Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that “multiple NFL sources” have informed him that the Dolphins have been calling around in the hopes of trading out of the No. 12 spot and moving down.
Salguero provides a list of speculative targets for the Dolphins if they’re able to move back. The list includes: Houston CB D.J. Hayden, Texas S Kenny Vaccaro, Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert, Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson, UNC DT Sylvester Williams, UNC G Jonathan Cooper, and Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o.
Salguero adds that this is a clear indication that the Dolphins would like add another second-round pick in case they end up trading for OT Branden Albert. This also appears to be an indication that they’re not in love with where they’re currently sitting in round one.
Reports from yesterday suggested that concerns regarding Alabama CB Dee Milliner’s medical history could force him out of the Top 10 and possibly allow another cornerback to be taken ahead of him.
“Several league sources” have told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that they believe this information was leaked to the media in a “smear campaign.“
Ian Rapoport mentioned last night that he wasn’t buying the idea of Milliner’s stock dropping because of this information and still believes the Browns are in play at No. 6 overall.
Meanwhile, Tony Pauline spoke with 22 NFL teams regarding this topic and Milliner is still the “unanimous” top corner in this year’s draft class.
Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times Union mentions that the Jaguars are likely to decide between drafting BYU DE Ezekiel Ansah, Oregon DE/OLB Dion Jordan, Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel and Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher with the No. 2 overall pick.
O’Halloran believes Fisher would ultimately be the safest pick for the Jaguars.
Jacksonville does have to go up against Texans DE J.J. Watt multiple times each season, but they already have a starting caliber left tackle in Eugene Monroe.
According to Tony Pauline, the Dolphins, Giants and Vikings are the “top suitors” for Florida State DE Tank Carradine.
Pauline mentions that if the Dolphins are able to reach an agreement with the Chiefs for OT Branden Albert, they could turn target Carradine with their No. 12 overall pick.
Pauline notes that the Giants have had a lot of “one-on-one contact” with Carradine the past week and reportedly have him rated as the one of the best defensive ends in this year’s draft class, despite the obvious concerns about his surgically repaired knee.
As for the Vikings, Pauline points to the fact that several of their defensive ends are entering the final year of their contract and they hold two first-round picks as the main reasons why they could be an option for Carradine.
Manish Mehta mentions that Jets fans should “familiarize themselves” with Georgia OLB Jarvis Jones.
There’s been some buzz that the Jets could be looking to trade out of the No. 9 pick, which means they could pass on LSU DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo and target someone like Jones a few picks later.
Albert Breer of NFL.com projects the Saints trading up to No. 9 and grabbing Mingo, which means the Jets could drop back and still have a shot at Jones at No. 15 overall.
“If I even get to 17, I don’t think I get past the Steelers,” Jones told NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. “I mean, from what I’ve been told, I don’t think I get past the Steelers.”
NFL Draft Notes:
- Georgia S Sanders Commings is ranked as a solid third round pick by a number of teams. (Tony Pauline)
- Oregon State CB Jordan Poyer appears to be dropping due to concerns regarding his speed. (Tony Pauline)
- San Diego State WR Brice Butler could end up being a late round sleeper. (Tony Pauline)
- Offensive tackles “will dictate the highest level of the trade market.” (Albert Breer)
- WVU WR Tavon Austin and Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson could go higher than many expect. (Albert Breer)
- There’s a belief that Alabama prospects are “so well-coached that they’re closer to maxing out than those from other programs.” (Albert Breer)