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NFC West Roundup: Wonderlic Tests, Hard Knocks and Cam Newton Workouts

Will Patrick Peterson drop in the draft due to his Wonderlic Test scores?
Will Patrick Peterson drop in the draft due to his Wonderlic Test scores?

Sorry for the lack of links guys, but finding news that isn't already covered in the Bird Droppings plus the lack of news due to the labor issues makes things difficult. As the season nears, more links will come, but until then stick with me.

Your links and analysis are after the jump.

Will one of these elite talents drop to 14 because of their Wonderlic Test? - Turf Show Times
Interesting stuff over at Turf Show Times. This particular piece discusses how low Wonderlic Test scores may affect player draft status and whether or not certain players will drop due to the Rams with these low scores. Players such as Patrick Peterson and AJ Green are discussed as having low Wonderlic scores with a 9 and 10 respectively. Rams fans are now praying that these high caliber players are able to drop to them. I don’t think this will happen because even though these two gentlemen may not have good scholastic minds, they are very good football players and seem to have a good football IQ.

2011 NFL Mock Draft: Cam Newton Remains No. 1 Pick Over Blaine Gabbert -
The newest SB Nation mock draft is out and as far as the NFC West goes, there are minor changes. Every team except for the San Francisco 49ers still has the same pick (all of which were highlighted in my last NFC West Roundup). Instead of Patrick Peterson, the 49ers are seen as taking Prince Amukamara because the assumption is that Peterson will be off the board before the seventh pick comes around. Peterson is a dynamic player and is seen as possibly the best overall player in the draft, which leads to no surprise that the Buffalo Bills would have interest in him at number three. However, don’t start to think that Amukamara is a slouch. The Nebraska Cornhusker (Arizona native) was a first-team All-Big 12 selection in 2009 and Big 12 defensive player of the year during his senior 2010 season.

2011 NFL Draft: A.J. Green vs. Julio Jones - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Mike Sando, the NFC West guru over at ESPN, talks to two draft scouting experts about the differences between A.J. Green and Julio Jones. Green is still seen as the better prospect between the two scouts, as he is taller, faster, a more fluid route runner, and a better catcher than Jones. The interesting part of the article came when the comparison to the New England Patriots was made. "The best-case scenario here is for the Rams’ new offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels, to get the vertical threat he had in New England with Randy Moss, allowing Amendola to play the role of Wes Welker underneath," Steve Muench said. Randy Moss has been an exceptional receiver in the NFL for many years, so to compare an incoming rookie to a deep threat like Moss is more than a compliment. As far as Amendola vs. Welker goes, the only comparison I see is that they are both undersized speedy receivers, but Welker is far superior as a route runner and he has a higher football IQ. Even a fraction of what New England has can make Cardinals fans shudder, especially since the Rams look to have struck gold with Sam Bradford.

2011 NFL Season: 49ers Under Consideration For 2011 'Hard Knocks' On HBO - Niners Nation

Over at Niners Nation there has been discussion that the 49ers are on a list of candidates that may be able to land on the show, ‘Hard Knocks,’ on HBO. Other possible teams are the Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos and the favorite to land the show- the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. So as Fooch (a writer over Niners Nation) asked, would you like to see your team on the Hard Knocks TV show? The Arizona Cardinals would have much to offer from their quarterback controversy to figuring out new defensive plays and strategies. Let’s hear what you think ROTB fans: would you like to see the Arizona Cardinals on Hard Knocks? Post your thoughts below.

2011 NFL Draft: Cam Newton Schedules Private Workouts, 49ers Not Included - Niners Nation

Here’s another good one from Fooch stating the teams that are conducting private workouts with Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton. You can see the list in the link, but as Fooch discusses, the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers do not have any meetings scheduled with Newton as of now. This was interesting to me seeing as all the hype of how Whisenhunt may want a big quarterback like he had in Ben Roethlisberger back in his Pittsburgh Steelers days. Also, the 49ers are currently in somewhat of a QB pickle themselves, so at least looking at Newton seemingly wouldn’t hurt. We still have over a month until the draft, so if both teams do end up getting some workouts in with Newton, it would not shock me. As for now, I am surprised at the lack of interest.