There have been more than a few rumors leading up to the NFL draft concerning several teams this weekend.
Sometimes these rumors are created by teams to throw off the draft order, but other times they tend to be true. The key is to take everything into consideration, but be very hesitant in regards to what you believe. There are several big rumors that have begun to surface regarding several teams.
Kansas City Chiefs: Will Joeckel or Fisher be the No. 1 Overall Pick?
The feeling for a while was the Luke Joeckel was going to be the No. 1 overall pick by the Chiefs on Thursday. However, recent rumors have pointed to Eric Fisher potentially being the top pick.
Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net tweeted this:
Sources tell me several position coaches for the Kansas City Chiefs prefer tackle Eric Fisher over Luke Joeckel....— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) April 20, 2013
The debate has raged over who the better prospect is, and this rumor has further heightened those debates.
Whether this is a smokescreen by the Chiefs or a legitimate rumor, ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that it looks like these players will both be taken in the first two picks:
Feeling is OTs Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher will be first two players picked Thursday night. Then Oakland's turn...— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 23, 2013
Buffalo Bills: Trading back or Grabbing a QB?
The Bills are in an interesting situation with the No. 8 pick, and rumors are continuing to get around about what they are planning to do with the selection.
One of the bigger rumors right now are that the Bills are planning to trade out of the top 10 picks. Adam Schefter was on top of it again with this tweet:
Teams that have made calls about moving back in draft include PHIL, DET, CLEV, BUFF, MIA. Doing what they should.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 23, 2013
While the possibility of trading back is there, another possibility is the idea of drafting a quarterback. Back in March, a lot of people had Geno Smith going to the Bills at No. 8, including Gil Brandt of NFL.com.
Now, rumors are swirling that Ryan Nassib of Syracuse, not Smith, will be the QB taken by the Bills. Chris Mortensen of ESPN believes tweeted that Nassib has gained a lot of momentum as the potential No. 8 pick for Buffalo.
Growing belief around NFL it's Nassib or trade down if they can RT @sabrefan0412: ANY. Idea which way the Bills are leaning at 8 ???— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) April 21, 2013
The Bills are certainly in a situation to trade back, but the need for a quarterback is certainly still there for this team. Both of these rumors certainly have a lot of logic to them.
Philadelphia Eagles: Multiple Prospects Possibly Going to Philly
Another team with a lot of rumors surrounding them right now is the Eagles. Whether it’s moving back or staying at No. 4, there are multiple sources that are hearing a lot of chatter about them in the draft.
Many, including Bleacher Report’s own Matt Miller, have had the Eagles taking Dion Jordan out of Oregon for quite some time now.
Dion Jordan to the #Eagles at No. 4. I'm writing it in ink.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) February 25, 2013
However, Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com says that he has heard a lot about Barkevious Mingo potentially heading to Philly.
For all of the chatter about the Eagles and Dion Jordan, for obvious reasons, I keep hearing more and more about Mingo in that 4th pick— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 23, 2013
Meanwhile, Jeff McLane of Philly.com reported that Lane Johnson believes that getting drafted by the Eagles is a “good possibility.”
As seen in the one of the earlier tweets by Adam Schefter, the Eagles also are apparently considering trading down. If that is the case, other prospects could be possibly heading to Philly. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Eagles recently reached out to Tavon Austin in the event that they trade back.
The #Eagles reached out to Tavon Austin yesterday, doing more due diligence. They'd be willing to move back. Covering their bases in case?— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 23, 2013
Draft rumors tend to get really messy, and that is shown with all of the talk surrounding the Eagles. Everything will be revealed on Thursday, but speculation will continue until then.