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*Calvin Pryor heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Jets' picks: Round 1/18 -- Calvin Pryor, FS, 5-11, 207, Louisville...Pryor instantly upgrades a position that has often been ignored under head coach Rex Ryan. Pryor arrives with a reputation as the hardest hitter in the draft -- he knocked a player out of a game in three straight weeks last year and forced nine fumbles in three seasons at Louisville -- and should help improve a back end of a secondary that has been vaporized in recent seasons by running backs in space as well as tight ends. - The Sports Xchange
Eric Wood heading into rSr season: 2008: All-American third-team choice by The NFL Draft Report...All-Big East Conference first-team selection...Finalist for the Rimington Trophy, given to the nation's premier center...Started all twelve games at center, recording 78 knockdowns, sixteen touchdown-resulting blocks and four down-field blocks to receive a blocking consistency grade of 87.08 percent...Was penalized three times...Did not allow any sacks or pressures on 391 pass plays...Helped the offense average 376.67 yards and 24.67 points per game...Also made an assisted tackle vs. Pittsburgh...Received grades of 90 percent or better in each of the Tennessee Tech, Connecticut, Memphis and Middle Tennessee contests...Woods' consecutive start string of 49 ranks second in school history behind Travis Leffew (51, 2002-05)...His 49 starts were also the sixth-longest streak among all active NCAA players last season, topped by Andrew Hartline of Central Michigan (51), Andrew Gardner of Georgia Tech (51), Jason Phillips of Texas Christian (50), Dallas Reynolds of Brigham Young (50) and Clint Sintim of Virginia (50)...For his career, Wood registered 328 knockdowns and 46 touchdown-resulting blocks...During his final two seasons, he graded 85.17 percent for blocking consistency...On 1,754 total plays during that span, he delivered 164 knockdowns and 27 touchdown-resulting blocks, as he allowed just two quarterback pressures and one sack on 882 pass plays...2007: Started all 12 games at center... earned first team All-BIG EAST honors... started on an offense that ranked sixth nationally with an average of 488.0 yards per game... passing offense stood fourth in the country...2006: Started all 13 games at center… named second team All-BIG EAST Conference...2005: Named a Rivals.com Freshman All-American... first team Freshman All-american by sporting News and second team by collegefootballnews.com... started all 12 games at center... earned Academic All-BIG EAST accolades...2004: Red-shirted.
*Teddy Bridgewater heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Vikings' picks: Round 1/32 - Teddy Bridgewater, QB, 6-2, 214, Louisville...The Vikings traded a fourth-rounder to Seattle to move up from 40th to the last spot in the first round. With no Andrew Luck in this year's draft, this was a very good spot for the Vikings to take the potential franchise quarterback of the future. With Matt Cassel as a satisfactory one-year bridge to the future and Christian Ponder finally re-positioned as a backup and not a potential franchise quarterback, Bridgewater can spend a year working with offensive coordinator Norv Turner without the pressure to start before he's ready. - The Sports Xchange
*James Sample heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Jaguars' eight picks: Round 4/104 - James Sample, S, 6-2, 209, Louisville...The Jaguars picking Sample in the fourth round is an indication they are not totally convinced that they resolved their deficiency at the free safety spot when they signed free agent Sergio Brown in March. After all, while Brown has been in the league for five years, he only has 11 career starts, hardly an endorsing sign that he's the answer to replace Josh Evans as the starter. Sample gives the Jaguars another option for the spot. He has the size the team covets in a free safety and is known for his ability to level opposing receivers. Sample also has the skills to be a solid contributor on special teams. - The Sports Xchange
DeVante Parker heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Dolphins' seven picks: Round 1/14 - DeVante Parker, WR, 6-3, 209, Louisville...This pick was the best the Dolphins made all weekend. It might have been a good combination of best player available and fitting a need. He's aggressive, physical and has good hands. He'll definitely help immediately. - The Sports Xchange
