DRAFT TARGET DATA SHEET
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Atlanta Falcons (workout)
Cincinnati Bengals (workout)
Dallas Cowboys (workout)
Houston Texans (workout)
Jacksonville Jaguars (workout)
New England Patriots (workout)
New York Jets (visit)
It's probably no coincidence that three parts of the Bill Belichick tree took a good long look at Chris Gocong. The Browns worked him out privately, and so did the Patriots. The New York Jets brought him in for a visit. The Jets' new head coach, Eric Mangini, followed Romeo Crennel as defensive coordinator of the Pats.
All three teams, which run similarly-flavored versions of the 3-4, are always on the lookout for DE/OLB tweener types who can cause havoc with and without their hands on the ground.
Gocong may be that type of player, and came to the attention of a number of clubs at this year's NFL combine. While Gocong was in the top ten in many categories, he topped such highly touted players as Kamerion Wimbley and Manny Lawson when it came to the short shuttle.
The combine wasn't the first time that Gocong had put up big numbers. As winner of the Buck Buchanan Trophy as Division I-AA's best defensive player, the quick DE had tallied 23.5 sacks as a senior after getting 17.5 the year before. He's a tenacious player and a leader - a perfect fit for the Savage/Crennel Browns. The only tricky thing at this point, though, is that he's attracted a lot of interest. And deservedly so.
LEARN MORE ABOUT CHRIS GOCONG
- Scouting the DE prospects
- Patriots Draft: Team Works Out a DE/OLB
- 'Boys Hold Private Workout with DE
- Combine 40-times and practice reports: DE\DT
- Prospect Profile: Chris Gocong
- Williams, Lawson, McCargo Impress At Combine
WHO ARE THE VISITORS?
Visitor #1: Victor Adeyanju*, DE, Indiana (Data
Visitor #2: Brodrick Bunkley, DT, Florida State (Data Sheet)
Visitor #3: Kamerion Wimbley, DE, Florida State (Data Sheet)
Visitor #4: Antoine Bethea*, DB, Howard (Data Sheet)
Visitor #5: Daniel Bullocks, DB, Nebraska (Data Sheet)
Visitor #6: John Busing*, OLB, Miami of Ohio (Data Sheet)
Visitor #7: Vince Young, QB, Texas (Data Sheet)
Visitor #8: Antonio Cromartie, CB, Florida State (Data Sheet)
Visitor #9: Chad Greenway, LB, Iowa (Data Sheet)
Visitor #10: Leon Washington, RB, Florida State (Data Sheet)
Visitor #11: Chris Gocong, DE, Cal-Poly
* Private Workout