Chargers able to address defensive tackle, linebacker needs

Football 04/27/19, 20:46

Los Angeles Chargers general manager Tom Telesco knew that he needed to add depth at defensive tackle and linebacker during the NFL draft. The Chargers accomplished that as four of their seven selections addressed those two areas.Defensive tackles bookended the Chargers selections. They took Notre Dame's Jerry Tillery in the ...

Bucs bolster defense in hopes of helping Winston

Football 04/27/19, 20:37

For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the NFL draft was all about trying to give Jameis Winston a better chance to succeed.That not only means surrounding the fifth-year quarterback with playmakers on offense but rebuilding a defense that's been one of the worst in the league since Winston entered the league ...

Rare move up to draft Devin Bush highlights Steelers draft

Football 04/27/19, 20:21

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin increasingly talks about "position-less" football and the ever growing need to find players who can't just do one thing, but many.Ryan Shazier might have been the embodiment of that movement until a spinal injury suffered in December 2017 halted the star linebacker's career just as ...

Mayock feels ownership over 1st draft as Raiders GM

Football 04/27/19, 20:10

Soon after Mike Mayock moved from the role of draft analyst to Oakland Raiders general manager, former Baltimore GM Ozzie Newsome warned him that having an opinion is far easier than making a decision.Now that his first draft as an NFL general manager is over, Mayock said that resonated with ...

Browns bolster defense in second NFL draft under GM Dorsey

Football 04/27/19, 20:03

Freddie Kitchens emerged from the Browns' draft room looking like a wide-eyed rookie.Things had been moving pretty quickly for Cleveland's first-year coach, who seemed a little dazed after spending three whirlwind days observing general manager John Dorsey and his staff relentlessly work the phones with other NFL front-office executives while ...

Hockenson, Tavai highlight Detroit’s draft haul

Football 04/27/19, 19:51

Detroit general manager Bob Quinn was asked if it gives him pause when the Lions seem to be valuing a player more than various analysts.The answer was no surprise."No," Quinn said Saturday after the conclusion of the NFL draft. "If I worry about what other people think, I'll be up ...

Elway bolsters his offense for a change, including QB

Football 04/27/19, 19:44

After entering the offseason scrambling again at quarterback, John Elway emerged from draft weekend set for the present and maybe the future at a position that's been his Frankenstein ever since Peyton Manning retired three years ago. Drew Lock will be Joe Flacco's understudy — providing he can beat out Boise ...

Eagles draft all about offense

Football 04/27/19, 19:36

Scoring more points matters most to the Philadelphia Eagles.The Eagles took offensive players with four of their five picks in the NFL draft, passing up needs on defense to select the best players available to help them improve an offense that ranked 18th in scoring last year.They got their only ...

Ballard continues deep defensive dive on final day of draft

Football 04/27/19, 19:11

Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard went virtually all in on defense in this year's draft.He hopes the payoff is worth it.After watching the Colts improve from No. 30 in total defense in 2018 to No. 11 last season, Ballard used seven of his first eight picks adding assets for ...

Jaguars gamble on Murray State linebacker Quincy Williams

Football 04/27/19, 19:04

Quincy Williams didn't get an invite to the NFL combine. He didn't have a pro day at Murray State. He didn't even think he would get drafted, at least not in the third round.He ended up being Jacksonville's biggest, maybe boldest, reach in the NFL draft.The Jaguars chose the 5-fooot-10, ...

Jets bolster defense early, but still have key questions

Football 04/27/19, 18:56

Mike Maccagnan resisted the urge to trade down or make his first pick based solely on need to kick off the New York Jets' draft weekend.He ended up with perhaps the best overall talent in this year's class, taking Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams at No. 3 on Thursday night.It's ...

Bills show glimmers of luster under McDermott, Beane

Football 04/27/19, 18:48

Though exhausted after completing the second day of the NFL draft, Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane had enough playfulness in him to compliment coach Sean McDermott on his natty, plum-colored, pinstriped suit."There's a sheen to it," Beane said with a laugh.McDermott responded with a roll of his eyes and ...

Pats take Stidham as possible successor to Brady

Football 04/27/19, 18:35

Jarrett Stidham now stands where several others have before him — as a possible successor to Tom Brady as quarterback of the New England Patriots.But like nine other drafted signal-callers before him, Stidham knows it's best to concentrate solely upon making the football team first and worry later about what ...

Dolphins give Rosen another chance to be franchise QB

Football 04/27/19, 18:31

Going into the draft, the Miami Dolphins' plan was to win later.Josh Rosen will try to change that.If the Arizona Cardinals' castoff quarterback shows the Dolphins this year that he can be a franchise QB, they'll be ahead of schedule in their rebuilding project under first-year coach Brian Flores.And if ...

Redskins find long-term QB prospect, immediate help in draft

Football 04/27/19, 18:15

Dwayne Haskins learned patience from waiting behind J.T. Barrett at Ohio State that he could need to lean on before he becomes the Redskins' franchise quarterback. Selecting Haskins 15th overall gives Washington what it hopes to be a long-term solution at football's most important position. Trading back up into the first ...

Bengals’ draft: Shore up the blocking, toss in a backup QB

Football 04/27/19, 18:03

With the exception of a fourth-round quarterback, the Bengals' first draft under coach Zac Taylor was more about upgrading their infrastructure.And there was a distinct emphasis on Taylor's favorite side of the ball.The Bengals got two offensive linemen, a run-blocking tight end, a defensive tackle and a linebacker among their ...

Panthers checked off boxes in NFL draft, addressed needs

Football 04/27/19, 17:20

Panthers general manager Marty Hurney methodically addressed the Carolina's most pressing needs, checking off one-by-one during the three-day NFL draft.Carolina selected defensive end Brian Burns from Florida State with the 16th overall pick, giving them a potential long-term replacement for future Hall of Famer Julius Peppers, who retired in February.Then, ...

Titans will need patience as they await Simmons’ recovery

Football 04/27/19, 17:04

The Tennessee Titans will need to be patient with their first-round pick in the NFL draft. They used the rest of their selections on players who could fill holes and contribute right away.Although the Titans have had three straight winning seasons for the first time since relocating from Houston to ...

A-plus NFL draft grade for Music City with record attendance

Sports 04/27/19, 16:55

Grading any draft can be challenging, and snap judgments after the last pick usually are far too optimistic.Yes, Music City couldn't keep the rain away from opening night. Still, closing off both the honky-tonk district and throwing out the welcome mat at the Tennessee Titans' stadium a short walk across ...

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