2004 Draft Prospects: Week in Review

Here's your draft prospect update, delivered to you hot and fresh from TFY Draft Preview! Tony Pauline offers up five days worth of hot news on the prospects we'll all be talking about next Spring.

September 22

  • Antonio Perkins brought back three punts for touchdowns and finished with 277 yards on seven returns, breaking two NCAA records in Oklahoma's route of UCLA last Saturday. Perkins scored on returns of 74, 84 and 65 yards. Also an outstanding cornerback, many scouts feel his cover skills are better than former OU prospect Andre Wolfork, taken in the first round of last April's draft by the Titans.
  • Cedric Cobbs ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns in Arkansas' victory over North Texas on Saturday and became the first Arkansas back since 1975 to open the season with three 100-yard games. Cobbs has totaled 364 yards rushing in the Hogs first three games. At one time considered a potential franchise running back, Cobbs has recently been hit with a rash of injuries and off the field troubles. Coming into the season he was considered an afterthought by NFL scouts but is turning that thinking around.
  • Florida State senior linebacker Kendyll Pope sprained a knee in Saturday's victory over Colorado. Pope is optimistic that the injury is not serious though he heard a "pop" when the injury occurred. Pope is considered one of the top senior outside linebacker that will be available for next April's draft.
  • Georgia junior quarterback David Greene had a streak of 176 straight passes without an interception broken Saturday against LSU. Greene briefly left the game with a hyperextended knee but the injury is believed not to be serious.
  • Lee Evans continues to rewrite Wisconsin's receiving record book. Evans caught five passes for 80 yards Saturday, passing Al Toon on the Badgers all-time career receptions list. Toon had 131 in his career. Evans now has 134. Evans also holds school career receiving records for consecutive games with a reception (29), career receiving yards (2,677) and is just one-tenth of a yard-per-catch behind Tony Simmons career record (20.1). Evans needs five more touchdowns to catch Simmons other career record (23).
  • TCU running back Lonta Hobbs injured his ankle and his status is uncertain for Saturday's match-up against Arizona.

September 23

  • Hurricane running back Frank Gore left Saturday's game with an ankle injury after carrying the ball 16 times for 74-yards, with one score. In four games Gore has accumulated 453-yards on the ground with four touchdowns while also catching 12 passes. Gore, on the comeback trail after a knee injury sidelined him last season, was held out of practice last week with a sore knee.
  • Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr commented yesterday on his talented receiver, Braylon Edwards; "Braylon is an enormously talented guy.... Braylon practices hard, he plays hard, he competes hard, and he makes some unbelievable plays; then sometimes, he'll drop a ball that is right there." Edwards continued on Edwards' injured finger, "There is not a break, he is definitely feeling some pain though. I think he dislocated it, which if you have ever tried to catch a football with a sprained finger, it's not an easy thing to do. It's painful, there's no question about that."
  • Clemson linebacker John Leake led the defense with 14 tackles in Saturday's 39-3 win over Georgia Tech. Leake, named ACC Defensive Player of the Week, recorded three tackles for loss in the game, setting a career-high. Ironically early in camp Leake was listed second on the depth chart as Clemson coaches tried to give him a jump start. NFL scouts consider Leake a potential late round choice who fits best on the weak-side.
  • Florida State junior wide out Craphonso Thorpe registered career-highs of eight catches and 205 receiving yards in the Seminoles 47-7 win over Colorado. It marked the first time a Seminole receiver went over the 200-yard mark since Peter Warrick did in 1997. Thorpe, a prospect who flashed skill as a sophomore, has caught the fancy of NFL scouts as he's starting to thrive in the number one spot and has shown weekly improvement.
  • Indiana junior receiver Courtney Roby injured a knee during the third quarter of Saturday's loss to Kentucky and was helped off the field. The injury is not considered serious and Hoosier coach Gerry DiNardo expects Roby to play Saturday at Michigan.
  • Oklahoma linebacker Lance Mitchell underwent successful surgery Monday to repair a torn ACL in his left knee.

September 24

  • Texas running back credits patience Cedric Benson as the key to his big performance against Rice, a game in which rushed for 130-yards. Benson told the Dallas Morning News, "In the first couple games, I had a tendency to want to make a break for a great run instead of following my blocks." "After I got a hold of myself, I got it figured out." Benson is believed to be leaning towards entering the draft after the 2003 season.
  • Linebacker Pasha Jackson and running back Renaldo Works have accepted invitations to play in the East-West Shrine Game, Jan. 10 at Pac Bell Park in San Francisco where Oklahoma's Bob Stoops will coach the West.
  • Colorado State tight end Joel Dreessen will see his streak of 30 consecutive starts come to an end against Utah this Saturday. Dreessen has been declared out indefinitely because of a strained lower abdominal muscle. The junior is considered a possible early entrant into the NFL draft.
  • Wide receiver Jafar Williams started rehabilitating his injured hand. No word yet on how long he will be out. Williams, a tall and talented receiver, has seen a resurgence in his play this season and is now getting late round consideration from NFL scouts.
  • BYU junior running back Marcus Whalen limped off the field during Tuesday's practice but is confident he will play in Saturday's crucial conference game against Air Force. Whalen, a top NFL prospect, originally fractured his foot during pregame warm-ups against Georgia Tech and missed the first three games of the season. He returned last week against Stanford, carrying the ball three times for eight yards.
  • Utah's all-conference senior defensive end Jason Kaufusi confirmed he will miss the 2003 football season due to an injury to his left shoulder. Kaufusi, who underwent arthroscopic surgery in July has a redshirt year available to him, which he plans to use and return next season. Coming into the season Kafusi was considered a potential late round pick in next April's draft.
  • Colorado State senior center Mark Dreyer could be on the sidelines again this weekend. A second-team all-conference selection last season, Dreyer has missed the last two games after hand surgery, and the Rams running game has struggled. Dreyer is considered a slight possibility to be selected in the late rounds next April.

September 25

  • Tar Heel senior cornerback Michael Waddell has a sprained right ankle and right now is 50/50 for Saturday contest against North Carolina State. Waddell is considered a late round pick for his special teams play as much as his cover skills.
  • North Carolina tight end Bobby Blizzard is less than 100% and suffering from a viral infection he contracted two weeks ago. Blizzard, who has not had any physical activity since the illness, is unlikely to play against the Wolfpack Saturday
  • Georgia senior Kentrell Curry, considered a middle round value in next April's NFL Draft, will undergo surgery to clean out a calcium deposits in his lower leg and will end his college career on the sidelines. Curry redshirted as a true freshman and must apply to the NCAA for a hardship sixth year of eligibility if he wants to play for the Bulldogs next year.
  • Juniors David Greene and David Pollack took it easy in practice this week, resting sprained knees but both are expected to be fine for the October 4th game against Alabama. NFL scouts rank Pollack as one of the top three junior defensive ends in the nation and also give Greene high marks.
  • Quarterback Ell Roberson is expected to play against Texas on October 4th after missing two games with a hand injury.

September 26

  • LSU junior Marquise Hill is doubtful for Saturday's contest at Mississippi State according to head coach Nick Saban. The pass rush specialist is recovering from an ankle sprain and was unable to play this week.
  • A decision is expected soon on whether Texas A&M offensive lineman Jami Hightower will be able to play this season. Hightower has been sidelined after taking medication for a severe infection.
  • Comments by Grambling football coach Doug Williams about suspended Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett have prompted an official NCAA inquiry into possible violations of recruiting rules.
  • Nevada senior Chance Kretschmer is catching the eyes of NFL scouts. Rebounding from the knee injury that kept him on the sidelines last season, the tough interior runner has accumulated 375-yards rushing in the Packs first three games this season. The junior has a great build (5-11/220) and scouts love his non-stop motor.

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