Player Interest Continues to Rise

At the NFL Combine, teams are restricted to a certain amount of interviews and they only can spend 15 minutes with each player. During Under Armour Senior Bowl week, teams are free to talk to players on the field, in hotel rooms, or in the team hotel lobby. Here's another installment of team identified player interest.

MOBILE, Ala. --

The following players have either been interviewed or will be interviewed this week in Mobile or the teams listed showed interest in these players while at practice:

Offensive Players

Joe Flacco/QB/Delaware - Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins

Analysis: All of those listed teams certainly could use a quarterback. Atlanta doesn't even have an idea who will man the three spots on their depth chart at quarterback next season. Baltimore is another team that has issues at the position. Chicago has two signal callers under contract for next season but they also don't have an idea who the starter will be. Flacco fits the profile of what offensive coordinator Ron Turner looks for in a passer--that is a kid with the ability to get the ball down field.

John David Booty/QB/USC - New Orleans Saints

Analysis: This team is looking for quarterback to man the No. 2 role for future seasons so the interest here makes some sense.

Chris Johnson/RB/East Carolina - Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets, San Diego Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Analysis: With RB Julius Jones almost certain to leave via free agency, we can understand why Dallas would have interest in Johnson. New York could use some depth at the position. San Diego is going to lose RB Michael Turner in free agency so they have an opening for a back. Tampa Bay potentially will have a crowded backfield next season if RB Carnell Williams (knee) makes a healthy return so their interest in Johnson could wane.

Justin Forsett/RB/California - Atlanta Falcons, San Diego Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

: Problem here with Atlanta is they already have two fast but not powerful backs. San Diego could use a change of pace back assuming they decide not to increase the role of Darren Sproles. Tampa Bay could use a speedy back since RB Michael Bennett isn't expected to be re-signed.

Martin Rucker/TE/Missouri - Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins

: Atlanta could use some depth at the position. Miami also could depth at tight end as could Washington.

Kellen Davis/TE/Michigan St. - Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles

: Carolina is actually deep at tight end. Green Bay might need another tight end if they decide to jettison Bubba Franks.

Lavelle Hawkins/WR/California - New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots

: With the status of WR Devery Henderson up in the air, Hawkins could fit in nicely. New England is deep at receiver so it's hard to fathom any real interest by them in this player.

Barry Richardson/OT/Clemson - Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers

Analysis: Atlanta has an opening for a young LT. Carolina could use a LT if starter Travelle Wharton isn't re-signed.

Kirk Barton/OT/Ohio St. - San Diego Chargers

Analysis: Problem here is San Diego is deep at right tackle and that's the position where Barton is projected to play at the next level.

Gosder Cherilius/OT/Boston College - Kansas City Chiefs

Analysis: This team needs help at RT or LT so Cherilius could come in right away and compete for playing time.

Heath Benedict/OT-G/Newberry College - San Diego Chargers

Analysis: They could use depth at right tackle or guard.

Mike McGlynn/G/Pittsburgh - Cleveland Browns

Analysis: Cleveland could use upgrades to their depth at the guard position.

Steve Justice/C/Wake Forrest - Cleveland Browns

Analysis: Interesting in that Cleveland has Hank Fraley and LeCharles Bentley under contract at the position for next season. But it's certainly not a lock that Bentley will be with the team.

Defensive Players

DeMario Pressley/DT/North Carolina St. - Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, San Diego Chargers

Analysis: Chicago could use a big, physical player on the interior. Not sure on the interest of Dallas here since they're deep at NT. Kansas City could use another young interior player on their defensive line. Minnesota could use some depth as could San Diego.

Sedrick Ellis/DT/USC - New Orleans Saints

Analysis: This team lacks solid interior players on their defensive line so the interest in Ellis makes perfect sense.

Wallace Gilberry/DE/Alabama - Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles

Analysis: The question here is what position are both teams looking at him for? DE or OLB? He would have to be a rush OLB in Cleveland's 3-4 scheme.

Jeremy Thompson/DE/Wake Forrest - Washington Redskins

Analysis: This team certainly could use another pass rusher.

Chris Ellis/OLB/Virginia Tech - Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Rams.

Analysis: Atlanta could use some depth on the outside. Ellis played end in college but will play outside linebacker at the next level so Dallas' interest in him makes some sense. Miami, if they keep the 3-4 scheme in tact, could look hard at Ellis on draft day. New Orleans could use a young outside pass rusher. Same situation with St. Louis.

Cliff Avril/OLB/Purdue - San Diego Chargers

Analysis: They could certainly use depth behind starters Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips.

Ali Highsmith/WLB/LSU - Minnesota Vikings

Analysis: He fits the prototype small but fast weak-side linebacker in the cover-2 scheme.

Jamar Adams/S/Michigan - San Diego Chargers

Analysis: The play of their two starting safeties was shaky for most of the season so their interest in Adams isn't surprising.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie/CB/Tennessee St. - Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers

Analysis: Arizona's cornerbacks aren't anything special and they give up too many big plays so their interest in Rodgers-Cromartie is evident. With CB Drayton Florence more than likely having played his last down for San Diego, their interest in the young defensive back makes sense.

Patrick Lee/CB/Auburn - New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks

Analysis: New Orleans needs a young, developmental type of prospect a cornerback. Seattle might need another cornerback if veteran CB Marcus Trufant bolts during free agency.

Michael Lombardo ( also contributed to this report.

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