L. scouting service had him rated as a 3rd rounder coming into his senior season. While we thought that was too high, we figured he was draftable in the latter rounds or, at the very least, could be a priority free agent due to his special teams skills. We've been asked, via E-Mail, why he's dropped so much and we just don't know. Maybe it's due to something we are unaware of (injury?) or, perhaps, scouts see him as a tweener -- too small for safety; not fast enough for cornerback?


13 soon-to-be University of Hawaii seniors workout for N.F.L. scouts, but don't run 40 yard dash.


New England Patriots fit best for Eric Kettani and two other N.F.L. prospects from the Naval Academy.


Former Liberty wide receiver Matt Lambros was selected 10th overall in the C.F.L. draft by Toronto.


OC Register: All-Pac-10 U.S.C. center Kristofer O'Dowd is worthy of all the hype.

*** MAC Spring Wrap: Buffalo's Naaman Roosevelt headlines a list of wide receivers with N.F.L. potential.


Chris Low of does a great job looking at the Best of the spring in the SEC .


Closer look at Cleveland Browns' first-round draft choice Alex Mack, who has family ties to Ohio.


Rookie running back Knowshon Moreno ready to justify the Denver Broncos' trust in him.


We'd like to thank Adam and Brian from In The Bleachers for having us on for a draft wrap podcast this week.

*** feature by Josh Buchanan: Top 130 Small School Prospects for 2010 N.F.L. Draft

last updated: 05/06/09

New England Patriots rookie linebacker Tyrone McKenzie is out for the season with a torn A.C.L. in his right knee.


The Cincinnati Bengals have agreed to terms with former Dallas Cowboys safety Roy Williams.


Auburn linebacker Tray Blackmon goes undrafted, signs with the Calgary Stampeders of the C.F.L.


Villanova wide receiver Matt Szczur is on the N.F.L.'s radar, but he's already been drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers.


Draft writer notes Florida defensive end Carlos Dunlap has potential to be a top ten pick in 2010.


Quick look at rising Northwestern defensive end Corey Wootton and 9 other college stars poised to break out in 2009.


Try-out defensive lineman Jervonte Jackson gets free-agent deal with Eagles, joins his half-brother in Philadelphia.


Former Penn State quarterback Pat Devlin hopes his time at Delaware will lead to a long N.F.L. career.


Steve Doerschuk takes an in-depth look at Cleveland Browns' rookie wide receiver Brian Robiskie.


Bay Area News: Oakland Raiders' top pick Darrius Heyward-Bey could be a pleasant surprise.


Rookie defensive tackles Fili Moala & Terrance Taylor help Indianapolis Colts bulk up a smallish defense.


Pat Kirwan of Temper your expectations for draft's first-round pass rushers.


Ford Turner of the Patriot-News writes LeSean McCoy's early leap to the N.F.L. has been a intense whirlwind.


Defensive back Tom Nelson was mentioned as a free agent standout by coach Marvin Lewis after Bengals' rookie camp.


Steve Spurrier says cornerback Stephon Gilmore is one of the best football players to ever come to South Carolina.

last updated: 05/05/09

Tom Oates: Want to be a pro quarterback? Spread offense isn't the answer.


Ex-Western Illinois running back Herb Donaldson happy to be in New Orleans as a rookie free agent.

DD.comment: We don't agree with Herb's agent that being undrafted is better than being picked between rounds 5 and 7. While it may be beneficial in some cases, N.F.L. teams usually don't fritter away picks on players they don't need or want in a seven round draft, with 53 man rosters. Maybe an exception, where we would agree it's better not being drafted, is Dallas' recent class. If a playoff caliber team has 12 day two picks, it might use picks on players they probably can't keep.


Closer look at two notable rookie free agents: Tailback Ian Johnson and wide receiver Nate Swift.


ESPN analyst thinks undrafted Mitch King will "beat out" second round pick Sen'Derrick Marks in Tennesse.


Bruce Feldman, ESPN: 10 breakout players from spring practices


Mark Schlabach of takes an in-depth look at Alabama's new starting quarterback Greg McElroy.


The Sporting News: 10 second year N.F.L. players who will be vital to their teams' offense in 2009.


Pro Football Weekly rumors page: Why did Michael Oher and Rey Maualuga fall on draft day?


Former Nebraska coach Frank Solich says Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Carl Crawford was big-time quarterback prospect.

