2004 Draft Prospects: Week in Review - 12/08-12/11
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Here is this week's draft prospect Hot News, provided by TheInsiders draft experts at TFY Draft Preview.
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
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
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.
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.
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.