NFL Draft Buzz: Silva, Grant, Senser

Get the latest news on who's taking a serious look at Boston College safety Jamie Silva and Ohio State linebacker Larry Grant. And learn a bit about Ryan Senser, a long snapper out of Ohio University who hopes to get his shot in training camp at claiming one of the few NFL openings at his position.

The latest buzz on safety Jamie Silva is that the Jets, Giants, Jaguars, Packers, Panthers, Broncos, Texans and Chargers have been showing the most interest in adding the hard-hitting player to their roster during this weekend's draft. While some criticism has been lobbed his way for his 40-time, there's no denying that he's a playmaker, as evidenced by his eight interceptions and team-leading 125 tackles. 

"I feel like I move faster on the field when I'm running after somebody," Silva told  "I feel like I can get from point A to point B quickly, and when there's a guy standing in the way trying to block me I feel like I can get around him faster than other guys can. The 40 is important for many reasons, but for other reasons I feel it's not important. It doesn't give a clear showing of how good of a football player someone is, and teams know that."

Silva's solid pro day performance was muddled a bit by what appears to have been an error in the recording of his short shuttle time. A scout who was in charge of accumulating the various shuttle times reported Silva's time as 4.50 to the teams in attendance during Boston College's Pro Day. But since Silva had repeatedly run the drill in the 3.9-second to 4.0-second range, a look at the master footage from the workouts appears to indicate that Silva ran the drill closer to the 3.9-second range. According to one league source, Boston College head coach Jeff Jagodzinski hand-timed Silva at 3.88 seconds. A memo and a copy of the video of his short shuttle was sent to all 32 NFL teams mentioning the apparent discrepancy. With a 3.90 short shuttle time, Silva would have been credited with one of the top short shuttles out of all draft prospects this year.

The standout safety had formal interviews at the NFL Scouting Combine with the Seattle Seahawks and the Indianapolis Colts, so they could be two more teams in the mix for his services this weekend.

"With the Seahawks, there was a lot of personnel in the room and I felt like I had a good meeting with them. We talked a little bit about me personally and about football and my outlook on the game," he said. "With the Colts, I met with the Director of Personnel and we had a good conversation. He was just sort of feeling me out and seeing what kind of guy I was."

Ohio State LB Larry Grant

Heading into draft weekend, versatile linebacker Larry Grant has been drawing the strongest interest from the Giants, Rams, 49ers, Chiefs and Broncos. But at Ohio State's Pro Day, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and other NFL team officials took note of his impressive workout.

Ohio State's Larry Grant blocks a punt.
AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

Coach (Marvin) Lewis seemed surprised and was happy with my performance. He didn't expect to see what he saw from me," Grant told  "They were impressed by my athleticism, my ability to move, my footwork and my smooth running."

In addition to being able to play all three linebacker positions, Grant is a standout performer on special teams and blocked two kicks during his two seasons at Ohio State. Among other teams that seemed to be intrigued by his skills at his pro day were the Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, New York Jets and the Seattle Seahawks.

"Being a linebacker, the pro day at Ohio State is always a big event," Grant said. "We have some elite athletes and high-caliber pro athletes. Basically any coach that wants to put you through drills will come through and it's fifteen minutes straight of working out. You have to have your wind right, you have to be able to play with good technique and look smooth yet play fast."

Grant had an official team visit with the Giants in mid-April.

Ohio University LS Ryan Senser

Landing a job as a long snapper in the NFL is isn't easy since there are usually only three or four vacancies league-wide in a single year. But Ohio University's Ryan Senser hopes to get a chance in an NFL training camp this summer.

Ryan's uncle, Joe Senser, who played tight end for the Minnesota Vikings, has provided some helpful advice along the way, recommending player agent Chris Murray as an individual who could help Ryan professionally and personally. Joe owns four restaurants in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area and is the father of four daughters.

Senser believes that in addition to his strong skill set and consistency, one aspect of his approach to the position will help him get noticed out of the group of players who are competing for one of the rare training camp spots as a long snapper.

"I think one of the things that is a good key point for me is that right before I started snapping here at OU, my coaches came to me about a week before my first game as a collegiate snapper and talked with me about snapping with my head up as opposed to down between my legs. I think it's worked out really well for me because it allows you to see who's coming at you so you can do better with the blocking aspect of the punt."

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