At the Combine, the formidable lineman--who played on the defensive line until his senior year--had formal interviews with the Browns, Cowboys, Bears and Jets. And at his Pro Day, the Browns and Chiefs showed the most interest, along with the Panthers who worked him out that day. Watch for my interview with Mansfield Wrotto that will be published this week at Scout.com.
Ohio State defensive lineman David Patterson had a formal interview with the Seahawks at the Combine. But earlier this month the versatile performer, who is effective at both the defensive end and defensive tackle positions, completed a visit with the Cleveland Browns. And he told me he's returning there this week for a personal workout.
During his phone interview with me, Patterson talked about how landing with the Browns would fulfill a dream that he's had for years. Keep an eye out this week for his interview at Scout.com to learn why.
One of my NFL sources has told me that the Green Bay Packers are working out Virginia running back Jason Snelling, who at 5-foot-11, 230-pounds is likely to catch on as a fullback at the pro level.
Snelling was a fullback and the featured back at different points in his collegiate career. Scout.com NFL Expert Tom Marino projects Snelling, who has terrific hands out of the backfield, to be a 4th or 5th-round selection in this April's draft. You can learn more about him in this NFL Draft Snapshot I wrote back in February and in this exclusive interview with Jason.
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I previously reported that Ikaika Alama-Francis had visited the Colts, Steelers and Browns on three consecutive days in early April. And according to one of my NFL sources, the Browns are now strongly considering using their second-round pick, No. 36 overall on the University of Hawaii defensive end who could convert to an outside linebacker in their 3-4 scheme.
New to the equation though are the 49ers and the Raiders, who have requested visits with the 6-foot-5, 280-pound lineman, although dates have not yet been confirmed. And the Dolphins and Falcons have just recently been showing some strong interest as well.
The Raiders' interest could be bad news for Cleveland if Oakland's willing to spend their second pick, No.33 overall, on the up-and-coming player who is so athletic that a couple of clubs are even considering him as a tight end.
The other big news regarding Alama-Francis is that he's going to work out one more time for interested NFL clubs on April 19th in Torrance, CA at El Camino Junior College. He was hampered a bit by a slight groin pull at his Pro Day, and is anxious to display his speed before the draft.
I had also previously shared that University of Oregon offensive lineman Enoka Lucas had a visit scheduled with the Jets, but the date hadn't been set. But this evening I learned from one of my sources that he visited with the team earlier today (Tuesday).
Montana quarterback Josh Swogger is drawing interest from a number of teams, but perhaps most notably at this point from the Packers and the Vikings. In an interview I did with him late last week right after a personal pro day performance, Swogger talked about two occasions when he's chatted with Vikings head coach Brad Childress. Other teams that have shown interest in the former Washington State signal-caller include the Colts, Seahawks, Steelers, Panthers and Bengals. You can get more details about how those teams have been showing interest and more on his interaction with Childress in my interview with him that will be published this week at Scout.com.
North Carolina State cornerback A.J. Davis told me during a recent phone interview that he's got a busy week in New York. He's working out for the Giants on Wednesday the 11th and has a visit with the Jets on the 12th. The two teams have shown consistent interest in him, with the Jets being amongst half a dozen teams he rattled off that he had formal interviews with at the Combine. The others included Seattle, Atlanta, Carolina, Houston and Tampa Bay.
Both the Giants and the Jets ran a portion of his position drills at his Pro Day, as did the Rams and the Bengals. Davis said that the Vikings pulled him off to the side and put him through a personal workout that day as well.
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