JC Alums Likely to be Drafted on April 24

The NFL Draft gets underway in New York on Saturday, April 24. As usual, a good number of JC alums will be drafted in one of the draft's seven rounds. Several of the top draft prospects with ties to JCs include Nevada WR Maurice Mann (Monterey Peninsula; pictured left), San Jose State WR Kendrick Starling (Navarro), CB Will Poole (Ventura), Hawaii DT Isaac Sopoaga (Canyons), and Colorado DE Gabe Nyenhuis (Garden City).

According to some draft reports the following JC alums could get picked up next weekend: -- either through the draft or free agency:

QB Scott Rislov (San Jose State; Ellsworth CC)
QB Nathan Chandler (Iowa; Pasadena CC)
WR Kendrick Starling (San Jose State; Navarro)
WR Maurice Mann (Nevada; Monterey Peninsula)
WR Jeremiah Cockheran (Hawaii; Chaffey)
WR Huey Whittaker (S Florida; Hudson Valley)
RB Brandon Warfield (Utah; Kilgore)
OT Brad Lekkerkerker (UC-Davis; Chaffey)
OG Atlas Herrion (Alabama; Dodge City)
TE Courtney Anderson (San Jose State; Contra Costa)
DE Antonio Smith (Oklahoma State: NE Okla. A&M)
DE Gabe Nyenhuis (Colorado; Garden City)
DE Tommy Kelly (Miss. State; Arizona Western)
DT Isaac Sopoaga (Hawaii; College of the Canyons)
DT Junior Siavii (Oregon; Butte)
DT Ahmad Childress (Alabama; Garden City)
DT Ryan Boschetti (UCLA; San Mateo)
OLB Roderick Green (C Missouri St.; Blinn)
OLB Demorrio Williams (Nebraska; Kilgore)
OLB Derrick Pope (Alabama; Garden City)
OLB Alex Lewis (Wisconsin; Morrisville)
S    Gerald Jones (San Jose State; Canyons)
S    Gibril Wilson (Tennessee; San Francisco)
S    James McGill (Kansas State; Bakersfield)
S    Brett Hudson (Arizona State; Grossmont)
CB Will Poole (USC; Ventura)
CB Kelvin Millhouse (Hawaii; Mt. San Antonio)
CB Randy Jordan (Kansas State; Bakersfield)


Here's a look at some JC alums who are already in the NFL:

DB Chris McAlister, ex-MT. SAN ANTONIO  is considered to be one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL. "He's very physical, fast and big for a cornerback," said one NFL scout. "That makes for a nice package."

There seems to be some doubt about CB Fred Smoot's (HINDS) ability to plug the hole left by the Champ Baily trade from Washington to Denver. Smoot is a good cover guy but not a shut down type apparently.

DL Jerome McDougle, another ex-HINDS star, now with the Eagles, had some injury problems his first season in Philadelphia, but is expected to be a starter at DE in 2004. Jerome is the brother of Stockar, the huge OG for the lions, who earned JC All-American honors at NAVARRO. He, too, has had injury problems during his pro career, but it is said he is trimmed down and ready to go this season.

RB Mike Anderson, MT. SAN JACINTO, was pleased with Denver management when they told him he would be the numero uno running back this year on the heels of Clinton Portis' departure to the Redskins. However, the Broncos quickly picked up Garrison Hearst when the 49ers cut him and it is said a RB will be high on their draft list.

Here's hoping that CB Chris Cash, PALOMAR, has recovered from his injuries which kept him out of the Lion's lineup all season.

Look for WR Robert Ferguson,TYLER, and WR Javon Walker, JONES COUNTY, to really step it up at receiver for the Packers this season. Both have size and speed and have improved each season.

OL Derrick Deese has found a new home with the Tampa Bay Bucs. The former EL CAMINO star played for the Niners most of his pro career, but was bounced in the ever popular "cost-cutting" game. He should start at guard for the Bucs.

Tim Rattay, SCOTTSDALE, will take over QB duties for San Francisco now that Jeff Garcia, GAVILAN, has moved on to the Browns.

One of the best QB-seeking linebackers in the pros is Kendrell Bell of the Steelers, who played his JC ball for MIDDLE GEORGIA.

They say Keyshawn Johnson, WEST LA, will be used mostly as a chain-mover by the Cowboys, but our hunch is that he will score on some long bombs too.

Charlie Garner, SCOTTSDALE, should be the main running back for Tampa Bay. Gruden  knows what he can do running and catching.

Ex-TYLER RB, Dominic Rhodes, may be the feature RB with the Colts next year. Salary cap and all that good tuff might make it necessary for the Colts to jettison Edgerrin James.

The Seattle Seahawks may be looking to get more carries for Fresno alum, RB Maurice "Mo" Maurice. He has been real productive on the kick return team and has a nice yards-per-carry average. Trouble is, he doesn't play much behind all-Pro Shaun Alexander.

And finally, good luck to Duce Staley, HOLMES, who is headed for Pittsburgh after a number of years with the Eagles. The Duecer should have something left.

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