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According to Lions coach Jim Schwartz, Ryan Broyles' "initial" diagnosis is a ruptured right Achilles' tendon.

It's an absolutely brutal break for one of football's most unlucky players, and will not only end Broyles' season, but quite likely cloud his career. Broyles was already having significant difficulty getting back to 100 percent coming off his torn right ACL, and tore his left ACL his senior year of college. Three explosion-sapping injuries might be too much to overcome for a 5-foot-10 receiver. At the very least, we'd expect Broyles to begin 2014 on the PUP list, and quite possibly miss the entire season.
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 05:11:00 PM

Falcons traded up with the Seahawks to select UCLA OLB Takk McKinley with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

The Falcons traded the Nos. 31, 95 and 249 for the right to move up five spots. McKinley (6’2/250) spent three years at UCLA after transferring from JUCO, starting the final two and racking up 29 tackles for loss with 17 sacks and five forced fumbles. He earned first-team All-Pac 12 from the conference’s coaches as a senior. PFF College charted McKinley with only two missed tackles over his final two seasons. A high school track star, McKinley ripped up the forty (4.64) in Indy, also impressing in the broad jump (10’2") and measuring in with vine-line arms (34 ¾"). McKinley is presently recovering from shoulder surgery, but his long-term pass-rush potential is mouth watering.
Apr 27 - 11:09 PM

Browns selected Michigan DB/ST Jabrill Peppers with the No. 25 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Peppers (5’11/213) was a highly decorated collegiate, earning the 2016 Paul Horning Award as the nation’s most versatile player and making 25 starts, logging 21.5 tackles for loss and averaging an impressive 13.1 career yards per punt return. Peppers tested like Deone Bucannon at the Combine, running 4.46 with a 10-foot-8 broad jump and 19 bench-press reps. While Peppers’ college hype was greater than his NFL projection, he offers linebacker-cornerback-safety-punt-return versatility and will be an immediate contributor, even if Peppers’ long-term defensive position remains to be seen. The Browns’ biggest secondary need is safety, so we figure he’ll be given a look there first.
Apr 27 - 11:01 PM

Raiders selected Ohio State CB Gareon Conley with the No. 24 overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft.

Clearly a first-round talent, Conley was expected to slip into at least Day 2 because of rape allegations which surfaced early this week. Conley has not been charged with a crime, however, and reportedly passed a polygraph test on Thursday, for whatever that is worth. No matter why or how, the Raiders are clearly comfortable with the situation. On the field, Conley (6’0/195) started 26 games at Ohio State, tallying 19 pass breakups and six interceptions, and earning second-team All-Big Ten from the conference’s coaches as a junior. PFF College charged Conley with a nation-low 14.0 passer rating allowed in 2016. Plus sized with long arms (33"), 4.44 speed, and dynamic ball skills, Conley profiles as a playmaking man-cover corner.
Apr 27 - 10:55 PM

Giants selected Ole Miss TE Evan Engram with the No. 23 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Engram (6’3/234) was a four-year starter at Ole Miss, amassing 162 catches for 2,320 yards (14.3 YPR) and 15 touchdowns while earning All-SEC honors in all four seasons and first-team recognition from the conference’s coaches as a senior. He demonstrated wideout-level athleticism in Indy with a 4.42 forty and 6.92 three-cone time. Although Engram was listed at tight end in college, he was used as a slot receiver, H-back, and in-motion flanker on most snaps and was almost a complete non-factor as a blocker. Engram’s size and blocking deficiencies make him best fit for a "big slot" role. Rotoworld’s Josh Norris has compared him to Jordan Reed. Engram addresses a major need for the G-Men, adding yet another big-bodied pass-catching weapon to their offense.
Apr 27 - 10:49 PM

Bucs selected Alabama TE O.J. Howard with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Howard (6’6/251) was a dominant combination tight end in Alabama’s pro-style offense, wrapping his career with a 114-1,726-7 (15.1 YPR) receiving line and earning PFF College’s No. 1 run-blocking grade in 2016. A truly dominant blocker, Howard’s tape reveals a fiercely physical player who seeks out contact in line and on the move. Athletically, Howard posted top-five SPARQ results among tight ends at the Combine with wideout-like 4.51 speed and a position-best 6.85 three-cone time. Howard dropped only three passes over his final two seasons and has been compared to Greg Olsen by Rotoworld draft guru Josh Norris.
Apr 27 - 10:29 PM

Cardinals selected Temple LB Haason Reddick with the No. 13 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Reddick (6’2/237) played tailback and safety in high school, enrolled at Temple as a walk-on cornerback, and developed into an edge rusher, where Reddick tallied 46 career tackles for loss, 18 sacks, and four forced fumbles and led the nation in TFLs (22.5) as a redshirt senior. Reddick played middle linebacker at the Senior Bowl. He ruined the Combine, testing as a 95th-percentile athlete with 4.52 speed and an absurd 11-foot-1 broad jump. Despite his shortage of size, PFF College gave Reddick its No. 2 run-stop grade among all outside linebackers in 2016, in addition to plus pass-coverage marks. Reddick has drawn Jamie Collins and Clay Matthews comparisons as an exceptionally athletic swiss-army knife. We suspect Reddick will play most of his snaps at inside linebacker in Arizona, also rushing off the edge at times.
Apr 27 - 9:44 PM

