Former South Carolina defensive end Moe Thompson was on hand, announcing he will not return to school and will opt for the draft. Suspended from the Gamecock program after being arrested on burglary charges, Thompson pleaded guilty to two counts each of attempted first-degree burglary and petit larceny in December. He was subsequently sentenced to five years of probation in a suspended, 20-year prison term. One of the highest rated defensive ends in the nation entering 2005, Thompson originally transferred to Grambling prior to last season. He decided not to play football until his legal brouhaha was over.
Announcing his decision to enter the draft, Thompson expects the league to grant him special exemption. He is also expecting an invitation to February's combine and hopes to carry his 270-pound frame across the forty yards of the RCA Dome in 4.60 seconds.
Florida State defensive tackle Broderick Bunkley, who left Tuesday's practice after taking a blow to the head, will not play in Saturday's game because of a concussion. LSU receiver Sykler Green who did not practice today because of a strained hamstring is expected to be ready to go by kick-off.
Virginia Tech's Darryl Tapp stated just one team in attendance, the New England Patriots, spoke to him about possibly moving from defensive end, his college position, to outside linebacker in the NFL.
The Tennessee Titans coaching staff, in charge of the North team, had several defensive ends stand up and play out of a two-point stance today. The list included Mathias Kiwanuka of Boston College and Penn State's Tamba Hali.
According to a league source, the
Jaguars have hired former Green Bay Packers linebackers coach Mark Duffner in
the same capacity. The move should be announced by the end of the week. Duffner
is known as one of the better linebacker coaches in the league.
Former Houston Texans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer interviewed with the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday for an offensive assistant position and according to a league source, Palmer is expected to interview for the offensive coordinator opening with the New Orleans Saints.
San Diego Chargers pro personnel director Fran Foley agreed to a deal on Wednesday afternoon to become the Minnesota Vikings personnel director but has yet to sign the deal, which is considered a mere formality at this point. According to a league source, Foley has been credited with the signing of veteran outside linebacker Steve Foley who had a career-high 10 sacks during the 2004 season and who is considered one of the Chargers' team leaders.
If the Seattle Seahawks don't re-sign running back Shaun Alexander, it's likely that they'll look to this year's draft to fill his void. His backup, Maurice Morris, is also set to become an unrestricted free agent and isn't considered to be a candidate to replace him even if he re-signs.