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last updated: 01/27/09
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National Football Post updated top 100 players.

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Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis missed Senior Bowl due to flu; believes former teammate, cornerback Donald Washington will impress at Combine.

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Florida State defensive tackle Paul Griffin prepares for pro day.

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Tales of Stillman defensive tackle Sammie Lee Hill's athleticism.

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Our friends Sigmund and Cecil from draftguys.com have sent us their Texas Vs The Nation Day One Texas Practice Report.

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Our friends Sigmund and Cecil from draftguys.com have sent us their Texas Vs The Nation Day One Nation Practice Report.

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Mike Mayock: Penn State wide receiver Derrick Williams would be ideal fit for Chicago Bears.

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Mike Mayock of the NFL Network talks about the Top Cornerbacks in the 2009 Draft.

DD.comment: Mike Mayock is an ex-N.F.L. defensive back, so this is a topic he should know a lot about.

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Draft Daddy's updated, post-Senior Bowl One Round Mock Draft, with Comments.

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We recently finished making significant changes to our positional rankings (Post-Senior Bowl) for the Top 2009 Draft Prospects and, once again, we divided them into 3 categories:

Top 10 Prospects: These are the top 10 prospects at each position.

Top Small Schoolers: We listed about 175 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: We recently added a Special Teams Section, which includes kick returners, kickers, punters and long snappers. We have stats links for all the prospects (except offensive linemen) from the F.B.S. schools (formerly I-A) and bio links for the vast majority of smaller school prospects, who are not as well known by draft followers. 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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Mustang Daily: Ramses Barden's critics show silliness of draft process.

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last updated: 01/26/09
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Our friends Sigmund and Cecil from draftguys.com have just E-Mailed us their Texas Vs The Nation Weigh-In Notes.

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Don Banks from SI.com has Andre Smith going #1 overall in this recent One Round Mock Draft.

DD.comment: We noticed Don has listed O.S.U. star Malcolm Jenkins as a "DB", not a "CB". This is not surprising, considering we heard a lot folks suggest last week (in Mobile) that Jenkins might project better as an N.F.L. free safety.

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2009 Senior Bowl-Final Stats

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Drew Sharpe notes that while fans are obsessed with first rounds picks, the woeful Detroit Lions must dig for gems in all rounds of the draft.

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In-depth look at Ohio State outside linebacker Marcus Freeman, who looked good at the Senior Bowl last week.

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The Daily Collegian Online looks at Penn State wide receiver Derrick Williams, who showed his versatility at the Senior Bowl.

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Tommy Hicks of The Mobile Press-Register writes many scouts believe Pat White made a mistake not playing some wide receiver at the Senior Bowl.

DD.comment: We can't say we blame White for not wanting to move away from quarterback. While he may not be an ideal quarterback prospect due to his size and propensity to run first, he looked just as good as any quarterback we watched last week in Mobile, with the exception of Rhett Bomar. Granted it was a weak group of quarterbacks, but we think he could project to be, at the very least, a Seneca Wallace or Troy Smith type (solid backup; change of pace/Wildcat guy) in time and, as the writer noted, it only takes one team to believe in him and that team could be the Pittsburgh Steelers, as head coach Mike Tomlin has gone on record saying he thinks White has a future as an N.F.L. quarterback.

Another reason we can't blame White for wanting to stay at quarterback, is because he's never played wide receiver at a high level and who really knows how he'll project there. Does he have the hands to play wide receiver? Would he be willing to take shots going over the middle? Don't forget, former college quarterbacks Antwaan Randle El, Drew Bennett and Hines Ward all played quite a bit of wide receiver when they were in college, so their transition to wide receiver in the N.F.L. was much easier than most in the media lead fans to believe. Also, while White is a terrific athlete, N.F.L. scouts have him measured at 6' and listed his 40 time in the low 4.50's, so he might not be an athletic freak teams "must have" like, for example, Matt Jones was considered in 2005 when he measured in at 6' 6", 242 pounds and ran a blistering 4.37 on the old (and slightly slower) track at the RCA/Hoosier Dome.

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Free Agents Updated:

DD.com's Top 2009 NFL Free Agents: Offense

DD.com's Top 2009 NFL Free Agents: Defense

DD.comment: Obviously, we considered a players potential going forward, injury history and 2009 age when doing these lists, which explains why we ranked several bigger name players in their mid 30's (or older) lower than their current talent level should warrant -- examples include Jeff Garcia, Lawyer Milloy and Brian Dawkins. Finally, we did not list players that are currently under contract for 2009, but are rumored to be possibly cut due to salary reasons (i.e Keith Brooking). We will add those players "if" and when they are released.

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DD.com E-Mail [Chris D.]: First of all, I think the site is great and you do a great job of providing information rather than excessive baloney opinion like most sites. That said, you're way off on one aspect of your free agency rankings: Do you really think Ron Bartrell and Kelvin Hayden are better and are going to get more money than Dunta Robinson? That's totally ridiculous. The contract Dunta is going to get will be 20-40% more than theirs. Is there any buzz around those guys? Articles you've linked to on DD have stated how there is buzz around Dunta at the Senior Bowl. You need to check your sources if you have any cause none of them would rank the free agent CBs that way. Thanks, keep it up.

DD.com Reply: Chris we appreciate the nice words and thanks for supporting the site. Trying to rank close to 330 players accurately is not real easy. Matter of fact it can be downright impossible, particularly once you get past the top 5 or 6 at each position. Nonetheless, we do the best we can with the information we have at hand and are very comfortable with the lists. So comfortable, in fact, that we have no problem posting all the NFL.com stat links so readers can check for themselves how the free agents have performed during their careers.

In response to your comment, we don't know who's going to get what (in terms of money), but we really do like Kelvin Hayden and Ron Bartrell as players. Both are fine athletes, who bring a lot to their teams with their skill level as cover corners and their strong work ethics. Check out any newspaper from Indianapolis or St. Louis and you'll find the Colts and Rams front office's desperately want to retain these two. Also, our first impulse was to rank Dunta Robinson, who is also a fine player, ahead of those two, based on reputation, but we just don't know how much the serious knee injury he sustained in 2007 will affect him once he gets out in the open market? While he looked fully recovered and played extremely well for the Texas by the end of last season, his knee issues could raise a red flag with some teams. Some have even suggested Robinson may be wise to sign a one-year deal, then hope a big 2009 season will get him a much more lucrative, long term deal in 2010. With that said, who knows how this will pan out, as it seems opinions on these players can differ vastly from one N.F.L. franchise to another?

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last updated: 01/25/09
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Quick look at rising Eastern Michigan offensive tackle T.J. Lang, who will play in Texas vs. Nation All-Star Game.

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Scout.com/Fox Sports analyst Chris Steuber looks at how 19 Notable Prospects fared during Senior Bowl week.

DD.comment: Chris Steuber suggested Connecticut left tackle William Beatty draft stock was falling after the Senior Bowl, while Russ Lande wrote his stock had improved during Senior Bowl week. No big deal, but it just goes to show how difficult it is to come up with a consensus on some of these prospects. If it means anything, our own Matt Bitonti, who was in Mobile this week and played some offensive line at the D-III level agrees with Stueber -- Beatty is a good football player, with solid potential looking forward, but not a likely first rounder at this point.

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Russ Lande: Defensive stars B.J. Raji and Brian Cushing among the 14 biggest winners at Senior Bowl week.

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Tony Pauline from SI.com recaps the Winners & Losers from the 60th Annual Senior Bowl.

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Sophomore defensive end Aaron Maybin is one of several ex-Penn State players training for the draft at Power Train Sports Performance.

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Charean Williams: Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree compares favorably to Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald.

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Anonymous N.F.L. scouts tell The Mobile Press-Register which players saw their draft stock Rise or Fall at the Senior Bowl.

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Keenan Singleton of Fox Sports: Who's hot and not after 2009 Senior Bowl

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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch takes an in-depth look at which prospects the St. Louis Rams might target in round one.

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The Cleveland Plain Dealer looks at several top defensive end and linebacker prospects that might fit in the Cleveland Browns 3-4 scheme.

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Due to an ample supply of quality linebacker prospects, coupled with fewer top tackles coming out of the college ranks, more N.F.L. teams are seeing the appeal of using a defensive 3-4 scheme.

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Gary Meyers of The New York Daily News writes finding a wideout of Plaxico Burress' caliber will be no small order for the New York Giants.

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A few days ago we linked on article stating University of Washington power forward Jon Brockman could be a potential N.F.L. prospect as a tight end. Right after posting that, one of our readers (Matt T.) sent us an E-Mail suggesting Syracuse had a better potential N.F.L prospect on their basketball team. Today, The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle looks at the player -- forward Paul Harris -- and asks him if he thinks the N.F.L. is a viable option for him?

DD.comment: First, we thank Matt T. for the E-Mail and the input. Good comments on his part. Back to the topic: Any college basketball player trying to make the leap to the N.F.L. is a long shot. Antonio Gates, Sam Clancy and Marcus Pollard are the rare exceptions that made it (and had a impact) in the last 25 years out the several dozens that have tried (signed a contract or worked out for N.F.L. scouts). At first glance, we actually agreed with Matt T. that Harris' size, toughness and athletic ability would give him a reasonable shot to get a long look from N.F.L. scouts, if the N.B.A. did not pan out for him. But after reading the article above, we think Harris has almost no shot because he openly admits he doesn't like football. It's hard enough to make it in N.F.L. as a talented college tight end who eats, drinks and sleeps football. Can you imagine how difficult it would be for a prospect that never played the game at a high level and openly states he dislikes football?

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Rivals.com's Updated College Football 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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last updated: 01/24/09
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West Virginia quarterback Pat White leads the South to a 35-18 Senior Bowl win

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NFLDraftScout.com's recently updated rankings: Top 64 2009 Draft Prospects

NFLDraftScout.com's recently updated rankings: Top 64 2010 Draft Prospects

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Navy running back Eric Kettani hopes he'll be able to play right away with a new president running the war.

