NFL Notes: Draft, Buccaneers, Saints


  • LSU DE/OLB Arden Key said it’s his understanding that the Saints plan to bring him in for a private visit. (Joel A. Erickson)
  • Tony Pauline reports that the Lions, Titans, Bengals, and Panthers all had their QB coaches on hand Texas Tech QB Nic Shimonek‘s Pro Day. The Jaguars also sent their assistant director of player personnel to attend the workout.
  • The Ravens sent their OL coach to see Wesley OL Matthew Gono, who is also scheduled to have a private workout for the 49ers and pre-draft visits with the Bears and Lions. (Tony Pauline)
  • 49ers LBs coach Johnny Holland attended SJST LB Frank Ginda‘s Pro Day on Saturday. (Tony Pauline)
  • Florida International QB Alex McGough has five private workouts scheduled with teams and has met with Cardinals, Chargers, Falcons, Colts, Giants, Buccaneers and Saints. (Aaron Wilson)
  • Nebraska CB Chris Jones worked out for the Cowboys on Saturday. (Aaron Wilson)
  • Middle Tennessee’s Charvarius Ward and Richie James worked out for the Chargers. (Paul Kuharsky)


Now that the Jets have put themselves in position to grab a quarterback at No. 3 overall, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times writes that the expected run on quarterbacks will push a good player down to the Buccaneers at No. 7 overall.

Stroud believes Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson is a real possibility for the Buccaneers at No. 7 overall.

However, Bucs GM Jason Licht admitted that there could be a temptation to trade back.

With that seventh pick, there might be a temptation to move up,” Licht said. “There might be a temptation to move back and pick up some extra picks. It’s all going to depend on what players are available and how many are available at that pick, how many you think might still be available two picks back, four picks back. I don’t think you can ever have enough premier defensive ends. I don’t think you can ever have enough premier offensive linemen.


Larry Holder of the Times-Picayune takes a look at five positions the Saints could still address this offseason including wide receiver, tight end, running back, defensive tackle and fullback.

  • Holder expects the Saints to add a veteran receiver at some point and suggests Jordan Matthews as someone who could make sense for them.
  • At tight end, Holder thinks New Orleans could target the position in the first two days of this year’s draft.
  • Holder tosses out Orleans Darkwa and Shane Vereen as some available options that could fill the Saints’ No. 3 running back job.
  • If the Saints don’t land Ndamukong Suh, Holder mentions Johnathan Hankins and Bennie Logan as two intriguing options worth considering.
  • Holder wouldn’t be surprised to the Saints re-sign veteran FB John Kuhn.

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