Aaron Hernandez (K.C. Cox/Getty Images)
Scout.com's Ed Thompson shares what he's been hearing from his NFL sources regarding draft prospect visits and workouts, some interesting Twitter talk, and a few of his observations on Browns QB Jake Delhomme, Ravens RB Ray Rice and the NFL's overtime rule. Check it out...
My Sources Are Saying...
- Rick Spielman, Vice President of Player Personnel of the Vikings, and A.J. Smith, General Manager of the Chargers, attended the Georgia Tech Pro Day.
Both teams are showing considerable interest in running back Jonathan Dwyer,
a projected first-round pick. Following the Pro Day workout, the Chargers
extended an invitation for the running back to make an official visit.
USC's Damian Williams
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- New England will meet with USC wide receiver Damian Williams at USC on March 24--not
to work him out, just to meet with him. But they will put Florida tight end
Aaron Hernandez through a rigorous private workout on Thursday, March 18 as
they continue to look for ways to bolster their talent at the position for
the 2010 season. Williams was an All-Pac-10 first team pick last year at
both wide receiver and punt returner. During that season he made 70 catches
for 1,010 yards, scoring six touchdowns. He also averaged 14.2 yards
per punt return, finishing sixth in the nation in that category. Hernandez
was a 29-game starter for the Gators and made 111 catches for 1,382 yards
(12.5 average) and scored 12 touchdowns during his college career.
- While University of Cincinnati wide receiver Mardy Gilyard and quarterback
Tony Pike were at the Senior Bowl, both were asked by some clubs about the
Bearcats' left tackle, Jeff Linkenbach. While he's not a
widely-recognized name outside of the Big East, the 6-foot-6,
311-pound lineman has certainly caught the eye of the Chicago Bears and the
Indianapolis Colts, who have scheduled him for official visits in April. He
also has a private workout with the Miami Dolphins scheduled for Monday,
March 22. "The combination of my technique, footwork and hand placement
along with my experience in both a power-running offense as well as in a
spread offense can only be good for my NFL career," the soft-spoken
lineman told me during a recent phone conversation. "To have the honor
and responsibility for protecting Tony [Pike], who's a prototypical NFL
quarterback who likes to sit in the pocket was great experience that should
help me at the next level."
- University of Arizona linebacker Vuna Tuihalamaka ran a 40-time in the
4.61-4.65 range at his school's pro day and caught the eye of some teams
during his position drills workout. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker is
already scheduled to make four team visits, including one with the
Indianapolis Colts. Tuihalamaka started all 13 games for the Wildcats last
year, made 72 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, broke up three passes and
picked-off one pass.
"Philly its been real like my BBQ Grill.. The good the bad, & the
ugly... Lil/BIG country boy like myself have really enjoyed myself.."
-- Former Eagles Pro Bowl guard Shawn Andrews after the team released him on
"NFL revenues are as high now as they have ever been, yet the owners are
asking us to take a pay cut. Does that make any sense?" -- Saints
quarterback Drew Brees
I'm Just Saying...
- Former Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme signed a two-year deal with the
Browns shortly after the team completed a trade to bring former Seahawks
backup Seneca Wallace to Cleveland as well. “I was not guaranteed
anything. I want to make that perfectly clear,” Delhomme told reporters in
regards to whether or not he's be named the club's starter. In fairness to
the Browns front office and coaching staff, I hope Delhomme made it clear
that he couldn't guarantee them that he'd do much of anything as a
quarterback. He threw 18 interceptions and just eight touchdowns in 11 game
appearances last year.
- During his first two years in the league, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been
incredibly consistent whether he's playing at home or away. Check this out.
At home he averages 5.0 yards per carry, has scored three rushing
touchdowns, rushed for 37 first downs and has broken 22 runs for 10-plus
yards. Away? He gains 4.9 yards per carry, has scored four times on the
ground, moved the chains 35 times and has 20 runs for 10-plus yards. No
wonder he's been able to get off to such a successful start.
- Fans who think that the league needs to adopt an overtime period that
assures that both teams get a chance to have the ball at least once will
undoubtedly be surprised by some of the statistics the the NFL released this
week. Since 1974, the year the overtime rule was implemented, only 30 percent of the 445 overtime contests were decided on
the first offensive possession by the team that won the coin toss, so both
teams got at least one offensive possession in 70 percent of the games.
Overall, the team that won the toss eventually won the game 53.9 percent of
the time, teams that loss the toss won 42.2 percent of the time, and 3.8
percent ended in a tie. So thinking that winning the coin toss is a huge
advantage is more myth than
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