Below, you can find various tidbits of NFL Draft rumors and information offered by Mike Mayock, Michael Lombardi and the rest of the Path to the Draft crew on the NFL Network. I posted these in my forum, but I thought it would be better to keep all the draft rumors together in this section. I'll be tweeting these during Path to the Draft at @walterfootball.
Michael Lombardi: Jake Locker (39-41 at his Pro Day) was accurate with the football. There were not a lot of outside-the-number throws
Michael Lombardi: Pete Carroll was the only head coach at Washington's Pro Day. Locker's probably not high on a lot of boards.
Charley Casserly: The people I talked to wanted better ball placement from Jake Locker. I don't think it changes anything.
Charley Casserly: I wouldn't take Jake Locker in the first two rounds.
Charley Casserly: I don't see Robert Quinn in the top 10.
Michael Lombardi: If I were a 3-4 team, I would be concerned with Robert Quinn being in space.
Charley Casserly: Marvin Austin has first-round ability, but will probably go in the second round.
Charley Casserly: Greg Little might have the best hands in the draft. He has terrific body control. A 2nd-round talent, but rated lower
Michael Lombardi: Greg Little is a rare athlete. If he checks out, he's going to be a big-time player. He's a hit-or-miss prospect
Charley Casserly doesn't think Von Miller's lawsuit will affect his draft status.
Charley Casserly: Von Miller is a top-five pick. Absolutely. One of the safest players in this draft.
Charley Casserly: Kevin Kolb would be the 2nd-rated QB in this year's draft. I'd have him only behind Blaine Gabbert.
Charley Casserly says that the Cardinals should give up the No. 5 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft for Kevin Kolb.
Charley Casserly: I would have '99 Champ Bailey ahead of '11 Patrick Peterson. Bailey is a faster player and has better ball skills.
Bucky Brooks reporting that Tyron Smith has a phenomenal Pro Day, but doesn't seem him playing left tackle. A "top-20 pick."
Charley Casserly: Tyron Smith is a better prospect than Jason Smith coming out of Baylor.
Charley Casserly: 16 offensive line coaches have met with Lehigh G Will Rackley. You're talking 2nd round here.
@jsemmens I've been to the Big Board in the past, but it's still an inefficient way of going about a mock. Not to mention, reports and the people writing them change, no? I come to Walt's site because I used to like his insight on every player. Now, it's simply team needs and a very limited amount of actual analysis. You definitely need SOME amount of explanation behind a pick with regards to team need, but you need much more of the player evaluation angle. Any dummy can write why a particular team "needs" a specific position; it takes a pretty good eye to understand what player needs to fill it. Again, just my 2 cents.
@dawg66 I see where you're coming from. I really do. But I'm sure as a Browns fan you can understand, they have needs EVERYWHERE. You aren't gonna win a super bowl unless you have a QB. Case in point pretty much every super bowl winning quarterback ever. Second, yes you have Terrelle Pryor and Corey Coleman. Terrelle Pryor is a slot receiver which is gonna get you nowhere unless you play for New England. Corey Coleman has yet to prove a damn thing. Mike Williams, however, just took down Alabama pretty much BY HIMSELF. It's the right range for him and I'm positive Huge Jackson wouldn't pass over him at this point, meaning pre-combine and interviews.
Here's my mock based on team need, prospect value and prevailing opinion as well as some ideas of my own. Please let me know about the team(s) that you follow more closely, and any picks that you agree or disagree with. Please comment, and feel free to rate.