'Boys wouldn't send second-rounder for Earl Thomas – NFL.com

Ever since Earl Thomas’ late-December trade invitation, Dallas fans have been harboring dreams of a secondary led by the All-Pro safety.

As it turns out, the Seahawks and Cowboys did indeed talk trade during the 2018 NFL Draft.

Appearing on Monday’s edition of NFL Up to the Minute, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Cowboys balked at the idea of surrendering their second-round pick in a potential Thomas trade.

Dallas might have pulled it off with their third-round pick “and a lot more,” Rapoport added, but the staunch refusal to part with the No. 50 overall pick that turned out to be guard Connor Williams effectively scuttled the deal.

Had Seattle considered letting Thomas go for less than first-round value, it would have been a concession. They had reportedly set the price tag at first- and third-round picks in the weeks leading up to the draft.

“It’s not even a topic,” coach Pete Carroll said Thursday night after the draft’s first round. “It’s not even worth talking about. He’s our guy.”

General manager John Schneider took a different approach after the draft’s second and third rounds Friday night, conceding to local reporters that the Seahawks talked to “a number of clubs” about Thomas.

Carroll insists the organization has been counting on Thomas all along. The reason he remains in Seattle, though, is because the Cowboys — and other teams — never came close to reaching the asking price.

Now that the draft has come and gone, Rapoport noted, the Seahawks are expected to work toward a contract extension with Thomas.

The ninth-year veteran has stated on separate occasions that “money talks” and his future in Seattle is a “guessing game.”

Judging by the tone of Carroll’s comments, the Seahawks will soon take the guesswork out of that future.

Starting with Browns' Baker Mayfield, most intriguing story lines out of the NFL draft – USA TODAY


SportsPulse: Shaquem Griffin, a one-handed linebacker who made history by being drafted by the Seahawks, on what motivates him and the crazy story of how he found out he got drafted.

With the 2018 NFL draft now in the books, the dust will begin to settle for the talent acquisition portion of the offseason. Now comes the assembly phase. Rookie minicamps will soon take place, veteran strength and conditioning workouts continue, and in roughly a month, offseason practices begin.

Here’s a look at 10 of the most intriguing post-draft story lines around the league:

State of the Browns: This offseason featured dramatic moves for Cleveland. From the trades for wide receiver Jarvis Landry, quarterback Tyrod Taylor and cornerback Damarious Randall, to the signing of seven free agents. Taking Baker Mayfield first overall marked the pinnacle. But how quickly will it all come together? Hue Jackson (1-31 the last two seasons) will start Taylor while developing Mayfield. How long will they manage to keep the Heisman Trophy winner in a backup role? That depends on Taylor’s success. Meanwhile, future Hall of Fame left tackle Joe Thomas has retired. Cleveland will try to replace him with second-round pick Austin Corbett.

Win-now Giants: By passing on Sam Darnold or another top quarterback at No. 2, and instead taking running back Saquon Barkley, the Giants signaled they remain fully confident in Eli Manning. Barkley continues the upgrading of Manning’s supporting cast after the free-agent signing of left tackle Nate Solder. Now, the attention shifts back to Odell Beckham Jr. The Giants resisted pressure to trade him. Now will they give him the rich contract extension he seeks?

More: NFL draft grades 2018: Which teams had best, worst classes?

More: Key impressions from NFL draft: Steelers grab another potential receiving star

The Patriots’ present: Forget prepping for life after Brady. Bill Belichick remains focused on the now. He gave Brady his replacement for Solder (Georgia left tackle Isaiah Wynn 23rd overall), and added a potential big-play running back (Georgia’s Sony Michel 31st overall). The Patriots have suffered key losses in free agency before but always plug in new pieces and keep rolling. They aim to do so once again.

Jon Gruden’s comeback: Gruden and general manager Reggie McKenzie passed on a much-needed top-flight defensive player at 15th overall. Instead, they picked UCLA’s Kolton Miller, who could start at right tackle. Defensive help followed on Days 2 and 3 of the draft. But the Raiders still have a hole at inside linebacker with veteran play-maker NaVorro Bowman remaining unsigned. Gruden’s other ongoing mission involves helping quarterback Derek Carr reach elite status. Giving him a weapon like wideout Martavis Bryant (acquired via trade from the Steelers last week) should help.

Ravens’ QB picture: You knew they would take a developmental quarterback with Joe Flacco aging. But Ozzie Newsome made a splash, trading back into the first round to take Lamar Jackson. The rookie could benefit from a developmental year behind Flacco and fellow former Heisman winner Robert Griffin III. But after this season, Flacco has no guaranteed money left on his contract.

Vrabel’s first go-round: The former Patriots linebacker began his head coaching career by taking a pair of athletic, versatile and physical linebackers (Alabama’s Rashaan Evans 22nd and Boston College’s Harold Landry 41st). Those moves signify the kind of mindset Vrabel wants his squad to adopt. Over the next few weeks, Vrabel and offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur will continue installing their systems while laying the foundation for what they hope is a productive first training camp.

Year 2 in Buffalo: Coach Sean McDermott and the Bills find themselves in an interesting position. They’re trying to make it back to the playoffs after squeaking in last season. But they’ve hit the reset button on offense by shipping Taylor to Cleveland, signing A.J. McCarron in free agency, and drafting Josh Allen seventh overall. Meanwhile, they’re also having to replace two long-time veteran offensive linemen in Richie Incognito and Eric Wood. Can fifth-round guard Wyatt Teller (Virginia Tech guard) help here? Buffalo will have to rely heavily on its defense again. Two draft picks, linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (16th overall) and defensive tackle Harrison Phillips (third round) could provide sparks.

Seattle’s new Griffin: The Seahawks delivered one of the more emotional stories of the draft when they selected Shaquem Griffin in the fifth round. Griffin, who joins his twin brother, defensive back Shaquill, on the roster, becomes the first NFL player with only one hand to be drafted. He shined at the scouting combine with dazzling speed and aims to prove he’s more than a feel-good story. The 6-0, 227-pounder will likely see time in sub packages as a linebacker, and on special teams.

Rams’ reload: After an aggressive March and early April (trading for cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib and wide receiver Brandin Cooks while signing defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh), the Rams used the draft to bolster depth. In OTAs, the focus will center on fitting all these new pieces together with the core group that produced the NFC West title. Another priority: signing defensive lineman Aaron Donald to a much-deserved contract extension.

Recovering quarterbacks: The Miami Dolphins passed on drafting a quarterback despite Ryan Tannehill coming off two major left knee injuries in the past 18 months. They’ve said all along that they view him as their starter for 2018 and expect he’ll be ready to take the field for offseason practices. But Tannehill hasn’t played a game since December of 2016. Meanwhile, OTAs will feature continued recoveries for two other QBs coming off ACL tears. Neither Houston’s Deshaun Watson nor Philly’s Carson Wentz will practice this spring, but continue to aim for Week 1 returns.

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2018 undrafted free agent tracker: Signings from all 32 NFL teams in one place – CBSSports.com

After three crazy days, the 2018 NFL Draft is finally in the books, however, that doesn’t mean the excitement is over for your favorite team. As a matter of fact, the fun is just getting started. 

Over the next few days, every team in the NFL will be looking to beef up its roster by adding the best available undrafted free agents, and these are names you’re definitely going to want to keep track of, because, if NFL history has taught us one thing, it’s that undrafted free agents can end up making some serious contributions on the field. 

Some of the best players in NFL history fell through the cracks of the draft and didn’t get a shot in the NFL until they were signed as an undrafted free agent. Players who weren’t originally drafted include Hall of Fame quarterbacks like Kurt Warner and Warren Moon. Recently retired players like Tony Romo and former Steelers linebacker James Harrison were also originally signed as undrafted free agents. 

Active players who went undrafted include Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett and Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri. 

Basically, for teams looking in the right place, there could be a diamond in the rough out there, and if you’re really lucky, your team could make a Warner-like discovery and find a Hall of Fame quarterback. Several teams have already signed an undrafted quarterback, including the Panthers, Bengals and Buccaneers, who have actually already signed two!

With that in mind, let’s get to the full list of undrafted free-agent signings. The list will be updated periodically until each team officially announces their undrafted free-agent class, which should happen by the end of the week. (Note: Some of these “signings” may end up being camp invites only, and once we have that information, we’ll be sure to update)


AFC East

Buffalo Bills

  • Matt Boeson, LB/TE, TCU 
  • Robert Foster, WR, Alabama 
  • Levi Wallace, CB, Alabama
  • Gerhard de Beer, OL, Arizona
  • Ike Boettger, OL, Iowa
  • Ryan Carter, DB, Clemson

Miami Dolphins

  • Connor Hilland, OL, Willam and Mary
  • Quincy Redmon DE/LB, Fairmont State
  • Buddy Howell, RB, Florida Atlantic
  • Mike McCray, LB, Michigan
  • Jalen Davis, CB, Utah State
  • Jamiyus Pittman, DT, Central Florida
  • Claudy Mathieu, DL, Notre Dame College (OH)
  • David Steinmetz, OL, Purdue

New England Patriots

  • Shane Wimann, TE, Northern Illinois
  • Chris Lacy, WR, Oklahoma State
  • Trent Harris, DE, Miami (Fla.)
  • John Atkins, DT, Georgia
  • Ralph Webb, RB, Vanderbilt
  • Frank Herron, DT, LSU
  • JC Jackson, CB, Maryland

New York Jets

  • Dimitri Flowers, RB, Oklahoma
  • Cannon Rooker, K, Middle Tennessee State
  • Frankie Luvu, LB, Washington State
  • Austin Golson, OL, Auburn
  • Darius James, OL, Auburn
  • Tre’ Williams, LB, Auburn
  • Tyrice Beverette, DB, Stony Brooke
  • Dakoda Shepley, OL, University of British Columbia

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens

  • Du’Vonta Lampkin, DT, Oklahoma
  • Gus Edwards, RB, Rutgers
  • Devron Davis, CB, UT-San Antonio
  • Mason McKenrick, LB, John Carroll
  • Kaare Vedvik, K/P, Marshall
  • Christian LaCouture, DT, LSU
  • Jaelon Acklin, WR, Western Illinois
  • Alvin Jones, LB, UTEP
  • Randin Crecelius, OL, Portland State
  • Chris Board, DB, North Dakota State
  • James Crawford, LB, Illinois
  • Alex Thompson, C, Monmouth

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Chris Worley, LB, Ohio State
  • Jordan Franks, TE, Central Florida
  • Zach Green, RB, Arizona
  • Gaelin Elmore, DL, East Carolina
  • Trayvon Henderson, DB, Hawaii
  • Adonis Jennings, WR, Temple
  • Junior Joseph, LB, Connecticut
  • Ray Lawry, RB, Old Dominion
  • Ja’Von Rolland-Jones, DL, Arkansas State
  • Quinton Flowers, QB, South Florida

Cleveland Browns

  • Erick Wren, OL, Oklahoma
  • D.J. Calhoun, LB, Arizona State
  • Da’Mari Scott, WR, Fresno State
  • Montrel Meander, DB, Grambling
  • Darvin Kidsy, WR, North Texas
  • Desmond Harrison, OL, West Georgia
  • Trenton Thompson, DL, Georgia
  • Zaycoven Henderson, DT, Texas A&M
  • Evan Berry, KR/PR, Tennessee
  • Micah Hannemann, DB, Browns

