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Report: Packers came close to trading Brett Hundley on Friday
As the Packers added new players during the draft, they also looked to unload one of their current players. Green Bay was shopping backup quarterback Brett Hundley and came close to making a deal on the...
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Browns got nine players for Carson Wentz, and they’re not done yet
The haul of players the Browns have acquired with picks they got from Philadelphia in last year’s Carson Wentz trade is extraordinary, and it hasn’t even ended yet. Cleveland sent the second...
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Bills fire entire scouting staff along with Doug Whaley
The Bills announced that General Manager Doug Whaley has been fired early on Sunday and they confirmed more departures later in the day. Owner Terry Pegula said that the team has also cleared out their pro...
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Michigan leads all schools with 11 players drafted in 2017
Jabrill Peppers became the first Michigan player drafted this year when the Browns made him the 25th overall pick on Thursday night. He’d have plenty of company by the time the seventh round came to...
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John Elway drafted Chad Kelly after plug from Jim Kelly
John Elway and Jim Kelly were both first-round picks in the 1983 NFL Draft and they reconnected during this year’s draft, although it was much later in the process. Elway called Kelly as part of his...
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Lions set at running back, with Ameer Abdullah the starter
The Lions had one of the NFL’s worst rushing attacks last season, and it was a surprise to some that they didn’t try to upgrade by drafting a running back. But General Manager Bob Quinn says he...
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Panthers sign Ben Boulware, Fred Ross as undrafted free agents
Linebacker Ben Boulware played college football at Clemson, which isn’t too far from where he’ll get his chance to make it in the NFL. The Panthers announced that they have signed Boulware, who...
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Sunday morning one-liners
Draft weekend made it clear how much power coach Sean McDermott has with the Bills. The Dolphins draft had more steadiness than sizzle. The Patriots drafted another defensive lineman from Arkansas. Trading...
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David Parry pleads guilty to two charges, avoids jail time
Colts defensive tackle David Parry reached a plea deal in Arizona to resolve some of the charges he faced as a result of stealing a golf cart after hitting the driver earlier this year. The Indianapolis...
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Bills fire General Manager Doug Whaley
Doug Whaley is done. Whaley, the Bills G.M. who had reportedly been on thin ice all offseason, was officially fired early Sunday morning. “After a thorough review of our football operations over the...
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Ty Montgomery “absolutely” the starting running back in Green Bay
The Packers went into the third day of the draft with three running backs on the 90-man roster. They ended it with twice as many after drafting three running backs in the final four rounds. They took BYU...
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Bears won’t pick up the option on Kyle Fuller’s contract
The Bears started the draft weekend with a major surprise, but wrapped up business Sunday with something that was clearly #asexpected. Via John Mullin of CSNChicago.com, the Bears said they were not picking...
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More and more signs of changes in the air in Buffalo
With the draft now over and Bills General Manager Doug Whaley nowhere to be seen, the speculation about his future in Buffalo is only ramping up. Coach Sean McDermott was the lone voice throughout the draft...
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Ron Rivera again concerned about Kelvin Benjamin’s weight
Weight problems are again affecting Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin. Panthers coach Ron Rivera, who said two years ago that Benjamin had shown up heavy to offseason workouts, said on Saturday that...
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Air Force players were led to believe they could head to the NFL
On Saturday, it became publicly known that the Air Force has changed its policy regarding football players from the Air Force Academy with NFL opportunities, requiring them to spend two years on active duty...
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Jerry Jones “very skeptical” of report Randy Gregory failed drug test
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones indicated on Saturday evening that he didn’t believe the report that came out Saturday morning saying Randy Gregory has failed another drug test. “I would be very skeptical...
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Jourdan Lewis: I’m completely innocent of domestic violence charge
The Cowboys picked up three cornerbacks during the draft, including Michigan’s Jourdan Lewis with the 92nd overall pick. Lewis is facing a July trial on a domestic violence charge stemming from a...
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Broncos make Chad Kelly Mr. Irrelevant
Chad Kelly was far from irrelevant, as a guy who made plenty of plays, plenty of headlines and had a Hall of Fame uncle. But now, he’s Mr. Irrelevant. The Broncos took the injured Ole Miss quarterback...
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Jets’ Devin Smith out for season with torn ACL
Jets receiver Devin Smith’s season is over before it started. The Jets announced today that Smith suffered a torn ACL at the team’s first offseason workout and will miss the entire 2017 season....
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Lions tab Brad Kaaya late in sixth round
The Lions have taken a quarterback in the sixth round for the second straight year. They selected University of Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya with the 215th overall pick. Jake Rudock was the 191st pick last...
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Jake Butt has no regrets
Michigan tight end Jake Butt slid to round five round in the draft, due in large part to a torn ACL suffered during the Orange Bowl, his final college game. He has no second thoughts about the decision to...
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Browns may eventually rescind the Caleb Brantley pick
Leave it to the Browns to find new ways to do things in the NFL, while still mastering the time-honored trend of losing many more games than they win. After using a sixth-round draft pick on defensive...
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Despite battery charge, Browns draft Caleb Brantley
If you’re willing to overlook off-field red flags, you can get first-round talent in the sixth round. That’s what happened today when the Browns took Florida defensive tackle Caleb Brantley with...
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Bucs happy with Doug Martin’s trajectory, add back in fifth round
The Buccaneers used two of their first three draft picks on offensive players, but they veered away from predictions that they would add a running back in the first two days of the draft. Doug Martin is...
