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last updated: 5/31/06
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Green Bay Packers rookie cornerback Will Blackmon out of OTA's with broken foot.

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Scout.com looks at the Patriots off season moves; lists best players left in free agency.

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Nebraska coaching legend Tom Osborne, who was widely expected to be elected the next governor of Nebraska (had a double digit lead in polls), sustained a stunning defeat in the Republican primary due to his stance on illegal immigration.

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Closer look at Philadelphia Eagles rookie guard Max Jean-Gilles.

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Breaking News: Two former Florida State football players, including troubled Cincinnati Bengals draft pick A.J Nicholson, charged in theft.

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Vettel: Looking to next NFL early entries from the University of Florida?

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The San Francisco 49ers will consider making a bid for former Virginia linebacker Ahmad Brooks in the supplemental draft.

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This is a perliminary "watch list" for small stars that were juniors in 2005. These players should be among the top senior prospects on the small school level next college football season.

QB Justin Rascati ~ James Madison

QB Aries Nelson ~ Mississippi Valley State

QB Josh Swogger ~ Montana

QB Jeff Smith ~ Georgetown College (Ky.)

RB Arkee Whitlock ~ Southern Illinois

RB Germaine Race ~ Pittsburg State

RB Pierre Rembert ~ Illinois State

RB Alonzo Coleman ~ Hampton University

RB Steve Baylark ~ Massachusetts

RB Jeremy McCoy ~ Alcorn State

RB Clifton Dawson ~ Harvard

FB Reuben Mayes ~ Grambling

TE Daniel Bettis ~ Appalachian State

TE Ben Patrick ~ Delaware

TE Patrick Bugg ~ Eastern Kentucky

TE Ryan Fuselier ~ Dartmouth

TE Zach Herold ~ Nebraska-Omaha

WR David Ball ~ New Hampshire

WR Henry Tolbert ~ Grambling

WR Ashley Wright ~ Yale

WR James Banks ~ Carson-Newman

WR Laurent Robinson ~ Illinois State

WR Andy Birkel ~ Northern Colorado

WR Charlie Spiller ~ Alcorn State

WR Tyrone Timmons ~ Mississippi Valley State

WR Ryan Voss ~ Eastern Illinois

OT Brent Pousson ~ McNeese State

OT Andre Bennett ~ Grambling State

OT Elliot Vallejo ~ Cal-Davis

OT Clyde Reed ~ South Carolina State

OG Matt Isenhour ~ Appalachian State

OC Ed McCarthy ~ Yale

OC Ryan Jewell ~ Youngstown State


DE Martin Jackson ~ Alcorn State

DE Chris White ~ Cal Poly

DE Marques Murrell ~ Appalachian State

DE Michael McFadden ~ Grand Valley State

DT Felipe Foster ~ Western Carolina

DT Justin Frick ~ North Dakota State

DT Damion DeRosia ~ Saginaw Valley State

MLB Justin Durant ~ Hampton University

MLB Johnny Baldwin ~ Alabama A&M

MLB Kyle Shotwell ~ Cal Poly

MLB Cameron Siskowic ~ Illinois State

OLB Zak DeOssie ~ Brown

OLB Chad Nkang ~ Elon University

CB Dre Dokes ~ Northern Iowa

CB Travarous Bain ~ Hampton University

CB Codera Jackson ~ Youngstown State

S Kenny Chicoine ~ Cal Poly

S Tristan Burge ~ Eastern Illinois

S Jeremy Wiggins ~ Appalachian State

S Daren Stone ~ Maine

S Vincent Dancy ~ Jackson State

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last updated: 5/30/06
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It's only May, but Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn has narrowed his list of NFL agents to a nice, tidy six.

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Fixed Link: Grambling wide receiver Henry Tolbert is a top Division 1-AA wide receiver with excellent speed and NFL potential. Checkout his video highlights.

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College football coaches start pushback against a new transfer rule, which allows all redshirt seniors that have graduated to leave without sitting out a season.

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Ex-University of Arizona starting quarterback Richard Kovalcheck heading to Vanderbilt and will be eligible to play immediately.

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Roger Staubach: Donít count out former Texas backup quarterback Matt Nordgren, who signed a free agent deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Philadelphia Eagles' top pick Brodrick Bunkley credits coach's tough love for his football success.

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Cleveland's sixth-round pick Baba Oshinowo is out to make the team forget they ever thought about drafting top-rated nose tackle Haloti Ngata.

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last updated: 5/29/06
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While rookie Tim Day and Cooper Wallace would have preferred to be drafted, the tight end situation in Chicago is ideal for an undrafted free agent to make a run at the 53-man roster.

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Louisville is eyeing a BCS bid with superstar junior quarterback Brian Brohm seemingly recovered from a torn ACL.

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Close-up look at once highly regarded Miami (Ohio) wide receiver Martin Nance, who hopes to make the Buffalo Bills as a rookie free agent.

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Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn could grab Heisman, then lead Irish to title.

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Every draft, it seems, there are a number of very athletically gifted college quarterbacks that get to continue their football careers in the NFL at positions other than quarterback -- running back, wide receiver, ect......At this point, DD.com will take a quick look at 4 "senior" quarterbacks that could be on the NFL's radar as "athletes" this upcoming season.

Reggie Ball ~ Georgia Tech -- Considering Ball is "listed" at 5' 11" and hasn't displayed big time quarterbacking skills, despite having some serious offensive weapons around him, it appears any chance he has at making it in the NFL will come at wide receiver or running back. He seems to have Randal El like skills that NFL teams covet -- outstanding foot speed (4.5 in the 40 yard dash?) and quickness. Has already ran for almost 1,100 yards and 9 touchdowns in his career at Georgia Tech.

Shane Steichen ~ Nevada-Las Vegas -- Coming into the 2005 season, many experts compared Steichen to former Utah star Alex Smith. He was having a "decent" 2005 season throwing the football, but showed some serious athletic skills running with the ball (320 yards and 3 TD's in 5 games). We saw shades of Matt Jones, while watching the tall, long striding Steichen run for touchdowns of 51 and 70 yards last season. While Steichen doesnít have Jonesí blinding speed, he has been clocked at 4.6, which is excellent for a 6í 4", 200 pound quarterback. Sustained a finger injury in week 4 last season that kept him out 6 games. Is currently battling hot-shot USC transfer Rocky Hinds for the Rebels starting quarterback job, so it's not even a given he'll get to throw the ball much this season.

Isaiah Stanback ~ Washington -- We clearly project the tall, strong-armed Stanback as a quarterback at the next level, assuming he improves his overall quarterbacking skills as a senior (completed only 54% of his attempts and tossed 9 TD's last season). We think that can happen with the added experience and better overall talent around him. But if he struggles at quarterback this upcoming season, he can always move back to his original college position -- wide receiver.

Tim Brasic -- Doesn't have great 40 speed, according to some "estimates", but was a very strong runner in 2005 for the Illini. Totaled 420 yards for the season, including a 116 yard effort against Wisconsin. Tough as nails, gutsy competitor, who could get a look at safety or wide receiver in the NFL. As a quarterback, he is developing some skills, but it's not a sure thing those skills will translate to the next level.

DD.com comment: It must be noted that lost sack yards are subtracted from the rushing totals of all college football quarterbacks. For players like Tim Brasic and Isaiah Stanback, who played for young, struggling teams, this had a significant negative impact on their final rushing totals and rushing average. Brasic actually lost a whopping 271 yards last season, mostly on sacks. Stanback lost 162 yards in 2005, also, mostly on sacks.


2005 college quarterbacks recently drafted at other positions:

WR Brad Smith, New York Jets (Rd 4 -- Missouri)

FB Michael Robinson, San Francisco 49ers (Rd 4 -- Penn State)

WR Marques Hagans, St. Louis Rams (Rd 5 -- Virginia)

WR Reggie McNeal, Cincinnati Bengals (Rd 6 -- Texas A & M)

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last updated: 5/28/06
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Good article: In depth look at the quarterbacking situation for all 12 SEC teams.

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Are the Miami Dolphins considering troubled Virginia linebacker Ahmad Brooks and Iowa State DE/LB Jason Berryman in the upcoming supplemental draft?

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Are the Patriots considering drafting troubled Virginia linebacker Ahmad Brooks in the supplemental draft?

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Pittsburgh Steelers top pick, former Ohio State wide receiver Santonio Holmes, arrested for disorderly conduct in Miami?

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DD.com's top juniors-to-be for the upcoming season. These are players that were sophomores in 2005.

DD.com All-Juniors Second Team (We posted our 1st Team below).

QB Kyle Wright ~ Miami-Florida

RB Marshawn Lynch ~ California

RB Kyle Bell ~ Colorado State

WR Todd Blythe ~ Iowa State

WR Ted Ginn Jr. ~ Ohio State

TE Zach Miller ~ Arizona State

OC Doug Legursky ~ Marshall

OG Jordan Grimes ~ Purdue

OG Kirk Elder ~ Texas A & M

OT Jake Long ~ Michigan

OT Gosder Cherilus ~ Boston College


DE Chris Ellis ~ Virginia Tech

DE Chris Long ~ Virginia

DT Alan Branch ~ Michigan

DT Joseph Bryant ~ Texas A & M

LB Ali Highsmith ~ Louisiana State

LB Brain Toal ~ Boston College

LB Brandon Siler ~ Florida

CB Roshaun Fellows ~ Tennessee

CB D.J. Wolfe ~ Oklahoma

S Reggie Nelson ~ Florida

S C.J. Gaddis ~ Clemson


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last updated: 5/27/06
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Washington Redskins 2005 first-round draft pick, quarterback Jason Campbell, studies new offense in an effort to move up the depth chart.

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Great article: A 3-4 defense can limit draft options for about 25% of NFL teams.

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It looks like extremely talented Oregon State University tight end Joe Newton is fully healthy and ready to play.

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DD.com's top juniors-to-be for the upcoming season. These are players that were sophomores in 2005.

DD.com All-Juniors First Team (We'll post our 2nd Team soon).

QB Brian Brohm ~ Louisville

RB Adrian Peterson ~ Oklahoma

FB Peyton Hillis ~ Arkansas

WR Dwayne Jarrett ~ Southern California

WR Calvin Johnson ~ Georgia Tech

TE Greg Olsen ~ Miami-Florida

OT Sam Baker ~ Southern California

OT Barry Richardson ~ Clemson

OG Jeremy Perry ~ Oregon State

OG Will Arnold ~ Louisiana State

OC Adam Spieker ~ Missouri


DE Lawrence Jackson ~ Southern California

DE Quentin Groves ~ Auburn

DT Nick Hayden ~ Wisconsin

DT Frank Okam ~ Texas

LB Dan Connor ~ Penn State

LB Corey McKeon ~ Nebraska

LB Xavier Adibi ~ Virginia Tech

S Tom Zbikowski ~ Notre Dame

S Josh Pinkard ~ Southern Califonia

CB Antoine Cason ~ Arizona

CB Darrelle Revis ~ Pittsburgh

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last updated: 5/27/06
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New York Jets.com looks at some "possible" June 1st cap cuts that could help Gang Green, including 2004 first round pick Jason Babin of the Houston Texans.

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If he's to make the Cardinals roster as a undrafted free agent, Jay McCareins must prove he can cover some ground.

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Rookie free-agent safety Mike Lorello tackles tough task -- making the Steelers 53 man roster.

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Talented quarterback Trent Edwards leads Stanford's selections on Sporting News Preseason Teams.

DD.com comment: Trent Edwards has been one of our favorite prospects. Back in July of 2005 we were, perhaps, the first Net site (pay or free) to rank then little known Vanderbilt star Jay Cutler as a first round pick.

We think Edwards has a chance to be a high NFL pick next season, but he needs to stay injury free. Also, Stanford's lack of big time offensive talent doesn't help him. Nonetheless, the once heavily recruited Edwards has a chance to be a significant prospect with a strong senior season.

