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last updated: 03/31/07
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The Sports Xchange: Five Pro Day Risers .

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Chicago Bears GM: Long-term deal for linebacker Lance Briggs is unlikely.

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Draft Daddy is pleased to announce an appearance on ESPN Radio 1250 AM Pittsburgh at approximately 11:40am Sunday April 1.

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In depth look at speedy Kentucky tight end/future prospect Jacob Tamme, who impressed at Junior Day.

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Closer look at University of Indiana cornerback/future prospect Tracy Porter.

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Real N.F.L. scouts break down the draft prosects of 15 former Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.

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Former New Hampshire stars David Ball and Corey Graham had another chance to shine at the school's second Pro Day.

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Raiders Insider: Jamarcus Russell or Brady Quinn? Coach weighs draft options.

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Speedy wide receiver Kevin Curtis is happy to be with the Philadelphia Eagles.

last updated: 03/30/07
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Virginia's leading receiver last year, Kevin Ogletree, might miss the upcoming season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.

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Former Cal-Poly linebacker Kyle Shotwell, who was voted the top defender in 1-AA football in 2006 and played great at the East-West Shrine game, has finally recovered from an emergency appendectomy in February and ran for scouts at San Luis Obispo this week.

He checked in at 6001 and 225 pounds (he weighed 231 at the Shrine Game). He had a 35.5" Vertical, 10'1" Broad Jump, and did 23 bench reps. He had a 4.42 short shuttle, 6.94 3-cone, and ran only one forty due to a tight hamstring (strained two weeks prior). He ran between a 4.52 and 4.62 on various clocks, on grass in their stadium.

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Is former Northwestern cornerback Marquice Cole's stock up after running a 4.35 in the 40 yard dash?

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SI.com: Analyzing every first round from 1995 through 2004.

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The Chargers will listen to trade offers for running back Michael Turner.

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NFL Draft Prospect Q&A: Former Virginia fullback Jason Snelling.

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Irrelevant questions: Former New Hampshire wide receiver David Ball hoping to catch on in N.F.L.

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Purdue wide receiver Selwyn Lymon, who is considered by many as rising Big 10 star, was stabbed in the chest at a nightclub.

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U.S.C.'s linebackers looking as good as advertised this spring.

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Pete Prisco: Former L.S.U. quarterback JaMarcus Russell at No. 20? Crazy, but not that crazy.

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If the Chicago Bears trade Lance Briggs to Washington, look for quarterback Brady Quinn to land in Chicago.

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The Denver Broncos didn’t make an announcement about defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson, but it appears likely the team’s trade to acquire Wilkinson will be voided.

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49ers.com profiles Penn State offensive tackle Levi Brown.

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Scouts from the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers, and Kansas City Chiefs attend Missouri Southern State offensive lineman Allan Barbre's Pro Day workout.

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Pictures from Mississippi State Pro Day. NW Mississippi JC defensive tackle Walter Thomas was also in attendence. This link may be time sensitive, so click fast before it goes premium!

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Are you an N.F.L. team interested in defenisve end Ikaika Alama-Francis? Read the book.

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It's a make or break year for Oakland tackle Robert Gallery; new Raiders offensive line coach Tom Cable plans on installing a scheme that features more zone and cut blocking, in the hopes it will highlight the strengths of his personnel.

More Raiders news, head coach Lane Kiffin compares former L.S.U. quarterback Jamarcus Russell to "a video game."

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Pikeville College defensive tackle Elbert Shumake impresses at Western Kentucky pro day: 6'1" 320 running 5.1 40-yard dash.

DD.comment: Defensive tackles with bulk and quickness are always rare - The planet theory (there are only so many athletic big men on the planet) could apply to this interesting Day 2 nose tackle sleeper.

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last updated: 03/29/07
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ESPN's Mel Kiper has just updated his Top 25 Big Board.

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In-depth look at former University of Connecticut tight end Dan Murray.

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We post Pro Day workout times quite often, but we must warn that Pro Day times can be skewed upward or downward due to several factors, including the rigidity of the running surface, weather conditions and the inaccuracies of recording times with handheld stopwatches. But here is a new one, brought to our attention by Gil Brandt of NFL.com: "The [Brigham Young] workout was outdoors on AstroTurf in good conditions (60 degrees). The 40s were run in two different directions because the field had an incline".

From time to time at DD.com we joke about surprisingly fast players running their 40's on 38 yard tracks or running on a field sloped downward, but we never expected a major college football program would really conduct it's Pro Day 40 yard dashes on a tilted track. To B.Y.U.'s credit, they aren't hiding this from N.F.L. scouts, but we linked some stories from the Cougars' Pro Day last week and none of the major media outlets in Utah mentioned this. Worse yet, most of the papers just posted the best times (running downhill?) and ignored the uphill times.

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Again, be very careful reading into 40 yard dash and other workout times not recorded at the Combine -- where players run on a flat surface and times are recorded electronically. The tilted track angle probably explains why a former B.Y.U. cornerback reportedly ran a 4.2 40 in the spring of 2005 at junior day, but was not drafted or even signed as a free agent in 2006. It might also explain how a 6' 11", 245 pound power forward from the Cougars' hoops team could run a 4.6 flat on grass, wearing tennis shoes.

Here are a sample of the 40 times from B.Y.U.'s Pro Day. We assume the faster times are players running "downhill" and the slower times are players running "uphill":

TE Jonny Harline ran his 40s in 4.64 and 4.91 (Difference .27)

TE Daniel Coats ran his 40s in 4.68 and 4.91 (Difference .23)

LB Cameron Jensen ran his 40s in 4.73 and 4.91 (Difference .18)

OL Eddie Keele ran one 40 downhill in 5.13

OL Jake Kuresa ran his 40s in 5.14 and 5.35. (Difference .21)

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Closer look at Concordia College (NAIA) quarterback/wide receiver/future N.F.L. prospect Ken Johnson.

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Draft Daddy friend Stephen Tsai of the Honolulu Advertiser recaps Hawaii's Pro Day.


DD.comment: The Kansas City Chiefs wanted Ikaika Alama-Francis to workout as a tight end.

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The Washington Redskins downplay talk of drafting L.S.U. quarterback Jamarcus Russell.

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The Daily Breeze: U.S.C.'s Dwayne Jarrett less than impressive at Pro Day.


DD.comments: Jarrett has the look of a second round pick. That's were we were projecting him in mocks back in January and that's where we will keep him for now. Besides the speed issue, insiders at the Combine told us N.F.L. scouts don't like the fact that he's not real physical and believe he may have trouble getting by the more physical corners in the N.F.L. Also, they wonder about his blocking ability.

Now, despite the negatives, he was a tremendous receiver in college and he has some real positives: Is tall at 6' 4" and has the frame to add more muscle at the next level. Also, he has "great" hands and showed he was a tremendous run-after-the-catch receiver at U.S.C. So, while we do see him as a second round pick, it's not out of the question that he could sneak into the first round.

While we are on the topic of U.S.C., we might as well address Dallas Sartz. This is a player we've really liked and felt was underrated. We are frequently asked if Sartz is better suited at safety or linebacker in the N.F.L. We think this is a very easy question to answer. Sartz will have to make it in the N.F.L. as a linebacker, despite his fine speed (4.58) and athletic ability for a big man.

You see, N.F.L. teams absolutely "hate" tall defensive backs (over 6' 3"), because the prevailing feeling is players "cut too high" lack the proper hip swerve and change of direction skills needed in the secondary. In the spring of 2006, former Florida State safety Pat Watkins (who is 6' 5") did everything right during the draft process (played well in all-star games; had great workouts) and still fell to the 5th round. While he did start for Dallas last season (mostly by default), the Cowboys recent signing of Ken Hamlin suggests the organization may not be comfortable with him as a starting free safety. Besides Watkins, you'd have a hard time finding many taller defensive backs on N.F.L. rosters.

So, at 6' 5", Sartz is really too tall to get a serious look at safety. Best thing for him to do would be to add some muscle to his 232 pound frame and stay at outside linebacker. While he'll probably be relegated to special teams and back-up duty early in his pro career, we think he could become an excellent strong-side linebacker down the line, who could potentially blanket taller tight ends in coverage.

Other U.S.C. 40 times:

Linebacker Oscar Lua: 4.85

wide receiver Chris McFoy: 4.67

fullback Ryan Powdrell: 4.90

offensive tackle/long snapper Kyle Williams: 5.43

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Closer look at very athletic, but smallish (weight) former Ohio Northern defensive end Jason Trusnik.

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Dallas News writer Rick Gosselin takes a look at some top prospects from Hampton University.

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Dallas News writer Rick Gosselin looks at former Penn State linebacker Tim Shaw.


DD.comment: Just a gut feeling, but we think Shaw would've made a better running back prospect in the N.F.L. We see him as a slightly bigger and faster version of Rutgers' Brian Leonard, who we currently rank as the third best running back in the draft.

We base this assumption on a few things:

1) Shaw's wildly successful career in high school football and track -- set all sorts of rushing records and was the state of Michigan's 100 meter champion in high school.

2) His body-type better fits what N.F.L. teams are looking for at running back -- he's seems to have very strong legs and is built low-to-the ground. Perfect build for a tailback.

3) His recent workouts showed he's not only fast (4.43 at Pro Day), but has great change of direction and he's very explosive.

He'll do fine at linebacker in the N.F.L., but at only 6' 1" and 235 pounds, we think he'll best fit inside in a 3-4 defense or outside in a 4-3 defense.

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Extremely talented University of Nebraska cornerback Zach Bowman has suffered another major knee injury.

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Rotoworld's Evan Silva profiles some Pro Day Risers and Fallers

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South Dakota running back Stefan Logan had a top notch workout (4.35 40-yard dash, 10'6" jump, 39.5" vert) - teams are looking at the division II star as a return man.

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Interesting new site Mock Draft Report Card attempts to grade mock drafts.

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Preview of Hawaii pro day in Carson, California: Center Samson Satele's agent feels he is a Day One lock, while defensive end Ikaika Alama-Francis looks to impress after recovering from a torn pectoral.

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The folks over at Patriots.com profile the top outside linebackers.

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At Mississippi State pro day, "athlete" Omarr Conner jumped 10'1" and ran 40-yard dash in high 4.5/low 4.6 range.

DD.comment : Most are projecting Conner as a "slash" player on offense but some projecting him to defensive back. Aggressive and versatile day two sleeper.

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Former South Carolina wide receiver Sidney Rice is resigned to being a second round selection after not working out much at his pro day.

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Different perspective on Massachusetts wide receiver Brandon London numbers at pro day: 4.53 40-yard dash, 10'2" jump and 38" vert - if accurate, pretty impressive numbers for a 6'4" player.

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last updated: 03/28/07
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KABC-TV News in Los Angeles video from U.S.C.'s Pro Day.

DD.comment: By the way, the reporter in the Pro Day video (Curt Sandoval) is married to Major League Baseball studio hostess Jeanne Zelasko.

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Nine lesser known wide receivers that have impressed at Pro Day's and have seemingly improved their stock going forward. All workout times we're recorded by NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt:

Brandon London, Massachusetts (6-4 ½, 215), ran the 40 in 4.61 and 4.54 seconds. He also notched a 31-inch vertical, a 9-foot-11 broad jump, a 4.37 short shuttle and a 6.75 three-cone drill.

DD.comment: The times above might've been a bit better, but London ran outside, in 20 degree weather, during a major Northeast snowstorm. His times were, by far, the best recorded that day. This tall receiver, with great hands and outstanding athletic ability, could be a prospect on the rise. Is the son of Houston Texans D-line coach Mike London, which will only help him in his quest to stick in the N.F.L.

Logan Payne, Minnesota (6-1 3/8, 204), ran 4.51 and 4.52 in the 40, had a 39-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot broad jump, a 4.08 short shuttle, an 6.83 cone drill and did 15 reps.

DD.comment: Payne, the star of Minnesota's Pro Day, was one of the best wide outs in the Big 10 Conference in 2006 (59 rec, 804 yards and 9TD's), but, amazingly, he did not receive a Combine or All-Star invite to showcase his skills. Not sure if he'll be drafted, but he possesses enough size, skill and athletic ability to be a solid wide receiver in the N.F.L. Can also return kicks and punts.

Brandon Myles, West Virginia (6-1, 189), ran his 40s in 4.41 and 4.44 seconds. He also recorded a 35 ½-inch vertical, a 10-foot-11 broad, a 4.31 short shuttle and a 6.98 three-cone drill.

DD.comment: It's very rare that a prospect plays in the Senior Bowl, but is not invited to the Indy Combine. For whatever reason, this happened to Myles, who averaged 15.7 yards per catch during his Big East career (76 career rec). Myles has a chance to be drafted in the latter rounds, but will need to bulk up a little and polish his game to thrive at the next level.

Roy Hall, Ohio State, (6-2, 229) ran 4.41 and 4.42 in the 40. He also notched a 37 ½-inch vertical, a 10-foot-3 broad jump, a 4.13 short shuttle, a 6.65 three-cone drill and 19 bench presses.

DD.comment: Career backup for the Buckeyes, who put forth a fancy display at the school's Pro Day. Most productive college season was 2004 when he collected 17 receptions for 230 yards and 1 TD. Played sparingly the last two seasons, however. Despite his lack of playing time at O.S.U., he was invited to the Hula Bowl and fared well during the week in Hawaii. At 6' 2" and almost 230 pounds, he may also project as an H-Back in the N.F.L.

Jemalle Cornelius, Florida (184 pounds), ran both of his 40s in 4.40 seconds, and the short shuttle in 4.40. He also had a 36½-inch vertical jump.

DD.comment: Fairly productive career for the Gators (63 rec for 906 yards in '05 and 06' combined), but was unable to post huge numbers due to all Florida's offensive talent. Is listed at 5-10 and 184 pounds, so he not a real big receiver. Nonetheless, his 40 times show he can add speed to an offense. Very good run after the catch receiver. Is definitely a draftable prospect.

Chad Schroeder, Texas A&M (6-1, 182 pounds), ran 4.49 and 4.51 in the 40-yard dash. He also had a 35-inch vertical jump, 9-foot-4 broad jump, 11 strength lifts, 4.09 in the short shuttle and 6.84 in the three-cone drill.

DD.comment: We thought he'd run a little faster, but his numbers are nothing to be ashamed of for a 6' 1", former quarterback. Only had 59 receptions in '05 and 06' combined, but averaged over 16 yards per catch and scored 9 TD's in a offense that heavily skewed towards the running game. Reading into the combine and major all-star game snubs, we think he'll probably go undrafted, but he's very much a draftable athlete in our opinion. Could've been a big star in a different type offense -- i.e. Texas Tech.

