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NFL Network's Mike Mayock called Arizona State's Demarious Randall "the best cover safety in this draft."

Mayock puts Randall above Alabama's Landon Collins because Collins is "more of a box safety or a dime linebacker." Randall doesn't excel in the box but he makes up for it by hounding receivers all over the field. Originally slotted as a mid-rounder, Randall is trending toward the late first round.
Source: CSN Philly
Apr 26 - 12:46 PM

"Multiple sources" tell the Miami Herald that the Dolphins "covet" Georgia RB Todd Gurley, and "would love" for Gurley to fall to them at No. 14.

No. 14 would be considered a "fall" for Gurley, who is now seen as a probable top-ten pick. Many NFL evaluators view Gurley as one of the best all-around players in an otherwise weak 2015 draft class. The Herald spoke to Miami Heat team physician Harlan Selesnick, who said the risk of an ACL re-tear is just two percent for pro athletes. "The success rate in terms of stability is really quite good," Selesnick stated. "You don’t see a lot of guys having a repeat ACL surgery. You can usually feel comfortable taking one of those players."
Apr 26 - 12:41 PM

Bears DE Ray McDonald will not face punishment for a domestic violence incident that occurred last August.

An NFL investigation found McDonald was not in violation of the personal conduct policy. The league continues to look at a second incident involving an alleged sexual assault, though charges were dropped and McDonald is suing the accuser. The 49ers waived McDonald after the latter incident. Despite the off-field drama, the 31-year-old still landed a one-year deal with Chicago.
Apr 26 - 12:34 PM

The NFL was unable to find video of an incident involving Dez Bryant in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

The alleged incident took place in Lancaster, Texas in 2011, though it wasn't widely reported until a few months ago. A damaging off-field event could diminish Bryant's value as he looks for his next contract. Until a video surfaces, this remains a non-story.
Apr 26 - 12:17 PM

The Lions sent RBs coach Curtis Modkins to Indiana RB Tevin Coleman's personal Pro Day on April 15.

Typically, NFL teams have genuine interest in a player when they send their position coach to that player's workout. There isn't a better fit in the draft than Coleman-to-Detroit, where he would add much-needed speed to the NFL's slowest backfield. As beat writer Dave Birkett noted, coach Jim Caldwell selected a first-round running back (Donald Brown) during his first year as the Colts' head coach. Coleman is a sleeper to be drafted by Detroit at No. 23 overall.
Apr 26 - 12:09 PM

"Several Giants sources" insist the team will give "strong consideration" to drafting a wide receiver if the right one falls to No. 9 overall.

The "right ones" would presumably be Alabama's Amari Cooper and West Virginia's Kevin White. An offensive lineman at No. 9 still seems most likely, whether it be Iowa's Brandon Scherff, Stanford's Andrus Peat, or Miami's Ereck Flowers. Still, the fact that GM Jerry Reese isn't a "needs drafter" leaves open the possibility of the Giants addressing any position in the first round.
Apr 26 - 12:04 PM

Eli Manning called his contract situation "not something I’m going to argue about or make a fuss about."

Eli is entering the final year of his deal. He's owed a $17 million salary in 2015. Manning indicated he's engaged in no contract talks with the Giants. "Nothing has been brought up," Eli said Sunday. "I haven't made a big deal about it." Eli flourished in first-year OC Ben McAdoo's offense last season, posting a 30:14 TD-to-INT ratio and career-best 63.1 completion rate. He turned 34 in January.
Apr 26 - 11:52 AM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss believes USC WR Nelson Agholor "could be enticing" to the Patriots if he lasts until the No. 32 overall pick.

Agholor is a dynamic playmaker on offense and special teams. Bill Belichick loves versatile players who can save roster spots. Agholor is more likely to be selected in the 20s, but Reiss suggests Agholor could fall further than expected "because of the glut of top-flight pass catchers" in this year's draft.
Source: ESPN Boston
Apr 26 - 11:37 AM

ESPN's Mark Dominik is "certain" Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota will go 1-2 in this week's NFL draft.

