The final countdown before the official kick-off the of the 2010 NFL Draft and we have a ton of news, notes and visit information. Who are the New York Jets targeting? What about the Arizona Cardinals? And how high could Maurkice Pouncey be selected? This and much more!
– Arizona State receiver Chris McGaha, who had been suffering with a bad hamstring since the ’09 season, finally ran for teams today. His forty time was 4.52 seconds (1.52 ten split), short shuttle 4.10 seconds and three cone 6.75 seconds.
– So what did Demaryius Thomas exactly do at his pro-day on Sunday? For the most part he did stationary position drills and light route running, catching the ball very effectively. On the last play of the workout he caught a 60-yard pass running full speed, which impressed everyone on hand.
– Since his pro-day of April 8th, Jon Asamoah has moved up draft boards and has firmly planted himself as the number two guard in this draft. It was not just the athleticism Asamoah displayed during the workout which impressed scouts but also the fact the session lasted almost an hour and a half yet Asamoah was ready for more. Several sources have told us he’s going to come off the board early in round two and could end up with the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions or Kansas City Chiefs. The New England Patriots and Denver Broncos, both possessing multiple picks in round two, are also targeting Asamoah in the frame.
– How high could Florida center Maurkice Pouncey be selected? Conventional wisdom has the Pittsburgh Steelers taking Pouncey with the 18th selection of round one, but we hear he could go as early as pick 11 to the Denver Broncos who are looking for a guard and center, both positions Pouncey can handle.
– Another team that loves Pouncey are the New York Jets. Offensive line coach Bill Callahan has told people the Jets would pounce on Pouncey were he to slide to the 29th selection, which won’t happen.
– The Washington Redskins have been shopping Albert Haynesworth the past few weeks and both sides hope a deal is done this week. Reports have inferred the New York Jets could be in the mix to trade for Haynesworth but we can tell you the big defensive lineman has told people he wants no part of playing for a 3-4 defense. The Jets may look another direction late in the draft. The team brought Georgia defensive lineman Kade Weston in for a visit recently. They like his athleticism and upside, as do we, and the Jets think Weston is a solid late round choice/developmental prospect. Weston has also visited with the Houston Texans.
– Jason Worilds is another player receiving a lot of interest from the New York Jets. Besides New York Worilds been on visits to see the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos and New England Patriots besides working out with the Patriots and Jacksonville Jaguars. Yet it was his visit with the Jets that really stood out to Worilds. He spent a significant amount of his time meeting with head coach Rex Ryan and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, both impressing the Virginia Tech junior.
– Cornerback Kareem Jackson has been a busy man recently. He’s had workouts with the New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals but the three teams to keep an eye on are the Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets. If neither of the top interior offensive lineman are available when the Steelers pick at 18 (Iupati or Pouncey) the Steelers could look to Jackson. Prior to the draft we reported that Jackson was preparing for the combine with Donnie Henderson, recently named defensive back coach for the Cardinals. The team will be looking for secondary help and Henderson has been pulling for Jackson. Finally, the New York sports media wrote several articles about Rex Ryan attending Alabama’s pro-day workout on March 10th to watch defensive lineman Terrence Cody. We can tell you the team was on hand primarily to see Jackson. The Jets not only brought Jackson in for an official visit and traveled to Alabama to privately workout the athletic cornerback, but general manager Mike Tannenbaum had dinner with Jackson the night before Bama’s pro-day.
– Another player the Arizona Cardinals really like is Sean Weatherspoon. Sources have told us at this point Weatherspoon looks like the selection at pick number 26.
– More and more teams like what they see in Daniel Te’o-Nesheim of Washington. The defensive end has the mentality and instincts to play over tackle as a 3-4 linebacker but also can put his hand on the ground during pass rush downs. He’s been moving up draft boards and seemingly the New England Patriots, who brought Te’o-Nesheim in for a visit, may roll the dice on him in round three.
– If they don’t take a cornerback with the first pick of the draft the Cleveland Browns have targeted two players from competing PAC Ten schools in the third frame. The team likes both Alterraun Verner of UCLA and Kevin Thomas of USC. Thomas, who is also drawing interest from the New York Jets, was in Cleveland for a visit weeks ago.
– Another interesting prospect the Browns like is Vic Hall of Virginia. During his sophomore season in 2007 Hall looked to us on film as a top-flight prospect. His play in 2008 was uninspired and Hall lost his starting job when Chris Cook returned last season. As a senior Cook was used at receiver, return specialist as well as in the secondary. He’s shown the skill to play in the past but the question is can he regain prior form. The Baltimore Ravens were at UVA last Friday to workout both Cook and Hall.
Robert Johnson/S/Utah: workouts with the Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears while visiting the Bears, Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans.
Scott Sicko/TE/New Hampshire: workouts with the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts while visiting the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Scotty McGee/CB-RS/James Madison: workout with the Baltimore Ravens and a visit with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Lee Campbell/ILB/Minnesota: workouts with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings.
Aaron Berry/CB/Pittsburgh: workout and visit with the Detroit Lions.
Roberto Wallace/WR/San Diego State: workout with the Cincinnati Bengals and San Diego Chargers and visits with San Diego, Cincinnati, Tampa Bay Bucs and New Orleans Saints.
Curtis Pulley/QB/Florida A&M: workout at quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers.
Chris Campbell/OT/Eastern Illinois: workouts with Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks and visits with Seattle, Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots.
Terrence Johnson/CB/Indian-Pa: workouts with the Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins and visited with Baltimore.
Bryan Anderson/WR/Central Michigan: workouts with the Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers.
Vuna Tuihalamaka/LB/Arizona: visits with the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, Arizona Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons.