NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah wrote that "[the Colts] were able to land the best interior offensive lineman in the draft [in Alabama C Ryan Kelly]."
In the fractured universe of draft opinion, Kelly's selection by the Colts at No. 18 is widely viewed as a logical, sound selection, particularly given the team's inability to keep all-world QB Andrew Luck alive last season. "Kelly was one of the most consistent and dominant players on tape, regardless of position," Jeremiah wrote. "He'll bring intelligence and leadership to that offensive line."
Bears signed Oklahoma State CB Kevin Peterson.
Peterson (5'10/181) started all four years for the Cowboys, earning first-team All-Big 12 as a senior. Although Peterson registered solid broad (10'1") and vertical (35 1/2") jumps at the Combine, he managed a 4.66 forty-yard dash. Peterson doesn't run well enough to play on the NFL perimeter, and lacks the strength and tackling consistency to operate in the slot. He was a good college player who's not going to make it in the pros.
Bears signed UTEP DE Roy Robertson-Harris.
Robertson-Harris (6'6/255) made 33 starts for the UTEP Miners, logging 24 career tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks. He turned in a strong Pro Day workout, running 4.8-flat with a 35-inch vertical and 9-foot-11 broad jump. Lean, long armed, and plenty athletic, Robertson-Harris should've been a more dominant college player considering his physical prowess. He's a ball of clay his NFL coaching staff will try to mold into a useful edge player.
AL.com's Matt Zenitz reports that Alabama will hire former Bills DL coach Karl Dunlap to serve in the same capacity.
Dunlap will take the place of the shamed Bo Davis, who resigned on Friday amid scuttlebutt that he was involved with recruiting violations. For his part, Dunlap has been an assistant at the NFL level since 2006. He has served coaching stints with the Vikings, Jets and (most recently) Bills. Buffalo fired him in March.
Ravens signed Colorado OT Stephane Nembot.
Nembot (6'7/322) converted from defensive end to offensive line at Colorado, going on to start for 3 1/2 seasons at right tackle before protecting the blind side for the final month of his senior year. A native of Cameroon, Nembot has vine-like arms (34 5/8") and huge hands (10 5'8"), and didn't begin playing football until his junior year in high school. Nembot has a long way to go, but he is a capable enough athlete with an intriguing enough build to be worth a look as a developmental project.
Pro Football Focus called the Bears' selection of Kansas State G Cody Whitehair one of the best picks of the draft.
The Bears plucked Whitehair out of the pool in the second round at No. 56. "His positioning and technique are already at the level of a seasoned NFL veteran," PFF's Gordon McGuinness wrote, "and if he can put a bit more strength on his frame, Whitehair has the potential to be a top-5 interior lineman." While the 6-foot-4, 301-pounder played tackle early in his collegiate career, PFF (like most outlets) views him as an NFL guard.
AL.com's Matt Zenitz reports that former Alabama DL coach Bo Davis is being investigated by the NCAA for impermissible contact with recruits.
Davis tendered his resignation on Friday. There were rumors of possible recruiting violations in the air and those rumors took on extra heft with AL.com's report. Per Zenitz, "Davis is accused of visiting multiple out-of-state recruits during a period when coaches aren't allowed any contact with recruits." He went on to write that none of the recruits in question ultimately signed with Alabama. The NCAA got in touch with Bama's compliance office and spoke with Davis regarding these allegations -- Zenitz hears that they caught him being dishonest -- after which he resigned.
Bears signed Mississippi State CB Taveze Calhoun.
Calhoun (6'0/192) made 36 starts for the Bulldogs, logging 12 career tackles for loss, six interceptions, and three forced fumbles. He demonstrated average athleticism at the Combine, managing a 4.58 forty and 33 1/2-inch vertical. Known as a high-character player at Mississippi State, Calhoun is an underwhelming pro prospect who got beat deep too often in the SEC and defended the run poorly. He'd do well to carve out a career as a No. 4 corner.