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last updated: 01/31/11
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Arkansas offensive tackle Ray Dominguez and several other prospects to watch in this week's NFLPA Game.

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Arkansas State offensive lineman Derek Newton looks to impress scouts at the NFLPA Game.

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Florida A&M running back Phillip Sylvester is a quick and shifty sleeper prospect.

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Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder shines in Senior Bowl (report by Frank Coyle of draftinsiders.com).

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Interesting look at the journey of Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley, from middle school to the national championship.

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Auburn quarterback Cam Newton's private coach speaks about his marketing potential.

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Northern Colorado runnng back Andre Harris will be among those working out with Auburn quarterback Cam Newton next week.

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Will Stephen Paea's knee injury affect his draft stock?

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Miami linebacker Colin McCarthy and others who helped their stock in the Senior Bowl game.

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Many believe Florida State offensive lineman Rodney Hudson will be the first guard selected in the N.F.L. draft.

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last updated: 01/27/11
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CBSSports draft writer looks at several prospects that shined at early Senior Bowl Practices.

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Former Tennessee linebacker Nick Reveiz faces doubt again in the N.F.L. Draft.

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Northern Illinois running back Chadd Spann, a former walk-on, sets sights on the N.F.L. draft.

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Troubled at Penn State, a slimmed down (now at 337) defensive tackle Phil Taylor thrives at Baylor.

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Washington Huskies' linebacker Mason Foster looks to N.F.L., and again could prove skeptics wrong.

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The Sporting News draft writer looks at 14 early standouts at Senior Bowl Practices.

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Former Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder hopes to prove himself at the Senior Bowl.

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The Denver Post: Measuring of prospects is a key dimension of N.F.L. predraft prep.

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Ex-Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert looking more like No. 1 quarterback in draft.

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Are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looking at impressive defensive end prospect Ryan Kerrigan?

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BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead did a great job in 2010, yet Ian Rappaport thinks the Patriots should draft a tailback in round one?

DD.comment: Considering the Patriots couldn't "stop a nose bleed" last season, we think their primary focus should be on defense or drafting a eventual replacement for Matt Light in round one.

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TSN takes a closer look at underrated Canadian offensive lineman Danny Watkins, who impressed our man (Matt) down in Mobile.

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last updated: 01/26/11
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DD Day 3 Practice Pics: North

Christian Ballard and others in team drills.
Nate Solder gets to the 2nd level.
Jake Locker drops back to pass.
Casey Matthews poses for a shot.
Mason Foster interviews with media.


Photos by Enoch Aguilera.

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Wednesday Morning: North Practice: Ladd-Peebles Stadium

The sun was shining on the last day of full pad practices, and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. But North practice started with a chilly wind flowing through the stadium and it stayed crisp until the afternoon session.

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Skill Players

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Boise State wide receiver Titus Young has created alot of buzz this week. He wasn't the biggest player but exhibited top level speed and explosion. He has strong hands to snatch the ball out of the air and while he has great potential ceiling, he also has a high floor: at the very least he can contribute right away on reverses and returns.

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Another Boise State wide receiver Austin Pettis doesn't have the game-breaking upside of his teammate. But there is a certain trickiness to both of these players that illustrates the high level of coaching they received in school. In one example, Pettis used a jump-off move to avoid the jam during drills and he also used his body to shield himself from defenders in traffic. He lacks an extra gear but should be a reliable red-zone target.

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Marshall tight end Lee Smith is a servicable receiver but a crushing run blocker. He washed out several defenders with pancakes and his blocking was so outstanding, he could be looked at as a left tackle convert by certain teams. His father Daryle played the position in the league, and teams love legacy.

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East Carolina wide receiver Dwayne Harris had an excellent day catching the football. He was not perfect, with several lapses of concentration, but he has game-breaking speed, made diving catches where he sold out for the ball and overall he's got star potential. This observer remembers a fellow ECU alum, current Titans star Chris Johnson at the Senior Bowl not too long ago exhibiting similar traits: very fast but not consistant.

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Nebraska safety Eric Hagg was a smart, heady player who diagnoses the play well. The combine will determine his level of athletic gifts, but whatever he's working with, he makes the most of it and was involved with several pass break-ups.

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Oklahoma safety Quentin Carter was a real athlete in backpedal and might be the fastest of the Senior Bowl safeties, on either team. He has length to ball-hawk and exhibits a smooth gait to glide around the field; Carter makes running look easy.

