Sunday, December 31, 2006
Saturday, December 30, 2006
Predicting the Underclassmen
Which other top underclassmen will enter the NFL draft? Below is our best guesses based on rumors, 2006 performance, and opinion.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma - Going pro. He's a probable top 5 pick and a virtual lock to skip his senior season.
Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech - Going pro. Another top 5 pick, who should go pro. However, it's not a lock and there has been a lot of noise from friends and family about the importance of staying in school.
Henne, Hart, Long, Michigan - Staying in school. All announced they will return for senior year.
Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville - Staying in school. Will return for another National Championship and Heisman run.
Dwayne Jarrett, WR, USC - Going pro. Not as certain as the start of the season, but should still go pro.
Jackson, Baker, Washington, and Booty, USC - All announced they will return for senior year.
Ted Ginn, WR, Ohio St - Going pro. He won't want to audition for the NFL with a new QB next year at OSU.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Cal - Going pro. Stock way up. A few scouts like him better then Peterson.
Alan Branch, DT, Michigan - Going pro. Could be the top DT.
Sidney Rice, WR, South Carolina - Staying in school. Has already told Spurrier he'll return.
Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU - Will go pro. Stock is up and should be a first rounder.
JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU - Going pro. Has everything scouts look for in a pro QB prospect: size (6-6 250), athleticism and a big time arm. Could challenge Quinn for first QB taken in draft.
Reggie Nelson, S, Florida - Going Pro. Stock way up. Could pass Laron Landry as the best safety prospect.
Colt Brennan, QB, Hawaii - Originally looked to return, now seems to be leaning to going pro.
Limas Sweed, WR, Texas - Announced he will return.
Zach Miller, TE, ASU - Going pro. With coach fired, he's more likely to skip senior year. Best TE in the draft.
Greg Olsen, TE, Miami - Going pro. 2nd best TE in the draft.
Robert Meachem, WR, Tennessee - Likely to go pro. Has a daughter to support and should be a late first or early second rounder.
Mario Urrutia, WR, Louisville - Will return to school.
Darrelle Revis, CB, Pitt - Going pro. Could be top CB in draft.
Friday, December 29, 2006
FSU's Timmons will go pro
Warchant.com also confirmed that Timmons has signed with pro agent Drew Rosenhaus.
Timmons finished with 79 tackles and led the team with 18 tackles for loss. The 6-3, 230 pound linebacker is expected to be a first day pick and could end up in the first round depending on his performance in post-season workouts.
Lynch impressive in perhaps his final game at Cal
Look for Lynch to get drafted in the top half of the first round as he is the total package for a running back prospect. He has very good size and is a good interior runner. He also has the elusiveness to make people miss, the speed to outrun defenders, and is a play-maker in the passing game.
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Who is Ikaika Alama-Francis?
Alama-Francis is a raw talent with excellent athleticism. He finished the 2006 season with 10 TFL and 4 sacks. Alama-Francis was an All-State basketball player who spent his first year at UH on the basketball team, before switching to football in his sophomore season. He has gradually added bulk to his 6-foot-6 frame, going from 215 to 290 in three seasons. His father, Joe Francis, was a backup quarterback for the Green Bay Packers.
Ohio State's Barton will return
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Branch still undecided about NFL draft
"This semester, I had a lot of fun. Going to the pros, that's a grown-up world, and I don't know if I'm ready for that now," Branch said.
Sweed to return for senior season
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Chris Leak, the other BCS QB
He’s been a starter since his true freshman season, playing in the tough SEC. He's had to deal with coaching changes and learn three different offenses (two OCs under Zook and Meyer's), playing well in them all. Leak isn't a spread option QB and playing in Meyer's offense the last two season has actually hurt his draft stock tremendously. He's a classic drop-back pocket passer and could excel in a pro style offense that relies on quick decisions and quick throws.
His biggest weaknesses are his height (only 6') and the lack of a big time arm. Still, he can make all the throws and would be a nice mid-round choice for the right NFL team.
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Bucs and Texans win, shake up top picks
The Lions and Raiders locked up the first two picks, although who will pick number one is still too close to call.
