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Patriots LS Joe Cardona could have to miss the 2016 season to fulfill service obligations to the Navy.

Cardona was the Pats' long snapper last season after becoming the first long snapper to be drafted since 2009. The Lions took fellow LS Jimmy Landes in the sixth round last week. Cardona was able to juggle his football and military commitments last year, but it doesn't look like he'll be so lucky in 2016.
May 5 - 8:16 PM

Colts signed fourth-round DT Hassan Ridgeway, fifth-round OT Joe Haeg, seventh-round LB Trevor Bates and seventh-round C Austin Blythe to four-year contracts.

Ridgeway has NFL athleticism, but struggled with stamina and conditioning for Texas in the Big 12. He needs to whip his body into shape before contributing on the interior in Indianapolis.
May 5 - 8:07 PM

Jetes signed fourth-round CB Juston Burris and fifth-round OT Brandon Shell to four-year contracts.

A big, physical corner, Burris was an effective starter for the entirety of his NC State career, and had a strong Combine. He could contribute both inside and out. Shell is a plus athlete, but had unimpressive film, and is already 24.
May 5 - 8:04 PM

Lions signed No. 151 overall pick OG Joe Dahl to a four-year contract.

Dahl was a guard who switched to tackle late in his Wazzu career. The interior will be where he tries to make his home in the big leagues. Dahl has small hands and short arms, but noticeable toughness and drive as a blocker.
May 5 - 7:54 PM

Falcons signed third-round TE Austin Hooper, fourth-round LB De’Vondre Campbell, sixth-round OG Wes Schweitzer and seventh-round WR Devin Fuller to four-year contracts.

The Falcons have now signed their entire draft class, becoming the first team to do so. Hooper went pro after his redshirt sophomore year at Stanford. A first-team All-Pac 12er in 2015, Hooper lit up the Combine. A solid blocker, as well, Hooper could develop into an every-down player for a team that's essentially punted the tight end position since Tony Gonzalez's retirement.
May 5 - 7:50 PM

Falcons signed No. 52 overall pick LB Deion Jones to a four-year contract.

Jones is way under-sized at 6-foot-1, 222 pounds, but has 4.4 speed. A reserve and special teamer his first three years of college, Jones stuffed the stat sheet as a senior for LSU. He's expected to get the Falcons' first crack at middle linebacker duties this season.
May 5 - 7:27 PM

Dolphins signed No. 223 overall pick QB Brandon Doughty to a four-year contract.

Doughty lit up Conference USA for Western Kentucky the past two seasons, but lacks NFL arm strength and athleticism. He was a "system" quarterback for the Hilltoppers, and probably has a Kellen Moore-type ceiling in the big leagues.
May 5 - 7:22 PM

Rams fourth-round TE Tyler Higbee has pled not guilty to assault charges.

Higbee, who is charged with second-degree assault, second-degree evading police and public intoxication, is due back in court on June 17. The man Higbee allegedly assaulted — just last month — was found unconscious and "bleeding from the mouth," and reportedly suffered a concussion and brain hemorrhage. The incident is alleged to have been racially motivated. It's shocking the Rams were willing to invest the No. 110 overall pick in Higbee, but coach Jeff Fisher has never been concerned with character.
May 5 - 6:23 PM
Ian Seau - DL - Rams

Rams signed Nevada DE Ian Seau.

Seau (6'2/250) spent three years at Nevada after transferring from community college, piling up 34 career tackles for loss, 18.5 sacks and eight forced fumbles. He earned first-team All-Mountain West as a senior and led the conference in sacks (10). Seau turned in a solid Pro Day, running 4.73 with a 34 1/2-inch vertical and 22 bench-press reps. Seau's athleticism falls short of NFL caliber, but he's an overachiever who wins with hustle and a surprising array of pass-rush moves. Junior Seau's nephew, Ian is a candidate to surprise.
May 5 - 6:13 PM

Jaguars signed No. 181 overall pick DE Tyrone Holmes.

Holmes led all of FCS football with 18 sacks for Montana last season, but is under-sized at 6-foot-2, 253 pounds. That's Michael Sam-esque. Holmes is a better athlete than Sam, but still figures to max out as a situational pass rusher, if he's lucky.
May 5 - 6:02 PM

Jaguars signed No. 201 overall pick QB Brandon Allen.

Under-sized with small hands, Allen is coming from a run-first offense at Arkansas where he ran a ton of play-action. Allen has a nice arm and mobility, but it's hard to see him becoming a viable No. 2 in Jacksonville.
May 5 - 6:00 PM

Rams signed Washington LB Cory Littleton.

Littleton (6'3/238) was a 32-game starter for the Huskies, seeing action at both rush end and outside linebacker and particularly shining on special teams. He tallied 26 career tackles for loss with 12 sacks and three forced fumbles, earning honorable mention All-Pac 12 as a senior. Littleton showed good-not-great athleticism in Indy, running 4.72 with a 29 1/2-inch vertical. Littleton has some pass-rush ability, but his likeliest NFL ticket is special teams. He's not an upside prospect.
May 5 - 5:55 PM

Texans signed No. 166 overall pick NT D.J. Reader to a four-year contract.

A classic two-down run stuffer, Reader has faced questions about his conditioning. He could end up spending a year on the practice squad.
May 5 - 5:43 PM

Eagles signed San Diego State OG Darrell Greene.

Greene (6'3/321) made 32 starts for the Aztecs, mostly at right guard. While he's a limited athlete — 5.20 forty, 8-foot-2 broad jump, 8.07 three-cone time — Greene flashed people-erasing power in the Mountain West and didn't embarrass himself as a pulling guard on the move. Greene could grow into a useful player if utilized correctly. He has NFL-level run-blocking ability.
May 5 - 5:36 PM

Bucs signed No. 108 overall pick CB Ryan Smith to a four-year contract.

Smith starred for small-school North Carolina Central before flashing plus athleticism at the Combine. He could be too short armed for the perimeter, but will be intriguing in the slot. Smith is also an excellent returner, which will be his most likely path to rookie playing time.
May 5 - 5:23 PM


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