We're less than 24 hours to draft day, and all the who's-going-where and will-they-trade is impossible to fully meter, despite television networks flush with coverage from now until the last pick of the last round Saturday. Still, we'll do our best to round up the Internet's loudest (or at least most credible) chatter when it comes to the league's news leading up to Thursday's first round.
Raiders eyeing Floyd and Johnson with No. 3 pick
The Kansas City Chiefs seem settled in choosing Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel with the first pick, and the Jacksonville Jaguars are reportedly eyeing Eric Fisher with their selection. The next team up will be the Oakland Raiders, and NFL Network's Mike Mayock said the Raiders are looking at either Florida defensive tackle Shariff Floyd or Oklahoma left tackle Lane Johnson with that selection.
The Raiders' roster is thin all around, and if they want to go with the best available player, Mayock said that pick would be Johnson, assuming the first two selections go as predicted. But if Johnson were to be chosen at the No. 3 spot, that would mean moving to right tackle so that Jared Veldheer, he of recent Internet fame for having reached a permanent state of being Hulked out, would remain at left tackle.
Floyd would fill an immediate need, presumably in the starting lineup, on Oakland's defensive front.
Detroit Lions linebacker Ronnell Lewis was arrested after a bar fight Saturday. He would have had a better chance of getting off clean had the incident not happened in front of a police officer, but alas, it did happen in front of a police officer.
The man Lewis punched was on the ground when Lewis hit him, according to Jake Trotter of ESPN.com. A police officer was standing nearby, and Lewis was tased several times before being apprehended.
The Lions said they are in the process of gathering more information about the incident.
The jury is out on Nassib
Ryan Nassib, the quarterback from Syracuse, has yet to make a fan out of all 32 NFL teams as draft day approaches. On one hand, he's doing pretty well: Nassib is "in play" to go No. 8 overall to the Buffalo Bills, Jason La Canfora of CBSsports.com reported. The Bills would seem to be in play to grab Nassib at this spot because Bills coach Doug Marrone coached Nassib at Syracuse; otherwise, La Canfora said Nassib could slip, at best, to the bottom of the first round.
Meanwhile, one team has graded Nassib as an undrafted free agent and doesn't even have him on their draft board, ESPN's Adam Schefter said on air during NFL Live. Such stark contrast seems rare, where one team could consider taking him with the eighth overall pick in the draft and another won't even consider taking him at any point. If one team believes in any player enough, though, that's all that ultimately matters.
Three main suitors for Carradine
Florida State defensive end Tank Carradine has had recent contact with the Miami Dolphins, New York Giants and and Minnesota Vikings leading up to Thursday's first round, according to NFL Draft Insider.
The Dolphins will have the first swipe at Carradine with the 12th overall pick. Much of the decision over whether or not to select Carradine at No. 12 could come down to Brandon Albert's decision in free agency. If the Dolphins sign Albert before Thursday and know they won't have to fill a need at offensive tackle, NFL Draft Insider said Carradine's selection by Miami could be much more likely.
NFL players will now have the option of signing life-altering contracts on the same touch surface they'd use to tweet or play Angry Birds or whatever game is cool right now. The NFL Players Association agreed to a deal with DocuSign for players to sign contracts via a mobile device in the wake of the Elvis Dumervil fax machine gaffe, Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes reported.
DocuSign transfers documents immediately, eliminating that ghastly wait for faxes to transmit. It's unclear if DocuSign will make users fill out an unnecessarily detailed cover page.