Nearly a month later, star LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, the top-rated player at his position, was reported to have scored a "4" (out of 50) on the Wonderlic test teams regularly administer to draft candidates. Even after it was reported that Claiborne is believed to have a learning disability, he was chided by many media outlets for the low score and, indeed, it did surprise personnel officials from many teams. But not all.
"It's something with which we're becoming more knowledgeable, and that we're going to have to deal with," an NFC general manager told The Sports Xchange late this week. "A few years ago, we were all pretty (ignorant) about concussions, and the consciousness level has grown there. I mean, I know it's apples and oranges, but the same thing is going to have to happen with these (kinds of disabilities) if they keep showing up."
We noted several weeks ago that Minnesota officials were strongly considering the LSU cornerback, even though many pundits assumed it was a slam-dunk the Vikings would tab USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil with the third overall selection, after Indianapolis takes Andrew Luck and the Redskins follow with fellow quarterback Robert Griffin III.
That apparently still holds true, Minnesota officials reiterated, even after the news of Claiborne's low score on the Wonderlic was reported.
The Vikings also have sent signals to other teams that they might be willing to deal down from the No. 3 slot, and Cleveland's No. 4 choice could also be in play.
The presumption is that some team desperate to fill a quarterback need could panic and reach for Ryan Tannehill of Texas A&M, arguably the prospect most likely to be "over drafted" in three weeks.
That doesn't mean some team isn't lying in the weeds, since teams considering offer sheets typically play their cards close to their vests and don't act until just before the deadline, but the Steelers are privately feeling pretty confident Wallace will be back for at least one more season, likely under the terms of his $2.97 million tender.
Talks aimed at a long-term extension haven't moved forward very much of late, but the Steelers are prepared to ramp up efforts if Wallace's exclusive rights revert to the club on April 20.
Another restricted free agent wide receiver likely to return to his team is Danny Amendola of St. Louis.
The speculation early in free agency was that New England might attempt to pry loose Amendola with an offer sheet, much as did with Wes Welker in 2007 before a trade was consummated with the Dolphins, but such a move never materialized.
New England officials insisted this week they were not all that serious about Amendola, and like the manner in which they have bolstered the wide receiver corps and enhanced the deep-ball element of the passing game.
The former guard has matured well into the right tackle slot under Howard Mudd and the Eagles' staff agreed that it didn't want to move him.
A lot has been made about the perception that, because quarterback Michael Vick is left-handed, Herremans essentially is the blindside protector.
But Vick is so unique, and the Philadelphia offense calls for so much bootleg and "waggle" action, that the usual protection precepts don't apply.
Thus, the loss of Peters, presumably for the year, is a critical one. Because, in many instances, he really was the blindside blocker.
If he can stay healthy, free agent signee Demetress Bell could make himself a valuable free agent commodity next spring.
Bell signed a five-year deal in Philly, but the structure of the contract really makes it a one-year pact.
If Peters comes back as expected in 2013, coupled with the Herremans' three-year extension through 2016 (which basically created a five-year, $26.3 million contract), Bell probably will become expendable.