Former Southlake Carroll kicker Garrett Hartley (Oklahoma) has agreed to a free-agent deal with the Denver Broncos. He will report to Denver on May 16, his 22nd birthday. Hartley said the Broncos came calling one minute after the draft was over.
Hartley should have a solid chance at the job. Former Broncos kicker Jason Elam, who played 15 seasons in Denver, agreed to a deal with the Atlanta Falcons in March. If Hartley makes the team, it would give Carroll two NFL kickers (Kris Brown of Houston Texans is the other).
Two quarterbacks once thought to be in the first round mix just came off the board.
Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan, who owns 21 NCAA records, just went in the sixth round (No. 186) to the Washington Redskins. His poor performance against Georgia in the Sugar Bowl seemed to legitimize the dreaded label of system quarterback.
Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson went later in the round (No. 198) to the New York Giants. His stock plummeted with a poor performance at the combine and questions about his delivery.
The Cowboys have definitely added speed at the cornerback position.
Fifth-round pick Orlando Scandrick had the third-fastest time among cornerbacks in the 40-yard dash at the 2008 Scouting Combine with a 4.32. Only Tyvon Branch of Connecticut (4.31, 4th round to Oakland) and Justin King of Penn State (4.31, 4th round to St. Louis) were faster.
First round pick Mike Jenkins (4.38) was also among the top 10 cornerback times at the Combine.
Are the Cincinnati Bengals sending disgruntled wide receiver Chad Johnson a message? He has told the team to trade him. The team has told him he's not going anywhere and said that he can just sit out the season if he's so unhappy.
It doesn't look like the Bengals are bluffing (or if they are at least they're bracing for the possibility that Johnson calls them on it). They spent two of their first four picks on receivers: Jerome Simpson of Coastal Carolina in the 2nd round and Andre Caldwell of Florida in the 3rd.