Draft Blog Archive 1

Draft Blog Archive 1

The Scout Draft Blog from 11AM - 9PM Thursday. Scout.com team publishers and league experts Adam Caplan, Chris Steuber, and Ed Thompson discuss the 2010 NFL Draft.

Posted by: John Crist, BearReport.com
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:57:00 PM

Rodgers Just Got More Dangerous

Aaron Rodgers was one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL last season, and that was in the face of relentless pressure his porous offensive line couldn't keep at bay. The Bears had a tough time rushing the passer this past year, which is why they paid $40 million-plus to secure All-Pro Julius Peppers in free agency, but they did a great job getting after Rodgers in Week 1 at Lambeau Field. However, now that the Packers were able to add Iowa offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga at No. 23 overall in the first round, Rodgers should have more time to throw and might be even more productive in 2010.

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Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:57:00 PM

No Surprise With Pittsburgh's Selection

When the Pittsburgh Steelers selected University of Florida C Maurkice Pouncey, it shouldn't have come to a surprise.

Widely believed to be the top center available for this year's draft, Pouncey is also capable of playing guard.

Pouncey may be asked to back up starting C Justin Hartwig this season, but he'll eventually supplant the veteran interior lineman.

It's also possible that Pouncey competes for playing time this season against starting G Trai Essex.


Posted by: Ed Thompson
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:57:00 PM

Broncos Solve WR Problem

With the selection of Demaryius Thomas, the Broncos have added a big, physical wide receiver to step into Brandon Marshall's spot and complement Eddie Royal. But just as importantly, Thomas is a well-grounded individual who isn't going to create the kind of disruption that Marshall did in Denver. Check out the interview I did with him back in February to get more insight on his background: NFL Draft Q&A


Posted by: Brandon Huffman, West Recruiting Manager
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:56:00 PM

Bryan Bulaga- looking back

Yet another 4-star by Scout.com in the class of 2005...


Posted by: BillHuber
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:55:00 PM

Packers have future left tackle

The Packers finally have their left tackle of the future. Iowa's Bryan Bulaga was the selection with the 23rd overall pick. Well-versed in the zone blocking scheme, Bulaga started at left tackle for his last two seasons at Iowa. He was named the Big Ten's lineman of the year, despite missing time with a thyroid condition.<p> For more on the Packers, visit Packer Report: Home | Forums | Subscribe


Posted by: Schon
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:54:00 PM

Broncos Move Up Two and Select WR Demaryius Thomas

After moving up to the number 22 slot the Denver Broncos have selected Georgia Tech Wide Receiver Demaryius Thomas with their first pick. At 6'2, 229 lbs Broncos coaching staff is hoping he can become a high-impact receiver in the same vein as recently traded Brandon Marshall. For more on the Broncos, visit Broncos Update: Home | Forums | Subscribe


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:54:00 PM

San Francisco Continues to Build Offensive Line

The San Francisco 49ers weren't completely satisfied with just adding OT Anthony Davis to their offensive line.

They selected perhaps one of the most intriquing offensive lineman with their second selection in the first round.

University of Idaho's Mike Iupati is perhaps one of the most versatile lineman available for this draft.

The talented lineman figures to compete for playing time this season at guard.

By adding those two talented lineman, San Francisco's offense should be greatly improved--especially in the running game.


Posted by: John Holler
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:52:00 PM

Big 12 Night

This is the Big-12 night at the draft. Eight of the first 21 picks in the draft, including the top four and five of the top six picks, were players from the Big 12 Conference.

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Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:49:00 PM

Titans Get Their Man

It wasn't a secret that the Tennessee Titans were in need of pass-rushing help.

Some feel that they got a steal with Georgia Tech DE Derrick Morgan. In fact, many league sources felt he would be selected within the top-10 picls.

Scouts call Morgan the most complete pure pass rusher available for this year's draft.

He'll be an instant starter for a team that really needs a young edge rusher like Morgan.


Posted by: Ken Palmer
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:48:00 PM

Pierre-Paul possesses big upside

With their top two choices off the board, the Giants selected the next best man, South Florida DE Jason Pierre-Paul. Giants GM Jerry Reese dismissed claims that Pierre-Paul was a 'hit or miss' pick, saying that he believed he has "the biggest upside of anyone in the draft."


Posted by: Scout.com
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:47:00 PM

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Posted by: Ken Palmer
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:46:00 PM

Osi stayin in NY

Giants GM Jerry Reese said that the Giants have no intentions of trading DE Osi Umenyiora, despite the fact that the Giants just spent a first-round pick on DE Jason Pierre-Paul.


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:46:00 PM

The Giants Add to Their Defensive Line

The New York Giants weren't rumored to be in the market for a defensive end, but they selected one in the first round.

University of South Florida end Jason Pierre-Paul might have the most upside of any defensive player in this draft based on his game tape from last season.

Scouts say Pierre-Paul has tremendous speed off the edge, but is raw and has skills that need refining.

Because the team is deep at defensive end, they can bring the talented defensive lineman along slowly.


Posted by: Ed Thompson
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:44:00 PM

Who would have thought it?

Before the Commissioner reached the podium to announce the Texans' first pick at No. 20 overall, the Bengals announced their pick, No. 21 overall--TE Jermaine Gresham--via Twitter. Meanwhile, television announcers were projecting other picks for Cincinnati until the announcement came from the Commissioner, unaware that the Bengals had already broadcast it to fans via the social networking site.


