05/05/15 - David Parry, rSr, Stanford, 6-1, 308 (DS#24 DT)[Newsfeed] The Colts' fifth-round pick, nose tackle David Parry, was a preferred walk-on at Stanford. He turned down FCS scholarship opportunities from Northern Iowa and Illinois State as well as several Ivy League programs. Parry earned a scholarship with the Pac-12 school after his freshman season with the team. Parry added that he was surprised to learn that he'll be playing for the same NFL team as college teammate Henry Anderson. "I sent a text to Henry pretty much right after I got drafted by the Colts and we're both pretty juiced to be back together. I haven't talked to Andrew (Luck), Griff (Whalen) or Coby (Fleener) in a little bit, but I'm sure it's going to be good to see all of those guys," he said. - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - David Parry, rSr, Stanford, 6-1, 308 (DS#24 DT)[Newsfeed] A closer look at the Colts' eight picks: Round 5/151 - David Parry, NT, 6-2, 300, Stanford...A former preferred walk-on in college Parry teamed with fellow Colts draft pick Henry Anderson to form a tough one-two punch on the Stanford defensive line. Parry played with a "chip on the shoulder" attitude that should continue through to the NFL. What he lacks in overall athletic skills, Parry makes up with hard work and guile. - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Sr, Oregon, 5-09, 192 (DS#15 CB)[Newsfeed] A closer look at the Browns' 12 picks:.Round 7/241 - Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, 5-9, 192, Oregon...Ekpre-Olomu suffered a torn ACL preparing for a college playoff game in January. If not for the injury he might have been a second-round pick. He can play outside or in the slot and projects as a gunner on punt coverage. His name means "something that fits you well." - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - Randall Telfer, rSr, Southern California, 6-4, 250 (DS#21 TE)[Newsfeed] A closer look at the Browns' 12 picks: Round 6/198 - Randall Telfer, TE, 6-4, 260, USC...Telfer has an injury history that includes knee surgery and foot surgery. He is more a blocking tight end than a receiver, but he says he can be a "well-rounded" tight end. He said he learned from former Trojans and Browns tight end Jordan Cameron. - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - Cedric Ogbuehi, rSr, Texas A&M, 6-5, 306 (DS#7 OT)[Newsfeed] A closer look at the Bengals' nine picks: Round 1/21 - Cedric Ogbuehi, T, 6-5, 306, Texas A&M ... The Bengals are convinced that if not for a torn ACL suffered in the Liberty Bowl last December, Ogbuehi would've been a top-10 pick. Chances are great that Ogbuehi won't be ready to play at the start of the season, but that didn't dissuade the Bengals from taking him. They love his athleticism and quick feet. - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - Cedric Ogbuehi, rSr, Texas A&M, 6-5, 306 (DS#7 OT)[Newsfeed] OT Ogbuehi clearly a pick for Bengals future...The Cincinnati Bengals drafted for the future when they selected Texas A&M offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi in the first round Thursday night. Ogbuehi suffered a torn ACL in Texas A&M's Liberty Bowl win against West Virginia last December but that didn't dissuade the Bengals from taking him with the 21st overall pick. Ogbuehi (6-foot-5, 305) was a first-team All-SEC pick by conference coaches last season and a first-team All-America choice by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. The injury benefitted the Bengals. "I frick'n love him," said offensive line coach Paul Alexander. "There is no way we have a chance at this guy if he doesn't get hurt. He's a top-of-the-draft player. There's no question that this guy has rare feet and athleticism that you see in the very best offensive linemen in the league."
