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With the number ninety-four pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Baltimore Ravens have selected Missouri Southern State defensive tackle Brandon Williams. This marks the third consecutive pick the Ravens have used on their defense, which lost an inordinate number of players during the 2013 offseason. They started off by picking a safety and linebacker, and have now added a new defensive tackle to the mix. Williams is extremely strong--posting 38 reps of the bench press at the combine--and has a low center of gravity.
Williams is comparable to current Bengals defensive tackle Brandon Thompson, who is another big, powerful run defender. The Ravens already have a core group of defensive tackles, but Williams should come in and contribute on the early downs.
With the number seventy-ninth pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Oregon State wide receiver Markus Wheaton. Wheaton is an all-around receiever who also offers some return ability. The Steelers were desperate for depth at the position after losing Mike Wallace to the Dolphins earlier in free agency and nearly losing another receiver in Emmanuel Sanders to the Patriots. With Wheaton, the Steelers have seemingly re-stocked the position heading into 2013.
The move likely brings a big smile to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's face, as the Steelers will now field a trio of young receivers with Brown, Sanders, and now Wheaton. The Steelers have recently become more of a pass-first team, eschewing their ground game in favor of letting Roethlisberger air it out.
With the number sixty-eight pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns have selected San Diego State cornerback Leon McFadden. The Browns needed some depth at the cornerback spot behind Joe Haden, and McFadden should help shore up the position. In addition to playing cornerback, McFadden also offers return ability, which should help smooth the departure of pro bowler Josh Cribbs.
The Browns had a major coaching turnover following the 2012 season and now have a new defensive coordinator in Ray Horton. Horton will be bringing with him his 3-4 style defense, so the Browns' will have a brand new identity on the field in 2013. McFadden will step in and attempt to contribute in this defensive change-over from day one.
With the number sixty-one pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers have selected Alabama running back Eddie Lacy. Lacy is only the third running back taken so far in the 2013 draft, illustrating the plummeting value of the position in today's NFL.
At one point, Lacy was regarded as the number one overall back in this year's class, but a foot injury held him out of the combine and his pro day showing was highly disappointing. Even still, Lacy is a big, bruising running back, capable of carrying the load full-time for the Packers.
In recent years, the Packers have been without a premier running back, so Lacy should be a breath of fresh air in Green Bay. If his injury concerns are behind him, Lacy will step in immediately and probably eliminate the need for the Packers to re-sign former Bengal Cedric Benson.
With the number fifty-six pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Baltimore Ravens have selected Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown. Brown was another player potentially linked to the Bengals and was also thought of as a potential first rounder. Injury concerns surrounding his shoulder, however, drove him to the bottom of the second round, where the Ravens swooped in and traded up to get him. They swapped picks with the Seahawks and threw in an additional fifth and sixth pick to accomplish the move.
Brown, if healthy, is an instant upgrade for the Ravens. He is small but extremely instinctual, and has the speed and toughness to be a three-down player for Baltimore. This is the second pick the Ravens have used on defense thus far in the 2013 draft.
With the number forty-eight pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell. This pick comes as no surprise after the Steelers lost running back Rashard Mendenhall earlier in free agency to the Cardinals. What is surprising, though, is which running back the team selected, as Bell had lower grades attached to him than some of the other running backs still available. Nevertheless, Bell should come in and be a day one upgrade over the Steelers' current running backs. Playing around 230-240 pounds, Bell is a thumper in the running game, but tends to do a little more dancing at the line of scrimmage than a large back should.
The Steelers have long been famed as a run-first team, but have moved to more of a passing team in recent years. The selection of Bell should help steer them back to their ground game origins.
With the number thirty-nine pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the New York Jets have selected West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. Once regarded as the potential number one pick in the entire 2013 draft, Smith fell all the way out of the first round, watching helplessly from the green room at the Radio City Music Hall. Smith was the second quarterback taken, after E.J. Manuel, and now enters a unique situation with the Jets.
New York has a crowded roster at the quarterback position, with incumbent Mark Sanchez and the always controversial Tim Tebow manning the backup spot, so at the moment it is unclear whether or not Smith will be the starter. For now, however, he is probably just happy to have found a home in the NFL. His draft day nightmare is finally over.
