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Scouting Report - Dexter McCluster - Ole Miss

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Dexter McCluster
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Photo - RB Dexter McCluster - Ole Miss
Dexter McCluster - 5'9" 170 lbs. - 4.55

Fast electrifying senior scatback had an outstanding career in the potent Ole Miss offense. Dexter is an athletic back with a fine burst of speed that ranks him with the fastest playmakers in this class. He has lined up at several positions especially running back late in his career after earlier starting time at receiver. He is one of the deluxe gadget performers in this class and became popular in the ‘Wild Rebel’ offense. As a runner, he explodes through the hole to the 2nd level with the breakaway speed to score from anywhere on the field. He is a smooth athlete who follows his blockers well, showing the ability to make defenders miss with his fine array of multiple moves. During his career, he averaged over 6 yards per carry lining up both in the shotgun and backfield. He shifts gears well, knowing when to wait to allow blockers to create openings and when to explode through a hole and run for daylight. He is very elusive in space and creates many opportunities in the openfield with breakaway speed to make the big play. As a receiver, he is very quick into his routes and gets open consistently with the sure hands to catch the ball and the running skills to be very dangerous after the reception. He averaged 13 yards per catch, a high number for any running back. He shows fine decision making as a runner with the vision, balance and enough power to run inside. He has the initial quickness to hit the hole with top speed and possesses the ability to make defenders consistently miss in the openfield. He slides quickly along the line and shows the ability to cutback hard and make the big play. As a prospect, he is a very good athlete with big play ability. Over his SEC career, he proved durable despite playing at a mere 170 lbs. and in the nation’s most physical conference.
The Numbers: During the ’09 season, he started every game and rushed for 1169 yards on just 181 carries for 8 TDs and a fine 6.5 yard average. He also added 44 receptions for 520 yards and 3 TDs as an excellent outlet receiver with an 11.3 yard average. He earned MVP in the Ole Miss Cotton Bowl victory. He does have a big upside as a receiver, showing natural hands and nice route running. As a junior, he rushed for 655 yards on 109 carries for 6 TDs while adding 44 receptions for 625 yards and 1 TD. Over his career, he caught 130 passes for over 1700 yards and 7 TDs. Over his career, he had only 27 total returns, but he is capable of providing an impact in that role as a pro. At the NFL Combine, he ran 4.53 and 4.62 times with a 37.5” vertical leap, 9’10” BJ and did 20 reps. He had good agility drills including a 4.06 short shuttle time. He is a tough matchup due to size and versatility but similar to runner Darren Sproles or wideout DeSean Jackson in size, AA, body type and overall LOD.
The Skinny: Athlete with the talent and physical ability to be a big play specialist if he proves durable in the NFL. He has natural running skills that coaches will utilize and create an offensive plan for him to fit. Though much smaller than ideal, he can become a playmaker in the right setting. He needs to make the necessary strength progress and overall improvement to hold up to the rigors of NFL play. Initially as a pro, he has the development to be a good change of pace and 3rd down back. Fast elusive type runner with the instincts and AA necessary to fill a key role as a situational weapon. Marginal top 100 prospect and could go as early as the 3rd round on speed and big play potential. Clubs like the Chiefs, Saints, Broncos and Falcons have on their short list.
Draft Projection: 3rd Round
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Top 50 Pro Prospects - Post NFL Combine

Top 50 Pro Prospects - NFL Draft
This is an updated Top 50 Pro Prospects for the NFL Draft 2010 post NFL Combine. We will have exclusive reports for subscribers from pro days thru April. We will have further reports prior and during the NFL Draft with critical information that will effect the selection process.

Photo – Golden Tate - Notre Dame
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Post NFL Combine Rankings * Declared Underclassmen
Pro Prospect / Pos/ School / Ht / Wt / Sp

1. Ndamukong Suh - DT - Nebraska - 6’4” 300 - 4.9
2. * Gerald McCoy - DT - Oklahoma - 6’4” 300 - 4.9
3. * Eric Berry - FS - Tennessee - 5’11” 200 - 4.45
4. Russell Okung - OT - Oklahoma St - 6’5” 310 - 5.1
5. * Sam Bradford - QB - Oklahoma - 6’4” 220 - 4.8
6. * Bryan Bulaga - OT - Iowa - 6’7” 320 - 5.0
7. * Rolando McClain - LB - Alabama - 6’2” 245 - 4.6
8. * Joe Haden - CB - Florida - 5’10” 180 - 4.45
9. * Derrick Morgan - DE - Georgia Tech - 6’5” 270 - 4.7
10 * Jimmy Clausen - QB - Notre Dame - 6’3” 215 - 4.8
11 * Earl Thomas - S - Texas - 5’10” 195 - 4.45
12. * Jason Pierre-Paul - DE - South Florida - 6’5” 260 - 4.7
13 Trent Williams - OT - Oklahoma - 6’5” 320 - 4.8
14 * Anthony Davis - OT - Rutgers - 6’5” 325 - 5.1
15 Taylor Mays - S - Southern Cal - 6’3” 235 - 4.4
16. C.J. Spiller - RB - Clemson - 5’11” 195 - 4.4
17 * Dez Bryant - WR - Oklahoma St - 6’2” 215 - 4.45
18 Sergio Kindle - LB - Texas - 6’4” 255 - 4.6
19. * Carlos Dunlap - DE - Florida - 6’6” 285 - 4.65
20 Brandon Graham - DE - Michigan - 6’1” 265 - 4.75
21 Sean Weatherspoon - LB - Missouri - 6’1” 240 - 4.6
22 Jared Odrick - DT - Penn St - 6’4” 300 - 5.0
23 Mike Iupati - OG - Idaho - 6’5” 330 - 5.2
24 * Bruce Campbell - OT - Maryland - 6’6” 320 - 4.9
25 Patrick Robinson - CB - Florida St - 5’11” 190 - 4.45
26 * Ryan Mathews - RB - Fresno St - 5’11” 220 - 4.45
27 Devin McCourty - CB - Rutgers - 5’11” 190 - 4.45
28 * Jermaine Gresham -TE - Oklahoma - 6’6” 260 - 4.65
29 Charles Brown - OT - Southern Cal - 6’5” 295 - 5.1
30. * Golden Tate - WR - Notre Dame - 5’10” 190 - 4.45
31 Kyle Wilson - CB - Boise St - 5’10” 185 - 4.45
32. * Everson Griffen - DE - Southern Cal - 6’3” 265 - 4.65
33 * Brian Price -DT - UCLA - 6’2” 310 - 5.1
34. * Demaryius Thomas - WR - Georgia Tech - 6’3” 230 - 4.5
35. * Rob Gronkowski - TE - Arizona - 6'7" 270 - 4.7
36 Nate Allen - FS - South Florida - 6’1” 210 - 4.5
37 Dan Williams - DT - Tennessee - 6’2” 300 - 5.2
38 * Arrelious Benn - WR - Illinois - 6’1” 190 - 4.45
39. * Kareem Jackson - CB - Alabama - 5’11” 190 - 4.45
40. Maurkice Pouncey - OC - Florida - 6’5” 310 - 5.0
41 * Damian Williams - WR - Southern Cal - 6’1” 190 - 4.50
42 Daryl Washington - LB - TCU - 6’2” 235 - 4.6
43 * Jonathan Dwyer - RB - Georgia Tech - 5’11” 230 - 4.55
44 * Chad Jones - S - LSU - 6’2” 225 - 4.55
45 Perrish Cox - CB - Oklahoma St - 6’ 195 - 4.55
46 Jerry Hughes - DE - TCU - 6’3” 255 - 4.65
47 * Jahvid Best - RB - California - 5’9” 195 - 4.4
48 Terrence Cody - DT - Alabama - 6’4” 360 - 5.5
49 Ricky Sapp - LB - Clemson - 6’4” 245 - 4.65
50 Corey Wootton - DE - Northwestern - 6’6” 275 - 4.8

Tigers Light up NFL Combine Workout

Clemson's Spiller and Ford Light up Workout

Photo – RB C. J. Spiller - Clemson

The skilled position players took center stage Sunday at the NFL Combine for workouts and a couple of Clemson Tigers were very impressive at the event. Running back C.J Spiller ran a fine 4.37 time at just under 5’11” and 196 lbs. He will have a complete workout for positional drills at the Clemson pro day in March. His Clemson teammate, wideout Jacoby Ford had the fastest 40 time at the event thus far with a 4.28 time. It challenged Chris Johnson’s record 4.24 time from the NFL Combine 2008. The time by Ford was the fastest by a receiver tying the record for the position for the event’s history. The defensive backs will run on Tuesday and there are a few prospects who will attempt to beat that super sprint number.

