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.
@Black&Gold Problem is that you see Eli and Cobi as solid backups. Truth is that Eli is number 2 and Cobi is our number 3. They aren't backups, but starters. So what you're saying is that we have no true number 2, but see no need in drafting a receiver? What D line depth are you thinking? DE or NT? Have you seen what LT Walton has done? Remember he's only in his second year.
@Steelr Fan 3:16 Coates was supposed to be plan B at number 2 with the uncertainty of Bryant. You make the case that he's a one trick pony and not a 50 catch per season wide-out, so does that scream out as a option for number 2? What gives you hope about Green? I hope he does end up staying on the field, but so far in his career he hasn't be able to do that. I like James, but if he goes down you trust Grimble? He can't block, and hasn't been reliable in the pass game. He did mess his ribs up with a nice touchdown reception a few weeks ago. That still doesn't mean he can pick up and be an impact if James would not be able to go. We have 7 picks in this draft. The first I hope goes OLB. We are good at CB with Burnes and @[email protected] will be challenged hopefully by Golson. Loser of the battle would be a good slot corner. Golson lacks length so they may throw him in the slot role anyways. LT Walton has been more than solid at DE. If Heyward or Tuitt can't go a few weeks during the season then I have faith in LT to get the job done. I like Chickillo and Moates at OLB. They have started and played solid. Williams and Dirty Red at backup ILB is good depth that any team would love. Safety we have Golden and Dangerfield. Both have started any didn't miss a beat. Offensive line? Yeah, we're good there. You say we're good at tight end and WR, so with or final 6 picks we're going what exactly? A RB would be nice with Williams age. A backup that won't see the field unless God forbid Bell gets hurt is a wasted pick anywhere in the top 4 rounds. Maybe 5th would be suffice. That's 2 picks gone and 5 to go. A backup QB of the future would be nice. Four to go. A special teamed lol? Warren, Boswell, and Berry are really good.