NFL Draft Buzz: Is Forte on Saints' radar?

Tulane running back Matt Forte is one of the more intriguing prospects at the position in this draft. Are the New Orleans Saints interested? Find out his workout and visit schedule right here.

Tulane running back Matt Forte has worked out for five teams and is on his way to San Diego today for his second official team visit.

As previously reported, the 6-foot-1, 217-pound running back held private workouts for the Texans and Falcons and had dinner with Chicago team representatives in March.

Last week, Forte worked out for the Cincinnati Bengals' and Chicago Bears' running backs coaches on separate days. According to a league source, the Bengals are very interested in picking up a running back early in this year's draft. And that same source indicated that Chicago has concerns over Cedric Benson's perceived struggles in pass protection, so they are seeking a rookie who can truly compete for the starter's role.

This week, the Under Armour Senior Bowl MVP worked out for the Saints before hopping on a plane on Friday for his visit with the Chargers.

Forte rushed for 2,127 yards and 23 touchdowns during his senior year. He also caught 32 passes for 282 yards.

AFC South Rivals Check Out Atchinson NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber selected William & Mary's Drew Atchison as one of the members of his All-Sleeper Offensive Team and compared him to the Giants' Kevin Boss who was drafted last year out of Western Oregon.

A league source told that Atchinson was working out for the Indianapolis Colts today and would be visiting the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday, April 14.

Tight end Drew Atchison
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"I think I have a lot of potential," Atchinson said during a recent interview with "I started out as a baseball player here, so I might not have as much experience as some of the other guys. But I think that even with only playing for three years, I'm on the same level as most of the guys already. So I think I have a lot more room for growing than some of the other tight ends around the country might have. And I think that's definitely an upside."

The 6-foot-6, 245-pound tight end said that he drew interest from the tight ends coaches of the Eagles and the Panthers at his pro day.

"After I ran all my drills and caught some balls, they had me do a couple of tight-end specific drills," Atchison said. "Then the Eagles coach had me watch some film with him. It was definitely a good experience."

The visit request from the Jaguars wasn't a total surprise to the big tight end because they had a scout at his pro day who joined Atchison and his agent for lunch after the workout had ended. By the end of the lunch, the scout had pledged to talk to his organization about bringing him in for a closer look.

An East-West Shrine Game participant, Atchison talked to about ten teams at that event, including many that showed up at his pro day. He said that he talked for quite a while to a scout from the Dolphins who lived near the school and had an extensive discussion with a scout from the Minnesota Vikings.

Langford Completes Two More Visits

Hampton defensive end Kendall Langford had a visit with the Pittsburgh Steelers last week and had two more this week. On Wednesday, he was in Minnesota getting to know the Vikings before heading to Detroit for a Thursday visit.

As previously reported by, he's already completed workouts with the Lions, Falcons and Rams. The Jets and Dolphins watched film with him after his pro day, and he's also drawn serious interest from the Colts, Eagles, Redskins and Jaguars. Last year, Jacksonville drafted Justin Durant out of Hampton with their second-round pick.

Langford made 191 tackles during his college career, including an impressive 43.5 tackles for a loss in 47 games. He also posted 17.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, an interception, and a pair of blocked kicks during his collegiate career.

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