Entering the final weeks before the 2013 NFL draft, rumors are flying that will likely shape the first round regardless of how much truth they contain. Teams and agents are putting out all kinds of information to hopefully swing things in their favor.
Here is some of the latest buzz that will determine how the draft plays out.
New York Jets Interested in Ryan Nassib
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Jets are doing their homework with regard to potential quarterbacks in the draft, particularly Ryan Nassib:
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Jets have shown considerable interest in Nassib, both during the season (when Mike Tannenbaum was the General Manager) and after the season (when John Idzik got the job).
The Jets, we’re told, scouted Nassib aggressively during his final season at Syracuse, and they spent extra time with him after his Pro Day workout, including taking him to dinner.
In this draft class, it's unclear whether or not Nassib will be available when the Jets are on the clock for their second-round pick. It could depend on where Geno Smith is drafted and which other teams look to use their first or second picks on a quarterback.
Nassib, if given a chance, could come in and compete for the Jets. He's far from a slam-dunk prospect, but it might be time to turn the page on Sanchez and groom another young quarterback to be the franchise guy.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cooling on Darrelle Revis
While the Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers trade talk seemed like just a matter of time, apparently things have slowed drastically. According to Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole, the trade appears less imminent:
However, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, long regarded as the team most likely to trade for Revis, are apparently growing impatient with the process, three sources said.
The Buccaneers are not only willing to trade a combination of a first-, third- and sixth-round picks for Revis, they are also willing to pay the corner in the area of $15-16 million per year on a long-term contract.
The Bucs seem very interested in making the move, but it sounds like they don't have to be held ransom. This could just be a smokescreen in hopes of lowering the price on Revis, but it could also mean trade talks have cooled significantly.
Whether or not a trade is completed will definitely go on to shape the first round. If the Bucs aren't able to secure Revis, they are definitely in the market for a cornerback with their first pick, especially if Dee Milliner somehow falls to them.
Miami Dolphins Interested in D.J. Fluker
The Miami Dolphins have multiple options with the 12th pick of the draft, including a plethora of defenders. However, their ideal target might actually be offensive tackle D.J. Fluker.
According to Tony Pauline of Draft Insider, the Dolphins could be the fourth team to grab a tackle after Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson come off the board.
Close sources tell me DJ Fluker/T/Alabama is a real possibility for the Miami Dolphins with the 12th pick...more later..— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) April 8, 2013
Most analysts and mock drafts have Fluker going later in the round after the run of the first three tackles. The Dolphins' interest could also be a way to increase the market for Fluker and hope a team from the bottom half of the round trades up.
Fluker going 12th would definitely shake up the rest of the first round. A run of four offensive tackles in the first 12 picks would ensure that many talented defenders slip through to the second half of the first round.