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Greg Gilmore, NT, LSU
  • Jarvion Franklin, RB, Western Michigan
  • Parker Cothren, DT, Penn State
  • Quadree Henderson, WR, Pitt
  • Trey Johnson, CB, Villanova
  • Pharoah McKever, TE, North Carolina State
  • Patrick Morris, C, TCU
  • Ikenna Nwokeji, OL, Elon
  • Olasunkanmi Adeniyi, LB, Toledo
  • Chris Schleuger, OL, UAB
  • Jamar Summers, CB, Connecticut
  • Matthew Thomas, LB, Florida State
  • Kendal Vickers, DE, Tennessee

AFC West

Denver Broncos

  • Phillip Lindsay, RB, Colorado
  • Austin Schlottmann, C, TCU
  • Jimmy Williams, WR, East Carolina
  • Jeff Holland, LB, Auburn
  • Lowell Lotulelei, DT, Utah
  • Trey Marshall, DB, Florida State
  • Leon Johnson, OL, Temple

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Byron Pringle, WR, Kansas State
  • Dee Liner, DT Arkansas State
  • Ryan Hunter, OL, Bowling Green
  • Blake Mack, TE, Arkansas State
  • Ben Niemann, LB Iowa
  • Elijah Marks, WR, Northern Arizona
  • JD Moore, FB, Chiefs
  • Devondre Seymour, OL, Southern Illinois
  • Dante Sawyer, DL, South Carolina

Los Angeles Chargers

  • Tony Brown, CB, Alabama
  • B.J. Clay, CB, Georgia State
  • Zachary Crabree, OL, Oklahoma State
  • Chris Durant, OL, William and Mary
  • Marcus Edmund, CB, Clemson
  • Brandon Facyson, CB, Virginia Tech
  • Bijhon Jackson, DT, Arkansas 
  • Albert Havili, DE, Eastern Washington
  • D’Juan Hines, LB, Houston
  • Cole Hunt, TE, TCU
  • Tevin Lawson, DE, Nicholls State
  • Ben Johnson, TE, Kansas
  • J.J. Jones, WR, West Georgia
  • Anthony Manzo-Lewis, FB, Albany
  • Detrez Newson, RB, Western Carolina
  • Steven Richardson, DT, Minnesota
  • Nic Shimonek, QB, Georgia Tech
  • Trent Scott, OL, Grambling State
  • Kent Shelby, WR, McNeese State
  • Shane Tripucka, P, Texas A&M

Oakland Raiders

  • Marcus Baugh, TE, Ohio State
  • Eddie Pineiro, K, Florida
  • Nick Washington, DB, Florida
  • Nick Sharga, FB, Temple
  • Saeed Blacknall, WR, Penn State
  • Jason Cabinda, LB, Penn State
  • Nick Washington, DB, Florida
  • Brandon Hodges, OL, Pitt
  • Kishawn McClain, DB, North Texas

AFC South

Houston Texans

  • Andre Chachere, CB, San Jose State
  • Lavon Coleman, RB, Washington
  • Jaryd Jones-Smith, OL, Pitt
  • Anthony Coyle, OL, Fordham
  • Kingsley Opara, DL, Maryland
  • Vyncint Smith, WR, Limestone College
  • Terry Swanson, RB, Toledo
  • Trevor Daniel, P, Tennessee
  • K.J. Malone, OL, LSU
  • Devin Bellamy, DB, Georgia
  • Davin Coleman, RB, Washington
  • Mason Gentry, DE, Southern Methodist
  • Jester Weah, WR, Pitt

Indianapolis Colts

  • Will Ossai, LB, San Jose State
  • J.T. Barrett, QB, Ohio State
  • Michael Badgley, K, Michigan
  • Skai Moore, LB, South Carolina
  • Henre’ Toliver, DB, Arkansas
  • Robert Jackson, DB, UNLV
  • Chris Cooper, DB, Stony Brook
  • Tomasi Laulile, DT, Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Tony Adams, OL, NC State
  • Andrew Motuapuaka, LB, Virginia Tech
  • Quenton Meeks, CB, Stanford
  • Mike Hughes, DT, UNLV
  • Darius Jackson, LB, Jacksonville State
  • Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State
  • K.C. McDermott, OL, Miami 
  • Dee Delaney, CB, Miami
  • C.J. Reavis, DB, Marshall
  • Tre Herndon, CB, Vanderbilt
  • Lyndon Johnson, DT, Cincinnati

Tennessee Titans

  • Austin Barnard, P, Samford
  • Devin Ross, WR, Colorado
  • Damon Webb, DB, Ohio State
  • Sharif Finch, LB, Temple
  • Deontay Burnett, WR, Southern Cal
  • Andrew Ankrah, DE, James Madison
  • Nico Falah, OL, Southern California
  • Nick DeLuca, OLB, North Dakota State
  • Rico Gafford, CB, Wyoming
  • Joshua Kalu, DB, Nebraska
  • Ethan Wolf, TE, Tennessee
  • Akrum Wadley, RB, Iowa
  • Jordan Veasy, WR, California
  • Mike Ramsay, DT, Duke
  • Aaron Stinnie, OT, JMU
  • Elijah Nkansah, OT, Toledo
  • Tejan Koroma, C, BYU
  • J.T. Luper, WR, Central Oklahoma
  • Ryan McKinley, CB, Montana


NFC East

Dallas Cowboys

  • Bryce Johnson, OL, St. Cloud State
  • Dalton Sturm, QB, UT-San Antonio
  • Jordan Chunn, RB, Troy
  • Donovan Olumba, CB, Portland State
  • Jake Campos, OL, Iowa State
  • Malik Earl, WR, Missouri State
  • David Wells, TE, San Diego State
  • Kameron Kelly, DB, San Diego State
  • DeQuinton Osborne, DT, Oklahoma State
  • Charvarius Ward, CB, Middle Tennessee State
  • Ed Shockley, LB, Villanova
  • Jashon Robertson, OL, Tennessee
  • Marchie Murdock, WR, Iowa State
  • Joel Lanning, LB, Iowa State
  • Kyle Queiro, DB, Northwestern

