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    Quarterback a Likely Selection Early For Lions?

    Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz had plenty of success with lesser known quarterbacks over the years. In fact, he had tremendous success with QB Kurt Warner who wasn't even drafted. With that said, league sources indicate the team will pass on drafting a quarterback with their first-round selection or even if they trade down in the round.

    The type of quarterback Martz prefers is one who can get rid of the ball with timing and anticipation in his scheme. That quarterback doesn't necessarily have to have a gun, he needs to be able to get the ball out of his hands as the receiver is in the middle of his route. The signal caller Martz likes, according to league sources, is BYU's John Beck. He doesn't have nearly the arm as Warner or former Martz success story Marc Bulger, but he has the accuracy. Beck is seen as an early second-round selection by most teams as is with the case with Stanford University QB Trent Edwards who is very well liked by teams picking early to mid second round.

    If Detroit decides to take a quarterback early as some believe will be the case on Saturday's first day of the draft, look for veteran QB Josh McCown to be on his way out.

    As noted in the Insider Mock Draft Version 1.0 from earlier this week, look for the team to select Clemson University DE Gaines Adams with the second overall selection. If they trade down a few spots, University of Wisconsin OLT Joe Thomas is a possibility as is University of Mississippi LB Patrick Willis.

    Cleveland Going For Need or Best Player?

    While local speculation has the Cleveland Browns going with Notre Dame University QB Brady Quinn as the club's first selection, league sources have indicated for several weeks to that the signal caller they want is LSU's JaMarcus Russell.

    Russell has the arm strength that is necessary in offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski's vertical stretch passing game.

    Should Russell and Georgia Tech University WR Calvin Johnson be off the board (very likely) when it comes time for Cleveland to pick, the decision comes down to University of Oklahoma RB Adrian Peterson or University of Wisconsin OLT Joe Thomas.

    League sources indicate Thomas has a short lead because he would give them a franchise left tackle of the next 10-12 years one they haven't had in a long time.

    While nothing is ever certain, we know this, Cleveland is in a good position to get a player they covet where they are currently selecting in the first round or they can trade down a little to get one of the top players on their draft board.

    General manager/senior vice president Phil Savage did a solid job in free agency so far this year so their needs aren't as vast as last year at this time.

    Nelson Still High on Jacksonville's Draft Board?

    The Jacksonville Jaguars still figure to pick Reggie Nelson in round one if the University of Florida safety is still around at No. 17.

    The team's list of other players they would consider at this point include University of Pittsburgh CB Darrelle Revis, University of Mississippi LB Patrick Willis, University DE Jamaal Anderson, and Penn St. University OT Levi Brown.

    Why Brown? Sources have told us the team is concerned about the off the field conduct of LT Khalif Barnes. But people from the Barnes camp have told us last year's run-in with the law was an exception to the rule and the big tackle is ready for a big season.

    Defensive Back Likely an Early Target For Philadelphia

    While the Philadelphia Eagles are coming off a solid season, it's not a secret that their secondary needs some depth and possibly an upgrade or two.

    Last year at this time, correctly noted they intended to address the interior of their defensive line, which was a need then, and they would do so with former Florida St. University DT Brodrick Bunkley.

    Look for them to address another need this time around at safety. With only three on their roster and veteran FS Brian Dawkins nearing the end of a splendid playing career, University of Texas S Michael Griffin and University of Miami S Brandon Meriweather are the two that make the most sense for the Eagles where they're selecting at No. 26.

    But while Griffin is a solid special teams player, he doesn't have the cover skills of Meriweather who makes the most sense for the team with the scheme they run.

    As noted in his player profile, Meriweather has potential at safety and cornerback. He can be placed over the slot receiver and shows great ball skills.

    The issue for the Eagles is whether or not they are willing overlook Meriweather's perceived character flaws but league sources believe they're comfortable with him.

    Another defensive back the team likes is Kent St. University CB Usama Young, who they'd like to grab in the third round. The team still doesn't have a nickel back on their roster and they also could use a developmental cornerback like Young.

    Carriker High on Carolina's List?

    The Carolina Panthers, who could be moving veteran DT Kris Jenkins in a trade before or during the NFL draft, are looking hard at what it would take to acquire University of Nebraska DL Adam Carriker.

    They may not need to move up that far as sources have told us the San Francisco 49ers surprisingly have University of Arkansas DE Jamaal Anderson rated ahead of Carriker and are likely to use their first-round selection on the junior from the University of Arkansas.

    Sources believe Anderson has the ability to put even more weight on his large frame and he's a better fit for their 3-4 defensive scheme at the five-technique end spot.

    Denver Likely to Make Deal?

