It’s coming folks. We’re now under just over a week away from the NFL Draft, and with that comes the annual onslaught of posturing and hyperbole. It’s great. So come with us, and let’s drown in rumors together every day.
A few days ago we came across a bizarre rumor that featured the Eagles moving up to fourth to select Ryan Tannehill, and it was quickly shot down by Peter King and others. However, there may be an ounce of truth buried in that ridiculous proposal.
The Eagles are interested in moving up. Not as high as fourth, and not for Tannehill. Citing several sources, draftnik Tony Pauline indicates Mississippi State’s Fletcher Cox is Andy Reid’s target.
If there’s one thing Reid does especially well, it’s acquiring defensive linemen through free agency, but drafting the big nasties hasn’t exactly worked out.
From Philly.com’s Jeff McLane:
Compared to other NFC teams that have employed a 4-3 front over the last 10 years, the Birds have produced among the least number of starters, games played, and sacks from linemen drafted in the first three rounds. Both they and the Giants have selected eight defensive linemen over that span. While the Giants have gotten five Pro Bowls, 17 starting seasons, and 175 sacks from their group, the Eagles have no Pro Bowls, nine starting seasons, and 37 1/2 sacks.
We’ve seen what the Giants have done with those pass rushers. Among the defensive tackles expected to go high, Cox best fits Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn’s pass rush first scheme that calls for quick-footed big men with less girth and more speed.
It appears unlikely Cox will make it to 15, but the Eagles will have options in terms of trading up, and Jacksonville seems like the most likely option with their seventh overall pick. If Tannehill’s gone early, one could assume the Jags’ asking price would lessen considerably.
Hold on, here comes more smoke…
- In a bit of a bombshell Adam Schefter says the Vikings are debating between Morris Claiborne, Trent Richardson, Matt Kalil and….Michael Floyd(!). [Twitter]
- The Chiefs want to be major players come draft day. What does that mean? I’m not sure. GM Scott Pioli tells the team’s website he’s willing to trade up or down. [NFL.com]
- Shutdown Corner’s Doug Farrar believes South Carolina’s Melvin Ingram is the only defensive end that has the versatility worthy of a top 12 pick. [Twitter]
- Russ Lande reports that Stephen Hill’s stock has started to slide, leading him to believe the Georgia Tech wideout will be a second-round pick. [Sporting News]
- Pauline’s estimable sources tell him that Wisconsin lineman Kevin Zeitler is as NFL ready as any other guard in the draft. [Draft Insider]
- NFL.com’s Gil Brandt believes Arizona State QB Brock Osweiler has vaulted himself into the first round after an excellent performance at his Pro Day. J.P. Losman anyone? [Sporting News]
- Todd McShay says it’ll be tough for the Browns to pass on Tannehill at No. 4. Do it Mike! Believe in yourself. [ESPN]
- The Bucs are shopping former first round pick Aqib Talib, making Claiborne to Tampa Bay almost a formality. [Pewter Report]
- Peter King believes Bills GM Buddy Nix should take Alabama safety Mark Barron at No. 10. [SI]
- Brandon Weeden is asking teams to evaluate him like he’s 22, even though he’s 29. If you believe it, it’s always true Brandon. [NFL.com]