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last updated: 05/24/11
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University of Alabama junior running back Trent Richardson impresses with his strength.

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Troubled Chris Rainey leads what appears to be a weak group of senior prospects for the Florida Gators.

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Former North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson could wind up playing at Auburn.

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last updated: 05/23/11
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Wisconsin senior wide receiver Nick Toon and other Badgers top prospects for 2012 draft.

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North Texas senior tailback Lance Dunbar is predicted to be a draftable athlete next season.

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South Carolina junior wide receiver Ashton Jeffery draft prospect profile.

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The Sports Network: Top 10 F.C.S. Wide Receivers

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NFL.com draft expert Gil Brandt believes University of Nebraska stars Jared Crick and Alfonzo Dennard have first round potential.

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Cleveland.com: Locked out from their N.F.L. dreams, undrafted rookie free agents struggle to keep hopeful.

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ESPN.com: The Broncos are hoping former basketball player Julius Thomas can be the next Antonio Gates.

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Buffalo Bills defensive end Aaron Maybin looks like a wide receiver and a bust.

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last updated: 05/19/11
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42 college centers that made the early cut for the Rimington Watch List.

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ESPN.com: Plenty of Big 12 talent with bright pro futures.

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The Sports Network: Top 10 F.C.S. Offensive Linemen

The Sports Network: Top 10 F.C.S. Defensive Backs

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Undrafted West Chester University wide receiver Dan DePalma, who reportedly runs a 4.38/40, is already working out with Eli Manning and the Giants.

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last updated: 05/17/11
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Pac-10 stars Andrew Luck and Matt Barkley head the list of Gil Brandt's Top 100 draft-eligible players for 2012.

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Nflmocks.com: Top N.F.L. prospects for 2012 and beyond for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

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Pewter Report/Tampa Bay Bucs: 12 Draft Prospects To Watch For 2012.

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Ex-Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier in Danger of Throwing Away College Career.

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last updated: 05/15/11
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The Sports Network: Top 10 F.C.S. Defensive Linemen

The Sports Network: Top 10 F.C.S. Running Backs

The Sports Network: Top 10 F.C.S. Linebackers

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Experts say Iowa State University offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele has N.F.L. first-round future.

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Former coaches insist New York Giants draft pick Marvin Austin is a quality kid despite big mistake.

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Armando Salguero: Wildcat outlives usefulness for Miami Dolphins.

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Mailbag: Noted Tim Tebow basher Mark Kiszla is hoping the Broncos lose enough games to draft Andrew Luck or Matt Barkley.

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last updated: 05/12/11
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cbssports.com: Scout Josh Buchanan (jbscouting.com) is reporting Janoris Jenkins will be transferring to D-II North Alabama.

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ESPN.com: Why was the more productive Ricky Elmore drafted 155 spots after ex-Arizona teammate Brooks Reed?

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last updated: 05/11/11
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Reggie Bush among 12 prominent N.F.L. players who might be on the move in the coming months.

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Florida Gators transfers Chris Dunkley & Mike Blakely might land with U.S.F. Bulls.

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Bleacher report contributor looks at 19 Texas Longhorns and predicts how they might fare in the 2012 N.F.L. Draft.

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nflmocks.com: Texas A&M Aggies Top Prospects for 2012 and beyond.

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Speedy Kansas City Royals' outfielder Jarrod Dyson would not mind racing K.C. Chiefs speedster Jamaal Charles.

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This blogger thought Merrimack was only a hockey school, but their football program is looking to go D-I and they just signed Bay State track star Anthony Arcari, who runs a gaudy 4.36/40 & 10.8/100m, according to ESPN.com.

DD.comment: While it's hard to see him as a N.F.L. prospect right now, we just posted it because it's hard to believe a kid with Arcari's size/speed ratio and athletic ability is relagated to playing D-II ball. We have a ton N.F.L. scouts and agents visiting this site looking for potential future diamonds-in-the-rough, so we try to post these type stories (elite athletes playing at small schools) when we see them.

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last updated: 05/10/11
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Several U.S. college players and a veteran N.F.L. defensive tackle selected in the 2011 C.F.L. Draft.

