Draft News-and-Notes (2/28-3/6)

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    03/07/2011 9:52 AM - 

    NEWS-AND-NOTES (2/28-3/6)

    Despite a poor workout at the Combine Sunday, Auburn QB Cam Newton may still be considered by the Panthers with their No. 1 overall pick. TWITTER

    According to at least one NFL head coach, Boston College LB Mark Herzlich “has a long way to go’’ in showing teams he’s draft-ready. BOSTON GLOBE

    Former NFL quarterback Bernie Kosar believes that “most teams were fine” with the explanation provided by Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett regarding his rumored drug use. TWITTER

    The Ravens are rumored to be seeking a big cornerback in the draft. BALTIMORE SUN

    Alabama DL Marcell Dareus is predicted to be drafted before Auburn DL Nick Fairley in April. TWITTER

    Florida State QB Christian Ponder “appears at this time to be the most ready to step in and succeed in (Bengals OC Jay) Gruden’s system.” CINCINNATI ENQUIRER

    If Georgia WR A.J. Green and Alabama WR Julio Jones are gone by their pick, the Rams may take a defensive end with the No. 14 pick. ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

    Radar gun readings have shown Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick to have the strongest arm among quarterbacks throwing at the NFL Combine. PRO FOOTBALL TALK

    The Cowboys and Redskins will reportedly consider taking North Carolina DL Robert Quinn in the top 10 as an outside linebacker. TWITTER

    It’s believed that Georgia WR A.J. Green has not lost his standing as the draft’s top receiver prospect, despite his slow 4.50 official forty time. SI.COM

    Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi “struggled big-time” with his accuracy in throwing drills at the Combine. BUFFALO NEWS

    The consensus at the Scouting Combine was that Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett was one of the top throwers in passing drills. MIAMI HERALD

    LSU DB Patrick Peterson says he hasn’t been asked about a potential move to safety in the NFL. PRO FOOTBALL TALK

    Florida State QB Christian Ponder is reportedly “generating … first-round buzz” after an impressive Combine. CBS SPORTS

    Auburn QB Cam Newton has drawn poor grades for “football character” from at least two teams during interviews at the Scouting Combine. CBS SPORTS

    Pro Football Weekly draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki predicts that Alabama WR Julio Jones’ foot surgery won’t hurt his draft stock “in the slightest.”

    Alabama WR Julio Jones’ foot surgery is not expected to hurt his draft stock “in the slightest.” PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY

    Some NFL teams are reportedly worried about Colorado DB Jimmy Smith’s character after he tested positive in a drug test at least one time in Boulder and his two minor-in-possession arrests for alcohol. DENVER POST

    During an interview with ProFootballTalk Live Tuesday, Washington QB Jake Locker shot down speculation that he would turn to baseball’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the event of a lockout. PRO FOOTBALL TALK

    Miami University DB Demarcus Van Dyke logged an official 4.28 forty, the fastest time at the NFL Combine. NFL.COM

    There is belief that Auburn QB Cam Newton “shouldn’t be a first-round pick but certainly will be, based on his potential.” AOL.SPORTINGNEWS.COM

    According to ESPN Todd McShay, Clemson DL Da’Quan Bowers is not healing as quickly as hoped from January arthroscopic knee surgery.

    Wisconsin DL J.J. Watt “rocketed up” draft boards at the Scouting Combine. MLIVE.COM

    Alabama WR Julio Jones is expected to have a screw inserted into his fractured foot Saturday by noted foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson. TWITTER

    The Vikings could emerge from the draft with Washington QB Jake Locker. TWITTER

    Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi’s draft stock is said to be “falling big time.” TWITTER

    There is belief that Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett will be drafted in the second round. FOX SPORTS

    The Bears could give serious consideration to Wisconsin OL Gabe Carimi with the No. 29 overall pick. TWITTER

    The Panthers are not believed to have interest in Auburn DL Nick Fairley. TWITTER

    Coming off ACL surgery, North Carolina LB Bruce Carter is expected to resume on-field drill work sometime in May. ESPN 101 ST. LOUIS

    Baylor DL Phil Taylor “might have solidified himself” as a first-round pick with his Pro Day workout. NFL.COM

    Clemson DL Da’Quan Bowers (meniscus surgery) wis expected to hold a private Pro Day on April 1. NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

    Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert is not believed to be in play for the No. 1 overall pick. TWITTER

    Virginia Tech RB Ryan Williams gained 10 pounds just prior to the Combine. NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

    Arizona DL Brooks Reed’s 1.54 ten-yard split at the Combine was by far the fastest amongst all pass rushers. CBS SPORTS

    Four out of five teams at the Combine had no issues with Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett during interviews. CBS SPORTS

    According to NFL Network’s Steve Wyche, Clemson DL Da’Quan Bowers (knee) will be “fully healthy” for his April 1 workout.

    Two league sources say the Panthers are “not sold” on drafting a defensive lineman with the No. 1 pick in the draft. CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

    Miami (FL) DB Demarcus Van Dyke is expected to hold private workouts for both the Eagles and Browns. PRO FOOTBALL TALK

    A “group of NFL executives” say Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert interviewed better than any other quarterback at last week’s NFL Combine. NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

    Between a sub-par Combine and his interviews not having gone that great, UCLA DB Rahim Moore may have fallen out of the first round. NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

    West Virginia DB Robert Sands may end up as a linebacker in the NFL. NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

    Florida DB Will Hill’s draft stock took a “free fall” after his performance at the NFL Combine. NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

    Auburn DL Nick Fairley, and not former teammate QB Cam Newton, may have created the most concern at the Combine. CBS SPORTS

    Mississippi State OL Derek Sherrod has met with the Ravens, Colts, and Bears at both the Senior Bowl and the Combine. NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

    Because his agent is Tom Condon, the Patriots could stay away from Wisconsin DL J.J. Watt. TWITTER

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