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Under the radar small school prospects


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Posted: March 6, 2008

War Room scouts

Delaware's Joe Flacco isn't the only under-the-radar prospect with legitimate hopes of being drafted in the first or second round.

Dexter Jackson, WR, Appalachian State. After getting a late invitation to the East-West Shrine Game, Jackson was clearly the best receiver there from the get-go. That performance propelled him to the Senior Bowl and the Combine, where he also stood out. He has soared from a likely rookie free agent to a possible second-round pick.

Josh Johnson, QB, San Diego. Johnson is flying up draft boards after a season in which he threw 43 touchdowns and one interception. He followed that with a tremendous Shrine Game and Combine, so if the top of the second round is a stretch, it's not much of one.

Shawn Murphy, G, Utah State. Former major leaguer Dale Murphy's son switched from defensive line to offensive line for his final two years of college and looks like he has been playing there forever. He is an aggressive blocker whose best football is clearly ahead of him; don't be surprised when he outperforms many of the guards drafted before him. • Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, Tennessee State. In college, Rodgers-Cromartie often got beat by receivers who will never play in the NFL. But he started climbing draft boards with an excellent Senior Bowl week and then broke out at the Combine. He has premier playing speed and athleticism -- and he's 6-1 3/8


I think the only guy listed in this article that is still "under the radar" is Shawn Murphy. They give him a good write up and seem to be pretty high on him and he is still listed elsewhere as a projected 7th round pick or FA.


Anybody know anything about him? Late round OL Depth?

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why doesn't anyone ever talk about kendall langford? he is going to be a very good 3-4 end.

He shows up from time to time as a middle round Jet draft pick.

I would love for the Jets to prioritize DE in the draft. Even if Ellis has a good year it behooves the Jets to have depth at the position, and the eventual replacement for Ellis.

IMO, players/positions who need to be upgraded (in order, IMO): Barrett (CB); Smith (3rd WR); Ellis (DE); Barton (ILB); Moore (RG).

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