NFL Draft Needs: Patriots

NFL Draft Needs: Patriots
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NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Western Kentucky WR Taywan Taylor to Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs.

Zierlein refers to Taylor as a "[h]igh floor [player] with the potential to be an above-average slot receiver in an offense that recognizes his flexibility." The 5-foot-11, 203-pounder came through with a 4.50-second 40-yard dash time at the Combine in Indianapolis and additionally logged a broad jump of 11 feet and a vertical of 33 1/2 inches -- he bumped that mark to 38 inches on pro day. Rotoworld's Josh Norris is a big backer of Taylor's pro potential.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 28 - 5:19 PM

In his Monday mock draft, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline projected the Jaguars to select LSU RB Leonard Fournette with the No. 4 overall pick.

We have seen Fournette fly off the board to the Jaguars in several mocks during the process. The Panthers are another popular mock destination for him at No. 8. While Pauline does not see the latter scenario at this juncture, he does slot FSU RB Dalvin Cook to the Carolina kitties. Outside of Fournette's high perch in Pauline's mock, another notable early offensive move came when he had the Titans selecting Alabama TE O.J. Howard at No. 5 with the pick the Rams tossed their way on the Nashville wind in order to obtain Cal QB Jared Goff last spring.
Mar 28 - 5:07 PM

Land of 10's Jeremy Birmingham reports that Ohio State freshman LB Baron Browning will miss the remainder of spring practice after undergoing surgery to repair a torn shoulder labrum.

Buckeyes HC Urban Meyer has not specified the nature of Browning's injury, but did confirm that spring practice was out the window. The reported torn labrum is an unfortunate set-back for the potential impact freshman. Browning, 6-foot-3, 227 pounds, was a five-star recruit out of high school and one of the jewels of Meyer's brilliant 2017 class. Per Birmingham, the linebacker underwent surgery on Tuesday morning.
Mar 28 - 4:54 PM

South Florida redshirt senior DB Hassan Childs has been dismissed from the team following his arrest in a road rage incident over the weekend.

Childs is being charged with three counts of aggravated assault and one count of misdemeanor marijuana possession for a Saturday night road rage incident. The South Florida redshirt senior allegedly pointed a gun at Jovanni Jimenez and his family, after which Jimenez shot Childs three times. Claiming self-defense, Jimenez has not been charged with a crime. Said Bulls HC Charlie Strong of Childs' dismissal, "When you look at this university and how great an institution it is, and the football program, it is a privilege to represent this program. And there are standards and there are values that we uphold, and our players understand it is an obligation and it is a responsibility to represent it the right way." Childs appeared in eight games this past season, recording 16 tackles along the way.
Mar 28 - 4:41 PM

Kentucky graduate WR Jeff Badet transferred to Oklahoma.

Badet visited the Sooners at the beginning of March. He had also been eyeing West Virginia, but Mountaineers HC Dana Holgorsen lost this particular Big 12 battle to Sooners HC Bob Stoops. This past season, Badet registered 31 catches for 670 yards and a quartet of touchdowns. A deep burner who ranked sixth in the FBS with a 21.6 yards per reception mark in 2016, the 6-foot, 180-pounder now-former Wildcat could see a legitimate statistical bump during the coming season now that he will have Heisman contender Baker Mayfield slinging the ball his way.
Mar 28 - 4:15 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Virginia Tech TE Bucky Hodges to Devin Funchess.

At 6-foot-6, 257 pounds, Hodges placed in the 94th percentile as an athlete at the NFL Combine, but he remains more athlete than football player due to his mediocre routes and inconsistent hands. "He can line up inside or outside while his size and ability to work all three levels of the field should be appealing to teams looking for pass catching options," Zierlein wrote. "The competitive nature of the NFL could bring out more consistent toughness in him as a blocker. He has the tools to be a long-time starter and touchdown-maker in the league."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 28 - 4:02 PM

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said pairing Ole Miss sophomore QB Shea Patterson with new Rebels' offensive coordinator Phil Longo "could be a match made in heaven."

He'd know. Kingsbury was Texas A&M's OC when the school went 11-2 and Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy. That's the last time the SEC has seen an Air Raid offense run by an elite dual-threat quarterback. Longo is an Air Raid disciple, while the dual-threat Patterson was a top-three overall recruit in the 2016 cycle. Patterson closed out last season as the starter after Chad Kelly suffered a season-ending knee injury. He's on the verge of a breakout.
Source: ESPN
Mar 28 - 3:56 PM

Texas sophomore WR Collin Johnson has been running with the first-team offense in spring practices.

The 6-foot-6, 212-pounder had 28 catches for 315 yards and three touchdowns as a true freshman last season. A former four-star recruit, Johnson is described as a physical freak. When his game catches up to his attributes, watch out.
Source: 247 Sports
Mar 28 - 3:51 PM
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