NFL Draft Buzz: Torain, Cason and Vinson

Arizona State RB Ryan Torain impressed six teams during a personal workout session, proving that his Liz Franc injury is no longer an issue. Arizona CB Antoine Cason recently packed his bags for a five-city tour of NFL teams. And Purdue CB Terrell Vinson's phone has been ringing. Get the details inside...

A league source has told Scout.com that the Pittsburgh Steelers requested a private workout with Arizona State running back Ryan Torain, but it was then opened up on short notice to all 32 teams. Joining the Steelers at the recent workout were the Colts, Packers, Giants, Cardinals and Titans

The 6-foot tall, 222-pound hard-nosed runner has made an impressive recovery after tearing the Liz Franc ligament in his left foot back in October, 2007. He had rushed for over 1,200 yards the season before the injury and was off to a fast start in 2007 by rushing for no less then 90 yards in five consecutive contests. 

The injury and subsequent surgery left Torain unable to walk, but his positive attitude and determination have clearly paid off as he looked sharp and showed off his ability to make precise cuts throughout the workout. Before the workout, it was anticipated that Torain would likely get a chance with an NFL club during one of the final two rounds. But one onlooker commented that he believed at least one of the teams in attendance wouldn't wait that long to take the determined young runner after seeing up close and in person that Torain doesn't appear to have any lingering problems from the injury.

Arizona CB Antoine Cason


Arizona's Antoine Cason on the run.
AP Photo/ Wily Low

The Jim Thorpe Award winner visited with five teams on his tour of NFL cities, including the Cowboys, Falcons, Rams, Ravens and Patriots. And he said that there were a lot of similarities in the flow of the visits and what was discussed.

"It was pretty much the same across the board with the teams and how they talked to you and how they approached you," he told Scout.com on Wednesday.

When asked about his plans for NFL Draft weekend, the talented cornerback said, "I'm probably going to be alone, chill out, clear my head and get ready to play football wherever I go."

Cason finished his career at Arizona with 15 interceptions, including three that he returned for touchdowns. He defended 26 passes, forced three fumbles and also returned 27 punts, averaging 10.0 yards and scoring two touchdowns.

Purdue CB Terrell Vinson

Purdue's productive cornerback has received repeated inquiries from the Cleveland Browns, but he's also heard from the Panthers, Texans, Colts, Chiefs, Dolphins and Vikings in recent days leading up to the draft. 

After a year at Wyoming, Vinson returned to California after suffering a bit of culture shock. And then he went to Saddleback College while he explored his options for his future. He got an opportunity to play his last two seasons for Purdue and showed that he was worthy of consideration for a future in the NFL. During his senior year, he finished fourth in the Big Ten with five interceptions, returning a pair of them for touchdowns. And he led the Boilermakers with 84 tackles as well.

"I just know how to read offenses pretty well, and while corner is a pretty hard position, there's only so many routes they can run at so many levels," Vinson told Scout.com.  "Like in the first ten yards they can only run so many routes, and so on through the stages of their route. So by looking at film you're able to track the number of routes they're going to run and just translate that down to the field.  

"I think that helps a lot. And just going out there and executing — being an athlete and basically letting your playmaking ability takeover — I think that helps."

During his senior year, the Seahawks, Bears and 49ers were among the teams that were scouting Vinson.
 

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