NFL Draft Buzz: April 25th's Ed Thompson has been talking to his NFL sources and to NFL prospects like Nebraska defensive end Adam Carriker to find out about team interests and visits. Get updates on Carriker and other players who'll be drafted this weekend inside...

The first time I interviewed Nebraska defensive end Adam Carriker he had just completed a pre-draft visit to the Eagles and he shared his thoughts on how that visit went for him. He also confirmed that he had visits lined with the Rams, Jets, Saints, Steelers and Redskins.

But during a follow-up with him this past weekend, he said that another team jumped onto his visits list after we had talked--the Jacksonville Jaguars. He squeezed them in between his trip to the Jets and the Saints.

With Adam being such an intense competitor, I had to ask him if he thought his style would matchup well with Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio's since he also has a pretty intense style. He said that he felt they would do well together, but clearly saw Del Rio as the more intense individual.

"When I looked at him, he's got those intense eyes and even when I looked away it was like I could feel him staring at me," he said. "I could feel the eyes like burning a hole in me."

Adam got great feedback from all the teams he visited, and subscribers will be able to listen to an audio feature that will be available at on Thursday where he recalls his experiences with the most recent six-teams he visited and where they see him fitting into their defensive schemes. Don't miss it!

The Real Deal

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UTEP wide receiver and returns specialist Johnnie Lee Higgins has been drawing strong interest as of late from four teams according to one of my NFL sources. Both Pittsburgh and Seattle have him "high on their draft boards" I was told, and the 49ers and the Cardinals have recently jumped into the mix as well.

Higgins is expected to be a first-day pick, and he told me in this interview that was published today for subscribers that he was nicknamed "The Real Deal" in high school.

"I had a coach in high school named Coach Price, and we had a game and we did this left flanker delay screen," he said. And I basically ran from side-to-side up the field, escaping everybody and scored a 78-yard touchdown in my first varsity game. He was just like 'yeah, he's the real deal.'"

Longhorns Trio in New York

On the same day that Adam Carriker and Arkansas cornerback Chris Houston were in in town to visit the Jets, the team also hosted three University of Texas players.

I had previously reported that defensive end Tim Crowder had visited with New York, but safety Michael Griffin and defensive end Brian Robison rounded out an impressive group of talented players who were evaluated by Jets officials that day. All but Robison, who is projected anywhere from a second-day pick to a priority free agent, are likely to be first-round picks.

Chiefs host running back

Looking for a second-day value to provide more depth at their running back position, the Kansas City Chiefs hosted Marshall RB Ahmad Bradshaw for a visit last Wednesday the 18th according to one of my NFL sources. NFL Expert Tom Marino projects Bradshaw, who rushed for 1,523 yards and 19 TDs as a junior before declaring for the draft, to be a 5th- or 6th-round selection this weekend. But with the recent rumblings out of Kansas City, the team might also have to spend a higher pick on the position as well. Nick Athan at our Chiefs site is reporting that Kansas City has shopped disgruntled running back Larry Johnson to at least four NFL teams.

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 network and syndicated through's NFL team pages.

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