The Texans are "seriously considering" Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel for the No. 1 pick, reports the Houston Chronicle's John McClain.
McClain adds that there's a long way to go and the Texans won't rule out any possibilities. The ace reporter has maintained throughout the process that Houston will tab a QB at No. 1. South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney shouldn't be ruled out of consideration either, but Bortles is the leader in the clubhouse at the moment.
West Virginia DE Will Clarke led the list of NFL.com writer Charles Davis' defensive draft sleepers.
"His 6-foot-6, 271-pound frame makes him look more like an outside linebacker, but Clarke has been a defensive end," wrote Davis. "He has a tremendous motor and never gives up on a play. He's known more for his pass-rushing ability, but he holds the point of attack better than you might expect from a guy his size." Clarke is a surprisingly agile athlete who will need to continue packing weight onto his wiry frame.
Jets coach Rex Ryan can't see Clemson WR Sammy Watkins falling to the Jets.
"There's no way he'll be there," Ryan said. In an interview with Watkins after the Tigers' pro day event, NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock told the Clemson star that Ryan said if he did fall, "he ain't getting to 19." Ryan's son, Seth, is a receiver at Clemson, and the New York Post speculates that teammate Martavis Bryant "could interest the Jets in the middle rounds."
San Jose State QB David Fales has "starting NFL-caliber traits," says NFL Films' Greg Cosell.
Fales' arm strength improved from his junior to senior seasons, according to Cosell, who listed "pocket command, decision-making, and ball placement" as Fales' starting-NFL qualities. "He's a rhythm player," Cosell said. "What happens if that rhythm gets disrupted?" The expert said some teams might see Andy Dalton in Fales.
NFL Films' Greg Cosell says the problem with Georgia QB Aaron Murray is his size, lack of arm strength, and confinement to the pocket.
Cosell added that Murray's arm is better than AJ McCarron's. The analyst mused at one point about Murray's ability to turn into another Drew Brees. "Brees is the exception," Cosell said. "Normally, 6-foot pocket quarterbacks without great feet, who do not have big arms, do not become quality NFL starters." The 6-foot, 207-pound Murray suffered a torn ACL in November, so he's facing even greater odds than most.
NFL Films' Greg Cosell believes Fresno State's Derek Carr "can make every throw."
"You do see NFL throws," said Cosell of Carr's game tape. "You do see vertical seems, you do see back shoulder throws, you do see deep posts." The analyst contends that Carr must be taught the timing of three-, five-, and seven-step drops, as he often threw on his first step in the Bulldogs' air-it-out spread scheme. Cosell is also concerned that Carr didn't face much pressure in college. He pointed to Blaine Gabbert as one example of a QB who was shielded from pressure at the collegiate level.
Although LSU QB Zach Mettenberger ranks at the top of NFL Films' Greg Cosell's "second-tier QBs", the analyst is concerned by his pocket mobility.
"This would have been a concern even if he didn't tear his ACL," Cosell said. "You have to be able to move. You don't necessarily have to be able to run around and scramble, but you have to be able to move." Cosell referenced Dan Marino as a good example of "ballet-like feet" from a stone-legged signal-caller. The analyst added that Mettenberger's arm and athleticism are both below those of Joe Flacco.
Alabama QB AJ McCarron's arm is "average at best," according to NFL Films' Greg Cosell.
McCarron has the physical ability of an NFL backup, according to Cosell, but could develop into a passable starter in a run-first scheme. McCarron's future is entirely dependent on the organization that pulls the trigger on him. "There's a lot for him to have to do at an exceptional level" to become an NFL starter, said the analyst.