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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Texans are a potential parachute landing spot for Clemson QB Deshaun Watson in Round 1 if Watson falls.

"His visit was overwhelmingly positive for all," Rap Sheet wrote. "He loved it, team did, too." Rotoworld's Josh Norris has connected Watson to the Bears at No. 3. In Daniel Jeremiah's most recent mock, he had Watson slipping past Houston's No. 25 slot and going to the Chiefs at No. 27.
Apr 26 - 3:28 PM

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Mike Garafolo report that the Los Angeles Chargers and Tennessee Titans both privately worked out Clemson WR Mike Williams over the past week.

The Chargers, widely expected to focus on defense in Round 1, own the No. 7 pick. The Titans are a cleaner fit for Williams and have been connected to him throughout the process. Tennessee owns two first-round picks (Nos. 5 and 18). Presumably, the organization would like to trade a few slots down and target a receiver where the value lines up better.
Apr 26 - 1:20 PM

Clemson QB Deshaun Watson warned teams against taking UNC's Mitchell Trubisky ahead of him in the 2017 NFL Draft.

"You're gonna have to live with the consequences that come with it," Watson said on NFL Network's Good Morning Football. "That's how I see it. I try to stay in my lane. I try not to take the path. I respect Mitch and what he's done and all the hype he's getting, but at the same time, my result speaks for itself. I feel like I've accomplished everything that I could. I guess if that's who they're gonna roll with, so be it." Trubisky and Watson are expected to be the first two quarterbacks picked during Thursday night's Round 1, with most assuming that Trubisky will be the first to hear his name called. Rotoworld's Josh Norris, however, believes the Bears may be interested in Watson at No. 3. Norris slotted Watson there in his most recent mock, with Trubisky going No. 10 to the Bills.
Apr 25 - 1:46 PM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell reports that the Saints are considering taking a quarterback in the first round.

The Saints hold picks Nos. 11 and 32, the latter coming to them as part of their Brandin Cooks trade to the Patriots. Writes Campbell, "Sources say that Payton likes all four of the top quarterback prospects." However, he adds that " it sounded as if it was more unlikely than likely." While a rookie quarterback would have the luxury of developing behind Drew Brees, the team is also desperately in need of defensive help after ranking 27th in total defense for the past campaign.
Apr 24 - 12:12 PM

An NFL scout speaking to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said Clemson QB Deshaun Watson is better than Dak Prescott.

"You can say he’s better than Dak Prescott," the scout said. "Total winner. Highly poised. Top intangibles. Lot of predetermined throws. Going to need a lot of work, like all these guys from the spread." Watson went 32-3 in college, with the 32nd win coming in January in the national title against Alabama. "He’s No. 1," a second scout said. "He’s played the best in the biggest stages. His best thing is leadership. He’s a winner. He has to develop into a pocket passer." Scouts don't question his arm, but they do have reservations about his decision making and progression reading. "He’s No. 1 just because he’s a better leader," said a third scout. "Like the kid a lot. His character is really, really good. His mechanics are below average. He threw 17 interceptions this year, which is terrible for a first-round quarterback, and a lot of them were really bad decisions. Just throwing the ball up for grabs."
Apr 23 - 1:26 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein comps Clemson TE Jordan Leggett to Kellen Davis.

The 6-foot-5, 258-pounder had 46 receptions for 736 yards and seven touchdowns for the national champs last season. His receiving chops are strong, and he compliments them with a great size/speed combination, but Leggett is a disinterested blocker. "Has elite size for the position, but his motor and effort leave a lot to be desired," Zierlein wrote. "Despite his size, might not have the attitude necessary to be an in-line blocker on the NFL level. Tape shows a route-runner who could struggle to uncover against quality man coverage." As for Pro Football Focus, they liken Leggett to Green Bay Packers TE Richard Rodgers, writing: "Short of playing a one-dimensional receiving role, any chance of Jordan’s chances of a prolonged NFL career depend entirely around revamping his overall blocking technique."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 23 - 12:47 PM

NFL Network's Charley Casserly hears from an NFL general manager that two quarterbacks will be drafted before the Bills pick at No. 10.

"Two quarterbacks in the top nine. That'd be a shocker," Casserly said. We would be shocked by the rumor, but seeing quarterbacks pushed up the board is nothing new. Perhaps the most tangible part of Casserly's little nugget is that the Bills -- whom met with Deshaun Watson on Friday and have been linked to him by multiple reports throughout the offseason -- might have to maneuver if they are truly coveting the Clemson star. We expect Watson and UNC's Mitchell Trubisky to be the first two quarterbacks selected in one order or another.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 22 - 12:27 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Clemson RB Wayne Gallman is "generic" and "herky-jerky."

