Draft Buzz -- ASU had 2 players test positive, Buffalo bluffing, SD trying to trade up for Barron
With less than 24 hours before the start of the 2012 NFL Draft and the draft buzz is as loud as the traffic outside of Radio City Music Hall in downtown New York City. If last-minute draft buzz is what you crave, you've come to the right place...
It had been previously reported by Jason LaCanfora of The NFL Network that Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams had tested positive for marijuana. Today, Jay Glazer of Fox, reported that Arizona State middle linebacker Vontaze Burfict and Virginia Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley had also been busted.
NFLDraftScout.com has since confirmed these reports and can add that the Arizona State Sun Devils didn't just have one player test positive for a banned substance, but two, as defensive end Jamaar Jarrett also tested positive.
The news isn't good for the 6-5, 265 pound Jarrett, who as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 34 rated defensive end and No. 439th rated prospect overall, was hardly viewed as a sure-fire draftable prospect in the first place.
In other interesting news, the Buffalo Bills are attempting to drum up interest in their No. 10 overall pick by leaking information that they're considering taking a defensive player (Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly and Alabama safety Mark Barron).
Sources, however, indicate that this is "total BS" and that the club will be taking an offensive player if unable to trade out.
While the team would appear to need help at offensive tackle, I've been told their two top-rated offensive tackles are Southern California's Matt Kalil and Stanford's Jonathan Martin. Should Kalil somehow fall to them, the Bills, I'm told you snatch him up. They aren't in love with the idea of taking Martin at 10, though they will strongly consider him should they trade down. I'm also told that the Bills are also "very high" on Notre Dame wideout Michael Floyd and will strongly consider him if unable to move out of the No. 10 overall pick.
One of the teams that has contacted the Bills and others about trading up is the San Diego Chargers. The team is specifically targeting Barron, I'm told, and feel that there is very little chance that the All-American will slip past the Dallas Cowboys, owners of the No. 14 overall pick.
San Diego, currently picking 18th, would appear to have concerns along the offensive line, pass-rusher and cornerback, as well at safety. There is no player in the draft, however, they feel can come in and make an immediate impact at a position of need like Barron.
Considering the aggressive trades general manager A.J. Smith has made in the past -- including two years ago to nab running back Ryan Matthews -- the news that San Diego is looking to make a splashy move isn't at all surprising.
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