Player Notes

  • Seahawks pick a WR in the 7th, Cal's Lawler
    Seahawks selected Cal WR Kenny Lawler with the No. 243 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: Lawler (6'3/203) turned pro following a redshirt junior season in which he earned first-team All-Pac 12, finishing his three-year career with a 143-1,706-27 (11.9 YPR) receiving line. Elevated by Jared Goff at Cal, Lawler was exposed as a sub-NFL-caliber athlete at the Combine with a 4.64 forty, 31-inch vertical, and 9-foot-3 broad jump. Lawler wins with quickness in the middle of the field and is a natural hands catcher, but he is a lanky possession receiver who adds very little after the reception. He's essentially David Nelson. Saturday, 3:18 pm
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  • Jets nab WR Charone Peake with 7th-rounder
    Jets selected Clemson WR Charone Peake with the No. 241 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: Peake (6'2/209) spent one season as a full-time starter at Clemson, posting a 50-716-5 (14.3 YPR) receiving line for the national champion runner-ups. A power player who can block and create yards after catch with desire and brute strength, Peake's stock got a bump in Indy with a 4.45 forty and 35 1/2-inch vertical. Peake's college production underwhelms, but he has an NFL-level combination of build, movement skills, and physicality. He has a chance to become a better pro than college player. Saturday, 3:15 pm
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  • Falcons add late round WR in Devin Fuller
    Falcons selected UCLA WR Devin Fuller with the No. 238 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: Fuller (6'0/194) book ended Jordan Payton in the Bruins' receiver corps, parlaying 147 career catches into 1,327 yards (9.03 YPR) and ten touchdowns. After a disappointing senior season plagued by ankle woes and a concussion, Fuller helped himself by blazing 4.39 with a 10-foot-4 broad jump at UCLA's Pro Day. Fuller's college track record underwhelms, but he's been likened to Nate Washington by Rookie Scouting Portfolio's Matt Waldman for his professional playing style and speed to win downfield. He's worth a look in camp and will get it with this late selection. Saturday, 3:09 pm
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  • Steelers draft DeMarcus Ayers
    Steelers selected Houston WR DeMarcus Ayers with the No. 229 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

    Advice: Ayers (5'9/182) was an undersized-if-prolific playmaker for the Cougars, parlaying 142 career catches into 1,687 yards (11.9 YPR) and nine touchdowns, also scoring once on a punt return and once on a kickoff. Ayers proceeded to disappoint at the Combine, running a painfully slow 4.72 forty with a 33-inch vertical. Ayers does have terrific hands, securing 99-of-101 catchable targets in 2015 according to College Football Focus. Ayers will try to make it as a situational slot receiver with punt return value. Saturday, 2:52 pm
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  • Bears take flier on slot man Dan Braverman
    Bears selected Western Michigan WR Daniel Braverman with the No. 230 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: Braverman (5'10/175) was a rare small-school early entrant after a prolific junior campaign (108-1,367-13) in which he ranked second in the nation in receptions. Per College Football Focus, Braverman's 2015 catch rate (76 percent) was the highest among draft-eligible receivers. Braverman's athletic limitations showed up at the WMU Pro Day, running 4.53 with an anemic 28 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-4 broad jump. Due to his short-area playing style, Braverman has drawn comparisons ranging from Julian Edelman to Cole Beasley. Saturday, 2:51 pm
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  • Bills draft speedster WR Kolby Listenbee
    Bills selected TCU WR Kolby Listenbee with the No. 192 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: Listenbee (6'0/197) bookended alpha receiver Josh Doctson as the Horned Frogs' deep threat, parlaying 74 career catches into 1,432 yards (19.4 YPR) and nine TDs. His explosive athleticism showed up in Indy, blazing 4.39 with a 10-foot-9 broad jump. Listenbee is lanky with small hands (8 1/4") and a one-trick skill set, but his ability to outrun coverage will earn him long looks from NFL coaches. Initially, Listenbee should contribute on special teams after shining as a college gunner. Listenbee had surgery to repair a double sports hernia in March, but he should be ready for training camp. Saturday, 1:21 pm
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  • Dolphins draft 5-foot-6 WR Jakeem Grant
