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Raiders selected Florida State T Menelik Watson with the No. 42 overall pick.

Watson (6-foot-5 1/8, 310) began his college career playing hoops at Marist before transferring to JUCO and finally landing at FSU for his senior year. He started 12 games at right tackle for the 'Noles and allowed just one sack. Disappointingly, Watson managed a 5.29 forty at the Combine and a 24.5-inch vertical. He did 19 bench reps at the Florida State Pro Day. A project with inconsistent tape, Watson is not quite as athletic as his billing and needs time in the weight room. Some project Watson to the left side due to perceived athletic upside, but we think his fit will ultimately place him on the right side.
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 07:25:00 PM

Browns selected Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer with the No. 52 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Apr 28 - 8:42 PM

Bengals selected Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon with the No. 48 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Mixon (6’1/228) was the Lightning to Samaje Perine’s Thunder as a Sooner, compiling a career 300-2,027-17 (6.8 YPC) rushing line with 65-894-9 (13.8 YPR) receiving. Also a standout pass-protection back, PFF College charged Mixon with just one QB hurry allowed on 48 blocking snaps. Mixon’s career 8.00 yards-per-touch average dwarfs Leonard Fournette (6.63), Christian McCaffrey (7.02), and Dalvin Cook (7.05), and Mixon’s workout metrics are eerily similar to Ezekiel Elliott’s with 4.43-4.50 speed, a 35-inch vertical, and 21 reps on the bench. Mixon’s off-field woes have been well documented, but his on-field talent isn’t in any doubt. Long term, he has Ricky Watters-level upside as a combination runner-receiver. Mixon's addition could make Jeremy Hill available for trade in Cincy. Hill has shown nothing since his rookie year, and Mixon should have no trouble leapfrogging him on the depth chart.
Apr 28 - 8:26 PM

Eagles selected Washington CB Sidney Jones with the No. 43 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Jones (6’0/186) turned pro after starting 39-of-40 games as a Husky, piling up 8.5 career tackles for loss, nine interceptions, and six forced fumbles. He earned first-team All-Pac 12 as both a sophomore and junior. Per PFF College, Jones hasn’t allowed a touchdown pass since Week 7 of the 2015 season. When healthy, Jones is a lean press corner with 4.47 speed in the Desmond Trufant mold, drawing first-round grades from scouts. Unfortunately, Jones tore his left Achilles’ at Washington’s Pro Day on March 11. While Jones has vowed to be ready for Week 1, he’s more likely to "redshirt" his first NFL season.
Apr 28 - 8:06 PM

Vikings traded up to select Florida State RB Dalvin Cook with the No. 41 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Cook (5’10/210) broke Warrick Dunn’s FSU rushing record in just three seasons, piling up 4,464 yards on 687 carries (6.50 YPC) with 46 TDs and 79 catches. While known best for his big-play runs, Cook showed workhorse ability with 17 games of 20-plus carries and shined as a receiver, averaging 11.8 career yards per catch. Extremely difficult to tackle in space, Cook finished No. 1 in PFF College’s 2016 Elusive Rating. Cook confirmed his long speed (4.49) in Indy, but struggled in agility drills. Cook’s biggest drawbacks are his injury history after three career shoulder surgeries and ball security after he fumbled 14 times on 763 touches, including six fumbles in 2016. Still, Cook projects as an early-career lead back with three-down potential. Rotoworld draft analyst Josh Norris has compared him to DeAngelo Williams. In Minnesota, Cook becomes the likely Week 1 starter ahead of Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon.
Apr 28 - 7:56 PM

Panthers selected Ohio State WR/RB Curtis Samuel with the No. 40 overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft.

Samuel (5’11/196) was an explosive manufactured-touch player in Columbus, posting a career rushing line of 172-1,286-15 (7.5 YPC) with 107-1,249-9 (11.7 YPR) receiving. His natural comparison is Percy Harvin, who was utilized similarly by now-OSU coach Urban Meyer at Florida. PFF College charted Samuel with 425 snaps at slot receiver and 220 snaps at tailback as 2016 junior before Samuel declared for the pros. Although the entirety of Samuel’s Combine workout was only above average, his straight-line speed was confirmed with a blistering 4.31 forty. Offering special versatility and long speed and not yet of legal drinking age, Samuel is one of this year’s most intriguing draft prospects. The Panthers are certainly defining "evolve" in this draft.
Apr 28 - 7:50 PM

