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last updated: 06/30/09
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Former N.F.L. head coach Dennis Green thinks quarterback Michael Vick will wind up with the Miami Dolphins.

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U.S.C.'s brainy Jeff Byers leads offensive line that ranks among nation's best.

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Russ Lande of The Sporting News has posted a partial (1-16) 2010 N.F.L. Mock Draft.

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ESPN.com: Deja vu all over again: U.S.C.'s loaded backfield a hot topic.

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The Sporting News: Speedy Penn State tailback Stephfon Green makes splash with big run.

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Former Rutgers running back Brian Leonard sees 'excellent opportunity' with the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Closer look at Duke defensive tackle/fast-rising N.F.L. prospect Vince Oghobaase.

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Draft Daddy's Top 10 Small School Senior Running Back Prospects (loosely ranked, with Bio or stat links):

LaMarcus Coker ~ Hampton University (Tennessee Transfer)

William Ford ~ South Carolina State University

Joique Bell ~ Wayne State University

Ray Ray McElrathbey ~ Howard University (Clemson Transfer)

Pat Paschall ~ North Dakota State University

Jordan Paula ~ South Dakota State University (Fullback)

David McCarty ~ University at Albany

Jarom Freeman ~ Southern Connecticut State University

Bobby McClintock ~ Portland State University (Fullback)

Dre Gibbs ~ Western Illinois University (Fullback)


Honorable Mentions: David Sinisi ~ Monmouth College; Trevyn Smith ~ Weber State University; Keithon Flemming ~ West Texas A&M University; James Mallory ~ Central Connecticut State; Tony Nelson ~ University of Massachusetts; Conte Cuttino ~ Stony Brook University LaRon Council ~ Northwest Missouri State University

DD.comment: When we listed the top 20 senior small school wide receiver prospects last week (6/23) we mentioned how strong that group was -- loaded with potential N.F.L. prospects. This group, in contrast, is not considered that good, as none of the running back prospects listed above has a real good chance of being drafted, right now (obviously things can change)... Hampton's LaMarcus Coker is probably the most physically gifted small school running back, but scouts will not rate him as high as he deserves to be due to all the serious off-field issues that got him bounced from the University of Tennessee....William Ford is not a big back (5' 9"), but he possesses excellent speed, is a tough runner and can help out as a return specialist....Jordan Paula of S.D.S.U. is a fascinating prospect as a classic fullback/H-Back. He's fairly athletic for a 6'3", 250 pounder and runs the 40 yard dash in the 4.54 range. While he's currently considered a free agent type, he could be a prospect a team like the Minnesota Vikings could utilize as a blocking fullback/H-Back -- think a Jim Kliensasser or Jeff Dugan type?

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last updated: 06/29/09
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Peter Prisco lists his Top 50 N.F.L. Players.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed undrafted rookie wide receiver Andy Strickland.

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Bleacher Report Senior Spotlight: U.N.L.V. wide receiver Ryan Wolfe.

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Texas Longhorns' star linebacker Sergio Kindle in trouble after leaving scene of an accident last week.

DD.comment: An anonymous N.F.L. scout told the Houston Chronicle a few weeks ago that Kindle would be top 10 pick in 2010.

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Ex-Michigan State star Otis Wiley hopes to make the Lions when training camp starts next month.

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Athlon Sports: U.S.C. shuffles backfield of All-Americans

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Poll Daddy Update: Who is the top quarterback prospect in the senior class?

DD.comment: With close to 150 votes in, this looks like a two-man battle between Tim Tebow & Colt McCoy.

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Draft Daddy's Top Small School Senior Quarterbacks (loosely ranked, with Bio links):

John Skelton ~ Fordham University

Kellen Lewis ~ Valdosta State (Indiana Transfer/Wide Receiver Prospect)

Armanti Edwards ~ Appalachian State University (Wide Receiver Prospect)

Ryan Perrilloux ~ Jacksonville State University (Louisiana State Transfer)

Bradley George ~ Texas State University (Ex-Pro Baseball)

Andrew Krewatch ~ University of Indiana (PA)

Sebastian Trujillo ~ University of San Diego

Curtis Pulley ~ Florida A&M University (Kentucky Transfer)

Matt Nichols ~ Eastern Washington University

Billy Cundiff ~ Ashland University (Connecticut Transfer)

Noah Shepard ~ South Dakota State University

Trevor Harris ~ Edinboro University

Dominic Randolph ~ Holy Cross

Eric Ward ~ Richmond University

Pat Grace ~ Northern Iowa University


DD.comment: Skelton is the only prospect in the group above that seems to have a good chance of being drafted as a quarterback. According to our scouting source, that has watched game film on him, he's very raw at this point, but he's a prospect with some upside potential due to his N.F.L. size, strong arm and nimble feet. He currently carries a latter round projection (5th-7th) from scouts....Texas State's Bradley George is very similar to Skelton in terms of size and athletic ability, but the former minor baseball player is already 27 years old, so some scouts believe his upside potential is much more limited. At this point, he's regarded as a free agent prospect....Quarterbacks Kellen Lewis and Armanti Edwards have a pretty good chance of being drafted as wide receivers/kick returners due to their speed and athletic ability...Curtis Pulley might also get a look at wide receiver, if he doesn't make it as a quarterback. He's (6'3"), has decent speed (4.6) and he did play some wide receiver at Kentucky...Ryan Perrilloux is considered a latter round/free agent type prospect by most scouts. Obviously, his history of off-field problems at L.S.U. will not help his draft stock. Also, if scouts are correct about his 40 time (4.90), he'll be considered too slow, at his size (6' 2", 230), to play any other position in the N.F.L., except for quarterback.

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last updated: 06/28/09
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North Carolina State linebacker/N.F.L. prospect Nate Irving suffers broken leg and collapsed lung in a car accident.

DD.comment: Irving considered entering the 2009 draft. We hope he makes a full and fast recovery from his injuries.

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Colorado will allow impact wide receiver/return specialist Josh Smith to transfer to U.C.L.A.

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The Lincoln Journal Star's Sunday feature puts the spotlight on Nebraska I-back Roy Helu Jr.

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Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun compares B.C.S. to Communism.

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The Helena Independent Record takes a closer look at new Montana Grizzlies' quarterback Justin Roper.

DD.comment: Check out Mr.Roper's high school exploits in basketball, swimming and track. He's very agile and athletic for a man his size (6'6"), which is why we expect N.F.L. scouts to keep a very close eye on him the next two years.

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The Dallas Morning News: Big 12 appears ready to surpass SEC in football

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The New York Times takes an in-depth look at the 2009 Vanderbilt Commodores

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last updated: 06/27/09
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The University of Montana has added Oregon transfer/potential N.F.L. quarterback prospect Justin Roper to their roster.

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Football.com's 2010 NFL Draft Diamond Hunter series: Sam Houston State defensive end Chris Brown

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Athlonsports.com's Top 10 Offensive Lines in college football.

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The Detroit Lions have agreed to trade safety Gerald Alexander to the Jacksonville Jaguars for veteran wide receiver Dennis Northcutt.

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Golden State Warriors' draft: The anti-Oakland Raiders.

DD.comment: While it might be in vogue to bash the Heyward-Bey pick, we really can't join in too much because we've had him ranked high for a while. Check out the list below (from June 26th, 2007 blog) where we ranked the top-sophomore-to-be receivers:

Very Early Top Sophomore Wide Receivers Watch List (06/07/2007): [Loosely Ranked]

Darrius Heyward Bey ~ Maryland

Percy Harvin ~ Florida

Oderick Turner ~ Pittsburgh

Kenny Britt ~ Rutgers

Hakeem Nicks ~ North Carolina

Richard Sherman ~ Stanford

Brian Hartline ~ Ohio State

Sam Shields ~ Miami-Florida

Dominique Douglas ~ Iowa

Austin Collie ~ Brigham Young


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DD.comment: Actually, we think we did a good job with that group of receivers, in retrospect. Only six wide receivers that left school after their junior years wound up being drafted two months ago. All six made our top 10 way back in 2007! Matter of fact, if you take away Oderick Turner, who's stock has really plunged since his great freshman year, we got all the '09 first round junior receivers (Crabtree and Maclin were sophs) in the order they were selected: Heyward-Bey first, followed by Harvin, Nicks and Britt. Also, we might have been the only people on the planet that had both Hartline and Collie ranked that high at any point during their college careers. Both wound up leaving as juniors and were early day two picks. And from all early indications, the Dolphins and Colts are very happy they drafted Brian and Austin.

On the flip side (negative), three of the players we had in the top 10 will most likely never play wide receiver in the N.F.L. Richard Sherman and Sam Shields, who showed so much potential as freshmen, have been moved to cornerback heading into their senior years. Both are seen as marginal N.F.L. prospects at this point...Dominique Douglas' promising career has been derailed by serious legal problems. He was released from jail recently and said he hopes to play D-II ball, but he's done a lot of damage to his career and playing in the N.F.L. seems like a long shot now.

P.S: Our 11th ranked wide receiver on that June, 26th, 2007 list (of 30 soph WR's) was Eric Decker of Minnesota, who could be a day one selection in the 2010 draft. We also had top prospect Brandon Lafell on the list, even though he did not play a lot as a freshman.

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last updated: 06/26/09
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Former Texas Tech wide receiver Eric Morris could turn out to be a triple threat for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

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In-depth look Central Michigan quarterback Dan Lefevour, who believes he can drafted in the top 2 rounds.

