The 2008 NFL Draft is here and players like Georgia Southern jack-of-all-trades QB/WR/KR Jayson Foster will be looking to hear their name called. NFL Insider Lloyd Vance will be among the throng of media covering the event and he will have a full report of the goings on.
(Philadelphia, Pa) — Hope will spring eternal around the country as NFL fans everywhere will celebrate the 2008 NFL Draft. When it is all said and done 252 players will have a new destinations.
Draft day is always a special day for me, because it is an opportunity for football players to take the next step. Sure some will have to wait a while over the weekend. But the great thing about the event is former college players will get the opportunity to pursue their dreams of playing in the NFL.
The one player that I really want to see get an opportunity to play on Sundays is Georgia Southern do-it-all player Jayson Foster (see his awesome moves on YouTube). Despite his smallish size this mighty mite is explosive, elusive, and speedy. Foster had a rather eventual college career as three different coaches bounced him around playing quarterback, running back, wide receiver and kick returner. In 2007, college football’s ultimate utility man stepped under center producing 1,844 yards and passing for 1,203 as a senior, joining the rare 1,000 yards passing and rushing in the same season club.
Scored twenty-four total touchdowns plus passed for six more while winning the 2007 Walter Payton award in the FCS Division of college football. The first-team All-Southern Conference player is one of few players in the nation who has run, thrown and caught touchdown passes and taken back both punts and kickoffs for touchdowns. He definitely will get a long look in his rookie season as a “Slash” type return man due to his versatility and the success in 2007 of Joshua Cribbs (Cleveland Browns). Had 50 catches for 661 yards and two touchdowns during his college career, which should help in his development as a receiver. Also is the holder on field goals/extra points and is great on trick plays.
People I have talked to say he is a quick learner who should have no trouble digesting an NFL playbook. Was exceptional at his Pro Day lifting 225 pounds an amazing 11 times, running a reported 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard, producing a 37-inch vertical jump, and not dropping a pass or punt despite a tricky wind.
This other NFL Draft hopefuls that I will have my eye on include:
University of Oregon senior quarterback Dennis Dixon (Rehabbing former Heisman candidate is expected to be a mid round pick)
University of San Diego senior QB Josh Johnson (Small college all-star is expected to be a 3rd or 4th round pick)
Florida State redshirt junior QB Xavier Lee (Left school early and is expected to be a late round pick or UDFA)
Marshall University senior quarterback Bernard Morris (Hula Bowl MVP is expected to be a late round pick)
Midwestern University (TX) senior QB Daniel Polk (Small college do-it-all QB is expected to be a late round pick)
Kentucky Wildcats senior QB Andre Woodson (SEC passing machine is expected to be a 2nd or 3rd round pick)
Joel Armstrong, Rice senior (QB/WR)
Jabari Arthur, Bowling Green senior (former QB, now WR)
A.J. Bryant, Georgia senior (former QB, now WR)
Joe Dailey, North Carolina (QB/WR)
Omar Haugabrook, Troy State senior
Bernard Jackson, Colorado senior (former QB, now WR)
Bret Meyer, Iowa State senior
Lorne Sam, UTEP senior (QB/WR)
Brent Schaefer, Mississippi senior (QB/WR)
Sedale Threatt, Lehigh senior
Jeremy Young, So. Miss. senior
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