Player Notes

  • Raiders sever ties with receiver James Jones
    Raiders released WR James Jones.

    Advice: Jones became redundant when the Raiders signed Michael Crabtree, a younger player with similar skills. Jones became expendable when the Raiders drafted Amari Cooper. 31 years old, Jones led Oakland in receptions (73) last season, but averaged a pathetic 9.12 yards per catch. He was a sub-pedestrian slot receiver and has never been an efficient separator on the perimeter. We wouldn't be completely shocked if Jones has played his last NFL down.
    Yesterday, 10:42 pm
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  • Arians: J.J. Nelson is like Emmanuel Sanders
    Cardinals coach Bruce Arians likened No. 159 overall pick J.J. Nelson to Emmanuel Sanders.

    Advice: Arians, of course, coached Sanders in Pittsburgh. Sanders was also smallish coming out of college -- 5'11/186 -- but not nearly as small as Nelson, whose Pro Day weigh-in was 5'10/156. The odds are stacked against Nelson making NFL noise as a receiver. We do expect him to be an impact return specialist.
    Yesterday, 4:32 pm
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  • Perriman: Drops a concentration issue
    First-round Ravens WR Breshad Perriman believes most of his college drops were the result of "lapses in concentration.

    Advice: As in, he believes it's something he can fix. Perriman muffed eight passes for UCF in 2014. "It's something I have a chip on my shoulder about," Perriman said. "At the end of the day, I know what I have to do and I know that I can catch." We're not overly concerned about Perriman's hands, though Kelvin Benjamin was a reminder last season that college-drop issues don't get better overnight.
    Yesterday, 2:26 pm
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  • Stefon Diggs set to contribute from slot
    ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling believes fifth-round WR Stefon Diggs will contribute more from the slot than outside.

    Advice: Diggs is certainly built like a slot receiver, checking in at 6-foot-0, 195 pounds. Diggs was expected to be a playmaker all over the field at Maryland, but was hampered by injuries. He has adequate speed at 4.46. Diggs could have a hard time earning targets as a rookie. Mike Wallace and Charles Johnson have the outside on lock, while Jarius Wright is capable in the slot. Cordarrelle Patterson is still hanging around as a supposed playmaker.
    Yesterday, 1:45 pm
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  • Dobson a big winner from drat weekend?
    ESPN Boston believes Aaron Dobson could be "one of the biggest winners" from the Patriots' draft weekend.

    Advice: The Patriots drafted 11 players, zero of whom play receiver. When Dobson wasn't injured last season, he was in the doghouse. New England's No. 4 receiver job is there for the taking for Dobson, but he'll need a strong camp and preseason.
    Yesterday, 12:34 pm
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  • Saints don't draft any wideouts
    The Saints did not select any wide receivers in the 2015 NFL draft.

    Advice: It's a bit of a surprise given only Marques Colston and Brandin Cooks are established at the wideout spot for Drew Brees. It's a vote of confidence for Nick Toon, Joe Morgan, Seantavius Jones and Brandon Coleman. If one can clearly rise to the top during the offseason program and training camp, he'll get on the deep-league radar.
    Yesterday, 7:56 am
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  • Saints don't draft any wideouts
    The Saints did not select any wideouts in the 2015 NFL draft.
    Yesterday, 7:53 am
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  • Jags see Rashad Greene as slot receiver
    Director of College Scouting Kyle O’Brien said the Jaguars envision Rashad Greene as a slot receiver, though he could "compete for time on the outside."

    Advice: Greene ran an underwhelming 4.53 at the Combine and isn't athletic enough to be a home run threat. However, his sure hands and precise route-running make him a dangerous weapon as a slot receiver. Greene brings a winner's mentality from his time at Florida State. He could be asked to return kicks for Jacksonville.
    Yesterday, 6:54 am
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  • Colts turned down trade offer to land Dorsett
    Colts owner Jim Irsay said the team turned down a trade offer before selecting WR Phillip Dorsett in the first round.

    Advice: The reality is the Colts could have traded back into round two and still likely landed Dorsett. They could have also done something to address their sieve of a defense. Dorsett's selection remains one of the more curious picks of 2015.
    Saturday, 3:05 pm
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  • Dolphins confirm Tony Lippett will be corner
    The Dolphins confirm they drafted Tony Lippett as a cornerback.

    Advice: The 2014 Big Ten Wide Receiver of the Year, Lippett lacked the hands and separation skills to be a receiver in the NFL, but he is an interesting prospect at corner. He has some experience at the position, and Miami liked his size, length and toughness. The Dolphins need help in the secondary.
    Saturday, 12:04 pm
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  • Bucs add a WR in Kenny Bell at pick 162
    Bucs selected Nebraska WR Kenny Bell with the No. 162 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

    Advice: Bell (6'1/197) left Nebraska as the school's all-time leader in receptions (181) and receiving yards (2,689), averaging 14.9 YPR with 21 TDs. He was voted first-team All-Big Ten as a senior by the conference's coaches. Bell shredded the Combine, running 4.42 with a 41.5-inch vertical and 6.66 three cone. Matt Waldman's favorite player in the 2015 draft, Bell is a feisty competitor who plays the game with extreme aggressiveness and flashes special route-running ability. Similar to Kenny Stills, Bell could prove a steal despite generating relatively little fanfare inside the draft community.
    Saturday, 11:58 am
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  • 49ers draft injured WR Smelter at No. 132
    49ers selected Georgia Tech WR DeAndre Smelter with the No. 132 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

    Advice: This is likely another redshirt player for the 49ers. Smelter (6'2/226) is a former baseball player who was drafted by the Twins (14th round) in 2010 before taking up football full time in 2013. In two seasons as a Yellow Jackets wideout, Smelter parlayed 56 catches into 1,060 yards (18.9 YPR) and 11 TDs. Smelter tore his ACL last December and was unable to work out before the draft. When healthy, Smelter showed big-time NFL tools as a physical post-catch tackle breaker and consistent winner of contested catches. Smelter may have to "redshirt" as a rookie, but offers long-range starting potential.
    Saturday, 10:34 am
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  • Browns draft Vince Mayle
    Browns selected Washington State WR Vince Mayle with the No. 123 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

    Advice: Mayle (6'2/224) played hoops in community college from 2009-2010 before transferring to Wazzu for his junior and senior years. In just two seasons, Mayle piled up 148 catches for 2,022 yards (13.7 YPR) and 16 TDs. Mayle isn't a particularly good athlete despite his basketball background, running 4.67 at the Combine with a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-9 broad jump. He did most of his college receiving damage on bubble screens and dropped a whopping 13 passes as a senior. Mayle is a tight end/H-back/slot receiver hybrid.
    Saturday, 10:13 am
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  • Falcons add slot WR Justin Hardy at No. 107
    Falcons selected ECU WR Justin Hardy with the No. 107 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

    Advice: After Harry Douglas departed in free agency, the Falcons might have just drafted his replacement. Hardy (5'10/192) originally walked on at ECU, yet went on to break Ryan Broyles' record for most receptions in NCAA history (387), parlaying them into 4,541 yards (11.7 YPR) and 35 TDs. A pedestrian athlete, Hardy ran 4.56 at the Combine with a 36 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-6 broad jump. He does have big hands (10") and an excellent three-cone time (6.63). A quicker-than-fast chain mover, Hardy projects as a slot receiver only in the pros. He doesn't have the skill set to win on the perimeter.
    Saturday, 9:30 am
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  • Redskins take WR Jamison Crowder at No. 105
    Redskins selected Duke WR Jamison Crowder with the No. 105 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

    Advice: Crowder (5'8/185) was a three-year starter for the Blue Devils, parlaying 283 career catches into 3,641 yards (12.9 YPR) and 23 touchdowns. He added four TDs on punt returns between his junior and senior years. Crowder managed a 4.56 forty at the Combine, but improved to 4.46/4.48 at the Duke Pro Day. He has a 37-inch vertical and 10-foot-3 broad jump. A quicker-than-fast slot receiver with return value, Crowder has been compared to Harry Douglas by SI's Doug Farrar.
    Saturday, 9:25 am
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  • Ty Montgomery a 'bigger' Randall Cobb?
    The Packers view third-round WR Ty Montgomery as a "bigger" Randall Cobb.

    Advice: Packers scout Sam Seale made the comparison. Montgomery has return ability and running back skills after the catch that remind of Cobb, but he struggled as a receiver throughout his college career. Montgomery could make an early impact on special teams, but he has to improve as a pure receiver before he makes a significant impact on offense.
    Saturday, 7:39 am
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  • Seahawks coveted T. Lockett for return skills
    Seahawks GM John Schneider said the team's primary interest in third-round pick Tyler Lockett was for his return ability.

    Advice: The Seahawks gave up four picks to acquire Lockett. It is a reminder Lockett's path to targets is treacherous year one. After acquiring Jimmy Graham, Seattle already did not have many targets to go around. At 5-10/182, Lockett likely will not challenge Jermaine Kearse's role in the offense, and Doug Baldwin has proven effective if not spectacular as a slot-type receiver. Lockett could be a much better real-life than fantasy player early in his career.
    Saturday, 4:58 am
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  • Texans bring in WR Jaelen Strong at 70th pick
    Texans selected Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong with the No. 70 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

    Advice: Strong (6'2/217) played two seasons at ASU after transferring from JUCO, piling up 157 catches for 2,287 yards (14.6 YPR) and 17 TDs. He dropped only 6-of-132 targets in 2014. Not especially agile or a smooth separator on tape, Strong surprised at the Combine with a 4.44 forty, 42-inch vertical, and 10-foot-1 broad jump. NFL Films' Greg Cosell has suggested that Strong's inability to create space from defenders is fixable through improved route running. Strong's current strengths are winning contested catches and untapped upside after dominating the Pac 12 as a 19- and 20-year-old.
    Friday, 6:52 pm
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  • G.J. Kinne no longer a quarterback
    Chip Kelly said G.J. Kinne has informed the team he no longer wants to play quarterback.

    Advice: Kinne has been the Eagles' practice squad QB for the last two seasons. "Kinne wants to try to make the team as a special teams player, maybe a receiver or running back, kind of a multi‑purpose player on the offensive side of the ball," Kelly said. Tim Tebow has taken Kinne's spot as the No. 4 QB behind Sam Bradford (ACL), Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley.
    Friday, 11:20 am
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  • Dorsett pick complicates things for Carter
    Colts WR Duron Carter's roster spot could be in jeopardy following Indianapolis' selection of Phillip Dorsett.

    Advice: Indy's decision to grab Dorsett raises plenty of questions. He profiles very similarly to contract-year wideout T.Y. Hilton. It also complicates Carter's future. With Dorsett on board, Carter isn't a lock to make the 53-man roster. After letting the Patriots run all over them for the second year in a row, many are rightfully wondering why the Colts didn't use the 29th pick to shore up their defense.
    Friday, 6:05 am
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