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Trying something new... let's see if we can keep track of at least some of the rumors that will bw sure to fly in the final days leading up to the draft.
This can be anything from "Player X is falling" to "The Jets really like Player Y" to "Player Z could end up a first round pick".
One rule, though... the rumor can't be from your cousin's best friend's ex-girlfriend. LEGITIMATE MEDIA SOURCES ONLY. What's a legitimate media source? For the purposes of this thread, the source must work for a written publication (Newspaper, magazine, etc.), radio station, or television station (Web sites for TV Stations - such as ESPN.com - are acceptable as well.) As much as I love the internet, please shy away from bloggers.
On Memphis DT Dontari Poe:
Gosselin : Underachiever. Second team All-Conference USA.
On North Carolina DE Quinton Coples:
Gosselin: Motor doesn’t always run. Julius Peppers ability, but you don’t always see it.
On LSU DT Michael Brockers:
Gosselin: 5.0 40 (yard dash). He’s strictly a run player. A dominating run player, but he’s strictly a run player. You’re not going to get a pass rush.
On Mississippi State DT Fletcher Cox:
Gosselin: He’ll probably be the first one to go. I don’t think the Cowboys will see him. I think he’ll be gone by 10 or 11. He’s probably the best package right now.
... Jacksonville has a major hole at cornerback, and I hear the Jags like Gilmore a ton ... Seattle will take Ryan Tannehill if he's there at 12. Write it down ... When offensive line coach Russ Grimm sees DeCastro, he sees a young Russ Grimm: nasty, efficient, mistake-free ... I wouldn't be surprised to see Dallas trade up to make sure it gets Barron, perhaps with Kansas City at 11 ... One coach used these words to me about Coples: "Gifted. Sporadic." ... I'd be stunned if Chicago doesn't fortify its perpetually patchwork offensive line, but I've been stunned before. Coach Lovie Smith had dinner with Wright at Baylor's pro day in March, and I hear he was impressed -- enough so to select Wright to go with Brandon Marshall, creating a suddenly formidable wideout corps for quarterback Jay Cutler ... But (Mercilus) is not as versatile as McClellin, whose stock is rising because he has the speed (a 4.6 40 at 260 pounds) to be an edge rusher and is a sure-enough tackler to play inside if needed ... Pittsburgh's got to stop treating its offensive line problems with stopgaps and take a tough guy like Zeitler, whom I've heard compared to Logan Mankins ... "On potential," one coach told me, "Brockers deserves to be a top 10 pick." ... Houston thinks that at 6-4 and 210 pounds (Rueben Randle will) be another matchup problem along the lines of Andre Johnson. What team has the corners to cover two wideouts 6-3 or taller? ... (Doug) Martin is the kind of versatile cold-weather back who would fit the Pack perfectly. "He's this draft's Ray Rice," one personnel man told me ... The Lions loved Silatolu when he visited them, and they probably can't wait until their second-round pick (54th) to get him ...
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Someone I trust recently said (Justin) Blackmon will be “something between Hakeem Nicks and T.O.” ...
(Michael) Floyd’s been a rising prospect since the NFL Scouting Combine ...
(Fletcher Cox's) draft stock is on fire after a huge week at the combine and a sound pro day ...
This one may have everyone scratching their heads, but the guys I’m talking to say Adams is a man whose stock is on the rise. Yes, even with the news of a positive marijuana test at the combine. Adams has the most NFL-ready frame of all the offensive tackles in this draft and from what I’m hearing from a variety of scouts, there’s a lot to like about the Buckeye ...
Yet, when it comes to the talented cornerback's NFL draft potential, it's the events following the troubled 23-year-old's departure from Gainesville that are likely to drive him out of the first round, according to a variety of executives, personnel directors and scouts across the league...
"It's not just his personal situation with the kids and different moms. This is a multiple offender of the drug policy in college, and it's not like there were no character concerns at North Alabama," said one AFC personnel executive. "He had multiple opportunities to get away from it. He didn't at Florida, and he went to North Alabama and he wasn't clean there.
"You just wish the situation at North Alabama was clean, that he had a rebirth, from a personal and football character standpoint. But it was more of the same." ...
"He's running with the wrong people," an NFC personnel executive said. "They gave him every chance in the world at Florida, and it didn't work. … And he gets to North Alabama, and he's still smoking because he's got this big-fish, little-pond thing going. I don't see him going in the first round, and a lot of teams have him off their board completely." ...
An AFC college scout made it simpler regarding Jenkins: "He's not a bad person. He just makes a lot of dumb, dumb mistakes. He just smokes and (has sex), and that's essentially what it is. … And there's just awful decision-making associated with that. I don't think he's a bad person. But he has a lot of soul-searching to do. I wouldn't touch him in the first round."...
"The problem is, at least my impression was, he doesn't see the error in his ways," said another AFC personnel director. "He came off like he doesn't see an issue with any of it. He doesn't think it's a big deal. And he thinks he's got it under control. … But Janoris' problems go far beyond the drug use. He's got four babies by three mamas, and he's not even in the league yet. That invites tons of problems and will make him a target when he gets into the league, too." ...
"Physically, he may be the best," said another AFC college scout. "It's either him or Claiborne. But if someone takes him in the first round, I'm telling you right now, I'm gonna think it's a dumb move. … I wouldn't touch him in the first round under any circumstance."
Speculation holds that either Cincinnati or New England, both of whom have multiple first-round picks and a history of taking chances on players with character concerns, could be the team that takes Jenkins.
Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald writes that Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill “is the likely choice” for the Dolphins at #8 overall. Salguero adds that ”every sign points to” Miami pairing Tannehill with his former head coach Mike Sherman.
Salguero mentions that the Dolphins could consider taking Mississippi DT Fletcher Cox as well.
-Devon Still no longer a first round lock. He doesn't make enough big plays.
-Along with Gilmore, Boykin and Hosley are also risers. One scout says Boykin is better then Jenkins even if he didn't have baggage.
-Mike Martin is rising. Possible 2nd or 3rd rounder
-A few other notes about later round picks.