New York Giants

  • Davon Grayson, WR, East Carolina
  • Nick Gates, OL, Nebraska
  • Sean Chandler, DB, Temple
  • Tae Davis, LB, Tennessee-Chattanooga
  • Jawill Davis, WR, Bethune-Cookman
  • Grant Haley, CB, Penn State
  • Aaron Davis, CB, Georgia

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Jordan Thomas, CB, Oklahoma
  • Josh Adams, RB, Notre Dame
  • Jeremiah Briscoe, QB, Sam Houston State
  • Toby Weathersby, OL, LSU
  • Chandon Sullivan, CB, Georgia State
  • Jeremy Reaves, DB, South Alabama
  • Joe Ostman, DE, Central Michigan
  • Danny Ezechukwu, DE/LB Purdue
  • Ian Park, OL, Slippery Rock
  • Stephen Roberts, DB, Auburn
  • Bruce Hector, DT, South Florida
  • Ryan Neal, DB, Southern Illinois
  • Brandon Silvers, QB, Troy

Washington Redskins

  • Simmie Cobbs, WR, Indiana
  • Micah Holder, WR, San Diego State
  • Ty McCulley, OL, CSU Pueblo
  • Sean Welsh, OL, Iowa
  • De’Mornay Pierson-El, WR, Nebraska
  • Matt Flanagan, TE, Pitt
  • Martez Carter, RB, Grambling
  • Timon Parris, OT, Stony Brook
  • Davon Durant, DL, Marshall 
  • Jerod Fernandez, LB, NC State

NFC North

Chicago Bears

  • Nyles Morgan, LB, Notre Dame 
  • Andrew Trumbetti, DE Notre Dame
  • Michael Joseph, CB, Dubuque
  • Nick Orr, DB, TCU
  • Ryan Winslow, P, Pitt
  • Kevin Toliver, CB, LSU
  • Ryan Nall, RB, Oregon State
  • Dejon Allen, OL, Hawaii
  • Cavon Walker, DL, Maryland
  • Bunmi Rotimi, DE, Old Dominion
  • Rashard Fant, CB, Indiana

Detroit Lions

  • Chad Meredith, LB, Southeast MIssouri State
  • Kyle Lewis, WR, Cal Poly
  • Brandon Powell, WR, Florida
  • DeAndre Goolsby, TE, Florida
  • JoJo Wicker, DE, Arizona State
  • Amari Coleman, CB, Central Michigan
  • Chris Jones, DB, Nebraska
  • John Montelus, OL, Virginia
  • Beau Nunn, OL, Appalachian State
  • Josh Fatu, DL, USC
  • Anthony Sherrils, S, Missouri
  • Antwuan Davis, CB, Texas
  • Ryan Santoso, K, Minnesota
  • Brett Kendrick, OL, Tennessee
  • Teo Redding, WR, Bowling Green
  • Al-Rasheed Benton, LB, West Virginia

Green Bay Packers

  • Raven Greene, DB, James Madison
  • Chris Seisay, DB, Oregon
  • Damon Gibson, TE, Minnesota-Moorhead
  • Tim Boyle, QB, Eastern Kentucky
  • Kevin Rader, TE, Youngstown State
  • Marcus Porter, LB, Fairmont State
  • Filipo Mokofisi, DT, Utah
  • Jacob Alsadek, OL, Arizona
  • Tyler Lancaster, DL, Northwestern
  • C.J. Johnson, LB/DE, East Texas Baptist
  • Austin Davis, OL, Duke
  • Chris Seisay, CB, Portland State
  • Naashon Hughes, LB, Texas
  • Alex Light, OL, Richmond

Minnesota Vikings

  • Jeff Badet, WR, Oklahoma
  • Jake Wieneke, WR, South Dakota State
  • Mike Boone, RB, Cincinnati
  • Roc Thomas, RB, Jacksonville State
  • Garret Dooley, LB, Wisconsin
  • Korey Robertson, WR, Southern Mississippi
  • Holton Hill, CB, Texas
  • Kamryn Pettway, RB, Auburn
  • Tyler Hoppes, TE, Nebraska
  • Tray Matthews, DB, Auburn
  • Hercules Mata’afa, DT, Washington State
  • Trevon Mathis, CB, Toledo

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals

  • Chad Kanoff, QB, Princeton
  • Elijah Battle, CB, West Virginia
  • Frank Ginda, LB, San Jose State
  • Alec James, DE Wisconsin
  • Deatrick Nichols, CB, South Florida
  • Dennis Gardeck, DE, Sioux Falls
  • Matt Oplinger, LB, Yale
  • Jonathan Owens, DB, Missouri Western
  • Tavierre Thomas, DB, Ferris State
  • Matthew McCrane, K, Kansas State
  • Trent Sherfield, WR, Vanderbilt
  • Austin Ramesh, FB, Wisconsin
  • Zeke Turner, DB, Washington
  • Will House, OL, Nazarene
  • Malcolm Washington, DB, Northern Iowa
  • Jalen Tolliver, WR, Arkansas-Monticello

Los Angeles Rams

  • Steven Parker, DB, Oklahoma
  • Chucky Williams, DB, Louisville
  • Codey McElroy, TE, Oklahoma State
  • Steven Mitchell, WR, Southern California
  • Tegray Scales, LB, Indiana
  • Afolabi Laguda, DB, Colorado
  • McKay Murphy, DT Weber State
  • Dalton Keene, DT, Illinois State

San Francisco 49ers

  • Jamar McGloster, OL, Syracuse
  • Alan Knott, C, South Carolina
  • Tavarus McFadden, CB, Florida State
  • Patrick Choudja, DE, Nevada
  • Ross Dwelley, TE, San Diego
  • Niles Scott, DT, Frostburg
  • Corey Griffin, CB Georgia Tech
  • Steven Dunbar, WR, Houston

