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Tauren Poole, the 5’10, 215 pound running back from Tennessee, enters next week’s draft with something to prove. Poole left Tennessee after enduring three coaching changes, a stat not particularly helpful for a player’s development. But he does possess NFL talent, has impressed scouts over the past few months and is considered a strong, solid all-around runner. Poole’s breakout year was 2010 when he garnered 1,034 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns for the Vols. (Photo: Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Poole is currently projected to be selected in the 4th-5th round range. ROOKIE ROUNDUP INTERVIEW Melissa Jacobs: Tauren, one of the things…

Heading into the Combine in February, Miami’s Lamar Miller was already considered one of the top running backs in this year’s draft class.  But after Miller’s 4.40 forty time in Indianapolis, the fastest among running backs, even more eyes lit up.  In addition to his elite speed, Miller is an elusive, functional back who can carry the load or be effective in a committee situation. The main negative about Miller is his lack of experience – he is coming out after his sophomore season and only had one year as a starter.  However, this inexperience is significantly less of an…

You would think 303 pounds is not too small for anything. But being underweight is actually a knock on Boise State offensive tackle Nate Pottter. Potter, who stands at 6’6, is still considered a good prospect due to his athleticism and reliability.  He is largely thought to be a player who can grow into a starter role after gaining NFL experience, particularly in the zone scheme. Potter is projected to be drafted between the 3rd and 5th rounds. ROOKIE ROUNDUP INTERVIEW Melissa Jacobs:  Nate, please pretend like I’m a scout and tell me why I should draft you in thirty…

You would think 303 pounds is not too small for anything. But being underweight is actually a knock on Boise State offensive tackle Nate Pottter. Potter, who stands at 6’6, is still considered a good prospect due to his athleticism and reliability.  He is largely thought to be a player who can grow into a starter role after gaining NFL experience, particularly in the zone scheme. Potter is projected to be drafted between the 3rd and 5th rounds. ROOKIE ROUNDUP INTERVIEW Melissa Jacobs:  Nate, please pretend like I’m a scout and tell me why I should draft you in thirty…

Johnnie Troutman’s Twitter bio says it best:  “Former Penn State player chasing his dream in the NFL.“ Troutman, who stands at a punishing 6’4 325, is one of those NFL hopefuls we don’t know very well but may in upcoming years. By all accounts he had a successful Combine and Pro Day and he happens to play a position where teams often need some help.  I got to chance to chat with Johnnie as he anxiously waits his phone to ring in a couple of weeks. Troutman is projected to go anywhere from the 5th round – undrafted. ROOKIE ROUNDUP…

As a 6-5, 216 pound wide receiver who clocked a 4.40 40 at the Combine, Tommy Streeter from the University of Miami is one of the most intriguing rookies in this year’s draft class. Even with that remarkable speed for a player his size, Streeter comes to the NFL with a lot of a lot of questions.  He only started last season for the ‘Canes, netting 811 yards and 8 touchdowns and left with one year of eligibility remaining.  Streeter is by all accounts raw, and teams will need to decide whether his talent can be polished in the short…

Robert “RJ” Blanton is one of those intriguing rookies who enters the draft with a question mark when it comes to potential NFL success.  At 6’1, 208 pounds, Blanton has great size for his position, is tough, and exhibits good footwork. He is simply a complete player. But long play speed has been a bit of an issue for Blanton, and he was not a full-time starter at Notre Dame. He does, however, come with one important intangible – smarts, as evidenced by our Rookie Roundup interview below. (Credit: University of Notre Dame) Draft experts currently project Blanton to be…

Josh Robinson, a cornerback out of University of Central Florida, is most notable for his masterful shutdown of A.J. Green (77 yards allowed) in the 2010 Liberty Bowl. Robinson, who is entering the NFL Draft after his junior season, hopes to cover Green (as well as other NFL receivers) for many years to come.  He is 5’10, 195 pounds, and has been named to the first team All-Conference-USA the past two years.  To  prepare for the combine and draft day, Robinson has been training at Athlete’s Performance in Los Angeles. (Credit: UCF Athletics) Robinson’s current consensus projection is mid-3rd-late-4th round.…

Fozzy Whittaker, the running back out of Texas has more of an uphill battle on the path to NFL success than most.  He is smallish (5’9, 193 lbs) for his position and lacks the lateral movement and elusiveness of backs of similar stature.  Whittaker did not consistently start at Texas, and is coming off a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee.  Still, he provides maturity and is viable as a third-down back and special teams player. (Credit: TexasFootball.com) Whittaker’s current consensus for the draft is the 6th round. Rookie Roundup Interview Melissa Jacobs:  Please pretend like I’m a…

Every season new NFL stars catapult onto the scene from practically nowhere.  Last year, no one took the league by storm more than Texans running back, Arian Foster.  Foster led the league in rushing (1616) and TDs (18) in 2010, and is already considered by many experts to be the number one pick in upcoming fantasy drafts (a distinction many consider just as important). This morning, I got a chance to chat with Foster, who in Los Angeles for tonight’s ESPYs — he’s nominated for three awards.  He is also working with Subway Restaurants on an important promotion for charity.…