DA Draft Buzz: Wednesday Notes For Draft Week

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Just one day left before the draft officially beings.  Here’s the latest on players dropping down boards and quarterback contingency plans for Cleveland.

While I’ve been very skeptical about Dalvin Cook falling to the second round of the draft you can now count me as a believer after numerous conversations.

Last night, prior to the announcement of a deal being reached for running back Marshawn Lynch,  a source from the Oakland Raiders told me they expect Cook to be available when they are called to the clock with the 24th pick of round one but have no interest in selecting him. At that point, they feel Joe Mixon is the wiser choice.

The point was not that the Raiders would draft Mixon, but rather that Cook’s injuries and multiple off-field issues are greater risks.

The Arizona Cardinals have been a busy team over the past week. I’m told they made a trip to visit Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire and also made a trip to see Florida safety Marcus Maye.

On Tuesday I posted that teams at the top of Round 2 were showing a lot of interest in Cal quarterback Davis Webb. Late Tuesday evening, a source close to the situation told me that if the Cleveland Browns do not secure Mitchell Trubisky in Round 1, Webb is likely to be the target with the 33rd selection.

The Pittsburgh Steelers made a trip to visit underrated pass rusher Jonathan Calvin of Mississippi State. We presently grade Calvin as a UDFA but would not be surprised if he hops into the last round.