As would be expected, what is a NFL draft without some rumors floating around? We’re about 48 hours away and there’s ample draft buzz permeating the air. Today is no different as Wes Bunting from National Football Post has the following rumors:
- A prospect that has been getting a lot of feedback is UCLA defensive tackle Brian Price; the word is that Price could fall anywhere between picks #19 and 40.
- Sources close to the Detroit Lions say that Oklahoma State OT Russell Okung mazy be in the team’s crosshairs, even if they don’t land Albert Haynesworth in the near future.
- South Florida wide receiver Carlton Mitchell is a “hot name” to watch in the second round of the draft. Apparently, people think that his upside and value in that round is better than taking Dez Bryant in the first round.
- Assuming they do not get the running back they want, the San Diego Chargers want to draft Alabama defensive tackle Terrence Cody.
- According to the University of Connecticut football program, wide receiver Marcus Easley will not fall out of the third round, citing the Philadelphia Eagles at pick #23 and one of the Cleveland Browns’ third-round picks as possible suitors.
- According to NFL scouts, Virginia Tech defensive end Nekos Brown is a name to watch for in the latter rounds as he is getting rave reviews from the Tech coaching staff (naturally).
- A wideout who isn’t getting much pub lately is Michigan State’s Blair White. A scout has him tagged as a late-rounder. The same can be said for Baylor center J.D. Walton and WR David Gettis.
- Connecticut cornerback Robert McClain has been getting the Jacksonville Jaguars attention recently. Bunting thinks that McClain is a late-rounder, but the Jaguars think that he can add some depth to the CB position and help out as a return man.
- Apparently, the stock of University of Pittsburgh tight end Nate Byham has risen, with scouts saying that he may have a future in the NFL as a #2 TE. Yet there are teams out there who had originally pegged him as a late-rounder who now have him in the middle rounds.