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ICYMI: What we learned about draft prospects this week

Another busy week of draft preparation is close to coming to an end. This week featured a flurry of prospect visits -- are the Jaguars interviewing every high-profile player -- and LSU's pro day that lured more than 150 personnel people from NFL teams to Baton Rouge.

In case you missed it, here are our top 10 takeaways on draft prospects this week:

1. Manziel to Jaguars?

Johnny Manziel's visit to the Jacksonville Jaguars this week, where he and Jadeveon Clowney headlined a noticeable stream of top prospects bound for Northeast Florida. And NFL Media analyst Charles Davis believes Manziel might have gotten a good look at where he belongs.

2. Mettenberger buzz

It's been a busy week for LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who visited with as many teams as he could count on a hand. With his injured knee nicely on the mend and his senior-season game film showing off its share of NFL-caliber throws, his calendar's full. But the Mettenberger reviews haven't all been positive this week.

3. Locked up tight

NFL.com's Bryan Fischer delved into available reports, mocks and data to come up with a list of prospects who should be locked in as first-round picks. There are 18 of them. And only one is a quarterback.

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4. Tough to call

One of the most decorated offensive linemen in college football last year is apparently one of the hardest to peg for the NFL draft. Baylor guard Cyril Richardson was the Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year, but reportedly, NFL offensive line coaches are split as to his draft value.

5. Speedy recovery

Alabama safety Vinnie Sunseri compared his own rehab from a torn ACL to the lightning-fast recovery of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson from the same injury. Then he ran relatively lightning-fast 40-yard dash times of 4.53 and 4.52 at 209 pounds during Alabama's second pro day. He's just five months out of surgery, so the clock on his return to the field is still ticking. Peterson went from injury to regular-season action in a little more than 250 days.

6. Pittsburgh eyes Beckham

LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham's draft stock is said to be on the rise, but high enough to be the No. 15 pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers? Well, the club sat Beckham down for dinner this week. But No. 15, according to NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah, might not even be high enough to get him.

7. Kouandjio goes distance

Secondary pro days, when a school puts on a second pro-day event subsequent to its main pro day, don't draw as many scouts or, for that matter, athletes. And as such, the workouts are usually shorter. But Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio extended one for about two hours of field work on indoor turf for a couple dozen scouts last week. Showing stamina was one goal he certainly met.

8. Big man to big man

The biggest quarterback among those expected to be chosen in the first round of the NFL draft -- UCF's Blake Bortles -- has been honing his game with one of the NFL's biggest quarterbacks himself: Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger. Both are 6-5, and north of 230 pounds. Like Roethlisberger, Bortles came from a smaller college conference and has drawn questions about his level of competition. Roethlisberger answered those on the field in quick fashion as a rookie in 2004.

9. Dennard on slide?

The way the draft's top cornerback prospects are viewed by the experts is undergoing some change, and Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard would appear to be on the wrong end of it.

10. Kelly on move

No head coach in the NFL is investing more time in attending pro days personally than Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly. He's been spotted at a dozen pro-day workouts, and there is no telling where else he's been, as private workouts don't occur at club facilities. So which prospects has he seen? Here's a look at where he's been.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.

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