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2018 NFL Draft live updates

News and more from the annual player selection meeting.

    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/26/2018 10:13:44 PM
    New “Goodell shops at PetSmart” billboard in Boston is a big hit…
    Draft timing

    ■ Teams have 10 minutes to make a pick in the first round, seven minutes in the second and third, five minutes in rounds three through six, and four minutes for the seventh round.

    Globe Sports 4/26/2018 10:45:24 PM
    One eye on the Draft, one eye on Caps-Penguins tonight
    One name I keep hearing connected to the Patriots is Miami DL Chad Thomas. An edge rusher by trade with the size to move inside
    More info on Miami DL Chad Thomas, via Stats Inc:
    Height/Weight: 6-5 / 281. 
    Overview: With asthma and a heart murmur, Thomas started football late but emerged as a five-star recruit. He chose his hometown Hurricanes in part because of the acclaimed Frost School of Music — he plays nine instruments and is a hip-hop producer, going by "Major Nine" (his jersey number). After playing sparingly as a true freshman, he tallied 18 tackles (1.5 for loss) and 1.0 sack in 13 games (eight starts) in 2015. A full-time starter from 2016-17, he tallied 78 tackles (23.5 for loss) and 9.0 sacks in that span. He shined at the East-West Shrine Game and got a late Senior Bowl call-up but quickly suffered a groin injury. Among defenders under 285 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine, he finished last in the 40-yard dash (4.92 seconds) and second-to-last in the vertical jump (29 inches).
    Analysis: Thomas has prototypical size, length (81½-inch wingspan), and muscularity. He shows good foot speed and redirection to bother quarterbacks on stunts and flashes speed-to-power ability. He also sets a physical edge and tracks the ball well in the run game. Thomas’s tools simply didn’t translate into enough production. He’s unrefined as a rusher, lacking diverse moves or proper hand use. He plays too high at times and had issues finishing, missing tackles and struggling to flatten his path to quarterbacks. While a fluid mover, he’s not twitchy, showing some lateral sluggishness.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/26/2018 11:13:50 PM

    You know sometimes in school when there was an absolutely gorgeous day teachers would let you do class outside?

    Can we do the draft outside?

    Goodell is getting booed even with his Human Shield of Cowboys
    The Cleveland Browns are officially on the clock.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 12:09:07 AM
    I can't believe that the No. 1 pick never got leaked. Impressive job by Dorsey
    The Browns use the first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft on Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield.
    Here's our scouting report on Mayfield: This feisty little bugger (comparatively speaking) may be the most NFL-ready of the bunch. Has a ton of experience and isn’t easily rattled. Hums accurate darts from the pocket or on the run. 
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 12:16:10 AM
    And here's a closer look at Mayfield, via STATS Inc:
    Overview: From two-time walk-on to Heisman Trophy winner, Mayfield’s prospect snapshot is entirely unique.
    He had few options out of Lake Travis in Austin, Texas, and decided to walk on at Texas Tech. Mayfield was pressed into immediate action and had 15 touchdowns. With no scholarship offer from the coaching staff and an uneasy relationship with coaches, Mayfield transferred to Oklahoma. He became the Sooners’ starting quarterback as a sophomore in 2015 and showed steady improvement the past three years, culminating with his Heisman Trophy season as a senior. Mayfield completed 70.5 percent of his passes in 2018 with 4,627 passing yards, 43 touchdowns and six interceptions.
    Analysis: Preseason grades on Mayfield placed him in the middle rounds, but with each brilliant performance, doubts were erased and scouts came around to the idea of the Heisman Trophy winner landing in the first round of the 2018 draft. Mayfield is a snap passer with enough arm strength. His calling cards are competitiveness and above-average accuracy. His placement on throws outside the hashes allow only his receiver to make a play. He thrived against suspect Big 12 defenses, but his play didn’t see a dramatic drop off vs. SEC (Georgia) or Big Ten (Ohio State) defenses.

    Mayfield benefited from a strong offensive line, although the ability to improvise and thrive when facing the unrehearsed helps set him apart. He doesn’t run a 4.5 40-yard dash but uses his legs and instincts to create. His super-competitive nature, which led to moments some teams viewed as immaturity, will lead to heated discussions in NFL draft rooms around the league.

    Most general managers see the type of field general other players want leading the team. With his lack of size and sometimes unorthodox skill set, Mayfield is not be for every team, but he has the talent to be start in the NFL.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 12:18:35 AM
    With the second pick, the Giants take Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.

    Here’s our scouting report on Barkley: As close to a “Can’t Miss Kid’’ as there is in this draft. Combines superb size and athleticism with excellent versatility. Barkley can run, catch, and return. He will occasionally miss an obvious opening.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 12:22:13 AM
    RB Saquon Barkley goes No. 2 to the Giants. Giants doing everything they can to take the pressure off Eli Manning
    Broncos must be doing cartwheels
    A closer look at Barkley, via STATS Inc:
    Overview: Born in the Bronx, Barkley is the son of former WBC middleweight champion Iran Barkley. He moved to Pennsylvania, where he went on to become Mr. Football for Class AAA/AAAA in 2014 while also winning the gold medal in the 100-meter dash.

    A four-star recruit, Barkley missed his first two games at Penn State in 2015 but still went on to rack up five 100-yard rushing games and was second in the nation among true freshmen with 1,076 yards. The following season, he led the Big Ten in all-purpose yards (140.86 yards per game) and 22 total touchdowns while finishing second with 1,496 rushing yards. Named a team captain before the 2017 season, Barkley went on to become the first FBS player since 2000 to top 1,000 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in a season, and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting.
    Barkley set numerous Penn State records before declaring early for the draft. He passed Larry Johnson as the program’s career all-purpose yards leader (5,538), broke Lydell Mitchell’s marks of 43 rushing and 53 total touchdowns and joined Evan Royster as the only Penn State players with three 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

    Analysis: Barkley is an outstanding all-around athlete and home-run threat as a runner, receiver and return man. He is extremely elusive with the ball in his hands, using his compact frame, quick feet and a variety of moves to escape blockers in the backfield or at the second level. Barkley has the vision and the lateral burst to get to the corner or exploit cut-back lanes and has more than enough speed to run away from would-be tacklers. He also displays solid hands and good route-running skills.

    If there are areas of his game to nitpick, Barkley needs to refine his pass blocking and become disciplined in following designed holes in the NFL, where trying to find the end zone on every carry will lead to more negative plays.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 12:23:53 AM
    Don't tell hat the RB has been devalued. He has gone RB in the first round in each of the last two drafts -- McCaffrey and Barkley
    Don't tell Dave Gettleman that the RB has been devalued. He has gone RB in the first round in each of the last two drafts -- McCaffrey and Barkley
    The Jets select USC quarterback Sam Darnold with the third overall pick.
    Here is our scouting report on Darnold: A deceptively athletic guy with a big arm, he finished his career with perhaps his two best games (Pac-12 title tilt and Rose Bowl victories). Turnovers (37 in 26 games) were a problem for this laidback dude.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 12:29:02 AM
    Jets take Sam Darnold at No. 3. See you twice a year for the next four years
    Both Patriots-Jets games in 2018 are in the second half of the season.

    Week 12 @ NY

    Week 17 in Foxborough

    See ya next year, Sam Darnold.
    And here's a closer look at Darnold:
    Overview: Darnold is a cinch to become the sixth redshirt sophomore quarterback to be drafted in the first round. Scouts swoon over his intangibles and bloodlines - grandfather, Dick Hammer, played basketball at USC and was on the Olympic volleyball team, while Sam’s father, Mike, played football at Redlands College. Darnold redshirted behind Cody Kessler and Max Browne in 2015 and become the starter in 2016. Darnold completed 67.2 percent of his passes as a freshman, starting nine games, with 31 touchdown passes and nine interceptions. Ball security and decision-making became concerns for scouts observing Darnold as a sophomore, when he had 24 total turnovers, including 13 fumbles. He was still the All-Pac-12 first-team quarterback (coaches) in 2017 with 4,143 passing yards and 26 touchdowns.
    Analysis: A pro-ready passer with the arm strength and pocket presence to survive a flawed wind-up release. Likely to be in the running for the No. 1 overall pick and considered a lock in the top-10, Darnold could benefit from a season on the sideline to perfect his footwork and sync a throwing motion that can tip defenders to the intended target. Darnold plays with grit, can deliver the ball on time from a moving pocket and was praised by college coaches and teammates for his natural leadership traits.
    With 21 fumbles in 27 career games at USC, scouts are split on whether improving technique on his drop back will help Darnold curb the issue. His process can be sped up by pressure, but Darnold generally responds with clutch throws under duress. Decision-making could improve with NFL coaching. Could thrive in an up-tempo system that accentuates his instant trigger and velocity.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 12:30:21 AM
    And with their second pick in the top five, the Browns select Ohio State CB Denzel Ward at No. 4 overall.
    Here is our scouting report on Ward: Tremendously fluid athlete with excellent mirror skills. Tracks balls well and will swoop in at last nanosecond to break up passes. Moves on quickly and doesn’t let mistakes fester.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 12:36:04 AM
    Browns take Ohio State CB Denzel Ward with the 4th pick. No one had that one
    Here's a closer look at Ward, via STATS Inc.:
    Overview: While Ward’s relative lack of size may hurt him in the NFL, he’ll more than make up for it with his athletic ability and technique. Ward is at his best when playing press coverage, because he can use his quick-twitch reflexes in concert with his fundamentals to lock down most receivers. Quarterbacks looking to pick on this rookie might figure out they’re better off finding a veteran to go after. His future defensive coordinator will also gain a versatile performer. At times in 2017, Ward took successful turns as a slot cornerback, helping the Buckeyes better contain tight ends.
    Analysis: He’ll never be able to do anything about being 5-11, and he isn’t the guy if you want a cornerback who can support the run, but Ward is a freakish athlete.

