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With the second-round selection of Geno Smith, the New York Jets now have a surplus of quarterbacks, leading some sources familiar with the situation to say the team will consider releasing quarterback Mark Sanchez.Share TweetThe Packers will begin the final day of the 2013 NFL Draft with 10 selections - at least two in each round - after three trades Friday evening. Each time, Green Bay moved back in the order and collected at least one extra choice. The Packers made a paShare TweetRumored for days leading up to the NFL draft, the Browns finally pulled off a trade to acquire veteran wide receiver Davone Bess from the Miami Dolphins.Share TweetMaybe the Jacksonville Jaguars have a fantastic long-term plan at quarterback. But this is the franchise that drafted a punter last year when Russell Wilson was available. That's one of the most indefensible picks in many years considering Blaine Gabber…Share TweetTyrann Mathieu’s twisting, turning football career already has taken an unexpected twist in Arizona. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says that Mathieu, a third-round pick widely expected to play slot cornerback at the NFL level, will be assigned to the posShare TweetDuring the second and third rounds of the NFL draft, the league invited retired players to announce their former team's picks. This produced fun moments, like Jonathan Ogden dwarfing Roger Goodell as he announced the Baltimore Ravens' picks, and Tony Ca…Share Tweet
Grading the Notable Second-Round Picksnytimes.com Apr 26, 2013The Jets get an A for snagging West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith at No. 39 over all, the Chargers a D for taking Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o just ahead of him.Share TweetThe Browns, lacking a slam-dunk starter opposite of Joe Haden at cornerback, added a young corner to the roster in Round Three, drafting San Diego State’s Leon McFadden with the No. 68 pick. McFadden (5-10, 193) joins Buster Skrine, Chris Owens, TrevinShare TweetJosh Freeman may need to start looking over his shoulder in Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers selected a quarterback in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft, taking North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon as potential competition for Freeman as the starting quarteShare TweetAlabama running back Eddie Lacy, projected by many to go in the first round after dominating the BCS Championship Game in January, almost fell out of the second round. The Green Bay Packers saved him from that embarrassment. Lacy wasn't the first runnin…Share TweetThe Bengals added another talented performer to their loaded defensive line, selecting Southern Methodist defensive end Margus Hunt with the No. 53 overall pick on Friday night. A native of Estonia, Hunt (6-8, 277) was a champion shot put and discus thr…Share TweetThe Denver Broncos’ offense has another weapon. Montee Ball, a running back from Wisconsin who is the all-time leader in touchdowns in major college football, was the Broncos’ choice with pick No. 58 in the second round of the NFL draft. Ball proved iShare TweetThe Ravens can’t replace all the experience they lost this offseason when Ed Reed and Ray Lewis walked out the door, but they certainly got faster in the transition. After drafting Florida safety Matt Elam last night, the Ravens came back with Kansas StShare TweetThe Bengals reached an agreement with right tackle Andre Smith on a new contract Friday night, the final step toward bringing back their offense intact from last season.Share Tweet48. Pittsburgh Steelers: Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State -- Great fit for Pittsburgh's offense -- 6-foot-2, 230 pound back who runs lower to the ground than you'd expect. Carries defenders after contact. Less shifty than powerful. 49. New York Giants: …Share TweetWith the No. 47 pick, the Cowboys added a promising prospect to a position already in secure hands, drafting San Diego State tight end Gavin Escobar in Round Two. The Cowboys’ top tight end, Jason Witten, comes off a 110-catch season, and there’s no dShare Tweet
Bucs add Banks to loaded secondaryThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ secondary keeps getting better. With the Bucs’ first-round draft pick, they acquired cornerback Darrelle Revis in a trade with the Jets. And with the Bucs’ second-round pick on Friday night, they acquired cornerback JohnthaShare TweetThe Steelers apparently viewed their running game as a weakness, and are intent on fixing it. With the 49th overall pick, the Steelers chose Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell. They agreed to a deal with return man/special teamer La’Rod StephensShare TweetThe Jets owe quarterback Mark Sanchez $8.25 million in 2013, whether he’s on the team or not. Suddenly, “or not” is becoming a viable option. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that, with the selection of quarterback Geno Smith, the Jets will now consideShare Tweet
