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NFL Network's Mike Mayock reports teams have injury concerns with Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch.

Vander Esch's neck injury has removed him from some draft boards. He also had a pinched C-spine nerve and LCL sprain at Boise State. This has been out there, but it confirms teams have flagged Vander Esch's medicals. Vander Esch was given a passing grade for his neck issue at the Combine.
Apr 21 - 5:26 PM

NFL Network's Mike Mayock expects LSU DE Arden Key to be drafted in the fourth round.

Key is one of the draft's biggest wildcards. Coming off a down 2017 (four sacks), he's continued to lower his stock with bad Combine interviews and slow forty times at his Pro Day (4.89). Off-field concerns have Key trending as a Day 3 pick, but teams may be willing to trade character risks for his upside.'s Tom Pelissero doesn't expect Key to fall out of the second round.
Apr 21 - 4:45 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora "continues to hear" Arkansas OL Frank Ragnow is the top center in the draft.

Ragnow (6'5/309) is a late riser after sitting out the Combine. It's hard to see him drafted ahead of Ohio State's Billy Price, but Ragnow, Price, and Iowa's James Daniels could all be first-round picks. The Bengals, Patriots, and Vikings have been linked to Ragnow.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 21 - 4:01 PM

Draft Analyst’s Tony Pauline reports "people familiar with the situation" expect the Packers to draft Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick or Iowa CB Josh Jackson with their first-round pick.

The Packers were near the bottom of the league in pass defense last year. Fitzpatrick's stock has been down, but there's a chance he won't be there at the No. 14 pick. Barring a trade up, Green Bay may have to settle on Jackson.
Apr 21 - 3:21 PM

Draft Analyst’s Tony Pauline reports Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield being drafted by the Jets is a "done deal."

The Jets are higher on Mayfield than Josh Rosen. They also like Sam Darnold, but Mayfield looks to be their pick if Darnold doesn't fall. Mayfield has "won over" GM Mike Maccagnan in the pre-draft process and fits the West Coast scheme of OC Jeremy Bates. The most pro-ready quarerback in this year's class, Mayfield would push Teddy Bridgewater and Josh McCown to be the Jets' Week 1 starter.
Apr 21 - 2:59 PM

Rob Gronkowski won't participate in the Patriots' offseason workouts.

When asked if he'll participate in the team's voluntary workouts, Gronk said he won't because he's "got dirt-biking skills to work on." He also candidly mentioned the Patriots will see a "freek-a-leek" when he comes back, perhaps hinting he'll be a participant in camp. Team workouts are completely optional, but the 28-year-old will miss out on a $250,000 workout bonus in his contract. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier in the week Gronkowski is still considering whether to play in 2018.
Apr 21 - 12:42 PM

Colts have turned down multiple trade offers for QB Jacoby Brissett.

Colts GM Chris Ballard spoke highly of Brissett, mentioning "he’s committed, he’s a great teammate, he’s got juice" and "he holds people accountable." "I love Jacoby," he said. Brissett has two years left on his contract for a total of $1.6 million, which makes it easy for the Colts to keep him as Andrew Luck's backup. Ballard additionally mentioned he would have to be "bowled over" with an offer before parting ways with Brissett.
Apr 21 - 10:43 AM

Texans RB D'Onta Foreman could begin the season on the reserve/PUP list.

That would make him unavailable for the team's first six regular season games. Foreman tore his Achilles in November but has since been setback-free and rumored to be ready for Week 1. A healthy preseason would not only prove his readiness for the regular season, it could also allow Foreman to open 2018 in a starting role over teammate Lamar Miller.
Apr 21 - 10:33 AM

Giants acquired Riley Dixon from the Broncos for a 2019 seventh-round pick.

Dixon wasn't needed after Denver signed Marquette King. He averaged a middling 45.6 yards on punts last year with 32 percent inside the 20-yard line. Dixon replaces Brad Wing, who was released from the Giants this offseason.
Apr 20 - 7:15 PM

The Colts are moving OLB John Simon to defensive end.

This was expected with Indy running a 4-3 scheme. Simon is coming off one of his better seasons, posting three sacks in nine games before getting shut down with a shoulder injury. Jabaal Sheard and Tarell Basham are also moving to end.
Apr 20 - 7:04 PM

The Ravens aren't expected to pursue free agent Dez Bryant.

The Ravens were linked to Bryant early, but will likely move on after signing Willie Snead to an offer sheet. Arizona, Green Bay and Buffalo are the teams with the most interest in Bryant to this point. It's possible Bryant waits until after the draft to sign.
Source: ESPN
Apr 20 - 6:21 PM

ESPN's Jordan Raanan expects Louisville QB Lamar Jackson to be drafted in the top-20 picks.

This falls in line with pre-draft reports on Jackson. There's some concern over Jackson's NFL readiness, but multiple teams "really like" him. At least five quarterbacks are expected to be drafted on Day 1. Jackson going top-20 could allow Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph to sneak into the late first round.
Apr 20 - 5:56 PM

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports the Eagles have reached an agreement with QB Nick Foles on a revised contract.

The deal includes a mutual option for 2019, so it's possible Foles could still hit the market as a free agent next offseason. He'll also receive a $2 million signing bonus. The Eagles are sweetening Foles' deal as a way of repaying him for leading the team to its first Super Bowl last year. He'll be back as Carson Wentz's backup in 2018.
Apr 20 - 4:27 PM

NFL suspended Panthers TE Kent Taylor four games for violating the league's policy on PEDs.

Undrafted out of UTEP, Taylor signed a futures deal with the Panthers this offseason. He'll be eligible to return against the Redskins in Week 6, provided he makes Carolina's 53-man roster. That's probably a long shot.
Apr 20 - 4:21 PM

Restricted free agent OLB Shaq Barrett will sign his second-round tender with the Broncos on Monday.

It will lock him into a $2.914 million salary for next season. Barrett only registered four sacks last year but still earned positive marks from ProFootballFocus, grading out as PFF's No. 12 3-4 outside linebacker out of 46 qualifiers.
Apr 20 - 4:15 PM

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