"Little bit of strength. Runs hard, but limited. Caught the ball well at pro day but I don’t think he’s a third-down back," said another scout. A third evaluator was more openly optimistic about Gallman's pro potential, telling the Journal-Sentinel that the 6-foot, 215-pounder is a "[r]angy, leggy runner," one who is "[t]ough" and possesses "good vision." Pro Football Focus compares Gallman to Green Bay Packers RB James Stark due to both players' "very good ability to string together cuts once they get downfield." A late Day 2 or early Day 3 selection is likely in the cards for the dependable Clemson runner.
Apr 21 - 6:04 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the Bills will meet with Clemson QB Deshaun Watson on Friday.

This report just adds more smoke to reports of Buffalo's not-so-secret admiration for Watson. Earlier this month, for instance, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller reported hearing from one director of player personnel that Bills GM Doug Whaley is "as in love with Watson as we hear he is." Watson is no certainty to be available when Buffalo picks at No. 10 overall. Chicago, picking No. 3, is reportedly interested. And Cleveland has reportedly talked to the Jets about moving to No. 6 -- from No. 12, hopping Buffalo -- to land a signal-caller. Stay tuned.
Apr 20 - 12:44 PM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah spoke to five NFL executives, and three of them believe Clemson's Deshaun Watson will be the first QB drafted.

Mitchell Trubisky received one vote as did Patrick Mahomes. For weeks we all believed Mitchell Trubisky would be the first quarterback off the board, but Watson is generating buzz and much of it is due to his collegiate resume. "None of these guys are franchise-type, no-brainer picks, but he's the closest to what you'd want at the position," one executive told Jeremiah. The Bears at three are very possible.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 20 - 10:46 AM

Clemson CB Cordrea Tankersley visited the Dolphins on Wednesday.

Rapoport insinuates that Tankersley could slip into the end of Round 1, but we think Day 2 is a far more likely outcome. He was a great collegiate cover man who boasts a nice blend of height, length and speed. Some feel his overall athleticism leaves something to be desired, however.
Apr 19 - 6:33 PM

CSN Chicago beat writer John Mullin expects the Bears to draft a QB at No. 3, pointing to Clemson's Deshaun Watson as the pick.

Mullin even offers a potential trade up. "The Bears have conducted some of the most exhaustive research and evaluations in recent memory not of one quarterback but multiple quarterback prospects," he writes, adding Glennon's deal could basically be viewed as a one year contract. The Bears are not a team often mentioned with quarterbacks since signing Glennon, but Mullin makes a compelling case.
Source: CSN Chicago
Apr 19 - 11:36 AM

Arizona Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said that if the team drafted a quarterback, that quarterback would see first-team reps during the season.

The Cardinals are attempting to preserve Carson Palmer's health for the coming season and Arians forwarded a somewhat unconventional plan to aid that cause. Per the coach, Palmer will not be practicing on Wednesday's during the coming season. He added that should Arizona draft a quarterback, that gunslinger would take first-team reps on those Wednesdays. It is an interesting idea, one that could pay dividends both in the short term (keeping Palmer healthy) and the long term (allowing developmental reps). The Cardinals have either worked out or met with a slew of quarterbacking prospects in this draft class, including UNC's Mitchell Trubisky, Clemson's Deshaun Watson, Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer, Texas Tech's Pat Mahomes and Cal's Davis Webb. They hold the No. 13 and No. 45 picks in the first two rounds.
Apr 18 - 9:49 PM

Clemson junior TE Garrett Williams underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL last week.

Williams tore his ACL in practice at the beginning of April. Tigers HC Dabo Swinney indicated that the 6-foot-3, 245-pounder's availability for August camp is now in question. Realistically, Williams could be sidelined for a solid portion of -- if not all of -- the 2017 season as he recovers from this serious injury. He had played in all 30 of Clemson's games through the first two years of his collegiate career. His 252 career snaps played are the most among active tight ends on the team. In terms of positional depth now that Williams is down for the count, Milan Richard is a likely starter for the coming season, with Cannon Smith, Shadell Bell, D.J. Greenlee and J.C. Chalk all in line to potentially receive playing time. Clemson is looking to replace outgoing draft-bound TE Jordan Leggett as they retool for the 2017 campaign.
Apr 18 - 7:57 PM

NFL Network's Mike Mayock compared the leadership of Clemson QB Deshaun Watson to that of Titans QB Marcus Mariota.

"He's a quiet leader. A little bit like Marcus Mariota. He's not a screamer, but his teammates really respect him," Mayock said. The analyst is sold on Watson's intangibles, but offered more questions when it came to his on-field tendencies. "When he had to go beyond [his first read], I thought his decision-making really went downhill. He's got a long way to go," Mayock said. Watson took visits to both the 49ers and Cardinals last week. He could potentially draw a top-10 selection later this month.
Source: philly.com
Apr 17 - 2:20 PM


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