2009
Breaking News and Al's Inside Scoop on the NFL Draft and Free Agency




Our draft-day coverage ends at 12:00 pm (est) today.  After today, this page won't be updated, since we only offer this breaking-news feature during the peak of the draft season, beginning in January, and ending on the day of the draft.  My Final Mock is posted with several changes, and one surprise prospect that fould a home in the first round.  Our 2010 Draft Home Page will be created within the next few weeks.  Enjoy the Draft!

                                                                                                                                                                          - Al Fronczak

04/25...Johnson could be on Bills radar screen...In My Final Mock I couldn't find a home for Georgia Tech DE Michael Johnson, and it's too late to change up now, since our final mocks had to be submitted by 11:00 pm (est) on Friday.  I was looking things over this morning, and still believe the Bills need to land an OT with their first of two first-round picks to replace Jason Peters, but they also need to target a pass-rusher at pick No. 28. 
Michael Johnson would be a great pick for the Bills because of his incredible athletic ability, size and upside.
-Al Fronczak

Bills won't be moving up...Buffalo Bills COO Russ Brandon said this morning that the Bills are very satisfied where they are picking in the first round, and won't be packaging picks to move up in the draft.  -Al Fronczak

Redskins trying to move up to No. 2...Dave Hutchinson of NJ.com reports the Washington Redskins are trying to get up to the No. 2 slot to take USC QB Mark Sanchez.  NJ.com

Brace finds a home in the first round...In my Final Mock, I have the Falcons taking Boston College DT Ron Brace, which seems to be quite a reach in the first round.  I have no idea if the Falcons will take Brace with their pick, and they certainly won't if they complete a trade for Glenn Dorsey, but Brace is a much better fit for the Falcons as a replacement for Grady Jackson, than what Ziggy Hood of Missouri would be.  Just a hunch that some team could pluck him off the board in the first round, or move up for him from the second round, since this draft has a shortage of quality space-eating defensive tackles that can play in both a 4-3, and in a 3-4 scheme.
Keep in mind, the 2008 draft had a run on offensive tackles that pushed USC tackle Sam Baker into the first round, to the Falcons at No. 21, and Virginia Tech tackle Duane Brown, to the Texans at No.26.  -Al Fronczak

Crabtree, No. 1 on Packers board...Bob McGinn of the Journal Sentinel reports Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree is the highest-rated player on the Green Bay Packers draft board.  jsonline.com

Redskins eyeing Everette Brown...The Redskins have reportedly expressed renewed interest in the Florida State DE Everett Brown as the draft has approached, according to a league source. Washington Post

Andre Smith, Malcolm Jenkins on Patriots radar screen?...Christopher L. Gasper of Boston.com reports if the Patriots are successful in moving up in the draft, their possible targets are left tackle Andre Smith of Alabama and cornerback Malcolm Jenkins of Ohio State.  Boston.com

Jets called Rams about Bulger...Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the New York Jets called the Rams inquiring about a possible trade for QB Mark Bulger.  STltoday.com

Rams eliminate Crabtree from consideration...Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree, basically eliminated himself from consideration with what Rams Park sources said was a diva attitude during his pre-draft visit...Crabtree's rock star mentality was a big turnoff to coaches and front office personnel.  Stltoday.com

Eagles interested in Scheffler...The Denver Post is reporting the Philadelphia Eagles recently contacted the Broncos about the availability of TE Tony Scheffler.  Denver Post

04/24...Stafford agrees...Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports the Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford, on a six-year, $78 million deal, with $41.7 million guaranteed.  Fox Sports

Lions prepared to go with Stafford...John Niyo of the Detroit News reports Matt Stafford's agent, Tom Condon, and Lions officials are close to finalizing a deal that would make the former Georgia quarterback the No. 1 overall pick in Saturday's NFL draft.  Detnews.com

Rams buy round-trip ticket for Sanchez...Steve Wyche of the NFL Network is reporting the St. Louis Rams have bought a round-trip ticket for USC QB Mark Sanchez, leading to speculation that the Rams are seriously considering Sanchez with their first round pick.

Quick Hits...The Oakland Raiders are shopping DE Derrick Burgess...The Washington Redskins have signed former Bills free agent tackle Mike Williams to a one-year deal. 

Titans offer pick, player for Boldin...ESPN is reporting the Tennessee Titans have offered the Arizona Cardinals their second round pick, and a player for WR Anquan Boldin.

Broncos won't move up for Sanchez...Ed Werder of ESPN is reporting the Denver Broncos won't move up from their pick at No. 12 to draft USC QB Mark Sanchez.

Cards lower asking price for Boldin...Sal Paolantonio of ESPN is reporting the Arizona Cardinals have lowered their asking price to a second-round draft pick, plus other considerations for WR Anquan Boldin...the Jets, Giants, and Eagles are the three teams in the running for Boldin.

Broncos looking to move for Sanchez...Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports the Broncos have engaged in discussions regarding a draft trade for USC quarterback Mark Sanchez, according to an NFL source...One possible trade partner is the Jacksonville Jaguars, who want to drop down from No. 8 overall.  Denver Post

Quick Hits...The Steelers signed former Colts CB Keiwan Ratliff...Saints free agents OG Jahri Evans and WR Lance Moore  signed their  one-year tenders...The Colts signed OG Brandon Barnes...The Chiefs signed former Cowboys TE Tony Curtis, and the Chiefs re-signed C Rudy Niswanger to a one-year contract...The Bengals re-signed FB Jeremi Johnson.

Patriots trying to move into Top 10...Peter King of SI.com reports the  Patriots are trying to move up into the top 10 of the draft...Executives from two teams told King that New England offered its first-round pick and pick No. 47 to Jacksonville for the eighth pick in the draft....The Jaguars reportedly said "no".  SI.com

Peppers trade to Pats won't happen this weekend...Ron Borges of the Boston Herald doesn't believe the Patriots will trade for Carolina Panthers DE Julius Peppers this weekend.  Boston Herald

Sanchez, Quinn, Campbell on Jets wish list...Rich Cimini of the NY Daily News reports the Jets have emerged as a key player in the QB market and seem determined to find a new signal-caller in this weekend's draft...Not only do they remain interested in trading up for USC's Mark Sanchez, but the Jets are involved in trade scenarios for the Browns' Brady Quinn and the Redskins' Jason Campbell, league sources said Thursday.

Tom Kowalski of MLive.com reports the Detroit Lions are looking for a middle linebacker in the upcoming draft, and coach Jim Schwartz knows precisely the type of player he wants..."We're going to need a big thumper," Schwartz said. "I mean, a strong thumper in the middle for base defense".  MLive.com

Als' Final Top 100 board has been posted...Al's Final Mock Draft will be posted after 9:00 pm (est).

Monroe could be Bills' target...I'm not buying the recent report that the Bills may make an attempt to move up for Alabama OT Andre Smith.  Smith is being viewed as a right tackle in the scouting community, but the Bills are looking for a left tackle to replace Jason Peters.  I wrote back on 04/19 and 04/21 that the Bills could make an attempt to move up to the Jaguars pick at No. 8 for left tackle Michael Oher, but a league source told me he didn't think the Bills would be willing to pay Top 10 money for a prospect that could possibly be available at the Bills pick at No. 11.  Virginia OT Eugene Monroe is a whole different story, there's no chance that Monroe will slip to the Bills pick at No. 11, but he could be available at the Browns pick No. 5,  depending on what happens in the first four picks of the draft.  Moving up for a left tackle like Monroe, and paying Top 5 money, would make much more sense, than moving up for Smith, who is viewed as a right tackle candidate.-Al Fronczak

Nothern Illinois DE Larry English told Sirius NFL Radio hosts Tim Ryan and Pat Kirwan that the Broncos, Buccaneers, Patriots and Cardinals have show the most interest in him during the pre-draft scouting process.

Butler works out for Eagles...Penn State WR Deon Butler told Sirius NFL Radio Hosts Tim Ryan and Pat Kirwan that he performed a personal workout as a slot receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles recently.

Bills trying to move up for Smith?...Scout.com is reporting the Buffalo Bills are reportedly trying to trade up in the draft ahead of the Cincinnati Bengals pick at No. 6,  to land Alabama tackle Andre Smith.  Scout.com

04/23...Jason La Canfora of the Washington Post reports the Washington Redskins are expected to sign Pro Bowl punter Hunter Smith tomorrow...Smith played 10 seasons for the Indianapolis Colts.  Washington Post

Reinfeldt: Titans could trade for receiver...Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, reports Titans' GM Mike Reinfeldt spoke about the possibility of trading for a wide receiver this weekend at a press conference today...
One of the receivers the Titans are interested in, is Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin.  Tennessean.com

Sal Paolantonio of ESPN reports the Washington Redskins have reportedly descussed a potential trade with the Seattle  Seahawks to move up in the draft for QB Mark Sanchez...Paolantonio is also reporting if the Redskins draft Sanchez, QB Jason Campbell will demand a trade from the Skins.

