Report: Jets would pass on Mariota at 6
Marcus Mariota | CLG
(April 27, 2015 11:44 PM EDT)
According to ESPN New York's Rich Cimini, the "latest buzz in league circles" is the Jets would pass on Marcus Mariota if he lasted until the No. 6 pick.
The Jets seem all set to go with Geno Smith behind Chan Gailey favorite Ryan Fitzpatrick. Cimini concedes "chances are, it won't matter" that the Jets would pass on Mariota because he's likely to be taken with the No. 2 overall pick.
ESPN New York
Gregory top rusher, but likeliest to bust
Randy Gregory | CLG
(April 27, 2015 11:36 PM EDT)
In a poll of 21 NFL personnel executives, Nebraska's Randy Gregory was the top vote getter as this year's top pass rusher.
This is a pure pass-rush ability poll, not a specified position. Gregory got ten first-place votes, while Clemson's Vic Beasley garnered five. Florida's Dante Fowler handled 2 1/2 first-place votes, USC's Leonard Williams got two, and Missouri's Shane Ray received 1 1/2. However, in a poll of 20 scouts, Gregory received 11 1/2 first-place votes as this year's front-seven prospect most likely to bust. Long on talent but facing off-field issues, Gregory looks like a boom-or-bust prospect.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Mort: Sam Bradford not trade bait for Eagles
Sam Bradford | PHI
(April 27, 2015 9:41 PM EDT)
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the Eagles acquired Sam Bradford "to be their [quarterback]," not as "trade pawn."
Per Mortensen, Bradford, who has one year left on his deal, will not sign a contract extension with a team other than the Eagles to help facilitate a trade. He wants to play for coach Chip Kelly and OC Pat Shurmur, who coached him as a rookie. The rumors will swirl through Thursday night, but odds are the Eagles won't have enough ammo to get up to the No. 2 pick to select Marcus Mariota.
Chris Mortensen on Twitter
Report: Falcons looking to come up from No. 8
Dante Fowler | CLG
(April 27, 2015 7:58 PM EDT)
NFL Network's Albert Breer reports the Falcons are looking to trade up from No. 8 overall in Thursday night's draft.
Per Breer, the Falcons' target is an "impact defender." Atlanta badly needs pass-rush help. Florida's Dante Fowler is widely viewed as the top edge-rushing prospect in this class and could come off the board as early as No. 3 to the Jaguars. Jacksonville may be looking to move back to acquire more picks.
Albert Breer on Twitter
Mizzou OLB/DE Ray busted for drug possession
Shane Ray | CLG
(April 27, 2015 7:47 PM EDT)
Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray was arrested Monday morning for possession of marijuana in Cooper County, Mo.
What a bonehead move by Ray, who was later released from county jail. His stock was already crashing some because of a foot/toe issue that may require surgery and force him to miss rookie minicamp. Early in the pre-draft process, Ray was talked about as a possible top-three pick. Now, he may find himself lasting until day two. Ray (6'3/249) has a high motor but lacks ideal athleticism.
Brandon Kiley on Twitter
RapSheet: Browns 'covet' QB Marcus Mariota
Marcus Mariota | CLG
(April 27, 2015 7:26 PM EDT)
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns "covet" Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.
Rapoport reported earlier this evening that the Browns were exploring a trade into the top 10 and have talked with the Redskins about a move to No. 5 overall. That's unlikely to land Cleveland Mariota, who will likely be a top-two pick, and at the very least come off the board at No. 3 overall where the Jaguars would probably love to trade back. The Browns have ammo at their disposal.
Around the NFL
Cyril Richardson not an option to start?
Cyril Richardson | BUF
(April 27, 2015 7:11 PM EDT)
ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak doesn't list second-year OL Cyril Richardson as a potential starting guard.
Richardson got a ton of first-team reps last summer and started four games at left guard from Weeks 4-7 as a fifth-round rookie. He was exposed, proving to be extremely penalty-prone and weak in pass protection. The Bills figure to target guard help with either their second- or third-round pick this weekend.
Report: Bolts haven't discussed Rivers trade
Philip Rivers | SD
(April 27, 2015 6:25 PM EDT)
NBC's Alex Flanagan reports the Chargers "haven't had conversations with any team" regarding a Philip Rivers trade.
It's notable because Flanagan just tweeted over the weekend that "more and more people" she'd spoken to believe the Rivers trade rumors had "legitimate legs." Well, now, more and more people around the league are reporting a trade of Rivers won't be going down and has yet to even be discussed to this point. This is just the latest item that warns us to take everything you read with a grain of salt.
Alex Flanagan on Twitter
Jags, Texans, Fins could take Gurley
Todd Gurley | CLG
(April 27, 2015 5:52 PM EDT)
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport mentions the Jaguars, Texans, and Dolphins as potential landing spots for Georgia RB Todd Gurley.
Note that all of the teams named by RapSheet select in the top half of the first round. On the board at No. 3 overall, the Jags would presumably target Gurley in a trade down. Coming off November ACL surgery, Gurley could be "eased in" behind Arian Foster and Lamar Miller in Houston and Miami, respectively.
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Report: Browns discussing trade into top ten
Kevin White | CLG
(April 27, 2015 5:22 PM EDT)
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns have had conversations with the Redskins about trading into the top five.
Cleveland sits at Nos. 12 and 19 in the first round, while Washington has the No. 5 overall pick. We suspect the Browns would be targeting a wide receiver, perhaps West Virginia's Kevin White. Per RapSheet, the Browns have "touched base with most teams" selecting in the top-ten picks. Cleveland is not one player away from contention, but this isn't an organization that has made many sensible moves since Jimmy Haslam took over as owner. Nothing can be ruled out.
Ian Rapoport on Twitter