DD.comment: Outfielder Matt Holliday of the Oakland A's was believed to be a potential N.F.L. prospect (compared to John Elway and Troy Aikman by some), but he signed with the Colorado Rockies coming out of high school. Chicago White Sox third baseman Josh Fields was a very good starting quarterback at Oklahoma State and was considered a latter round prospect for the 2006 N.F.L. draft...Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Gabe Gross was a mediocre starting quarterback at Auburn in the latter part of the 1990's and pair of Colorado Rockies also played quarterback in the SEC -- Todd Helton (Tenn.) and Seth Smith (Ole Miss). Each backed up a Manning -- Peyton & Eli. Finally, Cleveland Indians infielder Mark DeRosa was a starting quarterback at Dartmouth, but was never considered a pro football prospect.


No deal in Cleveland for undrafted quarterback Graham Harrell, but coaching staff was positive, says agent.


Detroit Lions rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford well-conditioned for pressure.


Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones, who's considered a potential elite future prospect, has undergone surgery to repair a sports hernia.


More info on Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson running a great 40 time for N.F.L. scouts at his recent junior day.


Rookie running back Tyrell Sutton caught the attention of Packers coach Mike McCarthy at minicamp last weekend.


How excited should Oakland Raiders fans be about rookie safety Mike Mitchell?


Former Notre Dame defensive tackle Pat Kunz hopes to land a roster spot with the Indianapolis Colts.


Three ex-New York Jets quarterbacks comment on former U.S.C star Mark Sanchez.


The New England Patriots have signed three undrafted free agents from Navy, including fullback Eric Kettani.

DD.comment: Kettani came into his senior year rated as a draftable prospect by both Blesto and National (5th to 6th round) -- hence the Senior Bowl and Combine invites. While Kettani played well at the Senior Bowl, he was not allowed to attend the Combine (military obligations) and will not be eligible to play in the N.F.L. until, at least, 2011. The dimunutive Shun White was timed running a 4.4 by N.F.L. scouts as a junior, but rated as a undrafted free agent coming into his senior season. Tyree Barnes was not heavily on the radar of scouts, until he ran a excellent 40 time (4.4's) at his recent Pro Day.

last updated: 05/04/09

Scott Wright of Top N.F.L. Draft Values & Reaches.


27 year old rookie defensive end Gerald Washington finds it's a long way from Navy to N.F.L.


Page full of notes from the San Francisco 49ers recently completed minicamp.

DD.comment: Looks like once highly regarded linebacker Worrell Williams might be done -- 49ers won't even give him a free agent contract? Also, promising Michigan State DE/OLB Brandon Long was not signed due to injury issues.


The Tampa Bay Bucs signed seven try-out players to contracts Monday.


The Houston Texans have big plans for versatile, ex-Rice University tight end James Casey.


Tim Brewster's goal is to have Minnesota produce N.F.L. talent every year, says linebacker Simoni Lawrence is Gophers' best prospect.


The Jacksonville Jaguars waive Senior Bowl quarterback Nate Brown, sign Nader Abdallah and Mesphin Forrester to contracts.

DD.comment: Unless Bomar or White really surprise as N.F.L. signal-callers, this may go down as the weakest group of Senior Bowl quarterbacks ever. And the amazing part is, no big name senior quarterbacks refused to play, as they often do. It was just a weak group and they missed on promising Stephen McGee.


Cal-Berkely offensive lineman Mike Tepper's journey from the edge and back.


Bruce Feldman: Does Gator skill translate to next level?


Vaughn Martin's athleticism, background opening eyes at Chargers camp.


Dallas Cowboys' rookies DeAngelo Smith and Brandon Williams helped rescue Dallas News reporter after weekend canopy collapse.


John Clayton Rookies Aaron Curry and B.J. Raji among last weekends minicamps' stars.


Potential offensive weapons Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy and Cornelius Ingram flashed skills at the Eagles recent mini-camp.

DD.comment: While we like Jeremy Maclin as a prospect, he's very similar to DeSean Jackson, who had a strong rookie season last fall, and Kevin Curtis, who had the most receiving yards for an Eagle in 2007 (1,110) since the early 1980's. All three are smallish, but very fast. Point? We are bit surprised Andy Reid didn't seek out a more full sized outside target (Kenny Britt or Hakeem Nicks) in the T.O. mold?


Denver Post takes a closer look at Iraq war veteran Rulon Davis, a 25-year-old defensive end hoping to land a spot on the Broncos 53 man roster.


Rookie free safety Louis Delmas backed up his talk at Detroit Lions' recent minicamp.


First-round draft pick Knowshon Moreno digesting the Denver Broncos' complex offense.


New Miami Dolphins nose tackle Louis Ellis undrafted but not unwanted.


As Jets focus on Sanchez, former Harvard quarterback Chris Pizzotti hopes for a second look.


