DA Draft Buzz: April 4

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The pro days are winding down, official visits and private workouts are starting to heat up. There’s also movement on draft boards. Here’s the latest.

As teams make their west coast swing to work out players, the University of Utah has been a common stopping ground for the majority of them. Franchises have sent units comprising of general managers, head coaches and offensive line coaches to Salt Lake City to specifically work out the Utes offensive linemen, three who project as top-100 picks.

The Atlanta Falcons were in town last week to work out the trio, and on Tuesday the Tampa Bay Bucs were on campus to put all three through a workout.

Left tackle Garett Bolles is expected to be a first-round pick and will battle Forrest Lamp to be the first blocker selected. Bolles has workouts coming up with the Los Angeles Chargers and Indianapolis Colts.

Isaac Asiata is presently our fourth-rated guard and someone we grade as a third-round pick. The recent feedback I’m getting is that Asiata could jump into the second round as he rises up boards. He’s in Florida tomorrow for an official visit with the Miami Dolphins.

Sam Tevi is our eighth-ranked offensive tackle and a third-round prospect on our board. Tevi has workouts scheduled with the Houston Texans and Carolina Panthers. In our recent three-round mock, we have the Panthers taking Tevi in the third.

Staying with the Carolina Panthers, people I’m close with tell me that the franchise hopes to address its need for speed at the receiver position during the draft’s second day. In the past two mocks I’ve had the Panthers taking Carlos Henderson of Louisiana Tech in Round 2, as I feel he’d be perfect in the Ted Ginn Jr. role. Carolina has already worked out Henderson and met with him privately.

When you talk to people on the outside the name Grover Stewart is rarely mentioned, yet the big Albany State defensive tackle is catching fire after dominating the NFLPA practice and turning in a terrific pro-day workout.

Thus far Stewart has a combined 17 workouts and top-30 visits including the Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons, Los Angeles Chargers, Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Bucs. He was forced to turn down four visits due to scheduling conflicts. Some in the scouting community feel Stewart could go as early as the third round and most believe he won’t get out of the fifth.

Staying with official 30 visits, Jonathan Calvin of Mississippi State has the sGreen Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals.

Two defensive backs, Adoree’ Jackson and Justin Evans, are swiftly moving up draft boards.

Jackson is viewed as a game changer and one of the most improved defensive backs in the country. Teams love Evans’ film and believe he’s cast in the Kam Chancellor mold.

On the other hand, the draft stock of Marshon Lattimore is seemingly moving in the opposite direction.

Two trusted sources told me they feel Lattimore is overrated and lacks coverage skills. I agree with both statements and have stated several times I believe Lattimore’s ball skills pale in comparison to those of teammate Gareon Conley.

Lattimore’s injury history is also a big red flag for teams.

Again from trusted sources, I’m told that despite reports that a hip flexor prematurely ended Lattimore’s combine workout -- he did not participate in position drills -- hamstring issues did play a role in sidelining him during the final day of workouts.