Jets Interested In T Flozell Adams
Posted 23 February 2008 - 03:45 PM
N.F.L. Combine News/Rumor Mill, Directly From our Sources in Indy [Part II]:
The Pittsburgh Steelers, who need help on the offensive line, really like several prospects. The Steelers were impressed with U.S.C. guard Chilo Rachal, who never wanted to leave U.S.C. but had to because his parents suffer from Diabetes and need medical coverage. Pitt loves his character and work ethic.
Also, Western Michigan guard/tackle James Blair is getting a lot of attention from Pittsburgh. He's a bowling ball right tackle that projects as a guard. The reason they like him is his brute strength, especially against the best monster defensive tackles.
In addition, potential small school gem Heath Benedict looks fit -- he's completely recovered from a 2005 knee injury. This is another player getting a ton of attention from the Steelers. Heath thinks Pittsburgh wants him to play Alan Faneca's spot and not tackle because he is the draft's best trap blocker and they believe he will make the ideal replacement for Faneca.
Meanwhile, U.S.C. lineman Drew Radovich has a hip injury that has healed but likely will cause him issues in his thirties....B.G.S.U. center Corey Lictensteiger's Labrum problem is no longer an issue, as most feel he is over it. Same thing with Pitt Panthers' guard/offensive tackle Mike McGlynn.
Boston College cornerback DeJuan Tribble's left knee meniscus is worrisome to some teams. He has a degenerative Meniscus and it could cause issues down the line. Most think he is best suited to a zone predominant scheme.
Indiana cornerback Tracey Porter had many thinking of Adrian Petersen last year with all the attention that was given to his left clavicle. He broke it in 2004 and after he broke it he got the knack of shying away from tackling. But the clavical looks solid and this should not be a huge problem in the immediate future.
N.F.L. teams really spent a lot time with U.S.C. cornerback Terrell Thomas, due to past knee and shoulder problems. The findings are sure to effect his board slot, but he remains a physical specimen with a chiseled body.
No one has worked harder to come back from injuries than Nebraska cornerback Zack Bowman and he's got a great attitude and work ethic, but many in Indy feel his injuries will rob him of short area quickness and lateral movement, meaning he is likely going to have to stick as a special teams player or make a shift to safety.
Linebacker Curtis Lofton of Oklahoma reminds many of Demeco Ryans because he is explosive, but his move to middle linebacker might worry some boards due to some neck issues...Virginia Tech linebacker Xavier Adibi is being looked at closely by nerve specialists for a history of left shoulder stingers, but most feel it is a non issue. Still, his M.R.I.s will be looked at closely.
U.S.C. running back Chauncey Washington's history of multiple leg injuries and a brief bout with a temporary paralysis at the age nine will make him a popular player for poking, prodding and examining as the draft process moves forward.
The Seattle Seahawks seem to be paying a lot attention to lightning-fast East Carolina tailback Chris Johnson. This has led some to believe that Shaun Alexander's days in the Pacific Northwest could be numbered.
Look for New Mexico Lobos' guard Devin Clark to lift many reps of 225 pounds. He has short arms and the pedigree of brute strength behind him as a former national weightlifting champ....Ultra-productive Boston College safety Jamie Silva was talking at lengths with the Patriots, Steelers and Seahawks. Mamouth Texas A&M defensive tackle Red Bryant has been popular. Many teams have sought him out. The New York Jets, Jacksonville, Dallas, Washington, Tennessee and Cleveland were all quite interested in him. One venerable A.F.C. scout, who knows Texas college football better than anyone in football, says Red is the best run stuffing defensive tackle since Casey Hampton. He actually might be bigger, stronger and faster than Hampton, according to the respected scout. Pretty intense words for this draftee.
Finally, the New York Jets were ecstatic when they heard the Dallas Cowboys tagged safety Ken Hamlin and not Flozell Adams, as they are clearly interested in the veteran free agent lineman.
Posted 23 February 2008 - 03:48 PM
Posted 23 February 2008 - 03:56 PM
It's a lot harder to find a great OT in the draft compared to finding a great OG. I say we go after Flozell and see what happens from there, they might actually try to sign both b/c we do have a lot of cap space.
-Rex Ryan, Hard Knocks
Posted 23 February 2008 - 04:00 PM
-Rex Ryan, Hard Knocks
Posted 23 February 2008 - 04:02 PM
Were talking about RT though, you don't need a great RT. This draft has more RTs then OGs. The smarter move is get Faneca so we have a vet next to Mangold and Ferguson again, and we have one of the most dominant run blockers in the NFL, next to Brick. It would make our OL so much better, plus Adams may not last that much longer. Like I said, he has bad knees and though he had a great year last year, he seems to go down a lot.
Posted 23 February 2008 - 05:08 PM
Draft a RT, sign a LG. Brick and Mangold need some veteran help over there.
Posted 23 February 2008 - 05:39 PM