NFL prospect notes: 12-8

News on the underclassmen front along coupled with several "unofficial" Senior Bowl invitees highlight tonight's version of prospects notes as we move towards the bowl season.

DeAngelo Williams, who has given every indication this season, will be his last in college football, just got news that confirms the choice is a good one. 

Williams asked the NFL-advisory committee for an evaluation of his draft status and the results were good as the ball carrier from Memphis graded out as a potential late first round pick according to the report, sources have told us.

Recently Williams promised his mother that he would get a college degree but this latest news may seal the decision to enter April's draft.

We have learned another junior is ready to make the jump as sources have told us LSU offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth will turn pro. This should make several franchises happy as the blind-side protector enhances what looks like a poor tackle class.

Senior Bowl officials are hard at work getting a roster together for the mid-January event and the early names look impressive. As is the case every year SEC schools will be well represented and we've been told guard Evan Mathis, offensive tackle Wesley Britt and linebacker Cornelius Wortham of Alabama will get invitations as will both Auburn running backs, Ronnie Brown and Cadillac Williams. Though not official, we fully expect Tiger corner Carlos Rogers and passer Jason Campbell to get them as well. Ole Miss guard Marcus Johnson has also been asked to play in Mobile next month. From rival Mississippi State, defensive tackle Ronald Fields is also on the invitee list.

Out west Stanford linebacker Jared Newberry and safety Oshiomogho Atogwe will be invited.  

North Carolina center Jason Brown, presently soaring up draft boards, can solidify himself as the number one blocker on the pivot with a good Senior Bowl week as he will get the call to go to Mobile.

One of the more intriguing prospects to be invited is Troy State defender DeMarcus Ware. An explosive yet undersized college pass rusher, Ware's future in the NFL may be at linebacker. The skills he displays (or does not display) playing that position during Senior Bowl week will help determine whether or not Ware is a first day selection.


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