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Cowboys Draft Rumor: Patriots Target #9 For Cam Jordan

SB Nation Boston has posted on this bit of draft rumor that might just interest the folks here at BTB.

The New England Patriots have been tabbed to draft Cameron Jordan (DE, California) in a handful of 2011 NFL Mock Drafts (most recently, in Mike Mayock's and Rick Gosselin's projections). And the experts must be on to something because according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the Pats are in talks with the Dallas Cowboys to trade-up to the No. 9 overall selection where they would take Jordan.

The Patriots have so many picks in this draft, you can do a myriad of compensation packages that could change the face of the Cowboys plans.

[UPDATE]Evan Silva of ProFootballTalk says the following:

According to both Michael Smith of ESPN and Adam Schefter of ESPN, the trade isn’t happening.

Smith, appearing on SportsCenter, explained that the Patriots don’t value “five-technique” defensive ends enough in this draft to trade into the top ten. Such a move likely would’ve cost New England a first- and second-round pick.

Schefter’s report/refute of Mort’s report is even stronger:

“Any proposed Cowboys-Patriots trade will not happen,” Schefter just tweeted.

It sounds like the Cowboys “leaked” the rumor to Mortensen, and Mort took the bait.

More rumors after the jump...

Let's circle around the web to see the latest in draft rumors and conjecture. I call this the Gosselin Fallout, because it seems that every rumor supported by his big board, now uses his stamp as validation. Things are starting to shape up for 8pm.

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-- The San Francisco Chronicle refutes the rumor that the Raiders are trying to trade up into the first round to select Jimmy Smith as the replacement to Asomugha.

-- The Baltimore Sun reports that if Jimmy Smith is off the board by pick 26, they are looking to trade down.

Spoke w/club in top half of 1st round that had team doctor eliminate Da'Quan Bowers from its consideration completely in last few days.via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Sources say the Tennessee Titans are heavily considering Jake Locker/QB/Washington in round one via Mobile Web Favorite Retweet Reply

-- Even the local papers in Carolina are reporting Cam Newton #1. I feel so proud.

-- Sports Illustrated with another report that Locker and Dalton are both definitely going top 20... from a GM that plans to draft one of the quarterbacks!

-- Peter King says Texans GM Rick Smith is not a fan of giving up his second rounder to move up for Peterson

-- Giants are going offensive lineman.

-- Andy Dalton getting Drew Brees comparisons.

-- If still on the board, pencil in JJ Watt to San Diego, according to San Digo Union Tribune's Kevin Acee, per Evan Silva.

-- Rob Rang of CBS Sports says Miller to Denver is a done deal.

-- Giants might not really like Castonzo all that much.

-- Regarding Mike Pouncey to Minnesota:

@TonyBrinkhaus He's one of several guys they are looking at right now. They're kicking themselves they couldn't get Maurkice last yearvia Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply