Monday, January 16, 2006

Declared Underclassmen

UPDATE: This looks to be the final list. Waiting to hear about any last minute players when the NFL releases the official list. Prospects that don't sign with an agent have until the 18th to withdraw and go back to school.

Omar Jacobs, QB , Bowling Green
Brandon Kirsch, QB, Purdue
Marcus Vick, QB, Virginia Tech
Vince Young, QB, Texas

Cornell Brockington, RB, Connecticut
Reggie Bush, RB, USC
Brian Calhoun, RB, Wisconsin

Maurice Drew, RB, UCLA
Laurence Maroney , RB, Minnesota
Demetris Summers, RB, South Carolina
LenDale White, RB, USC

Santonio Holmes, WR , Ohio State
Chad Jackson , WR , Florida
Greg Lee, WR , Pittsburgh
Drouzon Quillen, WR, Louisianna-Monroe
Cory Rogers, WR, TCU
DJ Smith, WR, Idaho

Willie Hall, OT, Middle Tenn State
Winston Justice, OT, USC
Derek Morris, OT, NC State

Fred Matua, G, USC
Rob Smith, G, Tennessee

Vernon Davis, TE , Maryland
Leonard Pope, TE, Georgia
Anthony Fasano, TE , Notre Dame

Ray Edwards, DE , Purdue
Stanley McClover, DE, Auburn
Michael Williams, DE, Texas College
Mario Williams, DE, NC State

John McCargo, DT, NC State
Tony McDaniel, DT, Tennessee
Haloti Ngata, DT, Oregon

Kai Parham, ILB, Virginia

Paul Szczesny, OLB, Arizona State
Ernie Sims, OLB , Florida State
Stephen Tulloch, OLB, NC State

Antonio Cromartie, CB, Florida State
Charles Gordon, CB , Kansas
Devin Hester, CB, Miami
Jonathan Joseph, CB, South Carolina
Richard Marshall, CB, Fresno State
Derrick Martin, CB, Wyoming
Dee Webb, CB, Florida
Ashton Youboty, CB, Ohio State

Ko Simpson, FS , South Carolina

Darnell Bing, SS, USC
Danieal Manning, SS, Abilene Christian
Bernard Pollard, SS, Purdue
Donte Whitner, SS, Ohio State


At 7:56 AM, Blogger Cutthroat Pirates said...

Well the Buccaneers season is over, I can't wait until the draft. Check out my blog, I wrote about our 23rd pick and linked it to you. Thanks for the insite.

At 6:44 AM, Blogger Douglas Scott S. said...

Hey i was just checkin out your mock draft. its pretty good, and who knows whats gonna happen. but i have a pretty good feeling that if Huff of Texas is available, the Falcons will be all over him. We'll be getting our rookie Beck, and Hartwell back from injuries, to go along with Williams, Brooking, and our other rookie Boley. So I think we'll be fine at LB position, especially if you say we'll be trying to get Peterson from 49ers. We desperately need solid safeties. I heard we'll also be big players in getting Rodney Harrison assuming he's released from New England. Nice site.

At 1:58 PM, Blogger Birdman said...

Thanks guys.

Good point, Douglas. Safety has gotten deeper recently too, with the addition of Ko Simpson, Laron Landry and probably Darnell Bing. Falcons can either have their pick in round one, or catch whoever falls in round two.

At 6:30 PM, Blogger Douglas Scott S. said...

yeah i heard if we dont take a safety in the 1st round, we'll most likely take local product greg blue in the 2nd round out of uga. either way, all i want is a hard hitting safety...

At 7:14 PM, Blogger Birdman said...

If you're looking for hard-hitting, then Mike Huff probably isn't your guy. Its probably his only flaw at this point.

Greg Blue fits the bill. Darnell Bing, Bernard Pollard, Laron Landry and Nate Salley are others in that mold.

At 8:11 PM, Blogger Birdman said...

