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NFL Notes: Draft, Browns, Eagles, Packers, & Redskins

Draft

Matt Miller of B/R has spoken to scouts around the NFL who are concerned that Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell could end up running in the “high 4.6, low 4.7 range” at the Combine, which is actually pretty slow for an NFL receiver.

Due to this concern, Miller believes there’s a chance Treadwell could drop to the late round, early second round much like Alshon Jeffery did a few years ago.

One thing that could end up working in Treadwell’s favor is that this isn’t an overly deep class of wide receivers and he has still good size that could separate him from other receivers.

Interestingly enough, Miller mentions that Ohio State Michael Thomas could be someone to watch over the draft process who could be in the discussion for the first receier to come off the board.

  • Albert Breer reports that even though many have praised North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz, the opinion among top evaluators on him is still divided.

Browns

New Browns HC Hue Jackson said he has yet to speak with QB Johnny Manziel, but plans to do so in the coming weeks.

I’ve talked to some and I’m going to talk to all as we go through this process,” Jackson said, via the  Cleveland Plain Dealer. “He just wasn’t in the first batch of guys, but he’s definitely on our list.

Jackson mentioned that he believes Manziel can play in the NFL before stressing the significance of being the starting quarterback of a team.

“Johnny has ability,” said Jackson. “I think he can play quarterback in the National Football League. It’s obvious. He’s played. He’s made some dynamic plays and he has talent. But we all know everything has to be right to play this position. It’s not just that. Everything you think about being a quarterback in the NFL league, part of an organization, the face of an organization’s got to fit right for me.

Eagles

New Eagles HC Doug Pederson told reporters at Senior Bowl on Wednesday that he wants LT Jason Peters back with the team next year.

“I do,” Pederson said, via CSN Philly. “I think J.P.’s got several good years left in him. I think that he does the right things in the offseason to get himself ready to go for another year.”

Packers

  • Matt Miller of B/R has spoken to scouts around the league who don’t see the Packers using a first-round pick on an linebacker, especially an inside linebacker.
  • Miller says that the Packers executives just don’t view the inside linebacker position as a “foundation” piece for their roster, and there could be depth at the position in the middle rounds of the draft.
  • Instead, Miller suggests OLB, CB, OT and TE as three positions the Packers could consider addressing early in the draft.

Redskins

  • Adam Caplan reports that Redskins RB Chris Thompson underwent successful surgery earlier Wednesday to repair his left labrum.
  • According to Caplan, Thompson is expected to be ready for start of training camp.