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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Okay I hope I got all the cuts yeasterday. Tried to put them in order of the teams as they came in. So for the few that asked here we go. I will try to point out the players cut ...

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Old 09-03-2006, 07:09 AM   #1
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RND 2 Cuts Bio's

Okay I hope I got all the cuts yeasterday. Tried to put them in order of the teams as they came in. So for the few that asked here we go. I will try to point out the players cut that maybe of some interest. With Payton's moves so far I have to look at alot possibilities. So here we go. No iam not going to orginize them any more than they are. sorry :P
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Donovan Raiola Grade: 3.26
Position: C
Class: 5Sr
School: Wisconsin
Conference: Big Ten
Ht., Wt.: 6-2, 300
40 Time: 5.58
Grading System


BIO: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his junior and sophomore campaigns. Brother Dominic was a second-round pick of the Lions in 2001.

POSITIVES: Smart, explosive blocker who plays with a nasty attitude. Quick into blocks, gets out to the second level and walls opponents from the action. Plays with outstanding leverage, slides his feet in space and adjusts in pass protection. Effective in motion and works to finish blocks.

NEGATIVES: Powerful in the weight room but does not present himself as a strong lineman who drives opponents off the ball.

ANALYSIS: Flashing dominance throughout his college career, Raiola is coming off an uninspired senior campaign. Has the tools and intensity to play at the next level, yet must develop a complete game.

PROJECTION: Late Seventh Round

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Mike Goolsby Grade: 3.27
Position: ILB
Class: Sr
School: Notre Dame
Conference: I-A Ind.
Ht., Wt.: 6-3, 249
40 Time: 5

BIO: Two-year starter who led the team in tackles as a senior posting 97/7.5/3. Sat out the .03 season recovering from a broken collarbone. Junior totals were 75/13/4.

POSITIVES: Competitive defender with solid size and instincts. Breaks down well, plays with knee-bend, and displays technique getting off blocks. Diagnoses the action, keeps the play in front of him and stays with assignments. Takes good angles to the action and consistently puts himself in a position to make a play on the ball. Scrapes well laterally, plays heads up football and wraps up tackling. Gets adequate depth on drops.

NEGATIVES: Not a nimble defender and has difficulty redirecting to the ballcarrier. Rarely makes plays on the pass and must improve his cover skills.

ANALYSIS: A prospect with growth potential, Goolsby offers potential at a number of linebacker positions. Needs to make gains in the weight room, yet has the underlying skills to be a reserve in the NFL.

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LB Sam Cowart

Year Team .........G Total Tckl Ast Sacks Int Yds Avg Lg TD Pass Def
1998 Buffalo Bills 16 78 ....60.0 18 ....0 ......2 ...23 11.5 23 ..0 .....1
1999 Buffalo Bills 16 123 ...78.0 45 ....1 ......0 ....0 0.0 ...0 ...0 .....2
2000 Buffalo Bills 12 130 ...88.0 42 ...5.5 ....2 ....4 .2.0 ...2 ...0 ....4
2001 Buffalo Bills 1 ....2 ,,,,,0.0 ,,2 ,,,,,0 ,,,,,0 ,,,,,0 0.0 ,,,,0 ,,,0,,,, 0
2002 NY Jets ......16 127 ....91.0 36 ....2 .....0 .....0 0.0 ....0 ...0 ...8
2003 NY Jets ......15 140 ....96.0 44 ....2 .....0 .....0 0.0 ....0 ...0 ...2
2004 NY Jets ........9 25 ......20.0 .5 ....0 ......0 ....0 0.0 .....0 ...0 ...0
2005 Vikings .......15 85..... 72.0 13.... 2 ......0 ....0 0.0..... 0... 0... 2

Texans | Cowart to battle Rainer for starting role; Ryans could enter the fray
Sun, 2 Jul 2006 19:48:32 -0700

Megan Manfull, writing for the Sporting News, reports Houston Texans LB Sam Cowart missed all of the offseason workouts with minor injuries, but will likely push LB Wali Rainer early in camp for the middle linebacker starting job. It's the position most up in the air on the Texans. Rookie LB DeMeco Ryans could also possibly enter the fray in training camp. The coaches are high on Ryans, and still deciding between playing him at outside or inside.

now if heathy keep the 4 for edwards and sign him
TOTAL 100 710 505.0 205 12.5 4 27 6.8 23 0 19

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Kenneth Pettway
Position: Outside Linebacker/Defensive End
College: Grambling State
Height: 6-3 7/8
Weight: 255
Hometown: Gilmer, Texas
ANALYSIS
Pettway is an underrated talent as a bit of a tweener. He might be too small to play defensive end on every down in the pros and still lacks the pass coverage skills to do likewise as a linebacker. He is a solid rush end who will probably be best served as a situational pass rusher in a 4-3 alignment or as a weakside outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment.

Despite size limitations on the line, he shows very good strength to stack and shed. He recognizes blocking schemes and reacts well to the inside run. He has enough natural power and leverage to stay under the blocker's pads and moves easily through trash to make plays on the outside.

Pettway is more of a drag-down tackler than a wrap-up type working in space, causing some of the slippery runners to escape. However, he is a solid hitter vs. plays in front of him and shows enough spin in his lateral movements to make plays outside the box.

Kenneth has exceptional acceleration working down the line and does a good job of colliding with the ballcarrier on contact. When he gets too high in his stance, he tends to pick a side rather than squaring up, making him an easy target to block. He showed marked improvement in 2004 in using his hands to shed instead of short arming a bit and letting blockers get into his chest too often. Pettway has good short area quickness and hand usage to mirror and reroute tight ends and backs.

While he gets adequate depth in his pass drops, he is a bit stiff changing direction and tends to backpedal on his heels. He has the ability to make plays in front of him, but when working in man coverage, Kenneth does not always react to the ball when it is thrown. He needs to refine his pass zone drops, but makes up for stiffness with good quickness.

Where he will perform at the next level depends upon what type of defense the team that drafts him is using. He could be a decent situational rush end in a 4-3 alignment or better served as a weakside linebacker in a 3-4 formation. Because of the level of competition he faced, Kenneth might not be drafted as high as his grade indicates, but there is no questioning his impressive athletic ability and potential.

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CB Eric Warfield.
Proven Vet hampered by naginging injuries last year.
http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/12796

ILB Monty Beisel
Another vet that is one of the best back ups in the NFL.
http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/235021

ILB Corey Mays
Corey Mays Grade: 3.03
Position: ILB
Class: Sr
School: Notre Dame
Conference: Independents
Ht., Wt.: 6-3, 230
40 Time: 4.77
Grading System


BIO: Part-time player his first three seasons in the program before becoming a starter last year. Posted 68/10.5/four as a senior.

POSITIVES: Former special-teams player whose game is on the rise. Takes good angles to the action, fast to the flanks and scrapes laterally defending the run. Explosive up the field, has good first-step quickness and works to get involved.

NEGATIVES: Has a lot of tackles broken. Marginal playing time and productivity in college.

ANALYSIS: Flying under the radar screen, Mayes significantly improved his game in .05. A likely free-agent signing who can make it as a backup linebacker/special-teams ace.

PROJECTION: Undrafted Free Agent

Dan Stevenson
Position: OG
Class: Sr
School: Notre Dame
Conference: -
Ht., Wt.: 6-5, 300
40 Time: 5.43
Selected by: New England Patriots
Round 6, pick 36 (205 overall) Grading System

BIO: Three-year starter at the right guard position.

POSITIVES: Hard-working blocker with a good degree of upside potential. Plays with excellent lean, keeps his feet moving throughout the action and anchors at the point. Explosive, jolts defenders and flashes footwork sliding laterally. Plays heads-up football and works well with teammates.

NEGATIVES: Marginally strong as a run blocker and rarely gets movement. Not effective on the second level.

ANALYSIS: A good-sized guard with growth potential, Stevenson elevated his play as a senior and could develop into a starting NFL guard as he physically matures.

PROJECTION: Late Fifth Round


Randy Hand Jr.
Position: T
Class: Sr
School: Florida
Conference: Southeastern
Ht., Wt.: 6-5.5, 312
40 Time: 5.49
Grading System


BIO: Three-year starter at right tackle. All-Conference selection as a senior.

POSITIVES: Effective pass protector who blocks with solid fundamentals. Sets with a wide base, stay square and anchors at the point. Correctly places hands into defenders and controls them once engaged in a block. Makes effective use of angles and rides rushers from the action.

NEGATIVES: Lacks footwork, struggles sliding out to protect the edge and loses balance over a large area. Marginal run-blocker who rarely finishes.

ANALYSIS: Productive on the college level, Hand has been a durable and dependable blocker at Florida. Works hard and offers potential as an inexpensive backup.

PROJECTION: Undrafted Free Agent
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CB Dion Byrum

Cornerback Dion Byrum's stock on the rise
By Carlos "Big C" Holmes
Cox News Service
Monday, March 27, 2006
Ohio University CB Dion Byrum has been flying under the radar since playing in the East-West Shrine game in January, but all that is expected to change after an eye-opening performance for NFL scouts at the school on Friday.

The 5-foot-10 1/2 -inch, 190-pound defensive back impressed the scouts with his natural athletic ability, speed and agility. Byrum posted a 3.89 in the short shuttle, a 6.88 in the L-Drill and a 10-foot-7 broad jump. Although he was only able to crank out 12 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, he made up for his lack of brute strength by running a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash against the wind on field turf.

Simply put, Byrum caught a number of teams who were in attendance (six) off guard with his performance. For example, he had to make three attempts on his vertical jump just to ensure the scouts had the correct readings - 40 inches. That's right, 40 inches on all three attempts. Now, you want to talk about mad hops, Byrum does indeed have them.

Byrum was silky smooth in his back pedal and didn't drop a single ball during position drills. His overall workout was solid and enough to make some teams take notice.

There are at least three teams, Chicago, Indianapolis and Tampa Bay, who could have their eyes on Byrum, and for good reasons. All three teams run some form of Cover2/Zone coverage, which would be perfectly suited for Byrum. In fact, the defensive scheme the Bobcats ran this year was based on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense.

Here's the skinny on Byrum. Byrum possesses outstanding cover skills, reads and reacts well to the ball, is very instinctive and has good vision. He also has good recovery speed which he demonstrated in the East-West Shrine game when he stumbled coming out of his back pedal and let the receiver get behind him. Byrum then made like a bread truck and hauled buns down the field to make the tackle.

He had six interceptions on the season, returning two of those for touchdowns. Whatever team decides to pull the trigger on this player will be getting a renaissance man. Byrum returned kicks, punts and was a gunner on special teams. Some liken him to former Pittsburgh Panther corner, now 49er, Shawntae Spencer.

Let us not forget that this guy was named second-team All-America pick by the Associated Press and first-team All-MAC. So, is this a case of a player being overlooked because of the program in which he played, or is this a case of poor scouting? My guess is a little of both, but when it comes down to it, Byrum's play shall speak for itself.
http://www.daytondailynews.com/sports/c ... 7bigc.html

CB Carlos Hendricks

In less than a month the Bears have used free agency and the draft to upgrade the depth in the secondary. The team continued the makeover Tuesday by signing undrafted free agent cornerback Carlos Hendricks.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder participated in Chicago’s rookie mini-camp from May 5-7 on a tryout basis and did enough to earn a one-year deal.
Hendricks appeared in 46 games for the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He had 160 tackles, five interceptions, 19 pass break-ups, three forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.

He will have a tough time making the 53-man roster considering the amount of talent the Bears have added in the secondary this off-season. Ricky Manning, Danieal Manning and Devin Hester are all locks to make the roster along with starters Nathan Vasher, Charles Tillman, Mike Brown and Chris Harris.
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TONIU FONOTI, NEBRASKA
Height: 6-3 Weight: 330 Birthdate: Nov. 26, 1981
ANALYSIS
A native of Hauula, Hawaii, Fonoti was the heart and soul of the Cornhuskers' offensive line. A first-team All-American and Outland Trophy finalist, Fonoti brought opposing defenses to their knees, enabling backfield players like Eric Crouch to run wild on opposing defenses. Fonoti also became the fifth 'Husker to record more than 300 pancake blocks in a career.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
"Fonoti is a rare impact interior lineman. His size and skill make him an instant starter. Fonoti has the mass that many NFL front office officials drool over, and by just referring to that size could make him a late first round selection. He will most likely be the first offensive guard selected in the entire draft."
— Chris Steuber, Firstdowninc.com
"A powerful pancake blocker with unbelievable strength. Fonoti has an ability to manhandle people as a run blocker, and the size and feet to be a tackle."
— Mel Kiper, Jr., ESPN

NOW HERE IS THE CATCH
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings placed guard Toniu Fonoti on injured reserve Friday, ending his season because of a severely strained groin he suffered in his only appearance with the team.

