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An NFL personnel director told ESPN's Ed Werder that the Cowboys' selection of Notre Dame OLB Jaylon Smith "could be [the] greatest [second-round] pick ever."

Not everyone shares this opinion. Werder pulled four head coaches and general managers around the league asking for opinions about the Smith pick. One had Smith as a fourth-rounder, another a sixth-rounder and two said he wasn't on their board at all. In the end, the pick will be a stroke of genius if Smith becomes even 90-percent of the player folks envisioned him to be prior to the Fiesta Bowl. It will be seen as an obtuse selection if the knee never heals enough to allow for a productive career. "We have a firm belief, if you look at the history of injuries like this, that the nerve ultimately fires, some take longer than others," Stephen Jones said. "But at the end of the day, we think it will. And then once it does fire, usually it takes about - our guys say - from an inch to an inch and a half per month in terms of ultimately healing and getting full feeling back. We feel really good about that."
May 6 - 9:03 PM

Oklahoma graduate RB/KR Alex Ross will transfer.

First and foremost, Ross is a flammable kick returner. A second-team CBS Sports All-American kick returner in 2014, Ross ranks third in school history with a 25.7-yard kickoff return average. We're guessing he's waving goodbye to Norman because his carries dipped from 88 in 2014 to 32 last year. Since that situation won't change -- ever heard of Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon? -- Ross will seek out another opportunity. "Alex has been a great teammate and team guy for four years for us, and we’ve always been proud of him," OU head coach Bob Stoops said in a statement. "This is an opportunity for him to go somewhere else and play full time. We wish him the best."
May 6 - 7:01 PM

Pittsburgh junior RB Chris James transferred to Wisconsin.

The true junior will take a redshirt and have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017. Curiously phased out of the Pitt offense last fall even though James Conner was injured, James decided to follow former Panthers HC Paul Chryst, OC Joe Rudolph and RB coach John Settle to Madison. "It was funny because everybody who I knew was wearing red now," James said. "It was kind of weird but I’m glad I got to chance to go back up there. Things really haven’t changed that much. Stepping into Camp Randall, I got chills, man. As crazy as it feels, it felt like home." The Badgers' top three runners are all seniors, so James is in a good position to produce big as starter in the run-heavy scheme beginning in 2017.
Source: Scout
May 6 - 6:16 PM

Pro Football Focus says the Falons had the very worst value-per-pick draft of any organization in the NFL.

Ouch. "PFF didn’t have [Keanu] Neal anywhere near the first round, ranking him at No. 176 overall after he posted one of the lowest grades among safeties in this year’s draft class," Jeff Dooley wrote. "The Falcons then doubled down on physically talented players who graded poorly by selecting [Rd. 2 OLB Deion] Jones, who ranked No. 250 on our board." The site didn't chart Jones' speed as translating "to his being an effective player in pass defense, ranking 97th in coverage grade out of 108 linebackers in the class." Outside of the top two, Atlanta picked Stanford TE Austin Hooper and three projects.
May 6 - 6:01 PM

Florida HC Jim McElwain believes redshirt junior QB Luke Del Rio can be as productive or more productive than former starter Will Grier.

Grier, still serving a year-long, NCAA-imposed PED suspension, transferred. "We expect [Del Rio] to take it farther than [Grier did]," McElwain said. "That’s kind of what it’s all about. But we’ll see how he leads the team, we’ll see how he takes what the defense gives him and time will tell there." Grier had 1,204 passing yards, a 66 percent completion rate, and a 10/3 TD/INT rate with the Gators. Some may see hyperbole in McElwain's quotes, but consider that multiple people in the program, including NFL-bound former TE Jake McGee, think Del Rio would have challenged Grier for the starting gig last year had he been eligible. Del Rio is well versed in Doug Nussmeier’s system and lit it up in the spring. He's a strong SEC Newcomer of the Year contender.
Source: SEC Country
May 6 - 5:31 PM

UCLA senior WR/CB Ishmael Adams pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery.

Adams got in a fight with an Uber driver shortly before the 2015 season opened and was charged with attempting to steal the man's phone by force. His punishment entails serving three years of informal probation and getting anger management and psychological counseling. Adams, who was suspended briefly in September for the incident, spent three years as a cornerback but moved to receiver in the spring.
Source: ESPN.com
May 6 - 5:01 PM

Former Penn State QB coach Jay Paterno posted an impassioned defense of his father Joe in a Facebook post.

On Thursday, PennLive.com reported that a court order in the Jerry Sandusky child-sex abuse insurance case indicated that former Nittany Lion HC Joe Paterno, now deceased, was aware of sexual abuse allegations against Sandusky in 1976. "The reckless, all-out rush to accept accusations as legitimate without a full fair review of the facts, cannot be allowed to happen again," Jay Paterno wrote in his father Joe's defense. That post, in it's entirety, is available at the link below. The 72-year-old Sandusky, convicted of molesting at least 10 underage males victims, is currently serving 30-60 years.
May 6 - 4:01 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that the Jets "really wanted" UDFA Ohio State S Tyvis Powell, who ultimately signed with the Seahawks.

By any metric, Powell was one of the very best UDFAs in this year's crop. Seattle ended up winning the bidding war for his services, probably pitching their acumen with big, toolsy safeties. Powell (6'3/211) had a tremendous Combine, running a 4.46 with a 34 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. "Powell possesses the computer numbers to start on Sunday and has shown flashes of ability but needs to be more consistent and round out his game," Pauline wrote in his scouting report.
May 6 - 3:03 PM

Texas Tech dismissed redshirt sophomore LB Dakota Allen.

Per the university, Allen was dismissed for "failure to uphold student-athlete expectations." Further information could surface as to the exact reason for his dismissal in the coming days, but regardless of the "why," this is a legitimate blow to an annually shaky defense. The 6-foot-2, 224-pound redshirt sophomore led the Red Raiders with 87 tackles (6.0 for loss) in 2015 and was a three-star recruit out of high school.
Source: ESPN.com
May 5 - 10:02 PM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones indicated that the team would not be placing Notre Dame OLB Jaylon Smith on injured reserve.

"We will not IR [Smith]. We'll take a chance he'll be back for the playoffs," Jones said to a station producer at KRLD-FM. The 6-foot-2, 223-pound Smith infamously suffered a torn MCL and ACL in Notre Dame's January Fiesta Bowl showdown with Ohio State. It has been widely reported that the Notre Dame standout will likely sit out the 2016 campaign as he recovers from those serious injuries (and possible nerve damage), but Jones wouldn't even cave to that notion, calling the reports "B.S." and saying "don't put a lot in those estimates."
Source: NFL.com
May 5 - 9:49 PM

Arkansas redshirt senior WR Keon Hatcher underwent a second surgical procedure on his foot.

Hatcher posted a picture on Snapchat of himself with a boot on the left foot and in a video, said, "So, I had surgery on my foot." This is the second surgery that the 6-foot-2, 210-pound wideout has undergone on that hoof. He initially broke it against Toledo in the second game of the 2015 campaign and later underwent season-ending surgery. The NCAA subsequently gave him a medical redshirt for the campaign. In a healthy 2014, he recorded 43 catches for 558 yards and six touchdowns.
Source: SEC Country
May 5 - 8:03 PM




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