By John Fricke

Let’s take a look at the Top 5 major rumors surrounding the 2016 NFL Draft…

5. THE RISE & FALL OF MISSISSIPPI 

The top three QB’s in the draft (Jared Goff, Carson Wentz, Paxton Lynch in some order) are all projected in the top half of the first round.  Wasn’t long ago that Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott was considered as low as a 5th or 6th round choice on day 3.  Prescott had a great Senior Bowl week, follow that with a very impress showing at the combine and is suddenly rocketing up the board in the Quarterback-starved NFL.  Prescott could suddenly find himself going BEFORE Ole Miss star DE Robert Nkemdiche.  Nkemdiche’s double-fall (he claims he was ‘drunk’) from a hotel room in Buckhead raised red flags that only flew higher when some observers at the combined said Nkemdiche was unimpressive in interviews and left a lot of teams concerned that his life choices could be a recurring issue off the field.

4. ONE DAWG, TWO ROUNDS

Leonard Floyd will be the only UGA name called in the first two rounds.  In a draft loaded with OLB’s and edge rushers, Jordan Jenkins will have to wait until round-3 while Malcolm Mitchell and Keith Marshall will be weekend picks.  Marshall was electric at the combine, the fastest RB in the event with a blistering 4.31 40-yard-dash and he out-lifted every other non-fullback pushing up 25 reps at 225 pounds.  Still there are lingering doubts about his health and size to the point where it almost cancels his fabulous workout in Indianapolis.

3. MARCO RUBIO HANDS?

Jared Goff’s small hands will cost him cash.  Goff was, by reports, the most impressive QB throwing the ball at the combine, but there is buzz that Cleveland will look first to North Dakota State QB Carson Wents based in great part on the fact the Cal star QB has small hands.  Metrics matter too.

2. BOLTING DOWN?

The Chargers (#3 pick) and The Ravens (#6 pick) are both shopping to move down.  San Diego hoping to find a partner that covets either the top DB in the draft (Jalen Ramsey – Florida State)  or the top DE (Joey Bosa – Ohio State) both of whom are projected to be available at 3.  The Chargers need depth in multiple areas and want multiple picks in return.  Baltimore might have to wait until it is on the clock.  If Bosa slips to 6 they will surely get a call or two.

1. FALCONS FALL?

(my rumor, just mine) The Falcons will trade down from #17.  Depending on their board and who is available when the Birds name gets called, the Falcons could well drop a couple of spots and still get one of the players they seek, while picking up a pick that would keep them from blanking for nearly 100 choices. At the moment the Falcons do not have a 5th or 6th round pick and the 5th could be an important spot… so to could an additional 4th.

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