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The only time you hear more lies than the days leading up to the draft is during a Presidential campaign. After studying the NFL draft since 1960, I guess I have seen and heard about all the rumors and stories many times. Here are my impressions of what is true and what is a smoke screen.

The Texans will trade out of the 1st pick.

Getting something close to the value for DE Jadeveon Clowney at the top spot will be very hard. Although they are clearly open for business, the asking price they want is a high 1st and 2nd this draft and the trading team’s number 1 in 2015. I doubt they will find someone to pay that price.

The Lions want to trade up to get WR Sammy Watkins.

The Lions would love to trade up to get Watkins but it will be costly. While several teams in the top 5 would love to trade down, they expect a lot. For example a trade from 10 to 2 would cost the Lions their first, second (45), the third (95) and their 1st in 2015. While the Rams might offer a slight discount, that is a high price to pay considering that at 10 the Lions could get one of the other WR prospects that would be almost as good. They have a lot of needs and won’t make the trade.

The Bills want to trade up to get their man.

The Bills reportedly want OLB Khalil Mack from Buffalo Univ. but will likely have to get to 2 to get him. The same type of cost applies to move from 9 to 2. The Bills will settle for another OLB and save their picks. The final price is determined by how motivated the Rams are to move down.

Teams that need QBs will trade back into the 1st round to get their favorite.

This will happen for a very simple reason. The new CBA allows teams that pick in the 1st round get a 5th year option on the player they take. If the QB works out, they will exercise the option. If not, they won’t have to worry about it because the GM that replaced them will have that decision.

Everybody wants Johnny Football.

The Rams are very interested in drafting Johnny Manziel.

This is a message to QB Sam Bradford—get it done or you are gone. They will take a QB somewhere in the draft but not at 2 or 13. Bradford is in double jeopardy because he has a high cap number and no more guaranteed money in his deal.

The Browns are looking to take Manziel with the 4th pick.

While Browns owner Jimmy Haslem may really like him, there is a huge risk at taking such a frail QB that high. They may trade down and take him but it will not be at 4. Either Mack or Watkins would have to be on the board at 4 to give a team a reason to trade up.

The Cowboys are hoping to trade up to get Manziel.

This was another QB message. “Tony Romo get us into the playoffs this year or you will be gone in 2015.” It was also an attempt by Jerry Jones to get some interest in a team trading above them to get Manziel so that the player he wants really falls down to 16. But the cost of such a move would be so high that Jones quashed the rumor in a recent press conference.

The Raiders are interested in getting Manziel.

While Manziel would put people in the seats, the Raiders need to win now or the front office will be gone. I am not sure they would want to bet their jobs on Manziel getting wins by himself. It is possible but not likely.

The Falcons want to trade up to get pass rush help.

This one is true. They would love to trade up to 3 or 4 from 6 to get Mack or one of the OT prospects. He is the best pure OLB pass rusher on the board. The Falcons front office has a history of big trades up and 6 to 4 would not be overly costly. The likely deal with the Browns at 4 could be for 6, 37 (2nd) and 68 (3rd). The Browns likely take that deal but would be better off drafting Mack.

Most of the “well known” mock draft posters have inside information from the teams.

While some like Mel Kiper do have very solid connections around the league, most do not. They base their mock (aka guess) based on the needs of the various teams. No team wants leaks based on what they will do. Front office people have been fired for less than spilling the team’s beans.

Forget the mock drafts, it is the position rankings that are important.

This is true. While there is no way most mockers have inside information, to be taken seriously they need to be as honest as possible on the ranking of players. However, different people look for different things. It also depends on which games a media scout sees. I rate every draftable player when I chart a game. I do between 120 and 250 games a year to provide the draft postings on this site.

Most teams drafts are based on “best available” concept.

Usually teams at the bottom of the draft will take the best available player (bap). The teams at the top of the draft have too many holes to ignore and go bap. If you don’t fill your holes as a GM, your replacement will.

The Jets will move up to take Odel Beckham Jr. WR LSU.

Beckham is moving up due to his size and speed. He has moved to the 3rd spot on most people’s WR lists. He is a solid prospect with good up side and the ability to highpoint the ball. The Jets likely would have to get to 10 and the Bills and Lions may be willing to trade down if they can’t trade up or get their man at their current spot.

The Browns will draft 2 quarterbacks in 2014.

The Browns signed two vets at the position. However, until they fix the right side of the line they can use all the QB prospects they can get.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk NFL draft with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

He also edits .

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NOTE: Live post draft coverage Thursday on justin.tv/papaburl.

This was the final mock draft of News, Notes & Rumors show prior to Thursday.

1

Houston

Jadeveon Clowney

DE

South Carolina

2

St. Louis

Sammy Watkins

WR

Clemson

3

Jacksonville

Johnny Manziel

QB

Texas A&M

4

Cleveland

Khalil Mack

OLB

Buffalo

5

Oakland

Greg Robinson

OT

Auburn

6

Atlanta

Jake Matthews

OT

Texas A&M

7

Tampa Bay

Mike Evans

WR

Texas A&M

8

Minnesota

Blake Bortles

QB

Central Florida

9

Buffalo

Taylor Lewan

OT

Michigan

10

Detroit

Anthony Barr

OLB

UCLA

11

Tennessee

Darqueze Dennard

CB

Michigan State

12

NY Giants

Eric Ebron

TE

UNC

13

St. Louis

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

S

Alabama

14

Chicago

C.J. Mosley

ILB

Alabama

15

Pittsburgh

Odell Beckham, Jr.

WR

LSU

16

Dallas

Aaron Donald

DT

Pittsburgh

17

Baltimore

Brandin Cooks

WR

Oregon State

18

NY Jets

David Yankey

OG

Stanford

19

Miami

Xavier Su’a-Filo

OG

UCLA

20

Arizona

Derek Carr

QB

Fresno State

21

Green Bay

Ra’Shede Hageman

DT

Minnesota

22

Philadelphia

Ryan Shazier

OLB

Ohio State

23

Kansas City

Marqise Lee

WR

USC

24

Cincinnati

Kyle Fuller

CB

Virginia Tech

25

San Diego

Louis Nix

DT

Notre Dame

26

Cleveland

Dee Ford

DE

Auburn

27

New Orleans

Timmy Jernigan

DT

Florida State

28

Carolina

Allen Robinson

WR

Penn State

29

New England

Paul Richardson

WR

Colorado

30

San Francisco

Jason Verrett

CB

TCU

31

Denver

Marcus Martin

C/G

USC

32

Seattle

Kelvin Benjamin

WR

Florida State

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk NFL draft with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

He also edits .

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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Tonight Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former Jags scout Kelron Sykes and I give our last 1st round mock draft. At 6:30 Ken Becks of 1stDownScouting.com will join us to talk draft.

There will be no show at 6PM on Thursday. But after the Browns take their 26th pick I will go on the air with Ken Becks and Kelron Sykes to analyze the draft. Please join us for both shows.

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Please join us on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

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NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk NFL draft with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

He also edits .

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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Final List of Top 5 Defensive Positions for the 2014 NFL Draft.

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DE – 1 Jadeveon Clowney South Carolina – My highest rated D player in more than 8 years.

2 Dee Ford Auburn – Strictly a 43 DE that needs work on run D. Good pass rusher.

3 Trent Murphy Stanford – Another 43 only guy that needs work on stopping the run.

4 Kony Ealy Missouri – Versatile 43 guy that needs to add weight to play on a 34 D.

5 Scott Crichton Oregon State – 2nd round value that can play in either a 43 or 34 D.

Under the radar – Larry Webster Bloomsburg – Small school guy that is outstanding at pass rush.

DT – 1 Aaron Donald Pittsburgh – Perfect 3 technique DT that will be a high priority in the draft.

2 RaShede Hageman Minnesota – Big guy that can take a double and still stuff the run.

3 Timmy Jernigan Florida State – Pass rushing DT that can handle the run as well.

4 Stephon Tuitt Notre Dame – High effort guy that a run stopper will push the pocket a little.

5 Louis Nix Notre Dame – One of the few NT guys in the draft that will stop the run.

Under the radar – Jamie Meder Ashland – 3 technique guy that is better than a 7th round value.

