In typical fashion, the 2014 NFL draft got off to a rousing start on Thursday with many surprising picks, notable trades and big-name players sliding down the board. The action is far from over, though, with the second and third rounds getting underway Friday night.
When the NFL switched the draft from a two-day event to a three-day extravaganza in 2010, it changed the way that fans watch and how the media reports the draft. In the past it went right from Round 1 to 2 with no break, but now there's almost 20 hours to think and evaluate what has happened and what will happen.
This leads to a lot of speculation and rumors about what teams will look to make a move up so they can secure a player who wasn't expected to be around, or back to add more depth picks in the later rounds.
Whatever the case may be, we have a look at the hottest rumors floating around the Internet to get you set for the draft's second day.
Keep an eye on Kirk Cousins
One reason Minnesota traded back into the first round to get Teddy Bridgewater at No. 32 is because of what was waiting at the next pick.
The Houston Texans, who grabbed Jadeveon Clowney, still need a quarterback and would have had arguably the most NFL-ready guy fall into their lap without doing anything. Now they have to make a decision in the second round.
There are other teams in need of a quarterback, either now or in the near future, like Tampa Bay, Arizona, Tennessee and Oakland, who could also address the need on Friday.
Don't rule out a possible trade for a veteran like Kirk Cousins, who is starting to draw interest according to Mark Maske of the Washington Post.
Whether that means the Redskins will deal Cousins, who is insurance for Robert Griffin III, is another story.
A problem that teams inquiring about Cousins may have is the price. Maske reported in February, which is an eternity ago in football terms, that the team wanted a second-round pick for the quarterback.
ESPN's John Keim, who cited an NFL executive, noted in a chat that Cousins is worth "a third-round pick" at most.
If the Redskins value him more than that—especially when three quarterback-needy teams in Jacksonville, Minnesota and Cleveland drafted quarterbacks in the first round and are out of the running for Washington's backup—they will enter the year with their current crop of signal-callers.
Carlos Hyde to be an early Day 2 pick?
It's tough to be a running back in the NFL draft nowadays. In fact, Thursday marked the second consecutive year a back wasn't taken in the first round. It wasn't a surprise because of the way teams value the position, but it's still a radical change from how the league used to be.
Carlos Hyde, the consensus No. 1 running back in this draft, remains on the board and anxiously awaits hearing his name called, though Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports he may not have to wait long:
A league source told cleveland.com that Hyde is on the Browns' radar with their No. 35 pick in the draft.
Depending on how the first round goes, they could also be looking for a receiver or cornerback with that early second-round pick.
The Browns have a need at running back after trading Trent Richardson to Indianapolis last year, though it still seems early to draft one when there are likely to be other quality options available later.
Unless Hyde, who could benefit from being an Ohio State product, is head and shoulders above every other running back and adds more value to a Browns team that has a rookie quarterback (Johnny Manziel) and star wide receiver (Josh Gordon), he could find himself on Tennessee's radar at No. 42.
Houston teasing trade again, or taking a QB
After talking about trading the No. 1 pick on Thursday, the Houston Texans are back to their old tricks leading into the second round. ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the team is taking phone calls for the 33rd selection.
Of course, this could be more posturing by a team that said for months it would move down for the right offer. It turns out they wanted a king's ransom to make that deal, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Since that didn't materialize, the Texans were forced to take Jadeveon Clowney and pair him with J.J. Watt to form one of the weakest defensive end combinations in all of football. I'm sure everyone around football feels sorry for them.
If the Texans stay in their current spot, Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle reports that Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr is very much in play:
The Texans must still take the right quarterback with the opening pick in the second round. They’re back on the clock as we speak.
And the leader in the clubhouse with the first round finished is, yep, Derek Carr. He’s the consensus highest-rated QB left on the board.
Houston has a built-in relationship with Carr, having taken his brother David No. 1 overall in the 2002 draft. The team has a huge need at the position after moving on from Matt Schaub, so it stands to reason quarterback will be addressed very soon.
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