2014 NFL Draft: Latest Buzz Surrounding Every Team

Nick Kostos@@thekostosContributor IApril 19, 2014

2014 NFL Draft: Latest Buzz Surrounding Every Team

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    The 2014 NFL draft is under three weeks away, and with rumors and speculation beginning to shift into overdrive, it's time to assess the latest buzz surrounding every team.

    The draft is wildly unpredictable and nearly impossible to forecast in an accurate fashion, but clues can be gleaned from the vast amount of information circulating about each of the 32 franchises.

    But even with the strongest of hints, it's possible that a team could go completely off the grid, like the Cowboys did in 2012 when they traded up to select cornerback Morris Claiborne despite famously having zero contact with him in the predraft process.

    This list is meant to be an aggregation of the hottest buzz currently surrounding each club. What's news today might be old hat by next week and completely forgotten come draft time, which speaks to the volatility of this period.

    In this column, I'll tell you the latest about the draft plans for each of the 32 teams and give my opinion on the news and scuttlebutt.

Arizona Cardinals: Will They Select a QB in the Early Rounds?

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    Mark Zaleski

    Last season, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer threw 24 touchdown passes against 22 interceptions but managed to lead the team to a 10-6 record. He's entrenched as the team's starter heading into 2014.

    But Palmer will turn 35 in December, and while coach Bruce Arians told NFL.com's Marc Sessler at February's scouting combine that Palmer could play until he's "36 or 37," it's fair to wonder if the club will consider drafting his eventual replacement next month.

    Palmer recently told Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com, "If you are in a position to draft the best player on your board ... and (a quarterback) is the best player on the board, you are not only making your team better by creating competition but you are helping out the future." 

    While they might not select a quarterback in the first round, the Cardinals would be foolish to not add one over the course of the draft. Drew Stanton is entrenched as the backup, but it never hurts to have a developmental player, particularly with an offensive-minded coach like Arians.

    In his latest scouting notebook, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller projects the Cardinals to draft UCF quarterback Blake Bortles with the 20th overall selection.

Atlanta Falcons: Meet with Auburn OT Greg Robinson

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    Michael Conroy

    Last season, the Atlanta Falcons allowed 44 sacks of quarterback Matt Ryan and only managed 3.9 yards per carry on the ground. The offensive line definitely didn't play up to par.

    And now, general manager Thomas Dimitroff could be targeting an offensive tackle with the sixth overall pick in next month's draft.

    Per Alex Marvez of Fox Sports 1, the Falcons recently met with Auburn's Greg Robinson, who is widely projected to be the first tackle off the board.

    Robinson would fill a major area of need for the Falcons—provided he lasts to the sixth pick. He would be a slam-dunk selection and would immediately upgrade their offensive line.

Baltimore Ravens: When Will They Select a RB?

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    Nick Wass

    Last season, the Baltimore Ravens couldn't run the ball, averaging a meager 3.1 yards per carry.

    And while the offensive line certainly didn't sparkle, running back Ray Rice didn't exactly set the world on fire, averaging 3.1 yards per carry and finishing with only 660 yards rushing, his lowest total since his rookie season in 2008. His backup, Bernard Pierce, was even worse, averaging 2.9 yards per carry.

    Those poor numbers, along with Rice's offseason arrest, mean the Ravens are sure to draft a running back next month. But where will it happen?

    This piece from ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley sheds some light on the Ravens' potential plans to add a back in the draft.

    The Ravens have more pressing needs in the early rounds, but a midround pick on a running back would be wise.

Buffalo Bills: Will They Trade Up for Texas A&M WR Mike Evans?

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    Patric Schneider

    The Buffalo Bills would be wise to continue to surround second-year quarterback EJ Manuel with weapons in the passing attack.

    And with the ninth overall pick in next month's draft, Bills general manager Doug Whaley should have an opportunity to do just that.

    Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans would be a fantastic fit in coach Doug Marrone's offense, but it's unclear if he'll still be available when Buffalo goes on the clock.

    As NFL.com's Charles Davis recently noted, trading up to nab Evans could be the team's best option.

    Evans would form a fearsome foursome at the receiver position along with Stevie Johnson, Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin. With two quality running backs in C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson along with tight end Scott Chandler, there would be no excuse for Manuel to fail in Year 2.

