With all the general managers, coaches and scouts in attendance for the Senior Bowl, there is a lot of chatter going around. Here are some of the highlights from the rumor mill on Day 5.
The Houston Texans mutually parted ways with offensive coordinator George Godsey after their playoff loss to the Patriots, and afterward, they announced that head coach Bill O'Brien would basically run the offense without hiring a new coordinator. However, sources say there is a name to keep an eye on as joining the Texans staff as an offensive assistant, and that is none other than Chip Kelly. The pro-style offense of O'Brien seems like an odd fit for Kelly and his college spread system, but Kelly and O'Brien are close friends with a lot of mutual respect for each other's football knowledge.
The other advantage to having Kelly on staff would be if the Texans drafted a quarterback like Clemson's Deshaun Watson or Texas Tech's Pat Mahomes II. Both of them are coming from spread college passing attacks, and Kelly could help them make the jump to a NFL system. Kelly has other potential landing spots like New England, but keep an eye on Kelly possibly landing in Houston.
One AFC team sources told me that Alabama defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson had one of the best interviews they've ever had. They said that Tomlinson was really smart with a tremendous understanding of technique. He obviously was a hard worker to develop his knowledge base like he did. Tomlinson is a sleeper, but could end up going higher than expected because teams really like him.
Another player who aced the interviews was Michigan defensive end Chris Wormley. Sources from multiple teams raved about Wormley, and one said he seems "almost too good to be true." Wormley is intelligent and comes across with a serious and professional tone. With his versatile size and experience, Wormley could end up going much higher than most realize.
Villanova defensive lineman Tanoh Kpassagnon is a difficult evaluation in some regards. Team sources say that Kpassagnon is very raw, not an instinctive player, and still behind on football. He is a very smart kid, but not a very smart football player yet. Thus, he is going to need some development at the NFL level.
Sources say that his year's group at the Senior Bowl is impressive and there really haven't been any players that bombed the interviews. Arkansas tight end Jeremy Sprinkle was said to have maybe the worst interview in trying to explain a theft incident from the Belk Bowl. Illinois outside linebacker Carroll Phillips also had off-the-field questions to answer this week.
Here is a list of players who have gotten good reviews for how they interviewed with NFL teams, according to sources: