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ICYMI ... could some Red Raiders go in rounds 4-7 of NFL draft today?

Seth Doege, Cody Davis and LaAdrian Waddle work toward improving draft stock

Posted: April 20, 2013 - 9:39pm  |  Updated: April 21, 2013 - 12:38am
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Former Texas Tech lineman LaAdrian Waddle could hear his name called during the NFL draft this week.   Stephen Spillman
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Former Texas Tech lineman LaAdrian Waddle could hear his name called during the NFL draft this week.
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Jerry Marlatt seemingly can answer any question put to him about Cody Davis except one: Why wasn’t the former Texas Tech safety invited to the NFL combine?

“That’s a great question,” said Marlatt, Davis’ agent. “I honestly can’t answer that. In all of his (postseason workout) performances, he’s outperformed literally all of the safeties who were there.”

Davis got married April 6, worked out for scouts two days later in a super-regional combine at Cowboys Stadium and was on his honeymoon this weekend, his agent said. The capper to Davis’ offseason would be to have a team call him this week during the NFL draft.

That goes for several of his Tech teammates as well. Offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle and quarterback Seth Doege are among the others hoping to catch on. The seven-round draft unfolds Thursday through Saturday.

“I’m a realistic guy,” Doege said. “I know if I do get drafted, it’ll be in the later rounds. However, I do feel like I’ll have an opportunity to be invited into a camp. I believe in my skill set and believe in myself that I can go into a camp and make a team.”

Based on what’s gone on since the season ended, Davis is draft pundits’ consensus pick for Tech’s player with the best chance to be selected.

As a four-year Red Raiders starter, Davis finished first or second on the team in tackles every season. Since the season ended, he’s worked to prove his athleticism, taking part in a regional combine at Houston, the super-regional combine at Dallas and Tech’s pro day workouts.

Marlatt said Davis was timed at 4.37 seconds for 40 yards at the regional combine and at 4.41 during the Tech pro day and the super-regional combine.

He went 41½ inches in the vertical jump and excelled in the short shuttle, the three-cone drill and the 60-yard shuttle.

“In each of those events, he’s put up numbers

that have been the best in the nation,” Marlatt said. “His 40 time. His vertical jump, he jumped the highest of anyone in the country. His various drills are better than anyone in the nation as well.

“He’s taken himself from being probably a seventh-round (pick)/priority free agent to be in consideration for a mid-round pick.”

The 6-foot-6, 321-pound Waddle started 41 games for the Red Raiders, nearly all at left tackle, and made first-team all-Big 12 as a senior. Still, he’s not a shoo-in to be drafted.

NFL scouts like Waddle’s frame and his wingspan. They wonder how he’ll transition from spending so much time dropping into a pass-protection set from a two-point stance to drive blocking from a three-point stance.

“From what I’ve heard, that’s kind of why I’m not rated as high as I feel I should be,” Waddle said, “because people have question marks about how my game at Tech will translate into the NFL.”

Waddle has worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cleveland Browns, has another scheduled for Tuesday, April 23, with the Chicago Bears and has flown out to be seen by the Detroit Lions.

“I wouldn’t say I’m too nervous,” Waddle said. “I really feel like somebody’s going to pick me. I’m more just anxious to see when I’m going to get picked up and what team it’s going to be, just to resolve the uncertainty.”

Doege is in somewhat the same boat as his left tackle. Each of the past two years, he was a 4,000-yard passer. At both of the all-star games in which he played — Texas vs. the nation and the East-West Shrine Game — representatives from about 10 NFL teams talked to him.

But Doege says he’s subject to some of the same questions that have dogged previous Tech quarterbacks. Specifically, he’s spent much of the past four months working from under center.

“It almost feels more natural than being in the shotgun, to be honest with you,” Doege said, “because I’ve been working on it for so long and so hard.

“That was a big question mark for teams was if I could take a snap under center and read a defense and throw. It came really natural to me. I feel like I’m really good at it, and I feel like I’m going to surprise some people when I get into a camp.”

Waddle and Doege have both spent much of the past few months in Dallas, working out together with other draft hopefuls and NFL players. One of the wide receivers to whom Doege has been throwing is TCU’s Skye Dawson, who’s also a track standout.

“It was good for me to throw to him, because he’s got an extra gear,” Doege said. “To throw to a guy with that kind of ability was a lot of fun.”

Both players were outstanding during Tech’s 56-53 triple-overtime victory last season at TCU. Doege threw a career-high seven TD passes, and Dawson caught 10 passes for 154 yards — both career bests — and a TD, not to mention torturing Tech with his punt returns.

“Every day we were together, I let him know what happened that day,” Doege said. “And that was us, the Red Raiders, winning that game in overtime. There were definitely some playful jokes between me and him. We became pretty close. He’s a good dude, but there wasn’t a day I didn’t let him know who won that game.”

 

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NFL draft

When: Round 1, 7 p.m. Thursday; rounds 2-3, 5:30 p.m. Friday; rounds 4-7, 11 a.m. Saturday.

Where: Radio City Music Hall, New York City

TV: ESPN

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No one is going to draft Doege.

Tuber/Brown deservedly took a lot of heat, but it was Doege that QB'd this team to a 5-7 season, 6-12 conference record, and 20-something ppg in conference last year.

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as well as.....

Also has had surgery on both knees and is about a mobile as a refrigerator.

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