News from around the league is buzzing in Mobile, Ala., site of the Senior Bowl. Find out what news and notes have league personnel talking, and see which teams are showing interest in which draft prospect in the Monday Morning Buzz.
Things got off to a swift start in Mobile this morning as 100 senior prospects were weighed and measured for NFL scouts and coaches. Besides the scheduled activity, there is plenty of news swirling at the convention center with teams interviewing specific players.
After Ohio St. QB Troy Smith measured in at 6 feet even in Mobile Monday morning, there was a collective chatter in the room. Many scouts were wondering if he would measure in shorter than that, which was the early speculation. Smith will have to have a solid week of practices to solidify a selection on the first day of this year's NFL draft.
All the scouts on hand agreed that Nebraska has one of the best weight training programs in the nation. The NU players on hand (Jay Moore, Adam Carriker and Stewart Bradley) were hands down the most physically impressive group from any single team.
One of the interesting developments of the morning was the sudden retirement of Dallas Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells. Many around the league predicted that Parcells would be coming back for another season after working in his office at team headquarters last week. The news came out almost simultaneously after the morning weigh-ins and there was a huge buzz amongst the NFL personnel here in Mobile.
As is the case every year here, there are a lot of unemployed NFL coaches looking for work. It's easy to tell because they aren't wearing any team clothing. There are also a lot of CFL coaches here scouting talent.
The Tampa Bay Bucs have stated one of their top priorities in the draft this April will be a big cover corner.