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Former Navy defensive back Wyatt Middleton heads to sea, not N.F.L., with no regrets.

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JBScouting.com: Top 50 Undrafted Small School Prospects.

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last updated: 05/09/11
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CBSsports.com has justed posted their rankings for the Top 1,363 Prospects for the 2012 Draft.

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Troubled ex-Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins to skip N.F.L.'s Supplemental Draft and transfer to a lower division?

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last updated: 05/07/11
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Chad Reuter of CBSsports.com has listed his Top Offensive Prospects for the 2012 Draft.

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U.L.L. Ragin' Cajuns senior tight end Ladarius Green is already being hyped by ESPN draft guru.

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N.F.L. scouts showed up at Hawaii to check some 2012 prospects and 23 year old defensive tackle Kaniela Tuipulotu stood out from the crowd.

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National Post.com: Lure of N.F.L. can play havoc on C.F.L. draft.

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Jaguars executives believe rookie Chris Prosinksi has the ideal height, weight, and speed to play safety in the N.F.L.

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After leaving Wisconsin early and running close to a 4.9/40, tailback John Clay is stunned he wasn't drafted.

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last updated: 05/05/11
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Walter Football writer has posted a Two Round 2012 Mock Draft.

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Fox Sports writer has also posted a One Round 2012 Mock Draft.

DD.comment: I'm sure our own Matt B. will thrilled when he sees this mock -- his Jets are predicted to be out the playoffs?

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Nflmocks.com writer has just posted a One Round 2012 Mock Draft.

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B.Y.U. offensive lineman Matt Reynolds says his decision to forego N.F.L. draft was a difficult process.

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CBSNews.com: N.F.L. Draft beats N.B.A. playoffs in the cable ratings, but both lose to O.B.L. coverage and 'Pawn Stars'.

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New York Giants' 6th round pick Jacquian Williams, who's described as a 'tireless worker', is looking forward to playing with his friend Jason Pierre-Paul.

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Chad Reuter of CBSsports.com has listed his Top Defensive Prospects for the 2012 Draft.

DD.comment: At this point, it looks like the webmaster/editor over at CBS sports has made a mistake -- top 10 defensive ends not listed?

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last updated: 05/04/11
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Chad Reuter of CBSsports.com has posted a One Round 2012 Mock Draft.

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Hoping to poach locked-out players and undrafted rookies, the U.F.L. drops it's transfer fee.

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Jim Harris: Next year's N.F.L. Draft should be kinder to the Arkansas Razorbacks.

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Closer look at Buffalo Bills' 7th round pick Mike Jasper, who weighed 440 pounds at the start of his senior year.

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Len Pasquarelli: Most undrafted N.F.L.ers bypass U.F.L. opportunity.

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SI.com writer has just posted a One Round 2012 Mock Draft.

DD.comment: Unless this guy is some sort of Soothsayer, who can predict catastrophic injuries before they happen, the idea of the N.Y. Jets picking a quarterback in round 1 seems very strange.

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Are N.F.L scouts scared to draft Connecticut Huskies, because the school has produced so many draft busts -- particularly in 2009?

DD.comment: There might be a lot of truth to this, but as respected Dallas News writer Rick Gosselin pointed out last year, the 2009 draft class was historic in terms of immediate busts -- from all schools.

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last updated: 05/03/11
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Signs are ex-Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson will be headed to the United Football League.

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Could University of Arizona wide receiver Juron Criner be the 11th Wildcat ever chosen in the first round of the N.F.L. draft?

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ESPN reporter believes the Patriots could be targeting Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck in 2012 N.F.L. Draft.

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Backup safety/cornerback Malcolm Williams, who never started a game at T.C.U., is thrilled to have been selected by the Patriots.

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Fast Times at Boise State? Juniors Pro Day numbers show there are a lot of fast Broncos -- or they are running on a fast track?

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Respected N.F.L writer Pete Prisco flashes forward: Top 32 picks for the 2012 N.F.L. Draft.

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Ex-Fort Valley wide receiver Ricardo Lockette wowed pro scouts with his 4.37 40-yard dash, but that was not enought to get him drafted?

