According to my NFL sources, some top draft prospects and a number of intriguing under-the-radar players have lined up additional workouts and team visits this month. So check out the latest information on Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, USC wide receiver Damian Williams, and more than a dozen other players who hope to be selected during this year's NFL Draft:
- Lots of people started jumping to conclusions on Thursday when it was reported that Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen would be visiting the Washington Redskins on Friday and Saturday, but I've learned that Texas quarterback Colt McCoy recently accepted an invitation to visit the
Redskins this Monday and Tuesday, just two days after Clausen leaves town. So don't start buying those Clausen jerseys just yet, Redskins fans. The trip kicks off a busy month for
the underrated quarterback out of Texas. He'll be working out for the St. Louis Rams on April 8, followed by visits with the Buffalo Bills on April
11-12, the Cleveland Browns on the 12th and 13th, and the Rams on the
13th and 14th.
- Central Florida's Torrell Troup is getting a lot of attention these days. The 6-foot-3, 314-pound defensive tackle has been asked to make an official visit or conduct a private workout for the Browns, Saints, Lions, Vikings and the Rams. He's also drawing serious interest from the Bills, Chargers, Jaguars and the Patriots. The 39-game starter logged 105 tackles during his career, including 24 tackles for a loss.
- Stanford running back Toby Gerhart has three more visits lined up. On
April 6-7 he'll be in Philadelphia to meet with the Eagles. And then on
April 12-13 he'll fly out to visit with the Denver Broncos before heading
back to the east coast on April 13-14 for a visit with the Baltimore Ravens.
The bruising 6-foot-tall, 231-pound rusher visited with the Chargers on
Thursday and will workout for the Broncos on April 9.
A&M center Kevin Matthews, son of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce
Matthews, will visit the Vikings next week. He'll also work out for the Houston Texans at their local
pro day for
safety Earl Thomas has added a visit with the San Diego Chargers on April
13-14, and that could be the final stop on his whirlwind tour of NFL cities
over the next two weeks. The projected first-round pick is currently in
Cincinnati meeting with the Bengals. Next week he's scheduled to visit the
Browns, Dolphins, Titans and Steelers. And then he'll head to Jacksonville
to meet with the Jaguars on April 11-12 before flying out to visit the
Kansas City Chiefs on April 12-13.
- UNLV wide receiver Ryan Wolfe visited with Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith and the team's general manager, Thomas Dimitroff. The four-year
starter, who finished finished 12th in college football history with 283
receptions, lined up former UCLA starting quarterback Ben Olson to throw to
him at his pro day. Olson had a broken
foot last year that kept him out of the league, but he's now 100-percent
healthy and has a number of connections with former UCLA coaches around the
league, including Raiders head coach Tom Cable and Dolphins wide receivers
coach Karl Dorrell.
- Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon has added the Denver Broncos to his
visits schedule for April 13. The projected first-round pick wrapped up a
visit with the Chiefs on Thursday and has the Saints up next on April 6-7.
From New Orleans, he'll hop on a plane to visit the Atlanta Falcons on the
7th and 8th. During his senior year, Weatherspoon logged 104 tackles,
including 14.5 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks.
- The Cincinnati Bengals, Baltimore Ravens and the Philadelphia Eagles have all scheduled private workouts with Morgan State wide receiver E.J. Morton-Green. According to one observer, the former Miami (OH) player ran a 4.47 forty-time at his pro day, and posted a 4.28-second short shuttle. At 6-foot-4 and 208 pounds, Morgan's a big target who can also get up high for the ball as evidenced by his 37 1/2-inch vertical leap.
- USC wide receiver
Damian Williams is scheduled to work out for the Broncos on April 8 and for
the Falcons on the 10th. The 6-foot-1, 197-pound pass-catcher and punt
returned will then fly to Denver for a visit on April 12 before stopping in
St. Louis to meet with the Rams on the 13th and 14th. USC's 2009 Most
Valuable Player caught 70 receptions for 1,010 yards, including six
touchdown catches, and finished sixth in the country with a 14.2 punt return
- Boston College center Matt Tennant will participate in the Bengals' pro
day for local athletes on April 13. The anchor of B.C.'s offensive line, who
started 41 consecutive games, has already worked out for the Broncos and the
University of New Mexico center Erik Cook is scheduled to work out for the
Bengals this week, but has also been drawing interest from the Browns, Bills,
Titans, Panthers, Dolphins, Texans, Raiders and Redskins. The Lobos' Most
Valuable Player Award winner in 2009 was a three-year starter who also
gained some experience at tackle and guard earlier in his college career.
- Middle linebacker Vuna Tuihalamaka has now visited a pair of teams with well-respected scouting
departments. Earlier this month he met with the Indianapolis Colts, and this
past Tuesday he was in Baltimore to visit with the Ravens. The 6-foot-2,
200-pound defender out of Arizona made 72 tackles, including 5.5 for a loss,
and intercepted a pass during his final season with the Wildcats.
- Brigham Young University tight end Dennis Pitta and Notre Dame center Eric Olsen will be visiting the the New Orleans Saints on April 11-12. That visit falls roughly a week after Pitta's April 5-6 visit with the Bengals and Olsen's workout at the New York Giants' pro day for local prospects. Pitta's a three-time first-team All-Mountain West selection who rolled up over 1,900 receiving yards during the last two years at BYU. Olsen started at guard for the Fighting Irish part way through his sophomore year and then moved to center for the team's 2009 campaign.
- Duke's Vincent Rey raised some eyebrows during his school's pro day. Team
representatives from the Jaguars, Colts, Patriots and Jets talked with the
talented linebacker following the workout. So far, he's been invited to
visit the New York Giants on April 8-9, and is expecting to firm up a date
for a private workout with the San Francisco 49ers. The 6-foot, 240-pound
defender reportedly ran the forty-yard dash in 4.54
and 4.58 seconds, the 20-yard shuttle in 4.20 seconds, and the three-cone in
6.79 seconds. He tallied an impressive 330 career tackles, including 28
tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.
- Tulane's Jeremy Williams plans to attend the Saints' pro day for local
prospects on April 8. The wide receiver and returns specialist posted 109
all-purpose yards in the Senior Bowl, resulting in Williams being named the
South Team's Most Outstanding Player. During his final collegiate season, he
caught 84 balls for 1,113 yards and seven scores. He also averaged 24.1
yards per kickoff return.
- Versatile offensive lineman Shawn Lauvao, who played left guard and both
tackle positions during his college career at Arizona State, has a visit
scheduled with the Arizona Cardinals on April 14. The 6-foot-3, 315-pound
lineman skillfully handled the left tackle position in 2009, but he'll
likely move back inside to guard for his rookie season in the NFL. A team
captain who is truly a tough guy in the trenches, Lauvao is going to be an
asset to the team that selects him later this month.l
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