With the number thirty-eight pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the San Diego Chargers have selected Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o. Initially, it was thought that Te'o would be a first-round prospect, as both the Vikings and Bears were rumored to have a lot of interest in him. After the Vikings passed on Te'o three times in the first, however, it soon became clear that he would be available at the top of the second.
The pick was originally owned by the Arizona Cardinals, but Te'o's value was too high for the Chargers to pass up. They traded up from the 45 spot to take him. Now in San Diego, Te'o will be able to begin repairing his damaged reputation as the newest member of the Chargers linebacker corps.
With the number thirty-three pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars have selected Florida International safety Jonathan Cyprien. So much for that dream. The Bengals were rumored to have heavy interest in Cyprien, who some regarded as the second-best safety in this year's class, but the Jaguars beat them to the punch. There was some initial speculation that Jacksonville might go quarterback with this pick, giving incumbent Blaine Gabbert the boot after only two years, but the Jags had other plans, opting to go with Cyprien, an enforcer type safety, to shore up their secondary.
The Bengals will now likely shift gears with their upcoming pick. The prevailing wisdom was that they would select a safety, but with the top tier of safeties having all been selected, the team will probably now look to fill holes at running back or linebacker.
When you're the Super Bowl Champions, you rarely have to make picks of need in the subsequent year. Not so much the case this year, as the Baltimore Ravens have been fleeced, particularly on defense, thanks to free agency, retirement and trades. The first player that they wanted to find a replacement for was for future Hall of Famer Ed Reed.
The Ravens snagged another player that was supposedly connected to the Bengals in Florida's Matt Elam. Though he's a bit small, Elam plays bigger than his size and should be a decent fit in the Ravens defense.
With the number thirty-one pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Dallas Cowboys have selected Wisconsin center Travis Frederick. In recent years, the Cowboys had seemingly labored under the idea that quarterback Tony Romo didn't need a viable offensive line to protect him, but they have finally started to rectify that. The Cowboys originally held the seventeenth pick but traded all the way back to 31 with the San Fransisco 49ers.
Frederick is another in the long line of solid Wisconsin linemen and should come in and start immediately at the center spot due to the condition of Dallas' offensive line. Frederick is a bit of a reach, but is a strong and tough player nevertheless.
The St. Louis Rams are now officially the team that likes to take chances on "troubled" players. Last year, they rolled the dice with cornerback Janoris Jenkins and it paid off. The took another roll again in the first round, but this time it was on defense with a talented linebacker.
Alec Ogletree had his fair share of problems while at the University of Georgia, but he also had his share of highlights. Jeff Fisher decided that the tape outweighed the issues and selected him at No.30. They previously grabbed Tavon Austin at No.8 overall.
With the number twenty-nine pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Minnesota Vikings have selected Tennesee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. Minnesota traded back into the first round, swapping picks with the New England Patriots to make their third first-round pick of 2013. The Patriots started the draft with only five picks, but have now gained another second, third, fourth, and seventh round picks from the Vikings, solidifying Bill Belichick's status as a draft day master.
Patterson now joins a depleted receiving corp in Minnesota, where he will line up opposite the newly signed Greg Jennings. Patterson is widely regarded as a phenomenal open-field runner, but there are some concerns about his ability to grasp an NFL offense and route tree.
With this pick, embattled linebacker Manti Te'o continues his draft day tumble, despite the Viking's rumored interest in him.
The Denver Broncos didn't need help on offense. With Peyton Manning joining the team last year, and Wes Welker on board this season, the pick was going to be defense. The Broncos selected defensive tackle Sylvester Williams, defensive tackle out of North Carolina.
He is one of many prospects to come out of the school this season and should provide a solid presence up front. There are just a few remaining needs for the Broncos in this draft.
With the number twenty-seven pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Houston Texans have selected Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins was a favorite amongst many Bengals fans hoping he would fall to the 37th pick, but the Texans snatched him up at the bottom of the first. In Houston, Hopkins will immediately come in and line up next to Andre Johnson, which will be a major boost for quarterback Matt Schaub.
The Texans have enjoyed a solid running game and stout defense recently, but have been held back by their passing game, ending their playoff hopes in two consecutive years. Now, armed with an improved wide receiver corps, the Texans will certainly be one of the teams to beat in the AFC.
