Prospects entering the 2013 NFL Draft will be flying all over the country in coming weeks to meet with top brass at every NFL organization. The visits represent the last chance players have to make a positive impression now that workouts (for the most part) are over.
On Thursday, the activity continued, with the likes of defensive end Damontre Moore and cornerback Tyrann Mathieu visiting with teams in need of their talents.
- Moore had an official visit with the Baltimore Ravens, according to the Baltimore Sun. The Ravens aren't desperate for Moore's skillset -- they have Terrell Suggs, Courtney Upshaw and Elvis Dumervil to rotate in the pass rushing DE/OLB role -- but general manager Ozzie Newsome has a history of taking the best player available, and Moore would be considered a steal if he fell to the No. 32 overall pick.
- Mathieu visited with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, according to Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times. The Bucs are desperate for cornerback help after missing out on big names so far (we'll see what happens with Darrelle Revis) in the free agent market. Mathieu is a household name already, although for some dubious reasons. Sander Philipse at Bucs Nation isn't particularly high on Mathieu's game. Then again, Mathieu would have a lot of upside as a potential third- or fourth-round pick.
- The Pittsburgh Steelers had another busy day hosting prospects. On Thursday, they brought in UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin and TCU wide receiver Josh Boyce, according to Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest. The Steelers did not have a reliable lead ball carrier last season and are thin at wideout due to the loss of Mike Wallace, so both visits make sense. Franklin could go as high as the second round, but may have better chance of falling in the third or fourth. Boyce would likely be considered sometime on Day 3.
- The Philadelphia Eagles have a lot of flexibility with the No. 4 overall pick and may even be a candidate to trade down. They've been busy hosting a number of the this year's top prospects, including Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan and Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher. You can add Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei to the confirmed visitors list, according to CSN Philly. Lotulelei has been cleared of a heart condition that prevented him from participating in the NFL Combine and is expected to rise back into the top 10 of the NFL Draft.
- That same report from CSN Philly has Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd visiting Friday and mentions Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel and Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner as planned future visitors. It's clear that the Eagles have identified who the picks of this year's litter are.
- The New York Jets are hosting Dion Jordan Thursday night and Friday, before bringing in SMU defensive end Margus Hunt over the coming weekend. The Jets ranked 20th in the league last season in adjusted sack rate, according to Football Outsiders, highlighting a clear need for better pass rushers.
- 2013 is a particularly good year for large men from Alabama, apparently. Right tackle D.J. Fluker has visits with the Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers upcoming, according to Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net. Meanwhile, defensive tackle Quinton Dial is currently checking out the San Francisco 49ers according to Aaron Wilson of Scout.com.