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West Virginia HC Dana Holgorsen tweeted that Geno Smith is "the hardest practicing QB and most gifted student of the game I've coached."

The tweet is certainly timely, after PFW's Nolan Nawrocki tore apart Geno's work ethic and study habits, among other things, in his evaluation of the quarterback. The West Virginia pocket has a bit of Kobe Bryant to him, in terms of attitude and demeanor, however Holgorsen's comments back up others'.
Tue, Apr 2, 2013 02:17:00 PM

Bills beat writer Matthew Fairburn reports that "those around the league expect Texas Tech QB [Pat] Mathomes to go top-10."

Fairburn additionally reports that the Chiefs "have entertained" a potential trade up from No. 27 in order to obtain Mahomes' services, as they are "known to love him." A top-10 slot would be even higher than that floated by the gunslinger's own agent, as Leigh Steinberg said earlier this week that the Cardinals at No. 13 would be his client's probable ceiling. A report on NFL Network cited a source close to Mahomes late on Thursday as saying that the quarterback would likely be going to either the Chiefs, Texans or Cardinals.
Apr 27 - 5:28 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that there is a belief that UCLA edge rusher Takkarist McKinley (shoulder) may have to start the season on the non-football injury list.

Should McKinley not be healthy enough to start the season -- he underwent surgery after the Combine to repair a torn labrum and a glenoid fracture -- a stay on the NFI list would rule him out for the first six games of the 2017 season. It is not a given that he will be sidelined, though, as according to Rapoport, "some believe he has a chance to be ready for the season." McKinley could potentially fall off the board as early as the back-end of Thursday's first round.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 27 - 4:59 PM

The Browns will select Texas A&M EDGE Myles Garrett with the No. 1 overall pick, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Cabot cites "multiple league sources." Rumors have swirled over the past 24 hours that the Browns would audible off Garrett to take UNC's Mitch Trubisky at No. 1. Numerous plugged-in draft writers (Mel Kiper, Todd McShay and Bob McGinn, to name three) predicted just that in their final mock drafts. While it might appear that cooler heads have prevailed here, Cabot wrote that "some [in the Browns' brass] have known for a while that Garrett was the pick." The Browns are currently trying to trade back into the top-10, from No. 12, to acquire Trubisky. Between the No. 33 overall pick (the first in Round 2) and three second-round picks in 2018, Cleveland has plenty of trade ammunition.
Apr 27 - 4:45 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that some teams believe that Washington WR John Ross may slip to the second round due to health concerns.

Per Rap Sheet, "There are a handful of boards [Ross] is off, sources say. Other teams wonder if he'll fall into the late-first round or early second round because of his injury history." The 5-foot-11, 188-pound speedster has undergone surgeries on both knees due to a torn miniscus and a torn ACL and also underwent shoulder surgery following the Combine last month. One person close to Ross' camp told Rapoport that "there is nothing new that has showed up" during the process, though that might not prevent a potential slip down.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 27 - 4:11 PM

An NFL GM told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey "had the best combine workout I've seen. Ever."

McCaffrey has a great collection of tape, but it took him proving his other-worldly athleticism at the Combine for the NFL to start viewing him like an elite prospect. Profootballtalk has pegged his projection range anywhere from No. 5-15.
Apr 27 - 3:42 PM

According to NFL.com's Lance Zierlein, Texas A&M DE Daeshon Hall is "being targeted within the first two rounds and might end up inside the top 40."

The media has generally pegged Myles Garrett's running mate between Rounds 3-4. Interestingly, an AFC scout foretold this scenario in a conversation with NFL Media in October. "I know (Myles) Garrett is the big-name guy but Daeshon Hall is a name that is going to get hot," he said. "I didn't think he had starting potential when he was an outside 'backer. Now that he's bigger and stronger and playing with his hand down, I think he's a different player. I see him as a second-day (Rounds 2-3) guy."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 27 - 3:28 PM

MMQB's Peter King reports that Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon as "garnered the most interest" from Cincinnati, Minnesota, Green Bay and Jacksonville.

"I won’t be surprised to see the Bengals take Mixon with the 41st overall pick," King added. "Owner Mike Brown has taken chances in the past on players with off-field issues, leaving it to the coaching staff to keep those players in line." Each of these teams has hosted Mixon for a visit. If Mixon is to sneak into Rd. 1, Green Bay, picking near the end of Thursday night's festivities, looks to be his best shot.
Source: MMQB
Apr 27 - 2:13 PM

ESPN analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay both have UNC QB Mitchell Trubisky going No. 1 to the Browns in their final mock drafts.

So does the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Bob McGinn. All three are extremely plugged-in within league circles. "The thinking is the Browns get antsy about Trubisky being available at No. 12 and don't find any takers to trade up," Kiper wrote. "Could Cleveland ownership get involved and insist on a QB here?" Adding to all this, the Las Vegas odds on Trubisky going No. 1 have fallen from 6-to-1 on Wednesday all the way to 2-to-1 on Thursday, while Myles Garrett's odds have dropped from -800 to -350.
Source: ESPN
Apr 27 - 1:42 PM

Clemson QB Deshaun Watson says it would be a "slap in the face" if UNC's Mitch Trubisky is drafted ahead of him.

Watson argued that his "championship résumé" is what separates him from Trubisky. While Watson was the superior player in college, the NFL prefers Trubisky's raw tools. The odds are high that Watson will feel disrespected on Thursday night.
Apr 27 - 12:54 PM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah says a number of teams are targeting Alabama LB Reuben Foster around pick No. 11.

This is important, as some think Foster might drop out of round one. Jeremiah mocks him to the Saints at No. 11. Rotoworld's Josh Norris has said the 49ers and Packers have shown strong interest, and San Francisco might move up to the end of round one from their early second round pick. Many coaches and evaluators believe Foster is a top two talent in this class.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 27 - 11:13 AM

Ian Rapoport relays talk from three NFL GMs who believe Ohio State CB Gareon Conley will be selected in the third round.

This is the same projection Mike Florio mentioned last night. 24 teams have reportedly reached out to Conley in the hope of acquiring new information. We do not expect Conley to go undrafted, like La'El Collins two years ago.
Apr 27 - 10:49 AM




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