Vincent Marshall, Houston (5-7 3/8, 165 pounds), ran his 40s in 4.36 and 4.38. He also had a 36-inch vertical jump, 10-foot long jump, 4.14 short shuttle, 6.77 three-cone drill and 11 bench presses.

DD.comment: The diminutive Marshall would've fit in perfectly in the Houston area in the 1980's and early 1990's when the Houston Cougars, the Houston Gamblers (U.S.F.L) and the Houston Oilers all ran the run & shoot offense, which mostly thrived with small, but very fast receivers creating havoc down field. In the modern era, Marshall's best chance to stick in the N.F.L. will be as a slot receiver/return specialist. If he's drafted, it will likely be between rounds 5 and 7.

Brad Ekwerekwu, Missouri (6-3 5/8, 209), ran his 40s in 4.48 and 4.47 seconds, the short shuttle in 4.02 and the three-cone drill in 6.78. He had a 37½-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot-6 broad jump and 17 bench presses.

DD.comment: Ekwerekwu actually ran better at the school's second Pro Day, which is quite a feat. Never posted big time stats at Mizzou, but some close to him feel he could've been utilized a bit better in the Tigers offense. Prior to workouts, he had almost no chance of being drafted, but his two excellent Pro Days have piqued the interest of several N.F.L. teams and he now has a chance to sneak into the second day of the draft.

Carl Berman, Indiana State (5-9 1/8, 166), ran indoors on FieldTurf at Notre Dame. Finished his two 40s in 4.29 and 4.35 seconds, the short shuttle in 4.26 and the three-cone drill in 6.81. He also had a 38½-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot-9 broad jump and 14 bench presses.

DD.comment: Smallish speedster from the Tampa area, who trained for his Pro Day workouts with former Georgia Tech All-American Calvin Johnson. Berman had a solid, not great career, for the Sycamores. If he does make it in the N.F.L., he'll probably have to impress in the slot and show exceptional kick returning ability. If he isn't drafted, he could be a very popular undrafted free agent for teams looking for special teams help.

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ColtPower's Ed Thompson does a Q&A with former Minnesota wide receiver Logan Payne.

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Former Boston College strong safety Ryan Glasper, who suffered a serious hip injury in 2006 and still isn't exactly 100 percent, ran at another Pro Day (today) in the state of Connecticut and shaved off .07 seconds from his first 40 yard dash time at B.C.'s Pro Day (last week). Glasper check in 5 pounds from his first Pro Day. Here are his best times from both Pro Days:

40 Time – 4.59

Short Shuttle – 4.15 (@ BC)

Three Cones – 6.86 (@ BC)

Bench Press – 14 (@ BC)

Vertical – 34 (@ BC)

Broad Jump – 9' 5"(@ BC)

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NFL.com draft analyst Gil Brandt is reporting former U.S.C. wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett (6-4, 214) ran his 40s in 4.67 and 4.62 seconds, the short shuttle in 4.20 and the three-cone drill in 7.28 at his Pro Day (today). He also had a 36½-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-1 broad jump.

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Ten former University of South Carolina Gamecocks worked out for the NFL scouts at the annual Pro Timing Day, held Wednesday morning.

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We once again updated our list of Top Free Agents. It's updated, in the sense that we have noted several transactions (re-signings, signings, ect).

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Check our Cap Cuts Page from time to time for updated info on brand new free agents.

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Several former James Madison University stars are getting closer looks from N.F.L. scouts.

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USA Today: Draft's Offensive Line Talent is rich only at the top.

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Are the Redskins trying to move up to grab wide receiver Calvin Johnson?

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Gil Brandt reveals his "Nifty Fifty" - top fifty prospects sorted alphabetically by tier.

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Kansas State nose tackle Quentin Echols recorded 5.08 40-yard dash time at his pro day, according to NFL.com.


DD.comment: Very interesting time for a 320 pounder known for his leadership. Echols is under radar but had a very good week at East West Shrine practices, this time only helps his cause.

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Steelers HC Mike Timlin discusses with the press whether or not he will be running the 3-4 defense in Pittsburgh.

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Interesting profile of Northwestern Oklahoma State nose tackle Laron Harris

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One of the fastest players in the draft could be Cincinnati cornerback John Bowie, who reportedly touched the high 4.2's at his pro day. Bowie was a sprint champion in the Big East.

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last updated: 03/27/07
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Arkansas defensive tackle Marcus Harrison tears his ACL during spring workouts.

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NFL.com Senior Analyst Pat Kirwan's Mock Draft No. 5

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Check out this excellent mock draft database put forward at Hailredskins.com.

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The Ohio State Buckeyes Two-Deep Depth Chart for the spring was unveiled today.

DD.comment: Scroll down a bit to read the Buckeyes depth chart.

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Don Banks: Do the Oakland Raiders really love quarterback Jamarcus Russell?

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Former Oklahoma quarterback Paul Thompson is on an N.F.L. job hunt.

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Another update on former Louisville running back Michael Bush's leg surgery.

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Prospect Q&A with former Virginia Tech defensive end Noland Burchette.

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Jaguars.com looks at Patrick Willis and nine other top linebacker prospects.

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Cleveland's draft outlook remains blurry.

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Draft Buzz: It sure looks as if Oakland wants to protect itself from having to draft L.S.U.'s JaMarcus Russell with the top pick.

DD.comment: Scroll down a bit to read Tony Grossi's draft notes....Let's make this clear: We really like Raiders' fans. As a group, they have been great to this site. But we know a large number are a little miffed that we aren't projecting the team to pick fan favorite JaMarcus Russell number one overall. We don't go with the mainstream, we go with our gut feelings. And we just feel the owners' track record of chasing veteran quarterbacks, coupled with the great potential of Calvin Johnson, means the Raiders will not draft a quarterback first. But anything can happen and Russell going number one to the Raiders would not be a total surprise to us.

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Louisville DT Amobi Okoye runs a 4.85 40-yard dash at 305 pounds at pro day.

DD.comment: Very few players have helped their draft stock as much as Okoye this spring. Despite weighing light he was great at the Senior Bowl, had a pretty good Combine workout, very good interviews, and now an excellent pro day, back over 300 pounds. Okoye may never hold the bulk to play nose tackle, as many are projecting him, but should contribute right away rushing the passer and making plays in the backfield in a one-gap scheme. In a league where teams are always looking for defensive tackles, and smart, high character players, to find both in the same package is especially rare. With the slide of Alan Branch, Okoye is now borderline top-10 and could end up the top defensive tackle off the board.

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Miami GM Randy Mueller confirms team's real interest in former Houston quarterback David Carr.

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Could the Redskins swap first round picks with the Bears and come away with franchised LB Lance Briggs?

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From the archives: PK Curt Knight's unorthodox journey into the NFL in the early 1970's.

DD.comment: Why would we post this story about a kicking prospect from three decades ago? It's like they say, the more things change the more they stay the same. Everyone is intent on securing as high a draft pick as possible, but there are really many ways to get into the NFL. As we tell the families of less heralded prospects who write in asking us for a projection, it's not where a player is selected it's what he does when he gets there, and how hard he is willing to try. The league pays top dollar for top prospects but also will never stop looking for the next Curt Knight.

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last updated: 03/26/07
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Seven lesser known running backs that have impressed at Pro Day's and have seemingly improved their stock going forward. All workout times we're recorded by respected NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt:

Jackie Battle, Houston (6-2, 235 pounds), ran his 40s in 4.42 and 4.43. He also had a 41" vertical jump, 10-foot-11 long jump, 4.11 short shuttle, 6.51 three-cone drill and 19 bench presses.

DD.comment: The knock against Battle was he's a fullback/tailback "tweener". With his great Pro Day showing, it's likely he'll get his shot as a power-tailback at the next level. Has a decent chance to be drafted between rounds 4 and 7. Seems like a good fit for a team like the Denver Broncos.

D.D. Terry, Sam Houston State (6-0 5/8, 196), ran 4.40 and 4.42 in the 40, had a vertical jump of 38½", a 10-foot-1 broad jump and 12 strength lifts.

DD.comment: Might be the most "fascinating" athlete in the draft. Actually led Sam Houston's defense in tackles as a linebacker in 2005. Moved to running back as a senior and wound up breaking the conference record for the most rushing yards in a season. N.F.L. teams know he's an elite athlete, but will they play him at running back or safety? This is a player to follow closely during the draft process.

Dan Burks, Alabama-Birmingham (5-11 5/8, 218 pounds), ran his 40s in 4.52 and 4.53. He also had a 36 ½" vertical jump, 10-foot-5 long jump, 4.15 short shuttle, 6.72 three-cone drill and 21 bench presses.

DD.comment: The 40 times are "pretty good", but his other numbers are "very good" for a full-sized tailback. Battled injuries in 2005 and 2006 due to his battering-ram style in college, so he never posted the huge numbers we expected after his fine sophomore season in 2004. Very good receiver out of the backfield. Probably won't get drafted, but we see a little bit of Domanick Rhodes in this versatile back from U.A.B.

Eldra Buckley, Tennessee-Chattanooga Buckley (5-9 207 pounds), ran 4.48, 4.49 in the 40 and 7.21 in the three-cone drill. He stood on rest of numbers from the Combine.

DD.comment: Did a decent job at the Combine (4.56), but improved his standing a bit at Pro Day with the sub 4.5's. Buckley, along with D.D. Terry and Alonzo Coleman of Hampton, seem to have separated themselves from the pack among the small school running back prospects. Buckley possesses a nice combination of size (bulk) and speed as a runner.

Arkee Whitlock, Southern Illinois (5-9¼, 203 pounds), ran the 40-yard dash in 4.60 and 4.63. He also had a 32" vertical jump, 9-foot-2 long jump, 4.31 short shuttle, 7.07 three-cone drill and 16 strength lifts.

DD.comment: Decent, not great workout results. If we aren't mistaken, Whitlock was handed a Day 2 projection (RD 6?) by the N.F.L.'s Draft Advisory Panel when he considered leaving early after the 2005 season. He stayed and did well on the field, but he did not receive a Combine invite, leaving us to wonder if he will be drafted at all?

Marcus O'Keith, Cal-Berkely (5-11, 198 pounds), ran his 40s in 4.45 and 4.46. He also had a 35" vertical jump, 10-foot long jump, 4.33 short shuttle, 7.09 three-cone drill and 19 bench presses.

DD.comment: Was Cal's 3rd string running back, which tells you how talented the Bears were in the backfield. O'Keith, widely known around Berkeley as Marshawn Lynch's best friend, deserves a chance to stick on an N.F.L. roster and his ability to perform on special teams should help his cause. Had he gone the Division 1-AA route the last season or two, he might've been a lock to be drafted.

Jesse Allen, Virginia Tech (6-0 3/8, 248 pounds), ran his 40s in 4.84 and 4.84. He also had a 28½" vertical jump, 8-foot-9 long jump, 4.27 short shuttle, 7.28 three-cone drill and 28 bench presses.

DD.comment: If you're team is looking for a classic blocking fullback, in the mold of Dan Krieder of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jesse Allen might fit that mold. While it's not real likely he'll be drafted, fullback needy teams should all contact him as a free agent. Played in the East-West game.

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Our friends over at the WarRoom did a nice Q&A with former University of Florida linebacker Brandon Siler .

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The Philadelphia Eagles have acquired Pro Bowl linebacker Takeo Spikes and quarterback Kelly Holcomb from the Buffalo Bills for defensive tackle Darwin Walker and a conditional draft pick.

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We finally have a list of the 32 compensatory draft choices that have been awarded by the N.F.L.

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Draft Daddy updated one round mock draft.

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Louisville running back Michael Bush calls himself a "good gamble."

DD.comment: Bush is garnering all the headlines but it's probable at this point that backup running back Kolby Smith gets drafted prior to Bush. Injuries aside, Smith has a more traditional NFL tailback build and has been having an excellent draft season to date.

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Wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett plans to surprise scouts when he runs his forty yard dash this week at USC pro day. Also Jarrett may visit Tennessee and meet with former USC coordinator Norm Chow.

DD.comment: With the loss of top target Drew Bennett to free agency, look for the Titans to seriously consider wide-out options at 19 overall. Also with the Pac-Man issue set to resolve itself this week in a likely suspension and/or release, defensive back also becomes a priority.

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Top prospects workout doubles as a footwear company's photo shoot.

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Discipline is a top priority at NFL owners meeting.

last updated: 03/25/07
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Sporting News Inside Dish: Could Daunte Culpepper be a quarterback option for the Oakland Raiders?

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In-depth look at rising Lane College wide receiver Jacoby Jones.

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Buccaneers.com profiles former Maryland cornerback Josh Wilson

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Texas CB Tarell Brown charged with misdemeanor drug possession; this is his second such charge in about 7 months.

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Once a consensus top 6 pick, could Michigan defensive tackle Alan Branch actually fall out of the top 20?

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Word around the football world is former Stanford quarterback Trent Edwards is a prospect that might really surprise people on draft day. After finally getting healthy and displaying his considerable skills at Pro Day recently, he is picking up some serious momentum leading up to the draft. We know, for a fact, that some respected N.F.L. execs and coaches have privately suggested Edwards might not make it to the 2nd round after his great workout last Wednesday. Even if he isn't selected in round one, just about everyone we've talked to thinks he's a virtual lock to be picked in the top two rounds.

At the Combine, Trent had 14 team interview requests, which is extremely high. He possesses prototype qualities - Size (6042, 231 at the Combine, 10.5 inch hands), speed (4.70 at his pro day), strength (19 bench reps at the Combine despite being very ill and not sleeping from the flu), intelligence (he has a degree from Stanford), toughness (he was hit as much as any QB over 4 seasons starting), character (teams have said his interviews were amongst the best) and build (he and Brady Quinn are in the "freak" category for QBs). Scouts love his arm strength, unusually quick release and footwork. Matter of fact, Bill Walsh, perhaps the greatest offensive football mind ever, has said that Edwards has the best footwork and overall mechanics of any college quarterback he's seen since Joe Montana!

Edwards and Vince Young were the top two quarteback recruits in their class coming out of high school, so this isn't a player that just suddenly appeared on the scene. N.F.L. scouts have been watching him since the moment he arrived at Stanford. The only reason he isn't widely talked about at the top of the draft is because Stanford's struggling teams during his four seasons starting, and because he missed the second half of 2006 with a small broken bone in his foot. No surgery was required, but he didn't recover in time to play in the Senior Bowl or Shrine Game.

Edwards' Pro Day was attended by over 30 N.F.L. personnel, including Mike Martz (Detroit OC), Rick Neuheisel (Baltimore QBs), Dick Curl (Kansas City QBs) and Mike McCoy (Carolina QBs). All the teams listed above are in need of a young, talented quarterback. Out of roughly 60 passes he threw at Pro Day, he missed narrowly on 3 and had some drops due to velocity. He ran on Astroturf but threw on grass, and it rained constantly. Overall, it's tough for a quarterbacks to look better in a workout, so he should only generate stronger admirers as this process continues. He has private workouts scheduled with 4 additional teams.

