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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Six receivers in Kiper's updated top 20

It looks like there will be a lot of talent at wide receiver in the 2007 NFL draft. Mel Kiper lists six wide outs in the top 20 on his latest big board.

Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech (1)
Ted Ginn, WR, Ohio St. (8)
Dwayne Jarrett, WR, USC (13)
Dwayne Bowe, WR, LSU (18)
Robert Meachem, WR, Tennessee (19)
Sidney Rice, WR, South Carolina (20)

Bowe impressed everyone at the Senior Bowl. He has size and speed and made some circus catches during the week. He did drop a few easy throws and will need to work on his consistency. Ginn, Meachem, and Rice are quick and athletic and are expected to put up big numbers at the combine. Johnson has a shot at being the number one pick in the draft if the Raiders pass on a QB. Jarrett doesn't have the speed of the other receivers, but has great size, good hands, and should make a good pro wide out.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Troy Smith wants the Browns to draft him

Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith is lobbying his hometown team to select him in April's NFL draft.

"Hopefully, I'll get a chance to represent you guys at the next level with the Cleveland Browns," Smith said at Tuesday night's Greater Cleveland Sports Awards.

Smith's draft stock has fallen after a poor BCS game and an unimpressive Senior Bowl. His draft projections are now all over the map, from the second to fifth round. While there is no way he'll be selected with the Browns' first round pick, he could be an option with their later round picks.

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How to draft a Super Bowl team

IndyStar reporter Mike Chappell takes a year-by-year look at how the current Colts roster was pieced together, beginning with the arrival of president Bill Polian in December 1997.

Some notable draft decisions by Polian: He used the first pick in the 1998 draft on Peyton Manning rather than Ryan Leaf. At the time most experts were split on who would be the better pro QB. In 1999, Polian took Edgerrin James ahead of Ricky Williams. In 2001, he selected Reggie Wayne with the 30th pick in the first round, after receivers Koren Robinson, Rod Gardner, and Freddie Mitchell.

Monday, January 29, 2007

A kicker in the first round?

University of Colorado kicker Mason Crosby, who received a second round grade from the NFL advisory committee after his junior year, is hoping to become the first kicker since 2000 to be selected in the first round.

Crosby had an impressive senior bowl, booting a 52 yard field goal in practice and connected on two field goals during the game.

While Crosby is a talented kicker, it's very unlikely that anyone will spend a first round pick on him. He's more likely to go in the second or third round.


Sunday, January 28, 2007

Off-field incidents will change Bengals draft

After seeing nine Cincinnati players arrested in the past 13 months, Bengals president Mike Brown said that the team would change its approach on draft day.

"There may be some gifted athletes we won't pick that we might have picked a year ago," Brown said.

Every year players fall on draft day due to 'character' problems. This year will be no different and it looks like many teams will put an even greater emphasis on a prospect's character.


Friday, January 26, 2007

Mayock's Senior Bowl Winners - Kalil, Bowe, Okoye

NFL Network's Mike Mayock believes Ryan Kalil, Dwayne Bowe and Amobi Okoye improved their NFL draft status the most at the Senior Bowl.

Mayock on Kalil -
I think he's been the best offensive lineman down here as far as technique. He's throwing a shutout right now. I really like the way Ryan Kalil moves, so I think he's making himself some money. He could be a first-round center.

on Bowe -
He's 6-2½ , 222 pounds, a great-looking kid with great speed. I think he's a natural first-round pick for a West Coast offense.

On Okoye -
He's really been impressive. His age is an upside for teams. He's 19 and his best football is ahead of him.

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Scout says Troy Smith will flop

According to, Cincinnati Bengals' scout Greg Seamon called Troy Smith an overhyped Heisman-winning quarterback who would flop in the NFL.

"Really, he's not that fast," Seamon said of Smith. "He gets run down by defensive ends. He's not real big. He kind of stares down his targets. You didn't see those breathtaking, thread-the-needle throws [against Florida] that you'd hope to see from a top-of-the-draft quarterback."

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Quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl

Fox Sports has a huge article on Senior Bowl week. Including an in-depth look at the quarterbacks. Here are some of the comments:

Drew Stanton - ...he's back and playing well enough to be a late first-round prospect.

Troy Smith - His arm has been average and the height issue has been a factor.

Chris Leak - He's been rock solid this week showing he can be deadly accurate on the short-to-midrange throws.

Kevin Kolb - He's big, mobile, through not a runner, and has the arm.

Jordan Palmer - great arm, lousy decision maker

Tyler Palko - this week showed he can't throw at an NFL level

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Senior Bowl: Day Three Notes

Big day at the Senior Bowl as all the players have shaken off the rust and nerves. Today was the last day in pads, Thursday and Friday won't see nearly as much action. A lot of news to cover, so lets get started.

Sigmund Bloom and Cecil Lammey return with their scouting notebook. A must read is their day three North and South reports. They include notes on just about every player at each practice. reports David Clowney and Aaron Rouse made big plays all day. Clowney caught everything and Rouse had two interceptions. Also, in an interview Clowney claims he ran a 4.28 40 -yard dash.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Auburn cornerback David Irons has been one of the South team's best players this week. Also, more praise for Dwayne Bowe, "who was far and away the most impressive receiver Wednesday".

Mlive has a closer look at the linebackers reporting that David Harris is showing pretty well. He's calling the defensive sets and is always around the ball. He does a good job of taking on blockers and puts himself in position to make the tackle. has a good piece on Tony Hunt's Senior Bowl performance, stating "The solidly-built, 220-pound back isn’t flashy, but he has been exactly as advertised – a North-South runner who runs with power and can dish out as much punishment as he receives. "

They also report that Daymeion Hughes sat out most of Wednesday’s session after his back tightened up and that Eric Weddle made a big impression by being in the middle of two turnovers during the scrimmage. lists it's risers and sliders for day three. They note that Ken Darby had a great day, breaking off several long runs and was difficult to bring down.

Finally, a nice write-up by forum member InstaGATOR on both the North and South Practice.


Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Staley, Kalil, and Blaylock improve draft stock analyst Pat Kirwan details some offensive linemen making an impact during Senior Bowl week. He was especially impressed with Joe Staley, Justin Blalock, and Ryan Kalil.

Kirwan on Staley -
As I walked towards him he reminded me of a young Jon Runyan -- a big athlete with a nasty streak ... he will be a 10-year starter in this league. Staley's techniques are good and his competitive nature is better.

Blaylock isn't a bad tackle prospect but he's a terrific guard talent. He's tough with a road-grader style when he's inside...

He's not bulky at 290 pounds but his techniques and effort to finish are outstanding.

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Senior Bowl: Day Two Practice Notes

Sigmund Bloom and Cecil Lammey return with their Senior Bowl notebook. Don't miss their North day two practice notes and South day two practice notes.


Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Bowe and Carriker hot, Palko and McCauley not lists it's risers and sliders after two days of the Senior Bowl.

Risers of note include Adam Carriker and Dwayne Bowe.

Carriker impressed right out of the gate during the weigh-ins, measuring up at 6'6" 290 with an impressive build and huge reach. During practice he's been the top player on the field and impossible to stop. He has a great combination of power and speed.

Bowe also awed during weigh-ins. Looking more like a linebacker then a receiver at 6'2" 220. He's shown great speed and soft hands during practice.

Sliders of note include Marcus McCauley and Tyler Palko.

McCauley is following up a poor senior season with a poor Senior Bowl. He's getting beat deep and underneath. Despite his remarkable phiysical tools, he needs to pick up his play or his stock will really suffer.

Palko just doesn't look like an NFL QB. He's undersized. His arm is weak and inaccurate.

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Lions dining with Thomas, not looking at QBs

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Detroit Lions team officials, including Matt Millen, took Wisconsin tackle Joe Thomas to dinner Monday night.

Tuesday at the Senior Bowl offensive coordinator Mike Martz said the Lions needs were "everything, except for a quarterback."

This could be a smoke screen, but it looks like the Lions are satisfied with Kitna as their QB and will look to address other needs with the 2nd overall pick in the draft.

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Daymeion Hughes impresses coaches at Senior Bowl

Cal cornerback Daymeion Hughes has impressed coaches during the first two days of Senior Bowl practice according to Hughes 'shocked' everyone yesterday by measuring in at only 5'10" after being listed at 6'2". However, his height hasn't stopped him from making plays.

“All these guys out here are playing hard, but he’s (Hughes) kind of standing out a little bit,” said Bucs’ Defensive Backs Coach Raheem Morris. “He made a couple big plays yesterday and looked good again today. He’s a quick-feet guy. He’s a little bit of an undersized guy and all that stuff people keep talking about, but some of that stuff doesn’t even matter. I like the kid and I like the way he plays.”

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Stanton impressive during 2nd day reports that Michigan State quarterback Drew Stanton impressed teams during this morning's practice.

Stanton displayed accuracy, zip and arm strength in his throws, and combined with his protypical NFL QB size (6- 3, 235) he was surrounded by scouts from at least five NFL teams as the morning workouts were completed. Among the teams expressing interest in Stanton were the Chiefs, the Patriots, the Vikings and the Texans.

Stanton had a disappointing senior season and his draft stock has suffered. Prior to the 2006 season many scouts felt he could be a first rounder. A great senior bowl week could raise his stock and position him as the number three quarterback behind Jamarcus Russell and Brady Quinn.

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Troy Smith off to a good start at Senior Bowl reports Troy Smith looked good during the first day of practice. He was on the money with his passes, hitting his receivers in stride, and threw the ball with nice touch and pinpoint accuracy. Bucs head coach Jon Gruden was impressed.

"Troy's arm strength was impressive, and he's learned the playbook quickly," Gruden said. "It's going to be a pleasure to work with him this week."

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Senior Bowl: Day One Offensive Notes

Don't miss the scouting notebook from Sigmund Bloom and Cecil Lammey. It's an unedited look into their day one Senior Bowl practice notes. They break down every offensive skill position.


Monday, January 22, 2007

Senior Bowl: Day One Practice Recap

The day started off with the weigh-ins and the big news was Troy Smith’s height. He measured in at 6’ even. While shorter then his OSU listed 6’1” its better then the rumored 5’10” or 5’11” some scouts were whispering. The first round is still doubtful for Smith and he’ll still need an excellent Senior Bowl and combine to keep his stock in the second round.

On the practice field it was a cold and rainy day. The wet football caused some problems for the offense and resulted in sloppy play, botched exchanges, dropped balls, and wobbly passes.

North coach Jon Gruden worked closely with quarterback Drew Stanton. Gruden drafted Cadillac Williams after coaching him in the 2005 senior bowl. Could Stanton have a future in Tampa Bay?

During drills Aundrea Allison and Brandon Myles displayed nice hands and made some difficult receptions.

Jason Hill was quick and showed a nice burst off the line.

Marcus McCauley showed poor footwork during drills. He has great physical tools, but needs to have a strong Senior Bowl week after a very disappointing senior season.

Adam Carriker impressed the most during today’s practice. He showed good quick moves during one-on-one drills and was in the backfield often during the full scrimmage.

Levi Brown dominated LaMarr Woodley in on-on-one drills. On two occasions, Brown pushed Woodley to the ground.

Tony Hunt had a mixed day. On the positive side, he showed his power and pushed the pile. On the negative, he showed poor hands, dropping an easy pass.

Brian Leonard received playing time at both fullback and halfback.

Observations taken from NFL Network's Senior Bowl coverage.


Players who must excel Senior Bowl week details their players who must excel during Senior Bowl week.

The list includes: Troy Smith, who needs to rebound from a poor BCS game. Also, Jason Hill, Quentin Moses, and Kenneth Darby must improve their stock after poor senior seasons. While USC center Ryan Kalil could push himself into the first round with a big week.


Sunday, January 21, 2007

Senior Bowl Question: Next Jay Cutler?

Last year, heading into the Senior Bowl all the QB talk was about Young and Leinart. During Senior Bowl week, while Young and Leinart sat at home, Jay Cutler wowed scouts and his stock took off.

Again this year, the top two QB prospects are not at the Senior Bowl. Brady Quinn has a minor knee injury and will skip the game, while JaMarcus Russell is a junior and can't participate. Which QB will impress scouts during the week to move into the number three ranked QB spot?

Here are the QBs that will participate:

Trent Edwards, Stanford
Kevin Kolb, Houston
Chris Leak, Florida
Tyler Palko, Pitt
Jordan Palmer, UTEP
Troy Smith, Ohio St.
Drew Stanton, Michigan St.

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Friday, January 19, 2007

Samardzija giving up football for baseball

Notre Dame wide receiver Jeff Samardzija announced he will give up football to focus on his baseball career.

Samardzija is a right-handed pitcher and was the Cubs' fifth-round pick last summer. He signed a $7.25 million contract with the Cubs.

Samardzija was a possible first round pick before this announcement as most assumed he would choose football over baseball.

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Darren McFadden - First Pick 2008 NFL Draft

A lot can happen between now and April 2008. However, Arkansas running back Darren McFadden has as good a chance as anyone at being selected number one overall in the 2008 NFL draft.

The sophomore dominated opponents all season, putting up over 1600 rushing yards and 14 TDs with a gaudy 5.8 ypc average. He hasn't just beaten up on weak opponents either, racking up 145 yards on Auburn, 181 on Tenn, and 182 on LSU.

Many scouts feel he is the best NFL RB prospect they have seen in a while, ranking him ahead of players like Peterson, Lynch, and even Reggie Bush. Only 19, McFadden should be able to add 10-15 lbs (currently 205 lbs) to his 6-2 frame with out losing any of his 4.4 speed.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Reggie Nelson in Kiper's top ten

Florida safety Reggie Nelson sits at number 7 on Mel Kiper's latest big board. Nelson has been one of the hottest prospects over the last few months and it shouldn't surprise anyone if he's the top safety selected in the 2007 NFL draft.

Nelson is an attacking safety with big time playmaking ability. He delivers big hits and isn’t afraid to lend help in support. Nelson’s biggest impact comes with his ability to make plays on the football. He has a nose for the ball, and really goes after the ball when it is in the air.

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Brennan will return for senior season

University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan announced Wednesday he will return for his senior season. Brennan filed paperwork to enter the NFL draft on Monday, but had 72 hours to change his mind.

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Ikaika Alama-Francis injured in Hula Bowl

University of Hawaii defensive end Ikaika Alama-Francis suffered a torn pectoral muscle in the first half of Sunday's Hula Bowl. It's unknown whether he will require surgery or not. Either way, he is in jeopardy of missing the NFL scouting combine.

Alama-Francis has seen his stock rise significantly over the course of the last few months. He 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.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Shrine Bowl Practice Notes

The Shrine Bowl is this Saturday and while not as exciting as the Senior Bowl next week it does feature some talented players. Including: Travarous Bain, Hampton, Doug Free, Northern Illinois, Dan Bazuin, Central Michigan, John Wendling, Wyoming, John Beck, BYU, Kyle Young, Fresno St., and Mkristo Bruce, Washington St.

Houston Chronicals, Lance Zierlein posted some notes from Monday's practice in his blog.

He stated QB's John Beck and Lestar Ricard looked good, although many scouts have already crossed Ricard off their list because of 'his lack of mental toughness'. Also, mentioned that DL Mkristo Bruce put up a 'solid performance' in one-on-one drills.

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Monday, January 15, 2007

Brennan declares, still could return to Hawaii

Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan declared himself eligible for the NFL draft. According to Hawaii spokeswoman Lois Manin, Brennan filed as a formality to meet the NFL deadline, but is still deciding whether he'll skip his senior season. Brennan has 72 hours before he needs to make an official decision.

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OSU's Ginn, Pittman to enter NFL draft

Ohio State receiver Ted Ginn Jr. and tailback Antonio Pittman will skip their senior season to enter the NFL draft. Ginn is expected to be a first round pick.

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Brohm to return to Louisville for senior season

Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm will return to the Cardinals next season rather than enter the 2007 NFL Draft.

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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Dorsey staying at LSU for senior year

LSU junior defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey will return for his senior season. Dorsey was expected to be a high first round selection had he entered the draft.

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Brandon Siler to enter draft

Florida junior linebacker Brandon Siler will enter April's NFL Draft. Siler finished last season with 77 tackles and three sacks. He's expected to be a second round pick.

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Friday, January 12, 2007

Gator decisions: Caldwell, Moss, Nelson, Smith

Four underclassmen for the National Champion Florida Gators announced their decisions on Friday. Wide receiver Andre Caldwell announced he will return to Florida while defensive end Jarvis Moss, safety Reggie Nelson and cornerback Ryan Smith will enter the NFL draft.

Nelson, an attacking safety with big time play-making ability, finished the season with six interceptions. He's expected to be a first round pick.

Moss is an athletic end who will be coveted by NFL teams for his pass-rushing abilities. He finished the 2006 season with 7.5 sacks and 12 quarterback hurries.

Smith, a talented but tiny corner, led the Gators with 8 interceptions.

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Antoine Cason will return to Arizona

In a surprising announcement, cornerback Antoine Cason announced he will return to Arizona for his senior year and will not enter the NFL draft.

Cason could have been a first round pick if he had declared.

