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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports the 49ers are targeting Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds with the No. 9 pick.

The 49ers have a need at linebacker and "covet" the high upside three-down profile of Edmunds. They've also been connected to Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick and may look to trade down for Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch. Edmunds would give San Francisco insurance for MLB Reuben Foster, but has the edge-rush skills to line up at multiple spots.
Apr 25 - 6:30 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports Michigan DL Maurice Hurst (heart condition) "will fall out of the first round due to medical concerns."

Hurst was flagged for an irregular heartbeat at the Combine but wasn't asked for a medical recheck. His situation is still enough of a concern that some teams have taken him off their draft board. Hurst was a potential top-15 pick before his heath issues, but is now looking at a slide to Day 2.
Apr 25 - 6:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Packers are "plotting" a move up in the first round.

The Packers have the No. 14 pick, but will likely need to move up to land Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick. They've also been linked to Florida State S Derwin James, Ohio State CB Denzel Ward and Iowa's Josh Jackson. Without much draft ammunition, Green Bay may have to trade future picks to get a deal done.
Apr 25 - 5:29 PM

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports teams have concerns with UCLA QB Josh Rosen's commitment level.

"The thing that bothers me with him is that football's not the priority," an offensive coordinator said. "That drives me nuts. That's like taking somebody you're going to bank your next 12 years on, and you're going to have to convince that guy football's the most important thing in his life." Several teams also referenced UCLA coach Jim Mora's comments that Rosen "needs to be challenged" as a red flag. Rosen has the most complete package of the top four quarterbacks, but off-field character has him as a fringe top-10 pick.
Source: NFL Network
Apr 25 - 5:02 PM

An offensive coordinator told NFL Network he doesn't expect Lamar Jackson to make it as a quarterback.

"Will not be able to play quarterback in this league, mark my words," the coordinator said. "When he throws, he hopes." A quarterbacks coach added that Jackson struggled to "verbalize" his offensive scheme at Louisville. Jackson's accuracy and football IQ have been questioned throughout the pre-draft process, but he's not expected to fall out of the first round.
Source: NFL Network
Apr 25 - 4:31 PM

Ohio State C Billy Price’s (chest) doctor sent a letter to NFL teams saying he should be cleared for training camp.

This falls in line with what was expected. Price was given a four-month timetable after early March surgery and is on track to be fully cleared for the start of camp. There has been some helium for Frank Ragnow and James Daniels over the last few weeks, but injury concerns shouldn't prevent Price from being the first center drafted.
Apr 25 - 4:17 PM

NFL reporter Ed Werder reports free agent Dez Bryant turned down a multi-year contract from the Ravens and wants a one-year, prove-it deal.

Werder, formerly of ESPN, is based out of the Dallas area and has big connections in the area. Once Bryant passed on Baltimore's offer, the Ravens likely turned their attention to Willie Snead and have moved on from Bryant. Bryant will be much more attractive to teams on a one-year contract as well. He's aiming for a big season in hopes of securing a multi-year deal in 2019.
Apr 25 - 2:49 PM

Tajae Sharpe (foot) is participating in Titans' offseason workouts.

Sharpe missed all of last season with a foot injury. He's back to compete for a spot behind WRs Corey Davis, Rishard Matthews, and Taywan Taylor.
Apr 25 - 2:17 PM

9 News Denver's Mike Klis reports "eight teams" have expressed interest in free agent C.J. Anderson.

We don't have the identity of any of these supposed eight teams, and it sounds like an extremely agent-fueled report. Anderson has drawn zero known interest in the nine days since he was released by Denver but will assuredly find a job (likely rather quickly) after this weekend's draft.
Apr 25 - 2:14 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Patriots' interest in Louisville QB Lamar Jackson is "legit."

Jackson had two separate workouts with the Patriots this draft season, holding a private one in South Florida with OC Josh McDaniels and then visiting the organization on a top-30 visit in Foxboro. The Patriots, holding pick Nos. 23 and 31 in the first round, probably aren't going to have the desired firepower to move up to the top 10 of the draft, so they could be eyeing second-tier passers like Jackson and Mason Rudolph in the second half of the first round. Still, New England would probably have to come up some to take Jackson.
Apr 25 - 1:22 PM

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot, the Browns "have cooled" on USC QB Sam Darnold "in recent days."

Many in the national media have pegged Darnold as the top choice for the Browns for much of the draft season, but word out of Cleveland is the Browns have "narrowed" it down to Baker Mayfield or Josh Allen at No. 1 overall. Darnold is widely considered the best overall passing prospect in this class, but the Browns front office has many Mayfield supporters, and the perceived upside of Allen is a big draw. If Cleveland passes on Darnold, teams will be scurrying to take him.
Apr 25 - 10:31 AM

Sources tell the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot that the Browns are believed to be down to Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield or Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the No. 1 overall pick.

Per those sources, the Browns have "cooled" on USC QB Sam Darnold in recent days for whatever reason. This falls in line with what some around the Browns have been saying for about a week now, as radio host and ex-Browns DB Dustin Fox reported last week that Cleveland was down to Mayfield and Allen. NBC's Dan Patrick reported the same on Monday. For what it's worth, GM John Dorsey's righthand man Scot McCloughan has said for awhile that Mayfield is his No. 1.
Apr 25 - 10:26 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports free agent Dez Bryant is expected to wait until after this week's draft to sign with a team.

There's been little known interest in Bryant since his release from the Cowboys nearly two weeks ago. He's yet to make a visit, and there have been no concrete teams absolutely known to be involved in courting the 29-year-old. He's going to find it real tough to come close to the $12.5 million he was scheduled to earn in 2018 on his Dallas deal. We'll continue to wait.
Apr 25 - 9:30 AM

Vikings trainer Eric Sugarman said Dalvin Cook (knee) has "knocked the rehab out of the park" in his return from a torn ACL.

"He'll participate in (OTAs and minicamp) on a limited basis," Sugarman said. "Then the plan is for him, hopefully when he gets to training camp, he’ll be a participant just like everybody else." It sounds like Cook is just about ready, but the team is going to bring him slowly through spring work with an eye toward having Cook ready to roll this summer. Cook is an RB1 heading into 2018.
Apr 24 - 8:34 PM

Florida WR Antonio Callaway failed his Combine drug test, testing positive for marijuana with a "diluted sample."

Callaway claims he was "over-hydrated," and that he will address the issue with teams. Callaway dealt with a litany of off-the-field issues as a Gator, and was suspended for his entire junior season. Callaway had a strong Combine but has forced himself into Day 3 flier territory.
Apr 24 - 6:55 PM



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