2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ETBucky Brooks
NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks was back for his weekly live chat with NFL Nation on Thursday, April 7 to discuss the latest heading into the NFL Draft.
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Bucky Brooks, NFL.comWhat's up, NFL Nation?! I'm super excited to jump on the chat today. The draft is only a few weeks away, and teams are starting to narrow their focus on which prospects best fit their respective systems. Given the conclusion of Pro Days and the impending medical re-check in Indianapolis this weekend, the draft board is starting to take shape and we have a good idea where the top prospects will land on draft day. I know that you have a lot of questions and I have the answers, so let's get to the chat....
2:06 PM ETBucky, do you ever watch tape on a certain player and then get blown away by someone else on his team? say like watching Arron Williams and then coming away more impressed with Curtis Brown for example? Or Titus Young and then coming away more impressed with Austin Pettis
Bucky Brooks, NFL.comAdam, That's a great question. That scenario happens all of the time as a scout. You pop in the tape to evaluate one prospect, and another one catches your eye. As an evaluator, you should make notes on any player that stands out and make sure that you find out as much information as you can about the surprise player. If he appears to be a legitimate prospect, you add him to your list and let your team know that there is another player on that respective squad that shows promise and potential as a pro prospect.
tom benton, atlanta, georgia
2:09 PM ETdo you think marvin austin could be a first round pick?
Bucky Brooks, NFL.comTom, I'm beginning to think that Marvin Austin will come off the board at the end of the first round. He has really helped himself during the post-season circuit, and teams are spending a lot of time digging through the character to see if there is anything that would prevent them from taking him early in the draft. His talent merits consideration within the top 32 picks, but his background and character assessment will ultimately determine his fate. I've been hearing good things about his leadership, toughness and work ethic while at UNC, so I think he has a good chance to go in the 1st round.
Brad, SLC, UT
2:11 PM ETBeing a die hard 49er fan i would love to see Patrick Peterson end up in the bay area. Most mock drafts that I have seen have him going number 7 to the 49ers. With all the talent that he has why do you see him going to the 49ers and not coming off the board before then?
Bucky Brooks, NFL.comBrad, I agree with your assessment of Patrick Peterson's talent. He is a special athlete with outstanding physical gifts. He has a freakish combination of size, speed and movement skills. He could blossom into a top talent at the position and teams love to add a "shutdown" corner to the roster. However, this value of some of the prime positions (QB and DE/OLB) merits more consideration early, so Peterson's stock will tumble a bit on draft day. Regardless, he is a good player and he will be a tremendous upgrade to the 49ers' defense.
2:15 PM ETWhat incentive do the Panthers have to take a quarterback number one? Next year's QB class is much stronger in my view, and they do have a shot at Andrew Luck next year. Thoughts?
Bucky Brooks, NFL.comJoe, I don't think Panthers want to have the No.1 pick again next year because it would mean their season was a major failure. While next year's class may have a deeper pool, I believe that there are several intriguing options in this year's draft and they can find the right QB to lead their franchise for several years to come.
2:17 PM ETBucky! Please answer my question, the disappointment of being a Texans fan is already too much. Do the Texans go OLB, even over a solid DB like Amukamura with their 1st rounder? Of the potential 3-4 OLBs, which one is the best fit for Wade Phillips' 3-4 scheme: Kerrigan, Aldon Smith, or Quinn?
Bucky Brooks, NFL.comRob, I believe the Texans need a pass rusher more than a corner at this point. While a lock down corner definitely would upgrade their secondary, a legitimate pass rusher provides a greater boost to the coverage. If they can create consistent pressure off the edge, they can force QBs to throw quicker and eliminate some of the deep throws that plague them a season ago. If I had to pick a rusher of the three, I would put them in the following order: Quinn, Smith and Kerrigan.
Cody , Muncie, IN
2:21 PM ETHey Bucky, nice to have the chance to chat with you. I am a huge Vikings fan and I know Leslie Frasier has said numerous the ideal situation for the draft would be to draft a young guy and coach him up. I know the Viking are highly interested in Jake Locker so I was just curious why no one has Jake Locker being selected by the Vikings? Thanks Bucky
Bucky Brooks, NFL.comCody, The Vikings certainly need a QB and Locker has a lot of potential. I wouldn't consider him at No.12, but he definitely should be in the mix in the 2nd round. He is probably is a year or two away from being ready to be on the field, so he must be considered a developmental prospect by all involved. If they pick him at the right point and groom him in the right manner, he could turn out to be a productive player for them down the road.
Matt Leavey, Owings Mills
2:24 PM ETWhat's good Bucky? I'm wondering what you think of Greg Little from North Carolina. I like that this guy is essentially the same size as Larry Fitzgerald with room to develop physically, and as a former running back, this guy thrives with the ball in his hands. Where will he come off the board? Will he be there in round three for Baltimore?
Bucky Brooks, NFL.comMatt, Greg Little has the potential to be a pretty good pro WR. He has outstanding physical tools (height, weight and speed) and he was starting to come into his own during his junior season. Unfortunately, he didn't get a chance to build on those skills a season ago, but I like what I've seen from him during workouts and some team will take him early based on his immense potential. He should come off the board at the end of the 2nd/top of the 3rd round on draft day.
Tom King, Joppa, MD
2:27 PM ETBucky, I'm a Terps fan, but I don't see Torrey Smith going at pick 26 to the Ravens. Can you make an argument for Cam Jordan there or an OT?
Bucky Brooks, NFL.comTom, Torrey Smith is a darkhorse 1st round pick. He has excellent size and speed, and his dynamic kick return skills make him an explosive dual threat on the field. For the Ravens, he would give Joe Flacco a legitimate deep threat on the outside and John Harbaugh would certainly love to add another explosive weapon to the kicking game.
Erik, Calgary Canada
2:31 PM ETHey Bucky, I'm hoping that my seahawks get one of three options: Mallet, Locker, or Smith (CB). Which do you think is most likely. I actually prefer Mallet over Locker. Your thoughts?
Bucky Brooks, NFL.comErik, I believe that Mallett will be an outstanding pro. He has exceptional talents as a passer, and he will enter the league ready to play in a pro system after spending two years directing Bobby Petrino's offense. If he can continue to grow as a leader, he could be the steal of the draft when we look back at it in a few years.
2:34 PM ETHello Bucky, Iâ€™m a huge Buccaneers fan, and I know how bad we need a real pass rusher. What are the chances of Ryan Kerrigan falling to us at 20th in the first round? Also is there really a chance that we might take an Offensive Tackle in the first round? Even with a future Pro Bowler like Donald Penn.
Bucky Brooks, NFL.comHondo, The Bucs would love to see Ryan Kerrigan fall to them at No.20. He is the kind of high-motor rusher that they need off the edge, and he would fit in well with their young defensive line. If he isn't there, I would look for them to take the highest rated offensive tackle or defensive end. Gabe Carimi or Nate Solder would be intriguing options as offensive tackles.
2:38 PM ETBucky, do you think Kyle Rudolph will be available at 36? And, if so, will the Broncos pull the trigger on him?
Bucky Brooks, NFL.comKyle, Kyle Rudolph is the top TE in the draft, and he should come off the board between picks 32-40. I don't know if the Broncos will add a tight end based on their other needs, but he would certainly add some explosiveness to the line up as a pass-catching TE.
Bobby, Seattle WA
2:40 PM ETAny chance the Panthers give Armanti Edwards a chance at QB? He was a dual threat at App State.
Bucky Brooks, NFL.comBobby, I don't think that Armanti Edwards will get a chance at QB. He might be involved as a potential "Wildcat" QB, but he will be used as receiver/returner for the Panthers this season.
2:41 PM ETI see a lot of mocks have the Dolphins taking RB Mark Ingram in the 1st round. Wouldn't it be possible to address another need in that spot and take a RB in later rounds? Or just try to re-sign either Ricky or Ronnie - preferably the one that would actually like to come back. With Henne not progressing, the offense is trouble no matter who is play halfback.
Bucky Brooks, NFL.comRSG, The Dolphins need a running back, but they don't have to commit a first round pick to upgrade the situation. Mark Ingram would be a nice fit, but there are others in the draft with similar skills that would be available in the later rounds. Ryan Williams, Daniel Thomas and Jordan Todman could be intriguing fits in their offense, and they should be available in the 2nd or 3rd round.
Fisher, London, England
2:46 PM ETAfternoon Bucky, love your work. I see on your latest mock draft you have Arizona DE/OLB Brooks Reed going at the end of the first round. How do you rate him as a prospect coming out of this draft? I'm a NY Jets fan, we need to upgrade the pass rush (hoping for Akeem Ayers, but doubt he'll drop that far...) and Reed looks like a talent. Could you see us taking him at #30, and would he suit our system? Cheers.
Bucky Brooks, NFL.comFisher, Brooks Reed flew under the radar for most of the season, but scouts have really been impressed with him during the post-season circuit. He was outstanding during the East-West Shrine Game and his workouts have been receiving rave reviews. He is an outstanding pass rusher with the speed, quickness, burst and motor to make impact plays off the edge. He would be a terrific fit for the Jets as an edge player, and I could see them take him at No.30.
Rick, Los Angeles, CA
2:52 PM ETHey do you think Prince Amakumara will fall to the Vikings at #12?
Bucky Brooks, NFL.comRick, Prince Amukamara could be available at No.12 for the Vikings. He is an outstanding talent but the way the board is shaping up, he could be sitting right there for the Vikings. They need a corner, but they have bigger needs at other positions that need to be addressed. Offensive tackle, defensive line and quarterback strike me as bigger needs, so I would expect the Vikings to go in another direction.
Bucky Brooks, NFL.comGuys, my time is up. I enjoyed chatting with you guys today, and I would welcome the opportunity to chat with you off line. Hit me up on Twitter @buckybrooks with a draft-related question that I will answer directly or in an upcoming mailbag.
Also, be sure to look for our Vaseline "Hands-On" series that will debut next week. We will take a look at all of the top prospects by position, and the unique challenges that scouts have in evaluating each of them.
Until next week, I want to shout out the 919 and all of my fellow Tarheels ... You know how we do it ... Deuces!!!
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