Miami Dolphins impressed with the play of speedy safety Chris Clemons at the teams rookie mini-camp.


Chick Ludwig reports the Bengals have signed 3 try-out players, including ex-Ball State tight end Darius Hill.


Defensive end Chris Long sympathizes with St. Louis Rams' new top draft pick Jason Smith.


Former U.S.F. defensive end Jarriett Buie will reportedly sign a free agent deal with Tampa Bay.

*** Feature: Josh Buchanan has listed the 44 Non-combine Invites that were Drafted.


Ex-James Madison quarterback Rodney Landers impresses at Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie minicamp.


Green Bay Packers take a serious look at three undrafted tight ends.


Springfield native Ron Brace hopes to have the Patriots as his family and Foxborough as home.


Undrafted defensive end Rhyan Anderson has rare athletic ability for a man his size, but can he impress the Packers with his football skills?


10 early observations from the Carolina Panthers rookie camp.

DD.comment: Watch out for former D-III wide receiver/kick returner Larry Beavers, who we've been told got a significant UFA signing bonus ($20,000) from the Panthers.

*** Question: Last season, Caleb Hanie made the Chicago Bears opening day roster as a undrafted quarterback. In 2007, Matt Moore did the same with Carolina. Prior to that, you have to go back to Tony Romo (2003) to find a undrafted quarterback that was on a active roster his entire rookie season. Which undrafted rookie quarterback has the best chance to make a 2009 opening day roster?

last updated: 05/03/09

L.A. Times: Rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez prepares to face Jets fans' negative energy.


Video: Boise State holds pro day for 2010 draft hopefulls and cornerback Kyle Wilson runs a reported 4.3.


N.F.L. sources say the Packers considered using their 9th overall pick on Clay Matthews III.


Rookie wide receiver Deon Butler makes a fast impression with the Seattle Seahawks.


Charean Williams notes the Detroit Lions have lost the draft rights to former Army star Caleb Campbell.


As we predicted last week, the Ravens have signed former Miami Dolphins quarterback John Beck.


Like, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is wondered what the heck Josh McDaniel is doing to his team?


Jaguars Rookie Notes: Former F.C.S and D-III cornerbacks -- Derek Cox and Pete Ittersagen -- Jack Del Rio.


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


27-year-old ex-U.S.C. defensive end Gerald Washington among 10 undrafted rookies signed by the Buffalo Bills.


Wahington Redskins offer try-out defensive end prospect J.D. Skolnitsky a free agent contract.


Ex-L.S.U. star Darry Beckwith shocked he went undrafted; believes knee issues were the reason for his draft free fall.


Defensive back Eric Fraser was Calgary's first round pick in yesterday's C.F.L. draft, but he will return to Central Michigan for his senior year.


Marshall University's leading rusher last season, Darius Marshall, has been suspended after being arrested on drug charges.


Patriots third-round pick Tyrone McKenzie injured his right knee at yesterday's morning practice.


Mike Detillier says L.S.U. stars Ciron Black and Brandon LaFell could be 2010 first round picks.


Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano likes what he's seen so far from rookie receivers Patrick Turner and Brian Hartline.


27 year-old Iraq War veteran Tony Fein hopes to make the Seattle Seahawks as a undrafted rookie.


Former Basketball star J'Nathan Bullock is a work in progress for the New York Jets.


St. Louis Rams running backs coach Sylvester Croom likes 7th round pick Chris Ogbonnaya.


Closer look at Patriots rookie quarterback-turned-receiver Julian Edelman.

DD.comment: According to all the 40 times we saw, Edelman runs better than a 4.6 (probably 4.49 to 4.53). He likely wouldn't have been drafted from a mid-major school like Kent State (which hasn't been to a bowl game since like 1972?) as a ex-quarterback/'athlete' if he ran in the 4.6's at only 5' 11".

last updated: 05/02/09

Jets Minicamp Notebook: Undrafted prospects Jamaal Westerman and Jack Simmons continue to impress; Shonn Greene shows strength.


Dan Pompei's scout talk: Which teams added the most talent in the N.F.L. draft?


Dan Pompei: Bears say they had no intention of drafting ex-Ohio safety Mike Mitchell in round 2.

DD.comment: Relevance here, is after the Raiders caught all kind of flak for drafting Mitchell so high, some tried to justify the pick by saying Chicago also wanted him round two...When you consider how poorly several high draft picks and big money free agents have fared playing safety in Oakland in recent years (Mike Huff, Stu Schweigert, Gibril Wilson), one has to wonder if any safety can thrive in their scheme? Schweigert, who looked good early in his N.F.L. career, thinks any free safety the Raiders draft or sign will have a very hard time.


