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Nt Watch

Discussion in 'NFL Draft' started by RMANCIL, Jan 3, 2007.

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    U-M NOTEBOOK: Branch ponders NFL draft


    CARSON, Calif. -- Alan Branch's teammates have stopped trying to persuade him to skip this year's NFL draft and return to U-M for his senior season.

    Not that he has made up his mind. He just doesn't want to think about his future when the Wolverines have one more game to play.

    "At times, there were people trying to convince me to stay, but then they realized that I'm really not going to think about it, so they were just kind of wasting their breath," said Branch, a 6-foot-6, 331-pound defensive tackle.

    Branch remains the only player among U-M's junior class who hasn't decided whether he'll return for his senior season or enter the draft in the spring. Tailback Mike Hart, quarterback Chad Henne, left tackle Jake Long and linebacker Shawn Crable have all said they will return to U-M.

    Branch said that the Rose Bowl's outcome isn't likely to affect his choice, but he will consider the fact that his teammates will be back. He has until Jan. 15 to decide.

    "I promised Coach Carr that I wouldn't have myself distracted or anything," Branch said. "After the game, I'll sit down, put the pros and cons on the table and see what I decide."

    Branch, who has 35 credits left, said he would earn a degree, regardless of his decision. USC junior receiver Dwayne Jarrett also plans to wait until after the Rose Bowl to decide whether to return to USC or enter the draft


    The Browns have eyes for him.
     
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    RMANCIL New Member

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    Keith Jackson ARK 6-0, 300 is a poor mans NT to watch , if the Bolts fail to take a Jamaul Williams clone early they figure to get a NT the second day.

    Razorbacks' seniors down to final game of remarkable journey

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -Houston Nutt has been asked countless times this season how his Arkansas team became such an unexpected success.

    There's plenty of credit to go around, of course - starting with tailback Darren McFadden, the Heisman Trophy runner-up.

    But when Nutt talks about the Razorbacks' resurgence in 2006, the coach always seems to reserve his highest praise for his distinguished group of seniors.

    "They've led us all year long,'' Nutt said Friday. "From the very first game on - as down as we were - they have taken us this far and I'm just really proud of them.''

    Arkansas' seniors will face one more challenge together Monday when the No. 12 Razorbacks play No. 6 Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl. The Hogs are 10-3 entering the New Year's Day matchup - quite a turnaround after two straight losing seasons and a 50-14 loss to Southern California in this year's opener.

    "This senior group's been through a lot the last couple years,'' Nutt said. "These guys, they've led us. They've led us through the hard times, and this is why we're in Florida.''

    The class is plenty talented. The offensive line - which has opened holes for McFadden - starts three seniors, including tackle Tony Ugoh, a third-team All-American.

    Linebacker Sam Olajubutu and defensive tackle Keith Jackson are among the best in the Southeastern Conference at their positions. On special teams, Jacob Skinner is one of the best - and certainly one of the most popular - punters in the country.

    After the loss to USC, everything finally came together during a winning streak that vaulted Arkansas as high as No. 5 in the nation.

    "It's very rewarding. Winning 10 straight games, and going to a bowl game and getting to the top 10,'' Olajubutu said. "It's very rewarding for the seniors.''

    Nutt says the seniors took control after the opening-game loss, when it appeared this year might not be much different from the previous two.

    "You find out - when people jump off the wagon, things aren't going just right - who has real heart, who has real leadership,'' Nutt said. "Keith Jackson - go to war with. Randy Kelly, Wes Murphy, Stephen Parker, Zac Tubbs ... Darius Vinnett - all he's been through. There's example after example.''

    The roster includes 17 seniors in all. Several are atop the depth chart at their positions, including Olajubutu, Jackson, offensive tackles Tubbs and Ugoh, guard Stephen Parker, linebacker Desmond Sims, Murphy at tight end, Kelly at safety and Vinnett at cornerback.

    Brett Goode - one of the lesser-known seniors - has been dependable as Skinner's long snapper. Jeremy Harrell is a strong backup on the offensive line.

    Tubbs and Vinnett are prime examples of the class' resilience. Tubbs fought through multiple leg injuries in 2004 and 2005 before coming back strong this season. Vinnett missed most of last season and some of this one with various injuries, including knee problems and a concussion. He made a key interception late in a November win over South Carolina.

    Mike Markuson, Arkansas' offensive line coach, has become a bit nostalgic.

    "It gets to this point right here when you're in a great bowl like this,'' he said. "You realize you spent five years with them, you've helped them grow up, you've trained them, you've been a part of something that's hopefully helped their life.''

    Now, there's only one thing left for the players to do.

    "We just want to go out on a positive note and beat Wisconsin,'' Tubbs said.

    Arkansas will have McFadden back next year, along with fellow 1,000-yard rusher Felix Jones, and quarterbacks Casey Dick and Mitch Mustain are still maturing. The groundwork is in place for another good season in 2007.

    Jackson is enthusiastic about the future - and his stake in Arkansas' success won't end when he faces the Badgers (11-1).

    "We know it's our last game in a Razorback uniform. We've just got to go out there and give it our best - and try to help our team out to get in the top 10 for next year,'' Jackson said. "Even though you're leaving, you're still going to be a fan and still love the teammates that you were with.''
     
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    Frank Okam , Glenn Dorsey, Amobi Okoye ,Tank Tyler, Keith Jackson, Tim Crowder, and Adam Carriker are all players to keep a eye on . Dorsey is more of a 1 gap DT but he could play DE in a 3-4 he should go early as he is perhaps the best DL on the board.

    Okoye is getting a lot of press but I have not seen him play at 6'2" 302 he has the right size and he is very bright now can he play?

    Crowder maybe a little tall for NT and he plays DE for Texas but he is very stout and plays real strong at the point of attack can't wait to see his combine numbers.

    Adam Carriker has the size to play in a 3-4 but at 6' 6" he projects out side at DE as his size may be a issue trying to get leverage at NT.

    This is just a quick list I put together , a lot of folks think DT/ NT is a position we need depth at .


    Update on Okam. ’Horns DT leaning to school… Texas junior DT Frank Okam said Wednesday that he plans to return to school for his senior season rather than enter the 2007 NFL draft. Okam, though, likely will still ask the NFL draft advisory committee for a projection on where he would be drafted if he did indeed opt to give up his final year. The 6-5, 315-pound Okam had been projected as a possible top 15 prospect at the start of the season but has seen his stock plummet as a result of some very ordinary production this fall.
    this according to Great Blue North Report.

    One other DT who has not declared for the draft but is worth watching is Sedrick Ellis, USC he is a little light in the pants but he has a ton of upside , great quickness and shows a lot of strenth.
     
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    Louisville's Amobi Okoye (91) if he declares has the right stuff to be a high 1st round selection. He isn't big enough to play NT in our 3-4 right now but at just 19 and still growing he has the potential to do so.

    His size and quickness along with great agility will make him a very good DE in a 3-4 or a DT in a 4-3 and his intelligence will allow him to quickly grasp the defenses and his assignments.

    The Chargers have a ALL Pro NT in Williams but if this kid slipped a little he looks like the special type of talent that Smith covets in the 1st round.
     

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