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.
I don't really think this guy looks too much into the game film for most teams. 5 out of the 7 listed needs aren't even needs. We don't need corners because we have collins, poole, and truf. We have Keanu as our SS whose really good. Deion jones is playing at an extremely high level. We don't need tight ends and we definitely do not need 3/4 OLB. (WE DON'T EVEN USE 3/4 SCHEME) Guard and DT are actual needs i agree with you there but the only "needs" the falcons really have besides G and DT are DE (4/3, not 3/4), FS, and maybe (and this is a strong maybe) receiver. Some of these are not even needs either, they are just places we could stand to upgrade from mediocre.