The Philadelphia Eagles surprised many last season in their first campaign under new head coach Chip Kelly. The man with the up-tempo offense won an NFC East title before losing in the Wild Card round to the New Orleans Saints.
Heading into the offseason, Philadelphia had questions at wide receiver when both Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin were on track to become unrestricted free agents. They were able to lock them up, but traded DeSean Jackson, who was due to make $10 million this year and was coming off the best season of his career.
Having to replace Jackson might be why the Eagles are looking for a receiver early in the draft. According to NJ.com's Eliot Shorr-Parks, general manager Howie Roseman has openly discussed his preference of taking a receiver. Among the men Philadelphia are reportedly interested in are Cody Latimer, Odell Beckham, Brandin Cooks and Mike Evans.
Browns want to pass on QB at No. 4
The Cleveland Browns have two picks in the first round after acquiring the Colts' selection via the Trent Richardson trade (steal, heist), giving the team options with its first selection at fourth overall.
Cleveland was thought by many to be taking a quarterback, perhaps Johnny Manziel, in that spot, but head coach Mike Pettine is far from locked into that position, according to SI.com's Bryan Rose.
Pettine said that in a perfect world, the Browns would be able to snag a player at another position of need before locking up a quarterback later on. It could be a great scheme, or all the top quarterbacks could be gone by Cleveland's second pick, leaving fans devastated.
Mike Glennon on the trade block
Mike Glennon played admirably as the starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season, but under a new regime he may soon be playing elsewhere. ESPN's Adam Caplan told WDAE 620 AM in Tampa Bay that the Bucs want to move from the No. 7 overall pick, and that they may be willing to move the second-year passer to do so. New head coach Lovie Smith has already named Josh McCown the starting quarterback heading into training camp, making Glennon expendable.
The Buccaneers desperately need help at wide receiver. Could they move Glennon to make a run at Sammy Watkins?
AJ McCarron, 1st-round pick?
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron revealed last Tuesday that NFL teams have told him he could be a first-round pick. ESPN's Chris Mortensen corroborated McCarron's claim on SportsCenter on Thursday, saying, "I know one team that loves him as a possible late first-, early second-rounder."
Until late, McCarron had been projected as a Day 2 or (more likely) Day 3 prospect. On SB Nation's top 200 big board, he is ranked as the No. 158 overall player and 12th-best quarterback, ahead of Tajh Boyd and behind Aaron Murray, Tom Savage and Logan Thomas. Thursday's rumblings may change the way scouts project the quarterback, though there is also an understanding that draft rumors can get wackier as we approach draft day.
Sam Bradford could go on post-draft trading block
Chris Mortensen also clarified an unsaid but understood aspect of the St. Louis Rams' draft: Sam Bradford is headed for the trading block if the team drafts a quarterback. The Rams own the No. 2 pick in the draft, and will have their pick of a fine litter of signal-callers if the Houston Texans pass on a quarterback at No. 1.
The team's relationship with Bradford has been tenuous. The quarterback has failed to wow fans and coaches even when healthy, and the team may be ready to get out of limbo. Coaches made a recent last-minute trip to College Station to work out Johnny Manziel, and Texas A&M teammates Jake Matthews and Mike Evans. We'll see whether the visit is an indication of how the franchise is leaning with its pick.
Ravens looking to trade back?
The Baltimore Ravens are in unfamiliar territory this year, drafting in the middle of the first round. A team accustomed to picking toward the back each round, Baltimore might be looking to get back into that area while acquiring more picks.
NFL insider Ian Rapoport says he is hearing rumblings from around the league that Baltimore wants to move back. Many experts believe the Ravens could be in the market for an offensive lineman. Maybe if the top trio of Greg Robinson, Taylor Lewan and Jake Matthews are gone, general manager Ozzie Newsome does not see the harm in picking a few spots later.