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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 - Mock Draft
Selection order prior to Super Bowl
x - Coin flip at NFL Combine to determine final positions * underclassmen
Photo - OG Mike Iupati - Idaho
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 - 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
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
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
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
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.
Dez Bryant Enters NFL Draft 2010
Suspended By NCAA Until 2010 Season Bryant Turns Pro
Photo - Dez Bryant - Oklahoma St
The NCAA informed Oklahoma St University junior wide receiver Dez Bryant this week that his appeal for his suspension was rejected and he will not play this season. Bryant immediately declared for the NFL Draft 2010 in April. Bryant will remain suspended for one calendar year and could have been eligible to return to game action in September of 2010. OSU appealed the original decision on Oct 27 to the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee.
Bryant is one of the top prospects at the receiver position for the NFL 2010 Draft. The junior receiver was ruled ineligible for violating an NCAA bylaw. The powerful 6’2” 215 lb. receiver was ruled ineligible earlier this fall by the school after he reportedly lied to the NCAA officials about a visit and workout at the home of former NFL star defender Deion Sanders. Bryant is a blue chip prospect for the NFL game and is coming off a huge sophomore performance last season when he had 87 receptions with 19 TDs for over 1,500 yards while averaging over 17 yards per catch. We ranked him in the Top 20 Prospects for the NFL Draft 2010 with Top 10 potential if he performs well at the NFL Combine this February.
I will have exclusive updates on this matter and an extensive Underclassmen Report in our November Newsletter out later this month
Frank Coyle - www.draftinsiders.com
Draft Insiders’ Digest –19th Season
The NCAA interviewed Bryant twice earlier this year about allegations at which time he denied that he had visited Sanders. That was proven false, but the fact that he lied to the NCAA is a violation that led to the suspension. Oklahoma St University began the process of applying to the NCAA on his behalf for reinstatement that was ruled on this week. This incident did not involve anyone associated with the OSU football or athletic department staffs, any employee of the university, alumni, donors, or any third-party affiliated with OSU.
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will be collaborating on a weekly article posted mid week during the college football regular season to review the prior weeks most notable performances from a NFL Draft 2010 perspective.
NFL Draft 2010 Prospects - Week 9
Frank Coyle - www.draftinsiders.com
Draft Insiders’ Digest –19th Season
Anthony Dixon - Fast Rising Prospect
Photo – Anthony Dixon – Miss St
RB Anthony Dixon – Senior – Miss St
Big physical senior running back had another strong performance in the Miss St win over South Carolina. He is a powerfully built back who has performed well in the SEC, displaying very strong inside running with the burst of speed to break big plays. Against USC, he carried over 30 times and 200 yards. He uses his powerful big frame as a battering ram to run over defenders, though he has the lateral quickness and speed that allows him to break into the second level. He has outstanding size and vision with good speed and quickness that will keep him from the top tier of backs. He is an honest runner with natural running skills that will earn him an invite to a major All-star game.
LB Brandon Spikes - Senior – Florida
Athletic senior linebacker has been instrumental in the success of the Gators defense over the past three seasons. In the Florida victory over Georgia on Saturday, he was detected of poking the eyes of a Georgia runner. Spikes is a savvy versatile athletic backer who flows to the ball well and finishes with strong sure tackling. He has been considered a highly regarded first round prospect and possible top ten selection at this point. The cheap shot in the Georgia has drawn attention and he will be watched closely by NFL scouts if it is a pattern on the field going forward. Thus far he has had no on or off the field issues, but the recent incident has no place in the game.
DE Jermaine Cunningham – Senior – Florida
Explosive edge rusher has displayed impact ability over his SEC career and had another strong effort vs Georgia. He has been a major difference maker for this undefeated club, relying on a very quick first step and good hand technique to separate from blockers with the upfield speed to sack the QB. He has the frame to fill out further to become an every down pro defender at end in a 4-3 front. He also has the mobility to also play up in the 3-4 scheme, though would face an adjustment period with no experience in that scheme. His ability to apply pressure off the edge will earn him invites to a major All-star game that could elevate his stock further.
DT Dan Williams – Senior - Tennessee
The Vols won another key game vs South Carolina and Williams was instrumental setting the pace for their defensive line. South Carolina struggled throughout the game rushing the ball with Williams wrecking havoc from the inside. He gets a powerful push in the middle that collapses the pocket and forces the QB to rush his throws. He also clogs the middle that keeps backers free to run to the ball and make tackles. He combines excellent size and strength with good mobility and quickness to be an every down pro defender.
