Source: Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton to visit Browns

University of Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton is scheduled to visit the Cleveland Browns, according to a league source.
Between his massive frame, Samoan roots and rare athleticism for his size, University of Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton has naturally drawn comparisons to Ravens defensive lineman Haloti Ngata.
Shelton is a square-built, stout anchor at the line of scrimmage. But like Ngata, the muscular 6-foot-2, 343-pound Huskies standout covers a lot of ground and is impressive in pursuit at tracking down the football.
“Obviously the size,” Shelton said during the NFL scouting combine of being compared to Ngata, a five-time Pro Bowl selection. ” I take real pride with what I was blessed in, my big legs. Growing up I’ve always watched other Polynesians play. Troy Polamalu is probably my biggest inspiration. I’ve always wanted to play safety.
“I got attracted to Haloti’s style. A dominant player, him being Tongan and me being Samoan, I felt like I could be just like him. I challenged his weight room numbers when I was in college and didn’t get near it. But he’s definitely a role model for me.”
Shelton had 89 tackles and 9.5 sacks last season.
An academic All-American, Shlelton is also highly regarded for his character and perseverance. He overcame tragedy that struck his family when two older brothers were shot to death when he was a high school senior.
Shelton is a versatile player with uncommon lower body strength who can play along the defensive line as a classic nose tackle, defensive tackle or a 3-4 defensive end.
Shelton threw the shot put and won the state championship and also wrestled in high school, a background that comes in handy as far as leverage, and he plays the game with a lot of energy.
“I committed to my teammates at the University of Washington that I’d be that guy to bring energy,” Shelton said. “I felt that it really helped me with production this past season.”
Shelton met with the Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints and New York Giants. He was rarely blocked by one man in college, frequently drawing double-team blocking awttention.
“I’m going to do my best to shed ’em right away,” Shelton said. “If it embarrasses him, it’s my fault. I’m going to try to keep doing my job and produce.
“I’ve always been this big, even in high school. I loved playing offense, actually in high school. I was kind of that bully. It’s natural for me.”
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Source: West Georgia defensive lineman Tory Slater to meet with 49ers

West Georgia draft sleeper defensive lineman Tory Slater is scheduled to meet with the San Francisco 49ers on April 9, according to a league source.
He has also visits with the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks.
Slater visits the Falcons on April 7 and the Seahawks on April 16.
Slater had a 35-inch vertical leap, a 10-3 broad jump and bench pressed 225 pounds 31 times at his Pro Day workout.
The 6-foot-5, 285-pound former high school wide receiver’s athleticism has intrigued teams, prompting them to take a closer look at the Division II standout from Douglasville, Ga.
Slater recorded 69 tackles, 16.5 for losses and 10 sacks last season.
Slater had 600 receiving yards and six touchdowns as a high school senior when he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds and had a 15.0 personal best in the 110 meter hurdles.
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Jaguars cut fullback Bradie Ewing

The Jacksonville Jaguars cut veteran fullback Bradie Ewing.
Ewing was claimed by the Jaguars off waivers last year after being cut by the Atlanta Falcons.
Ewing is a former Falcons fifth-round draft pick from Wisconsin.
Ewing tore his anterior cruciate ligament as a rookie.
At Wisconsin, Ewing caught 28 passes for 328 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 33 yards and two touchdowns.
Ewing played in the Senior Bowl all-star game.
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Source: Indiana wide receiver Shane Wynn to visit Browns, Raiders

Indiana wide receiver Shane Wynn, one of the fastest players in the draft, has visits scheduled with the Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders, according to league sources.
Wynn ran the 40-yard dash in 4.23 seconds with a 36-inch vertical leap and a 10-foot broad jump. He bench pressed 225 pounds 13 times.
Wynn finished his career with 189 catches for 2,198 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also had 4,429 all-purpose yards, including 1,854 kick return yards.
The Cleveland native is the only Hoosier in school history with a receiving, rushing, kick return and punt return touchdown.
As a senior, he was named honorable-mention All-Big Ten Conference as he led the team with 56 catches for 708 yards and three touchdowns.
As a junior, he caught 46 passes for 633 yards and11 touchdowns.
As a sophomore, he caught 68 passes for 660 yards and six touchdowns.
As a freshman, he led the Hoosiers with 1,249 all-purpose yards.
Playing at Glenville High School, Wynn returned nine kicks for touchdowns. as a senior He caught 45 passes for 700 yards and had 18 touchdowns as a senior.
He won state titles in indoor and outdoor relay events.
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Breaking down Ray McDonald, Alan Ball deals

