There was a concern that due to his size, arm and lackluster performance in the NFL Combine, quarterback Zac Taylor might not get a look after the draft. But it didn't take long until a familiar face came calling.
Long-time friend and colleague of Husker head coach Bill Callahan, John Gruden called Taylor up and let him know they wanted to try him out at Tampa Bay . "Yeah, coach Gruden called up right after the draft, and Carolina had talked to my agent, but Tampa Bay really seemed the most interested."
Taylor didn't see that as a coincidence, as the playbooks for both Gruden and Callahan are said to be nearly identical. That kind of familiarity and obviously Gruden's relationship with the Husker head coach – Taylor saw as the key to the whole thing. "I don't have any doubt that they (Callahan and Gruden) talked, and that's a big reason why they called," Taylor said. "I will at least go into mini-camp knowing that I won't have to start from scratch. My experience here obviously gives me an understanding of the offense, because they run basically the same thing down there."
Taylor said that he'll head down to Florida this week, where he will participate in a rookie mini-camp, and as of right now, he believes he'll be the only QB taking reps during that session. Taylor also confirmed that former Husker tight end Matt Herian would be trying his luck out with the Bucs as well.
Ola Dagunduro was another former Husker who didn't have to wait long before
the draft was over, before he found a team. Point of fact, the former Husker NT
said that the calls were coming in before the draft was officially over. "Yeah,
teams weren't saying much other than that they were interested, but they were
calling before the draft was even done," Dagunduro said.
Dagunduro ultimately agreed to terms with the Dallas Cowboys, and will try his hand at playing nose tackle in a 3-4. Dagunduro didn't voice any concern with the system or how good he would do. He said he's simply ready to show the coaches and fans what he can do. "It's been a pretty crazy last couple of days, and I am just glad it's over," he said. "I didn't care who I went to, because I just wanted to play."
"Now that I know I am a Cowboy, though, the fun stuff is over. It's time to show everyone what I've got."
The word on safety Andrew Shanle is that he's down to a couple of teams right now, but has been hearing from a number of organizations. One of those teams is said to be New Orleans where his brother (Scott) plays. The elder Shanle was one of the more prolific tacklers for the Saints last year, coming up just a couple of tackles shy of a hundred on the season.
Shanle's decision on where he intends to go is expected as early as tomorrow.