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El Paso Native, Former Miner Hope To Hear Names Called At NFL Draft Thursday

Two football players with El Paso connections are hoping their NFL dreams come true Thursday night.

El Paso native John Skelton, who played quarterback at Fordham University, and Cornelius Brown, who played defensive back at UTEP, both showed their skills at the NFL Souting Combine a few weeks ago in Indianapolis. Only about 300 players are invited to the NFL Scouting Combine a year.

“Skelton is a good-sized quarterback with a major league arm,” states the NFL’s scouting report on Skelton. “The problem is that he does not know how to use his arm to his advantage. He tends to rely on arm strength alone, when throwing the ball and does not do a good job of getting his feet set under him when throwing from the pocket. He can throw on the move, but his accuracy suffers a lot. He will need a ton of work when it comes to reading NFL coverages and going through his progressions as he looks for the best target. Teams may get too enamored with his arm strength and overlook how much development it will take before he is ready to play.”

The NFL draft moves to primetime for the first time in 2010, with the first round taking place Thurs., April 22 at 5:30 p.m. MT, followed by the second and third rounds on Fri., April 23 at 4 p.m. MT. Rounds 4-7 will be held Sat., April 24 at 8 a.m. MT. Watch the entire draft live on NFL Network.

Information: John Skelton’s NFL Combine Page; Cornelius Brown’s NFL Combine Page

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