Dominik also believes UCLA's Brett Hundley "should" go in the first round, but that's just his opinion. Dominik was an NFL general manager as recently as the 2013 season and likely still has close ties to many personnel people around the league. It would be a shock if Winston and Mariota weren't selected at Nos. 1 and 2 overall, although not necessarily in that order.
Apr 26 - 11:25 AM

Marcus Mariota "took fewer than 10 snaps under center" during his three years at Oregon.

The Heisman Trophy winner admitted he "hasn't huddled in a while," though Tennessee head coach Ken Whisenhunt liked what he saw from Mariota in a private workout. "They’re athletes, high-functioning athletes," Whisenhunt said. "They can do it. You naturally think [Mariota] could make that transition." The knock on Mariota from the beginning has been that he doesn't have experience in a pro-style offense. Oregon quarterbacks haven't had much success in the NFL recently (Joey Harrington, Kellen Clemens, Dennis Dixon, Darron Thomas) but Mariota has the versatility and football IQ to buck that trend. Mariota won't need to adjust much if the Eagles trade up to draft him.
Apr 26 - 11:14 AM

According to the Tampa Tribune, the Buccaneers have met or spoken with "upwards of 75 people" with ties to Florida State QB Jameis Winston throughout the draft process.

They want to know if Winston's off-field transgressions were "the work of a bad person or simply an immature one." The Bucs conducted a similar investigation with Justin Blackmon a few years back, staking him out at a local bar to see how many times he would attend throughout the week. Buccaneers officials spoke with the Tallahassee State Attorney's Office about an FSU student who received "counseling services" after a sexual encounter with Winston. According to the Attorney's Office, the student did not press charges and "doesn't even consider herself a victim." We'll know Thursday if Winston's baggage is too much for the Buccaneers to handle.
Apr 26 - 10:43 AM

Joe Flacco said the Ravens lack "that one guy who can stretch the field."

Torrey Smith filled that role previously but is gone to San Francisco. Flacco is left with an underwhelming corps of Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown, Michael Campanero and Steve Smith. It wouldn't be a bad idea for Baltimore to use its first-round pick at wide receiver, something the Ravens haven't done since 2005.
Apr 26 - 9:20 AM

Since 2013, the Jaguars have the second-fewest rushing yards in the league while allowing the most sacks.

Simply put, Jacksonville's line has been a disgrace. Much of that has to do with Luke Joeckel, who's been a major disappointment. In 2014, the former No. 2 overall pick finished 67th out of 84 qualified tackles in Pro Football Focus' ratings. Joeckel said he was "too light" and has bulked up to 311 pounds this offseason. Despite Jacksonville's overall poor performance, the guard play was passable last year as both Brandon Linder and Zane Beadles received positive PFF grades.
Apr 26 - 8:59 AM

Jeremy Maclin made more downfield catches of 20 yards or more last season than the Chiefs' whole receiving corps.

Five of Maclin's 10 touchdown catches were of this variety. The Chiefs had chain movers last season, but until Maclin arrived, they didn't have much of a deep threat. Maclin is familiar with the offense after playing four seasons under Andy Reid in Philadelphia, but Alex Smith's risk-averse quarterbacking is a significant threat to Maclin's fantasy ceiling and floor.
Apr 26 - 8:29 AM

"Several personnel directors" told the New York Daily News they believe the Jets have an "affinity" for Stanford OT Andrus Peat.

D'Brickashaw Ferguson remains a solid starter at age 31, but has a cap charge of over $14 million in 2016. The Jets could view Peat as a short-term solution to their right tackle woes, and as Ferguson's long-term replacement on the blind side. Per the NY Daily News, the "feeling in league circles" is the Jets are willing to trade down -- out of the No. 6 pick -- and could target Peat in the early teens.
Apr 26 - 12:14 AM

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