By the way, T.C Ostrander, Trent Edwards backup in 2004 and 2005, is a very good quarterback too, who will definitely get checked out by NFL teams.

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last updated: 5/26/06
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3 TCU athletes, including Green Bay Packers forth round pick Cory Rodgers, brawl with suspected gang members.

DD.com comment: Rodgers ran a snail like 4.73 40 for a 5' 11" receiver/return specialist at his Pro Day, yet was still drafted in round 4. This surprised us, considering how much NFL teams claim to be obsessed with speed. Anyway, Rodgers shouldn't "push his luck" too much, with off field issues. Way we see it, he already lucked out being picked in the 4th round.

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A very close-up look at the top 20 (and more) Division 1-AA quarterbacks.

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Florida State football team looking for offensive balance this upcoming season.

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With rookie wide receiver Brandon Marshall really impressing the Denver Broncos players and coaches, injured rookie wide receiver Domenik Hixon has some catching up to do.

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With kick off and punt return numbers way down around the NFL in 2005, there was an unprecedented grab of prospects with standout return skills in the most recent draft.

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Another look at how the Arizona Cardinals rookies have fared, including undrafted receiver Micheal Spurlock, who has really impressed coaches.

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Quick trade to the Philadelphia Eagles caught recent undrafted rookie Hank Baskett by surprise.

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The Houston Texans top pick from the 2005 NFL Draft teetering near the bottom of depth chart.

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It's that time again. Time to take a sneak peek at some of the better "senior" college football prospects for the upcoming season.

Today, we look at some of the top prospects from the Big 10 Conference. As always, doing a list this short, we could not include all worthy players.

At this point, it appears the defensive talent level among the Big 10's defensive prospects is outstanding -- we were forced to omit several worthy prospects at all positions. Also, there will be no shortage of senior offensive line talent, particularly at offensive tackle.

QB Drew Stanton ~ Michigan State

RB Tony Hunt ~ Penn State

TE Scott Chandler ~ Iowa

TE Matt Spaeth ~ Minnesota

WR Matt Trannon ~ Michigan State

WR Logan Payne ~ Minnesota

OT Joe Thomas ~ Wisconsin

OT Mike Otto ~ Purdue

OT Levi Brown ~ Penn State

OL Mike Jones ~ Iowa

OC Matt Maddox ~ Illinois


DE LaMarr Woodley ~ Michigan

DE David Patterson ~ Ohio State

DT Jay Alford ~ Penn State

DT Quinn Pitcock ~ Ohio State

LB Tim Shaw ~ Penn State

LB Prescott Burgess ~ Michigan

LB Paul Posluszny ~ Penn State

CB Marquis Cole ~ Northwestern

CB Leon Hall ~ Michigan

S Will Myers ~ Indiana

S Marcus Paschal ~ Iowa



DD.com comment: Please check our May archives for our sneak peeks' at the top seniors from the Moutain West Conference, Big East Conference, Division 1-AA, Conference USA, Pac-10 Conference, MAC Conference, Western Athletic Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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last updated: 5/25/06
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The Cincinnati Bengals have waived rookie free agents Greg Estandia (UNLV/TE) and A.J. Bennett (Eastern Michigan/WR).

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The World Bowl features two survivors, including running back Roger Robinson of the Arizona Cardinals, who runs a reported 4.36 40.

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Rookie running back Reggie Bush will wear jersey No. 25 in New Orleans this season.

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer reflects on his knee injury and hatred of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Because of a ruptured tendon in his right knee, outside linebacker James Allen of New Orleans will miss the upcoming season.

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Cincinnati Bengals linebacker David Pollack is recovering from an unspecified offseason foot injury; Bengals sign former Texans quarterback Dave Ragone.

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2005 first round pick Aaron Rodgers looking good at Green Bay Packers mini-camp.

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Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback Matt Nordgren confident after backing up Vince Young at Texas.

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It's that time again. Time to take a sneak peek at some of the better "senior" college football prospects for the upcoming season.

Today, we look at some of the top prospects from the Big 12 Conference. As always, doing a list this short, we could not include all worthy players.

Overall, the talent level is solid in the Big 12, with outstanding prospects on both the offensive and defensive lines and at defensive back.

QB Zac Taylor ~ Nebraska

RB Thomas Clayton ~ Kansas State

FB Ryan Kock ~ Iowa State

WR Jarrett Hicks ~ Texas Tech

WR D'Juan Woods ~ Oklahoma State

WR Dominique Zeigler ~ Baylor

OT Justin Blalock ~ Texas

OT Corey Hilliard (OG) ~ Oklahoma State

OC Mark Fenton ~ Colorado

OG Kasey Studdard ~ Texas

OG Brian Daniels ~ Colorado


DE Adam Carriker ~ Nebraska

DT Brent Curvey ~ Iowa State

DE Tim Crowder ~ Texas

DE Jay Moore ~ Nebraska

LB Brian Robison (DE) ~ Texas

LB Rufus Alexander ~ Oklahoma

LB Justin Warren ~ Texas A & M

LB Zach Latimer ~ Oklahoma

CB Lorenzo Sims ~ Colorado

CB Tarell Brown ~ Texas

S David Overstreet ~ Missouri

S Michael Griffin (CB) ~ Texas



last updated: 5/24/06
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Current New Hampshire wide receiver David Ball, a Division 1-AA superstar, working hard in hopes of making it in the NFL. (Scroll down to the middle of the link for the Ball info).

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Former Minnesota Vikings prospect Ben Nelson, a wide receiver (OS) for the San Jose SaberCats, named Arena Football League Rookie of the Year today.

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Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban weighs in on quarterback Duante Culpepper and running back Ricky Williams.

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In depth look at Jacksonville Jaguars speedy rookie linebacker Clint Ingram, who hopes to start as a rookie.

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The Dallas Cowboys have released undrafted rookie tight end Erik Gill from the University of Pittsburgh.

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St. Louis Rams rookie cornerback Tye Hill talks about EA Sports (Madden Football) and other issues with IGN.com.

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More undrafted free agent signings:

QB Joel Klatt ~ New Orleans (Colorado)

WR Bryan McClendon ~ Chicago (Georgia)

WR Steve Sanders ~ Cleveland (Bowling Green)

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Larry Bloom, who's son Jeremy Bloom was selected in the 5th round by the Philadelphia Eagles, writes a NFL Draft Diary for The Chicago Sports Review.

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Fantasy football: Running backs make the best building blocks.

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Closer look at former Toledo safety Keon Jackson who hopes to make the Patriots as a free agent.

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New York Times: Players banished from NFL finding refuge in Canadian Football League.

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last updated: 5/23/06
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Hawaii safety Leonard Peters learned today he will be eligible to play for UH this fall. Peters led the Warriors with 120 tackles in 2004 and is considered an NFL prospect.

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The San Francisco 49ers have added veteran fullback Moran Norris and moved sixth-round pick Delanie Walker from wide receiver to receiving fullback.

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Rookie running back Reggie Bush won't be #5 in New Orleans.

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University of Indiana wide receiver James Hardy, an impact freshman for the Hoosiers in 2005, was released from jail after alleged domestic incident.

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With off-field demons behind him, Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Troy Smith embarks on legendary quest.

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West Virginia backup quarterback Adam Bednarik will miss the upcoming season after having shoulder surgery earlier this month.

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Green Bay Packers 2005 rookie running back surprise Samkon Gado wants to run for big yards in the United States, then return to Africa to treat the sick.

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It's that time again. Time to take a sneak peek at some of the better "senior" college football prospects for the upcoming season.

Today, we look at some of the top prospects from the Sun Belt Conference. As always, doing a list this short, we could not include all worthy players.

Don't expect a lot of these players to be drafted. But as always, several top Sun Belt prospects will likely emerge as legitimate NFL prospects. Huge Louisiana Lafayette offensive tackle Brandon Cox has been on the NFL's radar since his sophomore season. Speedy North Texas wide receiver Johnny Quinn doubles as track star for the Mean Green. Quinn will sort of remind fans of former ULL star Brandon Stokley, who's gone on to NFL fame and fortune.


QB Josh Padrick ~ Florida International

RB Eugene Gross ~ Middle Tennessee State

FB Aaron Sanchez ~ Florida Atlantic

WR Johnny Quinn ~ North Texas

WR Smokey Hampton ~ Troy State

TE Samuel Smith ~ Florida International

C Tanner Jenkins ~ Arkansas State

OL Nello Faulk ~ Florida Atlantic

OG Dylan Lineberry ~ North Texas

OT Germayle Franklin ~ Middle Tennessee State

OT Brandon Cox ~ UL Lafayette


DE Anthony Hills ~ UL Lafayette

DE Antwan Barnes (OLB) ~ Florida International

DT Marshall Delesdernier ~ UL Lafayette

LB J.K. Sabb ~ Middle Tennessee State

LB Devrett Wade ~ Arkansas State

LB Keyonvis Bouie ~ Florida International

S Brannon Condren ~ Troy State

S Kevin Payne ~ ~ UL Monroe

CB Quincy Skinner ~ Florida Atlantic

CB Michael Adams ~ UL Lafayette

DB Troy Pindell ~ Florida Atlantic



last updated: 5/22/06
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The Arizona Cardinals have been awarded rookie offensive tackle Derek Morris off waivers from the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Spurned by NFL teams as an undrafted free agent, Cal safety Donnie McCleskey signs with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL.

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Former NFL quaterback Boomer Esiason warns his good friend Carson Palmer not to come back too early.

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Count the media's NFL Draft scouts as Notre Dame fans.

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Scout.com looks at some possible June 1st releases around the NFL.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced the signing of 4th round pick Willie Colon, an offensive tackle from Hofstra.

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Rookie wide receiver Brandon Marshall embraces opportunity with the Denver Broncos.

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It's that time again. Time to take a sneak peek at some of the better "senior" college football prospects for the upcoming season.

Today, we look at some of the top prospects from the Southeastern Football Conference. As always, doing a list this short, we could not include all worthy players. Particularly at running back (and fullback), wide receiver and cornerback with this group.

The overall senior talent looks very solid in the SEC. Again, the running backs are very strong and Alley Broussard of LSU, who is coming off an injury, could've easily made the list. Georgia defensive end Quentin Moses, speedy Mississippi middle linebacker Patrick Willis and Louisiana State free safety LaRon Landry are top talents on defense.

Also, prior to his recent arrest, Alabama linebacker Juwan Simpson was on the cusp making this list.


QB Chris Leak ~ Florida

RB Ken Darby ~ Alabama

RB Kenny Iorns ~ Auburn

WR Courtney Taylor ~ Auburn

WR Andre Caldwell ~ Florida

TE Martez Milner ~ Georgia

OT Arron Sears ~ Tennessee

OT Daniel Inman ~ Georgia

OG Ben Grubbs ~ Auburn

OG Tim Duckworth ~ Auburn

OC David Ligon ~ Tennessee


DE Quentin Moses (OLB) ~ Georgia

DE Chase Pittman ~ Louisiana State

DT Justin Harrell ~ Tennessee

DT Marcus Thomas ~ Florida

LB Earl Everett ~ Florida

LB Patrick Willis ~ Mississippi

LB Will Herring (SS) ~ Auburn

CB Fred Bennett ~ South Carolina

CB Ramzee Robinson ~ Alabama

S LaRon Landry ~ Louisiana State

S Tra Battle ~ Georgia


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last updated: 5/21/06
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie guard Davin Joseph noticed a difference in the speed of practice when the veterans joined in.

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Undrafted rookie defensive tackle from Northwest Missouri State Steve Williams lined up with the Kansas City Chiefs first team Sunday.

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DD.com takes a quick look at three former Division 1-A quarterbacks who hope to impress scouts this upcoming season at the Division 1-AA level.

