NFL-prospect Notes: December 20

More on Senior Bowl invites plus breaking news on both the underclassmen and injury front in this weeks edition of "Prospect Notes". Lots of information on what the Hurricane's are thinking plus several Big East players that may impact next April's NFL Draft.

It looks like Hurricane running back Frank Gore will indeed declare for the NFL draft. Sources have told us Gore's concern of sustaining another knee injury is weighing heavy on the decision.  Gore was taken back by the recent choice by Ciatrick Faison of Florida to enter the draft and Gore realizes he could slide next April.  There is a thought he may go for his own "combine-type MRI" and prepare himself for what NFL doctors could find in February.  

Hurricane linebacker Roger McIntosh and cornerback Kelly Jennings are also considering the next level as each has asked the NFL-advisory committee to evaluate their draft potential.  Receiver Roscoe Parrish is also in the process of getting information back from the league as to his projected status.

Several Hurricanes have been invited to the Senior Bowl including guard Chris Myers, fast rising fullback Talib Humphrey and tight end Kevin Everett.  Unfortunately for Everett a shoulder injury may keep him out of both the Peach Bowl and Senior Bowl.

Another that has shoulder injury problems is Vanderbilt junior Matthew Tant, who recently declared for the draft.  Evidently Tant sustained a rotator cuff injury which may require surgery.  Sources have told us Tant was advised against entering the draft and the injury is serious enough that the multi-talented and athletic fullback could be medically red-flagged off of most teams draft boards.

Jovan Haye is another Commodore who may have pulled the trigger too early on an NFL career, though for different reasons.  The usually disruptive pass rusher is coming off a season where he only tallied a single sack and just 3.5 tackles for loss.  As a result Haye was given a sixth round grade by regional NFL-scouts.

Going for a tri-fecta of mistakes, Vandy passer Jay Cutler is making overtures towards turning pro, which would be a huge error.

In the Big East sources have told us that Boston College defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka will enter the draft and be a top-ten selection.  Fellow teammate Will Blackmon, the talented cover corner, is expect to stay in school.

Temple linebacker Rian Wallace is "50/50" right now as to what his final decision will be, though many feel the odds are more heavily favored towards Wallace entering the draft. 

In a bit of a shocker we were alerted today that Owl quarterback Walter Washington is also giving serious consideration to making the jump.


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