The 2013 NFL draft has officially arrived, as the first round will kick off Thursday night from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
As we get closer to start of the draft, though, the rumor mill is sure to heat up as teams aim to move up or trade down in order to add value or get their hands on a coveted player. But even before Kansas City comes on the clock at No. 1 overall, there's some pre-draft rumblings to dissect.
Here, we'll run down some of the hottest draft-day buzz heading into Thursday's first round.
Buffalo Bills Eyeing Matt Barkley?
There's been a lot made of the Doug Marrone-Ryan Nassib connection this past week in the lead-up to Thursday's first round, but according to Sports Illustrated's Peter King (via Richard Deitsch), the Bills may have their sights set on USC's Matt Barkley.
Buffalo tweeps: @si_peterking says he's hearing Buffalo is seriously targeting Matt Barkley.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) April 24, 2013
First-year Bills coach Doug Marrone coached Ryan Nassib at Syracuse from 2009 to 2012 and successfully turned around the program with the help of Nassib under center.
Barkley and West Virginia's Geno Smith are seen as the better quarterback prospects, however. The Bills could go in any number of directions on Thursday, but given their need at quarterback, Barkley, Smith or Nassib makes the most sense at No. 8.
Cleveland Browns Looking to Move Up?
The Cleveland Browns are set to draft at No. 6 in Thursday's first round, but there's been rumors that the AFC North club is looking to trade up, potentially to No. 3 where the Oakland Raiders currently sit, according to Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports.
Hearing some chatter from multiple NFL sources that the Raiders may be trying to trade down from 3 overall... w/ Browns as possible partner— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) April 25, 2013
NFL Network reporter Albert Breer sheds some light on the rumored move, and why it makes sense for Cleveland.
The rumor out there that Browns could reverse field and deal up to third overall? Would likely be to jump Eagles/Lions for a pass rusher.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 25, 2013
Many consider Oregon's Dion Jordan as the top pass-rusher in this year's draft. At No. 3, the Browns would likely be in position to snag him whereas he may be off the board by the time their current selection arrives at No. 6.
BYU's Ezekiel Ansah and LSU's Barkevious Mingo are two other topflight pass-rushers the Browns could pursue in the first round on Thursday as well.
Philadelphia Eagles Interested in KeKe Mingo?
Philadelphia could use a young pass-rusher to bolster its defensive unit in 2013, and at the No. 4 spot, there's a good shot the Eagles would be able to land either Jordan or Mingo.
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
Mingo recorded 8.5 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks last season for the Tigers and is an extremely versatile defender who can rotate his hips and move exceptionally well for his size. Meanwhile, Jordan and first-year Eagles coach Chip Kelly have already established a connection having been together at Oregon.
As mentioned before, BYU's super athletic pass-rusher Ansah is another solid option for a team like Philadelphia drafting inside the top five.
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