Raiders eye secondary prospects - 3:23 PM

Indianapolis-- Now that the Oakland Raiders have a head coach, they are hot in pursuit of a number of NFL prospects as they prepare for the NFL Draft. At the top of the list is defensive end and in the secondary - they have interviewed three members of the secondary in Indy. Updated 3:23 PM


Roman Harper/DB/Alabama

-Measured in at 5-11 7/8/199 pounds.

-He described himself as a good cover guy who enjoys covering the slot.

-Fractured his leg his senior year in high school but hasn't had major injuries since.

-Played quarterback, but joked that he set that aside for Brody Croyle and played in the secondary for the team.

-He said he likes playing free safety, but said he is being told that with the way he hits he could play strong safety at the pro level.


Gabriel Watson/DL/Michigan

-Measured in at 6-3/314 pounds.

-Has talked to the Bengals, Eagles, Giants, Rams, Falcons, Jets, Raiders, and Saints so far.

-Did 36 reps for his bench press.

-Said one of his greatest strengths is the way he learns during a game and adapts to what's going on live in the game.


Jason Allen/DB/Tennessee

-Measured in at 6-0 7/8/210 pounds.

-Will do a full workout except the defensive back drills.


Charlie Peprah/DB/Alabama

-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.


Darnell Bing/DB/USC

-Measured in at 6'2/227 pounds.

-He said he will do all workouts except the 40.

-He described himself as a back who is big and physical with speed. Says he also possesses good ability to make big hits.


Danieal Manning/DB/Abilene Christian

-Measured in at 5'10 and 202 pounds.

-Has talked to the Colts, Chiefs, Bears, Seahawks, Jets, Cowboys, Jets, and Bills.

-Teams primarily looking at him at cornerback, safety and as a returns specialist although he has played numerous positions.


Kelly Jennings/DB/Miami

-Measured in at 5'11/178 pounds.

-Will do a full workout except the bench press because he strained a pectoral muscle recently.

-Feels his quickness and speed will help raise his stock. Said he doesn't think most teams realize how fast he is. Plans to run a 4.45 or better.

-Has talked to the Falcons, Bills, Cardinals, Eagles and Cowboys so far. Also talked with the Patriots at the Senior Bowl.


Dwayne Slay/DB/Texas Tech

-Measured in at 6'3 ½/217 pounds.

-Will do a full workout.

-Has talked to the Redskins, Texans, Dolphins, and Broncos so far.

-The thing he wants teams to know most during his interviews is that he's a man of character and community oriented.


Chijioke Onyenegecha/DB/Oklahoma

-Measured in at 6'2/216.

-Thinks his size, strength, speed and man-to-man coverage skills are his top attributes.

-Main aspect of his game he wants to showcase here is his speed.

-Has talked to the Raiders, Bengals and Panthers so far.


Dee Webb/DB/Florida

-Measured in at 5'10/183 pounds.

-Will be doing full workout except the bench press.

-Believes practicing against Chad Jackson every day helped raise his game.

-Dislocated his shoulder in August, 2005. Said it feels fine, but had a routine MRI here to prove that to the teams.

-Has played on special teams since his freshman year and feels he excels at blocking punts and field goals.


Jon Alston/LB/Stanford

-Measured in at 6006/223 pounds.

-After he got back from the Senior Bowl, he got food poisoning and dropped ten pounds. He's been putting it back on.

-He may get consideration as a safety and said he has the range, hips and athleticism to do it, but not the playing experience.

-Said he has played on all special teams during his collegiate career and feels that's an asset for a rookie.

-6 ½ sacks as a senior. 21 ½ sacks during his career.

- He said he played more defensive end in the 3-4 during his senior year even though being light for that. Has experience at SAM and rush defensive end.

-Has casually talked to the Patriots, but no official interview.


Kevin Simon/LB/Tennessee

-Measured in at 5'10/235 pounds.

-He has met with the Dolphins, Broncos, Eagles, and Panthers.

-Feels he can go to any NFL team and start right away. Played all three LB positions at Tennessee.

-He's not going to do the 40, vertical jump, or long jump here.

-Described his strengths as his aggressiveness, instincts, and knowledge of the game. Also feels his personality will come across well during interviews and work to his advantage.

-He thinks his position drills, shuttle, and 225 reps will help distinguish him.

-Has had some injury history, but said he is telling teams he had a good senior season and is feeling fine. Doing well with his physicals.


Thomas Howard/LB/UTEP

-Measured in at 6033 and 239 pounds.

-Was coached by Mike Singletary at UTEP, feels that has helped him tremendously.

- He hasn't had any interviews yet.

-He said his strengths are rushing the passer and said that he'd like to work in a 3-4 rushing off the edge.

-Said his top attributes are his confidence, being a quick learner, and his commitment to never giving up.


Frostee Rucker/DL/USC

-Measured in at 6'3/267 pounds.

-Says he's a disciplined player who won't try to make a play out of position to make himself look good at the possible expense of the team.

-He said he will do full workout except the bench press.

-He has talked at least casually with all the teams.

-He feels his attitude on the field shows that he's a good leader and very aggressive.


Elvis Dumervil/DE/Louisville

- Measured in at 5-11/257 pounds.

- He said he just tries to do his best with the height and weight he's been given.

- His dad was 5-7 and played soccer.

- Has been working out in Los Angeles on his speed and change of direction.

- Some teams are interested in him as a linebacker, a position he hasn't played since the little league.

- Says anticipation is his strength.
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- Liked Derrick Thomas growing up and now likes the Colts' Dwight Freeney.
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- Comes from a military family and said he "got kicked around" by his eight brothers.

