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last updated: 01/31/07

Baylor Bears excited to have potential high impact transfers Danny Watkins and Phil Taylor.

ITB Roundtable: Which player "not" named Tebow, Bradford, or McCoy stands the best chance to win the Heisman?

DD.Comment: We'd like to thank Adam and Brian for supporting and promoting DD.com.

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Breaking News: We have just received and posted the Complete List of Combine Invites.

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Our friends at Condraft.com just sent us a Q&A they recently conducted with former University of Houston power forward/tight end Rodney Hannah, who says he possesses a 40' vertical leap and runs a 4.55 40 yard dash.

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DD.com Mailbag (Dwight): Who are the legit left offensive tackles in the draft?

DD.com Reply: Thanks for the E-Mail Dwight, much appreciated. N.F.L. scouts usually say two things about college tackles: He's going to project as a guard at the next level or he's going to project as a right tackle at the next level - very rarely do they say he's going to project as a left tackle.

Justin Blalock of Texas and Arron Sears of Tennessee will be considered guards, maybe emergency right tackles, in the N.F.L.....Joe Thomas of Wisconsin, Levi Brown of Penn State, Tony Ugoh of Arkansas and Joe Staley of Central Michigan are the top prospects that can play left tackle. Perhaps, you can add Northern Illinois star Doug Free to the left tackle mix, also.

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University of Houston quarterback Kevin Kolb is happy with the way he performed at the Senior Bowl.

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Former University of Texas running back Ramonce Taylor hopes to impress scouts at Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Classic.

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Look at some young college players -- like Ohio State running back Chris Wells -- who will have "Big Shoes to Fill" next season.

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Cal-Poly linebacker Kyle Shotwell underwent an emergency appendectomy over the weekend, shelving the senior’s N.F.L. preparations for at least a couple of weeks.

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last updated: 01/30/07
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All-stars -- like Justin Vincent of Louisiana State University -- relish the opportunity for recognition at the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star game.

DD.com Comment: Vincent has a chance to be drafted on the second day (rounds 5 to 7) as a backup running back/special teams player. N.F.L. teams will love his attitude, as he's hard worker, with no ego, who will do anything he's asked to do to help his team win games -- block in the running game, protect the quarterback, cover kicks, ect. He's also a pretty good runner and receiver. Vincent sort of reminds us of Patrick Pass of the Patriots.

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Our good friend Theo Lambros -- also known as "College Scout" -- recently completed an excellent 3 Round Mock Draft.

DD.com Comment: We refer to Theo as "College Scout", because he is currently a college student in the state of Florida. Looking at our logs, we get a lot hits from .edu's (colleges and universities), so we asked Theo -- who possesses a great mind for the draft -- if he could give us his perspective as a college student. He does a nice a job.

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We, once again, updated our coverage of Texas vs The Nation Bowl, with a lot of excellent day one practice notes from Sigmund Bloom of footballguys.com.

DD.com Comment: A lot of quality Day 2 type prospects in this game, so we would advise any true N.F.L. Draft fan to check out Sigmund Bloom's report.

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The guru of the great 1985 Chicago Bears defense likes the talent he's coached at the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star game.

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Former Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith is pushing hard to catch Cleveland's attention.

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last updated: 01/29/07
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Charges will "not" be filed against former Cal football star Marshawn Lynch despite an Oakland woman's accusations that he choked, slapped and sexually assaulted her, prosecutors said Monday.

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Rivals.com alphabetical list of the 11 players who helped themselves the most at last week's Senior Bowl.

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CBSsportline: This week's Risers & Fallers takes a look at those who helped -- and hurt -- themselves the most in Mobile.

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Outstanding Vanderbilt offensive lineman Brian Stamper granted another season of college eligibility due to injuries.

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Closer look at former L.S.U. quarterback Jamarcus Russell, as he prepares for the upcoming N.F.L. Draft.

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Draft Daddy is proud to present coverage of Texas vs The Nation Bowl by Sigmund Bloom of footballguys.com. Bloom will be reporting on the scene from El Paso with all of the latest news and photos.

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last updated: 01/28/07
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We recently updated our One Round Mock. We changed things up in the top 10 and added some surprising names to the mix towards the end of the round.

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Former UC-Davis offensive tackle Elliott Vallejo prepares for the upcoming N.F.L. Combine.

DD.com Comment: At this point, Vallejo is the only Division I-AA offensive lineman to receive a Combine invite.

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Former Colorado standout Jeremy Bloom is eager to blossom with the Philadelphia Eagles after a false start in the N.F.L.

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Senior Bowl recap: Stock improves for some players, falls for others.

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Ole Miss running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis said he thought about it jumping to the N.F.L. early.

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Former University of Nebraska defensive end Jay Moore made a strong impression on scouts at the Senior Bowl registering 3 sacks in the game.

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Cleveland Plain Dealer: 10 thoughts about the Senior Bowl.

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Closer look at former Alabama Crimson Tide fullack Le’Ron McClain.



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DD.com Site News: Check our recently updated list of the top N.F.L. Restricted and Unrestricted Free Agents.

DD.com Comment: While the list may not be perfect in terms of player rankings (opinions are subjective and vary from person to person), we think it is a perfect free agent debate starter on N.F.L. message boards. Per our logs, we can see the list above started excellent free agent talk on high traffic message boards of several N.F.L. teams, including the Jets, Giants, Chiefs and Dolphins. We sincerely thank all our DD.com readers that linked us on those quality sites.

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Draft Daddy's photo coverage of the Senior Bowl has been updated. We would like to take this time to thank our photographer for a job well done. Please stop by the Senior Bowl coverage for the entire week's notes and pics.

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last updated: 01/27/07
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DD.com Mailbag P.W.:

Hi guys. I love the blog more than ever. You guys are, by far, the fastest to report news and the most thorough in providing content. Keep reminding me to hit the ads, and I will keep hitting them.

A year ago, I sent you a couple tips that turned out to be 100 percent correct. I have a much better one this year: "It is done", the Oakland Raiders will take L.S.U. quarterback Jamarcus Russell number one overall. Negotiations will start early. May as well just get it right now.

My source attends U.S.C. and [has contacts within the program]. A big part of the Lane Kiffin/ Steve Sarkisian interview process included questions about why the Raiders did not select a talent like Matt Leinart in 2006. Reportedly, Al Davis had to explain his way out of that one for Lane Kiffin to listen.

U.S.C. head coach Pete Carroll slipped up in the media explaining Kiffin loves Russell and going down the field with the ball. My source says it ran much deeper in the interviews: "Mr. Davis, sir, I'd love to take this job and coach Jamarcus Russell. I know how much you like to go down the field. So do I, but I want the best tools available and Russell has them." No kidding.

DD.com Reply:

Can't thank P.W. enough for supporting our site and we love his sage insights. We think we have the best fans on the Net and we absolutely appreciate the fair treatment we get from Oakland Raider fans.

Only time will tell how this plays out, but we can see the Raiders drafting Russell first overall. Absolutely, and you are right about Pete Carroll's recent comments regarding Russell, which may've been a tip off to what the Raiders will do. We know Al Davis has skewed more towards veteran quarterbacks over the years, but maybe he regrets not drafting Jay Cutler or Matt Leinart in 2006? Either way, he must improve that offensive line and bring in some receivers that "care" about earning their paycheck, or no quarterback can thrive in that situation.

Thanks again, P.W., and I changed some of your E-Mail content to protect your "inside source".

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The troubled Cincinnati Bengals claim they will consider "character" during the process.

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The North spanked a overwhelmed South squad 27-0 in the Senior Bowl at Mobile.

DD.com Comment: It looks likely that Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith will not be selected in the first round of the N.F.L. Draft -- we were one the only draft sites on the Net that never listed him as a first rounder, by the way.

We've been asked by several readers were we think the most recent Heisman Trophy winner will be drafted?

Our best guess would be the latter part of round 3, or early Day two, based on his lack of ideal height and his mediocre performance at the Senior Bowl. However, all he needs is to find one GM or N.F.L. exec that really likes him and he can go higher. We would not be surprised if Baltimore GM Ozzie Newsome uses a 3rd or, even, a 2nd round pick on Smith.

Newsome never wanted to draft Kyle Boller (Baltimore's coaches pulled for that pick, after Newsome was unable to trade up for Byron Leftwich) and Steve McNair has taken a lot of hits over the years and can't play forever. Baltimore needs a young heir apparent to McNair and we can definitely see Smith wearing the purple and black.

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Complete Senior Bowl Weigh-Ins: North

Complete Senior Bowl Weigh-Ins: South

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Official Senior Bowl Rosters

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In-depth look at Michigan State quarterback Drew Stanton.

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Rutgers running back Brian Leonard is listed by ESPN's NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper as a second-round prospect, but with a good game today, Leonard could leap into the first round of the N.F.L. Draft.

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Closer look at Auburn running back Kenny Irons week at the Senior Bowl.

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It looks like, once again, former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Mansfield Wrotto will change positions -- move to guard?

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Yahoo Sports! Senior Bowl stock watch: Ole Miss linebacker Patrick Willis and Arkansas left tackle Tony Ugoh impressive?

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last updated: 01/26/07
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Former Arkansas-Monticello/Fresno State defensive end/linebacker Ricky Miller has accepted an invitation to play in the upcoming college all star game "Texas vs. The Nation."

The Texas vs. the Nation Collegiate All-Star Bowl Rosters.

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A former girlfriend is accusing former Cal-Berkeley running back Marshawn Lynch of domestic violence and sexual assault.

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U.L.M. safety Kevin Payne is enjoying his time at the Senior Bowl.

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Quick look at a large group of talented senior defensive prospects that could help the Cincinnati Bengals.

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It looks like talented L.S.U. junior Matt Flynn will be the Tigers next starting quarterback.

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Georgia's Quentin Moses and L.S.U.'s Chase Pittman were worked out by the 49ers after Senior Bowl practices to see if they could be a 3-4 OLB's.

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After sitting out most of his senior season, former Kansas State running back Thomas Clayton finds an opportunity in the Senior Bowl.

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Mike Mayock of the NFL Network thinks Penn State tailback Tony Hunt is underrated.

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Southern Illinois tailback Arkee Whitlock is getting ready for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Closer look at former University of Pittsburgh linebacker H.B. Blades.

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Closer look at former Ole Miss linebacker Patrick Willis.

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Former Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny has fans in important N.F.L places.

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Former University of Hawai'i football player Ikaika Alama-Francis expects to be healthy enough to participate in next month's National Football League Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

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Former University of Georgia tight end Martez Milner seeks a cure for the "drops".

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last updated: 01/25/07
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Rivals.com Senior Bowl notes -- South: Running back Lorenzo Booker states his case.

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Rivals.com Senior Bowl notes -- North: Nebraska Adam Carriker standing tall at defensive end.

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Jay Glazer writes Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Troy Smith had a tough week at the Senior Bowl.

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U.S.C. head coach Pete Carroll suggests the Oakland Raiders should draft quarterback JaMarcus Russell number one overall.

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College Football News: Rumors, tidbits, thoughts and theories coming from Senior Bowl scouting and discussions.

DD.com comment: Apparently, Pete Fuitak of C.B.N. is one the few people that agrees with us that the Raiders might not draft a quarterback first overall, now that Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson has declared for the draft.

Here is a fact to remember: The last time the Raiders won a conference championship with a quarterback "they drafted" was 1976. That quarterback was Kenny Stabler, who the Raiders actually selected in the 1960's. From that point, Davis has mostly swung towards veteran quarterbacks to lead his teams -- i.e., Dante Pastorini, Jim Plunkett, Jay Schroeder, Vince Evans, Jeff Hostetler and Rich Gannon.

Davis did use a first round pick on a quarterback in 1991 -- Todd Marinovich. Marinovich, it must pointed out, was drafted towards the end of round one in 1991 and is the son of fitness guru Marv Marinovich -- a former Raiders player/coach and long time friend of Al Davis.

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NFL.com Senior Analyst Pat Kirwan looks at the prospects that stood out at Senior Bowl practices.

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Arizona State safety Zach Catanese's road to the NFL got harder and more difficult due to a Bowl game knee injury.

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Tennessee wide receiver Robert Meachem is one of 12 stars invited to the College Football All-Star Challenge.


DD.com Flashback: Draft Daddy had a reporter at the 2006 College Football All-Star Challenge.

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Fixed Link: Scouts have put a spotlight on Notre Dame tackle Ryan Harris.

