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.
For starters, the bears had a top 10 passing defense, ranking higher than the Seahawks. They need more people on the defensive line if anything on defense. Sure their safety could be upgraded, but they can save that for later rounds. The ravens have more needs than at WR. I doubt they address that hole left so early. Next, how in God's name do you not address the Saints' need for a pass rusher or secondary player? Sure it is okay to start in the middle of the field, but they need to start where they are weak the most. Also, The titans are NOT going to pass up on Corey Davis at pick 18. They need a no. 1 WR and he is one of the best in the draft.
@Claymaker I am a bit 50/50 on him where I can see him turning into something, but I can also see him be a bust. Preferably I like my top corners to come in with good technique and not be selected hoping he can learn it in the NFL. As we have all seen the NFL is quick to pull the plug on coaches and GMs so I would rather not spend a top pick on a player who is still very raw. For some reason I have this Justin Gilbert feeling in my gut on him, but who knows he can prove me wrong.