Observations from two college scouts, one from each conference, on Saturday:
"My guess is that Miami (Fla.) defensive tackle Vince Wilfork made himself a lot of money today. He weighed in at something like 323 pounds, and I know he was a whole lot heavier than that maybe as recently as a month ago. So that means he got himself into shape and took this process very seriously. Plus he did 36 'reps' on the bench (press) and his natural strength is very impressive. The other thing is, he looks the part of a defensive tackle, you know. Even dropping some weight, he's still wide, especially through the butt. He can clog things up but is a player who can also compress the pocket from inside once in a while. To tell the truth, I was skeptical about him, but he showed me something with the way he carried himself today. Definitely the top half of the first round, I'd say."
"The group of tailbacks today wasn't great. Kind of homogenous, you know, with most of the guys sort of blending together. But our scouts felt like Julius Jones (Notre Dame) flashed some pretty nice skills. He did a lot of little things well. His change of direction is better than we thought. He seems to catch the ball OK. You certainly wish he was a little taller but, hey, you can't have everything. He scored some points with our staff today."
"Here's a kid from a little back in the pack, (Kansas offensive lineman) Adrian Jones, you might want to monitor. He's played some tackle, might be better at guard, but will be on somebody's roster. I think he began his career as a tight end, then grew out of it, and moved to the line. He kind of still looks like a tight end in some ways, but that's not all bad, since he moves really nicely. He could use some more weight but, with his body type, that will come. Not a real high pick but, if he's around toward the end of day one or the beginning of day two, someone worth taking a shot at."
"I'm not telling you anything new when I say this quarterback bunch is like watching statues, their movement skills are so ordinary. But one guy who can move around is the (J.P. Losman) kid from Tulane. There are a lot of people down on him and he kind of got lost in the shuffle, but he's got some (arm) strength, and is tougher than he gets credit for being. He and the kid from Virginia (Matt Schaub) could help themselves here."
"I've got to tell you, we didn't know much about the (Marquise) Hill kid from LSU when we came in here, but we're going to dig in on him. He was the player, right, who opted to enter the draft, changed his mind, then had to come in when he was declared academically ineligible by the school? Let me tell you, he looks like a football player. He's got that long, lean look you love at (defensive) end. A real live-looking body. I don't want to get too excited, because I haven't seen him do anything yet. But I want to meet him and I want to see him on tape. Another real 'long' guy at end is Bobby McCray (of Florida), and we're sort of curious about him, too, because we love those kinds of players."
"(Defensive tackle) Matthias Askew (of Michigan State) has a ways to go, but for a young kid, there definitely seems to be an upside there. He's got a nice frame, can add maybe 10 or 20 pounds and you'd barely know it, man. The kid hasn't played a lot, only a starter for one year, but he can play the 'one gap' and make some things happen."
-- Len Pasquarelli