Posted on: March 4, 2009 9:04 pm

Beckum Shines at Wisconsin Pro Day

Unable to workout at the NFL Combine after still recovering from the broken leg that sidelined him throughout much of his senior season, tight end Travis Beckum helped his stock Wednesday with an impressive performance at the Wisconsin Pro Day.

Beckum, who measured in at 6-2 3/4 and 239 pounds, ran the 40-yard dash twice, clocking in between 4.58-4.63 seconds. He also posted a 41" vertical jump and caught the ball well during drills, only dropping one pass. Beckum elected not to lift Wednesday, but he didn't have to after leading all tight ends with 28 reps of 225 pounds at the Combine -- the only drill the Badger standout performed for scouts in Indianapolis.

The surprise of the day did not come from Beckum, however, but from junior running back P.J. Hill, who has dropped about 20 pounds since the end of the season and impressed scouts with his new build. At 5-10 1/8 and 218 pounds, Hill was clocked in the mid 4.6s. Unlike Beckum, however, Hill struggled a bit in pass-catching drills.

Linebackers Jonathan Casillas and DeAndre Levy did not workout. Each is coming off of a knee injury and is expected to workout for scouts April 2nd.Reports had between 25-28 teams attending the Pro Day, with the Bengals, Broncos, Bucs, Chargers, Dolphins, Falcons, Giants, Jaguars, Lions, Packers, Patriots, Lions, Redskins, Saints, Seahawks, Texans and Vikings among them.


Posted on: March 3, 2009 8:30 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2009 11:03 am

Underrated OLB Jason Williams wows at Pro Day

On a day when Baylor offensive tackle Jason Smith, a potential top 2 pick in the upcoming draft, worked out for scouts at the Baylor Pro Day, the buzz in scouting circles was not the athletic Smith nor any of the other Bears. The buzz was about Western Illinois outside linebacker Jason Williams, whose all-around workout was better than any outside linebacker tested at the NFL Combine -- including Wake Forest's Aaron Curry.

My fellow senior analyst Chad Reuter touted Western Illinois outside linebacker Jason Williams two months ago as among the best players at the East-West Shrine Game. Williams' play that week and the big play potential he showed as a senior (17 tackles for loss and 6 forced fumbles), however, weren't enough to land him an invitation to the NFL Combine.

Williams, who measured at the East-West Shrine Game at 6-1, 241 pounds, clocked in at 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash, posted a 39" vertical jump and lifted the bar 26 times. The forty time was recorded on a gymnasium floor, rather than a track, so scouts will likely add a tenth of a second to Williams' time, but the results were nonetheless impressive.

Williams could be the first player selected in the 2009 draft that was not invited to the Combine.

Williams wasn't the only legitimate NFL prospect working out. Leatherneck running back Herb Donaldson, who rushed for 1,784 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior, ran a 4.56 in the 40-yard dash, and posted a 32" vertical, 10'2" broad jump and an eye-popping 28 reps. The 28 reps were more than lifted by any running back at the Combine.

There were 14 NFL teams that attended the workout: the Buccaneers, Browns, Chiefs, Colts, Dolphins, Eagles, Falcons, 49ers, Packers, Panthers, Patriots, Rams, Titans and Vikings.




Posted on: March 3, 2009 7:30 pm

Full Draft Order


The NFL just released the full draft order today. This order does not include the compensatory selection. When the league releases that version, I'll provide an updated selection order. Here is the latest order, round by round:


1-1-1 Detroit
1-2-2 St. Louis
1-3-3 Kansas City
1-4-4 Seattle
1-5-5 Cleveland
1-6-6 Cincinnati
1-7-7 Oakland
1-8-8 Jacksonville
1-9-9 Green Bay
1-10-10 San Francisco
1-11-11 Buffalo
1-12-12 Denver
1-13-13 Washington
1-14-14 New Orleans
1-15-15 Houston
1-16-16 San Diego
1-17-17 New York Jets
1-18-18 Chicago
1-19-19 Tampa Bay
1-20-20 Detroit from Dallas
1-21-21 Philadelphia
1-22-22 Minnesota
1-23-23 New England
1-24-24 Atlanta
1-25-25 Miami
1-26-26 Baltimore
1-27-27 Indianapolis
1-28-28 Philadelphia from Carolina
1-29-29 New York Giants
1-30-30 Tennessee
1-31-31 Arizona
1-32-32 Pittsburgh


2-1-33 Detroit
2-2-34 New England from Kansas City
2-3-35 St. Louis
2-4-36 Cleveland
2-5-37 Seattle
2-6-38 Cincinnati
2-7-39 Jacksonville
2-8-40 Oakland
2-9-41 Green Bay
2-10-42 Buffalo
2-11-43 San Francisco
2-12-44 Miami from Washington
2-13-45 New York Giants from New Orleans
2-14-46 Houston
2-15-47 New England from San Diego
2-16-48 Denver
2-17-49 Chicago
2-18-50 Cleveland from Tampa Bay
2-19-51 Dallas
2-20-52 New York Jets
2-21-53 Philadelphia
2-22-54 Minnesota
2-23-55 Atlanta
2-24-56 Miami
2-25-57 Baltimore
2-26-58 New England
2-27-59 Carolina
2-28-60 New York Giants
2-29-61 Indianapolis
2-30-62 Tennessee
2-31-63 Arizona
2-32-64 Pittsburgh


