Senior Bowl observations
When the Senior Bowl organizers finally unveil their ever-changing rosters for the game, there's always a mix of disappointment and excitement because of marquee players who pull out late.
This year turned out to be no different, with Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan and Louisville signal caller Brian Brohm opting out. They were two of the most heralded players committed to playing in the game, players the legions of coaches and scouts here likely were eager to evaluate. It's a tough call to make, one that certainly didn't pay off for Brady Quinn last year. He, too, decided to pass up the chance to participate at the last minute and ended up taking a precipitous on draft day. Hard to say there was a relationship between the decision and his dramatic draft-day drop, but it makes you wonder.
Some of the quarterbacks who will suit up include Kentucky's Andre Woodson, Michigan's Chad Henne and Hawaii's Colt Brennan. Speaking of Brennan, he's got a couple knocks to live down this week. He certainly isn't the biggest guy, weighing in today at 185 pounds despite being 6-2. And he will need to show he is more than a "system quarterback", something he has been accused of since he played in Hawaii's unconventional spread offense. But he is nonetheless an interesting prospect.
Can't imagine the Bucs will give much thought to drafting a quarterback. They definitely aren't expected to do so early in the draft, but who knows about the later rounds? Jeff Garcia is 37 and the Bucs have yet to show much confidence in any of their remaining quarterbacks -- Luke McCown, Chris Simms and Bruce Gradkowski. And, let's not forget: this is a team coached by Jon Gruden, a man who's never seen a quarterback he didn't love.