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The NFL's Weekend Window for teams to negotiate with player reps begins on Saturday at midnight.

So, Friday night if you'll be burning midnight oil with Rotoworld. (We'll be up all night long, baby.) The window extends until 3:59PM ET on Tuesday, at which point teams can formally sign players. During the Weekend Window, players cannot make club-facility visits, and only reps for unrestricted free agents -- not RFAs -- are allowed to negotiate. We don't expect an overwhelming amount of hard news over the weekend, but plenty of buzz should emanate.
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 03:42:00 PM

49ers selected Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

This is something of a surprise with the 49ers fairly set at tackle, but Joe Staley is entering his age-34 season. McGlinchey (6’8/309) was a three-year starter for the Irish, playing right tackle as a sophomore before guarding the blind side as a junior and senior. McGlinchey earned PFF College’s No. 2 offensive tackle grade in 2017, and No. 1 in run blocking. He also logged the highest Wonderlic score (37) among draft-eligible tackles. McGlinchey’s below-average core strength shows up versus bull rushers, however, and Notre Dame coaches reportedly believed right tackle was always his best position. McGlinchey does offer left tackle length (34-inch arms) and was a consistent executor throughout college. NFL.com O-Line guru Lance Zierlein compared him to Jared Veldheer.
Apr 26 - 9:08 PM

Bears selected Georgia OLB Roquan Smith with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Smith (6’1/236) earned the 2017 Butkus Award as college football’s top linebacker, breaking out for a team-high 137 tackles (14 TFL) and 6.5 sacks. An instinctive, explosive off-ball linebacker who plays with more power than his size suggests, Smith missed just one tackle in all of 2017 and has immense value on passing downs, where he excels as a pass rusher and allowed just 5.7 yards per catch when targeted in his career (PFF). Smith is a cross between Lavonte David and Deion Jones with sideline-to-sideline speed (4.51) and an omnipresent playing style.
Apr 26 - 9:02 PM

Colts selected Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Nelson (6’5/329) made 36 starts at left guard for the Irish, wrapping 2017 as PFF College’s No. 1 rated-overall guard and No. 1-rated run-blocking guard. Nelson has plus arm length (33 ¾") for an interior lineman and repped 225 pounds 35 times at the Combine. After watching his tape, NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah deemed Nelson "the best run blocker I’ve ever evaluated." An intimidating, pancake-blocking presence who allowed just one QB hit last season, Nelson was compared to Hall of Famer Larry Allen by NFL.com offensive line guru Lance Zierlein.
Apr 26 - 8:49 PM

Broncos selected NC State EDGE Bradley Chubb with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Chubb (6’4/269) earned 2017 ACC Defensive Player of the Year in addition to the Nagurski Trophy and Hendricks Award, setting an NC State record in tackles for loss (26) as a senior after leading the nation in TFLs (22) as a junior. PFF College charted Chubb with 56 QB pressures in 2017, and he graduated with 26 career sacks. On tape, Chubb is a rich man’s Brian Orakpo with long arms (34") and 4.65 jets. Able to convert his speed into power, Chubb wins with physical strength and a relentless motor and projects as an immediate every-down edge player. Chubb and Von Miller will form a lethal pass-rush duo in Denver.
Apr 26 - 8:46 PM

Browns selected Ohio State CB Denzel Ward with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

This is a bit of a shock with NC State DE Bradley Chubb still on the board, but it is not a reach. Ward (5’11/183) rotated with Marshon Lattimore as a sophomore before exploding as a 2017 junior for first-team All-America honors with 17 pass breakups and two picks. Per PFF College, Ward allowed a stingy 35.1% completion rate in 2017 and 54.0 career passer rating when targeted. On tape, Ward showed dominant man-cover skills with fluid hips, lightning-quick feet, and blazing speed, and had a knack for forcing quarterbacks to make especially tiny-window throws to earn completions. He tested as a rare 98th-percentile SPARQ athlete in Indy, destroying the forty (4.32), vertical (39"), and broad (11’4") jumps. Be it in the slot or outside, Ward’s one-on-one matchup ability gives him the highest ceiling in this cornerback class.
Apr 26 - 8:38 PM

