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Lions’ G.M. disputes Vernon Butler’s claim that he was told he was going to Detroit

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Michael David Smith) — Vernon Butler was glad to be the Panthers’ first-round draft pick on Thursday night, but he was also disappointed to go 30th. Butler claims he was told by the Lions that they were going to take him with the 16th overall pick. Butler was quoted before the draft as saying that the Lions had promised…
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Draft Ends With Titans Naming 253rd Pick

NY Times: The Fifth Down (REUTERS) — One of the most dramatic drafts in NFL history wrapped up in Chicago on Saturday with the team that started the spectacle ahead of schedule by trading the No. 1 overall pick to the Los Angeles Rams two weeks earlier.
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Jets May Be Judged on Christian Hackenberg and Players They Could Not Land

NY Times: The Fifth Down (MIKE VORKUNOV) — The Jets fortified their defense and landed a Penn State quarterback in the second round after trying to trade up in the first.
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Other options no longer available, Brian Hoyer signs with Bears

Yahoo.com: Shutdown Corner (Shalise Manza Young) — The Chicago Bears did not draft a quarterback over the seven rounds of this year's selection meeting, but not long after it ended, they signed a veteran to backup Jay Cutler. Chicago has signed Brian Hoyer to a one-year deal, general manager Ryan Pace confirmed to reporters on Saturday evening. There was no immediate word on financials. Hoyer, who spent last year with the Houston Texans,...
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Ignoring Linemen for the First Time, the Giants Focus on Pass Defense

NY Times: The Fifth Down (MIKE VORKUNOV) — After years of focusing on the offensive and defensive lines, and spending the commensurate draft capital, the Giants used the 2016 draft to shore up their perimeter.
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Chargers draft a punter, release Mike Scifres

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Michael David Smith) — The best punter in the history of the Chargers franchise is out of a job. Mike Scifres, who has punted in San Diego since the Chargers drafted him in 2003, will be released after the team drafted punter Drew Kaser today. “He’s a true pro,” Chargers coach Mike McCoy said of Scifres today. “When people…
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Browns well suited for the 2017 NFL draft

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Michael David Smith) — It’s way too early to start thinking about which players are available in next year’s NFL draft. But it’s not too late to declare that the Browns will be in good shape next year. The Browns have two first-round picks and two second-round picks in the 2017 NFL draft, thanks to trades with the Eagles…
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Bears sign veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Darin Gantt) — With a number of quarterback destinations going away via draft picks, the remaining veterans are going to be scrambling for a chair. Brian Hoyer found his, signing with the Bears, according to multiple reports. Hoyer had visited the Broncos (who never seemed all that interested) and the Jets (who seem destined to bring Ryan Fitzpatrick…
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30 early entries go undrafted

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Zac Jackson) — There were 107 players who gave up remaining college football eligiblity to enter the 2016 NFL Draft. Thirty of them went undrafted. Among the notable players who went undrafted as early entries are Oklahoma’s Dominique Alexander, Auburn’s Peyton Barber, Tennessee’s Marquez North, Indiana’s Darius Latham, Bowling Green’s Roger Lewis and Ohio State’s Tyvis...
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Four punters and a long snapper were drafted Saturday

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Zac Jackson) — The 2016 NFL Draft had a little bit of everything. It even included four punters and a long snapper. Drew Kaser was the first punter to be drafted, early in the sixth round by the Chargers. Three more punters were drafted from there, most notably Riley Dixon by the Broncos. Veteran Broncos punter Britton Colquitt…
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And with the final pick of the 2016 draft, Mr. Irrelevant is ...

Yahoo.com: Shutdown Corner (Frank Schwab) — Southern Miss cornerback Kalan Reed waited a long time to be selected in the NFL draft. Now he gets a parade.¬† Reed was Mr. Irrelevant, the 253rd and final pick of the 2016 draft. He went to the Tennessee Titans, who traded for that pick at the end of the seventh round earlier in the draft. Many draft observers were surprised at Reed's fall to the end of the seventh round. Reed was a bit...
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Eagles not concerned about Smallwood’s history

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — The Eagles have devoted a fifth-round pick to a running back who brings plenty of baggage to the NFL. As explained by Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com, the Eagles aren’t concerned. Wendell Smallwood, a former West Virginia tailback, faced an allegation¬†of witness intimidation in a second-degree murder case two years ago. His friend pleaded guilty, and…
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Colts “progressing well” on “complicated contract” for Andrew Luck

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — Colts owner Jim Irsay said late last month that he’d like to have a new contract for quarterback Andrew Luck wrapped up before the fireworks went off to celebrate July 4, but he’s backing off that date as a milestone to watch in talks for a new deal. Irsay discussed the status of contract talks…
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Cowboys get a power forward, draft Baylor hooper Rico Gathers

Yahoo.com: Shutdown Corner (Frank Schwab) — Rico Gathers was a heck of a player at Baylor. It was in basketball, but that was good enough for the Dallas Cowboys. In the sixth round of the NFL draft the Cowboys took a power forward who they hope can become a tight end, selecting Gathers. It's an intriguing pick, considering Gathers hasn't played football since middle school. There are a couple things working in Gathers' favor....
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Cowboys draft basketball player Rico Gathers

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Michael David Smith) — No college football experience? No problem for the Cowboys on Day 3 of the draft. In the sixth round, the Cowboys pulled the trigger on a high-risk, high-reward prospect: Rico Gathers of Baylor, who didn’t play college football but played on Baylor’s basketball team. The 6-foot-8, 275-pound Gathers wasn’t viewed as an NBA prospect, but…
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