Weekend NFL and College Visit Notebook

scout.com's Adam Caplan and Tony Pauline check in with the latest on player visits and team interests as we get closer to the NFL draft.

Meachem Moving Up?
 
There is movement on the receiver board for April's draft. Over the past two weeks, we've twice reported that it is quite possible Ohio State junior Ted Ginn Jr. is unlikely to workout for scouts before the draft due to his foot injury. As a result, his draft grade is slipping. 
 
Several teams presently have another junior, Robert Meachem of the University of Tennessee, ranked as the number two receiver in this draft after Calvin Johnson
 
After a fine performance at the combine, Meachem bettered many of his marks during Wednesday's pro-day at Tennessee. He ran his 40's in the mid-4.4 second range and had a vertical jump of 37.5 inches.
 
Meachem is scheduled to take official visits to see the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers, and Minnesota Vikings in the next two weeks.  He will also sit down with the brain trust of the Miami Dolphins next week. 
 
The present feeling is Meachem will be off the board by the draft's 15th pick.

New England will also be making a trip to privately workout QB Toby Korrodi (Central Missouri) next week. Korrodi worked out for nine teams last week and threw the ball well after running his forty in a time of 5.1-seconds.

- Tony Pauline


Shaw to Make the Rounds

Penn State LB Tim Shaw is a busy man after his outstanding pro-day workout from last week. scout.com has confirmed Shaw will be visiting the Philadelphia Eagles and the Jets in the coming days.

Philadelphia, who lost out to the Tennessee Titans for the services of LB Ryan Fowler, is thought to be looking for a young linebacker who will eventually take over for MLB Jeremiah Trotter.

- Tony Pauline


Bowens Finding a Market For His Services

Presently four teams are in the running to sign free agent DE David Bowens
 
The Miami Dolphins hope to retain Bowens and are presently offering a one-year deal worth $1.5-million. The New England Patriots, New York Jets, and Carolina Panthers are also in the bidding. The feeling is Bowens would see significant playing time with the Jets as compared to the other three franchises. Yet sources have told us the Panthers are presently offering a better long-term contract. Expect Bowens to be signed by the end of the week, after the owners meetings have finished.

- Tony Pauline


Jarrett Attracting Interest

If the three teams that are showing interest is any indication, USC WR Dwayne Jarrett could be off the board between picks 15-25 in the first round of next month's draft.

scout.com first reported earlier this week that the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, and Tennessee Titans all have Jarrett coming in for a visit some time in April.

Jarrett will have his pro day this Wednesday and his draft stock will likely be affected by how he runs. League sources believe Jarrett must run in the 40 in the mid-4.5s to solidify a pick in the upper half of the first round.

Dallas, scout.com has confirmed, will also have a pre-draft visit coming up with Akron G Andy Alleman who is expected to be a first day selection.

- Adam Caplan


Sleeper Offensive Linemen On the Move

Nicholls St. OLT Jake Bender is seen as a player who is moving up draft boards. Bender has caught the eye of several teams and has visits coming up with the Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Another sleeper lineman, G Andy Alleman (Akron), has a pre-draft visit coming up with the Dallas Cowboys. Alleman is expected to be a first day selection.

- Adam Caplan


Timmons Interest Heating Up

Florida St. LB Lawrence Timmons is seen as one of the top players at his position for next month's draft and while he didn't run particularly well at the NFL Combine or at his pro day, he's still attracting a lot of interest around the NFL.

Timmons had private workouts with the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots recently and has visits set up with the San Francisco 49ers, Cincinnati Bengals, and San Diego Chargers.

The Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers, and Pittsburgh Steelers who have shown interest in him also could set up visits with him prior to April's draft.

- Adam Caplan


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