Posted on 07 January 2011.
Virginia Tech running backs Darren Evans and Ryan Williams both had planned to announce their 2011 NFL Draft decisions on Thursday. Evans declared for the draft after rushing for 854 yards and 11 touchdowns as part of a three-back rotation. Williams on the other hand remains undecided. Evans was told by the NFC Draft Advisory Board that he would be selected from rounds 4 to 7. Evans rebounded well after missing the entire 2009 season with a torn ACL. As for Williams, he overcame a hamstring injury this season but only managed 447 rushing yards on the year. But, Williams heard 1st or 2nd round from the Advisory Board. FANTASY ANALYSIS: Evans and Williams helped lead the Virginia Tech Hokies to a 11-3 overall record. It was a tough start and end to their season. Tech had two opening losses to Boise State and JMU then lost in the Orange Bowl to Stanford. In between that, the Hokies rolled off 11 straight wins, including a 9-0 record against the ACC. For Evans, he has a child and a family to take care off. This likely helped push his decision toward the NFL. With Williams, he appears to be skeptical that he can still be drafted in the first or second-round considering his injury and poor production on the season. In my 2011 NFL Mock Draft, Williams is selected at No. 16 in the first round to the Miami Dolphins. I do not have Evans selected, since the Mock is only the first two rounds, while I project Evans closer to late round five.
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Posted on 05 January 2011.
Indiana University wide receiver Tandon Doss has declared early for the 2011 NFL Draft. Doss is expected to go in “the first three rounds” according to the NFL Draft Advisory board. He had 63 receptions for 706 yards and seven touchdowns this season. He finished fourth in the nation with 175.8 all-purpose yards per game. “While my experience at Indiana was great, my decision came down to the fact that I could not pass up the opportunity to start my professional career,” Doss said. “Entering the NFL Draft was the best decision for myself, and most importantly, my family. My experience at IU was great and helped lay the foundation for my future. I can assure you that I will work hard and represent Indiana University in a first-class manner.” FANTASY ANALYSIS: The Draft Advisory board was probably a bit too kind to Doss. While he did overachieve at a poor football school in his career, Doss doesn’t have the physical measureables that really jump out. The underlying problem for wide receivers is coaching staffs are usually willing to reach for one or two prospects per year in the first round. Teams prefer waiting until Day 2 or 3 of the draft to make a move on a receiver. This year’s receiver class is also very deep with players like A.J. Green, Justin Blackmon, Julio Jones, Torrey Smith, Michael Floyd, just to name a few. In my 2011 NFL Mock Draft, I do not have Doss selected in the first two rounds. He is a better fit as a late-third, early-fourth round pick.
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