As the NFL regular season has concluded, and with the college bowl games winding down, the 2006 draft will begin to command a great deal of attention. Although the official list of declared underclassmen will not be made available by the league until a few days after the Jan. 15 deadline, plenty of players are making their intentions known. With the order at the top of the draft now virtually set, the picture is beginning to clear up slightly.
News and Notes
" The Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers will execute a coin flip to break a tie for picks No. 6 and 7 in this year's NFL draft.
" Miami junior Devin Hester has reportedly decided to forgo his senior season in order to make himself available for the 2006 NFL draft. Hester has served numerous roles for the Hurricanes, including as a return specialist, wide receiver, running back and cornerback. Hester was demoted as the team's nickel cover corner because of ineffective play this season, but continued to show explosiveness in the return game, as well as on offense late in the season.