2019 NFL Draft: Top 250 prospects (with comments)

2019 NFL Draft: Top 250 prospects (with comments)

Field Level Media’s Top 250 prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft, ranked overall by position.

Rank (Position Rank), Player (*=underclassman) Pos, Ht., Wt., 40, Proj., School, Comment

1. (1) Nick Bosa, DE, 6-3 3/4, 266, 4.79, 1, Ohio State: Power-packed, technically-refined edge rusher with similar production as brother Joey, the 3rd pick in ’16.

2. (1) Quinnen Williams, DT, 6-3, 303, 4.83, 1, Alabama: Most dominant player in this draft last season. Offers rare combination of explosive quickness and power.

3. (1) Ed Oliver, DT, 6-1 7/8, 287, N/A, 1, Houston: Exceptional agility for the position, projecting as an Aaron Donald/Geno Atkins-type interior penetrator.

4. (1) Josh Allen, OLB, 6-4 7/8, 262, 4.63, 1, Kentucky: Turned down NFL last year to polish game and it shows. Twitchy edge rusher with ideal length, athleticism.

5. (1) Devin White, ILB, 6-0, 237, 4.42, 1, LSU: Reigning Butkus Award winner. Ideal blend of instincts, grit, physicality and legit sideline to sideline speed.

6. (2) Rashan Gary, DE, 6-4 3/8, 277, 4.58, 1, Michigan: Size and athleticism scream top five pick but wasn’t as productive as traits suggest. May be better in NFL.

7. (3) Montez Sweat, DE, 6-5 3/4, 260, 4.41, 1, Mississippi State: Ideal new-age edge rusher with exceptional length and speed. Best player at Sr. Bowl & owned Combine.

8. (4) Clelin Ferrell, DE, 6-4 3/8, 264, N/A, 1, Clemson: Full-service DE who may prove better against the run than pass in NFL due to just average initial burst.

9. (1) Jonah Williams, OT, 6-4 1/2, 302, 5.12, 1, Alabama: Three-year starting OT at Alabama is as close as this draft gets to a plug-and-play blocker. A technician.

10. (1) Dwayne Haskins, QB, 6-3 3/8, 231, 5.04, 1, Ohio State: Classic drop-back passer with good vision, accuracy, arm. One-year starter with below-avg. athleticism

11. (1) Andraez “Greedy” Williams, CB, 6-1 7/8, 185, 4.37, 1, LSU: Teases with exceptional height, fluidity & ballskills, but cover-corner mentality in run support is troubling.

12. (1) T.J. Hockenson, TE, 6-4 3/4, 251, 4.7, 1, Iowa: Best of a terrific TE class. Soft hands and speed to challenge the seam and blocks like a third OT.

13. (2) Brian Burns, OLB, 6-4 3/4, 249, 4.53, 1, Florida State: Twitchy edge rusher who played closer to 235 pounds at FSU but didn’t lose his burst or bend at this size.

14. (2) Kyler Murray, QB, 5-10 1/8, 207, N/A, 1, Oklahoma: World class athlete drafted 9th in MLB & won Heisman only season as starting QB. Size, scheme concerns.

15. (1) D.K. Metcalf, WR, 6-3 3/8, 228, 4.33, 1, Mississippi: Calvin Johnson-like size/speed. Grandfather, father, uncle played in NFL. Missed 15/36 games to injuries.

16. (2) Byron Murphy, CB, 5-10 3/4, 190, 4.55, 1, Washington: Lacks top-notch speed but buttery smooth hip turn, instincts and physicality for position. Ideal zone CB.

17. (3) Christian Wilkins, DT, 6-3 1/4, 315, 5.04, 1, Clemson: Excellent initial quickness, agility and awarenes for a DT of his size. Superb intangibles as well.

18. (1) Nasir Adderley, S, 5-11 3/4, 206, N/A, 1, Delaware: Dominant small schooler who stood out at Sr. Bowl. Classic FS with range, ballskills and reliable tackling.

19. (2) N’Keal Harry, WR, 6-2 3/8, 228, 4.53, 1, Arizona State: Cleanest WR prospect in this class. Lacks elite speed but polished routes, strong hands and highly physical.

20. (2) Jawaan Taylor, OT, 6-5, 312, N/A, 1, Florida: Earth-mover with the mass, power to spark an immediate upgrade in running game. Solid in pass pro too.

21. (4) Dexter Lawrence , DT, 6-4 1/2, 342, 5.05, 1, Clemson: Freakish combo of size and athleticism but isn’t as quick as 40-time suggests. Dominant run-stuffing NG.

22. (2) Devin Bush, ILB, 5-11, 234, 4.43, 1-2, Michigan: New-age ILB who makes up for lack of ideal size with exceptional speed, instincts and ferocity.

23. (2) Noah Fant, TE, 6-4 1/8, 249, 4.5, 1-2, Iowa: Jimmy Graham-like seam (and slot) threat whose height and 39.5″ vertical jump scream red zone monster.

24. (5) Jerry Tillery, DT, 6-6 1/2, 295, 4.93, 1-2, Notre Dame: Top 10 tools with inconsistent results. Size, athleticism suggest positional, schematic versatility.

25. (2) Johnathan Abram, S, 5-11 3/8, 205, 4.45, 1-2, Mississippi State: Heat-seeking missile in run support with the range, awareness and ballskills to handle either safety role.

26. (3) Deionte Thompson, S, 6-1, 195, N/A, 1-2, Alabama: Exciting size, range and ballskills but struggled in playoffs. Inability (or unwillingness) to work out since.

27. (3) Andre Dillard, OT, 6-5, 315, 4.96, 1-2, Washington State: Best pass-blocking OT in this class. Very light feet and good length. Passive rather than a puncher, though.

28. (3) Deandre Baker, CB, 5-11, 193, 4.52, 1-2, Georgia: Battle-tested, highly competitive corner who returned for senior season and won Thorpe Award.

29. (1) Cody Ford, OG, 6-3 3/4, 329, 5.21, 1-2, Oklahoma: Built like an OG but with the feet and length (34″) of an OT. Experienced at both for nation’s top OL.

30. (1) Josh Jacobs, RB, 5-10 , 220, N/A, 1-2, Alabama: Lacks preferred breakaway speed but has everything else, including plenty of tread left on his tires.

31. (3) Drew Lock, QB, 6-3 3/4, 228, 4.69, 1-2, Missouri: Broke SEC record for most passing TDs as a junior and opted to return. Plus arm, accuracy. Gets rattled.

32. (3) Marquise Brown, WR, 5-9 3/8, 166, N/A, 1-2, Oklahoma: Best vertical threat in the class due to exceptional speed. Spindly frame. Cousin to NFL’s Antonio Brown.

33. (4) Dalton Risner, OT, 6-4 3/4, 312, 5.3, 1-2, Kansas State: Blue-collar blocker who starred wherever KSU needed him. Impressive reps vs. Montez Sweat at Sr. Bowl.

34. (4) Amani Hooker, S, 5-11 3/8, 210, 4.48, 1-2, Iowa: Third consecutive Big Ten DB of the year for Iowa. Smart, agile and a slashing hitter. Proven at nickel too.

35. (5) Anthony Nelson, DE, 6-7, 271, 4.82, 1-2, Iowa: Overshadowed in this DL class. Long, strong and impressive athlete for size. Scheme/position versatile.

36. (4) A.J. Brown, WR, 6-0 1/2, 226, 4.49, 1-2, Mississippi: Alpha dog at Ole Miss rather than workout warrior like teammates. Anquan Boldin-like possession WR.

37. (4) Daniel Jones, QB, 6-5 1/8, 221, 4.81, 1-2, Duke: Game-manager with ideal smarts, size, release and accuracy. Just average arm strength, however.

38. (1) Garrett Bradbury, C, 6-2 7/8, 306, 4.92, 2, North Carolina State: Consensus top-rated C in this class. Exceptional athlete for the position with underrated strength/length.

39. (5) Kaleb McGary, OT, 6-7 1/8, 317, 5.05, 2, Washington: Top 10 talent who tore his ACL in pre-combine training and may require redshirt season. Powerful.

40. (7) Jeffery Simmons, DT, 6-3, 305, N/A, 2, Mississippi State: Morris Trophy winner as PAC-12’s top OL. Impressed at Sr Bowl. and Combine as well. Four-year starter.

41. (4) Lonnie Johnson, CB, 6-1 7/8, 213, 4.52, 2, Kentucky: Bigger than most WRs and uses it to his advantage, bullying them with his length and strength.

42. (5) Taylor Rapp, S, 5-11 3/4, 208, N/A, 2, Washington: Poor timed speed in the 40-yard (4.77 at Pro Day) but exceptional quickness, instincts and tackling.

43. (6) Trysten Hill, DT, 6-2 3/4, 308, 5.04, 2, Central Florida: Quick-twitch penetrating three-technique DT who clashed with UCF coaches and thus requires vetting.

44. (5) Deebo Samuel, WR, 5-11 1/4, 214, 4.48, 2, South Carolina: Golden Tate-like frame and physicality makes this dynamic WR and PR more of a RB after the catch.

45. (6) Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, 5-10 7/8, 210, 4.48, 2, Florida: Ideal frame, physicality and speed for safety. Reminiscent of former UF teammate Keanu Neal.

46. (6) Joe Jackson, DE, 6-4 1/4, 275, N/A, 2, Miami: Blue-collar base 4-3 DE who may lack elite initial quickness but possesses length, power and grit.

47. (2) Chris Lindstrom, OG, 6-3 3/4, 308, 4.91, 2, Boston College: Top-heavy but light-footed OG with NFL bloodlines and mentality. Best in a zone-blocking scheme.

48. (6) Greg Little, OT, 6-5 1/4, 310, 5.33, 2, Mississippi: Imposing LT with exciting tools who just needs to iron out some of the wrinkles to be a longtime starter.

49. (5) Kendall Sheffield, CB, 5-11 3/8, 193, N/A, 2, Ohio State: Forecasted to be fastest player at Combine before partially tearing pec during BP. Originally at Alabama.

50. (3) Mack Wilson, ILB, 6-1 1/8 , 240, N/A, 2, Alabama: Prototypically built MLB with the awareness and loose hips to handle coverage. Just avg. speed, though.

51. (7) Jachai Polite, DE, 6-2 5/8, 258, 4.84, 2, Florida: Explosive intitial burst to beat OTs with speed alone. Active hands. Forced NCAA-best 7 fumbles in 2018.

