Adams The Apple of Marinelli's Eye?
A lot has been written about the Detroit Lions' interest in DE Gaines Adams recently. Head coach Rod Marinelli sees a lot of similarity between Adams and veteran DE Simeon Rice, whom he had great success with in Tampa Bay. And while the franchise likes Adams and will be bringing him in for a visit within the week, even Adams' own people would be surprised if Detroit made him the second pick of the draft.
The Lions hope the Oakland Raiders take QB JaMarcus Russell. They would then try and swap picks with a team who wants either WR Calvin Johnson (the Buccaneers at four) or OLT Joe Thomas (the Arizona Cardinals at pick five). Detroit could then select Adams with the pick acquired in the trade.
Speaking of Tampa Bay, they also have scheduled
a pre-draft visit with Adams.
Okoye To Make Another Visit
As scout.com reported weeks ago, University of Louisville DT Amobi Okoye visited the Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills. Another team that has a need for a defensive tackle is bringing him in for a visit this Friday.
The Miami Dolphins, who have a major need for youth in the interior of their defensive line, are bringing Okoye in for a visit.
Sears Making the Rounds
University of Tennessee OL Arron Sears has been a popular man recently and has
visits set up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams, and Oakland Raiders. The Kansas City Chiefs will also
work out Sears privately.
One of the more interesting visits he has is with the Baltimore Ravens. General manager Ozzie Newsome is very familiar with Sears as the hometowns of each man are next to one another and Newsome has followed Sears since his early days. Does Sears measure up as a first-round pick for the Ravens? It's all in the eye of the beholder. Scouts have told Sears, who measures 6'3" 1/4-inches, were he two inches taller, he'd be a top-20 choice. Baltimore has a need for an interior lineman so selecting him with their first-round selection (#29) isn't out of the question.
Henry Making Two More Visits
University of Arizona RB Chris Henry will finish up his cross country tour early next week with visits with the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots, who worked him out privately last week.
Baltimore is looking for a younger back who could develop into starting RB Willis McGahee's backup. They re-signed RB Musa Smith, but only for one season.
New England is said to be looking for a back
with size and speed who could play a bigger role if needed in back of
second-year RB Laurence Maroney.
Tweeners Drawing Interest
Because so many teams are using the 3-4 defensive scheme, many undersized defensive ends are getting a lot of notice in recent draws.
The New York Jets brought in Notre Dame DE/OLB Victor Abiamiri to their facilities on Tuesday. The team projects him as an outside linebacker in the NFL and have a lot of interest in Abiamiri, who they spent a significant amount of time with at the Senior Bowl and combine. Abiamiri will also be visiting with the Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens, and Kansas City Chiefs. Interestingly, the Jets are the only team that uses a decent percentage of the 3-4 out of the group.
University of Georgia's Quentin Moses is another hybrid DE/OLB the Jets will be bringing to Hofstra for a visit. Moses will also meet with the New York Giants while in the area.
Even after his sensational combine workout, Antwan Barnes of Florida International is still flying below the radar screen. Several teams have set up visits with Barnes, including the Detroit Lions, who view the explosive defender as a "Dwight Freeney" type of player. The Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins, and Giants also have scheduled visits with Barnes. Those teams project Barnes, who was a defensive end in college, to play outside linebacker in the NFL.
The Jets and another team that uses a 3-4 scheme, the New England Patriots, are also looking at University of Michigan LB Prescott Burgess, who visited both teams recently.
Another Wolverine getting consideration from the Patriots is Lamarr Woodley, who has a visit set up with the team. Woodley will also meet with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans. Surprisingly, the New York Jets have shown little interest in Woodley, who many feel has secured a spot for himself in the draft's initial 60 selections.
Detroit Keeping an Eye on Offensive Lineman
Ohio State OL Doug Datish has received heavy interest from the Detroit Lions. The team has sat down for a one-on-one interviews with Datish on four separate occasions, including the Senior Bowl, the combine, Ohio State's pro day, plus an private workout they held for him. Datish played well at center for the Buckeyes last season after playing left tackle as a junior.
Small-School Player Getting Some Notice
Another slightly mentioned player getting more notice from NFL teams is CB David Jones of Wingate College. Playing only two season of high school football, Jones is also a high hurdler on the track team. His playing skills are only surpassed by his character as scouts rave about the persona of Jones. A non-invitee to the combine, Jones has visits set up with the Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Baltimore Ravens.