NEWS-AND-NOTES (3/28-4/3)

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    04/04/2011 2:10 PM - 

    The Bengals preferring Alabama WR Julio Jones to Georgia WR A.J. Green is considered “mostly a smokescreen.” CINCINNATI ENQUIRER

    According to one scout, Clemson DL Da’Quan Bowers (knee) has “failed at least two physicals.” SI.COM

    Sports Illustrated’s Peter King believes Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert “will not get past Arizona” at No. 5 overall. SI.COM

    At least one team with a major need at quarterback is “deathly afraid of” Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett’s “off-field noise.” SI.COM

    Sports Illustrated’s Peter King believes USC OL Tyron Smith is starting to look like the top offensive tackle in the draft. SI.COM

    Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett’s draft value is said to be “taking a big tumble.”  TFY DRAFT INSIDER

    The Cowboys are not expected to use their No. 9 pick on Nebraska DB Prince Amukamara. TFY DRAFT INSIDER

    NFL Network insider Mike Lombardi reported Monday night that some NFL teams have Washington QB Jake Locker graded as low as a fourth-round pick.

    While on the NFL Network, Mike Mayock predicted that Alabama WR Julio Jones will be drafted ahead of Georgia WR A.J. Green.

    Football Outsiders’ Doug Farrar insists that concerns about the Clemson DL Da’Quan Bowers’ knee are “overblown.” YAHOO! SPORTS

    If the Bengals don’t use their No. 4 pick on a quarterback, they will likely use their second-round pick on one. CINCINNATI ENQUIRER

    Iowa DL Adrian Clayborn will be attending the NFL Draft next month. TWITTER

    Of all the teams that NFL Network’s Charley Casserly has spoken with, none of them would select Washington QB Jake Locker in the first round. TWITTER

    A source reports that the Dolphins want to move down from No. 15 overall in next month’s draft. MIAMI HERALD

    Sources say that the main concern teams have with Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett is that he lacks leadership skills. MIAMI HERALD

    At least one “good” NFL prospect failed a drug test at last month’s Scouting Combine. PRO FOOTBALL TALK

    There is belief that the Cardinals would pass on Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert if he made it to No. 5 overall. TWITTER

    “Key” personnel people in the NFL believe that Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick is “inching into the late first round.” TWITTER

    South Carolina TE Weslye Saunders is expected to undergo surgery to repair the stress fracture in his left foot on Friday. ESPN.COM

    According to NFL Films guru Greg Cosell, Illinois RB Mikel Leshoure is a better prospect than Alabama RB Mark Ingram. TWITTER

    There is belief that the Broncos have Alabama DL Marcell Dareus as their “guy” with the No. 2 spot. NFL.COM

    According to Cardinals HC Ken Whisenhunt,  the 2011 quarterback class lacks a Sam Bradford type of player. XTRA 910 PHOENIX

    There is belief that Washington QB Jake Locker would be a good fit for the Redskins. TWITTER

    Oregon LB Casey Matthews suffered a subluxation shoulder injury at the Combine. CARROLL COUNTY TIMES

    While on ESPN, Todd McShay revealed that two teams have already removed Clemson DL Da’Quan Bowers from their draft boards.

    The Bears have a good chance at drafting Florida OL Mike Pouncey. CHICAGO TRIBUNE

    Sources say NFL teams are worried about Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert’s completion percentage on throws of five or more yards. MIAMI HERALD

    The Panthers aren’t getting interest from teams drafting second through eighth about the possibility of trading out of the No. 1 spot. TWITTER

    There is belief that the Cowboys’ interest in USC OL Tyron Smith is “genuine.” FOX SPORTS SOUTHWEST

    Pro Football Weekly draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki, who wrote a scathing review of Auburn QB Cam Newton, now believes Newton could fall to the second round. PRO FOOTBALL TALK

    If they see franchise quarterback potential, the Bills could pull the trigger and draft one with their No. 3 overall pick. BENGALS.COM

    There is now word that the Broncos are looking to trade down from the No. 2 spot in the draft. BENGALS.COM

    At least one team with a first-round pick “loves” Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett. TWITTER

    NFL Network insider Mike Lombardi revealed that teams have growing concerns about the health of Alabama RB Mark Ingram’s knee.

    NFL Network’s Albert Breer predicts Auburn QB Cam Newton will be the first overall pick in the draft to Carolina. TWITTER

    Even if he looks good during his Friday workout, there are still some teams that won’t draft Clemson DL Da’Quan Bowers. CLEVELAND PLAIN-DEALER

    One NFL exec says to keep an eye out for Maryland RB Da’Rel Scott as a player who could rise over the next few weeks. MIAMI HERALD

    USC OL Tyron Smith has visits scheduled with at least a dozen teams. NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

    Veteran NFL personnel man Tony Softli defended Auburn QB Cam Newton after Pro Football Weekly’s Nolan Nawrocki’s scathing review of the prospect last week. TWITTER

    If he falls to the second round, the Bills will strongly consider drafting Arizona DL Brooks Reed. NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

    The Dolphins could target Virginia Tech QB Tyrod Taylor in the later rounds. NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

    According to Fox Sports’ Adam Caplan, Washington QB Jake Locker could “realistically” drop to the early second-round. FOX SPORTS

    According to four talent evaluators, Auburn QB Cam Newton is a better prospect than Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert. TWITTER

    There is belief that the Broncos will consider LSU DB Patrick Peterson with the No. 2 pick. FOX SPORTS

    Clemson DL Da’Quan Bowers will visit the Colts, Bills, Broncos and an unknown team next week. NFL.COM

    According to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Patriots trade up in the draft in order to get a shot at a player like North Carolina DL Robert Quinn. ESPN BOSTON

    The Lions accidentally emailed their entire list of pre-draft visits to all NFL teams instead of just to the league office. PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY

    The Panthers will focus on the off-field issues surrounding Auburn QB Cam Newton as much as his on-field ability during his visit with the team this week. ROCK HILL HERALD

    Word around the league says Washington QB Jake Locker will be a late first round pick. NFL.COM

    The only way the Panthers would draft Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert would be if they traded down. CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

    If Auburn QB Cam Newton was white, there is belief that hewould be the draft’s clear-cut No. 1 overall pick. NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

    Clemson DL Da’Quan Bowers’ knee injury could cause him to drop all the way out of the first half of round one. NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

    Multiple league sources would be “surprised” if Alabama RB Mark Ingram went No. 15 overall to the Dolphins. CBS SPORTS

    As many as eight quarterbacks could be drafted before the end of round three. NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

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