52. (6) Hakeem Butler, WR, 6-5 3/8, 227, 4.48, 2, Iowa State: Imposing split end with size to post-up CBs and the speed to beat them over the top. Too many drops.

53. (6) Amani Oruwariye, CB, 6-1 5/8, 205, 4.47, 2, Penn State: First-round tools but didn’t emerge as full-time starter until senior year. More athletic than aggressive.

54. (7) Darnell Savage, S, 5-10 3/4, 198, 4.36, 2, Maryland: Position versatile DB with experience at safety, nickel. Lacks ideal size but is a competitive hitter too.

55. (7) Parris Campbell, WR, 5-11 7/8, 205, 4.31, 2, Ohio State: Better football player than athlete. Tough to move and finds the ball. Ultra-productive and reliable.

56. (8) Zach Allen, DE, 6-4 1/8, 281, 5.0, 2, Boston College: Among most dynamic athletes in this class. Pigeonholed as underneath WR at OSU but could be more.

57. (8) JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, 6-2, 225, N/A, 2, Stanford: Former basketball player and plays like it, boxing out DBs to snatch passes with his hands. Big slot in NFL?

58. (3) Chase Winovich, OLB, 6-2 3/4, 256, 4.59, 2, Michigan: Tasmanian Devil-like intensity out of the 2- or 3-point stance. Stiff-hipped. Needs to rush, not cover.

59. (2) Elgton Jenkins, C, 6-4 1/2, 310, N/A, 2-3, Mississippi State: Powerful and battle-tested with experience all over OL. Solid now; should improve focusing on one role.

60. (4) Vosean Joseph, ILB, 6-1 1/2, 230, N/A, 2-3, Florida: Instinctive, athletic and highly combative, Joseph is a future starter if he can learn to control his emotions.

61. (7) Michael Jackson, CB, 6-0 5/8, 210, 4.45, 2-3, Miami: Ideal frame and speed but isn’t as fluid on the field as the track. Only 4 career INTs came in 2017.

62. (9) Charles Omenihu, DE, 6-5 3/8, 280, 4.92, 2-3, Texas: Looks like Superman but played like Clark Kent until his senior season. Powerful but lacks top burst, bend.

63. (3) Dru Samia, OG, 6-5 3/4, 305, 5.29, 2-3, Oklahoma: Powerful and aggressive. Most consistent blocker on an OL graded as the best in the country. Classic RG.

64. (5) Jarrett Stidham, QB, 6-2 3/8, 218, 4.81, 2-3, Auburn: Pro-style QB whose development was hampered in read-option offense. Potential future starter.

65. (8) Justin Layne, CB, 6-1 3/4, 192, 4.50, 2-3, Michigan State: Former WR who struggled to turn PBUs into INTs. Ideal size, athleticism speaks to his undeniable upside.

66. (2) Trayveon Williams, RB, 5-8 1/8, 206, 4.51, 2-3, Texas A&M: Undersized back with wiggle, burst to create chunk plays. Stronger than he looks. Devonta Freeman-like.

67. (10) L.J. Collier, DE, 6-2 1/4, 283, 4.91, 2-3, TCU: Short DE with disproportionately long arms (34″) and a varied pass rush arsenal. Powerful and combative.

68. (3) Foster Moreau, TE, 6-4 1/8, 253, 4.66, 2-3, LSU: Rarely used as a pass-catcher at LSU but has soft hands, good speed. Physical and competitive blocker.

69. (3) Erik McCoy, C, 6-3 7/8, 303, 4.89, 2-3, Texas A&M: Late-bloomer who developed into one of nation’s better, more athletic interior OL. Still improving.

70. (8) Khalen Saunders, DT, 6-0 3/8, 324, 5.01, 2-3, Western Illinois: Short, stubby DT who wowed scouts with his quickness, strength, focus (and backflip) at the Senior Bowl.

71. (7) Mitch Hyatt, OT, 6-5 3/8, 303, N/A, 2-3, Clemson: Four-year starting LT for Tigers who might project best at OG in NFL. More technician than total package.

72. (4) Dawson Knox, TE, 6-4 3/8, 254, N/A, 2-3, Mississippi: Exciting seam threat under-utilized at Ole Miss. Could be this classes’ George Kittle or Travis Kelce.

73. (3) Darrell Henderson, RB, 5-8 3/8, 208, 4.49, 2-3, Memphis: Big play “air back” who averaged 8.9 yards on his 214 carries in 2018, albeit against lower competition.

74. (4) Connor McGovern, OG, 6-5 3/8, 308, N/A, 2-3, Penn State: Imposing frame and physicality. A classic RG in the NFL who likes to bully opponents to create movement.

75. (8) Martez Ivey, OT, 6-5, 315, N/A, 2-3, Florida: Aptly-named tackle with vines for arms (36 1/4″). Can get lazy with footwork but has starting potential.

76. (8) Juan Thornhill, S, 6-0 1/4, 205, 4.42, 2-3, Virginia: Ultra-productive former CB turned safety with terrific ballskills. Ran faster than expected at Combine.

77. (4) Mike Weber, RB, 5-9 5/8, 211, 4.47, 3, Ohio State: Bowling ball of a runner with good vision, burst and balance through contact. Best suited to a committee.

78. (10) Joejuan Williams, CB, 6-3 5/8, 211, 4.64, 3, Vanderbilt: Signed with Vanderbilt over offers from more prominent schools. Bullies WRs with size, physicality.

79. (9) Terry Beckner, Jr. , DT, 6-3 5/8, 296, 5.19, 3, Missouri: Former highly regarded prep who fought through early knee injuries to become star. Best as a 3-tech DT.

80. (5) Kahale Warring, TE, 6-5 1/8, 252, 4.67, 3, San Diego State: Latecomer to football but possesses an ideal frame and all-around athleticism. Intruing potential.

81. (5) David Montgomery, RB, 5-10 1/8, 222, 4.63, 3, Iowa State: Balanced battering-ram of a back with good vision and better burst, elusiveness than 40-time suggests.

82. (5) Nate Davis, OG, 6-3 1/4, 316, 5.23, 3, Charlotte: Short, stubby blocker well-built to winning leverage battle. Powerful but needs a lot of technique work.

83. (5) Ben Banogu, OLB, 6-3 1/2, 250, 4.62, 3, TCU: UL-Monroe transfer who excelled at TCU and turned heads in workouts. Raw athlete who could surprise.

84. (9) Rock Ya-Sin, CB, 5-11 3/4, 192, 4.51, 3, Temple: FCS-transfer who dominated at Temple in 2018 and created a buzz at the Senior Bowl, Combine.

85. (11) Kris Boyd, CB, 5-11 1/2, 201, 4.45, 3, Texas: Well-built, physical CB just as likely to be scrapping with RBs in run support as harrassing WRs downfield.

86. (10) Isaiah Buggs, DT, 6-3 1/8, 306, 5.15, 3, Alabama: Versatile DL who led the Tide with 9.5 sacks in 2018 (1.5 in 2017). Short arms (31 1/4) will push him to DT.

87. (5) Bobby Okereke, ILB, 6-1 3/8, 239, 4.58, 3, Stanford: Not your typical Stanford LB. Boasts an ideal frame and athleticism but shows just average instincts.

88. (6) Drue Tranquill, OLB, 6-2, 234, 4.57, 3, Notre Dame: Former safety who kept growing. Size, speed and instincts are all starter-level but he may be tapped out.

89. (6) Josh Oliver, TE, 6-4 5/8, 249, 4.63, 3, San Jose State: Late-bloomer. Opponents’ defensive game-plans started with him. Raw but big upside as a seam threat.

90. (12) Trayvon Mullen, CB, 6-1 1/2, 199, 4.46, 3, Clemson: Defensive MVP of 2018-19 title game. Too reliant on raw talent but is gifted, like cousin Lamar Jackson.

91. (6) Damien Harris, RB, 5-10 1/8, 216, 4.57, 3, Alabama: Started the past two seasons over top-rated RB Josh Jacobs. Powerful, balanced, consistent. Safe backup.

92. (6) Michael Deiter, OG, 6-5 1/8, 309, 5.23, 3, Wisconsin: Four-year starter with experience at LT, LG and C for one of nation’s best producers of NFL blockers.

93. (7) Miles Sanders, RB, 5-10 5/8, 211, 4.49, 3, Penn State: Exploded in 2018 with Saquon Barkley gone. Legitmate starter potential. Fumbled 10 times over career.

94. (11) Dre’Mont Jones, DT, 6-2 3/4, 281, 5.12, 3, Ohio State: Ignore the poor 40-yard dash time. Jones has good quickness, flexibility as an interior pass rusher.

95. (9) Yodny Cajuste, OT, 6-4 7/8, 312, N/A, 3, West Virginia: Light-footed, long-armed LT who could prove an NFL starter. Last name pronounced “Ka-Just.”

96. (7) Justin Hollins, OLB, 6-5 1/4, 248, 4.50, 3, Oregon: Twitchy edge rusher with terrific timed speed. Earned Defensive MVP at Shrine Game as off-ball OLB.

97. (13) Sean Bunting, CB, 6-0 3/8, 195, 4.42, 3, Central Michigan: Self-made NFL prospect who talked his way onto roster. Left early for NFL as league Defensive MVP.

98. (6) Tyree Jackson, QB, 6-7, 249, 4.59, 3, Buffalo: Raw as sushi prospect with the size, speed and a howitzer for an arm every team is looking to develop.

99. (9) David Sills V, WR, 6-3 1/3, 211, 4.57, 3, West Virginia: Smooth route-runner with excellent size and body control to consistently win one-on-one matchups.

100. (11) Maxx Crosby, DE, 6-4 7/8, 255, 4.66, 3, Eastern Michigan: Dominant small schooler still just growing into his frame. Could be a monster a year from now.

101. (10) Kelvin Harmon, WR, 6-2 1/2, 221, 4.6, 3, North Carolina State: Classic possession receiver adept at bullying cornerbacks with his frame, physicality and body control.

102. (9) Will Harris, S, 6-1, 207, 4.41, 3, Boston College: Well-built, ultra-reliable defender with NFL bloodlines. Proved faster than expected at Sr. Bowl, Combine.

103. (11) Andy Isabella, WR, 5-8 3/4, 188, 4.31, 3, Massachusetts-Amherst: Short (but not small) speed demon and slot extraordinaire. Lit up Georgia in the 2018 season-opener.

104. (10) Marvell Tell III, S, 6-2, 198, N/A, 3, Southern California: Highly regarded prep with more intriguing traits than stats. Projected at CB by some due to slim build.

