NFL Draft Rumors: Latest on This Year's Top Prospects

Maxwell Ogden@MaxwellOgdenCorrespondent IIIApril 23, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 23: Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M looks on during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 23, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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After months of anticipation, the 2013 NFL Draft is nearly upon us. There are mere hours between now and the time in which Roger Goodell will welcome us to the event, which has the world buzzing in reference to who could go where and why.

Fortunately for those that simply cannot wait until draft day, there are rumors about what could transpire.

From teams looking to make trades, to the question of which player will go first overall, there has been no shortage of rumors being spread around the league. Although we won't know what is true and what isn't until it transpires, we can gauge the interests of numerous teams.

So what might transpire with this year's top prospects?

Joeckel, Fisher to Go 1, 2?

As it presently stands, the Kansas City Chiefs are in possession of the first overall draft choice. The two players they've been most commonly linked to are offensive tackles Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M and Eric Fisher of Central Michigan.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, whichever of the two the Chiefs pass over, the Jacksonville Jaguars will make their own.

According to Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Unionthe Jaguars are targeting Fisher, Joeckel and defensive lineman Ziggy Ansah of BYU and Dion Jordan out of Oregon with the second overall draft choice.

 This should come as no surprise, as the quarterback position as significantly weaker in 2013 than any other year in recent memory. With no play callers certain to be franchise players, teams are likely to build their offensive and defensive lines.

Joeckel and Fisher are the top-two prospects on Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN's Big Board.

Multiple QBs on Top 10 Radars

It's no secret that the caliber of this year's crop of quarterback has been called into question. With that being said, three separate quarterbacks are in the running for Top-10 selections at the 2013 NFL Draft.

It all starts with the Buffalo Bills.

According to Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 SportsRadio, the Bills made it clear at their pre-draft luncheon that they are targeting a quarterback with their first round pick. Buffalo owns the eighth overall draft choice and picks ninth in the second round.

Per Buscaglia, Bills general manager Buddy Nix offered up words of praise for the likes of Matt Barkley out of USC, Ryan Nassib from Syracuse and Geno Smith of West Virginia.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer, all three of those quarterbacks are on the Cleveland Browns' draft radar, as well. The Browns draft sixth overall and also have their eyes on E.J. Manuel out of Florida State.

Barkley has taken part in a private workout with the Arizona Cardinals and Smith has been linked to the Philadelphia Eagles. To put it simply, quarterbacks are on the radar of almost every team in the Top 10.

It appears as if every team could be in play for a quarterback.

ACC Stars on the Rise

In November of 2012, Florida State Seminoles defensive end Cornellius "Tank" Carradine suffered a season-ending torn right ACL. 135 days later, Carradine ran a 4.75 40-yard dash at a workout for NFL teams (via The Cincinnati Enquirer).

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the New Orleans Saints are intrigued by Carradine's abilities and may consider taking him with the 15th overall draft choice. Per Tony Pauline of NFL Draft Insider, the Giants are not alone in their interest.

The Miami Dolphins at 12th, New York Giants at 19th and Minnesota Vikings at 23rd and 25th are also rumored to be looking into the potential for selecting Carradine.

Furthermore, Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reports that DeAndre Hopkins of the Clemson Tigers could go as early as 16th to the St. Louis Rams. Aaron Wilson of reports that the Rams have worked Hopkins out on two separate occasions.

Tavon Austin out of West Virginia is also in play at 16.