Carolina Panthers: Host LSU WR Odell Beckham Jr.

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    Michael Conroy

    The Carolina Panthers are extremely unsettled at the wide receiver position.

    The team released Steve Smith and watched as Ted Ginn Jr. (Arizona) and Brandon LaFell (New England) signed elsewhere. While general manager Dave Gettleman did sign Jerricho Cotchery and Tiquan Underwood, he must add more weapons in an effort to aid quarterback Cam Newton.

    Enter LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., whom the team worked out earlier this week, according to ESPN.com's David Newton.

    It's unknown if Beckham will slide to the end of the first round (the Panthers hold the 28th overall selection), but he's someone the team certainly has its eye on.

    If they do miss out on Beckham, it's imperative that the Panthers make a concerted effort to add another talented receiver (or two). With the Falcons, Saints and Buccaneers all improving this offseason, the Panthers must provide Newton with the best opportunity to succeed.

    If they don't, there's no way Carolina can repeat its 12-4 performance of a year ago. 

Chicago Bears: Host Notre Dame DT Louis Nix

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    Michael Conroy

    The Chicago Bears were embarrassing against the run last season, allowing 5.3 yards per carry. 

    And if there were ever a team to use all of its draft picks on one side of the ball, it's the Bears. The offense is loaded, so general manager Phil Emery must restock the defense.

    One player who could greatly aid that process is Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix, whom the team recently hosted for a predraft visit, per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune

    The Bears are in need of help at all three levels of the defense and could choose to select a cornerback or safety in the first round. That would leave the defensive line as an area of need in Round 2, and Nix could help in that spot.

    With defensive ends Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston and Willie Young signed during the free-agent period, the drafting of Nix could help the Bears turn their defensive line from a weakness into a strength.

Cincinnati Bengals: Host Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard

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    Michael Conroy

    The Cincinnati Bengals possess one of the deepest and best rosters in the NFL, but cornerback looms as a legitimate area of need.

    Dre Kirkpatrick has been a disappointment since being selected with the 17th overall pick of the 2012 draft, Terence Newman is 35 and Leon Hall is coming off a torn Achilles. Lucky for the Bengals, there is a veritable surplus of talented cornerbacks at the top of the draft.

    One such player is Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard. According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the Bengals recently hosted Dennard for a two-day visit.

    Dennard would be a fantastic pick, but he might not last until the Bengals hit the clock with the 24th overall selection. 

    In his latest scouting notebook, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller projects the Bengals to use their first-round pick on Virginia Tech corner Kyle Fuller. 

Cleveland Browns: Enamored with Fresno State QB Derek Carr?

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    It's no secret that the Cleveland Browns are in desperate need of a franchise passer to lift the franchise from the doldrums of the AFC North.

    But what might come as a surprise is the signal-caller they're apparently enamored with: Fresno State's Derek Carr.

    In his latest 10-Point Stance, Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman writes that the Browns "really love" Carr, and that "the feeling with many in football is that Cleveland will take Carr with the 26th overall pick."

    Cleveland holds the fourth and 26th overall picks in next month's draft, and it'd be a stunner if it didn't use one to select a quarterback.

    It would be a major upset if Carr went fourth overall. It's more likely that the Browns would wait until the 26th pick if they were to select Carr.

    I prefer UCF quarterback Blake Bortles to Carr and would like to see Browns general manager Ray Farmer try and acquire Bortles along with whomever they select at fourth overall.

Dallas Cowboys: Looking at Defensive Linemen

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    Michael Conroy

    The Dallas Cowboys lost linebacker DeMarcus Ware and defensive tackle Jason Hatcher during the free-agent period, and those two players represented half of their sack total from 2013 (17 out of 34).

    While the club did sign defensive tackle Henry Melton and defensive end Jeremy Mincey, the Cowboys still need reinforcements along the defensive line.

    According to Rainer Sabin of The Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys have hosted a slew of defensive linemen for predraft visits, including Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald (pictured above).

    With owner Jerry Jones also serving as general manager, the Cowboys have proven to be one of the more unpredictable teams come draft day. But with a glaring need along the defensive line and a number of quality players sure to be on the board, they could end up being predictable by drafting a player like Donald.

    And Donald would be an outstanding selection.

