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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports there is a "late push" for UCLA QB Josh Rosen in the New York Jets' war room.

Pauline continued saying "The belief is still that Mayfield still ends up a Jet if he’s available when the team is called to the clock, but the Rosen push is on." It's borderline ridiculous to think nearly 24 hours prior to the draft an NFL front office holding a top 3 pick, which they traded up for, doesn't have their draft board set. They have to know which they prefer at this point and even though many prefer Rosen, the majority of chatter has been about Mayfield.
Apr 25 - 5:29 PM

NFL Media's Gil Brandt doesn't "have any questions" about UCLA QB Josh Rosen's character.

With Rosen's draft stock falling substantially as questions about his character continue to arrise, the former NFL player personel executive gave Rosen his stamp of approval. Brandt continued by saying "A good athlete, Rosen has a strong arm and accuracy -- he can make all the throws. By Year 2, he'll be a successful starter in the NFL." Rotoworld's Josh Norris and Thor Nystrom both agree with this sentiment and have Rosen as their No. 1 overall player in the draft.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 25 - 12:03 PM

Texas Tech redshirt senior OT Justin Murphy transferred to UCLA as a graduate.

Murphy started four games in both 2014 and 2015 at Texas Tech but battled a series of knee injuries which forced him to temporarily retire midway through the 2016 season. After taking a year off in 2017, Murphy announced that he "can compete again at high level" again. If he is healthy, Murphy has a good chance to play quickly as former tackle Kolton Miller is draft-bound while both guard Najoee Toran and center Scott Quessenberry graduated.
Apr 25 - 10:03 AM

One GM believes the 2018 NFL Draft might set a record for the number of first-round trades.

Quarterback deals and the belief that there are a handful of elite prospects then a drop off all back this statement up. Teams could prioritize a target in picks 10 through 32 and move up or down to acquire them, adding a third-round pick or so in the process.
Apr 24 - 9:15 AM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares UCLA WR Jordan Lasley to Carolina Panthers WR Torrey Smith.

Lasley showed flashes of brilliance in his time with the Bruins, but he also had one of the worst drop rates of any prospect in this class, as noted by Zierlein. There's also this from an NFC area scout. "You can't watch him and not be impressed, but he's got a pattern of behavior that isn't going away in my opinion. He doesn't hold himself accountable. He just acts any kind of way. He could go in the second round or seventh round but he has a lot of ability." Lasley could be a steal if he can cut the drops and keep his head on his shoulders, but there's a boatload of volatility here.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 23 - 10:08 PM

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport said that he would be "surprised" if the Buffalo Bills trade up to the No. 2 selection currently owned by the New York Giants.

Speaking on 'Good Morning Football' on Monday, Rap Sheet explained that he did see the Bills selling out the farm to move up to the second pick, even though that would mean that Buffalo would miss out on essentially having their pick of the quarterbacking litter (non-Browns division). While Rapoport would be very surprised if the Bills moved all the way to No. 2, they could potentially make a trade up to a lesser slot without mortgaging their draft future. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom has several times voiced the opinion that the Bills would be wise to target Louisville's Lamar Jackson. One benefit of drafting Jackson would be that Buffalo would likely not have to trade up to seal that particular deal.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 23 - 6:17 PM

After compiling 35-plus boards from media evaluators, Arif Hasan notes UCLA's Josh Rosen is the "consensus" top QB prospect.

Rosen is slotted as the No. 4 overall player. Sam Darnold is the second quarterback at No. 8 overall, Baker Mayfield is third at No. 11 overall and Lamar Jackson is No. 22 and the fourth quarterback. Josh Allen sits at No. 29 overall. Be sure to check out the consensus rankings which are linked below.
Apr 23 - 11:11 AM

An anonymous NFL scout said UCLA QB Josh Rosen is "the best pure passer I’ve seen since Drew Brees."

Bob McGinn Football's Mark Eckel has Rosen as his second-ranked quarterback behind USC Sam Darnold. This seems to echo the thoughts of some around the NFL as a poll of 14 NFL player personnel executives had Rosen finish as a close second behind Darnold. One NFL scout is extremely bullish on Rosen's on-field ability saying he "is as classic a passer as you could have, his mechanics are impeccable. He’s got arm strength. He reads the field." Most scouts are high on his on-field ability, but there seem to be some troubling issues with his personality and leadership ability. A second scout mentioned "He looks the part when he throws the ball but lacks the rest of the assets you need to be a winning quarterback up here. Off the field, he doesn’t have the profile you want for someone leading your team." Despite the "concerns," Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom and Josh Norris have Rosen as their No. 1 overall player in the 2018 draft.
Apr 22 - 1:57 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares UCLA T Kolton Miller to New York Giants T Nate Solder.

Miller is one of the more divisive prospects in this class -- at any position -- and Zierlein lists plenty of strengths and weaknesses. He notes that Miller plays with high effort on every snap, and the 6-foot-9, 310-pound tackle has the kind of base you're looking for in a starting bookend. He also notes that he's just an average athlete -- keep in mind this was written before his results in Indianapolis -- and that he needs to be more consistent with his hand placement. He gives Miller a grade of late-first, early-second, but the former Bruin could go as high as 10th overall to Oakland.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 21 - 7:54 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr projects the Bengals to select UCLA T Kolton Miller with the 21st pick in a "dueling" mock draft with Todd McShay.

Miller was recently mentioned as a "top target" by the Oakland Raiders, so there's a chance that he won't be on the board this long. Still, if he makes it this far this pick makes an awful lot of sense, as the Bengals still need tackle help even after the trade for Cordy Glenn. The former Bruin could start at RT, and then could be moved to the premium LT position after developing.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 20 - 8:57 PM

CBS Sports Jason La Canfora reports that UCLA T Kolton Miller is a "top target" for the Oakland Raiders.

La Canfora forwards the possibility of the Raiders trading down from No. 10 -- perhaps with a quarterback-needy team -- and angling for Miller lower in the first round. The problem that the analyst sees Oakland running into, though, is that they could potentially undershoot Miller's draft slot if they trade down too far. He passes along that offensive line coaches and evaluators he trusts have consistently raved about Miller as a potential franchise cornerstone. La Canfora has his doubts whether Miller is going to last past the Detroit Lions (picking at No. 20).
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 20 - 1:28 PM

Denver Broncos GM John Elway said that the No. 5 pick is available to be traded.

It should probably come as no real surprise that Denver is publicly putting the pick out there as a possible trade chip. Even if they were 95-percent dead set on remaining at No. 5, there's no harm in keeping the door open on the chance that a team bowls them over with a sizable offer. The Broncos are something of a draft wild card for next week, as they do not necessarily appear to be locked into selecting a quarterback.
Apr 19 - 3:19 PM

UCLA Head Coach Chip Kelly announced, "there is a possibility" they won't play a spring game this year.

Kelly explained, "It all depends on depth. So we have got two more practice opportunities, today and Thursday, and then we’ll reconvene after that and see what our depth is accordingly." The Bruins "depth" is suffering from a combination of injuries to current players and having players transfer or quit after the changes in coaching staffs. Kelly said he would like to play the game but may have to change the format based on the availability of his players. It seems likely the Bruins will play a game in some fashion.
Source: Fansided
Apr 18 - 9:05 PM

NESN's Doug Kyed reports that the New England Patriots are interested in UCLA QB Josh Rosen.

Oh boy. But before this potentially apocalyptic move could happen, two things would need to occur. First, Rosen would need to begin to slide in the draft. That's certainly a possibility, especially if he were to slip past Denver's pick at No. 5. Should that slide take place -- we've seen the quarterback drop in a few mocks -- the Patriots would then need to pull off a trade to move up, likely requiring both their No. 23 and No. 31 picks in the first. And maybe a little extra juice beyond that. NESN's Kyed floats the 49ers at the No. 9 selection as a logical trade partner. Before mass panic sets in over the Patriots owning the NFL for another decade-plus, Kyed does note that while New England is interested in Rosen, the degree of interest, here, is less certain.
Source: NESN
Apr 18 - 3:13 PM

NFL.com Draft Analyst Daniel Jeremiah projects that the Patriots take UCLA T Kolton Miller with the 31st pick in his updated mock draft.

The Patriots also have the 23rd pick, which Jeremiah projects Alabama LB Rashaan Evans to go with. The Patriots have a hole at tackle with Nate Soldier gone -- as Jeremiah mentions -- and Miller could help fill that goal. He's one of the most divisive prospects in the draft, but the Patriots are pretty good at developing athletes like this into quality players. Miller could be the next.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 17 - 11:48 PM


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