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What will happen now to players like Ryan Bartholomew, a center from Syracuse, and Joe Lefeged, a safety from Rutgers, who were bypassed over the weekend in the 2011 NFL Draft?
Normally, NFL teams spend the day or two following the conclusion of the draft working the phones to try and sign a handful of undrafted free agents they would bring to NFL training camps. With the NFL Lockout back in place, however, teams can’t contact these players.
So, at this point it seems pointless to speculate on which UDFA’s might fit for the New York Giants or New York Jets. No one has any idea when teams might be able to contact these guys, or if there will be ‘real’ training camps that will provide them with opportunities to show they belong on NFL rosters.
You have to wonder if some of these players will look toward the UFL for opportunities to get on the field this fall.
— SB Nation’s Mocking The Draft offers a list of the top 25 undrafted free agents.
Syracuse football's Ryan Bartholomew and Rutgers' Joe Lefeged, both high scouted prospects, each went undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft, which finished Saturday night. Syracuse linebacker Derrell Smith and kicker Rob Long also did not have their name called during the three-day, seven-round event.
It was a surprise that Bartholomew, a 6-foot-2, 298-pound offensive linemen who really impressed scouts at the NFL Combine, was not picked up by anyone who felt a need to develop a backup or potential starter on the offensive line. Bartholomew stayed in the top five of ESPN's Mel Kiper big board throughout the sixth and seventh round, but never was selected. SU's Smith, who was a solid leader for the Orange, and Rutgers' Lefeged were each projected has draftworthy, but neither had any luck on the final day.
As for the feel good story of Long, who underwent six weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatment for a brain tumor in Decemeber, he'll have to continue to work hard to catch the eyes of NFL teams.
So, what's next for these undraft players? Well, the NFL lockout will prohibit them from signing with any team - which is why getting drafted this year was more important than any other year. Until the NFL owners and players come to an agreement on a new labor deal, each of these "free agents" will need to continue to work out, stay fresh and be ready to try out for squads when the lockout is finally over.
Former Syracuse football linebacker Doug Hogue was selected by the Detroit Lions Saturday afternoon in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Hogue becomes the second memeber for the 2010-'11 SU squad to be chosen by an NFL team on the final day of the three-day event at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Earlier in the day, running back Delone Carter went in the fourth round to Indianapolis.
There's not a lot of top talent at linebacker for the Lions, who play a 4-3 defense under head coach Jim Schwartz. Of course, Hogue isn't projected to be a stud like former SU middle linebacker, Keith Bulluck, a three-time All-Pro selection, but his big heart should allow him to see quality playing time in 2011-'12.
Here are what some Detroit media members are saying about the selection:
"The Lions addressed a glaring need for the first time when they drafted the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Hogue to help their lackluster linebacking corps," wrote the Detroit Free Press on Saturday.
James Schmehl of MLive.com says, "(Hogue) is expected to be an immediate impact player on special teams."
"This pick may not fill the Lions' need for starting linebackers in 2011, says SB Nation's Pride Of The Lion, "but Hogue can be a depth guy as he continues learning the linebacker position more and more. Already he has come a long way since being a running back, and the Lions obviously like Hogue's potential enough to make him one of their draft picks in 2011.
Former Syracuse football runningback Delone Carter had to wait two days into the 2011 NFL Draft, but his name was finally called Saturday afternoon in the fourth round by the Indianapolis Colts.
“You know, man, Peyton Manning. It’s an honor to go there,” Carter told the Syracuse Post Standard. “There’s a lot of Syracuse alums there … Dwight Freeney … I just feel honored and blessed.”
Carter will join a backfield that is filled with talent. Jospeh Addai, a Pro Bolwer in 2007, is slated to be the number one guy, while Donald Brown served as the backup. Syracuse native and Michigan alum, Mike Hart, and verteran Dominc Rhodes should battle for the third spot - if there's every football again.
However, there is a lot of hope for Carter because Hart and Rhodes seem to be on their way out. Hart has been on and off the active roster during the last couple of years because of injuries, while Rhodes is in the midst of his third different stint with Indy.
The NFL Draft is currently in its fifth round and still Syracuse linebacker Doug Hogue and center Ryan Bartholomew are on the board. For Rutgers, safety Joe Lefeged seems likely to be the only player drafted.
Here is your draft order for Round 4 of the 2011 NFL Draft. The draft concludes today with rounds 4 thru 7. beginning at noon ET. The New York Giants have five selections in the final four rounds, while the New York Jets have four.
