The start of the 2017 NFL Draft is less than one month away, and with most of the free agency frenzy over, most teams around the league have turned their full attention towards it. Here are all the latest draft news and rumors you need to know from around the league:
Panthers looking to acquire No. 2 overall pick from 49ers
The Cleveland Browns have said that they will not trade the top pick in the draft, but the No. 2 pick may be on the move. According to multiple reports, the Carolina Panthers are interested in trading up to get that pick from the San Francisco 49ers.
BREAKING; #THR is Hearing #Panthers are talking to #49ers about 2nd overall pick. Panthers looking for a big time defender. #NFLDRAFT #NFL— Drew Boylhart (@DrewBoylhart) March 28, 2017
Lots of talk/rumor about Carolina (picking at No. 8) trying to obtain #49ers' No. 2 pick. Told there's nothing currently in the works.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) March 29, 2017
Carolina currently holds the No. 8 overall pick and have been linked to several defensive players and LSU running back Leonard Fournette. However, this indicates that their preference is to take a defensive player even if they can't trade up.
Four teams most interested in Christian McCaffrey
Stanford's Christian McCaffrey is expected to be the third running back taken in the draft behind Fournette and Florida State's Dalvin Cook, and four teams have emerged as the most likely landing spots for him, according to 104.3 The Fan's Tyler Polumbus.
.@Tyler_Polumbus "From someone close to the situation, the four teams most interested in C.McCaffrey are #Eagles, #49ers, #Colts & #Broncos"— 104.3 The FAN (@1043TheFan) March 29, 2017
McCaffrey rushed for 1,603 yards and 13 touchdowns last season after breaking the NCAA record for all-purpose yards (3,864) in 2015.
Ron Jaworski says Giants should draft Pitt QB Nathan Peterman
Even with Eli Manning in the fold, the New York Giants are entertaining the though of drafting the eventual replacement for the 36-year-old late in the draft. ESPN's Ron Jaworski thinks the guy they should be targeting is Pitt QB Nathan Peterman:
"I think Peterman at Pitt is a guy that I think is a project," Jaworski told NJ Advance Media on Tuesday. "And, he's a good project. When you look at the quarterback position, you have to look at development. Certainly with Eli, you're probably going to get a year or two more.
"I always believe that you should take a quarterback. Develop him. Get him onto the practice squad. You find out about him. That's a position that takes time. You can run out a wide receiver, at tackle and they can contribute quickly. Very few Dak Prescott come along and play the way he played last year. Peterman is a guy that I would take a good, hard look at."
Peterman, who transferred from Tennessee to Pitt after two seasons, passed for 2,855 yards with 27 touchdowns and just seven interceptions last year while rushing for 286 yards and three more scores.
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