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*Maxx Williams heading into rSo season: A closer look at the Ravens' nine picks: Round 2/55 -- Maxx Williams, TE, 6-4, 250, Minnesota...Williams has drawn comparisons to Jason Witten and Kyle Rudolph. The Ravens traded up to acquire a long-term replacement for Dennis Pitta. Williams should start immediately and upgrade the Ravens in the red zone. - The Sports Xchange
Brock Vereen heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Bears' picks: Round 4/131 -- Brock Vereen, S, 5-11 1/2, 199, Minnesota...Played every position in the secondary for the Golden Gophers and made 11 of his 13 starts as a senior at free safety. Figures to challenge for either starting free safety or strong safety. He impressed in predraft workouts and the combine, especially in the bench press. He had 25 repetitions in the bench at 225 pounds, most for any defensive back at the combine, but also had the second-fastest 40-yard dash time (4.47) and second-fastest shuttle time along safeties. His brother is Patriots running back Shane Vereen and his father, Henry, was a ninth-round draft pick by the Bucs in 1979.
Ra'Shede Hageman heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Falcon's picks: Round 2/37 - Ra'Shede Hageman, DE, 6-6, 310, Minnesota...Hageman played nose tackle for his final two seasons with the Gophers, but the Falcons said he'll play defensive end. Falcons coaches got an up-close look at Hageman during Senior Bowl week, where he dominated the one-on-one drills the entire week. - The Sports Xchange
Eric Decker heading into rSr season: 2008: 12 GP; 11 GS; Rush: 11-87-7.9-1; Rec: 83-1077-13-7; Had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee before 2008 bowl game ... A consensus first team All-Big Ten selection and one of 10 finalists for the Biletnikoff Award ... also a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection ... named All-America honorable mention by SI.com ... missed the Wisconsin game with a high ankle sprain ... broke his own single-season school record for receptions with 84 ... his 1,074 receiving yards rank No. 2 on the Gophers’ single-season receiving yards chart ... ranked 17th in the nation and led the Big Ten in receptions per game (7.00) and receiving yards per game (89.5) ... Academic All-Big Ten selection ... caught eight passes for 149 yards and a score vs. Kansas (12/31) at the Insight Bowl, both Minnesota bowl records. 2007: 12 GP; 12 GS; Rush: 3-22-7.3-0; Pass: 1-1-100-20-1-0; Rec: 67-909-13.6-9; PR: 4-28-7-0; 3 Sol-3 TT; Named the recipient of the Bruce Smith Award as the team’s outstanding offensive player ... set the Minnesota single-season record for receptions with 67 ... ranked fourth in the Big Ten in receiving yards per game (75.8) and sixth in the conference receptions per game (5.58) ... caught 12 at Florida Atlantic for the second-most in a game ever by a Gopher ... won the Bruce Smith Award at the team’s outstanding offensive player ... Academic All-Big Ten ... scholar-athlete award winner. 2006: 13 GP; 3 GS; Rush: 1-5-5-9; Rec: 26-378-14.5-3; Academic All-Big Ten selection ... scholar-athlete award winner. 2005: Redshirted. Drafted in the 27th round of the 2009 MLB draft by the Minnesota Twins, drafted in the 39th round by the Brewers in 2008. Played two years of baseball for the Gophers.
Eric Lair heading into Sr season: 2010: Appeared in all 12 games with 11 starts this season at tight end … hauled in 39 catches for 526 yards with two touchdowns … had career day against Northwestern (10/2) with three catches for 75 yards, catching the first two touchdowns of his career … led the Gophers receiving corps with four catches for 78 yards against Wisconsin (10/9). 2009: Appeared in eight games … first career touch came in the Wisconsin game, when he carried the ball for an eight-yard rush on a tight end reverse … recorded one reception for 12 yards at the Insight Bowl vs. Iowa State. 2008: Appeared in 12 games, primarily on special teams, but did not record any statistics … missed only the season opener.
