Friday, April 13, 2007

Draft notes

It seems former Maryland cornerback Josh Wilson is in excellent shape heading into the 2007 NFL draft. According to Pro Football Weekly Wilson is the 8th best corner in the draft and has a grading in the mid to late second round. That is probably around where Wilson should go. He ran a good but not blazing time at the combine and is a little undersized for the NFL. He was never much of a ball hawk in college but was solid in coverage and a physical corner who isn't afraid to play the run. His ability to return kicks will also make him attractive to teams looking for a nickle back or number two corner. With the NFL's new focus on off the field infractions Wilson's character is another bonus.

Adam Podlesh looks in fairly good shape to get drafted. He is ranked the second best punter by PFW and even though teams don't like to spend picks on punters he's likely to be gone early on the second day.

It doesn't look promising for many of the other former seniors. It is possible that quarterback Sam Hollenbach, tackle Stephon Heyer and DT Conrad Bolston may get picked at the end of the draft but it isn't likely. Heyer still has injury concerns and Bolston is more suited to playing NT in a 3-4 defense. Heyer is ranked 33rd and Bolston 32nd at their respective positions. Outside linebacker David Holloway is ranked 26th but has limited speed and athletic ability for the NFL. Still he may get a look in the 6th or 7th round with some teams' compensation pick.

NCAA Changes Clock Rules

After only one season the NCAA caved to all the whining by college football coaches and reversed the clock rules that had served to slice off about 14 minutes from games last season. Personally I liked that the bloated monster that college football games had grown into got chopped off a little. I didn't miss those extra plays and it forced college coaches who are usually terrible at clock management to pay a little more attention to the game situation earlier on.

The kickoffs will be moved to the 30 yard line from the current spot at the 35. After media time outs the play clock will run at 15 seconds not the current 25 and the committee considered having a playclock vary between 25 and 40 seconds depending on clock stoppage.

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