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CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports Rashard Mendenhall's right knee injury is a "minor sprain," and he is expected back for Week 1.

It's good news, but the fact Mendenhall admitted to feeling "looseness" in the joint following Saturday night's injury is a reminder that his knee may lack long-term stability. The Cardinals' placement of Ryan Williams on the trade block does indicate they have faith in Mendenhall's health. In a pass-first offense behind one of the league's poorest lines -- and one that just lost LG Jonathan Cooper likely for the season -- we couldn't recommend against drafting Mendenhall more strongly. He's not going to help your fantasy team.
Sun, Aug 25, 2013 08:59:00 PM

Bears signed QB Brian Hoyer to a one-year contract.

It's an awful landing spot for Hoyer, as he'll only come into playing time if Jay Cutler gets hurt. Of course, Cutler has been rather injury prone in his career, so there's a decent chance Hoyer makes 2016 starts. It's simply surprising he ended up somewhere where there won't be a competition. Hoyer's market must have been really depressed. Hoyer is one of the league's better backups, but typically gets exposed after 5-6 starts.
Apr 30 - 7:21 PM

Colts owner Jim Irsay said contract negotiations with contract-year QB Andrew Luck are "progressing well."

"It's a complicated contract," Irsay said. "It's one that has to work both ways to make sure we're able to field a great football team." Irsay has mentioned the Fourth of July as a soft deadline, and he still sees that as a reasonable goal. It would be an absolute shock if Luck did not have a new deal before training camp.
Source: ESPN
Apr 30 - 6:47 PM

Titans selected Southern Miss CB Kalan Reed with the No. 253 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Reed (5'11/192) started three-plus years at Southern Miss, logging eight career interceptions and breaking a single-season school record for pass breakups (19) as a senior. A surprising Combine sub, Reed blazed 4.49 with a 41 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-2 broad jump at the Golden Eagles' Pro Day. Experienced in both zone and man coverage, Reed was slept on during the pre-draft phase but has NFL-starter-level traits. Reed offers more NFL potential than the usual Mr. Irrelevant.
Apr 30 - 6:47 PM

Browns acquired CB Jamar Taylor and the No. 250 overall pick in the 2016 draft from the Dolphins in exchange for the No. 223 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Taylor was the 54th overall pick in the 2013 draft, but has been a big part of the problem on the back end of Miami's defense the past couple seasons. He's started nine games the past two years, but was Pro Football Focus' fifth-worst cover corner out of 118 qualifiers last season. In Cleveland, he'll get a fresh start and compete for a sub-package and special teams role.
Apr 30 - 5:05 PM

Giants selected UCLA RB Paul Perkins with the No. 149 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Perkins (5'10/208) spent two years as the Bruins' feature back before turning pro, parlaying 622 carries into 3,491 yards (5.61 YPC) and 29 touchdowns, adding 80 receptions. His Combine metrics were solid-if-unspectacular, running 4.54 with a 32-inch vertical and 10-foot-4 broad jump. A fundamentally-sound three-down back, Perkins combines darting quickness with exciting lateral moves and is an ultra-competitive, tough inside runner. A Devonta Freeman clone, Perkins is good enough to capitalize if given an extended NFL opportunity. New York is an excellent landing spot for Perkins to earn early-career chances in one of the league's most underwhelming running back corps.
Apr 30 - 2:26 PM

Bills selected Ohio State QB Cardale Jones with the No. 139 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Jones (6'5/253) played in 23 games at Ohio State, going 11-0 as a starter and finishing his career with a 61.9% completion rate, 8.60 YPA, and 15:7 TD-to-INT ratio. After a dominant 2014 playoff run for the Buckeyes, Jones returned to school to share time with J.T. Barrett. Although Jones was never a full-time college starter, he has a chance to become a better NFL player with a Culpepperian blend of size, athleticism, and arm strength. His deficiencies show up through inexperience-based fundamental flaws after attempting just 270 college passes. Jones' ceiling is high, but he could also flame out quickly. He's a classic boom-bust prospect.
Apr 30 - 2:05 PM

Broncos selected Utah RB Devontae Booker with the No. 136 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Booker (5'11/219) spent two seasons at Utah after a JUCO transfer, parlaying 560 carries into 2,773 yards (4.95 YPC) and 21 TDs. Also an adept receiver, Booker caught 80 passes in just 23 games. On tape, Booker showed a sensational aptitude for making himself skinny and fitting through cracks, as well as quick feet and run-finishing ability. Concerns include Booker's small hands (8 5/8"), advanced age -- he'll be a 24-year-old rookie -- and a torn meniscus that cut his final college season three games short. Ultimately, Booker teased an NFL-starter-quality skill set as a Ute and is a promising pro prospect.
Apr 30 - 1:55 PM

Ravens selected Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon with the No. 134 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Dixon (5'10/215) rewrote the La Tech record books, parlaying 801 career carries into 4,480 yards (5.59 YPC) and 72 touchdowns. He caught 88 passes and accounted for 87 all-purpose TDs, second all time in FBS history. Despite running behind an awful offensive line, Dixon was a dominant collegiate whose tape shows nifty jump cuts, natural inside running skills, and top-notching passing-game production, even excelling in blitz pickup. Dixon shined in Indy, blazing 4.56 with explosive vertical (37 1/2") and broad (10'1") jumps. A dynamic multi-phase threat, Dixon has a chance to become a mid-range NFL starter. Despite a surprising slide in the fourth round, expect Dixon to immediately push Buck Allen and Justin Forsett for snaps in Baltimore.
Apr 30 - 1:53 PM

Bengals selected Baylor NT Andrew Billings with the No. 122 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Billings (6'1/311) earned Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2015, spending two years as a starter at Baylor and racking up 30 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. One of the draft's youngest players, Billings didn't turn 21 until March. Country strong with bull strength, Billings pumped 31 bench-press reps at the Combine and fared well athletically, running 5.05 with a 9-foot-5 broad jump. Billings is a people mover in the run game with enough power to push the pocket, but he slid in the draft because of a perceived lack of pass-rush ability. A great value in the fourth round, Billings could be the replacement for aging DT Domata Peko.
Apr 30 - 1:23 PM

Raiders traded up with the Browns to select Michigan State QB Connor Cook with the No. 100 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

This year's A.J. McCarron goes earlier than he probably should. It's an odd move after the Raiders tendered backup Matt McGloin at the second-round level. Cook (6'4/217) made 39 starts for Sparty, posting a 34-5 record, 57.5 career completion percentage, 7.86 YPA and 71:22 TD-to-INT ratio. He tested out well in Indy, running 4.79 with a 33-inch vertical. Cook is ideally built with decent arm strength, but his accuracy is worrisome and that can be a fatal flaw. Cook was also persistently knocked for poor leadership at Michigan State, failing to earn team captain as a junior or senior. On the field, Cook profiles as a cross between Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn. He looks the part, but doesn't throw the ball straight or with touch on a consistent basis.
Apr 30 - 12:16 PM

Browns selected Wisconsin OLB Joe Schobert with the No. 99 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Schobert (6'1/244) made 28 starts at outside linebacker for the Badgers, tallying 35.5 tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks, and seven forced fumbles. He earned Big Ten Linebacker of the Year and second-team All-America as a senior. Schobert showed above-average athleticism in Indy, running 4.76 with a 33 1/2-inch vertical. Described by Mike Mayock as "not flashy" but "always around the ball," Schobert is a high-intensity, hard-hat overachiever who would fit best inside in the pros. He'll begin his career on special teams and is instinctive enough to push for a starting job down the line.
Apr 30 - 12:13 PM




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