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last updated: 01/31/08
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Our friend Peter from Cougar Legion has sent us a two part, in-depth look at the N.F.L. draft chances of 15 graduating Brigham Young Cougars -- Part 1 & Part 2.

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Rutgers N.F.L. draft bio: Ray Rice.

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Is West Virginia quarterback Patrick White a better pro baseball prospect?

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What's the current draft buzz regarding Texas running back Jamaal Charles?

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The fast-rising Green Bay Packers are heavily scouting the Texas vs. The Nation Game.

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Former Maryland tight end Joey Haynos is focused on training for the N.F.L. Combine.

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Buffalo's rising sophomore safety Devonte Shannon is off to a quick start.

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A quick look at the 'triangle' workout numbers and how they affect draft decisions.

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After Matt Lepsis' retirement, are the Denver Broncos really confortable starting Ryan Harris at left tackle?

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Interesting film breakdown of the Senior Bowl game.

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Could the Kansas City Chiefs be looking at Southern California defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis at 5 overall?

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Only college graduates need apply to the AAFL.

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last updated: 01/30/08
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Texas vs. Nation Day 2 Practice Reports from NFL Draft Guys: Texas -- Nation.

DD.comments: We've really liked Auburn fullback Carl Stewart since he was a freshman. We still rank Owen Schmitt of West Virginia and Peyton Hillis of Arkansas as the top fullbacks in the draft, but Stewart should rank right behind them, even though he did not get invites to the Senior Bowl, East-West Shrine Game or Hula Bowl. And, like Schmitt and Hillis, Stewart is athletic and powerful enough to play some tailback in the N.F.L....Also, our friends over at Draft Guys mentioned Appalachian State safety Corey Lynch, who's had a strong week of practice, was recently married. His new wife, by the way, is the former Cissie Graham -- granddaughter of Dr. Billy Graham.

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L.S.U. quarterback Matt Flynn has opted out of another all-star game.

DD.comment: Flynn had, also, accepted an invite to the East-West Shrine game, but opted out of that game due to a minor injury.

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Marshall quarterback Bernard Morris has played his way into the NFL Combine after playing in two college all-star games this month.

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Boise State's top wide receiver, Jeremy Childs, has been suspended from school for one semester.

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The Cincinnati Bengals have signed quarterback Jordan Palmer.

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Delaware quarterback Joe Flacco reportedly threw a ball 74 yards in a "longest throw" skills competition.

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Strengths and weaknesses of former Michigan junior wide receiver Mario Manningham.

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Toledo offensive lineman John Greco and two other Rockets prepare for the combine.

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New England VP of Player Personnel Scott Pioli claims his team is six weeks behind in 2008 draft preparation.

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Rutgers defensive lineman Eric Foster is creating buzz at the Texas versus the Nation all-star game.

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Cincinnati defensive back Hakuri Nakamura writes volume 2 of his draft diary.

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Interesting two round mock draft from RealGM.

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last updated: 01/29/08
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Huntsville Times: Top 10 Senior Prospects in the SEC.

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Texas vs. the Nation Practice Reports from NFL Draft Guys: Texas -- Nation.

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A Little Rock woman has filed a paternity suit against former Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, claiming he is the father of her nearly four-month-old daughter.

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Hawaii Warriors' slot receiver Davone Bess looks forward to the N.F.L. Combine.

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Oklahoma defensive end John Williams has been granted a sixth season of eligibility with the Sooners.

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Rivals.com Power Rankings:

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 Running Backs

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 Wide Outs

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 O Linemen

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 D Linemen

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 Linebackers

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 D Backs

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 20 Specialists

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Northwestern State offensive tackle Demetrius Bell hopes to enhance his N.F.L. Draft status this week at the Texas vs. Nation game.

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Missouri running back Tony Temple will give up on any further appeals for an extra year of eligibility and get ready for the N.F.L. draft.

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New York Giants fans love Ahmad Bradshaw as their speed back, but in 2007 he slipped to the 7th round of the draft, in part, due to pedestrian workout numbers.

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Delaware running back Omar Cuff Q & A from War Room Report

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Oregon State defensive end Dorian Smith prepares for the combine.

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Edmonton Eskimos long snapper Taylor Inglis could be a solution for N.F.L. teams.

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last updated: 01/28/08
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Toledo wide receiver Andrew Hawkins Q&A from NFL DraftBlitz.

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Draft profile for Pittsburgh Panthers offensive tackle Jeff Otah.

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Texas versus the Nation Weigh-In notes from NFL Draft Guys.

Related Item: Complete rosters for the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Game.

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Iowa linebacker Mike Humpal prepares for the N.F.L. Combine.

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Hard-working U.S.C. linebacker Keith Rivers is one of 10 prospects on the rise, according to this link.

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N.F.L. History: Pro Football Hall-of-Famers, sorted by draft pick.

DD.Comment: The link above does not include the 2006 and 2007 Hall of Fame inductees.

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Senior Bowl wrap-up from player personnel assistant on 49ers.com.

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Notre Dame defensive tackle Trevor Laws sees his stock improve at the Senior Bowl.

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Point/Counterpoint: Is Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan's stock falling fast or holding steady?

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Quick look at Boston College safety Jamie Silva.

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Penn State linebacker Dan Connor captures Senior Bowl award.

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Ohio University running back Kalvin McCrae was not invited to the Senior Bowl, but still was a topic of conversation.

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Anonymous Browns scout calls Tulane running back Matt Forte a "carbon copy" of Cleveland running back Jamal Lewis.

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last updated: 01/27/08
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TSN writer claims to know who helped and hurt themselves at the Senior Bowl.

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Fast, athletic small schooler Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was one of several All-Stars that helped his draft stock in Mobile.

DD.comment: Don't be too surprised if Cromartie or Leodis McKelvin are the first cornerback drafted in April. Tennessee State and Troy State? Who would've guessed it back in the fall, but both have prime next level skills.

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Bad connections lead to Colt Brennan's quiet performance in the Senior Bowl.

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NFL Draft Prospect Q&A: Cincinnati safety Haruki Nakamura.

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According to this article of risers and sliders at the Senior Bowl, Penn State linebacker Dan Connor, who had a historic college career and was the M.V.P. of the Senior Bowl, "lacks athletic ability".

DD.comment: A few weeks ago we quoted Carol Connor saying her son cleanly cleared a 4 foot fence in the 5th grade (50 inch vertical at 10?). Now that he's all grown up and the top tackler in Penn State history we are supposed to believe he was the Abner Goldstein (in terms of athletic ability) of the Senior Bowl?

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Is former Texas wideout Limas Sweed a good fit for the Dallas Cowboys?

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Quarterback Erik Ainge was a hero for the South at the Senior Bowl.

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Powerful Tulane tailback Matt Forté made a strong impression in Mobile.

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Talented Tennessee freshman safety Eric Berry strives to get better, which is a scary thought for the Vols opponents.

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last updated: 01/26/08
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Kentucky running back Rafael Little "only" suffered a sprained knee at the Senior Bowl.

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Josh Buchanan scouts the top small school Quarterbacks & Running Backs.

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Recap and stats for today's Senior Bowl can be found to www.seniorbowl.com

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Steve Grinczel: Versatile Michigan State tight end Kellen Davis will be a much better pro than college player.

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What's the draft buzz regarding Virginia Tech stars Xavier Adibi and Chris Ellis?

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East Carolina cornerback Travis Williams, who says he recently ran a 4.37 40 in pre-draft workouts, hopes to catch the attention of scouts At the N.F.L. Combine.

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Dan Pompei's Scout talk: Senior Bowl Winners and Losers.

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Alabama wide receiver D.J. Hall's solid showing in Mobile could boost his N.F.L. stock.

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Close friends J.D. Booty and Jacob Hester reunite at the Senior Bowl.

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Vanderbilt offensive tackle Chris Williams, who sat next to our own Matt B. on a plane to Mobile last weekend, is raising eyebrow's in Mobile.

DD.comment: Matt, who played offensive line on the D-3 level, actually told Williams on the way to Mobile that ex-Boston College tackle James Marten got into several fights last year and he became a 3rd round pick, in part, because of it....His exact words to Williams were: "Now I'm not necessarily recommending it, as a habit, but remember there's gonna be fights this week - there are no refs and the coaches actually want to see that stuff. Don't be afraid to kick a little [butt]"

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Are the Philadelphia Eagles considering using their first round pick on gifted Troy State cornerback Leodis McKelvin?

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The folks in Mobile that matter continue to praise athletic Kansas State wide receiver Jordy Nelson.

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Philly paper takes a closer look at rugged Penn State linebacker Dan Connor.

