Senior Bowl: Player interest

Forget the salad, gimme the entrée. Sunday was a chance for many players to start finding homes.

The Saints and the Packers were mostly fluff, grabbing players to fill out their tailor made datasheets. They didn't spend a lot of time with any player, preferring quantity over quality.

New Orleans showed the most interest in UCLA running back Manuel White, bringing him in on two separate occasions to speak with different scouts. White is projected as a fullback at the NFL level, explaining the interest.

The Packers were very interested in San Diego State linebacker prospect Kirk Morrison. The charismatic Morrison spent more than the normal allotted time sitting with Packers' scouts. After he completed the requested info, a scout came in and reviewed the answers with him for clarity.

The Giants not only grabbed each player, they also spent quality time with each. They had the manpower to do it and remain effective. Of interest, however, was the Giants grabbing kicker Mike Nugent out of Ohio State and punter Dustin Colquitt out of Tennessee, taking each to a private room. They also targeted the offensive line with a lot of their moves.

The Seahawks seemed quite enamored with Texas A&M receiver Terrence Murphy. Seattle stayed close to the vest and identified players they truly wanted rather than wasting time. Murphy would fill a need as the team is likely to lose Koren Robinson. They also met up with USC defensive tackle Shaun Cody for a lengthy conversation.

The Patriots also targeted Cody as a potential fit in their 3-4 defense. The standout tackle admitted he has had discussions with teams about moving outside and said he felt comfortable playing in either position.

The Falcons were hot on the tail of hometown prospect Fred Gibson, the Georgia wide receiver. With a talented running game already in place, Atlanta was pulling every wideout to the side and Gibson does make sense because of his roots and comfort level in the area.

The Steelers left their martinis at the table for one reason and one reason only, offensive lineman Adam Terry a left tackle out of Syracuse. They didn't just grab him once, they took him twice and disappeared with him the second time around. It was a good hour before Terry was seen again among the masses.

Marcus Lawrence, a middle linebacker out of South Carolina, drew significant interest from the Chiefs. One question he was asked that measured his honesty was, "what round value do you see yourself as." The Chiefs spent a lot of time with defensive prospects, a change from previous philosophies. The one exception was Craphonso Thorpe, a wide receiver out of Florida State. The Chiefs got budyy-buddy with Thorpe throughout the day.

Citadel running back Nehemiah Broughton had a long sit down with the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins, in obvious need of a running back, were quiet on the day despite a heavy presence of scouts. It seemed they were a little bit shy to even approach players early in the day and seemed to heat up as the competition to talk to a players increased.

Ronald Fields, a defensive tackle from Mississippi State, was also a target of Miami. Although they have needs on the offensive side of the ball, the Fins don't want to lose the defense that has defined who they are over the past few years.

The Bears locked on to offensive guard David Baas early on and weren't eager to let the Michigan prospect make his rounds. While others had short interviews with Baas, Chicago took their time in the interview process.

Bill Swancut, a defensive end hailing from Oregon State, received a lot of interest on Sunday. In a bit of a surprise, a lot of teams took time out to speak with Swancut and he was handed around like a hot potato with teams making reservations for his services as he sat with another team.

The missing Cadillac:

Carnell Williams made one appearance on the floor and minutes later – with a huge contingence of scouts surrounding him – disappeared midway through the afternoon and was never heard from again.

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