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    Baltimore Ravens

    QB D.J. Shockley, TE TJ Williams, OL Max Jean-Gilles, OT Jonathan Scott, LB Thomas Howard, LB Travis Williams, OL Albert Toeaina

    A rumor in league circles is one where Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley could be asked to play the wide receiver position at the professional level. While the Ravens have spent time talking with Shockley, we hear this was not part of the discussion. As a quarterback, Shockley is athletic and erratic, something the Ravens are all too familiar with having Kyle Boller in the fold. The Ravens will continue to meet with quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl.

    The offensive line in Baltimore is close to being overhauled, with the Ravens interest at the Senior Bowl being a significant indicator as to the thoughts of the team. Max Jean-Gilles and Jonathan Scott sport the tools to play at the professional level and fit into the line blocking schemes in Baltimore.

    In Baltimore, the bigger the offensive lineman, the better — or at least this is what appears to be the trend under Brian Billick. Getting right to the point, the Ravens' offensive line play has been evaluated and change is in the offing. Heading into the off-season, Baltimore is committed to adding starter quality and depth along the line, with mauler Albert Toeaina, an offensive guard being one of numerous candidates. A glaring problem, which the Ravens could face, is that Toeaina does not pass block well — a facet of the game Baltimore has struggled with recently.

    Linebackers Thomas Howard and Travis Williams are in the mold of Baltimore linebackers in recent years. Smart, physical, with the ability to play in space, the Ravens are preparing to add depth to the linebacker position, as well as securing their future.

    Carolina Panthers
    DE Darryl Tapp, Virginia Tech, OL Albert Toeaina, DT Kyle Williams, RB Jerious Norwood, DL Manny Lawson, RB Andre Hall, DL Orien Harris, OL Max Jean-Gilles, LB Freddie Roach, S Cedric Griffin

    The running back position continues to be a struggle for the Panthers. Both, Stephen Davis and DeShaun Foster were injured during the 2005 season and depth is an issue in Carolina. The team talked with Jerious Norwood and Andre Hall. The staff likes Hall and has an interview scheduled with DeAngelo Williams.

    While the Carolina Panthers could be the busiest team at the Senior Bowl, some of the prospects they have spoken with should be a clear indicator as to the direction of this playoff organization. Age and injury issues along the defensive line will be addressed this off-season, with the Panthers wasting no time in corralling defensive tackle Kyle Williams and Orien Harris. Both players fit Carolina's scheme.

    Chicago Bears
    OT Jonathan Scott

    If there is one area the Chicago Bears must improve upon this off-season, it is along the offensive line. In Jonathan Scott, the Bears are looking at a player which they believe will improve with further coaching, as he is far from a refined prospect. Scott has been inconsistent at the Senior Bowl, which has been the knock against this potential pro.

    Cincinnati Bengals
    LB Gerris Wilkerson

    The Bengals' coaching and scouting staff has been on the prowl for linebackers and defensive tackles that can play the run. Wilkerson is a developing talent and a player head coach Marvin Lewis likes. While the play of the inside linebackers in Cincinnati was adequate in the 2005 season, the physically imposing Wilkerson could be the type of player to elevate the play of the Bengals' defense.

    Cleveland Browns
    The Browns spoke with Davin Joseph and Tye Hill extensively. The very active Browns also spoke with WR Maurice Stovall, TE Dominque Byrd, DB Anthony Smith, OGs Charles Spencer and WR Demetrius Williams, OT Eric Winston, OL Cody Douglas, DT Jesse Mahelona, DE Kamerion Wimbley, TE TJ Williams, CB Cedric Griffin

    Starter quality, size and depth throughout the roster are needed in Cleveland, especially along the offensive line and wide receiver positions.
    The starting quality and depth along the Cleveland offensive and defensive lines are questionable. Eric Winston from Miami could be a legitimate starter for the Browns at the left offensive tackle position, especially with 2005 starter L.J. Shelton headed to free agency. Cody Douglas is an intriguing prospect for a team such as the Browns, which faces needs at the guard spots. Douglas is rather "soft" physically, but has demonstrated that he possesses the skills to succeed at the professional level.

    Stopping the run and generating a pass rush are the two issues general manager Phil Savage must address in the off-season. With the meet and greet sessions with defensive tackle Jesse Mahelona (in whom we hear the team has a serious interest) and defensive end Kamerion Wimbley, the team is setting the groundwork for further scouting and discussion in the coming weeks.
    Wimbley is an undersized end who could fit within the Browns' scheme at outside linebacker and standup pass rushing end. Mahelona, on the other-hand, is being closely evaluated as a potential nose tackle, with the team's interest just labeled as moderate.

    One area of the Browns' roster which does not appear to be an issue is the tight-end spot. Despite the talent and depth at the position, much of which is coming off injury or pending free agency, the Browns entertained tight-end TJ Williams at the Senior Bowl. At the present time, the Browns' staff is interviewing many prospects, with Williams just being one of a long list of players the team talked with. At this time, the interest level is basically a "getting to know you" session.

    Cornerback Cedric Griffin is a player the Browns had previously scouted, and they are intrigued with his coverage ability. Cleveland, looking to add depth in the defensive backfield, is expected to place an emphasis on drafting a cornerback at some point in the upcoming college player draft.

    [B]Dallas Cowboys
    DE Kamerion Wimbley; DE Mark Anderson

    Collegiate defensive end Kamerion Wimbley spent a good amount of time with the Cowboys, and the discussions were positive from all indications. Wimbley is being evaluated as a standup defensive end and outside linebacker by the Cowboys, which had Wimbley very interested.

    Alabama defensive end Mark Anderson is an intriguing player, despite being somewhat undersized, Anderson displays good physical strength and quickness. The Cowboys simply like his agility and ability to attack.
    Houston Texans:
    OT Eric Winston

    Quarterback David Carr should be lobbying the Texans' front office to do whatever it takes to land a quality offensive left tackle. Sacked far more often than any quarterback in the game over the past three seasons, Carr and the Houston Texans need a quality tackle to protect the blind-side of the quarterback. The interest in Winston is significant, as is the Texans' interest in D'Brickashaw Ferguson of Virginia.
    Jacksonville Jaguars: A table of scouts looking at defensive end Tamba Hali from Penn State with the Jaguars' Vice President of Player Personnel James Harris at the table; DB Anthony Smith, OG Deuce Lutui.

    Discussions with Anthony Smith and Deuce Lutui should be looked upon as meet and greets, while serving notice that the Jacksonville Jaguars are looking to add depth to their roster.

    Jacksonville's coaching staff and scouting department have taken an interest in converted defensive end Tamba Hali from Penn State. The Jaguars like the potential Hali has displayed in his short time at the end position. Though somewhat undersized, the Jaguars' staff could look toward the Penn State product as a potential pass rushing end.

    Kansas City Chiefs
    DE Manny Lawson; DT Kyle Williams; OL Marcus McNeil; Jonathan Scott, S Roman Harper; TE Marcedes Lewis

    Safety Greg Blue and CB DeMario Minter spent a good amount of time with the Chiefs, with Blue believed to have impressed the staff with his openness and desire to succeed. It also helps that the Chiefs are in the market for a safety.

    The Chiefs continue to put an emphasis on retooling defensively. Defensive end Manny Lawson has drawn a considerable amount of interest from the Kansas City staff in attendance, with one scout noting, "That kid (Lawson) has an endless motor and could really develop into a high quality performer in our scheme."

    Kyle Williams has done nothing to hurt his stock at the Senior Bowl and has been enlightening during his meetings with team officials. Williams has elevated himself directly into the vision of the Kansas City organization, as the team seeks a quality interior defensive lineman.

    The majority of time spent by the Kansas City staff has been focused on the defensive side of the ball. Safety Roman Harper is yet another in a long line of defensive back prospects the Chiefs have talked with at the Senior Bowl.

    Tight-end Tony Gonzalez isn't going to play forever, and the Chiefs' interest in Marcedes Lewis from UCLA is genuine. Plus, he fits nicely in Kansas City's offensive scheme. Lewis has the ability to get downfield in the passing game and is a very good receiver. While he lacks the overall strength to be a very good run blocker, he is adequate according to a Kansas City scout in attendance at the Senior Bowl.

