2012 NFL Draft

Eagles reportedly interested in trading up to No. 4

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that the Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams are interested in trading up for the 4th pick in the draft.

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Could the Eagles target Tannehill?

It’s fairly safe to assume that the Rams would be targeting Justin Blackmon, but the Eagles interest is not as clear.

Blackmon would certainly add another dimension to their offense, and Morris Claiborne would shore up a shaky secondary.

But the biggest name on the board would be Ryan Tannehill, who the Eagles have met with this offseason and reportedly are very high on. It would be tough to justify spending a high pick on a quarterback so soon after locking up Michael Vick, but Eagles are one franchise definitely not concerned with conforming to what the general public believes is right.

Regardless of who the target may be, it’s difficult to see how any player on the board at No. 4 would be worth what it would cost for the Eagles to move up from No. 15.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2012 NFL Draft, Eagles Comments Off

Texans looking to upgrade secondary

The Houston Texans typically don’t use their pre-draft visits on highly rated players, so there’s usually very little we can learn from their list of visits. However, an interesting trend seems to be developing this year.

Of the Texans 10 visits/workouts we’ve learned of, six of the players are defensive backs (three corners, three safeties).

None of the prospects will be 1st-round picks, with the highest rated player likely being Boise State safety George Iloka, but it’s likely more than just coincidence that the Texans are studying up on so many defensive backs.

Given this trend, and the Texans recent struggles with their secondary, it’s hard to imagine them not addressing the position at some point on draft day. And while none of the reported visits will be 1st-round targets, it’s worth considering the possibility that they may address that need early in the draft, possibly with strong safety Mark Barron in the 1st round.

For more info, follow our Draft Visit Tracker, updated daily. 

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2012 NFL Draft, Texans Comments Off

Titans looking to draft a receiver?

When healthy, Kenny Britt is a legitimate No. 1. But the Tennessee Titans may be looking for some insurance behind Britt, who is coming off a devastating season-ending knee injury.

The Titans have met with Michael Floyd and Alshon Jeffery, both of whom will be either 1st or 2nd round picks.

It may be tough for the Titans to land Floyd, who will likely be gone before the Titans are on the clock. Jeffery, however, could be an option in either the 1st or 2nd round.

It’s worth noting that both Floyd and Jeffery are considered possession receivers, and have to the ability to fight for the ball in traffic. Targeting this type of receiver makes sense if the Titans plan to use second-year quarterback Jake Locker for the majority of the 2012 season.

For more info, follow our Draft Visit Tracker, updated daily. 

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2012 NFL Draft, Titans Comments Off

Chiefs likely to draft QB early

The Kansas City Chiefs paid good money to bring Matt Cassel into the fold in 2009, but three years into his tenure he’s shown limited improvement. Now, with three years and just over $21M remaining on his contract, the Chiefs are starting to look for his eventual replacement.

The Chiefs have already arranged visits with Ryan Tannehill, Kirk Cousins and Brock Osweiler, each of whom should come off the board no later than the 3rd round.

While I am generally against Ryan Tannehill going in the 1st round, the Chiefs would be a good fit. Tannehill is still learning the position and getting thrust into a starting role could be detrimental to his long-term development. In Kansas City, however, there will be no pressure to play right away. The Chiefs could stick with Cassel for at least one more year, if not longer.

Cousins and Osweiler are Day 2 prospects, who the Chiefs may consider in the early 2nd round. Cousins is more ready to play immediately, but Osweiler has the higher ceiling.

For more info, follow our Draft Visit Tracker, updated daily. 

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2012 NFL Draft, Chiefs Comments Off

Panthers targeting receiver in 1st round?

Most mock drafts have the Carolina Panthers matched up with a defensive lineman in the 1st round, but their recent pre-draft visits may indicate another strategy.

Visits don’t necessarily translate to genuine interest in a player but when teams take a closer look at multiple players at the same position, that’s usually a good indication of where their interests lie.

The Panthers have already arranged visits with Justin Blackmon, Michael Floyd and Kendall Wright – the only three consensus 1st-round receivers.

This certainly doesn’t mean the Panthers are locked in to this approach – they’ve also visited two two potential top-10 defensive linemen – but it does indicate they’re at least entertaining the idea of upgrading the talent around Cam Newton.

Personally, I think it would be a wise choice. After spending two 3rd-round picks on defensive tackles in 2011, there’s no need to bring in another rookie so soon. This is Cam Newton’s team, and they would be wise to give him all the support he needs to flourish.

For more info, follow our Draft Visit Tracker, updated daily. 

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2012 NFL Draft, Panthers 2 Comments

Patriots showing interest in cornerbacks

The New England Patriots lack of depth in the secondary forced them to turn to a couple of receivers to play on the defensive side of the ball this past season, so it should come as no surprise that the team is doing its homework on some cornerback prospects for the upcoming draft.

The Patriots may be willing to roll the dice on the injury-plagued Bolden.

Most mock drafts have linked the Patriots to a cornerback (or two) with their four 1st and 2nd round picks. But since they’re looking for depth more than just one playmaker, they don’t necessarily need to spend a high pick on the position.

The Patriots have reportedly scheduled pre-draft visits with LSU cornerback Ron Brooks and Omar Bolden of Arizona State.

Both prospects should come off the board no earlier than the 3rd round, but could each compete for playing time immediately in the Patriots secondary.

Bolden could be of particular interest to the Patriots, who aren’t afraid to gamble on prospects with high upside. Bolden’s stock has fallen considerably after missing most of the 2008 and all of the 2011 season with injuries. But when healthy, Bolden, who was a starter since his freshman year at Arizona State, has shown legitimate starter potential.

For more info, follow our Draft Visit Tracker, updated daily. 

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2012 NFL Draft, Patriots Comments Off

Jets targeting RB in draft?

The New York Jets have scheduled a pre-draft visit with Utah State running back Robert Turbin, a projected Day Two pick.

Running back is definitely not a glaring hole on the Jets roster, but with LaDainian Tomlinson hitting the free agent market and without another proven running back on the roster, the Jets may be willing to spend a high pick on Shonn Green’s new backup.

If the Jets are looking to bring someone in to share the load with Green, Turbin would make sense. Like Green, he’s a short but stocky power runner with just enough athleticism to break off some big runs. The combination of Green and Turbin, with Joe McKnight as the third option, would give the Jets a formidable backfield.

It could be worth keeping an eye on the Jets visits this offseason to gauge their interest in adding a running back. Bernard Pierce and Chris Polk could be some other options in the 3rd or 4th-round range that may fit the mold for which they’re looking to fill.

For more info, follow our Draft Visit Tracker, updated daily. 

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2012 NFL Draft, Jets Comments Off

2012 Draft Visit Tracker

In the weeks leading up to the draft, each team is permitted to invite 30 draft-eligible prospects to their team facilities for a “visit” (not a workout). During these visits teams conduct interviews and often will conduct medical examinations as well. Additionally, teams are permitted to host “workouts” for any players who attended college or live in the greater metro area of the team’s facilities [e.g. the Bengals can workout any player who attended Cincinnati or who lives in Cincinnati, even if he attended another school]. Players who receive the most visit invitations are often those with some type of off-field concern (character or medical)

Buffalo Bills
QB - Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
QB - Kirk Cousins, Michigan State
QB - Brock Osweiler, Arizona State
RB - Trent Richardson, Alabama
WR - Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
OT - Jonathan Martin, Stanford
DE - Bruce Irvin, West Virginia
DE - Andre Branch, Clemson
LB – Tank Carder, TCU
CB - Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama 

Miami Dolphins
QB - Brock Osweiler, Arizona State
RB – Zach Brown, Pittsburgh
RB – Travaris Cadet, Appalachian State
WR – Darius Reynolds, Iowa State
WR – Marvin McNutt, Iowa
WR - Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
WR - Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
TE – Adrien Robinson, Cincinnati
OT - Bobby Massie, Ole Miss
OG - Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State
OG – Desmond Wynn, Rutgers
OG - Brandon Brooks, Miami OH
C – Tyler Horn, Miami FL
DE - Quinton Coples, North Carolina
DE - Melvin Ingram, South Carolina
DE - Bruce Irvin, West Virginia
DT - Michael Brockers, LSU
LB - Lavonte David, Nebraska
LB – Korey Toomer, Idaho
CB - Trumain Johnson, Montana
CB – Antonio Fenelus, Wisconsin
CB – Chris Greenwood, Albion
CB - Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech
S – Brandon Taylor, LSU

New England Patriots
WR – Josh Bellamy, Louisville
DE - Nick Perry, USC
DT - Michael Brockers, LSU
LB - Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma
LB - Bruce Irvin, West Virginia
LB – Ryan Davis, Bethune-Cookman
CB – Ron Brooks, LSU
CB – Omar Bolden, Arizona State
S – Tony Dye, UCLA
S – Jordan Bernstine, Iowa

New York Jets
QB – Dan Di Lella, Albany
RB - Robert Turbin, Utah State
WR - Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
WR - Rueben Randle, LSU
WR - Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina
WR - Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers
WR – Chris Givens, Wake Forest
OT – Jeff Adams, Columbia
OT – Joe Long, Wayne State
OT - Bobby Massie, Ole Miss
OG – Robert Griffin, Baylor
OG – Ronald Leary, Memphis
C – Ben Jones, Georgia
DE - Chandler Jones, Syracuse
DE – Josue Ortiz, Harvard
DE - Melvin Ingram, South Carolina
DT - Michael Brockers, LSU
LB - Bruce Irvin, West Virginia
LB - Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma
LB - Zach Brown, North Carolina
LB – Cameron Collins, Oregon State
CB - Trumain Johnson, Montana
S - Harrison Smith, Notre Dame 
S – Josh Bush, Wake Forest
S – Jerron McMillan, Maine
S – Trevor Coston, Maine
S – Brandon Taylor, LSU
S – Chad Faulcon, Montclair State
P –  Brian Stahovich, San Diego State

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Baltimore Ravens
WR – Nelson Rosario, UCLA
WR - A.J. Jenkins, Illinois
C - Peter Konz, Wisconsin
C – Ben Jones, Georgia
DE - Cam Johnson, Virginia
LB - Mychal Kendricks, California
CB - Josh Robinson, Central Florida
CB – Ron Brooks, LSU
CB - Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama
CB – Buddy Jackson, Pittsburgh
S – Phillip Thomas, Syracuse

Cincinnati Bengals
RB - David Wilson, Virginia Tech
WR - Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
WR – Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers
WR – Devin Goda, Slippery Rock
WR – Marvin McNutt, Iowa
C – Ben Jones, Georgia
DT - Michael Brockers, LSU
LB – Korey Toomer, Idaho
LB - Luke Kuechly, Boston College

Cleveland Browns
QB - Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
QB - Kirk Cousins, Michigan State
QB - Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State
RB - Trent Richardson, Alabama
RB - Doug Martin, Boise State
RB - David Wilson, Virginia Tech
RB - Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati
WR - Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
WR - Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
TE - Ladarius Green, Louisana-Lafayette
OT - Jonathan Martin, Stanford
OT - Matt Kalil, USC
OT – Mitchell Schwartz, California
DE - Whitney Mercilus, Illinois
DE - Bruce Irvin, West Virginia
DT - Michael Brockers, LSU
CB - Morris Claiborne, LSU
P –  Brian Stahovich, San Diego State

Pittsburgh Steelers
RB - Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati
WR - T.Y. Hilton, Florida International
WR – Toney Clemons, Colorado
OT - Mike Adams, Ohio State
OT - Jonathan Martin, Stanford
OT - Bobby Massie, Ole Miss
OG - Brandon Brooks, Miami OH
DE – Akiem Hicks, Regina
DE – Derek Wolfe, Cincinnati
LB - Mychal Kendricks, California
LB – Jerrell Harris, Alabama
LB - Cam Johnson, Virginia
CB – Keith Tandy, West Virginia
LS – Zach Nolan, Stanford

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Houston Texans
WR – Mario Lewis, Grambling
OT - Jonathan Martin, Stanford
DT – Ronnie Cameron, Old Dominion
LB - Mychal Kendricks, California
CB – Ron Brooks, LSU
CB – Jeremy Lane, Northwestern State
CB – Lionel Smith, Texas A&M
S - Tavon Wilson, Illinois
S – George Iloka, Boise State
S – Kelcie McCray, Arkansas State
K – Randy Bullock, Texas A&M

Indianapolis Colts
QB - Andrew Luck, Stanford
TE – Adrien Robinson, Cincinnati
DE – Tim Fugger, Vanderbilt
DE – Matt Conrath, Virginia
CB – Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama
S - Tavon Wilson, Illinois

