Day two of the Senior Bowl has finished on the field yet the action is still hot at the headquaters in the Renaissance Plaza Hotel. Here’s the latest gossip coming from the building which is presently home to most of the league’s 32 decision makers.
We’ve spoken to a number of people here in Mobile about USC tackle Tyron Smith. There’s a wide range of opinion as to where the offensive tackle will land in April’s draft but the consensus is he won’t get out of the first round. We’ve heard as early as the ninth pick to the Dallas Cowboys to as late as the Pittsburgh Steelers at the end of the frame.
We’ve already previewed the 257 combine invitations which were sent out. Sources have told us the next wave of invitations will be sent out tomorrow, January 26th. We hear included will be the underclassmen that made themselves eligible for the draft plus some additional seniors.
For what its’ worth; the Washington Redskins spent an inordinate amount of time with Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick. We’ve also learned LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson has met with the San Fransisco 49er brass on hand. In our SI.com column we mentioned Peterson previously met with John Elway and John Fox of the Denver Broncos.
The quote of the day was stated in reference to Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers. The underclassman is already one of the draft’s top rated players and may be in consideration for the top selection by the Carolina Panthers. When discussing the player’s history and off the field concerns, a source close to Bowers said, “He admits he was a jackass his first two years at Clemson.” Then the source reiterated something TFY reported earlier discussing how the death of his father really matured the young underclassmen greatly.