NFL Draft Rumors: Latest Updates and News on Potential Trades and Picks

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2012

NEW YORK - APRIL 29:  The stage is shown with the NFL Logo at the 2006 NFL Draft on April 29, 2006 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, New York. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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The 2012 NFL draft is Thursday, April 26, and the excitement over the NFL regular season appetizer is as high as it ever has been. People are genuinely excited for this event.

With all of the rumors flying around, the talk of trades is only adding to the hysteria. With enough mock drafts to sink a ship, the uncertainty around this year’s event is making it even more suspenseful then previous editions.

Keep it here for all of the latest updates, news and rumors about which teams will be making draft day trades and who they will be taking when their name is called.

UPDATE: Thursday, April 26 at 7:50 p.m. ET

Vikings Looking to Trade Down Again?

Here's the latest on the Vikings from ESPN's Chris Mortensen:

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Minnesota still open to trade down again. One of the possible suitors Jacksonville. Owner Shad Kahn covets Justin Blac… say.ly/lVe3aFS

— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) April 26, 2012

What It Means

The Vikings have already moved down once in a trade with the Cleveland Browns. It's not a huge shock that they would trade down again, as the team's front office has never indicated that it was crazy about any prospect in particular.

Insider Scoop: Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com thinks the Vikings are the draft's early winner

UPDATE: Thursday, April 26 at 6:25 p.m. ET

Browns Looking to Move Up?

Here's the latest on the Cleveland Browns from Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram:

Heckert said there's chance a team'll trade up to 3. "It's not a huge deal for us. We like enough players. We think it will be our #1 guy."

— Scott Petrak (@ScottPetrak) April 26, 2012

What It Means

Of course there's a chance. Why wouldn't there be a chance? It's Heckert's job to make sure there's a chance. Doesn't mean the Browns will move up, but they most certainly could if they have their hearts set on drafting a player that numerous other teams want to draft. 

Insider Scoop: ESPN.com talks about which teams could steal Trent Richardson from the Browns

UPDATE: Thursday, April 26 at 6:15 p.m. ET

Lions Want Stephon Gilmore

Here's the latest Detroit Lions rumor from Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network:

Lions are legitimately pursuing options to trade up. Corner Stephon Gilmore is a player they really like

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 26, 2012

What It Means

It's also been reported (see below) that the Lions are interested in trading up to draft Mark Barron. It's sounding like they're going to worry about trading up first, and then worry about drafting a secondary player. The question is where they can move to have a shot at either Barron or Gilmore. They'd likely have to go up to or near the No. 10 pick.

Insider Scoop: Pro Football Talk discusses La Canfora's report

UPDATE: Thursday, April 26 at 6:10 p.m. ET

Jets Hot After Chandler Jones

Here's the latest on the Jets from Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com:

Latest rumbling: #Jets showing strong interest in Syracuse DE/OLB Chandler Jones. Willing to trade up for him, per source.

— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) April 26, 2012

What It Means

Not a huge surprise. The Jets need a pass-rusher, and Jones is one of the draft's hottest pass-rushers at the moment. The Jets have also been rumored to be interested in trading up to draft Trent Richardson, but trading up to draft Jones will cost less.

Insider Scoop: Bucky Brooks of NFL.com on Jones' rise

UPDATE: Thursday, April 26 at 5:25 p.m. ET

Chargers Hot After Mark Barron

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune has this to report:

#Chargers continue to talk about trading up to draft S Mark Barron, team source just said. Would likely require moving up 8 spots to 10.

— UTKevinAcee (@UTKevinAcee) April 26, 2012

What It Means

This would be a big move for the Chargers, but don't rule out them getting it done. Safety is an area of need, and Barron has emerged as one of the draft's biggest prizes.

Insider Scoop: Kevin Acee's Twitter account

UPDATE: Thursday, April 26 at 5:15 p.m. ET

Dolphins Looking to Move Back?