We are confident Trent won't make us look foolish, as we've been heavily endorsing him as a top prospect since 2005. We haven't seen him projected as a first rounder in mock drafts by prominent N.F.L. writers, but the way things are going it's not too crazy to think he could be there. Think back to 2004 and 2005, who thought J.P. Losman and Jason Campell would be number one picks a month before those drafts? Edwards, in our opinion, has more physical talent than Losman and Campbell, it's just a situation were he wasn't able to show it off at Stanford.

DD.com Post Script: Prior to the 2005 season we predicted Vanderbilt's Jay Cutler would be the one "lesser known" quarterback that would really surprise people as the draft process played out. At that point, no one was talking about him, but he did eventually go in round one. Prior to the season 2006 we predicted Trent Edwards would be a first rounder, if he could stay healthy. Behind a shaky offensive line he was injured, but he still has a chance to make some noise on draft day.

So with a new season approaching (spring practices have alreay begun), who's the next quarterback we'll endorse as a prospect that might surprise?

Well, this time around we are having a tougher time coming up with just one solid candidate. But based on what we've seen and the info we've taken in from sources, two prime candidates would be Andre Woodson of Kentucky and Matt Ryan of Boston College. Also, we really like L.S.U.'s Matt Flynn and Cal-Berkeley's junior-to-be Nate Longshore.



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Patriots.com profiles the top insider linebackers in the draft.

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Cleveland.com: Rule change on draft order is a big flippin' deal.

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In-depth look at former Grand Valley State star quarterback Cullen Finnerty, who is hoping to get an N.F.L. contract.

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Closer look at a trio of potential future prospects: Notre wide receiver David Grimes....fast rising Virginia offensive lineman Branden Albert and Rutgers fullback Jack Corcoran.

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Former Marist wide receiver Prince Prempeh ran at Army and Albany and these are his best numbers from the Pro Days:

Height = 6'3 2/8 "

Vert = 35.5"

40 Time 4.50

20 = 2.72 10 = 1.59

3 Cone = 7.20

Broad Jump 10'4"

He did not bench and the short shuttle and three cones were not recorded at Albany because of the poor surface. The Giants, [Montreal] Alouettes, Bears, Eagles, Giants, Packers attended the workout at Albany. The Packers and Colts attended the workout at West Point. Prince also has scheduled a workout in Philadelphia with the Eagles soon.

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NBA Draft News: Which prominent Kansas Jayhawks will leave early after the crushing loss to the U.C.L.A. Bruins?....Friends say Texas' super freshman Kevin Durant is "stressed out' over draft talk....For more NBA draft info, check NBA Draft Daddy, which we intend to build up more in the weeks to come.

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Nice look at Cal-Berkley wide receiver/future N.F.L. prospect DeSean Jackson.

DD.comment: Barring something unforeseen, we believe Jackson will project as a top prospect in the N.F.L., at some point, due to his great speed and fast improving skills as a receiver. Matter of fact, we'd be mildly surprised if the junior-to-be stayed in school for his senior season.

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Former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn, who is often referred to as very "slow" and "plodding" by the mainstream media, ran an impressive 40 time (for a full-sized QB) at Notre Dame's recent Pro Day.

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Two page look at fast-rising small school offensive line prospect Allen Barbre .

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Ed Thompson from ColtPower.com talks to former Miami linebacker Jon Beason.

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Penn State will move talented outside linebacker Dan Connor to the middle next season.

DD.comment: A few months ago in the blog we quoted an actual N.F.L. scout saying Connor could be a top 10 pick if he has a huge senior season. U.S.C linebacker Keith Rivers is also considered a great prospect by N.F.L. scouts.

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A lot of praise continues to pour in for athletic New Hampshire guard Tucker Peterson.

DD.comment: Having seen the Wildcats play several times the last few seasons, we've been big supporters of record breaking receiver David Ball. We felt with a decent Pro Day showing he'd project as a 4th or 5th round pick. After he struggled at his first Pro Day, we'd say Peterson has emerged as U.N.H.'s top prospect and Ball's chances of being drafted before the latter part of round 6 aren't great. Still, in defense of Ball, he worked out coming off an injury and in terrible weather conditions. Also, you shouldn't wipe away four amazing seasons and a stellar showing at the East-West game due to one sub-par workout on a windy, 30 degree day.

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Running back Jackie Battle and quarterback Kevin Kolb impress at the University of Houston's Pro Day.

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After striking out big time with a older quarterback prospect (Chris Weinke), a Carolina Panther fan wants his team to select soon-to-be 26 year old John Beck from B.Y.U.

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With a new defensive coordinator in town, Notre Dame players prepare for a shift to the 3-4 defense.

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The University of South Florida has suspended one their top players -- cornerback Mike Jenkins.

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NBA Draft News: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi center Chris Daniels, a player with the potential to surprise people, will 'test the draft waters'.

DD.comment: Louisiana State University junior forward Glenn Davis has hired an agent, so he "will" be eligible for the draft....Elsewhere, Duke's top player last season -- sophomore Josh McRoberts, has stated he intends to test the draft waters.....Stanford's talented freshman center Brook Lopez, considered a potential lottery pick by most, has said he will stay in school. It is expected his twin brother Robin Lopez, who is also considered a future N.B.A. prospect, will remain at Stanford for at least one more season....For more NBA draft info, check NBA Draft Daddy, which we intend to build up more in the weeks to come.

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Tony Pauline writes in the Risers and Sliders link below:

"Several teams are considering using a pick early in Round 2 for Anthony Gonzalez as they feel he will be an asset off the field as well as on it. Teams understand Gonzalez is an outstanding football player and a young man of high character, yet they also feel his ethnic background could be key in reaching out to surrounding communities".

DD.comment: This is one reason why he have projected Gonzalez going to the Chargers in our main mock draft with the 30th overall pick for the two last months. Here is our thought process:

1: Gonzalez, based on his production at Ohio State and his excellent showing at the Combine, is a borderline first-to-second round pick.

2: The Chargers are in need of wide receiver help and did not get it in free agency, so there is a good chance they use their #1 pick on a wide receiver.

3: Even though Gonzalez can trace his heritage back to Europe (Spain and Germany), his Hispanic surname, plus his eagerness to embrace his Cuban roots and the Spanish language, could make him a valuable marketing commodity in a place like San Diego, which is a few steps away from the border of Mexico.

By the way, using the same logic, we can easily see the Dallas Cowboys, perhaps, considering him in the first round. Although 22nd overall may seem a bit too high for Gonzalez, you really never know. Who ever expected that former Ohio State star Donte Whitner could go #9 overall in the 2006 draft?

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The Houston Chronicle's fine sports staff takes a look at Alan Branch's "falling draft stock" and the University of Houston's recent Pro Day.

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NBA Draft News: The New York Knicks have signed University of Kentucky center Randolph Morris, who was a free agent because he went undrafted in 2005.

DD.comment: Wouldn't be a bad rule to put in place for football. Every year, it seems, several highly regarded juniors get surprised and go undrafted -- i.e. Greg Lee, Earnest Shazor and Brandon Browner. Although we don't see it happening, because N.F.L. teams may feel this sort of "safety net" will lead to more younger players leaving college before they are ready....For more NBA draft info, check NBA Draft Daddy, which we intend to build up more in the weeks to come.

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Former Utah defensive back Eric Weddle crack's Mel Kiper's Top 25 Big Board.

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Ohio State vs. Michigan prospects in the N.F.L. Draft.

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Tony Pauline looks at some Pro Day Risers and sliders.

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Rising tight end prospect Ben Patrick was a big hit at Delaware's Pro Day.

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The Detroit Lions like Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn.

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Former Penn State linebacker Tim Shaw continues to impress in workouts.

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Former University of Connecticut fullback Deon Anderson impresses scouts at the school's Pro Day.

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Led by quarterback J.D. Booty and a great group of linebackers, Southern Cal is ready for another title run.

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The Dallas Cowboys have inked veteran free agent safety Ken Hamlin.

DD.comment: Expect mocks (including ours) that have Dallas selecting a safety in round one to change, as Hamlin's signing means the Cowboys will likely look elsewhere on Day 1.

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NFL Draft Countdown has just updated it's 3 Round Mock Draft.

DD.comment: We met a lot of cyberjerks at the Senior Bowl the last two years, but Countdown's Scott Wright was "not" among that group. He's a cordial person, with a good website, so if you haven't checked it out yet, it's worth a look.

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Very fascinating 2 Round Mock Draft from Yahoo! sports.

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The University of Missouri held a second Pro Day today and the star of the last Pro Day -- wide receiver Brad Ekwerekwu -- actually bettered his already impressive workout times: At 6' 3" and 212 pounds, a source told us he ran his 40's in the 4.30 to 4.35 range; finished the short shuttle in a sparkling 4.02 seconds, broad jumped 10' 6" and displayed a 37.5" vertical leap.

Ekwerekwu didn't put up big receiving numbers at Mizzu, but thanks to his impressive workouts this spring, he has suddenly found himself on the draft radar of several N.F.L. teams -- Brad is scheduled to visit Seattle and, perhaps, Kansas City for private workouts in the near future.

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The Dallas Cowboys have signed former Canadian Football League wide receiver Jamel Richardson.

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The New York Giants are exploring a trade for Denver Broncos linebacker Al Wilson.

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Word out of Penn State is former Nittany Lions starting tailback Tony Hunt, who did not run at the Combine, timed in at 4.71 (40 yard dash) on at least one stop watch at Pro Day. This isn't a huge shock to us, as we noticed he wasn't one of the swiftest backs around at the recent Senior Bowl. If these numbers are true, we can't imagine he'll be a first or second round pick, as some had expected. Hunt is, nonetheless, a solid prospect as a tailback/fullback hybrid, who could be asked to be a short yardage runner, steady receiver, trusted blocker and key special teams leader. Sort of like early 1990's P.S.U. star Richie Anderson was in the N.F.L.

Also, we were informed former Penn State linebacker Tim Shaw, who ran real well at the Combine, improved his times at Pro Day (ran in the 4.4's). The irony here is Shaw was one the best high school running backs in the history of Michigan prep football, but was forced to bulk up against his wishes and move to defense early in his college career because it was said he lacked the speed to play tailback in the Big 10. Expect Shaw to be drafted in the top 3 rounds as a linebacker, but we still think his size and agility made him better suited to play running back. He could've been a slightly bigger and faster version of Brian Leonard at tailback.

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Draft trade remains a possibility for the Washington Redskins.

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Our friend Theo Lambros "aka college scout" recently updated his One Round Mock Draft.

DD.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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A reader who is connected with the University of Toledo recently sent us some numbers from the schools' "Junior Day". None of these players are eligible for the upcoming draft, although all are fascinating future prospects -- particularly Greco and Hopkins....All the 40 times are official times from the Rockets' Pro-Day, and most of the other numbers are official team numbers recorded throughout winter workouts.

OT John Greco ~ 6'5, 324 -- 40yd: 5.21 (Proday), Reps: 32 ~ Team Captain....Two-time 1st team All-M.A.C. Selection...Named to 2006 Lombardi Award "Watch List".

RB Jalen Parmele ~ 6'0, 223 -- 40yd: 4.50 (Proday), VT: 42", 3cone: 7.09, 20sh: 4.16, Reps: 16....Third in the conference in rushing in 2006 with 1,170 and 8 TD's.

TE Chris Hopkins ~ 6'4, 259 -- 40yd: 4.94 (Proday), Reps:16....In 2006 led the team and was 6th in the MAC with 4.5 catches per contest...Broke a school record for most receptions in a season by a tight end.

S Tyrrell Herbert ~ 6'1, 198 -- 40yd: 4.47 (Proday), VT: 31", 3cone: 6.97, 20sh: 4.23, Reps: 13....Is the Second cousin of NFL Linebacker Lavar Arrington...Team Captain...In 2006 led the team with 74 tackles.

WR Andrew Hawkins ~ 5'7, 176 -- 40yd: 4.42 (Proday), VT: 35", 3cone: 6.71, 20sh: 3.98, Reps: 7....Younger brother of NFL Safety Artrell Hawkins...In 2006 only played in 3 games due to injury.

OLB Greg Hay ~ 6'1, 218 -- 40yd: 4.47 (Proday) VT: 33", 3cone: 6.83, 20sh: 4.08, Reps: 16....In 2006 was third on the team with 66 tackles...Had 3 sacks and 9.5 Tackles for loss.

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USA Today takes a long look at former Texas-El Paso quarterback Jordan Palmer.

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Some results from James Madison's Pro Day.

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In-depth look at former Michigan defensive lineman Alan Branch, who is projected to be a top-10 pick in next month's N.F.L. Draft.

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Closer look at Alabama State's Michael Coe, who is considered to be one of the top defensive back prospects for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Look at a future N.F.L. prospect, University of Nebraska linebacker Bo Ruud.

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Quick glance at a top future N.F.L. prospect, University of Georgia cornerback Paul Oliver.

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Do players really skyrocket up NFL teams draft boards?

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Jaguars.com profiles the top end of the defensive line crop.

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Observations from Boston College pro day.

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DD Email (Dave): I keep hearing about this Jarvis Moss radio interview where he was either drunk or punch-drunk at noon but I can't find anything on it. What, if anything, do you guys know and if its true, how would it affect his draft stock?

DD.comment: The interview you are referring to occurred on 3/6 and was billed by Sirius as a "draft diary." Moss called in from what sounded suspiciously like a party. There were communication issues where the hosts couldn't understand Moss and vice versa. Several times Moss told the group around him to be quiet, but to no avail. The interview ended with the hosts telling Moss they were going to hang up because apparently you are very busy over there." Moss replied "ok, bye" and hung up.

As for how this incident affects his stock, we believe it will be negligible, and the reason is that while Moss' priorities may have been a mystery to draft fans, scouts are more diligent when it comes to this type of personal research. Going back to his prep days, Moss was a 5-star recruit - actually a better heralded prep coming out than fellow Gator defensive end Derrick Harvey - but despite some big games, he's never really lived up to that potential. His 16 reps of 225 at the combine raises concerns about both his core strength and weight room diligence. He also had a drug suspension while at Florida. On the field he can be a very good hand in the dirt 4-3 DE like Jacksonville Jaguar Bobby McCray; don't give him too many responsibilities, have him pin his ears back and he should do okay - however all this talk about Moss as the perfect 3-4 outside linebacker we are interpreting as misinformation by those 3-4 teams.

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Quick glance at the University of Tennessee's Pro Day.

