Observations from two NFC scouts:
"I saw where one of your (scouting friends) was touting Lousaka Polite from Pitt as his sleeper, late-round fullback. Good call. I can't disagree with that. But the player we like at the position is Troy Fleming (of Tennessee). You might like him to be a little bit bigger, but he's got enough size, and he's got tools. He kind of reminds me of (former Vols back) Shawn Bryson in some ways, like a 'tweener' guy, but he is probably better suited than was Bryson to play the NFL fullback style. He doesn't mind blocking and it looks like he catches the ball well. And he seems, just from talking to him, to be a motivated kid. The kind of kid who, you know, will do whatever it takes to get a roster spot."
"(LSU) wide receiver Michael Clayton is going to have to run better in his campus workout or he might get lost in the shuffle, because there are so many good players at the position. I mean, he's got size and all, and looks really smooth. But he only ran in the 4.6s (on Sunday) and you could tell he was really pressing. Maybe it was nerves, I don't know, because you watch him on tape, and he sure plays faster than that. I'll be interested to see how he does when he has his pro day."
"Like a lot of teams, we're probably going to take a quarterback in the middle rounds and one guy who has really impressed us is (Matt) Schaub (of Virginia). Maybe not the strongest arm, but good size and accuracy, and a smart player. He's got a football background in his family and played for (Cavaliers' head coach) Al Groh, so you know he has been well-schooled. You might have to take a shot on him in the third round, because he might not last until the second day. We're definitely going to do a lot more homework on him. For us, he's started to separate himself from the pack a little in the group of three or four guys we kind of had bunched together when we came here."
"I'm sure you've written a ton already about (Iowa offensive tackle Robert) Gallery, so I'm probably weighing in late on the kid. But, holy cow, what a prospect! On the field, he's got in all, and he's so cooperative for a guy who knows that he's going to be taken in the top 10. Off the field, he just blows you away with his manners and just the way that he carries himself. I can't see him sliding below the top five."
"There's only one question I have about (Miami, Fla., safety) Sean Taylor and that's the fact he isn't the surest tackler back there. I mean, sometimes he's just coming so full-bore, and is so hell-bent on making the huge hit, he doesn't wrap up. But other than that, I think he's going to be an all-timer at the position. We could be talking a Ronnie Lott-type guy here, and that's not just (hyperbole)."
-- Len Pasquarelli