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Re: 2009 NFL Draft Discussion
« Reply #50 on: Apr 22nd, 2009, 12:13am »
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Draft drama: Way dominoes fall hinges on Seattle call at No. 4
CBS SportsLine.com - Columns by Clark Judge (21.04.2009 21:34)
Prediction? Chain reaction. That's what begins after the Seahawks select Eugene Monroe, Michael Crabtree or Mark Sanchez with the fourth pick in Saturday's NFL Draft, Clark Judge says.

 
Falcons look for another fruitful draft (AP)
Yahoo! News: Democratic Party (21.04.2009 21:43)
What will Thomas Dimitroff do for an encore? Last year, Atlanta's rookie general manager used his first NFL draft as the cornerstone for a remarkable turnaround that carried the Falcons all the way to the playoffs. In the first three rounds, Dimitroff landed a franchise quarterback (Matt Ryan), t...

 
Top 10 Offensive Linemen
Sports: NFL / Football -- Charlotte.com (21.04.2009 21:55)
(By David Scott, dscott@charlotteobserver.com) PANTHERS PERSPECTIVE: The Panthers learned last season how important depth can be on an injury-plagued offensive line. So, while they're again set at the five starting spots, key reserves Geoff Hangartner, Jeremy Bridges and Frank Omiyale have all l...
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Re: 2009 NFL Draft Discussion
« Reply #51 on: Apr 22nd, 2009, 2:50pm »
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Happy, happy hump day Draft goodies... from "The REAL Feed":
 
NFL Draft: On the Road With OL Phil Loadholt
Scout.com > NFL > National Football League Team (22.04.2009 02:52)
Some lucky NFL team is going to add a talented, 6-foot-8 offensive tackle to its roster this weekend by the name of Phil Loadholt; might that team be the San Diego Chargers? Scout.com's Ed Thompson caught up with the former Oklahoma Sooners star to get his thoughts on his NFL visits and workouts.

 
Polian, Colts have options in NFL draft
FortWayne.com: Sports - Football (22.04.2009 07:53)
INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis president Bill Polian is a draft master.He took Peyton Manning over Ryan Leaf and Edgerrin James over Ricky Williams in his first two seasons with the Colts, providing the foundation for a perennial playoff team.

 
Don Banks: LSU's Jackson shooting up draft boards
SI.com: NFL (22.04.2009 12:34)
A surprise in the Top 5? SI.com's Don Banks checks in with latest draft buzz from around the NFL.

 
Web site erred in reporting B.J. Raji tested positive
ESPN: NFL (22.04.2009 10:25)
After reporting earlier this month than NFL draft prospect B.J. Raji failed a drug test at the NFL combine in February, SI.com retracted its story Tuesday night.
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Re: 2009 NFL Draft Discussion
« Reply #52 on: Apr 23rd, 2009, 4:10pm »
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NFL Draft: On the Road With Phil Loadholt
Scout.com > NFL > National Football League Team (22.04.2009 20:46)
Some lucky NFL team is going to add a talented, 6-foot-8 offensive tackle to their roster this weekend by the name of Phil Loadholt. Is it the Cardinals? Scout.com's Ed Thompson caught up former Oklahoma Sooners star this week to get his thoughts on his NFL visits and workouts.

 
Giants might use draft for offensive line depth
Newsday.com: New York Giants (22.04.2009 20:31)
Offensive line might seem like the last position the Giants need worry about. They're heading into their third straight year with the same offensive line, a unit that has started a league-best 32 straight regular-season games together. They led the NFL in rushing yards in 2009, sent two players t...

 
Five NFL draft rules for Seahawks guru Tim Ruskell
The Seattle Times: Seahawks (23.04.2009 00:22)
Boiling down Seahawks president Tim Ruskell's NFL draft philosophy to five clear rules yields some interesting possible picks.

 
Teams wary of high cost of high picks
The Sacramento Bee: Sports (23.04.2009 03:10)
SANTA CLARA - It used to be that a top-10 draft pick was a prized possession, a symbol of hope, a way for a lousy team to reverse its losing ways.This year, it's mainly unwanted.Speaking in front of a group of reporters Wednesday, 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan said he has fielded pho...

