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Derek Carr Annoyed By Rumors Raiders Would Draft Quarterback

May 22, 2019 8:09 AM

Derek Carr was confident the Oakland Raiders wouldn't draft a quarterback this offseason, but he was still bothered by the speculation that they would.

"Honestly, it got annoying after a while," Carr admitted. "I'm like, 'Really, they don't have nothing else to talk about?' And I didn't help the situation, trying to challenge people to fights."

The Raiders had nine draft picks last month and didn't use any on a quarterback.

Aside from Carr, Oakland's depth chart includes Nathan Peterman, Mike Glennon and Landry Jones.

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Official NFL Draft Twitter Account Posts Desire For Lottery

May 16, 2019 10:20 AM

In the wake of the craziness that was the NBA Draft lottery on Tuesday night, there has been talk about reform involving other leagues.

The NFL's official draft account expressed their desire for change.

"Hey, NFL, we want a draft lottery, too," the league's draft account tweeted on Wednesday afternoon.

It's unlikely the NFL will ever implement a lottery unless they are able to prevent tanking.

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Kyler Murray Signs Rookie Deal With Cardinals

May 10, 2019 8:39 AM

The Arizona Cardinals have signed first overall pick Kyler Murray to his rookie contract.

As with all first-round contracts, Murray's deal is for four years with a fifth-year team option. The contract is worth $35,158,644 fully guaranteed, according to a source.

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One Team Asked Daniel Jones To Work Out As Tight End

May 6, 2019 2:59 PM

One NFL team inquired as to whether Daniel Jones would be willing to work out as a tight end because they felt he wasn't good enough to play quarterback.

Lamar Jackson was asked a similar question last season about playing wide receiver and he's now the quarterback of the present and future for the Baltimore Ravens.

The New York Giants selected Jones with the No. 4 overall pick.

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Packers Sign First-Round Pick Darnell Savage

May 3, 2019 8:30 AM

Darnell Savage is the first of the 2019 first-round picks to sign a contract.

The Green Bay Packers selected Savage with the 21st overall pick.

They traded up with the Seattle Seahawks to select the Maryland safety.

Green Bay also took Michigan edge rusher Rashan Gary at No. 12.

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45 Percent Of '16 Draft First Rounders Have Fifth-Year Option Declined

May 3, 2019 8:11 AM

Forty-five percent of first round picks (14 of 31) from the 2016 NFL Draft had their fifth-year options declined.

In each of the last two years, 20 fifth-year options were picked up and 12 were declined.

Jack Conklin was the highest selected player who had his option declined as the Tennessee Titans had selected him eight overall.

The Cleveland Browns had already released Corey Coleman, as had the Denver Broncos with Paxton Lynch.

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Tua Tagovailoa Considered Favorite To Be Top Pick In 2020 NFL Draft

May 1, 2019 5:52 PM

Tua Tagovailoa is the favorite to be the top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft at -300.

Next year's draft will be in Las Vegas, which promoted odds to be posted early.

"With the draft in Las Vegas next year, we wanted to get a head start and carry the momentum from the recent draft," said Jeff Sherman of the Westgate SuperBook. "The first overall selection prop bridges our college and pro football menus, and the closer to the draft next year, we will add a multitude of wagering options."

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Cardinals Criticized For Inexplicably Waiting To Shop Josh Rosen

Apr 30, 2019 4:28 PM

The Arizona Cardinals were not proactive in determining the trade market of Josh Rosen in advance of draft weekend.

The Cardinals waited until they had selected Kyler Murray to initiate at least some teams in talks.

Some teams that would have been otherwise interested in Rosen didn't receive a call until after Murray was traded.

"I can't think of anyone who could have played this worse," said one of the executives. "EVERYONE knew they were taking Murray and you're drafting first overall. You have nothing to hide from anyone. They could have been quietly shopping Rosen for weeks at least."

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Exec: No Other Team Would Have Selected Daniel Jones In Top-17

Apr 30, 2019 1:53 PM

The New York Giants selected Daniel Jones at No. 6 overall as Dave Gettleman fell in love with the Duke quarterback.

Gettleman wanted to control the draft process and limit knowledge of his draft plans internally as the franchise has been known for leaks. The Giants instead leaked to multiple media members that they liked Dwayne Haskins, but also wanted to draft defensive players with their first two picks.

There's a belief the Giants panicked and selected Jones at No. 6 because they feared he wouldn't be available at No. 17.

"There is no way he was going anywhere else in the top 17 picks," said one plugged-in executive for an AFC team. "We run mock drafts and run through the scenarios and I hadn't heard of one team that wanted Jones other than them." 

The Giants missed out on one of the premier defensive players that would available at No. 6 and instead selected Dexter Lawrence at No. 17.

"The smart move is draft a pass-rusher [at No. 6] and then try to trade back up for the quarterback if you have to, but I still don't think they would have had to," said the same executive.

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Mike Mayock Explains Decision To Send Scouts Home Days Before Draft

Apr 29, 2019 5:19 PM

Mike Mayock explained the Oakland Raiders' reason for sending all of their scouts home a few days before the draft, which he believes was clearly the right decision.

“I came in at an atypical time for a GM, in January, and we had a four-month run that might’ve been the most important in the history of the Oakland Raiders as far as a draft and free agency. We’ve been to one playoff game in 16 years. They’ve been doing things a certain way around here and it hasn’t worked. They bring me in in January and I inherit a group of scouts for four months. I was 100 percent transparent with them the first week I got here. I told every single scout that they might not like the fact that a media guy’s their boss, which they probably didn’t. I told them I knew I had to earn their respect, and I would. But they also had to earn my respect and they had four months to do it because all their contracts were up. I made the decision three weeks ago that when the scouts’ work was done in this building, I was gonna send most of them home. I told them, and 45 minutes later it was on Twitter. So the decision to send them home, in hindsight, was the right one.

“I’ve known for years there have been leaks out of this building. Al Davis had a phobia about it when he was in his prime. He was really good about keeping it from happening. My deal, the bottom line for me, is you’ve got to trust the guys you work with. To me, if you’re a good teammate, what goes on in this building stays in this building.”

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Kliff Kingsbury Denies Insisting On Cardinals Selecting Kyler Murray
Kliff Kingsbury was prepared to work with Josh Rosen had the Cardinals decided to draft Nick Bosa at No. 1 instead of Kyler Murray.

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Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins Given Best Rookie Of The Year Odds
Kyler Murray is the overwhelming favorite for Rookie of the Year.

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Dolphins Won't Rule Out Taking QB In 2020 Draft Despite Josh Rosen
Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert are the probable best quarterbacks in the 2020 NFL Draft.

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NFL Claims Draft TV Coverage Breaks Record With 47.5M Total Viewers
The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft had more than 11 million viewers.

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Dave Gettleman: Two Teams Would Have Taken Daniel Jones By No. 17
Dave Gettleman insists there were at least two teams that intended to draft Daniel Jones if the Giants had waited until the 17th pick of Thursday night's NFL draft.

Jordan Raanan/ESPN

Depth Of Draft Made It Easy For Colts To Trade Out Of First Round
The Colts have three second-round picks to use on Friday night after trading out of the first round of this year's NFL Draft.

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Washington Trades Up To Use No. 26 Pick On Montez Sweat
The Colts acquired the 46th overall pick and a second-rounder in 2020 from the Redskins.

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Eagles Acquire No. 22 Pick From Ravens, Pick Andre Dillard
To acquire the 22nd pick, the Eagles sent the 25th, 125th and 197th picks to the Ravens.

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Packers Draft Darnell Savage With Pick Acquired From Seahawks
In the deal, the Seahawks acquired the 30th pick and two fourth-round picks.

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Steelers Trade Up To Draft Devin Bush At No. 10
Pittsburgh acquired the pick in a draft-night trade with the Broncos.

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2019 NFL Draft First-Round Results
Kyler Murray, Nick Bosa and Quinnen Williams kicked off the first round, but the Raiders started a trend of unpredictability by taking Clelin Ferrell with the fourth overall pick.

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Jets Expected To Trade Down From No. 3
The Jets could target an edge rusher or an offensive lineman if they trade down.

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Cardinals Make Decision On First Overall Selection
Quinnen Williams has received a call from Steve Keim that he's still a possibility to be selected first overall.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Steelers Could Attempt To Trade Into Top-10
The Steelers haven't historically been active moving up in the draft.

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Bruce Arians: 'You Draft For Need, You Get Fired'
Bruce Arians, who is heading into his first season as coach of the Buccaneers, believes that the best player available approach is the only one to take in the draft.

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Washington Targeting Dwayne Haskins In Draft
Washington's quarterback situation is uncertain long-term.

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Cardinals To Hold Final Meeting About No. 1 Pick
The Cardinals have the first overall pick on Thursday night and will hold a final meeting over the next couple of days to discuss their options, according to sources.

Ian Rapoport/NFL Network

Seahawks Seek First-Round Pick For Frank Clark
The Seahawks have considered trading defensive end Frank Clark, according to a source.

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Raiders Send All Scouts Home Ahead Of Draft Amid Internal Mistrust
Mike Mayock is conducting his first draft with the Raiders.

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

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