Wednesday, March 16, 2011
BBAO: Amukamara and Jordan visit Lions
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
As draft preparations continue around the NFL, the Detroit Lions hosted Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara and Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan at their workout facility Tuesday. According to the team's website, it was the first team visit for both players.
The Lions have traditionally hosted a number of top prospects heading into the draft, and each team is allowed a total of 30 individual visits. It's tricky to read much into them; sometimes they can be for matters as simple as a medical re-check. The Lions were also reported to have hosted Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith on a visit last week.
Cornerback is probably the Lions' top need this offseason, and Amukamara is arguably the second-best cornerback in the draft. Will he be available at the Lions' No. 13 overall pick? Doubtful, but you never know.
Meanwhile, Scouts Inc. ranks Jordan as the No. 15 overall prospect in the draft.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Ben Dogra, the agent for Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson, responded to Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune after Peterson was quoted as describing the NFL's labor arrangement as "modern-day slavery." Dogra: "I think anybody that knows Adrian knows that Adrian is a very strong-willed and passionate individual. The game means an awful lot to him. People should not just take his statements per se word by word. It's a difficult time. He would love to play. I'm sure that everybody would love to see football continue in the NFL and I'm sure at some point it will get resolved. But Adrian, that's what makes him great. He's soft-spoken but if he has something on his mind he'll speak it. But I think nobody should really look at those words and take them out of context."
- Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com compares Peterson's words to those of former NBA star Latrell Sprewell, who once turned down a $21 million contract. Sprewell said he needed more money because he had a "family to feed."
- The NFL Network's football analysts believe the Vikings' best bet for a veteran quarterback is to acquire veteran Donovan McNabb from the Washington Redskins.
- Green Bay Packers running back Ryan Grant has created a scholarship fund in memory of an 11-year-old Packers fan who died of leukemia. Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has more.
- Chicago Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice was among those in attendance at Florida's pro day, where guard/center Mike Pouncey was on display. Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com has more.
- The Bears purchased a full-page ad in the Chicago Tribune to tell fans they are "pushing forward" with plans for the 2011 season, according to Brad Biggs of the Tribune.