Perhaps the most intriguing name to watch is A.J. McCarron.
The former Alabama quarterback recently claimed that “pretty much every” team he visited before the draft told him that he has a first-round grade, and that he could go in the 16-to-35 range.
Seventeen of those 20 picks have been made, with no McCarron being called. The Texans, who regained control of the board after the Vikings leapfrogged them for Teddy Bridgewater, will presumably take a quarterback — unless they trade for Ryan Mallett or Kirk Cousins.
Other hot spots for McCarron will be the Raiders at 36, the Titans at 42, the Cardinals at 52, the Bengals at 55, and the Patriots at 62.
Speaking of the Patriots, rumors have begun to emerge that the franchise notorious for trading down may actually trade up in the round for a shot at McCarron. Such a move would virtually guarantee that Mallett, a third-round pick in 2011 who is entering the final year of his contract, would be traded elsewhere.