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Further testing revealed that Heath Miller sustained an ACL tear in Sunday's loss to the Bengals.

Coach Mike Tomlin initially said that Miller escaped with only MCL and PCL damage. Monday brought the dreaded ACL news. Already lacking top-notch athleticism and speed, Miller will now be rehabbing from a complete knee reconstruction at age 30. The chances of him duplicating the career-best season he put together this year are extremely slim. Miller's status for 2013 training camp is in doubt.
Mon, Dec 24, 2012 12:14:00 PM

Bengals selected Baylor NT Andrew Billings with the No. 122 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Billings (6'1/311) earned Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2015, spending two years as a starter at Baylor and racking up 30 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. One of the draft's youngest players, Billings didn't turn 21 until March. Country strong with bull strength, Billings pumped 31 bench-press reps at the Combine and fared well athletically, running 5.05 with a 9-foot-5 broad jump. Billings is a people mover in the run game with enough power to push the pocket, but he slid in the draft because of a perceived lack of pass-rush ability. A great value in the fourth round, Billings could be the replacement for aging DT Domata Peko.
Apr 30 - 1:23 PM

Raiders traded up with the Browns to select Michigan State QB Connor Cook with the No. 100 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

This year's A.J. McCarron goes earlier than he probably should. It's an odd move after the Raiders tendered backup Matt McGloin at the second-round level. Cook (6'4/217) made 39 starts for Sparty, posting a 34-5 record, 57.5 career completion percentage, 7.86 YPA and 71:22 TD-to-INT ratio. He tested out well in Indy, running 4.79 with a 33-inch vertical. Cook is ideally built with decent arm strength, but his accuracy is worrisome and that can be a fatal flaw. Cook was also persistently knocked for poor leadership at Michigan State, failing to earn team captain as a junior or senior. On the field, Cook profiles as a cross between Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn. He looks the part, but doesn't throw the ball straight or with touch on a consistent basis.
Apr 30 - 12:16 PM

Browns selected Wisconsin OLB Joe Schobert with the No. 99 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Schobert (6'1/244) made 28 starts at outside linebacker for the Badgers, tallying 35.5 tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks, and seven forced fumbles. He earned Big Ten Linebacker of the Year and second-team All-America as a senior. Schobert showed above-average athleticism in Indy, running 4.76 with a 33 1/2-inch vertical. Described by Mike Mayock as "not flashy" but "always around the ball," Schobert is a high-intensity, hard-hat overachiever who would fit best inside in the pros. He'll begin his career on special teams and is instinctive enough to push for a starting job down the line.
Apr 30 - 12:13 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson says he targeted Cody Kessler in the third round due to Kessler's "pinpoint accuracy."

Kessler completed nearly 68 percent of his passes in college, setting a school record at USC. "Accuracy (is what I'm looking for)," said Jackson. "He can throw the ball straight to the guy he's throwing it to, and if you can't, you can't play in the NFL." Responding to those who gave Kessler a pre-draft UDFA grade, Jackson said, "You have to trust me on this one." On college tape, Jackson may have seen some Andy Dalton in Kessler's game.
Apr 30 - 10:32 AM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the team envisions third-round RB C.J. Prosise as a passing-down back.

"I’m really thinking that’s going to be a big part of what he adds to the offense," Carroll said. "There’s no reason he can’t be a first-down back, too. We just know what we’re going to attempt to do with him on third down." Both Thomas Rawls and Christine Michael struggle in the passing game. Prosise has the upside to be more than a third-down guy, but his role will likely be limited early in his career. Fred Jackson had 58 touches in a similar role last year.
Apr 30 - 8:46 AM

Coach Todd Bowles said Friday that Geno Smith will enter OTAs as the Jets' starting quarterback.

The Jets haven't made progress with disgruntled free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick, while GM Mike Maccagnan has failed to deal franchise-tagged DE Muhammad Wilkerson, preventing Gang Green from clearing salary cap space. At present, Geno is the Jets' best and only option. "Geno is first team," Bowles said. "We're still working to get Fitzpatrick back. Geno will go into OTAs as the starter." Smith, 25, has a 57.9 percent completion rate and 27:35 TD-to-INT ratio through 31 career appearances (29 starts).
Apr 30 - 1:40 AM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wouldn't "completely rule out" second-round OLB Jaylon Smith (knee surgery) playing in 2016.

The Cowboys know Smith's status as well as anyone in football, as it was their team doctor that performed Smith's surgery in January. Despite ol' Jer's open door for 2016, however, the odds are against Smith taking the field during his rookie season. Smith comes with an unbelievably high ceiling, but his floor has been drastically lowered by his severe injury. Smith turns 21 in June.
Apr 29 - 11:46 PM

Seahawks selected Notre Dame RB C.J. Prosise with the No. 90 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Prosise (6'1/220) played slot receiver and special teams before taking over as Notre Dame's feature back as a 2015 junior, exploding for 156-1,032-11 (6.6 YPC) rushing and 26 catches. Dynamic in space, Prosise combines 4.48 speed with explosive acceleration and lateral moves, and showed improvement as an inside runner over the course of last season. Prosise needs to clean up his pass protection and ball security (five fumbles in '15), but there is some David Johnson to his game. Behind Zeke Elliott and Derrick Henry, Prosise may have the third-highest ceiling in this year's running back class. He should start his career as the passing-down complement to Thomas Rawls.
Apr 29 - 10:58 PM

Texans selected Ohio State WR Braxton Miller with the No. 85 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

The Texans have dramatically remade their offense this offseason, signing QB Brock Osweiler and RB Lamar Miller in free agency before drafting WRs Will Fuller and Braxton Miller in the first three rounds. Miller (6'1/201) spent five years as a Buckeye, the first three at quarterback, the fourth as an injury redshirt recovering from shoulder surgery, and the fifth at receiver, catching 26 passes for 341 yards (13.1 YPR) and three touchdowns. An explosive athlete, Miller ran 4.5-flat at the Combine with a 10-foot-3 broad jump and elite agility scores. Miller generated a ton of buzz early in the pre-draft process, but he's a project still learning a new position. Once he grasps wideout, Miller will offer big-play ability and YAC potential in the slot. We're just not convinced he'll be able to contribute right away.
Apr 29 - 10:45 PM

Falcons selected Stanford TE Austin Hooper with the No. 81 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Hooper (6'4/254) left Stanford as a redshirt sophomore, finishing his career with 74 catches for 937 yards (12.7 YPR) and eight TDs. He was a first-team All-Pac 12 pick in 2015 and impressed further at the Combine, clocking 4.72 with a 33-inch vertical and running back-like 7.00 three-cone time. Although Hooper played only two college seasons, he knows how to block and is aided by long arms (33 3/4") and huge hands (10 5/8"). He has the potential to grow into a long-term every-down tight end, and Hooper has a clear path to playing time with the Falcons.
Apr 29 - 10:31 PM

Buccaneers traded up with the Chiefs to select Florida State K Roberto Aguayo with the No. 59 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

The Bucs sent the Chiefs the Nos. 74 and 106 overall picks to come up for the kicker. Aguayo (6'0/207) was the best kicker in the nation for the duration of his Seminoles career, earning the Lou Groza Award as a redshirt freshman and first-team All-ACC each of the next two seasons. All told, Aguayo went 69-of-78 (88.5%) on field goals and 198-of-198 on extra points. In January, Aguayo become the first placekicker to declare early for the NFL draft since Sebastian Janikowski in 2000.
Apr 29 - 9:21 PM




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