Breaking News and Al's Inside Scoop on the Draft
Combine/Starks...University of Buffalo halfback James Starks ran an official forty-time of 4.50 at the NFL combine.
Dez Bryant...Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports reports three sources told him Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant's behavior at OSU was consistently irresponsible...Bryant was reportedly late for meetings and games. Yahoo.com Pacman Jones...Adam Pacman Jones will work out for NFL scouts on Friday March 19...Jones will hold a pro day-style workout in New Orleans following Tulane’s pro day. NFL.com
Combine Notables...Clemson HB C.J. Spiller ran an official time of 4.37 in the forty yard dash...Clemson WR Jacoby Ford ran an official time of 4.28 in the forty yard dash...Fresno State RB Ryan Mathews ran a 4.53 official forty time...Mississippi HB/RS Dexter McCluster ran an unofficial 4.55 forty time...Georgia Tech HB Jonathan Dwyer ran an unoficial 4.59 forty time... Stanford HB Toby Gerhart ran an unofficial 4.53 forty time...Cal HB Jahvid Best ran an official 4.35 forty time...Notre Dame WR Golden Tate ran an official 4.42 forty time...LSU WR Brandon LaFell ran an official 4.60 forty time.
Combine/Tebow...Florida quarterback Tim Tebow recorded a 38 1/2" vertical jump, a 9' 7" broad jump, and ran a 4.70 forty-time at the combine this morning.
Combine/Ford/Gilyard...Clemson wide receiver Jacoby Ford ran unofficial 40-times of 4.28 and 4.27 this morning at the combine...Cincinnati wide receiver Marty Gilyard ran unofficial 40-times of 4.56 and 4.62.
Combine/Brown...West Virginia QB Jarrett Brown ran the fastest 40-time of all the quarterbacks this morning clocking an unofficial time of 4.53.
Redskins/Tebow...Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan spent some time visiting with the Florida Gators during his time off last year and had a chance to meet the team, view their practices and get a first hand look at quarterback Tim Tebow. Since there's a very good chance that Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford will already be off the board when the Redskins pick at No. 4, the possibility exists that the Redskins will fill their need at offensive tackle with their first pick (unless they feel that Jimmy Clausen is worthy of a Top-5 pick) and target a quarterback in the second or third round. Tim Tebow could be on the Redskins' radar screen, if Shanahan doesn't take a QB with the Redskins first pick in the draft. -Al Fronczak
Broncos/Marshall/Scheffler...Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports the Denver Broncos' intentions for trading or keeping WR Brandon Marshall and TE Tony Scheffler should be clear by the restricted free-agent tender deadline of 2 p.m. Thursday.
Just how serious the Broncos are about trading Marshall and Scheffler will probably be divulged in the type of tender they present since the Broncos must first tender Marshall and Scheffler before they can trade them...If the team slaps the highest tender of a first and third-round draft pick compensation on Marshall, the Broncos would be sending the message they aren't interested in trading him, unless they get a deal no one could refuse...But if they use the second-level tender of first-round draft pick compensation, the message to other NFL teams may be: Come get him. Denver Post
Combine Highs/Lows...Defensive Tackles - LSU DT Al Woods and Alabama DT Terence Cody had the biggest hands (11") of the DT group...Georgia DT Jeff Owens had the smallest hands (8 7/8") of the DT group...LSU DT Al Woods had the longest arms (36") of the DT group...Georgia DT Geno Atkins had the shortest arms (32") of the DT group...Defensive Ends - South Carolina DE Clifton Geathers had the longest arms (37 1/8") and the biggest hands (11 1/8") of the DE group...Troy DE Brandon Lang had the shortest arms (32") of the DE group...James Madison DE Arthur Moats had the smallest hands (8 5/8") of the DE group...Wide Receivers - South Florida WR Carlton Mitchell had the biggest hands (10 5/8") of the WR group...Kansas State WR Brandon Banks had the smallest hands (8 1/4") of the WR group...Halfbacks - Clemson HB C.J. Spiller and Connecticut HB Andre Dixon had the biggest hands (10 1/8")of the halfback group...Mississippi HB Dexter McCluster had the smallest hands (8 3/8") of the HB group...Auburn HB Ben Tate and Fresno State HB Lonyae Miller both did 26 reps at 225 pounds which was the most of any of the halfbacks in their group that participated in the bench press...USC HB Stafon Johnson did 12 reps at 225 pounds which was the lowest of his group.
Buffalo Bills...The Buffalo Bills will allow free agent WR Terrell Owens, WR Josh Reed, and DE Ryan Denney to hit the open market when free-agency begins on March 5....the team has little interest in bringing any of the three back.
NFL Overtime...Peter King of SI.com reports the NFL Competition Committee will consider a "modified sudden death'' rule at the NFL Meetings in late March...the Competition Committee will likely not propose a 2-possession minimum rule, but more likely, it would be the first team to reach 7 points...the Competition Committe will likely aim to force a TD to win, but if the first team kicks a field goal and second team is scoreless, then the game is over. King/Twitter Ravens/TO...Pro Football Talk reports Baltimore Ravens' head coach John Harbaugh said his team is interested in Bills' free agent WR Terrell Owens. Pro Football Talk Jimmy Clausen...Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen disputed a report that he was making a slow recovery from surgery on his toe...Clausen said he expects to be fully ready for his pro day April 9 in South Bend. Chicagobreakingnews.com
Combine Lows..Syracuse WR Mike Williams did only 8 reps at 225 pounds on the bench press today while Kansas WR Dezmon Brisco did 9 reps at 225 pound on the bench.
Official TE Times...Pittsburgh’s tight end Dorin Dickerson ran an official forty time of 4.40 ..Other official tight end forty times...Jimmy Graham 4.56, Ed Dickson 4.67, Clay Harbor 4.69, Tony Moeaki 4.69, Andrew Quarless 4.69.
Official Combine Times...LSU halfback Trindon Holliday posted an official 40 time of 4.34 seconds...Maryland offensive tackle Bruce Campbell ran an official 40 time of 4.85 seconds.
Unofficial Time...Oklahoma offensive tackle Trent Williams ran an unofficial 40-time of 4.82 seconds.
Brandon Marshall...Denver Broncos' wide receiver Brandon Marshall provided the prosecution with their best day so far during his testimony on behalf of his fallen teammate Darrent Williams, which was quite a contrast to most of the other witnesses so far that have been reluctant to testify against an alleged soldier of the Tre Tre Crips, one of Denver's most notorious street gangs. Marshall also admitted that he escalated the fight before his teammate's death. Denver Post
Combine...Arizona TE Rob Gronkowski has the biggest hands (10 3/4") of all the tight end prospects at the combine.
Combine...Georgia Tech WR Demaryius Thomas has the biggest hands (10 1/2") of all the WR prospects at the combine.
Combine...Florida QB Tim Tebow has the biggest hands (10 1/8") of all the quarterback prospects at the combine.
Combine...USC offensive tackle Charles Brown has the biggest hands (11 3/8") of all the offensive linemen at the combine.
Combine...Maryland OT Bruce Campbell has the longest arms (36 1/4") of all the offensive linemen at the combine.
Combine/Best...California halfback Jahvid Best told the media at the combine that he was medically cleared from his concussion by Dr. Mickey Collins in Pittsburgh. Best said he was told that any other concussion he could get in the future would have nothing to do with the one he had in the past. Texans.com Combine/McCoy...Texas quarterback Colt McCoy underwent an MRI exam Friday afternoon that showed no further damage to the nerve injury in his right shoulder. ESPN
Combine/Hernandez...Florida Gators tight end Aaron Hernandez has decided to skip the workout portion of the combine due to a back injury that he suffered several weeks ago during training for the combine.
Jimmy Clausen...Charley Casserly of the NFL Network reports there's a very good chance Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen won't be able to perform a full workout for NFL teams before the draft because he's still recovering from toe surgury.
Combine/Clausen...Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen wound up being taller (6-2.2) than what scouts expected when measured at the combine this morning which helped his stock, but his hand measurement of 9" was the smallest of any of the quarterbacks at the combine and certainly a concern to NFL personnel. It's much tougher for a quarterback with small hands to grip the football, especially in inclement weather. -Al Fronczak
Combine...Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant announced that he will skip the drills at the Combine due to a tweaked hamstring...Arkansas guard Mitch Petrus tied the Combine record on the bench by doing 45 reps at 225 pounds...Potential First Round linemen weight room results:...Oklahoma tackle Russell Okung did 38 reps at 225 pounds...Rutgers tackle Anthony Davis did 21 reps at 225 pounds ...Iowa tackle Brian Bulaga did 26 reps at 225 pounds...Idaho guard Mike Iupati did 27 reps at 225 pounds...Maryland tackle Bruce Campbell did 34 reps at 225 pounds...USC tackle Charles Brown did 21 reps at 225 pounds...Massachusetts tackle Vladimir Ducasse did 29 reps at 225 pounds.
Quick Hits...San Diego Chargers halback Darren Sproles will hit the free agent market since the Chargers failed to tender him an offer...The Indianapolis Colts are reportedly close to re-signing linebacker Gary Brackett...Free agent HB Brian Westbrook is on the record saying that he would love to play for the Chicago Bears.
Combine/Wilson...Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson injured his hamstring last week in practice drills and won't be able to participate in the combine field drills including the 40 yard dash. Draft Insider Boldin/Dolphins,Ravens...Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports the Arizona Cardinals are going to give a contract extension for WR Anquan Boldin one more shot before moving the talented wide receiver...the Cardinals asking price will likely start at a 2nd round pick and the likeliest suitor is the Ravens and then the Dolphins. Miami Herald
Rams Board...According to St. Louis Rams' general manager Billy Devaney, the four players the Rams are considering with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft are QB Jimmy Clausen, QB Sam Bradford, DT Ndamukong Suh and DT Gerald McCoy.
Falcons win coin flip...The Atlanta Falcons won a coin flip this morning at the combine and will pick 19th in the draft...the Houston Texans will pick 20th.
Jaguars win coin flip...The Jacksonville Jaguars won a coin flip at the combine this morning and now own the 10th overall pick in the draft. The Denver Broncos now own the 11th pick in the draft. Denver Post
Combine/Sam Bradford...Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford was measured at 6-4.2, 236 at the combine this morning. The most important part of the combine for Bradford will be passing the extensive set of medical tests that the NFL teams will put him through. -Al Fronczak
Combine/Colt McCoy...Texas quarterback Colt McCoy was measured at 6-1.1, 216 at the combine this morning which is shorter than expected. I had McCoy rated as a third round prospect (at best) before the combine, but I believe he could fall out of the third round completely because of his lack of height, frame and durability questionmarks. -Al Fronczak
Combine/Jimmy Clausen...Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen was measured at 6-2.5, 222 at the combine this morning which is taller than what scouts expected him to be. There were rumors that Clausen was around 6-1. Clausen is now a lock to be taken within the first 15 picks of the draft. -Al Fronczak
Rams/Bradford...John Clayton of ESPN reports economic considerations might compel the St. Louis Rams to take QB Sam Bradford with the first overall pick in the draft. ESPN New Combine Test...For the first time since the combine was adopted, all 329 invited players at this week's scouting combine will be given a baseline brain activity exam (called the Impact test) and will likely face more grilling than previous classes did about their concussion histories. ESPN
Updated Quick Hits..The Arizona Cardinals signed general manager Rod Graves and head coach Ken Whisenhunt to contract extensions that run through the 2013 season...The Tampa Bay Bucs have decided to let UFA WR Antonio Bryant test the open free agency market... The New York Giants have placed a second-round tender on RFA DT Barry Cofield...The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are reportedly going to release QB Byron Leftwich...The Pittsburgh Steelers used their franchise tag on kicker Jeff Reed...The New Orleans Saints have placed a second-round tender on RFA OT Jermon Bushrod....The New York Jets will reportedly release HB Thomas Jones if he doesn't agree to restructure his contract.
