The Raiders selected Gareon Conley after he was reportedly asked to take a polygraph test, which may open the door for that in the future.
Posted: April 29, 2017, 4:16 am
It didn't take the New York Giants long to find a replacement for defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, and they may have found one for Eli Manning, too. After taking Dalvin Tomlinson of Alabama in the second round of the NFL draft, the Giants drafted a potential down-the-road replacement for the 36-year-old Manning, taking California quarterback Davis Webb in the third round. ''We hope Eli continues to play at a high level and this guy can develop, hopefully,'' general manager Jerry Reese said.
Posted: April 29, 2017, 4:15 am
Jalen Tabor boldly declared last month that he was the best player available in the draft. The Detroit Lions selected their second-straight Florida Gator, taking Tabor in the second round with the No. 53 overall pick in the NFL draft on Friday night after selecting linebacker Jarrad Davis in the first round. ''It's going to be incredible,'' Tabor said.
Posted: April 29, 2017, 4:11 am
Yahoo's NFL analysts discuss the Bengals second round pick Joe Mixon.
Posted: April 29, 2017, 1:21 am
ESPN.com NFL Nation reporters assess every second-round pick. Kevin King, CB, Washington | Highlights Why they did it: When you fielded the 31st-ranked pass defense last season, what choice do you have but to pick a cornerback? And this isn't just any cornerback. It's a 6-foot-3, 200-pounder who ran a 4.43 40-yard dash at the combine. He becomes the Packers' biggest cornerback, one inch taller than LaDarius Gunter. The Packers gave up 26 passing touchdowns to wide receivers last season, most in the NFL, and they had only seven interceptions on passes to receivers last season, tied for the second fewest in the NFL. Biggest question: What does this mean for Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins?
Posted: April 29, 2017, 1:12 am
Of all the shirts East Carolina receiver Zay Jones could have picked out for Day Two of the NFL draft, he picked one with a picture of the infamous O.J. Simpson car chase of 1994 but with a twist: a bunch of white Ford Broncos chasing a single cop car. The same Bills franchise in which Simpson spent his most successful NFL seasons. The Bills chose Jones, who was remarkably productive in college, with the fifth pick of the second round, 37th overall.
Posted: April 29, 2017, 12:06 am
The first round of the NFL draft had players from Temple and Western Michigan off the board before players from Alabama. As usual, some players were off the board earlier than expected while others had to wait longer than most of the draft forecasters expected.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 8:37 pm
John Fox reportedly learned about the Bears' plan to trade up for Mitchell Trubisky 'a couple hours before', and the entire ordeal looks increasingly messy
The Chicago Bears' decision to trade up to No. 2 in the NFL Draft on Thursday and take UNC quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was one of the biggest surprises of the first round. The Bears, slated to draft third overall, traded their No. 3 pick, 2017 third- and fourth-round picks, and a 2018 third-round pick to the San Francisco 49ers to nab Trubisky second overall. In the meantime, the Bears' plans for this offseason are looking increasingly half-baked.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 7:54 pm
Draft day has finally come, for all the months and months of speculation, the Steelers finally gave their answer: Wisconsin outside linebacker, T.J. Watt. T.J. is the younger brother of Houston Texan phenom J.J. Watt. Make no mistake, T.J. is his own man.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 6:22 pm
Former Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley simply can’t wait to join the Oakland Raiders organization since being drafted at No. 24 overall on Thursday, leading to him taking on a case of the jitters on the plane to Oakland on Friday. Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Jack Del Rio voiced their comparable excitement for the Conley selection in their first-round press conference Thursday night. “All I know is we had him on our board, and we like the player,” McKenzie said. “We’re glad he’s a Raider.” McKenzie and Del Rio are likely too busy with preparing for Days 2 and 3 of the 2017 NFL draft to get too excited after the selection, but Conley is seemingly excited enough to cover
Posted: April 28, 2017, 5:51 pm
Day two of the NFL draft will feature Dalvin Cook, among other good players who did not go in the first round. There are plenty of running backs after Cook who will go on the second and third days of the draft who jumped out to me as I watched film. Alvin Kamara is one of the intriguing prospects still available after day one of the draft.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 5:19 pm
Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King put a disrespectful Twitter user in his place early Friday morning, and in this case, the troll’s place is the dentist office. King congratulated former USC cornerback Adoree Jackson via Twitter after he was selected by the Tennessee Titans in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. He also told Jackson that he hopes to see him as the Titans’ punt returner in Week 1 to give him a proper welcome to the NFL. Jackson replied to the tweet admirably, as he respectfully asked King to not “kick the ball too good.” However, the same couldn’t be said for another Twitter user, as DJ Renteria trolled King by mentioning Kansas City Chiefs punt returner Tyreek Hill when
Posted: April 28, 2017, 4:56 pm
One of the biggest offstage stories on the first night of the NFL draft involved local quarterback Carson Wentz. Carson Wentz took a Cowboys fans hat off at a fan event at the Draft. Wentz explained the event to Yahoo Sports, noting that there’s no love lost between the Eagles and Cowboys.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 4:14 pm
Accused of rape just days before the 2017 NFL draft, former Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley needed to do everything in his power to prove the allegations false if he ever wanted to play a down in the NFL, including a polygraph test. Conley took a polygraph test shortly after the allegations surfaced in the media to prove he was telling the truth, and after yielding positive results, he had his agent email the lawyer’s follow-up statement to NFL teams on Thursday night, per MMQB. The email must have made it’s way to the Oakland Raiders’ inbox, as general manager Reggie McKenzie and owner Mark Davis both agreed to select Conley at No. 24 overall on Thursday. McKenzie also emphasized he did
Posted: April 28, 2017, 3:36 pm
The Browns pulled off their second big trade with the Texans in 2 months, and it may have perfectly set them up for the future
For the second time in two months, the Cleveland Browns made a trade with the Houston Texans that netted them assets in return. On Thursday, moments before using their second pick of the first round of the NFL Draft, the Browns dealt their No. 12 pick to the Texans for Houston's 25th overall pick and a 2018 first-round pick.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 12:40 pm
ALAMEDA – Gareon Conley’s name has been sullied, at least temporarily. He feared it would be long enough to send him free falling down the NFL Draft. The Ohio State cornerback and top-15 prospect was accused of rape stemming from an April 9 incident in Cleveland, an allegation he called “completely false.” The Raiders clearly believe him. That’s why they drafted him No. 24 overall on Thursday evening, and expect him to be a long-term solution in their secondary. Conley wasn’t sure how far he’d fall after being beaten down by one rough week, when the allegation went public. Reggie McKenzie’s first-round selection and subsequent call was more emotional than expected. “It made it 10 times more special,”
Posted: April 28, 2017, 5:52 am
Mitchell Trubisky’s makeup may take a little time to discern at the NFL level. Ryan Pace? No, his nature has now been pretty emphatically revealed as perhaps one of the most aggressive general managers currently doing business in the NFL. How good Pace is, well, that’s a whole other discussion that doesn’t really move to the fore until next September. But right now Pace is safe from any accusations of timidity at the top of his drafts. “If we want to be great, you just can’t sit on your hands,” Pace stated after round one was over. “There are times when you’ve got to be aggressive and when you have conviction on a guy, you can’t sit on your hands. I just don’t want to be average around here;
Posted: April 28, 2017, 5:43 am
Jonathan Allen was the perfect pick for the Redskins, filling a need with a player who clearly was the best on the board. Allen’s slide from a top-five prospect to the middle of the first round is believed to be because of issues with both of his shoulders. During his time at Alabama he suffered labral tears in both of his shoulders that were surgically repaired and he also suffers from mild arthritis in both of them. That apparently scared some teams off but not the Redskins. “We didn't have any concerns,” said coach Jay Gruden. “We talked to Dr. [James] Andrews, he gave thumbs up on him. We feel very good about the injuries.” Then why did a top talent slide all the way back to the Redskins’
Posted: April 28, 2017, 4:35 am
The Atlanta Falcons traded up to take McKinley, a 6-foot-2 defensive end, with the 26th overall pick, and after hugging those with him backstage, he picked up a large framed photo of his grandmother and carried it with him down the stairs and onto the stage, where he met NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the thousands of fans in downtown Philadelphia. After posing with his red No. 1 Falcons jersey, the 21-year-old looked into the nearest camera and began a stream-of-consciousness outpouring about his grandmother, Myrtle Collins, who raised him until her death in 2011. Takkarist McKinley carried a photo of his grandmother onto the stage after being drafted by Atlanta.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 4:18 am
The most fascinating illustration is the Panthers’ selection, eighth overall, of Stanford Swiss Army Knife Christian McCaffrey. GM Dave Gettleman will surely say McCaffrey was their top running back choice. Most likely, the top choice was actually LSU bruiser Leonard Fournette (taken fourth overall by Jacksonville).
