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The Baltimore Sun expects second-round TE Maxx Williams to "work in tandem" with Crockett Gillmore.

As in, Gillmore will throw the blocks and Williams will catch the passes. That's over-simplifying it a bit, as Williams can do a little blocking and Gillmore a little catching, but Williams will be counted on to make plays as a receiver. The No. 99 overall pick of last year's draft, Gillmore caught 10 passes in 15 games behind Owen Daniels and Dennis Pitta. Pitta's (hip) health is the reason Baltimore needed Williams in the first place.
May 3 - 5:18 PM

Bengals signed Oregon CB Troy Hill.

Hill (5'10/180) was the Ducks' nickel back his first three seasons before taking over as a starter in 2014, amassing three career interceptions, 6.5 tackles for loss, and three forced fumbles. He ran 4.55 at the Combine with a 32 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. Slight of build and not overly athletic, Hill is an overachiever who won with effort and aggressiveness in college. Although he lacks top-end physical attributes, Hill's feisty playing mentality would translate well to the slot. He also has special teams value.
May 3 - 5:17 PM

ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling believes fifth-round WR Stefon Diggs will contribute more from the slot than outside.

Diggs is certainly built like a slot receiver, checking in at 6-foot-0, 195 pounds. Diggs was expected to be a playmaker all over the field at Maryland, but was hampered by injuries. He has adequate speed at 4.46. Diggs could have a hard time earning targets as a rookie. Mike Wallace and Charles Johnson have the outside on lock, while Jarius Wright is capable in the slot. Cordarrelle Patterson is still hanging around as a supposed playmaker.
Source: ESPN.com
May 3 - 4:45 PM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman confirms fifth-round TE MyCole Pruitt could see time at fullback.

Pruitt is an H-back in the Charles Clay mold. He's unlikely to make a fantasy impact as a rookie, but is a name to file away in Dynasty leagues. Pruitt has high-end athleticism for a tight end.
Source: ESPN.com
May 3 - 4:40 PM

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan said Stevan Ridley's ACL/MCL surgery wasn't a major factor in the team's acquisition of RB Zac Stacy.

The Jets are uncertain of Ridley's camp status, so it's hard to believe it didn't at least enter Maccagnan's mind. Neither the Jets nor fantasy owners can be counting on Ridley to avoid the reserve/PUP list. Ridley is five and a half months removed from going under the knife.
May 3 - 3:54 PM

ESPN Boston reports the Patriots' second-round selection of Stanford S Jordan Richards "raised some eyebrows in some NFL scouting circles."

Per reporter Mike Reiss, some clubs viewed Richards as a "late-round consideration." We weren't a fan of the pick. Richards is not a plus athlete. Bill Belichick has a checkered history with second-round defensive backs. Both 2011's Ras-I Dowling and 2012's Tavon Wilson were viewed as reaches. Dowling is nearly out of the league, while Wilson played only 188 snaps on defense last season.
Source: ESPN Boston
May 3 - 3:40 PM

ESPN Boston believes Aaron Dobson could be "one of the biggest winners" from the Patriots' draft weekend.

The Patriots drafted 11 players, zero of whom play receiver. When Dobson wasn't injured last season, he was in the doghouse. New England's No. 4 receiver job is there for the taking for Dobson, but he'll need a strong camp and preseason.
Source: ESPN Boston
May 3 - 3:34 PM

Chip Kelly insists Tim Tebow isn't just a camp arm.

"I think everybody here that we bring to our organization is here to compete for a job," Kelly said. "That's what Timmy is going to do. He's an unbelievable competitor." Kelly's comments come after Mark Sanchez suggested Tebow is just there to conduct drills in the offseason. We'll take Sanchez's side on this one.
Source: NJ.com
May 3 - 3:29 PM

The Packers don't consider fifth-round QB Brett Hundley "completely developmental."

"He's played at a big-time program," Packers director of player personnel Eliot Wolf said. "(UCLA's) offense is obviously different from ours, but you can see all the big-time throws that he can make." Wolf also called Hundley a "football nerd," while coach Mike McCarthy praised his escapability. Hundley should get the benefit of the doubt when battling Scott Tolzien for No. 2 duties.
May 3 - 2:56 PM

Jets signed Lincoln DT Davon Walls.

Walls (6'4/301) is a former Syracuse recruit who was kicked out of school for felony burglary. He resurfaced at Division-2 Lincoln (MO) college in 2014, piling up 17.5 tackles for loss and ten sacks. Walls reportedly runs a 4.8 forty and has a ridiculous 84-inch wingspan. A onetime JUCO basketball player, Walls is an intriguing developmental project.
May 3 - 2:44 PM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel believes Packers fourth-round ILB Jake Ryan could start as a rookie.

Ryan won't have much competition opposite Sam Barrington. 2013 sixth-rounder Nate Palmer missed all of 2014 with a torn MCL, while 2014 fourth-rounder Carl Bradford couldn't get on the field as a rookie. GM Ted Thompson has praised Ryan's success at a "big-time place" like Michigan. OLB Clay Matthews should continue to get snaps on the inside in 2015.
May 3 - 2:38 PM

The Cowboys insist they're "comfortable" at running back.

Dallas' backfield was one of the biggest needs league-wide that wasn't addressed in the draft. "We would have liked to have drafted a running back," owner/GM Jerry Jones conceded. "But at the same token, we didn’t think at any given time that we should pass at the player that was there, even with the running backs (available)." We'd expect the Cowboys to be vigilant on the trade/waiver wire. Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar aren't going to get it done when it comes to replacing DeMarco Murray.
May 3 - 2:30 PM

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch concedes Rams RB Isaiah Pead's roster spot is in trouble.

We're shocked Pead has lasted as long as he has on the Rams' roster. Perhaps the team is showing compassion as he recovers from a torn ACL. One of many running backs Jeff Fisher's Rams have taken early in the draft, Pead has been by far the least successful. The No. 50 overall selection of the 2012 draft has zero career touchdowns.
May 3 - 2:24 PM

Cowboys signed South Alabama QB Brandon Bridge.

Bridge (6'4/229) spent just one year as South Alabama's starter, completing 52.1 percent of his throws with a 15:8 TD-to-INT ratio and four rushing scores. Although not a dynamic runner, Bridge is a plus athlete with 4.72 speed and a 33-inch vertical. Bridge drew pre-draft praise from NFL Films' Greg Cosell for his live arm and ability to drive the ball with velocity. He's also a quick-twitch mover in the pocket, but has highly erratic ball placement and touch, and wasn't a very good quarterback at a lower-level college. Bridge is a project who will likely max out as a camp arm.
May 3 - 2:18 PM

Saints signed Texas A&M WR Malcome Kennedy.

Kennedy (5'11/207) was a two-year starter for the Aggies, collecting 150 career catches for 1,694 yards (11.3 YPR) and 15 touchdowns. He ran 4.62 at the TAMU Pro Day, managing a 31 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-11 broad jump. On the small side and not a particularly explosive athlete, Kennedy's NFL outlook is grim. He also lacks experience on returns.
May 3 - 2:14 PM



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