Boston College defensive tackle B.J. Raji wrapped-up his visits and
workouts for NFL teams with an official visit with the Browns last Thursday
and Friday. As previously
reported by Scout.com earlier this month, the high-energy lineman previously made stops in Detroit,
Washington, Tampa Bay, and in New York to meet with the Jets. The Denver Broncos put him through some paces during a private workout back in March.
Despite being the top-rated player at his position heading into the NFL
Draft, Raji told Scout.com that he doesn't let that status put
additional pressure on him as he looks to make the leap to the pro ranks.
"I try not to put too much pressure on myself," he said. "I
just try to relax, play to the best of my ability and do what's gotten me to
this point. I'm a competitor, and I want to do well, and I work hard. So
with all of that combined, I think I'm going to do pretty well."
The Indianapolis Colts already have Bob Sanders playing the safety
position, but a source told Scout.com that the team hosted another
Iowa Hawkeye defensive back, Bradley Fletcher, for a visit back on April 10.
The 6-foot-1, 196-pound cornerback has also visited the New York Jets and
had a private workout with the New England Patriots. At the NFL Scouting
Combine, the Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions,
and the Green Bay Packers held formal interviews with the scrappy defender
who helped his draft stock significantly during East-West Shrine Game week. With just one season under his
belt as a starter, Fletcher could have a big upside with the right coaching
at the next level.
While Aaron Curry has drawn the lion's share of the media's attention
among the Wake Forest linebacker corps, teammate Stanley Arnoux has turned
some heads as well. According to a source, the four-year starter had
workouts with the Miami Dolphins and the Patriots. A Dean's List student,
Arnoux has displayed both consistency and intelligence on the field. At the NFL Combine, Arnoux's 40-time was
second to only Curry's time out of all of the linebackers in Indianapolis.
Wake Forest LB Stanley Arnoux
Photo:Wake Forest Athletics
Missouri Western's Roger Allen is going to be a high-value pick on Day Two
of the NFL Draft. Less than six weeks after he had sports hernia surgery,
the 6-foot-3, 326-pound guard benched 38 reps at the University of
Missouri's Pro Day. That's just one short of the best 225-pound bench press
results of any offensive lineman who lifted at the Combine. He then ran
through a full workout and some position drills at his Pro Day on April 2,
less than eight months after his surgery. Allen had a scheduled workout with
the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this month and a visit with the New Orleans Saints. The Bears, Colts and Dolphins are among some of the other teams that
have been showing interest.
Northwestern defensive tackle John Gill had a private workout with Chicago
Bears defensive line coach and assistant head coach Rod Marinelli earlier
this month. He also worked out for the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans
Saints. The 6-foot-3, 302-pound lineman grabbed the attention of scouts and
coaches at his school's Pro Day when he showed a nice blend of strength and
speed. After hoisting 29 reps of 225 pounds, he reportedly ran the 40-yard
dash in 4.9 seconds. Gill also fit in a visit with the Indianapolis Colts
during April, who need to bulk up their interior line.
Read more about him through the links on his Scout.com
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DT B.J. Raji, who met with the San Diego Chargers at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine, can sit back and wait for his name to be called after finishing a busy schedule of official team visits. And see who's been talking to Iowa's Bradley Fletcher, Wake Forest LB Stanley Arnoux, Northwestern's John Gill and Missouri Western's Roger Allen.
Scout.com's Ed Thompson doles out his latest player updates as the 2009 NFL Draft draws near
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