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Posted on: February 23, 2009 11:15 am

Risers: Jared Cook TE South Carolina - Performed very well in all his drills. In mix for second tight end now.

          Darrius Heyward-Bey WR Maryland - Top speed for a wide receiver. In mix for third receiver now.

          Donald Brown RB Connecticut - Numbers were very good across the board & perfromed well in positional drills. Looks like fourth running back right now.

          Jason Smith OT Baylor - Good numbers across the board, coupled with lesser numbers from other top offensive tackles. Clear cut number one offesnive tackle now.

Fallers: Brandon Pettigrew TE Oklahoma State - Was not looked at as a burner, but ran slower than expected. Falls to bottom part of first round.

           Michael Crabtree WR Texas Tech - Only falling due to injury. Still likely 1st wide receiver taken, but tough to draft injured player in top 5.

           Andre Smith OT Alabama - Went from top offensive tackle to third offensive tackle at best. Decision making was very flawed.

           Knowshon Moreno RB Georgia - Ran a slower than expected 40 time. Likely falls into bottom part of first round, btu still in mix for top running back.          

Sleepers: Mike Thomas WR Arizona - Put up great numbers in college & great times across the board in workouts. ONly knock on him is size.

             A.Q. Shipley C Penn State - Won the award for best center the past season & is highly underrated by most draft prognosticators. Put up good numbers for a lineman.

             C.J. Davis OG Pittsburgh - Can play multiple offensive line positions. Put up solid combine numbers. Will do well in pros.

             Brandon Tate WR North Carolina - Got injured during last season. Can dominate when healthy. Lots of speed once he gets right & can return kicks.

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Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2009 12:19 am

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How about Pat White as a riser?  He proved he was as good as advertised and even better at quarterback. quoted one GM saying, "I want him on my team, and now I just have to figure out where I have to take him."


Wasn't White's 40 better than Beanie Wells'?

Since: Nov 8, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2009 11:29 am

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I definitely like your insight on the National Football League combine. I agree with the category you put each player in. What Andre Smith pulled was extremely dumb. It would have been different if he was injured, but he was not injured. He chose to not stay in shape and it will hurt him in the mind of pro scouts. As foor the sleepers, I think all four of them could be solid pro players. Some other potential sleepers would Tiquan Underwood out of Rutgers, Derek Kinder out of Pittsburgh, Gartrell Johnson out of Colorado State, and Tyrell Sutton out of Northwestern.

Since: Oct 21, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2009 11:25 am

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Great information. It appears to be right on form eevrything I see. Knowshon Moreno may be the most overrated player in the draft. He is not fast at all. Beanie Wells is faster than him and a lot bigger. I think LeSean McCoy is better than Knowshon in eveyr category. I would go as far as saying Donald Brown will definitely be a better pro than him. That is just a start. I would not draft Knoshon Moreno until at least halfway through the second round.

Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2009 11:22 am

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Very good information. All of your risers had amazing combines. Heyward-Bey had the best 40 time. Donald Brown was extremely impressive across the board compared to the other running backs. Jared Cook was top two at pretty much everything when it comes ot tight ends. As for Jason Smith, he was near the top of all offensive lineman in everything. Very very impressive for all of them.

Since: Jul 29, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2009 11:18 am

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Good information. You seem to be right about each player mentioned. That Andre Smith situation was crazy. It was a horrible decision on his part. He was nowhere to be found for awhile. If Andre Smith performs well at his pro day at Alabama, he could recover some of his luster, but right now that does not look good. I still think he will be a very good tackle, but he needs to get his head right, & soon.

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