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Ten-year veteran strong safety Sammy Knight, a one-time Pro Bowl performer who ranks third in interceptions among active players, was released by Kansas City.

DD.comment: Even if Sammy Knight's N.F.L career is over, he can't be upset with the way things worked out. We are talking about a safety that ran a 4.79 40 at the 1997 Combine and still started for 10 seasons in the N.F.L. Most safeties that run that slow are lucky to play only special teams for a season or two.

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Offensive lineman Eddie Keele and Cornerback Justin Robinson shine at Brigham Young's Pro Day.

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Former U.A.B. linebacker/defensive end Kyle Bissinger put forth a nice display at the Blazers' recent Pro Day. One source informed us the 6' 3", 256 pounder clocked in at 4.57 in the 40 yard dash, completed 26 bench reps, ran a sparkling 4.10 short shuttle and displayed a 33" inch vertical leap on a G-2 (slower) surface.

Bissinger, who was recruited as a quarterback, did not put big numbers in college, as he was out of place at defensive end. But he might be athletic enough to garner consideration as a special teamer and outside linebacker in the 3-4 base defense in the N.F.L.

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Check out a solid one round Mock Draft from our friends over at New Era Scouting.

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Former University of Wisconsin-Stout wide receiver Jessie Wendt hopes a 4.28 40 at Pro Day will get him on the N.F.L.'s draft radar.

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Former University of Delaware star Ben Patrick could be the third tight end taken in the N.F.L. draft.

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In a move that figures to have significant ramifications for the incumbent starters from both teams, the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday agreed in principle to trade three-year veteran quarterback Matt Schaub to the Houston Texans.

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Our friends at Big Blue Interactive are posting some excellent draft info. Check out their defensive backs preview.

DD.comment: Just click on "The Draft" on the left side of the page for more draft info.

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NFL.com: Fan guidelines for attending the draft in New York City.

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Former Ole Miss star Patrick Willis runs "great" 40 times at Pro Day.

DD.comment: We think Willis would be a great fit for the linebacker needy Buffalo Bills at #12 overall, but the question is could he go even higher? Teams like Arizona (#5), Atlanta (#10) and San Francisco (#11) would be utterly foolish not to at least consider drafting Willis.

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Closer look at former Georgia Bulldogs/N.F.L.prospects Tra Battle (safety) and Danny Ware (tailback).

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Quick glance at Appalachian State's Pro Day.

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Notre Dame kicks off spring practice for what could be Charlie Weis' most definitive year.

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Phillyburbs.com: The Philadelphia Eagles should take a long look at Paul Posluszny.

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Missouri tight end Martin Rucker hopes staying in school will improve his draft stock -- he got a 5th round projection from the N.F.L. in December of 2006.

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Former New Hamphshire wide receiver David Ball fires back at cybernerds that have dubbed him "unathletic".

DD.comment: Not a surprise here. Our inside source from the Combine told us N.F.L. scouts have dubbed Ball "Dirty Rice", because they saw him as a meaner version of Jerry Rice (Ball's current friend and trainer) on 1-AA football fields. This is "not" some soft kid from the state of Vermont, as some may assume. As a former 1-AA player, he'll need that toughness to make it in the N.F.L.

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Another look at the University of New Hampshire's Pro Day.

DD.comment: Take note of Wildcat's guard Tucker Peterson, who is a very draftable small school prospect.

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USA Today: Breaking down Michigan cornerback Leon Hall.

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USA Today: L.S.U. safety Laron Landry played himself into first-round material.

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Trio of University of Texas defensive backs set to rock the N.F.L. draft.

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Former University of Georgia Bulldogs, including Quentin Moses performed for scouts at Pro Day.

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N.F.L. draft bio: Auburn wide receiver Courtney Taylor.

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NFL Draft Snapshot: Fullback Tim Castille.

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Former University of Louisville running back Michael Bush had a second surgery on his right leg yesterday.

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Check our Cap Cuts Page from time to time for updated info on brand new free agents.

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Quick look at some of the greatest N.F.L. Draft Steals in the last 20 years.

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Former Massachussetts wide receiver Brandon London, who we mentioned in the blog last week (3/13), had a nice workout for 1-AA power.

DD.comment: When you compare London's times to some of the Minutemen's other former All-American's, he was flat out flying for his size.

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Good news for injured University of Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge.

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Our friend Mike Mici looks at the Top 3-4 Defenders.

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ESPN.com's John Clayton has learned that the Redskins have agreed to trade safety Adam Archuleta to the Chicago Bears for what is believed to be a sixth-round draft pick that can be upgraded to a fifth-round pick.

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Quick look at the University of Maine's recent Pro Day.

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Closer look at former University of Arizona running back Chris Henry.

DD.comment: Henry mentions at the bottom of link he dislikes negative opinions about his game. We certainly got our share of angry E-Mails from anonymous Henry backers over suggesting jumping to the N.F.L. early could be a risky move for Chris. I hope Henry and his fans realize none of this is personal. But when you consider his lack of consistent college output, any objective person has to wonder why he didn't produce more in his three years at Arizona?

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Former Northwestern State defensive back Chad Johnson impresses at the schools' Pro Day.

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Former Bills president and Steelers director of football operations Tom Donahoe ranks the Top 10 offensive lineman.

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Even if the National Football League isn't an option for West Virginia University superstar Pat White, Major League Baseball might be.

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Q&A with rising linebacker prospect Tim Shaw of Penn State.

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Washington Redskins safety Adam Archuleta could be headed to Chicago where he'll be reunited with coach Lovie Smith.

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Rutgers senior offensive tackle Jeremy Zuttah named to Rotary Lombardi Award preliminary Watch List.

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Mock drafts now link the Dallas Cowboys to former Pitt cornerback Darrelle Revis.

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With H.B. Blades and Clint Sessions heading to the N.F.L., the Pittsburgh Panthers must find new linebackers.

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Q&A with rising tight end prospect Kevin Boss.

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Clark Judge's one round Mock Draft.

DD.comment: From 1965 to 1989, only 6 quarterbacks where drafted #1 overall. In an era gone by, the only way a team would even consider drafting a quarterback first overall, was "if" they had a glaring need at the spot and "if" the top prospect was, in fact, a quarterback. It worked, as 4 of those 6 quarterbacks won multiple Super Bowls (Elway, Plunkett, Bradshaw and Aikman -- 11 combined). The other two (Bartkowski and Testaverde) had long, productive N.F.L. careers.

But it seems since 1999 this has been the "unofficial rule" in the N.F.L. Draft: The number one overall pick is reserved only for quarterbacks, regardless if they are worthy of the number one pick or not! We think this is a flawed strategy and believe it's very safe to say that the last 6 quarterbacks selected number one overall (since 1999) won't even come close to winning a combined 11 Super Bowls in their careers.

The 2000 and 2006 drafts were the only drafts since 1997 were a quarterback didn't get selected #1 overall, but that's only because Cleveland (2000) and Houston (2006) had already reached for "franchise quarterbacks" (Tim Couch and David Carr) and could not pick up another one that quickly.

Point?

No offense to Brady Quinn or Jamarcus Russell, but we think the Oakland Raiders have to pick Calvin Johnson, as he's by far the best available player. The draft does not end after the first overall pick and they can always draft another quarterback in round two or three. Or, considering the Raiders are in total rebuilding mode, the they can always build up their O-Line and receiving corp and then select a top quarterback in the next draft -- Brian Brohm, Colt Brennan, ect.

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CBS SportsLine.com: Risers and Fallers.

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If the Miami Dolphins trade up, what about taking a quarterback?

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Potential high, stock low on former Louisville running back Michael Bush.

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In-depth look at agent Joe Linta and some of his top clients, including much talked about defensive tackle LaRon Harris.

DD.comment: The link above has a short video, which includes the 347 pound Harris doing a standing backflip!

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Former Central Michigan left tackle Joe Staley runs like a cheetah.

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Former Lafayette offensive lineman Mike Saint Germain, who was once recruited by Big East and Big 10 schools, hopes to get drafted.

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The Cincinnati Bengals could have their eyes on former University of Florida tailback DeShawn Wynn.

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Smallish Albany State cornerback Marcus Jefferson wows scouts with his strength and speed at the Rams' recent Pro Day.

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Closer look at former University of Michigan defensive tackle Alan Branch.

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Former Alama College quarterback Josh Brehm did so well at Michigan's Pro Day, that 15 N.F.L. teams have contacted him in 3 days.

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Detroit Lions guard Damien Woody loses 31 pounds thanks to an intensive weight-loss program.

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After an excellent showing at Auburn's Pro Day, where does defender Will Herring project?

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The N.F.L. Draft has come a long way since the 1950's and has even become a season of it's own.

DD.comment: Great story, which looks at how N.F.L. teams basically used to draft players based on what they read in the Sporting News and other football publications!

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A healthy Brandon Cox and wide receivers will be the key to Auburn's improvement.

DD.comment: It's nice to see that Auburn's coaching staff is giving talented fullback Carl Stewart some time in the one back set. He's a hard working, team player, who doesn't complain about his lack of touches on offense, but he's much too talented to be relegated to designated blocker only. In that way, he's very similar to Arkansas' Peyton Hillis. Barring something unforeseen, both players should project as excellent N.F.L. prospects.

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DD.com E-Mail [Scout]:

What I look for are prospects on the "rise". There are many players that reach their peak in college or are on the decline. One prospect that is on the "rise" is 6' 6.2"/318 pound offensive tackle Jacob Bender from Nicholls State. Out of the famous DeMatha Catholic in the Washington, D.C. area, Bender was a 240 pound tackle heading to Natchitoches, Louisiana. Only being 21 years old and playing in a triple option offense at Nicholls State, his stock is going up. At his recent pro day, he had 27 reps in his strength test, ran a 5.08/40, a 4.53 short shuttle, and displayed a 29" vertical. He went from a reject grade in the Spring of 2006 to a draftable grade now and his weight has increased to 318 from 294 since season's end.

Bender has some Todd Herremans in him (#79 Philadelphia Eagles OG), an on the "rise" tackle from Saginaw Valley State, picked in the 4th round by the Eagles in 2005 draft, who some analysts called a wild "reach" by the Eagles. After 2 seasons and 20 starts, Herremans just signed a long term extension. Jacob Bender has upside similar to Herremans and he is a prospect on the "rise"!

DD.comment: "Scout" is a regular E-Mailer here at DD.com. He tells us he's been involved in football for over 30 years. Actually, we think we know who "scout" is and welcome his input. He is heavily involved with pro football and he's proven over time that he's very good at breaking down offensive and defensive line prospects.

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NFL.com Senior Analyst Pat Kirwan: How prospects stack up from a 3-4 perspective.

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Closer look at former Louisville defensive tackle Amobi Okoye.

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The Dallas News: In-depth look at the mystique of the 40-yard dash.

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Twelve talented Nebraska Cornhuskers to watch our for this spring.

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For the third straight spring, Florida State quarterback Xavier Lee is in a heated battle with Drew Weatherford for the starting position.

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Rumors persist that Green Bay Packers backup quarterback Aaron Rodgers is on the trading block in a possible deal for Oakland Raiders receiver Randy Moss.

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Check out Mel Kiper's Top 25 Big Board.

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N.F.L. scouts got to take a long look at a lot of excellent prospects at Oregon State's Pro Day.

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Former University of Colorado linebacker Thaddaeus Washington admits to having had foot surgery.

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Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports Vanderbilt fullback Steven Bright, who was considered a 7th round/undrafted free agent type prospect, has retired from football.

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The Kansas City Chiefs have signed free agent defensive tackle Alfonso Boone.

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NFL.com quote: "Western Oregon tight end Kevin Boss had a phenomenal workout on March 16 in front of 12 N.F.L. teams"....Here are Kevin Boss' workout numbers.

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Former Eastern Michigan/Howard University cornerback Geoffrey Pope turned in a great performance at the school's recent Pro Day. Do not, at all, be surprised if Pope gets drafted on Day Two due to his blend off size and speed. Also, Howard defensive backs have made an impact in the N.F.L. in recent years. Former Bisons Ronald Bartell (Rams) and Antoine Bethea (Colts), for example, are currently starting safeties in the league.

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Former University of Michagan defensive end LaMarr Woodley at the school's Pro Day today: With all 32 teams in attendance, Woodley measured in 6'1.5" and 265 pounds. Did a 38.5"; vertical 9'9" broad jump; 29 reps (225 pounds), ran 4.72 & 4.74 in the 40 yard dash and looked very good in Defensive-Line drills. Looked good in linebacker drills. Leon Hall did positional drills only, looking great as expected.

DD.comment: Above info came from a very solid source at the Wolverines' Pro Day. Workout times vary from scout-to-scout, depending on who is holding the stop watch. Here is more from Pro Day in Ann Arbor from NFL.com.

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At least one Oakland Raiders wide receiver would love to see former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn playing in the Bay Area.

DD.comment: It must be noted that Ronald Curry was a record setting quarterback at the University of North Carolina. Curry also played basketball for two seasons -- along with Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers -- at North Carolina.

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A half-dozen Florida A&M football prospects displayed their speed, strength and size for professional football franchises at the school's annual Pro Day.

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Former Oregon Ducks Enoka Lucus and J.D. Nelson lowered their 40-yard dash times and bettered their efforts in various other drills, potentially boosting their stock for this year's N.F.L. Draft.

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Complete scorecard from the University of Colorado's Pro Timing Day.

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Rivals.com: Ohio State's James Laurinaitis and Penn State's Dan Connor will be the top Butkus Award contenders.

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Rivals.com: Southern Cal's J.D. Booty and Hawaii's Colt Brennan will be the top O'Brien Award contenders.

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Rivals.com: Cal-Berkeley's DeSean Jackson will be the top Fred Biletnikoff Award contender.

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Unconfirmed early report from Pitt's pro day: Cornerback Darrelle Revis runs the 40 yard dash in 4.38 seconds.

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Another installment of Tony Pauline's risers and sliders.

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Trainer Tom Shaw on Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson "He works out like he's a free agent, like he's Mr. Irrelevant. Calvin is an athlete that is the hardest worker I've ever had. He never gets frustrated. All he wants to do is get better."

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Another look at Central Michigan tackle Joe Staley's impressive pro day workout. "...one of the best all-around workouts I've seen by a big tackle in recent years," a veteran offensive line scout told (Yahoo Sports' John) Murphy. "He (Staley) moves around like a defensive back: light on his feet and just great movement skills and agility."

DD.comment: Staley's stock is again on the rise and with this workout he has a very real chance to be selected within the top 32 players on draft day. Tackles who move like that don't drop very far.

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Draft diary from rising Michigan cornerback Leon Hall.

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Interesting video of Ohio State wide out Roy Hall's pro day

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Has the Browns owner Randy Lerner ordered GM Phil Savage to draft a quarterback with the third overall pick?

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NFL decision makers consider the Florida State football program as one of the premium "brands" in the NFL Draft.

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An in-depth look at Pittsburgh linebacker H.B. Blades.

DD.comment: Blades is making a case to be this year's Demeco Ryans: a polished linebacker who for whatever reason probably won't be a first rounder, but will contribute from day one wherever he ends up.

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Franchised New Orleans defensive end Charles Grant will visit One Buccaneer Place on Friday, according to NFL Network.

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Former Florida State linebacker Lawrence Timmons hopes to be a first round pick.

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Look at Central Michigan's Pro Day.

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Coveted free agent wide receiver Kevin Curtis has signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.

DD.Comment: If the name Ryan Tollner (Curtis' agent) sounds familiar, there is a reason for that: He played quarterback for Cal-Berkeley in the mid-1990's and he is the nephew of former U.S.C. head coach Ted Tollner. Ryan Tollner and his cousin Bruce (Ted's son) have become sudden stars in N.F.L. circles after getting former Arizona Cardinal Leonard Davis an amazing $50 million deal to play right tackle or guard and landing a top client like Kevin Curtis, after he fired high-profile agent Tom Condon.

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DD.Com News: Check out our very recently "tweaked" Top 10 and class rankings over at NBA Draft Daddy.

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Two years ago Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder fell in love with Auburn quarterback Jason Campbell and told his execs to trade up to get him. Now, word is, Synder really wants L.S.U. quarterback Jamarcus Russell.

Cleveland's owner Randy Lerner also covets Jamarcus Russell. Is that a smoke screen? We doubt it, so if Synder and Lerner were to battle it out for Russell, the Redskins would have to move up to #1 or #2 overall to land Russell.

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Linebacker Lawrence Timmons runs well, but was he "out of shape" at Florida State's Pro Day?

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We have received word that former Central Michigan offensive tackle Joe Staley impressed scouts at the Chips' Pro Day, running sub 4.8 40's and looking very agile in drills. The athletic 6' 5", 300 pounder is a potential first round draft pick.

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Closer look at former University of Michigan linebacker David Harris.

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Former Towson University left tackle Jermon Bushrod was the top attraction for scouts at the school's Pro Day.

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Former Troy State safety Brannon Condren impressed at another Pro Day and is suddenly a draftable prospect?

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Former Notre Dame offensive tackle Ryan Harris would love to play for the Minnesota Vikings.

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Answering questions that will shape the first round: Ten tough draft debates.

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Q&A with former University of Virginia defensive tackle Keenan Carter.

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Former Louisiana State quarterback Jamarcus Russell impresses scouts at Pro Day.

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Draft Daddy has updated it's top 100 prospects a.k.a. the Really Big Board

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DD.com E-Mail [Rob]:

What's the word on Utah defensive tackle Paul Soliai? He's huge and extremely strong, but lacking a bit in technique. To his credit, it is only his first season at the position after playing offensive guard his whole career. At the Shrine game, he showed that no one (even 2 most of the time) on the field could block him. I think he'd be a great 5th rounder, but better value in the 6th.

DD.Comment: Thanks for the smart note, Rob. You pretty much pegged his value -- solid Day 2 pick, although the "Planet Theory" (only so many very athletic big or tall men on the Planet) can always come into effect in strange ways. It wasn't too long ago fellow Ute Sione Pouha was a surprising 3rd round pick. That's probably a best case for Soliai, but there aren't a whole lot of big name defensive tackles this year who are over 330 pounds and, as you pointed out, he did well at the East/West game, so maybe he does go higher than expected? Soliai also went to the Combine and he worked out fairly well. Some team will look at him as a two-gap run stuffer in a rotation, who comes off the field on passing downs, if possible.

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Louisiana State University's recently updated Pro Day ScoreCard.

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N.F.L.com analyst Gil Brandt has just posted Auburn's workout numbers at his Pro Day Results Page.

DD.Comment: Former Oregon State safety Sabby Piscitelli was the only prospect to run a sub 4.0 in the short shuttle (20 yard shuttle) at the most recent N.F.L. Combine, but the Auburn Tigers had two players do that at their Pro Day -- Running back Tre Smith and linebacker Will Herring.

Herring, in our opinion, was a big time Senior Bowl and Combine snub. He is constantly labeled as an "overachiever" by the media, but how many linebackers in America could provide blanket coverage on a top notch wide receiver like Sidney Rice of South Carolina in the redzone? Don't believe it, go back and watch the tape of that game in week 5. We already knew Herring was an "achiever" and team leader on the field. Now we know he's a very good workout player, too. Obviously, N.F.L. teams will need to figure out were to play him -- safety or linebacker?

With more teams going to running back by committee, it would be nice to see a player like Lyle "Tre" Smith get a shot to stick in the N.F.L. He has all the skills needed to be a change of pace running back and special teams performer at the next level and when he was asked to step in and play running back at Auburn, he did a nice job -- averaged 4.8 yards per rush during his career and scored 12 touchdowns on only 137 offensive career touches....Brandon Jacobs was once Auburn's #3 tailback (before transferring) and he eventually got drafted and is currently poised to start for the New York Giants. So, it's not too insane to think a backup running back like Tre Smith should get a legit shot to play in the N.F.L. or C.F.L.

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Prospect preview: Watch former Michigan State quarterback Drew Stanton closely.

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We have received a tremendous amount of E-Mail's and questions regarding former Tennessee/Northwestern Oklahoma State defensive tackle LaRon Harris in recent days. Harris was a very highly regarded player coming out of high school that did not put up big numbers in college, but he's such a great athlete for his size (is now 6' 3", 345 pounds), that N.F.L. teams will be forced to take a closer look at him....Here is what a very respected "inside source" in the football world told us about Harris:

"He has unlimited upside, although he'll need to improve his conditioning a bit. NBC.com recently filmed him doing the backflip and 33" vertical. This kid will play in the league for 10 years or not make it past the first mini-camp. There's nobody in the draft like this guy. His explosion and hip power is amazing. Check out the video on NBC.com when they post it. There are very few big, powerful nose tackles in this draft".

Here is a fascinating thread regarding LaRon Harris at Extremeskins.com, one of the better team sites in cyberspace.

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Our friend Ed Thompson over at ColtPower.com talks with former Missouri defensive end Xzavie Jackson.

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Talented senior-to-be quarterback Matt Flynn is preparing to lead the Louisiana State Tigers next season.

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Former Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams is getting a lot of attention from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who could definitely us him on that aging defense.

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NFL draft busts: Who’s the worst of the worst?

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In-depth look at former New Hampshire wide receiver David Ball, as he gets ready for his Pro Day.

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Check out this Q&A with talented Lane College wide receiver Jacoby Jones, from our friends at New Era Scouting.

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Look at Western Michigan University's Pro Day, which featured top M.A.C. linebacker Ameer Ismail.

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Alabama A&M inside linebacker Johnny Baldwin may have secured his draft status Tuesday when he wowed about a dozen scouts from the N.F.L. at the school's annual pro day.

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St. Louis Today reports Missouri wide receiver William Franklin received a 3rd round projection from N.F.L. scouts following the 2006 season. Franklin decided to stay in school, as he hopes he can eventually work his way into the first round.

Check out our top Juniors Watch List, which we last updated in January.

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Quick glance at Clemson's Pro Day.

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N.F.L. scouts really like former University of Arkansas defensive end Jamaal Anderson.

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USA Today takes a closer look at former Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny.

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USA Today takes a closer look at former Ole Miss linebacker Patrick Willis.

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University of Utah wide receiver Marquis Wilson has been suspended indefinitely.

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University of Utah quarterback Brian Johnson has recovered from his 2006 season-ending injury.

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USA Today: At linebacker, there are few sure things in the N.F.L. Draft.

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DD.com E-Mail [Chris]:

Ohio University tight end Rudy Sylvan's Pro Day numbers were very impressive. At almost 6' 4" and 282 pounds he ran a 4.77, put up 33 reps on the bench press, broad jumped 9-8 and displayed a 34.5" vertical leap. That's explosion, even by Pat Kirwan's standards: vertical + broadjump + bench > 70.

I speak with a lot of folks in the industry and I crunch a lot of athleticism numbers. Sylvan was a prospect I identified a while ago as a possible offensive line convert. He's a devastating run blocker, tough as nails and strong as an ox. He's capable of making a few explosive plays down the field, but he's not really a natural pass catcher.

Will he get drafted high? No. Will he be drafted at all? Maybe in the 7th round, based on those tremendously explosive numbers. But make no mistake about it, he's a fascinating long term prospect.

I've been tracking some semi-explosive "big men" from mostly small schools as kind of utility players. Kyle Zaharias of Georgetown (KY), Adam Wolff of North Dakota, Larnell Ransom of little Menlo College, Eric Matthias, a shot-putter from Boise State, and J.P. Bekasiak of Toledo all had impressive workouts.

Of the group, probably only Matthias compares (numbers wise) to Sylavan and he's not really a football player. He had horribly poor shuttle and cone times, but he's a shot-putter and something tells me he's never really trained on those shuttle and cone drills like football players do. His 40 times were also all over the place -- from 5.05 to 5.25. But find me a 6' 6" and 270 pound guy that can do a standing broad jump well over 10 feet and 31 inch vertical?

DD.com Comment: You can check the workout times of the players listed above at Gil Brandt's Pro Day Results Page. We thank Chris for his informed input on some smaller school linemen with the potential to surprise people at the next level and we thank him for reading our site. We've always contended we have some of the brightest readers in cyberspace and the above E-Mail does nothing to dispel that.

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Very in-depth scouting report on Brigham Young quarterback John Beck.

DD.com Comment: By the way, we agree with the 5th round projection handed to Beck in the link above. That's were we would pick him, but with N.F.L. teams so hungry for quarterbacks, we acknowledge he "might" go a little higher.

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Check out the amazing mock draft database put forward by our friends at Hailredskins.com.

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Former Boston College strong safety Ryan Glasper should've probably redshirted the 2006 season after sustaining a serious hip injury last April, but he decided to help out his team and play through the pain. While the injury kept him from making the impact he did in 2004 and 2005 on B.C.'s talent laden defense, he did eventually work his way back into the lineup and was key contributor down the stretch for Tom O'Brien's defensive unit.

While he was not fully healed in January, he played and made an impact in the Meineke Car Care Bowl against Navy. Also, despite missing significant action as a senior, his body of work during his career at B.C. was so solid, he got an invite to the Hula Bowl and played well in front of eager N.F.L. scouts.

Glasper fell off the draft radar a bit during the 2006 season due to the injury, but it appears he's close to 100 percent healthy and training with vigor as he gets ready for B.C's Pro Day. This hard-hitting, athletic safety is definitely a player that N.F.L. scouts should keep a close eye on as the draft process goes forward.

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Respected N.F.L.com analyst Gil Brandt has just posted workout numbers for Clemson and Arkansas at his Pro Day Results Page.

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Look ahead at Michigan State's next starting quarterback -- talented junior Brian Hoyer.

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After a career season in 2006 with Cincinnati, safety Kevin Kaesviharn has signed with New Orleans.

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Two-time All-Atlantic-10 wide receiver from the University of Massachusetts Brandon London had a private workout for an AFC North team yesterday and looked very sharpe, according to a source. London measured in at a shade over 6' 4" and 213 pounds. On field turf, he ran a 4.47 40-yard dash two-times, ran a 6.53 3-cone and had a 10'2" broad jump. London is expected to workout for more scouts at Massachusetts' and Boston College's upcoming Pro Days.

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ESPN takes a closer look at former Louisiana State quarterback JaMarcus Russell.

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Former Wisconsin-Whitewater stars Derek Stanley and Pete Schmitt hope to jump from D-3 football to the N.F.L.

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In-depth look at Pro Day at the University of Oklahoma.

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Ten former Oklahoma State Cowboys work out for N.F.L. Scouts.

DD.com Comment: At any time, very soon, the link above may expire so here are some worthy notes: Anonymous N.F.L. scouts told the reporter Cowboys wide receiver D' Juan Woods, defensive tackle Ryan McBean or offensive tackle Corey Hilliard "might sneak into the third round", but it's very likely the Cowboys will not have a Day 1 selection....Defensive back Grant Jones ran a 4.53 40 and D'Juan Woods ran a 4.55 40 at Pro Day

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DD E-Mail [Ari G.]:

First of all, I wanted to say thank you for the incredible service you provide to everyone. I would love your insight to the recent amassing of wide receivers by the Patriots. Last year they spent a high pick on Chad Jackson, who towards the end of the year finally got some playing time. Are they already giving up on him? It sure looks like it by bringing in Donte Stallworth, Kelly Washington, and Wes Welker. Not to mention they still have the other receivers from last year on the roster. I would appreciate and look forward to your reply.

DD.com Reply:

Ari, thanks for the note. As for the Patriots, their moves may not necessarily reflect a lack of faith in Jackson's skills. However it could reflect a lack of faith in his ability to 1) be healthy for the season and 2) improve his route running skills. Remember he was very young coming out and the knee injury he sustained in the A.F.C. title game will undoubtedly set back his learning curve.

Wes Welker will definately help as a slot receiver and on special teams and Donte Stallworth, despite being very talented, has hamstrings like guitar strings and cannot be relied upon to play every game in a 16 game season. Kelly Washington is a lottery ticket at this point, so while they are much improved, things aren't as great as they seem with the Pats wide receiver corp. Personally we believe this spate of free agent signings might be Belichick's last gasp attempt to win one more Super Bowl with the Patriots before moving on. Rumor is that Tom Coughlin is a lame duck in New York and Belichick's dream job is with the Giants.

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The Patriots are bringing in a trio of Miami Hurricane defenders for workouts.

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N.F.L.com analyst Gil Brandt has posted last weeks University of Oregon workout numbers at his Pro Day Results Page.

DD.com Comment: Overall, those are some fairly average workout numbers. We must, however, throw some praise at Ducks' defensive end Darius Sanders, who turned in a decent workout and had a breakout season in 2006 -- 9 sacks; 11 tackles for loss. Sanders is a good athlete at 6' 5" and 273 pounds, who should garner some Day 2 draft consideration as teams are always on the look out for edge-rushers with potential.

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Utah All-American cornerback Eric Weddle led a solid group of prospects at the schools' Pro Day on Monday.

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Another look at Auburn's Pro Day.

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Bears GM Jerry Angelo: No way Auburn offensive guard Ben Grubbs falls out of round one!

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The Buffalo Bills are looking at free agent defensive end Bo Schobel, cousin of the teams' star Aaron Schobel.

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Three teams that would like to move up in the N.F.L. draft are Denver, Houston and possibly Chicago.