Seattle Seahawks

  • John Franklin III, WR, Florida Atlantic
  • Khalid Hill, FB, Michigan
  • Poona Ford, DT, Texas
  • Jason Hall, DB, Texas
  • Chris Hawkins, DB, Southern California
  • Easy Anyama, DB, Texas State
  • Marcell Frazier, DE, Missouri
  • Taj Williams, WR, TCU
  • Tanner Carew, LS, Oregon
  • Skyler Phillips, OL, Idaho State
  • Brad Lundblade, C, Oklahoma State
  • Eddy Wilson, DT Purdue
  • Marcus Martin, FB, Slippery Rock
  • Troy Williams, QB, Utah
  • Caleb Scott, WR Vanderbilt
  • Emmanuel Beal, LB, Oklahoma

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons

  • Chris Lammons, DB, South Carolina
  • Luke McNitt, FB, Nebraska
  • Joseph Putu, DB, Florida
  • Anthony Winbush, DE, Ball State
  • David Marvin, K, Georgia
  • Jacob Tuioti-Mariner, DE, UCLA
  • Emmanuel Ellerbe, LB, Rice
  • Malik Williams, RB, Louisville
  • Jake Roh, TE, Boise State
  • Kurt Benkert, QB, Virginia 
  • Daniel Marx, FB, Stanford
  • Dontez Byrd, WR, Tennessee Tech
  • Emmanuel Smith, LB, Vanderbilt
  • Matt Gono, OL, Wesley College
  • Demario Richard, RB, Arizona State
  • Damoun Patterson, WR< Youngstown State

Carolina Panthers

  • Brendan Mahon, OL, Penn State
  • Kyle Allen, QB, Houston
  • Kyle Bosch, OL, West Virginia
  • Tracy Sprinkle, DT, Ohio State
  • Taylor Hearn, OL, Clemson
  • Reggie Bonnafon, WR/RB/QB, Louisville
  • Chris Frey, LB, Michigan State

New Orleans Saints

  • Keith Kirkwood, WR, Temple
  • Henry Mondeaux, DL, Oregon
  • Taylor Stallworth, DT, South Carolina
  • Cory Helms, OL, South Carolina
  • Deon Yelder, TE, Western Kentucky
  • Colton Jumper, LB, Tennessee
  • Linden Stephens, CB, Cincinnati 
  • Jeromy Irwin, OL, Colorado
  • JT Gray, DB, Mississippi State

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Shaun Wilson, RB, Duke
  • Austin Allen, QB, Arkansas
  • Evan Perrizo, DE, Minnesota State
  • Antonio Simmons, DE, Georgia Tech
  • Donnie Ernsberger, TE, Western Michigan
  • Jason Reese, TE, Missouri
  • Riley Ferguson, QB, Memphis
  • Erv Philips, WR, Syracuse
  • Demone Harris, DE, Buffalo

Is the NFL Sliding Backward on Race? – National Review

Josh Rosen (with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell) and Lamar Jackson at the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, April 26, 2018. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)

The league’s annual draft this week raised troubling questions about the way teams evaluate racial- and religious-minority prospects.

The NFL Draft is a blur of deals, gambles on 22-year-olds, and untethered speculation about whether a safety will be the next Ed Reed or the next Matt Elam. Just as baseball’s Opening Day allows every team to feel like a contender for 24 hours, so the draft allows NFL teams to contemplate where to put their future Lombardi Trophies. For one night, each team sees itself moving toward a Super Bowl title.

But the draft can also take on a more polarizing valence. Many observers have argued that two players taken in last night’s draft, Josh Rosen and Lamar Jackson, were the victims of systemic prejudice perpetuated by the league and its most important appendage, the football media machine. “Systemic Xism” is often deployed as a dog whistle, a coded trope, a euphemism tipping off listeners that one is hip to pop–critical race theory. But the travails of Rosen and Jackson, two of the top five quarterback prospects in the 2018 draft class, deserve a closer look.

In some ways, Josh Rosen is a bit unconventional for a Jewish American: His mother is a Quaker, he attended Catholic school, and he is descended from the famous Puritan, Thomas Cornell. In other ways, he is more conventional: He had a bar mitzvah, his Jewish father is a successful surgeon, and he chose UCLA because of its robust Jewish community. With typical good humor, Rosen took the nickname “The Chosen One.”

Last night, Rosen, whose style suits the pass-heavy play of today’s NFL, was picked by the Arizona Cardinals tenth overall. Rosen, who now has the chance to be the first great Jewish quarterback since Sid Luckman, was taken several spots lower than initially projected. This might not seem like a precipitous drop, but as a quarterback prospect, the gun-slinging Rosen was thought to be at least as polished as Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and USC’s Sam Darnold (who went first and third overall, respectively), and to be a surer bet than Wyoming’s Josh Allen (who went seventh).

The travails of Rosen and Jackson, two of the top five quarterback prospects in the 2018 draft class, deserve a closer look.

So what happened? Some argue that Rosen possessed certain personality traits which tanked his stock. He was too argumentative: He said the NCAA moniker of “student-athlete” was an oxymoron. He was too bookish: He often read on the team’s plane, and pointed out that some of his college teammates had no interest in classes. He was too political: He loudly criticized President Trump on social media. He was too rich: a white-collar quarterback raised in luxury, unlike his three blue-collar competitors. The fact that he stood out in the league’s Wonderlic general-intelligence test was rarely cited in his favor. Teams wondered if he was, in the words of one play-by-play announcer, “too smart for his own good.” Sportswriter and reliable league mouthpiece Peter King said that front-office types didn’t like Rosen and noted that many of them “have an inherent distrust of rich kids.”

