The first weekend of November saw the status quo remain on the college field, but we have plenty of breaking news. More Senior Bowl invitations have been handed out. Additional underclassmen are ready to dip their toe into the pool of draft eligibility. And what’s the latest on Pitt’s Greg Romeus? The answers in this weeks Live Wire!
– We start off tonight with a list Senior Bowl invitations, including a few surprises. TFYDraftInsider.net has learned that offensive linemen Steve Schilling of Michigan and Nate Solder of Colorado have received invitations for the January event. So to has Hawaii receiver Greg Salas. The surprises come in a pair of Wildcats from Villanova, offensive lineman Ben Ijalana and all purpose player Matt Szczur. Ijalana has been playing better this season and was highly rated coming into the year, so his invitation was just a mild surprise. But Szczur has a future in baseball, has been sidelined with an ankle injury much of this season and was never fully committed to football. The all purpose player has produced at receiver, as a return specialist as well as taking hand-offs in the backfield, much like the last Villanova Wildcat to perform at the Senior Bowl, Brian Westbrook.
– We are hearing quarterback Blaine Gabbert and defensive lineman Aldon Smith of Missouri will test the draft waters once the season is complete. Were it not for the leg injury suffered early in the season Smith was a sure fire top twelve pick.
– Sources have told us Wisconsin running back John Clay, who came close to entering last April’s draft, will do so for next April’s event.
– Clay’s teammate JJ Watt has been back and forth as to his plans. Watt really wants to come out according to those with intimate knowledge about the situation, but may not do so unless he receives a first round grade from the advisory committee in December. Many of Watt’s opponents have has high praise for him. Michigan State offensive tackle DJ Young has told people Watt is the toughest defensive lineman he has faced.
– Sources have told us that Maryland speedster Torrey Smith has not talked much about entering the draft to date and really does not seem very interested in the subject at this point. Scouts who have been willing to speak with us about the underclassmen, emphatically state Smith is one of the few game breaking receivers with legitimate NFL potential presently playing on Saturday.
– Another underclassmen receiver building a buzz around himself is Stanford’s Chris Owusu. A nice sized target with very reliable hands, Owusu runs good routes, has terrific playing strength and deceptive speed. There’s been absolutely no word whether or not Owusu will enter the draft but we’d say speculatively there’s a good possibility considering his quarterback is likely to leave and the wide out which lines up opposite Owusu (Ryan Whalen) is a senior.
– We are hearing the injury suffered by Greg Romeus, which required surgery to repair, is very similar to the one Rob Gronkowski suffered last year. Sources have told us Romeus will try and play the final four games of the regular season.
– During our podcast this week we will have more on these stories, updates on the North Carolina investigation as well as a pair of sleeper offensive linemen building a buzz for themselves in the scouting community!