12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ETSteve Wyche
NFL.com senior writer Steve Wyche was back with NFL Nation for his weekly live chat on Thursday, March 31 to rap about the last buzz from around the league.
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Steve Wyche, NFL.comWhat's up people? I hope everyone is good. It's opening day in major league baseball and even though I don't follow it like I do the NFL, I am a huge Cardinals fan. Good luck to the Birds (and please re-sign Albert. Please).
Back to football...We've got a lot going on. In my most recent mock -- after conversations with a lot of football folks -- I have Carolina taking Cam Newtown.
In terms of what's going on with NFL teams, Aqib Talib's felony charges aren't good for him or the Bucs. We've also got Dez Bryant and a ton of other stuff to get into.
So fire away people. The floor is now yours
12:04 PM ETI have seen a few times on the Gmen website fans saying they want the Giants to make a splash in the draft by moving up and taking Von Miller. Personally I think if Reese decides to move up that much they should get Patrick Peterson to shore up the secondary and return game. It would be costly but do you think either would be a good move for the Giants?
Steve Wyche, NFL.comDan, This is the way to get it started! Nice. I don't think this is a far-fetched scenario. I will say this, I think the Giants would probably go OLB instead of CB just because pass rushers like Miller are hard to find. I wouldn't see them making a move before the draft, though. I could see them prepared to see how the first few picks unfold because Miller could go in the top 3 (Buffalo at 3). That could be pretty costly. I don't know if they'd move up that high for Peterson. They might. If they stick where they are, they could still find a good player, especially someone like Mike Pouncey. Way to kick this off (from the 35)
12:08 PM ETHi Steve, if the Browns take AJ Green at number 6, do you think they will have opportunities to draft some solid defensive players?
Steve Wyche, NFL.comChris, Good take. I do. This is a deep draft, especially in the front seven, and there could be some good DTs available in the second and third rounds that could help them fortify the front for the change to the 4-3. You just have to think that with their QB situation, they've got to get him as many weapons as possible. That said, sometimes the best aid to a young QB is a great defense that can shorten the field.
12:10 PM ETHi Steve, Do you not think it is unfair of the NFLPA to expect the 2011 draft class to miss attending the draft as this is a once in a lifetime opportuinity?
Steve Wyche, NFL.comPat, I don't think the NFLPA wants any of these young men to miss the draft. They opted not to hold a conflicting draft party of their own but instead have an alternative event at a different time of the day so these young men can attend the draft. It is up to the prospects to decide what they want to do. Keep in mind, these players are represented by agents who also represent veterans and they have a good temperature if the vets would be offended by rookies going to the draft. So far, I've yet to speak to an agent who said there would be any problems.
12:13 PM ETwhen do the Titans go for their quarterback and who do you think it will be i read either locker or mallet? or fairley with the 8th pick and cassey matthews in the 3rd?
Steve Wyche, NFL.comPooh, A Titans fan in the Brick City named Pooh. Now that's what's up! Tennessee will draft a QB and it all depends on how the draft shapes up. If Newton or Gabbert starts to slide, they could be in business there. Or, if the Titans can trade back, I think Mallett could be an option - but not at No. 8. If they opt not to select a QB in the first round, I would guess they'd snatch one at the next possible turn: Locker, Kaepernick, Dalton or Ponder could still be available.
Timothy, Chapel Hill, N.C.
12:17 PM EThey Steve, do you think, Marvin Austin will be available at the 1rst pick in the third round for the Panthers, and if he does, do you think that year he got suspended effects him?
Steve Wyche, NFL.comTimothy, GREAT QUESTION. I doubt very seriously Austin remains on the board by the third round. He has his Pro Day today and, after a great Combine, if he shines today and at some interviews and private workouts, he'll most likely be gone in the second round. Missing last season because of the suspension could hurt him in some regard but if teams feel he can still play, he won't be around too long. As much as people want to put into him not playing in 2010, there are players who miss huge chunks of the season because of injuries that could scare teams off more than Austin's infractions. The guy has a ton of potential and he's a solid DT - a position nearly every team wants to upgrade.
Rob C, Baltimore, MD
12:20 PM ETHow do you feel about Sergio Kindle?...
Steve Wyche, NFL.comRob C. Nice question. First off, I really hope that he's medically okay. Returning to the NFL after a skull fracture seems somewhat scary so I don't know where that stands. He's also had some off field run ins. I believe he had a DWI arrest in December. I'm not sure of the status of that but it can't be viewed well by the organization... It's hard to say what his future is in Baltimore, let alone in the NFL
Matt, Ottawa, Ontario
12:25 PM ETHey Steve, Did Tyron Smith improve his draft stock at his pro day? Do the Cowboys need to pick him at 9? Right now they have noone at RT and Smith paried with Free for the next 10 years sounds good to me! (unintentional rhyme)
Steve Wyche, NFL.comMatt, Nice take... Smith has become very attractive to a lot of teams and he could be the first OT taken. Although LTs typically are takien higher in the draft, the past few seasons, we've seen some RTs taken very high in the draft. People I've spoken to said Smith is a natural RT and moving him to the left side wouldn't highlight his strengths. On that note, he'd be a good fit for the Cowboys. I don't know how much more they can get out of Colombo. There are some concerns that he played at 280-285 and whether that -- or the 300-plus pounds he now weighs -- is his natural size. He looks the part for sure. I wouldn't be shocked to see Dallas pursue him.