Posted: April 28, 2017, 4:13 am
They came early. For 81 years it took place in hotel ballrooms, Radio City Music Hall and, for the previous two years, in a theater in Chicago. The league’s 82nd such event was its first foray outdoors, in the center of a city, and it didn’t just prove to be a glorious backdrop for television.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 3:52 am
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 they acquired from the Patriots in the trade that sent wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Patriots. Ramczyk is the latest of many strong blockers to come out of Madison in recent years and was widely projected to be a first-round pick this season. He had hip surgery after the end of the Badgers’ season, which may have pushed him down a bit but he ended the night making good on those projections. They had previously taken cornerback Marshon Lattimore with the 11th pick of the round, so they were
Posted: April 28, 2017, 3:44 am
“With the 26th pick, oops, the 31st pick — well, we’ll get back to you on that — in the 2017 NFL draft, the Seattle Seahawks select … Bulk Inventory, from the University of Hoarded Assets.” Mel Kiper Jr. says the Bulkster is not very flashy, but a real overachiever with a motor that won’t quit, a real steal. In fact, sometimes you’d swear this guy has been cloned. On a night when 27 out of 32 teams, and their fans, got to revel in their feverishly anticipated and hotly debated first-round draft picks, and then show off their shiny new toys, the Seahawks opted to trade down, and down again, to rack up three extra picks. It’s not sexy, and for those who have invested hours, if not weeks, in trying
Posted: April 28, 2017, 3:35 am
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 Browns moved up to No. 29 in a trade with the Packers, packaging the 33rd and 108th overall picks to get the 29th pick. Thanks to their many trades, the Browns had three first-round picks: They took Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett first overall, took Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers 25th overall and then took Njoku. That’s two talented players on defense and a talented player on offense. No team in the NFL added the kind of talent the Browns added tonight. Cleveland still hasn’t identified
Posted: April 28, 2017, 3:28 am
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. Harris had 16 sacks over his last two college seasons and that kind of production would look good on a Miami defense that finished 22nd in the league in that category last season. Cameron Wake should make for a good mentor for Harris, who would ideally wind up filling Wake’s shoes as the team’s top pass rusher at some point down the line. By selecting Harris, the Dolphins became the latest team to pass on Alabama linebacker Rueben Foster in a first round that hasn’t played out as many might
Posted: April 28, 2017, 2:43 am
At 6’3 and 285 pounds, Jonathan Allen looks every bit a run-stuffing defensive lineman. On Thursday night, Washington selected Allen with the No. 17 overall pick. Allen spent four years at Alabama, transitioning from linebacker to defensive lineman for one of the nation’s most disruptive units.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 2:13 am
The Bears’ aggressive decision to trade up and draft Mitchell Trubisky with the No. 2 pick won’t create a quarterback competition this summer and fall, general manager Ryan Pace said. Pace made it clear that Mike Glennon, who the Bears signed in March, will be the team’s starting quarterback when they open the 2017 season Sept. 10 against the Atlanta Falcons. “There’s no quarterback competition when Mitch gets here,” Pace said. “Glennon is our starting quarterback. We’ll focus on Mitch’s development and Mike Glennon winning games for the Chicago Bears.” Both Glennon and Trubisky, though, are no strangers to quarterback competitions — and coming out on the wrong side of them. Glennon, with the
Posted: April 28, 2017, 1:57 am
The 2017 NFL Draft prospects used the red carpet to showcase their style on Thursday in Philadelphia.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 1:53 am
A few weeks ago, CSNNE’s Tom Curran reported that the New England Patriots were no longer interested in trading for Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. And yet Tuesday, Curran reiterated the face that Sherman indeed still wants to be a Patriot. “He wants to be a New England Patriot,” CSNNE’s Tom E. Curran said Wednesday on “Boston Sports Tonight.” “My understanding is he wants to be a New England Patriot.” Whether a deal gets done this weekend remains to be seen. Nothing else on the matter has been reported. The Patriots are without a first or second-round pick as of now, thanks to trades for wide receiver Brandin Cooks and defensive end Kony Ealy. However, the Patriots can gain a first-round
Posted: April 27, 2017, 10:41 pm
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 Davis is believed to be pick No. 22, Miami. The ceiling isn’t quite clear. The 2017 PFT Worst Mock Draft Ever has Davis going to Washington at No. 17. The Lions at No. 21 also are a possibility. Davis, who played at Florida, is expected to compete immediately for the starting job as an outside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 10:37 pm
