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Raiders Send All Scouts Home Ahead Of Draft Amid Internal Mistrust

Apr 19, 2019 12:28 PM

The Oakland Raiders have sent all of their scouts home for the weekend and they're not expected to return before the draft.

Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock made the decision. The belief is Gruden and Mayock don't know who to trust and wanted to clear their draft room.

Mayock is conducting his first draft with the Raiders.

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Giants Focused On Best Players: 'Can't Draft For Need'

Apr 19, 2019 8:40 AM

The New York Giants have the No. 6 and No. 17 picks in in the first round of the NFL draft and they are focused on drafting the best player available.

"I'm just telling you: I'm not going to force a pick," Dave Gettleman said. "You can't draft for need. You'll get screwed every time. You'll make a mistake."

There will be no exceptions, even for a quarterback.

"No," Gettleman insisted. "No special category."

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Cardinals Claim They Haven't Decided On No. 1 Pick

Apr 17, 2019 8:08 AM

The Arizona Cardinals have the first overall pick in next week's NFL draft, but Steve Keim said a decision on whom Arizona will pick has not been made.

"We are not done with this process," Keim said. "There are a number of players in my opinion and our scouts' opinions and our coaching staff's opinion that warrant being the first overall selection."

The Cardinals have been heavily linked to Kyler Murray, who was recruited by coach Kliff Kingsbury out of high school in Texas.

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Pat Shurmur Expects Giants To Draft Defensive Starters

Apr 16, 2019 8:07 AM

The New York Giants have 12 picks in this year's draft, including two first round selections.

Eli Manning expects the Giants to draft a young quarterback, but Pat Shurmur says the team will stock their starting defense.

"That is the idea," Shurmur said. "We have some high picks, so you look to get some guys that can help. A lot of times, guys that are significant role players function in roles as starters. We are looking at everyone we pick to be able to contribute. That is the exciting thing about the draft. There are plenty of really good players at all positions. We are going to pick guys that we feel can contribute."

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Eli Manning Expects Giants To Select QB In Draft

Apr 15, 2019 4:48 PM

Eli Manning is expecting the New York Giants to select their quarterback of the future in this month's draft.

The Giants own the sixth and 17th picks in the first round of the draft.

"Yeah, I figure the Giants are going to get a young quarterback. So I understand that," Manning said Monday, on a day when Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins was making his top-30 visit at the team's facility and the Giants began their offseason workout program. "I still have to do my job, and I'll do my part. And my job as I see it is to go out there and play quarterback and win football games. That is what I'll do."

Pat Shurmur had told ESPN in recent weeks that the team intended to have all the top quarterbacks visit. 

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Jon Gruden's Draft Advice To Mike Mayock: Don't Mess It Up

Apr 12, 2019 7:58 AM

The Oakland Raiders have a lot of draft capital with new general manager Mike Mayock working his first NFL Draft later this month.

Jon Gruden has some pointed advice for the former draft analyst.

"Don't mess it up, dude," Gruden told Mayock. "I took a lot of slings to get you three first-round picks."

The Raiders acquired two extra first-round picks in trades of Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper.

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Nick Bosa Scrubbed Political Tweets With Chance Of Joining 49ers

Apr 11, 2019 9:30 AM

Nick Bosa used his Twitter account to advocate politically, voicing his support for Donald Trump and also criticizing Colin Kaepernick.

Bosa, however, scrubbed his Twitter before the NFL Draft. The San Francisco 49ers are considering Bosa with the No. 2 pick.

"I had to," said Bosa. "There is a chance I might end up in San Francisco."

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Kyler Murray, Nick Bosa Headline List Of 23 Players To Attend Draft

Apr 10, 2019 9:16 AM

Kyler Murray and Nick Bosa headline a list of 23 prospects committed to attending the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville.

The following list of players is in alphabetical order:

1. Josh Allen, LB Kentucky
2. DeAndre Baker, DB Georgia
3. Nick Bosa, DE Ohio State
4. Marquise Brown, WR Oklahoma
5. Brian Burns, DE Florida State
6. Devin Bush, LB Michigan
7. Andre Dillard, OT Washington State
8. Noah Fant, TE Iowa
9. Cody Ford, OT Oklahoma
10. T.J. Hockenson, TE Iowa
11. Josh Jacobs, RB Alabama
12. Daniel Jones, QB Duke
13. Drew Lock, QB Missouri
14. D.K. Metcalf, WR Mississippi
15. Kyler Murray, QB Oklahoma
16. Ed Oliver, DT Houston
17. Montez Sweat, DE Mississippi State
18. Jawaan Taylor, OT Florida
19. Devin White, LB Louisiana State
20. Christian Wilkins, DT Clemson
21. Greedy Williams, CB Louisiana State
22. Jonah Williams, OT Alabama
23. Quinnen Williams, DT Alabama

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Nick Saban: Late Round Picks Who Leave School Early Lose Out

Apr 7, 2019 8:29 AM

Nick Saban says late round prospects who leave school early lose out on the process.

