The hours before the NFL Draft is always full of hot rumors. With the draft moved to prime time, teams have had all day, rather than just the early hours Saturday morning to explore all of the options.
Some of the hottest rumors making their way around the league over the past few hours just don't make a great deal of sense.
I'm not buying inside linebacker Rolando McClain to the Chiefs at No. 5, for example.
Inside linebacker is clearly a significant need for Kansas City, but Scott Pioli believes as much in value as anyone. An inside linebacker in the 3-4 defense is rarely a value in the top ten and almost never in the top five -- especially in a draft as talented as this one.
I'm also not buying that the Cleveland Browns will take Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson with the seventh overall pick. Again, on the surface, the selection makes some sense. The team could move the recently acquired Sheldon Brown to safety, alleviating that concern and pair Wilson and Eric Wright together to form a very athletic cover corner duo. Wilson simply isn't such a dominant player as to warrant this pick, however. Furthermore, one of the better attributes he'll bring to a team is his return ability. The Browns don't need that with Josh Cribbs already starring in this role.
The smoke is getting thick...