NFL's Raiders request info on Caudill

The University of Kentucky football team will likely send at least one other defensive lineman into professional football next season via the NFL draft.

One of the National Football League's top franchises, the Oakland Raiders, wants to know more about Prestonsburg High School graduate and current University of Kentucky defensive lineman Jeremy Caudill. A senior, Caudill is rated as one of the top senior defensive ends in the country. With draft selections in tow for the 2004 NFL draft, the Raiders are tracking down all the information they can find on Caudill. Prestonsburg head coach John DeRossett recently received a questionnaire from the Oakland franchise. The questionnaire wanted to know a lot about Caudill. Everything from: was he on time for classes and what other sports did play to did he wear glasses, corrective lenses or special braces?

When investing millions of dollars in today's draft picks, teams in the league have now gone to a more in-depth evaluation, including making contact with former high school coaches.

Following the initial inquiry by the Raiders, DeRossett says he expects to get more from other teams in the league. DeRossett admits he's more than happy to fill out the questionnaire.

"I expect to get more from other teams in the league," said DeRossett. Caudill, who gets things done in the classroom in addition to on the field, may be a big draft target for Oakland. While at UK Caudill has played all along the defensive line. This season, his fourth as a starter in the Southeastern Conference, he'll move out to defensive end. The other D-end starter position will be filled by junior Vincent Burns, an All-SEC second team performer from one year ago.

In his time at Kentucky, Caudill has seen teammates get drafted, but none as high as defensive line teammate and friend Dewayne Robertson. Caudill and Robertson came into Lexington at the same time as freshmen. Deciding to forgo his senior season, Robertson was drafted in the first round of April's NFL draft by the New York Jets.

Caudill will have his first chance to show his talents to NFL scouts on August 31 when he and his teammates host top instate rival Louisville.


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