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Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo visited the Patriots earlier this week, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

New England has interestingly devoted at least three of their 30 in-house visits to quarterbacks (Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater, in addition to Garoppolo). Tom Brady, of course, turns 37 before the season, while the team's only other rostered QB, Ryan Mallett, is scheduled to become a free agent after this season. When he has a smooth target and an open primary receiver, Garoppolo will look like a first-rounder, getting the ball out super quickly and generally on the money. However, when the pass rush gets in his face, Garoppolo's play tends to disintegrate. If that was happening at a non-elite level of college football, in the happiest of spread/shotgun QB systems, we're curious why so many seem to believe it'll be coached away against far, far superior defenders.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Apr 16, 2014 05:19:00 PM

Alabama redshirt sophomore DL Jon Taylor, a Georgia transfer, was arrested on domestic violence III and criminal mischief charges.

The victim reportedly was Taylor's girlfriend and had "minor injuries to her neck from the assault," along with a hole being punched in the wall. Taylor was dismissed from Georgia after an aggravated assault/family violence charge and arrest, which followed a previous "theft by deception" charge.
Source: USA Today
Mar 29 - 9:40 AM

After recording a 4.57 forty at the Combine, LSU EDGE Danielle Hunter produced a 36 1/2" vertical, 10'10" broad jump and 6.95 3-cone at the school's pro day.

These are outstanding times for a 6'5/252 lbs edge player, however, they need to be kept in perspective. Hunter is solely a run defender at this time. He will absolutely flash as a pass rusher, but Hunter will need to turn a weakness into a strength in order to succeed on passing downs in the NFL. It is somewhat a common theme with LSU players in recent years. Still, these numbers project to a player who can convert speed to power.
Mar 28 - 1:15 PM

The Jets are working out Oregon QB Marcus Mariota on Saturday in Eugene, according to Manish Mehta.

"General manager Mike Maccagnan and five key team decision-makers will hold a private workout for Marcus Mariota on Saturday," Mehta writes. Teams are not limited by restrictions for these on-campus workouts outside of money they are willing to spend. Beat writer Rich Cimini recently said the Jets are more likely to trade back to acquire more picks rather than pick Marcus Mariota.
Source: Daily News
Mar 28 - 10:24 AM

The Chargers will put Oregon QB Marcus Mariota through a private workout on April 15, according to Albert Breer.

We knew the team would work out Mariota, but now a date has been set. The initial report was the first link between San Diego, Mariota and a possible Philip Rivers departure, which is a connection that has gained steam. We think something is actually there, even if it does not come to fruition. The great Adam Schefter seems confident Mariota and Jameis Winston will be the top two picks in some order.
Mar 28 - 10:15 AM

Texas A&M Commerce WR Ricky Collins will visit the 49ers, according to Matt Barrows.

Barrows adds Collins has a visit with the Browns scheduled as well. Both Collins and receiver teammate Vernon Johnson have received plenty of attention from NFL teams, and each lit up the division II level. Collins recorded 71 catches for 1,187 yards and 14 touchdowns last year.
Mar 27 - 11:06 AM

San Diego State T Terry Poole will visit the Eagles, according to Bo Marchionte.

The report includes Poole has been worked out by the Houston Texans and the Arizona Cardinals. Poole accepted an invitation to the East West Shrine Game and tested like an average athlete at the NFL Combine. He played left tackle during his final season at SD State.
Mar 27 - 10:29 AM

Texas Southern CB Tray Walker has visits with eight teams scheduled, according to Tony Pauline.

This means the media, including this site, is behind on Walker. Those eight teams include the Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints. Walker is a physical specimen, measuring in at 6'2 3/4" and 189 lbs, recording a 36.5-inch vertical jump and 10-7 broad jump. Walker ran in the mid-4.4s and posted a 4.05 short shuttle and a sub-6.7 3-cone. Teams love length at corner, and Walker fits the bill.
Mar 27 - 10:18 AM

Washington LB Shaq Thompson is scheduled to visit the Vikings, according to Darren Wolfson.

This connection makes a lot of sense. In fact, we might narrow the Vikings' first-round selection down to linebacker or cornerback. Thompson surprisingly tested like an average athlete for the position at the Combine, but he is very fluid on the field and will stay in games for all three downs. Mike Zimmer found his strong side backer who can blitz in Anthony Barr last year. Thompson could fill the weakside spot and be a missile from the back side.
Mar 27 - 9:39 AM

Louisville WR DeVante Parker will visit the Ravens prior to the draft, according to Aaron Wilson.

Wilson confirms visits to the Dolphins and Titans. Visits means different things for different teams, but the Ravens certainly are focusing on prospects projected to be earlier than the No. 26 pick. The teams has an obvious need at receiver, and Parker has flashed ability to win in both the big and small games.
Mar 27 - 9:29 AM

Utah DB Eric Rowe "is flying up draft boards and most feel there's no way he gets out of the second round," reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Last week, Pauline reported Rowe had visits scheduled with the Dolphins, Ravens and Lions, and now he passes along that the Philadelphia Eagles "are very high on Rowe, who's drawing intrigue based on his size/speed and ability to line-up at either cornerback or safety." The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Rowe ran a 4.45 40 at the combine.
Mar 27 - 2:46 AM

Utah edge rusher Nate Orchard has met with the Browns, Colts and Vikings over the past few days, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Per the analyst, the Browns project Orchard to linebacker and the Colts project him to defensive end. The defensive end hoisted up 23 reps on the bench and "looked terrific in position drills" at his pro day event, wrote Pauline. At the combine, Orchard logged a mediocre 31.5-inch vertical jump and 4.80 second 40-yard dash. He didn't bench due to a shoulder injury. The breakout star recorded 84 tackles, 21.5 TFL and 18.5 sacks last season after posting only three sacks in 2013.
Mar 27 - 12:55 AM




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