Texans traded up with the Browns to select Clemson QB Deshaun Watson with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Houston gave up No. 25 and their first-round pick in 2018 to move all the way up. Cleveland now owns the Texans' first- and second-round picks next year. Watson (6’3/221) made 35 starts in three years at Clemson, leading the Tigers to a 32-3 record and twice winning the Davey O’Brien Award as college football’s top quarterback. He completed 67.4% of his passes with an 8.4 YPA and 90:32 TD-to-INT ratio. An 81st-percentile athlete, Watson added 26 rushing TDs at 4.4 yards per carry. While Watson was a prolific college player, his accuracy and velocity are questionable with sub-baseline 45 MPH ball speed and a tendency to poorly locate passes. He managed a 20 Wonderlic score and has a reputation as a one-read quarterback who doesn’t play comfortably from the pocket. NFL Films’ Greg Cosell has likened Watson to Alex Smith. A polarizing prospect, Watson should get to prove his worth early as the likely Week 1 starter in Houston (sorry Tom Savage).
Apr 27 - 9:36 PM

Saints selected Ohio State CB Marhson Lattimore with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Lattimore (6’0/193) turned pro as a redshirt sophomore after making 13 starts in Columbus, tallying four interceptions and earning first-team All-Big Ten in 2016. PFF College charted Lattimore with an anemic 30.2 passer rating allowed last season, and zero missed tackles. A special talent with 4.36 speed and an explosive 11-foot broad jump, Lattimore’s main drawback is his history of recurring hamstring woes. Lattimore has battled left and right hamstring injuries, redshirted after hamstring surgery in 2014, and suffered another hamstring injury at the Combine. Should his health hold up, Lattimore projects as a legitimate No. 1 corner capable of excelling in man or zone.
Apr 27 - 9:30 PM

Chiefs traded up with the Bills to select Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Tired of the Alex Smith era and its hard ceiling, the Chiefs have surrendered picks No. 27 and 91 along with their 2018 first-rounder to take a shot on a quarterback of the future. Mahomes (6’2/225) made 29 starts for the Red Raiders, posting a career 13-16 record with a 63.5% completion rate, 8.3 yards-per-attempt average, and 93:29 TD-to-INT ratio. Mahomes’ father Pat was an 11-year major league pitcher, mostly with the Twins. On tape, Mahomes’ strengths are his cannon arm and velocity with an ability to make plays amid chaos. Mahomes’ weaknesses are shoddy footwork and a tendency to veer from structure as a natural-born gunslinger who lacks discipline but plays with extreme aggressiveness. A 4.0 college student, Mahomes’ smarts and skill set are in no doubt. He is a classic boom-bust prospect with a top-five NFL quarterback ceiling.
Apr 27 - 9:20 PM

Bengals selected Washington WR John Ross with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Ross (5’10/188) was an injury-riddled part-time player at Washington until he broke out as a redshirt junior for an 81-1,150-17 (14.2 YPR) stat line. Ross became a household name by breaking Chris Johnson’s forty-yard dash record with a 4.22 in Indy. Ross reached 400 yards in just one college season and showed poor durability, enduring a right meniscus tear followed by microfracture surgery, a torn left ACL and meniscus, and a torn shoulder labrum from which Ross is now recovering. Still, Ross possesses a dynamic skill set and sure hands, dropping just 6-of-106 catchable targets over his final two seasons. An advanced route runner, Ross offers Brandin Cooks-level upside if he can beat the injury bug. He'll likely fill a low-volume, lid-lifter role in Cincinnati across from target monsters A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert. While he will help the offense, it's not a great landing spot for Ross' fantasy value.
Apr 27 - 9:11 PM

Panthers selected Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey with the No. 8 overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft.

He had been consistently linked with the Panthers over the last couple weeks, and he is a great fit under creative OC Mike Shula. McCaffrey (5’11/202) turned pro after a prolific three-year college career, posting a 632-3,922-21 (6.21 YPC) rushing line with 99 catches and two return TDs. He was the 2015 Pac 12 Offensive Player of the Year before a mildly disappointing 2016 campaign. At the Combine, McCaffrey posted top-four SPARQ results among running backs with a 4.48 forty and position-best 6.57 three-cone time. The top blitz-pickup back in this class, McCaffrey should be an immediate passing-game asset even if he doesn’t project as a 300-carry workhorse. Even with Jonathan Stewart still in Carolina, McCaffrey should immediately contribute in the running game, passing game, and as a returner. He is worth a look with the first overall pick in rookie-only drafts.
Apr 27 - 9:05 PM




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