NFL Draft rumors 2020: Tracking the latest leaks, news, trade buzz before Round 1

The 2020 NFL Draft might as well be renamed “To Tell The Truth.”

That’s because for NFL teams, telling the truth is as much a game show as it is serious business the week of the draft. Sifting through the half-truths and conjecture that other GMs spill into the draft sphere is part of the gig, and it’s a poorly kept secret that while every team is working diligently on their draft boards, they’re trying to throw other teams off the scent at the same time. You’d probably find more legitimacy in an essential oils pyramid scheme.

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That’s why rumors run rampant the week of the draft. Almost every report of teams interested in a certain player should be taken for a grain of salt — it’s just the way teams operate during this time of year. Really, it’s smart business for a league that operates in the dark. 

Case in point:

So, while we’re waiting for the Bengals to make their selection at No. 1 —  spoiler alert: it’s going to be Joe Burrow  — here’s the latest rumors you need to know heading up to the 2020 NFL Draft on April 23. 

NFL Draft rumors 2020

The Giants are looking for … a quarterback?

Date: April 20
Reported by: Ian Rapoport/Mike Garafolo, NFL Network

It’s a pretty obvious smoke screen here, but the Giants and new head coach Joe Judge have had multiple conversations with Oregon QB Justin Herbert ahead of Thursday’s draft. The G-Men already have Daniel Jones in place — the 2019 first-round pick — behind center, so this is likely the Giants just doing their homework or to try and get someone to trade up.

49ers looking to trade out

Date:  April 20
Reported by:  Adam Schefter, ESPN

With an extra first-round pick the 49ers received in the DeForest Bruckner trade, San Francisco is looking to move out of not just one of their first round picks, but both (13th and 31st).

Broncos want to trade up for a playmaker

Date:  April 18
Reported by:  Woody Page, Colorado Springs Gazette

The Broncos may be looking to get Drew Lock help by trading up to get one of the best receivers in the draft in Jerry Jeudy. Denver currently sits at the 15th spot in the first round and reportedly wants to jump up between picks No. 8 and 10 to get the Alabama product.

Jaguars want to deal Leonard Fournette

Date:  April 18
Reported by:  Adam Schefter, ESPN

Leonard Fournette’s tumultuous, up-and-down career with the Jaguars could soon come to an end, as Jacksonville is looking to move on from the controversial running back. Fournette has dealt with injuries and a one-game suspension in his three seasons.

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