We are quickly approaching the one week countdown until Christmas in April. With that comes a whole bunch of rumors swirling about various media circles. Here’s a look at today’s goings-on in the NFL Draft world.
Arizona St. QB Brock Osweiler might be picking up some late steam following his pro day workout. Lande offers the following tidbit, “According to sources, Brandt’s statement might not be so far-fetched. A number of NFL sources told us their teams have very high grades on Osweiler and would be shocked if he was not drafted by the end of the second round.”
Brandt’s statement refers to Gil Brandt’s post-pro day comment that Osweiler vaulted himself into round one with his workout.
Lande offers readers the possibility that NFL personnel don’t view Iowa OT Riley Reiff in the same esteem as mock drafters.
“Teams question whether he has the athleticism to be effective pass blocking at left tackle. These concerns will likely place Reiff toward the bottom of the first round or possibly the top of the second round.”
Chalk me up as a believer on this one. I have long said that Reiff was vastly overrated and could fall into the second round based on talent. The positional value of tackle probably pushes Reiff up the draft board on April 26th but I don’t expect him to go in the top 10 when it’s all said and done. For the record, I do disagree with the athleticism part of the assessment. For me, Reiff didn’t have the power to play with bigger DE’s. Read the rest of this entry » «2012 NFL Draft – April 18th Rising and Falling»