Posted by: Schon
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:42:00 PM

Broncos Move Up to the 22nd Pick

After moving down to the 24th overall selection the Broncos have just now made a trade with the Patriots to acquire the 22nd pick - Denver is now on the clock... this should be interesting. For more on the Broncos, visit Broncos Update: Home | Forums | Subscribe


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:41:00 PM

Seahawks Solve Safety Issue

By selecting University of Texas S Earl Thomas, the Seattle Seahawks solved a big issue in their secondary.

After releasing veteran S Deon Grant earlier this year, that move left a tremendous hole in their defensive backfield.

While Thomas will line up at safety, he's also capable of moving to the slot in passing situations.

Scouts love the intelligence and savvy that Thomas brings to the table.

He'll be an instant starter for the Seahawks this coming season.


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on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:41:00 PM

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Posted by: BillHuber
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:39:00 PM

Feature on Kareem Jackson

I talked to new Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson on Tuesday. Here is the link ... http://gnb.scout.com/2/964636.html


Posted by: Ed Thompson
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:32:00 PM

Mathews Risky Pick for Chargers

There's no doubt that RB Ryan Mathews is a huge talent, but for San Diego to move up from No. 28 to No. 12 by surrendering their only second-round pick (40th overall) as part of the trade was a heavy price to pay. Mathews was banged up in each of his three seasons playing in the WAC, including a concussion last year. He'll take a heavier pounding in the NFL, and if he can't hold up, the Chargers have to rely on Darren Sproles, who only averaged 3.69 yards per carry last year.


Posted by: Brandon Huffman, West Recruiting Manager
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:27:00 PM

Mike Iupati- looking back…

Another 2-star in his class, as he was unranked in the class of 2005. Like Mathews, academics slowed his recruitment...


Posted by: Brandon Huffman, West Recruiting Manager
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:26:00 PM

Derrick Morgan- looking back

Morgan was a four-star by Scout.com in the class of 2007...


Posted by: BillHuber
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:22:00 PM

Draft working well for Packers

The Packers came into this draft needing, above all else, a left tackle and a cornerback. So far so good. Only Anthony Davis is gone among the second-tier guys at tackle, and only Joe Haden is gone among the corners. For more on the Packers, visit Packer Report: Home | Forums | Subscribe


Posted by: Scott Kennedy
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:20:00 PM

Pierre Paul – a grade casualty

I first saw Jason Pierre-Paul as a junior at Deerfield Beach. He was a freak then too, but I wasn't hearing any recruiting buzz about him. I see him again as a senior, and think to myself, "How am I not hearing anything about this kid?". Well, he wasn't college eligible, so there wasn't any college recruiting talk. We got it right coming out of junior college though, with 5-Stars next to his name.


Posted by: Michael Lombardo
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:19:00 PM

Chargers Pay Steep Price for Mathews

The Chargers traded their first-round pick (No. 28), second-round pick (No. 40), fourth-round pick (No. 126) and LB Tim Dobbins to the Dolphins to move up 16 spots in the first round and acquire Fresno State RB Ryan Mathews. In return, the Chargers also got a fourth-round pick (No. 110) and sixth-round pick (No. 173).

GM A.J. Smith has a history of aggressively pursuing the players he wants, trading multiple picks to move up for Eric Weddle in 2007 and Jacob Hester in 2008.

For more on the Chargers, visit SD Bolt Report: Home | Forums | Subscribe


Posted by: Michael Erler, SFI
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:19:00 PM

49ers Trade Up, Select Rutgers OT Davis With 11th Pick

Surprisingly, the 49ers ignored Iowa T Bryan Bulaga, whose stock has dropped like a rock today, and actually moved up two slots to select Rutgers OT Anthony Davis. Apparently, they were concerned that the Chargers, who traded up to 12th, were hot on Davis as well. San Francisco gave Denver their 4th rounder, the 113th pick overall, to get their man.

Davis' strengths and weaknesses are well known. Physically, he's one of the top two or three tackles in the draft class. He's 6'5, 323 lbs., and has 34-inch long arms. He's got the experience and the feet to play either left or right tackle. He tested pretty well at the Scouting Combine. When he was on his game, he was arguably the best pass blocker in the country.

That's the good news.

The bad news is that Davis was inconsistent, sloppy, and at times lazy. He was benched during his senior season. Critics have questioned his love of the game. Davis insisted during his conference call with the local media that wasn't the case and apparently he and coach Mike Singletary saw eye-to-eye and established a bond during his visit.

"I wanted to go to the 49ers," he said. "I wanted to play for coach Singletary. Once it passed Buffalo [the Bills had the 9th pick], I had a smile on my face. My family was confused but..."

Davis is aware that there are questions about him, but vowed that he would work to be the best tackle he can be. Singletary, as well as offensive line coach Mike Solari and his assistant Ray Brown, will work him hard from day one.

"I need to work on finishing my blocks, playing with better knee-bend, keeping my head back, things like that," Davis said.

He'll have to work alright. He has no idea how much he'll have to work...

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Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:15:00 PM

Eagles Take Surprise Player

When the Philadelphia Eagles traded up No. 13, it was believed that they would look to select either S Earl Thomas.

Not only did that not happen, they wound up looking at a position that wasn't seen as one of need.

However, by selecting University of Michigan DE/OLB Brandon Graham, they got perhaps one of the most versatile defensive players available for this year's draft.