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Matthew Hayes of The Sporting News ranks the top defensive units in college football.

DD.comment: Connecticut also has outstanding linebackers with fast-rising juniors Scott Lutrus and Lawrence Wilson, as well as the improving Greg Lloyd Jr.

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Ted Miller of ESPN looks at Dexter Davis, Arizona State's weight room Warrior.

DD.comment: Scouts have Davis at a shade over 6' 1" and 250 pounds, so he really can be considered a DE/OLB tweener.

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Heather Dinich of ESPN.com Counts down the A.C.C.'s top 30 players: Clemson's C.J. Spiller (#1)

DD.comment: Links to most of Heather's top 30 players are on the Spiller page.

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Our friends Adam and Brian's fairly recent In the Bleachers Podcast with college football guru Phil Steele.

DD.comment: We'd like to mention Phil Steele College Football Preview is a great source for college football fans and possibly the best for F.C.S. preseason information. We sincerely hope that fans who enjoy that level of play support them by purchasing a copy to help in their sales, which might lead to them doing a F.C.S. only magazine in the future.

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last updated: 06/25/09
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The New York Times takes an in-depth look at the 2009 Connecticut Huskies.

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Alex Marvez: Rookie revelations before N.F.L. training camps.

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North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates says thumb is fine two months after Ultimate Frisbee injury.

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After 40-plus years of being mostly an afterthought in the SEC race, Ole Miss enters the 2009 season with title hopes.

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Northwestern continues to explore Wrigley Field game

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Updated two-round 2009 N.B.A. mock drafts from NBADraft.net & DraftExpress.com

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Speedy football/track star Trindon Holiday will leave L.S.U. with at least two championship rings.

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Orlando Sentinel: Gators' spread offense catching on in the N.F.L.

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Rivals.com: Steve Sarkisian's revival effort underway at the University of Washington.

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Our friends Adam and Brian from In The Bleachers have posted a great Podcast with Bruce Feldman of ESPN.

DD.comment: Bruce gives his thoughts on every team in the PAC-10 and SEC. This is a podcast you do not want to miss!

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last updated: 06/24/09
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Following a career season, in which he was on pace for 1,000 receiving yards prior to his suspension, Matt Jones is still looking for a job.

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Middle Tennessee State has suspended Eldred King following his admission that he hit his girlfriend.

DD.comment: This is not a insignificant story for draft followers. As we noted in June 15th's blog, King was considered a potential draft pick by N.F.L. scouts due to his outstanding speed.

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Respected NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt does a great job breaking down the Top Wide Receivers in the senior class.

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Earlier today we asked our readers to help us out with a technical issue -- battling a "mirror site", which could be hurting our website. We want to thank all the readers that have E-Mailed us and given us advice on what to do. In particular, we'd like to thank Peter and Karen in New York City, who actually tracked down the person that put the site up in the spring of 2007...We still would love more input, particularly from tech experts who know how much (if at all) this "mirror site" negatively effects us. But, again, we thank all that have helped us so far.

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Could University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker be John Elway Jr.?

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The Deseret News takes an in-depth look at Indianapolis Colts rookie wide receiver Austin Collie.

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USA Today takes an in-depth look Central Michigan's dual-threat quarterback Dan Lefevour.

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Speedy University of Colorado wide receiver Josh Smith can only transfer to U.S.C.

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With the emergence of Jake Sharpe at tailback, Kansas has shifted valuable runner Angus Quigley to linebacker.

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Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson feels comfortable carrying the load.

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Bleacher Report: Is Georgia Tech sophomore Roddy Jones the A.C.C.'s best A-Back?

DD.comment: Tech is absolutely stacked in the backfield. Not only do they have the fast-rising Jones, but bullish tailback Jonathan Dwyer, who gained over 1,600 total yards from scrimmage last season, seems to possess next level talent. If that's not enough, junior fullback Lucas Cox can block as well as his older brother (who plays for the K.C. Chiefs) and reminds us a little bit of Peyton Hillis of the Broncos when he's running the football.

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Draft Daddy's Top 12 Senior Tight Ends (loosely ranked, with stats links):

Jermaine Gresham ~ University of Oklahoma

Garrett Graham ~ University of Wisconsin (H-Back)

Jeron Mastrud ~ Kansas State University

Ed Dickson ~ University of Oregon

Michael Hoomanawanui ~ University of Illinois

Nate Byham ~ University of Pittsburgh

Cody Slate ~ Marshall University (H-Back)

Anthony McCoy ~ University of Southern California

Richard Dickson ~ Louisiana State University (H-Back)

Dennis Pitta ~ Brigham Young University (H-Back)

Dedrick Epps ~ University of Miami-Florida

Andrew Quarless ~ Penn State University


DD.comment: Scouts currently have Jermaine Gresham as the highest ranked tight end in the senior class by a fairly wide margin. He possesses the athletic ability and hands to be a receiving threat down field, as well as the size (6' 6"/256) needed to be an effective blocker at the line scrimmage. While Gresham needs to improve his blocking a bit, his combination of size and athletic ability is rare in this class, which is loaded with smaller H-Back types...Another player strikingly similar to Gresham, in terms of size and speed, is Jeron Mastrud (6' 5", 249) of Kansas State. Keep an eye on him, he's a player scouts really like a lot....Andrew Quarless also possesses solid size/speed numbers, but he's been dogged by off-field issues and has never been real productive as a receiver, so he's currently regarded as a latter round prospect...Cody Slate of Marshall might be the fastest and most athletic in this group (timed in the high 4.5's/low 4.6's), but he only weighs in the 220 pound range, so he will likely fit in as a H-Back or inside receiver at the next level.

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Draftdaddy.com has come a long way in a relatively short period of time (since 2004) -- many N.F.L. scouts and big-time player agents have personally told us they read our site daily. We've also been told by football sources that several scouting execs from some of the top teams in the N.F.L. frequent DD.com, mostly looking for valuable prospect info and news links in the blog. In addition to this, we've caught the eye of ESPN.com (invited to cover their pre-draft party), NFL.com and many mainstream papers -- Dallas News, St.Louis Post and several others.

With all this mind, we know things can be much better for us, especially if we could get some "non-content issues" straighted out this summer. One of the things we need to address head on is a potentially serious problem we are having with this DraftDaddy.com mirror site. While we are not sure how much damage this "mirror site" is doing to us, we have no reason to believe it's helping our cause. At this point we'd like to ask two things from our readers:

1) If the person that set up the mirror site is out there and reading this blog note, please consider taking it down. Again, we don't want to get into specifics, but we did not ask for it to be put up and we have every reason to believe this mirror site is having a negative impact on us and washing away a lot of the hard work we've put in to build this site up.

2) We'd like to ask any of our readers with knowledge on this subject (impact of mirror sites) to please contact us via E-Mail and give us some opinions on how much this mirror site effects us and how we can best handle the situation going forward. We can be reached at nfldraftdaddy@gmail.com. Any input would be sincerely appreciated.

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last updated: 06/23/09
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The Los Angeles Times reports U.S.C. quarterback Mitch Mustain is dealing with academic eligibility issues.

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While football is still his priority, Washington quarterback Jake Locker will meet with the L.A. Angels.

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The Chargers have cut undrafted rookie Jeremy Childs, who left Boise State early thinking he would be drafted.

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Tim Griffin of ESPN.com look at how sacks skew rushing statistics in college football.

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Recently posted chat wrap with NFL.com personnel guru Gil Brandt.

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Football.com's 2010 NFL Draft Diamond Hunter series: Morgan State offensive tackle Robert Norris

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Football.com's 2010 NFL Draft Diamond Hunter series: Fordham cornerback Kelvin Colbert

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Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.com looks at fast-rising Penn State linebacker Navorro Bowman.

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Matthew Hayes of The Sporting News ranks the top offensive units in college football.

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SI.com: Protective insurance policies now norm for top college prospects.

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Draft Daddy's Top 20 Small School Senior Wide Receivers (loosely ranked, with Bio links):

Andre Roberts ~ The Citadel

Preston Parker ~ Northern Alabama University (Ex-Florida State)

Pat Simonds ~ Colgate University

Ricardo Lockette ~ Fort Valley State University

Donald Jones ~ Youngstown State University

Bakari Grant ~ University of California-Davis

Marc Mariani ~ University of Montana

Kelton Tindal ~ Newberry College

Chris Carter ~ University of California-Davis

Tim Toone ~ Weber State University

Jeremy Horne ~ University of Massachussets (Ex-Syracuse)

Juamorris Stewart ~ Southern University

Marcel Thompson ~ Lindenwood University

Aaron Boyce ~ Eastern Washington University

Terrell Hudgins ~ Elon College (Ex-East Carolina)

Contrevious Parks ~ Stephen F. Austin State University

Harry von Kann ~ Kenyon College

Johnny Spevak ~ Central Washington University

Phillip Kirkland ~ Bethune-Cookman University

Eyad Salem ~ Illinois State University


DD.comment: This is a strong group. We'd say the top 5 or 6 prospects listed above are currently considered draftable by N.F.L. teams. After that, the next 5 or 6 listed are on cusp of being draft worthy. Obviously a strong senior year and good workouts are required for all these small school prospects, if they hope to be drafted or sign as priority free agents.

Also, I'd like to thank my friend Josh Buchanan for his help putting together this list. Content wise, Draft Daddy is basically a one man show most of the year and it can become overwhelming at times. But Josh's help has been invaluable the last few years for me. I can't even begin to thank him enough....We are not sure if Josh has posted his last article on the Net or not, but if he ever gets the desire to do draft related stuff again, he's more than welcome here. In addition to being a great contributor to this site, he became a very good and trusted friend. I sincerely wish him the best of luck going forward and hope he keeps in touch from time to time.

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last updated: 06/22/09
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Closer look at fast rising West Virginia University wide receiver Alric Arnett.

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The Baltimore Ravens have released undrafted rookie quarterback Drew Willy.

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Adam Nettina's 50 Best of the Non-B.C.S. countdown looks at Nevada-Reno tailback Vai Taua (#38).

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Adam Nettina's 50 Best of the Non-B.C.S. countdown looks at Central Michigan defensive end Frank Zombo (#39).

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Adam Nettina's 50 Best of the Non-B.C.S. countdown looks at Texas El-Paso quarterback Trevor Vittatoe, (#40).

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Bleacher Report: Can JaMarcus Russell prove he is an elite quarterback in 2009?

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ESPN: While he stars as a receiver, Dez Bryant also excels as a punt returner for Oklahoma State.

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Central Washington wide receiver among 26 athletes named to The Sporting News' 2009 Division II Pre-season All-American Team.

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Syracuse quarterback Greg Paulus has been down in New Orleans watching Drew Brees.

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South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Burned by Web hype, recruiters go with gut.

DD.comment: It's surprising that Miami's recruiting coordinator was candid enough to say they based much of their recruiting on Net recruiting sites. We've had a theory that too much reliance on the "star-ratings", by the traditional powers, has really helped some formerly sad-sack programs: While the Miami's of the world chase after recruits that get lofty ratings from a solitary person sitting in a cubicle, who has never seen them play in person, programs like Vanderbilt, Stanford, Kansas, Northwestern, Connecticut, Boise State and Minnesota, that were going nowhere fast, went out and got a bunch of 2-star guys that were/are productive, hard working and absolute terrors on the football field.

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Draft Daddy's Top 20 Senior Wide Receivers (with Stats links):

Flankers & Split Ends:

Brandon LaFell ~ Louisiana State University

Marshwan Gilyard ~ University of Cincinnati

Eric Decker ~ University of Minnesota

Jeff Cumberland ~ University of Illinois (H-Back)

Chris McGaha ~ Arizona State University

Jeremy Williams ~ Tulane University

Shay Hodge ~ University of Mississippi

Danario Alexender ~ University of Missouri

Blair White ~ Michigan State University

Alric Arnett ~ West Virginia University

Nyan Boateng ~ University of California-Berkeley

Riley Cooper ~ University of Florida

Naaman Roosevelt ~ University of Buffalo

Kerry Meier ~ University of Kansas (H-Back)


Slot Receivers:

Jacoby Ford ~ Clemson University

Jordan Shipley ~ University of Texas

Andre Roberts ~ The Citadel

Brandon Banks ~ Kansas State University

Dexter McCluster ~ University of Mississippi (Tailback)

Preston Parker ~ Northern Alabama University (Ex-Florida State)


DD.comment: The prospects above are loosely ranked. The problem with doing a list like this so far ahead of time is so much can change by next spring. Also, in order to shave the lists down, we always have to leave off many worthy candidates who aren't currently high on the radar of scouts, but have a chance to significantly raise their draft stock as seniors...Random Notes: Jacoby Ford is currently considered one of the top 5 (overall) wide receiver prospects by N.F.L. scouts. We moved him to slot receiver because that's were we think the smallish (5' 9") Clemson speedster (4.35) best fits -- sort of a Eddie Royal type? He's joined by 5 other quality receivers that might be best served as slot receivers at the next level...As fast as Ford is, scouts believe 5' 7" Kansas State receiver/return specialist Brandon Banks is faster -- he been timed in the 4.29 area by league talent evaluators!....Illinois' Jeff Cumberland is a fascinating prospect. He's almost 6' 5' and 250 pounds, but scouts believe he runs in the high 4.4's or low 4.5's, so he's currently listed as a "wide receiver" by most N.F.L. teams. Nonetheless, he might eventually project as a H-Back or tight end if he gains weight or does not run as fast as expected. Either way, Jeff's a player to keep a very close eye on this fall...Prolific Kerry Meier (6' 3", 226) isn't as big as Cumberland, but speed concerns might eventually push him to H-Back, a position his older brother, Shad, played in the N.F.L. for six seasons. In addition to being a quality receiver, Meier is Kansas' backup quarterback, so he's a versatile athlete, even if he does "only" run in the mid-to-high 4.6's, as scouts expect.

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last updated: 06/21/09
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Former Indiana quarterback Kellen Lewis will play at Division II Valdosta State this year.

DD.comment: N.F.L. teams currently have Lewis rated as a 6th to 7th round type prospect, at wide receiver. According to our scouting sources, his measurables (size, speed) are very similar to Julian Edelman's, former Kent State quarterback who was selected in round 7 as a wide receiver by the Patriots.

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12 newcomers - true freshmen, redshirt freshmen and eligible transfers - will make an immediate impact in the Big 12.

DD.comment: In terms of immediate draft potential, 350 pound Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor is the player to watch from the link above, as N.F.L. teams seem to love these jumbo-sized defensive tackles that display some agility.

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New York Giants rookie wide reliever Ramses Barden made right call to play football.

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It been a very hectic off-season for University of Texas' star quarterback Colt McCoy.

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Scout.com writer breaks down the University of Tennessee's Defensive Ends.

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Closer look at North Carolina State's fast-rising sophomore quarterback Russell Wilson, who could be a future M.L.B. draft pick.

DD.comment: Wilson seems to be a better football player than baseball player, at this point. A quick look at his stats in both sports makes that quite clear. His lack of ideal height, however, complicates things. High impact 5' 10" (or shorter) second baseman in Major League Baseball are common; 5' 10" quarterbacks in the N.F.L. are very rare.

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Even though North Carolina State starts Russell Wilson at quarterback, Mike Glennon appears to have a bright future.

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Baltimore running back Ray Rice readies for a breakout second season in the N.F.L.

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In-depth look at 84 year old Dave Campbell, who's been putting out Texas Football since 1960.

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last updated: 06/20/09
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Chick Ludwig has posted plenty of great Cincinnati Bengals info, including a Two-Deep Depth Chart.

DD.comment: Looks like undrafted rookie Chris Pressley is ahead of 7th round pick Fui Vakapuna at fullback?

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Wearing his familiar No. 9 jersey for the Bloomington Extreme, Peter Warrick now playing for love of game.

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Ole Miss is very happy with the rapid progress young left tackle Bradley Sowell has displayed.

DD.comment: We posted a similar glowing article during spring practice. This is a kid we'll keep a close eye on going forward.

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Georgia Bulldogs' junior defensive end DeMarcus Dobbs looking to put more heat on quarterbacks.

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Football Freakz has posted a one round 2010 N.F.L. Mock Draft.

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Quarterback J.P. Losman and two other ex-Buffalo Bills moving on to U.F.L.

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Ole Miss defensive end Greg Hardy doen't want to be remembered as a one-dimensional player.

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Draft Daddy's Top 10 Senior Tailbacks (with Stats links):

C.J. Spiller ~ Clemson University

Charles Scott ~ Louisiana State University

Toby Gerhart ~ Stanford University

LeGarrette Blount ~ University of Oregon

Anthony Dixon ~ Mississippi State University

James Starks ~ University of Buffalo

Stafon Johnson ~ University of Southern California

Lonyae Miller ~ Fresno State University

Keiland Williams ~ Louisiana State University

Jake Sharp ~ University of Kansas


DD.comment: Lightning fast Clemson star C.J Spiller is the top rated tailback in the senior class, by a wide margin, according to our N.F.L. sources. He's been rated as a first rounder going into his senior year, which should not surprise draft followers, as C.J. claimed he got a first round projection from the N.F.L.'s Draft Advisory Panel in early January...After Spiller, L.S.U.'s Charles Scott and Stanford's Toby Gerhart come into the mix. Both players are believed to possess similar size/speed ratio's and posted almost identical rushing and receiving stats as juniors. DD.com was probably the only football site on the Net to rank Gerhart among the top 10 tailbacks in his class the last few years, but we get the feeling that will change soon...LaGarrett Blount of Oregon and Anthony Dixon of Miss. State are also full-sized runners that N.F.L. scouts like. Blount is a JUCO transfer who came up big for the Ducks last fall, and he'll most definitely be asked to do more as a senior...Mid-major F.B.S. stars James Starks and Lonyae Miller of Fresno State are talented medium sized backs that have scouts intrigued. Main difference between the two, right now, is Starks is a prolific receiver out of the backfield, while Miller did not a catch a ball last season. That will have to change if Lonyae wants to elevate his stock...Stafon Johnson of U.S.C. is a talented back, with a decent mix of size and speed, but it will be hard for him to showcase his skills on a team loaded with so many talented running backs.....As far as the last few slots, we could have gone with 15 different players, who have received similar projections, but in attempt to add some quicker athletes, with excellent hands, we rounded this early group out with Keiland Williams and Jake Sharpe, a versatile pair that can serve as 3rd down backs and help out on special teams. While Williams is bigger, runs with more power and could be more durable, Sharpe has has been more of a receiving threat and is probably faster. Scouts believe Jake runs in the high 4.4's, but K.U. coaches claim the workout warrior runs in the 4.3's. If this is true, his measurables and stats would be similar to C.J. Spiller's.

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last updated: 06/19/09
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If any of our readers are avid Division II football fans and want a great preseason publication, we suggest they check out D2Football Preview.

