Double-T Nation News:
I've got a few things to clean up here. First, I never officially congratulated the newest Masked Rider, Ashley Hartzog. Thus, DTN welcomes Ashley. Congratulations! I'll blame my lack of a prior congratulations to Ashley on my focus being on the Red-Black Scrimmage, but I know that it was really my subconscious not wanting to let go.
Texas Tech Football:
Also from DT! is something I was going to comment on, but Bond beat me to it, the increasing influence that scouting services such as Scout and Rivals have over recruiting.
The only guy who is expected to be drafted in this weekend's NFL Draft is senior Danny Amendola. I thought I'd save you the trouble and link to what the scouts are saying about Amendola.
Here's the NFL.com's scouting report:
Negatives: Looks more like a kicker than a receiver with a thin build, short arms and small hands. ... Can lose concentration over the middle if in the presence of physical safeties. ... Won't worry many corners or safeties with his blocking, although he gives good effort. ... Lacks the upper body strength to sustain those blocks or get off press coverage. ... Is not explosive with the ball in his hands, getting a quick burst but lacking a second gear after the reception or on punt returns.
SI's draft analysis has this on Amendola and is predicting the 5th round:
NEGATIVES: Undersized and loses out to large defenders. More quick than fast and lacks the second gear.
ANALYSIS: Amendola is a consistent pass-catcher with potential as a slot receiver and a punt returner at the next level.
The FSWT's Jimmy Burch thinks that Amendola may be drafted in one of the latter rounds or a free agent.
And I've posted this before, but a pretty good highlight video of Amendola:
As well as the Draftguys profile on Danny Amendola: