John Fennelly, Lead Writer
The NFL Draft is just five days away. The anticipation has been at peak levels for weeks now and the cathartic moments will come fast and furious beginning Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall. The schedule:
8:00 PM ET, Thursday, May 8 (Round 1). 10 minutes per selection.
7:00 PM ET, Friday, May 9 (Rounds 2-3). Round 2: 7 minutes per selection. Round 3: 5 minutes.
Noon ET, Saturday, May 10 (Rounds 4-7). 5 minutes per selection.
The first round will conclude on Thursday by approximately 11:30 PM ET. In 2013, the first round consumed three hours and 33 minutes. The second and third rounds will conclude on Friday by approximately 11:00 PM ET. The second and third rounds took three hours and 55 minutes in 2013. The draft will conclude by approximately 7:30 PM ET on Saturday with the final four rounds. Rounds 4 through 7 took seven hours and 26 minutes in 2013.
The buzz…the Houston Texans are seriously considering trading the top overall selection. Texans owner Bob McNair dished on the virtues of what a package of picks could do for a rebuilding franchise. (PFT)
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen believes the Rams may be targeting QB Johnny Manziel with the No. 2 overall pick, which would then lead to a trade of former No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford. From Rotoworld:
“I believe their interest is serious,” added Mort. “There are people who believe they could take him at No. 2.” There is increasing buzz surrounding St. Louis’ volatile quarterback position, where with a $14.015 million salary, Sam Bradford is arguably the most overpaid player in football. Installing Manziel as their starter, and moving on from Bradford, would save the Rams roughly $7 million in immediate cap space while adding a dynamic dual-threat under center, building up the offense in division-rivals San Francisco and Seattle’s likeness.
As for the Giants, NFLN’s Mike Mayock had this to say about Big Blue on a conference call yesterday:
“I think the logical three candidates for them are either Zack Martin, Eric Ebron or the wide receiver Evans. I’m not sure how this draft is going to fall. I know that you can take Zack Martin. Of course, they signed Charles Brown and John Jerry. But Martin could play guard, he could play center, he could play tackle. If he’s there, and I don’t think he’s going to be, will the wideout Evans be there, I think there’s a good chance he won’t be. I look at it and go where Eric Ebron goes. I think that would be a great pick. They need somebody in today’s world, I don’t care if it’s wideout or tight end, I just want an offensive weapon, and that’s what he is.”