Justin Rascati ~ James Madison -- Rascati, a Louisville transfer, threw 17 touchdowns (only 5 Intís) and completed nearly 70% of his attempts in 2005 for the Dukes. He possesses a rifle arm, great leadership skills and outstanding athletic ability. A significant number of NFL teams have already swung by the Virginia based University to check him out. Rascati actually fared extremely well in practices and scrimmages at Louisville, but transferred after the Cardinals landed All-World recruit Brian Brohm prior to the 2004 season. One possible negative for Rascati is heís only "listed" at 6í 2".

Aries Nelson ~ Mississippi Valley State -- Some SWAC followers believe Nelson has a strong chance to follow former Alabama State quarterback Tavaris Jacksonís (an Arkansas transfer) into the NFL. Nelsonís college football career began in the SEC at Mississippi State. He was widely considered to be the Bulldogís top pure passer going into the 2004 season, but lost momentum and struggled after he separated his shoulder in a car accident. Transferred to MSVU in 2005 and had a strong season -- 18 TDís; 57% completion rate. Solid size (6í 3", 215) and strong arm. Was born in 1982, so heís not a real young prospect, by any means.

Josh Swogger ~ Montana -- "Big" is a great way to describe this former Washington State University starting quarterback, who stands 6í 5" and weighs in excess of 250 pounds. Was off to a solid start for the Cougars in 2004 as a sophomore, when he throw for 13 TDís and well over 1,200 yards in 6 games, before sustaining a fairly serious foot injury. Was demoted to backup in 2005 at WSU, so he decided to go the D1-AA for the upcoming season. Swogger isnít overly nimble or experienced, but possesses a cannon arm and is very rugged. Could put himself on the NFLís draft radar if he can impress at Montana.

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Ohio State's offensive line still work in progress -- The Buckeyes top returnees didnít play together much in spring.

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In depth examination and action shots of Notre Dame S Tom Zbikowski's preparation for his pro boxing debut, June 10 in Madison Square Garden, on the undercard of the WBO junior welterweight championship bout between champion Miguel Cotto and Paulie Malignaggi (both of which are undefeated).

DD.com comment: Draft Daddy will be covering the event ring side, so remember to come back for blow-by-blow recap and exclusive pictures the weekend of the bout. It's not every day that a possible first round prospect practices the sweet science at the Garden. Could you tell we are excited?

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Closer look at former Massachusetts standout cornerback R.J. Cobbs who signed a free-agent deal with the Minnesota Vikings.

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last updated: 5/20/06
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The Miami Sentinel reports the Florida Marlins and Chicago Cubs are smitten with Notre Dame pitcher (wide receiver) Jeff Samardzija and will consider drafting him in round one of the upcoming Major League Baseball draft.

For more info on Major League Baseball draft, check out BaseballAmerica.com.

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Denver Broncos rookie tight end Tony Scheffler learning to adjust to the pro game.

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Green Bay Packers rookie guard Darren Colledge takes mature approach to the challenge at hand.

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Texas Longhorns' career backup quarterback Matt Nordgren gets a crack at NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles.

DD.com comment: Vince Young's 2004 backup at quarterback, Chance Mock, is currently the second string quarterback for the Austin Wranglers of the AFL.

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CSTV breaks down the best college football players on the defensive side of the ball.

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Georgia issues two-game suspension to offensive tackle Daniel Inman, who is an NFL prospect, for violation of team rules.

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Two Baltimore Ravens' rookies -- Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and wide receiver Demetrius Williams -- to miss team workouts.

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Former Texas Tech star Dwayne Slay shakes off draft snub, signs with Chicago Bears.

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Denver Broncos rookie quarterback Jay Cutler not overwhelmed by NFL yet.

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Former Fresno State walk-on linebacker Manuel Sanchez, who garnered only mild interest from NFL teams as an undrafted rookie, signed a contract with the British Columbia Lions of the CFL.

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last updated: 5/19/06
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The Dave Rimington Trophy today released their spring watch list of top collegiate centers for the upcoming season and Marshall's Doug Legurksy is among the candidates.

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers making the most of his opportunity.

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Indianapolis Colts running backs Dominic Rhodes and Joseph Addai ready for competition to fill Edge's job.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars added two veteran wide receivers Friday, signing unrestricted free agents Troy Edwards and Randy Hymes.

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Are the New York Jets really chasing flamboyant Australian Football League star Jason Akermanis as a wide receiver?

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders signed Hec Crighton Trophy (Canadian Heisman) winner Andy Fantuz to a one-year contract Friday.

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Clark Judge of CBS Sportsline looks at the top prospects playing in NFL Europe.

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The Kansas City Chiefs have released a trio of fairly well known undrafted rookie free agents:

OT Derek Morris ~ North Carolina State

WR Kyle Brown ~ Michigan State

WR Travis LaTendresse ~ Utah

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Former Iowa wide receiver Ed Hinkel, who had agreed in principle to a free agent contract with the Baltimore Ravens, failed his physical and wasn't signed.

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Former Iowa State linebacker Tim Dobbins expected to provide quality depth for the Chargers as a rookie.

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Michigan State defensive back Cole Corey, who was expected to start for the Spartans this upcoming season, facing long jail term for his role in a sexual assault incident while he was in high school.

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Can inexperienced junior college transfer, but very physically gifted, Brett Ratliff win Utah's heated quarterback battle?

Brett Ratliff ~ Utah -- Started the final 2 games of the 2005 season for injured starter Brian Johnson and responded in a big way -- throwing for 621 yards and 8 TD's against BYU and Georgia Tech. Ratliff has excellent size (6' 4", 224) and a strong and accurate arm. This former JC transfer is flying below the radar, but he could explode into national prominence next season for the Utes.

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It's that time again. Time to take a sneak peek at some of the better "senior" college football prospects for the upcoming season.

Today, we look at some of the top prospects from the Western Athletic Conference. As always, doing a list this short, we could not include all worthy players.

The overall senior talent looks to be very solid, by WAC standards, with most of the frontline talent being provided by Fresno State, Boise State and the University of Nevada. The WAC features a pair of extremely talented interior offensive lineman, that are among the very best in the nation -- guard/center Samson Satele of Hawaii and center Kyle Young of Fresno State.


QB Jeff Rowe ~ Nevada

RB Robert Hubbard ~ Nevada

WR Paul Williams ~ Fresno State

WR Tony Pennyman ~ Utah State

WR Caleb Spencer ~ Nevada

TE Anthony Pudewell ~ Nevada

OG Samson Satele (OC) ~ Hawaii

OG Barrett Reznick ~ Nevada

OC Kyle Young ~ Fresno State

OT Tala Esera ~ Hawaii

OT Chris Denman ~ Fresno State


DE J.J Milan ~ Nevada

DE Melila Purcell ~ Hawaii

DT Andrew Browning ~ Boise State

DT Louis Leonard ~ Fresno State

LB Korey Hall ~ Boise State

LB Dwayne Andrews ~ Fresno State

LB Colt Brooks ~ Boise State

CB Marcus McCauley ~ Fresno State

CB Gerald Alexander ~ Boise State

CB Joe Garcia ~ Nevada

S Terrence Washington ~ Utah State


WAC's very best NFL prospects (alphabetical order).

CB Marcus McCauley ~ Fresno State

QB Jeff Rowe ~ Nevada

OG Samson Satele (OC) ~ Hawaii

WR Paul Williams ~ Fresno State

OC Kyle Young ~ Fresno State


DD.com comment: Please check our May archives for our sneak peeks' at the top seniors from the Moutain West Conference, Big East Conference and Division 1-AA.

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last updated: 5/18/06
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Ferndale High School quarterback Jake Locker, a prized recruit for the University of Washington, said that he would play college football and forego professional baseball.

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Superstar Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn has the tools to withstand media hype.

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Former Memphis defensive end Marcus West has signed on with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent according to the website Coltpower.com.

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Big name NFL draft picks make a big impact on fans as jersey and ticket sellers.

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All's well for Miami Dolphins rookie safety Jason Allen.

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Gil Brandt's supplemental draft primer: will Virginia linebacker Ahmad Brooks get draft consideration?

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The Philadelphia Eagles have traded veteran wide receiver Billy McMullen to the Minnesota Vikings for rookie free-agent receiver Hank Baskett.

This isn't a blockbuster deal, by any means, but we must note a team getting any kind of quick value (soon after a draft) in a trade for an undrafted rookie free agent is very rare. Last time we can remember this happening was right after the 2000 draft, when the St. Louis Rams traded undrafted rookie wide receiver Dane Looker to the Patriots for a conditional draft pick. Ironically, Looker never played for the Patriots, but has had a solid career for the Rams.

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed a pair of cornerbacks that were not selected in last months NFL Draft -- Gabriel Fulbright and Jazzmen Williams.

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Rookie tight end Joe Kowalewski doesn't plan on holding anything back in his attempt to land an NFL job with the Jets.

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Quarterback Marcus Vick has a free agent deal, but is not a sure thing in Miami -- faces long odds.

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It's that time again. Time to take a sneak peek at some of the better "senior" college football prospects for the upcoming season.

Today, we look at some of the top prospects from the Atlantic Coast Conference. As always, doing a list this short, we could not include all worthy players -- particularly at defensive end, linebacker and defensive back with this group.

The overall senior talent looks to be very solid in the ACC. A pair of Clemson Tigers -- defensive end Gaines Adams and linebacker Anthony Waters -- should have outstanding senior seasons and will be heavily on the NFL's radar. Georgia Tech cornerback Kenny Scott is not on the list below, but is very worth of mention.


QB Sam Hollenbach ~ Maryland

RB Lorenzo Booker ~ Florida State

FB Jason Snelling ~ Virginia

WR Ryan Moore ~ Miami (Florida)

WR David Clowney ~ Virginia Tech

WR Chansi Stuckey ~ Clemson

OG Leroy Harris (OC) ~ North Carolina State

OG Josh Beekman ~ Boston College

OC Anthony Wollschlager ~ Miami (Florida)

OT James Newby ~ North Carolina State

OT Stefon Heyer ~ Maryland


DE Gaines Adams ~ Clemson

DE Baraka Atkins (DT) ~ Miami (Florida)

DT Joe Anoai ~ Georgia Tech

DT Kareem Brown ~ Miami(Florida)

LB Philip Wheeler ~ Georgia Tech

LB Anthony Waters ~ Clemson

LB Patrick Lowery ~ North Carolina State

CB Marcus Hamilton ~ Virginia

CB A.J Davis ~ North Carolina State

S Brandon Merriweather ~ Miami(Fla.)

S Aaron Rouse ~ Virginia Tech


DD.com comment: Please check our May archives for our sneak peeks' at the top seniors from the Moutain West Conference, Big East Conference and Division 1-AA.

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last updated: 5/17/06
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Are white running backs not given a fair shake or are they simply not good enough?

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Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb looks to be in the best shape he has been ... maybe ever.

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Former Florida State offensive guard Matt Meinrod baffled by NFL snubs.

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If the Patriots donít sign a veteran backup they will likely go with very inexperienced Matt Cassel as their #2 quarterback.

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Look at Louisiana State's big quarterback battle for the upcoming season.

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Arizona Cardinals kick off 2-week camp -- Matt Leinart will get plenty of 1-on-1 work with coaches.

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Wide receiver Sinorice Moss growing on the New York Giants.

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It's that time again. Time to take a sneak peek at some of the better "senior" college football prospects for the upcoming season.

Today, we look at some of the top prospects from the MAC Conference. As always, doing a list this short, we could not include all worthy players.

Overall, the talent level of the senior prospects is decent. Northern Illinois offensive tackle Doug Free and Central Michigan defensive end Daniel Bazuin could be very prominent draft prospect with big senior seasons.


