So what if Zeke is a rookie? And they didn't draft him #4 overall, given that he's a prototype 3-down back, to have him in a timeshare with Morris or McFadden. Behind that line, coupled with his skills as a runner, receiver, and pass blocker, there's no way he should fall past the first round.
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.
A mock draft between Charley Casserly, Charles Davis and Bucky Brooks. Oh no.
Bucky Brooks: Cam Newton is the right guy for the Panthers at No. 1.
Charles Davis: Cam Newton is a mix between Josh Freeman and Ben Roethlisberger. Bucky Brooks agrees.
Charley Casserly: I'm praying for you, Marty (Herney) if you take Cam Newton No. 1.
Charley Casserly has Denver picking Marcell Dareus at No. 2. ("I think he'll be a Pro Bowler.")
Bucky Brooks: The Bills will discuss a quarterback, but Ryan Fitzpatrick has been outstanding.
Bucky Brooks has Buffalo picking Von Miller at No. 3.
Charley Casserly: Playing poker with Mike Brown, that's tough because he's not changing his mind. A.J. Green will be the pick at No. 4.
Bucky Brooks: Blaine Gabbert fits in well what they like to do in Arizona. (Has Cardinals taking Gabbert).
Charles Davis: Blaine Gabbert is a cross between Joe Flacco and Sam Bradford.
Mary Kay Cabot (Cleveland Plain-Dealer): I really believe the Browns are dedicated to Colt McCoy. Pat Shurmur really likes Colt.
Mary Kay Cabot: No. 6 could really be A.J. Green. They really need a blue-chip receivers.
Mary Kay Cabot: It would be a really tough call between A.J. Green and Patrick Peterson. They'll stay true to their board.
Mary Kay Cabot: I would not rule out Patrick Peterson despite Joe Haden. If Peterson is higher than Green, the Browns are taking Peterson.
Charley Casserly: Defensive end is the No. 1 need. But I think the Browns stay with the highest player on their board: Green, Peterson, then DE.
Bucky Brooks: The Browns need to go after a playmaker - A.J. Green, but they'll also consider Julio Jones.
An e-mail I received: This lady on Path is saying Bowers if healthy could still go to Cleveland. She needs to go back to selling Avon.
Charley Casserly: I really like this Carolina club. A lot of talent. Got hit with a lot of bad luck last year.
Charley Casserly: The Panthers should take Blaine Gabbert. A bit of a reach, but I'd "Flacco" him, run the ball, play defense.
Mock draft continued: Charley Casserly has Cleveland taking Patrick Peterson at No. 6.
Bucky Brooks: The 49ers would love to take a QB at No. 7. They need to shore up their secondary. Prince Amukamara gives them a solid guy back there.
Charley Casserly has Tennessee taking Nick Fairley at No. 8 over Robert Quinn.
Charley Casserly: I think Tracy Rocker (former Auburn defensive line coach) stands up for Fairley.
Charley Casserly: From all the teams I talked to, it was always Marcell Dareus over Nick Fairley. The media's just catching up.
Bucky Brooks has Dallas picking Tyron Smith: "They need a right tackle. They need to get physical up front."
Charley Casserly: I'm giving the Redskins Julio Jones (over Robert Quinn) because he's the next best-rated player.