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

Chris Farley in shoulder pads

Posted Dec. 31, 2007 @ midnight
I’m reminded of a classic Saturday Night Live skit, in which Patrick Swayze and Chris Farley vie to become a Chippendales’ exotic dancer. Farley’s “dancing was great” and his “presentation was very sexy,” but the judges could not award him the job, because Farley was " well, fat and flabby." Therein lies the parallel to Auburn junior DT Pat Sims, who recently filed with the NFL advisory committee to assess his draft grade ...

Clady, Charles shake up Day One

Posted Jan. 02, 2008 @ midnight
First-round lock makes it officialBoise State junior OLT Ryan Clady has declared for the NFL draft. Generally perceived as the second best available offensive tackle, behind Michigan senior Jake Long, Clady earned All-America honors this season from several national media outlets. The naturally athletic 6-6, 317-pound converted defensive lineman has started 39 consecutive games, twenty-six of which have come at left tackle over the last two seasons. Clady is currently projected as a mid-first ...

Henderson, Harvey, Campbell provide top end depth

Posted Jan. 04, 2008 @ midnight
ACC star linebacker enters the draftMaryland junior WLB Erin Henderson has officially declared as an early entry for the NFL draft. The younger brother to Minnesota Vikings MLB, E.J., Erin earned consensus all-ACC first-team honors this season, leading the conference with 133 tackles. Two years removed from a torn left anterior cruciate ligament that prematurely ended his 2005 season, Henderson appears finally healthy and should continue adding bulk to a still skeletal frame ...

Mendenhall, Smith start the RB avalanche

Posted Jan. 07, 2008 @ midnight
Who’s In – A position-by-position breakdown of the latest early entries QuarterbackBobby Reid (Oklahoma State) – A 20-game starter over parts of the last three seasons, Reid was supplanted by sophomore Zac Robinson two games into this season. Despite unwavering support from head coach Mike Gundy, Reid recently announced that he would leave Oklahoma State, but rather than transfer to another school, has decided to enter the NFL draft.At 6-3, 235-pounds, Reid possesses above-average ...

Ikegwuonu, Talib cloud the CB class

Posted Jan. 08, 2008 @ midnight
Ikegwuonu provides top-end cornerback depthWhereas Wisconsin’s top offensive player, junior TE Travis Beckham, has decided to return to school, top defender, junior CB Jack Ikegwuonu will instead enter the NFL draft. Ikegwuonu ranks as one of the top cornerbacks in this year’s class, along with seniors Mike Jenkins (South Florida) and Leodis McKelvin (Troy). Ikegwuonu is strong at the line of scrimmage, can flip his hips and shadow defenders downfield, and has ...

Tight end class suddenly loaded with talent

Posted Jan. 11, 2008 @ midnight
Bennett, Finley, Ingram, Pettigrew fill out impressive top eightA tight end class void of depth has suddenly become a lot stronger. Prior to any juniors declaring for the draft, the top tier of the position consisted of four highly regarded seniors – well-rounded John Carlson (Notre Dame), Mackey Award winner Fred Davis (USC), ferocious H-back Dustin Keller (Purdue) and reliable receiver Martin Rucker (Missouri). A quartet of equally intriguing juniors has suddenly stacked the position ...

Late first, early second day depth emerging at cornerback

Posted Jan. 14, 2008 @ midnight
ACC cornerback tandem declares for the draftVirginia Tech junior CB Brandon Flowers has declared for the draft, after apparently receiving a second-round grade from the advisory committee. The 5-10, 190-pound cornerback also received an endorsement from defensive coordinator Bud Foster, which likely helped sway his decision. An all ACC second-team performer, Flowers has above-average ball skills, as evidenced in part by his eight interceptions and 26 pass breakups over the last two seasons. Perhaps ...

WR tandem capitalizes on masterful bowl performance

Posted Jan. 15, 2008 @ midnight
Manningham, Arrington latest of Big Ten’s early entriesFollowing in the footsteps of Indiana’s James Hardy and Michigan State’s Devin Thomas, Michigan junior WRs Mario Manningham and Adrian Arrington have also elected to forgo their senior seasons and enter the draft. Two square pegs in a round hole, namely head coach Rich Rodriguez’s run-oriented option offense, the decision comes as no surprise. A devastating combination of downfield speed, precise route running ...

Ranking the QBs: Matt Ryan, and

Posted Jan. 18, 2008 @ midnight
Who is number two? Number OneI think we all agree Boston College’s Matt Ryan is top quarterback prospect in this year’s class. At 6-4, 221-pounds, Ryan possesses ideal size, can make every throw – from the deep out to the touch pass underneath, and his accuracy throwing on the run improved tremendously from last season. His decision-making cannot be emphasized enough. Ryan reads through his progressions, finds the open receiver, and spreads the ...

Top cornerback prospect suffers devastating injury

Posted Jan. 25, 2008 @ midnight
Ikegwuonu may miss 2008 season Wisconsin junior CB Jack Ikegwuonu tore his anterior cruciate ligament earlier this week training for February’s scouting combine. An MRI confirmed the ACL tear and discounted suspicion that Ikegwuonu had also torn the medial collateral ligament and incurred damage around the kneecap.A two-time all Big Ten first-team selection and one of the best cover corners in the country, Ikegwuonu declared as an early entry for the draft and ...

Senior Bowl preview

Posted Jan. 25, 2008 @ midnight
Keep this in mind… North Team1. LB Xavier Adibi (Virginia Tech) – Great athlete. Great in space. Can he learn to take on and shed blockers or his he doomed to get physically overwhelmed and washed out of plays as he did vs. LSU?2. OT Sam Baker (USC) – Plagued by injuries. Now finally healthy, where does he belong? In that first tier amongst Long, Clady and Otah. Or in that second tier as a ...

The next Matt Moore

Posted Feb. 07, 2008 @ midnight
The former Oregon State product and current Carolina Panthers quarterback did well for himself in his rookie campaign. After going undrafted and being waived by the Cowboys out of training camp, the unheralded Moore signed on with the Panthers, and seemingly emerged from no where to win two of his three starts. Not bad for a guy who was passed over by the likes of John Stocco and James Pinkney for an invitation to the ...

Sleeper Watch: Remember this name

Posted Feb. 08, 2008 @ midnight
This year’s safety class features several big names, but questionable substance. North Carolina State junior DaJuan Morgan, Miami (Fla.) junior Kenny Phillips, and California senior Thomas DeCoud are the consensus top three prospects at the position. Morgan is the tackling-machine that as the season progressed, emerged as the flavor of the month amongst talent evaluators. Phillips was a star sophomore, but failed to live up to expectations this season and was arguably hampered by ...

History indicates the Dolphins WILL draft Matt Ryan first overall

Posted Feb. 12, 2008 @ midnight
Contrary to reports suggesting the Dolphins may draft Virginia senior DE Chris Long first overall, a series of striking similarities between the 1993 New England Patriots (that Parcells inherited) and the 2008 Dolphins (that Parcells inherited) indicates the team will instead select Boston College senior QB Matt Ryan first overall.Exhibit 1 – First Overall PickParcells has inherited the first overall pick for the 2008 NFL Draft as he did the first overall pick in ...

The Adam Tafralis Saga

Posted Feb. 14, 2008 @ midnight
(Best read in an angry Stephen A. Smith voice – as opposed to the non-angry Stephen A. Smith voice) I didn’t realize I was so off base with my comments about San Jose State QB Adam Tafralis. For those not familiar with the situation, I last week characterized Tafralis as the “The Next Matt Moore” – an undrafted quarterback with a chance to make a 53-man roster. The response I’ve received has been interesting to ...

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