NFL Draft Buzz: April 6th Edition

Scout.com's Ed Thompson has been talking to NFL prospects like Oklahoma State defensive tackle Ryan McBean and to his NFL sources to find out about team interests, workouts and visits. Get the details inside...

Oklahoma State defensive tackle Ryan McBean told me today during a phone interview that he completed his first pre-draft visit this week. The 6-foot-4, 286-pound lineman was in the Steel City on Monday and met with head coach Mike Tomlin and many of the players. You can learn more about the visit in the interview feature that will be published this week at Scout.com.

While at the Combine, McBean had formal interviews with the Jets, Bengals, Broncos, Colts and Jaguars. Jacksonville's interest is strong, as they've also invited him for a pre-draft visit on April 16th. McBean said he's also supposed to stop by at the nearby Dallas Cowboys facility to do a workout for them prior to the draft.

One of my NFL sources tells me that Western Oregon tight end Kevin Boss has his first visit scheduled. The Chiefs and the Giants have shown consistent interest in the reliable receiver, and both have held personal workouts with him. But the Giants are the first to follow-up by scheduling a visit with him this month.

Boss has been one of the real risers in this year's draft, going from relative unknown and likely undrafted free agent to a sure second-day pick. And some have even projected that his stock has risen enough that he could creep into a late first-day selection. His Combine performance paired up another strong showing at a highly attended Pro Day has really opened teams' eyes.

Nebraska DE Jay Moore at the NFL Combine (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Nebraska defensive end Jay Moore told me during a recent phone interview that he's had one workout so far, and that was with the New England Patriots along with teammate Stewart Bradley.

Moore said that at the Combine, he felt he really connected with Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, Saints head coach Sean Payton, and Chargers head coach Norv Turner. Watch for my interview with the talented Nebraska defensive end that will be published this week at Scout.com.

Speaking of Nebraska LB Stewart Bradley, I learned yesterday from an NFL source that he's got a visit lined up with San Diego this Monday and Tuesday (9th-10th) and that he completed a visit with the Ravens this past week. Baltimore is looking at him as a good candidate for the strongside linebacker position in their defense.

The 6-foot-4, 256-pound Bradley is a three-year starter at Nebraska, who valiantly rebounded from a torn ACL in 2005 to lead the Cornhuskers in solo tackles (75) during his senior year.

California middle linebacker Desmond Bishop is drawing strong interest from the New England Patriots based on information he shared with me during a recent conversation. He had a formal interview with the Patriots at the Combine, had more interaction with them at his Pro Day, and has already completed a private workout with them.

The leading tackler in the Pac-10 (126 tackles) has also had private workouts with the Jets and the 49ers. And he was also scheduled for a visit with the Eagles this month.

Other teams that have been stepping up to learn more about him include the Falcons and the Steelers at his Pro Day, while the Packers, Raiders and Ravens were the other teams he had formal interviews with at the Combine.

Watch for my two-part interview with Desmond Bishop at Scout.com this week.

A member of the Professional Football Writers of America, Ed Thompson's NFL and college football player interviews and features have been published across the Scout.com network and syndicated through FoxSports.com's NFL team pages.


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