The tie breaker for draft position is strength of schedule, with the worst schedule receiving the higher pick.
Friday, December 22, 2006
Keyshawn's advice to Jarrett, stay in school
"He's not ready for the NFL in my opinion," Johnson said. "Any time you go down to Arkansas and you allow those guys to jam you at the line of scrimmage and run poor routes, you're not ready."
It's doubtful Jarrett will listen to Keyshawn. Jarrett hasn't made his decision know, however his silence while all the other USC juniors were announcing they would return speaks volumes. It would also be difficult to see Jarrett pass up the draft when many project he'll be a top 15 pick.
Eleven defensive linemen now in Kiper's top 25
Thursday, December 21, 2006
JaMarcus Russell's decision to impact draft
The number one overall pick will lose some of it's value as Brady Quinn won't be the only elite QB in the draft. Teams won't want to give up as much to move into the first pick.
Brady Quinn will have some competition for the first QB taken. Most scouts still rank Quinn higher then Russell right now. However, that could change after Russell displays his skills for scouts during the combine and workouts. Some say Russell has one of the strongest arms to ever play the game.
Troy Smith might fall to the second round. The Smith bandwagon has been picking up steam and many consider him a first rounder. That could change with both Quinn and Russell expected to go higher then him.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Florida juniors consider NFL draft
According to previous reports, Nelson will enter the draft and should be a first round selection. It's unknown at this time what the other three will do. Purely speculation, but expect Siler and Caldwell to go pro and Moss to return.
Quinn and Smith accept Senior Bowl invites
For Smith, the weigh in portion of Senior Bowl week could have a huge impact in his draft stock. If his official height is around his listed 6-1, he'll have a good chance of being a first rounder. If he measures up to only 5-11, as rumored, it's doubtful he'll make the first round.
Quinn has less to prove and some may question why he'll even participate in the Senior Bowl. However, NFL personal will appreciate his desire to compete and unless Quinn has a miserable game his draft stock shouldn't be affected.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Poinsettia Bowl prospects to watch
The bowl season gets underway tonight with Texas Christian battling Northern Illinois in the Poinsettia Bowl. The game is being televised on ESPN2 at 8PM EST and if you are tuning in keep your eye on these two draft prospects.
Doug Free, OT, Northern Illinois: Free is the best prospect in this game. He is a great pass blocker and an excellent athlete. He easily mirrors defenders moves, and he can get out and block on the move. Free has dropped a little this year, but not because he lacks the talent. A stress fracture in his foot limited his impact. Free has a lot of potential, and should hear his name called at some point on Day One.
Garrett Wolfe, RB, Northern Illinois: Wolfe led the nation in rushing and is a very versatile running back. He has fantastic quickness and agility, and the speed to break off long runs with ease. The obvious knock on Wolfe’s game is his size (5-7, 177). He is extremely small, and it will keep him from being an every down back in the NFL. However, he could be a great third down back and return man in the NFL.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Stanley Doughty going pro
"He's free to go. He's not here," Spurrier said. "He's going pro. We haven't seen him in a couple days. He's out. He's gone."
The 6-foot, 331-pound Doughty started just 3 games this season for USC and was in and out of the coaches' doghouse all year because of his weight and questionable work ethic. He finished the year with 17 tackles and no sacks. Doughty isn't an elite prospect and reports of his poor work ethic will only hurt his draft stock.
Arizona's Henry to leave for the NFL draft
Henry has a good combination of size (6-1, 230-pounds) and speed (some report a 4.4 forty), however he didn't produce at Arizona. The junior rushed for 581 yards on 165 carries this season, an average of just 3.5 yards per attempt. He'll need to have an impressive post-season circuit to hear his name called on the first day of the 2007 NFL draft.
Lions, Raiders, and Bucs sit atop draft
The Lions currently have the number one pick over the Raiders due to the strength of schedule tie breaker. The Lions finish the season against the Bears and Cowboys. The Raiders finish with the Chiefs and Jets.
