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Rumors, scuttlebutt day before NFL draft


General Manager Phil Savage was the talk of last year's draft, grabbing offensive tackle Joe Thomas early then trading up to get quarterback Brady Quinn. But because of the Quinn deal and two recent trades, Cleveland doesn't pick until the fourth round.

Might Savage be tempted to get in on today's action?

"I can't even create a circumstance in my mind where we would get in the top 60 picks," he said


Sitting at No. 16, Arizona isn't focusing on one player, instead waiting to see what happens in front of it.

"We do have certain positions that coach (Ken Whisenhunt) and I have identified that we would like to address early," general manager Rod Graves said. "But we don't want to do that at the expense of leaving top players on the board."


Unless defensive end Chris Long falls to No. 5, Kansas City might lean toward one of the offensive tackles. The line needs to be strengthened to help running back Larry Johnson and young quarterback Brodie Croyle. Ryan Clady and Branden Albert are the top contenders.


Quarterback Donovan McNabb wants a playmaking receiver. But Philadelphia is far more likely to draft an offensive lineman or a defensive player at No. 19.

"I think we have pretty good playmakers where we're at, which I think was evident by the results at the end of the season," said coach Andy Reid, whose team won its last three games. "I thought some of the guys stepped up and played well."

They still could end up satisfying their quarterback's wish in a later round (they have a total of 11 picks) or through a trade.

Philadelphia flirted with Randy Moss before he re-signed with New England. There were discussions about Larry Fitzgerald before he got a new contract from Arizona. And Chad Johnson, Roy Williams and Anquan Boldin are being mentioned in rumors.


New GM Thomas Dimitroff, previously a Patriots scout, runs his first draft. His philosophy: "This draft will be system-specific. It will be needs-based. It will be calculated needs-based, let me suggest. Not just because we need a certain player will we jump way up on the board to get someone that we don't deem as someone who has the skills that we need."


New York didn't match Oakland's offer to safety Gibril Wilson (six years, $39-million, $16-million guaranteed). So it might decide to draft a replacement, possibly Miami's Kenny Phillips.


New England would be thrilled if defensive end Vernon Gholston falls to them at No. 7. It might even try to trade up to get him. Otherwise, the Patriots also have been looking at linebacker Keith Rivers and defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis.


Coach Lane Kiffin said the team is considering trading down from the No. 4 spot. Oakland has plenty of needs, but the second of its five picks doesn't come until the fourth round, at 104. Kiffin said the Raiders have had some "serious talks."


Despite defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey being St. Louis' highest-rated prospect, there is growing sentiment in the front office for defensive end Chris Long.


New Orleans, at No. 10, still is interested in moving up to get defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey. It also is intrigued by defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis. If the Saints remain at No. 10, the other contender is cornerback Leodis McKelvin.

Shockey trade?

There is a good chance the Giants will trade tight end Jeremy Shockey today, New York's Newsday reported. The Saints are the most likely suitor, and ESPN reported the team was close to a deal before the Giants decided they wanted more than a second-round pick. Newsday reported the Falcons have since entered the picture for Shockey, who has four years left on his five-year, $26.3-million deal.


Baltimore wants quarterback Matt Ryan. It's not alone. So by the time the Ravens pick at No. 8, he might already be gone. The Falcons (third), Chiefs (fifth) and Jets (sixth) also appear interested in the Boston College star. So if quarterback-needy Baltimore doesn't trade up, then what? Probably the cliched best available player.

Rumors, scuttlebutt day before NFL draft 04/25/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 11:55am]
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