Graham's senior season at Michigan was terrific and he followed that up with a set of dominant performances during Senior Bowl week.

Graham could play with his hand down as a defensive end or he could play at strong-side linebacker for the Eagles.


Posted by: Brandon Huffman, West Recruiting Manager
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:15:00 PM

Track where they ranked…

Coming out of high school... http://recruiting.scout.com/2/964733.html


Posted by: Brandon Huffman, West Recruiting Manager
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:10:00 PM

Earl Thomas- looking back

Was a four-star by Scout.com in the 2007 class, ranked as the #11 corner in that class


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:08:00 PM

Chargers Get Tomlinson's Replacement

The San Diego Chargers did what they had to do in order to get their new starting running back.

Knowing that the Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans might look at selecting Fresno St. University's Ryan Mathews, the Chargers traded up above those teams in order to select the powerfully built back.

The underrated runner will immediately start for San Diego and figures to be the kind of power back that will fit in well with their offensively philosophy.


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:05:00 PM

49ers Get Their Left Tackle

The San Francisco 49ers were looking to solidify their offensive line in this year's draft.

They were able to do so by selecting Rutgers University LT Anthony Davis.

The athletic offensive lineman's addition to the roster will enable Joe Staley to move to right tackle.

Scouts say Davis has great feet and has the most upside of any offensive lineman available.


Posted by: Scott Kennedy
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:04:00 PM

Justice for Brandon Graham

I think it's justice that Brandon Graham was the first of what is considered a very deep DE/OLB pool. While he may not be the most physically gifted of the ends available, I believe he was the most consistent, hardest working of the ends. DE is the biggest question mark in this year's draft with a lot of talent, but a lot of question marks, especially around effort and motor of a lot of these guys, and Graham is the one that had no questions about his effort level. Guys like Pierre Paul, Morgan,  and Griffen may have a higher upside, but I believe each of them also carries a bigger risk.


Posted by: Michael Lombardo
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:01:00 PM

No Risking the Big Reward

Rather than hold his breath and hope Ryan Mathews fell to No. 28, Chargers GM A.J. Smith took action and moved up 16 spots in the first round to grab his man. San Diego gave up its No. 28 and No. 40 picks to make the deal, along with other considerations.

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Posted by: Schon
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:01:00 PM

Broncos Drop Further Down the Board

After trading the 11th overall selection to the 49ers for the 13th pick, the Broncos have struck another deal with the Philadelphia Eagles giving up the 13th pick and receiving from the Eagles the 24th, 70th and 87th overall selections. McDaniels is obviously swinging the deals to try and stockpile as many mid-range picks as possible. Rumors abound they'll grab Tebow if he's still available at 24. For more on the Broncos, visit Broncos Update: Home | Forums | Subscribe


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:01:00 PM

Jaguars Select Rising Defensive Tackle

While some fans may believe the selection of University of California DT Tyson Alualu was a reach, several league sources said he was one of the high risers in this year's draft.
Scouts say Alualu has a great first step and will fit in well with Jacksonville's revamped defensive scheme.
The Jaguars are moving back to a 4-3 scheme this season.


Posted by: Chris Steuber
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:00:00 PM

Eagles Take Brandon Graham Over Earl Thomas?

I can't believe the Philadelphia Eagles just passed up Texas FS Earl Thomas for Michigan DE Brandon Graham. I guess the Eagles haven't learned their lesson and continue to draft undersized defensive ends. Unbelievable.


Posted by: Charlie Bernstein, JagNation.com
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:00:00 PM

Jags Fool Everyone, Including Fans

Many speculated on the Jaguars making a splash with their first-round pick, and they did.  With a franchise quarterback on the board the Jaguars decided to go with Tyson Alualu, a solid player who would have been a value pick with the tenth pick in the.....second round.  The Jaguars prove once again that they are not even the least bit concerned with ticket sales. <P>For more on the Jaguars, visit Jag Nation.com Home|Forums|Subscribe


Posted by: Brandon Huffman, West Recruiting Manager
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:58:00 PM

Brandon Graham- looking back…

Graham was a five-star by scout.com in the class of 2006...


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:55:00 PM

Bills Get Top Back

While Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson did a nice job last season, he doesn't possess the speed of Clemson University RB C.J. Spiller.

Spiller possses top-end speed and also can help their return game right away.

The speedy back should be able to handle 12-15 touches/game during his rookie season.


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:51:00 PM

Raiders Pull off First Big Surprise

While the Oakland Raiders were looking to get better play from their linebackers, it's hard to believe they were going to select a linebacker this high in the draft.

However, University of Alabama LB Rolando McClain is far and above as the top player available at his position for the 2010 NFL Draft.

McClain will immediately push MLB Kirk Morrison for playing time this season.


Posted by: Brandon Huffman, West Recruiting Manager
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:50:00 PM

Ryan Matthews- looking back…

The first Scout.com 2-star is picked in Ryan Matthews. He'd have been higher if there weren't so many question marks about his academics then, but he led California I'm rushing as a 2006 senior...


Posted by: Chris Steuber
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:49:00 PM

Shocking Turn Of Events

I'm lost for words. Who makes these decisions for these NFL teams? While I don't agree with the Browns selecting Joe Haden over Earl Thomas, I can understand the pick. And even though the Rolando McClain pick by the Raiders surprised me, he at least fills a need for the Raiders. But for the Bills to draft C.J. Spiller over an offensive tackle like Bryan Bulaga or Anthony Davis is ridiculous, especially with their woeful offensive line situation. Spiller is a dynamic player, but how does he help a team still building in the trenches?

