Fresno State tight end Marcel Jensen worked out for Falcons, Colts, met with Patriots, Eagles

Fresno State tight end Marcel Jensen is regarded as a rising draft prospect whose best football is still ahead of him.

The nearly 6-foot-6, 264-pounder has worked out for the Atlanta Falcons and the Indianapolis Colts and had private meetings with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles surrounding his Pro Day workout.

Jensen ran the 40-yard dash in 4.81 seconds at the NFL scouting combine where he also had a 35-inch vertical leap, bench pressed 225 pounds 24 times and had a 9-7 broad jump.

Jensen had the longest arms (34 7/8) of any tight end at the past two NFL scouting combines and averaged 14.7 yards per reception. He also blocked four kicks in college and could be a core special-teams contributor. He has a wingspan of 84 inches.

Recruited as a basketball player out of high school by Portland State and Army, Jensne didn't start playing football until he was a junior in high school and was initially a defensive end and offensive tackle when he enrolled at Fresno State.

He's played tight end for just three years.

Jensen is coming off an injury when he suffered a sports hernia at the Senior Bowl that was misdiagnosed intially as a groin pull. He underwent minor surgery and is already back to 100 percent and will be ready for rookie minicamps.

Last season, Jensen caught 26 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns and averaged 13.6 yards per reception. He had 13 catches of 20 yards or more and was named second-team All-Mountain West Conference.

Jensen is an imposing red-zone threat who could create matchup issues downfield for smaller linebackers and safeties.

He finished his career with 48 catches for 708 yards and eight touchdowns.

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Brian Hoyer views himself as Browns' starter

As Clevleland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer got back on the field during a minicamp for the first time since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament last season, he still views himself as the starter.

"Until someone tells me otherwise, I feel like I'm the starter for this team," Hoyer told Cleveland reporters.

Hoyer won both of his first two starts last season before injuring his knee against the Buffalo Bills.

Of course, the Browns could draft a rookie quarterback to become their starter.

And they also auditioned veteran quarterbacks Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen at their minicamp.

"I know we don't play a game until August, but I also know that in order to be the guy in August you put the time in in the offseason," Hoyer said.

At the very least, Hoyer figures to be in the Browns' plans as a bridge to their next starter.

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Unwrapping the Draft

1) The Clowney Hype: In my 28 years as an NFL agent (my adult life) I’ve never seen a player hyped, talked about, promoted and worshiped as much as I’ve seen Jadeveon Clowney prior to the 2013 season. This kid has been described as “a once in a decade player”, “once in a lifetime talent”, “can’t miss franchise player”, “the next Lawrence Taylor”, “unblockable”, and “a physical freak”.

After this college season, Jadeveon has also been described as “lazy, spoiled, underachieving and selfish”.

What I’m trying to say is there isn’t a player in college football that could have lived up to this hype.

Let's put things in perspective. Did Clowney start believing some of the headlines written about him last year and take his foot off the gas? Probably. It’s only human nature, as he just tuned 21 years old in February of this year. He’s still just a kid, he’s susceptible to doing so as any young vulnerable kid would be.

Secondly, defensive coordinators were also reading the hype as well and spent the summer game planning Clowney. I know for a fact that QBs have been told to shorten their drops when playing against him. Tight ends were told to stay in or chip him and help the tackle. Some teams assigned running backs to him as well.

Jadeveon did not write the headlines himself. He didn’t ask for it, the media put him on a tall pedestal and every coach and player he faced last season spent more time than they normally would on bringing him down. This player is human and most likely learned he has to work harder and never take his foot off the gas.

2) Where are the QBs going? There has been a lot written about this year’s QB class. Many of the people I speak to around the NFL don’t see the QBs going as high as the media and draftniks are projecting. Why is this? For one, when a QB is drafted within the top 10 picks there is an expectation that he is to be a franchise savior. GMs and head coaches don’t like to paint themselves in a corner by making such a pick. It can disrupt the team’s chemistry, negatively affect the current starter’s confidence and divide the locker-room. Don’t expect five or six QBs to be drafted in the first round as many of the mock drafts are projecting.

3) Draft Day, the movie: Not very good, predictable, bad casting and average acting at best. To its credit there were a few reality moments.

For one, when a draft pick is capable of making a “splash” (ex; Johnny Manziel) as an early first round pick, owners usually have a hand in promoting it internally. Owners see their team as a product they must sell to a fan base, so they want the face that helps make the team an easy sell.

Secondly, tension between head coaches and GMs usually have their makings on draft day. Coaches simply work on a different plane than the GMs. Coaches think more about winning right away and GMs think more about the long term and development of a player. It’s not uncommon for coaches to undermine and discredit their GM boss this time of year. The beginning of divorces usually have their beginning around draft time.

Thirdly, the emotions of players on draft day are truly running at an all-time high. The film did a good job of capturing some of them. Draftees have a lot of downtime this time of year to listen to the media, family and friends shout in their ears about how great they are going to be. They've worked their whole life for this moment and where they end up (unlike college) is completely out of their control.

4) Reading into team visits/private workouts: Advice, don’t read anything into team visits/workouts. One year, I had a client visit 15 teams and the one who drafted him (33rd overall) didn’t give him a private workout or a visit.

There are some teams who don’t want to bring any attention to who they like so they just bring in guys who they have questions on (medical, character, football IQ).

