The Spring Game is tentatively set for April 28, 2007. The time is yet to be determined but more than likely it will be around the same time as last year, 11 a.m. However, there is no date for the annual South Valley Scrimmage. The word is the South Valley game may not happen this year.
I don't know how many of you had ever attended the South Valley Scrimmage but it was a very good event. The reason behind not having the scrimmage has nothing to do with organization or attendance, as the attendance was almost on par with the Spring Game held at Bulldog Stadium. Regardless, it makes the Spring Game that much more important, if fans want to catch an early glimpse of the 2007 team.
The 2007 Fresno State Pro Day is today. Last season more than 100 NFL officials/scouts were in attendance. The 'Dogs are could have as many as six, seven or even eight players drafted. Marcus McCauley, Paul Williams, Chris Denman, Dwayne Wright, and Kyle Young are expected to be drafted in the seven round draft. Louis Leonard, Roshon Vercher, Joe Fernandez and Dwayne Andrews are hopefuls to possibly be drafted late in the second day or at least sign free agent contracts.
The Pro Day is not open to the public but the results will be posted on NFL.com. Wright has the most to gain today. If he can improve his forty-time, he could likely move up a round or two in the draft and had a few hundred thousand to his bank account. McCauley and Williams probably have the most to lose, as both did well at last month's NFL Combine. The Pro Day will be Young's chance to shine since he was not invited to the Combine. Once considered the best college center in the country, Young is trying to position himself to be drafted in the first day. He must show scouts he has the footwork to play tackle or the athleticism to play guard. As a center he is not likely to drafted higher than rounds five to seven.
Vercher has a chance to improve his stock. He never carried the ball as fullback but he is a capable back. If an NFL team is looking for a natural fullback, it doesn't have to look far beyond Vercher. As long as he can show the scouts he has decent hands and speed, it could be enough for one team to likely take a chance on him in a late round.
Leonard could be drafted on potential alone. At 6-5 330 lbs he is already a prototypical NFL DT. Andrews lacks speed to be an effective NFL linebacker. He must have an outstanding workout if he expects to even be considered a draft choice. Fernandez has great bloodlines and even better hands. His size and speed are the issues. A great forty-time and workout will greatly aid Fernandez's chances of being drafted. Like most players in Fernandez's position, his ability to play special teams is what can lead to a spot on an NFL roster.
I am pleased to tell the readers some guest bloggers have come forward, so there will be more material for you guys to read. I built this site for Bulldog fans and I will not let it go by the wayside like my other site. And hopefully NSC will be able to continue to contribute. It's the off-season and there is little to write about per se, but spring practice is just a month away.