gbnreport:2010 DRAFT BUZZ:

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by cowboyjoe, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    April 19
    Just ten days to go until the 2011 draft and for the most part NFL teams are in lock down mode with not much coming out in the way of news. There has been almost nothing out of Carolina, which has the first pick overall, for example, for days on what direction the Panthers are leaning with this year’s top pick. That would tend to indicate that Auburn QB Cam Newton is still the Panthers’ choice as it would be hard sell for Carolina to tell its fan base at this late date that they weren’t going to be getting a potential elite level passer to help the compete with the either dynamic defenses in the division after all, but instead were getting an interior defensive lineman…

    Meanwhile, there are rumblings that Washington, which has the 10th pick and desperately needs help at QB, is working toward trying to drop down in next week’s draft in hopes of acquiring some extra picks - the Redskins no longer have either their 3rd or 4th round picks - while still being in position to take one of the solid second-tier QBs. That would be, though, if the Redskins don’t trade up to try and get Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert, especially if he should slip past Buffalo and Cincinnati at the 3rd and 4th picks respectively, although that could cost them their #1 pick next year. But hey this is Washington where owner Dan Snyder has never been shy about trying to make a splash! …

    It probably won’t come as a huge shocker that Dallas is also reportedly looking to trade down in this year’s opening round as the Cowboys move more on draft day than Allied Van Lines. The Cowboys have the 9th pick and have been thought to be interested in USC OT Tyron Smith after the only pro day head coach Jason Garrett attended was the Trojans’ on-campus workout. However, taking an offensive lineman in the opening round would be very much against the trend for Jerry Jones and company; indeed, the Cowboys have never taken an OL in the 1st round in Jones’ tenure in Dallas. And while the Cowboys have some issues along the offensive front, they may have bigger needs on the other side of the ball and could probably afford to drop down 5-10 slots, pick up an extra pick, and still have a shot at some quality defenders that fit their scheme such as 5-tech DEs J.J. Watt of Wisconsin and Cal’s Cameron Jordan; DEs Aldon Smith of Missouri and Purdue’s Ryan Kerrigan, who would figure at OLB in the Cowboys’ 3-4 system; and CBs Prince Amukamara of Nebraska or Jimmy Smith of Colorado

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