Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on February 28, 2011 @ 10:21:05 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Cam Newton | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Although Auburn QB Cam Newton struggled during passing drills at the NFL Scouting Combine, he likely will be unavailable for the Miami Dolphins, who own the No. 15 overall pick in the NFL Draft, according to CBSSports.com.

QB | Ryan Mallett | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Although Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett had an outstanding passing workout at the NFL Scouting Combine, character questions make him a huge risk for the Miami Dolphins, who own the No. 15 overall pick in the NFL Draft, according to CBSSports.com.

QB | Greg McElroy | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy scored a 48 on the Wonderlic test at the NFL Scouting Combine, just missing a perfect score of 50, according to two sources, reports Clarence E. Hill Jr., of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

QB | Jake Locker | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Washington QB Jake Locker could be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft after a strong workout at the NFL Scouting Combine, according to Bucky Brooks, of NFL.com. Locker must continue to improve on his accuracy.

QB | Caleb Hanie | Chicago Bears | Draft
Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz is not completely sold on QB Caleb Hanie as the team's No. 2 quarterback, according to Vaughn McClure, of the Chicago Tribune. When asked Saturday, Feb. 26, if Hanie was the unquestioned backup behind QB Jay Cutler, Martz was hesitant to make a firm commitment. "I don't know. We will see," Martz said from the NFL Scouting Combine. "We don't have to worry about any of that right now."

QB | Peyton Manning | Indianapolis Colts | Free Agents, Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts and franchise free-agent QB Peyton Manning have made progress on a new contract, but neither side appears ready to finalize a deal with less than a week to go before the NFL's collective bargaining agreement expires, reports The Associated Press. Manning's agent, Tom Condon, said the two sides are having conversations but nothing is imminent. The Colts made Manning their exclusive franchise player, which would pay him $23 million for a one-year deal if the tag sticks.


Running Back

RB | DeMarco Murray | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Oklahoma RB DeMarco Murray is looking like a solid option as a third-down running back in the NFL, according to Bucky Brooks, of NFL.com. Murray was regarded as one of the most dynamic runners in the draft, and his outstanding workout at the NFL Scouting Combine only validated his status. He posted a time of 4.41 seconds in the 40-yard dash, and showed excellent explosiveness while going through the drills.

RB | Mark Ingram | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Alabama RB Mark Ingram has become an intriguing prospect for the Miami Dolphins as the team prepares for the NFL Draft, especially if a lockout keeps them from either immediately exploring free agency or re-signing RB Ronnie Brown, according to Jeff Darlington, of The Miami Herald. "We're looking for guys that can do it all," general manager Jeff Ireland said. "Run, catch, block, all of those things." The Dolphins, however, might be more prone to investing its first pick in another area.


Wide Receiver

WR | Edmond Gates | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Abilene Christian WR Edmond Gates' performance at the NFL Scouting Combine will raise his NFL Draft profile, according to Bucky Brooks, of NFL.com. Gates posted a time of 4.37 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

WR | Julio Jones | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Alabama WR Julio Jones' performance at the NFL Scouting Combine has put him in the conversation as a possible top-10 pick in the NFL Draft, according to Bucky Brooks, of NFL.com. Jones displayed outstanding speed during his workout; however, he struggles with consistency and route running.

WR | Sidney Rice | Minnesota Vikings | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Minnesota Vikings would like to sign free-agent WR Sidney Rice to a multi-year deal, reports Judd Zulgad, of The Minneapolis Star Tribune. Rice, as reported, plans to test the free-agent market - whenever free agency starts, that is.


Defensive Line

DL | Pernell McPhee | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Mississippi State DE Pernell McPhee said he is willing to participate in the linebacker drills at the NFL Scouting Combine if he is asked.

DL | Christian Ballard | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Iowa DL Christian Ballard posted times of 4.70 and 4.75 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scotuing Combine, according to Joe Fortenbaugh, of NationalFootballPost.com.

DL | Allen Bailey | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Miami DL Allen Bailey posted times of 4.77 and 4.76 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scotuing Combine, according to Joe Fortenbaugh, of NationalFootballPost.com.

DL | Marcell Dareus | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Alabama DL Marcell Dareus posted times of 4.94 and 4.92 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scotuing Combine, according to Joe Fortenbaugh, of NationalFootballPost.com.

DL | Jarvis Jenkins | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Clemson DT Jarvis Jenkins said he sees himself as a run stopper but hopes to improve his pass-rush ability before the draft.


Defensive Tackle

DT | Corey Liuget | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Illinois DL Corey Liuget posted times of 4.95 and 5.06 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scotuing Combine, according to Joe Fortenbaugh, of NationalFootballPost.com.

DT | Marvin Austin | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
North Carolina DL Marvin Austin posted times of 4.80 and 4.86 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scotuing Combine, according to Joe Fortenbaugh, of NationalFootballPost.com.

DT | Nick Fairley | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Auburn DL Nick Fairley posted unofficial times of 4.86 and 4.82 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, according to Joe Fortenbaugh, of NationalFootballPost.com.

DT | Lawrence Guy | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Arizona State DE Lawrence Guy said he believes he has the ability to play in either the 3-4 defensive alignment or 4-3 defensive alignment. He said he can be a run stopper or a pass rush depending on what the team needs.

DT | Kendrick Ellis | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Hampton DT Kendrick Ellis said he believes he can make a good nose tackle in the NFL because his ability to clog up the middle and stop the run.


Defensive End

DE | Ryan Kerrigan | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Purdue DL Ryan Kerrigan posted times of 4.67 and 4.73 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scotuing Combine, according to Joe Fortenbaugh, of NationalFootballPost.com.

DE | Cameron Jordan | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
California DL Cameron Jordan posted times of 4.71 and 4.74 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scotuing Combine, according to Joe Fortenbaugh, of NationalFootballPost.com.

DE | Adrian Clayborn | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Iowa DL Adrian Clayborn posted times of 4.81 and 4.82 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scotuing Combine, according to Joe Fortenbaugh, of NationalFootballPost.com.

DE | Cameron Heyward | NFL Draft Prospect | Injury, Draft
Ohio State DE Cameron Heyward (elbow) said he feels more comfortable playing on the defensive line in either a 4-3 defensive alignment or a 3-4 defensive alignment than at outside linebacker. Heyward played in both defenses during his college career.


Linebacker

LB | Jonas Mouton | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
University of Michigan LB Jonas Mouton said he met with the San Diego Chargers at the NFL Scouting Combine.

LB | Von Miller | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Texas A&M LB Von Miller said he believes he can play in either a 3-4 defensive alignment or a 4-3 defensive alignment and does not want to label himself as just a linebacker for a 3-4 defense.

LB | Casey Matthews | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
University of Oregon LB Casey Matthews said he believes one of his biggest assets is his ability as a pass rusher.

LB | Greg Jones II | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Michigan State LB Greg Jones II said he has been working on improving his ability to drop back into coverage. He said he is more comfortable in his run defense at this point than he is his pass coverage.

LB | Mark Herzlich | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Boston College LB Mark Herzlich said he needs to work on improving his man coverage skills because he played mostly zone pass coverage in college.

LB | Mason Foster | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
University of Washington LB Mason Foster said he believes he needs to work on his hands, pass rush and making his way through traffic before getting to the NFL.

LB | Akeem Dent | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
University of Georgia LB Akeem Dent said he believes he could add some weight if a team asked him to do so.


Defensive Back

DB | Marcus Gilchrist | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Clemson DB Marcus Gilchrist said he believes that he can play either safety or cornerback at a high level in the NFL. Gilchrist said he played both positions in his college career.

DB | Ahmad Black | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
University of Florida S Ahmad Black, who measured in at 5-foot-9, 184 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine, said team have asked him about his lack of size but he is not concerned because it is about making plays.


Cornerback

CB | Patrick Peterson | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Although the Denver Broncos have other pressing needs in the NFL Draft, Louisiana State CB Patrick Peterson will receive consideration from the team, according to CBSSports.com.

CB | Curtis Brown | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
University of Texas CB Curtis Brown said he would be willing to play on special teams for his new teams if that means getting on the field quicker. Brown said he played on special teams during his college career.

CB | Brandon Harris | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
University of Miami CB Brandon Harris said his versatility and ability to cover both the slot receiver man-to-man as well as the outside receivers will help him in the NFL. He said he was also asked to blitz off the corner during his college career.

CB | Prince Amukamara | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
University of Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara said he would be willing to move to safety if asked but believes he is a better cornerback.

CB | Rashad Carmichael | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Virginia Tech CB Rashad Carmichael said he like to play man-to-man coverage because he likes pressure it bring with that coverage.

CB | Ras-I Dowling | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
University of Virginia CB Ras-I Dowling said none of the teams he has talked to are looking at him as a safety but said he would be opening to moving to safety.


Safety

S | Rahim Moore | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
UCLA S Rahim Moore said he believes he will be able to start as a rookie for his new team. He said his goal is to learn the defense and make plays during practice and games.

S | Will Hill | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
University of Florida S Will Hill said he has spoken with the Houston Texans at the NFL Scouting Combine.


Free Safety

FS | Danieal Manning | Chicago Bears | Free Agents
Chicago Bears impending free-agent FS Danieal Manning rejected a contract extension offer during the season worth $6 million over three years, with $2 million guaranteed, according to NFL sources, reports Jeff Dickerson and Michael C. Wright, of ESPNChicago.com. However, last week the team extended Manning an original-compensation tender.

FS | Chris Conte | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
University of California S Chris Conte, who weighed in at 197 at the NFL Scouting Combine, said he has lost 28 pounds since his junior season because he wanted to get in better shape. He said he can add some weight if needed.

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