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DD.com comment: Our servers were overwhelmed with traffic for a period of roughly twelve hours, starting last night and stretching into this morning. We apologize deeply to our fans who tried to access the site during that time. More bandwidth has been made available and everything should be back to normal.

DD.com Senior Bowl Pics:
Kevin Kolb under center

Knocking heads on line

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Alabama State cornerback Michael Coe heads to Senior Bowl after turning heads in Houston.

Related News: Cal cornerback Daymeion Hughes will not be playing in the game due to a back injury suffered on Wednesday.

DD.com comment: Hughes had a top notch week up to this point, and cover-2 teams are very interested. The severity of the injury is not confirmed, but rumored to be minor.

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Back at his natural position of linebacker, Penn State's Tim Shaw is looking to make serious noise at the N.F.L. Combine.

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Scout's eye on Saturday's East West Shrine Game -- By DD.com friend Shaun DePasquale

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Interesting read from a player's perspective: Amobi Okoye's Senior Bowl diary.

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last updated: 01/24/07
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DD.com Senior Bowl North Wednesday Practice Notes:

Conditions at North practice are more of the same from yesterday: cold, windy and damp (rained overnight causing wet field and ball).

This is the third time viewing the North squad and it's about time for our annual disclaimer: the players that looked poor on Monday still look poor for the most part. The players that dominated on Monday still dominate today. It's difficult to write these reports without constantly repeating oneself, so if these comments appear familiar, please excuse us.

With that being said, there were some new faces on the North team, most notably Kansas State running back Thomas Clayton. Clayton is a shifty, elusive runner who had an outstanding day, showing the speed to get to the corner, a tough task against the North linebackers. Clayton impressed onlookers with his patience letting the hole develop and following his blockers through to day light. A cynic might wonder if coming into the game at this late stage provides an advantage in terms of fatigue, however DD spoke to Clayton -- who began his career at Florida State -- and he conceded that he was in transit most of yesterday and up until 1AM yesterday evening learning the playbook, so it's questionable how well rested he really was compared to the other players.

Another new face was Delaware tight end Ben Patrick, who replaced injured Rutgers tight end Clark Harris on the roster. Patrick looked smooth and reliable, catching every ball thrown his way, even if falling to the turf while doing it. Patrick was above average in blocking and reminded this observer of current NY Jets tight end Chris Baker.

Notre Dame wide receiver Rhema McKnight had several nice grabs and has impressed coaches with his yards after the catch potential. McKnight has been operating as a punt returner, and appeared competent in that role.

Penn State running back Tony Hunt appears to be the victim of a laundry mishap as he was the only player unfortunate enough to be wearing pink practice pants. Maybe the color affected his psyche, as Hunt seemed to lack aggressive burst through the line of scrimmage and the extra gear to pull away from defenders.

More housekeeping notes, Fresno State wide receiver Paul Williams apparently has changed his jersey number, from 83 to 1. He had an excellent touchdown grab but did not really stand out today otherwise.

East Carolina wide receiver Aundrae Allison has been showing good hands, going low to dig a Troy Smith pass out of the turf for a completion. Allison is also working as a punt returner and has potential in the return game.

Hawaii offensive linemen Samson Satele has been improving over the week, looking tough in both run blocking and pass protection. Satele had at least one pancake today and is a natural athlete who has the frame to add 20 to 30 pounds in an NFL strength program without compromising quickness.

Penn State offensive tackle Levi Brown has been getting extra attention from the Bucs coaching staff, emphasizing on keeping a tight base, to better avoid overextending at the waist. Brown was very good for most of the day, but was beat badly by Notre Dame defensive end Victor Abiamiri around the edge in drills.

Defensively, Nebraska defensive end Adam Carriker continues to prove his is in a different tier of talent than his opposition and has beaten all comers handily. Carriker made a nifty play forcing a fumble in 11-on-11 drills that Utah cornerback Eric Weddle made an athletic play to recover. In drills, Carriker was loudly encouraged by North head coach Jon Gruden to really go after the simulated QB bag, Carriker responded by hitting the bag so hard that the QB's; (actually just a pad) flew right off.

Cal defensive tackle Brandon Mebane gets lower than his opposing man with regularity and he wins the battle of leverage once engaged. He displayed a nice bull rush move and can collapse the pocket on passing downs.

Ohio State defensive tackle Quinn Pitcock showed his toughness throughout the session, displaying an affinity for contact that has scouts talking. Pitcock is tenacious in pass rush drills and had his opposing man holding and grabbing to keep him contained.

Maryland cornerback Josh Wilson was all over the field in coverage and has all the raw tools that NFL coaches search for in the position. Raw is an apt word for this player however, as he can get excite and be susceptible to interference penalties.

Virginia Tech safety Aaron Rouse had an excellent interception during coverage drills that had the peanut gallery emitting ooh's and ahh's.

Draft Daddy will be at South practice this afternoon and then it's straight to the airport. It might not be until tomorrow for South breakdown, although we will do our best. Stay tuned for more excellent pictures throughout the week.

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To go high in the N.F.L. Draft, Florida quarterback Chris Leak has to overcome the issue of height at only 5' 11".

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The nation's leading receiver, Maurice Price, announced Tuesday that he has accepted an invitation to play in the upcoming college all star game "Texas vs. The Nation."

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Pat Kirwan from NFL.com checks in from the Senior Bowl.

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The Detroit Lions really like Nebraska's talented defensive ends.

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As we have noted, Michigan State quarterback Drew Stanton has looked real impressive at the Senior Bowl.

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Closer look at versatile N.F.L. prospect Eric Weddle of Utah.

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Senior Bowl invite gives Delaware tight end Ben Patrick a chance to improve his status in N.F.L. Draft.

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DD.com Senior Bowl South Tuesday Practice Notes:

The South practice was cold and windy with temperatures on the field 44 degrees.

The unqualified star of the South practice was LSU wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. Pic: Bowe extends for the catch

Bowe's highlights included over the middle catches in traffic and circus tip drill catches along the sidelines. His only blunder, a dropped Kevin Kolb bomb at the end of 11-on-11 drills will probably keep him up tonight, but it shouldn't. He showed separation and made a lot of money, looking very strong and crisp in routes. Few people in town have helped their stock this week as much as Bowe.

Houston quarterback Kevin Kolb also looked crisp and polished, throwing tight spirals as well as some nice intermediate and deep routes. He had some difficulty throwing on the run but to say Kolb is playing better than any quarterback on either roster is not an overstatement. Whether this translates into big time dollars on draft day remains to be seen but he is making his impression and teams are noticing.

Florida wide receiver Dallas Baker has good break-back onto the ball in the timing comeback routes and looked active and sharp in skeleton passing drills. Auburn wide receiver Courtney Taylor also excelled during these timing drills, effectively catching the ball along the sidelines.

UTEP wide receiver Johnnie Lee Higgins looked very fluid, fast with sure hands; while he didn't make any really spectacular plays,he didn't make many mistakes either, and pending workouts could factor into the first day of the draft.

His teammate Jordan Palmer had a somewhat slow start to his practice throwing but still many teams were impressed. By the end of Tuesday's session Palmer was unleashing nice deep fades into the corner of the end zone from the 35 yard line. Palmer clearly passes the eyeball test of how an NFL quarterback prototypically should look and he's got a serious arm. However unlike certain previous Senior Bowl QBs the physical package is in fact backed by something deeper. There is raw talent there and a hungry team likely will see him as a lump of clay to be molded over several seasons on the bench.

Among the running backs, Florida State running back Lorenzo Booker was hard not to notice; Booker eludes defenders, and has the speed to make opposing defenses pay for their mistakes. Booker was employed as a kick returner and looked more than serviceable in the role. On the downside his blitz pickups will require some work at the next level.

Auburn's Kenny Irons reminds this observer very much of current Atlanta Falcon Jerious Norwood. Irons has burst through the hole and can really get going upfield. He had a tough fumble during seven on seven drills but punished himself with 50 push ups immediately following; this was a throwback move that showed character and discipline.

Alabama fullback Le'Ron McClain has been an imposing figure this week, dominating backers to create space for the running backs. McClain is a physical specimen who can downhill block with gusto, a player that clearly enjoys contact.

Oregon State's Joe Newton was a polished route runner and competent receiver, looking good catching passes both over the middle and in the flats. His natural height helps the quarterbacks find him in tough situations.

Along the offensive line, Tennessee's Arron Sears had an up and down day. He showed very good push upfield but made a pretty major gaffe in running drills when the entire team ran right and he pulled left. Sears played at guard exclusively and could get overextended at times in pass protection.

Contrarily, Texas lineman Justin Blalock played both guard and tackle, and put in a pretty solid day of work against the South defensive line. His height may limit him to emergency tackle at the next level but he is an intelligent aggressive player that is proving that he belongs. Arkansas tackle Tony Ugoh impressed a lot of onlookers. Ugoh often shut down his opposition, operating efficiently without tight end help. Ugoh has the raw tools for left tackle but he requires coaching to improve the technical aspects of his game. With the supply of the left tackle market so barren, Ugoh has become a hot property in Mobile.

USC center Ryan Kalil did more than an adequate job, stalemating his man on most occasions. He's got a nice base and good hands in pass protection.

Defensively, the leader of the pack was Mississippi linebacker Patrick Willis. Willis was a terror against the run and had a beautiful interception in coverage drills. He was a worker in agility exercises and displayed top notch body control.

Another gulf coast player who attracted significant attention was Mississippi State defensive tackle Antonio Johnson. Johnson displayed above average explosion, good feet and was stout against the run. Additionally, Johnson seemed to legitimately try hard and was very coach able. Johnson picked up the instructions of the 49ers line coach quicker than his peers and is comfortable doing the dirty work to occupy blockers. Possibly an ideal fit with several of the league's 3-4 defenses.

Texas defensive end Tim Crowder showed very good flexibility, agility and speed, maybe the best South defensive lineman in these valuable categories. He has pretty good pass rush moves and several times threatened to disturb the quarterbacks in 11-on-11 drills. (For those that were not aware, no matter how badly a defender beats his man, these players are not allowed to touch the QB or in any way interfere with the play during Senior Bowl practices).

NC State defensive tackle Demarcus "Tank" Tyler is an interesting prospect. Unlike Crowder, he is not especially flexible. However he is very wide and surprisingly quick for a player of such bulk. Tyler flashed on 11-on-11 and was most impressive stringing out the run down the line of scrimmage. This is a player whose stock will be largely affected by workout numbers, as there is a chance he has rarer size/speed ratio than most.

Georgia defensive end Quentin Moses struggled initially in pass rush drills, but as the coaches worked with him, warmed up, his talent became apparent. Moses can get around the field quickly and impressed onlookers getting high in the air to break a screen in 11-on-11 drills.

Pic: Moses and the South DL stretch

Oklahoma State defensive lineman Ryan McBean is another player that got better as the practice progressed. At the start of the hour, he was showing little progress in technique drills, despite coaching attention. By the end of the hour he was beating highly touted interior offensive linemen badly in 11-on-11 drills and smoothly recovering a fumble on the run. He could be a diamond in the rough.

Texas safety Michael Griffin had an excellent day, displaying great hip switch and closure on the ball. While in most players it would be concerning to see a loss of two inches from listed height to recorded height, with Griffin he actually better fits the profile of successful NFL safeties at 5'11" rather than 6'1".

Auburn cornerback David Irons was one of the few players on the field who managed to hang stride for stride with Dwayne Bowe (on a go route no less) and for that he gets a serious DD.com tip of the hat. Also blocked a FG at the end of practice, a nifty hustle play.

Texas cornerback Aaron Ross looked speedy and had good range in coverage. Ross also looked good as a kick returner. Tennessee cornerback Jonathan Wade also got around the field nicely and had an acrobatic interception during coverage drills. Both players will be seriously considered by corner hungry teams, of which there is no shortage in the NFL.

