The Raiders could apparently snag Mike Evans at number five. Of course, they've also been linked with Aaron Donald, and even Derek Carr.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Falcons are "exceedingly unlikely" to trade up to number, per Ian Rapoport. That much has been clear for a while, but they could still move up to number four for another player they like.
And more Manziel-to-the-Bucs-or-maybe-not rumors. I don't have a clue what to make of this at this point.
Would you trade a third-day pick for Mike Glennon? #AZCardinals might have to make that decision. http://t.co/G6LHT8F4Rt— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) May 8, 2014
A source tells me Ryan Mallett to the Texans may soon be done.— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) May 8, 2014
It's not done yet, but if this happens, Mike Glennon to the Patriots becomes a very strong possibility.
Yep, there are at least 2 in top-10 RT @AdamSchefter There's a WR-needy team in Top 10 that has a higher grade on Mike Evans than Watkins— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) May 8, 2014
Probably not the Bucs, given Tedford's scheme. But it's good news for them.
Adam Schefter said on ESPN that the Jaguars would certainly consider Johnny Manziel at number three. So if the Bucs really want him, a trade up is necessary. Of course, if they don't, the Bucs selecting Manziel is a big positive.
Houston is now locked in on its player and is not expecting a trade, per sources. Texans happy to sit at 1 and take player it wants.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 8, 2014
That likely means Jadeveon Clowney is going number one overall. Could the Bucs now trade up with the Rams at number two for Johnny Manziel?
Schefter says Manziel will be the first QB off the board, either at 3, 7, 8 or 13 – Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, Minnesota or St. Louis.— Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) May 8, 2014
MOAR MANZIEL RUMORS
i can confirm that Johnny Manziel is NOT the No. 1 player on the Cowboys draft board. He is actually the No. 2 quarterback on their board.— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) May 8, 2014
As for Johnny Manziel, @CoachSumlin stated the "right NFL people" have called for his opinion and he thinks JF is going to be an NFL star.— Phil Savage (@SeniorBowlPhil) May 8, 2014
Does "the right people" include Lovie Smith?
You guys crack me up. Bc I said I won't move to nose I'm selfish? I help my team best at 3 whether starting or 2nd group. Tighten up people!— Gerald McCoy (@Geraldini93) May 8, 2014
Gerald McCoy just done told some people.
Day before draft last yr, 2 Ryan Nassib reports: 1) "More likely than not" to BUF at 8. 2) JAX "are taking" Nassib if there at 33. Went 110.— Evan Silva (@evansilva) May 8, 2014
Rumors and reports are not facts.
We took a quick look at the mock drafts coming out today. Consensus: Johnny Manziel, Mike Evans or Aaron Donald.
One team is discussing trading (back?) up into the late first round to pick Teddy Bridgewater ahead of the Cleveland Browns, according to Ian Rapoport. The Bucs could very well be that team, but it'd cost them a pretty penny to trade up 10+ spots, while they'd be risking his not being there (or not being able to complete a trade), too. You know, if they even like him.
Jay Glazer says the Bucs won't select Johnny Manziel at number seven.
nike, spelling out why all this draft industry can be so hilarious pic.twitter.com/KrHwMTjol6— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) May 8, 2014
#Bucs have been fielding calls today about moving down. That is their primary objective if they can find a willing partner and a fair deal— Tom Krasniqi (@TKras) May 8, 2014
This makes perfect sense: the Bucs want more picks (and probably will always want more picks), and they're lacking a fourth-rounder. If they're not in love with Johnny Manziel enough to trade up for him, moving down and selecting someone like Odell Beckham Jr. would be sensible.
Where will Teddy Bridgewater land? Sweet spot is picks 8 to 26. Teams in 2nd rd know of #Browns interest. 1 discussing trading up into 1st— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 8, 2014
Does that mean the Bucs aren't interested in him, at least at number seven?
Weirdest rumor of the day: the Falcons could trade their second-round pick for Eric Berry. That'd make them a better team, but that's a pretty expensive player, too.
ESPN's Todd McShay on #Cowboys & Johnny Manziel: "I'm told by two different people that he's the No. 1 player on their board."— Evan Silva (@evansilva) May 8, 2014
Doesn't matter, he won't be there anyway.
Teams that have inquired about trading UP include DET, NYJ, CLEV (from 26), SF, HOU (from round 2 into 1), ATL (from round 2 into 1).— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 8, 2014
Teams with some level of interest in trading BACK include OAK, TB, TENN, BALT, MIA, NE (surprise, surprise).— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 8, 2014
Trading down with the Lions (10th) or Jets (18th) would make the most sense for the Bucs, if that's something they want to do.
The perfect PR guy to handle the Johnny phenomenon is the Bucs' Nelson Luis. As the Rockets PR guru in 2002, he went to China with Yao twice— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) May 8, 2014
In a trade for top pick, Texans are hoping to get a 1st-round swap and picks in 2nd and 3rd rounds this year and a No. 1 in 2015..— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) May 8, 2014
The Falcons appear to be the only team willing to trade up to number one, and that'd be a hefty price to pay. Are they willing to give up depth yet again? The lack of depth (in part due to the Julio Jones trade) is what did them in last year. By all means make it worse, Atlanta.
Aaron Donald isn't coming to Tampa, reportedly.
Hearing Watkins or Evans to Cleveland, same to Raiders with Donald as Raiders fallback guy— Greg Gabriel (@greggabe) May 8, 2014
If Watkins and Evans both go off the board that early, the Bucs will be in a pickle at number seven. They might take Manziel, if he falls, or LSU receiver. Odell Beckham Jr as a backup option.
Here's your pre-draft open thread for today. Check out our big Buccaneers draft primer and all of our scouting reports on likely Tampa Bay targets.