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Coach Todd Bowles said Friday that Geno Smith will enter OTAs as the Jets' starting quarterback.

The Jets haven't made progress with disgruntled free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick, while GM Mike Maccagnan has failed to deal franchise-tagged DE Muhammad Wilkerson, preventing Gang Green from clearing salary cap space. At present, Geno is the Jets' best and only option. "Geno is first team," Bowles said. "We're still working to get Fitzpatrick back. Geno will go into OTAs as the starter." Smith, 25, has a 57.9 percent completion rate and 27:35 TD-to-INT ratio through 31 career appearances (29 starts).
Apr 30 - 1:40 AM

The Chargers expect No. 66 pick Max Tuerk to compete for their starting center job.

Tuerk tore his ACL five games into his senior season, but he's been running and has "no limitations" in the weight room. It sounds like he'll be ready for training camp. Tuerk started 38 games for the USC Trojans, with 13 coming at center. When healthy, Tuerk will compete with Chris Watt for the starting job.
Apr 30 - 1:31 AM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wouldn't "completely rule out" second-round OLB Jaylon Smith (knee surgery) playing in 2016.

The Cowboys know Smith's status as well as anyone in football, as it was their team doctor that performed Smith's surgery in January. Despite ol' Jer's open door for 2016, however, the odds are against Smith taking the field during his rookie season. Smith comes with an unbelievably high ceiling, but his floor has been drastically lowered by his severe injury. Smith turns 21 in June.
Apr 29 - 11:46 PM

Broncos selected Boston College S Justin Simmons with the No. 98 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Simmons (6'2/202) was a 32-game starter at B.C., seeing action at both corner and safety and finishing his career with eight interceptions and four forced fumbles. Simmons helped himself in Indy, running a mediocre 4.61 forty but shining in the vertical (40") and broad (10'6") jumps as well as agility tests. Simmons' best NFL position will be free safety. A plus tackler with center-field range, Simmons has some similarities to Bengals FS George Iloka.
Apr 29 - 11:15 PM

Seahawks selected Boise State OG Rees Odhiambo with the No. 97 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Odhiambo (6'4/314) made 25 starts for the Broncos, manning the blind side and earning first-team All-Mountain West as a senior. That was despite fracturing his ankle eight games into the 2015 season. Injury riddled, Odhiambo never played a full season at Boise State. When healthy, Odhiambo is a heavy-handed power player whose game may fit best inside in the NFL. Odhiambo's poor Pro Day numbers suggest he's still in the recovery process.
Apr 29 - 11:15 PM

Patriots selected Nebraska DL Vincent Valentine with the No. 96 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Valentine (6'4/329) left Nebraska as a redshirt junior after making 24 starts, tallying 16 career tackles for loss, seven sacks, and a forced fumble. He showed plus length and athleticism at the Combine, but managed 17 bench-press reps and needs to get stronger. Valentine struggled with conditioning in college and missed time with a high ankle sprain last year, but he's a project worth trying to develop. Long term, Valentine offers rotational nose tackle potential.
Apr 29 - 11:11 PM

Lions selected Michigan C Graham Glasgow with the No. 95 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Glasgow (6'6/307) made 37 starts for the Wolverines, seeing action at both guard spots before spending his senior year at center. He made honorable mention All-Big Ten in 2015. A nasty run blocker with big hands (10 3/4") and good arm length for the interior (33 5/8"), Graham is a limited-athlete overachiever with exactly the level of versatility NFL teams seek in reserve linemen. Glasgow's biggest red flag is his history of drinking; he was suspended after a 2014 DUI and committed further infractions during the ban. Glasgow could carve out an extended NFL career, but he needs to stay on the right track. The Lions might not be sold on 2014 third-rounder Travis Swanson at center.
Apr 29 - 11:10 PM

Seahawks selected Ohio State TE Nick Vannett with the No. 94 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Vannett (6'6/257) made 15 starts for the Buckeyes, succeeding Jeff Heuerman in the starting lineup as a senior and posting a 19-162-0 receiving line. His pre-draft workouts weren't any more impressive, running 4.89 with a 30 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-5 broad jump. Vannett has long arms (34 1/4") and was a solid college blocker, but he'll struggle to make a passing-game impact as more than a short-area dump-off target. He gives the Seahawks some insurance at tight end with Jimmy Graham still recovering from a torn patellar tendon.
Apr 29 - 11:10 PM

Cardinals selected Texas A&M CB Brandon Williams with the No. 92 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Williams (5'11/197) spent three years in College Station after transferring from Oklahoma, doubling at cornerback and tailback and posting a career 132-651-4 (4.93 YPC) rushing line. He contributed seven pass breakups on defense in 2015. Although Williams blazed 4.37 at the Combine, he showed limited explosiveness and agility. Williams may have to make his NFL living as a special teams gunner. He's a multi-year project as a cornerback.
Apr 29 - 11:03 PM

Browns selected USC QB Cody Kessler with the No. 93 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Analytics? Coach Hue Jackson hinted he loved some non-Goff/Wentz quarterbacks in this draft, but Kessler isn't the sort of prospect we had in mind. Kessler (6'1/220) made 27 starts for the Trojans, logging a school-record 67.5% career completion rate with an 8.20 YPA and 88:19 TD-to-INT ratio. A game-manager type, Kessler has baseline NFL arm strength and a consistent track record of accuracy, but struggles to make throws on the run, is short for a quarterback and showed little vertical ability in the Pac 12. Most likely, Kessler will settle in as a long-term backup.
Apr 29 - 11:02 PM

Patriots selected NC State QB Jacoby Brissett with the No. 91 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Brissett (6'4/231) spent two years at NC State after transferring from Florida, completing 458-of-765 passes (59.9%) with an underwhelming 6.89 YPA and 43:11 TD-to-INT ratio. He added nine touchdowns on scrambles. Brissett has a powerful arm and played in a pro-style college offense, but he has a tendency to drop his eyes too early in the down and is a scattershot passer, especially on downfield throws. A toolsy project with a lot to learn, Brissett has an outside chance to develop into a high-end backup or useful spot starter down the road. He could act as the Patriots' backup while Tom Brady is suspended over the first four games of the season.
Apr 29 - 10:59 PM

Seahawks selected Notre Dame RB C.J. Prosise with the No. 90 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Prosise (6'1/220) played slot receiver and special teams before taking over as Notre Dame's feature back as a 2015 junior, exploding for 156-1,032-11 (6.6 YPC) rushing and 26 catches. Dynamic in space, Prosise combines 4.48 speed with explosive acceleration and lateral moves, and showed improvement as an inside runner over the course of last season. Prosise needs to clean up his pass protection and ball security (five fumbles in '15), but there is some David Johnson to his game. Behind Zeke Elliott and Derrick Henry, Prosise may have the third-highest ceiling in this year's running back class. He should start his career as the passing-down complement to Thomas Rawls.
Apr 29 - 10:58 PM

Steelers selected South Carolina State DT Javon Hargrave with the No. 89 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Hargrave (6'1/309) was twice named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Defensive Player of the Year, capping a dominant senior year with 22 tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. Hargrave helped himself at the Combine, running 4.93 with a 34 1/2-inch vertical and 29 bench-press reps. Hargrave is making a big jump in competition, but he plays with a relentless motor and offers the requisite traits to develop into an impact three-technique tackle.
Apr 29 - 10:58 PM

Packers selected Utah State OLB Kyler Fackrell with the No. 88 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Fackrell (6'5/245) made 41 starts for the Aggies, finishing his career with 36 tackles for loss, 12 sacks and five forced fumbles. He made first-team All-Mountain West as a senior. Fackrell showed top-shelf athleticism in Indy, running 4.72 with a 10-foot-1 broad jump and 34 1/2-inch vertical. Turning 25 in November, Fackrell's ceiling may be a bit lower than his profile suggests, but he can rush the passer, track down ball carriers in pursuit and even drop into pass coverage. He has a chance to become a useful swiss-army-knife type linebacker.
Apr 29 - 10:54 PM

Bengals selected Utah State LB Nick Vigil with the No. 87 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Vigil (6'2/239) was a first-team All-Mountain West pick as a sophomore and junior before going pro, tallying 38.5 career tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks, and seven forced fumbles in just three college seasons. Vigil showed adequate athletic ability in Indy, running 4.72 with a 31 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-7 broad jump. A high school running back who dabbled as a short-yardage runner (4 TDs) at Utah State, Vigil was an extremely productive college middle linebacker and held his own in coverage. He'll open his career on special teams and could earn defensive snaps down the line.
Apr 29 - 10:52 PM


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