DD.comment: Seems to be a difference between how former N.F.L. scout Tom Marino and SI.com writer Tony Pauline view Conner. By the way, Pauline knows we like Connor as a potential Top 15 pick, so we should be counted among those that are "out of their minds."

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Speedy Louisville wide receiver Harry Douglas is impressing at the Senior Bowl.

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Looks like the draft stock of Michigan quarterback Chad Henne is on the rise.

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Jim Polzin: Jack Ikegwuonu's charmed life has taken some wicked turns.

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The re-building Cincinnati Bengals are hoping to find a return specialist.

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Finding a number two wide receiver is crucial for the Carolina Panthers.

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last updated: 01/25/08
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University of Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson responds to critics who say his draft stock is falling fast.

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No-name quarterback Joe Flacco is making a name for himself at the Senior Bowl.

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Penn State has suspended three players, including gifted sophomore defensive tackle Chris Baker.

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Former Purdue wide receiver Selwyn Lymon sentenced to house arrest.

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Pro Football Weekly looks at fast rising offensive tackle Heath Benedict.

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Is Al Davis getting ready to hire Dennis Green to coach the Oakland Raiders?

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Draft Daddy is pleased to announce an internet radio appearance recapping the highlights of Senior Bowl week on PhinFever.com -- Sunday January 27, 2008 ~ 8pm EST, live stream here.

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Virginia defensive end Jeffrey Fitzgerald's high school coach disputes the report that Fitzgerald is Leaving the football team.

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Graceland tailback Jerome Messam leaving school for N.F.L. and C.F.L. drafts.

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Senior Bowl photos and videos can be found at Rivals.com.

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Is it possible that Kentucky's Andre Woodson can slip into the 3rd round?

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L.S.U running back Jacob Hester is garnering notice at the Senior Bowl.

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Drew Rosenhaus claims former Wisconsin Badgers' cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu knee injury is not as serious as some have reported.

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Informative blog from San Francisco Forty Niners scout Todd Brunner.

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Talented Virginia defensive end Jeffrey Fitzgerald has told teammates he is leaving the football program.

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North Linebackers Dan Connor and Jordan Dizon are in different tiers but both impressed in Mobile.

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L.S.U. wide receiver Early Doucet is impressing in Mobile after an injury plagued senior season.

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Kentucky linebacker Wesley Woodyard is out to prove the doubters wrong.

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last updated: 01/23/08
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Scott Wright of NFL Draft Countdown is reporting Oregon State tailback Yvenson Bernard has been added to the Senior Bowl's injury decimated North squad.

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All-Star Game Invites

DD.comment: Several top prospects have decided not to play in the Senior Bowl for various reasons (check the blog below for info). But we still feel the need to acknowledge they were talented enough to get an initial invite. So we've listed those players and their replacements. Also, we expect more rosters changes, so please check back from time to time for updates.

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Arena Football League commissioner Ed Baker is enjoying watching his son, U.S.C. tackle Sam Baker, compete at the Senior Bowl.

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Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge talks about the Senior Bowl experience.

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Cal-Berkeley stars Justin Forsett and Lavelle Hawkins have shined in Mobile.

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Some great Senior Bowl photos and informative blog notes from Andrew Mason over at Denverbroncos.com.

DD.comment: We thank Andrew for the blog link. It's much appreciated. As far as the popups and other ads, we can't disagree with Andrew -- we'd love to delete them from the site. But in order to stay free we have to leave them up in hopes of defraying our constantly rising costs.

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USA Today looks at East Carolina running back Chris Johnson.

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Tony Pauline's updated Senior Bowl Risers and Sliders

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Bleacher Report: Is Delaware quarterback Joe Flacco the next Big Ben?

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An anonymous N.F.L. exec blames agent Drew Rosenhaus for luring currently injured Wisconsin Badgers' cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu out of school early.

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A lot of great N.F.L. draft news and notes from Yahoo! Sports.

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ESPN takes a closer look at D-2 star Heath Benedict, who has impressed in Mobile.

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DD.com Rumor Mill Update: A second source of ours, this one in Madison, Wisconsin, has confirmed to us that former Wisconsin Badgers' cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu, a client of Drew Rosenhaus, was injured while training (pulling a sled).

Here is the message we got from the second source: "He was working out in Arizona (or Miami), getting ready for the N.F.L. Combine, and had to be removed by stretcher and ambulance. Who knows if he's done or if it can be repaired and next year he's running 4.4 again. Either way, it sounds pretty bad."

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DD.com friend Ed Thompson does an in-depth Q&A with North Carolina State defensive tackle DeMario Pressley.

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Alabama's all-time leader in career receptions and receiving yardage, D.J. Hall, denies he was "divisive force" in the Crimson Tide's locker room.

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Will the Miami Dolphins use their #1 overall pick on Chris Long?

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DD.com Rumor Mill: We've gotten information from a very reliable inside source that a fairly highly regarded cornerback prospect may have severely injured his knee cap yesterday while pulling a sled. We will not give out the prospects name, until the media confirms this to be true, but he played for a school in the Mid-West and was/is considered a 3rd round prospect.

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After three days of practice, NFL Network takes a look at Whose Stock is Rising.

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South Florida linebacker Ben Moffitt is hoping to shed the "unathletic" sterotype at the Senior Bowl.

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Draft Prospect Q&A: Louisville wide receiver Mario Urrutia.

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Mobile native Chevis Jackson plans to raise his N.F.L. stock at the Senior Bowl.

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Scouts are really taking a liking to versatile Georgia Tech linebacker Philip Wheeler.

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ESPN takes an in-depth look at West Virginia running back Owen Schmitt.

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The Kansas City Chiefs really like Kansas State wide receiver Jordy Nelson, who has shined at the Senior Bowl.

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U.S.C. defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis is one of several players who's stock has risen in Mobile.

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Cincinnati Bengals linebacker David Pollack will soon decide if he's healthy enough to return to the N.F.L.

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The Detroit Lions would like to trade 370 pound defensive tackle Shaun Rogers.

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Former Western Oregon star Kevin Boss has gone from a little-known D-2 prospect to a Super Bowl starter as a rookie.

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last updated: 01/23/08
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Check out the Day 3 Senior Bowl notes from our friends over at NFL Draft Guys.

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Our sources have come up with an unofficial list of about 245 seniors that have already been Invited to the N.F.L. Scouting Combine. These are names we've collected from dozens of reliable inside sources. The final Combine list will likely consist of about 330 prospects (plus juniors), so it's not a complete list. Please check in from time to time for updates.

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The Sporting News' Senior Bowl Dish: Day Three

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Tony Pauline's Senior Bowl Risers and Sliders: South Squad

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Tony Pauline's Senior Bowl Risers and Sliders: North Squad

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For more Senior Bowl information, please check out our friend Scott Wright's blog over at NFL Draft Countdown .

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Michigan State offensive tackle Mike Gyetvai will "not" pursue a pro football career due to injuries.

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Pro Football Weekly throws some praise at Troy State cornerback Leodis McKelvin.

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Pro Football Weekly looks at Vanderbilt offensive tackle Chris Williams.

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L.S.U. wide receiver Early Doucet has left the Senior Bowl in order to rehab a hamstring injury.

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South Florida cornerback Mike Jenkins will not play in the Senior Bowl.

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Appalachian State wide receiver Dexter Jackson, who impressed at the East-West Shrine Game, has been added to South squad to replace injured wide receiver Limas Sweed (wrist).

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Closer look at how the L.S.U. Tigers, including running back Jacob Hester, have fared in Mobile.

DD.comment: Our man in Mobile talked to quite a few prospects at the Senior Bowl. Interviewing Jacob Hester was hard for us, however, due to all the local kids that swarmed the L.S.U. star for autographs after practices. Hester was one of the true nice people we met in Mobile, so these kids may've actually found an athlete worth looking up to.

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Mississippi State junior defensive back Demario Bobo declared for the N.F.L. draft earlier this month, unbeknownst to school officials.

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Boise State running back Ian Johnson aims to bulk up in order to improve his future draft value.

DD.comment: We actually know what draft projection Johnson got from the N.F.L., but we won't publicly print it because we were told he was real upset about it. Lets just say he's not considered an elite prospect, at this point, as some in cyberspace seem to believe.

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South Pre-Practice Rumor: Texas wide receiver Limas Sweed reportedly re-injured his wrist and his pulling out of the contest. We will confirm this at practice this afternoon.

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North Practice Notes (Morning):

Iowa defensive lineman Bryan Mattison was a new addition to the roster today, but the Raiders coaching staff didn't do him any favors, playing him exclusively at defensive tackle.

Today's practice was extremely physical, with several players sustaining injury: West Virginia fullback Owen Schmitt and Michigan linebacker Shawn Crable left the field and did not return.

