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.
REPORT: Steve Wyche reports that Da'Quan Bowers' medical recheck of his knee has revealed "potential long-term arthritis and some weakness."
Charley Casserly: A number of teams I've talked to view Da'Quan Bowers as a high risk. Some won't take him in the first round.
Charley Casserly: With the money you have to invest, you have to pass on Da'Quan Bowers not only in the top 10; but in the first round as well.
Michael Lombardi on Da'Quan Bowers: This is an old knee in a young body.
Charley Casserly: You can't pay big-time money to Da'Quan Bowers.
Mike Mayock: Another injured guy, Bruce Carter's not going to be able to play for someone in Week 1. But he has special ability. Was a top-15 or top-20 pick heading into this season.
Michael Lombardi: Brooks Reed reminds a lot of teams of Clay Matthews. He's got the skill to make a difference. We're going to look back and say, "Why wasn't he in the top 10?"
Solomon Wilcots: I think Mike Brown is going to stand pat and hold on to Carson Palmer. I don't think he's going to do anything. Mike Brown wants his way and doesn't want to set a precedent.
Solomon Wilcots: Carson Palmer is comfortable financially. The fact that he's speaking out and put his home on the market, I think this is something we need to listen to.
Solomon Wilcots: Marvin Lewis has sung the praises of Cam Newton lately, but I don't think that signifies anything. Probably smokescreening.
Solomon Wilcots: I think the Bengals will look to take a quarterback later rather than No. 4.
Solomon Wilcots: The No. 4 pick has to be used on one of the top defensive linemen, someone like Nick Fairley, Robert Quinn or Da'Quan Bowers.
Michael Lombardi: I think the Bengals are going wide receiver in the first round.
Michael Lombardi: Carson Palmer is serious about this retirement, but Mike Brown is a wall. He's going to let him retire.
Michael Lombardi: I think quarterback at No. 4 is a smokescreen. I think the Bengals take a wide receiver and a quarterback later.
Mike Mayock: At 28 and 33, I think the Patriots are open for business. When teams are looking to get back into the first round, that's a good place to be if you want to trade down.
Mike Mayock: At 17, the Patriots will look at Cameron Jordan or J.J. Watt. But don't be surprised if Anthony Castonzo or Mike Pouncey slide through.
Mike Mayock: I like the nose tackle from Baylor (Phil Taylor) for the Jets at No. 30.
Mike Mayock: Danny Watkins and Akeem Ayers fit for the Patriots and Jets at the bottom of the first round.
Mike Mayock: The guy I like in the 2nd round is Rodney Hudson. He has great movement skills, and quick hands and feet. His best position is center. He'll have a Pro Bowl or two a few years from now.
Mike Mayock: I love Randall Cobb's versatility for whatever team drafts him.
Mike Mayock: At 222 pounds, Delone Carter had much better feet than I expected. In the right offense, he'll be highly productive.
Mike Mayock: Most people believe that Julio Jones is one of the most physical football players in the draft. I like the Hines Ward comparison.
Michael Lombardi: A lot of teams in the league are suspecting that the Colts will pick a quarterback in the first round of the draft.
Charley Casserly: The stress fracture in Julio Jones' foot shouldn't affect his draft status.
Charley Casserly: I see T.O. in Julio Jones. A build-up speed guy. Drops some passes. T.O.!
Charley Casserly: A yellow light for Tyron Smith. Some swelling in his knee.