More Terps take NFL shots

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Here is the list, plus some analysis (I can't help myself) of which Terps are taking NFL shots.

You know that offensive lineman Bruce Campbell was picked in the fourth round by the Oakland Raiders. Cornerback Nolan Carroll went in the fifth round to the Miami Dolphins.


These Terps went undrafted but signed free agent deals:

*Offensive lineman Phil Costa (Dallas Cowboys).


*Defensive lineman Travis Ivey (Miami Dolphins).

*Running back Cory Jackson (San Diego Chargers).

*Defensive back Terrell Skinner (Minnesota Vikings)

Meanwhile, quarterback Chris Turner, defensive lineman Jared Harrell and defensive backs Jamari McCollough and Richard Taylor were still hoping to attract some interest.

Here are some observations:

*I like Carroll's chances. I've said before that he has the size, speed and smarts to be an NFL corner. There was certainly some trepidation among NFL teams because Carroll broke his leg in college and high school.

*Chris Turner is tough, poised and intelligent. But he has mobility issues (he's tried to work on his arm strength). Also, Turner had a better junior season than senior season. That can be toxic to NFL scouts, who look for improvement. In Turner's defense, nearly every Terp was better in 2008 than 2009, and Turner was working behind an especially leaky offensive line last season.

*Bruce Campbell looks great on paper and in workouts. He needs to overcome the perception that he's just a combine star.


No doubt he has the tools. But he was part of an underachieving offensive line in 2008 that had some talent -- Campbell, Edwin Williams, Jaimie Thomas, Dane Randoph -- but still managed games like a 31-0 loss against a struggling Virginia team.

*Cory Jackson was a popular Terp, not because he was a great runner but because he was a tough blocker and a solid teammate. He'd hope to catch on in the style of Jim Finn, an unheralded fullback from the University of Pennsylvania who caught on in the NFL as Tiki Barber's blocker despite being the last pick of the 1999 draft.