Monday's UA Senior Bowl Insider

Which teams have been talking to players like Wake Forest safety Chip Vaughn and Oklahoma safety Nic Harris? Who are some of the players the Cowboys, Panthers, Vikings, Browns and many other NFL clubs have been talking to? Find out in Monday's Insider notes from's Ed Thompson and Chris Steuber.

Mobile is buzzing with news about this year's top talent that has assembled for this weekend's Under Armour Senior Bowl game. Senior NFL Analyst Ed Thompson and NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber have been talking to players, agents, coaches and scouts to find out what's going on behind the scenes. Here's what they've learned directly from their sources so far:

  • Wake Forest safety Chip Vaughn told that he's already talked to roughly 15 different teams during his first 24 hours in Mobile. On Monday night he was scheduled for meetings with the Vikings, the Broncos and the Seahawks.

  • At 6-foot-2, 242 pounds, Connecticut defensive end Cody Brown will likely end up at outside linebacker at the next level. He's already spoken to representatives from the Patriots, Dolphins, Cowboys, Saints and Packers this week.

  • Oklahoma safety Nic Harris, who's listed as a linebacker on the North Team roster, had already talked to half a dozen teams prior to Monday night's round of interviews. The Patriots, Jaguars, Panthers, Saints, Lions, and Bengals are among the teams who got an early jump on getting to know the hard-hitting defender.

  • Dallas appears to be interested in adding some young talent to the offensive line. One NFL source stated on Monday that Oregon's Max Unger and Florida's Jason Watkins are high on the team's list of prospects.

  • The Cleveland Browns chatted with California LB Zack Follett following Monday afternoon's practice. Follett, who usually plays the outside linebacker position, later told that he's going to be taking some practice reps inside because some 4-3 teams want to see how well he could handle the big men from the middle linebacker spot. The Browns also spent some time getting to know Oregon center Max Unger.

  • Boston College's 6-foot-3, 329-pound defensive tackle, Ron Brace, is already drawing lots of interest from NFL clubs. As of Monday afternoon, he had talked with officials from the 49ers, Buccaneers, Chargers, Saints, Panthers, Packers, Cowboys and the Dolphins.

  • Carolina may be looking to add some wide receiver talent through this year's draft. The Panthers will be meeting with Ohio State's Brian Robiskie, Penn State's Derrick Williams and North Carolina's Brooks Foster this week. They are also interested in Florida's Louis Murphy, who opted out of playing in this week's game after initially accepting the invitation.

  • The Vikings met with Navy FB Eric Kettani on Monday following the team's practice.

  • Auburn offensive guard Tyronne Green met with team representatives from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday night. He's also met with the Dolphins, Saints and the Jaguars so far.

  • Three of the teams that have shown interest in athletic DE/TE Connor Barwin so far are the Patriots, the Panthers and the Bengals. Barwin, who is listed as a TE on the roster, is often projected to land on an NFL roster as a defensive end, but Carolina is one of the teams that is looking at him as a tight end candidate for their roster.

  • The Patriots are also showing interest in another tight end, John Phillips, a 6-foot-5, 251-pounder out of Virginia.

  • Both the Eagles and the Vikings approached Oklahoma State tight end Brandon Pettigrew following Monday afternoon's practice.

  • LSU linebacker Darry Beckwith said that he had already talked to representatives from the Bears, Packers, Saints, Chargers and Panthers prior to leaving for Monday afternoon's practice session.

  • After LSU offensive lineman Herman Johnson tipped the scales at 382 pounds during Monday's weigh-in, one NFL scout noted that his team isn't the least bit interested. "We don't even have him on our sheet." he said. A number of team representatives seemed surprised that Johnson, who is listed at 351 pounds on the LSU Athletics website, was so much heavier.

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