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Path to the Draft: March 31, 2011


Path to the Draft: March 31, 2011



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.


  • Mike Mayock: When I look at Robert Quinn, I see a 4-3 defensive end. He doesn't look like a natural pass dropper...

  • Mike Mayock: ...But DeMarcus Ware couldn't drop coming out of college either. 3-4 teams will look at him. I would bet on Robert Quinn.

  • Mike Mayock: In my opinion, Marvin Austin is back in the first round. I'll be really surprised if he doesn't go somewhere between 20-32

  • Mike Mayock: From a talent perspective, Greg Little is a 2nd-rounder. He's special after he catches the football, but route running is raw

  • Mike Mayock: I would bet on Kendric Burney in a Tampa-2 scheme. He makes plays on the football.

  • Mike Mayock: There's a quiet buzz out there about T.J. Yates as a late-round pick. He's a good, safe, late-round quarterback.

  • Michael Lombardi: Robert Quinn has certainly improved himself but he's not going to be appealing to a pure 3-4 team.

  • Michael Lombardi and Steve Wyche agree that Robert Quinn will not get out of the top 10.

  • Steve Wyche says he's hearing the same thing as Mike Mayock - that Marvin Austin will go in the first round.

  • D'Marco Farr: I don't think moving up is an option for the Rams. But if Julio Jones is there at No. 14, it's a no-brainer pick.

  • D'Marco Farr: If Aldon Smith is there at No. 14, he will garner a lot of talk in the Rams' war room.

  • D'Marco Farr: D'Marco Farr wouldn't rule out Mark Ingram at No. 14, but said it would be a "mild surprise."




  • Mike Mayock: Da'Quan Bowers is a 4-3 defensive end, probably not a 3-4 guy.

  • Mike Mayock: Robert Quinn at age 20 has untapped potential. Gun to the head today, I'm taking Quinn over Da'Quan Bowers.

  • Mike Mayock: Ben Ijalana can be a left tackle. He has a second-round grade, but there's some question about the injury.

  • Mike Mayock says Kyle Rudolph is late first-rounder, but even if he's healthy, injury history will keep him from going earlier.

  • Butch Davis compares Da'Quan Bowers to Michael Strahan; also says he's a 4-3 guy. Says Christian Ponder is a West Coast QB

  • Michael Lombardi: A lot of teams I've talked to are concerned about the longevity of Mark Ingram's knee. It could cause him to slip.

  • Steve Wyche: Mikel Leshoure is generating some buzz. He could be the type of player the Colts are looking for.

  • Charley Casserly: I don't think Seattle will take Jake Locker at No. 25.



    2011 NFL Path to the Draft Rumors Menu:

    NFL Draft Rumors and Buzz: April 27, 2011 - Top Five Buzz
    NFL Draft Rumors and Buzz: April 26, 2011 - Rick Gosselin Thoughts
    NFL Draft Rumors and Buzz: April 25, 2011 - Blaine Gabbert slipping?
    NFL Draft Rumors and Buzz: April 22, 2011 - Eagles to draft Greg Little?
    NFL Draft Rumors and Buzz: April 21, 2011 - Casserly's 2nd-round mock
    NFL Draft Rumors and Buzz: April 20, 2011 - Houston's pick plugged in
    NFL Draft Rumors and Buzz: April 19, 2011 - Offensive tackle rankings
    NFL Draft Rumors and Buzz: April 19, 2011 - Titus Young - first round?
    NFL Draft Rumors and Buzz: April 18, 2011 - Ryan Mallett to go No. 10?
    NFL Draft Rumors and Buzz: April 16, 2011 - Browns to go WR; no QB for Miami
    NFL Draft Rumors and Buzz: April 15, 2011 - Quarterback Comparisons
    NFL Draft Rumors and Buzz: April 14, 2011 - A.J. Green Historical Ranking
    NFL Draft Rumors and Buzz: April 13, 2011 - Bowers, Fairley, Ingram Falling
    NFL Draft Rumors and Buzz: April 12, 2011 - Da'Quan Bowers: Round 2?
    NFL Draft Rumors and Buzz: April 11, 2011 - Defensive End Talk
    NFL Draft Rumors and Buzz: April 9, 2011 - Jon Baldwin, Hankerson Slipping?
    Path to the Draft: April 8, 2011 - NFL Network 2011 NFL Mock Draft
    Path to the Draft: April 7, 2011 - Gabbert better than Flacco/Sanchez/Freeman?
    Path to the Draft: April 6, 2011 - Mike Mayock's Running Back Sleepers
    Path to the Draft: April 5, 2011 - Charles Davis' Mock Draft; Overrated Players
    Path to the Draft: April 4, 2011 - Mike Mayock defends his new Big Board
    Path to the Draft: April 1, 2011 - Da'Quan Bowers Pro Day buzz
    Path to the Draft: March 31, 2011 - North Carolina Pro Day buzz
    Path to the Draft: March 30, 2011 - Jake Locker Pro Day buzz
    Path to the Draft: March 29, 2011 - "I'm taking Ryan Mallett over Jake Locker."
    Path to the Draft: March 28, 2011 - Julio Jones before A.J. Green?
    Path to the Draft: March 25, 2011 - "Hankerson scares the heck out of me."

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