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Sources tell CBS Sports that Texas A&M LT Luke Joeckel "will be" the Chiefs' pick at No. 1 overall.

Jason La Canfora says the Chiefs strongly considered Central Michigan LT Eric Fisher, but determined that Joeckel -- who faced far stiffer competition in the SEC -- was a safer pick. Barring an unforeseen turn of events between now and next week, the man who protected Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel will be protecting Alex Smith's blind side as an NFL rookie. Fisher remains a near-lock to go in the top-five.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Apr 18, 2013 10:48:00 AM

According to MMQB's Peter King, the Saints are "leaning toward" keeping their first three picks rather than trading one or more for Malcolm Butler.

The Saints hold the Nos. 11, 32, and 42 picks in the top first round-and-a-half of action this coming weekend. They also have picks 76 and 103, making that five selections in the first two days of the draft. The thinking has been that New Orleans would part with No. 32 to land Butler, but King reports the Saints value the top-75 of their draft board and would prefer to use those picks rather than surrender one or more for Butler and then have to sign him to a massive deal.
Source: MMQB
Apr 24 - 9:51 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the 49ers are "strongly considering" taking a quarterback at No. 2 overall.

Evaluators seem split on who the actual top quarterback in this class is, but "those who know" coach Kyle Shanahan believe UNC's Mitchell Trubisky "would best fit" Shanahan's offense. The 49ers have also been mentioned as a team looking to trade down, so it's impossible to know for sure what these teams are thinking. After (we assume) Myles Garrett goes No. 1, the first round is up in the air.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 24 - 9:42 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reiterated Sunday that a Jimmy Garoppolo trade is "not happening."

Schefter doesn't miss, and he has been adamant about this one for months. He acknowledged Garoppolo's name "continues to surface in trade rumors and speculation" amongst the media, but resolutely tweeted Garoppolo "isn't going anywhere." After Garoppolo spends another year backing up Tom Brady, perhaps the Patriots will consider franchise tagging Jimmy G next offseason and using him as a trade chip then -- assuming Brady shows no signs of decline at age 40. It's what they did with Matt Cassel after the 2009 season.
Apr 23 - 6:51 PM

11-of-16 NFL scouts polled by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel voted Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett the 2017 draft's top player.

LSU S Jamal Adams (2), Alabama LB Reuben Foster (1), Stanford DL Solomon Thomas (1), and Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon (1) split the remaining votes. When the scouts voted on the top pass rusher in the draft, Garrett again led the way with 12-of-16 mentions, while Alabama OLB Tim Williams drew two and aforementioned Thomas got the final two. We continue to not buy pre-draft reports that the Browns are considering taking Mitchell Trubisky over Garrett at No. 1 overall.
Apr 23 - 5:39 PM

9-of-16 scouts polled by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel named Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer this year's draft-eligible quarterback likeliest to bust.

Patrick Mahomes received two likeliest-to-bust votes, Mitchell Trubisky and Deshaun Watson each got one, and one scout declined to comment. The final two scouts said all of the quarterbacks were equally risky. Kizer looked like a potential No. 1 overall pick after his sophomore year, but he temporarily got benched last year as the bottom fell out on Notre Dame's season. "He’s not as good as he should be because he’s not committed to the game," one AFC executive said of Kizer. "He’s committed to building a brand. He wants all the things that come with being a starting quarterback but doesn’t want to put in the work." Added one NFC personnel man, "(Selfishness and money are) what drives him. It's all about him. Prima donna. Thin-skinned."
Apr 23 - 4:07 PM

6-of-16 NFL scouts polled by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel voted Clemson's Deshaun Watson this year's top draft-eligible quarterback.

5-of-16 personnel men polled named Patrick Mahomes this year's top signal caller, while Mitchell Trubisky garnered four first-place votes and DeShone Kizer received the final nod. In the Journal-Sentinel's "points" system based on the scouts' rankings, Cal's Davis Webb came in fifth, Pittsburgh's Nate Peterman finished sixth, Iowa's C.J. Beathard came in seventh, and Virginia Tech's Jerod Evans placed eighth. "I really don’t like any of them," one longtime executive said. "Maybe two will go in the first round because of need but they all have holes. It’s, like, ‘Let’s see if we can develop them and get something out of them.’ It’s one of the worst groups I’ve watched in a long time."
Apr 23 - 4:01 PM

Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald considers it a "long shot" that the Patriots will trade Jimmy Garoppolo before or during next week's draft.

The Browns are still gunning for Garoppolo but the Patriots don't seem to have much interest in dealing their backup quarterback. With Tom Brady planning to play several more years, it's puzzling that New England would allow Garoppolo to leave in free agency without pursuing a trade. If Garoppolo does find his way to Cleveland, the Patriots would likely draft a quarterback as insurance for Brady, who turns 40 in August.
Apr 23 - 11:22 AM

According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, if the Patriots trade Malcolm Butler to the Saints, "this is the week for it to happen."

Reiss believes it will come down to whether the Saints are willing to trade the No. 32 overall pick (which they received from the Patriots in last month's Brandin Cooks trade) or No. 42 and another pick with New England throwing in a late-rounder. Per Reiss, the Patriots "don't have any qualms" in keeping Butler around at his $3.91 million salary. Butler was a second-team All-Pro selection in 2016 and graded out as PFF's No. 5 corner out of 119 qualifiers.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 23 - 8:57 AM

Washington's John Ross garnered 6-of-16 first-place votes from NFL scouts polled on this year's top wide receiver prospect.

He got more first-place votes than Western Michigan's Corey Davis (5 1/2) and Clemson's Mike Williams (4 1/2), although Davis emerged as the No. 1 "points" getter in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's poll, which used scouts' rankings and not just first-place votes. The points system placed East Carolina's Zay Jones at a distant fourth in this year's wideout class, and USC's JuJu Smith-Schuster at fifth. Eastern Washington's Cooper Kupp finished sixth, Ohio State's Curtis Samuel seventh, and Texas A&M's Josh Reynolds came in eighth. "It's the worst wide receiver class I've seen in a long time," said one NFC executive.
Apr 22 - 10:36 PM

14-of-16 NFL scouts polled by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel named Alabama's O.J. Howard this year's top draft-eligible tight end.

Howard crushed the field, as Miami's David Njoku finished a distant second with just one first-place vote and Ole Miss WR/TE Evan Engram garnered the final first-place vote. The Journal-Sentinel used a "points" system based on the scouts' 1-5 rankings. That "points" system resulted in Howard at No. 1, Njoku at No. 2, Engram at No. 3, South Alabama's Gerald Everett at No. 4, and injured Jake Butt of Michigan at No. 5 among draft-eligible tight ends.
Apr 22 - 10:13 PM

Falcons re-signed WR Taylor Gabriel to a one-year, $2.81 million contract.

He had been a restricted free agent. Cut by the Browns at the end of training camp last summer, Gabriel resurfaced as a big-play threat in Atlanta with seven touchdowns on only 39 touches. The 26-year-old should again be a key cog in the Falcons high-octane offense.
Apr 22 - 1:49 PM




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