We are less than a week away from the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft and draft boards are just about finalized.
The first overall pick is Cam Newton's to lose at this point and I think that Carolina realizes this is the decision they have to make if they want to move forward as an organization.
Outside of Newton, the quarterback class is completely up in the air but the second quarterback off the board is likely going to be Missouri's Blaine Gabbert.
We could see a number of trades in the back end of the first round, and altogether, I think we could see as many as five quarterbacks off the board in the first round.
As we look at it all, the first round will feature a ton of defensive lineman but that will be fitting as a number of teams need help in that area.
The teams to focus on during the first round will be the ones in the top half of the draft that do not get quarterbacks, which could include any combination of Carolina, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Arizona, Tennessee, Washington and/or Minnesota.
The trade situation does not allow teams to trade players this year, picks only, but come draft day we should still see a number of deals.
As always, we hear a lot about players rising and falling, but we have not been able to believe anything we have heard in more than a few months time.
Fortunately for us we only have to wait a few more days for the draft to be opened.