The Bengals won't need Ogbuehi to play right away, which is good given his injury. While Ogbuehi said he is aiming to be ready to participate in training camp, the Bengals won't be as aggressive. They don't need to be. Andrew Whitworth is one of the top left tackles in the game in, while Andre Smith and Eric Winston return as experienced right tackles. All three are entering the final years of their contracts, however, so Ogbuehi's future is coming. This is the 11th time the Bengals have drafted an offensive lineman in the first round; Ogbuehi is the seventh tackle to be drafted in the first round by Cincinnati. This is the fourth time they've selected a tackle No. 1 since Alexander became the offensive line coach in 1995. His other three first-round tackles were Willie Anderson (1996), Levi Jones (2002) and Smith (2009). Whitworth was a second-round pick in 2006. - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - Cedric Ogbuehi, rSr, Texas A&M, 6-5, 306 (DS#7 OT)[Newsfeed] OT Ogbuehi clearly a pick for Bengals future...Alexander told Ogbuehi during the player's pre-draft visit to Cincinnati about his current and former players, the success they have had and his expectation that Ogbuehi can have a similar career. Alexander said that got Ogbuehi excited. "I did," said Ogbuehi. "They've all had a lot of success and they've all played long careers, so it's a good sign for me. Every guy that they drafted in the first round has had great careers." The Bengals knew they would have plenty of options when their turn came around at No. 21. They weren't going to be at the mercy of having to reach for a need. Their main target heading into the first round was on either side of the line of scrimmage.
Their positioning improved as the first round progressed. They were helped when St. Louis and San Diego made Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon the first running backs taken in Round 1 since 2012. Three cornerbacks - Trae Waynes (Minnesota), Kevin Johnson (Houston) and Marcus Peters (Kansas City) - were taken off the board as well. Head coach Marvin Lewis said the team's medical staff gave Ogbuehi clearance from a draft standpoint. Just how soon he'll be able to play this season remains to be seen. "We'll have to judge that once he gets here and we're laying hands on him every day, before we know where he is," said Lewis. "Obviously this is more of a nine-month injury, minimum, anyway. He had surgery in early January, so you're looking at September (at the earliest)." - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - *Jay Ajayi, rJr, Boise State, 6-0, 221 (DS#6 RB)[Newsfeed] A closer look at the Dolphins' seven picks: Round 5/149 - Jay Ajayi, RB, 6-0, 221, Boise State...This was an interesting pick because the Dolphins needed a power running back. The problem is many teams stayed away from Ajayi because medical reports said one knee is almost bone-on-bone. Regardless, Miami might have a steal with this one. If Ajayi can stay healthy he could push Lamar Miller for the starting job. - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - Nick O'Leary, Sr, Florida State, 6-3, 252 (DS#8 TE)[Newsfeed] A closer look at the Bills' six picks: Round 6/194 -- Nick O'Leary, TE, 6-3, 247, Florida State...The grandson of golf legend Jack Nicklaus will have a chance to make the Bills because their tight end depth chart is thin behind free-agent signee Charles Clay. O'Leary was the 2014 John Mackey Award winner as the nation's best tight end. He set FSU tight end records for receptions (114), yards (1,591), and touchdowns (18). He has excellent hands, but his lack of speed will curtail some of that big-play ability. - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - DeAndre Smelter, rSr, Georgia Tech, 6-2, 226 (DS#38 WR)[Newsfeed] A closer look at the 49ers' 10 picks: Round 4/132 -- DeAndre Smelter, WR, 6-2, 226, Georgia Tech...Nothing about Smelter says "draft me," especially in the middle rounds. He was a baseball player at Georgia Tech until forced to switch sports because of a shoulder injury. He then became a wideout on a run-oriented team who proceeded to blow out his knee during the 2014 season. Alas, Baalke has a history of taking a risk on high-potential athletes who need an NFL "redshirt" season. Smelter will certainly have a good one from whom to learn his craft in 49ers veteran Anquan Boldin. - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - *Todd Gurley, Jr, Georgia, 6-1, 222 (DS#1 RB)[Newsfeed] A closer look at the Rams' nine picks: Round 1/10 - Todd Gurley, RB, 6-1, 222, Georgia...The Rams believe he is a transcendent back that will help make their entire team better. The only question in the short term is when he will be available to play as he recovers from a torn ACL. Gurley's explosiveness and big-play ability will go a long way toward improving the Rams' offense. - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - *Todd Gurley, Jr, Georgia, 6-1, 222 (DS#1 RB)[Newsfeed] RB Gurley fits Fisher's personality...St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher loves running backs. When his Tennessee Titans advanced to the Super Bowl in 1999, it was with Eddie George, the 14th overall choice in the 1996 draft. In eight seasons with Houston and Tennessee, George rushed for 10,009 yards and 64 touchdowns. After George, it was Chris Johnson, who rushed for 2,006 yards for Fisher in 2009. Thus, it really wasn't that much of a surprise when the Rams gambled heavily Thursday night, selecting Georgia running back Todd Gurley with the 10th overall choice in the draft. It surely fits Fisher's philosophy.