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All-Big 12 wide receiver Jordan Shipley of Texas will miss spring practice after undergoing shoulder surgery Friday.

DD.comment: This might, in part, explain why Jordan was so eager to return to Austin for a sixth season, despite seemingly being N.F.L. ready?

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Dan Pompei's scout talk from Senior Bowl & East-West Shrine Game

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DD.com Updated Feature: All-Star Rosters

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NFL.com all-access look at U.S.C. linebacker Brian Cushing as he competes in the Under Armour Senior Bowl in Mobile.

DD.comment: Only reason we linked this video, is because we found it fascinating that Cushing was wearing a Jacksonville Jaguars helmet during the Senior Bowl practices. Sure, maybe there is a simple reason for this -- he forgot his helmet and the Jags coaches lent him one of theirs. But maybe this is a preveiw of what's coming up for Cushing?

While it not real likely, at this point, he goes in the top 10 (Jax could trade back a few spots?), here are a couple things to keep in mind: One, Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio was an All-American linebacker at U.S.C in the 1980's and there is no doubt he's taken a strong liking to Brian -- we saw it when we were in Mobile. Two, with disgruntled veteran Mike Peterson leaving via free agency, the Jaguars need another quality linebacker. Granted Cushing would not replace "Mike Pete" in the middle, but the coaches could shuffle the unit a bit to allow Brian to play on the outside. Last, and maybe most important, with de-facto G.M. James Harris having moved on (maybe to Cleveland?), Del Rio and his coaching staff could have much more input regarding who the Jags draft or sign as a free agent.

One last Point: U.S.C. middle linebacker Rey Maualuga could be a player that interests the Jaguars for the same reasons that Cushing would. He may actually fill a more immediate need, but will he drop down to 8th overall? It's possible, considering true middle linebackers rarely get selected among the top 10 overall picks.

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South Carolina offensive lineman Jamon Meredith feels he's a better suited to play tackle in the N.F.L.

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A coach from the Cincinnati Bengals throws a lot of praise at ex-Iowa State/South Florida linebacker Tyrone McKenzie.

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The Boston Globe looks at Boston College defensive tackle Busari Raji Jr., who really improved his draft stock at the Senior Bowl.

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L.S.U. wide receiver Brandon LaFell looks forward to having a huge senior season in 2009.

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Former U.S.C. quarterback Mark Sanchez will be represented by his older brother/ex-Yale quarterback Nick Sanchez.

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Milwaukee Journal looks at several fast-rising defensive prospect that might interest the Green Bay Packers, who are switching to 3-4 defense.

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Pro Football Weekly scouting guring breaks down Ole Miss. defensive tackle Peria Jerry.

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Darkhorses of the Draft: Bleacher Report writer makes a case for Florida Wide Receiver Louis Murphy.

DD.comment: Nice article, but as we've been noting since the summer, Murphy came into the season as the top rated senior wide receiver, with a early first round projection, by both Blesto and National Scouting. Obviously the influx of underclassmen will drop him in the draft, but he's a player pro scouts already like a lot due to his size/speed ratio and special teams potential. Barring something weird, we don't think he'll plummet into the latter rounds.

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last updated: 01/23/09
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SI.com Senior Bowl 2009: Recapping the week's Risers & Sliders.

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Tennessee Vols' running back Arian Foster hopes he impressed N.F.L. scouts at the Senior Bowl.

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Josh Buchanan has just put together a list of 16 Declared Unclassmen that where not on the list of 46 NFL.com put forth Monday.

DD.comments: Of the new names, not counting the 4 big names we reported Monday should've been on the list, Asaph Schwapp should be the most notable to college football fans. He was the top high school player from the state of Connecticut in the class of 2004 and was hotly recruited, but did not have a great career at Notre Dame. Schwapp accumulated only 98 rushing yards and 62 receiving yards, with no touchdowns, in his four years in South Bend. That said, he may earn a free agent deal and tried as a blocking back.

Another notable name is T.J. Williams, who contacted us the night of the National Championship game to tell us he was leaving early. He's a former Michigan State wide receiver, who may've been an impact player in the Big 10, if he did not have academic problems. Obviously, he's a player to watch, although he's another likely free agent, barring great workouts. Williams' older brother, by the way, is San Diego Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie. Finally, Braelon Davis is a very fast cornerback, with a track background, who did some good things at Baylor before injuries affected his game and forced him to transfer down. Davis will likely need excellent workouts to secure a nice free agent deal.

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Our friend Adam Nettina from In The Bleachers lists his Top 5 Postseason All-Star Snubs.

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Georgia Bulldogs' wide receiver A.J. Green expecting bigger things in 2009.

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Green Bay Packers exec praises Navy running back Eric Kettani, but notes his military obligations could harm his draft stock.

DD.comment: Ever since we've been going to the Senior Bowl, we've noted only two fullbacks are selected -- one for the North and one for the South. So considering Tony Fiametta and Quinn Johnson are "true fullbacks", is it safe to assume N.F.L. scouts see Kettani as a power running back (hybrid FB/RB) after he ran a 4.59 at 243 pounds for them at Navy's junior day? Still, regardless of how well he does at the Senior Bowl and the Combine, he'll have a tough time being drafted higher than round 7 due to his military obligation, if recent history is a guide:

Drafted players from Navy since 1947

Drafted players from Army since 1946

Drafted players from Air Force since 1971

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Fast-rising West Virginia cornerback Ellis Lankster is quick to learn and looks ahead to a bright N.F.L. future.

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University of Wyoming tailback Devin Moore, an unlikely participant in the N.F.L. Combine, bides his time.

DD.comment: Moore is a player to watch out for as the draft process moves forward. We have trouble ranking him, because he has a chance to be very good at the next level as an all-purpose weapon (meaning we could rank him as a return specialist), but also has enough skills as a runner to make a significant impact at tailback, in the right situation. If he fares well at the Combine, he might be one of these little known prospects that could climb into the top 3 or 4 rounds. As we noted in a October Draft Daddy feature, 16 Day Two Prospects with Surprising Speed, N.F.L scouts listed Moore's 40 yard dash time at 4.41 seconds coming into the season.

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Pro Football Weekly: West Virginia's Pat White can't be blamed for sticking at quarterback.

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The Hawkeye takes at look at where University of Iowa star Mitch King might get drafted.

DD.comment: King was listed running a 4.75 in the 40 yard dash by N.F.L. scouts coming into the season, which is outstanding for an athlete that weighs almost 280 pounds. So all this over-achiever stuff is mostly garbage, unless one is alluding to the fact that he excelled on the line while being significantly lighter than his opponents. We aren't sure how teams will use King? He's fast and athletic enough to play defensive end, but at under 6' 2" he may not be tall enough. That means he'll either have to pack on some pounds and be a scrappy, undersized defensive tackle (think Kyle Williams of the Bills) or maybe move to linebacker. Those of us old enough to remember the great defenses the Arizona Wildcats had in the early-to-mid 1990's can easily understand the Tedy Bruschi comparisons that Rob Rang mentioned.

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In-depth look at Syracuse University fullback Tony Fiammetta, who's considered an excellent blocker.

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University of Wisconsin star Kraig Urbik is perceived to be one of the more N.F.L.-ready offensive linemen heading into the upcoming draft.

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Sam Houston State quarterback Rhett Bomar expects to be drafted around the third or fourth round.

Related article: Calvin Watkins of the Dallas News writes Quarterbacks Rhett Bomar and Graham Harrell of Texas Tech are battling perception issues.

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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch takes an in-depth look at Mississippi left tackle Michael Oher.

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last updated: 01/22/09
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Southern Mississippi tight end Shawn Nelson has impressed at the Senior Bowl.

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Quick look at T.C.U. center Blake Schlueter, who will participate in the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Challenge.

DD.comment: Watch out for this kid, as he could develop into a day 2 steal. In addition to being country strong (870 lb. squat), he's a terrific athlete for a man his size. N.F.L. scouts have measured him at a shade below 6' 3" and weighed him at 285 pounds, but they list his 40 speed in the mid-to-high 4.8's. Schlueter might fit in well with a team that utilizes a zone blocking scheme (Denver, Atlanta, Houston) and looks for quick, agile blockers up front.

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Quick glance at Florida Atlantic linebacker Frantz Joseph, who will participate in the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Challenge.

DD.comment: Another player who could really surprise people as a day two selection. He might not wow scouts with his workout skills, but he's a tough linebacker, who plays hard all the time and has a great nose for the football. Should also be a very good special teams player right off the bat in the N.F.L. Joseph transferred to F.A.U. from Boston College.

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Scout.com Q&A with Virginia outside linebacker Clint Sintim, who'd like to play with the Steelers.

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Penn State defensive end Maurice Evans say he ready for the N.F.L. challenge.

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New York Jets' new 'D' leader will put pressure on young linebacker Vernon Gholston to succeed.

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Some defensive players that might interest New Orleans are showing their stuff at the Senior Bowl.

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Todd McShay of ESPN Insider offers up some more news & notes from the Senior Bowl.

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CBS News: Loaded Senior Linebacker Class continues to impress at the Senior Bowl.

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Minnesota Gophers starting safety Tramaine Brock has left school, apparently for academic reasons, and likely won't return.

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Agent Drew Rosenhaus thinks LeSean McCoy should be the first running back selected in the 2009 draft.

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Pro Football weekly looks at Boston College's fast-rising defensive tackle Busari Raji Jr.

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Pro Football weekly: Ole Miss left tackle Michael Oher has classic boom-or-bust potential.

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Ole Miss defensive tackle Peria Jerry gives N.F.L. scouts defensive talent show in Mobile.

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CBS Sports Stock watch: Senior Bowl risers and fallers

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Move home didn't cost Liberty running back Rashad Jennings a shot at the N.F.L.

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Florida State wide receiver Greg Carr is thrilled to be a late addition to the Senior Bowl roster.

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USA Today: Versatility the selling point for Cincinnati's Connor Barwin at the Senior Bowl.

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New Orleans and Atlanta have talked to Missouri safety William Moore at the Senior Bowl.

