Sleepers, Rising Stars, and Numbers Galore

With the NFL draft quick approaching this Saturday and Sunday, we review some final notes on more than 50 players who may find an NFL team in the later rounds. In other words, get your later round fix right here!

DRAFT SLEEPERS
LB RYAN MYERS
, Akron Zips, 6-1, 245 lbs., 4.63 (40-yd. dash) --Akron senior linebacker Ryan Myers finished second on the team with 80 tackles, six tackles for loss, four pass breakups, one fumble recovered and one fumble caused as a senior. He impressed all in attendance at his Pro Day, which was held on the campus of Kent State.

The Wellington, Ohio, native ran 4.63, did 22 reps of 225 pounds, 32" vertical, 10' broad jump, 4.33 short shuttle and 6.89 in the 3-cone drill. He did all of that while coming in at a well-built 6011, 245 pounds.

The 23-year old versatile linebacker played outside during his junior campaign but moved to the middle before the start of his senior year. He responded with a number of fine performances, including 10 tackles, one tackle for loss and one fumble recovery in their upset win over Marshall; recorded 24 tackles in games against top teams, including Iowa, Maryland and Virginia. A multiple-time MAC Academic Honor Roll selection, he led the team in tackles as a junior with 77, including 58 solos, while adding five pass breakups and forced a team-best three fumbles. He made a career-high 13 stops (10 solo) and one sack at Ohio State, and followed that up with 10 tackles, including nine solo stops, at Purdue.

Those were just two reasons he was named the Zips' Most Outstanding Junior in 2001.

Myers began his college career at Ashland College before transferring after one season.

He was a two-sport standout in high school, winning the state wrestling champion at 215 pounds in high school. When you watch Myers play, it brings back memories of another former linebacker that played his college ball in the state of Ohio -- Chris Spielman. He is a hard-nosed, instinctive, sure tackler with a nose for the ball.

WR DETRONN HARRIS, University of West Georgia, 6-1, 195 lbs., 4.30 (40-yd. dash) -- West Georgia senior wide receiver/return man Detronn Harris recently ran times between 4.26-and-4.40, while adding a 36.5" vertical and a 10'2" broad jump.

He was the fastest player in attendance at both his own Pro Day, and the one held at Georgia Tech.

The Georgia native was recruited to schools like Auburn and Georgia coming out of high school but attended Holmes (MS) Community College first before settling at West Georgia the past two years.

Harris had 63 catches for 954 yards and five touchdowns, averaged 26.8 yards per kickoff return, including 99-yard return for a touchdown, this past season. He gained over 500 yards during his junior campaign and scored on an 89-yard kickoff return. In each of his two seasons with the Braves, he led the team in all-purpose yardage.

He was one of the nation's top kickoff returners while at Holmes Community College in Mississippi before making the move to the Division II program.

In high school, he was a four-sport star, running track, wrestling and also playing soccer.

His top performance ever came against North Atlanta, as he scored six touchdowns, including four scores on punt returns, one on a kick return and the other receiving.

This is the type of small-school athlete that needs only development and continued coaching in order to perform up to his potential. At worst you get a player that develops along the lines of James Jett (Raiders), but potentially his straight-line speed could lead to multiple return scores for years to come.

He is a terrific athlete who has come a very long way, both on and off the football field. It was also impressive for him to perform for scouts twice in a short period of time and show no ill effects.

RISING STAR
OL REESE HICKS
, Georgetown (Ky.) Tigers, 6'5 299 lbs, 5.20 -- Georgetown (Ky.) senior offensive lineman Reese Hicks was one of the primary reasons that the Tigers won two consecutive NAIA National Championships, and almost made it three straight this past season, losing in the championship game 28-7 to Carroll College. The 6-foot-5, 299-pound blocker was named first-team All- American and earned All-Mid South Conference honors as a senior.

He took the opportunity to fly up to Indianapolis during the week of the Combine to shake hands, pass out highlight tapes and arrange private workouts with scouts. Staff was recently able to visit with Reese, asking him questions ranging from style of play, to the offensive system used to the level of competition he faced.

"(I) think I can succeed against the kind of players I have seen here (Combine)," said Hicks, who on the advice of his agent made the journey from Kentucky to Indianapolis, but it became fruitful when several newspaper writers and a handful of teams responded positively to his profile.

Hicks certainly passes the eye test -- he was 6052, 299 pounds with very little body fat and the ability to gain another 10-15 pounds over time.

He had his first Pro Day on-campus in late March and heard from more teams that came work him out on March 28.

The Ohio native averaged 5.20 in the 40, 22 reps of 225 pounds, 28" vertical, 4.60 short shuttle, 8.50 3-cone and 8'6" broad jump, all of which would have placed him in the top-half of the offensive tackles that worked out at the Combine.

He was stationed at left tackle for the Tigers, helping the offense average 407 yards per game, including 191 yards on the ground.

Most of the scouts that have viewed his game film or watched him in person say that he will most likely settle in at right tackle or offensive guard in the pros. "(He) has very good size ... shows good power ... there is a lot to work with," according to an NFC scout.

Hicks needs to learn how to make better use of his hands, while staying lower off the ball, which would allow him to fire off the ball more consistently.

"Some people think that coming from a small school is too big of a jump. But I like to prove them wrong. That's what I'm hoping to show on film," explains Hicks, who may have shown NFL scouts just that with his initial workout numbers.

PRO DAY STUFF
Middle Tennessee State senior running back Dwone Hicks
ran 4.54/4.56 as his best times according to some scouts... with 4.62 being the worst time recorded... he had been highly criticized for not running the 40 at the Combine... but had plenty of zip to his workout and looked impressive in the position drills catching everything and exploding up field and finishing well... he is only three weeks into his rehab and showed tremendous toughness in playing immediately after surgery in mid-season and gutting it out late in the season... his final standing will determine on how healthy team's feel his knee is... and what/if any questions they still have remaining about his breakaway speed.

South Florida junior defensive end/outside linebacker Shurron Pierson was 6016, 244 pounds... he has less than 6 percent body fat... and actually hit the top of the vertical machine on his first attempt, which would be 45"... came back and did 42" on his second attempt... while working out he suffered a slight pull in his shoulder, so he did not bench press again... 10'6" broad jump... 4.32 short shuttle... 7.40 3-cone... many scouts looked over at the USF weight, speed and conditioning board where Pierson holds all the records at his school except the 300 yard-shuttle... he ran between mid-to-late 4.4's on his 40, which was run on grass... his second time was a little slower... but both were very impressive... he was viewed in linebacker drills... but others feel he can play standup or rush DE... also one of the youngest (20) players available... and his numbers are very similar to those of Georgia LB Boss Bailey... except Pierson is 15 pounds heavier.

Carson-Newman senior running back Randy Bell was 5092, 210 pounds at Mississippi State's second Pro Day... he ran 4.37/4.35 in the 40... 4.26 short shuttle... 7.07 3-cone... 11.84 long shuttle... and then worked out for one NFC South RB coach, who put him through a number of drills... while recording a very impressive 7.11 in a 4-cone directional drill... this kid took over games... and can contribute in a variety of ways... running, catching and returning kicks... could be a surprise early day-two pick... has better upside than RB/RT Derrick Blaylock (Chiefs).

Mississippi State tight end Donald Lee was 6033, 250 pounds... ran 4.76/4.65/4.61 in three 40-yard attempts... 4.22 short shuttle... 7.09 3-cone... 38.5" vertical... 25 reps of 225 pounds... 11.90 long shuttle... some interesting notes on his workout... they did the 225-pound bench press at the end of an hour long workout... and afterwards he ran 7.0-flat four-cone directional drill for scouts, which is one of the best times recorded for tight end... he then went back and caught passes/ran other drills for another team's scout.

Penn State senior defensive end Michael Haynes did the majority of the drills as his Pro Day.... 4.22 in the short shuttle... 7.09 in the 3 cone... and 1.65 10-yard time.

Maryland senior punter Brooks Barnard has been training down in Florida with Miami Dolphins kicking coach Doug Blevins...... he did not punt at Maryland's Pro Day, but did 20 reps of 225 pounds... at 6026, 193 pounds... His hang times have been consistently in the 4.6 to 5.1 range with distances of 45 yards or better during his training sessions.

South Florida senior wide receiver/return man DeAndrew Rubin ran 4.36 on grass... did 17 reps of 225 pounds... caught every pass thrown his way during the skilled position drills... he was one of the top KR/PR in the country... his potential to contribute in a number of ways could drive him up the board of several teams... have heard some talk of him being this year's Steve Smith (Panthers) or Deion Branch (Patriots)... either way he could squeeze into day one... or be a day two steal.

Southern Mississippi senior offensive lineman Jason Jiminez has had two excellent workouts at his recent Pro Days... he ran 5.10 in the 40... 4.60 short shuttle... and 22/23 reps of 225 pounds... his upside and potential to develop into a starting offensive tackle in the league have him moving up the charts...likely mid second day selection.

Virginia senior wide receiver Billy McMullen was 6035, 205 pounds... he has not been able to workout in certain events due to an elbow injury... but ran 4.61/4.65 in the 40 at his Pro Day... he does, however, look much quicker in all of his drills... and received high praise for his work ethic, routes and hands from coach Tom Shaw, who has been training McMullen in New Orleans... his times were similar to those last spring... Maryland senior offensive lineman Todd Wike was 6027, 295 pounds... ran 5.28 in the 40... 25 reps of 225 pounds... 29.5" vertical... 4.61 short shuttle... 7.68 3-cone... 8' broad jump... was an Outland/Lombardi Candidate... All-American... 3-time Academic All-ACC winner... played both center and guard at this year's East/West Shrine game... hard worker... good mauler type... once he gets under you it is a huge problem... good-looking mid-round lineman.

Fordham senior defensive tackle Aymen Aboushi was 6024, 305 pounds... ran 5.10 in the 40... 29 reps of 225 pounds... 4.70 short shuttle... 8'9" broad jump... had 64 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and four sacks this past season... he also did positional drills for teams... and made 24 consecutive starts to end his career... his workout numbers came at Hofstra on March 18th for eight teams... and his results were tops by DL at the Pro Day.

Fordham senior defensive back Chris Rhodes was 6007, 222 pounds... ran 4.48 in the 40... 37" vertical... 10'6" broad jump... 14 reps of 225 pounds, but is coming off a shoulder injury that required surgery... his worked out numbers came at Hofstra University on March 18... he is a solid SS prospect... wore #1 on game film... and improved his 40-time from 4.6 range last spring, while also adding 10 pounds of muscle to his frame.

Temple senior defensive tackle Dan Klecko did only positional drills... and has 3-5 private workouts in early April... he is a unique prospect, as he came in at right around 6-foot-0, 273 pounds... but jumps out at you on film... frustrated many top offensive linemen at the East/West Shrine game... and has caught the eye of a few teams that like smaller, quicker defensive tackles... he could probably play at 280-285 pounds but actually had lost some weight since the Combine.

Temple senior wide receiver/return man Sean Dillard was 5082, 173 pounds, which is actually 11 pounds heavier than he was just two years ago (162)... ran 4.32/4.36 in the 40... besides being one of the school's top-10 all-time leading receivers... he was also one of the Big East's top punt returners... his 40-time was recorded on track... but his numbers are similar to those he had been posting while training for his Pro Day with Chip Smith in Atlanta.

Temple senior center Donny Klein was 6014, 305 pounds... ran 5.00/5.10 in the 40... 26 reps of 225 pounds... 4.7 short shuttle... 7.8 3-cone... 28" vertical... very solid technician... hard worker... under-rated, according to teammates and 2002 opponents... does his job on film... steady, but not spectacular... can be a solid #2 center... little undersized but fights hard, especially at the point of attack.

Kentucky senior linebacker Ronnie Riley was 6000, 230 pounds... ran 4.75 in the 40... 4.4 in the short shuttle... 21 reps of 225 pounds... 36.5" vertical... 7.40 3-cone... 10'6" broad jump... he played mostly inside linebacker in college... made 12 starts as a senior... had 75 tackles... was named Defensive Player of the Game against Florida... should also be a very solid special teams player... his numbers are from the March 12 Pro Day.