Do I even need to comment on the Jacksonville Jaguars disgraceful choice of selecting Cal DE/DT Tyson Alualu 10th overall? He's a nice player, but 10th overall is insane and it just shows how pathetic that organization truly is. Next stop for the Jaguars, Los Angeles.


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:48:00 PM

Browns Get Top Cornerback

While many fans wanted the Cleveland Browns to select S Eric Berry, they'll have to "settle" for the top cornerback in this year's draft.

University of Florida's Joe Haden was seen by many personnel evaluators as this year's to coverman.

Not only should be able to challege for a nickel job this season, Haden's addition will allow the team to consider moving veteran CB Sheldon Brown to free safety in future seasons.


Posted by: Scott Kennedy
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:47:00 PM

Anthony Davis —

I was surprised with this pick. Not because Anthony Davis isn't worthy of the selection, it's just that I think Miami was probably going D-Line, so the Niners didn't have to move up to get him. I thought if they were hopping Miami, it meant they were going D-Line as well. Of course, as I'm typing this, Miami has traded that spot. ... On Davis, I think he's the best run blocking tackle in this draft. Some smash mouth football in the works for the 49ers.


Posted by: Schon
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:47:00 PM

Broncos Drop to 13th Pick

The Denver Broncos have dropped from the 11th pick to the 13th selection in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers. In addition they have picked up another 4th round selection, 113th overall. Rumor has it they're still looking to trade down with the 13th pick. For more on the Broncos, visit Broncos Update: Home | Forums | Subscribe


Posted by: Brandon Huffman, West Recruiting Manager
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:43:00 PM

Anthony Davis- looking back…

And another five-star is drafted, with Davis the #2 ranked offensive tackle by Scout.com in the 2007 class...


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:42:00 PM

Seattle Gets Their Replacement for Walter Jones

It wasn't a secret that the Seattle Seahawks were going to look to replace veteran OLT Walter Jones early in this year's draft.

Oklahoma St. University LT Russell Okung will be Jones' replacement. By selecting Okung, they can keep Sean Locklear on the left side.


Posted by: Michael Lombardo
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:39:00 PM

Option 1A is G-O-N-E

We still don't know who the Chargers will tab to replace LaDainian Tomlinson, but one candidate's name has been crossed off the list: Clemson RB C.J. Spiller. The most gifted halfback in this year's draft was taken by the Bills with the No. 9 overall pick, snuffing out the rumor San Diego would trade for the explosive playmaker.

With Spiller off the board, Chargers fans turn their attention to Fresno State RB Ryan Mathews and hope he falls into the Chargers' laps at pick No. 28.

For more on the Chargers, visit SD Bolt Report: Home | Forums | Subscribe


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:39:00 PM

Chiefs Select Impact Defensive Back

When the Kansas City Chiefs selected University of Tennessee S Eric Berry, they did so because he was the top defensive player left on their draft board.

What attracted the Chiefs to Berry is not only his ability to become an impact player at safety, but because of his versatility.

Berry is capable of playing slot corner and in some formations, the athletic defensive back be used as a blitzer.


Posted by: Ed Thompson
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:37:00 PM

Shoring Up The Line

The Redskins' pick of Oklahoma OT Trent Williams at No. 4 overall and the Seahawks' selection of Oklahoma State OT Russell Okung at No. 6 overall fill critical needs for both teams. Last year, Washington finished in a tie for fourth-worst in sacks allowed with 46. Meanwhile, the Seahawks yielded 41 sacks, tenth-worst in the league.


Posted by: Michael Erler, SFI
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:37:00 PM

Interesting Dilemma May Be In The Offing For 49ers

The Bills took neither Iowa OT Bryan Bulaga nor Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen. None of the next three teams on the board are believed to be in the market for a tackle, so the 49ers may very well be put in the difficult position of having to choose between a right tackle to shore up their offensive line in Bulaga or starting a new quarterback controversy by selecting Clausen. Whatever decision they make, it'd be controversial. For More On The 49ers Visit SFI.com: Home | Forums | Subscribe


Posted by: Ken Palmer
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:37:00 PM

Look DE for NYG

With both C.J. Spiller and Rolando McClain off the board, the next two players on the Giants' radar are a pair of defensive ends - USF's Jason Pierre-Paul and Georgia Tech's Derrick Morgan, in that order.


Posted by: Scott Kennedy
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:34:00 PM

Spiller to Buffalo – How far does Clausen fall

Buffalo coveted Spiller and Clausen at this spot, and they had the luxury of choosing between them. Clausen was a little high in the Top 10, but is the best QB available, and those guys tend to get overdrafted. But now that Clausen has gotten past Buffalo, he could see a Brady Quinn type of fall. He still makes sense to Seattle in the 14 spot, but now, it's going to be interesting to see how far he falls.


Posted by: Brian Park, S&BI
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:33:00 PM

Raiders take McClain at Eight

With the Raiders taking ILB Rolando McClain with the 8th overall pick, does this mean the end for veteran Kirk Morrison? Morrison was placed with an original round tender (3rd round) during the offseason, and there was plenty of rumblings around Oakland that the team was looking for a trade partner. Now with McClain coming in, it looks like the Raiders might be more active in their pursuit of a trade. For more on the Raiders, visit SilverandBlack.com: Home | Forums | Subscribe


Posted by: Brandon Huffman, West Recruiting Manager
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:32:00 PM

C.J. Spiller- looking back…

Another five-star prospect by Scout.com, Spiller was ranked as the #4 running back nationally in the 2006 class...


