Marvin Austin and Robert Quinn lined up side-by-side on North Carolina’s practice field for defensive line drills while Greg Little hauled in passes.
Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller, a potential top-five pick and a plaintiff in an antitrust lawsuit against the league, said Thursday he will attend the NFL draft in New York.
Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure seems to have piqued the Miami Dolphins’ interest. He has a visit scheduled with the Dolphins, along with five other teams, a source with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. Leshoure visited the Detroit Lions on Tuesday.
Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith has been invited to New York for draft-week events, but he hasn’t been asked to attend the draft itself, a league source said Thursday.
Tyron Smith’s pro-day workout at USC included a bevy of NFL offensive line coaches watching closely, and he will begin taking trips to many of those teams that scouted him on campus Wednesday, according to a league source.
Jake Locker dropped back seven steps and flicked
the pass 60 yards downfield, barely missing the fingertips of
receiver D’Andre Goodwin.
DE/DT Teryl White (6042, 303) had a solid workout at North Carolina Central’s pro day on Wednesday. Players were forced to run in the gym on the slippery basketball court due to bad weather conditions.
White was timed in the 4.92–4.96 range in the forty and bench pressed 225 pounds 23 times. He also registered a 29.5” vertical jump and 9’ broad jump, showcasing his athleticism for a big man.
While he is not expected to get drafted, White is an under the radar priority free agent-type that has a good chance to make an NFL roster. The St. Louis Rams and Houston Texans were on hand to watch the workout.
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2011 NFL Draft–
- CB – The Al Davis-led Raiders are playing with fire with their sudden decision to void the contract of Nnamdi Asomugha due to a clause, allowing the All Pro corner to hit the open market. Oakland took some precautionary measures with the re-signing of Stanford Routt, who is coming off an exceptional season. The mediocre play of backups Chris Johnson and Walter McFadden was alarming, neither player should be counted on to step up and start. Luckily, Davis has had a keen eye for landing corners in the draft.
- OG – Starting left guard Robert Gallery is the main free agent cog along the offensive line that could leave a gaping hole to fill. Second-year pro Bruce Campbell showed glimpses of his athleticism and flashed ability to at
2010 NFL Draft Class–
(1-8) Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama: The big linebacker had an introductory season in the NFL that was a mixed bag. While he did make a number of vicious hits (see Amendola, Danny), at times McClain appeared slow and unable to get off blocks. The Silver and Black can take solace in the fact that McClain ended his season on a high note, as evidenced by a dominant performance versus San Diego in which he read and attacked numerous running plays. The young enforcer must also do a better job of staying out of trouble off the field. Grade: C
(2-44) Lamarr Houston, DT, Texas: The college defensive tackle posted five sacks in his rookie campaign and looked like a natural as a 4-3 end. The long-armed lineman
Quarterback Jake Locker took stage front and center for 20 NFL teams Wednesday at the University of Washington pro day workout. The two-sport athlete threw about 40 passes, with just two over-thrown deep balls, according to various sources. Surprisingly, Locker did not attempt any snaps from under center, according to FOX Sports.
The entire Seahawks coaching staff was in attendance, as was Chris Palmer the new offensive coordinator for the Titans, whom Locker will workout for on Thursday. That will be followed by a workout for the Broncos on Friday– Locker conducted a workout for the Vikings earlier this month.
Most NFL Draft prognosticators remain convinced that Locker will still land in the first round but there is a growing sentiment around league circles that his best sport may ultimately be baseball, especially if there is a lengthened lockout and he doesn’t get to participate in