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Gil Brandt

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NFL.com personnel guru Gil Brandt took your questions on the prospects, college Pro Days and the latest surrounding the NFL Draft during his weekly live chat on Tuesday, April 5 at Noon ET.

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  • Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Hi everybody. We're 23 days from the draft, plenty to talk about.
  • Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    We all know that the top prospects are extremely busy meeting with and working out for teams all over the league. TCU quarterback Andy Dalton might be the busiest. When Eagles QB coach Doug Pederson requested a private workout with Dalton last week, they couldn’t fit him in… so Pederson was a special guest of the Tennessee Titans during their private workout with Dalton last Friday morning.

    Dalton had already met with the Bears, Patriots and Chiefs before that. Yesterday, he was in Minnesota to meet with the Vikings – the first of seven team visits Dalton has scheduled this week.
  • Danny M, Jamestown NY

    12:03 PM ET

    With so many teams lacking a QB its clear that Blaine Gabbert and Cam Newton will go in the top 10. Do you really think that Jake Locker and Ryan Mallet will also be drafted in the first round?
    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Hi Danny. I think there's a good chance all four will go in the first round, with Gabbert and Newton in the top 10. Mallett is kind of the wild card in this draft. I know Miami, Seattle and Buffalo have all spent a lot of timer with him.

    I wouldn't be surprised if Seattle takes a chance on Locker -- figuring they can work with him and develop him enough to make up for his lack of accuracy.
  • Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Locker does have the other tools to be successful in the NFL.
  • Drew, Virginia

    12:05 PM ET

    With the 19th overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, the New York Giants select...
    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    ... I think they'll take an offensive lineman. Historically, whenever the head coach goes to these pro days, it's a sign that's the direction. Tom Coughlin was a notable attendee last year at Jason Pierre-Paul's workout. For what it's worth, Coughlin was at Mike Pouncey's workout.

    Pouncey by the way, just had a visit yesterday in Pittsburgh.
  • Bart, Calgary,AB, CAN

    12:07 PM ET

    Hi Gil, You truly are the godfather!! My question, as a Bills fan, what do you think they should do at 3?? Newton, Gabbert, Dareus, Miller or trade down? Thanks Gil!!
    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Thanks, Bart. I think they'll keep the pick, and if the right QB is there, the one they want -- and I'm not sure who that is -- then that's what they do.

    If not, it would not surprise me if they wait until the second round for a QB -- and if Ryan Mallett were still there, they'd take him.
  • Noel, Denver

    12:08 PM ET

    Hey Gil, What are your thoughts on Tim Tebow's future in Denver. They have brought in Newton , Gabbert , Ponder , Kaepernick , Dalton!!!
    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Hi Noel, apparently John Elway does not feel that Tim Tebow will ever be the franchise QB the previous regine had hoped he'd be. so they are thinking about drafting a QB.

    Personally, I think they'll go defensive line with that No. 2 overall pick. But don't be surprised if they go QB somewhere else.
  • Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Let's say this... If the Panthers take Marcell Dareus with the No. 1 pick, the Broncos might think about Cam Newton with the second pick.
  • Rory, England

    12:11 PM ET

    Gil, with A.J Green and Julio Jones cemented as the top two recievers in the draft, which other recievers in round 2 and onwards do you believe could be instant playmakers?
    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Hi Rory. After those two, Maryland's Torrey Smith -- with exceptional speed -- has a chance to be a big playmaker. Leonard Hankerson of Miami, who had 13 TD catches last year, has a chance. I also like Jon Baldwin of Pitt, who ran a sub-4.5 at 220 pounds.