Posted by: Scott Kennedy
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:31:00 PM

Well Done Raiders

Everyone had Bruce Campbell pegged in this spot because, well, it's the Raiders. McClain, Eric Berry, and Joe Haden were my most "NFL Ready" guys in this draft. McClain is a plus athletic player with 250 plus pounds, and he's been starting in a complex Alabama defense since his true freshman season. McClain is the quarterback of the defense, and he's not just a very good athlete (a Raider pre-requisite), he's a terrific instinctive football player.


Posted by: Brandon Huffman, West Recruiting Manager
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:29:00 PM

Rolando McClain- looking back…

And another four-star by Scout.com, Rolando McClain was the #7 strongside linebacker in 2007...


Posted by: Brandon Huffman, West Recruiting Manager
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:24:00 PM

Joe Haden- looking back…

In the class of 2007, Haden was a four-star by Scout.com, yet he was ranked as a receiver. Now he'll make his money locking down receivers...


Posted by: Schon
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:18:00 PM

Broncos Looking to Trade Down

Inside sources here at Dove Valley claim the Denver Broncos are actively trying to trade down from the 11th overall pick. Don't be surprised if they put it together... For more on the Broncos, visit Broncos Update: Home | Forums | Subscribe


Posted by: Brandon Huffman, West Recruiting Manager
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:16:00 PM

Russell Okung- looking back…

A four-star by Scout.com in the Class of 2006, Okung was a Top 50 offensive lineman nationally (ranked 45th) and a Top 5 OL out of Texas, but has by far had the most productive career of any of his fellow Lone Star State recruits from that year...


Posted by: Brandon Huffman, West Recruiting Manager
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:08:00 PM

Eric Berry- looking back…

Berry was ranked by Scout.com as the #1-ranked cornerback in the class of 2007, and the #7 ranked player in the country that year.  I remember watching him just dominate all week at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in 2007, showing then he was going to be an elite player at the next level.


Posted by: Tim Yotter, Viking Update
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:08:00 PM

Big day for Big 12

All four of the top picks in the 2010 NFL Draft were from the Big 12. First was Oklahoma's Sam Bradford, second was Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh, third was Oklahoma's Gerald McCoy and fourth was Oklahoma's Trent Williams.

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Posted by: Scott Kennedy
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:08:00 PM

My #1 Player

I've said all year that I think Eric Berry was the best player in college football. I think he's the best player in this draft. He can play either safety position, he can play corner. He can blitz, he can cover, he can hit. He is a difference maker on defense in every sense of the word. Eric Berry's athleticism is matched by his football IQ. He started at safety at Tennessee as soon as he got to campus, and he'd never played safety before. Look up football player on WIKI and there should be a picture of Eric Berry.


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:08:00 PM

Redskins Get Their Franchise Left Tackle

When Washington Redskins veteran OLT Chris Samuels announced his retirement earlier this year, it became apparent that the team would have to replace him with a player high in this year's draft.

League sources said that head coach Mike Shanahan perfers athletic left tackles with long arms and a long reach.

With that being the case, the team targeted University of Oklahoma LT Trent Williams.

With Williams in the fold, Stephon Heyer can move to right tackle.


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:05:00 PM

Buccaneers Get McCoy

It wasn't a secret that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were going to select University of Oklahoma DT Gerald McCoy with their first-round pick.

As several veteran NFL player personnel evaluators told Scout.com recently, McCoy is the kind of one-gap penetrator that will excel in their defensive scheme.

McCoy should start this season and will instantly upgrade their defensive line.


Posted by: Michael Erler, SFI
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:02:00 PM

Williams To Washington Is Bad News For 49ers

Four picks in and already the draft is going poorly for the 49ers. Oklahoma's Trent Williams is off the board and odds are high that Russell Okung and Bryan Bulaga will follow soon. If it indeed goes down that way, then they almost have to grab Florida CB Joe Haden, because the 13th pick is too high for someone such as Anthony Davis of Rutgers, no matter how glaring the team's hole at RT is. For More On The 49ers Visit SFI.com: Home | Forums | Subscribe


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 7:54:00 PM

Suh Makes Sense to Lions

The Detroit Lions selected University of Nebraska DT Ndumakong Suh with the second pick overall in the first round.

The reason why they selected him over University of Oklahoma DT Gerald McCoy is because Suh is seen as a bit more explosive on his first step. Also, he's seen as more versatile. Suh is capable of lining up at end and tackle.


Posted by: Tim Yotter, Viking Update
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 7:53:00 PM

A rare defender for the Lions den

Another draft fact from John Holler: Since 2000, Detroit has had 13 first-round picks. Ndamukong Suh is only the second defensive player among them, the other being recently traded linebacker Ernie Sims.

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Posted by: John Crist, BearReport.com
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 7:53:00 PM

Kreutz to Face Another Behemoth in Suh

Bears center Olin Kreutz is a six-time Pro Bowler, although he hasn't been to one since 2006. With one more year remaining on his contract, 2010 could be Kreutz's swan song in the Windy City, and his job just got tougher within the NFC North. Not only has he been forced to butt heads with Minnesota's Pat Williams for quite some time, but Green Bay drafted B.J. Raji in the first round last year and Detroit took Ndamukong Suh No. 2 overall tonight.