Harvin still on Vikings wish list...Minnesota Vikings Head coach Brad Childress reportedly visited with Florida WR Percy Harvin in Gainesville on Wednesday.  Twincities.com

Pro Football Talk is reporting the St. Louis Rams have received clearance from the NFL league office to begin negotiating a contract with their No. 2 pick, if the Lions sign the No. 1 pick before the start of the draft.

Chiefs-Falcons could be dancing again on Saturday...Back in March, I reported that the Chiefs could be dangling OG Brian Waters and DT Glenn Dorsey to add more picks in the draft, and today's trade between the Chiefs and Falcons, makes me believe there is more to come on Saturday.  I was somewhat surprised that the Chiefs settled for a 2010 second round pick, since they've been asking for a pick, or picks for this weekends draft, which makes me believe, that an agreement between Thomas Dimitroff and Scott Pioli may have already been reached, for a trade that will go down on Saturday.  The Falcons biggest need, is the Chiefs biggest burden at this time, and his name is Glenn Dorsey.  Dorsey isn't a fit for the Chiefs new 3-4 scheme, but would be an ideal addition in the middle of the Falcons defensive line.  The Chiefs didn't acquire the 2009 picks they were seeking for Tony Gonzalez, but the Falcons could help their cause, in a draft-day trade on Saturday.  -Al Fronczak

Bengals listening to offers for Chad...Bob Holtzman of ESPN is reporting the Cincinnati Bengals are listening to trade offers for WR Chad Ocho Cinco.

Quick Hits...The Carolina Panthers have signed QB Jake Delhomme to a contract extension...The Cincinnati Bengals waived OT Kirk Barton...The Lions claimed DE Curtis Gatewood off waivers from the Chiefs.

Falcons acquire Gonzalez from Chiefs...The Chiefs have agreed to trade tight end Tony Gonzalez to the Atlanta Falcons for a second-round pick in the 2010 draft, FOXSports.com has learned.  Glazer/Foxsports.com

Eagles Shopping Shawn Andrews?...Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk is reporting the Philadelphia Eagles are dangling OG Shawn Andrews in trade talks.  Pro Football Talk

More trouble for Harvin?...Rich Cimini of the NY Daily News reports according to a source, Florida HB Percy Harvin is considered a medical risk...Harvin has undergone multiple surgeries on his ankle-foot, and reportedly has a "hole" in his bone that will require additional surgery.  NYDailynews.com

Taylor agrees to restructured contract...John Harris of the Tribune review reports starting cornerback Ike Taylor has restructured his contract with the Steelers to create more salary cap space.  Pittsburghlive.com

Crabtree could be a work in progress...In my opinion, any NFL team that is looking for a receiver in the upcoming draft that can contribute immediately, should look away from Michael Crabtree.  Crabtree has good size, good hands, and was very productive at Texas Tech, but he's coming off of a foot injury, and is on record saying that he was never timed in the forty yard dash at Tech.  His diva attitude will turn some teams off, but my main concern with Crabtree, is his ability to grasp a playbook and recognize coverage schemes that opposing NFL teams will display.  Those concerns, are the number one reason why rookie receivers struggle to make a smooth transition into the NFL, and the play terminology at Texas Tech was extremely simple. -Al Fronczak

Three prospects that could jump into the first round...Three draft prospects that I feel have a chance to sneak into the first round of the NFL Draft are Utah CB Sean Smith, Cincinnati DE/OLB Connor Barwin and Southern Mississippi TE Shawn Nelson.  Smith has the best size of any CB in the draft at 6-3.4, 214 pounds and could attract some attention from a team like the Ravens, who are looking for a big press cover corner.  Barwin, has just one year under his belt playing the DE position, but because of his size 6-3.5, 256 pounds, and athletic ability, he will get a long look from teams like the Patriots and Dolphins that play a 3-4 scheme, and are looking for an OLB.  Nelson at 6-5.0, 240 pounds, has size, good hands, and the speed (4.52 - forty) to stretch a defense vertically.  Nelson also proved to be a very capable blocker during Senior Bowl week.  -Al Fronczak

I updated My Final Top 5 prospects rated by position this morning, with a few surprises.  -Al Fronczak

Stafford knows Lions aren't bluffing about Curry...Tom Kowalski of MLive reports the Detroit Lions have already come to terms on a deal with Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry, but are waiting to see if Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford, will agree to a contract prior the start of the draft..The Lions are expected to give Stafford until Friday to make a decision and, if a deal isn't worked out at that point, the Lions are expected to make Curry their top draft choice. MLive.com

Giants likely won't trade for Braylon Edwards...Ralph Vacchiano of the NY Daily News reports the Giants' hopes of trading for Braylon Edwards are all but dead...Barring a last-minute drop in the Browns' asking price, the Giants do not expect to acquire Edwards, according to a source familiar with the situation. NYdailynews.com

Singletary missing from 49ers pre-draft presser...Matt Maiocco of the Press democrat reports the 49ers didn't make head coach Mike Singletary available for any pre-draft media on Wednesday...Mike Singletary, leading up to the first draft as head coach, was nowhere to be seen yesterday...It's pretty clear that the draft is General manager Scot McCloughan's baby.  Pressdemocrat.com

49'ers to pass on OLB at No.10...Matt Maiocco of the Press Democrat doesn't believe the 49ers are going to take an outside linebacker with the No. 10 overall pick, unless it's Aaron Curry. Pressdemocrat.com

The Lions may use both first-round picks on offensive players...Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press reports despite having the worst defense in the NFL last season, the Lions may take an offensive player at No. 20..."We aren't in a position to bypass a very talented guy because he plays offense or he plays defense," Lions' GM Martin Mayhew said Tuesday at a predraft news conference. "So if it falls where we take an offensive player at 20, I'm fine with that."  Freep.com

Jets might be interested in Quinn?...Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the New York Jets might be interested in trading for Browns' QB Brady Quinn.  Cleveland.com

04/22...Cerrato: Skins willing to move up...Jason La Canfora of the Washington Post reports during the Washington Redskins pre-draft press conference, Executive vice-president Vinny Cerrato, responded on the possibility of the Skins moving into the top five of the draft for a shot at a marquee QB: "I think anything is possible. It's just what you're willing to give up."  Washington Post

Andre Smith is at it again...Michael Smith of ESPN is reporting that three NFL teams that are picking in the top eight of the draft, recently called Alabama offensive tackle Andre Smith, and Smith reportedly failed to respond to one of the three teams, and responed to the other two teams by texting them.

Broncos interested in Losman...Chris Brown of Buffalobills.com reports the Denver Broncos have expressed interest in Bills free agent QB J.P. Losman for some time now, and their interest could increase post-draft, if they don’t land a quarterback in the draft this weekend.  Buffalobills.com

Jimmy Smith busted for possession charge...Former Jacksonville Jaguar wide receiver Jimmy Smith was arrested at a Jacksonville gas station this afternoon for possession of narcotics.  TMZ.com

Lions closing in on a deal with Stafford...Rachel Nichols of ESPN is reporting the Detroit Lions are closing in on a deal with Georgia QB Matthew Stafford...Lions GM Martin Mayhew is reportedly pleased with how the negotiations are progressing.

Mark Sanchez headed to NYC...Rich Cimini of the NY Daily News reports USC QB Mark Sanchez is heading to New York, but not for the draft since he turned down an invitation from the league. NYDailyNews.com

Colts sign Arena league Center...Boise Burn center Kyle DeVan of the Arena  Football league has signed a 2-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts, Burn officials confirmed Tuesday.  2News.com

Bills, Broncos, Ravens, Pats eyeing Ayers...University of Tennessee DE Robert Ayers told Sirius NFL Radio hosts Adam Schein and Soloman Wilcots that the Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens have show the most interest in him during the pre-draft scouting process.

Eagles interested in Gonzalez...Don Banks of SI.com reports the Philadelphia Eagles might have nosed ahead of the Atlanta Falcons as the most likely trade partner with the Chiefs for TE Tony Gonzalez.   SI.com

Ravens, Colts eyeing Nicks...North Carolina WR Hakeem Nicks told Sirius NFL Radio hosts Adam Schein and Soloman Wilcots that the Baltimore Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts have shown the most interest in him.

