Well, it's just about two weeks away from the 2011 NFL Draft and rumors are being spread like a healthy dose of cream cheese on a bagel.
Distinguishing the rumor or smokescreen from actual information about a player is a trying ritual, but I think several factors have come to light recently to make an educated guess about players whose draft stock is on the uptick and whose is headed downward.
These factors include but are not limited to medical results, multiple visits with a team or teams, and fresh information on the player's talent or attitude.
What is far less likely to be believed is a coach, GM, or team-issued, on-the-record statement about a prospect, not that most organizations are willing to comment that frequently anyhow. Truth is that if a coach such as Chan Gailey were to talk about Cam Newton's tremendous talent, then I would be less likely to believe that Bills would select Newton if available.
Here are the latest risers and fallers in the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft.