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The Steelers will use second-round pick Sean Davis at strong safety.

Davis shuttled between safety and cornerback at Maryland. "Primarily, we should plug him in at strong safety as Mike Mitchell’s primarily our free safety," said DBs coach Carnell Lake. "That’s where we’ll start and I’m assuming that he’ll wind up playing both positions at some point." Davis is a likely Week 1 starter, replacing Will Allen. Davis has some IDP potential as a rookie.
May 1 - 11:34 PM

The Vikings will use second-round pick Mackensie Alexander at slot corner.

It's Captain Munnerlyn's position, though Munnerlyn's job security should be somewhat safe after a solid 2015 season. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune suggests Alexander could take over at slot corner in 2017. The Vikings will start Xavier Rhodes on the boundary across from either Terence Newman or Trae Waynes.
May 1 - 11:06 PM

Seahawks signed Ohio State S Tyvis Powell.

Powell (6'3/211) made 33 starts for the Buckeyes, recording eight career interceptions and earning honorable mention All-Big Ten as a senior. Powell helped himself in Indy, blazing 4.46 with a 34 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. Not a thumper despite his imposing size, Powell missed 13 tackles as a senior and is best suited to man center field. Even there, Powell's shortage of physicality could ultimately be his NFL undoing.
May 1 - 10:50 PM

Seahawks signed East Carolina LB Montese Overton.

Overton (6'2/223) earned second-team All-American Athletic Conference as a senior, wrapping his career with 35.5 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks. Albeit an excellent athlete with 4.61 speed and a 10-foot-1 broad jump, Overton is supremely undersized with neither the cover skills to play safety nor the power game to be a full-time linebacker. He'll have to kick tail on special teams to earn an NFL wage.
May 1 - 10:48 PM

Seahawks signed Arizona G Lene Maiava.

Maiava (6'5/314) spent 2013-2014 as a rotational guard-tackle at U of A before taking over as the Wildcats' starting right tackle as a senior. He has plus arm length (33 5/8") and big (10 1/2"), heavy hands. A powerful drive blocker with impressive weight-room strength (34 reps of 225), Maiava struggled in pass protection when placed at tackle, but looked better on junior tape at guard. Maiava has some potential to develop into a useful swing reserve, or perhaps a short-term starter.
May 1 - 10:47 PM

Seahawks signed USC RB Tre Madden.

Madden (6'0/223) arrived at USC as a four-star recruit but couldn't get off the shelf, missing time with turf toe, hamstring, and knee injuries and playing in only 20 college games. He finished his career with 1,155 yards and eight TDs on 223 carries (5.18 YPC), adding 32 receptions. Healthy for the Trojans' Pro Day, Madden ran 4.56 with a 10-foot broad jump and 33 1/2-inch vertical. Madden has adequate athleticism, but lacks NFL-level production and durability. Ultimately a replacement-level back, Madden is essentially Vick Ballard 2.0.
May 1 - 10:46 PM

Seahawks signed Rutgers LB Steve Longa.

Longa (6'1/241) turned pro following his redshirt junior campaign after tallying 17 career tackles for loss, seven sacks, and five forced fumbles as a 37-game starter. He saw action at outside and middle linebacker and was named honorable mention All-Big Ten as a senior. Longa showed adequate athleticism at the Combine, running 4.78 with a 32-inch vertical and quality agility scores. Longa isn't a power player and needs to get better in pass coverage, but he plays with a tough guy's downhill mentality and was a sure college tackler. He's an early-career core special teamer with some room for more down the line.
May 1 - 10:45 PM

Steelers re-signed QB Bruce Gradkowski.

He'll return as Ben Roethlisberger's primary backup. Gradkowski, 33, should be able to easily beat out Landry Jones and Dustin Vaughn in Steelers camp. He missed all of last season with finger and shoulder injuries.
May 1 - 7:17 PM

Bears released OG Matt Slauson.

Slauson was owed just under $3 million this season. The move is surprising after Slauson finished No. 18 in Pro Football Focus' 2015 guard ratings, with a top-ten rank in pass protection. He allowed one sack in 16 starts, and just turned 30 in February. While the Bears are moving on with second-round pick Cody Whitehair at left guard, a good guard just hit the free agent market.
May 1 - 6:55 PM

Bears released S Antrel Rolle.

Rolle, 33, lasted one season in Chicago, but appeared in just seven games for the Bears due to an ankle injury and sprained MCL. He was merely average when on the field for DC Vic Fangio. The Bears will move forward with second-year FS Adrian Amos and either fourth-round rookie SS Deon Bush or free-agent signee Omar Bolden. Rolle's release saves the Bears $2.7 million in camp room.
May 1 - 4:43 PM

The Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman believes TE Brandon Myers is competing for the Bucs' final tight-end spot.

Myers has one year left on his contract at a $1.75 million salary. He's behind Austin Seferian-Jenkins, youngster Cameron Brate, and Luke Stocker on the depth chart. Myers posted a 12-127-0 line on 321 snaps last season.
May 1 - 4:07 PM

Giants signed Illinois State RB Marshaun Coprich.

Coprich (5'8/207) was the 2015 FCS Offensive Player of the Year and twice earned Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, finishing his career as Illinois State's all-time leader in carries (927), rushing yards (5,201), and TDs (59). His career yards per carry was 5.61 with 33 receptions. Coprich tested like an NFL-caliber back, blazing 4.47 at the Combine with a 34-inch vertical, which he improved to 39" at the Redbirds' Pro Day. Coprich is small and needs to learn a pro-style passing game, but he is a one-cut zone runner with big-time burst and can make defenders miss. Coprich's combination of athleticism and production make him someone to watch.
May 1 - 3:41 PM

Coach Doug Pederson said Sam Bradford would be in danger of losing the starting job if he continues to stay away from the team into the summer.

Obviously. Bradford remains M.I.A. from the team since demanding a trade when it was revealed the Eagles would take a quarterback at No. 2 overall, and he's still not answering calls from Pederson as he continues to pout at home. "Anybody that’s not in any of the 32 offseason programs is losing valuable time at that club," Pederson said. "So anybody that’s not in the offseason program, yes, would lose the time." Bradford may end up costing himself the starting job and be stuck in Philly where he doesn't want to be.
May 1 - 2:57 PM

Texans signed Cumberlands WR Wendall Williams.

Williams (5'11/174) bounced around community colleges and tiny schools before arriving at Minneapolis' Regional Combine this winter. A track star in the NAIA, Williams clocked 4.19 (you read that right) with a 45-inch vertical after averaging 30.5 yards per catch (15-457) at the University of Cumberlands and scoring 15 touchdowns, including four on returns. Already 25 years old, Williams' best bet may be to carve out an NFL niche as a dynamic return specialist.
May 1 - 2:03 PM

49ers signed Oregon DT Alex Balducci.

2014 first-rounder Arik Armstead, 2015 first-rounder DeForest Buckner, and Balducci all played on the same defensive line together at Oregon. Balducci (6'4/309) made 29 starts at defensive tackle for the Ducks, finishing his career with 10.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. He was selected honorable mention All-Pac 12 as a senior. Balducci showed passable athleticism for his size at Oregon's Pro Day, running 5.01 with a 9-foot-5 broad jump and 33-inch vertical. In the NFL, Balducci best projects as a rotational early-down run stopper.
May 1 - 1:29 PM



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