NFL Rumors: Moves That Will Never Happen in 2012
The 2012 NFL Draft is just around the corner, and so various rumors have started to surface.
Each year, teams leak out information to try and throw off other teams around the league.
Last year, Cam Newton was said to be selfish, and this year out of nowhere reports have surfaced saying Robert Griffin III rubbed teammates the wrong way in his past.
Some rumors have legs to them and turn out to be accurate.
Asante Samuel has been rumored to be on the trading block, and that one shows signs of happening.
The trick is using all the evidence available and analyze which rumors are true and which are smokescreens.
Here's a look at some of the rumors that you should not pay attention to.
1. Cleveland or Miami Trading Up
One rumor being mentioned involves a couple teams trading up to select Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Dan Pompei of the National Football Post writes that the Browns and Dolphins have expressed interest in moving up in the draft.
However, it doesn't seem too logical for either team to trade up to get the quarterback. The Browns have the fourth overall pick and will most likely select running back Trent Richardson.
The Dolphins need a quarterback and have the eighth overall pick. The Dolphins should be able to stay pat and still get Tannehill.
The Browns have a pick late in the first round which gives them some ammunition to move up. However, the Browns seem to have growing interest in Brandon Weeden and could take him later in the first round.
Other teams trying to trade for the Jaguars pick at seven would be for a pass-rusher or possibly a wide receiver.
The Dolphins don't need to panic, which is why it is unlikely either of these teams will trade up.
2. New York Jets Trading for Fourth Pick
The New York Jets always seem to be in the headlines and rumors are that they have intentions on doing that in this year's draft.
ESPN New York's Rich Cimini writes that the Jets will explore the option of trading up for the fourth or a few spots to take pass-rushing specialist, Melvin Ingram.
Moving up a few spots for Ingram is a possibility, but I don't see any chance of the Jets trading up to the fourth spot.
Moving up to four would likely mean the Jets would select Trent Richardson. Richardson is believed to be the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson.
However, elite running backs are not essential to winning the Super Bowl. Peterson played on one of the worst teams in the league, while the Giants and even the 2011 Green Bay Packers used a running back by committee.
It simply wouldn't be worth it for the Jets to trade up to four, and why this rumor will not happen in a few days.
3. Minnesota Vikings Selecting Morris Claiborne
The Minnesota Vikings have the third selection in this year's draft and will be the pick when the draft really begins.
Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500 Twin Cities believes that the Vikings will take cornerback Morris Claiborne from LSU.
The Vikings have plenty of needs and cornerback is one of them.
However, they also have a glaring need at left tackle and could solidify that hole by taking USC's Matt Kalil.
The Vikings have a young quarterback in Christian Ponder who has dealt with injuries in the past. The wisest move for the Vikings would be to take Kalil and protect their franchise quarterback.
The Vikings seem intrigued by taking Claiborne to improve their secondary. In the end, if the Vikings hold on to that third pick than they will go with the left tackle prospect.
4. Cowboys Selecting Michael Brockers
The defensive line is one of the deepest units in the entire 2012 NFL Draft and many teams will be filling needs along the line.
They hint that both the Cowboys and Eagles have strong interest in Michael Brockers, a defensive lineman out of LSU, and that the teams may trade up in order to secure him.
However, the Cowboys need help at the safety position and have seemingly fell in love with Alabama safety, Mark Barron.
It would also be unnecessary for the Cowboys to get in a trade battle with the Eagles to move up a few spots when the position features depth to begin with.
The Cowboys are in the process of a secondary makeover and Barron will complete that process.
5. Chicago Bears Drafting an Offensive Lineman
David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune says that Chicago Bears GM Phil Emery may select offensive tackle Jonathan Martin from Stanford.
The Bears offensive line is below average, but they used their 2011 first round choice on Gabe Carimi, another offensive lineman.
I see the Bears going in one of two directions. They could take a wide receiver to compliment newly acquired Brandon Marshall.
If Michael Floyd falls to them he will be the choice, or the Bears seem to be very interested in speedster Kendall Wright from Baylor.
Otherwise, the Bears could draft the best defensive lineman on the board. Whitney Mercilus, Courtney Upshaw or Michael Brockers are mid-first round talents, and any of them could go on the other side of Julius Peppers.
This could instill some more life into a Bears defense that was not Bears-like in 2011.
Jonathan Martin is a solid player, but look for the Bears to go in another direction in this year's draft.