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2015 NFL Draft

Globe reporters Shalise Manza Young, Ben Volin, and Christopher L. Gasper bring news and commentary throughout this year's draft.

    Quick decision RT @AdamSchefter: NFL rejected La’el Collins’ request to be removed from draft, per source. No supplemental draft for him.
    Draft order, prospect list, fun facts, TV schedule, history, trivia and so much more #NFLDraft by @RachelGBowers…

    Bookmark this: My top-10 player rankings at every position, all on one handy page…

    Bucs have drafted a QB in the first round four times: Testaverde (1st overall), Dilfer (6th), Josh Freeman (17th), Doug Williams (17th)
    #Titans/#Oilers have drafted 5 QBs in the 1st round: Locker (8th overall), VY (3rd), McNair (3rd), Jim Everett (3rd), Dan Pastorini (3rd)
    Goodell making sure the public knows that Ted Wells' report is completely independent…

    #Patriots final draft reports are....... voluminous

    The stage is set. (Jerry Lai/USA Today Sports) 

    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/30/2015 9:35:16 PM
    #Patriots are keeping Dunder Mifflin in business with their draft reports

    Marcus Mariota and his father, Toa, arrive at the Saint Louis Alumni Clubhouse in Honolulu. (Eugene Tanner/AP) 

    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/30/2015 10:29:20 PM
    So we're all watcing hockey tonight, right? #LetsGoCaps
    If #Patriots stick at 32, they should draft around 11:30-11:35 p.m. tonight
    Video: Three things to expect from the Patriots in the draft.

    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/30/2015 11:02:25 PM via YouTube
    Waiting with Jameis Winston

    BESSEMER, Ala. — Camera crews filed in and out of Hueytown High School to take pictures of Jameis Winston’s retired No. 8 jersey and get footage before his NFL draft celebration.

    Everyone was in town to see Winston.

    He skipped the televised festivities in Chicago to watch the draft with family and friends in his Bessemer hometown, next door to Hueytown. Plenty of people in these suburban Birmingham towns with a combined population of about 43,000 plan to watch the draft and see if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers make Winston the No. 1 overall.

    Says Bessemer’s Harry W. Carey it’s ‘‘just like we watched Bo Jackson.’'

    Jackson is another Heisman-winning superstar who hails from Bessemer — and incidentally went No. 1 in the 1986 draft, to the Bucs.

    — John Zenor, The Associated Press

    Butch Dill/AP 
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/30/2015 11:21:25 PM
    Gold Carpet arrivals in Chicago:

    Texas A&M offensive lineman Cedric Ogbuehi and his mother, Kelly Ogbuehi. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP) 

    Alabama defensive back Landon Collins and his mother, April Justin. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP) 

    Florida defensive lineman Dante Fowler and his mother, Lanora Fowler. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP) 

    Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon and his mother, Carmen Gordon. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP) 

    Wake Forest defensive back Kevin Johnson and his mother, Judy Johnson. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP) 

    Kentucky linebacker Bud Dupree and his mother, Sophia Stephens. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP) 

    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/30/2015 11:27:52 PM
    Prospects being introduced on stage in Chicago.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/30/2015 11:36:57 PM
    The latest:

    CHICAGO — Some news in the lead-up to the NFL draft, which starts in about 15 minutes:
    • The league denies a request from LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins to pull his name out of the draft and be placed in the supplemental draft later this year. Police want to talk to Collins, a projected first-round pick, about the slaying of his ex-girlfriend. He is not considered a suspect.
    • The Titans, who hold the second pick, will entertain offers for that pick but those offers probably won’t be coming from the Chargers. A report out of San Diego says quarterback Philip Rivers, in search of a contract extension, has been told he won’t be traded.
    • The Randy Gregory watch is on. The Nebraska pass rusher’s stock has taken a hit since news hit that he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL scouting combine. Gregory was thought to be a top-10 pick, though some reports today speculate he has fallen completely off several teams’ draft boards.
    Eddie Pells, The Associated Press

    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/30/2015 11:47:45 PM

    Robert Kraft at the #Patriots draft party says this draft isn't "rich" at the top but is "deep in the…