New York Times: Craving for football drives a Season that Never Ends.


Complete list of selections in todays 6 Round C.F.L. Draft.


Tampa Bay Bucs rookie Marshall McDuffie hopes to put ugly 2006 brawl images behind him.


Buffalo Bills' rookie defensive end Aaron Maybin eager to deliver on expectations.


Ex-Eastern Michigan star T.J. Lang very impressive during first practice with Green Bay, could start at right tackle.


Gil Brandt: Rookie quarterback Stephen McGee leaves strong first impression at Dallas Cowboys minicamp.


Pat Kirwan: Drafting for the future is part of successful long-range plan.


Green Bay Packers director of college scouting breaks down the teams 11 rookie free agents.

DD.comment: Article also lists 21 try-out prospects and notes Andy Brodell was waived due to a injury.


Pat Kirwan: A look back at how 32 N.F.L. teams addressed various needs through the draft.


Pete Prisco: Re-grading 2006 N.F.L. Draft

last updated: 05/01/09

Bill Coats: St. Louis Rams first-teamers on 1st day of minicamp.

DD.comment: Rookies Jason Smith and James Laurinaitis could be starting by opening day.


Detroit Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford looked spectacular, at times, during his first N.F.L. practice.


Pac-10 football: The top 15 N.F.L. Draft prospects for 2010.


Former Texas Tech star quarterback Graham Harrell hopes to earn a free agent contract with Cleveland.

DD.comment: Harrell has the most write-in votes for a poll (3). We did not include him, because it's not 100% certain he will sign a N.F.L. contract.

*** Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea could be Pac-10's breakout player in 2009.


New York Post: Rex Ryan impressed early by undrafted rookies Jamaal Westerman, Jack Simmons and Brian Toal.


Rookie minicamp observations: Chicago Bears.


Ex-Michigan State safety Otis Wiley was expected to sign as a free agent with Detroit, but he didn't pass his physical.

*** has a list of 27 try-out prospects looking to impress Jim Zorn at O.T.A.'s.

*** has a list of all 27 try-out prospects looking to impress at O.T.A.'s.


Cincinnati Bengals' linebacker Rey Maualuga ready to show scouts what they missed.

DD.comment: With all due respect to Rey, he should worry more about becoming a quality starter for the Bengals and staying out of trouble off the field, than making scouts look bad. Ten years ago, Bengals number one pick Akili Smith (3rd overall) was absolutely obsessed with wanting to humilate the Browns and Eagles for picking Tim Couch and Donovan McNabb ahead of him. History shows he was actually worse than Tim Couch (who's considered a major bust) and only made the Bengals look like fools for drafting him so high.


Len Pasquarelli: N.F.L. has little room for spread quarterbacks.


Larry Fitzgerald's little brother, Marcus Fitzgerald, perseveres as he seeks job with Minnesota Vikings.


Jim Flynn of Pewter Report has listed the Tampa Buccaneers 33 try-out players.

DD.comment: As we noted in the blog before the draft, Tampa Bay really liked former Florida Internationl star Marshall McDuffie. So much, that they gave him a $15,000 signing bonus. That is more than twice what the averge undrafted free agent gets...As far as the try-out names, Gary Anderson Jr. sticks out. His father, Gary Anderson Sr., was a star for the Tampa Bay Bandits (U.S.F.L) in the mid-1980's, before moving onto the N.F.L. for over a decade. He played with the Buccaneers between 1990 and 1993.


Randy Lange of lists Gang Green Green 16 try-out players; list includes former B.C. star Brian Toal.


Will Hammock writes a pair of A.F.C. teams got 'athletic freaks' when they brought in Brannan Southerland and Jared Cook.


Alberta offensive lineman Simeon Rottier is projected to be top pick in the 2009 C.F.L. draft.

*** Injuries won't keep Cal speedster Javid Best from Heisman-worthy season.


Jets rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez set to play New York, New York.


The Orlando Sentinel: State of Florida shows great N.F.L. first-round potential for 2010.

*** takes a closer look at Northwestern's vastly underrated senior strong safety Brad Phillips.


Will British born and raised Jack Crawford be the next great defensive end at Penn State?

***'s Inside college football: Spring's biggest winners and losers.


Graham Watson of looks at fast-rising Troy senior quarterback Levi Brown.


The Miami Dolphins have signed 320-pound nose tackle Louis Ellis, who dominated for two seasons at Shaw University.


Jim Thomas of The St.Louis Post-Dispatch: Young players get a chance vs. veterans in Rams minicamp.

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