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.
Brandon Harris: I didn't think I had a problem collectively handling big receivers except for the one Michael Floyd TD play.
Solomon Wildcots: The Titans will not pass on one of the best defensive linemen on the board, Nick Fairley.
Solomon Wilcots: The Titans won't reach for a second-tier quarterback at No. 8.
Solomon Wilcots: If Ryan Mallett's there in the second round, you have to reach out and get him.
Mike Mayock: Eighth is too rich for Mallett or Locker. The Titans have to get a playmaker at 8 (Fairley, Julio Jones, Amukamara)
Mike Mayock: Ryan Mallett is the most ready-to-play quarterback. The question is, will he grow up?
Mike Mayock: There are 4 QBs with first-round talent, but I can't bang the table for any of them like Ryan, Stafford, Bradford, etc.
Mike Mayock: Every single QB coach agrees with me 100 percent. Every QB in this class has issues on or off the field.
Mike Mayock: It's the most unpredictable quarterback class I've ever seen, and that's echoed throughout the league.
Mike Mayock: Jacquizz Rodgers reminds me of a smaller Ray Rice. Quicker than fast, will make you miss.
Mike Mayock: Taiwan Jones might be the fastest player in this draft. If he runs 4.35 or better, theres no way he'll get out of the 3rd round.
Mike Mayock's favorite third-round running backs: Jacquizz Rodgers, Shane Vereen, Delone Carter, Dion Lewis, Taiwan Jones.
Mike Mayock: Kyle Rudolph's Pro Day is important because no one has seen him since he tore his hamstring in October.
Mike Mayock: If Kyle Rudolph runs a 4.7 or better, he endorses the fact that he's a 1st-round talent.
Charley Casserly: I like Kyle Rudolph, but he probably goes in the 2nd round because I don't see any teams that have a primary need at TE
Charley Casserly: Kyle Rudolph is not better than Jermaine Gresham. He's a better receiver than Brandon Pettigrew.
Mike Mayock suggests the Falcons could take Kyle Rudolph at 27 if their draft board is decimated.
Mike Mayock: I've talked to a bunch of teams that have Ben Ijalana in the 2nd round.
Mike Mayock: There were 15-16 offensive line coaches who watched Ben Ijalana work out. That's significant interest.
*JAN UPDATE* WITH TRADES . RD2&3 order is random for trades that usually happen. A few players have declared for draft.This does not follow my power rankings as that changes weekly. Used cbssports rankings.
With all the underclassmen officially declaring decided to update the mock draft I did before. Feel free to say how terrible it is, I've seen some questionable ones. Will make one post -super bowl, pre combine, then a bunch of post combine/freeagency/pre draft.