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.
@Steel Willy The funny thing is, OLB, S, and CB entered free agency as bigger needs than DL, RB, and WR and in free agency, DL, RB, and WR depth were all added while out of OLB, S, and CB, depth was added to only one of those positions, yet Walt ignores CB, S, and OLB but gives them RB, WR, and DL. Another funny thing is offense is the stronger unit, yet the majority of the picks for Pittsburgh is offensive players. Not to mention, Buddha Baker and Derek Rivers being available at pick 62, and Walt having Pittsburgh pass on both is insanity
I like the change for the lions in round 1, adoree jackson had to go. DT from Auburn is a need, not as pressing as others (DE, LB, CB) but with him being a pass rusher it kinda makes up for it. RB and TE round 3 and 4? I don't hate it but it sounds more Martin Mayhew than Bob Quinn. I thin the run on defense in 4 out of the first 5 picks.... The Kareem Hunt pick I like but hopefully later than a 3