Combine/Gronkowski...University of Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowski confirmed today at the combine that he will only participate in the weight room on the bench press, but will take part in an entire work out for NFL scouts on March 12 at the University of Arizona pro day. -Al Fronczak
Redskins,Seahawks,Bills/Bushrod...The New Orleans Saints decision to extend left tackle Jermon Bushrod a second round tender offer will likely draw some attention from NFL teams looking to upgrade their tackle position. Bushrod, a fourth round pick for the Saints in the 2007 draft, got a chance to protect Drew Brees blindside and start at the left tackle position for the Saints when starter Jamaal Brown was lost for the season with an injury. The Saints decision to place a second round tender on Bushrod, instead of a first round tender, is a clear indication that the Saints want to see what the market is for Bushrod. The Saints would like to keep him, but they are willing to take a second round pick as compensation, if some team decides to sign him to an offer sheet that the Saints decide they won't match. -Al Fronczak
Moreno wont be charged...The victim in a bar-fight incident has decided not to press charges against Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno, and the Athens-Clarke County Police Department has closed its investigation on the matter. Denver Post
Mike Iupati...Sirius NFL Radio host Jim Miller said that he's heard there are a few NFL teams that are looking at Idaho guard Mike Iupati as a defensive tackle at the next level.
Scouting Reports...Our NFL draft expert Al Fronczak has posted scouting reports for West Virginia QB Jarrett Brown and Eastern Washington QB Matt Nichols on our QB prospects page. Quarterback Prospects Hampton Signs...The Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to terms with nose tackle Casey Hampton on a three-year, $21 million contract. KDKA Sports
Combine/Bulaga...Iowa OT Brian Bulaga was measured this morning at 6-5.3, 314 and had a 33 1/4" arm length which is just above the 33" standard that scouts look for in a left tackle prospect.
Franchise Tags...The Seattle Seahhawks have used their franchise tag on kicker Olindo Mare...The Green Bay Packers used their franchise tag on NT Ryan Pickett.
Knowshon Moreno...A University of Georgia freshman claims he was knocked unconscious Saturday night by Denver Broncos' halfback Knowshon Moreno following a bar fight in downtown Athens. Atlanta Journal Constitution Dan LeFevour...According to Draft Insider, Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour will participate in at least 50% of the passing drills at the combine. DraftInsider.net Taylor Mays...Two NFC East teams have reportedly told Draft Insider that they have USC safety Mays listed on their draft board as a linebacker. DraftInsider.net
Colts/Brackett...The Indianapolis Colts won't apply their franchise tag on UFA LB Gary Brackett and allow him to test the open free-agency market.
Colt McCoy...Chris Mortenson of ESPN reports Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, following Dr. James Andrew's advice, has decided not to throw at the Combine.
Quick Hits...The Green Bay Packers have slapped their franchise tag on NT Ryan Pickett...The Kansas City Chiefs have released guard Mike Goff....The Oakland Raiders slapped their franchise tag on DE Richard Seymour...The New Orleans Saints have placed a second-round tender on RFA offensive tackle Zach Strief....The New England Patriots signed free agent WR David Patten to a one-year contract.
Dunta Robinson...John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports the Houston Texans have informed cornerback Dunta Robinson that they will let him test the open free agent market and will not be using their franchise tag on him for a second consecutive year. Houston Chronicle Mock Draft...NFL Draft expert Al Fronczak has posted his updated mock for the 2010 NFL Draft. Mock Draft Version 4.0 Jaguars Moving Down...Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Gene Smith is on record saying that he would like to trade down from their spot in the first round of the draft to acquire extra picks. Jaguars.com Vincent Jackson...San Diego Chargers Pro Bowl receiver Vincent Jackson will receive four days in a work-release program, possibly roadside trash pickup, plus a likely two-game NFL suspension this fall, after pleading guilty to his second drunken-driving offense since 2006. SignonSanDiego.com Brandon Marshall...The prosecutor in the case against Willie D. Clark, said slain Bronco Darrent Williams was the innocent victim of a gang member angry because he was sprayed with champagne and feeling disrespected over being manhandled by Williams' teammate, current Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall. Willie D. Clark, 26, charged with first-degree murder, felt disrespected by Williams' friends and Marshall after the receiver grabbed Clark's head during an argument near the limousine at closing time. The argument began inside the club after Brandon Marshall's cousin Blair Clark sprayed champagne on a group of gang members. Denver Post Bears FA Plans...Jason LaCanfora of the NFL.com reports the Chicago Bears are gearing up for a major run at Panthers FA DE Julius Peppers, a league source said Tuesday, and Packers FA DE Aaron Kampman also is an option for a team that's intent on landing a pass-rushing defensive end this offseason. NFL.com
Bears Hire Ruskell...Adam Schefter of ESPN reports former Seahawks GM Tim Ruskell has agreed to become the Chicago Bears' director of player personnel....The Bears are expected to announce the signing within the next 48 hours.