 
Peter King: Sifting through the draft rumors
SI.com: NFL (23.04.2009 10:52)
Examining the latest batch of draft rumors & five things I think I think.

 
Redskins don't rule out landing Sanchez in draft
CBS SportsLine.com NFL News (23.04.2009 11:41)
Think the Washington Redskins are a franchise quarterback away from becoming a great team? Then mortgage the future to move up and take Mark Sanchez on Saturday in the first round of the NFL Draft.

 
Heavy interest in Mark Sanchez in NFL draft
ESPN: NFL (23.04.2009 12:58)
In the final days leading up to the NFL draft, league sources say there is developing intrigue surrounding a host of teams interesting in selecting quarterback Mark Sanchez.
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Re: 2009 NFL Draft Discussion
« Reply #53 on: Apr 24th, 2009, 3:41pm »
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Draft Notebook: Beckwith, Raji and More
Scout.com > NFL > National Football League Team (23.04.2009 23:11)
Scout.com's Ed Thompson has updates on six more NFL Draft prospects, including two who've met with the San Diego Chargers at least twice this offseason: LSU linebacker Darry Beckwith and Boston College defensive tackle B.J. Raji.

 
Giants shift focus from Edwards to NFL draft
Newsday.com: New York Giants (23.04.2009 22:46)
Who'll be quacking for the Giants Saturday?

 
NFL Draft: USC's Moore Has Done All He Can Do
Scout.com > NFL > National Football League Team (24.04.2009 01:13)
USC's Kyle Moore hopes to lead an NFL team in sacks, just like he did during his senior year for the Trojans; might that team be the Arizona Cardinals? Matt Leinart and Deuce Lutui would be happy to have a fellow Trojan on board. With NFL Draft weekend looming, the multi-talented DE knows that he...

 
Redskins Turn Draft Into a Real Show
Washington Post: Sports (24.04.2009 00:25)
The Redskins and their annual candy-chasing antics--this time, the pursuit of Mark Sanchez--are making at least the first round of the NFL worth watching.

 
Carolina Panthers: NFL Draft Preview
Sports: NFL / Football -- Charlotte.com (24.04.2009 02:13)
 
Lombardi: Jets should be busy bees Saturday
CBS SportsLine.com NFL News (24.04.2009 11:50)
With so many rumors flying around the NFL Draft, Michael Lombarid thought he would touch on what he's hearing as we head into the weekend.

 
Mark Sanchez drawing interest from Denver Broncos
ESPN: NFL (24.04.2009 12:58)
USC quarterback Mark Sanchez continues to stir debate in a number of NFL cities as the league's annual draft draws nearer.

 
Peter King: 2009 NFL mock draft
SI.com: NFL (24.04.2009 13:43)
Will the Lions dare pass up a potential franchise quarterback? Who'll make the move for Mark Sanchez? Here's how Peter King projected the first round in time for the Monday deadline of this week's Sports Illustrated, with his updates as of Friday morning noted:

 
09 NFL Mock Draft: News scouts first round
New York Daily News: Sports - Football (24.04.2009 12:31)
It's time to put the Jets and Giants on the clock as football writer Gary Myers scouts the first round of Saturday's NFL Draft. Can the Jets swing a trade and move up for Mark Sanchez? Will the Giants find a replacement for Plaxico Burress?
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Re: 2009 NFL Draft Discussion
« Reply #54 on: Apr 24th, 2009, 10:17pm »
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Monmouth's Nalbone on Jets radar
Scout.com > NFL > National Football League Team (24.04.2009 16:58)
When you look at John Nalbone, he's right out of Central Casting to play tight end in the NFL.

 
Ken Murray's final mock draft
SunSpot.net - Sports (24.04.2009 17:10)
Baltimore Sun reporter Ken Murray predicts Saturday's first-round picks in his final NFL mock draft. See which player he believes Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens will choose with the 26th selection.  
 