As a Falcons fan, what are your thoughts on running QBs? For example how does it effect your opinions on Vince Young? If you're in charge of a QB-les team, does Vick's inconsistency (and prone to injury) scare you away from Young--or does his dynamic abilty make you value Young more?

At 9:07 AM, Blogger Douglas Scott S. said...

It's tough to tell what Young will do on the NFL level. Vick was an amazing college QB and took his team to the National Championship game (and put up great passing numbers in college). Young isn't nearly as fast as Vick, I didn't get to see him much this year except for the highlights. But in the Rose Bowl most of his big runs came due to missed tackles (where he slipped out of weak arm tackles), and i cant imagine linebackers in the NFL, who are MUCH faster, such as Vilma and Ray Lewis not lighting him up anytime he runs across the middle like he did last week.

I'd still take young over leinart though since leinart apparently has shoulder problems that hes trying to hide. Young has amazing size and he showed pretty good accuracy despite his mechanics.

I think in the next 5-10 yrs the NFL will be half pocket passers, half scramblers. If you looked at most of the QBs in major bowl games, theyre black. Ohio St, Penn St, Texas, UGA, etc.

Michael Vick was just a few years ahead of his time I guess. As he and his WR mature I think he'll start putting up better numbers. But we'll just have to wait and see I guess.

I'm looking forward to this years draft and offseason. I'm really optimistic that we're gonna make some big moves..

At 9:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vince Young can be GREAT under the right circumstances. Other than going to Houston, The Titans would be best fit for him. McNair has been his mentor since high school, & it would be to his advantage to learn the NFL game under McNair's wing for a year or 2. His speed is deceptive. He takes such long strides, being 6'6", he appears to not be moving as fast as he is. But, much to the chagrin of USC, Ohio State, Michigan, Oklahoma, & others, he is VERY fast for his size. 4.45 in the 40 I believe. You can't appreciate his speed unless you've seen it in person. He glides along so effortlessly, & has great vision for the field, & you see guys try to gauge his speed & get an angle on him, then by the time they realize they've mis-judged his speed, it's usually too late. Then there's his passing. Remember when he was known as a "running QB"? Well, the running QB managed to have the highest passer rating in NCAA div 1 this year. He throws a very accurate, easy to catch ball. If you saw the UT/SC game, there weren't many dropped/mis-thrown balls. He can do just about what Vick can do, running wise, & some things Vick can't. VY led div 1 in passer rating. I believe Vick is @ the bottom of the NFL, or close to it in completion percentage. While Vick is a LITTLE faster than Young, I believe Young more than makes up for it being 40 lbs heavier, stronger,& 6+ inches taller. Young can evade tackles about as well as Vick, & can run/pull through some tackles Vick can't. Also, Vick doesn't seem to have the mental football savy Young has. Young, in addition to his physical skills, has really become a student of the game. He'll use his head while Vick will use his feet. Sometimes Vick throws too hard. Vince can throw the long ball, but throws an easy to catch, very accurate ball. I don't believe I've ever seen anyone that is as good @ BOTH running & passing as he is. He might not be in a "class by himself" @ either, but it wouldn't take long to call the roll! Name even 1 other runnig QB that can throw as well as him? Name 1 other throwing QB that can run as well as him. He looks to be a bigger, faster, Randol Cunningham, with Brett Favre's toughness, & Roger Stabauch's leadership & will to win. No telling what he could do if he came back next year. I just hope the NFL has the same sense that Mack Brown & the rest of the longhorn coaches finally aquired. Even though his throwing motion looks awkward, if it ain't broke, don't fix it until it is!!! His unconventional-semi-side-arm style works for him. The UT coaches almost ruined him & moved him to WR until about 1/2 way through last year. Mack sat down with him, popped in a VCR tape of his high-lights in high school & told VY, "that's who we want." Vince replied, "then you've just got to let me be me." Luckily Mack had the sense to listen, & the rest is history.


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