Pre-draft rumors: Where will UCLA’s Price go?
What we’re hearing from sources around the league on draft week:
• One prospect I’ve been getting a wide range of feedback on is UCLA defensive tackle Brian Price. I’ve heard Price could go anywhere in the 19-40 range on draft day, and right now, your guess is as good as mine where he lands.
• Sources close to the Lions have told me that OT Russell Okung is also still a possibility in Detroit, even if the Lions don’t think they can land DT Albert Haynesworth in the near future.
• South Florida wideout Carlton Mitchell is one of the “hot” names to watch in the second round. Sources I’ve talked to think his upside and value as a second-round pick are much better than taking a guy like Dez Bryant in the first.
• I’m hearing the Chargers have a lot of interest in NT Terrence Cody in the first round if they can’t get the running back they want.
• Sources close to the Connecticut program have told me that wide receiver Marcus Easley will not fall out of the third round, citing the Eagles at pick No. 23 and the Browns with one of their three third-round picks as possible suitors.
• From scouts I’ve talked to, Virginia Tech DE Nekos Brown is one guy to keep an eye on as a late-round pick. He’s been overshadowed at times by teammate Jason Worilds throughout the draft process but comes with great reviews from the Tech coaching staff.
Michigan State’s Blair White. One scout I talked to said his team currently has White graded out as a late-round pick.
• Speaking of surprising grades, another scout told me that I’m a bit too high on a pair of Baylor standouts, center J.D. Walton and wideout David Gettis. He said his team has both pegged as late-round picks.
• Connecticut CB Robert McClain seems to be one guy who has really caught the Jaguars’ attention in recent weeks. McClain looks like nothing more than a later round guy, but the Jags think he can add some depth to their cornerback position as well as help out as a return man, according to my sources.
• Finally, the stock of Pittsburgh TE Nate Byham has quietly gone way up in recent weeks. Most scouts I’ve spoken with think he’s a guy who can play in the league 10 years as a No. 2 tight end. However, the teams that thought he was a safe late-round pick at the start of the postseason process now think they might need to take him a little higher than originally thought – in the middle rounds -- in order to secure him on draft day.
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