The 2014 NFL Draft will be a highly anticipated one. Virtually nothing is really known about which prospects will go first, and all the smokescreens are up at maximum. If you had trouble making sense of all the speculations and rumors that happened in the past week, we’ve got you covered:
Jadeveon Clowney is enthusiastic that the Texans will draft him No. 1 overall. Reportedly, the top three teams (Houston, Jacksonville, St. Louis) say that his work ethic is not a concern.
The three most interested teams in Johnny Manziel are Tampa Bay, St. Louis, and Minnesota. Is this a smokescreen? It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.
The Cowboys are open to trading down if Manziel is still on the board at No. 16.
Texans GM Rick Smith said that the possibility that the Texans trade down from the No. 1 pick is very realistic. Of course, all NFL teams know that the price for a No. 1 pick includes future first rounders, which is a risky bid.
Rams GM Les Snead noted that they have received calls about possible trades and are willing to move down from No. 2 overall.
Browns GM Ray Farmer is a huge fan of Teddy Bridgewater, so speculation is that the Browns could use the second of their two first rounders on him at No. 24. Coach Mike Pettine hit on the issue of Manziel, saying that he will be in the discussion at pick No. 4.
Teams in serious talks about trading up include the 49ers, the Broncos, and the Bills. While the 49ers are more than open to this option, the Bills have already made calls about moving up to picks No. 1 or No. 2 overall.
The Lions are staying strong in their intentions of trading up to grab WR Sammy Watkins out of Clemson.