NFL Draft Rumors: Breaking Down Latest Buzz Around the League

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IApril 18, 2013

CORTLAND, NY - JULY 27:  Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets works out at Jets Training Camp at SUNY Cortland on July 27, 2012 in Cortland, New York.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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With the 2013 NFL draft approaching fast, it's only natural that rumors would start flying around the league.

There are some big names still on the market leading up to April 25. And even if there isn't a lot of action via free agency or trading before the draft, that doesn't mean draft day will be quiet on the trade front.

Here's a look at some of the biggest trade rumors throughout the NFL right now, complete with analysis.


Will the Atlanta Falcons Move Up in the Draft?

The Falcons gave up two first-round picks, a second-round pick and two fourth-round picks to land receiver Julio Jones at No. 6 overall in the 2011 NFL draft. It goes without saying that it worked out pretty well for them.

That's why it's not a complete shock that they would trade up again.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated tweeted on Wednesday:

He added:

The Falcons join teams like the San Francisco 49ers who are candidates to trade up in the draft this year, considering they have a wealth of draft picks. As Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune noted, Atlanta has 11 draft picks this year, including seven that can be traded.

It obviously makes a lot of sense. Why not grab a more promising prospect if you have the ability to do so? When you have 11 draft picks, you can afford to throw a few at a team in hopes of getting a bite.


What Are the Jets Asking for in Exchange for Darrelle Revis?

The Jets are reportedly asking for the Buccaneers' No. 13 overall pick in the draft, as well as a third-round pick and a fifth-round pick, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Times.

On the other hand, it doesn't look like the Buccaneers are biting, at least not yet.

Stroud wrote:

The Bucs front office and coach Greg Schiano are in agreement that the Jets' price is currently too high for Revis, especially due to the lack of suitors and the fact he is coming off surgery to repair a torn ACL.

It doesn't surprise me that the Buccaneers would be cautious, at least in the beginning before they have a better indication of Revis' health. While Revis would be an instant upgrade in the secondary, losing multiple picks would hurt the Buccaneers' depth, especially considering they need help at multiple positions. Not to mention that they would be paying Revis about $15 million per year.

The Jets have said they want to evaluate Revis' health more before getting into any serious trade talks. 

In regard to what the Jets would do with all of those picks, Jason LaCanfora of wrote in his in-depth NFL draft preview that sources say New York will "look long and hard" at Tavon Austin at No 9 overall. If they are able to land these picks, they could potentially take someone else at No. 9 and then nab Austin at No. 13, or the other way around.

In my mind, a trade like this would be a coup for the Jets. They need to address multiple positions and the fact that they could also get a third-rounder and a fifth-rounder for Revis is hard for me to fathom, even given Revis' excellent play when he's been on the field throughout his career.


James Harrison to the Bengals?

The Bengals appeared to have locked up a deal with former Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison on Monday, but it appears as if the deal wasn't as much of a sure thing as previously thought. 

Negotiations are "not going well," according to a source, via Mike Garafolo of USA Today Sports. Talks are expected to continue, but you can't pencil in Harrison's name on Cincinnati's 2013-14 roster yet.

Harrison notched 70 tackles, six sacks and two forced fumbles last season with Pittsburgh. The 34-year-old received a positive grade from Pro Football Focus.

The Bengals re-signed outside linebacker Rey Maualaga during the offseason, but they still need an outside linebacker alongside him and Vontaze Burfict. Plus, Maualaga was a liability in coverage last season, so Cincinnati needs someone to potentially rotate with him on passing downs.

The Bengals could look at a variety of positions at No. 21 overall this year, including linebacker, safety, running back and offensive tackle.


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