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Teddy Bridgewater visiting with Vikings after weekend workout

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While responding to a report from Chris Mortensen of ESPN about poor workouts by his client Teddy Bridgewater, agent Kennard McGuire said that the report was false because, in part, Bridgewater had only worked out for one team.

McGuire also said that would change on Saturday when Bridgewater worked out for another team. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network follows up on reports that the workout was for the Vikings with a note that Bridgewater is now visiting with the team in Minnesota.

The Vikings, who pick eighth, have met with several of the top quarterback prospects already as they look for someone who could upgrade the position over the Matt Cassel/Christian Ponder duo currently on hand. Bridgewater’s ability to do that has generated a wide range of opinions through draft season, with some feeling strongly about his chances of making it as an NFL starter and others predicting a tumble down the draft board for a player who was once thought to be a safe bet to be the first player off the board.

Whether or not Bridgewater is in play for that first-round pick is something only the Vikings can tell us and we’re not expecting to see any press releases to that effect when the visit comes to an end.

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Blake Bortles visited the Raiders on Monday

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Coach Dennis Allen has already named Matt Schaub the Raiders’ starting quarterback for the 2014 season, but that’s not stopping them from taking a look at the quarterback options that will be available in next month’s draft.

Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and Pittsburgh’s Tom Savage were in for visits with the team last week and Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group reports that Central Florida’s Blake Bortles visited with the team on Monday.

Bortles has been all over the league over the last few weeks as he’s met with teams considering quarterbacks in May, although his travels have coincided with reports from PFT and elsewhere that some of those teams have decided to fill other needs early in the draft. Bortles is still expected to be a first-round pick, but he may not go quite as early in the round as was expected a month ago.

The Raiders are one of the teams included in those reports, although it bears mentioning that the weeks leading up to the draft are filled with a lot of misinformation as teams jockey for position to get the players they really want and that knowing what Bortles and others bring to the table has value in trade talks whether or not they slip down the board.

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Anthony Barr sets up five visits over next two weeks

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Anthony Barr hasn’t been playing linebacker very long, but his work at the position has still caught the eye of NFL scouts.

Barr’s abilities off the edge led to 41.5 tackles for loss and 24.5 sacks at UCLA over the last two seasons and many expect him to be a first-round pick in a league that prizes players who can get after quarterbacks. Barr will spend the next two weeks visiting with several teams that may be interested in taking him off the board on May 8.

Ross Jones of FOX Sports reports that Barr will meet with the Cowboys, Vikings, Steelers, Falcons and Eagles over the next two weeks. He’s already met with the Jaguars, Titans and Falcons, among others that are intrigued by what Barr could bring to their defense.

Barr isn’t the most polished prospect after his late shift to the defensive side of the ball, but his potential to wreak havoc in opposing backfields is the kind of thing that makes teams ignore such inexperience. Every team on that list could use a boost in that area, which makes it very likely that Barr’s name will be heard fairly early on May 8.

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Kyle Fuller, Eric Ebron visiting Lions on Monday

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The Lions picked wide receiver Corey Fuller in the sixth round of last year’s draft and they’ll be seeing what his younger brother has to say for himself.

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller will add the Lions to the list of teams he’s visiting with on Monday. Fuller is shooting to become a first-round pick, something neither Corey nor eldest brother Vincent were able to do when they entered the NFL, and his chances seem pretty good based on how many teams are interested in talking to him.

The Lions have worked out Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard as well and Birkett reports they have interest in Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby. They also have a visit scheduled with Maryland corner Dexter McDougle.

North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron is also meeting with the Lions on Monday. Detroit re-signed tight end Brandon Pettigrew, but Ebron’s receiving skills have pushed him up to to the top of many draft boards and he’d give the Lions offense another wrinkle to use on the field next season.

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Tom Savage’s dance card is fully booked

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There are two more weeks to the pre-draft season this year than there have been in the past, but it still isn’t enough time for Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage to meet with every team that wants to have a conversation with him.

Peter King of TheMMQB.com reports that Savage has met or will meet with 24 or 25 teams before the April 27 deadline to schedule such visits. That packed dance card forced Savage’s agent Neil Schwartz to tell a couple of teams last week that his client won’t be able to meet them before the deadline.

“There are literally no days left on his calendar for him to go see any other teams,” Schwartz said.

The interest in Savage around the league is being reflected in at least one mock draft as Todd McShay of ESPN.com has projected he’ll come off the board to the Texans with the 33rd overall pick. That’s ahead of Fresno State’s Derek Carr, LSU’s Zach Mettenberger, Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy Garoppolo and other prospects who have spent the last few months ranked ahead of Savage in the consensus opinion of draft pundits.

Such things can wind up meaning little, but there’s a good chance that someone will find something to love about Savage with three-quarters of the league giving him the once-over before the picks start being announced. It doesn’t hurt that, again per King, several teams are reportedly finding more to like about quarterbacks outside the first round. King mentions the Jaguars’ fondness for Garoppolo but it sounds like it won’t come as much of a shock if Savage is also part of a second round run on signal callers.

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Falcons taking pre-draft visits with pass rushers

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The Falcons came into the offseason with the plan to improve on both the offensive line and the defensive front seven, something that is expected to continue in the draft.

With the sixth overall pick, the Falcons will be in good position to add help at one spot or the other although the likelihood that South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney and Buffalo’s Khalil Mack will be off the board makes it more likely that they’ll look for an offensive tackle if they stay put in the first round. Atlanta is dealing with that reality by familiarizing themselves with pass rushers who may be on the board in the second half.

Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports that the team has already met with Boise State’s Demarcus Lawrence and that BYU’s Kyle Van Noy is scheduled for a visit with the team on Wednesday. There’s also a visit scheduled with UCLA’s Anthony Barr, although there are some who expect him to go well before the Falcons are up with the 37th overall pick.

McClure also reports that Auburn’s Dee Ford “seems likely” to visit or work out for the Falcons before the draft and that would add another name to the list of possible additions if it happens. Osi Umenyiora returns after leading the Falcons with 7.5 sacks last season, but Atlanta’s 32 overall sacks were tied for the second-fewest in the league.

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Report: Falcons work out Terrance West, Jordan Love

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A group of key Falcons decision makers reportedly took a closer look at a pair of Towson University products.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS, head coach Mike Smith, G.M. Thomas Dimitroff and assistant G.M. Scott Pioli were among team officials attending an on-campus workout for Towson running back Terrance West and cornerback Jordan Love.

It’s unclear when the workout was held. (A hat tip to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, who had mentioned La Canfora’s report on his blog.)

West rushed for 2,509 yards and 41 touchdowns on 413 carries in 2013 for Towson, which lost in the FCS title game. With postseason play, Towson played a 16-game slate, which helps explain West’s workload. West (5-9, 225) attended the NFL Scouting Combine and is expected to be drafted.

A Georgia transfer, Love defended 10 passes for Towson in 2013. According to La Canfora, Love showed well at Towson’s Pro Day after not being invited to the Combine.

Running back and cornerback are positions where the Falcons could use reinforcements. While a club’s willingness to work out players isn’t exactly a surefire predictor of future employment with the club, the Falcons’ presence at Towson is noteworthy.

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49ers set to host Martavis Bryant on Monday

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Sammy Watkins may be expected to be among the first names called by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on May 8, which is going to put him out of reach of many teams looking for help at receiver next month.

One of those teams is likely going to turn toward Watkins’ Clemson teammate Martavis Bryant at a later point in the draft. It could be the 49ers, who are scheduled to meet with Bryant on Monday.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that Bryant, who is projected to be a second day pick, will be one of several players visiting with the teamGeorgia State wide receiver Albert Wilson, Central Florida running back Storm Johnson and Boston College offensive lineman Matt Patchan are also scheduled to meet with the team, while Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin is scheduled to come in later in the week.

Bryant is 6-4 and ran a 4.42 40 at the combine in February, a combo he put to work as a big play artist across from Watkins last season. Bryant averaged 19.7 yards per catch on the year and a deep threat would fit nicely into a receiving corps headlined by Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin. Per Barrows, Bryant has booked a total of 12 visits and will also meet with the Ravens, who could use the same kind of addition to their offense, this week.

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Publicist for A.J. McCarron and Katherine Webb says no reality show “as of yet”

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On Wednesday, we passed along some comments made by Katherine Webb’s sister about a reality show being filmed that would cover her sister’s wedding to Alabama quarterback and NFL hopeful A.J. McCarron.

McCarron reacted quickly to say that he’s only interested in playing football and that what “my future wife does is her business,” perhaps in order to stave off any criticism about his priorities heading into the NFL draft. On Friday, a publicist for the couple pulled things back even further by telling CBS Houston that talk of a show is premature although she indicated McCarron is in on the decision-making process.

“There is not actually a reality tv show as of yet. The initial article that came out yesterday was very premature as AJ and Katherine are listening to pitches from a number of production companies and networks about a potential show but there is not actually a “show” to talk about yet.”

That means we’ll all have to wait and see if we’ll get a chance to peek in on the McCarron/Webb nuptials. While we do, there’s always the reality show built around Jets wide receiver Eric Decker and his wife, singer Jessie James, to keep us occupied.

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Carlos Hyde, Austin Sefarian-Jenkins visit Bills on Friday

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The Bills were reportedly one of the teams contacted by the Titans about a trade for running back Chris Johnson before Johnson was released, but the Bills weren’t interested in pulling the trigger.

That doesn’t rule out adding a different running back to the mix, however. The Bills announced that they met with Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde on Friday, giving them a chance to find out more about one of the highest rated backs in this year’s draft. Neither Hyde nor any other back is seen as a surefire first-round pick, but he could be available when the Bills pick in the second round and would give them a different sort of runner than they have in C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson.