North Carolina defensive tackle Demarrio Pressley received attention on his knee, but he did not miss any action. That being said, he looked like a different player than in previous practices.

Michigan safety Jamar Adams sustained a heel injury in yesterday's practice and was not on the field. U.N.L.V. linebacker Beau Bell also was missing with an undisclosed injury. East Carolina running back Chris Johnson also was not on the field, but it was not clear if he was injured.

Notre Dame defensive tackle Trevor Laws had an impressive day, showing good leverage, often getting under the pads of the opposing player. Laws had several tackles for loss and a sack in 11-on-11's.

Eastern Michigan defensive lineman Jason Jones was working with the linebackers; he is a player coaches don't seem to know what to do with. His best position might be 4-3 end, as he flashed in pass rush drills. Work-outs will be the deciding factor.

Iowa defensive back Charles Godfrey has been showing great instincts, hands, awareness and is impressing onlookers. Godfrey is seen as a man-to-man corner who can hold his own on an island.

California wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins is having about as good as week as anyone can in Mobile. Hawkins makes nice adjustments and catches everything thrown his way. Shifty, quick and serious yards after the catch ability.

After a tough week so far, Oklahoma State wide receiver Adarius Bowman had a bounce-back practice, showing good hands in the end zone and catching several balls in traffic.

New Mexico wide receiver Marcus Smith is proving he belongs on a daily basis, showing reliable hands and excellent quickness.

The quarterbacks all had a better day than previous. Michigan's Chad Henne makes good reads and doesn't make many mistakes. Southern California's John David Booty looks smooth in the pocket, with nice footwork. Delaware's Joe Flacco is uneven at times but has the best physical tools and his potential is more than evident.

Southern California tackle Sam Baker is quietly efficient, all he does is his job, play after play. He has a unique personality that might not mesh with some of the more 'uptight' clubs.

Arizona State center Mike Pollack is the class of the position at Mobile, clearly the best of a weak crop. He has nice size, power and rarely gets beat in pass protection.

Northern Iowa guard Chad Reinhart had a bounce back session, clearly showing improvement after working with the N.F.L. coaches for a couple days. For a tall player, Reinhart has a low center of gravity and shut down his opposition in today's "Pit" drills.

Boston College tackle Gosder Cherlius had an off day, turning the wrong way on two plays and fighting in the Pit drills. Usually Draft Daddy likes that sort of spirit but it's a troubling sign from a player who has had run-in's with the law for not controlling his anger. Cherlius took wild swings at his opposition, and then took another swing at Sedrick Ellis trying to break up the fight. Still a great prospect but it was an ugly incident all around.

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last updated: 01/22/08
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South Practice Notes (Afternoon):

Mississippi State linebacker Titus Brown continues to give the South's best offensive linemen fits with his nasty hand play and pass rush skills. Brown has a deadly spin move, which he sets up with head faints and stutter steps.

Tennessee State cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was untested by the South quarterbacks for most of the day, they were reluctant to throw his way. One time they did challenge him deep, he responded with an acrobatic interception, showing great up's. It was perhaps the best play of the entire week so far.

Georgia Tech running back Tashard Choice displayed nice vision and cutback ability. His day was highlighted by several long catches and runs downfield.

Another Yellow Jacket, linebacker Phillip Wheeler, was quick to plug the hole on running plays and when he arrived was always in a bad mood. Just a nasty player who is raising his profile.

Clemson tackle Barry Richardson had a better effort than Monday, showing a nice first step, crushing down blocks in the running game and aggressive hand play in pass protection. If he can be more consistent, the sky would be the limit for this player.

Vanderbilt tackle Chris Williams continues his strong showing, shutting down pass rushers and giving a shove face down into the turf for good measure.

Newberry tackle Heath Benedict again was powerful in run blocking and solid in pass protection. Showed a little spark, mixing it up with Hampton defensive end Kendall Langford well after the whistle. This small schooler is more than holding his own and is legitimately being considered as a starting tackle at the next level.

Florida State defensive tackle Andre Fluellen reached deep down into his bag of tricks today, going 4 for 6 in "the Pit" and displaying the swim, the rip, the push-pull and a non-stop motor.

Iowa State nose guard Ahtyba Rubin is a load in the middle, easily occupying two blockers. He was initially poor in pass rushing, but proved himself coachable, learning on the fly and getting significantly better as the day progressed.

Another player proving himself coachable is Maryland defensive tackle Dre Moore. Moore was criticized loudly for not having a second move on pass rushes and responded with an excellent rip move on the next rep.

Troy cornerback Leodis McKelvin is impressing scouts with his athleticism and hips. He runs low, which allows him to explode into contact as well as get a great break on the ball. Player on the rise.

Texas defensive back Marcus Griffin has really good range in coverage and showed above average ball skills in drills. Griffin laid the wood on several plays and shows the awareness of a veteran.

UTEP defensive back Quentin Demps is a confident player that can back it up with excellent awareness and recovery speed.

Louisiana State wide receiver Early Doucet is turning in a professional performance, rarely dropping passes, presenting a nice target for the quarterbacks and running sharp routes.

Georgia Tech defensive end Darrell Robertson showed above average quickness in pass rush drills and also worked in with the linebackers in coverage drills.

Florida wide receiver Andre Caldwell is another crisp player who has a knack for finding holes in coverage and gets yards after catch.

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North Practice Notes (Morning):

After an excellent first day, North Carolina defensive tackle Kentwan Ballmer had to remove himself from the event with a legitimate hamstring injury. He was replaced by Iowa State nose guard Ahtyba Rubin (South squad).

Penn State linebacker Dan Connor is a smart, instinctual, hard-nosed player who reads offenses in a blink of an eye. He plays with the saavy of an established veteran and is a low risk option at inside linebacker. The term gets used too much, but Connor is old school.

Kansas State wide out Jordy Nelson displayed reliable and soft hands, beating his man on crossing routes as well as the deep go.

Southern California defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis is extremely stout against the run and got off to a great start pass rushing in "the Pit." His early reps were just nasty, and he dominated his opposition. However as the practice wore on, Ellis ran out of gas and became blockable. Probably best as a rotational player at first.

North Carolina State defensive tackle Demarrio Pressley showed himself to be a quick and violent penetrator. Underrated by most.

Southern California tackle Sam Baker displayed excellent feet in pass protection and more than servicable as a run blocker. Purdue's Cliff Avril had his number in one-on-one's but that's not necessarily a knock on Baker.

The aforementioned Avril had an excellent day on the whole, with a great first step, often beating his opposing man and recording touch sacks in 11-on-11's.

Boston College tackle Gosder Cherlius is a physical specimen and does a very decent job most of the time. However he can get overextended and lose his balance against the better pass rushers.

Colorado linebacker Jordan Dizon may not be ideally sized player but he is extremely fast, going step-for-step with the North running backs in coverage. A big hitter and likely special teams dynamo.

California running back Justin Forsett displayed shifty moves and good hands out of the backfield.

Another Cal Bear, wide receiver Latrelle Hawkins, caught everything thrown his way, and showed nice break off the ball, getting off the jam in man-to-man coverage.

East Carolina running back Chris Johnson was extremely fast, however his vision is questionable at times.

Virginia Tech linebacker Xavier Adibi is proving himself a natural athlete: very mobile, a long strider that covers a lot of ground.

Another Hokie, wide out Eddie Royal, is legitimizing himself as a wide receiver prospect, not just as a return man. Royal catches almost everything thrown his way and shows YAC ability.

U.C.L.A. linebacker Bruce Davis is also a very smooth athlete, showing good anticipation and recovery in coverage drills.

Missouri tight end Martin Rucker showed equal skill catching and blocking, and sources indicate he is impressing in interviews with his intelligence. Scouts are comfortable that his brother Mike is already in the league and he will be a low-risk option at tight end.

Oregon State guard Roy Schuening has excellent technique, balance and feet in pass protection, and does an effective job in run blocking. If there is a critique of this player, it is that his upside is limited: he looks to be a finished product now, and while that's good enough to start, it is doubtful he will be a dominator.

Southern California cornerback Terrell Thomas blanketed his man in coverage for most of the day and even had a forced fumble.

Another Trojan, defensive end Lawrence Jackson, showed a nifty in-and-out pass move and has a relentless motor, rarely stopping his feet and is relentless trying to get upfield.

Oklahoma State running back Dantrell Savage showed great hands catching the ball, and is tough to bring down.

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Rivals.com looks at the Top Running Backs in the senior class.

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Former Washington State star Rien Long is in critical condition after a single-car crash.

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Yahoo! Sports: A.F.C. Team Needs.

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Is Kansas State wide receiver Jordy Nelson a good fit for the Kansas City Chiefs?

DD.comment: Check out this video of Nelson from our friends over at NFL.com.

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Will Delaware Hens' quarterback Joe Flacco replace Rex Grossman in Chicago?

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Illness benches Notre Dame tight end John Carlson at the Senior Bowl.

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Oklahoma State All-Big 12 tight end Brandon Pettigrew was arrested early Sunday morning on complaints of assaulting a police officer and public intoxication.

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After a strong showing at the East-West Game, Arizona linebacker Spencer Larsen will be going to the N.F.L. Combine.

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How reliable are the projections given to the juniors by the N.F.L.’s College Advisory Committee?

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Draft Daddy is pleased to announce radio appearance today on Houston 790 AM at approx. 12:30 CST. Live stream located here.

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Senior Bowl North and South practice reports from NFL Draft Guys.

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Texas wide receiver Limas Sweed ignored his doctor's advice to skip the Senior Bowl.

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last updated: 01/21/08
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South Practice Notes (Monday Afternoon):

Georgia Tech linebacker Phillip Wheeler was active and downright mean, working extensively with Hall of Famer Mike Singletary.

Tennessee State defensive back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was nothing short of excellent, both in drills and coverage. Smooth athlete with quick hip flip, playing both free safety and cornerback.

Another small schooler, Heath Benedict of Newberry College was outstanding in "the pit" not losing a single match-up. The 49ers coaches had him at first team right tackle, and he responded.

Texas wide out Limas Sweed had a great day, catching everything and looking very smooth. Sweed rounds out his routes and isn't a perfect player but is the only South WR who has WR1 potential.

Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson had an above average day. After coming out excited and throwing high, Woodson settled down and displayed his natural ability. It should be noted however that he has the luxury of playing with tight end Jacob Tamme, who was a security blanket for Woodson today just like he was in the season.

Tennesee quarterback Erik Ainge clearly has the tools required to excel in the league, however he hasn't quite put it all together and looks uncertain at times.

Wake Forest defensive end Jeremy Thompson had an excellent day. At the weigh-in he showed up in excellent shape, and at practice he showed top notch balance and body control, beating blockers both inside and around the edge.

Tennessee tight end Brad Cottam seemed stiff as a pass catcher, but blocked well. At 6'7" and a lean 270, Cottam seems like he could be a fantastic candidate for left tackle conversion.

Troy cornerback Leodis McKelvin was working at returner, in addition to his above average performance in coverage drills.

Pittsburgh guard Mike McGlynn had a great first step in run blocking, and can really open holes for the runner. However, his pass protection is raw and needs work.

Vanderbilt left tackle Chris Williams was the most impressive offensive lineman in the South practice. He breaks down well, gets low hips and if he gets his hands on the other player, it's over. 32 7/8" arms may be cause for concern.

Mississippi State linebacker Titus Brown split time with the defensive ends, where he displayed has a nasty array of pass rush moves. Brown is firey and it's apparent he's having fun out there.

Arkansas guard Robert Felton may not be a physical specimen but he's a natural football player, powerful and plays well in space.

Maryland defensive tackle Dre Moore showed incredible explosion in one-on-one's but doesn't always sustain his effort.

Georgia Tech linebacker Gary Guyton is en route as a substitute.

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2008 Under Armour Senior Bowl Weigh-In Notes

7 Players that may have helped their stock:

LB Phillip Wheeler, Georgia Tech: Listed 235, weighed 245, ripped.

WR Adarius Bowman, Oklahoma State: 6'2" & very solid 215 lbs.

QB Joe Flacco, Delaware: 6'6" looked the part of N.F.L. QB.

WR Jordy Nelson, Kansas State: Well-built, lean and legit 6'2".

DT Kentwan Ballmer, UNC: Listed 282, weighed 308 & stacked.

CB Dejuan Tribble, Boston College: Buff and looked built for speed.

OL Gosder Cherlius, Boston College: Largest hands (11 1/2") & arms (35 5/8") in the Senior Bowl.


7 Players that may have hurt their stock:

QB Colt Brennan, Hawaii: Listed 6'3", measured 6'2".

TE Fred Davis, Southern Cal: Also listed 6'4", measured 6'2".

DT Dre Moore, Maryland: 307 but in very poor shape.

DT Red Bryant, Texas A & M: Soft, small hands (8 1/8")

LB Ben Moffitt, South Florida: Measured 6'1", weighed 231.

OL Robert Felton, Arkansas: Sloppy and in poor shape.

OL Kory Lichtenstieger, Bowling Green: 6'2" 296, 30 7/8" arms.

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Draft Daddy is on site from the Senior Bowl this week. Please check back regularly for updated news.

The following players were invited, but pulled out of the game:

QB Matt Ryan, Boston College

QB Brian Brohm, Louisville (lower leg)

DE Chris Long, Virginia

DT Glenn Dorsey, Louisiana State

OT Jake Long, Michigan

OT Jeff Otah, Pittsburgh

DE Quentin Groves, Auburn (shoulder)

TE John Carlson, Notre Dame (illness)

S Craig Steltz, Louisiana State (shoulder)

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Tennessee QB Erik Ainge is preparing for his week in Mobile.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are unlikely to be big players in free agency.

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last updated: 01/20/08
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Utah safety Steve Tate hopes to join his friend Eric Weddle in the N.F.L.

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Appalachian State safety Corey Lynch has accepted an invite to the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Game.

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Recap of last night's East-West Shrine Game.

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Tulane running back Matt Forte hopes to impress at the Senior Bowl.

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The running back depth in the N.F.L. draft may benefit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Montreal Alouettes safety Étienne Boulay has signed with the New York Jets.

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last updated: 01/19/08
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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan ranks the Top 75 Small School Prospects.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan breaks down the Top Division II Prospects

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We recently made major changes to our positional rankings for the Top Prospects in college football and, once again, we divided them into 3 categories:

Top 10 Prospects: These are the top 10 prospects at each position, plus players we feel are "on the cusp" of cracking the top 10.

Top Small Schoolers: We listed about 150 small school prospects, sorted by position, that have the talent to catch the eye of N.F.L. scouts.

Big School Surprise: These are very draftable prospects from FBS schools (1-A) that could surprise people and climb the draft charts as the draft process moves forward.

DD.comment: Per DD.com's longstanding policy, we do not rank underclassmen with the seniors until they officially declare for the draft, so these are our first rankings that include juniors and redshirt sophomores. We expect to make significant changes to these rankings by next week, as we'll get a closer look at the top seniors at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. To navigate the rankings pages, please click the links above and use the drop down box. Hint: follow the moving arrows!

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Todd McShay of ESPN and Scouts Inc's Top 5 prospects that helped themseleves at the East-West Shrine Game.

1) QB Josh Johnson ~ San Diego

2) SS Jamie Silva ~ Boston College

3) WR Kevin Robinson ~ Utah State

4) QB Paul Smith ~ Tulsa

5) RB Thomas Brown ~ Georgia

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Florida State quarterback Xavier Lee has indeed applied for the N.F.L. draft, contrary to information supplied to the Tallahassee Democrat earlier today.

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Collegefootballtalk.com is reporting the following underclassmen have entered the N.F.L. draft:

OG L.J. Anderson ~ Central Florida

WR Sean Penix ~ Arkansas

WR Selwyn Lymon ~ Purdue

LB Josh Johnson ~ Marshall

DD.comment: We had no idea who Penix was before seeing his name at CFT, so, obviously, we can't comment on him...L.J. Anderson appeared on our list of top freshman prospects back in 2005. Solid player, who will really need to impress scouts in workouts, if he expects to get drafted...Marshall linebacker Josh Johnson, who began his career at Georgia, is a player that impressed us in 2006 and 2007. He's been one of the better linebackers in Conference USA the last two seasons, when healthy. Johnson, also, really needs to impress in workouts if he wants to be drafted.

Selwyn Lymon of Purdue is clearly the best athlete and prospect we listed above. While he has the talent to be an N.F.L. draft pick, he's one of the most troubled athletes (off the field) we've ever followed. Some N.F.L. team may take a chance on him due to his physical skills, but he carries a Ton of Baggage, so chances are he won't be drafted.

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We've been told San Jose State quarterback Adam Tafralis will be at the N.F.L. Combine.

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U.N.L.V. defensive end Jeremy Geathers has entered the N.F.L. draft.

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Underrated Army safety Caleb Campbell opts out of the East-West Game in order to focus on the Combine.

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Seizure forces Kansas defensive tackle James McClinton out of tonight's East-West game.

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Oregon State star Derrick Doggett hopes to show N.F.L. scouts he's not a safety/linebacker "tweener".

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Tulsa quarterback Paul Smith hopes to impress scouts at the East-West Game and the Combine.

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Clemson tailback James Davis explains why he withdrew his name from consideration for the N.F.L. draft.

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Fast rising University of North Carolina Kentwan Balmer defensive tackle looks forward to pursuing an N.F.L. career.

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The New York takes a fascinating look at, perhaps, the best G.M. in the N.F.L. at this time: Green Bay's Ted Thompson.

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Former Oklahoma State quarterback Bobby Reid will transfer to Texas Southern rather than keep himself eligible for the N.F.L. draft.

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All-Star Game Invites

DD.comment: At this point the rosters for the East-West Game and the Senior Bowl are pretty much complete, but will be constantly changing, so check in from time to time for updates.

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We've just added about ten names -- including Iowa linebacker Mike Humpal and Iowa State wide receiver Todd Blythe -- to our Combine List.

DD.comment: Our sources have come up with an unofficial list of about 245 seniors that have already been Invited to the N.F.L. Scouting Combine. These are names we've collected from dozens of reliable inside sources. The final Combine list will likely consist of about 330 prospects (plus juniors), so it's not a complete list. Please check in from time to time for updates.

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Clemson tailback James Davis has withdrawn his name from consideration for the N.F.L. draft.

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Clark linebacker Curtis Johnson is getting a lot of attention from N.F.L. scouts.

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Quick look at Purdue linebacker Stanford Keglar, who would love to play for the Indianapolis Colts.

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Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead, a Texas transfer, is thrilled to have offensive tackle Michael Oher protecting his blind slide.

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Colorado State defensive end Jesse Nading hopes to impress at the East-West Shrine Game.

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Coastal Carolina wide receiver Jerome Simpson has impressed the defensive players at the East-West Game.

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Daily Trojan: Don't rush judgment on Chilo Rachal's decision to leave early for the N.F.L.

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The Virginia Cavaliers could be without quarterback Jameel Sewell next season.

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East/West Shrine Game day three practice notes from DD.com contributor Sigmund Bloom of Nfldraftguys.com.

DD.comment: Our friend Sigmund Bloom isn't kidding about the "guns" hanging from the arms of the prospect from Sherbrooke University. Matter of fact, we'd love to see the Canadian Incredible Hulk, Samuel Giguere, arm wrestle the American Increible Hulk, Vernon Gholston. Amazingly, Giguere is not a defensive end, he's a wide receiver/running back. And, according to our friends over at Yahoo! Sports, he's a freakish athlete.

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Full coverage of the East-West Shrine Game from Rivals.com

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A Green Bay TV station will cancel Seinfeld reruns Saturday night in an attempt to irk Eli Manning.

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New York Times: Young running back Laurence Maroney has been a 'hidden gem' for the Patriots.

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If the New York Giants are going to make it to the Super Bowl, their running backs must come up big against the Green Bay Packers' Vastly Improved Linebackers.

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The Baltimore Sun does a Q&A with Maryland tight end Joey Haynos.

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Oregon safety Patrick Chung has withdrawn his name from consideration for the N.F.L. draft.

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Virginia Tech tailback Branden Ore has withdrawn his name from consideration for the N.F.L. draft.

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What will the Pittsburgh Steelers do with their first-round pick?

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Detroit Lions' wide receiver Calvin Johnson will have a bigger role next season.

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A pair of Texas natives -- Chris Harrington and Lionel Dotson -- are impressing at the East-West practices.

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Oregon Ducks' coaches are still hoping to keep 20 year old safety Patrick Chung from leaving early for the N.F.L.

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Kutztown University quarterback Kyle Spotts hopes to remind pro scout of Brett Favre.

DD.comment: Article above notes Spotts is a Brett Favre look-alike. Judging from this Photo of Spotts, we do not see an uncanny resemblance. In our opinion, Philadelphia Phillies' outfielder Geoff Jenkins looks more like the Packers quarterback.

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Chadron State running back Danny Woodhead enjoyed his week at the Hula Bowl.

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Colorado cornerback Terrence Wheatley trains to get ready for the draft process.

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Looking back at the junior decisions: who Should Have Stayed in school?

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Saint Xavier place kicker Shane Longest is the only NAIA player to be invited to the 2008 N.F.L. combine.

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South Florida nose tackle Richard Clebert went from the birth of his daughter on Wednesday to the East/West Shrine Game.

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Louisville offensive lineman Breno Giacomini talks about his Hula Bowl experience.

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last updated: 01/16/08
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The New York Times takes in-depth looks at a pair of rapidly improving young N.F.L. quarterbacks Eli Manning and Philip Rivers.

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Mississippi left tackle Michael Oher will not enter the N.F.L. draft.

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East/West Shrine Game day two practice notes from DD.com contributor Sigmund Bloom of Nfldraftguys.com.

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University of Connecticut guard Donald Thomas will play in the East-West Game.

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NFL Draft Prospect Q&A: Liberty linebacker Vince Redd.

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Former N.F.L. offensive tackle Ross Tucker ranks the playoffs' Four Remaining Offensive Lines.

Related Item: Dennis Dillon of The Sporting News notes the Patriots are lucky to have five "Brainy Offensive Lineman".

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In-depth look at West Virginia fullback Owen Schmitt.

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Ole Miss tackle Michael Oher is reconsidering his N.F.L. draft entry.

DD.comment: By the way, Oher should not be hurting for money, as the folks that adopted him are very wealthy. Sean Tuohy is an announcer for the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Oregon safety Patrick Chung talks about his decision to jump to the N.F.L.

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ESPN draft analyst believes Florida State quarterback Xavier Lee would best fit in the N.F.L. as a tight end.

DD.comment: Check the middle of the page for the Xavier Lee story.

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Penn State linebacker Dan Connor has hired flamboyant agent Drew Rosenhaus to represent him.

DD.comment: One of our sources informed us recently that the New York Jets are considering using their first round pick (6th overall) on Dan Connor. While he may or may not go that high on draft day, it's very obvious that he's a solid first round prospect and we believe those that have assumed he'd slip into the 2nd or 3rd round because he's a "overacheiver" are going to be proven wrong.

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Penn State cornerback Justin King talks about leaving school early for the N.F.L. draft.

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Closer look at Syracuse defensive end/linebacker Jameel McClain.

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Russ Lande: Ranking the Top 30 Underclassmen who Declared for the N.F.L. draft.

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Virginia Tech tailback Brandon Ore has made himself eligible for the N.F.L. draft.

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Cal-Berkeley wide receiver DeSean Jackson, reportedly, got a first round projection from N.F.L. scouts.

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T.C.U. defensive end Tommy Blake knows the questions are coming about his problem filled 2007 season.

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Oklahoma State quarterback Bobby Reid is still trying to figure out if he wants to enter the N.F.L. draft.

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last updated: 01/15/08
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NFLDraftScout.com's rankings: Top 64 Junior Prospects.

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NFLDraftScout.com's rankings: Top 64 Senior Prospects

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Scout.com's updated N.F.L. Draft Database lists over 300 prospects.

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Rob Moseley of The Register-Guard is reporting Oregon safety Patrick Chung has declared for the N.F.L. draft.

DD.comment: We reported this last week, but for some reason it really started causing a stir on four of five Ducks' fan sites last night. A few fans were so shocked or upset about this that they assumed we made this story up. As it turns out, our sources were correct. We have no need to fabricate stories with the quality of sources we have... Also, we should note that the same source that told us Chung was leaving Oregon early, has informed us he received about a 4th round projection (maybe low 3rd) from N.F.L. scouts.

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In-depth look at Delaware Hens' quarterback Joe Flacco.

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Fast-rising defensive end Michael Johnson, who got a 3rd round projection from N.F.L. scouts, will return to Georgia Tech for his senior season.

DD.comment: We got several anonymous E-mails in the last month from people claiming to be "insiders" that stated Johnson would definitely declare for the draft. As is our policy, we did not post them. If you see a rumor of a player leaving early on this site, it comes from a source that we know is trying to steer us in the right direction.

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Top L.S.U. defenders Darry Beckwith and Tyson Jackson will return for their senior seasons.

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University of Michigan defensive tackle Terrance Taylor will not enter the N.F.L. draft.

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Oklahoma cornerback Reggie Smith will enter the N.F.L. draft.

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Cal-Berkeley wide receiver DeSean Jackson will enter the N.F.L. draft.

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Tennesse quarterback Erik Ainge is getting ready for the Senior Bowl and N.F.L. draft.

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Oregon State center Kyle DeVan hopes to impress at the East-West Game.

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Who will fill the void at running back next season for the Oregon Ducks?

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Tennessee running back Arian Foster, who reportedly received a 2nd round projection from N.F.L. execs, has decided to return for his senior season.

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Small, but very quick Idaho linebacker David Vobora has been added to the Shrine Game roster.

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East-West Shrine game participant Eric Maranda, a linebacker from Laval University, has signed with the Toronto Argos.

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University of Saskatchewan safety Dylan Barker hopes to impress N.F.L. scouts at the East-West game.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan Recaps the Cactus Bowl.

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If Michigan wide out Mario Manningham runs a 4.3 second 40 yard dash, will he be the first receiver selected in the 2008 N.F.L. Draft?

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East/West Shrine Game day one practice notes from DD.com contributor Sigmund Bloom of Nfldraftguys.com.

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Georgia Tech linebacker Gary Guyton hopes to prove himself at this week's East/West Shrine Game.

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Penn State senior linebacker Dan Connor has confirmed he will play in the 2008 Under Armour Senior Bowl.

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Alabama junior center Antoine Caldwell received a 3rd round projection from the NFL draft advisory committee.

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Sources indicate that Florida State long snapper Garrison Sanborn has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.

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A closer look at Clemson running back James Davis and Arkansas running back Felix Jones decisions to turn pro.

DD.comment: Both articles highlight how the league dislikes wear and tear on draftable running backs.

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Regina offensive guard Brandon Labatte wants to impress NFL scouts at this week's East/West Shrine Game.

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last updated: 01/14/08
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We've noticed quite a few Oregon Ducks' fans have surfed onto our site to check out a blog note relating to hard hitting safety Patrick Chung. Last week one of our sources, who is in frequent contact with several N.F.L. scouts and player personal execs and has yet to be wrong with any of his predictions of players leaving early this month (he's been about 11 for 11), informed us Chung would very likely enter the upcoming N.F.L. draft.

While we absolutely stand by our source, we (and our source) fully realize that players can and do change their minds about leaving school fairly often -- i.e. Courtney Green and Macho Harris. And, given the fact that Chung has not announced intentions yet, the chances of him hanging around at Oregon get more and more likely as each minute goes by. Either way, welcome to our site and we'll find out what's going to happen with Chung soon enough, as players will need to declare fairly soon.

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Ole Miss offensive tackle Michael Oher is declaring for the N.F.L. draft.

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Returning Ohio State Buckeyes thin draft at key positions for the Detroit Lions.

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Rivals.com: East-West Shrine Game Practice Notes.

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Georgia Tech offensive tackle Andrew Gardner has decided to return for his senior season, after getting a 5th round projection from N.F.L. scouts.

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Virginia Tech cornerback Macho Harris reverses course, decides to stay for his senior season.

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Two-time All-Big East safety Courtney Greene will return to Rutgers for his senior season.

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Speedy cornerback Mike Mickens has decided to return to the University of Cincinnati for his senior year.

DD.comment: One of our long-time site friends, Russ, has informed us that Mickens got a 3rd round projection from N.F.L. scouts. Nice job on Mickens' part for staying in school, as another strong season could shoot him up the draft charts. He's a very good football player, who plays for a very underrated Bearcats squad.

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Two-time All-America linebacker James Laurinaitis said Monday he will stay at Ohio State for his senior year.

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Signs point to running back Marlon Lucky returning to Nebraska for his senior season.

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Wide receiver Mario Manningham will skip his senior season at Michigan to enter the N.F.L. draft.

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The Arkansas Razorbacks will lose Darren McFadden & Felix Jones to the N.F.L. draft.

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Oklahoma linebacker Curtis Lofton has decided to enter the N.F.L. draft.

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Heavily recruited prep fullback Jonathan Meyers, with N.F.L. aspirations, selects Princeton over Florida, Michigan and just about every other B.C.S. power in America.

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University of Delaware quarterback Joe Flacco has accepted an invition to the Senior Bowl.

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All-SEC offensive lineman Antoine Caldwell has decided to remain at Alabama for his senior season.

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All-Big 12 tight end Brandon Pettigrew has decided to remain at Oklahoma State for his senior season.

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Cal-Poly wide receiver Ramses Barden says he will return for his senior year and could run for the Mustangs' track team.

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Is former Florida Gators' recruit Bo Williams heading to Iowa State?

DD.comment: The ESPN link on the page we linked above seems a little bit askew. Williams graduated from high school in 2007, so we doubt he was born in 1981.

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NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock takes a look at the top senior offensive tackles.

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Missouri defensive tackle Evander "Ziggy" Hood received a 3rd round projection from the draft advisory committee, but will likely stay in school.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers know they have to address their offensive line this offseason.

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Ten sleeper prospects in the N.F.L. draft.

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The Oakland Raiders' problems stopping the run can be traced to poor drafting.

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Tennessee G.M. Mike Reinfeldt is pleased with his first rookie class.

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Although the project was delayed because of legal issues, a documentary about the N.F.L. Draft called "Two Days In April" will enjoy a limited release.

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Many around the program feel that Arkansas junior running back Felix Jones will declare early for the N.F.L. draft.

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last updated: 01/13/08
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Kansas wide receiver Marcus Henry will play in the East-West Shrine Game.

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Tulsa quarterback Paul Smith has been invited to another all-star game.

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Gardner-Webb defensive end Brian Johnston was impressive at the Hula Bowl.

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East Carolina running back Chris Johnson patiently waits for his N.F.L. shot.

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Penn State cornerback Justin King will declare himself eligible for the N.F.L. draft.

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Florida State quarterback Xavier Lee will likely declare for the N.F.L. draft.

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Ohio State quarterback Robby Schoenhoft will transfer to Delaware.

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Ohio State left tackle Alex Boone, who got a second round projection from N.F.L. scouts, will return for his senior season.

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West Virginia running back Steve Slaton has reportedly entered the N.F.L. draft.

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Honolulu Star-Bulletin's Hula Bowl Recap & Boxscore.

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Four defenders from the T.C.U. Horned Frogs invited to the N.F.L. Combine.

DD.comment: We first reported all four of these players had been invited to the N.F.L. Combine on our Unofficial Combine List nine days ago, well before any media reported it. The defensive ends where very fairly easy to predict, but considering the fact that we included both safeties would go, who are borderline types, shows our sources for this list are outstanding.

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The Boston Globe takes an in-depth look at nimble Louisville offensive tackle Breno Giacomini.

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As we reported two months ago, Michigan's Chad Henne will play in the Senior Bowl.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is one great performance away from elite status?

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A small crowd showed up at the Hula Bowl to watch the East defeat the West 38-7.

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Virginia Tech cornerback Macho Harris declares for the N.F.L. draft.

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The East defeated the West at the Valero Cactus Bowl.

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Arizona Wildcats' cornerback Antoine Cason eyes fast track to draft's first round.

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Rutgers' free safety Courtney Greene may change his mind and not leave early for the N.F.L.

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Brothers of current N.F.L. stars will be in Hula Bowl Spotlight Tonight.

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Florida State will likely lose quarterback Xavier Lee, but where will he go?

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University of Toledo running back Jalen Parmele hopes to impress at the Hula Bowl.

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ESPN: Arkansas running back Darren McFadden will declare for the N.F.L. draft.

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last updated: 01/11/08
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Ohio State cornerback Malcolm Jenkins will return for his senior season; defensive end Vernon Gholston will leave for the N.F.L.

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Rosters for tonight's Catctus Bowl [D-2 All-Stars]: East Roster -- West Roster

DD.comment: A video webcast of tonight's game will be available on the Cactus Bowl website, at www.cactusbowl.org.

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As expected, Oregon tailback Jonathan Stewart is headed to the N.F.L.

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U.S.C. guard Chilo Rachal will make himself available for the N.F.L. draft.

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Louisville linebacker Lamar Myles will skip his senior season and enter the N.F.L. Draft.

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Colorado defensive tackle George Hypolite, once again, says he'll return to Boulder for his senior season.

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Ohio State's leading receiver, Brian Robiskie, has decided to play his senior season with the Buckeyes.

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The Big 12 is sending 12 players to the 2008 Under Armour Senior Bowl.

DD.comment: Draft Daddy is excited to be reporting with all the news and happenings from Mobile, Alabama. This year we plan to post video content as well as pictures.

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Mississippi offensive tackle Michael Oher likely will wait until the last minute to decide whether to declare early or return to school.

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San Diego State quarterback Kevin O'Connell believes his draft stock will rise after the Hula Bowl.

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Michigan defensive tackle Terrence Taylor is attending classes but remains undecided about his future and has made a late request to the N.F.L. draft advisory committee.

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Texas A&M-Kingsville cornerback Rod Mosley looks to open some eyes at tonight's Valero Cactus Bowl.

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Kick returner Jeremy Bloom looks to revive his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Recently updated Rivals.com Power Rankings:

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 Running Backs

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 Wide Outs

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 O Linemen

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 D Linemen

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 Linebackers

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 D Backs

Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings: Top 20 Specialists

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Clemson Tigers' tailback James Davis has decided to enter the N.F.L Draft.