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Post Practice interviews, teams that were seen talking to players:

Cleveland Browns: DL Ray McDonald, DB Michael Griffin,
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Carolina Panthers: CB David Irons
Philadelphia Eagles: OL Mansfield Wrotto
Baltimore Ravens: OL Justin Blalock
Pittsburgh Steelers: OT Tony Ugoh
San Francisco 49ers: DT Antonio Johnson
Miami Dolphins: LB Earl Everett
Kansas City Chiefs: OT Tony Ugoh, CB David Irons; DE Tim Crowder, DB A.J. Davis
New Orleans Saints: DT Tank Tyler
Washington Redskins: PK Nick Folk

last updated: 01/23/07
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More North Pictures (Mon & Tues):

Troy Smith passes, McKnight catches
Brandon Mebane works against Doug Datish
11 on 11 scene
Allison makes a play
Anthony Spencer in pass rush drills

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DD.com Senior Bowl North Tuesday Practice Notes:

Today the last shall be first, so here are post practice interviews, teams that were seen talking to players:

New England Patriots: DE Lamarr Woodley
Minnesota Vikings: RB Brian Leonard, LB Stewart Bradley
San Diego Chargers: WR Paul Williams, LB Lamarr Woodley
Philadelphia Eagles: CB Marcus McCauley
Carolina Panthers: DE\LB Anthony Spencer
Cleveland Browns: LB Stewart Bradley, CB Leon Hall, CB Daymeion Hughes, OT Levi Brown
Washington Redskins: CB Marcus McCauley
Baltimore Ravens: RB Kolby Smith,WR David Clowney
Kansas City Chiefs: RB Tony Hunt

Weather in Mobile is cold but without rain, and the practice was crisper as a result. As is often the case in these exhibitions, the defense maintains an advantage until the offense gains some cohesion and installs the plays. Everyone was wearing full pads today and the sounds from player collisions resonated through the stadium.

The most talented unit on both sides of the ball might be the North defensive backs. They are fast and quick, and have been harassing the North wide outs all week. As mentioned yesterday, Cal cornerback Daymeion Hughes has great hands and excellent quickness. The North used him at kick returner, along with Tech wide receiver David Clowney.

Fresno cornerback Marcus McCauley seems to be getting stronger with each practice, especially notable was his closing and recovery speed, both of which cannot be coached. He as well as Michigan cornerback Leon Hall displayed smooth ball skills during drills, using their hands rather than trapping the ball.

Maryland cornerback Josh Wilson continues to improve as the coaches work with his technique. This is a player for whom it is apparent the coaches see a lot of potential.

Utah defensive back Eric Weddle has the skills to play corner, and had an above average day, delivering a nice pop in run support during 11-on-11 drills. To a slightly lesser extent, Syracuse defensive back Tanard Jackson also has the range to play corner, and with the way the league is evolving, that’s a quality scouts love in safeties.

In the linebacking corp, Nebraska linebacker Stewart Bradley showed improved aggressiveness, especially stuffing the run. This was a player who looked more comfortable in full pads, there was no pulling up upon reaching the ball carrier today. He also shows nice lateral speed for both outside contain and coverage purposes.

Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny continues to lead the North defense, and is making an early bid to be this year’s version of Houston linebacker Demeco Ryans – a player who may or may not astound in workouts but is at home between the chalk lines.

Michigan linebacker Prescott Burgess showed good pursuit upfield against the run and his toughness is notable. Fellow Wolverine David Harris continues to bring the lumber on the interior, and along with Pittsburgh linebacker H.B. Blades, it is daunting to run inside on this group. All are talented players who will help some team at the next level.

Along the defensive line, Nebraska’s Jay Moore displayed excellent edge rushing skills and pretty good outside contain. Coaches seem to be impressed with his work ethic and intensity. He’s a guy that isn’t incredibly flashy but brings his hardhat and lunchpail every down.

His Husker teammate Adam Carriker simply outclassed the competition all day long, and is clearly helping his stock. Carriker threw most of the North linemen (and tight ends) around like rag dolls and was proficient in shedding his man and keeping the line at point of attack. Some sites have this player as a second rounder (or later) let me say right now, that’s not gonna happen. Carriker will be a factor as early as the middle of the first round, and word around the campfire is that Steelers scouts are especially taken with this player.

Purdue defensive end Anthony Spencer looks speedy around the edge, and even though is giving up a lot of weight to the North tackles, fights through their mass on the way to the quarterback. This player seems more ideal as an outside linebacker than as a “hand on the ground” defensive end. As an aside, Spencer is sporting a spiffy mohawk this week, and that scores big style points with the DD.com staff.

Cal defensive tackle Brandon Mebane continues to impress with his low center of gravity and motor. This player routinely gets under the pads of his opposition and is always going forward, even if he has to claw the turf with his fingernails to do so.

Ohio State defensive tackle Quinn Pitcock had a better day than yesterday, displaying excellent inside pass rush moves. David Patterson also had an improved day, but seemed to run out of gas as the practice progressed.

Along the offensive line, the nastiness of James Marten has great appeal to the NFL staff in attendance. He had a scuffle with Patterson that got the crowd interested early. This is a player who is unique in the sense that he looks more comfortable playing left tackle than right. He gets beat on occasion but adjusts and improves by the next rep.

Penn State tackle Levi Brown seems to be the beneficiary of some quality coaching tips, as his technique was markedly improved today. Especially notable is that he didn’t get overextended and played within his base during drills. Brown has as much physical talent as any player on the roster, once he learns how to control it, could be a top notch tackle. He is a force on running downs and can wash his player past the hole with ease.

Ohio State’s Doug Datish worked mostly at guard and had some noteworthy moments, including a pancake during drills. West Virginia’s Dan Mozes bounced back from a tough Monday session with an above average practice today, looking stouter during drills and keeping his feet more.

In the wide receiver corps, East Carolina’s Aundrae Allison made two very nice over the shoulder intermediate grabs and showed good adjustment to the ball in the air. He is a player who has deceptive speed, and it will be interesting to see him workout.

Fresno State’s Paul Williams has big hands and aggressively breaks to the ball, but his straight line speed needs to be proven before he can move higher on draft boards.

Finally, the quarterbacks looked better today as a whole. Ohio State’s Troy Smith had several good balls, but seemed to display happy feet at times, and will tuck and run if not able to find receivers.


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One draft "insider" told us some N.F.L. scouts where a bit miffed at the fact that two long snappers have been invited to Mobile. While N.F.L. teams realize the importance of long snappers, these scouts would've preferred to see those two spots go to regular offensive and defensive position players.

DD.com Comment: We think the Senior Bowl folks did a good thing by inviting these long snappers. It seemed the kickers and punters were having an easier time showing off their skills to N.F.L. scouts with full time snappers available to workout with them this year. The long snappers, by the way, are Brett Goode of Arkansas and Nick Leeson of Virginia Tech.

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Louisiana State University safety LaRon Landry, a likely first round pick, has opted out of practicing and playing in the game and rumor is he has already been replaced by Oregon State safety Sabby Piscatelli.....Also, word around Mobile is Wyoming safety John Wendling may be added in the next few days, as scouts would like to take a closer look at the athletic Cowboy. Both players are more than worthy of invites.

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Bob Gaunt examines the N.F.L. prospects from Michigan at the Senior Bowl for MLive.com.

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Pictures:
Drew Stanton passes, Anthony Spencer Rushes
James Marten works against Adam Carriker
Troy Smith passing
Quinn talks to Car scouts
Palko loses ball on snap
Jason Hill makes a grab

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DD.com Senior Bowl North Monday Practice Notes:

Conditions at Ladd-Peebles Stadium were rainy and damp. This led to many fumbles and drops, and the day belonged to the defense, to the great chagrin of Jon Gruden. Gruden made his unhappiness with the offense well known.

Cal defensive tackle Brandon Mebane looked the best out of the North defensive tackle crop. He was violent and stout at the point of attack, showing nice upfield burst. He broke through double teams and beat his man all day long.

For a player not known as a pass rusher, Nebraska defensive end Adam Carriker displayed an impressive array of rush moves (swim, rip, push-pull) and looked good in drills. The North seem to be taking a play out of the Huskers book by playing Carriker at tackle, where he was equally disruptive.

Louisville defensive tackle Amobi Okoye looked good in pass rush drills, often embarrassing the interior player he was going against. He showed violent hand-play and nice explosion, beating his man twice in a row. Not sure how draft experts can project such a player to nose tackle, he appears to be more of a 3-technique pass rusher.

Michigan defensive end Lamarr Woodley had an interesting day, looking violent in pass rush and getting involved with Boston College offensive tackle James Marten in some extra curricular activity after the whistle. Marten plays with a nasty streak, which the coaches seemed to enjoy. Not a world beater but his stock is on the rise.

Notre Dame defensive end Victor Abiamiri had an above average practice, garnering praise from the coaches during rush drills. This player seems to be on the rise, and attracted attention from several scouts after practice (see below for notes on teams talking to players)

Purdue defensive end Anthony Spencer displayed excellent pressure around the edge, setting up his man from play to play and often getting the better of the opposition.

Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny was excellent in pursuit, stuffing the run on several occasions during 11-on-11 drills, and earning the praise of the Bucs coaching staff. The Poz also showed nice sideline to sideline speed in coverage. He is just a natural football player and it’s apparent to everyone.

Pitt linebacker H.B. Blades and Michigan linebacker David Harris were very stout against the run, often meeting the runner behind the line in full team drills.

In the defensive backfield, the star of the show was Cal cornerback Daymeion Hughes, who showed very good quicks, nice reaction and instincts. Hughes was all over the North wide receivers in coverage and had several pretty breakups.

Fresno State cornerback Marcus McCauley also had a very good day, showing good hustle during INT drills. Maryland cornerback Josh Wilson displayed superior straight line speed.

During skeleton drills, Utah cornerback Eric Weddle had very good acceleration and change of direction, as did Syracuse cornerback Tanard Jackson. Both worked in at safety



Offensively, as was stated earlier, it was an extremely sloppy performance. There were some highlights however, starting with Louisville running back Kolby Smith. Smith really covers ground running north/south and showed toughness in finishing his runs.

Rutgers running back Brian Leonard looked good in receiving drills, showing soft hands and above average lateral quickness.

The Quarterbacks, as a group did not excite, with Michigan State quarterback Drew Stanton the most efficient out of the three. His passes were often crisp and accurate, hitting his receivers in stride.

On the other end of many of his passes were brought in by two targets: David Clowney of Virginia Tech and Jason Hill of Washington State. Both players caught more with their hands than bodies and could cover a lot of ground after the catch.

Iowa tight end Scott Chandler made several pretty catches and by the end of the session was earning vocal praise from the North coaches.

On the offensive line, Penn State offensive tackle Levi Brown had an up and down session – at times he looks like a top 10 pick, at others he looks like he should be picked later. Brown needs to work on his consistency but in terms of size/speed ratio is the most impressive of the North offensive linemen.

Hawaii guard/center Samson Satele had his positive moments, holding his blocks well and neutralizing the rusher.

DD has other offensive line comments, but as they say, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Hopefully the offensive line gets better as the week goes on.

Post-Practice Convos

The weather had the players scrambling for the locker rooms but several teams did conduct interviews with players on the field:

Miami Dolphins - QB Drew Stanton
N.Y. Jets - DE Jay Moore
Houston Texans - LB Paul Posluszny
Atlanta Falcons - DT Amobi Okoye
Tampa Bay Bucs - WR Jason Hill
Kansas City Chiefs - CB Daymeion Hughes
Cleveland Browns - DE Victor Abiamiri, DT Quinn Pitcock.


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Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn comes to Senior Bowl despite injury.

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Mississippi State defensive lineman Antonio Johnson hopes to impress at the Senior Bowl.

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Quick glance at the top draft prospects of the Tennessee Volunteers.

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Ohio State University fullback/National Scholar Athlete Stan White Jr. aims for an career in theN.F.L.

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DD.com Senior Bowl Weigh-In Notes:

Players who may have helped their stock:
South:

L.S.U. wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (6022, 222) appeared very cut/built and measured tall.

Texas defensive back Michael Griffin (5114, 195) looked built. Loss of 1 listed inch maybe a plus.

Miss State defensive lineman Antonio Johnson (6027, 302) was big and stocky, one to watch this week.

Arkansas offensive tackle Tony Ugoh (6054, 301) looked strong, built and thick in the lower body.

Ole Miss linebacker Patrick Willis (6010, 240) looked jacked up and menacing, despite 1 inch short.

Texas defensive back Aaron Ross (6004 191) appeared cut and solid.


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Notre Dame defensive end Victor Abiamiri (6044, 271) looked extremely built, cut and athletic.

Michigan cornerback Leon Hall (5110, 194) impressed scouts with his muscular, cut “V” frame.

Fresno State cornerback Marcus McCauley (6005, 200) looked tight, cut and built for speed.

Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny (6012, 237) looked natural but was in great shape.

Nebraska linebacker Stewart Bradley (6038, 256) had natural build with potential for growth.

Louisville running back Kolby Smith (5112, 214) was very cut but with thick hips and legs.

Hawaii center Samson Satele (6022, 294) appeared naturally athletic for a man his size.

Michigan State quarterback Drew Stanton (6027, 226) measured tall enough and looked tight.

