Coaches at the Senior Bowl are saying that one of the reasons why Oregon coach Chip Kelly turned down the Buccaneers head coaching position was because of what he heard from former Bucs head coach Jon Gruden. After Gruden was fired by Tampa Bay's owners, the Glazers, he went out to Oregon to learn the spread offense from Kelly. The two are said to be friends, and coaches at the Senior Bowl are saying that Gruden gave a thumbs down to working with the Glazers and the Bucs organization. That helped Kelly to decide to remain with Oregon.
Scouts have told WalterFootball.com that the Texas trio of linebacker Keenan Robinson, defensive tackle Kheeston Randall and linebacker Emmanuel Acho have helped their stock this week. Randall and Robinson are physical linebackers with quickness. Scouts believe that they have scheme flexibility and could be options as inside linebackers for a 3-4 defense. Randall had a disappointing senior season, but his strong week of practice has helped to revive his stock to potentially go in the second day.
Sources have said the Kansas City Chiefs have emphasized studying the offensive linemen this week. The Chiefs had a big hole at right tackle this season. If they draft a natural left tackle, they could move Brandon Albert to the right side. If the value isn't there for the Chiefs to land a good left tackle in the first round, they could look to get a right tackle on the second day of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Sources have said the Detroit Lions have emphasized offensive linemen, cornerbacks and running backs in their draft preparation. The offensive line and cornerback are obvious needs. Running back is a bit of a surprise considering they used high draft picks on running backs in the 2010 and 2011 NFL Drafts. However, there are concerns about Javhid Best's long-term career with the amount of concussions he's had in college and only two NFL seasons. The Lions have an inclination to draft the best player available regardless of position, so a running back can't be ruled out for Detroit.
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterbacks coach Greg Olson had a lot of options for his next job after leaving Tampa Bay. Olson isn't at the Senior Bowl, but sources here said that Olson could have been the quarterbacks coach with the Bears and Browns. He also turned down the offensive coordinator position with the University of Florida. Olson took on the challenge of getting Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert turned in the right direction after an ugly rookie season. If Olson can get Gabbert to make big improvements, Olson should be a hot coaching candidate in 2013.
One I think you greatly underestimate the las vegas population and fans. Yes its known as a "tourist" city but it has had a steady increase in population and is still growing. Finally having a pro franchise, you will find real fans going to the games. Two, when Oakland sucked you could see how empty their stadium was so I don't want to hear any boo hooing over the Oakland area fans losing out.
The greater Las Vegas metro area has over 2 million in population not to mention all the die hard raiders fans who live in the greater Southern California region who will make the trip to Vegas as many have to Oakland. The Raiders are a national brand not a regional team. Fans will follow this team everywhere, even if Musk were to build a stadium on Mars
*MARCH UPDATE* WITH TRADES ** RD 4 NOW ADDED **
RD2,3, & 4 ORDER IS RANDOM for trades that usually happen.
Used draft-site`s approach as a general guide. Really like their ranking system as it uses a hi-low rubric to rank each player. Took several ranking sites and averaged out player rankings. Used my own rankings for players I feel were ranked much too low. Combine results update. F/A updates with a few players still looking for a new home. Will update as they sign with new teams.
Will see teams reach for QB & OT. No big trades announced yet.