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2011 NFL draft preview

Mount Union wide receiver Cecil Shorts III has been the best NFL prospect in Division III football for some time, dating to last season. But although Shorts was the only one drafted, certainly he won't be the only one to get a shot at the big time.

Teams cannot sign undrafted players as free agents during the NFL lockout. The top prospects to hear their name called, either on draft day or from a general manager or player personnel person (eventually) over the phone, listed alphabetically:

Tommy Becker
Inside linebacker
St. Thomas
6-1, 248

Becker impressed at the University of Minnesota pro day, with a 4.71 40, a 36-inch vertical and 24 reps at 225 pounds. Becker transferred to St. Thomas from Minnesota. A third-team all-region selection by D3football.com, Becker forced two fumbles, intercepted two passes and blocked two kicks to go along with 106 tackles.

Tyler Beiler SIGNED: Tyler Beiler
Wide receiver
Bridgewater (Va.)
6-0, 190 

Beiler, a D3football.com first-team All-American, opened eyes with a 40.5-inch vertical and 4.39 40 at James Madison's pro day. He caught 61 passes for 1,342 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. He's worked out for the Eagles, Steelers, Jaguars, Broncos and 49ers, among others.

Video of Beiler's workout

SIGNED: Keith Darbut
Outside linebacker
Baldwin-Wallace
6-4, 230

Darbut, a second-team All-Region selection by D3football.com last season and the most outstanding defensive lineman in the Ohio Athletic Conference, compiled 10-1/2 sacks for the Yellow Jackets at defensive end. He's being looked at as an outside linebacker at the pro level. He ran a 4.38 40 in a pro day at Akron, with 26 225-pound bench reps and a vertical of 38.

Jared Jenkins SIGNED: Jared Jenkins
Wide receiver
UW-Stevens Point
6-2, 212

Jenkins has drawn interest from almost every NFL team and flew to Seattle for a private workout recently. He had a disappointing pro day at UW-Madison, with a 4.62 40, a 33 vertical, and 10 bench-press reps. He reportedly ran a 4.47 for the Packers with a 35-inch vertical. He also has punting skills in an emergency. 

Kyle Miller SIGNED: Kyle Miller
Long snapper
Mount Union
6-5, 258

Miller ran a 4.85 40, had a 28-1/2 vertical and had 14 reps on the bench press. Although Miller has receiver or tight end size, the rest of his measureables don't stack up quite as well. Long snappers don't get drafted but every team needs one.

Lane Olson Lane Olson
Strong safety
UW-Whitewater
5-8, 203

Olson was hardly on the radar before his pro day at UW-Madison, in which he posted numbers comparable, if not better than the strong safeties invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. Of course, at 5-8 he has a bit of a disadvantage in the size department. He ran 4.48 40, posted a 38 vertical, and had 24 bench-press reps.

Mike Preston SIGNED: Mike Preston
Wide receiver
Heidelberg
6-4, 204 

Preston, a third-team D3football.com All-American as a senior, has a 4.60 40, a vertical of 35 inches and 13 reps at 225 pounds. He caught 76 passes for 1,213 yards and 15 touchdowns this past season for the Student Princes.

Justin Rindt
Defensive end
UW-Stout
6-3, 267 

Rindt started the season at tackle but was moved back outside for the final six games of the season. He's run a 4.72 40 at two separate tests, including the UW-Madison pro day, benching 25 times and showing a vertical of 31-1/2 inches. 

Video of a Rindt workout

DRAFTED: Cecil Shorts
Wide receiver
Mount Union
6-0, 205

Shorts, along with Beiler, was a D3football.com first-team All-America selection. He has been projected to go as high as the third round and frequently in the fifth. He has run a 4.50 40, with a 34-1/2 vertical and 21 bench-press reps. Scouting services love his quickness off the line of scrimmages and his adjustment to poorly thrown balls. 