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Delta State wide receiver Greg Betterson hopes a stint in the United National Gridiron League will pave the way for an N.F.L. career.

Related Item: United National Gridiron League Team rosters.

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last updated: 01/21/09
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NFL Bible Q&A with Sacramento State linebacker Cyrus Mulitalo.

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Check out our friends Cecil & Sigmund's Draftguys TV Shrine Game Player Preview.

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NFL.com: Mike Mayock's Top Prospects by Position for the 2009 NFL Draft.

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Pat Kirwan of NFL.com writes aout his First impressions from the Senior Bowl.

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Northern Illinois' defensive end Larry English hope Bears call his name on draft weekend.

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West Virginia star Pat White feels he's an N.F.L. caliber quarterback and does not welcome a move to wide receiver.

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Former Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford has moved to Arizona to prepare for the 2009 draft.

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Cal-Poly wide receiver Ramses Barden has caught the attention of the Miami Dolphins at the Senior Bowl.

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Draft Daddy's Updated Senior Bowl Coverage, Tuesday South Practice: 2009 Senior Bowl Coverage

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Matt Payne: B.Y.U. wide receiver Austin Collie made the right choice by leaving school early to enter the draft.

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Bruce Feldman of ESPN looks at Boston College defensive tackle Busari Raji Jr.

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As Sam Houston State quarterback Rhett Bomar looks ahead to his future in professional football, he knows his past won't be ignored.

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Pro Football Weekly looks at All-A.C.C. cornerback Alphonso Smith, who compensates for his lack of height with intelligence and quickness.

DD.comment: It's nice to see someone in the mainstream media praise a cornerback prospect for his intelligence and work ethic, not just his speed and natural athletic ability.

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The Sporting News: The University of Southern California just might be the true location of Linebacker U.

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Russ Lande of The Sporting News looks at how 25 Notable prospects have fared at The Senior Bowl.

DD.comment: We like putting these links up, because most of it is great content. But we think it's silly to seriously disparage and to vaguely write off some of these players that have had great college careers (i.e McKillop and Cosby) because they did not look real sharp in one or two practices at an all-star game. Keep in mind a few years ago a different mainstream media draft analyst wrote linebackers Patrick Willis and Paul Posluszny were "overrated" and would have a tough time in the N.F.L. because they looked sluggish at the first few Senior Bowl practices. Another wrote ex-Nebraska linebacker Stewart Bradley couldn't cover well enough in Mobile and predicted he'd be a total flop at the next level. All three have fared extremely well as pros, so far.

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Western Michigan University safety Louis Delmas impressing at the Senior Bowl.

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last updated: 01/20/09
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SI.com: Senior Bowl practice report, Day Two Risers & Sliders

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Todd McShay of ESPN Insider: U.S.C. Linebackers Take Over Day 2 at the Senior Bowl.

DD.comment: Good portion of the link is free for all to see (non ESPN insider subscribers) right now, but we are not sure how long that will last?

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Miami Dolphins' left tackle Jake Long named to the Pro Bowl; first #1 overall headed to Hawaii since 1981.

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Bleacher Report: Is University of Washington power forward Jon Brockman the next Antonio Gates?

DD.comment: Every year we read about unknown college forwards hoping to be the "next Gates" and none really look the part to us. But Brockman is a player we always thought might've been better off playing football rather than basketball. Who knows, with a lot of hard work and a little luck, he could make the jump. We do, however, disagree that he has very little chance to make it in the N.B.A. He has the look of a second round N.B.A. draft pick that could hang around for a while as a role player. Think a modern day Kurt Rambis?

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Russ Lande of The Sporting News looks at how 24 Notable prospects have fared at The Senior Bowl.

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Josh Buchanan's one round Small School Mock Draft.

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Russ Lande of The Sporting News looks at 7 prospects that have already impressed at The Senior Bowl.

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East Carolina defensive end C.J. Wilson could have entered the 2009 draft, but he hopes returning to school will land him in the top two rounds of the 2010 draft.

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University of Connecticut running back Donald Brown hopes a strong combine showing will push him into the first round of the 2009 draft.

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University of Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson is in familiar surroundings at the Senior Bowl.

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Pro Football Weekly: Versatility of Oregon offensive lineman Max Unger could interest teams in the latter part of the first round.

DD.comment: While Pittsburgh could surely upgrade their tackles and guards, sources have told us they've been looking for a stalwart in the middle for a while. Therefore, we can easily imagine Unger or Cal-Berkeley's Alex Mack being the Steelers top pick.

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Updated: NFL Draft Bible's 2009 Small School Draft Journal Entries.

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Former Pitt wide receiver Marcel Pestano says his play at D-2 school California University (Pa.) caught the attention of N.F.L. scouts.

DD.comment: The link above also has some information on several other N.F.L. prospects from the Fort Meyers area.

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SI.com: Senior Bowl practice report, Day One Risers & Sliders.

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Cal-Berkeley tight end Cameron Morrah entered the 2009 draft.

DD.comment: Obviously, Morrah did not enter the draft yesterday (as the article states), because all players had to declare by January 15th. What the writer meant was news that he declared for the draft just leaked out to the mainstream media Monday.

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Oregon coaches were unable to dissuade junior cornerback Jairus Byrd from entering the 2009 draft.

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Tennessee defensive end Robert Ayers aims to follow Jerod Mayo's path from Senior Bowl to N.F.L.

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The hiring of Dom Capers signals the Green Bay Packers will likely switch to a 3-4 defense in 2009.

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N.F.L. grants 46 underclassmen Special Eligibility for 2009 Draft

DD.comment: Sunday night we missed three names that are on the official list that should've been in our updated rankings -- Cameron Morrah, Richard Quinn and Mike Goodson. Morrah and Quinn are potential middle round picks (4th to 6th round), while Goodson is a likely latter-round/free agent possibility. We actually posted in the blog a few months ago that Goodson would leave, but we flat out forgot about him because he announced so early. We'll make the changes soon....But, perhaps more importantly, why are Utah defensive end Paul Kruger, Brigham Young wide receiver Austin Collie, Southern Mississippi linebacker Gerald McRath and Hampton defensive lineman Chris Baker missing from NFL.com's list?

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Lya Wodraska of The Salt Lake Tribune answers why Utah defensive end Paul Kruger is not on NFL.com's declared underclassmen list.

DD.comment: We've been in contact with Paul Kruger's agent, who we've known for several years, and he confirmed to us that Paul will be part of the draft and his name should appear on the N.F.L.'s official list by Friday. Also, one of our sources talked to Hampton defensive lineman Chris Baker yesterday and he said his application has been approved by the N.F.L. The Connecticut native, who began his career at Penn State, is believed to have gotten a day two projection from N.F.L. scouts. Finally, we'd like to thank everyone who has E-Mailed us and sent us information regarding this topic.

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last updated: 01/19/09
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Russ Lande of The Sporting News: Seven Prospects with something to prove at the Senior Bowl.

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U.S.C. linebacker Rey Maualuga would love to be drafted first overall by the Detroit Lions.

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The Press-Register's Senior Bowl Notebook.

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U.S.C. quarterback Mark Sanchez did not opt out of the draft Sunday Night, as Pete Caroll had hoped.

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DD.com Updated Feature: All-Star Rosters

DD.comment: As of this moment (1:15 AM EST) all three all-star game rosters should be 100 percent accurate. As most draft followers know, rosters for all-star games change frequently as prospects are added and deleted due to injuries and other factors, so check in from time to time for updates. Also, none of the injured players are expected to play in the Senior Bowl.

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last updated: 01/18/09
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University of Alberta Golden Bears offensive tackle Simeon Rottier impressed at the East-West Shrine Game.

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L.S.U. junior wide receiver Brandon LaFell changes his mind, says he will not be enter the 2009 draft.

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We've been informed that Ole Miss wide receiver Mike Wallace has just been added to the Senior Bowl roster, replacing injured University of Florida wide receiver Louis Murphy. Wallace will not play in the Texas vs. Nation game now.

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Injured University of North Carolina wide receiver Brandon Tate hopes to run at the N.F.L. Combine.

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University of Texas senior linebacker Rashad Bobino is training for his N.F.L. opportunity.

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Several gifted youngsters, including Dane Sanzenbacher, will need to fill the void at wide reciever for the 2009 Ohio State Buckeyes.

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The agent representing Missouri's William Moore believes the senior will be the first safety picked in 2009 draft.

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Former Notre Dame star Tom Zbikowski has already become a key member of the Baltimore Ravens.

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Former U.T.E.P. defensive back Quintin Demps is making a quick impact on special teams for the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Ex-N.F.L. quarterback Scott Brunner is not totally suprised that one of his pupils, Joe Flacco, has had so much early N.F.L. success.

DD.comment: If you scan our blog you'll see a lot of Brunner's Blog links from the 49ers' official website. 49ers' area scout Todd Brunner is the younger brother of Scott Brunner.

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last updated: 01/17/09
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The Associated Press recaps today's East-West Shrine Game.

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Next Level Scouting looks at 13 N.F.L. Prospects that impressed at East-West Shrine Game practices this week.

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The Sporting News: Top 5 N.F.L. stories to watch for in 2009.

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Next Level Scouting is reporting Maryland outside linebacker Moise Fokou has been invited to the Senior Bowl, so his spot in the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Challenge has been accepted by Notre Dame linebacker Maurice Crum.

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Next Level Scouting is reporting Arizona wide receiver/return man Mike Thomas has been added to the Senior Bowl roster earlier this evening, according to a source close to the situation. Thomas is scheduled to play in the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday afternoon.

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The Los Angeles Times' N.F.L. columnist Sam Farmer projects the Top 10 Draft Picks.

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NFL Draft Bible Q&A with University of Missouri defensive tackle Evander Hood.

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U.S.C. head coach Pete Carroll continues to insist quarterback Mark Sanchez made a mistake leaving school early.

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Closer look at Maine defensive end Jovan Belcher, who has signed with JL Sports and will play in the Texas v. The Nation Game.