Jacksonville Jaguars
WR - A.J. Jenkins, Illinois
TE – Adrien Robinson, Cincinnati
TE – Matt Veldman, North Dakota State
OG – Ronald Leary, Memphis
DE – Nick Perry, USC
DE – Tyrone Crawford, Boise State
DT - Michael Brockers, LSU
DT – Ronnie Cameron, Old Dominion
LB – Ryan Davis, Bethune-Cookman
LB – Tahir Whitehead, Temple
CB – Chris Greenwood, Albion
CB - Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech
CB - Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama  
S – Chad Faulcon, Montclair State

Tennessee Titans
RB - Trent Richardson, Alabama
WR - Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
WR - Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina
WR - Kendall Wright, Baylor
WR – Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech
C – Gino Gradkowski, Delaware
C - Peter Konz, Wisconsin
DE – Tim Fugger, Vanderbilt
DE – Ernest Owusu, California
DE - Melvin Ingram, South Carolina
DE - Bruce Irvin, West Virginia
DT - Josh Chapman, Alabama
DT - Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State
DT - Michael Brockers, LSU
LB – Zach Brown, North Carolina
LB – Bobby Wagner, Utah State
LB - Luke Kuechly, Boston College
CB – Chris Greenwood, Albion
CB – Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina
CB - Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt
CB - Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama 
S – Sean Richardson, Vanderbilt

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Denver Broncos
QB - Brock Osweiler, Arizona State
RB - Robert Turbin, Utah State
OT – Levy Adcock, Oklahoma State
OG – Austin Wuebbles, Missouri

Kansas City Chiefs
QB - Brock Osweiler, Arizona State
QB - Kirk Cousins, Michigan State
QB - Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
RB - Doug Martin, Boise State
RB – Cyrus Gray, Texas A&M
WR - Juron Criner, Arizona
WR - A.J. Jenkins, Illinois
WR – Marvin McNutt, Iowa
TE – James Hanna, Oklahoma
OT - Mitchell Schwartz, California
C – Ben Jones, Georgia
DE - Bruce Irvin, West Virginia
DT – Drew Nowak, Western Michigan
DT - Michael Brockers, LSU
CB - Trumain Johnson, Montana
S – Brandon Taylor, LSU

Oakland Raiders
RB – Derrick Coleman, UCLA
WR – Devin Goda, Slippery Rock
WR – Derek Carrier, Beloit
TE – Andre Hardy, Cal-State Fullerton
OT – Steven Baker, East Carolina
DE – Claude Davis, South Florida
DT - Josh Chapman, Alabama
LB – Alex Hoffman-Ellis, Washington State
LB – Kaelin Burnett, Nevada
LB – Sammy Brown, Houston
S – Jordan Bernstine, Iowa

San Diego Chargers
DE – Donavan Robinson, Jackson State
DT – Ronnie Cameron, Old Dominion
LB - Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma
S – D.J. Capbell, California
S – Tavon Wilson, Illinois

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Dallas Cowboys
QB – Nathan Dick, Central Arkansas
RB - Cyrus Gray, Texas A&M
RB - Doug Martin, Boise State
WR – Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M
OG - David DeCastro, Stanford
OG - Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin
OG - Cordy Glenn, Georgia
OG – Ronald Leary, Memphis
OG - Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State
C - Peter Konz, Wisconsin
DT - Dontari Poe, Memphis
DT - Michael Brockers, LSU
LB – Tank Carder, TCU
LB – Korey Toomer, Idaho
LB - Courntey Upshaw, Alabama
LB - Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma
CB - Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama 
CB – Ron Brooks, LSU
CB - Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt
CB – Chris Greenwood, Albion
CB – Lionel Smith, Texas A&M
S – Mark Barron, Alabama
S – D.J. Campbell, California
S - Harrison Smith, Notre Dame 

New York Giants
QB – Dan Di Lella, Albany
QB – Matt Simms, Tennessee
WR - Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers
WR – Devon Wylie, Fresno State
DE – Ryan Davis, Bethune-Cookman
DE – Josue Ortiz, Harvard
DT – Ronnie Cameron, Old Dominion
LB – Korey Toomer, Idaho
LB – Tahir Whitehead, Temple
CB – Omar Bolden, Arizona State
S – Jerron McMillan, Maine

Philadelphia Eagles
QB - Kirk Cousins, Michigan State
QB - Nick Foles, Arizona
QB - Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
WR - Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
C – Gino Gradkowski, Delaware
C – Ben Jones, Georgia
DT – Ronnie Cameron, Old Dominion
DT - Dontari Poe, Memphis
DT - Michael Brockers, LSU
CB - Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama
CB – Omar Bolden, Arizona State
CB - Trumain Johnson, Montana
S – Jordan Bernstine, Iowa
S – Janzen Jackson, McNeese State

Washington Redskins
OT – Donald Stephenson, Oklahoma
DT - Michael Brockers, LSU
CB – Keith Tandy, West Virginia
S – Phillip Thomas, Syracuse
S – Kelcie McCray, Arkansas State

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Chicago Bears
WR - Kendall Wright, Baylor
WR - Rueben Randle, LSU
TE – Adrien Robinson, Cincinnati
OT – Ronald Leary, Memphis
DE – Tim Fugger, Vanderbilt
DE - Bruce Irvin, West Virginia
CB – Keith Tandy, West Virginia
CB - Trumain Johnson, Montana

Detroit Lions
RB - LaMichael James, Oregon
RB - Derrick Coleman, UCLA
OT - Mike Adams, Ohio State
OT - Jonathan Martin, Stanford
OG - Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State
OG - Brandon Brooks, Miami OH
OG - Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State
DE - Braylon Broughton, TCU
DE - Whitney Mercilus, Illinois
DE – Tyrone Crawford, Boise State
LB – Kaelin Burnett, Nevada
CB – Josh Norman, Coastal Carolina
CB - Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama 

Green Bay Packers
TE – Adrien Robinson, Cincinnati
C – Chris Anzevino, Kent State
C – Gino Gradkowski, Delaware
DT – Drew Nowak, Western Michigan
LB - Bobby Wagner, Utah State

Minnesota Vikings
WR - Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
WR - Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina
WR - Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
TE – James Hanna, Oklahoma
OT - Jonathan Martin, Stanford
OT - Matt Kalil, USC
OT – Tom Compton, South Dakota State
OG – Amini Solatolu, Midwestern State
CB - Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama 
CB - Trumain Johnson, Montana
CB – Ron Brooks, LSU
CB – Lionel Smith, Texas A&M
CB - Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt
CB - Morris Claiborne, LSU
S – D.J. Campbell, California
K – Greg Zuerlein, Missouri Western

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Atlanta Falcons
RB - David Wilson, Virginia Tech
WR – Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
TE - Ladarius Green, Louisana-Lafayette
TE – Adrien Robinson, Cincinnati
OT - Donald Stephenson, Oklahoma
OT – Mitchell Scwartz, California
OT – Dennis Kelly, Purdue
OG - Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State
C – Ben Jones, Georgia
C – Gino Gradkowski, Delaware
DE - Melvin Ingram, South Carolina
DE - Andre Branch, Clemson
DE – Tim Fugger, Vanderbilt
DE – Kournei Brown, Clemson
DT – Brandon Thompson, Clemson
DT - Josh Chapman, Alabama
LB - Mychal Kendricks, California
CB - Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt
CB - Trumain Johnson, Montana
S - Tavon Wilson, Illinois

Carolina Panthers
WR - Kendall Wright, Baylor
WR - Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
WR - Rueben Randle, LSU
WR - Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
WR – Joe Adams, Arkansas
OT – Ronald Leary, Memphis
OG - Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State
DE - Chandler Jones, Syracuse
DE - Quinton Coples, North Carolina
DE - Bruce Irvin, West Virginia
DT - Michael Brockers, LSU
DT - Dontari Poe, Memphis
DT - Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State
DT - Jerel Worthy, Michigan State
LB - Luke Kuechly, Boston College
CB - Morris Claiborne, LSU
CB - Trumain Johnson, Montana
S – George Iloka, Boise State
S – Kelcie McCray, Arkansas State

New Orleans Saints
TE - Ladarius Green, Louisana-Lafayette
TE – Adrien Robinson, Cincinnati
OG – Rishaw Johnson, California (PA)
DE – Donavan Robinson, Jackson State
CB – Lionel Smith, Texas A&M