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The Times and Democrat: Historically Black Colleges and Universities seeing a 'renaissance' in N.F.L. draft.

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Cincy blogger thinks Derek Wolfe and Isaiah Pead will be the U.C. Bearcats' best senior pro prospects next season.

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Veteran SI.com draft tracker lists his Top 40 Prospects for the 2012 N.F.L. Draft.

DD.comment: It's sort of weird that Tyron Smith just went #9 overall as an 'elite left tackle prospect', when the fact of the matter is he only played right tackle because his head coach at U.S.C. (who is an ex-N.F.L. head coach/offensive guru) either deemed him incapable of protecting Matt Barkley's blind-side (a right-handed QB) or figured Matt Kalil was a better player. But in the ranking above, Kalil, who did excel at left tackle (protecting Barkley's blind side), isn't even in the top 20 for next season. Does this make any sense at all?

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last updated: 05/02/11
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The folks over at Draftsite.com have already posted a 7 Round 2012 N.F.L. Mock Draft.

DD.comment: These are the same guys that posted 2012 mocks for the W.N.B.A. & M.L.S. a few weeks after their 2011 drafts concluded, so they are true draft fanatics. Nonetheless, mark it down, Andrew Luck of Stanford will be the #1 overall pick next year (barring a catastrophic injury), even if Carolina finishes in last place, which we expect will happen. Teams will trade up for Luck. Even if Carolina shocks us and doesn't trade the pick, no chance fellow Stanford man Elway doesn't pick Luck for Denver, if they have another terrible season and pick 2nd overall. He's the best quarterback prospect we've seen since we started this site in 2004.

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The Hartford Colonials have selected ex-Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson #1 overall in the third annual United Football League Draft.

DD.comment: Link above lists all 52 draft picks. It includes some undrafted rookies from the recent N.F.L. draft, but also has many former N.F.L. draft picks and practice squad players (i.e. Cam Newton's brother). Here is a breakdown of the standard U.F.L. player salaries.

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Green Bay Packers draft pick Ricky Elmore trained for the N.F.L. draft with Clay Matthews II and his son Casey Matthews.

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Chad Reuter of CBSSports.com does a good job listing some Top Available Undrafted Free Agents.

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CBSSports.com: GMs skirting rules by talking to undrafted free agents.

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NFL.com: U.F.L. is ready to pounce on N.F.L.'s frozen undrafted free agents.

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Mockingthedraft.com: Top 25 undrafted players from the N.F.L. Draft.

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Howard Balzer: Undrafted free agents just one of many suffering from N.F.L. lockout.

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Writer from the Boston area looks at 10 Undrafted Free Agents that might interest the Patriots and other N.F.L. teams.

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Despite posting great stats as a senior and dominating in the shuttle runs at the Combine, receiver Jeff Maehl went undrafted.

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Ex-L.S.U. wide receiver Terrence Toliver now has to wait after not being selected in the N.F.L. Draft.

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Being friends and workout buddies with Seahawks' likely starting quarterback, might've helped receiver Kris Durham land in Seattle.

DD.comment: Durham reminds us a little of Jordy Nelson (size, speed, big play ability), who was selected when Seattle's fast-rising, young G.M. John Schneider worked for draft guru Ted Thompson in Green Bay.

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last updated: 05/01/11
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Draft Daddy Day 3 (rounds 4 through 7) impressions:

The draft is now complete and as day 3 covered a ton of ground we will mention every team in these "impressions."

6 great performances: "schrewd moves: winners."

BAL Ozzie Newsome is a great drafter. On Day 3, the Ravens drafted 5 potential contributors, from Indiana WR Tandon Doss, to Georgia Tech RB Anthony Allen in rd 7. Mississippi State DE Pernell McPhee and Texas CB Chykie Brown both underrated.

CIN Georgia OL Clint Boling was a great pick and a likely starter at guard or right tackle. West Virginia FS Robert Sands can cover ground and hit well (might fit also at linebacker). Small school CB Korey Lindsey is a gamer. Stanford WR Ryan Whalen and Baylor RB Jay Finley are solid skill position sleepers. It would be surprising if none of these players panned out.

