NFL Draft Rumors: The 10 Biggest Moves That Could Rock The Draft
Teams are starting to show their hands.
Prospects are talking a little too much and turning teams away.
Others are climbing the draft board quicker than a Justin Bieber single.
Teams are jockeying for position late Thursday afternoon. If you believe all the insiders, this draft has the most possible late moves happening in draft history.
Here's the latest buzz on where your teams are headed.
Rams and Redskins Still Talking No. 1 Pick
Fanhouse is reporting that while the Rams are leaning heavily towards drafting Sam Bradford, the Washington Redskins are still in play for the pick.
Stan Kroenke's renewed financial commitment has the front office thinking they can afford Bradford.
The 'Skins look to be the only team still able to pry away the pick as the Seahawks and Browns have left the sandbox.
The thought is insurance. McNabb is injured often. Train Bradford under McNabb. They have so many other pressing needs—the offensive line is at the top of that list—yet Daniel Snyder wants to make a bigger splash.
Redskins taking Trent Williams over Russell Okung
This one is looking like a last-minute election endorsement.
NFL personnel are telling insiders that Williams is the better short-term and long-term solution at offensive tackle.
Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports has come out with an interesting rundown of two of the top offensive tackles in the draft—Russell Okung out of Oklahoma State and Trent Williams out of Oklahoma.
Per multiple personnel folks around the league, Robinson says Williams actually has a higher ceiling than Okung and might be the top tackle in the draft. Apparently, "people are concerned" about taking Okung in the top 10 but Williams is gaining steam.
Rick Maese of the Washington Post came out this week saying Williams is the Redskins' "likely pick" at No. 4.
Yet another reporter in the same paper says Eric Berry is picking up steam with the 'Skins.
Vikings Taking Tim Tebow
Tavaris Jackson might want to rip up that new contract.
Mel Kiper Jr. and Peter King have both come out the last two days with this. Both essentially called it a hunch. Coincidence?
He could be a short-yardage dynamo this year in third downs and save AP. Plus, the Vikes have a history of making fascinating picks that work out—again, AP, but add Culpepper, Harvin and Moss to that list.
Raiders In Love With Mike Iupati at No. 8
The Mother Ship is reporting that the Idaho guard is picking up steam and could land in Oakland.
Yet, they may not even get the chance. The Chiefs are also reportedly looking at Iupati at No. 5.
Jason Pierre-Paul Scooting into the Top 10
Pete Prisco at CBS Sports.com came out Wednesday saying the defensive end he'll be "the best non-quarterback in this draft when it's all said and done."
Words like "wow" and "freak" are being tossed around. The Giants' interest in Pierre-Paul at No. 15 apparently has the top 10 taking another look.
Big Ben Getting Traded
It won't go away.
Multiple media outlets are reporting that the Steelers are actively calling anyone and everyone about Ben Roethlisberger.
There's reports that the Cardinals actually called the Steelers about Big Ben. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt is silent on that to this point.
The Raiders are the hot buzz here. That way the Steelers could trade up and take Jimmy Clausen.
Not so fast, my friend...that's because...
Jimmy Clausen's on Life Alert Into the Late First Round
He's fallen and he can't get up.
That's what a lot of insiders are saying. The reason? Well, this might be the last time you see Jon Gruden doing these draft vignettes with the prospects.
Clausen was in the film room with Gruden and was asked why a play broke down. He blamed it on his receivers for the play breaking down.
Scouts are saying it's this kind of cockiness and lack of accountability that has Clausen plummeting on the character side of the draft board.
Lions Trading Down if Suh's Not There
The Detroit Lions are apparently listening to their fans. They want Ndamukong Suh so bad that if the Rams snatch him up, they're looking to trade down.
The Lions aren't taking Bradford and that gives them the chance to trade out of the pick for big long-term gains. Couple that with the rumor that they're falling out of love with Gerald McCoy and this could make sense.
This could set off a ripple effect that severely shakes up the top 10.
Derrick Morgan Slipping Into the 20's
The same buzz that has Jason Pierre-Paul soaring has Georgia Tech defensive end Derrick Morgan falling.
Clausen's fall could be the culprit. A team like Seattle that has a need and a want for Morgan also needs a QB. So if Clausen falls into the teens, the Seahawks could take him and then Morgan would be waiting until possibly New England.
Cody, Spiller Among the Risers
Here's the rest of the best:
—Terence Cody's agent caused a huge stir Thursday afternoon. Alvin Keels re-tweeted something a fan said about the Jets going after Cody. Soon after, Steve Wyche on The NFL Network reported that Keels said the Jets are taking Cody. Then Keels tweeted saying I didn't say that. But the buzz led Mike Lombardi to chime in that not only did it make sense, but the Dolphins could trade down with the Cowboys to take Cody two picks ahead of J-E-T-S.
—Mike Mayock of NFL.com is saying that the Eagles want Earl Thomas and are looking to move up to No. 5 to get him. There's other saying the Eagles are talking to the Chiefs there to take Eric Berry.
—Kyle Wilson's stock is rising huge as well. He was originally thought to be an early 20's pick but there are now reports that the 49ers might be interested in the Boise State corner at No. 14—even if Clausen is still available.
—C.J. Spiller continues to be the red-hot stock. The Chiefs and Browns are both reportedly interested in him at Nos. 5 and 7 respectively. The Lions' trade down could make Spiller the No. 4 pick if the Lions and 'Skins pull off a deal. His Draft Week media interviews are seriously impressing NFL people. It doesn't look like he'd slip any lower than No. 10 to Jacksonville at this point.