Ravens OL coach Juan Castillo confirms No. 6 pick Ronnie Stanley will compete with Eugene Monroe at left tackle.
It should be assumed that any tackle who goes in the top 10 will compete on the blindside. Monroe has struggled to stay healthy the past two seasons, and could potentially end up traded or released. If Monroe, who's been battling a shoulder injury, has a healthy summer, then RT Ricky Wagner will likely be sent to the bench. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport has reported Stanley could see time at guard, but that's not the most likely scenario.
Giants coach Ben McAdoo said the team will try rookie CB Eli Apple everywhere.
Apple was mostly used on the perimeter at Ohio State, but because of the Giants' personnel, he may end up playing the slot. NJ Advanced Media's Jordan Raanan notes that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was a "disaster" when he played in the slot last season while Janoris Jenkins is likely to play outside. The Giants reached for Apple at No. 10 after their preferred choice Leonard Floyd went to Chicago at No. 9.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport doesn't expect the Ravens to release LT Eugene Monroe.
According to RapSheet, Monroe (shoulder) is still injured, and the Ravens could slide No. 6 overall pick Ronnie Stanley inside to guard. That all makes some sense, but when asked about Monroe after picking Stanley, the Ravens declined to comment. The writing has been on the wall that Baltimore doesn't trust Monroe to stay on the field after he's missed 16 games the past two years.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys are "attempting" to acquire the No. 32 overall pick from the Browns.
According to RapSheet, the Cowboys' "likely target" is a pass rusher. Rotoworld draft guru Josh Norris' top available edge rusher left on the board is Eastern Kentucky's Noah Spence. Spence has some off-field issues related to drugs, so maybe the Cowboys, who have already lost their two starting ends to suspensions, will shy away from him. Either way, they need help off the edge.
Coach Jeff Fisher said the "goal" is for No. 1 pick Jared Goff to be the Week 1 starting quarterback.
As expected. The Rams don't have the luxury to sit their first-round quarterback behind a quality veteran stopgap like the Eagles do with Sam Bradford and Carson Wentz. And that certainly played into the Rams' decision between Goff and Wentz. Wentz may have the higher long-term ceiling, but Goff is viewed by most as the more pro-ready prospect. Case Keenum will hold the clipboard, while the Rams attempt to unload Nick Foles either this draft weekend or this summer.
ESPN's Rich Cimini believes Denver's decision to draft Paxton Lynch could facilitate Ryan Fitzpatrick's return to the Jets.
The Broncos never pursued Fitzpatrick, but any chance he had of going to Denver died as soon as GM John Elway traded for draft Lynch at No. 26. Denver's quarterback opening gave Fitzpatrick leverage in negotiations with New York, but now the Jets are the only team with a "Help Wanted" sign. So far Fitzpatrick has held firm at his $16 million a year asking price, but he's lost most of his negotiating power and will have to settle for less if he wants to rejoin Gang Green.
Ravens CB Jimmy Smith will undergo a second surgery on his surgically-repaired foot this week to remove the screws from the first procedure.
This helps explain why GM Ozzie Newsome tried so hard to trade up to No. 4 for Jalen Ramsey. The Ravens "hope" Smith will only miss 4-6 weeks. If so, Smith should be ready for training camp. But it's obviously a concern after Smith didn't play well at all last season coming off of a Lisfranc fracture.
According to an NFL medical source who spoke with ESPN's Ed Werder, Myles Jack's knee injury is "more troubling in some ways" than Jaylon Smith's.
Smith tore his left ACL and MCL in his final college game and has already been ruled out for 2016. While Smith's injury will heal over time, the fear is that Jack's knee will continue to deteriorate. Jack admitted the possibility of microfracture surgery at some point. Per ESPN's Darren Rovell, Jack has a "loss of value" insurance policy that kicks in if he's still on the board at pick No. 45.