5) Two extra weeks of diligence: I personally believe the May draft is here to stay. It was moved because of an alleged scheduling conflict but I believe it’s all about the contiguous stretching of the NFL product into a year round product. The NFL Network needs content and the draft engages all 32 fan bases.

Having two extra weeks to prepare for the draft probably means, absolutely nothing.

In 2002, the Houston Texans had almost two full years to prepare for their 13 pick draft. They had the luxury of watching a draft class for two years, not having a season and had nothing to do but focus on the draft. This is what they did:

Round 1/ Pick 1: David Carr, QB (Fresno State)
Round 2/ Pick 33: Jabar Gaffney, WR (Florida)
Round 2/ Pick 50: Chester Pitts, OG (San Diego State)
Round 3/ Pick 66: Fred Weary, OG (Tennessee)
Round 3/ Pick 83: Charles Hill, DT (Maryland)
Round 4/ Pick 99: Jonathan Wells, RB (Ohio State)
Round 5/ Pick 136: Jarrod Baxter, FB (New Mexico)
Round 5/ Pick 153: Ramon Walker, S (Pittsburgh)
Round 6/ Pick 173: Demarcus Faggins, CB (Kansas State)
Round 6/ Pick 190: Howard Green, DT (LSU)
Round 6/ Supplemental Pick: Milford Brown, OG (Florida State)
Round 7/ Pick 229: Greg White, DE (Minnesota)
Round 7/ Pick 261: Ahmad Miller, DT (UNLV)

Needless to say, they didn’t hit on many. So whether a team has an extra two weeks or two years to prepare, time is irrelevant or can maybe even cause teams to start second guessing themselves.

With all the hype going on around the draft you would be surprised how boring some draft war rooms will be. The draft is now a sensationalized spring show that has a life all its own. Oh and don’t forget that after the draft each team will be graded by the media on their draft picks, all who have yet played a down.

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West Texas A&M LB Ethan Westbrooks, WR Torrance Allen visited Giants

West Texas A&M linebacker Ethan Westbrooks and wide receiver Torrance Allen visited the New York Giants, according to league sources.

Westbrooks is a 6-foot-3, 267-pound middle-round draft target. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.72 seconds at his Pro Day after running a 4.83 at the NFL scouting combine.

He has bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times with a 33.5-inch vertical leap and a 9-2 broad jump.

He was the Division II National Defensive Player of the Year with 19.5 sacks and was an All-American selection in 2012.

Last season, facing double-team blocking attention, he dipped to seven sacks.

Allen has run the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds with a 40-inch vertical leap, a 10-9 broad jump and bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times.

He caught 123 passes for 1,668 yards and a dozen touchdowns last season.

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Dolphins exercise fifth-year option for center Mike Pouncey

The Miami Dolphins have exercised their fifth-year option for Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey.

Pouncey is now under contract through the 2015 season.

A 2011 first-round draft pick from Florida, Pouncey is facing a potential suspension under the NFL personal conduct policy.

Pouncey allegedly bullied former teammate Jonathan Martin, according to Ted Wells' investigative report.

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Kevin Williams visited Seahawks

Former Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams visited the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, according to a league source.

He wasn't immediately signed to a deal.

Williams is a six-time Pro Bowl selection.

For his career, he has 463 tackles, 60 sacks, five interceptins and seven forced fumbles.

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Brian Hoyer taking reps at Browns facility

Quarterback Brian Hoyer was on hand and participating in various drills at a Browns offseason practice, according to a report from The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Hoyer was spotted moving around well and has been cleared for seven-on-seven drills. He has yet to be cleared for full team drills, though Coach Mike Pettine told the Plain Dealer that Hoyer is ahead of schedule with his recovery.

Hoyer tore his ACL after becoming Cleveland's starter early in the season last October.

That's good news for the Browns, as Pettine also told the Plain Dealer that the organization doesn't want to be in the position to start a rookie quarterback if it doesn't have to.

Hoyer went 3-0 as a starter and was Cleveland's best quarterback when healthy a year ago. Hoyer completed 59.4 percent of his passes for 615 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions.

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Falcons exercise fifth-year option for WR Julio Jones

The Atlanta Falcons exercised a fifth-year option on star wide receiver Julio Jones, who remains ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation from foot surgery.

He's now under contract through the 2015 season.

Jones spent last season on injured reserve.

He was drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft.

"We anticipate he'll be ready to go 100 percent," coach Mike Smith said during the NFL owners meetings. "We'll get him going at some point in time here in the offseason. We'll be very careful. Our No. 1 goal is to have him ready to participate in training camp."

Smith was off to a fast start last season when he got injured.

He caught 41 passes for 580 yards and two touchdowns in five games last season.

In three NFL seasons, the former Alabama standout has 174 receptions for 2,737 yarsd and 20 touchdowns.

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Wisconsin NT Beau Allen had eight visits, three private workouts

Wisconsin nose tackle Beau Allen has had eight visits and three private workouts.

He was a surprise snub for the NFL scouting combine, so NFL teams are doing more homework on him.

Allen has outstanding size for a nose guard at 6-foot-2 1/2 and 330 pounds.

He's regarded as a late-round draft target.

In front of 20 NFL teams at his campus Pro Day workout, Allen bench pressed 225 pounds 30 times and had a 31-inch vertical leap. He didn't finish his 40-yard dash due to a tweaked hamstring.

Allen has lined up at defensive tackle in a 4-3 alignment in the past and shifted inside to nose guard last year when the Badgers went to a 3-4 defense.

He played in the East-West Shrine all-star game in January.

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