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Stanford cornerback Richard Sherman has been an interesting injury replacement this week. He showed ideal size and runs well. He was vulnerable in man coverage at times but has a nice upside that teams are drawn toward.

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Rutgers safety Joe Lefeged has outstanding straight ahead speed, and was used as a kick returner during drills. He works hard but lateral agility and change of direction might need improvement. Lefeged's career starting point might be as a strong safety or special teamer.

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Wisconsin tight end Lance Kendricks has showed good hands all week and can also do the job blocking in the run game. He's not a flashy player but definately solid and presented a high effort level.

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Trench Players

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Oklahoma defensive end Jeremy Beal hasn't been able to make an impact as a pass rusher, and that might hurt his draft stock in the long term. But he does many other things well; he was relentless in run pursuit, smart in not biting on play action and has the raw size and speed to get better.

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Washington linebacker Mason Foster exhibited sideline-to-sideline speed and top level footwork. He has been a tackling machine in team drills and firey in competition all week. Foster should work-out very well at the combine. Fosters's draft stock is rising.

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Stanford defensive tackle Sione Fua has great lower body strength and was an absolute load at the point of attack. He has been pushing around very good offensive linemen this week with natural power. Scouts are impressed with his smarts and personality off the field, with so many teams needing nose tackles, Fua should be popular target on draft day.

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Boston College offensive lineman Anthony Castonzo has been getting a tough deal with all these left tackles on the North squad, and has found himself at guard and on the right side more than most. This has led to some struggles. But when he got an opportunity to play tackle he looks more natural and has success stopping his defender. How these coaches determine which of three potential first round left tackles is the best is somewhat mysterious, but the reps should be split more evenly on game day.

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Draft Daddy has enjoyed his yearly visit to Mobile, and should be making his way back North tomorrow. It was great to see everyone, enjoy some true Southern cuisine and get out of the cold for a bit!

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last updated: 01/25/11
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DD Day 2 Practice Pics: South

D.J. Williams works hard in practice.
Sam Acho battles James Carpenter.
Nate Irving and Josh Bynes in linebacker drills.
Phil Taylor, Cedrick Thornton and Jake Kirkpatrick.
Marcus Gilchrist warms up on defense.
Von Miller faces Colin McCarthy in linebacker drills.
Greg McElroy and many others in team drills.
Chris Neild interviews after practice.

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Tuesday Afternoon: South Practice: Ladd-Peebles Stadium

The sun emerged from the clouds, and a pleasant breeze flowed through the stadium. It's afternoons like this (and my upcoming dinner at The Brick Pit) that make me really appreciate getting out of the frigid Northeast and down to Mobile.

As a general football note, the offense that the Bills coaches are installing is closer to the spread offenses in college than what they see in the AFC East. It is heavy on draws, screens, and passes. There are no I-formation power plays, tosses or stretches, and very few runs in general.

As a result the linebackers are getting alot of work in coverage but very few reps in what would be considered traditional running situations. It helps evaluate the receivers and other players but not playing to the strengths of this North linebackers group.

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Skill Players

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Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams was an interesting prospect to watch. He hustled relentlessly, does a servicable job at blocking and hasn't dropped a ball all week. He seemed quick covering the field and getting in and out of breaks. But lack of ideal size may have scouts wondering if he can be a running down or goal-line tight end.

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TCU wide receiver Jeremy Kirley made several outstanding grabs today, including a diving catch toward the end of practice. He had the speed to elude defenders after the catch and could be a middle of the field threat at the next level.

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Florida safety Ahmad Black played way bigger than his 5095 listed height today. He was alert diagnosing the play, recorded at least two passes defended and was rangy, moving well in coverage.

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Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder had an up and down day but made several pretty throws as practice progressed. He can smartly find the open man on one play and execute crisply, but lock in on a covered target on another. He's a likely backup with potential for more.

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Louisville cornerback Johnny Patrick showed well in coverage. He can cover ground, with good quickness and foot-speed. He needs to work on his awareness but coaches will see potential in his raw skills.

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Clemson safety Deandre McDaniel is one of the better safeties in Mobile. He has great size and looked like a smooth athlete. McDaniel doesn't look lost playing the Cover-1 look that these exbition games often demand.

