April 09, 2005
NLScouting.com: Officially in the Draft
BY: John Murphy
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OFFICIALLY IN THE DRAFT:
CALIFORNIA senior wide receiver CHASE LYMAN has officially become part of this year's NFL Draft, as he was denied an extra medical redshirt year of eligibility based on him missing time during his college career due to various amount of injuries suffered in the past... gained a lot of new supporters by running and running very well at both the NFL Combine and his Pro Day just three months after facing knee surgery... he could slide into the end of the 3rd round (based on a team's medical evaluation), but would be a terrific "Day Two" addition thanks to his size, production and upside if he can stay healthy.
IRREGULAR HEARTBEATS AND PRO ATHLETES:
There has been a huge increase in professional athletes suffering or needing attention to address irregular heartbeats... why is this becoming so common place... are there any leading factors... can/will pro teams be able to perform additional research or medical/physical evaluations in future years to find out more about the players they are drafting... and what they are or have put into their bodies is still to be seen... but here is an analysis of some of the over-the-counter items that both college and pro players can purchase that might be contributing to the large number of athletes currently encountering irregular heartbeats.
"One of the biggest side effects of ephedra and caffeine can be irregular heart rates.Â Ephedra works primarily on the nervous system speeding things up which can lead to irregular heart rythms, many of which can be fatal if the dosage is too high.Â Many of the fatalities associated with ephedra are due to this result, however this is most common among those taking extremely high doses and shouldn't be a concern if you follow the recommended dosage.Â Unfortunately many athletes get into the mindset, if this much is good, more must be better.Â This is one case however where that is not true.Â While these products are helpful in improving performance, guidelines must be followed to ensure the athletes are not putting themselves in danger"... this analysis was contributed by SHANNON CLARK, a fourth-year student at the University of Alberta, she is specializing in sports performance and also currently training to become a professional fitness competitor.
GAME FILM UPDATES:
Our staff has recently received additional game film on the following prospects... HOBART, NY senior offensive lineman ALEX BELL... STONY BROOK, NY senior offensive guard DAVID CHARLES...Â *If anyone needs access to a copy of any of these tapes, please feel free to contact our office, so that we can make sure your team office receives them immediately upon request.
MIDWESTERN STATE, TX senior offensive lineman AMARIAH FARROW will have a DVD that will include several game films (East Central, OK and West Texas A&M) by the mid-to-late portion of next week... please contact his agent for more information or to request a copy of that DVD when it is prepared... you can also contact his school (Coach Fowler) to get an immediate copy sent to them.
MOREHEAD STATE senior cornerback CHARLES BYRD has a highlight/game tape that includes Coastal Carolina, Duquesne and Jacksonville.
DRAFT DAY VALUE BOARD:
Our staff will pick 1-2 guys per day who have the chance to come off the board earlier than expected through the seven rounds of the draft based on their position and the strength/weakness of that spot in this year's draft.
SAN DIEGO STATE senior safety JOSHUA DEAN (#42) has received plenty of additional attention since his Pro Day... Atlanta, Buffalo, Carolina, Chicago, Cincinnati, Green Bay, Jacksonville, New England, NY Jets, Philadelphia, San Diego and Tampa Bay have inquired more about him, done private workouts or invited him to visit... one of the reasons for that is that teams who have reviewed the practice tapes from the Las Vegas All-American Classic have seen him playing both safety and corner in those practices... especially the 1-on-1 drills, as he matched up with all of the receivers on his team... showing better footwork, quickness and hips than many had thought for a kid that played mostly strong safety in college... has also been more flexible in workouts... hitting between 38-40" on the vertical... was a two-way standout in high school; football and baseball... created ten turnovers and had 13 pass breakups during his college career... plays the game aggressively... should also be solid on special teams... with the increased attention he has been getting the past few weeks it should come as no surprise if he rises up to being a mid-round selection (5th round) rather than the late round grade that most other outlets have placed on him to date.
