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Kiper: Joey Bosa, Laremy Tunsil Headline 2016 NFL Draft Prospects

May 13, 2015 7:00 PM

Mel Kiper has released his big board for the 2016 NFL Draft class, headlined by Joey Bosa of Ohio State.

Bosa had 34.5 tackles for a loss in his first two seasons.

Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil ranks second ahead of Florida State safety Jalen Ramsey, Ole Miss defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche and Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves.

This time last year, Kiper had Jameis Winston at No. 1; Marcus Mariota at No. 4; Leonard Williams at No. 5; Amari Cooper at No. 6; Brandon Scherff at No. 7; Dante Fowler Jr. at No. 8; and Andrus Peat at No. 9. Randy Gregory fell from No. 3 due to off-field issues, while Cedric Obbuehi dropped from No. 2 due to a knee injury.

Mel Kiper Jr./ESPN

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Tom Brady Suspended Four Games By NFL

May 11, 2015 5:49 PM

Tom Brady has been suspended four games by the NFL.

The New England Patriots will lose a first rounder in 2016, a fourth rounder in 2017 and also will be fined $1 million.

The Wells Report found Brady "was at least generally aware" of Patriots' personnel deflating footballs before the AFC Championship Game.

The report identified two Patriots employees -- officials' locker room attendant Jim McNally and equipment assistant John Jastremski -- as the ones who executed the plan.

The Patriots' first four games are against the Steelers, Bills, Jaguars and Cowboys. Brady's first game back, if the suspension isn't reduced, will be against the Colts. The Colts blew the whistle that Brady was using deflated footballs.

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Buccaneers Had Marcus Mariota Rated No. 2

May 7, 2015 9:28 PM

Peter King reported that Leonard Williams, Dante Fowler, Marcus Mariota and Todd Gurley were ranked two through five on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' big board behind Jameis Winston.

When asked to comment about that list as depicted in King’s MMQB column in an exclusive interview with PewterReport.com, Bucs general manager Jason Licht wasn’t sure how King obtained that list.

“I don’t know how [that got out],” Licht said.

Licht said that it wasn't the Buccaneers' final draft board and Mariota ended up ranked second.

“We ended up liking Marcus,” Licht said. “I think he has a good chance of being a good quarterback. His leadership style is definitely different. It’s unique. I can’t pinpoint any quarterback that is like him. I think there is a fire within him, a competitor within him. It’s just different. We just really liked Jameis.

“This is a monumental decision and Lovie [Smith] had to like [Winston], which he did. The owners had to be on board with the number one overall pick, which they were. The staff has to like him – Dirk Koetter and Mike Bajakian had to like him, which they did. We all did. We had to take a shot. We all liked Jameis.”

Scott Reynolds/Pewter Report

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Only Two Top-10 Picks In 2015 Were Five-Star Recruits

May 6, 2015 12:29 PM

Only two of the top-10 picks in the 2015 NFL Draft were five-star recruits coming out of high school.

Jameis Winston and Dante Fowler, who went first and third, were five-star recruits.

Amari Cooper, Leonard Williams, Ereck Flowers and Todd Gurley were four-star recruits.

Marcus Mariota was a three-star recruit, as was Brandon Scherff, Kevin White and Vic Beasley.

Albert Breer/NFL.com

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Browns Would Have Selected Marcus Mariota At No. 12

May 4, 2015 2:49 PM

The quarterback position remains an area of need for the Cleveland Browns long-term.

The Browns were careful, however, not to "overprioritize the quarterback position," according to Mike Pettine.

Marcus Mariota would have been their selection at No. 12 if he slid to them, but they didn't believe trading up for him was worth the cost.

The Browns signed Josh McCown in the offseason and are still holding out some level of hope for Johnny Manziel.

"We go 11 against 11," said Pettine. "We’re not just trotting quarterbacks out there at the 50-yard line and they’re thumb wrestling. To me, there are a lot of different ways to win football games and you just don’t force a situation. Do we look at it and say, 'OK, if we perceive our quarterback room is not the best in the division, what does that mean? Do we call the league and cancel games?'"

Pat McManamon/ESPN

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52 Of 72 Early Applicants Drafted

May 3, 2015 11:00 PM

The NFL had 72 early entry applicants to the draft and 52 of them were actually selected.

Jameis Winston, Amari Cooper, Leonard Williams and Todd Gurley were amongst the underclassmen drafted.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

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Cowboys Comfortable Passing On Running Back In Draft

May 3, 2015 9:04 PM

The Dallas Cowboys didn't draft one of the 22 running backs selected in the 2015 NFL Draft despite an apparent need at the position.

The Cowboys lost DeMarco Murray to the Philadelphia Eagles and currently have Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar, Joseph Randle and Ryan Williams on the depth chart.

"We would have liked to have drafted a running back, but at the same token, we didn't think at any given time that we should pass at the player that was there, even with the running backs available," Jerry Jones said.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

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La'el Collins Goes Undrafted After Entering Draft Week 12th Overall

May 2, 2015 6:47 PM

La'el Collins went undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Collins' ex-girlfriend was murdered leading up to the draft and Baton Rouge police want to question him, though he's not considered a suspect.

Collins now becomes an undrafted free agent.

"We have never seen a story like this in the NFL Draft history," said Adam Schefter.

Collins entered draft week ranked as the top offensive tackle by RealGM's Jeff Risdon and 12th overall.

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Titans Select Dorial Green-Beckham 40th Overall

May 1, 2015 7:56 PM

The Tennessee Titans selected Dorial Green-Beckham with the 40th overall selection.

Green-Beckham has a checkered history, but is considered one of the most talented wide receivers in the draft.

The Titans picked Marcus Mariota second overall on Thursday, who was considered one of the highest character players in the draft.

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