Draft tidbits...I fully expect four offensive tackles to come off the board within the first ten picks in the draft, since it's a position of need for eight of the teams picking in the top ten...*I expect several teams to make an attempt to move up from their pick on Saturday, with the Jets, Redskins, and possibly the Broncos duking it out for USC QB Mark Sanchez...*Braylon Edwards will no longer be a Brown come Saturday, the Giants will complete a trade for Edwards within the next two days, or on Draft day itself.  -Al Fronczak

Raiders could move in draft to target Harvin...I still believe the Raiders will make an attempt to move down in the draft, to avoid paying Top 10 money for the fourth year in a row.  If the Raiders are successful in moving down (and depending how far they move) the name of WR Percy Harvin could find it's way on their card up to the commissioner.  I heard the Raiders were smitten with Harvin at the beginning of the pre-draft process, and even though his stock has taken a hit as of late, he's the type of offensive difference-maker that Al Davis is looking for in the draft.  It's quite possible that the Raiders will pluck an offensive tackle off the board at No. 7 (if they are unable to move down) and then make an attempt to move up from their second round pick for Harvin, if he falls past pick No. 25 in the first round, or just wait for him to slide to their pick in round two.  -Al Fronczak

Gary Myers of the NY Daily News believes the Jets will make a run at moving up for USC QB Mark Sanchez...this is the second report in the last 24 hours that has the Jets linked to Sanchez.  NYDailynews.com

Al Fronczak's Final Mock Draft (with several key changes) will be up and posted after 10:00 pm (est) on Friday night.  2009 Draft Home

Source: Vikes targeting 'slash' QB after workout...Alex Marvez of Fox Sports reports a source told him that the Minnesota Vikings conducted a private workout Tuesday with West Virginia QB Pat White...The Vikings reportedly have interest in White as a quarterback and a wide receiver.  Foxsports.com

Al Fronczak's Top 100 draft prospects board is set, and will be posted after 10:00 pm (est) on Thursday.

Beanie Wells' agent rejects reports of injury concerns...Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the agent for Ohio State running back Chris "Beanie" Wells disputed a report on SI.com that teams are backing away from Wells because of concern over a sesamoid bone in his foot.  Cleveland.com

Bengals don’t see need at left tackle...Chick Ludwig of the Dayton Daily reports Bengals' Head coach Marvin Lewis made it clear at his predraft news conference on Tuesday, that the Bengals feel real comfortable with the guys they have in-house at that position. Daytondailynews.com

Steelers keeping an eye on Laurianitis...Ohio State linebacker James Lauriainitis is certainly on the Pittsburgh Steelers radar screen.  On two seperate occasions while speaking as a guest on Sirius NFL Radio, Laurianitis said that Steelers' defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau told him during a telephone conversation that he would love to have Laurianitis for his defense, and was hoping that he would slip to the Steelers pick at No. 32.  The Steelers certainly have other needs, especially on their offensive line, but even though Lawrence Timmons is ready to become a starter, there have been recent rumors that ILB Larry Foote could be released, and their other starting ILB James Farrior has 13 years under his belt.  It will be interesting to see if Laurianitis slips to the Steelers pick, and if Lebeau was serious about Laurianitis, or just blowing smoke.  -Al Fronczak

Cardinals: No offers for Boldin...Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports according to Cardinals GM Rod Graves, the Cardinals have received quite a few calls inquiring about WR Anquan Boldin, but the Cards have no offers for Boldin at this point.  AZcentral.com

Sources: WRs Harvin, Tate tested positive for pot...Alex Marvez of Fox Sports reports Florida WR Percy Harvin and North Carolina WR Brandon Tate reportedly tested positive for marijuana in February at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.  Foxsports.com

Quick Hits...The St. Louis Rams are reportedly leaning towards taking Virginia OT Eugene Monroe with the No. 2 pick in the draft...The Buffalo Bills are reportedly shopping FS Ko Simpson... The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are reportedly shopping TE Alex Smith.

04/21...Jets looking to move up for Sanchez...Sal Paolantonio of ESPN is reporting the New York Jets are very interested in USC QB Mark Sanchez, and are hoping that he falls to Jacksonville's pick at No. 8, so they can strike a deal with the Jaguars, to move up for Sanchez.

Curry willing to close deal with Lions...Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry told Sirius NFL Radio hosts Tim Ryan and Pat Kirwan, that he would be willing to take a deal from the Detroit Lions, that was less than what last years first round pick, Jake Long, received from the Dolphins.

The Kansas City Chiefs signed unrestricted free-agent TE Sean Ryan today...The Chiefs also announced that it has waived OT Andrew Carnahan, LB Curtis Gatewood and WR Kevin Robinson.  ProFootballWeekly.com

Very Good chance Lions will sign No. 1 early...Nicholas Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press reports Detroit Lions' General manager Martin Mayhew said today there is a “very good” chance the Lions will sign the No. 1 overall pick before the NFL draft starts on Saturday.  Freep.com

Ocho Cinko to remain a Bengal...Cincinnati Bengals' Head coach Marvin Lewis said the Bengals will not be trading WR Chad Ocho Cinko at the Bengals' pre-draft luncheon today.  -Al Fronczak

Crabtree says he could run under a 4.4 right now...Dan Patrick of SI.com reports Michael Crabtree told him he's not on crutches right now, and that he'd run under a 4.4 in the forty for sure.  SI.com

McDaniels ailing, others to test Sanchez...Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels fell ill in the middle of the night and couldn't make the trip this morning to Los Angeles to work out USC quarterback Mark Sanchez....Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and GM Brian Xanders made the trip.  Denver Post

Lions could be eyeing Sanchez for their pick...Tom Kowalski of MLive reports he believes USC QB Mark Sanchez is gaining steam in the Lions warroom, and the fact that Sanchez had such a low-key visit to Detroit recently can only stir suspicions of the Lions' true interest in him.  MLive.com

Jaguars pick is a potential "hot spot"...The Jacksonville Jaguars pick at No. 8 overall is beginning to look more and more like a potential "hot spot" for a team to move up to on draft day.  I've had the Bills and Jaguars involved in a draft day trade in one of my mocks, which I believe could still happen, but a trusted league source told me yesterday that he seriously doubts if the Bills organization would be willing to pay top ten money for a player that could possibly fall to them at pick No. 11.  The Washington Redskins however, seem to have deep pockets when it comes to making a splash, and if quarterback Mark Sanchez were to be available at the Jaguars pick, I believe Redskins Owner Daniel Snyder will make the move for Sanchez, because he wouldn't have to surrender his 2010 first round pick to get ahead of the 49ers, who will take Sanchez if he's still on the board.  The Redskins will have to surrender at least their third and fifth round 2009 picks for the move, but Snyder is smitten with Sanchez, and the Jaguars are eager to move down.  -Al Fronczak

Beanie Wells could be surprise pick for Bengals...Carlos Holmes of the Dayton Daily News wouldn’t be surprised if the Bengals took Ohio State running back Chris “Beanie” Wells’ with their first pick in the draft. Holmes keeps hearing Wells’ name associated with the Bengals pick, and has reason to believe that the Bengals interest in the runner is very genuine.  Daytondailynews.com

Hurd signs tender...Dallas Cowboys' WR Sam Hurd signed his one-year tender offer worth $1.545 million Monday. Dallasnew.com

Chiefs might be willing to take less for Pick No. 3...Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star reports if the Chiefs are inclined to trade their third overall pick, they might not want to get greedy with their asking price. Typically, they could get a ransom for moving a few spots back from the third pick according to the draft trade value chart...This year, they’ll probably be happy with whatever they can get in a trade.  KansasCity.com

Seahawks to pass up QB and OT at No. 4?...Greg Bell of the AP reports the Seattle Seahawks could pass up USC QB Mark Sanchez because GM Tim Ruskell  was the director of scouting for Tampa Bay when they took Trent Dilfer with their first pick, and Ruskell has learned from that experience...Ruskell also believes offensive tackles shouldn't be chosen in the top 10, that there's more value in them later.  Seattlepi.com

Rams have eye on Aaron Curry with No. 2 pick...Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry is one of four players the Rams are considering with the No. 2 overall pick...USC quarterback Mark Sanchez and offensive tackles Eugene Monroe of Virginia and Jason Smith of Baylor are the other three prospects that the Rams are considering with their pick. Stltoday.com

McGee to be fourth QB taken off board...Gil Brandt told Sirius NFL Radio host Jack Arute, that he believes Texas A&M's Stephen McGee will be the fourth quarterback taken off the board on draft day.

