Every year, the entire NFL world gets sucked into a swirling vortex of rumors and lies called the NFL draft.
For two weeks, every fan, draftnik, writer and blogger scours the Internet for any sliver of information to pass along, all while teams leak stories to anyone who'll listen. Like a high-stakes, 32-seat poker game with millions of fans hanging off the rails, the run-up to the NFL draft is a circus of whispers and misinformation.
Reporters with well-trusted sources will be told bald-faced lies. Players will be given assurances their positions won't be drafted highly, just to be shocked on draft day. Nonsensical trades will be bandied about, just for even-less-sensible trades to actually happen.
By listening carefully, and by keeping teams' needs in the back of your mind, it's possible to get some real information out of the rumors, reports, pre-draft visits and fancy dinners.
I've collected the latest draft and trade talk for all 32 NFL teams, with spin meter carefully calibrated. Trust no one and question everything, but give the following rumors a little more credence than most.