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Michael Turner triggered an escalator in his contract, raising his 2013 salary from $5.5 million to $6.9 million.

If the Falcons didn't have enough of a reason to cut Turner this offseason, then this $1.4 million bump in salary should do the trick. Turner, 31 next month, would have to take a hefty pay cut to return to Atlanta, but the Falcons would be wise to just wash their hands clean of him at this point. They'll be searching for a big back to carry the load, while Jacquizz Rodgers handles third-down duties. Alabama's Eddie Lacy would be an awfully nice fit.
Wed, Jan 30, 2013 02:15:00 PM

Dolphins selected Ole Miss LT Laremy Tunsil with the No. 13 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Tunsil (6'5/310) made 26 starts in three years at left tackle for Ole Miss, allowing zero sacks and five QB hurries in six games as a 2015 junior. He missed seven games last season due to a suspension for receiving improper benefits. Long (34 1/4"), strong (34 bench-press reps), and blessed with elite left-tackle feet, Tunsil is ready to protect quarterbacks in the NFL and offers traits to develop into a high-level run blocker. Although he doesn't address an immediate need in Miami, Tunsil became a potentially great value from a talent standpoint when he slipped in the draft due to a social media mishap. The Tunsil pick is a major threat to incumbent LT Branden Albert's roster security.
Apr 28 - 9:44 PM

Bears traded up to select Georgia OLB Leonard Floyd with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Tampa Bay acquired a fourth-round pick to drop down to No. 11. Floyd (6'6/244) spent three years at UGA before going pro, amassing 28.5 tackles for loss, 17 sacks, and five forced fumbles across 32 starts. Floyd shredded the Combine, running 4.6-flat with a 39 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-7 broad jump. Floyd is a long-armed (33 1/8"), explosive edge rusher whose lanky frame and shortage of play strength evoked Keke Mingo and Dion Jordan comparisons from pre-draft skeptics. Floyd's traits are mouth watering, but he's a boom-bust prospect who could max out as a sub-package player. It's a risky, if high-ceiling pick by second-year GM Ryan Pace.
Apr 28 - 9:15 PM

Titans traded up with the Browns to select Michigan State OT Jack Conklin with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

The Titans gave up No. 15 overall and No. 76 overall this year as well as a second-rounder next year to move up. Conklin (6'6/308) made 38 starts for the Spartans, logging 35 on the blind side and three at right tackle. He was chosen first-team All-Big Ten as a junior, before turning pro. Originally a walk-on, Conklin plays like it with a nasty on-field demeanor and a technically refined game. He tested out better than expected in Indy, running 5.0-flat with 25 bench-press reps despite vines for arms (35"). Conklin is the classic case of a tackle prospect who could hold his own on the left side in the pros, but potentially become a Pro Bowl right tackle. With Conklin a better fit on the right side, it looks like Taylor Lewan's job at left tackle is safe for now.
Apr 28 - 9:08 PM

Jaguars selected Florida State CB Jalen Ramsey with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Ramsey (6'1/209) made 41 starts in three years at FSU, logging 15.5 career tackles for loss, 26 pass breakups, and three INTs. He earned second-team All-America in 2015, yielding just a 38.5% completion rate on throws into his coverage. Ramsey doubles as a track and field star and predictably blew up the Combine, running 4.41 with a 41 1/2-inch vertical and 11-foot-3 broad jump. Ramsey wasn't a dominant ballhawk in the ACC, but he offers an ideal blend of size, athleticism, and cover skills to become a high-end NFL starter at outside corner or free safety. In Gus Bradley's defense, Ramsey will almost certainly start out as a press-man corner, competing for snaps with Prince Amukamara and Davon House.
Apr 28 - 8:52 PM

