Team Interests Emerge Early

Senior Bowl week is just underway and already some teams are tipping their hands as to the players they may be interested in. Whether chatting up a player after practice or pulling a prospect aside for a private meeting, here is a look at some of the early team interests we have uncovered.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have had conversations with Washington QB Jake Locker, Miami WR Leonard Hankerson, East Carolina WR Dwayne Harris, Ohio State LB Ross Homan and Oregon LB Casey Matthews. The big name is Locker, a potential first-round target for the Jaguars who could challenge the maddeningly inconsistent David Garrard.

The Kansas City Chiefs met with Oklahoma FS Quinton Carter, who could join with 2010 first-round pick Eric Berry to form an elite safety tandem.

CB Rashad Carmichael
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The Houston Texans met with Virginia Tech DB Rashad Carmichael, who had two interceptions during Monday's North Team practice. That isolated fact may instantly make him an upgrade over every other player in Houston's historically inept secondary.

The New England Patriots, like the Jaguars, met with LB Casey Matthews, the younger brother of Green Bay Packers sackmaster Clay Matthews. Casey is not the player his brother is -- few are -- but his strong play invites as many comparisons as his genetics.

Baylor offensive lineman Danny Watkins was scheduled for a private visit with the Detroit Lions immediately following Monday's media dinner.

Another busy offensive lineman was Mississippi State OT Derek Sherrod, whose Monday included meetings with the Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints and Jaguars.

The San Diego Chargers met with at least two players on Monday: Baylor NT Phil Taylor and WR Leonard Hankerson.

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