    No corner in the draft can match his pure explosive athleticism, vertical or broad jump, qualities which will appeal to an NFL team measuring Ward as a lockdown cornerback. While Ward only picked off two passes in his Ohio State career, his coverage skills and confidence could make him a top 10 overall pick.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 12:37:59 AM
    I had cornerback as the Browns' No. 2 need after they traded away Jason McCourty. Ward immediately becomes their CB1
    Broncos on the clock to take the 5th pick of the draft. The “Michael Cohen,” pick, if you will.
    Roc Nation's Kim Miale represents Saquon Barkley, who just went No. 2.

    That's the highest a player represented by……
    The Broncos take NC State DE Bradley Chubb with the fifth overall pick.
    Here is our scouting report on Chubb: Bronko Nagurski Award winner racked up 26 tackles for losses last season and is widely regarded as the best defensive player available in the draft.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 12:42:23 AM
    Here is a closer look at Chubb, via STATS Inc.:
    Overview: Breaking major college football program records for sacks and tackles for loss is impressive. It is even more impressive for Chubb, who passed former No. 1 overall draft pick Mario Williams (Houston Texans, 2006) in each of those categories, finishing his Wolfpack career with 26 sacks and 60 tackles for loss.

    Chubb arrived in Raleigh as a moderate high school recruit, but improved each season and went from borderline first-round talent to surefire top-10 pick with a strong senior campaign. In 12 games in 2017 (sat out the bowl game), he collected 26.0 tackles for loss and 10.0 sacks to earn ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors and won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which is awarded to the nation’s top defensive player. Chubb might not go No. 1 overall like Williams, but there is a legitimate chance he lands in the top five.

    Analysis: With an ideal build to be an NFL defensive end with large, physical frame and 34-inch arms, Chubb also knows how to use his natural ability. He understands how to use his long levers, leaning into blockers with violent hands and moving bodies with brute strength. He continues to pepper blockers mid-rush and his ability to counter with power might be his best trait.

    Although he isn’t a silky-smooth speed rusher off the edge, Chubb is able to patch together an efficient pass rush to pressure the quarterback. He is also an above-average run defender with the competitive make-up that will translate well to the NFL game. Chubb isn’t on the same level as Myles Garrett (Cleveland Browns, No. 1 pick) a year ago, but he is this draft’s top pass rush threat and an immediate NFL starter.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 12:43:49 AM
    Broncos take Bradley Chubb. Time to restock that defense with young talent
    The Colts use the sixth overall pick on Notre Dame OL Quenton Nelson.
    Here is our scouting report on Nelson: A unanimous All-American in 2017, Nelson is an elite prospect with aggression and power in spades and the fundamental soundness to make an impact right away.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 12:47:55 AM
    Colts take G Quenton Nelson at No. 6. It's about time they tried to protect Andrew Luck
    Here's a closer look at Nelson, via STATS Inc.:
    Overview: While guard isn’t traditionally viewed as worthy of a high selection, that outdated thinking can be dismissed with a special player like Nelson. The former Irish lineman started 36 games at left guard (31 consecutive) for Notre Dame. There is no such thing as a "safe" prospect in the NFL draft, but Nelson has very low bust potential and should contend for Pro Bowl consideration very early in his NFL career.
    Analysis: Nelson passes the eye test with a thick frame and the powerful upper body to dominate defenders. He secures down blocks with his inline strength and is a people-mover in the run game, flashing violence in his hands to steer and bully objects in his path. In pass protection, he isn’t the most athletic blocker, but he has a powerful base with the body balance needed to mirror and bend his knees to anchor, absorbing contact without much trouble.

