2004 Draft Prospects: Week in Review - 12/08-12/11

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

December 8
  • One receiver that has had a breakout senior campaign is Colorado's D.J. Hackett.  Coach Gary Barnett recently stated, "His (Hackett) stock (draft) has really shot up. He did not play a lot last year until the end of the season, so no one really knew what to expect. Hackett, who finished the 2002 season with just 15 catches, has totaled a team leading 78-receptions, 1013 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns.

  • Derek McCoy is poised to move up draft charts with solid post-season workouts.  A consistent performer for the Buffs, McCoy finished his senior campaign with 63 receptions for 883 receiving yards and a school record 11 touchdowns.

  • Baylor senior safety Derrick Cash accepted an invitation to participate in the 2004 Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Classic held on January 14 in Las Vegas. 

  • It seems Michael Gaines options in college have run out and the former Central Florida tight end will be available in April's draft.  Only playing football two-of-the-last-five years, Gaines was ruled academically ineligible after a pair of classes he took over the summer was not recognized.

  • Even though highly rated Robert Kent did not perform up to the level NFL scouts hoped as a senior, he still leaves Jackson State as the best quarterback in school history and goes out as one of the most prolific passing quarterbacks in Southwestern Athletic Conference.

December 9
  • Arkansas coach Houston Nutt stated that if people keep equating the name of Shawn Andrews with the first round of next April's NFL Draft he will have to say ‘‘farewell'' to his big tackle.  Andrews, ranked atop the tackle chart by the TFY Draft Preview, is expected to be a very early pick if he enters the draft.

  • Washington defensive tackle Terry Johnson will not return next season and instead, is opting for the NFL draft.  Johnson could have received a fifth year of eligibility had he been on target to graduate this summer.  He is a late round choice next April.

  • Expect middle linebacker Chad Mascoe, who was declared academically ineligible this season at Central Florida, to show up at a Division II school next season.

  • Publicly, the word is that if UCLA junior defensive back Matt Ware gets some degree of guarantee from the NFL that he would be a high pick, he'd more than likely choose to leave for the NFL early.  Ware's father, an attorney, is handling the affairs.  The hard-hitting Bruin is also an accomplished baseball player in the Seattle Mariners farm system.

December 10
  • Alabama junior defensive end Antwan Odom has decided to declare his eligibility for April's NFL draft. Odom went through the NFL's Advisory Committee and was given a favorable report. If he is not taken in round one Odom will hear his name called early in the second frame.

  • The light has seemingly gone on for Syracuse receiver Johnnie Morant as renewed focus has helped him become one of the premier players in the Big East.  Morant finished the season with 46 catches for 799 yards and five touchdowns, numbers, which almost surpass his totals of the previous three years, combined.  Morant has always been considered a prospect with first round physical skill but free agent production.  

  • Washington State quarterback Matt Kegel should be healthy and ready to play against Texas in the Holiday Bowl.  Kegel, who has been dealing with assorted injuries, underwent an MRI on his throwing shoulder Tuesday and the results showed no significant damage to the rotator cuff. 

  • Bob Stoops said if NFL scouts project Sooners defensive tackle Tommie Harris as a top-five pick in next April's draft, he would "kick him out the door".

  • NFL scouts have been impressed with Wyoming quarterback Casey Bramlet, who holds virtually every meaningful passing record for the Cowboys.  Bramlet, coming back after an ineffective junior campaign, ranks 34th in NCAA history in passing yards and 37th in total offense for his career.

December 11
  • Washington Huskies junior receiver Reggie Williams is interviewing agents and likely will select one before he publicly announcing his eligibility for April's draft. 

  • Alabama defensive tackle Ahmad Childress is seeking the advice of the NFL Advisory Committee on where he will likely fall should he enter April's draft.  Childress is seriously considering leaving Bama for the NFL.

  • Alabama defensive tackle Anthony Bryant is seeking the advice of the NFL Advisory Committee on where he will likely fall should he enter April's draft.   Bryant, listed as a senior, could get another year of eligibility if he graduates by the end of the summer semester. 

  • Offensive guard Justin Smiley of Alabama is expected to declare his eligibility for the NFL draft in the next two weeks.

  • Texas junior linebacker Derrick Johnson said Sunday he will wait until after the Holiday Bowl to decide whether he will declare for the NFL draft. 

  • Auburn junior running back Carnell Williams recently spoke about the decision before him.  "It's going to be hard," said Williams, talking about whether to stay in college or enter the draft,  "we're (Ron Brown) going to be seniors and want the ball."

  • Clemson junior wide receiver Derrick Hamilton said he is considering the possibility of leaving for the NFL draft after the season. Hamilton is Clemson's career all-purpose yardage leader and is viewed an explosive receiver and return specialist.

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