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: The Panthers said they don't know whom they're going to take, but all indications continue to be that the No. 1 pick will be Cam Newton.
Steve Wyche: Carolina could surprise, but they've said you need to temper expectations about a young quarterback. You don't say that about a free agent; you say that about a player you're going to draft.
Alex Flanagan: Jerry Jones said there are a lot of five-techniques in this draft that would play well. He is already contemplating trading down.
Mike Mayock: Kendric Burney is the prototypical Tampa-2 corner. Short and slow is a bad combination on the edge. But for Burney, I'm banging the table. I would take him in the fourth round, and I think he'll be a starter for a Tampa-2 team.
Mike Mayock: If I needed a free safety, I think Marcus Gilchrist is every bit as good as Rahim Moore. I would stand up and bang the table for Gilchrist in the second round.
Mike Mayock: Production and heart mean something to me. Every time you put the tape on, Ahmad Black flashes. You have to throw all the measurables out.
Michael Lombardi's 2nd-round mock draft: 33. NE - Bruce Carter. 34. BUF - Danny Watkins. 35. CIN - Christian Ponder. 36. DEN - Aaron Williams. 37. CLE - Stephen Paea. 38. ARZ - Kyle Rudolph. 39. TEN - Greg Little. 40. DAL - James Carpenter. 41. WAS - Dontay Moch. 42. HOU - Brandon Harris.
Michael Lombardi: The Bengals are going to draft a receiver in Round 1; quarterback in Round 2.
Michael Lombardi: Greg Little might have the best hands in this draft. He's a diamond in the rough, much like Greg Jennings.
Rick Gosselin: I think there are two players in consideration at No. 9: Tyron Smith and J.J. Watt. The most pressing need is on the offensive line, and I think he'll be the higher player on the board. But Rob Ryan is doing a heavy campaign job on the other side.
Rick Gosselin: Blaine Gabbert is a potential franchise quarterback and shouldn't get out of the top 10, but you're going to get some defensive sliders. The quarterback could be the slider.
Rick Gosselin: I'm not sure Ryan Mallett's in the top five quarterbacks. Mallett is the most ready to play and has the best arm, but he's a statue. If you take him, you have to live with the speed. Peyton Manning ran a 4.9. Mallett ran in the mid fives.
Rick Gosselin: I really like Ryan Williams, I think he's the most elusive pass-catcher of the second-round running backs.
Rick Gosselin: I think there's only one linebacker in the first round - Von Miller. Akeem Ayers could go high 2, late 1. It's one of the worst linebacker boards I've seen in the past 10 years.
Mike Mayock: I believe we're going to see eight quarterbacks go in the first three rounds. Not because of talent; but because of need.
Charley Casserly: The phone is not ringing for Marty Hurney. The last time I had the No. 1 overall pick, I called up the Jets and asked what they would give me for it. They said, "What are you going to give us so we'll take it?"
I don't get the Garrett Sickels pick in the 3rd when your own evaluation of him clearly states that you believe he his a 3-4 OLB in the NFL and a day 3 pick at best. I think Dallas would rather take the risk with Carl Lawson in that spot than give it to a career rotational player at best.