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Anthony Gonzalez enters the NFL draft

Ohio State Junior wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

Gonzalez had 51 catches for 734 yards and eight touchdowns this season

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Oklahoma's Peterson to enter NFL Draft

Oklahoma junior running back Adrian Peterson will skip his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft, according to two sources close to the situation. An official announcement could come as early as Thursday.

Adrian Peterson is a true franchise back. He’s a playmaker and a workhorse. He has durability concerns, but his potential will make him a top 10 pick.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Jarrett signs with agent, will enter draft

USC wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett has signed with an agent and will enter the NFL draft. Jarrett is a talented receiver with great size (6-5) and athletic ability. He's expected to be a first round pick.

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ASU's Miller going pro

Arizona State All-America tight end Zach Miller will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft. Miller is the top rated TE and possible first round pick.

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Michael Bush will enter the NFL draft

Louisville running back Michael Bush will enter the NFL draft. A senior, Bush applied for a medical redshirt in case he decided to come back, but opted for the NFL instead.

Bush's senior season ended in the opener against Kentucky when he suffered a broken right leg. According to Bush, his rehabilitation is going well. However, he still walks with a limp and he doesn't know if he'll be able to run before the draft.

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Troy Smith's Florida nightmare

Florida's defense dominated Ohio State and Troy Smith in the BCS Championship game. The Heisman trophy winner managed just 7 total yards and was hurried and harassed all night, spending most of the game running for his life or on the ground. When Smith did manage to get a pass away it was usually off the mark. He completed just 4 passes on 14 attempts.

This will knock Smith down on some draft boards and he'll have a lot to prove at the Senior Bowl and scouting combine. The first question to be answered will be his height. If he is only 5-11, as rumored, he won't stand much of a chance at being chosen in the first round, maybe not even the second. He'll also have to show he can perform against other elite prospects, something he couldn't do against Florida.

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Monday, January 8, 2007

Pitt's Revis to leave school for NFL draft

Pitt cornerback Darrelle Revis has decided to forgo his senior year and enter the NFL draft.

Revis is an excellent cover man with good size and quickness. He is arguably the top corner in the 2007 draft and a legitimate first round talent.

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Branch headed to the NFL

Michigan defensive tackle Alan Branch announced he will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft. Branch is expected to be a high first round pick and could be the first defensive tackle selected.

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Calvin Johnson to enter the draft

Georgia Tech receiver Calvin Johnson announced Monday that he will enter the NFL draft. Johnson is expected to be a top five pick in the 2007 NFL draft and is an option for the Raiders with the first pick overall.

Johnson's combination of size, speed, athleticism and body control are rare. He's one of the best receiving prospects to enter the draft in a long time.

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Sunday, January 7, 2007

Petrino to the NFL, Brohm and Bush next?

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino has accepted a five-year, $24 million offer from the Atlanta Falcons to become their new coach. One has to assume that Louisville's Brian Brohm and Michael Bush are now going to enter the NFL draft.

Brohm, a junior, was thought to be headed back to Louisville for his senior season. However, he is unlikely to return for a new coach and to learn a new offense. If he enters the draft he'll be a first round pick, possibly in the top ten.

Bush, a senior, could return to Louisville with a medical redshirt. He broke his leg in the first game of the 2006 season and won't be completely healthy till March.

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Sidney Rice will go pro

South Carolina sophomore Sidney Rice is giving up his final two seasons of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. This season, Rice caught 72 passes for 1090 yards and 10 TDs. He also set the school record for career TD receptions with 23.

Rice is a tall (6-4), talented receiver who is raw but has a ton of potential. He could go late first or early second round depending on how he does in post-season workouts.

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Jamaal Anderson to enter NFL draft

Arkansas defensive end Jamaal Anderson will skip his final year of college and enter the NFL draft. Anderson led the SEC in sacks with 13.5 and was second in the league with 19.5 tackles for loss.

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Saturday, January 6, 2007

JaMarcus Russell signs with agent, will go pro

According, LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell has signed with agent Eric Metz and will enter the 2007 draft.

Russell could be a top ten pick in April's draft and is a possibility for the Raiders at number one.

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Frank Okam to return for senior season

Texas defensive tackle Frank Okam announced that he will not enter the NFL draft and instead return for his senior season. Okam, a preseason All-American, had a disappointing junior year with 37 tackles, two sacks, and six tackles for loss. He should improve his stock with another season at Texas and could be a first round pick in 2008.

