From TFY Draft Insider's blog.
Interesting "consensus" WR rankings. And some notes on which underclassmen are leaning towards going pro, with Corey Liuget and Torrey Smith being the notable ones in my eyes, as Jenkins, Casey, Smith, and Houston aren't surprises at all.http://www.draftinsider.net/blog/?p=3780
As the season has ended for many teams around the nation and the news heading towards the draft heats up, especially for the underclassmen, this will be your one stop for all the updated happenings. From now until January 18th we will update our live wire with all the information that will impact the 2011 NFL Draft, primarily targeting the underclassmen. Updated 12-19: More underclassmen looking at the draft & receiver rankings!
- Sources have told us that Ryan Miller of Colorado will go through the process of getting his draft grade from the advisory committee and is seriously considering entering the draft. We presently grade Miller number seven on our list of draftable guards. Others we’ve spoken with give him a higher grade.
- Sources have told us Illinois junior defensive lineman Corey Liuget is leaning heavily towards entering the draft.
- In conversations with insiders we’ve received rankings on the wide outs from a number of teams and there are some surprises. Here are the rankings for the senior receivers:
1) Jerrel Jernigan/Troy State
2) Leonard Hankerson/Miami
3) Titus Young/Boise State
4) Greg Salas/Hawaii
5) Dwayne Harris/East Carolina
6) Matt Szczur/Villanova
7) Vincent Brown/San Diego State
8) Niles Paul/Nebraska
9) Ronald Johnson/USC
10) Greg Little/North Carolina
11) Denarius Moore/Tennessee
12) Cecil Shorts/Mount Union
13) Austin Pettis/Boise State
14) Armon Binns/Cincinnati
15) Dane Sanzenbacher/Ohio State
16) Jeff Maehl/Oregon
17) Edmund Gates/Abilene Christian
18) Terrance Toliver/LSU
19) Jordan White/Western Michigan
20) Lester Jean/Florida Atlantic
No receiver was given a first round grade. Szczur, who left the semi-final game this week, was given a mid 4th round grade. Niles Paul late 4th, Cecil Shorts mid 5th, Edmind Gates mid 6th.
Here’s how they rate the underclassmen wide outs:
1) AJ Green/Georgia
2) Jonathan Baldwin/Pittsburgh
3) Justin Blackmon/Oklahoma St
4) Julio Jones/Alabama
5) Juron Criner/Arizona
6) Torrey Smith/Maryland
7) Michael Floyd/Notre Dame
8) Ryan Broyles/Oklahoma
9) Jeff Fuller/Texas A&M
10) Randall Cobb/Kentucky
- The national media is catching on to something we first told TFYDraftInsider readers back on September 27th; defensive tackle Jurrell Casey and offensive tackle Tyron Smith, both from USC are heading to the draft. We alerted readers last week that Smith got off to a quick start in deciding on representation. Tonight we can tell you Smith has in fact signed with a representative, will undergo a physical this weekend then begin training for the combine right after Christmas in Arizona.
- Sources have told us that Maryland receiver Torrey Smith will enter the draft. Outsiders have been telling Smith he’s a better pass catcher than former Terrapin wide out Darrius Heyward-Bey and may have the junior believing he’ll be an early first round pick. While we’ve been high on Smith and spoke glowingly about him in our August preview, and feel he could slide into the tail end of round one, we do not grade him as an early selection in the draft. We’ll have more on the situation during our podcast which will be taped Wednesday evening.
- Big news from the state of Florida. Several sources have told us Gator cornerback Janoris Jenkins will enter the draft. Also looking hard at opting for the draft is Miami receiver Travis Benjamin and defensive lineman Micanor Regis. Finally Seminoles linebacker Nigel Bradham has requested a grade from the advisory committee and we hear he is also leaning towards entering the draft.
- It seems there’s more and more chatter that Georgia’s Justin Houston may make the jump to the next level. The Bulldogs sackmaster must think long and hard about his decision as most we’ve spoken with are concerned about Houston’s ability to play in space, an opinion we agree with, and a majority of teams project him to outside linebacker.
- Sources told us tonight that Clemson defensive tackle Brandon Thompson will go through the process of gathering information on his draft ranking and could enter next April’s event.
- Finally we’ve been told that Greg Romeus is far ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation. The senior suffered a season ending knee injury in November after returning from back surgery which forced him to the sidelines in early September. Sources have said Romeus has rebounded well from his recent knee surgery and they are keeping fingers crossed he’ll be able to perform to a degree at the combine.
- We’ll have much more in our podcast which will be posted for listening on Thursday.