2016 Senior Bowl: Wednesday Rumor Mill
This is Charlie Campbell's Wednesday 2016 Senior Bowl Rumor Mill. Charlie is reporting live from Mobile, Ala., and he'll describe what he sees at practice and whom certain prospects talk to all week.
If you want to see other 2016 Senior Bowl Reports, click the link.
Follow me @walterfootball for updates, and stay tuned all week for tons of 2016 Senior Bowl coverage.
By Charlie Campbell - @draftcampbell
With all the general managers, coaches and scouts in attendance for the Senior Bowl, there is a lot of chatter going around. Here are some of the highlights from the rumor mill on Day 3.
Sources told me that at the East-West Shrine, Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan met with every quarterback for an hour. At the Senior Bowl, Maccagnan has continued his quarterback scrutiny, as he had a formal meeting with North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz. Clearly, New York isn't banking on Bryce Petty being the starter of the future and they are doing their homework on the other signal-callers.
The Jets also have scouting hard the edge-rushers. Sources say they had a formal meeting planned with Virginia Tech outside linebacker Dadi Nicolas on Tuesday night. A pass-rusher coming off the edge has been a need for the Jets after Quinton Coples didn't pan out. New York also had a formal meeting with Louisiana Tech defensive tackle Vernon Butler. It is hard seeing them use another first-round pick on that position, but perhaps it could be in play if Muhammad Wilkerson leaves and Sheldon Richardson faces further discipline in the form of suspensions.
Sources say the Tampa Bay Buccaneers love Florida State cornerback/safety Jalen Ramsey. They view him as a play-making defensive back who could be a tremendous cornerback or safety in the NFL. They feel he is an Alpha Dog defender and would be ecstatic to land him in the 2016 NFL Draft. While the Bucs love Ramsey, they don't expect him to get to their pick at No. 9 overall. With other needs to address on the roster, it sounds unlikely that Tampa Bay would trade up for Ramsey. Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III is getting some consideration from Tampa Bay, but in speaking with sources, the Buccaneers sound lukewarm on Hargreaves.
In speaking with sources, the Lions love Vernon Butler. They've shown a ton of interest in him and it makes perfect sense as Detroit needs to bolster the interior of their defensive line. If Butler continues to have a strong week here in Mobile, he could be firmly in play for the Lions' first-round pick.
The Bears are interested Houston cornerback William Jackson, but unfortunately for Chicago, Jackson was unable to participate in the Senior Bowl because of an injury. Chicago is in the market for cornerback help, and Jackson is coming off a huge senior year. Perhaps the Bears will target Jackson on Day 2.
In speaking with sources, the Texans plan on being active in free agency. Last year wide receivers Nate Washington and Cecil Shorts signed one-year contracts, so replacing them with some speed complements for DeAndre Hopkins could be one direction they go. Other areas that Houston could definitely address would be a veteran quarterback, running back, tight end, and offensive line help. Really all positions on the offense are potential options for the Texans looking to improve.
One team that hasn't been discussed being in the quarterback market is the San Diego Chargers. They signed Philip Rivers to an extension, and with the regime on the hot seat, nobody has projecting San Diego to take a quarterback. However, Rivers is 34 and they could get a nice draft pick for the veteran. Sources with the Chargers say the team loves North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz. If the Chargers have a shot at Wentz, San Diego will have to consider taking Rivers heir apparent and seeing what they can get for Rivers. Although Rivers contract could make trading him difficult.
2016 Senior Bowl Home
2016 Senior Bowl Recap
2016 Senior Bowl Quarterbacks Report
2016 Senior Bowl NFL Mock Draft
2016 Senior Bowl: Friday's Rumor Mill
2016 Senior Bowl Stock Report
2016 Senior Bowl Thursday's South Team Prospect Meetings
2016 Senior Bowl Thursday's North Team Prospect Meetings
2016 Senior Bowl Thursday's South Practice Report
2016 Senior Bowl Thursday's North Practice Report
2016 Senior Bowl: Thursday's Rumor Mill
2016 Senior Bowl: Reggie Ragland Interview
2016 Senior Bowl: Braxton Miller Interview
2016 Senior Bowl Wednesday's South Practice Report
2016 Senior Bowl Wednesday's North Practice Report
2016 Senior Bowl Wednesday's Prospect Meetings
2016 Senior Bowl: Wednesday's Rumor Mill
2016 Senior Bowl: Carson Wentz Interview
2016 Senior Bowl: Noah Spence Interview
2016 Senior Bowl Tuesday's Practice Report
2016 Senior Bowl Tuesday's Prospect Meetings
2016 Senior Bowl: Tuesday's Rumor Mill
2016 Senior Bowl Weigh-In: Quarterbacks
2016 Senior Bowl Weigh-In: Running Backs
2016 Senior Bowl Weigh-In: Wide Receivers
2016 Senior Bowl Weigh-In: Tight Ends
2016 Senior Bowl Weigh-In: Offensive Linemen
2016 Senior Bowl Weigh-In: Defensive Linemen
2016 Senior Bowl Weigh-In: Linebackers
2016 Senior Bowl Weigh-In: Defensive Backs
2016 Senior Bowl: Monday's Rumor Mill
Fantasy Football Rankings - June 10
2022 NFL Mock Draft - June 8
NFL Power Rankings - May 12
NFL Picks - Feb. 8