Senior Bowl week is rolling right along, and it’s really an up-close look at the scouting process in Mobile. It’s very informal. Following practice, representatives from each NFL team walk on the field and meet with respective players their team might be interested in. As a reporter, it’s a great treat to watch, because you can hear and see everything. You can hear scouts asking players “Is there anything in your past that you haven’t told us about?” “Do you prefer to play X or Z?" It’s the moment of truth for players, as scouts, and media bombard them with question after question. You can sense the uneasiness of the entire process, but it is the process.
The Saints spent a few moments with a few receivers from the South team following practice today at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile; Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt) and Ryan Grant (Tulane). Matthews was impressive today at practice and worked with Quarterback Derek Carr for about 20 minutes following practice. “I am gonna compete whether its ping pong or football, I want to prove to the scouts I’m willing to go out and work my tail off to help the team win.” Matthews says he patterns his game after Jerry Rice. Matthews has great size at 6’3 and 206 lbs with great hands, and several scouts praise his route running ability.
Bryan Stork, Center out of Florida State, also drew the attention of a few Saints scouts, prompting a "get to know you" meeting following practice. Stork would be an interesting player to watch, considering Brian de la Puente is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March. Several scouts I spoke with say he’s similar to former Saints center Jonathan Goodwin.