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keg in kc
04-18-2005, 04:37 AM
Pretty cool stuffWelcome to Access Arrowhead’s 2005 NFL Draft Preview (http://kcchiefs.com/news/2005/04/18/access_arrowheads_2005_nfl_draft_preview). Each day this week you’ll be able to get the low-down on some of this year’s top draft prospects. We’ll breakdown a couple of the biggest names at each position complete with video highlights of their combine and pro day workouts. Here’s the schedule leading up to Draft Day on Saturday:

Monday 4/18 - Linebackers
Tuesday 4/19 - Wide Receivers
Wednesday 4/20 - Defensive Line
Thursday 4/21 - Carl Peterson/Dick Vermeil Pre-Draft Press Conference
Friday 4/22 - Defensive BacksToday:

Linebackers Darryl Blackstock, Derrick Johnson and Barrett Ruud

Wonder if these three being featured means anything...

keg in kc
04-18-2005, 04:40 AM
Darryl Blackstock
Virginia — 6-4, 241

Blackstock began his collegiate career at Fork Union Military Academy in 2001, where he registered 22 sacks. He transferred to Virginia in 2002 and moved into the starting lineup at weakside linebacker in the team’s second game. Blackstock was named College Football News National Defensive Freshman of the Year as he set school freshman single-season records with 10 sacks and 14 stops for losses. That was part of a career-high 107 tackles (66 solo) with 20 pressures, an interception and four pass deflections.

Blackstock picked up All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention honors in 2003. He started every game, but his production dropped some with 85 tackles (50 solo), six sacks, 14_ stops behind the line of scrimmage, 23 pressures and two fumble recoveries. In 2004, he followed with second-team All-ACC honors, ranking seventh in the nation with 11 sacks. His production continued to drop as he managed only 43 tackles (27 solo), but 14 of those hits were for losses.

In 39 Cavalier games, Blackstock started 38 times. He recorded 237 tackles (143 solo) with 27 sacks for minus-146 yards, 42_ stops for losses of 199 yards and 46 quarterback pressures. His 27 career sacks are an Atlantic Coast Conference career record for a linebacker. Only Chris Slade (40, 1989-92) produced more at Virginia. His 42_ stops behind the line of scrimmage are topped only by Slade (56) and Mike Frederick (50, 1991-94) in Cavaliers history. He also recovered four fumbles, caused two others, intercepted a pass and deflected eight others.

Derrick Johnson
Texas — 6-3, 234

Picked as the top outside linebacker in college football by The Sporting News before the 2004 season, Derrick Johnson lived up to his billing. The aggressive, speedy and explosive linebacker established himself as one of the nation’s premier defensive players. He earned the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation’s top defensive player and the Butkus Award (nation’s top LB).

Johnson was a finalist for the Bednarik Award (nation’s top defensive player), the Lombardi Award (nation’s top lineman) and the Lott Trophy (defensive player of the year) as a senior. He was the only defensive player among the 10 finalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and earned unanimous first-team All-American accolades. He was also a unanimous selection as the Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

A national Freshman of the Year pick by The Sporting News and Big 12 Conference Freshman co-Defensive Player of the Year, Johnson ended his collegiate career with several other national honors in 2004. He became the Texas first player since Tommy Nobis (1964-65) to earn back-to-back All-American honors. He led the team with a career-high 130 tackles (73 solo) with two sacks, 19 stops for losses, 10 pressures, nine forced fumbles (broke the NCAA season-record held by Syracuse’s Dwight Freeney in 2001 and Boise State’s Quintin Mikell in 2002), eight pass deflections and an interception.

Johnson concluded his Longhorns career with 40 starts in 50 games. He recorded 458 tackles (281 solo) with 10_ sacks for minus-58 yards, 65 stops for losses of 170 yards and 39 quarterback pressures. His 65 stops behind the line of scrimmage broke the Texas career record of 60 by Kiki DeAyala (1979-82). Johnson added five fumble recoveries, 11 forced fumbles, nine interceptions for 195 yards in returns (one for a touchdown), 30 pass deflections and a blocked kick during his time with the Longhorns.

Johnson is humble despite all of the recent awards and accolades. He is active in UT’s community service program and serves as a mentor at local elementary schools. He recently graduated in the top third of his senior class and is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, mentoring the younger players on the team.

Barrett Ruud
Nebraska — 6-1, 242

Ruud is a very intelligent athlete who garnered several conference and school academic awards as he attained a 3.33 grade point average in Business Management. He followed his father, Tom (1972-74) to the Husker football program. Tom Ruud was an All-Big Eight linebacker for the Huskers and earned academic all-conference honors two years. He was a first-round draft pick in 1975 by Buffalo and played three years for the Bills (1975-77) and two years for the Cincinnati Bengals (1978-79).

Barrett earned Freshman All-American second-team honors from The Sporting News as a true freshman in 2001, recording 49 tackles (17 solos) with six stops for losses. He started every game at middle linebacker in 2002, ranking second on the team with 91 tackles (36 solos), including a pair of sacks, 13 quarterback pressures, 12 stops for losses and a pair of forced fumbles.

The All-Big Twelve Conference second-team pick in 2003 registered 149 tackles (78 solos) with 14 stops behind the line of scrimmage, 11 pressures, three fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles. He topped the old Husker single-season record of 141 tackles by Lee Kunz in 1977. He followed that with an All-American season as he collected 143 tackles (86 solos) with three sacks, 18 stops for losses and four pressures as a senior. In his final 24 games, Barrett recorded at least 10 tackles 18 times.