3-1-65 Detroit
3-2-66 St. Louis
3-3-67 Kansas City
3-4-68 Seattle
3-5-69 Dallas from Cleveland
3-6-70 Cincinnati
3-7-71 Oakland
3-8-72 Jacksonville
3-9-73 Green Bay
3-10-74 San Francisco
3-11-75 Buffalo
3-12-76 New York Jets from New Orleans
3-13-77 Houston
3-14-78 San Diego
3-15-79 Denver
3-16-80 Washington
3-17-81 Tampa Bay
3-18-82 Detroit from Dallas
3-19-83 Green Bay from New York Jets
3-20-84 Chicago
3-21-85 Philadelphia
3-22-86 Minnesota
3-23-87 Miami
3-24-88 Baltimore
3-25-89 New England
3-26-90 Atlanta
3-27-91 New York Giants
3-28-92 Indianapolis
3-29-93 Carolina
3-30-94 Tennessee
3-31-95 Arizona
3-32-96 Pittsburgh


4-1- Dallas from Detroit
4-2- Kansas City
4-3- St. Louis
4-4- Cleveland
4-5- Seattle
4-6- Cincinnati
4-7- Jacksonville
4-8- Oakland
4-9- Green Bay
4-11-San Francisco
4-13-San Diego
4-15-New York Jets from Washington
4-16-New Orleans
4-17- Dallas
4-18- New Orleans from New York Jets
4-19- Chicago
4-20- Tampa Bay
4-21- Philadelphia
4-22- Houston from Minnesota
4-23- Baltimore
4-24- New England
4-25- Atlanta
4-26- Miami
4-27- Indianapolis
4-28- Carolina
4-29- New York Giants
4-30- Tennessee
4-31- Arizona
4-32- Pittsburgh


5-1- Detroit
5-2- St. Louis
5-3- Kansas City
5-4- Denver from Seattle
5-5- Philadelphia from Cleveland
5-6- Cincinnati
5-7- Atlanta from Oakland
5-8- Jacksonville
5-9- Green Bay
5-10- San Francisco
5-11- Buffalo
5-12- San Diego
5-13- Denver
5-14- Washington
5-15- New York Giants from New Orleans
5-16- Houston
5-17- Philadelphia from New York Jets
5-18- Chicago
5-19- Tampa Bay
5-20- Dallas
5-21- Philadelphia
5-22- Minnesota
5-23- New England
5-24- Atlanta
5-25- Miami
5-26- Baltimore
5-27- Carolina
5-28- New York Giants
5-29- Indianapolis
5-30- Dallas from Tennessee
5-31- Arizona
5-32- Pittsburgh


6-1- Detroit
6-2- Kansas City
6-3- St. Louis
6-4- Cleveland
6-5- Seattle
6-6- Cincinnati
6-7- Jacksonville
6-8- Oakland
6-9- Green Bay
6-10- Buffalo
6-11- San Francisco
6-12- Denver
6-13- Washington
6-14- Green Bay from New Orleans
6-15- Houston
6-16- San Diego
6-17- Chicago
6-18- Tampa Bay
6-19- Detroit from Dallas
6-20- New York Jets
6-21- Philadelphia
6-22- Philadelphia from Minnesota
6-23- Atlanta
6-24- Dallas from Miami
6-25- Baltimore
6-26- New England
6-27- New York Giants
6-28- Indianapolis
6-29- Carolina
6-30- Tennessee
6-31- Arizona
6-32- Pittsburgh


7-1- Dallas from Detroit
7-2- St. Louis
7-3- Kansas City
7-4- Seattle
7-5- Miami from Cleveland
7-6- Cincinnati
7-7- Oakland
7-8- Tampa Bay from Jacksonville
7-9- Green Bay
7-10- San Francisco
7-11- Buffalo
7-12- Minnesota from Washington
7-13- New Orleans
7-14- Houston
7-15- San Diego
7-16- Denver
7-17- Pittsburgh from Tampa Bay
7-18- Dallas
7-19- New York Jets
7-20- Tampa Bay from Chicago
7-21- Philadelphia
7-22- Minnesota
7-23- Miami
7-24- Tampa Bay from Baltimore
7-25- New England
7-26- Denver from Atlanta
7-27- Indianapolis
7-28- Miami from Carolina
7-29- New York Giants
7-30- Tennessee
7-31- Arizona
7-32- Pittsburgh

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Posted on: March 3, 2009 6:00 pm

Injury Updates - Eugene Monroe, Jeremy Maclin


There has been a buzz surrounding Virginia offensive tackle Eugene Monroe and Missouri wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and potential injuries discovered at the Combine... Sources in the league, however, tell me that all of the talk has little substance behind it.

