NEWS-AND-NOTES (3/14-3/20)

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    03/21/2011 11:01 AM - 

    Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett is scheduled to workout with the Panthers Tuesday. NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

    During a recent episode of Path to the Draft Monday, NFL Network’s Mike Mayock questioned Georgia DL Justin Houston’s motor, saying he’s “not a great hustler every snap of every game. For me, that puts him in the second round.”

    According to NFL Network’s Mike Lombardi, Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert can “seal” the No. 1 pick in the draft with an “impressive” Pro Day this Thursday.

    The Browns are reportedly “looking hard” at Auburn QB Cam Newton leading up to the draft. CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER

    There is belief that the Panthers will and should draft a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick, despite LSU DB Patrick Peterson being considered the best player in this year’s draft. ESPN.COM

    Florida OL Mike Pouncey expects to be drafted between No. 15 and No. 20 in the first round next month. TWITTER

    Delaware QB Pat Devlin may have cost himself a spot in the draft altogether after putting up a terrible performance in his Pro Day Tuesday. JOSH BUCHANAN SCOUTING

    It’s believed that Pittsburgh DL Jabaal Sheard has locked up a top-20 spot in next month’s draft after putting in a fine performance at his Pro Day. TWITTER

    Florida DB Will Hill reportedly “looked stiff and struggled to flip [his] hips” at his Pro Day. TWITTER

    Florida DB Ahmad Black’s draft stock is expected to drop after running two forty-yard dashes in the 4.7 range at his Pro Day. TWITTER

    Considering Pittsburgh WR Jonathan Baldwin as a first-round prospect is “crazy talk.” AOL.SPORTINGNEWS.COM

    Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert is expected to take all snaps from under center instead of the shotgun formation in during Pro Day Thursday. TWITTER

    There is strong belief that the Panthers will draft Auburn QB Cam Newton with the No. 1 pick. CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

    There is concern among NFL scouts regarding Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert’s “accuracy making throws outside the hashmarks.” SI.COM

    Eastern Washington RB Taiwan Jones (foot surgery) has postponed his Pro Day again until April 14. TWITTER

    Florida State QB Christian Ponder “continues to ascend” after showing off “above average arm strength” and “excellent footwork” at the Seminoles’ Pro Day. TWITTER

    Several general managers can see Alabama RB Mark Ingram slip into the late first or early second round. NFL.COM

    “Based on pure talent,” Auburn DL Nick Fairley is “clearly a level above” Alabama’s DL Marcell Dareus. AOL.SPORTINGNEWS.COM

    After a strong Combine performance, Nebraska RB Roy Helu Jr. is reportedly beginning to draw second- and third-round consideration. NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

    The three most likely candidates to be the Panthers’ pick at No. 1 overall appear to be Alabama DL Marcell Dareus, Auburn QB Cam Newton, and LSU DB Patrick Peterson. TWITTER

    There is concern in the league that Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert was just “not all that productive” in college and that his arm strength is “ordinary.” TWITTER

    Illinois DL Corey Liuget has emerged as an “elite” defensive tackle prospect behind only Alabama DL Marcell Dareus and Auburn DL Nick Fairley in the 2011 draft class. TWITTER

    According to a league source, Clemson DL Da’Quan Bowers’ surgically repaired knee is “great.” NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

    After watching him play in person against Iowa, one AFC West scout “significantly upgraded” Arizona DL Brooks Reed’s draft grade. NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

    Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett’s 64.7 completion rate is not indicative of his accuracy. TITANS INSIDER

    According to Profootballtalk.com, the Panthers prefer Auburn QB Cam Newton over Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert as the potential No. 1 overall pick. PRO FOOTBALL TALK

    Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert is expected to have dinner with the Vikings after his Pro Day Thursday. TWITTER

    The “gut” feeling is still that the Vikings will take Washington QB Jake Locker at No. 12 overall. TWITTER

    South Carolina TE Weslye Saunders has reportedly opted against surgery to repair the stress fracture in his foot. TFY DRAFT INSIDER

    Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff, HC Mike Smith, and OC Mike Mularkey watched Troy WR Jerrel Jernigan’s private workout in person. ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

    Portland State TE Julius Thomas has reportedly been drawing comparisons to Saints TE Jimmy Graham. TFY DRAFT INSIDER

    Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert will go through a private workout for the Panthers on Saturday. TWITTER

    Most teams have dropped Boise State WR Titus Young into the third-round range. TFY DRAFT INSIDER

    According to Ex-Rams personnel man Tony Softli, Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett’s character issues will prevent him from being a first-round pick. CSN BAY AREA

    There is belief that Alabama DL Marcell Dareus is the “closest there is to a sure thing” in this year’s draft. CBS SPORTS

    A scout wouldn’t be “shocked” to see Texas A&M LB Von Miller as the top overall pick in the draft. NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

    A number of NFL coaches have reportedly been put off by the way Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert has conducted himself so far this offseason. NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

    Five teams are expected to put Virginia Tech QB Tyrod Taylor through a private workout over the next two weeks. NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

    There is belief that the Chargers could take Purdue DL Ryan Kerrigan with the No. 18 pick in the draft. TWITTER

    There doesn’t appear to be much of a chance that the Seahawks will trade up from the No. 25 spot in an attempt to draft Washington QB Jake Locker. ESPN.COM

    The Browns’ recent interest in drafting a quarterback with their No. 6 pick could be a ploy to generate interest for that pick. CLEVELAND PLAIN-DEALER

    The Jets are believed to end up using their No. 30 pick on a defensive lineman or pass rusher. ESPN NEW YORKER


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