The 2017 NFL Draft is just a few days away, and teams are making their final preparations before the first round kicks off on Thursday. It's silly season, which means there are plenty of draft rumors floating around. Several of those will end up being just smokescreens, but we're here to help you sort through what's real and what's not. Here are all the latest 2017 NFL Draft rumors and news that you need to know from around the league.
Gareon Conley part of rape investigation
Former Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Gareon Conley, projected to be a first round round pick, is now being investigated by police after being accused of raping a woman, according to NFL.com:
Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley, considered a top defensive prospect in this week's NFL draft, is being investigated by police after he was accused of rape by a woman earlier this month, Cleveland police confirmed to NFL.com.
Conley, 21, has not been charged or arrested in connection to the alleged incident, according to Cleveland Police Dept. spokeswoman Jennifer Ciaccia. No warrant has been issued and the department's sex crimes and child abuse units are investigating, Ciaccia added. A spokeswoman with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office told NFL.com that the police have not turned over any information related to the investigation.
Conley has not been interviewed yet by police. Investigators have reached out to him and are in the process of scheduling an interview with him, Ciaccia said.
Conley, who will not attend the draft in Philadelphia, had 26 tackles with four interceptions and eight pass breakups last season.
Eagles interested in Joe Mixon
Many teams have dropped former Oklahoma Sooners running back Joe Mixon off their draft board due to a 2014 incident in which he punched a woman in the face. However, the Philadelphia Eagles still have him on their draft board and are "very interested" in him, according to Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com:
Less than a week away from the start of the 2017 NFL Draft, Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon is still on the Eagles' draft board, according to two people familiar with the situation who requested anonymity have informed NJ Advance Media.
Not only do the Eagles still have Mixon -- who was video taped punching a woman in 2014 -- on their board, but they are very interested in him, have been doing extensive research into him off-the-field and would be willing to draft him.
Mixon was suspended for the entire 2014 season because of the incident. Last year, he rushed for 1,274 yards and 10 touchdowns on 187 carries while catching 37 passes for 538 yards and five more scores.
Bengals demanding 1st round pick for A.J. McCarron
The Cincinnati Bengals have made backup quarterback AJ McCarron available for trade, but are demanding at least a first round pick in return, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network:
On the veteran QB market: If the #Bengals are going to trade AJ McCarron it will require a 1st round pick -- at least. Pretty unlikely.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 25, 2017
McCarron appeared in seven games - including three starts - in 2015 for the Bengals, throwing for 854 yards with six touchdowns and just two interceptions.Back to the NFL Newsfeed