Monroe has had some recurring issues with his left knee. He originally suffered a patella tendon strain in 2005. The most serious issue occurred in April of 2006, when he dislocated his left knee cap and was forced to undergo surgery on April 7th of that year. He returned to play in every game in 2006 and didn't allow a sack all year long. He missed two games due to a knee sprain in 2007, but no games in 2008. Some team doctors may have seen enough in his medical reports to redflag the knee, but the teams I spoke with were not concerned. Said one front office executive potentially in position to draft Monroe: "It doesn't change our stance on him..." 

Likewise, Missouri wide receiver Jeremy Maclin has been cleared by renowned Dr. James Andrews for all testing. I was among the media invited into the Combine to watch the quarterbacks and receivers work out on Sunday, February 21st and saw Maclin go down awkwardly in an attempt to haul in a long pass from Hartwick's Jason Boltus... After a few moments on the trainers' table, Maclin jumped right back into the workout, though he was clearly tentative. Andrews' announcement is sure to ease teams' concerns about his health. 



Posted on: March 1, 2009 12:48 pm

Patriots preferred 2nd over 1st for Cassel?


Much is being made of the fact that the Patriots accepted only a second round pick, albeit the 34th overall, for quarterback Matt Cassel and versatile, veteran linebacker Mike Vrabel. Many are justifiably wondering why the Patriots were unable to wrestle away a first round pick for Cassel, especially considering Vrabel's added value. Some league insiders suggested that perhaps the Patriots valued the Chiefs' second round pick (34th overall) to their first (3rd overall).

While this initially sounds crazy -- How could they not WANT the higher pick? -- it fits with the philosophy in which the Patriots have built their dynasty. Re-stocking through "lower" picks, rather than investing tens of millions of dollars into unproven rookies.

Certainly there was talent likely to be available at #3 that would have helped New England... Aaron Curry could have stepped in at linebacker, Jason Smith or Eugene Monroe could have solidified the offensive line...

Considering the draft value (and more importantly, the cap value) of the players likely to be available at #34, however, the Patriots are in position to address their greatest areas of concern -- outside linebacker and cornerback -- at a point of supreme value, as the most teams' boards are already shaping up, there will be a run on outside linebackers and cornerbacks to end the first round and begin the second...

The tens of millions of dollars difference it will take in signing a Clint Sintim, Paul Kruger, or D.J. Moore at the top of the second rather than Curry, Smith, or Monroe at the top is one of the many reasons the Patriots continue to operate as trend-setters in the NFL.

(It is also further evidence of just how ridiculous and prohibitive the cost of high first round picks have become...)

Posted on: February 27, 2009 11:18 pm

Haynesworth contract good news for DT prospects

Strong performances at the Senior Bowl and Combine already had the stocks of defensive tackles B.J. Raji, Peria Jerry and Ziggy Hood on the rise, but the monstrous contract given to Albert Haynesworth by the Washington Redskins just provides another example of the value of the position.

Raji could stand to make the most out of the deal. Scouts across the league had consistently been ranking him as a top 15 player due to his bulk and strength, but he was considered too slow-footed to make a real impact as a 4-3 under tackle, the premium tackle position in the defensive scheme preferred by most NFL teams. However, after scouts clocked him in the 5.05-5.15 range at 6-2, 334 pounds at the Combine, scouts no are wondering if he does, indeed, have the agility to handle this position. The ability to play inside in both the 3-4 and 4-3 could lead to Raji's stock to soar. I have him at #7 in my current mock draft and there are some who believe he'll end up in the top five by draft day.

Hood has enjoyed a similar jump up the board in recent weeks. While not as dominant as Raji, Hood is among the more consistent defensive linemen in the draft. He is earning late first round marks from several teams.


Posted on: February 24, 2009 2:13 pm

Slow 40s shouldn't hurt Moreno, Jenkins -but will

Scouts would be wise to go back to the film after disappointing workouts from Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno and Ohio State cornerback Malcolm Jenkins. Neither was impressive on the Indianapolis track, but each has proven himself to be a verifiable star against quality competition.

Often it was Moreno who made the biggest plays in critical situations -- not quarterback Matt Stafford -- for the Bulldogs over the past two seasons. Similarly, Jenkins in early season showdown against USC, was arguably the best player on the field.

Each could slip to the point where they're steals...

Posted on: February 22, 2009 4:56 pm

Everette Brown 6-1 7/8, 256 pounds's top ranked defensive end may have to change to linebacker considering that he measured in at 6-17/8 and 256 pounds. Listed at 6-4, 251 pounds at Florida State, Brown's lack of preferred height is certain to raise questions among scouts who are looking for pass rushing help. Brown told the media today that he plans on doing both defensive line and linebacker drills this week at the Combine.

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