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Bills add quarterback Nathan Peterman
The Bills were expected to select a quarterback at some point in the 2017 NFL draft, and in the fifth round they finally did. Buffalo chose Nathan Peterman of Pittsburgh with the 171st overall pick. The...
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Mike Mayock doesn’t hide his contempt for draft’s circus atmosphere
There was a time when it went without saying that the NFL draft was only for the hardest of hard-core football fans: Who on earth would spend a spring day watching football players’ names being called...
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Broncos grab Jake Butt
Tight end Jake Butt’s college career ended with a torn ACL in the Orange Bowl, which led to a draft drop for a player projected to be picked in the first couple of rounds before he was injured. Butt...
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DeDe Westbrook denies being kicked out of a Scouting Combine interview
After the Jaguars picked receiver DeDe Westbrook in the fourth round of the draft, ESPN’s Todd McShay said a team kicked Westbrook out of one of the 15-minute Scouting Combine interviews. Westbrook...
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Cards fourth-round pick Dorian Johnson not worried about liver condition
His exact spot varied from list to list, but many pre-draft rankings had guard Dorian Johnson listed as a possible pick on the second day of this year’s draft, but he remained on the board until the...
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Cowboys finally get another Switzer
The last time the Cowboys won a Super Bowl, the head coach’s name was Barry Switzer. They’ve now added a player with the same last name, but no relation. North Carolina receiver Ryan Switzer, a...
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Steelers draft quarterback Josh Dobbs
If Ben Roethlisberger really plans to retire soon, the Steelers may have just found his successor. Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs went to the Steelers in the fourth round of the NFL draft, with the 135th...
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49ers make another trade, add another running back
Before the 49ers made their first pick of the final day of the draft, they made a trade with the Broncos that landed them running back Kapri Bibbs. Adding Bibbs didn’t completely satisfy their desire...
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Samaje Perine heads to Washington
Former Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon received plenty of attention prior to and during the draft. To some extent, that diminished the amount of attention that could have been (and should have been) paid to...
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Air Force draft hopeful Jalen Robinette required to serve on active duty
Air Force receiver Jalen Robinette was expected to be drafted today, but a policy preventing him from deferring military service may change that. The Air Force Academy said in a statement that Robinette or...
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Jaguars take a chance on DeDe Westbrook
DeDe Westbrook is in for a rude awakening. The former Oklahoma receiver, with multiple behavior questions that surely caused him to drop, has landed in Jacksonville near the top of the fourth round of the...
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49ers trade 2018 fourth-round pick for Kapri Bibbs and 2017 fifth-rounder
New 49ers General Manager John Lynch has been an active trader in his first draft and that continued on Saturday. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the 49ers have sent a 2018 fourth-round pick to the...
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Steelers bring Keenan Lewis in for a visit
The Steelers added a cornerback to the roster on Friday when they drafted Cam Sutton in the third round and they’re spending some time on Saturday with one of their former third-round picks at the...
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No sign of Goodell as Day Three of the draft begins
The NFL gradually is figuring out that no benefit is derived from having the Man Who Runs Big Shield absorbing relentless booing at the draft. After using Ron Jaworski on Friday night in a failed effort to...
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Jaguars say Cam Robinson will compete at left tackle
The Jaguars traded up one spot in the second round on Friday night in order to select Alabama tackle Cam Robinson. It’s the second time the Jaguars have made a trade to acquire a tackle this offseason...
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Patriots trade with Chiefs for TE James O’Shaughnessy
The Patriots have picked up a tight end ahead of the start of the final day of the 2017 NFL Draft. The Patriots traded a fifth-round pick (No. 183 overall) to the Chiefs for tight end James O’...
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Jake Butt makes $10,000 each time he doesn’t hear his name
Most players who had expected to be drafted by now mutter expletives with each passing pick that doesn’t result in their name being called. Former Michigan tight end Jake Butt has less reason to...
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D’Onta Foreman got his wish: A job close to home
You’ve probably seen or heard by now my belief that professional sports drafts wouldn’t be tolerated in any other American industry, where the employee picks the employer and not vice-versa. One...
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Report: Randy Gregory failed another drug test, NFL future in doubt
Two years after the Cowboys chose Randy Gregory in the second round of the NFL draft, his career may be over because of repeated violations of the league’s substance-abuse policy. Gregory is currently...
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Patriots pick up option on Brandin Cooks deal
The Patriots traded a first-round pick for wide receiver Brandin Cooks, so you knew it wasn’t going to be a one-year rental. According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Patriots have in fact picked up the...
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Cowboys deny report they want to trade Orlando Scandrick
One of the 32 owners of NFL Network is denying an NFL Network report about his team’s trade plans. Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jones said an NFL Network report that he was looking to trade...
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Bengals lead the way with nine picks on Day Three
The third day of the draft is going to begin in a couple of hours, and you can pardon the Bengals if they’ve been pounding the coffee already. After a flurry of deals, the Bengals have nine picks...
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Jerry Jones has learned the wisdom of doing nothing
Cowboys owner/General Manager Jerry Jones loves making deals. But he’s also beginning to love not making them, and realizing that sometimes doing nothing is the exact thing to do. “It isn’t difficult...
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Hue Jackson: DeShone Kizer will have a chance to compete for starting job
He’s the highest-drafted of the collection of Browns quarterbacks, but coach Hue Jackson isn’t going to hand new guy DeShone Kizer a starting job. But Jackson did say that his second-round pick...
