Latest Draft Tidbits

The phones are ringing and many team personnel evaluators spent a lengthy night working team draft boards. Activity could be at a record pace in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft, as targeting specific players and dealing for their services has become the norm in the league today, rather than the old school exception.

  • San Diego continues to talk about selecting quarterback Eli Manning with the first selection in the draft, but the team has had late discussions with the Browns. The Giants have an offer on the table for the selection, but as of this morning no deal has been reached.
  • Oakland has narrowed the field down to wide receiver Roy Williams, offensive tackle Robert Gallery, or a trade down. The Raiders expect Manning to be selected with the first selection. Talks with Cleveland, Jacksonville, and Washington will continue while the Raiders are on the clock.
  • Jacksonville and Detroit have been in trade talks which would send safety Donovan Darius and the Jaguars ninth-selection in the first round to the Lions for the sixth-selection in the draft. The Jaguars are targeting Roy Williams.
  •  New England could be looking to trade both their first-round draft picks for the opportunity to trade into the top-seven in the draft. The Browns and Patriots have had some discussions about a potential swap where the Patriots could obtain Williams, cornerback DeAngelo Hall, or defensive end Kenechi Udeze.

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