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.
Steve Wyche: All indications that the No. 1 pick will be Cam Newton. It doesn't look like it'll be Blaine Gabbert.
Steve Wyche: Marcell Dareus is a player that the Panthers do like, and he would fit a need. Patrick Peterson is a possibility. But they're both long shots.
Kara Henderson: The needs are on Denver's defense. They seem to think Tim Tebow can compete for and earn the starting spot.
Kara Henderson: John Fox wasn't convinced that the Panthers will take Cam Newton. He said they may take Marcell Dareus. John Fox really likes Dareus.
Alex Flanagan: I'm hearing offensive tackle will be Dallas' primary interest in the first round. They like Tyron Smith, Anthony Castonzo and Nate Solder.
Michael Lombardi: There are a lot of people telling me that Blaine Gabbert will slip. I'm told the Cardinals want to sign a veteran quarterback. San Francisco seems to be lukewarm on him. Tennessee looks to be more interested in Jake Locker. Maybe Washington is his landing spot.
Michael Lombardi: Mike Shanahan wants a quarterback who can stretch every blade of grass on the field. I think eh could take Ryan Mallett at No. 10.
Charley Casserly: Doctors have told teams that Robert Quinn's brain tumor could come back.
Charley Casserly: I continue to talk to teams that have concerns with longevity with Da'Quan Bowers' career.
Mike Mayock: The ceiling is 3 with Buffalo and the floor is 8 with Tennessee in terms of Blaine Gabbert's draft range.
Mike Mayock: I still don't get the feeling that football is most important in Cam Newton's life after God and family.
Mike Mayock: I think Tennessee, Washington and Minnesota want to buy into Jake Locker. I believe some team will buy into him because they don't think they can get him later.
Mike Mayock: Jake Locker is a 1- to 2-year project in terms of pocket awareness and accuracy. You have to be able to protect him in terms of moving the pocket. You can't just throw him into the fire.
Mike Mayock: Ryan Mallett throws the football better than anyone in this draft. He's a coach's son. Where the trouble comes in is off the field. There's a significant enough off-the-field issues that every team is asking questions. I think because of his football ability and football IQ, someone's going to trade up into the 20s and take him.
Mike Mayock: Someone's going to trade up late into the first round to take Andy Dalton or Christian Ponder because they don't want to wait overnight.
Stacy Dales: I talked to people around here today, and I think the Patriots might be looking toward the offensive line.
Jamie Dukes: Mark Ingram has "Patriots" written all over him.
Charley Casserly: I've been told by a number of teams that the Steelers have been looking at defensive ends in the spring.
@Black&Gold Problem is that you see Eli and Cobi as solid backups. Truth is that Eli is number 2 and Cobi is our number 3. They aren't backups, but starters. So what you're saying is that we have no true number 2, but see no need in drafting a receiver? What D line depth are you thinking? DE or NT? Have you seen what LT Walton has done? Remember he's only in his second year.
@Steelr Fan 3:16 Coates was supposed to be plan B at number 2 with the uncertainty of Bryant. You make the case that he's a one trick pony and not a 50 catch per season wide-out, so does that scream out as a option for number 2? What gives you hope about Green? I hope he does end up staying on the field, but so far in his career he hasn't be able to do that. I like James, but if he goes down you trust Grimble? He can't block, and hasn't been reliable in the pass game. He did mess his ribs up with a nice touchdown reception a few weeks ago. That still doesn't mean he can pick up and be an impact if James would not be able to go. We have 7 picks in this draft. The first I hope goes OLB. We are good at CB with Burnes and @[email protected] will be challenged hopefully by Golson. Loser of the battle would be a good slot corner. Golson lacks length so they may throw him in the slot role anyways. LT Walton has been more than solid at DE. If Heyward or Tuitt can't go a few weeks during the season then I have faith in LT to get the job done. I like Chickillo and Moates at OLB. They have started and played solid. Williams and Dirty Red at backup ILB is good depth that any team would love. Safety we have Golden and Dangerfield. Both have started any didn't miss a beat. Offensive line? Yeah, we're good there. You say we're good at tight end and WR, so with or final 6 picks we're going what exactly? A RB would be nice with Williams age. A backup that won't see the field unless God forbid Bell gets hurt is a wasted pick anywhere in the top 4 rounds. Maybe 5th would be suffice. That's 2 picks gone and 5 to go. A backup QB of the future would be nice. Four to go. A special teamed lol? Warren, Boswell, and Berry are really good.