105. (12) Austin Bryant, DE, 6-3 7/8, 271, N/A, 3, Clemson: Highly productive but rarely faced double-teams due to opponents’ focus on Tigers’ other DL.

106. (4) Blake Cashman, OLB, 6-1 1/8, 237, 4.50, 3, Minnesota: Former walk-on who emerged as an All-Big Ten defender in 2018 before dazzling at the Combine.

107. (14) Isaiah Johnson, CB, 6-2 1/8, 208, 4.40, 3-4, Houston: Imposing press corner with an ideal blend of size and speed. Former WR who needs more seasoning.

108. (8) Devin Singletary, RB, 5-7 1/2, 203, 4.66, 3-4, Florida Atlantic: Short, thick jitterbug of a runner with underrated strength, grit. Dominated C-USA. 66 TDs scored 2016-18.

109. (13) Dontavius Russell, DT, 6-2 3/4, 319, 5.15, 3-4, Auburn: Prototypically built run-stuffing presence with the strength and girth to collapse interior rush lanes.

110. (8) Sione Takitaki, OLB, 6-1 1/8, 238, 4.63, 3-4, BYU: Speedy, instinctive outside linebacker who overcame early coaching clashes to become a team captain.

111. (13) Riley Ridley, WR, 6-1 1/4, 199, 4.58, 3-4, Georgia: Younger, bigger (but slower) brother of Falcons 2018 first round pick Calvin. Projects as a No. 2 or 3 WR.

112. (15) Julian Love, CB, 5-10 3/4, 195, 4.54, 3-4, Notre Dame: Classic cover corner with light feet and loose hips to shadow receivers. 32 PBUs over the past two years.

113. (12) Max Scharping, OT, 6-5 7/8, 327, N/A, 3-4, Northern Illinois: Started all 53 games of his career (49 at OT). More of a technician than a street fighter despite girth.

114. (14) Terry McLaurin, WR, 6-0 1/8, 208, 4.35, 3-4, Ohio State: Size-speed prospect who looked better at the Sr. Bowl than at Ohio State. Quality special teamer, too.

115. (9) Oshane Ximines, OLB, 6-3 1/2, 253, 4.78, 3-4, Old Dominion: Dominant small-schooler who didn’t look out of place at the Sr. Bowl. 32.5 sacks, 11 FF over career.

116. (10) Tytus Howard, OT, 6-5, 322, 5.05, 3-4, Alabama State: Former HS QB who started out at TE for the Hornets. Future starting OT but will need some work first.

117. (16) Jamel Dean, CB, 6-1, 206, 4.30, 3-4, Auburn: Exceptional size-speed prospect with troubling history of knee injuries. Originally signed with Ohio State.

118. (10) Jordan Brailford, OLB, 6-2 5/8, 252, 4.65, 3-4, Oklahoma State: Quick-twitch edge rusher with 27.5 TFL 2017-18 (including 9 sacks last year). East-West Shrine Game riser.

119. (12) Mecole Hardman, WR, 5-10 1/4, 187, 4.33, 3-4, Georgia: Former DT turned OT who projects best at OG. Combine star, including in BP with year’s most reps (39).

120. (7) Iosua Opeta , OG, 6-4 1/4, 301, 5.02, 4, Weber State: Former CB and special teams ace turned WR. Blazing speed but routes and hands need work. High upside.

121. (11) Isaiah Prince, OT, 6-6 1/2, 305, 5.09, 4, Ohio State: Broke Terrell Suggs’ career sacks record (45), albeit vs. lesser competition. So-so at Sr. Bowl, workouts.

122. (13) Jaylon Ferguson, DE, 6-4 6/8, 271, 4.82, 4, Louisiana Tech: Terrific size (including 35 1/2″ arms) and surprisingly agile when he has to be. Three-year starter at RT.

123. (13) Oli Udoh, OT, 6-5 1/2, 323, 5.05, 4, Elon: Massive OT with long arms (35 3/8″) who turned heads at the all-star games. Raw but has starter traits.

124. (8) Phil Haynes, OG, 6-3 5/8, 322, 5.20, 4, Wake Forest: Former basketball player who gained nearly 80 pounds at Wake to morph into legitimate people-mover.

125. (6) Cody Barton, ILB, 6-2 1/2, 237, 4.64, 4, Utah: Former safety who emerged as a star LB for the Utes in 2018, suggesting his best football still lies ahead.

126. (9) Myles Gaskin, RB, 5-9 1/4, 205, 4.58, 4, Washington: Only Pac-12 rusher to ever eclipe 1,000 yards four times. Average size/speed bely vision, burst, balance.

127. (11) Darius West, S, 5-10 7/8, 208, 4.39, 4, Kentucky: Hard-luck player with troubling history of injuries. Bounced back to star in 2017-18, including at Combine.

128. (9) Beau Benzschawel, OG, 6-6 1/4, 309, 5.24, 4, Wisconsin: Four-year starting RG for the Badgers but has a frame and game that might be better suited to RT in NFL.

129. (15) Keelan Doss, WR, 6-2 1/8, 211, N/A, 4, UC-Davis: Big-bodied possession receiver with eye-popping production. Crisp routes drew praise at Senior Bowl.

130. (14) John Cominsky, DE, 6-5 1/4, 286, 4.69, 4, Charleston: Self-made prospect who gained 65 pounds since playing QB as prep. Better at Combine than Senior Bowl.

131. (14) David Edwards, OT, 6-6 1/4, 308, 5.28, 4, Wisconsin: Former prep QB (and TE at UW) with the size, feet to remain at OT – but only with more strength, reps.

132. (16) Ryan Davis, WR, 5-9 7/8, 189, N/A, 4, Auburn: Classic slot prospect whose quickness and toughness generated big numbers in a run-based scheme.

133. (7) Cameron Smith, ILB, 6-2, 238, 4.69, 4, Southern California: Four-year standout whose grit in playing through injury (and quick recovery) match his instincts, stats.

134. (17) Saivion Smith, CB, 6-0 7/8, 199, 4.65, 4, Alabama: Imposing, long-armed CB with starter potential. Originally at LSU and signed with ‘Bama out of JUCO.

135. (12) Albert Huggins, DT, 6-2 7/8, 305, 5.12, 4, Clemson: Oft-used backup at Clemson took a starting (and starring) role in playoffs, cementing Day Three stock.

136. (7) Ryan Finley, QB, 6-4, 213, 4.73, 4, North Carolina State: Checks boxes with his size, anticipation, accuracy and competitiveness, making up for just an average arm.

137. (12) Khari Willis, S, 5-10 7/8, 213, 4.52, 4, Michigan State: Better player than athlete. Renowned for his smarts, toughness and consistency. Jack-of-all-trades safety.

138. (17) Gary Jennings, Jr. , WR, 6-1, 214, 4.42, 4, West Virginia: Overshadowed on his own team at times, but turned heads at the Senior Bowl and Combine. Late riser.

139. (10) Justice Hill, RB, 5-9 5/8, 198, 4.4, 4, Oklahoma State: Most explosive of Combine RBs. Same burst resulted in 3,539 yards (and 30 TDs) in just three years.

140. (14) Daylon Mack, DT, 6-1, 336, 5.10, 4, Texas A&M: Built like a fire hydrant and is just as tough to move at the point of attack. Classic run-stuffing NG.

141. (11) Kaden Elliss, OLB, 6-2 1/4, 238, 4.62, 4, Idaho: All-star game and Combine snub despite eye-popping production and NFL bloodlines. Saw time at TE too.

142. (4) Lamont Gaillard, C, 6-2 5/8, 305, N/A, 4-5, Georgia: Former DT and plays like it, bringing a street brawler mentality to the middle. Fits best in a power scheme.

143. (11) Benny Snell, RB, 5-10 3/8, 224, 4.66, 4-5, Kentucky: Bell-cow runner whose vision, balance and determination are all NFL-caliber – even if his speed is not.

144. (8) Clayton Thorson, QB, 6-4, 222, N/A, 4-5, Northwestern: Inspirational field general for the try-hard Wildcats. Good size and grit. Average strength and accuracy.

145. (7) Jace Sternberger, TE, 6-4, 251, 4.75, 4-5, Texas A&M: Played for three different programs from 2016-18. Exploded for 10 TDs (best among FBS TEs) last year.

146. (15) Chuma Edoga, OT, 6-3 1/2, 308, 5.19, 4-5, Southern California: Height suggests a move inside to OG but has the feet, length of an OT. Boosted stock at Senior Bowl.

147. (12) Terrill Hanks, OLB, 6-2, 242, 4.98, 4-5, New Mexico State: Possesses physique carved from granite. Unfortunately, he ran like it at the Combine. Plays fast.

148. (16) Michael Jordan, OT, 6-5 7/8, 312, 5.27, 4-5, Ohio State: Former OG turned C whose size could push him to OT in NFL. Moldable clay with the requisite work ethic.

149. (8) Drew Sample, TE, 6-4 3/4, 255, 4.71, 4-5, Washington: Full-service TE with the frame and strength to contribute as well as soft hands and underrated speed.

150. (13) Malik Gant, S, 5-11 5/8, 209, 4.63, 4-5, Marshall: Former walk-on who plays like it, showing the grit and awareness to overcome his lack of ideal speed.

151. (19) Myles Boykin, WR, 6-3 3/4, 220, 4.42, 4-5, Notre Dame: Workout star whose Combine performance ranked among the best at any position. 10 total TDs at ND.

152. (19) DaMarkus Lodge, WR, 6-1 7/8, 202, 4.55, 4-5, Mississippi: Started more games for Ole Miss 2017-18 than D.K. Metcalf. Average athlete and complementary threat.

153. (13) Christian Miller, OLB, 6-3 3/8, 247, N/A, 4-5, Alabama: Few opportunities due to stacked Alabama roster but showed intriguing burst, bend and power off edge.

154. (14) Marquise Blair, S, 6-1 1/4, 195, 4.48, 4-5, Utah: Lean but physical centerfielder whose lack of production at Utah belies his value. Good range, tackler.

155. (18) Jazz Ferguson, WR, 6-4 5/8, 227, 4.45, 4-5, Northwestern State (La.): Looks like a superhero but has too many villianous tendencies (on and off the field) for some.

156. (12) Jordan Scarlett, RB, 5-10 5/8, 208, 4.47, 4-5, Florida: Eye-catching size/speed combo. Originally signed with LSU. Brother, Jaylen, is fellow NFL prospect.

157. (15) Renell Wren, DT, 6-4 7/8, 318, 5.01, 4-5, Arizona State: Freakish combo of size and initial explosiveness. Consistently quickest off the ball, but is slow to find it.

