I don't think Simmons or Ingram is some kind of franchise savior. Simmons is a great fit as a 4 in the modern NBA though because he can guard inside and on the perimeter, rebound, handle the ball like a guard, and score inside. Even if he never develops a reliable jumper, he is still going to be a very valuable player. I see him as a better version of Draymond Green who can create offense on his own much better than Green.
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: I still believe Cam Newton will be the pick. Everything that's been coming out of this building indicates that Newton will be the guy.
Kara Henderson: The Broncos really like Von Miller. They think he's the most athletic player in the draft, which is something they value very highly.
Ari Wolfe: I don't think a quarterback is likely at No. 3. Ryan Fitzpatrick won the Bills over with his toughness, and Fitzpatrick is their guy. If Marcell Dareus is there, it's automatic; he's their guy. If not, Von Miller and Patrick Peterson are close.
Charley Casserly: It's almost as if the Panthers are afraid not to take Cam Newton because of his high ceiling.
Charley Casserly: Von Miller will have to play SAM in the 4-3, which will be a learning experience.
Mike Lombardi: The best pick for the Bills is to go with Patrick Peterson.
Charley Casserly: If Marcell Dareus isn't there, I believe the Bills will take Von Miller.
Mike Mayock: Rob Housler is a riser. He worked out so well that he's gone from a fifth round pick to maybe into the second round, certainly in the third round.
Mike Mayock: Brooks Reed is helped a bit because he looks like Clay Matthews. He's one of those guys you stick in your back pocket for the bottom of the first round.
Mike Mayock: Marcus Cannon was a second-round prospect, but he has a 12-week recovery for a mass found in his stomach. He's going to slide now. I don't think a team can take a chance on him before the fourth.
Mike Mayock: Some teams have Da'Quan Bowers off the board. Some teams have a level of risk. It's going to start at No. 20 for Bowers.
Mike Mayock: Mark Ingram isn't sliding because of ability. He could be sliding because it's a pass-first league, and the position has lost value. His range starts at 19 with the Giants and goes to 32 to Green Bay.
Mike Mayock: Adrian Clayborn could be a late first-round pick, but probably goes in the second round.
Solomon Wilcots: A.J. Green appears to be in the crosshairs for the Bengals. They could also look at Julio Jones. The Bengals have spent more than $25 milion on free agent receivers recently.
Solomon Wilcots: I was told Christian Ponder and Andy Dalton worked out very well for the Bengals. Either one could be the selection in the second round.
Randy Moss: Blaine Gabbert would be interesting for the Cardinals, but they may be thinking instead to go defense at No. 5.
Charley Casserly: I agree, I think they're going A.J. Green at No. 4, but the Bengals may have to move up to get one of the quarterbacks.
Mike Holmgren: Mike Brown has made his decision. He's probably going receiver in the first round, quarterback in the second round, but it's not in Brown's DNA to move up.
Mike Lombardi: Everyone seems to think Patrick Peterson at No. 5, but the Cardinals want to entertain trade offers. If they have to stay, Peterson will be the pick. Blaine Gabbert doesn't match up with what they want to do.
Charley Casserly: I think the feeling is for Arizona to go with a veteran quarterback.
Charley Casserly: I don't think Blaine Gabbert gets past Tennessee. That's his floor.
Charley Casserly: I do not think the Redskins are going to take a quarterback. They could go corner, defensive end, offensive tackle or wide receiver. I think the best bet will be Cameron Jordan.
Charley Casserly: This is one of the weakest drafts I've ever seen. After the first round, it's going to fall off a cliff.
Charley Casserly: Two players that won't be in my top 10 of my mock draft - Nick Fairley and Robert Quinn.