While Fisher didn't want to compare Gurley to George, who rushed for 10,009 yards and 64 touchdowns in eight seasons with Houston and Tennessee, he did say of Gurley, "He's special, but they're different. They have different running styles. But when the career is all said and done, he can be that guy." George also believes that. He texted Fisher after the pick, writing, "Congratulations. Great pick." Gurley becomes the seventh running back on the Rams' roster and marks the fourth consecutive year the Rams have selected a runner in the draft: Isaiah Pead in the second round in 2012, Zac Stacy in the fifth round in 2013 and Tre Mason in the third round last year. - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - *Todd Gurley, Jr, Georgia, 6-1, 222 (DS#1 RB)[Newsfeed] RB Gurley fits Fisher's personality...Taking the immensely talented Gurley is a risk because he is rehabbing from a torn ACL in his left knee suffered in the fourth quarter of the Bulldogs' Nov. 15 game against Auburn. That game was his first one after returning from a four-game suspension for accepting more than $3,000 for autographed memorabilia. The Rams were present at Gurley's medical recheck on April 18 at Indianapolis, and Fisher said, "His rehab is coming along fine. We don't know when he's gonna be on the field competitively, but we do know he's not having any issues right now and the docs say he's ahead of schedule."
Gurley, who said he was surprised to be selected by the Rams and didn't visit the team in recent weeks, also echoed Fisher's sentiment, saying, "There is no timetable. I know I have a lot of work to do. But opening day is a realistic goal." Said Fisher, when asked if Gurley could be playing at the beginning of the regular season, "There's always that possibility, but we're not going to be specific as to when. I will tell you this: we're not going to rush it. We may be a little on the conservative side. This is our running back of the future, so it makes no sense to subject him, to put him in a bad situation sooner than we have to. We've got outstanding backs on our roster and he's going to add to that group. When that happens we don't know, but he's going to be the running back of the future for a number of years." - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - *Todd Gurley, Jr, Georgia, 6-1, 222 (DS#1 RB)[Newsfeed] RB Gurley fits Fisher's personality...There was significant discussion among the Rams' hierarchy about the wisdom of adding another player with a torn ACL history, especially considering the injuries suffered in successive years by quarterback Sam Bradford and tackle Jake Long. Both are no longer Rams. Pead missed the 2014 season, also with a torn ACL. But, they believed it was worth the risk to acquire a talent like Gurley. Fisher admitted the ACL issues have "been a concern of ours. But every situation is different. We don't have reservations about him getting back to full speed and 100 percent. That's not going to be an issue with him."
Snead said the Rams only had a chance at Gurley because of the injury. "It was a bonus to be sitting there at 10 and get him," Snead said. "It was a consensus that he's a player that helps everybody: our defense, he helps our offense, our offensive line, our receivers, our quarterback. That's the pick in a nutshell." Added Fisher, "A talent like him comes along once in a great while. His body of work speaks for itself. The athletic ability, the strength, the explosion, the acceleration, the instincts he has as a runner. He also has great hands out of the backfield. He's that complete back. We have a good group; we really like our group in the room, but this is an opportunity that we could not pass up." - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - *Todd Gurley, Jr, Georgia, 6-1, 222 (DS#1 RB)[Newsfeed] RB Gurley fits Fisher's personality...Last season, the 6-foot-1, 226-pound Gurley rushed for 911 yards on 123 attempts (7.4 per rush) and nine touchdowns in just six games. In his Georgia career, he totaled 3,285 yards and 36 touchdowns, averaging 6.4 yards per carry. The pick of Gurley came after the Washington Redskins selected Iowa tackle/guard Brandon Scherff fifth overall and the New York Giants picked Miami tackle Ereck Flowers one choice in front of the Rams. Three picks after the Rams, the New Orleans Saints chose Stanford tackle Andrus Peat.