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Posted by: Ken Palmer
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 7:52:00 PM

Giants prefer RB

Spiller or McClain? McClain or Spiller? There's no doubt that the Giants are enamored with both Clemson RB C.J. Spiller and Alabama LB Rolando McClain. The Giant Insider has learned that the Giants have Spiller ranked higher on their draft board. While it might take trading up for New York to get their man, at least we know for sure that their man is Spiller.

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Posted by: Brandon Huffman, West Recruiting Manager
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 7:52:00 PM

Gerald McCoy- Looking back…

Scout.com got this one right in a big way- McCoy was ranked as the #1 defensive tackle in the country and was ranked #4 overall (Beanie Wells and Andre Smith, first round picks went 1-2 that year).


Posted by: Tim Yotter, Viking Update
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 7:51:00 PM

No. 1 with a quarterback

From Viking Update's John Holler: In eight of the last 10 drafts, quarterbacks have been the first pick overall: Sam Bradford, Matthew Stafford, JaMarcus Russell, Alex Smith, Eli Manning, Carson Palmer, David Carr and Michael Vick.

The only two No. 1 overall picks not being quarterbacks in the last 10 years were Mario Williams and Jake Long.

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Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 7:50:00 PM

Sam Bradford Is the Future of the Rams

When the Rams decided to select University of Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford as the No. 1 pick overall in the 2010 draft, they did so knowing that he has all the intangiables of a winning quarterback.

Bradford, however, probably would be better not playing in year one as he gets used to playing in a pro-style offense. Bradford is not used to calling audiables at the line of scrimmage, and that is seen as something that takes time to learn.

Once he's ready to play, Bradford will have a good young group of receivers to work with and an improving offensive line.


Posted by: Scott Kennedy
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 7:49:00 PM

If you keep drafting in the Top 5….

eventually, you'll get the players to get out of the Top 5, in theory anyway .... While the Lions have had some well documented busts in the last decade, their last 3 first round draft picks, Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford, and Ndamukong Suh are all big time NFL talents.


Posted by: Brandon Huffman, West Recruiting Manager
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 7:47:00 PM

Ndumakong Suh…

Looking back, Suh was the #2-ranked player in the Northwest in the class of 2005, and was the highest ranked DT that wasn't a five star (he was ranked #52 nationally overall and 8th at DT, missing five-stars in by two spots).  Quite possibly the best player to come from Oregon in the last 20 years.


Posted by: Brandon Huffman, West Recruiting Manager
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 7:45:00 PM

Sam Bradford- Looking Back…

Bradford was ranked as the #17 quarterback in the country by Scout.com in the class of 2006.  He becomes the third quarterback in the 2006 class to be a first round draft pick, and the second year in a row, the 2006 class has the #1 pick- with Matt Stafford (ranked 2nd in 2006), going first last year.  Jake Locker (ranked #7 that year), could make it three years in a row in 2011...


Posted by: Tim Yotter, Viking Update
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 7:43:00 PM

Going No. 1: Everybody's dream

It's official. Sam Bradford is the first pick of the 2010 NFL draft, but he was dreaming about it months ago at the NFL Scouting Combine.

"I think everybody dreams about being No. 1. Through this process, I'm preparing myself," he said then. "I'm gonna show those teams everything I have. But at the end of the day, it's up to them. So I'm really not worried about what I can't control."

From here on out, Bradford controls a lot with the Rams.

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Posted by: Michael Lombardo
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 7:20:00 PM

Getting a Head Start

The Panthers don't have a pick on the first day of the NFL Draft -- and have just three selections in the first five rounds -- but don't cry for Carolina. Last season, the Panthers traded away their '10 first-, fifth- and sixth-round picks for defensive linemen Everette Brown, Tank Tyler and Louis Leonard, respectively. All three players could be in the starting lineup on Opening Day.

Carolina's first selection will come in the second round, No. 48 overall. The Panthers also have three compensatory picks between rounds six and seven.

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Posted by: Barry McBride, TheOBR.com
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 6:59:00 PM

Browns In the Hunt for Bradford

Push has finally come to shove, and the Cleveland Browns are making their last play for Sam Bradford.

Team sources are telling the OBR that team continues its pursuit of the Oklahoma quarterback, who the organization covets as the franchise quarterback of the new Holmgren era. The Browns have packaged up another trade offer which our sources tell is "interesting". Interpret that how you will.

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Posted by: JON SCOTT, PATRIOTS INSIDER
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 6:42:00 PM

Patriots In The Market For WR

The New England Patriots are looking at receivers from top to bottom in this year's Draft class.  With players such as Eric Decker (Minnesota), Dez Bryant (Oklahoma St.) and Arrelious Benn (Illinois) meeting with team officials, it's obvious the Patriots are in the market to Draft a wideout. Word on the street is that WR Wes Welker could be ready for the start of the season even if he's not good to go by the time training camp opens this summer.  The Patriots may not be willing to bet on that option.  Despite signing veteran WRs David Patten and Torry Holt, New England is in prime position to grab a playmaker with one of their four picks in the first two rounds. Sources tell Patriots Insider there is a very good chance of that happening For more on the Patriots, visit Patriots Insider: Home | Forums | Subscribe?


Posted by: Scout.com
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 6:33:00 PM

Meet the Future Berrys

Eric Berry is set to be a top draft pick in the 2010 NFL Draft and he brothers are now set to carry on the Berry name. Just like Eric, Elliot and Evan are mature, humble, and extremely talented.

