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NFL Rumors: Deshaun Watson, Browns, Colts, Saints

Deshaun Watson

  • According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, chatter has emerged in recent days that could lead to Clemson QB Deshaun Watson being drafted as high as No. 3 overall by the Bears.
  • Beyond that, there’s also talk that the Jaguars could be a team to watch at No. 4 overall for Watson.
  • Florio mentions that while it’s possible Watson could end up being a top-5 pick, it’s still difficult to imagine either team leaking this info the day of the draft.

Browns

  • Ian Rapoport points out that based on the Browns’ philosophies and history, as well as how they value picks, a lot would have to happen for them to trade up in round one.
  • According to Rapoport, it still possible, but also not a given.
  • Josina Anderson spoke to a high-placed Browns source who said of Mitch Trubisky“I think Trubisky has the most upside of the quarterbacks, but you don’t take him that high. I don’t think you chase him but if you ask me who’s the most ready of all the quarterbacks it’d be Deshaun Watson. He’s played in the most big games and performs under pressure.”
  • Anderson’s source added that the No. 1 pick should be DE Myles Garrett: “The draft will show what philosophy we’re following.

Colts

  • Stephen Holder is hearing that Western Kentucky G Forrest Lamp could be a potential target for the Colts at No. 15 overall.
  • Holder points out that the Colts have made several roster moves to bolster their defense, and grabbing Lamp could put the final touches on their offensive line.

Saints

  • Jason La Canfora reports that if Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore and Tennesee DE Derek Barnett are both gone the Saints are on the clock at No. 11 overall and New Orleans is unable to trade back, then a cornerback is likely with USC’s Adoree Jackson being a “strong option.
  • La Canfora fully expects the Saints to “pounce” on Barnett at No. 11 if he falls to them.
  • According to La Canfora, the Saints would’ve been a solid landing spot for Ohio State CB Gareon Conley before the rape allegations recently surfaced. La Canfora says that New Orleans could still be a team to watch for Conley if they’re comfortable enough with his case.