Saturday, April 10, 2010

NFL Draft News & Notes

-- Former NFL offensive coordinator and current Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman was front and center at Notre Dame junior quarterback Jimmy Clausen's Pro Day as he helped set-up the scripted workout that the possible Top-10 pick performed in front of NFL scouts. By all accounts the script was one much preferred to the one performed recently by Oklahoma junior quarterback Sam Bradford at his own Pro Day workout as Clausen threw many more down-field passes so his arm strength and the velocity on his ball was much easier to evaluate than at Bradford's workout. Trestman was believed to be a candidate for the Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders head coaching positions this past off-season and his continued work with helping to groom young NFL-bound quarterbacks will certainly keep his name among the hopeful NFL head coaching candidates in 2011, as well.

-- Promising their anonymity here is a list of who several key NFL evaluators think will be the best draft valued players per position, in other words, who they believe will be key contributors without necessarily being the highest rated or first drafted prospect at each position:

*Three prospects were listed if there was a tie among the dozen people we spoke to.

QB: Jarrett Brown (West Virginia), John Skelton (Fordham)
RB: Montario Hardesty (Tennessee), Deji Karim (Southern Illinois)
FB: Chris Zardas (Massachusetts), Cory Jackson (Maryland)
WR: Golden Tate (Notre Dame), Mike Williams (Syracuse), Kyle Williams (Arizona State)
TE: Clay Harbor (Missouri State), Jimmy Dray (Stanford)
OC: Joe Hawley (UNLV), Ted Larsen (NC State)
OG: Chris DeGeare (Wake Forest), Marshall Newhouse (TCU)
OT: Rodger Saffold (Indiana), Jared Veldheer (Hillsdale)

DE: EJ Wilson (North Carolina), Daniel Te'o-Nesheim (Washington), Hall Davis (UL-Lafayette)
DT: Torell Troup (Central Florida), Tyson Alualu (California)
ILB: Phillip Dillard (Nebraska), Travis Goethel (Arizona State)
OLB: Jason Worilds (Virginia Tech), Arthur Moats (James Madison), Keaton Kristick (Oregon State)
CB: Jerome Murphy (South Florida), Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (Indiana, PA), Kevin Thomas (USC)
S: Major Wright (Florida), Larry Asante (Nebraska)

K/P: Garrett Lindholm (Tarleton State), Scott Ravanesi (Southern Illinois)

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