Jamison Hensley's NFL mock draft

 
NFL Draft Update: Butler, Kemp, Levy
Scout.com > NFL > National Football League Team (24.04.2009 16:58)
Scout.com's Ed Thompson checked-in with Penn State's all-time receptions leader Deon Butler, Wisconsin guard Andy Kemp and Wisconsin linebacker DeAndre Levy. Find out if the Cardinals have talked to them as NFL Draft weekend approaches.

 
Sam Farmer's mock NFL draft
LA Times: Sports (24.04.2009 17:49)
Times' expert predicts how Saturday's first round will unfold.1. DETROIT -- QB Matthew Stafford, Georgia: His private workout with the Lions won over the coaches and scouts.

 
New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum trying to move up in draft
ESPN: NFL (24.04.2009 17:16)
In a one-on one interview ESPN's Sal Paolantonio, general manager Mike Tannenbaum said the New York Jets are looking to move up in the first round from the No. 17 pick.

 
NFL watching draft announcements on Web (AP)
Yahoo! News: Democratic Party (24.04.2009 19:25)
The NFL will look into teams revealing their draft picks on their Web sites and through Twitter even before commissioner Roger Goodell might have announced the selections. The San Diego Chargers plan to post their picks this weekend on their Web site as soon as they hand in the name card. The inf...

 
NFL Draft: Michael Mitchell Makes His Point
Scout.com > NFL > National Football League Team (24.04.2009 19:14)
Ohio University safety Michael Mitchell wasn't invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, but he's been drawing plenty of attention over the past two months. Will the San Diego Chargers take notice during (or immediately after) the NFL Draft? Find out more in this exclusive Scout.com interview.

 
McDaniels: Broncos likely will stand pat in first round
NFL.com (24.04.2009 18:19)
The private workout that USC quarterback Mark Sanchez had with Denver Broncos officials in Mission Viejo, Calif. likely will be the last time the strong-armed passer practices for the team. Broncos coach Josh McDaniels suggested as much Friday.

 
Snyder: Redskins won't trade 2010 first-round pick in move up in '09 draft
NFL.com (24.04.2009 20:22)
Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder says his team will not trade its first-round pick in 2010 in an attempt to move up Saturday in the NFL draft.

 
Draft's unpredictability gives Seahawks an advantage with No. 4 pick
NFL.com (24.04.2009 21:34)
The Seattle Seahawks are flush with options and leverage as owners of the No. 4 overall choice in Saturday's draft. They remain open to almost any position and any potential deals on the eve of one of the most unpredictable swap meets in memory.
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Re: 2009 NFL Draft Discussion
« Reply #55 on: Apr 25th, 2009, 12:13am »
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Lions prepared to go with Stafford
Detroit Lions (24.04.2009 22:19)
Stafford's agent and Lions officials are close to finalizing a deal that would make the former Georgia quarterback the No. 1 overall pick in Saturday's NFL draft.

 
NFL Draft | Observer's Top 100
Sports: NFL / Football -- Charlotte.com (24.04.2009 23:10)
THE TOP 101. Aaron Curry LB, Wake Forest.Here's the most complete and safest player at the top of the draft. He's ideally suited to play outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense, where he can use his 4.52 speed in the 40-yard dash to chase down plays. He has great instincts and excels making tackles i...
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Early breaking news...  LOCAL source on "The REAL Feed" reports... Stafford to Lions... and there's more:
 
Welcome Matt: Lions, Stafford agree to terms
Detroit Lions (25.04.2009 01:25)
Allen Park -- The Lions still were n the clock Friday night. But you can end the suspense: Former Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford will be the No. 1 overall pick in today's NFL draft.

 
Picks, trades and trends: Let the intrigue begin
The State: Sports (25.04.2009 00:49)
Let's forget that Matthew Stafford will wind up in Detroit as the top pick in Saturday's NFL draft. And what team will get star receiver Michael Crabtree. And where the six offensive tackles likely to go in the first round will land.Sure, the draft is all about grabbing new talent, plugging holes...

 
It's showtime for NFL draft
SunSpot.net - Sports (25.04.2009 03:37)
Story lines include Patriots' surplus of picks, teams possibly trading down  
 
I t figures that in an NFL draft with outstanding second-round value, coach Bill Belichick would own three picks in the round and be in position to over...