158. (8) Germaine Pratt, ILB, 6-2 1/2, 240, 4.57, 4-5, North Carolina State: One of the first players you want coming off the bus, but needs to show greater awareness of the ball.

159. (18) Corey Ballentine, CB, 5-11, 196, 4.47, 4-5, Washburn: Cliff Harris winner as nation’s best small school defender. Didn’t look out of place at Sr. Bowl, Combine.

160. (13) Rodney Anderson, RB, 6-0 3/8, 224, N/A, 5, Oklahoma: Prototypically built bell-cow runner with a troubling history of injuries, including torn right ACL in 2018.

161. (9) Will Grier, QB, 6-2 1/2, 217, 4.84, 5, West Virginia: Highly productive at WVU (and previously at Florida). Average in pro-style scheme at Sr. Bowl, however.

162. (14) Chase Hansen, OLB, 6-2 7/8, 222, N/A, 5, Utah: Former S who grew into an OLB. Savvy with good speed but older and comes with medical concerns.

163. (9) Irv Smith, Jr. , TE, 6-2 3/8, 242, 4.63, 5, Alabama: H-back candidate with NFL bloodlines. Mismatch potential as a receiver but offers little as a blocker.

164. (14) Dexter Williams, RB, 5-11, 212, 4.57, 5, Notre Dame: Breakout star in 2018. Downhill runner with some wiggle and better play speed than 40-time suggets.

165. (16) Porter Gustin, OLB, 6-4 1/2, 255, 4.69, 5, Southern California: Parade All-American prep with NFL size, athleticism, work ethic and production – when he’s healthy.

166. (10) Alize Mack, TE, 6-4, 249, 4.7, 5, Notre Dame: Better athlete than football player to this point; four TDs scored at ND. Talented but needs to commit.

167. (15) Ryquell Armstead, RB, 5-11 1/4, 220, 4.45, 5, Temple: Well-built, determined runner who takes the fight to tacklers. Ran better than expected. Could surprise.

168. (1) Mitch Wishnowsky, P, 6-2 1/8, 218, 4.63, 5, Utah: Austrailian-rules punter and former Ray Guy Award winner. More accurate than a true boomer.

169. (9) Otaro Alaka, ILB, 6-3, 239, 4.82, 5, Texas A&M: Physically imposing, downhill run-stuffing ‘thumper of a linebacker with below-average speed.

170. (19) Iman Lewis-Marshall, CB, 6-0 5/8, 207, 4.53, 5, Southern California: Gifted. Plus size, agility and physicality. Never took the next step at USC. Six INTs in 2015-16. None since.

171. (10) Hjalte Froholdt, OG, 6-4 5/8, 306, 5.20, 5, Arkansas: Born in Denmark. Signed as a DT (10 games in 2015) before switching to OG. Might be moved to C in NFL.

172. (16) Bryce Love, RB, 5-8 7/8, 200, N/A, 5, Stanford: Average yards-per-carry dropped from 8.1 as 2017 Heisman finalist to 4.5 in 2018. Tore ACL in December.

173. (10) Ty Summers, ILB, 6-1 3/8, 241, 4.51, 5, TCU: Good looking ILB on the hoof with ideal size, speed. Instincts (especially vs. pass), durability are concerns.

174. (20) Dillon Mitchell, WR, 6-1 1/4, 197, 4.46, 5, Oregon: Undeniable talent but production was boosted by talented QB, pass-heavy offense. Too many drops.

175. (11) Caleb Wilson, TE, 6-4 1/4, 240, 4.56, 5, UCLA: Classic “move” TE with size, athleticism and hands to be a seam mismatch. Don’t ask him to block.

176. (15) Gerri Green, OLB, 6-4, 252, 4.63, 5, Mississippi State: Overshadowed on talented MSU defense. Intriguing size/speed with DE/OLB experience. Worthy gamble.

177. (15) Sheldrick Redwine, S, 6-0, 196, 4.44, 5, Miami: Former CB who ran like one at the Combine. Good size, physicality and awareness to play various roles.

178. (18) Tyler Roemer, OT, 6-6 3/8, 312, 5.21, 5, San Diego State: Massive and gifted LT who fell out of favor at SDSU and left the team, ultimately jumping into NFL early.

179. (15) Jonathan Ledbetter, DE, 6-3 3/4, 280, 5.14, 5, Georgia: Base DE who lacks the quick-twitch to provide much of a rush but has the size, strength to two-gap.

180. (20) Jordan Brown, CB, 6-0 3/8, 201, 4.51, 5, South Dakota State: Former WR and plays like it – showing good awareness and ballskills. Too often disappoints as a tackler.

181. (16) Greg Gaines, DT, 6-1, 312, 5.16, 5, Washington: Morris Trophy winner as Pac-12’s top DL. A stubborn stump in the middle who will outplay his draft slot.

182. (21) Jamal Peters, CB, 6-1 3/4, 218, 4.63, 5, Mississippi State: Former S who may need to move back. Built and plays like a bully. Looks for the PBU rather than INT.

183. (11) Derwin Gray, OG, 6-4 1/2, 320, 5.26, 5, Maryland: Two-time All-Big Ten pick at LT. Good feet and length to remain outside but has a “blocky” OG-like build.

184. (21) Darius Slayton, WR, 6-1, 190, 4.39, 5, Auburn: Terrific size/speed combo to stretch the field as an outside vertical threat. Too many drops, though.

185. (17) Bobby Evans, OT, 6-4 3/8, 312, 5.2, 5, Oklahoma: Long-armed OT whose squarish frame suggests a move inside could be coming. Has some brawler to him.

186. (16) Shareef Miller, DE, 6-4 1/2, 254, 4.69, 5, Penn State: Breakout 2018 with 15 TFL, 7.5 sacks. Still just a pup, physically-speaking, with potential to improve.

187. (22) Tyre Brady, WR, 6-2 7/8, 211, N/A, 5, Marshall: Physically-imposing split end with long arms. Can make the dazzling grab through contact. Average speed.

188. (17) Jalen Jelks, DE, 6-5 3/8, 256, N/A, 5, Oregon: Lanky edge rusher who may be seen as a ‘tweener by some. More powerful than he looks but not as fast.

189. (23) Lil’Jordan Humphrey, WR, 6-3 5/8, 210, 4.75, 5, Texas: Big-bodied split end who bullies DBs with the ball in the air, after the catch. Won’t run by many, though.

190. (24) Travis Fulgham, WR, 6-2 1/2, 215, 4.58, 5, Old Dominion: Former walk-on who earned an invitation (and solid reviews) at Sr. Bowl. Good body control, hands.

191. (25) Emanuel Hall, WR, 6-1 7/8, 201, 4.39, 5, Missouri: Workout warrior who can take the top off the defense. Better athlete than receiver with too many drops.

192. (26) Johnnie Dixon, WR, 5-10 3/8, 201, 4.41, 5, Ohio State: Short but well-built receiver with experience inside and out. Quick feet but inconsistent routes, hands.

193. (27) Jalen Hurd, WR, 6-4 3/4, 226, N/A, 5, Baylor: Former standout RB at Tennessee. Intriguing size, body control and hands as moveable chess piece.

194. (5) Ross Pierschbacher, C, 6-3 5/8, 307, 5.20, 5-6, Alabama: 56-game starter for Tide, including at C, both OG spots. Wins with technique rather than power, agility.

195. (12) Nate Herbig, OG, 6-3 1/2, 335, 5.41, 5-6, Stanford: Nicknamed “Big Island” and it’s easy to see why. Has talent but too often relies on girth, power.

196. (19) William Sweet, OT, 6-6, 313, 5.27, 5-6, North Carolina: Prototypically built OT with length, surprisingly light feet and heavy hands. Quality developmental type.

197. (17) Ugo Amadi, S, 5-9 3/8, 199, 4.51, 5-6, Oregon: Smaller than preferred but a legitimate NFL athlete with quickness, ballskills and aggression as a tackler.

198. (12) Dax Raymond, TE, 6-4 3/4, 255, 4.73, 5-6, Utah State: Intriguing athlete with good speed, body control and hands despite what meager stats suggest.

199. (1) Alec Ingold, FB, 6-0 3/4, 242, 4.89, 5-6, Wisconsin: Only draftworthy FB in the class. Powerfully-built lead blocker who is looking to steal souls.

200. (11) Jahlani Tavai, ILB, 6-2 3/8, 250, N/A, 5-6, Hawaii: Intriguing sleeper candidate likely to be available on Day Three due to shoulder injury. Classic ‘thumper.

201. (17) Byron Cowart, DT, 6-3, 298, 5.16, 5-6, Maryland: Originally at Auburn as top-rated prep but transferred as a “bust.” Matured and grew into powerful DT.

202. (18) Gerald Willis, DT, 6-1 3/4, 302, N/A, 5-6, Miami: Disruptive force in 2018 after previously teasing with talent. Slippery, powerful. Worthy Day 3 gamble.

203. (17) D’Andre Walker, OLB, 6-2 3/8, 251, N/A, 5-6, Georgia: Didn’t start until 2018 but shows intriguing burst, length and strength. Some untapped potential here.

204. (22) Derrick Baity, CB, 6-2 1/8, 197, N/A, 5-6, Kentucky: Three-year starting CB in a terrific UK secondary. Just average speed and production, however.

205. (16) Andrew Wingard, S, 6-0 1/8, 209, 4.56, 5-6, Wyoming: Ultra-productive (454 career tackles!) safety at his best attacking the line of scrimmage. 10 career INTs.

206. (28) Hunter Renfrow, WR, 5-10 1/4, 184, 4.59, 6, Clemson: Classic slot who sets up more athletic DBs with savvy routes. Among the most reliable hands in this class.

207. (17) Travis Homer, RB, 5-10 3/8, 201, 4.48, 6, Miami: Quality committee runner with better speed and grit (including in pass pro) than size or ball security.

208. (18) David Long, Jr. , OLB, 5-11 1/4, 227, 4.45, 6, West Virginia: Undersized but highly athletic chase linebacker well-suited to the WLB position in a 4-3.

209. (18) Mike Edwards, S, 5-10 1/2, 205, N/A, 6, Kentucky: Four-year starter eager to mix it up at the LOS. Average recovery speed. Broke his thumb at the Sr. Bowl.

210. (13) Ben Powers, OG, 6-4 , 307, N/A, 6, Oklahoma: Battle-tested (and eager for the next one) LG who lacks ideal athleticism but not grit or technique.