Dustin S, Phoenix, AZ
12:27 PM ETHey Steve, Do u think that Jake Locker could fall to the Raiders at NO 48?
Steve Wyche, NFL.comDustin, Even though there is a lot of conjecture that Locker could go in the first round, I've yet to speak to any front office guy who thinks he's a first-round pick. That could change but...As for falling to the Raiders, I'm not sure of that and I'm not sure they'd go that route anyway. There are too many teams at the front end of Round 2 that will still need QBs. Like I said, if he's there, I'm still not sure Oakland wouldn't go with an interior lineman on either side of the ball.
12:29 PM ETNick farley's stock is dropping fast ...your thoughts ?
Steve Wyche, NFL.comSabelo, Unless you've been talking to different people than me, then I'd be a little cautious about saying his stock is falling fast. First off, it's highly unlikely he would fall out of the top 10 or past Tennessee at 8. Keep this in mind too, a lot of people are throwing disinformation out there because teams don't want to tip their hands or they want a player to possibly fall to them. Fairley definitely has his detractors, but he has some people who coach the position and who make decisions who think he's doing to be a very good pro.
12:31 PM ETGiven the latest legal trouble of Jonny Jolly, do the Packers need to reconsider retaining Cullen Jenkins?
Steve Wyche, NFL.comBen, Good take. I can tell you this, the Packers don't want to lose Cullen Jenkins, there's just the reality that he could get some pretty hefty offers on the open market. There are a lot of teams that need 3-4 ends -- and he can play a 4-3 end or tackle. He's an excellent player. I've said he's one of the top 3 or 4 most underrated players in the NFL. He could just cost too much. As for the Packers, keep in mind they played portions of last season with Jenkins out of the lineup wiht injuries and without Jolly. The most underrated thing about Green Bay is they not only find players - but they COACH THEM UP. I can't state how surprised I am that that staff was not raided. The Packers coaching staff gets guys to play.
12:34 PM ETThere's plenty of buzz about the possibility of Cam Newton becoming the franchise qb for Carolina. Is the risk of taking Newton #1 worth missing out on all of the big defensive players in this draft?
Steve Wyche, NFL.comPreston, There's always a risk in missing out on a good player at another position, but I'll say this; ask any GM in the league the one position they don't want to bypass and have that player become great for another team and the unanimous answer will be quarterback. As good as Jake Long is, do you think the Dolphins might wish they had drafted Matt Ryan? You think there are a few teams out there that wish they might not have passed on Josh Freeman?
Rob C, Baltimor, MD
12:36 PM ETAny chance Mark Ingram falls too the ravens?
Steve Wyche, NFL.comRob C, Good take. Ingram absolutely could fall. I wrote a column on this a week or so ago about the possibility of Ingram falling. It has nothing to do with him or how good of a pro he could be, but teams simply have other needs. In addition, running backs aren't valued as highly as they once were. With so many late-round and undrafted RBs doing well - Arian Foster, for one -- teams would rather invest in DEs and QBs and OLB and O-linemen. This also isn't a great RB class but it is deep
Benajmin, New York City
12:38 PM ETDo You think it was wrong for the saints to cut Jeremy Shockey?
Steve Wyche, NFL.comBenajmin, We'll see if it was right or wrong, but with his injuries and the emergence of Jimmy Graham and the play of David Thomas, it wasn't a huge surprise.
12:39 PM ETHey Steve, Who do the Vikes take at 12? Or do they trade down and try and get back the 3rd rounder they lost in the Randy Moss trade with New England?
Steve Wyche, NFL.comJeff, Nice questions sir. Minnesota can go in a lot of different directions but I think a defense end or offensive tackle is where they could go. With Ray Edwards gone via free agency, I could see them taking Cal's Cameron Jordan, a natural left defensive end who can play against the run and get after the quarterback. Plus, he's the son of former Vikings TE Steve Jordan....On a sidenote, don't be shocked if Minnesota tries to move up to get at Cam Newton if he slides out of the top five.
12:42 PM ETHey Steve, ive participated in a lot of your live chats- so who do think think the Bengals will draft first?
Steve Wyche, NFL.comMark, This is always a crap shoot. If DE Da'Quan Bowers checks out medically, he could be hard to pass up if he is there. WR A.J. Green could also be their guy. I would think they will give serious consideration to a QB if one is available but they should be in position to get a quarterback early in the second round. They will draft a QB. It's just a matter of when.
12:44 PM ETAt 27 the Falcons pick? At 29 the Bears pick? please answer been trying to get an answer all week thanks Steve!!!