Boston College offensive tackle James Marten (6073, 303) measured 2 inches taller than listed.

Rutgers running back Brian Leonard (6010, 224) slimmed down to better project as a running back.

(DD.com Leonard interview soon to come!)



Players who may have hurt their stock:



South:

Texas offensive tackle Justin Blaylock (6033, 331) measured short for a OT and was doughy.

Auburn guard Tim Duckworth (6033, 304) measured 2 inches shorter than listed height.

Florida State linebacker Buster Davis (5093, 244) just looked small compared to the others.

Florida quarterback Chris Leak (5117, 203) measured slightly smaller than listed.

Tennessee offensive lineman Arron Sears (6031, 317) measured 1 inch shorter than listed.

U.S.C. center Ryan Kalil (6027, 291) wasn’t bad but didn’t impress physically.



North:

Ohio State defenisive lineman David Patterson (6017, 274) measured small and appeared sloppy.

Louisville defensive tackle Amobi Okoye (6021, 287) was real cut for a big man, but weighed 30 pounds light.

Pittsburgh quarterback Tyler Palko (6007, 215) measured 2 inches shorter than listed height.

Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith (6000, 222) measured 1 inch shorter than listed height.

Fresno State wide receiver Paul Williams (6010, 200) measured 1 inch short and 10 pounds light.

West Virginia center Dan Mozes (6023, 300) measured 1 inch short but 10 pounds heavy.


Break for a quick lunch, then North practice this afternoon.

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last updated: 01/21/07
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Check out Mel Kiper's most recently updated (01/17) Top 25 Big Board.

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Official Senior Bowl Rosters

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Initial Combine Invites -- seniors only.

DD.com Comment: Our guess is the Combine will add another 65 prospects, or so, to the list in the next few days. We assume half will be recently declared juniors and half will be deserving seniors.

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Want to meet the next college wide receiver that will have to grapple with the issue of whether he should play in the N.F.L. or go pro in baseball?

Folks, here he is: University of Florida freshman Riley Cooper.

Cooper, who is expected to vie for a starting wide receiver spot for the Gators next season, has a long way to go before he is considered a likely first round pick in football, like Notre Dame's Jeff Samardzija was. However, he was more highly regarded in both sports coming out of high school.

While Samardzija went completely undrafted in baseball's 50 round draft coming out of high school, Riley Cooper, an outfielder, was selected in the 15th round of the 2006 M.L.B. Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. And, most felt Cooper could've been a first round pick in baseball, had it not been for his football commitment and, more importantly, had he not missed most of the 2006 baseball season due to a hand injury sustained in a road rage incident.

Cooper didn't play much in the fall of 2006 with the Gators, except for special teams, as the team was stacked with veteran wide receivers. But when he got some extended time against I-AA Western Carolina in November, he responded 3 receptions for 82 yards and 3 touchdowns. There you have it, Riley Cooper. Or as we have dubbed him, "Baby Shark".

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Site News: Once again, Draft Daddy will be at the Senior Bowl. Check in all week for constant updates from Mobile.

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Former University of running back Danny Ware is focused on proving he has what it takes to play in the N.F.L.

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Less than two weeks since Chris Leak silenced his critics by winning a national title, he’ll have to do it again at the Senior Bowl.

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The Chicago Cubs, who had the worst record in the National League in 2006, continue to gloat over the fact that they threw $10 million at a wide receiver/pitcher that posted a "decent" 4.33 ERA at the mid-major college baseball level in 2006.

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Closer look at powerful University of Houston running back Jackie Battle.

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In-depth look at Bemidji State University speedster Jonathan Hawks hopes to get a shot in the N.F.L. as a kick return specialist.

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Check out Boston College guard Josh Beekman's diary at Rivals.com.

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East-West Shrine Notes: Nevada quarterback Jeff Rowe impressed with 2 TD passes to win offensive player of the game honors. Central Michigan defensive end Daniel Bazuin recorded two sacks to win defensive player of the game. Washington State defensive end Mkristo Bruce, who had a very positive week of practice, went down with an apparent hip injury in the final minutes of the contest. He walked off under his own power, but no word yet on the severity.

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In Friday's blog (1/19) we listed the twenty Division I-AA prospects that have received invites to the N.F.L. Combine. Here are the other small schoolers (D-2 & D-3) reportedly heading to Indy:

QB Toby Korrodi ~ Central Missouri State -- Division II All-American has the size (6' 4", 235) and cannon arm N.F.L. teams look for in a long term developmental prospect. Pretty accurate and intelligent quarterback, too.

OT Allen Barbe ~ Missouri Southern -- Every season there seems to be at least one small school gem that comes out nowhere to make a splash during the draft process. Barbe has scouts buzzing and could be that player in this draft.

WR Jacoby Jones ~ Lane College -- Small school wideout, with size and speed, who impressed all week at the East-West Shrine Game. Very confident player, who thinks he's worthy of being a Day One selection.

TE Kevin Boss ~ Western Oregon -- This is a player we've been reporting on since he was a junior. 6' 6", over 250 pounds, with good hands and moves surprisingly well for a big fellow.

TE Michael Allan ~ Whitworth College -- Physically imposing tight end at a shade over 6' 6" and 265 pounds. Good blocker, with solid hands, who runs fairly well. Played in the East-West Game. Whitworth, by the way, is Division III.

TE Gijon Robinson ~ Missouri Western -- Robinson is listed at 6' 2' and 256 pounds, which makes him a bit of a fullback/tight end hybrid. Very good blocker, who moves well.

For more detailed info on the prospects listed above and others, check out this excellent feature from DD.com friend Josh Buchanan at D2football.com.

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We recently got a E-Mail or contact message from J.C., who is a big Alcorn State football fan. We'd love to respond and answer J.C.'s question, but he (or she) did not leave a return E-Mail address. We ask anyone that asks us a question via the contact page, and wants a reply, to leave a return address. We try our very best to reply to all constructive messages.

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Holly Rowe of ESPN reported Fresno State University wide receiver Paul Williams will play in the Senior Bowl

DD.com Comment: Williams is a big receiver with pretty good speed and solid hands. A lot was expected from him in 2006, but nagging injuries and inconsistent quarterback play adversely affected his performance during the season. He's fared extremely well during the week at the East-West Shrine Game. Another good week in Mobile would help him raise his draft stock even more....Williams, obviously, is getting a chance to play in the Senior Bowl because the Chicago Cubs fell in love with a tall, skinny righty that "magically" became a great baseball prospect after he made All-American in football.

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DD.com E-Mail (Kevin):

This is your friend Kevin, the big Rutgers fan. I really liked what the "scout" in the E-mail wrote about Central Connecticut tailback Justise Hairston. He looked like a future star his freshman season at Rutgers. Had a big game (100+ and an impressive TD) against West Virginia, but he had a couple of costly fumbles (one cost us a win vs Syracuse) so Schiano dropped him and went with Brian Leonard.

I'll tell you, though, Hairston remained a good team player. He even bulked up to play fullback before moving on. He's got a good burst and he runs very hard. Reminds me of a Michael Pittman type back. I like him as latter round pick on day 2. He was one of my big sleepers but it looks like more guys are on him now.

DD.com Reply: Thank you Kevin. No shame in not being able to seize a starting job from such talented backs as Brian Leonard and Ray Rice. Hairston certainly was a great player for the C.C.S.U. Blue Devils in 2006. He's exactly what that rising I-AA program in New Britain, Connecticut needed to help raise their profile in recruiting circles.

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DD.com E-Mail (Scout/Joe):

After watching more films on the offensive guards, I feel that athletically, Andy Alleman could move up to the #1 guard in the draft. He has superb balance, runs extremely well and plays with extreme toughness. His motor and physical play can carry him to the top of the charts.

DD.com Comment: The E-Mail above is from an anonymous, long time DD.com reader/E-Mailer who tells us he's been a scout for 30 years. His opinions are always very insightful and very much welcomed....Alleman, who began his college career at Pitt, has cracked Mel Kiper's list of top 5 guards, according to a Akron Zips fan site.

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In-depth look at Cal-Poly linebacker Kyle Shotwell, who will play in today's East-West Shrine Game.

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Check out our most recently updated All-Star Game Rosters.

DD.com Comment: These are subject to change, so check back for updates from time to time.

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Feature on a pair of defensive backs that will play in today's East-West Shrine Game: Daniel Francis and Marvin White.

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James Madison University senior defensive tackle Chuck Suppon signed a C.F.L. contract with Montreal yesterday, but making it in the N.F.L. is still his long term plan.

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Too Small? All-A.C.C. linebacker Jon Abbate unlikely to be drafted before round three.

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Closer look at record-setting wide receiver Jacoby Jones, from Division II Lane College, who will play in today's East-West Shrine Game.

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Updated information on former University of Florida defensive tackle Marcus Thomas.

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Respected NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt discusses former N.F.L. prospect Jeff Samardzija 's situation.

DD.com Comment: We promise to drop giving our opinions on this soon. But let's get this straight: Jeff was a two time college football All-American, who possessed the size and speed N.F.L. teams coveted. Gil Brandt readily admitted in the link above that the Shark was one of the top receivers in the draft. We've talked to a bunch of "insiders" and very few thought he had any chance to drop any lower than early round 2 in football -- at worst!

In baseball, meanwhile, Samardzija posted a nice 8-2 record, but a fairly pedestrian 4.33 E.R.A., at Notre Dame in 2006. He did this playing in the Big East Conference. Several of our writers at DD.com attended Big East schools and will quickly tell you Big East baseball is not exactly brimming with pro baseball talent. Matter of fact, some prominent Big East basketball/football schools (i.e. Syracuse, Marquette and Providence College) don't even field varsity baseball teams. The schools that do field teams, don't exactly stack up well with the better programs in the South and West.

We can't blame Jeff for doing what he wants, but he would've been playing in the N.F.L. in a matter of months. As a raw -- albeit very physically gifted baseball prospect -- how long will it take him to make it "to stay" in the Majors from the lowest rung of Class A baseball?

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The Texas vs. the Nation Collegiate All-Star Bowl Rosters.

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Since we did not want to clutter the blog with news of a former N.F.L. prospect -- Jeff Samardzija, we have decided to move most of our opinions regarding the Shark to a separate page.

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University of Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm had arthroscopic shoulder surgery on Tuesday.

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The N.F.L. has posted it's official list of declared underclassmen.

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Breaking news: Notre Dame WR Jeff Samardzija is giving up football for baseball.

DD.com Comment: This is a scenario we at Draft Daddy have been discussing heatedly for months. One side of the debate believes that this is the smart move, as a person can pitch into his mid-forties and earn better money doing it, without the risk of getting concussed going after first down passes in traffic. The other camp looks at the Drew Henson's of the world, who get frustrated and distracted toiling in the minor leagues while their peers are stars in the N.F.L., not to mention all the Major League pitchers that have to go through something like Tommy John surgery before their careers really take off.

Did the Shark make the right choice? Only time will tell, but for the here and now, the 2007 NFL draft has lost one of its more interesting stories.

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Our friends over at footballsfuture.com are compiling a great list of N.F.L. Draft prospects video highlights.

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Check out HailRedskins.com for excellent mock draft links.

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Last week we got a tip from an N.F.L. "insider" that Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn would not play in the Senior Bowl. We trusted the source and posted the news in our blog last Friday. It looks like he was right, as Brady will not play due to a "minor knee injury".

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DD.com Comment: The article above also mentions University of Houston quarterback Kevin Kolb is hoping to burst into the first round. With Hawaii's Colt Brennan staying in school and Stanford's Trent Edwards being affected by injuries, there is no doubt Kolb has a chance to become the third rated quarterback in the draft, behind Quinn and Jamarcus Russell.

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University of Illinois offensive lineman Matt Maddox has recovered from a staph infection in time for the East-West Shrine Game in Texas.

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Closer look at Canadian offensive tackle Chris Best, who will play in the East-West Shrine Game.

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Alex Marvez's analysis: The Miami Dolphins top five off season priorities.

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Arizona junior tailback Chris Henry is still hoping to receive an invitation to the N.F.L. Combine next week.

DD.com Comment: We got a choppy E-Mail from a Chris Henry fan recently and he was upset that we were "hating" the Arizona star, because we have noted several times he might have been better off staying in school another season.

That's "hating"?

We don't "hate" anyone in the draft process. We think, considering Henry has only started a few games and averaged less than 3.5 rushing yards per attempt in his college career, he has something to prove, before we rank him among the elite backs.

