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Friday, April 27, 2007

'Twas the night before the draft - 6 rumors

The Titans are working to acquire Chargers running back Michael Turner and Lions wide receiver Mike Williams. -

The Raiders are shopping Randy Moss for a 2nd round pick. The Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots are believed to have talked with the Raiders, but neither was willing to give up a 2nd. -

The Detroit Lions organization met Friday and concluded that, unless a blockbuster trade offer comes their way, they will draft Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson. -

That blockbuster trade could be with the Bucs. The Lions would swap picks with the Bucs in the first round for the Bucs two 2nd round picks. The Bucs haven't decided if they will give up that much, but might pull the trigger if Johnson is there. - ESPN

What top prospect could surprise and fall out of the first round? Both Alan Branch and Reggie Nelson are possible suspects. Various sources are reporting their draft stock is falling rapidly. Both were once considered top 10 players. Now they could fall to the end of the first or even farther.

The Cleveland Browns are shopping Braylon Edwards. -


Thursday, April 26, 2007

Falcons owner orders GM to move up and draft CJ

Sports Illustrated's Don Banks is reporting that Falcons owner Arthur Blank has 'ordered' general manager Rich McKay to do everything possible to trade up and draft Calvin Johnson.

The Falcons obviously have a strong interest in Johnson. They would love to keep the local kid home in Atlanta and give Vick his first legitimate number one wide receiver. The Falcons also have seven picks in the first four rounds giving them the ammunition to make a trade.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Raiders make contract offer to Quinn

According to ProFootballTalk, the Raiders have made a "lowball" offer to Brady Quinn. If he accepts, he'll be first pick in the draft.

This would be a shock considering everyone has the Raiders selecting either Calvin Johnson or JaMarcus Russell. However, it could also be a smokescreen or misinformation to try and get Johnson or Russell to sign for less.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Jets could trade players to move up

If the opportunity arises, the Jets won't hesitate to move up in the draft and they could use players on their existing roster as ammunition in a trade.

Wide receiver Justin McCareins, linebacker Eric Barton and defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson are all rumored to be available in the right deal.


Monday, April 23, 2007

Broncos to make an offer for Lions' pick

According to a radio station in Denver and ProFootballTalk the Denver Broncos have offered their first-round, second-round, and third-round pick in the 2007 draft and their first-rounder in 2008 for the Lions first round pick (No. 2 overall).

The Broncos are obviously interested in
Calvin Johnson and this trade won't happen if the Raiders select Johnson with the first pick in the draft or trade the pick to the Bucs who would select Johnson.

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Michael Bush almost healed

Dr. James R. Andrews wrote a letter saying that Michael Bush is '99 percent healed.' In the letter, which has mailed to all 32 NFL teams, Dr. Andrews goes on to say “I would estimate that Michael Bush will pick up in the NFL where he left off in college.”

Bush also performed a workout that was taped by his agent and sent to NFL teams. In the workout he ran, jumped roped and did squats to further prove his leg was healed.


Monday, April 16, 2007

Bucs in talks with Raiders for first pick

There is speculation around the league that Tampa Bay is going to make a run at the first pick in the draft in order to select Calvin Johnson. One rumor has the Bucs offering all four of their first day picks (Nos. 4, 35, 64 and 68 overall) to the Raiders in exchange for the number one pick.

It's no secret that the Bucs want Johnson and they will continue to talk to both the Raiders and Lions about moving up.

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Justin Harrell climbing draft boards

Defensive tackle Justin Harrell is quietly climbing draft boards for many teams and he's likely to be a first round pick.

Harrell never quite lived up to his potential at Tennessee and missed all but two games of his senior season after he ruptured his bicep. However, scouts are impressed with his unique combination of size and athleticism and feel he has the talent to be a standout defensive tackle at the next level.

Kansas City is reportedly interested in Harrell with the 23rd pick in the first round.


Friday, April 13, 2007

Jarrett drops off Kiper's big board

Mel Kiper's big board lists his top 25 prospects in the 2007 NFL draft. In his latest update Dwayne Jarrett is no longer listed. At one time Jarrett was listed 13th overall by Kiper.

Jarrett has seen his stock fall after skipping the combine and posting a 40 time over 4.6 during his Pro Day. It's possible that Jarrett could slip to the second round.

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Dolphins showing their hand? First day QB

In the last two weeks Cam Cameron and Randy Mueller have attended private workouts for Brady Quinn, Drew Stanton, and Trent Edwards. Also, Mueller recently said the Dolphins are hoping to select a quarterback in the draft.