Preston Brown heading into Sr season: 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: BUFFALO BILLS: Round 3/73 -- Preston Brown, LB, 6-1, 251, Louisville...Brown should be able to come in and become the primary backup at middle linebacker behind Brandon Spikes. The Bills really don't have a true middle linebacker on the team other than Spikes, so Brown will get plenty of reps in training camp at the position. However, he also played some outside linebacker in college, and he can be a useful member of the special teams, so the Bills likely will get some mileage out of Brown in his rookie season. His production was certainly high at Louisville, as he made 301 tackles, all but 10 of those in his final three years. - The Sports Xchange
Lorenzo Mauldin heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Jets' six picks: Round 3/82 - Lorenzo Mauldin, LB, 6-4, 259, Louisville...With Calvin Pace and Jason Babin both entering their age-35 seasons and fourth-year player Quinton Coples thus far unimpressive, the Jets needed to upgrade their pass rush. Mauldin won't likely be a superstar, but he racked up 20.5 sacks in three years at Louisville despite playing through shoulder and hamstring injuries. His character is also unquestioned: Mauldin emerged as an NFL player despite living in 16 foster homes as a child. - The Sports Xchange
John Miller heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Bills' six picks: Round 3/81 -- John Miller, G, 6-2, 303, Louisville...Whaley called him a mauler, which is exactly the kind of blocker offensive coordinator Greg Roman likes for his ground-and-pound running game. Miller is a bit short for the position, and he will have to improve his technique as a pass protector. He was a four-year starter at Louisville who should be able to come in and instantly compete for the vacant left guard spot in Buffalo. - The Sports Xchange
Marcus Smith, II heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Eagles' picks: Round 1/26 - Marcus Smith, OLB, 6-3, 251, Louisville...The Eagles selected Smith after trading down from No. 22 to 26. Most teams had a second- or third-round grade on Smith, but the Eagles had a higher opinion of him than others. Smith, a former high school quarterback, had 12.5 sacks at Louisville last year. He needs to get bigger and stronger, but the Eagles think he'll be able to help them right away as a situational pass-rusher while he learns from starters Trent Cole and Connor Barwin. - The Sports Xchange
*Gerod Holliman heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Steelers' eight picks: Round 7/239 - Gerod Holliman, S, 6-0, 218, Louisville...Winner of the Jim Thorpe Award as best defensive back after leading NCAA with 14 interceptions last season. Not very good defending the run, so strictly a deep safety. - The Sports Xchange
Hunter Cantwell heading into rSr season: 2007: 3 GP; 0 GS; Pass: 14-8-57.1-79-0-1; Appeared in three games as a backup... threw for 79 yards, completing 8-of-14 passes... was 6-of-12 for 60 yards and an interception against South Florida... also appeared in wins over Murray State and Middle Tennessee... completed 2-of- 2 passes for 19 yards in relief of Brian Brohm against Murray State. 2006: 7 GP; 2 GS; Rush: 5-(-16)-(-3.2)-0; Pass: 70-45-64.3-700-5-2; Appeared in seven games and has made two starts... has thrown for 700 yards and five touchdowns... completed 64.3 percent of his throws... threw for a career-high 340 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Middle Tennessee... threw for 173 yards against Kansas State... relieved Brian Brohm in the third quarter against Miami, going 3-of-4 for 113 yards... hit Harry Douglas on a 45-yard pass on his first play from scrimmage and tossed a 39-yard touchdown pass to George Stripling... was 5-of-6 for 52 yards against Temple... completed one pass for 14 yards in the win over Kentucky. 2005: 8 GP; 2 GS; Rush: 12-(-52)-(-4.3)-0; Pass: 73-39-53.4-640-5-4; Played in eight games, including two as a starter... threw for 216 yards and three touchdowns in a Gator Bowl loss to Virginia Tech... completed 15-of-37 passes and threw three interceptions... made first collegiate start against Connecticut, going 16-of-25 for 271 yards and one touchdown... completed 3-of-5 passes for 66 yards against Syracuse... went 3-for-3 for 60 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown pass against Oregon State, the first of his career. 2004: Redshirted after walking on.