Also, and more importantly, I wouldn't worry about what we think, because we are just here to report draft news and sprinkle in some opinions. If Henry does have great workouts in front of N.F.L. scouts, he'll receive the praise he deserves and we will be here to report the "facts".

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Buffalobills.com: The college scouting department for every team in the N.F.L. is working quickly to hand out assignments to their scouts to begin the accelerated job of evaluating the underclassmen who have declared themselves eligible for the N.F.L. Draft.

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According to media reports, the following underclassmen have stated they will declare for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Rivals.com East-West Shrine Game Notebook: South Carolina's Syvelle Newtown has been a "jack-of-all-trades" in Houston.

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One of our loyal readers just sent us an unofficial list of Division I-AA prospects that have received early invites to the N.F.L. Combine. A significant number of the players are either Hampton University Pirates or Division I-A transfers:

QB Matt Gutierrez ~ Idaho State (Ex-Michigan)

RB Alonzo Coleman ~ Hampton

RB Eldra Buckley ~ Tennessee-Chattanooga (UTC)

TE Ben Patrick ~ Delaware (Ex-Duke)

WR Laurent Robinson ~ Illinois State

WR David Ball ~ New Hampshire

WR Aaron Fairooz ~ Central Arkansas

WR Marquay McDaniel ~ Hampton

WR Onrea Jones ~ Hampton

WR Mike Mason ~ Tennessee State (Ex-North Carolina)

OT Elliot Vallejo ~ Cal-Davis (Ex-U.C.LA.)

DE Jacob Ford ~ Central Arkansas

ILB Justin Durant ~ Hampton

OLB Zak DeOssie ~ Brown University

SS Daren Stone ~ Maine

SS Craig Dahl ~ North Dakota State

CB Corey Graham ~ New Hampshire

CB Michael Coe ~ Alabama State (Ex-Arkansas)

CB Travarous Bain ~ Hampton (Ex-Miami-Florida/football & track)

CB Bo Smith ~ Weber State (Ex-Kentucky)

DD.com Comment: Assuming the list is correct -- and we believe it is -- the N.F.L. scouts have spoken: The group above is the best Division I-AA football has to offer. For more names of top small school prospects (including D-2, D-3 and NAIA players), check our very "loosely" ranked small schooler section.

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The Houston Chronicle's East-West Shrine Game Practice Report -- wide receivers Jarrett Hicks and David Ball are impressing N.F.L. scouts.

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Rivals.com East-West Shrine Game Notebook: Canadian running back Jon Cornish hoping to impress N.F.L. scouts.

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Purdue offensive lineman Mike Otto will play in the East-West Shrine Game.

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The Houston Chronicle reports that Baylor cornerback C.J. Wilson may have helped his draft stock more than any player this week at the East-West Shrine Game, according to scouts.

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Baseball America: Notre Dame two-sport star Jeff Samardzija didn't receive a record bonus ($7.25 million) for signing a baseball contract, after all. But as he nears the time when he may have to pick between baseball and football, he might get his big payday just the same.

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We thought former Michigan/Idaho State quarterback Matt Gutierrez was in Houston, trying to impress N.F.L. scouts at the East-West Shrine Game. However, a loyal DD.com reader, Ryan, sent us yesterday's transactions list from the United Indoor Football League and we see the Colorado Ice have signed a quarterback named Matt Gutierrez?

Could it be the same Matt Gutierrez that is playing in the Shrine game?

It might be. But we looked into it and it's much more likely that the player the Ice recently signed is former Fort Lewis quarterback/Colorado native Matt Gutierrez.

We thank Ryan for bringing this to our attention, as I'm sure we would've got a few other E-Mails asking the same question.

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University of Hawaii head coach June Jones -- a former N.F.L. player and head coach -- figures Warriors' quarterback Colt Brennan probably turned down $25 million of the N.F.L.'s money to stay in school.

DD.com Photo: Colt Brennan's girlfriend Shakti Stream, a former Hawaii-Pacific University tennis player, and uncle Casey Bradeson.

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Closer look at Canadian offensive tackle Jordan Rempel, who will play in the East-West Shrine Game.

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All-Ivy League linebacker/N.F.L. prospect Zak DeOssie writes about the draft process and playing in the East-West Game.

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The New York Times looks at, perhaps, the N.F.L.'s most feared tailback duo of Reggie Bush and Deuce McAllister.

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Seven former University of Oregon football players have been invited to the N.F.L. Combine.

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University of Hawaii football fans are very happy that quarterback Colt Brennan has decided to stay for his senior season.

Colt's flirtation with the N.F.L. has drawn a lot of media attention in Hawaii and will make him even more popular than he already is in the nation's 50th state. Like Doug Flutie in the 1980's, Colt will probably achieve "rock star" status in the state in which he plays college football.

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Speaking of popular athletes, most Green Bay Packers fans want veteran quarterback Brett Favre to return for a 17th N.F.L. season.

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Closer look at James Madison offensive stars/N.F.L. prospects Corey Davis and Justin Rascati.

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South Carolina defensive tackle/N.F.L. prospect Stanley Doughty is working to try and change his troublemaker image.

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The Houston Chronicle's East-West Shrine Game Practice Report - Wednesday.

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Rivals.com East-West Shrine Game Notebook: Wisconsin linebacker Mark Zalewski has caused a few eyebrows to be raised this week.

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An emotional University of Hawai‘i quarterback Colt Brennan announced he will return to school for his senior season.

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Texas A&M defensive lineman Jason Jack explains why he declared for the N.F.L. Draft.

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DD.com E-Mail (scout):

Two running backs that played their way into notoriety at the Hula Bowl:

Nate Ilaoa, Hawaii (5'9"/240), runs with wreckless abandon, runs with power, and has quickness and some speed.

Justice Hairston, Central Connecticut State (6'1"/217), transfer from Rutgers, has lots of talent, shows a burst, catches the ball, real good quickness and change of direction, and runs with power....Both are seniors on the "rise"!

DD.com Comment: The E-Mail above is from an anonymous, long time DD.com reader/E-Mailer who tells us he's been a scout for 30 years. His opinions are always very insightful and very much welcomed.

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Georgetown College senior quarterback Jeff Smith turned some heads with his performance at the IntaJuice North South All-Star Classic held Saturday in Houston.

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University of Hawaii defensive end Ikaika Alama-Francis -- a personal favorite of ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper -- is the son of former N.F.L. quarterback Joe Francis, who led the Oregon State Beavers to the 1957 Rose Bowl.

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Don Pierson: Chicago Bears GM Jerry Angelo knows the score: Wideouts are overpriced.

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Four former Washington State Cougars have been invited to the N.F.L. Combine.

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Three former Oregon State football players have been invited to the N.F.L. Combine.

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Respected NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt says Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm was wise to stay in school.

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University of Hawaii fans still waiting to see what star quarterback Colt Brennan will do.

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Highly regarded freshman quarterback Mitch Mustain will leave Arkansas and, perhaps, transfer to Tulsa?

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Wide receiver Sidney Rice's decision to leave early for the N.F.L. disappoints South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier.

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University of Arizona tailback Chris Henry was hoping to enhance his pro stock by showing off his physical skills at the NFL combine, but he was not invited.

DD.com Comment: Word is, according to several media outlets, that Henry hasn't hired an agent. Therefore Henry can undeclare for the draft and try to return to the Arizona to get some much needed experience. N.F.L teams run the Combine, so the Combine snub is not insignificant. Also, N.F.L. teams deal in reality, not rumors. His "reported" workout times mean nothing until they are registered in front of N.F.L. scouts. Back in the fall of 2005, it was widely reported a rising Big 12 safety ran a sub 4.4 40. At the Combine that player ran a 4.85 and was soon considered a non-prospect.

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Texas A&M defensive end Jason Jack has declared himself eligible for the NFL Draft and won’t return for his senior season, according to The San Antonio Express.

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Former Tennessee receiver Robert Meachem has begun training for the NFL Combine and does not feel discouraged by the number of college players who made a similar decision to leave early.

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Huge D-2 offensive lineman Allen Barbre of Missouri Southern is receiving serious attention from N.F.L. scouts.

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East-West Shrine Game Notebook: Powerful Crimson Tide defensive tackle Jeremy Clark -- who is projected as a 3rd to 5th round pick -- hopes his "high motor" will impress N.F.L. scouts.

DD.com Comment: Teams like the New York Giants and the Cincinnati Bengals, who need an infusion of character players on defense, should seriously consider Clark. No reason to think he wont have a solid N.F.L. career.

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East-West Shrine Game Notebook: West squad linebackers look to impress scouts; athletic University of Texas defensive end Brian Robison continues to standout.

DD.com Comment: As we've been reporting since the start of the 2005 season, Brian Robison is a very athletic defensive end. He is not a "classic overachiever", as some pay sites have reported. We are not surprised scouts are comparing him to former Longhorn Tony Brackens, who was a high 2nd round pick in 1996 and had a fine N.F.L. career.

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Iowa State wide receiver Austin Flynn will play in the East-West Shrine Game.

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Navy linebacker Tyler Tidwell will play his final game Saturday, before beginning military service.

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Check out this one round mock draft from footballsfuture.com.

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J.P from Maximum Draft just sent us his top 25 prospects list, with scouting reports. It's a good list, definitely worth a look.

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Former University of Washington quarterback Isaiah Stanback thinks he'll be ready for the NFL combine next month.

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Louisiana State University strong safety Jessie Daniels has been added to the roster for the East-West Shrine Game, which will be played Saturday at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

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Closer look at the top University of Florida defenders heading for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan said he needs another day to decide on his football future, and a news conference scheduled for Tuesday has been moved to Wednesday.

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The Texas vs. the Nation Collegiate All-Star Bowl Rosters

DD.com Comment: Former University of Minnesota running back Gary Russell, who did not play in 2006 due to academic problem, is scheduled to play for team "Nation".

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East-West Shrine Game Practice Report - Monday.

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The N.F.L. paperwork was on the family's kitchen table, but Brian Brohm -- who received a first round projection from the N.F.L. -- decided to stay in school.

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Former University of Hawai'i defensive end Ikaika Alama-Francis is scheduled to meet with a San Francisco specialist to determine the severity of a torn pectoral muscle.

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Although the N.F.L. Advisory Committee informed Ahmad Bradshaw that he was projected to be selected no higher than the fourth round, the Marshall University star running back decided to declare for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Auburn Tigers defensive end Quentin Groves decided to stay in school after receiving a 3rd to 5th round projection from N.F.L. scouts.

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It looks like Bills running back Willis McGahee has worn out his welcome in Buffalo.

DD.com Comment: The current crop free agent running backs isn't strong, so if the Bills do trade McGahee, they might need to consider drafting a running back in the first or second round.

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Ohio State running back Antonio Pittman -- who got a 2nd to 3rd round projection from N.F.L. scouts -- hopes to impress scouts enough to be a first round pick.

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Penn State senior Tim Shaw will try to impress N.F.L. scouts as a middle linebacker.

DD.com Comment: The media loves to portray Shaw as a try-hard effort player, which is true. But we are talking about a former Michigan state high school champion in the 100 meters -- who came to Penn State as a highly recruited tailback -- so he doesn't lack speed.

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Oregon State stars Adam Koets and Sabby Piscitelli are set to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

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In depth look at former University of South Carolina wide receiver Sidney Rice.

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University of Texas defensive end Brian Robison has looked good at East-West Game workouts in Houston, Texas. The extremely athletic big fellow could go as high as the 2nd round round, according to the Houston Chronicle.

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Nebraska I-back Brandon Jackson announced on Monday that he will forgo his final season of eligibility at Nebraska and make himself eligible for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Charleston Southern receiver Maurice Price has decided to skip his senior season and enter the N.F.L. Draft.

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University of Georgia defender Brandon Miller may change positions but not uniforms next season. The junior linebacker, who could also be employed as a defensive end has decided not to enter the N.F.L. Draft. Miller had filed papers but more for exploratory purposes.

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University of Tennessee starting safety Demetrice Morley -- an impact prospect who is not draft eligible -- was dismissed from the school due to academic issues.

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Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson just announced that he will make himself available for the N.F.L. Draft.

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As expected, Ohio State running back Antonio Pittman announced Monday he will forego his senior season to enter the N.F.L. Draft.

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The top college football underclassmen, who wish to turn professional, must declare for the N.F.L. Draft by the end of the day. Most have announced one way or another, but some have not:

QB Colt Brennan ~ Hawaii -- As the link below states, Brennan has declared for the draft, but only because it gives him more time to decide -- he can opt out of the draft in the next 3 days. Brennan has received a 2nd round projection from N.F.L. scouts.