Here is what you need to know on this Friday, April 28, 26 days before the Redskins start OTAs on May 24. Timeline At Redskins Park—Second and third rounds starting at 6 p.m., conference calls with picks shortly after selections are made, Jay Gruden news conference after third round is over. Days until: —Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 14 —Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 26 —Training camp starts (7/27) 90 —Redskins opener vs. Eagles (9/10) 135 Some possible Friday picks for the Redskins Malik McDowell, DL, Michigan State—Who said that the Redskins are done on the defensive line? He has tremendous physical ability but he is very inconsistent, taking off plays and even whole series at times. McDowell was
Posted: April 27, 2017, 10:01 pm
BOSTON - Court records show the estate of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez currently has a dollar value of zero. The former New England Patriots tight end took his own life last week in prison. Hernandez’s fiancee and her lawyer said in an affidavit filed Wednesday in probate court that Hernandez’s estate is currently worth “$0.00” with “no monies available and no identifiable personal assets.” The Boston Herald first reported on the affidavit. But there is an offer to buy Hernandez’s house — worth nearly $1.3 million. The mother of a man Hernandez was convicted of killing in 2013 has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit seeking any proceeds from the sale. Odin Lloyd was a semi-professional football
Posted: April 27, 2017, 7:46 pm
The NFL Draft starts tonight, which means many college football players are about to realize their dream of playing in the NFL. 1. Cleveland BrownsDE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M The Browns front office and coaching staff is supposedly split between Garrett and quarterback Mitch Trubisky. Cleveland desperately needs a quarterback, but Garrett is probably the most talented player on the board.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 7:33 pm
AVONDALE, La. – Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer can’t get enough of this team concept. First, they shot a 6-under 66 in alternate shot to share the lead at the Zurich Classic. And on Thursday night they headed to the New Orleans Saints’ facility to watch how the team prepares to make the 11th pick in the NFL Draft. “It’ll be really cool just kind of sitting in the back and watching that process take shape,” Spieth said. “I’ve always wondered what it’s like.” It’s Palmer’s second time in the Draft war room, after attending a few years ago with his caddie, James Edmondson. “They’re actually watching Shot Tracker more than anything,” Palmer said. “You’d be surprised. They’re watching what we’re doing
Posted: April 27, 2017, 7:14 pm
Under Bill Belichick’s watch, the New England Patriots have won 201 games — the most of any team since 2000 — his first year with the club. That stretch included seven Super Bowl appearances and five championship rings. Considering the importance of the NFL draft to building a perennial contender, it’s understandable to assume the Patriots have dominated the draft during that time span. A closer look, however, reveals Belichick may be getting a lot more praise for that than he deserves. The truth, based on The Washington Post’s recent NFL draft study, is that the Patriots aren’t very good at selecting players in the draft. In fact, they have routinely been average or below average during Belichick’s
Posted: April 27, 2017, 5:55 pm
The Chicago Bears’ roster will continue to undergo plenty of changes this weekend with seven picks in the 2017 NFL Draft, and they’ll add another similarly sized group of undrafted free agents afterward. They may have to let a few veterans go in the process. Entering the draft, the Bears’ 90-man roster sits at 78 players under contract, according to Spotrac.com. Assuming Ryan Pace finishes the draft with all seven picks, that will leave only five spots open for undrafted players, which likely won’t be enough. In each of Pace’s first two drafts as Bears general manager, he signed seven UDFAs in the days following the draft. If that’s his magic number, then he’s going to have to release two players
Posted: April 27, 2017, 4:07 pm
The Notre Dame quarterback spoke to Yahoo Sports’ Evan Doherty about the potential of waiting in the NFL draft green room for a long time before being selected by a team.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 2:31 pm
The reports that the Titans are willing if not eager to make a trade appear to be true. Unless they’re not. Because even Titans General Manager Jon Robinson said the odds are even that they will make a move, saying there was a “50-50” chance. “We’ve had a few calls,” Robinson said, via Jason Wolf of the Tennesseean. “I think there’s some that are just investigative, just trying to see if anything is going on around us. And we’ve had a couple a little more serious in nature about potentially moving.” The Titans pick fifth and 18th in the first round, but lack a second rounder following last year’s flurry of deals. And betting on the Titans to make a move seems safe, since Robinson has made three
Posted: April 27, 2017, 11:03 am
NFL teams that had strong interest in the Ohio State corner before the April 9 rape accusation against him were scrambling to figure that out Wednesday. Suffice it to say, Conley was among the last of their players they expected to be accused of a crime this serious.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 7:56 am
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