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Guess who was checking out talent at the Alamo Bowl on Saturday night? ... Draft Analyst Chris Steuber weighs in on two juniors who have declared for the NFL Draft ... A top AFC assistant coach gets permission for a head coach interview while a GM replacement in the NFC takes an unexpected twist.

Checking out the Nittany Lions and the Aggies: One of our network sources reports that he got a look at some of the names of talent evaluators from NFL clubs who had seats reserved in the press box for last Saturday night's Alamo Bowl between Penn State and Texas A&M. Among the names he noted were Rick Mueller (Saints vice president of player personnel), John Peterson (Seattle's southwest area scout), Chris Grier (Dolphins' director of college scouting), Greg Seamon (team scout for the Bengals), and Philip Emery (director of college scouting for the Falcons). 

Colts' Caldwell to Baltimore? While Colts head coach Tony Dungy acknowledged that the permission has been granted to a team that is interested in interviewing Colts assistant head coach Jim Caldwell, Ravens expert Aaron Wilson says that Caldwell is among four assistants who will interview for the head coaching position in Baltimore. Wilson says that Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and Cowboys assistant head coach and offensive line coach Tony Sparano as well as New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels are among the candidates. You can get more details from Wilson in his feature at

Caldwell was a former head coach at Wake Forest and has been an assistant with the Colts since 1972. After previously interviewing for the head coach positions in Arizona and Minnesota, this year could be Caldwell's time to finally land a head coaching spot. And his experience working under Dungy will certainly be an asset.

"I just think Jim has a lot of the things people should be looking for," Dungy said.

"He has been a head coach before and done a great job turning the program around at Wake – all of the things you look for, he has done. I just think he is going to be a phenomenal head coach for someone."

Texas RB Jamaal Charles
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Another junior declares: Texas RB Jamaal Charles has declared for the NFL Draft, foregoing his senior season with the Longhorns. Draft Analyst Chris Steuber notes that Charles, a former track star at the university, has exceptional speed and  rushed for 1,619 yards on 258 carries and 18 touchdowns.  Steuber's early take on Charles is that he will be a second-round prospect who could move into the first round — if some junior backs who are expected to declare end up deciding to return to their schools for their senior season instead.

Underclassmen have until January 15th to make their decision about whether or not to enter the draft.

More of the same in San Francisco: 49ers expert Craig Massei is reporting that while the team has made a change at the GM position — promoting personnel director Scot McCloughan — head coach Mike Nolan will continue to be the main power broker when it comes to player decisions. In fact, Massei notes that at the team's press conference on Wednesday, Nolan stated clearly that, "I will remain the one voice in this organization and the face." You can read more about this development in Massei's feature article at

Clady makes the right move: NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber was a bit surprised that Boise State's Ryan Clady decided to enter the NFL Draft early, but believes it will work out well for the junior left tackle.

"He has excellent technique and strong hands," Steuber said. "He has good lateral movement and shields defenders well. He has great size at 6 feet 6 inches tall, 320 pounds, and he is dominating at the line of scrimmage."

Steuber sees Clady as the second-best offensive tackle in the draft behind Michigan's Jake Long. Watch for his mock draft this week at to see which team he thinks will select Clady with their first-round pick.

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