The Green Bay Packers had a few glaring holes to fill, even though they have been a perennial playoff contender. They decided to aid their defensive unit, which has been beset by injuries and age recently. Running a 3-4 defense, they would need a player who is versatile.
Few players are as versatile as UCLA defensive lineman, Datone Jones and that's exactly who they went with. The former Bruin will be a solid piece to Dom Capers' defense.
With the number twenty-five pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Minnesota Vikings have selected Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes. This was the Vikings second first-round pick, and despite the rumor that they were looking to add an offensive playmaker, they ended up with two defensive players. Rhodes is a big cornerback at 6'1" and 210 pounds and should make up for the departure of Antoine Winfield. The Vikings play in a division with three premier quarterbacks and a plethora of talented wide receivers, so the move should help shore up their secondary in preparation for divisional tilts.
Meanwhile, the first round is almost over and several high profile quarterbacks are still on the board.
Some teams are getting some good value towards the end of the back end of the draft because of players flaling farther than expected. The Indianapolis Colts are one of those teams. Chuck Pagano decided to continue to bolster his defense with one of the better pass rushers in the draft this year.
Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner landed with the Colts at No.24. He could be the heir apparent to Dwight Freeney, who is still a free agent.
With the number twenty-three pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Minnesota Vikings have selected Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd. A highly regarded prospect, Floyd was ranked as highly as the number two player on some team boards, but character concerns and lack of production forced him into the bottom of the first round. At the twenty-three spot, Floyd simply represented too much value for the Vikings to pass up.
Floyd now goes to a highly decorated defensive line, led by Kevin Williams and Jared Allen. The Vikings still have one more first-round pick left, and after filling their need on defense they will likely choose a wide receiver.
The Atlanta Falcons have been aggressive in the draft over the past couple of seasons in an effort to bolster their chances to get them a Super Bowl title. First it was a move up for Julio Jones in 2011 and now another move up for another dire need in a cornerback.
The Falcons selected the second cornerback off of the board in Washington's Desmond Trufant. He is a good cover man and comes from solid NFL bloodlines.
Brian Urlacher left a gaping void in the middle of the Bears defense and there are some big shoes to fill. Three major linebackers were on the board when the Bears were up at No.20 overall and with the team investing heavily in offensive line in free agency, they didn't need any more help there, right? Wrong.
The Bears continued to invest in protecting quarterback Jay Cutler and running back Matt Forte by picking Oregon offensive lineman, Kyle Long. He comes from a long line of football lineage, starting with his Hall of Fame father, Howie and his brother, Chris.
With the number nineteen pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the New York Giants have selected Syracuse tackle Justin Pugh. Pugh is an ultra-versatile lineman with experience at virtually every offensive line spot, an attractive trait for any lineman. He has short arms for a tackle, but has the size and technique to contribute heavily in the NFL. For now, he will likely step in right away at the right tackle spot for the Giants.
Pugh is seventh offensive lineman taken in the draft, making this draft a very trench-focused draft thus far. With all the linemen being selected ahead of the Bengals at 21, lots of good players at other positions have slid down the first round, which is excellent for those picking near the bottom.
The San Francisco 49ers had a plethora of picks at their disposal and with not many holes to fill on an NFC Championship. General Manager Trent Baalke made a significant move up with the Dallas Cowboys to help fill a void left by safety Dashon Goldson.
With the number seventeen pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones. After losing outside linebacker James Harrison to the Bengals just prior to the draft, the Steelers had a major need at the position and Jones provides a younger and cheaper option for a team snug against the cap.
Jones had brief medical scare earlier at the combine concerning stenosis, but received a clean bill of health ahead of the draft. He has great size for the position and fits extremely well in the Steelers 3-4 defense, but there are still some concerns about his speed after running a mediocre 40-yard dash.
And the surprises keep on coming. The Buffalo Bills wisely moved back from the eighth spot to gain more picks and still were able to grab a quarterback. The thing is, the quarterback they took wasn't the top-rated quarterback by most standards.
The Buffalo Bills grabbed former Florida State quarterback, E.J. Manuel. He has great size and a good arm, but is considered quite raw in comparison to other quarterbacks that were on the board.
