Badger Bits: Wednesday NFL Draft Rumors

Hey, did you know? The 2011 NFL Draft is tomorrow! Not that you can tell from the site recently, or anything. I need to start planning what junk food to get, and which classes I can skip to get myself in the right state of mind, so hopefully all these draft links and rumors will keep ya'll occupied. 

Gabe Carimi gave his final thoughts before the draft to Dave Heller of the Journal-Sentinel. Carimi decided against attending the NFL Draft in New York City, and will be with his family in Madison when his name is called. He told Heller he thought he would be more nervous, and that ultimately he will always be a Wisconsin Badger at heart. 

Peter King of Sports Illustrated has a few thoughts on the draft in his latest column. He confirms that the Dallas Cowboys are not certain what they will do with the ninth overall pick, and that he wouldn't be surprised to see the Cowboys take former Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt.

Check out a few more bits and rumors after the jump!

Jim Polzin at writes that former Badger David Gilreath could make an interesting option for a few NFL teams. Polzin notes that Gilreath has been contacted recently by the Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, and the New York Giants

Polzin also writes that former Badgers quarterback Scott Tolzien will look to Packers backup quarterback Matt Flynn for a blueprint to NFL success. I've seen a few teams take Tolzien in the last few rounds of mock drafts, most notably the Kansas City Chiefs.

Sports Illustrated has a few names to remember on draft day. They mention Lance Kendricks as someone teams think could move into the last part of the first round.

There's a nice feature on John Moffitt in the Post-Chronicle, from Moffitt's home state of Connecticut.

Dan Pompei's blog for the Chicago Tribune looks at the possibility of the Chicago Bears trading up a few spots for Carimi, or any other prospect they're targeted.

Well what do you know? SB Nation Atlanta reports that Lance Kendricks fell to the Atlanta Falcons in their latest mock draft. Atlanta is definitely a potential landing spot for Kendricks, because the Falcons will need to replace Tony Gonzalez sooner rather than later. I wouldn't rule out the St. Louis Rams, though.

Finally, The Providence Journal looks at a few late-round quarterbacks the New England Patriots might target, including the Badgers' own Scott Tolzien.

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