Personnel exec says Mixon is best player in draft
Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon received one vote from a personnel executive as the best overall player in the 2017 NFL draft. Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel polled 16 executives in personnel across the NFL on the "best player regardless of position," and one of the 16 picked Mixon.Texas A&M Myles Garrett, who is widely expected to be the first overall pick, led the way with 11 votes. LSU safety Jamal Adams, Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster and Stanford lineman Soloman Thomas received the other three votes.
These are some of the post - draft questions facing NFL teams . Our NFL Nation reporters were asked to identify the biggest question for each team . Ideally, they should have a seasoned center who can help second-year QB Sam Darnold navigate the pre-snap issues every quarterback faces.
For every team in the NFL , the goal in the offseason is the same. Improve the roster. Fill holes on the depth chart. It was tempting to mention the presence of two veteran first-round quarterbacks in Nashville (and the controversy that could cause) as the biggest post - draft question facing the team .
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Many teams throughout the NFL addressed their needs in free agency, and even more holes were filled in the draft. Between the opening of free agency and the NFL Draft, teams can’t say that they haven’t had an opportunity to strengthen their rosters.
But most teams still have weak spots. In fact, basically all of ’em do. Here’s where each NFL team could still use more help with the brunt of offseason movement complete.
Falcons GM: 'We aren't looking for angels' in draft
General manager Thomas Dimitroff said the Atlanta Falcons "aren't looking for angels" in this week's NFL Draft."Of course, I've said this time and again: We aren't looking for angels," Dimitroff told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution of players in the draft, which will be held Thursday through Saturday in Philadelphia. "We are looking for guys who are real. We are looking for guys who ultimately will fit into the brotherhood. ... We are particular about looking at the character situation and how they fit. It's a big thing, of course.
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Arizona Cardinals: Wide receiver — I like that they went linebacker-safety at the start of the draft. They did take wideout Chad Williams in Round 3, but Michael Floyd is gone and Larry Fitzgerald is old. They need fresh blood there at some point.
Atlanta Falcons: Guard — It’s honestly tough to find a hole here, but they lost Chris Chester to retirement and didn’t draft a player at that position until taking Sean Harlow in Round 4.
Baltimore Ravens: Right tackle — They lost the solid Rick Wagner in free agency and didn’t draft a tackle (fifth-rounder Jermaine Eluemunor projects as a guard).
Buffalo Bills: Linebacker — They addressed their top two needs by going cornerback-receiver to kick off the draft, leaving a linebacker corps that lost Pro Bowler Zach Brown and doesn’t know what to expect from second-year second-round pick Reggie Ragland.
Report: Michigan star Peppers failed drug test at combine
The issue of what position Jabrill Peppers could play in the NFL may be the least of his concerns now. Now things are much, much worse and his draft stock could take a hit as a result.According to a report, a positive test for a diluted sample at the NFL Combine could become a big issue for the former Michigan star.NFL notified teams that Michigan’s Jabril Peppers tested positive for a dilute sample at the combine, league sources tell ESPN.
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Just about every NFL team has made a massive mistake in the first round of the draft this century. The big man out of Baylor never learned to handle the all-important left tackle position , and was For a team like the Ravens who’ve drafted exceedingly well in the first round this century, that’s enough
Carolina Panthers: Defensive end — Starting edge-rushers Charles Johnson and Julius Peppers are a combined 164 years old.
Chicago Bears: Safety — They didn’t draft one until taking Eddie Jackson in Round 4, leaving them with Quintin Demps and Adrian Amos in starting roles.
Cincinnati Bengals: Guard — They didn’t draft one after losing Kevin Zeitler in free agency.
Cleveland Browns: Safety — First-round pick Jabrill Peppers is on board, but the position was a mess for them last year and they lost Jordan Poyer without signing anybody of note.
Dallas Cowboys: Safety — Jeff Heath isn’t an ideal starter next to 2015 first-rounder Byron Jones, and they didn’t draft one until taking Xavier Woods in Round 6.
Denver Broncos: Quarterback — They’re stacked pretty much everywhere else, especially after drafting offensive tackle Garett Bolles in Round 1. I just don’t think they’re going all the way with Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch under center.
Want to succeed at the NFL draft? Copy the Patriots
The New England Patriots are, without a doubt, the NFL's model franchise over the past decade, so it makes sense that the rest of the league would take a close look at how Bill Belichick and Co. have gone about constructing their roster, especially when it comes to the draft. An examination by The Associated Press of league draft data from 2007-16, and last season's rosters, provides insight into what makes a team like the Patriots a year-in, year-out success -- and those such as the Cleveland Browns or Los Angeles Rams a mess, season after season.
But behind every obvious hole each team has some roster deficiencies that aren’t so glaring. He’s a big reason why their run defense was around average despite dropping a safety in the box at one of They’d be smart to address it now when defensive tackle is one of the deepest positions in the draft .
No team addressed every need, so now what? The NFL Draft is great for the fact that it affords every team the opportunity to address its biggest needs. Surprisingly, the Lions opted not to take a single running back in the draft , leaving the position up to Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick and Zach
Detroit Lions: Linebacker — They’re weak there even with first-round pick Jarrad Davis on board. Paul Worrilow and Tahir Whitehead? Come on.
Green Bay Packers: Running back — They drafted three, but none appear to be immediate lead dogs and I don’t think Ty Montgomery is either.
Houston Texans: Right tackle — They can do better than Derek Newton there, but their only offseason addition at that position, fourth-rounder Julie’n Davenport, isn’t a short-term solution.
Indianapolis Colts: Guard — I can’t believe they appear to be ready to enter 2017 with the abysmal Denzelle Good in the right guard spot.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Quarterback — They’ve really shored things up around Blake Bortles, who is garbage.
Kansas City Chiefs: Inside linebacker — Derrick Johnson is old and hurt, and they can do better than Ramik Wilson. They didn’t add talent here in the draft until grabbing Ukeme Eligwe in Round 5.
Los Angeles Chargers: Safety — They drafted two in the middle rounds, but Dwight Lowery and Jahleel Addae are unfortunately still the starters.
Los Angeles Rams: Guard — Cody Wichmann and Jamon Brown were both awful on the right side last season, but they didn’t bring in any competition in free agency or the draft.
Saban: 'Mind-boggling' that people doubt Deshaun Watson
Five-time national champion head coach Nick Saban is buying quarterback Deshaun Watson's stock, and the Alabama mastermind suggested ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft that others do the same. "It's really sort of mind-boggling to me that people are having concerns about his future," Saban said on ESPN's "SportsCenter," according to Grace Raynor of the Post and Courier.
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Miami Dolphins: Guard — Jermon Bushrod and Anthony Steen were bad last year, and the only player they added this offseason at that position was fifth-rounder Isaac Asiata.
Minnesota Vikings: Guard — I promise I don’t secretly represent a bunch of free-agent safeties and guards. With Brandon Fusco gone, it looks like second-year fourth-round pick Willie Beavers will have to take over on the right side.
New England Patriots: Linebacker — Nitpicking here, because the Patriots are stacked. But Shea McClellin, Kyle Van Noy and Elandon Roberts aren’t great starting options alongside Dont’a Hightower and Rob Ninkovich.
New Orleans Saints: Wide receiver — Doesn’t seem to matter much with Drew Brees under center, but with Brandin Cooks gone they’re down to Michael Thomas, Brandon Coleman, Willie Snead and Ted Ginn.
New York Giants: Offensive tackle — Either one, really. Ereck Flowers and Bobby Hart both stunk last year, and they did little to address that in the offseason.
New York Jets: Quarterback — Hard to pick just one (Center? Wide receiver? Cornerback?), but Josh McCown is slated to be their starting signal-caller.
Oakland Raiders: Linebacker — Malcolm Smith and Perry Riley are gone and they only added fifth-rounder Marquel Lee in the draft.
Philadelphia Eagles: Center — They added two receivers in free agency and two corners in the draft, so they’re in pretty solid shape. But Jason Kelce hasn’t been good for several years in the middle.
Shaun O’Hara rips Giants, Jerry Reese for ‘wasted’ pick on Davis Webb
Shaun O'Hara ripped the New York Giants and general manager Jerry Reese for what he called a "wasted" pick on California QB Davis Webb."You're going to draft a quarterback that's not going to play for at least 3-4 years? Eli hasn't missed a game in his entire career - not one game," O'Hara said during NFL Network's draft broadcast. "They still have some holes on the offensive line.
Every team has made a colossal draft mistake it ends up regretting for years. If you ask Jerry Jones what his biggest draft regret is, passing on Randy Moss would be the answer. He even went as far as apologizing to Moss for opting to take Greg Ellis with the No. 8 overall pick instead of the future All-pro.
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Pittsburgh Steelers: Cornerback — Third-rounder Cameron Sutton doesn’t make this position a strength. William Gay is old, Ross Cockrell is only OK and the jury is still out on Artie Burns.
San Francisco 49ers: Cornerback — Plenty of holes to pick from here, but there’s pretty much nobody behind Jimmie Ward at corner.
Seattle Seahawks: Left tackle — Did you see what happened to Russell Wilson behind that neglected offensive line last season? How do you draft eight players in five rounds and not take an offensive tackle? Luke Joeckel and Oday Aboushi won’t fix this.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Left tackle — It might almost be time to give up on 2015 second-round pick Donovan Smith, who has been a mess in back-to-back seasons. But they’ve got nobody else.
Tennessee Titans: Guard — This one was tougher than you might expect. Josh Kline did a decent job at right guard last season but might not be a long-term answer there.
Washington Redskins: Running back — Fourth-round pick Samaje Perine could make things interesting, because I’m not sure about Rob Kelley, Chris Thompson and Matt Jones.
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Celtics win NBA draft lottery, Lakers at No. 2 keep pick .
The Boston Celtics have won the NBA draft lottery, capitalizing on a trade they made with the Brooklyn Nets four years ago. The Los Angeles Lakers were other big winners, moving up one spot to second to hold onto their pick. They would have had to trade it to Philadelphia if it fell outside the top three.The Celtics will go from No. 1 seed to No. 1 pick after their 25 percent chance of winning came through Tuesday night. They open the Eastern Conference finals at home on Wednesday against Cleveland.