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Friday, January 5, 2007

Branch not in class, expected to enter the draft

Michigan defensive tackle Alan Branch is expected to enter the NFL draft after reports he hasn't registered for any spring classes.

Branch could be a top ten pick in April's draft. The 6-6, 330 pound tackle is immovable on the inside of the defensive line. His size and strength allows him to hold his ground and clog running lanes. Branch is also a very good athlete for his size and shows the ability to get around blocks.

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Robert Meachem will go pro

Tennessee wide receiver Robert Meachem has decided to forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL Draft.

Meachem has great size (6-3, 210), speed and agility. After being highly recruited coming out of high school, he disappointed in his first two seasons at Tennessee. However this season Meachem finally lived up to his hype, finishing the year with 71 receptions for 1298 yards and 11 TDs.

Meachem is currently expected to be a late first or early second round pick. His stock could rise if he performs well in post season workouts.

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Thursday, January 4, 2007

Russell downs Irish, next stop NFL?

LSU junior quarterback JaMarcus Russell dominated Notre Dame's defense in LSU's Sugar Bowl win. Russell threw for 331 yards and 3 total TDs, outperforming Brady Quinn. Was this Russell's last college game?

He has yet to make his intentions public, but it will be hard for him to return to LSU. Russell's stock continues to rise and he could be a high first round pick if he enters the draft.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Running back group weak in 2007

The last two drafts have spoiled NFL teams with a bevy of future stars. However, 2007 will be a weak draft for future NFL running backs. There isn't a single senior RB projected as a first rounder, only juniors Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch are guaranteed first round picks.

Top seniors Michael Bush and Kenny Irons both had disappointing 2006 seasons. Bush missed the entire season after breaking his leg in the first game and could return to Louisville next season as a medical redshirt. If he enters the draft, he won't have much of a chance to workout for scouts. Doctors have said he won't be fully recoverd till early March.

Irons battled injuries and inconsistency all season. He'll need to show up big in the Senior Bowl, combine, and pro day to get himself back into the first round.

This group is a far cry from last year's Bush, Maroney, Williams, Addai, White and Drew.

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Lynch to enter 2007 NFL Draft

As expected, California running back Marshawn Lynch said he will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Lynch was the Pac-10's offensive player of the year after rushing for a conference-best 1,356 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Lynch is expected to be a first round pick and some think he could be drafted over Adrian Peterson.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Georgia's Ware and Johnson to skip senior season

Georgia coach Mark Richt announced Monday that defensive end Charles Johnson and running back Danny Ware will forego their senior seasons and enter the NFL Draft.

Johnson finished the season with 7.5 sacks and should be drafted on the first day, possibly as a first rounder.

Ware was a backup running back and will be lucky to get drafted.

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Monday, January 1, 2007

Miami's Greg Olsen going pro

University of Miami junior tight end Greg Olsen signed with agent Drew Rosenhaus and will make himself eligible for April's NFL draft.

Rosenhaus believes Olsen will be a first round pick.

''The information I'm getting is that he'll be a first-round pick,'' Rosenhaus said. "He's got rare ability -- great size and speed for the position. He's very athletic. We're confident he will be an impact rookie.''

It's more likely that Olsen will be a second round pick. Robert Davis rates him as his second best TE prospect.

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CJ's Gator Bowl show, his last college game?

Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson put on a show at the Gator Bowl. The junior receiver finshed the game with 9 receptions for 186 yards and 2 TDs and most expect it will be his last.

Johnson is one of the most talented receiving prospects to come along in a while. His combination of size, speed, and body control is rare. If he enters, he is arguably the top player in the draft, and should be a Top 5 pick.

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Mora and Green firings to impact draft

The Arizona Cardinals fired coach Dennis Green and the Atlanta Falcons fired Jim Mora on Monday. These coaching changes will impact how these teams draft.

The Cardinals with the 5th pick need offensive line and defensive help. Adding to the need for offensive lineman, left tackle Leonard Davis will be a free agent. The Cardinals would love to draft Joe Thomas, but will he be available? Other options include: Alan Branch, Antoine Cason, Darrelle Revis, and Gaines Adams.

The Falcons with the 10th pick need to upgrade the safety and offensive line positions. They also need to decide on Matt Schaub's future. Do they re-sign the restricted free agent or make a trade? At the 10th pick their options include: Laron Landry, Levi Brown, and Reggie Nelson.

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