 
Ravens right to save the best for first
SunSpot.net - Sports (25.04.2009 03:37)
Draft approach of picking best player available is way to go  
 
The NFL draft is full of suspense for the Ravens on Saturday because of their position in each round. Because they are drafting so late, much of what they do will be ...

 
Panthers' draft agenda likely to include line depth
Sports: NFL / Football -- Charlotte.com (25.04.2009 00:13)
(By Charles Chandler, cchandler@charlotteobserver.com) Predicting how the NFL draft will go is a guessing game every year.But that's particularly true today for the Carolina Panthers, who don't have a first-round draft choice and aren't scheduled to pick until near the bottom of Round 2, with the...

 
NFL Mock Drafts
Sports: NFL / Football -- Charlotte.com (25.04.2009 00:13)
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Pat Kirwan (NFL.com)

 
Raiders eye offensive-line help, WR Crabtree
The Sacramento Bee: Sports (25.04.2009 03:10)
ALAMEDA - It's hard to believe anything leading up to the NFL draft.When Raiders coach Tom Cable discussed today's draft, he gushed over two topics - the offensive tackles who could be top-10 picks and Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree.Of course, Cable could have been engaging i...

 
Commentary: Common sense falls to wayside amid draft hoopla
The Sacramento Bee: Sports (25.04.2009 03:10)
Welcome to Christmas in April. Prepare to unwrap your pigskin-laced gifts and proclaim the greatness of your team's future thanks to whatever savior it unearths today at Radio City Music Hall.Or not.The annual meat market known as the NFL draft not only is the second-most overhyped event on the l...

 
Leading Off: NFL mock drafts are exercise in futility
The Sacramento Bee: Sports (25.04.2009 03:10)
Asst. Sports Editor/OpinionNFL mock drafts are exercise in futility... And on the 83rd day, Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and all other NFL hyperventilating blowhards were given something tangible of which to speak.It has been that many days since the Super Bowl, meaning that's how long we've bee...
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Re: 2009 NFL Draft Discussion
« Reply #57 on: Apr 25th, 2009, 3:36pm »
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Live draft blog with King, Banks, more
SI.com: NFL (25.04.2009 13:52)
Welcome to the second annual SI.com At The Draft Blog. Today, we have dispatched 12 writers throughout 10 cities across the country. They have one goal: To bring you behind the scenes of the first two rounds of the 2008 NFL Draft. The dozen:

 
NFL Draft Spotlight: Chip Vaughn
Scout.com > NFL > National Football League Team (25.04.2009 11:55)
Chip Vaughn is one of the most likable, energetic football players you'll ever meet. Pair that up with his 4.4 40-speed and a 6-foot-1, 221-pound frame and you'll quickly understand why he's one of the top safeties in this year's draft. Could he be a target for the San Diego Chargers in the third...

 
Chargers Draft Projections: Final Version
Scout.com > NFL > National Football League Team (25.04.2009 11:55)
SDBoltReport.com celebrates the arrival of the NFL Draft by releasing one final set of Chargers draft projections. Every player in this feature met with the Chargers at least once this offseason, so the team is definitely interested in each of them. Without further ado, here's how we see things s...
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Re: 2009 NFL Draft Discussion
« Reply #58 on: Apr 25th, 2009, 3:46pm »
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Right now on ESPN they, especially Steve Young, are talking up QB Mark Sanchez BIG-time... as a player that is ready to take snaps right now!  Mind you, I like the kid, but I think they are being duped.  Kid doesn't have nearly enough experience under his belt.  I think,... nay,... hope he will be great someday, but I do not think that day will, or even should, come this year or maybe not even early on in his career...  Thoughts?
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I just don't want Cincy or Green Bay taking a tailback or Tampa taking Freeman!!! I gots Benson, Grant and Leftwich in the GBRFL...
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I just don't want Cincy or Green Bay taking a tailback or Tampa taking Freeman!!! I gots Benson, Grant and Leftwich in the GBRFL...

 
Well, like that pick of OL Andre Smith!  Benson & Co. actually get some help! The only thing is, I hope the Bungles didn't go and bring in another "bad boy".
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UNbelievable...  Man, the Raiders suck...
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ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I guess the whole AFC West has gone mad... When you need help on D SOOOOO BAD and Brian Orakpo is on the board, why in God's name would you take a tailback here,... moreover, when the evident prevailing philosophy is that you can plug anybody in and have success and you have a laundry list of tailbacks, many of whom you've added this offseason? I just don't get it. At the very least, it's not good for team morale. They had some decent ones to work with, namely the highly-touted Ryan Torrain (whose time, granted, was probably up with the regime change) and, then, brought in Buckhalter (a move I didn't like, mind you), who they allegedly "promised" "every chance" to be the starter. Then, coach McDaniels brings in a guy of "his" from New England, Jordan, which probably had Buckhalter thinkin' WTF. This is not even to mention their bringing in Arrington. Now, they likely needlessly jump the gun and bring in Moreno to make for their, what, 10th tailback. This is moronic.
 
Suffice it to say that I didn't mention this as a concern in my post above because I didn't think there was a snowball's chance in hell they wouldN'T go defense. I'm flabbergasted! Coach McDaniels is setting bad precedent, getting off to a bad start, and creating a very short leash for himself in my mind!
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on Apr 25th, 2009, 4:08pm, StegRock wrote:
I just don't want Cincy or Green Bay taking a tailback or Tampa taking Freeman!!! I gots Benson, Grant and Leftwich in the GBRFL...

 
Freeman a Buc... YUCK! Damn it! This started out good, but has all of a sudden gotten ugly for the old Stegger here.
 
Well, now we see why they brought Leftwich in, to (start over a very UNsexy and underproven McCown but) just keep the seat warm for Freeman.
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The opinions start to roll in on "The REAL Feed":
 
Line of Scrimmage: '09 First-Round - Our Knee-Jerk Evaluation
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« Reply #65 on: Apr 27th, 2009, 12:09am »
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Post-Draft analyses litter "The REAL Feed":
 
The rich get richer? NFL draft grades favor the NFC East
USA TODAY: Sports (26.04.2009 21:31)
USA TODAY hands out grades for the 2009 NFL draft, and the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles come out on top.

 
Also, make sure to check out the team-by-team recaps and analyses from TSN like this one for the Super Bowl Champs...
 
Pittsburgh Steelers 2009 NFL Draft Review
The Sports Network: NFL (26.04.2009 20:25)
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ALL KINDS of team-by-team commentary and analysis rolling off "The REAL Feed"...  You've got to check it all out!  Here's some of the general stuff I've plucked off the Feed for yous...
 
Line of Scrimmage: NFL Draft Grades - Part II - The NFC
The Sports Network: NFL (27.04.2009 12:25)
 
Line of Scrimmage: NFL Draft Grades - Part I - The AFC
The Sports Network: NFL (27.04.2009 12:25)
 
Peter King: Jets-Browns trade, thoughts on all 32 draft classes
SI.com: NFL (27.04.2009 13:43)
How did the Jets-Browns deal go down? SI.com's Peter King reveals that and his views on each team.

 
Day-after draft winners and losers
Scout.com > NFL > National Football League Team (27.04.2009 16:40)
The Vikings took a big risk with their first-round pick, so who were the winners and losers in a snap-reaction look back at the weekend? Two of the winners came from NFC North division rivals.
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Re: 2009 NFL Draft Discussion
« Reply #67 on: Apr 28th, 2009, 4:40pm »
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Talk about an exercise in futility...  I suppose it's (just for) fun...  From "The REAL Feed":
 
Andrew Perloff: Early 2010 NFL Mock Draft
SI.com: NFL (28.04.2009 13:34)
Is it too early to think about the 2010 draft? Of course, but it is not stopping SI.com's Andrew Perloff.
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Here's an interesting after-the-fact analysis of Stafford's sitch/bind...  He's GOTTA be GREAT if he's GONNA get his according to this writer, and I think he's right!  From a LOCAL source and currently topping "The REAL Feed":
 
