Team Player Interest Heating Up

The player interest meter continues to rise here in Mobile with players from both Under Armour Senior Bowl teams garnering plenty of attention.

MOBILE, Ala. --

Note:
The following players have either met or will meet with the listed teams this week or the listed teams showed interest in those players during Under Armour Senior Bowl practices.

Offensive Players

Erik Ainge/QB/Tennessee - Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, St. Louis Rams

Analysis: Atlanta is still looking for their quarterback of the future, so it makes a lot of sense that they're looking at Ainge. Miami may not be set with QB John Beck as VP of football operations Bill Parcells is said to prefer big, strong-armed passers. QB Matt Cassel is a free agent after the 2008 season so Ainge could be targeted by the team. St. Louis could use a developmental QB who could eventually push for the No. 2 job.

Colt Brennan/QB/Hawaii - Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings

Analysis: Kansas City has a spot open for a young, developmental prospect. Atlanta has a glaring need at quarterback. Minnesota is interesting in that they have a young signal caller as the starter but it doesn't seem like they're totally set there either.

Tashard Choice/RB/Georgia Tech - Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, St. Louis Rams

Analysis: With RB Julius Jones almost certain to leave via free agency, it's not a surprise that Dallas has interest in Choice. Because of the injury status of RB Ronnie Brown, we can understand Miami's potential interest in Choice. Atlanta has a spot for one more back to get into their rotation. With veteran RB DeShaun Foster on the final year of his deal in 2008, Carolina's interest in Choice make sense. St. Louis still doesn't have a set backup for RB Steven Jackson so it makes some sense that they're looking at Choice.

Matt Forte/RB/Tulane - Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers

Analysis: Atlanta needs some depth at the position. New England is another team that could use some developmental depth at the running back position.

Limas Sweed/WR/Texas - Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders

Analysis: Dallas certainly could use some young talent at the position. Miami needs some depth at receiver. Seattle, on paper, looks to be deep at the position. However, with starting WR Deion Branch (ACL surgery) out for several months and WR D.J. Hackett slated to become an unrestricted free agent, you could see where another receiver should be added to the mix.

Harry Douglas/WR/Louisville - Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Houston Texans

Analysis: Miami could use some depth. New Orleans could use some depth at receiver plus they could use a speedy return specialist. Houston could need a return specialist if veteran WR Andre' Davis isn't re-signed.

Fred Davis/TE/USC - Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons

Analysis: With TE L.J. Smith set to become an unrestricted free agent, it's no surprise at all that the Eagles have interest in Davis. It's hard to see where Chicago would have room for Davis considering they spent their first-round pick on a tight end last season. San Francisco also spent their first-round pick on a tight end last year and backup TE Delanie Walker flashed some talent so any interest here is surprising. Atlanta could certainly use some depth at the position.

Chris Williams/OT/Vanderbilt - Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears, New Orleans, Atlanta Falcons

Analysis: He could play left or right tackle and Tampa Bay could use a tackle with upside who could back up at either position. LT Khalif Barnes is too inconsistent and Jacksonville could also use some depth for either side. As for Chicago, RT Fred Miller is getting near the end of his career so it makes sense for them to look for his potential replacement. Atlanta needs help at both tackle spots, so they could use a developmental tackle such as Williams.


Defensive Players

Marcus Harrison/DT/Arkansas - Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers

Analysis: Tampa Bay really needs to find some youth for the interior of their defensive line. If Miami keeps the 3-4 scheme intact with the new coaching staff, they'll need more talent on the defensive line so their interest in Harrison makes some sense. Harrison could move to end in a 3-4 so San Diego's interest isn't surprising.

Titus Brown/OLB/Mississippi St. - St. Louis Rams, Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins

Analysis: All three teams could use some depth with upside and Brown is it.

Cliff Avril/OLB/Purdue - San Diego Chargers

Analysis: You can't ever have enough pass rushers, so San Diego's potential interest makes sense — especially in a 3-4 scheme.


Matthew Postins (Bucsblitz.com) and Michael Lombardo (SDBoltReport.com) also contributed to this report.

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