- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Missouri DE-OLB Shane Ray, a possible top-10 pick, was reportedly arrested for possession of marijuana Monday morning in his hometown of Kansas City. Here is the arrest report from the Missouri Highway Patrol.
Ray's stock is likely to fall — not only for this incident but also for a nagging toe injury that might need surgery and delay his healthy return to the field.
Before this week, Ray was seen as a possible top-10 selection in a deep crop of pass rushers. But he's almost certain to slide now, given the uncertainty of his health and the arrest on Monday. More than the drug possession itself, NFL officials are likely to view this event — three days before the NFL draft — as a major act of stupidity.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
As protests and riots erupted in Baltimore on Monday in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray, a number of current and former NFL players took to Twitter to express their thoughts on the unrest in the city.
[WATCH LIVE on Yahoo News: Unrest continues amid state of emergency in Baltimore ]
It went from a peaceful protest to damn near a war which isn't going to do anything but delay progress
Baltimore this isn't the answer!!!
Speechless. Pray for my city.
I can't believe what I am watching in Baltimore. Man... This is not the answer.
Pray for #bmore🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
Good teams like to draft the best player available, regardless of need. But that doesn't mean needs don't exist.
If you didn't fill all those holes in free agency, your best bet to plug them is probably going to be in the draft. So with that in mind, here are the top positions of need for each NFC team coming into this week's NFL draft:
Arizona Cardinals Top needs: RB, ILB, DL, CB
There’s a reason the Cardinals are always mentioned as a potential landing spot for Adrian Peterson, but cheaper running back options exist in the draft. Would they go for one at No. 24? If not, the best guess is they’ll add to the front seven.
Atlanta Falcons Top needs: DE, OLB, TE, RB
The Falcons need pass rushers for new coach Dan Quinn’s scheme, even after adding some pass-rush pieces in free agency. And Atlanta could use another playmaker or two to take some heat off Julio Jones.
Carolina Panthers Top needs: OL, S, CB, WR
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
For clarity’s sake, we’ve divided the front-seven players on defense into three categories — interior linemen, edge rushers and off-the-line linebackers.
The edge-rush group includes 4-3 defensive ends and 3-4 outside linebackers, players whose sizes can differ but also be interchangeable depending on the scheme. That hopefully takes the confusion out of the difference between ends in 3-4 and 4-3 schemes, which most often are vastly different body makeups.
A few months ago, it appeared that this might be a special — even a generational — group of pass rushers. It still could be. There just have been a few wrinkles added to the mix through the draft vetting process.
On the plus side, players such as Kentucky’s Alvin “Bud” Dupree and Clemson’s Vic Beasley helped themselves enormously by turning in fantastic workouts at viable edge-setting weights and might have secured places high in the draft, and possibly even top 10.
Dante Fowler Jr.’s ascent has been more of a slow burn, but he has done nothing to change his status as one of the best exterior players available — also a top-10 possibility.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
Of all the players who will be talked about this week of the NFL draft, the one who might get the most attention could be a 30-year-old running back.
Realistically, the Adrian Peterson saga has to be resolved this week. The Minnesota Vikings' only reason to trade him now would be for a nice draft haul. Once the draft passes, there's no great reason to move Peterson anymore, unless some team is willing to sell off its 2016 draft.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, citing "the word coming from Minnesota," says that Peterson will "play for the Vikings or no one" in 2015. So, let's presume that comes from someone with the Vikings (I don't think Prince or Joe Mauer is "the word coming from Minnesota"). Are the Vikings leaking that to put the screws to other NFL teams, or to Peterson?
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner11 hrs ago
Our first thought when reports started coming out that the Washington Redskins would pick up the fifth-year option on quarterback Robert Griffin III was ... really?
It's basically a franchise tag for Griffin — for a player the head coach, Jay Gruden, appears to want no part of? I thought franchise tags were for franchise players? But it is official, the Redskins picked up the $16.1 million option for Griffin's fifth year.
Well, let's unpack this story one piece at a time, shall we?
One thing I've learned since April 26, 2012 — the day RG3 became a Redskin — is that anything Griffin-related should be directly linked to team owner Daniel Snyder. Yes, they're buddies, and yes, they're tied at the hip — financially and otherwise — because Snyder paid a king's ransom to move up and get his prized QB and isn't ready to give up on a QB that gave him and his team such joy three seasons ago.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
So the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner was Saturday. And yes, no one is quite sure exactly what it is. It's a dinner with the president and a bunch of rich, maybe powerful people.
Among those popular, powerful people in attendance were Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and the New England Patriots, and the hilarious part — not pictured here — is that they were sitting at the same table apparently. No truth to the rumor they were led to their seats by the White House Butler. #seewhatididthere
But what is pictured here, in the Instagram account of Belichick's girlfriend Linda Holliday, is something far more amazing, more wondrous than we ever could have hoped for. Yes, the Obama translator skit was funny. But this photo is truly the best thing to come out of the evening.
Where to start?
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
There aren't many guys like Dorial Green-Beckham, in terms of size and his ability to move. In fact, in the NFL there's probably only one: Calvin Johnson. I don't think Johnson is an unreasonable comparison for Green-Beckham.
If Green-Beckham was clean off the field he'd be a top 10 or top 12 pick. But we know that's not the case. Green-Beckham was dismissed from Missouri after many off-field incidents and then spent a redshirt season at Oklahoma before declaring for the draft. With that, he became the biggest wild card among the receivers in this draft class.
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner2 days ago
Leading up to this year’s draft, there’s a consensus that Amari Cooper and Kevin White are the top two receivers in the class, in a tier by themselves.
I agree that both of them are in a top tier. Cooper and White are both very good prospects. But I’d add a third receiver to that tier: UCF’s Breshad Perriman.
I think Cooper is the top receiver prospect this year. But if you asked me who is No. 2 among White and Perriman, that’s a tougher question. I really like Perriman. I heard an interesting comparison on Perriman from a scout the other day: Denver Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas. I can see that. Perriman is a big powerful, explosive, fast guy. Although he and White are about the same size, on film Perriman looks like the bigger guy. I could see ranking Perriman even with or ahead of White, although I’m in the minority on that.
Since I think there are three receivers in the top tier and not just two, let’s take a look at what all three do well.
Amari Cooper, Alabama