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Mike Hart expects Michigan tailback Brandon Minor to have a breakout senior season.

DD.comment: As we noted earlier, Minor is currently considered a draftable prospect by scouts -- 5th to 7th rounds. In our opinion, he will need to run faster than his perceived 40 time (low 4.6's) and show better hands (only 9 career catches) to improve his draft stock.

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Florida State seniors Richard Goodman & Dekoda Watson -- and seemingly every other F.S.U. player? -- claim they recently ran sub 4.40 40's.

DD.comment: The only F.S.U. senior scouts expect to run a sub 4.5 is cornerback Patrick Robinson, who is currently considered a 2nd to 3rd round prospect. All these other times for the senior prospects seem way too fast. Also despite the recently reported fancy 40 time, Goodman is facing serious legal problems, which could haunt him for many years -- lowered draft stock, civil lawsuits, ect.

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Ted Miller of ESPN.com looks at Oregon Ducks' cornerback Walter Thurmond, who is currently considered a 3rd to 5th round N.F.L. prospect.

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Gil Brandt looks at the Top Running Back Prospects in the senior class.

DD.comment: Gil beat us to the punch, we talked to some N.F.L. sources recently and had a similar list of top running backs which we should've posted last night, but ran out of time to blog and decided to post it early next week (when traffic goes up). We'll post it soon, but for now we can say our top 6 prospects are very similar to Mr. Brandt's. After that, our list is vastly different, perhaps because scouts are not so sure what to make of this group after the top 5 or 6?...Gil is absolutely correct that most scouts have Minor and James in their top 10, but those are two guys we don't have in our top 10. Neither has been officially timed, but scouts are not expecting either to run fast. We also have to wonder if Javarris James, who doesn't get significant touches behind Graig Cooper, is overrated a bit by scouts because he's the cousin of N.F.L. star Edgerrin James? Looking at Jarvis' rushing stats, they are not special (even when he's healthy) and his measurables are expected to be mediocre -- 5' 11', 199, estimated 40 time in the 4.6's....Fresno State's Lonyae Miller is a bit unknown, right now, but he's an example of a player we'd clearly rate higher than James.

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Former St. Cloud State defensive end Ryan Kees hopes to stick with the Detroit Lions as a rookie free agent.

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U.C.L.A. wide receiver Dominique Johnson is transferring to Cal Poly, while tailback Raymond Carter is leaving for Colorado State.

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Complete list of U.F.L. Draft Picks includes many ex-N.F.L. starters.

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Former Rice quarterback Chase Clement decides C.F.L. is not for him, takes a 9-5 job instead.

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last updated: 06/18/09
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Josh Buchanan's in-depth Southern Conference Preview, plus the SoCons Top 20 players.

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Some ex-N.F.L. big names get drafted by U.F.L.

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Q&A with Troy Trojans' linebacker Bear Woods.

DD.comment: The productive Bear Woods has received a 7th round/free agent type grade from scouts heading into his senior season. He's listed at 5' 11" and 240 pounds, but his exact 40 time is unknown at this point....Amazingly, Troy has six senior starters on defense that are on the radar of the N.F.L.scouts. The top prospect, by a wide margin, is defensive end Brandon Lang, who some believe is in the mold of former of Trojan stars DeMarcus Ware and Osi Umenyiora. He's currently projected as a 2nd to 3rd round type, but he could elevate to first round status with a big senior season, coupled with excellent pre-draft workouts. After Lang, undersized, but productive defensive end Cameron Sheffield and cornerback Jorrick Calvin pop up in the 3rd to 5th round range, although neither seems to possess great measurables.

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Is young L.S.U. quarterback Jordan Jefferson headed for a breakout season?

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Fullbacks Marcus Sims and Seddrick Holloway are both taking some time to evaluate their futures at Florida State.

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Mocking The Draft's early draft preview: Defensive Ends

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Once considered a rising star at Auburn, linebacker Tray Blackmon tries to start pro career in the C.F.L.

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Tim Griffin of ESPN.com takes an in-depth look at fast-rising Baylor Bears tailback Jay Finley.

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Ted Miller of ESPN.com takes a closer glance at speedy Cal-Berkeley tailback Jahvid Best.

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Chris Low, ESPN.com: What does vacating wins really mean?

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last updated: 06/17/09
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Some talented youngsters have Minnesota Gophers coaches excited, particularly redshirt freshman quarterback MarQueis Gray.

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Adam Nettina's 50 Best of the Non-B.C.S. countdown looks at S.M.U. wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (#41).

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Adam Nettina's 50 Best of the Non-B.C.S. countdown looks at Wyoming free safety Chris Prosinski (#42).

DD.comment: We thank Adam for all the nice words about Draft Daddy. A few years ago we linked a article in which Wyoming coaches claimed Prosinski could be another John Wendling for the Cowboys. So far Chris looks outstanding and should get even better before he's done, but Wendling is a tough act follow. Not only was he a great college safety, but he had above average speed for a N.F.L. safety prospect and freakish leaping ability. Wendling is currently regarded as a Pro Bowl caliber special teams player for the Buffalo Bills, but hopes to see more time at safety this fall.

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Adam Nettina's 50 Best of the Non-B.C.S. countdown looks at Colorado State guard Shelly Smith (#43).

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Former U.N.L.V. wide receiver Casey Flair hopes to catch on with fledgling Las Vegas U.F.L. team.

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JUCO wide receiver Hayo Carpenter hasn't played at Minnesota yet, but he is already receiving preseason honors.

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Tony Pauline of TFY Draft has posted a BLESTO/National Grades Overview: Defense

DD.comment: Another player worth noting is San Jose State's Justin Cole. He's played some defensive end for the Spartans, but we've been told both scouts currently rank him in the late second, third round area as a inside linebacker...Roddrick Muckelroy of Texas was given a very similar projection, but he's listed as a outside linebacker.

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Football.com's 2010 NFL Draft Diamond Hunter series: Baylor center J.D. Walton

DD.comment: Keep a close eye on this kid. According to our league sources, both of the N.F.L.'s major scouting services have given him a solid draftable grade heading into his senior year -- 3nd to 5th round? Boston College's Matt Tennant is the only other pure center currently ranked as high by scouts.

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N.F.L. Draft Parody: How former Franklin & Marshall linebacker James Gregory go undrafted?

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Where's the beef? College offensive lines smaller than you think.

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Josh Buchanan's Top 60 Small School Senior Prospects:

Rank. Pos Name, School, size, 40 speed, Rd. Proj.

1. WR Andre' Roberts, Citadel, (5107, 190), 4.45/4.50, 3rd-4th Round

2. CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Indiana PA, (6005, 197), 4.47/4.48, 4th

3. OT Vladimir Ducasse, Massachusetts, (6050, 3280, 5.30/5.33, 4th-5th

4. WR Donald Jones, Youngstown State, (6003, 210), 4.55/4.57, 4th-5th

5. DE Austen Lane, Murray State, (6062, 259), 4.62/4.70, 5th-6th

6. TE Clay Harbor, Missouri State, (6030, 240), 4.70/4.75, 6th

7. OT Derek Hardman, Eastern Kentucky, (6054, 294), 5.20/5.23, 6th

8. OT Casey Knips, South Dakota State, (6080, 308), 5.20/5.21, 6th-7th

9. WR Pat Simonds, Colgate, (6053, 222), 4.57/4.58, 6th-7th

10. WR Ricardo Lockette, Fort Valley State, (6020, 205), 4.36/4.48, 6th-7th

Click here for small school prospects 11 to 60

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last updated: 06/16/09
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The college career of prolific Western Kentucky linebacker Blake Boyd is over due to academic problems.

DD.comment: While it's not likely he would be drafted, Blake, who began his career at Louisville, could be a candidate for the upcoming supplemental draft and try to catch on as a free agent.

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The Sporting News Q&A University of Cincinnati quarterback Tony Pike.

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Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco had to be talked out of playing baseball at the University of Delaware.

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Michigan transfer Justin Boren is a vocal and intense player on Ohio State's offensive line.

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Cincinnati Bearcats' sophomore tight end Adrien Robinson has posted Connor Barwin type workout times.

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If undrafted rookie Anthony Scirrotto can't stick in the N.F.L., the Kansas City Royals would like to sign him.

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Rivals.com Whispers: Post-spring issues in the Big Ten

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Rivals.com looks at Ole Miss' rocket-armed quarterback Jevan Snead, who is a potential future first round pick.

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6' 7" wide receiver Tommy Breaux among 10 free agents trying out with the Baltimore Ravens.

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'Can't-miss' rookie linebacker Zack Follett hard-hitting, both on the field and on the mic.

DD.comment: Zach would've been drafted a few rounds earlier, had it not been for injury concerns (neck/stingers).

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Scout.com, N.F.L. notes: Ed Thompson's 7 Points

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Closer look at promising University of Iowa sophomore defensive tackle Mike Daniels.

