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NFL Draft Rumors: Running List

Nate Bouda April 26, 2012 NFL Draft Rumors No Comments

There are already tons of rumors circulating, so we decided to compile them in a running list that’s broken down by team.

Trade Rumors

  • Browns trade up to No. 3 and send three picks to the Vikings.  (Adam Schefter) (Jay Glazer)
  • Trent Richardson will reportedly be the pick.
  • Vikings receive a  4th, 5th and 7th round pick from the Browns
  • Trading Up: EaglesPatriotsPackersChargersJaguars and Bills are all considering a trade up. (Adam Schefter)
  • Trading Down: Vikings, Buccaneers, Dolphins, Seahawks, Cowboys, Jets and Lions. (Adam Schefter)

49ers

  • Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill is on 49ers radar at No. 30 overall. (John Clayton)

Bears

  • The Bears are not expected to consider Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick should he available at No. 19. (Chicago Tribune)

Bengals

  •  ”There was a rumor going around” that the Bengals have talked with Seattle about moving up for LB Luke Kuechly. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

Bills

  • Chargers and Cowboys discussing a deal with the Bills in an attempt to land S Mark Barron. (Tony Pauline)
  • Bills reportedly see Alabama’s Mark Barron as a “once-in-a-generation” safety. (WGR 550 Buffalo)
  • Bills GM Buddy Nix refutes reports of the trading up for USC LT Matt Kalil. (BuffaloBills.com)
  • The Bills’ interest in moving up for USC LT Matt Kalil is “legitimate,” and there’s a “good chance” they could make this move. (Buffalo News)

Browns

  • Browns GM Tom Heckert does not expect to trade out of the No. 4 overall pick, but adds “”never say never.” (Nate Ulrich)
  • There’s a sense at the Browns head quarters that a team may jump them for Trent Richardson. (Bob Holtzman)
  • Browns are considering trading down if the Buccaneers trade to No. 3 for Trent Richardson. (Jason Cole)
  • The Browns could end trading back into the first round to select Brandon Weeden at No. 31. (Jason La Canfora)
  • Browns have reportedly narrowed their focus to Alabama RB Trent Richardson and LSU CB Morris Claiborne at No. 4. (Bob Holtzman)
  • Browns are not expected to take Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden at the No. 22 overall. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Buccaneers

  • Buccaneers are “very interested” in Trent Richardson and might trade up to No. 3. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
  • Buccaneers could acquire No. 3 overall pick for their 1st and 3rd-round pick. (Tampa Bay Times)

Chargers

  • Chargers and Cowboys discussing a deal with the Bills in an attempt to land S Mark Barron. (Tony Pauline)

Chiefs

  • The Chiefs “loveMichael Floyd and may be primed to take him with the 11th pick. (Jason La Canfora)

Cowboys

  • Chargers and Cowboys discussing a deal with the Bills in an attempt to land S Mark Barron. (Tony Pauline)
  • The Cowboys are reportedly interested in CB’s Dre Kirkpatrick and Stephon Gilmore at No. 14 overall. (Clarence Hill)
  • There’s a “good chance” the Cowboys will take LSU DT Michael Brockers at No. 14. (Todd Archer)
  • Georgia OG Cordy Glenn is among the players the Cowboys will target in the first round. (Ed Werder)
  • There’s a “strong possibility” that the Cowboys would target Alabama ILB Dont’a Hightower if they trade down. (ESPN Dallas)
  • Cowboys are reportedly targeting: Stanford OG David DeCastro, Mississippi State DT Fletcher Cox, Alabama SS Mark Barron, and LSU DT Michael Brockers. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
  • Cowboys are not expecting Alabama S Mark Barron to be available to them at No. 14 overall. (Ed Werder)
  • The Cowboys “have had conversations” with the Chiefs and Chargers about draft-day trades. Jerry Jones has trade hist first-round pick “75 percent of the time.” (Ed Warder)

Dolphins

  • ESPN’s Rachel Nichols: “The Dolphins haven’t drafted a QB in the 1st round since 1983. Sentiment here is, it’s time.” (Evan Silva)
  • Chris Mortensen mentioned that he “really believe(s)” the Dolphins will draft Ryan Tannehill at No. 8. (ESPN.com)
  • Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is reportedly putting pressure on GM Jeff Ireland to find a quarterback in the draft. (Yahoo Sports)

Eagles

  • Eagles could trade up to No. 11 if QB Ryan Tannehill is still on the board. (Ian Rapoport)
  • Eagles “really covet” Mississippi State DT Fletcher Cox. (Jason La Canfora)

Jaguars

  • Jaguars are “pushing for deal” to move up and take WR Justin Blackmon. (Adam Schefter)
  • Jaguars have “made some calls to move up.” (Adam Schefter)
  • Jaguars could move up for WR Justin Blackmon. “The Jaguars would love to find a way to get (him).”

Jets

  • Jets are showing “strong interest” in Syracuse DE Chandler Jones and are willing to trade up for him. (Rich Cimini)
  • Jets are reportedly “looking hard” at taking DE/OLB Whitney Mercilus at No. 16 overall. “Mercilus could go earlier than most think.” (Tony Pauline)
  • Jets have Melvin Ingram as the No. 1-rated pass rusher on their draft board. “They also like Chandler Jones,” per (Sal Paolantonio)
  • There is a “zero-point-zero percent chance” the Jets move up for Alabama RB Trent Richardson. (Sal Paolantonio)
  • Melvin Ingram and Michael Floyd the likeliest targets for Jets No 16 pick but G David DeCastro is backup option. (Sal Paolantonio)

Lions

  • Lions are “legitimately pursuing options to trade up.” CB Stephon Gilmore is one player that they’re targeting. (Jason La Canfora)
  • Lions are interested in trading up 10 to 12 spots for Alabama S Mark Barron. (John Clayton,via MLive.com)

Panthers

  • Panthers don’t see South Carolina CB Stephon Gilmore as a top-10 pick. (Charlotte Observer)
  • The Panthers “will” draft Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon if he’s available to them at No. 9. (Charlotte Observer)

Patriots

  • Patriots have inquired about the asking price for the Seahawks No. 12 pick. (Albert Breer) – refuted by (Stacey Dale)
  • Patriots could be looking at taking Chandler Jones No. 12. (Evan Silva)

Rams

  • Rams have reportedly contacted CB Dre Kirkpatrick’s HS coach. Could a team to watch if he falls. (Josina Anderson)
  • The St. Louis Post-Dispatch doesn’t see Mississippi State DT Fletcher Cox as a likely target for the Rams at the No. 6 pick.

Ravens

  • Ravens have  identified nine players they believe could be available at 29 and have been in contact with a teams regarding possible deals. (BaltimoreRavens.com)
  • Ravens would “love” for Stephen Hill to fall to them at No. 29. (John Clayton)
  • The Ravens have shown “consistent interest” in Wisconsin G/C Peter Konz throughout the draft process. (Carroll County Times)

Redskins

  • Redskins GM Bruce Allen confirmed that Baylor QB Robert Griffin III will be the No. 2 pick.

Vikings

  • Vikings are still considering moving down. (Jay Glazer)
  • Four teams inquired about the Vikings 3 pick (Jay Glazer)
  • Vikings have LSU CB Morris Claiborne as the No. 1 player on their draft board (Steve Wyche)
  • ESPN’s Adam Schefter on #Vikings at 3: “There seems to be a feeling that they might be leaning to Claiborne while still considering Kalil.”
  • A few GMs” that are selecting in top-10 believe that the Vikings will not take Claiborne or Kalil, but will instead draft Blackmon. (Jason La Canfora)
  • Vikings “seem focused” on taking CB Morris Claiborne over OT Matt Kalil at No. 3 overall, and plan to target left tackles at the top of the second round. (Mike Lombardi)
  • Odds favor Minnesota staying there and taking Matt Kalil.” (John Clayton)

NFL Draft Notes:

  • Several teams” are reported to have similar grades on CB’s Stephon Gilmore and Morris Claiborne. There’s a good chance that both go in the top-10. (St Louis Post-Dispatch)
  • Janoris Jenkins could have interest from the Patriots, Rams, Panthers, Bills, and Cowboys. (SI.com)
  • Bruce Irvin was told by a team in the bottom third that he will be picked in the first-round. (Mike Lombardi)

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