NFL Draft: A Last Look at the Notes

Published on 8-May-2014 by Stacey Mickles

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NFL Draft: A Last Look at the Notes

Finally. Today is the big day for NFL Draft fans.

It's shaping up to be one of the most interesting drafts in a very long time because we really have no idea where everyone is going, especially Johnny Manziel.

The expectation is that Jadeveon Clowney will end up being the No 1 player overall and will be taken by the Houston Texans. After that, it's a crap shoot.

Some say Johnny Football will be the first quarterback taken by either by the Cleveland Browns --which they deny, by the way -- or he could fall to a downtrodden squad like the Jacksonville Jaguars or Tampa Bay Bucs, which is a strong possibility.

Let's get a comprehensive scouting report on how the scenario is shaping up from John Clayton one of the more thorough reporters -- not analysts; reporters -- out there:

Incidentally, that Sports Illustrated  story about the Bucs' mix-up in the 1982 draft is priceless.

The rumor that keeps on circulating is that the Dallas Cowboys are either going to move up to take Manziel or Manziel will fall all the way to them at No 16, which I doubt. But I do think a trade up is the only way Manziel will end up in Dallas, because I still believe some downtrodden team in need of box office buzz as well as a chucker will take Manziel in the first few picks.

I'm thinking the first signal caller taken is going to be Central Florida's Blake Bortles. According to most NFL experts, he has more of an upside than Manziel and was the most impressive of all the quarterbacks thus far.

Khalil Mack won't be waiting long, either. The consensus is that Mack will probably end up with the Jags at No 3 if they don't take Manziel or Bortles.

Here is just a taste of what the NFL Network dudes are projecting for tonight:

NFL Network draft projectionss

Whatever happens, a few of the top prospects will at least say they got the star treatment at more than these goings on. They're the ones who were invited to the Tonight Show  so Jimmy Fallon could pop a few one-line groaners:

As dumb as some of those zingers were, they were still about the same level as the noise we've been hearing from so-called experts out there.

And thankfully, it all ends in the next couple of days.

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