The Next Antonio Gates?

The Browns missed a giant opportunity when they looked past former Kent St. University star basketball player Antonio Gates, who in just his season season had a breakout year for the San Diego Chargers. The team is reportedly going to look at another basketball ace trying out for the NFL...

New Haven based agent Joe Linta, like many of his brethren, is looking for the next Gates, or a facsimile there of. Linta signed former Texas A&M Corpis Christi basketball player Corey Lampkin last year and got him signed to a deal with the New York Jets and is looking for another hoops player that could make it to the next level on the football side.

After watching University of Connecticut basketball player Ed Nelson during the recent NCAA tournament, Linta decided to work him out on campus this past Tuesday.

"I went to the workout not expecting much but after watching him workout, I came out knowing he's an NFL prospect at tight end. He's got great quickness, good hands, and tremendous lower body strength", Linta, who played and coached at Yale University, said.

Having athletic talent is just part of being an NFL prospect.

"I have never heard a stronger recommendation about a kid's heart and work ethic than that from (men's) head coach Jim Calhoun for Ed Nelson", Linta added.

Nelson made his decision on Thursday to sign with Linta who also represents NFL coaches, players, and other projected high-round prospects for this month's draft such as Kamerion Wimbley and Charles Spencer.

While he hasn't played football since his sophomore year in high school, the 6'6", 265-pound Nelson is set to show NFL teams his talent at his pro day on campus next Friday. The Cleveland Browns will be among the team's attending the workout, according to a report this evening from the Associated Press. Throwing to him will be another Linta client, Yale University QB Jeff Mroz.

Linta represents current San Diego Charger Jacques Cesaire.

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