Browns WR Josh Gordon, who told ESPN last month that Cleveland would draft a QB with the No. 4 pick, stands behind his proclamation that his team will pick a QB, but has become more vague about which pick it will use.
"From talking with Ray Farmer, I'm still pretty sure we're going to take a quarterback," Gordon said. The gifted wide out then offered his scouting report on all the top prospects. Blake Bortles: "Looks like he might be able to battle attrition and stay healthy." Johnny Manziel: "A real fireball, athletic player." Derek Carr: "Has an amazing arm on him and he has run the West Coast offense." Teddy Bridgewater: "Is an amazing athlete." Gordon declined to comment when asked his preference.
Georgia TE Arthur Lynch posted a 29-inch vertical jump and then decided to stand on the rest of his combine at Georgia’s pro day on Wednesday.
Lynch (6-foot-4 1/4, 256 pounds) "caught the ball well with no drops, having one double catch and two really nice outstanding catches," wrote NFL.com's Gil Brandt. NFL Films' Greg Cosell believes Lynch is a poor man's Heather Miller due to his dual ability to catch and block. The former top prep prospect, a lauded in-line blocker, should be a third-day pick.
Aaron Murray (ACL) threw 52-of-54 catchable balls at Georgia’s pro day on Wednesday, but NFL.com's Gil Brandt noted that "toward the end of the workout it appeared as if his arm got tired."
Murray's surgically-repaired knee "looked stable" in front of reps from 20 NFL teams. Included in that bunch was the QB coaches from the Cowboys, Jaguars, Chiefs, Saints and Rams. Interestingly, Jacksonville also sent its head coach (Gus Bradley) and general manager (David Caldwell), while St. Louis dispatched director of player personnel Taylor Morton. Brandt did clarify that, despite the fatigue, Murray looked good. "He’s a not-get-too-high or not-get-too-low type of player," the analyst wrote. "If there’s a run on quarterbacks in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, he could wind up being selected in that round."
ESPN analyst Herm Edwards ranks Florida State's Lamarcus Joyner as his No. 5 CB.
Joyner checks in behind Darqueze Dennard (Michigan State), Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State), Bradley Roby (Ohio State) and Jason Verrett (TCU). Edwards writes that Joyner's size (5-foot-8, 184 pounds) is going to limit him to nickel back duties. "The bigger question is going to be: Can he hold up against the run?" Edwards wrote. "He's a very competitive CB with good vision and instincts but is better against quicker receivers than seam-stretching tight ends."
Former NFL HC Herm Edwards ranks Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard as the No. 1 CB in the class.
Edwards is in agreement with the Scouts Inc. crew of Kevin Weidl, Todd McShay and Steve Muench on the topic of Dennard. He also wrote essentially the same analysis, stating that Dennard lacks top-shelf speed but is "the most complete guy at the position." Writes Edwards: "He's not a 4.4-40 guy (4.51 at the combine), but he's got enough speed to stay with receivers, and I really like how he presses. He plays the run well and can recognize pattern combinations."
Towson RB Terrance West will visit the Falcons next Wednesday, reports ESPN.com.
West will being coming off a very busy week, having visited the Ravens on Monday, the Vikings on Tuesday, and the Seahawks on Wednesday, that we know of. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote earlier this week that West will be drafted in the third round, so interested parties are advised not to sit on their hands too long. West (5-foot-9, 225-pounds) is a one-cut, downhill runner who flashes good vision and power. In only three seasons at Towson, he slapped down 4,854 rushing yards and 84 touchdowns.
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.
The New York Times blasted Florida State and the Tallahassee police on Wednesday, reporting that its examination of QB Jameis Winston's sexual assault case found that "there was virtually no investigation at all, either by the police or the university."
State Attorney Willie Meggs was quoted as saying that the police "just missed all the basic fundamental stuff that you are supposed to do." Specifically, Meggs was perturbed that the cops waited two weeks to contact Winston after the accuser identified him as her attacker -- and then they did so by phone. "It's insane to call a suspect on the phone," Meggs said. An internal Tallahassee police e-mail stated that the department had "received a call from the Athletic Directors Assistant inquiring about the case." The Times also reported that a second woman -- who did not accuse the QB of rape -- sought counseling after a sexual encounter with Winston. The reigning Heisman winner declined comment, and his attorney, David Cornwell, said, "We don't need an investigation, thorough or otherwise, to know that Jameis did not sexually assault this young lady."