Peter King lists Troy Smith #2 overall
Sunday, December 17, 2006
UM's Beason and Olsen could declare
Beason is very unlikely to receive a first round grade and should return to Miami. Olsen is more likely to go pro and would be one of the top TEs in the draft if he declares.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Ohio State juniors consider entering NFL draft
Most expect Ginn, a probable first rounder, to go pro. Gonzalez doesn't receive the hype that Ginn does, but some scouts feel he's just as talented and could head to the NFL also. Pittman is expected to return to OSU.
Friday, December 15, 2006
Meachem likely to return to Tennessee
“If they say second round, I’ll definitely be back, because nobody wants to go second round. Trust me,” Meachem said. “When you’re beating up your body and doing things like that, nobody wants to be second round.”
It's pretty unlikely that he will receive a first round grade. So, if you take him at his word, expect him to return to Tennessee for his senior season.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Jake Long will return for senior year
“It’s best for me and for the team,” Long said. “I looked into it a little bit, but I never was close to leaving. I really want my degree, and we have unfinished business as a team.”
The first-team All-American was projected to be a top ten pick had he entered the 2007 NFL draft.
Carriker enters Kiper's top ten
Urrutia leaning toward returning
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Brennan might go pro after all
"That's a pretty big opportunity and there's no guarantee it (being a first round pick) would be there later" Bennan said. "If they (the NFL advisory board) suggest it, I would have to take a step back and look at things."
Some scouts consider Brennan a first rounder and Kiper recently named him his top junior QB prospect ahead of Brian Brohm.
Gaines Adams happy with decision to stay
Michigan underclassmen decisions
Monday, December 11, 2006
Is Ryne Robinson the next Devin Hester?
Lions control first pick
Sunday, December 10, 2006
USC's Baker, Washington, and Booty to return
Three USC juniors announced they will return next season: tackle Sam Baker, running back Chauncey Washington, and quarterback John David Booty.
"I've always said the whole season I want to come back," Baker said.
"I'm coming back," Booty said. "There's too much ahead of us and still a lot to learn."
Receiver Dwayne Jarrett said he would wait until after the Rose Bowl to make his decision.
Peterson will play in Fiesta, last game at OU?
Friday, December 8, 2006
USC's Jackson to return for senior season
Reggie Nelson's stock keeps soaring
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Thursday, December 7, 2006
Troy Smith now in Kiper's top 20
Wednesday, December 6, 2006
McCauley's disappointing senior season
McCauley blames his poor performance on distractions and Fresno State head coach Pat Hill said it is common to see agents hanging out in the parking lot outside of the Bulldogs locker room. With teams placing a greater emphasis on character when ranking players, this can only hurt McCauley.
McCauley has the size (6-1, 205 lbs) and speed (4.4 in the 40) to be a dominating corner in the NFL, but is he still a first rounder after his poor senior campaign?
Troy Smith a Philly option?
Tuesday, December 5, 2006
Brohm backtracks, leaves NFL options open
You can expect a lot of this type of activity from junior prospects over the next month as they waiver back and forth over their decision. A lot of them are quick to 'return' to make their college fans happy, only to head to the NFL in the end.
If Brohm declares, he'd be a first round lock and a possible top ten pick.
Monday, December 4, 2006
Rory Johnson headed to NFL draft
Kenny Irons Falling Fast
Sunday, December 3, 2006
Brian Brohm to return for senior season
Texans 2007 draft debate
Do they give up on David Carr and take a shot at Brady Quinn? After passing on Bush, do they add a franchise RB like Adrian Peterson? Or upgrade their defense again with Gaines Adams?
Peterson looks to be the obvious choice, however if Kubiak follows his blueprint from his days as the Denver OC, running back will never be a high selection. Instead he'll choose to develop a low-round RB to fit his system. All his 1000 yd backs were drafted in the 4th round or later, except for one. Terrell Davis (6th Rd), Mike Anderson (6th Rd), Oladis Gary (4th Rd), Reuben Droughns (FA), Clinton Portis (2nd Rd). It seems unlikely they will give up on Carr, so defense could the choice.