Information, Rumors and Buzz I’m Listening to Forward of the NFL Draft’s Second and Third Rounds


Right here we go together with Day 2 …

• I’m instructed that two gamers are atop the Cardinals record at the moment: Washington CB Byron Murphy and Florida OT Jawaan Taylor. A knee subject raised some concern on Taylor, and it may function a tiebreaker on this case. Taylor has been related to the Jaguars the final couple months, as an possibility for the seventh general choose. Jacksonville picks sixth tonight, the 38th general spot, so we’ll see in the event that they’ve backed off him or not.

• Extra on the Cardinals, who’re in an fascinating spot with a pair veterans. CB Patrick Peterson was in contact with coaches whereas lacking this week’s minicamp, so every little thing has calmed down a bit there. Extra contentious is Josh Rosen’s state of affairs. The Dolphins and Cardinals spoke late Thursday evening, and with out a deal there, they resolved to speak once more Friday afternoon. Nothing’s achieved but, however the strains of communication are open—and I’d be shocked if Miami simply handed over its second-rouner, understanding it could be Arizona’s solely possibility as a commerce accomplice. And for what it’s price, Rosen was positive through the minicamp. One coach instructed me you wouldn’t have been capable of inform something was occurring with him in the event you didn’t know. I’m instructed he spent Friday {golfing} with certainly one of his Cardinal teammates.

• The telephone strains have been energetic by way of the day, with runs on receivers (D.Ok. Metcalf, A.J. Brown, Deebo Samuel), corners (Murphy, Rock Ya-Sin, Grasping Williams, Joejuan Williams), and offensive linemen (Taylor, Cody Ford, Eric McCoy, Elgton Jenkins, Greg Little) in play. And due to this, and their very own motivation to take action, I’d guess the Colts wind up buying and selling down once more, this time from 34 (a choose they bought again within the Jets’ trade-up for Sam Darnold final yr.

• The Broncos shopped CB Chris Harris aggressively Thursday, and a commerce may occur at the moment or tomorrow. The group picked TE Noah Fant with the No. 20 choose on Thursday evening, and Denver’s choosing 41st on Friday. If they’ll construct a surplus of picks with a Harris commerce, which may construct within the luxurious to take a quarterback in Spherical 2. For what it’s price, I used to be instructed GM John Elway constantly raised Drew Lock’s title in draft conferences the final couple week. Denver’s been linked to Lock because the Senior Bowl in January.

• There was loads of chatter about potential trades within the prime 10, however solely the Steelers traded as much as the 10th spot to draft Devin Bush. So what occurred? I do know of not less than two groups that provided costly veteran gamers, moderately than draft choose hauls, to go up into that space—and that’s a harder promote for groups this time of yr, as a result of a lot cap house is used up. As one exec defined to me, these sorts of trades could be extra workable if the draft was earlier than free company (like it’s within the NBA) as a result of there may be a lot  extra cap house throughout the league at that time. It’d additionally assist rookies, since they’d be on groups sooner, giving them extra time to acclimate to the professionals. However don’t maintain your breath ready for change. It’s too good for the NFL to have the draft proper the place it’s—permitting the league to remain within the information for a protracted time period.

• Enjoyable story: 49ers GM John Lynch and VP Adam Peters had been scouting Ohio State’s bowl apply in December, and occurred to be there when Nick Bosa, rehabbing and coaching along with his brother in Orange County, noticed his OSU teammates for the primary time. Recognizing the second—the primary time Bosa had been across the Buckeyes after withdrawing from faculty in October—the San Francisco guys questioned if issues could be awkward or uncomfortable. It was the other. City Meyer stopped apply (keep in mind, there are about 150 individuals concerned in a school apply), so everybody may welcome the group captain again into fold. And that caught with Lynch and Peters, seeing as how teammates regarded on the 21-year-old that they’d spend the second general choose on 4 months later.

• Whereas we’re there, the Niners considered Bosa and Quinnen Williams as worthy of being the first general choose. And never simply on this class, however in most traditionally. With these two graded shut to at least one one other, it was straightforward for the group to go together with the necessity over a place it has invested deeply in, with first-round picks in three straight years (2015-17) spent on inside d-linemen.

• Everybody knew concerning the Texans’ crying want at deal with. What was much less clear was who the group would wind up with and when—with numerous hypothesis that they’d commerce up. As a substitute, the franchise sat tight, eyeing Alabama State’s Tytus Howard, who that they had settled on three or 4 weeks earlier. They liked how he held up towards prime competitors taking part in towards Auburn after which within the Senior Bowl, and thought he might need the very best ceiling of the deal with group. And there’s additionally the flexibility that Invoice O’Brien prizes. Whereas Andre Dillard is a left deal with who’s a projection as an NFL run blocker, and Taylor is a proper deal with, Houston believed Howard may play either side. His NFL comp for them: Terron Armstead.

• The Titans’ number of Jeffery Simmons was some of the fascinating of Day 1, and Tennessee completely went excessive in researching the Mississippi State star defensive lineman. GM Jon Robinson, VP of participant personnel Ryan Cowden, and school scouting director Jon Salge all have deep connections on the faculty—all three had been assigned to the Mississippi State as space scouts of their youthful years. And head coach Mike Vrabel has a powerful relationship with ex-Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen by way of Meyer, whom each males labored for. Mullen recruited Simmons to Starkville, by way of the ugly incident the place Simmons struck a lady (and was caught on video) as a excessive schooler, and coached him in 2016 and ’17. What got here again to the Titans brass was what you heard throughout the NFL the previous couple of month. As unhealthy because the early 2016 incident was, Simmons turned nearly as good a child as MSU had in its program the final three years. And if this works out, after Simmons’s ACL heals, the Titans are getting a man that many thought of to be within the Nick Bosa/Quinnen Williams class, primarily based on his recreation tape.

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