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Posted on: February 8, 2011 1:19 pm
 

Most charges dropped, DJK gets one year probation

Iowa wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos appeared to have destroyed any chance of playing professional football with the news two months ago that he and roommate Brady Cooper Johnson  were arrested on multiple drug-related charges. DJK, as he was affectionately referred to by those close to the Hawkeye program, was officially charged with four counts of possession of controlled substances, two counts of unlawful possession of prescription drugs and one count of keeping a drug house.

Now, according to documents obtained by NFLDraftScout.com, Johnson-Koulianos has had all but one of these charges dropped - a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana. He received a deferred judgment on this charge. As such Johnson Koulianoas will require unsupervised probation for one year.  In the event he remains drug free, completes counseling and remains free of any difficulty with the law, the court indicated it would consider discharge from unsupervised probation within six months.

Essentially, if Johnson-Koulianos doesn't screw up, he can have his record wiped clean in six months. He had no criminal record prior to these charges and has taken and passed drug tests as part of the initial ruling.

The news could be enough to get DJK a shot at the NFL. Iowa's all-time leading receiver enjoyed a strong performance in last Saturday's NFLPA game, helping his cause after a rather ho-hum weak of practice. The interviews with scouts there were the most important component of his week, however, as Johnson-Koulianos was not invited to the Combine.

Johnson-Koulianos holds the school career records for receptions (173) and receiving yards (2,616). He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection as a senior after catching 46 passes for 745 yards and 10 touchdowns.

As always, for the best in NFL draft coverage, be sure to check out NFLDraftScout.com .
Posted on: February 1, 2011 8:34 am
 

TEX vs Nation game boasts impressive roster

What the Texas vs Nation Game lacks in history, it sure is making up for in talent.

Renamed the NFLPA Game this year, the senior all-star game has only been operating since 2007. When it began, it was considered to be roughly the equivalant of the Hula Bowl, featuring a few draft-worthy prospects but certainly not ranking with the East-West Shrine Game or Senior Bowl.

This year's class, however, boasts a roster that can match the Shrine Game and, unlike the Senior Bowl which scouts complain caters to the media as much as NFL personnel, the Texas vs. Nation game makes things easy on scouts. Teams are given "unbelievable access to the players" according to one long-time scout, making the interview process that every team makes a priority during these events a much more efficient process.

Most importantly, the San Antonio-based game is developing quite a reputation for talent. According to the game's official website, 93% of the 2009 roster (111 of 119) went on to sign NFL contracts. CEO Kenny Hansmire and Player Personnel Consultant John Murphy deserve a great deal of credit.

There is legitimately mid round talent at every position and plenty of sleeper candidates throughout the roster, as well. Below are my top ten prospects for the Texas and Nation teams. For a look at the complete roster, click here .

Texas Team (players born in Texas or played collegiately there)

  • Josh Portis, QB, California (PA)
  • Denarius Moore, WR, Tennessee
  • Robert Housler, TE, Florida Atlantic
  • Derek Newton, OT, Arkansas State
  • Byron Bell, OT, New Mexico State
  • Jerrell Powe, DT, Mississippi
  • Ugo Chinasa, DE, Oklahoma State
  • Colby Whitlock, DT, Texas Tech
  • Spencer Paysinger, OLB, Oregon
  • Kevin Rutland, CB, Missouri

Nation Team


  • Nathan Enderle, QB, Idaho
  • T.J. Yates, QB, North Carolina
  • Derrell Johnson-Kouilianos, WR, Iowa
  • Willie Smith, OT, East Carolina
  • Curt Porter, OT, Jacksonville State
  • Kendrick Ellis, DT, Hampton
  • Christian Anthony, DE, Grambling
  • Adrian Moten, OLB, Maryland
  • Dominic DeCicco, S, Pittsburgh
  • Mark Legree, S, Appalachian State

As you'd expect from NFLDraftScout.com , we'll be represented in San Antonio throughout the week of practice. Fellow senior analyst Chad Reuter will be checking in with daily practice reports that will be either featured stories on the main site or here on the blog.




Posted on: January 16, 2011 1:51 pm
 

All-Stars with everything on the line - DT Austin

While much of the football-loving world is focusing on the NFL playoffs, scouts are preparing today for the first of a three week grind of all-star games that will have a huge impact on where (or if) dozens of players are ultimately drafted.

Over the next five days I'm going to highlight a player I believe could stand out and therefore significantly boost their stock. These players could come from the East-West Shrine Game (whose practices begin Monday), the Senior Bowl (whose practices begin Monday, January 24) and the NFLPA Game (whose practices begin Monday, January 31). The games themselves will be on succeeding Saturdays over the next three weeks. The NFLPA Game had previously been known as the Texas vs. Nation game.

One player who obviously has a great deal riding on his all-star performance is former North Carolina defensive tackle Marvin Austin , invited to play in the Shrine Game.

Austin was, of course, suspended for the entire 2010 season after the NCAA discovered that he'd accepted inappropriate benefits from an agent.

Prior to the controversy, however, Austin rated among the elite senior prospects in the country. He was, according to published reports, given a high first round grade entering the year by National Scouting.

Austin, 6-3, 310 pounds has the quick first step, agility and strength teams operating out of the 4-3 alignment are looking for. One of the knocks on him has been an inconsistent motor. Having not played all season long, scouts will expect Austin to be fresh and firing on all cylinders all week long. Any sign of taking snaps off from Austin this week will only reinforce previous concerns - which could have disastrous results on his draft grade.

I've pointed out previously that this is a good looking Shrine roster , but one area that it may prove lacking is with the interior offensive linemen. NFLDraftScout.com currently ranks only one of the six interior offensive linemen Austin is expected to face in practice (East Team) higher than a 7th round pick.

Currently, the East team features Syracuse's Ryan Bartholomew and Texas A&M's JC Brignone at center and Missouri State's David Arkin, Ohio State's Bryant Browning, Illinois' Randall Hunt and Connecticut's Zachary Hurd at guard. Hurd is our highest rated of the bunch. NFLDraftScout.com currently has Hurd as a 5th-6th round value.

If Austin wants to re-emerge as the 50 prospect he'd previously been universally ranked as, he'll need to enjoy a dominant week.

For the entire Shrine Game roster, click here.

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