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Jones,Julio (Atlanta Falcons) (5/13/2011)

WR Julio Jones, for whom the Falcons traded five choices to Cleveland to move up 21 slots in the initial stanza, continues to recover from foot surgery, and is likely a couple weeks away from being able to join workouts organized by quarterback Matt Ryan.

--Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange


Benson,Cedric (Cincinnati Bengals) (5/13/2011)

RB Cedric Benson believes he's earned a big contract based on his play with the team. Benson is scheduled to be a free agent when the lockout ends.

Asked about getting a large deal on SiriusXM NFL radio, Benson said, "I think I'm deserving of that I just hope a couple teams feel the same way. It would be nice if it would be the Bengals, they drafted a quarterback in the second round and have young receivers, they're going to need a horse in there."


Free,Doug (Dallas Cowboys) (5/13/2011)

OT Doug Free, not rookie first-round pick Tyron Smith, is the Cowboys' preference at left tackle. The hope is Free will return for at least another year, and possibly long-term. After starting only seven games in his first four seasons in the league, Free moved from the right to the left side in his fifth year, after Dallas released Flozell Adams, and started all 16 games. By unofficial count, Free permitted five sacks in '10, all of them after Tony Romo was injured in the sixth game, and Jon Kitna became the starter for the rest of the campaign. Free, 27, a relative baby by the Dallas line's standards, is a free agent whose status won't be determined until there is a CBA agreement. The team made him a one-year restricted tender at the highest level, $3.442 million (first- and third-round compensation), but will want to discuss a long-term deal once there is labor peace and the moratorium on negotiations is lifted. A lot of teams, Dallas included, felt that Smith's athleticism and quick feet made him a left tackle candidate. But Smith never started a game at left tackle for USC and never even practiced at the position the past two seasons.

--Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange


Quinn,Brady (Denver Broncos) (5/13/2011)

QB Brady Quinn shouldn't be counted as a potential starter for the Broncos. Reporting on ESPN radio, Chris Mortensen said director of football operations and coach John Fox have said Quinn has a legitimate chance of winning the job.

Said Mortensen, "I can tell you unequivocally that if you talk to John Elway and John Fox, they will tell you emphatically that Brady Quinn is absolutely in the mix in terms of the competition for the starting job. They are not handing it to Tim Tebow. They are not handing it to Kyle Orton. They may have a depth chart to start out, but I know in communicating and speaking to both men that Brady Quinn is not forgotten."


White,LenDale (Denver Broncos) (5/13/2011)

RB LenDale White, who spent the 2010 on injured reserve because of a torn Achilles tendon, has been working out with teammates and is running again.


Jenkins,Cullen (Green Bay Packers) (5/13/2011)

DL Cullen Jenkins is likely to be a popular free agent if he doesn't return to the Packers. The seven-year veteran has been linked in reports with Washington and Dallas, and there figure to be others 3-4 suitors as well when the NFL opens for business. Jenkins is only 30 years old and, even coming off a 2010 season when hand and calf injuries limited him to eight starts, appears to be a guy in demand. Ironically, Jenkins originally balked when coordinator Dom Capers introduced the 3-4 front to the Packers in 2009. But the scheme is apt to make Jenkins, who failed in Capers' experiments to make him a stand-up edge defender, a very rich man. At 305 pounds, Jenkins can anchor versus the run, yet is mobile enough to provide some pass rush. He registered seven sacks in 2010 and, among 3-4 ends, only Justin Smith of San Francisco (8.5) had more. The Redskins had 6.5 sacks combined from their ends in 2010; Dallas had just four.

--Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange


Flynn,Matt (Green Bay Packers) (5/13/2011)

QB Matt Flynn has heard some of the chatter about moving to another team, but the backup to Aaron Rodgers says he's happy where he is.

Said Flynn, "I love being a Packer and I'll be here as long as they want me. It's all kind of speculation right now, of what people want to write or whatever they want to say. You can't say that anybody wants me or doesn't want me. We'll see what happens. I just like where I am right now."

Acknowledging that the Packers are "Aaron's team and it will be for a long time," Flynn added, "Everybody wants to play, but I know my role on the team. I know if I need to step in there I'm always prepared because I work just as hard as the next guy."

Flynn played well in the team's loss to New England on Dec. 19 when Rodgers was out, gaining some notoriety because it was a Sunday night game.

He said, "I've always been a confident person. I think my teammates and coaches always knew I could step in and do it. It was definitely nice to go out there and be able to do it, have the opportunity to have some success.

"It probably did more for my teammates than it did for me personally because I've always been confident. It probably gives them a little bit more confidence if I need to step in."


Bush,Reggie (New Orleans Saints) (5/13/2011)

RB Reggie Bush isn't a lock to return to the Saints. That has some rival executives excited about the possibility of adding the versatile Bush, and some teams are evaluating him as a potential addition as a slot receiver. In his first two seasons in the league, Bush averaged 80.5 receptions per year and 5.75 catches per game. The past three years, impacted by injuries, Bush's average is 53.7 catches per season and 4.15 per game.