ESPN's Adam Schefter has already reported (see below) that the Miami Dolphins may be open to trading back in the first round.

They may be more serious about it than you probably think. According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins have already spoken with "at least" three teams about making a deal to move down.

What It Means

It seems the Dolphins aren't as attached to Ryan Tannehill as many people think they are. If they were, they'd either be intent on staying put at No. 8 or moving up to take him. 

Either that, or they think Tannehill can be had later in the first round.

Insider Scoop: Miami Herald 

UPDATE: Thursday, April 26 at 5:05 p.m. ET

Jaguars after Justin Blackmon?

The Jacksonville Jaguars have been linked to Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon for months. According to Pro Football Talk, ESPN's Adam Schefter has it on good authority that the Jags may trade up to acquire Blackmon.

What It Means

It's sounding more and more like there's going to be a bidding war for Blackmon, so the Jaguars must realize that they're not going to be able to get him at No. 7. If they think he's worth it, they'll pay a king's ransom and move up.

Insider Scoop: Pro Football Talk and Adam Schefter

UPDATE: Thursday, April 26, 4:12 p.m. ET

The Vikings have a need at tackle and corner, and with Morris Claiborne and Matt Kalil on the board, they have some decisions to make.

According to NFL.com's Steve Wyche, a source says Minnesota has Claiborne as the top player on their board.

"Minnesota has Claiborne rated highest on their draft board and the team reportedly likes him more than USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil."

The writing is on the wall for the first two picks. Things will get very interesting if Wyche is correct and the Vikings do in fact find Claiborne to be the better player.

UPDATE: Thursday, April 26, 4:00 p.m. ET by Donald Wood

Michael Brockers to the Dallas Cowboys?

ESPN Dallas is reporting that the Cowboys are leaning towards taking Michael Brockers at No. 14 instead of the other options they were considering. Brockers is a raw talent, but has the potential to be a star in the NFL.

What It Means

While Brockers looked destined for a roster spot on the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 15, the Dallas Cowboys may sneak in and snag one of the best long-term prospects in the entire draft.

Insider Scoop: Is Michael Brockers just a bigger Marcus Spears?

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UPDATE: Thursday, April 26, 3:50 p.m. ET by Donald Wood

Adam Schefter Weighs In on Which Teams are Looking to Move

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter is ready for this draft, working on a list of teams looking to move up and move back:

Teams open to trading back for the right offer include Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Miami, Seattle, Dallas, NY Jets, Detroit.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 26, 2012

Teams open to trading up if right player is there include Jacksonville, Buffalo, Philadelphia, San Diego, New England, Green Bay.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 26, 2012

With so many teams looking to move around, the primetime version of the first round could be the most exciting in NFL history. I’m genuinely excited.

What It Means

With so much action in the trade market, you can throw the mock drafts away. There is bound to be so much action tonight that any NFL fan will be satisfied.

Insider Scoop: Adam Schefter’s Twitter feed

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UPDATE: Thursday, April 26, 3:40 p.m. ET by Donald Wood

Mark Barron the Hottest Commodity?

As draft day 2012 rolls on, the latest word is that Alabama Crimson Tide safety Mark Barron is quickly becoming the hottest name on the rumor wire. John Clayton is reporting that several teams, including Detroit, New England and San Diego, have all inquired about trading up for his services.

What It Means

There is always a rush to trade up for players on draft day, but the key for some teams is bluffing. While many teams say there interested in Barron, only a few may actually really want to trade up. I still expect Barron to fall to Dallas at No. 14.

Insider Scoop: ESPN's John Clayton says Detroit Lions interested in trading up for Alabama safety Mark Barron

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Patriots Moving Up for Mark Barron?

OXFORD, MS - OCTOBER 15:  Defensive back Mark Barron #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tide lines up against Mississippi on October 15, 2011 at Vaught- Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)
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After all the talk of collecting draft picks, the New England Patriots may be looking to move up in order to secure star Alabama safety Mark Barron. With a need at safety and a love for Nick Saban players, trading up is more realistic this year than ever.

What It Means

The need for safety help was so obvious last year that not addressing it early would be foolish. This is a solid fit and a good start to a defensive rebuilding project.

Insider Scoop: Evan Silva’s Twitter

Philadelphia Looking to Trade Up for Fletcher Cox

The Philadelphia Eagles have been in talks with several teams about the asking price on picks, but it all seems to stem from their desire to draft Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox.

What It Means

Philadelphia knows just how dire their need for help up the gut of their defense is, and they want to remedy it with what they view as the best defensive prospect that they could afford. Cox will be a nice fit, but they may have to trade up if they want him.

Insider Scoop: Eagles a wild card in back half of draft

Dallas Has Settled on Four Possible Picks at No. 14

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Offensive lineman Cordy Glenn of Georgia participates in a drill during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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While the Dallas Cowboys have many holes to fill, they have gotten their board ready to stay at the No. 14 spot of the first round. There are four players they are targeting; Alabama safety Mark Barron, LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers, Stanford guard David DeCastro and Georgia tackle Cordy Glenn.

What It Means

It’s good to see that Jerry Jones isn’t completely crazy, but there is a serious problem with this list; only one of these players will be there when Dallas finally chooses. If this truly is their list, the Cowboys will draft Cordy Glenn.

Insider Scoop: A look at the four players the Cowboys are targeting for No. 14

Indianapolis Open to Trading Picks and Dwight Freeney

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 26:  Dwight Freeney #93 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after a sack against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December  26, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty
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While it’s clear that the Indianapolis Colts will take Andre Luck No.1 overall, the rest of their draft is a mystery. It’s clear that they are rebuilding, so trading away a veteran like Dwight Freeney for picks is the right move for the future.

What It Means

Not only is the defense shifting schemes in Indy, the organization is shifting generations. With Peyton manning’s departure, the Colts are going to wash their hands of anything from the last run and start over completely.

Insider Scoop: A last-minute look at storylines to watch in draft's first round

Buffalo Bills Want Matt Kalil

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Offensive lineman Matt Kalil of USC looks on during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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As good as Buffalo’s offensive line was last season, there are rumors that the Bills may be looking to move up to No. 3 overall and draft USC star left tackle Matt Kalil.

What It Means

With the addition of Kalil, there would be no excuses for the Bills running attack of Ryan Fitzpatrick and the pass to not be successful. Franchise left tackles don’t just grow on trees.

Insider Scoop: Bills have legit shot to move up

New York Jets Interested in Trent Richardson, But Asking Price is Too High

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 09:  Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after defeating Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, L
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The talk about Cleveland looking to trade out of the No. 4 overall spot in the first round has been all over the board over the last week, but the team that has been most interested has been the New York Jets.

What It Means

As much as the Jets want everyone to believe they have pulled out of the race, they are just waiting to make their move. I think when all is said and done, the Jets pick at No. 4 and take T-Rich.

Insider Scoop: Trent Richardson Jets Rumors: Reported Lack of Interest Is a Ruse

Cleveland Trying to Have Three Picks in the First Round; Want Brandon Weeden

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  Brandon Weeden #3 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys throws a pass against the Stanford Cardinal  during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Oklahoma State won 41-38 in
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Despite having two first-round picks already, the selfish Cleveland Browns want another! The desire to get Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden in the second round will be hard with teams trading up to start the second day, so don’t be surprised to see Cleveland package picks and take New England’s No. 31 overall pick.

What It Means

Colt McCoy may be the starter right now, but if Cleveland adds a wide receiver, running back and Weeden, the OK State kid will have the inside line to taking over the role.

Insider Scoop: Browns could end up with three first-round picks

Check back for more on the National Football League as it comes, and check out Bleacher Report’s NFL Page to get your fill of all things football.

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