The Chicago Bears made a relatively low-risk investment in veteran defensive end Ray McDonald considering his off-field issues with the San Francisco 49ers.
McDonald was signed to a one-year, $1.05 million deal that includes an $870,000 base salary, no guaranteed money, a $30,000 workout bonus, a $50,000 roster bonus and $6,250 per game active roster bonuses up to $100,000.
He also has $450,000 in not likely to be earned incentives.
Meanwhile, cornerback Alan Ball got a $3 million deal  from the Bears. That includes a $1.95 million base salary, a $1 million signing bonus and a $50,000 workout bonus.
Ball chose the Bears after turning down the Carolina Panthers’ contract offer of one-year and $2 million that included a $1 million signing bonus and a $950,000 base salary with a $50,000 workout bonus and up to $500,000 in playtime incentives.
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Source: Memphis corner Bobby McCain worked out for Patriots, Colts

Memphis cornerback Bobby McCain has worked out privately for the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts, according to league sources.
The 5-foot-9, 195-pounder intercepted five passes last season, returning one for a touchdown.
McCain has run the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds and bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times. He had a 10-10 broad jump and a 38-inch vertical leap.
McCain had 46 tackles last season.
McCain is projected as a late-round draft pick.
McCain finished his career with a dozen interceptions.
McCain was an All-Conference USA selection as a returner.
As a junior, McCain intercepted six passes and returned two for touchdowns. He finished tied for the most interceptions in the nation.
McCain was a four-year starter.
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Stevan Ridley visiting Dolphins today

New England Patriots free agent running back Stevan Ridley is visiting the Miami Dolphins today, according to a league source.
Ridley is nearly fully recovered from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered last season.
Ridley rushed for 340 yards and two touchdowns before getting hurt last year.
Ridley could provide a complementary presence with Lamar Miller, who rushed for 1,099 yards last season.
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Packers reach one-year deal with B.J. Raji

The Green Bay Packers are re-signing veteran defensive tackle B.J. Raji to a one-year contract worth $3.5 million, according to a league source.
Raji has a $500,000 incentive clause that could push the deal to $4 million.
Raji, 28, tore his biceps last season and missed the entire year.
Raji played under a one-year, $4 million contract last year.
Raji is a former first-round draft pick from Boston College.
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Source: Brandon Tate visited Chiefs

Cincinnati Bengals free agent kick returner and wide receiver Brandon Tate visited the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday, according to a league source.
He wasn’t immediately signed to a contract.
Tate is a former New England Patriots third-round draft pick.
He was claimed off waivers by the Bengals in 2011.
Tate caught 17 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown last season.
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The Top 5 Offensive Tackles in the 2015 NFL Draft

