Indianapolis Colts new GM Ryan Grigson mentioned that they’ve “pretty much made up our mind” regrading who they’ll take with the #1 overall pick in this year’s draft.
“We’ve exhausted the process,” said Grigson, Mike Chappell. “Pretty much made up our mind.”
Obviously, Grigson didn’t specifically mention who they were leaning towards, but it’s widely assumed that the Colts will be taking Stanford QB Andrew Luck.
Russ Lande of the Sporting News mentions that sources have told him that NFL teams don’t see Iowa OT Riley Reiff as being as good of a prospect as the media believes he is. In fact, Lande mentions that Reiff could drop “toward the bottom of the first round” and possibly end up in the early second.
Lande adds that teams are concerned about his athleticism and short arms, which is something that has been talked about since this year’s scouting combine.
Even if this is the consensus, it’s only going to take one team like the Bills or the Cardinals to grab him in spite of the obvious concerns.
SI’s Tony Pauline writes that the 49ers will either take Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill or “the highest rated offensive guard” with their #30 overall pick.
49ers GM Trent Baalke mentioned that he’s targeting “one player” in particular, but made no mention of who it may be.
Hill seems like a logical option for them despite adding Randy Moss and Mario Manningham during free agency. San Francisco has said that they would still like to find another receiver during the draft and Hill would given them a number of years, compared to what they’re expecting from Moss.
ESPN’s Todd McShay mentioned on today’s SportsCenter that UNC DE Quinton Coples could end up falling all the way down to the #17 overall, which is owned by the Bengals.
This coincides with what a number of draft experts have been saying recent weeks. Coples’ draft stock has dropped based on questions regarding his “motor” and underwhelming game tape from 2011. He’s still seen as one of the best defensive lineman in this year’s draft class but comes with plenty of risk, should someone take in the top fifteen picks.
Russ Lande believes that Boston College LB Luke Kuechly “compares favorably” to Brian Urlacher and sees him being taking in the first 15 picks.
Lande adds that the Chiefs, Bears, and Lions could all have interest in him, should he still be available when they’re on the clock.
The only thing really hurting Kuechly right now is the position that he plays. Inside linebackers have seen their value drop some in recent years, but Kuechly is still one of the best prospects to come out in a while at the position.
Russ Lande of the Sporting News writes that a several NFL sources have told him that their respective teams have “very high grades” on Arizona State QB Brock Osweiler.
Lande’s sources added that they would be “shocked” if he wasn’t taken at some point in the second-round.
“Has the arm strength & great intangibles. … Osweiler could be a big star at the next level, but needs time,” said ESPN’s Todd McShay.
Osweiler will need some time to develop, but if there’s this much interest in him, he could end up being taken higher than many expected him to be. So far, he’s met with the Dolphins, Chiefs, Broncos and Seahawks.
Russ Lande also writes that Alabama DE Courtney Upshaw will likely end up dropping into the “20 to 40” range. Lande adds that Upshaw’s stock has fallen “over concerns about his edge pass-rush ability.”
This too appears to be the consensus among draft experts. Upshaw has been very disappointing through the draft process and character concerns have also come up as another reason why draft stock is dropping recently.
NFL teams apparently see him as a better fit in a 4-3 defensive front, than at OLB in a 3-4.
Here are some notes collected by Nolan Nawrocki of Pro Football Weekly from some NFL GM’s and personnel men.
- “When you evaluate (Georgia’s) Cordy Glenn at left tackle, you have to remember — he was out of shape and overweight,” said NFL executive
- “I think (Oklahoma’s) Ronnell Lewis goes in the second, but to me, he’s a ‘reach’ guy. I wouldn’t touch him there, and he fits what we do,” said the personnel man.
- “If you watch 2011, there are games where he looks like nothing more than a free agent. I don’t see what everyone else is (seeing) on this year’s tape,” said the personnel man.
- “You don’t expect nose tackles to be good pass rushers, but (Washington’s)Alameda Ta’amu can really push the pocket,” said the league executive.
NFL Draft Notes
- Maine S Trevor Coston will visit with the Packers today (Tony Pauline)
- Baylor WR Kendall Wright will be visiting the Jets (Tony Pauline)
- Mike Mayock mentioned that Oklahoma DE is Frank Alexander could be a sleeper to watch. “Somebody’s going to get a starting-quality DE in the 5th round.”
- Boise State QB Kellen Moore visited the Saints (Aaron Wilson)
- Iowa WR Marvin McNutt worked out for the Rams today. (Aaron Wilson)
- Northern Alabama CB Janoris Jenkins has visited the Eagles, Colts and Rams. (Aaron Wilson)
- Stanford G David DeCastro recently visited the Cowboys. (ESPN Dallas)