RB Adrian Peterson ~ Oklahoma -- Amazingly, the man who talked about jumping to the N.F.L. straight out of high school in January of 2004 (check 1/11 blog for more on this) is considering staying in college for four years. We know Peterson is being told he could go higher in the draft, if he returns to OU, plays well as a senior and, more importantly, avoids injuries.

RB Brandon Jackson ~ Nebraska -- The Nebraska media is reporting that Jackson is still weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

SS Tom Zbikowski ~ Notre Dame -- "Z" looked like a virtual lock to leave early before the season. He even applied to play in the Senior Bowl (and was tentatively added to the game). But word is he has also applied for a 5th season at Notre Dame. Our guess is N.D. head coach Charlie Weis has talked him into staying in school, but that's just a guess. We'll find out soon enough.

DT Dre Moore ~ Maryland -- Some "insiders" claimed Moore and Terps' offensive tackle Jared Gaither were both set to leave early, but neither has officially announced their intentions.

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University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan is still undecided about jumping to the N.F.L. early.

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University of Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm will return to school for his senior season.

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Ohio State wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. is the leaving Buckeyes for the N.F.L.

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Elon University All-American linebacker (DI-AA) Chad Nkang named team MVP at the Hula Bowl.

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University Hawaii defensive ends Ikaika Alama-Francis and Melila Purcell both left yesterday's Hula Bowl at Aloha Stadium with injuries. Alama-Francis may have torn his right pectoral muscle, which may or may not require surgery. Purcell sustained a knee injury (left knee\MCL).

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DD.com Site News: Check our recently completed list of the top N.F.L. Restricted and Unrestricted Free Agents.

DD.com Comment: While the list may not be perfect in terms of player rankings (opinions are subjective and vary from person to person), we think it is a perfect free agent debate starter on N.F.L. message boards. Per our logs, we can see the list above started excellent free agent talk on high traffic message boards of several N.F.L. teams, including the Jets, Giants, Chiefs and Dolphins. We sincerely thank all our DD.com readers that linked us on those quality sites.

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Louisiana State University All-American defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey told ESPN.com Sunday night that he will stay for his senior year and not enter the N.F.L. Draft.

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Our friends over at Packerschatters.com have some excellent draft chats coming up. Check out the schedule.

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The Hula Bowl is set to kickoff in a few minutes (8:30 PM EST) on ESPN and here are the official rosters in PDF Format.

DD.com Comment: Go to our All-Star Game rosters page for a "non-PDF" Hula Bowl roster link.

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Jason Kelly: Notre Dame running back Darius Walker made the right move -- leaving for the N.F.L.

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In-depth look at University of Florida quarterback Chris Leak, who hopes to impress N.F.L. scouts at the Senior Bowl.

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Closer look at the draft chances of 11 Crimson Tide seniors, including linebacker Juwan Simpson.

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University of Louisville junior quarterback Brian Brohm is expected to make an announcement on his future plans at a Monday morning news conference.

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Louisiana State University defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey is still weighing his draft options.

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University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan still weighing his draft options after receiving a second round projection from N.F.L. scouts.

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Hawaii Rainbow Warriors mingle with Fresno State Bulldogs at the Hula Bowl.

DD.com Comment: The Hula Bowl will played tonight on ESPN. Check ESPN's listings for the game time in your area.

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A strong and deep class of wide receivers in the upcoming draft should be a good thing for the Minnesota Vikings.

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University of Florida junior linebacker Brandon Siler has decided to enter the N.F.L. Draft.

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All-A.C.C junior linebacker Jon Abbate has signed with an agent and will enter the N.F.L. Draft.

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DD.com E-Mail (Terry):

Virginia Tech fullback Jesse Allen is the nastiest lead blocker I've seen out there. In fact, watch the Miami and North Carolina games and you'll see he never missed an assignment. He even pancaked former University of Virginia linebacker Ahmad Brooks twice (once on goal line) in 2005. Also, Allen is stronger and faster than people know. I'll try to send documentation showing Allen at 4.56/40, 395 pound Power Clean (VT all time record), 440 Bench, 580 Squat, 360 Push Press.

DD.com Comment: Allen is an excellent prospect. Fits the mold of the Dan Krieder type lead blocker N.F.L. teams like. We know Allen got serious consideration for the Senior Bowl and will play in the East-West Game, so N.F.L. scouts must see something. Terry we welcome all info on the players, but must warn that the only workout numbers that really matter are the numbers recorded by N.F.L. scouts. Hopefully, for Jesse's sake, he'll duplicate those outstanding workout numbers for scouts. If he does, he has a chance to be drafted.

Thanks for the E-Mail Terry. Sorry we had to edit it down a bit due limited blog space. Terry, please send us a return address so we can respond to you directly. Again, thanks for the input.

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Big brother Jeff Brohm stays on as a Louisville assistant; hopes to coach younger brother Brian Brohm next season.

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Florida All-American safety Reggie Nelson and defensive end Jarvis Moss confirmed Saturday they will leave school early and enter the N.F.L. Draft.

DD.com Comment: It was widely reported yesterday (1/12) that Florida Gators cornerback Ryan Smith would leave early. The link above says he's currently undecided.

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The Daily Californian: Marshawn Lynch’s early jump to the N.F.L. makes sense from all perspectives.

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DD.com Reminder: The Inta Juice North-South All-Star Classic will be played today (1/13) in Houston, Texas. The game will be televised on ESPN 2 (12:00 noon EST).

List of players currently committed to playing in the Inta Juice North-South All Star Classic.

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Closer look at the draft chances of Notre Dame running back Darius Walker.

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Maryland's starting middle linebacker Wesley Jefferson will forgo his final season of eligibility to pursue a career in law enforcement, head coach Ralph Friedgen said yesterday.

DD.com Comments: No news on whether any of the Terps' top junior prospects will enter the draft....Also, the Terps lost starting guard Donnie Woods, who has decided to forgo his final season of eligibility to join the military.

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Ten stars from the Mountain West Conference have been invited to the N.F.L. Combine:

S John Wendling ~ Wyoming

OT Chase Johnson ~ Wyoming

DT Paul Soliai ~ Utah

CB Eric Weddle ~ Utah

OT Herbert Taylor ~ T.C.U.

S Marvin White ~ T.C.U.

LB Quincy Black ~ New Mexico

QB John Beck ~ Brigham Young

TE Jonny Harline ~ Brigham Young

TE Daniel Coats ~ Brigham Young

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Ohio State wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. has yet to decide whether he'll turn pro or return to school for his senior season.

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The Denver Broncos have assigned former Outland Trophy and Rimington Award winner Greg Eslinger to N.F.L. Europa, formerly known as the N.F.L. Europe League.

DD.com Comment: Not a bad thing at all for Eslinger, who missed the 2006 season due to injuries, as the Broncos have had tremendous success developing offensive lineman in Europe.

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DD.com E-Mail: Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn has backed out of the Senior Bowl and Chris Leak of the University of Florida will take his place. Just so you know...not sure when that will be made public.

DD.com Comment: We know the person that E-Mailed us is respected in the football world, so this could be true. We believe it is true, as Chris Leak has, in fact, recently been invited to the Senior Bowl. We thank the E-Mailer for the info.

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University of Louisiana Monroe senior free safety Kevin Payne has received an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

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S.D.S.U. defensive end Antwan Applewhite declares for the N.F.L. Draft.

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ESPN is reporting University of Florida junior defensive end Jarvis Moss will enter the N.F.L. Draft.

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Penn State linebacker Dan Connor will return for his senior season, according to a release issued Friday by the university.

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Florida Gators cornerback Ryan Smith has decided to enter the N.F.L. Draft.

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The Florida Gators received some good news -- junior receiver Andre Caldwell plans to return for his senior season to help Florida defend its national championship. Caldwell got a 3rd round projection from N.F.L. scouts.

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Kentucky wide receiver Keenan Burton said Friday he will return to the Wildcats for his senior season.

DD.com Comment: Good move by Burton, as he probably wasn't a Day 1 lock. Also, another season at Kentucky with Andre Woodson thowing the ball and Dicky Lyons Jr. at the other wide receiver spot can only help Burton's draft stock.

By the way, we haven't updated our Junior Watch List in a while, but will be forced to after the juniors declare. Some positions (i.e wide receiver, running back and defensive end) are going to be really by weakend by early defections, so the seniors-to-be that will rise near the top of those list's won't be big name prospects.

Finally, for selfish purposes, we hope at least a few top ranked stars stay in school, so we don't have change all the photos on the page!

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Atlantic Coast Conference sends 15 prospects to the Senior Bowl.

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The Hamilton Ticats of the C.F.L. show interest in Georgia Tech quarterback Reggie Ball.

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Quick look at North Dakota State free safety Craig Dahl, who is one the few small-schoolers invited to the Inta-Juice Classic.

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High draft stock raised Univeristy of Nebraskas Zackary Bowman's N.F.L. interest, but the injured cornerback decided to stay in school anyway.

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Four University of Nebraska players have been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine: Linebacker Stewart Bradley, quarterback Zac Taylor and defensive ends Adam Carriker and Jay Moore.

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Closer look at Louisiana State University junior quarterback Jamarcus Russell, who entered the upcoming N.F.L. Draft.

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Arkansas wide receiver Marcus Monk has decided to remain with the Razorbacks for his senior season, according to a published report.

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Detroit writer says the Lions should consider drafting Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

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Georgia Tech linebacker Philip Wheeler announced that he will return to school for his senior season instead of entering the N.F.L. Draft. Wheeler was handed a third round projection by N.F.L. scouts.

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Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson is still undecided whether to return for his senior season or declare himself eligible for the N.F.L. Draft.

DD.com Comment: When you consider that in early 2004 there was talk of Peterson jumping straight to the N.F.L. from high school (pending the Clarett case), it's almost amazing to think he may return for his senior season at Oklahoma. But, as we've been noting in this blog for the last few months, his injury history does concern some N.F.L. scouts, so he "might" stay in school.

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University of Illinois senior offensive lineman Matt Maddox has been selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

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Louisiana State University defensive back Daniel Francis has been invited to the East-West Shrine Game.

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After considering early entry into the N.F.L. Draft, University of Texas junior wide receiver Limas Sweed, a first-team All-Big 12 selection, has announced he will return to UT for his senior season.

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We have received word that Kansas State University nose tackle Quintin Echols has been invited to the East-West Shrine Game. He also has been invited to the N.F.L. Combine.

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Southern Cal linebacker Keith Rivers announced today that he would return to school for his final season of eligibility.

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Offensive guard Shannon Tevaga, who has started 31 straight games at U.C.L.A., has decided to stay in school and play his senior season for the Bruins.

Speedy wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez, a deep threat and the second-leading receiver for Ohio State, will skip his senior season and enter the N.F.L. Draft.

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Arizona’s all-conference cornerback Antoine Cason announced Thursday that he will return for his senior season rather than enter the N.F.L. Draft.

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Junior tight end Martin Rucker will return to Missouri for his senior season.

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Notre Dame tailback Darius Walker, on pace to become Notre Dame's career rushing leader, will enter the N.F.L. Draft and skip his senior season.

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In-depth look at the draft chances of Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn.

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Closer look at U.N.L.V. safety/N.F.L. prospect Jay Staggs.

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AzWidcatOnline: University of Arizona running back Chris Henry would be a fool if he leaves now.

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Alabama cornerback Ramzee Robinson and other prospects hope to impress scouts at the Hula Bowl.

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University of Wisconsin offensive tackle Joe Thomas has been invited to the Senior Bowl.

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Former University of Florida cornerback Avery Atkins may be trying to rejoin the national champion Gators football team.

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All-American cornerback Dwight Lowery will return for his senior season of football at San Jose State.

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Ohio State wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. says foot sprain not serious, but it may keep him from running for N.F.L. scouts.

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Oklahoma junior running back Adrian Peterson will skip his final year of eligibility and enter the N.F.L. Draft, according to two sources close to the situation.

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Arizona junior cornerback Antoine Cason will announce his decision Thursday regarding whether to enter the N.F.L. Draft.

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Jeff Jeffers from WNDU out of South Bend reported tonight that Notre Dame junior running back Darius Walker will very likely test the NFL waters, and enter April’s draft.

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Louisiana State University junior quarterback JaMarcus Russell and Southern California wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett have officially entered the N.F.L. Draft.

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University of Kentucky tailback Rafael Little will return for his senior season, the school announced Wednesday.