"It's intriguing, but we just don't know yet," one of the coaches told The Sports Xchange. "But it's a pretty good example of some of the ways we spend the time we've got right now, with no players. ... You get a wild (idea) and, instead of just dismissing it out of hand, it turns into a project."

He's been a matchup nightmare for opponents out in space, and a key player for a big, screen-pass team like the Saints.

But it's one thing to line up in the slot in situations and another to do it consistently. There were a few franchises that toyed with the idea of Bush as a wide receiver prior to the 2006 draft, when he was the second overall selection, but no one has mentioned the possibility of him moving to the position full-time until the AFC club whispered it this week.

--Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange


Vick,Michael (Philadelphia Eagles) (5/13/2011)

QB Michael Vick has been chosen by students at Philadelphia's Camelot Schools to be their commencement speaker next month.

Vick was selected over Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter and school district superintendant Dr. Arlene Ackerman, according to Philadelphia Sports Daily.

Camelot works with the city's school district to work with at-risk youth dealing with behavioral and emotional issues. Vick was voted the NFL Comeback Player of the Year for 2010 after missing the 2007 and 2008 seasons while serving a federal sentence for dogfighting.

"These students may have made a mistake along the way, but they turned it around," Vick said in a statement. "They did the right thing and finished school. I am honored to be speaking at their commencement."


Vick,Michael (Philadelphia Eagles) (5/13/2011)

QB Michael Vick has been chosen by students at Philadelphia's Camelot Schools to be their commencement speaker next month.

Vick was selected over Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter and school district superintendant Dr. Arlene Ackerman, according to Philadelphia Sports Daily.

Camelot works with the city's school district to work with at-risk youth dealing with behavioral and emotional issues. Vick was voted the NFL Comeback Player of the Year for 2010 after missing the 2007 and 2008 seasons while serving a federal sentence for dogfighting.

"These students may have made a mistake along the way, but they turned it around," Vick said in a statement. "They did the right thing and finished school. I am honored to be speaking at their commencement."


Polamalu,Troy (Pittsburgh Steelers) (5/13/2011)

S Troy Polamalu received his degree on Friday in ceremonies at Southern Cal.

In addition, while finishing work on his degree, Polamalu has been rehabbing an injured Achilles at his home in Los Angeles.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that Polamalu should be ready for the start of training camp and that he has been working with an orthopedic surgeon that is "friendly with the Steelers' medical staff."


Kaepernick,Colin (San Francisco 49ers) (5/13/2011)

QB Colin Kaepernick underwent surgery shortly after the draft on his lower leg. The 49ers say they were aware of the injury, and Kaepernick says it's "nothing serious."

Agent Scott Smith said the lockout helped the decision to have the decision now. Said Smith, "He certainly could have (waited). He played four games at Nevada and barely talked about it. Because of the lockout, the timing was as good as it's going to get."


Hasselbeck,Matt (Seattle Seahawks) (5/13/2011)

QB Matt Hasselbeck is most likely to return to the Seahawks for 2011 as various media reports have underlined since TSX first opined he'd return last week. Of all the veteran quarterbacks either available in free agency or rumored to be on the trade block, Hasselbeck is mentioned the least of anyone when a change of scenery is discussed. The 12-year veteran might be a solid "bridge" quarterback for a team seeking an experienced guy to play for a year or two while a youngster is developed, but there's only modest buzz so far about him filling such a role. Hasselbeck will turn 36 in late September, and he's coming off a season in which he had some injuries and threw only a dozen touchdown passes. Bit those who have watched Hasselbeck at practice insist he can still throw every pass and are somewhat surprised he seems to have generated so little unofficial interest. The Seahawks definitely want Hasselbeck to re-sign, probably for a short-term contract, and the organization still seems to retain confidence that backup Charlie Whitehurst can develop into a viable starter. Team officials also insisted to The Sports Xchange this week that there is little interest in Matt Leinart, a free agent and former Heisman Trophy winner who played for coach Pete Carroll at USC.

--Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange


Allen,Anthony (Baltimore Ravens) (5/14/2011)

RB Anthony Allen (7/225) is the big-bodied back that the Ravens need to replace Willis McGahee, who is scheduled to get released before the season. He lacks breakaway speed, but he grinds out yards between the tackles with his size and bulk.


Brown,Chykie (Baltimore Ravens) (5/14/2011)

CB Chykie Brown (5/164) was a roommate of Sergio Kindle at Texas. He is a slender cover man who had just two interceptions at Texas, both in his junior year. He could develop into a nickel back.


Reid,Jah (Baltimore Ravens) (5/14/2011)

OT Jah Reid (3/85) was projected as a fifth- or sixth-round talent. But the Ravens traded a sixth-round pick to move up in the third round to get the first team All-Conference USA player.


Smith,Jimmy (Baltimore Ravens) (5/14/2011)

CB Jimmy Smith (1/27) landed near the bottom of the first round because of several red flags that included three reported failed drug tests and two alcohol-related arrests. The Ravens believe their locker room can handle Smith, who is the clear-cut No. 3 cornerback in the draft.