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Draft Daddy is pleased to present defensive back Eric Weddle's player perspective inside the Indy combine.

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Check out our most recently updated One Round Mock Draft.

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N.F.L.com analyst Gil Brandt has just posted Ohio University's workout numbers at his Pro Day Results Page.

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DD.com Comment: We thank all the Ohio Bobcat fans that have E-Mailed us in recent days and asked about the schools' Pro Day. O.U. fans seem like a very classy group.

All the Bobcats listed by Gil Brandt had impressive workouts. We got into detail regarding Matt Muncy in Friday's blog. He's a player we think very highly of. If he was a couple inches taller, he'd be an almost certain top prospect. But even at his current height, he's all football player and might surprise people at the next level. T.J. Wright isn't real big, but he's a talented cover corner, who could fit in as an extra defensive back in the N.F.L. and Rudy Sylvan is just a great athlete for his size -- he could project as a blocking tight end or offensive tackle in the N.F.L.

Also, former Bobcat wide receiver Scott Mayle missed Pro Day due to track, but make no mistake about it -- this Cat can flat out fly! He never put up the big numbers we expected him to in football, but we think he might be able to stick at the next level as a kick returner, at least. He has a chance to be drafted, between rounds 5 and 7, but it's possible he could slip through cracks and be a priority free agent.

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N.F.L.com analyst Gil Brandt has just posted Washington State's workout numbers at his Pro Day Results Page.

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The media widely reported yesterday that Dallas Cowboys linebacker Ryan Fowler had signed an offer sheet with Philadelphia. But word is he has, in fact, signed an offer sheet with Tennessee.

DD.com Theory: We think it's a pretty good move for former undrafted players like Wes Welker; Shaun Smith and Ryan Fowler to jump at big offers made by other teams and leave their original teams. Why?

Because by accepting a big offer to leave, they wipe away the stigma (for the lack of a better word) of being an undrafted free agent and become known as valued free agent signees in their new cities. Defensive tackle Sam Rayburn of the Eagles is a great example of a player who should've probably gone the free agent route. He turned in a great sophomore season for the Eagles in 2004 after going undrafted and signed a sizeable extension to stay in Philadelphia. But his career has since stalled, as it seems to us that he can't overcome the label of being an "undrafted overachiever" in Philly and the Eagles have been constantly drafting players to drop him further down on the depth chart.

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N.F.L.com analyst Gil Brandt has just posted Ohio State's workout numbers at his Pro Day Results Page.

DD.com Comment: We already commented on Roy Hall's excellent Pro Day performance over the weekend. In addition, former linebacker/fullback Stan White Jr turned in a nice workout for a blocking fullback. That's the type of effort a player that did not receive a Combine or All-Star game invite needs to catch the attention of scouts.

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Some initial information on Auburn University's Pro Day.

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One of the more fascinating prospects as the draft process goes forward could be Northwestern Oklahoma State's surprisingly nimble 6' 3", 345 pound defensive tackle LaRon Harris.

Harris, a former high school All-American and transfer from the University of Tennessee, reportedly put on a nice show at a recent workout -- ran a 1.7 10 yard shuttle, did 33 bench press reps, displayed a 33.5" vertical leap and ended it all with a back flip at 345 pounds.

The knock on him at Tennessee was he was not a real hard worker, but he seems to have become more focused as he's gotten older and he's very athletic for his size. We think this player could factor into the nose tackle mix on draft day, if these stats are true. The "Planet Theory" (only so many very athletic big or tall men on the Planet) always leads to a bumper crop of surprising picks of big athletes based purely on potential and Harris "might" fit that mold.

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NFL.com Senior Analyst Pat Kirwan has Adrian Peterson falling to #12 in his most recent Mock Draft.

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Check out the all the news from Canada's version of the Combine at CFL.ca.

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Closer look at former University of Arizona wide receiver/draft prospect Syndric Steptoe.

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Could Central Florida wide receiver Mike Walker be another Colston?

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Former Grand Valley State wide receiver Eric Fowler seeks a shot in the N.F.L.

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In-depth look at the Detroit Lions draft options.

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We have just updated our top 32 Big Board and Top 10 rankings. We have also updated our Big School Surprise and Top Small Schoolers lists.

DD.com Comment: We will try to update these lists almost daily, as we take in information from Pro Days. The Big School Surprise and Small School list should be the most "fluid" during these Pro Days.

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In-depth look at the University of Missouri's most recent Pro Day.

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Another look former Arizona Wildcats running back Chris Herny, who has caught the attention of scouts in workouts.

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As we reported yesterday, Ohio State's backup wide receiver Roy Hall had a great showing at O.S.U's Pro Day.

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Raiders DC Rob Ryan obsevations on Hawaii Warriors: "I like the defensive end (Ikaika Alama-Francis)," Ryan said. "I really like the offensive lineman (Samson Satele). I call him 'Bad Ass.' The free safety (Leonard Peters) is pretty good, too."

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Ohio State WR Ted Ginn Jr. could not run due to injury at his school's pro day. Will this affect his stock? Cleveland GM Phil Savage doesn't think it will. He commented "... everyone knows he can run and everyone is anticipating he will run before the draft. What you're buying in Ted Ginn Jr. is a speed merchant, a guy who can change the structure of the defense."

In other Ohio State news, QB Troy Smith turned in an impressive workout.

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Hoping to upgrade the wide receiving corps further after the addition of Wes Welker, New England signs free agent WR Donte Stallworth to a new deal.

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Louisville RB Michael Bush planning to run at March 26 pro day.

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When NFL GMs look for "franchise" running backs, they historically look for players a few inches shorter than Michael Bush. Despite this, Bush has potential as a Brandon Jones-type big back in a tandem.

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We believe the Oakland Raiders will find a way not to take a QB at 1 overall slot. Bay area beat writer agrees.

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DD E-Mail [Bredden]:

Please explain to me how you've left Mark Bihl -- OC Michigan -- off of the draft snub list when you have other players on there who are lesser prospects and played in lesser conferences? Mark was a Rimington award finalist that helped Michigan to a huge season and top 25 rankings in total offense, rushing offense, and helped Mike Hart average about 120 ypg. If you watched Michigan, you saw many of Hart's big runs were in right behind Bihl.

DD Reply: Mark Bihl and former South Carolina center Chris White were two centers we felt very uncomfortable about leaving off that list. Bihl is a legitimate candidate to play in the N.F.L. due to his pedigree and experience. Unfortunately there's usually one reason why offensive linemen such as Bihl don't get invites, it's because scouts don't feel their foot speed and overall athletic is unique enough to warrant a Combine invite.

However, that doesn't mean that Bihl's quest to make it in the N.F.L. is over, far from it - he could get on roster as a latter round pick or undrafted free agent and play for a decade - it happens all the time, especially at the center position. Hank Fraley, Jeff Saturday and Shaun O'Hara are just a few examples that spring to mind. It's also possible that scouts are wrong about his footspeed and athletic ability, and Bihl will get his shot to prove that at the Michigan's Pro Day and in private workouts.

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No major media outlets have officially reported on Ohio State's Pro Day, yet, but word around the football world is backup wide receiver Roy Hall really tore up O.S.U.'s fast track, posting unofficial times of 4.35 and 4.38 in the 40 yard dash. Hall, who collected 13 receptions for 147 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2006, did not receive a Combine invite, but he did play in the Hula Bowl.

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Respected N.F.L.com analyst Gil Brandt has posted workout numbers from a couple dozen schools at his Pro Day Results page.

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Ed Thompson takes an in-depth look at former Washington State/Montana quarterback Josh Swogger.

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Closer look at top future N.F.L. prospect Zack Bowman, a cornerback from Nebraska.

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Former ULM defensive backs Kevin Payne and Chaz Williams took a step on Friday toward erasing some disappointing 40-yard dash times at last month’s N.F.L. Combine.

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Former University of Washington star Isaiah Stanback's quest to become a quarterback at the next level continues.

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Another look at Purdue's Pro Day.

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Fast rising guard/center Andy Alleman impresses scouts at Akron's Pro Day.

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Several pro prospects hope to make an impression on the 100 or so NFL coaches and scouts at Ohio State today, and they won’t have to worry about injured Ted Ginn Jr. getting in the way.

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Scouts take a look at wide receiver Micah Rucker and others at Eastern Illinois' junior pro day.

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Jacksonville Jaguars Vice President of Player Personnel James Harris has co-authored a new book on the history of black quarterbacks.

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Pat Kirwan: Rush on rushers might cost the Oklahoma Sooners' Adrian Peterson.

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Some numbers are in from Purdue's Pro Day and defensive end Anthony Spencer did a good job.

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Former University of Miami (Ohio) wide receiver/outfielder Ryne Robinson impressed scouts at his Pro Day.

DD.com Comment: Robinson, who was invited to the Combine, ran a pair of 4.49 40's at Miami's Pro Day today. He was a high impact punt returner for the RedHawks, who posted back-to-back 1,100 yard (plus) receiving seasons in 2005 and 2006. Very good Day 2 prospect for a team looking for a tough slot receiver and special teams help. Actually, with baseball's draft being 50 rounds, we would not be surprised if a Major League team used a pick on Robinson, despite the fact he's 100% devoted to making it in the N.F.L.

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Former Ohio Bobcats linebacker Matt Muncy did a nice job at the schools' Pro Day today. Per our info, he measured in at 6005 and 242 pounds and posted the following numbers:

37"-- Vertical leap

26 -- bench press reps

4.58 -- 40 yard dash

7.13 -- 3 cone drill

4.22 -- short shuttle

DD.com Comment: That's a great overall workout for a linebacker. As we have stated in the blog since 2005, this is a kid we think can really surprise people and make it in the N.F.L. -- much like former Akron linebacker Chase Blackburn (Giants) did in 2005 and former Miami (Ohio) linebacker John Busing (Bengals) did in 2006. Muncy is a former high impact high school tailback/safety, who was moved to linebacker in college. This two-time first-team All-MAC selection has been a defensive stalwart for the Bobcats since his sophomore season in 2004 and, more importantly, despite bulking up in college, he's retained his tailback like speed.

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Former Arizona State tight end Zach Miller made amends for some shaky moments at the N.F.L. Combine by running faster and catching almost everything thrown his way at the schools' Pro Day on Friday.

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The New York Giants have traded wide receiver Tim Carter to Cleveland for running back Ruben Droughns.

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Running back Dominic Rhodes leaves the Super Bowl champs to sign with the Oakland Raiders.

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In-depth look at Texas Tech's recent Pro Day.

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Former Southern California/Nevada-Las Vegas cornerback Eric Wright is impressing scouts with speed and athletic ability.

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Southern Cal football player in trouble over racist web page?

DD.com Comment: Much-ado about nothing. This is one of the dumbest, media-created controversies we've ever seen. Here is the bottom line: In a politically correct world, U.S.C. coach Todd McNair should not have dubbed a group of players "White Nation". By the same token, Clay Matthews should not have gone the "Howard Stern route", by publicly posting his racial banter, even if it was a joke.

However, as we continually find out over and over again, there is a divide between what athletes believe is just some verbal sparring (locker room talk) and what the media believes athletes should say and how they should act.

McNair's and Matthews major crime is they didn't graduate from the mainstream media's political correctness school (Paula Zahn University?). No long term harm seems to be done to U.S.C.'s football team and good job by Pete Carroll and Mike Garrett to squelch this.

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Quick glance at rising former Central Florida wide receiver Mike Walker.

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Former All-WAC center Kyle Young was among the players who worked at Fresno State's Pro Day.

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Closer look at Texas-El-Paso's Pro Day.

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In-depth look at Rutgers' Pro Day.

Another look at Rutgers' Pro Day.

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University of Nebraska left tackle Chris Patrick will forego his senior season and enter the NFL’s Supplemental Draft.

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University of Nebraska at Omaha Tight end Zac Herold was the big attraction at the schools' pro day this week

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We'll probably never have a MLB Draft section, but here's a fascinating pro baseball prospect: Daniel Schlereth, son of ESPN's Mark Schlereth.

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Check out Mel Kiper's Top 25 Big Board.

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Tennessee quarterback/future N.F.L. prospect Erik Ainge will likely have surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

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Our friends over at nfldraftguys.com have just posted their recap of the N.F.L. Combine.

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A pair of lesser known Rutgers cornerbacks post fancy 40 times at Pro Day.

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Q&A with former University of Virginia cornerback Marcus Hamilton.

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Former Stanford linebacker Michael Okwo looked good at the schools' Pro Day.

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Former Troy State safety Brandon Condren puts forth a nice display at Pro Day.

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DD.com E-Mail [Scout]:

Let's look at the guards in the draft. Athletically, Andy Alleman is the best. He had the best 10 yard run - 1.71, best broad jump, and best vertical of the top 10 guards according to Combine information. Throw the 40 times out the window because offensive linemen played in the box (within 10 yards from their position).

Alleman is very explosive off the line of scrimmage, he is as tough as they come, and do not forget he was a defensive end at Pitt before he transferred to Akron and has played offensive guard for only 2 seasons. He best days are ahead of him and he will be a "value" pick in the 2nd round....Alleman is big at 6'4"/305 and if you watch film like I do, he plays as good in the 4th quarter as he does in the 1st quarter. This tells me he has great stamina. He is an under-hyped guy who people are missing the boat on. NFL Draft Scout has him the #5 guard. He could be higher than that.

DD.com Comment: Check Sunday's blog for a great article on Alleman..."Scout" is a regular E-Mailer here at DD.com. He tells us he's been involved in football for over 30 years. Actually, we think we know who "scout" is and welcome his input. He's proven over time that he's very good at breaking down offensive and defensive line prospects.

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Talented small school quarterback Jeff Smith of Georgetown College (Ky.) is starting to get increased attention from N.F.L. teams. We were told the strong-armed, 6' 5" (plus) signal caller recently had a "great workout" in front of scouts from Indianapolis (who likes him a lot), Cleveland and Cincinnati at his schools' Pro Day. At least two A.F.C. teams have set up private workouts for Smith and we would not be surprised if a few more teams ask for a closer look.

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At least three former University of Michigan Wolverines raised their stock at the N.F.L. Combine.

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We once again updated our list of Top Free Agents. It's updated, in the sense that we have noted several transactions (re-signings, signings, ect).

DD.com Comment: We listed former Chicago Bears' safeties Cameron Worrell and Todd Johnson as restricted free agents when we first did the list, because both missed an entire season due to injuries and we were unsure of their exact status (restricted or unrestricted)....At this point, it doesn't matter as both found new teams today.

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Q&A with former U.C.L.A./Cal-Davis offensive tackle Elliot Vallejo.

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Baltimore sends three draft picks to Buffalo for running back Willis McGahee.

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N.F.L. teams are calling to inquire about former University of Arizona running back Chris Henry's attitude.

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Former University of Florida wide receiver Dallas Baker runs well at the Gators Pro Day, despite suffering from the flu.

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After poor reviews at the N.F.L. Combine, Buckeyes quarterback Troy Smith needs a good performance at Pro Day.

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Eccentric middle linebacker Mark Zalewski was among the talented Wisconsin seniors who worked out at the Badgers Pro Day.

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Former Nebraska tight end Matt Herian, who's career has been harmed by injuries, comes up with a nice showing at the Huskers Pro Day.

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Draft Daddy audio interview with Nebraska linebacker Stewart Bradley during Senior Bowl week.

Draft Daddy audio interview with Nebraska defensive end Jay Moore during Senior Bowl week.

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Q&A with former Brown University linebacker Zak DeOssie, who impressed at the NFL Combine.

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Tennessee will look to former U.S.C. tailback LenDale White to replace Travis Henry.

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Former University of Florida quarterback Chris Leak surprised by low Wonderlic score rumor.

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Our friends over at nfldraftguys.com have some Pro Day info, including the suprisingly positive results from a pair of Eastern Michigan prospects.

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NFL.com Senior Analyst Pat Kirwan: How signings affect the draft and other vets.

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More information on the University of Florida's Pro Day.

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Former Nebraska defensive end Adam Carriker runs an insane forty-time for a 290 pound defensive end at Pro Day!

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Draft Daddy audio interview with Nebraska defensive end Adam Carriker during Senior Bowl week.

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Here are some results from the University of Kentucky's Pro Day:

Durrell White (OLB/DE) Height: 6' 02.0" Weight: 248 lbs Bench: 16 reps 40-yd: 4.87 Short Shuttle: 4.41 Vertical: 29" Broad: 9'0" - Started at OLB in Freshman and Sophomore years in SEC, was named Freshmen All-American Team. Moved to DE as Junior and Senior because of team's lack of defensive linemen. He had never played the position but still named most improved player by UK's coaches. He will be good OLB in 3-4 defense.

Trai Williams (OG/C) Height: 6' 01.5" Weight: 290 lbs Bench: 35 reps 40-yd: 5.13 Short Shuttle: 4.69 Vertical: 28.5" Broad: 8'3" - 3 year starter who played both guard positions and center (when McCutchan was injured for 3 games in 2006). Bench Press over 450 lbs. He is strong as an ox and athletic enough to develop on a team's practice squad.

Matt McCutchan (C/LS) - 5 Long Snaps: All between 0.68 - 0.71 seconds Height: 6'01.8" Weight: 292 lbs Bench: 18 reps 40-yd: 5.48 Short Shuttle: 4.62 Vertical: 24.5" Broad: 7'6" - Former walk-on that started last 3 years at Center in the SEC. He is undersized but performs at a high level. Coaches tried to recruit over him for 3 years, but his non-stop motor outworked the better athletes.

Mike Aitcheson (OG) Height: 6'02" Weight: 290 lbs Bench: 16 reps 40-yd: 5.54 Short Shuttle: 4.78 Vertical: 22" Broad: 7'0" Started at both guard positions in Soph. and Junior years. Moved to right tackle in Senior year and made 2nd team All-SEC. He is a natural guard at the next level.

In the Junior Class, Keenan Burton (WR) ran 4.45; Andre Woodson (QB) ran 4.7; Jacob Tamme (TE) 4.52; Wesley Woodyard (LB) 4.47.

DD.com Comment: We thank a true DD.com friend for sending us the results. Looks like the Wildcat's have some fascinating senior prospects that could surprise in the latter rounds or as priority free agents....And about the junior class: Wow!!!!

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Former University of Florida safety Reggie Nelson displays drastically improved speed at the Gators' Pro Day.

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Draft Daddy audio interview with University of Florida safety Reggie Nelson during Senior Bowl week.

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Amazingly, someone with nothing better to do, sent us an E-Mail stating Ingle Martin threw "only" a 61 MPH fastball at the 2006 Combine, not 65 MPH. We hate to bore the 1,000's of real readers (each day) over a few zealots, but we must respond that our friends at Footballs future did report Martin threw 65 MPH's.

We apologize ahead of time to the militant zealots if we were off by a scant 4 MPH's. You see, we don't have all day to look up and "confirm" the numbers. I wonder how many MPH's the relatively "aged" Chris Weinke threw at his Combine?

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Former Arkansas-Pine Bluff star Jackie Skipper, a top center in 1-AA football, hopes to play pro football.

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Speedy outside linebacker Mickey Pimentel was a big star at Cal's Pro Day?

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Prospective draftees -- like Cal's Marshawn Lynch -- subject to great personal scrutiny in today's N.F.L.

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As we predicted in Sunday Night's blog notes (3/4), former Sam Houston State running back D.D. Terry really put on a show at Sam Houston's Pro Day.

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USA Today Draft check: Defensive ends plentiful; defensive tackles scarce.

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The Daily Trojan: Former Southern Cal wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett was wise "not running" at the Combine.

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Former North Dakota State safety Craig Dahl clocked in at 4.49 at the Bison's Pro Day yesterday.

DD.com Comment: Dahl has been one of the better defenders at the 1-AA level since he arrived at N.D.S.U. If he is drafted -- and we think he has a good chance to be, the Chicago Bears could be a likely destination.

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Boise State linebacker Korey Hall may be asked to play fullback in the N.F.L.

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N.F.L. "draft expert" Rob Rang compares soon-to-be 26 year old Brigham Young quarterback John Beck to Hall of Famer Joe Montana, then states Beck's the 3rd best quarterback in the draft.

DD.com Comment: In case anyone was wondering, the top "flame-thrower" at the 2006 Combine was Ingle Martin: 65 mph.

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A source of our's out in the Bay Area has informed us that Marshawn Lynch's backup/friend Marcus O'Keith put forward a nice display at Cal's Pro Day today -- running a pair of sub 4.5 40's (4.42 & 4.45 unofficially) and looked real solid, overall, in workouts. Based on his workout times and production at Cal (when he got a chance), O'Keith merits a long look as a free agent, at least.

The source also informed us that Cal-Berkeley's All-American cornerback Daymeion Hughes, who ran his 40's in the mid-4.6's at the Combine, shaved his time down to 4.56 at Pro Day. Also, Cal-Poly cornerback Courtney Brown -- one of the better DB's in 1-AA football -- displayed a 41 inch vertical leap in front of N.F.L. scouts.

DD.com Comment: Pro Day times can vary from scout to scout (depending who's holding the stop watch), so the times for the players we mentioned above may be a little different when they are posted at NFL.com

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In-depth look at University of Arkansas tailback/future N.F.L. prospect Darren McFadden.

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In-depth look at some of the Hampton University Pirates' top draft prospects.

DD.com Comment: The link above may or may not be broken. When it does download, it's really worth reading....Five Hampton Pirates were invited to last months' Combine. That's a record for a D1-AA school, according to Gil Brandt.

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Our good friend Russ in Cincinnati wanted to know what's going on with former Oregon wide receiver Jordan Kent?

Russ, Kent did not compete at the Combine due to a toe injury, but if he can show excellent speed and agility at his Pro Day (assuming he's ready to go), the 6' 5" athlete might be selected on the second day of the draft as a "developmental prospect".

Jordan Kent, the son of O.U's hoops coach Ernie Kent, played on the Ducks' basketball team for three seasons and he even competed on the schools' track team -- he's got a solid mix of size, speed and athletic ability. He was a decent role player in b-ball, but he eventually realized he had almost no future in the N.B.A., so he decided to walk-on to the football team in 2005. He had limited success last season, but did improve quite a bit in 2006 (44 rec -- 491 yards and 4 TD's).

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Former University of North Carolina wide receiver Jesse Holley impresses at the Tar Heels' Pro Day.

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Respected N.F.L.com analyst Gil Brandt has posted Boise State's workout numbers at his Pro Day Results page.

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Sportsline.com's Risers and Fallers.

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Short video link of former Nebraska quarterback Zach Taylor talking about his draft chances.

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Q&A with former Northwestern offensive guard Ryan Keenan.

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Quick glance at former Clemson wide receiver Chansi Stuckey.

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In-depth look at former Michigan wide receiver/kick-returner Steve Breaston.

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Closer look at former Louisville/James Madison quarterback Justin Ruscati.

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Free Agent WR Kevin Curtis has fired his agent (Tom Condon), and will have to wait five business days to hire another.

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Seahawks sign defensive end Patrick Kerney to a deal with nearly twenty million dollars guarunteed.

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Patriots looked very interested in Florida State linebacker Buster Davis, who ran a 4.67 40-yard dash at the Combine.

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Wide receiver Logan Payne and several other Minnesota Gophers displayed their skills for scouts at the schools' Pro Day.

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DD.com E-Mail [Rob]:

I am shocked that Eric Weddle isn't in you top 10 safties. He showed over the course of the season that he is far superior to John Wendling, in the Senior Bowl he made more plays than any other safety. Oh yeah, he ran a 4.48 40 at the combine, ran on of the faster 20 yard times, has the hands of a reciever, and is more versitile than any player in the draft. Please tell me it is just a mistake and you really meant to put him in the top 5 but forgot. If you need any more reasons go watch the Emerald Bowl when Utah played Georiga Tech. (He played man coverage on Calvin Johnson almost the entire game. Johnson had 2 catched for 14 yards). Get over the work out times and big school bias and look at the player on the field too. If you actually did your homework and watched film and studied a player as a whole, you'd get more accurate results. I don't think that Weddle is the best safety in the draft, but I can't think of more than 2 I would consider over him. LaRon Landry for sure and maybe Michael Griffin.

DD.com Reply:

No mistake on our part, Rob. We have Eric Weddle ranked as a "cornerback", which is the position he made All-American at in 2006. He was also played cornerback (and some safety) when we watched him at the Senior Bowl and he was listed as a cornerback on the Combine roster, so we have to wonder why you assumed he would only be listed as a safety?

As you noted, he did shut-down Calvin Johnson in a 2005 bowl game and ran pretty well at the Combine, which makes this theory that he "must move to safety" in the N.F.L. more absurd to us. We recently updated the cornerback rankings and ranked Eric in the top 10. Considering how valued corners are on draft day, any top 10 cornerback projects as a Day one pick.

By the way, we have talked to Weddle personally and will be printing an interview on his combine experiences in the coming days. We like him a lot as a player and person and hope he does well at the next level, whether he plays cornerback or safety. If you ever meet Eric Weddle, you'll find out why he's a very easy person to like. He'll be a great addition to any N.F.L. team.

P.S: Rob, thank for the input. But please leave a return address if want to be assured a reply in the future. We try to answer all-constructive E-Mails and contact page messages.

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Tight end Kevin Boss is isn't the only N.F.L. prospect from tiny Western Oregon, check out the Q&A with Wolves tailback Eliot Vinzant.

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The Chicago Bears reached a preliminary agreement to trade running back Thomas Jones to the New York Jets for a second-round draft pick.

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DRAFT BUZZ: The Oakland Raiders returned from the NFL Scouting Combine less convinced that Louisiana State quarterback JaMarcus Russell is their man for the top pick.

DD.com Comment: Since 1965 only two wide receivers have been drafted #1 overall in the N.F.L. Draft -- Irving Fryar in 1984 and Keyshawn Johnson in 1996.

It most be noted, however, that, perhaps, the top two N.F.L. prospects in the spring of 1984 -- B.Y.U. quarterback Steve Young and Nebraska running back Mike Dozier -- signed to play in the U.S.F.L. prior to the N.F.L. Draft, so that clearly helped pave the way for Fryar being picked #1 overall.

Also, in retrospect, the New York Jets clearly made a mistake drafting Keyshawn Johnson, who only possessed 4.6 speed coming out, over Jonathan Ogden or Simeon Rice. The Jets were really down and out at that point (the "Rich Kotite era") and were looking for a quick surge of positive media attention. Johnson, who had made a huge splash in the 1996 Rose Bowl (12 rec-216 yards), which got a lot of media attention because the Cinderella Northwestern Wildcats faced Southern Cal (Chicago vs. L.A.), quickly became a favorite of the New York media, that really pushed for that pick to be made.

As far as Calvin Johnson is concerned, we think he's clearly the best prospect in this draft class and he would make a worthy #1 overall pick -- much more so than Keyshawn Johnson was.

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The Patriots acquired receiver Wes Welker from the Miami Dolphins today for undisclosed draft choices, the team announced.

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Check out this One Round Mock Draft from NFL.com senior analyst Pat Kirwan.

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The University of Miami's 13-year run of having at least one first-round draft choice appears to be safe thanks to tight end Greg Olsen?

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Former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn finally works out for N.F.L. scouts.

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San Jose State student newspaper takes an in-depth look at Spartans wide receive James Jones.

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Amazingly, the Kansas City Chiefs, who may lose middle linebacker Kawika Mitchell to free agency, are moving promising young linebacker Boomer Grigsby to fullback?

DD.com Comment: The majority of these mid-career (average N.F.L. career is 4 seasons) moves from linebacker to fullback do not yield "stars", as Herm Edwards suggested. The end result is the player is used as a stop-gap in the short term, until a better rounded fullback is brought in. Same can be said of mid-career moves from the D-Line to the O-Line.

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The Patriots are hoping to sign restricted free agent Wes Welker.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Chasing mediocre quarterbacks a clear sign of desperation?

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Free agent status steams Chicago Bears' linebacker Lance Briggs.

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Closer look at fast rising offensive guard prospect Andy Alleman of Akron.

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In-depth look at Notre Dame's first Pro Day.

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One draft prospect to keep a very close on this upcoming week is Sam Houston State running back D.D. Terry. This is an athlete with excellent size (6' 2', 200) and speed that might really surprise people as the draft process moves forward.

An inside source told us that had Terry been at the Combine, he would have posted a surprisingly fast 40 time and really turned heads. He only played running back for one season (2006) at Sam Houston, but he set a new Southland Conference record for rushing yards during that season. Prior to last season, he played outside linebacker and even lead the Kats in tackles as a junior. His potential is untapped, and we think that will intrigue teams. His Pro Day is coming up on Tuesday, so stay tuned for more information!

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The Houston Texans have reportedly signed free agent running back Ahman Green.

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Former Texas Christian offensive tackle Herbert Taylor talks about his experiences leading up to the N.F.L. Draft.

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N.F.L.com analyst Gil Brandt has posted information on Brady Quinn's workout at his Pro Day Results page.

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The Dallas Cowboys are close to signing top free agent offensive tackle Leonard Davis .

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Free agent wide receiver Drew Bennett explains why he signed with the St. Louis Rams.

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Drafting Notre Dame's Brady Quinn would not be a smart move for Cleveland?

