Saturday, February 22, 2014


By Eric C. Wright

Indianapolis, IN.--Instead of the focus being on the college football players assembled here to decide their future, the biggest topic of the day was the undenied report that the San Francisco 49ers attempted to "trade" head coach Jim Harbaugh to the Cleveland Browns before they hired Mike Pettine.  After digging as much as I could here is what I gathered on the issue:

-The Browns were asked repeatedly about this on Friday and each time didn't deny that these talks took place.  In addition the Browns were set to receiver three draft picks in exchange for Harbaugh with one possibly being as high as a number 2.  Harbaugh in turn mulled the offer before deciding he wanted to stay.  The reverberations about all this is that there apparently is a rift between Harbaugh and GM Trent Baalke.  Despite all the success Harbaugh has had since becoming the head coach, which includes three straight NFC Championship game appearances and one Super Bowl loss, it is starting to look like his overwhelming personality is taking its toll on the 49ers front office.  It is all smiles and goodwill down here by 49ers officials for now but this is a story that bears watching.

-Getting back to the actual football, here were some more measureables regarding the key prospects:

-Arizona RB Kadeem Carey:  5-9 207.  Carey is in line to be the first running back off the board possibly as high as Round 2.

-Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde:  5-11 230:  Along with Carey, Hyde is considered to be the cream of the crop among all the running backs.  Also a strong second round possibility. 

-Towson RB Terrance West:  5-9 225:  Will be the first small school kid drafted.  Great tools and looks great on television but pass protection is awful.  

-Boston College RB Andre Williams:  5-22 230:  Not a fan of Williams who seems like the classic top college player who will struggle at the NFL level.  Can't catch the football and footwork very poor.

-Washington RB Bishop Stankey:  5-9 209:  Moving up some due to his top notch pass protection skills which is a big deal now in today's NFL.  Running was just all right however.

-Auburn RB Tre Mason:  5-8 207:  Big name from a big Auburn team but NFL outlook cloudy. 

-LSU RB Jeremy Hill:  6-0 233:  Has red flags due to off the field issues but on pure running Hill is a very good prospect.

-Oregon RB De'Anthony Thomas:  5-8 174:  Will immediately become a kick returner but doesn't have the body to be a full-time back.  Reminds me of Darren Sproles.

-Fresno State WR Davante Adams:  6-0 212:  Led college football is catches with 131 who runs great routes.  Day two guy.

-The St. Louis Rams have a boatload of people here scouting South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney.  There is increasing talk though that they are now more inclined to trade the pick since there will be a tremendous amount of interest in moving up there since Clowney is such a one-in-a-lifetime talent. 

More later. 

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