» I had an NFC South executive tell me that N.C. State senior Mike Glennon could be the second quarterback taken in the 2013 NFL Draft when all is said and done. (At the moment, West Virginia's Geno Smith is considered top dog at the position.) The scout spoke glowingly about Glennon's impressive physical tools and cited his "A-plus" arm talent in explaining why the signal-caller could shoot up draft boards across the league during the pre-draft evaluation process. Although the scout pointed out "suspect decision making" under pressure as a major concern, he believes Glennon has the kind of ability that coaches covet in a potential franchise quarterback.
» One of the players creating the biggest buzz in the scouting community is Fresno State's Phillip Thomas. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound free safety has been outstanding this season after missing most of 2011 with a broken leg and dislocated ankle. Thomas leads the nation with seven interceptions, including three pick-sixes, and possesses the skill set scouts covet in deep-middle defenders. Most impressively, Thomas displays the cover skills and athleticism to defend slot receivers and tight ends in space. I spoke with an NFC scout familiar with Thomas and he raved about his ball skills, toughness and physicality. With few safeties providing the ability to thrive as a run or pass defender, Thomas could attract a lot of attention from teams looking for a playmaker in the middle of the field.
» The No. 1 corner in the draft is Mississippi State's Johnthan Banks, according to several scouts I've spoken with over the past few weeks. The 6-2, 185-pound senior was viewed as a potential first-round pick when he considered entering the 2012 draft as an underclassman and continues to receive high marks from evaluators who have seen him play this season. An AFC personnel man raved about his "toughness" and "versatility," while I had an NFC scout cite his combination of size, length and technical skills as why he should be the top choice at the position. Both evaluators expressed concerns about his speed, but neither saw it as the kind of limitation that would keep him from developing into an elite player at the next level.