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JMU'S MOATS A PROBABLE NFL DRAFT SELECTION
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:04/21/2010
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HARRISONBURG, Va., April 21, 2010 - The National Football League draft will be conducted Thursday through Saturday (April 22-24) with expectations at James Madison University that senior defensive end Arthur Moats (Portsmouth, Va./Churchland) will be selected toward the middle of the seven-round process.

Some projections have the 6-foot, 250-pound Moats being chosen during the late third round or early fourth round.  Being selected in that vicinity would rank the 2009 Football Championship Subdivision defensive player of the year among the higher draft picks in JMU's football history.

Ten JMU players have been selected in the NFL draft, including Charles Haley (1982-85) in the fourth round in 1986 by San Francisco and Curtis Keaton (1998-99) in the fourth round in 2000 by Cincinnati.  Haley as the No. 96 selection in 1986 holds the distinction of being the Duke drafted earliest.  Keaton was the No. 97 choice in 2000 and is the most-recent JMU player chosen in the NFL draft.

Haley was the first JMU player drafted by an NFL team, and he went on to play on five Super Bowl championship teams with San Francisco and Dallas.  He also was the first Duke to receive first-team All-America honors at the then-Division I-AA level (1985).

The 1986 draft was the first of five straight during which a JMU player was selected.

Several former Dukes who went on to standout NFL careers were not selected in the league's draft.  Scott Norwood (1978-81) and Gary Clark (1980-83) joined NFL teams as free agents after playing the United States Football League, and Delvin Joyce (1997-2000) and Akeem Jordan (2003-06) signed undrafted free agents.

In addition to receiving the Buck Buchanan Award as the top defensive player in the FCS during the 2009 season, Moats was the defensive player of the year in the Colonial Athletic Association and among players from Virginia's 10 Division I college programs in voting by the state's sports information directors association.

Moats was named to All-America first teams by Associated Press, The Sports Network, the American Football Coaches Association and the Walter Camp Foundation.  He also was first-team All-CAA, All-Eastern College Athletic Conference and All-Virginia by the state's SIDs and the Roanoke Times.

During the 2009 season, Moats led 6-5 JMU with 90 tackles, including 42 unassisted, a team-record and national-high 23.5 for loss and 11 quarterback sacks.  He was the national FCS leader in tackles among defensive linemen.

During his four-year JMU career (he wasn't redshirted), Moats took part in 218 tackles, including 108 unassisted, 48.5 for loss, and 29 sacks.

Several other 2009 JMU seniors also have drawn interest from NFL scouts, including offensive guard Dorian Brooks (Richmond, Va./Highland Springs), cornerback/return specialist Scotty McGee (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) and tight end Mike Caussin (Springfield, Va./West Springfield).

Brooks was a third-year starter on the offensive line for the Dukes during the 2009 season, and he completed his career having made 37 consecutive starts.  JMU in 2009 averaged 337.9 total yards and 180.5 rushing yards per game.  Brooks was a third-team All-America by The Sports Network and a first-team All-CAA and All-Virginia selection.

McGee during the 2009 season took part in 41 tackles, including 27 solo stops and a tackle for loss.  He had a team-best 12 pass deflections, recovered two fumbles and blocked a conversion kick.  As a return specialist he averaged a CAA-best and No. 2 nationally 30.5 yards per kickoff return and 5.4 yards per punt return.  McGee holds JMU career records of six kick returns for touchdowns, 2,166 kickoff return yards and a 30.5-yard kickoff return average.  He was second-team All-America as a kickoff returner by The Sports Network, second-team All-CAA as a cornerback, kickoff returner and punt returner, and first-team All-Virginia as a return specialist and second team as a cornerback.

Caussin in 2009 was second on the team in receptions with 25 and receiving yards with 438, and he tied for the team lead with four touchdown catches.  He completed his career ranked 18th in receptions (66), tied for 15th in receiving yards (1,009) and tied for fourth in touchdown catches in team history.  All-time among JMU tight ends he is first in scoring catches and second in receptions and receiving yards.  Caussin was second-team All-Virginia third-team All-CAA.

JMU'S NFL DRAFT SELECTIONS

 Player
 (JMU Years)

 Draft 
 Year

 Drafting 
 Team

 Round
 Selected 

 Overall
 Number 

 Charles Haley
 (1982-86)

 1986

 49ers

     4

    96

 Warren Marshall
 (1982-86)

 1987

 Broncos

     6

   167

 Neal Wilkinson
 (1984-87)

 1988

 Packers

     9

   228

 Shawn Woodson 
 (1984-88)

 1989

 Vikings

    10

   331

 Steve Bates
 (1986-89)

 1990

 Rams

    10

   272

 Mike Cawley
 (1993-95)

 1996

 Colts

     6

   205

 Macey Brooks
 (1993-96)

 1997

 Cowboys

     4

   127

 Ed Perry
 (1993-96)

 1997

 Dolphins

     6

   177

 Tony Booth
 (1995-98)

 1999

 Panthers

     7

   211

 Curtis Keaton
 (1998-99)

 2000

 Bengals

     4

    97

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