Quick Hits...Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reports the Green Bay Packers are planning on using their franchise tag on NT Ryan Pickett...The Denver Broncos have released RB LaMont Jordan and Center Casey Wiegmann...The New York Jets signed former Cowboys' kicker Nick Folk to a one-year deal...The San Francisco 49ers used their franchise tag on NT Aubrayo Franklin.
Eagles to Release Westbrook...The Philadelphia Eagles will announce today that they will release halfback Brian Westbrook at the beginning of the league year on March 5.
Tony Pike...University of Cincinnati quarterback Tony Pike told Sirius NFL Radio hosts Jim Miller and Rich Gannon that he's been working out in California as part of his preparation for the combine and expects to weigh about 218-219 pounds at the combine weigh-in this week...Pike stated that he will participate in all of the drills at the combine.
Lions Shopping Pick...Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reports the Detroit Lions are shopping the second-overall pick in the draft and have already been in contact with several other teams.
Scouting Reports...Our NFL draft expert Al Fronczak has posted his scouting report for Fordham quarterback John Skelton in our QB prospects page. Quarterback Prospects
Julius Peppers...Adam Schefter of ESPN reports the Carolina Panthers are not expected to use their franchise tag on Julius Peppers and will let the veteran defensive end test the free agent market.
Jets Host LaBoy...The New York Jets had former Arizona Cardinals OLB Travis LaBoy in for a free agent visit today.
Jaguars Re-Sign Wilford...The Jacksonville Jaguars have re-signed tight end Ernest Wilford to a one-year contract.
Jets/Adalius Thomas...Don't be surprised if the New York Jets make a play for linebacker Adalius Thomas after the Patriots part ways with him when the uncapped year officially begins on March 5. Thomas would be a great fit as a rush end in the Jets 3-4 scheme because he would fill a huge need for the Jets, and he would reunite with Rex Ryan who coached Thomas while he was the defensive line coach and defensive coordinator in Baltimore. The thought of staying in the same division to stick it to the Patriots, could also be a motivating factor for Thomas to land in New York with the Jets. -Al Fronczak
Saints/Sharper...Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reports the New Orleans Saints have informed free agent safety Darren Sharper that they won't place their franchise tag on him and want to continue to work on hammering out a contract before the start of free agency on March 5.
Tomlinson Released...Adam Schefter of ESPN reports the San Diego Chargers have released HB Ladainian Tomlinson.
Pats Tag Wilfork...The New England Patriots have placed their franchise tag on nose tackle Vince Wilfork. ESPN.com Scouting Reports...Our NFL draft expert Al Fronczak has posted his scouting report for Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour in our QB prospects page. Quarterback Prospects Combine/Tim Tebow...Tim Tebow says he won’t be throwing at the NFL combine because he's in the process of changing his mechanics and will wait to show his new throwing style at the University of Florida Pro Day on March 17. Digitalsportsdaily Lions/Vanden Bosch...Peter King writes in his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback column that he'd be surprised if Titans UFA DE Kyle Vanden Bosch weren't a Detroit Lion a month from now. King/SI.com Cardinals/Rolle...The Arizona Cardinals are expected to release safety Antrel Rolle sometime this week before his $4 million roster bonus is due. Cardinals.com
Brandon Marshall...Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports Brandon Marshall stated last fall that his disenchantment with playing for the Broncos wasn't about owner Pat Bowlen not giving him a robust contract...the deeper truth about Marshall, is he has been left emotionally scarred by teammate Darrell Williams' murder in the wee hours of Jan. 1, 2007...Marshall allegedly was involved in the fracas, which is why he is expected to testify during the next two weeks at the trial of gang member Willie Clark, who is charged with premeditated murder, among many other alleged crimes, in Williams' death...Klis has spoken to several people close to Marshall, and they all say Williams' murder continues to torment him...."I hate Denver," Marshall said, as written by the arresting officer in the police report..."I hope I get traded. I hate this (bleeping) city." Denver Post
Allen Arrested...Miami Dolphins cornerback Will Allen has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Miami Beach....Allen was arrested Saturday and was being held in Miami on $1,000 bond. NewYorkTimes.com Rams/Bucs Trade?...A report has surfaced suggesting the Tampa Bay Bucs and St. Louis Rams were discussing the possibility of swapping first-round picks...the Bucs would send the Rams QB Josh Johnson and their third-round selection in the 2010 draft for the rights to move up two spots and take Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Pewter Report Combine/LeFevour...In an exclusive interview with the NFL Draft Bible, Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour stated that he has elected not to participate in the passing drills next week during the NFL Scouting Combine. NFL Draft Bible
Bills/Daye...The Buffalo News reports Daryl Daye has been hired as the assistant to Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey. Daye spent the last 24 years at the collegiate level, most recently at Missouri Southern State from 2006 to '09. Bflonews Westbrook Arrested...Washington Redskins cornerback Byron Westbrook was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving early Friday. Westbrook failed several field sobriety tests and refused to take a breath test. NBCWashington.com
Troy Williamson...The Jacksonville Jaguars re-signed wide receiver Troy Williamson to a one-year, $1 Million dollar contract.
Cribbs/Browns...Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports a league source tells the Cleveland Plain Dealer that Josh Cribbs' new contract could be finalized by next week. Cleveland Plain Dealer Raiders/Pendergast...Oakland Raiders defensive backs coach Clancy Pendergast is leaving the Raiders to become the defensive coordinator at the University of Cal-Berkeley. USAtoday.com Scouting Reports...Our NFL draft expert Al Fronczak has posted his scouting report for Texas quarterback Colt McCoy on our QB prospects page. Quarterback Prospects
Coin Toss...A coin toss between the Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans at the NFL Combine next week will determine which team gets the 19th and 20th picks in the first round of the 2010 Draft.
Robinson/Redskins...John McClain of the Houston Chronicle believes Texans' cornerback Dunta Robinson will sign with the Washington Redskins if the Texans don't use their franchise tag on him. Houston Chronicle
Pre-Draft Process...The surprise retirement of Bills' offensive tackle Brad Butler at the age of 26 is a great example of why NFL teams must determine "how important the game of football" is to a prospect in the pre-draft process. In a prepared statement writted to the team, Butler said his passion for education, country and community is something that he was ready to devote his full attention to and believed the best way to pursue those spheres of interest was to step away from the game of football at this point in his life. Butler attended the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics at the University of Virginia majoring in American Politics and was the Bills' fifth round pick of the 2006 draft. -Al Fronczak
Browns/Quinn...Cleveland Browns president of football operations Mike Holmgren told the Cleveland media that he believes quarterback Brady Quinn deserves to play a full season before he can be fairly evaluated, and needs 32 games to be accurately defined as a quarterback. Cantonrep.com
Butler Retires...Buffalo Bills starting right tackle Brad Butler has announced his retirement from football...the news Thursday comes as a surprise after the 26-year-old Butler just completed only his fourth NFL season. LATimes.com
Lions/Palmer...The Detroit Lions claimed outside linebacker Ashlee Palmer off waivers from the Bills.
Demaryius Thomas...Mike Mayock of the NFL Network reports Georgia Tech WR Demaryius Thomas broke his foot on Monday while training for next week's Scouting Combine...Thomas is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks.
Jimmy Clausen...It's that time of the year when every NFL prospect goes under the microscope. The latest, Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen, since there are rumors circulating that Clausen is shorter that his 6-2 listing, and is actually a tad under 6-1. The upcoming NFL Combine will confirm Clausen's actual height, and if Clausen is actually shorter than his 6-2 listing, his draft stock will take a bit of a hit. The last time an NFL team drafted a quarterback in the first round, that was under 6-1, was all the way back in 2001, when the Atlanta Falcons took Michael Vick with the first overall pick in the draft. In that same 2001 draft, 32 NFL teams passed up another quarterback that they considered to be too short to be given a first-round grade, that quarterback, Drew Brees, was taken by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of that draft and just led his team to a Super Bowl Title. -Al Fronczak
Sam Bradford...Tom Condon, the agent for Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, notified all 32 NFL teams by email, to let them know his client will hold his pro day on March 25th, and that Bradford won't take part in any of the on field drills at the combine, but will participate in the interview process and take all of the teams' physicals. Movethesticks.com
Updated Quick Hits...The Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms with former Colts defensive tackle Ed Johnson...The Arizona Cardinals have decided to let DE/LB Karlos Dansby test the free-agent market...The Baltimore Ravens have released tight end Quinn Sypniewski...The Buffalo Bills have hired University of Indiana assistant Bobby Johnson to be their assistant offensive line coach....The Baltimore Ravens have signed wide receiver Donte' Stallworth to a one-year contract worth $900,000... Former Cowboys kicker Nick Folk has workouts scheduled with the both the Jets and Giants for later this week.
Cromartie/Chargers...Chris Mortenson of ESPN reports the San Diego Chargers are exploring possible trade scenarios that include dealing cornerback Antonio Cromartie to acquire a running back, according to league sources. ESPN Bills Cuts...The Buffalo Bills announced the release of TE Derek Fine, WR Justin Jenkins, C Marvin Philip, DE Jermaine McGhee, DT Marcus Smith, LB Ashlee Palmer and S John Wendling. Buffalobills.com
Jimmy Clausen...Notre Dame quarterback draft prospect Jimmy Clausen told Sirius NFL Radio host Adam Schein this afternoon, that he plans on participating in the interview process at the upcoming combine, and take the teams' physicals, but won't take part in any of the physical activities at the combine because his toe injury isn't completely healed. Clausen also mentioned that according to his doctor, he should be able to throw for NFL Scouts sometime early in April. Clausen also stated that head coach Charlie Weis told him late in the season that he "was ready" to play at the next level, and encouraged Clausen to declare his intentions for the NFL Draft, regardless of whether Weis was going to be retained as head coach of the Irish or not.
Raiders Signing...Adam Schefter of ESPN reports the Oakland Raiders have agreed to terms with kicker Sebastian Janikowski on a four-year, $16 million contract. The deal includes $9 million guaranteed.
Scouting Reports...Our NFL draft expert Al Fronczak has posted his scouting report for Mississippi quarterback Jevan Snead on our QB prospects page. Quarterback Prospects Bucs Draft...Speaking to Steve Duemig, of 620 WDAE-AM, on Monday evening, Tampa Bay Bucs' general manager Mark Dominick spoke of his readiness to trade up from the No. 3 overall pick to meet the team’s needs. “We have the ability to go either direction,” Dominik said. “We’ll prepare to go either direction, which is a good option for Tampa Bay.” Joebucsfan.com Bears Fire DePaul...The Chicago Bears on Monday, announced the firing of longtime pro personnel director Bobby DePaul, who was in his ninth year with the team. Pro Football Weekly Colt McCoy...Draft prospect Colt McCoy said Monday his shoulder is progressing well enough that he’ll try to throw at the NFL scouting combine scheduled for late next week. McCoy said he’s able to throw 40 to 50 passes a day, which is about average for a quarterback in training. Statesman.com
Pass Retires...Former NFL fullback Patrick Pass, has decided to call it a career and file his retirement papers. Boston Herald
Niners/Franklin...Adam Schefter of ESPN reports the San Francisco 49'ers are expected to slap their franchise tag on NT Aubrayo Franklin within the next several days. This move was clearly a no brainer for the Niners because Franklin would have drawn serious interest from teams seeking a NT for their 3-4 scheme.
Chiefs/Okung...Kansas City Chiefs beat writer Kent Babb believes the Chiefs will take Oklahoma State OT Russell Okung with the fifth overall pick in the draft. KCStar/Twitter
Rolando McClain...With the NFL Scouting Combine being just a week away, one player to keep an eye on is Alabama inside linebacker Rolando McClain. If you watch McClain on tape, his on-field production jumps out at you, but McClain is a bit stiff in his hips on his pass drops, and he appears to play slower than his projected 4.65 forty time, which isn't eye popping in the first place. Each and every year, the scouting combine has a workout warrior that will blow the scouts away in the timing drills, but he never makes it at the next level. On the flip side, there usually are several highly regarded prospects that disappoint the scouts in the timing drills, slip a bit in the draft, but enjoy successful careers in the NFL. With that stated, it's going to be very important for McClain to not only run well at the combine, but to also perform well in the shuttle drills, to maintain his lofty draft status. Back in 2006, another highly regarded inside linebacker prospect from Alabama, by the name of DeMeco Ryans, slipped completely out of the first round of the draft, because his measurements and forty time (Ryans was measured at 6-1.2, 236, and he ran a 4.65 forty, at 236 pounds) weren't up to NFL standards, so his stock slipped, despite turning in an impressive 20-yard short shuttle timor of 4.19. In my opinion, I don't believe McClain will slip out of the first round like Ryans did, because McClain has the size that all NFL teams are looking for (regardless of scheme) along with the production on the field, in a tough SEC conference. However, it will be very important for McClain to run well (under 4.70) and perform well, in the shuttles, to remain a top 20 pick in the draft. Keep in mind, the first round of the NFL Draft is all about the measureables, drafting prospects with excellent size and speed numbers, and if you don't believe me, just ask DeMeco Ryans. -Al Fronczak
Dolphins/Jackson...The Miami Dolphins are reportedly in love with San Diego restricted free agent receiver Vincent Jackson. However, the Chargers can match any offer or get draft-pick compensation (first and third-round draft pick) if the Dolphins were to sign Jackson. Miami Herald
Gaines Adams...A toxicology report revealed defensive end Gaines Adams had marijuana and alcohol in his system when he died....But Greenwood County Coroner Jim Coursey said nothing found in the report contributed to Adams' death. The report showed Adams had a blood-alcohol level of just 0.021 percent. ESPN
Mock Draft...My first mock (Version1.0) for the 2010 draft should be ready for posting sometime tomorrow. -Al Fronczak
Quick Hits...The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to terms with the CFL's sack leader in 2009, BC Lions outside linebacker Ricky Foley, and the 'Hawks signed punter Tom Malone...The Cincinnati Bengals signed free agent kicker Dave Rayner.
Giants/Gilbride Jr....The New York Giants have hired Kevin Gilbride Jr. (son of the Giants' offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride) as the team's new offensive quality control coach. Vacchiano/Twitter Giants/Sullivan...The New York Giants named their wide receivers' coach Mike Sullivan, as the team's new quarterbacks coach, replacing Chris Palmer. NJ.com Redskins/Wright...The Washington Redskins named Ray Wright as their head strength and conditioning coach on Friday. Wright spent the last eight seasons with the Houston Texans. Profootballweekly.com Jets/Carrier...The New York Jets have hired former Baltimore Ravens defensive backs coach Mark Carrier as their new defensive line coach. NJ.com
Redskins/Medlock...The Washington Redskins have announced the signing of kicker Justin Medlock...Medlock is expected to pose a challenge to Graham Geno in training camp. Washington Post
Porter Stays...The Miami Dolphins have released this statement..."The release of Joey Porter was determined to be an invalid termination"..."Therefore at this time, Porter reverts back to the Miami Dolphins roster."...The release of Porter would have triggered a $4.8 million cap acceleration, which is over the $4.2 million cap space the team has available in cap space.
Browns Moves...The Cleveland Browns have hired Tom Headlee as a pro scout and signed former Raiders free agent defensive back John Bowie. Cantonrep.com
Porter Released...The Miami Dolphins have released veteran linebacker Joey Porter.
Busy Bengals...The Cincinnati Bengals signed wide receiver Matt Jones to a one-year contract, and had free agent kickers Nick Novak and Dave Rayner in for a workout today.
Goodell Extended...NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has received a five-year contract extension from the league.
Eagles Not Shopping QBs?...Sal Paolantonio of ESPN is reporting the Philadelphia Eagles have "so far" told teams that both Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb are unavailable for trade at this point.
Texans/Lubick...The Houston Texans have hired Marc Lubick as an offensive assistant...Marc Lubick is the son of retired Colorado State head coach Sonny Lubick. Chronicle/Twitter Matt Jones...Former Jaguars free agent wide receiver Matt Jones has offers on the table from the Tennessee Titans and Cincinnati Bengals and is believed to be leaning toward the Bengals' offer. Tennessean.com Pac Man Jones...Adam Schefter Of ESPN is reporting free agent cornerback Pacman Jones worked out for the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday. Schefter/Twitter
Jaguars Release Three..The Jacksonville Jaguars announced today that they have released wide receiver Torry Holt, offensive tackle Tra Thomas, and defensive tackle Rob Meier. Jaguars.com Gators/Cards...The Florida Gators have hired Arizona Cardinals defensive backs coach Teryl Austin to serve as the Gators' defensive coordinator. A Florida source, however, said nothing yet is official and the report is pre-mature. Palmbeachpost
Quick Hits...The New York Giants have released linebacker Antonio Pierce-Pierce was due $4.75M in 2010...The Atlanta Falcons re-signed wide receiver Brian Finneran to a one-year contract.