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
RB - David Wilson, Virginia Tech
RB - Trent Richardson, Alabama
WR – Josh Bellamy, Louisville
WR - Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
TE - Ladarius Green, Louisana-Lafayette
DE - Quinton Coples, North Carolina
DT - Michael Brockers, LSU
LB – Tank Carder, TCU
LB – Korey Toomer, Idaho
CB - Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama
CB - Morris Claiborne, LSU
CB – Ron Brooks, LSU
S - Tavon Wilson, Illinois

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Arizona Cardinals
WR - Juron Criner, Arizona
WR - Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
OT - Jonathan Martin, Stanford
OT – Dennis Kelly, Purdue
DE – Matt Conrath, Virginia
DT – Ronnie Cameron, Old Dominion
LB – Ryan Davis, Bethune-Cookman
CB – Chris Greenwood, Albion
CB – Omar Bolden, Arizona State
CB - Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech
S – George Iloka, Boise State
S - Tavon Wilson, Illinois

St. Louis Rams
RB - Trent Richardson, Alabama
RB - Doug Martin, Boise State
WR - Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
WR - Rueben Randle, LSU
WR - Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
OT - Matt Kalil, USC
OT – Ronald Leary, Memphis
OG - Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State
C – Ben Jones, Georgia
DT – Alameda Ta’amu, Washington
DT - Jerel Worthy, Michigan State
DT - Michael Brockers, LSU
LB - Mychal Kendricks, California
CB - Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama 
CB - Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama
CB - Dwight Bentley, La-Lafayette 

San Francisco 49ers
RB - Robert Turbin, Utah State
RB - David Wilson, Virginia Tech
WR - Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
WR - Rueben Randle, LSU
WR - A.J. Jenkins, Illinois
C - Chris Anzevino, Kent State
LB – D.J. Holt, California
CB – Jeremy Lane, Northwestern State
S – Jordan Bernstine, Iowa

Seattle Seahawks
RB – Derrick Coleman, UCLA
WR – Josh Bellamy, Louisville
WR – Derek Carrier, Beloit
TE – Adrien Robinson, Cincinnati
DE – Matt Conrath, Virginia
DT - Michael Brockers, LSU
LB – Korey Toomer, Idaho
CB – Ron Brooks, LSU
CB – Donnie Fletcher, Boston College
S – George Iloka, Boise State

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2012 NFL Draft 16 Comments

Lions looking to beef up offensive line through draft

The Detroit Lions are looking to improve their offensive line this offseason, and will apparently be looking for help from their incoming rookie class.

The Lions have already hosted three offensive linemen – Mike Adams, Kelechi Osemele and Brandon Brooks – for pre-draft visits.

Are the Lions targeting Mike Adams?

It’s worth noting that all three players tip the scales at a minimum of 320 pounds, indicating the Lions may be looking to beef up their line in an effort to improve their run blocking efforts, which ranked 22nd in the league according to Pro Football Focus in 2011.

Adams, who played left tackle at Ohio State, is a potential 1st-round target and could be their replacement for free agent Jeff Backus.

Osemele and Brooks are both projected to play guard at the next level, although it’s worth noting that Osemele did play left tackle at Iowa State.

For more info, follow our Draft Visit Tracker, updated daily. 

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2012 NFL Draft, Lions Comments Off

Panthers showing interest in defensive linemen

The Carolina Panthers have been busy preparing for the NFL Draft, already hosting at least three players for pre-draft visits.

The Panthers have reportedly met with defensive tackle Michael Brockers and defensive ends Chandler Jones and Quinton Coples. Both Coples and Brockers are likely 1st rounders, who the Panthers may consider at No. 9.

Are the Panthers targeting Brockers?

Based on the Panthers’ perceived weakness at defensive tackle, Brockers has frequently been popping up in connection with the team in mock drafts. However, the Panthers invested two 3rd-round picks in Sione Fua and Terrell McClain a season ago. Brockers is a penetrating three-technique, who would likely bump McClain from the starting lineup if he were to join the Panthers.

Defensive end was expected by many to be further down the Panthers list of needs, but their apparent interest in Coples and Jones may indicate otherwise.

Coples, a possible top-10 pick, is a true three-down lineman (when he wants to be) and would be a nice compliment to Charles Johnson. Jones, on the other hand, is more of a pure pass rusher and likely would be used as a part of rotation with Johnson and Greg Hardy.

For more info, follow our Draft Visit Tracker, updated daily. 

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2012 NFL Draft, Panthers Comments Off