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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.

    (AP)

    CHICAGO — Touchdown, Bears!

    It certainly felt like that at the auditorium when Goodell announced Chicago’s pick: West Virginia receiver Kevin White.

    Fans erupted — the complete opposite reaction of Jets fans, who routinely serenaded their pick with boos for all those years the draft was held in Manhattan.

    A few minutes after being announced, White came out to the stage. More cheers. And then — what else? — a big Bear hug with Goodell.

    — Eddie Pells, The Associated Press
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 1:06:22 AM
    No trades in the top 10. Boring. Shows us that teams didn't have strong convictions about any of the players
    The Giants pick OT Ereck Flowers out of Miami at No. 9.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 1:06:41 AM
    #Rams step up to the plate and take Todd Gurley. He'll be a great player to market when they move to Los Angeles
    Rams take running back Todd Gurley at No. 10.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 1:14:08 AM
    And we have our first LeGarrette Blount comparison of the night on NFL Network
    The Vikings pick CB Trae Waynes 11th overall.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 1:23:05 AM
    Washington DT Danny Shelton to the #Browns. All 12 picks have come from BCS conferences. Big Boys go first
    (AP)

    CHICAGO  — OK, now this is getting interesting.

    The St. Louis Rams used the 10th pick to take a running back: Todd Gurley out of Georgia.

    This has become the least-popular position in a growingly pass-happy league — no running back was picked in the first round of the last two drafts — and the Rams selection is even more intriguing because Gurley is five months removed from a major knee injury.

    But doctors say he’s on track and his combination of size (6-1, 222 pounds) and speed has some folks thinking he could be the next Marshawn Lynch.

    — Eddie Pells, The Associated Press
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 1:28:22 AM

    Gurley might get his wish RT @redsoxstats @BenVolin On Reddit this afternoon he said he wanted he wanted to be in LA http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CD4iHH3UEAI2LJA.png



    Danny Shelton to the Browns

    BEREA, Ohio — With the top two quarterbacks long gone, the Cleveland Browns selected Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton with the No. 12 overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night.

    The 6-foot-2, 339-pound Shelton should help a defense that ranked last in the NFL against the run in 2014.

    Much of the pre-draft speculation centered on the Browns, who also have the No. 19 overall pick, possibly moving up and to take the franchise quarterback they've coveted since their expansion rebirth.

    Cleveland has started 22 quarterbacks since 1999, and the club’s inability to find an elite one has kept the Browns irrelevant.

    They had two picks to dangle in front of Tennessee, but once the Titans took Oregon’s Marcus Mariota at No. 2, the Browns addressed one of their other big needs — a run stuffer.

    — The Associated Press
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 1:39:52 AM
    #Dolphins take Louisville WR DeVante Parker, giving Tannehill another new weapon along with Jordan Cameron, Kenny Stills and Jarvis Landry
    San Diego trades up to get the 15th overall pick. San Francisco gets the 17th overall pick, a fourth round pick this year and a fifth round pick next year.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 1:45:10 AM
    #Chargers trade up to draft RB Melvin Gordon. Reports of the death of the RB position have been greatly exaggerated!

    Danny Shelton and his shorts lift up Roger Goodell for a huge hug. (AP)


    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 1:48:49 AM
    MIAMI — The pick of receiver DeVante Parker Thursday is the latest move in the Dolphins’ revamping of their cast of targets for Ryan Tannehill. They lost veteran receivers Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson this offseason, and have acquired veteran Greg Jennings and young Kenny Stills.

    Parker missed the first seven games of his senior season with a foot injury, and then caught 43 passes for 855 yards and five touchdowns in the final six games. He tied the Louisville record for career touchdown receptions with 33, and had 10 100-yard games. Parker dropped just three passes in his final three seasons of college.