Conventional wisdom had the Rams selecting a lineman in the first round, but Fisher went against the grain. That prompted an obvious question to Fisher and Snead: "Who's going to block for him?" To which Snead said, "They did make this thing a three-day event. We have to live through Friday and Saturday, so we'll see if we can help improve that position there. We'll still let the board guide us, but ... we're well aware." - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - Davis Tull, rSr, Tennessee-Chattanooga, 6-2, 246 (DS#8 OLB)[Newsfeed] A closer look at the Saints' nine picks: Round 5/148 -- Davis Tull, OLB, 6-2, 246, Tennessee-Chattanooga...The Saints like the pass-rushing ability of Tull, whose rare combination of size, speed and strength helped him collect 10 sacks last season. - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - *Tevin Coleman, Jr, Indiana, 5-11, 206 (DS#3 RB)[Newsfeed] A closer look at the Falcons' seven picks: Round 3/73 -- Tevin Coleman, RB, 5-11, 206, Indiana...Cranked up his game from the middle of his sophomore season through his junior campaign, averaging 142.6 rushing yards per game over the final 21 games of his college career. Owns the IU single-season rushing record with 2,036 yards last fall, and he set the mark while going for 228 yards against eventual national champion Ohio State. Also rushed for 307 against Rutgers. Was one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award, and second nationally in rushing in 2014 while averaging 169.7 yards per game. Also caught 25 passes as a junior. Rushed for 958 yards as a sophomore, missing three games with an ankle injury. As a freshman, he rushed for 225 yards, and led the team with a 23.6-yard average on kickoff returns, including one that went 96 yards for a touchdown. - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - *Jalen Collins, rJr, LSU, 6-1, 203 (DS#7 CB)[Newsfeed] A closer look at the Falcons' seven picks: Round 2/42 -- Jalen Collins, CB, 6-2, 203, LSU...A big, physical cornerback with the size and tackling skills to perhaps play safety. He led the Tigers with nine pass breakups in 2014, despite starting only seven of 13 games as a fourth-year junior. Also had 38 tackles and an interception. After redshirting as a freshman in 2011, Collins started the first game the next season before transitioning to a reserve role. Said he has a 78 1/8-inch wingspan. - The Sports Xchange
05/04/15 - T.J. Clemmings, rSr, Pittsburgh, 6-5, 309 (DS#8 OT)[Newsfeed] A closer look at the Vikings' 10 picks: Round 4/110 - T.J. Clemmings, OT, 6-5, 309, Pittsburgh...This could be the best value pick on the board for Clemmings. He was rated much higher by many scouts and draft experts, but concerns about a stress fracture in his foot caused him to drop. He projects as a backup right tackle with the potential to be the swing tackle. - The Sports Xchange
05/04/15 - T.J. Clemmings, rSr, Pittsburgh, 6-5, 309 (DS#8 OT)[Newsfeed] The Vikings also went out on a limb to pick up offensive line help. NFLDraftScout.com projected first-rounder T.J. Clemmings grew to near prototypical offensive tackle size at 6-5, 309 pounds. But he almost didn't grow up to be a football player at all. In fact, he didn't play football until his junior year in high school. "I didn't play because my mom didn't understand the sport," said Clemmings, the Vikings' fourth-round pick from Pittsburgh. "She saw it to be extremely - not extremely - dangerous. That's how she felt and she never really wanted me to play." After all, he was one heck of a basketball player and could have played basketball in college. "I was still playing basketball and having fun with basketball," he said. "She changed her mind my junior year when I asked. My dad said, 'Hey, let him play,' and they allowed me to."
