Oregon WR Byron Marshall visited Ravens, worked out for Cardinals, Eagles

Oregon wide receiver Byron Marshall visited the Baltimore Ravens and had private workouts for the Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles, according to a source.
Marshall suffered an ankle injury that forced him to miss all but four games last season, but is healthy now.
Marshall was a 1,000-yard rusher in 2013 and had 1,000 receiving yards in 2014 and was named honorable-mention All-Pac-12. He’s versatile and has outstanding kick return skills.
He finished with 121 yards and two touchdowns last season on nine catches.

Marshall ran the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds at his Pro Day where he had a 7.0 three-cone drill, a 4.23 short shuttle, a 29 1/2 inch vertical leap and a 9-3 broad jump.
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Sam Bradford wants Eagles to trade him

Now that the Philadelphia Eagles have traded up to the second pick of the first round to draft North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz, veteran quarterback Sam Bradford wants out.
He has requested a trade and is skipping the voluntary offseason workout program. The Eagles haven’t granted permission to seek a trade.
“As they were making this plan, it would have been nice if they had told him about it,” said Tom Condon, Bradford’s agent, to ESPN. “It’s his right to demand a trade and he wants to be traded.”
Condon has told Eagles general manager Howie Roseman.
“Not too surprised,” Condon said. “He knew how Sam felt. Sam made it very clear to them, he was adamant when they informed him last week about the trade up to No. 2. He told them he was not very happy about it. He made that very clear. So this comes as no surprise.”
“Basically, our contention is that the team could have used the draft picks on offensive and defensive players for this season, to win this season. If the plan was to build for the future, where does that leave Sam this year?”
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Gabriel's Final 2016 Mock Draft

A month ago we never would have thought that QB’s would be the first two picks of the 2016 NFL Draft. After trades we all know that it’s now a lock.
Los Angeles Rams – Jared Goff – QB – California – Personally, I like Wentz better but I’m hearing that Goff is the Rams guy
Philadelphia Eagles – Carson Wentz – QB – North Dakota St – I think that the Eagles wanted Wentz all along as he is the best upside of the two quarterbacks.
San Diego Chargers – Leremy Tunsil – OT – Mississippi – This could very well be a defensive pick but for now the Chargers get a player who can help keep Philip Rivers on his feet.
Dallas Cowboys – Joey Bosa – DE – Ohio State – A week ago I would have gone with Myles Jack, but with both Randy Gregory and DeMarcus Lawrence getting suspended, the Cowboys don’t have a pass rusher.
Jacksonville Jaquars – Jaylon Ramsey – DC – Florida State – David Caldwell adds another strong player to the defensive side of the ball.
Baltimore Ravens – Ron Stanley – OT – Notre Dame – The selection not only fills a need, but gives the Ravens the best player available.
San Francisco 49ers – Myles Jack – LB – UCLA – If there wasn’t a question about Jacks knee, he may have gone a few slots higher.
Cleveland Browns – Ezekiel Elliott – RB – Ohio State – I think Elliott goes in this slot but it may not be to the Browns.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Vernon Hargreaves III – DC – Florida – Hargreaves is from the Tampa area so this will be a very popular selection in the Tampa Bay area. And by the way, it also fills an important need.
New York Giants – DeForest Buckner – DT – Oregon – The Giants took care of defense in free agency and may go offensive tackle here but Buckner is too good to pass on.
Chicago Bears – Shaq Lawson– OLB – Clemson – A strong edge pass rusher that the Bears need. A big 5-technique could also be in play here.
New Orleans Saints – Sheldon Rankins – DT- Louisville – Rankins gives the Saints a versatile defensive lineman who can be an explosive inside pass rusher.
Miami Dolphins – Derrick Henry – RB – Alabama – I know, this is a surprise but the Dolphins need a RB and I’m a big fan of Henry’s
Oakland Raiders – Reggie Ragland – ILB – Alabama – Personally I feel this is too high for Ragland, but the Raiders are said to be enthralled with his traits.
Tennessee Titans – Jack Conklin – OT – Michigan State – The Titans would have selected a tackle had they stayed at one, Conklin is the best one available, though he probably goes higher.
Detroit Lions – Leonard Floyd – LB – Georgia – Floyd gives the Lions and combo OLB/Edge pass rusher. The Lions could go for a pure DE here also.
Atlanta Falcons – Darron Lee – LB – Ohio State – Lee is in the mold of Myles Jack, an athletic versatile playmaker.
Indianapolis Colts – Eli Apple – DC – Ohio State – The Colts would prefer an O-Linemen, but the top ones are gone. Apple gives them a tall, long corner who matches up well against the taller receivers in the league.
Buffalo Bills – Kevin Dodd – DE – Clemson – With Mario Williams gone, the Bills have a strong need for an edge rusher. Dodd gives them an excellent replacement.
New York Jets – William Jackson III – DC – Houston – The Jets would prefer a quarterback, but there is not one worth taking at this time.
Washington Redskins – A’Shawn Robinson – DT – Alabama – Robinson has the versatility to play the 5-tech or on the nose.
Houston Texans – Corey Coleman – WR – Baylor – Coming from the Baylor offense, Coleman isn’t the most polished receiver, but he has by far the most talent.
Minnesota Vikings – Josh Doctson – WR – TCU – Docson is the most ready to play receiver in this draft class. He can help the Vikings right away.
Cincinnati Bengals – Jarran Reed – DT – Alabama – Reed will be an excellent complement to Geno Atkins in the Bengals front four.
Pittsburgh Steelers – Mackenzie Alexander – DC – Clemson – The Steelers have don an inordinate amount of work on corners. Alexander is the best corner available.
Seattle Seahawks – Chris Jones – DT – DT – Mississippi State – Jones is a bit raw, but has tremendous upside. The Seahawks can afford to wait on that talent.
Green Bay Packers – Emanuel Ogbah – DE – Oklahoma State – Ogbah can play OLB or at the 5-tech in the Green Bay defense. He is one of the better natural pass rushers in this draft.
Kansas City Chiefs – Artie Burns – DC – Miami – Burns replaces Sean Smith who was lost to the Raiders in free agency.
Arizona Cardinals – Ryan Kelly – OC – Alabama – Kelly is the highest rated interior offensive lineman in the draft. Can play center or guard and will start right away.
Carolina Panthers – Vernon Butler – DT – Louisiana Tech – The Panthers would love to take a corner here, but there are none rated high enough to take at this time.
Denver Broncos – Connor Cook – QB – Denver doesn’t have a quarterback who is good enough to start in the NFL. Cook is by far the best quarterback left on the board and has starter traits.