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Emotional Joe Mixon says he’ll prove himself to Bengals
Joe Mixon wept. The Oklahoma running back, who was chosen by the Bengals with the 48th overall pick last night, was emotional during his conference call with reporters in Cincinnati. “You know, I am...
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49ers underscore commitment (for now) to Brian Hoyer
In Chicago, $15 million-per-year starter Mike Glennon instantly was undermined on Thursday night via the selection of Mitchell Trubisky. In San Francisco, $6 million-in-2017 starter Brian Hoyer had his...
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Ryan Pace: Report that John Fox was in the dark is “so false”
On Friday afternoon, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported that Bears G.M. Ryan Pace kept coach John Fox in the dark about the plan to get quarterback Mitchell Trubisky until only a few hours before the...
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All but one undrafted player left the green room after Thursday night
Remember when Geno Smith didn’t get picked in the first round of the 2013 draft, declared he wasn’t returning to the green room for the second night of the proceedings, but then did? That’...
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Martavis Bryant: JuJu Smith-Schuster replaces Sammie Coates, not me
The decision of the Pittsburgh Steelers to use a second-round pick on USC receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster sparked a reaction from the Steelers receiver who was most recently reinstated to the team on a...
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Giants could see Davis Webb taking over for Eli Manning in 2-3 years
Giants quarterback Eli Manning has three more years left on his contract, and the Giants can easily get out of the final year. Which is why they just drafted an heir apparent who could take over in two or...
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Steelers keep James Conner in Pittsburgh
James Conner is leaving college football, but he’s not leaving the facility where he practiced or the stadium where he played. The Steelers have made the former running back a third-round pick in the...
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Cowboys add Jourdan Lewis, who faces a July jury trial
The Cowboys have rolled the dice on a player who is facing domestic violence charges. Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis has been drafted in round three, despite a July 10 trial date on misdemeanor charges....
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Giants add Davis Webb
Amid a buzz that former Cal quarterback Davis Webb could have crashed round one, he lasted until round three. And he ended up on the depth chart in New York. The Giants have made Webb the 87th pick in the...
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Ravens take a flier on risky pass-rusher Tim Williams
Father Ozzie’s Home for Wayward Boys has taken in another one, and doubled up with another former Alabama player. With the 78th pick, the Ravens took linebacker Tim Williams, who has both the pedigree...
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Eagles “really confident” Sidney Jones will be same player after Achilles tear
Cornerback Sidney Jones became a new member of the Eagles in the second round of the draft on Friday night, but it’s still unknown when Jones will be able to get on the field for the team. Jones tore...
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Rams add Cooper Kupp
The Rams are adding weapons for Jared Goff and Sean McVay. After taking a tight end in round two, the Rams have added a receiver in the third round, nabbing Eastern Washington’s Cooper Kupp. Primarily...
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Saints continue to add to backfield with Alvin Kamara
The Saints already had a 1,000-yard back, and then they went and signed a former MVP and future Hall-of-Famer. So naturally, they drafted another running back. The Saints traded up to the 67th overall pick...
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Marvin Lewis: We felt we could move forward with Joe Mixon
The Bengals brought one of the bigger storylines of the second round of the NFL draft to an end when they drafted Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon with the 48th overall pick. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis...
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JuJu Smith-Schuster is a Steeler
It’s time for virtual JuJu Smith-Schuster to change teams again. The former USC receiver, an emotional and competitive player who will instantly fit with the mindset of Pittsburgh, has become the...
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Cowboys take CB Chidobe Awuzie in round two
The Cowboys continue to address the exodus that damaged the defense in free agency. After taking pass rusher Taco Charlton in round one, the Cowboys replaced Brandon Carr and/or Morris Claiborne by...
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Mixon pick creates crowded backfield in Cincinnati
Setting aside the biggest issues arising from the Bengals’ decision to draft running back Joe Mixon, the team has now added a third second-round tailback to the depth chart. Gio Bernard arrived via...
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Browns get a quarterback, draft DeShone Kizer
After passing on quarterbacks three times in the first round, the Browns drafted a quarterback in the second round. Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer went to Cleveland with the 52nd overall pick. The...
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Ashland tight end Adam Shaheen goes to Bears at No. 45
The Bears traded up and took a quarterback in the first round and followed that up by trading down to take a tight end in the second round. Their choice comes with an unusual pedigree for a second-round...
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Bengals draft Joe Mixon
The most controversial player in the 2017 NFL draft is off the board. With the 48th overall pick, the Cincinnati Bengals selected Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon. Although he had first-round talent, many...
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Colts take cornerback Quincy Wilson with the 46th pick
New Colts General Manager Chris Ballard had a big task in front on him when he took over this offseason, and he’s starting at the back of the defense and working forward. The Colts took Florida safety...
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Rams finally pick, take tight end Gerald Everett
The L.A. Rams didn’t have a first-round pick, and they traded pick No. 37 to the Bills. Now, with the 44th overall selection, the Rams have made a selection. The selection is South Alabama tight end...
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Eagles grab Sidney Jones to loud cheers
Washington cornerback Sidney Jones might have gone in the first round of the draft if he hadn’t torn his Achilles tendon during his pro day workout this spring. Jones did tear it, though, and had to...