    Rumors continue to swirl that the Denver Broncos want to trade up to get some badly needed help at defensive tackle or safety.

    Denver also badly needs to help their lackluster pass rush which only mustered up an average of 29.5 sacks over the last two seasons.

    They also need to address their lack of talent on the interior of their defensive line where former first-round disappointment Gerard Warren still resides.

    Players who could be on their target list are DTs Alan Branch (University of Michigan) and Amobi Okoye (University of Louisville). It's not out of the question that Branch could still be around when they pick at No. 21 but Okoye would be long gone necessitating a move up.

    At end, it's unlikely they would be able to move up enough to select Clemson University's Gaines Adams but University of Arkansas's Jamaal Anderson or University of Nebraska's Adam Carriker would be less costly and also make some sense.

    In the secondary, it's believed they're looking for an upgrade over veteran SS Nick Ferguson and an eventual successor to FS John Lynch turns 36 years old in September.

    Possibilities are University of Florida S Reggie Nelson if they trade up a little or University of Texas S Michael Griffin who fits their revamped defensive scheme well.

    Another article on Josh Gattis says that we've been "calling him frequently," and that we're among the teams to show the most interest.

  • #2
    Sweeeeet. Anderon and Gattis would make my draft. I wouldn't care if we had no second or third (assuming we trade up to #10 to get Anderson). Gattis will be really good.

    RIP D-Will and Nash


    • #3
      Nice article....I'll have to owe you a CP


      • #4
        anderson and Meriweather would be heaven


        • #5
          Originally posted by WABronco
          Another article on Josh Gattis says that we've been "calling him frequently," and that we're among the teams to show the most interest.
          Thanks for the article. Wheres the gattis article? LInk?
          I agree, Anderson and Gattis would be sweet. Gattis reminds me of Atwater!


          • #6
            What round is Gattis projected to go? I would like us to get our hands on Okoye because I think that Dumervil will start this season and put up big numbers in the sack category, unlikely we get Okoye though. I think that the logical choice is Nelson or Griffin. I'm hopeing for Griffin unless we can get Gattis. Either Anderson and Gattis or Griffin and Spencer or someone like that.


            • #7
              Originally posted by socalorado1
              Thanks for the article. Wheres the gattis article? LInk?
              I agree, Anderson and Gattis would be sweet. Gattis reminds me of Atwater!
              If you haven't heard of Josh Gattis, you better get up to speed. Top teams from around the NFL have been checking out the hard-hitting safety who reeled in 12 career interceptions, including 5 in each of the past two seasons. And he's a special teams ace to boot. Find out who's been pursuing him inside...

              During a very engaging interview with Wake Forest safety Josh Gattis that will be published this week at, he told me that he had two pre-draft visits and two personal workout since his Pro Day.

              Gattis, who was called "the most mentally sharp kid I've ever coached" by Wake Forest defensive coordinator Dean Hood, worked out for New England right after his Pro Day and then visited the Patriots two days later.

              The New York Giants flew their secondary coach to Wake Forest to put Gattis through the paces, and then he did a local visit with Carolina. But he's drawing interest from many other teams as well.

              The 6-foot-1, 206-pound safety did a full workout at his Pro Day that reportedly included a 4.47 forty-time even though he posted very good numbers at the Combine. When I asked him why he went through the drills again, he mentioned that he felt he owed it to the people who had made the trip since they had one of the best turnouts ever at Wake Forest by NFL coaches and scouts.

              "I know they wanted to see me," he said. "And if you're going to come here and show your interest in me, I'm going to show you everything you want to see...When I told them I was going to work out, because they originally had me on the list for not working out, I got a lot of applause at the time.

              During his freshman year at Wake Forest, Gattis was the team's coverage leader and forced two fumbles. With 45 special teams tackles during his college career, he's looking forward to contributing right away at the pro level in that area as well.

              But don't think that his special teams work and intelligence is his only draw for NFL teams. It's his 12 interceptions, including 5 each year over the past two seasons, and his 259 tackles, 6 forced fumbles and 5 fumble recoveries that point him out as a playmaker. And he was indisputably the leader of the Deacons defense, starting the past three seasons.

              Gattis told me that the New York Jets and the Denver Broncos have been calling him frequently. And on his Pro Day he had breakfast with the Jacksonville Jaguars. As the day progressed, he drew strong interest from the Vikings, Bears and Panthers during his actual workout.



              • #8
                Gattis would be a great pick for us. He will be a star in this league, and he can learn behind Lynch


                • #9
                  Man, I would love to have Gattis. He has pretty good size and he's a lot faster than any of our safeties.
                  "It's better to die on your feet, than to live a lifetime on your knees." -Emiliano Zapata
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