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Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) now hopes to return to practice by Friday.

Per beat writer Hays Carlyon, Jones-Drew seems "very questionable" for Week 15. It's not a surprise considering the tricky nature of hamstring pulls and how older players often struggle to return quickly from soft-tissue injuries. If Jones-Drew can't go against the Bills, Jordan Todman will step in as a desperation flex plug-n-play. Todman has some juice to him as he rushed 29 times for 223 yards (7.68 YPC) with two touchdowns in a sparkling preseason.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 11:13:00 AM

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

Chargers selected Clemson WR Mike Williams with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

The first pick of the Los Angeles Chargers era, Williams (6’4/218) turned pro as a redshirt junior after rebounding from a sophomore-season neck fracture to drop a 98-1,361-11 (13.9 YPR) receiving line in 2016. Williams’ tape reveals a wideout whose game is built on back-shoulder fades and contested catches, traits that translate well to the pros. A la Alshon Jeffery, Williams is dominant at the catch point and fearless over the middle. He has long arms (33 3/8") and natural hands, which help Williams compensate for sub-par separation. Possessing 4.56-4.58 speed and a mere 32-inch vertical, Williams’ ceiling likely isn’t as high as Alshon’s, but he wins in similar ways and should be used similarly in the NFL.
Apr 27 - 9:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns are "trying to trade for Kirk Cousins."

"Trying to trade for" can mean a lot of things, and Rapoport's on-air report did not make it seem like the two teams were even discussing a deal. The Washington Post's Mike Jones reports the Redskins still "don't have plans to trade Cousins." There is probably nothing in this, but the Browns do have the ammunition to make a Godfather offer if they so choose.
Apr 27 - 8:50 PM

Titans selected Western Michigan WR Corey Davis with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Davis (6’3/209) graduated as the NCAA’s all-time leader in receiving yards (5,278), tallying 331 career receptions (15.9 YPR) and 52 touchdowns and earning 2016 MAC Offensive Player of the Year. Also smart, Davis scored 31 on the Wonderlic Test. Post-season ankle surgery prevented Davis from testing before the draft, and he did drop 11 passes as a senior. A plus-sized wideout who moves like a smaller man, Davis showed impressive quickness for his size on tape and dominated after the catch a la early-career Brandon Marshall. Davis drew pre-draft comparisons to Michael Thomas and Keenan Allen. Tennessee is a strong fit for Davis' immediate fantasy outlook with high-level quarterback play and non-dominant talent in the rest of the Titans' pass-catcher corps.
Apr 27 - 8:44 PM

Jaguars selected LSU RB Leonard Fournette with the No. 4 overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft.

Needing to upgrade their running game to help embattled starter Blake Bortles, the Jaguars have been linked with Fournette for most of the pre-draft process. Standing 6-foot-1, 240 pounds, Fournette arrived in Baton Rouge as the nation’s No. 1 recruit and met expectations with a career 616-3,830-40 (6.22 YPC) rushing line, turning pro as LSU’s all-time leader in yards per carry and No. 2 in yards from scrimmage per game (155.7). A hulking downhill runner with 4.51 speed, Fournette’s limitations come in the passing game, where he dropped 8-of-48 catchable targets as a Tiger. He also battled a recurring left ankle injury in 2016, suffering repeated setbacks and missing 6-of-13 games. When healthy, Fournette has drawn comparisons to Bo Jackson and Herschel Walker as a size-speed freak. His arrival is bad news for Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon with Ivory projecting to take the biggest hit.
Apr 27 - 8:36 PM

49ers selected Stanford DE Solomon Thomas with the No. 3 pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Thomas (6’3/275) turned pro as a redshirt sophomore after tallying 25.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, and four fumble recoveries in only two years at Stanford. He earned the 2016 Morris Trophy as the Pac 12’s top defensive lineman. An exceptional athlete for his size, Thomas registered 94th-percentile SPARQ results in Indy with 30 reps on the bench. On tape, Thomas is a dominant run defender who wins with an uncommon blend of power, speed, and quickness on the interior. From a utility standpoint, Thomas’ best NFL comparisons are Seahawks DE/DT Michael Bennett and Panthers DE/DT Charles Johnson.
Apr 27 - 8:31 PM

Bears traded up with the 49ers to select North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Stunning. Owners of the No. 3 pick, Chicago surrendered this year's Nos. 3, 67 and 111 selections and a 2018 third-rounder to move up one spot. It means they faced intense competition. Trubisky (6’2/222) sat behind 2016 Packers camp arm Marquise Williams his first two seasons at UNC before taking the starting reigns as a redshirt junior last season and leading the Tar Heels to an 8-5 mark with school records in passing yards (3,748) and touchdowns (30). A plus athlete with 4.67 speed, Trubisky added five rushing TDs and is a legitimate scrambling threat. On tape, Trubisky impresses as a tough competitor with a quick release, but he showed a tendency to get squeamish when pressured and made only 13 college starts. The small sample makes him a frightening prospect. Nevertheless, Trubisky looks the part of a potential mid-range NFL starter with Ryan Tannehill-level tools. He'll compete with Mike Glennon for the Bears' starting job.
Apr 27 - 8:23 PM

Browns selected Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Sanity prevails as Cleveland selects the best player in the draft rather than reaching for one of this year's low-probability quarterback projects. Garrett (6’5/272) arrived in College Station as a top-two high school recruit and spent his full three-year career as the Aggies’ best player, amassing 48.5 tackles for loss, 32.5 sacks, and seven forced fumbles. Garrett ruined SEC offensive schemes with a fierce bull rush, lightning-quick inside spin move, and incredible burst off the snap. He also received strong run-defense grades from PFF College. A complete edge defender with basketball-player athleticism, Garrett crushed the vertical (41"), broad jump (10’8"), bench (33), forty (4.64), and Wonderlic (31) at the Combine. After dominating college football at its highest level, Garrett should the Browns a long-term difference maker at one of the highest-value positions in the sport.
Apr 27 - 8:13 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bears are "considering trading back from No. 3."

The Bears are one of three teams in the top five -- the 49ers and Titans round out the list -- interested in trading back. With the Jaguars at No. 4 rumored to be in the quarterback market, the Bears are in a good spot if the Browns want to jump back up for UNC QB Mitchell Trubisky. If the Bears stand pat, they are reportedly interested in Stanford DL Solomon Thomas, LSU S Jamal Adams, and Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore.
Apr 27 - 7:45 PM

Profootballtalk reports Florida LB Jarrad Davis won't get past the Dolphins at No. 22.

Considered a surefire first-rounder, Davis has been bandied about as a mid-evening pick. The Miami Herald has the Dolphins locked into a defensive end, but perhaps that's under the assumption Davis won't be there.
Apr 27 - 6:44 PM




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