Quick hits from the NFL Draft’s first round Thursday night:The Raiders shocked many in the football world by taking Clemson defensive Clelin Ferrell with the fourth pick.Go easy on the Raiders. Just because many draftniks graded Ferrell well below top-10 material, doesn’t mean the Raiders’ Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock goofed. Know this: Some insiders at Clemson regarded Ferrell as the best player on a Clemson defensive line that Thursday sent Christian Wilkins to the Dolphins (13) and Dexter Lawrence (17) to the Giants.My view is the player who went one pick later than Ferrell, LSU alum Devin White, is a better prospect at inside linebacker than Wilkins is at end.But defensive end is more important than inside linebacker.If Wilkins is truly the best player/NFL prospect from that excellent Clemson line, he should have a solid career with the Raiders.Good to see the Raiders kept it simple, taking players at 24 and 27 instead of trading up.Dwayne Haskins to RedskinsThe … [Read more...] about Column: NFL Draft, breaking down first round: Did Raiders know what they were doing?
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Here are the Patriots’ picks heading into the 2019 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday night: Round 1, Pick 32 Round 2, Pick 56 (via Chicago Bears) Round 2, Pick 64 Round 3, Pick 73 (via Detroit Lions) Round 3, Pick 97 (compensatory selection) Round 3, Pick 101 (compensatory selection) Round 4, Pick 134 Round 6, Pick 205 (compensatory selection) Round 7, Pick 239 (via Philadelphia Eagles) Round 7, Pick 243 (via Kansas City Chiefs through San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns) Round 7, Pick 246 Round 7, Pick 252 (compensatory selection) Close … [Read more...] about Here are the Patriots’ picks in the 2019 NFL Draft
I’d buy stock in the football career of Daniel Jeremiah, who grew up in El Cajon and quarterbacked Christian High.Jeremiah scouted with several NFL teams before joining NFL Network as an analyst so he could spend more time with his wife and children in Temecula.His former broadcasting colleague Mike Mayock became general manager of the Oakland Raiders in December. If the family dynamics lined up, Jeremiah rejoining the NFL as a club GM wouldn’t surprise -- but Jeremiah clearly loves his current gig, especially all things NFL Draft.In a 90-minute draft call Thursday with reporters, Jeremiah said he still expects quarterback Kyler Murray to go first to the Arizona Cardinals on April 25. A prospect whose NFL profile he said seems to have soared in recent weeks is safety Darnell Savage, a Maryland alum and 198-pound speedster whose selection in the first round wouldn’t surprise Jeremiah.He suggested the New York Giants could take Daniel Jones, the former Duke quarterback, … [Read more...] about Column: NFL Draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah breaks down prospects, team fits
Kirkland Crawford and Marlowe Alter Detroit Free Press Published 11:50 PM EST Dec 29, 2018 The Detroit Lions, at 5-10, would have the fifth pick in the 2019 NFL draft if it were right now. With a game at Green Bay left on the schedule Sunday (1 p.m., Fox), there's still a chance the Lions can move up the draft order. Entering Week 17, the Arizona Cardinals (3-12) have the first pick, followed by the San Francisco 49ers (4-11), New York Jets (4-11), Oakland Raiders (4-11), and Lions. If the Lions lose to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to end the season — wrapping up Year 1 of the Matt Patricia era at 5-11 — here's what the Lions need to happen to move up to No. 2 in the draft: 1. The Raiders have to beat the Kansas City Chiefs on the road. A win gives the Chiefs the AFC West title and the No. 1 seed in the postseason. 2. The Jets have to beat the Patriots on the road. New England is playing for a first-round bye in the … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions can get 2nd pick in 2019 NFL draft. Here’s how
Kirkland Crawford Detroit Free Press Published 7:58 PM EST Dec 23, 2018 With Sunday's loss to the Minnesota Vikings, the Detroit Lions, at 5-10, would have the fifth pick in the NFL draft if it were right now. With a game at Green Bay left on the schedule, there's still a chance the Lions can move up the draft order. As it stands now, the Cardinals (3-12), whom the Lions beat two weeks ago in Arizona, would have the first pick, followed by the Raiders (3-11), 49ers (4-11), Jets (5-11) and Lions. Let's just say the Lions find a way to lose to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to end the season, wrapping up Year 1 of the Matt Patricia era at 5-11. Here's what the Lions need to happen to move up to No. 2 in the draft: 1. The Raiders have to beat the Broncos on Monday night and then (somehow) beat the Chiefs, who may have their division wrapped up by then. 2. The Jets have to (somehow) beat the Patriots, who'll likely be playing for a first-round bye in the … [Read more...] about How Detroit Lions can still get 2nd pick in 2019 NFL draft