Caleb Urban Caleb Urban
Wide receiver
Trinity (Texas)
6-0, 204

The brother of NFL (and fellow Trinity alum) Jerheme Urban has a shot to make a name of his own in the league. The Chargers, Saints, Falcons, Jaguars, Dolphins, Panthers, and Texans have been in contact and he posted a 4.51 40 with a 35-inch vertical and 17 reps. 

Matt Wenger, by Steve Woltmann Matt Wenger
Linebacker
North Central (Ill.)
5-10, 233

The D3football.com Defensive Player of the Year, Wenger ran a 4.64 40 at a pro day in March, putting up a 34-1/2 vertical and 23 reps at 225.

Wenger's workout video

Marcus Wilson
Defensive back
Wesley
6-2, 216

Wilson started his football career at Iowa in 2006, which gives him a leg up. He intercepted seven passes, returning three for touchdowns for the Wolverines, while breaking up five other passes. He ran 40s of 4.52 and 4.54 and sports a 34-inch vertical. Teammate Ellis Krout could still get picked up as well coming off his late-season injury, but he hasn't been able to work out for teams.

Other names have been mentioned as well, such as Leer Biddle of William Paterson, ZaVious Robbins of Hardin-Simmons, Nate Heard of UW-Oshkosh, Michael Galatas (SIGNED) of Millsaps. And every year, it seems, someone comes from out of nowhere to get a camp invite or a post-draft tryout. Sometimes quarterbacks are brought in to tryout camps solely to give preferred wide receivers a workout. But any opportunity is a chance.