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Rookie left tackle Joe Thomas has been named to the A.F.C.'s Pro Bowl roster.

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As we predicted last week, Hawaii wide receiver Ryan Grice-Mullen has declared for the N.F.L. Draft.

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In the aftermath of Ohio State's stinging 38-24 defeat to L.S.U., junior linebacker Marcus Freeman revealed he's no longer certain about returning next season.

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Sources have informed us that Clemson juniors Phillip Merling and James Davis have decided to forgo their senior seasons to declare for the N.F.L. Draft. Teammate Aaron Kelly, a wide receiver, is still undecided.

On a positive note for Tigers' fans, quarterback Cullen Harper, safety Michael Hamlin and defensive tackle Dorrell Scott have decided to stay. Hamlin had planned on leaving, but after talking with Tommy Bowden he realized it was in his best interest to come back.

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William and Mary tight end Drew Atchison has accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine game.

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Northwestern State All-America offensive tackle Demetrius Bell has been invited to the N.F.L. Scouting Combine.

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Junior defensive back Courtney Greene, Ray Rice's childhood friend, is leaving Rutgers for the N.F.L. draft.

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Sources have informed us that the University of Oregon will lose underclassmen Patrick Chung (safety) and Jonathan Stewart (tailback ) to the N.F.L. Both players could announce their intentions in the next few days.

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Florida State linebacker Geno Hayes is set to enter the N.F.L. draft.

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University of Tennessee linebacker Jerod Mayo has told coaches he will forego his senior season and apply for the N.F.L. draft.

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Five key University of Missouri Juniors have decided to take Bill Polian's advice (check below) and remain in school.

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Rutgers running back Ray Rice will skip his senior year to enter the N.F.L. draft.

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As we reported last week, Clemson defensive end Phillip Merling is all but out the door for the N.F.L.

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Kirk Bohls: Can’t help but think Texas tight end Jermichael Finley is making a big mistake by coming out early for the N.F.L. draft.

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We've noticed that quite a few underclassmen who did not receive first or second round projections have declared for the N.F.L. draft in the last week. Based on our experience, we believe a lot of these players might be listening to "outsiders" that want them to declare in order to pad their own pockets. They are probably telling the players that N.F.L. scouts are wrong and you'll hit a "grand slam" at the Combine and rise up the draft charts quickly. While that could happen, it's also very possible that many of these players will turn in mediocre or fairly poor workouts and find themselves out of football fairly quickly.

With that in mind, we pulled out a great quote that we posted in our blog back in December of 2004, that should give juniors that are "on the fence' something to think about:

DD.com Classic Blog Note [12/2004]: Highly respected Indianopolis Colts President Bill Polian, a key figure in running the combine, has always been critical of players leaving college early. He recently issued this warning to underclassmen thinking about leaving early, via The Muncie Star Press:

"From purely a financial standpoint, it makes no sense at all for a player to come out if he's not going to be a high first-round draft choice. You lose a year of education, you lose a year of maturity, and there are no guarantees unless you're a high No. 1 pick of getting significant playing time in the N.F.L. The amount of money that is at risk is incredible......50 percent of players who are drafted by N.F.L. teams, regardless of the round, never succeed in the league. N.F.L. Europe (now defunct) offers a training ground, but only 17 players from that league made N.F.L. rosters this season. Less than six players from the Canadian Football League earn a spot with an N.F.L. team each year....Once you fail (released by a team), the odds of succeeding in the N.F.L. are about 2 in 10."

DD.comment: By the way, Polian made that comment in an article stating that ex-Ball State star Dante Ridgeway would likely leave school early for the N.F.L.

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Auburn defensive tackle Pat Sims is expected to enter the N.F.L. draft and could declare his intentions today.

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M.E.A.C. Player of the Year Chad Simpson has been invited to the Combine.

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The New York Times: Glenn Dorsey’s knee could affect his draft status.

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As we reported yesterday, Washington State wide receiver Brandon Gibson will, wisely, return to school to improve his draft stock.

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Closer look at ex-Tennessee and Carson-Newman wide receiver James Banks.

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While many in cyberspace have labeled Oklahoma wide receiver Malcolm Kelly a "can't miss Top 15 pick", N.F.L. scouts have handed him a 2nd round projection and his coaches have warned him he could slip into the 4th round, if he leaves early.

DD.comment: While Kelly may make a great pro one day (as speed isn't everything), we were warned by several insiders a while back that he was not a "lock" as a first rounder, as most have assumed in the mainstream media...Check out this item we Linked in the Blog Last May.

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Orlando paper breaks down U.C.F. running back Kevin Smith's draft possibilities.

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last updated: 01/07/08
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Will Virginia Tech cornerback Macho Harris leave early for the N.F.L. draft?

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Despite the fact that he's coming off a "uneven" junior season, Wisconsin cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu will enter the N.F.L. draft.

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Texas tight end Jermichael Finley, a redshirt sophomore, has decided to enter the N.F.L. draft.

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Bad day for University of Kansas fans, as the Jayhawks have now lost Two Impact Juniors to the N.F.L.

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University of Michigan defensive tackle Terrance Taylor is still debating whether or not to return for his senior season.

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While many are praising U.C.F. tailback Kevin Smith for leaving school early for the N.F.L., reality is he could be Day 2 selection, if things don't all fall into place.

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Washington State junior wide rceiver Brandon Gibson will not enter the upcoming N.F.L. draft, according to one of our sources. After talking with N.F.L. officials and receiving a forth round projection, he has decided to return to W.S.U. in hopes of improving his draft stock.

DD.comment: Our source told us there is no reason to believe Gibson can't improve his stock a bit (2nd or 3rd round, at least) by staying for his senior season and playing in the Cougars' new spread offense.

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Rutgers' running back Ray Rice seems to be leaning towards the N.F.L. draft.

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Kansas cornerback Aqib Talib will likely to give up his senior season and enter the N.F.L. draft.

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last updated: 01/06/08
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After staging a press conference the week before U.C.F.'s Liberty Bowl trip in which he said he was returning to the Knights for his senior season, junior running back Kevin Smith has decided to forgo his final year and is heading to the N.F.L. Draft.

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Virginia Tech cornerback Brandon Flowers, a junior, plans to enter the N.F.L. draft.

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Florida tight end Cornelius Ingram has not yet decided if he will skip his senior year and enter the N.F.L. draft, despite reports indicating he would leave.

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Michigan State wide receiver Devin Thomas believes he's on the cusp of being a first round pick.

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Offensive lineman Michael Oher must soon decide whether he will declare for the N.F.L. Draft or return to Ole Miss.

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The Boston Globe takes an in-depth look at Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis.

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Illinois junior running back Rashard Mendenhall will enter the N.F.L. draft, a source close to him told the Chicago Tribune on Saturday.

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Ohio State linebacker Marcus Freeman said today he plans to return for his senior season.

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One year after being dismissed from school for falling below the university’s academic standards, safety Demetrice Morley has been readmitted to Tennessee. ****

Rutgers safety Ron Girault is getting ready ready to move on to the N.F.L.

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We recently made major changes to our positional rankings for the Top Senior Prospects in college football and, once again, we divided them into 3 categories:

Top 10 Seniors: These are the top 10 prospects at each position, plus players we feel are "on the cusp" of cracking the top 10.

Top Small Schoolers: We listed about 150 small school prospects, sorted by position, that have the talent to catch the eye of N.F.L. scouts.

Big School Surprise: These are very draftable prospects from FBS schools (1-A) that could surprise people and climb the draft charts as the draft process moves forward.

DD.comment: The vast majority of prospects in our Top 10 Seniors rankings have already received invites to the N.F.L. Combine, while quite a few prospects on our Big School Surprise and Small Schoolers list will also be Indy... To navigate the rankings pages, please click the links above and use the drop down box. Hint: follow the moving arrows!

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last updated: 01/04/08
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ESPN is reporting Michigan State wide receiver Devin Thomas will declare for the draft.

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Sources close to the draft process have told one our sources the following:

Clemson juniors James Davis and Philip Merling will declare for the draft. Merling, a defensive end, is believed to have received a 2nd round projection from scouts. We are unaware of Davis' draft projection, but we've been told the tailback will almost certainly leave early.

Arkansas running backs Darren McFadden and Felix Jones are coming out, according to a few N.F.L. scouts. McFadden is a definite first round pick, while Jones is a likely first round pick.

Oklahoma wide receiver Malcolm Kelly has decided to declare for the N.F.L. draft, as well, according to league sources.

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Illinois football coach Ron Zook expects junior running back Rashard Mendenhall to enter the N.F.L. draft.

