At least one NFC team has moved Indiana's James Hardy to the top of their
wide receiver list and doesn't think he'll last beyond the top 15 picks in this
year's draft. And a league source has stated that he knows of a few teams that
have now moved James up to the top position on their wide receiver boards after
the 6-foot-6 receiver followed up his impressive college career by running a
4.47 40-time and placing among the top performers in the bench press, broad
jump, 3-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle at the NFL Scouting Combine.
While he's been forced to focus on numbers and statistics in recent months,
James told me that people shouldn't expect to see him thinking much about them
once he finds out which NFL team he'll be playing for in 2008.
"Achievements are individual statistics and I don't really worry about
that. I just do whatever I can do to help my team win," he said.
"I did the best that I could possibly do to help us get to a bowl game.
And honestly, out of all the accomplishments, that's the one that stands out
to me. As long as we get the Ws, statistics really don't matter."
Hardy wrapped up a strong 2007 season with 16 touchdown catches and 1,125
total receiving yards. Averaging 14.2 yards per catch, he decided to enter the
NFL Draft early as a junior.
So far, it looks like he made the right choice.
You know what I like about Texas A&M center Cody Wallace? He's
just downright scrappy. A really nice guy off the field, Wallace likes to tear
it up when he's battling in the trenches. And at 6-foot-4, 296 pounds, he
has the size along with the footwork to be effective as a guard, if need be, at the next level.
Cody Wallace ready to snap the ball.
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Wallace mentioned that he's got a visit set up with the Buffalo Bills next
week. So I had to ask him if he had thought about how cold it gets up there
compared to what it's like to play in Texas.
"Yeah, I don't know that I'm used to playing in anything nearly that
cold," he said with a laugh. "But I'm sure it'll be all right. I'll be
able to handle it."
During the first week of April, the three-year starter for the Aggies will
visit with the Pittsburgh Steelers. But he's also been drawing interest
from some other good clubs. At the Combine, he sat down with the Seahawks
and the 49ers. The formal interview with San Francisco was a nice compliment since their coaching staff already had the opportunity to work with
Wallace at the Senior Bowl. They were obviously impressed by what they saw as
were the Jaguars, the Rams and the Bengals after he
completed his Pro Day workouts.
Knowing that he's got quite a reputation for his physical strength, I asked
Wallace to rattle off a couple of his top numbers from the weight room. "I
squatted 740 (pounds) and I've done 480 in the bench," he said, before modestly adding, "I know there are guys out there stronger than that, but
I'm pretty pleased with how I've done."
I told him that made my back hurt just thinking about it.
Some team is going to add a valuable player to their roster on Day Two of the
NFL Draft when they send Cody Wallace's name on a card up to the podium. Keep an
eye on him.
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Is Indiana's James Hardy rising to the top of wide receiver draft boards? ... Texas A&M strongman Cody Wallace has a couple of visits lined up and had other teams approaching him after his Pro Day ... Scout.com's Ed Thompson fills you in on the latest draft buzz regarding these two players.
WR James Hardy (AP Photo/D. Cummings)