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By Jonathan Bales

2011 NFL Draft Team Notes

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Throughout this offseason, I have compiled a list of team and player notes for the upcoming draft.  The majority of them are from local newspapers, as beat reporters often gain a better sense of a team’s plans than, oh I don’t know, ESPN.  Keep in mind at least some of this information is bound to be “fluff,” but it’s still possible and valuable to get a sense of teams’ intentions. . .particularly those selecting ahead of Dallas.

1.  Carolina Panthers (2-14)
  • Mixed reviews on Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert…appears Newton is the guy and Gabbert “interest” has been feigned or a media creation
  • Nick Fairley not a legitimate option
  • If they go defense, it will be Marcell Dareus or Patrick Peterson (Dareus looking more likely), but quarterback still the favorite
2.  Denver Broncos (4-12)
  • Worked out Von Miller and Peterson also an option
  • Dareus looks like heavy favorite if he’s still on the board
3.  Buffalo Bills (4-12)
  • Quarterback looks likely, and they appear more interested in Newton than Gabbert
  • If not quarterback, they will go defensive front seven, and Von Miller looks to be the guy
  • Dareus, DaQuan Bowers, Miller, Newton, and Gabbert all in the mix, but Newton WILL be the pick if available
4.  Cincinnati Bengals (4-12)
  • Have eyes on Prince Amukamara, but probably too early
  • Prefer Julio Jones to A.J. Green
  • Quarterback might be favorite though…rumors they won’t let Gabbert past them
5.  Arizona Cardinals (5-11)
  • Quarterback interest…Gabbert seems to be favorite
  • Chris Mortensen said they WILL take him if they can
  • If not, they really like Von Miller
6.  Cleveland Browns (5-11)
  • Fairley a BIG option here,
  • Initially heard they WILL target D-Lineman, but apparently AJ Green still in play
7.  San Francisco 49ers (6-10)
  • Linked to Robert Quinn
8.  Tennessee Titans (6-10)
  • Quarterback an option
9.  Dallas Cowboys (6-10)
  • Cameron Jordan interest
  • Apparently LOVE Tyron Smith and he’s the favorite
  • Peterson atop their board and could make a move for him
  • Won’t take Amukamara
  • Interest in Gabe Carimi if they move down
10.  Washington Redskins (6-10)
  • No interest in running back
11.  Houston Texans (6-10)
  • Love Justin Houston
  • Amukamara probably the favorite
12.  Minnesota Vikings(6-10)
  • Heavy interest in Jake Locker, but at No. 12?
13.  Detroit Lions (6-10)
  • Interested in Nate Solder and Anthony Castonzo, but only if top CB isn’t available
  • Do they consider Amukamara or Jimmy Smith “top” CB?
14. St. Louis Rams (7-9)
  • Really, really high on Julio Jones
  • Word is they’ll take a D-Lineman or Mark Ingram if Julio is gone
  • Interest in Ryan Kerrigan and Corey Liuget, but is it too early for them?
15. Miami Dolphins (7-9)
  • Is quarterback possible?
  • Mark Ingram logical, but other needs
16.  Jacksonville Jaguars (8-8)
  • Heavy Kerrigan interest
17. New England Patriots- from Oakland (8-8)
  • Won’t take JJ Watt because of agent
  • Interest in Pouncey (maybe later pick)
18. San Diego Chargers (9-7)
  • Cameron Heyward a target
  • Almost 100 percent a DE or OLB
  • Interest in Jordan, Muhammad Wilkerson, and Watt
  • Also REALLY like Kerrigan, however, and he appears to be favorite if still on board
19.  New York Giants (10-6)
  • Appear set to take top-rated offensive tackle
20.  Tampa Bay Bucs (10-6)
  • N/A
21.  Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)
  • Could be in market for OT if they move Brandon Albert to OG
22. Indianapolis Colts (10-6)
  • Derek Sherrod interest
23. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)
  • Really like Amukamara
24. New Orleans Saints (11-5)
  • Almost 100 percent to take Wilkerson
25. Seattle Seahawks (7-9)
  • Not high on Locker
  • Really like Christian Ponder
  • VERY high on Jimmy Smith
26. Baltimore Ravens (12-4)
  • Sherrod interest
  • Houston interest
  • Lots of interest in Wilkerson
27. Atlanta Falcons (13-3)
  • Love Houston
28. New England Patriots (14-2)
  • Initially looked like WR here but now trade appears likely
  • Torrey Smith, Jonathan Baldwin still possible
29. Chicago Bears (11-5)
  • Sherrod and Carimi interest
  • Heavy contingent at Brooks Reed’s Pro Day
  • Liuget on radar
30.  New York Jets (11-5)
  • Almost certain to target pass-rusher
  • Interest in Phil Taylor
31.  Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)
  • Cornerback?
32.  Green Bay Packers (10-6)
  • Seeking edge-rusher
  • Like Brooks Reed

 

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6 Responses to 2011 NFL Draft Team Notes

  1. chris stallcup says:

    Apparently when a new cba is done washington wants to release mcnabb. They are targeting matt hasslebeck or vince young. How would you feel about having mcnabb as a backup?

  2. Tyrone Jenkins says:

    JB,

    Think the thinking of Dallas is exactly where it needs to be. I actually think it’d be worth the risk to trade down to mid teens (say to 14 w/ the Rams if Julio Jones still on the board or to 18 if Chargers see the need to move up to get their OLB/DE they need) and still get Tyron Smith.

    Definitely agree that Amukamara is not worth the #9 pick (Houston may want to move up to get him though).

  3. Chris–HORRIBLE. I would absolutely hate that. I despise McNabb more than just about any player, but he’s also a horrible fit in Dallas’ offense. He needs to go to a West Coast team.

    Tyrone–If they have Castonzo, Carimi, or whoever rated close to Smith, it is worth the move. I’d personally prefer Smith at No. 9 to Carimi at No. 14, but I’d take Ijalana at 14 over Smith at 9.

  4. willis says:

    Chris that would be unconscionable. I could not stand having Mcflab as our backup. I absolutely love Kitna’s fire and would really like to have another guy like that when he’s gone. But for right now, I don’t think there is any doubt (in my mind anyway) that he is the best backup in the league.

    I know I’ve said it before but I really believe one of the best scenarios would be trading down and grabbing Jordan or Watt(I prefer Watt for his blue chip mentality), then using our pick gained to trade back up and grab Carimi. If we get two solid players out of this draft that can be starters right away, I would put it in the W column… even if we draft Jamar Wall again.

  5. Rick says:

    Where’d you hear that Tyron Smith is the favorite and Amukamara is not in consideration? Not that that, would upset me, but where’d you hear it?

  6. Willis–I’d have no problem at all with a Watt or Jordan and Carimi or Ijalana combo. Two immediate impact players.

    Rick–I am trying to find that source…I believe I saw it on Rotoworld, but I want to say the source was National Football Post…take it for what you will.

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