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Hawaii wide receiver Greg Salas displayed soft hands and smooth route running during most of practice. He had several let downs toward the end but overall projects well as a slot receiver. As with all the skill players, his timed speed will dictate his draft status.

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West Virginia running back Noel Devine had a bounce back day, looking shifty in open space and using gamebreaking speed. Devine has been a tremendous college player over the years but injuries have slowed him as a senior. When healthy, Devine is a truly dynamic player.

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We try not to highlight the same players over and over but it should be noted that Tennessee tight end Luke Stocker had the play of the day, with a nice one-handed catch despite getting lit by the defensive back. It's probably been shown on tv highlights several times, but we are noting it for posterity, great play. Also, Miami wide receiver Leonard Hankerson has continued to make outstanding catches on less than ideal balls. He comes back to the ball and fights for it. Both players have had a great week of practice thus far and look like professionals at their positions.

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Trench Players

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Alabama offensive lineman James Carpenter was working at left tackle today and had positive results. He battled Sam Acho to a standstill twice and was powerful washing out opposition in the running game. He's not the most agile, but when he gets his hands on the defender it's over. Could possibly contribute at every line position except center.

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Texas defensive lineman Sam Acho has had a nice couple of days of practice. He got off the ball fast and there's an audible crunch when he hits his man. He didn't always get to the quarterback but he has a high motor, good athleticism getting around the edge, and desire to realize his upside.

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Florida offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert has been a tough battler at right tackle, and had several pancakes from that role. While his technique was not ideal, he has responded well to coaching this week and has the frame to start as his technique improves.

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North Carolina State linebacker Nate Irving displayed lateral quickness and was able to stick with his assignments in coverage better than other the North backers. Irving is a sure tackler and could be a three down player.

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West Virginia defensive tackle Chris Neild was a brawler at the point of attack and is strong against the run. He doesn't offer much in the pass game but reminded this onlooker of a poor man's Kyle Williams, another underrated athlete no one really gave much of a chance, who is currently in the Pro Bowl.

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Georgia offensive lineman Clint Boling was bumped out to right tackle today, instead of guard, and his play seemed to improve. He isn't flashy but can lock down his assignment in pass protection and has a great natural strength to deal with defenders.

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L.S.U. linebacker Kelvin Sheppard was a vocal leader for the North defense, making sure all around knew their jobs prior to the play began. He's aggressive and a hard hitter. Sheppard has to improve in shedding blocks but there's alot to like about the way he plays defense.

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Tuesday Morning: North Practice: Ladd-Peebles Stadium

Rain passed through last night, leaving the field turf moist for morning practice. The sun was only out for a couple minutes, and conditions were cooler than Monday but with less wind to interfere with the quarterbacks and wide outs.

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Skill Players

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San Diego State wide reciever Vincent Brown had an outstanding day of practice. He ran sharp routes, displays great hands and used his body to shield defenders despite being heavily covered. He can run well after the catch and avoid tacklers. Quarterbacks looked to him as practice continued and he did not dissapoint. Brown's draft stock is clearly rising with his practice success.

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Virginia Tech cornerback Rashad Carmichael was a sticky man-to-man defender and was among the top coverage players on either team. He shadowed his receiver and often took him out of the equation. If he runs as fast as he's rumored to run, could be a surprisingly high draft pick.

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Washington quarterback Jake Locker started erraticly in drills, throwing high, but made several nice plays as practice progressed into more live team activities. He is better throwing on the move than in the pocket, and at times his accuracy can be an issue. But he has a live arm and is a gamer. Locker has the raw attributes for which league scouts are searching and with all the quarterback needy teams, should easily fit into the first round picture.

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North Carolina cornerback Kendric Burney showed excellent feet and hip-flip; he can change direction on a dime. Burney was able to snag interception of a Ricky Stanzi over-throw and while he had his flaws, showed alot of raw potential for coaches to mold.

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Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi was having an excellent day of practice, finding the open man, making nice throws and throwing a tight spiral. However after the Burney interception, his game came apart a little and seemed to lose confidence toward the end. Still, he turned in a very solid performance overall, and a team could find a starter in Stanzi, at backup prices.

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Colorado cornerback Jalil Brown displayed good coverage skills and had several nice pass deflections. He's a man-to-man cornerback that can remain on an island while teams blitz from other areas.

