MonsterBowl (ID# 1954)
  • Bowles: Geno Smith our starter entering OTAs
    Coach Todd Bowles said Friday that Geno Smith will enter OTAs as the Jets' starting quarterback.

    Advice: The Jets haven't made progress with disgruntled free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick, while GM Mike Maccagnan has failed to deal franchise-tagged DE Muhammad Wilkerson, preventing Gang Green from clearing salary cap space. At present, Geno is the Jets' best and only option. "Geno is first team," Bowles said. "We're still working to get Fitzpatrick back. Geno will go into OTAs as the starter." Smith, 25, has a 57.9 percent completion rate and 27:35 TD-to-INT ratio through 31 career appearances (29 starts). Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:40 pm
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  • Ohio State TE Nick Vannett lands in Seattle
    Seahawks selected Ohio State TE Nick Vannett with the No. 94 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: Vannett (6'6/257) made 15 starts for the Buckeyes, succeeding Jeff Heuerman in the starting lineup as a senior and posting a 19-162-0 receiving line. His pre-draft workouts weren't any more impressive, running 4.89 with a 30 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-5 broad jump. Vannett has long arms (34 1/4") and was a solid college blocker, but he'll struggle to make a passing-game impact as more than a short-area dump-off target. He gives the Seahawks some insurance at tight end with Jimmy Graham still recovering from a torn patellar tendon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:10 pm
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  • Analytics? Browns take USC QB Cody Kessler
    Browns selected USC QB Cody Kessler with the No. 93 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: Analytics? Coach Hue Jackson hinted he loved some non-Goff/Wentz quarterbacks in this draft, but Kessler isn't the sort of prospect we had in mind. Kessler (6'1/220) made 27 starts for the Trojans, logging a school-record 67.5% career completion rate with an 8.20 YPA and 88:19 TD-to-INT ratio. A game-manager type, Kessler has baseline NFL arm strength and a consistent track record of accuracy, but struggles to make throws on the run, is short for a quarterback and showed little vertical ability in the Pac 12. Most likely, Kessler will settle in as a long-term backup. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:02 pm
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  • Patriots surprisingly add QB Jacoby Brissett
    Patriots selected NC State QB Jacoby Brissett with the No. 91 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: Brissett (6'4/231) spent two years at NC State after transferring from Florida, completing 458-of-765 passes (59.9%) with an underwhelming 6.89 YPA and 43:11 TD-to-INT ratio. He added nine touchdowns on scrambles. Brissett has a powerful arm and played in a pro-style college offense, but he has a tendency to drop his eyes too early in the down and is a scattershot passer, especially on downfield throws. A toolsy project with a lot to learn, Brissett has an outside chance to develop into a high-end backup or useful spot starter down the road. He could act as the Patriots' backup while Tom Brady is suspended over the first four games of the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:59 pm
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  • Seahawks select Notre Dame RB C.J. Prosise
    Seahawks selected Notre Dame RB C.J. Prosise with the No. 90 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: Prosise (6'1/220) played slot receiver and special teams before taking over as Notre Dame's feature back as a 2015 junior, exploding for 156-1,032-11 (6.6 YPC) rushing and 26 catches. Dynamic in space, Prosise combines 4.48 speed with explosive acceleration and lateral moves, and showed improvement as an inside runner over the course of last season. Prosise needs to clean up his pass protection and ball security (five fumbles in '15), but there is some David Johnson to his game. Behind Zeke Elliott and Derrick Henry, Prosise may have the third-highest ceiling in this year's running back class. He should start his career as the passing-down complement to Thomas Rawls. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:58 pm
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  • Texans add dynamic slot WR Braxton Miller
    Texans selected Ohio State WR Braxton Miller with the No. 85 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: The Texans have dramatically remade their offense this offseason, signing QB Brock Osweiler and RB Lamar Miller in free agency before drafting WRs Will Fuller and Braxton Miller in the first three rounds. Miller (6'1/201) spent five years as a Buckeye, the first three at quarterback, the fourth as an injury redshirt recovering from shoulder surgery, and the fifth at receiver, catching 26 passes for 341 yards (13.1 YPR) and three touchdowns. An explosive athlete, Miller ran 4.5-flat at the Combine with a 10-foot-3 broad jump and elite agility scores. Miller generated a ton of buzz early in the pre-draft process, but he's a project still learning a new position. Once he grasps wideout, Miller will offer big-play ability and YAC potential in the slot. We're just not convinced he'll be able to contribute right away. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:45 pm
