A pair of defensive backs have become hot names and teams are lining-up for final interviews.
Fresno State cornerback Richard Marshall is making a big jump up boards. Too many thought it was an afterthought the New England Patriots would select Marshall in round two, as the team individually worked him out this afternoon for the second time in recent weeks. Now it seems the cover-man may not last that long. Sources have told us Marshall is now rated as a top five cornerback by a number of teams. The Miami Dolphins have a pair of upcoming visits with Marshall while the Baltimore Ravens, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons and Kansas City Chiefs all have dates with the fast-rising Marshall.
The other secondary prospect gaining steam is Nebraska safety Daniel Bullocks. Some feel Bullocks could move into the very late part of round one. And though we think that's a bit early for his services, the fact is the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts, teams with selections late in the first frame, are both bringing Bullocks to their facilities next week. Same for the Detroit Lions, who have a second round grade on the hard-hitting defensive back.
Offensive tackle Joe Toledo, another Pac Ten lineman, has recently gotten a lot of play. Besides the Ravens and the Browns, the Steelers, Carolina Panthers and New York Jets have shown significant interest in the former tight end.
Finally, it seems the Oakland Raiders are set to take at least one linebacker in April's draft. Jon Alston is a player at the position the team has targeted. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has told many he feels Alston perfectly fits his 3-4 defense.