QB Luke Getsy ~ Akron

RB Garrett Wolfe ~ Northern Illinois

WR Eric Deslauriers ~ Eastern Michigan

WR Ryne Robinson ~ Miami (Ohio)

WR Scott Mayle ~ Ohio University

TE Chris Hopkins ~ Toledo

OT Doug Free ~ Northern Illinois

OTJoseph Staley ~ Central Michigan

OC Drew Mormino ~ Central Michigan

OG Dominic Moran ~ Western Michigan

OG Derrick Markray ~ Bowling Green


DE Dan Bazuin ~ Central Michigan

DE Jermaine Reid ~ Akron

DT Kiki Gonzalez ~ Akron

DE Kevin Howe (OLB) ~ Eastern Michigan

LB Ameer Ismail ~ Western Michigan

LB Matt Muncy ~ Ohio University

LB Mike Alston ~ Toledo

CB T.J Wright ~ Ohio University

CB Reggie Corner ~ Akron

S Dustin Utschig ~ Northern Illinois

S Joey Card ~ Miami (Ohio)


DD.com comment: Please check our May archives for our sneak peeks' at the top seniors from the Moutain West Conference and the Big East Conference.

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last updated: 5/16/06
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ABC's 12 game Saturday night college football schedule has been announced.

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Number one draft pick Mario Williams joins Houston Texans.

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New York Giants 4th-round pick Barry Cofield, a defensive tackle from Northwestern, could be first to start among rookies.

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Cowboys rookie safety Pat Watkins wants to prove he's not too tall to excel as an NFL defensive back.

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No surprise to us, New Orleans rookie wide receiver Mike Hass impressing coaches; Will Allen, undrafted rookie guard from Texas, retires from football.

DD.com quote: N.O receivers coach Curtis Johnson -- "And he's [Hass] a little bit faster than I thought he would be"....."He's fast enough. From what I've seen so far, he's running by guys."

DD.com comment: We are sure coach Johnson's comment will make Mike Hass very happy. Folks, we have been able to talk to and meet quite a few NFL prospects over the past few years, including Mike Hass. He's a quality person, and we wish him nothing but the best. We feel, judging by his tone of voice in private conversations, he hates the fact he's tagged with the "way too slow" label. Absolutely hates it, but he's too polite to start a fuss about it with the media.

Considering the fact he ran a very respectable 4.56 40 at 6' 1" and 200 pounds at OSU's Pro Day, we can't blame him at all. That's not blazing speed for an NFL receiver, by any means, but considering his talent level, athletic ability and size (6' 1", 200), that type of speed should not have dropped him to round 6. Several receivers who did much less during their college careers and ran slower 40 times were still drafted way ahead of him.

I guess none of this means anything anymore, right? Mike's in the NFL and it looks like he's on a team that loves having him around. He'll get his chance. Time will tell how good he will be.

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Rookie safety Roman Harper happy to be in New Orleans.

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Former USC running back LenDale White hopes to break second-round jinx in Tennessee.

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The Cincinnati Bengals stock up on speed....Specials teams may benefit with the likes of Ethan Kilmer on board.

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Changing of the quarterback spot at Southern California and several SEC schools.

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It's that time again. Time to take a sneak peek at some of the better "senior" college football prospects for the upcoming season.

Today, we look at some of the top prospects from Pac-10 Conference. As always, doing a list this short, we could not include all worthy players -- particularly at wide receiver, defensive line and safety with this group.

The overall senior talent looks to be a bit down in the Pac-10 at running back, offensive tackle and linebacker, but that could change if some key underclassmen declare before the next draft. Defensive end Mkristo Bruce of Washington State and speedy safety Sabby Piscitelli of Oregon State are two very talented defensive prospects to keep an eye on going forward.


QB Trent Edwards ~ Stanford

RB Chauncey Washington ~ Southern California

FB Brandon Hancock ~ Southern California

WR Jason Hill ~ Washington State

WR Steve Smith ~ Southern California

TE Joe Newton ~ Oregon State

OT Andrew Cameron ~ California

OT Andrew Carnahan ~ Arizona State

OG Erik Robertson ~ California

OG Enoka Lucas ~ Oregon

OC Ryan Kalil ~ Southern California


DE Mkristo Bruce ~ Washington State

DE Loren Howard ~ Arizona State

DT Brendan Mebane ~ California

DT Jordan Hill ~ Arizona State

LB Desmond Bishop ~ California

LB Steve Dildine ~ Washington State

S Sabby Piscitelli ~ Oregon State

S Zach Catanese ~ Arizona State

S J.D. Nelson ~ Oregon

CB Daymeion Hughes ~ California

CB Tim Mixon ~ California


WR/RS Terry Richardson ~ Arizona State



Top Ten Pac-10 Prospects (alphabetical order).


LB Desmond Bishop ~ California

DE Mkristo Bruce ~ Washington State

QB Trent Edwards ~ Stanford

WR Jason Hill ~ Washington State

DE Loren Howard (inj) ~ Arizona State

CB Daymeion Hughes ~ California

OC Ryan Kalil ~ Southern California

TE Joe Newton (inj) ~ Oregon State

S Sabby Piscitelli ~ Oregon State

WR Steve Smith ~ Southern California

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last updated: 5/15/06
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Former college basketball star Jai Lewis gets first taste of NFL football.

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Minnesota Vikings rookies get lukewarm endorsement from new head coach Brad Childress.

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Rookie cornerback David Pittman looks to help Baltimore in coverage.

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Former Marshall tight end Jeff Mullins, regarded as the top long snapper in the draft, retires from football.

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Look at former Ole Miss defensive tackle McKinley Boykin, who hopes to hang on with New Orleans.

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Chargers hope to avoid rushing rookie offensive tackle Marcus McNeill into action.

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Rookie safety Mike Lorello's first mini-camp as a Pittsburgh Steeler is now history.

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last updated: 5/14/06
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University of Texas running back Ramonce Taylor will remain off the team indefinitely after being arrested for possession of more than five pounds of marijuana in his vehicle.

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Notre Dame's two-sport superstar Jeff Samardzija could have a future in Major League Baseball or the NFL.

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Former UCLA quarterback Drew Olson, who only received a $1,000 signing bonus as an undrafted free agent, working hard to catch on with Baltimore.

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Rookie wide receiver Jeremy Bloom has already impressed Philadelphia Eagles coaches with his speed.

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Green Bay Packers rookie linebacker Abdul Hodge adjusting to the NFL.

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Rookie tight ends -- Joe Klopfenstein and Dominique Byrd -- compete for starting spot with the Rams.

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Bengals rookie Reggie McNeal moves to exclusively to wide receiver; Speedster looks good in his first test.

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Look at New Orleans rookie draft picks Rob Ninkovich and Jahri Evans.

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Rookies making an impression on Brian Billick in Baltimore.

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For rookie quarterback Vince Young, playing football has always been a snap. Only more times than not, it's been a shotgun snap.

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Patriots rookie progress report: Sunday's Practice.

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It's that time again. Time to take a sneak peek at some of the better "senior" college football prospects for the upcoming season.

Today, we look at some of the top prospects from Conference USA. As always, doing a list this short, we could not include all worthy players -- particularly at quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back with this group.

Overall, the talent looks decent in C-USA, although there is no superstar like DeAngelo Williams in this group, at this point (but keep an eye on the WR's and QB's). Speaking of quarterbacks, Kevin Kolb of Houston and Lester Ricard of Tulane are fine prospects, that deserve being mentioned.


QB Jordan Palmer ~ Texas El-Paso

RB Quinton Smith ~ Rice

FB Dan Burks (RB) ~ Alabama-Birmingham

WR Johnnie Lee Higgins ~ Texas El-Paso

WR Aundrae Allison ~ East Carolina

WR Bobby Chase ~ Southern Methodist

OT George Batiste ~ Southern Mississippi

OT Willie Henderson ~ Memphis

OC Cedric Gagne-Marcoux ~ Central Florida

OL Jeff Perrett ~ Tulsa

OG Blake Butler (OC) ~ Memphis


DE Alex Obemese ~ Texas El-Paso

DE Justin Rogers ~ Southern Methodist

DE Larry McSwain ~ Alabama-Birmingham

DT Adrian Haywood ~ Southern Methodist

LB Nick Bunting ~ Tulsa

LB Wade Koehl ~ Houston

CB Nick Graham ~ Tulsa

DB Bobby Blackshire ~ Tulsa

S Wesley Smith ~ Memphis

S Joe Fleskoski ~ Texas El-Paso

S Curtis Keyes ~ Marshall


RS Vincent Marshall (WR) ~ Houston

DD.com comment: Please check our May archives for our sneak peeks' at the top seniors from the Moutain West Conference and the Big East Conference.

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last updated: 5/13/06
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ProFootballCritics.Com: Top Ten NFL Draft Issues.

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Some Chargers rookies, including first-round draft pick Antonio Cromartie, off to "impressive" starts.

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Wearing his familiar number 5, New Orleans' first round draft pick Reggie Bush limped (hamstring) through his first NFL practice today.

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Scout.com N.E. Patriots Minicamp Report: Day One

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University of Houston senior quarterback Kevin Kolb has been selected as the Conference USA's Preseason Offensive Player of the Year by The Sporting News.

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Rookie Brodie Croyle and Casey Printers, former Canadian Football League star, are battling for shot at being the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback of the future.

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NFLDraftScout.com's very early projections for the top 100 senior prospects heading into next season.

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Former Utah wide receiver John Madsen, who was fairly highly regarded before an injury plagued 2005 season, is hoping to stick with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent.

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Rivals.com college notes: Washington State Cougars defensive end Mkristo Bruce a rising star?.....Potential disaster looming for USC at quarterback?

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Heisman Trophy-winning running back Reggie Bush is sure to get most of the headlines when New Orleans' draft picks and UFA's hit the practice field today.

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In depth look at Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Erik Meyer, who was once drafted as a pitcher by the Cincinnati Reds.

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Patriots rookies, led by first round pick Laurence Maroney, start minicamp today at Gillette.

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Closer look at John David Washington, an undrafted rookie running back with the St. Louis Rams, who is the son of noted actor Denzel Washington.

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New York Jets' rookie linerbacker Anthony Schlegel is 'big-game' tested. Third round pick often hunts wild boar with a knife.

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New York Jets notes: ESPN'S Ron Jaworski loves rookie quarterback Kellen Clemens; rookie wide receiver Brad Smith has a good first day.

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last updated: 5/12/06
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New Orleans rookie running back Reggie Bush pleads to keep uniform number 5.

Noteworthy fact: NFL players get 6% of the amount for each jersey sold, which, according to marketing agent Mike Ornstein, netted Randy Moss and other top sellers more than $1.5 million each last year.

The NFL's top 10-selling jerseys for 2005:

1. Randy Moss ~ Oakland

2. Ben Roethlisberger ~ Pittsburgh

3. Peyton Manning ~ Indianapolis

4. Michael Vick ~ Atlanta

5. Troy Polamalu ~ Pittsburgh

6. Donovan McNabb ~ Philadelphia

7. Terrell Owens ~ Philadelphia

8. Tom Brady ~ N.E Patriots

9. Hines Ward ~ Pittsburgh

10. Brett Favre ~ Green Bay

Sources: NFL, Reebok

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Former NFL quarterback and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers executive Doug Williams feels Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback Tarvaris Jackson doesn't get enough respect because he "comes from Alabama State University and he's African-American."

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Brand new St. Louis Rams, including former Clemson Tigers cornerback Tye Hill, hit the field for the first time as pros.

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Mel Kiper is already thinking about the next draft?....Here's his newest Top 25 "big board".

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Last week we got an E-Mail or contact message from a Central Michigan student who wanted our input on the Chippewas star offensive tackle Joe Staley.

We try to answer all messages personally and quickly, but the reader did not leave a return address, which we need to reply. We have some free time today, so we'll try to answer the question publicly, because Staley "might" be a special prospect:

We've seen a little of Staley on tape and he looks very impressive -- definitely looks the part of an NFL prospect. We were told in 2004, when Staley was a sophomore, that he was on the radar of NFL teams due to his unique athletic skills for a man his size. He had another solid season in 2005, then followed it up with a monster Pro Day showing -- 4.7 40 at 6' 5" and 300 pounds.

It really is too early to tell how good of a pro prospect he'll be, but Staley, who came out of high school as a speedy tight end, is definitely a player that has a chance to surprise people and is a name to remember going into next season.

