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Ed Oliver, Nick Bosa Headline Mel Kiper's 2019 NFL Draft Big Board

Aug 29, 2018 9:46 PM

Mel Kiper Jr. has released an updated Big Board for the 2019 NFL Draft before the start of the college football season, headlined by Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver. Nick Bosa of Ohio State ranks second with Michigan defensive tackle Rashan Gary ranking third. At No. 15, Justin Herbert of Oregon is the first quarterback on the board.

1. Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
2. Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
3. Rashan Gary, DT, Michigan
4. Devin White, LB, LSU
5. Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
6. Andraez "Greedy" Williams, CB, LSU
7. Raekwon Davis, DE, Albama
8. Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
9. A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
10. Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
11. Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
12. Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
13. Trey Adams, OT, Washington
14. Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
15. Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
16. Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
17. Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma
18. Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
19. Brian Burns, OLB/DE, Florida State
20. Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
21. N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
22. Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
23. Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
24. Zach Allen, DE, Boston College
25. David Edward, OT, Wisconsin

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Tags: Draft, Draft Misc, NCAA

Drew Lock Considered Early Favorite To Be No. 1 Pick In 2019 NFL Draft

Aug 22, 2018 11:30 AM

Drew Lock has been given the best odds to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft by BetDSI.

Lock is a senior quarterback at Missouri.

Jarrett Stidham, quarterback at Auburn, ranks second followed by Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver.

No. 1 overall pick in 2019 NFL Draft Odds
Drew Lock +300
Jarrett Stidham +420
Ed Oliver +550
Justin Herbert +550
Nick Bosa +850
Greg Little +1000
Dexter Lawrence +1200
Will Grier +2500
Shea Patterson +2500
Clelin Ferrell +2500
Raekwon Davis +2500
Christian Wilkins +5000
David Edwards +5000
Field (Any other player) +150

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Draft, Draft Misc, NCAA

Browns Sign Baker Mayfield To Four-Year, $32.5M Deal

Jul 25, 2018 7:51 AM

Baker Mayfield signed his four-year, $32.5 million contract with the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday evening.

The first overall pick in the draft is slotted at $32.5 million.

Mayfield is the eighth of nine Cleveland draft picks to sign.

Denzel Ward, the fourth overall pick, remains unsigned.

Pat McManamon/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Draft, Misc Rumor, Signing

Giants, Washington Make Supplemental Draft Selections

Jul 11, 2018 11:30 PM

The New York Giants have spent a 2019 third-round draft pick on Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal, and Washington has selected Virginia Tech cornerback Adonis Alexander in the sixth round Wednesday.

Both players were ruled academically ineligible for the upcoming college football season and entered the supplemental draft.

Not selected were Mississippi State safety Brandon Bryant, Grand Valley State running back Martayveus Carter and Oregon State linebacker Bright Ugwoegbu.

Associated Press

Tags: New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor

Hunter S. Thompson Told Jim Irsay To Draft Leaf Over Manning

Jul 6, 2018 9:34 AM

Prior to the 1998 NFL Draft, author Hunter S. Thompson advised Jim Irsay to have the Indianapolis Colts take Ryan Leaf over Peyton Manning with the first overall pick.

Thompson was willing to give Irsay a $30 million loan if the Colts selected Leaf, but not if they picked Manning.

Leaf tweeted Thursday a picture he recently received of the letter that the late Thompson sent Irsay.

"[Leaf] looks strong & Manning doesn't -- or at least not strong enough to handle that 'Welcome to the NFL' business for two years without a world-class offensive line," Thompson wrote in the letter to Irsay a month before the 1998 draft.

Manning led the Colts to a 141-67 record, the playoffs 11 times, eight seasons of at least 12 victories and the Super Bowl twice, winning one of those appearances.

Mike Wells/ESPN

Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Draft, Misc Rumor

Panthers Sign D.J. Moore

Jun 19, 2018 8:34 AM

The Carolina Panthers have signed D.J. Moore to his four-year rookie contract.

The deal comes with a fifth-year team-option.

Moore is expected to step in as an immediate starter for the Panthers.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Draft, Misc Rumor, Signing

Patriots Shopped Rob Gronkowski In Trade Talks Prior To Draft

Jun 13, 2018 11:36 AM

The New England Patriots shopped Rob Gronkowski three days before the 2018 NFL Draft.

Gronkowski only declared he would play in 2018 two days before the draft.

A recent report indicated that Tom Brady threatened to retire if the Patriots traded Gronkowski and Robert Kraft vetoed the concept.

The Patriots reportedly had interest in trading up for Baker Mayfield.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: New England Patriots, Draft, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Only 76 Draft Picks Remain Unsigned

May 18, 2018 8:24 AM

Just three weeks since the NFL Draft was held, only 76 picks remain unsigned.

The Los Angeles Rams and Miami Dolphins account for 19 of those rookies. Neither team has signed a single pick at this point.

The Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles have signed all of their selections.

Of the 76 unsigned players, 22 were first-round picks.