Here’s the updated NFL draft order for round four:
99) Seattle (from New England via Denver)
104) Philadelphia (from Washington)
107) Seattle (from Detroit)
108) Denver (from San Francisco)
112) St. Louis
115) San Francisco (from San Diego)
116) Tampa bay
117) New York Giants
118) Kansas City
121) Jacksonville (from New Orleans)
122) Buffalo (from Seattle)
124) Cleveland (from Atlanta)
125) Oakland (from New England)
126) New York Jets
127) Washington (from Chicago)
129) Green Bay
130) Tennessee (compensatory)
131) Green Bay (compensatory)
Day Three of the 2011 NFL Draft begins at noon (ESPN/NFL Network). Draft hopefuls from regional Big East Conference schools Syracuse and Rutgers are still waiting to hear their names called.
From Syracuse, running back DeLone Carter, linebacker Doug Hogue and center Ryan Bartholomew are the most likely players to be selected during rounds 4-7. For Rutgers, safety Joe Lefeged seems likely to be the only player drafted.
On Friday, the New York Giants continued their value over need philosophy by selecting North Carolina defensive tackle Marvin Austin in the second round and Troy wide receiver/kick returner Jerell Jernigan in the third round. The Giants have six selections today, including three in the sixth round.
The New York Jets added to their defensive line by selecting mammoth nose tackle Kenrick Ellis of Hampton College in the third round. The Jets did not have a second-round selection. The Jets have four picks today, one in each round.
Here is your draft order for Round 2 of the NFL Draft Friday night. This will hold, of course, until the proceedings start and the wheeling and dealing kicks into full swing.
The 2011 NFL Draft enters its second day Friday (6 p.m. ET, ESPN/NFL Network) with rounds 2 and 3 to be held. If the majority of draft analysts are correct, draft hopefuls from Syracuse University and Rutgers University will likely have to wait until Day 3 of the draft on Saturday to hear their names called.
Of course, as was re-affirmed during a wild and unpredictable first round on Thursday night anything can happen during the NFL Draft.
A look at an updated seven-round mock draft from DraftTek shows Syracuse running DeLone Carter and linebacker Doug Hogue being drafted in the sixth round, and center Ryan Bartholomew going in the seventh round. Rutgers safety Joe Lefeged is projected to be taken in the sixth round.
Draft Countdown projects Carter, Hogue and Lefeged as likely mid-round selections. It lists Bartholomew as a potential late round selection or an undrafted free agent.
Syracuse and Rutgers fans can only wait and wonder, though.
The 2011 NFL Draft continues Friday night at Radio City Music Hall with rounds 2 and 3 (6 p.m. ET, ESPN, ESPN2, NFL Network). The New York Giants are scheduled to pick in the second round (52nd overall) and in the third round (84th overall). The New York Jets do not own a second-round selection, and are not scheduled to pick until near the end of the third round (94th overall).
There are many talented players still available, many of whom were thought to be potential first-round selections. Mocking The Draft has a list of its top 10. Heading the list is Georgia defensive end Da'Quan Bowers. UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers is not on the list, but should be. Other top available players include Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett, Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams, Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph and TCU quarterback Andy Dalton.
Great players can be found in the second round of the draft. Just ask the Giants about Michael Strahan. So, be sure to pay attention to what your team does Friday evening.
The New York Giants selected Nebraska cornerback Prince Amakumara Thursday night with their first pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. The New York Jets selected Temple defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson with their first pick, 30th overall.
A complete look at the first round is below, including links to instant analysis of each selection from SB Nation's Mocking The Draft.
First-Round Picks And Analysis
The New York Jets selected Muhammad Wilkerson, a defensive end from Temple, Thursday with the 30th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Our Jets correspondent, Joe Caporoso, will have full coverage of the selection shortly.
Here are the picks from 20-29, following the New York Giants selection of Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara and leading up to the Jets' selection at No. 30.
Join the discussion at SB Nation’s Giants website, Big Blue View.
The New England Patriots selected Colorado offensive tackle Nate Solder with the 17th pick of the 2011 NFL Draft Thursday night. Solder, a 6-foot-9, 320-pounder was thought by many to be the player the New York Giants would target if Mike Pouncey was off the board. Pouncey, of course, went to the Miami Dolphins with the 15th overall selection.
So, now what Giants’ fans? Alabama running back Mark Ingram? Boston College offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo? UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers? Temple defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson?
