adamcaplan but with this team it won't happen
adamcaplan TO: He knows how to get out of the way
adamcaplan sometimes he holds on to the ball a little too long but then again, his WRs weren't very good they didn't win their battles enough
What do you think about Tavares Gooden?
adamcaplan AA: Talented developmental LB
adamcaplan FOR: I guessed it right after I heard they got the pick they wanted the best pass rusher in the draft for a 4-3 and they got him true edge rusher is Harvey
aaronwilson I hear Zbikowski's kind of stiff, a bit of a freelancer, too, a la Ed Reed. What's your take on him? Tough kid, though
adamcaplan AA: Good Senior Bowl week, that helped him
adamcaplan PD: That's the role for him he got benched last season Walker in dime that's the target role for him
aaronwilson Washington has 4.29 speed, but he lost confidence ever since Chad Johnson burnt him. Benched after three games and replaced by Stanford Routt.
aaronwilson Kind of small, too. Not a tackler. Reuniting with Chuck Pagano, his secondary coach the first two years of his career, could help.
adamcaplan AA: Speed is only good if you can play at a high level
adamcaplan FOR: Overachiever, fans will like him
aaronwilson Adam, do you think Marcus Smith could be a sleeper? He played very well against Antoine Cason last year. Seems like a kid with upside.
adamcaplan AA: Yes, that's why their secondary struggled last season
adamcaplan AA: He has nice size, could make roster
aaronwilson By the way, guys, make sure you check out Adam's post draft insider column. It's on the club level.
adamcaplan as #4 role.
adamcaplan the scheme that Cameron is bringing in is QB friendly so I expect Flacco to grasp it
aaronwilson Adam, what did you make of the stories circulating about the Rams' demands for the second pick? Looks like some national guys got spun around like a top by their sources as far as the trade talks not already being dismissed well before they were on the clock. What was the buzz in New York about that situation? adamcaplan the agent has only one holdout Kyle Brady back in 1995
adamcaplan AA: The Rams did want a lot so teams weren't willing to give that up, like the Saints
adamcaplan so they got Ellis instead of Dorsey
adamcaplan RAV: I'd expect Landry to still start at least this season
adamcaplan FOR: Yet Belichick was pissed he got him 12 years later
adamcaplan TO: There were 3-4 teams that liked Flacco, ATL-they got Ryan, GB-their head coach talked at length to the U of D coaches last week NYJ-they had a private workout recently and he was great there They wanted to make sure they got him Henne was next I'm told no Brohm in the picture they would have skipped the QB
aaronwilson Do you think Matt Ryan will have a hard time in Atlanta or do you think he'll turn them around?
adamcaplan AA: Their OL is terrible
adamcaplan that's the scary thing
adamcaplan FOR: They did reach surprising a RT or guar in the NFL not LT
adamcaplan FOR: We'll never know
adamcaplanbut he had a second round grade from most teams
adamcaplan What will be interesting is if Flacco has a great training camp and Boller looks like, well Boller
adamcaplan and Troy Smith looks like, well Troy Smith
aaronwilson What do you think of Jameel McClain, a Philly kid, linebacker from Syracuse? Seems like their best undrafted guy so far.
adamcaplan but most should
adamcaplan based on depth
adamcaplan AA: decent developmental prospect
adamcaplan ROD: They had to get a nickel I told you guys Walker couldn't do that
adamcaplan he has to play in dime he can't cover speed WRs
aaronwilson Yep, Walker couldn't even get it done last year in Green Bay. Rode the pine.
adamcaplan Washington doesn't play to his listed 40-time
but he still has good speed
adamcaplan TO: Specials could have been better last year
adamcaplan PUR: Rex Ryan is pretty good moving guys around so he'll be ok
adamcaplan 2009 they address CB/DE
purplepoe Aaron: Rolle out as in cut or out as not starting and being the nickel?
aaronwilson Plus, Stover has a weak leg for kickoffs and they cut E.J. Cochrane recently. Maybe Harbs is trying to have the best kickoff team in the league. Walker, by the way, does have one redeeming quality: He's a heckuva punt gunner.
adamcaplan FOR: There were decent CBs
adamcaplan but getting a high end RB was a need as well who could do what Rice can
adamcaplan they lacked speed at RB
aaronwilson Not starting, demoted possibly, but Washington will have to have his game face on and Rolle will need to have epilepsy issues for that to happen.
adamcaplan he will catch passes
adamcaplan Cameron loves to use RBs on screens
adamcaplan Lorenzo Booker averaged about 6 catches/game over like last 5-6 games last season and Ronnie Brown would have caught at least 80 had he not gotten hurt
aaronwilson Do you think Rice will be as durable in the NFL? Kind of small, but he is tough. Do you think he'll be a good pass-catcher out of the backfield?
adamcaplan AA: He's solidly built
adamcaplan I would expect 7-10 touches/game
adamcaplan Good interior lineman, he might have gone a tad high but good upside could start some day
adamcaplan TO: Not really Just blocking TEs
adamcaplan FOR: He could
adamcaplan but probably guard for now
aaronwilson I would stay away from Dominique Byrd, too. Headcase from USC that the Rams cut.
adamcaplan AA: Gawd, and I'm still trying to figure out why they drafted him
adamcaplan FOR: Developmental OL may not dress on Sunday's upside
aaronwilson Big Mormon kid, DeCosta compared him in terms of temperament to Tony Pashos and Marshal Yanda. We'll see.
adamcaplan TO: Practice squad or cut
adamcaplan no room
adamcaplan AA: Most drafts were good
adamcaplan I thought Chicago would draft a QB
that was a surprise
adamcaplan I got their first round right
adamcaplan but after that I thought for sure they would take a QB
adamcaplan but I like Matt Forte
adamcaplan TO: Hard to say
aaronwilson I don't think the new offensive linemen change Brown's status.
aaronwilson They're still trying to go with Chris Chester.
aaronwilson They didn't grade Albert high enough to go there and their fallback plan on Flacco took precedence.
aaronwilson It's going to be hard to keep Flacco off the field, especially given the competition he's facing.
aaronwilson If memory serves me, Baltimore usually has about nine or 10 on the active roster.
aaronwilson Yes, Jason Brown is the backup center.