McPhee,Pernell (Baltimore Ravens) (5/14/2011)

DE Pernell McPhee (5/165) is considered a raw prospect, and didn't play football until his senior year of high school. He has a high motor and is a powerful tackler.


Doss,Tandon (Baltimore Ravens) (5/14/2011)

WR Tandon Doss (4/123) was one of the most sure-handed receivers in the draft. He has been compared to T.J. Houshmandzadeh, and he could be taking Houshmandzadeh's spot on the roster.


Smith,Torrey (Baltimore Ravens) (5/14/2011)

WR Torrey Smith (2/58) became the first wide receiver taken by the Ravens in the first two rounds since Mark Clayton in 2005. He gives the Ravens what their wide receiver group lacks: speed and the ability to stretch the field. Smith projects to be Baltimore's No. 3 wide receiver this season.


Taylor,Tyrod (Baltimore Ravens) (5/14/2011)

QB Tyrod Taylor (6/180) was the ACC Player of the Year and says he's the most dynamic quarterback in the draft. The Ravens need depth at quarterback because backup Marc Bulger isn't expected to return. Taylor has potential to be a slot receiver or returner.


Williams,Aaron (Buffalo Bills) (5/14/2011)

CB Aaron Williams (2/34) also projects as a possible safety, and has the size to cover stronger receivers and also be an asset against the run. He collected 97 career tackles, including 11.5 for loss, and forced six fumbles.


Hairston,Chris (Buffalo Bills) (5/14/2011)

OT Chris Hairston (4/122) is a candidate to compete for their starting right tackle job. Hairston recorded 31 pancake blocks and gave up just one sack playing left tackle as a senior.


White,Chris (Buffalo Bills) (5/14/2011)

LB Chris White (6/169) is an overachiever that finished fourth in the SEC with 105 tackles and six sacks. Can also play inside and adds to depth at position of need.


Searcy,Da-Norris (Buffalo Bills) (5/14/2011)

S Da'Norris Searcy (4/100) was a wise insurance move in the event the Bills lose Donte Whitner in free agency. Searcy has rare size-to-speed ratio and adds to a deep pool of return specialists on the roster.


White,Johnny (Buffalo Bills) (5/14/2011)

RB Johnny White (5/133) is a strong inside runner with superb hands, and could wind up the perfect complement to Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller.


Rogers,Justin (Buffalo Bills) (5/14/2011)

CB Justin Rogers (7/206) was the best shutdown corner in the Colonial Athletic Association. Adds to their depth.


Sheppard,Kelvin (Buffalo Bills) (5/14/2011)

LB Kelvin Sheppard (3/68) could prove to be one of the steals of the draft. He relishes his role as quarterback of the defense and is another piece toward improving the NFL's worst run defense. Brings a huge body of work with 311 career tackles, 26 for loss, and 5.5 sacks.


Dareus,Marcell (Buffalo Bills) (5/14/2011)

DL Marcell Dareus (1/3) is a perfect fit for the Bills' hybrid defense, a player that can rush the passer as an end in a 3-4 or dominate the inside as a tackle in a 4-3. Boasting 70 tackles, 11 sacks and 20 pressures for his career, Dareus was the most versatile defensive lineman in a draft where a record 12 defensive linemen were taken in the first round.


Jasper,Michael (Buffalo Bills) (5/14/2011)

DT Michael Jasper (7/245) shed 73 pounds since January and will make for interesting copy.


Green,A.J. (Cincinnati Bengals) (5/14/2011)

WR A.J. Green (1/4) can catch anything in traffic and is sound in all the routes. He was the top offensive player on the Bengals' draft board.


Dalton,Andy (Cincinnati Bengals) (5/14/2011)

QB Andy Dalton (2/35) is the quarterback that new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden wanted all along. He certainly didn't hide it over the past couple weeks but Dalton was able to fall to them and the Bengals didn't have to make a trade.


Boling,Clint (Cincinnati Bengals) (5/14/2011)

OG Clint Boling (4/101) will eventually be a starter and offers plenty of versatility. He projects at guard right now with right guard Bobbie Williams in the last year of his contract and the left side in flux.


Moch,Dontay (Cincinnati Bengals) (5/14/2011)

LB Dontay Moch (3/66) played on the defensive line at Nevada but projects to an outside linebacker in Mike Zimmer's 4-3 system. Moch will start out mainly on special teams and be a situational pass rusher. He certainly has the speed, running a 4.4 in the 40 at the Scouting Combine.


Finley,Jay (Cincinnati Bengals) (5/14/2011)

RB Jay Finley is a good outside back, but is not built to run between the tackles. His blocking is suspect.


Lindsey,Korey (Cincinnati Bengals) (5/14/2011)

CB Korey Lindsey (7/207) is more of a developmental pick right now in what is a deep group. He could find a spot though as a punt returner.


Sands,Robert (Cincinnati Bengals) (5/14/2011)

S Robert Sands (5/134) has the size to play at strong safety as the Bengals needed to add depth to that position.


Whalen,Ryan (Cincinnati Bengals) (5/14/2011)

WR Ryan Whalen (6/167) was a little bit of a surprise pick but receivers coach James Urban raved about Whalen's consistency in running routes.


Skrine,Buster (Cleveland Browns) (5/14/2011)

CB Buster Skrine (5/137) can fly, and he can cover. He ran a 4.22 40-yard dash, a school record.


Hagg,Eric (Cleveland Browns) (5/14/2011)

S Eric Hagg (7/248) is a safety and can play the nickel. He had five interceptions in 2010 and named MVP at Nebraska.


Sheard,Jabaal (Cleveland Browns) (5/14/2011)

DE Jabaal Sheard (2/37) is needed as the Browns switch to a 4-3 defense. Sheard is versatile enough to beat tackles around the edge and strong enough to bull rush.


Pinkston,Jason (Cleveland Browns) (5/14/2011)

OT Jason Pinkston (5/150) could challenge injury-prone Tony Pashos for a starting job at right tackle.


Cameron,Jordan (Cleveland Browns) (5/14/2011)

TE Jordan Cameron (4/102) began his college career at Brigham Young as a basketball player. He caught 16 passes last season. He is considered raw with a huge upside.


Marecic,Owen (Cleveland Browns) (5/14/2011)

FB Owen Marecic (4/124) was a two-way starter at Stanford, playing middle linebacker as well as fullback. He will play fullback for the Browns.


Taylor,Phil (Cleveland Browns) (5/14/2011)

NT Phil Taylor (1/21) is an immense nose tackle who will team with Ahtyba Rubin to shore up the run defense, which ranked 27th last year. He can collapse the pocket on passing downs.


Miller,Von (Denver Broncos) (5/14/2011)

LB Von Miller (1/2) should team with the returning Elvis Dumervil to significantly boost Denver's ability to attack the pocket.


Harris,Brandon (Houston Texans) (5/14/2011)

CB Brandon Harris (2/60) will be used inside as the slot corner in nickel situations. That means he should play about 50 percent of the time.


Reed,Brooks (Houston Texans) (5/14/2011)

LB Brooks Reed (2/42) is expected to start on the strong side and drop down to end and rush in passing situations.


Ozougwu,Cheta (Houston Texans) (5/14/2011)

LB Cheta Ozougwu (7/254), Mr. Irrelevant, the last pick in the draft, was a defensive end in college. He'll be tried at outside linebacker with the Texans. He's a good athlete who's quick and starting to develop moves. He'll probably spend his rookie season on the practice squad.


Newton,Derek (Houston Texans) (5/14/2011)

OT Derek Newton (7/214) will be groomed as the Texans' swing tackle in case they lose Rashad Butler. Newton played the right side in college. He's got good size and works hard but needs NFL coaching and some time in the weight room. He'll probably spend the season on the practice squad.


Watt,J.J. (Houston Texans) (5/14/2011)

DE J.T. Watt (1/11) is an underclassman who's a terrific athlete with 34 reps on the bench, a 37-inch vertical jump, 4.81 speed and the largest hands of any player at the combine. He's most effective as a 4-3 defensive tackle, but he's found his niche as 3-4 defensive end. He'll compete with Antonio Smith for the starting job. In passing situations, both will move inside to tackle to help rush the passer.


Carmichael,Roc (Houston Texans) (5/14/2011)

CB Roc Carmichael (4/127) is a physical outside corner who'll be competing for a backup job as a rookie. He also will have to contribute on special teams. The coaches like his tenacity and the leadership and intelligence he showed in college.


Keo,Shiloh (Houston Texans) (5/14/2011)

S Shiloh Keo (5/144) ran in the mid 4.6s at his pro day. He's a hard hitter and a team leader who averaged 14.2 yards on punt returns during his college career. He's got good ball skills and good range to go with great instincts.


Yates,T.J. (Houston Texans) (5/14/2011)

QB T.J. Yates (5/152) started three seasons. His best season was his last one when so many of his teammates were suspended. He ran almost the same offense in college that the Texans use.


Castonzo,Anthony (Indianapolis Colts) (5/14/2011)

OT Anthony Castonzo (1/22) is a big athletic left tackle prospect who will be given every possible chance to win a starting job. Could become Indy's eventual long-term successor to former Pro Bowler Tarik Glenn, who retired after the 2006 season.


Ijalana,Benjamin (Indianapolis Colts) (5/14/2011)

OT Ben Ijalana (2/49) was a left tackle in college who could end up playing right offensive tackle or be moved inside to offensive guard. Colts had him graded as a potential first-round prospect.


Rucker,Chris (Indianapolis Colts) (5/14/2011)

CB Chris Rucker (6/188) is a big defensive back who could contend for work in the Colts' nickel and dime defensive packages.


Carter,Delone (Indianapolis Colts) (5/14/2011)

RB Delone Carter (4/119) us a between-the-tackles runner who needs to become more consistent as a pass receiver and pass blocker. A pounder who should be able to move the pile in short-yardage situations.


Nevis,Drake (Indianapolis Colts) (5/14/2011)

DT Drake Nevis (3/87) is undersized but should fit right in with the Colts. Indianapolis coaches and scouts like smaller, quicker defensive tackles with athletic skills. He fits that mold.


Shorts III,Cecil (Jacksonville Jaguars) (5/14/2011)

WR Cecil Shorts (4/114) is the first Division III player the Jaguars have drafted and only the 11th in the league in the last 15 years, Shorts is expected to compete for the No. 3 wide receiver position.


Prosinski,Chris (Jacksonville Jaguars) (5/14/2011)

S Chris Prosinski (4/121) was the only safety the Jaguars drafted and since that was one of their weakest positions, he has a chance to come in and fight for a starting job.


Issac,Rod (Jacksonville Jaguars) (5/14/2011)

CB Rod Issac (5/147) started all 25 games the past two seasons and he will compete for a nickel job.


Rackley,Will (Jacksonville Jaguars) (5/14/2011)

OG Will Rackley (3/76) is the first Lehigh player drafted since 1995, Rackley is expected to be a starter in a year or two at left guard and will compete this season with veterans Vince Manuwai and Justin Smiley for a starting spot.


Clay,Charles (Miami Dolphins) (5/14/2011)

TE Charles Clay (6/174) has versatility and mobility, which make him an intriguing value pick this late in the draft. The Dolphins hope to move him around a la David Martin, circa 2008, as they seek a reliable running mate for starter Anthony Fasano.


Thomas,Daniel (Miami Dolphins) (5/14/2011)

RB Daniel Thomas (2/62) doesn't have breakaway speed, but his big body and two-year production in the Big 12 were enough to prompt a trade up from the third round.


Gates,Edmond (Miami Dolphins) (5/14/2011)

WR Edmond Gates (4/11) is a late-blooming speedster who didn't play high school football, a first for Jeff Ireland draftees. But Gates' 40-inch vertical, strong hands and kick return ability should give the Dolphins their replacement for Ted Ginn Jr.


Kearse,Frank (Miami Dolphins) (5/14/2011)

DT Frank Kearse (7/231) is a physically gifted pile pusher and is a longshot but could add to an already deep group of defensive linemen. Likely replacement for free agent Tony McDaniel.


Wilson,Jimmy (Miami Dolphins) (5/14/2011)

CB Jimmy Wilson (7/235) continues a recent preference for Grizzlies - kicker Dan Carpenter, running back Lex Hilliard. The Dolphins grabbed a star-crossed talent who spent two years in jail on charges (since dropped) of murdering his aunt's boyfriend. Was out of college football for three seasons due to the 2007 murder case.


Pouncey,Mike (Miami Dolphins) (5/14/2011)

OG Mike Pouncey (1/15) and the similarities to twin brother Maurkice, a Pro-Bowl center as a rookie last year for the Steelers, were too much for the Dolphins to ignore as they seek to fix their interior offensive line.


Smith,Lee (New England Patriots) (5/14/2011)

TE Lee Smith (5/159) is considered a blocking tight end, and could be groomed to replace veteran Alge Crumpler in that role.


Williams,Malcolm (New England Patriots) (5/14/2011)

CB Malcolm Williams (7/219) is a college backup with raw ability.


Cannon,Marcus (New England Patriots) (5/14/2011)

OT Marcus Cannon (5/138) has a tumor in his stomach that will require chemotherapy. Expected to recover fully from that treatment, he could be a steal and compete for a starting job down the road.


Carter,Markell (New England Patriots) (5/14/2011)

LB Markell Carter (6/194) is a developmental edge guy with intriguing length.


Solder,Nate (New England Patriots) (5/14/2011)

OT Nate Solder (1/17) is a former tight end who's only played tackle for three years, but has the length and athleticism to be a premier player in the future.


Dowling,Ras-I (New England Patriots) (5/14/2011)

CB Ras-I Dowling (2/33) was thought of as a first-round prospect heading into 2010, but he played just five games due to injury. He adds depth and versatility (safety) to the New England secondary.


Mallett,Ryan (New England Patriots) (5/14/2011)

QB Ryan Mallett (3/74) has a huge arm and is one of the more physically talented passers in the draft. He has impressive upside and will learn behind the best in the game.


Vereen,Shane (New England Patriots) (5/14/2011)

RB Shane Vereen (2/56) is a versatile back who rushed for 1,100 yards last fall as a junior and scored at least 12 touchdowns in each of his final two seasons. He joins the committee backfield in New England with the ability to chip in as both a runner and receiver.


Ridley,Stevan (New England Patriots) (5/14/2011)

RB Stevan Ridley (3/73) will move from a rotating committee backfield with the Tigers to the same role in New England. He has experience as both fullback and lead back having rushed for 1,100 yards and 15 touchdowns last fall.


Powell,Bilal (New York Jets) (5/14/2011)

RB Bilal Powell (4/126) rushed for 1,405 yards in 2010, the second-best single-season total in school history. He can run inside the tackles and has speed to outrun defenders once he gets to the second level. Jets envision him a potential three-down back, but he must improve both pass-catching and blitz pickup.


McElroy,Greg (New York Jets) (5/14/2011)

QB Greg McElroy (7/208) doesn't have a big arm, but has many other good attributes for a quarterback, such as accuracy (completed 70.9 percent of his passes last season), intelligence (a Rhodes Scholar candidate) and pocket poise and presence. Should compete immediately for No. 3 job.


Kerley,Jeremy (New York Jets) (5/14/2011)

WR Jeremy Kerley (5/153) was the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year each of the last two seasons for his work on kickoff and punt returns, and could be the replacement for versatile free agent Brad Smith if he isn't re-signed. Kerley even threw a touchdown pass last season.


Ellis,Kenrick (New York Jets) (5/14/2011)

NT Kenrick Ellis (3/94) had major character concerns, which made him fall to almost the end of the third round, and he still has an assault charge (and trial) pending. But the Jets felt they couldn't ignore his combination of size and quickness that makes him a prototypical 3-4 nose. Still, he could have tough adjustment to speed of pro game.


Wilkerson,Muhammad (New York Jets) (5/14/2011)

DE Muhammad Wilkerson (1/30) had 16.5 sacks the last two seasons. However, none came against teams from BCS conferences. He projects as a 3-4 end in the Jets' base defense, but also can play tackle when Jets line up in a 4-3.


McKnight,Scotty (New York Jets) (5/14/2011)

WR Scotty McKnight (7/227) began his career at Colorado as an invited walk-on and finished it as the school's all-time leader in receptions (215) and touchdown catches (22). It certainly doesn't hurt that he is close friends with quarterback Mark Sanchez, and thus should be able to pick up the offense quickly. Likely candidate for practice squad.


Batch,Baron (Pittsburgh Steelers) (5/14/2011)

RB Baron Batch (7/232) could be the third-down back that will replace Mewelde Moore.


Heyward,Cameron (Pittsburgh Steelers) (5/14/2011)

DE Cameron Heyward (1/31) is the son of former Pitt great RB Ironhead Heyward, and is a Pittsburgh native who should find himself right at home in the Steelers' 3-4 defense. Strong and athletic, he looks like one of their typical ends who will push the pocket and engage the blockers.


Carter,Chris (Pittsburgh Steelers) (5/14/2011)

LB Chris Carter (5/162) is a typical Steelers pick, an undersized college end who will be converted to OLB. Good pass rusher but must learn position.


Allen,Cortez (Pittsburgh Steelers) (5/14/2011)

CB Cortez Allen (4/128) is unpolished but has all the tools, similar to Ike Taylor when he was drafted on the fourth round in 2003, although not as fast. Needs time and lockout will not help.


Brown,Curtis (Pittsburgh Steelers) (5/14/2011)

CB Curtis Brown (3/95) is a good cover cornerback who will stick his nose in on the run, but he needs to get stronger and that should not be a problem when he hits the Steelers' strength program.


Williams,Keith (Pittsburgh Steelers) (5/14/2011)

OG Keith Williams (6/196) is a good run blocker who needs to improve pass protection, but Steelers like his nasty, aggressive disposition and play.


Gilbert,Marcus (Pittsburgh Steelers) (5/14/2011)

OT Marcus Gilbert (2/63) has good movement, good feet and could be a left tackle for them in the future. Has versatility because he's played both guard and tackle, but he will settle in at tackle in the pros.


Ayers,Akeem (Tennessee Titans) (5/14/2011)

LB Akeem Ayers (2/39) should step in and start immediately as a strong-side linebacker, and will even get the chance to put his hand on the ground and rush the passer as an end in some third-down situations.


Stingily,Byron (Tennessee Titans) (5/14/2011)

OT Byron Stingily (6/175) is a massive left tackle prospect and is plenty raw, but has great measureables, including running a sub 5.00 time in the 40. Prepped for the draft with former Titans tackle Brad Hopkins. Will need a year or two to develop, which is Tennessee's customary M.O. for their offensive linemen.


McCarthy,Colin (Tennessee Titans) (5/14/2011)

LB Colin McCarthy (4/109) reminded some people in Miami of former Hurricane Dan Morgan, and he can play either inside or outside, though it would appear he might be ticketed for play at the MIKE position eventually. In some ways, he is similar to former Titan Peter Sirmon, who started on the outside and made his way to the middle later in his career in Tennessee. Will cut his teeth on special teams as a rookie.


Locker,Jake (Tennessee Titans) (5/14/2011)

QB Jake Locker (1/8) was more scouted by the Titans than any player. Tennessee met with Locker five different times between the Senior Bowl and the draft. Locker's daring style and leadership skills will play well in Nashville, given Steve McNair's previous success with that formula. Though they will sign a veteran, Locker will be under center at some point in 2011.


Harper,Jamie (Tennessee Titans) (5/14/2011)

RB Jamie Harper (4/130) will get the chance to take over the role of a big back to complement Chris Johnson, and he also could eventually fill in at fullback as well, if Ahmard Hall is not re-signed.


