Archive for April, 2010

Looking for redemptionThe 2010 NFL Draft is in the books yet not all the stories have been told.  There were a number of surprising picks, trades which never happened and players who overcame red flags.  Here’s a look at some of the recent notes that have filtered in since Sunday concerning many of these issues.

- Once the Buffalo Bills selected CJ Spiller with the 9th pick of the draft most figured the career of Marshawn Lynch was finished with the organization.  In fact a number of franchises contacted Buffalo about the availability of Lynch but the Bills shot down every offer put in front of them.  While you should never say never, it looks at this point as though the Bills will keep Lynch and use him as part of a running back rotation this season.

- Most sources have Hawaii linebacker Brashton Satele signing a free agent contract with the Oakland Raiders.  And while Satele did sign the contract offered to him by the organization, Oakland reneged and did not execute the contract.  As a result Satele was a man with no roster spot as most teams around the league loaded up on undrafted free agents and maxed out their 80 man rosters.  Satele was invited for a try out with the New York Jets next week and could eventually find a way onto a roster.

- Prior to the draft we were told a knee injury was sending up red flags for linebacker Sean Lee.  Ironically the knee in question was not his surgically repaired right knee rather an injury to his left knee which put him on the sidelines for a number of games last season.  In the end everything turned out fine as the Dallas Cowboys, who have some of the strictest guidelines when it comes to the physical well being of draft picks, traded up in order to acquire Lee.

-  Speaking of trading up to acquire Lee, sources have told us the Jacksonville Jaguars thought they had a deal in place with the Philadelphia Eagles for the 23rd pick of round two.  Jacksonville was set to grab Lee, a player the team loved as we alerted readers back on April 22nd.  In the end Dallas offered the Eagles more in return for the selection.

- As far as the Jacksonville Jaguars are concerned, one of the gems of this years’ draft for the organization was coming away linebacker Kirk Morrison for what amounted to swapping their 4th round selection with the Oakland Raiders for a 5th rounder.  The team feels Morrison immediately bolsters a sagging linebacker core and feel this is one of the better trades the team has made in its’ history.

- Defensive tackle D’Anthony Smith got a wrap for taking plays off and it was a bit of a surprise when the Jacksonville Jaguars selected him in round three.  The team on the other hand is not concerned.  Considering the number of wild shootouts Louisiana Tech was involved in last season and the number of plays Smith was on the field, the Jaguars felt it was inevitable that he, or anyone else for that matter, would wear down.

- On April 23rd we alerted readers to the interest the Miami Dolphins were showing in safety Robert Johnson of Utah.  In fact the Dolphins were prepared to take Johnson in round five but were beaten to the punch as the Tennessee Titans selected the safety in the middle of the frame.  Miami responded quickly by trading up to the 32nd selection of round five then taking Georgia junior Reshad Jones.  Miami made the move as they were afraid of getting shut out from the top prospects at the position that were still available.

UDFA Signings

Its’ the feeding frenzy after the draft as teams go unabated to sign the available, undrafted players.  For the next week we will update this list as best we can to bring you the information as to where many of the prospects end up.  Updated 4-25/3:30PM

UNDRAFTED FREE AGENTS

AFC EAST

Buffalo Bills: Joique Bell, RB Wayne St., Dom Harris, S Temple, Naaman Roosevelt, WR Buffalo, Donald Jones, WR Youngstown St.,

Miami Dolphins: Marlon Moore, WR Fresno St., Roberto Wallace, WR- San Diego St,Travis Ivey, DT, Maryland; AJ Wallace, CB, Penn State; Vince Oghobaase, DT, Duke; Jonathan Amaya, DB, Nevada

New England Patriots: Bryan Anderson, WR Central Michigan, Sergio Brown, S Notre Dame,

New York Jets: Charlie Tanner, OG Texas; Kevin Basped, DE Nevada; Jeff Cumberland, TE Illinois; Keith Buckman, OL, North Dakota State; Philip Kirkland, WR Bethune-Cookman; Cory Reamer, LB Alabama; Mick Williams, DT Pitt. Marcus Ezeff, DB Cal (workout)

AFC NORTH

Baltimore Ravens: Mike McLaughlin, LB Boston College, Prince Miller, CB Georgia, Albert McClellan, DE Marshall, Curtis Steele, RB Memphis, Josh Morris, CB Weber St., Morgan Cox, LS Tennessee

Cincinnati Bengals: Jeff Cottam, TE Tennessee, Vincent Rey, LB Duke,

Cleveland Browns: Casey Bender, OT South Dakota St., Jon Dempsey, LB Louisville, Troy Wagner, TE Indiana, Joel Reinder, OT Waterloo, Auston English, DE Oklahoma

Pittsburgh Steelers: Coddrow Thompson, DT Virginia Tech, Dorian Brooks, OL James Madison,

AFC SOUTH

Houston Texas: Steve Maneri, TE Temple, Tyler Sheehan, QB Bowling Green

Indianapolis Colts: Blair White, WR Michigan St., Tim Hiller, QB Western Michigan

Jacksonville Jaguars: Chad Kackert, RB New Hampshire, Robert Malone, P Fresno St., John Estes, C Hawaii, Kevin Haslem, OT Rutgers, Chris McGaha, WR Arizona St., Kyle Bosworth, LB UCLA, Chris Hawkins, CB LSU, Trevor Harris, QB Edinboro,
Josh Gordy, CB Central Michigan

Tennessee Titans: Stafon Johnson, RB USC, Kevin Matthews, C Texas A&M
Gerald Harris, TE Ole Miss

AFC WEST

Denver Broncos: Riar Geer, TE Colorado, Alric Arnett, WR WVU,

Oakland Raiders: Manase Tonga, RB BYU, Andre Anderson, FB Tulane

San Diego Chargers: Seyi Ajirotutu, WR Fresno St., Jeremy Williams, WR Tulane

Kansas City Chiefs:

NFC EAST

Dallas Cowboys: Matt Nichols, QB Eastern Washington, Lonyae Miller, RB Fresno St., Barry Church, S Toledo

New York Giants: Duke Calhoun, WR Memphis, Nate Collins, DL Virginia,

Philadelphia Eagles: Josh Morris, CB Weber State, Patrick Simmonds, WR Colgate

Washington Redskins: Daryll Clark, QB Penn State,

NFC NORTH

Chicago Bears: Cornelius Browns, CB Bears, Freddie Barnes, WR Bowling Green, Matt Mayberry, LB Indiana,

Detroit Lions: Aaron Berry CB Pittsburgh,

Green Bay Packers: Chastin West, WR Fresno St., Sam Shields, CB Miami, Jeff Moturi, WR UTEP, Chris Campbell, OT E. Illinois, Noah Shepard, QB South Dakota, Quinn Porter, RB Stillman, Tory Harrison, RB S. Mississippi, Tim Knicky, LB Stephen F. Austin, John Russell, DE Wake Forest, Robert Vaughn, S UConn, Alex Joseph, LB Temple, Frank Zombo, DE Central Michigan

Minnesota Vikings: Lee Campbell, ILB Minnesota (workout),

NFC SOUTH

Atlanta Falcons: Tim Buckley, QB-S Alcorn St, Colin Peek, TE Alabama,

Carolina Panthers: Andrew George, TE BYU, Matt O’Hanlan, S Nebraska
Andre Neblett, DT Temple,

New Orleans Saints: Junior Galette, DE Stillman, Harry Coleman, S LSU, Clint Gresham, LS TCU, Jason Beauchamp, LB UNLV, Brandon Carter, OG Texas Tech, Ekom Udofia, NT Stanford, Jay Ross, DT E.Carolina, Marcel Young, S Jackson State,

Tampa Bay Bucs: Preston Parker, WR N. Alabama, Rico McCoy, LB Tennessee, Jeron Mastrud, TE Kansas St., Jevan Snead, QB Ole Miss, Sergio Render, G Virginia Tech, Cassius Vaughn, CB Mississippi, 

NFC WEST

Arizona Cardinals: Max Hall, QB BYU, A.J. Jefferson, CB Fresno St., Stephen Williams, WR Toledo, Devin Tyler, OT Temple

San Francisco 49ers: Jarrett Brown, QB WVU, Patrick Stoudamire, CB Western Illinois, LaGarrette Blount, RB Oregon

Seattle Seahawks: Jeff Byers, C USC
Josh Pinkard, CB USC, Reggie Carter, LB UCLA, DeMarcus Granger, DT Oklahoma, Quintin Hancock, WR Tennessee, Partrick Devenny, TE Colorado, Robert Rose, DE Ohio St., Joe Pawelek, LB Baylor, James Brindley, S Utah St., Kevin Dixon, LB Troy,
Adrian Martinez, OG Colorado St., Jacob Phillips, OT Belhaven, Marcus Brown, CB Arkansas St., Will Harris, S USC

St Louis Rams: Brandon McRae, WR Mississippi St, Thaddeus Lewis, QB Duke, Simoni Lawrence, LB Minnesota,

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* Scott Sicko/TE/New Hampshire, turned down an offer from the Dallas Cowboys and has decided to attend graduate school.  Several personnel people from the organization spoke with Sicko, telling him how much they wanted him to join the team.  While they did not guarantee Sicko a roster spot they did tell him the team keeps four tight ends and he would likely make the active roster.