OLB – 1 Khalil Mack Buffalo – Dominates all levels of college & will be a great pro.

2 Ryan Shazier Ohio StateSuper fast and athletic guy that can cover or rush the passer.

3 Kyle Van Noy Brigham Young – Pass rusher with good instincts in coverage.

4 Telvin Smith Florida State – High effort guy that can play outside or inside.

5 Anthony Barr UCLA – Athletic guy that doesn’t make enough plays & has a lot to learn.

ILB – 1 C.J. Mosley Alabama – Great against the run but does not rush the passer well.

2 Shayne Skov Stanford – Tough vs the run and can cover.

3 Chris Borland Wisconsin – Too short but makes all the plays against the run and pass.

4 Max Bullough Michigan State – Great against the run and can provide pass rush as well.

5 Preston Brown Louisville – Rose quickly this season but doesn’t make enough plays.

CB – 1 Darqueze Dennard Michigan State – Great tackler that can play press man or zone well.

2 Kyle Fuller Virginia Tech – Can play any spot in the backfield. Good against run or pass.

3 Jason Verrett TCU – Too short but can highpoint the ball. Great ball skills.

4 Bradley Roby Ohio StateHad a bad 2013 but has the physical talent to play in the NFL.

5 Justin Gilbert Oklahoma State – Solid cover guy that won’t tackle. Not a cover 2 guy.

S – 1 Calvin Pryor Louisville – Plays the run and pass equally well. Can play FS or SS.

2 Hasean Clinton-Dix Alabama – True center fielder with good instincts and tackles well.

3 Jimmie Ward Northern Illinois – Big hitter that can cover with good ball skills.

4 Terrence Brooks Florida State – Great ball skills but can support the run as well.

5 Lamarcus Joyner Florida State – Attacks the run and passer but covers well. Forces TO well.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk NFL draft with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

He also edits .

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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QB – 1 Teddy Bridgewater Louisville – Forget the pro day and watch the tape.

2 Zach Mettenberger LSU – Is the most ready full size NFL QB in the draft.

3 Blake Bortles UCF – Needs to sit at least 1 year. Footwork it main issue.

4 Johnny Manziel Texas A&M – Game may not transfer + injury risk.

5 Jimmy Garoppolo Eastern Illinois – Needs 2 years to be ready to start.

Over rated – Derek Carr Fresno State – Wets himself when rushed.

RB – 1 Carlos Hyde RB Ohio StateBiggest value in the draft. Better than Lacy last year.

2 Tre Mason RB Auburn – Tough guy that plays bigger than he is.

3 Bishop Sankey RB Washington – 3rd down back that can catch or play in the slot.

4 Jeremy Hill RB LSU – Pushed down due to red flags in his background but talented.

5 Ka’Deem Carey RB Arizona – Plays faster than he times but should have stayed in school.

WR – 1 Mike Evans Texas A&M – Has great size and hands, and good speed without red flags.

2 Sammy Watkins Clemson – Best talent but red flags make me think of Blackmon.

3 Odell Beckham Jr. LSU – Size, speed and hands. Will be a starter day 1.

4 Cody Latimer Indiana – Great size and speed. Was doubled on every play but produced.

5 Marqise Lee Southern California – Forget bad 2013. This guy can play at a high level.

Beware – Kelvin Benjamin Florida State – Was “too tired” to work out for a team that traveled to work him out. Is that a guy you trust with a 1st round pick?

TE – 1 Eric Ebron North Carolina – Great receiver but don’t expect him to block.

2 Jace Amaro Texas Tech – A big step down but Jace will block a little.

3 Austin Seferian-Jenkins Washington – Not as productive as I would like but big potential.

4 Crockett Gillmore Colorado State – Very under rated but a great value in the 4th round.

5 C.J. Fiedorowicz Iowa – More blocker than receiver but can be red zone target.

OT – 1 Jake Matthews Texas A&M – Most NFL ready and versatile OT in the draft.

