NFL Draft notes and news after the sixth week of the college season. Major updates on the decisions many of the top underclassmen around the nation are facing and which way they are headed. Also, names of sleeper underclassmen prospects considering the draft. And finally, more news on the NCAA investigations.
– We broke the news that Robert Quinn was not expecting to suit up for the 2010 season during our podcast of September 15th. North Carolina officially announced yesterday that Quinn and receiver Greg Little have been deemed “permanently ineligible” because of NCAA findings regarding these players accepting improper benefits. Sources have told us all along that the prospects of not playing this season allegedly did not bother Quinn as he was fine with taking a “red-shirt” season before entering the 2011 draft. Sources have told us that evidently Quinn feels he is presently rated high enough that sitting out the year won’t harm his draft stock all that much.
– Sources have also told us federal investigators are “following the money trail” as part of their investigation into the current scandals around the country. Tax evasion charges are just one of the potential crimes they may be looking at.
– Prior to the season underclassmen from the Alabama football program met with a school sponsored consultant to discuss the process of early entry into the draft. We have been told the outcome of that meeting was at least a half dozen juniors said they would enter the draft if they received a second round grade or better. The biggest surprise considering the jump at the time was/is linebacker Don’ta Hightower.
– One of the better underclassmen flying under the radar is Utah cornerback Brandon Burton. Burton, who is considering entering the draft, has been stamped with a first round grade by some scouts.
– News from the PAC 10 has Rahim Moore of UCLA leaning towards staying in school while Stanford defensive end/outside linebacker Tom Keiser is considering the draft.
We will have more on detail on these stories during tomorrows podcast.