Bilal Powell heading into Sr season: 2010: Powell was a first team All-BIG EAST selection in 2010 after finishing second in the league with 1,405 rushing yards and first in touchdowns scored with 14. He tied a Louisville record with seven 100-yard rushing games this season and went over the 200-yard mark twice this year. He had 11 rushing touchdowns on the year and his total rushing yardage is the second-most for a single-season in school history...Powell proved to be a threat as a receiver as well, reeling in 18 passes for 158 yards and three scores this season. For his career, Powell rushed for 2,338 yards and 19 touchdowns. He leaves Louisville ranked ninth on the school's all-time rushing list...2009: Carried a career-high 108 times for 392 yards and four touchdowns...2008: Ran for 354 yards and two touchdowns...2007: Appeared in eight games... rushed 24 times for 187 yards and a pair of touchdowns... averaged 7.8 yards a carry... caught three passes for 25 yards... averaged 25.6 yards a kickoff return... totaled 571 all-purpose yards... recorded seven tackles... rushed 13 times for 91 yards and a touchdown against Rutgers... carried six times for 70 yards, including a career-best 33-yard scoring run... also caught two passes for 15 yards... rushed four times for 25 yards against Pittsburgh... caught first career pass for ten yards.
Johnny Patrick heading into rSr season: 2010: Patrick recorded a team-high five interceptions his senior season and landed on the BIG EAST's first team defense in 2010. The defensive back finished the season with 51 tackles and tied for the conference lead with 17 passes defended. He returned one of his interceptions for a touchdown this season and capped off the year with an outstanding bowl game--forcing a fumble and blocking a kick in a win over Southern Miss. Patrick finished his career having started his final 27 games. He totaled 171 total tackles and nine interceptions over his four year career...2009: Was one of two players to start all 12 games... recorded a career-high 53 tackles and notched a pair of interceptions...2008: Finished third on the team in tackles... recorded six tackles and one pass-breakup against West Virginia... had five tackles (four solo) against Cincinnati.. had five solo tackles at Pitt... picked off South Florida's Matt Grothe to seal Cards' win over No. 14 South Florida...2007: Appeared in nine games, making four starts... tallied a career-high nine tackles against Utah... made first career start against NC State where he notched his first interception...2006: Redshirted.
Brock Bolen heading into rSr season: 2007: 10 GP; 4 GS; Rush: 88-456-5.2-7; Rec: 14-121-8.6-1; KR: 1-5-5-0; Second on the team in rushing with 456 yards... was second among the running backs with a 5.2 per carry average... tied with Anthony Allen for the team lead with seven rushing touchdowns... recorded two 100-yard rushing games... carried 13 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns against Rutgers... 2006: 13 GP; 4 GS; Rush: 48-296-6.2-2; Rec: 5-43-8.6-2; Carried 48 times for 296 yards... averaged 6.2 yards a carry... carried four times for 28 times and a score in the Orange Bowl win over Wake Forest... 2005: Red-shirted after transferring from Illinois to Louisville...2004: 11 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 11-51-4.6-0; Rec: 2-12-6-0; Transfer from the University of Illinois.... played in all 11 games for the Fighting Illini, competing mainly on special teams.
Gerald Christian heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Cardinals' seven picks: Round 7/256 - Gerald Christian, TE, 6-3, 244, Louisville...This year's Mr. Irrelevant, the final choice of the entire draft, Christian could find a role with the Cardinals as a hybrid tight end/H-back. He had 60 receptions for 800 yards and nine touchdowns over the last two seasons, and is expected to be a willing participant on special teams. - The Sports Xchange
Cameron Graham heading into Sr season: 2010: All-BIG EAST First Team (coaches)...Leading the BIG EAST Conference in receptions among tight ends, Graham earns first-team accolades after tallying a team-high 37 receptions for 439 yards and four touchdowns...He caught a pass in every game this season, including a career-high six receptions for 95 yards versus West Virginia...2009: One of the top tight ends in the BIG EAST Conference... third-best receiver on the team with 27 receptions for 323 yards and two scores... averaged 12.0 yards a reception... caught a pass in 10 of the 12 games... ended the year with three catches for 42 yards, including a career-long 30-yard reception...2008: Battled injuries for most of the season... appeared six collegiate games...Junior College: El Camino Junior College...Recorded 22 receptions for 218 yards and six touchdowns during his freshman season at El Camino Community College... played just one season at El Camino... ranked as the No. 1 tight end in the nation according to Scout.com in 2008... earned second team All-Mission Conference.