Cedric Thompson heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Dolphins' seven picks: Round 5/150 - Ced Thompson, FS, 6-0, 208, Minnesota...Thompson is known as a hitter who could provide some depth as a rookie and contribute on special teams. Miami is fairly loaded at safety among starters Reshad Jones and Louis Delmas and backups Michael Thomas, Walt Aikens, Don Jones, and Jordan Kovacs. - The Sports Xchange
David Cobb heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Titans' nine picks: Round 5/138 - David Cobb, RB, 5-11, 229, Minnesota...Cobb was a player the Titans coached at the Senior Bowl and he was impressive during the week with his physical running style. He could easily supplant veteran Shonn Greene from the roster. - The Sports Xchange
Damien Wilson heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Cowboys' eight picks: Round 4/127 - Damien Wilson, LB, 6-0, 245, Minnesota...Wilson led the Gophers with 119 tackles last season, along with 10.5 tackles for loss and four sacks. He is known for his high motor and will give them depth at weak-side linebacker and on special teams. - The Sports Xchange
Adam Weber heading into rSr season: 2009: Passed for a career-high 416 yards against Michigan State to eclipse Bryan Cupito as the Minnesota career record-holder for passing yards ... has thrown for 8,238 yards in his tenure and for more than 2,000 yards in each season ... also tied a career-high with five touchdowns against Michigan State ... threw his 1,000th pass and tallied his 600th completion vs. Wisconsin ... passed for more than 200 yards in each of the Gophers’ first three games and seven times on the season ... honored with Big Ten All-Academic Team recognition...2008: Earned second team All-Big Ten honors from the league’s coaches and honorable mention accolades from the media ... also an Academic All-Big Ten selection... started all 13 games, passing for more than 200 yards in 8 of 13 games and tossing at least one touchdown in 10 of 13 games ... was one of the nation’s most efficient quarterbacks in 2008 with just eight interceptions on 410 pass attempts ... recorded a passer rating of 126.9, good for fifth in the Big Ten and 57th in the nation ... connected on 255 of his 410 passing attempts for 2,761 yards and a completion percentage of 62.2 percent ... completion percentage led the Big Ten ... tossed 15 touchdown passes ...2007: Earned third-team Freshman All-America and Freshman All-Big Ten honors from The Sporting News ... started all 12 games and was under center for 878 of the Gophers’ 887 offensive snaps during the season ... completed 258 of 449 passes for 2,895 yards and 24 touchdowns ... passed for at least one touchdown in 11 of 12 games ... set school single-season records for pass completions, attempts, yards and touchdown passes ...2006: Redshirted.
Simoni Lawrence heading into Sr season: 2009 Texas vs the Nation Invite…2008: 13 GP; 5 GS; 45 Sol-66 TT, 10.5 TFL, 4 SK, 1 INT, 3 PBU, 1 FR, 2 FF; Ranked fifth on the team in total tackles with 66, despite coming off the bench in 8 of 13 games … was second on the team in tackles for losses with 10.5, including 4.0 sacks … also scored two touchdowns – one on an interception return and one on a fumble return. JC: Started for two seasons at Valley Forge Military Academy, where he was twice named the Seaboard Football Conference Player of the Year … helped the Cadets win back-to-back conference titles … recorded 107 tackles and 10 interceptions as a freshman in 2006.
Traye Simmons heading into Sr season: 2008: 13 GP; 12 GS; 44 Sol-61 TT, 1.5 TFL, 4 INT, 14 PBU; Talented transfer jumped right into the Gophers’ starting lineup and helped to solidify the secondary ... earned second team all-conference honors from both the league’s coaches and media ... started all 12 regular season games, but did not start the Insight Bowl (still recorded four solo stops and a pass breakup) ... tied for fifth in the Big Ten with four interceptions ... added 14 pass breakups to lead the conference in passes defended and rank fifth nationally with 18 ... picked off two passes, returning one for a 23-yard touchdown and the other for 33 yards, and totaled five tackles with a TFL vs. Northwestern. JC: Played two seasons at College of the Sequoias ... totaled 29 tackles, including four for losses, in nine games as a senior in 2007 ... also credited with six pass break-ups ... had six punt returns for 96 yards (16.0 average) ... earned first team All-Valley Conference honors as a defensive back ... appeared in eight games as a freshman, recording 23 tackles, including two behind the line of scrimmage, and three pass break-ups.
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