Detroit Lions: Targeting Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert?

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    Sue Ogrocki

    Despite finishing last season with a 7-9 record, the Detroit Lions have a talented roster, with one notable exception: the secondary.

    And when you play in a division that includes receivers like Green Bay's Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, Chicago's Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery and Minnesota's Cordarrelle Patterson, possessing a shutdown cornerback is of paramount importance.

    As Bleacher Report's Eric Mack and NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah note, the perfect fit for the Lions secondary could be Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert (pictured above). Gilbert can return kicks as well as play corner, and he could very well be the Lions' selection with the 10th overall pick.

    I believe Gilbert is the best cornerback in the draft, and he would immediately enter the team's starting lineup.

Denver Broncos: Targeting Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier?

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    Mark Duncan

    After watching his team get annihilated by the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII, Denver Broncos general manager John Elway has aggressively upgraded his defense.

    Elway signed pass-rusher DeMarcus Ware, cornerback Aqib Talib and safety T.J. Ward early in the free-agent period, but it's safe to assume that the defensive overhaul isn't yet complete.

    Per Mike Klis of The Denver Post, the Broncos recently hosted Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier for a predraft visit, likely intrigued by his speed. Shazier ran a 4.38 second 40-yard dash at February's scouting combine.

    The Broncos could use more speed and playmaking ability at linebacker, and Shazier would be an outstanding selection. Can you imagine his speed on the field along with Ware and fellow linebacker Von Miller? It would provide a new dimension to the Denver defense.

    In his latest mock draft, Rotoworld's Evan Silva projects Shazier as the Broncos' first-round pick at 31st overall.

Green Bay Packers: Looking at Safeties

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    Michael Conroy

    The Green Bay Packers enter next month's draft once again in need of playmakers at the back end of their defense.

    A safety combination of Morgan Burnett and Sean Richardson won't get the job done. Richardson is currently listed atop the depth chart at free safety and has only played in 11 career games with zero starts. It makes sense that general manager Ted Thompson would target the free safety position early in the draft.

    It's a suggestion that ESPN.com's Rob Demovsky also made, as he offered a cavalcade of potential options at free safety for the Packers.

    The consensus top-two safeties in the draft are Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Louisville's Calvin Pryor (pictured above), and if both are off the board by the time the Packers hit the clock with pick No. 21, someone like Northern Illinois' Jimmie Ward could be a fit in the second round.

    If Pryor lasts to No. 21, Thompson should sprint to get the card in.

Houston Texans: Looking to Trade No. 1 Overall Pick?

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    The Houston Texans hold the No. 1 overall pick in next month's draft, and there has been recent scuttlebutt that they could be looking to deal the selection.

    According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, "there's a chance" that the Texans could trade down in an effort to accumulate picks and select a quarterback later in the first round.

    While Florio is certainly in the know, this seems like an outlandish scenario. It's much more likely that the Texans hold onto the pick and select South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (pictured above).

    Clowney is the best player in the draft, and the Texans wouldn't get anywhere near his value if they traded out of the pick. 

Indianapolis Colts: Trade Down to Acquire More Picks?

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    Darron Cummings

    Thanks to the in-season trade that brought the club running back Trent Richardson, the Indianapolis Colts find themselves without a first-round pick in next month's draft.

    So it makes sense that general manager Ryan Grigson could be looking to amass picks in an effort to inject the roster with more talent.

    As Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star recently wrote, Grigson loves to wheel-and-deal, and it should surprise no one if he moves back from the 59th overall pick (second round) to accumulate more selections. 

    However, I believe Grigson should stand pat at 59th overall. The Colts aren't far away from competing for a Super Bowl title, so taking the best player available at a position of need (offensive line, perhaps) would be the wisest course of action. 

Jacksonville Jaguars: High on Buffalo Pass-Rusher Khalil Mack

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    Michael Conroy

    The Jacksonville Jaguars are a team on the rise, but in order to ascend to the next level and truly become competitive in the AFC, they must add more players capable of making an impact.

    And with the third overall pick in next month's draft, the club could select University of Buffalo pass-rushing demon Khalil Mack.

    I'm the executive producer for "Schein on Sports," hosted by NFL.com columnist Adam Schein, which airs on SiriusXM's Mad Dog Sports Radio (Channel 86). Earlier this week, we had Jaguars coach Gus Bradley on the program, and as Schein noted on NFL.com, Bradley spoke glowingly of Mack.