Bills traded up with the Rams to select East Carolina WR Zay Jones with the No. 37 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

The Bills surrendered picks No. 44 and 91 in exchange for Nos. 37 and 149 so they could address their crater behind Sammy Watkins. Jones (6’2/201) made 41 starts for the Pirates, setting a school record for career catches (399) and finishing second in ECU history in both receiving yards (4,279) and touchdown grabs (23). Jones broke the FBS single-season receptions record (158) as a senior, dropping just 6-of-164 catchable targets. While Jones lived on bubble screens and quick hitters and averaged only 10.7 yards per catch, he showed elite athleticism with a 94th-percentile SPARQ score and 4.45 speed at the Combine. Albeit not quite as big, Jones profiles similarly to Eagles WR Jordan Matthews as a slot-Z chain mover with more reliable hands.
Apr 28 - 7:37 PM

Cardinals traded up with the Bears to select Washington CB Budda Baker with the No. 36 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Baker (5’10/195) started 41-of-41 games at Washington before turning pro, tallying 13.5 career tackles for loss, five interceptions, four sacks, and three forced fumbles and earning first-team All-America as a 2016 junior. Baker terrorized Pac 12 offenses as a blitzer and erased the slot on passing downs. Often compared to Tyrann Mathieu, Baker compensates for his size with instincts, dynamic play speed, and efficient tackling. He blazed 4.45 at the Combine. Baker projects as a slot corner-free safety hybrid in a playmaking movable-chess-piece role. Arizona has a rich man's version of Baker in Tyrann Mathieu, although that is the Cardinals' "type," and Mathieu has battled persistent injuries.
Apr 28 - 7:35 PM

Jaguars traded up to select Alabama OT Cam Robinson with the No. 34 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

The Seahawks traded down for the third time in this draft, nabbing an extra sixth-rounder (No. 187 overall) in exchange for moving down one spot. Robinson (6’6/322) started 43 games in three years with the Crimson Tide, earning the 2016 Outland Trophy as the nation’s top offensive lineman and twice earning the Jacobs Trophy as the SEC’s top blocker. Robinson reminds of fellow ex-Alabama OT Andre Smith as a dominant college lineman whose NFL outlook isn’t as clear. Often compared to disappointing Giants LT Ereck Flowers, Robinson tested as a 35th-percentile athlete in Indy and was flagged for 23 penalties over his final two seasons. All too often a whiffer in pass protection, Robinson is likely best suited for guard or right tackle in the pros.
Apr 28 - 7:22 PM

Packers selected Washington CB Kevin King with the No. 33 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

King (6’3/200) made 36 starts in the Huskies’ secondary, opening his career at safety before developing into a shutdown corner across from Sidney Jones. Tallying 28 career pass breakups and six interceptions, King was largely overshadowed by Jones despite allowing just one touchdown pass over his final 28 games. King ripped up the Combine with an absurd 99th-percentile SPARQ score and 4.43 straight-line speed. King struggles with short-area routes as most plus-sized corners do, but his ceiling is sky high as a long boundary presence with highlight-reel ball skills. On tape, King reminds of Antonio Cromartie in his prime.
Apr 28 - 7:16 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, earlier this month the Saints were willing to offer the Rams a second-round pick for CB Trumaine Johnson, but Johnson was unwilling to sign long-term in New Orleans.

Johnson was unwilling to sign with the Saints because he "so badly wanted to remain in Los Angeles" and work things out with the Rams, who also, as Schefter notes, weren't as motivated to move Johnson as the media made it sound in March. Johnson is going to ask for the moon from the Rams in any long-term talks since they've franchised him twice in two years. The Saints nabbed CB Marshon Lattimore at pick No. 11 on Thursday and could look at more corners Friday.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 28 - 5:51 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Buccaneers, Chargers and Jets have all reached out to the Packers about acquiring the No. 33 overall pick.

Rotoworld draft expert Josh Norris believes the Buccaneers are looking to add a running back while the Chargers and Jets are eyeing a quarterback at the top of the second round. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported earlier that Green Bay would consider Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer at No. 33. It might be a smokescreen, but it's got the Jets and Chargers worried enough to try and trade up. The Bucs are likely targeting Florida State RB Dalvin Cook, who they considered taking at 19 overall before pivoting to Alabama TE O.J. Howard.
Apr 28 - 5:33 PM




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