Anytime a club selects an offensive lineman in the first round, it is considered sound drafting. Offensive linemen, in general, have longer careers than players from most other positions. They are usually reliable people. Many are plug and play early in their careers. Obviously, tackles have more value than guards, but as we have seen in the last few years, clubs aren’t afraid to draft a guard in the first round. If he is a quality player, he is worth being taken with a premium selection.
For the purposes of these “Top 5” articles, I am going to include Iowa’s Brandon Scherff as a guard. While he certainly can play tackle at the next level, I keep hearing that many clubs are looking at him as a guard first, and that is where he may start as a rookie.
1) Andrus Peat – Stanford
The more tape I watch on Peat, the more I like him. He has excellent size (6’7 – 313) to go along with very long arms, speed and athleticism. The other thing that jumps out at me is his age. Peat is a third-year junior and will be a 21 year old rookie. Many offensive linemen in the draft are a year or two older. We are just beginning to see how good he can be.
Peat has outstanding balance and very quick feet. In pass protection, he shows a strong punch, good mirror skills, and can anchor. In the run game, he shows he can be a physical blocker who can get movement and easily gets to the second level. He is smart and alert with top instincts.
I see Peat as a rookie starter and a player who will eventually be a Pro Bowl tackle. He is a better player than Greg Robinson was last year and Robinson went second overall.
2) La’el Collins – LSU
In the NFL scouting community, there were mixed opinions on Collins talent. Some thought he was a right tackle or a guard. All those thoughts went away when Collins had a strong Senior Bowl week. He clearly was the best offensive lineman in the game.
At the Combine, he showed that he was easily athletic enough to play on the left side. He has good not great size at 6’4 – 305 with good length. He was a three-year starter at LSU with two seasons on the left side. He is a powerful run blocker who gets movement and can get to the second level. He has some nasty in his play, and he always looks to finish.
In pass protection, he can get a little lazy with his technique but he shows he can bend, mirror and anchor. He has a strong punch and does a good job keeping his hands inside. Overall, Collins is ready to step in and play as a rookie. The needs of the team that drafts him will determine where he lines up. He may start out on the right side but will end up being a left tackle.
3) T.J. Clemmings – Pittsburgh
Going into the Senior Bowl, Clemmings was high on most scouts’ lists of offensive linemen. That week changed the opinion of some scouts because Clemmings had a rough week of practice.
If you know anything about Clemmings, you know that he has only played on the offensive line for two years. He’s a former defensive lineman who was moved over to offense. He is still learning how to play and it’s easy to say his best football is in front of him.
At the Senior Bowl, Clemmings was often lined up on the left side, and he has never played there. He was uncomfortable playing on that side and it showed in his play during practice. When he lined up on the right side, he looked much better.
At 6’5 – 309, Clemmings has good size and he has the frame to carry 320. He is a top athlete with very good movement skills and bend. He is a powerful run blocker who is explosive on contact and is consistently able to get movement. In pass protection, he shows he can control his opponent with his punch, keeps good position, and can anchor.
Because of Clemmings inexperience on the O-Line, he needs to start out as a right tackle. He has left tackle athleticism and may eventually end up there, but because he still is new to the position, keeping him confident is important.
4) D.J. Humphries – Florida
If all reports are true, this spring, Humphries has taken the express elevator to the top. Because of his athleticism and ability to play left tackle, many teams are ranking him near the top of the O-Line lists.
D.J. is a junior coming out and is one of the more athletic offensive linemen in the draft. He has good natural size, but he still hasn’t totally filled out. He played the 2014 season at under 300 pounds and weighed in at 307 at the Combine. He has a frame that can carry about 315.
In pass, he shows he can set quickly, move his feet, mirror, slide, and recover. He is a natural knee bender who flashes the ability to anchor versus power. In the run game, he has some snap in his hips and can run his feet after contact.
On the downside, he didn’t show top functional strength and power during the 2014 season. He is very young and hasn’t had a lot of playing time. He has also had some injury issues while at Florida.
I see him as a player that has more talent than production, but he has a lot of upside. He will get drafted high because of that upside. He is still raw and learning how to play the game. Like Greg Robinson last year, he may need to sit and learn a bit before he is ready to start a game.
5) Ereck Flowers – Miami
Flowers is another very young player who is entering the draft. He is a true third year junior and has been a starter since midway through his freshman year. He has played left tackle the last two seasons but looks more like a right tackle at the NFL level.
Flowers is a huge man (6’6 – 329) with excellent length. He is tough and physical and is best in the run game. He is an above average athlete with natural bend and anchor in pass protection.
He has some tightness in his ankles and needs to show better awareness versus counter moves while in pass protection. He is consistently quick to shift his weight and come back the other way when in pass protection.
Because of his age, his best football is in front of him, but his size, power, and athleticism all say right tackle. That will give him the best chance to succeed at the next level.
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