Archive for April, 2015

Saints take Clemson linebacker Anthony at No. 31 overall (The Associated Press)

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
METAIRIE, La. (AP) -- The New Orleans Saints have selected Clemson linebacker Stephone Anthony with their second of two first-round picks in Thursday night's NFL draft.

Colts add speedy receiver Phillip Dorsett in NFL draft (The Associated Press)

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
Colts general manager Ryan Grigson took a page right out of his predecessor's draft playbook Thursday night. Rather than choosing a defensive star to fill a glaring need with a first-round pick, he instead took a 5-foot-10 receiver from Miami. Yes, 14 years after Indy stunned fans by selecting Reggie Wayne, the current cast of decision makers followed the same script by taking speedster Phillip Dorsett at No. 29. ''Why not?'' coach Chuck Pagano said.

Rams’ pick of RB Todd Gurley is biggest risk/reward of draft (Yahoo Sports)

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
A big runner with explosive speed and soft hands will always be valuable in the NFL, and Gurley is that. RBs still matter. It's just harder to find the right one.

Winston brings spotlight to Alabama hometown for draft (The Associated Press)

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
Jameis Winston celebrated the NFL draft his way, creating his own memorable moment with family and friends in his hometown. For Winston, it was perfect. ''They actually felt the moment with me,'' Winston told The Associated Press after the draft, clad in a dark suit with a gold tie and gold and black shoes. They're actually here with me right now, and it's a blessing.'' The Heisman Trophy-winning Florida State quarterback was driven up to the spacious home of a family friend at 8:01 p.m. ET Thursday night, just a couple of minutes before the call came.

Cowboys get cornerback Byron Jones from UConn in 1st round (The Associated Press)

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
Byron Jones sensed in his conversation with Dallas owner Jerry Jones that the Cowboys had some anxious moments before their late first-round pick Thursday night. The cornerback from Connecticut, who went 27th to the defending NFC East champions, was right. ''The most important thing is that we thought we could live if we didn't strike well at pass rusher in this draft,'' said Jerry Jones, also the team's general manager. The place where we did not think that we could feel good and sleep right is if we didn't do something there in our secondary at corner.'' Keep in mind, this is a franchise that just lost NFL rushing champion DeMarco Murray to division rival Philadelphia, and a team that recently found out it might not have free agent defensive end Greg Hardy for the first 10 games because of a suspension related to a domestic violence case.

Lions trade down, pick OL Tomlinson of Duke at No. 28 (The Associated Press)

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
Laken Tomlinson was 11 when he moved to the United States from Jamaica - a soccer player whose body would eventually fit better in another sport. Just over the years, my knowledge of the game has just been increasing.'' The Detroit Lions drafted Tomlinson in the first round Thursday night, a thrilling moment for a player whose future both on and off the field appears bright. Tomlinson is the first player out of Duke to go in the first round since Cleveland took linebacker Mike Junkin with the fifth overall pick in 1987. ''It's going to mean a lot for the program,'' Tomlinson said.

Eagles get wideout Nelson Agholor at No. 20 in NFL draft (The Associated Press)

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
Chip Kelly compared his pursuit of Marcus Mariota to looking at expensive houses he couldn't afford. So the Philadelphia Eagles ended up drafting USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor. ''It's like driving in a nice neighborhood, seeing a house you like, hearing the price and turning around.'' The Eagles stayed put and took Agholor with the 20th pick in the NFL draft Thursday night after months of speculation that Kelly would move up to get his former Oregon quarterback. Agholor is the first wide receiver picked in the first round by the Eagles since Jeremy Maclin in 2009.

Ravens select WR Perriman with 26th pick in NFL draft (The Associated Press)

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
Breshad Perriman knows a thing or two about the NFL, even though the wide receiver has never played a down in the pros. Drafted 26th overall Thursday night by the Baltimore Ravens, Perriman is the son of former NFL wideout Brett Perriman, who had a 10-year career with New Orleans and Detroit. Breshad Perriman left Central Florida after his junior season, but his pedigree should be beneficial in helping him make the transition to the NFL. ''The thing that I like about Perriman is he's grown up around the game of football,'' Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said.

Cardinals select OL Humphries with No. 24 pick (The Associated Press)

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
When Steve Keim was promoted to Arizona general manager three years ago, one of his first commitments was to develop a strong offensive line. The Cardinals took yet another step in that direction Thursday with the selection of tackle D.J. Humphries of Florida with the 24th overall pick in the NFL draft. Although a left tackle in college, the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Humphries presumably would slide to the right side to compete with returning starter Bobby Massie, who has a year left on his contract. Coach Bruce Arians saw no problem for Humphries making that transition.

Broncos move up to grab Shane Ray (The Associated Press)

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
Watching a state trooper find weed in his car just four days before the NFL draft sent Shane Ray's heart sinking and his stock plummeting. A top-10 talent, Ray slipped all the way to No. 23, where the Broncos traded up to grab the SEC defensive player of the year. So, Ray is heading to Denver, where recreational pot shops are almost as common as 7-Elevens. Not at all, suggested general manager John Elway, noting that while cannabis is cool in Colorado, ''it's still illegal in the NFL.'' Ray, who will be subject to random drug testing from the get-go, insisted he's no pothead.