The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that LSU CB Morris Claiborne “very much figures into the draft deliberations at Rams Park.“
If the Rams cut a deal with the Redskins and move down to the #6 overall pick, then they risk losing Claiborne to the Buccaneers at #5. This could actually help the Browns chances of moving up for Robert Griffin III considering that they would include the #4 overall pick and guarantee them at shot at Claiborne.
ESPN Florida’s Charlie Bernstein reports that a league source has told him that his team is “not concerned at all” by Baylor WR Kendall Wright’s slower than expected forty times at this year’s Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
“Kendall Wright plays much faster than he was clocked,” the source added.
A number of scouts have made similar comments since his disappointing performance. Wright had trouble getting of the crouching stance for some reason but that’s not exactly going to be something that he’ll have to deal with in an actual game.
Initially we had him falling to the Texans at #26 in most recent NFL Mock Draft but chose to give him to the Arizona Cardinals instead. Wright would be an incredible option across from Larry Fitzgerald and could really help their offensive production next season.
Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer writes that the Carolina Panthers “don’t view defensive tackle as their biggest need.”
This is news to anyone that has put together a mock draft in the last few months because the vast majority has suspected that they would address the position first and foremost. In fact, we have the Panthers taking Memphis NT Dontari Poe at #9 overall.
Person does mention that they’ll “likely give Poe a look” despite the fact that they’re not looking to address the position that early.
Person writes that the Panthers are “intrigued” by North Alabama CB Janoris Jenkins and his overall ability.
Cornerback is definitely a position that they’ll consider in the early portion of the draft but the problem is that there’s really no sure-thing after Morris Claiborne. Jenkins showcased plenty of ability at the Combine and is a first-round talent but his off-the-field issues have suppressed his value a lot.
At #9 overall, it’s like a big risk to take Jenkins.