Guys, I mayhave found our next great punt& kickoff returner, anyone see them play?

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  1. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    Hey, guys i may have found our next great punt returner, have any of you guys seen any of these players play and if so, are they any good/ to help us the cowboys?

    Danny Woodhead
    Chadron State
    5-8 (5074)
    194 lbs
    4.37/4.44 40.

    Overview and Analysis

    Woodhead, college football?s new all-time leading rusher with 7,441 yards, has done everything you could imagine. He has won the Harlon Hill Trophy and earned All-America honors each of the last three years. As D2?s version of Reggie Bush he has shown excellent vision, a great burst, and the ability to change direction at any time. Most of his yards come off the inside zone play. He has shown the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield as well. His speed (4.43) enables him to break the long scoring runs, but his cutting ability that allows him ?to turn nothing into something? is often just as impressive. He won the 55-meter dash at the RMAC Indoor Meet in 2006. Sixteen of his rushing touchdowns have been on runs of more than 60 yards. He also has a 33.5-inch vertical jump. Because of his outstanding accomplishments in high school, he became the first CSC football player to receive ?a full-ride? scholarship. Many scouts worry he will be able to physically play in the NFL with his height and they worry that his speed won?t be as dominating as it is in D2. He level of competition is also a concern. Expect Woodhead to be a late round selection and get a shot as a 3rd down back and a reserve. If he was 3 inches taller he would be a first day selection. His story is one to follow, no matter what level he plays at.

    Brian Witherspoon
    5-10 (5101)
    163 lbs
    4.19/4.32 40.
    Overview and Analysis

    Witherspoon is a raw but talented corner with 4.2 speed. He can return kicks, punts, and has the speed to make up for many flaws in technique. He was the SIAC 2006 Track & Field 100 and 200 meter dash champion. He has been tabbed as the fastest man in the SIAC. He finished 4th in the NCAA D-II Outdoor Track & Field Championships and was named a D-II Track All-American. He is a project who someone should take a chance on after the draft. He will need a chance to shine in a post-season all-star game to have a shot at getting drafted

    do any of you guys remember the kid that came from a small college in texas and the redskins drafted him in the first round, he even ran down tony dorsett from behind once, maybe this guy as a sleeper can help us in the slot, and allow newman to cover at cb, i cant think of the redskin guy right now, but im sure some of you guys remember him, if his 40 yard time is true,


    Ricky Santos, New Hampshire, 6'1, 218lbs, 4.83 40

    Santos has been one of the most productive players ever to take the field in the F.C.S. ranks. In his four years as starter he has defeated three F.B.S. opponents, including over 350 yards and 5 touchdowns against Rutgers as a freshman. Santos finished his career as the all-time leader in C.A.A. history for passing touchdowns, pass completions, and yards gained, among many more. The four-time Walter Payton Award Finalist has a gun slinging approach to the game that many question how it will translate to the N.F.L. One knock on his game is that he played his entire career in the shot-gun formation so he will have to show he can go under center and become a drop back passer. Most had him as a late rounder but he has dropped somewhat after an average performance at the Hula Bowl. Right now he carries a priority free agent grade.


    1. Jerome Felton, Furman, 5116, 242lbs, 4.62 40:

    Felton has been compared to Jerome Bettis because of his style of play but he has teams thinking he could be a TB and FB after his better than advertised speed, hands, and blocking at the East-West Shrine Game. He is a great short yardage option who has earned All-America honors the last three years. Many don't realize how tough he is as he has only missed one game over his career despite suffering a right index finger fracture and high ankle sprain. Felton entered the East-West Shrine game as a late round prospect but quickly vaulted his stock into the 3rd-4th round range after an excellent week of practice. If you ever get to meet him it will be a pleasure. He has also earned an invite to the N.F.L. Scouting Combine next month.

    2. Mike Peterson, Northwest Missouri State, 6020, 246lbs, 4.58 40 (TE);

    Peterson finished his career as a two-time All-America selection and three-time All-M.I.A.A. pick. He is an excellent athlete with good straight line speed, solid hands, and good quickness of the snap. He will need to work on his blocking technique as most see him as a FB or H-back in the N.F.L. One concern is his age due to being over 25 years of age. It is unfortunate he did not earn a combine invite as he would impress heavily because of his "workout warrior" numbers he would have put up. He is a projected priority free agent selection.

    3. Mike Tolbert, Coastal Carolina, 5084, 246lbs, 4.67 40:

    He was a 1st team All-Big South selection in 2007 after rushing for 748 yards and 9 touchdowns as a FB. Tolbert has flown under the radar this entire year as nobody has given him credit for his blocking and catching ability in college. Many are scared of his size being only 5'9". He has the ability to make a roster and become a contributing backup within 2-3 years in the system. He should be a priority free agent pickup based on current N.F.L. grades.