CHAPMAN, CA senior quarterback PATRICK JOSTEN, who attended the Pro Day held at the Home Depot Center in California last month (March 24th), had dropped a fair amount of weight between the Las Vegas All-American Classic (207 pounds) and his most recent workouts (188-192 pounds)... in our continued evaluation of him as a prospect we have come across a little known medical issue that was encountered by Josten prior to his Pro Day workout... about a month before his workout he was bitten on the left elbow by a brown recluse spider, one of the most dangerous spider bites a human can suffer, he was given an antibiotic, but within 24/48 hours he had signs of possible blood infection and had to be rushed to the ER... over the next 2-3 weeks there was swelling, fever, dizzyness and the area around the bite swelled to a golf ball size before finally being drained and subsiding... it cost him to lose 15 pounds, miss a few school days and practice sessions, but he felt that it would be seen as a negative for a small-school prospect to complain or mention this to scouts/coaches at his Pro Day... currently, he is back to the 200-pound range... his tapes show a kid that has a stronger arm than advertised... good athlete... has always been a quarterback at each level... and according to the people we have spoken with has always been known for his character, leadership skills and intangibles... all of these should make him a worthwhile free agent that could improve with a tour of duty in NFL Europe... if not he is sure to gain plenty of CFL attention thanks to his mobility and athleticism.
PRO DAY RESULTS (As of April 7th):
UCLA (April 7th) senior wide recevier/return man CRAIG BRAGG ran between 4.46 and 4.50 in the 40... 10'2" broad jump... coming back after suffering a pulled hamstring at the Combine... weighs 6007, 184 pounds... ran in the mid-to-late 4.4's last spring, as well... HAWAII (April 7th) senior cornerback ABRAHAM ELIMIMIAN ran between 4.54 and 4.56 in the 40... a significant improvement from his times at the Combine... weighs 5094, 188 pounds... all times were recorded on an outdoor Tartan track surface at Westlake Harvard High School... scouts from three teams, Jacksonville, NY Giants and San Francisco, were on hand for the event.
DELAWARE (April 7th) senior linebacker MONDOE DAVIS ran between 4.72 and 4.78 in the 40... 4.18 short shuttle... 7.24 three-cone... 38.5" vertical... 10'0" broad jump... also did 32 reps of 225 pounds... weighed in at 6005, 230 pounds... he also did positional drills under the guidance of NY Giants linebacker coach has been receiving a heavy interest from teams that are looking to either setup private visits or get more background info on him... has only played linebacker for two full seasons, so he has a good amount of upside, and should be able to contribute early on special teams... his consistently solid workout numbers have given him the chance to now be drafted rather than signed as a PFA... senior defensive lineman CHRIS MOONEY ran between 4.83 and 4.86 in the 40... 4.40 short shuttle... 7.29 three-cone... 32.5" vertical... 9'3" broad jump... also did 24 reps of 225 pounds... weighed in at 6043, 280 pounds... senior cornerback/return man SIDNEY HAUGABROOK ran between 4.37 and 4.43 in the 40... 4.34 short shuttle... 7.25 three-cone... 34" vertical... 9'10" broad jump... also did 14 reps of 225 pounds... weighed in at 5094, 186 pounds... strained his hamstring a bit during his workout... has done the shuttle/agility drills faster in previous workouts... a total of four teams, Chicago, Indianapolis, NY Giants and Philadelphia, were in attendance.
EAST CENTRAL, OK (April 6th) senior defensive end JUSTIN BROWN ran between 4.74 and 4.78 in the 40... 4.33 short shuttle... 7.20 three-cone... 33.5" vertical... 9'8" broad jump and also did 18 reps of 225 pounds... weighed in at 6014, 266 pounds... all times were recorded during a private workout with Indianapolis on an outdoor grass field, which was a little muddy, as there was a thunderstorm in the morning, which delayed a portion of the workout... showed good quickness and agility in all of his positional drills... he will be available for workouts on-campus between now and the draft... please contact his agent for more information.
TOWSON, MD (April 6th) senior defensive back P.D. MOORE (#24) ran 4.50 in the 40... 4.12 short shuttle... 7.10 three-cone... 10'3" broad jump... all times were recorded on a Field Turf surface (Maryland) as part of a private workout held with Chicago earlier this week... also ran 4.50 in the 40... 40" vertical and 17 reps of 225 pounds during a private workout with Baltimore (March 15th)... all times came on a mat that was rolled out on top of a gym floor... he is available for workouts on-campus/in the area between now and the draft... please contact his agent for more information.
