Ohio State junior OLB A.J. Hawk, a potential late first-round pick had he entered this year, is one of two Buckeye underclassman to state publicly that he will be returning to school for his senior season next fall. And while most juniors indicating they are planning to return to return to school tend to leave themselves considerable wiggle room regarding their pro options, Hawk appears rather unequivocal in his desire to stay in school saying that he isn't 'mentally or physically ready' for the NFL. OSU red shirt sophomore WR Santonio Thomas also said he'll be back in Columbus next fall. UCLA junior LB Spencer Havner, another potential top prospect for this year's draft, will not play in the Bruins' bowl game later this month after undergoing surgery to clear out cartilage in his knee. There is no word though on how long Havner, the Pac-10's leading tackler this year with 125, will be out
North Carolina State junior RB T.A. McLendon has announced that will forego his final year of eligibility and enter the 2005 draft. The 225-pound McLendon, in fact, has as much physical potential as any back in this year's draft field, but he has been hampered by a series of injuries since taking the ACC by storm as a freshman in 2001. McLendon has also been known to put the ball on the ground at times, but is a very good receiver coming out of the backfield with 93 career receptions. For now, McLendon looks like a potential mid-second round pick at this coming April's draft.
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Pearl River Community College sophomore WR Larry Brackins, arguably the top-rated JUCO prospect this season; will be entering the 2005 NFL draft. And Brackins could very well make pro scouts earn their lunch-money over the next few months. Brackins is a freakish 6-5, 220 and runs a reported 4.45 40 time; not surprisingly, he was being heavily recruited by all the big time Division 1-A programs including Southern California and LSU.
This season, Brackins caught 55 passes for over 1,000 yards; that included a dominating 11-catch, 165-yard performance in the national junior college title game. For good measure, Brackins, who also has some basketball in his background, also played FS at times this season.
South Carolina junior WR Troy Williamson has reportedly told people close to him that he'll be leaving school and entering the 2005 draft. In fact, an announcement had been expected this past weekend, however, Williamson may accede to the Gamecocks' coaching staff's wishes that he at least wait until he gets an evaluation of his draft status from the NFL's special underclassman advisory committee.
The athletic Williamson, who plays at around 6-1, 200, caught only 43 passes this fall in the stolid South Carolina offense which simply didn't throw the ball very well, but did average over 19 yards per reception and scored 7 TD's.
2005 NFL DraftTeam W-L Opponents' W-L % 1 San Francisco 2-11 .476 2 Miami 2-11 .558 3 Cleveland 3-10 .591 4 Arizona 4-9 .462 5 Tennessee 4-9 .495 6 Washington 4-9 .505 7 Oakland 4-9 .563 8 Tampa Bay 5-8 .466 9 Chicago 5-8 .476 10 New Orleans 5-8 .481 11 Houston 5-8 .510 12 Detroit 5-8 .510 13 Dallas 5-8 .519 14 San Diego** 5-8 .529 15 Kansas City 5-8 .556 16 St. Louis 6-7 .490 17 Carolina 6-7 .510 18 Cincinnati 6-7 .548 19 Seattle 7-6 .442 20 Minnesota 7-6 .481 21 Dallas* 7-6 .505 22 Jacksonville 7-6 .524 x23 Denver 8-5 .471 x24 Green Bay 8-5 .471 25 Baltimore 8-5 .543 26 New York Jets 9-4 .505 27 Atlanta 10-3 .423 28 San Diego 10-3 .471 29 Indianapolis 10-3 .500 30 New England 12-1 .476 31 Philadelphia 12-1 .452 32 Pittsburgh 12-1 .486 * Buffalo's 1st pick would be #52 ** NY Giants 1st pick would be #45 x Indicates tie to be decided by coin flip