April 20th, 12:05PM
– We hear Joe Looney/OL/Wake Forest, who tore a ligament in his foot during the Senior Bowl, will be ready to resume full football duties by mid-June.
– The situation may be a lot different for Chase Minnifield. The former Virginia Cavalier cornerback entered the season as a potential top 45 choice but struggled through his senior season with a knee issue. Minnifield had his knee scoped after the season to alleviate the problem. Separate sources have told us that Minnifield has admitted that during the scope a micro-fracture procedure was performed, reportedly on a non-weight bearing bone. How this plays out in his return to the field at 100% remains to be seen.
– In our opinion Danny Coale of Virginia Tech is the hidden gem at the wide out position and one of the most underrated receivers in the draft. Its amazing in conversation how many NFL decision makers talk about Coale in third round terms yet have stamped him with a 5th round grade. I’ve been told the New York Jets and St Louis Rams are very high on Coale, for as much what he brings to the locker room (character, leadership) as his on the field ability.
– Mychal Kendricks/LB/Cal could squeeze into the late part of round two. The Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots and Chicago Bears all highly rate the explosive defenders abilities.
– Casey Hayward/CB/Vanderbilt will be off the board much earlier in the round. The New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys and Tennessee Titans are all looking hard at the cornerback.
April 19th, 1:30PM
– Hearing the New York Giants had the following players in for a visit on Monday; Cyrus Gray/RB/Texas A&M, Austin Davis/QB/Southern Miss, Michael Smith/RB/Utah State, Adam Nissley/TE/Central Florida, Jake Byrne/TE/Wisconsin, James Carmon/T/Mississippi State, Korey Toomer/OLB/Idaho and Matt Broha/DE-OLB/TE/Louisiana Tech.
– Sources tell me the San Francisco 49ers pick in round one will come down to the highest rated offensive guard or Stephen Hill/WR/Georgia Tech.
April 17th, 12PM
– There’s been a buzz building around the Philadelphia Eagles potentially trading up for Ryan Tannehill. Several sources have told us if the Eagles trade into the top ten it will be for defensive lineman Fletcher Cox, not Tannehill. Cox would be perfect for the Eagles wide nine/nine technique.
– The poor center class this year has forced teams to project college offensive linemen to the pivot more then ever. Lucas Nix of Pittsburgh, who played tackle and guard for the Panthers, is getting long looks at center from the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals. Gino Gradkowski, who played guard for West Virginia before transferring to Delaware, is getting consideration at the center position from the Baltimore Ravens. Word is the Ravens are looking at Gradkowski during the first half of the draft’s final day as a future replacement for Matt Birk. Small school sleeper Jason Slowey, who spent his career at left tackle for Western Oregon, is getting looks at the center spot by the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.
– Staying on the offensive line, why has Kevin Zeitler moved up boards and why is he getting first round consideration by a number of teams? According to several sources many feel Zeitler is as NFL ready as any guard in the draft and could break into a starting line-up early in his rookie career. He does not possess the upside of the other guards graded immediately above or below him, yet has little in the way of downside.
– Fast rising Shea McClellin of Boise State is getting a lot of consideration at middle/inside linebacker by a number of teams, including the Dallas Cowboys, who we reported last week will explore trading down from the 14th spot. McClellin showed at the Senior Bowl he could quickly adjust to a number of traditional linebacker spots. McLellin continues to move north on draft boards. We were told one franchise tried to squeeze him in for a last minute visit but there was no room on the schedule.
– Word from the Windy City is the Chicago Bears are more likely to take a defensive lineman in round one then look for a slot receiver in the second or third frame based on the strengths of each position in the draft. If Michael Brockers of LSU is there we hear the team will select him. Last week we reported Chicago has an interest in Shea McLellin. We now hear Whitney Mercilus of Illinois has been ranked high on the teams board. Mercilus did visit the Bears and was worked out privately by the team.
– Fighting Illini teammate AJ Jenkins continues to move up boards. Sources tell us the receiver could land in the late second and most feel if available the St Louis Rams will tab Jenkins in round three.