Hello From Mobile

Mobile, Al.- The 57th Senior Bowl unofficially got underway today as players, coaches and NFL scouts convened at Mobile's Riverview Plaza Hotel. The Senior Bowl committee announced a very strong roster today, which put a smile on the face of NFL personnel. As is the case every year, rumors were swirling in the hotel's lobby. The Raiders were present but quiet for most of the day.

Scouts are almost beside themselves with joy over the amount of talent that will fill both squads this week. The nations top four senior offensive tackles prospects are in attendance, including D'brickashaw Ferguson, potentially a top-four pick in April's draft.

More than a half-dozen of the countries top defensive linemen have showed up in Mobile, including Mathias Kiwanuka of Boston College.

The top guards, quarterbacks and running backs will be practicing starting tomorrow as well.

A pair of players originally on the docket to attend were politely told not to show up.

Defensive tackle Claude Wroten, considered by many the top senior player at his position and a potential first round choice in April, has his invitation revoked after being arrested on a charge of felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute earlier this month. Those on hand feel the former LSU player will watch his draft stock will drop immeasurably because of this.

Likewise, linebacker A.J. Nicholson of Florida State watched his Senior Bowl invitation go up in smoke stemming from a sexual assault allegation in late December. Nicholson was also suspended from playing in the Fiesta Bowl as a result of the charge.

The Senior Bowl is also the place to be for the most recent word on coaching news and pending players moves in the NFL.

Scout.com has found out that Chris Palmer interviewed with the Jets last Friday in excess of four hours; reports of him being named the teams new offensive coordinatior, however, are premature. Palmer has not heard back from the franchise as of Sunday evening and in fact was never told specifically what the job title is during the interview.

In other news, Scout.com has confirmed the Colts will do all they can to keep receiver Reggie Wayne with the franchise. Whether it is signing the productive pass catcher to a long-term contract or placing the franchise tag on him before the free agent deadline in March, the team is determined to pay what it takes to retain his services.

On the other hand, the future of Edgerrin James is less certain. The price to re-sign him may be a little to steep and the possibility exists that the veteran back will find employment elsewhere in 2006.

The fun officially starts tomorrow morning with the weigh-ins as even more scouts, coaches and players file into Mobile.


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