Tag:David Garrard
Posted on: April 20, 2011 5:13 pm
 

Source -- Jags, Titans "very high" on Kaepernick

The buzz throughout the NFL right now is that as many as seven quarterbacks could be selected in the first two rounds.

As I've previously pointed out, the order with which those quarterbacks might go is pehaps the most interesting part of potential run on quarterbacks. There is a huge disparity among teams as to the order in which these quarterbacks will be selected.

Take Nevada's Colin Kaepernick , for example.

I've spoken with a variety of clubs who believe that Kaepernick is a second or third round talent, at best. They told me they have Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, Andy Dalton, Ryan Mallett and Christian Ponder all rated ahead of Kaepernick.

However, other sources appear to be exceptionally high on the strong-armed Nevada passer, including, according to league sources, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

The Jaguars appear to be particularly good fit for Kaepernick, as they have a veteran passer already in place to give him a year or more to "redshirt." The Jaguars feature David Garrard as their starter and also have veteran Luke McCown in the fold. The Jaguars have not drafted a quarterback since using their first round pick on Byron Leftwich in 2003.

The Titans, on the other hand, could be in a more desperate situation. Vince Young is almost certainly gone. Veteran Kerry Collins is an unrestricted free agent who may retire. Chris Simms is also an unrestricted free agent, leaving last year's sixth round pick, Rusty Smith, as the only passer currently on the roster.

Sources tell me each club is "very high" on Kaepernick, suggesting that either one of the two teams could use their first or second round pick on the Nevada quarterback. I'd be stunned to see Kaepernick go to Tennessee at No. 8, but Jacksonville has surprised us before in the first round and either team could do worse than to take a gamble on the athletic, strong-armed passer in the second round. 

As it stands now, neither Chad Reuter nor I have Kaepernick in our current two-round mock drafts . That, however, might change.
Posted on: March 10, 2010 5:50 pm
 

Scouts: Crohn's a "non-factor" for McClain grade

Alabama inside linebacker Rolando McClain had appeared to solidify his stock as a likely first round pick with a pair of solid times in the 40-yard dash early during his Pro Day, but labored through the rest of his drills before getting sick. He later told scouts and media assembled at the Alabama Pro Day that he was suffering from Chron's Disease -- and has suffered from it since he was a freshman in high school.

Chron's Disease, according to WebMD.com is "a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestines. It primarily causes ulcerations (breaks in the lining) of the small and large intestines..."

Common symptoms of Crohn's include abdominal pain, loss of appetite, fever, and weight loss, among others. The disease affects an estimated two million Americans. Those inflicted have varying levels of severity, ranging from mild to quite severe.  

The news of McClain's admission spread like wildfire over the internet creating panic. Would this drop McClain out of the first round? Is he still even a draftable prospect?

According to two veteran scouts I texted, the admission is much ado about nothing.

"Non-factor" one scout replied after I asked him how much McClain's Crohn's disease would impact his team's grading of the Butkus Award-winner.

The other scout was more specific.

"Jax QB has it. He's not had problems."

The Jax QB the second source was referring to is Jacksonville Jaguars starter David Garrard, whose testimony about his life with the disease isn't nearly as rosy as the one scouts laid out.  Garrard, in fact, after trying various different prescriptions and losing 35 pounds, was ultimately forced to undergo surgery that removed "about a foot" of his intestines.

It would appear that wise teams will make sure to speak with their team doctors before making any final judgement on how Crohn's could impact McClain in the long run.
 
 
 
 
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