211. (13) Kaden Smith, TE, 6-5, 255, 4.92, 6, Stanford: Highly regarded with soft hands to be a security blanket, but ran like he was wearing one at the Combine.

212. (18) Alex Barnes, RB, 6-0 3/8, 226, 4.59, 6, Kansas State: Big, productive back who consistently falls forward and finishes his runs. Only average elusiveness, speed.

213. (19) Kingsley Keke, DT, 6-2 5/8, 288, 4.95, 6, Texas A&M: More athletic than 40-yard dash suggests, showing the quickness, agility to “get skinny” and harrass QBs.

214. (23) Jordan Miller, CB, 6-0 5/8, 186, 4.49, 6, Washington: Lanky press corner with the height, arm length and straight-line speed to make an NFL roster.

215. (29) Stanley Morgan Jr. , WR, 6-0, 202, 4.53, 6, Nebraska: Record-setting jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none type of WR. Coaches will like him more than scouts.

216. (14) Fred Johnson, OG, 6-7 1/8, 326, N/A, 6, Florida: Massive Earth-mover whose lack of knee bend and agility can be mitigated in a power-based scheme.

217. (19) Lukas Denis, S, 5-11 1/4, 190, 4.64, 6, Boston College: Former WR and CB with plus ballskills, leading ACC with seven INTs in 2017. Below-average size, speed.

218. (31) Terry Godwin, WR, 5-11 3/8, 184, 4.55, 6, Georgia: Slot receiver candidate with better quickness than his average 40-yard dash time suggests. Soft hands.

219. (12) Te’Von Coney, ILB, 6-0 7/8, 234, N/A, 6, Notre Dame: Highly-touted prep LB with good size and production against top competition. Two-down LB in NFL.

220. (1) Matt Gay, K, 6-0 , 232, N/A, 6, Utah: Lou Groza Award winner as a walk-on in 2017. Made 35/36 FGs under 40 yards with the leg for 50+ yards.

221. (20) Yosh Nijman, OT, 6-6 7/8, 324, N/A, 6, Virginia Tech: Rare size with experience at LT and RT. Massive but needs to clean up sloppy technique to stick.

222. (13) Tre Lamar, ILB, 6-3 3/8, 253, 4.95, 6, Clemson: Old-school 3-4 ILB with the size, physicality to take on and shed blockers in the hole. Two-down LB in NFL.

223. (18) Darryl Johnson, DE, 6-6, 253, N/A, 6, North Carolina A&T: Looks good on the hoof with plus height and arm length (33 7/8″). MEAC DPOY in 2018 with 10.5 sacks.

224. (30) KeeSean Johnson, WR, 6-1 1/8, 201, 4.6, 6, Fresno State: Ultra-productive pass-catcher who beat up lesser competition with good size, body control, soft hands.

225. (24) David Long, CB, 5-10 5/8, 196, 4.45, 6, Michigan: Just average size but possesses the agility, speed and tenacity to stick, albeit likely at nickel.

226. (32) Jakobi Myers, WR, 6-1 5/8, 203, 4.63, 6, North Carolina State: Former QB whose steady development as a route-runner, hands-catcher deserve Day 3 consideration.

227. (10) Gardner Minshew II, QB, 6-0 7/8, 225, 4.97, 6, Washington State: Stepped into tough situation at WSU and starred. Average physical traits but a true field general.

228. (20) Jaquan Johnson, S, 5-10 1/8, 191, 4.69, 6-7, Miami: Below average size and speed but football is played on the field, where Johnson starred for The U.

229. (11) Trace McSorley, QB, 6-0 1/8, 202, 4.57, 6-7, Penn State: Gutty but limited dual-threat QB whose production tailed off in 2018 with top receivers off to NFL.

230. (25) Mark Fields, CB, 5-9 7/8, 192, 4.37, 6-7, Clemson: Started just seven games at Clemson due to injuries, talented roster. Wowed at Combine. NFL bloodlines.

231. (15) Ethan Greenidge, OG, 6-4 3/8, 327, N/A, 6-7, Villanova: Small school OT with good length but whose thick frame and average foot speed suggest a move to OG.

232. (12) Jake Browning, QB, 6-1 7/8, 211, 4.74, 6-7, Washington: Kellen Moore clone who gets by with anticipation and grit to overcome below-average physical traits.

233. (19) Jalin Moore, RB, 5-10, 212, N/A, 6-7, Appalachian State: Powerful runner and lifter (27 reps at Combine). Ankle injury that cut 2018 season short requires vetting.

234. (19) Sutton Smith, OLB, 6-0 3/8, 233, 4.69, 6-7, Northern Illinois: Undersized edge rusher with enough burst, lateral agility and maniacal effort to stick in a specialist role.

235. (21) Devon Johnson, OT, 6-7 1/4, 338, 5.16, 6-7, Ferris State: Mountain of a man with good overall weight distribution, surprising athleticism. Practice squad candidate.

236. (20) Karan Higdon, RB, 5-9 1/8, 206, 4.49, 6-7, Michigan : Productive, reliable back with better power than frame suggests. Projects best as a part of a rotation.

237. (33) Felton Davis III, WR, 6-3 1/2, 211, N/A, 6-7, Michigan State: Tall, long-armed split end with the body control and vertical to box-out CBs. Coming off torn Achilles.

238. (20) Demarcus Christmas, DT, 6-3 3/8, 294, 5.08, 7, Florida State: As dependable as the cold in December but “just” a run stuffer with only 3.5 sacks in 51 career games.

239. (14) T.J. Edwards, ILB, 6-0 230, , N/A, 7, Wisconsin: Lacks preferred size, speed but had outstanding production, including 366 tackles and 10 interceptions.

240. (21) Tony Pollard, RB, 5-11 5/8, 210, 4.52, 7, Memphis: Served as placekicker, punter and on kickoffs for OU, offering roster flexibility. Average size, leg strength.

241. (2) Austin Seibert, K, 5-9 1/4, 213, N/A, 7, Oklahoma: Jack-of-all-trades who starred at KR, receiver and (backup) RB. Seven TDs on kickoffs. 104 career catches.

242. (21) Ben Burr-Kirven, OLB, 6-0, 230, 4.56, 7, Washington: Tackle monster who proved bigger, faster than expected in workouts. Too reliant on avoiding blockers.

243. (22) Dre Greenlaw, OLB, 5-11 1/2, 237, N/A, 7, Arkansas: Undersized (and injury-prone) but speedy WILL ‘backer whose best fit initially may be on special teams.

244. (22) Ryan Pope, OT, 6-7, 320, N/A, 7, San Diego State: Battle-tested RT with the length and strength to project as a solid backup in a power-based scheme.

245. (24) Emeke Egbule, OLB, 6-2, 245, 4.65, 7, Houston: Raw but intriguing athlete who arrived as a TE. Shows some twitch as a rusher with agility for coverage.

246. (24) LJ Scott, RB, 6-0 3/8, 227, N/A, 7, Michigan State: Big, powerful runner with vision, balance and burst. Sleeper candidate after injury-shortened 2018 season.

247. (22) Qadree Ollison, RB, 6-0 5/8, 228, 4.58, 7, Pittsburgh: Thunder back with imposing size and power when he keeps his pads low. 29 career rushing TDs.

248. (23) James Williams, RB, 5-9 1/2, 197, 4.58, 7, Washington State: Quicker than his 40-yard dash suggests and a terrific receiver out of the backfield with 202 career grabs.

249. (14) Keenen Brown, TE, 6-2 1/2, 250, 4.75, 7, Texas State: Grad-transfer from Okla. St. who caught nearly as many TDs in 2018 (5) as passes (6) for Cowboys.

250. (13) Brett Rypien, QB, 6-1 5/8, 210, 4.91, 7, Boise State: Soft-tossing but savvy field general with good awareness, accuracy in the short to intermediate zones.

–Field Level Media

Reports: Dolphins make Howard highest-paid CB

Reports: Dolphins make Howard highest-paid CB

The Miami Dolphins will make

Reports: Dolphins make Howard highest-paid CB

The Miami Dolphins will make Xavien Howard the highest-paid cornerback in NFL history, agreeing to a five-year, $76.5 million extension, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

The deal reportedly includes $46 million in guarantees and $51 million over the first three seasons. Howard, 25, was set to earn $1.3 million in 2019, the final year of a four-year, $6.12 million rookie contract.

Washington’s Josh Norman was previously the NFL’s highest-paid corner at $15 million annually, signing a five-year, $75 million deal in April 2016 after the Carolina Panthers rescinded his franchise tag. Norman’s deal included $36.5 million in guarantees.

A second-round pick (38th overall) by the Dolphins out of Baylor in 2016, Howard tied for the league lead with seven interceptions last season despite missing the final four games to injury, earning the first Pro Bowl nod of his career. He had four interceptions in 2017 and has 31 career pass breakups in 35 games (34 starts).

Various reports earlier this offseason suggested Howard could be traded for the right price, as the Dolphins entered a rebuild under new head coach Brian Flores. Instead, the new deal puts him under contract through 2024.

–Field Level Media

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Rookie signings: Cardinals’ Murray inks $35.1M deal

Rookie signings: Cardinals' Murray inks $35.1M deal

Rookie signings: Cardinals’ Murray inks $35.1M deal

Arizona Cardinals quarterback and No. 1 overall draft pick Kyler Murray signed his rookie contract on Thursday, a four-year deal worth $35.1 million fully guaranteed. Like all first-round pacts, it includes a fifth-year team option.

Murray repaid a $4.66 million signing bonus to the Oakland A’s and, according to The MMQB, turned down more than $18 million in guarantees from the A’s when he announced his full commitment to football instead of baseball. His deal with the Cardinals includes a $23.59 million signing bonus and will count $6.39 million against the cap in 2019.

“This is just the beginning,” Murray told the team’s website. “I plan to work as hard as I can, lead this team to a lot of wins and, hopefully, a lot of rings.”

The Cardinals also signed five other rookie draft picks to four-year deals: CB Byron Murphy (second round), DE Zach Allen (third), WR KeeSean Johnson (seventh), OL Joshua Miles (seventh) and TE Caleb Wilson (seventh).

–The Washington Redskins signed 15th overall pick Dwayne Haskins to his rookie contract, worth $14.4 million over four years with a fifth-year team option.

Haskins was the first quarterback to sign in the first round, hours before the Cardinals announced Murray.

Washington also signed seven other picks to four-year deals: RB Bryce Love (fourth round), OLs Wes Martin (fourth) and Ross Pierschbacher (fourth), LB Cole Holcomb (fifth), WR Kelvin Harmon (sixth), CB Jimmy Moreland (seventh) and OLB Jordan Brailford (seventh).