Smith Passes...Former NFL offensive tackle Daryle Smith, died this morning at the age of 46. Smith played from 1987-88 with the Dallas Cowboys, 1989 with the Cleveland Browns and 1990-92 with the Philadelphia Eagles. Govolsextra.com Scouting Reports...Our NFL draft expert Al Fronczak has posted his scouting report for Florida quarterback Tim Tebow on our Quarterback prospect page. Quarterback Prospects Rams Sold...Bernie Miklasz of the Post Dispatch reports the St. Louis Rams owners Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez have entered into a signed agreement to sell the team to Shahid Khan. Khan, 55, is the president of Flex-N-Gate Corp., an auto-parts manufacturer based in Urbana, Ill. STLToday.com
Franchise Tags...Starting today, NFL teams can exercise their option to use their franchise tags on their free-agent players.
Seattle Seahawks...The Seattle Seahawks and Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL) long snapper Pat MacDonald have come to an agreement on terms of a contract. TSN
Steelers Hire Hunt...The Pittsburgh Steelers hired Brandon Hunt as their new pro scouting coordinator. Hunt was a scout for the Houston Texans the past two seasons, and was a scouting intern for the Steelers in 2005 and 2006. Post Gazette
Steelers Sign Pittman... The Pittsburgh Steelers signed former Ravens and Texans free agent CB David Pittman.
Detroit Lions...Tom Kowalski, of MLive.com, is reporting he recently spoke to two well-informed people from the St. Louis Rams organization who believe Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford could move to the top of the Rams' draft board, should his shoulder check out OK at the Combine. MLive.com Scouting Reports...Our draft expert Al Fronczak has posted his scouting report for quarterback Tony Pike. QB Prospects Ryan Leaf...Former San Diego Chargers quarterback Ryan Leaf has been unable to work out a plea deal to resolve a drug and burglary charge against him in Texas, dating back to 2008, and might face a trial soon as a result. The burglary charge alone could bring him 20 years in prison. San Diego Union Tribune
Bills Hire Two...Eric Ciano, director of player development at Georgia Tech, and Miami Dolphins director of player development John Gamble, have been hired by the Buffalo Bills to serve as the Bills' strength and conditioning coaches.
Lions/Stallworth...Wide receiver Donte' Stallworth will work out for the Detroit Lions on Wednesday. ProFootballTalk.com Lions to sign Dorsey...Former Cincinnati Bengals running back, and UFL MVP DeDe Dorsey, has signed a contract to play for the Detroit Lions. Detroitnews.com Scouting Reports...Our draft expert Al Fronczak is breaking down the quarterback prospects for the 2010 draft, and has just posted his scouting report for Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen. Quarterback Prospects
Quick Hits...The Denver Broncos have signed former Bills' free-agent RB Bruce Hall...The New York Giants claimed and were awarded offensive tackle Herb Taylor from the Denver Broncos...The Kansas City Chiefs have released linebackers Justin Rogers and Weston Dacus.
Browns Release Stallworth....The Cleveland Browns have released wide receiver Donte' Stallworth.
Browns...The Cleveland Browns will be shopping quarterback Derek Anderson for the next few weeks in hopes of landing a late-round draft pick in return for Anderson. If the Browns can't find a trading partner for Anderson, they are expected to release him, on or before March 19, when his $2 million dollar roster bonus is due.
Donovan McNabb...Sal Paolantonio of ESPN reports the Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, and the Cleveland Browns have had discussions with the Philadelphia Eagles regarding the availability of quarterback Donovan McNabb.
Rey Maulaluga...Adam Schefter reports Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga is planning to check into the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif later this month, for at least 30 days. Schefter/Twitter Eagles QB's...Adam Schefter reports multiple teams have called The Philadelphia Eagles to inquire about the availability of all their three of their quarterbacks. Schefter/Twitter
Texas Downs Nation...LSU running back Trindon Holliday scored two third-quarter touchdowns and West Texas A&M running back Keithon Flemming had 13 carries for 69 yards to help the Texas all-star team beat The Nation's squad 36-17 on Saturday. Holliday totaled 209 all purpose yards in the game, and was named the offensive player of the game.
Sapp Arrested...Warren Sapp was arrested Saturday following an alleged domestic violence incident at a Miami Beach hotel. Sapp was charged with one count of misdemeanor domestic battery and is expected to appear before a Miami-Dade County judge Sunday. The NFL Network has announced that Sapp won't be part Sunday's Super Bowl coverage.
Hall of Fame Class of 2010...It's official: Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, Ricky Jackson, Russ Grimm, John Randle, Dick LeBeau and Floyd Little have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2010.
Raiders/Pendergast...The Oakland Raiders are reportedly interested in hiring former Chiefs defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast as their defensive backs coach.
Hall of Fame...The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2010 will be announced today at 5:30 p.m. ET.
Jaguars Cuts...The Jacksonville Jaguars have informed wide receiver Torry Holt and offensive tackle Tra Thomas that they will be released next week.
Belichick/Patriots...New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has decided to expand his role on the team and take over as the Patriots' defensive coordinator. Boston.com Michael Irvin...Former Dallas Cowboys star Michael irvin has counter-sued the woman who is accusing him of rape and who Irvin claims is trying to extort money from him. Irvin filed the lawsuit Friday afternoon, and is asking a judge to award him more than $100 million. CBS11TV
Bears Name Maranelli DC...The Chicago Bears have promoted defensive line coach Rod Marinelli to defensive coordinator.
