As the final week winds down for the underclassmen we have the latest news on Pittsburgh defensive end Greg Romeus, what the Gators in Gainesville are thinking and information on a few Seminoles. Also some potential surprise entries and the latest information on Indiana-Pa. cornerback Akwa Owusa-Ansah. 1/12 @4:45: Update on Greg Romeus! @ 9:15: Rob Gronkowski!
– Sources have told us this evening Arizona tight end Ron Gronkowski will enter the draft. We reported on January 8th that Gronkowski is training in Florida to test his surgically repaired back. Thus far the results have been good. Sources have told us several doctors have given Gronkowski the thumbs up and the Arizona junior, who sat out the entire 2009 season because of the back injury, will visit with the doctor who performed the surgery tomorrow with the expectations of receiving one final bill of clean health.
– For most of the season word was Greg Romeus was pretty certain he would enter the draft but the word as of this evening is the Panthers defensive end is really contemplating his final decision. That’s because sources told us Romeus was surprised by the grade he received from the NFL Advisory committee. Most feel Romeus is a top 15 pick in April’s draft- we presently rank Romeus as the seventh best player in the nation. The advisory committee disagrees and gave the Pittsburgh junior a 2nd/3rd round grade. That’s surprising but as someone close to the program reminded us, Pro-Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis was given a second round grade from the committee after his junior season. Update, 1/12 @4:45PM: Sources close to the situation have just informed us that Romeus is telling people he plans to stay in school. More on this story as it breaks.
– There will be a lot of news coming out of Gainesville over the next few days- we’ll get you ahead of the game. The Pouncey twins wanted to enter the draft together but it seems they’ll go their separate ways. Maurkice Pouncey, who we rank as the number one center in the nation, received a 1st/2nd round grade from the advisory committee and will enter the draft. His brother, guard Michael Pouncey, received a 4th round grade and will stay at UF. The closeness of the two cannot be discounted. They finally got separate condos this year to begin the transition of living “away” from each other.
– Ahmad Black was expected to enter the draft as we reported last month, a story later confirmed by his father. That has changed and Black will return to the Gators for his senior season. The belief is the undersized safety received a poor grade from the advisory committee.
– Part of the reason tight end Aaron Hernandez entered the draft is the fact he does not see eye-to-eye with Florida head coach Urban Meyer. Hernandez has told people he does not expect Meyer to give him any ringing endorsements if NFL scouts ask Meyer for an opinion.
– Florida State guard Rodney Hudson is exploring his draft options and could declare by weeks end. The same holds true for Seminole center Ryan McMahon. Surprisingly, defensive end Markus White has been very quite and is expected to return to Tallahassee for his senior season.
– Colorado cornerback Jalil Brown is close to entering the draft. The fourth year junior received a 4th/7th round grade from the advisory committee but claims he can run 4.37-seconds in the forty, which he feels will improve his draft stock.
– We’ve been reporting on the condition of cornerback Akwa Owusa-Ansah for weeks now and tonight we have the definitive word. Owusa-Ansah does in fact have a torn labrum but it is an injury he played with during the season. It was an injury that also warranted surgery during the ’09 campaign according to sources. Owusa-Ansah will not participate in any post season All Star games and is out of next weeks Shrine Game. He is preparing for the combine and will participate in the workout in Indianapolis next month, except for the bench press. One week after the combine Owusa-Ansah is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair the labrum and Dr. James Bradley of the Pittsburgh Steelers will perform the procedure. The date of the surgery will give Owusa-Ansah enough time to schedule either a pro-day or individual workout just before the draft and he is expected to be 100% by the time training camp opens.