Archive for December, 2010

Player Spotlight: CB Brandon Harris, Miami

The latest coming from Miami’s stellar cover man is that he will be back in South Beach in 2011, but the junior has also conceded that if he believes he will be a first round pick it will be tough to turn down the NFL riches. How he fares against Notre Dame, particularly when matched up with stud receiver Michael Floyd—another junior with a decision to make—could play a large role in where Harris is playing in 2011. Despite his numbers dipping across the board from his sensational sophomore season, Harris was still good enough to earn second team All-ACC honors for his play in 2010. This Hurricane is a well-rounded defensive back who can mirror receivers in coverage and contribute in run support.

2011 Underclassmen Tracker & Draft Analysis

The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the 2011 NFL Draft is January 15th. Be sure to check back frequently, as NFL Draft Bible Analyst Joe Everett will be keeping tabs on the latest players to declare.

TORREY SMITH WR MARYLAND: Torrey Smith is a long-striding athletic wide receiver that has a ton of ability making plays down the field. Smith has chosen to forgo his last year of eligibility and enter a very wide receiver heavy draft but it’s very possible that he could be one of the top options at his position. The Junior from Virginia also brings kick returning ability to the table, as he’s returned three kickoffs for touchdowns in his Terrapin career. He has a very good chance of hearing his name called early in the 2011 Draft because

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Report: Andrew Luck To Remain At Stanford

The latest chapter of the Andrew Luck “will he” or “won’t he” drama comes from Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer, who reported that if Stanford sophomore QB “had to make his decision today as to whether he would stay or go to the NFL, he’d say he was staying in school.” According to the report, a lot can happen between today and the January 15th deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft. Whether or not he does is what every Carolina fans want to know, as the Panthers hold the number one overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

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Deunta Williams Breaks Leg | Devastating Blow

North Carolina free safety Deunta Williams suffered a tough blow on Thursday, after being carted off the field at the Music City Bowl. He was diagnosed with a broken leg, which hinders his opportunity to solidify his draft stock during the pre-draft process. With the Senior Bowl and Scouting Combine out of the question, Williams would be lucky to hold a pro day workout for teams before the April draft at this point. The 6-2, 205-pounder was considered by many to be the top overall free safety in the 2011 draft class.

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Aaron Williams Makes A Dash To The Draft

Texas cornerback Aaron Williams has decided to forego his senior season of eligibility and enter the 2011 NFL Draft. He announced his decision in a statement distributed by school officials. Williams said heading to the NFL is “the best decision for me and my family. It’s time to start working on my dream that I’ve been preparing for all my life.” Williams, a two-time All-Big 12 selection has been notoriously known to have been burnt bad on a few occasions but has still maintained a very high draft grade. He has been projected anywhere from the first-to-third round, currently we would slot him in between but his speed and potential could ultimately land him in the first round.

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Injury Concerns Follow DeAndre Brown To NFL

Southern Mississippi junior wide receiver DeAndre Brown has declared for the 2011 draft. The 6-5, 240-pound Brown was has been hampered by injuries, including a broken leg in 2008 and a lower leg strain this past season which caused him to miss seven games. In five games played, Brown totaled 19 catches, 284 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Currently, Brown is considered to be a mid-round prospect but his draft stock could tilt in either direction, depending on how he checks out medically.

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Maryland WR Torrey Smith Sprints To The Pros

Maryland junior wide receiver Torrey Smith announced that he would be entering the 2011 draft. The 6-1, 205-pound Smith improved in every aspect of his game this past year, registering 67 recerptions for 1,055 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. He has been clocked in the 4.40-range and currently holds a second round grade, according to the NFL Draft Bible.

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Michigan Mike Martin Mulls Making The Jump

Mike Martin, a junior nose tackle from Michigan said that he will consider entering the NFL Draft as an early-entry candidate after the season is over following Saturday’s Gator Bowl, according to the Detroit Free Press. Martin was named U-M’s defensive lineman of the year, finishing with 36 tackles, six for loss and two and a half sacks. “Whenever an opportunity is presented, you never pass up an opportunity,” he said. It seems unlikely that Martin would crack the early rounds, he is considered a day three prospect according to the NFL Draft Bible.

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2011 NFL Draft Underclassmen Tracker

The following underclassmen have declared themselves eligible for the 2011 NFL Draft.

WR Torrey Smith, Maryland (2nd Round)

WR DeAndre Brown, Southern Mississippi (Mid-Round)

WR Vidal Hazelton, Cincinnati (Late Round/PFA)

OT Tyron Smith, USC (1st/2nd Round)

DT Jurell Casey, USC (2nd Round)

DT Jerrell Powe, Mississippi (2nd/3rd Round)

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2011 Senior Bowl Roster Tracker

The following players have received invites to the 2011 Senior Bowl:

QB Jake Locker, Washington

QB Christian Ponder, Florida State

QB Colin Kaepernick, Nevada

QB Ricky Stanzi, Iowa

QB Andy Dalton, TCU

QB Greg McElroy, Alabama

RB Daniel Thomas, Kansas State

RB DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma

RB Noel Devine, West Virginia

RB Evan Royster, Penn State

RB Craig Cooper, Miami

RB Allen Bradford, USC

RB Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State

FB Stanley Havili, USC

WR Niles Paul, Nebraska

WR Ronald Johnson, USC

WR Titus Young, Boise State

WR Austin Pettis, Boise State

WR Leonard Hankerson

WR Greg Salas, Hawaii

WR Jerrel Jernigan, Troy

WR Dwayne Harris, East Carolina

WR Matt Szczur, Villanova

TE DJ Williams, Arkansas

TE Luke Stocker, Tennessee

TE Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin
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