    Xavier Omon, Northwest Missouri State, 5111, 219lbs, 4.55 40:

    Omon is four-time All-America selection who ran for over 1,500 yards all four years in school, proving to be an every down back. He has deceptive speed as many feel he is a 4.6 type but has 4.5 speed. When you talk to Omon you can tell he is a high character kid who works hard and is focused. His downhill running style has teams buzzing, especially after his dominating performance against Division II dynasty Grand Valley State in the D2 playoffs. Omon will be at the N.F.L. Scouting Combine in February. He should land in the 6th-7th round range of the N.F.L. Draft.

    2. Josh Johnson, San Diego, 6'3, 200lbs, 4.56 40:

    Johnson is one of the more intriguing prospects as he comes from non-scholarship F.C.S. San Diego. Johnson didn't face the best competition but he torched them in his career. Perhaps the most impressive stat from this year is that he led the F.C.S. in pass efficiency with a rating of 198.3. He threw for 2,988 yards, 43 touchdowns, and just one interception. A two-time Walter Payton Award Finalist, Johnson became one of the most decorated players in recent F.C.S. history. He has attracted the attention of all 32 teams with his quick release, mobility, arm strength, and athletic ability. Johnson has great upside but will need to gain weight and work on refining his passing skills. One thing to note is that he was tutored by current Stanford Head Coach and former N.F.L. quarterback Jim Harbaugh. Johnson is currently at the East-West Shrine game where he has impressed in his workouts. Some say his stock has moved up to the first day. Right now he is a 3rd to 4th round projection.

    Mike Peterson
    Northwest Missouri State
    6-2 (6020)
    246 lbs
    4.54/4.67 40.

    Overview and Analysis

    His lack of ideal size might scare some off at first glance but those who break his tape and workout numbers down will see that he could be one of the better h-backs or fullbacks to come out this season. He has very good speed (4.5) and is a solid athlete. He has been all-conference each of the last two years and shows the hands, blocking, and maturity you look for. He will probably be graded very similar to Missouri Western?s Gijon Robinson from last year but has the height to actually get some looks as a tight end by some. He is a physical freak who should impress at the combine and pro day. Heading into his senior campaign he is a 6th-7th round projection.

    Alex Hall
    Saint Augustine College
    6-5 (6051)
    238 lbs
    4.65/4.79 40.

    Overview and Analysis

    If you are looking for the next Greg Peterson you didn't have to wait long. Hall and Peterson are very similar in terms of size and athletic ability. He is already the team's career leader in sacks (18.5), sacks in a season (13.5), and one game (4.5). Hall's is a highly athletic player who weighed in at 230 pounds during the spring but should weigh around 250 for the season. His size/speed combo is one of the most impressive of any defensive end coming out this year, which should make him a fast rising prospect after postseason testing. Some around the program feel he could be a 3rd-4th round type prospect when all is said and done. After talks with NFL sources he appears to be a late round projection (6th-7th round) heading into the '07 campaign.

    Curtis Johnson
    Clark Atlanta
    6-3 (6031)
    240 lbs
    4.58/4.64 40

    Overview and Analysis

    Johnson is perhaps one of the biggest sleepers in this year?s draft. He was not considered a prospect after last season but has burst out of the gate with 18 TFL and 9.5 sacks. When watching him you notice his high motor and how it never stops. He is an effort player who loves to play the game. He has shown tremendous pursuit, field awareness, and a knack for creating turnovers. His athletic ability will get him to the NFL but his speed, motor, and ability on special teams will be what helps him make it. His lack of ideal height for a DE will hurt him but his speed could help him move to OLB. Right now most have him as a priority free agent but don?t be surprised if he lands in the 6th or 7th round. If he runs in the mid or low 4.5 range he could even go as high as the 5th round.

    Brandon Carr
    Grand Valley
    6-0 (6000)
    205 lbs
    4.41/4.48 40.

    Overview and Analysis

    Carr has the size/speed combo scouts are looking for. His production (5 INT, 14 PBU) doesn?t hurt either. He shows the athletic ability, quickness, speed, and cover skills the NFL is looking for in a D2 prospect. Right now he is the top cornerback prospect in the D2 ranks and only ranks behind Tennessee State?s Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as the best in the entire small school ranks. Heading into the season he has a late 6th-PFA grade with most having him as a 7th-PFA grade.
  2. Phrozen Phil

    Phrozen Phil Well-Known Member

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    Nice find! I'm intrigued by the guy from Chadron State and the CB form Grand Valley. It's more difficult to evaluate the small school players, as they don't face the same level of competition as the bigger school guys. If another Larry Allen level talent pops up, it would be great to see the Boys get a mid to late ropund bargain.

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