Arizona Cardinals - Last year at this time scout.com first reported the team was going to select CB Antrel Rolle. A team source indicates that the team has LB Ernie Sims as the top choice followed by TE Vernon Davis and S/CB Michael Huff.
The thinking on Sims is that he would replace veteran WLB Orlando
Huff, who is playing out of position.
Davis would fill a big need as
four out of the five tight ends currently on the roster were signed as undrafted
free agents and the other, Andy
Stokes, was the last pick in the 2005 draft.
Huff could see time in
back of veteran S Robert
Griffith this season and challenge for the nickel job and then replace the
aging Griffith in 2007.
The source added the only way they select a
quarterback is if the front office overrules head coach Dennis
Green, who makes the decisions on draft day.
Atlanta Falcons – A league source
told scout.com this week that the team is looking at selecting a running back,
offensive lineman or cornerback with their first selection in the draft (No. 47
The team is looking for the eventual replacement for veteran RB
Dunn and they don't seem to believe it's fifth-year RB T.J.
Duckett, who is more of a straight line runner.
Dallas Cowboys - According to a
league source, the club has their eyes on OL Charles
Spencer with their second-round pick (No. 49). Spencer is expected to be off
the board in the early to mid portion of that round. Spencer is projected to
play guard at the next level though he played left tackle last season. Spencer
is seen as the eventual replacement for veteran G Marco
Detroit Lions – While many fans and
draft experts believe the team will select CB-S Michael Huff with their
first-round selection, a league source indicated a possible selection could be
LB Ernie Sims who is a great fit for head coach Rod Marinelli's defensive
scheme. However, Sims has been taken off of many teams draft boards due to
repeated concussion issues suffered in his collegiate career.
Green Bay Packers – Various league
sources believe the team will do one of two things in the first round — select
TE Vernon Davis or LB A.J.
Hawk or trade down for as many extra selections as possible. Hawk would be
an immediate starter (likely on the weak side).
The team is looking for
more offensive weapons and Davis is viewed as an immediate impact player who is
more of a moving "chess piece," according to a league source.
Minnesota Vikings – As noted
several weeks ago, the team is still very interested in selecting QB Jay
Cutler with their first-round selection. Cutler is seen as a perfect fit for
head coach Brad Childress's West Coast offense. Should the team lose out on
Cutler, a quarterback thought to be under consideration later on is Kellen
Clemens, who has been rising on most draft boards after performing well in
Other players thought to be under consideration with
their first-round selection are LB Ernie Sims, CB Antonio
Cromartie, CB-S Jason
Allen, and LB Chad
Greenway. All of those players except Sims visited with the
Later in the draft, the club may have their eye on TE Owen
Daniels, who is seen as a very good fit for the Viking offense. Daniels, who
visited the team earlier this month, has been rising on draft boards after good
post-season workouts. He's seen as a fourth-round selection by many
Saints – A league source told scout.com this week that the team has
no interest in selecting a quarterback, and Matt
Leinart's visit was just to make one the teams behind them believe they were
looking at selecting a quarterback.
The source also indicated the team is
leaning toward selecting OT D'Brickshaw Ferguson over DE Mario
Williams barring a chance of heart. Selecting Ferguson would mean the team
threw a smoke screen out at their first minicamp when they had second-year RT Jammal
Brown move over to left tackle.
New York Giants – With veteran LB LaVar
Arrington added to the mix, selecting a linebacker is no longer a priority
for the team, making a cornerback the strongest possibility in round one. If the
team decided to trade down later in the round or to the second round, then
selecting a defensive tackle is a possibility.
The other possibility is
selecting a running back who would be viewed as the eventual successor to Tiki
Barber. A team source indicates that the team has RB Laurence
Maroney higher on their draft board than DeAngelo
Eagles – A league source believes the team most likely will trade
their selection in the first round and select C Nick
Mangold. If they stay at No. 14, LB Chad Greenway is a strong possibility.
While the team visited extensively with OT Winston
Justice, questions remain whether the team is really comfortable with his
While there have been reports of the team trading
up for DT Haloti
Ngata, a league source told scout.com this week that DT Brodrick
Bunkley is a much better fit for defensive coordinator Jim Johnson's scheme.
Johnson likes quick, athletic defenders that can get a rush up field and Bunkley
fits that bill rather well.
As scout.com was first to report, the club
worked out (quarterbacks coach Pat Shurmur) Yale QB Jeff
Mroz on Tuesday. He is seen as a A.J.
Feeley type of player. That means he's a player who was overlooked by scouts
and was a late-round selection but has a strong arm and ability. The Eagles took
a chance on Feeley in the fifth round of the 2001 draft and developed him well
enough that he was able to yield a second-round pick from Miami in a trade in 2004. Mroz is seen as a
seventh-round selection by most NFL talent evaluators.
San Francisco 49ers – While many fans
and the media continue to speculate that the team will select TE Vernon Davis
with their first-round pick, a league source indicates that the team would
select LB A.J. Hawk if Green Bay passes him up.
team certainly wants to help second-year QB Alex
Smith as much as they can by adding talent around him, but they think they
can close games if the defense improves. Hawk is capable of playing inside or
outside, but currently the team has two seldom-used linebackers running with the
first-team defense outside.
It's expected the team will look at a
cornerback or linebacker with their other selection in the first
Seahawks – A team source indicated this week that Seattle is likely
to select either a cornerback or defensive end with their first-round selection.
While cornerback is a bigger need, they really only have two solid ends on the
roster and little quality depth at the position. The team also is still
interested in signing UFA CB Ty
Rams – A league source told scout.com this week that the team is
strongly considering selecting LB Chad Greenway with their first-round
Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett is very high on him and
Greenway could be the eventual replacement for aging WLB Dexter
The team could also trade down to select
a cornerback, which is a position they're looking to upgrade.
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