Daily Archives: April 9th, 2012

IT’S A (COW)BOY: Meet newborn Hawkins Crawford Romo

Tony Romo's wife, Candice Crawford, delivered the couple's first child Monday. Hawkins Crawford Romo was born at 5:30 p.m. He weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces. Tony Romo’s wife, Candice Crawford, delivered the couple’s first child Monday. Hawkins Crawford Romo was born at 5:30 p.m. He weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces.

Dallas Cowboys’ QB Tony Romo wears the No. 9 on the field, but the birth of his first child was full of eights.

Hawkins Crawford Romo was born – eight pounds and eight ounces – on Monday at 5:30 p.m. At least Monday was the ninth day of April.

The family reported both Hawkins, and his mother Candice are doing well.

Candice, formerly Candice Crawford, a former Miss Missouri winner, married Tony last summer.

Romo should be well rested when the Cowboys return to the field for the start of OTAs and mini-camps in mid-May. The start of training camp is expected in late July in Oxnard, Calif.

ON THE CLOCK: NFL draft Hot 100 – Pro Days wrap up

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With pro days all but wrapped up, it’s time to take another look at the top prospects heading into the 2012 NFL Draft. Several players greatly improved their stock since we last checked in after the NFL Scouting Combine at the end of February. As a result, other players were passed and slid down the board.

So here are my updated rankings of the top 100 prospects (previous rank in parentheses):

1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford (1)

Luck has better speed and athletic ability than expected. He has great concentration and the work habits that are needed to be a successful NFL quarterback. He completed 77.8 percent of his passes in the fourth quarter, which is six percent better than the next-best QB in the draft (Brandon Weeden at 71.6). That’s very telling of Luck’s ability.

2. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor (2)

Griffin has great self-confidence and poise. He completed 67.2 percent of his passes on third down for 558 yards and five touchdowns last season. Against the blitz, he completed 62.5 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns and no interceptions. He had a quarterback rating of 187.6. He can be a special player.

3. Matt Kalil, OT, USC (3)

Kalil’s father played in the NFL and his brother, Ryan Kalil, is presently an All-Pro with the Carolina Panthers. Matt’s very light on his feet and has long, 34.5-inch arms. He looks like a tight end playing the position and competes with a great deal of passion.

4. Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina (4)

Coples has the traits that lead to success at his position. He ran a 4.8 and did 25 bench reps. But he has played better on third down than on first or second. On third down, he had seven pressures; he had just five total on first and second down. He doesn’t rate as high as Ryan Kerrigan or J.J. Watt did when they came out.

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