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With the NFL draft coming up soon, time for a new thread about the Rockets to watch for in the various pro leagues. Here's what I have as of today:

NFL
Ola Adeniyi - Pittsburgh
Jayrone Elliott - Miami
David Fluellen - Tennessee
Treyvon Hester - Philadelphia
Kareem Hunt - Cleveland (suspended)
Zac Kerin - Washington
Brett Kern - Tennessee
Greg Mancz - Houston
Rolan Milligan - Indy
Elijah Nkansah - Seattle
Storm Norton - Minnesota
Michael Roberts - Detroit
Alonzo Russell - NY Giants
Logan Woodside - Tennessee

Free Agents:
Travaris Cadet, Barry Church, John Greco, Trevon Mathis, Bernard Reedy, Terry Swanson, Brant Weiss

Potential Draftees/UDFA Signings:
Ka'Dar Hollman, Reggie Howard, Diontae Johnson, Jon'Vea Johnson, Cody Thompson, Tuzar Skipper, others?

CFL
Jermaine Robinson - Montreal
Kenny Stafford - Edmonton

Free Agents:
Ruben Carter, Junior Sylvestre

Arena Leagues (always hard to get definitive rosters on-line)

Tre James - Atlantic City (AFL)
PhillipKeith Manley - Philadelphia (AFL)
Cheetham Norrils - Albany (AFL)
Rocket cornerback Ka'Darr Holliman getting NFL pre draft looks

https://www.nj.com/eagles/2019/03/nfl-dr...rback.html

Late-round hopefuls Stephen Denmark of Valdosta State and Ka’Darr Hollman of Toledo reportedly were hosted by the Browns in pre-draft visits.

http://www.espn.com/blog/cleveland/post/...raft-needs
Cardinals have signed Brant Weiss. He was with them last pre-season.

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/20...e-lineman/
In this tweet you can catch a glimpse of Cody Thompson at the Browns' local day.


Also reported they brought Jon'Vea Johnson in for an official visit.
Cody Thompson – future NFL receiver and special teams ace (Interview)

https://www.steelcityunderground.com/201...interview/
(04-17-2019 07:51 PM)northcoastRocket Wrote: [ -> ]Cody Thompson – future NFL receiver and special teams ace (Interview)

https://www.steelcityunderground.com/201...interview/

I would be thrilled to see Cody in a Steelers uniform. 04-rock
Cody getting some love, appearing on Good Morning Football today:


ESPN Article about 10 draft sleepers, includes Diontae Johnson. This particular ranking shows him as the 11th best receiver in the draft and a 3rd round ranking. Others I have seen rank him as far down as the 40something best receiver, so hard to tell how he might show next week. I do expect he will be drafted tho.

http://insider.espn.com/nfl/draft2019/in...-more-most
yeah, there's a glut of prognostication for the draft. CBS sports has Dionte going in the 5th or 6th round, Cody in the 7th, Hollman ranked as a possible draftee but not drafted and nothing on jonvea. My guess is that both Cody and Diontae go on the 3rd day (rounds 4-7). Cody is just too polished versatile and productive not to get drafted, especially after testing well at the combine. And Diontae has too much playmaking talent for no one to take a shot at him (no one wants to be the team that missed on the next antonio brown because they wouldn't spend a late draft pick on a high talent sleeper). Hollman and Jonvea are tough to call, both probably UDFA but with their 4.3 forty times they could make their way onto a draft board.
How Toledo's Ka'dar Hollman went from walk-on to possible NFL draft pick

https://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/l...532739002/
It appears as if The Lie-downs (Lions) are drafting a TE. What becomes of Michael Roberts? I don't think he was utilized as a pass catcher enough. Granted he has been hurt/injured. And fans wonder why Detroit can never seem to get it together.
(04-21-2019 06:36 PM)pono Wrote: [ -> ]yeah, there's a glut of prognostication for the draft. CBS sports has Dionte going in the 5th or 6th round, Cody in the 7th, Hollman ranked as a possible draftee but not drafted and nothing on jonvea. My guess is that both Cody and Diontae go on the 3rd day (rounds 4-7). Cody is just too polished versatile and productive not to get drafted, especially after testing well at the combine. And Diontae has too much playmaking talent for no one to take a shot at him (no one wants to be the team that missed on the next antonio brown because they wouldn't spend a late draft pick on a high talent sleeper). Hollman and Jonvea are tough to call, both probably UDFA but with their 4.3 forty times they could make their way onto a draft board.

Yep after 3rd or 4th round the draft really is an unpredictable crapshoot. Only 230 players are drafted yet teams are scouting hundreds and over 100 players invited to the combine won't be drafted. And the challenge with WRs is that they tend to make up one of the positions with the most players eligible so plenty of uncertainly and competition among those players for limited draft slots. Best of luck to all the UT players but since none are among the top players at their position, it is really a guessing game as to where they get drafted or even if drafted.
(04-22-2019 07:24 AM)Michigan Rocket Wrote: [ -> ]It appears as if The Lie-downs (Lions) are drafting a TE. What becomes of Michael Roberts? I don't think he was utilized as a pass catcher enough. Granted he has been hurt/injured. And fans wonder why Detroit can never seem to get it together.

You actually think that the Lions usage, or lack thereof, of Michael Roberts is an issue with the Lions and their fans?
No. I'm saying it's an issue with me. I'm also saying same old Lions.
West Side graduate Jon'Vea Johnson on the NFL: 'I was pretty much destined to do this.'

https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/c...story.html
Colts Prospect Interviews: Toledo Wide Receiver Diontae Johnson

https://www.stampedeblue.com/2019/4/23/1...ae-johnson
Chicago Bears NFL Draft: Ka’dar Hollman a fit on a number of levels

https://dawindycity.com/2019/04/24/chica...r-hollman/
From public housing to the NFL draft, Gary native Jon'Vea Johnson vows to never forget his hometown

https://www.nwitimes.com/sports/football...cfa85.html
It's been interesting to follow the hype of the UT players hoping for a spot in the draft this year. Diontae Johnson is getting way more hype than any of the other players, and yet he has the lowest measurables of all the UT players. I always hear about how much the NFL values measurables, so this is confusing. But, this year I will go out on a limb and make public my predictions on what will happen to the UT players. I guarantee that they will be wildly wrong, but hopefully only under-predicting how high they might go.

Diontae Johnson - 5th round pick (could go anywhere from 4th to 7th)
Cody Thompson - 7th round pick (possible he could go a lot higher. Also possible he falls out of the draft, but I think he makes a roster if for no other reason he can play special teams from day 1.)
Ka'Dar Hollman - late 7th round or priority UDFA (teams never seem to have enough corners. He got his share of team visits and his measurables are high.)
Jon'Vea Johnson - priority UDFA (it's said the NFL GMs often fall in love with speed, so you never know, but I don't think he hears his name called.)
Reggie Howard - UDFA

Anyone else have a guess?
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