Seven of Alabama's underclassmen declared for this month's NFL draft.

"Now, we have guys that have no draft grades, seventh-round grades, free-agent grades, fifth-round grades that are going out of the draft. And the person that loses in that is the player," Saban said after Alabama's spring game. "If you're a third-round draft pick, and we had one here last year -- I'm not going to say any names -- goes and starts for his team, so he's making third-round money, which is not that great. He'd be the first guy taken at his position this year, probably, and make $15-18 million more.

"So, the agent makes out, the club makes out, and now they've got a guy that's going to play for that kind of money for three more years, all right? And everybody out there's saying, 'Well, get to your next contract.' Well, there's obviously 50 percent of these guys never getting to a next contract. And that doesn't mean all the rest of them got to one, either."

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Lions Publicly Soliciting Offers To Move Down From No. 8

Apr 3, 2019 7:08 PM

The Detroit Lions openly solicited offers to move down from the No. 8 slot in the draft.

"I always like draft picks, so if we can move back a couple spots and pick up another pick, I think the depth of this draft from the late first to the third, there's a lot of really good players in there," Bob Quinn said.

"If I could move back a few spots, add a great player and a pick, that'd be something that would be great. People out there listening, I'm open for business."

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Cardinals Have Dinner With Nick Bosa
The Cardinals have been strongly linked with Kyler Murray with the No. 1 pick, but Nick Bosa is widely considered the top overall prospect.

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Eagles Prioritizing 'Volume' In Draft
The Eagles have seven selections in this year's draft and as many as 11, 12 or 13 in 2020.

Dave Spadaro/PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Giants Internally Explore Trade For Josh Rosen
The Giants could still also select a quarterback in this year's draft.

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Belichick Praises Quinnen Williams For Ruining OU's Scheme In CFP
Bill Belichick praised Quinnen Williams' effectiveness for continually splitting two blockers to create pocket pressure on Kyler Murray.

Jim McBride/Boston Globe

Kliff Kingsbury On No. 1 Pick: 'Everything's On The Table'
With the NFL Draft drawing closer, Kliff Kingsbury says the Cardinals haven't ruled out anything with the first overall pick.

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49ers Could Have 'Feeding Frenzy' If Kyler Murray Falls To No. 2
Jay Glazer predicts there a number of teams who would look to trade up to No. 2 for Kyler Murray.

Jay Glazer/The Athletic

John Lynch Says 49ers Will Draft Best Player Available
The 49ers have the second overall pick in next month's NFL Draft.

NBC Sports Bay Area

Kyler Murray Meeting With Kliff Kingsbury, Steve Keim
Kyler Murray is the favorite to be picked by the Cardinals with the first overall pick.

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Scout Suggests Kyler Murray Inflated Height At Combine
An unnamed scout told Dan Patrick that he believes Kyler Murray's height was inflated at the Scouting Combine.

The Dan Patrick Show

Oddsmakers Have Kyler Murray Now Ahead Of Nick Bosa For No. 1 Pick
Kyler Murray is now the favorite to be picked No. 1.

RealGM Staff Report

Lions, Seahawks, Chargers Among 10 Teams Meeting With Kyler Murray
Kyler Murray is expected to be a first round pick.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Some Execs Predict Cardinals Will Select Kyler Murray No. 1
The Cardinals could try to trade Josh Rosen if they plan to select Kyler Murray,

Mike Sando/ESPN

Kyler Murray Measures At 5 Feet, 10⅛ Inches, 207 Lbs
Kyler Murray's height would make him one of the shortest starting quarterbacks in the league's history.

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

Jets Interested In Trading Down From No. 3
The Jets traded up from No. 6 to No. 3 last year to select Sam Darnold.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Cardinals Don't Sound Entirely Committed To Josh Rosen
The Cardinals have been linked to Kyler Murray.

Darin Gantt/ProFootballTalk

2019 NFL Draft Mock Draft 2.0: Pre-Combine Edition
The Combine at the end of February into early March will provide even more clarity.

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Kyler Murray Admits Telling A's Of NFL Decision Was Tough
Kyler Murray could become the first athlete ever to be drafted in the first round of both sports.

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Patriots, Cardinals, Washington Each Get Four Compensatory Picks
The Patriots get two picks in the third round, one in the sixth and one in the seventh.

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Projected First Round Pick Jeffery Simmons Suffers Torn ACL
Projected first-round pick Jeffery Simmons suffered a torn ACL during a routine drill during a workout, according to a source.

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Kliff Kingsbury On Kyler Murray Rumors: Josh Rosen Is Our Guy
Kliff Kingsbury insists that Josh Rosen is the quarterback of the future for the Cardinals.

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