It’s coming folks. We’re now four days 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.
All is not well in South Florida. After an off-season that would’ve led even the best PR flack to breakdown into tears, there isn’t much positivity surrounding the Miami Dolphins.
Enigmatic WR Brandon Marshall was traded to Chicago, pass rush specialist Cameron Wake held a mini-hold out, and the headliners of the Dolphins’ free agent haul included Legedu Naanee and Gary Guyton. Jeff Fisher chose the Rams(!) over Miami and Peyton Manning wanted nothing to do with them.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is getting antsy as the team’s season ticket base has fallen to 30,000. The buzz around the city centers on the Heat’s title aspirations and the Marlins new ball park. In a sign of the apocalypse, even the Panthers are getting some deserved attention.
So how do you make waves in the NFL? Draft a quarterback high, of course.
On the surface, the decision would seem to flow from first-year offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, the architect of Tannehill’s transition to quarterback in College Station. But a league source tells PFT that the man pushing hardest for Tannehill is owner Stephen Ross.
Desperation leads to rash decisions. GM Jeff Ireland has said he will not be ‘pressured into taking a quarterback.’ At this point, that isn’t Ireland’s decision to make. Meddling owners are the worst.
Hold on, here comes more smoke…
- Larry Fitzgerald wants the Cardinals to draft Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd. What Fitz wants Fitz gets. [SI]
- Bob McGinn’s nameless sources are at it again, this time ripping Stanford TE Coby Fleener, calling him the most overrated player in the draft. [Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel]
- CBS Sports’ Gregg Doyel argues running backs aren’t worth top five picks, but Trent Richardson is the exception. [CBS Sports]
- Richardson is loved ball all and hated by none. [NFL.com]
- Mike Mayock isn’t concerned about Robert Griffin III’s character. [SI]
- Peter King says the trade market for the Jaguars’ seventh overall pick is non-existent. [PFT]
- Should the Ravens look for Ray Lewis’ successor in the first round? Dont’a Hightower could be available. [Baltimore Sun]
- If the Vikings pass on Matt Kalil, the Bucs could scoop him up. [Tampa Bay Times]
- Nebraska CB Alfonzo Dennard was arrested for assaulting a police officer over the weekend. Stupid is as stupid does. [Omaha World Herald]
- The Falcons are willing to trade picks to move up. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]