We thank the unnamed CMU student for reading our site and his input.

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While we are on the topic, Central Michigan defensive end Daniel Bazuin, who led the nation in tackles for loss (26.5) and ranked second in sacks (16) in 2005, is also a player that is drawing significant attention from NFL scouts.

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Former Michigan defensive end Pierre Woods will attempt to make the Patriots as an undrafted linebacker.

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Three drafted "slash" athletes set to debut for the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend.

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The San Diego Chargers getting set for rookie orientation -- list of try out prospects in this link.

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It's that time again. Time to take a sneak peek at some of the better "senior" college football prospects for the upcoming season.

Today, we look at some of the top prospects from the Division 1-AA ranks. As always, doing a list this short, we could not include all worthy players.

Overall, the talent looks very strong, particularly at running back, wide receiver, linebacker and cornerback. Also, it must be noted quite a few of these top small school prospects began their careers at major conference, D1-A schools (i.e. Rascati, Mayes, Davis, Vallejo and Bain).


QB Justin Rascati ~ James Madison

RB Arkee Whitlock ~ Southern Illinois

FB Reuben Mayes ~ Grambling

WR David Ball ~ New Hampshire

WR Laurent Robinson ~ Illinois State

TE Patrick Bugg ~ Eastern Kentucky

OT Brent Pousson ~ McNeese State

OT Elliot Vallejo ~ Cal-Davis

OC Ed McCarthy ~ Yale

OG Donovan Davis ~ Grambling

OG Matt Isenhour ~ Appalachian State


DE Martin Jackson ~ Alcorn State

DE Chris White ~ Cal Poly

DE Marques Murrell ~ Appalachian State

DT Felipe Foster ~ Western Carolina

LB Kyle Shotwell ~ Cal Poly

LB Justin Durant ~ Hampton University

LB Johnny Baldwin ~ Alabama A&M

LB Zak DeOssie ~ Brown University

CB Dre Dokes ~ Northern Iowa

CB Travarous Bain ~ Hampton University

S Kenny Chicoine ~ Cal Poly

S Vincent Dancy ~ Jackson State

DD.com comment: Please check our May archives for our sneak peeks' at the top seniors from the Moutain West Conference and the Big East Conference.

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last updated: 5/11/06
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Tennessee quarterback Vince Young will star in a six-episode reality show on BET, chronicling the early stages of his NFL career.

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Former Vanderbilt cornerback Andrew Pace has signed a free-agent contract with Cleveland.

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The Edmonton Eskimos announced that the first overall pick in the CFL Draft, former Washington State defensive end Adam Braidwood, has agreed to terms on a contract.

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Several drafted (and undrafted) underclassmen will have a tough time making an NFL roster.....Should school still be an option?

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Former Princeton linebacker Justin Stull makes most of his tryout and is signed by the Redskins.

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DD.com prestents our All-Undrafted Free Agent 2nd Team....These are not only worthy NFL prospects, in our opinion, but are also players that walk into situations where they have legit at grabbing an NFL roster spot on their new teams.

QB Justin Holland ~ Miami Dolphins

RB Mike Bell ~ Denver Broncos

RB Taurean Henderson ~ Minnesota Vikings

WR Sam Hurd ~ Dallas Cowboys

WR Tres Moses ~ Baltimore Ravens

TE Matt Henshaw ~ Seattle Seahawks

OT Pat McCoy ~ Philadelphia Eagles

OT Donald Penn ~ Minnesota Vikings

OC Chris McNeil ~ Miami Dolphins

OG Brian Barthelmes ~ N.E Patriots

OG Robin Meadow ~ Baltimore Ravens


DE Ryan Neill ~ Buffalo Bills

NT Alvin Smith ~ San Diego Chargers

DT Tommy Jackson ~ Atlanta Falcons

DE Eric Henderson ~ Cincinnati Bengals

LB Anthony Trucks ~ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

LB Trent Bray ~ Miami Dolphins

LB Jimmy Cottrell ~ Baltimore Ravens

CB Steve Gregory ~ San Diego Chargers

CB Darrell Hunter ~ Arizona Cardinals

S Tyler Everett ~ Denver Broncos

S Tra Boger ~ Green Bay Packers


DD.com comment: We aren't foolish. We realize that the vast majority of undrafted free agents go directly to the "back of line" of the depth chart and face a rough road making the NFL. So, we know a significant amount of the free agents we list in our All-Undrafted Free Agent Teams won't make rosters.

Nonetheless, we feel good about the players we've singled out and believe there will be some definite keepers in both groups.

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last updated: 5/10/06
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Namath, Montana, Marino...Gradkowski? -- Article about impressive Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie quarterback Bruce Gradkowski.

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Former LSU star Kyle Williams returns from first NFL mini-camp with the Buffalo Bills.

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NFL draft pick Mike Hass will have a wealth of talent to learn from as he joins New Orleans.

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Former Oregon tight end Tim Day is hoping to earn a spot on the Chicago Bears' 53-man roster as an undrafted free agent.

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The New York Giants selected defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka in the first round of the NFL Draft. What does that mean for the future of 2005 draft pick Justin Tuck?

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Former West Virginia safety Mike Lorello hopes to make the Pittsburgh Steelers as a free agent.

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DD.com prestents our All-Undrafted Free Agent Team....These are not only worthy NFL prospects, in our opinion, but are also players that walk into situations where they have legit at grabbing an NFL roster spots on their new teams.

QB Jeff Mroz ~ Dallas Cowboys -- No undrafted free agent quarterbacks made NFL rosters as rookies in 2004 and 2005, so Mroz has his work cut out for him. Still, if any quarterback has a chance to stick and succeed in the long term (even as a backup), it's the tall, athletic Mroz, who possesses a nice arm, surprising foot speed and a superior mind for the game. Mroz may have to spend time on the Cowboys practice squad, but he's a worthy developmental prospect. Early word in Dallas is Bill Parcells and the Cowboys already like what they see.

RB Gerald Riggs ~ Miami Dolphins -- Due to Ricky Williams' inability to stay drug free, the Dolphins will need depth at running back and this former Tennessee star is a good one, who simply couldn't prove himself in 2005 due to injuries. Riggs Jr. is a fast, powerful running back, at a little over 5'11" and 220 pounds, who can run over defenders or scamper by them with his reported 4.48 speed, when healthy. Must show the Dolphins he's healthy and 100% focused, or he'll be out of the NFL in short order, as undrafted free agent running backs get limited chances to impress.

RB Andre Hall ~ Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- The Big East's leading rusher in 2005 was mostly considered a hardworking, overachiever at South Florida. He thought he shed the "overachiever" label for good, when he turned in stellar workout numbers at the Combine (4.44 40), but that didn't seem to translate on draft day. Nonetheless, the Buccaneers are very happy to have Hall and expect him to contribute on special teams. Hall's draft snub was a big surprise to us.

WR Martin Nance ~ Buffalo Bills -- Bills have to be happy to bring in Nance as an undrafted free agent. He's a tall receiver (6' 4") with decent speed (4.65) and fairly reliable hands. The knocks against Nance are his lack of "explosiveness" and thin build. However, the Bills need help at wide receiver and Nance will get a every shot to win a roster spot and contribute as a rookie. If he can‚Äėt make at least a little noise in Buffalo, he‚Äėll be considered a long shot elsewhere.

WR Matt Shelton ~ N.E. Patriots -- The Patriots needed a lot of help at wide receiver, yet were only able to draft one wide out (Chad Jackson -- 2nd round). Depth is still needed, and Shelton, who possesses 4.44 speed and reliable hands, is a free agent that has a chance to stick. Averaged nearly 26 yards per reception and scored 6 TD's in 2004, as a junior, but at only a little over 5' 11" and 175 pounds must show he can take the physical abuse as an NFL wide out. With Tim Dwight moving on to the Jets, Shelton can help his cause by doing well on special teams. Played for former Pats OC Charlie Weis at Notre Dame, so he understands the system and comes highly recommended.

WR Anthony Mix ~ N.Y. Giants -- Seeing Mix plummet on draft day was a huge surprise to us. We realized NFL teams viewed him as a WR/TE "tweener", which could harm his stock. But we never figured he'd go completely undrafted. This 6' 4", 235 pounder possesses sub 4.6 speed and has excellent hands. If he does move to tight end or H-Back, he will need to polish his blocking skills. The Giants may've added a good one to their offensive "Mix", with this former Auburn product.

TE Tim Day ~ Chicago Bears -- Talented Pac-10 tight end from the University of Oregon, who can be a factor as a receiving outlet for Rex Grossman, but may need to pick up his intensity as a blocker. Day is also a very reliable target in the red zone. The Bears have a huge need for depth at tight end, yet didn't draft a tight end, so Day and former Auburn tight end Cooper Wallace are in prime positions to make the roster with solid preseason performances.

OC Mike Degory ~ St.Louis Rams -- The Rams have very little depth at the center position. Degory and Dom Raiola will fight it out for that wide open job. Degory, a very durable player during his collegiate career, could win a spot if he puts it together upstairs.

OG Tony Tella ~ N.Y. Giants -- This former Miami Hurricane is an athletic player (5.2/40), who has been through the ringer at a big time ACC school. Giants GM Ernie Accorsi has a weak spot for Canes and the Giants need offensive line developmental depth.

OG Kyle Ralph ~ Seattle Seahawks -- Former North Carolina Tar Heel is a two-time All-ACC guard, who possesses decent skills and has displayed good technique during his college career. Also, solid opportunity is there, with the left guard spot very thin on the Hawks roster.

OT Albert Toeaina ~ Carolina Panthers -- University of Tennessee "bad boy" has definite NFL skill set, but really needs to focus on the game and bring it all together mentally. Can be a serviceable right tackle down the line, if he can control his emotions and cut down on mistakes. Can bench press over 500 pounds, so he's very strong.

OT Jabari Levey ~ Oakland Raiders -- The Raiders have a lot of tackles but other than Gallery, not a lot of quality ones. Levey can play left tackle and could be the undrafted free agent replacement for Barry Sims, if draft pick Paul McQuistan doesn't pan out.


DE Paul Carrington ~ Atlanta Falcons -- Excellent height at 6' 6 7/8", but is a bit light at 265 pounds. Has the frame to add more weight, which is a must if he's to play on the defensive line in the NFL. Ran the 40-yard dash in a sparkling 4.65 and 4.70 seconds at Central Florida's Pro Day in early March. Also added a 35" vertical. Emerged as a team leader and had a terrific senior season for the Golden Knights in 2005. The fact that a player this gifted went undrafted is a surprise, but he only had one real strong college season, which probably hurt his cause.

DE Darrell Adams ~ N.Y. Jets -- This former Villanova (Division 1-AA) star ran a 4.8 40 at 280 pounds at his schools' Pro Day and was invited to the NFL Combine. The Jets have some flexibility at the bottom of their 3-4 defensive end depth chart and this New York area native could be a player to watch closely during the preseason.

DT Alex Guerrero ~ Kansas City Chiefs -- Former Boise State Bronco played in a league (WAC) with a lot of offensive teams, so it was tough to impress NFL scouts. Guerrero is a try hard, blue collar player who could appeal to Chiefs coach Herman Edwards' new program. The Chiefs needed defensive tackle help, but didn't get it in the draft. That means there is a room for a free agent to make some noise, perhaps?

DT Tony McDaniel ~ Jacksonville Jaguars -- McDaniel is a towering 295 pound defensive lineman, with a ton of potential, who's been mostly a career backup for the Vols. Had only 33 career tackles (6 TFL's) and 1 sack in his three college seasons in Knoxville, but still decided to leave school early. Had 13 tackles (3TFL's) in 2005, playing in only 9 games after being suspended the first two weeks due to a fight with a Tennessee student during a pickup basketball game. Jags look pretty strong at defensive tackle, currently, so McDaniel may have to spend some time on the practice squad. But, again, he's a very raw and worthy prospect.