With the number fifteen pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the New Orleans Saints have selected Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro. The number one safety in the draft, Vaccaro was coveted by a number of safety-needy teams, the Bengals included. The Saints had the worst pass defense in the league in 2012 and needed a lot of help in their secondary. Vaccaro should come in and immensely help their porous defense.
With Vaccaro gone, there are still a number of quality safeties available, but after the top three or four, the talent drops off precipitously. The Bengals most likely target with their first-round pick is still safety, so hopefully the selection of Vaccaro doesn't spark a run on the position.
The Carolina Panthers decided to step up the defensive side of the ball with some attitude by selecting a defensive tackle. With two prominent tackles on the board, the Panthers grabbed Star Lotuleilei out of Utah. He is a strong presence in the middle of the field.
Lotuleilei was a terror last season in the Pac-12 against opponents. The concern with him is not his play on the field, but a heart issue that popped up after the Combine.
With the number thirteen pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the New York Jets have selected Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson. Richardson is the top-rated defensive tackle in the draft, with comparisons to the Bengal's own Geno Atkins. This marks the third defensive linemen in a row taken in the first round by the Jets.
Richardson was rumored to be a target for the Raiders all the way up at the three spot, and then again when they picked at twelve, but he tumbled down until the Jets ended his fall at thirteen. As a quick, pass-rushing defensive tackle, Richardson should be able to step in and contribute on day one.
The Oakland Raiders traded back to the No.12 spot and still grabbed the guy that they had targeted all along. Oakland has totally dismantled their secondary over the past couple of seasons and began to pick up the pieces with the twelfth pick in the 2013 draft.
Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden is now an Oakland Raider. No matter your feelings on the franchise, you have to root for this kid to succeed, given his near-death experience in a practice this past fall.
With the number eleven pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the San Diego Chargers have selected Alabama tackle D.J. Fluker. The Chargers had a definite need at offensive tackle and were able to snag the highest rated right tackle at the eleven spot, making quarterback Phillip Rivers a very happy man. Fluker is an absolute mountain of a man with extremely long arms, a combination that is ideal for an anchoring right tackle.
With the selection of Fluker, the run on offensive linemen continues. So far, six of the top eleven picks have been offensive linemen, illustrating both their importance in today's pass-happy league and the overall dearth of talent in the draft's top tier of skill players.
The Tennesse Titans continued their quest to bolster their offensive line and took the fifth offensive lineman within the first ten picks. Chance Warmack is a hog of an interior lineman that fell to the Titans at No.10 overall. Debates raged whether Jonathan Cooper or Warmack was the better guard this year.
The Titans have made a commitment to re-establish the running game by signing guard Andy Levitre and running back Shonn Greene in free agency. The addition of Warmack should make the Titans' line one of the better ones in the league.
With the number nine pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the New York Jets have selected Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner. The pick is a no-brainer for a Jets team that recently traded away their number one cornerback in Darelle Revis. Revis was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the number nine pick, which the Jets have now turned around and used to select Milliner.
Milliner is the number one cornerback in this year's draft, and will come in and immediately start in Rex Ryan's defense. He has great size for the position and played in a pro-style defense at Alabama, but his ball skills have been called into question. Now, the pressure is on for Milliner as he steps into a situation where people will constantly compare him to the player he replaced.
The second trade within the first eight picks has occurred. The St. Louis Rams have struck a deal with the Buffalo Bills to move up to No.8 overall. It has been widely-documented that the Rams need some offensive weapons to couple with Isaiah Pead and co. The Rams gave up a king's ransom to move up.
The St. Louis Rams have selected West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin with the No.8 overall pick. Austin is the first wide receiver off of the board and can play multiple roles, as does Percy Harvin.
With the number seven pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Arizona Cardinals have selected North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper. The Cardinals were already set at offensive tackle, but needed an added presence on the interior of their line to protect new quarterback and investment Carson Palmer. Consequently, the Cardinals selected the best pass protecting guard in the draft in Cooper, who is remarkably athletic for his size.The Cardinals play in a division with two premier defenses, and their new guard will help them as they try to regain their spot atop the NFC West.
So far, no quarterbacks have been taken, with Cooper marking the fourth offensive lineman being selected. This draft was advertised as an unconventional one, and it has not disappointed so far.