    Mild-mannered off the field, Nelson flips a switch between the lines and becomes a nasty competitor, looking to bury defenders. His leadership on and off the field is also a strong selling point as the main voice on the offensive line to keep the communication flowing. Nelson played offensive tackle in high school and could probably kick outside if needed, but his best NFL position is at guard.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 12:49:27 AM
    So Bills get their QB and don't give up both first rounders…
    Bills trading up. Gotta be for a QB. I bet it'll be Josh.
    The Bills trade with the Bucs to move up to seventh overall pick from No. 12.
    What the Bills gets: picks 7 and 255. What the Bucs get: picks 12, 53, and 56.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 12:53:15 AM
    And at No. 7, the Bills take quarterback Josh Allen.
    Here's our scouting report on Allen: A big, strapping lad with an arm to match. Stands tall in the pocket and will step up and deliver strikes to every level of the defense. Struggled some against better competition and has had some injuries.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 12:54:01 AM
    Here's a closer look at Allen, via STATS Inc.:
    Overview: Allen has gone from afterthought to the seventh overall pick. Reedley Community College was the only program to offer Allen a chance out of high school, and Wyoming was the only FBS program to offer a scholarship after a year at the JUCO level.

    Following a redshirt season in 2015, Allen put himself on the NFL radar in 2016 with 3,203 passing yards and 35 total touchdowns. He returned for the 2017 season, but his top two rushers and three top receivers did not, and Allen’s production and on-field play dropped.

    He finished with 1,812 passing yards and 21 total touchdowns in 2017, while also missing two games due to a right shoulder injury. Allen still declared early for the 2018 NFL Draft, and scouts are excited about his physical traits.

    Analysis: Elite physical tools can help mask other deficiencies, which is the case with Allen. He has outstanding size, athleticism and arm strength to deliver strikes to all levels of the field. Allen uses athletic feet to buy extra time and move with agility within the pocket, stressing the defense with his movements. He shows an understanding of touch, adding velocity or taking some off his fastball as needed.

    Allen tends to rely too much on his arm to do the work, which leads to spotty mechanics and over-striding. That messy, inconsistent technique consequently affects his accuracy.

    Allen is undeveloped from a mental perspective, telegraphing throws and not making whole-field reads, but his physical traits, coachable attitude and potential will be enough to earn a spot in the first round.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 12:56:34 AM
    Patriots could get as many as 4 games next year vs. rookies Darnold and Josh Allen
    With the No. 8 pick, the Bears take Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith.
    Here's our scouting report on Smith: Rangy heat-seeker can get skinny and slip through crevices and land big hits. Smith moves well laterally and takes efficient angles to the ball. Shows a nice closing burst when blitzing.
    Here is a closer look at Smith, via STATS Inc.:
    Overview: A basketball player and wide receiver growing up, Smith packed on muscle to become a four-star linebacker recruit, staying in his home state of Georgia after initially committing to UCLA.

    After 12 appearances as a reserve as a true freshman, he started 25 games over his final two seasons, racking up 232 tackles (19.0 for loss), 6.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and three passes defensed, winning the Butkus Award in 2017.

    He ran the second-fastest 40-yard dash (4.51 seconds) among linebackers at the NFL Scouting Combine.
    Analysis: Smith has almost everything you want in a modern day linebacker. He’s a smooth and explosive athlete with quickness and straight-line speed feeding tremendous range in the run game and the ability to move in coverage like a safety. He shows excellent instincts and discipline, sniffing out misdirection and play-fakes early. He also has excellent intangibles, as coaches laud his leadership and work ethic.

    Smith’s most obvious flaw is his lack of size (6-0 7/8, 236 pounds) and length (32-inch arms), and he likely doesn’t have room for much more weight. Though he often compensates by slipping blocks effectively, bigger blockers can bully him. He also didn’t make many plays on the ball in coverage despite generally proving reliable in that area.

    If Smith were a tad longer or bigger with the same movement traits, he’d be one of the best linebacker prospects in years. As it is, he’s a top-10 caliber player with both a high floor and a high ceiling as a "Mike" or "Will" ’backer at the next level.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 1:00:56 AM
    Must protect Jimmy.
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