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The Packers want Eddie Lacy to log more snaps than he did last season, "in order to prevent substitutions from slowing down the offense."

The Packers want Lacy "on the field longer," according to beat reporter Rob Demovsky. "We want to get him touches, trying to get him more involved in all aspects of the game," said OC Tom Clements. Demovsky believes an even more complete role could mean more receptions for Lacy, who caught 35 passes as a rookie. Lacy played 60.2 percent of Green Bay's offensive snaps last season.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Jul 16, 2014 10:45:00 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

Browns coach Hue Jackson says he targeted Cody Kessler in the third round due to Kessler's "pinpoint accuracy."

Kessler completed nearly 68 percent of his passes in college, setting a school record at USC. "Accuracy (is what I'm looking for)," said Jackson. "He can throw the ball straight to the guy he's throwing it to, and if you can't, you can't play in the NFL." Responding to those who gave Kessler a pre-draft UDFA grade, Jackson said, "You have to trust me on this one." On college tape, Jackson may have seen some Andy Dalton in Kessler's game.
Apr 30 - 10:32 AM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the team envisions third-round RB C.J. Prosise as a passing-down back.

"I’m really thinking that’s going to be a big part of what he adds to the offense," Carroll said. "There’s no reason he can’t be a first-down back, too. We just know what we’re going to attempt to do with him on third down." Both Thomas Rawls and Christine Michael struggle in the passing game. Prosise has the upside to be more than a third-down guy, but his role will likely be limited early in his career. Fred Jackson had 58 touches in a similar role last year.
Apr 30 - 8:46 AM

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




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