NEWS-AND-NOTES (3/7-3/13)

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    NEWS-AND-NOTES (3/7-3/13)

    North Carolina DL Robert Quinn is reportedly the first athlete to play with a brain tumor still inside his skull, according to officials at the National Brain Tumor Foundation and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. THE SPORTING NEWS

    Panthers HC Ron Rivera will be on hand for Auburn QB Cam Newton’s Pro Day on Tuesday. CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

    Ohio State DL Cameron Heyward could be a “likely target” for the Chargers with their No. 18 overall pick. SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

    According to one NFC scout, Auburn QB Cam Newton is the biggest boom-or-bust prospect in the 2011 NFL draft. ESPN 1500 TWIN CITIES

    Coming off Tommy John surgery, Ohio State DL Cameron Heyward remains on track to perform a full pre-draft workout on March 30. PRO FOOTBALL TALK

    NFL personnel sources believe Arizona DL Brooks Reed is in the mix to be a top-50 pick in the draft. FOX SPORTS

    RB Mark Ingram is planning to re-run the forty-yard dash at Alabama’s Pro Day on Wednesday. TUSCALOOSA NEWS

    There are “rumblings” that the Seahawks are “not high” on Washington QB Jake Locker. TACOMA NEWS-TRIBUNE

    According to Bills GM Buddy Nix, Clemson DL Da’Quan Bowers has the talent to play in any scheme. BUFFALOBILLS.COM

    After posting a 4.34 forty at the Combine, Maryland RB Da’Rel Scott’s draft value is on a “sky rocket” rise. TWITTER

    There is belief that Texas A&M LB Von Miller has “got some Vernon Gholston in him.” CSN BAY AREA

    Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett was “absolutely sensational” in passing drills, despite showing below-average athleticism at his pro day. NFL.COM

    Auburn QB Cam Newton went 50-for-60 passing during passing drills at his pro day Tuesday. TWITTER

    The Bills reportedly met with Auburn QB Cam Newton and his agents Monday night. NFL.COM

    ESPN’s Todd McShay said Auburn DL Nick Fairley’s pro-day performance was one of the best he’s ever seen by an interior lineman. ESPN.COM

    According to one scout, Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett “thinks he is Eminem.” TWITTER

    Former NFL scout Dave Razzano prefers Washington QB Jake Locker over Auburn QB Cam Newton and Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert. WASHINGTON EXAMINER

    If it was an in-season procedure, Alabama WR Julio Jones says his left foot surgery would only sideline him for four weeks. TWITTER

    According to NFL Films guru Greg Cosell, USC OL Tyron Smith is the best tackle in the 2011 draft after watching his game tape. TWITTER

    Alabama QB Greg McElroy plans to work out on April 5, despite dealing with a broken throwing hand. TFY DRAFT INSIDER

    ESPN’s Mel Kiper believes Arizona DL/LB Brooks Reed will be a first-round pick. BUFFALO NEWS

    OL Nate Solder weighed in at just 307 pounds and 6’8 at Colorado’s Pro Day. CBS SPORTS

    The Cardinals are expected to put a “full-court press” on Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert’s Pro Day. TWITTER

    ESPN’s Mel Kiper has Miami WR Leonard Hankerson ranked as the No. 3 wide receiver in the draft behind only Georgia WR A.J. Green and Alabama WR Julio Jones.

    Physicians reportedly “flagged” Clemson DL Da’Quan Bowers (knee) on his medical at the Scouting Combine. CBS SPORTS

    “In the eyes of many NFL scouts,” Wisconsin DL J.J. Watt is viewed as a top 10 talent. SI.COM

    According to a league source, the Panthers don’t “really love” Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert enough to select him at No. 1 overall. SI.COM

    Coming off groin surgery, Indiana WR Tandon Doss will workout for NFL teams on April 6. CBS SPORTS

    After a strong workout at his pro Day Thurdsay, there is belief that there should be “no doubt” that OL Derek Sherrod will be a first-round pick. AOL.SPORTINGNEWS.COM

    According to NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, Baylor DL Phil Taylor won’t get out of the first round of the draft. TWITTER

    Former teammates Warren Moon and current Titans HC Mike Munchak are expected to meet so Moon can let Munchak know that Auburn QB Cam Newton is “going to be special.” NASHVILLE TENNESSEAN

    According to “several personnel sources,” Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert would be a reach as a top-five pick. FOX SPORTS

    It’s believed that Auburn DL Nick Fairley is strictly a “three-technique” tackle who will appeal only to 4-3 teams. FOX SPORTS

    NFL scouts want Wisconsin RB John Clay to bulk back up into the 250-pound range. SI.COM

    The Bengals may have their “eyes on” DB Prince Amukamara after sending of DBs coach Kevin Coyle to Nebraska’s Pro Day. NFL.COM

    Notre Dame TE Kyle Rudolph is expected to fully participate in the school’s April 7 Pro Day after undergoing hamstring surgery. WSBT SOUTH BEND

    The Packers are said to be interested in Arizona DE/LB Brooks Reed. TFY DRAFT INSIDER

    TCU QB Andy Dalton would be “a nice fit” in 49ers HC Jim Harbaugh’s West Coast offense. CSN BAY AREA

    “Several teams” insist Clemson DL Da’Quan Bowers’ knee surgery was more serious than Bowers has claimed. DENVER POST

    TCU QB Andy Dalton held private workouts with the Browns, Patriots and Bears at his Pro Day Friday. NFL.COM

    According to NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, Alabama RB Mark Ingram is “one of the angriest runners I’ve ever seen.” NFL.COM

    The Bears will keep a close eye on Arizona DE/LB Brooks Reed during his Pro Day Saturday. TWITTER

    There is belief that Washington QB Jake Locker is accurate when outside the pocket. NFL.COM

    Florida State QB Christian Ponder could “sneak into the first round” after an impressive offseason. NFL.COM

    Auburn QB Cam Newton is believed to be too much of a “developmental prospect,” and not worthy of a top-10 pick in the draft. NFL.COM

    Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett is believed to be a “lock” to go in the first round of the draft. NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

    According to’s Gil Brandt, Oregon LB Casey Matthews’ workout at his Pro Day on Thursday “was just OK.” NFL.COM

    Auburn QB Cam Newton will go through a private workout for the Panthers this Wednesday. CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

    The Vikings and Bills “appear very interested” in Auburn QB Cam Newton. NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

    NFL front office men have “serious concerns” about Clemson DL Da’Quan Bowers’ knee. NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

    If there’s no new Collective Bargaining Agreement before April 28, NFL teams will not be able to sign undrafted free agents. NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

    Louisville RB Bilal Powell pulled his hamstring at the Cardinals’ Pro Day, but clocked a forty time in the 4.50-4.54 range beforehand. CBS SPORTS

    There is real mounting concern around the NFL regarding Clemson DL Da’Quan Bowers’ surgically repaired knee. NFL.COM

    There are reportedly “a number of teams” who have removed Colorado DB Jimmy Smith from their draft boards. TFY DRAFT INSIDER

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