We are ten days away from the 2013 NFL Draft and teams are making their final preparations, a lot of rumors are leaking out on who teams are targeting, so we here at decided to sort them out. We have sources, we talk to scouts, this is what we are hearing ten days away from the 2013 NFL Draft:
– Hearing that both the Oakland Raiders at #3 and the Cleveland Browns at #6 are the two most likely teams to trade down in the draft. Both teams do not have a second round pick, the Browns lost their pick when they selected Josh Gordon the supplemental draft and the Raiders traded theirs to the Bengals in the ill-fated Carson Palmer trade, so both teams are willing to trade down if it will allow them to get back into the second round of the draft.
– Being told the two teams who are looking to trade up in the draft are the San Diego Chargers at #11 and the Miami Dolphins at #12, and hearing that both teams are targeting offensive tackles, and are considering trading up to secure Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel or Central Michiagn’s Eric Fisher. Heard that the Dolphins have Jockel and Fisher rated ahead of Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson.
– The Dolphins seem to be the most likely team to trade up, but also hearing that they did a lot of work on the tight ends in this year’s class, and the team really likes Zach Ertz, so keep an eye on that in the second round.
– The Kansas City Chiefs will select the top offensive tackle on their board, either Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher, with the first overall pick in the draft. Hearing that they see Joeckel as a lower risk, and that he will be the pick. The team is also actively shopping incumbent franchised left tackle Branden Albert, and are asking for a high second round pick for the veteran, which they might get. Keep an eye on the Saints, Cardinals, Dolphins or Chargers on this front.
– Hearing that D.J. Fluker will not get out of the top ten. At least one team in the top ten loves the massive right tackle from Alabama and has him in their sights. This could mean four offensive tackles inside the top ten picks.
– Hearing Florida State defensive end Tank Carradine will not get out of the first round. Although he is coming off of a torn ACL in his right knee in November, Carradine blew scouts away with jaw dropping workout numbers, measuring 6’4 276lbs he ran a 4.75 40-yard-dash and bench pressing 225lbs 32 times. I know that the New York Giants, who love taking pass rushers in the first round and need to replace Osi Umenyiora, have interest.
– Speaking of the New York Giants, I know that they really love Alabama guard Chance Warmack, and they could target him if he starts to slide.
– I hear that New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is very worried about the team’s situation at left tackle, following Jermon Bushrod’s exit in free agency this offseason, so I would expect them to be keeping an eye on players at this position. They could become active and trade up to address this need, I do not think that Joeckel, Fisher, Johnson or Fluker will be on the board when the Saints are picking at #15.
– One source tells me that if pass rusher Dion Jordan is on the board, he will be the pick of the Philadelphia Eagles at #4, and he will be reunited with Chip Kelly who was his head coach at Oregon. The addition of Jordan would give the Eagles a fluid athlete and dangerous pass rusher for the outside of their 3-4 defensive front, where he would play standing up. If Jordan is off of the board (he is very much in play for Jacksonville and Oakland) massive Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is high up on their wish list.
– Pretty good chance the Arizona Cardinals draft a quarterback in the second round, maybe Mike Glennon from NC State, where he could learn the system behind Carson Palmer for a few years. Head coach Bruce Arians is determined to find and groom “his guy”. If they wait a little later in the draft, Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray could be that guy.
– Hearing New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan really loves LSU pass rusher Barkevious Mingo, and thinks he would be a perfect fit at outside linebacker in the Jets defensive scheme, but also hearing some whispers about Fluker here. Right tackle has been a problem for the Jets over recent seasons and Fluker would be an excellent fit.
– The likely pick of Jacksonville Jaguars with the second overall pick is Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan, new head coach Gus Bradley loved imposing, athletic pass rushers while in Seattle and Jordan fits the bill.
– Expect a trade between the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers which sends Darrelle Revis to Tampa to happen, landing the Jets multiple picks over the course of the next two NFL drafts. Jets have the offer, but they are in no rush to pull the trigger, it will likely happen on or close to draft night. Revis is ahead of schedule rehabbing a torn ACL and is now running without restrictions.
– The Minnesota Vikings will likely use one of their two first round picks on North Carolina defensive tackle Sylvester Williams if he is available. The Vikings have a lot of interest in West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin, but do not think that will be on the board when they are picking.
– Have heard that the St. Louis Rams love Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree. At the top of their wish list is linebacker, safety and wide receiver, apparently in that order. If Ogletree is one pick, expect the other to be Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro, West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin or Tennessee wideout Cordarrelle Patterson.
– Also hearing Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene, a former safety, is on the Rams radar in the second round.
– Hearing that if the Jacksonville Jaguars or the Buffalo Bills select a quarterback early, it will be in the second round, where both teams will have interest in Syracuse signal caller Ryan Nassib.
– The Dallas Cowboys love safety Kenny Vaccaro, but think they will have to trade up to get him, which they are unlikely to do. They do not think Vaccaro gets past both the Rams at #16 and the Steelers at #17. It is likely that the Cowboys will select an offensive guard (Jonathan Cooper or Chance Warmack) in the first round and address their need at safety later in the draft.
– If linebacker Alec Ogletree is on the board, he will be the Bears pick at #20, but the team seems to think that is unlikely. Hearing that they may look to trade down, the team has scouted linebacker Manti Te’o and has some interest but think the #20 pick is too rich for him.
– The Cincinnati Bengals have a lot of love for Alabama running back Eddie Lacy, and the value seems to fit his draft slot, he could be the pick at #21. Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer really likes Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden.
– The Denver Broncos will look to improve their pass rush and secondary. They have also scouted running backs, and if Eddie Lacy is still on the board, he could be a fit in Denver. They also like Tank Carradine.
– The Patriots really like Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor and have been “all over him” throughout the draft process. He could be the pick at #29.
– The San Francisco 49ers seem to really like UCLA defensive end Datone Jones, so he could be the pick at #29, or with the pick that the team acquired from the Kansas City Chiefs in the Alex Smith trade at the top of round two.
– Getting a lot of mixed signals on West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, who will be the first quarterback selected on draft day. One source is telling me there is no chance that Smith is falling out of the top five, while another is saying that a slide is imminent.
– The Carolina Panthers are an interesting team, they acknowledge that they need help on the defensive line, but also have their eyes on offensive playmakers at wide receiver for quarterback Cam Newton to target. Tavon Austin is an option at #14. They also really like Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, but do not think he will be available when they are on the clock.
– Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson could be in for a bit of a slide on draft day, he did not help himself in the interview process, and some teams question if he will struggle to learn a complex NFL offense. He will not get past the Houston Texans.
– Hearing whispers that the Minnesota Vikings have interest in USC quarterback Matt Barkley. He could win the starting job from Christian Ponder as a rookie. It’s easy to succeed at quarterback when you have Adrian Peterson at running back.
– Hearing the Pittsburgh Steelers are interested in upgrading inside linebacker, so Georgia tackling machine Alec Ogletree would be an option for them with the seventeenth pick.
– Just heard that the Cleveland Browns view Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner as their pick at number six if he is available, but if not look for them to select LSU pass rusher Barkevious Mingo who they have graded higher than BYU’s Ziggy Ansah.
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