Cowboys selected Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Fantasy players rejoice. Elliott (6'0/225) emerged from Carlos Hyde's shadow to carry the mail for two years in Columbus, finishing his career with 3,961 yards and 43 TDs on 592 carries (6.69 YPC), adding 58 receptions. Elliott turned in a rock-solid Combine, running 4.47 with a 9-foot-10 broad jump and 32 1/2-inch vertical. On tape, Elliott "runs hot" with fiery competitiveness, and consistently maintains balance with low pad level on contact. Also an NFL-ready pass blocker, Elliott repeatedly stood up Notre Dame's defensive line in blitz pickup during Ohio State's Fiesta Bowl win. An exceptionally young prospect, Elliott won't turn 21 until just before his first NFL training camp. With the Cowboys' elite offensive line in front of him, Elliott is a solid RB1 in redraft and worthy of the No. 1 overall pick in Dynasty rookie drafts.
Apr 28 - 8:39 PM

Chargers selected Ohio State DE Joey Bosa with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Bosa (6'5/269) was one of the nation's most dominant pass rushers for the bulk of his college career, tallying 50.5 tackles for loss, 26 sacks, and five forced fumbles as a 37-game starter. Bosa's sacks dipped from 13.5 as a sophomore to 5.0 as a junior, but he commanded consistent double and triple teams and still won Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year for the second straight season. Bosa's long arms (33 3/8") are useful in run defense, and his Combine agility scores were elite, posting a running back-like 6.89 three-cone time while showing short-area explosion with a 10-foot broad jump. A power end in the mold of Saints DE Cameron Jordan, Bosa should be an instant impact rookie against both the run and pass.
Apr 28 - 8:31 PM

Eagles selected North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Despite their protestations, the Eagles knew they were taking the Bison quarterback all along. Wentz (6'5/237) made just 23 FCS starts, missing eight games as a senior due to a fractured wrist. He compiled a 20-3 record, 64.1 completion percentage, 8.36 YPA and 45:14 TD-to-INT ratio. A top-shelf athlete for the position, Wentz has an 81st-percentile SPARQ score and aced the Wonderlic with a 40. Wentz flashed NFL-level arm strength, ball location and deep-ball accuracy versus FCS competition, but needs a lot of work on his pocket mechanics and wasn't a dominant player in the Missouri Valley Conference. He also turns 24 late in his rookie season, whereas Jared Goff is still only 21. Wentz is flush with franchise-quarterback traits, but he may need a year on the bench before he's pro ready.
Apr 28 - 8:23 PM

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 - 8:16 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Cowboys and Browns have "made calls" in an effort to trade back into the first round.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport previously reported something similar concerning Cleveland. The Cowboys and Browns would presumably be targeting quarterbacks later in round one, trading back up in order to secure fifth-year options on them as first-round picks. Schefter hinted he expects Memphis' Paxton Lynch to be the third quarterback drafted. After expressing doubt Lynch would be a first-round pick earlier in the day, Schefter said he now believes Lynch has a "real chance" to land in the top 32. Schefter also tweeted he anticipates a lot of trade action throughout Thursday night.
Apr 28 - 7:12 PM

The Dallas Morning News reports the "lobby" for Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott in the Cowboys' draft room is "gaining steam."

Owner/GM Jerry Jones has controlled his draft weekend impulses in recent years, but Elliott may be too big of a name for ol' Jer to pass up. It doesn't hurt, of course, that the Cowboys actually need a bell-cow running back. Big D would probably still be best served by addressing its defense, but Elliott would be a quintessentially Jerry pick.
Apr 28 - 6:57 PM

ESPN's Rich Cimini reports Jets GM Mike Maccagnan "has an affinity" for Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg.

Cimini does not believe the Jets would take Hackenberg in the first round, but he could be an option on Day 2. The Bills have also been heavily linked with the former top prospect. Inaccurate and unable to handle pressure, Hackenberg does not deserve to be taken in the first round, but the lack of quality quarterbacks could cause a team to reach.
Source: ESPN
Apr 28 - 6:54 PM




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