Player Notes

  • McGloin and Cook to compete for backup job
    According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Matt McGloin will compete with fourth-round pick Connor Cook for the backup quarterback job this season.

    Advice: Oakland made the puzzling choice of leapfrogging the Cowboys to select Cook with the 100th overall pick. GM Reggie McKenzie is a disciple of former Packers executive Ron Wolf, who was known for developing quarterbacks and turning them into trade assets. Considering he wasn't even drafed, McGloin has fared reasonably well in his three years with Oakland, completing 58.4 percent of his passes for a 76.2 career passer rating. Cook and McGloin will be destined for clipboard duty this season behind franchise quarterback Derek Carr. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:31 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    1993rd
  • Maccagnan: We're still pursuing Ryan Fitzpatrick
    Despite drafting Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg with the No. 51 overall pick, Jets GM Mike Maccagnan said the team will continue to pursue free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick.

    Advice: "It doesn’t change anything with our approach to Ryan," said Maccagnan. "Our goal is to get Ryan back into the fold." The Jets would like to have Fitzpatrick as a one or two-year stopgap while Hackenberg develops. With Fitzpatrick unsigned, Geno Smith will open OTAs as the Jets starting quarterback. Maccagnan said he's open to keeping four quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, though that seems like an unlikely scenario. If Fitzpatrick does re-sign, the Jets will probably have to part ways with 2015 fourth-rounder Bryce Petty. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:41 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    151st
  • Hue on Cody Kessler: 'Trust me on this one'
    Browns coach Hue Jackson says he targeted Cody Kessler in the third round due to Kessler's "pinpoint accuracy."

    Advice: Kessler completed nearly 68 percent of his passes in college, setting a school record at USC. "Accuracy (is what I'm looking for)," said Jackson. "He can throw the ball straight to the guy he's throwing it to, and if you can't, you can't play in the NFL." Responding to those who gave Kessler a pre-draft UDFA grade, Jackson said, "You have to trust me on this one." On college tape, Jackson may have seen some Andy Dalton in Kessler's game. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:32 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    1973rd
  • Andre Roberts not long for Redskins' roster?
    ESPN's John Keim does not believe WR Andre Roberts will remain on the Redskins' roster "for long."

    Advice: Roberts caught just 11 passes for 135 yards last season. He was already on the bubble before the draft, and the selection of Josh Doctson in the first round all but sealed his fate. The Redskins can save $4 million against the cap by designating him a post-June 1 cut. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:58 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    1718th
  • Seahawks envision Prosise as 3rd-down back
    Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the team envisions third-round RB C.J. Prosise as a passing-down back.

    Advice: "I’m really thinking that’s going to be a big part of what he adds to the offense," Carroll said. "There’s no reason he can’t be a first-down back, too. We just know what we’re going to attempt to do with him on third down." Both Thomas Rawls and Christine Michael struggle in the passing game. Prosise has the upside to be more than a third-down guy, but his role will likely be limited early in his career. Fred Jackson had 58 touches in a similar role last year. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:46 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    1754th
  • 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
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    1936th
  • 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
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    1515th
  • 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
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    1967th
  • 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
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    1623rd
  • 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
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    1696th
  • 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
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    1557th
  • '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
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    1768th
  • 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
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    1842nd
  • 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
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    1632nd
  • Chargers find future at TE, nab Hunter Henry
    Chargers selected Arkansas TE Hunter Henry with the No. 35 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: With Antonio Gates quickly nearing the end of his career, the Chargers had to find their future at tight end. Henry (6'5/250) won the 2015 Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end, finishing his career with a 116-1,661-9 (14.32 YPR) receiving line across 30 starts. He didn't drop a single pass as a 2015 junior and showed plus athleticism at the Razorbacks' Pro Day, clocking 4.66 with a 31 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-5 broad jump. Henry's blocking readiness was polarizing in the draft community; some thought he flashed big-time run-blocking potential while others believe Henry's technique needs to be overhauled. Either way, he projects as a passing-game weapon with the ability to create mismatches versus linebackers and safeties. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:28 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    1552nd
  • 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
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    1949th
  • Quinton Patton in cast, not participating
    49ers WR Quinton Patton's right arm is in a cast and he isn't participating in voluntary workouts.

    Advice: Patton's injury is currently unknown, but he's missing out on quality install time in new coach Chip Kelly's offense. With DeAndre Smelter and Dres Anderson now healthy, and CFL import Eric Rogers now in the fold, Patton won't be gifted the No. 3 receiver gig like he was last season. He's on the bubble. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:36 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    1603rd
  • Skins to keep Garcon, even after Doctson pick
    ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim reports "nothing will change" regarding Pierre Garcon's roster status after Washington used the No. 22 overall pick on WR Josh Doctson.

    Advice: In the final year of his contract, soon-to-be 30-year-old Garcon is set to count $10.2 million against the cap, and the Redskins can clear $8 million of that by releasing him. Already up against the cap after inking CB Josh Norman to a big deal last week, the Redskins plan to stand pat and ease in Doctson. Cutting WR Andre Roberts and his $4 million salary should be as easier call. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:49 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    153rd
  • Vikings believe Treadwell can get faster
    The Vikings believe first-round WR Laquon Treadwell will get faster the further removed he is from his 2014 broken fibula and dislocated ankle.

    Advice: Treadwell will never burn up the turf like Corey Coleman and Will Fuller, as he wins with route precision, physicality, and ball skills at 6'2/221. But if he can improve his speed from 4.64 into the 4.5 range, it'd be a big boost. Treadwell landed in a fine spot as the Vikings' Z receiver to Stefon Diggs' X. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:41 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    1641st
  • Hue Jackson gushes about WR Corey Coleman
    Coach Hue Jackson gushed about first-round WR Corey Coleman.

    Advice: "What a tremendous athlete and the suddenness and quickness," Jackson said. "This guy's arrow is just going to go through the roof. ... He scores touchdowns. The guy, he can light it up from anywhere on the field." Coleman to the Browns was one of our favorite picks of the opening round, and he's going to a great coach in Jackson who won't be shy about featuring him. Coleman has the ability make an immediate impact as the Browns' No. 1 receiver. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:23 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    1698th
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