Bengals cut A.J. Hawk

The Bengals today terminated the contract of LB A.J. Hawk, releasing him to free agency.
Hawk joined the Bengals for the 2015 season as a free agent and played in 16 games, with 11 starts, logging 24 tackles and one sack. He also played in the team’s Wild Card playoff game. Hawk played the previous nine seasons (2006-14) for Green Bay, including a starting berth in the Packers’ 2010 season Super Bowl victory over Pittsburgh. He is recognized by the Packers as their career leader in tackles (1118).
“A.J. was a big part of us last season as we won the division championship, and I appreciate his efforts,” said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. “We’re going a different direction at this point, but I’ve always been a fan of A.J. It has been a pleasure having him as part of our team and getting to know him and his family better.”
Hawk is a Southwest Ohio native, having starred at Centerville High School before going on to earn consensus All-America honors in two of his four seasons at Ohio State.

Panthers pick up fifth-year option for Star Lotulelei

The Carolina Panthers picked up the fifth-year option for defensive tackle Star Lotulelei.
It’s a precursor to a likely eventual long-term contract extension for Lotulelei.
He’s now under contract through the 2017 season. The Panthers also want to do an extension for defensive tackle Kawan Short, who has 11 sacks in consecutive seasons.
“Star has not disappointed by any stretch of the imagination, and he’s getting better,” general manager Dave Gettleman said. “He’s earned this. I’m excited we’re going to have him around for two more years.”
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Eagles sign Mike Martin

The Philadelphia Eagles signed veteran defensive tackle Mike Martin to a one-year contract.
Martin is a former Tennessee Titans third-round draft pick.
He played in 41 games for the Titans in his first three seasons with five starts.
He played five games last season and was placed on injured reserve due to a knee injury.
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Temple wide receiver Robby Anderson visited Packers, Browns, Bengals, Chiefs, Raiders

Temple wide receiver Robby Anderson visited the Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders, according to a league source.
The 6-3, 190-pound wide receiver ran the 40-yard dash in 4.28 seconds at his campus Pro Day workout and has had several private workouts.
He was an all-conference selection last season and caught a career-high 70 passes for 939 yards. He was selected to play in the East-West Shrine all-star game.
Anderson had over 1,900 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns for his career at Plantation High School in Davie, Fla., where he played receiver and defensive back. He had 42 catches for 545 yards and six touchdowns as a senior and also lettered in track.
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Michigan linebacker James Ross draws interest from Colts, Raiders, Ravens, Lions

Michigan linebacker James Ross is drawing interest from the Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders, Baltimore Ravens and Detroit Lions, according to a source.
Ross ran the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds at the Wolverines’ Pro Day workout and bench pressed 225 pounds 22 times.
Ross finished second on the team with 85 tackles at weakside linebacker before shifting to strongside linebacker and finishing with 67 tackles over the last two seasons.
Ross finished his career with 188 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles.
At 5-11, 232 pounds, Ross is ideally more of a fit at inside linebacker. Here’s a link to his highlights.
Ross is a former high school fullback who also did offensive drills at his pro Day.
He participated in the Lions’ local workout.
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Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton draws interest from Jets, Texans, Vikings and Cardinals

USC linebacker-safety Su'a Cravens under first-round consideration

Versatile USC outside linebacker-safety Su’a Cravens is under consideration as a potential first-round draft pick.
Cravens visited and worked out for the Atlanta Falcons. He also visited the New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and Detroit Lions.
Cravens isplayed his athleticism at his campus Pro Day workout, running the 40-yard dash in the 4.54 to 4.54 range.
He excelled in linebacker and defensive back drills and caught the football well.
The New England Patriots, Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts and San Diego Chargers have all displayed interest in Cravens.
Cravens has met with the Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Chargers.
Cravens is a former National High School Defensive Player of the Year who’s started at strong safety and linebacker.
He was an All-American and All-Pac-12 selection. He had 86 tackles, 15 for losses and 5 1/2 sacks last season with two interceptions.
As a sophomore, he had 17 tackles for losses, five sacks and three interceptions.
Cravens is related to San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Te’o, Miami Dolphins tight end Jordan Cameron and former Cincinnati Bengals safety David Fulcher.
Cravens is tough, athletic and productive with nine interceptions in three years.
At 6-1, 226 pounds, Cravens projects to either safety or as a 4-3 weakside linebacker.
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