Clemmings could end up being the best value pick on the Vikings' board this year. Several scouts and NFL draft experts had him rated much higher, but he tumbled to the fourth round because of concerns about a foot stress fracture. "There was a concern with my foot," he said. "But I have no concerns with my so-called injury." Clemmings projects as a backup right tackle who could become a swing tackle and possibly become the heir apparent to right tackle Phil Loadholt. - The Sports Xchange
05/04/15 - JaCorey Shepherd, Sr, Kansas, 5-11, 199 (DS#20 CB)[Newsfeed] A closer look at the Eagles' six picks: Round 6/191 - JaCorey Shepherd, CB, 5-11, 199, Kansas...Shepherd converted from wide receiver to corner after his freshman season. He also returned kickoffs for the Jayhawks. He has excellent ball skills. Too soon to guess on his roster chances. - The Sports Xchange
05/04/15 - Mark Nzeocha, Sr, Wyoming, 6-2, 232 (DS#40 OLB)[Newsfeed] A closer look at the Cowboys' eight picks: Round 7/236 - Mark Nzeocha, LB, 6-2, 232, Wyoming...Has only played football four years as he is from Germany. But is a very good athlete and has surprisingly good instincts. A developmental project who could impact special teams. - The Sports Xchange
04/30/15 - Michael Cummings, rSr, Kansas, 5-10, 210 (DS#999 QB)[Newsfeed] Kansas quarterback Michael Cummings will have surgery on his left knee, which he injured over the weekend during the annual spring football game. Coach David Beaty said Cummings, a senior, will get back on the field "as quickly as possible" but did not provide a specific timeline. Even though he was wearing a red jersey to prevent getting hit, Cummings was tackled by senior safety Michael Glatczak in the second quarter of Saturday's game. Beaty called the tackle a "freak accident." He says Glatczak was being blocked and was turned around for most of the play. He says Glatczak turned and made the tackle "without having any idea who was carrying the ball. He is a great kid, a great teammate and again it was just a very unfortunate accident." - AP Sports
04/23/15 - Braxton Miller, rSr, Ohio State, 6-1, 215 (DS#999 QB)[Newsfeed] Rumors can be like avalanches at times, in that, no matter what stands in the way, that snow is going to keep making its way down the mountain and level anything in its path until it just dies out. And the rumors about Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller possibly transferring to Alabama after he graduates this spring have reached avalanche status this week. It started earlier this week when radio host Paul Finebaum said on his show that a source told him there was "a chance" that Miller would transfer to Alabama. Of course, there's also a chance that Braxton Miller could transfer to any other school in the country as well. There's also a chance that he'll just stay at Ohio State. Chances are not in short supply. Still, once the rumor got rolling, it kept rolling, with Nick Saban having to respond to it himself. Saban said he hadn't heard of any rumors, but that if "the right person" came around, Alabama would have room for them. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
04/22/15 - Mike Dudek, So, Illinois, 5-11, 180 (DS#999 WR)[Newsfeed] Illinois WR Dudek tears ACL in practice...Illinois wide receiver Mike Dudek susffered a torn ACL during a non-contact drill during spring practice on Wednesday morning in Champaign, Ill. Dudek, who is expected to miss the start of the 2015 season, emerged as one of the top young receivers in the country last year, leading all FBS freshmen in yards per game with a 79.8-yard average. He was named second-team All-Big Ten and led all receivers in conference games with 50 catches for 716 yards and three touchdowns. With 76 catches for 1,038 yards in all games, Dudek broke school freshman records. "This is very disappointing for Mikey, his family and our football program. He'll have the knee surgically repaired as soon as possible and the doctors feel like he could return to the field in October," Illinois coach Tim Beckman said. "Knowing how hard Mikey works, our biggest challenge will be to keep him on pace and not let him push it too hard and too fast. - The Sports Xchange