Each year, the NFL draft rolls around, and each year, teams begin wheeling and dealing in effort to bolster draft positions and acquire coveted prospects.
There will be more of the same in 2014.
On the eve of the draft, several rumors have surfaced regarding teams attempting to make such a move on Thursday.
Surely these reports are accurate; however, how truthful are they? After all, the draft is full of misconception, bluffs and smoke screens. Sifting through all of the nonsense can become a rather daunting task.
Let's take a look at a few recent rumors and decide whether to buy into the notion of a draft day move, or sell the idea all together.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coveting No. 2 Pick
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Buccaneers are looking to move up five spots into the No. 2 position:
"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."
Looking at this headline, it certainly seems like a reasonable move. After all, the Buccaneers hold the No. 7 pick and have a dire need at the wide receiver position. If the team is looking to acquire the services of Sammy Watkins, this makes plenty of sense.
Well, that may not be the case.
Florio issued another report on the rumor shortly after—this one revealing who Tampa Bay is targeting. Florio writes, "As we currently understand it, the Buccaneers would be making the move not for Watkins, but for Manziel."
Head coach Lovie Smith should command a stout defense in Tampa Bay, and adding Manziel could make this team an instant contender. Although, is the team willing to give up the farm for him? The move from No. 7 to No. 2 will surely be expensive.
Based on what I was told a week ago, I'd be very surprised if the #Bucs trade up to No. 2 to take Johnny Manziel. Didn't sound like the plan— Jason Cole (@JasonPhilCole) May 7, 2014
Moving up for the playmaking Watkins makes plenty of sense; however, doing so for Manziel simply seems like a major smoke screen.
New York Jets Looking to Trade Up
The Jets currently hold the No. 18 selection in this year's draft. According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the team may not be comfortable maintaining its position. Mehta writes, "To that end, the Jets have told teams that they’re interested in trading up in the first round, according to a source."
It's easy to see where the Jets are coming from. This team has some huge needs and may have reason to believe its coveted prospects will be off the board by the time it's on the clock.
The interesting thing with this scenario is the team hasn't said how far up they are looking to move. Common wisdom says moving into the top 10 may be rather expensive, so a move to the early teens could be more likely.
One of the team's glaring needs is at the wide receiver position.
If it is a wide receiver they covet, the Jets could be interested in former LSU standout Odell Beckham Jr. A speedy receiver with great hands would do wonders for this Jets offense and would elevate the play of whoever is under center.
Mike Greenberg of ESPN tweeted two possible wide receivers the team may have interest in:
Reports #Jets looking to move up. Would love that. Either Mike Evans or Odell Beckham would look fabulous in green.— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) May 7, 2014
With Evans looking like more of a top-10 pick, Beckham appears to be the likely target here.
Buffalo Bills Could Make a Splash
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported on Wednesday it could be the Bills that make the biggest splash in this year's draft.
Florio wrote, "The Bills, we're told, have been burning up the phone lines in an effort to work out a deal that would vault them from No. 9 to No. 1 or No. 2. The targets are believed to be defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and tackle Greg Robinson."
With Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator, Clowney would be a monster opposite Mario Williams in a 4-3 system. Robinson, on the other hand, is different. Sure, the Bills could bolster their offensive line, but the team could easily grab another elite talent at the nine overall.
If the Bills do intend to move up to No. 1 overall for Clowney, it will be a very pricey move, according to a tweet from NBC Sports:
Buffalo only has six selections in this year's draft, and at this asking price, this team will be better off standing pat and selecting the best available player at No. 9 overall.