For all of the pre-draft smokescreening, there's little advantage to publicly discussing draft intentions this time of year.
Assuming general manager John Dorsey is willing to consider godfather offers from desperate teams obsessing over a holy grail, it's not in his best interest to narrow his options at No. 1 overall.
Citing a source involved in team discussions, NFL Network's Steve Wyche echoed Ruiz's report, insisting Mayfield's name is "absolutely" on the Browns' radar. The reigning Heisman winner does have support in the war room, Wyche added, particularly from personnel consultant Scot McCloughan, formerly the Redskins general manager.
Does Mayfield have a legitimate chance to go No. 1?
"We still don't know," Wyche emphasized on NFL Up to the Minute, "but we cannot rule that out."
Around The NFL is tracking all of the latest buzz for the 83rd NFL draft, which starts Thursday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Check back each day for updated nuggets as we pass along whispers from around the league. Here's what we're hearing Tuesday:
Buoyed by non-stop trade speculation, this year's draft is drawing hype as perhaps the most intriguing of all time:
- Don't be surprised if three centers go off the board in the first round. NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah recently acknowledged going back to the tape for a deeper study of Arkansas' Frank Ragnow, whose stock is rising in NFL war rooms.
"He seems to be a lock to go in the first round," Rapoport added on NFL Up to the Minute, "which is something if you told me two weeks ago I never would have believed it."
- One of Smith's college teammates, on the other hand, might be sliding down a few boards. According to The Ringer's Michael Lombardi, formerly Bill Belichick's right-hand personnel man, some teams have docked Georgia running back Sony Michel for undisclosed medical reasons. Michel is ranked No. 32 on Mayock's list, a sign that his stock is still holding strong in light of the most recent medical reports.
"We trying to win now, man," Harris said Tuesday, via NFL Network's James Palmer. "We don't have time to wait."
- John Elway can afford to target the best player available, a luxury not available to his counterpart in Florham Park. The Jets have canceled Top-30 meetings with non-quarterbacks, Rapoport reported, because they simply aren't going in any direction outside of the sport's most important position with the draft's No. 3 pick.
- If conventional wisdom is holding course with Gang Green, the same can't be said for the Cowboys. One day after NFL Network's Jane Slater cautioned against the assumption that Dallas will draft a first-round receiver, owner Jerry Jones made it clear that Dez Bryant can't be replaced by any receiver available this year.
"We probably won't have what we would call a pure X receiver to take the place of Dez," Jones explained. "Even if we draft one that is an X receiver, he's not going to, as a rookie, come in here and give us that type of performance. You got to presume that. And so we certainly know that we've got a chance to pick a player, but not necessarily in the first round or even the second round, that will have an opportunity [to get] in the mix."
- Marty Hurney has returned to the Panthers' GM chair to oversee his first draft since selecting eight first-round Pro Bowlers in a span of 10 years, starting with Julius Peppers in 2002. For all of that success, though, Hurney is still haunted by the future first-round picks surrendered in trades for draft busts Jeff Otah and Everette Brown.
"I can tell you right now, you can consider next year's first safe," a smiling Hurney quipped Tuesday. "I don't think we're going to be trading next year's first."
- The Bills and Cardinals are among the organizations interested in trading up to the No. 5 or No. 6 range, Rapoport reported Monday. Which teams, conversely, are looking to move down in the first round? Rapoport shifted gears Tuesday, listing the Lions, Titans and Seahawks as candidates to trade down.
- AT&T Stadium was designed to be showcased as a grand spectacle, the shining jewel in the NFL's entertainment crown. It comes as no surprise, then, that the Cowboys are expecting the largest crowd in NFL draft history this weekend, per Slater. The festivities will not only include a 20,000-seat theater, but also a massive NFL Fan Experience venue equivalent to 26 football fields.