Georgia guard/tackle Cordy Glenn was a topic of discussion with some scouts today. The consensus scouts have is that Glenn has to be a guard at the next level. Glenn played left tackle as a senior with the Bulldogs, but it doesn't sound like he is being viewed as a possible tackle at the next level on either side of the line. Scouts told me today that Glenn does have the mobility to play in a zone blocking scheme. Even though the 6-foot-5, 346-pound Glenn fits nicely in a power man blocking scheme, they also believe he has the quickness and athleticism to be a zone blocker. That flexibility helps Glenn to appeal to more teams. Right now he looks like a potential pick in the second half of the first round.
Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew is halfway through his 4-year contract extension with the team that was signed in 2009. Don't be surprised if you start to hear rumblings of a new contract. Jones-Drew's agent was seen in a long, rather intense conversation with Jaguars general manager Gene Smith on Tuesday.
University of Regina (Canada) defensive tackle Akiem Hicks landed on a number of teams' radar at the East-West Shrine Game last week. In speaking to sources this week, a few teams have serious interest in Hicks. Those teams include the Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks.
Word is that the Cleveland Browns have serious interest in Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams. He has been inconsistent in Mobile, and that was his track record with the Buckeyes. Still, Adams plays a position with a high demand, and at the Senior Bowl he has also taken reps at right tackle. Cleveland could target Adams with their second first-round pick (from Atlanta) to upgrade their right side and replace veteran Tony Pashos. Adams could be a good bookend on the other side from Joe Thomas.
WalterFootball.com had some discussions with scouts about a few players who were expected to be in Mobile but didn't make it. Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright pulled out of the Senior Bowl and Oklahoma State offensive tackle Levy Adcock did not attend. Some teams aren't interested in using a first-rounder on Wright because he is sub six-foot and there are teams that avoid using high picks on smaller receivers. Still, some scouts liken Wright to Vikings wideout Percy Harvin and they believe that Wright will be selected in the first round.
Adcock, meanwhile, could have helped himself by coming to Mobile. Scouts are unsure about him after an unsteady performance in 2011. He performed well late in the season, but struggled early and in the middle of the year. Scouts definitely believe that Adcock cannot play left tackle in the NFL. He's too slow for that. They question if he is a right tackle or guard. Had Adcock come to the Senior Bowl and performed well at right tackle he could have helped his stock significantly.
It sounds like there is going to be a quality market for Texans free agent center Chris Myers. He made the Pro Bowl after a strong 2011 season and is hitting the open market at a good time. There are a lot of teams that could use Myers' services, especially those that run a zone blocking scheme like Houston. It wouldn't be surprising to see Myers land with Atlanta. Veteran Todd McClure looks to be at the end of the line and the Falcons need a center to fortify the interior of their line. They run a zone-blocking scheme so Myers would be a good fit. Atlanta also is willing to beat teams in a bidding war. Don't be surprised if the Texans let Myers go; sources feel that he is a product of the system and they won't be willing to write a huge check to bring him back.
@MockDraftMan14 Thank you, I appreciate you reading my ramblings and opinions on what teams should try to look for come next April. I know, I may over value blockers more than some which, is what most likely differs the most from your rankings. In the end, it's only June so who knows what's going to happen.
While we greatly differ on prospect rankings, something that should be assumed this early in the process, I see great thought was put into each pick and they all make sense when looked at through your perspective on the players. Great job!
Out of sheer boredom and the upcoming NBA draft has gotten me itching to make a new mock draft. Of course the NFL draft is a whole lot less predictable than the NBA draft, but also provides more success stories than the NBA draft. Again, I used schedules to determine each team's records and if you get upset with me just remember it's June and a whole lot can change by next April.