Hot List: Players Lions Have Scouted

Well-sized Miami cornerback Marcus Maxey is among several players that have caught the eye of Lions' scouts during the NFL scouting combine. A complete listing of the known athletes that the Lions have spoken with, including individual combine and NFL draft scouting reports.

Below is a list of players that the Detroit Lions have spoken with during the NFL combines held in Indianapolis, IN, as of Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006.

OFFENSE

Vernon Davis/TE/Maryland | Position Rating: (out of Five)
[Complete NFL Draft Scouting Report]

- Checked in at 6-3, 254
- Will do a full workout.
- Got a first-round grade coming back from the NFL, spurring him to declare early for the draft.
- Felt he accomplished what he could at Maryland.
- Nicknamed "Duke." His dad was "Big Duke" and he was "Little Duke."
- Has received interest from Kansas City, Detroit, Washington, Jacksonville and San Diego so far here.
- He has watched a lot of film on Chargers' TE Antonio Gates
- Played basketball at Dunbar
- Averaged 17 yards per catch, saying the coaching staff was creative in using him.
- Says his speed is a mismatch for defenses.
- Had fun returning kicks for touchdowns in high school.
- Is friends with Chargers' OLB Shawne Merriman, who encouraged him to declare.
- Thinks playing under Ralph Friedgen's offense helped him talk the pro language to coaches and scouts.

Charles Davis/TE/Purdue | Position Rating:
[Complete NFL Draft Scouting Report]

- Checked in at 6'5 3/8 and 263 pounds.
- Will do the entire workout.
- Says playing a year of basketball at Purdue helped his lateral movement.
- Liked basketball better growing up.
- Said he needs to work on his blocking, which he wasn't asked to do much of at Purdue.
- Likes the game of Falcons' TE Alge Crumpler.
- Expects to run a 40 in the low 4.7s or high 4.6s

David Thomas/TE/Texas | Position Rating:
[Complete NFL Draft Scouting Report]

-Checked in at 6-3, 255 pounds.

T.J. Williams/TE/North Carolina State | Position Rating:
[Complete NFL Draft Scouting Report]

- Weighed in at 6-2 1/3, 269 pounds.
- Will do a full workout.
- Pro Day is March 22.
- Has talked with Detroit, the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Bucs here and the Carolina Panthers at the Senior Bowl.
- Thinks his game is similar to Alge Crumpler and Antonio Gates, with his strengths in stretching field and reading defense.
- Played wide receiver, tight end, quarterback, defensive end and linebacker in high school, with wide receiver being his favorite.
- Put on 20 pounds in two weeks the summer before entering college so he could get up to 240 pounds.

Davin Joseph/OL/Oklahoma | Position Rating:
[Complete NFL Draft Scouting Report]

- Measured in at 6-3, 311 pounds
- Pro quality guard with aspirations to play center
- Has spoken with Miami, Detroit, and Oakland among others
- Timed a 5.10 and 5.17 in 40-yard dash; has demonstrated strong athleticism and versatility.

Erik Meyer/QB/Eastern Washington | Position Rating:
[Complete NFL Draft Scouting Report]

- He measured in at 6'1/210 pounds.
- He feels his best skills are his mobility and ability to throw on the run.
- He's been working out in Florida working on his long ball in preparation for the Combine.
- He has talked to the Falcons, Lions, Raiders, Rams, and Vikings so far this week.

DEFENSE

Orien Harris/DL/Miami | Position Rating:
[Complete NFL Draft Scouting Report]

-Measured in at 6-2 ½/301 pounds.
-Met with the Lions, Rams, Bengals, and Browns on Friday night.
-He wants teams to know that he's a hard worker, self-motivator, and a playmaker.

Darrell Adams/DE/Villanova | Position Rating:
[Draft Report Not Yet Available]

- He has talked with the Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, and New York Jets.

Marcus Maxey/CB/Miami (Fl) | Position Rating:
[Draft Report Not Yet Available]

- Checked in at 6'1 ¾/198 pounds.
- Will do a full workout.
- Went to Miami because he thought it gave him the best chance to win a national championship.
- Has spoken with the Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, and Detroit Lions.
- Hoping to go in the first or second round.
- Said teams like his versatility; plays against inside and outside receivers and has played safety.
- Played a lot of press coverage.
- Said the toughest wideout he faced in the ACC was his teammate, Sinorice Moss.
- Played safety his first two years, but is viewed as more of a cornerback.
- Characterizes himself as a laid-back guy who likes to hang out and watch movies.

Charlie Peprah/DB/Alabama
[Complete NFL Draft Scouting Report]

-Has talked to the Lions, Falcons, Giants, Panthers, Dolphins, and Raiders so far. He said he talked to the Patriots at the East-West Shrine game.
-Described himself as a physical back who is not afraid to get in his opponent's face.
-Some teams are looking at him as a safety in addition to cornerback.


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