    Dolphins selected Texas Tech WR Jakeem Grant with the No. 186 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: Grant (5'6/165) was a miniature-but-dynamic slot and return man for the Red Raiders, posting a 254-3,286-27 (12.94 YPR) career receiving line with four kick-return TDs and two as a ball carrier. Grant demonstrated his straight-line speed at Texas Tech's Pro Day, clocking 4.37 with a 36 1/2-inch vertical. Grant's ceiling is a lightly-used gadget player on offense, but his special teams prowess should give Grant some long-term job security. With joystick-like lateral moves and burst, he's a prototype return specialist with a sliver of space-back potential. Saturday, 1:08 pm
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  • Ravens steal Pats' pick, take Keenan Reynolds
    Ravens selected Navy ATH Keenan Reynolds with the No. 182 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: Reynolds (5'10/190) was a prolific dual-threat quarterback at Navy, finishing fifth in Heisman voting as a senior and setting FBS career records in rushing touchdowns (88) and points scored (530). Snubbed for a Combine invite, Reynolds turned in a solid Pro Day showing 4.57 speed with a 37-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. NFL scouts were mixed on Reynolds' next-level position, with some forecasting him at tailback, others slot receiver, and others still defensive back. Reynolds said on ESPN the Ravens plan to try him at receiver and punt returner. Saturday, 12:55 pm
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  • Vikings select German WR Boehringer
    Vikings selected WR Moritz Boehringer with the No. 180 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: A German national, Boehringer has zero college football experience. Boehringer (6'5/227) debuted in the German Football League last season, amassing 70 catches for 1,461 yards (20.9 YPR) and 16 touchdowns en route to Rookie of the Year honors. He created a ton of buzz at Florida Atlantic's Pro Day in March, running an incredible 4.43 forty with a 39-inch vertical and explosive 10-foot-11 broad jump. 22-year-old Boehringer is an obvious project, but his combination of size and athleticism gives him a sky-high ceiling. Saturday, 12:53 pm
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  • Browns dip into WR pool again, take Higgins
    Browns selected Colorado State WR Rashard Higgins with the No. 172 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: Higgins (6'1/196) dominated the Mountain West before leaving school as a true junior, setting CSU career records for catches (239), receiving yards (3,649), and receiving TDs (31) in only three seasons. He earned first-team All-Mountain West accolades in both 2014 and 2015. Higgins' stock took a hit at the Combine, managing a 4.64 forty and 32-inch vertical. Higgins' athletic shortcomings are an obvious concern, but he may be able to overcome with standout ball skills and glue-like hands. He's sort of a mini Laquon Treadwell. An area of immense need, the Browns have now selected four receivers in the 2016 draft. Saturday, 12:31 pm
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  • Chiefs take little-known WR Tyreek Hill
    Chiefs selected West Alabama WR Tyreek Hill with the No. 165 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: If we're being honest, we don't know much about the lad. Standing in at 5-foot-9, 185 pounds, Hill was originally a running back. He got kicked off the team at Oklahoma State after being charged with domestic violence, ending up at Division II West Alabama. He's under-sized in the Tavon Austin mold. He'll start out on special teams in Kansas City if he can crack the 53-man roster. Saturday, 12:18 pm
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  • Packers add speed to WR with Trevor Davis
    Packers selected Cal WR Trevor Davis with the No. 163 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: Davis (6'1/188) played two seasons at Cal after transferring from Hawaii, parlaying 64 career catches into 1,071 yards (16.7 YPR) and seven TDs. He also returned two kickoffs for scores. Davis ripped up the Combine, blazing 4.42 with a 38 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-4 broad jump and shredding agility drills. Davis' future at wideout has been an open question among NFL scouts, but his special teams prowess should earn him extended opportunities. Saturday, 12:09 pm
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  • Browns draft Jordan Payton
    Browns selected UCLA WR Jordan Payton with the No. 154 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: Payton (6'1/207) made 40 starts for the Bruins, finishing his career as UCLA's all-time leader in receptions (201). He parlayed them into 2,702 yards (13.4 YPR) and 11 touchdowns. Payton helped himself in Indy, running 4.47 with a 34 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-1 broad jump. An aggressive and physical wideout, Payton projects as a strong-handed possession target who will likely struggle to beat NFL man coverage. He has some potential to grow into a reliable No. 3 receiver, perhaps in the Jason Avant mold. Saturday, 11:42 am
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  • Titans kick off fifth round with WR Sharpe
    Titans selected Massachusetts WR Tajae Sharpe with the No. 140 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: Sharpe (6'2/194) was a two-time first-team All-MAC pick, rewriting the UMass receiving record books with a career 277-3,486-16 (12.6 YPR) line. His Combine workout was pedestrian, running 4.55 with a 33 1/2-inch vertical. Sharpe's hands were also measured between 7 3/4" and 8 3'8", which is below baseline for NFL receivers. Sharpe still got the job done in the FCS and is one of the best route runners in this year's draft. Lacking athleticism to win outside, Sharpe may have to transition into a "big slot" to carve out an NFL role. Saturday, 11:04 am
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  • Chiefs take WR Demarcus Robinson at 126
    Chiefs selected Florida WR Demarcus Robinson with the No. 126 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: Robinson (6'1/203) spent three years with the Gators before going pro, totaling a 106-1,355-9 (12.8 YPR) receiving line across 20 starts. He led the Gators in catches in each of his final two seasons. Robinson's Combine workout disappointed, running 4.59 with a 34 1/2-inch vertical. The nephew of ex-Bears and Vikings WR Marcus Robinson, Demarcus was suspended four times in college, lacks route-running polish, and isn't quite the athlete he was billed to be. Albeit an exciting college player, Robinson probably has a third-receiver ceiling in the NFL. Saturday, 10:33 am
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  • Rams add gadget WR Pharoh Cooper in 4th
    Rams selected South Carolina WR Pharoh Cooper with the No. 117 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: Cooper (5'11/203) spent three seasons at South Carolina, earning first-team All-SEC as both a sophomore and junior before turning pro. An all-purpose playmaker, Cooper finished his career with a 138-2,163-18 (15.7 YPR) receiving line, 71-513-4 (7.23 YPC) rushing, and four passing TDs. Cooper also returned punts for the Gamecocks. Cooper did most of his offensive damage on manufactured touches -- a red flag on his NFL transition -- and he tested poorly, running 4.63 at South Carolina's Pro Day with a 30 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-10 broad jump. Cooper was an exciting college player who probably won't be nearly as exciting in the pros. Saturday, 10:06 am
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  • Browns draft Ricardo Louis
    Browns selected Auburn WR Ricardo Louis with the No. 114 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: Louis (6'2/215) went from backup to starter when Sammie Coates left school in 2015, turning his first-team nod into a career-best 46-716-3 (15.6 YPR) receiving line. He also posted a 68-578-2 (8.5 YPC) career rushing line for the Tigers. Louis blew up the Combine, blazing 4.43 with a 38-inch vertical and 11-foot broad jump. Louis' hands and routes are enough of a work in progress that some NFL teams worked him out at defensive back before the draft. Louis is an "ATH" with some potential to become a useful lid lifter in Hue Jackson's offense. Saturday, 10:01 am
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  • Patriots add WR Malcolm Mitchell in 4th
    Patriots selected Georgia WR Malcolm Mitchell with the No. 112 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: Mitchell (6'0/198) made 35 starts in five seasons with the Bulldogs, logging a career receiving line of 174-2,350-16 (13.5 YPR). He helped himself in Indy by burning 4.45 with an explosive 10-foot-9 broad jump and 36-inch vertical. Mitchell was reportedly removed from some teams' boards due to knee complications stemming from a 2013 torn ACL. When healthy, Mitchell is a superb route runner with top-notch ball skills. Said to have "game-changing" potential by NFL Films' Greg Cosell, Mitchell has a chance to outperform his draft position, quite possibly by a large margin. Despite adding several receivers this offseason, Mitchell could be the boundary receiver the Patriots have been searching for. Saturday, 9:49 am
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  • Ravens grab deep-threat WR Chris Moore
    Ravens selected Cincinnati WR Chris Moore with the No. 107 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: Moore (6'1/206) was a three-year starter at Cincinnati, recording 119 catches for 2,301 yards (19.3 YPR) and 26 TDs. He ranked second in the American Athletic Conference in yards per reception (21.1) as a senior. Moore's long arms (33 3/8") create a wide catching radius, and he showed plus athleticism in Indy with a 4.53 forty, 37-inch vertical, and 10-foot-10 broad jump. A natural tracker of the ball in flight, Moore's drawbacks are his hip stiffness and tendency to body catch. He's a pure vertical receiver who doesn't necessarily offer enough deep speed to win vertically in the pros. Long term, Moore would do well to earn a steady third receiver job. Saturday, 9:37 am
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  • 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. Saturday, 6:58 am
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