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Today's East-West Shrine Game will be one last chance for linebacker Jason Phillips to show A&M's loss was a gain for T.C.U.

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DD.com Updated Feature: Unofficial List of Declared Underclassmen

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New York Times: Smaller than expected class of Underclassmen Declare for Draft.

DD.comment: The Times reports 41 players have declared, but we have 45 on our list. We've posted at least one link for all 45 players that have declared since December.

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last updated: 01/16/09
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Scout.com: One Round Mock Draft

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Junior defensive tackle Malcolm Sheppard explored his N.F.L. options, but will return to Arkansas for his senior year.

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Army fullback and future officer Collin Mooney knows Saturday's Shrine Game could be his last.

DD.comment: One of the more fascinating tidbits in the link above is the new Obama administration is giving a glimmer of hope to service academy athletes that want to play pro sports right after graduation. The most draftable player in that group would clearly be Navy running back Eric Kettani, who will be at the Senior Bowl and is considered a draftable prospects by scouts. The next best in the class of 2009 are Mooney and lightning-quick Navy all-purpose back Shun White, who reminds us a bit of former N.F.L. player Dave Meggett. Mooney and White came into the season projected as priority free agents.

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Ohio State junior cornerback Donald Washington says he's ready for the N.F.L. challenge.

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Oregon cornerback Jairus Byrd declared for the draft on Thursday, but is leaving the door open for a return to the team.

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Pro Football Weekly: Age and money likely will force the San Diego Chargers to part ways with LaDainian Tomlinson.

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Houston Chronicle: Anonymous N.F.L. scout agrees with Draftdaddy.com (01/08/09 blog) that Taylor Mays needed to stay in school. Also, will Penn State defensive end Aaron Maybin be a fast-riser on draft day?

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Speedy Georgia Bulldogs' safety Reshad Jones talks about why he decided to stay in school another season.

DD.comment: We think it's pretty safe to suggest, barring something unexpected, that Jones will likely leave after his junior season. If so, he'd join U.S.C.'s Taylor Mays and, possibly, Tennessee's Eric Berry in what could be a very strong class of safeties for the 2010 N.F.L. draft. Kurt Coleman of Ohio State and Jordan Lake of Baylor are other junior safeties to keep a close eye going forward.

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Former Utah State safety De'von Hall hopes to impress at the East-West Shrine Game.

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John Murphy of Next Level Scouting and NFL Draft Bible is reporting Virginia offensive tackle Eugene Monroe will not participate in the upcoming Senior Bowl, according to several sources close to the top-rated senior offensive lineman. Instead, Monroe will continue to train for the N.F.L. Combine with Mike Gough in Florida. He has a much higher grade on most boards than those in attendance at the Shrine Game. Ole Miss' Michael Oher and Baylor's Jason Smith would need solid performances in Mobile to be within 10 picks of Monroe when he comes off the board in April.

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Draft Daddy's One Round Mock Draft, with Comments.

DD.comment: As per our policy, we wait until underclassmen have declared and the deadline has passed before posting our first mock draft of the year. Thank you to all of our loyal readers for your patience.

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Draft Daddy is pleased to announce a radio appearance today, at 12:35pm EST on Houston's 790 AM the Sports Animal, talking draft with the Monsters of Mid-Day. Live Stream Here.

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A few weeks ago N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell warned some of the elite college sophomore and junior quarterbacks to think long and hard before declaring for the draft, because he noted almost all of the top quarterbacks in the N.F.L. today stayed in school until they were seniors. He also mentioned that most of the quarterbacks that declared early over the last several years were busts. Yesterday, an angry Pete Carroll reiterated this when he told the media how disappointed he was that U.S.C. quarterback Mark Sanchez was leaving early.

Were commissioner Goodell and U.S.C. head coach Pete Carroll needlessly exaggerating just to scare these youngsters off? We put together a list of Quarterbacks that have Declared Early since 1989 and it does seem like the vast majority of these signal callers were/are very mediocre or are downright draft busts. If history is any guide, Matt Stafford, Mark Sanchez, Josh Freeman and Nate Davis better prepare themselves for a very bumpy ride going forward.

DD.comment: We did our best to come up with this list, but it's tough because we couldn't find an official list anywhere and had to do it by memory. We think we have all the key names, but if any of our readers see any omissions, please contact us and tell us who we left off. We are looking for any notable quarterbacks that entered the draft early (via the regular or supplemental draft) since 1989. We are only listing prospects that were drafted or felt they had a strong chance to be drafted when they declared, not long shots who only declared because they were failing out of school or just wanted to quit school and were looking for their five minutes of fame.

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L.A. Times writer Bill Plaschke blasts U.S.C head coach Pete Carroll for his demeanor at Mark Sanchez's press conference yesterday.

DD.comment: All our sources tell us Sanchez should be a first round pick, but it's real early in the process and who knows what will happen. Also, with all due respect to Mr. Plaschke, we'd love to know who has ranked Sanchez as the 10th best prospect in the draft? It can't be the N.F.L. Draft Advisory Committee, because they only dole out round projections (1st round, 2nd-3rd, 4th-7th and free agent). We are left wondering if Bill got that gaudy projection from the same notable pair that had Andre Woodson projected as a future #1 overall pick throughout the spring, summer and fall of 2007?

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last updated: 01/15/09
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National Football Post: East West Shrine Game Report.

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University of Akron forward Steve Zakuani was the first overall pick in today's Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

DD.comment: Comedian Drew Carey is a co-owner of the expansion Seattle Sounders; Ex-N.F.L. quarterback Oliver Luck is the President and GM of the Houston Dynamo. Oliver's son, Andrew Luck, is quarterback we suspect while be mentioning quite a bit here at DD.com in the next few years.

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CBS sports analyst Gary Danielson praises Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes for staying in school.

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After checking his status with N.F.L. scouts, quarterback Ryan Perrilloux says he'll return to Jacksonville State for his senior year.

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CBS Sportline looks at how 10 Notable Prospects fared at East-West Shrine Game practices this week.

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James Madison defensive tackle J.D. Skolnitsky, who was banned after a positive test, files paperwork to be eligible for the N.F.L. draft.

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Brunner's Blog: 49ers' area scout Todd Brunner checks in from the East-West Shrine Bowl.

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L.S.U. wide receiver Brandon LaFell said he will enter the draft, but hasn't hired agent and may reverse his decision.

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Speedy tailback C.J. Spiller has announced he will return to Clemson for his senior season.

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L.A. Times: Pete Carroll peeved about Mark Sanchez leaving U.S.C. for the N.F.L.

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Georgia Bulldogs' sophomore safety Reshad Jones is staying in school another season.

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University of Southern California junior quarterback Mark Sanchez will enter the N.F.L. draft.

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ESPN is reporting Ole Miss junior defensive end Greg Hardy will not enter the 2009 draft.

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ESPN: Florida wide receiver Percy Harvin will enter the draft; Gators' linebacker Brandon Spikes says he'll return for his senior year.

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Ohio State defensive back Donald Washington announced this morning that he will enter the 2009 draft.

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A pair of University of Illinois players -- left tackle Xavier Fulton and defensive end Will Davis -- have been invited to the Senior Bowl.

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Ole Miss junior defensive end Greg Hardy studies N.F.L. option vs. return to Rebels.

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Contrary to earlier reports, L.S.U. star Brandon LaFell has not officially announced whether he'll forgo senior season.

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Arizona Daily Wildcat analysis: Should Eben Britton have declared for the N.F.L. Draft?

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last updated: 01/14/09
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Macon.com: Georgia Bulldogs' sophomore safety Reshad Jones is poised to leave school early and enter the 2009 draft.

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NFL Draft Bible has a Q&A with Washington State wide receiver Brandon Gibson.

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NFL Draftguys draft journal with Central Washington tight end Jared Bronson.

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The upcoming Under Armour Senior Bowl will feature 16 Big East Prospects.

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University of North Carolina quarterback Cam Sexton has decided to play elsewhere next season.

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Houston Chronicle: Shrine Bowl practice notes from Tuesday

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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch looks at the draft potential of Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel; reports he will play in the Senior Bowl.

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ESPN is reporting U.S.C. junior quarterback Mark Sanchez will enter the 2009 N.F.L. draft.

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ESPN is also reporting former U.S.C. wide receiver Vidal Hazelton will transfer to the University of Cincinnati.

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A pair of high impact offensive standouts -- Jermaine Gresham and Trent Williams -- will return to Oklahoma for their senior years.

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Oklahoma State coaches believe fast-rising junior left tack Russell Okung will not apply for early entry in the 2009 draft.

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ESPN.com: Does Sam Bradford's return to Oklahoma mean Mark Sanchez will leave Southern Cal ?

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Oregon cornerback Walter Thurmond III will return for his senior season after the N.F.L.'s draft advisory board rated him no better than a fourth-round pick.

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University of Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford staying at Oklahoma, won't enter the 2009 draft.

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Speedy University of Kentucky cornerback Trevard Lindley will return for his senior season.

DD.comment: This has to be considered great news for Rich Brooks and all Wildcats' fans, as many expected Lindley would make the early leap to N.F.L. We believe Trevard got a 2nd to 3rd round projection from scouts, so if he can improve his game in 2009, then impress in post-season workouts, there is no reason to believe he can't be a first round pick in the spring of 2010.

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Ohio State junior wide receiver Brian Hartline announced today that he will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft

DD.comment: We reported in the blog a few months ago that Hartline would absolutely leave early. We are not sure if this is a wise choice, as he could've used his senior year to add some muscle and refine his game, but we can understand that some student-athletes just want to move on with their lives and don't want to spend five years in college. One thing that was impressive about Hartline, who also ran track at Ohio State, was even though his receptions total tanked with a freshman quarterback at the helm last season, he averaged 23 yards per catch as a junior and 16 yards per catch during his career. He can also return kicks and punts in the N.F.L.

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ESPN is reporting L.S.U. junior wide reciever Brandon LaFell will likely enter the 2009 N.F.L. draft.

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Pitt star tailback LeSean McCoy will forgo his final two seasons of college football to enter the 2009 Draft.

