NFL Draft risers, sliders: Week 11
Two more teams fell from the ranks of the unbeaten Saturday as the college schedule season moves toward its conclusion. During a weekend that will produce a shake-up in the top 10, several likely mid-to-late round draft choices, players who will contribute in the NFL, impressed scouts with their performances.
• Arkansas receiver Cobi Hamilton looked impressive despite the Razorbacks' 18-point loss to South Carolina. His ability to find open space in the defense then pick up big chunks of yardage running after the catch has him moving up draft boards. In a year in which the talent at receiver is thin, especially from the senior class, Hamilton could be a surprise pick late in the second round.
• The situation surrounding Washington State receiver Marquess Wilson bears watching. The highly rated junior has struggled through a miserable campaign and was demoted from his starting spot two weeks ago. He walked out on a team conditioning workout last week then was indefinitely suspended by coach Mike Leach. On Saturday, Wilson announced he was leaving the team permanently, blasting Washington State coaches for " belittling, intimidating and humiliating" players. Even before the recent incident it was believed Wilson would opt for the NFL after the season. Entering the draft under the current circumstances won't help the wideouts' grade.
• Derek "D.J." Hayden, a Week 10 slider, suffered a near fatal injury in practice • last week. During a collision with a teammate the Houston cornerback tore his inferior vena cava, the large vein that carries blood from the lower half of the body to the heart. The injury is usually linked to motor vehicle accidents and is fatal "95 percent of the time" according to Dr. Walter Lowe, the Cougars' team physician. Hayden remains hospitalized and is listed in "critical yet stable" condition. Sources told me Thursday several NFL teams stamped Hayden as a potential first-round pick prior to the injury.