–The Detroit Lions signed first-round tight end T.J. Hockenson to his rookie contract, which is worth $19.8 million over four years with a fifth-year team option.

Detroit took Hockenson eighth overall last month, making him the first tight end drafted in the top 10 since the Lions took Eric Ebron 10th overall in 2014.

The Lions also signed second-round LB Jahlani Tavai and fifth-round cornerback Amani Oruwariye to four-year deals.

–The Buffalo Bills signed first-round defensive tackle Ed Oliver to his rookie contract, which is worth $19.6 million over four years with a fifth-year team option.

Buffalo took Oliver ninth overall last month.

The team also signed six other draft picks — OT Cody Ford (second round), RB Devin Singletary (third), LB Vosean Joseph (fifth), S Jaquan Johnson (sixth), DE Darryl Johnson (seventh) and TE Tommy Sweeney (seventh) — to four-year deals, leaving TE Dawson Knox (third) as the only unsigned pick in the class.

–The Miami Dolphins signed five draft picks, including first-round defensive tackle Christian Wilkins.

Taken 13th overall, Wilkins’ deal is worth $15.4 million over four years, with a fifth-year team option.

Signed to four-year deals were: LB Andrew Van Ginkel (fifth round), OT Isaiah Prince (sixth) and RBs Chandler Cox (seventh) and Myles Gaskin (seventh).

–The Philadelphia Eagles signed their full five-man draft class, led by first-round offensive tackle Andre Dillard.

Dillard, the 22nd overall pick, will make $12.33 million over four years, with a fifth-year team option.

Signed to four-year deals were: RB Miles Sanders (second round), WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (second), DE Shareef Miller (fourth) and QB Clayton Thorson (fifth).

–The Houston Texans signed first-round offensive tackle Tytus Howard to a four-year deal worth $12.3 million, according to the Houston Chronicle, plus a fifth-year team option.

Howard was drafted 23rd overall.

According to the report, Houston also signed fifth-round DE Charles Omenihu and sixth-round CB Xavier Crawford.

–The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed five of their eight draft picks to four-year deals, including second-round cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting.

Also signing were fourth-round DE Anthony Nelson, K Matt Gay (fifth), WR Scotty Miller (sixth) and DE Terry Beckner (seventh).

–The Carolina Panthers signed five of their seven draft picks, including third-round quarterback Will Grier, to four-year deals.

Also signing were fourth-round OLB Christian Miller, RB Jordan Scarlett (fifth), OT Dennis Daley (sixth) and WR Terry Godwin (seventh).

–Field Level Media

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Bills backup QB Anderson retires

Bills backup QB Anderson retires

Backup quarterback Derek Anderson,

Bills backup QB Anderson retires

Backup quarterback Derek Anderson, who signed with the Buffalo Bills last October, has decided to retire from the NFL, the team announced Thursday.

“Derek let me know a few weeks back that he wasn’t sure if he could be committed (for the season) and wanted to still think about it,” Bills general manager Brandon Beane said in a statement. “So I knew going into the draft that this was something that could potentially happen. But it wasn’t definite. We talked this week and he let me know today that he is going to retire.”

Anderson, 36, a sixth-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2005 who began his NFL career with the Cleveland Browns in 2006, appeared in 78 career games, completing 909 of 1,674 passes for 10,878 yards with 60 touchdowns and 64 interceptions.

He led the Browns to a 10-5 record in 2007 — making the Pro Bowl for the only time in his career — then after two more seasons with the Browns, played for the Arizona Cardinals (2010) and Carolina Panthers (2011-17) before joining the Bills.

Last season, he played in only two games with Buffalo (both starts) and completed 42 of 70 passes for 465 yards with no touchdowns and four interceptions.

Among the remaining Bills quarterbacks are starter Josh Allen and backups Matt Barkley and Tyree Jackson, an undrafted free agent.

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McCarthy scorches 63 to lead Byron Nelson by one

McCarthy scorches 63 to lead Byron Nelson by one

McCarthy scorches 63 to lead Byron Nelson by one

Denny McCarthy rebounded from an early setback on Thursday to scorch the final 13 holes at Trinity Forest Golf Club and take a one-stroke lead after one round at the AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas.

McCarthy leads Tyler Duncan and Tom Hoge by one stroke after shooting 8-under 63.

World No. 3 Brooks Koepka, the highest-ranked player in the field, is one of nine players tied for fourth place after shooting 65. Nine more are another stroke back at 5 under.

McCarthy, a 26-year-old fifth-year pro seeking his first PGA title, opened with three pars before double-bogeying the par-4 sixth, following a penalty off his tee shot. But he responded by starting an incredible run at No. 6, birdieing five straight holes, eight of nine and 10 of 12 to go 10 under across the final 13 holes.

On greens softened by rain, McCarthy attacked pins with deadly accuracy. All 10 birdie putts came from 18 feet or closer, and six game from within nine feet. He also drained an eight-footer for par at the 18th to cap a 6-under 29 on the back nine.

“I’m not the farthest hitter, so the golf course played somewhat long for me, but I really put some work in on my mid-irons, long irons, so gave me a chance to work on those today,” McCarthy told reporters afterward. “Hit a lot of great ones today.”

McCarthy, who has one Web.com Tour victory, has missed six cuts in 12 PGA Tour tournaments since late January, including last week at the Wells Fargo Championship. His only finish better than 26th this year came when he tied for ninth at the Valspar Championship in March.

“I’ve kind of been looking for a round like this just to kind of get me going,” he said. “I know I can be out here playing with the best, and today kind of showed that. It’s a good start but still have three more days to go.”

Duncan started on the back nine and also had a hot finish, playing his final nine holes at 6 under with the help of an eagle at the par-4 fifth. Hoge had a bogey-free day with seven birdies.

Koepka also started on the back nine and was 6 under through 14 holes before finishing bogey-birdie-birdie-bogey.

“I’m pleased with the way I played,” Koepka said afterward. “What I did there on 6 … just hit a flyer from the middle of the fairway, and 9, didn’t hit a good shot. Other than that, I struck the ball beautifully.”

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo shot 5-over 76 and is tied for 148th in the 155-person field. He opened with a birdie and got as low as 2 under with an eagle at the par-5 seventh, but he double-bogeyed Nos. 9 and 13 before three bogeys in the final four holes.

Defending champion Aaron Wise is tied for 55th after shooting 69.

D.J. Trahan withdrew after eight holes.

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Seahawks release injured WR Baldwin, S Chancellor

Seahawks release injured WR Baldwin, S Chancellor

Seahawks release injured WR Baldwin, S Chancellor

The Seattle Seahawks officially severed ties with two longtime standouts who are expected to retire due to health concerns, waiving wideout Doug Baldwin and safety Kam Chancellor with failed physical designations.

“The Seahawks have made the difficult decision to terminate/failed physical Doug Baldwin and Kam Chancellor,” general manager John Schneider said in a statement. “These are two of the most iconic players in franchise history and both were instrumental in establishing our championship culture, great examples of competitiveness and leadership on the field and in the community.

“These legendary players will always be a part of our Seahawks family.”

The news was expected for the 31-year-old Chancellor, who sat out all of last season with a neck injury that was described as career ending.

Baldwin’s playing future was revealed to be in doubt during the draft in late April, when ESPN reported the 30-year-old receiver might have already played his final game, due to an accumulation of injuries.

Baldwin is recovering from three offseason surgeries — on his knee, shoulder and abdomen — after battling nagging injuries throughout the 2018 campaign. Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll appeared to be holding out hope Baldwin could keep playing, before Thursday’s news.

NFL Network reports Baldwin is “leaning toward” retirement, with his release allowing him to keep his signing bonus and possibly future injury-protection money.

An undrafted free agent out of Stanford in 2011, Baldwin had 493 catches for 6,563 yards and 49 touchdowns in eight seasons with the Seahawks, reaching the Pro Bowl in 2016 and 2017 and playing in 123 of a possible 128 games (90 starts). He ranks third in team history in catches and yards and second in receiving touchdowns.

Chancellor was a fifth-round pick by Seattle in 2010 and went on to make four Pro Bowls, intercepting 12 passes and breaking up 44 in 109 career games (93 starts) across eight seasons before missing 2018.

Both players were a part of the Super Bowl XLVIII winning team and the squad that lost Super Bowl XLIV to the New England Patriots a year later.

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Seahawks sign CB Taylor, FB Bellore

Seahawks sign CB Taylor, FB Bellore

Cornerback Jamar Taylor agreed to a one-year deal with the Seattle

Seahawks sign CB Taylor, FB Bellore

Cornerback Jamar Taylor agreed to a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday.

Taylor, a nickel cornerback, follows defensive end Ziggy Ansah as another potential value find deep into free agency.

Ansah, the fifth overall pick in the 2013 draft, was due in Seattle on Thursday to a sign a one-year deal that could be worth $8 million. However, Ansah is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and might not be cleared until August.

Taylor, 28, is a former second-round pick of the Miami Dolphins out of Boise State but has bounced around from Miami to the Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos, where he ended last season.

The Seahawks lost cornerback Justin Coleman (Detroit Lions) in free agency.

Seattle also announced the signings of fullback Nick Bellore and guard Marcus Martin.

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NFL notebook: Seahawks officially cut ties with Baldwin, Chancellor

NFL notebook: Seahawks officially cut ties with Baldwin, Chancellor

NFL notebook: Seahawks officially cut ties with Baldwin, Chancellor

The Seattle Seahawks officially severed ties with two longtime standouts who are expected to retire due to health concerns, waiving wideout Doug Baldwin and safety Kam Chancellor with failed physical designations.

“The Seahawks have made the difficult decision to terminate/failed physical Doug Baldwin and Kam Chancellor,” general manager John Schneider said in a statement. “These are two of the most iconic players in franchise history and both were instrumental in establishing our championship culture, great examples of competitiveness and leadership on the field and in the community.

“These legendary players will always be a part of our Seahawks family.”

The news was expected for the 31-year-old Chancellor, who sat out all of last season with a neck injury that was described as career ending. Baldwin’s playing future was revealed to be in doubt during the draft in late April, when ESPN reported the 30-year-old receiver might have already played his final game, due to an accumulation of injuries.

–Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith said he won’t play the 2019 season for personal reasons, writing on Instagram, “I must take time away from this game & get my world in order.”

A full-time starter the past four seasons and a 2017 Pro Bowler, Smith affirmed he doesn’t plan to play for any team other than the Jaguars, despite rumors of a possible trade. The 28-year-old was set to earn a base salary of $9.75 million this season.