- Believes his name came from his mother's interest in Elvis Presley.

- Had 10 forced fumbles last year.


Timoyhy Day/TE/Oregon

- Checked in at 6-3 ½, 256 pounds.

- Did 24 reps of 225 pounds on the bench.

- Was a first-team all-state selection in basketball in high school.

- Was recruited by Pepperdine and UNLV for basketball, but had more interest and saw a better future for him in basketball.

- Can play on the line or as an H-back.

- Oregon went to a spread offense in 2005, which changed his role to playing more in the slot and dropped his production.

- Was recruited to Oregon as a defensive end or tight end, practicing five weeks at each position before settling on tight end.


A.J. Nicholson/LB/Florida State

- Checked in at 6'0 3/8/254 pounds.

- Will do a full workout.

- Training in California.

- No charges have been filed in two separate incidents involving him. In one, he said he let a woman in his room after curfew before the their bowl game and when he asked her to get out, she got angry.

-I'm very remorseful, very sorry," he said of that incident.

-Earlier in the year, he was stopped by police for matching a description of a person they were searching for. He was already running to get something he forgot, and when he saw police he tripped and that was interpreted as an attempt to flee. "Bad place, bad time," he said.

- Says he has learned to appreciate his potential after these incidents.

- His Pro Day is March 16.


Calvin Lowry/S/Penn State

- Measured in at 5-11, 200 pounds.

- Will do a full workout.

- Says he plays a physical game, sometimes with an "angry streak" about him.
- Is training in Orlando.

- Has returned punts.

- Has a military family and lived in Germany, Georgia and North Carolina.

- His father grew up in Pennsylvania, spurring him to attend Penn State.

- Was recruited as a wide receiver but moved to safety.

- Hopes to run a 4.3 to 4.4 in the 40.

- Says "people know me as the quarterback of our defense."

- Has met with the Vikings and Jaguars.

- Pro Day is March 16.


Michael Huff/S/Texas

- Measured in at 6-0, 224 pounds.

- Will do a full workout.

- Calls Mark Clayton the best wide receiver he has faced, but he held him to three catches for 19 yards.

- Thinks a potential move to cornerback will depend largely on his Tuesday workout.

- Likes to do it all—hit, blitz and cover.

- Has never hit Vince Young in practice with a hands-off policy.

- Played wide receiver in high school.

- Working out at Athlete's Performance in Arizona.

- Thinks the success of Ed Reed and Troy Polumalu will help the perception of draft safeties in the upper half of the first round.

- Would be happy with a 4.3 in the 40.

- Has played strong and free safety.

- He said most of the top 10 or 15 teams have shown an interest and has had interviews with Cleveland and Atlanta.


Wide Receiver Group One 40 Times

Devin Aromashodu/WR/Auburn: 4.48 || 4.43

Hank Baskett/WR/New Mexico: 4.49 || 4.45

Jeremy Bloom/WR/Colorado: 4.53 || 4.52
--Did not work out with the Wide Recievers

Chad Jackson/WR/Florida: 4.38 || 4.35
--Looked to be the best WR out there of this group.


Workout Notes:

Jason Avant/WR/Michigan: Had a good workout.

Marques Hagans/QB/Virginia: Former UVA QB had an outstanding workout at the Wide Receiver position.

Bruce Gradkowski/QB/Toledo: He was on all day and elevated his draft stock more than likely.

Jay Cutler/QB/Vanderbilt: Looked solid in workouts.

Ingle Martin/QB/Furman: Had a solid workout today.


Abdul Hodge/LB/Iowa

-Measured in at 6'0/236 pounds.

-Met with 12 teams Saturday night, but only confirmed that one of those teams was the Minnesota Vikings. Said he expected to meet with the Tennessee Titans as he had good interaction with their coaching staff during the Senior Bowl.

-Is doing full workout except the bench press.

-Feels his versatility of having college experience both inside and outside will be a plus at the pro level for a young linebacker.

-Said his strongest attributes are his ability to get off blocks, make plays all over the field and his quickness and change of direction skill.


DeMeco Ryans/LB/Alabama

-Measured in at 6'1 1/2 / 236 pounds.

-Has had no interviews with any teams yet, as he just got in Saturday night.

-Will do a full workout.

-Feels his speed and bench press will make him stand out.

-Had a 3.5 GPA and said academics have always come first for him.

-Said his biggest strengths are his instincts, anticipation of where the ball is going, and the ability to pick up an audible or signal and relay them to his teammates.


Charles Spencer/G-T/Pittsburgh

- Has talked with the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals. The Cowboys are showing the most serious interest.


Quinn Ojinnaka/T/Syracuse

- He has met with the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets so far.


Darrell Adams/DE/Villanova

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


Runningback 40 Times:

Jerious Norwood/Mississippi State: 4.42 || 4.40

Lawrence Vickers/Colorado and Naufahu Tahi/BYU barely broke 4.90 in either running of the 40.


Scouts have been very impressed with the interviews they have done with A.J. Hawk/Ohio State. Scouts are also saying that the intensity he shows on the field has come off well in the interviews.


As of right now, scouts feel like there is only one elite 1st round Wide Receiver at the combine.  That receiver is Santonio Holmes/Ohio State.


The consensus from Scouts at the combine is that they are not happy that players such as Reggie Bush/USC, DeAngelo Williams/Memphis and Lendale White/USC are chosing to wait until their Pro Day to work out for scouts.  Many scouts feel that they are failing to follow in the footsteps of Auburn 's Ronnie Brown and Cadillac Williams, who both opted to participate in the combine last year.  Their results really boosted their draft stock and many scouts would rather see those results at the Combine with all the other prospects.



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