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Updated 32-Team 2011 NFL Draft Notes

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Jonathan Bales

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)
  • Cam Newton appears like heavy, heavy favorite
  • Blaine Gabbert does not appear to be option
  • 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 considered an option
  • Dareus looks like heavy favorite if he’s still on the board
  • Not much Peterson talk
3.  Buffalo Bills (4-12)
  • Initially rumored to be targeting a quarterback, but now Von Miller looks like favorite
  • Cam Newton will probably be pick if he is available, but unlikely
4.  Cincinnati Bengals (4-12)
  • Have eyes on Prince Amukamara, but probably too early
  • Rumors all over the place: some beat writers say Gabbert, others say A.J. Green, others say Patrick Peterson
  • I would say A.J. Green now favorite
5.  Arizona Cardinals (5-11)
  • Initial reports said Blaine Gabbert the pick, but Von Miller supposedly higher on their board
  • Also high on Patrick Peterson
6.  Cleveland Browns (5-11)
  • Fairley a BIG option here,
  • Initially heard they WILL target D-Lineman, but apparently AJ Green still in play
  • Latest rumors say they are targeting A.J. Green, Von Miller and Patrick Peterson
7.  San Francisco 49ers (6-10)
  • Linked to Robert Quinn
  • Peterson reportedly No. 1 on their board
  • Don’t rule out Amukamara
8.  Tennessee Titans (6-10)
  • Quarterback an option, but rumors they won’t possibly pass on Fairley
9.  Dallas Cowboys (6-10)
  • Check specific Cowboys notes tomorrow. . .a lot of good new information
10.  Washington Redskins (6-10)
  • No interest in running back
  • Said to be targeting a wide receiver or quarterback
11.  Houston Texans (6-10)
  • Love Justin Houston
  • Amukamara probably the favorite
  • Said to be targeting a defender even ahead of Julio Jones, with Aldon Smith also an option
12.  Minnesota Vikings(6-10)
  • Mixed signals on Jake Locker
  • Robert Quinn, DaQuan Bowers and Ryan Kerrigan all possible
  • Latest news is they want Gabbert but will take Bowers if they can’t get him, but some think Locker the real favorite
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?
  • Latest news is DaQuan Bowers and Aldon Smith are favorites
14. St. Louis Rams (7-9)
  • Really, really high on Julio Jones
  • Word is they’ll take a D-Lineman if Jones off board, unlikely to trade up
  • Interest in Ryan Kerrigan
  • Latest news is Corey Liuget is not only an option, but the favorite
  • Not high on Cameron Jordan
15. Miami Dolphins (7-9)
  • Is quarterback possible?
  • Mark Ingram logical, but other needs
  • Many reporters saying they would be “shocked” if Ingram the pick
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)
  • Could trade this pick, and if they move up they like Robert Quinn and Julio Jones
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
  • Like Mark Ingram a lot
  • Heavy interest in Ben Ijalana
  • Like Akeem Ayers
20.  Tampa Bay Bucs (10-6)
  • Will take Bowers if he falls
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
  • Jimmy Smith interest appears real
24. New Orleans Saints (11-5)
  • Initial report:  “almost 100 percent to take Wilkerson”
  • Now reportedly like Cameron Heyward and a cornerback (probably Jimmy Smith)
25. Seattle Seahawks (7-9)
  • Definitely not high on Locker, but really like Ryan Mallett and he is a legitimate option here
  • Really like Christian Ponder and Andy Dalton
  • VERY high on Jimmy Smith
26. Baltimore Ravens (12-4)
  • Sherrod interest
  • Houston interest
  • Lots of interest in Wilkerson, and he is the favorite
  • Liuget, Reed and Heyward also possibilities, but definitely looks like a front seven defender
27. Atlanta Falcons (13-3)
  • Love Houston
  • Beat reporters say Akeem Ayers and Kyle Rudolph the targets
28. New England Patriots (14-2)
  • Initially looked like WR here but now trade appears likely
  • Torrey Smith, Jonathan Baldwin still possible
  • Mark Ingram looks very likely here if they stay in pick
  • Akeem Ayers interest
29. Chicago Bears (11-5)
  • Carimi interest
  • Said to have Sherrod interest and worked him out, but then GM said they don’t have first-round grade on him
  • Heavy contingent at Brooks Reed’s Pro Day
  • Liuget on radar
  • Mike Pouncey might be the favorite
  • Marvin Austin a fit and they have shown interest
30.  New York Jets (11-5)
  • Almost certain to target pass-rusher, and Brooks Reed might be their favorite
  • Interest in Phil Taylor
  • Like Akeem Ayers
  • Keep hearing those three names
31.  Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)
  • Cornerback. . .very, very interested in Aaron Williams
32.  Green Bay Packers (10-6)
  • Seeking edge-rusher
  • Like Brooks Reed

 

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12 Responses to Updated 32-Team 2011 NFL Draft Notes

  1. Jonny Danger says:

    Patrick Peterson or Nick Fairley 2 da Boys,If da Jets can move up 2 get Revis we can jump & get Peterson!