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Three Hampton Univerity Pirates -- cornerback Travarous Bain, tailback Alonzo Coleman and linebacker Justin Durant -- will play in the East-West Shrine All-Star Game.

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Closer look at University of Florida center Steve Rissler, who will play in the Hula Bowl.

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Arkansas State senior fullback Oren O'Neal, who has been attracting significant interest from N.F.L. scouts, has been chosen to play in the Inta Juice North-South All-Star Classic.

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The Big East Conference, which went 5-0 in bowl games this season, will be represented in the Senior Bowl by 10 players.

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The Press-Register (Mobile) is reporting Nebraska outside linebacker Stewart Bradley has accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.

DD.com Comment: We reported yesterday that a Nebraska newspaper wrote Bradley -- a former high school quarterback and kick returner -- was heading to the East-West Shrine game, which surprised us because we always considered the underrated Cornhusker Senior Bowl material. He's 6' 4", 250 pounds and moves real well for his size. Bradley looks and plays a lot like veteran N.F.L. linebacker Peter Sirmon (Tennessee).

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Surgery to stabilize the neck of Cincinnati Bengals linebacker David Pollack yields a surprisingly optimistic prognosis.

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Ohio State wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr hopes his spained left foot will not hobble his N.F.L. future.

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Players like Nate Ilaoa and Jared Zabransky have another shot to show off their skills prior to the N.F.L. Draft at the Hula Bowl.

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Closer look at the draft needs of the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Florida Gators coaches think athletic freshman quarterback Tim Tebow will fit nicely into the spread offense. Also, word out of Gainesville is dynamic Clemson running back C.J. Spiller is considering transferring to Florida.

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Louisiana State University junior quarterback JaMarcus Russell is expected to declare himself eligible for the N.F.L. Draft at a press conference today at 4 p.m. in the athletic department administration building.

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The Buffalo Bills should look to Rutgers fullback Brian Leonard for more weaponry.

DD.com Comment: While we are on the topic of Brian Leonard, we'd just like to add the most downloaded photo at DD.com is, by far, this 2005 photo of Brian Leonard in action. We'd guess it's hit up to 500 times a month (via our Big East preview page and search engines) and that number should shoot up as the draft nears.

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Nebraska running back Brandon Jackson is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Southern California wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett has selected an agent and will announce that he is entering the N.F.L. Draft at a 2 p.m. news conference on Wednesday, two sources close to the situation said Tuesday night.

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Ohio State wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez's paperwork from the N.F.L. concerning his draft status came back as good as can be expected - first round or early second - meaning he now has a difficult decision to make.

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Clemson junior cornerback C.J. Gaddis, who got a forth round projection from the N.F.L., will skip his senior season and enter the draft according to multiple media reports Tuesday night.

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A lot of great draft info from the folks at Yahoo! Sports, including a list of declared juniors that features a pair of talented A.C.C. defenders that the media hasn't mentioned, yet!

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The University of Central Arkansas had two players -- Jacob Ford and Aaron Fairooz -- receive invitations to the N.F.L. Scouting Combine.

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Oklahoma State sophomore running back Mike Hamilton is transferring to Division I-AA Georgia Southern after losing his starting job during the season.

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This is our first "watchlist" for the top small school juniors -- Defense:

DE Kendal Langford ~ Hampton

DE Ronald Talley ~ Delaware

DE Marcus Dixon ~ Hampton

DE Mike Boyd ~ Texas Southern

DE Brian Johnston ~ Gardner-Webb

DE James Amos ~ Cal-Davis

DT Bruno Dorismond ~ Maine

DT Ken Sussman ~ Hofstra

DT Corey Clark ~ Jackson State

LB Gian Villante ~ Hofstra

LB Andrew Jones ~ Furman

LB Sherman Logan ~ Richmond (DE)

LB Eric Bakhtiari ~ San Diego (DE)

LB Vincent Lands ~ Southern University

LB Michael Eubanks ~ Delaware State

LB Kory Gedin ~ Pennsylvania

LB Vernon Wilder ~ Florida A&M

LB Travis Carpenter ~ Abilene Christian

LB Tyler Joyce ~ Montana

S Tony LeZotte ~ James Madison

S Jarmaul George ~ Southern University

S Corey Lynch ~ Appalachian State

S Marion Rumph ~ Western Kentucky

S Jean-Pierre Marshall ~ Mississippi Valley State

S Chris Parsons ~ Northern Iowa

S Brent Webber ~ Sacramento State

DB Bobby Williams ~ Bethune-Cookman

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie ~ Tennessee State

CB Blake Farris ~ Northern Alabama

CB Quintez Smith ~ Tennessee at Chattanooga

DD.com Comment: This is a list we've had stored away for a couple weeks and we finally decided to fit it in. We posted our list of top junior small school offensive players on December 31st (check our blog archives). The prospects above are very loosely ranked.

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USA Today's Mike LoPresti: Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith showed his stuff, but not with his numbers.

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Both the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Florida Gators focus on the future, while waiting to see which key juniors leave for the N.F.L. or stay.

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Southern Cal wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett, who must decide whether he will make himself available for the N.F.L. Draft, is interviewing potential agents in New Jersey, a source said.

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Las Vegas odds-makers have installed the Southern Cal Trojans as the favorites to win the next BCS Championship game.

DD.com Comment: If we were betting types, we "might" put down $10 dollars on the Wisconsin Badgers. They lost only one game during the 2006 season and have a lot of returning talent. They need to break in a new quarterback, which will be huge, but the 100/1 odds are tempting....The Tennesse Volunteers, with Erik Ainge returning, at 99/1 would also be tempting, even though all their receivers are leaving.

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Louisville running back Michael Bush had been leaning toward entering the N.F.L Draft in recent weeks, but Bobby Petrino’s exit helped seal the deal.

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Like Todd Heap before him, Arizona State All-America tight end Zach Miller is skipping his senior season for an early start on his N.F.L. career.

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Finally, the All-Star game invites for the Nebraska Cornhuskers are in! The Journal Star in Lincoln reports:

Defensive ends Jay Moore and Adam Carriker will participate in the Senior Bowl.....Stewart Bradley (strongside linebacker), Zac Taylor (quarterback) and Matt Herian (tight end) will play in the East-West Shrine Game.

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University of Florida defensive end Derrick Harvey, who is actually a redshirt sophomore, is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

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University of South Carolina middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley said he plans to return to school to take care of unfinished business.

DD.com Comment: Great news for U.S.C. fans as Jasper was a true impact player on that defense in 2006. A second season of experience in the SEC should definitely help him raise his draft stock. By the way, Jasper's twin brother, Casper, was pretty good at defensive end for the Gamecocks, too.

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Ohio State wide receiver/return specialist Ted Ginn Jr., who returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown in last night's title game, sprained his left foot when teammates jumped on him in celebration.

DD.com Comment: The injury doesn't seem to be serious, so that's very good news for Ginn, who may've played his last game for the Buckeyes. It's been widely reported for months that Ginn Jr. has been leaning towards foregoing his senior season at Ohio State so he could enter the N.F.L. Draft.

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Louisville running back Michael Bush will announce Tuesday he plans to declare for the N.F.L. Draft.

DD.com Comment: When Bush -- who was recruited as a quarterback -- was healthy, he was a great power tailback for the Cardinals. But considering he's still not fully recovered from a major leg injury he sustained in September and was never known as a speed demon to begin with, this is a major risk. That said, we simply can't blame any athlete that just wants to move forward after four full years in college.

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Another look at Michigan defensive tackle Alan Branch who is entering the N.F.L. Draft.

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Our friend J.P. from Maximum Draft takes a look at all the quarterbacks drafted in the first round since April of 1990 and tries figure out if drafting a quarterback in round 1 is a good or bad idea?

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We were recently asked how the N.F.L.'s Draft Advisory Committee works for underclassmen looking to gauge their potential draft status from N.F.L. scouts.

Here are some answers, from an official source, hi-lighted in green and red.

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University of Pittsburgh cornerback Darrelle Revis -- regarded as one of the nation's premier players at his position -- is leaving school early to enter the N.F.L. Draft.

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University of Kentucky wide receiver Keenan Burton is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

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University of Louisville junior wide receiver Harry Douglas will "not" enter the N.F.L. Draft.

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Michigan defensive tackle Alan Branch says he received a solid first round projection from the N.F.L.

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Look at a pair of Arkansas stars that declared for the draft yesterday. Also, Razorbacks redshirt sophomore Marcus Monk is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Michigan defensive tackle Alan Branch will announce today that he is entering the N.F.L. Draft.

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Georgia Tech All-America wide receiver Calvin Johnson is foregoing his senior season and will enter the N.F.L. Draft. Johnson made the announcement at a noon news conference today at Georgia Tech.

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As we mentioned last week, Clemson defensive back C.J. Gaddis is considering forgoing his senior year with the Tigers for the N.F.L.

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You can't ignore Ohio State junior tailback Antonio Pittman contributions, as he's posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.

DD.com Comment: Word out of Columbus is Pittman was "pleasantly surprised" with the draft projection he got from the N.F.L.'s Draft Advisory Panel. Can't say for sure what will happen this week, but don't be surprised if he does, in fact, declare for the draft. Even if Pittman does leave early, O.S.U. should be fine at tailback next season with Chris Wells leading the way.

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ESPN has reported Louisiana State University quarterback JaMarcus Russell will leave school early for the N.F.L. Draft, but his family says he hasn't made up his mind yet.

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Junior linebacker Jon Beason has announced that he will enter the N.F.L. Draft and forego his final year at Miami.

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University of South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier confirmed Sunday afternoon that redshirt sophomore Sidney Rice is leaving school early to enter the N.F.L. Draft.

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University of Arkansas junior defensive end Jamaal Anderson is leaving school early to enter the N.F.L. Draft.

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University of Arkansas junior cornerback Chris Houston is leaving school early to enter the N.F.L. Draft.

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University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan said he is at "50-50" on whether to apply for the N.F.L. Draft or return to UH for his senior season.

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Whether the Minnesota Vikings get the player they need in the NFL draft could depend on which talented juniors decide to leave college early.

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Louisiana State quarterback JaMarcus Russell will skip his senior season and enter the N.F.L. Draft.

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In-depth look at Ohio State center/N.F.L. prospect Doug Datish.

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The Dallas News is reporting former University of Texas running back Ramonce Taylor will declare for the N.F.L. Draft.

DD.com Comment: If you don't see the article above right away, scroll down about 12 inches and it should appear.

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Current N.F.L. Draft Order

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Mel Kiper: Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn's draft status is solid.

DD.com Comment: We agree with Mel. While some in the media said and wrote the Sugar Bowl was a match up between Brady Quinn and L.S.U's Jamarcus Russell, here is the reality: Quinn faced L.S.U.'s elite defense; while Russell faced Notre Dame's mediocre defense. Now, you can't take credit away from Russell, he had a great game. But comparing Quinn's and Russell's performance in that specific game is tantamount to comparing "apples and oranges" and not fair to either player.

The way things stand now, we think Russell will probably declare and be the number one overall pick of the Oakland Raiders. Jamarcus has very solid N.F.L. skills (worthy of top 5 consideration) and, as Mel mentioned in the link above, his talents probably better fit what Al Davis' current Raiders squad is looking for.

Also, as Woody Paige alluded to on ESPN's Around The Horn, Raiders owner Al Davis will tell anyone who will listen how much he's done to help further the cause of African-American athletes and coaches. While that may be true, Woody forgot to mention the fact that Davis is almost 80 years old and has never had a prominent African-American quarterback lead his team in almost 50 years as an owner/coach. Don't think the Bay Area and National media will let Davis forget this, as the draft process plays out.

If Russell does go to Oakland number one overall, no one will be happier than Brady Quinn, who clearly wants to play for the team he rooted for growing up -- Cleveland. With a solid showing at the Senior Bowl, Quinn will still project as a top 5 pick. His talent shouldn't be discounted due to one poor game.

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Though he's listed at only 6-feet tall, Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith has N.F.L. potential.

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University of New Hampshire wide receiver David Ball signs with a well known player agent -- with ties to future N.F.L. Hall of Famer Jerry Rice -- as he gets ready for the draft process.

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Quick update on Ohio State linebacker Mike D'Andrea, who was considered a top N.F.L. prospect until injuries ravaged his college career.

A closer look at Ohio State quarterback Justin Zwick's chances of making it in the N.F.L.

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Kentucky Coach Rich Brooks said juniors Keenan Burton and Rafael Little are still evaluating whether to enter the N.F.L. Draft or return to UK for their senior seasons.

