After the season, it seemed like Akron's four-year streak of having a player selected in the first four rounds of the NFL Draft would end. A couple of Zips, however, are moving up teams' draft boards.
Kevin Grant, for example, worked out with the Washington Redskins last week, a source tells me. RealGM.com ranks Grant as a top-20 inside linebacker.
After running a sub-4.4 time in the 40-yard dash, Bryan Williams also has moved up the strong safety rankings. NFLDraftScout.com calls Williams the No. 17 strong safety. Clearly, Williams has value as a kick returner, too.
Brandon Anderson, Chris Kemme, Andrew Johnson and Merce Poindexter are also candidates for the draft, but their hopes will be more soundly lodged in the post-draft signing period. Longsnapper Brian Flaherty worked out with a scout from the Browns during Akron's Pro Day. Unfortunately, the Browns have one of the league's best longsnappers in Ryan Pontbriand.
The NFL Draft is on April 25. The Zips will be focused more on the 26th, when ESPN broadcasts the third through seventh rounds.