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Oklahoma running back Demarco Murray was quick through the hole and showed reliable hands in the screen game. He ran high at times but if he stays healthy could be a three-down back who could project as a Darren McFadden type player at the next level.

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Trench Players

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California defensive lineman Cameron Jordan was an absolute beast all practice. He was shredding blocks in the pit drills, and dominated almost every matchup with a combination of vicious hand-play and a sudden first step. He was played at tackle and end and saw success at both locations. He came through like a freight train on the quarterback during 11-on-11, which is not technically encouraged (they want the skill players to get reps) but there are no refs at Senior Bowl practice to enforse this provision, and there was no stopping Jordan today. This was not a bad group of North lineman he was beating, compared to years past. Jordan was just that much better than his competition, and could very easily be the highest selection in town this week.

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Iowa defensive tackle Christian Ballard made some dough in the Pit drills, as he was close to unblockable on the inside. He showed quickness and aggression against guards and centers, and was a load in the run game as well. Ballard is shaping up to be a scheme-diverse player who can help any league defense.

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Colorado offensive tackle Nate Solder was chippy in drills, hitting players in the back and showing some edge. He showed athleticism and nimble footwork. Solder had several interesting battles with Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan, most of which ended in a stand-off.

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Kerrigan covered a ton of ground quickly, and has the clear edge speed to make it to the quarterback. It will be interesting to see what he runs on the track. He has been playing with his hand in the dirt, and this may be his natural position going forward, but he has the potential to kick out to outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.

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Michigan inside linebacker Greg Jones wasn't a star at weigh-ins, but showed today he can flat out play the game. Jones had several big hits on the inside, and has a knack for sorting through garbage to find the ball-carrier.

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Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi has been working on the left side and had success at that spot. In pass protection he did a good job. He's not an amazingly quick player but his sheer size, arm length and bulk make him tough to run around. It's like running around a house, and in that way, reminds this observer of Marcus McNeil. He's an obvious load in the run game and could be distinguishing himself this week from the other North tackles.

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Off to South practice in the afternoon, stay tuned for more updates as the day progresses.

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DD Day 2 Practice Pics: North

Colin Kaepernick drops back to pass.
Cameron Jordan playing special teams.
Ryan Kerrigan and others in team drills.
Jeremy Beal and others in team drills.
Kendric Burney vs Titus Young in blocking.

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last updated: 01/24/11
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DD Day 1 Practice Pics: South

Allan Bailey in Pit drills.
Kelvin Sheppard, Von Miller and others in scrimmage.
Clint Boling vs Chris Neild in Pit drills.
Courtney Smith stalks the field.
Derek Sherrod vs Brooks Reed in Pit drills.

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Monday Afternoon: South Practice: Fairhope

The wind gusted moderately at scenic Fairhope field for the annual South practice. Clouds formed overhead, but this wind kept the rain away. A lack of Tim Tebow kept the crowds thinner than last year.

Players were dressed in "shells" (shoulder pads and shorts), which can be tough to judge; players are not supposed to go full contact, but they often do anyway. It's easier to look at the full-pad Tuesday and Wednesday practices, where there can be no doubt. Still, lots of tidbits to be gained from today's action.

Skill Players

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South Alabama wide receiver Courtney Smith is the first player ever from his school to be invited to the Senior Bowl. However he certainly wasn't wide-eyed as Smith played like a big school veteran. Tall, cagey and sure-handed, Smith made several big plays, and showed impressive run-after-catch ability. As with all the wide receivers and cornerbacks, his timed speed will dictate draft value, but he has a knack for getting open and looked big-time to this observer. We wonder what is stock would be like were he wearing a helmet from a traditional football factory.

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Kentucky tailback Derrick Locke showed superior quickness in several situations. In the draw plays during scrimmages, he flashed burst for a couple big gains. In receiving drills he had great route running and hands, frustrating the linebackers. (Mississippi State linebacker A.J. Wright had a notable battle with Locke in coverage, we'll have more on Wright and other backers as the week progresses).

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Tennesee tight end Luke Stocker worked hard and made several smooth catches in skeleton drills, despite less than ideally placed passes from the quarterbacks. Scouts were impressed by his blocking, and after weighing in at 255, Stocker was the most complete of the South tight ends.

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Miami wide receiver Leonard Hankerson made it look easy on the outside. He may not have had the greatest weigh-in, measuring at 6'1 instead of 6'3" but was in shape and ran well in pads; looks the part of a professional receiver.

