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.
Walter your inability to bet the Patriots all year with Brady on the team is inexplicable. Yes, since Brady came back from suspension, you bet the Patriots 0 times, even though they covered as decent and often huge favorites. Why? Why are you more afraid than Goodell is to show up at Foxborough to bet on a great team to beat inferior oponents by a large margin? You lost out on a lot of money. As for the Patriots defense who will be "overwhelmed" by Pittsburgh hahaha, the Patriots defense has stepped up when it needed to. Logan Ryan who is not even the best DB let alone CB on the team just had a dominant game covering one of the best wide receivers in the league. And you're going to say that Brady can't go stride for stride against Big Ben who, with his 0 TD performance last Sunday, once again proved that he has turned into an awful road playoff QB? You know what 0 TDs will win you in the AFC Championship game? I don't believe that betting on Pitt getting 6 points is a bad decision - seeing as I may do the same. But to predict the Patriots to straight up lose is laughable. The advantage they have on defense and coaching is pretty big and they may even be even offensively solely because Brady has been using Edelman more and more and Dion Lewis's return has shown to be very important.