Scout Sightings

With the college season is in full swing, NFL scouts are on the move attending games and practices across the country. We will chart the games teams are attending and the players they are scouting.

Missouri Practice: Week of 9/11

Carolina Panthers- spotted talking extensively with tight end Martin Rucker.
Green Bay Packers
Arizona Cardinals
Jacksonville Jaguars

It makes sense the Panthers would spend time with Rucker; they are in desperate need of a tight end and many people thought the team would take Marcedes Lewis in the first round of last April's draft. 

Defensive end Brian Smith is an undersized pass rusher who most project to outside linebacker.  He has the size/speed to play the position (6-3/225/4.70) and the Packers, Cardinal and Jaguars would be interested in the mid-to-late rounds.

David Overstreet is a hard hitting safety and would garner a lot of interest from the Panthers and possibly Cardinals.

West Virginia-Maryland 9/14:

Arizona Cardinals
Baltimore Ravens
Buffalo Bills
Cleveland Browns
Indianapolis Colts
New England Patriots
New York Jets
New York Giants
Pittsburgh Steelers
San Diego Chargers
St. Louis Rams

Interesting so many scouts would be on hand for this game as the NFL talent is average for both teams.

Kevin McClee/LB/West Virginia: Explosive linebacker with a middle round grade.  Likely to appeal to the 3-4 defenses in attendance.  A good fit for the Chargers.

Dan Mozes/C-G/West Virginia:  Quick explosive player on the inside.  Late round pick with starting potential down the road.  Versatility is key and could be attractive for teams such as the Brown and Rams.

Brandon Myles/WR/West Virginia:  Nice sized possession wide out with a late round grade.  Likely to appeal to the Bills.

Eric Wicks/S/West Virginia:  Underrated defensive back that could be used at free or strong safety.  Would be a nice fit for the Steelers or Pats defensive system.

Jeremy Sheffey/G/West Virginia: Free agent type of road grader.  Depth player/camp competition for the Colts, Browns, Jets and Rams.

Stephen Heyer/OL/Maryland:  Big strong right tackle prospect coming off knee surgery.  Carried a first day grade last season before the injury and now has a late round grade.  The Jets or possibly the Giants (assuming they would move McKenzie to the left side) would be of interest.

Josh Wilson/CB/Maryland:  Explosive corner with great speed.  Better athlete than football player to this point.  Late round pick/dime back who would interest the Browns, Patriots and Giants.

David Holloway/LB/Maryland:  A poor man's version of Shawn Merriman; lines up in a three point stance, stands up over tackle and is moved around the field.  Late round choice as a rush linebacker for the 3-4 teams in attendance.

Oregon-Oklahoma 9/16:

Kansas City Chiefs
Seattle Seahawks
New Orleans Saints
Cleveland Browns
Atlanta Falcons

Dennis Davis/QB/Oregon:   Junior quarterback soaring up draft boards after a sensational start.  Great upside.  Catching the eye of a team such as the Browns, Saints or Chiefs interested in a young passer.

James Finley/WR/Oregon: Well sized wide out with excellent computer numbers (6-1/200/4.45).  Definite consideration in the middle round for the Saints and Chiefs, both who need a WR.

Enoka Lucas/C/Oregon: Big mauler on the inside.  Carries a fourth round grade presently.  With the woes at center this year definite consideration for the Browns.

J.D. Nelson/S/Oregon:  Good athlete, average football player.  Presently a 5th/6th round guy.  Possibly the Seahawks who liked Daniel Bullocks in last April's draft.

Mataifale Toeaina/DE/Oregon:  Two gap linemen who would interest the Browns.  Atlanta would be interested in Toeaina as well based on need and possibly Kansas City if they feel they could kick him into defensive tackle.

C.J. Ah You/DE/Oklahoma:  Good computer numbers (6-3.5/275/4.75) though he does not play to them consistently.  Terrific fit for the Saints or Chiefs.  Growth potential would give him consideration as a two gap lineman for Cleveland.

Rufus Alexander/OLB/Oklahoma: Terrific weak-side prospect with a second round grade.  A must need for the Saints.

Larry Birdine/DE/Oklahoma: Hybrid OLB-DE.  Looked sensational as a junior in '04 before missing all last year with a knee injury.  Projects to a 3-4 rush linebacker and as such interests the Browns.  Possibly a nickel pass rusher for Atlanta.

Zach Latimer/ILB/Oklahoma: Underrated linebacker who can play the middle or inside.  Very productive.  Possible depth player for Cleveland or New Orleans.

Carl Pendelton/DT/Oklahoma: Underrated junior.  Explosive but a little thin (6-4/273) on the inside.  First day potential for the Saints or Chiefs.

Adrian Peterson/RB/Oklahoma: Only a junior and likely to enter the draft.  None of the teams on hand want the opportunity to draft Peterson as it would mean they would own one of the initial three picks of the draft.

Calvin Thibodeaux/DE/Oklahoma: Classic 'tweener; offers linebacker size (6-1/255) and defensive end speed (4.90).  Plays faster but may be best as a nickel rusher.

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