UTEP (April 6th) senior linebacker GODWIN AKINDURO ran between 4.47 and 4.49 in the 40... 4.20 short shuttle... 7.00 three-cone... all times were recorded during a private workout on-campus for Indianapolis... previously did 37.5" vertical... 10'4" broad jump and 16 reps of 225 pounds during his Pro Day on March 17th... weighed in at 6020, 218 pounds.
GEORGIA SOUTHERN (April 5th) senior safety JAMES YOUNG (#1) had 38" vertical... 10'2" broad jump... 13 reps of 225 pounds... 33 1/4" arms... weighed in at 6014, 215 pounds... all results came on Tuesday, as part of a private workout held on-campus... at his Pro Day, he ran 4.47 in the 40... 4.17 short shuttle... those results came on a GO2 surface inside the team's on-campus stadium... very bright kid... hasÂ his degree already (accounting)... has drawn a lot of additional attention since his Pro Day; three private workouts in the past week... as good an all-around athlete as David Young, a former Georgia Southern safety who was selected by the Jacksoville Jaguars in the fifth round of the 2002 draft.
MAINE (March 25th) senior running back MARCUS WILLIAMS ran 4.48 in the 40... 4.22 short shuttle... 36.5" vertical... 10'0" broad jump... 17 reps of 225 pounds... weighed in at 5097, 226 pounds... senior wide receiver CHRISTIAN PEREIRA ran 4.44 in the 40... 34.5" vertical... 10'4" broad jump... hurt his hamstring on his first run, so he was not able to complete his workout... weighed in at 6027, 219 pounds... all times were recorded on an outdoor turf surface (might be considered to be a fast track)... agility and shuttle times were not immediately made available... a total of three teams, Indianapolis, New England and Philadelphia, were in attendance.
STONY BROOK, NY (March 22nd) senior offensive guard DAVID CHARLES (#72) ran between 5.05 and 5.12 in the 40... 4.52 short shuttle... 7.58 three-cone... 24.5" vertical... 8'2" broad jump... also did 26 reps of 225 pounds... weighed in at 6013, 293 pounds... 33 1/2" arms... 8 1/2" hands... all results came as part of the Pro Day held at Hofstra on March 22nd... plays right guard on game film.
FURMAN senior wide receiver/return man BRIAN BRATTON (#1) ran 4.51 in the 40... 4.06 short shuttle... 6.88 three-cone... 11.51 60-yard... 40" vertical... 9'8.5" broad jump... weighed 5087, 187 pounds... all times came on a grass surface (GO2) inside the school's stadium... has drawn additional interest since his Pro Day... top games came against Clemson and Pittsburgh... averaged over 21 yards per kickoff return the past few years... was also used on a number of reverses, while also adding 100 catches over his final two college seasons.
TEXAS A&M-KINGSVILLE senior cornerback MICHAEL BRAGG, who ran between 4.39 and 4.43 in the 40 at the Home Depot Center workout on March 24th, will be available for workouts between now and the draft out in California in the Los Angeles area... please contact his agent for more information.
JAMES MADISON senior defensive back RODNEY MCCARTER is available for workouts on-campus between now and the draft... 5090, 190 pounds... had 333 tackles, 20 pass breakups and seven blocked kicks during his college career.
PRIVATE VISIT & WORKOUT UPDATES:
MIAMI DOLPHINS have had UAB senior wide receiver RODDY WHITE... NORTHERN COLORADO senior wide receiver VINCENT JACKSON... VIRGINIA junior linebacker DARRYL BLACKSTOCK... N.C. STATE senior offensive tackle CHRIS COLMER... OKLAHOMA junior safety BRODNEY POOL... have all had private visits with the team in recent days... first reported by Jason Cole of the Miami Herald... UTAH junior quarterback ALEX SMITH is scheduled to visit next week... while there has been no formal word when/if TEXAS senior running back CEDRIC BENSON will be brought in for a private visit... as head coach Nick Saban was not able to attend his Pro Day, since he was out in Hawaii at the Owner's meeting... also, MARYLAND junior defensive end/linebacker SHAWNE MERRIMAN is also scheduled to visit the team... the note on Merriman was first reported by Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.
DALLAS COWBOYS had the following players in as part of their pre-draft workouts on Friday... LOUISIANA TECH junior running back RYAN MOATS... LOUISIANA TECH senior defensive tackle CHRIS VAN HOY... MORGAN STATE senior wide receiver TOMMY MANUS... MISSOURI senior wide receiver THOMSON OMBOGA... MISSOURI senior cornerback SHIRDONYA MITCHELL... TCU senior linebacker MARTIN PATTERSON... TCU senior offensive tackle ANTHONY ALABI... TCU senior wide receiver REGGIE HARRELL... TCU senior tight end CODY MCCARTY... TCU senior quarterback BRANDON HASSELL... the names were confirmed and initially reported by TODD ARCHER of the Dallas Morning News. TEXAS A&M senior wide receiver TERRENCE MURPHY has had a private visit with Dallas.
ALABAMA senior offensive guard EVAN MATHIS and senior offensive lineman DANNY MARTZ saw at least two offensive line coaches, Philadelphia and St. Louis, attend their most recent Pro Day earlier this week.
ALBANY, NY senior offensive lineman GEIR GUDMUNDSEN had a private workout with the NY Giants on Friday... he has drawn additional interest from Cincinnati in recent days... while Buffalo has taken a close look at him and his game film over the past month.
AUBURN senior quarterback JASON CAMPBELL has had a private visit with Tennessee... has also drawn additional attention from Cleveland, Denver and San Francisco.
CALIFORNIA senior running back J.J. ARRINGTON had a private visit with Tampa Bay earlier this week (Thursday).
CENTRAL FLORIDA senior safety ATARI BIGBY has decided to change agents for what would amount to be the 3rd or 4th time depending how you would like to keep count... since originally signing with an agent... he ended that relationship, started a new one, ended that one within 24/48 hours... went back to the initial agent... and has now fired him for a second time... and will be signing with someone new before the draft... either way any/all teams interested in him may have to double-check all of his "Draft Day" contact information to be sure it is still the same as what he wrote down at the Combine.
CHAPMAN, CA senior quarterback PATRICK JOSTEN had a private workout on-campus with St. Louis in late March, which was done under the watchful eye of Lawrence McCutcheon... has also seen additional attention from Denver in recent weeks.
CINCINNATI senior wide receiver GEORGE MURRAY had a private visit with Cincinnati on Thursday.
CINCINNATI senior cornerback DAVEN HOLLY has had a private visit with Tennessee.
DELAWARE senior defensive lineman CHRIS MOONEY had a private workout with the NY Giants on Friday... has also drawn a lot of interest from New England and Philadelphia.
Former FLORIDA STATE quarterback ADRIAN MCPHERSON has drawn additional interest from St. Louis and Tampa Bay since his private workout held in late March.
FLORIDA STATE senior offensive tackle ALEX BARRON has had a private visit with Tennessee.
FORDHAM senior cornerback/return man TAD KORNEGAY had a private workout with the NY Giants on Friday... besides doing his normal positional drills... he also did some at wide receiver... Cincinnati has also shown some additional interest in recent days.
HOBART, NY senior offensive lineman ALEX BELL will have a private workout on-campus with Green Bay later today (April 9th).
LOUISIANA TECH junior running back RYAN MOATS had a private visit with Tampa Bay earlier this week (Thursday).
LOUISVILLE senior quarterback STEFAN LEFORS had a private workout with New England on Thursday.
MARYLAND senior wide receiver/safety CURTIS WILLIAMS had a private workout with the NY Giants on Friday.
MASSACHUSETTS senior fullback RICH DEMERS ran 4.62 in the 40... came on an outdoor turf surface that has absorbed rain most of the week... did 36 reps of 225 pounds... (did 34 reps of 225 pounds during a private workout with New England on Tuesday)... looked sharp in his positional drills and caught every ball thrown to him, as well... all results came as part of a private workout held on-campus with Indianapolis on Friday.
MIAMI senior cornerback ANTREL ROLLE had a private visit earlier this week with Houston (Thursday).
MICHIGAN senior wide receiver BRAYLON EDWARDS had a private visit with Detroit on Friday... earlier this week he met with Chicago (Wednesday)... has also visited Cleveland and Tennessee.
MIDWESTERN STATE, TX senior offensive lineman AMARIAH FARROW, who had a Pro Day workout on April 1st, his OFFICIAL arm length is 33 3/8"... his initial length was reported to us at over 37"... but after several followups we feel that 33 3/8" is a better representation of his actual arm length.
NORTHERN COLORADO senior wide receiver VINCENT JACKSON has had private visits with Cleveland, Miami, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and will also visit St. Louis next Thursday (April 14th)... three of his visits came in the past week... as he visit the Eagles on Tuesday, Dolphins on Wednesday and Buccaneers on Thursday.
OHIO U. senior defensive back CHIP COX has a private visit with Indianpolis on Thursday.
OKLAHOMA senior wide receiver MARK CLAYTON had a private visit with Detroit earlier this week (Wednesday).
OKLAHOMA senior wide receiver BRANDON JONES has had a private visit with Tennessee.
OKLAHOMA STATE senior cornerback/return man DARRENT WILLIAMS had a private visit with St. Louis earlier this week (Thursday)... first reported by Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
PURDUE senior quarterback KYLE ORTON has had a private visit with Tennessee... has also received additional interest from Chicago.
SAGINAW VALLEY STATE senior offensive tackle TODD HERREMANS has drawn additional interest from Green Bay, who may look to have him in for a private visit.
SAN DIEGO STATE senior offensive tackle MIKE KRACALIK has received additional attention from Carolina and San Diego... both teams have done private workouts with him in recent weeks.
SOUTH CAROLINA junior wide receiver TROY WILLIAMSON had a private visit with Detroit earlier this week (Wednesday).
SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE senior quarterback MIKE ABATE has received additional attention from Buffalo, Cincinnati, Green Bay and Miami... also, as we noted in a recent report... he has weighed in at between 6016 and 6021... 230-233 pounds... there have been several teams that were incorrectly informed that he was 6000 or under... please contact his agent for additional information.
SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE senior linebacker SARTH BENOIT had a private workout with the NY Giants on Friday.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS senior running back BRANDON JACOBS had a private visit with Tennessee earlier this week (Thursday)... previously had visited Minnesota and Philadelphia.
TENNESSEE STATE senior running back CHARLES ANTHONY had a private workout with Tennessee earlier this week.
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN senior linebacker JEREMY DAVIS had a private workout with Dallas on Friday.
TOWSON senior defensive back P.D. MOORE (#24) has had private workouts with Baltimore and Chicago in recent weeks... had 274 tackles, eight interceptions and returned three of them for touchdowns during his career... "One of the hardest working players I've been around. Prepares like a pro. He's like a coach on the field. This kid can play in the league and he's only 20 years old", according to 2004 Position Coach, Canute Curtis, Cincinnati Bengals OLB 1997-2003... he just turned 21 last month.
Former USC wide receiver MIKE WILLIAMS had a private visit with Detroit on Friday.
USC senior defensive tackle MIKE PATTERSON has private visits scheduled with Carolina and Detroit.
WEST TEXAS A&M senior wide receiver/return man ANTONIO ARMSTRONG had a private workout with Dallas on Friday.
WEST VIRGINIA junior cornerback/return man ADAM "PACMAN" JONES had a private visit with St. Louis earlier this week (Thursday)... first reported by Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
WISCONSIN-LACROSSE senior running back/fullback MATTHEW PAGEL has received additional attention from both Green Bay and Seattle... he may be part of the pre-draft visits with Green Bay, as he is a local area prospect and would not count against their "Top-20" visits.
VANDERBILT junior cornerback DOMINIQUE MORRISÂ had a private workout with Tennessee earlier this week (Wednesday).
VANDERBILT senior offensive lineman JUSTIN GEISINGER had a private workout with Tennessee earlier this week (Wednesday).
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