NFL Draft: Latest rumours heading into Thursday night

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5/8/2014 2:53:34 PM
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With only hours until the 2014 NFL Draft, check out the latest trade-related reports and speculation from around the league as the rumour mill hits a fever pitch.

And follow right throughout today for updates.

Adding an Arm?

Tom Curran of Comcast Sportsnet reports that a trade sending New England Patriots quaterback Ryan Mallett to the Houston Texans may soon be a done deal.

The Texans are in need of a quarterback and head coach Bill O'Brien was the Patriots offensive coordinator when the team selected Mallett in the third round of the 2011 NFL draft.

Mallett has never started an NFL game.

Price Drop?

On Wednesday, FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reported that the Houston Texans were asking for a major package to part with the first-overall pick.

“The Houston Texans said, ‘If you want our pick, it's three number ones and a two,'” said Glazer. “When RG3 was traded, that's what they got. . . . But, no. No one's giving up three number ones and a two.”

Today comes word that the Texans may be lowering their asking price.

The Houston Chronicle's John McClain reports that a third first-rounder is no longer part of the package the Texans want. McClain says that the Texans will accept a swap of 2014 firsts, a second and third-round pick in 2014, as well as a first in 2015 for this year's top pick.

Update: 2:45 - ESPN's Adam Schefter says the Texans will stand pat and keep the first overall selection.

Footing the Bill?

Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio believes that the Buffalo Bills could be looking to make a big splash and grab one of the top two picks.

Currently sitting with the ninth pick, the Bills could be dreaming of slotting South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney into their already impressive 4-3 defence, alongside Mario Williams, Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus. Florio reports that Auburn OT Greg Robinson could also be of interest to the Bills.

Wide receiver Stevie Johnson could also be on the move.

The NFL Network's Albert Breer says that the veteran wide receiver could be dealt at some point this weekend.

Johnson, who has three years remaining on a five-year deal, is the team's top receiver and won't likely be moved unless the Bills were to draft a receiver like Clemson's Sammy Watkins or Texas A&M's Mike Evans. Neither is expected to be available at the nine-slot.

Dear John

The player with the biggest buzz surrounding him in New York City is 2012 Heisman Trophy-winning Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, but the question seems to be about where Manziel won't go rather than where he will.

Sports Illustrated's Don Banks reports that Manziel's family isn't keen on the quarterback being drafted by the Texans. The Manziels reportedly don't want their son in Houston to propogate his "Johnny Football" persona from his university days, one of putting partying ahead of training. Banks is unsure if the Manziels' preference extends out of Houston to Texas as a whole because the Dallas Cowboys, owners of the 16th pick, are interested in the quarterback according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

Manziel's agent, Erik Burkhardt, denied a report that his client didn't want to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars, who hold the third-overall pick, telling Florio that it's simply not true.

Johnny Manziel (Photo: The Canadian Press)


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