LB Dale Robinson ~ Indianapolis Colts -- 2005 co-Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year, once again must prove his worth. Coming out of high school in New York City all major colleges shunned him, forcing him to go the JC route. When he got Arizona State, few believed he could achieve big things, yet he did. Robinson did not run great 40 times (4.77) in workouts, but he works hard and has a nose for the football. Making the Colts 53 man roster as rookie won't be easy, but we won't bet against the feisty Robinson.

LB Spence Havner ~ Washington Redskins -- Thanks to the Redskins proclivity for trading draft picks and signing high priced vets, the team has a strong need for lower priced free agents ready to play special teams and provide depth. Havner is an outstanding athlete, with good sideline to sideline quickness and a nose for the ball. Expect him to make a strong run at coveted roster spot for the Skins. Redskins basically got an extra Day 2 draft pick with this player.

LB Mike Kudla ~ Pittsburgh Steelers -- How did this former Buckeye go undrafted? Scouts complained he was a DE/OLB "tweener", with short arms, but his physical attributes (size, weight, ect) and career Big 10 stats were scarily similar to Penn State's Tamba Hali, who went in round 1?......No one was more shocked than Kudla, who figured he could go as high as round 2, after a sparkling display at the Combine. Kudla walks into a positive situation in Pittsburgh: There is a need for depth at outside linebacker for the Steelers and the blue-collar Steelers fans have already lit up fan site message boards with rousing welcomes for the OSU strongman.

SS John Busing ~ Cincinnati Bengals -- Busing had a great career for Miami (Ohio) as a linebacker, then followed it up with spectacular workouts for NFL scouts at Pro Day -- Ran a 4.53 40 and displayed a 38" vertical jump at 6' 2" and 235 pounds. He also looked incredibly agile and athletic in position drills, according to insiders. This kid can flat out play the game, and his workouts were stellar. Why he didn't get drafted is a bit of a mystery to us. He'll get shot with the Bengals, but must excel on special teams to stick. We think he can do that. The fact the Bengals are going to try to "slim him down" to play safety is a testament to his aforementioned athletic ability.

FS Zach Baker ~ Pittsburgh Steelers -- We've always liked this East Carolina prospect a lot. Transferred to ECU from a JC in Arizona, so he really didn't get a lot of time to impress NFL scouts. Baker is a full sized safety (6' 2", 212), who did real well at Pro Day -- 4.53 40; 4.15 short shuttle and 40" vertical leap. Combine those workout numbers with a great 2005 season for the Pirates, and it would not have surprised us at all if Baker was drafted. The Steelers need depth at safety and Baker clearly has a chance to stick. Although, as with most undrafted prospects, he'll start his quest at the back of the line and have to show well on special teams.

CB Eric Bassey ~ Buffalo Bills -- Finding a undrafted free agent cornerback that can come in and make a 53 roster and contribute as a rookie is fairly rare, but this former Oklahoma speedster has a chance in Buffalo. Bassey didn't have a very prolific career for the Sooners, stats wise, but his gaudy showing at Pro Day (4.33 and 4.35 40 and sub 4.00 second short shuttle) caught the attention of scouts. Has solid size (5' 11-7/8", 195) and speed, and the Bills secondary needs depth, so he has a chance to stick, in some form.

CB Dion Byrum ~ Chicago Bears -- This former Ohio University star had a stellar 2005 season (2nd-team All-America) for the Bobcats, then followed it up with great workouts -- 4.43 40; 3.89 short shuttle and 40" vertical leap at almost 5' 11". The good news for Bryum is he has a lot of talent; bad news is he signed with the Bears, who have added some quality secondary depth in the last few weeks and could have a rough time cracking the 53 man roster. Excellent developmental prospect, who will be in demand as a practice squad player, if he's cut.


last updated: 5/09/06
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It looks like USC will have tailback Chauncey Washington in the backfield next season.

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We were informed former Brown University running back Nick Hartigan has been invited to, and will be attending, the upcoming New York Jets mini-camp.

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Tennessee hopes they were right about recent second round draft pick LenDale White.

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Tennessee cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones: 'Everyone wants me to snap'.

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Mississippi receiver Mike Espy, son of former Agriculture Secretary Michael Espy (Clinton Administration), was among seven undrafted rookie free agents who agreed to contract terms with the Washington Redskins.

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Texas El-Paso defensive tackle Chris Mineo agrees to free agent contract with the Washington Redskins.

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With 11 former USC players chosen in the NFL draft last weekend, USC tackles new challenges.

DD.com quote -- Gil Brandt: "I think people get caught up in this mock draft thing," said Gil Brandt, who's now a senior analyst and draft guru for NFL.com. "You have people who mean well, but are probably not as knowledgeable as they should be."

DD.com comment: In the quote above, Brandt is talking about several USC juniors who jumped to the NFL early after overrating their draft stock, but were not selected as high as they expected -- Bing, Justice, White and Matua.

We agree with Mr. Brandt and would like to go on the record, once again, to state this draft site never, ever mixes underclassmen in our mocks or rankings with seniors, until after the underclassmen "officially declare" for the NFL Draft.

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Free agent rookie linebacker Freddie Roach hopes to make name for himself with the Patriots.

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It's that time again. Time to take a sneak peek at some of the better "senior" college football prospects for the upcoming season.

Today, we look at the Mountain West Conference, which features a very talented group of defensive backs, led by the Utah Utes all-everything cornerback/safety Eric Weddle.....Linebacker Quincy Black of New Mexico is also a rising player to watch, as is Utah's strong armed quarterback Brett Ratliff.


QB Brett Ratliff ~ Utah

RB Robert Merrill ~ Texas Christian

FB Jacobe Kendrick ~ Air Force

WR Brian Hernandez ~ Utah

TE Jon Harline ~ Brigham Young

TE Daniel Coats ~ Brigham Young

OL Chase Johnson ~ Wyoming

OL Tavo Tupola ~ Utah

OL Jake Kuresa ~ Brigham Young

OL Robert Turner New Mexico ~ New Mexico

OL Herbert Taylor ~ Texas Christian


DT Jonathan Bailes ~ SDSU

DT Howie Fuimaono ~ UNLV

DL Mike Groover ~ Wyoming

LB Quincy Black ~ New Mexico

LB Cameron Jensen ~ Brigham Young

LB Matt Pattison ~ UNLV

CB Robert Herbert ~ Colorado State

CB Eric Weddle ~ Utah

CB John Guice ~ UNLV

S John Wendling ~ Wyoming

S Casey Evans ~ Utah


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Gary Wichard, agent for Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver Jeremy Bloom: "It's like representing a rock star".

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Few coaches have made better use of undrafted free agents than Washington's Joe Gibbs.

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The agent for former Georgia Tech defensive end Eric Henderson has confirmed that his client is on his way to Cincinnati after sifting through calls from an estimated 20 teams following the draft.

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We have continued to update our free agent signing lists, as they come in, since draft night.

AFC list
NFC list

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The Detroit Lions sign 3 tryout rookies, including Hofstra wide receiver Devale Ellis.

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Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith very impressed with a pair of rookie defensive lineman.

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Former University of Virginia linebacker Kai Parham among the undrafted rookies attempting to make the Dallas Cowboys roster.

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Cleveland signs 7 tryout invites to rookie free agent contracts; releases other signed rookies.

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The Patriots went into the draft needing some depth at nose tackle. They came away with Nebraska's Le Kevin Smith in the sixth round, a player who could develop into a quality backup behind Vince Wilfork.

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Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams caught on quickly at his first minicamp with the team last weekend.

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Buffalo Bills first round draft pick, safety Donte Whitner from Ohio State, is fitting in well.

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Former Georgia Tech cornerback Reuben Houston has signed a free-agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after a weekend audition.

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Smallish (5' 8") Coltsí rookie cornerback Tim Jennings not short on confidence.

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Draft shows NFL teams always trying to land sack kings like the Raiders Derrick Burgess.

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A position-by-position look where the Green Bay Packers stand after their initial workouts.

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San Francisco head coach Mike Nolan sees improvement by quarterback Alex Smith.

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The Raiders didn't use the second pick of the 2004 NFL draft on Robert Gallery so that he could play right tackle his entire career -- Gallery is moving to left tackle.

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Undrafted rookie quarterback Justin Holland impressing the Miami Dolphins coaching staff.

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Miami Dolphins rookie defensive end Rodrique Wright will undergo surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff as early as today....Wright's draft stock slipped considerably when NFL teams discovered the injury.

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While rookie tight ends Tim Day and Cooper Wallace would have preferred to be drafted, the situation in Chicago is tailor made for an undrafted free agent to make a run at the 53-man roster.

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Green Bay Packers running back Samkon Gado not ready to let go of his starting spot yet.

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Cowboys Notes: After inviting 11 players in for workouts during this weekend's three-day mini-camp, the Cowboys are expected to officially sign two of those players, Pittsburgh linebacker J.J. Horne and TCU cornerback Quincy Butler.

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New York Jets draftees had the best average Wonderlic scores of any NFL team....Link includes the 5 best and 5 worst scores for team's draft choices on Wonderlic.

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Seattle rookie defensive end Darryl Tapp motors past doubts to potentially start for the Seahawks.

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Vikings head coach Brad Childress' comments about rookie quarterback Tarvaris Jackson ruffled some feathers at Alabama State.

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The Washington Redskins coaching staff really likes former Northern Colorado safety Reed Doughty and think he can help the team right away.

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Running back Michael Bennett won't let himself regret his choice to sign in New Orleans as a free agent just weeks before the team drafted Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush.

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Rookie linebacker Manny Lawson hopes to step up to the challenge for the San Francisco 49ers.

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Rookie Gerald Riggs Jr., an undrafted running back from Tennessee, hopes to find a niche with the Miami Dolphins.

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Will the St. Louis Rams' red-flag gamble on former Louisiana State defensive tackle Claude Wroten pay off?

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The Chicago Bears top picks Daniael Manning and Devin Hester enjoy a brief prior history.

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Oakland Raiders' rookie safety Michael Huff accustomed to hype.

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Despite the mullett, Oakland Raiders third-round draft pick Paul McQuistan looks like a keeper.

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It's that time again. Time to take a sneak peek at some of the better "senior" college football prospects for the upcoming season. We kick off our look with the Big East, which is no longer producing the type of NFL talent it did before Boston College, Virginia Tech and Miami left. Nonethless, there is some very solid senior talent, with a pair of gifted power running backs leading the way.

Note: The 2005 Cincinnati Bearcats were clearly in full rebuilding mode, fielding a very young team. The Cats should still be very young this season, but there is at least one senior that will garner significant attention: Tight end Brent Celek .


QB Tyler Palko ~ Pittsburgh

RB Michael Bush ~ Louisville

RB Brian Leonard ~ Rutgers

TE Dan Murray ~ Connecticut

TE Clark Harris ~ Rutgers

WR Brandon Myles ~ West Virginia

OT Theodric Watson ~ South Florida

OG John Simonitis ~ Pittsburgh

OC Dan Mozes ~ West Virginia

OG Jeremy Sheffey ~ West Virginia

OT Renardo Foster ~ Louisville


DE Zach Anderson ~ Louisville

DT Chris Thorner ~ Syracuse

DT Amobi Okoye ~ Louisville

DT Rhema Fuller ~ Connecticut

LB H.B. Blades ~ Pittsburgh

LB Kelvin Smith ~ Syracuse

LB Stephen Nicolas ~ South Florida

S Eric Wicks ~ West Virginia

S Brandon Sharp ~ Louisville

CB Derrick Roberson ~ Rutgers

CB William Gay ~ Louisville


KR/PR Willie Foster ~ Rutgers

DD.com reminder: Check back daily for more Conference previews. Next on our agenda should be the Mountain West Conference.

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The Green Bay Packers will have the most rookie pool dollars to spend on recent draft picks: Amount allocated to all 32 teams.

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Dallas Cowboys first round draft pick Bobby Carpenter enjoying his new role as head waterboy?