Quenton Nelson, the sixth overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts, is the highest selection to have signed.

Curtis Crabtree/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Draft, Misc Rumor, Signing

Lions Trade DT Akeem Spence To Dolphins

May 4, 2018 8:06 AM

The Detroit Lions have traded Akeem Spence to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2019.

The defensive tackle started 11 games for the Lions last season.

Spence will be reunited with former Detroit defensive line coach Kris Kocurek, who was hired by the Dolphins after former Detroit head coach Jim Caldwell was fired last season.

Michael Rothstein/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, Draft, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Patriots Were Prepared To Trade Up To No. 2 For Baker Mayfield

May 1, 2018 11:13 AM

The New England Patriots had interest in trading up to No. 2 to select Baker Mayfield, according to Mayfield's agent Jack Mills.

The New York Giants owned the No. 2 pick and selected Saquon Barkley.

“We had another team which is going to surprise you. Another team had said, ‘You may get a big surprise on draft day, at No. 2, if he’s available.’ And it was the Patriots,” Mills said. “They had 23 and they had 31 and they had two seconds. We thought, ‘That’s gonna be a heck of a move, to get up that high from where they are.’ And of course he wasn’t available so we never knew if that was reality or not.”

The Patriots owned a pair of first round picks and many believed they had some level of interest in selecting a potential replacement for Tom Brady in this draft.

Mills also said that the Jets would have taken Mayfield over Sam Darnold at No. 3.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Seahawks Considered Taking Rashaad Penny Without Trading Down
The San Diego State star was the first running back drafted after Saquon Barkley.

Bob Condotta/Seattle Times

Seahawks Trade Down From 18th Pick To Add Selections
The Seahawks received the 27th pick as well as third- and sixth-round picks.


Bills Trade Up Again, Get 16th Pick From Ravens
The Bills will also receive a fifth-rounder this year, while sending the No. 22 pick and a third-rounder out.

RealGM Staff Report

Saints Send Two Firsts To Packers For 14th Pick
The Packers will receive the 27th and 147th pick (fifth round) in this year's draft and a 2019 first-rounder as well.

Ian Rapoport/NFL Network

Cardinals Trade Up With Raiders To Draft Josh Rosen
Oakland receives the No. 15 pick, a third-rounder (79th) and fifth-round (152) pick.


Bills Trade Up To Seventh Pick, Take Josh Allen
The Buccaneers will reportedly receive the 12th pick and two second-rounders.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Report: Broncos Thinking About Trading Up To No. 2
The Broncos are contemplating a possible trade for the No. 2 pick in tonight's draft, presumably to take a quarterback, according to a report.

Ian Rapoport/NFL Network

Full First Round Recap, Complete With Trade Details
The Browns took Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 pick. He was followed by Saquon Barkley, Sam Darnold, Denzel Ward and Bradley Chubb.

RealGM Staff Report

Jets Believed To Prefer Josh Rosen Over Sam Darnold
The Jets are expected to select Josh Rosen over Sam Darnold if both are available.

Charean Williams/Pro Football Talk

Josh Allen Apologizes For Offensive Tweets From High School
At least two teams believe a team that wants to draft Josh Allen planted the story on the eve of the draft so he falls to them.


Cleveland's No. 4 Pick Generating Trade Buzz
The Browns aren't expected to move the first overall pick, but they also have the No. 4 selection on Thursday night.

Marc Sessler/NFL

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Final Version
Sam Darnold or Baker Mayfield will be the first overall selection by the Browns.

Jeff Risdon/RealGM

Chris Harris Doesn't Want Broncos To Draft Quarterback
The Broncos are in position to take one of the draft's top quarterbacks, but Chris Harris hopes they focus on other needs.

Herbie Teope/NFL

Calvin Ridley Shrugs Off Concerns About His Size
Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley believes he's the best pass-catcher in the NFL Draft.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Browns 'Definitely' Considering Baker Mayfield At No. 1
The Browns own the first and fourth picks in the draft.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Bills Unlikely To Trade With Giants For No. 2 Pick
The Bills have a stockpile of draft picks and moving up to the top of the draft to take a quarterback has been floated as a possibility for quite some time.

Ian Rapoport/NFL Network

Joe Namath: Baker Mayfield Is 'Most Outrageous' QB In Draft
As the Jets consider a quarterback at No. 3 in this week's NFL Draft, Joe Namath says he's a fan of Baker Mayfield.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Josh Rosen Views Tennis As Helpful In Preparation For Football
Josh Rosen was the No. 1 player in Southern California amongst 12 year olds and a top-50 player in the country.

Sam Farmer/Los Angeles Times

Patriots Host Lamar Jackson, Come Away 'Impressed'
The Patriots hosted Lamar Jackson on a pre-draft visit, according to sources.

Ian Rapoport/NFL Network

Colts: Trading Down Shows Confidence In Andrew Luck
The Colts believe that trading the third overall pick in this week's NFL Draft shows how much confidence they have in Andrew Luck going forward.

Mike Wells/ESPN