No matter what happens, you can bet Giants General Manager Jerry Reese will say the player he picked was the best player available at that time in the draft.
Washington took Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan 16th, and Dan Diego took defensive tackle Corey Liuget 18th.
That means the Giants are now on the clock.
The Miami Dolphins have now made the first selection in the 2011 NFL Draft that may directly impact the New York Giants. The Dolphins, selecting 15th, chose Florida guard/center Mike Pouncey, thought by many to be the most likely selection for the Giants if he was still on the board at No. 19.
Other recent picks:
No, 13, Detroit — Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn. Fairley will team with last year’s top pick by the Lions, Ndamukong Suh, to give Detroit a formidable pair of defensive tackles.
No. 14, St. Louis — Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina.
So, what will the Giants do with Pouncey gone to Miami? Offensive tackles Anthony Castonzo (Boston College), Gabe Carimi (Wisconsin) and Nate Solder (Colorado are still on the board. Alabama running back Mark Ingram remains a possibility. On defense, linebacker Akeem Ayers (UCLA), and defensive tackles Corey Liuget (Illinois) and Muhammad Wilkerson (Temple) could be possibilities.
The NFL Draft is rolling along, and things are moving fairly quickly by draft standards.
Gabbert will likely back up incumbent David Garrard for a year, maybe two before taking over as the Jaguars’ quarterback.
With the 11th pick, the Houston Texans took defensive end J.J. Watt.
With the 12th pick, the Minnesota Vikings continued the early run on quarterbacks, grabbing Florida’s Christian Ponder. That makes four quarterbacks taken in the first 12 picks.
Thus far, none of the players thought to be targets for the Giants with that 19th selection have come off the board. Florida guard/center Mike Pouncey, Boston College offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo, Colorado offensive tackle Nate Solder and Alabama running back Mark Ingram are among the possibilities.
The player the Dallas Cowboys were expected to take by many draft analysts, USC offensive tackle Tyron Smith, turned out to be their selection at No. 9 Thursday night in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
The San Francisco 49ers took defensive end/linebacker Aldon Smith at No. 7. The Tennessee Titans took Washington quarterback Jake Locker No. 8, bypassing Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert. You have to wonder if Gabbert will wind up with the Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota has the 12th selection.
The first trade of the 2011 NFL Draft came at No. 6, where the Atlanta Falcons engineered a trade with the Cleveland Browns to move up from No. 27. With the pick the Falcons took Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones.
After Cam Newton went to Carolina, other picks have been as follows:
- No. 2, Denver: Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M
- No. 3, Buffalo: Darreus Miller, DT, Alabama
- No. 4, Cincinnati: A.J. Green, Georgia
- No. 5, Arizona: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
Newton, from Auburn, won the Heisman Trophy while leading the Tigers to the national championship in 2010.
One of my pet peeves about the draft coverage is already in evidence. Newton was shown on the phone and then celebrating with his family before the selection was even announced.
As might have been expected, Commissioner Roger Goodell was lustily booed when he came on stage to open the draft. His "let's get back to some football" quip did, however, draw some cheers. Sadly, Newton also drew boos from the crowd when he came on stage to shake hands with the commissioner.
-- See SB Nation's Panthers website, Cat Scratch Reader, to join in the discussion.
All the mock drafting is done. We know who everyone else thinks the New York Giants will take with the 19th selection overall in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft Thursday night.
All that matters, though, is the name that General Manager Jerry Reese eventually writes on his draft card and submits to Commissioner Roger Goodell. Who will it be? Let’s take a look at the likely options. Call this my ‘First Round New York Giants Draft Board’ if you will.
Mike Pouncey, G/C, Florida — Almost everyone thinks the Giants will take Pouncey, if he is still available at 19. The Giants have a need at both center and guard, and Pouncey is the best interior lineman in the draft. The biggest question is really whether or not he will be available.
So, what if Pouncey isn’t there?
Other offensive linemen
Boston College offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo has commonly been associated with the Giants during mock drafts. Wisconsin tackle Gabe Carimi is favored by some. Watch out for Colorado’s Nate Solder, a 6-foot-9, 320-pound tackle with long arms, huge hands and the type of athleticism Reese loves.
What if the choice is not an offensive lineman?
Well, it could be a defensive lineman.
The name commonly connected to the Giants is Illinois defensive tackle Corey Liuget. My darkhorse defensive line candidate is Temple’s 6-foot-4, 315-pound tackle Muhammad Wilkerson. The Giants hosted Wilkerson, and that’s usually a strong sign of interest.
