MOBILE, AL - True to their word, the Cleveland Browns have been aggressively scouting front seven players during this week's Senior Bowl. In addition, the team has displayed interest in offensive linemen and a few other positions.
Thanks to the presence of our team down in Mobile, we can provide exclusive coverage of who the Browns have been talking to during the first days of Senior Bowl practice.
Two players in particular have gotten the attention of the team. The first is Broderick Bunkley, a defensive tackle from Florida State who might be able to convert to defensive end in the Browns 3-4 defensive end. Browns scouts "were all over" Bunkley after practice on Monday, after intently watching his performance during the South's practice time.
Our OBR representative in Mobile, Brent Sobleski, reports that Bunkley was "an animal" during practice and looked extremely good. He expects Bunkley's value to increase dramatically if he continues his high level of visibility.
On Tuesday morning, Browns General Manager Phil Savage spent most of the session watching defensive end Victor Aneyanju, a 275-pound potential linebacker/defensive end from Indiana. After the practice session, Savage spent about twenty minutes talking extensively with the Indiana product.
The Browns have not restricted themselves to these two players, of course. The team had a number of representatives at the Monday weigh-ins and were seen taking careful notes during weigh-ins for the following players:
Jonathan Lewis, DT, VaTech
Babatunde Oshinowo, NT, Stanford
Darryl Tapp, DE, VaTech
Gabe Watson, NT, Michigan
D'Qwell Jackson, LB, Maryland
Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, Boston College
Chad Greenway, LB, Iowa
Dusty Dvoracek, DT, Oklahloma
DeMeco Ryans, LB, Alabama
Jay Cutler, QB, Vanderbilt
Daryn Colledge, OT, Boise State
The Browns spent time talking to offensive tackles Daryn Colledge and potential top-five pick D'Brickashaw Ferguson on Monday.
Again, the Browns' focus on the front seven was evident, particularly when studying potential nose tackles or players who could be hybrid defensive ends/linebackers, akin to the role the team tried to use Kenard Lang in during the 2005 season.
On Tuesday morning, the team's interest expanded to other positions, particularly on the offensive line. The team spend some time talking to offensive guards Charles Spencer of Pitt and Davin Joseph of Oklahoma.
On offense, there has been very little time invested outside of the line. The team did talk to TE Dominic Byrd and WR Demetrius Williams after practice on Tuesday morning, however.
Scout.com will continue to provide exclusive reports out of Mobile through Thursday morning. Live chats will continue on Tuesday and Wednesday night from 7PM-8PM in the OBR Chat Room. Chats will be free for people who can attend during the session. Total Access Pass subscribers will be able to access transcripts the following morning.