The starting quality and depth along the Cleveland offensive and defensive lines is questionable. Eric Winston from Miami could be a legitimate starter for the Browns at the left offensive tackle position, especially with 2005 starter L.J. Shelton headed to free agency. Cody Douglas is an intriguing prospect for a team such as the Browns, who face needs at the guard spots. Douglas is rather ‘soft' physically, but has demonstrated he possesses the skills to succeed at the professional level.
Stopping the run and generating a pass rush are the two issues General Manager Phil Savage must address in the off-season. With the meet and greet sessions with defensive tackle Jesse Mahelona (in whom we hear the team has a serious interest) and defensive end Kamerion Wimbley, the team is laying the groundwork for further scouting and discussion in the coming weeks.
Wimbley is an undersized end (6033, 245) that could fit within the Browns' scheme at outside linebacker and standup pass-rushing end. Mahelona on the other hand is being closely evaluated as a potential nose tackle, with the team's interest just labeled as moderate.
New York Giants: CB Marcus Hudson; S Greg Blue; CB Cedric Griffin; CB DeMario Minter.
The New York Giants continue to meet and greet with defensive backs at the Senior Bowl, with the latest wave of prospects being a group which seriously interests the organization.
Cornerback Marcus Hudson is the true cover corner the Giants need. While Hudson is high on the New York wish list, the team is also interested in Georgia cornerback DeMario Minter.
With the overall state of the Giants pass defense last season, a big-hitting physical safety such as Greg Blue intrigues the organization. The safety position is relatively void of an impact player and Blue could develop into an intimidating presence, playing center field at Giants Stadium.
Hudson and Blue are two players to remember as the evaluation process progresses. Both players have caught the eye on head coach Tom Coughlin.
San Diego Chargers: QB Brodie Croyle.
The Chargers' interest at this time in Croyle is that of a proposed third quarterback, as the team seeks depth and waits through starter Drew Brees' shoulder surgery. Croyle should not be considered a strong player of interest for the Chargers at this time, as the team will speak to other players at the position while at the Senior Bowl.
San Francisco 49ers: QB Brodie Croyle.
The San Francisco 49ers are a team seeking an identity on the offensive side of the ball. Starting quarterback and first player selected in the 2005 draft Alex Smith struggled mightily in his rookie campaign, as did the entire 49ers offense. Depth is limited at the quarterback position and the 49ers staff, headed by Mike Nolan, is covering all the bases in his discussions with many players at the Senior Bowl.
Kansas City Chiefs: DE Manny Lawson; DT Kyle Williams; OL Marcus McNeil; Jonathan Scott.
The Chiefs continue to put an emphasis on retooling defensively. Defensive end Manny Lawson has drawn a considerable amount of interest from the Kansas City staff in attendance, with one scout noting, "That kid (Lawson) has an endless motor and could really develop into a high quality performer in our scheme."
Kyle Williams has done nothing to hurt his stock at the Senior Bowl and has been enlightening during his meetings with team officials. Williams has elevated himself directly into the vision of the Kansas City organization, as the team seeks a quality interior defensive lineman.
Marcus McNeil has talked a good game while at the Senior Bowl, but his play on the practice field hasn't lived up to the billing. McNeil has the size and makeup to succeed at the professional level, but indications are he has not impressed team personnel with his inconsistency.