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LSU's Xavier Carter has starred on the track but is still looking to make his mark in football.

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Dallas Cowboys rookies news: Defensive end Jason Hatcher impressing coaches; linebacker John Saldi chasing a boyhood fantasy; tailback Demetris Summers just looking for a shot?

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DD.com E-Mail (Dan):

I come here on a daily basis. You guys are as fair in your treatment of all of the players as any site on the internet. Keep up the great work guys. My question is why hasn't anyone shown interest in Nick Hartigan?

How can no one give this kid a shot. It is disgusting. What do you guys think about this and do you foresee any team giving him a chance?

DD.com E-Mail Reply:

Thank you for the nice words Dan. We are not sure if former Brown University running back Nick Hartigan has signed with any team yet. It's been a tough week for some highly regarded running backs. Players like Mike Bell of Arizona, Gerald Riggs Jr. of Tennessee, Taureen Henderson of Texas Tech and Andre Hall of South Florida all went into the draft with high hopes of being selected, yet went undrafted. So it just seemed a lot of quality running backs got some negative surprises on draft day.

We saw Hartigan play quite a bit in 2005 and were genuinely impressed with his running skills -- speed for his size (4.53 at 225 pounds), balance, vision and toughness. We felt he deserved a shot in the NFL as a power running back, but there seems to be a pack mentality among NFL teams and it became clear during the spring that Hartigan's future in the league would be exclusively at fullback.

Hartigan publicly accept his role as a designated blocker in the NFL, and we felt he was a tough enough athlete to make this move and, perhaps, excel. Nonetheless, he still didn't get drafted or signed to a free agent contract (to the best of our knowledge)?

Dan, if he doesn't get a legit shot as a free agent, we'd be surprised and disappointed, because he's a worthy athlete.

DD.com reminder: It's been a slow news day, so we were able to answer Dan's E-Mail in the blog. We'd just like to remind all readers to leave us a return address with their E-Mail's, which will allow us to answer all questions the best we can....Thank you to all for your valued input.

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Can former Florida defensive end Jeremy Mincey become an outside linebacker for the Patriots?

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Linebacker A.J Hawk looking sharpe in the classic green and gold uniform of the Green Bay Packers.

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Bills rookie Donte Whitner, who will be used at strong safety, is out to prove he wasn't a "major reach" in the draft.

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Undrafted linebacker Brandon Hoyte fired up about his shot with the Indianapolis Colts.

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Tampa Bay very high on UDFA Andre Hall formerly of USF. Bucs running back coach Art Valero said Friday after the first day of a three-day rookie camp "still scratching our head wondering how we got this kid... We looked at him and said he might be the fifth or sixth best back coming out this year."

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Former LSU RB Joseph Addai has big shoes to fill with Edgerrin James' departure from Indy, but will have help. Coach Tony Dungy and team president Bill Polian have stressed that they plan a two-back system where Dominic Rhodes and Addai will share most carries.

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Former University of Texas star Vince Young makes good first impression; Other rookies like that quarterback steps up to take control.

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Former Detroit Tigers first round pick (MLB) Michael Woods will tryout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a cornerback.

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Former Notre Dame safety Quentin Burrell, the great-grandson of former Grambling head coach Eddie Robinson, will tryout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Detroit Lions rookie linebacker Ernie Sims, the ninth overall pick in the draft, hits the field for the Lions.....Sims is expected to start next to Lions veterans Boss Bailey and Teddy Lehman at weak-side linebacker.

Concussions not a concern for Ernie Sims?

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Cardinals notebook - Dennis Green thinking of moving former first round pick Calvin Pace to linebacker....A.J. Schable, a undrafted rookie defensive end from South Dakota, may be moved to fullback, despite coming off a sparkling 19 sack season in 2005.

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Although Vince Young declared for the draft, the quarterback position remains very strong going into the next college season with Brady Quinn of Notre Dame and Drew Stanton of Michigan State leading the way.

Right after the 2004 season, we ranked then Vanderbilt junior Jay Cutler among the top 3 quarterback's in his class. We showed some foresight there, as most pay sites didn't even rank Cutler among the top 10 quarterbacks in his own class in the summer and early fall of 2005.

We have been asked several times who we think the next "Jay Cutler type" might be in the upcoming senior class -- player that may surprise folks with his play and physical skills?

This is tough, as it's still early, but we believe Stanford's Trent Edwards could be in line to make a huge move upward next season, if he can come up with a big senior season and, much more importantly, if he can stay away from injuries for a full season.

Although Edwards was "nagged" by injuries from time to time last season, he did play in 11 games in 2005 and fared well statistically, completing 63% of his attempts and throwing 17 touchdowns (only 7 interceptions). In terms of physical skills, insiders tell us the 6' 4", 220 pound cannon-armed quarterback is very highly regarded by Pac-10 coaches and NFL regional scouts.

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Three other senior-to-be quarterbacks that may surprise.

Brett Ratliff ~ Utah -- Started the final 2 games of the 2005 season for injured starter Brian Johnson and responded in a big way -- throwing for 621 yards and 8 TD's against BYU and Georgia Tech. Ratliff has excellent size (6' 4", 224) and a strong and accurate arm. This former JC transfer is flying below the radar, but he could explode into national prominence next season for the Utes.

Isaiah Stanback ~ Washington -- Stanback, who has a very strong arm and is said to possess sub 4.5 speed, is another quarterback to watch in the fall. While Stanback may have tremendous physical skills, he must improve on the field -- only completed 54% of his attempts and threw for 9 TD's (6 int's) in 2005....In his defense, the Huskies were an awful team in 2005 and he was making a switch from wide receiver. Stanback will need to have a big senior season to get squarely on the NFL's Day 1 radar, but the "potential" is there to impress NFL scouts.

Jordan Palmer ~ UTEP -- So he doesn't have a cannon arm like his older brother Carson, but who does?....Tall, athletic quarterback, with decent potential and a good mind for the game. Threw for 6,321 yards and 56 TD's in 2004 and 2005 combined, so he's put up some gaudy stats for UTEP. Nonetheless, Palmer must cut down on the mistakes (interceptions) to bring his game to a higher level.

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Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells really likes rookie linebacker Bobby Carpenter; rookie WR/PR Skyler Green "too fat" at this point.

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Packers weblog: Rookie WR Greg Jennings looks sharp; fellow rookies A.J Hawk (OLB) and Daryn Colledge (LG) practice with the first unit.

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What fantasy impact does last weeks NFL Draft offer?

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Recently drafted Detroit Lions rookies get first taste of NFL this week.

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The skinny on the Buffalo Bills undrafted free agent prospects.

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Former Syracuse cornerback Steven Gregory is excited about signing with the Chargers.

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Three more TCU Horned Frogs have been invited to tryout for National Football League teams.

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Former Indiana defensive end Ben Ishola signed a rookie free agent contract with the Miami Dolphins.

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Former Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick begins tryout with the Miami Dolphins.

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Ex-USC Trojan Matt Leinart works out for first time as an Arizona Cardinal.

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Former standout offensive tackle Kyle Turley tries to return from back problems -- as a tight end.

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Tennessee to set a slow pace for rookie quarterback Vince Young.

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SMU defensive standouts, including defensive back Alvin Nnabuife (Raiders), sign as undrafted free agents.

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We have continued to update our free agent signing lists, as they come in, since Sunday Night....Those who know should contact Draft Daddy with info as we update the lists.

AFC list
NFC list

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Draft Diary: Oakland Raiders linebacker Darnell Bing.

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Denver Broncos GM Ted Sundquist comments on the teams' cache of undrafted free agents, including former North Carolina State wide receiver Brian Clark.

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San Francisco deals backup quarterback Ken Dorsey to Cleveland for veteran backup Trent Dilfer.

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Watch out Mel Kiper, recent Miami Dolphins first round pick Jason Allen thinks he has what it takes to be a "draft guru".

DD.com Comment: Right after the 2005 season ended, we got a steady stream of anonymous E-Mails from someone "very close to Jason Allen", who claimed to be a big fan of DD.com. We aren't sure who it was, but the info was so detailed and accurate we often wondered if it was Allen himself E-Mailing us.

If it was Jason Allen, we can't thank him enough for giving us the "inside scoop" on his quick recovery from a severe hip injury before the mainstream media got it. Check out a prophetic E-Mail we posted in our January 10th blog notes (scroll down to 1/10, near the bottom the page).

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Sports Illustrated seems to think Green Bay will have a tough season this fall, as they are predicting the Packers will select Oklahoma Sooners running back Adrian Peterson number one overall in the next draft -- SI.com top 10 prospects.

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While several trite, blowhard pundits predicted gloom and doom for the 2005 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team, newly minted head coach Charlie Weis and his players had different ideas: 2005 Notre Dame video hi-lights.

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So much attention has been paid to the college basketball stars trying to jump to the NFL, but the New York Jets have a slighly different idea: Gang Green has invited current Rutgers track star (shotput/discus) Sam Segond to tryout for the team....Segond hasn't played football since high school, but he recently ran the 40 yard dash in 4.78 seconds at 6' 3" and 295 pounds at a Pro Day.

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Recent Washington Redskins draft picks, free agent and tryout invites stream into Redskins Park.

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Missouri's Brad Smith: NFL prospect with a catch -- He still wants to play quarterback, not wide receiver.

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Troubled quarterback Marcus Vick is set to audition for the Dolphins' this week, but coach Nick Saban makes no promises to players invited to tryout.

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The Chicago Bears are looking to upgrade their kick-return game for next season, and former Bethune-Cookman standout kick returner Ricky Williams hopes they'll like what they'll see from him in mini-camp this week.

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Mountian West Conference players might overcome draft snubs.

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The Minnesota Vikings fired VP of player personnel Fran Foley Monday. Official reason is he lied on his resume, but some insiders feel owner Zygi Wilf was also upset over Foley's 2nd round picks -- OC Ryan Cook and QB Travaris Jackson, who may've been considered Day 1 "reaches" by some in the Vikings organization.

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Cool Tatoo Watch: UNLV safety Jay Staggs wears his Rebel pride on his sleeve with a tattoo of Hey Reb on his right arm.

DD.com Comment: Between the long hair and the tattoo, it will be hard not to notice Staggs next season when the Rebels play. Staggs had a fine junior season in 2005, recording 62 tackles and 4 PD's, and he hopes to put together good enough workout numbers to please NFL scouts. He's a good football player, who comes from a very athletic family.

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ESPN.com: Consensus NFL Draft Grades for all 32 teams.

DD.com Comment: In the last few days every draft guru has graded these draft classes and people have contacted Draft Daddy wondering why we don't do the same? What's our opinion? Well here it is:

Immediate post draft analysis is a fool's exercise. We can sit here and say we think a particular team had a great draft - what is that statement based on? Nothing but already irrelevant pre-draft analysis.

We don't have any new data to go on post draft. All we have are pre-draft expectations. When a player with a 2nd round expectation drops to the 5th round, fans of the team that took that player inevitably say they got great value - and how great of a pick it was - why? Because pick location was different from consensus? How does that equate value?

Put it another way after the Patriots took Tom Brady in the 6th round how many post draft grades reflected the sheer greatness of that pick in their grading? Our guess is zero. So what's the point?

It's an exciting time of the year that promotes interest but fans forget that great teams, teams that are ready to win right away don't plan to fix their immediate holes through the draft. They don't plan on relying on rookies to make a stretch run. It's far too risky in the pressure situations that will arise in late January.

The draft isn't about making the current team a contender. Sure every so often a Torry Holt comes along and is the perfect rookie piece that completes the puzzle and yes there is a movement toward immediate starters (where certain teams did well this year was getting 'football smart' players to make that jump) but most times the draft is for years down the line more than for right now.

