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Russell in the NFL Draft

Former Gopher Gary Russell is hoping that despite not playing this season, he will be picked up in the upcoming NFL draft.

Russell held a personal pro day on April 2 to get attention from NFL scouts and closet some of the doubts about his playing that could cause professional teams to pass him by. There was a sparse crowd at the field that day, but Russell filmed the workout session and sent the tape to teams.

After flunking out of the university in January 2006, Russell missed what would have been his junior season, and perhaps a successful season, with the Gophers. In 2005 Russell had 18 touchdowns and rushed for 1,135 yards (which averaged out to 6.1 yards per carry). Russell's failing grades did not allow him to play, or stay at the university so he returned to his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

Some sports analysts believe Russell could go undrafted and be picked up by a team as a free agent. The Cincinnati Bengals worked him out on March 31, but there were no guarantees of him playing with them reported the Star Tribune.