Vikings could move down in draft...Sean Jensen of the Pioneeer Press believes the Vikings might take a cornerback with one of their first two picks, and he also expects the Vikings will wheel and deal, and most likely trade down in the draft.  Twincities.com

04/20...Broncos will workout QB Sanchez in Los Angeles...The Denver Broncos are flying members of their coaching staff  to Los Angeles Tuesday to put USC quarterback Mark Sanchez through a private workout...just  five days before the NFL draft.  NFL.com

Bengals' Hall given few driving privileges...Barrett J. Brunseman reports Cincinnati Bengals CB Leon Hall will be allowed behind the wheel of a car so he can get to and from work while facing a charge of drunken driving, a judge ruled this afternoon...The judge granted a request from the defense that the case be continued until May 11...If found guilty, Hall faces up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,075.  Cincinnati.com

Curry is Lions choice?...Charlie Casserly of the NFL Network reports he has a "hunch" that the Detroit Lions will take Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry with the first overall pick in the draft.

Jaguars, Holt agree to terms...Michael C. Wright reports the Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to terms with veteran wide receiver Torry Holt on a three-year deal, according to sources.  Jacksonville.com

Jets sign Kracilik...The New York Jets signed former Baltimore Ravens OT Mike Kracalik.

North Carolina State halfback Andre Brown told Sirius NFL Radio hosts Adam Schein and Jim Miller that the Chargers, Patriots, Chiefs, Jaguars, Bengals and Ravens have shown the most interest in him.

Panthers sign a pair...The Carolina Panthers signed free agent OLB James Anderson and free agent S Nate Salley to one-year contracts.

Eagles covet Moreno...Sal Paolantonio of ESPN is reporting the Philadelphia Eagles have their sights set on taking Georgia HB Knowshon Moreno with their first round pick at #21, and will be willing to move up to ensure themselves of landing the Georgia halfback.. If the Eagles are unsucsessful in landing Moreno, they will attempt to trade down from their first round pick and take a running back later in the draft.

Brown wants out...ESPN is reporting that Philadelphia Eagles CB Sheldon Brown has requested a trade.

Demetrius Byrd, in intensive care...NFL draft prospect Demetrius Byrd, a wide receiver from LSU is in intensive care at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami...Byrd was in a car accident on Sunday in the Miami area, LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette confirmed on Monday.  USA Today

Raji's name not on list...Pro Football Talk is reporting Boston College DT B.J. Raji's  name did not appear on the list of players who tested positive for marijuana at the Scouting Combine.  Pro Football Talk

Medical concerns for Wells, Monroe...Peter King of SI.com reports some NFL teams are concerned with  a sesmoid bone problem in one of Ohio State HB Chris "Beanie Wells" feet...Two NFL teams King spoke with failed Virginia OT Eugene Monroe on their physical exams because of a knee history.   SI.com

Redskins may need to trade entire 2009 draft, and 2010 first, for Sanchez...The Redskins latest interest in USC QB Mark Sanchez leads me to believe that Owner Daniel Snyder will do whatever it takes to move up in the draft for Sanchez, after getting left at the alter in the Jay Cutler sweepstakes.  However, it will be very costly.  The popular belief is that Snyder will be unwilling to deal his first round pick in the 2010 draft as part of a package to move up for Sanchez, but Snyder has little choice, since he doesn't have enough ammunition in picks in this year's draft to move up for Sanchez.  I've had the Chiefs (picking at No. 3)  involved in a couple of draft day trades in my past mocks, and the Chiefs pick will be where the Redskins will need to move up to for Sanchez.  The Skins would essentially have to trade their entire 2009 draft (picks No. 13, 80, 150, and 186) and next year's first round pick, to equal the point value according to the trade value chart for moving up from pick No. 13, to pick No. 3. -Al Fronczak

Patriots will be dangling Chiefs second-round pick as bait...The New England Patriots will be dangling the second round pick they received from the Chiefs in the trade for Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel, as trade bait on Saturday.  Patriots Head coach Bill Belichick is on the record saying that his team is interested in acquiring a first-round pick in the 2010 draft, like they did, when they acquired the 49ers pick in 2008, in a draft-day trade in 2007.  The Patriots first of three second-round picks, is the Chiefs pick at No. 34, which will attract attention from teams that are willing to part with their 2010 first-round pick, because they are interested in the prospects with first-round grades that slid out of the first round of the draft.  The Carolina Panthers could be a willing trading partner, since the team is without it's first-round pick on Saturday, and both GM Marty Hurney and Head coach John Fox are on the hot seat, and are approaching a must win year in 2009.  -Al Fronczak

Saints, Chargers looking to move down...Outside of the top ten picks in the draft, where is seems that every team is willing to trade down, the two teams that are the most likely to move down in the draft are the Saints at No. 14, and the Chargers at No. 16.  The Saints have just one pick in the top 116 of the draft and are without their second and third-round draft picks.  GM Mickey Loomis and Head coach Sean Payton are both on the record stating that they are open to moving down in the first round to add some picks.  The Chargers have just one pick in the top 78 of the draft, and are without their second round pick.  -Al Fronczak

Eagles still in hunt for Boldin?...Asked yesterday if the acquisition of left tackle Jason Peters would prevent the Eagles from going after Anquan Boldin, Eagles' team president Joe Banner essentially said it remains a possibility..."We're always looking for players that we think can make us better," Banner said. "I think we've proven many times that we'd be willing to do what it takes, whether it be a trade or do something with somebody's contract in order to get them here."  Philly.com

Sanchez wined and dined by Redskins braintrust...Jason La Canfora of the Washington Post reports USC Quarterback Mark Sanchez was wined and dined at DC's hot spot, IL MULINO NEW YORK on Vermont Ave, by Redskins Owner Dan Snyder, Executive VP Vinny Cerrato, Head Coach Jim Zorn, and the Skins QB Coach during his official visit with the Skins, that began on Friday, and extended into the weekend.  WashingtonPost.com

Jets not expected to enter Boldin sweepstakes...Pro Football Weekly doesn't believe the New York Jets will be heavily involved in the Anquan Boldin sweepstakes despite a glaring need at receiver. PFW

Crabtree, Robiskie, safest receiver picks...Baltimore Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta's believes the only receivers without flaws in the upcoming draft are Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree and Ohio State's Brian Robiskie...DeCosta said he wasn't worried about Crabtree's surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot, but others fret not having a confirmed 40-yard dash time.  McGinn/Jsonline.com

Junior receivers have high bust potential...Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal reports Baltimore Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta, believes junior receivers who come out early have a high bust potential.  Jsonline.com

04/19...NFL to release positive test list tomorrow...The NFL League office on Monday, will notify NFL teams of the draft prospects that tested positive for banned substances at the Combine in February.  -Al Fronczak

Curry should be Lions pick...Tom Kowalski of MLive reports the Detroit Lions should take Georgia Tech linebacker Aaron Curry with the first overall pick in the draft, based on four Lions' mini-camp practices that he saw this weekend...Kowalski said that the Lions' defense is in pretty rough shape and it needs a huge infusion of talent immediately.  MLive

Sanchez - Risky...Bob McGinn of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal reports St. Louis vice president Tony Softli called USC QB Mark Sanchez the riskiest of the top three quarterback prospects in the draft.  JSonline.com

A potential draft-day trade involving the Bills and Jaguars...The Buffalo Bills could be planning on using the fourth-round pick that they acquired from the Eagles for Jason Peters, along with their own pick in the fourth round, as trade compensation in a potential draft day trade with the Jaguars.  The Bills may need to move up and ahead of both the Packers and 49'ers, to land their prize, OT Michael Oher.  It's unlikely that Oher will get past both teams, and the Bills suddenly have a huge need at the left tackle position.  A potential trade would need to be completed on the day of the draft, because Michael Oher would have to be on the board at the Jaguars pick.  There have been several reports that the Jaguars would like to move down in the draft.
My latest mock posted this morning, explains why the Jaguars are interested in moving down.  -Al Fronczak

Jets have their eyes on Freeman and Sanchez...Rich Cimini of the NY Daily News reports the New York Jets have done their homework on QB prospects Matt Sanchez and Josh Freeman, and either QB could be the Jets' first pick in Saturdays draft.  NYdailynew.com

Vikings could be looking to move down...The Pioneer press reports the Minnesota Vikings are targeting an offensive tackle with their first pick in Saturday's NFL draft...their target - Ebon Britton of Arizona...If Britton is off the board, the Vikings could look for a trading partner to move down.  Twincities.com

