Dan Pompei of the National Football Post writes that every general manager is looking for the next Russell Wilson when they dig in and evaluate this year’s quarterback draft class.
Not so much a short quarterback who can overcome his height, Pompei writes, but a player loaded with leadership and intangibles that can come in and lead a team.
For that reason, USC’s Matt Barkley is rising up the draft boards, says Pompei.
Pompei: “NFL teams aren’t looking for the next great short quarterback. But they are looking for a quarterback with intangibles so powerful that he can overcome whatever he may lack physically, ala the quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks.
“In that regard, Wilson is having an impact on how teams are evaluating quarterbacks. Front office men from two teams told me they have been asked to be more in tune to a quarterback’s intangibles this year. “Our front office wants to know who the Russell Wilson is in this group,” one high ranking scout said. “Intangibles have become more important because they can overcome everything else.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, recently released by Philadelphia, is scheduled to visit Seattle on Monday and San Francisco on Tuesday. Jenkins visited the Giants on Friday.
Russell Wilson discusses the art of throwing the deep ball in this video link.
Brady Henderson of 710 ESPN Seattle writes that NFL Analyst Charles Davis believes that Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson would be a good fit in Seattle.
Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times writes that the Bucs have the largest coaching staff in the league at 24 people, one more
Stu Woo of the Washington Post takes a closer look at the Twitter followers for every major sports team. The Arizona Cardinals have the fewest twitter followers in the NFL.
Rich Cimini of ESPN New York doesn’t believe the New York Jets will trade for Matt Flynn. Cimini: “A lot of folks are saying the Jets should trade for Seahawks backup QB Matt Flynn, but he’d hardly be a sure thing. Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, formerly Flynn’s coordinator in Green Bay, passed on him last offseason. Chiefs GM John Dorsey, formerly a Packers exec, also passed, as the Chiefs opted to trade for Alex Smith. It tells you something about a player when the people who know him best don’t want him.”
Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated’s top 40 players in this year’s NFL draft is worth a look.