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Rams signed USC RB Justin Davis.

Davis (6’1/208) was a committee back for most of his college career, graduating with a 461-2,465-19 (5.35 YPC) rushing line and 46 receptions. Plagued by recurring ankle woes from his freshman season on, Davis showed limited ability to beat first contact and struggled in pass protection. PFF College charged Davis with ten QB pressures allowed on just 36 blocking snaps in 2016, easily the worst ratio in this year’s running back class. Davis was also prone to drops and fumbles at USC. Ultimately, Davis is a replacement-level back who could conceivably compile stats if given an extended opportunity, but seems unlikely to get one.
Apr 30 - 11:31 AM

Cowboys signed Oklahoma State TE Blake Jarwin.

Jarwin (6’5/246) was a two-year starter at "Cowboy back" in OSU’s offense, managing a career 41-616-5 (15.0 YPR) receiving line but still earning first-team All-Big 12 from the conference’s coaches as a junior, and second team as a senior. A former walk-on who wasn’t invited to the Combine, Jarwin showed NFL-level athleticism at the Cowboys’ Pro Day with 4.73 speed and a 10-foot-1 broad jump. Not a featured part of OSU’s offense, Jarwin operated as a movement H-back and short-area possession receiver. Long armed (34") with soft hands and plus versatility, Jarwin nevertheless offers Jacob Tamme-like traits as a potential No. 2 tight end.
Apr 30 - 11:02 AM

Colts signed North Carolina WR Bug Howard.

Howard (6’4/221) arrived at UNC as a decorated high school recruit, only to labor through his first three seasons before breaking out for a 53-827-8 (15.6 YPR) senior-year receiving line with Mitch Trubisky at quarterback. Howard was the Heels’ primary perimeter weapon with Ryan Switzer vacuuming targets in the slot. Howard is powerfully built with long arms (33 1/8") and huge hands (10 3/8"). He managed a 4.58 forty at the Combine, but excelled in the vertical (37 ½") and three-cone drill (6.95). Not a separation receiver, Howard will have to earn his NFL keep as a contested-catch winner and possession target.
Apr 30 - 10:56 AM

Ravens signed Utah WR Tim Patrick.

Patrick (6’4/208) spent three years at Utah after transferring from JUCO, missing 17 games due to various injuries but mostly staying healthy as a senior to lead the team in receiving (45-711-5). He had a terrific early-season battle with USC CB Adoree Jackson, emerging with a 6-100-1 receiving line including the game-winning score in Jackson’s coverage. Not invited to the Combine, Patrick turned heads at his Pro Day with 4.47 speed and impressive vertical (37 ½") and broad (10’8") jumps. Patrick has inconsistent hands and limited college production, but he jumped off the tape when targeted in college. He has developmental appeal as a big, physical, vertical receiver who is also willing to block.
Apr 30 - 10:29 AM

Bengals signed Nebraska TE Cethan Carter.

Carter (6’3/241) made 35 starts for the Cornhuskers, finishing with a 59-744-4 (12.6 YPR) receiving line and never earning above honorable mention All-Big Ten. Billed as a high-end athlete at Nebraska, Carter underwhelmed with a 4.68 forty and especially sluggish 4.73 three-cone time at the Combine. Lacking both the size to make an impact as a blocker and the athleticism to stress defenses, Carter has the look of a low-ceiling H-back/special teams prospect.
Apr 30 - 10:22 AM

When asked if Ameer Abdullah is the starting running back, Lions GM Bob Quinn said, "He is."

Detroit had nine picks in the draft this weekend. None were used on running backs. That's great news for Abdullah, who sat out most of his sophomore year with a torn ligament in his foot. The 2015 second-rounder hasn't been the difference maker the Lions hoped he would be, but he's still Detroit's lead dog coming out of the backfield. Aside from Abdullah, Theo Riddick will continue to play on passing downs while Zach Zenner will handle a change-of-pace role for the Lions.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 30 - 9:26 AM

Patriots signed Wyoming TE Jacob Hollister.

Hollister (6’4/239) posted a career receiving line of 75-1,114-12 (14.9 YPR) in three years at Wyoming after transferring from Nevada, earning first-team All-Mountain West as a senior. Hollister was a vertical threat in the Cowboys’ offense, drawing almost 30% of his targets on passes thrown 20 or more yards in the air. Not invited to the Combine, Hollister posted strong marks in the forty (4.64), vertical (36 ½"), and broad (10’1") jump at Wyoming’s Pro Day. Hollister has almost no functionality as a blocker, but he offers mismatch potential in the passing game. The Patriots also signed Hollister's twin brother Cody, a wide receiver out of Arkansas.
Apr 30 - 8:27 AM

Lions GM Bob Quinn said the door remains "open" for free agent Anquan Boldin.

