Nebraska offensive lineman Chris Patrick
made public his intention to enter the supplemental draft prior to the start of
April's draft. The left tackle, who stood out against top competition last
year, including Lawrence Jackson of USC as well as Auburn's Quentin Groves during the Cotton Bowl, is projected by most to play guard in the
NFL. A potential late-round choice, Patrick is awaiting league approval
for his application before scheduling a pro-day workout.
Another application waiting for approval is
that of Mark Washington from Texas State. The undersized defensive
lineman registered 29 tackles with 7.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks last
season. Used at the defensive tackle position, Washington is likely to be tried
at outside linebacker in the NFL. The opinion is Washington will not be
selected if available in July.
One name people are waiting on is offensive
tackle Jared Gaither of Maryland. The mammoth blocker who moved
into the starting line-up as a true freshman after coming to Maryland from
Hargrave Military Academy, gave serious consideration to entering April's draft,
where he would've been a third-round choice. Gaither is presently
suspended from the team due to off-the-field issues and his name was left off
the Terps 2007 roster. He is expected to meet with Maryland officials this
week to review his status with the team. Sources have told us if Gaither
is not reinstated by Maryland for the upcoming season he will enter the
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these and all other players in the July event.