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Respected N.F.L.com analyst Gil Brandt has posted Texas A&M's workout numbers at his Pro Day Results page.

DD.com Comments: Linebacker Justin Warren is a quality football player, but we have to believe posting a 4.90 has to be a bit disappointing for him. Warren did attend the Combine, but he did not run....Wide receiver Chad Schroeder, a converted quarterback, had an excellent overall workout, although we would not have been surprised if he ran in the low 4.4's. We think he's a draftable N.F.L. prospect (5th to 7th round), but after not receiving a Combine invite or a chance to play in a major all-star game, all signs point to him being a priority free agent....Looks like safety Melvin Bullitt put on a nice show for scouts. His excellent Pro Day showing, coupled with a solid week of practice at the East-West Shrine game, might give him a chance to be selected in the middle frames -- 5th to 6th round?

A little more info on Texas A&M's Pro Day.

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Former Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny said he accomplished what he wanted at the NFL Combine — except in the 40-yard dash.

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Closer at look at the University of Miami's recent Pro Day.

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Another look at the University of Miami's recent Pro Day.

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In-depth look at former Tulsa University linebacker Nick Bunting.

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Respected Dallas News writer Rick Gosselin's Scouting Combine Report.

DD.com Comment: Registration is free to read The Dallas News and all it's affiliated papers. Rick Gosselin has put together 5 pages of excellent post-Combine info, which are very much worth checking out for any avid draft follower.

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Check out the amazing mock draft database put forward by our friends at Hailredskins.com.

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DD.com Site News: By the way, we've removed most of the B.Y.U. "clutter" from the blog, as we realize most readers could care less. For our friends at Cougar Board, please check out our new NBA Draft Daddy section....Our Sophomore rankings should keep you folks busy.

Imagine a 6' 11", 245 pound hoopster with a 41" vertical and the ability to run a 4.6 40 on grass! If he was a bit shorter, he could be a nice wide receiver prospect....By the way, just like at the football section, byucougars.com's b-ball section doesn't give the date of birth for it's athletes. Quite odd, we think?

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Respected N.F.L.com analyst Gil Brandt has Miami-Florida's workout numbers at his Pro Day Results page.

DD.com Comments: Most of the top Hurricanes ran at the Combine, so there were few surprises at their Pro Day. Running back Tyrone Moss did improve his reported 4.7 Combine 40 time, which is moderately good news for him....We'll be on the look out for any news regarding Jon Beason's knee. Hopefully it's a very minor condition.

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The Tampa Bay Bucs have signed veteran quarterback Jeff Garcia.

DD.com Comment: Well, it looks like our league source jumped the gun a bit yesterday, saying Garcia would sign with the Raiders. As the link above shows, Garcia had basically agreed to play for the Raiders, but things seemed to break down when it was reported Jake Plummer didn't want to play in Tampa.

As far as our source, he's done a great job throwing out some rumors floating around league. He reported Nate Clements' exact signing bonus to the dollar two days before he signed, told us Bucs linebacker Shelton Quarles would likely miss the upcoming season (and perhaps be forced to retire) before the Florida media put it in print and informed us Tennessee would cut Travis Henry. He also predicted some other things right. However, some of his predictions where off, but that happens in sports where players and agents change their minds minute to minute.

Although we will not divulge the source, we can say he was present at the Combine workouts, which means he's not part of the media or an agent. We know what he does and he is an N.F.L. "insider".

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The Denver Broncos have acquired veteran defensive lineman Dan Wilkinson from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a sixth-round pick.

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Q&A with former Grand Valley State defensive end Derrick Jones.

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Respected N.F.L.com analyst Gil Brandt has kicked off his Pro Day coverage with looks at T.C.U's and S.M.U.'s results.

DD.com Comments: T.C.U.'s Marvin White is a quality safety, who should get some Day 2 consideration after a decent showing at the Combine and Pro Day. He's a big fellow that plays/hits hard and can run fairly well....We have known for quite a while that Frogs wide receiver Michael DePriest is a great athlete. The fact that he only had 50 career receptions at T.C.U., however, means he'll likely have to go the free agent route. But he could be a solid developmental type prospect for some team.

Very nice job by Justin Rogers of S.M.U., who did not receive a Combine invite, but was certainly worthy of an invite after collecting 9.5 sacks and 15 TFL's in 2006 for the Mustangs. He's a very good athlete for his size and a possible Day 2 selection....Safety Joe Sturdivant, who was highly regarded coming out of high school, had a great career at S.M.U. While his 40 times won't wow many scouts, he does deserve a chance in the N.F.L., perhaps as a free agent that will compete for a special teams roster spot?

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The most prolific tight end in Miami Dolphins history -- Randy McMichael -- is on the trading block.

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Yahoo! Sports rates the top Outside Linebackers.

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Quick glance at former Elon College star/N.F.L. prospect Chad Nkang.

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Former Texas Christian quarterback Jeff Ballard hopes he impressed scouts yesterday at the Frogs Pro Day.

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Clemson coach Tommy Bowden reiterated Friday that rising junior James Davis and rising sophomore C.J. Spiller will compete for the starting position at tailback.

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Notre Dame lands impact recruit Mike Golic Jr., a 4.0 student at Northwest Catholic (Conn.) and son of ESPN analyst Mike Golic.

DD.com Comment: Golic Jr. is also the nephew of former Notre Dame star/N.F.L. Pro Bowler Bob Golic, who went on to portray Michael Rodgers in "Saved By the Bell - The College Years".

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AOL Sports: Did San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan make a racially offensive comment yesterday?

DD.com Comment: If he made that comment, we think it should be deemed offensive to both white and black athletes: White athletes aren't good enough; black athletes can't stay out of trouble.

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With Dwayne Bowe and Craig Davis headed to the N.F.L., Early Doucet could become L.S.U.'s top wide receiver.

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Repsected NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt's early first-round projections.

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Closer look at Justin Durant and four other talented Hampton Pirates that worked out in Indy.

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Yahoo Sports! N.F.L. Combine winners and losers.

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Yahoo Sports! Top 40-yard Dash Times by position from the Combine.

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This is a huge surprise to us: Wide receiver Drew Bennett is strongly considering signing with the Rams.

DD.com Comment: Unless something is going down that we are not aware of (like Ike Bruce retiring or Tory Holt being traded) this "potential" move makes zero sense from Bennett's perspective, unless he wants to be a back-up!....Why else would Kevin Curtis leave the Rams and not even consider returning?

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The Rams have acquire defensive end James Hall from the Lions for a 5th round draft pick.

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Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn says N.F.L. players must watch off-field behavior.

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ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli: Top 30 unfettered players in free agency.

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ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli: 15 quality unrestricted free agents Flying Below the Radar.

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Scout.com lists the Restricted Free Agents and lists their tender offers.

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Veteran quarterback Jake Plummer has been traded to Tampa Bay, but will he retire instead?

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Pitcher Jeff Samardzija could take the fast track to the bigs.

DD.com Comment: Better not rush him too fast Cubbies, or this will blew up in your face! Remember, this formerly elite wide receiver, posted a very "average" E.R.A. (4.33) in a relatively poor Big East (baseball) Conference last season. And lets not forget the thumping he took last spring against the University of Minnesota at the Metrodome. If he gets lit up like a Christmas tree against the Gophers, imagine what Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and the Minnesota Twins would do to him this spring?

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Q&A with former Nevada-Reno tight end Anthony Pudwell.

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Closer look at Illinois State wide receiver Laurent Robinson, who impressed at the Combine.

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A few random Post-Combine Notes/Rumors from a "inside source" we had in Indy:

Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn faxed letters to the league office for distribution to all 32 teams telling them he will be unavailable for interviews the weekend of his pro day. Bad -- and I mean horrible -- call by his folks!....The Patriots are in hot pursuit of Lance Briggs, who does not want to play in a 3-4. However, if he gets paid what he wants he will pull a "Rosevelt Colvin" and just accept his new role.

The N.E. Patriots, Jacksonville, Tennessee and Green Bay have gotten into the Randy Moss sweepstakes....The Oakland Raiders are keeping running back Lamont Jordon and wide receiver Jerry Porter and will put Robert Gallery at right tackle and keep him there. They also want tight end Daniel Graham of the Patriots, but Graham is getting bid up to $5 million per season, thanks to a weak tight end draft class.

The New York Jets are considering bringing in Derrick Dockery of the Redskins to play at guard or right tackle. Gang Green is also thinking about signing Leonard Davis of the Arizona Cardinals to play RT....Look for former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter to land in Arizona -- he'll re-unite with former Steeler coaches Ken Wisenhunt and Russ Grimm.

Tennessee has the inside track on free agent cornerback Nate Clements -- $22 million signing bonus....Defensive end Patrick Kerney is not getting the love he left in Atlanta. I think he is disappointed, but he'll get a nice deal. St. Louis, Denver, Seattle, Tennessee and Buffalo are interested!....Seattle is trying deal wide receiver Darrell Jackson to Jacksonville for a 2nd or 3rd round pick.... The Buffalo Bills head honcho Marv Levy "might" cut linebacker Takeo Spikes today, as his new deal has not gone well.

The Patriots are worried about some team coming after cornerback Randall Gay, a restricted free agent. They really want to keep him and he got a high tender because they know the Jets love the kids' potential....Tampa Bay linebacker Shelton Quarles "might" miss all of next season with a hip problem (AVN)....Ruben Droughns of Cleveland maybe cut because of his $1.75 million roster bonus due next week....Wide receiver Drew Bennett is headed west to San Francisco and could get up to $12 million in signing bonus money.

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Having learned a lesson or two from last year's dubious haul of offseason signings, the Washington Redskins have altered their approach a bit as they prepare for the start of free-agency.

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Don Banks: The Detroit Lions shake up the top of draft with a big trade.

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DD.com E-Mail [Coyote]:

The Detroit Lions filled two needs at low Cap cost for the next two seasons. They now have a starting running back in Tatum Bell, who -- if Kevin Jones is slow to heal -- can start. And, once K.J. is back from his injury, he gives the Lions a nice one-two punch at tailback.

George Foster gives them an experienced starter at right tackle. He did have issues with the head coach in Denver, but started most of the games during the last three seasons. Damien Woody is at Duke University, in some weight reduction fitness clinic. If he shows up in shape in a few weeks then the Lions have a very big and strong right side.

I think they will take Joe Thomas, but rumors are (and they are just rumors) that other teams have talked to the Lions about trading for the #2 pick. Detroit radio is reporting that the Lions will go after free agent wide receiver Kevin Curtis. If they can't sign him, they might just take Calvin Johnson at #2 -- if he's available.

Detroit also likes Clemson's Gaines Adams at defensive end and will watch closely to see what Arkansas defensive end Jamal Anderson does at his pro day. Also, all indications point to the fact that they will chase free agent defensive end Dwayne White of Tampa Bay.

DD.com Comment: Coyote is an avid Lions fan, who has been providing us with draft and free agent news from the Motor City for quite a while. As always, we thank Coyote for the E-Mail and the support.

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Check our brand new Cap Cuts Page from time to time for updated info on brand new free agents.

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Former University of Washington quarterback Isaiah Stanback looking forward to future in N.F.L.

DD.com Comment: We may be in the minority, but we think Zeus Stanback's best postion at the next level could be quarterback. Most N.F.L. scout types tell us how he'll make a great pro receiver and we don't disagree that he has a lot potential. However, when he played wide out at Washington early in his career he had limited success. At quarterback, however, he showed a lot of potential and improved quite a bit from 2005 to 2006. If Stanback was drafted as a quarterback, we readily admit he would be mostly a developmental prospect, due to his inexperience at the position and average height (6' 2"). But he'd be a fascinating quarterback project, who could play some wide receiver and special teams until he's ready to get behind center full time.

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A few more random Combine Notes from a "inside source" we had in Indy:

Looks like the deal went down today for Dre Bly, as I predicted. Getting a tackle and running back, I think this means the Detroit Lions now can go for a quarterback, Calvin Johnson or even LaRon Landry in round one. Smart trade by Matt Millen!....Buffalo Bills cornerback Nate Clements is over $20 million in signing bonus money. Tennessee, Washington and Cleveland all are talking to him.

I really think U.S.C. center Ryan Kalil is the next Kevin Mawae. Kalil has a chance to be very, very special. Kalil is a monster at getting to the second level -- something he wasn't asked to do at U.S.C. In the N.F.L. if you have a center who can do that, and man up against a 3-4 nose tackle at the same time, you have a potential Hall of Fame player. What separated Mawae early was his ability to meet the middle linebackers in holes and destroy them -- ask Zach Thomas! He still, to this day, will tell you nothing is worse than facing a center who can get to the middle linebacker early. Kalil is the only center I can remember in a very long time who can do it. The latest trend in centers is to have monster who can man up. Kalil would do well in any west coast offense or any zone blocking scheme.

I think Kalil is the ideal fit for what the Pittsburgh Steelers ask their centers to do. And, considering their center just retired, he could be a player they seriously consider drafting in round one. I talked to several offensive line coaches at the Combine and everyone said this is a kid they'd push the front office to move up and grab. The Steelers have a huge need there and they have a history of selling out for a player they want.

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Less than 24 hrs. after we finally updated our mock draft and projected Michigan's Leon Hall going to Denver, the Broncos have reportedly traded for cornerback Dre Bly!

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The 2006 N.F.L. Champion Indianapolis Colts are set to lose key starters in free agency.

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Q&A with Wisconsin safety Roderick Rogers.

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SI.com: Tennessee's Drew Bennett about to cash in thanks to weak wide receiver pool.

DD.com Comment: Our inside source at the Combine said Oakland and San Francisco really like Bennett, who is a California native. Considering the 49ers already have a quarterback in place, we think that San Francisco might be the better fit from Bennett's prespective.

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Post-Combine seven round Patriots mock draft.

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NFL.com has just put forth it's comprehensive list of prospect profiles.

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If NFL scouts didn’t know about Craig Dahl before the Combine, they do now. The former North Dakota State safety had the best 60-yard shuttle time of any player.

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The New York Giants hope to get help at linebacker and running back.

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Former Michigan cornerback Leon Hall had a strong showing at the recent N.F.L. scouting combine.

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Hogs.net: N.F.L. Combine Superlatives.

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.NET Player Profile: Former Utah safety Eric Weddle.

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Our friend Ed Thompson looks at Virginia Tech defensive end Noland Burchette.

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Buffalo News takes a quick glance at former Unversity of Buffalo tight end Chad Upshaw.

DD.com Comment: Upshaw is the son of former Major League first baseman/ current San Francisco Giants first-base coach Willie Upshaw, who played mostly for the Toronto Blue Jays during the 1980's.

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S.D. Union Tribune: Free agents don't figure to provide cheap labor.

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USAToday: Big money coming for several N.F.L. free agents.

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