The Bills also met with Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who is also expected to be a second-round selection next month. Seferian-Jenkins wasn’t able to work out at his pro day or the combine because of a foot injury, but Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free-Press reports that he went through a private workout with the Lions. The Bills re-signed tight end Scott Chandler this offseason, but there’s a place in the offense for a target like Seferian-Jenkins.

Both players had some off-field trouble in college and that will likely be one of the topics of conversation during their meetings with Bills brass. The Bills also met with Liberty cornerback Walt Aikens on Friday.

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Report: Falcons to host Jake Matthews

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A club in need of offensive line help selecting early in May’s draft will reportedly host one of the top offensive tackle prospects on a visit.

According to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com, the Falcons will meet with Texas A&M tackle Jake Matthews during the week of April 21.

The son of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, Jake Matthews played both right and left tackle for the Aggies. The 22-year-old Matthews earned a variety of first-team All-American honors both as a junior and as a senior.

The Falcons hold the No. 6 overall pick in the 2014 draft. Were the Falcons to take Matthews, he could first be tried at right tackle. The Falcons have an experienced left tackle in Sam Baker, a 2008 first-round pick.

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Jimmy Garoppolo working out for Vikings on Friday

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The Vikings are expected to come away from the draft with a new quarterback and they’ll be taking a look at a candidate for the job on Friday.

Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports that the team is taking in a private workout by Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The Vikings, like all teams looking for a starting quarterback and a few teams already set at that position, have been busy in recent weeks looking at the top prospects at the position while Garoppolo has also been making the rounds.

Garoppolo probably isn’t in the mix for the Vikings’ eighth overall pick as he is widely considered to be a prospect who will come off the board on the second day of the draft. The same is true of LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who the Vikings met with this week, and targeting one of those players would allow the Vikings to fill another hole early before turning their attention to their need at quarterback.

There are several other options available and, with seven teams selecting before them on May 8, the Vikings will be considering all of them as they try to find the right person for offensive coordinator Norv Turner to mold into a starter.

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Tom Savage to visit Raiders

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The Raiders met with Johnny Manziel earlier this week and they’ll close the week by meeting a quarterback who is expected to go a bit later in the draft.

Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage will be visiting with the Raiders on Friday, according to a report from Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com. Savage is seen as a mid-round pick after throwing for for 2,958 yards with 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions during his only year at Pitt, although some draft watchers have opined that he could develop into an NFL starter.

That would seem to fit with the Raiders’ plans at the position after trading for Matt Schaub this offseason, but Savage will have to explain during his visit why his college career took him from Rutgers to Arizona before winding up at Pittsburgh.

“You see someone transfer twice, your immediate thought is probably a red flag, there is something wrong,” Savage said. “Obviously, my journey has been a little different. It’s helped me mature as a person and I wouldn’t want to do it any other way.”

The Raiders also have Matt McGloin and Terrelle Pryor at quarterback, although there doesn’t seem to be much chance of Pryor remaining on the roster for the 2014 season.

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Jadeveon Clowney visiting with Rams on Friday

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The Rams are in good shape at defensive end with Chris Long and Robert Quinn, but that’s not stopping them from talking to the top defensive end in this year’s draft class.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Rams will meet with Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina on Friday. The Rams own the second overall pick in May’s draft and it’s hard to find anyone who believes Clowney will be on the board much longer than that.

Given the presence of Long and Quinn, the Rams would clearly be drafting the best available player rather than filling their most pressing need if they wound up with Clowney on May 8. There would certainly be ways to make such an arrangement work, but it also bears mentioning that the Rams need to sell the idea that they’d take Clowney if they want to keep open the possibility of making a trade if Clowney makes it past the Texans with the first pick.

The Rams haven’t been shy about broadcasting their willingness to deal the pick for the right offer and General Manager Les Snead has made particular note of the possibility that a team could trade up for Clowney or another non-quarterback.

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Darqueze Dennard set to visit Rams, Jets and Bengals

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Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard got a pretty good lesson from his cousin about what not to do before the draft when he was arrested for assaulting a police officer just before the 2012 draft.

Projected to be a second or third round pick by many, Alfonzo Dennard wound up dropping to the Patriots in the seventh round. He’s serving as a sounding board for his cousin this offseason and the first, second and third lesson should focus on avoiding such sinkholes because Darqueze might have even more to lose if he takes a swing at a law enforcement officer.

The Spartan standout is ranked alongside Justin Gilbert and Kyle Fuller at the top of the position group and is expected to go in the first round on May 8. He’ll be visiting some of the teams that could select him in the coming days. Gil Brandt of NFL Network reports that Dennard is meeting with the Rams on Thursday with visits with the Jets and Bengals lined up for next week.

The Jets and Bengals are also on the list of teams visiting with Fuller, and both of them would benefit from landing a blue-chipper in the secondary during the draft.

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