"Numerous league sources" tell CBS' Jason La Canfora the Falcons "remain very focused" on Jadeveon Clowney.
Both La Canfora and ESPN's Ed Werder reported earlier Thursday that the Falcons represented the Texans' best shot of trading out of the No. 1 spot. Thomas Dimitroff is perhaps the most aggressive general manager in the league, so it's entirely plausible that he has his eye on the draft's most-talented player, especially considering how limp the Falcons' pass rush was in 2013.
Mississippi State OT Charles Siddoway was arrested on burglary charges Wednesday.
A fringe prospect, the arrest could be a deathblow to Siddoway's draft stock. The 6-foot-7, 300-pound lineman is considered a day-three talent, but there's now a strong chance he'll go undrafted.
ESPN's Ed Werder stated on NFL Insiders Thursday that the Texans hope to trade down from No. 1 overall, and the Falcons are their "most likely partner."
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora chimed in on Twitter, reporting "there are no shortage of execs" around the NFL who believe the Texans' "best odds" of moving down is "with Atlanta to get (Jadeveon) Clowney." Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff is working with 10 draft picks, including six selections in the top 150, and has a history of trading up. Where there is smoke there is often fire. And the smoke is thickening on the Falcons-Texans trade possibility.
The Miami Herald reports Dolphins C Mike Pouncey is "still in limbo" about a potential suspension.
The league has moved excruciatingly slow with all things "Bullygate," though if Pouncey were to draw a ban, it's hard to envision it being more than a game. Commissioner Roger Goodell has already revealed that Pouncey will have to undergo a mental-health evaluation before returning to action.
ESPN's Ed Werder reported on NFL Insiders Thursday that the Buccaneers "would strongly consider" drafting Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel if he's available at the No. 7 overall pick.
Per Werder, new OC Jeff Tedford hopes to incorporate "read-option elements" into Tampa Bay's offense, and there is a feeling inside the Buccaneers' building that Manziel has "rare" tools. It's entirely possible the Bucs are leaking this rumor in order to inject life into a quarterback class that has seemingly been "falling" since the Combine. In that scenario, a quarterback going in the top six would increase Tampa's chances of landing a player it is truly targeting at No. 7. We would ultimately bet against Manziel going to the Bucs, who only have six picks in May's draft, and needs to address elsewhere.
ESPN's Ed Werder reports rival teams expect the Texans to trade down from No. 1 overall.
This appears to be the league-wide assumption, or at least the assumption amongst anonymous sources who leak scoops to the media. Werder pegs the Falcons at No. 6 as a possible fit. With this year's class exceptionally deep, it's a good year to stockpile picks.
Extra points will be attempted from the 15-yard line for the first two weeks of the preseason.
The experiment was originally expected to take place from the 20-yard line, but teams thought that was "too tough." It's unclear if the change will be implemented for the regular season, but it would be unusual for the league to make such a rash change on short notice. The subject is likely being studied with an eye toward 2015.
Titans LG Andy Levitre (hip surgery), C Brian Schwenke (ankle scope) and SLB Akeem Ayers (knee surgery) will not participate in next week's OTAs.
It's the first we've head of Levitre since he underwent a "minor" clean-up procedure in January. There's been nothing to suggest he won't be ready for training camp, however. Schwenke should be ready to go some time next month, while Ayers' timeline is unknown.