Insider Notes/Player Visit and Analysis 11.0

Inside you'll find the latest on several key players who will be selected in this weekend's NFL draft.

Arizona Cardinals - While the team remains high on University of Wisconsin OLT Joe Thomas, a team source indicates offensive line coach Russ Grimm likes Penn St. University OT Levi Brown. If the team decides to trade down, Brown could likely be the player they select.


Baltimore Ravens
- It's not a secret that Baltimore needs depth and possibly an upgrade on their offensive line. That could explain why league sources indicate the team is seriously considering Auburn University G Ben Grubbs in round one. The team also has University of Texas OL Justin Blalock rated high and will consider using their first pick on him.


Buffalo Bills
- If University of Mississippi LB Patrick Willis is selected before Buffalo selects at No. 12, they may look hard at trading down. Buffalo, league sources indicate, aren't sold on University of California RB Marshawn Lynch.

The team, needing help at receiver, should get help at that position before the first day of the draft is over. LSU WR Craig Davis could draw serious attention from the team in round two. The team also is expected to address the running back position in round two or three.


Carolina Panthers - It's not a secret that the Panthers would like to get some depth at receiver and are in need of a special teams return specialist. So it shouldn't come to a surprise that they they worked out Lane College WR Jacoby Jones earlier this week.


Chicago Bears - There is a decent possibility Stanford University QB Trent Edwards could wind up being selected late in round one. Teams have been calling the Bears about the availability of acquiring the 31st pick, with the intent of using that selection to draft Edwards. There's also a slight chance the Bears themselves would draft Edwards if they can't move that pick and there are no players of interest available when they are on the clock. It should be noted starting QB Rex Grossman is on the final year of his rookie contract and Chicago has shown a lot of late interest in Edwards, most recently doing a lengthy phone interview with him on Wednesday.


Cincinnati Bengals - A league source indicates their first-round draft board looks like University of Mississippi LB Patrick Willis, University of Pittsburgh CB Darrelle Revis, University of Michigan CB Leon Hall, and University of Texas S Michael Griffin. The team is also said to be high on University of Tennessee DT Justin Harrell.


Denver Broncos - As noted by scout.com earlier this week, Denver is looking to trade up for defensive help. A team source indicates the player they would like to select is University of Louisville DT Amobi Okoye. The feeling is Denver would like to get two impact defensive linemen from this year's draft and they have a big need for an interior lineman.

While Denver had contact with the Houston Texans this week, the feeling is they may have to trade up past Houston to be able to secure Okoye. The team is said to be very high on University of Tennessee DT Justin Harrell, who they could select in the first round should they not trade up.

A league source indicates the team looked hard at signing free agent LB Wali Rainer before signing free agent LBs D.D. Lewis and Warrick Holdman.


Green Bay Packers - If the team passes on University of California RB Marshawn Lynch, a league source said they have a strong interest in University of Tennessee WR Robert Meachem. The team also has shown strong interest of late in University of Arizona RB Chris Henry.


Houston Texans - If the team decides to trade down in the first round, the players that they're likely targeting are University of Texas CB Aaron Ross and Central Michigan University OLT Joe Staley. Ross not only would fill a need at the cornerback position, but he's an excellent special teams player.


Minnesota Vikings - A league source believes that Minnesota's second option after Oklahoma RB Adrian Peterson is LSU S LaRon Landry. While they have some depth at safety, they lack top-end talent at the position.
 

New England Patriots - A league source indicates there's a good chance that Penn State University LB Paul Posluzny will be selected by the Patriots with their first of two round-one picks. They would prefer to use their second selection in round one on him but they are concerned the Jets may swipe him off the board with the 25th selection. 


New York Jets - It's not a secret the team needs help at the tight end position and a league source indicates the team has serious interest in University of Delaware TE Ben Patrick, who had a pre-draft visit with the team. The Jets could take him as high as with their second of two second-round picks. The Jets also have shown intense interest in Penn State LB Paul Posluzny recently, as well as Auburn University G Ben Grubbs.


Oakland Raiders - While the team may have decent depth at the tight end position, they really don't have a solid starter, which is why a league source indicates they have an eye on selecting University of Delaware TE Ben Patrick with one of their two third-round picks.

If Oakland winds up not selecting LSU QB JaMarcus Russell (highly unlikely), the team is said to be high on Stanford QB Trent Edwards and would consider him with their second-round pick.


New Orleans Saints
- University of Texas DE Brian Robison is starting to gain momentum heading towards the draft. Earlier this week, the brain trust of the Saints, including GM Mickey Loomis and head coach Sean Peyton, flew to Austin to interview Robison. New Orleans has two solid starters at end but lack quality depth at the position.


San Francisco 49ers - League sources believe their draft board presently stacks up like this: University of Mississippi LB Patrick Willis, Penn St. University OT Levi Brown,and CB Leon Hall. The dark horse could be University of Pittsburgh CB Darrelle Revis. There are some who feel they really like Revis but are keeping that interest under lock and key to throw other teams off.  Why so many cornerbacks after giving Nate Clements big money in the off season? Sources have told us the team is not totally sold Shawntae Spencer can handle the duties of being the fulltime starting corner.


Wright Getting Passing Grades?

According to a highly placed NFL source, UNLV CB Eric Wright has been given a passing grade from every team after his one-on-one interviews. There was a belief the troubled past for the cornerback would haunt Wright on draft weekend. We're told a number of teams felt he has moved past that period in his life.


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