    Robert Kraft stresses that #Patriots draft philosophy is to get “as many bites at the apple” as possible.
    significant boos for Roger Goodell as he takes the stage to start the #NFL draft
    Bucs are officially on the clock. It's a real wonder who they'll pick.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 12:05:46 AM
    As expected, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take Florida State QB Jameis Winston with the No. 1 overall pick.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 12:12:22 AM
    Winston is the first Florida State player to be taken No. 1 overall in the draft.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 12:14:43 AM
    The Titans are on the clock and Marcus Mariota looks a wee bit nervous:

    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 12:16:40 AM
    So this Bucs fan, for one, is pumped about Winston heading to Tampa Bay:

    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 12:17:13 AM
    Jameis Winston takes the call from Tampa Bay. (Butch Dill/AP) 

    CHICAGO  —
    Whew. The wait is finally over. Thank goodness. 

    Now, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers get to stress out for the next three or four years to see what really comes of the first pick of the NFL draft — quarterback Jameis Winston of Florida State.

    The Bucs put an end to months of speculation by selecting the talented-but-troubled signal caller, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2013.

    Winston was not present in Chicago, choosing to watch the draft at home in Alabama.

    (Oh, and Commissioner Roger Goodell got booed again when he came out to announce the pick.)

    Winston apparently did enough to convince the owners of the first pick that he’s worth the risk.

    He’s the first QB to be selected first since Andrew Luck in 2012. Winston is also the first player from Florida State, which produces gobs of NFL talent, to be picked first in the draft.

    — Eddie Pells, The Associated Press
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 12:20:39 AM
    Marcus Mariota is headed to the Tennessee Titans.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 12:21:14 AM

    Confirmed: Jameis Winston will be wearing No. 3 for the Buccaneers. #BucsDraft #NFLDraft

    — JennaLaineBucs (@JennaLaineBucs) May 1, 2015

    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 12:21:26 AM
    Roger Goodell horribly mispronounced Marcus Mariota's name.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 12:22:45 AM

    Dante Fowler and Roger Goodell. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP) 

    CHICAGO — When quarterbacks went 1-2 in the draft, Jaguars fans must have breathed a sigh of relief.

    Former first-round picks Byron Leftwich, Blaine Gabbert, and Blake Bortles haven’t brought many wins to Jacksonville’s neck of the woods.

    With the top QBs out of the mix, the Jaguars picked Florida defensive end Dante Fowler Jr., who was considered by some to be the best player available, even including Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota.

    Fowler was in the house in Chicago, wearing a white tuxedo with red piping. After walking onto the stage, he gave Roger Goodell a nice, long bear hug.

    He figures to be an instant hit in Jacksonville, which isn’t far from where he played college ball in Gainesville, Fla.

    Eddie Pells, The Associated Press
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 12:43:51 AM
    Leonard Williams to the #Jets. A great D-line adds anoter blue chipper
    The Jets select DE Leonard Williams with the sixth overall pick.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 12:48:08 AM

    CHICAGO — Redskins select offensive tackle Brandon Scherff out of Iowa, the first senior picked in this draft.

    Not that OLs ever bring people jumping out of their seats, but there were some moans and groans when Goodell announced this pick.

    He’s the 14th OL selected out of Iowa since 1999.

    He hurt his knee five days before last season’s opener, but missed only one practice. No surprise that scouts gave him huge props for his toughness.

    ‘‘I didn’t want to let my team down, and if I could play, I was going to play,’’ he explained on stage after being picked.

    — Eddie Pells, The Associated Press
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 12:53:30 AM
    #Bears take WR Kevin White. Mock Draft back on track!


    DE Leonard Williams to Jets

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets have selected Southern California defensive tackle Leonard Williams with the sixth overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday night.

    Williams, who had 20 sacks in three seasons with the Trojans, adds to new coach Todd Bowles’ already solid defensive line that includes fellow first-rounders Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson.

    New general manager Mike Maccagnan had said he would talk to the teams ahead and after the Jets about possible trade scenarios, but New York stayed put and took a player whom many considered the best overall talent in the draft.

    The selection marked the sixth straight season the Jets have taken a defensive player with their first pick.

    It’s the fifth time the Jets had the sixth pick, and first since they took defensive end Vernon Gholston in 2008.

    — Dennis Waszak Jr., The Associated Press
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 12:59:07 AM
    The Falcons take Clemson DE Vic Beasley with the eighth overall pick.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 1:02:10 AM
    Vic Beasley appropriately wearing a black and red suit tonight #Falcons
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