Who's Number Three? McCown on the Move?
the Cleveland Browns or Miami Dolphins don't come away with a signal caller in
round one, league sources indicate both teams will look hard at a passer in the
second frame. Each team presently rates University of Houston's Kevin Kolb as
the third best quarterback on their boards, ahead of both Trent Edwards and Drew Stanton. The Oakland Raiders recently worked out Kolb and the Philadelphia Eagles are hot on his trail. Some feel Kolb's best fit at the next level is in a
West Coast offense.
What could have put Kolb ahead on some draft boards were very solid performances during Senior Bowl practices and at the NFL combine.
Also in quarterback news, several sources have confirmed to scout.com that the Oakland Raiders are continuing discussions a deal to acquire Detroit Lions signal caller Josh McCown If acquired, the Raiders would then make McCown, who has one year left on his contract, the starter this season and let JaMarcus Russell sit on the bench, assuming they use the draft's first selection on the LSU passer.
Is Branch Really Dropping?
Through his league sources, Denis Savage of scout.com and SD Bolt Report has confirmed that Michigan DT Alan Branch has a visit set up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After looking overweight and out of condition at both the combine and his pro day workout, Branch is sliding down draft boards, though not as much as some would want you to believe.
We can confirm part of the reason for Branch's poor physical conditioning was the inability to workout for a variety of reasons. After his junior season ended, Branch was slowed with injuries to his shins which hampered his training. Then immediately after the combine, Branch was stricken with the flu and bed ridden for almost four days. By the time he was physically able to workout again, the Michigan pro day was less than two weeks away.
Clearing Up The Irons Situation
Much has been recently made of the low wonderlic score turned in by Auburn University CB David Irons. Yet that is only a part of the story.
Irons was diagnosed with a learning disability a while back and it is something NFL teams are aware of. The belief is he may just be a person that needs repetition before the light goes on.
But this much is true. At the Senior Bowl in January, the San Francisco 49er coaches (who headed the South squad Irons was part of) were very complimentary of his ability to quickly pick up new and different defensive schemes. In fact, David Irons may have helped himself more during Senior Bowl practices than his brother Kenny.
How High Does Yamon Figure to Go?
Kansas St. WR Yamon Figurs is starting to get a lot of attention and some around the NFL feel he could slide into the late part of round two.
We previously reported that the Minnesota Vikings were bringing Figurs in for a visit. It seems one person in the organization who has become enamored with the speedy wide out is head coach Brad Childress. Figurs was timed as the fastest receiver at the combine.
The Baltimore Ravens, St. Louis Rams, and Jacksonville Jaguars are also bringing in Figurs for a visit. Several teams are considering Figurs primarily for the skills he brings as a return specialist. Because of the success the Chicago Bears had with KR/PR Devin Hester last year, it seems teams are more willing to take a chance on a returner this year earlier than usual.
The Jaguars sent special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis to the Kansas State pro day and made Figurs take part in an unusual drill. DeCamillis tied one of Figurs arms to his body and had him field punts one-handed. Sources told us Figurs not only caught all the punts, but he also made some spectacular over-the-shoulder grabs.
Okoye Has More Visits
As scout.com first reported, University of Louisville DT Amobi Okoye has already visited the Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills. Okoye is visiting the Miami Dolphins Friday and also has a visit coming up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Okoye is the consensus top defensive tackle in this year's draft.