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All late-breaking draft news and/or rumors (merged)
Rather than clutter this page with several threads, thought it best to have one multi-purpose thread for today's happenings. Please feel free to add anything you hear or see that's draft related. Post the sources if you're able.
FOXSports.com has learned that the Dolphins have struck a deal with the Cowboys for tight end Anthony Fasano and linebacker Akin Ayodele.
In exchange for the two players, the Dolphins sent a fourth-round pick to the Cowboys, according to a report on the Dallas Morning News Web site.
When contacted, Fasano confirmed the trade, but details are still being gathered.
According to league sources the Redskins have at least two teams very interested in moving up to the 21st pick if certain players are available, and I continue to think the Skins will make every attempt to move this pick. Depending on the board, they just might be able to do so.
As for making the pick, speaking to lots of people around the league, and had two guys tell me no way Mayo and Harvey are both on the board at 21, and one other scout was adamant that Mayo would be there at 21, but no way on Harvey. Mayo is generating a lot of interest in the 15-20 range, Detroit at 15 could be a very real possibility, but he's quietly risen in stature in Washington.
The Skins scheduled a last minute visit with him recently, league sources said, specifically so owner Dan Snyder could meet with him personally, and Tampa Bay could turn to him as well, one pick before Washington.
If they're both gone I believe the Skins do the prudent thing and take Merling.
Got a decent amount of email about safeties in recent days, particularly Miami's Kenny Phillips. Speaking to coaches and scouts, several people told me they actually think he'll be the second safety chosen, behind Tyrell Johnson of Arkansas St. Two guys were deadest that Johnson could go as high to Philly at 19.
"What we want to try to do is maximize each spot on the roster; we want to be stronger at No. 1 than the opponent, stronger at No. 25 than they are, and stronger at No. 53 than they are, we're always looking to upgrade the talent level on the team, and play together to be functional."
- Bill Belichick -
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Well it's not a lock yet... but I'd say the Raiders don't go McFadden and take one of the defensive players.
I think there is a real good possibility it comes down to the Jets and their "Patriots obsession" as one article called it. Gholston/McFadden could be there, and they'll have to make up their mind. But then again, Pats might have totally different plans we don't know yet...
Per NFL Network. Falcons will go with Matt Ryan even with Dorsey on the board and the Raiders have their choice of 3 guys they love: Dorsey, McFadden and Gholston.
What does this do to the draft now?
Well, if this happens, then the Raiders could select Dorsey, but it seems they've got McFadden in their sites, and Gholston has the Combine numbers Al Davis loves.
Kansas City wants to trade down, and pick up even more picks (they want 15 picks total, and I think they currently have 13). So, they could trade down with someone who's interested in selecting Gholston, Dorsey, or McFadden.
McShay said he's heard rumors of the Patriots being interested in trading up to 5th overall, so they can select Gholston. I'd rather see NE trade down, and if you ask me, McShay's not really all that reliable either, so who knows.
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