Noticing a pattern yet? Six picks in and there have only been two different positions picked in the draft. Can you say "pass happy league"? Many believe that the Cleveland Browns were going to grab a cornerback, but they went with a pass rusher.
With the No.6 pick in the draft, the Cleveland Browns picked LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo. Like the other two defensive ends in front of him, Mingo didn't show much in the stat column, but has tremendous athleticism and upside. The Cleveland Browns overhaul continues.
With the number five pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Detroit Lions have selected BYU defensive end Ziggy Ansah. Ansah is arguably the best (depending upon who you asked) edge rusher in the draft and the Lions were fortunate to draft him at the number five spot after the Dolphin's surprising trade into the top three to get Oregon DE Dion Jordan.
The move makes a lot of sense for a Lions team in need of a powerful outside defender. Ansah is a very raw prospect, having only played essentially one year of collegiate football, but is a freaky athlete and will likely be a "boom or bust" player for Detroit.
After the Dolphins pulled the first "wow" moment of this year's draft by conducting a trade with the Raiders to select defensive end Dion Jordan, the Philadelphia Eagles were on the clock. They had some major thinking to do, no doubt, as many believed that Jordan was targeted by the Eagles at No.4.
For the third time in the first four picks, the Eagles selected an offensive tackle in Oklahoma's Lane Johnson. The former Sooners tackle is extremely athletic as he was a former quarterback and tight end
With the number three pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Miami Dolphins have selected Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan. The pick originally belonged to the Oakland Raiders, who traded out of their spot for Miami's first-round pick and one of their two second-rounders, the 42nd pick. Speculation was heavy that the Dolphins would select Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson, who ran a ridiculous sub-4.8 40-yard dash at the combine, but the Dolphins shocked everyone by selecting Jordan.
The move means that the potential trade with the Chiefs for tackle Brandon Albert is still alive. If so, the Chiefs will probably receive the Dolphins' remaining second-round pick in return for the veteran player. Meanwhile, the Dolphins now have one of the draft's most explosive edge rushers.
The Jacksonville Jaguars may not have had a glaring need at the offensive tackle position, but they certainly went with the "best player available" mentality. After Eric Fisher was the somewhat-surprising first overall pick to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Jaguars pulled the trigger on another highly-touted tackle.
Texas A & M's Luke Joeckel is now officially a Jacksonville Jaguar. It will be interesting to see what happens to either Eugene Monroe or Eben Britton, the two bookend tackles over the past couple of years for the team. They could release or trade one. Either way, the top two tackles are off of the board.
With the number one pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Kansas City Chiefs have selected Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher. The Chiefs had a surprisingly loaded roster in 2012, sending five players to the Pro Bowl despite their 2-14 record, but with disgruntled left tackle Brandon Albert seeking a trade to the Miami Dolphins, offensive tackle was a definite need. The top two players at the position were Fisher and fellow left tackle Luke Joeckel, but the Chiefs opted for the smaller school prospect.
The Chiefs allowed the clock to run down even though they had their player in mind, hoping for a last-minute trade partner, but eventually turned in their card and took Fisher to protect new quarterback Alex Smith's blindside.
After trading away star wide receiver and return man extraordinaire Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks earlier in March, the Minnesota Vikings are looking to re-stock the position through the draft. According to ESPN's Bob Holtzman (and relayed by Evan Silva), the Vikings will almost certainly use one of their two first-round draft picks on a wide receiver.
ESPN's Bob Holtzman reported #Vikings will likely take WR & "almost certainly" a defensive player with their 2 1st-rounders (23 & 25).— Evan Silva (@evansilva) April 25, 2013
The Vikings added WR Greg Jennings early on in free agency, but with the likes of Jerome Simpson playing second fiddle to Jennings, they would clearly like an upgrade at the position at the number two spot. Holtzman also reports that the team is looking to use their second first-round pick on a defensive player. A likely option could be embattled linebacker Manti Te'o, who the Vikings are rumored to have a strong interest in.
With the Chiefs reportedly set to take Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher, they are eagerly attempting a trade with their current left tackle, Brandon Albert. The most willing trade partner to this point would be the Miami Dolphins and both teams have been working on a deal over the past few days. Most believe that a deal will be done this weekend, but a recent report might suggest otherwise.