  2. Andrew says:

    I’m Andrew today (this is Tyrone)

  3. Tyrone Jenkins says:

    Naw, I’ll be Tyrone legitimately,

    Nice info. I’m thinking that PP falling to 6 is about 30% chance. If he gets by Cincy, he’ll be avail at 6 for Cleveland who can probably get their d lineman at 9 (making a trade posible).

  4. Rick says:

    “10. Washington Redskins (6-10)
    No interest in running back
    Said to be targeting a wide receiver or running back”

    Umm….

  5. Rick..Oops! Typo..that should have read “Said to be targeting a wide receiver or quarterback.”

  6. Deron says:

    This will be an interesting draft.

    The first three rounds of the draft usually play out the way they were supposed to; the top ten guys are better than the next ten, those guys are better than the next ten and so on. In other words, from one pick to the next there’s not much difference, but each successive group of ten shows a big dropoff.

    http://theresastatforthat.blogspot.com/2011/04/nfl-draft-how-good-were-top-100-picks.html

  7. Jonny Danger says:

    Had to watch Justin Houston again. This guy is very high on my list, I know 9 may be a reach to many of you but his first step is remarkable and he is just all over the place. Maybe I’m seeing to much and not using my common sense but I really enjoy watching him play the game. I’m very much in J.J Watt’s corner as well because I see him as a safe pick and someone who will work his ass off for this team and look good in a Dallas Uniform. However I’m quickly becoming enamored with Houston. I see him going to the Texans in some Mocks and I would have no problem Dallas taking him at 9.

    Few other players I would like to see us land in the first not necessarily at 9. (Obviously Peterson and Dareus but almost no way we get them) More reasonable and obtainable picks for me would be Aldon Smith, Robert Quinn, Castanzo, Cairimi, Tyron Smith(not at 9), Cameron Jordan and Phil Taylor

  8. Tyrone Jenkins says:

    I’m still at a loss as to the enamour everyone seems to have for a DE in the 1st round. Although the DEs were less than stellar last year, they were at least “serviceable.” However, there isn’t a single person on the team (outside of Free) that can play RT with at least the minimum level of performance. Same thing for FS.

    Couple that with the fact that this draft is EXTREMELY strong in the DE/DT category. Kenrick Ellis is a good NT prospect that can be had in the 2nd round. Jerrell Powe is another that will probably go in the 3rd. Other potential prospects (both for DE or NT) include Jarvis Jenkins, Stephen Paea and Jurrell Casey.

    There are VERY few prospects that project to be good RT candidatesoutside of potentials of Smith, Carimi, Costanzo, Solder and Ijalana (all of which are projected to be selected prior to Dallas’ 2nd round pick).

    Would Dallas rather have a combination of Watt, Jordan or Houston and Sherrod or Cannon
    OR
    Smith, Carimi, Costanzo, Ijalana and Ellis or Powe?

    I think JB did an article on this previously…

    Dallas’ needs THIS year are right tackle (unless a left tackle is obtained and Free is moved) and free safety as right at this moment, there is NO starting right tackle or free safety on the team (Columbo and Ball are not starting quality). Obtaining a “better” DE, CB, RB, ILB or any other position is a LUXURY.

  9. Tyrone Jenkins says:

    Caviot to previous post!

    Patrick Peterson is #1 on about 5 draft analyst boards (cbssports.com, espn.com, Mel Kiper Jr big board, etc.). Walterfootball.com has the “average” or consensus ranking of nfl prospects here:

    http://walterfootball.com/draft2011bigboard.php

    Patrick Peterson, by leaps and bounds, is the best player to fit a Cowboys position of immediate need (free safety). I think that Dallas’ FS need is so immergent, that they should trade their 1st, 3rd and 5th round picks with Cleveland for their #6 pick. Those pics (#9, #71 and #143) has a value of 1619.5 according to most NFL draft trade value charts – the #6 pick is valued at 1600. Basically, if Patrick Peterson is available when Cleveland is on the clock, the Cowboys can address the 2nd highest need on the team with a player who is the consensus best player available in this years draft.

    This has GOT to be the most desirable option for Dallas. If that doesn’t come to fruition, then target a RT.

  10. Tyrone Jenkins says:

    Meant to write “Those pics (9, 71 and 143) HAVE a value…

  11. Deron..that is a hell of a site..awesome info..I like that a lot, and it confirms the idea that, although the draft is “random,” it is still predictable over the long-haul, i.e. team can hit or miss at any time, but the chances of a hit decreases at a staggeringly succinct rate as the draft goes on.

  12. Tyrone..I think I would do the trade you mention, but I would really prefer to get another pick back in the deal, even if it is a 7th. Even in a weak draft class, it is nice to have numbers.

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