2 Taylor Lewan Michigan – Versatile guy with a BIG nasty streak.

3 Greg Robinson Auburn – Great run blocker that struggles with speed pass rushers.

4 Zack Martin Notre Dame – Big drop from top 3 but Zack can play G or T.

5 Morgan Moses Virginia – Big smart guy that is more athletic than people think.

OG – 1 David Yankey Stanford – Athletic smart player with a will to be the best.

2 Gabe Jackson Mississippi State – Less athletic but very productive guy with 2nd round grade.

3 Xavier Su’a-Filo UCLA – Athletic guy that is not as productive as I would like.

4 Dakota Dozier Furman – Under rated guy that can play T or G.

5 Cyril Richardson Baylor – Tough guy that will be better in the NFL than in college.

OC – 1 Travis Swanson Arkansas – 3rd round guy that can pull and run and is solid against the pass.

2 Weston Richburg Colorado State – Smart guy that makes line adjustments and can block.

3 Bryan Stork Florida State – Tough guy that can pull and take NT by himself on the pass.

4 Marcus Martin Southern California – Solid run and pass blocker with a nasty attitude.

5 Tyler Larsen Utah State – Late round pick that can stick and develop into a starter.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk NFL draft with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

He also edits .

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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NOTE: Tonight on NNR we talk NFL Draft about my All Under Rated teams. At 6:30 David Kay NBA writer of walterfootball.com joins us to talk playoffs. Join us after Mr. Moohead at 5 PM on .

Most of these players are 4th round or later. These are players that look to me to be able to contribute to an NFL team and become starters sooner rather than later. The All Under Rated 2014 NFL Draft team-Offense was posted yesterday. Since I am a 4-3 guy we will use that as the basis for this list.

DE – Larry Webster DE Bloomsburg Webster is a small school guy that can play in the NFL. He caught the eye of scouts at the East West game. He is a hand in the dirt guy without the hips to play LB. He rushes the passer and is solid against the run but will be a 6th round pick.

Zach Thompson DE Wake Forest Zach is another guy that will play in the 4-3 but not in a 3-4. He can rush the passer and is stout against the run. He will be a late round or priority free agent (PFA) signing.

DT – Jamie Meder DT Ashland I used to do color for Ashland games on WMAN radio. Meder is a real NFL prospect that exploded in the NFLPA all star game. He is outstanding against the run and pushes the pocket rushing the passer. He went from no chance to make a team to a 5th round pick.

Bruce Gaston DT Purdue The Boiler D was not good but Gaston stood out. He is good against the run and provides some push vs. the pass. He will be a late round pick.

OB – Shaun Lewis OLB Oklahoma State Lewis is a complete OLB. He is very good at rushing the passer but has ball skills to cover as well. He is OK against the run. He will be a PFA.

Eddie Lackey OLB Baylor He was on his way to becoming a 5th round pick until he got hurt late in the season. He was very productive on a bad defense. He has very good speed and can cover and rush the passer. He will not be drafted but is a red shirt signing.

ILB – Nikita Whitlock ILB Wake Forest Whitlock is one of my favorite players. He is not fast or athletic but gives everything he has on every play. He is versatile even playing some nose tackle at Wake. He rushes the passer, is very physical with great instincts. He will not fit in a Tampa 2 due to the lack of speed. He should be drafted but will likely not be.

CB – Ross Cockrell CB Duke He helped himself at the East West game. He has very good ball skills and decent size. He will play the run and can tackle. He should be a 4th round pick.

Chris Davis CB Auburn Davis moved from an undraftable player to a 4th round prospect with his play as a senior. His Senior Bowl helped as well. He is good against the run and pass but needs to trust his ball skills. He gets called for interference too often.

FS – Tre Boston FS North Carolina Boston has fallen but I am not sure why. He is a true center fielder with good speed and very good instincts. He can play either S position and is a very good tackler supporting the run. He should be a 3rd round pick but will be taken in the 6th.

SS – Darwin Cook SS West Virginia Cook is not under the radar, he is completely off it. But what I see is a guy with size, a great motor, awareness, and nose for the ball. He attacks the run and can cover the pass. What he lacks in speed he makes up for with instincts. He should be invited to a camp and if he is he will make a team. He reminds me of former Colt S Bob Sanders.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk NFL draft with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

He also edits .

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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