The Second Round: Picks 43-4743. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State -- Interesting player. The fact that Banks has played some free safety at a fairly high level makes him an interesting positional chip at the next level, especially with teams that like to …Share TweetNew Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman is apparently serious about remaking his defensive line in the Giants mold. A day after using the 14th pick on Utah nose tackle Star Lotulelei, he used the 44th pick on Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short. Wh…Share TweetThe Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs are not close on a trade for franchise left tackle Branden Albert, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Friday.Share TweetThe Raiders have plenty of needs. Twenty-four hours ago, they didn’t have a second-round pick. Via the trade down from No. 3 to No. 12, the Raiders picked up a second-round pick from the Dolphins. They’ve now used it on tackle Menelik Watson. Watson pShare TweetThe Jacksonville Jaguars have made Florida International safety Jonathan Cyprien the first pick of the second round of the NFL draft on Friday.Share TweetThe 49ers said they know who they wanted at No. 34. And then they traded down to No. 40. Chances are they’ll say they got the guy at 40 they would have taken at 34. The Niners have drafted Florida State defensive end Cornellius “Tank” Carradine. ButShare TweetOn Thursday, Mississippi State cornerback Darius Slay entered the green room as one of 23 players in attendance at the draft. On Friday, he was the first of the remaining four to escape. The Lions have made Slay the 36th pick in the 2013 draft. Slay, pa…Share Tweet
The Second Round: Picks 33-3733. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International -- Perhaps the steal of the draft. Should have been a first-rounder. At 6-foot-0 and 217 pounds, Cyprien has the valuable ability to play front-half and back-half coverage with relativ…Share TweetThe Eagles spent plenty of time studying quarterback Geno Smith. And they’ve now passed on him twice. With the 35th overall pick in the draft, the Eagles have selected Stanford tight end Zach Ertz. 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, who recruited Ertz to StanforShare TweetThe Jacksonville Jaguars made Florida International safety John Cyprien the first pick of the second round of the NFL draft on Friday.Share TweetApparently, 11 picks the last two days of the NFL Draft weren’t quite enough. The 49ers traded the 34th overall pick to the Titans, who selected Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter. That moved the 49ers down to 40th, and they also gained a seventh rouShare Tweet
Christian Ponder’s reaction to Aaron Rodgers’ contract leads to funny exchange with his wifeNFL quarterbacks are some of the most famous people in the United States, but the married NFL quarterbacks aren't immune from daily husband duties. ESPN reporter Samantha Ponder and Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder got married last year. Unlike most…Share Tweet
What's new today in the world of NFC North quarterbacks? Aaron Rodgers got a five-year, $110 millionWhat's new today in the world of NFC North quarterbacks? Aaron Rodgers got a five-year, $110 million extension ($62.5 million of which arrives in the first three years) from the Packers. And Christian Ponder? Well, he's at Wal-Mart, salivating over Rodg…Share TweetThe Philadelphia media might really like covering offensive tackle Lane Johnson. He showed up to be introduced at the Eagles facility on Friday afternoon after being selected fourth overall on Thursday, and told one of the most hilarious and ridiculous …Share Tweetdeadspin.com Apr 26, 2013For most football fans, the NFL draft is associated with one name: Mel Kiper Jr. The ESPN analyst has been lauded as America's most famous draft expert for decades. We wondered how well his highly-publicized pre-draft rankings would hold up, though. Are…Share Tweet
Goodell stresses safety, security for eventsNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stressed Friday the league's concerns about making its events safe and secure.Share TweetThe Steelers have brought another local product home. According to Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com, the Steelers have agreed to a one-year deal with former Cardinals running back La’Rod Stephens-Howling. Stephens-Howling is a capable third-down back anShare TweetThe first 32 picks are in the books and Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network will bring you everything you need to know about them on Friday afternoon. Mike Florio, Erik Kuselias, Shaun King and former Cardinals General Manager Rod Graves will give t…Share TweetWhat did Jerry Jones see in Travis Frederick, and why didn’t anyone else see it? A day after Jones, the Cowboys’ owner and general manager, spent a first-round draft pick on Frederick, a center from Wisconsin, that’s a question being asked in many qShare Tweet
Report: Evan Rodriguez cleared of chargesBears fullback / tight end Evan Rodriguez has been cleared of charges stemming from a March incident in Miami, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reported Friday. Rodriguez reportedly faced disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest charges, but his at…Share TweetThe Jets found themselves in a salary cap squeeze earlier this offseason, a state of affairs that led them to drop several veteran players from the roster while watching others leave the team to sign elsewhere as free agents. Things have stabilized a bi…Share TweetFormer LSU cornerback and NFL draft prospect Tharold Simon is facing possible charges in his hometown of Eunice for his alleged treatment of a police officer who ordered Simon to move his parked car out of the street.Share TweetPlenty of draft observers shook their heads sadly at the sight of Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel going to the woebegone Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 2, rather than the on-the-rise Kansas City Chiefs at No. 1. But Joeckel might have as many a…Share TweetWashington Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson has taken a $2 million pay cut, a source with knowledge of the situation has confirmed to "Shutdown Corner". Zac Boyer of the Free Lance-Star originally reported Wilson's pay cut. Wilson was originall…Share TweetAlabama coach Nick Saban thinks his old cornerback Dee Milliner will fit in well with the Jets, who selected him with the ninth pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night. But Saban would prefer not to hear about how Milliner is the heir apparent to the de…Share TweetMike Florio is joined Newsday’s by Bob Glauber to talk about the first round picks made by the Jets and Giants on Thursday night. The Jets clearly selected CB Dee Milliner as the replacement for Darrelle Revis. The Jets also selected DT Sheldon RichardsShare Tweet
Patrick Willis restructures to give Niners some cash for rookiesEarlier on Friday, we brought word of the Redskins restructuring cornerback Josh Wilson’s contract to give them money to put toward signing their draft picks. The Redskins had the least money under the cap of any team in the NFL heading into the draft aShare TweetWith a night to sleep on it and recalibrate draft boards, the top of the second round of the NFL Draft figures to see a lot of action. And one of the teams that loves to be in the middle of any action figures to be involved. According to Adam Schefter o…Share TweetFor months, it was assumed the Chiefs would take tackle Luke Joeckel with the first pick in the draft. Last night, the reality become otherwise. The Chiefs bypassed Joeckel for Eric Fisher, and Joeckel won’t forget it. “I wanted that first pick but, yShare Tweet
Man gets probation for threatening Hines WardA man who pleaded guilty to trying to extort $15,000 from former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward will spend two years on probation.Share Tweet
Who Hugged The NFL Commissioner Longest At Last Night's Draft?deadspin.com Apr 26, 2013We don't know if, as a child, Roger Goodell dreamed of one day being best known for embracing enormous men and then, later, taking money from them. The Draft Day Hug Era is at its peak, and like last year, we decided to find out who hugged the NFL commi…Share TweetEric Fisher may have believed that he was worth the first overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft, but he had to work exceptionally hard over the last few years to bring followers to that cause. “I think I answered all the questions," he said soon after theShare TweetThe cutest story of the NFL draft may come from the mother of Lions first-round draft pick Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah, who traveled from her home in Ghana to New York City to be there with her son. Ansah had never seen a game of American football before heShare TweetManti Te'o. Geno Smith. Matt Barkley. The NFL draft board is still filled with familiar names going into Round 2. Where will they land? Don Banks projects all 30 second-round picks.Share TweetWhen Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman saw Star Lotulelei’s name on the board, it was love at first sight. “I mean, you know,” Gettleman said of the Utah defensive tackle. “It’s like when you guys met your wives, you knew, you knew.” SoShare TweetFormer New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who is recovering from foot surgery, has been cleared to resume football activities, a league source tells ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Share Tweet
PFT Live: Jamaal Charles, Bob GlauberThe first round is in the books, leaving PFT Live plenty to talk from New York on Friday afternoon. We’ll hit on the big trades and surprising choices, but you’ve got to start at the beginning. That means the Chiefs’ decision to use the first overalShare TweetCNNSI.com Apr 26, 2013ST. LOUIS -- After the strangest first round of an NFL draft that I have seen, here's a look at the bizarro-world day-one (yes: Justin Pugh and Travis Frederick; no: Geno Smith and Matt Barkley) and a look ahead to a second day that will be starrier tha…Share Tweet
