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Vikings agreed to terms with No. 214 overall pick OG Travis Bond on a four-year contract.

Bond is an imposing 6-foot-5, 329 pounds with 35.5-inch arms, but is limited athletically. He managed just a 22.5-inch vertical leap at the Combine to go along with an 8-foot-2 broad jump. He'll have to prove he's more than just a big body to earn a roster spot.
Wed, May 15, 2013 03:36:00 PM

Steelers selected Pitt RB James Conner with the No. 105 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Connor (6’2/233) took college football by storm as a 2014 sophomore, earning ACC Player of the Year with 26 rushing TDs only to tear his right MCL one game into his junior season. Conner was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma later that year, yet remarkably returned to post a 216-1,092-16 (5.06 YPC) rushing line in 2016 and set a career high with 21 receptions. While a great story, Connor’s post-cancer tape was that of a plodding grinder, lacking burst and winning purely on straight-line force. Conner’s likeliest NFL projection is an early-down thumper with short-yardage and clock-killing value like a poor man’s LeGarrette Blount.
Apr 28 - 11:32 PM

49ers traded up with the Vikings to select Iowa QB C.J. Beathard with the No. 104 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

The 49ers entered this draft looking for their quarterback of the future, and this pick is not going to change that. Beathard (6’2/219) made 28 starts in the Hawkeyes’ pro-style, play-action offense, compiling a 21-7 record but completing just 58.1% of his passes with a 7.0 yards-per-attempt average and 40:19 TD-to-INT ratio. He slumped to 56.5% completions and 6.4 YPA as a senior. The nephew of longtime GM Bobby Beathard, C.J. projects as a career backup with inconsistent touch, poor pocket presence, and molasses-slow mechanics which led to 58 sacks over his final two years. His ceiling is likely in the T.J. Yates range.
Apr 28 - 11:30 PM

Giants selected Cal QB Davis Webb with the No. 87 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Beginning to plan for a post-Eli Manning future, the Giants are taking a flier on a player some people considered a first-round dark horse. Webb (6’5/229) transferred to Cal after he was beaten out by Patrick Mahomes at Texas Tech, playing one year for the Bears and going 5-7 with a 61.6% completion rate, 6.9 YPA, and 37:12 TD-to-INT ratio. Webb is an above-average athlete with 79th-percentile SPARQ results, although he presented little to no scrambling threat in college. Compared to Nick Foles by Rookie Scouting Portfolio’s Matt Waldman, Webb struggled with ball location and showed erratic pocket presence on tape. Webb "looks the part" but probably starter-caliber passing skills and does not extend plays.
Apr 28 - 10:40 PM

Chiefs traded up to select Toledo RB Kareem Hunt with the No. 86 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Hunt (5’11/216) graduated as the Rockets’ all-time leading rusher, posting a career line of 782-4,945-44 (6.32 YPC) with 73 receptions, including 41 grabs as a senior. Hunt earned Most Outstanding Player at January’s Senior Bowl, only to struggle at the Combine with a sluggish forty (4.62) and broad jump (9’11"). Rookie Scouting Portfolio’s Matt Waldman has compared Hunt to a Chester Taylor, Joique Bell-level No. 2 back or capable spot starter. While his athleticism doesn’t stand out, PFF College charted Hunt with the second-most missed tackles forced (98) in the nation in 2016, and Hunt fumbled just once on 856 college touches. We are big fans of Hunt and believe he'll give Spencer Ware a serious run for the Chiefs' starting job in camp.
Apr 28 - 10:40 PM

Rams selected Eastern Washington WR Cooper Kupp with the No. 69 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Kupp (6’2/204) originally walked on at EWU, yet went on to start 52-of-52 games and earn FCS Offensive Player of the Year as both a junior and senior, breaking the all-division college record for career receiving yards (6,464) on 428 receptions (15.1 YPR) with 73 touchdowns. Kupp also scored three times on punt returns. Strictly a slot receiver in the Eagles’ wide-open spread, Kupp carries "system player" concerns after running 4.62 in Indy. Turning 24 in July, Kupp is also old for an incoming NFL rookie. Not big or athletic enough to win outside, Kupp is ticketed for an interior receiver role in the pros. PFF College has compared Kupp to ex-Bengals slot WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Despite his limitations, Kupp could be heavily targeted early in the Rams talent-bare receiver corps.
Apr 28 - 9:48 PM

Saints traded up with the 49ers to select Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara with the No. 67 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

In a stunning move for a team that just signed Adrian Peterson to pair with Mark Ingram, the Saints have sent their 2018 second-rounder to San Francisco in addition to a seventh-rounder. Kamara (5’10/214) committed to Alabama out of high school only to redshirt as a freshman, transfer to JUCO, and spend his final two seasons in Knoxville, where he posted a 210-1,294-16 (6.16 YPC) career rushing line and caught 74 passes as the lightning to Jalen Hurd’s thunder. Kamara also averaged 10.9 yards on 26 punt returns, returning one to the house. Kamara is a versatile space back, but he disappointed with a 4.56 forty time in Indy and never reached 20 carries in a college game, topping 15 carries just three times in 24 appearances. Kamara did catch multiple passes in 19 games. A playmaking RBBC back who still needs to learn how to pass protect, Kamara is essentially a rich man’s Kenyan Drake. He won't have 2017 re-draft value.
Apr 28 - 9:43 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys are asking for a third-round pick for CB Orlando Scandrick.

He became expendable when the Cowboys selected Colorado CB Chidobe Awuzie with the No. 60 overall pick. Scandrick dealt with hamstring trouble last year but earned positive marks in coverage from ProFootballFocus when healthy. If the Cowboys do end up moving Scandrick, Awuzie would likely start opposite Anthony Brown at corner.
Apr 28 - 9:26 PM

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

The Browns have found their competition for Cody Kessler. (Sorry, Brock.) Kizer (6’4/233) turned pro as a junior after making 23 starts for the Irish, going 12-11 and completing just 60.7% of his throws with an 8.4 YPA and 47:19 TD-to-INT ratio. A dangerous scrambler, Kizer added 18 rushing TDs. Although he looks like Daunte Culpepper with a big body, power arm, and supreme poise in the pocket amid chaos, Kizer struggled to keep his job over Malik Zaire in the second half of last season, got benched against Stanford, seemingly lost confidence, and often fails to process information quickly on tape. Kizer’s touch and ball placement are additional concerns. While Kizer checks some boxes as a potential franchise quarterback, he's a major project. Kessler should have a major leg up on Week 1 duties.
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




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