The final day of full pads practice and things on the field have finally slowed down.  Not so in the city of Mobile as plenty of NFL decision makers remain and the buzz is swirling.

Last night we spoke about Tyron Smith and his draft projection, mentioning the USC underclassman landing as early as the ninth spot to the Dallas Cowboys.  A source from the team we spoke with today told us that while they feel Smith is a terrific prospect the team is leaning towards acquiring an offensive tackle that is ready to start from day one.  With the lockout looming that’s unlikely to be Smith who won’t be able to participate in rookie mini-camp or OTA’s the way things look.  Bottom line, don’t expect Dallas to pull the trigger Smith with the 9th pick.

As we twittered earlier, quarterback Colin Kaepernick continues to impress scouts.  Two quarterback needy teams, the Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins look to be seriously considering the signal caller in round two.

As we reported on Monday, most of the remaining combine invitations were sent out today.  Expect 50-55 of the underclassmen who declared for the draft to receive invitations.  While here in Mobile we have been told Cortez Allen/CB/The Citadel, Armon Binns/WR/Cincinnati and Mark LeGree/S/Appalachian State all received invitations on the second go round.

The representative for Stephen Paea told us this afternoon the defensive tackle will have surgery in the next two days.  It will be performed by renown orthopedist Dr James Andrews.  They are hopeful Paea can return in time to complete a workout prior to the draft.  Monday is actually a re-aggravation of the injury, which initially occurred during the season.  It happened early in practice but Paea decided to tough it out and finish the day.