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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.

Wideout Dez Bryant Enters NFL Draft 2010

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.

NFL Draft 2010 Prospects - Week 9 Performances

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NFL Draft 2010 Prospects - Week 9
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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
www.profootballdraftnetwork.com

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

Dez Bryant Suspended By NCAA Until 2010 Season

Dez Bryant Suspended By NCAA Until 2010 Season

Photo - Dez Bryant - Oklahoma St

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has informed Oklahoma State University tonight that junior wide receiver Dez Bryant will remain suspended for one calendar year. He will be eligible to return to game action in September of 2010.
OSU is appealing the decision to the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee and could learn that committee’s decision as early as next week. OSU officials will have no further comment on the matter until the appeal process is complete
Bryant is one of the top prospects at the receiver position for the NFL 2010 Draft. The junior wideout was ruled ineligible for violating an NCAA bylaw. The powerful 6’2” 215 lb. receiver was ruled ineligible earlier this month 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 earlier this fall. Bryant is a blue chip prospect for the NFL 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 declares for the pro game this January.
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 has already begun the process of applying to the NCAA on his behalf for reinstatement. This incident does 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.

I will have exclusive updates on this matter that will be part of the October Newsletter out later this week.

NFL Draft 2010 Prospects - Week 6

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Pro Prospects - Week 6

Photo – LB Brandon Spikes – Florida

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Draft Insiders’ Digest –19th Season

LB Brandon Spikes – Senior - Florida
Aggressive senior defender had a dominant performance vs LSU that was instrumental in the Gators victory. Against LSU, he registered a game-high 11 tackles including 3 sacks while limiting the Tigers to just 162 yards and 1 field goal. He is a very physical defender with a quick first step and the power to gain a fast advantage to defeat blocking angles. He showed the physical talent to make plays both inside and outside consistently with the burst speed and quickness to make big plays. He has the ability to rush the passer and also drop in coverage at 250 lbs. He has the rare size/ speed combination that allows him to be an every down defender and capable of playing in either pro scheme and virtually any position in those sets.

QB Jevan Snead – Junior - Mississippi
Talented junior passer played poorly in Ole Miss’s loss to Alabama Saturday. Jevan played tight throughout the contest and threw the ball very erratic consistently. This game was a key chance for him to showcase his skills against the highly regarded tough Tide defense. The Ole Miss starter has let strong pass rushes from the Tide and South Carolina over recent weeks effect him throwing the ball. He was inaccurate once again vs Bama and what was most disturbing was that he was off target in his short throws throughout the game. Currently, he is not ready to consider entering the NFL Draft and in need of further reps at this critical position.

RB Jonathan Dwyer – Junior - Georgia Tech
Big physical junior running back had another strong performance in the Tech win over Florida St. He is a powerfully built back who has performed well in the ACC, displaying very strong inside running with the burst of speed to break big plays. Against FSU, he carried only 14 times but produced 102 yards and 2 TDs. 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 move through holes fast and break into the second level. He has outstanding size with very good speed and quickness that will keep him from the top tier of backs. He is an honest runner with natural skills that will draw much attention over what is probably his final season.

WR Jordan Shipley – Senior - Texas
Quick senior wideout had a career game vs Colorado while showing big play ability as both a receiver ad return specialist. On offense, he finished the game with 11 catches for 147 yards and a TD. In addition, his 273 all-purpose yards in the game are a career high. He also registered a 74-yard punt return TD. He has caught at least 10 passes in each of the last three games. He shows excellent hands and route running with the quickness to get into his routes and the speed to break big plays. He is also a dangerous return specialist that will enhance his value in the April draft. He is highly developed with natural receiving skills and fine route running ability that makes him one of the more developed playmakers in this class.

LB Rico McCoy – Senior - Tennessee
Mobile senior defender has been a mainstay in the Vols defense since early in his career, seeing time on both the outside backer and special teams roles. He had an impact performance vs Georgia when he made a 9 tackles, 1 PBU and 1 QB hurry. He is a very mobile, instinctive linebacker who flows to the ball and gets through traffic well with the speed and sure tackling ability to finish with strong stops. His size and mobility will limit him to playing outside in the base 4-3 set. He has the makeup of a top special teams performer.

Denis Krusos - Editor
Pro Football Draft Network
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DE Brandon Graham, Senior, Michigan
The powerful Michigan defensive end was a disruptive force against a talented and well-coached Iowa offensive line. Graham tallied 9 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks in the Wolverines’ 30-28 loss at Iowa. He plays with terrific leverage and uses his hands violently to disengage from blockers. Michigan’s top defensive player is stout against the run and helped limit Iowa to only 83 yards rushing on 34 attempts (2.4 per). Graham is a shade under six foot one and will be heavily scrutinized at the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine to gauge how well he may convert to outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. Graham played against Iowa with his usual determination. He has the lower body strength and quickness to play defensive end in the NFL despite his lack of ideal height.

RB Ben Tate, Senior, Auburn
The Tigers’ leading rusher continued his strong play this season with a career-day against Arkansas. Tate rushed for 184 yards on 22 carries (8.4 per) in Auburn’s 44-23 defeat to Arkansas. His two touchdowns (including a 60-yard run) in the 3rd quarter fueled an Auburn comeback that ultimately fell short. Tate has a sturdy-build and does not go down easily. He runs with heart and can also return kick-offs and is working on being a better outlet in the passing game.

DT Dan Williams, Senior, Tennessee
The Vols won an important game (45-17) against Georgia. The win bolsters the new coaching staff and the defense played a significant role. Williams led the defensive line with 5 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and 2 quarterback pressures. Georgia was limited to only 241 yards of total offense. The Bulldogs’ offense scored a mere 3 points and never entered the redzone. Williams has excellent size and moves pretty well for a 320-pound defensive tackle. He did a fine job of clogging the interior on running plays and getting a push up the middle on passes.

LB Perry Riley, Senior, LSU
Riley has helped his 2010 NFL Draft stock with a productive season to date. LSU lost a defensive battle with Florida by a score of 13-3, but Riley’s skills were on full display. He was extremely active with 12 tackles, 1/2 tackle for a loss, 2 passes broken up and 1 quarterback pressure. He displayed excellent range when he helped force Florida’s, Brandon James, out of bounds short of a 1st down on a 4th down play. Riley took good angles to the ball and clearly had the speed and quickness to match-up against a team known for its speed. He also comes in under control when tackling and can deliver some jarring hits.

WR Brandon LaFell, Senior, LSU
LSU’s offense struggled all game against Florida’s top-ranked defense. LaFell caught only 4 passes for 44 yards (11.0 per). His biggest play was a 26-yard catch and run over the middle against the Gators’ 3rd corner. LaFell dropped a pass late in the game and overall did not deliver the big play. LSU had trouble protecting their quarterback, which contributed to the anemic passing attack. The Tigers needed their star receiver to make a man miss or break a tackle. He was unable to make such a play on this day.

NFL Draft 2010 Prospects - Week 5

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Pro Prospects - Week 5

Photo –RB Noel Devine - West Virginia

Frank Coyle - www.draftinsiders.com
Draft Insiders’ Digest –19th Season

RB Noel Devine - West Virginia
Short explosive junior running back had a strong performance in the WV win over Colorado when he ran for a career-high 220 yards with a TD on 22 carries. He scored the game’s opening TD on a 77-yard run – the second longest rushing TD of his career. In the first half, he rushed for 142 yards on only eight carries. This season, he has scored 6 TDs in just 4 games that probably commands special attention from defenses going forward. He is a compact back who has performed well in a number of roles in the WV attack, filling a Wildcat spot in their offense. He is very explosive through the hole with the lateral quickness and surprising strength that allows him to move through holes fast with the power to break tackles. His lack of size is a major concern, but his speed, quickness and natural running skills make him one of the top playmakers in college football.

RB John Clay – Wisconsin
Big physical third year sophomore running back had a strong performance in the UW win over Minnesota. He is a huge powerfully built back who has performed well since the ’08 season, He is very strong inside runner where he uses his imposing big frame as a battering ram. He has the lateral quickness and strength allows him to move through holes fast with the power to break tackles. He has outstanding size with good speed and quickness that will keep him from the top tier of backs. He is an honest runner with natural skills that will draw much attention over his final season. His early ’09 season fumbling problems were a concern but his recent performance has dispelled those concerns. After a relatively slow start, he is now leading the Big Ten in rushing with 112 carries for 582 yards.