CLE Browns got 5 potential contributors on Day 3. USC TE Jordan Cameron and Chattanooga CB Buster Skrine are athletic high upside gambles. Stanford FB/LB Owen Marecic is a football player at heart. Pittsburgh OG Jason Pinkston is a crusher in run game and Nebraska SS Eric Hagg always seems to be in a productive football position.

DEN Broncos had a beastly day. Cal LB Mike Mohamed and Oklahoma LB Jeremy Beal had extremely productive careers. Portland State Julius Thomas and Nevada Virgil Green are two high upside receiving TE that can create mismatches and even Oklahoma FS Quinton Carter is a great cover athlete. If they coach these guys up, could be a great haul.

GB New Mexico State CB Davon House was an absolute heist, not 1 but 2 players named "D.J." (Williams TE Arkansas, Smith OLB Appalachian State), and two "Grand Canyon State" sack masters in Ricky Elmore and Lawrence Guy (AZ and AZ state, respectively). It's a load of new talent for the Super Bowl champs and Packers may have "won" todays picks overall.

KC CB Jalil Brown from Colorado has starter quality, Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi in rd 5 is great value for another possible starter. Oregon State DE Gabe Miller had fantastic workouts and Ole Miss NT Jerrell Powe in rd 6 could quell their very bad nose need. Great stuff from the Chiefs on Day 3.

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8 very good performances: "quantity and quality."

CAR West Virginia CB Brandon Hogan has character questions but great talent. UConn OLB Lawrence Wilson and Auburn OT Lee Ziemba are smart bets to be productive pros.

HOU Virginia Tech CB Rashad Carmichael is a tough player and could surprise people. Idaho S Shiloh Keo loves to hit. UNC QB T.J. Yates has flawless fundamentals and even the 7th rounders Arkansas St OT Derek Newton and Rice DE Cheta Ozougwu have tons of physical upside. Very nice ending to a strong overall draft.

MIA Abeline Gates WR Edmond Gates (not Edmund!) has rare game-breaking speed. Tulsa FB Charles Clay is a real pro can help a team in many ways. Alabama A&M DT Frank Kearse has good potential for rd 7. Very good draft overall for the Dolphins.

NYG drafting Michigan State ILB Greg Jones in rd 6 could be a fantastic pick over time. And if not, USF OLB Jacquian Williams has tons of potential as well. Iowa DB Tyler Sash is a ball-hawking safety, who could battle for playing time in the future. Maryland speedster Da'Rel Scott was their only RB pick and another big time fantasy sleeper.

OAK We haven't talked about Oakland a lot but they really made a lot of hay with limited selections. Eastern Washington RB Taiwan Jones is a flat out gamebreaker. Ohio State CB Chimdi Chekwa just seems to make plays. Miami CB Demarcus Van Dyke was not only the fastest player at Indy but a rare "upgrade invite" from the East West Shrine game to Senior Bowl. Good draft for the Raiders, who again get faster.

SD Chargers got their draft back on track with Uconn tailback Jordan Todman in and Michigan OG Stephen Schilling in rd 6. Both have starter potential and were high on our boards.

SF Oklahoma State RB Kendall Hunter was a steal in round 4. UCF OLB Bruce Miller had well over 30 career sacks, one of the most productive sack masters in the BCS. Rumors persist that Miller could be tried at FB, making him a potential NFL version of Owen Marecic LB/FB? Montana State OG Mike Person has rare feet and could develop.

WAS Day 3 was reckoning day for the ever-trading-down Redskins. SMU WR Aldrick Robinson and West Virginia DT Chris Nield are fantastic sleepers and it would surprising if either player failed as a pro. They both have "it" factors to stick in the league. Boise State CB Brandyn Thompson and Florida State DE Markus White are big game players. Almost too many players to list but we'd characterize their late draft as very good probably not as outstanding as Day 1 and 2.

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10 interesting performances: "one or two possible players"

AZ Texas DE Sam Acho in round 4 was a great fit for their system and culture; Acho is an outstanding physical specimen and could vastly outperform draft slot.

ATL Oregon St RB Jacquizz Rodgers made tons of big plays in the Pac10 and could be a fantasy handcuff to Michael Turner. Both players also helped by Julio Jones' run blocking.

DAL 6th round selection of WR Dwayne Harris was a possible steal. Harris doesn't time well but made tons of big plays at East Carolina and has star potential.

DET 7th round selection of South Carolina State OT Johnny Culbreath was an astute late round gamble. Culbreath really impressed scouts at Clemson pro day. I didn't mention it on day 1 but Auburn DT Nick Fairley at 13 was an amazing pick. Love the strategy to create the super-unit.

IND Syracuse RB Delone Carter could be very productive in their system and Chris L. Rucker projects like a less injured Marlin Jackson. Only 2 picks but both were sound.

NE can put TCU OT Marcus Cannon on IR and see where he's at in a season or two. Marshall TE Lee Smith might be my favorite sleeper in the draft. He's a crushing run blocker and could convert to OT.

NYJ selections of Louisville RB Bilal Powell and TCU WR Jeremy Kirley were two Senior Bowl specials that could really pay dividends.

PIT The Citadel CB Cortez Allen had and electronically timed 1.4 second 10 yard split at Indy (Top 5 pick Patrick Peterson was the only other sub 1.5 time). Fresno State OLB Chris Carter was a sackmaster in the WAC and truly scary that he will work with Steelers LB coaches.

TB We don't see a lot of difference between Tennessee TE Luke Stocker and the tight ends that went earlier. Florida SS Ahmad Black didn't time well but has great football instincts. Also liked the pick of Florida Int'l CB Anthony Gaitor in the Bucs the backyard.

TEN Some say Miami LB Colin McCarthy and Iowa DT Karl Klug are players that probably shouldn't be as successful as they are but have always found a way to make plays. The league is full of stories like these two inspirations.

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8 somewhat questionable performances: "really?"

BUF Aside from Mississippi State LB Chris White, who was a surprisingly productive and tough player, the Bills managed to reach in almost every round on Day 3.

JAC Mount Union WR Cecil Shorts may have gotten the benefit of Pierre Garcon's success and never seemed that dynamic. As for the other picks, (Wyoming FS Chris Prosinski, Middle Tennessee CB Rod Issac) there's something to like about each but both could have been available later or after the draft. Maybe Gene Smith is a genius and we are dunces, but this feels like early UDFA signings in rounds 4 and 5? Guess that's drafting in a lockout.

CHI only 2 picks but both were questionable value. Idaho QB Nate Enderle and West Virginia LB J.T. Thomas both appear to be fringe players. Prove us wrong fellas!

PHI We don't want to be hard on Philly who make their 3rd appearance in Questions. Reid apparently really misses Tom Heckert. Without him around, Reid is like the guy who drafts a kicker in round 4 of fantasy draft. Oh no wait he is that guy… and it's the real draft. The best pick was 7th rounder USC FB Stanley Havilli. We have loved Havilli for years but when best pick is a fullback at 240 overall there are issues.

MIN This day 3 could be the best ever, it could be the worst ever. There's a ton of risk but also a lot of possible reward. Iowa DT Christian Ballard has baggage but can push the pocket. Utah CB Brandon Burton is long but questionable at what he excels. West Texas A&M WR Stephen Burton has potential to be a #4 WR. I might be hard on them but there are a lot of questions in 8 total Day 3 picks.

NO only had 2 picks in the 7th round but there are questions to be asked on both picks. Greg Romeus has a frightening medical file and Nate Bussey is raw. These guys could settle down and answer these questions but it looks fairly risky today and a let down from earlier days.

SEA We are big fans of Georgia WR Kris Dunham and we might be the only humans that like Alabama OT James Carpenter on Day 1. But overall the Seahawks have not much to show after 9 picks in the 2011 N.F.L. Draft.

STL Hawaii WR Greg Salas in rd 4 is a pretty good player. But it's tough to find upside in the 3 picks that followed. Maybe the Rams are just smarter than the rest of us. Time will tell.

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