On the eve of the 2014 NFL draft, rumors are becoming rather abundant.
Teams are leaking information in a big way. Our job is to decipher whether they're just smoke screens—a tactic employed by almost every team on any given year—or if these rumors actually hold some merit.
Of course, we're not really going to be 100-percent sure until the draft finally unfolds; however, that won't keep us from speculating.
Wednesday brought about some juicy tidbits of information regarding certain draft prospects and team strategies. Let's break down a few of the rumors and determine how they could affect the impending draft.
Cleveland Browns Love Teddy Bridgewater
It's only been one day since Jay Glazer reported the Browns would not take Johnny Manziel with the No. 4 pick, according to a tweet from Fox Sports Radio:
Now another report has surfaced, tying the Browns to a different quarterback—former Louisville standout Teddy Bridgewater.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, "The Browns have even looked into trading up from No. 26 to get Bridgewater, one source said."
If the Browns are indeed willing to pass on Manziel and look to trade up from No. 26 for Bridgewater, the draft will be altered in a big way.
First, the No. 4 spot will not go to a quarterback, and it could be conceived Cleveland will opt for Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins if he is available. He's not the only option for the team, however, as the top of the draft is full of options.
Moving up from No. 26 for Bridgewater would surely shake up the end of the first round, as teams with quarterback needs with early second-round picks will have to undergo a severe strategy change.
New York Jets Ready to Make a Move
The Jets hold the No. 18 selection in this year's draft. According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the team isn't planning to stay there.
With 12 picks in this year's draft, the Jets certainly have the ammunition to make a big splash in the first round. The question we should be asking ourselves here is: How high do they want to go?
New York has plenty of holes to fill. The team could move well up into the first round to grab a top-tier wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. At least that seems to be the idea from Mark Dominik of ESPN, according to his tweet:
Jets wanted to draft Tavon Austin last year. Makes sense for them to go get Odell Beckham and they will have to trade up to get him.— Mark Dominik (@MarkdominikESPN) May 6, 2014
There are plenty of options available to New York should the team move up. Without knowing which position the Jets will move to, it is difficult to decipher which prospect they are coveting.
We'll find out soon enough.
Johnny Manziel to Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 3 Overall
Attempting to figure out where the polarizing Johnny Manziel will land in this year's draft has been perplexing, to say the least.
On Wednesday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle may have shed some light on the subject, according to his tweet:
Word's spreading among media here that Manziel is going to Jacksonville at 3.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) May 7, 2014
Yes, the team that may pull the trigger on Manziel could be the Jaguars.
Jacksonville is a major quarterback-needy team; however, with so many holes to fill, selecting a quarterback at No. 3 overall didn't seem to be ideal for the team—especially with prospects like Khalil Mack and Sammy Watkins potentially remaining on the board.
Although, Manziel has done well for himself during the offseason. A new mature attitude, a great pro day and improved fundamentals have created some positive press for the former Texas A&M standout.
Could the new-and-improved Manziel find a home in Jacksonville and potentially be the first quarterback taken in this year's draft?
It's a strong possibility, and we'll find out for sure on Thursday night.