WR Golden Tate – Notre Dame
Quick junior receiver had a career game vs Washington with 9 receptions for 244 receiving yards and an important touchdowns. He was instrumental in the Irish overtime win and displayed fast improving skills at this position. Tate combines natural receiving skills with fine size for the position to become a well rounded pro starter. He has the speed to stretch the field and run after the catch ability to pressure a defense. He had a few touches earlier in the season, but his recent performance looked like a major breakout effort in a pro style passing attack.

DE Greg Romeus - Pittsburgh
Huge athletic edge rusher has displayed excellent ability over his Pitt career. He had a strong effort in the Louisville win with 5 tackles and 3.5 sacks. He makes big plays off the edge, relying on his long reach and quick first step and technique to separate from blockers. He has the power to overwhelm blockers with the upfield speed to pressure the QB with the wingspan to deflect passes. His ability to apply pressure off the edge has drawn rave notice from scouts and he will be watched closely over his junior season.

LB Rolando McClain - Alabama
Aggressive junior defender had a dominant performance vs Kentucky that was instrumental in the Tide victory. Against Kentucky, he registered a game-high 12 tackles (eight unassisted) picked off a pass, forced a fumble and recorded a pass deflection in Alabama's 38-20 victory. His forced fumble led to a 45-yard touchdown return that gave the Crimson Tide a 21-6 halftime lead. Then, his 21-yard interception return on the 1st possession of the third quarter set up another TD. He is a very physical defender with a quick first step and the power to gain a fast advantage to defeat blocking angles. He showed the physical talent to make plays inside consistently and the speed and quickness to make plays at the sidelines. His ability to run very well and drop in coverage at 250 lbs. allows him to be an every down special defender and capable of playing in either pro scheme.

Denis Krusos - Editor
Pro Football Draft Network
www.profootballdraftnetwork.com

TE Garrett Graham, Senior, Wisconsin
Graham led the Badgers in receiving with 7 catches for 68 yards (9.7 per) in Wisconsin’s 31-28 victory over Minnesota. He helped keep drives alive with his reliable hands and fine route-running. The underrated aspect of Graham’s game is his blocking. He is undersized (6’ 3 ½” and 247 lbs) for an NFL tight end, but that does not stop him from being tenacious as a blocker. Graham did a solid job in the blocking department against Minnesota and contributed to Wisconsin rushing for 295 yards in the game.

OT Chris Marinelli, Senior, Stanford
Stanford defeated UCLA 24-16 for their first win over the Bruins since 2003. Their attack again featured a balanced offense (174 yards rushing and 198 yards passing) that wears down opponents. Marinelli is a tough offensive tackle who had a strong game run and pass blocking. The Cardinal offensive line has been a big part of their success (4-1) this year. Marinelli can play more than one position on the line and that will help his chances at the next level.

S Nate Allen, Senior, South Florida
USF forced 7 turnovers against Syracuse in a 34-20 win. The opportunistic defense was spearheaded by their ballhawking safety, Nate Allen. He led the Bulls with 8 tackles and a pair of interceptions. Allen breaks on the ball extremely well and it is dangerous throwing the ball down the middle against him. His stock is rising because a safety that can make a play on the ball is valuable in the NFL.

RB C.J. Spiller, Senior, Clemson
Spiller continues to show this year that he is a big play waiting to happen. Maryland defeated Clemson 24-21, but Spiller had a 92-yard kick-off return for a touchdown and rushed for 72 yards on 18 carries (4.0 per). His kick-off return for a touchdown was dazzling. He has the balance, speed, quickness and moves to take any hand-off, kick or reception for a score. Spiller may not be an every down back in the NFL, but he will be a versatile weapon and a match-up problem for defenses.

CB Chris Hawkins, Senior, LSU
Hawkins had some problems covering Georgia’s talented sophomore receiver, A.J. Green in LSU’s 20-13 win. The Bulldogs’ top wideout was too big, strong and athletic for Hawkins at times. Green’s 16-yard touchdown catch over Hawkins revealed his superior size, jumping ability and the strength in his hands to snatch the ball away from the LSU defender. Hawkins will face receivers in the NFL with a similar skill-set to Green’s. The LSU corner looks more like he will be better in zone coverage in the pros. Hawkins will have to work on getting stronger and being more physical.

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