He still takes reps at that spot.
aaronwilson Yep, but he's undrafted. Not a great athlete.
aaronwilson He's not bad, and he does have connections with Andy Moeller. I want to see him play more before passing judgment.
aaronwilson Just Fabian Washington.
aaronwilson That's one game.
aaronwilson And his left tackle at Delaware was a slap.
aaronwilson Gooden was regarded as a potential second-round pick.
aaronwilson They are worried big-time that Gaither will never get his head screwed on right.
aaronwilson He was chronically late for things last year and is skipping weightlifting, meetings, etc.. this offseason.
aaronwilson One time he said he had car trouble.
aaronwilson On Gooden, I mean worthy of second round for somebody.
aaronwilson I think Cousins is more of a guard down the road.
aaronwilson Hale is more of a right tackle.
aaronwilson Might allow them to eventually push Yanda inside to guard.
aaronwilson I don't think they plan to cut Gaither at this point. Could it happen? John Harbaugh could answer that better than I could.
aaronwilson Cousins has also played LT and RT, could be a swing backup. Sort of a poor man's Jeremy Zuttah. Good athlete, needs more seasoning.
aaronwilson That's the idea: to create depth and competition and versatility. And inject toughness. Similar theme at safety and other spots.
aaronwilson Jason Brown's agent said the talks have only been preliminary discussions.
aaronwilson No, they know that the cornerback situation could be a problem. They are just hoping they get lucky with this one. They're betting that he can be decent. He's so much better than David Pittman and Derrick Martin, so it's a solid move.
aaronwilson I don't think they'll go for any more cornerback depth.
aaronwilson Eric was concerned about the guys that haven't worked out at cornerback. That's why they wanted to get a new one.
aaronwilson They wanted to get Mike Jenkins or Brandon Flowers, but it didn't work out.
aaronwilson I think Pags is a good coach. I like his chances of helping Washington regain his form.
aaronwilson No, I don't think Zbikowski is going to start.
aaronwilson No, they didn't.
aaronwilson Didn't need him or have a sufficiently high enough grade to get him. Eventually, he starts. Nickel back at first.
aaronwilson I think they would have picked Gholston if he had made it to eight and Ryan was gone. They still like Antwan Barnes. He's getting a lot better. In pass coverage, too. Hard-working kid.
aaronwilson Not as one-dimensional as before.
aaronwilson I don't think he'll beat out Jarret, but I don't think Jarret gets many third-down reps.
aaronwilson Antwan looks like he's about 240, 245.
aaronwilson There was no way he was going to get past the Jets. Not with McFadden and Ryan gone. He was their Plan C.
aaronwilson I think they're in good shape at linebacker now.
aaronwilson They need Barnes and Burgess to progress as well as Gooden, Jones, etc..
aaronwilson I could see Jarret sticking if he plays better this year. He's a Rex Ryan favorite.
aaronwilson The idea is to see if Harbs can win with Billick's players, giving them a kick in the ass.
aaronwilson They have already had preliminary talks with Bart about a new deal.
aaronwilson And he definitely wantes to come back.
aaronwilson I thought they underutilized him as a blitzer, though.
aaronwilson Actually, Harbs is trying to reform the team some. A lot of squeak clean draft picks.
aaronwilson The Gooden pick was excellent. We called it, too.
aaronwilson Red-star signifies toughness, character, attitude. Rice is a great person.
aaronwilson Tough kid, hard runner, former safety in junior college and briefly at Oklahoma. Waited his turn to play. Never complained.
aaronwilson Cousins is a good project, Hale is tough, somewhat limited athletically. Smith is more of a special-teams guy. Could compete in slot over the middle. Good at breaking tackles, after the catch.
aaronwilson Motivated kid, played one week after his mom died of an aneurysm and excelled against Antoine Cason.
aaronwilson Demetrius seems like he's rounding into form. A little rusty.
aaronwilsonGood possession receiver, the kid from Minnesota. Slow, though. 4.6. Very productive good blocker, good hands.
aaronwilson Not a tight end. He's a receiver.
aaronwilson Scott Kuhn, Louisville, and Joe Reitz, former basketball player at Western Michigan. Reitz is 6-7, 270. Up from 255 pounds, his basketball weight.
aaronwilson I think Goode may only be coming on a tryout basis, the Maryland kid. A Maryland official told me he might be going to the Redskins, too.
aaronwilson Crummie went to Chargers.
aaronwilson Lattimore to Cowboys.
aaronwilson Ball may or may not be coming here.
aaronwilson No date set for Suggs.
aaronwilson Not a high priority for the union, I've been told.
aaronwilson: Not a huge priority.
aaronwilson Secondary still needs work.
aaronwilson The settlement date is out of the Ravens' hands.
aaronwilson Nickel back at first.
aaronwilson Wouldn't be shocked if Suggs held out if things turn ugly in the contract talks.