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Vikings trade up to take Dalvin Cook 41st overall
The Vikings moved on from Adrian Peterson this offseason, and knew they needed a running back. So they traded in front of the Eagles, and took Florida State running back Dalvin Cook with the 41st overall...
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Bills now not expected to pick up Sammy Watkins option
After giving up a bounty of picks to draft Sammy Watkins in 2014, the Bills are prepared to let him test free agency in 2018. Buffalo is not expected to pick up the fifth-year option on Watkins’...
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Chargers love Lamp
Yeah I said it. The L.A. Chargers, whose helmets carry an electrical charge logo, have plugged in to guard Forrest Lamp in the second round of the draft. Lamp, who already has a lamp deal, slid into round...
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Panthers take Curtis Samuel 40th overall, add to team speed
The Panthers added some more speed in the second round, and another guy without an easily defined position. With the 40th overall pick, the Panthers took Ohio State running back/receiver Curtis Samuel....
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Jets double down on SEC safeties with Marcus Maye at No. 39
The Jets took a safety from the SEC in the first round and they did the same thing in the second round. Florida safety Marcus Maye was the choice with the 39th overall pick. LSU’s Jamal Adams was the...
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Bills trade up with Rams, pick Zay Jones
The Rams waited more than a full round to take a pick in the 2017 draft. They decided to keep waiting. The Rams have traded out of the 37th pick in the draft, and the Bills sprung up to get East Carolina...
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Seahawks finally make a pick, add Malik McDowell
The Seahawks took their time, but they’ve finally taken their first player of the 2017 NFL Draft. Seattle traded down for the third time since the start of the first round when they were on the clock...
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Cardinals trade up to take safety Budda Baker
Arizona lost five starters on defense to free agency, and they’re beginning to reload in the draft. Instead of taking a quarterback to eventually replace Carson Palmer, they’ve used their first...
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Ron Jaworski can’t get the fans to stop booing Roger Goodell
When it comes to helping the Commissioner avoid the inevitable in-draft boo birds, the NFL tried a half-measure on Friday night. And it didn’t work. Roger Goodell brought former Eagles quarterback Ron...
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Jaguars jump up to draft Cam Robinson
The Seahawks were on the clock for the third time in the first two nights early on Friday night, but they remain without a new addition to their roster after the announcement of the 34th pick. Seattle...
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Bengals pick up fifth-year option on Darqueze Dennard
Darqueze Dennard hasn’t developed into the kind of player the Bengals hoped he’d be when they chose him in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. But the Bengals still think he has promise....
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Packers keep the 33rd pick, take cornerback Kevin King
The Packers tried to trade the first pick of the second round, but were unable to. So they decided to take a guy who could help them immediately instead. With the 33rd overall choice, the Packers took...
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Fournette aims to bring championships to Jacksonville
No NFL player will ever be successful without supreme confidence. Which means that pretty much every NFL player is supremely confident. Which means that not every player is going to fulfill the promise of...
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Reuben Foster hung up on the Saints when the 49ers picked him
New 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was so close to becoming new Saints linebacker Reuben Foster that he was on the phone with Saints officials making plans to go to New Orleans when he got the call...
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Ravens exercise 2018 option on C.J. Mosley’s contract
The Ravens took an Alabama player in the first round on Thursday night when they made cornerback Marlon Humphrey the 16th overall pick of the NFL draft. The last time the Ravens took a member of the Crimson...
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Cowboys expect Jaylon Smith to take part in rookie minicamp
The Cowboys will get first-round pass rusher Taco Charlton and the rest of their 2017 draft class on the field at a rookie minicamp in a couple of weeks, but they won’t be the only players getting...
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Report: Chargers, Jets, Bucs among teams calling about No. 33
The Packers said they are open for business when it came to trade discussions involving the No. 33 pick and their baiting of the hook appears to be getting some nibbles. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that...
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How did the Gareon Conley polygraph test come to be?
A game of hot potato possibly could emerge regarding the lie detector test taken by Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley before the draft. Per multiple reports, the Ravens requested it. A source with knowledge...
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Report: Jets making calls about Sheldon Richardson trade
Heading into the offseason, there was talk about the Jets trading defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson but nothing materialized over the last couple of months. It appears they are giving it another try...
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Chiefs feared Saints would take Patrick Mahomes
When the Chiefs decided to jump from No. 27 to No. 10, the simplest explanation for the move was that the Chiefs thought the Browns at No. 12 or the Cardinals at No. 13 would take quarterback Patrick...
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Gareon Conley could still be charged, despite passing polygraph test
The Raiders decided to take a risk by drafting cornerback Gareon Conley. But it definitely was a risk, given the uncertainty of his legal situation in Cleveland. Yes, Conley passed a polygraph test, which...
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Mitchell Trubisky: Mike Glennon is still the Bears’ starter
New Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky isn’t expecting to have the starting job handed to him. Trubisky said today in Chicago that he knows the Bears signed Mike Glennon with the expectation that he...
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Deshaun Watson: I’m not Michael Jordan, but I’m ready to work
When Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said quarterback Deshaun Watson would be the NFL’s version of Michael Jordan, even Watson himself thought that was a little crazy. But Watson is eager to do all he can...
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Browns parting ways with Gary Barnidge
The Browns traded back into the first round on Thursday night to take tight end David Njoku and that move had immediate repercussions for a veteran member of the team. Tight end Gary Barnidge posted a...
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Philip Rivers: I’m glad we made a move that helps right now
In the weeks leading up to the draft, there was a lot of chatter about the Chargers drafting a quarterback and perhaps even taking one in the first round as they looked ahead to a time without Philip Rivers...
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Report: Bears G.M. didn’t tell his coach about plans to draft Mitch Trubisky
If you thought you were surprised by the Bears trading up to take Mitch Trubisky, imagine how coach John Fox felt. According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Bears General Manager Ryan Pace kept the plan to move...
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Report: Browns called the Patriots about Jimmy Garoppolo
The Browns were quick to declare #fakenews last night when the network they own a portion of reported they were trying to trade for Kirk Cousins. Now comes another report from another network saying they...
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Browns invite even more quarterback questions in 2017
Remember when the Browns were repeatedly grilled about their decision not to sit tight at No. 2 and take Carson Wentz last year? The Browns soon may be longing for those days. Their first-round strategy in...
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Chiefs think Patrick Mahomes can be “truly great”
Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey said he traded up to pick quarterback Patrick Mahomes with the 10th overall pick in the draft for a simple reason: He thinks Mahomes is a franchise-changing player....
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T.J. Watt: Playing Texans on Christmas will be “really cool and a weird day”
The Steelers made linebacker T.J. Watt a first-round pick on Thursday night and that means Christmas will be a family reunion for some members of the Watt family. The Texans will be hosting the Steelers on...
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Final cost of Brock Osweiler mistake: two first-round picks, second-round pick, $21 million
The Houston Texans made a huge mistake last year by signing quarterback Brock Osweiler to a four-year, $72 million contract. The final cost of that blunder can now be calculated. In addition to the $21...
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Report: DeShone Kizer in play for Packers at No. 33
Packers General Manager Ted Thompson traded out of the first round last night, landing the No. 33 pick in a deal with the Browns and then let the football world he was open to trading back again to kick off...
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Goodell sees no reason to end marijuana ban
Roger Goodell says he believes marijuana is addictive and unhealthy and doesn't see a need to end the ban, but Mike Florio explains what the players could do to end the ban.
Business decisions didn’t keep teams from doing business in round one
Multiple first-round prospects made business decisions before the draft. And it didn’t stop teams from doing business with them. A pair of running backs skipped bowl games, and that didn’t keep...
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2017 NFL draft: Ross may unlock Bengals' offense
The Bengals grabbed WR John Ross with the ninth overall pick and Mike Florio thinks he could help them in significant ways.
Hue Jackson: We’ll find a role on offense for Jabrill Peppers
In the final weeks before the draft, there was some speculation that Jabrill Peppers would fall out of the first round because of concerns about a diluted urine sample at the Scouting Combine and...
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Sean McDermott tiptoes around question about scouting staff
As the draft continues to unfold, a potentially bigger drama percolates in Buffalo: After the draft ends, who stays and who goes? PFT reported recently that Bills scouts fear a mass termination next week....
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2017 NFL draft: Browns move up for David Njoku
The Browns one-upped the Steelers by moving up to the number 29 spot to grab TE David Njoku.
2017 NFL draft: Broncos perfect fit for Bolles
The Broncos selected Garett Bolles with the 20th overall pick and Mike Florio explains why Denver is a perfect fit for the OT.
Packers G.M. on tonight’s first pick: Come and get it
Packers General Manager Ted Thompson bailed out of the first round last night, and he wants to make sure everyone knows the top pick of the second round is available. Via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, Thompson...
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The Texans have sent the Browns a lot of stuff lately
Houston has been a quarterback away from being a serious contender for about the last five years, since Matt Schaub lost his mojo. They’ve been able to maintain a level of success by having everything...
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2017 NFL draft: 49ers target defense in first
The San Francisco 49ers drafted Solomon Thomas and traded back in to get Reuben Foster in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft, which were two of the top three players in the their big board according to...
49ers kept Saints from getting Reuben Foster
The 49ers sprang back into the first round to get a linebacker they regarded as one of the three best players in the draft. In so doing, the prevented the Saints from taking him. Via Josh Katzenstein of the...
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2017 NFL draft: Raiders take big risk with Conley
The Oakland Raiders pulled off the surprise of the first round of the 2017 NFL draft by selecting Gareon Conley, who has been accused of sexual assault.
John Elway holds leverage over Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos will soon be embroiled in a contract negotiation with John Elway, where Elway holds the cards based on his success and legacy with the team.
2017 NFL draft: Why did Bears take Trubisky?
The Bears shockingly selected Mitchell Trubisky with the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Bears insider John Mullin breaks down the stunning move.
2017 NFL draft: Cousins on Browns' radar?
The Cleveland Browns were reportedly inquiring about Kirk Cousins during the 2017 NFL draft and Mike Florio believes he is still an option.
Bengals might have traded, if anyone had called
There were deals made in the Bengals’ neighborhood, with two of the next three picks traded to teams eager to move up for a quarterback. But Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis might have felt a little...
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2017 NFL draft: Bears stun NFL with Trubisky pick
In a wild first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Bears' decision to send a bevy of picks to the 49ers in order to draft QB Mitchell Trubisky stood out.
Roger Goodell: Marijuana is addictive and unhealthy
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is willing to explore the possibility of allowing NFL players to use marijuana for medical reasons, but he’s not on board with the idea of taking it off the list of...
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2017 NFL draft: Will Browns regret No. 1 pick?