    Marcus McNeil has talked a good game while at the Senior Bowl, but his play on the practice field hasn't lived up to the billing. McNeil has the size and makeup to succeed at the professional level, but indications are that he has not impressed team personnel with his inconsistency.

    New York Giants
    CB Marcus Hudson; S Greg Blue; CB Cedric Griffin; CB DeMario Minter

    The New York Giants continue to meet and greet with defensive backs at the Senior Bowl, with the latest wave of prospects being a group which seriously interests the organization.

    Cornerback Marcus Hudson is the true cover-corner the Giants need. While Hudson is high on the Giants' wish-list, the team is also interested in Georgia cornerback DeMario Minter.
    With the overall state of the Giants' pass defense last season, a big-hitting physical safety, such as Greg Blue, intrigues the organization. The safety position is relatively void of an impact player, and Blue could develop into an intimidating presence — playing center-field at Giants Stadium.

    Hudson and Blue are two players to remember as the evaluation process progresses, as both players have caught the eye on head coach Tom Coughlin.

    New York Jets
    DE Tamba Hall, LB Freddie Roach, LB DeMeco Ryans

    The Jets (Cleveland, Miami, New York Jets and New York Giants) are one of many teams which have kept tabs on linebacker Freddie Roach. Roach is a stout run stopping type of linebacker, which all the mentioned teams could utilize. Roach's stock is sure to climb following some impressive practice and interview sessions at the Senior Bowl.

    The Jets' staff loves DeMeco Ryans' quickness and agility to blanket a tight-end and back in the passing game. While Ryans does not play the run nearly as well, the belief is he will improve with added strength and recognition, which will certainly come at the professional. Of all the teams watching Ryans at the Senior Bowl, the Jets, Browns and Carolina Panthers have shown the most interest.

    The Jets' discussions are all about quickness and depth. Heading into the off-season, New York is making it a point to improve its speed and athleticism on the offensive side of the ball.

    San Diego Chargers
    Met with receiver Sinorice Moss. The Chargers also spoke with offensive tackle Eric Winston and QB Brodie Croyle

    Eric Winston is a well traveled player at the Senior Bowl. The interest in this offensive tackle has been significant and counts the Chargers in as a team which has Winston squarely in their sights. Projected as a starting offensive left tackle type, Winston would be a nice fit with San Diego, who fields aging veteran Roman Oben at left tackle.

    Sinorice Moss has garnered attention due to his speed and potential ability in the return game. At this time, San Diego is feeling out the water and covering all the bases.

    The Chargers' interest at this time in Croyle is that of a proposed third quarterback, as the team seeks depth and waits through starter Drew Brees' shoulder surgery. Croyle should not be considered a strong player of interest for the Chargers at this time, as the team will speak to other players at the position while at the Senior Bowl.

    San Francisco 49ers
    QB Brodie Croyle

    The San Francisco 49ers are a team seeking an identity on the offensive side of the ball. Starting quarterback and first player selected in the 2005 draft, Alex Smith, struggled mightily in his rookie campaign, as did the entire 49ers' offense. Depth is limited at the quarterback position, and the 49ers' staff, headed by Mike Nolan, is covering all the bases in his discussions with many players at the Senior Bowl.

    Washington Redskins
    LB Thomas Howard

    The Redskins are looking to add depth and a speedy, explosive presence at the linebacker position. Thomas Howard has natural football speed and instincts, and the Redskins were impressed with his demeanor in talks.
  2. Clove

    Clove Shrinkage

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    Keep the focus on Lawson Dallas...lol... But like i've said before, I wouldn't mind Wimbley or Anderson, they are sorta like Lawson, just not as fast.
  3. Nors

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    Dallas and Browns interested in Gabe Watson

    Jerry Jones was in the Lounge interested in refreshments
  4. Clove

    Clove Shrinkage

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    I wouldn't mind Watson either.
  5. CrazyCowboy

    CrazyCowboy Well-Known Member

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    Not familiar with these two players....hopefully they are the real deal....no more rodger busts.

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