Could the Bills be thinking about trading up? The Bills are hosting star Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins today, a source tells Ian Rapoport of NFL Network (on Twitter). Buffalo currently holds the No. 9 pick and, like the Lions behind them at No. 10, they’ll have to vault up to the top if they want to get this year’s top receiver. Earlier today, I profiled the dynamic playmaker and some of his possible fits. Here’s the latest from the AFC East…
- Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net goes deeper into the Patriots‘ infatuation with Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage, who is being referred to by some in the organization as “Tom No. 2” for his similarities to Tom Brady. Savage impressed the franchise during combine interviews, especially when former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano was on hand. In that meeting, Savage took responsibility for the 2011 situation when he left the Rutgers football program, which was then headed by Schiano.
- If the Patriots need a reminder of late-round value, they can turn to special teamer Matthew Slater, writes Phil Perry of CSNNE.com. Since being selected in the fifth round of the 2008 draft, the UCLA product has been a mainstay on the Pats’ special teams units and has held the title of team captain for the past three seasons. He’s also contributed as a wide receiver, and he chipped in as a safety in 2011 when he started three games in the defensive backfield.
- Offensive tackle would make sense for the Dolphins at No. 19 but if all of their targets are already off the board, GM Dennis Hickey might just go with the best player available, writes Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. We heard last night that the Dolphins are high on Tennessee’s Ja’Wuan James, who might be an option for them at No. 50.
- ESPN.com’s Rich Cimini (video link) says the Jets will put prized offseason pickup Chris Johnson in a position to succeed. Johnson’s speed, he feels, will bring a different dimension to the offense.