Last week, NationalFootballPost.com’s Aaron Wilson reported that Cincinnati quarterback Tony Pike has already worked out for the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos and New England Patriots; Scout.com has confirmed those workouts. In addition to those workouts, Scout.com has learned that the Cleveland Browns will conduct a private workout with Pike in the next two weeks, and the Kansas City Chiefs will host the former Bearcats signal caller in Kansas City next week.
Pike has great upside and is receiving plenty of interest from NFL teams.
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Even though the Browns traded for former Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Seneca Wallace and signed former Panthers starter Jake Delhomme this offseason, it’s no secret that they still need a young field general to groom for the future. There are rumors circulating that the Browns, who are headed by former Philadelphia Eagles general manager Tom Heckert and former mentor of Andy Reid, Mike Holmgren, have an interest in Eagles young gun Kevin Kolb.
The asking price for Kolb is rumored to be two first round picks, which may be too steep for the Browns to pursue. And if it is, the Browns hold the 38th overall pick in the second round and could use that selection to draft Pike. If the Browns decide to pass on Pike at No. 38, they could get creative, as they have three selections in the third round; they could use two of them to move back into the second round to select Pike.
Kansas City is an interesting destination for Pike as well. The Chiefs acquired Matt Cassel last year in a trade with the Patriots, and while Cassel showed flashes of his brilliant 2008 campaign, he only completed 55-percent of his passes for 2,924 yards, 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in 2009. Behind Cassel are the oft-injured and inconsistent Brodie Croyle and unproven Matt Gutierrez. The Chiefs own three selections (No. 5, 36 and 50) in the first two rounds and could easily use one of their two second round picks on a young quarterback.
A two-year starter at Cincinnati, the 6-foot-6, 223-pound Pike has prototypical size and a strong arm. Pike finished his senior campaign with the Bearcats completing 62.4-percent of his passes for 2,520 yards, 29 touchdowns and just six interceptions. Known more as a gamer, Pike struggled during Senior Bowl practices and didn’t standout at the Scouting Combine. At the Senior Bowl, Pike’s mechanics and accuracy were erratic, and the arm strength he displayed at Cincinnati didn’t translate over to his play in Mobile. And at the Scouting Combine, Pike ran a poor 4.90 in the 40, and didn’t show much explosion in the vertical (28-inch) and broad jump (9-foot).
As disappointing as Pike has been this offseason, scouts are intrigued by his attributes and he’s still considered to be a 2nd – 3rd round prospect. Pike is currently the 7th rated quarterback listed on Scout.com’s 2010 NFL Draft Rankings.
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