The Cleveland Browns could face even more scrutiny if Mitchell Trubisky turns out to be a successful franchise quarterback with the Chicago Bears.
2017 NFL draft: Skipping bowl games not costly
Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey were criticized by some for skipping their bowl games but they both turned out to be top-ten picks in the 2017 NFL draft.
Report: Matt Jones being shopped for trade
We saw two running backs get drafted on Thursday night and there are sure to be plenty of others coming off the board over the next six rounds of the draft. The Redskins are reportedly hoping that there...
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Panthers compare McCaffrey to many backs, including a Hall of Famer
Because Christian McCaffrey is a non-traditional running back (i.e. a white one, you might as well just say it), there is an irresistible compulsion to compare him to other backs when attempting to describe...
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Friday morning one-liners
Said CB Tre’Davious White of being picked by the Bills, “I knew that they needed a corner, but I didn’t know they were going to pick me. But I didn’t know they pretty much had that...
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Saints considered trading up for Marshon Lattimore, which may end other trade talks
The Saints have been contemplating making big moves at cornerback all offseason. They almost did again Thursday night, but didn’t even have to, as the defensive upgrade they needed came passively. Via...
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Raiders did “miles and miles” of research on Gareon Conley
Among the many storylines heading into Thursday night’s first round of the NFL Draft was the one involving sexual assault allegations made against former Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley. Conley...
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John Lynch says 49ers got two of top three players on their board
The 49ers were involved in the first big twist of the 2017 draft when they were able to obtain two third-round picks and a fourth-round pick for moving down one spot from No. 2 to No. 3 in a trade with the...
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John Elway’s contract is the unanswered question in Denver
Is Broncos General Manager John Elway conducting his last draft in Denver? Elway, whose contract expires after the upcoming season, declined to answer when asked following the first round of the draft what...
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Andy Reid: Patrick Mahomes is going to take some time
It wasn’t hard to find draft projections that had the Chiefs landing quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the first round, but they typically didn’t have that pick happening with the 10th overall pick...
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Which first-round quarterback has landed in the best spot?
Three quarterbacks went in the first 12 selections on Thursday night. So which of those three landed in the best spot? That’s the Friday PFT Live question of the day. Cast a ballot below, drop a...
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Ryan Pace: If you want to be great, you can’t sit on your hands
In a pre-draft season that saw few things go unnoticed, the Bears’ interest in quarterback Mitchell Trubisky slipped through the cracks. Trubisky seemed to indicate the same after the pick, but...
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Browns “won’t rest” until they “solidify” quarterback position
The Browns sort of gave their current quarterbacks a vote of confidence by not using one of three first-round picks on Thursday night on a rookie signal-caller. And then their executive V.P. of football...
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Bears’ Week 13 win over 49ers cost them three picks
In Week 13, the Bears beat the 49ers in a game that seemed utterly meaningless: Chicago entered the game 2-9, San Francisco entered the game 1-10, and neither team had anything to play for. But it turned...
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Bill O’Brien, Rick Smith say Tom Savage is the starter
The Texans made a big move up the draft board on Thursday night when they sent their 2018 first-round pick to the Browns for the chance to use the 12th overall pick on quarterback Deshaun Watson. Houston...
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Both Cleveland and Washington deny Kirk Cousins trade talks
One of the cannonballs into the pool on a busy news night for the NFL was a report from its own network that the Browns were trying to trade for Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins. By the end of the night...
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Malik McDowell, Dalvin Cook among big names left after first round
The NFL announced earlier this month that 22 players would be attending this year’s draft in Philadelphia, although that number dropped by one when cornerback Gareon Conley changed his plans this week...
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49ers end Reuben Foster’s slide
Reuben Foster’s loss was San Francisco’s gain. The Alabama linebacker, one of the top talents in the draft, slid after being sent home from the Scouting Combine and, more recently, generating a...
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Saints close first round by taking Ryan Ramczyk
The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft is in the books. The Saints closed out the night’s activities in Philadelphia by taking Wisconsin tackle Ryan Ramczyk with the 32nd overall pick. The pick was one...
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Tak McKinley arrives with a flourish, with an “F”
Pass rusher Takkarist McKinley brings a great story to the NFL. He also brings a colorful vocabulary. During a live interview with Deion Sanders of NFL Network, McKinley spoke about the influence of his  ...
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Steelers grab T.J. Watt with 30th overall pick
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Wisconsin outside linebacker T.J. Watt with the 30th overall pick in the draft. The brother of Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, T.J. made a name for himself at...
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Browns move up to No. 29, take David Njoku
The Browns are the busiest team in the NFL tonight. With the 29th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns selected David Njoku, the athletic tight end from the University of Miami. The...
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Cowboys scarf down Taco Charlton with the 28th pick
With a run of pass-rushers late in the first round, the Cowboys got their Taco to go. With the 28th pick, Dallas added Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton. He had 9.5 sacks and 13 tackles for loss last...
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Bills take Tre’Davious White after trading down to No. 27
The Bills were originally scheduled to pick much earlier on Thursday night, but the Chiefs’ desire to get quarterback Patrick Mahomes helped change that. The Chiefs sent the Bills their first-round...
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Falcons trade up for Tak McKinley
The Seahawks held the 26th pick in the draft. Until the Falcons acquired it from them. Atlanta moved up from No. 31 to select pass rusher Takkarist McKinley from UCLA. He gives the Falcons a bookend to Vic...