At the same time, other quarterbacks were defined differently. Top pick Mayfield, like Rosen, was described as “cocky”…but also “charismatic,” as befits a Texan who played for Oklahoma. Darnold was sold as the prototypical All-American. And Allen, who suffered his own draft-day drop because of reported high-school tweets including racist language, was at worst a loudmouth Wyoming kid. This kind of microcosmic cultural stereotyping is in many respects grist for a media mill that demands hours of draft speculation starting the second the Super Bowl ends. But to doubt whether someone will fit into NFL culture because he’s too argumentative, too liberal, too arrogant, or too wealthy — well, I’ve heard that cluster of attributes before.

Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens wound up picking Lamar Jackson with the 32nd pick last night. Jackson, who will likely back up Joe Flacco during his rookie year, is a more familiar case: a black quarterback who had tremendous success in college but nevertheless drew the gimlet eye of front-office skeptics who, for whatever reason, couldn’t envision him under center. This is one of the oldest and most difficult NFL stereotypes to eradicate: the athletic black quarterback who lacks some intangible ability to play the position. In bygone decades, black quarterbacks were often shifted to other positions; recently, this has become less of an issue, and several of the league’s best quarterbacks are now African American.

But in the months leading up to the draft, the league, as if in tribute to its traditional biases, obsessed over whether Jackson would move to wide receiver — where he could better show off his “athleticism” — or whether teams could adapt their offenses to fit his “skill set.” Anyone with even a passing awareness of how stereotyping cost black prospects a shot at quarterback shot for decades should be jarred by how quickly that hoary old question resurfaced, and anyone who watched Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson play in college and work out before the draft might be scratching his head at the disparity.

Yet enough doubt surrounds the situations of both Rosen and Jackson to afford the NFL plenty of deniability. After all, nothing is a bigger crapshoot than choosing an NFL quarterback. The whole business is murky, and there are plenty of mysteries that complicate the picture. Scouts, general managers, coaches, and reporters have plenty of skin in the game. Teams are driven by the pressure to win; reporters by the need to predict what will happen; analysts by the mandate to deliver correct opinions with insufficient inputs. Each team that chose a quarterback or position player ahead of Rosen and Jackson likely has a raft of defensible reasons for its pick.

Sports keep score. The results on the field will bear out or disprove the decisions made during the 2018 NFL Draft. Baker Mayfield might bring the Browns glory, Josh Rosen might alienate his teammates, and Lamar Jackson might struggle to hit open receivers in the flat. But Mayfield’s cowboy moxie, Rosen’s father’s medical skills, and Jackson’s black skin will have nothing to do with it. To slyly hint or openly declare otherwise is to try and set one of the most purely meritocratic segments of American life back to a worse time — a time when the hue of his skin was seen as an indicator of future success on the field of play. The league and its credulous media mouthpieces should keep that in mind.

Day 2 NFL Mock Draft: Patriots take a QB, Cowboys find a WR and every pick for Rounds 2 and 3 – CBSSports.com

We saw a wild Round 1 by the time Thursday was over, and now it’s time to turn our attention to Day 2. Chris Trapasso gave you his take on the top 25 prospects remaining, and here I’m going to attempt to give you a look at how Rounds 2 and 3 could shake out.

If you want to know more about what went down on Round 1, Will Brinson shared his winners and losers from a crazy night. Plus, you can read all of Pete Prisco’s Round 1 grades right here.

Now, let’s get to the picks.

Round 2

33. Cleveland Browns

Harold Landry, DE/LB, Boston College. The Browns add some pass rush after passing on Bradley Chubb at No. 4. But wouldn’t you rather have Chubb and Josh Jackson?

34. New York Giants

Will Hernandez, G, UTEP. Might not be biggest need, but Hernandez is a first-round talent and fits what the Giants are doing on offense.

35. Cleveland Browns (from HOU)

Connor Williams, OT, Texas. The Browns get a new left tackle after the retirement of Joe Thomas, if Williams can stick at the position. 

36. Indianapolis Colts

Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa. The Colts get a first-round talent at cornerback since no linebackers are worth taking here.

37. Indianapolis Colts (from NYJ)

Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State. Add another nice piece for the defense after going offense in Round 1.

38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia. Running back should be the pick, and my gut says it might be Chubb over Derrius Guice and Ronald Jones II.

39. Chicago Bears

James Daniels, G/C, Iowa. The Bears get a great value to add to the offensive line after missing out on Quenton Nelson.

40. Denver Broncos

Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State. We could see the Broncos move up for James Daniels or Will Hernandez, but if they stay put, a talented tight end makes sense.

41. Oakland Raiders

Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas. This pick has to be defense after going tackle in Round 1. Jefferson is probably best available at the position.

42. Miami Dolphins

Fred Warner, LB, BYU. This fills a need, and I think Warner could go higher than we expect due to his coverage abilities.

43. New England Patriots (from SF)

Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State. If someone doesn’t trade up ahead of here to take Rudolph, Pats could land him with the Jimmy Garoppolo pick.

44. Washington Redskins

Derrius Guice, RB, LSU. If the Redskins can get Guice as the fifth running back off the board, they have to like that.

45. Green Bay Packers

Lorenzo Carter, DE/LB, Georgia. The Packers landed a corner in Round 1 and get their pass-rusher here.

46. Cincinnati Bengals

Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado. This would be great value on Oliver, who could have been a late Day 1 pick. Don’t rule out another offensive lineman either.

47. Arizona Cardinals

Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&amp;M. There’s good value at corner, but why not give Josh Rosen a receiver to grow with?

48. Los Angeles Chargers

Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford. The Chargers found great value at safety in the first, and here’s where they come back and grab a defensive tackle.

49. Indianapolis Colts (from NYJ/SEA)

Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU. If Sutton gets out of the first few picks, I imagine the Cowboys trying to trade up. Here they just miss out as the Colts land a big receiver to replace Donte Moncrief.

50. Dallas Cowboys

D.J. Chark, WR, LSU. The Cowboys should trade up for Sutton, but if they miss out then Chark is a nice consolation prize.

51. Detroit Lions

Ronald Jones II, RB, USC. The Lions should be in a great spot to get a running back in the second round.