WR Tim Brown - Senior - Rutgers
Fast senior receiver/ returner was instrumental in the Rutgers victory over UConn with a last minute 81 yard TD reception. Brown has been instrumental in the Rutgers passing offense this season. He is a big play specialist who is very dangerous after he gets his hands on the ball and capable of scoring from anywhere on the field. He flashes impact ability despite his smallish size of 5’8” 170 lbs. He combines very good speed, agility and hands along with natural running skills to be dangerous every time he touches the ball. He displays a well developed skill set for the position that has allowed him to average over 20 per reception this season. He could be one of the top situational playmakers in this draft class with a strong postseason.
Denis Krusos - Editor
Pro Football Draft Network
WR Riley Cooper, Senior, Florida
Florida’s offense came alive against Georgia in an impressive 41-17 win. Cooper’s two touchdown catches (22 and 29 yards) in the 1st quarter put the Gators up 14-0 and they never looked back. He displayed outstanding concentration, hands and body control on one of his scoring grabs. Florida’s leading wide receiver (31 receptions, 474 yards (15.3 per), 5 touchdowns) is sneaky fast and has good size. Cooper is physical, smart and will block to support the running game. He could provide value in the middle rounds of the 2010 NFL Draft.
CB Kyle Wilson, Senior, Boise State
Boise State annihilated San Jose State 45-7 and remained undefeated. The Broncos’ confident cornerback, Kyle Wilson, picked off a pass and raced 27 yards for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter. He also contributed with 5 tackles (1 tackle for loss). Wilson is a dangerous kick returner and had a punt return for 17 yards and a kickoff return for 20 yards. Wilson is small (5’ 10”and 185 lbs), but he is physical for his size. He changes direction well and has quick feet. Kyle Wilson looks like a good fit to cover the slot receiver at the next level and his kick return ability is a plus.
WR Brandon Banks, Senior, Kansas State
The Wildcats’ tiny (5’7”and 154 lbs) receiver played a big role in Kansas State’s valiant effort to defeat Oklahoma. The Sooners prevailed 42-30, but Banks tied a school record (Darren Sproles is the other player) with 351 all-purpose yards. Banks returned a kick-off 98 yards for a touchdown (his 4th kick-off return for a score this year). He stood out as a receiver with 9 catches for 156 yards (17.3 per). His size will be a definite obstacle in the NFL. However, Banks is strong for his size and is fearless with the ball in his hands. He has the speed and quickness to be a dangerous kick returner. There have not been many successful receivers that weighed less than 170 pounds in the NFL. Kelvin Martin played 10 years in the NFL and was a skinny 163 pounds. Banks may not be drafted, but he will be in a camp to show that he can make something happen on special teams.
QB Zac Robinson, Senior, Oklahoma State
Zac Robinson entered the Texas game on a roll and was making better decisions in recent games. He crashed down to earth against a quality Longhorns’ defense, as Texas destroyed the Cowboys 41-14. Robinson completed 15 passes in 28 attempts (54%) for only 143 yards (5.1 yards per attempt). His 4 interceptions (2 returned for touchdowns) really hurt Oklahoma State. Robinson threw a garbage time touchdown pass in the 4th quarter. Robinson telegraphed his passes and allowed the Texas secondary to jump routes. The Longhorns’ defensive backs have too much speed to get away with this. This certainly will be the case in the NFL. Texas did not sack Robinson and his mistakes were not due to overwhelming pressure. The loss raises serious concerns as to Robinson’s potential to play quarterback professionally.
FS Taylor Mays, Senior, USC
USC’s defense was humiliated in Oregon’s 47-20 victory. The Ducks ran for a staggering 391 yards! Oregon averaged 8 yards per carry and scored 4 times on the ground. They also had success in the air and threw for 222 yards and a touchdown (no interceptions). The entire USC defense played terribly and with little emotion. Taylor Mays made 8 uneventful tackles that were mostly downfield. He was frequently blocked effectively in run support and did not get his hands on a ball in pass coverage. Mays likes to try to intimidate with his physical hits, but Oregon stood their ground. It will be interesting to see how Mays and his defensive teammates bounce back from this performance.
Frank Coyle - www.draftinsiders.com
Draft Insiders’ Digest –19th Season