Jan 20, 2014; Mobile, AL, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones with head coach Jason Garrett seen in the stands of the North squad practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: Buy Or Sell Latest Rumors

The rumors are flying from every direction ahead of the 2014 NFL draft.  Which ones should fans buy and which ones need to be sold?

St. Louis Rams considering Johnny Manziel

Something to remember is head coach Jeff Fisher hasn’t taken a quarterback of his choosing as a head coach since Steve McNair.  So it’s perfectly reasonable for him to have doubts about Sam Bradford, whom he inherited from the previous regime.  So  these latest hint that the St. Louis Rams might seriously consider taking Johnny Manziel are interesting.  Fisher always did like quarterbacks who can move and exude confidence.  Bradford has yet to get his team to the playoffs and is coming of a torn ACL.  Is it really too much to think the Rams should give him some competition?

Validity:  Sell

Bradford played well for stretches last season but before he could really find a groove he got hurt.  He needs another year to mesh with the offense and hopefully will get better protection along the way.  This Manziel idea sounds more like a play by the Rams to increase trade interest for the #2 pick.

Detroit Lions will not use Ndamukong Suh as trade bait

Anybody with eyes can understand why the Detroit Lions have eyes for Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins.  He’s so explosive and represents that long-lost second target they’ve been trying to put next to Calvin Johnson for years.  However in order to get him they’d need to trade up from #10 probably to the top three picks, which would cost a bevy extra selection to do.  That is why the idea popped up of them possibly including Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh as part of the deal.  At age 27 he is in his prime and among the best at his position in football but he is viewed as a loose cannon on the field and becoming a big burden on the salary cap.  Trading him would bring relief in more ways than one.  Yet that didn’t stop from Detroit denying the rumors.

Validity:  Buy

Even if the Lions wanted to trade him, Suh’s salary cap number is almost impossible to move.  On the other hand his value to their defense is just too high to warrant sending away despite his unpredictability.

Cleveland Browns considering going for a third 1st round pick

Few teams are in as good of position looking at the first round than the Cleveland Browns.  They have two picks in the top 26 selections are should be able to give their roster a serious talent influx.  Rumors though didn’t stop there.  Apparently whispers continue that the Browns might actually seek to move up from the #35 pick in the second round back into the first round.  The idea is they would leapfrog the Houston Texans at #33 in order to land one of the top quarterbacks.  That of course being under the assumption that Houston goes for somebody other than a quarterback at #1 overall.

Validity:  Buy

Cleveland is in perfect position to move back into the first round because they have extra draft picks in both third and fourth rounds available to unload at their leisure.  Teams like New England, Denver and Seattle might jump at the chance to collect some extra currency, allowing the Browns to fulfill the plan.

Philadelphia Eagles will move up for Odell Beckham Jr.

Chip Kelly and the front office of the Philadelphia Eagles took a major gamble when they let Pro Bowl receiver DeSean Jackson walk out the door.  The running thought was the emergence of Riley Cooper and return of Jeremy Maclin gave them enough leverage to do so.  Recent news on the other hand says they aren’t resting on that lineup.  Apparently the Eagles have developed a liking for LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.  Indeed his agility and big-play potential are enticing for an offensive coach like Kelly.  That interest is so strong in fact that the Eagles are considering trading up to get him as he’d make an ideal replacement for Jackson.

Validity:  Sell

Philadelphia is on the cusp of being ready for a deep playoff run and they know it.  They feel the addition of one or two more key pieces in the 2014 NFL draft can put them over the top.  Still, it’s not reasonable to think they would trade up for Beckham, especially since their primary needs rest on the defensive side of the ball.

Dallas Cowboys could eye at receiver with the 16th pick

Jerry Jones never seems to mind going against the grain of what people think and the 2014 NFL draft could be no exception.  Nearly everybody expects the Dallas Cowboys to target defense in the first round considering the unit finished dead last in 2013.  Their defensive line is in a rebuilding period and the safety position produced little to feel good about a season ago.  That hasn’t stopped rumors from filtering in that the Cowboys could target a wide receiver with the 16th pick.  It’s an unusual idea considering they have Dez Bryant and drafted the promising Terrance Williams last year.  They did lose Miles Austin but given the depth of the receiver class one would think they can afford to wait at least a round.

Validity:  Buy

Jones knows his run with Tony Romo at quarterback is reaching the end.  If he’s ever going to get over the 8-8 hump he’ll need to maximize the 34-year old quarterback as much as possible.  If that means sacrificing the defense in the first round to get him another weapon, Jerry won’t be afraid to do it.

Tags: 2014 Nfl Draft Cleveland Browns Dallas Cowboys Detroit Lions Johnny Manziel Ndamukong Suh Odell Beckham Jr. Philadelphia Eagles St. Louis Rams

  • Nevin Paustian

    What us the validity to the rumor that the pats want to trade up for a top tier WR? There are several teams in between the pats and GB that are in the market for WR’s. Would it be possible for the packers to trade their 21st pick to the pats for the pats late 1st round pick, then the packers trade the 1st rounder acquired from the pats to the browns for their early 2nd round pick?

    • Erik Lambert

      It’s always a possibility but I don’t see the Patriots moving up for any of the receivers that should be available. The class is deep and they are a team that almost never moves up unless it’s for very good reason. They might trade down with Cleveland themselves and just grab a receiver early in the 2nd.

    • Michael Davis

      I’m a Cowboys fan & I would be interested in trading back with anyone who wants to trade up to aquire #16 in order to land the #3 or #4 WR or a top QB in this year’s draft. I would even consider trading out of 1st round all together. Come on Cleveland with #35, both 3rds, & your late 4th rounder.

      • Erik Lambert

        A lot of fellow fans agree with you Michael and after what happened last year it might be something the Cowboys seriously consider if they can make a deal happen.

  • Rich

    I am buying the Eagles/Beckham rumors. It seems a lot of teams are talking about moving up for WR’s. Lions for Evans. Chiefs, Pack, San Fran and New England all are interested. I could see the GIants possibly going WR too. Even Dallas could go WR. I suspect if Philly can swing a deal on draft day and Beckham is available, they will do it if the price is right. Kelly went down to LSU specifically looking for WR’s I hear.

    • Erik Lambert

      What makes me skeptical about Philly isn’t their interest but their already limited supply of draft picks. Is Beckham worth sacrificing more?

      • Rich

        They might think so and Beckham wont make it past the Jets if he makes it that far.

  • Old Frog

    So Romo is on his last legs and the choice is give him another WR to target or add some more beef to the O line to keep him healthy, improve the running game, and give his receivers more time to get open. I know which one I’d choose.

    • SmartThinking

      Big Jones has always oohed and ahhhed the paint job but he hasn’t gone the distance to keep his engine tuned. Or, has he?

      The interesting thing to me is, he’s invested in Smith and Frederick, two long term O-line assets. And last year, he spent big to get Waters even though it didn’t work out. Even Free played better and took a pay cut to boot.

      What’s dragging this team down are the Guards. Their abilities are so limited, it holds the entire line back. It’s no wonder Romo only waits a full second before running for his life or throwing some wobbly pass to God knows who. He knows that’s all the time he’s got before being crushed from the inside. The outside held up pretty well last season. All the rushes came from the inside off the guards.

      I really don’t think Romo will last the season. But, if he’s to have any chance at all, big Jones better fix the engine first before he goes after another WR or TE and buy this team two seriously good Guards who can start on day one.

      As for the defense, in my opinion, it may take three to five years to get that team fixed properly. And I’m absolutely sure, as it stands right now, we’re in for a very long season and this defense will give up even more yards, long balls and TD’s than they did last year.

      • Erik Lambert

        Don’t sell Rod Marinelli short on defense. I had a chance to meet him when he was coordinator for the Bears. Great guy and I can tell he’s a motivator. If the Cowboys are smart and give him pieces to work with, he’ll get that thing turned around.

        • SmartThinking

          Of all the coaches on this Dallas team, I firmly believe Marinelli is the one guy who can, indeed, turn it around for Dallas. He’s already proven what he can do with cast-offs and rejects.

          What I said was, even drafting top players for the defense, it will take several years for them to gel into a team. And one or two drafts have proven that’s not enough.

          Can Marinelli make a difference? Yep. Will it be enough? Time will tell.

  • randal shacklett

    I think they are trying to get the Browns, or whoever (in a trade w/Houston), to take Manziel at #1, so Clowney will be there at #2, and the value of #2 goes through the roof, Snead is no dummy.

  • Rick Talley

    Erik, I read somewhere (may have been your draft, but I’m too dazed and confused to remember), that Detroit might be interested in giving St Louis Fairley, their 10th, and another pick for the Rams 2nd. Think that’s a possibility?

    • Erik Lambert

      I wouldn’t put it past them. They didn’t bother to extend Fairley with a fifth-year option and this new coaching staff might not see his value like Jim Schwartz did. He has one more cheap year the Rams could take full advantage of and the Lions would avoid having to pay him while they try to restructure with Suh. If the Rams end up dumping Bradford’s huge deal, they could afford Fairley in 2015.

  • Rick Talley

    Also, any chance the Rams take Mack at 2?

    • Erik Lambert

      Mack is probably the most complete football player in the draft. He rushes the passer, plays coverage, and tackles from sideline to sideline. Jeff Fisher could do loads of things with him so yes I think there’s a chance they might take him but I personally feel the Rams would go for Clowney or Watkins first.

  • Josh Hart

    I’d love for the Browns to use their extra 3rd and/or 4th round picks to get back into the 1st or 2nd round in this talent rich draft.