The first round of the 2014 NFL draft was one of the wildest events of the offseason, and the buzz surrounding the second and third rounds has football fans even more excited about Friday’s selections.
As with every round of every draft, rumors and speculation are flying leading into Day 2.
Here are all the latest trade rumors and the speculation before Rounds 2 and 3.
Oakland Raiders Love Derek Carr
The Oakland Raiders added veteran quarterback Matt Schaub this offseason, but the franchise needs a long-term answer at the position. One of the best options remaining in the 2014 draft class is Fresno State’s Derek Carr.
With the raw talent, college experience and lineage, Carr will be drafted early in the second round. According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Oakland is the team most enamored with the QB prospect:
In Oakland, I hear owner Mark Davis is smitten with quarterback Derek Carr, and that pressure could be mounting on the front office to take him in the first round. Now, No. 5 overall is awful high, but if you hear about the Raiders trying like heck to move back -- as they did a year ago before selecting DJ Hayden, who some viewed as a reach that high -- I'd start penciling in Carr as the possible pick. Keep an eye on that.
While Carr doesn’t have the height many teams are looking for, and his hands are a bit undersized for an NFL quarterback, he is a talented athlete who can use his maneuverability to evade defenders and extend plays.
Add in his high football IQ and his strong arm—not to mention the advantage of learning about the league from his brother, David Carr—and the Oakland Raiders would be wise to select Carr with the fourth pick of the second round.
Kirk Cousins on the Move?
The Washington Redskins could use Kirk Cousins as a viable backup for Robert Griffin III due to the starter’s injury concerns, but Cousins is worth too much on the open market for a team with as many needs as Washington to not make a deal.
According to a report from La Canfora on Twitter, there is speculation that Cousins could be a major target throughout the remainder of this draft:
One QB who might still be dealt this weekend is Skins backup Kirk Cousins. Browns were willing to deal midround pick for him.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) May 8, 2014
As a fourth-round pick in 2012, Washington has used Cousins sparingly and only when RGIII is out of the lineup. While that has been more than expected over his first two seasons, Cousins is wasting away on the Redskins bench.
While Cousins looked strong during his rookie season when taking over for Griffin, he struggled in his five games in 2013, throwing four touchdowns and seven interceptions while only amassing a 26.5 quarterback rating.
For Cousins’ sake, he needs a change. If the team can get a pick in the third or fourth round, Washington must pull the trigger.
Ryan Mallett an Option for Houston Texans?
The Houston Texans took Jadeveon Clowney No. 1 overall on Thursday night, but the organization is desperate for a quarterback after letting a veteran like Schaub walk earlier this offseason.
Former New England Patriots quarterback coach and new Houston head coach Bill O’Brien knows Ryan Mallett from his time in New England, and the possible relationship could lead to a trade over the weekend.
The initial report surfaced thanks to Tom E. Curran of CSN New England:
A source tells me Ryan Mallett to the Texans may soon be done.— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) May 8, 2014
The rumors were confirmed by Ben Volin of the Boston Globe:
As a backup for Tom Brady, Mallett hasn't had a good chance to prove himself on the field yet in New England, but he has the raw size and power to be a threat in the NFL. He showed plenty of talent at Arkansas, and with the ability to keep his nose clean with the Patriots, O’Brien should have confidence building around him.
Mallett is a raw specimen, and this would be an ideal fit.
*Stats via NFL.com.