Running back Jahvid Best of Cal had a huge workout and one that he needed after a late season neck injury. He ran a 4.35 time at 199 lbs. that was the fastest among the running backs. He was impressive in the positional drills and did 18 reps in the lifting. RB Toby Gerhart of Stanford had a strong performance with a 4.53 time and 22 reps at over 230 lbs. He had a 38” vertical leap and a 9’10” broad jump and helped his cause. RB Montario Hardesty of Tennessee had a very impressive workout including a 4.49 time with 21 reps in the lifting. He had an incredible 41” vertical leap and a 10’4” broad jump that was best among the talented running backs. Ryan Matthews of Fresno St. ran a 4.45 time with a 10’1” broad jump, 36” vertical leap and 19 reps in the lifting that impressed many NFL clubs. He is one of the fastest rising prospects at the event thus far.

NFL Draft 2010 - First Round Mock Draft

NFL Draft - Mock Draft
Selection order prior to Super Bowl
x - Coin flip at NFL Combine to determine final positions * underclassmen

Photo - OG Mike Iupati - Idaho

1st Round
Team / Player / Pos / School

1 St. Louis - Ndamukong Suh - DT - Nebraska
2. Detroit - * Eric Berry - S - Tennessee
3. Tampa Bay - * Gerald McCoy - DT - Oklahoma
4. Wash - * Sam Bradford - QB - Oklahoma
5. K.C. - * Carlos Dunlap - DE - Florida
6. Seattle - Russell Okung - OT - Oklahoma St
7. Cleveland - C.J. Spiller - RB - Clemson
8. Oakland - * Derrick Morgan - DE - Georgia Tech
9. Buffalo - * Anthony Davis - OT - Rutgers
x 10. Denver (Chicago) - * Jimmy Clausen - QB - Notre Dame
x 11. Jacksonville - * Rolando McClain - LB - Alabama
12. Miami - * Dez Bryant - WR - Oklahoma St
13. San Francisco - * Joe Haden - CB - Florida
14. Seattle (Denver) - Taylor Mays - S - Southern Cal
15. New York Giants - Brandon Spikes - LB - Florida
x 16. San Fran (Carolina) - Trent Williams - OT - Oklahoma
x 17. Tennessee - * Everson Griffen - DE - Southern Cal
18. Pittsburgh - * Brian Bulaga - OT - Iowa
19. Atlanta - * Earl Thomas - S - Texas
20. Houston - * Jonathan Dwyer - RB - Georgia Tech
21. Cincinnati - Sergio Kindle - LB - Texas
22. New England - * Navorro Bowman - LB - Penn St
23. Green Bay - * Brian Price - DT - UCLA
24. Philadelphia - Greg Hardy - DE - Mississippi
25. Baltimore - Patrick Robinson - CB - Florida St
26. Arizona - Jerry Hughes - DE - TCU
27. Dallas - * Arrelious Benn - WR - Illinois
28. San Diego - Mike Iupati - OG - Idaho
29. NY Jets - Terrence Cody - DT - Alabama
30. Minnesota - Jared Odrick - DT - Penn St
31. New Orleans - * Jermaine Gresham - TE - Oklahoma
32. Indianapolis - Brandon Graham - DE - Michigan

Underclassmen Declare for NFL Draft 2010

Underclassmen Declare for NFL Draft 2010 - Jan. 19, 2010

The National Football League announced Tuesday the names of 53 players who have been granted special eligibility for the 2010 NFL Draft on April 22-24. The NFL Draft will start on Thursday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. est. The second and third rounds are set for Friday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. est while Rounds 4-7 will be held on Saturday, April 24 at 10:00 a.m. est. The entire NFL Draft will be televised by NFL Network and ESPN.

Photo - WR Dez Bryant - Oklahoma St.

Underclassmen had until Jan. 15, 2010 to declare for the NFL Draft 2010. They also had an additional three days to rescind their decision and retain their college eligibility. With the NFL players agreement expiring next offseason, underclassmen have discussed their options with family and coaching staffs to turn pro early. Any new players agreement and the future salary cap will probably undergo some critical changes especially related to the rookie salary cap and the dollar value of the overall draft selections.

Each of the 53 players has met the league's three-year eligibility rule and each has submitted a written application in which he renounced his remaining college football eligibility. The deadline for receiving applications was January 15. The 53 players this year match the total number that was granted special eligibility in 2008. Last year, special eligibility was granted to 46 players.

x - denotes players who are not listed in NFL group but who are eligible to enter NFL Draft 2010

Player / Pos / H/W / School / Class
Offensive Players

QB Sam Bradford - 6’4” 220 - Oklahoma - Jr.
QB Jimmy Clausen - 6’3” 220 - Notre Dame - Jr.
QB Jevan Snead - 6’4” 230 - Ole Miss - Jr
x - RB Toby Gerhart - 6’1” 235 - Stanford - Jr
RB Jonathan Dwyer - 5’11” 230 - Georgia Tech - Jr
RB Jahvid Best - 5’ 10” 195 - California - Jr.
RB Ryan Matthews - 5’11” 225 - Fresno St - Jr.
RB Joe McKnight - 6’ 210 - Southern Cal - Jr.
RB Darius Marshall - 5'10" 190 - Marshall - Jr
x - RB Toney Baker - 5’10” 225 - N.C St - Jr.
RB Shawnbrey McNeil - 5’9” 190 - SMU - Jr
WR Dez Bryant - 6’1” 215 - Oklahoma St - Jr.
WR Arrelious Benn - 6’2” 220 - Illinois - Jr.
WR Dezmon Briscoe - 6’2” 200 - Kansas - Jr.
WR Golden Tate - 5’10” 190 - Notre Dame - Jr.
WR Damian Williams - 6’1” 190 - Southern Cal - Jr
WR Mike Williams - 6’1” 200 - Syracuse - Jr
WR Antonio Brown - 5'10" 175 - Central Michigan - Jr
WR Demaryius Thomas 6’3” 230 - Georgia Tech - Jr
WR Carlton Mitchell - 6’4” 215 - South Florida - Jr
x - WR Chris Bell - 6’2” 210 - Norfolk St - Jr
TE Jermaine Gresham - 6’5” 255 - Oklahoma - Jr
TE Rob Gronokowski - 6'7" 270 - Arizona - Jr
TE Aaron Hernandez - 6’2” 250 - Florida - Jr.
OT Anthony Davis - 6’6” 325 - Rutgers - Jr.
OT Bruce Campbell - 6’6” 310 - Maryland - Jr.
OT Bryan Bulaga - 6’6” 310 - Iowa - Jr.
OC Maurkice Pouncey - 6’5” 315 - Florida - Jr

Defensive Players
DE Carlos Dunlop - 6’6” 290 - Florida - Jr
DE Derrick Morgan - 6’4” 270 - Georgia Tech - Jr
DE Jason Pierre-Paul - 6’5” 260 - South Florida - Jr
DE Everson Griffen - 6’3” 265 - Southern Cal - Jr
DE Thaddeus Gibson - 6’2” 240 - Ohio St. - Jr.
x - DE Jerome Hayes - 6.2” 255 - Penn St. - Jr.
DE Jason Worilds - 6’2” 245 - Virginia Tech - Jr
DE Kevin Basped - 6'4" 240 - Nevada - Jr
DE Clifton Geathers - 6’7” 280 - South Carolina - Jr
DT Gerald McCoy - 6’3” 300 - Oklahoma - Jr.
DT Brian Price - 6’2” 300 - UCLA - Jr
x - DT Abe Koroma - 6’3” 315 - Western Illinois - Jr.
DT Linval Joseph - 6’6” 290 - East Carolina - Jr
LB Rolando McClain - 6’4” 235 - Alabama - Jr.
LB Navorro Bowman - 6’ 225 - Penn St - Jr.
LB Rennie Curran - 5’11” 225 - Georgia - Jr.
CB Joe Haden - 5’10” 180 - Florida - Jr
CB Dominique Franks - 6’ 190 - Oklahoma - Jr
CB Donovan Warren - 5’11” 195 - Michigan - Jr
CB Amari Spievey - 5’11” 185 - Iowa - Jr
CB Kareem Jackson - 5’11” 190 - Alabama - Jr
CB Joshua Moore - 5’11” 185 - Kansas St - Jr
CB Dennis Rogan - 5’10” 180 - Tennessee - Jr.
CB Jerell Norton - 6’ 185 - Arkansas - Jr.
S Eric Berry - 5’11” 200 - Tennessee - Jr
S Morgan Burnett - 6’ 200 - Georgia Tech - Jr
S Reshad Jones - 6’2” 215 - Georgia - Jr.
S Earl Thomas - 5’10” 195 - Texas - Soph
S Chad Jones - 6’1” 220 - LSU - Jr
S Major Wright - 6’ 205 - Florida - Jr

Draft Insiders' - Top 50 Pro Prospects for NFL Draft

Top 50 Prospects for the NFL Draft
Dec 28, 2009 - * Underclassmen

Photo - DT Nda Suh - Nebraska

Prospect / Pos / School / Ht / Wt
1 Ndamukong Suh - DT - Nebraska - 6’4” 300
2 * Sam Bradford - QB - Oklahoma - 6’4” 220
3 Taylor Mays - FS - Southern Cal - 6’3” 235
4 Russell Okung - OT - Oklahoma St - 6’5” 310
5 C.J. Spiller - RB - Clemson - 5’11” 195
6 * Eric Berry - S - Tennessee - 5’11” 205
7 * Gerald McCoy - DT - Oklahoma - 6’4 300
8 Jerry Hughes - DE - TCU - 6’3” 255
9 * Brian Bulaga - OT - Iowa - 6’5” 315
10 * Derrick Morgan - DE - Georgia Tech - 6’4” 270
11 * Rolando McClain - LB - Alabama - 6’3” 230
12 * Carlos Dunlap - DE - Florida - 6’5” 290
13 * Jimmy Clausen – QB - Notre Dame - 6’3” 215
14 Terrence Cody - DT - Alabama - 6’4” 360
15 Brandon Spikes - LB - Florida - 6’3” 255
16 Brandon LaFell - WR - LSU - 6’3” 210
17 * Joe Haden - CB - Florida - 5’10 190
18 Ricky Sapp - LB - Clemson - 6’4” 245
19 Trent Williams - OT - Oklahoma - 6’5” 320
20 Jared Odrick - DT - Penn St - 6’4” 300
21 Dez Bryant - WR - Oklahoma St - 6’1” 215
22 * Anthony Davis - OT - Rutgers - 6’5” 325
23 * Jonathan Dwyer - RB - Georgia Tech - 5’11” 230
24 * Arrelious Benn - WR - Illinois - 6’1” 210
25 * Marvin Austin - DT - North Carolina - 6’3” 310
26 * Damian Williams - WR - Southern Cal - 6’1” 190
27 Colt McCoy - QB - Texas - 6’3” 215
28 Sergio Kindle - LB - Texas - 6’4” 255
29 * Bruce Carter - LB - North Carolina - 6’3” 225
30 Charles Brown - OT - Southern Cal - 6’5” 295
31 Brandon Graham - DE - Michigan - 6’1” 265
32 * Greg Jones - LB - Michigan St - 6’1” 225
33 Mike Iupati - OG - Idaho - 6’5” 330
34 Syd'Quan Thompson - CB - California - 5’9” 190
35 Ciron Black - OT - LSU - 6’5” 325
36 Tony Pike - QB - Cincinnati - 6’6” 230
37 Greg Hardy - DE - Mississippi - 6’4” 265
38 Mardy Gilyard - WR - Cincinnati - 6’ 190
39 Tim Tebow - QB - Florida - 6’3” 245
40 * Greg Romeus - DE - Pittsburgh - 6’6” 270
41 * Bruce Campbell - OT - Maryland - 6’7” 310
42 Sean Weatherspoon - LB - Missouri - 6’1” 245
43 Patrick Robinson - CB - Florida St - 5’11” 190
44 * Dezmon Briscoe - WR - Kansas - 6’2” 210
45 Jermaine Gresham - TE - Oklahoma - 6’6” 260
46 Perrish Cox - CB - Oklahoma St - 6’ 195
47 Corey Wootton - DE - Northwestern - 6’6” 275
48 Jordan Shipley - WR - Texas - 6’ 190
49 Brandon Ghee - CB - Wake Forest - 6’ 190
50 * Chris Jones - FS - LSU - 6’1” 225

