West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith is widely regarded as this year’s best QB prospect, but that doesn’t mean he’s viewed as an elite prospect, and now Yahoo Sports’ Jason Cole reports Smith could easily fall out of the top-ten draft picks based on what he’s hearing from his sources. Most believe the New York Jets wouldn’t have passed on Smith at #9, but after yesterday’s trade that netted them the #13-overall pick, they could wiat to select him there now.
By dealing away the 13th pick, the Bucs would not have any selections until #43 overall, but the Jets now have three picks in the top-40 (#9, 13, & 39). Despite losing their top corner, Derek Harper of CBS Sports believes the Jets will target one of the top pass-rushers with their first selection:
There is a good group of defensive prospects likely to be available with that spot — BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, Utah defensive tackle Star Lotuleleiand outside linebackers Barkevious Mingo of LSU and Georgia’s Jarvis Jones all make sense for the Jets and would be good value picks at that spot.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports the Buffalo Bills are prepared to draft Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib with the #8-overall pick if they are unable to trade down from that pick. Former Cuse Head Coach Doug Marrone knows what Nassib has to offer the QB-needy Bills, and they’ll likely do everything in their power to make Nassib a Bill.
Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports the Jets offered the New Orleans Saints a sixth-round pick for running back Chris Ivory, but they want a 4th-rounder in return.
NFL Draft insider Tony Pauline reports the Jacksonville Jaguars are down to two prospect that they’re considering with the #2-overall pick, and it’s Oregon defensive end/linebacker Dion Jordan or the best offensive tackle still on the board, which will likely be Eric Fisher.