Kentucky senior safety David Johnson was 5105, 213 pounds... ran 4.6 in the 40... 4.01 short shuttle... 6.72 3-cone...15 reps of 225 pounds... 35.5" vertical... 10'3" broad jump... he was an under-rated member of the Wildcats 2002 defense... solid workout numbers across the board... and should also be a very productive special teams player.

Murray State senior defensive end/outside linebacker Jason Myers was 6030, 245 pounds... ran 4.74 in the 40 but with only one scout in attendance... that was all he was able to do... had done 33" vertical and 20-plus reps of 225 pounds in the past... good-looking up field rusher... had 41 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and two sacks as a senior... he is the younger brother of NFL DL Michael Myers... his results were from March 11 Pro Day...

Murray State senior cornerback/return man Malcolm Moore was 5100, 185 pounds... ran 4.49 in the 40 which was the only drill he had recorded... has done eight reps of 225 pounds... and 34" vertical in the past... played two seasons for the Racers after transferring from Arizona Western JC... had 72 tackles... averaged 20 yards per kickoff return and 8.3 yards per punt return this season... results were from March 11 Pro Day.

Murray State senior cornerback Mandrell McGregory was 6010, 188 pounds... ran 4.44 in the 40 for scouts.

Syracuse senior cornerback Latroy Oliver was 5087, 197 pounds... ran 4.38 in the 40... 33" vertical... 13 reps of 225 pounds... 9'8" broad jump... 4.09 short shuttle... 7.10 3-cone... feisty, undersized defender... works hard to stay with his man... more straight-line speed... can also contribute on special teams... his workout results came on March 19 at Syracuse.

Texas senior offensive lineman Alfio Randall-Veasey was 6050, 307 pounds... 5.05 in the 40, but ran only once after pulling up on his second attempt... 25 reps of 225 pounds... 29" vertical. 8'4" broad jump. 10" hand... very good/underrated athlete... former JC transfer... has run 4.90 on an indoor track... several scouts have mentioned him as a possible late-round to priority free agent.

Stanford senior defensive lineman Trey Freeman was 6025, 295 pounds... ran 4.88 in the 40... 25 reps of 225 pounds... 4.49 short shuttle... 26 vertical"... 7'6" broad jump... he had strained his hamstring three weeks before the Pro Day... he was hurt while training, but his results were accumulated at Chip Smith's CES center.

Truman State/Illinois State senior quarterback Dusty Burk was 6000, 200 pounds... ran a 4.63 in the 40... 32" vertical... 6.99 3- cone... 9'5" broad jump... he also threw the ball 50 yards from a stand still position... he finished second in the nation (Division II) in total offense with 3,441 yards (317.8 per game)... completed 61 percent (229/378) of his passes for 2,681 yards and 19 touchdowns... also ran for an additional 823 yards and 12 touchdowns... very quick and mobile quarterback with an equally strong and accurate throwing arm... his workout was attended by scouts from a total of five teams.

Mississippi State senior offensive guard Michael Allen was 6034, 356 pounds at his second Pro Day... he has lost over 15 pounds since the end of the season... ran 5.22/5.20 in the 40... had run 5.18 at over 350 pounds on March 6... 25 reps of 225 pounds... 4.85 short shuttle... 8.23 3-cone... 9'6" broad jump... 24" vertical... a former junior college All American at NW Mississippi... he has plenty of upside potential... if you can get another 15-20 pounds off of his frame he has very good footwork for a player of his size... good upper-body strength... and his balance, leverage and consistency would improve leaps and bounds at 330-340 pound range.... he has been very dedicated in the weight room and with his diet... just might have turned the corner.

Georgia Tech Fred Wright was 6032, 262 pounds... ran 4.7 in the 40... 27 reps of bench pressed... 35.5" vertical... 9.7 broad jump... a versatile defender, with experience at NT, DT, DE & LB positions... has the intelligence and can easily get his weight down to the 250's in order to play the LB positions effectively.