While this could be a smokescreen, chance are the Dolphins will draft a quarterback on the first day (first three rounds). Quinn is likely the choice if he falls to the Dolphins in the first round. Stanton and Edwards could be options in round two.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Ted Ginn runs a 4.38 40-yard dash

Wide receiver Ted Ginn ran three 40-yard dashes today during a private work out for NFL scouts. His best time was 4.38 seconds. During the drills he slipped on numerous pass routes and ended the workout early. This could indicate he's still having problems with his injured ankle or it could be due to the rainy conditions in Columbus, Ohio.

Ginn has seen his stock fall slightly after missing the combine and Ohio State's Pro Day due to his injury. While 4.38 is a good time, most scouts were expecting a little better number. Ginn will battle Robert Meachem, Dwayne Jarrett, and Dwayne Bowe to be the second receiver taken on draft day.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Jets host cornerbacks

Later this month the New York Jets will host Aaron Ross, Darrelle Revis, and Chris Houston at their training complex. The Jets have a need at cornerback and one of these players could be the Jets first round pick on draft day.

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Thursday, April 5, 2007

Browns pursue Trent Green

Browns General Manager Phil Savage confirmed the Browns are in the hunt for Trent Green. Savage said the first step will be to see if Green is interested in joining the Browns and will then try to work out a contract. Finally compensation will be discussed with Kansas City. The Chiefs are looking for a low round draft pick for Green.


Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Stock Watch - Pro Day movers

Impressive Pro Day's have a number of players flying up draft boards.

At Central Michigan's Pro Day, tackle Joe Staley put up a 4.8 in the 40-yard dash, a 32-inch vertical jump, and a 9-foot-9 broad jump. His stock has been soaring ever since. He looks to be a first round lock and top 15 is a possibility.

Amobi Okoye, at 305 pounds, ran a 4.85 40 yard dash during his Pro Day and sees his stock continue to rise. He now could go in the top ten.

Houston running back Jackie Battle has emerged as a sleeper candidate after an excellent Pro Day. At 6-2 and 235 pounds, Battle ran a 4.42 40 yard dash, a 41-inch vertical jump, 10-foot-11 long jump, 4.11 short shuttle, 6.51 three-cone drill and 19 bench press reps. He also impressed scouts with his receiving ability.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Dwayne Jarrett runs a 4.62 40-yard dash

Dwayne Jarrett ran a 4.62 and a 4.67 40-yard dash today at USC's Pro Day. Jarrett is certainly the slowest of the top receivers in the draft.

Jarrett's supporters will tell you he has 'game speed' and the 40 time doesn't matter. His critics will compare him to another big, slow receiver from USC, former first round bust Mike Williams. Right now Jarrett appears to be a late first round pick.


Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Louisville's Pro Day - Okoye continues to impress

Amobi Okoye continued his impressive off-season with an exceptional performance at Louisville's Pro Day. Okoye, at 305 pounds, ran a 4.85 40 yard dash. This was a nice improvement over his disappointing 5.07 40 time at the combine due in part to a sore hamstring. He could be a top ten pick in April's draft and has passed Alan Branch on many draft boards as the top defensive tackle in the draft.


Monday, March 26, 2007

Titans consider selecting Jarrett

The Titans are rumored to be meeting with Dwayne Jarrett and could select him in April's draft. Jarrett played for Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow at USC and the Titans are in the market for a big receiver after losing Drew Bennett.

Jarrett is scheduled to work out at USC's Pro Day on Wednesday. His 40 time will be closely scrutinized after he skipped the drill at the combine.


Washington looks to acquire Briggs is reporting that the Washington Redskins are trying to acquire Lance Briggs from the Chicago Bears. The Redskins are set to offer their first round pick (6th overall) to the Bears for Briggs and the Bears first rounder (31st overall).


Friday, March 23, 2007

Pro Day Results - Penn State, Tenn, Texas

Tim Shaw impressed during Penn State's pro day. Shaw ran a 4.42 in the 40-yard dash, a 10-foot, 6-inch broad jump and a 6.68 in the three-cone drill.

Robert Meachem ran a 4.41 at Tennessee's pro day. Justin Harrell had 31 repetitions on the bench press.

Defensive backs Aaron Ross and Michael Griffin were the main attractions during the Pro Day at Texas. Griffin improved his combine 40 time with a 4.39. Bears coach Lovie Smith showed a lot of interest in Ross.


Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Patrick Willis runs a 4.37 40-yard dash

Linebacker Patrick Willis wowed scouts with a 4.37 40-yard dash during Mississippi's Pro Day. Willis, already a first round lock, could see his stock rise even further after this performance. He'll be given serious consideration by some teams in the top ten spots on draft day.

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