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.
Brian Baldinger's 2011 NFL Mock Draft: 1. Cam Newton. 2. Marcell Dareus. 3. Von Miller. 4. A.J. Green. 5. Blaine Gabbert. 6. Robert Quinn. 7. Patrick Peterson. 8. Nick Fairley. 9. Tyron Smith. 10. Julio Jones.
Brian Baldinger's 2011 NFL Mock Draft cont. 11. Aldon Smith. 12. Cameron Jordan. 13. Prince Amukamara. 14. Ryan Kerrigan. 15. Mike Pouncey. 16. J.J. Watt. 17. Cameron Heyward. 18. Phil Taylor. 19. Corey Liuget. 20. Adrian Clayborn.
Brian Baldinger: Adrian Clayborn is great against the run; he reminds me of Will Smith. Physically, he's one of the more gifted players in this draft.
Brian Baldinger: You know what you're getting with Cameron Jordan. Great effort. Gives you something off the edge. He'll be great against the run.
Charley Casserly: I see Cameron Jordan as more of a 3-4 guy. The same discussion would come with J.J. Watt. You're getting an effort guy, but not much of an outside rush.
Brian Baldinger: You're getting "de-value" with Mark Ingram. You can get a good back in any round in this draft if you do your homework.
Brian Baldinger: I think the Eagles will look offense at No. 23. They have a glaring hole at right guard. I could see the Eagles selecting Gabe Carimi. They can plug him in at right guard, and if Winston Justice doesn't work out, kick him out to right tackle.
Brian Baldinger: If Gabe Carimi isn't there, the Eagles can trade out. There's some interest with Greg Little. I think they're going to have trouble down the road retaining DeSean Jackson.
Charley Casserly: I don't see them trading back and drafting a receiver. Corner is a tremendous need for them. They just need to make a decision on Jimmy Smith to see if he fits in their building. Remember, they drafted DeSean Jackson when other teams passed on him.
Brian Baldinger: I believe some team will take a quarterback in the first round because this is a quarterback-driven league. But I just wonder what Ryan Mallett is going to be like in pressure situations.
Brian Baldinger: Jeff George was late to the first practice. That was a bad sign. Not a leader, not good in the huddle, not a good guy to be the face of the franchise. I don't think you all of a sudden become a clean guy and erase your past.
Brian Baldinger: I like Jabaal Sheard. He's a pure 4-3 end with great pass-rush ability and a great motor. He could sneak into the end of the first round. He can be an immediate first-day starter.
Steve Wyche: The news isn't getting anymore positive for Da'Quan Bowers. I've spoken to a number of teams - there is still a lot of concern about his long-term health. One defensive coordinator said he stays blocked a lot longer than he should.
Steve Wyche: All indications are the Panthers are going to take Cam Newton. The proverbial hay is in the barn.
Steve Wyche: Robert Quinn is still projected as a top-10 pick, but there's no guarantee. Teams are a little weary that he got washed out while trying to set the edge.
Cullen Jenkins: I would say half the players are working out out as much as they would if there was organized team stuff.
A little late on this par but here goes: Houston -134 and if time available going in the second tier spot the Dodgers either with the high ML or I may go the way of the RL. Another: Colorado -134, two open. Another: Nats -149, two open. Another: Boston -200 (Sale), two open. GL tonight folks.
With every sports outlet picking the Titans, I feel they are overrated. I had them underrated last year but loved their o-line. They keep referencing before Mariota got injured. The thing is they were getting killed by the Jaguars before that injury. They pulled out some huge wins vs KC and GB but also struggled in their own division. I also wonder how Mariota's injury heals for this season as it was late in the season. I think they will be more of a .500 team that keeps games close. Hopefully, that means they cover the spread as underdogs.