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The quarterback play was somewhat affected by the wind today (and we will observe them more as the week progresses) but the best of the South group appeared to be TCU's Andy Dalton. Although not the strongest armed, he threw a catchable ball and displayed above average accuracy.

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Tulsa running back Charles Clay was a large target with decent hands, and could project well as a receiving fullback in a west-coast offense.

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Georgia Tech running back Anthony Allen showed smooth hands in drills, and has a nice natural stride once in the open field. One to watch as the week progresses.

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Louisville running back Bilal Powell showed off his long speed in running drills, and could be a gamebreaker; he seems to accelerate away from the trash and find the open field.

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Trench Players

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Baylor offensive guard Danny Watkins displayed outstanding power, technique, and footwork. He was stone-walling players in the Pit and showed good drive on running downs. There's nothing especially flashy about him as an athlete but he's the type of smart player that stays patient, doesn't make mistakes and could start early in his career.

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Clemson defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins was a beast against the running attack, several times blowing up plays before they began in the scrimmage. However in the pit, he couldn't get momentum going and he seems to be raw in pass rush, a one dimensional player at this point.

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Mississippi State offensive tackle Derek Sherrod had an up-and-down day. Coaches were obviously impressed with his bulk and foot speed but they also harped with his technique, as he was playing high. Still, he's the starting left tackle for the South and it will be interesting to see if he improves with pro coaching as the week progresses.

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Arizona defensive end Brooks Reed was able to get under Sherrod's pads and exploit him with a nice spin move in pit drills, resulting in two nice wins.

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Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller was outstanding covering the running back in catch drills, and had a pretty interception off a tipped ball. Miller is working exclusively with the linebackers, we did not see him in Pit drills or any other lineman type activity. Weighing 237 he appears to fit better as a LB in a 4-3 than in the 3-4.

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Miami linebacker Colin McCarthy showed good instincts, reading and diagnosing the play well against the run.

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Southern Arkansas defensive lineman Cedric Thornton was feisty in drills, playing beyond the whistle and showing fire. He is another gap shooting player who was often behind the line of scrimmage. Perhaps coming from such a small school he felt he had more to prove; his effort did not go unnoticed.

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We have the start of many other player notes but don't want to cover the same players twice in the same week, and hopefully repeat ourselves as little as possible. So stay tuned for further updates all week in Mobile. Also follow us on Twitter @draftdaddy for updates as they occur during practices.

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Draft Daddy will be on location in Mobile, Alabama for the Senior Bowl. This is our 6th year covering the event and as always it starts with weigh-in.

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8 Players that may have helped their Stock:

Miami DL Allan Bailey: 6032 278, Bulky and powerful but cut, and held weight well.

Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan: 6037 255, Lean with great muscle definition Weight-room worker.

Virginia Tech CB Rashad Carmichael:5095 195, Not tall but built for speed.

Colorado CB Jalil Brown 6022 202, Nice height and slender, great shape, could be a riser.

South Alabama WR Courtney Smith 6040 220, Tall, great condition; Top end receiver potential.

California DL Cameron Jordan 6041 286, Built solidly, could fit in several schemes.

Rutgers S Joe Lefeged 5112 208, Excellent conditioning, a sleeper safety to watch.

Michigan OG Steven Schilling 6042 302, Athletic and fit for a big man, carries weight well.

last updated: 01/22/11
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Michigan State senior tight end Charles Gantt and other players to watch in today's East-West Shrine Game.

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Arizona senior defensive end Ricky Elmore talks about preparing for the N.F.L. draft.

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Ohio State senior defensive lineman Cameron Heyward reportedly has undergone elbow surgery and will miss the Senior Bowl.

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Iowa senior defensive end Adrian Clayborn has reportedly opted out of next week's Senior Bowl.

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Colorado senior cornerback Jimmy Smith draft prospect profile.

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Northwest Missouri State senior cornerback Ryan Jones draft prospect diary.

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U.C.L.A. senior defensive lineman David Carter has had a big week of Shrine Game practices.

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Arkansas senior tight end D.J. Williams has overcome childhood adversity.

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last updated: 01/21/11
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Ex-Villanova star wide receiver Matt Szczur explains why he decided to sign with the Cubs, insteading of going through the N.F.L. draft process.

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The Sporting News Draft Dish: Wide receiver Jeff Maehl displays N.F.L. credentials, plus look at some other East West prospects.

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The Sporting News Draft Dish: Quarterback Tyrod Taylor needs more patience in pocket, plus look at some other East West prospects.

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Senior Bowl invitee Casey Matthews hard to miss because of name and hair.

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CBSSports: East-West Shrine players make final case for N.F.L. scouts.

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last updated: 01/19/11
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Draft Daddy first 2011 N.F.L. One-Round mock draft with comments.

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North Carolina senior defensive tackle Marvin Austin is happy to get back on the football field.

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Troy senior wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan was injured during training and will miss the Senior Bowl; L.S.U. senior wide receiver Terrence Tolliver likely to replace.

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Official list of 56 players granted special eligibility for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Villanova star wide receiver Matt Szczur has accepted a $1.5 million bonus to remain with the Chicago Cubs.

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The Sporting News Draft Dish: Risers & Fallers at East-West Shrine Game practices.

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Different Sporting News draft writer looks at some Impressive Performers at East-West Shrine Game practices.

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Little known West Virginia Wesleyan offensive lineman Shannon Breen has caught the eye of several teams, including the Packers, Jets & Giants.

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CBSSports: Several prospects that shined Tuesday's East-West Practices.

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Other East-West Shrine Day 2 Practice Notes:

last updated: 01/18/11
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The Senior Bowl will be another chapter in the inspirational story of Boston College senior linebacker Mark Herzlich.

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Unnamed N.F.L. executive compares Auburn junior quarterback Cam Newton to Donovan McNabb.

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Missouri junior quarterback Blaine Gabbert is among the more intriguing first-round picks.

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Iowa senior quarterback Ricky Stanzi looks forward to competing in the Senior Bowl.

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Fresno State junior wide receiver Jamel Hamler has declared early for the N.F.L. draft.

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Auburn junior wide receiver Darvin Adams has declared early for the N.F.L. draft.

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Fort Valley State senior wide receiver Ricardo Lockette is excited to be invited to the N.F.L. scouting combine.

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Slippery Rock senior center Brandon Fusco draft prospect journal.

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The Sporting News draft writer has updated his top 40 and looks at some early standouts at East-West Shrine Game Practices.

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Ohio State won't lose any underclassmen to N.F.L. draft, Jim Tressel says.

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Injured North Carolina safety Deunta Williams is optimistic he will be in good enough condition to impress N.F.L. scouts.

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National Football Post's East-West Shrine game notebook: News,impressions and weigh-ins.

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Pro Football Weekly: Underclassmen will greatly affect draft again.

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last updated: 01/17/11
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CBSSports draft writer delivers an early breakdown of all 53 early entries for the N.F.L. Draft.

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The Sporting News Draft Dish: 15 Prospects that have a lot to prove at East-West Shrine Game.

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Bleacher Report writer has the son of Browns legend Clay Matthews II going to Cleveland in this 7 Round Mock Draft.

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last updated: 01/16/11
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The Sporting News draft follower: Good calls and bad calls for early entrants.

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Comedian and actor Bill Cosby has some advice for Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.

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Despite receiving praise from N.F.L. scouts, safety Sean Richardson will remain at Vanderbilt for his senior season.

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Georgia junior outside linebacker Justin Houston announced he will forgo his final season in Athens and enter the N.F.L. draft.

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Auburn safety Zac Etheridge accepts invitation to Under Armour Senior Bowl.

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Georgia Tech safety Jerrard Tarrant will forego his senior season to enter the N.F.L. Draft.

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In a rare decision for an underclassman on the F.C.S. level, tailback Taiwan Jones of Eastern Washington has made himself eligible for the N.F.L. draft.

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last updated: 01/13/11
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Former Iowa tailback Brandon Wegher plans to walk-on at Oklahoma, so he can be immediately eligible to play next season?

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Iowa Hawkeyes' junior safety Tyler Sash is making the early leap to the N.F.L.

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L.S.U. junior running back Stevan Ridley will forego his senior season and declare for the draft.

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D.J. Dorko (real name?) believes Cleveland should focus on defense linemen and linebackers, not wide receivers, in the upcoming draft.

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Arizona junior wide receiver Juron Criner has decided to return to school for his senior year.