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Salve Regina 45, at Nichols 10
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Mount Ida 14, at Dean 7
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at Thomas More 59, Waynesburg 7
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at Maine Maritime 34, Coast Guard 16
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at Finlandia 27, Trinity Bible 21
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Hamilton 28, at Bowdoin 7
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at Delaware Valley 49, King's 14
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at Olivet 47, Albion 26
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at Wesleyan 41, Bates 23
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Union 27, at Rochester 0
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Amherst 40, at Colby 7
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at Western New England 41, Endicott 14
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at Brockport 48, Morrisville State 7
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at Plymouth State 16, Framingham State 13
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at RPI 27, Ithaca 14
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Hobart 49, at Hartwick 27
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at Ferrum 34, LaGrange 20
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at Carnegie Mellon 42, Geneva 27
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Ohio Wesleyan 16, at Wabash 13
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DePauw 26, at Denison 17
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at Trine 42, Kalamazoo 7
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at Washington and Lee 47, Guilford 26
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at Husson 49, Castleton 0
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Gallaudet 35, at Alfred State 19
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at Wittenberg 49, Allegheny 15
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Brevard 41, at Methodist 17
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at Lebanon Valley 31, Stevenson 24
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Buffalo State 24, at St. Lawrence 21
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at Cortland 20, Alfred 17
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at Randolph-Macon 52, Emory and Henry 29
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at Wesley 29, Kean 9
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at Hampden-Sydney 58, Apprentice 28
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Frostburg State 59, at William Paterson 7
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at N.C. Wesleyan 45, Greensboro 0
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at Westminster (Pa.) 49, Grove City 27
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Washington and Jefferson 49, at Bethany 14
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at Westminster (Mo.) 56, Crown 15
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at Northwestern (Minn.) 29, Iowa Wesleyan 7
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at Knox 56, Grinnell 14
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at Widener 31, Lycoming 17
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Trinity (Conn.) 23, at Tufts 16
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at Mount St. Joseph 66, Earlham 7
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Ohio Northern 27, at John Carroll 20
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Baldwin Wallace 23, at Muskingum 20
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at Mount Union 72, Capital 14
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Rose-Hulman 44, at Manchester 13
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at Hanover 31, Bluffton 28
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Defiance 45, at Anderson 0
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at Wartburg 42, Loras 11
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Hiram 62, at Kenyon 56
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Springfield 35, at Merchant Marine 13
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Williams 27, at Middlebury 26
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at Westfield State 33, Fitchburg State 21
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Marietta 43, at Wilmington 33
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at Berry 34, Hendrix 10
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Curry 40, at Becker 0
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TCNJ 20, at Rowan 14
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at SUNY-Maritime 51, Anna Maria 15
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Salisbury 28, at Montclair State 10
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at Huntingdon 28, Maryville (Tenn.) 16
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at Austin 33, Millsaps 19
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 65, Howard Payne 0
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at Washington U. 55, Buena Vista 20
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Alma 27, at Aurora 19
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at Rockford 29, Concordia-Chicago 14
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Wisconsin Lutheran 22, at Concordia (Wis.) 19
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at Lakeland 57, Benedictine 21
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at St. Norbert 10, Chicago 0
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Concordia-Moorhead 45, at Hamline 0
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St. Olaf 22, at Augsburg 20
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Bethel 24, at Gustavus Adolphus 3
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St. John's 35, at Carleton 0
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at Eureka 30, Greenville 19
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Centre 27, at Trinity (Texas) 21
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Dubuque 42, at Nebraska Wesleyan 27
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Central 30, at Coe 19
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Lake Forest 56, at Cornell 28
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at Carthage 31, Elmhurst 8
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at Illinois Wesleyan 30, Carroll 0
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Millikin 28, at Augustana 27
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Ripon 52, at Beloit 28
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MacMurray 49, at Minnesota-Morris 13
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Macalester 21, at Lawrence 18
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at Monmouth 59, Illinois College 14
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at UW-Stevens Point 26, UW-Eau Claire 3
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Case Western Reserve 63, at Thiel 28
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at Wooster 38, Oberlin 28
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Texas Lutheran 41, at East Texas Baptist 34
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at UW-Stout 21, UW-River Falls 16
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UW-Oshkosh 28, at UW-Platteville 14
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Sewanee 34, at Birmingham-Southern 13
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at Hope 22, Adrian 3
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Linfield 49, at Lewis and Clark 14
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La Verne at Occidental
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Whitworth 17, at Pacific Lutheran 14
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at Cal Lutheran 42, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 20
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at George Fox 58, Willamette 12
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at Pacific 35, Puget Sound 27
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Pomona-Pitzer 45, at Whittier 23
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at Western Connecticut 28, Massachusetts Maritime 21
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at St. Scholastica 56, Martin Luther 21
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at St. John Fisher 39, Utica 36
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at Heidelberg 48, Otterbein 45
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at Shenandoah 38, Bridgewater 20
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Southwestern 60, at Belhaven 31
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Hardin-Simmons 35, at Sul Ross State 10
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at Louisiana College 52, McMurry 34
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at Simpson 38, Luther 17
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at Chapman 45, Redlands 26
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 42, North Central (Ill.) 20
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at Delaware Valley 49, King's 14
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at Cortland 20, Alfred 17
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at Wesley 29, Kean 9
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Frostburg State 59, at William Paterson 7
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at Wittenberg 49, Allegheny 15
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at Brockport 48, Morrisville State 7
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Washington and Jefferson 49, at Bethany 14
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Ohio Wesleyan 16, at Wabash 13
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at Mount Union 72, Capital 14
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at Wartburg 42, Loras 11
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at Berry 34, Hendrix 10
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Springfield 35, at Merchant Marine 13
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 65, Howard Payne 0
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St. John's 35, at Carleton 0
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at Illinois Wesleyan 30, Carroll 0
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Concordia-Moorhead 45, at Hamline 0
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Case Western Reserve 63, at Thiel 28
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UW-Oshkosh 28, at UW-Platteville 14
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Linfield 49, at Lewis and Clark 14
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at George Fox 58, Willamette 12
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Hardin-Simmons 35, at Sul Ross State 10
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 42, North Central (Ill.) 20
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Gettysburg at Johns Hopkins
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