Terry Foster: To endorse, Matt Stafford must be elite
Detroit Lions (28.05.2009 02:17)
There are 71 million reasons why being selected No. 1 in the NFL draft made sense for Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.
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Re: 2009 NFL Draft Discussion
« Reply #69 on: Jun 11th, 2009, 1:10am »
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As far as post-Draft rookie free-agent signings go, this is one of the more intriguing.  This LOCAL report currently tops "The REAL Feed":
 
Canadian Lee makes strides with Panthers
Sports: NFL / Football -- Charlotte.com (10.06.2009 23:28)
(Tom Sorensen, tsorensen@charlotteobserver.com) If Jamall Lee was the first Canadian you met, and you based your opinion of the country solely on him, you would conclude that Canadians run fast, jump high and are very nice. "We tease him just how polite he is," says Carolina Panthers ...

 
I'm rooting for him!  I'd be interested to hear what our rookie gurus have to say about him...  Jeff, Jim...  Buehler...???
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« Reply #70 on: Jun 11th, 2009, 1:08pm »
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I never saw him play and didn't know about him at all until I saw the results of the CFL Combine last winter. I know he put up numbers that would have been amongst the best at the NFL Combine in Indy in February, but as far as being a legit prospect??? I don't really know. BC is a bit out of my range as far as scouting is concerned.
 
I did see some tape of Samuel Giguere (now with the Colts) last year before the season and thought he had a chance to stick in the NFL, and possibly become a sleeper prospect as far as fantasy was concerned. There was another Canadian RB prospect who tried to make it in the NFL a few years ago (his name escapes me) and he came in with more fanfare than Lee, and he couldn't hack it. I think it's going to be very hard to go from a Canadian University to the NFL. Not only is the level of competition lower than even D3 or NAIA, but the game itself is often quite different than what you'd see in the NCAA or NFL.
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Great response, Phil, on the Canadian kid!  Thanks!
 
Now, let's just take a peek ahead at 2010... and this "Speedy Gonzalez"...  From "The REAL Feed":
 
Head 2 Head: Darren Sproles vs. MiQuale Lewis
Scout.com > NCAA > Division I-A Football (19.06.2009 20:18)
The success that San Diego Chargers running back Darren Sproles has had in the NFL is surprising to some, especially since he's just 5-foot-6. Ball State RB MiQuale Lewis is also 5-foot-6 and has a similar skill set to Sproles. Scout.com's Chris Steuber compares the two little big men inside.
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on Jun 20th, 2009, 1:57pm, StegRock wrote:

 
Now, let's just take a peek ahead at 2010... and this "Speedy Gonzalez"... From "The REAL Feed":
 
Head 2 Head: Darren Sproles vs. MiQuale Lewis
Scout.com > NCAA > Division I-A Football (19.06.2009 20:18)
The success that San Diego Chargers running back Darren Sproles has had in the NFL is surprising to some, especially since he's just 5-foot-6. Ball State RB MiQuale Lewis is also 5-foot-6 and has a similar skill set to Sproles. Scout.com's Chris Steuber compares the two little big men inside.

 
I've only seen Ball State a couple times in the past two years (both of their bowl games). Lewis didn't play against Rutgers two years ago, and, from my recollection (I didn't tape the game), he was less than impressive against Tulsa this past year.
 
Sproles was a big-time back in college and he stayed healthy. Right now, I'd say Lewis is a poor-man's version who has to stay healthy his senior year to get legit consideration.  
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Let's get really ahead of the NFL Draft curve with this report from a Detroit LOCAL daily (I guess NFL-wise the Draft is the biggest thing for those folks up there) rolling off "The REAL Feed":
 
Mock draft 2010: Lions get defensive, a Wolverine goes 3rd
FREEP: Sports (02.07.2009 13:02)
What with the 2009 college football season only a couple months away, the Sporting News decided it was high time to check in on the nation's top NFL draft prospects for 2010.
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Continuing our look ahead to 2010... From "The REAL Feed":
 
5 former NFL coaches believe Tebow will be a hit in pros
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Opinions vary widely about the NFL future of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. Some project the former Nease High standout as a top-10 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Others don't consider him a first-round pick or even project him as a quarterback.The Southeastern Conference has five coaches with NFL h...
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