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NFL Draft Rumors and Buzz: April 20, 2011


NFL Draft Rumors and Buzz: April 20, 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.


  • Charley Casserly: No quarterback is a franchise quarterback in this draft.

  • Brian Baldinger: If the best player on the board is Patrick Peterson - and he's my favorite player in this draft - I don't know why he can't go No. 1 or thought of as going No. 1.

  • Charley Casserly: I have no problem with taking a cornerback with the first pick in the draft. But I don't think Patrick Peterson is the top player. I have Von Miller and A.J. Green ahead of him.

  • Brian Baldinger: Offensive line is Baltimore's No. 1 need. Jared Gaither is off the board for them - they can't count on him. There's a glaring hole at right tackle.

  • Brian Baldinger: If Gabe Carimi is there at No. 26, the Ravens would take him. Derek Sherrod could go in there if Carimi's off the board.

  • Charley Casserly: Akeem Ayers and Brooks Reed have some pass-rush ability for the Ravens.

  • Charley Casserly: A.J. Smith has been aggressive in the past. History says he could move up to take a defensive end.

  • Charley Casserly: The Lions should trade over Houston and Washington to get Prince Amukamara.

  • Charley Casserly: If I'm Tampa Bay, and St. Louis is on the clock, I go to the Rams to jump over the Jaguars to take a defensive end.




  • Charley Casserly: Da'Quan Bowers is a good player, a top-10 player, but not an elite player. On the medical, it's said that Bowers won't have a long career. I would have to pass on this guy in the first round.

  • Brian Baldinger: All football players get hurt, but this is a bad year to get injured especially with all of these defensive linemen in the draft. It's very hard to look at Bowers and take him with all of those other opportunities.

  • Brian Baldinger: When you look at Aldon Smith, I think he's going to fit in perfectly in Wade Phillips' defense in Houston. Smith is very similar to DeMarcus Ware.

  • Brian Baldinger: I think you can plug this in right now - Aldon Smith will be Wade Phillips' guy with the 11th pick.



    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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