– To date the New York Jets have been generally secretive about their plans for round one. The general consensus is they will take a guard early on. Tonight someone with knowledge of the situation told me, “they are looking for a weapon.” Seems receiver Tavon Austin of West Virginia is now in play for the team.
– Several people told me an early run on offensive linemen could push Justin Pugh/OL/Syracuse into the late part of round one. That’s a bit early on my board.
– Right now insiders believe Sylvester Williams/DT/North Carolina looks like the pick for the Dallas Cowboys in round one. This assumes Kenny Vaccaro does not slide to the 18th pick of the draft as the Cowboys are very high on the Texas safety. Right now I’m told Vaccaro could end up with the New Orleans Saints, who own the 15th selection.
– We’ll have more on this in the coming days but right now the top suitors for Cornellius Carradine of Florida State are the Miami Dolphins (12th selection), the New York Giants (19) and Minnesota Vikings (23 & 25). Carradine has had a lot of recent contact with Miami and if the Dolphins agree to terms with offensive tackle Brandon Albert, he becomes a real possibility with the 12th selection (Miami could grab a cornerback/tight end in rounds two and/or three). I was told at the Senior Bowl the Giants, who’ve also had a lot of one-on-one contact with Carradine the past week, rated the Florida State senior as one of the best defensive ends in the draft prior to his injury. The fit with the Vikings makes sense considering several of their defensive ends are entering the final year of contracts. The Atlanta Falcons are also in the mix for Carradine.
– A lot of people I’ve spoken with feel there could be a good number of trades during the middle portion of round one. Speculatively I think the New York Jets could be in the drivers seat with the 13th pick. Consider the players likely available (Sheldon Richardson? Tavon Austin?) plus the fact the Carolina Panthers own the 14th choice.
– Despite recent reports, information collected from almost two dozen teams (22 to be exact) shows Dee Milliner of Alabama as the unanimous choice as the top cornerback in the draft.
– Looking for a late round sleeper at wide receiver? Brice Butler of San Diego State is gaining traction despite totaling just 24 receptions last season. To be fair about the situation, SDSU averaged just 175-yards passing per game. Their top four pass catchers combined for 108 receptions. Butler’s pro-day numbers included 40-times in the mid-4.3’s, 39-inches in the vertical and 11-feet, 1-inch in the broad. He made official visits to see the Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons.