Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox turned almost wistful when University of Florida defensive end Derrick Harvey's name came up in conversation earlier this month at the NFL owners meetings in Palm Beach, Fla.
"He's not going to be there when we pick," said Fox, whose team has the No. 13 overall pick in the NFL draft starting April 26. Fox, who was the only NFL head coach to attend Harvey's pro day workout March 18, was almost forlorn, as if he was a teenage boy having just been turned down for a date by a pretty girl. Perhaps that seems extreme, but when you're one of 32 head coaches chasing the Lombardi Trophy, the subjects of your affection can sometimes get a bit out of kilter.
And while defensive linemen with pass-rushing abilities like Harvey have always been popular in the NFL, they may have reached a height this offseason after what the NFL watched the New York Giants do in the playoffs to the likes of Jeff Garcia, Tony Romo, Brett Favre and Tom Brady.
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