The Jaguars issued a statement, reading, “We will not have a comment about Telvin Smith’s statement at this time. We need to have a conversation with Telvin to understand the situation and the circumstances. If there is a way we can support him we need to understand that.”

–Tight end Benjamin Watson plans to end his short-lived retirement and sign with the team that drafted him, the New England Patriots, multiple media outlets reported.

According to ESPN, Watson will sign a one-year, $3 million deal.

Watson, 38, was drafted 32nd overall by the Patriots in 2004. He played six seasons in New England, followed by three in Cleveland, and spent four of the last five in New Orleans.

–The Carolina Panthers will receive $120 million in tax breaks if they move their facility to South Carolina, after the state’s Senate approved a bill by a 27-15 vote.

Under the bill, which Gov. Henry McMaster is expected to sign, the Panthers would be exempt from paying state income taxes for players, coaches and other employees for 15 years, assuming that money is used toward a new complex in South Carolina.

Currently based in Charlotte, N.C., the team has been planning a 200-acre development in Rock Hill, S.C., about 25 miles south of its current facilities next to Bank of America Stadium, though it will continue to play games in Charlotte.

–The Miami Dolphins signed former Buffalo Bills tackle Jordan Mills to a one-year deal, which ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported is worth $3 million.

Mills, 28, started all 48 games over the past three seasons and has appeared in 87 games (82 starts) for the Chicago Bears (2013-14) and Bills (2015-18).

Mills played 95.5 percent of Buffalo’s offensive snaps (1,011 total) at right tackle last season and was penalized five times — three for holding and two false starts.

–The Jaguars released backup quarterback Cody Kessler and linebacker Blair Brown.

Kessler, who turns 26 on Saturday, was 2-2 as a starter for Jacksonville last season. He completed 64.9 percent of his passes for 709 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Brown was a fifth-round pick in 2017. He has 12 career tackles in 28 games (two starts), with 495 of his 548 career snaps on special teams.

–The Seahawks signed cornerback Jamar Taylor, fullback Nick Bellore and guard Marcus Martin.

Taylor, 28, is a former second-round pick who has bounced around from Miami to the Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos in recent years.

Bellore started four of 14 games for the Lions last year. Martin has not played in a regular-season game since 2016.

–Backup quarterback Derek Anderson, who signed with the Bills last season, has decided to retired from the NFL, the team announced Thursday.

“Derek let me know a few weeks back that he wasn’t sure if he could be committed [for the season] and wanted to still think about it,” Bills general manager Brandon Beane said in a statement. “So I knew going into the draft that this was something that could potentially happen. But it wasn’t definite. We talked this week and he let me know today that he is going to retire.”

Anderson, who began his NFL career with the Browns in 2006, appeared in 78 games, completing 909 of 1,674 passes for 10,878 yards, with 60 touchdowns and 64 interceptions.

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Report: Dolphins make Howard highest-paid CB

Report: Dolphins make Howard highest-paid CB

The Miami Dolphins have will

Report: Dolphins make Howard highest-paid CB

The Miami Dolphins have will make cornerback Xavien Howard the highest-paid cornerback in NFL history, agreeing to a five-year, $76.5 million extension, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

The deal reportedly includes $46 million in guarantees and $51 million over the first three seasons. Howard, 25, was set to earn $1.3 million in 2019, the final year of a four-year, $6.12 million rookie contract.

Washington’s Josh Norman was previously the NFL’s highest-paid corner at $15 million annually, signing a five-year, $75 million deal in April 2016 after the Carolina Panthers rescinded his franchise tag. Norman’s deal included $36.5 million in guarantees.

A second-round pick (38th overall) by the Dolphins out of Baylor in 2016, Howard tied for the league lead with seven interceptions last season despite missing the final four games to injury, earning the first Pro Bowl nod of his career. He had four interceptions in 2017 and has 31 career pass breakups in 35 games (34 starts).

Various reports earlier this offseason suggested Howard could be traded for the right price, as the Dolphins entered a rebuild under new head coach Brian Flores. Instead, the new deal puts him under contract through 2024.

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Panthers offered $120M to move facility to S.C.

Panthers offered $120M to move facility to S.C.

The Carolina Panthers will receive $120 million in tax breaks if they move

Panthers offered $120M to move facility to S.C.

The Carolina Panthers will receive $120 million in tax breaks if they move their facility to South Carolina, after the state’s Senate approved a bill Thursday by a 27-15 vote.

Under the bill, which Gov. Henry McMaster is expected to sign, the Panthers would be exempt from paying state income taxes for players, coaches and other employees for 15 years, assuming that money is used toward a new complex in South Carolina.

Currently based in Charlotte, N.C., the team has been planning a 200-acre development in Rock Hill, S.C., about 25 miles south of its current facilities next to Bank of America Stadium. The development plans include expansive football facilities as part of a broader campus with hotels, shopping and restaurants.

The bill was supported by McMaster, but many senators pushed back against the idea of giving public funds to a team owned by David Tepper, whose net worth is estimated at $11.6 billion.

“We’d like to be there. Hopefully they help us out there,” Tepper told reporters Wednesday of the potential facility in Rock Hill. “But I could be with a (practice) bubble and a cafeteria in Charlotte, too. So it’s up to them.”

Now the path appears clear for the Panthers to proceed with the planned move, which is not expected until at least 2022. The team will continue to play games at Bank of America Stadium, its home since its second season in 1996.

Tepper also told reporters Wednesday he hopes to bring a Major League Soccer team to the area eventually, potentially housing it on the same campus in Rock Hill.

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Report: Dolphins sign former Bills tackle Mills

Report: Dolphins sign former Bills tackle Mills

The Miami Dolphins are signing former

Report: Dolphins sign former Bills tackle Mills

The Miami Dolphins are signing former Buffalo Bills tackle Jordan Mills to a one-year, $3 million deal, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday.

Mills, 28, started all 48 games over the past three seasons and has appeared in 87 games with 82 starts for the Chicago Bears (2013-14) and Bills (2015-18).

Mills played 95.5 percent of Buffalo’s offensive snaps (1,011 total) at right tackle last season and was penalized five times — three for holding and two false starts.

He was a fifth-round draft pick by Chicago in 2013.

Mills offers veteran stability to a Miami offensive line that lost Ja’Wuan James to the Denver Broncos in free agency.

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Dolphins sign former Bills tackle Mills

Dolphins sign former Bills tackle Mills

The Miami Dolphins signed former Buffalo Bills

Dolphins sign former Bills tackle Mills

The Miami Dolphins signed former Buffalo Bills tackle Jordan Mills to a one-year deal Thursday, which ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports is worth $3 million.

Mills, 28, started all 48 games over the past three seasons and has appeared in 87 games with 82 starts for the Chicago Bears (2013-14) and Bills (2015-18).

Mills played 95.5 percent of Buffalo’s offensive snaps (1,011 total) at right tackle last season and was penalized five times — three for holding and two false starts.

He was a fifth-round draft pick by Chicago in 2013.

Mills offers veteran stability to a Miami offensive line that lost right tackle Ja’Wuan James to the Denver Broncos in free agency.

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Jaguars release QB Kessler

Jaguars release QB Kessler

Cody Kessler is looking

Jaguars release QB Kessler

Cody Kessler is looking for work after the Jacksonville Jaguars released the quarterback on Thursday.

Kessler, who turns 26 on Saturday, was 2-2 as a starter for Jacksonville last season. He completed 64.9 percent of his passes for 709 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

A third-round pick in 2016 by Cleveland, Kessler was 0-8 as a rookie starter for the Browns and was traded to the Jaguars during the 2018 offseason for a seventh-round pick.

Kessler and Blake Bortles were the only quarterbacks used by the Jaguars last season, and now both are gone.

Bortles was released in March after Jacksonville signed Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl hero Nick Foles to a four-year, $88 million contract.

Foles’ remaining backups on the roster are untested 2018 draft picks Tanner Lee (sixth round by Jacksonville) and Alex McGough (seventh round by Seattle).

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Reports: TE Watson to join Patriots

Reports: TE Watson to join Patriots

Reports: TE Watson to join Patriots

Tight end Benjamin Watson plans to end his short-lived retirement and sign with the team that drafted him, the New England Patriots, multiple media outlets reported Thursday.

According to ESPN, Watson will sign a one-year, $3 million deal. ESPN previously reported the tight end was also considering the Chiefs, Bills and 49ers.

Reports earlier Thursday said Watson was meeting with the Patriots, who took him 32nd overall in 2004. He played six seasons in New England, followed by three seasons in Cleveland.

Watson, 38, played four of his previous five seasons with the New Orleans Saints, including last season’s run to the NFC Championship Game.

He announced his retirement in December.

“It’s time. It’s time to be done,” he said then. “I’m going to finish strong.”

In his career, Watson has played in 195 games, with 530 receptions for 5,885 yards and 44 touchdowns. In 12 postseason games, he has 22 catches for 234 yards and three scores.

The Patriots were looking for depth at tight end following the retirement of All-Pro Rob Gronkowski. They previously added free agents Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Matt LaCosse, and they did not draft a tight end last month.

On Wednesday, the Patriots announced the release of wide receiver Bruce Ellington. He signed with New England as a free agent on March 15.

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Jags LB Smith to skip 2019 for personal reasons

Jags LB Smith to skip 2019 for personal reasons

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith said he

Jags LB Smith to skip 2019 for personal reasons

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith said he won’t play the 2019 season for personal reasons.

A full-time starter the past four seasons and a 2017 Pro Bowler, Smith made the announcement Thursday on Instagram.

“At this time I must take time away from this game & get my world in order,” Smith wrote. “I must give this time back to myself, my family, & my health. I appreciate all the support I will & will not get. I just ask y’all respect my decision to not play football this season.”

He also affirmed he doesn’t plan to play for any team other than the Jaguars, despite rumors of a possible trade.

Smith, 28, was set to earn a base salary of $9.75 million this season. He signed a four-year, $45 million extension in October 2017.

A fifth-round pick by Jacksonville in 2014, Smith posted a career-high 134 tackles in 2018. He also has 26 pass breakups and nine interceptions in his five-year career.

Smith and Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey opted to sit out the Jaguars’ voluntary workouts last month, prompting public criticism from team executive vice president Tom Coughlin.

Smith made his first public comments about that controversy Monday during an Instagram live session.

