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  • 18 Apr
    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Jalin Marshall anxiously waited three days to hear his name called at the NFL draft.The first day came and went. So did the second. The former Ohio State wide receiver figured a team would grab him in one of the last four rounds.Nope.A total of 253 players were selected in April -- and Marshall couldnt believe he wasnt one of them.There were 32 teams who passed me up in the draft, Marshall said. And now, Ive got a great opportunity to show all these teams what they missed out on. Thats at the top of my list right there.Marshall was signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent shortly after the draft concluded, and he is doing all he can during training camp to prove everyone wrong.He played just two years at Ohio State before declaring for the draft and thinks some scouts might have thought he just didnt have enough experience. Marshall ran a not-so-flashy 4.68 seconds in the 40-yard dash at his pro day, creating more doubts about whether he could play at the next level.People also said I was overweight at the pro day, the 5-foot-10, 200-pound Marshall said. There was a lot of stuff, but it was my fault. It was nobody elses fault but mine, but every day Ive got the opportunity to come out here and prove I shouldve been a No. 1 draft pick -- and thats my goal.Marshall was ready to move on from Ohio State because many of his teammates were going to the pros or graduating. Not one to be left behind in anything he does, Marshall decided it was best for him to play at the next level.He isnt cocky, he insists. Hes just supremely confident in himself, believing that he could make an impact in the NFL despite the draft disappointment and all the doubters.It doesnt fade just like that, he said. There are still people who dont think I should be here. People still think I should be at Ohio State. This thing will go on for the rest of my life, unless I make sure it turns out the right way.Marshall has certainly opened eyes all offseason, so much so that he even got some time with the starters in the preseason opener against Jacksonville last week. He had one catch for 10 yards, but it was his 84-yard kickoff return that had people buzzing.Marshall took the ball out of the end zone, leaped over a would-be tackler, got a huge block from Rontez Miles and scampered 84 yards before being run out of bounds by Dwayne Gratz at the Jaguars 18.I thought I was gone, man, a smiling Marshall said. I got the opening and felt the guy had a good angle, so I tried to set him up and try to make something else happen, but it was good, man. It was a great experience. I cant explain that feeling. Its my first game ever. Itll never happen again. Ill always have that memory.Charone Peake knows exactly what Marshall means. The wide receiver was a seventh-round pick out of Clemson -- No. 241 overall -- and, like Marshall, faced long odds to make a roster that already has Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Quincy Enunwa securing three spots at the position.Peake has strung together more than a week of strong practices and caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Geno Smith against the Jaguars in which he made a pretty toe tap to get both feet down inbounds.Oh, man, it felt great, he said. It was crazy because I didnt know I was in the end zone and I didnt know I was near the sideline. I was just hoping the ref would say that I caught the ball. When I saw him put his hands up for a touchdown, I was pretty excited.Peake insists he has no hard feelings about his low draft position, knowing that two surgeries on his left knee early in his college career scared off some teams.Im honestly just happy to be here, he said. It doesnt really matter what round it was in.As he continues to make plays at this level and possibly make the Jets 53-man roster, the stigma over his injury history might fade.Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has been impressed by Peake, pointing out his wide catch radius, something that has made Marshall so effective for years. Peake has also been closely studying the veteran receivers to add more of a physical element to his game.Ive been kind of taking in everything Brandon and Eric have been doing on film and taking notes, and that has helped me a lot, he said. Im just building confidence every day and trying to get better every day. Thats kind of been my goal throughout all of camp.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/AP-NFL New Balance Saldi Online . Jason Zucker and Matt Cooke also scored for Minnesota, which has won five of six. Kuemper made five saves in the first, nine in the second, and nine in the third. 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Clarksons actions one night earlier, leaping off the bench in defence of Kessel during a pre-season game against the Buffalo Sabres, will cost him the first 10 games of the regular season. No. 3 Kentucky | No. 5 Louisville | Full ListNo. 4: VILLANOVA WILDCATSLast season: 35-5, 16-2 Big EastIt wont be easy for Jay Wright to replace Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu -- a pair of team-first guys -- from last years national championship team. But he returns three starters -- Josh Hart, Kris Jenkins and Jalen Brunson?-- and three more who played key roles a year ago in Phil Booth, Mikal Bridges and Darryl Reynolds. The loss of freshman big man Omari Spellman, who wasnt cleared to play this season by the NCAA, will have an impact.?-- Jeff GoodmanBest case:?Big East champs, Final Four, repeat champion. Villanova has established a culture of sustained excellence, winning 97 games over the past three seasons, and this team will continue that culture. After cutting down the nets in Houston, Villanova will win over 30 games again and have an opportunity to return to the Final Four and give almost any team a run for its money.dddddddddddd. Hart will be the team leader, but Brunson and Jenkins will have to assume star roles of consistency in order to repeat.Worst case:?First-weekend exit. Villanova will be younger and less proven in certain positions, especially point guard and pivot. As such, having a tough shooting night can spell the end of a season in the NCAA tournament, a feeling every coach knows at one point or another. Who sets the tone daily without Arcidiacono and Ochefu? Last year, Villanova was collectively tougher defensively and resolute on the offensive end. This year, that toughness will need to be developed. Is an early exit expected? No way. Is it possible as the worst case? Yes.No. 5 Louisville | Full List ' ' '