52. Baltimore Ravens

Donte Jackson, CB, LSU. The Eagles could look to trade back again, but if not, there should be good value at corner.

53. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from BUF)

Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn. The Bucs have the ammo to maneuver around for key targets, but if they keep all their picks, corner talent will still be there late in the round.

54. Kansas City Chiefs

Dorance Armstrong, OLB, Kansas. The Chiefs showed a lot of interest in Armstrong during the predraft process and might not want to risk missing out.

55. Carolina Panthers

Justin Reid, FS, Stanford. The Panthers would be ecstatic to get Reid here. Expect them to look at trading up for him earlier in Round 2.

56. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from BUF/LAR)

Austin Corbett, G/C, Nevada. The Bucs didn’t get Nelson in the first round, but Corbett is a solid consolation prize to play guard.

57. Tennessee Titans

Josh Sweat, DE/LB, Florida State. I thought Sweat was an option for the Titans in Round 1, so this could be a steal as an apprentice behind their impending free agents.

58. Atlanta Falcons

Braden Smith, G, Auburn. Hard to pass on Maurice Hurst, but I think medical issues could cause him to fall. The Falcons might be looking DT in a round our two, but adding a guard upgrade here makes sense.

59. San Francisco 49ers (from NO)

Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State. This figures to be where the 49ers target a linebacker, and Baker is a Round 2 talent.

60. Pittsburgh Steelers

Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina State. The Steelers were unable to land their linebacker in Round 1, but Leonard is a fine consolation prize.

61. Jacksonville Jaguars

Tyrell Crosby, OT/G, Oregon. Some interesting talent is on the board at receiver and tight end, but I can see the Jags taking Crosby and kicking him inside to guard.

62. Minnesota Vikings

Uchenna Nwosu, DE/LB, USC. The Vikings could pick up Nwosu and apprentice him under Anthony Barr if they keep packing talent onto their defense.

63. New England Patriots

Rasheem Green, DE, USC. The Patriots finally go with a defensive pick, taking a pass rusher who can produce inside on third down.

64. Cleveland Browns (from PHI)

Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma. The Browns could look to trade back with no Round 3 picks, but even though they went with a tackle earlier, adding to depth at the position makes some sense.

Round 3

65. Baltimore Ravens (from BUF/CLE)

Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State. The Ravens have added a lot of receiver talent this offseason, but they still need young players who could grow into starters like Gallup.

66. New York Giants

Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh. The Giants add two offensive lineman on Day 2 after grabbing the running back at No. 2, giving Eli Manning all the help he needs.

67. Indianapolis Colts

Genard Avery, LB, Memphis. The Colts didn’t have value at the linebacker position in Round 2, but they have to address that need at some point.

68. Houston Texans

Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State. When the Texans finally get on the clock, priority No. 1 should be the offensive line.

69. New York Giants (from TB)

Duke Dawson, CB, Florida. Even focusing so much on offense earlier, the Giants have a chance to find good corner talent in Round 3.

70. San Francisco 49ers (from CHI)

Nathan Shepherd, DT, Fort Hays State. Wouldn’t be surprised to see this small-school prospect sneak into Round 2.

71. Denver Broncos

James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State. This is a nice value for Washington, who gives the Broncos a future at the receiver position.

72. New York Jets

Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State. The Jets found a franchise quarterback earlier, and here they give him a new favorite target.

73. Miami Dolphins

Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech. The Dolphins add to their defensive tackle rotation after parting ways with Ndamukong Suh.

74. San Francisco 49ers

Martinas Rankin, G/C, Mississippi State. The 49ers take Rankin and kick him inside to improve their talent at guard.

75. Oakland Raiders

Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan. The Raiders have a lot of picks on Day 3, so they can afford to gamble that Hurst’s medical red flags aren’t going to be a major issue.

76. Seattle Seahawks (from GB)

Quenton Meeks, CB, Stanford. Meeks seems like he’d be a good fit in that depleted Seattle secondary.

77. Cincinnati Bengals

Arden Key, DE, LSU. The Bengals will gamble on a guy with character issues, and Key could be a devastating pass rusher.

78. Kansas City Chiefs (from WAS)

Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis. The value is too good to pass up on Miller, who brings depth behind Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins.

79. Pittsburgh Steelers (from OAK/ARI)

Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn. This pick was traded twice on Thursday, and the Steelers can think about using it on a potential heir to Le’Veon Bell.

80. Houston Texans (from SEA)

Holton Hill, CB, Texas. The Texans should bring in more talent at corner, even after signing Aaron Colvin.

81. Dallas Cowboys

Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama. Harrison could go much earlier than this, so consider this a great value pick for the Cowboys defense.

82. Detroit Lions

Jessie Bates, S, Wake Forest. Another great value at safety here for the Lions.

83. Baltimore Ravens

Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa. The Ravens focused on offense earlier, and here they improve their depth at linebacker.

84. Los Angeles Chargers

Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond. The Chargers pick up a young quarterback to develop behind Philip Rivers.

85. Carolina Panthers (from BUF)

Rashaan Gaulden, CB, Tennessee. Considering Gaulden can contribute right away as a slot corner, this could be a steal.

86. Kansas City Chiefs

Anthony Averett, CB, Alabama. The Chiefs have to improve their talent at corner after trading Marcus Peters.

87. Los Angeles Rams

Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, OLB, Oklahoma. Look, it’s the Rams! With their first pick, they take a pass-rusher to add to the rotation.

88. Carolina Panthers

Chad Thomas, DE, Miami. The Panthers need to bring in young talent at defensive end with Julius Peppers on his last legs.

89. Tennessee Titans

Armani Watts, S, Texas A&M. The Titans add a quality third safety to the back end of their defense.

90. Atlanta Falcons

P.J. Hall, DT, Sam Houston State. Now’s the time to add talent at defensive tackle after going offense earlier.