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Nebraska junior defensive tackle Jared Crick has decided to return to school for his senior year.

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Iowa junior cornerback Shaun Prater has decided to return to school for his senior year.

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Notre Dame junior wide receiver Michael Floyd has decided to return to school for his senior year.

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CBS Sports draft analyst counts TCU senior quarterback Andy Dalton as a player who has helped his draft stock with bowl performance.

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Oklahoma State junior wide receiver Justin Blackmon has decided to return to school for his senior year.

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Illinois junior running back Mikel Leshoure has declared early for the N.F.L. draft.

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Illinois junior defensive tackle Corey Liuget has declared early for the N.F.L. draft.

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Utah junior defensive tackle Sealver Siliga has declared early for the N.F.L. draft.

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Florida junior safety Will Hill has declared early for the N.F.L. draft.

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North Carolina defensive tackle Marvin Austin looks forward to competing in post-season all-star games.

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Central Michigan senior linebacker Nick Bellore has accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

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Auburn junior quarterback Cam Newton reportedly suffered a back injury in the BCS Championship game.

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Hawaii senior wide receiver Greg Salas trains for the 40-yard dash at the combine.

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JB Scouting Small School FCS All-America team.

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last updated: 01/12/11
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Current rosters for the upcoming East-West Shrine Game.

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Don Banks of SI takes stock of the Top Quarterbacks Prospects and lack of senior talent.

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Veteran SI.com draft writer has listed his Top 25 N.F.L. Draft Prospects.

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Several Iowa Hawkeyes, including "N.F.L. ready" junior safety Tyler Sash, are considering making the early leap to the next level.

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Florida Gators' secondary gets a boost after cornerback Janoris Jenkins decides to stay.

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The Sporting News draft writer has just updated his One Round Mock Draft.

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Chicago Now Blog: Examining the character of Oregon star tailback LaMichael James.

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Even after a "up and down career" at Michigan, former four-star recruit Adam Patterson hopes to play in the N.F.L.

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Syracuse linebacker Doug Hogue hopes successful college career translates to N.F.L.

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Ex-Nebraska star Scott Frost calls out reporter for sterotyping Oregon wide receiver Jeff Maehl.

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N.F.L. scouts seem to think Illini tailback Mikel Leshoure should be selected between the 2nd and 3rd rounds.

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Hillsdale College quarterback Troy Weatherhead looks to give N.F.L. his best shot.

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last updated: 01/10/11
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Two Washington seniors, quarterback Jake Locker and linebacker Mason Foster have accepted invitations to the Senior Bowl.

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Florida junior cornerback Janoris Jenkins has announced he will return for his senior season.

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Oregon State junior running back Jaquizz Rodgers has declared early for the N.F.L. draft.

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Arizona State junior defensive lineman Lawrence Guy has declared early for the N.F.L. draft.

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L.S.U. junior cornerback Patrick Peterson has declared early for the N.F.L. draft.

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Illinois junior linebacker Martez Wilson has declared early for the N.F.L. draft.

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West Virginia junior safety Robert Sands has declared early for the N.F.L. draft.

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Georgia junior wide receiver A.J. Green has declared early for the N.F.L. draft.

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Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore running back Ryan Williams has declared early for the N.F.L. draft.

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Clemson junior running back Jamie Harper has declared early for the N.F.L. draft.

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Illinois junior tailback Jason Ford could step up next season.

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L.S.U. senior wide receiver Terrence Tolliver may have helped himself in the Cotton Bowl.

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Boston College senior linebacker Mark Herzlich looks forward to the Senior Bowl.

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Could Auburn quarterback Cam Newton be the number one overall selection?

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Age may have played a role in South Carolina wide receiver Tori Gurley's decision to go pro.

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Southern Illinois senior cornerback Korey Lindsey draft prospect diary.

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last updated: 01/07/11
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In his 20th season, Frank Coyle of draftinsiders.com does a good job tracking the Senior Bowl invites and acceptances.

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Virginia Tech junior tailback Darren Evans has declared early for the N.F.L. draft.

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Arkansas junior quarterback Ryan Mallett has declared early for the N.F.L. draft.

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Missouri junior defensive end Aldon Smith has declared early for the N.F.L. draft.

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Wisconsin junior running back John Clay has declared early for the N.F.L. draft.

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Delaware senior quarterback Pat Devlin conveys a sense of confidence to his teammates.

