NFL Draft Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding Day 3 Moves and Potential Trades

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistMay 10, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 22: Former Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam speaks to the media during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 22, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The first two days of the 2014 NFL draft saw plenty of twists and turns, and there is little doubt that the chaos will continue on Day 3.

There is still plenty of talent to be had on Saturday in the draft's closing four rounds. That could lead to some maneuvering, and it may have an impact on players who are already on NFL rosters. The same can be said for Thursday and Friday's results as well.

Some teams have already made selections at positions of strength, which may necessitate some trades Saturday or even further down the line.

Here are the latest rumors making the rounds on Day 3 of the NFL draft as teams look to put the finishing touches on their rosters ahead of training camp.


Possible Landing Spots for Michael Sam

Perhaps no prospect in this entire draft class is more polarizing than Missouri defensive end Michael Sam. The reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year was extremely productive with the Tigers to the tune of 11.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss in 2013. 

Despite that, there is some concern about his ability to translate to the NFL. He didn't test particularly well at the NFL Scouting Combine, and he is also on the small side at 6'2" and 261 pounds. In addition to that, Sam will inevitably bring a media circus wherever he lands due to the fact that he would be the first openly gay player in NFL history.

Regardless of whether or not Sam is drafted there will be questions about why things fell the way they did. His sexual orientation may have nothing to do with the decision, but it is going to be a topic of discussion within the media no matter what.

Sam looks like a late-round pick at this juncture and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport pointed to four teams that could potentially select him.

The New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants are all particularly intriguing options since each team has experienced a great deal of playoff success in recent years.

Baltimore is known for developing defensive players better than perhaps any other team in the NFL, so that could be an ideal landing spot for Sam.

Sam is likely hopeful that he gets drafted no matter who ultimately picks him, and there is no question that his status will be the biggest storyline throughout Day 3.


Chiefs Considering Trading Brandon Flowers?

Brandon Flowers is considered one of the better cornerbacks in the game after making his first career Pro Bowl in 2013, but the Kansas City Chiefs could potentially look into trading him, according to Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star.

The Chiefs selected cornerback Phillip Gaines out of Rice in the third round and already have some other solid corners on the roster in the form Sean Smith, Marcus Cooper and Ron Parker. Flowers has had more success than any of them, but Paylor contends that general manager John Dorsey prefers bigger cornerbacks.

The 5'9" Flowers doesn't fit that profile, and he carries a big cap number at $10.5 million this season. A move to safety is something the Chiefs could consider in order to maximize the defensive backfield, but Paylor is reporting that such a change hasn't yet been discussed:

If Flowers is dealt on Day 3 it will likely involve 2015 draft picks coming back the other way since Flowers is worth more than mid-to-late round selections. Dealing an established player like Flowers would be a bold move, but it would open up more spending money in free agency next offseason.

The Chiefs are looking to build a contender and trading away Flowers may be the quickest and easiest way to make that happen in the immediate future.


Brian Hartline's Future With Dolphins in Doubt?

Some eyebrows were certainly raised when the Miami Dolphins selected LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry late in the second round of the 2014 draft. Landry is a skilled player with the potential to be quite productive in the NFL, but receiver wasn't considered a major position of need for Miami with Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline already on the roster.

Andrew Abramson of The Palm Beach Post expects Wallace, Hartline and Landry to co-exist this season, but one of them may no longer be in the picture come 2015. Miami would save $4 million by releasing Hartline after the 2014 campaign, and Landry could potentially slide into his spot if he proves to be a competent NFL player.

Hartline hasn't necessarily done anything to warrant getting released with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, but the Dolphins organization may feel as though that the money would be better spent elsewhere.

If the comments from Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey are any indication, he has high hopes for what Landry will bring to the table, per Abramson.

"He has a passion for the game," Hickey said. "He just makes plays."

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill can make use of as many playmakers as possible on offense, and it will be interesting to see what the Dolphins decide to do if all three receivers mesh well together.

It doesn't seem as though cutting Hartline after the season is a foregone conclusion by any means, but it is definitely an option if funds are needed to make improvements elsewhere.

The new front office regime in Miami isn't necessarily committed to any of the players currently on the roster, so Landry may get the benefit of the doubt ahead of anyone else in 2014.


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