Jimmy Clausen & Golden Tate Enter NFL Draft

QB Jimmy Clausen & WR Golden Tate Turn Pro

Photo – WR Golden Tate - Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame junior QB Jimmy Clausen and junior receiver Golden Tate announced in a joint press conference Monday that they intend to forgo their final season of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft 2010. Clausen leaves Notre Dame ranked first or second in 32 Irish passing categories including tops in career completion percentage, completions per game for a career and tied for first in lowest career interception percentage. He completed 695 of 1,110 pass attempts for 8,148 yards with 60 TDs and 27 interceptions while starting 34 of 35 games played for his three seasons with the Irish.
The 6-3, 223-pound QB completed his best season at Notre Dame this fall while completing 68% of his passes for 3,722 yards with 28 TDs and just 4 interceptions. Clausen set a new Irish record by passing for at least 300 yards in seven games, in addition to four 4th quarter comebacks for victories that are the most in a season by an ND passer.
Clausen said. "The Notre Dame experience has been a positive one and the highlight of my young career and wouldn't change it for anything. I want to thank Coach Weis and Coach Powlus as well as all the other coaches and staff that include the trainers, doctors, equipment managers, academic support, and everyone associated with the football program, especially Joe Montana and Joe Theismann. "I want to thank each one of my teammates for always being there for me through all the trials and tribulations the past 3 years. I would also like to thank my teachers and professors, fellow students, athletic director Jack Swarbrick, Father Jenkins and the entire Notre Dame Nation for all their support. Notre Dame has the best fans in the country. I will always be a Golden Domer For Life!
Tate departs as one of the most prolific receivers in Notre Dame history recording 2,707 receiving yards on 157 receptions with 26 TDs. Tate set Notre Dame's career receiving record in the final game of the 2009 season and also registered more games with at least 100 receiving yards in a season and in a career than any other Irish player. He ranks second in career TD receptions and is tied for third in career receptions. He is also an American Football Coaches Association All-American and Biletnikoff Award finalist after he flourished in his third season as a receiver totaling 93 catches for 1,496 yards and 15 receiving TDs. During the ’09 season, he set school records this year for most receptions and receiving yards in a season and tied the school mark for most TD receptions in a year. He added two rushing TDs and one punt return for a TD and totaled 1,915 all-purpose yards, 2nd most in Irish history.
"First off, I would like to thank God my savior without him none if this would be possible," Tate said. ""I would also like to thank my family, especially my mother and father for always being there. I have so much respect for someone who can raise a knucklehead like myself. They have done a great job.
"This was a very tough decision for me," Tate said. "I have made so many great friends at Notre Dame and the coaching I received in football and baseball has been the best. But after talking with my family and Coach Weis, I am going to pursue my dream and enter next year's NFL draft.

Underclassmen Declared for the NFL Draft 2010
Sam Bradford - QB - 6-4, 220 - Oklahoma - Jr
Jimmy Clausen - QB - 6-3, 220 - Notre Dame - Jr
Dez Bryant - WR - 6-1, 215 - Oklahoma St - Jr
Dezmon Briscoe – WR - 6-2, 200 - Kansas - Jr
Golden Tate - WR - 5-10, 190 - Notre Dame - Jr
Abe Koroma - DT - 6-3. 317 - Western Illinois - Jr

Date for declaring for the NFL Draft 2010 for underclassmen is January 15, 2010 Players have three days after the declaration date to rescind and change their minds and return to school for the College 2010 season.

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