    There are a lot of WRs in this draft with good size and speed. Titus Young of Boise State and Edmund Gates of Abilene Christian are two smaller guys who are equally capable.
  • Dustin, Alabaster

    12:15 PM ET

    What are your thoughts on Bruce Carter? Will he fall to the Saints in the second round? How do you think he would fit into Gregg Williams?
    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Dustin, Bruce Carter has a chance to be there for the Saints in Round 2. Saints LB coach Joe Vitt does a great job of developing linebackers, and I'm sure he'd welcome Carter in there. The one thing teams have to look at is Carter's knee -- he had an ACL injury that kept him out of the combine workouts. He did work out last Thursday at North Carolina's pro day and looked good.
  • Neal, Canada

    12:18 PM ET

    Mr. Guru, please answer this simple question. As a GM is it responsible to pick Cam Newton 1st over all? I know he has all the physical tools but if the pundits are truely questioning his leadership, his desire etc.. Why risk all that money, the key for me would be desire, work ethic, leadership = physical tools. If there is no balance I would bail..
    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Neal, we covered this last week in a blog post... Newton stayed on campus last January when he arrived at Auburn to work out with the team, as opposed to leaving campus as other players do. Everybody is busting his chops, but I don't see it. I think I know Newton pretty well and he's got a solid work ethic.
  • Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Hey, quick update... I went back and checked and Bruce Carter did not work out at North Carolina's pro day last week. He's still recovering from that ACL surgery.
  • Jason, Tampa,FL

    12:21 PM ET

    Hi Mr. Brandt, I see alot of mock drafts have the Steelers taking CB Aaron williams from Texas. Do you think he is a good fit for their defense or should they go O-line at Pick 31?
    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Hi Jason. Pittsburgh's entire defensive staff, plus Mike Tomlin and GM Kevin Colbert were at Texas to see Williams last week. He did not have a great workout. He's got athletic ability, but does not have the cat-like quickness to be a top-flight corner.

    I think Williams falls out of the first round in this draft. I think the Steelers go offensive line here -- there will be several worthy CBs with good second- and third-round value.
  • Rosco Jackson, Shermerville, Illinois

    12:24 PM ET

    How much should we believe the reports that Da'Quan Bowers could potentially slide out of the top 15 picks?
    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Hi Rosco, I think there's a good chance of that happening. the big question about Bowers is what his longevity is. The knee injury will not keep him from playing -- the question is how long will his knee hold up.

    Bowers will go in for a medical re-check in Indianapolis this week, so we'll have a better idea then. It all depends on how different teams' doctors look at him.
  • Mo, Bronx, Ny

    12:26 PM ET

    which small school prospects could be an impact players at the next level in 2 or 3 years? Thanks in advance!
    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Hi Mo. I'm not sure if you consider Troy State as a small school. they have a WR there who has a chance to be very good both as a receiver and kick returner. His name is Jerrel Jernigan. And Edmund Gates of Abilene Christian, who we mentioned earlier, has a chance. He's a little older player, but he has good height and ran 4.31.
  • Firstrowblackhole Mike, Rancho Cucamonga ca

    12:28 PM ET

    Hi Gil you are always great What do you think where the Raiders are doing in the draft
    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Thanks, Mike. I would not be surprised to see the Raiders take an OL in the draft. They don't have a first-round pick because of the Seymour trade, but they could look at OL or TE with the 48th overall pick.

    Of course, they might know the future of Nnamdi Asomugha might be known by then, so we'll know if they might need to address CB.
  • Jeff , Toronto

    12:31 PM ET

    Hi Mr Brandt-How did Mike Hartline look in his QB drills at Kentucky's pro day and what are his draft prospects?
    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Jeff, Hartline threw the ball well and it helps that he has fine WR Randall Cobb there to throw to. He's either a seventh-round pick of a priority undrafted free agent. He has a real strong arm.
  • Brandon, La Crosse, WI

    12:32 PM ET

    JJ Watt is expected to be drafted by a 3-4 team and play the 5 technique. However, I believe he has the versatility to play in the 4-3 and could make for a good fit in Detroit...thoughts???
    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Hi Brandon. I think you are right. Watt is a player that came out a year early after playing just two years at Wisconsin, and I think he's moved up into the top 10-12 picks in this draft. He just visited yesterday with the Cowboys -- I got a call from him just before he took off from General Mitchell Field in Milwaukee.

