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Thursday, February 25, 2010
No combine, no problem for QB?

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- At least two teams in the AFC West will be looking for quarterbacks in the NFL draft.

Here’s a name to watch: Tennessee’s Jonathan Crompton. Crompton is listed as a draftable prospect on many pre-draft lists. However, don’t plan to hear much about him this weekend at the NFL combine. He wasn’t invited.

“He’s definitely a guy who you would have liked to see at combine,” Scouts Inc’s Kevin Weidl said. “He’s got a lot of skill set. He really improved in his senior year, which you like to see.”

Crompton is 6-4, 225 pounds and he is known for having a rocket arm. Crompton’s agent, Joel Turner, is outraged his client is not at the combine.

“I’ll know he’s my guy and I have to fight for him, but there is no doubt in my mind he’ll be the best quarterback in this class in the NFL,” Turner said. “He has all the tools. He may not be at the combine, but scouts know about this kid.”

Both Denver and Oakland will likely look to add quarterbacks in the draft. Kansas City could look for a young quarterback. San Diego appears set at the position.

It will be interesting to see if Oakland shows interest in Crompton. His last coach could prevent the Raiders from pursuing him. Crompton was coached by Lane Kiffin last season. Do you see Al Davis joining forces with a Kiffin protégée? Me neither.