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Jordy Nelson underwent knee surgery Monday and will be out 4-6 weeks.

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, doctors somehow still expect Nelson to be back for Week 1. The surgery is an attempt to correct an old nerve issue that's bothered him since college. Nelson did miss four games last year and was limited in a handful of others, but that was due to hamstring and ankle issues. He hasn't had any known knee flare-ups since 2009. Regardless, Nelson now appears highly unlikely to hit the ground running even if he does suit up against the Niners on Sept. 8. Randall Cobb, James Jones and Jermichael Finley all get a boost. Jarrett Boykin is the top candidate to replace Nelson in three-wide formations.
Tue, Aug 6, 2013 12:20:00 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. His route running needs a ton of work, however, and there are questions about Thomas' long-term ceiling. In New Orleans, Thomas will compete for targets with Willie Snead and Brandon Coleman behind Brandin Cooks and Coby Fleener.
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

Jaguars traded up with the Ravens to select UCLA LB Myles Jack with the No. 36 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

In exchange, Baltimore will get picks No. 38 and 146 in this year's draft. Jack (6'1/245) made 28 college starts -- 27 at linebacker and one at running back -- excelling at both positions with a 5.7 YPC average and 11 TDs on 68 career carries, and utter dominance as a three-down outside linebacker for Jim Mora II. Before Jack tore his anterior meniscus three games into his 2015 junior campaign, he showed the ability to cover backs in the flats and receivers in the slot, while laying wood on the ground and affecting games as a blitzer. Not yet of legal drinking age, Jack's rookie-year impact will be tied his knee rehab. Pre draft, Jack was able to dominate the broad (10'4") and vertical (40") jumps, but couldn't run the forty.
Apr 29 - 7:34 PM

Cowboys selected Notre Dame OLB Jaylon Smith with the No. 34 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Smith was expected to tumble even further than this due to his gruesome knee injury, but the Cowboys' team doctor actually performed his surgery, so they know his medical records better than anyone. Smith (6'2/223) earned the 2015 Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker, finishing his three-year career with 24.5 tackles for loss as a 39-game starter. Unfortunately, Smith tore his ACL and LCL in January's Fiesta Bowl and won't be available for his rookie season. Due to nerve damage in the knee, there is concern Smith may never play again if his nerve doesn't "wake up." On game tape, Smith was an instinctive playmaker who drew comparisons to ex-49ers ILB Patrick Willis. To make good on his once-limitless promise, Smith is going to need good fortune. He was reportedly diagnosed with "drop-foot" syndrome at the Combine.
Apr 29 - 7:24 PM

Titans selected Clemson OLB Kevin Dodd with the No. 33 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Dodd (6'5/277) was overshadowed by Shaq Lawson entering his senior year but broke out all the same, exploding for 23.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks in his lone season as a starter. Dodd terrorized Alabama's defensive line in January's national title game, amassing five TFLs and three sacks. Dodd will be a 24-year-old rookie and his measurable athleticism is ordinary — 4.86 forty, 9-foot-2 broad jump — but he atones with elite length (34-inch arms) and a non-stop motor. The arrow is pointing up on Dodd, who was needed in Tennessee after Dick LeBeau's defense collapsed after Derrick Morgan's shoulder injury last year.
Apr 29 - 7:19 PM

Browns selected Oklahoma State DE/OLB Emmanuel Ogbah with the No. 32 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Ogbah (6'4/273) earned 2015 co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, setting a school record for quarterback hurries and logging 28 sacks in 36 career starts. Ogbah shredded the Combine, ranking top three among defensive linemen in the forty (4.63), broad jump (10'1"), and vertical (35.5"). Ogbah has go-go-gadget arms (35 1/2") and shows an ability to convert his speed into power, but is too frequently washed out in run defense and shows a limited array of pass-rush moves. Each of the analytics-minded Browns' first two draft picks have checked boxes for both high-level college production and high-level measurables.
Apr 29 - 7:15 PM

ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer confirmed Dallas will not trade up from the 34th pick.

A report surfaced that Dallas was looking to swing a deal with Cleveland for the No. 32 pick but ESPN's Ed Werder poured water on that rumor a few hours ago. Now Archer has confirmed that Dallas will indeed stand pat at No. 34. The Cowboys are fully expected to draft a pass rusher with Clemson's Kevin Dodd and Eastern Kentucky's Noah Spence both potential targets.
Apr 29 - 6:18 PM

Dr. James Andrews told UCLA LB Myles Jack he will not need microfracture surgery.

Andrews first examined Jack's knee in December. Jack seemed uncertain about whether he'd need surgery when discussing it earlier this week, but Andrews doesn't see the injury as a long-term issue. Other teams may feel differently but Andrews is well-respected in sports medicine and his name carries weight. It would be a surprise if Jack isn't one of the first names announced on Day 2.
Apr 29 - 3:07 PM

NFL Network's Mike Silver reports the Rams "would also listen" to trade offers for Case Keenum, in addition to Nick Foles.

The Rams are going to move one of these quarterbacks after selecting Cal QB Jared Goff at No. 1 overall on Thursday night. They'd definitely prefer to keep Keenum as the veteran clipboard-holder, but he's also the one other teams would probably rather acquire. Foles was atrocious last season and has a bad contract. The Rams would likely take a late-rounder for either player.
Apr 29 - 3:07 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys are "attempting" to acquire the No. 32 overall pick from the Browns.

According to RapSheet, the Cowboys' "likely target" is a pass rusher. Rotoworld draft guru Josh Norris' top available edge rusher left on the board is Eastern Kentucky's Noah Spence. Spence has some off-field issues related to drugs, so maybe the Cowboys, who have already lost their two starting ends to suspensions, will shy away from him. Either way, they need help off the edge.
Apr 29 - 12:23 PM




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