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WGR 550 Buffalo's Sal Capaccio reports free agent CB Stephon Gilmore is looking for top-five cornerback money.

Josh Norman is the league's highest-paid corner at $15 million per year, while Darrelle Revis landed a position-best 55.6 percent ($39 million) guaranteed when he returned to the Jets. Last summer it was reported Gilmore wanted Norman money, and it sounds like he's still aiming for that with the inflation of the salary cap. The franchise tag is expected to come in at around $14.31 million. The Bills would have to clear some cap room to tag Gilmore.
Feb 17 - 9:49 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bucs passed on a running back at No. 19 overall partly because Doug Martin has been "the most impressive player thus far" at offseason workouts in Tampa Bay.

Okay. Teams have done close to zero actual football work to this point in the offseason programs, but Martin reportedly is in great shape following his stint in rehab. He's still suspended for the first four games of the year, and the Bucs could easily address the running back spot on Friday evening. Taking TE O.J. Howard at No. 19 had more to do with an elite talent falling into their lap.
Apr 28 - 9:04 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Redskins are shopping RB Matt Jones.

Jones has fallen completely out of favor in D.C., tumbling to fourth on the depth chart behind a pair of UDFAs (Rob Kelley and Mack Brown) and third-down back Chris Thompson. Coach Jay Gruden recently "didn't have much good to say about" Jones, the former No. 95 overall pick in 2015. He had a huge preseason as a rookie and averaged a very respectable 4.6 YPC last season, but Jones has put the ball on the ground with fumbles far too often and was benched midseason 2016. Plenty of backs have overcame fumble issues in the past. The Redskins would likely take a seventh-rounder for Jones.
Apr 28 - 9:00 AM

49ers traded up with the Seahawks and selected Alabama ILB Reuben Foster with the No. 31 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

The 49ers were said to be considering Foster as high as No. 2 overall, and he was expected to be a top-of-the-round pick but medical and off-field concerns put Foster in a draft-night slide. Foster (6’0/229) earned the 2016 Butkus Award as college football’s top linebacker, wrapping his four-year career with 24 tackles for loss and eight sacks across 24 starts. He never forced a single turnover at Alabama, but did lead the nation in PFF College’s run-stop percentage last year and showed an ability to cover tight ends and tailbacks on tape. A vicious hitter with missile-like range, Foster offers All-Pro potential if he can stay healthy and keep his head on straight. He has dealt with numerous stingers/concussions, is currently rehabbing a torn rotator cuff, and got kicked out of the Combine for arguing with a hospital worker after failing a drug test. He also managed a 9 on the Wonderlic. While his ceiling is high, Foster also has a low NFL floor.
Apr 27 - 11:38 PM

Steelers selected Wisconsin OLB T.J. Watt with the No. 30 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

J.J.'s brother, Watt (6’5/252) arrived in Madison as a tight end recruit, only to convert to outside linebacker as a redshirt sophomore and break out as a junior for 15.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks, earning second-team All-America. As a former pass catcher, Watt is a legitimate interception and pick-six threat with huge hands (11"). Watt ripped up the Combine with 94th-percentile athleticism. Although he carries one-year wonder concerns, Watt has drawn comparisons to Clay Matthews from NFL scouts and has significant growth potential at his new-ish position. At worst, Watt should become a dangerous sub-package rusher. He's an upside pick for the Steelers.
Apr 27 - 11:32 PM

Browns traded up with the Packers to select Miami TE David Njoku at the No. 29 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Green Bay received the Nos. 33 and 108 overall picks. Njoku (6’4/246) lasted two years at Miami before going pro, logging a 64-1,060-9 (16.6 YPR) receiving line and averaging 11.2 yards after the catch. Even at the ripe ages of 19 and 20, Njoku was a man amongst boys in the ACC. He logged playing time as an in-line tight end and showed a competitive willingness to tangle with much bigger defensive linemen. Njoku isn’t an O.J. Howard-caliber blocker, but he is functional in that area and is certain to cause passing-game mismatches as a 93rd-percentile athlete with LeBronian length (35 ¼-inch arms, 82 ½-inch wingspan). While Howard has the highest floor in this year’s tight end class, Njoku offers the highest pass-catching ceiling. Njoku should see the field early in two-tight end sets across from Gary Barnidge.
Apr 27 - 11:21 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




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