It's only three days until the NFL draft, and it's the final countdown. Can you hear the awesome keyboards and epic buildup to a certain rock-and-roll masterpiece?
Big hair and synthesizers aside, the NFL draft is looming, and teams are closing in on their first-round choices.
Over the next 72 hours, some players will move up the draft boards, while others will fall into an area dreaded by all top prospects—the second round.
Here are some teams and players that are making news.
According to ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr, two of the SEC's top defensive prospects will drop down in this year's draft.
Lack of ideal height & shorter arms than preferred have caused Melvin Ingram (mid 1st)&Courtney Upshaw (late 1st) to slip down draft boards.— Mel Kiper Jr. (@MelKiperESPN) April 23, 2012
While those two defensive studs are slipping back, Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones is becoming a hot pick for teams looking for a pass-rusher.
This is nothing new for NFL teams, who have rated him highly for quite some time, but it's a noticeable development in mock drafts, many of which initially had him pegged as a second-rounder. Most of the good defensive ends/pass rushers, including Jones, should come off the board sometime between pick No. 10 (Buffalo Bills) and pick No. 20 (Tennessee Titans.)
After going 5-11 last year, the Jacksonville Jaguars are looking to rebuild, and trading back from their number seven spot may be one way to do it.
It's been reported the Jaguars are in search of talent, and trading down for an extra pick or two could help a team that has made the playoffs twice in the past 12 years.
According to Mark Long, they have shown great interest in trading their early first-round pick.
The Jaguars, though have made it clear they would like to trade down from No. 7 and acquire extra picks. They have been fielding calls for weeks about potential swaps, but no deal will be made until draft night. "We've already received more phone calls this year than any other year," said McDonough.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated thinks that if Tannehill doesn't go to the Cleveland Browns with the fourth pick, the only team looking for a quarterback between picks number five and No. 11 is the Miami Dolphins.
Think of it: There's one team that might take Tannehill between five and 11 -- Miami at eight...If Miami passes on him at eight, I expect him to go either to a trade-up team with Kansas City at 11 or to Seattle at 12.
RT @rdelahuerta17 Do you think the 49ers are interested at all in Coby Fleener? > I believe he's on short list of No. 30 candidates, yes.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) April 23, 2012
Although he played tight end in college, Fleener has the ability to stretch the field and create mismatches. He also was coached by former Stanford—and current 49ers—head coach Jim Harbaugh.
Alabama RB Trent Richardson is the most complete back to enter the draft since Adrian Peterson in 2007, but Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon has the skill set to be the next Terrell Owens.Most NFL people I talk to grade Richardson as a better overall prospect, but Cleveland might not, given how much it values receivers in its West Coast offense.
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