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  • Dolphins grab Rutgers WR Carroo at No. 86
    Dolphins traded up with the Vikings to select Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo with the No. 86 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: The Vikings receive a sixth round pick (no. 186) in the 2016 draft, along with a third and fourth round pick in 2017. That is a hefty price tag. Carroo (6'0/211) finished his college career with 122 catches for 2,373 yards (19.5 YPR) and 29 TDs before turning in a solid Combine workout, running 4.5-flat with a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. College Football Focus charted Carroo with the nation's second-highest yards-per-target average (14.2) as a senior, wherein Carroo showed the ability to high point and make tough catches in traffic. Carroo is a superb route runner with experience at X, slot, and Z in Rutgers' pro-style offense. While not necessarily a vertical threat -- many of his big plays were manufactured off play-action -- Carroo has a chance to become a high-end No. 2 NFL receiver. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:45 pm
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  • Falcons finally add a TE in Stanford's Hooper
    Falcons selected Stanford TE Austin Hooper with the No. 81 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: Hooper (6'4/254) left Stanford as a redshirt sophomore, finishing his career with 74 catches for 937 yards (12.7 YPR) and eight TDs. He was a first-team All-Pac 12 pick in 2015 and impressed further at the Combine, clocking 4.72 with a 33-inch vertical and running back-like 7.00 three-cone time. Although Hooper played only two college seasons, he knows how to block and is aided by long arms (33 3/4") and huge hands (10 5/8"). He has the potential to grow into a long-term every-down tight end, and Hooper has a clear path to playing time with the Falcons. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:31 pm
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  • 'Fins solidify backfield with RB Kenyan Drake
    Dolphins selected Miami RB Kenyan Drake with the No. 73 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: The 'Fins finally have someone to pair with sophomore Jay Ajayi. Drake (6'1/210) was a timeshare back for the Crimson Tide, rotating in behind Derrick Henry and T.J. Yeldon. He finished his career with a 233-1,495-18 (6.42 YPC) rushing line and 46-570-4 (12.4 YPR) receiving, and returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchown last year. The lightning to Henry's thunder, Drake is speedy (4.45 forty) with short-area burst (10'4" broad jump) and passing-game value. He has a ceiling in the Charles Sims range. His selection is good, not bad, news for Ajayi Dynasty league owners. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:05 pm
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  • Bucs trade up to take K Aguayo in 2nd round
    Buccaneers traded up with the Chiefs to select Florida State K Roberto Aguayo with the No. 59 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: The Bucs sent the Chiefs the Nos. 74 and 106 overall picks to come up for the kicker. Aguayo (6'0/207) was the best kicker in the nation for the duration of his Seminoles career, earning the Lou Groza Award as a redshirt freshman and first-team All-ACC each of the next two seasons. All told, Aguayo went 69-of-78 (88.5%) on field goals and 198-of-198 on extra points. In January, Aguayo become the first placekicker to declare early for the NFL draft since Sebastian Janikowski in 2000. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:21 pm
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  • Bengals add WR Tyler Boyd in 2nd round
    Bengals selected Pittsburgh WR Tyler Boyd with the No. 55 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: Boyd (6'2/197) left Pitt after three seasons but still set school records for catches (254) and receiving yards (3,361), averaging 13.2 yards per reception. He scored 23 college TDs; 21 as a receiver, one on a punt return, and one as a ball carrier. Boyd mixed between the slot and outside in the Panthers' pro-style offense, but may lack athleticism to consistently win on the NFL perimeter with 4.58 speed and a 34-inch vertical. On tape, Boyd was frequently tackled by the first defender and lost too many contested passes. Boyd was a sure-handed, savvy college player who projects as low-end No. 2 or high-end 3 receiver in the pros. The Bengals needed a playmaker across from A.J. Green. Boyd is not that guy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:06 pm
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  • Jets haven't talked with Fitzpatrick in 'weeks'
    According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, it's been "weeks" since the Jets engaged in meaningful talks with free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick.

    Advice: The Jets and Fitzpatrick exchanged contract figures early on in free agency but the two sides haven't made much progress since. New York added to the drama Friday night by selecting Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg with the No. 51 overall pick. Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the plan is for Hackenberg to sit his rookie year before taking the reigns in 2017. If Fitzpatrick does sign with the Jets, he'll likely have to settle for a one-year deal. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:04 pm
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  • Ohio State WR Thomas goes to Saints at 47
    Saints selected Ohio State WR Michael Thomas with the No. 47 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

    Advice: Thomas (6'3/212) made 27 starts for the Buckeyes, parlaying 113 career catches into 1,602 yards (14.2 YPR) and 18 touchdowns. Thomas has the best hands in the draft, dropping just 5-of-157 targets over the last two seasons. His Combine was mediocre for such a highly-touted prospect, running 4.57 with a 35-inch vertical. Dangerous after the catch with an explosive second gear on tape, Thomas has drawn Michael Crabtree comparisons as an efficient playmaker with elite ball skills. In New Orleans, Thomas will compete for targets with Willie Snead and Brandon Coleman behind Brandin Cooks and Coby Fleener. Although his role is to-be-determined, landing with Drew Brees is a good look for Thomas' fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:25 pm
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  • Adam Gase views Jay Ajayi as starter
    Dolphins coach Adam Gase said he views Jay Ajayi as his starter.

    Advice: "He knows he’s the starter," Gase said. "He’s showing me a lot of great things." The Dolphins have looked committed to Ajayi after striking out on C.J. Anderson and Chris Johnson in free agency. Miami is still expected to add competition through the draft, but Ajayi's stock is on the rise with Ezekiel Elliott going to Dallas. Ajayi should only have to hold off a Day 2 or Day 3 pick. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:59 pm
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  • Rams plan to throw Jared Goff into the fire
    Coach Jeff Fisher said the "goal" is for No. 1 pick Jared Goff to be the Week 1 starting quarterback.

    Advice: As expected. The Rams don't have the luxury to sit their first-round quarterback behind a quality veteran stopgap like the Eagles do with Sam Bradford and Carson Wentz. And that certainly played into the Rams' decision between Goff and Wentz. Wentz may have the higher long-term ceiling, but Goff is viewed by most as the more pro-ready prospect. Case Keenum will hold the clipboard, while the Rams attempt to unload Nick Foles either this draft weekend or this summer. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:24 am
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  • Lynch trade leaves Fitzpatrick out of options
    ESPN's Rich Cimini believes Denver's decision to draft Paxton Lynch could facilitate Ryan Fitzpatrick's return to the Jets.

    Advice: The Broncos never pursued Fitzpatrick, but any chance he had of going to Denver died as soon as GM John Elway traded for draft Lynch at No. 26. Denver's quarterback opening gave Fitzpatrick leverage in negotiations with New York, but now the Jets are the only team with a "Help Wanted" sign. So far Fitzpatrick has held firm at his $16 million a year asking price, but he's lost most of his negotiating power and will have to settle for less if he wants to rejoin Gang Green. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:17 am
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  • Rams tab Jared Goff as franchise quarterback
    Rams selected Cal QB Jared Goff with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

    Advice: Goff (6'4/215) made 37 starts in three seasons at Cal, completing 62.3% of his passes with a 7.78 YPA and 96:30 TD-to-INT ratio. His career record was 14-23, although Goff had very little around him. Goff's weaknesses are smallish hands (9") -- leading to 24 career fumbles -- a simplistic, shotgun-based college offense that could hinder Goff's NFL transition, and a tendency to play too fast with bodies around him. NFL Films' Greg Cosell has compared Goff's skill set to Matt Ryan's. Although Ryan is not an elite NFL passer, he is a franchise quarterback. Goff will be a success if he reaches those heights. He's the Rams' likely early-season starter, and could quite possibly beat out Case Keenum to start Week 1. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:16 pm
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  • Jets beat writer: Fitzpatrick wants to play
    According to Brian Costello of the New York Post, free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick wants to play in 2016.

    Advice: That doesn't necessarily contradict what ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier today. Schefter only said Fitzpatrick would prefer to sit than play for the Jets' low-ball offer. Obviously Fitzpatrick wants to play; he's still only 33 and is coming off his best season. But for negotiating purposes, it's necessary for him to draw a line in the sand. The Jets and Fitzpatrick still have a big gulf to overcome -- about $8 million in annual salary -- but trading disgruntled franchise player Muhammad Wilkerson would go a long way toward narrowing the gap. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:53 pm
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  • Schefter: FitzMagic threatening to not play
    ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday that free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick has told people he would "rather not play football" than play for the Jets at their latest contract offer.

    Advice: It's believed Gang Green offered Fitzpatrick a deal worth $7-8 million annually, while FitzMagic has demanded a contract worth upwards of $16 million per year. Fitzpatrick feels low balled and disrespected by the Jets, who want to retain him but are restricted by the salary cap. They could lessen their cap restrictions by trading franchise-tagged Muhammad Wilkerson this weekend. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:08 pm
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  • Jay Ajayi looking to shed 8-12 pounds
    Dolphins second-year RB Jay Ajayi wants to drop 8-12 pounds and be "shiftier" this season.

    Advice: Ajayi checked into last year's Combine at 221 but played his rookie year at 228-230 after spending the first eight weeks on I.R.-designated for return. He wants to be in the 218-220 range as a sophomore. For now, Ajayi is penciled in atop the Dolphins' backfield depth chart. Depending on what happens this week, Ajayi will be a big winner/loser of draft weekend. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:37 am
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  • Gase impressed with Jay Ajayi
    Dolphins coach Adam Gase has come away very impressed with Jay Ajayi following voluntary practices.

    Advice: "I guess I never realized how shifty he was," Gase admitted. "Just seeing him stick his foot in the ground and change direction, you didn’t see him do that a lot in college. ... It was very impressive for me to see him in person." The Dolphins have spent the entire offseason trying to find a veteran to pair with Ajayi, but perhaps he's already starting to grow in the estimation of the new coaching staff. Ajayi will be a dark horse for RB1 status if significant competition isn't added in the draft. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:29 pm
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  • Jay Ajayi will have role regardless of draft
    ESPN’s James Walker expects Jay Ajayi to have a big role "regardless of what happens in the draft."

    Advice: Ajayi is Miami’s penciled-in starter after they missed out on C.J. Anderson and Chris Johnson in free agency. There’s every-down upside if he keeps the job, but most expect Miami to add early-round competition. The Dolphins also haven’t ruled out signing free agent Arian Foster (Achilles') when healthy. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:07 pm
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  • Dolphins claim they are 'comfortable' at RB
    Dolphins GM Chris Grier said the team is "comfortable" with their running back depth chart.

    Advice: Teams always try to hide their draft-day intentions in the weeks leading up, but this is absurd. The Dolphins have tried multiple times to add another running back this offseason including signing C.J. Anderson to a big offer sheet, and they have been heavily linked with Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott. In fact, it would not be surprising if they traded up from No. 13 overall to land him. Jay Ajayi currently sits atop the depth chart, but that will almost certainly change next week. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:00 am
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  • Jets GM on Fitzpatrick: 'It'll work itself out'
    Jets GM Mike Maccagnan said the team's goal is to "facilitate a deal" with free agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

    Advice: New York brought Brian Hoyer in for a visit earlier this week but Maccagnan insists the team was just doing its due diligence. Maccagnan confirmed that re-signing Fitzpatrick remains the Jets' primary focus. "It'll work itself out," he said. Maccagnan said the Jets' negotiations with Fitzpatrick will not influence the team's draft plans. We fully expect Fitzpatrick and the Jets to reunite, but it might not happen right away. Neither side is in a hurry to get a deal done. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:22 am
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