NFL Combine Buzz Day Two

Usually at the NFL Combine there are developing stories and issues.<br><br> Today was no different. <br><br> One of the more intriguing stories, starting during Senior Bowl week, has been the development of University of Arkansas quarterback Matt Jones.

Jones came to Senior Bowl week as a quarterback, but by the time he left he had practiced at various positions, including H-Back, tight end and long-snapper.

Scouts were very impressed with his ability to handle press coverage and he was able to beat a lot of the cornerbacks in practice as the week progressed.

At the combines, the 6-foot-6, 242-pound Jones is looking forward to the weekend. He plans to participate in all drills and will run as well.

One of the more interesting things he said was that he hadn't run a 40-time since high school until just three weeks ago and, according to him, he ran a hard-to-believe 4.41 during workouts at the Parisi School of Speed in Fair Lawn, New Jersey.

If he runs better than a 4.6, Jones will almost be a lock as a first-day pick.

Jones is expected to work out here as a quarterback and receiver.

"There are some people who still think he can play quarterback," Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden said. "The guy with the Steelers, they used to call him ‘Slash', I call (Jones) ‘Gash'."

Another interesting story is University of Washington offensive lineman Khalif Barnes.

Barnes is still coming back from a wrist injury from last season but still saw his stock rise during a solid performance during Senior Bowl week.

Even with his wrist not at 100 percent (he rated it at 90 percent), Barnes still decided to lift weights in the morning Friday and benched 26 reps at 225 pounds.

The 6-foot-5, 305 pounder will work out fully this weekend, and some scouts believe that a solid performance this weekend and at his pro day could put him at the top of the offensive linemen draft board.

One interesting side note: Barnes said his toughest opponent during Senior Bowl week was University of Iowa defensive end Matt Roth.

On the pro side of the ledger, there have been reports of the Jets and Redskins hooking up on a swap of name receivers (Santana Moss for Laveranues Coles).

While the deal makes some sense at first glance, understand that Coles has been playing with a troublesome toe injury for two seasons and it hasn't gotten much better. In fact, the Redskins are on record as saying that they want him to have surgery on the toe.

Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick confirmed Friday that the team will be changing defensive schemes from a 3-4 to a 4-3. Billick seemed excited at the potential of Terrell Suggs moving from outside linebacker to defensive end.


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