Casey,Jurrell (Tennessee Titans) (5/14/2011)

DT Jurrell Casey (3/77) is the run plugger the Titans wanted for the interior. Defensive line coach Tracy Rocker even said Casey was the guy he had targeted to fit in a line that is being overhauled to pump up its size and versatility.


Klug,Karl (Tennessee Titans) (5/14/2011)

DE Karl Klug (5/142) played tackle for Iowa, but projects to be an end for the Titans. He has a high motor and a nasty streak, much like former Titan Kyle Vanden Bosch. Might not be a regular contributor right away, but is the type of grinder the Titans love, and should eventually find a role.


Campbell,Tommie (Tennessee Titans) (5/14/2011)

DB Tommie Campbell (7/251) is a former janitor who pulled his career out of the toilet in the Division II ranks after being a high school and college teammate of Darrelle Revis and a highly regarded prospect. A 40 in the 4.3s opened the eyes of the Titans, who were willing to roll the dice on him.


Clayton,Zach (Tennessee Titans) (5/14/2011)

DT Zach Clayton (7/212) is not the Auburn defensive lineman everyone expected the Titans to end up with, but Clayton is strong and already knows d-line coach Tracy Rocker's system and expectations. Because of that, he might find a spot in the d-line rotation sooner than most seventh-rounders would.


Beal,Jeremy (Denver Broncos) (5/15/2011)

DE Jeremy Beal (7/246) is considered a high energy player who could help as a situational pass rusher with 28 sacks over the last three years.


Thomas,Julius (Denver Broncos) (5/15/2011)

TE Julius Thomas (4/129) took a player with a steep basketball background and is converting him to a viable NFL tight end. Denver, swapping with Green Bay to make the pick, has a need at the position for someone who can stretch the field vertically with soft hands. Thomas may fit that bill on that front but is raw and also must get stronger, benching 225 pounds just 16 times at the combine.


Mohamed,Mike (Denver Broncos) (5/15/2011)

LB Mike Mohamed (6/189) figures to battle Nate Irving at middle linebacker but has moved all around in his collegiate 3-4 alignment. Mohamed isn't a burner but is quick, athletic and smart and racks up tackles. He was Cal's leading tackler at 112 in 2009 and 95 in 2010. Should be a productive special teams player.


Irving,Nate (Denver Broncos) (5/15/2011)

LB Nate Irving (3/67) is the kind of player that doesn't necessarily wow you with measurable - particularly after a severe 2009 car accident sapped some of his strengths - but he is a player who is constantly around the ball. And the tenacity he demonstrated to return from multiple injuries demonstrates the football-first mentality Denver sought in its prospects.


Franklin,Orlando (Denver Broncos) (5/15/2011)

OT Orlando Franklin (2/46) likely will be given the opportunity to step in immediately to buttress an already young offensive line. Franklin also played left tackle as a senior, but the Broncos believe Franklin has the size and nasty demeanor as a run blocker but will have to prove he can adequately protect lefty Tim Tebow's blind side.


Carter,Quinton (Denver Broncos) (5/15/2011)

S Quinton Carter (4/108) is considered a hard-hitting, inside-the-box type, to add to second-round pick Rahim Moore.


Moore,Rahim (Denver Broncos) (5/15/2011)

S Rahim Moore (2/45) has a real chance to unseat Renaldo Hill at free safety, as the Broncos continue to try and improve their range and speed defensively.


Green,Virgil (Denver Broncos) (5/15/2011)

TE Virgil Green (7/204) has freakish athleticism with a 42.5 inch vertical leap and a 4.5 40 time. He's also been productive, with 58 catches and 10 touchdowns the last two seasons, in a spread offense run by San Francisco second-round pick Colin Kaepernick.


Bailey,Allen (Kansas City Chiefs) (5/15/2011)

DE Allen Bailey (3/86) should provide an improvement in their interior pass rush and that's where they see Bailey having an immediate effect. For the Hurricanes, he played end and went to tackle in passing situations.


Miller,Gabe (Kansas City Chiefs) (5/15/2011)

LB Gabe Miller (5/140) was a defensive end for the Beavers; the Chiefs will work Miller at outside linebacker due to size and speed. Miller may also get some snaps on offense; he began his college career as a tight end.


Brown,Jalil (Kansas City Chiefs) (5/15/2011)

CB Jalil Brown (4/118) was overshadowed by fellow cornerback Jimmy Smith, but is big and strong and the Chiefs especially like what they think he can bring to their special teams.


Powe,Jerrell (Kansas City Chiefs) (5/15/2011)

NT Jerrell Powe (6/199) is viewed as a nose tackle if he can adapt to the two-gap, 3-4 scheme that's run by coordinator Romeo Crennel along the line of scrimmage.


Baldwin,Jon (Kansas City Chiefs) (5/15/2011)

WR Jonathan Baldwin (1/26) is an athletically gifted receiver who has had problems with attitude. The Chiefs needed help for veteran receiver Dwayne Bowe and they judged Baldwin the third best receiver in the draft.