    He's a good fit in Detroit and really anywhere. I think he's a future star in the NFL.
  • Patrick, Falls Church, VA

    12:35 PM ET

    What is your impression of Phil Taylor. Is he worth reaching for if that is a position of need?
    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Patrick, Phil Taylor will be a top 20 pick. He visited the Saints yesterday and today is heading to Minnesota. He improved greatly this year, mainly because he lost a lot of weight. His Baylor pro day was outstanding.
  • Jason, New Mexico

    12:37 PM ET

    What are the chances that Von Miller or Patrick Peterson fall to #9 to the Cowboys? Do you think the Cowboys could trade up to get either of these players?
    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Jason, both of them will be selected before the Cowboys have a chance at No. 9. They'd love to get either, but I don't think they'll trade up. I think they'll stay where they are and take an OL -- maybe USC's Tyron Smith -- or a defensive lineman like Watt. Then I think they come back for a CB in the second round.
  • Andy, Aberdeen, Scotland

    12:39 PM ET

    Gil, is it true that Notre Dame Receiver Michael Floyd may declare for the Supplemental draft after his suspension stemming from a DUI?
    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Andy, that's a possibility. Ironically, the first player that ever declared for the supplemental draft was a RB from Notre Dame about 25 years ago. I heard that news about Floyd yesterday. If there's still a lockout in effect, though, I'm not even sure if the league would have a supplemental draft.
  • Chris, MA

    12:41 PM ET

    After watching the success of Sam Shields a season ago, an underachiever at Miami for many reasons, do you believe Demarcus Vandyke, who ran a similarly ridiculous 40 time will have the chance to duplicate his former teammates success?
    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Hi Chris. I think Van Dyke has become one of the hottest players in the draft. He's fast, but slim -- right about 180 pounds. He has that great speed and athletic ability. Unlike Shields, who was undrafted, it would not surprise me if Van Dyke gets drafted as high as the third round.
  • Mark, Indiana

    12:43 PM ET

    Hey Gil! There's been alot of speculation the Colts are looking for Peyton's successor. What are your thoughts on this?
    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Mark, the Colts had a workout with TCU quarterback Andy Dalton -- they had their entire staff at TCU, including GM Bill Polian. I would say he's a possible second-round pick they might consider.
  • Sam Pollard, Manchester, England, Pats fan!

    12:45 PM ET

    Hey Gil, with my Pats having so many picks (as always) do you think it's time to get that big name player by trading up or for someone like a Larry Fitzgerald?
    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Sam, the Patriots have nine picks in this draft -- six within the first three rounds. But I don't think they'll trade for a guy like Fitzgerald. I would think they might even move down again. But the thing they like to do is move down for higher picks next year -- and they can't do that currently because of the labor situation.
  • BILL, KANSAS CITY

    12:47 PM ET

    Hi gil,the chiefs to me need ol,deep threat wr,& a good blocking fb,so why does everybody tell me they are going defense.Is that the info you got too.
    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Bill, Scott Pioli does a good job keeping his cards close to the vest, so players he is working out or visiting might be a smokescreen. I do agree that the Chiefs would be best served with an OL in this draft.

    But they can also use a nose tackle. And one thing that may keep them from drafting an OL is that they like Jon Asamoah, a third-round pick last year. They may think he's ready to step into the starting lineup.
  • Rick, Hollywood,Fl.

    12:50 PM ET

    Gil I see it's pretty obvious you have no intensions of giving your insight to the Dolphins QB dilemma !!!!
    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Rick, here you go!
  • Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    I have always thought Chad Henne would develop into a fine NFL QB. But he did regress last year and it's no secret that Miami is loking -- they are at all the top QB workouts. Just a wild guess: I would not be surprised if Miami moves down a few spots in the first round and takes Ryan Mallett.
  • Krakk, Paris, France

    12:53 PM ET

    Hello Mister Brandt, i'm a Broncos fan. I don't understand the meaning of this QB frenzy, i thought we hired a new coach to fix our defense.
    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    The defense definitely needs fixing after last year. But John Elway and John Fox are smart enough to know that if you have a chance to draft a franchise-type QB, you have to do it. It's not often you find yourself in position to do it. So they have to at least know how they feel about these top QBs in the draft.

    If it's me, I stick with Tim Tebow. I have always been a Tebow guy based on the fact that all he does is win. But that's just me.
  • Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    Gil Brandt, NFL.com

    We'll see. So many different directions this draft can take. Thanks for the great questions and we'll do this again next week!

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