NFL scouts have eyes on Frogs, Bears

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Heading up the creaky, old elevator to the pressbox atop creaky, old Amon G. Carter Stadium, a young TCU staffer, clearly someone on the junior level of the operation, joked with an Indianapolis scout also on the elevator that it's too bad the Colts are here and not the New England Patriots.

Not sure why the Patriots, but whatever.

"Hey, we got one of your guys," the Colts scout said. "Such animosity."

The Colts drafted former Horned Frog Jerry Hughes with the 31st overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft. Hughes might have company in the 2011 draft. Scouts are high on TCU left tackle Marcus Cannon, a 6-foot-6, 350-pound senior, as well as 6-3, 305-pound senior center Jake Kirkpatrick. Quarterback Andy Dalton is also on the radar, not as first- or second-rounder, but he's on the NFL's radar.

Five NFL teams are here today: Cowboys, Bears, Chargers, Texans and Colts.

Not to shortchange the Baylor Bears, who also have a few notable pro prospects starting with left tackle senior Danny Watkins, a 5-11, 310-pounder who is 25 years old and a former firefighter from British Columbia. Also being looked at is senior nose tackle Phil Taylor (6-4, 340), a transfer from Penn State, and punter Derek Epperson Southlake Carroll High School.