– Last year, prior to the combine, I mentioned Travis Frederick was being whispered about as the surprise pick of round one (found here in the April 12th notes). After his combine workout (has he completed the forty yet?) I never bothered to follow up. Foolish me. This year I’m told another center, Weston Richburg of Colorado State, (scouting report) could be the surprise pick in round one. Its a thin class at the center position and the feeling is if you need one Richburg is the guy and you better grab him early. His smart, athletic and fundamentally sound play is drawing comparisons to Pro-Bowl center Nick Mangold. Who would take Richburg at the end of the first frame? I’m told for a variety of reasons keep an eye on the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots and Denver Broncos. The Jacksonville Jaguars are candidates for Richburg at the top of round two.
– Virginia tackle Morgan Moses (scouting report) is also a possibility in the late part of round one and his value has increased after the injury to Brandon Thomas. Its not that Thomas would have been selected before Moses rather the injury precludes a team passing on Moses with the hopes of getting Thomas a round later. I’m told the Carolina Panthers could grab Moses late in round one and many think he won’t get past the Washington Redskins in the second frame.
– Another tackle the Washington Redskins are seriously interested in is Cameron Fleming (scouting report) of Stanford. Fleming has worked out for the Carolina Panthers as well as the Atlanta Falcons. He’s also completed a workout/visit for the Tennessee Titans. I’m told not only not only did Fleming score an impressive 33 on the wonderlic but one of the above mentioned teams gave him a 20 question quiz which he answered in less than one minute and scored 100%.
– After his knee injury where will Brandon Thomas fall? We presently grade Thomas as a 4th rounder in our tackle rankings and have been told he will likely drop to the fourth/fifth round area.
– With the media focused on the higher rated quarterbacks, Keith Wenning of Ball State is drawing a good amount of interest from teams. He’s had 8 visits and an additional 8 workouts. Those who’ve worked Wenning out or brought him in for a visit include the Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens, St Louis Rams and New England Patriots. The braintrust for the Cleveland Browns privately worked out Wenning.