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Path to the Draft: April 7, 2011


Path to the Draft: April 7, 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: Kyle Rudolph had a workout today worthy of a first-round tight end (4.82 40).

  • Mike Mayock: Remember, when Kyle Rudolph runs a 4.82, he's only three weeks removed from injury. His only issue is durability.

  • Mike Mayock: I believe Kyle Rudolph will go anywhere between 24 and 40.

  • Charley Casserly: I see him the same as Mike, Kyle Rudolph is a late 1, early 2; needs to improve his strength.

  • Charley Casserly: Give Alex Smith a chance with a new staff.

  • Charley Casserly: I don't see an outside linebacker there in the top 10 that the 49ers would be happy with. Amukamara, sound pick.

  • Charley Casserly has Blaine Gabbert ahead of Mark Sanchez, Joe Flacco and Josh Freeman ahead as prospects.

  • Charley Casserly only ranks Sam Bradford, Matthew Stafford and Matt Ryan ahead of Blaine Gabbert over the past couple of years.

  • Charley Casserly: Matt Ryan's edges over Blaine Gabbert - senior season, pro-style offense.

  • Charley Casserly: You can go back and forth between Blaine Gabbert and Matthew Stafford. Accuracy is identical.

  • Charley Casserly: Blaine Gabbert can read a defense. He made all the throws in the Iowa game. Smart guy, leader. Can be a star.

  • Charley Casserly: I have people telling me that Blaine Gabbert took snaps from center in practice.

  • Charley Casserly: Blaine Gabbert made reads in his spread. He made decisions, went from 1 to 2. Sam Bradford had to learn, and he did it

  • Charley Casserly: I would take Blaine Gabbert at No. 1. He's not the best player, but Carolina can make a quick jump with a QB.




  • Mike Mayock to Kyle Rudolph: End of the day, a 1st-round pick? Rudolph: I think so.

  • Charley Casserly: Akeem Ayers solidified his position at the end of the first round (Ted Thompson seen talking to Ayers)

  • Charley Casserly: Mikel Leshoure has more talent than Mark Ingram. I compare Leshoure to Steven Jackson.

  • Charley Casserly: I think Ingram and Leshoure are late ones, but not a lot of teams need running backs.

  • Mike Mayock: Ian Williams is a Round 4-6 pick, a 3-4 nose tackle.

  • Charles Davis: Many scouts say Jimmy Smith has the same ability as the top two corners in this draft class.

  • Jason La Canfora: The Redskins are looking at Tyron Smith.

  • Jason La Canfora: Ben Ijalana is generating some attention. Wouldn't surprise me if he sneaks into the first round.



    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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