Jets selected USC QB Sam Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Darnold (6’3/221) turned pro as a redshirt sophomore after making 24 starts for the Trojans, going 20-4 and completing 64.9% of his throws with a 57:22 TD-to-INT ratio at 8.5 yards per attempt. A gunslinger cross between Matthew Stafford and Tony Romo, Darnold’s biggest college drawback was his turnover tendency, throwing 13 picks with nine lost fumbles in 2017. Darnold has an elongated release and shoddy footwork, and would be the youngest starting quarterback in league history if he gets the Week 1 nod. Long term, Darnold is a higher-variance prospect with top-ten quarterback upside. Considering Josh McCown's injury history, Darnold should see the field at some point in year one.
Apr 26 - 8:30 PM

Giants selected Penn State RB Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Eli Manning is in the twilight of his career, but the Giants have gone with the player they believe is the best in the draft. Barkley (6’0/233) dominated all three years as a Nittany Lion, averaging 6.52 yards per touch with 54 career TDs; 43 as a rusher, eight as a receiver, two on kick returns, and one as a passer. On tape, Barkley marries LeSean McCoy’s lateral explosion with David Johnson’s size and versatility. Barkley showed rare passing-game chops for a college back, leading all NCAA running backs in receiving yards (632) and yards after catch (644) in 2017, and excelling as a pass blocker. Barkley broke the Combine, blazing 4.4-flat and posting superhuman 99th-percentile SPARQ results. Like Johnson, Barkley is a better perimeter player than tackle-grinding inside runner, but an ideal fit for today’s game.
Apr 26 - 8:22 PM

Browns selected Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Mayfield (6’1/215) went 33-6 in 39 starts for the Sooners, finishing second in D-I history in passer efficiency rating (175.4) with a Big 12 all-time record in yards per attempt (9.8), a 131:30 TD-to-INT ratio, and 21 rushing scores. Per PFF College, Mayfield led the nation in QB rating under pressure in 2015 (117.4), 2016 (119.2), and 2017 (111.6). Mayfield has a play-fake-heavy, spread-offense background and lacks ideal height, but his playmaking ability is tangible on tape with plus arm talent and mobility. Only Josh Allen threw with more ball velocity at the Combine in this year’s QB class. Long term, Mayfield should fall on the Jeff Garcia-Russell Wilson spectrum. (Garcia had an underrated prime.) Mayfield will open his career behind Tyrod Taylor in Cleveland.
Apr 26 - 8:16 PM

Jaguars owner Shad Khan has made an offer to purchase London's Wembley Stadium.

Wembley, England's national stadium and a global icon, is owned by England's Football Association. Khan's offer is reportedly worth $700 million. In a statement, Khan claims the deal would be about "(strengthening) our investment in London, which as everyone knows is crucial to the Jaguars’ continued sustainability in Jacksonville." It doesn't pass the smell test that a billionaire would shell out that much money for a stadium on another continent to play the one game per season the Jags currently host in London, but it's still quite early in the process.
Source: jaguars.com
Apr 26 - 1:41 PM

ESPN's Dan Graziano reports the Steelers have been "quietly listening to offers" for Martavis Bryant.

Bryant tried to force a trade at the deadline last season, but the Steelers had no interest in moving him. With Bryant entering the final year of his deal, perhaps Pittsburgh would be more willing to trade him now, but he is still a dangerous weapon for a team with real Super Bowl aspirations. They probably need to be blown away to move him during the draft.
Source: ESPN
Apr 26 - 12:51 PM

ESPN's Dan Graziano reports trade talks between the Cowboys and Seahawks for Earl Thomas "centered around" the No. 50 overall pick.

Graziano's reporting suggests the Seahawks are happy with the compensation, but Dallas will not pull the trigger unless they know they can sign Thomas to an extension. Considering Thomas told Jason Garrett to "come get me" after a game in December, it seems like he is amenable to a long-term deal with Dallas. It would not be surprising to see the All-Pro safety moved during the draft.
Source: ESPN
Apr 26 - 12:44 PM




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