Standing on the sideline, Washington is an imposing figure. Contrary to published reports stating the NFL Advisory Committee rating would impact his decision, ultimately Washington 's decision to enter the draft was based on self-evaluation, comparing him to other defensive tackles in college. Washington began considering the draft at the beginning of the season and following a solid junior season, along with a discussion with his father, Washington made the decision to declare his eligibility.
Minnesota Vikings scout Scott Studstill came over and began talking with Washington , informing the big junior the Vikings scouts would like to meet with him. During the conversation, Studstill inquired about Washington 's teammate, wide receiver Derek Hamilton, who also declared for the draft. Studstill continually asked Washington , "How fast is your receiver?"
Buffalo Bills Assistant General Manager Tom Modrak was in attendance and offered some revealing thoughts on a couple players in attendance, safety Bob Sanders and wide receiver Michael Jenkins. Modrak noted he was a little apprehensive about Sanders, due to being perceived as a short and tight safety, but his thoughts have changed on Sanders after seeing him in person. While watching the wide receivers, Modrak noted that Jenkins, from Ohio State has been impressive.
Interestingly, the conversation moved along to Larry Fitzgerald, the Pittsburgh Panthers wide receiver that has declared for the draft, but may not be eligible due to the NFL rules prohibiting a player to enter the draft before the player/student has been out of high school for three years. The league is continuing to investigate Fitzgerald's eligibility before allowing him to officially enter the draft, according to Modrak. What surprised him the most is Modrak indicates as though the NFL was alerted to Fitzgerald's decision of entering the draft weeks ago and should've had the eligibility issue covered. Additionally, basing his thoughts on the rule, Modrak is of the impression Fitzgerald's graduation date will pose a problem.
Additional News and Notes
Kansas City Chiefs scouting personnel has spent a significant amount of time
getting to know every cornerback at the Senior Bowl. Today, speaking with Keiwan Ratliff and Bruce Thornton. Additionally, the Chiefs spent time with punter
Donnie Jones, Jake Grove, and Tommy Kelly.
personnel watched intensely, then spoke with quarterback J.P. Losman.
The Detroit Lions representatives have kept a close eye on the receivers for a
· Late in the afternoon, the Browns spoke with defensive tackle Chad Lavalais.