NEWS-AND-NOTES (3/21-3/27)

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    03/28/2011 1:03 PM - 

    According to Panthers HC Ron Rivera, the team is still considering roughly eight players to take with the first pick, including Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett. CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

    The Eagles are believed to “like” Nebraska DB Prince Amukamara “a lot.” TWITTER

    According to Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert, Florida OL Mike Pouncey is his brother Maurkice’s “identical twin” both off the field and on. PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW

    “Multiple sources inside the league” view Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett as no better than a borderline first-round prospect. CBS SPORTS

    Word is going around that the Patriots are already shopping their No. 28 overall pick in the draft. SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

    After distributing their playbook to each draft prospect, the Panthers plan to quiz Auburn QB Cam Newton, Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert, and Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett on the inner workings of OC Rob Chudzinski’s offense. TWITTER

    During the NFL owners meetings Tuesday, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier made it “pretty clear” that he wants to draft a quarterback and start him right away. TWITTER

    The Cowboys have reportedly received multiple calls about the availability of the No. 9 overall pick in the draft. ESPN DALLAS

    The “smart money” is currently on the Saints drafting Temple DL Muhammad Wilkerson in the first round. TFY DRAFT INSIDER

    49ers HC Jim Harbaugh recently praised Auburn QB Cam Newton’s athleticism and potential as an NFL quarterback. SACRAMENTO BEE

    According to SI.com’s Peter King, the Panthers don’t have Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett on their list of potential No. 1 picks. TWITTER

    Lions GM Martin Mayhew was “impressed” with Colorado DB Jimmy Smith after a recent meeting. DETROIT FREE PRESS

    According to Lions GM Martin Mayhew, North Carolina LB Bruce Carter (ACL surgery) would be a candidate for the PUP list entering training camp. DETROIT FREE PRESS

    There is belief that Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi has no chance of developing into an NFL starter. TITAN INSIDER

    The Browns might be willing to trade down from their No. 6 pick in the draft. CLEVELAND PLAIN-DEALER

    According to Panthers HC Ron Rivera, the team will likely wait until the week of the April 28-30 draft to settle on the No. 1 pick. CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

    Georgia WR A.J. Green says he “keep(s) hearing either Cincinnati or Cleveland will draft him.” ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

    NFL Network’s Mike Mayock says “everybody in the league” feels it would be an “upset” if the Broncos don’t draft Alabama DL Marcell Dareus with their No. 2-overall pick in the draft.

    If the Cardinals “can get” Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert, “they will,” according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. TWITTER

    If Georgia WR A.J. Green falls past the Bengals at No. 4, the Falcons could contact the Browns to move up to their No. 6 spot to draft him. ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

    According to a consensus of NFL people present at the Nevada Pro Day, QB Colin Kaepernick will be a second-round pick in April. NFL.COM

    Clemson DL Da’Quan Bowers’ player rep insists his client has had no “setbacks or new concerns” since undergoing a knee scope in January. PRO FOOTBALL TALK

    Nine teams are expected to visit with or workout Auburn QB Cam Newton over the next four weeks. ESPN.COM

    Heading into the draft, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones concedes that the quarterback position is not a position of need. ESPN DALLAS

    Missouri DL Aldon Smith’s has lost much of his explosiveness because of a 2010 leg fracture. THE SPORTING NEWS

    The Rams could give serious consideration to drafting Alabama RB Mark Ingram with the 14th overall pick if Alabama WR Julio Jones is off the board. ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

    The Rams have shown interest in Maryland WR Torrey Smith. ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

    Lehigh OL Will Rackley worked out for eight NFL offensive line coaches at his Pro Day late last week. NFL.COM

    NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock believes Pittsburgh WR Jonathan Baldwin “has a well-earned reputation as a diva.” NFL.COM

    If Notre Dame TE Kyle Rudolph runs in the “4.65 range” at his April 7 Pro Day, he will be a first-round pick. NFL.COM

    According to Fox Sports’ Adam Caplan,  “most teams” don’t have a first-round grade on Washington QB Jake Locker. FOX SPORTS

    If he fell out of the top 10 in the draft, the Vikings would consider Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert at No. 12. FOX SPORTS

    One scout has a free-agent grade on Florida DB Ahmad Black. NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

    According to one source, there are some teams that are “curious” if Washington QB Jake Locker’s NFL future is at safety. TWITTER

    The Redskins might consider Alabama RB Mark Ingram at No. 10 overall in the draft. ESPN BOSTON

    New Titans HC Mike Munchak is said to be high on LSU DB Patrick Peterson. BOSTON GLOBE

    Bills HC Chan Gailey is reportedly high on Texas A&M LB Von Miller. BOSTON GLOBE

    If the Browns decide to take a wideout at No. 6, they could go with Alabama WR Julio Jones over Georgia WR A.J. Green. CLEVELAND PLAIN-DEALER

    Panthers HC Ron Rivera made a claim that he wouldn’t be opposed to selecting a cornerback with the team’s No. 1 pick in the draft. NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

    According to NFL.com draft analyst Gil Brandt, Auburn QB Cam Newton is the “real deal.” NFL.COM

    “Plenty of teams” reportedly have TCU QB Andy Dalton graded as a second- to third-round pick. CBS SPORTS

    Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert was likely never a realistic option for the Panthers with the No. 1 overall pick. TWITTER

    Miami WR Leonard Hankerson reportedly struggled with drops and route running at his Pro Day. CBS SPORTS


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