Scott Long heading into rSr season: 2009 Texas vs the Nation Invite…2007: Appeared in 12 games, including seven as a starter… finished fourth on the team in receiving with 27 catches for 358 yards… averaged 13.3 yards a reception… caught a pass in seven straight games…2006: Appeared in nine games at wide receiver and on special teams… didn't record a reception.
Charles Gaines heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Browns' 12 picks: Round 6/189 - Charles Gaines, CB, 5-10, 180, Louisville...Gaines went to Louisville as a wide receiver and converted to cornerback in college: He projects as a nickel back and special teams player early in his career. He has questionable skills as a run defender. He has seven career interceptions. - The Sports Xchange
Deiontrez Mount heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Titans' nine picks: Round 6/177 - Deiontrez Mount, OLB, 6-5, 249, Louisville...Mount comes in as a pass-rush specialist and probably gets to sit behind Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan, among others, as he cuts his teeth in learning the rigors of NFL life. He was one of the Titans' pre-draft visitors and apparently sold himself to the team. - The Sports Xchange
Jamon Brown heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Rams' nine picks: Round 3/72 - Jamon Brown, G/T, 6-4, 323, Louisville...Started 39 games over the last three seasons, playing right tackle in 2012 and left tackle the last two years. Brown went to Louisville as a defensive lineman, but made the switch to the offensive line during his freshman season. He started one game at guard that season. Expect to begin his Rams career as a guard. - The Sports Xchange
B.J. Dubose heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Vikings' 10 picks: Round 6/193 - B.J. Dubose, DE, 6-4, 284, Louisville...Known as a scrappy overachiever and will need time and work with Mike Zimmer's defensive staff to identify a specific role. - The Sports Xchange
Josh Chichester heading into rSr season: 2010: Played 12 games, starting six as a second, receiving tight end … ended the season with 22 receptions for 317 yards and tied for the team lead with five touchdowns… averaged 14.4 yards a catch… caught three passes for 27 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown reception against Southern Mississippi in the Beef `O'Brady's Bowl. 2009: Played in 11 games… production slipped to just 17 receptions for 202 yards and two scores, finishing fifth on the team… averaged 11.9 yards a reception. 2008: Finished second on the team with 30 receptions for 341 yards and two scores… recorded a season-best 64 yards receiving on five catches and one TD against West Virginia. 2007: Redshirted.
Adrian Grady heading into Sr season: 2007: 5 GP; 5 GS; 10 Sol-14 TT, 2.5 TFL; Appeared in five games before suffering a season-ending injury... recorded 14 total tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss... 2006: 8 GP; 2 GS; 10 Sol-16 TT, 1 TFL, 1 PBU, 1 FF; Appeared in eight games, making two starts... recorded 16 tackles... 2005: 12 GP; 6 GS; 12 Sol-30 TT, 5.5 TFL, 0.5 SK, 2 FR, 1 FF; Appeared in 12 games, making two starts.
Dexter Heyman heading into Sr season: 2010: Started nine of 13 games played at Sam linebacker … credited with 48 tackles, 4.5 for loss, and two sacks … also broke up two passes on the year. 2009: Appeared in nine games as a reserve … finished with eight tackles, two for loss, one pass break-up and a fumble recovery. 2008: Appeared in eight games, making one start… recorded 10 total tackles, one for loss… also broke up a pass and recovered a fumble… was replaced a lot in nickel situations. Personal: Brother of former Louisville standout defensive lineman Earl Heyman, who also played in the NFL.
George Bussey heading into rSr season: 2007: Started all 12 games at offensive tackle... anchored an offense that was ranked eighth in the country... earned second team All-BIG EAST accolades...2006: Started all 13 games... played both offensive tackle and guard... earned first team All-BIG EAST honors... did not yield a sack all of 2006... helped the Cardinals finish second in the nation in total offense... helped the Cardinals average over 188.0 yards on the ground...2005: Appeared in all 12 games on the offensive line and special teams... stepped in late in the season when Jeremy Darveau missed some time with a sprained ankle...2004: Red-shirted.
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