Detroit Lions defensive line coach Jim Washburn might be banging the table for BYU defensive end Ziggy Ansah with the No. 5 overall pick, but he's going to have to win over the offensive-minded members of the team's war room.
The Lions reportedly are salivating over Cooper's speed and athleticism, seeing him as an ideal escort for running back Reggie Bush on screens and other passes out of the backfield. Like a lot of teams, the Lions also are impressed by Cooper's ability to play center in a pinch.
If the Lions opt to go in another direction, Cooper unlikely is to slide more than two or three spots. The Arizona Cardinals reportedly are confident that either Cooper or Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson will fall to them at No. 7 overall. Rapoport predicts the Bills will select a guard at No. 8 if they are unable to trade down.
Other draft buzz:
»Although NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock pegs West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith to the Cleveland Browns at No. 6 overall in his mock draft, colleague Solomon Wilcots reported on "Around The League Live" Thursday that the team "absolutely loved" Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel in his workout. Smith does sit atop the New York Jets' quarterback rankings, per the New York Daily News.
»NFL Network's Charley Casserly suggested on Wednesday's "Path to the Draft" that the St. Louis Rams might be willing to trade up with the draft's best receiver as the target.
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