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Texans signed Cumberlands WR Wendall Williams.

Williams (5'11/174) bounced around community colleges and tiny schools before arriving at Minneapolis' Regional Combine this winter. A track star in the NAIA, Williams clocked 4.19 (you read that right) with a 45-inch vertical after averaging 30.5 yards per catch (15-457) at the University of Cumberlands and scoring 15 touchdowns, including four on returns. Already 25 years old, Williams' best bet may be to carve out an NFL niche as a dynamic return specialist.
May 1 - 2:03 PM

49ers signed Oregon DT Alex Balducci.

2014 first-rounder Arik Armstead, 2015 first-rounder DeForest Buckner, and Balducci all played on the same defensive line together at Oregon. Balducci (6'4/309) made 29 starts at defensive tackle for the Ducks, finishing his career with 10.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. He was selected honorable mention All-Pac 12 as a senior. Balducci showed passable athleticism for his size at Oregon's Pro Day, running 5.01 with a 9-foot-5 broad jump and 33-inch vertical. In the NFL, Balducci best projects as a rotational early-down run stopper.
May 1 - 1:29 PM

Cardinals signed Eastern Washington OT Clay DeBord.

DeBord (6'6/302) made a school-record 51 starts for the Eagles, earning first-team FCS All American in 2015. He drew NFL notice with a big Pro Day, running 5.03 with a 30 1/2-inch vertical jump. DeBord managed only 18 bench-press reps and obviously needs time in the weight room, but he has NFL-level size and athleticism. He's a somewhat intriguing project.
May 1 - 1:19 PM

Vikings signed North Carolina QB Marquise Williams.

Williams (6'2/218) made 33 starts for the Tar Heels, succeeding Bryn Renner under center and completing 61.3% of his career throws with a 7.82 YPA, 61:25 TD-to-INT ratio, and 35 rushing scores. He earned second-team All-ACC as a senior. A dual threat in college, Williams turned in a disappointing Pro Day, running 4.81 with a 32 1/2-inch vertical. Williams offers toughness and plus arm strength, but his ball location was consistently poor in the ACC and Williams isn't athletic enough for a position switch. Williams likely lacks an NFL future, but we could envision him lighting up the Arena League.
May 1 - 1:19 PM

Ravens signed Colorado OT Stephane Nembot.

Nembot (6'7/322) converted from defensive end to offensive line at Colorado, going on to start for 3 1/2 seasons at right tackle before protecting the blind side for the final month of his senior year. A native of Cameroon, Nembot has vine-like arms (34 5/8") and huge hands (10 5'8"), and didn't begin playing football until his junior year in high school. Nembot has a long way to go, but he is a capable enough athlete with an intriguing enough build to be worth a look as a developemental project.
May 1 - 1:14 PM

Bears signed UTEP DE Roy Robertson-Harris.

Robertson-Harris (6'6/255) made 33 starts for the UTEP Miners, logging 24 career tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks. He turned in a strong Pro Day workout, running 4.8-flat with a 35-inch vertical and 9-foot-11 broad jump. Lean, long armed, and plenty athletic, Robertson-Harris should've been a more dominant college player considering his physical prowess. He's a ball of clay his NFL coaching staff will try to mold into a useful edge player.
May 1 - 1:04 PM

Bears signed Oklahoma State CB Kevin Peterson.

Peterson (5'10/181) started all four years for the Cowboys, earning first-team All-Big 12 as a senior. Although Peterson registered solid broad (10'1") and vertical (35 1/2") jumps at the Combine, he managed a 4.66 forty-yard dash. Peterson doesn't run well enough to play on the NFL perimeter, and lacks the strength and tackling consistency to operate in the slot. He was a good college player who's not going to make it in the pros.
May 1 - 1:01 PM

Bears signed Mississippi State CB Taveze Calhoun.

Calhoun (6'0/192) made 36 starts for the Bulldogs, logging 12 career tackles for loss, six interceptions, and three forced fumbles. He demonstrated average athleticm at the Combine, managing a 4.58 forty and 33 1/2-inch vertical. Known as a high-character player at Mississippi State, Calhoun is an underwhelming pro prospect who got beat deep too often in the SEC and defended the run poorly. He'd do well to carve out a career as a No. 4 corner.
May 1 - 12:58 PM

Browns signed Florida State DT Nile Lawrence-Stample.

Lawrence-Stample (6'1/320) was a two-year starter for the Seminoles, rebounding from an injury-plagued junior year to post 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks as a senior en route to first-team All-ACC honors from the conference's coaches. Lawrence-Stample is a thicky-built fire hydrant with run-stuffing potential, but he offers zero in the way of pass rush and didn't dominate on early downs at FSU. Lawrence-Stample was an overrated college player with an NFL backup's ceiling.
May 1 - 12:53 PM

Browns signed Missouri CB Kenya Dennis.

Dennis (5'11/200) started two seasons for the Tigers after transferring from JUCO, tallying seven tackles for loss and two interceptions. He turned heads at Mizzou's Pro Day, running 4.51 with a 36-inch vertical and 10-foot-5 broad jump. Dennis had a nondescript senior college season, but he's worth a flyer based on athletic upside. With the ability to play both corner and safety, Dennis could carve out a career as a versatile reserve.
May 1 - 12:47 PM

Browns signed Oklahoma LB Dominique Alexander.

Alexander (6'0/232) was a surprise early entrant following a solid-not-spectacular three-year stay at OU, spreading 16.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles across 35 starts. Alexander played inside linebacker for the Sooners, but lacks size to stay there in the pros and is likely too athletically deficient (4.76 forty, 8'8" broad jump) to play sideline to sideline outside. Alexander is a physical player whose tape is better than his metrics, but there's a good chance he maxes out on special teams.
May 1 - 12:44 PM

Packers signed Mississippi State LB Beniquez Brown.

Brown (6'1/229) turned pro as a redshirt junior after making 28 starts for the Bulldogs, logging 22.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, and three interceptions. Brown excelled at outside linebacker in college and is a proficient tackler, but athletic limitations may prevent him from becoming a defensive contributor in the NFL. He managed a 4.77 forty time and 31-inch vertical at the Combine, also struggling in agility drills. Brown is a low-ceiling prospect without a great floor.
May 1 - 12:33 PM

Rams signed Iowa S Jordan Lomax.

Lomax (5'10/202) transitioned from cornerback to safety as a redshirt sophomore in 2013 and went on to start as a junior and senior, tallying two career interceptions and 14 pass breakups. A heady safety, Lomas was an annual Academic All-Big Ten pick and earned third-team All-Big Ten from the conference's coaches for his defensive play in 2015. With 4.66 (Pro Day) to 4.75 (Combine) wheels, Lomax packs pop as a hitter but is speed deficient and an unreliable tackler, particularly in space. He's a long shot for an NFL future.
May 1 - 12:25 PM

Cardinals signed Alabama QB Jake Coker.

Coker (6'6/244) rode the bench behind E.J. Manuel and Jameis Winston at Florida State before transferring to Alabama, where he went 14-0 as a one-year starter for the national champs. As a senior, Coker completed 66.9% of his throws for 3,110 yards (7.91 YPA) and a 21:8 TD-to-INT ratio. Coker offers NFL size and a "winner" track record, but he is a Mettenbergerian pocket sloth with shaky arm strength and accuracy, and a tendency to wilt and take sacks under pressure. Coker's upside is a long-term clipboard holder.
May 1 - 12:07 PM

Panthers signed Marshall RB Devon Johnson.

Johnson (6'1/238) spent time at tight end, linebacker, and fullback before switching to tailback as a junior and senior, finishing his career with a 305-2,373-25 (7.8 YPC) rushing line but only 27 receptions. Johnson's final year was derailed by a back injury that cost him six games. He excelled at the Thundering Herd's Pro Day, running 4.59 with a 33-inch vertical. Nicknamed "Rockhead" for his bruising, no-frills playing style, Johnson has a future in the league on special teams and perhaps as a short-yardage runner.
May 1 - 11:42 AM


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