DD.comment: We will choose between Chris Wells, Knowshon Moreno and McCoy for our top ranked running back, when we revise our rankings to include the underclassmen. Here is a short quote from an anonymous N.F.L. scout, talking about McCoy: "Very unique. Great burst. Real good vision and cutting ability. He's fun to watch.

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Report: L.S.U. running back Charles Scott and offensive tackle Ciron Black have decided to stay in school.

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Sporting News: Russ Lande reports from the East-West Shrine Game Practices.

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For the second time in two weeks, Ohio Sate safety Kurt Coleman says he'll return for his senior year.

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Penn State sophomore defensive end Aaron Maybin says he wants to add, at least, 10 to 20 pounds by the N.F.L. Combine.

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DD.comment: It's fascinating that while many mainstream media draft analysts have been pumping Maybin up as a almost certain top 10 pick (which is probably why he left so early), he won't disclose what round projection the N.F.L. Draft Advisory Committee handed him? We'd have to assume if he had a first round grade, he'd openly talk about it with the media. Again, as we said the other day, Maybin is a very good, fast-rising prospect, but leaving for the draft as a sophomore defensive end that might actually weigh about 235 pounds is weird. The idea is to get to the N.F.L. and stay there at least 10 years, not to make the jump way too early and risk being overwhelmed once you get there. Also, adding 20 pounds in a span of five weeks is fine, but will he retain his speed with that added weight? Finally, Maybin didn't even see the field at Penn State until Maurice Evans was forced out earlier this season. Talk about inexperience heading into the brutal world of pro football?

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Our Friends Cecil and Sigmund from Draftguys.com have sent us their reports from the East-West Shrine Game Practices:

Practice Report Day One East

Practice Report Day One West

Practice Report Day Two East

Practice Report Day Two West

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Brunner's Blog: 49ers' area scout Todd Brunner checks in from the East-West Shrine Bowl.

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DD.com Updated Feature: All-Star Rosters

DD.comment: There are well over 300 prospects listed on that page and we believe, as of this moment, that the list is probably close to 100 percent accurate (posting invites that have been reported). However, as most draft followers know, rosters for all-star games change frequently as prospects are added and deleted due to injuries and other factors.

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last updated: 01/13/09
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Bleacher Report: Would Florida State star Myron Rolle receive more press coverage if he was a white quarterback?

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Boise State University junior wide receiver Jeremy Childs will be entering the 2009 Draft.

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It looks like Penn State's top two defensive ends -- Aaron Maybin and Maurice Evans -- will leave early for the 2009 draft.

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NFL Draft Bible: East-West Shrine Game Day One Practice Notes

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Houston Chronicle: Shrine Bowl practice notes from Monday

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Our friend Josh Buchanan has just sent us the 2009 Texas vs. The Nation Rosters

DD.comment: 43 players who will play in the 2009 Texas vs. The Nation Game have been invited to the N.F.L. Combine, which is not bad at all. We were told another 10 to 12 Texas vs. The Nation prospects probably deserved an Combine invite, so the talent level in this game will be better than it has been the last few years.

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A total of five University of Nebraska seniors will play in post season all-star games.

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Oregon Ducks' Defensive end Nick Reed has received a invitation to the East-West Shrine game.

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University of Georgia junior cornerback Asher Allen said he will enter the 2009 draft

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Texas Tech redshirt sophomore wide receiver Michael Crabtree says he's headed to the N.F.L.

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Four University of Virginia players, including left tackle Eugene Monroe, have agreed to play in the Senior Bowl.

Related Item: 10 Prospects Added to the Senior Bowl rosters today.

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Ball State University junior quarterback Nate Davis will enter the 2009 draft.

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Kent Bradford says his son, Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, is getting "comfortable" with his N.F. L. draft decision.

DD.comment: In the link above, Kent Bradford, who is a former Oklahoma Sooners offensive lineman, does a great job of explaining how the N.F.L. advisory committee grades prospects.

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ESPN.com: Mississippi defensive end Greg Hardy is expected to confirm as early as Tuesday that he will enter the 2009 draft.

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Boise State standout Kyle Wilson, an All-WAC cornerback and All-American punt returner, will return for his senior season.

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U.S.C. junior safety Taylor Mays has decided to return to school for his senior season.

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With Josh McDaniels and Mike Nolan coming in, expect the Denver Broncos to use a 3-4 base defense in 2009.

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last updated: 01/12/09
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NFL Draft Bible's Exclusive Small School Draft Diary's (Part 1):

Jason Williams

Javarris Williams

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Florida State safety Myron Rolle will study at Oxford instead of entering this year's N.F.L. draft.

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Texas Tech junior defensive end Brandon Williams will enter the 2009 N.F.L. draft.

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Three junior defensive standouts have decided to Return to the University of Texas for the 2009 season.

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University of Utah junior cornerback Sean Smith will declare for the 2009 draft; signs with DEC.

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Disgruntled U.S.C. running back C.J. Gable says he's staying in school and vows to improve on special teams.

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Ohio State junior safety Kurt Coleman is debating his N.F.L. future after a strong Feista Bowl showing.

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Oklahoma defensive lineman Gerald McCoy said Monday he will return to school instead of entering the 2009 draft.

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Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback Byron Leftwich says the Chicago Bears should look him up as they search for a new quarterback this offseason.

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Fast-rising defensive tackle prospect Ndamukong Suh returning to Nebraska for his senior season.

DD.comment: One of our West Coast sources has repeatedly told us that N.F.L. scouts he's spoken to have been frustrated by the fact that many of the top defensive tackle prospects the last few years have been fairly short (6' 2" or smaller). While we don't have Suh's official measurements from league sources (because he's a junior), he's listed at 6'4" and 305 pounds by Nebraska, so he may possess the right mix of talent and size that N.F.L. teams covet. Looking forward, these traits, coupled with a strong work ethic, will make Suh a potential top 15 pick for the 2010 N.F.L. draft.

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Dowagiac Daily News: Four Western Michigan Broncos will play in post-season all-star games.

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The Coloradoan: Colorado State running back Gartrell Johnson is a standout on and off the field.

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Utah sophomore defensive end Paul Kruger has announced that he will forego his last two years of college eligibility to enter the draft.

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Pro Football Weekly: Top Three Draft Needs for all 32 NFL teams.

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Allentown beat writer projects when 18 Penn State Prospects can expect to be selected on draft weekend.

DD.comment: Overall, the writer does a good job, but without Combine and Pro Day numbers it's still a bit early to project. As much as we like Aaron Maybin, our sources that have stood next to him say he's not even close to being ideally ready for the N.F.L., in the sense that he needs to add on a lot of bulk, as he's under 240 pounds and fairly thin. We rarely ever suggest what a player should do with his life, but Aaron should strongly consider staying in school if he wants a better chance of having a long pro career. The idea is to get to the N.F.L. and stay there for a decade (or longer), not to jump way too early and wind up in the Arena League at the age 25.

Also, prior to the U.S.C. game, one of our sources told us Anthony Scirrotto should get a Combine invite and was projected as a latter round pick, with a chance to rise with a good 40 time (N.F.L. scouts listed him at about 4.53 coming into the season). That same source told us a Combine invite is no longer very likely and he may've dropped into free agent status after the Bowl game. But in fairness to this kid, we think the vicious beating he took from ABC's Kirk Herbstreit during the Bowl game was probably a bit undeserved. Herbie put a ton of blame on Scirrotto for Penn State's loss because he felt he was "late in coverage" too often, but there were many reasons for that offensive burst by U.S.C. Anthony did save some dignity, however, when Keyshawn Johnson came into the booth in the 4th quarter and noted to Herbie that P.S.U.'s safeties had no chance at all if the teams cornerbacks didn't make a better effort to cover the wide receivers. In one replay, two minutes after Kirk flogged Anthony for giving up a touchdown, the tape showed the cornerback stood still, while the Trojans receiver ran down field unabated. Keyshawn pointed out that with a quarterback like Mark Sanchez slinging the pigskin and a N.F.L. caliber wide out on the receiving end, very few safeties in America could break up that play with no help at all from a cornerback.

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last updated: 01/11/09
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Speed Camps & the NFL Draft, with the debut of top 10 ranked combine prep programs. Feature Content exlusive to Draft Daddy.

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DD.com Small School Expert Josh Buchanan has just updated his list of Top 60 Small Prospects.

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University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow says he will return to Gainesville for his senior season.

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Thanks to Tebow's decision, Gators' linebacker Brandon Spikes is now reportedly leaning towards staying for his senior year.

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Syracuse Online looks at how college seniors are selected for the post-season all-star games.

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Mike Detillier has posted a lot of news (Combine & All-Star invites, ect.) regarding Prospects from the state of Louisiana.

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last updated: 01/10/09
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The five prospects from F.C.S. schools have accepted invites to the Under Armour Senior Bowl.

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National Football Post writer looks at the prospects slated to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

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Three Ole Miss Rebels, including left tackle Michael Oher, will play in the Under Armour Senior Bowl.

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Texas Longhorns' linebacker Sergio Kindle tells coaches he won't leave early for the N.F.L.

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Jason Peter and Grant Wistrom think another year at Nebraska could help fast-rising nose tackle Ndamukong Suh.

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University of Hawai'i' defensive end David Veikune has been invited to play in the Senior Bowl.

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Finding a starting quarterback for the 2009 season is a top priority for the Minnesota Vikings.

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Dan Pompei's Scout Talk: 10 Prospects whose stock climbed during the bowl season.

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Henderson State wide receiver Garett Manning shelled out a strong performance in the 2009 Valero Cactus Bowl,

Related Item: Cactus Bowl alumni in the N.F.L.

DD.comment: It's hard to imagine they'll ever top the group they have on the 1995 list. Rod Smith (Broncos) and Lee Woodall (49ers) made multiple Pro-Bowls in the N.F.L. Gabe Wilkins used a promising 1997 season with the Packers to snare $20 million from the 49ers as a free agent, but he did very little once he got to the Bay Area. Tom Beer was a solid role player for the Lions for a while and Ed Philion, after a brief stint with the Bills, became a C.F.L. standout for nearly a decade...One more quick point, all the players we just noted came into the N.F.L. in 1994, so "1995" may be a typo or mistake by the webmaster over at the Cactus Bowl site?

