Sifting through the rumors
Gentleman, start your NFL draft speculation.
As we inch closer to Saturday, the reports are flying. Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson re-injured his collarbone in the Sooners' bowl game. Most teams don't believe it will require additional surgery and have been aware of it since the NFL Scouting combine.
That said, the Cleveland Browns at No. 3 might want to give more consideration to taking a quarterback, most likely Notre Dame's Brady Quinn.
But the Browns might be wary that the Detroit Lions could wind up with Quinn, which makes them nervous.
On Wednesday, Lions general manager Matt MIllen confirmed they would definitely consider trading out of the No. 2 spot, particularly if the Raiders take LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell with the No. 1 overall pick. The Lions like Clemson defensive tackle Gaines Adams, but they'd prefer not to take him at No. 2.
Trading down two spots with the Bucs would seem to be their best option since Tampa Bay owns two second-round picks. Or the Lions could take Johnson at No. 2 and try to deal him later.
This much is certain: Bucs general manager Bruce Allen says knows what the Raiders are going to do at No. 1.
The consensus is Russell, the only quarterback that might be a cause for pause if he were still there at No. 4 for the Bucs.
If a deal can't be struck for Johnson, or if he doesn't just drop to the Bucs at No. 4, Tampa Bay almost surely will have a good player fall to them like Wisconsin's Joe Thomas or Adams.
The Raiders are on the clock. They're negotiating with Russell, Johnson and Quinn. Maybe this thing will kick off a little early.