Beat writer Mike Klis expects the Broncos to select Florida State C Cameron Erving if he's available at No. 28 overall.
Offensive line is the biggest priority for the Broncos, who have just Ryan Clady and Louis Vasquez locked in as starters right now. Guys like Gino Gradowski, Manny Ramirez, Shelley Smith, Ben Garland and Chris Clark are candidates to round out the line. Erving would be an excellent fit as a zone-blocking center who would fit the Gary Kubiak scheme nicely. If he's not there, expect John Elway to look at a tackle to play opposite Clady.
Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray said he was only issued a citation following Monday morning's marijuana-related incident.
In a statement, Ray said he was not under the influence nor impaired, so he was not detained. Still, it's terrible timing for a player whose stock was already clouded by foot/toe issues. Getting caught with some marijuana isn't a big deal, but being boneheaded enough to be speeding with it in the car just days before the draft could give teams pause. NFL Network's Albert Breer reported Monday night that Ray also failed a drug test early in his career at Missouri.
PFT says Robert Griffin III is more likely to get benched now that the Redskins have picked up his $16.1M 2016 option.
The only way that $16.1M becomes guaranteed is if Griffin suffers a serious injury that spills into the 2016 season. So if he's struggling and it becomes increasingly clear that he's not turning the corner as a franchise quarterback, there will be a ton of motivation for the Redskins to get him off the field. The absolute worst-case scenario would be paying Griffin that gargantuan salary when the team doesn't even want him. RG3 already has two ACL tears on his resume (one at Baylor, one with the Redskins).
According to ESPN New York's Rich Cimini, the "latest buzz in league circles" is the Jets would pass on Marcus Mariota if he lasted until the No. 6 pick.
The Jets seem all set to go with Geno Smith behind Chan Gailey favorite Ryan Fitzpatrick. Cimini concedes "chances are, it won't matter" that the Jets would pass on Mariota because he's likely to be taken with the No. 2 overall pick.
In a poll of 21 NFL personnel men, Nebraska's Randy Gregory was the top vote getter as this year's top pass rusher.
This is a pure pass-rush ability poll, not a specified position. Gregory got ten first-place votes, while Clemson's Vic Beasley garnered five. Florida's Dante Fowler handled 2 1/2 first-place votes, USC's Leonard Williams got two, and Missouri's Shane Ray received 1 1/2. However, in a poll of 20 scouts, Gregory received 11 1/2 first-place votes as this year's front-seven prospect most likely to bust. Long on talent but facing off-field issues, Gregory looks like a boom-or-bust prospect.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the Eagles acquired Sam Bradford "to be their [quarterback]," not as "trade pawn."
Per Mortensen, Bradford, who has one year left on his deal, will not sign a contract extension with a team other than the Eagles to help facilitate a trade. He wants to play for coach Chip Kelly and OC Pat Shurmur, who coached him as a rookie. The rumors will swirl through Thursday night, but odds are the Eagles won't have enough ammo to get up to the No. 2 pick to select Marcus Mariota.
NFL Network's Albert Breer reports the Falcons are looking to trade up from No. 8 overall in Thursday night's draft.
Per Breer, the Falcons' target is an "impact defender." Atlanta badly needs pass-rush help. Florida's Dante Fowler is widely viewed as the top edge-rushing prospect in this class and could come off the board as early as No. 3 to the Jaguars. Jacksonville may be looking to move back to acquire more picks.
Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray was arrested Monday morning for possession of marijuana in Cooper County, Mo.
What a bonehead move by Ray, who was later released from county jail. His stock was already crashing some because of a foot/toe issue that may require surgery and force him to miss rookie minicamp. Early in the pre-draft process, Ray was talked about as a possible top-three pick. Now, he may find himself lasting until day two. Ray (6'3/249) has a high motor but lacks ideal athleticism.