NFL Rumors: Latest Buzz on Potential Draft-Day Moves
The 2013 NFL draft is right around the corner, meaning there's tons of pre-draft buzz to break down as Thursday's first round approaches.
With draft day just hours away, here we'll run through the latest buzz on potential draft day moves.
Will the New York Jets Remain Active?
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The Jets made the biggest pre-draft splash thus far by trading shutdown corner Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay in exchange for the No. 13 pick this year and a conditional pick next year.
Now it appears the Jets could potentially make a few more moves prior or even on draft day.
NFL Network's Albert Breer reports that New York is looking to move down from No. 9 and No. 13.
The Jets have made calls to clubs about dealing down from the ninth and 13th picks. That's like most of the rest of those in the Top 10.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 24, 2013
The New Orleans Saints can't help New York acquire a lower pick, but they do possess an asset that the Jets may be interested in, according to ESPN's John Clayton.
The Jets now have eight draft choices, but they will try use a No. 5 to get Chris Ivory.— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) April 21, 2013
After losing Shonn Greene in free agency last month, the Jets desperately need help in the backfield, making Ivory a big-time target.
Is New Orleans Shopping Chris Ivory?
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With New Orleans boasting three solid running backs in Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles, it seems that GM Mickey Loomis and the Saints are comfortable with the possibility of parting ways with Chris Ivory, according to the team's official Twitter account.
Loomis said they have had discussions with other teams about Chris Ivory but "no deal is imminent" #Saints— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) April 23, 2013
Ivory rushed for 217 yards and two touchdowns on 40 carries (5.4 yards per carry) last season. The 25-year-old broke out in 2010, rushing for 716 yards and five touchdowns on 137 carries.
Eagles Aiming to Trade No. 4 Pick?
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According to Philly.com's Jeff McLane, the Philadelphia Eagles have been asking around in an attempt to trade out of the No. 4 pick in Thursday's first round via league sources.
General manager Howie Roseman has reached out to at least two NFL general managers in an attempt to have a deal in place in case the Eagles don't like the players left on the board, the sources said.
As mentioned by McLane, there isn't a ton of can't-miss talent in this year's draft. Therefore, if both Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel and Central Michigan's Eric Fisher are off the board by the time the Eagles come on the clock at No. 4, they can afford to trade out and acquire more value later on.
Will Miami Find a Suitor for the No. 12 Pick?
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Like the Philadelphia Eagles, the Miami Dolphins are looking to trade down in the first round in 2013, according to NFL sources (via the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero).
While the Dolphins are likely thinking like the Eagles—that there is more value later in this year's draft—they could also be looking to retrieve another second-round pick in case they send one of their current second-rounders to Kansas City in exchange for tackle Branden Albert.
According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the Dolphins and Chiefs have been discussing a potential deal for Albert.
KC OT Branden Albert? Contract demands turned off Dolphins, which is why little or no communication for almost 2 weeks. Who blinks?— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) April 23, 2013
The Dolphins saw tackle Jake Long, a former No. 1 overall pick in 2008, sign with the St. Louis Rams this offseason.
Will Minnesota Part Ways with One of Its Picks?
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The Minnesota Vikings are one of three teams with two picks in Thursday's first round, but there's a shot the Vikings part ways with one of those picks on draft day, according to the Star-Tribune's Dan Wiederer.
Even though Spielman is armed with picks 23 and 25 for Thursday’s first round, the GM can’t promise he’ll use both, still exploring opportunities to move back and gather additional picks for either this year or next year.
Minnesota could certainly benefit from using both picks to acquire help at linebacker and wide receiver, but if they can find a suitor for one of those picks, why not reel in some more selections in order to add depth?
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