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Cordarrelle Patterson said he's focusing on route-running this offseason.

Patterson is very self-aware when it comes to his weaknesses. The athletic freak simply hasn't been able to get open at the NFL level, so he hasn't had any success. "Growing up, I was always athletic and could just do anything," Patterson said. "I'm in the NFL now, so I just have to focus on my craft and just work at route running, getting in and getting out of breaks and stuff like that." Cordarrelle enters this season behind both Charles Johnson and Mike Wallace on the depth chart.
Apr 28 - 11:08 AM

Broncos waived DE Quanterus Smith with a failed physical designation.

Smith served as DeMarcus Ware's backup last season, recording 11 tackles and zero sacks. He ended the year on injured reserve due to a knee injury and was likely to lose his roster spot to Shaq Barrett this year.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 28 - 10:43 AM

Yahoo's Charles Robinson says not to be surprised if Missouri WR Dorial Green-Beckham goes to Houston at No. 16 or Cincy at No. 21.

Thanks to off-field woes, Green-Beckham has been removed from "a lot" of draft boards. But there's a good chance someone takes a gamble early because of potentially dominant talent. Green-Beckham (6'5/237) has Kelvin Benjamin size but runs faster (4.49) and scored 12 touchdowns in 14 games as a sophomore in 2013. The Texans currently have Cecil Shorts penciled in opposite DeAndre Hopkins and the Bengals have Marvin Jones/Mohamed Sanu across from A.J. Green.
Apr 28 - 10:35 AM

One AFC personnel man says the Jaguars like Alabama WR Amari Cooper "more than they are letting on."

There continues to be a lot of smoke around Cooper to the Jags at No. 3 overall. Although they have Allen Robinson locked in at X, they've been desperately trying to surround Blake Bortles with as many weapons as possible. GM Dave Caldwell dumped a truckload of money on TE Julius Thomas and made an unsuccessful play for slot man Randall Cobb. Cooper can play both the slot and Z, much like incumbent Marqise Lee.
Apr 28 - 10:25 AM

At least two teams have approached the Jets about trading for RE Muhammad Wilkerson.

It's easy to connect the dots here as Wilkerson is one of the game's best 3-4 ends and he's also staying away from offseason workouts as he enters the final year of his contract. General managers are only doing their job by seeing if he's available. But it would qualify as a major shock if the Jets dealt a foundation piece like Wilkerson, even if he's asking for massive Robert Quinn kind of money ($41 million guaranteed).
Apr 28 - 10:18 AM

SI's Peter King says the Browns are "really hoping" Washington NT Danny Shelton is there at No. 12 overall.

The Browns "love" Shelton, a 6'1/343 Haloti Ngata kind of prospect. He'd be an immediate upgrade for a run defense that ranked 28th in YPC allowed last year. There's also talk that Shelton will have some role on passing downs after posting nine sacks for Washington last year.
Source: SI.com
Apr 28 - 10:06 AM

Saints coach Sean Payton reportedly "gushed" over Miami WR Phillip Dorsett.

After moving on from Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills this offseason, the Saints are in the market for pass-catchers. Beat writer Mike Triplett calls wide receiver "the position most likely to be addressed at some point in the first three rounds." Dorsett is a bit similar physically to Brandin Cooks at just 5'9/185, but may be available on Day 2. He clocked sub-4.3 forties at his Pro Day and has drawn some DeSean Jackson comps.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 28 - 9:36 AM

Brice Butler's playing time last year was reportedly limited by mental errors.

Butler played on just 29.4 percent of the snaps last season, posting a 21-280-2 line. At 6'3/214 with 4.37 speed, he's capable of much more. We saw that during the preseason, when Butler caught 13 passes for 206 yards with four touchdowns in four games. Whatever the mental issues are, Butler will be a candidate to flash if he can get them cleaned up and get an opportunity. He's a name to monitor.
Apr 28 - 9:10 AM

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure believes the Falcons would be going after USC DT Leonard Williams if they move up.

NFL Network reported Monday night that the Falcons are looking to trade up from No. 8 overall. The assumption is that it would be for Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler as this is a team in desperate need of a player that can pressure the quarterback. But McClure suggests the Falcons aren't interested in Fowler and instead could target Williams, who was recruited by Dan Quinn coming out of high school. The Redskins, holding the No. 5 pick, have already suggested they'll look to trade down if Williams slips to them.
Apr 28 - 8:57 AM

Cowboys re-signed P Chris Jones to a three-year, $4.2 million contract.

The deal includes $750,000 guaranteed. Jones ranked 14th in net punting average last season (39.8 yards) and 20th in average return yards per punt (9.6).
Apr 28 - 8:47 AM

Beat writer Mike Klis expects the Broncos to select Florida State C Cameron Erving if he's available at No. 28 overall.

Offensive line is the biggest priority for the Broncos, who have just Ryan Clady and Louis Vasquez locked in as starters right now. Guys like Gino Gradowski, Manny Ramirez, Shelley Smith, Ben Garland and Chris Clark are candidates to round out the line. Erving would be an excellent fit as a zone-blocking center who could slide right into the Gary Kubiak scheme. If he's not there, expect John Elway to look at a tackle to play opposite Clady.
Source: 9news.com
Apr 28 - 8:21 AM

Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray said he was only issued a citation following Monday morning's marijuana-related incident.

In a statement, Ray said he was not under the influence nor impaired, so he was not detained. Still, it's terrible timing for a player whose stock was already clouded by foot/toe issues. Getting caught with some marijuana isn't a big deal, but being boneheaded enough to be speeding with it in the car just days before the draft could give teams pause. NFL Network's Albert Breer reported Monday night that Ray also failed a drug test early in his career at Missouri.
Apr 28 - 8:14 AM

Robert Griffin III is more likely to get benched now that the Redskins have picked up his $16.1M 2016 option.

The only way that $16.1M becomes guaranteed is if Griffin suffers a serious injury that spills into the 2016 season. So if he's struggling and it becomes increasingly clear that he's not turning the corner as a franchise quarterback, there will be a ton of motivation for the Redskins to get him off the field. The absolute worst-case scenario would be paying Griffin that gargantuan salary when the team doesn't even want him. RG3 already has two ACL tears on his resume (one at Baylor, one with the Redskins).
Apr 28 - 8:08 AM

According to ESPN New York's Rich Cimini, the "latest buzz in league circles" is the Jets would pass on Marcus Mariota if he lasted until the No. 6 pick.

The Jets seem all set to go with Geno Smith behind Chan Gailey favorite Ryan Fitzpatrick. Cimini concedes "chances are, it won't matter" that the Jets would pass on Mariota because he's likely to be taken with the No. 2 overall pick.
Apr 27 - 11:44 PM

In a poll of 21 NFL personnel men, Nebraska's Randy Gregory was the top vote getter as this year's top pass rusher.

This is a pure pass-rush ability poll, not a specified position. Gregory got ten first-place votes, while Clemson's Vic Beasley garnered five. Florida's Dante Fowler handled 2 1/2 first-place votes, USC's Leonard Williams got two, and Missouri's Shane Ray received 1 1/2. However, in a poll of 20 scouts, Gregory received 11 1/2 first-place votes as this year's front-seven prospect most likely to bust. Long on talent but facing off-field issues, Gregory looks like a boom-or-bust prospect.
Apr 27 - 11:36 PM



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