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Bengals signed Oregon CB Troy Hill.

Hill (5'10/180) was the Ducks' nickel back his first three seasons before taking over as a starter in 2014, amassing three career interceptions, 6.5 tackles for loss, and three forced fumbles. He ran 4.55 at the Combine with a 32 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. Slight of build and not overly athletic, Hill is an overachiever who won with effort and aggressiveness in college. Although he lacks top-end physical attributes, Hill's feisty playing mentality would translate well to the slot. He also has special teams value.
May 4 - 9:11 PM

Rotoworld's Evan Silva panned San Francisco's draft, writing that it "wouldn't surprise me if one or even none of these players becomes a good football player right away" and giving the class a "D+" grade.

"The 49ers drew day-one praise for trading down with the Chargers and still securing 'their guy' in [Arik] Armstead," Silva wrote. "I view Armstead as a classic boom-or-bust prospect, however, and unworthy of a top-20 pick. For someone as physically gifted as he is, Armstead had an alarming shortage of college production." ESPN's Mel Kiper was also not a fan of the class, giving it a "C+." "If there's a theme here, it's that you really need to believe in your ability to coach these guys up," Kiper wrote. "The other thing I wonder about is the lack of a true inside linebacker or cornerback. I'm fascinated to see what this class becomes because it's short on guarantees."
Source: Rotoworld
May 4 - 7:05 PM

Titans GM Ruston Webster's "knocked this one out of the park" and earned an "A" draft grade from Rotoworld's Evan Silva.

"In addition to piling up value picks and addressing needs, Webster made a savvy day-two trade that turned No. 33 into [Dorial] Green-Beckham, [Jalston] Fowler, and [Tre] McBride," Silva wrote. "Mariota could buy the front office at least two years, and gives Tennessee a legit shot at a franchise quarterback." ESPN's Mel Kiper didn't see it the same way, giving the Titans a middling "C+" grade. "I thought Tennessee had some reaches on value on three consecutive picks: Dorial Green-Beckham is a special athlete, but he's incomplete and plays soft, and I thought there were several better options available at No. 40; I had Jeremiah Poutasi as my 12th-ranked guard (he played tackle at Utah), so that's a reach on my board in Round 3; and the Angelo Blackson pick was again a slight reach for me," Kiper wrote.
Source: Rotoworld
May 4 - 5:51 PM

Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu's $3 million injury insurance policy was triggered when he wasn't taken on Day 2.

ESPN.com reported that International Specialty Insurance projected Ekpre-Olomu as the No. 12 overall pick when they signed the policy with Oregon and the prospect. For falling out of Round 1, IEO was set to recoup a portion of that policy. When he tumbled out of Day 2, it guaranteed he'd get it all. Ekpre-Olomu, who tore his ACL last December, went No. 241 overall to the Browns.
Source: NFL.com
May 3 - 2:57 PM

Browns selected Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu with the No. 241 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Ekpre-Olomu (5'9/192) was widely viewed as a first-round cornerback prospect before tearing his ACL last December. Many draft analysts now project him to safety. "IEO" finished his four-year college career with a ballhawking nine interceptions and eight forced fumbles. A rugged tackler with quick feet and a highly competitive playing mentality, Ekpre-Olomu's best NFL fit may be as a slot corner-slash-free safety in the Tyrann Mathieu mold. He may open his career on the reserve/PUP list, but projects as a future plus starter.
May 2 - 6:07 PM

Bears selected Oregon C Hroniss Grasu with the No. 71 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Grasu (6'3/297) made 52 starts for Oregon, earning second-team All-American honors as a senior and first-team All-Pac 12 in each of his final three seasons. His most notable 2014 performance came versus Washington, neutralizing Huskies NT Danny Shelton. An admirably consistent blocker with a highly competitive playing attitude, Grasu is a center only but has pro-ready traits. He has big hands (10 1/4"), plus movement skills (5.01/5.03 forty), and is a physical battler.
May 1 - 9:58 PM

Bengals selected OT Jake Fisher with the No. 53 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Fisher (6'6/306) made 35 starts for Oregon, moving from right to left tackle as a senior and earning first-team All-Pac 12. Fisher has adequate arm length (33 3/4") to play any position up front, and big hands (10 3/8") to stone pass rushers. He shredded the Combine, running 5.01 with a 32 1/2-inch vertical and 7.25 three-cone time, one of the best among linemen. Fisher needs to add strength and improve his hand usage, but is athletic enough to develop into a top-notch pass blocker. In Kyle Long, Max Unger, and Geoff Schwartz, Oregon has churned out O-Line hits. With Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith entering contract years, Fisher and Cedric Ogbuehi are the Bengals' tackles of the future.
May 1 - 9:03 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Oregon OL Jake Fisher as the No. 12 available player still available and ESPN's Todd McShay believes he's No. 9 on the board.

"An outstanding athlete at the position," Norris wrote. "Fisher is best at mirroring and accomplishing his assignment, especially as a pass protector. That athleticism allows him to compensate for other deficiencies. Might be the best true ZBS or slant blocking T in this class. Expect some teams to look at him at guard too." Fisher's SPARQ% score of 94.2 is, of course, exceptional. McShay sees what we see. "Fisher has outstanding foot quickness and lateral agility for the offensive tackle position, making him a very effective pass-blocker," he wrote. "He's an adequate run-blocker in zone-blocking schemes who can take advantage of that athleticism; however, his power base is just average, so he can struggle versus stronger run defenders."
Source: Rotoworld
May 1 - 6:43 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora wonders if the Titans may reunite No. 2 pick QB Marcus Mariota with his college LT, Jake Fisher, with the No. 33 selection.

"Fisher, a former tight end with experience at both left and right tackle, has the agility, strength and tenacity to play immediately and would help cushion the transition for Mariota," La Canfora wrote. "Should the Titans not take Fisher, a playmaking wideout could also make the reigning Heisman Trophy winner's move to Ken Whisenhunt's offense a little easier." If they go in the receiver direction, names to monitor include Oklahoma's Dorial Green-Beckham, Arizona State's Jaelen Strong, Ohio State's Devin Smith and Michigan's Devin Funchess. T.J. Clemmings is another offensive line option if Tennessee isn't as high on Fisher as are some others.
Source: CBS Sports
May 1 - 5:16 PM

49ers selected Oregon DE Arik Armstead with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Armstead (6'7/292) was highly touted before and throughout his college career, but managed nine career tackles for loss and just four sacks as a 19-game starter for Oregon. He also disappointed at the Combine, running 5.10 with a 9-foot-9 broad jump and sluggish 7.57 three-cone time. Armstead looks like Calais Campbell, but frustrates on tape with inconsistent effort, and his lack of college production is a significant red flag. He offers very little as a pass rusher at this stage.
Apr 30 - 10:01 PM

Titans selected Oregon QB Marcus Mariota with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Mariota (6'4/222) was the 2014 Heisman winner, finishing his three-year career as a 66.8-percent passer with a 105:14 TD-to-INT ratio. He added 29 rushing TDs and is an elite athlete for the position, running 4.52 at the Combine with a 36-inch vertical and 10-foot-1 broad jump. Mariota took just five snaps from center in 2014 and was infrequently required to make throws into tight windows or with anticipation in Oregon's spread. He does have adequate arm strength and above-average accuracy. A poised, intelligent (33 Wonderlic), high-character prospect, Mariota's career seems more likely to go the way of Russell Wilson or Cam Newton's than failed or plateauing dual-threat QBs Colin Kaepernick, RG3, and Jake Locker. If he doesn't cleanly beat out Zach Mettenberger for the Week 1 starting job, it'll be a major disappointment for the franchise.
Apr 30 - 8:24 PM

Oregon's Jake Fisher ranks just behind the first tier of OL (Brandon Scherff, Ereck Flowers and La'el Collins) on ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden's list.

"Watch him use his hands and punch on tape," Gruden wrote. "He is in shape, he is athletic and he can switch stunts. I think he can be a left tackle and probably will be a right tackle. He dominated Eddie Goldman in the Rose Bowl. I like him in the late first round and think he can be a sleeper pick." Fisher also has experience at guard. He's one of the top athletes amongst the class' offensive lineman, adept at mirroring his opponent with footwork.
Apr 29 - 4:17 PM

ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden said he would "not select [Oregon DL Arik Armstead] in the first round based on the production."

"I just do not get enough Armstead on any of these tapes," Gruden said. "He doesn't have a lot of production." As we like to say, the 6-foot-7, 292-pound Armstead has the talent of a top-five pick and the production to go on Day 2 or 3. "At the college level, with a man of this stature, you should walk out of the stadium going, 'Holy cow, this Armstead is unbelievable!'" Gruden said. "I do not remember a film that I put down and said, 'I'm going to go get my season tickets renewed and buy an Armstead jersey.' I do not think it was a lack of effort. It was a lack of getting there and making the play --- not penetrating, not beating the block."
Apr 29 - 1:51 PM

The Browns trading up for Oregon QB Marcus Mariota would be the "least surprising" move of the draft, according to Dane Brugler.

Dane has Browns sources and has helped clear up last year's Johnny Manziel selection, in terms of Ray Farmer loving Manziel, and Cleveland's failed attempts in adding a receiver in 2014. The Browns have the best first round ammunition in the 2015 draft in terms of trade up scenarios. We think, partially due to Brugler's statement, that Cleveland is the most likely landing spot for the second quarterback selected.
Apr 29 - 1:15 PM

The Titans have not received a trade offer from the Browns for the No. 2 pick, according to beat writer Paul Kuharsky.

This goes directly against another ESPN report from Pat McManamon, who said the Browns have already offered two first round picks for the No. 2 selection. Leaks will be brought up from every direction in the next 36 hours, and some will be from teams and others from agents. If the Titans do not select Marcus Mariota at No. 2 a trade seems likely, but to whom?
Apr 29 - 12:49 PM


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