Jets fans will remember how long it took LB James Farrior to come around - it took so long it didn't happen until he was with Pittsburgh playing ILB in their 3-4. Many other players have blossomed in year 3-5 not in their rookie season. People asked former Eagles pro-bowl DE Hugh Douglas in an interview how long it took him to be fully comfortable as a DE in the NFL - he said 5 years. That's a lot of time and most fans aren't keeping that in mind. Everyone wants instant grades and instant results.

The draft is a long term bet not a short term bet. We can't evaluate a long term bet one day after it was placed and five years before it comes due.

We are not dodging the question, but on this issue we feel like we've made more than enough speculation pre-draft. In general terms if your team got a player that you think we like then chances are we like your team's draft. We could come up with reasons to like all of these players or hate these players but at the end of the day a 10,000 word diatribe will be rendered meaningless the first time we see these guys in preseason action. That's the next real raw data that will dictate how good or bad the any of these drafts were.

So rather than put all of our attention on dissecting the draft picks and coming up with an arbitrary grade, we'd rather dedicate our efforts toward the un-drafted free agents - as every year players pass through the entire draft and make plays in the league, it's a more worthwhile use of our limited time. Real football players are more important than fake grades.

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There are many ways into the league and every year players beat the odds. Those who know should contact Draft Daddy with info as we update the lists.

AFC list
NFC list

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York University linebacker Ricky Foley becomes 3rd Canadian college to star to accept invite or sign with an NFL team.

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When wide receiver Wayne Chrebet made the New York Jets in the summer of 1995 as a free agent, few football fans knew Hofstra University in Long Island, New York even had a football program....Today, scouting Hofstra is a priority for NFL teams.

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Rich Cirminiello/CollegeFootballNews.com: All-Undrafted team.

DD.com Comment: Nice job by Rich. We did an All-Undrafted team last season and plan to do it again, soon.

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Former South Carolina and Grambling DE/TE Moe Thompson, uses his own webite to announce his free agent signing.

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A pair of former Pikeville College star defensive backs, who began their careers at big time football schools, sign NFL contracts.

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Former Long Beach State basketball player Onye Ibekwe signed a free agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

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Tennessee offensive coordinator Norm Chow speaks out on several topics, including adjusting the offense to better fit quarterback Vince Young's skills.

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Former college basketball players Ed Nelson and Jai Lewis attempt to make the jump to the NFL.

DD.com Comment: Speaking of UConn tight ends, keep a very close eye on Dan Murray next season. Dan is a tremendous athlete, who excels at catching the ball and stretching the field. With a NFL caliber quarterback leading the way for the Huskies in 2004 (Dan Orlovsky), Murray looked like a rising star as a sophomore. But UConn had huge problems at quarterback in 2005 and Murray's stats tumbled. Still the talent is there.

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Whatever the position, former Texas A & M quarterback Reggie McNeal has shot in NFL.

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Former Pitt tight end Erik Gill, who looked like a potential impact prospect as a junior (2004 season), signs a free agent deal with the Cowboys.

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The New York Jets signed former Richmond quarterback Stacey Tutt and intend to use him at H-Back.

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Quarterback David Koral, who completed only 10 of 17 attempts for 124 yards in two years at UCLA, has reached a free agent deal with the Indianapolis Colts.

DD.com Comment: David is the son of Seven Jeans founder Peter Koral, who has made millions selling his form fitting jeans to upscale clients -- particularly the Hollywood crowd....Football wise, Koral is said to have a great arm, but despite having watched UCLA about 5 games last last season, we've never seen him play.

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The productive Coley twins from Southern Miss. get their NFL shot together with the New York Giants.

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The Toronto Argonauts are selling their coach's personality as part of the pitch to lure suspended Dolphins tailback Ricky Williams to the Canadian Football League.

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Some American college stars heading to the CFL.

WR Casey Allen ~ Linfield College (Winnipeg)

DT Rob Schroeder ~ Buffalo (Hamilton)

FB Alexis Bwenge ~ Kentucky (B.C Lions)

DE Shawn Mayne ~ Connecticut (Hamilton)

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Daily Princetonian: The NFL draft, don't make it rocket science.

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The Patriots bring in former Tulsa "playmaker" Garrett Mills to play H-back, fullback, tight end, wide receiver or wherever he is needed?

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Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt freaks out on the agent of former Panthers receiver Greg Lee, who didn't get drafted after leaving school early.

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We'd like to publicly thank all our readers for the E-Mails and comments regarding the undrafted free agents. As always, we are trying to answer every E-Mail we can, but that can be hard, as DD.com is basically just 2 people -- and we've been working a lot recently (day jobs). To say we've been overwhelmed the last week, is something of a understatement.

Also, we'd like to thank all our most avid readers that have linked our site around the Net recently. May 1st was a great day for DD.com, as we registered 35,950 unique hits in a 24 hr. period, mainly due to our free agent pages. We feel good about providing this free coverage for NFL and college fans around the world (we get daily hits from every corner of the planet).

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Tennessee owner Bud Adams, who was the original owner of the AFL Houston Oilers in the early 1960's, goes out of his way to defend the teams choice of Vince Young in the draft.....Word is the teams' coaching staff, led by respected OC Norman Chow, strongly favored Matt Leinart.

DD.com Comment: We've (DD.com's editors) talked about this at length and really believe Adams loved the fact he was "sticking it" to the city Houston, which refused to build him a new stadium in the 1990's, then turned around and built one for Bob McNair's expansion Texans a short time after he left.

First he moved the city's precious Oilers, and now he's walking away with local icon Vince Young and bringing him to Nashville. Talk about getting even?

For Bud's sake, let's hope it works out on the field, because his Tennessee coaching staff seems "miffed", to say the least.

Also, Adams is simply crazy if he believe Young is a "better athlete" than Michael Vick. Vick may be a struggling NFL quarterback right now, but his workouts in most categories were off the charts coming out -- ran a sizzling 4.25 40 at VTU's Pro Day before he was drafted.....Young ran a respectable 4.58 40 at Pro Day, which was the exact same exact time former Toledo quarterback Bruce Gradkowski -- who the media widely claims is "unathletic" -- ran at the Combine.

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The Oakland Raiders plan to use former USC safety Darnell Bing as a linebacker.

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Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer not mad over the selection of Jay Cutler.

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Former North Carolina State tackle Derek Morris, once considered "the next Orlando Pace" coming out of high school, has signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Former Western Ontario star Andy Fantuz, and other Canadian prospects, look for a shot in the NFL.

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NFL Free Agent and Invitee List from Division I-AA football schools.

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Former Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick will receive a tryout from the Miami Dolphins.

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DD.com looks at 10 quality 2005 undrafted free agents.

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Pete Prisco looks at the "next draft class", which will be heavy on Notre Dame stars, like Brady Quinn.

DD.com Comment: Here is our watch-list of the top 2005 juniors, loosely ranked, which we intend to update soon.

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New York Times: Strength of one Draft guru -- Mike Mayock -- outshines ESPN.

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In response to Dallas Cowboys fans, who have been great this site, we'd like to say we've listed Virginia linebacker Kai Parham as a signed undrafted free agent for the Cowboys, but we are not 100% sure it's official.

The info does come from a solid source and, when you think about it, it makes sense. Parham played at Virginia for Al Groh, good friend of Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells. Also, Parham is better suited towards the 3-4 defense, which the Cowboys employ.

Parham is a very good football player and a solid citizen, who really just fell off the draft charts due to poor 40 times. He's got a chance to stick in the NFL, however, as he plays faster than he times. He's definitely a high-motor, overachiever, who fits the mold of the type of backup/special teamer Bill Parcells likes.

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The Cincinncinati Bengals glowing over the addition of special teams ace Ethan Kilmer .

DD.com Comment: Back in October of 2005 we wrote in our blog notes Kilmer was the best special teams coverage player we had seen in a while. Basically, we saw then what Marvin Lewis sees now.

Considering most NFL teams use Day 2 draft picks to beef up their special teams, it was inevitable Kilmer would be drafted, despite the fact he didn't play high school football and only played 2 college seasons.

Kilmer spent the 2005 season as a backup wide receiver for Penn State and improved by leaps and bounds as the season went on. He ran a 4.35 40 on some watches and displayed a vertical of over 40" at PSU's Pro Day, so the Bengals coaching staff would be wise to start working with him at wide receiver. A postition he may excell at in time.

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Morehouse running back J.D. Washington, son of actor Denzel Washington, signs with Rams.

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Maine wide receiver Kevin McMahan was taken by the Oakland Raiders with the 255th and final pick of the NFL draft, making him this year's "Mr. Irrelevant."

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Oregon wide receiver Mike Hass gets an endorsement from former Pac-10 rival Reggie Bush on draft day, but still slips in draft.

The Jacksonville Jaguars told NIU receiver Sam Hurd they would draft him in the fifth round - and they didn't. He received the same call from the team in the sixth round and got the same treatment.....Hurd eventually signed as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys.

DD.com Comment: Teams promising to draft players they don't intend to select is a very common practice in the NFL, as weird as it may sound. Teams, it seems, feel this is a way of "showing a player love", in hopes that player will consider signing with that team as a priority free agent.

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The New Haven Register takes an inside look at what a certified NFL agent has to deal with on draft day -- former Yale football player Joe Linta.

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Pete Prisco looks at the "next draft class", which will be heavy on Notre Dame stars, like Brady Quinn.

DD.com Comment: Here is our watch-list of the top 2005 juniors, loosely ranked, which we intend to update soon.

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New York Times: Strength of one Draft guru -- Mike Mayock -- outshines ESPN.

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In response to Dallas Cowboys fans, who have been great this site, we'd like to say we've listed Virginia linebacker Kai Parham as a signed undrafted free agent for the Cowboys, but we are not 100% sure it's official.

The info does come from a solid source and, when you think about it, it makes sense. Parham played at Virginia for Al Groh, good friend of Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells. Also, Parham is better suited towards the 3-4 defense, which the Cowboys employ.

Parham is a very good football player and a solid citizen, who really just fell off the draft charts due to poor 40 times. He's got a chance to stick in the NFL, however, as he plays faster than he times. He's definitely a high-motor, overachiever, who fits the mold of the type of backup/special teamer Bill Parcells likes.

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The Cincinncinati Bengals glowing over the addition of special teams ace Ethan Kilmer .

DD.com Comment: Back in October of 2005 we wrote in our blog notes Kilmer was the best special teams coverage player we had seen in a while. Basically, we saw then what Marvin Lewis sees now.

Considering most NFL teams use Day 2 draft picks to beef up their special teams, it was inevitable Kilmer would be drafted, despite the fact he didn't play high school football and only played 2 college seasons.

Kilmer spent the 2005 season as a backup wide receiver for Penn State and improved by leaps and bounds as the season went on. He ran a 4.35 40 on some watches and displayed a vertical of over 40" at PSU's Pro Day, so the Bengals coaching staff would be wise to start working with him at wide receiver. A postition he may excell at in time.

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Morehouse running back J.D. Washington, son of actor Denzel Washington, signs with Rams.

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Maine wide receiver Kevin McMahan was taken by the Oakland Raiders with the 255th and final pick of the NFL draft, making him this year's "Mr. Irrelevant."

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Oregon wide receiver Mike Hass gets an endorsement from former Pac-10 rival Reggie Bush on draft day, but still slips in draft.

The Jacksonville Jaguars told NIU receiver Sam Hurd they would draft him in the fifth round - and they didn't. He received the same call from the team in the sixth round and got the same treatment.....Hurd eventually signed as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys.

DD.com Comment: Teams promising to draft players they don't intend to select is a very common practice in the NFL, as weird as it may sound. Teams, it seems, feel this is a way of "showing a player love", in hopes that player will consider signing with that team as a priority free agent.

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Rumor has it that Notre Dame fullback Rashon Powers-Neal is leaning towards signing with the Denver Broncos.

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Word is MTSU Bobby Payne originally agreed to sign with the Dallas Cowboys, but he backed out, and signed with 49ers.

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The New Haven Register takes an inside look at what a certified NFL agent has to deal with on draft day -- former Yale football player Joe Linta.

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