Cardinals/Robinson...The Arizona Cardinals have hired University of Miami running backs coach Tommie Robinson as their running backs coach. AZCardinals.com
Quick Hits...Rumors are floating that Saints' running back Reggie Bush could be a salary-cap casualty at the end of the season and wind up being reunited with former USC coach Pete Carroll in Seattle...Rumors are also floating that the Miami Dolphins are interested in trading for Cardinals' wide receiver Anquan Boldin...NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has stated that Donte' Stallworth will be reinstated from his suspension when he's eligible for reinstatement next week.
Scouting Reports...Our draft expert Al Fronczak is breaking down the quarterback prospects for the 2010 draft, and has posted his scouting report for Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford. Quarterback Prospects Michael Irvin...Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin has been accused of raping a woman at The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Broward County, Fla. The woman who says she was raped by Michael Irvin, filed a civil lawsuit against him Thursday in Broward Circuit Court. Although no criminal charges have been filed, the Broward State Attorney's Office has been looking into the case and is expected to reach a conclusion next week. The woman said the attack happened in 2007, in the late hours of July 4 or early July 5. Miami Herald
Chargers/Tomlinson...San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson has come to terms with the fact that he's played his last game as a San Diego Charger. Signonsandiego.com
Eagles/Savage...The Philadelphia Eagles have hired former Browns' general manager Phil Savage as a consultant for the 2010 NFL Draft.
Bills/Edwards...The Buffalo Bills have hired Florida Gators defensive coordinator George Edwards for their vacant defensive coordinator position. Pro Football Talk Gaines Adams...Toxicology tests by the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division found no additional factors contributed to the death of Bears defensive end Gaines Adams. Adams, died of cardiac arrest attributed to an enlarged heart Jan. 17 in Greenwood, his hometown. ChicagoBreakingSports.com Bills/Whaley...Pittsburgh Steelers pro scouting coordinator Doug Whaley has accepted a job as the assistant general manager for the Buffalo Bills. Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Vick/Rams...Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network is reporting the St. Louis Rams are the favorites to land Michael Vick, when, and if, the Eagles decide to part ways with him. *We stated back in January, that the Rams would be a natural landing spot for Vick, because Vick isn't fond of playing in cold weather, and the Rams play inside a dome. Rams' GM Billy Devaney knows Vick from the time they both spent in the Falcons organization together.
Buffalo Bills...The Buffalo Bills have offered Steelers pro personnel coordinator Doug Whaley, their Assistant GM job. Whaley could fill the vacancy left when the Bills fired Pro Personnel director John Guy. NFL.com/La Canfora Bears Hire DeBord...The Chicago Bears hired Mike De Bord as their tight ends coach...De Bord spent the past two years as an assistant with the Seattle Seahawks. Chicago Tribune Eagles Hire Jauron...The Philadelphia Eagles have hired former Bills head coach Dick Jauron to coach the team's defensive backs. NFL.com
Kubiak Extended...The Houston Texans have signed coach Gary Kubiak to a three-year contract extension that runs through 2012. Houston Chronicle/Twitter New Head of Officiating...Jay Glazer reports Carl Johnson has been tabbed as the NFL's new head of officiating to replace Mike Perreira. Jay Glazer/Twitter Rey Maulaluga...Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga pleaded guilty to a drunk driving charge this morning. Maualuga was sentenced to seven days in jail, fined $350, had his driver's license was suspended for 90-days, and was also put on two years probation. Cincinnati.com
Texas vs Nation...Three quarterbacks that are participating in this weekend's Texas vs Nation All Star game weren't invited to the Combine. Former LSU transfer Ryan Perriloux (Jackson State) is on the Texas roster, while Jonathan Crompton (Tennessee) and Rusty Smith (Florida Atlantic) will play for the Nation team. All three quarterbacks have as much upside and pro potential, as some of the more highly touted second-tier quarterback prospects that were invited to the Combine.
Bucs Hire Van Pelt...The Tampa Bay Bucaneers have hired former Bills quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt to coach the team's quarterbacks.
Bills Hire Three...The Buffalo Bills officially announced the hiring of Bruce DeHaven as special teams coordinator and George Cortez as quarterbacks coach today. The team also announced, that they hired Stan Hixon to coach the team's receivers. Hixon spent the last six years with the Washington Redskins as their receivers coach. WIVB.com Bears Hire Martz...The Chicago Bears have hired Mike Martz as their offensive coordinator. Chicago Daily Herald Chiefs Hire Three..The Kansas City Chiefs announced that they gave hired former Falcons assistant head coach/secondary coach Emmitt Thomas to coach their defensive backs, former Dolphins' running back Bernie Parmalee to coach their tight ends, and former NFL cornerback Otis Smith for defensive quality control. Kansas City Star Texas vs Nation...The 2010 Texas vs the Nation All Star Game will be played this Saturday Feb, 6 at 2 PM EST on CBS College Sports (DirecTV CH 613, Dish Network CH 152, Bell TV CH 413, and Sky Angel CH 323). The game is filled with sleeper prospects from around the country including former LSU quarterback Ryan Perrilloux (Jackson State) and Tennessee quarterback Jonathan Crompton. Twenty-five players who participated in the game last season were drafted in the 2009 Draft, including Bears Pro Bowl wide receiver Johnny Knox. TexasvsNation.com CBA/Goodell...In talking with NFL Network’s Rich Eisen about the CBA negotiations with the Players’ Association, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted the 2010 NFL season will most likely be uncapped. NFL.com