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Jets' Jamal Adams: 'I was best dressed'
New Jets safety Jamal Adams says he had to "do it big" for his first-ever red carpet and says he was the best dressed and no one could compete with him.
Browns select Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers
The Cleveland Browns could have had Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson with the 12th overall pick if they wanted him to fill a pressing need at the quarterback position. Instead, the Browns traded back and...
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Texans QB Deshaun Watson shows off his shoes
New Texans QB Deshaun Watson shows off his shoes on draft night and explains what kind of guy Houston is getting in him.
At 24, Raiders take a chance on Gareon Conley
In perhaps the biggest surprise of the first round of the NFL draft, the Raiders have selected Gareon Conley, the Ohio State cornerback who came under intense scrutiny this week when he was named as a...
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Giants take Evan Engram with the 23rd pick
The Giants found the tight end they needed, adding a pass-catching threat. With the 23rd pick, they took Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram. Engram had 65 catches for 926 yards and eight touchdowns last year,...
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Bears kept interest in Mitch Trubisky secretive
Mitch Trubisky says he didn't have much communication with the Bears before the draft because he thinks they were trying to stay secretive.
Lions take Jarrad Davis at No. 21
The Lions needed a linebacker. They got on in Jarrad Davis. The former Florida defender became the 21st pick in the first round of the draft on Thursday night. Davis likely fills the void created by the...
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Dolphins nab Charles Harris with 22nd overall pick
The Dolphins have added a pass rusher in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Missouri defensive end Charles Harris became the newest member of the Dolphins with the 22nd overall pick on Thursday night....
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Broncos grab Utah tackle Garett Bolles with the 20th overall pick
A team in serious need of help on the offensive line had their pick of every available offensive line prospect in the draft. The Denver Broncos selected Utah tackle Garett Bolles with the 20th overall pick...
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O.J. Howard falls to 19, Buccaneers pounce
No one expected Alabama tight end O.J. Howard to be available with the 19th pick in the draft. When he was, the Buccaneers wasted no time to get him. Tampa Bay took the big, fast, strong tight end with the...
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With the 18th pick, the Titans take cornerback Adoree Jackson
After shaking up the draft by taking Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis with the fifth pick, the Titans found another playmaker with the 18th spot. Tennessee took Southern Cal cornerback Adoree...
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Jonathan Allen’s slide ends at No. 17
It was hard to find too many people predicting Alabama defensive tackle Jonathan Allen would remain available past the halfway point of the first round, but that’s one of many surprising developments...
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Ravens take Marlon Humphrey at No. 16
The defense in Baltimore isn’t what is used to be. The team is now trying to make it what it once was. With the sixteenth pick in the draft, the Ravens have selected cornerback Marlon Humphrey. The...
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Colts take Ohio State safety Malik Hooker 15th overall
The Indianapolis Colts added a defensive playmaker in their secondary with their first selection of the draft. The Colts selected Ohio State safety Malik Hooker with the 15th overall pick. Hooker was a...
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With the 14th pick, Eagles pick Derek Barnett
The draft is in Philadelphia, and the Eagles fans had a mixed reaction to their first-round pick. With the 14th pick in the 2017 NFL draft, the Eagles selected Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett. Barnett...
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Cardinals take Haason Reddick with the 13th pick
The Cardinals didn’t get the quarterback they wanted. But they found a guy with the 13th pick who could make an immediate impact on their defense. The Cardinals watched three passers go before them,...
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Texans trade up to take Deshaun Watson 12th overall
In the days leading up to the draft, there was plenty of speculation about the Browns using the No. 12 pick as part of a package to trade up for a quarterback after taking Myles Garrett with the first...
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Saints take Marshon Lattimore with eleventh pick
The Saints need defensive help. And they’re getting it. With the eleventh selection in the draft, New Orleans has taken cornerback Marshon Lattimore from Ohio State. He’s the first corner off...
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Chiefs trade up to 10th pick to select Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes
The Kansas City Chiefs made a massive move in the first round to grab a quarterback. The Chiefs traded their first and third round picks this year, along with their 2018 first round pick, to the Buffalo...
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Bengals add some speed, draft John Ross at No. 9
There’s a run on wide receivers in the draft, and the Bengals just chose a receiver who can run. With the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, the Bengals selected John Ross, wide receiver from...
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Panthers get their running back, Christian McCaffrey with the eighth pick
The Panthers have the opportunity to “evolve” their offense, and they’ll do it with a different kind of back. With the eighth overall choice, the Panthers took Stanford running back...
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With seventh pick, Chargers select Mike Williams
The Chargers have made their first draft pick since moving to Los Angeles. The Chargers selected wide receiver Mike Williams with the seventh pick of the draft. That wasn’t a frequently discussed...
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Jets take Jamal Adams at No. 6
He thought he’s be picked within the two-to-five range. He was close. With the sixth pick in the draft, the Jets selected safety Jamal Adams. The former LSU standout instantly becomes one of the best...
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Report: Browns trying to trade for Kirk Cousins
We’ve seen one surprising trade for a quarterback on Thursday night. We could be getting another one. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Browns are trying to trade for Redskins quarterback...
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Titans select Western Michigan receiver Corey Davis with fifth pick
The Tennessee Titans now have a big wide receiver for Marcus Mariota to target in the passing game. The Titans selected Western Michigan receiver Corey Davis with the fifth overall pick in the draft. Davis...
