The Detroit Lions spent significant time and focus on the running backs and wide receivers late Friday. The center of the Lions attention appeared to surround Oregon running back Steven Jackson and Pittsburgh wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
- Lovie Smith and his Chicago Bears contingent were intensely viewing the offensive lifting stage of the combine, then discussing going into a lengthy discussion following the lift of Jacob Rogers and Vernon Carey. The Bears are looking for help along the offensive line and at running back from news at the combine.
- Representatives for the Green Bay Packers focused on the wide receivers and were rumored to be impressed with their interview of Miami defensive tackle Vince Wilfork. According to news circulating in Indianapolis, the Packers have a serious interest at the wide receiver, defensive line, and defensive backfield positions heading into the free agent player-signing period.
- One team General Manager and Player Personnel Director were overheard discussing the positive impact the addition of wide receiver from USC will make in the draft. Citing this upcoming draft is as solid as any at the wide receiver position, it was noted than this General Manager is of the belief no less than five wide receivers should be selected in the first round.
- At last count six NFL teams have met the criteria set forth by the Houston Texans to open talks with quarterback Drew Henson. While the topic remains a difficult one to grasp the absolute truth of, we have heard the names of the Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers thrown around in Henson talks.
Again, SilverStarDigest first reported more than a week ago that interest in Henson by the Cowboys was "lukewarm" at best.
- If the San Diego Chargers do not select a quarterback in the first-round of the 2004 NFL Draft, look for them to take a serious look at Phillip Rivers of North Carolina State in the second-round. General Manager A.J. Smith has been coy about his team's plans, but the Chargers liked what they saw of Rivers at the Senior Bowl.
- The Arizona Cardinals are in hot pursuit of wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. The Cardinals are also in the market for a veteran quarterback.
- Representatives for the Dallas Cowboys state there is absolutely no truth to the rumor circulating around the combine that they are interest in acquiring Cleveland running back William Green. When asked about other running backs, the Cowboys respond with a 'no comment'.
- During a brisk walk through the RCA Dome, the Minnesota Vikings were gracious enough to provide us with a quick off-season plan for the upstart Vikings. The plan, get some help along the defensive line, add a shutdown cornerback, and add a potential game-breaking type wide receiver to line-up opposite Randy Moss.
- The Indianapolis Colts have been busy restructuring contracts with current players on the roster; all to gain the necessary salary-cap space to sign quarterback Peyton Manning to a long-term deal. Through the process, we have heard the Colts are looking to add a starting quality linebacker, depth at the linebacker positions, and another starting quality cornerback. Whether through free agency or in the draft, the Colts are looking to shore-up the defense.
- Representatives for the Carolina Panthers will be intensely watching the workouts of the offensive line prospects. We are hearing the Panthers are looking to add depth along the offensive line and may sign an offensive guard in free agency to replace the recently retired Kevin Donnalley.
- The buzz about the St. Louis Rams in Indianapolis is that the team may opt to release veteran quarterback Kurt Warner if a trading partner is not established in the near future. Additionally, the team does not expect a long-term deal with standout Orlando pace to materialize, thus he will have the franchise tag applied to him. The Rams would also like to secure the services of offensive guard Adam Timmerman, but the chances of this occurring prior to the free agent player-signing period appear remote.