Scout.com Southeast Recruiting Manager Chad Simmons profile Eric Berry's twin brothers here:

Meet the Future Berrys


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 6:20:00 PM

Pierre-Paul Moving Up?

While he seems like a risky proposition, a few league sources believe University of South Florida DE Jason Pierre-Paul could go much higher than expected based on his enourmous upside.

Pierre-Paul is seen by personnel evaluators as a raw talent, but his game film from 2009 was so good that some teams are very intrigued with him.


Posted by: Tim Yotter, Viking Update
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 5:57:00 PM

Where's the depth in 2010 draft?

Every team has the differences of opinion on players, but most scouts and general managers agree about this being one of the deepest drafts in years. So where exactly are the areas of best depth?

"There's an exceptional class of defensive linemen from the depth standpoint that typically we don't see," said Scott Studwell, the Vikings' director of college scouting. "The defensive backfield is very deep. That tight end group is very deep. Interior offensive line is shallow. It varies, but overall it's a good class."

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Posted by: Ed Thompson
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 5:51:00 PM

Will Atlanta's Big Ten Drought End Tonight?

In his latest mock draft, FOXSports.com's Pete Schrager is projecting that the Atlanta Falcons will select DE/OLB Brandon Graham of Michigan with their first pick, No. 19 overall. If they do, Graham will be the first Big Ten player selected by Atlanta since the arrival of general manager Thomas Dimitroff. During his first two drafts, Dimitroff has selected 12 of his 19 picks from the SEC, ACC and the Pac-10--four from each conference. The Falcons have eight picks in this draft, but none in the second or seventh rounds.


Posted by: Charlie Bernstein, JagNation.com
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 5:43:00 PM

Tim Tebow Holding Press Conference

Former University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow will hold a press conference at 6:00 p.m. tonight from Jacksonville.  It is unclear at this time what the press conference is about. JagNation sources saw Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio with Tebow earlier today.

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Posted by: Michael Erler, SFI
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 5:42:00 PM

49ers Give Fans "War Room" Access

The 49ers announced that fans will get live "look-ins" to their draft room throughout the draft on their website, 49ers.com. If you ever wondered "What are these guys thinking?" maybe now you'll find out. For More On The 49ers Visit SFI.com: Home | Forums | Subscribe


Posted by: Ed Thompson
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 5:32:00 PM

Troup In High Demand This Week

Three teams requested meetings with UCF defensive tackle Torrell Troup this week to firm up their draft selection planning. At 6-foot-3, 314 pounds, Troup is a top prospect who legitimately has the strength and technique to play nose tackle in a 3-4 scheme, even though he's also grabbed the attention of 4-3 scheme teams. An NFL source told Scout.com that the 39-game starter has worked out for the Patriots, Broncos, Browns, Saints, Chiefs, Chargers, Panthers and Lions. And he had official visits with the Vikings, Lions, Falcons, Browns and Chiefs. Projected as a mid-second- to early-third-round pick, don't be surprised if Troup comes off the board earlier than expected in light of the flurry of activity he's experienced.


Posted by: Tim Yotter, Viking Update
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 4:54:00 PM

Sheppard signing changes Vikings' outlook

The Vikings' signing of CB Lito Sheppard on Wednesday gives them even more flexibility in the draft than they had sitting at No. 30. The Vikings' were getting thin at the position, at least as far as healthy cornerbacks, but this is a deep draft at the position.

Signing Sheppard allows the team to wait on a cornerback until better value at the end of the second or third round and take advantage of either a stronger value at a thinner position (offensive line is one of them) or field trade offers from teams looking to get into the end of the first round and pick up another second- or third-round pick in a draft loaded with talent in the top 75 picks.

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Posted by: John Crist, BearReport.com
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 4:29:00 PM

Don't Expect More WRs in Chicago

While the Bears don't have a legitimate No. 1 receiver on their roster, no matter how highly coach Lovie Smith thinks of Devin Hester, don't look for general manager Jerry Angelo to target another wideout early in the draft. Hester might have cracked the 1,000-yard plateau in 2009 if not for a late-season calf injury, Devin Aromashodu flashed primary-weapon skills the final month, Earl Bennett quietly developed into a dependable possession target, Johnny Knox enjoyed a productive rookie year, Rashied Davis remains a core special teamer and Juaquin Iglesias was selected in Round 3 just last April. That's six receivers right there, plus tight end Greg Olsen lines up out wide or in the slot on occasion.

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Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 3:42:00 PM

Players Moving Up

After talking to various personnel evaluators over the past few weeks, here's a list of some players that could be drafted higher than first expected:

Offense
John Skelton/QB/Fordham
Mike Kafka/QB/Northwestern
Jonathan Crompton/QB/Tennessee
Dexter McCluster/RB/Mississippi
Montario Hardesty/RB/Tennessee
Tony Moeaki/TE/Iowa
Rodger Saffold/OT/Indiana
Mike Iupati/OL/Idaho
Vladimir Ducasse/OL/Massachusetts

Defense
Corey Peters/DT/Kentucky
Tyson Alualu/DL/California
Ricky Sapp/LB/Clemson
Sean Lee/LB/Penn St.
Kareem Jackson/CB/Alabama


Posted by: Barry McBride, TheOBR.com
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 3:40:00 PM

Browns Working the Phones

The Cleveland Browns and new President Mike Holmgren have been very busy working the phones this afternoon. The OBR can confirm two conversations with teams below them in the draft order and three above them in the draft order. The latter includes the Rams, with whom discussions continue, but does not include the Washington Redskins who are baiting the hook with S Eric Berry. Sources close to the team suggest that the Browns are unlikely to move up more than one spot for any player other than Sam Bradford.