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Jaguars take Leonard Fournette fourth overall
New Jaguars front office boss Tom Coughlin is an old-school football man, and his first pick was an old-school football pick. The Jacksonville Jaguars have selected LSU running back Leonard Fournette fourth...
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Roger Goodell gets loudly booed, league exec pushes back
The good news about having 80,000 people show up for the draft is that it makes the event seem bigger than ever. The bad news is all more voices to boo Roger Goodell with. Boo Goodell they did in...
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49ers take Solomon Thomas after trading down to the third spot
The 49ers were among the draft’s early winners, before they even took a pick. After trading down one spot, the 49ers used the third overall selection to take Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas...
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Bears trade up to No. 2, take Mitchell Trubisky
The Bears had the third pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, but they didn’t want to wait that long to get on the clock. Mike Glennon may not be long for the Bears’ starting...
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Browns take Myles Garrett, as expected
Warren Sapp be damned, the Browns took the consensus best player in the draft. With the first overall selection, the Cleveland Browns selected Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett. It’s hardly a...
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Coach of team in top 10 says it “could get crazy”
You wanna get nuts? Let’s get nuts. Hopefully. As the draft approaches, a coach of a team picking in the top 10 had this to say: “Could get nuts.” Nearly every year, something happens that...
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Clowney, Suh among top 10 draft names
Take a look at some of the funniest names of each pick in the top 10 of the NFL Draft.
Report: Chiefs “making most noise” about moving up in first round
The start of the draft is almost upon us and we’ll find out the answers to a multitude of questions, including which teams will move up in the first round to grab a player they covet. One team to...
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Look for Jarrad Davis to be gone by pick No. 22
If linebacker Jarrad Davis is still on the board when the Dolphins go on the clock, chances are Davis won’t be on the board much longer. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the floor for...
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Deshaun Watson: Mitchell Trubisky over me would be a slap in the face
Former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson will not be happy if he’s not the first quarterback drafted tonight. Watson says that if North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky is the first quarterback off...
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Cowboys make sense for Gareon Conley, for one specific reason
The sudden cloud that emerged over cornerback Gareon Conley’s draft stock earlier this week seemed to instantly knock him out of round one. As the hours have passed, however, teams have had time to...
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Gareon Conley to give DNA sample, interview with police Monday
Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley will speak to Cleveland police about the sexual assault allegations made against him on Monday. That was the word from Conley’s attorney Kevin Spellacy on Thursday...
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Report: Browns will pick Myles Garrett first overall
With the first overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns will select Myles Garrett, defensive end from Texas A&M. That’s the word from Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, who reports...
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Cowboys waive suspended wideout Shaquelle Evans
Wide receiver Shaquelle Evans will serve a four-game suspension to start the 2017 season, but he won’t have a chance to show the Cowboys he’s worth keeping around until he’s eligible to...
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Cowboys still showing interest in Gareon Conley
Two years ago, the Cowboys signed La’El Collins after he fell all the way from the first round to undrafted when he was falsely suspected of being involved in the murder of his ex-girlfriend. Now the...
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Report: Falcons could trade up in first round
We’ve heard a lot this week about teams drafting early that would like to trade down in the first round and the lack of interest from buyers, but there are some teams that are reportedly open to such...
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Report: Broncos looking to trade up
At a time when plenty of teams in the first round would like to trade down, there’s not an overabundance looking to trade up. One franchise exploring it, according to Adam “Stella Liebeck...
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Carson Wentz had laser eye surgery
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz should be able to see downfield better this season. Wentz revealed that he had laser eye surgery this offseason after playing with contact lenses during his rookie year. “I...
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Morgan Moses signs five-year contract extension
Morgan Moses had to wait until the third round of the 2014 draft before he heard his name called, but he won’t have to wait for the expiration of his rookie contract before he signs another one....
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Why does the Commissioner keep calling out player names at the draft?
Here’s a question that usually emerges during or after the first night of the draft: Why does Commissioner Roger Goodell continue to subject himself to this? He’ll be booed tonight. Relentlessly...
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McCaffrey’s likely window: No. 5 to No. 15
As the draft has approached, a popular theory has emerged linking running back Christian McCaffrey to the Panthers at No. 8. (Indeed, that’s where he resides in the 2017 PFT Worst Mock Draft Ever.) A...
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Report: Scot McCloughan has advised teams on draft since being fired
Earlier this offseason, Scot McCloughan was relieved of his duties as the General Manager of the Redskins in a move that came after the team had already started work on this year’s draft board....
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How many quarterbacks will go in round one?
Every year, it’s one of the biggest questions entering the first night of the draft. And every year we seem to be surprised in some way by the outcome. This year, it’s still unclear how many...
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Marshon Lattimore on inexperience concerns: I’m only going to get better
Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore has been a staple in the top end of mock drafts over the last few months and he will be in Philadelphia on Thursday night with the expectation that his name will be...
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18 players are sure-thing first-round picks, if mock drafts are right
As we wade through the final mock drafts in the hours before the real draft allows us to throw the mocks away, there are 18 players who appear to be sure-thing first-round draft picks. That’s based on...
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Forrest Lamp is lighting it up with endorsements already
Forrest Lamp might be a pretty good NFL guard. He’s definitely a marketing genius. The Western Kentucky offensive lineman, who could be a first-round pick tonight, has signed an endorsement deal with...
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