ource: It’s also notable that both Chiefs QB Matt Cassel and T Ryan O’Callaghan (pictured) were players who the Patriots drafted with dealt picks. In fact, both players came in the same deal.
In 2005 the Patriots dealt Oakland their sixth round pick (175th overall) for the Raiders seventh round pick (230th overall) and fifth round pick in 2006 (136th overall). Cassel was selected with that seventh round choice, while O’Callaghan went with the sixth in 2006. The Raiders, meanwhile, used their sixth round pick to draft DT Antaaj Hawthorn.
Hawthorne never started a NFL game and was out of the league by 2007. Cassel and O’Callaghan have obviously gone on to become regular starters.
Oh, those Raiders and their (insert adjective here) trades…
STRENGTHS – A physical player who is willing to stick his shoulder in against the running game … Murphy is a good tackler and wraps up when he brings down the man with the ball … good speed and he closes fast on ball and receiver … Murphy has a cornerback mentality and puts the last play behind him.
WEAKNESSES – Technique needs a lot of work, especially in pass coverage … overaggressive at times, falling victim to double moves and fakes … gives up too much ground when dropping into coverage and sometimes is slow getting to the ball.
THE RIGHT 53? – Murphy likes to compete and he especially likes to go against the better receivers and offenses. What coach wouldn’t want a guy like that? No off-field problems have reared their ugly head.
What he said – “I could’ve gone to Rutgers, West Virginia and others. Myself, I wanted to go and play in the South because they said that’s where the best players are at.”
University of Massachusetts offensive tackle-guard Vladimir Ducasse has had visits with the Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs and the Minnesota Vikings, according to a source close to the program with knowledge of the situation.
Ducasse, who played in the Senior Bowl, is an athletic 6-foot-4, 330-pound native of Haiti who grades out highly for his mobility, flexibility and strength. He also draws high marks for his character.
He’s expected to go in the second round, per a league source, especially if the expected run on offensive tackles transpires in the first round. He’s expected to go no lower than the third round
Northwestern defensive lineman Corey Wooton has visited the New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs and the New York Jets, according to a source close to the program with knowledge of the situation.
Per our source, he has upcoming visits with the Cleveland Browns and the St. Louis Rams.
The versatile 6-foot-6, 270-pounder ran in the 4.8 range at his Pro Day workout. He could fit in well as a 3-4 defensive end and has even performed as a rush linebacker in positional drills for NFL teams.
Wooton improved on his time from the NFL scouting combine where he ran a 4.92.