The Browns may follow a strategy similar to last year, where they waited to see if Aaron Curry would fall to them. Once he wasn't available, the Browns traded down and accumulated picks. With a number of roster holes to fill, a deep draft, and a strong possibility Berry will be off the boards, the Browns may be tempted to attack this draft the same way.

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Posted by: Chris Steuber
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 3:12:00 PM

ECU DT Joseph A First Rounder?

Keep an eye on East Carolina DT Linval Joseph. A late early entry into the draft, Joseph continues to soar up draft boards and there's a chance that he sneaks into the first round. I'm being told that 6-foot-5, 328-pound Joseph is receiving interest from the San Diego Chargers (No. 28), New York Jets (No. 29), Minnesota Vikings (No. 30) and New Orleans Saints (No. 32).


Posted by: Eric Hartz, ColtPower.com
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 3:07:00 PM

Colts Open to Trading First-Round Pick

Teams looking to move up and add a second selection in the first round will want to have Colts President Bill Polian on speed dial this evening. Polian spoke to the media Wednesday and made it clear he won't hesitate to trade down in the draft for the right price.  The Colts, who have the 31st pick in the first round tonight, haven't picked higher than No. 24 since 2002. But Polian's history shows he isn't afraid to use his first-round picks as leverage — in 2004, he twice traded down and ended up with Bob Sanders.

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Posted by: Brandon Huffman, West Recruiting Manager
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 2:31:00 PM

On Toby Gerhart…

Hearing from a source close to the program that the San Diego Chargers and Jacksonville Jaguars have been the teams talking and showing the most interest in Stanford running back Toby Gerhart...


Posted by: Chris Steuber
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 2:18:00 PM

Raiders After Idaho's Iupati?

The hottest name on the draft circuit right now is Idaho guard Mike Iupati. The 6-foot-5, 331-pound Iupati was considered to be a mid-to-late first round pick just a couple of weeks ago. But over the last week, Iupati's stock has soared and there is an excellent chance that he lands in the top 10, with the Raiders being the team favored to draft him with the 8th overall pick.

The Raiders are a team that values a player's size and athleticism like no other franchise in the NFL. Owner Al Davis is notorious for making off the wall selections, and the rumored image of him selecting prospects based on their 40-time and measurables is comical.

However, if the Raiders go through with selecting Iupati with their first pick, even though it will probably generate plenty of expletives from Raiders fans, let me be the first to say that Iupati will be the best guard to enter the draft since 2001 when the Seattle Seahawks took former Michigan standout Steve Hutchinson 17th overall.


Posted by: Scout.com
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 2:14:00 PM

Final Mock Drafts From Scout.com Experts

Scout.com NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber and Scout.com Sr. NFL Reporter Adam Caplan have each released their final mock drafts. Click the links below to see who they have going where.

Chris Steuber's Final Mock Draft

Adam Caplan's Insider Mock Draft 3.0


Posted by: Scout.com
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 2:07:00 PM

Ed Thompson's 7 Points: Decision Time

Which of the top QBs in this year's draft class are the most likely to succeed? Will the Brandon Marshall and Ted Ginn trades pay off? Which unheralded QB will likely be a starter within a few years? All of these topics and much more are covered in Ed Thompson's latest 7 Points column.

To find out the answers, Click Here


Posted by: Scout.com
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 2:02:00 PM

Final Scout.com 2010 Draft Rankings

For the final Scout.com 2010 Draft Rankings, click here:

Scout.com 2010 Draft Rankings

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Click Here and select your favorite NFL team now.


Posted by: Michael Erler, SFI
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 1:19:00 PM

Bulaga Dropping To 49ers?

Local scuttlebutt here in 49erland is that Iowa OT Bryan Bulaga's stock is dropping hours before the draft. If the Chiefs don't pick him fifth, he might drop all the way to the 49ers at 13. Since Oklahoma's Trent Williams and Oklahoma State's Russell Okung will be long gone by then, Bulaga might just be their man.

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Posted by: Charlie Bernstein, JagNation.com
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 12:55:00 PM

Jaguars Not Likely to Stay

The Jacksonville Jaguars have hinted for some time now that they'd like to trade back in hopes to acquire a second-round pick as they dealt their's to the New England Patriots on draft day last season to acquire cornerback Derek Cox.  We have found out that the Jaguars have inquired about trading up to the fifth pick currently owned by Kansas City with the hopes of selecting former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen.

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Posted by: John Crist, BearReport.com
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 12:31:00 PM

Bears Will Be Quiet on Day 1

With no picks in the 2010 NFL Draft until No. 75 overall in Round 3, the Bears aren't making team headquarters open to the media until Friday's Day 2. Even if general manager Jerry Angelo decided he wanted to be aggressive and make a play for, say, South Florida safety Nate Allen, he doesn't have enough ammunition to do so after previous trades for Jay Cutler and the late Gaines Adams. Additionally, Angelo said Wednesday he won't be borrowing from tomorrow to help pay for today, so next year's picks aren't going to be dealt.

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Posted by: Barry McBride, TheOBR.com
on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 11:45:00 AM

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