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Titans selected UCLA LB Jayon Brown with the No. 155 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Brown (6’0/231) succeeded Myles Jack as the Bruins’ middle linebacker, making 21 starts and tallying nine career tackles for loss with 15 pass breakups, two forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries. Brown led the Pac 12 in tackles (119) as a senior, earning first-team all-conference recognition. Severely undersized for an NFL linebacker, Brown’s calling cards are his stingy coverage skills and extensive special teams background. With adequate 4.67 speed, Brown has some potential to become a Wesley Woodyard-type player.
Apr 29 - 2:31 PM

Redskins selected Arkansas TE Jeremy Sprinkle with the No. 154 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Sprinkle (6’5/252) shared time with Hunter Henry before emerging as a full-time player in 2016, posting a 33-380-4 (11.5 YPR) receiving line as an 11-game starter. PFF College charted Sprinkle with only five drops among 72 catchable targets over his final three seasons. Lost in the shuffle in this loaded tight end class, Sprinkle has long arms (34 ½"), huge (10 3/4"), soft hands, and respectable 4.69 speed, and was one of the top pass-blocking tight ends in college football. Sprinkle also offers special teams experience, which will be his ticket to an NFL roster spot initially. Long term, he could become a Ryan Griffin-type No. 2 tight end.
Apr 29 - 2:28 PM

Bengals selected Memphis K Jake Elliott with the No. 153 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Elliott (5’9/167) set Memphis school records in points scored (445), consecutive PATs made (202), and field goals made (82), starting all four years and twice earning American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Year. Elliott went 44-for-54 (81.5%) on field-goal tries over his final two seasons and converted 63.7% of his career kickoffs into touchbacks. While Elliott lacks Janikowskian leg power, he draws high marks for accuracy and placement. He has an outside chance to become a long-term NFL placekicker.
Apr 29 - 2:25 PM

Chargers selected Iowa DB Desmond King with the No. 151 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

King (5’10/201) was a rare four-year starter in the Hawkeyes’ secondary, amassing 47 career pass breakups with 14 interceptions and also returning both punts and kicks. King won the Jim Thorpe and Jack Tatum Awards with eight INTs in 2015, and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors last season. Due to 4.60 speed but terrific run-support and tackling skills, King is likely headed for safety in the pros. While not an exceptional athlete, King has the requisite physicality and short-area quicks to cover slot receivers in addition to manning the back half. King's sub-par measurables were the reason he fell into the Chargers' fifth-round lap.
Apr 29 - 2:22 PM

Panthers selected Miami CB Corn Elder with the No. 152 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Elder (5’10/183) made 21 starts in the Hurricanes’ secondary, tallying 11.5 career tackles for loss, six sacks, and three interceptions. A star tailback and point guard in high school, Elder didn’t become a full-time defensive back until his junior year at The U, yet earned first-team All-ACC from the conference’s coaches as a senior. Small with 4.56 speed but highly competitive, Elder projects as a quick-twitch slot corner who missed only four tackles as a college senior. A feisty, efficient inside cover man, PFF College has compared Elder to Panthers slot CB Captain Munnerlyn.
Apr 29 - 2:22 PM

Jets selected Clemson TE Jordan Leggett with the No. 150 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Leggett (6’6/258) made 38 starts for the Tigers, tallying a 112-1,598-18 (14.3 YPR) receiving line and earning first-team All-ACC as both a junior and senior. PFF College charted Leggett with nine drops among 109 catchable targets over his final three years. A solid college receiving tight end whose NFL transition is questionable, Leggett was a poor run blocker on tape and has zero special teams experience. He was allegedly nicknamed "Lazy Leggett" at Clemson for poor work habits. At his Pro Day, Leggett ran 4.71 with passable vertical (33") and broad (9’11") jump numbers. Neither a run-game asset nor a dominant receiver, Leggett would do well to carve out a Jermaine Gresham-like career.
Apr 29 - 2:19 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, free agent Jay Cutler had interest in playing for the Texans but the team wouldn't return his calls.

The former Bears has heard crickets since hitting the open market. Cutler had a visit lined up with the Jets about a month ago, but that meeting was cancelled after Gang Green signed Browns castoff Josh McCown to a one-year deal. Houston would have been an interesting landing spot for Cutler but instead the Texans addressed their quarterback need by trading up to draft Deshaun Watson with the No. 12 pick. The 34-year-old recently said he has no plans to retire but maybe he'll reconsider if teams keep giving him the cold shoulder.
Apr 29 - 2:18 PM

Falcons selected San Diego State CB Damontae Kazee with the No. 149 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Kazee (5’10/184) earned Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year in each of his final two seasons, setting a school record with 17 career interceptions as a three-year starter and four-year contributor. Kazee specialized in off-zone coverage at SDSU, playing almost strictly right outside corner. With a small build, short arms (30 7/8"), and 4.54 speed, Kazee best projects as an NFL slot defender. He is slightly old for a rookie, turning 24 in June. Kazee’s ball skills and tenacity give him legitimate NFL potential, but learning an entirely new position on the interior will pose a significant challenge.
Apr 29 - 2:16 PM

Jaguars selected Ohio LB Blair Brown with the No. 148 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Brown (6’0/238) was a three-year starter as the Bobcats’ middle linebacker, breaking out as a senior for 15 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, and a forced fumble en route to first-team All-MAC honors. PFF College charged Brown with only two missed tackles in 2016. Brown crushed the Combine with 88th-percentile SPARQ results, shining in the vertical (37 ½") jump and three-cone drill (6.92). While undersized by NFL standards, Brown compensated at Ohio with an ubiquitous style, flying all over the field and holding his own in coverage. Brown projects as an early-career special teamer who could work his way into a starting role if opportunity arises.
Apr 29 - 2:16 PM

Bears selected Kutztown OG Jordan Morgan with the No. 147 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Morgan (6’3/309) made 43 career starts at left tackle for the Kutztown Golden Bears, earning the 2016 Gene Upshaw Award as Division II’s top offensive lineman and becoming the first-ever O-Lineman to win Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year. While Morgan possesses long arms (34 5/8") and dominated his low-level competition, his pre-draft workouts underwhelmed with poor test results and only 21 reps on the bench. He was still hailed as a small-school sleeper in this abominably poor O-Line class.
Apr 29 - 2:15 PM

49ers selected Iowa TE George Kittle with the No. 146 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Kittle (6’4/247) was a two-year starter for the Hawkeyes, graduating with a career 48-737-10 (15.4 YPR) receiving line while blocking on most of his snaps. He only earned honorable mention All-Big Ten from the conference’s coaches as a senior. As a blocker, PFF College charted Kittle with just one QB pressure allowed over his final two seasons and gave him the second-highest run-blocking grade among tight ends in 2016, behind O.J. Howard. A wideout and safety in high school, Kittle may offer more upside than his college stats suggest as an exceptional athlete with 4.52 speed and incredible vertical (35") and broad (11’) jump numbers. Kittle's addition further hints at Vance McDonald's shaky roster security despite last year's pricey contract extension.
Apr 29 - 2:10 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he's "optimistic" DT Sharrif Floyd (knee) will play this year but admitted, "I really don't know."

Floyd is still dealing with nerve trouble stemming from last year's meniscus surgery. Multiple reports have suggested his playing career could be in jeopardy. With Floyd still in limbo, the Vikings added some insurance by drafting Iowa DT Jaleel Johnson with the No. 109 overall pick on Saturday.
Apr 29 - 2:08 PM

Broncos selected Michigan TE Jake Butt with the No. 145 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Butt (6’6/246) made 37 starts for the Wolverines, recording a career 138-1,646-11 (11.9 YPR) receiving line and earning the 2016 Mackey Award as college football’s top tight end. Unfortunately, Butt tore his right ACL and meniscus in 2014 and re-tore the ACL in December’s Orange Bowl. When healthy, Butt is a traditional in-line tight end with reliable hands and adequate blocking ability. He profiles similarly to the current NFL version of Zach Ertz. Butt may be forced to "redshirt" his rookie year, but he has a chance to develop into a lower-end starter capable of staying on the field all three downs.
Apr 29 - 2:05 PM

Colts selected Albany State DL Grover Stewart with the No. 144 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Stewart (6’5/334) was a dominant freak in the Division-2 ranks, piling up 27 career sacks before running 5.17 with 30 bench-press reps at Albany’s Pro Day. Not invited to the Combine, Stewart is a superb athlete for his monstrous size in the mold of Bears DE Akiem Hicks. Stewart’s transition is steep coming out of D-2, but he offers a mouth-watering NFL ceiling based on size and movement skills.
Apr 29 - 2:04 PM

Colts selected USF RB Marlon Mack with the No. 143 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Mack (5’11/213) needed only three college seasons to set USF all-time records in rushing yards (3,609), all-purpose yards (4,107), and touchdowns (33), finishing his career with an explosive 6.16 YPC average and 65 receptions. Mack confirmed his plus athleticism in Indy, posting a top-five SPARQ score among running backs with 4.5-flat speed and a springy 10-foot-5 broad jump. On college tape, Mack showed a tendency to bounce runs outside in persistent attempts to turn nothing into something, which can be viewed positively or negatively. Either way, Mack’s playmaking ability and versatility are undeniable. He has some Tevin Coleman to his game as a multi-phase weapon who is dangerous in open space.
Apr 29 - 2:03 PM


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