The 2014 NFL Draft is still several hours away, but the rumors are flying hot and heavy. I'd say rumors and news, but there really isn't any "real" news at this point. Instead, everybody has their share of rumors to keep priming the pump. Based on the volume of trade rumors out there, every team is going to trade up, trade down and stay in the same spot, all at once!
The San Francisco 49ers are in the mix of the trade rumors, which should not really surprise any of us. They've got 11 draft picks, and their history shows they are more than willing to do a lot of dealing. They will need to find the right trade partner, but I have to think they can get a deal done if they are so inclined.
We'll have new content throughout the day, but much like the first day of free agency, I thought it would make sense to create a live blog to track some of the rumors out there. Feel free to post more in the comments, but I'll update with notable or otherwise interesting rumors throughout the day. If it's big about the 49ers, I'll probably also work out a separate stand-alone post, but everything will also be accumulated in here for the next few hours (all updates PT).
1:30 p.m. - Mallett to the Texans, maybe?
A source tells me Ryan Mallett to the Texans may soon be done.— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) May 8, 2014
12:15 p.m. - Maybe Bradley Roby in the second?
Been told Roby is likely off of some teams board completely bc of his recent arrest. That means he could be a safety net in rd 2.— Chris Biderman (@ChrisBiderman) May 8, 2014
11:48 a.m. - I'm guessing this means Clowney time in Houston
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
11:25 a.m. - Ian Rapoport reporting 49ers and Ravens might be talking
Two teams that have also talked about a trade (this is a big surprise): #Ravens and #Niners. May be a past relationship there. #Bro— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 8, 2014
11:00 a.m. - Peter King weighed in with his thoughts on the 49ers:
8. I think I will be very surprised if the Niners, with six picks in the top 100, don’t make a big move, a Falcons/Julio Jones-type move, by the middle of the first round tonight.
10:35 a.m. - Johnny Football in NYC/NJ? Why not?
Report: Giants thought likely to "seriously consider" Manziel if he slides to No. 12 http://t.co/hl3OIH0JOR— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) May 8, 2014
Wednesday we discussed Tim Kawakami's rumors about the 49ers. He talked about the 49ers looking to trade up, but also getting calls from teams at the top of the second. As AptosNinerFan pointed out, TK's three tweets basically summed up three months of 49ers draft chatter. They might trade up, they would consider trading down, but they could also stand still. Riveting stuff.
Thursday morning, Adam Schefter tweeted:
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
This comes a day after Tony Pauline wrote about how he was hearing the 49ers were telling people they were prepared to be aggressive, with an eye on Odell Beckham Jr.
Speaking of potential trades, Schefter also tweeted this:
Teams with some level of interest in trading BACK include OAK, TB, TENN, BALT, MIA, NE (surprise, surprise).— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 8, 2014
In other random news, my favorite rumor has to be this one:
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
Wouldn't it be absolutely perfect for Johnny Football to end up with the Cowboys? I wouldn't be surprised if he is gone before the Cowboys pick, but if he is there, the Cowboys have to take him, don't they?
The Lions apparently love themselves some Sammy Watkins. Am I the only one who doesn't think this is at least a little bit creepy?. But sometimes this stuff can get a little c
How much work did the #Lions do on #Clemson WR Sammy Watkins? At 1 point, they were talking to him nearly every day. The interest is real.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 8, 2014
Where will Teddy Bridgewater land? I love that Ian Rapoport points to such a huge range as the "sweet spot". I suppose that counts, but that seems a little much.
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