– Marvin Lewis gets a lot of grief for not winning in the post season as head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals yet league wide he’s well respected for what he’s accomplished with the organization. There was a time when the Bengals had no scouting staff and required the coaches to do all the scouting. Lewis has changed that culture and is slowly developing a scouting department for the team, which will serve them well moving forward.
– Ask teams here in Mobile about quarterback Logan Thomas and you’ll find he’s all over boards, being graded anywhere from a second to a fifth round pick. I get the idea there’s a general feeling teams really wanting to like Thomas. He has the physical skills teams desire and many point to constant coordinator changes at Virginia Tech as a major problem in the development of Thomas.
– I’m told Shayne Skov purposely sat out the Senior Bowl in order to ready himself for the combine. Fair enough. Yet despite all the preparations the feeling is the dominant college linebacker won’t run faster than 4.8-seconds in Indianapolis.
– Staying on the Stanford theme, I was told a month ago none of the Cardinal underclassmen who asked for a grade from the advisory committee was stamped as anything better than a third round prospect. That story was confirmed at the Senior Bowl.
– Many were surprised when USC center Marcus Martin announced he was leaving for the draft. Not included in “many” were NFL scouts. The word in Mobile is Martin could be the first center selected in the draft.