Patriots workout Ingram...Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe reports New England Patriots' Head coach Bill Belichick and Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio put Florida TE Cornelius Ingram through a private on-campus workout on Friday.  Boston.com

04/18...Curry's agents at Lions practice...Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press reports Wake Forest LB Aaron Curry’s agents were present during the Lions' morning minicamp practice.  Freep.com

Sources: Jags near deal for Holt...The Jacksonville Jaguars are closing in on deal with free agent wide receiver Torry Holt, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.  ESPN

Browns to take Sanchez or Crabtree...19 Action News is reporting the Cleveland Browns will either take USC QB Mark Sanchez or Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree with their first pick in the draft.  19ActionNews.com

Gilbert visits Redskins...San Jose State defensive end Jarron Gilbert had a private visit scheduled with the Washington Redskins on Friday.  -Al Fronczak

Seahawks' smokescreen...Seattle GM Tim Ruskell told reporters on Friday that he considers veteran QB Matt Hasselbeck to still be in his prime...The Seahawks are reportedly considering USC QB Mark Sanchez with their first-round pick, so the fact that Ruskell is talking up Hasselbeck, comes as no surprise.  Seattlepi.com

Draft prospect visits are over...Friday was the last day draft-eligible prospects were allowed to visit with NFL teams prior to next weeks NFL Draft.  -Al Fronczak

Culpepper looks sharp in minicamp...Tom Kowalski of MLive reports Daunte Culpepper looked sharp during the Detroit Lions' first minicamp practice Friday.  MLive

Pro Football Talk is reporting Wisconsin RB P.J. Hill is expected to settle his DUI case with a plea bargain next month...his DUI charge will likely be dismissed. Pro Football Talk

04/17...Eagles come to terms with Peters...The Philadelphia Eagles and Jason Peters have agreed to terms on a six-year, $60 million dollar contract. -Al Fronczak

Around The League...The latest word around the league is that Georgia QB Matthew Stafford could slide in the draft and be the second QB to come off the board, if he isn't drafted by the Detroit Lions with the first overall pick in the draft...*The Baltimore Ravens are the front-runners at this time, to acquire Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin, because the Cardinals don't want to deal Boldin to an NFC team...*A potential draft-day trade between the Chiefs and Falcons could become a reality, since the Falcons need a DT to replace Grady Jackson, and the Chiefs are looking to move DT Glenn Dorsey, and acquire more picks...*The Washington Redskins are reportedly considering a major move up the board on draft day to land USC QB Mark Sanchez, because Redskins owner Daniel Snyder was reportedly very upset that he lost out in the Jay Cutler sweepstakes, and isn't sold on Jason Campbel, who wasn't given a contract extension during the offseason...*The Buffalo Bills are reportedly shopping defensive end Chris Kelsay. -Al Fronczak

Rhodes comes to terms with Bills...Steve Wyche reports free-agent RB Dominic Rhodes agreed to a two-year, incentive-laden contract with the Buffalo Bills today.  NFL.com

Quick Hits...Cincinnati Bengals free agent LB Rashad Jeanty signed his tender offer, and the Bengals claimed RB Gary Russell off waivers from the Steelers....The Broncos signed OT Brandon Gorin....The following Packers signed their tender offers today - SS Atari Bigby, WR Ruvell Martin and FB John Kuhn...Rams free agent DE Victor Adeyanju signed his tender offer.

Lions negotiating...The Detroit Lions have reportedly begun preliminary negotiations with the representatives for Georgia QB Matthew Stafford, Wake Forest LB Aaron Curry, and Baylor OT Jason Smith.  CBSSports.com

Sanchez to workout for Broncos on Tuesday...Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports the Denver Broncos have a private workout scheduled with USC QB Mark Sanchez for next Tuesday.  Denver Post

Bills should receive Eagles second-round pick in 2010...Back in February I broke the news that the Eagles were interested in Jason Peters, and pointed out earlier this month that trade talks were heating up.  I wrote back then that fair compensation in return for Peters, would be the Eagles first (pick No. 21), their third-round pick, and another pick, or a switching of picks in a round.  The compensation that the Bills received (pick No.28) and (pick No. 121) only adds up to about 712 points on the draft trade chart (or equal to pick No. 25 in the draft) which leads me to believe that the pick the Bills should receive in the 2010 draft (as part of the trade package) will be the Eagles second-round choice in 2010.  The Eagles will likely be drafting in the twenties, so pick No. 25 in 2010 for example (worth 330 this year) is only worth about 200 points (because it's next years draft pick) which would push the total points the Bills received from the Eagles for Peters to 912 points, or equivalent to pick No. 18 in this years draft.  In my opinion, anything less, tilts the trade in the Eagles favor.
I've updated my mock since the trade.  -Al Fronczak

Bills agree to trade Peters to Eagles...The Philadelphia Eagles have worked out an agreement in principle to acquire Buffalo Bills tackle Jason Peters, according to multiple sources...the Bills will reportedly receive a first-round pick (No. 28), a fourth-round pick, and an undisclosed pick in 2010...the trade would be contingent on Peters passing a physical, and agreeing to a contract extension with the Eagles.  ESPN

Chiefs-Browns Trade...Al Fronczak updated his mock draft this morning, and it includes a trade between the Cleveland Browns and the Kansas City Chiefs...Al's mock is now up and posted on our 2009 NFL Draft Page.

Facebook group lands Matthews in hot water...USC LB Clay Matthews reportedly created a Facebook group, "White Nation" and showed a graphic of a black baby in handcuffs, which featured a graphic with the caption "arrest black babies before they become criminals" ...Teammates David Buehler, Brian Cushing, Dan Deckas and Dallas Sartz joined the group...An athletic department source said the group was a joke and had no serious purpose.  Dailytrojan.com

Vollmer visits...University of Houston OT Sebastian Vollmer had private visits with the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, and is scheduled for a private visit with the New York Jets today.  I wrote back on 04/09, that Vollmer is flying up the boards, and will be taken much higher than expected.  -Al Fronczak

Tyson Jackson visiting Browns today...LSU DE Tyson Jackson flew into Cleveland last night and will meet with Cleveland Browns officials for a private visit today.  Sirius NFL Radio

Tyson Jackson, a top-five pick...Gil Brandt of NFL.com and Sirius NFL Radio told Sirius radio host Ralph Vacchiano that "he can take it to the bank" that LSU DE Tyson Jackson will be one of the first five players selected in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Loadholt to be drafted in first round...Gil Brandt of NFL.com and Sirius NFL Radio said he "guarantees" Oklahoma OT Phil Loadholt will be selected in the first round of the draft.

Ravens want Bolden...Jamison Hesley reports the Baltimore Ravens have expressed interest in acquiring Arizona Cardinals' WR Anquan Boldin, a league source confirmed Thursday.  Baltimoresun.com

San Diego Chargers defensive lineman Jamal Williams will be charged with reckless driving…in relation to his arrest on Feb. 1, according to the San Diego City Attorney's Office.  San Diego Union Tribune

04/16...Quick Hits...The Detroit Lions signed WR Ronald Curry and FB Terelle Smith to a one-year contracts...The New York Jets reportedly contacted the Arizona Cardinals about the availablitiy of WR Anquan Boldin...Baylor OT Jason Smith is in Philadelphia today visiting with the Eagles...The Pittsburgh Steelers waived RB Gary Russell...The Atlanta Falcons signed free agent OG Harvey Dahl to a one-year contract...the Cincinnati Bengals signed free agent OLB Brandon Johnson to a one-year contract.

Jackson upset with Brandon's comments...Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson is upset over comments made by team COO Russ Brandon on Wednesday, that underscored the importance of character.  ESPN

San Francisco 49ers LB Parys Haralson has signed a four-year, $15 million contract extension, with $6.5 million in guaranteed money, according to Pro Football Talk.

Giants not parting with Kiwanuka...Ralph Vacchiano of the NY Daily News reports the Cleveland Browns would love to land DE Mathias Kiwanuka as part of a deal with the Giants for Braylon Edwards, but GM Jerry Reese reiterated Thursday that he isn't interested in trading Kiwanuka.  NYdailynews.com

Asking price for Boldin, too high for G-Men...Ralph Vacchiano of the NY Daily News reports Giants' GM Jerry Reese said today that the asking price for Arizona WR Anquan Boldin may be a bit high for the Giants, but he admitted there are at least a few available WR's who might be worth it.  NYdailynews.com

Ohio State linebacker James Laurianitis told Sirius NFL Radio hosts Adam Schein and Soloman Wilcots that he's had recent visits with the Texans and Chiefs, and said that the Dolphins, Falcons, Broncos, Ravens, Colts, and Steelers have also expressed interest in him. 

