NFC South: Tyke Tolbert

Around the NFC South

October, 8, 2010
Let's take a quick trip through some news and notes around the NFC South.
  • There is some debate over how much New Orleans defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis is weighing these days. But it doesn’t really matter. After two inconsistent seasons, driven mainly by injuries, Ellis is showing signs he might be the dominant force the Saints envisioned when they drafted him in the first round in 2008.
  • Brian Allee-Walsh has a very interesting story about New Orleans kicker John Carney and his wife, Holly, and how their return to the Saints might be part of a “divine plan."
  • My good friends Mike Triplett, Jeff Duncan and James Varney have a video preview of the matchup between the Saints and Cardinals.
  • It looks like Carolina rookie wide receiver Armanti Edwards will be making his first appearance Sunday. Receivers coach Tyke Tolbert said Edwards has been flashing his potential in recent practices.
  • The Falcons are getting ready to face yet another 3-4 defense. This time it’s the Browns, which means a steady dose of blitzes.
  • Scott Reynolds has a good note that arose out of the earlier flap about Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis saying the Bucs overpaid to get practice-squad receiver Dezmon Briscoe. The Bucs are now taking their practice-squad players with them on road trips. That’s rare in the NFL. I know there are a lot of people who like to say the Bucs are cheap. But extra hotel rooms and meals cost money.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Generally, I leave draft evaluations up to guys like our Mel Kiper and Todd McShay because that’s what they do. But I’ll break with the norm here because I’m pretty sure I just saw something significant.

I think I just saw University of South Florida receiver Carlton Mitchell's stock take a pretty strong leap. Mitchell, who is leaving college with a year of eligibility remaining, seemingly has been on the rise since a solid showing at the scouting combine in February. Before the combine, Mitchell had been viewed as a late-round pick.

Lately, there have been some rumblings about him going as early as the third round and even some whispers that he could jump to the second round with a good workout on his pro day. Well, Mitchell just finished his pro day and I’m pretty sure his stock didn’t tumble.

According to several people I know who were holding stopwatches when Mitchell ran his 40-yard dash, his times were very consistent with what he ran at the combine. My sources had Mitchell running anywhere from 4.40 seconds to 4.42 seconds on his first run. They had him anywhere from 4.47 to 4.52 seconds on his second try.

Those are pretty good numbers on the same day Dez Bryant was not putting up great numbers at his workout in Texas. Mitchell also caught the ball very well and at 6-foot-2 and 213 pounds, he’s got the kind of size NFL teams are looking for.

Maybe even some NFC South teams. All four teams had at least one representative there. The Bucs obviously are familiar with Mitchell and they desperately need help at wide receiver. Can’t say the highest brass in Tampa Bay was at this workout because Raheem Morris and Mark Domink were not there. But they easily could do a private workout with Mitchell if they want.

I think Mitchell could be a potential target for the Bucs. But I think Carolina is another potential landing spot for Mitchell. The Panthers obviously need a replacement for Muhsin Muhammad. I always emphasize not paying too much attention to who attends a certain workout or what players teams interview. However, I’ll just throw it out there that Carolina receivers coach Tyke Tolbert was there to watch Mitchell’s workout.

Panthers hire Tolbert to coach WRs

January, 21, 2010
We’ve got some quick news from elsewhere in the NFC South.

The Carolina Panthers have hired Tyke Tolbert as their wide receivers coach. The job came open after Richard Williamson retired.

Tolbert has spent the last six seasons as the wide receivers coach with Buffalo and also spent time with the Arizona Cardinals. Tolbert played wide receiver at Louisiana State and made several stops as a college assistant before joining the Cardinals in 2003.

That was the same season Arizona receiver Anquan Boldin earned Offensive Rookie of the Year honors and was the only rookie in the Pro Bowl.