This just in from the Onion News Network:
NEW YORK—Ending any speculation about the top pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Nebraska Pioneers have reportedly informed Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o that they will select him with the first overall pick. “Coach Pfeiffer called this morning to say the Pioneers are taking me first,” said Te’o, who confirmed that he has agreed to a tentative four-year, $32.5 million contract with the Omaha-based Pioneers. “Obviously, it’s a huge honor, and I’m so excited to work alongside Tom Brady, Justin Smith, Calvin Johnson, and the rest of my new teammates. We’re going to shake things up in the NFC Midwest this year.” Sources indicated that Te’o later declined to talk with the Minnesota Vikings about drafting him 25th, telling team officials that they were “too late.”
From Chris Mortensen: "Most buzz remains Buffalo's pick at 8, where Tavon Austin could be target of teams, not to mention the Bills if there's no trade."
Apparently so. Per Adam Schefter: "Brandon Weeden threw 14 TDs, 17 INTs, 3385 yds. Ryan Tannehill threw 12 TDs, 13 INTs. Yet Browns appear in QB market, Dolphins not."
From Peter Schrager: "Remember-- San Fran has 13 picks. Ravens have 12 picks, Falcons 11, Dolphins 11, Vikings 11. Power brokers. Quantity matters."
Unsanctioned. If the picks get out on Twitter, they might end up in here. Let's see if the national guys leak the picks.
The Falcons are prime candidates to move up with extra picks, since they can target for a need. Lot of chit-chat about that.
Interesting guy. He runs a bit upright, like Jackson. He has a speed/power combination, like Jackson. What we don't know is his ability (or inability ) to work in a NFL passing game, as both a target and a blocker. Jackson was terrific at both.
Minnesota seems more likely to take him. Ogletree is the LB the Rams like.
Yes, the Rams will run a lot of two-TE sets. And, yes, that takes some emphasis away from the WR position. That is timely, since this draft lacks impact guys after Austin.
From Adam Teicher of the KC Star: "Don't look for Branden Albert trade to happen tonite. Chiefs and Dolphins put off talks, but they could be revived before tomorrow's 2nd rd."
Ran that by Jim Thomas, our Rams guru. He doesn't believe the Rams are targeting Elam, despite his Blaine Bishop similarities.
NFL Network, although the tension between Kiper and McShay is always fun.
The Rams do like him. At No. 22, he could make a lot of sense.
From Chris Mortensen: "Raiders fielding offers for #3 pick #OAKPick"
National types here, but apparently not embedded in war room.