Ed Werder of ESPN made an appearance on the SportsCenter draft special speaking about the potential Albert trade and said that the talks have ceased until both teams have made their respective first round selections. It's actually a wise decision, especially by the Dolphins, as this year's draft is set to be full of surprises.
There are talks of players slipping, teams trading and the like, so the Dolphins are likely going to see how the chips fall in this wacky-looking first round.
The Houston Texans made it to the AFC Divisional round last season and that was coming off of the heels of another AFC Championship appearance for the 2011 season. Even still, the team is a few pieces away from getting to the Super Bowl. One of those perceived pieces is a capable wide receiver opposite all-world wideout Andre Johnson (sound familiar?).
According to Tony Pauline of DraftInsider, the Houston Texans are "considering" former USC wide receiver Robert Woods in the first round. Woods' stock has steadily increased over the past couple of months, thanks to a good wokrout at both the Combine and his Pro Day. He was previously considered a second or third round pick.
There's a strong possibility that we could seethe first three consecutive picks of the 2013 NFL Draft all be offensive tackles. We now know that Eric Fisher is going No.1 to the Chiefs and that either the Jaguars, who hold the No.2 pick, or a willing trade partner will be looking at Luke Joeckel. There's now a report out saying that Oklahoma's Lane Johnson is the prize for many teams at No.3 overall.
According to draft insider Tony Pauline, the teams looking to land Johnson at No.3 may be in luck because the Raiders, who hold that pick, are looking to trade out of it. It's likely going to come at a hefty price, but with so many tackle-hungry teams out there, they're likely to find a suitor.
Buckle up. ESPN's Mel Kiper, Jr. said today that he expects this draft to be the craziest he's seen in 35 years.
As we previously reported, the Kansas City Chiefs have made a decision on who the No.1 overall pick will be in the 2013 NFL Draft. We knew it was going to be an offensive tackle, we just didn't know which one. Charean Williams, Writer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has informed us of who the first pick will be.
This will make things interesting. Why? Because nobody is certain that the Jaguars, who pick at No.2, are in the market for a tackle. They could be looking to trade back and gather some picks to bolster the roster in other areas. Regardless, it looks like Fisher will be the first pick and there is a strong likelihood of teams clamoring to get Luke Joeckel.
The rumors are flying fast and furious this afternoon in the hours preceding the draft, but one of the stories seems to be a lock, in terms of reliability. New Kansas City Chiefs head coach, Andy Reid, made a brief appearance on the NFL Network's "Around the League" show to talk about their upcoming plans on the draft. Host Andrew Siciliano asked Reid about the No.1 overall pick and if they have made a decision.
Many believe that the Chiefs will surprise some and take left tackle Eric Fisher over Luke Joeckel. Some reports say that the Chiefs' braintrust love Fisher's athleticism and favor him over Texas A&M's Joeckel. We'll see if that actually is the case.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs are still working on a trade to send their current left tackle, Brandon Albert, elsewhere. It's likely that that trade would occur before or during the draft.
The Chicago Bears made the painful decision to cut ties with their future Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher this offseason. Urlacher had been nursing some injuries and was a cap casualty--he still hasn't found a job as of yet. Many surrounding the club believe that middle linebacker will be addressed early on.
According to Ian Rapoport and Stacy Dales of the NFL Network, that sounds as if that will be the case. And the guy they are supposedly targeting? None other than the embattled Notre Dame star, Manti Te'o.
Many have tabbed the Bears as a possible landing spot for Kansas State's Arthur Brown or Georgia's Alec Ogletree, but it appears that they may like Te'o the best of the group. If they do select him, he will have some big shoes to fill at the position for that team. Aside from Urlacher, the Bears have two other all-time greats at middle linebacker in Mike SIngletary and Dick Butkus.
We'll find out if there's any truth to this rumor in a few hours.
According to ESPN draft expert Todd McShay, there's a lot of "chatter" about the St. Louis Rams trading up in the draft to make a run for wide receiver Tavon Austin.
Austin is widely viewed as the leading wide receiver prospect heading into the 2013 NFL draft. St. Louis currently holds two first round selections at No. 16 and No. 22. Jason Cole with Yahoo Sports! cites a source that believes Austin won't last beyond the No. 9 pick.
There's been some interest from the Bengals regarding Austin, but mostly out of due-diligence.
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