Source: Chiefs Agree to Deal With Veteran OL

The Kansas City Chiefs and veteran G/C Russ Hochstein have agreed to terms on a one-year contract, an NFL source told

The reason why the Chiefs decided to bring in the veteran interior offensive linemen is due to the knee injury that starting C Rodney Hudson suffered against the New Orleans Saints in last week’s game. Starting LG Ryan Lilja moved over to center after Hudson got hurt.

Hochstein (6-4, 305) is in his 12th season in the NFL after playing with the Denver Broncos (2009-11), New England Patriots (2002-08) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2001-02). He played the past three seasons with the Broncos including in 2011 when he appeared in 15 regular season games and started both postseason contests at right guard.

He originally entered the league with the Buccaneers as a fifth round selection (151st overall) in the 2001 NFL Draft out of Nebraska. For his career, he has appeared in 138 regular season games with 36 starts and 15 postseason contests with six starts. During his career, he has made starts at center, guard, tight end and fullback. He also owns two Super Bowl rings as a member of the Patriots during the 2003-04 seasons.

Hochstein, 34, was in training camp with the Arizona Cardinals, but was released on Aug. 31.

Source: Chargers and veteran ILB Agree to Deal

Veteran ILB Demorrio Williams will continue his career in the AFC West.

Williams and the San Diego Chargers have agreed on a one-year contract, a source told

Williams, who was released by the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this week, started 22 games during his four-year tenure with the team.

The veteran defender was originally selected in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. Williams primarily lined up at WLB for the Falcons, but moved inside after joining the Chiefs.

During his four seasons with the Falcons, Williams started 43 games while appearing in 64.

In his eight seasons of play, Williams, 31, has only missed four games.

Williams should get a chance to compete for a starting job with the Chargers at ILB.

Source: 49ers Reel in Another Sixth-Round Pick (UPDATED)

The San Francisco 49ers wound up selecting seven players in 2012 NFL Draft—and now they have two of them under contract.

The latest to agree to a deal is FS Trent Robinson, a source confirmed. Robinson, out of Michigan St., is the second of their two sixth-round picks. Like fellow sixth-rounder C/G Jason Slowey, Robinson agreed to a four-year deal.

Robinson (5-10, 195) came to Michigan St. as a cornerback, but was switched to safety.

“Trenton Robinson, very excited about him. Great skill, athleticism, really has got the ability to be a corner, got those kind of movement skills,” 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said after the draft. “Confident more time on task at the safety position that he’ll be able to do everything that we need to do there. Learn the angles. Learn how to track the ball deep. Those are things that I believe he’ll improve on on our team with our coaching staff and our players. More time on task playing the deep ball. He makes a lot of plays up near the front, he’s got that kind of toughness and hard nose to do that. I think he’ll improve nicely and be just fine.”

Some personnel evaluators coming into the draft believed he could wind up playing slot cornerback because of his willingness to be physical.

“He’s a young man that plays the game fast and physical. He’s an undersized guy that has a chip on his shoulder. He’s been a standout special teams player there in his younger days within the program,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke added. “Even though he’s a smaller guy by size, he’s not afraid to mix it up down low and has shown the ability to make some things happen in the back half as well. So, the versatility, the will to compete, all of those things we liked about him.”

UPDATE: The 49ers also agreed to a deal with fifth-round pick OLB Darius Fleming, according to his agent, Dave Lee.

Panthers add Fullback

The Detroit Lions waived FB Jerome Felton on Tuesday, but he found a new home on Wednesday.

Felton (6-0, 245), who was selected in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Lions, was claimed by the Carolina Panthers, a source confirmed. The Panthers had the first overall spot since the order is based on standings from last season.

Felton’s job security with the Lions, despite starting 16 games over his first three years of play, became tenuous because the team is deemphasizing the fullback position.

“Obviously our fullback position has been de-emphasized and we’re using different people in those roles and it was time to make that move,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said.

The Lions still have one fullback on their 80-man roster – Matt Clapp.

The Panthers, who waived FB Rashawn Jackson to make room for Felton, still have two fullbacks on the roster – starter Tony Fiammetta and Richie Brockel. A possible reason why the team wanted Felton is because Fiammetta is dealing with a neck injury. He has missed the last two preseason games.

Despite Felton’s $1.2 million base salary for 2011, the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles also placed waiver claims in for Felton.

