Prospects Open Eyes At Combine

NFL past, present, and future met today at Indianapolis. There is plenty of news on current NFL players, teams eyeing various prospects, and how those prospects performed. Finally, the NFL off-season is kicking into high gear. <br><br> Plenty of NFL roster news today, with a variety of teams moving on certain players in attempt to prepare for the looming free agency and pending salary cap constraints.

David Boston. Boston has already drawn interest from 3 other teams, though there are concerns about his character. Boston is coming off of an injury plagued season, but in 2001 established himself as one of the elite at the position.

Jacksonville Jaguars: General manager James Harris and vice president Paul Vance met today with the agent of S Donovan Darius, Tom Condon. Condon and Darius are upset about the tag designation, but the Jaguar front office move to assure Condon that a new contract for Darius is in the works. Darius is no longer able to test his value on the open market and the Jaguars know they have an unhappy player on their hands.

"The Jaguars know what type of player Donovan [Darius] is and has been for them," said Condon. "We hope that they [Jacksonville] give him what he deserves."

In other Jaguar news, DE Tony Brackens will likely be released if he refuses to restructure his contract. Brackens is infamous for his sporadic effort.

Jevon Kearse continue along slowly. Kearse's agent Drew Rosenhaus has assured the Titans front office that Kearse will return to 100% after foot surgery. Right now, the Titans do not appear so certain.

On the front of draft prospects, a few players are already catching the eyes of NFL scouts.

Charlie Rogers, and DE Jimmy Kennedy. At this time, none of these picks should be ruled out as far as the Bengals are concerned.

Rex Grossman (Florida), and OG/OT Eric Steinbeck (Iowa).

Michigan State) and Andre Johnson (Kansas State).

Mike Doss. This should come as little surprise to most Charger fans.

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jags are intent on shoring up their secondary via the draft. Defensive backs Washington State) and Keenan McCardell.

Kwame Harris, who posted a 35.5" vertical leap. However, Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis also noticed Harris, who is currently the Insiders 15th best draft prospect for 2003.

Of course, the Combine is mostly about measuring up the players. Prospects on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball either disappointed or opened a few eyes.

Disappointments: FS Todd Johnson came in very heavy at 230 lbs. Johnson normally weighs around 200… TE George Wrighster managed only 16 reps at 225 lbs. Scouts were hoping for a better show of strength.

Opening Eyes: DE Teyo Johnson weighed in at 240 lbs, still straddling the line between wide receiver and tight end… DT Visanthe Shiancoe helped his cause by lifting the 225 lbs 28 times and demonstrating impressive strength for a tight end… OT Makoa Freitas matched Gross in the 40 with 5.00 seconds, which should shoot him up everyone's draft value boards.

Friday is just the start in what should be a very busy and informative Combine weekend.

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