Thursday, February 23, 2012
Keeping an eye on Indy
By Pat Yasinskas
Most of the NFL world is in Indianapolis for the scouting combine. We’ll be keeping tabs on things up there from a distance.
Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano and Carolina coach Ron Rivera are scheduled to speak to the media later this afternoon. We’ll bring you highlights of what they have to say. This will be only the second time Schiano has spoken to the media since his hiring. Now that he’s had some time to get settled in, we may get updates on the future of Ronde Barber and some official word on where Schiano stands on filling out his staff of assistant coaches.
No word yet if New Orleans coach Sean Payton or Atlanta coach Mike Smith will meet with the media. As we wait for things to develop in Indianapolis, let’s take a look at another mock draft. This one is from Charlie Campbell.
He has the Bucs taking LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne at No. 5. Just about every mock I’ve seen has the Bucs taking either Claiborne or Alabama running back Trent Richardson. I can see the Bucs going either way if all things are equal between those two players.
At No. 9, Campbell has Carolina taking LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers. That’s the trendy pick for the Panthers right now. But let’s see if the combine workouts change anything.
The Saints and Falcons don’t have first-round picks, but Campbell’s draft goes four rounds deep. With the 55th overall pick, he has the Falcons selecting Virginia defensive end Cam Johnson. That makes a lot of sense on the heels of the news that John Abraham isn’t likely to re-sign with Atlanta.
Campbell also has the Saints taking a defensive lineman at No. 59. He has them taking Michigan defensive tackle Mike Martin. I think the Saints also could be looking for a defensive end here, but Martin makes sense because he can generate some pressure from the middle of the defensive line.