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Path to the Draft: April 6, 2011


Path to the Draft: April 6, 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.


  • 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.



    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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