Al Fronczak has updated his mock draft once again and it's now up and posted on our 2009 Draft page.

Harvin cancels visit with Giants...Mike Garafolo of NJ.com reports Florida WR Percy Harvin reportedly cancelled a scheduled visit with the New York Giants on Wednesday.  NJ.com

Madden retires from broadcasting...John Madden, Hall of Fame coach has decided to retire from broadcasting at the age of 73.  NBCSports.com

Johnson on Bucs radar screen...Charlie Campbell of the Pewter Report is reporting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are considering drafting Georgia Tech DE Michael Johnson with their first pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Johnson met with the Bucs at the combine, and had a pre-draft visit with the team...The Bucs are said to be very high on Johnson.  Pewterreport.com

Lions tipping their hand?...Tom Kowalski of MLive.com reports Detroit Lions OT Jeff Backus will practice only at left tackle in the Lions minicamp..The Lions have said they would consider shifting Backus to left guard if they drafted a left tackle with their first overall draft pick.  Could this mean that the Lions won't be taking a left tackle with the first overall pick?  MLive.com

Bears could pass up WR...David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune reports the Chicago Bears aren't locked into taking a wide receiver with their second round pick in the NFL draft...GM Jerry Angelo won't hesitate to address a position other than WR if the team concludes another player offers more value.  Chicagotribune.com

Rising up the boards...The following draft prospects are rising up the boards with just over a week to go before the draft:  USC QB Mark Sanchez, No. Carolina State HB Andre Brown, Georgia WR Mohamad Massaquoi, Louisville C Eric Wood, Eastern Michigan OG/OT T. J. Lang, Houston OT Sebastian Vollmer, Cincinnati DE Connor Barwin, Eastern Illinois DE Pierre Walters, Texas Tech FS Darcel McBath.  -Al Fronczak

QB's visit Rams...Jim Thomas of the stltoday.com reports five quarterback prospects have pre-draft visits with the St. Louis Rams this week...The five prospects include Southern California’s Mark Sanchez, Kansas State’s Josh Freeman, Fresno State’s Thomas Brandstater and Sam Houston State's Rhett Bomar.  stltoday.com

04/15...Schefter to leave NFL Network for ESPN?...Pro Football Talk is reporting Adam Schefter, who still is under contract with NFL Network, will join ESPN later this year.  Pro Football Talk

Lions still debating pick...Tom Kowalski of MLive reports the Detroit Lions haven't decided on who the Lions will pick with the first overall pick in the draft, but have narrowed their choices down to Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford, Baylor tackle Jason Smith or Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry.  MLive.com

Saints sign Waters...The New Orleans Saints have signed former San Diego Chargers linebacker Anthony Waters.

Eagles, lone visit for Coffman...Missouri tight end Chase Coffman told Sirius NFL Radio hosts Ross Tucker and Jim Miller that the Philadelphia Eagles were the only NFL team that he had a private visit with.

Roger Allen on teams radar screen...Missouri Western guard Roger Allen told Sirius NFL Radio hosts Ross Tucker and Jim Miller that the Bears, Colts, Cowboys, Chiefs, and Panthers, have shown the most interest in him, up to this point of the pre-draft scouting process.

Cards will listen to offers for Boldin...Darren Urban of the azcardinals.com reports the cardinals are wiling to entertain trade offers from teams interested in Wr Anquan Boldin’s services. azcardinals.com

Redskins eyeing sleeper Cornerback...Jason La Canfora of the Washington Post reports the Redskins are very interested in CB Greg Toler of St. Paul College...Toler reportedly drew rave reviews during his workout and private visit with the Redskins...Toler has also drawn attention from the Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots and the New York Jets.   Washington Post

Saints will be looking to move down in draft...New Orleans Saints GM Mickey Loomis told Sirius NFL Radio host Adam Schein and Soloman Wilcots that he will begin to call other NFL teams next week that have extra picks in the draft in an attempt to move from the Saints pick at No. 14...Loomis is interested in moving down because the Saints are without picks in the second and third rounds of the draft.

Jaguars, Jones-Drew agree on new contract...The Jacksonville Jaguars and running back Maurice Jones-Drew have agreed to terms today on a long-term contract extension.  Jacksonville.com

Battle Brewing for Sanchez?...The latest news around the league involves around USC quarterback Mark Sanchez, who's stock is on the rise with 10 day left before the draft.  Several NFL teams (Seattle, Cleveland, Denver, Washington and the Jets) are reportedly interested in Sanchez, with the Seahawks picking at No. 4, being in the best position to land him in the draft.  It's unlikely that any of those teams would want to move up ahead of the Seahawks to the Chiefs pick at No. 3, and pay the enormous signing bonus that comes with that pick, but if Sanchez gets past the Browns pick at No.5, I expect the Broncos to win a battle with the Jets to move up for the talented signal-caller.  The Broncos are in better position to move up for Sanchez, because they have multiple picks due to the Jay Cutler trade, and according to the draft trade chart, sending their second round pick No. 48 to the Bengals would complete the trade.  The Jets on the other hand, would have to package their second, third and sixth round picks to reach 650 points according to the trade chart, or throw in their first round pick for 2010 to move up, which is highly unlikely.  The Redskins have little ammunition to offer since they are without their second and fourth round picks, but could offer their first-round pick in 2010 as part of a deal.  In  my latest mock I have the Browns taking Sanchez with their pick, which I believe will happen, if they are successful in dealing Brady Quinn before the draft.  If the Browns can't move Quinn, they may be interested in moving down and acquiring extra picks, because they have several holes to fill, and are without their third and fifth-round picks in the draft.  -Al Fronczak

Jets won't make offer to Cowboys' Austin...Todd Archer reports the New York Jets will not make an offer to Dallas Cowboys' wide receiver Miles Austin.  Dallas News

Sanchez: Jets would be great fit...Rich Cimini reports USC QB Mark Sanchez told the NY Daily News that the Jets would be a great fit during his visit to New York on Tuesday for a promotional event for Sprint phones...
Sanchez believes he blew away Jets officials last month at a private workout at his high school...Jets' Owner Woody Johnson, GM Mike Tannenbaum and Head coach Rex Ryan, all attended, and also dined with Sanchez at a nearby Mexican restaurant and tested his football acumen in a chalk-talk session at the team hotel. DailyNews

Eagles sniffing around Peppers?...Nolan Nawrocki of Pro Football Weekly reports The Philadelphia Eagles were sniffing around Julius Peppers prior to his franchise tag being applied by the Panthers.  Pro Football Weekly

Peppers trade could shake up first round...Nolan Nawrocki of Pro Football Weekly reports more blockbuster trades are in the works and could be hatched within the next 10 days...NFL insiders anticipate Panthers DE Julius Peppers could shake up the first round the same way Jared Allen did a year ago, with the Panthers reportedly being very eager to seek a resolution to the situation with Peppers prior to the draft.  PFW

04/14...Harvin's positive result is confirmed...Pro Football Talk has confirmed that Florida WR Percy Harvin tested positive for a banned substance at the Combine in February.  Pro Football Talk

Quick Hits...The Steelers re-signed QB Charlie Batch to a one-year contract...Oakland Raiders free agent S Hiram Eugene signed his one-year tender...The Chargers re-signed free agent CB Cletis Gordon to a one-year contract..The Detroit Lions claimed WR Will Franklin off waivers from the Kansas City Chiefs..The New Orleans Saints signed free agent OT Zach Strief, and free agent CB Leigh Torrence, to one-year contracts...The NFL suspended free agent safety Daren Stone four games for violating the leagues substance abuse policy.

Trade talks on again between Browns and Giants...The New York Giants and Cleveland Browns have recently re-opened trade discussions involving WR Braylon Edwards...the talks are reportedly very substantial, with the Browns apparently being very eager to make a deal.  Vacchiano/NYDailynews.com

Harvin removed from Cowboys' board...The Dallas Cowboys have removed Florida WR Percy Harvin off their draft board.  Mosley/ESPN

Jenkins to visit Titans...Ohio State CB Malcolm Jenkins will be flying to Tennessee later today to visit with the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday.  Sirius NFL Radio

Malcolm Jenkins wants to be a Jet...Ohio State CB Malcom Jenkins told Sirius NFL Radio hosts Adam Schein and Soloman Wilcots that he really enjoyed his visit with the New York Jets, because the Jets have the type of defense that he would love to play in.