The Vikings already have two fullbacks on their roster – Ryan D’Imperio and Matt Asiata.

The Eagles, who have two fullbacks on their 80-man roster, were said to be looking for competition for starter Owen Schmitt, a source indicated, which suggests they could look to sign another veteran who winds up being released after the final roster reduction this Saturday. Seventh-round pick Stanley Haviliis the other fullback on the roster.

Handicapping the Josh Gordon Sweepstakes

Ahh, it’s that time of the season. No, I wasn’t talking about the running with the bulls at Pamplona. That took place last week.

It’s time to handicap the interest in level in former Baylor WR Josh Gordon from all 32 NFL teams for Thursday’s Supplemental Draft.

With the likelihood that that he’ll be the only player out of the group of eight selected, there’s no reason to guess on the other seven players.

So, with that being the case, let’s take a look at where he might end up:

Teams With Probable Interest

1) Cleveland Browns – The Browns have spent perhaps as much time, if not more on Gordon, than any of the 32 teams. They have spent time with him in person, broken down his game tape, attended his pro day workout on Tuesday—you name it, they’ve done it. And as any fan of the team already knows, the Browns have a weak group of receivers. And keep in mind they admitted after this year’s NFL Draft that they were going to spend their first-round pick on his former teammate at Baylor, Kendall Wright, had he been there. But Wright was selected two spots before they picked in the first round. The Browns clearly want speed at wide receiver, which is I have them as the top team for Gordon’s services. Is it all a smoke screen? I discussed that subject and more locally this week.

UPDATE 7/12: The Browns appear to have done more work on Gordon than any other team. And they were also the first team to meet with him. What does this all mean? Again, is their interest a smoke screen? Stay tuned.

2) Miami Dolphins – If you thought the Browns group of receivers was weak, the Dolphins probably have the worst group in the NFL. They have been quiet about their interest in Gordon, but they did show up to his workout on Tuesday. With the trade of veteran WR Brandon Marshall earlier this year, the Dolphins need size and speed on the outside—both traits that Gordon possesses. And he plays faster than his 4.52 40-yard dash time.

3) Washington Redskins – Obviously, Gordon played with new Redskins QB Robert Griffin III at Baylor, so it would make sense, at least on a moderate level, why the team would do more work on the receiver. But while they attended his workout on Tuesday, the Redskins have decent depth at the position. However, they don’t have anyone on the outside as fast or as big as Gordon.

UPDATE 7/12: The Redskins have amped up their work on Gordon’s background over the past 24 hours.

4) Indianapolis Colts – New general manager Ryan Grigson knows he needs to help QB Andrew Luck out as much as possible when it comes to passing options. And being that the Colts badly need help on the outside at wide receiver, it wouldn’t be surprising if they considered using as early as a third-round pick on Gordon.

UPDATE 7/12: With WRs Donnie Avery and Austin Collie leading the way currently to start on the outside opposite veteran Reggie Wayne, there’s a belief that the Colts see Gordon as a potential starter down the road. It should be noted that Collie is best used on the inside. And Avery is finally 100 percent after suffering a serious knee injury in August on 2010.

5) Buffalo Bills – After veteran WR Stevie Johnson, the Bills don’t have much depth on the outside at the position. So, it makes sense why they would attend Gordon’s workout. With the team essentially using spreads looks most of the time, depth is really important—something they don’t have much of at wide receiver.

6) Dallas Cowboys – After starters Dez Bryant and Miles Austin, the Cowboys don’t have any real depth at wide receiver. And they don’t have a legitimate backup for either player. While second-year WR Dwayne Harris is intriguing, he played only one snap on offense as a rookie. I’d call the Cowboys the sleeper team for Gordon’s services on Thursday.

Teams With Moderate Interest

7) New York Jets – The Jets clearly have a less-than-stellar group of wide receivers, so you can understand why they wanted to get a closer look at Gordon by attending Tuesday’s workout. And they are clearly willing to invest in players with off-the-field issues. But when looking at Gordon’s skill set, is he better than second-round pick Stephen Hill? I know former NFL scout Russ Lande believes that’s the case.

8) Houston Texans – With veteran WR Andre Johnson’s injury history and with little proven depth behind him, the Texans need to add a few players to the position going forward. But how much different is Gordon from DeVier Posey and Lestar Jean? Gordon, at least potentially, could be significantly better, but he only had one year of starting experience at Baylor.

9) Minnesota Vikings – There’s no question that the Vikings have one of the worst groups of receivers on paper, but they did spend two fourth-round picks on the position in this year’s NFL Draft. They were at Gordon’s workout, but I don’t see their interest being particularly high—just that they figure to be intrigued by him. And as various NFL executives have told me over the years about Vikings general manager Rick Spielman, he’s big on players with a favorable size and speed ratio—and Gordon has that.

10) Seattle Seahawks – The Seahawks have a below average group of wide receivers. That much is obvious. And with the team having so much uncertainty at the position, you can see why they were at Gordon’s workout. And the team is clearly willing to take risks (see Bruce Irvin in this year’s draft), so it wouldn’t be surprising for them to seriously consider selecting him early.

11) Denver Broncos – After WRs Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, the Broncos have next to nothing at the position. They certainly need to do something, but I found it curious that they weren’t represented at Gordon’s workout. Based on his off-the-field history, you would think a team that had a lot of interest in him would want to spend time in person.

12) St. Louis Rams – The new front office is clearly willing to invest draft picks in players with character issues (see Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson), so there’s no reason to think the Rams wouldn’t be interested in Gordon. But in reality, it’s experience at the position that they need, not youth.

13) Carolina Panthers – Gordon plays faster than young receivers such as Brandon LaFell and David Gettis, so I could see why they wanted to attend his workout. And after those two and veteran Steve Smith, depth becomes an issue.

14) Oakland Raiders – The Raiders have a fairly deep group of young receivers, but the team lacks experience at the position. Considering Gordon only had one year of starting experience in college, he doesn’t fit what they really need.

15) Philadelphia Eagles – The Eagles have done their homework on Gordon, including spending time with him the night before his pro day workout. But the Eagles are set, at least for this season, with the first four spots on the depth chart. And going forward, Jeremy Maclin should sign a contract extension prior to the 2013 season, so I don’t see the Eagles submitting an early pick on him.

Teams With Little or No Interest

16) Baltimore Ravens – I’ve been harping on the Ravens for the past few years to give QB Joe Flacco help at wide receiver. However, the team wasn’t at Gordon’s workout. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t make a big deal out of that, but I find it hard to believe they would select him without meeting with him in person or seeing him workout live. We’ll see if I’m correct or not come Thursday afternoon.

17) Atlanta Falcons – The first three spots on the depth chart at wide receiver are set, but after that it’s up in the air. However, Gordon plays on the outside where the Falcons are set for at least the next few seasons with Roddy White and Julio Jones. They’ll pass.

18) New York Giants – After selecting Rueben Randle in the second round this year and with the rapid development of Victor Cruz, the Giants have a nice group of young receivers. While they attended Gordon’s workout, they’ll pass on him.

19) New England Patriots – The Patriots were represented at Gordon’s workout, but they are deep enough at wide receiver. While they could use a developmental outside receiver, don’t look for them to show much interest in him.

20) Chicago Bears – While the Bears were at his workout, the first four spots on the depth chart are set, so I don’t see the Bears having much interest in Gordon.

21) Cincinnati Bengals – After spending early-round picks on A.J. Green and Mohamed Sanu in the past two drafts, youth at the position isn’t an issue. What the Bengals lack is experience at wide receiver.

22) Pittsburgh Steelers – At least for this season, the Steelers will be at least four-deep at wide receiver. After this season, jobs could be open at the position. However, I don’t see them interested in bringing along another developmental wide receiver at this point.

23) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – After adding veteran WR Vincent Jackson in free agency, the Buccaneers are at least four-deep at the position.

24) Arizona Cardinals – They spent a first-round pick on WR Michael Floyd and are at least four-deep at the position. While they were at Gordon’s workout, they don’t need him.

25) Jacksonville Jaguars – What a difference a year makes. At this time last year, the Jaguars had perhaps the worst group of receivers in the NFL. Now, they actually are fairly deep.

26) Kansas City Chiefs – They were at Gordon’s workout, but the team is pretty deep at wide receiver. They’ll pass.

27) Detroit Lions – The Lions could use another wide receiver for depth purposes, but with all of the off-the-field problems their players have been dealing with in recent months, it’s unlikely they would take a risk on Gordon.

28) San Diego Chargers – The Chargers really went for it in free agency, which suggests they are trying to win now—not later. They’ll pass on Gordon.

29) San Francisco 49ers – While the 49ers were at Gordon’s workout, at least for this season, they appear to actually be deep at wide receiver. I don’t’ see them carrying a player on the 53-man roster who likely wouldn’t contribute much this season.

30) Tennessee Titans – The Titans surprisingly selected his former teammate at Baylor, Kendall Wright, and are now really deep at wide receiver. They also weren’t at the Gordon’s workout. They’ll pass.

31) New Orleans Saints – The first five spots on the depth chart seem pretty secure, so it’s unlikely the Saints would select Gordon.

32) Green Bay Packers – The Packers were at Gordon’s workout, but they are really deep at wide  receiver, so I don’t see them really being interested.

The Eye in the Sky doesn’t Lie – Kendall Wright

When I noted via Twitter last fall that I was starting to do some research on Baylor University QB Robert Griffin III, some of my followers told me to make sure I got a good look at his top passing target, Kendall Wright. Some of them said he could wind up being the one of the first wide receivers selected off the board in April’s NFL Draft.

So, heeding their advice, I watched several games, and one thing became very evident—Wright was a playmaker. In fact, as one veteran personnel evaluator told me recently, Wright is the most explosive wide receiver available for this draft. But what surprised me is his willingness, despite his size (5-10, 196), to go over the middle. And watching his performance last season, his play reminded me of Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith, as others have noticed as well.

Wright’s senior season game tape, according to several personnel sources I’ve talked to, is arguably the best of any wide receiver for this draft. But despite that, a recent story from Pro Football Weekly stated that he’s “parked in the third round on a number of draft boards.” So, this being the season of smoke screens and misinformation put out by NFL teams leading up to the draft, I decided to cut through all the smoke by getting answers straight from the soft spoken wide receiver myself.

“Sometimes I’m open and sometimes I’m not. But when you’re my size, you have to try to play big. I try not to let my size dictate anything,” Wright told

Wright, during his time at Baylor, played inside and outside.

“One team that I had a visit with said they saw me as a “Z” receiver (flanker/outside), but I can pretty much play both (inside and outside). In fact, most of the teams I visited had me as a “Z.”

The “Z” receiver, in the West Coast scheme, is the No. 1 receiver—the same position Hall-of-Famer Jerry Rice played. However, in other schemes, the “Z” receiver plays in the slot. So which side of the field he plays and where he lines up will depend on which team winds up drafting him.

Wright is a rarity these days—he finished his career at Baylor as a four-year player. And he’s coming off a monster season (108 receptions, 1663 yards, 14 touchdowns), which could explain why he’s so highly thought of by many personnel evaluators.

However, he posted less than blazing 40-yard dash times (anywhere from 4.49 to 4.57 hand timed/4.61 electronic) during February’s NFL Scouting Combine. Wright erased doubts about his 40-speed at the Baylor pro day when he was hand timed at 4.41 and 4.46 by NFL teams in attendance. But luckily for him, wide receivers in the NFL don’t start out of a track stance and they do wear football pads when they play. No one has questioned Wright’s game speed on film, and some personnel evaluators have suggested that Wright’s ability to play that fast in pads comes from the strength and explosiveness in his lower body.

Profootballweekly also stated that Wright’s body fat percentage was at 16 (presumably at the Combine), so I asked the wide receiver about that late last week.

“One of the teams that I visited this week (the Jets) and gave me a physical, tested my body fat and said I had 8.4 percent,” Wright said.

Regardless of which number is accurate, Wright’s weight has remained about the same over the last year (scouts weighed him at 194 pounds last spring before his senior year, and he weighed 196 at the Combine and 197 at the Baylor pro day), and it hasn’t affected his playing speed.

Wright has seven visits (Carolina Panthers, Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, New York Jets and an undisclosed team) and three private workouts – the Titans earlier this month and two teams that called him this week for last minute workouts. He had a private workout with the Rams, and he had a workout and two hour chalkboard session on Monday with an AFC team’s offensive coordinator that also requested confidentiality. Rams GM Les Snead and head coach Jeff Fisher attended Wright’s workout last week. QB Tom Brandstater threw to Wright, according to a source.

According to several NFL executives spoke to in recent weeks, Wright is widely expected to go off the board somewhere within the first round. Regardless of the smoke screens that NFL teams are putting out this week, the bottom line is that teams go back to the film before they make their draft decisions. This time of year NFL evaluators frequently say “the eye in the sky doesn’t lie” when asked if a college player will make a good pro, and most NFL personnel executives that I’ve talked to say Kendall Wright’s film is as good if not better than any receiver in this draft.

The Pittsburgh Steelers don’t care about mock drafts

There are few teams in football more respected on draft day than the Pittsburgh Steelers.  What makes the Steelers so respected is not just the fact that they have a track record of finding good football players, but they’ve also created a mindset of “Steeler football” and they stay true to that mindset/philosophy.

My dad coached the offensive line for the Steelers from 2007-2009 and despite what most people think, I rarely got inside information from him while he was there.  In fact, he was always so jammed up with work that our discussions usually centered around a couple of brief discussions regarding offensive line play during the season and how his grandchildren were doing.  During the draft process, I would ask questions about some offensive line prospects from time to time, but that was the extent of it.

Recently, over Tex-Mex, he began telling me about how the Steelers go about the draft process and I found it to be fascinating.  In Pittsburgh, Kevin Colbert runs the draft but has Mike Tomlin helping to make decisions and there is a balance between the scouting department and position coaches.  The Steelers pecking order isn’t what fascinated me, but rather, the manner in which they put together their draft board is what caught my attention.

Stacking The Board

After all of the readings of players are finished and the evaluations are complete, the Steelers will then stack their draft board.  While other teams try and predict what teams ahead of them will do, the Steelers decided that predicting what other teams would do was a waste of time.  I will keep the nuts and bolts about how the Steelers draft process works to myself, but I love their overall approach.  The Steelers only care about what they can control which is their own draft board.

The Steelers create their draft board based on a mock draft where only the Steelers pick.  They make picks 1 thru 32 in the first round for themselves based on Steelers football and their philosophies on both sides of the ball.  While every team stacks their draft board based on how the grades that they have on players in all positions, the Steelers are able to put together a true “big board” based on their judgements of talent, fit to the system, need and character.

Have you ever been at the horse races and you are in line to make your wagers but you aren’t quite sure what your game plan is going to be?  You end up making way too many bets and you come away with tickets that you didn’t really want.  The same thing has probably happened to you in fantasy football drafts.  With their method, the Steelers are able to operate within the first two rounds with a checklist that they rarely have to deviate from.  Sure, they may make go off script based on how the draft is unfolding, but they know who they are and what they want to do when they are on the clock.

Mock drafts?  You can keep them.  The Steelers only care about the Steelers.

Two Round Mock Draft

Round One

1. Carolina – Marcel Dareus, DT, Alabama

2. Denver – Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU

3. Buffalo – Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M

4. Cincinnati – Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

5. Arizona – Robert Quinn, OLB/DE, North Carolina

6. Cleveland – A.J. Green, WR, Georgia

7. San Francisco – Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

8 .Tennessee – Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn

9 .Dallas – Tyron Smith, OT, USC

10. Washington – Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri

11. Houston – Julio Jones, WR, Alabama

12. Minnesota – Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple

13. Detroit – Anthony Castonzo, LT, Boston College

14. St. Louis – Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson

15. Miami – Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama

16. Jacksonville – Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue

17. New England – J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin

18. San Diego – Cameron Jordan, DE, Cal

19. New York Giants – Mike Pouncey, OG/C, Florida

20. Tampa Bay – Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri

21. Kansas City – Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor

22. Indianapolis – Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin

23. Philadelphia – Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado

24. New Orleans – Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa

25. Seattle – Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas

26. Baltimore – Nate Solder, LT, Colorado

27. PIttsburgh (trade w/ ATL) – Derek Sherrod, LT, Miss. State

28. New England – Orlando Franklin, OG, Miami

29. Chicago – Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois

30. New York Jets – Danny Watkins, LG, Baylor

31. Atlanta (proj. trade with PIT) – Justin Houston, DE, Georgia

32. Green Bay – Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State

Round Two

33. New England – Brandon Harris, CB, Miami

34. Buffalo – Jake Locker, QB, Washington

35. Cincinnati – Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland

36. Denver – Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State

37. Cleveland – Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA

38. Arizona – Marcus Cannon, OG, TCU

39. Tennessee – Aaron Williams, CB, Texas

40. Dallas – Allen Bailey, DE, Miami

41. Washington – Mikel LeShoure, RB, Illinois

42. Houston – Brooks Reed, OLB, Arizona

43. Minnesota – Andy Dalton, QB, TCU

44. Detroit – Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech

45. San Francisco – Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pitt

46. Denver – Jurrell Casey, DT, USC

47. St. Louis – Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky

48. Oakland – Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia

49. Jacksonville – Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA

50. San Diego – Martez Wilson, LB, Illinois

51. Tampa Bay – Brandon Burton, CB, Utah

52. New York Giants – Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame

53. Indianapolis – Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State

54. Philadelphia – Ben Ijalana, OG, Villanova

55. Kansas City – Christian Ballard, DE, Iowa

56. New Orleans – Bruce Carter, LB, North Carolina

57. Seattle – Rodney Hudson, G/C, Seattle

58. Baltimore – Jerrel Jernigan, WR, Troy

59. Atlanta – Curtis Brown, CB, Texas

60. New England – Jonathan Baldwin, WR, PItt

61. San Diego – Clint Boling, OG, Georgia

62. Chicago – Marvin Austin, NT, North Carolina

63. Pittsburgh – Davon House, CB, New Mexico State

64. Green Bay – James Carpenter, OG/OT, Alabama

Ryan Grant


Class: Senior
Height: 6’0 1/6″
Weight: 197 lbs.
School: Tulane

  • 2x First-team All-C-USA (2012, 2013)
  • Third in C-USA in receiving yards in 2013 (77.2 per game)
  • Led C-USA in receiving yards in 2012 (95.8 per game)
  • First Tulane WR since Marc Zeno (86, 87) to have back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons (2012, 2013)
  • 2013 stats:  77 receptions, 1,039 yards and nine TDs

Senior Bowl Notes

  • Grant accepted an invitation to play in the 2014 Senior Bowl in Mobile.
  • The former Tulane WR was one of my players to watch and he didn’t disappoint on Monday.  He had more ups than downs during the day.  He snatched the ball out of the air, caught the ball away from his body.  He beat DBs down field and can get open.  But, he had a couple of lapses in concentration – jumping offsides and then letting a ball go through his hands during one-on-ones.
  • Grant was sharp again on Wednesday, including one rep where he ran completely away from Georgia Southern CB Lavelle Westbrooks on a deep completion in one on ones.


Consistency has been Grant’s calling card at Tulane.  He doesn’t put up gaudy stats but week in and week out, he’s reliable and an NFL team is going to know it can rely on him.

He does “receiver things” really well.  He sells his routes.  He’ll work to get open.  He gets on a DB in a hurry.  He has consistent and mangificent hands.  But, he’s not a physical freak like Texas A&M’s Mike Evans.  He doesn’t have quite the speed of Oregon’s De’Anthony Thomas or the quicks of Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks.  But, don’t sleep on this guy, he’s got some explosiveness that could surprise many in Mobile.  He’s fun to watch.

The hands, the route running and the ability to get open are all there for Grant.  The Senior Bowl is an opportunity for him to show that he can stand out from the best receivers in the senior class.  My gut tells me that he could really surprise next week in Mobile.

Teddy Bridgewater


Class: Junior
Height: 6’2 1/8″
Weight: 214 lbs.
School: Louisville

  • 2013 Sugar Bowl MVP
  • 2012 Big East Offensive Player of the Year
  • 2013 Russell Athletic Bowl MVP – completed 35 of 42 for 447 yards and 3 TDs in win over Miami (FL)
  • Set school season record for TD passes with 31
  • Tied school record with 27 wins as a starting quarterback
  • 2013 Stats:  3,970 yards passing, 31 TDs and 4 INT

**Scouting report prepared by QB guru/former Wake Forest star QB James MacPherson


**Bridgewater chose not to throw at the Combine.  He will throw at his Pro Day.  In fact, he only did the vertical jump and the broad jump

**Combine measurements

  • Vertical jump – 30″
  • Broad jump – 9’5″

**Arm/hand measurements

  • Arm length – 33″
  • Hand size – 9 1/4″


  • Smart dual threat quarterback.
  • Very good decision-maker who plays with a lot of poise.
  • Understands coverages, reads, beating blitzes.
  • Great vision and goes through his reads/progressions quickly and throws the ball on time.
  • Excellent footwork and able to pull football down and make plays outside the pocket with his feet.
  • Understands pass protections and can re-direct Offensive Line to pick up blitzes.
  • Toughness, hangs in pocket to take a hit and deliver a pass to receivers down field.
  • Plays in a system that has NFL-type pass plays, play-action passes, etc.
  • A very good leader who has command of the offense.
  • Not a blazer but fast enough to outrun players at the first level.


  • Low release, the ball will sail high when throwing over defenders, or even get batted down at the line of scrimmage.
  • Elongated throwing motion at times that allows defenders to break up passes.
  • Above average arm strength do not see him drive a lot of throws down field.
  • Not a great deep ball thrower. Leaves go routes over the inside shoulder, over throws deep throws, or passes are getting broken up by deep safeties.
  • Did not face a lot of top competition in college football week in and week out as other quarterbacks.


TSV videos provided by Draft Breakdown

:02 Low release leaves go route to the inside shoulder falls incomplete.
:46 Goes through read quickly, pulls it down for a big run and slides to avoid hit.
1:00 Great vision, recognizes Cornerback blitz and hits hot throw.
1:10 Shows his accuracy throwing on the run and great pass around the defender.
2:24 Low Release, pass sails high on him for a should have been interception.
5:21 Shows poise hanging in the pocket with a blitz coming and hits secondary receiver.
7:00 Takes off to run and a smart decision to stay in bounds to keep clock running.
7:16 Moves and slides in pocket and hits 3rd receiver.

TSV videos provided by Draft Breakdown

:01 Low release pass is high.
:35 Recognizes blitz and hot throw.
1:46 Quick pass drop nice throw over the top to corner route.
2:25 Pulls it down and runs as receivers are covered.
4:24 Leaves go route over inside shoulder and free safety able to intercept it.
6:16 Changes pass protection to pick up blitz.
7:07 Low release pass sails high should be completed.
7:31 NFL sluggo-seam route pump fakes and goes through progression quickly hitting check down.

TSV videos provided by Draft Breakdown

1:46 Poise/Toughness hangs in to deliver pass and take the hit.
2:18 Sees safety rotation and looks off safety to hit seam route on time.
3:53 Low release misses throw high on the drag.
4:50 Impressive back shoulder seam/post throw for a touchdown.
5:14 Play action fake (NFL Spider 2 pass) goes through progression quickly.
5:50 Goes through read quickly taking the check down to the RB.
6:37 Low release ball gets batted down.
8:35 Under throws deep go route leaving pass to the inside.
9:16 Improvised shovel pass to receiver.
9:31 Questionable decision to run the ball instead of pass/throw away to conserve time for a tying field goal.


One of the smartest and poised dual-threat quarterbacks who understands reading defenses, makes very good quick decisions, and will make plays with his feet.  He is familiar running a pro-style offense dropping back from under center as well executing play-action pass plays.  His achilles’ heal as a quarterback is his low release which causes his passes to sail on him.  Also, his above average arm strength and sometimes elongated throwing motion allow for defenders to have chances to break up and challenge his passes downfield.  It would be interesting to see how he would fair against some top competition and speed week in and week out.

Against Kentucky Bridgewater was able to make good quick decisions and beat Kentucky’s blitzes.  He also did a nice job making some throws and runs outside of the pocket. He had a couple of passes sail on him and missed on a couple of open throws and deep routes.  His poise and good decision making carried the team and he made enough throws to seal the win on the final drives of the game.

In the Rutgers game, Bridgewater had a solid performance making quick reads and hitting a nice corner route for a touchdown.  Again, some passes sailed on him because of his low release.  However, he showed great command of the offense, making good quick decisions on pass plays and also making a couple plays with his feet to solidify the win.

In the team’s only loss this year, Bridgewater again showed poise and made good decisions on pass plays to give his team a chance to win against probably the toughest competition they had faced all season, which is not saying a lot. He made some impressive reads and throws, especially a back shoulder post for a touchdown.  There was a questionable decision by Bridgewater at the end of the game with :23 left to play from -25,he pulled the ball down to scramble and run the ball which ate up a lot of clock instead of throwing the ball, or throwing it away to conserve time.