Draft buzz

April 16, 2018

There are just ten days to go until the 2018 draft gets underway and for the most part it remains very quiet out there, although some speculative rumors about a possible three-way deal between the Browns, Bills and Giants re-surfaced in the past 24 hours. What appears to have set off the latest round of rumors regarding that deal is the fact that the Bills have apparently set up private workout with USC QB Sam Darnold in Los Angeles on Friday. That’s pretty late in the game for the team picking 12th overall to be setting up a meeting with the player expected to go within the first couple of picks on April 26th. Rumblings about the deal actually first surfaced even before the Bills acquired the 12th pick from Cincinnati last month. In the latest rumors, the Bills would acquire the 1st pick overall from Cleveland in exchange for the 12th and other pick and then select Darnold. Meanwhile, the Browns would then include some of the picks acquired from the Bills in a package to acquire the 2nd pick from the Giants for the 4th pick. The Browns would then presumably take Wyoming QB Josh Allen, while the Giants would get the top-rated non-QB of their choice. All this would depend though on the Giants opting to pass on taking a QB themselves at #2 and the fact of the matter is that the Giants have actually invested more time and resources checking out this year’s QB class than either the Browns or Bills … Speaking of the Browns, there is a growing buzz in Cleveland that whether they keep the 1st pick or not, Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield may be back in the picture for their 1st pick. That comes on top of the growing buzz that the Browns remain divided on whether they prefer Darnold or Allen. In fact, if they have those guys rated equally they could conceivably afford to move down, although that would appear to be unlikely. … From the dualing NFL.com analysts file: Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks have collaborated on an article listing the 10 things they are hearing about the upcoming draft and topping the list is their report that UCLA QB Josh Rosen is the most likely passer to slide down draft boards later this month. On the other hand, veteran draft analyst Gil Brandt just published his list of top 150 prospects and the #2 guy – and top QB – is the very same Josh Rosen. or the upcoming draft  … We keep hearing that no one should be surprised if Virginia Tech OLB Tremaine Edmunds, Georgia LB Roquan Smith, and/or Ohio State CB Denzel Ward go higher in the top ten than they are generally ranked.