Draft - Football Wiretap

Joe Thomas Lobbies For Browns To Pick Pass Rusher 1st Overall

Jan 26, 2017 4:34 PM

Joe Thomas is lobbying for the Cleveland Browns to take a pass rusher first overall instead of a quarterback.

Thomas would seem to be favoring Myles Garrett of Texas A&M.

"I would say you want to go defense," Thomas said Thursday on the Dan Patrick Show. "I think you need to get a pass-rusher."

Thomas' take was interesting because he has stressed the importance of identifying and developing a franchise quarterback. 

The Browns have had 18 starting quarterbacks since he was the third overall pick in the 2007 draft.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Draft, Draft Misc

Dabo Swinney: Passing On Deshaun Watson Like Passing On MJ

Jan 25, 2017 7:12 AM

Dabo Swinney gave a ringing endorsement to his quarterback leading up to the NFL Draft.

"I'm just telling you, if they pass on Deshaun Watson, they're passing on Michael Jordan," Swinney said. "I'm just telling you. I don't know what the heck I'm talking about; I'm just an old funky college coach. But Deshaun Watson is the best, by a long shot."

Watson elected not to participate in the Senior Bowl despite reports that the Cleveland Browns asked him to. He is a junior but has graduated, making him eligible for the game.

"That's how you change things, you know, change a culture," Swinney said when asked specifically about Cleveland considering Watson at either No. 1 or No. 12 overall. "For me, it's through discipline and recruiting and staffing and all that stuff. For them, it's decision-making. It's who you pick.

"It would be the easiest player [Browns coach Hue Jackson has] ever coached. I'm sure he's coached some good ones, and so have I. But [Watson is] just simple. Very low maintenance, humble, the same guy every day and always ready. Comes to every meeting prepared.

"He's the greatest preparer that I've been around. He loves it. You know, he graduated in three years. This is a driven, focused kid that's been way too busy being great to be distracted by anything. So he's just ready for the moment. He's so prepared. And it's been that way forever."

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Draft, Misc Rumor

Browns Reportedly Asked Deshaun Watson To Play In Senior Bowl

Jan 23, 2017 5:14 PM

Deshaun Watson declined to play in the Senior Bowl despite a request from the Cleveland Browns to do so, according to a report from MMQB.

The Browns are coaching the South squad, which is the one Watson would have played for had he accepted the invite.

Cleveland has the No. 1 and No. 12 picks in this spring's NFL Draft.

"The Browns talked to him and asked him to play this week; he declined," Peter King wrote on Monday.


Tags: Cleveland Browns, Draft, Misc Rumor

Seahawks Could Lose 2nd Round Pick For Not Disclosing Sherman Injury

Jan 19, 2017 1:15 PM

The Seattle Seahawks could be penalized a second round pick by the NFL for failing to disclose Richard Sherman's knee injury.

Sherman revealed after the Seahawks were eliminated from the playoffs that he played the second half of the season with an MCL injury.

Teams are required to list injured players on the injury report.

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Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Draft, Draft Misc

Bo Scarbrough Suffered Broken Leg In Title Game

Jan 11, 2017 9:07 AM

Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough suffered a broken bone in his lower right leg in the third quarter of Monday night's national championship game.

"The injury is non-surgical and we anticipate he will make a full recovery," Nick Saban said.

Scarbrough rushed 16 times for 93 yards and two touchdowns before leaving with the injury.

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Tags: Draft, Injury, Misc Rumor

Jabrill Peppers Leaving Michigan For 2017 NFL Draft

Jan 10, 2017 3:13 PM

Jabrill Peppers is leaving Michigan to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.

Peppers earned the reputation as one of the elite players in college football in 2016 after switching from defensive back to a hybrid safety/linebacker.

“It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do,” Peppers said. “I’m choosing between cementing my legacy as a college player and starting my pro legacy. It’s something you dream of when you were a kid. I was torn between the two.”

Peppers informed Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh of his decision in a meeting in Harbaugh’s office on Monday.

“He thanked me and told me it was a pleasure to coach me,” Peppers said. “I told him it was a pleasure to play for him. He molded me for the next level, that’s how he operates. He runs his program like an NFL team. He’s done more than enough to prepare me for this moment.”

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Tags: Draft, Draft Declaration, Draft Misc, NCAA

John Harbaugh Says Ravens Need Another Running Back

Jan 10, 2017 8:28 AM

The Baltimore Ravens established a new single-season franchise low in rushing attempts in 2016 and John Harbaugh wants to change that going forward.

Baltimore largely featured the tandem of Terrence West and Kenneth Dixon.

"We need another back," Harbaugh said. "What type of back that is? I think we're talking about it. We have a pretty good idea of the type of back we want to add."

Baltimore's backs accounted for just six runs and one reception over 20 yards. No other backfield generated fewer big plays in the passing game.


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Deshaun Watson To Enter 2017 NFL Draft

Jan 10, 2017 8:18 AM

After leading Clemson to a thrilling victory over Alabama in the national title game, Deshaun Watson confirmed that he will leave school for the 2017 NFL Draft.

"It's my time to go," Watson said.

Watson was named the offensive MVP of the game after going 36-for-56 for 420 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 43 yards and a fourth touchdown in the Tigers' 35-31 win.

He was a Heisman Trophy finalist the past two seasons, finishing third in 2015 and second in 2016.

"Whoever picks me up is gonna get a champion, not just on the field, but off the field, and just a champion at heart who'll make people around him better," Watson told ESPN's Scott Van Pelt. "I'm just gonna go to work, and regardless of my situation or where I go, I'm gonna play my role and do the best I can do."


Tags: Cleveland Browns, Draft, Draft Declaration, Misc Rumor

Joe Mixon Intends To Enter 2017 NFL Draft

Jan 6, 2017 7:26 AM

Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon intends to apply for early eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft, according to a source.

Mixon rushed for 1,274 yards in the regular season on only 187 carries. He also has 65 career catches for nine touchdowns.

However, Mixon's career at Oklahoma was marred in controversy from the start after he struck a female student at a campus deli as a freshman in 2014. Mixon is a third-year sophomore, as he took a redshirt in while on suspension in 2014.

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Chip Kelly Wanted 49ers To Draft Dak Prescott

Jan 2, 2017 11:46 AM

Chip Kelly and others within the San Francisco 49ers wanted the team to draft Dak Prescott in 2016. Kelly thought he was a fit with the type of offense he likes to run.

Prescott was picked 135th overall in the fourth round by the Dallas Cowboys. Prescott led the Cowboys to the best record in the NFC as a rookie.

Trent Baalke instead used the 133rd pick on Rashard Robinson, a cornerback out of LSU.

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Myles Garrett Leaving Texas A&M For 2017 NFL Draft
Myles Garrett is widely expected to be one of the first few picks in the draft.

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