Here we go.
With the 2014 NFL draft's first round taking place on Thursday, there's no shortage of rumors circulating around the net.
Whether these rumors will come to fruition or are simply smoke screens will not be known until the draft unfolds; however, that won't stop us from speculating.
Draft-altering trades are a huge part of the process every year. These trades can make even the greatest mock draft fall apart in an instant.
As teams survey their big boards and jockey for position to get their coveted prospects, let's take a look at the latest buzz involving scenarios that could shake up the draft in a big way.
Cleveland Browns Don't Want Johnny Manziel
This may have been the biggest news to break on Tuesday.
After all, plenty of us found it rather difficult to mock Manziel to anywhere but Cleveland. The fit seemed right, and for some time at least, the interest was there.
That all changed when Jay Glazer reported the Browns were not interested in Manziel, according to a tweet from Fox Sports Radio:
As we know, the Browns are a major quarterback-needy team. Yes, they do have Brian Hoyer in the fold; although, even though he showed glimpses last season, can he really be relied upon to end Cleveland's quarterback woes?
So, if the Browns don't want Manziel, who could they target?
Cleveland does own the 26th pick in the draft thanks to the Trent Richardson trade with the Indianapolis Colts. It could be conceived the team could go quarterback there. Prospects such as Teddy Bridgewater and Derek Carr could still be available.
It's speculation to this point; however, this interesting piece of information makes draft day that much more exciting.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ready to Make Moves
The Lovie Smith-led Buccaneers also made headlines on Tuesday.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported the team is eyeing moving to the No. 2 spot in the draft—a position currently owned by the St. Louis Rams:
There's chatter in league circles that the Buccaneers could end up being the team that moves up to No. 2 from No. 7. It's unclear what it would take to make the leap by five spots. It's also unclear who/whom/whatever the Bucs would target with the second pick.
Common wisdom would say the Buccaneers would be moving to the second spot for Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins. After all, the team needs a complement to Vincent Jackson in a big way, and that duo would create matchup nightmares for opposing defenses.
Although, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport tweeted an interesting nugget of information regarding quarterback Mike Glennon on Tuesday:
This puts a big twist on things.
If Tampa Bay does find a suitor and gets a second-round pick for Glennon, does that mean the team could be eyeing a quarterback at No. 2 overall?
It's tough to tell what the team will do at this point; however, the options for Tampa Bay seem plentiful.
Baltimore Ravens Coveting Eric Ebron
The Ravens hold the 17th pick of this year's draft and do need some additional offensive weapons.
Baltimore could be looking to shore up the offense with another tight end—North Carolina's Eric Ebron, according to a report from DraftInsider.net:
Several sources tell me the number one target for the Baltimore Ravens in round one is tight end Eric Ebron, a player they've coveted for quite some time. Could Ebron slide to the 17th pick? I was told earlier this evening the New York Giants may be souring on Ebron due to many of the personality red flags we've reported on this site since November. The other obstacle for the Ravens are the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team we've mentioned several times as a suitor for Ebron.
Yes, the team added Steve Smith over the offseason; however, at the age of 34, he's more of a stopgap solution. Baltimore also re-signed tight end Dennis Pitta to a five-year, $32 million contract this offseason, according to Spotrac.com.
Two-tight end sets are en vogue right now in the NFL. The Ravens could be looking to pair Ebron with Pitta to create a nearly uncoverable duo.
Although, the 17th pick in the draft probably won't be enough to grab Ebron. Looking at teams like the Buffalo Bills at No. 9 overall, it can be conceived the tight end will be long gone by the time the Ravens are on the clock.
Does this mean Baltimore is looking to move up in the draft? It could.
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