With 2010 NFL Draft now complete there are still a number of talented prospects available to be signed as free agents.  In order here are the best players still available.

Full Name Pos School
Rahim Alem DE LSU
Colin Peek TE Alabama
Aleric Mullins DT North Carolina
Darian Stewart S South Carolina
Jarrett Brown QB West Virginia
Blair White WR Michigan State
Jevan Snead QB Mississippi
Harry Coleman S LSU
Jeremy Williams WR Tulane
Brandon Lang DE Troy State
Chris Brown RB Oklahoma
A.J. Jefferson CB Fresno State
Brandon Banks WR Kansas State
Jason Beauchamp OLB UNLV
Lonyae Miller RB Fresno State
Rashawn Jackson FB Virginia
Justin Cole OLB San Jose State
Scott Long WR Louisville
Greg Middleton DE Indiana
Lucien Antoine S Oklahoma State
Ciron Black T LSU
Malcolm Sheppard DT Arkansas
Chris McGaha WR Arizona State
Mike McLaughlin ILB Boston College
Andre Dixon RB Connecticut
Chris Hawkins CB LSU
Vareion Hodge WR Mississippi
Barry Church S Toledo
Jared Perry WR Missouri
Antonio Coleman OLB Auburn
Brandon Carter G Texas Tech
Verran Tucker WR California
Nate Collins DT Virginia
Kurtis Gregory G Missouri
Lindsey Witten DE Connecticut
Kyle Bosworth OLB UCLA
Tony Washington T Abilene Christian
Matt Clapp FB Oklahoma
Donovan Warren CB Michigan
Keith Toston RB Oklahoma State
Kyle McCarthey S Notre Dame
Alric Arnett WR West Virginia
Leigh Tiffin PK Alabama
Marlon Williams OLB Texas Tech
Jaron Mastrud TE Kansas State
Devin Ross CB Arizona
Adam Ulatoski T Texas
Chris Marinelli G Stanford
Keaton Kristick OLB Oregon State
Seyi Ajirotutu WR Fresno State
George Johnson DE Rutgers
Steve Maneri TE Temple
Chris Carter WR Cal-Davis
Brett Swenson PK Michigan State
Brian Jackson CB Oklahoma
Jeffrey Fitzgerald DE Kansas State
John Estes C Hawaii
Alex Daniels OLB Cincinnati
Bryan Anderson WR Central Michigan
Danario Alexander WR Missouri
Kevin Haslam G Rutgers
Kion Wilson OLB South Florida
LeGarrette Blount RB Oregon
Vince Oghobaase DT Duke
Chris Campbell T Eastern Illinois
Charles Alexander DT LSU
Manase Tonga FB BYU
Stephan Virgil CB Virginia Tech
Jake Ricks DT Auburn
Aaron Webster S Cincinnati
Alex Parsons G USC
Brandon James RB Florida
Simoni Lawrence OLB Minnesota
Cory Jackson FB Maryland
Donald Jones WR Youngstown State
Vincent Rey ILB Duke
Dorian Brooks G James Madison
Chris Chancellor CB Clemson
Javarris James RB Miami-Fl
Tim Knicky OLB Stephen F. Austin
Jonathan Amaya S Nevada
Joe Pawelek ILB Baylor
Rafael Priest CB TCU
Joique Bell RB Wayne State
Sam Maxwell OLB Kentucky
Freddie Barnes WR Bowling Green
Albert McClellan DE Marshall
Lorenzo Washington DT Alabama
Brandon Minor RB Michigan
Thaddeus Lewis QB Duke
William Rose FB Florida Atlantic
Cornelius Brown CB UTEP
Chris Bell WR Norfolk State
Nicholas Howell T USC
Micah Johnson ILB Kentucky
Jeff Byers G USC
Alex Joseph ILB Temple
Jay Ross DT East Carolina
Stephen Williams WR Toledo
Keiland Williams RB LSU
Carl Ihenacho DE San Jose State
David Nelson WR Florida
Richard Dickson TE LSU
Mike Tepper T California
Marshay Green CB Mississippi
Anderson Russell S Ohio State
Patrick Stoudamire CB Western Illinois
Austin Howard T Northern Iowa
Charlie Tanner G Texas
Terrell Hudgins WR Elon
James Ruffin DE Northern Iowa
Terrell Skinner S Maryland
Sergio Render G Virginia Tech
Richie Brockel FB Boise State
Kevin Basped DE Nevada
Naaman Roosevelt WR Buffalo

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