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Browns signed Florida State DT Nile Lawrence-Stample.

Lawrence-Stample (6'1/320) was a two-year starter for the Seminoles, rebounding from an injury-plagued junior year to post 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks as a senior en route to first-team All-ACC honors from the conference's coaches. Lawrence-Stample is a thickly-built fire hydrant with run-stuffing potential, but he offers zero in the way of pass rush and didn't dominate on early downs at FSU. Lawrence-Stample was an overrated college player with an NFL backup's ceiling.
May 2 - 9:58 PM

Pro Football Focus believes that the Bears' selection of Florida DE Jonathan Bullard was the best pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.

The context here is key. As analyst Gordon McGuinness noted, "To find a defensive lineman with Bullard’s upside in the third round [at pick No. 72] is ridiculous value." He went on to write that "Bullard isn’t even a high-risk, high-reward type player. His run-stopping ability will most certainly translate to the NFL after he led all of college with a +51.5 run defense grade a year ago." McGuinness and the fine folks at PFF are less certain as to Bullard's potential NFL success against the pass.
May 2 - 9:53 PM

Pro Football Focus believes the Titans' selection of Southern Miss CB Kalan Reed at No. 253 could be the biggest steal of the draft

Not only was Reed drafted on Day 3, he has the distinction of being Mr. Irrelevant for this pool of players. PFF ranked him as their No. 54 prospect. "He allowed just 48.3 percent of the passes thrown into his coverage to be caught," analyst Gordon McGuinness wrote, "coming away with four interceptions and 14 pass breakups in 2015. He has a real chance to make a big impression in Tennessee, and become one of the most relevant Mr. Irrelevants in recent memory." We likewise see his skill-set as one that could allow him to start in the NFL.
May 2 - 9:39 PM

Ole Miss T Laremy Tunsil admitted to taking money from a coach during his time at the university.

This won't particularly matter for Tunsil's future, but it could cause issue for Rebs HC Hugh Freeze and his staff. It initially came to light after copies of several texts requesting monetary support surfaced on the Internet. At Tunsil's introductory press conference with the Dolphins, the tackle said, "I'd have to say yeah" when asked whether he had taken money from a coach. Shortly thereafter, he was asked if he had spoken within NCAA investigators. At which point, Tunsil was ushered out of the room. Ole Miss is already facing charges of rule violations from the NCAA violations. In a statement following Tunsil's admission, the university said that they would "aggressively investigate and fully cooperate with the NCAA and the SEC." There should be more to come of this story as the summer unfolds.
Source: ESPN.com
May 2 - 9:25 PM

Packers signed Mississippi State LB Beniquez Brown.

Brown (6'1/229) turned pro as a redshirt junior after making 28 starts for the Bulldogs, logging 22.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, and three interceptions. Brown excelled at outside linebacker in college and is a proficient tackler, but athletic limitations may prevent him from becoming a defensive contributor in the NFL. He managed a 4.77 forty time and 31-inch vertical at the Combine, also struggling in agility drills. Brown is a low-ceiling prospect without a great floor.
May 2 - 9:13 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay deemed Alabama LB Reggie Ragland to be best draft pick by the Bills.

Buffalo selected Ragland midway through the second round, at pick No. 41. Prior to the draft, there had been rumors that the 6-foot-1, 247-pounder might be drafted as high as the Dolphins at No. 13. That didn't come to pass. All the better for the Bills in McShay's eyes. "Rex Ryan will love the way he practices and tackles. He was the only player I saw who was able to stop Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott dead in his tracks and drop him backward," the analyst wrote. He called the pick a "great value and a big upgrade."
May 2 - 9:07 PM

Rams signed Iowa S Jordan Lomax.

Lomax (5'10/202) transitioned from cornerback to safety as a redshirt sophomore in 2013 and went on to start as a junior and senior, tallying two career interceptions and 14 pass breakups. A heady safety, Lomas was an annual Academic All-Big Ten pick and earned third-team All-Big Ten from the conference's coaches for his defensive play in 2015. With 4.66 (Pro Day) to 4.75 (Combine) wheels, Lomax packs pop as a hitter but is speed deficient and an unreliable tackler, particularly in space. He's a long shot for an NFL future.
May 2 - 8:54 PM

Auburn sophomore DE Byron Cowart, sophomore CB Carlton Davis III, sophomore CB Jeremiah Dinson and WR Ryan Davis were arrested for marijuana possession on Saturday.

This according to police records. The four young men in question are facing second-degree marijuana possession charges. Cowart and Carlton Davis are the big names in that group. The former was ESPN 300's No. 1 overall recruit for the 2015 cycle while the latter is a likely starter in the secondary for 2016. In a statement, HC Gus Malzahn said, "I'm aware of the situation and we will handle the matter appropriately." Even if small-scale suspensions or the like come down the pike, this little indiscretion probably won't have legitimate long-term consequence for the involved quartet.
Source: ESPN.com
May 2 - 8:49 PM

ECU graduate QB Kurt Benkert will transfer to Virginia.

Because he will be transferring as a graduate, Benkert will be eligible to play immediately. He announced his decision via Twitter, writing, "I'm ready for the next chapter, it's going to be a great [two] years!" The 6-foot-3, 225-pound gunslinger did not play in 2015 due to a knee injury. One possible reason for the transfer to Virginia, specifically -- former ECU HC Ruffin McNeill (who was fired at the end of the 2015 campaign) was hired as an assistant with the Cavaliers earlier this offseason.
May 2 - 8:36 PM

Panthers signed Marshall RB Devon Johnson.

Johnson (6'1/238) spent time at tight end, linebacker, and fullback before switching to tailback as a junior and senior, finishing his career with a 305-2,373-25 (7.8 YPC) rushing line but only 27 receptions. Johnson's final year was derailed by a back injury that cost him six games. He excelled at the Thundering Herd's Pro Day, running 4.59 with a 33-inch vertical. Nicknamed "Rockhead" for his bruising, no-frills playing style, Johnson has a future in the league on special teams and perhaps as a short-yardage runner.
May 2 - 8:24 PM

Patriots signed Auburn CB Jonathan Jones.

Jones (5'9/186) started for two years at Auburn, collecting seven career interceptions and two forced fumbles. He earned first-team All-SEC honors as a senior from the conference's coaches. Jones torched the Combine with a 4.33 forty, 10-foot-3 broad jump, and 19 reps on the bench. Jones' biggest drawback is his size. He's too small to man perimeter corner, and a deficient tackler as it pertains to the slot. Despite explosive qualities, Jones may struggle to find an NFL home.
May 2 - 7:04 PM

Auburn sophomores CB Carlton Davis III, DE Byron Cowart, CB Jeremiah Dinson and WR Ryan Davis were arrested and charged with second-degree misdemeanor marijuana-possession on Saturday night.

Ole Miss wasn't the only SEC school taking heat over the weekend. "I'm aware of the situation and we will handle the matter appropriately," Tigers HC Gus Malzahn said in a statement. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Davis was a freshman All-American last season after posting 56 tackles and three interceptions. Cowart was the No. 1 overall prospect in last year's recruiting class, though he only posted six tackles as a reserve defensive lineman in 2015. Dinson and Davis were both early contributors -- Dinson more so before he tore knee ligaments in his right knee nine games into the season -- expected to take on more playing time in 2016.
Source: ESPN.com
May 2 - 6:53 PM

Texans signed UCLA K Ka'imi Fairbairn.

Fairbairn (6'0/183) won 2015's Lou Groza Award as the nation's top kicker, finishing his career as the Pac 12's all-time leader in points scored (413). He went a middling 68-of-89 (76.4%) on field goals across four college seasons, but finished with 41 straight makes from 35 yards in. Fairbairn offers NFL-level leg strength for kickoffs and kept getting better as a field-goal kicker in college. He should have a future in the league.
May 2 - 6:31 PM

Steelers signed Florida State DL Giorgio Newberry.

Newberry (6'6/285) was a backup throughout his Seminoles career, seeing action at defensive end and tackle and even dabbling at tight end in 2013. He managed two career sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss. Newberry did show adequate athleticism at the Combine, running 4.94 with a 30-inch vertical. Not a productive collegiate and turning 25 during his rookie campaign, Newberry has very little upside. He'll try to hang around as a versatile end-tackle reserve.
May 2 - 6:21 PM

Lions signed Ohio State OT Chase Farris.

Farris (6'4/295) switched from defensive line to offensive line two years ago and took over as the Buckeyes' starting right tackle as a senior. Farris is just an average athlete with 5.17 speed and an 8-foot-6 broad jump, and his limitations showed up too frequently in pass protection at Ohio State. His strength was run blocking. Severely undersized for tackle and not meaty enough for an NFL guard, Farris needs time in the weight room and lots of technical work to become a serious competitor for playing time.
May 2 - 6:02 PM



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