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Cowboys signed UCLA C Jake Brendel.

Brendel (6'4/303) became a starter the moment he arrived at UCLA, going on to make 52 consecutive starts and earning second-team All-Pac 12 as a senior. Brendel's smallish hands (8 1/4") and arms (31") are concerns for his NFL transition, as are his limitations as a space blocker and shortage of strength. Brendel is a battler in the trenches, but he lacks starter-caliber tools and won't be much of an option at guard. His pro career is likely to be brief.
Apr 30 - 10:14 PM

Oregon QB Vernon Adams will attend the Seahawks' rookie minicamp next week.

Adams surprisingly didn't get any UDFA offers. He'll attempt to parlay a tryout with Seattle into a contract. The Seahawks have also added TCU's Trevone Boykin to their quarterback mix behind Russell Wilson.
Apr 30 - 9:45 PM

Titans signed Florida State SS Lamarcus Brutus.

Brutus (6'0/206) spent his first three college seasons as a sub-package DB and special teamer before taking over as the starting free safety as a senior, where he tallied three interceptions and was named honorable mention All-ACC. His athletic shortcomings showed up in pre-draft testing, running 4.76 with a 9-foot-6 broad jump in Indianapolis. Brutus' pro projection is special teams gunner.
Apr 30 - 9:34 PM

Giants signed Liberty QB Josh Woodrum.

Woodrum (6'3/231) finished his Liberty career with school records in passing yards (10,266), completions (833) and attempts (1,304), and second in school history with 61 touchdown passes. He was a second-team All-Big South pick in each of his final three seasons. Described by NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah as a plus-sized quarterback with a "compact release, velocity, and touch," Woodrum played in a very conservative small-school offense but has some NFL-level traits. He's a project worth a shot.
Apr 30 - 9:34 PM

Chargers sign Penn State CB Trevor Williams.

Williams (5'11/191) converted from receiver to cornerback and went on to start for 2 1/2 seasons, collecting five interceptions and earning All-Big Ten honorable mention as a senior. Williams was an average college player whose stock elevated in pre-draft workouts, blazing 4.44 with a 10-foot-5 broad jump at Penn State's Pro Day.
Apr 30 - 9:30 PM

Ravens signed Duke C Matt Skura.

Skura (6'3/305) made 40 starts for Duke -- all at center -- and earned first-team All-ACC as a senior. A plodding athlete, Skura managed a 5.39 forty and 24-inch vertical in Indy. He did bench 225 pounds 30 times at Duke's Pro Day and is a fundamentally-sound blocker with 35 1/4" arms. Skura may not grow into an NFL starter, but he offers guard-center versatility and could carve out a career as an interior reserve.
Apr 30 - 9:28 PM

Eagles signed Texas WR Marcus Johnson.

Johnson (6'1/204) made 18 starts in four years at Texas, wrapping his career with a 61-793-4 (13.0 YPR) receiving line. Although he wasn't an impact college player, Johnson tested out like an NFL athlete with 4.37 speed, an 11-foot-4 broad jump, and 22 bench-press reps at the Longhorns' Pro Day. Johnson has an extensive special teams background, which will be his ticket to an NFL roster spot.
Apr 30 - 9:26 PM

Texans signed Michigan State DE Joel Heath.

Heath (6'5/293) made 24 starts on the Spartans' defensive line, logging 10.5 career tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. He added 30 pounds in his college career and converted from defensive end to tackle. An average athlete, Heath was a good college player due to his motor and strength. He was by no means dominant in the Big Ten and lacks natural pass-rush skills. Heath's path to an NFL roster spot will be as a five-technique run stopper in the Kendall Langford mold.
Apr 30 - 9:24 PM

Chargers signed Navy FB Chris Swain.

Swain (6'0/249) was a three-year starter for Navy, serving as the thunder to dual-threat QB Keenan Reynolds' lightning. Swain finished his career with 410/2,176/19 (5.3 YPC) rushing but just two catches. He turned in fullback-level measurables at Navy's Pro Day, running 4.72 with a 9-foot-2 broad jump. The Chargers also added Wisconsin FB Derek Watt in the sixth round.
Apr 30 - 9:23 PM

Dolphins signed Louisville LB James Burgess.

Burgess (6'0/229) started for three-plus years at U of L, finishing his senior season as a third-team All-ACC pick on the strength of 9.5 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, and an interception. Burgess was evaluated by some NFL teams as a safety prospect, and his measurables are indeed that of a linebacker/strong safety 'tweener with 4.61/4.65 speed and average agility. Ultimately, Burgess looks the part of an NFL special teamer.
Apr 30 - 9:22 PM

Steelers signed Jacksonville State DL Devaunte Sigler.

Sigler (6'4/298) earned 2014 Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year before dealing with injuries as a senior, logging just 2.5 tackles for loss and two sacks in his final year at Jacksonville State. Sigler's pre-draft workouts also disappointed, managing a 25-inch vertical, 8-foot-3 broad jump, and sluggish agility scores. Undersized and underproductive lately with sub-NFL-baseline movement ability, Sigler is a long shot for a pro career.
Apr 30 - 9:19 PM

Texans signed UCLA K Ka'imi Fairbairn.

Fairbairn (6'0/183) won 2015's Lou Groza Award as the nation's top kicker, finishing his career as the Pac 12's all-time leader in points scored (413). He went a middling 68-of-89 (76.4%) on field goals across four college seasons, but finished with 41 straight makes from 35 yards in. Fairbairn offers NFL-level leg strength for kickoffs and kept getting better as a field-goal kicker in college. He should have a future in the league.
Apr 30 - 9:18 PM

Steelers signed Florida State DL Giorgio Newberry.

Newberry (6'6/285) was a backup throughout his Seminoles career, seeing action at defensive end and tackle and even dabbling at tight end in 2013. He managed two career sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss. Newberry did show adequate athleticism at the Combine, running 4.94 with a 30-inch vertical. Not a productive collegiate and turning 25 during his rookie campaign, Newberry has very little upside. He'll try to hang around as a versatile end-tackle reserve.
Apr 30 - 9:18 PM

Eagles signed Arizona WR Cayleb Jones.

Jones (6'3/209) spent two seasons at U of A after transferring from Texas, wrapping his college career with a 130-1,958-14 (15.06 YPR) receiving line. Jones' stock took a hit at the Combine, where he ran 4.65 with a 33 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-4 broad jump, also managing only nine reps on the bench. Jones' lack of separation skills shows up on tape, and he has a checkered off-field history, getting arrested for felony aggravated assault as a Texas freshman. Despite being a productive college player, Jones faces major obstacles to last as an NFL wideout.
Apr 30 - 9:15 PM

Steelers signed Duke P Will Monday.

Monday (6'4/212) punted for the Blue Devils all four years of his college career, setting a Duke school record for career yards per punt (46.5). 88 of Monday's 260 career punts (33.8%) were downed inside the opposing 20-yard line, a mark he improved to 47% as a senior. Monday has NFL-level leg strength, but will need to improve his hang time to last in the pros.
Apr 30 - 9:14 PM



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