Houston,Justin (Kansas City Chiefs) (5/15/2011)

LB Justin Houston (3/70) fell to the third round because of a positive drug test at the NFL Combine. The Chiefs like the skills he displayed in the 3-4 for the Bulldogs.


Stanzi,Ricky (Kansas City Chiefs) (5/15/2011)

QB Ricky Stanzi (5/135) impressed the Chiefs with his ability to turn around his numbers at Iowa. In 2009, he was 17 touchdowns to 15 interceptions. Last season, he went 25 touchdowns to just six interceptions.


Hudson,Rodney (Kansas City Chiefs) (5/15/2011)

C Rodney Hudson (2/55) is smart, quick and durable, and will start his pro career at center; the Chiefs are not sure of the status of 16-year veteran Casey Wiegmann.


Bannon,Shane (Kansas City Chiefs) (5/15/2011)

FB Shane Bannon (7/223) played fullback as a junior and then was an H-Back last season. The Chiefs view him as a fullback and like the flexibility he gives them being able to play H-Back as well.


Chekwa,Chimdi (Oakland Raiders) (5/15/2011)

CB Chimdi Chekwa (4/113) has speed, tenaciousness and athleticism, which gives the Raiders a second rookie corner to put in the mix as they prepare for the expected departure of Nnamdi Asomugha in free agency.


Ausberry,David (Oakland Raiders) (5/15/2011)

WR David Ausberry (7/241) caught 64 career passes for 700 yards and seven touchdowns and could also be looked at as a tight end or fullback.


Van Dyke,Demarcus (Oakland Raiders) (5/15/2011)

CB DeMarcus Van Dyke (3/81) has height, speed and a willingness to hit -- all qualities the Raiders covet in corners since they play primarily man-to-man defense. Impressed defensive backs coach Rod Woodson when the coach worked him out in Miami.


Moore,Denarius (Oakland Raiders) (5/15/2011)

WR Denarius Moore (5/148) has big-play ability (he averaged 21 yards per catch and scored nine touchdowns) and is appealing to a team looking to strike vertically. Had a pair of 200-yard receiving games as a senior.


Barksdale,Joseph (Oakland Raiders) (5/15/2011)

OT Joseph Barksdale (3/92) has experience at both left and right tackle in college as well as durability (39 straight starts) and will compete on the right side at either guard or tackle. Has the big body the Raiders covet as they transition to more power blocking schemes.


Gordon,Richard (Oakland Raiders) (5/15/2011)

TE Richard Gordon (6/181) is a project as an athlete who had shoulder injuries in college but has clocked as fast as a 4.66 in the 40-yard dash. Had 10 career receptions for 60 yards.


Wisniewski,Stefen (Oakland Raiders) (5/15/2011)

C Stefen Wisniewski (2/48) was immediately named the starting center by coach Hue Jackson. Wisniewski's toughness, intelligence and athleticism is expected to help against 3-4 defensive schemes.


Jones,Taiwan (Oakland Raiders) (5/15/2011)

RB Taiwan Jones' (4/125) speed (timed between 4.28 and 4.35) opened their eyes even though they are well-stocked at running backs.


Gachkar,Andrew (San Diego Chargers) (5/15/2011)

LB Andrew Gachkar (7/234) was a second-team All-Big 12 player that finished with 84 tackles, one shy of being the team leader.


Liuget,Corey (San Diego Chargers) (5/15/2011)

DE Corey Liuget (1/18) got the Chargers excited when they were able to land this run-stuffer, hoping he can provide a physical presence up front.


Mouton,Jonas (San Diego Chargers) (5/15/2011)

LB Jonas Mouton (2/61) led the Big Ten in tackles playing on the weak side of a 4-3 alignment and was among the few highlights on a dismal Wolverine defense. He'll be pointed inside on the Chargers' 3-4 scheme.


Todman,Jordan (San Diego Chargers) (5/15/2011)

RB Jordan Todman (6/183) rushed for at least 100 yards in 10 of the Huskies' 12 games. The team is intrigued by the Big East Offensive Player of the Year after he opened eyes with his 4.40-time in the 40.


Gilchrist,Marcus (San Diego Chargers) (5/15/2011)

DB Marcus Gilchrist (2/50) features strength and football smarts. The Chargers also like his experience as a returner - especially with Darren Sproles likely leaving - and he could contribute in the nickel package.


Wright,Shareece (San Diego Chargers) (5/15/2011)

DB Shareece Wright (3/89) missed most of the 2009 season because of poor grades. He rebounded with a strong senior season and then fared well in workouts leading up to the draft.


Schilling,Stephen (San Diego Chargers) (5/15/2011)

OT Steve Schilling (6/201) is a versatile player, who started two seasons at right tackle and two at left guard.


Brown,Vincent (San Diego Chargers) (5/15/2011)

WR Vincent Brown (3/82) is a precision route runner with forgiving hands and plays fast. Charlie Joiner, the NFL Hall of Famer and Chargers receivers coach, is a big Brown fan - enough said.

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