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2012 NFL Draft Rumor Mill

Apr 27, 2012 -- 1:50pm

 

This is your one stop shop for all the rumors and news during the 2012 NFL Draft.

Bookmark this page or just keep refreshing as Tony Grossi and Will Burge will be updating as news rolls in.

 

Friday

2:40pm - Grossi - Browns President Mike Holmgren did not speak in front of the media at the press conference introducing Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden, but I had a few words with him. I asked about whether the team would be able to trade Colt McCoy. Holmgren answered: "I don't know. He might be here. We'll see." Holmgren said he considered Richardson "special" and he "really liked" Weeden. Holmgren intends to address the media with GM Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur at the conclusion of the draft on Saturday.

1:45pm - Grossi -  Jason Wilde of our sister station at ESPNWisconsin.com is reporting the Packers are not interested in trading for Colt McCoy, per an NFL source . Wilde reports that Green Bay might be interested in signing McCoy if he is released.

11:00am - Burge -  Packer Report is reporting that the Green Bay Packers and the Browns are talking about a trade that would sende Colt McCoy to be the backup for Packer nation. After drafting Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden last night, Tom Heckert admitted that they will discuss trading McCoy.

So what can the Browns expect to get in return for the two year starter? The highest pick I could see coming back in return would be a 5th or 6th rounder. The value for back-up quarterbacks is not very high and productive veterans at other positions are only pulling picks in the final few rounds in trades. More than a pick, I believe the Browns would like a young wide reciever in return for McCoy. They did not get one on the first day of the draft and they need to replenish that position badly.

Seneca Wallace is a "made man". He has been a favorite of Mike Holmgren's for the better part of a decade. I doubt he would be traded.

 

Thursday

8:30 - Burge - Weeks ago, a source told me about a conversation between Pat Shurmur and running backs coach Gary Brown. Brown commented to Shurmur that they need an offensive playmaker with the #4 pick and Shumur agreed. They got their playmaker and Gary Brown, the coach that Richardson plowed over at his pro day, will be able to work with him directly.

Joe Haden said this morning on The Really Big Show that he called trent Richardson this morning to wish him good luck. At one point, Haden tried to recruit Richardson to Florida.

 

7:15pm - The Browns are making news before the draft even starts.  Reports have the Browns trading up to #3 to presumably select Trent Richardson. The reported cost is a 4th round pick, a 5th round pick, and a 7th round pick to Minnesota.

The Browns entered the night with two 4ths and two 7ths so they still have picks in both rounds.

Richardson played 13 games in 2011 for Alabama rushing for almost 1700 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also had 29 receptions for 338 yards out of the backfield.

 

6:15pm – Burge – Browns’ GM Tom Heckert just said that other teams are calling about the #4 pick and that trading down is a possibility but they would not go down very far. He added that they feel "pretty confident" at the #4 spot.

He also said that it is unlikely that they would end the draft with all 13 picks that they currently own.

 

6:00pm – Burge – Multiple sources tell me that the Browns have interest in UConn DT Kendall Reyes and Illinois OLB Whitney Mercilus in the first few rounds of the draft. Both are expected to go somewhere near the end of the first round. If the Browns truly want to end up with at least four picks in the first two rounds, either Mercilus or Reyes could be targets especially if they slip into day two.

 

5:00pm - ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that The Jacksonville Jaguars are looking to move up in the first round and select Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon. If Trent Richardson is off the board at #4, the Browns could field offers to move down in the first round and Jacksonville would be a legitimate trade partner. This would move the Browns down to #7, prime position to take Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd.

 

4:45pm - Burge - A source tells me that the Browns would like to end up with 4 or more picks in the first two rounds. Currently, they hold two 1st round picks and one 2nd round pick. That means the Browns would have to move back into one or both of those rounds. Per the report from Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network earlier today, the Browns are exploring the idea of moving back into the first round to take QB Brandon Weeden.

Brown's GM Tom Heckert said he only has about 18 players with first round grades, but my source says the the number of players they have with second round grades is much higher.

 

3:40pm - Grossi - Ohio State receiver DeVier Posey has not received interest from the Browns. But the Bengals are showing the Cincinnati product much love. The Bengals may take Posey before the fifth round, where he is most projected to go.

 

3:30pm - Grossi - According to my sources, the Browns were 100 percent in the corner of Trent Richardson two weeks ago. They felt Justin Blackmon had more potential for failure and were a little put off by his diva-like attitude. The coach also was leading the push to complement Colt McCoy with supporting players, rather than replace him with a rookie QB.

At that time, Mike Holmgren was still analyzing whether Ryan Tannehill or Brandon Weeden was capable of unseating McCoy as the starting quarterback immediately.

Now, have those opinions changed? It’s possible. It’s also possible the sudden shift to Blackmon expressed by national reporters could be the result of a Browns’ smokescreen to keep Tampa Bay or St. Louis from trying to trade up for Richardson.
           

 

2:15pm - ESPN's Bob Holtzman is live in Berea for the draft. he said this morning that if Tampa Bay trades up to the #3 pick in the draft to take Trent Richardson, the Browns would then select LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne with the #4 pick. Holtzman is also reporting that the Browns expect Colt McCoy to take a "big leap" this season and will not take a QB high in the first round.

Former Colt's GM and ESPN analyst Bill Polian also weighed in on the Browns pick, "If Richardson falls to them, they hit a homerun. For two reasons, he is a great player and secondly, they play in a cold weather divison where running the ball really is important."

 

1:30pmBurge - Sources say that New England has inquired about moving up to Seattle’s #12 pick in the first round. One source says Seattle is open to moving either up or down depending on the best deal or player they can get.

How does this affect the Browns? Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network has reported that the Browns are interested in trading back into the first round to take Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden. Experts have speculated that the Browns could try to get New England’s pick at #31. If the Patriots are looking to move up, that could be one less place that the Browns could go to get Weeden.

The Patriots, by all accounts, are looking for an elite pass rusher and there could be quite a few options still available at #12 if they make the move.

 

Tony Grossi & Will Burge cover the Browns for ESPN 850 WKNR, ESPN 1540 KNR2 and www.espncleveland.com.

Grossi has covered the Browns since 1984 and is one of 44 voters for the National Football League Hall of Fame. Burge is more connected to the pulse of the Browns' locker room than anyone in the media.

Follow Will on Twitter @WillBurge Follow Tony on Twitter @tonygrossi

 

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