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Path to the Draft: April 1, 2011


Path to the Draft: April 1, 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: There are still questions about Da'Quan Bowers. He fatigued during the position drills. I had him in the high 4.9s.

  • Mike Mayock: Jarvis Jenkins is a 2nd-round defensive tackle, worst case scenario. There's a buzz about this kid.

  • Charley Casserly: Da'Quan Bowers has entered more doubt into people's minds.

  • Michael Lombardi: There's going to be a lot of medical questions. No one's going to be comfortable with Da'Quan Bowers after this workout

  • Bucky Brooks: Da'Quan Bowers needs to work out well over the next couple of weeks to salvage this Pro Day.

  • Michael Lombardi: Da'Quan Bowers can still improve himself. It's going to come down to the final moments.

  • Michael Lombardi: Teams drafting from 11-20, maybe 25, are back in the Da'Quan Bowers race so they'll be doing their homework.

  • Michael Lombardi on the PFW report: I don't think it's racial. Ryan Mallett faces similar criticisms.

  • Tom Kowalski: The Lions are expecting big things about Jahvid Best. His injuries were under the radar last year.

  • Tom Kowalski: Prince Amukamara could be pushed down the draft. The Lions will take a hard look at him.

  • Tom Kowalski: I think they will go offensive tackle. It's a long-term need. Tyron Smith can develop; can play RT if Cherilus is hurt.

  • Michael Lombardi: The offensive line is where they need to start. I think they'll certainly go there.

  • Charley Casserly: The Lions are desperate at corner. If Prince Amukamara is there, they'll take him. They may even trade up.

  • Charley Casserly also mentions Nate Solder at No. 13 and Daniel Thomas in a later round.

  • Michael Lombardi: The Lions can find a way to utilize Aldon Smith. They're not going to let a blue-chip player fall past them.




  • Da'Quan Bowers: "My knee felt fine - 100 percent."

  • Charley Casserly's mock draft: 1) AJ Green. 2) "Marcellus" Dareus. 3) Patrick Peterson. 4) Blaine Gabbert. 5) Von Miller...

  • Charley Casserly's mock draft: 6) Robert Quinn. 7) Prince Amukamara. 8) Nick Fairley. 9) Tyron Smith. 10) Aldon Smith.

  • Charley Casserly: If I was betting on it, I don't think Carolina takes a wide receiver (so why mock Green to the Panthers?)

  • Michael Lombardi: It's a concern that Da'Quan Bowers thinks he had a good workout. That's as troubling as anything.

  • Charley Casserly agrees with Michael Lombardi - Teams in the 10-20 range need to do their homework on Bowers because he'll be there.

  • Michael Lombardi: Dallas is spending a lot of time with Tyron Smith. I think that's the position they want to go.

  • Charley Casserly: The best place for Ryan Mallett to be is in a non-pressure situation. He's my No. 2 QB behind Blaine Gabbert.

  • Michael Lombardi: Ryan Mallett's group at the Combine seemed to gravitate toward him and saw him as a leader.

  • Bucky Brooks: Greg Little will sneak into the bottom of the second round.

  • Steve Wyche: Da'Quan Bowers was so-so. 40 was disappointing; drills were solid. It comes down to the medical reports.



    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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