A little later than usual on a Monday, here’s this week’s edition of draft insider news and notes. Many more Senior Bowl invitations have been handed out and we’ve got them. Additional underclassmen are ready to dip their toe into the pool of draft eligibility and the latest scuttlebutt from the scouting community.
– Additional Senior Bowl invitations have gone out to both Boise State receivers, Titus Young and Austin Pettis. We previously told you that Wisconsin tackle Gabe Carimi received an invitation. If Carimi decides to travel to Mobile in January he’ll be joined by teammates guard/center John Moffitt and tight end Lance Kendricks, who have also been invited. Other receivers/tight ends that have been invited include Niles Paul of Nebraska and Richard Gordon from Miami.
– The running backs invited to the Senior Bowl include West Virginia’s Noel Devine, Evan Royster from Penn State and Miami’s Graig Cooper.
– We are hearing two offensive linemen are building momentum in the scouting community. Mississippi State center J.C. Brignone, graded as a priority free agent at season’s start, is getting a lot of long looks from zone blocking teams. Baylor’s Danny Watkins was given a middle round grade and has played so well many think he could end up as a top 100 pick. Watkins is a terrific story as the 26-year old never played football in high school and was a fireman in Canada before latching on to Butte College where he developed into an All American lineman.
– There is more chatter coming out of USC that offensive tackle Tyron Smith will enter the draft. He is likely to be a top 15 pick and the first tackle drafted.
– Staying in the PAC Ten, sources have told us it is very likely Arizona State defensive lineman Lawrence Guy will enter the draft.
– We are hearing the names of two junior cornerbacks that are likely to enter the draft. Utah’s Brandon Burton will most certainly make himself eligible after the season and is projected as a top 50 choice. The other name from the position we hear is also leaning towards entering the draft is Florida’s Janoris Jenkins.
– Sources have told us San Jose safety Duke Ihenacho, who suffered a season ending foot injury during the third game of the year, has received another season of eligibility from the NCAA and will use it next year.
– There’s good news for Duke’s brother, former San Jose star Carl Ihenacho. The defensive lineman went undrafted and had several unsuccessful tryouts since April. Ihenacho was struggling to return to form after undergoing knee surgery in which two screws were put into the joint. We’ve been told Ihenacho recently underwent a procedure to remove those screws and as a result there’s no more swelling in his knee during workouts. He recently passed the physical administered by the Miami Dolphins and the team hopes to sign him after the season. They have some competition as we here there are another three teams showing interest in Ihenacho.
– Tune into this week’s podcast as we will have news on Robert Sands of West Virginia, an update on Maryland receiver Torrey Smith, the name of a small school star ready to enter the draft as well as an update on Senior Bowl invitations!