“Understand this, I never left Duval. I’m never leaving Duval; it’s Duval ’til we die,” he said, referring to Jacksonville’s location in Duval County. “You understand me? Y’all seen trade rumors and stuff. Y’all seen me go anywhere? Exactly. Y’all seen the rumors go somewhere, but y’all ain’t seen me go nowhere cause I ain’t going nowhere. You understand me?”

Smith promised his followers Monday that they would learn more “this week” about what’s going on.

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Reports: TE Watson visiting Patriots

Reports: TE Watson visiting Patriots

Reports: TE Watson visiting Patriots

Tight end Benjamin Watson could end his short-lived retirement and is spending Thursday meeting with the New England Patriots, according to multiple reports.

Watson is no stranger to the organization, which made him the No. 32 overall selection in the 2004 NFL Draft. He played six seasons in New England, followed by three seasons in Cleveland.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday that Watson also is considering the Chiefs, Bills and 49ers.

Watson, 38, played four of his previous five seasons with the New Orleans Saints, including last season’s run to the NFC Championship Game.

He announced his retirement in December.

“It’s time. It’s time to be done,” he said then. “I’m going to finish strong.”

In his career, Watson has played in 195 games, with 530 receptions for 5,885 yards and 44 touchdowns. In 12 postseason games, he has 22 catches for 234 yards and three scores.

The Patriots are looking for depth at tight end following the retirement of All-Pro Rob Gronkowski.

On Wednesday, the Patriots announced the release of wide receiver Bruce Ellington. He signed with New England as a free agent on March 15.

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Reports: CB Taylor joins Seahawks

Reports: CB Taylor joins Seahawks

Cornerback Jamar Taylor agreed to a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks

Reports: CB Taylor joins Seahawks

Cornerback Jamar Taylor agreed to a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday, per multiple reports.

Taylor, a nickel cornerback, follows defensive end Ziggy Ansah as another potential value find deep into free agency.

Ansah, the fifth overall pick in the 2013 draft, was due in Seattle on Thursday to a sign a one-year deal that could be worth $8 million. However, Ansah is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and might not be cleared until August.

Taylor, 28, is a former second-round pick of the Miami Dolphins out of Boise State but has bounced around from Miami to the Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos, where he ended last season.

The Seahawks lost cornerback Justin Coleman (Detroit Lions) in free agency.

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Reports: Seahawks agree with DE Ansah

Reports: Seahawks agree with DE Ansah

Reports: Seahawks agree with DE Ansah

The Seattle Seahawks agreed to a one-year deal with free agent defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday evening.

Ansah is expected to fly to Seattle on Thursday to sign, according to ESPN.

NFL Network reported earlier Wednesday that Seattle was the front-runner to sign Ansah, adding that no agreement had been finalized and the Buffalo Bills remained interested.

Had a team signed Ansah before Wednesday, he would have factored into the compensatory-pick formula. By waiting, Seattle remains in line to get third-, fourth-, sixth- and seventh-round picks next year as compensation for losing Earl Thomas, Justin Coleman, Shamar Stephen and Brett Hundley, per OverTheCap.com.

Bills general manager Brandon Beane said earlier Wednesday on 1270 The Fan in Buffalo that the team was still in contact with Ansah, and that he wasn’t necessarily buying that the Seahawks were the favorite.

“We’re still in talks with him and his agent,” Beane said. “Everything has been very good. All I’ll say about reports is I don’t buy into that garbage, especially when I consider where some of the sourcing comes from.”

Ansah visited the Baltimore Ravens and then the Seahawks in late April, after meeting the Bills and the New Orleans Saints shortly after free agency opened in mid-March. Coming off of shoulder surgery after missing nine games in 2018, Ansah saw his market be slow to develop as teams monitored his health and recovery.

NFL Network reported last month he is expected to be cleared by mid-August.

Ansah, who will turn 30 on May 29, had four sacks and seven quarterback hits in seven games (two starts) while playing on the franchise tag for the Detroit Lions last season, after posting 12 and 17, respectively, in 2017. His best season came in 2015, when he had 14.5 sacks and 34 QB hits while earning his only Pro Bowl nod.

Drafted fifth overall by Detroit in 2013, Ansah has 48 sacks and 110 quarterback hits in six NFL seasons.

The Seahawks added defensive end L.J. Collier with the 29th overall pick in last month’s draft, but they needed help at the “leo” defensive end spot after trading Frank Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs.

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NFL notebook: McVay opens up on Super Bowl loss

NFL notebook: McVay opens up on Super Bowl loss

NFL notebook: McVay opens up on Super Bowl loss

Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay experienced paralysis by analysis in the days before his team lost to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3.

McVay took responsibility for the 13-3 defeat in the immediate aftermath of the game, and he expounded upon his faults in an interview with Sports Illustrated published Wednesday.

“In the back of my mind, (when making the Super Bowl game plan back in L.A.), I operated knowing I had another week,” he said. “That urgency to completely finalize the game plan wasn’t quite there, and that led to me watching so much film that you can almost water down your thought process.”

“You have so much time that you can overprepare and get away from some of the things that helped you get there. I watched every game from New England’s season. You see stuff that worked in, say, Week 3, but you forget about the amount of stuff that’s taken place since Week 3. You can watch so much film that you lose perspective.”

–The Seattle Seahawks have emerged as the front-runner to sign free agent defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, NFL Network reported.

The report indicated no contract was finalized, adding that the Buffalo Bills remain interested after hosting Ansah for a visit in March.

Bills general manager Brandon Beane said on 1270 The Fan in Buffalo that the team is still in contact with Ansah, and that he isn’t necessarily buying that the Seahawks are the favorite.

–Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is paying the funeral expenses for Jaylon McKenzie, the promising eighth-grade football player killed by a stray bullet last weekend in Venice, Ill.

“For him to reach out to me was unbelievable,” McKenzie’s mother, Sukeena Gunner, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

“Jaylon loved Ezekiel Elliott. He talked about him all the time. … For him to reach out to me and help me in this difficult time leaves me speechless.”

–The Carolina Panthers hired recently retired defensive end Julius Peppers as special assistant of business operations.

Team vice president of external affairs Steven Drummond said Peppers will have an office at the team facility and will be in the building several days a week.

–Former Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson said he is suffering from an autonomic disorder that contributed to his decision to step down after the 2017 season.

Thompson, 66, who was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame on Saturday, revealed his diagnosis on the Packers’ official website. He added that medical specialists do not believe he is suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

–Washington Redskins right guard Brandon Scherff said he is 90 percent recovered from a torn pectoral muscle and will be “ready to go” for training camp.

Scherff, 27, sustained the season-ending injury during a 38-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Nov. 4.

–Free agent running back Bilal Powell has been cleared to play after a career-threatening neck injury and is looking for an employer.

NFL Network reports Powell sent a letter to NFL teams to say he was “really looking forward to getting back to work.” The 30-year-old sustained a season-ending neck injury with the New York Jets in October and underwent surgery soon after.

–The Indianapolis Colts will induct defensive end Dwight Freeney into their Ring of Honor during a Nov. 10 game against the Miami Dolphins.

The date was confirmed on Twitter by team owner Jim Irsay, who announced Freeney’s selection last week.

–Kansas City signed longtime linebacker Derrick Johnson to a one-day contract so he could retire as a Chief.

Johnson, 36, played his first 13 seasons with the Chiefs, earning four Pro Bowl nods, before playing six games with the Oakland Raiders in 2018.

–Joe Thomas, a former All-Pro offensive tackle with the Cleveland Browns, joined the NFL Network in various on-air roles.

Thomas will be added to the network’s on-location pregame and postgame shows for 13 Thursday night games, as well as coverage of the Super Bowl, NFL Scouting Combine and the draft.

–The Philadelphia Eagles signed safety Blake Countess to a one-year extension, after claiming him off waivers from the Los Angeles Rams last week.

Countess was a restricted free agent but is now under contract through 2020. He was primarily a special teamer for the Rams.

–The New England Patriots waived/injured former Houston and Detroit wideout Bruce Ellington, who was signed in free agency in March.

Ellington caught 31 passes for 224 yards and one touchdown across seven games with the Texans and Lions in 2018.

–The New York Giants signed former Cowboys running back Rod Smith.

Smith had 129 touches for 631 yards and six touchdowns in four years with Dallas, the past three as a backup to Elliott.

–The Chicago Bears signed free agent linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis, who last played for the Jets.

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After Masters’ bet, man goes big on Tiger to win Slam

After Masters' bet, man goes big on Tiger to win Slam

James

After Masters’ bet, man goes big on Tiger to win Slam

James Adducci, who took home $1.19 million on a bet when Tiger Woods won the Masters, is again putting his faith in the 15-time major champion.

Adducci took $100,000 of his winnings and placed it on Woods to take the title at all four majors this season, according to Golf Digest, which confirmed the bet through sports book operator William Hill U.S. Adducci placed the bet at SLS Casino in Las Vegas, the same sportsbook where he gambled $85,000 on Woods to win the Masters at 14-to-1 odds.

Adducci, a 39-year-old from Wisconsin, is getting 100-to-1 odds on Woods winning the Grand Slam, which would pay out $10 million.

The second leg of the Grand Slam, the PGA Championship, will be held next week at the Bethpage Black course in Farmingdale, N.Y., with the U.S. Open in June and the British Open in July. Woods is the betting favorite for the PGA Championship at 8-1, according to Westgate Sportsbook.

No golfer has ever won all four modern majors in the same season, although Woods held all four titles at the same time over the 2000 and 2001 seasons. The term Grand Slam was coined in 1930, when Bobby Jones won the British Open, U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur and British Amateur.

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Cowboys’ Elliott pays funeral costs for slain eighth-grader

Cowboys' Elliott pays funeral costs for slain eighth-grader

Cowboys’ Elliott pays funeral costs for slain eighth-grader

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is paying the funeral expenses for Jaylon McKenzie, the promising eighth-grade football player killed by a stray bullet last weekend.

“For him to reach out to me was unbelievable,” McKenzie’s mother, Sukeena Gunner, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

“Jaylon loved Ezekiel Elliott. He talked about him all the time. When Ezekiel was playing, he would sit in front of the TV. His eyes were glued to the TV, watching him. For him to reach out to me and help me in this difficult time leaves me speechless.”

McKenzie, 14, was featured in an article in Sports Illustrated last November titled: “Six Teens Who Will Rule the Future in Sports.”

He played running back, wide receiver and defensive back at Mason-Clark Middle School in East St. Louis, Ill., and already had Division I college offers from Missouri and Illinois.

Elliott has ties to the area, having played prep football at John Burroughs School in the St. Louis suburb of Ladue, Mo.

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