Steve Wyche, NFL.comWhat's up Stuart? Thanks for your persistence. Atlanta could go with a DE and if Cameron Heyward from Ohio State is there (I'm not sure he will be) they could go that route. If not, they could go after a CB. Colorado's Jimmy Smith is a good player but his character issues could scare Atlanta off. As for the Bears, if Nate Solder is available, he could be the bigger, athletic OL they need.
12:47 PM ETwhy this all of sudden jump to Cam Newton's bandwagon when I remember you going on nfl network talking up Blaine Gabbert and talking about his presense
Steve Wyche, NFL.comJN, Hey man, thanks for watching and pointing this out. First off, let me tell everybody this; I am on nobody's bandwagon. I have no rooting interest for any player or any team. Let me also tell you this, Mock Drafts are about as unexact a science (ha ha) as there is. Also, I don't just make stuff up. I talk to a lot of people in the league that I trust not to BS me. From recent conversations, a lot of people are feeling a lot better about Newton's potential to be a great player. Not saying that they're not high on Gabbert, but there seems to be more of a better vibe around Newton. Now, I've got to go. I've got a bandwagon to jump on. HA!
12:50 PM ETPLEASE ANSWER MY QUESTION MR WYCHE!!! My favourite position in the nfl is WR, i was wandering how the top WR in this draft, Green and Jones compare to recently drafted WR's such as Crabtree and Bryant??
Steve Wyche, NFL.comNick, Good take. Green is different because he's built a lot more like Randy Moss or Plaxico Burress. He's tall and explosive. The difference is that he's not just a downfield guy. He can run all the routes and make all the catches. Jones is somewhat like Crabtree and has the big-play potential of Bryant. He's really, really tough and could have a long career because of his ability to help as a blocker in the running game as well.
Rossy, down diggidy dog Denver
12:53 PM ETYo steve, give a fan some reprieve, can't we stretch reality a little bit and and say Dumervil coming back is like a high draft pick of a D-Line and then go with a Peterson or Von Miller #2?
Steve Wyche, NFL.comRossy from the Quadruple D, You can say that but that is a sttrrrrrettcch. Although Dumervil is coming back, he's coming back from an injury and he's going back to a 4-3 DE. He seemed to play better as a 3-4 OLB. So you really don't know how that's going to work in this scheme. Dude is a beast and he should do good either way, but getting him some help up front -- especially DT (they can find some good ones in the second and third rounds, mind you) would be prudent. Miller and Peterson would be good additions as well. They need help on defense so I can't say you could rule anything position out.
The Duke, The Coop
12:55 PM ETSteve, can you have the powers that be move up the draft to this weekend? I can't wait any longer!!!
Steve Wyche, NFL.comThe Duke, LOVE THE TAKE HOMEY BUT I DON'T HAVE THAT KIND OF JUICE!
12:56 PM ETSTEVE MY MAN!!!!!!! will julio jones drop down to the rams??? if not where do they go with this pick?
Steve Wyche, NFL.comShawn, Julio could fall to St. Louis. If not, the Rams likely will go for some speed at outside linebacker. If Aldon Smith is somehow still on the board he could be in play. They were really slow at OLB and I know they plan to upgrade the athleticism and speed there.
12:57 PM ETDoes this stupid lockout/CBA thing end soon? If we miss football, I'm going to be upset.
Steve Wyche, NFL.comBen, I don't know when it will end but I am in total agreement with you.
dan marino, bfe
12:58 PM EThey steve do you think miami will ever return to the glory days when i used to pass to duper and clayton?
Steve Wyche, NFL.comDan, Man, good talking to you. You're looking good in those weight loss commercials. I don't know if this version of the Dolphins will be as fun to watch but they could find some way to get better. And Dan, no offense, but the Dolphins that really got it done when it comes to Super Bowls were led by Bob Griese. #Nohateyour're1ofmyfavoritedudesofalltime!
ian cummings, ea
1:00 PM EThey steve do you play madden
Steve Wyche, NFL.comIan, I used to but my kids crushed me into retirement.
1:00 PM ETSTEVE!! Do you think the Eagles move KOLB this year and what do you believe they get and what will they do if they get a first rounder think they will package those picks and move up for Peterson?
Steve Wyche, NFL.comBrandonJ, Last question and it's a good one. I do think Kolb gets moved. There is too much interest and he's a free agent after the season so the Eagles have to do something while his value is high. If he sits all season behind Vick, they won't get anything for him then as the would now. I doubt that they will get a first rounder for him, though. Philly could move up to get Peterson but I'm not sure they need to be that aggressive.
Steve Wyche, NFL.comMy people!
That was way too quick. There are still tons of questions in the inbox and I deeply apologize for not getting to all of them.
I appreciate all of you checking in and spending part of your day with me. You all know that means a lot to me.
Check me out on NFL Network's Path to the Draft tonight and Total Access Friday and all of next week. We'll be talking UNC's huge Pro Day on Path tonight.
Also hit me up on Twitter @wyche89.
I gotta roll people. Keep trying to do the right thing but if you don't quite get there, have fun in the process.
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