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Three Alabama juniors, running back Mark Ingram, wide receiver Julio Jones and defensive lineman Marcell Dareus have declared early for the N.F.L. draft.

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U.C.L.A. junior safety Rahim Moore has declared early for the N.F.L. draft.

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Stanford redshirt sophomore quarterback Andrew Luck has decided to return to school for his junior year.

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UConn senior linebacker Lawrence Wilson has been invited to the Senior Bowl.

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Three Nevada seniors, running back Vai Taua, defensive end Dontay Moch, and tight end Virgil Green, have accepted invitations to the East-West Shrine Game.

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Wisconsin senior quarterback Scott Tolzien has accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

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Delaware State senior returner Larrone Moore reportedly ran a 4.38 in the 40-yard dash at the 2010 HBCU All-Star Bowl.

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last updated: 01/05/11
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Clemson junior defensive end Da'Quan Bowers has declared early for the N.F.L. draft.

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Alabama junior running back Mark Ingram has declared early for the N.F.L. draft.

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Virginia junior defensive end Zane Parr has declared early for the N.F.L. draft.

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Notre Dame junior tight end Kyle Rudolph has declared early for the N.F.L. draft.

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Temple junior defensive tackle Muhammed Wilkerson has declared early for the N.F.L. draft.

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L.S.U. senior special teamer Daniel Graff impresses his coaches with work ethic.

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Oklahoma junior linebacker Travis Lewis has announced that he will return to school for his senior year.

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Three Oklahoma seniors, defensive end Jeremy Beal, defensive back Quinton Carter and running back DeMarco Murray have accepted invitations to the Senior Bowl.

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Although cornerback Prince Amukamara is still considering his invitation, three other Nebraska seniors, receiver Niles Paul, running back Roy Helu and offensive guard Keith Williams have accepted invitations to the Senior Bowl.

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Florida Atlantic senior tight end Rob Housler is one of three Owls who have been invited to the N.F.L. scouting combine.

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Northwest Missouri State senior tight end Josh Baker draft journal entry.

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last updated: 01/04/11
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After reportedly receiving a first-round grade from the advisory committee, Missouri senior quarterback Blaine Gabbert declared for the N.F.L. draft.

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National Football Post draft analyst wonders if Arkansas junior quarterback Ryan Mallett is worth a 1st round pick.

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U.C.L.A. junior linebacker Akeem Ayers has declared early for the N.F.L. draft.

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Texas A&M senior quarterback Jerrod Johnson hopes to recapture his junior year form at the East-West Shrine Game.

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Two Notre Dame seniors, running back Armando Allen and nose tackle Ian Williams have been invited to the N.F.L. scouting combine.

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NFL.com analyst believes there are indications that the Carolina Panthers will not draft a quarterback.

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After receiving "an encouraging grade" from the advisory committee, Miami junior cornerback Brandon Harris has declared early for the N.F.L. draft.

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Indiana junior wide receiver Tandon Doss reportedly received a prediction from the draft advisory board that he would be selected in the "top couple of rounds."

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We've seen the Hughes Draft Notebook, which has the heights, weights and 40 times of over 1200 players and write-ups of over 300 prospects. We strongly recommend it.

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Appalachian State senior safety Mark Legree draft prospect journal entry.

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last updated: 01/03/11
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Oregon senior wide receiver Jeff Maehl is one touchdown shy of breaking the school record.

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Ohio State senior linebacker Brian Rolle prepares for the Sugar Bowl.

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According to his coaches, Missouri senior center Tim Barnes will be tough to replace.

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Stanford redshirt sophomore quarterback Andrew Luck has tried to remain under radar.

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West Virginia senior linebacker J.T. Thomas is excited to be invited to the N.F.L. Scouting Combine.

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Quick look at Arkansas junior quarterback Ryan Mallett and four other elite quarterbacks.

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Onlookers are impressed by the effort of Ohio State senior defensive lineman Cameron Heyward.

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Interesting look at how N.F.L. scouting departments work the post-season Bowl games.

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California junior running back Shane Vereen has declared for the N.F.L. draft.

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Utah junior cornerback Brandon Burton has declared for the N.F.L. draft.

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Indiana junior wide receiver Tandon Doss has declared for the N.F.L. draft.

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Slippery Rock senior center Brandon Fusco draft prospect journal entry.

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