NFL Draft news and notes after the eight week of the college season. Major updates on a few under the radar juniors considering the jump into next April’s draft as well as another well-known ball carrier. Also, players that are drawing a lot of positive press in the scouting community in this week’s edition.
– Last week we touched on initial Senior Bowl invitations. Sources have told us Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson is another slated to receive an invite for the week in Mobile.
– Scouts continue to fall in love with Stanford passer Andrew Luck. One source we spoke with, and one of the few that would actually speak openly about the third-year sophomore, told us hands down Luck is the first pick of the draft if he opts for the NFL after the season. Besides his playing skill scouts love his leadership skills, the ability to innovate when plays break down and control the situation on the field. We hear Luck is well liked by his teammates which is yet another intangible scouts like. We’ve mentioned previously how scouts love his size as we’ve been told Luck is a natural 6-foot, 4-inches and 235 pounds with room to grow.
– We’ve been critical of Ryan Mallett from the get-go, and mentioned numerous times since August how we feel many are overrating the junior from Arkansas. We also touched lightly on the red flags that may be raised over his character. Now comes word from someone familiar with the situation that the light has gone on for the big armed passer and he’s starting to show signs of maturity. Has he turned the corner? According to our source not yet, though Mallett is headed in the right direction.
– We spoke about Mount Union receiver Cecil Shorts III in last week’s live wire as well as during our podcast. Since then several league insiders have in fact confirmed that the small school wide out is moving up draft boards.
– Another receiver flying up draft boards, yet at a faster pace, is Oklahoma’s Ryan Broyles. Sources have told us Broyles is likely to enter the draft and could be selected as early as the late part of round one.
– We are hearing whispers that Justin Houston and Cordy Glenn from Georgia will both look at their NFL options when the season concludes. We’ve also been told that Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams is a shoe-in to enter the draft, a bad move from our perspective.
– Two Arizona Wildcat defensive ends are getting rave reviews from NFL scouts. Brooks Reed, who’s been healthy this season, has been compared to former USC star Clay Matthews while Ricky Elmore, who is in the midst of a sensational season, is drawing comparisons to NFL Pro-Bowler Jared Allen.
– We’ll have more on these stories as well as breaking news on Texas cornerback Aaron Williams and Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph in this week’s podcast, which should be posted Wednesday evening.