NFL Draft Rumors: Latest Buzz and Speculation Before Day 3

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMay 10, 2014

ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 12:  Michael Sam #52 of the Missouri Tigers recovers a fumble for a touchdown against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on October 12, 2013 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The final day of the 2014 NFL draft has arrived. Day 3 figures to feature a far more subdued set of rounds. That comes after the first couple of days saw a lot of wheeling and dealing by teams in order to land players they believe can make an immediate impact.

Most of the players drafted in Rounds 4 through 7 are selected with more of a long view. They are often developmental prospects, perhaps capable of playing a rotational role while also helping on special teams. If everything goes well, they could slide into the starting lineup down the line.

With that in mind, let's check out some rumors making their way around the league that could have an effect on the remaining rounds. And once the dust settles following the draft, fans will get their first clear look at how teams are setting up for the 2014 season.



Michael Sam

The story of Sam, who's trying to become the first openly gay player in NFL history, is likely to take center stage Saturday. The Missouri defensive end was viewed as a potential late-round selection even before his announcement, and that fringe status has held.

Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun reported during the build-up to the draft that at least six teams were showing some level of interest in Sam. He noted that the Baltimore Ravens, who met with him at the combine, were in that group:

The Ravens are among the teams that have displayed the most interest in Sam since the NFL scouting combine along with the Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets, according to league sources.

Sam racked up 48 total tackles and 11.5 sacks in his final collegiate season. He's a classic "tweener," however, as he doesn't have prototypical lineman size or linebacker speed. But it sounds like there should be enough interest to see him come off the board at some point based on that solid production.


Josh Gordon

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 24: Wide receiver Josh Gordon #12 of the Cleveland Browns runs for a gain during the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Steelers defeated the Browns 27-1
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Gordon established himself as one of the league's most promising young players last season. The 23-year-old wide receiver caught 87 passes for over 1,600 yards and nine touchdowns. Moving forward without him for a full season would be a huge setback for the Cleveland Browns.

That could be the case, though, according to a report from Outside the LinesT.J. Quinn and Don Van Natta Jr. of ESPN report Gordon is facing a season-long suspension after a second failed drug test, this one being for marijuana. They provided a brief response from the wideout:

Reached by phone Friday afternoon, Gordon said: "That's something you're going to have to talk to [agent] Drew Rosenhaus about. I really don't know anything about it."

Asked whether he planned to dispute the test, Gordon said: "I'm going to have to find out about that later. You need to call Drew." Gordon then hung up the phone.

Cleveland has selected five players in the first three rounds. None of them were receivers. The team is currently slated to have two more picks in the draft, barring any further trades, and it would be a surprise if at least one of them wasn't a player to provide some depth at the position.


Kirk Cousins

LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 29:  Quarterback  Kirk Cousins #12 of the Washington Redskins passes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedExField on August 29, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Cousins has spent time in each of the past two seasons filling in for Robert Griffin III. He's showed some promise, although his 2012 production was better than 2013. But teams looking for a more experienced option than what the draft has to offer could look in his direction.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that the Michigan State product is one of the players to watch on the trade market this weekend. He also notes that the Browns were showing some interest before eventually grabbing Johnny Manziel:

Whether he's capable of developing into a franchise quarterback is certainly up for debate. But a team looking for a backup could view him more favorably than Tom Savage, AJ McCarron or any of the other quarterbacks left on the board. And at this stage, moving a pick for him would be good value.