Cadogan on Raiders' radar screen...David White of the SFGate reports Penn State OT Gerald Cadogan is a prospect the Raiders may be targeting in the later rounds...Cadogan has the ideal size, speed and versatility for the Raiders' zone blocking scheme, as was Mario Henderson, and head coach Tom Cable isn't one to shy away from challenges, but a coach that likes to put his stamp on players.  SFGate.com

USC QB Mark Sanchez told Sirius NFL Radio host Bob Papa, Peter King, and Randy Cross, that he's either visited or worked out for 7 to 8 teams, that are picking in the top 15 of the draft...Sanchez also revealed that he will be represented by his brother, who is associated with Athletes First Sports Agency.

Raiders who could be trade bait...Jerry McDonald of Insidethebayarea.com reports QB Andrew Walter, HB Michael Bush, DT Turdell Sands, DE Derrick Burgess, LB Kirk Morrison, and S Michael Huff, could all be used as trade bait on draft day or in a pre-draft trade by the Raiders. Ibabuzz.com

Schedule to be released today...The 2009 NFL schedule will be released at 7 pm est today on NFL.com and in a special on the NFL Network.

Patriots to host McKenzie...Christopher L. Gasper reports the New England Patriots will host South Florida LB Tyrone McKenzie on a pre-draft visit scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.  Boston.com

Bears doing homework for post-draft signings...Jeff Dickerson at ESPN 1000 reports Hampton guard Dennis Conley and Montana State guard Louis Saucedo had private visits with the Chicago Bears...Both prospects could be on their radar screen if they go undrafted and become free agents.  Biggs/SunTimes.com

Maulaluga to visit Redskins...USC linebacker Rey Maualuga has a private visit scheduled with the Washington Redskins today.  Washingtontimes.com

Smith unimpressive at 49ers minicamp...Kevin Lynch of the SFGate reports there's been a sublime loss of faith in QB Alex Smith within the 49ers organization... Smith didn't look sharp in the most recent minicamp and his passes wobbled more than usual.  SFGate.com

04/13...Quick Hits...The Kansas City Chiefs have released WR Will Franklin...The New York Giants signed free agent CB Kevin Dockery to a one-year contract.

Bills drop ticket prices in Toronto...The Buffalo Bills have reportedly slashed ticket prices for their regular season game, expected to be against the Indianapolis Colts, by an average of 17%.  Toronto Sun

Stafford thinks he will be a Lion...Pro Football Talk is reporting Georgia QB Matthew Stafford is telling his former teammates that he will  be the Detroit Lions first overall pick in the draft, and that he’ll receive more than $40 million in guaranteed money from the Lions.  Pro Football Talk

Lombardi - 75% chance Bills' Peters is dealt...Michael Lombardi, of the NFL Network, reports that he believes there's a 75% chance that the Bills will trade offensive tackle Jason Peters.

Keels denies firing...Alvin Keels, the agent for Alabama OT Andre Smith, has denied that his client has fired him.  NFL.com

Panthers - Packers Trade...The Carolina Panthers traded a conditional seventh-round draft choice in the 2011 NFL Draft  to the Green Bay Packers for long snapper J.J. Jansen.  Carolinagrowl.com

Whitner formally charged...Buffalo Bills safety Donte Whitner has been formally charged with aggravated disorderly conduct and resisting arrest for his role in an altercation outside a Cleveland nightclub early Saturday morning.   Yahoo.com

Smith fires agent...Alabama OT Andre Smith fired his agent, Alvin Keels on Sunday night...Smith is expected to hire Ian Greengross, the president of Greengross Athletic Management Enterprises. Al.com

Lions to unveil new logo, uniform...Phillip Zaroo of MLive reports the Detroit Lions are expected to announce a redesigned team logo at a press conference next Monday, Aprli 20.  MLIve

Steelers sign Harrison to an extension...John Clayton of ESPN is reporting the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed OLB James Harrison to a six-year contract extension worth $51.175 million dollars.

Mock Draft Update...Al Fronczak updated his mock once again, with one proposed trade within the top ten picks of the draft...Al's updated mock is now up and posted on our 2009 NFL Draft Page.

Browns, 49ers interested in Reilly...Central Washington quarterback Mike Reilly has a private workout scheduled with the San Francisco 49ers this week.   The 49ers and the Cleveland Browns have shown the most interest in Reilly up to this point of the scouting process.  -Al Fronczak

Giants could be moving up in draft...Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports the New York Giants are prime candidates to move up in the draft since the Giants own 10 draft picks, and there's no room on the roster for 10 rookies...With two picks in both the second and third rounds, expect a package of picks to be bundled and traded to move up from No. 29 into the middle of the first round.  NYPost.com

Sleeper, Mitchell on teams radar...Carlos "Big C" Holmes of The Daily Dayton news reports University of Cincinnati safety Michael Mitchell (6-1, 212 pounds) has a private workout scheduled with the Bengals on Tuesday April 14 and will fly to Cleveland for a private visit with the Browns later that day...On Wednesday, Mitchell has a private visit scheduled with the Raiders...Mitchell has met with at least four other teams since his Pro Day March 12, when he opened some eyes when he ran a 4.4 - 40-yard dash. did 22 reps at 225 pounds on the bench, posted a 37.5-inch vertical jump, and a 10-foot 3-inch broad jump.  DaytonDailyNews

Stafford to visit 49'ers today...Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports the San Francisco 49ers will host Georgia QB Matthew Stafford today for a private visit.  NFL.com

04/12...Tony Gonzalez on Falcons radar?...Michael Lombardi of The National Football Post is reporting the Atlanta Falcons are seriously considering trading for Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez and might even give up their second-round pick to make the deal.  National Football Post

Leftwich agrees to deal with Bucs...Michael Smith of ESPN reports free-agent QB Byron Leftwich has agreed to a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  ESPN

Cross Pettigrew off Bills' wish list...The tight end position is one of the Buffalo Bills needs heading into the draft, but don't expect the Bills to take Oklahoma State TE Brandon Pettigrew with their first round pick.  Pettigrew was arrested on Jan. 20, 2008 on complaints of assault and battery on a police officer and public intoxication.  Prosecutors originally charged Pettigrew with felony assault and battery on a police officer, but reached a plea agreement with Pettigrew in which he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery, and misdemeanor public intoxication in the incident.  Although this was an isolated incident, with the recent arrests of Donte Whitner, Marshawn Lynch and Ko Simpson, I highly doubt if the Bills' braintrust will take a chance on any prospect with character issues in the upcoming draft.  -Al Fronczak

Crabtree Update...Gil Brandt of NFL.com and Sirius NFL Radio said Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree had his walking boot removed, and is walking in a soft cast...Crabtree has visits scheduled with four NFL teams this week, and has an appointment with a foot specialist on Monday April 20, just days before the NFL Draft.

Quinn and Edwards on the block...Michael Lombardi of The National Football Post is reporting the Cleveland Browns have been involved in talks to trade QB Brady Quinn and WR Braylon Edwards...Lombardi reports that the Browns have a first round pick on the table for both Quinn and Edwards...the Browns are also reportedly very interested in Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree.  National Football Post

If Jaguars dance, Broncos pick No. 8...Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that a potential trade between the Broncos and Jaguars, providing the Jaguars are willing partners, would move the Broncos up four spots from their No. 12 overall draft pick to No. 8. and ensure the team of either DT B.J. Raji, QB Mark Sanchez or DE Brian Orakpo...the extra third-round pick the Broncos got from the Bears in the Jay Cutler trade would allow the Broncos to sacrifice their third- round pick, No. 79 overall to move into the Jaguars pick at No.8.  DenverPost

Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Bengals have a workout day for local draft prospects on Tuesday, with 5 University of Cincinnati prospects ( Connor Barwin, DeAngelo Smith, Mike Mickens, Brandon Underwood, Kevin Huber and Trevor Canfield) among those who will attend.  Cincinnati.com

Tebow tweaking mechanics to enhance stock...The University of Florida is reportedly tweaking QB Tim Tebow’s mechanics in order to instill a quicker passing motion which will enhance Tebow's stock for the 2010 draft...New quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler, who has worked with Tom Brady, Brian Griese and Michigan’s Chad Henne, is attempting to rid Tebow of his sidearm throwing and use a “10 o’clock motion.”..The former Heisman Trophy winner will run a more pro-style spread offense with more plays under center in 2009.  AJC

Chiefs eyeing tackle at No. 3...Nolan Nawrocki of Pro Football Weekly is reporting the Kansas City Chiefs will be in the big-man sweepstakes come draft day, with the new regime being driven by the need to draft someone who can protect new QB Matt Cassel and thereby enhance his chance of success.  Pro Football Weekly

Zach Thomas comes to terms with Chiefs...The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to terms with former Dolphins and Cowboys free agent linebacker Zach Thomas.    Kansascity.com

04/11...Smith's Limo-ride raises eyebrows...University of Alabama OT Andre Smith reportedly raised some eyebrows for his pro day workout in March when he arrived in a Stretch Hummer Limo...Smith's decision making has been under the microscope since the Combine in February, so his Limo-ride arrival at his pro day could make NFL teams wonder how motivated Smith will be after he cashes his first big NFL paycheck.  -Al Fronczak

Whitner will be charged...The Cleveland Police will file formal charges against Buffalo Bills' safety Donte Whitner according to WGRZ TV2 in Buffalo.  WGRZ.com

Whitner released and not charged...Buffalo Bills' safety Donte Whitner was released from Cleveland City Jail, and has not been charged with his involvement in an incident that led police to taser Whitner so that officers could put Whitner in handcuffs.  WIVB.com

LSU ILB Darry Beckwith has a private visit scheduled for Sunday with the Atlanta Falcons.  -Al Fronczak

Bills' Whitner arrested this morning...Buffalo Bills safety Donte Whitner was arrested early Saturday morning in Cleveland, Ohio...Whitner was arrested for aggravated disorderly conduct and resisting police outside the House of Blues...Whitner has not yet been charged.  WIVB.com

Al Fronczak has updated his mock draft once again and it's now up and posted on our 2009 Draft Page.

Fox Sports speculates on its website whether the drafting of a wide receiver at pick No. 5 would spell the end of wideout Braylon Edwards' career as a Cleveland Brown.  FoxSports.com

The Vikings had 28 draft prospects in for a personal visit on Wednesday and Thursday, and are reportedly set to visit with Arizona OT Eben Britton and Maryland WR Darrius Heyward-Bey.  Twincities.com

Vikings V.P of player personnel Rick Spielman is targeting two or three Prospects, whom the Vikings would love to draft with the No. 22 overall selection.  Twincities.com

78 players off Minnesota Vikings' draft wish list...Rick Alonzo reports Minnesota Vikings V.P. of player personnel Rick Spielman has identified 78 draft prospects that the Vikings won't take in the upcoming draft...
Those "red-dot players" the Vikings have identified are marked absolutely off limits as a result of questions about injuries or off-the-field problems. The list could grow after Spielman meets further with the coaching staff.
"There are a few guys we still have questions on," said Spielman. "There's potentially 10 more guys as we sit there and decide whether those are the guys we want here or not."  Twincities.com

04/10...South Carolina TE Jared Cook told Sirius NFL Radio hosts Ross Tucker and Jim Miller that he flew to Buffalo for a personal visit with the Bills, and has performed on-campus workouts for the St. Louis Rams, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins.

The NFL has decided to expand the number of players invited to the draft in New York to at least 10.
USC QB Mark Sanchez decided to pass on his invitation...The list of invitees includes: QB Matthew Stafford,
QB Josh Freeman, LB Brian Cushing, LB Aaron Curry, WR Michael Crabtree, OT Eugene Monroe, OT Michael Oher, DE Brian Orakpo and OT Jason Smith.  ESPN

Quick Hits...Washington Redskins free agent DT Kedric Golston signed his one-year tender today... Baltimore Ravens free agent TE Quinn Sypniewski, and free agent WR Demetrius Williams both signed their one-year tender offers from the team...Bucs OT Donald Ppenn has signed his one-year tender.

Hall pleads not guilty...Bengals' CB Leon Hall pleaded not guilty today to a drunken driving charge.  ESPN

Steelers closing in on a deal with Harrison...KDKA-TV's Bob Pompeani reports the Steelers and Linebacker James Harrison are very close to an agreemant on a new contract....Harrison's agent Bill Parise told KDKA-TV Sports a deal could be completed as soon as the beginning of next week.  CBS2

Steelers visits...Ed Bouchette reports four draft prospects (Ohio State CB Donald Washington, Norfolk State CB Don Carey, Troy CB Sherrod Martin, and Richmond DE/OLB Lawrence Sidbury) were in Pittsburgh for a private visit with the Steelers yesterday.  Post Gazette

Steelers offer Leftwich contract...Ed Bouchette reports the Pittsburgh Steelers have offered quarterback Byron Leftwich, a two-year contract believed to be close to the minimum wage.  Post Gazette

Sapp not a Cable guy...Jerry McDonald reports retired DT Warren Sapp held a chat on NFL.com on Thursday, and apparently Sapp doesn’t think much of Raiders head coach Tom Cable...when Sapp was asked if he thought Cable is good enough to lead the Raiders?  Sapp replied: Tom Cable couldn’t lead the Raiders to a picnic in his own back yard.  Insidebayarea.com

Culpepper slims down...Tom Kowalski of MLive reports Lions QB Daunte Culpepper, has slimmed down and is looking good... Culpepper weighed 292 pounds when he signed with the Lions in midseason last year,  but has dropped significant weight and came in this year about 260 pounds.  MLive.com

Wells, Curry to visit Browns...Mary Kay Cabot reports Ohio State HB Chris "Beanie" Wells and Wake Forest LB Aaron Curry will visit the Cleveland Browns next week.  Cleveland.com

Video of Leon Hall's arrest released...WLWT.com has released the police video from Cincinnati Bengals CB Leon Hall's arrest for DUI.  WLWT.com

Carlos Holmes reports if Texas DE/OLB Brian Orakpo is already off the board when it's the Browns turn to pick, they will likely turn their attention toward Wake Forest LB Aaron Curry, Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree or Ohio State HB Chris “Beanie” Wells, should they be available at No. 5.  Daytondailynews.com

Matt Maiocco reports Penn State OLB Aaron Maybin was in San Francisco yesterday for a private visit with the 49ers...Maybin is expected to complete his visit this morning.  Pressdemocrat.com

49'ers visits...Matt Maiocco reports USC QB Mark Sanchez,  Ball State QB Nate Davis, and Alabama OT Andre Smith completed their private visits with the San Francisco 49'ers yesterday.  Pressdemocrat.com

Falcons could be leaving Dome...D. Orlando Ledbetter reports Falcons' owner Arthur Blank says he wants the Falcons to continue to play home games downtown...but team officials have explored a number of sites in metro Atlanta to build a new stadium for the team.  AJC.com

University of California center Alex Mack has a private visit scheduled with the Atlanta Falcons this weekend.
Mack spent last Sunday and Monday in Pittsburgh visiting the Steelers.  - Al Fronczak

Leftwich leaves Tampa without contract...Free agent QB Byron Leftwich left Tampa Bay on Thursday without a contract as the Bucs continue to weigh it's options.  Tampabay.com


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After two top-ten finishes in a row for my final mock, I took a step back this year placing 29th out of the top 100 media mocks, and it was clearly all my fault.  In my final mock I got a little bit too cute by pushing Ron Brace into the first round because a source told me he was being targeted by several teams.  The Patriots moved up for him, but in the second round. I also moved Jason Smith out of the Rams pick, and left receivers Hakeem Nicks and Kenny Britt out of the first round.  Most of my previous twenty four mock updates would have finished in the top 10. The good news is I'm ranked third overall in the country for the last three-year averages, according to The Huddle Report. The Dolphins selection of Pat White in the second round was as much of the Dolphins liking White for their wildcat, as it was of keeping him out of the Patriots hands.  The Glenn Dorsey to the Falcons trade never materialized because the Falcons never imagined that Peria Jerry would still be on the board at their pick.  The Bills reached a bit for Aaron Maybin at No. 11, but they filled their need for a pass-rusher with the ability to fly off the edge.  Their strategy of passing up several tackle prospects in the draft, makes me believe that they are either sold on Langston Walker being able to play left tackle, or are considering making a play for Bengals tackle Levi Jones, who will reportedly be handed his walking papers soon.  I didn't like the Jets draft strategy of giving up a bundle for Mark Sanchez.  Sanchez isn't a cold weather quarterback, and doesn't have a Josh Freeman type arm to cut through the winds that he will face in New York. His lower body build and previous knee injury also concerns me.  Steal of the Draft - the Bengals selection of DE Michael Johnson in the third round will be the steal of the century, if they use him properly, by letting him do nothing other than keeping his hand on the ground and rushing the passer.  Our 2010 Draft Page will be updated periodicall during the summer months with information for the 2010 Draft.                  
                                                                                                        -Al Fronczak