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Pro Football Weekly tracks the action from the college season through NFL draft weekend.

Names rolling in fast and furious

Posted Dec. 07, 2007 @ midnight
Phillips declares, Lofton on the fenceMiami (Fla.) junior FS Kenny Phillips has declared as an early entry for the NFL draft. Although Phillips has yet to hear from the advisory committee regarding his draft projection, his inkling that he will be taken in the first round is accurate. A first-team all-ACC selection, Phillips is an athletic pass defender and reliable open field tackler, but has been burdened this season by an injury depleted and ...

Prospect Preview: Not so golden domer (Part 2)

Posted Dec. 11, 2007 @ midnight
Trouble with the LawsNotre Dame senior DT Trevor Laws’ 112 tackles this season is one short of the school’s single season record for defensive linemen. The fact that Laws made so many tackles speaks volumes to his high motor, but his eight tackles for loss is a greater reflection of his inability to penetrate the line of scrimmage. At an undersized 6-1, 296-pounds, Laws compares in effort to former Notre Dame All-America DT ...

A sleeper no longer

Posted Dec. 11, 2007 @ midnight
Quarterback prospect mesmerizes on national stageDelaware senior QB Joe Flacco further justified scouts assessments of him as a top-five quarterback prospect following an impressive performance in victory over Southern Illinois in the football championship series semifinals. Statistics aside – as he finished a modest 21-of-38 for 243 yards and two touchdowns – Flacco showed off a big time NFL arm, phenomenal intermediate accuracy, and quiet feet in the pocket. Flacco transferred from Pittsburgh in 2005 and ...

WAC running back to enter the draft?

Posted Dec. 12, 2007 @ midnight
Johnson considers early entryBoise State junior RB Ian Johnson has sought council from the NFL advisory committee regarding his projected draft status. Although Johnson has compiled an impressive resume – including 2,744 rushing yards (5.7-yard average) over the last two seasons, all highlighted by a memorable two-point conversion in victory over Oklahoma in last season’s Fiesta Bowl – he projects as a marginal NFL prospect. At an undersized 5’11”, 194-pounds, Johnson rounds ...

Prospect Preview: Golden domer still atop draft boards

Posted Dec. 13, 2007 @ midnight
Carlson’s value not diminished by frustrating seasonAside from senior TE John Carlson, the Notre Dame offensive cupboard was left bare. Void of QB Brady Quinn, WRs Jeff Samardzija and Rheema McKnight, and RB Darius Walker, Carlson returned this season as the only offensive option, and his production and consistency consequently waned. However, don’t make the mistake of grading Carlson just on his production as a senior. At a verified 6-4 7/8 ...

Its raining early entries

Posted Dec. 13, 2007 @ midnight
Mass exodus in Columbus?Thirteen Ohio State football players have applied to the NFL advisory committee, according to head coach Jim Tressel. Amongst those considering an early entry to the draft, only MLB James Laurinaitis and DE Vernon Gholston project as first-round picks. An instinctive, ball-hawking linebacker equally adept at blitzing and defending the run, Laurinaitis compiled over 100 tackles for a second consecutive season. Gholston terrorized the Michigan front line, including consensus top five ...

WR declares, five others considering early entry

Posted Dec. 14, 2007 @ midnight
Who’s leavingLouisville junior WR Mario Urrutia has officially declared for the NFL draft, against the assessment of head coach Steve Kragthorpe. Aside from mental mistakes and costly penalties (and a July 2004 arrest the NFL will be interested to hear about), Urrutia was plagued by a turf toe injury this season, and his production consequently suffered. A long-strider, he ran gingerly and telegraphed his routes. Urrutia also struggled catching the ball consistently. But ...

Youre kidding, right?

Posted Dec. 17, 2007 @ midnight
ACC cornerback tandem continues to amuseIt was hard enough for me to accept the fact that CB Victor Harris had been voted all-ACC first team. Now the thought of hearing his name come draft day sends shivers up my spine. The Virginia Tech junior corner, along with defensive backfield mate, junior Brandon Flowers, has applied to the NFL advisory committee regarding his projected draft status. Boy, do I pity the team that wastes a ...

Talent vs. Character

Posted Dec. 18, 2007 @ midnight
Has troubled Purify been humbled by tragedy?Nebraska senior WR Maurice Purify finished his college career in style, recording three consecutive 100-yard games. This ending far contrasted the start to his senior season, as Purify was suspended by the team following two arrests for assault and driving under the influence, respectively.  However, the setback Purify incurred on the field paled in comparison to the tragedy he faced off of it. Purify’s older brother was ...

SEC TE likely to declare, All-American RB to return

Posted Dec. 19, 2007 @ midnight
Who’s leavingMiddle Tennessee State Junior OLT Franklin Dunbar is entering the NFL draft, citing his family’s financial concerns as motivation. Dunbar has started at left tackle for all 25 games over the last two seasons, earning All-Sun Belt second-time honors as a sophomore, and first-team accolades this season. He is not likely to be drafted. Florida Junior TE Cornelius Ingram will likely enter the NFL draft. He has stated intentions to leave ...

Bevy of others await projection

Posted Dec. 20, 2007 @ midnight
Who filedArkansasRimington Award winner (most outstanding center) junior Jonathan Luigs has sought council from the NFL advisory committee regarding his draft projection. Luigs is lumped in a group that includes senior Steve Justice (Wake Forest) and junior Alex Mack (California), who has yet to announce his intentions. Centers are not a high priority in the draft. USC’s Ryan Kalil was considered the top center in the ’06 draft, but was selected late ...

Not that Beckham

Posted Dec. 21, 2007 @ midnight
Who’s stayingWisconsin junior TE Travis Beckum will forgo the NFL draft and return for his senior season. A likely first round pick had he entered, and certainly the top pass catching tight end in the country, Beckum appears recovered from a right shoulder injury suffered against Minnesota in the regular season finale. According to college football insiders, the 6-4, 224-pound Mackey Award finalist will spend this off-season trying to gain weight, and improve ...

Don't forget about me

Posted Dec. 24, 2007 @ midnight
Battle in the PittsAfter an impressive senior campaign, Pittsburgh senior OLT Jeff Otah has improved his draft stock and emerged as a consensus top offensive lineman, perhaps behind only Michigan senior OLT Jake Long. A native of Nigeria, Otah first began playing football as a high school senior, and has obviously made tremendous strides, earning all Big East first-team honors this season. Otah is every bit the 6-6 1/4, 339-pounds at which he ...

Scouts want to know - can he be trusted?

Posted Dec. 26, 2007 @ midnight
The Reclamation Project Indiana junior WR James Hardy has little left to prove on the gridiron. An all-Big Ten first-team performer, he compiled 74 receptions for 1,075 yards (14.5-yard average) and 16 touchdowns this season, ranking second in the nation in touchdown receptions. At a staggering 6-7, 220-pounds, the former Hoosiers basketball player is an elite physical talent and poses obvious match up problems. Aside from his tremendous size, Hardy is incredibly agile ...

Cadillac incident" may cost McFadden first overall pick

Posted Dec. 28, 2007 @ midnight
Parcells-McFadden conflict of interest Dolphins vice president of football operations, Bill Parcells, explicitly stated in his introductory press conference yesterday – “I don’t want thugs and hoodlums on the team. I really don’t. I don’t want bad-character guys. I don’t want problem children.” How Parcells perceives Arkansas junior RB Darren McFadden’s latest potential eligibility violation obviously remains to be seen, but this incident does not bode well for the consensus top ...

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