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Panthers claimed LB Ryan Rau off waivers from the Browns.

A 2012 undrafted free agent, Rau appeared in the Eagles' final four games last season. He'll fight for a spot on special teams in Cleveland.
Wed, May 22, 2013 05:17:00 PM

Coach Todd Bowles said Friday that Geno Smith will enter OTAs as the Jets' starting quarterback.

The Jets haven't made progress with disgruntled free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick, while GM Mike Maccagnan has failed to deal franchise-tagged DE Muhammad Wilkerson, preventing Gang Green from clearing salary cap space. At present, Geno is the Jets' best and only option. "Geno is first team," Bowles said. "We're still working to get Fitzpatrick back. Geno will go into OTAs as the starter." Smith, 25, has a 57.9 percent completion rate and 27:35 TD-to-INT ratio through 31 career appearances (29 starts).
Apr 30 - 1:40 AM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wouldn't "completely rule out" second-round OLB Jaylon Smith (knee surgery) playing in 2016.

The Cowboys know Smith's status as well as anyone in football, as it was their team doctor that performed Smith's surgery in January. Despite ol' Jer's open door for 2016, however, the odds are against Smith taking the field during his rookie season. Smith comes with an unbelievably high ceiling, but his floor has been drastically lowered by his severe injury. Smith turns 21 in June.
Apr 29 - 11:46 PM

Seahawks selected Notre Dame RB C.J. Prosise with the No. 90 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Prosise (6'1/220) played slot receiver and special teams before taking over as Notre Dame's feature back as a 2015 junior, exploding for 156-1,032-11 (6.6 YPC) rushing and 26 catches. Dynamic in space, Prosise combines 4.48 speed with explosive acceleration and lateral moves, and showed improvement as an inside runner over the course of last season. Prosise needs to clean up his pass protection and ball security (five fumbles in '15), but there is some David Johnson to his game. Behind Zeke Elliott and Derrick Henry, Prosise may have the third-highest ceiling in this year's running back class. He should start his career as the passing-down complement to Thomas Rawls.
Apr 29 - 10:58 PM

Texans selected Ohio State WR Braxton Miller with the No. 85 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

The Texans have dramatically remade their offense this offseason, signing QB Brock Osweiler and RB Lamar Miller in free agency before drafting WRs Will Fuller and Braxton Miller in the first three rounds. Miller (6'1/201) spent five years as a Buckeye, the first three at quarterback, the fourth as an injury redshirt recovering from shoulder surgery, and the fifth at receiver, catching 26 passes for 341 yards (13.1 YPR) and three touchdowns. An explosive athlete, Miller ran 4.5-flat at the Combine with a 10-foot-3 broad jump and elite agility scores. Miller generated a ton of buzz early in the pre-draft process, but he's a project still learning a new position. Once he grasps wideout, Miller will offer big-play ability and YAC potential in the slot. We're just not convinced he'll be able to contribute right away.
Apr 29 - 10:45 PM

Falcons selected Stanford TE Austin Hooper with the No. 81 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Hooper (6'4/254) left Stanford as a redshirt sophomore, finishing his career with 74 catches for 937 yards (12.7 YPR) and eight TDs. He was a first-team All-Pac 12 pick in 2015 and impressed further at the Combine, clocking 4.72 with a 33-inch vertical and running back-like 7.00 three-cone time. Although Hooper played only two college seasons, he knows how to block and is aided by long arms (33 3/4") and huge hands (10 5/8"). He has the potential to grow into a long-term every-down tight end, and Hooper has a clear path to playing time with the Falcons.
Apr 29 - 10:31 PM

Buccaneers traded up with the Chiefs to select Florida State K Roberto Aguayo with the No. 59 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

