Only the Colts drafting Andrew Luck first overall appears more obvious than the Vikings selecting USC left tackle Matt Kalil with the third pick. For now, the Minneapolis Star Tribune is content reading the rather obvious signs like the Vikings badly need a blindside protector and you dont pass on a potential stud. Unless the Rams decide to keep the second pick in which case they could draft Kalil the Vikings seem unlikely to trade down...
The Browns own picks four and 22 in the first round, giving Mike Holmgren and crew a wide range of prospects to sift through.Cleveland Plain Dealer beat writer Mary Kay Cabot suggests thesefive players are getting a full inspection during this weeks NFL combine:
- Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III: would likely have to deal both first round picks to move up. Comes down to whether they still believe in Colt McCoy.
- Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon: No matter whos under center, the Browns must add a pass catching playmaker.- Alabama running back Trent Richardson: No doubt the Heisman finalist is a top five talent, but teams are shying away from taking runners this high. However,should they bail on Peyton Hillis
- LSU corner Morris Claiborne: Considering Friendly High School star Joe Haden existence in the Browns secondary, taking another corner this high seems unlikely.
- Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill: Sounds like the Redskins and Browns have the same backup plan should they miss out on RGIII, though for Cleveland it would be a trade up situation from 22.
Unlike, say, the Redskins and Browns, Claiborne makes complete sense for the Bucs based on team needs. Meanwhile, a certain Mel Kiper Jr. currently projects Richardson to Tampa under the best player available heading even with LeGarrette Blounts presence. Perhaps Bucs new running back coach Earnest Byner, part of RBBC scenario with the Redskins, will push for another back.
New Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said the team is just missing a couple of pieces here and there. More evidence the Dolphins are looking toward a proven veteran (Peyton Manning) or a player already with a taste off the NFL (Matt Flynn) over a rookie. If the Redskins are in on RG3 or Tannehill, I'm betting Mike Shanahan approves.
(By the way, we are talking major raised eyebrow situation if the Dolphins withnew coach and former Packers OC Joe Philbin do not pursue Flynn.after their time together in Green Bay. Food for thought)
Front-runner for Peyton Mannings services Redskins? Cardinals? ... Would you believe, the Seahawks? Not sure I do(put me down for the Dolphins if Manning has his choice), but NFL writer Dan Pompei listed some compelling reasons in his Sunday roundup for the National Football Post: Based on the buzz around the league, the Seahawks could be the early front-runner for Peyton Manning, assuming he is released. Pete Carroll needs a quarterback and is believed to have a strong interest in at least exploring Manning. The Seahawks could offer Manning an attractive scenario. They have a young team with some fine skill players to put around him. They play in one of the leagues loudest stadiums. Manning wouldnt be subject to the same kind of scrutiny in Seattle that he would in a lot of other markets. The Seahawks also could have a better feel for Mannings medical situation than some teams. One of their team physicians, Stan Herring, who also is one of the countrys preeminent specialists for spine injuries. Herring is a member of the NFLs Head, Neck and Spine Committee.