From the Sidelines: 4/13/09 Draft Notes

Posted by Administrator On April - 13 - 2009

Former Oklahoma safety Nic Harris might consider himself a safety still but personnel across the NFL don’t see him as one. If Harris wants a role in the NFL, he will have to convert to linebacker. Sooners HC Bob Stoops tried to convert Harris to OLB during the 2008 season to no avail. He was moved back to S shortly after.

Harris is a powerful hitter but his pure tackling skills are mediocre and he doesn’t cover very good. Mix in the fact that he gets too hot-headed on the football field and interviewed terribly for NFL teams and we see a guy with great athleticism falling by the wayside. We at Sideline Scouting project Nic Harris (OLB #13) as a fifth round pick.

Stephen McGee’s draft stock keeps rising. The former Texas A&M quarterback has visits scheduled with Oakland, Denver, and Dallas this week. Stephen McGee (QB #5) has already worked out for New England, Jacksonville, Seattle, Houston, Carolina, San Francisco, and Miami. We project McGee as a fourth round pick.

Buffalo Bills’ S Donte Whitner’s arrest likely opens up yet another hole on a Buffalo defense which was deservingly bad last year. Buffalo needs at least two more defensive backs and word is that if former Ohio State CB/S Malcolm Jenkins (CB #1) is available, Buffalo would have a hard time not pulling the trigger, even after they drafted CB Leodis McKelvin in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

Former Oklahoma State QB Bobby Reid, whom transferred to Texas Southern, had representatives from five NFL teams watch him throw at his pro day. Reid was at one time considered a legitimate pro prospect but after fading from the burner in Stillwater to tearing his ACL at Texas Southern, he is a longshot to get drafted.

Mike Klis, a writer from the Denver Post, has speculated that the Denver Broncos, as tight-lipped as they are, could already have a deal in place with Jacksonville to move from the 12 to the 8 spot, in order to secure QB Mark Sanchez (QB #1).

Do you know who Vaughn Martin is? Well, you should. He is a defensive tackle from Western Ontario University in Canada. What we are hearing is that he could be a late-round draft pick. This is a surprise to us as we do not have him ranked at all in our defensive rankings because he is only worth a late-round flier.