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Draft Daddy's Top 10 Senior Quarterbacks (with Stats links):

Tim Tebow ~ University of Florida

Colt McCoy ~ University of Texas

Tony Pike ~ University of Cincinnati

Jarrett Brown ~ West Virginia University

Dan Lefevour ~ Central Michigan University

Tim Hiller ~ Western Michigan University

Zac Robinson ~ Oklahoma State University

Max Hall ~ Brigham Young University

John Skelton ~ Fordham University

Todd Reesing ~ University of Kansas


Barely Missed the Cut:

Levi Brown ~ Troy University

Isaiah Williams ~ University of Illinois

Rusty Smith ~ Florida Atlantic University

Daryll Clark ~ Penn State University


DD.comment: We used info from some of our league sources for these rankings, but we are not only ranking these players based on what others have told us. For example, we have Tony Pike ranked higher than scouts based on his size, arm strength and potential...Scouts have Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy as the clear cut top two quarterbacks in the senior class, at this point. No one else is close....The next two, according to our sources, are Dan Lefevour and Jarrett Brown. Both are currently in the 3rd to 5th round range. Brown is a fascinating prospect. He rarely played behind Pat White at W.V.U., but we've been told scouts like his size and arm strength and think he's someone that might surprise as a senior...After that Pike, Tim Hiller and few others (Reesing, Hall and Skelton) have received similar middle-to-latter round projections...Finally, we were told Big Ten quarterbacks Daryll Clark and Juice Williams both got 6th to 7th projections from one N.F.L. scouting service, but were given free agent grades by the other scouting service. So opinions slightly vary on the pair.

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last updated: 06/15/09
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Football.com's 2010 NFL Draft Diamond Hunter series: Texas Tech left tackle Marlon Winn

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Gardner-Webb linebacker Jeffrey Williams named first-team preseason F.C.S. All-America squad by The Sporting News.

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With New York awash in Mark Sanchez mania, Jets banking on tabloid fodder yielding to gridiron glory.

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Closer look at Cal-Berkeley senior cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson.

DD.comment: Thompson, who is not real big, but displays excellent coverage skills and is a sound tackler, has received a early 2nd to 3rd round projection from one of the N.F.L.'s main scouting services. The other has him projected a little lower than that.

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Fascinating look at a pair of former Oregon Duck linemen that have quickly lost significant weight since their football careers ended in December.

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The career of ex-prep superstar Jason Gwaltney keeps spiraling downward -- he's now headed to a D-3 school to play football.

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Ex-Utah quarterback Brian Johnson and former U.N.L.V. receiver Casey Flair among hopefuls at U.F.L. try-out held in Las Vegas.

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Former Colts.com writer looks at five reasons to worry about the Indianapolis Colts entering 2009 season.

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Veteran linebacker Greg Ellis has agreed to terms on a multi-year deal with the Oakland Raiders.

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USA Today: From upstart to big time, how the A.F.L. changed the N.F.L.

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7 Lesser Known Big School (F.B.S.) Wide Receivers that are on Radar of N.F.L. Scouts

List of F.B.S. wide receivers that might not be well known to the average draft follower right now, but we have confirmed they are all considered draftable prospects by scouts. All these prospects are currently projected as day two picks:

Taylor Price, Ohio University ~ Price is projected as a middle-round selection, after collecting 51 receptions for 694 yards and 5 TD's as a junior. Because O.U.'s offense is more geared towards the running game -- sort of like old school Nebraska, his seemingly modest receiving stats are very respectable for the Solich era at Ohio. Rumor is he runs 4.3's, even though he looks like a 4.5 on tape. His 40 speed has scouts fascinated.

Alric Arnett, West Virginia ~ Scouts have this potentially fast-rising Miami area native currently slotted between the 4th and 6th rounds. Reportedly one of W.V.U.'s fastest players, which is not a surprise considering his background in track. Teammate Wes Lyons is ranked a few rounds behind Arnett (6th to 7th), but at 6' 8" and 235 pounds, his pro future might be at tight end.

Naaman Roosevelt, Buffalo ~ Coming off a monster season (104, 1,402 & TD's), he's currently regarded as a latter round prospect (6th-7th round), perhaps due to slight size and speed concerns? Will not have N.F.L. caliber quarterback Drew Willy around anymore, so his gaudy stats might dip a bit in '09. We like this kids talent and think he possesses the ideal skillset to be a solid N.F.L. slot receiver.

Blair White, Michigan State ~ Has gone from a rarely used walk-on to M.S.U.'s top receiver, who flashed big play ability as a junior. At this point, White projects as a latter round prospect (6th-7th), but if he keeps improving at this rapid rate, and can get his 40 time into the low 4.5's, he could be selected a bit higher than he's currently projected.

Eldred King, Middle Tennessee State ~ JUCO transfer became a key cog in the Blue Raiders offense last season and coaches are expecting a lot more from him in 2009. Considering his lack of ideal size, he'll probably need to run real well in workouts and flash some serious special teams skills to keep his current 6th to 7th round status.

Verran Tucker, Cal-Berkeley ~ Former JUCO star showed a nice burst and played well enough in limited playing time (21-362-3TD's) last season to catch the eye N.F.L. scouts. His teammate Nyan Boateng, a former N.Y.C. basketball standout and Florida transfer, is currently rated slightly ahead of him by league talent evaluators.

Kevin Jurovich, San Jose State ~ Former safety became a high impact player for the Spartans in 2007. Missed last season due to a bout with mono, but is now healthy and played great this spring. After his junior year, scouts measured him at a shade over 5' 11" and have him listed running a 4.54/40. Another player that could be ticketed for the slot in the N.F.L.

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last updated: 06/14/09
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Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson takes charge in summer workouts.

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Mike Detillier looks at the history of SEC quarterbacks from Y.A. Title and George Blanda to Ryan Mallett and Jordan Jefferson.

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Florida State has high hopes for fast-rising sophomore offensive tackle Andrew Datko.

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List of states with double-digit draftees in 2009, led by Texas & California.

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last updated: 06/13/09
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Former Texas A&M quarterback Reggie McNeal starting to become an impact receiver for the Toronto Argos.

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Spurned by the Pittsburgh Steelers, safety Anthony Smith eyes fresh start in Green Bay.

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Tony Pauline of TFY Draft has posted a BLESTO/National Grades Overview: Offense

DD.comment: As Pauline alluded to, very few senior tailbacks got good pre-season grades from BLESTO and National, at this point, but plenty of wide receivers were ranked fairly high. Jeremy Williams of Tulane, for example, was rated a little bit higher than we expected, particularly by BLESTO, which currently has him slotted in the top three rounds....Chris McGaha of Arizona State, who is a underrated athlete and has freakishly big hands (considered a great trait for a receiver), was given a fairly early day two projection from National, which doesn't surprise us, but might surprise some.

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Quick Q&A with Stanford running back Toby Gerhart, who expects to have a big senior year.

DD.comment: When you consider at least 5 college football players that have not played baseball since high school where drafted this week, Gerhart should forget about playing pro baseball and just concentrate on improving as a N.F.L running back prospect.

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Closer look at promising West Virginia University junior safety Sidney Glover.

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Pro Football Weekly has a page full of fascinating quotes from anonymous N.F.L. scouts, coaches and execs.

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last updated: 06/12/09
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New York Jets safety Eric Smith has looked great at O.T.A.'s, draws comparison to Ed Reed.

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Will Florida wide receiver Riley Cooper give up football to sign a pro baseball contract?

DD.comment: It would be very foolish if Cooper decided to give up football for pro baseball, after dropping to the 25th round of the M.L.B draft. We were recently informed by a league source that Riley is, as we've long predicted, considered a solid N.F.L. prospect heading into his senior year due to his size/speed ratio and potential. One of the N.F.L.'s major scouting services has him ranked among the top 12 to 15 senior wide receivers and both list him as draftable -- 4th to 7th round....Minnesota Twins draft pick Eric Decker is ranked among the top few senior wide receivers by one scouting service. Only Brandon LaFell of L.S.U. and Marshawn Gilyard are currently rated "significantly" ahead of the Minnesota Gophers stars by scouts.

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Former Texas A&M offensive tackle Yemi Babalola, a 2005 Freshman All-American, could face up to life in prison.

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L.S.U. football coach Les Miles does right by Trindon Holliday and Jared Mitchell this spring.

DD.comment: Playing pro baseball was a no-brainer for Mitchell. He had potential on the gridiron, but was a backup wide receiver for the Tigers and a first round caliber baseball player....We've been told by league sources, by the way, that scouts currently have Holliday ranked as a 3rd to 5th rounder in next years draft. He is listed as a "return specialist".

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Former Kentucky wide receiver Dicky Lyons Jr. talks about his quest to land a free agent contract.

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Can a little known, ex-Canadian high school basketball star make a big impact at wide receiver for the Washington State Cougars?

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The Chicago Cubs selected Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the 43th round.

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After strong early showing, rookie cornerback K. J. Gerard could be latest undrafted free agent to catch on with Baltimore.

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In-depth look at Vanderbilt center/2009 Rimington Trophy Bradley Vierling.

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Pat White says no to professional baseball.

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ESPN.com's Tim Griffin: It's the golden era of quarterbacks in the Big 12.

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Scouts Inc.: Breaking down Notre Dame's talent

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ESPN.com: Quarterback Christian Ponder has asserted himself as a leader of Florida State's offense this spring.

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San Francisco 49ers' rookie wide receiver Michael Crabtree bouncing back from a foot injury.

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Rookie cornerback Kevin Barnes put on a great display at the Washington Redskins final day of O.T.A.'s.

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ESPN has some news & notes from Chicago Bears OT.A.'s.

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Some news & notes from Arizona Cardinals OT.A.'s.

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last updated: 06/11/09
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The Milwaukee Brewers selected Florida State quarterback D'Vontrey Richardson in the 5th round; he will likely give up football.

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Gil Brandt of NFL.com: 12 top senior quarterback prospects N.F.L. scouts will be keeping a close eye on this fall.

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The wait is almost over for Penn State linebacker Sean Lee.

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The Chicago Cubs selected ex-University Miami linebacker Glenn Cook in the 48th round.

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Hard-working Canadian tailback Jamall Lee makes positive strides with the Carolina Panthers.

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In-depth look at Florida Atlantic fullback William Rose, who is considered a 2010 N.F.L. draft prospect.

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The New York Yankees selected Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Pat White in the 48th round.

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Carolina Panthers rookie safety Anthony Scirrotto was taken by the Kansas City Royals with their final pick of the 2009 draft.

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Football.com's 2010 NFL Draft Diamond Hunter series: Tulane running back Andre' Anderson

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Promising Carolina Panthers rookie Sherrod Martin transitioning well from safety to cornerback.

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Former Ohio State quarterback Todd Boeckman still hoping to get a shot to play in the N.F.L.

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Former four-star recruit Ahmad Paige will transfer from Tennessee to Louisiana Tech.

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Shortly after being drafted by the Twins, Minnesota Gophers receiver Eric Decker says he'll be back on the football field this fall.

DD.comment: Here's the bottom line: Despite the "risk of injury" on the gridiron, Decker is a legit first team All-American candidate and a potential day one pick in football. In baseball he was barely a honorable mention All-Big 10 performer and 39th and 27th round pick. Eric has to return to football, when you consider the vast majority of players drafted after round 20 never make the majors and are either totally out of baseball or wind up playing for meal and rent money in lower rung Independent leagues by the time they are 26 or 27 years old.

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last updated: 06/10/09
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Some observations and ruminations from the Raiders' third O.T.A.

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Washington quarterback Jake Locker could sign with the L.A. Angels, but still play football with the Huskies.

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Josh Buchanan has posted his 2009 pre-season F.C.S. All-American teams

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The New York Jets and quarterback Mark Sanchez reached an agreement on a five-year contract Wednesday.

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The Minnesota Twins have used a 27th round pick (822nd overall) on University of Minnesota Gophers wide receiver Eric Decker.

DD.comment: Twins listed Decker as a centerfielder. While we fully expect many in the Minnesota media will suggest he play pro baseball, Decker and his advisers should realize he's a potential day one pick in football, that was drafted 17 rounds after a Pac-10 quarterback that has never played college baseball. That should blow up the theory that he dropped in the M.L.B. draft only because he hasn't focused on baseball enough.

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The Texas Rangers have used a 25th round pick (754th overall) on Florida Gators starting wide receiver Riley Cooper.

DD.comment: We commented on Cooper in yesterday's blog. Texas drafted him as a right fielder...Here is a short MLB.com video of Cooper taking batting practice.

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ESPN.com: Loss of U.S.C. transfer Vidal Hazelton not a huge blow for Cincinnati Bearcats.

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The Los Angeles Angeles have used a 10th round draft pick (321st overall) on University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker.

DD.comment: As we noted the other day, M.L.B. scouts absolutely love Locker. In 2006 the Angels drafted him as pitcher out of high school. Knowing he will not even consider possibly damaging his N.F.L. arm as a pitcher, L.A. exec Eddie Bane, who admitted he likes two-sport stars after he selected ex-West Virginia quarterback Pat White, drafted Locker as a center fielder this time around, hoping they can sign him to a minor league contract for the summer.

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Hoping to be another Wayne Chrebet or Wes Welker, Syracuse receiver Chaz Cervino transfers to Hofstra.

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Senior middle linebacker Ryan Reynolds, coming of another major knee injury, listed as a starter on Oklahoma Sooners revised depth chart.

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Illinois defensive lineman/potential N.F.L. prospect Josh Brent is spending part of his summer vacation in the Champaign County jail.

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Florida State linebacker Dekoda Watson back to full strength and responding well from Tommy John surgery.

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Speedy ex-Houston Cougar running back Anthony Alridge vying for a roster spot with the Washington Redskins.

DD.comment: Article notes Aldridge ran a 4.36 at last year's N.F.L. Combine. We checked the actual official list, which we have saved, and it's true that his best electronic time was 4.36, which is blazing fast. He also ran a 4.39 electronic. The only offensive prospects that ran faster electronic times were: Chris Johnson (1st round, Titans) 4.24 & 4.33; Darren McFadden (1st round, Raiders) 4.33 & 4.39 and Desean Jackson (2nd Round, Eagles) 4.35 & 4.43. The average electronic 40 time at that Combine was 4.57 for the wide receivers and 4.56 for the tailbacks.

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Cal-Berkeley Heisman Trophy candidate Jahvid Best is running full speed and changing directions after January foot surgery.

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College recruiting: Nick Montana, son of N.F.L. legend Joe Montana, commits to play college football at Washington.

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Rivals.com College Football: Tim Tebow's greatness a geography question.

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Philly.com: Top 7 draft busts in Philadelphia sports the last 20 years include several Philadelphia Eagles picks.

DD.comment: We agree with PhillyPhantastico, who commented at the bottom of the link above, that Mamula keeps getting unfairly brushed as an all-time major draft bust.

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Walterfootball.com has posted a very early three round 2010 N.F.L. Mock Draft.

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Plenty of rookie related notes from New York Jets OT.A.'s.

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last updated: 06/09/09
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Central Michigan guard Joe McMahon, a two-time Golden Gloves boxing champion, has entered the 2009 supplemental draft.

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Pro Football Weekly reports Florida State wide receiver Corey Surrency has declared for the supplemental draft.

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Ex-Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon is expected to work out for the Eagles in hopes of being selected in the N.F.L. supplemental draft.

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49ers.com takes a closer look at the San Francisco Forty-Niners 2009 draft class.

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L.S.U. wide receiver Jared Mitchell was selected in the first round of M.L.B. draft (23rd overall) by the Chicago White Sox.

DD.comment: Chi-Sox G.M. Kenny Williams, who's son (Kyle) is a starting wide receiver at Arizona State, played football and baseball at Stanford in the early 1980's, according to Harold Reynolds of MLB.com.

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The New York Times: A Golden Age for Offensive Tackles in N.F.L.

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ESPN's Brian Bennett takes an in-depth look at Syracuse Center Jim McKenzie.

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Looking for a quarterback, Boston College adds 25-year-old, ex-pro baseball player Dave Shinskie to their roster.

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The Washington Redskins intend to use athletic rookie Brian Orakpo at defensive end and linebacker.

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USA Today: Finding a franchise quarterback is the big key to success in the N.F.L.

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Bill Coats of The Post-Dispatch takes a quick look at St. Louis Rams rookie linebacker James Laurinaitis.

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SI.com: How Rich Brooks ended the basketball monopoly at Kentucky.

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Florida's starting wide receiver Riley Cooper hasn't been with the Gators baseball team for two-months due to a knee injury.

DD.comment: From all the reports we've read, Cooper should be healthy and ready to go once the football season starts. But this is strange, because he supposedly suffered a minor injury back in April, but hasn't returned to the baseball team yet?....Cooper is a player worth noting with the M.L.B. draft coming up this week. After his junior year in high school, he was widely regarded as a likely first round pick in baseball and was even compared, by some, to Northern Florida football/baseball legend Chipper Jones. Things, however, went downhill for him in baseball prior to his senior year in high school. He broke his hand in a road rage incident, missed the season and saw his baseball stock drop because of that. While M.L.B. scouts still love his raw skills and potential, he hasn't played that much -- or real well -- for the Gators baseball team. As far as the N.F.L. is concerned, Riley just needs to stay healthy and put up some decent numbers as a senior. If he does that, he should be on the N.F.L.'s draft radar due to his size/speed ratio and above average athletic ability.

Other notable college football starters that should be selected in M.L.B.'s 50 round draft:

DB Chad Jones, L.S.U -- Jones is very similar to Cooper -- great baseball prospect coming out of high school, but has mostly concentrated on football in college, so his M.L.B. draft stock has clearly plunged. Likely future is in the N.F.L., as a starting safety.

WR Eric Decker, Minnesota -- Probably a much better N.F.L. prospect than M.L.B. prospect, but if he's drafted high enough in baseball, things could change.

RB Toby Gerhart, Stanford -- First Stanford running back to rush for over 1,000 yards since 1991. Would be a legit Heisman candidate if he went to a top 25 program and focused only on football.

WR Kyle Williams, Arizona State -- Son of respected Chicago White Sox G.M. Kenny Williams. Small, but explosive receiver, that can return kicks and punts. Has definite N.F.L. potential as a slot receiver/return specialist.

QB Jake Locker, Washington -- As we've noted for 3 years, M.L.B. scouts love Locker's potential as a pitcher/center fielder, but he has told them his sole focus is on playing football. Clearly, he expects to be a N.F.L. quarterback.

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last updated: 06/08/09
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Defensive end/linbacker Shantea Green, who is the half-brother of N.F.L. standout Jevon "The Freak" and reportedly runs a 4.46 40, has signed to play football at Old Dominion.

DD.comment: O.D.U. is clearly a start up F.C.S. program that has it's sights set high. Don't be surprised if they make the jump to an F.B.S. conference (Sun Belt?) in a few years....Here is a 7 minute video of Shantea Green aka "Freak Jr."

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U.C.L.A. quarterback/wide receiver Osaar Rasshan to take a medical retirement.

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Anonymous Big Ten assistant coach says Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi is the next Tom Brady.

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Boston.com: Veteran Leigh Bodden has gone from an undrafted free agent to a potential #1 cornerback for the Patriots.

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NOLA.com: Is New Orleans tailback Reggie Bush going from overrated to underrated?

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Vanderbilt coach announces Brad Vierling, Ryan Hamilton and Patrick Benoist have been elected co-captains by their teammates for the 2009 football season.

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Productive Texas A&M sophomore Ryan Tannehill flourishes on the field and in classroom.

DD.comment: After having such a great freshman season at wide receiver for the Aggies (55, 844 and 5 TD's), in a run friendly offense, it's hard to understand why Tanneyhill is so intent on moving back quarterback.

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Pat Forde of ESPN.com explains why Big-time nonconference games have gone the way of the wishbone in college football.

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Oft-injured Detroit Lions rookie Lydon Murtha not likely to contribute much this season.

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Ex-Kentucky star Dicky Lyons Jr., who went undrafted due to a serious knee injury, set to work out in Buffalo.

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Former M.S.U. Spartan and Michigan Wolverine battle for Patriots' final quarterback roster spot.

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Bleacher Report: Paul Peszko looks at some the younger talent on U.S.C.'s roster.

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Former Kentucky defensive lineman Jeremy Jarmon talks about the 2009 N.F.L. Supplemental Draft, says Philadelphia Eagles are interested in him.

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Mocking The Draft's early draft preview: Defensive tackles

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The Sun-Sentinel's Updated Miami Dolphins Depth Chart

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The Sporting News: N.F.L.'s top 25 players for 2009

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last updated: 06/07/09
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Scouting The Sports has posted a very early two round 2010 N.F.L. Mock Draft.

DD.comment: Unless we are mistaken -- and I don't think we are -- receivers Julio Jones and A.J. Green are true sophomores and will not be eligible for the next draft. Per judge Sonia Sotomayor's ruling in the Clarett case a few years, a prospect must be three years removed from high school to be draft eligible.

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Mike Detillier's notes: Top four senior offensive tackle prospects for the 2010 N.F.L. draft came from Texas high schools.

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

DD.comment: Here is a short scouting video of Jared at MLB.com and a link to MLB.com's Main Draft Page.

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In-depth Q&A with Minnesota's All-American receiver Eric Decker, who could be selected in M.L.B.'s draft this upcoming week.

DD.comment: Eric is probably being vague about his future plans in the Q&A above, because he doesn't want to hurt his already low draft stock in baseball. But when you consider he was a 39th round selection last year, he would need to make a huge rise up the draft charts in baseball to even have a decent shot at making the majors -- can't imagine too many players picked after round 20 have solid careers. We'd guess, at this point, he's a 2nd to 3rd round type N.F.L. prospect, assuming he has a strong senior year and fares well at the Senior Bowl and Combine. So to us it's no-brainer that he plays football, unless, of course, he craves playing in front of 6,510 fans (Iowa's average attendance this year) a night in the minors, like Jeff Samardzija seems to be stuck doing.

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Fantasy Football: 21 College Football Wide Receivers to look out for in 2009.

DD.comment: Most of the players on that list should be well known to avid college football. A exception to that might be Jamere Holland, who began his career at U.S.C. and reportedly runs a blazing 4.21 40. He did a decent job for the Ducks last season, with limited touches, but has the potential to do a lot more for a team lacking depth at wide receiver....While on the topic of Oregon receivers, watch out for Jeff Maehl. He's a converted defensive back, who is much more athletic than he's usually given credit for. Don't be surprised if he turns into a Jordan Shipley type performer (all-purpose threat) for the Ducks.

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last updated: 06/06/09
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Rivals.com looks at six schools in various stages of starting a football program, including Bill Curry's Georgia State Panthers.

DD.comment: In addition to Bill Curry, there is another well known name leading a F.C.S. start-up program -- Larry Coker at Texas-San Antonio.

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Former Ohio State cornerback Malcolm Jenkins finishes school, gets to work in New Orleans.

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Plenty of news and notes from St. Louis Rams O.T.A.'s.

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New Orleans O.T.A. notes: Tight end Jeremy Shockey was working with the third-team offense for both practices.

Related Article: Jeremy Shockey plans to participate in workouts, doesn't care if people question his commitment.

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Bleacher Report: Stinking up the place, The Bottom 10 teams in College Football.

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Bleacher Report: 50 years later, Denver Broncos Peyton Hillis and Stephen Larsen represent A.F.L. with pride.

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Green Bay Packers linebacker Nick Barnett say he'll be ready physically and mentally once the season starts.

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El Paso Generals (I.F.L.) offensive lineman Polo Gutierrez has signed with the Buffalo Bills.

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USA Today: Who will replace star wide receiver Michael Crabtree at Texas Tech?

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Football.com's 2010 NFL Draft Diamond Hunter series: Morgan State defensive end Justin Lawrence

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U.C.L.A. quarterback Chis Forcier, who claims he runs a 4.35 40, spurns Rick Neuheisel offer to play wide receiver, transfers to F.C.S. power Furman to play quarterback.

DD.comment: Focier is the older brother of highly regarded University of Michigan true freshman quarterback Tate Forcier. As we noted in the blog a few weeks ago (5/18 blog), only four players ran a official sub 4.4 40 (electronically timed) at the most recent N.F.L. Combine -- D.Heyward-Bey, J. Knox, Deon Butler and M. Wallace, so we doubt Forcier is that fast. That said, even if he "only" runs in the 4.4's or 4.50 flat, that's fast enough for a wide receiver with his size, and he should've tried playing wide receiver at U.C.L.A., if his goal is to play for pay some day. If Forcier couldn't start behind center for U.C.L.A., which was devastated by injuries and terrible play at quarterback in recent years, it's unlikely his passing skills will translate well at the next level....Also, when you consider U.C.L.A.'s star tailback the last few years, Kahlil Bell, ran 4.78 and 4.79 at the Combine, Chris had a real chance to make a impact for a Pac-10 program that lacks size, speed and athletic ability at some key position. Either way, good luck to him. Maybe he'll be another Ingle Martin for the Paladins?

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last updated: 06/05/09
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Fast-rising Rodgers brothers run blazing 40 times at Oregon State off-season sprint session.

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North Carolina offensive lineman Aaron Stahl, who was expected to start this fall, has decided to forego his final year of eligibility.

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Former Kentucky defensive lineman Jeremy Jarmon intends to enter the 2009 N.F.L. Supplemental Draft.

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Dick "Hoops" Weiss: Fordham Rams to award football scholarships for 1st time since 1954.

DD.comment: Fordham is located in the Bronx, New York. It will be interesting to see if the program can ever get elevated to the point where they can play at nearby Yankee Stadium, which is hoping to attract college football games.

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The Toronto Argonauts have added Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young to their secret negotiation list.

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Some random news and notes from Dallas Cowboys O.T.A.'s.

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Athlon Sports: Top 200 Fantasy Big Board in college football.

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Athlon Sports: Top 125 Fantasy Wide Receivers in college football.

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Athlon Sports: Top 20 Fantasy Tight Ends in college football.

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

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Long time DD.com reader/friend Rafael in California has sent us a lot of great links and info, from so many different sources, the last five years, or so. He recently E-Mailed us a fascinating quote, via ESPN Insider, attributed to K.U. offensive coordinator Ed Warinner, regarding vastly underrated K.U. tailback prospect Jake Sharpe: "He is extremely fast. We'll put the gun on him and he's a legitimate 4.2s guy in the 40. We'll list him at 4.3, but he's unreal. ... He just needs to learn to go. We tell him, 'Go, don't dance.'"

DD.comment: Sharpe didn't arrive at Kansas with a lot of fanfare, but he's quietly turned into a terrific player for the Jayhawks. A few weeks ago he barely missed making ESPN's list of College football's top 10 workout warriors.

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A high-ranking Major League Baseball exec told ESPN Insider writer Bruce Feldman that he wouldn't be shocked if some team selected Florida quarterback Tim Tebow in next week's M.L.B. draft.

DD.comment: We aren't sure how much baseball Tim played growing up, but Major League teams have shown in the past that they are willing to select elite athletes from other sports in their 50 round draft, even if that prospect has a limited baseball background. For example, Michael Vick was drafted in the 30th round by the Colorado Rockies in 2001 and he never played baseball in high school or college.

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Josh Buchanan's Top 50 Small School Prospects for the 2010 N.F.L. draft:

Rank. Pos Name, School, Rd. Proj.

1. WR Andre' Roberts, Citadel, 3rd-4th

2. OT Tony Washington, Abilene Christian, 5th

3. WR Donald Jones, Youngstown State, 5th

4. OT Vladimir Ducasse, Massachusetts, 6th

5. DE Austen Lane, Murray State, 6th

6. WR Armanti Edwards, Appalachian State, 6th-7th

7. OT James Williams, Harvard, 6th-7th

8. CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Indiana PA, 6th-7th

9. OG Matthew McCracken, Richmond, 6th-7th

10. WR Kelton Tindal, Newberry, 6th-7th

11. WR Ricardo Lockette, Fort Valley State, 6th-7th

12. TE Clay Harbor, Missouri State, 7th

13. OT Derek Hardman, Eastern Kentucky, 7th

14. WR Pat Simonds, Colgate, 7th

15. OT Edwin "Jared" Veldheer, 7th-PFA

16. WR Bakari Grant, U.C. Davis, 7th-PFA

17. SS Jeromy Miles, Massachusetts, 7th-PFA

18. WR Marc Mariani, Montana, 7th-PFA

19. WR Chris Carter, U.C. Davis, 7th-PFA

20. WR Terrell Hudgins, Elon, PFA

21. WR Harry Von Kann, Kenyon College, PFA

22. OT J'Marcus Webb, West Texas A&M, PFA

23. RB Joique Bell, Wayne State (MI), PFA

24. OLB Larry Hart, Central Arkansas, PFA

25. OT Austin Howard, Northern Iowa, PFA

26. QB Ryan Perrilloux, Jacksonville State, PFA

27. FS Ronald "Terrell" Whitehead, Norfolk State, PFA

28. DE James Ruffin, Northern Iowa, PFA

29. DE Kevin Linehan, Weber State, PFA

30. RB William Ford, South Carolina State, PFA

31. QB John Skelton, Fordham, PFA

32. DE Danny Batten, South Dakota State, PFA

33. QB Trevor Harris, Edinboro PA, PFA

34. CB Kelvin Rodgers, Minnesota St-Mankato, PFA

35. CB Josh Morris, Weber State, PFA

36. TE Scott Sicko, New Hampshire, PFA

37. TE Nate Overbay, Eastern Washington, PFA

38. WR Marcel Thompson, Lindenwood (Mo.), PFA

39. WR Johnny Spevak, Central Washington, PFA

40. WR Preston Parker, North Alabama, PFA

41. QB Curtis Pulley, Florida A&M, PFA

42. QB Dominic Randolph, Holy Cross, PFA

43. OG Chaz Millard, Eastern Illinois, PFA

44. OG Moses Punzal, Portland State, PFA

45. OT Keith Buckman, North Dakota State, PFA

46. CB Jarvis Richards, Youngstown State, PFA

47. DE Taylor Scott, Central Arkansas, PFA

48. OT Casey Knips, South Dakota State, PFA

49. WR Bobby Sewall, Brown, PFA

50. SS Tommy Connors, Southeastern Louisiana, PFA

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last updated: 06/04/09
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Florida linebacker John Jones has decided to transfer to Tennessee State in search of more playing time.

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Florida defensive tackle John Brown, a former 5-star recruit, will transfer to Tennessee.

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The New York Times does an in-depth breakdown of the 2009 Mississippi State Bulldogs.

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Will Florida head coach Urban Meyer abandon the spread-option once Tim Tebow leaves?

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Former Tennessee running back Lennon Creer is expected to enroll at Louisiana Tech.

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ESPN.com: Virginia Tech's versatile tight end Greg Boone thinking national title.

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Ex-Connecticut quarterback Tyler Lorenzen hopes to make the Jacksonville Jaguars roster as a tight end.

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Gregg Doyel: Urban Meyer and Gators everywhere should be embarrassed with Florida's 24 arrests in four years.

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Southern Miss' rising sophomore DeAndre Brown named preseason third-team All-American by Phil Steele.

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Some random news and notes from Denver Broncos O.T.A.'s.

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Ever wonder how accurate National & Blesto pre-season projections wind up being? Here are their projections from last spring:

Pre-season National and Blesto Rankings: Quarterbacks

Pre-season National and Blesto Rankings: Running Backs

Pre-season National and Blesto Rankings: Wide Receivers & Tight Ends

Pre-season National and Blesto Rankings: Offensive Linemen

Pre-season National and Blesto Rankings: Defensive Linemen

Pre-season National and Blesto Rankings: Linebackers

Pre-season National and Blesto Rankings: Defensive Backs

DD.comment: N.F.L. scouts are always very candid and concede pre-season rankings are very tough to do because a prospects status can change significantly as a senior -- up or down. It can change even more at post season all-star games and the N.F.L. Combine. As our friend Josh Buchanan has noted, it's a 9 Inning Ball Game and scouts are only in the "first inning", as far as scouting the next class of seniors....Also, according to our sources, we'd say linebackers Clay Matthews and Robert Ayers were the seniors that made the steepest climbs from their junior to senior years, based on Blesto and National pre-season rankings. Both went from projected low rounders (or free agents) to solid first round picks in the 2009 draft.

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last updated: 06/03/09
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Oakland Raiders first round pick Darrius Heyward-Bey is off to rough start in the N.F.L., but expects to turn things around when he's healthy.

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Plenty of news in this running blog covering the Green Bay Packers O.T.A.'s.

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N.Y. Jets O.T.A. notes: Undrafted rookie tight end Jack Simmons continues to impress coaches, plus more news.

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University of North Carolina football recruit going 3rd overall in this updated M.L.B. Mock Draft.

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Auburn tailback Ben Tate expects to have a bounce back year for the Tigers.

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University of Hawai'i coaches throw heavy praise at junior wide receiver Greg Salas.

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Rivals.com looks at Georgia's Joe Cox and 10 other quarterbacks finally cracking the starting lineup as seniors.

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Colorado will only allow promising wide receiver Josh Smith to transfer to U.S.C., as he hopes to pursue a career in music (rap) after graduation.

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Former undrafted free agent DelJuan Robinson might start ahead of 2005 first round pick Travis Johnson in Houston.

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Tampa Bay Bucs executive Doug Williams praises Xbox 360 for adding H.B.C.U. teams to their lineup, suggests other video makers should be more inclusive.

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Athlon Sports: Top 120 Fantasy Running Backs in college football.

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Athlon Sports: Top Fantasy QB's, RB's and WR's at A.C.C. schools.

Athlon Sports: Top Fantasy QB's, RB's and WR's at Big XII schools.

Athlon Sports: Top Fantasy QB's, RB's and WR's at non-B.C.S. schools.

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Seattle Seahawks rookie running back Tyler Roehl suffered an A.C.L. tear during a non-contact drill.

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Several N.F.L. beat writers predict how 9 former Ohio State Buckeyes will fare as rookies.

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Wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe and safety Darrell Stuckey lead Kansas Jayhawks on Phil Steele preseason teams.

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Miami Dolphins O.T.A. notes: Rookie cornerback Sean Smith getting reps with first team, plus more news.

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A rookie season that landed Dolphins left tackle Jake Long in the Pro Bowl also showed him that he has more growing to do on the field.

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last updated: 06/02/09
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Quartet of N.F.L. vets, including ex-first round pick, to join Kimbo Slice on U.F.C.'s "The Ultimate Fighter 10" cast.

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Notre Dame wide receiver Golden Tate has been named a first team pre-season All-American by Phil Steele.

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The Dallas Cowboys have released veteran outside linebacker Greg Ellis.

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Pete Prisco of CBS sports ranks the Top 32 N.F.L. players at each of the most critical spots -- QB, LT, P-Rush & CB.

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Minnesota Vikings rookie offensive lineman Phil Loadholt matches Bryant McKinnie in terms of size.

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Athlon Sports: Top 80 Fantasy Quarterbacks in college football.

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Former Rice University quarterback Chase Clement has signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

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Boston College quarterback Dominique Davis has decided to transfer after he was suspended for academic reasons.

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Detroit Lions rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford making great first impression at O.T.A.'s.

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The New York Jets have waived rookie free agent Brannan Southerland, who scouts had rated as the top senior fullback last summer.

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Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young isn't saying play me or trade me, but he's coming pretty close.

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Is the greatest economic recession since the Great Depression helping Army, Navy and Air Force's football programs?

DD.comment: Great article, very few college aged writers are as gifted as Adam Nettina is. It does stand to reason that in an a nation that has a real unemployment rate between 13 and 18% many teens will flock to the military academies.

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last updated: 06/01/09
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Quick Q&A with Atlanta Falcons rookie safety William Moore.

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2004 undrafted rookie Dusty McGrorty talks about the tremendous obstacles free agents from small schools face.

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Rookie running back Mike Goodson turning heads at Carolina Panthers O.T.A.'s

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Former University of Minnesota quarterback Clint Brewster has landed at Tennessee Tech.

DD.comment: Clint is the son of Minnesota Gophers head coach Tim Brewster. His younger brother, Nolan Brewster, was a high school All-American and currently plays for Mack Brown at the University of Texas. Brown and Tim Brewster have been good friends for many years, according to media reports, so it's no surprise Clint will be playing for Watson Brown (Mack's brother) at Tennessee Tech.

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ESPN.com: Boise State and B.Y.U. lead Bruce Feldman's list of Top 10 potential B.C.S. busters.

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Fast-rising Florida Gators' cornerback Janoris Jenkins arrested, tasered over fight.

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Atlanta Falcons guard Harvey Dahl tops Pete Prisco's list of N.F.L.'s meanest players.

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Football.com's 2010 NFL Draft Diamond Hunter series: Utah left tackle Zane Beadles

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Football.com's 2010 NFL Draft Diamond Hunter series: Baylor free safety Jordan Lake

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Paul Peszko @ BleacherReport.com: Searching for a star Tailback at U.S.C.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Four rules that undrafted rookies must live by.

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National Football Post writer lists his top Senior Strong Safety Prospects

National Football Post writer lists his top Senior Free Safety Prospects

National Football Post writer lists his top Senior Cornerback Prospects

National Football Post writer lists his top Senior Outside Linebacker Prospects

National Football Post writer lists his top Senior Middle Linebacker Prospects

National Football Post writer lists his top Senior Defensive End Prospects

National Football Post writer lists his top Senior Defensive Tackle Prospects

National Football Post writer lists his top Senior Offensive Line Prospects

National Football Post writer lists his top Senior Tight End Prospects

National Football Post writer lists his top Senior Wide Receiver Prospects

National Football Post writer lists his top Senior Running Back Prospects

National Football Post writer lists his top Senior Quarterback Prospects

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