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.
Charley Casserly: The Redskins should not take Ryan Mallett. He doesn't fit the system. They want a mobile quarterback, and their offensive line isn't built for a drop-back passer.
Charley Casserly: The Washington Post will do a two-page article on Ryan Mallett. He needs to go to a place with less attention.
Charley Casserly: I wouldn't have a reservation about taking Mike Pouncey in the teens if he's the top player on my board.
Charley Casserly: Mike Pouncey is a better football player at his position than some of these offensive tackles that will probably go higher.
Charley Casserly: The single biggest risk with Cam Newton is learning the pro offense. He doesn't see it.
Gerry Dulac (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette): The area the Steelers need to address the most is cornerback.
Gerry Dulac: I think a guy like Aaron Williams fits nicely for what they're looking for.
Gerry Dulac: Cameron Heyward, Adrian Clayborn and Stephen Paea are guys they would consider.
Gerry Dulac: The one thing the Steelers never turn their back on is skill players. If there were a skill position player out there they'd like, they would have a hard time saying no.
Gerry Dulac: They don't think Mike Pouncey will be available at No. 31.
Brian Baldinger: The Steelers need to get better at corner. They'll take the best player at corner. I think Aaron Williams will be their guy if he's there.
Charley Casserly: Jimmy Smith doesn't seem like a Steelers kind of a guy. Aaron Williams could be a better fit at safety, that's why the Steelers spent a lot of time working him out. Derek Sherrod and Cameron Heyward both work.
Charley Casserly: Offensive tackle is a strength of this year's draft. Not in terms of talent, but five could go in the first round.
Charley Casserly: Tyron Smith vs. Russell Okung. I'm going with Okung - stronger, more physical, can anchor the bull rush better, more prepared mentally. Smith has better feet and he's more athletic.
Charley Casserly: Nate Solder vs. Trent Williams. Trent Williams clearly has better feet as an athlete. Clearly stronger than Solder.
Charley Casserly: Anthony Castonzo vs. Anthony Davis. Davis over Castonzo in a close one. He's smoother and has better knee bend. He's stronger and can anchor better.
Charley Casserly: Gabe Carimi vs. Rodger Saffold. I like Rodger Saffold a year ago. This one's not close. Saffold can play left tackle. Carimi's only a right side player. Saffold has better feet.
Charley Casserly: Derek Sherrod vs. Bryan Bulaga. I wasn't high on Bryan Bulaga, but I'm going with him. Bulaga plays lower with better knee bend. Sherrod plays too high.
Charley Casserly's top 10 tackles last 2 years: Russell Okung, Tyron Smith, Trent Williams Anthony Davis, Rodger Saffold, Nate Solder, Anthony Castonzo, Bryan Bulaga, Gabe Carimi, Derek Sherrod.
The top players Notre Dame's Brian Kelly coached against in 2010: Andrew Luck, Jonathan Baldwin and Ryan Kerrigan.
Brian Baldinger: I like Mikel Leshoure. He's never fumbled in his college career.
Brian Baldinger: I like Mark Ingram, but you can find a good back in any round in this draft.
Charley Casserly: Stevan Ridley could be a steal in the third or fourth round.
Brian Baldinger: When I watch Akeem Ayers, I question his toughness. He doesn't engage blockers very well. He doesn't have great quickness. He could drop out of the first round.
Brian Baldinger: I really like Colin Kaepernick. If he can go from the Pistol to a pro-style offense, he's going to be a keeper.
@Drunk Ass Jerry To your points.... M. Hyatt is excellent but lacks the size many feel needed for OT and see him as a OG in the NFL... Safety is still a need for the Bucs ... RB it seems like C. Sims is always hurt... D. Martin has been up and down... I like J. McNichols alot but see him as their 3rd down back of the future.. I did grab a CB in RD4 for them... and 2018`s edge rushing talent isn`t deep into the later rounds..I see them using F/A for edge help more than the 2018 draft.
Seems like a month ago that i was 8-2 in two days of MLB play, actually it was 4 days ago. Another crap result yesterday and I'm getting a little cheesed about it. If I had not used hedging techniques I would be bleeding coin by now, but since I am, it's just a stinger. For today: In an ongoing par from yesterday I'm sticking the Under 8.5 -115 in the Braves/Dodger game in the second tier spot. Start up pars with Astros: -118, Boston -123, and AZ +1.5 RL -160, all with two open. GL and hopefully the Red tide will fade.