His 432 career tackles (217 solos) broke the previous school career-record of 342 by Jerry Murtaugh (1968-70) and his 50 stops behind the line of scrimmage are topped only by Grant Wistrom’s 58.5 on Nebraska’s all-time record list. Ruud started 37 of 50 contests at Nebraska, adding eight sacks for minus-48 yards, 29 quarterback pressures, three fumble recoveries, seven forced fumbles, 13 pass deflections and an interception.

Nebraska head coach Bill Callahan recently said of Ruud, “I can see why he makes the tackles he does because he’s well-prepared. He’s into the game, and he loves football. You see him work and function on the field, and you see a desire to make a play. He has the ability to diagnose a play, an offense, and a blocking scheme. He knows where he fits. He knows how to play off other players, and he’s relentless. Even if he’s not there, he’s going to chase the ball, and he’s going to get there. To me, that’s one of the outstanding attributes of his play.”

04-18-2005, 04:45 AM
Pretty cool stuffToday:

Linebackers Darryl Blackstock, Derrick Johnson and Barrett Ruud

Wonder if these three being featured means anything...
With the 15th selection in the 2005 NFL draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select... Frank Gore, running back, Miami.

Bob Dole
04-18-2005, 05:01 AM
Pretty cool stuffToday:

Linebackers Darryl Blackstock, Derrick Johnson and Barrett Ruud

Wonder if these three being featured means anything...

It means that our scouting department is at least competent enough to name 3 linebackers.

Now, if we could just see evidence that they know the difference between safety and cornerback, we'd be set.

04-18-2005, 05:05 AM
Blackstock looks really good in his Drills.

04-18-2005, 05:09 AM
Blackstock looks really good in his Drills.

Yeah and DJ didn't do so well.

04-18-2005, 05:31 AM
2nd R Blackstock would be great but he will be gone late 1st early 2nd ;(


Lacks fluid hips...Doesn't change direction well.

look at the video he changes direction very well.

04-18-2005, 06:24 AM
If he is around by our pick in the 2nd, I say we get Ruud...

(husker homer checkin' in...)

04-18-2005, 06:54 AM
The guy in blue shorts following Ruud looked more athletic than Ruud did.

keg in kc
04-18-2005, 05:50 PM
Yeah, Ruud didn't look like he belongs on the same field as Blackstock or Johnson. Blackstock in particular looked like he was on another level athletically. Was really surprised at how he looked.

Which means of course we'll draft Ruud. He's our kind of guy, intelligent linebacker with below average athletic skills. The next maSLOWski.

tomahawk kid
04-18-2005, 06:09 PM
I was suprised as to Johnson's lack of hands on the video.

You never know about the draft. There are "workout warriors" and then there are guys that produce on the field.

04-18-2005, 06:13 PM
Mike Mamula was a workout warrior and looked fantastic at the combines...

Let's not get too wrapped up in how someone looks in some drills at the combine, I think their achievements in the regular season should count for much more.

04-18-2005, 06:18 PM
Mamula looked fantastic i doubt one of these three guys will be a bust like mamula.

04-20-2005, 07:58 AM
I was suprised as to Johnson's lack of hands on the video.

You never know about the draft. There are "workout warriors" and then there are guys that produce on the field.

Which is why I like Ruud. Seriously, I think his level is elevated on the playing field. He's not a flashy guy, but he gets the job done and well.

04-20-2005, 08:20 AM
Didn't Carl or Chuck Cook mention these guys in their radio interviews the other day?

And didn't Carl aso say they are looking at tradedown options?

If that is true, I still think we need to put ourselves in the position to draft Marlin Jackson and Daryl Blackstock, and trade for Surtain.

Spicy McHaggis
04-20-2005, 09:50 AM
Which is why I like Ruud. Seriously, I think his level is elevated on the playing field. He's not a flashy guy, but he gets the job done and well.

I think Ruud will be a solid player too.

After watching the Mike Williams video I think that his best fit would still be at WR. I know some teams are grading him as a tight end.

keg in kc
04-21-2005, 07:58 AM
I probably shouldn't read anything into this, but...

3 LBs in Monday's article.
5 WRs in Tuesday's article.

TEN defensive linemen in today's article (http://www.kcchiefs.com/news/2005/04/21/access_arrowheads_2005_nfl_draft_preview__defensive_line/): DE Dan Cody, DT Shaun Cody, DT Anttaj Hawthorne, DE Erasmus James, DT Travis Johnson, LB/DE Shawne Merriman, David Pollack, DE Matt Roth, DE Marcus Spears, DE Justin Tuck

04-21-2005, 09:04 AM
I've been pretty consistent on busting on the Chiefs website for lack of quality content.

I think it's only fair to give them props for having those video links. That's pretty awesome to see workouts of some of the guys the Chiefs are interested in. Good job. Maybe your website isn't run by a 5th grader afterall.

keg in kc
04-22-2005, 04:01 AM
This morning, defensive backs:

S Thomas Davis, CB Adam “Pacman” Jones, CB Justin Miller, CB Carlos Rogers, CB Antrel Rolle, CB Fabian Washington and CB Corey Webster

Actually nice to only see one safety on the list...

04-22-2005, 08:43 AM
Omaha radio (KFAB) reports that the Chiefs are very interested in Fabian Washington in the 1st round...not sure if that is a) Husker Homer radio trying to make a story, and b) such a good idea. He is very athletic, but he is an underclassman. Seems hard to believe he will be an immediate impact player.

There was also talk of Barret Ruud in the 2nd round, but we now know that will not happen due to the Surtain trade.