Northeastern senior defensive back Art Smith was 6005, 195 pounds... ran 4.55 in the 40... 34.5" vertical... 14 reps of 225 pounds... 10'1" broad jump... 4.27 short shuttle... 6.84 3-cone... these results are from the Harvard University Pro Day.

Western Carolina senior wide receiver/return man Michael Banks was 5091, 170 pounds... ran 4.59 in the 40 on grass... 4.29 short shuttle... 6.59 3-cone... 29.5" vertical... 10'6" broad jump... he was first-team All-Southern Conference performer... and is the Western Carolina and Southern Conference single season/career leader in receptions and yardage.

Mount Union senior quarterback Rob Adamson was 6040, 215 pounds at a March workout at Kent State, which was attended by staff members of ten teams... he ran 4.79 in the 40... 4.19 short shuttle... 6.96 3- cone... the scouts in attendance said he threw the ball well, especially the 15-20 yard out... he has several private workouts scheduled.

Mississippi State senior defensive tackle Michael Oyefesobi was 6015, 300 pounds... ran 5.15/5.12 in the 40... 25 reps of 225 pounds... 4.75 short shuttle... 7.75 3-cone... 27.5" vertical... 8'11" long jump... played as a reserve for two seasons after a solid JC career, including 11 sacks his sophomore year... versatile defender that also played tight end in high school... and moves much better than his 40-time... #94 on film... his best games were against Troy State and Florida in 2001.

Mississippi State senior running back Elmore Wonsley was 5094, 202 pounds... his overall performance was hampered by the fact that he had lost his grandfather shortly before... and that was a divesting loss according to another teammate... ran 4.86/4.84 in the 40... had run 4.68 on March 6th... 32" vertical... 4.58 short shuttle... 7.22 3-cone... 9'3" broad jump... had done 24 reps of 225 pounds on March 6... another note about him is that three of his uncles played RB in the NFL, including Otis, George and Nathan.

Mississippi State senior cornerback Richard Ball was 5103, 181 pounds... ran 4.71/4.67 in the 40... had run 4.57 on March 6... 4.44 short shuttle... 36.5" vertical... 10'8" broad jump... 7.13 3-cone... 11.95 long shuttle... played two seasons with the Bulldogs... as a CB, RT and special teams performer... can return punts... had been credited with 4.4-4.5 40-times during his JC days... better tackler than his size indicates, as well.

Mississippi State senior safety Walter Burdett was 6003, 199 pounds... ran 4.81/4.82 40-time... had run in the 4.70-4.74 range on March 6... 33" vertical... 4.53 short shuttle... 7.13 3-cone... 9'7" broad jump... 12.00-flat long shuttle... was mainly a special teams player and reserve safety... played two years with the Bulldogs after time at Georgia Military JC... played CB/SS/OLB in JC but is more of a SS type for the pros... had been recorded in the 4.55 range during his junior college days.

William Patterson (NJ) senior tight end Justin O'Connor, a Penn State transfer, is an interesting looking kid... 6047, 270 pounds... wears #89 on game film.

Virginia Military Institute senior quarterback Joey Gibson ran 4.70 in the 40 during a private workout.

Appalachian State senior wide receiver/return man Andrew Layton ran 4.56 in the 40 despite pulling up with a tight hamstring...also did 10 reps of 225 pounds... 37.5" vertical... 10'4" broad jump... and has scheduled workouts on March 26th & March 29th.

New Hampshire senior wide receiver Mike Taylor was 6027, 199 pounds... ran 4.57 in the 40... 33" vertical... 4.60 short shuttle (slipped)... 9'8" broad jump... 7.20 3-cone... results are from a February 28 private workout.

Union College (KY) senior defensive back Tally Adams, who is a Florida native, .is 5-foot-11, 211 pounds... and transferred from Bethune-Cookman... currently training in New Orleans with coach Tom Shaw... he was a three-time NAIA All-American selection... had 56 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, nine pass breakups and one fumble recovery.

Charleston Southern senior defensive tackle John Amaro is looking is 6020, 285 pounds... runs in the 4.95 range... 27 reps of 225 pounds... and 27" vertical.

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