NFL Draft 2011: Rumors Swirling About the Draft Right Now

Ben GoldsteinContributor IIIApril 28, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Cameron Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers looks on during their game against the Oregon Ducks during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The day is here. The NFL draft is set to televise in about 45 minutes away and plenty of rumors are flying around. Trades and solidified picks are being rumored and teams are are trying to move in or out of the first round to get the players they really want.

Here are some rumors occurring:

New England Patriots:

The New England Patriots are looking to trade up with the Dallas Cowboys at the ninth spot to grab California defensive end Cameron Jordan. Jordan would be perfect for the New England Patriots defense as a 3-4 defensive end. 

Another option for the Patriots is to trade up with the Cleveland Browns at the sixth spot to draft Robert Quinn a defensive end out of North Carolina. Quinn could also be very reliable in the Patriots defense. 

Dallas Cowboys:

The Dallas Cowboys need offensive line help. It was rumored at first that they would take Tyron Smith out of USC but it is now looking as if they leaning towards drafting Anthony Castonzo out of Boston College. Smith recently jumped up in a lot of draft boards while Castonzo was always a first-round pick.

Miami Dolphins:

Rumors are starting to surface that the Dolphins could select tight end Kyle Rudolph out of Notre Dame. Seems a little bit high for Rudolph but another possible selection is offensive lineman Mike Pouncey out of Florida. Also running back Mark Ingram out of Alabama could be a wild card with this selection. 

San Francisco 49ers:

The 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has stated his desire to work with quarterback Alex Smith but rumors are still floating around that the 49ers could select quarterback Blaine Gabbert out of Missouri with the seventh pick of the draft.

Tennessee Titans:

Quarterback Jake Locker is now starting to become an option for the Titans at the eighth pick. The Titans could also trade down to draft Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley later in the draft. Another possibility is Blaine Gabbert.

Carolina Panthers:

With the first pick of the draft the Panthers are still somewhat deciding on who they are going to draft. Most sources say Auburn quarterback Cam Newton but sources are saying that other possible picks could be defensive tackle Marcell Dareus out of Alabama, LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson or wide receiver A.J. Green out of Georgia.

Denver Broncos:

The Broncos seem to be set on the number two pick. Stud linebacker Von Miller out of Texas A&M seems to have an edge over Marcell Dareus at this pick, but Dareus could still have a chance to go number two.

Atlanta Falcons:

The Falcons are rumored to be trying to trade up into the top seven with the 49ers, Cardinals or Browns. With that pick the Falcons would be trying to draft Patrick Peterson, A.J. Green or Julio Jones out of Alabama.

Arizona Cardinals:

I don't think this is much of a rumor, but the Cardinals are not looking to draft a quarterback in the first round but rather sign a veteran in free agency.

New York Giants:

The Giants are in dire need of an offensive tackle. If Tyron Smith falls to the Giants he would be the automatic pick, but that is unlikely to happen. So the most likely pick would be Anthony Castonzo, Nate Solder or Mike Pouncey, it just depends on who is there at that pick.

Oakland Raiders:

The Raiders seem to be very smitten with Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who could fall to them in the second round. 

Baltimore Ravens:

Corner back Jimmy Smith out of Colorado could fall a long way in the draft due to personal issues but the Ravens could use there 26th pick on him to help the defensive situation in Baltimore.

Buffalo Bills:

One thing the Bills are looking for in the draft is a quarterback and they could wait to the second round to draft the on there looking for. Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder has been rumored as a pretty good option for the Bills for there second round pick. If Cam Newton falls this far the Panthers would select him, to but it most likely won't happen.

Pittsburgh Steelers:

The Steelers are looking for offers to trade down with there 31st pick but if that doesn't happen Texas quarterback Aaron Williams could be drafted in this spot.

Washington Redskins:

A trade for the 10th pick is being mentioned by coach Mike Shanahan and the Redskins. If a trade doesn't happen, watch for Robert Quinn being drafted.

Cincinnati Bengals:

Many people have A.J. Green going to the Bengals with the fourth pick but the Bengals are interested in trades at this slot.

Seattle Seahawks:

The Seahawks could draft a quarterback at this pick but could also trade down.


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