91. New Orleans Saints

Ian Thomas, TE, Indiana. The Saints paid a big price for a pass-rusher earlier, and now they can add talent at tight end.

92. Pittsburgh Steelers

Kemoko Turay, OLB, Rutgers. The Steelers added an inside linebacker earlier, and here they add depth at pass-rusher.

93. Jacksonville Jaguars

Jeff Holland, DE, Auburn. The Jaguars add more pass-rush talent, and could think about trying to develop Holland as a strong-side linebacker.

94. Minnesota Vikings

Geron Christian, OT, Louisville. The Vikings pick up a new right tackle, and if he proves capable of starting, they can kick Mike Remmers in to guard.

95. New England Patriots

Dalton Schultz, TE, Stanford. The Patriots grab a guy that can provide better depth behind Gronk.

96. Buffalo Bills (from PHI)

Dante Pettis, WR, Washington The Bills lost a lot of draft picks by trading up twice, and after a long wait, they finally add talent to the receiver position.

97. Arizona Cardinals

M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina. The Cardinals should look to address the corner position on Day 2, and Stewart is a good value here.

98. Houston Texans

Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan. The Texans double up at tackle, because they need all the help they can get at the position.

99. Denver Broncos

Isaac Yiadom, CB, Boston College. The Broncos add a solid corner here after trading away Aqib Talib.

100. Cincinnati Bengals

Will Richardson, OT, NC State. The Bengals went offensive line in Round 1, and they should add another piece to help their blocking unit on Day 2.

9 things that made Baker Mayfield the most likable villain in the NFL Draft – SB Nation

Baker Mayfield may not be the consensus top quarterback in this draft class, but he is someone who people have very strong opinions about. And whether you love him or hate him, you can’t deny that Mayfield made college football more interesting during his time at Texas Tech and Oklahoma.

Mayfield’s performance at Oklahoma was impressive enough to earn him the Heisman Trophy following the 2017 season. He also pissed off a lot of folks and issued a handful of apologies along the way. Here are Mayfield’s most memorable antics.

That time he taunted Kansas mercilessly

There’s no love lost between Mayfield and his Big 12 rivals, the Kansas Jayhawks. To be fair, they started it when they refused to shake Mayfield’s hand before the coin flip when the two teams met in Week 12 of last season.

This turned into Mayfield and a Kansas player going toe to toe after the coin toss. They had to be separated by an official. Mayfield taunted players with a crotch grab that earned him a partial-game suspension the following week against West Virginia, and he taunted Kansas fans by telling them to stick to basketball.

Mayfield later apologized. But he also dropped 257 passing yards and three touchdowns on the Jayhawks in Oklahoma’s 41-3 win, which was the biggest troll job of all.

That time he planted Oklahoma’s flag in Ohio Stadium

As an Ohio State fan, this was not my favorite Baker Mayfield moment. But it was a quintessentially Mayfield thing to do. After the Sooners’ 31-16 road win over the Buckeyes, Mayfield did the unthinkable: He planted an Oklahoma flag on Ohio Stadium’s 50-yard line.

Mayfield was still salty toward the Buckeyes for singing Carmen Ohio on the Sooners’ field after Ohio State’s 45-24 win in Norman in Week 2 of the 2016 season, which is a thing they do after each game. Mayfield apologized after the fact for the flag-planting incident, but it’s one that Buckeyes fans won’t soon forget.

That time he sonned the hell out of Baylor

Who’s Baylor’s daddy? Why, it’s Baker Mayfield, according to Baker Mayfield.

Before Oklahoma’s 49-41 win over the Bears last season, there was a skirmish of sorts between players. Mayfield intervened with an admonition.

“You forgot who daddy is,” Mayfield said. “I’m going to have to spank you today.”

It ended up being one of Oklahoma’s closer wins of the season, but Mayfield kept his promise with 283 yards, three touchdowns, and no picks.

That time he caught a trick play TD

And it was a beauty. Just before halftime in the Rose Bowl College Football Playoff semifinal, Mayfield caught this wide open score to give the Sooners a 31-17 lead going into the half.

That wouldn’t hold. Georgia went on to win 54-48 in a double overtime thriller. But that doesn’t change anything about the fact that this was a dope-ass play.

And oh, yeah, about that …

That time he played in the Rose Bowl after battling the flu all week

This flu season was brutal. I had it and the most strenuous thing I did for a solid week was take my dog outside, which aggressively pushed me beyond my flu-imposed physical limits. Mayfield had flu-like symptoms in the week leading up to the Rose Bowl. He had 287 yards, two passing touchdowns, one receiving touchdown, and a pick in the loss.

That time he had a messy divorce with Texas Tech

In 2013, Mayfield became the first true freshman walk-on to open a season as an FBS team’s starting QB. He had a good year, but he slipped down the depth chart after getting hurt a couple of prolific games in. He wound up transferring and walking on at Oklahoma, and his camp and the Texas Tech community traded plenty of barbs in the aftermath. While Mayfield was in Lubbock with Oklahoma in 2014, he got kicked out of a local restaurant.

That time he made a list of media members who doubted him

Everyone has a take about Mayfield. He’s been compared to Ryan Leaf (by Leaf) and Johnny Manziel, and at least one team had a private investigator following him around.

Mayfield won’t forget. He’s got a list of media members who have doubted him and a collection of screen caps on his phone to remind him of the disrespect and to motivate him. He’s basically the Arya Stark of this draft class.

That time he got drunk and was tackled by a cop

Who among us doesn’t have some kind of embarrassing story about drinking too much and having some kind of run-in with the cops during our college years? Mayfield: He’s just like us, except for his run-in with the cops was especially rough.

Mayfield tried to run from the cops, and it went poorly for him.

He was charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct, and it led to yet another Mayfield apology.

That’s quite a list. Now we’ll get to see if Mayfield will also make the NFL more interesting in his rookie season.

Oh, and jorts …