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The Columbus Dispatch has learned Ohio State senior RB Carlos Hyde will not be charged in his relation to an incident at a bar.

Multiple reports stated Hyde hit a woman at a bar after she swung and missed at him. Regardless, Hyde will not be charged and will likely come off suspension at some point in the near future. He was expected to be the Buckeyes' top running back this season, but we still think Braxton Miller will be the top ball carrier.
Tue, Jul 30, 2013 02:14:00 PM

The Ringer's Mike Lombardi mentioned on his GM Street Podcast that Georgia RB Sony Michel could slide because of a "medical concern."

"There's a lot of teams telling me there's a medical concern here, so he could slip a little bit," said Lombardi. "His medical grade is a little iffy." Lomardi doesn't say what the medical issue is, because he doesn't know what the medical issue is. Michel is often cited as the second-best running back in the class and the one most likely to go after Penn State's Saquon Barkley. A scout recently told Bob McGinn that he is reminded of Todd Gurley when watching him run, but concerns over his medical report could cause him to slide behind players like LSU's Derrius Guice, San Diego State's Rashaad Penny, or perhaps his teammate at Georgia in Nick Chubb.
Apr 23 - 9:38 PM

A scout told Bob McGinn Football that Penn State RB Saquon Barkley is a "big Barry Sanders."

The full quote: "That dude is built to last. He’s a big Barry Sanders." Another scout told McGinn that Barkley was the "total package" because of his ability to create yards in the run game and also as a receiver. It wasn't all glowing, however, as one scout was curious why Barkley's production as a rusher was so much worse in 2017 than it was in 2016. That scout acknowledges that it likely had something to do with scheming, but it is worth mentioning. Barkley is a lock for the first five selections.
Apr 23 - 9:09 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay reports that the Cleveland Browns will "run the card up" to take either NC State edge-rusher Bradley Chubb or Penn State RB Saquon Barkley with the fourth pick.

McShay also mentions that he's heard that the first pick will be either Josh Allen or Sam Darnold, and that he's heard Allen more often at this point. He also isn't sure which player the Browns would prefer at this point if both are on the board, but notes it would make sense to take Chubb to pair him with 2017 first-overall pick Myles Garrett. One of the two should still be on the board, and either player would be a tremendous help as the Browns try to build something special with their draft-pick capital.
Source: ESPN
Apr 23 - 7:08 PM

NFL Network's Jane Slater passes along that some members of the Dallas Cowboys organization view Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch as "Brian Urlacher 2.0."

We've heard the Urlacher comp with Vander Esch from several corners of the internet, ranging from Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline to NFL Media's Lance Zierlein. Looks like the Cowboys are all about that lofty comparison for the 6-foot-4, 256-pounder as well. So much of the attention with Dallas' No. 19 pick comes with the team's opening at receiver following their cutting bait with Dez Bryant, but we're not locking them in for a first-round receiver, especially given the depth of that position group.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 23 - 6:34 PM

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport said that he would be "surprised" if the Buffalo Bills trade up to the No. 2 selection currently owned by the New York Giants.

Speaking on 'Good Morning Football' on Monday, Rap Sheet explained that he did see the Bills selling out the farm to move up to the second pick, even though that would mean that Buffalo would miss out on essentially having their pick of the quarterbacking litter (non-Browns division). While Rapoport would be very surprised if the Bills moved all the way to No. 2, they could potentially make a trade up to a lesser slot without mortgaging their draft future. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom has several times voiced the opinion that the Bills would be wise to target Louisville's Lamar Jackson. One benefit of drafting Jackson would be that Buffalo would likely not have to trade up to seal that particular deal.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 23 - 6:17 PM

An NFL scout told Bob McGinn Football that Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph reminds him of Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan.

"He’s calm, cool, collected, accurate," the scout noted of Rudolph. He vehemently dismissed any notion that the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder had anything in common with Brandon Weedon outside of the school in which both played their college ball. If that Ryan comp is a bit too lofty, another evaluator who spoke with McGinn Football saw some similarities with Kirk Cousins, which feels more in the ballpark to us. Said that particular scout, "He’s not going to take everybody to the next level but he’s going to do the right thing and be a game manager." There's been recent buzz that the Patriots might be interested in Rudolph. They've been linked to several quarterbacks beyond the Oklahoma State signal-caller, too, with Lamar Jackson and Josh Rosen both batted around in rumor as potential picks for HC Bill Belichick and staff. At this juncture, we would be surprised if New England did not draft a quarterback relatively early when festivities boot up in Dallas later this week.
Apr 23 - 3:50 PM

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reports that "some NFL clubs have moved [Florida State edge rusher Josh Sweat' down their draft boards or in the case for some teams completely off the board" due to concerns over his health.

While the 6-foot-4, 251-pound Sweat rocked the NFL Scouting Combine with a composite testing score ranking in the 95th percentile of NFL edge rushers, it would appear that there's still real worry in some corners over his surgically-repaired left knee. Florida State coddled that knee by degrees this past season -- Sweat was not an everyday practice participant -- and Rapoport notes that "not being able to practice every day raises concerns." The Saints, Redskins, Giants and Titans all hosted the edge rusher for predraft visits this spring. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom ranks him as the No. 26 overall prospect in the 2018 class even baking in those health question marks, while Nystrom colleague Josh Norris slots him in slightly more conservatively as the No. 45 overall prospect in the pool.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 23 - 2:57 PM

Ohio State junior RB Antonio Williams transferred to North Carolina.

Williams (5'11/212) enrolled with Ohio State as a four-star running back in the 2016 recruiting class. After playing sparingly as a true freshman, he came on to post 290 rushing yards (5.1 YPC) and three touchdowns while working backup duty behind J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber. Buckeyes RB coach Tony Alford said prior to the team's spring game that Williams had "really, really improved his game from top to bottom" and that he had been been "very professional" about his role in the running backs rotation. He'll have to sit out the 2018 season with North Carolina, but will have two years eligibility remaining come the start of the 2019 campaign.
Apr 23 - 2:23 PM

MMQB's Peter King reports that the Philadelphia Eagles are "seeking a trade" with the No. 32 selection.

Logical enough, as the Eagles are without picks in either the second or third rounds due to past trades they've made with the Browns and Bills. King offers this note in his mock draft released on Monday. He projects the defending champs to select Texas T Connor Williams should they be unable to budge off their spot at the end of the first round. We expect there would be some interest for that draft slot, though.
Apr 23 - 12:29 PM

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reports that Louisville QB Lamar Jackson had an official predraft visit with the New England Patriots two weeks ago.

The final official visits to NFL teams took place last Wednesday, but this Jackson trip to the Patriots had been previously unreported. Per Rapoport, New England came away "intrigued and impressed" by their meeting with the dynamic young quarterback. There seems to be much momentum toward Jackson landing as a top-20 pick at this juncture and the Patriots -- sitting at No. 23 -- are in a prime position (should they truly be gunning for the signal-caller) to either wait him out or potentially move up if it becomes clear that they'll need to jump a few teams to procure Jackson's services.
Apr 23 - 12:14 PM

Dan Patrick passes along word from one NFL scout saying the Browns are deciding between Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield and Wyoming QB Josh Allen at the top of the draft.

This is noteworthy since Sam Darnold's name is not even mentioned. Scot McCloughan has been involved in the Browns draft process, and during his media stint stated Mayfield was his top ranked quarterback in this class. Allen's name has been gaining traction at No. 1 overall, although Peter King cited a different source stating Allen would not be the pick for the Browns at No. 1. Buckle up.
Apr 23 - 11:38 AM




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