49ers RB Marcus Lattimore said he's "ready" to compete for playing time.
Lattimore hasn't played since sustaining a gruesome right knee injury at the end of the 2012 season while at South Carolina. He's expected to be a full participant in the entire offseason program and legitimately battle for snaps come training camp. Lattimore's progress will be worth watching closely as he flashed serious first-round talent when 100 percent. He'll start off behind Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter on the depth chart.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Rams are "strongly considering" drafting a quarterback in May.
The Rams used one of their 30 pre-draft visits on Pittsburgh's Tom Savage, and sent QBs coach Frank Cignetti to the Georgia Pro Day to see Aaron Murray throw. They've also shown interest in SMU's Garrett Gilbert and South Carolina's Connor Shaw. Beat writer Jim Thomas believes the Rams will draft a middle-round QB. "I don’t think there’s any question the Rams are taking a quarterback," added Gil Brandt. "(GM) Les Snead has been around looking at those guys."
The Cleveland Plain Dealer suggests the Browns could target Kirk Cousins in a draft-day trade.
"It's all on the table. It might even include trade discussions for Kirk Cousins," writes beat reporter Mary Kay Cabot. The Browns have ten picks in the upcoming draft, while the Redskins are without a first-rounder and may be looking for additional selections in what is widely considered the deepest draft in recent memory. The Redskins are reportedly seeking a second-round pick for Cousins. That's not going to happen. We bet they'd take a third-rounder. Ultimately, Cousins is likely to be holding the clipboard as Washington's backup in 2014.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer expects the Browns to "strongly consider" taking Auburn OT Greg Robinson with the No. 4 overall pick in next month's draft.
The Browns have mostly been linked to quarterbacks, wide receivers, and cornerbacks in mock drafts, but they're reportedly unhappy with Mitchell Schwartz at right tackle. Using the fourth pick on an offensive tackle, especially a mauling run blocker like Robinson to plant opposite All-Pro LT Joe Thomas, is a real possibility. Robinson could go as high as No. 2 overall to the Rams.
Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford (Achilles) is expected to be ready for OTAs.
Crawford missed all of 2013 on injured reserve. He's eight months removed from his torn Achilles' tendon and on track for offseason workouts. As long as he stays healthy, Crawford should see regular snaps as part of the Cowboys' defensive line rotation.
ESPN's Paul Gutierrez expects Darren McFadden to open the season as the Raiders' starting running back.
McFadden was reduced to a backup role for the final two games last season and won't have much job security playing on a one-year deal. Even if he manages to hold off Maurice Jones-Drew, McFadden has never played a full season and remains a huge injury risk. The Raiders may ultimately use McFadden as a change-of-pace back, with Jones-Drew getting the majority of work between the tackles.
ESPN New York reports the Giants are "hearing good things" about David Wilson's recovery from neck surgery.
Wilson has made good progress this offseason, but there's still some uncertainty on his 2014 status. If he gains clearance, Wilson could benefit from a change-of-pace role behind Rashad Jennings that allows him to stay healthy and do less blocking. Through two NFL seasons, Wilson is averaging 4.4 YPC.
Brian Hartline (knee) is expected to ready for minicamp.
Hartline suffered a torn PCL in Week 17, but managed to avoid surgery. He hasn't had any setbacks and is currently ahead of schedule in his rehab. The Dolphins can save $4 million by releasing Hartline next offseason, so he's entering a make-or-break year in 2014.