"We’ve had some communication with Anquan," said Quinn. "That was back in I’d say March, so really no update on our end of things." The 36-year-old is coming off another solid season that included 67 catches, 584 yards and a team-high eight touchdowns. Boldin may opt to skip offseason work by signing closer to the start of training camp, which is what he did last year. The 14-year veteran said he has no plans to retire.
Apr 29 - 10:40 PM

Cardinals signed Marian WR Krishawn Hogan.

Hogan (6’3/222) wound up in the NAIA ranks after catching only 20 passes as a 5-foot-9, 175-pound backup receiver in high school. At barely-known Marian College, Hogan exploded physically and on the field, setting school records in receptions (263), yards (4,395), and touchdowns (42) as a three-year starter. Hogan confirmed his NFL-level athleticism at the Combine, registering 79th-percentile SPARQ results with 4.56 speed, a springy 10-foot-4 broad jump, and a 6.74 three-cone time, sensational at Hogan’s size. Hogan faces a colossal jump in competition, but from a size-athletic standpoint the big leagues contain his peers.
Apr 29 - 10:06 PM

49ers signed Baylor WR KD Cannon.

Cannon (5’11/182) started all three years at Baylor before turning pro, leaving school with a career 195-3,113-27 (16.0 YPR) receiving line and earning first-team All-Big 12 from the conference’s coaches as a junior. While Cannon won with blazing speed (4.41) in the Bears’ wide-open spread, he is a chronic body catcher and one-trick lid lifter whose tape lacks nuance and any hint of physicality. He also showed unreliable hands, dropping nine passes in 2016. PFF College compared Cannon to Travis Benjamin, which is probably his ceiling.
Apr 29 - 9:14 PM

Giants signed Florida State WR Travis Rudolph.

Rudolph (6’0/189) arrived at FSU as a ballyhooed five-star recruit and started all three years, tallying a career 153-2,311-18 (15.1 YPR) receiving line and earning second-team All-ACC as a 2016 junior before turning pro. Rudolph proceeded to turn in a putrid Combine workout, running 4.65 and testing as a third-percentile athlete. Rudolph is a plus route runner and catches the ball cleanly with his hands, but he lacks standout traits and looked like just another guy in the ACC. He’s a small, low-ceiling possession-receiver prospect.
Apr 29 - 9:11 PM

Patriots signed Northwestern WR Austin Carr.

Carr (6’0/202) struggled for playing time at Northwestern before breaking out as a fifth-year senior, amassing an 84-1,196-12 (14.2 YPR) receiving line en route to Big Ten Receiver of the Year and third-team All-America honors. PFF College called Carr the best slot receiver in the nation in 2016, yet he was snubbed for a Combine invite. While it is concerning that Carr runs 4.62 and didn’t do much of anything until age 23 – when every defensive back he faced was younger than him – Carr has many traits that translate to slot success in the pros, including an impressive 6.70 three-cone time. From a profile standpoint, he reminds of ex-Colts WR Austin Collie.
Apr 29 - 8:38 PM

Broncos GM John Elway said fifth-round TE Jake Butt (knee) could be cleared in August or early September.

Coach Vance Joseph acknowledged that Butt probably would have gone in the top two rounds if not for his torn ACL. Butt is about four months removed from the injury and should be at close to full strength by the end of training camp. The 21-year-old could open on the PUP list, but we should see him at some point in 2017.
Apr 29 - 8:32 PM

Dolphins signed Michigan RB De’Veon Smith.

Smith (5’11/223) made 26 starts as a four-year committee back for the Wolverines, logging a career 495-2,235-22 (4.5 YPC) rushing line and 38-251-1 (6.6 YPR) receiving as an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick in his final two years. Smith completely bombed his pre-draft workouts, running 4.85 at Michigan’s Pro Day with sub-baseline cumulative athleticism. Smith runs hard on college film, but he lacks speed and elusiveness and has a limited pass-catching resume. He would do well to become another Cameron Artis-Payne.
Apr 29 - 8:27 PM

Jaguars signed Maryland WR Amba Etta-Tawo.

Etta-Tawo (6’1/208) was a rotational receiver at Maryland for three seasons before transferring to Syracuse for his fifth-year senior campaign and exploding for a 94/1,482/14 (15.8 YPR) receiving line, earning third-team All-America with single-season school records in catches and yards. Etta-Tawo ran 4.49 with 58th-percentile SPARQ results in Indy. Turning 24 in November, Etta-Tawo is an over-aged but intriguing prospect with adequate size and athleticism, and he is known as an exceptionally hard worker. Etta-Tawo is still learning to run nuanced routes after living on verticals and bubble screens in college, but he’s worth an NFL flyer with a chance to become a No. 3 receiver.
Apr 29 - 8:15 PM



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