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Boise State senior quarterback Jared Zabransky, who believes he's one of the top 5 quarterbacks in the draft, will not attend classes in the spring semester as he pursues a professional football career.

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Ohio State running back Maurice Wells might transfer.

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21 year old British defensive tackle Lorn Mayers -- who broke into N.F.L. Europe as a teen and spent some time with the Oakland Raiders -- was shot on the dance floor in England. Mayers was considered the best N.F.L. prospect in Europe, by far. He also made history as the youngest player ever signed by an N.F.L. team.

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last updated: 01/05/07
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Breaking News: On the the same day the organizers of the Las Vegas All-American released their game rosters, they also announced the all star game has been canceled.

DD.com Comment: We'd assume the rosters are pretty much set for the Inta Juice Classic and the Hula Bowl (similar all-star games), but the players left out in the cold by the cancelation of the Las Vegas Classic may have a chance to land a spot in the brand new Texas vs. The Nation Game.

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An updated version of the Hula Bowl rosters .

DD.com Comment: Scroll down to the middle of the page in the link above for the Hula Bowl rosters.

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Quick look at the top senior prospects from the University of Washington.

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A closer look at Universtiy of Florida senior quarterback Chris Leak.

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The Florida Gators are getting along fine without suspended defensive tackle Marcus Thomas.

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Stephen Tsai of The Honoluluadvertiser reports six University of Hawaii Warriors (a school-record) have received an invitation to the N.F.L. Combine:

C Samson Satele

LT Tala Esera

RT Dane Uperesa

RB Nate Ilaoa

DE Ikaika Alama-Francis

FS Leonard Peters

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Hawaii defensive end Ikaika Alama-Francis has accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

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Vanderbilt junior linebacker Jonathan Goff will return for his redshirt senior season.

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Texas defensive tackle Frank Okam announced Friday that he will not enter the NFL draft and instead return to the Longhorns for his senior season.

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The Times-Dispatch reports the Hampton University Pirates (I-AA) will have a school-record five players at the N.F.L. Combine:

RB Alonzo Coleman

LB Justin Durant

WR Onrea Jones

WR Marquay McDaniel

DB Travarous Bain

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Louisiana State quarterback Jamarcus Russell facing decision about N.F.L. after strong Sugar Bowl.

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Sources have confirmed University of Tennessee Junior wide receiver Robert Meachem has decided to enter the N.F.L. Draft.

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University of Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt turns focus to keeping key juniors from leaving for the N.F.L.

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Junior wide receiver Andre Caldwell said Thursday he's received his paperwork back from the NFL and has already made a decision about his future. He said he's not ready to go public with his decision.

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Junior left tackle Barry Richardson has decided to remain at Clemson; it looks like Tigers junior cornerback/safety/outfielder C.J. Gaddis will jump to the N.F.L. early.

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Closer look at Florida A&M wide receiver Roosevelt Kiser, who hopes to get drafted.

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Jacksonvuille Jaguars vice president of player personnel James "Shack" Harris -- a former N.F.L. Pro Bowl quarterback who makes all the key roster decisions for the franchise -- talks about the draft and free agency.

TV analyst Don Davie says Charlie Weis' mystique is fading at Notre Dame.

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last updated: 01/04/07
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All signs point to Michigan defensive tackle Alan Branch leaving early for the N.F.L.

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Volunteer TV Sports Overtime sources have confirmed University of Tennessee Junior wide receiver Robert Meachem has decided to enter the N.F.L. Draft.

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Thanks to a DD.com E-Mailer (Ryan) we finally tracked down an updated version of the Hula Bowl rosters .

DD.com Comment: Scroll down to the middle of the page in the link above for the Hula Bowl rosters.

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Florida A&M offensive tackle Dan Parrish invited to Texas vs. The Nation all-star game.

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Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith hopes to prove his critics wrong during the upcoming draft process.

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University of Texas defensive end Brian Robison, the Big 12's defending outdoor champion in the shot put and the discus, said he plans to skip track this spring to concentrate on the N.F.L. Draft.

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So does running back Marshawn Lynch, the Oakland kid who made good at Cal-Berekley, want to be an Oakland Raider?

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Eccentric, but very talented, Ohio State junior wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez says college athletes are financially exploited, before explaining money won't be a factor if he decides to jump to the N.F.L. early.

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DD.com Site News: We recently updated our list (deleted some key players signed to extensions) of potential unrestricted and restricted free agents for all 32 teams.

DD.com Comment: Just click on any team, then press "free agents" to read that teams' free agent list....Also, we have not, yet, updated our Team Needs section, but plan to do that very soon.

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At 6'2" and 270 pounds, University of Georgia defensive end Charles Johnson is a flat out pass rushing menace. Hand-timed at 4.6 as a prep running back (30 pounds lighter), Johnson is explosive and aggressive, displaying excellent hand play to get upfield. He has made game changing plays against quality opposition and the league has noticed. Only 20 years old, he is an elite athlete, with low mileage, who will only get better as the years progress.

Some have suggested that the extra attention fellow Bulldogs defensive end Quentin Moses received from opponents really helped Johnson stand out last season. This was probably true for the first few games in 2006. But by the end of the season, it was Johnson who was attracting the extra blockers, not Moses.

We can sit here and talk about all the other great defensive ends in the draft, all the reasons why Bulldogs fans and coaches wanted him to return to school, how he's only really started for a year, et cetera. But the bottom line here is that the N.F.L. has a great demand for impact pass rushers, and Charles Johnson is an impact pass rusher from a conference and a school that produces bonafide N.F.L. players.

Many "insiders" told Quentin Moses last year he had to come back to improve his stock. However, after seeing Moses' stock, perhaps, fall this season, and his own rise, Johnson might be smart to "carpe diem." Johnson said previously he would only declare if given a first round projection by the advisory committee, and from where we are sitting, he couldn't have gotten anything too much lower than that.

At the next level he could slim down a bit and be a stand up 3-4 OLB rusher, but more likely he will bulk up a couple pounds to become an oversized 4-3 defensive end (in the mold of Julius Peppers or Michael Strahan). He is not a gap plugging 3-4 defensive end as some have speculated. We'd guess he'll be picked in the latter part of round one or early in the second round, pending workouts. He could go even higher if he runs well. And, don't be surprised if runs as fast, or even faster than Moses (4.7ish).

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last updated: 01/03/07
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Seven players who just completed their University of Hawaii football careers will play in the Hula Bowl.

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Complete East-West Shrine Game Player Rosters in PDF Format.

DD.com Comment: We realize some of the players listed on the East-West Shrine Game rosters have been invited to the Senior Bowl or the Hula Bowl. But we simply can't assume these players will not play in two all-star games, so we just list the info we have on our all-star rosters page, until things change.

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Notre Dame wide receiver Jeff Samardzija hopes to play pro baseball and pro football.

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University of Georgia junior cornerback Paul Oliver will "not" forego his final season of eligibility and jump to the N.F.L.

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Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson is being told by those closest to him to stay in school and finish his education.

DD.com Comment: We (DD.com editors) have talked about this a lot in recent weeks and we agreed this "could be" the D'Brickashaw Ferguson story all over again. Back in early 2005 we wrote Ferguson -- then an All-American junior left tackle at Virginia -- would not leave school early for the N.F.L. (99.9 percent of the media thought he would leave) because we knew he never cared much about pro football growing up in New York and just loved being in school -- hanging out with friends, taking classes.

We've linked dozens of stories regarding Johnson in this blog since he was a freshman star and have always known he came from a background were academics were stressed real hard. But, for whatever reason, the mainstream media that widely refers to Johnson as the "anti-Terrell Owens", just assumes Calvin is a young man bidding his time in silly courses, waiting to leave school early, because fans on football message boards want him to. Looks like it might not happen.

If Calvin does stay in school, it would be a tremendous career boost for his good friend Taylor Bennett, a rifle-armed quarterback, who could have a monster junior season throwing the ball to the best player in college football.

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Detroit beat writer insists the Lions will not draft a wide receiver or quarterback in round one.

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Closer look at Nevada-Reno star Jeff Rowe, who we think is the best senior quarterback "not" invited to the Senior Bowl.

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Tonight's Sugar Bowl is expected by many to be junior quarterback JaMarcus Russell's last game for L.S.U.

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University of Louisville junior quarterback Brian Brohm is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Less than two months after he publicly declared his intent to remain at Clemson for his senior season, tackle Barry Richardson is now seriously considering skipping it and entering April's NFL Draft.

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University of Houston quarterback Kevin Kolb, who is rated as a second-round pick by most scouts, hopes to sneak into round one.

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A coin flip will decide the Tampa Bay Buccaneers draft position.

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Waterloo Warriors' offensive tackle Chris Best, a Duke transfer, looks forward to playing in the East-West Shrine game.

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Promising Houston Texans rookie left tackle Charles Spencer might have sustained a career ending injury in early September.

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Georgia Bulldogs running back Danny Ware explains why he decided to leave early for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Currently injured Louisville running back Michael Bush is said to be leaning towards entering the N.F.L. Draft.

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Cal-Berkeley running back Marshawn Lynch announced Tuesday that he has declared himself eligible for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Check out our most recently updated All-Star Game Rosters.

DD.com Comment: These are, obviously, partial rosters for the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine game -- confirmed invites. When we get more names we will add them to the list immediately, so check back for updates from time to time.

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last updated: 01/02/07
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Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis doesn't expect suspended linebacker Odell Thurman back.

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The Arkansas News Bureau is reporting University of Arkansas junior fullback Peyton Hillis is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft. The paper writes Hillis could find out that the N.F.L. is not gung-ho for fullbacks in the early rounds, if he does decide to leave.

DD.com Comment: N.F.L. teams do not put a high priority on fullbacks on draft day, but Hillis has special talents. I mean, when is the last time you saw a "fullback" average about 12 yards per punt return over a span of two seasons?

In the summer of 2005 Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt told the media Hillis would be in for a lot work as a halfback/fullback/H-Back. That summer he also stated Hillis' skills (size, speed, power) compared favorably to those of former Auburn star Ronnie Brown, who was the 2nd overall pick in 2005 N.F.L. Draft. While Hillis did have an all-around productive sophomore season in 2005, he was almost a total non-factor (except as a blocker) as a junior due to injuries and a lack of touches, when he was healthy.

Even though his overall skills could interest N.F.L. teams desperate for a quality fullback, we can't see how leaving after an injury plagued junior season will help his draft stock. Some Razorback fans we have talked to suggest Hillis "might" consider going elsewhere in college football (maybe even DI-AA) for his final season, so he can showcase his all around skills in full. If he does transfer from Arkansas (or leave for the N.F.L.), Razorback fans certainly can't complain, as he always played hard. He's a prime time athlete, used like a walk-on at times, so how can anyone begrudge him for wanting to show off his full compliment of skills to his future employers?

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University of Tennessee wide receiver Robert Meachem is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

DD.com Quotebook:

The initial grade from the NFL draft advisory board on where Robert Meachem projects in the draft was late first round to early second round. He has said that he would be back if he gets a second-round grade.

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Cal-Davis quarterback Jon Grant has been invited to the Las Vegas All-American Classic.

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Cal-Davis wide receiver Tony Kays has been invited to the Las Vegas All-American Classic.

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Cal-Davis defensive back Jonathan Barsi has been invited to the Las Vegas All-American Classic.

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Southern Cal wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett is weighing his options on declaring for the N.F.L. Draft.

N.F.C. scout: "[Jarrett] will fit a West Coast offense that look for those guys who can create separation underneath. And he can stretch the field vertically even though he's not a blazer."

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University of Georgia juniors Charles Johnson and Danny Ware are leaving for the N.F.L.

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Tennessee defensive tackle Justin Harrell was among 25 players selected to the All-Mayday Team, which was announced by ESPN analyst Mark May.

The All-Mayday Team is a squad comprised of college football's "Toughest of the Tough" and includes each position on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

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As expected, University of Miami tight end Greg Olson has declared for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Will the Oakland Raiders select Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn first overall?

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All-America duo -- LaRon Landry and Glenn Dorsey -- will lead the L.S.U. Tigers defense against Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl.

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Closer look at Georgia Tech defensive tackle Joe Anoi, who grew up around famous pro wrestlers.

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The Minnesota Vikings must, once again, address the wide receiver position early in the N.F.L. Draft or in free agency.

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In-depth look at Florida senior defensive lineman Ray McDonald.

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New Hampshire wide receiver David Ball, who is set to play in East-West Shrine game, has been invited to the N.F.L. Combine.

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