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Draft Rumors: La’el Collins, Browns, Cowboys, Jets, & Patriots

La’el Collins

While police have said that LSU OT La’el Collins is not a suspect in the murder of a pregnant woman he apparently knew, Peter King of MMQB believes the young offensive tackle has a real problem.

A team with interest in drafting an offensive tackle tells King that they are re-thinking whether Collins will even be on their draft board.

According to King, the team’s thinking is: “How can you draft a guy who’s being sought in connection with the death of a woman, even if police are saying now he isn’t a suspect? He needs to be exonerated by Thursday.”

Draft

  • Peter King reports that the Buccaneers, Jaguars and Titans have all inquired about trading back into the first-round.
  • King has heard that UConn CB Bryon Jones could be taken as high as No. 15 by the 49ers or fall to teams like the Eagles, Steelers or Ravens.
  • The Bengals are reportedly considering Texas A&M tackle Cedric Ogbuehi at No. 21 overall.
  • King doesn’t believe the Buccaneers have received an offer that would convince them to trade the No. 1 overall pick.

Browns

A “smart” GM tells Peter King: “I know everybody’s got Tennessee taking Marcus Mariota, and that’s probably how it goes. But it will not shock me if Cleveland trades the farm to get him at two. [Owner] Jimmy Haslam has to be sick of the merry-go-round at quarterback, and he has to be embarrassed by the Johnny Manziel pick last year. How could he not want a squeaky-clean quarterback like Mariota to lead his franchise?

Cowboys

  • According to Peter King, players to watch for the Cowboys include: Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon, UCLA LB Eric Kendricks, and Mississippi State ILB Benardrick McKinney.

Jets

  • King mentions that no one knows what the Jets and new GM Mike Maccagnan are doing in round one.

Patriots

  • King believes the Patriots are in a great spot at No. 32 overall given that a number of team want to trade back in to the first round.
  • While New England could trade back, King mentions that they really like USC WR Nelson Agholor.