GM: 49ers “Absolutely” have a player targeted at 34The Jaguars are open for business with the 33rd pick in the Draft, tonight’s first. But the 49ers are ready to turn in a card. General manager Trent Baalke, the owner of the No. 34 pick (via Kansas City, through the Alex Smith deal) said he’ll leave hShare TweetEven if wide receiver DeVier Posey didn’t tear his Achilles in the Texans’ playoff loss to the Patriots, there’s a good chance the team would have been looking for a wide receiver in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. The Houston offense was oveShare TweetESPN.com Apr 25, 2013Quarterbacks and veteran left tackles took a hit in the first round, but things fell the Vikings' way, writes John Clayton.Share TweetE.J. Manuel says he didn't share the rest of the football world's surprise when the Buffalo Bills made him the first and only quarterback selected in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night. The Florida State signal caller was in on the secre…Share TweetIn the days leading up to the draft, there was a lot of talk about the Jets’ interest in wide receiver Tavon Austin. According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, that was no smokescreen. Mehta reports the Jets would have taken Austin if he hadShare TweetThe Ravens didn’t take a linebacker with their first-round selection, opting to add safety Matt Elam to their defense with the 32nd overall pick instead. Had they added a linebacker with that selection, General Manager Ozzie Newsome probably would haveShare Tweet
Study: Value in second round, not in firstA study conducted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute says there's more value for second-round draft picks than first-rounders.Share TweetWhen Lane Johnson got to Oklahoma after junior college, he was a quarterback without much of an idea of where the Sooners planned to play him. He wound up at tackle and played it well enough to wind up as the fourth overall pick of the draft on Thursday…Share Tweet
Cowboys’ Jones boys deflate their own football people with draft ‘philosophy’There are football decisions, and there are football decisions. And in the realm of football decisions, the Dallas Cowboys' decision to trade down from their original 18th overall draft pick and move down the 31st pick formerly owned by the San Francisc…Share TweetOne of the most pleasant surprises of the night came when the Giants kept Syracuse tackle Justin Pugh in the Empire State by plucking Pugh with the 19th overall pick in the draft. Pugh, a finance major who had a great appearance last month on PFT Live, …Share TweetThe Dolphins have been aggressive all offseason, and taking a swing at a player beyond what would have normally been their means paid off. Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland described their move up to get Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan as a case of…Share TweetWhen the Cowboys selected Wisconsin center Travis Frederick with the 31st pick in the NFL draft, the Big Ten Conference could breathe a sigh of relief: It meant that the first round wouldn’t come and go without a single Big Ten player selected. But it wShare TweetDon Banks of SI.com thinks the Bills’ choice of QB E.J. Manuel means the read option will be part of their offense. Said Dolphins coach Joe Philbin of first-round pick Dion Jordan, “We’ve got to get our hands on him a little bit (and) work with himShare TweetHow badly did the Raiders want cornerback D.J. Hayden? Badly enough to take him with the third overall selection, if they weren’t able to trade down. According to Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports, the call from the Dolphins regarding a possible trade came wShare Tweet
Lawrence Jackson tweets he’s heading to MinnesotaFormer Detroit Lions defensive end Lawrence Jackson appears to have a new home. Jackson visited the Minnesota Vikings last week along with cornerback Jacob Lacey. The visit apparently left a good impression as Jackson tweeted out Thursday night that he …Share Tweet
Best Of The Rest: Day 1 of the NFL draft saw a distinct lack of dra…CNNSI.com Apr 26, 2013Day 1 of the NFL draft saw a distinct lack of drama. What will Day 2 bring? Don Banks and Andrew Perloff preview where some of the biggest names still available might be headed.Share TweetIt was a draft that few found easy to figure out, and after one round of the 2013 edition of the National Football League's player selection process, there were quite a few shockers that had most observers shaking their heads.The Minnesota Vikings becam…Share Tweet
The Trenchie Awards: Getting to Know the NFL Draft's Huge Crop of Linemengrantland.com Apr 26, 2013For defenders of the NFL draft as must-see TV, last night was tough. A total of five skill-position players in the first round, including just one qua...Share Tweet
Hug Mansion: The First Round of the 2013 NFL Draft in Commissioner Hugsgrantland.com Apr 26, 2013This is the most important evaluation of the draft you will read. Eric Fisher (All GIFs by @HeyBelinda) Chris: This doesn't feel like a no...Share Tweet
Bruce Arians On Tyrann MathieuApr 26Cardinals coach Bruce Arians breaks down the selection of CB Tyrann Mathieu.
New York Jets reveal plan for Geno SmithApr 26New York Jets general manager John Idzik and coach Rex Ryan reveal their plan for newly drafted quarterback Geno Smith.
Mike Mayock's Day 2 draft winnersApr 26NFL draft guru Mike Mayock says two teams with new general managers have had the best drafts so far, especially cashing in on the second day.
Cardinals Select Tyrann MathieuApr 26CB Tyrann Mathieu talks to Trey Wingo after the Arizona Cardinals draft him in the third round.