Five-star 2017 QB Tate Martell decommited from Texas A&M.
Martell is a gigantic chess piece in the 2017 recruiting cycle, the top dual-threat quarterback in the class. The Aggies' coaching staff was not able to hide it's dismay at the development, with A&M WR coach Aaron Moorehead going on a bizarre Twitter rant within minutes of Martell's announcement. "I feel sorry for ppl who never understand loyalty," he tweeted. "I can’t really even vibe with u. At the end of the day trust is 💯 & everything else is BS." The 5-foot-10, 192-pound Martell recently made a trip to Ohio State. His recruiting process is officially back open.
Ohio State redshirt sophomore QB Stephen Collier will miss the 2016 season due to a torn ACL.
Collier underwent surgery on Wednesday. The redshirt sophomore was competing with redshirt freshman Joe Burrow for the top backup spot behind J.T. Barrett, who also has a knee injury on his history during the 2014 season. Freshman Dwayne Haskins will enroll this summer, so the Buckeyes will have a bit more depth at the position in the coming months.
NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter ranked Cleveland's UDFA crop No. 2 in the league.
"Cornerback Kenya Dennis is an athletic player with potential. On offense, tight end J.P. Holtz is a solid pass-catcher," Reuter wrote. "Paul James from Rutgers would have been a mid-round pick without the injury issues, so don't be surprised if he shocks some NFL folks with his explosiveness in the preseason." The analyst also loved the additions of nose tackles Nile Lawrence-Stample and Kyle Rose after Cleveland eschewed the position in the Draft.
Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown targeted Princeton WR/TE Seth DeValve for his ability to create mismatches.
DeValve says he was used as an "H-back adjuster" at Princeton, moving all over the formation to create mismatches, sometimes out wide, sometimes in the slot and sometimes inline in a three-point stance as a traditional tight end. "I was always used as a hybrid tight end/wide receiver so to say that I’m making a transition from wide receiver to tight end isn’t extremely accurate," DeValve said. Cleveland will use him much the same. "Willing blocker, able to detach and match up one on one as a receiver and has the athleticism you would want in a player at that position in the league," Brown said. "When you look at all those things, his work ethic, his toughness, he was a guy we really felt like would be a nice tool for Pep and Hue to have on offense and can present some mismatches."
The 49ers received a rough D+ grade for their 2016 NFL Draft haul on Evan Silva's report card.
"GM Trent Baalke got good value with [DE DeForest] Buckner, who was believed to be in consideration as high as San Diego's pick at No. 3," Silva wrote. "Baalke then made an odd-ball move to trade up for [G Josh] Garnett, costing fourth- (105) and sixth-round picks (178) in exchange for just a nine-spot jump." The analyst also panned Rds. 3 and 4 CBs Will Redmond and Rashard Robinson as small, inexperienced and over-drafted. "On a bad team like the 49ers ... it was disappointing to see Baalke emerge with so few likely immediate contributors when he was working with 11 picks," Silva wrote. "The back-to-back cornerbacks figure to determine how this draft is viewed years from now. I can't say I'm optimistic about either."
NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter ranked New Orleans' UDFA class the best in the NFL.
The prospect disbursement process does not end when the Draft does. This year's deep class offered us an assortment of undrafted prospects who would have been picked in past years. The Saints, who had only five picks, dominated in the post-Draft hours. "The Saints found two potential starters in guards Landon Turner and Avery Young (who could end up at tackle eventually)," Reuter wrote. "Offensive tackle Ryker Mathews and centers Jack Allen and Marcus Henry also have NFL futures." The analyst also liked the signing of DBs De'Vante Harris, Ken Crawley, Trae Elston and Michael Caputo and WRs Jordan Williams (tough possession receiver) or Jared Dangerfield (taller downfield threat).
The Bills' 2016 Draft haul earned a B- on Evan Silva's report card.
The analyst liked Buffalo's first two picks -- Clemson DE Shaq Lawson and Alabama ILB Reggie Ragland in Rds. 1 and 2, respectively -- but was lower on some of the later ones, including taking Ohio State teammates DT Adolphus Washington and QB Cardale Jones back-to-back in the middle-rounds. "Although I liked how Whaley solidified Rex Ryan's front seven, I think it would be surprising if the Bills got meaningful contributions from more than two or three players in this class," Silva wrote.
ESPN's Kevin Seifert "strongly suspect[s]" that the Ravens and Titans would have picked Ronnie Stanley and Jack Conklin ahead of Laremy Tunsil even if a video of Tunsil smoking pot out of a gas mask hadn't been released minutes before the draft.
Seifert argues that Tunsil's character issues didn't just sneak up on NFL decision-makers in the moments before the Draft opened. "This was a pileup of issues, not simply one that played out in real time on social media 13 minutes before the draft began," he wrote. We aren't sure that we buy his perception. After taking Stanley, the Ravens cited character as part of their decision-making process. The Titans, meanwhile, were believed by everyone to be taking Tunsil No. 1 overall before they traded down. If Conklin didn't move ahead of Tunsil on their board because of the video, how was he able to do so?