Draft Rumors: QBs, Gary, Pats, Giants, Lions

Kyler Murray-to-Arizona still looks to be in the cards (no pun intended), but the Nos. 2-4 quarterback landing spots — and the order in which they will be drafted — remain murky. While Dwayne Haskins‘ reported slide has led to some predicting Drew Lock would benefit, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports notes the Missouri product has a “very real chance” of being the fourth quarterback selected and/or falling out of the first round. Connected to Lock prior to their Joe Flacco trade, the Broncos would be intrigued by the prospect of nabbing Lock in Round 2, per JLC, who tabs Denver as more likely to address a bigger immediate need in the first round. The Broncos visited with Lock during the process, as did several other teams with some degree of a need at quarterback.

Here is the latest from the draft world, continuing with some of this year’s passing prospects:

  • If Lock’s floor may be more open-ended, La Canfora tabs the Redskins being Haskins’. Washington has done work on the Ohio State alum, along with the other high-profile QBs in this draft. The Raiders have also been “super impressed” by the 2018 breakout star, but they have been reported as being unlikely to use one of their three first-round picks on a quarterback.
  • The other quarterback mentioned as a first-round possibility, Daniel Jones has intrigued the Patriots, per JLC. New England holds pick No. 32 but has a draft-high 12 picks (including six in the first three rounds) and has plenty of ammo to move up. The Pats hosted Jones on a visit last week. New England has not taken a first-round quarterback since Drew Bledsoe 26 years ago, but NFL.com’s Gil Brandt would not be surprised if this happened (Twitter link).
  • Both the Giants and Panthers have done plenty of work on Will Grier, La Canfora adds. The West Virginia passer profiles as someone who could be available in Round 2. New York holds pick No. 37, Carolina No. 47. This is the latest we’ve heard on the Panthers’ interest in Grier. Although Carolina brass has reportedly not done more research than usual on quarterbacks in preparing for this draft, Cam Newton has not resumed throwing and is going through extensive shoulder rehab in a second offseason in three years.
  • Linked to safeties for two offseasons now, the Cowboys brought in six for pre-draft visits. Stephen Jones mentioned (via Pro Football Talk’s Charean Williams) the position as having the least amount of resources put into it of any on the Cowboys’ roster. After bypassing this need in last year’s draft, Dallas will be a team to monitor on this front.
  • It does not appear the Lions will be making a move up in the first round. Bob Quinn could foresee his team trading down but does not believe (via the Detroit News’ Justin Rogers) he has enough draft capital — one pick in each of the first five rounds — to vault up from No. 8. Detroit has been mentioned as a stealth quarterback seeker, but trading up for one does not appear to be in the cards.
  • Lastly, another member of this year’s stellar defensive line class may not check out medically. Some teams have red flags on Rashan Gary, La Canfora notes. While the Michigan lineman is still expected to go in the first round, he may be available a bit later than expected. Should this report of health concerns related to Gary be accurate, he would join Mississippi State products Montez Sweat (who had a heart issue at the Combine) and Jeffery Simmons (pre-Combine ACL tear) as standout pass rushers who have encountered medical issues.
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    • doug.daniel243

      Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t they “waste a pick below rd 4 on a qb” on Tom Brady?

    • davidkaner

      New England has a plethora of picks & this year, if there is one QB they love, they should spend that capital to go up & get the one they want. What good is all that capital, if they don’t use it to identify a player and go up & get the player!

  1. TheTruth12

    It’s all most be even 30 years since the Pats took a QB in the 1st but Gil Brandt wouldn’t be surprised if they took Jones I think every Pats fan/NFL fan would be surprised. The only way the Pats take a QB at 32 is if Haskins has a catastrophic unheard of fall, even then it’d make more sense to trade the pick. Not to mention there’s a 70-80% chance they end up trading the 32nd.

    • Thomas Bliss

      I see them trading up to somewhere between 8-11 for Noah Fant. I think at 7 TJ Hockenson goes to Jacksonville and if they don’t move up to that range Green Bay at 12 could take Fant.

      • jjabrony

        Fant is a one-trick pony which I don’t see NE valuing enough to pick, let alone move up for. He isn’t a good blocker. He’s fast and seems to run good routes but has a habit of dropping passes.

  2. diller1340

    I don’t understand the Stafford disrespect from the Lions….. he has carried the team for years there is no need to even be considering a QB in the first round

    • dugdog83

      You are the minority on this one then if you can’t see how bad he’s hurting the Lions. Not just his contract but his game that plateaued years ago. You know what you get from him. A boring, one dimensional game where his arm strength and accuracy has gotten worse every year. Carrying a team is not what a qb should do. QBs need to win games and Staff cannot do that. The team will never improve with him.

      • Thomas Bliss

        I agree with DugDog but I also don’t see it happening this year. Maybe next year.

      • diller1340

        I would love to see him get the chance with an actual defense and running game where he isn’t just trying to sling it around to make up for how awful the rest of the team with. He isn’t the reason a team would be super successful but he can be super successful if surrounded with the right talent

        • JrodFunk5

          The Caldwell and Patricia teams had great defenses. Staffords career was greatly aided by Calvin Johnson and without him he has become possibly below average NFL QB. He does not see the whole field

        • daman2032

          I kinda think his slinging it out and failing to convert on 3rd down costs the team defense as they have to be on the field so much.

  3. Wildboyz

    Murray at 1 to ARZ
    Haskins at 11 to CIN
    Lock at 15 To WAS
    Jones at 17 to NYG

    • dust44

      That’s alittle how I c it. But, Miami lurks in there. And I don’t think if Lock and Jones r both there they pass or don’t get leaped in front of by someone to pick up the one they want. With Flores being an ex Pat coach. I could c him being enamored with Jones. Especially with all the Jones to NE talk happening.

    • Thomas Bliss

      I see Murray 1 to Cardinals.
      Lock goes 6 to Miami after they trade up.
      Jones goes 8 to Washington when they trade up in response.
      Haskins falls to 13th when the Giants get him.

  4. RockHard

    The cowboys didn’t pass on taking a safety in the draft last year.. they got Xavier woods in the 5/6th round and he’s already a solid starter.. Dallas just needs a playmaker back there. Someone to force turnovers.. Heath and Iloka provide good depth..

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