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Comfirmation that University of Hawai'i slotback Davone Bess, a junior, has applied for the N.F.L. draft.

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According to our sources, the following quarterbacks have received early invites to the N.F.L. Combine.

Matt Ryan ~ Boston College

Joe Flacco ~ Delaware

Colt Brennan ~ Hawaii

Andre' Woodson ~ Kentucky

Brian Brohm ~ Louisville

Matt Flynn ~ L.S.U.

Chad Henne ~ Michigan

Dennis Dixon ~ Oregon

Anthony Morelli ~ Penn State

Josh Johnson ~ San Diego

John David Booty ~ Southern California

Erik Ainge ~ Tennessee

Paul Smith ~ Tulsa

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A person close to the draft process has informed us that the following juniors will likely declare for the draft in the next few days:

WR Devone Bess ~ Hawaii

WR Ryan Grice-Mullen ~ Hawaii

DB DaJaun Morgan ~ North Carolina State

Per the source: Hawaii Warriors' slot receiver Devone Bess got a second round projection from N.F.L. scouts.

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Indiana wide receiver James Hardy has declared for the N.F.L. Draft.

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Clemson defensive end Phillip Merling is considering whether to forgo his final season of eligibility after receiving a 2nd round projection from scouts.

DD.comment: The article above states Clemson safety Michael Hamlin is leaning towards staying in school after getting a 4th round projection from scouts.

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Boise State cornerback Orlando Scandrick has declared for the N.F.L. Draft.

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University of Florida tight end Cornelius Ingram has decided to forgo his senior year with the Gators and enter the N.F.L. Draft.

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Oklahoma State quarterback Bobby Reid intends to transfer or leave early for the N.F.L. Draft.

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SI.com: Latter-round and undrafted quarterbacks are Out-Performing the High Picks in the N.FL.

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Brad Childress isn't sold on Tarvaris Jackson as the Minnesota Vikings quarterback of the future.

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last updated: 01/03/08
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University of Kentucky quarterback Andre' Woodson signs with an agent.

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Once in leg braces, L.S.U. defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey makes offenses brace for him.

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Florida defensive end Derrick Harvey has decided to skip his senior year and enter the N.F.L. Draft, after reportedly receiving a 1st round projection from scouts.

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L.S.U. defensive coordinator Bo Pellini thinks Craig Steltz is the top safety prospect in the nation.

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Miami Hurricanes defensive end Calais Campbell will skip his senior season and enter the N.F.L. Draft.

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Syracuse wide receiver Taj Smith has opted to enter the N.F.L. Draft rather than returning for a fifth year in college.

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At this point, some insiders project Texas running back Jamaal Charles as a 3rd to 4th round pick.

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During the recent Winter break Thirteen Ohio State underclassmen filed evaluation papers with the National Football League's College Advisory Committee.

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N.F.L. scouts have been checking out Virginia Tech senior defensive tackle Barry Booker.

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West Virginia's seniors, including talented fullback Owen Schmitt, can now look forward to the N.F.L. draft.

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Young quarterbacks will make Drew Weatherford work hard to keep his starting job at F.S.U. next season.

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Alabama seniors Simeon Castille and D.J. Hall have been invited to the Senior Bowl.

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Maryland linebacker Erin Henderson got a third round projection from N.F.L. scouts.

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Virginia Tech quarterback Sean Glennon has gone from losing his starting job early this season to considering skipping his senior season to enter the N.F.L. Draft.

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last updated: 01/02/08
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Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge looks forward to the N.F.L. Combine.

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A photograph posted on Virginia Tech's redshirt junior cornerback Brandon Flowers' Facebook profile causes a stir.

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Virginia guard Branden Albert will leave early for the N.F.L.

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Soft-spoken defensive end Vernon Gholston has become Ohio States' sack machine.

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Michigan State safety Nehemiah Warrick has been invited to the N.F.L. Combine.

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Georgia linebacker/defensive end Marcus Howard has received an invite to the N.F.L. Combine.

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What's the draft buzz regarding West Virginia tailback Steve Slaton?

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Texas running back Jamaal Charles said Wednesday he will skip his senior year and enter the N.F.L. draft.

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Maryland inside linebacker Erin Henderson has declared his intention to enter the N.F.L. draft.

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Hall of Fame running back Jim Taylor (ex-Green Bay Packers) is a big fan of current L.S.U. tailback Jacob Hester.

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Scottish-born University of Oklahoma defensive end Austin English, who's only a sophomore, has caught the eye of N.F.L. scouts.

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Closer look at a Pair of Ivy League stars going to the Hula Bowl.

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University of Flordia redshirt junior defensive end Derrick Harvey has most likely has played his final game as a Gator.

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Offensive linemen Pedro Sosa and Jeremy Zuttah were the only Rutgers seniors to get invites to the N.F.L. Scouting Combine.

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Michigan wide receiver Adrian Arrington had a career day in, perhaps, his final game as a Wolverine.

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The Oregonian: No doubt about it, Ducks' tailback Jonathan Stewart is off to the N.F.L.

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Several Florida State prospects face choices -- Stay at F.S.U. or leave?

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St. Louis paper suggests Missouri safety William Moore may consider entering the N.F.L. draft after a big game at the Cotton Bowl.

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U.S.C. linebacker Rey Maualuga insists 'nobody can offer me enough money to leave' for the N.F.L. draft.

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Hawaii wide receiver Jason Rivers turned in a strong performance at the Sugar Bowl.

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Randy Riggs' Rumor Central: Look for Texas A&M Tight end Martellus Bennett to declare for the N.F.L. draft.

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Boise State tackle Ryan Clady has announced he will declare for the N.F.L. Draft.

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We've been informed by various sources that the following small schoolers have received Combine Invites:

QB Joe Flacco ~ Delaware

QB Josh Johnson ~ San Diego

FB Jerome Felton ~ Furman

RB Xavier Omon ~ Northwest Missouri State

RB Tim Hightower ~ Richmond

WR Dexter Jackson ~ Appalachian State

WR Pierre Garcon ~ Mount Union

WR Jerome simpson ~ Coastal Carolina

WR Arman Shields ~ Richmond

OT Chad Rinehart ~ Northern Iowa

OT Heath Benedict ~ Newberry

OT Demetrius Bell ~ Northwestern State

DE Brian Johnston ~ Gardner-Webb

DE Marcus Dixon ~ Hampton

DE Kendall Langford ~ Hampton

DE Rudolph Hardie ~ Howard

DE Bryan Smith ~ Mcneese State

CB Antwaun Molden ~ Eastern Kentucky

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie ~ Tennessee State

DD.comment: We assume this is a partial list, as we figure several very notable small school prospects are not this list but could easily get Combine Invites:

RB Danny Woodhead ~ Chadron State

RB Omar Cuff ~ Delaware

WR Bruce Hocker ~ Duquesne

OT James Lee ~ South Carolina State

OG Kerry Brown ~ Appalachian State

OT David Hale ~ Weber State

LB James Terry ~ Youngstown State

FS Tony LeZotte ~ James Madison

FS Corey Lynch ~ Appalachian State

FS Bobbie Williams ~ Bethune-Cookman

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last updated: 01/01/08
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Current N.F.L. Draft Order, via NFL.com.

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As we reported several weeks ago (thanks to one of our sources in Madison), Wisconsin cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu is leaning towards returning to school for his senior season.

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Missouri State linebacker Jeron Poole has accepted an invitation to play in the Texas vs. The Nation all-star game.

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NFLDraftScout.com's early rankings: Top 64 Senior Prospects

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NFLDraftScout.com's early rankings: Top 64 Junior Prospects.

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The Oklahoma State Cowboys think freshman Dez Bryant can be a special receiver.

Check out our Top Freshman Watchlist.

DD.comment: About 275 Top Freshmen stars, with stat links for most prospects.

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How can the University of Virginia replace star defensive end Chris Long -- on and off the field?

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North Dakota State punter Michael Dragosavich and Eastern Kentucky cornerback Antwaun Molden have received Combine invites. Dragosavich will be playing in the Senior Bowl and Texas vs. The Nation Game, while Molden will be playing in the Texas vs. The Nation Game. Both will be represented by Elite Sports Agency in Tampa, Florida.

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Virginia Tech defensive end Chris Ellis gets ready for the N.F.L. draft.

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Defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger's decision to steal a coat was foolish for many reasons.

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Quick look at South Florida linebacker Ben Moffitt.

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Alabama offensive lineman Antoine Caldwell is undecided about leaving early for the N.F.L.

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It looks like Illinois junior running back Rashard Mendenhall will be turning pro.

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Carolina Panthers' head coach John Fox said he believes Dwayne Jarrett should have stayed in school another year before going to the N.F.L.

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