    — The Associated Press
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 1:54:05 AM
    Texans select CB Kevin Johnson out of Wake Forest with the 16th overall pick.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 1:55:30 AM

     Team personnel sit at their stations inside Selection Square at the NFL Draft. (Andrew A. Nelles/AP)


    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 1:57:30 AM
    San Francisco picks DE Arik Armstead at No. 17.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 1:59:54 AM
    49ers take Oregon DE Arik Armstead, younger brother of Armond Armstead, who retired from #Patriots after suffering two heart attacks
    #Chiefs take CB Marcus Peters, the talented cornerback who was kicked off Washington for fighting with his coaches
    18 picks. 1 trade. Boring!
    (AP)

    Chargers move up to get Gordon

    SAN DIEGO  — The San Diego Chargers have not only kept quarterback Philip Rivers, but they've paid a heavy price to move up two spots to select Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon with the 15th pick overall.

    The Chargers sent their first- and fourth-round picks this year and fifth-round pick next year to the San Francisco 49ers.

    San Diego needed a bruising back to help take the pressure off Rivers, and they got it in Gordon. He set the FBS record for career rushing average with 7.79 yards per carry.

    The Chargers needed a featured back after letting Ryan Mathews leave as a free agent.

    A rumored trade of Rivers to Tennessee, which would have allowed the Chargers to take Marcus Mariota with the second pick, didn’t materialize.

    The Associated Press
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 2:09:02 AM
    #Browns take FSU G/C Cameron Erving at 19. Would've been a great fit for #Patriots
    #Redskins take a guard, #Browns take a DT and a G/C. This draft is no fun
    A few scenes from the draft:

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    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 2:18:28 AM
    #Eagles take Marcus Mar..... er, WR Nelson Agholor with the 20th pick
    So Goodell can pronounce "Agholor" correctly but not "Mariota"
    DeVante Parker, now of the Dolphins, talking to the media:

    "My ability to high point the football and come down with it. That's something that comes natural to me," DeVante Parker said.

    — Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) May 1, 2015

    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 2:22:58 AM
    More from Parker:

    Parker: It's going to be a really good receiving corps. You can throw the ball to any one of us and we'll do something with it.

    — Andrew Abramson (@AbramsonPBP) May 1, 2015

    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 2:24:21 AM
    The Bengals pick OT Cedric Ogbuehi out of Texas A&M at No. 21.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 2:26:26 AM
    Eagles, Kelly stay put and take a receiver

    PHILADELPHIA — 
    Chip Kelly stayed put after months of speculation that he would trade up to get his former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. But the price to move 18 spots to land the Heisman Trophy winner was too steep for Kelly. Mariota went to Tennessee at No. 2.

    Instead, the Eagles get WR Nelson Agholor. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound wideout helps replace Pro Bowl receiver Jeremy Maclin, who departed in free agency.

    It’s been a whirlwind offseason for the Eagles after they went 10-6 for the second straight year. Kelly traded Nick Foles and LeSean McCoy and released several veterans. He signed free-agent running backs DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews and acquired Sam Bradford and Kiko Alonso.

    — The Associated Press
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 2:32:18 AM
    Shane Ray's favorite recreation is legal in Colorado twitter.com/MikeKlis/statu…
    The Steelers select LB Bud Dupree out of Kentucky with the 22nd pick.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 2:32:40 AM
    Broncos trade up to get 23rd pick.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 2:36:03 AM
    Denver takes DE Shane Ray at No. 23.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 2:36:37 AM
    "The #Saints pick is in, and so is the #Patriots ..... but we're gonna go to commercial and drag this out even longer"
    Saints take ILB Stephone Anthony at No. 31.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 5/1/2015 3:26:11 AM
    no trade after all. #patriots pick DT Malcom Brown (Texas), 6-2, 319 pounds
    #Patriots take a DT in the 1st round for the second year in a row. This time it's Texas' Malcom Brown -- 6-2, 319. Wilfork's replacement
    Malcom Brown is only 20 years old but is married with a 4-year-old step-daughter and an 8-month old daughter. Maturity
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