NEWS-AND-NOTES (4/11-4/17)

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    04/18/2011 9:07 AM - 

    Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick may have positioned himself into the “last ten slots” of the first round after an impressive offseason. THE SPORTING NEWS

    LSU DB Patrick Peterson reportedly turned down a visit to the Rams. TWITTER

    ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay believes Alabama RB Mark Ingram’s draft stock is slipping heading to the Draft.

    According to’s Gil Brandt, Auburn QB Cam Newton is a no-brainer pick at No. 1 overall in the draft. NFL.COM

    One unnamed NFL GM revealed that Colorado DB Jimmy Smith’s character concerns have been overblown by the media. MLIVE.COM

    In order to “clear out the slant” for WR Brandon Marshall, the Dolphins are said to be eyeballing vertical tight ends in the draft. TWITTER

    Notre Dame TE Kyle Rudolph’s surgically-repaired hamstring passed the Combine medical recheck with flying colors. PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY

    There is belief that the Cowboys are “probably” going to draft USC OL Tyron Smith with their No. 9 pick. NFL.COM

    Georgia WR A.J. Green has reportedly joined Auburn QB Cam Newton as a candidate to go No. 1 overall to the Panthers. TWITTER

    The Dolphins may end up spending more time with Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett than any other prospect after an impressive workout. MIAMI HERALD

    USC OL Tyron Smith’s surgically repaired knee has reportedly checked out medically with “several teams.” CBS SPORTS

    “Three sources” revealed that Auburn DL Nick Fairley skipped a scheduled dinner with Dolphins coach Tony Sparano and GM Jeff Ireland following Auburn’s March 8 Pro Day. TWITTER

    The Seahawks are said to be high enough on Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett that they will strongly consider him with their No. 25 pick. NFL.COM

    There is strong belief among several draft analysts that Illinois RB Mikel Leshoure is a superior running back prospect compared to Alabama RB Mark Ingram. TWITTER

    The Raiders, Buccaneers, Dolphins and Saints are said to have interest in USC TE Jordan Cameron. NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

    Some scouts are concerned with Florida OL Mike Pouncey’s knees. NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

    According to a number of sources, the Vikings have “significant” interest in taking a defensive end at No. 12. NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

    The Panthers reportedly like LSU DB Patrick Peterson “a lot.” TWITTER

    There is “no chance” the Broncos will trade down a few spots and risk missing out on Alabama DL Marcell Dareus. TWITTER

    There is too much pressure for the Dolphins to win in 2011 to use their first-round pick on a quarterback. TWITTER

    There is still belief that the Panthers will select Auburn QB Cam Newton at No. 1 overall. TWITTER

    One scout described Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett as a “statue” when discussing his mobility. NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

    According to ESPN 980′s Chris Russell, it would be an “awful idea” for the Redskins to trade up to draft a quarterback. TWITTER

    Some NFL front office men are worried Georgia WR A.J. Green will be difficult to coach. NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

    The Ravens could lean towards drafting a cornerback with their No. 26 pick. TWITTER

    Unless Alabama WR Julio Jones falls in the draft, the Lions aren’t expected to trade down from their No. 13 spot. TWITTER

    Even though they’ve yet to bring in either player for a workout, the Redskins are reportedly “intrigued” by both Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick and Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett. TWITTER

    Some front office sources are starting to question UCLA LB Akeem Ayers’ instincts and ability to learn a complex defense. NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST

    North Carolina QB T.J. Yates was nominated as NFL Network’s Mike Mayock’s “sleeper” choice at quarterback in this year’s draft. PHILLY.COM

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