After eleven months of scouting film, making phone calls and general stressing out- besides the Shrine Game, Senior Bowl, Combine and Pro-Day Workouts, draft day has finally arrived. We’ll be updating this page over the next three days and posting on Twitter as information comes in. 4-28/6:45PM: More on Jets & Vikings
– Word is the Kansas City Chiefs are set to take Phil Taylor with the 21st pick of the draft. This is bad news for the New York Jets who have Taylor atop their wish list. The latest from the Jets war room is head coach Rex Ryan is lobbying hard for the team to take Brooks Reed/DE-OLB/Arizona but the front office has a lower grade on Reed and feel he’s a bit of a reach at 30.
– There are a lot of nervous nellies in the Tennessee Titans war room. The team wants quarterback Jake Locker but feel taking him with the 8th pick of the draft could blow up in their face and are afraid of making a mistake coming off the Vince Young debacle. There best case scenario would be a trade down to spots 14-through-18 then tabbing Locker. Problem is the Minnesota Vikings would scoop up Locker with pick number twelve.
– The ninth pick of the draft is the one in play as we alluded to the past month and the Dallas Cowboys will do all they can to move the choice. The big suitors right now are the St Louis Rams, if receiver Julio Jones is available, or the Miami Dolphins, if one of the quarterbacks slides. Sources have told us Miami would part with 2012 picks if necessary to move up for the quarterback. Dallas would then trade down and, in all likely hood, take an offensive lineman. The name of Gabe Carimi has been mentioned the past two months but lately the name of Nate Solder has also entered the conversation. The Cowboys plans include picking up a veteran tackle when free agency begins.
– What will the Cowboys do if they can’t move the 9th pick? We reported last week Cameron Jordan is on the list and can now tell you JJ Watt is also being considered.
–Cameron Jordan is the hot name as we move towards the start of the draft, and justifiably so. The Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets all covet the highly rated lineman.
– We’ve posted last week that the Minnesota Vikings are considering Da’Quan Bowers with the 12th choice if they cannot land a quarterback. In conversations the past few days sources close to the situation have told us Bowers and Aldon Smith are the top choices of the defensive coaches while the front office is leaning towards Cameron Jordan. Some members of the Viking hierarchy feel the need at quarterback is too great and are pointing towards Jake Locker.
– For months sources have told us the Jacksonville Jaguars want a bigger defensive end versus a smaller pass rusher. Yet there’s been nothing we’ve heard to this point that makes us believe Jacksonville would seek a trade up for either Cameron Jordan or JJ Watt, the top two players that fit the desire. Previously the names of Cameron Heyward and Adrian Clayborn were talked about in the conversation for the 16th pick. The surprise choice could be Muhammad Wilkerson.
– As far as the New York Jets are concerned; sources have told us while the team would love to move up for Cameron Jordan they just don’t have the ammunition to do as much considering all the draft picks they’ve traded away in recent years. That being the case sources have told us all signs point to Baylor tackle Phil Taylor with the 30th pick, if he’s available. Taylor is building some late momentum and could end up being selected by either the Kansas City Chiefs or New Orleans prior to the Jets pick.
– The player sitting atop the San Francisco 49ers wish list at this moment is Patrick Peterson of LSU.