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Maryland senior DT Joe Vellano is doubtful to play in Saturday's game against UNC due to an ankle injury.

Vellano has been dealing with the ankle injury for a couple of weeks now but did not miss a significant amount of time. This would be the senior's final collegiate game, but expect to here Vellano's name during the pre-draft process. He has 14 tackles for loss and six sacks on the season.
Fri, Nov 23, 2012 10:36:00 AM

Rams selected Cal QB Jared Goff with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Goff (6'4/215) made 37 starts in three seasons at Cal, completing 62.3% of his passes with a 7.78 YPA and 96:30 TD-to-INT ratio. His career record was 14-23, although Goff had very little around him. Goff's weaknesses are smallish hands (9") -- leading to 24 career fumbles -- a simplistic, shotgun-based college offense that could hinder Goff's NFL transition, and a tendency to play too fast with bodies around him. NFL Films' Greg Cosell has compared Goff's skill set to Matt Ryan's. Although Ryan is not an elite NFL passer, he is a franchise quarterback. Goff will be a success if he reaches those heights. He's the Rams' likely early-season starter, and could quite possibly beat out Case Keenum to start Week 1.
Apr 28 - 8:21 PM

An NFL scout says "some classify [Indiana RB Jordan Howard] as the next Le'Veon Bell."

"Just a country kid that's learning how to play big-time football," the scout said. "Some people classify him as the next Le'Veon Bell. He's an inside guy. I worry about his durability and just his work habits in the weight room. Smart kid (Wonderlic of 27)." Howard is a good receiver and a strong pass blocker, in addition to his running chops. "He's a downhill inside runner," a second scout said. "He did play hurt this year (missed 18 quarters) and has a bad knee. Really an interesting guy."
Apr 28 - 5:24 PM

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reports that Alabama LB Reggie Ragland was flagged for an enlarged aorta.

The condition requires yearly monitoring, according to RapSheet, and has caused some teams to push Ragland down the board a bit. "Ragland's enlarged aorta is not expected to alter his football career," Rapaport reported based on conversations with seven teams. In their final mock drafts, Rotoworld's Josh Norris had Ragland going No. 27 to the Packers and Thor Nystrom didn't mock Ragland into the first round.
Apr 28 - 1:52 PM

Former NFL executive Greg Gabriel claims the "feeling" around the NFL is the Cowboys will select Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott.

"The head coach is pushing hard for that pick," Gabriel claims. We think it sounds more like a Jerry Jones pick, selecting the splash player who will post production despite last year's average running backs look at least adequate behind the Cowboys' line. All along it has been assumed the Cowboys' top prospect is Jalen Ramsey, but the Cowboys have been known to pull an audible on draft day despite what the board tells them.
Apr 28 - 11:43 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler spoke to one team that has a second round grade on Notre Dame T Ronnie Stanley.

When Brugler told the team scout that Stanley was being projected as the No. 3 pick, the source responded with "god, I hope so. Pushes a better player to us." Stanley is the top tackle on the Jaguars board, per Peter King, and the favorite to be the No. 3 selection by the Chargers, per multiple reports. The second round grade from one team just shows the variance in evaluations among teams.
Apr 28 - 11:04 AM

The MMQB's Peter King expects Titans GM Jon Robinson "to be active" on draft day.

Let's connect the dots here. King broke the Titans trade our of No. 1 story. He then had a separate interview with Robinson after the deal. They talk, likely often. King previously mocked the Titans moving into the Top 10 to draft Laremy Tunsil. Expect the Titans to move up for Tunsil or Taylor Decker or Jack Conklin. If not, Mike Florio suggested the Titans could draft a receiver at No. 15.
Source: The MMQB
Apr 28 - 10:38 AM

The MMQB's Peter King reports the Jaguars rank Notre Dame's Ronnie Stanley as the top T in this class.

The Jaguars won't be selecting a tackle at No. 5, but it shows where Stanley's evaluation stands compared to Laremy Tunsil's. In fact, there is plenty of buzz connecting Stanley to the Chargers at No. 3. We have loved Stanley's game for years, as he shines in pass protection. However, he is just an adequate run blocker and tested like a below average NFL athlete. "Why Stanley? Two things I heard on Wednesday: reliability on the field, and a spotless record off it," King writes.
Source: The MMQB
Apr 28 - 10:28 AM

Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson reports the Saints like UCLA LB Myles Jack "quite a bit in spite of the knee concerns."

This is great news for Jack, who has a realistic shot of being on the board when the Saints pick at No. 12. Our own Josh Norris recently made the connection between Jack and the Saints, and it makes sense from a team perspective to pair the UCLA linebacker with a great athlete and promising player in Stephone Anthony.
Apr 28 - 10:07 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter believes it will be difficult to "find a spot" for Memphis QB Paxton Lynch in the first round.

From top 10 talk to potentially out of the first round, all in one week. Schefter inserts the caveat of the Cowboys trading back into the first round, and we think the Panthers would be an ideal partner at No. 30. We have always ranked Lynch well out of the top 31 prospects in this draft, but teams have traded up for multiple quarterbacks in this class, and most view Lynch as the third best.
Apr 28 - 9:53 AM

Jason Cole passes along with that three GMs he spoke with view Georgia edge rusher/linebacker Leonard Floyd as a top 10 lock.

The trio "project him as best potential right end/pass rusher," per Cole, which is somewhat shocking for a 6-foot-6, 244-pound defender who played more off ball linebacker than on the edge in 2015. Floyd will be 24 years old to start his rookie season, but is an outstanding athlete. The NFL likely thinks his best days are ahead of him. Floyd offers more bend and flexibility on the edge than any other player at the top of this class.
Apr 28 - 9:39 AM

Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio suggests the Titans could take a WR at No. 15 if they do not trade up for an offensive tackle.

We think Florio has some intel here. The Titans selected Dorial Green-Beckham in the second round last year and have been heavily linked to Braxton Miller in the second round. However, a prospect like Josh Doctson or Corey Coleman would really enhance this offense and build the talent around Marcus Mariota. Many believe the receiver run could start with the Jets at No. 20 or Texans at No. 22, but do not rule No. 15 out.
Apr 28 - 9:25 AM




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