    Mack would be an outstanding pick for Bradley and general manager David Caldwell, adding pop and sizzle to a defense in significant need of it (it only managed 31 sacks last year, tied for last in the league). 

Kansas City Chiefs: Considering Georgia QB Aaron Murray?

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    john bazemore

    The Kansas City Chiefs have their franchise quarterback in Alex Smith, but that doesn't mean they won't be looking to add a neophyte signal-caller during next month's draft.

    When he held the same position with the Eagles, Chiefs coach Andy Reid loved to draft quarterbacks, and that likely won't change in Kansas City.

    I'm not saying that Reid and general manager John Dorsey will tab a quarterback with the 23rd overall pick, but it wouldn't be shocking if they selected one in the middle rounds. 

    Per Jim Corbett of USA Today, Reid and Dorsey met with Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray earlier this week. Chiefs fans should keep their eye on Murray as a potential developmental prospect behind Smith.

    Adding Murray (or another signal-caller) would be wise. Even if that player never usurps Smith for the starting job, he could be flipped in a trade, much like Reid did in Philadelphia with Kevin Kolb.

Miami Dolphins: Notre Dame OL Zack Martin the Consensus Pick?

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    David Zalubowski

    The Miami Dolphins allowed 58 sacks last season, and coupled with the Bullygate scandal that sent shock waves throughout the NFL, it's clear the team needs help along the offensive line.

    And as Andrew Abramson of The Palm Beach Post writes, the mock draft consensus pick for the Dolphins at No. 19 has been Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin. In his latest scouting notebook, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller has the Dolphins selecting Martin, corroborating Abramson's point.

    Martin can slot in at multiple positions along the offensive line, and that versatility would serve coach Joe Philbin well. He would fit in nicely along with new signings Branden Albert (tackle) and Shelley Smith (guard) on the Dolphins' new-look line.

Minnesota Vikings: Looking at Linebackers

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    Ann Heisenfelt

    While many would (correctly) point to quarterback as the most pressing need for the Minnesota Vikings, linebacker isn't far behind.

    And as Ben Goessling of ESPN.com recently reported, the Vikings are taking a "long look" at linebackers in advance of next month's draft.

    It's smart business by coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman. With the club having addressed the defensive line and secondary in both recent drafts and free agency, it's time to improve the linebacking corps.

    The Vikings should select a quarterback with the eighth overall pick (Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, anyone?) and look to add a linebacker in either the second or third round.

New England Patriots: Hosting Top QBs

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    Patric Schneider

    While New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is unquestionably a first-ballot Hall of Famer, he'll turn 37 this August and won't play forever, so it makes sense for the team to start looking for his replacement.

    Per Doug Kyed of NESN.com, the Patriots have hosted a number of quarterbacks, including Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, UCF's Blake Bortles, Alabama's AJ McCarron and Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo. 

    It's definitely possible that the Patriots could draft a quarterback early, but the value must be commensurate to the selection in order for coach Bill Belichick to pull the trigger.

    I don't see it happening, at least not in the first round.

    The Patriots aren't far off from going back to the Super Bowl, so spending a first-round pick on a quarterback when they already have Brady wouldn't be smart. Further, the Pats still have 25-year-old Ryan Mallett as a backup, and he could be an interesting player down the line. 

    Instead, the Patriots could make a deal to acquire their preferred signal-caller later on, perhaps in the second or third round.

New Orleans Saints: Hosting Top Cornerbacks

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    Michael Conroy

    The New Orleans Saints fortified their safety position by signing Jairus Byrd and retaining Rafael Bush, but they still need help at cornerback.

    Yes, they signed Champ Bailey, but he's no longer a top-flight starter, and the Saints need a solid player to pair with Keenan Lewis.

    Per Larry Holder of The Times-Picayune, the Saints have hosted a number of cornerbacks for predraft visits, including Ohio State's Bradley Roby (pictured above).

    Bleacher Report's Chris Simms says in this video that Roby would be a fantastic fit in the Bayou, and I agree. Roby would join with Lewis and Bailey to give the Saints a solid trio of cornerbacks.

New York Giants: Targeting UNC TE Eric Ebron?

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    Gerry Broome

    The New York Giants have a number of needs to fill in next month's draft, and while offensive line is the most pressing, the team would be hard-pressed to pass on North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron if he fell to No. 12 overall.

    In his most recent mock draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper (subscription required) projects the Giants to use their first-round pick on Ebron, who is the most talented tight end in the draft.

    The Giants need a bounce-back season from quarterback Eli Manning, and Ebron would provide a valuable security blanket over the middle of the field. If general manager Jerry Reese can acquire an offensive lineman and a pass-rusher in the later rounds, then Ebron would be a slam-dunk pick in the first.

New York Jets: Hosting Top WRs

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    Michael Conroy

    The New York Jets improved their wide receiving corps with the signing of Eric Decker, but the club still has work to do to advance the offense into the 21st century.

    With that in mind, the Jets are preparing to host LSU receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks next week, per NFL.com's Chase Goodbread. 

    Frankly, either Beckham or Cooks would provide a significant upgrade to the Jets offense and would form an effective receiving trio with Decker and Jeremy Kerley.

    While I prefer Beckham in this scenario, Cooks would also be a solid selection. He has blazing speed and can stretch opposing defenses, which would be a major help to whomever the quarterback will be (Geno Smith or Michael Vick).

Oakland Raiders: Hosting UCF QB Blake Bortles

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    Nam Y. Huh

    The Oakland Raiders might have their quarterback of the present in Matt Schaub, but that doesn't mean they won't select their quarterback of the future in the early rounds of next month's draft.

    In fact, per NFL.com's Albert Breer (h/t NFL.com's Ian Rapoport), the Raiders recently hosted UCF quarterback Blake Bortles for a predraft visit.

    It's extremely unlikely that Bortles will last into the second round, so provided the Raiders don't trade back into the first round (also unlikely), they'd have to use the fifth overall pick to select him. 

    That would be a big mistake.

    Despite a swath of free-agent signings, the Raiders still need to add explosive playmakers. Schaub is capable of holding down the fort for a season or two, and with general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen looking to save their jobs, selecting a quarterback wouldn't seem to be the best course of action.

    Look for the Raiders to go elsewhere with their first pick.

Philadelphia Eagles: Host UCLA LB Anthony Barr

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    Michael Conroy

    The Philadelphia Eagles are a team on the rise.

    They won the NFC East in coach Chip Kelly's first season and appear poised to contend for the postseason yet again in 2014. 

    But they will need more of a pass rush to ascend to the next level, as they only accumulated 37 sacks last season.

    Per Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com, the Eagles will host UCLA pass-rusher Anthony Barr next week for a predraft visit.

    Barr garnered 23.5 sacks in his collegiate career at UCLA and is widely regarded as one of the best edge-rushers in this year's draft. He would make a lot of sense for the Eagles with the 22nd overall selection.

    In his latest scouting notebook, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller has the Eagles selecting another pass-rusher, Auburn's Dee Ford.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Hosted TCU CB Jason Verrett

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    Michael Conroy

    The Pittsburgh Steelers desperately need to add youth and playmaking ability at the cornerback position and could definitely do so with their first-round pick (15th overall).

    Per Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com, the Steelers hosted TCU cornerback Jason Verrett for a predraft visit last Monday.

    In his latest scouting notebook, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller notes that Verrett is moving up his rankings.

    Verrett is one of the better cornerbacks in this class and will almost certainly be a first-round pick, but he might not be worth the 15th overall selection. This visit probably speaks more to the Steelers' knowledge that they need a cornerback, and general manager Kevin Colbert is doing his due diligence. 

San Diego Chargers: Hosted Indiana WR Cody Latimer

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    Doug McSchooler

    The San Diego Chargers struck gold when they drafted wide receiver Keenan Allen in the third round of last year's draft, but the team still needs help at the position.

    Enter Indiana's Cody Latimer, who is skyrocketing up draft boards. 

    Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the Chargers hosted Latimer for a visit, and the fit is almost too perfect.

    Latimer has tremendous physical tools and would be a wonderful complement to Allen in the passing attack. The drafting of Latimer would surely make quarterback Philip Rivers a very happy man.

San Francisco 49ers: Hosted UCF RB Storm Johnson

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    Michael Conroy

    The top two running backs on the San Francisco 49ers' depth chart appear set, with Frank Gore as the starter and Kendall Hunter his primary backup.

    But with the team reportedly looking to trade third-stringer LaMichael James, per Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee, it's likely that the 49ers will look to add a running back at some point during the draft.

    That running back could be UCF's Storm Johnson. Per Bleacher Report's Matt Miller, the 49ers hosted Johnson for a visit this past Monday. Miller later added that the visit "went very well."

    Johnson would be a nice fit in the 49ers offense. James has failed to catch on, and Johnson could take his place, catching the ball out of the backfield and running successfully. 

Seattle Seahawks: Hosted Towson RB Terrance West

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    Michael Conroy

    The defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks possess one of the deepest rosters in the NFL, a credit to the acumen of general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll.

    One position in which they're particularly deep is at running back, with Marshawn Lynch as the starter and Robert Turbin and Christine Michael as backups.

    But the Seahawks recently hosted Towson running back Terrance West for a visit, per NFL.com's Gil Brandt.

    West rushed for 86 touchdowns in his collegiate career, and if selected in the midrounds by the Seahawks, he'd provide an intriguing talent to an already spectacular stable of running backs.

St. Louis Rams: Worked out Clemson WR Sammy Watkins

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    Michael Conroy

    The St. Louis Rams are in an enviable position, holding the second and 13th overall selections in the first round of next month's draft.

    One player they should target is Clemson's Sammy Watkins, who is the best receiver in what's a very deep class. And per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, they did just that on Friday when they put Watkins through a private workout.

    Watkins would be an interesting selection for the Rams with the second overall pick. With the organization committed to quarterback Sam Bradford for 2014, it's vital to surround him with as many weapons as possible, and Watkins would provide the team with its first go-to receiver since the days of Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Hosting Top QBs

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    Earlier in the free-agent period, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed former Bears quarterback Josh McCown, and new coach Lovie Smith wasted no time in anointing McCown as "his guy." 

    Also on the depth chart is second-year signal-caller Mike Glennon, who played very well last season as a rookie, tossing 19 touchdown passes against only nine interceptions. 

    But as I wrote earlier this week, it's possible that the team could look to trade Glennon, as the current regime (Smith and general manager Jason Licht) didn't draft him. That means the Buccaneers could look to add their quarterback of the future with the seventh overall pick in next month's draft.

    In that vein, the Buccaneers have hosted Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo, per Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com.

    It would be a surprise if the Bucs exhausted their first-round selection on a quarterback, but it's definitely possible, especially if Glennon ends up being dealt.

    I think the team made a major mistake by naming McCown the starter. He's a 34-year-old journeyman for a reason: He's not that good. 

    If Licht and Smith have no future plans for Glennon, then taking a quarterback early makes sense.

Tennessee Titans: Hosted Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo

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    The Tennessee Titans represent a very interesting case heading into next month's draft.

    They have a new coach in Ken Whisenhunt, and their franchise quarterback, Jake Locker, has missed 14 starts over the past two seasons. It's within the realm of possibility that Whisenhunt could want to add his own quarterback and move on from Locker.

    With that in mind, the Titans hosted Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for a visit earlier this week, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

    I'm not sold on Locker. He hasn't shown the ability to stay healthy, and the Titans would be playing with fire if they didn't add another quarterback. Right now, Charlie Whitehurst is the backup, and if Locker were to once again miss significant time, the season would likely be sunk.

    While Garoppolo would be a surprise at the 11th overall pick, he could be a target of the Titans in the second round.

Washington Redskins: Hosted Stanford OT Cameron Fleming

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    Because of the trade that brought quarterback Robert Griffin III to our nation's capital, the Washington Redskins do not hold a first-round pick in next month's draft. Their first selection is at No. 34 overall (second round).

    And with the Redskins needing help along the offensive line, a name that could make a lot of sense is Stanford offensive tackle Cameron Fleming, whom the team recently met with, per Mike Jones of The Washington Post.

    While Tyler Polumbus played well last season at right tackle, finishing 2013 ranked as Pro Football Focus' (subscription required) 19th-best tackle, the club needs reinforcements.

    It might not happen in the second round, but don't be surprised if Fleming becomes a Redskin.