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U.C.L.A.'s top junior defenders -- Reggie Carter and Alterraun Verner -- say they will not be making the early jump to the N.F.L.

DD.comment: Good move by both players. Carter, as the article states, needs to bulk up a bit before he makes the leap. Also, it will be best for his future draft stock if the Bruins use him only at middle linebacker in the fall of 2009, as that's clearly his best position. Verner is a player that will probably never "wow" scouts with his 40 time, but he's very intelligent, hard-working and has a great nose for the ball. In a lot of ways he's the opposite of U.S.C. star Taylor Mays, in the sense that Verner will never be considered an athletic freak, but his stats (146 tackles, 6 Int's and an amazing 33 PD's since 2007) just scream out at you that he's a very underrated college football player.

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Since only one Cornhusker has been to the Combine so far, most University of Nebraska seniors will need to shine at Pro Day.

DD.comment: One of our sources has told us to keep a close eye on defensive end Zach Potter, who is the Huskers' lone Combine and all-star game invite. We were told he "might be" a fast-riser as draft weekend approaches. Potter came into the season ranked very low by scouts (lower rung free agent type), but his Combine invite clearly shows his play as a senior has significantly changed their opinions. N.F.L. scouts have officially measured the nimble Potter at a shade below 6'7" and 285 pounds and have listed his 40 time in 4.9's, which means he could be better suited as a 3-4 defensive end or 4-3 defensive tackle.

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Bob Matthews of The Democrat and Chronicle: Baltimore Ravens show how to build a Super defense.

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South Carolina quarterback Chris Smelley will transfer to Alabama, where intends to play for the Crimson Tide's baseball team.

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KRISTV.com recaps the West's 28-27 win in the 2009 Valero Cactus Bowl.

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Our friend Josh Buchanan has just sent us the names of some players that may have elevated their draft stock at the Valero Cactus Bowl.

Cactus Bowl Risers:

TE Zach Miller ~ Nebraska-Omaha -- Miller, who played quarterback in college, blazed 4.5's on a track surface for scouts at 6'4" and 233 pounds and followed that with a great week of practice. His size/speed combo has intrigued teams. Miller also caught 5 balls for 115 yards and a touchdown and has moved onto the draft board.

ILB Dan Skuta ~ Grand Valley State -- Skuta has 3-4 teams excited as he was the best player in the practices all week long. He only had two tackles in the game but his versatility and athletic ability have teams interested in him. A 3-4 team could take him in the late rounds with a solid pro day.

QB Keith Null ~ West Texas A&M -- Null was inconsistent this year but had a great Cactus Bowl with 240 yards and three touchdowns, not to mention no picks. His arm, size, and upside has him on the radar.

CB Gregory Toler ~ St. Paul's -- Toler measured in at 5'11" 185 and ran 4.4s on a track surface and then followed that up with 4 tackles a pick, and pass breakup in the game. Don't be surprised to see him garner attention at his pro day and move onto a few team boards.


Cactus Bowl Slider:

OG Louis West ~ Henderson State -- West looked out of shape and was exposed during the practices. Teams have put him as a reject and might have dropped the former late round projection to tryout status.

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DD.com E-Mail: Just a little heads up, it appears as though Greg Hardy received a third round projection from the N.F.L. Draft advisory panel. And while he hasn't officially declared for the draft, word around Oxford is he will be forgoing is senior season. It appears as though his ****** is pushing for him to take the leap. Also I agree with your assessment of Taylor Mays. Pete Carroll and most U.S.C. followers claim his lack of huge plays is attributed to the fact his main job is keeping the opposing team from going over the top, but isn't that the safeties job anyway? He should still be making more of a splash in the run game with his size and supposed intangibles.

DD.com comment: That's an E-Mail from a long time DD.com reader, who always sends us great info regarding the Ole Miss football team. We decided to delete the person that is reportedly pushing Hardy to leave early, but it's a very close family member. No big deal. We'd like to thank the E-Mailer for all the great input he's sent us over the years and we, obviously, agree with him on his points regarding Taylor Mays.

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last updated: 01/09/09
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In a surprise move, West Virginia junior guard Greg Isdaner has said he intends to leave early for the N.F.L.

DD.comment: N.F.L. teams will never have to worry about Isdaner's desire to work hard on and off the field or wonder about his love for the game. Here's an article that explains the enormous family problems Greg faced when he told his parents he wanted to accept a scholarship from a B.C.S. football power in order to maximize his gridiron potential, instead of attending an Ivy League caliber school.

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University of Maryland quarterback Josh Portis is transferring to California University of Pennsylvania.

DD.comment: Josh's cousin is Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis.

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Western Illinois linebacker Jason Williams received one of the few East-West Shrine invitations handed out to F.C.S. players.

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Pitt's star tailback LeSean McCoy delays decision on declaring for N.F.L. Draft

DD.comment: This is about 6th time since early December we've linked an article on McCoy's reported decision to go or stay. We know scouts really like his talent and attitude, so we believe his heart is telling him to stay in school and accomplish bigger things at Pitt, while some around him are likely pushing him to leave and make a fortune. If we had to venture a guess here, we say he winds up staying. But that's just a guess, as even our league sources have no idea which way McCoy is leaning.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan looks at 10 N.A.I.A. Prospects that hope to catch the eye of pro scouts.

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Kentucky junior linebacker Micah Johnson, who got a 3rd to 5th round projection from scouts, will return for his senior year.

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Sporting News blogger goes out of his way to belittle Florida quarterback Tim Tebow.

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Alabama running back Glen Coffee is skipping his senior season and will enter the 2009 draft.

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Texas A&M-Kingsville safety Jabir Perkins believes he's impressed pro scouts at the Cactus Bowl.

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Penn State defensive end Aaron Maybin has decided to declare early for the draft, according to fightonstate.com.

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New York Times: Quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Tim Tebow face quick decisions on N.F.L. draft.

DD.comment: The article above has many fascinating quotes from N.F.L. scouts, so it's a must read, even though we don't buy the Bradford to Troy Aikman comparison, yet.

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ESPN.com is reporting Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree will likely declare for the 2009 draft next week.

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McNeese State stars Quinten Lawrence and Kyle Link have been invited to the N.F.L. scouting combine in Indianapolis.

DD.comment: Offensive tackle Kyle Link is name to watch out for as the draft process moves forward. He's a converted tight end and is a good athlete for his size (6' 5", 300). If he fares well at the Combine, he might be one of these little known prospects that will eventually be included in every seven round mock draft during the spring months. As we noted in a October Draft Daddy feature, 16 Day Two Prospects with Surprising Speed, N.F.L scouts listed Lawrence's 40 yard dash time at 4.35 seconds coming into the season.

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University of Missouri redshirt sophomore wide receiver Jeremy Maclin will enter the 2009 draft.

DD.comment: The link above notes Missouri's star outside linebacker, Sean Weatherspoon, will return for his senior year.

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University of Texas wide receiver Quan Cosby will play in the Under Armour Senior Bowl.

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Four West Texas A&M stars, including wide receiver Charly Martin, will play in the Valero Cactus Bowl tonight.

Related Item: Valero Cactus Bowl Rosters

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Brigham Young wide receiver Austin Collie plans to forgo his senior year and will enter the 2009 Draft.

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last updated: 01/08/09
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The Sporting News: Florida Gators' cornerback Janoris Jenkins is not your typical freshman.

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Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops urges his underclassmen to "get their value" in the draft.

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Auburn junior linebacker Tray Blackmon plans to sign a contract to play in the Canadian Football League.

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Dallas Cowboys' cornerback Orlando Scandrick says his cousin, Boise State wide receiver Jeremy Childs, will likely enter the 2009 draft.

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University of Pittsburgh tailback LeSean McCoy is expected to announce Friday he will turn pro after getting a first grade from scouts.

Ohio State tailback Chris Wells is giving up his final year of eligibility to enter the N.F.L. draft.

DD.comment: While his injury history is a bit troubling, we really like Beanie Wells as a next level prospect. He possesses a nice combination of size and speed and displays excellent vision and balance as a North/South runner. Matter of fact, we'll likely have him and Knowshon Moreno at the top of our running back rankings once all the underclassmen declare. But here is a quote from an anonymous N.F.L. scout that disagrees with us and believes Wells is over-hyped: "Disappointing to me. I don't know if this guy has been hurt too much already but I just don't see any explosiveness out of him. Straight line. Doesn't have great feet. Not much lateral movement."

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Florida Gators' head coach Urban Meyer was drafted ahead of Jose Canseco and Bret Saberhagen in Major League Baseball's 1982 draft.

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Tom Kowalski on WDFN thinks U.S.C. safety Taylor Mays could be the answer for Lions' top pick.

DD.comment: While Taylor Mays is a great athlete and hard-hitter, we are not sure he's top 5 material. We think N.F.L. scouts and execs must look at two potential "red flags" before they over draft him: One, while his reported junior day 40 times (4.24 to 4.32) are eye popping for a linebacker-sized safety, U.S.C.'s track seems to be very fast. Fast to the point where their place kicker ran a 4.49 last spring and their top linebackers ran in the low 4.5's. While Mays might be as fast as his junior day times indicate, expect N.F.L. execs to really push him hard to run at the Combine, so he can be timed on the same track as his peers. If he's really a sub 4.3 guy (or close), he should have no problem repeating that in Indy.

Also, and much more importantly, our sources are indicating scouts will try to delve into the reasons why Mays makes very few "big plays". While many fans in cyberspace have dubbed him the "next Ed Reed", his stats don't back that up at all. Mays has collected only one interception (10/06/07 @ Stanford for 0 yards), forced 1 fumble and recorded 2 tackles for loss in the last two seasons combined! Also, Mays never recorded a sack in his 3 years at U.S.C. Now, contrast that to DD.com's favorite safety prospect, Tennessee star Eric Berry, who has collected 12 interceptions for 487 yards and 3 touchdowns and accumulated 11 tackles for loss (3 sacks) in the last two years. Berry, a true sophomore, will not be draft eligible until the spring of 2010. One last point, Mays lack of big plays the last two years is even more startling to us, when you consider U.S.C.'s very promising, but seldom used freshman safety Drew McAllister, was able to garner 3 picks last season in very limited playing time behind Mays and Kevin Ellison.

Again, we aren't saying Mays can't play, but a smart N.F.L. team has to look at why he has made so few "big plays" the last two years. Is this due to U.S.C.'s defensive schemes and how he is used or is he just a good tackler and hard-hitter, but not a Ed Reed or Eric Berry like game changer, who teams want to use a real high pick on?

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The Manchester Journal takes a closer look at Connecticut's hybrib safety/linebacker prospect Dahna Deleston.

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Oregon State seniors Al Afalava and Sammie Stroughter have accepted invitations to play in the 84th annual East-West Shrine Game.

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Burnt Orange Nation writer suggests Unversity of Texas star Sergio Kindle would be wise to return for his senior year.

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The A.C.C. Defensive Player of the Year, linebacker Mark Herzlich, will return to Boston College for his senior season.

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Junior running back P.J. Hill will forgo his senior season at Wisconsin and enter the National Football League draft.

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NFL Draft Bible is reporting Missouri redshirt sophomore wide receiver Jeremy Maclin will declare for the 2009 draft.

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University of Maryland junior wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey talks about why he decided to make the early leap the N.F.L.

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U.S.C. middle linebacker Rey Maualuga reflects back on his college career, eyes a N.F.L. future.

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Rice University star James Casey, a former Chicago White Sox minor leaguer, hopes to be drafted in the first three rounds.

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Closer look at the University of Oklahoma's fast-rising wide receiver prospect Juaquin Iglesias.

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Florida State University defensive end Everette Brown has chosen JL Sports for his representation.

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Baseball America: Florida State has lost one of their top baseball prospects, Kyle Long, due to academic problems.

DD.comment: This is relevant to DD.com because Long was considered one of the elite high school offensive tackle prospects in America the last couple years. Many big time college football coaches, including F.S.U.'s Bobby Bowden, have openly stated they hope Long changes his mind and gives up baseball in order to focus on football.

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Hartwick College senior quarterback Jason Boltus gets a coveted Combine invite.

DD.comment: As we've noted many times in the blog since the summer, Boltus has been considered the top Division III prospect in the class of 2009 for quite a while now by scouts. Our friend Josh Buchanan, who knows Boltus well, says the athletic quarterback projects as a 6th or 7th round pick, at this point. By the way, in case any one was wondering, the only other D-3 star that seems to have any shot at getting a Combine invite, or being drafted, is Wheaton College cornerback Peter Ittersagen, who's a small school version of young San Diego Chargers' defensive back Eric Weddle.

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Updated List of Key Declared Underclassmen:

QB Matthew Stafford ~ Georgia Jr.

QB Josh Freeman ~ Kansas State Jr.

RB Knowshon Moreno Georgia Soph.

RB Shonn Greene ~ Iowa Jr.

RB Donald Brown ~ Connecticut Jr.

WR Darrius Heyward-Bey ~ Maryland Jr.

WR Hakeem Nicks ~ North Carolina Jr.

WR Kenny Britt ~ Rutgers Jr.

WR Kevin Ogletree Virginia Jr.

TE James Casey ~ Rice Soph.

TE Jared Cook ~ South Carolina Jr.

TE Andrew Davie ~ Arkansas Jr.

OT Andre Smith ~ Alabama Jr.

OT Eben Britton ~ Arizona Jr.


DE Everette Brown ~ Florida State Jr.

DT Sen'Derrick Marks ~ Auburn Jr.

DT Chris Baker ~ Hampton Jr.

LB Gerald McRath ~ Southern Mississippi Jr.

CB Vontae Davis ~ Illinois Jr.

CB D.J. Moore ~ Vanderbilt Jr.

CB Captain Munnerlyn ~ South Carolina Jr.

CB Jerraud Powers ~ Auburn Jr.

SS Myron Rolle ~ Florida State Jr.

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DD.comment: We'd like to thank DD.com Small School Expert Josh Buchanan for sending us this list.

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last updated: 01/07/09
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University of Wisconsin tailback P.J. Hill is leaning strongly toward skipping his senior season and entering the 2009 draft.

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Cal-Berkeley offensive tackle Mike Tepper has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the N.C.A.A.

DD.comment: Tepper, by the way, was one of most promising tackle prospects in the nation coming out of high school, but his career took a vicious turn for the worse when he was a victim in a bizarre road rage incident on June 26th, 2005. He's struggled with injuries ever since, but has recovered enough to be considered a latter round N.F.L. prospect. Here were Tepper's numbers coming into this season, according to our N.F.L. scouting friends: 6' 5", 320 pounds, 5.40/40 yard dash, with a 6th round projection.

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Three Stanford players, including cornerback Wopamo Osaisai, will play in the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Game.

Related Item: The Western Refining Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Challenge is becoming a surprising financial success.

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Five Scarlet Knights from Rutgers, including quarterback Mike Teel, will play in postseason all-star games.

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Detroit Free Press: Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford bravely throws himself to the 0-16 Lions.

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University of Cincinnati senior defensive back Brandon Underwood has accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

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As we reported last week, Hampton University defensive tackle Chris Baker is making the early leap to the N.F.L.

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A pair of Connecticut Huskies -- Dahna Deleston and Julius Williams -- have been invited to the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Game.

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Fast-rising Norfolk State defensive back Don Carey has been invited to the East-West Shrine Game and the N.F.L. Combine.

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University of Kentucky cornerback Trevard Lindley will likely make the early jump to the N.F.L. after getting a second round projection from scouts, but two other Wildcats are expected to stay in school after getting lower grades.

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South Carolina tight end Jared Cook will forego his final season of college eligibility and enter the N.F.L. draft.

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DD.com has just got a hold of a press release that notes Maryland wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey will enter the draft.

DD.comment: We were hoping other major media outlets were reporting this right now, but we could not find any, so we posted this ourselves.

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Virginia wide receiver Kevin Ogletree confirmed Wednesday that he will forego his final season of eligibility and enter the draft.

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Craig Howard, who coached quarterback Tim Tebow at Nease High School, believes the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner will return to Florida for his senior season.

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The Post-Standard reports Syracuse fullback Tony Fiammetta is scheduled to play in the Senior Bowl .

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Joe Schad of ESPN is reporting Florida State junior defensive end Everette Brown will enter the 2009 draft.

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ESPN is reporting both Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno will announce they're leaving Georgia early for the NFL.

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Closer look at University of Texas defensive tackle Roy Miller, who's been invited to the East-West Shrine game and the Combine.

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Oak Park Township newspaper reports Cincinnati's fast-rising defensive end prospect Connor Barwin will play in the Senior Bowl.

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University of South Florida junior defensive end George Selvie decides to stay in school after scouts told him he would not be picked in the first three rounds.

DD.comment: While Selvie may not be happy with that projection, he still has a lot of talent and he can significantly improve his draft stock by playing well at U.S.F. next fall. Former Clemson star Gaines Adams got a very disappointing 4th or 5th round projection from N.F.L. scouts after his junior season, but he went back to school, worked hard, gained some weight and elevated his game as a senior. Because of that, he wound up being a top 10 selection in the 2007 draft.

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U.S.C. junior quarterback Mark Sanchez says he's happy with the draft projection he received from N.F.L. scouts, but he's not sure if he'll enter the 2009 draft.

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last updated: 01/06/09
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Q&A with Iraqi war veteran/current N.F.L. prospect Rulon Davis.

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The Boston Globe is reporting Syracuse offensive guard Ryan Durand has been invited to the East-West Shrine Game.

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Injured Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray said he filed paperwork with the N.F.L.'s Draft Advisory Committee.

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Northwestern senior running back Tyrell Sutton has accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

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Four Oklahoma Sooners, including guard Duke Robinson, will take their talents to the Under Armour Senior Bowl.

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C.B.S. football analyst Phil Simms likes what he sees from Ball State junior quarterback Nate Davis.

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Arkansas center Jonathan Luigs will represent the Razorbacks at the 2009 Senior Bowl in Mobile.

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Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree seeks specialist for his injured ankle.

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Temple senior defensive tackle Terrance Knighton has accepted an invitation to participate in the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Challenge.

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Auburn junior defensive back Jerraud Powers will turn pro a year early and will make himself available for the N.F.L. draft.

DD.comment: Powers had a very good college career. Unfortunately, for him, he became YouTube famous after a police dog bit him in the end zone in 2007.

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last updated: 01/05/09
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Florida Gators' linebacker Brandon Spikes believes an N.F.L. contract can help get his brother out of jail.

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Quick look at Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson, who's considering making the early jump to the N.F.L.

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The Pasadena Star-News: U.S.C. quarterback Mark Sanchez should return for his senior season.

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Miami based newspaper looks at where Florida Gators' quarterback Tim Tebow might play in the N.F.L.

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Versatile Rice University star sophomore James Casey will make the early leap to the National Football League.

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Ohio State's backup quarterback, senior Todd Boeckman, is still hoping he'll get a shot to play in the N.F.L.

DD.comment: According to one of our league sources, Boeckman came into his senior season with a solid 7th round projection. Scouts have measured him at 6035 and 228 pounds and timed him running the 40 yard dash in the 4.90 area, which is typical for a pro-style quarterback.

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Pro Football Central chats with Connecticut cornerback Darius Butler.

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Our friend Scott Wright over @ Draft Countdown has posted the current 2009 NFL Draft Order.

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University of Pittsburgh tailback LeSean McCoy will return to the Pitt backfield next season.

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N.F.L. scouts told Southern Miss. junior linebacker Gerald McRath that he should not expect to be drafted in the top three rounds.

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We just got a E-Mail from Southern Connecticut defensive back James Williams, who told us he recently filed for the 2009 draft and sent us his You Tube Video.

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North Carolina wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has decided to forego his senior season and declare early for the N.F.L.

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South Carolina linebacker Eric Norwood has changed his mind, and will return to school for his senior season.

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Ball State wide receiver Dante Love looks forward after his career ending spinal fracture.

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Hartford Courant: Is Connecticut running back Donald Brown really ready for the National Football League?

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L.S.U. offensive tackle Ciron Black is leaning towards entering the 2009 draft, according to Pro Football Central.

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last updated: 01/04/09
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Southern Mississippi junior linebacker Gerald McRath said Sunday night that he will enter the N.F.L. draft.

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In-depth look at the N.F.L. potential for a pair of Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks -- Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford.

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Fast-rising junior linebacker Brandon Spikes is the key pillar of the Florida Gators' defense.

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Missouri defensive tackle Ziggy Hood and safety William Moore have accepted invitations to play in this month's Senior Bowl.

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The three talented University of Kentucky Juniors who are exploring their N.F.L. prospects should get some answers in the coming week.

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last updated: 01/03/09
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The Austin American-Statesman: Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis is a wrestler in a football uniform.

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Dan Pompei's Scout Talk: One Round Mock Draft.

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Connecticut Huskies' star Donald Brown will make the early jump to the N.F.L, after running for 261 yards against Buffalo.

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Alabama All-American junior left tackle Andre Smith will leave early for the N.F.L.

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Highly productive SEC defensive end Antonio Coleman says he'll return to Auburn for his senior year.

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Player profiles/Big Board from NFL Draft Bible: Class of 2009

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Player profiles/Big Board from NFL Draft Bible: Classof 2011

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DD.com has been told Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes will very likely declare for the draft after he received a first round grade from N.F.L. scouts.

DD.comment: Just to clarify things, these are just projections from N.F.L. scouts and they are "not" guarantees, by any means. For example, last winter we reported ex-Hawaii wide receiver Davone Bess left school early after getting a second round projection from scouts. That was proven to be a fact. But he absolutely plummeted like a rock when he ran a 4.72 to 4.80/40 (handtimed), and measured only 5' 9", at the last Combine. N.F.L. scouts, nonetheless, can take pride in the fact that the undrafted Bess, despite the very slow 40 speed, has already become a quality wide receiver for the surging Miami Dolpins, so the ability they saw on game tapes led to a fairly accurate projection.

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DD.com has been told Clemson tailback C.J. Spiller will likely declare for the draft after he received a early second round grade from N.F.L. scouts.

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The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports Ole Miss junior defensive end Greg Hardy will likely enter the draft.

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Ohio State junior strong safety Kurt Coleman will stay in school, after he reportedly received a 4th round projection from N.F.L. scouts.

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Arizona Wildcats' star offensive tackle Eben Britton will forgo his senior season and declare for the upcoming N.F.L. draft.

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Virginia Tech safety Kam Chancellor plans to return for his senior year.

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Rutgers wide receiver Kenny Britt will forego his senior season and enter the draft.

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last updated: 01/02/09
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Rutgers junior wide receiver Kenny Britt is scheduled to announce his N.F.L. intentions at noon Saturday in a press conference.

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Nebraska's record-breaking wide receiver Nate Swift smiles when asked about the perception that he's a mediocre athlete.

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Will junior linebacker Sergio Kindle come back to Texas and become the 2009 version of Brian Orakpo?

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Josh Buchanan is reporting Hampton University junior defensive tackle Chris Baker plans to enter the draft.

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Four Tennessee underclassmen, including linebacker Rico McCoy, have asked for evaluations from the N.F.L.'s college advisory committee.

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Penn State head coach Joe Paterno doesn't want to talk about the possibility of Aaron Maybin and Maurice Evans leaving school early for pro football.

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WBIR.com: Three former University of Tennessee stars to play in the Under Armour Senior Bowl.

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Todd McShay of ESPN.com puts forth his list of Top 15 Quarterback Prospects.

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The Ohio State offensive line is focused on containing Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo.

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Missouri senior tight end Chase Coffman has had a screw inserted into his broken left foot and should be healthy by NFL Combine.

DD.comment: Coffman appears unlikely to participate in an all-star exhibition games such as Senior Bowl.

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Kentucky junior cornerback Trevard Lindley wants to use the Liberty Bowl as a stepping stone to bigger things.

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More info on Vanderbilt junior cornerback D.J. Moore, who announced he will declare for the draft.

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Ole Miss brothers Jerry, (Peria and John) target success from different sides of the ball.

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Kansas State junior quarterback Josh Freeman has announced he will declare for the NFL draft.

DD.comment: There are few quarterbacks in this class that can top Freeman's physical tools -- size, arm and athletic ability. Therefore, in what appears to be a very weak quarterback class, he should be able a rise as the draft approaches. However, if he does drop into the 2nd or 3rd round, as some scouts have suggested, we must note history hasn't been kind at all to junior quarterbacks picked after the first round, as we can't even think of one non-first round junior that has ever made a impact in the N.F.L. Matter of fact, not many declared junior quarterbacks that went in the first round have really made a big impact in the N.F.L. There have been a lot more busts than hits. The best out of the couple dozen that have left early since the early 1980's (counting Supplemental drafts) would be Ben Roethlisberger (who stayed 4 years in college, but redshirted), Drew Bledsoe, Michael Vick, Bernie Kosar and Trent Dilfer. Aaron Rodgers left early in 2005 and he has chance, also, to be very good. Jamarcus Russell of the Raiders made the jump in 2007 and it's fair to say it's too early too judge how he'll turn out.

For a list of junior quarterbacks that have declared early for the draft over the last 20 years, please check our November 9th blog notes.

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Rice University sophomore utility back James Casey, who has been told he might be a first-day pick, will finalize a decision regarding his N.F.L. future this weekend.

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A pair of Florida Gators, including offensive lineman Jason Watkins, have accepted invitations to the Senior Bowl.

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U.S.C.'s starting tailback will not leave early for the N.F.L., but disgruntled backup tailback C.J. Gable wants out.

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Georgia Bulldogs' quarterback Matt Stafford, who could be the top draft pick if he leaves school early, is still considering his draft options.

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last updated: 01/01/09
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Scout.com's most recently posted One Round Mock Draft.

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Talented Nebraska nose tackle Ndamukong Suh had repeatedly said he would not leave early for the N.F.L., but now he says he might enter the 2009 draft.

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ESPN.com is reporting L.S.U. defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois will enter the draft.

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South Carolina stars Captain Munnerlyn and Eric Norwood will forgo their final season to enter the N.F.L. draft.

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ESPN.com: Kansas State junior quarterback Josh Freeman will jump to the N.F.L. after getting a second round projection from scouts.

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Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell will play in the Under Armour Senior Bowl.

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University of Texas junior Sergio Kindle faces a decision about declaring for the N.F.L. draft after the Fiesta Bowl.

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Barely 15 minutes after the end of Iowa's Outback Bowl win, junior tailback Shonn Greene announced he was leaving for the N.F.L.

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DD.com contributor Josh Buchanan is reporting Hampton Tackle defensive tackle Chris Baker received a 4th round projection from the N.F.L. Advisory Board and will make his decision in the next few days.

DD.comment: If the name sounds familiar, there's a reason for that: Baker was a fast-rising, young prospect at Penn State, before he was dismissed for being involved in two fights, one against a trio of P.S.U. students that attacked his ex-teammate Anthony Scirrotto on the street. From all accounts, Baker is a solid citizen, but much like ex-Oklahoma Sooners' star and current Chicago Bear Dusty Dvoracek, he's got into a couple college scraps and really did some damage in the fights because he's so much more powerful than your average college student.

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National Football League scouts from 22 of the 32 teams have visited with Northeastern State wide receiver Jarrett Byers.

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Pro Football Weekly: Top 10 2009 Pro Bowl snubs

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Press-Enterprise writer Dan Weber believes there is a good chance U.S.C. quarterback Mark Sanchez will leave early for the N.F.L.

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Penn State senior safety Anthony Scirrotto doesn't regret giving up baseball to pursue a career in football.

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South Carolina senior cornerback Stoney Woodson plans to begin training for the N.F.L. scouting combine later this month.

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Chicago Tribune: He's not your typical player, but quarterback Daryll Clark gives Penn State a fighting chance against U.S.C.

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The L.A. Times is reporting U.S.C. wide receiver Patrick Turner has been invited to the Senior Bowl.

DD.comment: This is a mild surprise to us, as Turner came into the season ranked as a 5th round to priority free agent type prospect, according to several of our league sources. Scouts have measured him at 6' 5", 225 pounds and they have listed him running the 40 yard dash in the 4.70 seconds area, even though he reportedly ran a 4.64/40 at U.S.C.'s last Pro Day. Obviously, Turner, who's a hard-worker and a reliable red-zone target with solid hands, will need to run a little better than the 4.70 some scouts have pegged him running if he wants to significantly improve his draft stock...By the way, we tend to be a little skeptical of any Trojans' gaudy Pro Day times when we see reports that kicker David Buehler ran a 4.49 and linebacker sized safety Taylor Mays ran a blazing 4.24 last spring.

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Fast-rising Cincinnati Bearcats' defensive end Connor Barwin said some N.F.L. teams want to move him back to tight end.

DD.comment: Let's get this straight, Barwin was a fairly pedestrian Big East player until he moved to defensive end and became a dynamic force, leading the conference in sacks as a senior (11) and changing games on defense, yet some scouts feel they are doing him a favor by switching him back to offense? In fairness to the scouts, Barwin did improve at tight end as he gained more experience, but with N.F.L. teams desperately seeking players that can pressure the quarterback, what sense does is make not trying him on defense first? If teams want a tight end, there will be plenty of good ones available, who can't "potentially" make a significant impact on the defense line. And, if anyone believes that tight end and defensive end are of equal importance in the N.F.L., they should compare the salaries (links below) of the top tight ends in the N.F.L. to the salaries of the top defensive ends in the league.

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