2004 Draft Prospects: Week in Review

Here is this week's draft prospect Hot News, provided by TheInsiders draft experts at TFY Draft Preview.

October 20
  • Washington State senior running back Jermaine Green will not make the trip to Stanford this weekend as he is still nursing the rib injury suffered against Arizona.  NFL scouts were hoping Green would break out and show more consistency this season but his year has been marred with injury.
  • UCLA senior defensive tackle Rodney Leslie, considered a first day pick by NFL scouts, bruised his clavicle during Saturday's victory over Cal and was forced to the sidelines.  X-rays were negative but his status for Saturday is undetermined at this time. Injuries have plagued Leslie lately as he missed most of last season with a foot ailment.
  • USC offensive tackle Jacob Rogers, a player climbing up draft boards recently, left the Notre Dame game early with a knee injury but should be okay for Saturday's contest against Washington.
  • Oregon State junior running back Steven Jackson had a string of 11 consecutive 100-yard regular-season games snapped Saturday in the loss to Washington.  The feeling is Jackson will enter the draft next April and contend to be one of the first three ball carriers selected.
  • Oklahoma cornerback Antonio Perkins returned five punts for 121 yards, including a 69-yarder for a touchdown in second quarter of the Missouri game which tied two NCAA records. Perkins now holds the NCAA record for punt returns for touchdowns in season with four, and the NCAA career record with seven.
  • Washington senior running back Rich Alexis, who was having his best season since his freshman year, suffered a deep thigh bruise late in the second quarter of Saturday nights victory over Oregon State. There was no immediate word on how long he would be out, though Alexis was confident he could return to the lineup soon.

October 21

  • Texas senior receiver B.J. Johnson finally had a breakout game Saturday against Iowa State.  Considered a potential first day pick in next April's draft, Johnson caught seven passes for 187 yards and a touchdown, nearly matching his season total of nine receptions.
  • Tony Johnson, the Nittany Lions' leading wide receiver, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol early Friday.  The Penn State senior, considered a solid middle round draft prospect, had a blood-alcohol content of 0.136, over the Pennsylvania legal limit of 0.08.  Johnson also faces charges of crossing lanes of traffic and disobeying the speed limit.
  • Florida cornerback Keiwan Ratliff was named the SEC defensive player of the week Monday after his three interceptions and three pass deflection performance in Florida's 33-28 win at Arkansas Saturday. All of Ratliff's interceptions resulted in Gator scores; his first two picks set up a field goal and a touchdown then he returned his third interception 44 yards for a touchdown.  Also, Ratliff became Florida's career leader in punt-return yardage (784) after totaling 21 yards on three returns.  Ratliff is considered a possible first round pick in next April's draft.
  • Texas receiver Roy Williams, off to a terrific start in 2003, credits a simplified Longhorn offense as a major reason for his success this season.  In order to ease the burden on freshman quarterback Vince Young the UT offense has two priorities this year; run the ball or throw it deep, and this in turn has helped Williams.  He is considered by many scouts as a  premiere NFL prospect in the country.
  • Oklahoma junior Mark Clayton, considered a sleeper prospect at receiver, had his seventh career 100-yard receiving game last Saturday against Missouri, setting an Oklahoma record. He has four 100-yard efforts in the last five games this season.

October 22

  • Only needing 36-yards to break Texas A&M's record for career receiving yards, senior Jamaar Taylor failed to catch a pass in last Saturday's loss to Nebraska.  Worse yet, Taylor suffered a season-ending injury to his right knee during the game that was announced by A&M coach Dennis Franchione during his weekly media luncheon.  Taylor, known more as a possession wide out, was considered a solid late round pick in next April's draft. 
  • Defensive end Reggie Torbor was named Auburn's Defensive Player of the Week after recording three tackles for losses and four quarterback hurries against Mississippi State.  Torbor, a bit of a sleeper for next April's draft, has enamored scouts with his pass rush skills.
  • Head coach Walt Harris announced that starting running back Brandon Miree's has a stress fracture. The original diagnosis was  bone bruise and calf strain but now Miree will be kept out of action until the middle of November.
  • University of Illinois senior quarterback Jon Beutjer will miss the remainder of the 2003 football season with a back injury, head coach Ron Turner announced Tuesday afternoon. Beutjer, suffering from a herniated disk in his back, could undergo surgery in the upcoming weeks.  He is considered a late round/practice squad type prospect for next April's draft.
  • Texas running back Cedric Benson was charged with criminal trespassing after forcing his way into an apartment.  The incident came just days before the Texas-Oklahoma football game.  Evidently Benson was looking for a plasma television he reported stolen last year.  If convicted Benson faces up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.  Earlier this year he had stated a strong desire to enter next April's draft after the season.

October 23

  • After injuries to the starters, Clemson has been using senior starting fullback Chad Jasmin at tailback during practice this week.  Jasmin's interior running was paramount in helping the Tigers comeback last Thursday against North Carolina State.
  • Arkansas running back Cedric Cobbs is listed as questionable for Saturday's game at Mississippi. After starting the season at a torrid pace and raising his draft stock significantly, Cobbs strained his right hamstring during the first half of the Florida loss last Saturday.
  • UCLA junior Matt Ware is unlikely to play this Saturday against Arizona State. Ware missed last week's game with a sprained ankle and has not practiced since.  He is highly ranked by NFL scouts.
  • Baylor Bears linebacker John Garrett, who returned this season after spending 2002 on the sidelines with a knee injury, had three sacks last week against Kansas bringing his season total to six on the season, the highest amount of any BU defender since 1993.  He is now back on the radar screen for NFL teams.
  • After moving back into the starting line-up Maryland running back Bruce Perry responded in last night's game at Georgia Tech. Perry totaled 75 yards on 17 carries and also caught two passes.  Numerous injuries had limited Perry's playing time but head coach Ralph Friedgen said Perry was as healthy as he's been since the beginning of the season.

October 24

  • Georgia junior Fred Gibson is not expected to play in Saturday's game against Alabama-Birmingham due to a bruised knee.  Gibson, who insinuated this would be his last year in college, was off to a blazing start until a hamstring injury sidelined him earlier in the season.
  • UCLA senior defensive tackle Rodney Leslie is currently listed as doubtful for Saturday's contest against Arizona State with a deep bruise in his left clavicle.  A solid prospect, Leslie's injury history is of concern to NFL scouts.
  • Texas defensive tackle Marcus Tubbs is slipping in the eyes of NFL scouts.  The Longhorn defense has struggled to stop the run this season and scouts are pointing to the inconsistencies of Tubbs as a major factor.
  • Florida State Jeff Womble will miss another game this Saturday with a triceps injury.
  • Mack Brown announced junior running back Cedric Benson will not make the trip to Baylor this Saturday after being charged with trespassing this week.
  • Stanford quarterback Chris Lewis, who was benched earlier this season, will return to the starting line-up Saturday when the Cardinal takes on Oregon. NFL scouts had high hopes for Lewis prior to the season and considered him a sleeper at the quarterback position.

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