Interviews, Visits and Pro-Day Updates

Less than a handful of important pro-day dates remain on the calendar as the draft draws near. Several of them are taking place today and tomorrow with Louisville holding their affair on Monday. Here's the latest news surrounding those dates, plus the most up-to-date information on the players teams are flying in for official visits.

The big news out of Louisville the past few days is the medical condition of Michael Bush.  But scouts are still eager to watch defensive tackle Amobi Okoye work out at full strength. Okoye, who pulled his hamstring at the combine during his initial running of the 40, plans to complete the entire workout.  

Several teams have already set up visits with Okoye or will be meeting with him prior to Louisville's pro-day.

The entire Washington Redskins brain trust, including owner Daniel Snyder, will be flying to Louisville on Saturday to meet with Okoye.  The St. Louis Rams plan on bringing him to their facility soon after his workout for a visit.  

The Houston Cougars will have their pro day this Friday.  Many of the teams who watched Trent Edwards throw at Stanford will head to Texas to inspect Kevin Kolb.  

The Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns are meeting with Kolb today.  The Philadelphia Eagles will have a contingent at the workout while the Baltimore Ravens are sending Rick Neuheisel.  There is speculation that head coach Brian Billick may also show up for the workout.

Today is workout day for Toby Korrodi, the strong-armed lefty from Central Missouri.  Korrodi, who had the best ball speed of any quarterback who threw at the combine, was unable to finish his workout in Indianapolis after hurting his hamstring.  Nine teams will be on hand to watch Korrodi's workout today.  The Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, St. Louis Rams and the Eagles will all be sending quarterback coaches rather than the usual area scouts.

We went in-depth on the future visits of Darrelle Revis the past few days.  Another top rated junior cornerback is also getting a lot of attention from scouts.

Chris Houston of Arkansas will be a busy man in the coming weeks.  

The New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans will privately workout the highly rated cover-man.  After that he will travel to visit with the Washington Redskins,  St. Louis Rams, New York Jets and the Giants on official visits.

The only person to run faster than Chris Houston at the combine, Kansas State receiver Yamon Figurs, is also drawing a lot of interest.  

The Rams will be bringing in Figurs as the team needs to replenish a receiving unit hit hard by free agency.  The Minnesota Vikings are also using an official visit to bring in the speedy pass catcher.  Figurs makes sense for the Vikings as he is a much more natural and reliable wideout compared to Troy Williamson, the first-round pick who has been a disappointment to date.

Figurs' production was down last season, due in large part to the poor passing offense at Kansas State.  Yet he carved up a very talented Texas Longhorn secondary late in the year. 

One cornerback on the mend starting to draw a lot of attention is Tim Mixon of Cal.

As we noted several weeks ago, Mixon is still rehabbing from knee surgery which was performed in August.  He plans to run for scouts the first week of April, yet is only expected to be about 90 percent.

Even with that, a buzz is building around Mixon.

The Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears have shown a lot of interest in Mixon and hope to work him out prior to the draft.  

Bears general manager Jerry Angelo told those who would listen prior to the season that Mixon was the top NFL cornerback prospect in the Cal program and not Daymeion Hughes.

The Bears' interest in Mixon is not at all surprising.  Mixon's game and physical build are similar to Nathan Vasher's, the starting cornerback in Chicago who'll be a free agent after this season.

Offensive lineman Allen Barbre of Missouri Western is reaping the benefits of his terrific combine workout.  Teams are split on where he'll play in the NFL.  Some franchises feel he'll start off at guard then develop into a tackle, similar to Jonathan Ogden.  Others feel Barbre will be a first-team tackle by the end of his rookie season.

This much is true: He's becoming a popular guy.  

The Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots all sent offensive line coaches to his pro day on Wednesday while the Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Bucs will all bring Barbre in for an official visit.

Finally, it is almost a foregone conclusion Daniel Sepulveda of Baylor will be the first punter drafted, possibly in the late part of round three.  

Recently the Patriots, Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers have sent special teams coaches to Waco, Texas to privately work out the Baylor punter.


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