Acquired in an Oct. 18 trade with the San Diego Chargers, who drafted him in the second round in 2002, Fonoti was out of shape and nursing a broken hand. Finally in condition to play, Fonoti started at left guard in Green Bay against the Packers on Nov. 21. He got hurt in the game and was replaced by Anthony Herrera.

Weighing about 385 pounds, the 6-foot-4 Fonoti was dominant in practice and should have a chance to contribute in 2006.

"If you have good feet and your big and strong and tough like he is," coach Mike Tice said, "we can do wonders with him."
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Dwight Ellick
Position: CB
Class: Sr
School: Notre Dame
Conference: I-A Ind.
Ht., Wt.: 5-10.5, 185
40 Time: 4.4

Two-year starter who posted 44/2/7 as a senior after 19 tackles the prior year.

POSITIVES: Top athlete with excellent size/speed numbers. Fluid transitioning to run with opponents and quick to close on a play. Displays ability backed off the line of scrimmage facing the quarterback.

NEGATIVES: Does not do a good job reading receivers. eyes or turning back to the ball. Not a physical cornerback. Does not time his defenses well. Marginal skills in man-to-man coverage.

ANALYSIS: Still more athlete than football player, Ellick is a track and field sprint champion who has yet to translate that speed onto the football field. Needs a lot of work and repetition yet his computer numbers make him worth a look.

PROJECTION: Undrafted Free Agent

Jonathan Clinkscale
Position: OG
Class: Sr
School: Wisconsin
Conference: Big Ten
Ht., Wt.: 6-2.5, 315
40 Time: 5.54

BIO: Four-year starter at right guard who also saw action at center as a freshman. All-Conference selection last year.

POSITIVES: Nice-sized lineman who flashes the ability to dominate opponents. Naturally strong, stays square and keeps opponents away from the action. Alert picking up stunts or twists thrown by defenders. Can slide laterally in space, quickly gets his hands up and blocks with leverage throughout the action. Turns defenders off the line, anchors at the point or walls opponents from the play with good body positioning. Blocks down on opponents or easily rides them from their angle of attack. Quick to the second level engaging linebackers and also effective kicking out.

NEGATIVES: Lacks adjustment, does not play with balance and must make better use of blocking angles. Does not always attack assignments or play with great intensity.

ANALYSIS: Naturally gifted, Clinkscale is incredibly effective when focused on the task at hand. Could develop into a starter at the next level if he pays attention to detail, properly conditions himself and plays with consistent effort.

PROJECTION: Mid Fifth Round

MARQUIS COOPER
Position: OLB
Class: Sr
School: Washington
Conference: Pac-10
Ht., Wt.: 6'3, 223
40 Time: 4.58
Grade: 3.55

Selected by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Round 3, pick 16 (79 overall)
BIO: Two-year starter who led the team in tackles as a senior with 89/8.5/4, while collecting two interceptions and breaking up five passes. Junior tackling totals were 100/13/3. Has had surgery on both of his shoulders in the past.

POSITIVES: Athletic linebacker with top instincts and a nose for the ball. Quick to key or diagnose the action, breaks down well and plays with leverage. Flows to the play, efficient and takes good angles. Displays a burst of speed moving towards the ball carrier. Can pedal in coverage, gets depth on drops and effectively defends the throw in zone.

NEGATIVES: Undersized for linebacker, handled at the point by tight ends and slow shedding blocks. Not a sudden or explosive defender.

ANALYSIS: A defender with a nose for the ball, Cooper has been a productive collegiate player whose size is a limiting factor. Built more like a strong safety and must start making more plays in reverse.

PROJECTION: Late Third Round
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Lee Vickers 6-6. 270. R. North Alabama

And finally, there's Lee Vickers, the kind of player the Steelers love -- small school, old school, able to play multiple positions. In fact, he started out at the University of North Alabama as a quarterback before growing into someone who chased them.
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Something interesting to add about Lee Vickers that some would find very interesting is that he played on the same high school team as Philip Rivers, the San Diego Chargers starting quarterback. If Philip got injured or came out of the game,Lee went in as quarterback and the team continued to play great. If Lee had played quarterback on any other team, he would have gone on to be a Division 1 quarterback and done well. While in high school,Philip and Lee played against other players that went on to the NFL, including 2005 NFL Rookie of the year, Carnell Williams. Philip and Lee are both great athletes. Lee moved on to fine tune his defensive skills. Even at 280 pounds Lee runs a 4.5 - 4.6 forty yard dash, where as Philip runs more like a 4.9. I wish both Lee and Philip the best. They are both outstanding young men and team players. They will represent the NFL in a positive way.

Defensive end Lee Vickers (North Alabama) is listed at 6'6", 285 pounds and runs the forty in 4.57 seconds. He could make the team as the special teams wedge buster as he learns the defensive end position in the Steelers' 3-4 alignment http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/5677424

How about him as our #3 QB. A true 2 way player. The steeler fans like this kid

DL Scott Paxson

Position: DT
Class: Sr
School: Penn State
Conference: Big Ten
Ht., Wt.: 6-4, 284
40 Time: 5.17

BIO: Two-year starter and All-Conference selection as a senior after career-best totals of 44/10.5/3. Junior numbers included 33/8.5/3, when he also led the nation with five blocked kicks.

POSITIVES: Former linebacker developing into a complete defensive lineman. Displays tremendous first-step quickness and looks like he was shot out of a cannon. Gets leverage on opponents, drives his feet up the field and plays hard.

NEGATIVES: Under-sized for the inside, possesses marginal playing strength and easily ridden from his angle of attack. Faced trial in mid-March on sexual assualt charges steeming back to last December.

ANALYSIS: A prospect who has elevated his game on the field, Paxson offers solid upside for the next level as either a rotational defensive tackle or two-gap lineman.

PROJECTION: Undrafted Free Agent

Shane Boyd
Position: QB
Class: Sr
School: Kentucky
Conference: SEC
Ht., Wt.: 6-0.5, 235
40 Time: 4.58
Grading System


BIO: Moved into the fulltime starting role as a senior and posted 52.5 percent/1,328/7/9 passing, also leading the team on the ground with 102/297/5. Saw extensive time behind center as a junior and saw action at wide receiver, running back and helped out on punt coverage units. First player in school history to record a touchdown rushing, receiving and passing in the same game.

POSITIVES: College quarterback with excellent size/speed numbers who projects to another position in the NFL. Athletic with a good arm; can thread a needle and passes immediately get to the intended target. Displays adequate timing and gets outside to make the throw on the move. Sees the field carrying the ball, displays the speed to run around the corner as well as the strength to bounce off defenders for extra yardage. Adequate hands at receiver and uses his large frame to shield away opponents.

NEGATIVES: Not decisive in the pocket, stares down primary targets and forces the pass into coverage. Marginal accuracy.

ANALYSIS: A solid athlete still learning to become a football player, Boyd was out of place at quarterback last season. Has the build and speed which lends one to believe he.ll be a running back, since possesses solid bal- carrying instincts. A developmental prospect that needs a lot of work yet a player that may offer big rewards for a team patient with him.

PROJECTION: Undrafted Free Agent

QB Omar Jacobs

Overview:
Considering that Jacobs completed 30-of-51 passes for a career-best 458 yards and five touchdowns against Wisconsin, it would be safe to say that that the competition argument is a moot point. Jacobs has done all that he can with the team and the players that surround him. He has all the tools necessary to be great in the NFL, even though the learning curve may take a little longer.
Although I see Jacobs as a solid first-round selection, he probably will not go until the second or third. But whoever lands him will be landing a franchise quarterback
http://football.about.com/od/nationalfo ... jacobs.htm

CB Anthony Madison http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/footba ... s/627.html
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hagan, you are a machine, bro.
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