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--- Running back DeAngelo Williams' solid week in Senior Bowl practice sessions may have solidified his elite status at the position. Showing a good burst and toughness, Williams was solid throughout the week and was mentioned by scouts in attendance as being "the real deal." The 49ers were impressed with Williams, but they don't figure to be looking for a running back with their first pick. --- Quarterback Jay Cutler entered Senior Bowl with many questions hovering about his overall talent and make-up. As many as 12 team scouts reported he was the best quarterback on the field during the practice sessions. The Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets are expected to follow Cutler closely and will meet with him at the Indianapolis Combine. --- The Cleveland Browns kept an eye on linebacker DeMeco Ryans from a distance at the Senior Bowl. The Browns scouted Ryans during the season and seek an impact player from the linebacker position. While Ryans was within sight, we are hearing the Browns are looking at Ohio State linebackers A.J. Hawk and Bobby Carpenter. The 49ers also are interested in Ryans and Hawk, with the latter being a strong possibility for San Francisco's top pick. --- Offensive linemen talking with the Baltimore Ravens were plentiful, and this is an area of need for the team. The only problem is, the Ravens scouting department really likes linebacker D'Qwell Jackson and cornerback Tye Hill. --- Defensive tackle ... linebacker .. defensive ... you get the message. The Cincinnati Bengals are looking at linebackers and tackles, with Gerris Wilkerson impressing the staff from Cincinnati. --- At this time, all discussions regarding the New York Jets relate to offensive tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson or a trade down in April's draft. At the Senior Bowl, Ferguson basically was a man playing with children and he has all the tools to be an exceptional left tackle at the professional level. --- The Miami Dolphins spent a fair amount of time watching the quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl, with Charlie Whitehurst and Brodie Croyle appearing to be the favorite of the Dolphins' scouts. The 49ers also are entertaining the idea of bringing in a young prospect that drops to the second day of the draft to develop as a No. 3 quarterback. --- Getting a solid read on the Detroit Lions could be rough, but the offensive and defensive lines may be a good starting point (and the Lions have watched closely), according to scouts at the Senior Bowl. --- After selecting a couple defensive linemen early in the 2005 college player draft, expecting the Dallas Cowboys to look towards additional depth in this area may be surprising to some. Not here. While the team has significant interest in a safety (Nebraska's Daniel Bullocks) and along the offensive line, defensive end Mark Anderson has impressed the team.
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