The Giants love defensive ends. Adrian Clayborn of Iowa visited the Giants, and if Georgia’s Da’Quan Bowers, a top 5 pick at one time, falls to 19 all bets are off.
What about a linebacker?
The Giants have not drafted one in the first round since 1984, and a true play-making linebacker is one of the few needs on their defense. The only one who might be a possibility at 19 is Akeem Ayers, but most analysts see him as a reach there.
Any other possibilities?
Alabama running back Mark Ingram is a possibility, especially if Pouncey is gone. Want a couple of longshot candidates? Try Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph or Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith.
My guess? It will be Pouncey is he is there. If not? My guess would be it comes down to these four:
Solder, Wilkerson, Liuget, Ingram.
The clock is ticking toward the beginning of the 2011 NFL Draft, which kicks off Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on both ESPN and NFL network. The Carolina Panthers have the first pick overall and are expected to select Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, the Heisman Trophy winner.
Numerous trades are expected as teams shuffle around the board trying to get into position to select the players they are really targeting in the first round, and maybe beyond. So, don't tune in late or you might miss some of the wheeling and dealing -- and your team's selection.
The draft continues Friday at 6 p.m. with rounds 2 and 3, and concludes Saturday with rounds 4-7 beginning at noon.
1 (1) Carolina
2 (2) Denver
3 (3) Buffalo
4 (4) Cincinnati
5 (5) Arizona
6 (6) Cleveland
7 (7) San Francisco
8 (8) Tennessee
9 (9) Dallas
10 (10) Washington
11 (11) Houston
12 (12) Minnesota
13 (13) Detroit
14 (14) St. Louis
15 (15) Miami
16 (16) Jacksonville
17 (17) New England from Oakland
18 (18) San Diego
19 (19) New York Giants
20 (20) Tampa Bay
21 (21) Kansas City
22 (22) Indianapolis
23 (23) Philadelphia
24 (24) New Orleans
25 (25) Seattle
26 (26) Baltimore
27 (27) Atlanta
28 (28) New England
29 (29) Chicago
30 (30) New York Jets
31 (31) Pittsburgh
32 (32) Green Bay
-- SB Nation has the full seven-round order.
The common belief among NFL Draft analysts is that Mike Pouncey, the highly-touted guard/center from Florida, will be taken by the New York Giants with the 19th selection of the first round Thursday night if he is available. The bigger question seems to be whether or not Pouncey will be gone by the time it is the Giants’ turn to hand in a draft card.
There is all sorts of speculation about Pouncey today as the NFL Draft rumor mill cranks up. There is plenty of speculation that Pouncey will go to the Miami Dolphins with the 15th overall selection — if the Dolphins don’t use that pick to select a quarterback or running back Mark Ingram, another player who might interest the Giants.
The most speculation, though, centers around the Pittsburgh Steelers. There are reports that the Pittsburgh Steelers will pull out all the stops in an effort to trade up and select Pouncey, teaming him with his brother, Maurkice, an All-Pro center they drafted in the first round a year ago.
Those rumors were emphatically shot down this morning by long-time Steelers beat writer Ed Bouchette. Wrote Bouchette:
Nice, fuzzy story on the NFL web site that the Steelers are doing all they can to get higher in the first round and draft Maurkice Pouncey’s twin, Mike. As nice and fuzzy as Snow White and just as much a fantasy.
They would practically have to throw away their entire draft to move high enough to draft him and that’s not going to happen.
Still, considering how logical a pick Pouncey seems for the Giants, this seems like a potential development worth paying attention to.
The New York Giants are scheduled to pick 19th and the New York Jets 30th when the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft is held Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall (8 p.m. ET, ESPN, ESPN2, NFL Network). The Carolina Panthers have the first pick, and are widely expected to select Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, the Heisman Trophy winner.
This will be the second year of the NFL's three-day draft format. Round 1 will be held Thursday night. Rounds 2 and 3 will be held Friday (6 p.m., ESPN, ESPN2, NFL Network). Rounds 4-7 will be held Saturday beginning at noon (ESPN, ESPN2, NFL Network).
The Giants, coming off a 10-6 season in which they did not make the playoffs for the second straight year, have eight selections in the draft. Those selections are as follows:
The Jets are coming off a season in which they went to the AFC Championship Game for the second consecutive time. They have six selections in the draft. Those selections are as follows:
SB Nation New York has been compiling Giants and Jets draft information for several weeks now. Here is some of what you can find: