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North Carolina WR Mack Hollins visited the Texans last week.

Hollins is an interesting evaluation and a potential bargain on Draft Day. The 6-foot-4, 221-pounder is a tantalizing size/speed proposition who boasts 4.53 speed. He's also an ace on special teams coverage units. The issue is durability. Hollins was limited to seven games last season due to a collarbone injury, and then he injured his hamstring while running the forty in Indianapolis. The former walk-on is being given mid-round draft grades. In a recent seven-round mock, NFL.com's Chad Reuter had Hollins going in Round 5. ESPN's Todd McShay ranks him as the No. 98 overall prospect in the class. "I love watching Hollins' tape: He's a very good blocker and shows the toughness to make contested catches over the middle. The only reason he's this low on my board is because he's coming off a collarbone injury."
Source: Houston
Apr 23 - 3:20 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein likens UNC RB T.J. Logan to Akeem Hunt.

Logan was stuck behind Elijah Hood for much of his time in Chapel Hill, but he showed explosion when given an opportunity last season. In 120 carries, he ran for 675 yards and seven touchowns while posting a 29-244-3 line receiving. He also took two balls to the house on kick returns. At the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Logan ran the forty in 4.37 seconds. "Sleek athlete with excellent short area burst and the finishing speed to hit home runs in all three phases if the opportunity is right," Zierlein wrote. "Logan will likely be considered flex player on the roster who can compete for duties as a kick returner and third down back."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 23 - 10:06 AM

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that UNC QB Mitchell Trubisky is "still under serious consideration by the Browns at No. 1."

Talk of Trubisky to the Browns at No. 1 simply refuses to die. These rumblings kicked off in earnest on April 11, when ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that there were "split opinions" as to whether to select Myles Garrett -- viewed as close to a consensus No. 1 throughout the process -- or Trubisky. Earlier this week, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora dumped even more fuel on this divided fire, passing along word that Hue Jackson and the Browns' coaching staff was "all in" on Garrett, but that the front office was leaning toward Trubisky. With the Cleveland Plain Dealer's fresh report that Trubisky remains in play for the Browns at No. 1, it is becoming increasingly difficult to just dismiss this as idle talk. We still ultimately think that Browns will take Garrett. One other note from Cabot's report -- she was told "don't be surprised" if the 49ers select Trubisky at No. 2, something that the Browns are almost certainly factoring into their decision.
Apr 22 - 3:17 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah believes that there is a 70% chance that the Browns select a quarterback in the first round.

Jeremiah broke down the percentages for the most likely top-12 teams to select a quarterback on Day 1. No surprise that he pegged the Browns -- who hold two top-15 picks -- as the most likely to draft a gunslinger. In descending order, the next three teams DJ spotted were the Bills at 60%, the Jets at 40% and the Bears at 35%. He also offered an additional note on the Bears, relaying that he has been hearing for "quite some time" that they could target a quarterback at No. 3. This is all speculative, of course, but the percentages sound about right to us. Perhaps the most interesting takeaway here is that the 49ers -- who have been linked to Mitchell Trubisky at No. 2 -- draw just a 20% mark from DJ.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 22 - 1:50 PM

On a Friday conference call, NFL Network's Mike Mayock expressed a lack of enthusiasm for the Jets drafting a quarterback at No. 6.

"I think most of this quarterback class should be later down the line, whether it's first round or second round," Mayock said, later adding that "[t]he Jets at No. 6 I think is a huge reach for any quarterback in this class. But if they fall in love with somebody, they've got to keep swinging." One other note on Mayock's quarterback thoughts -- he does not believe the Bills, who have been linked to Clemson's Deshaun Watson throughout the process, will be taking a quarterback at No. 10.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 21 - 6:56 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports that Browns HC Hue Jackson and his staff are "all-in" on Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett at No. 1, but the front office is leaning towards UNC QB Mitchell Trubisky and owner Jimmy Haslam "badly wants a QB."

Like the opening of baseball and the return of warm weather, April brings its annual Cleveland power struggle related to the NFL Draft. A couple years back, that yearly ritual reportedly led to Haslam leading the charge to trade up to draft Johnny Manziel. We think Garrett will ultimately be the No. 1 pick. Recent reports had Cleveland exploring trade possibilities to move from No. 12 back into the top-10 with an eye on Trubisky, though, so perhaps both divisions within the Cleveland organization will exit Day 1 happy.
Apr 21 - 12:57 PM

Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson has heard from "adamant" evaluators over the last week that the Browns, 49ers, Bears and Bills are targeting UNC QB Mitchell Trubisky.

These are all usual suspects when it comes to Trubisky. Breaking them down, we would be surprised to see Trubisky at No. 1 to Cleveland, but No. 2 to the 49ers wouldn't completely shock -- though San Francisco is reportedly looking to trade down from No. 2. There has been less talk of Trubisky to the Bears and considerably more about Deshaun Watson to the Bills. Expect to hear plenty more adamant evaluators over the next week. Then, showtime.
Apr 20 - 7:34 PM

An NFC general manager told WalterFootball's Charlie Campbell that the San Francisco 49ers are "desperate to trade down."

The GM further insinuated that there is indecision within San Francisco's organization as to who they would take, if stuck in the slot, after Cleveland presumably tabs Texas A&M's Myles Garrett with the No. 1 pick. New 49ers GM John Lynch previously stated, with regards to the No. 2 pick, that he is "open for business." Walter Football hears that some around the league believe San Francisco will take North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky if they are stuck at No. 2. Another widely-discussed scenario has the 49ers taking LSU RB Leonard Fournette.
Apr 20 - 3:05 PM

WalterFootball's Charlie Campbell reports that the Jets and Browns have discussed a trade scenario that would allow Cleveland to move from No. 12 to No. 6 to take a quarterback.

Cleveland would presumably be targeting North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. If Trubisky goes in the top-three, Cleveland may still be motivated to leap ahead of Buffalo to take Clemson's Deshaun Watson. Because Cleveland's interest is prospect-specific, Campbell doesn't believe a trade would be consummated until the Jets are on the clock. To drop six slots in Round 1, the Jets are reportedly asking for the No. 33 overall pick (second round) and the No. 108 overall pick (fourth round). In turn, Cleveland is reportedly offering its other second-round pick, No. 52 overall, along with the No. 145 pick (fifth round).
Source: Walt
Apr 19 - 2:02 PM

An AFC scout believes North Carolina CB Desmond Lawrence will be relegated to the slot in the NFL.

"I think he's a zone corner only," the scout said. "He's got some ball skills but he's just too slow to play man. I think he's a long shot, but he's tall and has some ball production in his career so we'll see." The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder is coming off a senior season in which he was named third-team all-conference. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein thinks Lawrence will be in for a fight to even make a roster next fall. "Tall, thin corner who has shown an ability to disrupt at the catch point when his coverage is right," Zierlein wrote. "He lacks the quickness to handle press-man on a consistent basis in the pros and his below average long speed will get him picked on quite a bit if isolated against a speedy target."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 19 - 12:29 PM

Appearing on the Rotoworld Football Podcast, Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting passed along word that UNC QB Mitchell Trubisky reached out to the Bills for advice prior to declaring for the NFL draft.

This was prior to the Bills hiring Sean McDermott, but the Bills have been closely analyzing the quarterbacks during the entire process, to the point of the owner flying to campuses to watch private workouts. We think the Bills are the likeliest team to move up for a passer and Trubisky could be their top signal caller.
Source: Rotoworld
Apr 19 - 11:17 AM

The Sporting News' Eric Galko hears that "[t]he Jaguars are the one wild card people around the league believe are in play for a QB."

The Jags, of course, already have Blake Bortles at quarterback. The Bortles Experience has been something of a rocky one, though, and Galko passes along that "[o]ne scout from another team said they might be thinking [UNC QB Mitchell] Trubisky." Galko, himself, does not believe a quarterback will land within the first four picks. In his mock draft posted on Monday, Rotoworld's Josh Norris had the Bills trading up to No. 5 with the Titans in order to select Trubisky.
Apr 17 - 3:23 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler writes that "there are several around the league who aren't convinced" that the Bears will pass on a quarterback at No. 3.

The Bears signed Mike Glennon to a three-year, $45 million contract this offseason, with $18.5 million of that guaranteed. Brugler believes that Glennon's signing is not necessarily a block to the Bears using their No. 3 pick on either UNC QB Mitchell Trubisky or Clemson QB Deshaun Watson. NFL Media's Chad Reuter simply does not see Chicago going in this direction -- in his five-round mock draft posted at the end of March, Reuter projected the Bears to select Alabama's Jonathan Allen at No. 3. He does not have Chicago drafting a quarterback in the first five rounds.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 14 - 7:01 PM

UNC DT Nazair Jones visited the Texans this week, according to Aaron Wilson.

Jones will be a day three selection, but he has his fans in the draft community. Jones tested in just the 7th percentile at the NFL Combine, however, he could be a nice piece in the movable Texans front.
Apr 14 - 9:22 AM

49ers GM John Lynch says he's willing to trade the No. 2 overall pick.

"We’re open for business," Lynch said. "We’ll listen to anything. There’s interest." This is no surprise. Mike Freeman reported earlier in the day that San Francisco wanted to trade out of the No. 2 pick "pretty bad." It'll be interesting to see what kind of market Lynch can drum up for the slot. With Cleveland expected to take Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett at No. 1 overall, Lynch has to be hoping that another franchise becomes smitten with a prospect like UNC QB Mitch Trubisky or LSU RB Leonard Fournette and makes an aggressive offer to move up the board. Most industry mock drafts have the 49ers taking Stanford DE Solomon Thomas at No. 2 at the moment.
Apr 12 - 5:57 PM


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