The Bucs sent the Chiefs the Nos. 74 and 106 overall picks to come up for the kicker. Aguayo (6'0/207) was the best kicker in the nation for the duration of his Seminoles career, earning the Lou Groza Award as a redshirt freshman and first-team All-ACC each of the next two seasons. All told, Aguayo went 69-of-78 (88.5%) on field goals and 198-of-198 on extra points. In January, Aguayo become the first placekicker to declare early for the NFL draft since Sebastian Janikowski in 2000.
Apr 29 - 9:21 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, it's been "weeks" since the Jets engaged in meaningful talks with free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The Jets and Fitzpatrick exchanged contract figures early on in free agency but the two sides haven't made much progress since. New York added to the drama Friday night by selecting Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg with the No. 51 overall pick. Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the plan is for Hackenberg to sit his rookie year before taking the reigns in 2017. If Fitzpatrick does sign with the Jets, he'll likely have to settle for a one-year deal.
Apr 29 - 9:04 PM

Jets selected Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg with the No. 51 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Hackenberg (6'4/223) looked like a future No. 1 overall NFL pick under Bill O'Brien before spending the last two seasons struggling mightily in James Franklin's offense. In 2014-2015, Hackenberg completed just 54.8% of his throws with a 6.53 YPA and 28:21 TD-to-INT ratio. As a 38-game starter, Hackenberg's career record was 21-17. Although Hackenberg is a plus athlete with NFL size and arm strength, he is a scattershot ball locator with major technical flaws and absorbed 104 career sacks. Hackenberg offers growth potential -- he turned 21 in February whereas Carson Wentz will turn 24 later this year -- but he is clearly a multi-year project. The Jets drafted another project in Bryce Petty last year and, as of now, will rely on Geno Smith as the team's starter.
Apr 29 - 8:47 PM

Saints selected Ohio State WR Michael Thomas with the No. 47 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Thomas (6'3/212) made 27 starts for the Buckeyes, parlaying 113 career catches into 1,602 yards (14.2 YPR) and 18 touchdowns. Thomas has the best hands in the draft, dropping just 5-of-157 targets over the last two seasons. His Combine was mediocre for such a highly-touted prospect, running 4.57 with a 35-inch vertical. Dangerous after the catch with an explosive second gear on tape, Thomas has drawn Michael Crabtree comparisons as an efficient playmaker with elite ball skills. In New Orleans, Thomas will compete for targets with Willie Snead and Brandon Coleman behind Brandin Cooks and Coby Fleener. Although his role is to-be-determined, landing with Drew Brees is a good look for Thomas' fantasy value.
Apr 29 - 8:25 PM

Titans selected Alabama RB Derrick Henry with the No. 45 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

After trading for DeMarco Murray earlier this offseason, the Titans committed to their #ExoticSmashmouth offense by drafting mauler RT Jack Conklin in the first round and adding a 6-foot-3, 247-pound banger at running back in the second. Henry earned the Heisman Trophy for the 2015 national champs, finishing his three-year career with a rushing line of 603-3,591-42 (5.96 YPC). Drawing comparisons ranging from Brandon Jacobs to Christian Okoye to Curtis Enis, Henry has immense running talent but a limited passing-game resume (17 career catches) and a lumbering style near the line of scrimmage that renders him blocking dependent. Henry is an incredible athlete for his size, running 4.54 in Indy with an absurd 10-foot-10 broad jump and 37-inch vertical. Henry also excelled as a pass blocker in Alabama's pro-style offense, routinely swallowing edge rushers. With Henry sure to steal carries, Murray's already shaky fantasy value took a big hit Friday night.
Apr 29 - 8:14 PM

Giants selected Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard with the No. 40 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

The Giants had to add a pass-catching complement for Odell Beckham, and Shepard was one of the best receiver prospects available. Shepard (5'10/194) made 41 starts for the Sooners, parlaying 233 career catches into 3,482 yards (14.9 YPR) and 26 touchdowns. He was voted first-team All-Big 12 by the conference's coaches as a senior. Shepard confirmed his explosive athleticism in Indy, running 4.48 with a 41-inch vertical and 10-foot-3 broad jump. Identified as the draft's best route runner by noted WR guru Matt Harmon, Shepard has been compared to Julian Edelman and Wes Welker. He has all the traits of a high-volume inside-the-numbers pass catcher.
Apr 29 - 7:51 PM




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